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Fireworks: What's Legal and What's Not in New Jersey and Safety Tips (VIDEO)

July 1, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Nearly three-quarters (73%) of all fireworks injuries were sustained during the 30-day period surrounding the Independence Day holiday, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The most often injured body parts by fireworks are hands or fingers (28% of injuries), followed by legs (24%), eyes (19%), head (15%), trunk (10%) and arms (4%).

Man Charged in Highland Park Attack after Being Taken into Custody in Missouri

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ – A 23-year-old man who police believe has been living in the borough has been charged in connection with a June 5 attack on Raritan Avenue after being taken into custody by police in Liberty, Missouri.

Theodomiro Casamiro has been charged with one count of second-degree aggravated assault and one count of second-degree kidnapping, according to a press release ...

Police: Man Robbed by Two Men with a Gun on Neilson Street in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place on Neilson Street on Tuesday, June 28.

The incident happened at about 10 p.m. between Liberty and Bayard streets, according to a safety alert from the Rutgers University Police Department.

Police said two men with a gun approached a third man, who is unaffiliated with Rutgers, and “removed items ...

Verizon Recognizes New Brunswick Schools For Technology Integration with 'Rising Star' Award

July 2, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – New Brunswick public schools has been named a “Rising Star” district related to its success within Verizon’s nationwide Innovative Learning Schools program, which helps students remain connected so they can learn from wherever they are. 

Three district schools – New Brunswick Middle School, McKinley Community School, and the Lincoln School ...

Everything is Possible: Joy, Words of Wisdom Fill Air at New Brunswick High School Graduation

PISCATAWAY, NJ – For 620 graduates, the walk across the stage to receive their diplomas on Friday will be quickly followed by a leap into the unknown.

The next stage of their journeys will inevitably be lined with unseen trials and tests, no matter which direction they choose.

So, they might want to consider some sagacious advice from Margarita Cejudo Arita, the valedictorian for the ...

For New Brunswick Adult Learning Center Student, Graduation is Dream Come True

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Alejandra Soriano trekked about 2,500 miles from her native Mexico to start a new life in New Brunswick – but her journey was just beginning.

Almost two decades after arriving in the United States, she is about to realize a long-pursued goal: a high school diploma.

“It feels exciting because I’m making my dream come true,” Soriano said.

Donaldson Park Repairs Complete in Highland Park in the Wake of Hurricane Ida's Fury

June 22, 2022

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ – Borough and Middlesex County officials have announced the completion of two new playgrounds in Donaldson Park, where Hurricane Ida's drenching rains caused the Raritan River to overflow its banks and destroy park equipment in September. 

County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios and other county representatives met with Mayor Gayle Brill ...

Spencer Stepping Down as New Brunswick Recreation Department Superintendent

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Ed Spencer, the driving force of the city’s Recreation Department over the past 21 years, including the past four as its superintendent, will be retiring at the end of the month.

When a resident – youth or adult – kicked a ball, swung a bat or made a basket over the past two decades, there’s a good chance that Spencer had a role in developing ...

Students, Mayor Cahill Help Turn Shotgun Casings into Art at City Hall

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Katie Palma-Lugo wants people to gaze at the thousands of gunshot shells obediently aligned on the floor in City Hall and think about how each one had the power to snuff out a life.

“Gun violence is a problem in our community with the incidents we had last year and already this year,” the eighth grader said. “Art can cause change. Art can impact ...

World Cup 2026 Coming to New Jersey

June 21, 2022

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The biggest tournament in the world’s most popular sport is coming to New Jersey in a big way.

On Thursday officials from FIFA, soccer’s governing body, announced that MetLife Stadium will be one of just 15 locations across North America and 11 in the U.S. to play host to the 2026 World Cup tournament.

While the number of matches and in what rounds of the ...

New Brunswick's New Youth Opportunity Coordinator Launching Flag Football League

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Some of Laquan Rankins’ favorite childhood memories took place on the soccer field, where he was known as Thunder for his booming kicks and they called his cousin Lightning because he was shifty and speedy.

Thunder and Lightning were a force of nature on city fields for years. And if it wasn’t soccer, Rankins was off playing some other ...

Robert Wood Johnson, Saint Peter's Hospitals Call Off Massive Merger

June 14, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city’s two major hospitals are abandoning their plans to merge after the Federal Trade Commission moved to block the deal.

RWJBarnabas Health and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, with hospitals less than one mile apart, issued a statement today, June 14, stating the leadership of both organizations “mutually made the difficult ...

A 3-Way Race for New Brunswick Mayor Develops

June 8, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The quiet primary season in New Brunswick has passed as all the partisan races were uncontested. And, as we move toward the general election in November, only the mayoral race will see a contest.

On Tuesday, June 7, Jim Cahill, who has served as mayor for the past 31 years, as well as the Democratic council contenders went uncontested. Republican ...

New Brunswick Planning Independence Day Celebration Capped by Fireworks on Sunday

July 1, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The annual Independence Day fireworks show can be seen from roof tops, back yards and other vantage points from across the city and beyond. People have even been known to pull their cars over to the side of Route 18 to watch them.

But if you don’t come down to Boyd Park to watch the fireworks, you’re going to miss out on the rest of the city’s Fourth ...

Two Cultures, One Message: New Brunswick's Latest Street Mural Speaks to Community Unity

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The children who created the concept behind the city’s newest street mural wanted to convey the idea that a united community is a safe community.

So, a Hamsa – a palm-shaped talisman that represents protection to Jews – took shape Tuesday at the corner of Livingston Avenue and Delavan Street near Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple.

Inside the Hamsa ...

George Street Playhouse's 2022-23 Season Will Spread Some 'Joy' Around New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – George Street Playhouse, the cornerstone of the city’s vibrant performing arts community, has announced a five-show season that will begin in October and feature the world premiere of biographical musical based on the life of divorced woman-turned-entrepreneur.

“Joy” is the heartwarming story of Joy Mangano, who escaped a bad marriage and bankruptcy ...

Seven Things To Do in New Brunswick on Saturday

June 10, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There's football and baseball, murals and munchies on the menu in New Brunswick on Saturday, giving all plenty of options for fun:

Community Day: Health Fair and Giveaway Day, Sacred Heart Church

Sacred Heart Church at 56 Throop Ave. will be hosting a Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon in its parking lot. There will be free screening for things such as blood pressure, ...

Dancing in the Streets: New Brunswick Celebrates Juneteenth with Parade, Festival

June 18, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A toddler in pink sneakers swayed to and fro. 

Firefighters on a passing float had the rhythm in their shoulders. 

A performer on stilts raised his arms to the sky and waved them around. 

An Afro-Mexican dance team wearing masks made from horse hair and deer antlers performed a folk dance.

If Saturday’s Juneteenth Parade and Festival was ...

New Mural in New Brunswick Seeks to Keep Robeson's Legacy Alive For Future Generations

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Paul Robeson’s myriad of accomplishments were briefly recounted during a ceremony to unveil a new mural honoring the hometown hero.

But long after the voices had faded and the assembled city officials, community leaders and schoolchildren had all left Recreation Park on Tuesday, June 14, this art installation will continue to tell Robeson’s story in a way ...

A City Unites to Feed the Hungry at United Methodist Church in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Michelle and David strolled up Livingston Avenue and into the afternoon sun, shoulder to shoulder. This was a husband and wife toting a reusable Walmart bag bulging with a couple takeout tins filled with beef stew, a couple of oranges and some bottles of water.

“We just got dinner and we’re going home to eat,” she said. “This is really big for ...

New Brunswick Awarded $70K in Clean Communities Grants

June 5, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city could soon be looking greener and cleaner, after it was awarded about $70,000 in Clean Communities grant money through the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The money is typically earmarked for efforts to remove litter, beautify neighborhoods and improve water quality.

The state announced last week it was distributing $21.4 million in Clean ...

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's New CMO Has Served From Africa to The Atlantic

June 28, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s new Chief Medical Officer has extensive experience in emergency response that including treating patients during a virus epidemic in West Africa and those affected by a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane.

Lewis Rubinson, MD, PhD, FCCP, also brings more than two decades of executive, clinical, academic and government ...

NJ Department Of Health Announces First Case Of Monkeypox in Jersey City Resident

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) announced on Monday the first possible case of monkeypox in the state. A PCR test conducted by the Department’s Public Health and Environmental Laboratories confirmed the presence of orthopoxvirus in a Jersey City individual on June 18. A confirmatory test for the monkeypox virus, one of the viruses associated with the ...

Robert Wood Johnson, Saint Peter's Hospitals Call Off Massive Merger

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city’s two major hospitals are abandoning their plans to merge after the Federal Trade Commission moved to block the deal.

RWJBarnabas Health and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, with hospitals less than one mile apart, issued a statement today, June 14, stating the leadership of both organizations “mutually made the difficult ...

Chief Zebrowski Concludes Term as President of the NJSACOP

July 2, 2022

SAYREVILLE -  Police Chief John Zebrowski completed his one-year term as president of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP), expressing appreciation to the members and staff who supported his many community-building initiatives.

Zebrowski’s term will be remembered for his strong advocacy and outreach on behalf of the police chiefs, continually underscoring ...

VIDEO: Patriotic Group Hangs Flags on Parkway, Baseball Field Ribbon Cutting, Residents Awarded for Art and Police Academy Graduation

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A group of patriotic residents hang flags on a Garden State Parkway overpass ahead of July 4th. Plus, a new baseball field ribbon cutting. Also, two residents are awarded for their art contributions. And, a police academy graduation.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

VIDEO: Cornhole Champions, Firefighters Save Ducklings, Teachers Honored for Fellowship Graduation and Gearing Up for July 4th

NEW JERSEY - A town crowns cornhole champions. Plus, firefighters rescue stranded ducklings and reunite them with their mother. And, several teachers honored for their fellowship graduation. Also, one town gears up for a massive July 4th celebration. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland ...

VIDEO: Stevens Student Recognized by NASA, Police Department Celebrates 138 Years, Union County College Renamed and 6th Graders L.E.A.D.

NEW JERSEY - A Stevens Institute of Technology student is recognized by NASA. Plus, a police department celebrates 138 years. And, Union County College gets a new name. Also, 6th graders graduate from the L.E.A.D. program. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Signs Record $50+ Billion State Budget, Republicans Concerned About Increasing State Spending

June 30, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget on Thursday at Cranford High School.

"The priorities of this budget are the priorities of our families," Murphy said. "At the top that list is affordability."

Among the provisions in the budget:

$2 billion ANCHOR property tax credit for homeowners and a rebate for ...

New Jersey Business & Industry Association President Optimistic About the Future, Says Current Business Climate 'Frustrating'

TRENTON, NJ — When thinking of the future for businesses in New Jersey, Michele Siekerka is confident and hopeful.

"I’m always a glass half full person and very optimistic," Siekerka, the President and CEO of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) said. "I believe for every challenge there’s an opportunity.  It depends on how we ...

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Says This Is 'As Big a Week as We've Had in a Long Time'

TRENTON, NJ — It's a big week for Tom Bracken and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

"This is a week that's been building since the beginning of COVID," Bracken, the organization's President and CEO said. "This is the week where we'll know what kind of resources will be allocated to really helping what's broken."

New Jersey's state budget ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - June 29, 2022

**The Jaffe Briefing will be on break, returning Tuesday, July 5**

TRENTON – As media tries to chip away at the new $50.6 billion state budget in the final hours before lawmakers adopt the plan and flee Trenton for the holiday, Politico is focusing on line items related to public schools. Despite the overflowing coffers, the state’s public schools will remain underfunded by $600 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 27, 2022

TRENTON – There’s no clever angle to describe what’s happened to Roe v. Wade.  Let’s just localize it for New Jersey, with confirmation from Gov. Phil Murphy that a woman’s right to decide what to do with her own body is safe in this state, for now.  The governor said: “it is incumbent that we do more to fully secure reproductive rights and ensure ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 28, 2022

TRENTON – So, it looks like New Jersey has a budget that Democrats can live with: a $50.6 billion spending plan with no additional taxes, a $6 billion rainy-day fund and a full payment for the underfunded pension system, Politico reports. The highlights – thanks to this unprecedented amount of surplus funds and tax receivables – ensures the state will have the largest stockpile ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 23, 2022

TRENTON – Gun control may not be in the national headlines today, yet there needs to be a constant drumbeat to force lawmakers to act before the next crisis. So, let’s push it to the forefront, celebrating that the Assembly advanced a package of bills yesterday to further tighten the state’s firearms laws. These proposed bills are not yet before Gov. Phil Murphy for signature, ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 22, 2022

ON THE ROAD – Politico states the obvious: the Holland Tunnel offers two lanes heading in and out of New Jersey. And, unless there is some super project to somehow expand vehicular capacity under the Hudson, the Holland Tunnel will remain the same, always. And that’s why some locals are scratching their heads at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s plan to spend ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 21, 2022

OFF THE RAILS – NJ Transit is back in the news, after the rail agency was forced to cancel all trains during rush hour on Friday night. Sigh, and why? NJ Transit's locomotive engineers didn’t show up, causing 80 trains to vanish off the board. Engineer call-outs were nearly triple the rate of an average weekday, affecting more than 100,000 commuters. There were 481 engineers, ...

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Rutgers to Offer Flexible Work Arrangements

June 26, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers will implement flexible work arrangements for employees as part of a new extensive program that draws from lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rutgers Future of Work initiative, announced last week by President Jonathan Holloway, builds on the flexibility and innovation that kept the university operating throughout the pandemic.

“Managing the ...

South Brunswick Adds More Liquor Licenses

July 1, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick Township has increased the number of available liquor licenses for consumption and distribution at last night’s council meeting. The members all agreed to increase the number of available licenses to meet the needs of the growing community.

The number of consumption licenses, which allow establishments to serve alcohol, increased from 14 to 15 while ...


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center Earns National Recognition from the American Heart Association for Efforts to Improve Stroke Treatment

June 30, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s (RWJUH) Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center has again earned the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite and Advanced Therapy with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll recognition.


For stroke patients, this means RWJUH has met ...