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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 Schedule Early Dismissal Before the Storm

February 19, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - As another winter storm is expected to hit the state, school officials announced that all schools will have an early dismissal on Wednesday.

"Due to inclement weather, NBPS will follow the early dismissal schedule for tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20, 2019," district officials announced in an alert sent out shortly before 7 p.m.

The high school and other ...

New Brunswick Schools Closed Tuesday; Governor Declares State of Emergency

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 ...

Middlesex County Seeks Volunteers to 'Set The Table' to Set an Agenda

February 21, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - What better to hear what people really think about day-to-day life than over a relaxing meal.

Now Middlesex County freeholders are looking for volunteers to host a dinner, at county expense, and have groups of residents say what they think would improve their community.

Working with Rutgers University’s Public Outreach and Engagement Team (POET), the county is ...

As Snow Storm Hits, Parking Decks Open to get Cars Off Streets

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Four city parking decks will be available to for resident to get their cars off the streets so plows can clear away the snow.

The decks on Morris Street, Plum Street, New Street and the Wellness Center will open at 3 p.m. today.

Residents can park in the decks overnight to get the vehicles off Snow Designated Routes so the plows can get through.

"The removal of ...

Bill to Establish Panel to Facilitate Gateway Construction Projects Approved by Assembly Panel

TRENTON, NJ  – Setting the project guidelines in conjunction with the state of New York, legislation creating the Gateway Development Commission -- sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and the Assembly Transportation Chair Daniel Benson -- cleared its first legislative hurdle Thursday.

“The Hudson Tunnel Project is arguably the most important project that will ...

Spotswood's Derek Zelesnick Claims First District Wrestling Title For St. Joe's In 32 Years

February 19, 2019

MILLBURN, NJ - Saint Joseph's of Metuchen has not had a district wrestling title in more than three decades. That changed this weekend when Spotswood native Derek Zelesnick took the mat as the fifth seed in the District 14 Wrestling Tournament at Millburn High School. St. Joe's finished in fifth place with 60 points, but it was Zelesnick who put the Falcons on the map with his surprise ...

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

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 ...

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, ...

Seeking the Poet In Each of Us: Library Wants Your Verse for Anthology

February 19, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tis coming on spring, when the birds will sing, and with the approach of National Poetry Month in April, the city library is seeking submissions of verse for its annual anthology.

March 1 is the deadline for proffering any poems for this year's publication.

All are welcome to submit their rhyme and free verse, from a novice to those previously published, and not just ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (Feb. 19)

NEW BRUNSWICK – Where did February go? This week is the last full week of February which technically means we are halfway through winter. Don’t let winter get away without enjoying a night at the State Theatre New Jersey or enjoying a Rutgers basketball game at the RAC. Check out the list of events going on in and around the Hub City and start marking your calendar!

Monday, ...

Vintage, Collector Cars Get Red Carpet Treatment at Bodnar's Auction

EDISON, NJ - Bodnar’s Auction Sales is gearing up for the 5th annual Classic and Sports Car Auction on Saturday, Feb. 23 when the red carpet will be rolled out for some beautiful classic and sports cars that will cross the auction block.

The event is held in conjunction with the NJ Home Show at the NJ Convention and Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Ave.

“We started this event back in ...

Somerville Soldier Commemorates 14th Anniversary of First Care Package

February 18, 2019

MANVILLE, NJ - It was 14 years ago that Brendan Gallagher attended the inaugural packing event hosted by Operation Shoebox New Jersey in an empty storefront on Main Street Somerville with his dad Brian Gallagher, who at the time was the borough's mayor.

Brendan, who was 7 at the time, was one of several hundred volunteers who helped launch the volunteer organization's efforts to ...

Super Bowl and Rutgers Football Stars in Town for Blood Drive

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 ...

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 ...

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 21, 2019

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS - The mayor is taking heat for panicking too much, apparently unable to take the heat at council meetings. Shouting matches and bickering have prompted Mayor Mario Kranjac to hit a secret "panic button" under the council dais eight or nine times over the past year, The Record reports. It certainly irks police brass, who must yank cops off ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 20, 2019

TRENTON - It was 105 years ago that Uncle Sam adopted its first drug laws, courtesy of President Woodrow Wilson. The law was fueled by frenzied, blatant racism: a crackdown to save White women from drug-peddling Mexicans and deranged Chinamen. (No, we are not making this up.) Fast forward to 2019: Regulating drug use is still on the front burner, as well as how it all relates to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 19, 2019

STATEWIDE - To mark President's Day, New Jersey sued the President of the United States. While New Jerseyans were out buying discounted televisions and dishwashers to mark yesterday's big holiday, the state joined 15 other states to sue the President over his Trumped-up national "emergency" to fund his wall.  It's all about such phrases as "flagrant ...

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 ...

Local News: Real Stories About Us

For a dozen years I was a news columnist at the state’s largest newspaper and in the decade prior to that, I was its editor in charge of all local news.

I semi-retired from that company in December and wrote a farewell column expressing gratitude for being able to make a living doing something I loved for more than 40 years.

In that continued spirit, here is my inaugural column for ...

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 ...

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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 ...

Hillsborough Recognized for Collaboration on Route 206 Project

February 18, 2019

MONROE, NJ - Hillsborough Township was recently honored by the New Jersey Alliance for Action’s “New Jersey’s Leading Infrastructure Projects” program for its efforts to support the Route 206 Bypass construction project.

The recognition program highlights innovative, pioneering and landmark construction initiatives that greatly impact the state’s economy and to ...

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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 ...

Mark Di Ionno Joins TAPinto as Featured Columnist

February 19, 2019

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro has announced that Mark Di Ionno will be joining TAPinto as a columnist with his first piece published today. Di Ionno, who wrote for the Star Ledger, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary and author of five acclaimed books including his latest novel, “Gods of Wood and Stone”.

“We’re excited to welcome a writer of ...

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, ...

Michael Torpey Discusses the Student Debt Crisis on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

February 20, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- A new game show on truTV called “Paid Off with Michael Torpey” offers relief from student debt to its winners. Actor and Host, Michael Torpey, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss the very real problem of outstanding college loan debt and how his show attempts to tackle this issue.

The show features recent college grads with student loan debt who ...

11th Annual Mustard Seed Dinner Dance Gala to Benefit Disabled Children Will Take Place March 9th

PATERSON, NJ -- The Mustard Seed Children’s 11th Annual Dinner Dance Gala will be held on March 9th at the Valley Regency in Clifton, beginning at 7pm. The event is a fundraiser for the Mustard Seed Community in the Dominican Republic, which supports orphan children with both physical and mental disabilities.

Mustard Seed Communities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated ...

Experience Colonial America at The Dey Mansion: George Washington Headquarters

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Presidents Day, TAPintoTV visited the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen County Militia during the Revolutionary War, ...

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

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.