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SBPD Introduces Active Shooter and Preparedness Program

February 15, 2019

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka announced a new program Wednesday, aimed at educating and preparing community members for an active shooter situation.  The program, Active Shooter Awareness and Preparedness (ASAP), is set to launch on the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting and is the result of numerous discussions among business leaders, houses of worship, ...

Mother, Father, Son Arrested in Connection with Shooting Death

BOUND BROOK, NJ – A mother, father and their son, all borough residents, have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of an Old Bridge man Jan. 9 at their home on Farm Lane.

Ryan D. Keogh, 28, was arrested by investigators without incident Thursday morning at a residence on Madison Avenue in Manchester in Ocean County and has been charged with 1st degree Murder, 2nd degree ...

Commuter Van Crash Injures Eight And Causes Long Rush Hour Delays

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A rush hour crash on Wednesday morning caused long delays and injured eight passengers. The accident occurred on the southbound side of Route 130 near Distribution Way.

By 6:44 a.m. the South Brunswick Police Department had received multiple 911 calls reporting the accident. Upon arrival, officers from the South Brunswick Police Department found three cars, including a ...

New Brunswick Schools Closed Tuesday; Governor Declares State of Emergency

February 11, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Sleep in, kids.

New Brunswick public schools will be closed Tuesday because of the winter storm forecast.

The school district sent out an alert Monday evening announcing the closure.

This is the first school closure of the current school year.

Snow and freezing rain are expected to make for a nasty morning commute.

The National Weather Service is predicting snow ...

Older Schools Need Air Conditioning, Parents Plead to City Council

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The first thing one sees on the website for the New Jersey School Development Authority is a photo of New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill cutting the ribbon at the ceremonial re-opening of the renovated and expanded Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts last September.

City leaders pointed to that development this week when Yolanda Hernandez spoke of the need to ...

Joint Senate Education Committees Hear About Barriers to Teacher Diversity

TRENTON, NJ—Educators from across the state testified in front of the state Senate education and higher education committees on the barriers that public schools face in recruiting and retaining a diverse teacher workforce.
 
“This issue is an issue that doesn’t solely impact the state of New Jersey, it's an issue that impacts the entire country,” said Sen. M.

East Brunswick Planning Board Shuts Down Hidden Oaks Development

February 15, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Early this morning at the Municipal Center, the East Brunswick Planning Board denied Alfieri Property Management's proposal to build a seven-building apartment complex at the intersection of Tices Lane and Hart's Lane known as Hidden Oaks.  The meeting ran past 12:30 and was attended by, according to Mayor Brad Cohen, "people bursting with thoughts and ...

Over $200K Spent On Tax Appeals Following City Revaluation

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - After New Brunswick completed the first revaluation of property in 26 years, municipal leaders were anxious to share news that taxes for many homeowners had dropped.

Mayor James Cahill, in his state of the city address on Jan. 1, touted the city has the second lowest property taxes in the county.

Not everyone was happy with the revaulations, and as a result the city ...

2,000 Now Have City ID Cards to Aid School Registration, Mortgages

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two years ago New Brunswick became one of a handful of municipalities across New Jersey that issued their own municipal identification cards.

"Very important. Very useful," said Julie Jerome, coordinator of services for the New Brunswick PRAB, also known as the Puerto Rican Action Board. "I always advise my clients to go and get it," Jerome ...

South Plainfield Earns Program-Record Fourth-Consecutive Group Title with win over High Point

February 11, 2019

TOMS RIVER, NJ - There are very few teams in the state of New Jersey, regardless of sport, that can come close to matching the level of excellence South Plainfield High School wrestling has achieved over the years.

On Sunday evening, at Toms River’s RWJ Barnabus Arena, this year’s Tigers wrestling team furthered that dominance, and etched itself as one of the most notable lineups ...

Report: Rutgers Women's Basketball Player Suspended After Arrest

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A player Rutgers University women's basketball team player was suspended following her arrest on simple assault charges, according to a news report.

Rutgers police arrested Caitlin Jenkins Saturday for an off-campus incident in New Brunswick and charged her with simple assault and criminal mischief, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press. 

The senior ...

No. 2  Ashnault Thumps No. 1 Kolodzik as Rutgers Wrestling Edges Princeton

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- But he can’t score.

Three days after Princeton wrestling coach Chris Ayers said that Rutgers 149-pounder Anthony Ashnault couldn’t score on the Tigers’ Matt Kolodzik, Ashnault, who is ranked No. 2 at the weight, defeated No. 1 Kolodzik by major decision.

Ashnault’s triumph went a long way in giving the No. 18 Scarlet Knights a 19-18 win over ...

City Unveils Parks Re-Make, Amphitheater, Rain Garden, Memorial

February 12, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the depths of a cold winter, city officials have revealed plans for renovating two popular parks with a project that includes an amphitheater, multiple gardens, water spray splash pad and a memorial to activist and Rutgers University alumnus Paul Robeson.

Plans for Feaster and Pitman parks call for enhanced traffic controls along a section of Handy Street that runs ...

55-Unit Apartment Building Proposed for New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A city resident and developer are proposing the construction of a four-story, 55-unit apartment building and underground garage with 52 parking spaces, less than half required under the city ordinances.

Experts testifying for developer Joseph Chedid's project proposed for 203 Hamilton St. suggest it is the type of development the New Brunswick should be ...

Rutgers Love Story Leads to Birth of Successful Online Wedding Business for Belle Mead Couple

February 13, 2019

BELLE MEAD, NJ - Erik Kent and Beth Voxland graduated before the internet became popular, but now run an online wedding planning resource for the Garden State,

Creating a popular website was one of the last things on their minds when they met as sophomore communication majors, bonding over an art history course in Voorhees Hall at Rutgers-New Brunswick.

In fact, when they both received ...

East Brunswick Development: New Businesses Provide More Entertainment on Route 18

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Hanging out in East Brunswick is about to get a lot more fun as new businesses opening on Route 18 will offer entertainment, food, retail variety, and an answer to the suburban doldroms.

Drivers down Rooute 18 are beginning to see a whole lot of shaking going on as old buildings are converted to new uses and new buildings hold new surprises.

Let's take a ...

Milltown Ice Cream Depot Headed To New Location

MILLTOWN, NJ - The borough's iconic Milltown Ice Cream Depot that draws ice cream lovers from near and far is packing up from its historic red barn on Washington Avenue to a new location. While longtime owner Joan Trent is excited about the move to South Main Street, it's bittersweet. Trent first opened the doors of the Milltown Ice Cream Depot in 1996 without knowing a single scoop about ...

Former Newark Mayor Announces Presidential Bid

February 1, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, Newark's former mayor, announced on Twitter this morning that he is running for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.

Booker's announcement on the first day of Black History Month comes as no surprise. The 49-year old senator's run was years in the making. He recently stepped up his travel to early primary states, ...

Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano to Retire after 50 Years in Law Enforcement

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano will remove his badge at the end of this year, retiring after a 50-year law enforcement career that began in Bridgewater as a rookie cop in 1968.

He immediately endorsed North Plainfied Police Chief William Parenti to replace him after Parenti announced Tuesday he would seek the nomination for sheriff from the Somerset County Republican ...

Art Display Honors 100th Anniversary of Paul Robeson Graduation

February 6, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Paul Robeson was a scholar, athlete, actor, singer and activist.

Now as part of a year-long celebration of one of Rutgers University's most recognized alumni, the Zimmerli Art Museum will feature six portraits of Robeson highlighting the different accomplishments of his life.

Six different artists created the works that will be on display at the museum for a show ...

'Music Transcends' Concert Is More Than Beautiful Music

 EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Some composers have overcome extraordinary challenges to bring their music to light. Perhaps they had the "wrong" skin color, practiced the "wrong" religion, or struggled against tyranny. This inspiring program, presented by the East Brunswick Arts Commission, shows the power of music to be a window onto history - and transcend it.

The ...

Eleven Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (Feb. 4)

NEW BRUNSWICK – Celebrate the first official full week of February by doing something different or fun in and around the Hub City! There is plenty to do in New Brunswick, whether it’s going to see a comedy show or enjoying a show in a warm theater. Take a look at the list below and start marking up your calendars now!

Tuesday, Feb. 5
Rutgers Men’s Basketball Vs. Michigan 8 ...

Super Bowl and Rutgers Football Stars in Town for Blood Drive

February 14, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Less than two weeks after their victory in the Super Bowl, New England Patriot football players Devin and Jason McCourty will return to New Brunswick on Saturday for the annual Tackle Sickle Cell Blood Drive at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

This is the sixth consecutive year both the players are hosting the fundraising blood drive at the hospital in New ...

Hillsborough HS Alumni Gather for Concert to Raise Money for Sierra Leone School

 HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Over 20 Hillsborough High School alumni will join together for a night of acoustic musical performances on Saturday, March 9 at Hillsborough High School for a benefit concert to support a school in Bo, Sierra Leone.

"Boro4Bo" will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets and t-shirts can be purchased at the door the night of the concert. Tickets may also be purchased during ...

Youth Corps Applications Open, Students Sought for Work in Parks

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County is now accepting applications for the Youth Conservation Corps, forming crews of workers to clean county open spaces.

The county owns more than 8,000 acres of open space.

Youth Conservation Corps members are used to protect and preserve the lands.

Corps members are paid $10 an hour and will work Saturdays from April 6 to June 8.

Students age 16 and ...

Hometown Heroes: The Franklin Township Taskforce on Compressor Station 206 & NESE

January 28, 2019

Editor's Note: Due to the overwhelming response Home Town Heroes will now be a TAPinto Series. 

SOMERSET, NJ - One team of Franklin residents has bravely led an interstate fight against the fossil fuel industry. They aren’t paid, they aren’t funded, and they aren’t in it for the recognition. Rather, these local activists voluntarily entered into this battle for ...

Sierra Club Leader to Speak on 'State of the Environment'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jeff Tittel, head of the Sierra's Club's New Jersey chapter, will speak on "The State of the Environment" at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Greater New Brunswick Area Chapter of the NJ League of Women Voters at Douglas College.

Tittel will describe state and national perspectives on climate change, clean energy, efforts to protect clean air, clean water, and ...

Relay for Life Sets the Pace to Conquer Cancer and Support Survivors

February 12, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County's Relay for Life, a community outreach program of the American Cancer Society, was out in full force this Saturday as cancer research supporters, family members of survivors, students and community health activists joined forces at the Brunswick Square Mall to combine their energy in the fight against the "emperor of all maladies." 

The ...

Rutgers University Student Diagnosed With Meningitis

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Rutgers University student has been diagnosed with meningitis, and the university has sent a message to other students about steps to take as a precaution.

The student with the disease was hospitalized Monday is receiving treatment and is recovering, Dr. Melodee Lasky, University Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness said in an email sent to students on ...

Saint Peter's Chips-in, Helping Furloughed Workers, Waives Fees

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Saint Peter's UniversitHealthcarese Systems is jumping in to assist families of the federal workers who have been furloughed during the government shutdown.

The hospital system announced today that it will waive certain co-pays and deductibles for federal employees and government employees and their dependents, beginning today and continuing until the end of the ...

7-Yr Sentence for Fiery Fatal Drunk-Driving Crash, Passenger in Car Kill

February 12, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 29-year-old man was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for a fatal crash in which a passenger was killed while he was driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, authorities said.

Superior Court Judge Michael Toto imposed the sentence on Tayib Mahmood, 29, of Woodbridge, who had pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide for the May 6, 2018 crash in which the ...

Man Caught With Pipe Bombs in Home, Detonated 1 Bomb, Prosecutor Says

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 59-year-old man faces charges of arson, exploding a bomb and having pipe bombs in his home, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement today.

Joseph Colucci of Middlesex Borough was arrested Sunday and charged with one count each of third-degree arson, and third-degree prohibited weapons - specifically destructive devices - and fourth-degree causing ...

2 Juveniles Charged With Attempted Murder During Drug Scheme

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two Jamesburg juveniles, ages 16 and 17, have been arrested on charges of attempted murder and drug charges after police investigated reports of gunshots being fired in the borough earlier this week.

On Sunday, police received reports of shots fired in the area of Franklin and Warren streets, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a joint statement with Jamesburg ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - February 15, 2019

TRENTON - In December, that blender seemed the perfect holiday gift. But it's mid-February, and it still hasn't arrived on your doorstep. Hmmm. You may be a victim of "porch piracy," and Assemblyman Rob Karabinchak wants to be your hero. The Edison-based lawmaker is proposing stiffer penalties for the culprits who grabbed that five-speed blender off your porch, as well as ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 14, 2019

NEWARK - In another "only in Newark" story, questions are swirling over yet another land deal. NJ.com is reporting how Newark sold a parcel to its parking authority for just a $1 less than two years ago. Now city officials want to lease it back - for more than $27 million over 30 years. Huh? Here is the deal: The city's parking authority would build a parking deck, ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 13, 2019

STATEWIDE - One must assume there are plenty of perks to servingin Congress. It's why so many candidates willingly bankrupt themselves, ignore their families and beg for money for a chance to run for office. But, with House members up for re-election every two years, and practically every person in the nation assuming you are a dribbling moron in office ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (Feb. 11)

Monday, Feb. 11
Chris Kattan Live at The Stress Factory 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Stress Factory

Chris Kattan is best known as one of the longest serving cast members on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." In the eight years Chris starred in the landmark late-night program, he became best known for his characters "Mango," "Mr. Peepers," and one of the "Butabi ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 11, 2019

STATEWIDE - Baby boomers: Your days are numbered. At some point this year - at a moment no one will notice - the amount of millennials will quietly surpass the number of baby boomers, the Pew Research Center reports. It will be a quiet handing of the torch, leaving a fresh new generation to deal with our overburdened infrastructure, drowning pension obligations and, alas, lest we forget, ...

Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, February 24, 3:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

Showcase for Exceptional Young Artists

Arts & Entertainment

Rutgers Autism Service Program Getting $9.8M Center

February 14, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A landmark program at Rutgers University serving adults with autism will get a new center under a proposal that gained approval Wednesday from the university board of governors.

Board members approved plans for the construction of a $9.8 million center on the Douglas campus that will serve as the permanent location of the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services.

Rutgers ...

Rutgers Love Story Leads to Birth of Successful Online Wedding Business for Belle Mead Couple

BELLE MEAD, NJ - Erik Kent and Beth Voxland graduated before the internet became popular, but now run an online wedding planning resource for the Garden State,

Creating a popular website was one of the last things on their minds when they met as sophomore communication majors, bonding over an art history course in Voorhees Hall at Rutgers-New Brunswick.

In fact, when they both received ...

Former Rutgers Ballplayer Signs with Patriots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have signed New Jersey native and former Rutgers Scarlet Knight Steve Nyisztor for the 2019 season.

“I’m very excited for the upcoming year and the chance to play for the Patriots,” said Nyisztor. “Being a New Jersey native, I’ve been a fan of the team my whole life. They have a great reputation as a team that competes every ...

East Brunswick Planning Board Shuts Down Hidden Oaks Development

February 15, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Early this morning at the Municipal Center, the East Brunswick Planning Board denied Alfieri Property Management's proposal to build a seven-building apartment complex at the intersection of Tices Lane and Hart's Lane known as Hidden Oaks.  The meeting ran past 12:30 and was attended by, according to Mayor Brad Cohen, "people bursting with thoughts and ...

State Transportation Officials to Visit Somerville for NJ Transit Updates

February 15, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - Transportation officials and state lawmakers will visit Somerville and several other New Jersey communities beginning Feb. 19 to discuss one-seat rides to NYC Penn Station, restoration of suspended service and respond to other concerns and issues commuters face.

Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee Chairman Daniel Benson and Vice Chairwoman Patricia Egan ...

OPINION

A New Beginning for New Beginnings Animal Rescue

February 11, 2019

Dear TAPInto New Brunswick,

We would like to announce to our many friends and supporters that New Beginnings Animal Rescue has lost our lease at our present location, 706R Cranbury Road in East Brunswick.  Since opening here in February 2014 we have enjoyed serving the community by assisting with animal placement and care.  Although we are leaving this location, we are NOT going ...

N.J. Human Services Announces New Medicaid Innovation Office Aimed at Improving Quality, Delivery & Value of Care

February 6, 2019

(TRENTON) – The New Jersey Department of Human Services on Wednesday announced it has launched a new Office of Medicaid Innovation to improve the quality, delivery and cost of care within the state’s Medicaid program.

The Office will lead New Jersey Medicaid’s work on value-based payment and purchasing strategies.  It will focus on identifying opportunities for ...

Celebrating Black History Month in Middlesex County

February 11, 2019

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - February is Black History Month, when America takes time to honor and remember great African-Americans, and their role in shaping America’s history.

Carter Woodson, an African-American historian, first established Black History Week in 1926 during the second week of February. He chose this specific week to honor African-Americans because President Abraham Lincoln, ...

Oscar Shorts: Celebrate the Underdog Film Festival Marks 10th Anniversary in Montclair

February 15, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- This Saturday, February 16 at Buzz Aldrin Middle School, you can have the chance to watch all of the short films nominated for Academy Awards. The “Oscar Shorts: Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival is marking its 10th year of showing these short films, which is prior to the Oscar broadcast on February 24.

“People can come, they can learn something ...

The History and Origins of Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...

Clifton Mayor Proclaims City as Great Place for Both Families and Business in New Jersey

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- Today, we look back at our conversation from 2018 with Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi at a Regional Chamber of Commerce event. TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur discusses with the Mayor how Clifton is a great place to live and why businesses can also expect a very friendly welcome.

Clifton, New Jersey’s 11th largest municipality, celebrated their 100th Anniversary in 2017.

Newark GRAMMY Museum Features Special Exhibits of Award-Winning Artists Taylor Swift & Whitney Houston

NEWARK, NJ -- You may think of The GRAMMYs as an awards ceremony honoring the music industry, but did you also know that there are GRAMMY Museums located around the country, and one is right here in New Jersey?

The GRAMMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center, located in Newark, is the first GRAMMY Museum outpost on the East Coast. The 8,200 square-foot space features interactive ...

Woman Shares Story of Fight Against Breast Cancer at Komen Women's Wellness Expo

WAYNE, NJ - At this year’s Women’s Wellness Expo, TAPintoTV spoke with Lois Solomon, who has been fighting metastatic breast cancer. Solomon shared the story of her diagnosis and how she is managing this disease on a daily basis.

Solomon said the first symptom she noticed was a bad cough, and after visiting several doctors, she was diagnosed with pericarditis, which is fluid around ...

Komen Women’s Wellness Expo Shines Spotlight on Breast Cancer Survivor Journeys

WAYNE, NJ -- On Carrie Duane-Basham’s 40th birthday, she made an appointment for a mammogram. The results from that test were clear. Then the next year, a lump was felt, she went to the doctor, had a diagnostic mammogram and biopsy, and was found to have cancer.

“I went from a clean mammogram to four masses bilaterally, had a double-mastectomy six days later, and started 16 rounds ...