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Woman Tries to Lure Hillsborough Boy into Pick-up Truck

December 6, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Police say a woman driving a late model pick-up truck tried to lure a young boy into the vehicle as he was walking home from a school bus stop on Dec. 5.

The incident occurred around 4:10 p.m. in the vicinity of 117 Bluebird Drive, according to police.

The age of the boy was not disclosed by police

The boy got off the bus at Auten Road and Bluebird Drive and was ...

Rumors Persist, Somerville Police, School Officials Reassure Nervous Students, Parents

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Schools Supt. Dr. Timothy Teehan continues to battle rumors while trying to ease the concerns of students, parents and staff regarding threats of violence that have been directed at individual students and Somerville High School by phone and online social media platforms over the past week.

Somerville Police have deemed the rumors unfounded, according to Teehan.

Teehan sent ...

Update: Somerville Schools Superintendent Provides Timeline of Phone Calls, Instagram Messages

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Teehan has released the following update and timeline concerning the phone calls and Instagram messages received by some Somerville High School students over the weekend and on Monday:

The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and Somerville Police Department are conducting an investigation into the incidents

Dear Staff, Students, ...

Rumors Persist, Somerville Police, School Officials Reassure Nervous Students, Parents

December 6, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Schools Supt. Dr. Timothy Teehan continues to battle rumors while trying to ease the concerns of students, parents and staff regarding threats of violence that have been directed at individual students and Somerville High School by phone and online social media platforms over the past week.

Somerville Police have deemed the rumors unfounded, according to Teehan.

Teehan sent ...

NJ Charter School Advocates Call For Changes in Funding, Autonomy

TRENTON, NJ— More than 50 public charter school families and advocates gathered outside of the state Department of Education Wednesday to show their support for charter schools and present a report recommending ways to improve charter schools across the state, including a call for fairer funding.

The rally comes as officials from the DOE wrap up a tour of New Jersey to hear ...

New Brunswick Students Take Top Honors in First Lego League Challenge

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Students from New Brunswick Middle School captured first place for design in the FIRST Lego League "Into Orbit Challenge."

The school robotics team sent two groups of students to the competition at Warren Hill High School, Washington Township, Warren County. The Blue Team had 10 members and the White Team had nine.

It was the White Team that came in first for ...

Road In The Dark, Resident Reports 13 Street Lights on Major Thorofare

December 7, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Danielle Moore kept a careful count, and came up with a total. She saw 13 street lights out along busy Jersey Avenue just a few blocks south of Handy Street.

"How black it is there. You can't even see the sidewalk," Moore told City Council members this week. "You have kids walking home along there."

This was the second time in two months that ...

Bateman Bill Opens the Door for Man's Best Friend at NJ Breweries

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman to allow dogs in New Jersey breweries has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

“One of the biggest challenges any small business owner will face is increasing foot traffic. Our bill will increase foot AND paw traffic for local breweries,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said.

Bill Would Deny NJ Tuition Aid to Students Convicted of Hazing

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey college students who are convicted of hazing would no longer be eligible to receive State financial aid, under new legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean.

The bill was advanced today by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

More than 200 students have died from hazing-related accidents in the United States since 1838, and 40 students have died ...

South Brunswick Football Stars to Appear in Bowl Games

December 4, 2018

TAMARAC, FLORIDA - Three former stars from former Head Coach Joe Goerge's past Vikings squads will be playing in an assortment of post-season collegiate bowl games in the next six wee

Senior Dontae Strickland will be playing for the Syracuse Orange on Dec. 28 at 5:15 pm in the Camping World Bowl against West Virginia. The game by the will be broadcast live on ESPN. The power running back ...

South Plainfield Natives Larsen and Zaremba Assist Duck’s Silver Sticks Peewee AA South Eastern Regional Title

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Drew Larsen, 11, and Adam Zaremba, 12, are a part of the Protec Ducks Peewee team who won the International Silver Sticks Peewee AA South Eastern Regional Championship on November 25. The tournament comprises twelve of the best teams in the area. The Protec Ducks came out on top.

Larsen, a defenseman, is the youngest player on the team . He started playing at the ...

Somerville Pioneers' Drive for Championship Ends with Bruising Loss to Rumson Fair-Haven

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Scoring was not much of a problem for Somerville in Sunday’s Central, Group 3 Final. Finding the end zone on five of its nine drives, there was no question about that. 

Stopping Alex Maldjian, however, was a completely different story. 

Each time Somerville scored and made exhilarating attempts to close in on Rumson Fair-Haven’s leads, the Bulldogs and ...

Redmond Redevelopment Area Plan is Being Abandoned for New Approach

November 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is called the Redmond Redevelopment Area Redevelopment Plan. Created 10 years ago for several blocks bordered by Redmond Street, Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Bayard Street and the railroad tracks, the plan attracted little attention.

It is now headed for the trash bin, under a city effort to update what is desired for the neighborhood and possibly take advantage of a new ...

See for Yourself: Congeniality Defines Downtown Somerville Shopping & Dining District

November 21, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Brittany Burton, the exuberant owner of Revive Consignment at 30 Doughty St., is just one of several dozen shop owners who contribute to the congenial atmosphere of downtown Somerville.

She and fellow members of the Downtown Somerville Alliance have been busy the past several months planning the annual Downtown Jubilee and Small Business Saturday celebration Nov. 24, an ...

Amazon Surprises Teachers and Students with $25,000 in STEM Resources

CARTERET – Yesterday, Amazon associates from the company’s Carteret fulfillment center surprised 750 teachers and students at Columbus Elementary School with more than $25,000 in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning items and grants to support the school’s new T.H.I.N.K. Tank program. The donation also included a new mobile makerspace that will help ...

How Many Voted in the First Contested Mayor's Race in 12 Years?

November 26, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Even when there is a contest for the top elected position in the city, it won't bring out as many voters as when residents get to vote for the top elected position in the country.

Elections records show that 8,382 New Brunswick voters cast ballots on the Nov. 6 election, by going to the polls or mailing in a ballot or filling out a provisional ballot. That is only 38 ...

Playhouse 22 Presents "A Christmas Carol"

December 6, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Playhouse 22 will be presenting its annual production of A Christmas Carol to run December 7 - 16.  Performances will be Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  

Directed and adapted by Tony Adase, A Christmas Carol at Playhouse 22 is based on the Charles Dickens' piece by the same name.  It ...

Peter Mayer's "Stars & Promises" Tour Stops in Somerville Dec. 7

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerville Chamber Choir will perform at the 11th annual Stars & Promises Holiday Concert Dec. 7, which features Peter Mayer, lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band, at the United Reformed Church, 100 West Main St.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $35 in advance, $45 at the door, and are available ...

Photo Gallery: East Brunswick Ushers in Holiday Season with Lights, Fun, Elf, and Santa

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Municipal complex and Senior Center came alive on Sunday night as residents gathered to sip hot chocolate, watch Will Ferrell in "Elf," and keep an eye on the sky for the arrival of Santa Claus.  Families mixed and mingled, with kids writing letters and spinning dreidels on a cold and misty night that remained full of wonder and ...

Bateman Bill Opens the Door for Man's Best Friend at NJ Breweries

December 6, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman to allow dogs in New Jersey breweries has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

“One of the biggest challenges any small business owner will face is increasing foot traffic. Our bill will increase foot AND paw traffic for local breweries,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said.

Music, Food and Santa for City's Xmas Tree Lighting

December 8, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Steam rose from the cups of hot chocolate as choirs filled the air with classic Christmas tunes and people nibbled on samples dished out at booths from local restaurants set up around the city's Monument Square.

Meanwhile, during all this hoopla Friday night, everybody waited in wintry air for the man of the hour to appear.

"Is he coming? Is ...

Professional Arborists Volunteer Day of Service at Colonial Park

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The  New Jersey Arborists Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture brought manpower and equipment valued at $3.6 million to Colonial Park Dec. 1 for the chapter’s annual Work Day of Service.

Professional arborists and urban foresters volunteer a day of work at a location selected by the chapter annually. The recipient organization pays a ...

Hillsborough Volunteers Assemble 1,000 Gift Packages for US Troops

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Several hundred volunteers gathered at the Hillsborough YMCA Saturday to help the Rotary Club of Hillsborough and Operation Shoebox New Jersey assemble 1,000 personal care packages that will be shipped to US troops deployed overseas.

Several veteran organizations participated, including the Hillsborough VFW, Post #8371, the central New Jersey Chapter #27 of the Military ...

Professional Arborists Volunteer Day of Service at Colonial Park

December 5, 2018

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The  New Jersey Arborists Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture brought manpower and equipment valued at $3.6 million to Colonial Park Dec. 1 for the chapter’s annual Work Day of Service.

Professional arborists and urban foresters volunteer a day of work at a location selected by the chapter annually. The recipient organization pays a ...

Red Cross: Urgent Need for Blood and Platelet Donations Now

November 27, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Local venues for blood and platelet donations are scheduled to address the blood shortage here in Middlesex County and around the state.  Donation sites in East Brunswick, South Brunswick and Spotswood are scheduled  Dec. 8, Dec. 11, and Dec. 16.

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure ...

City Sending Counselors On Overdose Calls in Pilot Program

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the ever-increasing efforts to battle opioid addictions, New Brunswick will begin a pilot program of sending counselors on calls when police and medical emergency personnel respond to calls of a drug overdose victim.

City council members Tuesday approved the use of $7,000 to have recovery specialist meet with the victims after they are brought to St. Peter's ...

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

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 ...

High School Teacher Charged with Sexual Contact with Girls

December 7, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - A Sayreville high school teacher was arrested on charges of engaging in inappropriate conduct and sexual contact with several high school students, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement Friday afternoon

Eric Pieklo, 50, of South Amboy, the wood shop teacher at Sayreville War Memorial High School, was arrested on four counts of second-degree ...

Man Admits Killing Wife, Faces 27-Year Sentence

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Woodbridge man will be sentenced to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to killing his 32-year-old wife in their home three years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey announced in a statement.

Vito Nigro, 46, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, pleaded guilty to a single count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter for the July 22, 2015, beating ...

Police at Family Court Building for Emergency Drill, Section of New Street Closed

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City police will conduct a training exercise at the Family Court building on New Street from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, city officials announced.

Police said New Street will be closed.

Authorities sent out an alert that there will be an increased law enforcement activity in the area.

"This is only a training exercise," police said in the alert.

The ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - December 7, 2018

PRINCETON - If you add up all the brain power at Princeton University, it could figure a way to teach trigonometry to a flea. Yet the university has been struggling with all the bicycle thefts around the leafy campus. NJ.comreports the latest effort is for police to create "bait bikes."  They are equipped with GPS devices so cops can track them and hopefully find the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 6, 2018

STATEWIDE - Does New Jersey hate Christmas? Of course not, but that's not stopping one of those clickbait online survey companies from ranking the state 47thout of the 50 states in our level of bah humbug. This "source," called GetCenturyLink, was even nice enough to slap New Jersey with a Grinch sticker, reserved for the 10 least-merry states in the nation. The rankings were ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 5, 2018

PRINCETON - Princeton's all-male acappella group, the Tigertones, is apparently off-key in this era of #MeToo. And that's why it is no longer performing the song "Kiss The Girl" from Disney's "The Little Mermaid." You may recall that Prince Eric sang the song in the 1989 cartoon, when Ariel's voice has been taken away, making her unable to grant ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 4, 2018

THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - When political scientists look back at the 2018 midterm elections, it will be impossible to ignore the suburban moms who helped turn the tide in the 7th and 11th Congressional districts. These highly-educated and highly-engaged women were stunned over the election of President Trump in 2016, and used their talents to create highly-effective, on-the-ground ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 3, 2018

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - As all sights are set on "Trump 2020," political factions are dealing with a new normal: a truly engaged electorate. State officials will be making the results of last month's election "official" in New Jersey today, showing the largest voter turnout in a Congressional midterm since 1982, NJ 101.5 reports. Get this: 56 percent of ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 26, 2018

STATEWIDE - Technically speaking, it's called the "New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act." Not exactly the sexiest name in the history of state law, but New Jersey's potheads are unfazed. That's because this 147-page document, to be debated today in Trenton, is the very first official step in the year-long effort to legalize ...

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 ...

Rutgers Athletes Break Record Off the Field

December 7, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers student athletes this week gained recognition from the Big Ten Conference, with 86 Scarlet Knight players named to the Fall 2018 Academic All-Big Ten List.

The total number of recognized fall sport athletes is a record for the university, topping the 84 students who received the honor in the fall of 2015.

Brian Shushkovsk, of Morganville was recognized as one of 40 ...

Rutgers Faculty, Students Protest Pay Inequity, Lack of Contract

NEW BRUNSWICK - More than 100 Rutgers faculty members and students protested outside the university Board of Governors meeting Thursday and spoke out during the meeting demanding equal pay for instructors on the three campuses in Newark, Camden and New Brunswick.

Currently, faculty at the Newark campus are paid 10 percent less than those at the main campus in New Brunswick, and the Camden ...

Spotlight on the Interim Chancellor at Rutgers - Part 2

NEW BRUNSWICK - TAPIntoNewBrunswick recently met Interim Chancellor Christopher J. Molloy at his office in the Old Queens administration building for a free-ranging interview. Molloy talked about the need for Rutgers University to sell its story to prospective students, to bring more capital improvements to campus and his long-term plans. 

Below is the second and final excerpt of the ...

South Brunswick Football Stars to Appear in Bowl Games

December 4, 2018

TAMARAC, FLORIDA - Three former stars from former Head Coach Joe Goerge's past Vikings squads will be playing in an assortment of post-season collegiate bowl games in the next six wee

Senior Dontae Strickland will be playing for the Syracuse Orange on Dec. 28 at 5:15 pm in the Camping World Bowl against West Virginia. The game by the will be broadcast live on ESPN. The power running back ...

Rumors Persist, Somerville Police, School Officials Reassure Nervous Students, Parents

December 6, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Schools Supt. Dr. Timothy Teehan continues to battle rumors while trying to ease the concerns of students, parents and staff regarding threats of violence that have been directed at individual students and Somerville High School by phone and online social media platforms over the past week.

Somerville Police have deemed the rumors unfounded, according to Teehan.

Teehan sent ...

OPINION

Tips To Keep Your Holiday Safe

December 7, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - As families prepare for the holiday season, Middlesex County officials sent out a warning about potential fire hazards from trees, lights and fireplaces.

“These steps will help prevent fire hazards in your home so you can focus on celebrating with your family,” said county Freeholder Shanti Narra, chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee. “And as ...

Bilingual Children are Unique Language Learners

November 26, 2018

As New Jersey classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse, professionals are continually learning to provide services to bilingual children.  In the last 30 years, as the number of children has increased by 10 percent in the U.S., those whose home language is not English has more than doubled.

Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) and teachers are focused on young “English Language ...

Clinton's Fourchette Shares the Secrets of their Success as a Small Business

December 7, 2018

<!--block-->CLINTON, NJ -- TAPintoTV Senior Producer Kayla Galka recently stopped into Fourchette, a shop on Main Street here, and spoke with staff members about the secrets of the success behind this thriving small business.

Fourchette opened five years ago as a full-service cheese shop, with gourmet foods, imported French linens and unique home and kitchen goods. While ...

Millburn Winter Walk Holiday Event Highlights the Importance of Shopping Local

<!--block-->MILLBURN, NJ -- Crowds gathered here in Taylor Park for the lighting of the 2nd Annual “Winter Walk,” presented by the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce. Held a day after “Shop Local Saturday,” the event highlighted the importance of community and supporting local destinations and businesses this holiday season. <!--block-->

“It ...

Historic Inauguration Reenactment and Gala to Benefit the Grover Cleveland Birthplace

<!--block-->MONTCLAIR, NJ -- The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association recently held a gala and reenactment of the president’s 1893 inauguration here at the Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair. 

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<!--block-->CBS New York’s John Elliott, who served as the Master of Ceremonies, said, “There’s nothing more fun than history, so ...

A TASTE OF BERGEN 2018 HELD TO BENEFIT NEW BRIDGE MEDICAL CENTER

GARFIELD, NJ -- The 10th Annual “A Taste of Bergen” fundraiser was recently held here at The Venetian. Proceeds of the event will support the patients, long term care residents, veterans, and people in need served by New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus. 

The event featured 32 local restaurants, who donated their services to benefit the event, and was attended by ...

Annual Harvest Fest Celebrates Family Fun and New Development in Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ --  The annual Harvest Fest, celebrating its 26th year, was recently held here, featuring small businesses, local organizations, food, music, and kid-friendly activities. “It’s a good mix of everything,” said Michael J. Venezia, Mayor of Bloomfield. 

Visitors strolled down Broad Street, sampling food prepared by local restaurants, picking up ...