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Milltown's Borough Pool Is Back

June 24, 2021

MILLTOWN, NJ - After a summer of silence because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Milltown's Borough Pool is back with a splash. The community pool officially reopened on June 19 featuring new bathrooms, a first aid cooling station and an updated picnic area. Residents can head to the borough's Community Pass link for pricing information as well as signup. If residents don't have a ...

East Brunswick: "Jurassic Park" Stomps Into Summer's First Movie Night

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - School's out and so are the dinosaurs! The gates of the grounds of the Community Arts Center will open at 8:30 p.m. Thursday for the summer's first big blockbuster drive-in movie on the big screen - Jurassic Park. This rapturous sci-fi classic will stomp its way into your heart at the summer's first drive-in movie. Showtime is 9pm.

Snacks will be ...

Just Two Days Until St. Stan’s Carnival

SAYREVILLE – It’s as if you can already taste the sausage and peppers.

The countdown is just two days until the grand opening of the “St. Stan's Bazaar and Food Fest," set for June 24-26 at 221 MacArthur Ave. in Sayreville.

The carnival, known simply as “St. Stan’s” is the unofficial kick-off of the summer season in Sayreville. Workers have ...

New Spotswood Restaurant To Open In Time For Start Of Summer

June 19, 2021

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Borough residents can welcome summer 2021 by stopping by Main Street's newest business. Bubbakoo's Burritos is opening its doors on Monday, June 21 in the Renaissance Square on Main Street. The eatery is taking over the space previously occupied by Subway. Bubbakoo's features Mexican-fushion style cuisine and is a popular chain founded in 2008 by Bill Hart and Paul ...

Milltown First Responders Brian Bukoskey And Kyle Rafferty's 1316 Timerworks A Labor Of Love

MILLTOWN, NJ - Last year, Brian Bukoskey and Kyle Rafferty decided to turn a passion for woodworking and carpentry into a business and 1316 Timberworks was born. The Milltown business provides custom-made woodworking projects to suit customers' needs. The men came up with the unique name by putting their first responder shield numbers together. Bukoskey is a volunteer fireman with the ...

Rutgers Approves 2.6 Percent Increase In Tuition and Fees For 2021-22 School Year

June 23, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ —  The Rutgers University Board of Governors approved a $4.8 billion budget that includes a 2.6% increase in tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 academic year, following a freeze in tuition and a fees reduction for the past year in recognition of pandemic-related hardships.

“We know that tuition increases are difficult for our students, especially ...

Share Your Spotswood High School Graduate's Special Moments With TAPinto Milltown/Spotswood

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - After a challenging year, Spotswood High School's Class of 2021 will graduate on Tuesday, June 22 at an outdoor ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. Parents and guardians wishing to share graduation photos for a special TAPinto Milltown/Spotswood photo gallery can email photographs to dmiller@tapinto.net by Saturday, June 26.

Spotswood High School also created a noteworthy video ...

Spotswood High School Prom 2021 Photo Gallery

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School held its junior/senior prom on June 8 at the Estate at Farrington Lake. Families were invited to share their pre-prom photos with TAPinto Milltown/Spotswood. Despite the weather challenges, prom goers were able to take pre-prom photos with family before heading over to enjoy the prom festivities. Thank you to the Charger families who shared their prom ...

ELECTION ROUNDUP: Learn Local Election Results Throughout New Jersey

June 10, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Amid statewide primary election contests, New Jersey also hosted dozens of local races Tuesday. Here is a roundup of various New Jersey local election results as reported by TAPinto franchises across the state:

Cranford Election: Kate Rappa Defeats Incumbent Tom Hannen, Jr. in Democrat Primary

Newcomer defeats an incumbent in this township committee primary election, advancing ...

New Spotswood Restaurant To Open In Time For Start Of Summer

June 19, 2021

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Borough residents can welcome summer 2021 by stopping by Main Street's newest business. Bubbakoo's Burritos is opening its doors on Monday, June 21 in the Renaissance Square on Main Street. The eatery is taking over the space previously occupied by Subway. Bubbakoo's features Mexican-fushion style cuisine and is a popular chain founded in 2008 by Bill Hart and Paul ...

Milltown Man Rides Over 5,000 Miles In 80 Days

June 17, 2021

MILLTOWN, NJ - Nick Grisi is back at the Milltown home he shares with longtime girlfriend Stef Andara and their kitties Po and Mantis after completing the cross-country bike ride of a lifetime. Grisi peddled 5,000 plus miles to ride from the West Coast to Florida to New England. The first part of the trip included riding the ACA Southern Tier Bike Route from San Diego, California to St.

Law Enforcement Torch Run Raises Money And Awareness For Special Olympics

NEW JERSEY - The Summer Sports Finals for the New Jersey Special Olympics were hosted on the weekend of June 12 and 13, in Lawrenceville, Princeton, Hopewell and Ewing, NJ. Following the 38th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on the Friday before, events in various sports took place throughout the weekend.

Disabled athletes from across the state have been training for the past year in ...

Middlesex County Utilities Authority Cuts Ribbon At Renovated Sayreville Pump Station

June 23, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The Middlesex County Utilities Authority (MCUA) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the completion of Flood Mitigation and Restoration Improvements to its Sayreville Pump Station. The nine-year, $92 million renovation revived the pump station to its full capabilities after the destruction and shutdown caused by Superstorm Sandy.

“The idea is to ...

Murphy’s Pandemic-High Ratings Ease; High Marks On Handling Of Pandemic Continue, Taxes Still Sore Spot

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Murphy’s once-skyrocketing ratings have now returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Forty-seven percent of residents currently have a favorable impression of the Governor (down from 54 percent in October 2020), while 36% have an unfavorable one (up from 28 percent).

From New Brunswick To Trenton: Persichilli Will Have Building Named After Her

June 21, 2021

NEW JERSEY - The new Department of Health building scheduled to be built this year in downtown Trenton will be named after Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.

The Judith M. Persichilli Building will recognize what Governor Phil Murphy called her “past and ongoing service to the people of New Jersey during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Persichilli, who was known as Judy Mella when ...

Upcoming Blood Drive To Address Blood Emergency

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - To address a statewide blood shortage, the John J. Carney VFW Post 4589 is holding a blood drive on Wednesday, June 23 from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. All donors will recieve a $10 e-gift card.

"NJ Blood Services has officially announced a blood emergency," explained NJ Blood Services Account Manager Lynne Ross. "This emergency is part of the ongoing and severe ...

Managing Insects On Vegetables And Herbs

June 18, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Homegrown fresh vegetables not only taste better; they are more nutritious. Plus, you can control what products are applied to the plants to control insect pests and disease.

The first steps to growing a productive vegetable garden and protecting your harvest begin with proper planning and care.

Select the most disease-resistant varieties available when planning your ...

Milltown First Responders Brian Bukoskey And Kyle Rafferty's 1316 Timerworks A Labor Of Love

MILLTOWN, NJ - Last year, Brian Bukoskey and Kyle Rafferty decided to turn a passion for woodworking and carpentry into a business and 1316 Timberworks was born. The Milltown business provides custom-made woodworking projects to suit customers' needs. The men came up with the unique name by putting their first responder shield numbers together. Bukoskey is a volunteer fireman with the ...

Fitness And Flexibility Camp On Tap For Fall Athletes

June 23, 2021

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School and Memorial Middle School trainer Jeff Turner is hosting a Fitness and Flexibility camp for four weeks beginning July 5. The camp includes balance and plyometric training along with anaerobic and aerobic fitness and is intended for incoming eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth fall Memorial and Spotswood High School athletes. The cost of the four-week ...

Spotswood Recreation Department To Offer Summer Tennis Program

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - After not holding any summer programs last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Spotswood Recreation Department is once again offering its popular summer tennis program. Participants will receive two, one-hour sessions each week from July 19 through August 12. Specific days and times will be announced at a later time. The cost for the summer tennis program is $35 for ...

Take A Look At Chargers 2021-22 Football Schedule

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Who is ready for football? Spotswood High School's new head coach Chris Meagher is. Meagher was approved to take of the Chargers' football program on May 18. The North Brunswick Middle School Physical Education teacher is taking over the reins of the program on the heels on the January retirement of longtime Chargers' football coach Andy Cammarano. Cammarano stepped ...

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Recipe: How to Make No-Churn Vanilla Birthday Cake Ice Cream

June 24, 2021

It only takes four ingredients to make this festive frozen treat! The best part? You don’t even need special equipment.

The trick to getting the right texture without an ice cream maker is folding in fluffy whipped cream.

No-Churn Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 tsp. vanilla extract
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
¼ cup ...

Annual Fireworks Celebration Returning To New Brunswick After One-Year Absence

June 24, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A cherished city tradition making a comeback.

The annual Independence Day Celebration – including the fireworks show – will return July 1.

The fireworks show which brings thousands of people to Boyd Park and the surrounding area each year was canceled last year as the COVID-19 pandemic raged and social distancing regulations were in effect.

This ...

Mail Order Bride Returns to Somerville Summer Stage June 26

June 24, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Summer Stage Concert Series continues on the Division Street pedestrian mall Saturday, June 26, with a return performance by the hard-driving cover band Mail Order Bride.

MOB, a four-piece cover band from Freehold, opened the 2020 concert series.

Featuring two guitarists, bass and drums, MOB opened last year's set with Don Henley's "Boys of ...

Longtime Friends Spreading the News in Bordentown

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When longtime friends Elizabeth Meyers and Kristin Antonello saw that the greater Bordentown area was in need of a hyperlocal news outlet, they jumped at the opportunity to bring TAPinto into the community.

The two recognized Bordentown as a community that would benefit from a TAPinto site because there was no publication devoted only to local news.

“There was a ...

Shapiro: "Amid Spike in Local News Initiatives, Franchise Model Remains Only Proven Method to Scale Local News"

Cautionary tales have emerged in recent weeks about the inherent risks of entering the local news industry. Poynter recently called out a few of the pain points that new publishers endure, and Columbia Journalism Review suggested there isn’t enough budget to combat increasing political polarization at the local level.

All these potential pitfalls haven’t stopped ...

NJ Human Services Announces $15 Million In Grants For Summer Youth Camps

June 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – Human Services Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman today announced $15 million in grants will be available for summer youth camps to help them meet health and safety protocols and provide financial assistance to eligible families.

“As the public health situation improves, we are looking forward to an active summer, especially for our children,” Acting Commissioner ...

Sinatra Statue Planned For NJ Waterfront

June 19, 2021

HOBOKEN, NJ - "It's Sinatra's World, We Just Live In It..."

In New Jersey, Sinatra's legacy will loom even larger—as officials announce plans to install a Sinatra Statue, in the amphitheater at Sinatra Park, located on Sinatra Drive, along the city's scenic waterfront.

Frank often spoke of growing up in Hoboken, standing on the Hudson River's western ...

JerseyCAN Launches Multimedia Platform Showcasing Solutions for NJ School Districts

June 22, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Janellen Duffy, Senior Advisor of JerseyCAN, a nonprofit organization supporting and advocating for every student in New Jersey to have access to a high-quality education. JerseyCAN recently launched an online multimedia platform to help assist local school districts and educators to create new strategies and programs to ...