Three Bloomfield Teens Are Missing, Police Seek Community Assistance to Locate Them

May 13, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Police Department is asking for the public's assistance to locate three teenagers who went missing this week. One of the parents reports that a large sum of money is missing suggesting the three may have fled the state. 

16-year-old Ulises Yance and 15-year-old Alex Lopez were last seen Fridaymornin, and 16-year-old Alexa Arenas was last seen ...

Monroe man sentenced for ax-murdering stepfather

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Monroe man has received a sentence of 30 years in a New Jersey State prison for the 2017 ax-murder of his step-father.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said that a Monroe Township man has pleaded guilty today for killing his stepfather, disturbing human remains, and using the victim’s credit cards.

Joao C. Torres, 27, of Monroe pleaded guilty to the ...

Three stabbed in late night assault at party

NEW BRUNSWICK - Three people were stabbed following a fight at a party late Saturday on Delafield Street between Bristol and Courtland streets, Rutgers police said in an alert sent out today.

The assault, which was not on the Rutgers University campus, occurred about 11:45 p.m., police said.

They said the victims are not affiliated with the university. All three victims reported being ...

The Inclusion Center Provides Transition and Training for Autistic Young Adults

May 21, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Autistic students have the benefit of an expansive program of services and support both within the school system and from community resources.  What happens, though, to those young adults who "age out" or graduate from high schools and still require direction and training? 

The Inclusion Center of East Brunswick may provide the link that supports ...

Grant Will Fund Summer Gardening Internships on MCVTS East Brunswick Campus

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools will use a $10,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey for Schools to fund a summer internship program in which students with disabilities will work on gardens on the East Brunswick and Piscataway campuses.

Ten students will be paid to work three days a week for nine weeks on the 2,500-square-foot fruit and vegetable gardens.

High school art promotes compassion in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - New Brunswick High School has joined a community consortium to develop "Windows of Understanding," promoting awareness and compassion through creative works of art.

The program is designed to bridge the gap between diverse community groups among residents and visitors to the Hub City through displays of public art.

The program includes more than 25 ...

City revaluation drops average tax bill, but some see hike

May 3, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In a state straining under high property taxes, the average residential property tax bite in the city has dropped $700 following a revaluation, but the news was not good for everybody.

Taxes for residences went from an average of $6,870 per property in 2016 to $6,164 in 2017, according to figures from the state Department of Community Affairs.

City officials say about ...

Hey, where's my New Brunswick water bill?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Still waiting for your second quarter water bill from the city?

Apparently, water bills have been lost in the mail.

The City’s Water Department made its regular mail delivery of second quarter water bills on April 13 to the U.S. Postal Service’s Distribution Center on Kilmer Road in Edison. As is customary, a receipt was obtained from the Postal ...

Rutgers athletes show more than just athleticism

May 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers received public recognition TUESDAY from the NCAA with a school-record eight programs – baseball, gymnastics, tennis, volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s lacrosse – earning citations for their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.

"I continue to be amazed ...

Wet, Dreary Night: Barnstormers Edge Patriots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Lancaster Barnstormers (10-5) defeated the Somerset Patriots (10-5) 2-1 at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday night in a game that featured two lengthy rain delays..

The Patriots went up 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Craig Massey.

The Barnstormers took the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth inning on RBI singles by Blake Gailen and Joey ...

Dudley Do Right: Walk-Off Double Wins It for the Patriots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Aaron Dudley’s walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning led the Somerset Patriots (4-1) to a 7-6 win over the Long Island Ducks (3-2) at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday evening.

It was Somerset's third walk off win in the team's first 5 games.

Down 5-1 after the third inning, the Patriots clubbed their way back into the game with three runs in the ...

City Council gives student housing project a 30-year tax abatement

May 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City council members Wednesday approved a 30-year tax abatement for construction of a large downtown apartment complex for mostly college students, saying it was the best option for developing the vacant property.

The council voted 4-1 to approve the tax abatement, with Councilwoman Rebecca Escobar casting the sole no vote, saying the project for 90 New Street, just off ...

Amazon’s Career Choice program wins “Community Excellence” award

May 22, 2018

EDISON, NJ - Amazon’s Career Choice program recently received the “Community Excellence” award from the New Jersey Community College Consortium for its impact on the local community.

Steven Johnson, Amazon’s Director for Associate Development, was on hand to accept the award and lead a panel discussion on how the program provides trained, motivated employees for ...

New Brunswick movie theatre hopes to entice movie-goers with the latest technology

NEW BRUNSWICK - Perhaps take a break from Netflix and revisit the AMC Lowes New Brunswick 18 movie theater on Route 1, which has been upgraded to provide Dolby Cinema technology with the latest in movie imaging and audio systems.

Beginning this weekend, the theater on the southbound side of Route 1 will offer an enhanced projection system created at the Dolby Laboratories in ...

Expanded Walmart opens 24-hour Supercenter near New Brunswick

NORTH BRUNSWICK - After two years of renovations, Walmart on Tuesday celebrated that opening of its expanded Supercenter store, just over the city's border in North Brunswick.

The now 190,000-square-foot store on Route 1 will be open 24-hours-a-day. It features a garden center, pharmacy, photo center, vision and glasses center and a McDonald’s restaurant, among other ...

Election 2018: Attention candidates for office in New Brunswick

May 1, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - TAPinto invites all candidates to submit statements and other content, as well as to become advertisers on TAPinto New Brunswick. Below are the TAPinto Election Policies:

Candidate Statements

Candidates participating in the primary election can submit a maximum of one candidate statement per week (including photos) through the ...

State Theatre benefit gala raises more than $500,000

May 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The State Theatre, a downtown cultural center, raised more than $500,000 at a recent benefit gala to support artistic and educational programs, theatre officials said.

This year, the Grammy award-winning Kool and The Gang performed at the annual black-tie benefit evening. Clearly, it was time to "Celebrate."

In addition to the performance, there was a dinner ...

Four Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (May 14)

NEW BRUNSWICK – Another school year has come to an end for Rutgers students as they leave town for the summer. But Hub City is always bustling and there are still fun events to do this week as always!

Thursday, May 17

Enjoy great drinks for a great cause at a wine and beer tasting benefit for Meals on Wheels New Brunswick. There will also be dinner and a silent auction to help ...

State Theater appoints first woman president, CEO

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The State Theater has a new CEO. Sarah Bartlo-Chaplin, who has served as the executive director of The National Theater Corporation in Washington, D.C. for the last three-and-half-years, will become the first woman to lead the New Brunswick cultural center.

“We are elated to have an individual with Sarah’s experience join us as we look to begin the next ...

Knights of Columbus honor New Brunswick residents making a difference

May 24, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A group of special community members who make a daily difference in New Brunswick were treated to a special recognition ceremony during the annual Knights of Columbus Community Awards Night on May 23 at Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Each year, Knights of Columbus, Council No. 257 recognizes people and institutions from ...

Prom dresses given away with a message to high school students

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City high school students preparing for the big prom are being offered free dresses that will be given away this Thursday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

The dresses will be available starting at 5 p.m., city officials announced today.

All interested students are advised to RSVP ahead of time by calling (908) 420-8603.

This is the first year ...

Five Rutgers students bike to Florida to help homeless, abused youths

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Six days after receiving his degree from Rutgers University, Alexander Lopez-Perez on Saturday will be on the move, starting a bicycle trip to Florida.

But it is not the typical post-graduation trip one would expect.

Lopez-Perez and four other university students are launching a fundraising effort to help homeless youths.

“This is very important; the cause ...

NJ Bog Turtle Designation Inches Closer to Legislative Approval

May 17, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – The endangered bog turtle continues to plod along on its way to becoming New Jersey’s State Reptile.

Companion legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16th) to officially designate the bog turtle as the official State Reptile of New Jersey was advanced by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee last Thursday.

Zwicker's bill is ...

Turning the Tide for Horseshoe Crabs: New Hope for an Ancient Species

CAPE MAY, NJ – Revive & Restore, a California-based nonprofit bringing new biotech tools to conservation, today joined with First Lady Tammy Murphy, New Jersey Audubon and Eli Lilly and Company to announce new research that dispels many perceived barriers to the adoption of a safe synthetic alternative to horseshoe crab blood for biomedical testing. 

Over the past 40 years, the ...

Step Outdoors and Into Spring with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County

EARTH CENTER, SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Looking for something to do outdoors? The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is pleased to announce its spring and summer events! There will be opportunities for kids and adults to learn the basics of gardening, for experienced gardeners to sharpen their skills and for bargain hunters to add to their collections.

These events are ...

“Therapy Horses” Unstressed by Therapy, Rutgers Study Says

May 2, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Animal therapy helps people to relax, but how do the animals feel about it? A Rutgers University-New Brunswick study finds that horses don’t mind working as part of therapy for traumatized veterans.

The small pilot study by Rutgers’ Equine Science Center, which appeared in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, included nine horses and seven military ...

Third arrest in a year for man charged in string of motor vehicle burglaries

May 21, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A man arrested earlier this month on 25 charges relating to motor vehicle burglaries was no stranger to city police, having been arrest twice before on similar charges in the last 11 months.

Ryshawn Williams, 34, of New Brunswick, also was arrested in Monmouth County last March for possessing stolen property. That arrest came after his two prior apprehensions in New ...

Police have found missing 86-year-old resident

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City police are asking for the community's help to find a missing "at-risk" person. 

Alvaro Chiriboga, 86, was last seen at 8:30 am on Sunday on Tunison Road. He is a Hispanic, 5-foot, 4-inches tall, weighing 120 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a blue "Italia" cap, striped shirt, blue pajama pants, and grey ...

Man faces 25 charges from nearly two-month string of car burglaries

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A city man faces a long list of charges following his arrest for a nearly two-month long spree of car burglaries, authorities said today.

Ryshawn Willaims, 34, was arrested Tuesday and now faces 25 criminal charges, said police Capt. J.T. Miller

Williams is accused of multiple counts of burglary, theft, possession of burglary tools and fraudulent use of a credit ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - May 23, 2018

The Jaffe Briefing will not publish from Thursday through Monday. A great Memorial Day to all!


SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Sex can be an almost-religious experience, but it seems a bit excessive to copulate under a statue of the Virgin Mary in a Catholic church's outdoor prayer garden. Yet, that's where ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 22, 2018

The Jaffe Briefing will not publish from Thursday through Monday. A great Memorial Day to all!

MANVILLE - If marijuana becomes legal in New Jersey, here's another town where you won't be able to buy it: Manville. The mayor and council unanimously voted to prohibit any sale of weed - recreational and medicinal - within Manville's borders. The ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 21, 2018

The Jaffe Briefing will not publish from Thursday through Monday. A great Memorial Day to all!

STATEWIDE - Should public school students be allowed to attend schools in other towns? That's the big, controversial question in a lawsuit filed against the state that looks to end what some consider to be the worst school segregation in the nation. The ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 18, 2018


IN COURT - Sounds like a cheesy thing to do, but the NJ Turnpike Authority has gone to court for years trying to stop a pizzeria chain whose logo is suspiciously similar to our beloved Garden State Parkway sign. Sure, nobody wants drivers searching for an on-ramp to end ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 17, 2018


MOUNTAINSIDE - Oh, where to begin describing this 46-page lawsuit against two Mountainside cops? A detective sergeant placing his testicles on co-workers' food. And throwing poop-smeared toilet tissue at them. And defecating in someone's boots. And taunting with a dildo dubbed "Big Blue" he liked to wave in cops' faces, as he chased ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 16, 2018


ATLANTIC CITY - Happy days are here again, as the state's once gasping gaming resort is expecting sports betting will rake in $150 million to $175 million a year in new, glorious profits - courtesy of your pals on the U.S. Supreme Court. Moreover, ecstatic Stockton University officials believe, this recharged gambling mecca will bring in a whole new ...

Rutgers Athletics Signs Dyehard Fan Supply to New Multi-Year Agreement

May 21, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Rutgers Athletics has selected Dyehard Fan Supply, an event and retail merchandise marketing and e-commerce company, as the official merchandising partner for the Scarlet Knights in a new multi-year agreement.Dyehard will handle game day and event merchandising for Rutgers Athletics.

“We’re excited to expand gameday merchandising options and elevate ...

Newark man given 22-year sentence for kidnapping, sexual asault of Rutgers student

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Newark man was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison for the 2016 kidnapping and sexual assault of a Rutgers University student on the school campus in New Brunswick.

Michael Knight, 40, of Newark must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement today.

Superior Court Judge ...

Rutgers center battles noise pollution nationwide

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Eric Zwerling got a call this week from a man was living next to a fitness center, complaining he repeatedly heard the loud thud heavy free weights and medicine balls hit the floor.

The man was recovering from having a pace maker in his chest and wondering of the impact of the noise from the gym.

“I’ve received thousands of calls,” said Zwerling, ...

Police Investigate Rabbit "Tale"

May 11, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Local cops are investigating an incident of ‘theft by deception’ involving the Plainfield Animal Hospital. 

According to the incident report filed by Officer Justin Melanson and obtained by TAPinto, residents of South Plainfield took their pet rabbit to the Park Avenue animal hospital on April 4 to be euthanized due to advanced ...


Here's How to Help Protect Young Athletes from Injury: Let Them Play Multiple Sports

May 1, 2018

Dear TAPInto New Brunswick:

One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts in a car or wearing a helmet while riding a bike. And when their kids become teenagers and want to participate in sports or other activities, parents do everything they can to keep their sons and daughters from getting ...

Department of Human Services Awards Teens for Creativity in Celebrating Their Family Tree

May 24, 2018

(TRENTON) - The New Jersey Department of Human Services on Wednesday honored 12 New Jersey high school and middle school students for their winning entries in the 2018 New Jersey Teen Media Contest, which celebrated the students’ artistic and written word portrayal of how their family tree may look.

The contest hosted by the department’s Division of Family Development focused on ...