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Police: Report of Gunshots Followed Large Fistfight

July 16, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police said that gunshots were fired late Saturday morning as a result of a fistfight that occurred between several people on Senior Street between Sicard and Wyckoff streets.

According to a release from Capt. J.T. Miller, gunshots were fired at about 3 a.m. There were no reports of injuries.

The New Brunswick Police Department continues to investigate this ...

Old Bridge Man Charged in Crash that Killed 2 Women

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An Old Bridge man has been arrested and charged in a crash that killed two women and left a man injured early Saturday morning, police said.

Tristan R. Rodriguez, 23, has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide in the second degree and one count of assault by auto in the fourth degree, according to a statement released by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C.

Something to Bark About: K-9 Celeste Joins Sheriff's Officers

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Detection, recovery, and rescue are the main functions of the Middlesex County Sheriff's K-9 program. Now a new highly-trained pup has been added to the team.

K-9 Celeste is ready to put her best paw forward.  This German Shepherd and her partner, Sheriff’s Officer Rafael Morales, are now certified to track criminals and missing persons.

Starting ...

New Brunswick Schools Lead Way in Food Waste Reduction

July 18, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Salvaging and redistributing unused packs of carrots, containers of milk and other food items from school lunchrooms just might be the next big idea in the struggle to feed the 1 million food-insecure residents across the state.

And, the New Brunswick school district is one of the few to have implemented the plan.

Instead of throwing away their unwanted apples, ...

Patriots Pay Tribute to National Spelling Bee Champ

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots will welcome 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champion Christopher Serrao to TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday, July 16th for the team’s 7:05 pm game against the York Revolution.

Serrao, a 13-year old from Whitehouse Station, was among the eight spellers who became the first-ever to share an eight-way tie of the coveted title in the 92-year history ...

Snooze Alarm: Bill To Test Later School Start Time Heads To Governor

HACKENSACK, NJ - Students at some New Jersey high schools may soon be able to hit the snooze alarm a few more times each morning before heading off to hit the books.

A bill that would authorize the state Department of Education to create a four-year pilot program to study whether later start times should be implemented at New Jersey high schools was approved last week by the state legislature ...

Picket Line Halts Work at Future New Brunswick Performing Arts Center

July 8, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The show did not go on at the site of the future New Brunswick Performing Arts Center on Livingston Avenue, where work ceased on the $172 million project that has booked shows as early as September.

Several workers picketed Monday in front of the building that will soon become a home for theater, dance and opera, brandishing signs and posing next to two towering inflatable ...

Pallone Continues Fight Against Robocall Scams

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ - Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06) will host a press conference with business and consumer advocate leaders to highlight the dangers of robocalls on Monday.

In 2018, Americans received an estimated 47.8 billion robocalls.

Last May, consumers received an estimated 20 million robocalls in the 732 area code alone. 

The event will take place at a technology firm ...

Treatment Company's Bid Challenge Holds Water With City

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Burlington County-based water treatment company successfully protested a bid to provide work at the city's water treatment plant.

Municipal Maintenance Co. of Cinnaminson was awarded the contract to provide mechanical and electrical maintenance and emergency repair work at the city's water treatment plant and pump stations. Originally, Morris County-based Longo ...

Rutgers Football to Play 150th Season In Newly Named SHI Stadium

July 19, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers football team will celebrate the 150th season in SHI Stadium after the school announced today that it has signed a multiyear partnership with the global IT solutions provider.

The 52,454-seat SHI Stadium, pronounced by its initials, will be home to the football and men's and women's lacrosse teams.

The stadium will host its first sporting event on ...

Coach Stringer Set to Return to Rutgers For Her 25th Season

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - C. Vivian Stringer will be back for her 25th season as coach of the Rutgers women's basketball team.

A school spokesperson confirmed Friday morning that the 71-year-old coach who has amassed 1,091 victories and widespread respect over a 48-season career has resumed her duties as coach.

Stringer took a leave of absence with about three weeks left in this past season ...

Milltown Little League Falls in District 3 Game One

TOMS RIVER, NJ – A game, but undermanned and tired Milltown Little League U12 team entered the District 3 playoffs coming off an emotional, come from behind 3-2 victory over Sayreville last week. The fatigue showed, and although never giving up, the young warriors fell to North Howell on Saturday afternoon by a 12-2 score in a game shortened to 4 innings due to the ten-run rule.

Milltown ...

Plans For 94-unit Apartment Building Get Green Light by Zoning Board

July 9, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A developer is moving forward with plans to raze seven homes and the Sixth Ward Service Center and construct a five-story, 94-unit apartment building in the northwest part of the city.

Recon Services LLC received bulk and use variances at the Zoning Board meeting on Monday.

The Courtland Plaza Apartments will be located at the intersections of Courtland Street, Central ...

Labor Dispute Resolved at Future New Brunswick Performing Arts Center

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Construction resumed at the site of the future New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, one day after a labor dispute halted work on the $172 million project.

Workers in hard hats scurried about and the sound of drills and hammers filled the air on Livingston Avenue on Tuesday.

Things were a lot quieter Monday when workers walked off the job. Construction equipment was ...

SuperFresh Wilted Like Week-Old Lettuce. What Might Be Next?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Twice the New Brunswick Parking Authority has tried to bring in supermarkets into downtown New Brunswick, on Kirkpatrick Street. And twice, they wilted and died like week-old lettuce.

Now, TAPinto New Brunswick has learned the New Brunswick Parking Authority, which oversees the property, is considering other options for the space wedged into the 49,000 square-foot ...

Murphy Stops in New Brunswick to Trumpet Historic Economic News

July 18, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy came to the Hub City on Thursday to trumpet the good news about New Jersey’s economy.

Numbers released Thursday showed the state’s unemployment rate has fallen to 3.5% - the lowest rate in history.

Prime examples of how to sustain that economic growth, however, could be found right here in New Brunswick, Murphy said.

Speaking at ...

NJ Amazon Fulfillment Centers in High Gear During Prime Day

EDISON, NJ -  There was a buzz in the air at the Amazon fulfillment center last week. Many of the 2,000 workers inside this 900,000 square foot center were dutifully, briskly ramping up for Prime Day, which ends tonight.

The 36-hour special Amazon Prime Day allows members to take advantage of millions of deals on everything from rice cakes to running shoes, from TVs to toddler beds, ...

A Great June Meet & Greet Was Held on June 13

There was plenty of “meeting” and “greeting” taking place at the chamber’s June Meet & Greet June 13 at The Blue Horse Restaurant in Highland Park. Members clinked drinks to the summer season and exchanged business cards as they met new business professionals.

Chamber Meet & Greets are a great opportunity for members to network with the best of Middlesex ...

Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest 2019 Offers Music, Dance, Art and More

July 18, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest 2019, a partnership of Rutgers Gardens and New Brunswick Cultural Center, Inc., will take place Saturday July 27, at 3 p.m.

This free, family-friendly event, which will feature live music, dance performances, cooking demos, garden tours, chalk art, painting and more, is now part of the Arts New Brunswick’s Hub City Sounds 2019 Concert & ...

Playhouse 22 Announces New Season

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick's Playhouse 22 is starting the summer off right with its inaugural play Footloose beginning next week in the Summer Under the Stars theater, but there's a lot ahead for the renowned theater in Central New Jersey, too.

Playhouse 22 will offer a crowd-pleasing season next year, following the popular and well-produced plays and musicals onstage ...

Ten Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week

NEW BRUNSWICK – Restaurant week here in New Brunswick has officially commenced! Read on to hear more details on participating restaurants and other fun-filled activities in store for this upcoming week!

Restaurant Week 2019 – Saturday, July 13 – Saturday, July 27

New Brunswick City Center restaurants are as diverse as they are exceptional and now you have the ...

Somerville: Verve Restaurant, Bar & Bistro Voted No. 1 in New Jersey

July 1, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A noted New Jersey food critic and man about town has selected Verve Restaurant, Bar & Bistro as the Number One bar in all of New Jersey after sifting through 30,000 online votes for 405 nominees and an exhaustive road trip to visit the finalists..

But the accolades and kudos extend far beyond the doorway of the popular gathering spot on East Main Street to the other ...

Feast Brunswick! Special Menus at Local Restaurants

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick will host its first Restaurant Week, featuring special menus and deals for customers from Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, August 4, 2019.  Welcome to Feast Brunswick!

The new event will be sponsored by the township of East Brunswick in partnership with the East Brunswick Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Local eateries will shine during ...

New Brunswick Schools Lead Way in Food Waste Reduction

July 18, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Salvaging and redistributing unused packs of carrots, containers of milk and other food items from school lunchrooms just might be the next big idea in the struggle to feed the 1 million food-insecure residents across the state.

And, the New Brunswick school district is one of the few to have implemented the plan.

Instead of throwing away their unwanted apples, ...

Sun's Out, Guns Out: CKO Kickboxing Raises Funds and Builds Muscles

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - On Saturday, June 29, CKO Kickboxing of East Brunswick took part in a push-up challenge to support "Jar of Hope."  625 push-ups earned a local charity $625.

The fundraiser consisted of members performing 10 push ups for $10 which was led by Jar of Hope founder, James Raffone.  Jar of Hope's mission is dedicated to bringing awareness and raising ...

TAPinto Newark Earns Top Honors From NJ Society of Professional Journalists

NEWARK, NJ - TAPinto Newark on Saturday received two top honors and second place recognition from the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists for grassroots journalism and investigative reporting. 

Work from TAPinto Newark Editor Mark J. Bonamo, reporter Rebecca Panico and freelancer Thomas E. Franklin were honored.

MORE: TAPinto Newark Wins Two First-Place Reporting ...

High School, College Students Sought For County Youth Conservation Corps

July 17, 2019

MIDDLESEX COUNTY - Applications are being accepted for the Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps, whose mission is to protect and preserve the more than 8,000 acres of open space owned and maintained by Middlesex County.

The county recognizes these natural areas must always be guarded against misuse, polluters and the forces of nature, and needs help in keeping these areas green and ...

Middlesex County to Hold Hazardous Waste Collection Day

MIDDLESEX COUNTY -  County residents looking to get rid of hazardous household waste items can dispose of them at Piscataway Technical High School, 21 Suttons Lane on Friday, July 19 from noon - 6 p.m.

The Household Hazardous Waste Program is a service provided for Middlesex County residents only, and is free of charge. 

The event will be held rain or shine.

Containers ...

Rutgers Professor Focuses on How to Save Corals

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The best way to protect corals threatened by climate change is to conserve a wide range of their habitats, according to a study in "Nature Climate Change." The finding likely applies to conservation efforts for many other species in the ocean and on land, including trees and birds.

“Rather than conserving just the cold places with ...

Police Warn Against Danger in Cars During Heat Wave

July 18, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Children dying from heatstroke in cars, either because they were left or became trapped, have reached a record number. In 2018, 52 children lost their lives — the most in over 20 years. This year, there have been 20 such deaths as of July 11.

Vehicular heatstroke deaths don’t just happen when a child is forgotten. The second leading cause (26%) of such deaths ...

$2M In Grants Will Aid Rutgers Cancer Institute Study Rare Blood Cancer

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - More than $2 million in grants recently awarded to Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey resident researcher Daniel Herranz Benito, PhD, will support examination of potential treatment targets for a rare and aggressive blood cancer.

T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is a type of ALL that impacts children and adults. Most forms of ALL stem from early development ...

New Brunswick Opens Cooling Centers For Residents

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city announced that three cooling centers are available for residents to utilize during today's heat.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory until 8 p.m. tonight. Today's high is expected to reach 94 degrees in New Brunswick.

Residents without adequate relief from the heat are welcome to go to the New Brunswick Free Public Library on 60 ...

Rally to Call For Closure of ICE Detention Centers Set For Friday in New Brunswick

July 11, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Several organizations from the city and beyond will band together Friday to call for the closure of ICE detention centers in the state.

The Lights For Liberty Rally will start at the intersection of Albany and George streets at 6:30 p.m.

Central Jersey Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is co-sponsoring the protest along with groups including ACLU People Power - ...

George Street Bench Becomes Memorial for Woman Who Was Found Dead

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A makeshift memorial of flowers and notes have been placed on a bench on George Street where a 62-year woman who was found dead Monday.

Captain J.T. Miller told TAPinto New Brunswick that New Brunswick police officers were called to the bench outside First Methodist Church at about 10:25 a.m.

Officers found the woman unresponsive. EMS personnel arrived and determined ...

Rutgers Study Links Concentration of Urban Firearms Dealers, Intimate Partner Homicide

CAMDEN, NJ — Illegal guns tend to be the focus of crimes committed, but there are high risks of intimate partner homicide with legally-purchased firearms as well, according to a new Rutgers University–Camden study.

The study — an analysis of 16 states conducted by Richard Stansfield and Daniel Semenza, assistant professors of criminal justice at Rutgers–Camden — ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - June 17, 2019

STATEWIDE - It's so hot that Vanilla Ice changed his name to just 'Vanilla.' It's so hot that Dick Cheney is waterboarding himself. It's so hot that two trees are fighting over a dog. Yeah, it's hot out there, says the National Weather Service, which has issued a days-long excessive heat watch for Mercer, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties - with the heat ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 16, 2019

STATEWIDE - Move along, Baby Boomers. That's the message of Generation X, as Rutgers researchers report that the Boomers are finally relinquishing the reigns of power in New Jersey and are now focused on retirement. RU Economist James Hughes is calling it "the greatest age structure transformation in population history," as the Boomers are leaving a significant void on the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 11, 2019

STATEWIDE - If you haven't noticed, it is summer. It is humid, it is sticky and that thing chewing on your arm happens to be a mosquito. State health officials are launching an awareness campaign for all those out there who may not know about this annoying flying insect, and how those bites can create more problems than the common itch, NJ 101.5 reports.  To show they are ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 10, 2019

STATEWIDE - Local politicians who want to post unfiltered messages on social media - without any questions from those pesky reporters - are now out of luck. Following the barrage of famously unchallenged tweets by President Trump since 2016, a federal court has ruled that politicians are not allowed to block posted comments from the public. Seven people sued the President, after his Twitter ...

50 Years Later, Apollo 11 Remains Our Greatest Achievement

The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 commemorates the single greatest achievement in the history of mankind.

In our world of rankings, I don’t think anyone can argue the point.

A man walked on the moon.

A member of species earthbound for thousands upon thousands of years, left footprints on that mysterious silver globe in the sky that inspired wonder and fear since man’s ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Revolutionary Morristown Bar Crawl

July 20, 2019

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

Nothing beats a warm summer night — the perfect time to grab your date’s hand and go for a walk. With so many quaint New Jersey towns from which to choose there’s no shortage of options, but Morristown stands out thanks to great architecture and history dating back to the Revolutionary War. It ...

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Sun, July 21, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

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Arts & Entertainment Education

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Wed, July 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, July 25, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

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

Arts & Entertainment Education

Will Rutgers Be Mocked For New Stadium Name?

July 19, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The snarky comments have already started about the name of the new Rutgers Stadium. 

Several students walking on College Avenue today after news that the Rutgers football team - coming off a 1-11 season - will be playing its games at SHI Stadium shook their heads. Cue the memes and crude comments.

"People are going to be cruel to them on social ...

Rutgers Football to Play 150th Season In Newly Named SHI Stadium

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers football team will celebrate the 150th season in SHI Stadium after the school announced today that it has signed a multiyear partnership with the global IT solutions provider.

The 52,454-seat SHI Stadium, pronounced by its initials, will be home to the football and men's and women's lacrosse teams.

The stadium will host its first sporting event on ...

Coach Stringer Set to Return to Rutgers For Her 25th Season

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - C. Vivian Stringer will be back for her 25th season as coach of the Rutgers women's basketball team.

A school spokesperson confirmed Friday morning that the 71-year-old coach who has amassed 1,091 victories and widespread respect over a 48-season career has resumed her duties as coach.

Stringer took a leave of absence with about three weeks left in this past season ...

Playhouse 22 Announces New Season

July 18, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick's Playhouse 22 is starting the summer off right with its inaugural play Footloose beginning next week in the Summer Under the Stars theater, but there's a lot ahead for the renowned theater in Central New Jersey, too.

Playhouse 22 will offer a crowd-pleasing season next year, following the popular and well-produced plays and musicals onstage ...

Nailed It: Somerville’s Newest Store Welcomes Do-It-Yourselfers

July 17, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Angelina Rivera is the latest small business owner to fulfill her dream and open a Main Street store.

Welcome to the Nailed It Do It Yourself Studio at 46 E. Main St., a space filled with stools, workbenches, hand tools and power tools, paints and other supplies needed to complete a variety of craft projects.

The store provides instructions, plans, and all the ...

OPINION

School Districts Can Save Millions of Dollars by Prioritizing Public Specialized Schools Over Private Ones

July 2, 2019

In the next fiscal year, the tuition at two private schools for students with disabilities in New Jersey will cost taxpayers $116,603, and $118,532 per year to educate a child with autism.

There is no question that these private schools, and many others like them in New Jersey, provide a quality education for students who require out-of-district placements to ensure academic success.

But ...

Election Policies for November 5, 2019 General Election

July 11, 2019

Election Policies for November 5, 2019 General Election

Candidate Statements:  Candidates can submit a maximum of one candidate statement per week (including photos) at no charge. Statements can be submitted from Labor Day (September 2, 2019) until Saturday, November 2, 2019 at midnight EST (for publication on Saturday, November 2 or Sunday, November 3, 2019). Publication of candidate ...

Hoboken Real Estate Market Fueled by Families and New Businesses

July 12, 2019

HOBOKEN, NJ -- In Part 2 of HomeGrown: Hoboken, Host Stephanie Willoughby talks with two women business owners in the mile-square city about how Hoboken’s revival and growth has also made the city a more welcoming place for families.  

Pamela Kalman, Owner of PKL Properties, spoke about the thriving real estate market in Hoboken.  Kalman said that there is no ...

Steve Adubato Talks Sopranos Prequel and Gandolfini Legacy with Actor Matt Servitto

NEW JERSEY -- Teaneck, NJ native, actor Matt Servitto, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato, where he discussed the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie currently being filmed in New Jersey.

Servitto, who played FBI Special Agent Dwight Harris on the show, said that with this year being the 20th anniversary of the airing of the Sopranos, James Gandolfini has been on his mind a lot these ...