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New Brunswick Police Issue Missing Person Alert for Missing City Man

June 22, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing city man.

Jonathan D’Enjoy-Pozuelo, 40, was last seen on June 12 in the area of Remsen Avenue, according to an alert from the New Brunswick Police Department.

He’s described as a “missing at-risk person” by police.

He is 6 feet tall, weighs 200 pounds and is ...

Police Investigating 2 Shootings in New Brunswick Believed to be Related

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Authorities believe two shooting incidents that took place in New Brunswick just hours apart appear to be related.

The two shootings are being investigated, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Anthony  A. Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department announced today.

On June 17, 2021, at approximately 10:47 p.m. authorities responded ...

1 Dead, 1 Injured in New Brunswick Early Morning Shooting

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A gunman fired into a vehicle early this morning on Easton Avenue striking two occupants in a targeted act of violence, according to police. 

Treatment was sought at a local hospital, but one of the victims died from their injuries.  The second victim is currently in stable condition, police said.

The New Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex ...

Twin Sisters are Valedictorian, Salutatorian at New Brunswick High School

June 21, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The tears of happiness flowed down the mother’s face.

Her daughter, Nathalie, had just been announced as the valedictorian of the New Brunswick High School Class of 2021.

Nathalie's sister, Stephanie, was just named the salutatorian.

For Rosa Maria Gonzalez, there was no sense trying to hold back the pride of having twin daughters finish at the ...

ESCNJ Appoints Anthony La Marco as Assistant School Business Administrator for Business Operations

The Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ), the largest educational services commission in the state, has appointed Anthony La Marco as Assistant School Business Administrator for Business Operations.

“Mr. La Marco is an outstanding addition to our team and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said ESCNJ Business Administrator Pat Moran. “His ...

Middlesex County Improvement Authority Creates a Parking Division to Help Fund Future Grow

June 17, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — At the June 9 meeting of the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA), the Board voted to expand its services by creating a Division of Parking, a new revenue generating function.

The newly created Division of Parking will produce revenue that will fund and enable ongoing and future economic development initiatives throughout Middlesex County. This new division ...

Turnpike Official Explains Removal of Military Flags on Parkway Overpass in Sayreville

SAYREVILLE, NJ – The New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) is responding to the story of military flags being forced to be taken down from an overpass of the Garden State Parkway.

Tom Feeney, a spokesman, said Sayreville residents were asked to remove the flags a day after Memorial Day, noting it remained unclear to the Turnpike Authority for how long they planned to keep the ...

Doughboy Statue Back at Post, Ready for Memorial Day Ceremonies

NEW BRUNSWICK and HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - The Doughboy - an iconic statue that has stood sentinel in the borough for almost 99 years before being felled by a wayward truck last year - is back.

The statue has been returned to his post at the fork where Route 27 (Raritan Avenue) and Woodbridge Avenue (Sixth Avenue) diverge just in time to be part of the annual Memorial Day ...

Rutgers Football Returns to Full Capacity at SHI Stadium

June 16, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ —Rutgers football will be welcoming fans in full attendance when it opens the 2021 season at SHI Stadium. The announcement follows updated state guidance allowing outdoor venues to operate at full capacity.

The Scarlet Knights will host six home games during the 2021 season, including a primetime kickoff against Temple University to start the Labor Day Weekend on ...

New Brunswick Basketball Legend John Somogyi Heading to Hall of Fame

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – By the time John Somogyi graduated from St. Peter’s High School in 1968, he had been twice named first-team all-state, led the Cardinals to the state parochial title and amassed more points than any player in state history.

His staggering total of 3,310 points would stand as the standard for all other high-flyers and sharp-shooters - boys or girls - across New ...

Milltown's Firecracker 5K To Be Back With A Bang On July 3

MILLTOWN, NJ - After a quiet Fourth of July in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Milltown's annual Firecracker 5K and Fun Run are back with a bang on Saturday, July 3. The announcement that the race would be in-person was made earlier this week. Runners who might not be completely comfortable with an in-person race can still complete the 3.2-mile course or the one-mile fun run using the ...

NJ TRANSIT Announces Partnership with GPS App WAZE to Increase Safety at Train Crossings

June 9, 2021

New Initiative Improves Rail Crossing Safety for Drivers Using Waze

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT is joining with the National Safety Council in recognizing National Safety Month during the month of June and is using this time of heightened awareness to promote a lifesaving partnership with Waze, which identifies the location of grade crossings on their mobile app throughout the state.

New Brunswick's Caldwell to Celebrate Black Excellence, Mark Tragic Anniversary at Tonight's Event

Tonight will mark the culmination of a dream and the commemoration of a tragic chapter in African American history for Dr. Dale Caldwell, the president of New Brunswick’s Board of Education.

Caldwell, the co-founder of the Black Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame and the Black Inventors Hall of Fame, will help induct the first classes of inductees during a live event tonight in ...

New Brunswick Bars and Restaurants Open for Business, With Many Job Openings

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Catherine Lombardi needs bartenders.

Social Room Bar and Kitchen is looking for hosts.

Steakhouse 85 has an opening for a server.

These restaurants and other businesses in New Brunswick’s vibrant downtown area are open and ready to hire.

They have recently begun to list their job openings on the City Center Job Board, a virtual one-stop repository of ...

State Theatre New Jersey Announces Reopening 2021-22 Broadway Season

June 18, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — State Theatre New Jersey announces its 2021-22 Reopening Broadway Season, featuring 10 shows in a fully renovated theater including brand-new theater seats.

The 2021-22 Season will feature Tony Award-winning hits, Broadway fan favorites, and some State Theatre debuts. Season tickets for the 2021-22 Broadway Series are now on sale.

State Theatre New ...

Hillsborough Rotary Fair & Business Expo Returns in August

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - After a year’s hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the annual Rotary Fair and Business Expo will once again transform the Hillsborough Promenade fairgrounds at 315 Route 206 into a classic carnival with a colorful midway, over 20 amusement rides, games of chance, fireworks, food vendors and an exposition of local businesses.

The five-day fair opens Aug. 17 and will ...

Milltown Man Rides Over 5,000 Miles In 80 Days

MILLTOWN, NJ - Nick Grisi is back at the Milltown home he shares with longtime girlfriend Stef Andara and their kitties Po and Mantis after completing the cross-country bike ride of a lifetime. Grisi peddled 5,000 plus miles to ride from the West Coast to Florida to New England. The first part of the trip included riding the ACA Southern Tier Bike Route from San Diego, California to St.

New Brunswick Community Farmers Market Opens for the Season This Saturday

June 17, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The New Brunswick Community Farmers Market will open for the season in New Brunswick on June 19.

Fresh and local fruits and vegetables, local honey, baked goods, prepared foods, flowers and craft items will be available for purchase now through the end of October at the market's two locations.

The Market will again operate at two locations:

The ...

Hillsborough Rotary Fair & Business Expo Returns in August

June 18, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - After a year’s hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the annual Rotary Fair and Business Expo will once again transform the Hillsborough Promenade fairgrounds at 315 Route 206 into a classic carnival with a colorful midway, over 20 amusement rides, games of chance, fireworks, food vendors and an exposition of local businesses.

The five-day fair opens Aug. 17 and will ...

Milltown Man Rides Over 5,000 Miles In 80 Days

MILLTOWN, NJ - Nick Grisi is back at the Milltown home he shares with longtime girlfriend Stef Andara and their kitties Po and Mantis after completing the cross-country bike ride of a lifetime. Grisi peddled 5,000 plus miles to ride from the West Coast to Florida to New England. The first part of the trip included riding the ACA Southern Tier Bike Route from San Diego, California to St.

Law Enforcement Torch Run Raises Money and Awareness for Special Olympics

NEW JERSEY - The Summer Sports Finals for the New Jersey Special Olympics were hosted on the weekend of June 12 and 13, in Lawrenceville, Princeton, Hopewell and Ewing, NJ. Following the 38th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on the Friday before, events in various sports took place throughout the weekend.

Disabled athletes from across the state have been training for the past year in ...

From New Brunswick to Trenton: Persichilli Will Have Building Named After Her

June 21, 2021

NEW JERSEY - The new Department of Health building scheduled to be built this year in downtown Trenton will be named after Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.

The Judith M. Persichilli Building will recognize what Gov. Phil Murphy called her “past and ongoing service to the people of New Jersey during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Persichilli, who was known as Judy Mella when she ...

Gov. Murphy, Other Officials Set to Attend Cancer Pavilion Groundbreaking in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Speaker Craig Coughlin are expected to be on hand next week for the groundbreaking ceremony for the state’s first free-standing cancer hospital.

Mayor Jim Cahill, Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway, RWJ Barnabas Health President and CEO Barry Ostrowsky, Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald Rios and New ...

A Nursing Assistant Made a Special Pact to Stay Safe During the Pandemic

NEW BRUNSWICK – One year ago, Kedisha Dayes quietly made a deal with God.

As the deadly and highly contagious COVID-19 virus was rapidly spreading around the world and ravaging New Jersey, Dayes pledged in her prayers to continue to care for the seniors at Parker at Stonegate, an assisted living community located on Parker’s picturesque Highland Park campus.

Dayes, of the ...

Appeal Denied for Former Church Youth Leader in Sexual Assault Case

June 18, 2021

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Superior Court of New Jersey has denied an appeal by a former volunteer leader at the Eternal Life Christian Center Church in Franklin Township who is currently serving a five-year sentence for criminal sexual contact with a minor. The Appellate Division supports the judge’s sentencing and found no reason to grant the ...

Sayreville Chief Elected President of New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police

SAYREVILLE, NJ –  John Zebrowski, a lifelong Sayreville resident, has dedicated his professional career to public service in his community – the last decade as its Chief of Police.

Beginning July 1, Zebrowski will have a broad, statewide role, as president of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) for a one-year term. His main objective: Reducing the ...

Brian Sicknick's Mother Wants Senate to Investigate Capitol Riot

SOUTH RIVER, NJ - Gladys Sicknick is pleading with members of the Senate to open an investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol attack where her son was killed.

Brian SIcknick, Capitol Police Officer who was born in New Brunswick and lived in nearby South River, died hours after the assault from a series of strokes.

His mother has requested a meeting with senators to urge them to launch ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - June 21, 2021

FORKED RIVER – There should be plenty more news today about the proposed state budget, and who may get all those billions of extra dollars. Instead, let’s talk about “Peaty the Peacock,” who is taking Forked River (aka Lacey Township) by storm. The Asbury Park Press notes there have been numerous sightings of the bird this past week. Residents are now squarely focused ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 18, 2021

TRENTON – The big news is that President Biden signed the federal law creating Juneteenth. But since we are hyper-focused on New Jersey to the point of infatuation, what did the state Legislature do? Well, a bill was sponsored last June in the Assembly by Verlina Reynolds Jackson, Jamel Holley and Benjie Wimberly to designate the third Friday in June as Juneteenth in New Jersey. Senate ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 17, 2021

RANDOLPH – This local school board can’t seem to help itself; it keeps finding ways to inadvertently make news. First, it makes news by changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Persons Day, angering residents. Then, it makes news by eliminating all holidays on the school calendar, further angering residents. Then, it makes news, as angry residents call for the immediate resignation of the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 15, 2021

RANDOLPH – Maybe the people here are getting too much media coverage. After the school board concocted the silly plan to erase all holidays from the school calendar – following a decision to scrub away Columbus Day – reporters have been all over. The story should have run its cycle, yet townsfolk are now demanding the heads of the superintendent and the school board. Really? ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 14, 2021

STATEWIDE – The obvious concern of any parent is how the pandemic has affected student learning, after all those months of remote learning, frenzy and other disruptions. NJ Spotlight reports there’s plenty of work to do, as the state conducted an initial assessment of learning loss. The result? At least a third of New Jersey students are “below-grade level” in language ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 10, 2021

TRENTON – And yet more money is flowing into state coffers. Taxpayers are throwing more and more money at the State House, as piles of cash are now being used as doorstops and disposable towels in the restrooms. Yesterday, NJ.com reported that the state had an extra $4 billion sitting around. By this morning, that number has jumped to $5.2 billion more in tax revenue in the current and ...

New Jersey Date Night: Enjoy the Fireworks

June 21, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There's nothing better than sharing a blanket with your love as you gaze at the New Jersey sky. With Independence Day upon us, this year we get the value added bonus of taking in the fireworks. Celebrating our country’s birthday combined with a little romance leads us to a fireworks display ...

Rutgers Administrator, Navy Officer, Dad: A Father's Day Story

June 20, 2021

NORTH BRUNSWICK – Michele Hirshman ascended the stairs to the stage and approached the dais, taking her place in history as the first woman to finish at the top of her graduating class at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Once on stage, she saw the hand reaching out with her diploma belonged to none other than her own father, Harold Hirshman.

"I can remember looking at her ...

President Holloway Meets with Rutgers Jewish Leaders

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The president at Rutgers said today’s meeting with some university Jewish leaders was part of an ongoing attempt to “help foster an environment where every member feels welcomed, supported, heard and appreciated.”

Jonathan Holloway and his chief of staff, Andrea Conklin Bueschel, met with Rabbi Yosef Carlebach, the executive director of Chabad House, ...

Bear Spotted in New Brunswick Apparently Different Than The One Seen Tuesday

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A bear has been spotted near the city’s border with East Brunswick for the second time in as many days.

However, the bear that was seen Wednesday between Lipman Drive and Ryders Lane/Cobb Road in New Brunswick is apparently a different bear than the one spotted on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the city told TAPinto New Brunswick that the bear seen on Tuesday ...

NJ Turnpike Authority Forces Sayreville Veterans to Remove Military Branch Flags from Parkway Overpass

June 11, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ – Robert Bouthillette, Sayreville veteran, and his good friend Fred Block, sought to honor those currently serving and those who past served for Memorial Day, by placing the military branch flags above the Garden State Parkway.

Related: Sayreville Residents Honor Veterans With Flags

Block then received a call from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) that the ...

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Robert Wood Johnson Blood Services Makes Urgent Appeal for Blood Donations

June 18, 2021

The nation’s blood shortage has entered a dangerous new phase creating an urgent and immediate need for blood donors in our area.

"This is a national shortage and the type we need the most right now is type O because that can be transfused to all patients,” said Grace Tenorio, MD, medical director of Robert Wood Johnson Blood Services with hospital-based programs in New ...

Fire Union President: COVID Couldn't Stop Us From Doing Our Job

June 9, 2021

New Jersey is opening back up and the firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers of the NJFMBA could not be happier. While protecting our communities is our job, building the community is our passion, and that has been difficult over the past 15 months.

Like everyone, we were struck by the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to the municipalities we serve. This was an uncertainty that extended across ...

Lincoln of Wayne Continues to Provide Industry-Leading Sales and Service Despite Global Microchip Shortage

June 22, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- Peter Spina, Jr., General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, spoke with TAPintoTV, about the global automotive industry microchip shortage and what the shortage means for Lincoln of Wayne customers. 

“The microchip shortage, or semiconductor shortage, is one of the greatest supply chain shortages our industry has ever faced,” Spina said. Typically, Spina told TAPintoTV, ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...