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Driver Gets 8 Years in Prison For Hit-And-Run Death of New Brunswick Man

July 9, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The driver in the hit-and-run death of a 22-year-old New Brunswick man in 2019 has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Daquan White, 27, of North Brunswick, was sentenced today by Superior Court Judge Diane Pincus to an eight-year prison term with four years of parole ineligibility for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash resulting in the death of Anthony ...

Police Searching For Missing Old Bridge Man

OLD BRIDGE, NJ – Police are searching for a 49-year-old man who was last seen leaving his home in the Lakeridge section of the township at about 10 a.m. Sunday.

Edward Hussey, 49, has blue eyes, a shaved head and stands about 5 feet 11 inches tall. He weighs about 200 pounds and wears a baseball hat, according to Old Bridge Police.

Hussey drives a burgundy red 2011 Honda Pilot with ...

Another Child Drowns in East Brunswick

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department announced today that another drowning occurred in the township on Independence Day.  The tragic event followed close on the heels of a similar pool accident in the township that took the lives of three family members on June 22, 2020.

Police responded to a home on Sandalwood Drive for a four-year-old drowning victim at on July 4, ...

Plan to Raze Lincoln Annex, Build Hospital, School Moving Forward

July 10, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The plan to build a $55 million school – a vital piece of a larger $750 million development project that would include the razing of Lincoln Annex School to make way for a free-standing cancer hospital – took two steps forward this week.

The biggest step came Tuesday, when Superior Court Judge Arthur Bergman ruled that a deed restriction placed on the ...

Middlesex County College Moving Fall Classes Online, New Brunswick Center Will Be Closed

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Most of Middlesex County College’s fall classes will be offered remotely, and its New Brunswick Center will not host any in-person classes.

President Mark McCormick said that about 90% of classes at the Edison-based college will be offered online in an attempt to mitigate the risks of exposure to COVID-19, according to press release.

Many of the courses will ...

New Brunswick High School Seniors Finally Enjoy In-Person Graduation Celebration

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The prom, the senior class trip and spring sports seasons were all canceled – and with them a million memories the Class of 2020 will never get back.

That made Wednesday’s in-person graduation ceremony at New Brunswick High School – even one with more masks and distancing than pomp and circumstance – all the more meaningful.

The ceremonies ...

In Addition to Nixing Freeholder, Murphy Says ‘We’re Constantly Thinking Through’ Other Name Changes 

July 10, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Removing “freeholder” from New Jersey’s 21 county legislative boards will mean the country’s full eradication of the title — which has been called confusing, insensitive and racist.

The inspiration for the change came from Union County Freeholder Angela Garretson, who broached the subject with Gov. Phil Murphy and State Senate President Stephen ...

Governor Addresses Long Lines at Motor Vehicle Commission Facilities

TRENTON, NJ -- During the press conference in Trenton today, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed the frustrations of New Jerseyans who waited in long lines at the state's Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) facilities when they reopened this week.

"I completely understand the frustration felt by every customer forced to wait on long lines yesterday at New Jersey Motor Vehicle ...

Murphy Orders Masks to Be Worn Outdoors When Social Distancing Isn't Possible

TRENTON, NJ – Face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter today before his COVID-19 press conference.

The exceptions for individuals under two years old, people who are eating/drinking at an outdoor dining establishment, and when wearing a mask would inhibit health or safety.

The governor ...

Rutgers Will Play All-Big Ten Conference Schedule - If Football Resumes in September

July 9, 2020

A Big Ten Conference ruling Thursday is providing some hope for Rutgers football fans who are eager to see Greg Schiano’s return to the Scarlet Knights’ sidelines in September.

Big Ten officials announced that their athletic programs would play a conference-only schedule for all fall sports.

"We are facing uncertain and unprecedented times, and the health, safety and ...

Rutgers President Holloway Addresses Whether There Will Be a Football Season

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Jonathan Holloway answered questions about a pandemic, a multimillion dollar budget shortfall and more during his first news conference as Rutgers president.

The news conference, however, ended on a lighter note.

“If there is no football season,” one reporter asked Holloway, “will you be going to your peers at Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State and ...

Lost Season: League Gives Patriots, Other Teams OK to Fend for Themselves

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- the Somerset Patriots are planning several options at TD Bank Ballpark for the remainder of the summer following an announcement from the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Friday that it will allow its member teams to pursue alternate baseball activities and events for the communities they serve.

That does include baseball, but the specifics are hazy.

"Due to ...

NJ Restaurant Association CEO Predicts More Closures if Indoor Dining Doesn't Return Soon

July 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy surprised restaurant owners who had been preparing for the return of indoor dining on Thursday, July 2, by announcing just four days before that indoor seating would be delayed indefinitely. 

Having spent money ordering food, retraining workers, and purchasing PPE and cleaning supplies, restaurant owners were justifiably upset when he postponed the ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Hillsborough: Duke Farms Salutes Women Farmers, Entrepreneurs

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Farmers' Market at Duke Farms is paying tribute to women-owned farms and entrepreneurs who come out every Sunday during the summer to promote their businesses and sell their fresh products.

Now in its fourth week, the farmers' market will be open every Sunday through Sept. 27 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the visitor's center off ...

Perth Amboy Councilman, Democrat Chairman to Run for Mayor

June 17, 2020

PERTH AMBOY, NJ — Councilman Helmin J. Caba is running for Mayor of Perth Amboy on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, to end “turbulence in City Hall,” provide no-nonsense leadership and to offer sensible solutions for his community’s most crucial concerns.

Caba, also the city’s Democratic chairman, said: “It is time to make new investments in our community with ...

A Brighly Colored Symbol of Unity Taking Shape in Downtown New Brunswick

June 29, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A woman leaned on her carriage and watched.

A girl tried to pull away from her parents to see what was happening.

A man with hands on hips turned his head to the side and squinted.

They were all curious about the piece of street art taking shape at the intersection of George Street, Livingston Avenue and Liberty Street.

Their stop-in-their-tracks surprise is ...

Patriots Schedule More Drive-In Movies at TD Bank Ballpark

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots hosted two nights of drive-in movies at TD Bank Ballpark last weekend, selling out both nights within a few minutes of putting tickets on sale.

The safe and socially distanced family event was so successful that the team is scheduling more drive-in movies.

The Patriots will host another viewing of "The Sandlot" on Thursday, June 25, followed ...

Independence Day Fireworks Show in New Brunswick Canceled This July 4

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There will be no Independence Day fireworks over the Raritan River this July 4th.

A spokesman for the Mayor's Office has told TAPinto New Brunswick that the show which brings thousands of people to Boyd Park and the surrounding area each year will not be held because of a concern for social distancing orders.

Gov. Phil Murphy repealed his Stay at Home Executive Order ...

NJ Restaurant Association CEO Predicts More Closures if Indoor Dining Doesn't Return Soon

July 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy surprised restaurant owners who had been preparing for the return of indoor dining on Thursday, July 2, by announcing just four days before that indoor seating would be delayed indefinitely. 

Having spent money ordering food, retraining workers, and purchasing PPE and cleaning supplies, restaurant owners were justifiably upset when he postponed the ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Parts of George, Church Streets to Close For Expanded Outdoor Dining

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Portions of George and Church streets will be closed starting this afternoon as the city makes room to expand its outdoor dining experience.

George Street will be closed between Albany and Church streets, between Church and Paterson streets and between Paterson and Bayard streets.

All streets crossing George Street will remain open.

The closures will start ...

NJ4PR Continues Support to Red Cross Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

July 9, 2020

PERTH AMBOY - Puerto Rico continues to rebuild from earthquakes, fueled with support from the non-profit NJ4PR organization headquartered here.

“The Puerto Rican community in New Jersey has stepped up tremendously to contribute their support for disaster relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico,” said Samuel Delgado, organization chair. “We’re proud to bring that ...

Scarlet Paws Adoptions Skyrocketing, but What Will Happen to Pets When Health Crisis Ends?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Residents of the city and surrounding towns have been adopting pets at a surprisingly high rate, the president of Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network said.

What concerns Mary Ann Cancio is what will happen to those hundreds of pets adopted here and across Middlesex County when COVID-19 social distancing restrictions are removed and people can resume going to the ...

New Brunswick Sets Up Food Drop Off to Benefit MCFOODs

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The City of New Brunswick is helping Middlesex County's program that distributes nonperishable food and necessities to a network of more than 120 partner organizations to meet an increased demand during the COVID-19 health crisis.

As a result, the city has set up a drop off at Unity Square Community Center on Remsen Avenue for those wishing to help MCFOODs (Middlesex ...

Hillsborough: Duke Farms Re-Opens, Weekdays Only with Restrictions

June 22, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — Duke Farms, the privately-owned environmental preserve and education center for local visitors and international tourists, has re-opened, but there won't be as much to do or as much time to visit as there was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With more than 1,000 acres dedicated to trails, bike paths, hands-on nature programs, educational exhibits, woodlands and ...

Gov. Murphy Grants MVC Extensions, Acknowledges Unhappy Customers

July 10, 2020

NEW JERSEY — While asking New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers not to crowd or hunker down overnight at local agencies, Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a set of extensions Friday during his coronavirus briefing in Trenton.

Expiration dates have been lengthened for driver’s licenses, non-driver identification, vehicle registrations, inspections, and temporary tags. Any ...

3 More States Been Added to NJ's Travel Quarantine Advisory

TRENTON, NJ — Travelers making their way back to the Garden State from over a dozen states have been advised to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days due to the rise of COVID-19 cases — a list that as of Tuesday also includes Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma. 

Gov. Phil Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli warned Monday of pocketed outbreaks ...

Murphy Cutting Back COVID-19 Press Briefings to 3 Days A Week

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s daily coronavirus press briefings, which began in March, will now be held three days a week, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday afternoon. 

“Unless you hear otherwise, and sadly given the world right now in the state of COVID in the country we may shift courses, but we're going to go to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule beginning ...

Ciccone Sworn In as New Middlesex County Prosecutor

July 1, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Yolanda Ciccone, a graduate of Douglass College at Rutgers University, was sworn in Tuesday as prosecutor of Middlesex County during a brief ceremony officiated by retired judge and former prosecutor Alan Rockoff.

The Metuchen resident and former Assignment Judge of Somerset County was nominated in June by Gov. Phil Murphy to be county prosecutor.

She was confirmed by ...

Two Charged in Crash that Killed Local Woman Outside Route 1 Wal-Mart

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Two men were charged with vehicular homicide in the death of 19-year-old Felicity Eden of Jamesburg, who died of injuries sustained in a three-car crash outside Wal-Mart on Route 1 South in North Brunswick on May 24, 2020. Eden was hit by two cars which were both driven by impaired drivers.

Rashawn Stevens, 33, of Newark and Garry Givens-Owens, 28, of Somerset ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - July 10, 2020

TOMS RIVER – Even before all those Halloween pop-up stores begin cropping up next month – for those who must absolutely have their costumes really, really early – there is already some COVID-related Halloween news to report: the announcement of the first parade being canceled because of this damn pandemic. The big fun in Toms River – typically attracting 100,000 or so ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 9, 2020

TRENTON – No surprise that not everyone is on board with Gov. Phil Murphy’s mandate for all of us to wear masks outside. Of course, there are some concerned Republicans, who’ve been known to fire off a press release, or maybe two, just to be critical of anything. And there’s lawmakers like Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Warren), representing some of our state’s most rural ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 8, 2020

STATEWIDE – With all these live high school graduations planned for tonight, it’s time to let loose. Just don’t even think of releasing a balloon, or be prepared for the stiff consequences. Besides the shame and disdain of all your neighbors and friends, a proposed law could also slap you silly with a $1,000 fine if you let one fly. Why such harshness? Balloons float out to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 7, 2020

STATEWIDE – Likely the only ones in New Jersey who know its “Primary Day” are the people on the ballot and those stuck counting the votes over the next days and weeks. This is the postponed primary from June, you may or may not recall, and includes very little drama, such as who will get New Jersey’s Democratic nod to run for president. (No, not you, Sanders) Much more ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 30, 2020

The Jaffe Briefing will be on vacation beginning Wednesday, July 1, returning Tuesday, July 7

TRENTON – Um, perhaps we started celebrating too soon. Minutes after yesterday’s Jaffe Briefing was sent to more than 26,000 subscribers – with full-throated excitement that restaurants and bars would reopen for indoor table service starting Thursday – Gov. Phil Murphy did a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 29, 2020

The Jaffe Briefing will be on vacation beginning Wednesday, July 1, returning Tuesday, July 7

STATEWIDE – Today is the day. Finally. After months of more waiting, and many, many hours of extra parallel parking, 17-year-old kids can finally take their road test to get a driver’s license. Yet, if they expect to nail the test and zoom on out of the MVC, there is still some more ...

NJ Farmers Markets Adjust to New Way of Shopping During Pandemic

July 10, 2020

NEW JERSEY — As New Jersey moves into new phases of reopening after the COVID-19 lockdown, farmers markets are adapting to our new socially distanced “normal.”  

In towns across the state, market managers have implemented new business practices to keep both vendors and customers safe. Designated as essential businesses early in the pandemic, some expanded their footprint ...

Rutgers Joins Lawsuit to Block 'Draconian' Rules Targeting International Students

July 10, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers, moving to protect its more than 8,000 international students from new rules that could force them to transfer or leave the country, has announced it will be joining a lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT.

Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway called new guidelines proposed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that would prohibit international ...

Rutgers Researchers: Asthma Does Not Seem to Increase the Severity of COVID-19

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Asthma does not appear to increase the risk for a person contracting COVID-19 or influence its severity, according to a team of Rutgers researchers.

“Older age and conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and obesity are reported risk factors for the development and progression of COVID-19,” said ...

Rutgers Will Play All-Big Ten Conference Schedule - If Football Resumes in September

A Big Ten Conference ruling Thursday is providing some hope for Rutgers football fans who are eager to see Greg Schiano’s return to the Scarlet Knights’ sidelines in September.

Big Ten officials announced that their athletic programs would play a conference-only schedule for all fall sports.

"We are facing uncertain and unprecedented times, and the health, safety and ...

Police Searching For Missing Old Bridge Man

July 9, 2020

OLD BRIDGE, NJ – Police are searching for a 49-year-old man who was last seen leaving his home in the Lakeridge section of the township at about 10 a.m. Sunday.

Edward Hussey, 49, has blue eyes, a shaved head and stands about 5 feet 11 inches tall. He weighs about 200 pounds and wears a baseball hat, according to Old Bridge Police.

Hussey drives a burgundy red 2011 Honda Pilot with ...

Police Investigate Murder of Man Found Shot on Street Where He Lived

July 9, 2020

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ  -  Alerted by a 911 call reporting gunfire, police found a 27-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound on Village Drive, the same street where he lived, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Lifesaving efforts were made by police and emergency medical personnel who transported the victim to a nearby hospital, where he was ...

OPINION

Local Cannabis Advocate Releases “Cannabis 101” E-book on Controversial Drug

July 8, 2020

 

Local Cannabis Advocate Releases “Cannabis 101” E-book on Controversial Drug

 

EAST BRUNSWICK- Cannabis advocate and writer Daniel Ulloa has released an e-book on marijuana called “Cannabis 101”.

Ulloa is Vice President of Communications for the Latino Action Network, which he represents on the NJ CAN 2020 campaign, which seeks to pass the New ...

Parker CEO Prays for Peace, Compassion, Tolerance, and Greater Justice

June 22, 2020

These have been challenging months for long-term care communities, as we strive to ensure the health and safety of our Elders, patients and staff in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we remain focused on that situation and providing the highest quality care possible, this is a critical moment in our nation to take pause and comment on the violent incidents we have experienced these ...

NJ Accountant and Tax Coach Explains How Strategic Planning Can Save Businesses Money

July 9, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur spoke with Ethan Hundley, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Tax Coach (CTC) about his firm and how he can help clients proactively structure their taxes to save money.  Brodeur and Hundley spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio, which has been reconfigured to accommodate ...

Drummer and Zappa Trust Archivist Joe Travers Hosts DW Drums Playlist Party LIve on YouTube

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, spoke with drummer and Zappa Trust archivist Joe Travers about his new YouTube channel and a special YouTube streaming program he’ll be hosting on Thursday, July 9th for DW Drums. 

Travers, known as the “Vaultmeister,” continues to work closely with Ahmet Zappa and the Zappa Trust to bring remastered and ...

NJ Recording Studio Sets New Standard for Producing Safe Sessions During the Pandemic

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- What does the new normal of music production and recording look like in the time of COVID-19? David Amlen and Tony Drootin of Sound on Sound Studios, a full-service recording facility in Montclair, NJ, spoke with TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about how they are safely getting back to business. 

Upon deciding to reopen, Amlen and Drootin walked through the ...

South Orange NJ Small Business Owner Navigates Pandemic with Strong Community Support

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- Cat Fisher, owner of Sadie’s and Kitchen a la Mode, two shops in downtown South Orange, spoke with Stephanie Willoughby about how her small businesses survived during the COVID-19 pandemic with the support of her community behind her. 

Sadie’s is a women’s and men’s clothing store that focuses on ethical and philanthropic brands and Kitchen a la ...

NJ Guitarist & Composer Discusses Scoring for Music Libraries, TV and Film

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur spoke with New Jersey composer and sound designer Louis Gentile about his career creating scores for digital music libraries, television and film productions. Brodeur and Gentile spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which was reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gentile has ...

Experience Revolutionary War History at The Dey Mansion: George Washington’s Headquarters

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Independence Day, TAPintoTV is revisiting our piece from last year on 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 ...