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BREAKING NEWS: Police Seeking Missing East Brunswick Girl

April 16, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in locating a missing female. Stephanie Harkavy was last seen by her family on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, just after midnight.  When her family awoke on the morning of April 16, Harkavy was gone but her vehicle, purse and cellphone were still at her house.  Ms. Harkavy frequents Great Oak ...

Body of Unidentified Man Found in Basement Of Abandoned Home

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The body of an unidentified male has been recovered from the basement of an abandoned residence on Welton Street.

Authorities are attempting to identify the body, which was discovered Friday at about 9:59 a.m., according to a press release issued by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Director Anthony A. Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department.

The ...

Two New Brunswick Men Charged in Beating Death

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two city men have been charged with beating a 61-year-old man to death after a late-night verbal argument turned physical.

Joshua Robinson, 28, of New Brunswick, was captured early Thursday morning at a hotel in South Plainfield by members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Brunswick Police Department and the South Plainfield Police ...

Ortiz, Sadowski, Shukaitis Re-elected to New Brunswick School Board

April 16, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Incumbents Benito Oritz, Patricia Sadowski and Jennifer Shukaitis were re-elected to the school board on Tuesday.

Ortiz, Sadowski and Shukaitis were victorious at the polls in 2013 and again in 2016.

Sadowski received 362 votes, Ortiz received 361 and Shukaitis received 355, according to unofficial results provided by New Brunswick City Clerk Leslie ...

Meet The Candidates For New Brunswick Board of Education

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The six candidates running for three seats on the Board of Education were asked by TAPinto New Brunswick to fill out a questionnaire about their work experience, school and position on some of the issues concerning the board.

The three challengers, Gary Cruz, Brandon A. España and Jerry B. Mercado, who will appear together on the election ballot under the slogan ...

New Brunswick School Election Day 2019: When polls open, what you need to know

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, April 16, to fill four school board seats as well as decide whether or not to approve the school district’s proposed $223.5 million budget. There are challengers for three of the seats. For the fourth seat, a two-year seat, the incumbent is running unopposed.

When are polls open?

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where is ...

Trash, Trash Go Away…We’re Cleaning Up Piscataway

April 15, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Cloudy skies and a little rain did not stop residents and community groups from coming out on Saturday to help pick up litter from parks around the township.

The goals for community-wide cleanup day are litter prevention and minimizing waste “to improve the landscape in our community and help make our community a better place to live, work and play,” ...

State of the County 2019: Middlesex County is Where Ideas Become Reality

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Over 350 residents, business leaders, elected officials, students, and County officials were on hand for the 2019 State of the County Address.  The Address was delivered by Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios, on behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Middlesex County College in Edison.

 

In his address, the ...

Unhappy with NJ Politicians? You're Not Alone; Rutgers-FDU Poll Finds Less Than Half of NJ Residents View Top Leaders Favorably

NEW BRUNSWICK and MADISON, NJ – When it comes to likeability, New Jersey’s current and former elected officials leave a lot to be desired, Garden State residents say. The inaugural joint survey from the polling units at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics and Fairleigh Dickinson University finds that not a single politician scores a favorable ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Area Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson, Sr.

April 19, 2019

Water temperatures in the southern Ocean County area are slowly rising into the mid 50’s, and that means the fish are getting more active. At this point good numbers of striped bass are being caught in the bay waters even though most are still under keeper size. While bluefish have still not made an appearance, black drum are beginning to show up in decent numbers already in the Great Bay ...

Spotswood Defeats New Brunswick On The Courts

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Spotswood High School boys tennis team defeated New Brunswick High School on Wednesday, 5-0. Spotswood doubles teams won by forfeit while all three singles won in straight sets. Derek Miller defeated Brandon Jimenez-Castillo, (6-0, 6-0), Jason Acheampong beat Kevin Cruz in his second singles match, (6-0, 6-0) and Bryan Chan won over Alex Sarahia-Sanchez, (6-0, 6-0).

Baseball’s High Tech Future is Now at TD Bank Ballpark

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – What looks like a square satellite dish the size of a car door has been bolted to the roof of TD Bank Ballpark between Luxury Suites 301 and 302 facing towards the pitcher’s mound and home plate.

Fans of the Somerset Patriots will have a front-row seat during the 2019 season experiencing the future of baseball.

Meet Trackman, part camera, part computer, the ...

Jessica Schwartz and Adam Livow Are Just Two of Many Individuals Who Help Represent iPlay America in Freehold

April 16, 2019













Jess Schwartz, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of iPlay America



Jessica Schwartz, Vice President Sales & Marketing of iPlay America, and Adam Livow, Executive Chef at iPlay America, are proud employees of the iPlay America family in ...

Start Practicing Your Swing for the 73rd Annual Bernie Cohn Golf Classic

The 73rd Annual Bernie Cohn Golf Classic begins Monday, May 13 at Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Dr. in Monroe, from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Once again we are dedicating this year's outing to a man who's magnetism, enthusiasm and his 'going out of the way' approach, led to his success in business and charitable work. Cohn was active with the MCRCC and is the ...

Join Us For The Community Leaders of Distinction, Thursday, May 2

Don't miss out on the Chamber's Annual Community Leaders of Distinction Thursday, May 2 at The Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27 in Edison from 6-9 p.m.

 

Members are selected for their remarkable achievements and dedication in their professional and personal accomplishments. The nominees carry on the tradition of outstanding individuals in the community. We also select one corporate ...

Tom Kean Launches Campaign For New Jersey's 7th Congressional District

April 17, 2019

CLARK, NJ – State Sen. Tom Kean launched his 2020 campaign for New Jersey's 7th Congressional district last night.

He was introduced by his father, former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean Sr.

Kean, a lifelong New Jersey resident who grew up in Livingston and a resident of Westfield, announced his candidacy to a packed room at the Clark American Legion Hall with leaders and supporters ...

New Brunswick School Election Day 2019: When polls open, what you need to know

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, April 16, to fill four school board seats as well as decide whether or not to approve the school district’s proposed $223.5 million budget. There are challengers for three of the seats. For the fourth seat, a two-year seat, the incumbent is running unopposed.

When are polls open?

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where is ...

Booker Kicks Off Presidential Campaign Where Political Career Began

NEWARK, NJ - Cory Booker returned to the city where his political career was sparked, hoping that his presidential campaign catches fire with a progressive message steeped in terms of love and empathy at the start of a bruising primary battle. 

"This community taught me all about not that feel-good, easy-going love. It is strong, courageous and defiant love. The kind of love that ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (April 15)

April 15, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK – Now that we have been enjoying the month of April for a couple of weeks, we can continue to get excited for more outdoor events in and around the Hub City. Don’t worry there is still plenty to do inside as well. Well, what are you waiting for? Happy event hunting!

Monday, April 15
Chicago 8 p.m. 
Where: State Theatre New Jersey

See Chicago, the legendary ...

George Street Playhouse Taking Shape; New Season Has 'Wow' Factor

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - David Saint has directed Keith Carradine and Amy Irving. He collaborated with Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, but a couple of construction workers seemed to leave him, at least for a moment, flustered on Tuesday.

Saint, the Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse, was in the middle of welcoming media members to a walking tour of the new and ...

Somerville: Paul Robeson "Comes Alive" on Same Stage Where He Performed Over 100 Years Ago

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Undeniably the most famous person to have lived in the borough, Paul Robeson had an extraordinary life growing up in his father's church, on the high school football field and on the stage at what is now the Somerville Middle School.

Those talents would lead him to accolades as an All-American football player at Rutgers University and later in life, plaudits for his ...

Recall Alert - Metal Pieces Found in Tyson Chicken Strips

March 25, 2019

WASHINGTON - Approximately 70,000 pounds of Tyson Foods, frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips may be contaminated with pieces of metal, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recall was initiated after two consumer complaints were received.

The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips that are being recalled were produced on November 30, ...

Franklin Township: Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride Less than Two Weeks Away

April 16, 2019

SOMERSET, NJ - Hundreds of cyclists from around the area are expected to help fight hunger in the 30th edition of what has become a community tradition, the annual Tour de Franklin on April 28. 

The charity bike ride is organized by the Franklin Food Bank.

According to organizers, Tour de Franklin started in 1989, when local resident and cyclist, Paul Goldberg, recruited his fellow ...

Baby Bottle Brigade Comes Marching in to the Brunswick Square Mall

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -: The Center for Great Expectations is proud to announce its collaboration with the Brunswick Square Mall and Northfield Bank to host a special Baby Bottle Brigade—April 13-May 11, 2019—to benefit and support the moms and babies who are the focus of the agency’s superb human service programs. The Baby Bottle Brigade is a fun way to bring the community ...

Code Blue Volunteers Honored For Their Dedication To Helping Others Stay Warm

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - No matter how cold the nights got, David Charles Leon, John S. El-Maraghy, Marissa Lavelle Tacinelli and Chadd Heyman left the comfort of their warm homes to help others who didn't have one.

They were honored at Thursday's Board of  Chosen Freeholders meeting for their volunteer work with the city's Code Blue program.

The Code Blue program provides a ...

Trash, Trash Go Away…We’re Cleaning Up Piscataway

April 15, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Cloudy skies and a little rain did not stop residents and community groups from coming out on Saturday to help pick up litter from parks around the township.

The goals for community-wide cleanup day are litter prevention and minimizing waste “to improve the landscape in our community and help make our community a better place to live, work and play,” ...

NJ First Lady Praises Husband, Bashes Trump For Climate Initiatives

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - New Jersey's First Lady praised her husband's efforts to combat climate change, saying that Phil Murphy is trying to "push back" against the Trump Administration's initiatives.

Tammy Murphy made the comments as the keynote speaker at the 23rd New Jersey Land Conservation Rally, a sort of comic con for similarly ecologically minded advocates who filled ...

Statewide Litter Survey Shows a 53 Percent Drop in Trash on New Jersey Streets and Highways

TRENTON, NJ - When the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC) learned the findings of a comprehensive report showed litter along streets and highways has been reduced by 53 percent over a 13-year period, the obvious question was: What about the other 47 percent?

That is why the NJCCC has launched a statewide media campaign in 2019 to inform residents about the findings of the report, as ...

Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party: Survivors Serve up Hope

March 25, 2019

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The co-anchor for ABC News’ 20/20 had recently turned 40 when she was asked to take a mammogram for a television segment.

Amy Robach had every intention of turning down the story, but five years later Robach is thankful she did take the cancer screening.

Speaking to about 400 people at the Susan G. Komen North Jersey affiliate’s Pink Tie Party on Friday, ...

Activists Say Some in Community' On Edge' After City Man Detained in ICE Sweep

April 19, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A recent statewide Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sweep that resulted in one city man being detained has many in the community on edge, local immigration activists said.

According to an ICE statement issued last week, 123 foreign nationals were taken into custody during a month-long operation that "targeted at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and ...

Convicted Parking Authority Employees Going Back To Court For Resentencing

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Two New Brunswick Parking Authority employees who were serving five-year sentences for failing to report or prevent other employees from stealing thousands of dollars in parking fees are heading back to court.

Emil Hanna, 64, and Emad Naguib, 56, both of Old Bridge, will be going back to court for resentencing after the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office ...

Attorney Seeks Psychiatric Help for Coach Charged With Sexual Assault

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - An attorney for the now former New Brunswick Middle School coach and paraprofessional who is charged with having repeated sexual contact with a teenage student on school grounds wants to have a psychiatrist treat his client.

Eugene Colbert, 31, of South River, a former employee and coach at the Middle School,  is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault of ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - April 9, 2019




The Jaffe Briefing will go on Spring Break starting Thursday, April 11 - we will return (slightly sunburnt) on Monday, April 22


TRENTON - He's baaack. Former Gov. Chris Christie is vowing to share more of his unsolicited opinions about the current governor, after 15 months of relative silence and a book tour. This is exactly what New Jersey ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 8, 2019




The Jaffe Briefing will go on Spring Break starting Thursday, April 11 - we will return (slightly sunburnt) on Monday, April 22


STATEWIDE - What's more alarming? The fact that 1.4 million people in New Jersey get their drinking water from water systems infused with lead, or the fact that this could have been happening for years on end, before ...

Holy Thursday's Watch Offers an Opportunity for Reflection and Prayer

Connectivity – a doublespeak word if there ever was one.

It is, in fact, dis-connectivity. Life through devices makes us not present in our immediate world and takes us outside of ourselves and into the world of entertainment, sports, social media, etc.

My favorite is the commercial for some streaming service where the guy says “Now you watch movies on your phone,” as if ...

How to Make Perfectly Cooked Hard-Boiled Eggs

April 19, 2019

When it comes to the simple hard-boiled egg, it seems nothing is simple. Some people will swear by steaming them in an egg cooker or Instant Pot. Others have taken to using a sous vide. And those things are great — if you have them. But all you really need to make a great egg is a pot and some water.

This method is great for making anything from one large egg to a couple dozen at ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, April 21, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Wed, April 24, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Thu, April 25, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Protestors Flood Winants Hall, Old Queens In Support Of Part-Time Lecturers

April 18, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - About 250 protestors Wednesday entered Winants Hall and Old Queens on Rutgers, seeking to speak with university officials about the contract status of part-time lecturers.

It wasn't clear if Rutgers President Robert Barchi was in his office at Winants Hall or if he chose not to come down to speak to the crowd. A secretary in the building lobby said she had called ...

Rutgers, Faculty Reach Tentative Agreement, Avert First Faculty Strike In School History

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers and the union representing nearly 5,000 of its faculty members reached a tentative agreement late Tuesday night, bringing to an end more than a year of bargaining and averting the first faculty strike in the university's 253-year history.

The Rutgers AAUP-AFT released a statement at about 9:15 p.m., stating the gains secured by its ranks - from ...

Union Leader Calls Ongoing Negotiations With Rutgers a 'Good Sign'

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The president of the union representing nearly 5,000 Rutgers faculty members said the fact that Monday's talks have stretched into Tuesday is a "good sign."

However, Deep Kumar, president of AAUP-AFT, told TAPinto New Brunswick on Tuesday that union remains ready to strike.

"We are making progress at the bargaining table," Kumar said. "This ...

BREAKING NEWS: Police Seeking Missing East Brunswick Girl

April 16, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in locating a missing female. Stephanie Harkavy was last seen by her family on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, just after midnight.  When her family awoke on the morning of April 16, Harkavy was gone but her vehicle, purse and cellphone were still at her house.  Ms. Harkavy frequents Great Oak ...

Franklin Township: Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride Less than Two Weeks Away

April 16, 2019

SOMERSET, NJ - Hundreds of cyclists from around the area are expected to help fight hunger in the 30th edition of what has become a community tradition, the annual Tour de Franklin on April 28. 

The charity bike ride is organized by the Franklin Food Bank.

According to organizers, Tour de Franklin started in 1989, when local resident and cyclist, Paul Goldberg, recruited his fellow ...

OPINION

Massachusetts Benefits from Lingering Law to Sell Liquor in New Jersey Supermarkets

March 29, 2019

In Massachusetts, we have been following the ongoing debate in New Jersey to expand the number of liquor licenses that one entity can own. For decades, supermarkets and other entities in both states have been unnecessarily and unfairly limited under outdated laws that stymie business growth and customer convenience.

Massachusetts had endured these onerous restrictions until lawmakers and ...

D.A.R.E. Program at NuView Academy

April 17, 2019

 Despite Piscataway Township Police Department Detective Calvin Laughlin’s participation in over 150 S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) team raids, he has never shot anyone, he told Upper Elementary students at NuView Academy.

“Never shot anybody, and I hope I never have to,” said the 19-year veteran, who is teaching the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) ...

Etheridge Family Medical: Spring Cleaning

March 25, 2019

 Etheridge Family Medicine: "Where we focus on preventive care for a long, healthy and prosperous life." 

SOMERSET, NJ - WOW!

It's that time of year again already. Spring is finally here, bringing with it hopes of better days to come, beautiful warm weather and dreamy star-filled nights.

Rather than focus on our usual goals of beautifying our houses and yards ...

New Jersey-Based Jaguar USA Wins Three World Car Awards at the 2019 New York International Auto Show

April 18, 2019

NEW YORK, NY -- Jaguar USA, based in Mahwah, New Jersey, was the recipient of the top three World Car Awards at the New York International Auto Show this year for the same model, the Jaguar I-PACE.

Entirely electric and in the SUV category, the Jaguar I-PACE received the awards for World Car of the Year, Design of the Year, and Green Car of the Year. It is unprecedented for one manufacturer to ...

More than Just Books, Totowa Public Library is Local Center for Community Events

TOTOWA, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with staff members at the Totowa Public Library at the recent “Mind and Body Expo” to learn about the many events and community services frequently hosted at the library.

“It’s a chance for everybody to come out and learn more about themselves,” said Philip Schirner, Page at the Totowa Library, speaking about the Anxiety and ...

Home Grown New Jersey Filmmaker Tells His Backstage Story of Life as a Roadie

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with TJ Hoffmann, Producer of “Roadie: My Documentary,” which won “Best Home Grown Documentary Feature” at the 2019 Garden State Film Festival. The film looks back at Hoffmann’s 20 year career as a roadie, and incorporates his personal video archives starting with his tours in the 80s. “My film gives everyone a little peek ...

Celebrate National Barbershop Quartet Day with Deke Sharon Mentoring New Jersey’s Next Generation of Singers

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Deke Sharon, considered the “father of contemporary a cappella,” joined New Jersey’s top choral experts at James Caldwell High School for the annual Jersey Harmony Explosion festival, held every winter.

High school and middle school students from across New Jersey spent the day receiving choral and quartet instruction from a capella pros. The day ...

“Fitness for Mind & Body Expo” at Totowa Public Library Shows Connection Between Good Mental and Physical Health

TOTOWA, NJ -- On Saturday, April 6, at the Totowa Public Library, The Anxiety & Depression Initiative presented the “Fitness for Mind and Body Expo,” to provide opportunities for the local community to discover ways to be physically active in order to support wellness of both the body and mind.

“The Anxiety & Depression Initiative’s mission is to promote ...