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Spotswood Public Library To Host Christmas Traditions Program

December 11, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Kevin Woyce brings his unique blend of original photography, vintage images and live music to explore Christmas traditions at the Spotswood Public Library on Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m. The seasonal program is sponsored by the Friends of the Spotswood Public Library. Woyce explores holiday traditions like the significance of the famous Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York ...

Volume Up Headlines Benefit Concert At Spotswood High School

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - On November 29, Volume Up rocked the stage of the Spotswood High School Cafetorium in their first headline performance. The event was sponsored by Spotswood DECA and was a benefit concert with the proceeds being donated to Music for Relief. Volume Up is comprised of four members who are all students at Spotswood High School. Matt Vento is the lead singer and also plays guitar and ...

The Nutcracker At Two River Theater Offering 10% Discount For TAPinto Readers

American Repertory Ballet

The Nutcracker

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7pm

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 1pm or 6pm

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1pm

Celebrate the 55th year of American Repertory Ballet's beloved The Nutcracker!  Wonderment abounds as Clara embarks on a magical journey filled with dazzling dance and spectacular scenes.  A thrilling battle between ...

Spotswood Mayor Welcomes New Business To The Borough

December 9, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Mayor Ed Seely was on hand at the December 2 ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony to welcome The Art Hut to the borough. The Art Hut is owned by Dawn Lensen and offers both educational and recreational art classes. Classes start as young as 18 months with Mommy and Me and run all the way up to seniors. Lensen has a varied and talented staff of art instructors that includes ...

Volume Up Headlines Benefit Concert At Spotswood High School

December 6, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - On November 29, Volume Up rocked the stage of the Spotswood High School Cafetorium in their first headline performance. The event was sponsored by Spotswood DECA and was a benefit concert with the proceeds being donated to Music for Relief. Volume Up is comprised of four members who are all students at Spotswood High School. Matt Vento is the lead singer and also plays guitar and ...

Memorial Middle School Holds 12th Annual National Junior Honor Society Induction

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Five Memorial Middle School eighth graders and 31 seventh graders were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on Wednesday, joining 42 members who were inducted last December. Memorial inducted its first class of members into the NJHS in 2006.

"A big part of what we're doing in the Spotswood School District," Memorial Middle School Principal Brian Kitchin ...

Upcoming Presale For Spring Tricky Tray

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA will be holding its hugely popular spring tricky tray on Saturday, March 23 at Spotswood High School. Presale tickets will be available at the Appleby School Media Center on Tuesday, January 8 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. This year's ninth annual tricky tray's theme is Mardi Gras. Participants are urged to get tickets early since this always well-attended ...

Operation Cookie Swap Spreads Holiday Cheer To Area Military Families

December 10, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The third annual Operation Cookie Swap went into full drive on December 2, mobilizing to bring holiday smiles to active and non-active military families in the area. Operation Cookie Swap is sponsored by the SSG Michael Ollis Freedom Foundation and Amici’s Bakery in Monroe Township. The yummy holiday event is organized by long time borough resident Kimberly Ollis-Loschiavo ...

Milltown's Pasquale Pizza To Host Upcoming Dine To Donate To Help Feed Middlesex County Residents

MILLTOWN, NJ - In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, Pasquale Brick Oven Pizza has partnered with Feeding Middlesex County to host a Raise the Dough fundraiser on Sunday, December 30. Fifteen percent of all take-out and dine-in orders placed between 4 p.m. and closing on December 30 will be donated to M.C.F.O.O.D.S.

"With donations they (M.C.F.O.O.D.S.) provide food and ...

Upcoming Dine To Donate To Support Eighth Grade Semi-Formal

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A dine to donate to support the upcoming May eighth grade semi-formal will be held on Sunday, December 9 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Chipotle. Thirty-three percent of each receipt will be donated to the annual eighth grade semi-formal which brings together the eighth grade classes from Spotswood's Memorial Middle School and Milltown's Joyce Kilmer School. The two ...

Operation Cookie Swap Spreads Holiday Cheer To Area Military Families

December 10, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The third annual Operation Cookie Swap went into full drive on December 2, mobilizing to bring holiday smiles to active and non-active military families in the area. Operation Cookie Swap is sponsored by the SSG Michael Ollis Freedom Foundation and Amici’s Bakery in Monroe Township. The yummy holiday event is organized by long time borough resident Kimberly Ollis-Loschiavo ...

Milltown's Pasquale Pizza To Host Upcoming Dine To Donate To Help Feed Middlesex County Residents

MILLTOWN, NJ - In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, Pasquale Brick Oven Pizza has partnered with Feeding Middlesex County to host a Raise the Dough fundraiser on Sunday, December 30. Fifteen percent of all take-out and dine-in orders placed between 4 p.m. and closing on December 30 will be donated to M.C.F.O.O.D.S.

"With donations they (M.C.F.O.O.D.S.) provide food and ...

Upcoming Dine To Donate To Support Eighth Grade Semi-Formal

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A dine to donate to support the upcoming May eighth grade semi-formal will be held on Sunday, December 9 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Chipotle. Thirty-three percent of each receipt will be donated to the annual eighth grade semi-formal which brings together the eighth grade classes from Spotswood's Memorial Middle School and Milltown's Joyce Kilmer School. The two ...

Milltown's Washington Avenue To Remain Closed

December 10, 2018

MILLTOWN, NJ - Washington Avenue will remain closed throughout the evening due to an afternoon water main break at Borough Hall according to a Nixle advisory released by the Milltown Police Department. Residents should plan on avoiding the area throughout the rest of the evening on Monday, December 10. Borough Hall remains closed at this time. The December 10 Milltown Borough Council meeting has ...

Water Main Break Cancels Milltown Borough Council Meeting

MILLTOWN, NJ - A water main break has forced the cancellation of tonight's Borough Council meeting at the Municipal Building. Residents should avoid the area while repairs are being made. The Municipal Building on Washington Avenue is currently closed due to the break. Updates about the building's reopening will be posted on the Milltown borough website when they become available. The ...

Milltown's Washington Avenue To Remain Closed

December 10, 2018

MILLTOWN, NJ - Washington Avenue will remain closed throughout the evening due to an afternoon water main break at Borough Hall according to a Nixle advisory released by the Milltown Police Department. Residents should plan on avoiding the area throughout the rest of the evening on Monday, December 10. Borough Hall remains closed at this time. The December 10 Milltown Borough Council meeting has ...

Code Blue In Effect In Spotswood Through December 10

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - In response to the dangerously cold temperatures forecast for the upcoming weekend, the borough has a Code Blue in effect through Monday, December 10. The borough-wide Code Blue began earlier this week on December 5 when temperatures began to dip. A Code Blue is a multi-agency response whose goal is to reduce the number of hypothermia fatalities among the most vulnerable members ...

Milltown Residents Advised To Plan Alternate Travel Route For Upcoming Week

MILLTOWN, NJ - Borough residents are being advised by the Milltown Police Department to plan an alternate travel route around Washington Avenue for Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 7 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Traffic along Washington Avenue will be delayed and possibly detoured to accommodate construction and utility work along the roadway. Residents should allow for extra travel time ...

Spotswood Youth Baseball & Softball League To Hold Early Bird Registration

December 11, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Youth Baseball and Softball League will hold its first in-person registration for the upcoming 2019 spring season on Saturday, December 15 from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the borough's Municipal Court Room. Participants who register in person on December 15 will receive a $15 discount. Registration can also be done online. Discounts will only be applied for ...

Chargers Winter Cheerleading Squad Features Freshmen Influx

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School varsity cheerleading squad will be showcasing a lot of new faces for the upcoming winter cheer season. The squad is welcoming nine freshmen this season as well as three sophomores and one junior. The winter cheerleading squad is on the sidelines for both the Chargers boys and girls home games.

"Emily Petscavage, Dominique Carlson and Emily ...

Calling All Tween Soccer Players For Indoor League

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Recreation Department is looking for indoor soccer players in sixth, seventh and eighth grade to join their Friday evening soccer league. Soccer experience is not necessary and non-residents are welcome. All of the games are played in the Memorial Middle School gymnasium on Fridays from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. beginning in January and concluding in March. The cost is $35 ...

Despite Battling Brain Tumor, Race Caller Is Back In The Booth

December 11, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Despite battling a brain tumor, Larry Lederman was on the microphone at the Meadowlands on Dec. 6 as the track kicked off its “Borrow Ken’s Binoculars” Thursdays as guest announcer.

It was a great night for Lederman – and for the fans who love his style – given the fact that he has been battling a brain tumor for some time now. He had ...

Team Velvet's Mini Movie Wins A 'Winnie Award' At Equus Film Festival

RARITAN TWP., N.J. — Little Annie is a miniature horse who helps children suffering from trauma. She also stars in Little Horse Big Medicine, which won a Winnie Award at the 2018 Equus Film Festival held in Brooklyn, N.Y.  from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. The story is told from Annie’s point of view as she is the film’s narrator.

Filmmakers came to the festival from near and ...

Take A Wish Is New Jersey Sires Stakes Horse Of The Year

TRENTON, N.J. — Take A Wish has been named the New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the Year for 2018.

The award, which is voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS-sponsored races and other major stakes for New Jersey-sired or bred horses.

Take A Wish, is a daughter of Wishing Stone, ...

NJRC Seek Comments On Proposed Sports Wagering Rules

TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Racing Commission is accepting comments on proposed rules regarding sports wagering at racetracks and former racetracks in New Jersey.

On June 11, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 4111, allowing sports betting at New Jersey casinos and racetracks for certain professional and collegiate sports or athletic events. On June 13, The New Jersey Racing ...

Hambletonian Society's Moira Fanning Honored For Leadership In Harness Racing

MONTICELLO, N.Y. — Name a committee, executive board or organization in all of harness racing, and chances are that Moira Fanning has served on it — well. In fact, her name has become synonymous with getting the job done in the Standardbred sport.

On Dec. 2, United States Harness Writer’s Association’s Monticello-Goshen Chapter presented Fanning with its ...

After A Slow Start, N.J. Rider Wins Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival Novice Championship

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Danielle N. Robinson, of Hainesport, N.J., got off to a rough start at the seventh Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival held at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., Nov. 15 to 18.

However, she was all smiles as she exited the indoor ring aboard Juilliard after winning the last class of the weekend, the Novice Championship.

“I wasn’t expecting this ...

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Make Pasta Amazing with this Foodie Find: Bottarga Di Muggine (Cured Mullet Roe)

December 8, 2018

Where we found it: Eataly NYC Downtown

Last year, our au pair from Sardinia, a little island of Italy, brought home grated cured mullet roe from her trip to the city with friends.

“This is from my hometown!” Giulia told us, taking out a little jar of Bottarga Di Muggine. The next day, she made a simple dish of spaghetti with asparagus, sprinkling each bowl with a spoonful ...

The Pines Versus the Oaks: Argument Presented Against New Construction On Tices Lane

December 9, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Local historian Richard Walling presented an "Objector's Case" against the proposed Hidden Oaks Woods Development which would bring 275 apartments, parking, a recreation center, and a swimming pool to the intersection of Tices Lane and Harts Lane at the East Brunswick Planning Board meeting this week.  In an effort to halt or alter the development, Walling ...

Police Seek Help Locating Missing Woman

December 10, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ - Police are seeking help from the public locating a township woman missing since December 6.

A missing person investigation is underway into the disappearance of Helen Kim, 47 of Route 22 West, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Watchung Borough Chief of Police Joseph Cina.

Kim walked away from her ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Bobbie Peer

This week's featured franchisee owns not one, not two, but three TAPinto franchises! Find out what she loves about owning and operating her own business, how she got started, and how she manages, TAPinto Berkeley Heights, TAPinto New Providence, and TAPinto Mountainside full-time.

Q: When did you join TAPinto.net?

Bobbie Peer: I started as a sales ...

Somerset Patriots Celebrate Philanthropy and Fiscal Soundness

December 11, 2018

BEDMINSTER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots Baseball Club, led by Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer and Co-Chairmen Jonathan Kalafer and Joshua Kalafer, presented a ceremonial check to Somerset County elected officials in the amount of $20,276,654.26 at the team’s annual Holiday Reception on Tuesday, Dec. 4th attended by the Patriots’ marketing partners and dignitaries at Trump National ...

All the Stars in the Heavens

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani (Harper, 2015)

 

When I was a little girl, before there was colored television, sometimes I would watch a show where a beautiful, mature lady would enter a room through French doors, and greet her tv audience. The woman wore spectacular gowns that clung to her  curvy shape and sported big satin bows in the back. Her cheeks were like ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving  Leontes, King of Sicilia and Archidamus, a Bohemian Lord, ...

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Leave it to George Street Playhouse to produce a play that works on so many levels. We have the familiar slamming-the-door exit of Nora Helmut, who abruptly leaves her secure life with Torvald for parts unknown

This play by Lucas Hnath received a successful run on ...

‘Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn’ shimmers and shines at Paper Mill

‘Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn’ shimmers and shines at Paper Mill

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – What could be more enticing than the rapturous music and lyrics of “Irving’ Berlin’s Holiday Inn” to sweep us into a festive mood for the holidays? The show, based on the 1940’s film of the same name, is a perfect choice… and one that keeps ...

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help reduce the orchard of critters and provide a better life for ...