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New Brunswick Swears In Four New Police Officers

June 13, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick Police Department has added four new officers to its ranks.

A swearing-in ceremony was held Tuesday at City Hall to welcome officers Carlos Gomez, Deanna Maldonado, Andy Rodriguez and Liborio Ursino III.

They graduated last week from the Cape May County Police Academy, a training facility that puts new officers through 21 weeks of intensive training and ...

Plainsboro Woman's Death Ruled A Homicide

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The death of a 26-year-old Plainsboro woman who was found in her apartment Monday has been ruled a homicide, police said.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Fred Travener of the Plainsboro Police Department said Tuesday that police are investigating the death of Carolyn Byington after an autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner ruled it ...

Sayreville Woodshop Teacher Facing 7 Counts Of Criminal Sexual Contact

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Sayreville War Memorial High School teacher has been indicted for child endangerment and criminal sexual contact after he allegedly engaged in inappropriate touching of students as well as providing them with alcohol and marijuana.

Eric Pieklo, 51, of South Amboy, the woodshop teacher at the Sayreville War Memorial High School, was charged today with five counts of ...

Students, Staff Celebrate Roosevelt School's 100th Birthday

June 13, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - At 100, she's holding up strong.

That's how Principal Georgette Gonzalez Lugo described Roosevelt Elementary School as students, parents, faculty, and staff celebrated the school's 100th birthday on Wednesday.

There was festive music, streamers, balloons, singing, and dancing in the courtyard to mark the occasion. There was also a spaghetti and meatball ...

Sayreville Woodshop Teacher Facing 7 Counts Of Criminal Sexual Contact

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Sayreville War Memorial High School teacher has been indicted for child endangerment and criminal sexual contact after he allegedly engaged in inappropriate touching of students as well as providing them with alcohol and marijuana.

Eric Pieklo, 51, of South Amboy, the woodshop teacher at the Sayreville War Memorial High School, was charged today with five counts of ...

New Major in Music Performance and Technology Coming to MCVTS this Fall

MIDDLESEX COUNTY - A new career major in music performance and technology will offered in the fall by the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.

The new major, the district’s 34th career major, will be part of the School of the Arts on the MCVTS East Brunswick Campus.

“We have an extensive arts program in our district, but one thing we haven’t had is a music ...

New Brunswick Walgreens To Participate In Free Naloxone Program

June 13, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - When select pharmacies across New Jersey give away free does of naloxone next week as part of Gov. Phil Murphy's pilot program, one pharmacy in the Hub City will be taking part.

The Walgreens at 20 Jersey Ave. is on the list to distribute doses of the drug that is commonly administered to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

On Tuesday, June 18, New Jerseyans ...

City Council Votes To Revoke Bar's Liquor License

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The City Council voted Wednesday night to revoke the liquor license of a bar where police said security guards were selling drugs.

Det. Ryan DeGraw, the city's Alcoholic Beverage Control officer, testified that cocaine, a gun and large sums of money were discovered the night in October 2018 when city police executed a search warrant on Mi Tierra bar at 14 Jersey ...

Highland Park Meeting To Discuss Children's Book Canceled Because Of Crowd Concerns

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - A public hearing scheduled for tonight to discuss the reading of a children's book that had been an unlikely flashpoint for controversy in the borough has been canceled due to "crowd control concerns."

"The library received feedback from residents, community leaders, and the police department about citizen safety and crowd control of numerous ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr

June 16, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND AREA -  As I sit here gathering some information on this week’s local fishing report, I am struck by the poor weather we have been experiencing. Right now, there are winds out of the northwest at over 20 miles per hour. At least the sun is out, however, even though the temperatures are in the low 70’s.

We have gone through a period of storms complete ...

South Brunswick High School Gearing Up For Sydney Schneider's Next World Cup Game With Jamaica

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, NJ - World Cup fever has hit South Brunswick High School, but the country the school, staff and coaches are all excited about may come as a surprise. Jamaica's World Cup run is on the hearts and minds of many folks because South Brunswick High School alumnus Sydney Schneider will be tending goal for the second time in the 2019 Women's World Cup for the Jamaican national ...

South Brunswick's Sydney Schneider Backstopping Jamaican National Team In World Cup

FRANCE - As the 2019 World Cup kicks off this weekend, a familiar face to Viking soccer fans will be in goal for Jamaica. Syndey Schneider will be backstopping the Jamaican team. Schneider was born and raised in Dayton and graduated from South Brunswick High School in 2017. In her freshman year at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, Schneider started all 19 games for the Seahawks, ...

SuperFresh Closes, Owes New Brunswick $768K In Back Rent

June 4, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - SuperFresh abruptly shut its doors over the weekend, marking yet another setback in the Parking Authority's attempts to install a supermarket on the bottom floor of the parking deck on Kirkpatrick Street.

The owners of the supermarket, who rent the space from the Parking Authority, had fallen behind in their monthly rent payments. As a result, the NBPA filed for ...

Berkeley College Is A Dedicated Chamber Member

June 11, 2019

Two decades. That is how long Berkeley College has been a member of the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

 

Jaime Pardo, a Career Services Counselor at Berkeley College, said the members within the chamber are one of the reasons Berkeley College has been a member themselves for so long. 

 

"The MCRCC members are honestly the best," Pardo ...

Join Us At Our Women's Leadership Committee June Meet & Greet

Summertime, good company and great food.

 

It's all that and much more at the Women's Leadership Committee June Meet & Greet, Wednesday, June 26 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Imperia 1714 Easton Ave., Somerset.  

 

We hope to see you there.  

 

It's Our Annual Meeting!

Join us on Thursday, June 20 at Forsgate Country Club for MCRCC's Annual General Meeting.  

 

Savor the flavor of a delicious lunch, connect with fellow chamber members, meet the Board of Directors and hear a keynote address by Kevin Corbett, Executive Director of NJ Transit.  

Fun Ways To Celebrate Dad For Father's Day

June 14, 2019

NEW JERSEY - It took a while for Father's Day to be embraced by the nation. Father's Day did not become a thing until 1972. Moms, on the other hand, had a day designated in their honor 58 years earlier. It took a bit, but eventually Father's Day was set for the third Sunday in June. Father's Day is June 16 and there are an abundant of fun, family-friendly ways to celebrate dad ...

Iconic Rock and Roll Photographer Mark Weiss, reimagines his photos as new art, continues the serendipitous magic

NEW JERSEY: If you were a child or a teen in the 1970's and 1980's, many nostalgic images may come to mind, The Brady Bunch, mixing and drinking Tang, telephone booths, Star Wars, Bubble Yum, Atari, of course the big hair, fashion exploding, Tiger Beat and MAD Magazine...

Most of today's rock and roll icons made their fame in the 70's and 80's.

"Man of La Mancha" Opens at Playhouse 22 on Friday

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -Man of La Mancha, a musical by Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh, and Joe Darion, directed by Letitia D. Townes opens at Playhouse 22 in East Brunswick on Friday, June 14.

Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth-century masterpiece El Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. The celebrated score includes “The ...

Matt and Diane Feldman Honored at Anshe Emeth

June 16, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Matt and Diane Feldman of Highland Park were honored on Sunday June 9 at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick with the Crown of Torah Award. This is the most prestigious award the synagogue offers honoring those who provide service to the Anshe Emeth community and the community at large.

The Feldmans have raised nearly $400,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society ...

On a Day of Celebration, East Brunswick's AARP Gives Awards to MCVTS Students

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  The "2019 Community Service Award" was presented by the East Brunswick Chapter #4855 of the AARP last week.  the award goes to a student from the East Brunswick Campus of the Middlesex Sounty Vocational and Technical Schools and consists of a framed certificate and a $250 check.  This year's winner was Franchesca Rodriquez of Perth ...

Sayreville Partners with the Pathways to Adult Living to Educate Residents about Recycling

June 12, 2019

SAYREVILLE, NJ - With China no longer accepting certain recycling materials, and requiring others to be much cleaner, New Jersey municipalities are continually challenged to comply with ever-changing recycling requirements.

Education of residents is vital, which is why the Borough of Sayreville is asking the Pathways to Adult Living (PAL) on Main Street for assistance. 

PAL, which ...

Pallone Praises New Brunswick's Renewable Energy Initiative

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. on Wednesday held up New Brunswick's aggressive renewable energy program as an example of the innovative initiatives at the heart of his multibillion-dollar infrastructure package.

Pallone made the comments at the Puerto Rican Action Board offices during and after a roundtable event with government, commercial and community leaders aimed at ...

Residents Invited To Meeting About City's Reusable Energy Program

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A public information meeting regarding New Brunswick’s new renewableNB program - one that will provide the city with the highest percentage of renewable energy use by any municipality in the state -  is scheduled for Thursday, June 6.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall, 78 Bayard St.

The City's partnership with ...

Get your Purple On and Run for a Cure for Pancreatic Cancer

June 14, 2019

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ  — It’s time to get together, walk, and run for a cure! The 11th Annual Pancreatic Cancer 5K Run/Walk, hosted by the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health, Office of Health Services, will be held Saturday, June 15 at 9 a.m. at Roosevelt Park in Edison. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

All funds raised go directly to the Rutgers Cancer ...

New Brunswick Walgreens To Participate In Free Naloxone Program

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - When select pharmacies across New Jersey give away free does of naloxone next week as part of Gov. Phil Murphy's pilot program, one pharmacy in the Hub City will be taking part.

The Walgreens at 20 Jersey Ave. is on the list to distribute doses of the drug that is commonly administered to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

On Tuesday, June 18, New Jerseyans ...

Rutgers Study: Motorized Scooter Head Injuries on the Rise

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Facial and head injuries from riding electric scooters have tripled over the past decade, according to a Rutgers study.

Electric scooter use has been increasing in popularity as a more environmentally friendly and efficient alternative to gas vehicles. However, state helmet laws vary, and the study found that many people are being injured from not wearing appropriate ...

New Brunswick Police Looking For Suspect Who Punched Man In Robbery

June 11, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City Police are searching for a man who punched a man on Hiram Square and took "an item" before fleeing toward Neilson Street.

The incident occured Saturday at about 12:45 a.m. between Neilson and Richmond streets.

The victim has been indentified as someone "affiliated with Rutgers University."

After the victim turned over an item, the man met up ...

Additional Charges Filed Against Old Bridge Man In Fatal Car Wreck

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A man accused of being intoxicated when he drove his luxury car across the double yellow line and into another vehicle - killing a 19-year-old woman and seriously injuring her passenger - has also been charged with aggravated manslaughter, authorities said.

Aliaksandr Tsytsenia, 28, of Old Bridge was charged Monday with one count of aggravated manslaughter in the first ...

Man Pleads Guilty In Hit-And-Run Death Of NBHS Vice Principal

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Piscataway man pleaded guilty today in causing the death of a 49-year-old New Brunswick High School vice principal during a hit and run incident in 2018, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today.

Freddy S. Garcia Jr., 22, of Piscataway pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - June 14, 2019

ATLANTIC CITY - It seems the only ones allowed to drink alcohol on the Boardwalk are the homeless drunks, but very soon anyone may partake. A bill is working through the state Legislature that would allow those aged 21 and over to carry a drink along the beach, boardwalk and other areas of the "tourism district," NJ 101.5reports.  It would seem this bill will move quickly ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 7, 2019

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - OK, we will take the bait. We, like everyone else, will write about Sen. Cory Booker's efforts to find a lost dog. It has all the elements of a modern-day news story. The story's plot is overly simple:  Two of the senator's staff members lost their dog, named Gumbo. The story is relevant: Booker is a senator and he is running for ...

“Wings over New Jersey” columnist Jack Elliott Memorialized Sunday

My walk to high school in Summit each day took me past a large brick compound called the New England Village Garden Apartments.  The buildings were rectangular and, except for white Colonial door mantels, they were otherwise nondescript.

The village was filled with older people, who wanted to stay in town after unloading their homes. Each day, kids like me would walk by, oblivious to the ...

Despite Gilded-Age Mansion in Elizabeth, the Sisters of St. Walburga Live Modestly

The mansion on North Broad Street in Elizabeth is out of the Gilded Age, the classic kind you see on Bernardsville Mountain, tucked away in Short Hills or on the Watchung ridge roads of Upper Montclair.

Its architect, C.H.P. Gilbert, built some of the grandest townhomes on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Park Slope in Brooklyn, for the turn-of-the-last century’s wealthiest elite, ...

New Jersey Date Night: Asbury Park is the Shore Thing

June 15, 2019

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

Summer is (unofficially) here and couples in New Jersey find themselves with the urge to see something experience something new. The yearning to get away is strong, but the desire to keep it close is even stronger.

Luckily for us, taking a road trip is easy in our state. With so many unique towns with so ...

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Warming Waters in Western Pacific May Increase Thunderstorms, Rainfall, Rutgers Study

June 17, 2019

NEWS BRUNSWICK, NJ - Warming waters in the western tropical Pacific Ocean have significantly increased thunderstorms and rainfall, which may affect the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and global sea-level rise, according to a Rutgers University–New Brunswick study.

Since the mid-1990s, West Antarctica – a massive ice sheet that sits on land – has been ...

Rutgers Offers Glimpse of New Athletic Performance Center

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers Athletics Department has released a preview video of the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center at Rutgers University.

The 307,000-square-foot, four-story facility and parking deck that rose via a partnership with the R Big Ten Build campaign, and tax credits under an Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant, will begin welcoming tenants later this ...

Rutgers Study: Motorized Scooter Head Injuries on the Rise

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Facial and head injuries from riding electric scooters have tripled over the past decade, according to a Rutgers study.

Electric scooter use has been increasing in popularity as a more environmentally friendly and efficient alternative to gas vehicles. However, state helmet laws vary, and the study found that many people are being injured from not wearing appropriate ...

Residence Inn Breaks Ground in East Brunswick

June 16, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ– The rainy skies parted just in time to celebrate the groundbreaking at the site of the future Residence Inn of East Brunswick. Those in attendance included owners Harish Surati and Bobby Sheth, Mayor Brad J. Cohen, Councilwoman Sharon Sullivan, Business Administrator Joe Criscuolo, and the REDCOM Design & Construction, LLC team. The new extended-stay facility is ...

Somerville Starlit Cinema Opens with "Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse"

June 16, 2019

SOMREVILLE, NJ - The Downtown Somerville Alliance has released the the lineup for the 2019 Thursday night Starlit Cinema Movie Series held on the Division Street pedestrian mall and walkway.

The series is set to kick off on July 11 with "Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse." the movies draw residents from all over Somerset County and provides a one of a kind source of family ...

OPINION

Paper or Plastic? New Jersey’s Food Industry Says Reusable

May 29, 2019

With all the talk of banning paper and plastic bags in New Jersey, there’s plenty of confusion.

There are varying municipal laws, plenty of debate and now consideration in the state Legislature that could serve as a uniform solution to phase out both single-use disposable plastic and paper bags, while encouraging the mass use of reusable bags in New Jersey.

Last year, Gov. Phil Murphy ...

Blast of Laughter for a Cause: Autism Awareness

June 12, 2019

This is a comedy show fundraiser presented by WallynZavy's  Autistic KIds Can Do!  Inc. to promote Autism Awareness.  This is a 5013c non-profit organization that supportts famiies that have children affected by Autism or have Special Needs through advocacy, social play dates, resources, seminars, workshops, community support and family counseling.  Autism is a ...

Flag Day is Friday, June 14

June 12, 2019

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Throughout the summer, we celebrate many holidays that honor our country and those that made sacrifices for our freedoms such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. One of these summer holidays that most of us tend to overlook is Flag Day, celebrated on June 14.

The flag of the United States of America represents all that should be important to Americans. It ...

Teen Entrepreneur Showcases Cookie Dough Pops at Franklin Food Truck Festival

June 10, 2019

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with teen entrepreneur Jesse Glauberg, proprietor of Do Boy Cookie Dough Pops at the 2nd Annual Franklin Food Truck Festival. The festival was held at Franklin High School this past May and benefitted Project Graduation for the class of 2019.

“I’ve been making cookies for a long time in my house and I always just continuously ate the ...

The Life of Television Legend & Native Son, Ernie Kovacs, is Celebrated in Trenton, New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Native Trentonian Ernie Kovacs was honored at the New Jersey State Museum, in the year when he would have been 100 years old. Through presentations, anecdotes and archival footage of his television work, the “Ernie Kovacs Centennial” honored Kovacs’ multiple contributions to television history, and the Mayor of Trenton, W. Reed Gusciora, proclaimed ...