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Off-duty Sayreville Police Officer Charged in DWI and Assault by Auto

December 18, 2018

An off-duty Sayrevillle police sergeant is facing criminal charges in an alleged DWI incident in Old Bridge which left one person in critical condition, according to a new release by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief William Volkert of the Old Bridge Police Department

Jeffrey Kutz, 57, an off-duty Sayreville Police Sergeant from Marlboro, is charged with Driving While ...

Portion of George Street in New Brunswick Closed Today

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police are alerting residents that a section of George Street will be closed today from Commercial Avenue to Bishop Street.

The road is closed to accommodate state Department of Transportation workers who are making repairs.

Police said signs for detours are posted in the area.

That section of George Street was the scene of a sinkhole several weeks ago.

Some ...

Parts of Two Major New Brunswick Streets Being Closed Today

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City police today sent out an alert about the closing of sections of two major streets.

Somerset Street will be closed between George Street and Easton Avenue from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

College Avenue will also be closed from Somerset Street to Hamilton Street during the same hours,

It was not immediately clear why the streets were being closed.

East Brunswick Schools Warn against the Online "Momo Challenge" Game

December 17, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ The "Momo Challenge" is an alleged form of cyberbullying that spreads through social media and cell phones. After phone users are enticed to contact a user named "Momo" through the social media network WhatsApp, they receive graphic threats from the user and are instructed to perform a series of dangerous tasks.  Yesterday, the East Brunswick Public ...

Rutgers Report Views Online Classes As the Future

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ten years ago, 1,234 were taking online college courses at Rutgers University.

Last year, in the fall semester of 2017, that number reached 23,042, according to university figures.

Nationwide over 6.4 million people are sitting in front of computers to take college courses, about one-third of all the students taking high education classes, Richard Novak, Rutgers ...

150 Years of The Daily Targum: Rutgers Student Newspaper Launched Many Prominent Journalists

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - S. Mitra Kalita, vice president of programming for CNN’s digital division, honed her who-what-when-where-and-whys at The Daily Targum, Rutgers University’s student newspaper, reporting on race relations, labor, immigration and globalization, among other issues.

Melissa Hayes, communications and social media specialist at the North Jersey Transportation ...

How Much Salt Will New Brunswick Buy For Winter?

December 10, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It calls for 1,470 tons of salt.

That is approximately the amount of rock salt the city will get over the next year to spread on the streets during snowstorms, according to the contract that approved last week.

Council members approved an agreement with Chicago-based Morton Salt Inc. to provide that amount from December of this year through November 2019. New ...

The Pines Versus the Oaks: Argument Presented against New Construction on Tices Lane

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Local historian Richard Walling presented an "Objector's Case" against the proposed Hidden Oaks Woods Development which would bring 275 apartments, parking, a recreation center, and a swimming pool to the intersection of Tices Lane and Harts Lane at the East Brunswick Planning Board meeting this week.  In an effort to halt or alter the development, Walling ...

Road In The Dark, Resident Reports 13 Street Lights on Major Thorofare

NEW BRUNSWICK - Danielle Moore kept a careful count, and came up with a total. She saw 13 street lights out along busy Jersey Avenue just a few blocks south of Handy Street.

"How black it is there. You can't even see the sidewalk," Moore told City Council members this week. "You have kids walking home along there."

This was the second time in two months that ...

Ashnault and Rutgers Come up Big at Home in Rival Dual against Rider

December 17, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ - There are few things better in college wrestling than a good old-fashioned rivalry dual, and there aren’t too many states better at having them than New Jersey.

The crowd at Rutgers Athletic Center certainly made it seem that way, as the Rutgers wrestling team, ranked No. 25 in the country, hosted their rivals from Lawrenceville, Rider. Thanks to the efforts of standouts ...

Somerville Boys' Basketball Deep in Talent with Optimistic First-Year Coach

SOMERVILLE, NJ — There's plenty to look forward to as Chris Nevolo takes the reigns of the Somerville boys’ basketball team this season, with the season-opener Friday night against Warren Hills. 

After bowing out in the first round of the state tournament last season, the Pioneers return to the court with a special group of athletes that present quite possibly the ...

Somerville: High Hopes for Immaculata HS Boys Basketball; Season Opens Friday

SOMERVILLE, NJ — The Immaculata High School basketball team will have a new look when it begins the season Friday night against a talented Ridge team, having lost an incredible foursome of talented starters, all of whom are playing ball as freshmen on the collegiate level. 

However, with the character and talent on this year’s team, the transition to a new lineup could be very ...

Redmond Redevelopment Area Plan is Being Abandoned for New Approach

November 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is called the Redmond Redevelopment Area Redevelopment Plan. Created 10 years ago for several blocks bordered by Redmond Street, Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Bayard Street and the railroad tracks, the plan attracted little attention.

It is now headed for the trash bin, under a city effort to update what is desired for the neighborhood and possibly take advantage of a new ...

Somerville: Craft Beers Soon To Be Brewing on Main Street

December 18, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Everyone but the brewmeister will be working Tuesday at Village Brewing Company.

Just two months away from drawing the first mug of "Somerville Red" and other craft beers brewed on the premises, the owners of what will be the largest micro-brewery in Somerset County were busy Tuesday making sure that plumbers, painters, masons and other workmen didn't get ...

Featured Advertiser: "Built by Me" for Hands-On Learning

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Vitor Silva is making everything old new again.  The owner of Built by Me, an interactive workspace for young learners featuring after-school and school break programs, thinks that kids learn by doing, that effort (and sometimes even failure) brings success, and that pride comes from earned accomplishment.  Sounds like some valuable old-school ideas about ...

Somerset Patriots Celebrate Philanthropy and Fiscal Soundness

BEDMINSTER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots Baseball Club, led by Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer and Co-Chairmen Jonathan Kalafer and Joshua Kalafer, presented a ceremonial check to Somerset County elected officials in the amount of $20,276,654.26 at the team’s annual Holiday Reception on Tuesday, Dec. 4th attended by the Patriots’ marketing partners and dignitaries at Trump National ...

How Many Voted in the First Contested Mayor's Race in 12 Years?

November 26, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Even when there is a contest for the top elected position in the city, it won't bring out as many voters as when residents get to vote for the top elected position in the country.

Elections records show that 8,382 New Brunswick voters cast ballots on the Nov. 6 election, by going to the polls or mailing in a ballot or filling out a provisional ballot. That is only 38 ...

Eight Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (Dec. 17)

December 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Can you believe it? Just two more weeks of 2018! Let’s celebrate what’s left of this year and of December, there is just so much going on in the Hub City!

Monday, Dec. 17
Movie Night 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: New Brunswick Public Library

Come enjoy a film with family and friends, for free, on the library's big screen! Open to all appropriate ages ...

Somerville HS Choir Hosts Choral Concert at United Reformed Church Dec. 14

SOMERVILLE, NJ - “The Somerville Caroling Festival,” sponsored by the Somerville and Ridge High School Music Departments and featuring the choirs of several local high schools will take place on Friday, Dec, 14th at 4 p.m. in the 600-seat sanctuary of United Reformed Church,100 W Main St.

Choirs from Somerville High School, Mount Saint Mary Academy, Hunterdon Central High ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (Dec. 10)

NEW BRUNSWICK – Just a couple more weeks left in December before we start the new year. If you still have events you want to attend or activities you want to do, do them! Below is a list of events going on this week, so you can make what’s left of 2018 a great one.

Monday, December 10
An Evening with Bob Woodward 8 p.m.
Where: State Theatre New Jersey

Everywhere legendary ...

Somerville: Craft Beers Soon To Be Brewing on Main Street

December 18, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Everyone but the brewmeister will be working Tuesday at Village Brewing Company.

Just two months away from drawing the first mug of "Somerville Red" and other craft beers brewed on the premises, the owners of what will be the largest micro-brewery in Somerset County were busy Tuesday making sure that plumbers, painters, masons and other workmen didn't get ...

Operation Cookie Swap Spreads Holiday Cheer To Area Military Families

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The third annual Operation Cookie Swap went into full drive on December 2, mobilizing to bring holiday smiles to active and non-active military families in the area. Operation Cookie Swap is sponsored by the SSG Michael Ollis Freedom Foundation and Amici’s Bakery in Monroe Township. The yummy holiday event is organized by long time borough resident Kimberly Ollis-Loschiavo ...

Milltown's Pasquale Pizza To Host Upcoming Dine To Donate To Help Feed Middlesex County Residents

MILLTOWN, NJ - In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, Pasquale Brick Oven Pizza has partnered with Feeding Middlesex County to host a Raise the Dough fundraiser on Sunday, December 30. Fifteen percent of all take-out and dine-in orders placed between 4 p.m. and closing on December 30 will be donated to M.C.F.O.O.D.S.

"With donations they (M.C.F.O.O.D.S.) provide food and ...

Somerville: Blood Drive Honors Memory of Local 9/11 Heroes

December 17, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset is holding a blood drive this month in honor of Thomas Gorman, of Middlesex, a longtime donor who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 and his brother, John Gorman, of South Plainfield, whose life was cut short by cancer in 2016. 

For several years, the Gorman family has celebrated their ...

Hillsborough: Grateful Grandfather Donates AED Device After Good Samaritans Save His Life

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - On April 29, 2018, as Reanna Nelson played in a Hillsborough Soccer Club game, her grandfather, Romano Borgobello, was stricken while watching from the sidelines. When he became unresponsive, Hillsborough residents Kris Cauda and Alex Wnorowski both registered nurses, along with Marc DeMaio, who is about to be sworn in as a police officer in Old Bridge, performed ...

Santa Arrives at Somerville Hospital in SWATmobile

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Santa gets around this time of year in any number of ways - firetrucks, flatbed trucks, horse-drawn carriage, small airplanes, and courtesy of the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, a huge, lumbering SWATmobile.

Santa was the guest of honor at the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson/Barnabas University Hospital this week, courtesy of the Somerset County ...

If It Rips, It Can Be Recycled: Green Tips for Holidays

December 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - All the wrapping paper that gift-givers carefully fold and tape around boxes, the brightly-colored stuff the young gift-receivers tear through to get to presents, can have a purpose even after ending up in a pile on the floor.

Middlesex County officials are urging people to take the used wrapping and recycle it, but caution not everything can be recycled.

In tips for ...

Professional Arborists Volunteer Day of Service at Colonial Park

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The  New Jersey Arborists Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture brought manpower and equipment valued at $3.6 million to Colonial Park Dec. 1 for the chapter’s annual Work Day of Service.

Professional arborists and urban foresters volunteer a day of work at a location selected by the chapter annually. The recipient organization pays a ...

New Pilot Program Plugs Gap in Aid to Homeless After Medical Treatment

December 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It was a glaring gap in the system. People repeatedly going to hospital emergency rooms to deal with a health crisis, receive treatment and be released, only to return days later with another crisis.

In a single two-year stretch, Middlesex County found, one patient had gone to emergency rooms in New Brunswick hospitals 111 times. Often, those frequenting hospitals had ...

USDA Issues Class I/High Health Risk Recall for Shop-Rite Chicken Products

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – Amboy Group, LLC, a Woodbridge, N.J. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of raw boneless and skinless poultry products because the products are misbranded and may contain milk, egg, and

soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the finished product label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) ...

Red Cross: Urgent Need for Blood and Platelet Donations Now

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Local venues for blood and platelet donations are scheduled to address the blood shortage here in Middlesex County and around the state.  Donation sites in East Brunswick, South Brunswick and Spotswood are scheduled  Dec. 8, Dec. 11, and Dec. 16.

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure ...

Beloved Search and Rescue Bloodhound Aided Police, Succumbs to Cancer

December 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - He was always called "Joker," short for Canine 832 Joker's Wild, and for five years, this bloodhound assisted police in Middlesex County on countless missing persons and other investigations.

In 2015, after a young woman was violently assaulted and left for dead, Joker found a track and led law enforcement officers to a residence, and ultimately led to ...

Learn Police Tactics Through the Sheriff's Office Civilian Academy

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County residents can get a close-up view of law enforcement use of police dogs, defensive tactics, and SWAT teams early next year at the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office Civilian Academy.

Sheriff's officers will conduct evening classes once each week for eight weeks, starting March 4, 2019,  at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville.

The ...

Edison Police Officer Arrested, Charged with Tampering

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County authorities today announced that another Edison police officer was arrested, this time for destroying evidence he believed would be used in an investigation.

Nicholas Lunetta, 31, of Scotch Plains, was charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of obstructing the administration of law, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - December 18, 2018

TRENTON - First there was Rocky, then Rocky II, and then many, many more Rockys. Speaking of rockiness with staying power, the dyspeptic relationship between Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney went another round yesterday when the governor vetoed a bill of which Sweeney was a prime mover. The bill would have switched county college employees from one health ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 17, 2018

HOBOKEN - Throw hundreds of drunken Santas on the streets and - Wow! - you better watch out and you better not cry. Police tell us why: By early yesterday morning, there were at least 14 Santas under arrest and 33 others got tickets for peeing on the street or for overwhelming drunkenness. Santas also got busted for driving drunk, for ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 14, 2018

TRENTON - In his 30 years or so in print journalism, Charlie Stile knows his readers. This stalwart columnist at the Bergen Record knows what his readers will find interesting, how they like to be told a story and even when they are most likely to read his columns. Usually, that time is Friday morning, maybe around 10:30 a.m. or so. And that's why you should listen ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 13, 2018

TRENTON - Even with a joint committee on legalizing cannabis in New Jersey, it looks increasingly doubtful that there will be a vote in 2018. It really seemed like recreational marijuana would have been legalized this fall, but there's a lot of smoke hanging arond. How should the state tax the drug? And how should a "cannabis commission" be established to oversee all the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 12, 2018

JERSEY CITY - For some, the chronic traffic at the Holland Tunnel is not what's really ticking them off these days. Rather, they are infuriated with the holiday décor. Someone at the Port Authority decided to stick a triangular tree over the letter "N" instead of "A" - and made the crossing a "TONNEL" by putting a wreath over the "U," ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 11, 2018

MENDHAM - Not too long ago, the job of White House Chief of Staff was highly-coveted and well-respected for its massive influence within the Beltway. Now, it's the place you go to kill your career. There is a big "Help Wanted" sign hanging on the door knob at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., likely scrawled in crayon, and it looks like our very own former Gov. Chris Christie is once ...

NJ Shops Take Doughnuts to the Next Level

December 15, 2018

We found some of the best places to get doughnuts in New Jersey.

While one of the most recognizable global brands, Dunkin’, is dropping the “Donuts” from its  name, smaller doughnut shops in New Jersey are seeing rise in demand for the tasty treats.

Jessica Dreyer, a fourth generation farmer at Dreyer Farms in Cranford, NJ, said that doughnuts have ...

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Rutgers Report Views Online Classes As the Future

December 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ten years ago, 1,234 were taking online college courses at Rutgers University.

Last year, in the fall semester of 2017, that number reached 23,042, according to university figures.

Nationwide over 6.4 million people are sitting in front of computers to take college courses, about one-third of all the students taking high education classes, Richard Novak, Rutgers ...

150 Years of The Daily Targum: Rutgers Student Newspaper Launched Many Prominent Journalists

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - S. Mitra Kalita, vice president of programming for CNN’s digital division, honed her who-what-when-where-and-whys at The Daily Targum, Rutgers University’s student newspaper, reporting on race relations, labor, immigration and globalization, among other issues.

Melissa Hayes, communications and social media specialist at the North Jersey Transportation ...

Rutgers Athletes Break Record Off the Field

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers student athletes this week gained recognition from the Big Ten Conference, with 86 Scarlet Knight players named to the Fall 2018 Academic All-Big Ten List.

The total number of recognized fall sport athletes is a record for the university, topping the 84 students who received the honor in the fall of 2015.

Brian Shushkovsk, of Morganville was recognized as one of 40 ...

Beloved Search and Rescue Bloodhound Aided Police, Succumbs to Cancer

December 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - He was always called "Joker," short for Canine 832 Joker's Wild, and for five years, this bloodhound assisted police in Middlesex County on countless missing persons and other investigations.

In 2015, after a young woman was violently assaulted and left for dead, Joker found a track and led law enforcement officers to a residence, and ultimately led to ...

Somerville: Craft Beers Soon To Be Brewing on Main Street

December 18, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Everyone but the brewmeister will be working Tuesday at Village Brewing Company.

Just two months away from drawing the first mug of "Somerville Red" and other craft beers brewed on the premises, the owners of what will be the largest micro-brewery in Somerset County were busy Tuesday making sure that plumbers, painters, masons and other workmen didn't get ...

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Tips To Keep Your Holiday Safe

December 7, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - As families prepare for the holiday season, Middlesex County officials sent out a warning about potential fire hazards from trees, lights and fireplaces.

“These steps will help prevent fire hazards in your home so you can focus on celebrating with your family,” said county Freeholder Shanti Narra, chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee. “And as ...

Bilingual Children are Unique Language Learners

November 26, 2018

As New Jersey classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse, professionals are continually learning to provide services to bilingual children.  In the last 30 years, as the number of children has increased by 10 percent in the U.S., those whose home language is not English has more than doubled.

Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) and teachers are focused on young “English Language ...

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help reduce the orchard of critters and provide a better life for ...

Clinton's Fourchette Shares the Secrets of their Success as a Small Business

<!--block-->CLINTON, NJ -- TAPintoTV Senior Producer Kayla Galka recently stopped into Fourchette, a shop on Main Street here, and spoke with staff members about the secrets of the success behind this thriving small business.

Fourchette opened five years ago as a full-service cheese shop, with gourmet foods, imported French linens and unique home and kitchen goods. While ...

Millburn Winter Walk Holiday Event Highlights the Importance of Shopping Local

<!--block-->MILLBURN, NJ -- Crowds gathered here in Taylor Park for the lighting of the 2nd Annual “Winter Walk,” presented by the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce. Held a day after “Shop Local Saturday,” the event highlighted the importance of community and supporting local destinations and businesses this holiday season. <!--block-->

“It ...