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New Jersey Hall Of Fame To Induct Class Of 2020

August 6, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) has announced who the inductees are for the incoming Class of 2019-2020 – a "Who's Who" of some of the Garden State’s best and brightest. Among them are Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, two-time Super Bowl Champion Eli Manning, cartoonist Charles Addams ("The Addams Family"), actors John Amos and ...

Spotswood Library Continues To Serve Patrons Until Staff Can Welcome People Back Inside

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Normally, the Spotswood Public Library is bustling in the summer with its reading programs for kids, craft nights, movies and more. However, since the coronavirus pandemic hit the Garden State, its doors have been closed to the public. The staff was working remotely during the shutdown, offering residents online options. They have been back in the building since the end of June ...

Not Enough Drama At Home? Let Playhouse 22 Bring Some Live Theater

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The pandemic has caused Playhouse 22 to find new and creative ways to present live theater. During this time, East Brunswick's playhouse has  partnered with playwrights and other arts organizations to offer theater guests a unique way to bring local talent to your living rooms. 

Check the website or go live on Facebook for "An Evening of ...

Steve Kalafer To Be Inducted Into New Jersey Hall Of Fame

August 6, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Steve Kalafer, a successful businessman, philanthropist, founder and owner of the Somerset Patriots baseball team, a loving husband, proud father and grandfather who cares for the community as much as his family has been selected as an inductee with other prominent New Jerseyans in to the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Class of 2019-2020.

“This is a tremendous honor that ...

Lidl Opens New Store On Milltown Road In North Brunswick

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Are you ready for some pain au chocolat, stuffed escargot, stepladders, organic veggies, and Brooklyn-baked goods? Salsa music rocked the shoppers waiting on line at the opening of the new Lidl grocery store on Milltown Road in North Brunswick yesterday, as a new business brought life to an old building in a once-vital shopping center in the township.  Masks, ...

Murphy Adds $15M To New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Milltown School District Announces Plans For Reopening Of Schools In September

August 9, 2020

MILLTOWN, NJ - The Milltown School District announced plans to open the Parkview and Joyce Kilmer Schools on a fully virtual model in September if permitted to do so by the state. Milltown School District Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Brown made the announcement on Thursday with a letter to Milltown parents.

 "If the scope of our local authority to make decisions increases, the ...

Spotswood's Pixie Preschool Adapts For The COVID-19 World

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Pixie Preschool first opened its doors to youngsters in 1970. Since then, it has been welcoming two to six-year-olds for its varied programing. The preschool was forced to shut its doors during the height of the coronavirus pandemic on April 1, but wanted to remain available for the children of front line workers.

"Pixie has been handling the COVID crisis by trying to ...

Spotswood's Schoenly School To Hold Virtual Open House

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood School District's Schoenly School is holding a virtual open house for parents and incoming preschool students on Thursday, August 13 at 7 p.m. In order to receive Zoom information for the upcoming online open house, a parent or guardian must RSVP to Schoenly School District Principal Jennifer Asprocolas by emailing jasprocolas@spsd.us.

Spotswood School ...

Spotswood Recreation Department To Host Italian Ice Night

August 6, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Last month's Zeppole Night was a huge hit with residents. So, the Spotswood Recreation Department is dishing out some more summer treats on Tuesday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. Residents can stop by Spotswood High School for Italian Ice while supplies last. Italian Ice Night is rain or shine. The Spotswood Recreation Department asks that residents stopping by for the summertime ...

Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek Dishing Ice Cream Treat To Help Keep Residents Cool During Power Outage

HELMETTA, NJ - Power trucks are in the borough, but there still isn't any word as to when all Helmetta residents will have their power back on. Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek is inviting residents to stop by the Maple Street Pavilion tonight to cool off with a sweet treat. Complimentary ice cream cups or cones will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. this evening. Helmetta residents stopping ...

Local Food Pantry Now Helps With Cooking Fresh Foods, Too

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – In this time of increased food insecurity, Middlesex County is proud to introduce the Share Your Foodways program: a way to create delicious, culturally distinct dishes from ingredients available at local food pantries. All the dishes featured in the program are easy to create and enjoy as a family and provide insight to the many communities that make ...

Spotswood Recreation Department's Robert Hilse Directing His First Spotswood 5K

August 8, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Taking over the helm of the Spotswood 5K from longtime Spotswood Recreation Department volunteer Paul Wasserman left Robert Hilse with mixed emotions. He was excited at the prospect, but sad that his friend was retiring from the Spotswood Recreation Department after many years of service.

"Volunteering to take over as race director is a little bittersweet for me," ...

Spotswood Chargers U12 Baseball Team Pays It Forward With Proceeds From Mask Sales

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The borough community rallied behind the Spotswood Chargers U12 and their bid to go to Cooperstown this summer to play in the Cooperstown Dreams Park Baseball Tournament. The tournament is a "Field of Dreams" tournament for 12-year-olds across the nation. This Chargers U12 team was the first one from Spotswood to represent the community in the once in a lifetime ...

EBHS Students Collect Books To Share With Those Who Need Them

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Books for the Better is a non-profit recently founded by East Brunswick High School students with a mission to make books accessible to kids who are at a disadvantage. The students are in the process of making our first donation to Apostles House, a homeless shelter for women and children in Newark. If any resident would like to contribute donations or books, so ...

New Dashboard Will Track NJ's Contact Tracing Efforts

August 7, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — There are now 10 contact tracers per every 100,000 New Jersey residents looking to limit the spread of COVID-19 by informing all potentially infected parties of steps they should be taking.  A new dashboard, announced by Governor Phil Murphy during a press conference Friday afternoon, will look to further detail steps taking place on the ground.

Murphy said ...

NJ Dedicates $25M To Small Landlords Overwhelmed By Pandemic

NEW JERSEY - Seeking to extend COVID-19 relief to New Jersey landlords, who have had to reckon with a moratorium on evictions since April, Gov. Phil Murphy announced a $25 million grant program Friday.

According to state officials, one of three renters in the Garden State lives in 3 to10 unit properties, which will specifically be eligible for the Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program under ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Advertising Campaign Targets 30-something's 'Risky Behaviors'

TRENTON, NJ – The state’s new advertising campaign to raise awareness for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing is targeting, among others, the 30-and-under population because of the “risky behaviors” they have exhibited.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the “For Each Other, For Us All” campaign is debuting this week in advertising across TV, radio, ...

New Dashboard Will Track NJ's Contact Tracing Efforts

August 7, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — There are now 10 contact tracers per every 100,000 New Jersey residents looking to limit the spread of COVID-19 by informing all potentially infected parties of steps they should be taking.  A new dashboard, announced by Governor Phil Murphy during a press conference Friday afternoon, will look to further detail steps taking place on the ground.

Murphy said ...

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

NEW JERSEY — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias has taken out power for thousands of Middlesex County residents who have been left with no refrigeration. 

FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.

According to the site: "Your refrigerator will keep food safe ...

Strange Seeds In The Mailbox? Report, Don’t Plant Them, NJDA Says

NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture offered advice Wednesday after it got reports of individuals receiving unsolicited seeds through the mail from China.

“Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock,” the NJDA said in a press release. “Sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the ...

Milltown DPW Collections Delayed For Metal And Chippings

August 5, 2020

MILLTOWN, NJ - The Milltown Department of Public works announced via Nixle on Wednesday that scheduled collections for metal and chippings may take additional time this week. The delay is because of cleanup due to Tropical Storm Isaias. Tuesday's tropical storm caused downed trees and power lines throughout the borough.

It's The Great Pumpkin, Milltown

MILLTOWN, NJ - Linus, Snoopy and Sally don't have any farther than Milltown to look for the sincerest pumpkin patch in the Garden State. A growing pumpkin patch on the front lawn of Heath and Cassie Doherty's Crestwood Drive home is fast becoming the neighborhood hot spot. The Milltown couple has lived in the borough for a little over a year with their dog Fiona. Last Halloween, squirrels ...

Cottage Streets Resident Reaches Breaking Point With Development Project

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Red Bank Road resident Christina Martin was excited about the borough's Cottage Streets project that was supposed to bring curbs, sewers and paved roads to the area. Martin was thrilled her youngest would learn to ride her two-wheeler without falling over because of unleveled streets. Now, after months of work, unforeseen delays and construction nightmares, Martin's three ...

A Tearful Plea From US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

August 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

July 30 Municipal Court Session Canceled

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Thursday, July 30 Municipal Court session has been canceled. Letters will be mailed out with rescheduling information. Tuesday's Municipal Court session was canceled also. Spotswood's Municipal Courts sessions continue to be held virtually through Zoom.

Spotswood's Borough employees are working remotely until Tuesday, August 4 and will return to work in the ...

July 28 Municipal Court Session Canceled

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Tuesday, July 28 Municipal Court session has been canceled. Letters will be mailed out with rescheduling information. Spotswood's Municipal Courts sessions continue to be held virtually through Zoom. The Spotswood Municipal Complex remains closed to the public. Business is being conducted by telephone and email.

Old Stage Roadwork Scheduled For Next Week

July 28, 2020

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Drivers may want to plan an alternate route next week if they travel along Old Stage Road through the East Brunswick and Spotswood area. The Middlesex County Department of Transportation will be completing a milling, resurfacing and striping project August 3 through August 7 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weather permitting. The impacted areas along Old Stage Road will be between ...

Local Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Adha During Pandemic

August 4, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - On the July 31-August 2 weekend, Muslims all over Middlesex County gathered to celebrate Eid al-Adha. Normally, the holiday occurs at the height of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a lot less gathering than normal, and those who celebrated the holiday practiced social distancing measures.

July 31 saw East ...

St. Peter's Thrift Shop Opens Its Doors

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - St. Peter's popular Thrift Shop reopened its doors on Saturday after being forced to close in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The shop now offers shoppers an expanded inventory in the Parrish Hall of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Shoppers can now browse in a room containing only children's clothing and toys along with a front room that is devoted to ...

St. Peter's Thrift Shop To Reopen In August

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - St. Peter's popular Thrift Shop will be reopening its doors on Saturday, August 1 with a special Summer Sale. All summer clothing will be sold for $1 on Saturday to celebrate the grand reopening. The shop has been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus shutdown and will offer customers a full inventory when its doors finally open up on August 1 with regular ...

Spotswood Recreation Department's Robert Hilse Directing His First Spotswood 5K

August 8, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Taking over the helm of the Spotswood 5K from longtime Spotswood Recreation Department volunteer Paul Wasserman left Robert Hilse with mixed emotions. He was excited at the prospect, but sad that his friend was retiring from the Spotswood Recreation Department after many years of service.

"Volunteering to take over as race director is a little bittersweet for me," ...

Rutgers Fall Football Schedule Released Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Rutgers football team is scheduled to begin its season on Sept. 5, 2020, by hosting Nebraska. However, if the Scarlet Knights are able to play that game might be another question.

According to the schedule released by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday morning, Rutgers will then play at Ohio State and Maryland and then host Michigan and Penn State before its ...

Rutgers Athletics Announces 2020 Hall Of Fame Class

PISCATAWAY, NJ -  The Rutgers University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the members of the 2020 Hall of Fame class including Eric LeGrand (football), Essence Carson (women's basketball), Jonelle Filigno-Hopkins (women's soccer), Alexis Gunzelman (women's gymnastics) and James Ford (men's lacrosse).

"We are honored to induct another ...

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NJ Home Bakers One Step Closer to Earning a Profit

August 7, 2020

New Jersey is the only state where you can’t have a home-baked foods business. But that may be about to change.

The state Senate recently passed a bill that would allow entrepreneurs in the Garden State to make and sell baked goods out of their homes that do not require refrigeration or additional cooking after they are baked.

Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16th), who sponsored the bill, said it ...

COVID-19 Forcing Developers In New Brunswick, Elsewhere to Rethink Collaborative Spaces

August 9, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the future of collaborative spaces, such as the massive one planned for downtown New Brunswick, the president of DEVCO said Tuesday.

Chris Paladino said the virus that has resulted in almost 14,000 confirmed deaths in the Garden State will likely impact the design of projects such as The Hub, a mixed-use space where academic, medical ...

Somerville Bass Player Joins Acoustic Trio LTV On Summer Stage

August 8, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Acoustic trio VTZ will be joined by some local talent Saturday night on the Summer Stage from 6-9 p.m. on the Division Street pedestrian mall.

Bring a lawn chair, wear a mask, maintain the required social distance i- and enjoy the music.

Special guests include Somerville bassist Luke “The Duke” Kessel and noted percussionist Leslie "Chuggy" ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Darlene Cullen of TAPinto South Plainfield

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of August 2020 is Darlene Cullen, who owns and operates TAPinto South Plainfield.  With a background in business development, Cullen has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of South Plainfield.   

Q. Why did you want to franchise a ...

PSEG Power Outage Update And Contact Numbers

August 6, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ  - After an intense night of work and more inclement weather, as of 9:45 a.m., PSEG has restored power to 435,000 customers and has about 140,000 customers still without power in New Jersey. PSE&G expects at least 85% of our customers without power to be restored by Friday night, but some difficult restorations may continue through the weekend -- possibly into Monday.

Shakespeare Theatre Scores with 'Crazy Love'

Florham Park, NJ - It’s such a treat to see a live performance in these difficult times. But leave iit to Shakespeare Theatre’s fearless director, Bonnie Monte, to deliver a delightful and provocative evening of Moliere and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The setting is the outside lawn at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park. Located on Vreeland Road, the landscape of ...

Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

August 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...