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Parts of Two Major New Brunswick Streets Being Closed Today

December 14, 2018

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.

School Custodian Arrested on Sex Assault, Endangerment Charges

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Dunellen man employed as a school custodian was arrested today on charges of inappropriately touching a six-year-old girl, authorities said.

Arnoldo Veliz-Chamale, 61, of Dunellen, was charged today with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of second-degree sexual assault in the second degree, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew ...

Telephone Scam Includes Threats of Warrants

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Authorities are warning Middlesex County residents of scam calls from people claiming to be law enforcement officers who have outstanding warrants that can only be avoided through the use of prepaid credit cards,

The Middlesex County Sheriff's Office is advising residents to be aware of the continuing phone scam targeting the area.

In the most recent scam ...

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 ...

Disney World Features Performances By South Plainfield High School Music Students

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - On the morning of Nov. 28, 101 music students from South Plainfield High School boarded charter buses bound for Newark Airport to leave the chill of the Northeast behind for six days in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Bags packed and excitement mounting, the Marching Band, Chorus and Orchestra traveled to Disney World to perform as part of ...

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 ...

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

December 14, 2018

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 ...

Boys Basketball: Inexperienced Hillsborough Squad Has Height, Depth and Winning Attitude

HILLSBOROUGH — From the opening tip-off Friday night against Gill-St. Bernard’s, the Hillsborough boys’ basketball team will be challenged all season against some of the strongest competition in the state. 

And for a relatively inexperienced team, that can sometimes appear to be a daunting task. But despite graduating the vast majority of last year’s team, ...

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 ...

Somerset Patriots Celebrate Philanthropy and Fiscal Soundness

December 11, 2018

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 ...

New Jersey Food Council Promotes Mary Ellen Peppard to Vice President

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Food Council has promoted its chief government affairs representative to vice president for her work representing food retailers, including supermarkets, independent grocers and convenience stores, as well as their supplier partners. 

Mary Ellen Peppard will take a leadership role in formulating policy positions for legislative strategies on priority ...

See for Yourself: Congeniality Defines Downtown Somerville Shopping & Dining District

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Brittany Burton, the exuberant owner of Revive Consignment at 30 Doughty St., is just one of several dozen shop owners who contribute to the congenial atmosphere of downtown Somerville.

She and fellow members of the Downtown Somerville Alliance have been busy the past several months planning the annual Downtown Jubilee and Small Business Saturday celebration Nov. 24, an ...

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 ...

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

December 10, 2018

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 ...

Hillsborough Playwright Debuts Christmas Comedy Dec. 13

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The curtain goes up on the world premiere of "And My True Love Gave to Me," an original Christmas comedy written by township resident Luigi Jannuzzi on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Hudson Theatre Works, 80 Hauxhurst Ave., Weehawken.

Show times are 8 p.m. Dec. 13-15, and 5 p.m. Dec. 16.

Jannuzzi, a graduate of Bound Brook High School, also taught English, Drama and ...

Operation Cookie Swap Spreads Holiday Cheer To Area Military Families

December 10, 2018

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 ...

Bateman Bill Opens the Door for Man's Best Friend at NJ Breweries

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman to allow dogs in New Jersey breweries has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

“One of the biggest challenges any small business owner will face is increasing foot traffic. Our bill will increase foot AND paw traffic for local breweries,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said.

Somerset Patriots Celebrate Philanthropy and Fiscal Soundness

December 11, 2018

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Edison Police Officer Arrested, Charged with Tampering

December 13, 2018

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 ...

High School Teacher Charged with Sexual Contact with Girls

NEW BRUNSWICK - A Sayreville high school teacher was arrested on charges of engaging in inappropriate conduct and sexual contact with several high school students, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement Friday afternoon

Eric Pieklo, 50, of South Amboy, the wood shop teacher at Sayreville War Memorial High School, was arrested on four counts of second-degree ...

Man Admits Killing Wife, Faces 27-Year Sentence

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Woodbridge man will be sentenced to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to killing his 32-year-old wife in their home three years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey announced in a statement.

Vito Nigro, 46, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, pleaded guilty to a single count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter for the July 22, 2015, beating ...

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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 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 10, 2018

ON THE ROADS - Well, duh. A new report shows that North Dakota is the top state in the nation when it comes to driving. Well, of course. No one lives there. You can speed for miles and miles and not see a soul. And other great states to drive in? Well, duh, again. Those "top states," according to the 2018 Bankrate Best States for Drivers Study, include such wide open places as ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 7, 2018

PRINCETON - If you add up all the brain power at Princeton University, it could figure a way to teach trigonometry to a flea. Yet the university has been struggling with all the bicycle thefts around the leafy campus. NJ.comreports the latest effort is for police to create "bait bikes."  They are equipped with GPS devices so cops can track them and hopefully find the ...

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 ...

Edison Police Officer Arrested, Charged with Tampering

December 13, 2018

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 ...

Somerville Town Center Gets OK for 5-Story Luxury Apartment Building on Main Street

December 14, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Edgewood Properties, the developer of the Somerville Town Center luxury apartments on West Main Street, was given preliminary and final site plan approval by the borough Planning Board Wednesday night for a second five-story building with 153 luxury units and parking garage for 521 vehicles.

Ground breaking is expected mid- to late summer 2019, according to Colin Driver, the ...

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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 ...