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Man Robbed At Gunpoint In New Brunswick

May 14, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A man was robbed at gunpoint on Somerset Street on Monday, according to a press release issued by Rutgers Police.

The robbery occurred at approximately 9:55 p.m. on Somerset Street between Harvey and Prospect streets. New Brunswick Police are investing, according to Rutgers Police.

The victim, who is affiliated with Rutgers University, reported that he was ...

Prosecutor: Man Charged In Fatal Hit And Run Later Looked For Replacement Parts For His Car

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The man charged in the hit and run death of a New Brunswick man last month looked on the internet for replacement parts for his damaged car later that morning, the prosecuting attorney said Friday.

Daquan White, 26, of North Brunswick, parked his 2001 Acura CL Coupe in the backyard of a house in Franklin Township in Somerset and then attempted to sell the car while ...

Man Charged With Punching His Ex-Girlfriend Four Times in Popeye's

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A Brooklyn man allegedly punched his ex-girlfriend four times in the face in a Popeye's restaurant in New Brunswick after she told him she was seeing someone else.

He later slapped her five times and hit her in the head with a bottle at her apartment in New Brunswick.

The details of the incident were revealed at the detention hearing in Superior Court for Trevon ...

Middlesex County College 2019 Grads a Step Closer to Their Dreams

May 24, 2019

A total of 1,422 students who graduated from Middlesex County College on May 23 at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

Approximately 725 members of the class participated in the exercises, representing the 350 graduates of August 2018; 364 from January 2019; and 708 of May 2019. Participants included several students who fulfilled the requirements for more than one degree or certificate during this ...

City School Board Vice President On "Wall of Fame"

NEW BRUNSWICK - Dr. Dale G. Caldwell, who is the vice president of the New Brunswick Board of Education and president of the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ), now has his photo on the "Wall of Fame" at the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) in Trenton.

The NJSBA held a ceremony on May 22 for all the "School Board Members of the Year," giving ...

School Officials Warned of Ongoing Cybersecurity Attacks in New Jersey

PISCATAWAY, NJ – One could argue the most difficult state job in New Jersey goes to Michael Geraghty, the first-ever director of the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC).

Geraghty, part of the state’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, is on the front lines of the State’s cybersecurity efforts, as cyber-attacks are launched against ...

Plans To Fix City Hall's Porous Roof Spring A Leak

May 24, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The plans to repair City Hall’s porous roof have sprung a leak.

The repairs will be pushed back to next year because the contractor hired by the city has been let go, City Administrator Daniel A. Torrisi said.

Torrisi said the city had hired SMAC last year to fix the roof on the building that dates back to 1926.

 “The prior contractor who ...

City Representatives Will Set Up Satellite Office for Community Outreach

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city will be rolling out a new program in which representatives from various departments will reach out to residents by going to where they live.

For the program’s launch, members of the police department, department of public works and rent control, among others, will be setting up at Unity Square starting next month.

Keith Jones II, community organizer ...

No Progress in 'Path To Progress' Meeting; Sweeney Leaves Stage

NEW BRUNSWICK –  It was scheduled to last an hour and a half. It lasted just over 20 minutes.

Senate President Steve Sweeney rushed off stage Thursday night in the middle of a raucous town hall meeting, unwilling to sit and be shouted down when he tried to hype his "Path to Progress" legislation in front of a pro-union audience at Douglass College's Trayes ...

Renowned Sports Artist James Fiorentino Captures Drama of Tour of Somerville

May 24, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – World-renowned sports artist James Fiorentino has added the Tour of Somerville to his portfolio of defining moments in sports.

In partnership with Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery in Bernardsville, James was commissioned to paint the official artwork for the 2019 Tour of Somerville.

The original painting will permanently hang in the collection of the US Bicycling Hall of ...

Inspired by Hillsborough 5K, Bridgewater Man Runs Around the World

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Joyjit Kundu never considered himself much of an athlete. Whether he was too busy with work, or just didn’t have an interest, working out in general wasn’t in his regular routine.

But today – thanks to a hometown race – Kundu has become a literal world runner.

The 45-year-old Bridgewater resident celebrated a milestone recently. He finished the ...

Much More to do at the Tour of Somerville than Watch Bike Racers Go ‘Round-and-‘Round

SOMERVILLE, NJ –As they have for 76 years, thousands of spectators will gather this Memorial Day to cheer elite cyclists as they circle the streets of Somerville in America’s oldest bicycle race. For the bike racers it’s all hard work. But for those attending the free event which Sports Illustrated once dubbed “the greatest bargain in sport,” it’s much ...

City Approves Use Of Eminent Domain To Acquire Abandoned Houses

May 3, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The city took another step toward using eminent domain to acquire abandoned properties scattered across the town's nearly six square miles.

The city council voted 5-0 during its May 1 meeting on an ordinance authorizing the acquisition of abandoned properties by eminent domain.

"The mayor, city administrator, city attorney and abandoned properties counsel ...

Meet The Mayors Part 3

May 16, 2019

 

Here's your chance to get to know your mayors as the Chamber continues a four-part series of "Meet The Mayors," Friday, May 17 from 8-10 a.m. at Thomas J. Deverin Community Center, 100 Cooke Ave., Carteret. 

 

You'll get the chance to connect with the Middlesex County mayors as they share Economic Development Opportunities for your ...

It Was an Unforgettable Night at Our Community Leaders of Distinction Event

It was a night of honor, filled hearts and lots of applause at our Community Leaders of Distinction (CLD) event on May 2 at the Pines Manor in Edison. 

 

CLD is one of our signature events that we truly look forward to each and every year. This is our chance to honor those who dedicate their time and efforts to the community, personally and professionally. These individuals ...

Patti Harvey Wants You At The Central New Jersey Heart Walk This October

As the Regional Director of the American Heart Association in Central New Jersey, Patti Harvey's main duties are leading the Central New Jersey Heart Walk and building relationships with community partners. In other words, she knows how to form relationships and make them stick. 

 

The American Heart Association is a proud member of the Middlesex County ...

Complete New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2019 Schedule

May 25, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – An intimate look at Clarence Clemons, a poignant story of a girl who finds salvation through art and a cautionary tale about the dangers of a video game are just some of the films on tap for the 24th annual New Jersey International Film Festival Summer 2019.

The festival, presented by Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center in association with the Rutgers ...

Renowned Sports Artist James Fiorentino Captures Drama of Tour of Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ – World-renowned sports artist James Fiorentino has added the Tour of Somerville to his portfolio of defining moments in sports.

In partnership with Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery in Bernardsville, James was commissioned to paint the official artwork for the 2019 Tour of Somerville.

The original painting will permanently hang in the collection of the US Bicycling Hall of ...

Mark The Calendar For Garden State Memorial Day Parades

NEW JERSEY - Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer along the Jersey Shore. While many Garden State residents will be heading to the beach this Memorial Day weekend, a large number will also commemorate Memorial Day with local parades and ceremonies. Here is a go-to guide to the upcoming Memorial Day parades in New Jersey.

Allentown Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at ...

Piscataway: 3rd Annual Glow For A Cure 5K Walk/Run to Benefit Rutgers Cancer Institute

May 6, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Runners and walkers of all abilities are invited to light up the night with glow sticks and bright colors while raising awareness for cancer research at the 2019 Glow for a Cure.

Registration for the Saturday, May 11th event begins at 7:00 p.m. The nighttime walk/run starts at 9:00 p.m. in the loop at Piscataway High School, and follows a 2.5 mile route through the ...

"A Little Rain" Did Not Stop Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Runners

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Susan G. Komen North Jersey’s annual 5K is in the books as hundreds of individuals’ cheery spirits shined through the soggy morning.

The 12th Annual Race for the Cure at Liberty State Park held yesterday morning, May 5, included a 5K Timed Race and Fun Run.

Participants weighed-in as they waited for results and awards.

“This is a great race,” ...

Fifth Annual JillyBean Boil For A Dream On Tap

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Save the date for the Mama Mare Foundation and JillyBean Dream Trip Program's fifth annual JillyBean Boil for a Dream. This family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Polish America Club. The fun afternoon will include a delicious crawfish boil and other refreshments as well as a tricky tray, horseshoe and corn hole tournaments and ...

Residents Invited To Meeting About City's Reusable Energy Program

May 21, 2019

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 ...

Half of New Brunswick’s Electrical Energy Will Soon Come From Renewable Sources

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city is moving ahead with its renewableNB energy aggregation program, an initiative that will source 50% of New Brunswick’s electrical energy from renewable sources.

A spokesperson for the city said the program will result in a cost savings to residents and a reduction in the carbon footprint of the community.

Direct Energy Services on May 7 won a ...

71 Species Identified on Spring Birding Day

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - On Saturday, the East Brunswick Environmental Commission held its East Brunswick Spring Birding Day. This annual event sponsored by the Commission and Friends of the EB Environmental Commission visits East Brunswick’s birding hotspots to observe the northward push of birds as they return to nesting grounds or continue far to the north.

Yesterday took the group ...

Aldi Supermarkets Issue Recall On Tainted Flour

May 25, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Aldi supermarkets have announced a recall of flour sold in its stores that may contain E. coli bacteria.

The recall applies to “Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour” which the supermarket chain sold in 11 states, including New Jersey.

The flour affected by the recall was sold in a five-pound bag with the UPC code “041498130404.”

To be ...

Rutgers-led Team Pioneering Research For Down Syndrome Treatment

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Targeting a key gene before birth could someday help lead to a treatment for Down syndrome by reversing abnormal embryonic brain development and improving cognitive function after birth, according to a Rutgers-led study.

Using stem cells that can turn into other cells in the brain, researchers developed two experimental models – a living 3D ...

Reading With Toddlers Reduces Harsh Parenting, Rutgers-Led Study Finds

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - People who regularly read with their toddlers are less likely to engage in harsh parenting and the children are less likely to be hyperactive or disruptive, a Rutgers-led study finds.

Previous studies have shown that frequently shared reading prepares children for school by building language, literacy and emotional skills, but the study by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson ...

Old Bridge Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide

May 26, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 28-year-old man has been charged with vehicular homicide after his Mercedes S550 crossed over double yellow lines and crashed into an oncoming car Saturday night, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief William Volkert of the Old Bridge Police Department said in a statement.

According to police, Aliaksandr Tsytsenia of Old Bridge attempted to leave the scene ...

Old Bridge Woman Charged With Murder, Sexual Assault Of Township Woman, 70

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An Old Bridge woman has been charged with murder and sexual assault in the death of a 70-year-old township woman, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief William Volkert of the Old Bridge Police Department said Thursday.

Caroline Beckert, 40, of Old Bridge was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, and ...

New Brunswick Accountant Sentenced For Filing False Tax Return

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A New Brunswick accountant has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for underreporting his income on his personal tax return, avoiding to pay more than $672,000 in taxes, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a press release. 

Amit Govil, 58, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares to Count 1 of an indictment ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - May 17, 2019




It is Convention Time! The Jaffe Briefing will be on hiatus beginning Monday, May 20, returning Tuesday, May 28


TRENTON - It is the tale of two governors. There is Gov. Phil Murphy. And there is Senate President Steve Sweeney, who is acting like the governor, in this clash of the titans. Yesterday, Sweeney introduced a sweeping package of more ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 16, 2019




It is Convention Time! The Jaffe Briefing will be on hiatus beginning Monday, May 20, returning Tuesday, May 28


EAST RUTHERFORD - We only learned three hours ago about the existence of a Korean pop band called "BTS," and now we are concerned. Not about the ongoing destruction of decent music as we know it, but by the fact that this ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 15, 2019

TRENTON - Controversy is brewing over proposed legislation that would allow public schools to dust off unused space to house child care centers for babies as young as six weeks old. The bill (A. 5066) goes before the Assembly Women and Children Committee tomorrow and has more leaks than a three-day-old diaper. There's plenty of unanswered questions, like: Why would taxpayers spend money ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 14, 2019

TRENTON - So much for shining light on the state's "dark money." Gov. Phil Murphy rejected a bill that would have forced political action organizations to disclose where their money comes from, so that everyone would actually know who is fueling New Jersey politics. (Remember this all started when the Murphy-aligned 501(c)4 New Direction New Jersey famously reneged on its ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 13, 2019

CRANFORD - When kids at Brookside Elementary School ace a test, they can thank a pig. Specifically, it's "Norman the Pig," who is the official pet therapy animal for a fifth-grade class. No hogwash:  CBS reports Norman was recruited when the kids had a candid talk about test-taking stress. Their very willing teacher decided to adopt Norman when he was just a two-pound ...

On Memorial Day, Remember the Families of Those Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice

This weekend some of us we gather to lay wreaths and pay homage to the men and women who died in our wars, to create or preserve our way of life. Some are buried in all corners of the world, from Normandy to Okinawa.

They have died for us over a 244-period, from Bunker Hill in 1775 to faraway Afghanistan in 2019, were about 12,000 American troops remained deployed.

For those who don’t ...

The Best Deal on Meals We’ve Found Anywhere in New Jersey

May 25, 2019

A dollar won’t buy you a cup of coffee at most places in New Jersey, but this week it will buy nine meals for neighbors in need.

That’s because every dollar donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s triple match campaign will be tripled until midnight on May 31, 2019, up to $15,000 thanks to a donor. As of Friday, CFBNJ was just under halfway to that goal, ...

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Wed, May 29, 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, May 30, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

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

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Fri, May 31, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

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

Arts & Entertainment Education

Rutgers-led Team Pioneering Research For Down Syndrome Treatment

May 24, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Targeting a key gene before birth could someday help lead to a treatment for Down syndrome by reversing abnormal embryonic brain development and improving cognitive function after birth, according to a Rutgers-led study.

Using stem cells that can turn into other cells in the brain, researchers developed two experimental models – a living 3D ...

Advice from Rutgers Class of '19: Don't Party Too Much, Do Your Homework

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Mike Guastaferro was in for a rude awakening when he arrived at Rutgers University.

"I came in from high school where I was (on the) honor roll and all that stuff," he said. "I came into chemistry my freshman year and got my butt handed to me. I was on academic probation my first semester."

It was a reality check for the microbial biotechnology major.

6 Things You May Not Know About Rutgers-News Brunswick Commencement

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers' 253rd-anniversary commencement is scheduled to begin rain or shine at 10 a.m. on Sunday at HighPoint.com Stadium on the Busch Campus in Piscataway.

University President Robert Barachi will confer graduate and undergraduate degrees at this ceremony.

Here are six interesting facts about the event:

Two McCourtys are better than one

This will be the first ...

EB VFW #133 Hosts Fundraiser for Unbroken Warriors

May 26, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Summer of Love Project is hosting Cheers for Charity to raise funds to provide veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the means to effective treatment and therapy.  Proceeds from the event will be donated to Unbroken Warriors, a nonprofit organization that enables veterans to get the necessary care they need and regain control of their ...

Cruizers Help Drive Visitors, Dollars to Downtown Somerville

May 23, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Friday nights on Main Street are synonymous with polished chrome bumpers, fenders with curves, big block engines and more than a few sets of fuzzy dice hanging off rear view mirrors.

Thousands of car enthusiasts and visitors come to Somerville on a Friday night to enjoy the dichotomy of Detroit iron, from Model T Fords, big fin Caddys and high-powered ...

OPINION

Most CPAs Are Telling Clients to Relocate Out of New Jersey... Here’s How We Can Change That

May 6, 2019

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Certified public accountants often hear objections about New Jersey’s high taxes from clients who are looking to leave New Jersey — and this past tax season was no exception, according to members of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA). And a Rutgers-Eagleton poll done in collaboration with the New Jersey Business & Industry ...

Somerset Patriots, Kalafer Dealerships Co-Sponsor Tour of Somerville

May 24, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have teamed up with Flemington Car & Truck Country Family of Brands, Clinton Honda and Land Rover Princeton to sponsor the Tour of Somerville Bike Race this Memorial Day Weekend.

The Tour of Somerville is the oldest and most prestigious race in North America and an annual Memorial Day Weekend tradition since 1940. The event brings tens of ...

Medical Tips from Etheridge Family Medicine - Prostate Screening

May 14, 2019

SOMERSET, NJ - As we get older, it is even more important to schedule routine physical exams with your general physician.

Men over the age of 40 years old are at increased risk for problems with their prostate, which is a small walnut-sized organ that produces seminal fluid. Due to its location, men with an enlarged prostate may experience problems with their bladder functioning.

If you are ...

Steve Adubato Talks with HGTV Stars, The Cousins, About their New Children's Book

May 22, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- Remodeling experts and HGTV stars, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, were guests on One-on-One with Steve Adubato, sharing their latest projects as well as guidance for homeowners with the itch to renovate.

“The biggest thing you can do is plan,” advised John Colaneri. “Contractors in general have not been great at communication, and the crux of the entire ...

New World Pizza Brings Together Fresh Ingredients and Family at Franklin Food Truck Festival

FRANKLIN, NJ - Benefiting Franklin High School's Project Graduation, the 2nd Annual Franklin Food Truck Festival featured craft and food truck vendors from across the state.

"We have great vendors like New World Pizza. They have the best pizza in Somerset County, New Jersey, because they make it right on the spot - this is not heated up in a microwave!" said MacCafee ...

Mayor Ravi Bhalla Speaks About Hoboken’s Past and Present at the 25th Annual Arts & Music Festival

HOBOKEN, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with Hoboken Mayor, Ravi Bhalla, at the 25th Annual Spring Arts and Music Festival, held on Washington Street. Over 300 artists and vendors along with three stages of music were on hand to entertain the crowd.

“It’s a time-honored tradition in Hoboken,” said Mayor Bhalla, “where the community comes together.”

Alongside the ...

Watch New Episode of TAPintoTV’s Original Series, HomeGrown: Clinton, NJ - Part 2

CLINTON, NJ -- After the debut of Part 1 of the premiere episode last week, TAPintoTV airs Part 2 of HomeGrown: Clinton, NJ on Friday, May 17. HomeGrown visits local towns across New Jersey to discover the stories and people that make each community special.

Host Stephanie Willoughby continues speaking with residents and small business owners in Clinton to learn more about this dynamic small ...

Mustard Seed Communities Provide Support for Orphaned Children with Disabilities Around the World

CLIFTON, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Michelle Graham Shines at the 11th Annual Mustard Seed Gala to learn more about the Mustard Seed Community in the Dominican Republic. Shines, the Director of International Programs at Mustard Seed Communities, shared the history, mission and vision of the organization, which supports orphaned children with both physical and mental disabilities.

Mustard Seed ...