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Soldiers, Deputy Chief's Daughter Among 5 New Firefighters

November 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two of them served in the military, with one completing three tours of duty in Iraq. Another is the daughter of a former deputy fire chief.

These are three of the five recruits sworn in today to the New Brunswick Fire Department.

"This is a group of millennials that has worked very hard and have performed community service that has been beyond all ...

Hillsborough Police Ask for Help Tracking Down Naked Peeping Tom

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Police are seeking help from the public to identify a "Peeping Tom" who has exposed himself and been sighted naked in the vicinity of residents' homes.

Four sightings have been reported since July 31; police say it is the same person in at least two of those incidents.

The most recent incident occurred Nov. 1, 2018 at 7 p.m. when a resident of Meadowbrook ...

Franklin Township: Local Man Murdered His Mother, Police Say

SOMERSET, NJ - A local man murdered his mother and is now under police guard in an area hospital, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Dalton Chiscolm Jr., age 60,  has been charged with the homicide death of his mother, Roberta Ann Taylor, age 82, according to Robertson.

Officers from the Franklin Township Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call ...

Building Dedicated to Rutgers Alumnus Anchors Engineering School

November 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In yet another expansion of its facilities, Rutgers University this week dedicated a new four-story, 106,000-square foot Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering, named in honor of a 1950 university graduate who has made major donations to his school.

The building on the Busch campus now anchors Rutgers' School of Engineering complex, and is the most recent facility built as ...

Somerville: Immaculata HS Athletes Commit to College Teams

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Senior athletes at Immaculata High School signed letters of intent Thursday, committing to participate in athletics at their chosen colleges.

Students who signed, their sport and college include:

Peter Gallo of Asbury, baseball, St. Joseph's University
Felix Diaz of North Brunswick, baseball, Southern New Hampshire University
Chris Kirschner of Flemington, ...

BREAKING NEWS: Middlesex County College Update

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Due to inclement weather, Middlesex County College will be closing effective 5 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2018.  

All classes and activities are canceled.

As of 4:30 p.m. today, the college will re-open at 12:01 am on Friday, November 16, 2018. 

Easton Avenue Left Turn Prohibitions Fully Adopted, But Jurisdictional Conflicts Leave Future Of The Corridor Undetermined

November 16, 2018

Editor's Note: This is the second article in a three-part series on Easton Avenue safety and traffic patterns. 

SOMERSET, NJ - Last month, TAPinto Franklin Township covered the proposal of the Franklin Township Council’s Ordinance 4255-18, which prohibits left turns from Walnut Avenue, Culver Street, and Lakeside Road onto Easton Avenue.

“A traffic engineering ...

Jane Fonda Visits Newark, Calls for $15 Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

NEWARK, NJ - Jane Fonda got higher wages for women through unscrupulous means in the 1980's comedy "9 to 5," but now she's advocating for a $15 minimum wage for tipped workers in more traditional ways.

The Academy Award-winning actor and activist  spoke at Rutgers University-Newark today with advocacy groups and a state lawmaker to support a $15 minimum wage, ...

Constant Presence of Cranes in New Brunswick is Called 'Progress'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Mention possible noise ordinance violations is any college town such as New Brunswick and people would probably think of rowdy student parties.

Yet each month city council members are asked to approve requests for relaxing the noise ordinance, not for late night college kids, but for an early morning activity - construction.

At nearly every one of the twice-monthly ...

Somerville: Immaculata HS Athletes Commit to College Teams

November 16, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Senior athletes at Immaculata High School signed letters of intent Thursday, committing to participate in athletics at their chosen colleges.

Students who signed, their sport and college include:

Peter Gallo of Asbury, baseball, St. Joseph's University
Felix Diaz of North Brunswick, baseball, Southern New Hampshire University
Chris Kirschner of Flemington, ...

Football: Somerville, Rumson-Fair Haven Meet Again; Trip to MetLife on the Line

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The latest chapter of the Somerville vs. Rumson-Fair Haven football rivalry will be written Friday as both squads once again meet in the Central, Group 3 sectional finals.

Nothing new, right?

But unlike the previous two meetings, there is more at stake than just a trophy. The winner of this rivalry punches a ticket to the inaugural South vs. Central Group 3 Bowl Game at ...

Somerville Football Players, Fans "Fired Up" for Weekend State Playoff Game

SOMERVILLE, NJ - There were two good reasons to build a gigantic bonfire at Carol Pager Sports Complex last night.

Temperatures had dipped in to the 30s, for one.

It was also time to "fire up" the Somerville High School Pioneers football team for this weekend's playoff game against the Rumson Fair-Haven football team, a rematch of last year's championship game.

Team ...

Election Day Voting: Polling Hours and Races

November 5, 2018

 

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - After hearing and reading for weeks, or months, about what candidates say, voters on Tuesday get their say by casting votes in the election, with those registered in the city choosing a mayor for the next four years and a senator for the next six years.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Of particular interest in New Brunswick city is the race ...

Hillsborough Resident Arrested for Tampering with Political Sign

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Police have arrested township resident Richard Jensen for tampering with a political sign.

The incident occurred on Thursday, Oct. 25 in the area of Roycebook Road and Burnet Lane, according to Chief Darren Powell.

Jensen, 62, faces charges of theft of moveable property. The lawn sign that was tampered with was for Republican Township Committee candidates Councilman Shawn ...

Mysterious Letter Clouds Mayor's Race. Is it a Hoax?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It reportedly arrived in the mail earlier this month, mysteriously going only to one New Brunswick resident, written on a page with the letterhead "Make America Great Again," and indicating it was from "Friends of David Duke, President of the National Association of White People (NAAWP)."

The body of the letter claims that Charles Kratovil, who ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (Nov. 12)

November 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Now that November is in full swing, leaves turning colors, air is cool and crisp and the holiday season is fast approaching.  You know what that means? Festive events, festive events, festive events!

Tuesday, November 13
New Brunswick Jazz Project – Emerging Artists Night & Open Session-Gabriel Bar Cohen 8-11 p.m.
Where: George Street Ale House, 378 ...

Billy Wilkins Launches New Single, 'Monsterz,' on Halloween

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- What better day to release a video called "Monsterz" than on Halloween? 

Scotch Plains-based musician Billy Wilkins released his latest single at midnight on the spookiest day of the year. 

"It's an upbeat song, actually," the singer/guitar player said. "The song is about mistakes you made in the past. We filmed it at my ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick (October 29)

NEW BRUNSWICK – Well, October is ending and November is just beginning. So why not start off November fun and head to some of these festive and exciting events around the Hub City? Who says the end of fall needs to be gloomy? Grab your calendar and mark it up!  

Monday, October 29
Mindfulness Meditation Noon-1 p.m.
Where: Business Rockefeller Rd.

Start off your week with some ...

4 Duncan Hines Cake Mixes Recalled for Health Risk

November 6, 2018

Dunkin Hines is recalling four varieties of its cake mixes due to a potential presence of Salmonella.  In a company announcement, Conagra Brands announced that it is working with health officials in connection with a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix that may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak that is ...

Halal Guys Is The Latest Eatery Coming to New Brunswick:

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In what will be the latest addition to the city's food scene, the Halal Guys, a company started in a street cart, will open on Easton Avenue later this year.

The company will open its newest franchise at 37 Easton Ave., in a busy section of the street between the city's two hospitals and near the Rutgers University campus.

Started on a street cart in New York ...

South Plainfield Participating in 'Toys for Tots'

October 29, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield Borough Hall once again will be the drop-off point for the annual Toys for Tots drive. The drop-off point will be at a box in Mayor Matthew Anesh’s office in Borough Hall. Toys can be dropped off now through Dec. 13.

“Last year, we collected over 1000 toys due to an overwhelming response from the community, said Mayor’s secretary.

Somerville: CROP Walkers Step Up, Step Out on a Brisk Sunday to Feed the Hungry

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Bundled up against the brisk wind and 47 degree temperature, members of several Central New Jersey congregations joined together Sunday afternoon to participate in the 44th annual CROP Hunger Walk hosted by the First Reformed Church on Main Street.

Carry multi-colored balloons, members of First United Methodist Church of Somerville, North Branch Reformed Church, Congregational ...

East Brunswick Redevelopment: Bike Paths Make for Easier Trips around Town

November 12, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In a phased approach to creating a sustainable, contemporary community, Mayor Brad Cohen and the Township of East Brunswick dedicated the newly-completed bike paths in locations that allow residents to safer and easier access to schools, parks, and houses of worship.  Cohen sees the bike path plan as part of the overall vision to create an East Brunswick that will ...

Rev. Soaries Appointed to RWJBarnabas Trustee Board

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Long-time pastor Rev. Dr. DeForest "Buster" Soaries has been appointed to the board of trustees for RWJBarnabas Health, the largest health care system in the state, hospital officials announced.

Soaries, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, will serve a three-year term on the board.

“We are ...

Man Connected with New Brunswick Murder Found in Georgia, Cops Say

November 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  An Edison man, wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of a New Brunswick man, has been apprehended, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced Saturday.

Christopher “C-Dub” Thompson, 26, of Edison, was arrested Thursday at a home in Lithonia, Georgia by members of the U.S. Marshals Service. He is charged with murder, attempted ...

Youth Minister Gulity of Sexual Contact with Girl

NEW BRUNSWICK - A youth minister at a Franklin Township church was convicted Friday of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl in his Hillsborough home.

A Superior Court jury found Shawn Butler, 52, guilty of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said, in a statement.

During a trial ...

Man Faces Life in Prison for Bank Robbery Conviction

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Hillsborough man with a history of arrests and indictments for bank robbery now faces a possible sentence of life in prison after being convicted Wednesday of a robbery at a North Brunswick bank

A jury in Superior Court in New Brunswick continued Quinton Watson, 51, for the Jan. 14, 2014, hold-up at the Garden State Community Bank in North Brunswick, Middlesex County ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - November 16, 2018

STUCK - It's as if the entire state forgot how to deal with snow at the exact same time. The autumn storm created havoc during yesterday's commute, with cops responding to hundreds of crashes. Hours of traffic. Roads closed. Speed restrictions on major highways. Cars piled all over the place, or running out of gas or breaking down. The Port Authority just gave up on its bus service ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 15, 2018

STATEWIDE - What?? Early dismissals in schools around the state? And for what?? Snow? Are you kidding? Isn't it just mid-November? A real winter weather advisory? A big wintry mix of sleet, snow and rain to hit in north and central Jersey this afternoon? Up to six inches? Really? C'mon!

BURLINGTON - It began as another great GoFundMe story of a Florence couple helping a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 14, 2018

WAYNE - There are many stupid reasons to drive drunk. But, a 57-year-old West Milford man came up with a real doozy, telling cops he drank too much and rear-ended another car Sunday night "because the Jets suck!" Apparently, this driver guzzled way too much whiskey, after suffering through his team's humiliating loss, 41-10, ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 13, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS - You love Bowcraft? Like, really, really so? Wow, now is your golden chance to grab the ideal souvenir, as Bowcraft is closing is doors after seven decades of thrills and chills. A Somerville company is selling all the rides, as the 13-acre site is bulldozed and turned into another mega-apartment complex. You can take home a full roller coaster for $499,000 or a family swing ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 12, 2018

STATEWIDE - Imagine real funding for the Gateway Tunnel, for our weary commuters. Or restoration of the full federal tax deduction on state and local taxes, for our weary wallets. Or a ban on oil drilling off our treasured shore. All these things could very well happen, NJ.com reports, with the Democrats taking control of the House in January. Jersey will once again have some ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 9, 2018

NOT IN NJ - Chris Christie for Attorney General? There was a time, not too long ago, that idea would make people spray mouthfuls of coffee all over their computers. But, these are even stranger times with New Jersey being the West Wing's whipping boy. So, the fact that Christie is on the short list for the top attorney in the land? Yeah, why not. Perhaps, if he gets the gig, Christie may ...

Kosher Food Isn't Boring

November 15, 2018

Just ask the more than 300 exhibitors at Kosherfest, the world's largest kosher-certified trade show held on Nov. 14 and 15 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Jackie Lieberman spoke with representatives from the leading innovators in the industry, including Manischewitz — a household name that's based right here in the Garden State. While ...

Rutgers Tailgate to Be All Wet

November 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is an understatement to say the Rutgers football season has been "disappointing."

But the one benefit for wary Rutgers fans has been the traditional tailgates, a great place to meet up with old friends, commiserate about the current football situation and say "Hi" to giddy Big 10 fans from other schools who seem to be the main fan base at our home ...

Ex-Rutgers Football Player Charged in Attempted Murder Plot is Hard Working 'Role Model,' Pastor says

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The pastor of a former Rutgers football player charged with threatening to kill two people described the young athlete as a hard worker and a leader in the church community.

"He is respectful and a role model," Dr. Derrick Dumas said of Izaia Bullock, the former university football player accused of plotting to kill two relatives of an ...

Premed Programs Gives Students Savings, Study Outside Science

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Nine Rutgers University students have begun a pre-medical school program that ensures entrance to medical school and allows them to pursue studies and degree outside of science.

Initiated this fall, the 4 + 4 program offered to students in the Honors College will guarantee them a seat at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as long as they maintain a required ...

Somerville: Immaculata HS Athletes Commit to College Teams

November 16, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Senior athletes at Immaculata High School signed letters of intent Thursday, committing to participate in athletics at their chosen colleges.

Students who signed, their sport and college include:

Peter Gallo of Asbury, baseball, St. Joseph's University
Felix Diaz of North Brunswick, baseball, Southern New Hampshire University
Chris Kirschner of Flemington, ...

Easton Avenue Left Turn Prohibitions Fully Adopted, But Jurisdictional Conflicts Leave Future Of The Corridor Undetermined

November 16, 2018

Editor's Note: This is the second article in a three-part series on Easton Avenue safety and traffic patterns. 

SOMERSET, NJ - Last month, TAPinto Franklin Township covered the proposal of the Franklin Township Council’s Ordinance 4255-18, which prohibits left turns from Walnut Avenue, Culver Street, and Lakeside Road onto Easton Avenue.

“A traffic engineering ...

OPINION

East Brunswick's Clergy Condemns Pittsburgh Shootings

October 31, 2018

 

Der Editor,

The East Brunswick Interfaith Clergy Council strongly condemns the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa. We are heartbroken by this tragedy. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and their community.

 We mourn the loss of eleven innocent lives and pray for a speedy recovery for those injured. We are grateful for ...

GOYA Foods and Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Partner to Launch the GOYA "Cooking with Care" Patch Program

November 15, 2018

JERSEY CITY - Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, partners with Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) to spearhead the launch of a statewide Goya Cooking With Care patch program. 

Goya is the first global company to establish and design a Girl Scouts patch with GSHNJ.  The sponsorship also includes financial support and a donation of ...

NeedQuest Hosts Thera-Palooza Special Needs Event for Families and Providers

November 13, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Thera-Palooza, a special needs therapy fair, was held here recently at the Hilton Garden Inn. 

“Thera-Palooza is an experiential event for families with loved ones with special needs,” said Leslie Crowe, the founder of NeedQuest, a local directory of special needs resources, and the organizer of Thera-Palooza. “At this event, we are bringing ...

Treelicious Orchards Celebrates Fall at their Annual Apple Festival & Benefit

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- A good time was had by all at the Apple Festival hosted by Treelicious Orchards this October. An annual event, the festival is a benefit for The Ben Samuels Children's Center for Inclusive Early Care and Education at Montclair State University.

Visitors picked their own apples at the peak of perfection, with six different varieties to choose from. The event also ...