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Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano to Retire after 50 Years in Law Enforcement

January 23, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano will remove his badge at the end of this year, retiring after a 50-year law enforcement career that began in Bridgewater as a rookie cop in 1968.

He immediately endorsed North Plainfied Police Chief William Parenti to replace him after Parenti announced Tuesday he would seek the nomination for sheriff from the Somerset County Republican ...

7 Officers Join Police Department, City's Largest Force Will Get Even More

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Seven officers were ceremoniously sworn-in to join the city police department on Tuesday, bringing the force to a total of 149.

Taking the oath of office at city hall were Guiseppi Fatula, Timothy Hagerty, James Perotti, Christopher Mohr, Julio Urena and Robert Taveras.

Each of them completed graduated this week from the Cape May Police Academy where they completed 21 ...

New Brunswick Police Capt. Promoted to Deputy Chief, 1st in Department in 3 Decades

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A city police captain with nearly 27 years on the force will now serve as deputy chief, the first person to hold that position in the department in more than 30 years.

City officials today announced that Vincent Sabo, the executive officer of the department, was promoted to the deputy's post on Jan. 8, 2019.

“Deputy Chief Sabo is a trusted senior member of ...

Somerville: Dinner & Reception Honors Immaculata Hall of Fame Inductees

January 22, 2019

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ -  Immaculata High School will welcome its sixth Hall of Fame class during an induction ceremony on March 21 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ with a gala reception highlighted by a video presentation, remarks by the inductees or their representatives, and a commemorative booklet honoring the Hall of Famers with tributes and ads.

Among those honored ...

Spotswood Girls Varisty Basketball Team To Take The Court For Tourettes

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Each season the Spotswood High School girls varisity basketball team dedicates one of their remaining home games to a different charity. This year the team is hitting the court on February 4 to help Appleby Elementary fourth grader Nicholas DeLieto in his very personal quest. The soon-to-be 10 year old has spearheaded Nicholas' Trek with Tourettes, partnering with the New ...

Nuns Assigned to Immaculata Community to Leave Somerville after 61 Years

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will end their association with Immaculate Conception School and Immaculata High School after 61 years and will be reassigned to other responsibilities at the end of the school year.

The Sisters had met with Msgr. Seamus F. Brennan last month to inform him of their decision, which was based on numbers – too few ...

Gov. Murphy Announces New Programs to Combat Opioid Addiction

January 23, 2019

CAMDEN, NJ—  Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration were in Camden today to announce new initiatives the state is launching to combat the opioid epidemic — including adding opioid addiction as a condition under the state’s medical marijuana program.

The initiatives are part of $100 million investment made by the governor to fight the opioid crisis. In 2018, over ...

New Brunswick to Strengthen 'Wage Theft' Law

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City business owners who fail to pay employees the wages they earn will face increased scrutiny and possible suspension of their operating licenses under a revised ordinance slated to be passed next month.

The ordinance is aimed at "wage theft," when employers pay workers less than they are owed. Usually, the workers are day laborers and part-time employees, ...

'Blue Code' for 2nd Consecutive Night of Frigid Temps

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - City officials declared a Code Blue for tonight, opening a warming center where homeless and people without heat can seek shelter over night.

The Henry Guest House at 58 Livingston Ave., next to the New Brunswick Free Public Library will be open overnight as a warming center from 7 p.m. today until 7 a.m. Tuesday.

City officials said they attempt to ...

All-Star Catcher Yovan Gonzalez Back with Patriots in 2019

January 23, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have re-signed All-Star catcher Yovan Gonzalez for the 2019 season.

“I’m really happy to be back with the team again this year,” said Gonzalez. “I’m also really excited and ready to get a chance to bring the trophy back to Somerset! Let’s go!”

Gonzalez enters his fourth season with the Somerset Patriots and his ...

Somerville: Dinner & Reception Honors Immaculata Hall of Fame Inductees

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ -  Immaculata High School will welcome its sixth Hall of Fame class during an induction ceremony on March 21 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ with a gala reception highlighted by a video presentation, remarks by the inductees or their representatives, and a commemorative booklet honoring the Hall of Famers with tributes and ads.

Among those honored ...

Familiar Turf: Patriots Sign Pitcher from New Jersey

SOMERSET PATRIOTS SIGN NEW JERSEY NATIVE JAMES PUGLIESE

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have signed of right-handed pitcher James Pugliese for the 2019 season. His rights were acquired in a trade with the York Revolution for the rights to infielder Nate Coronado.

“I’m really excited to be coming home and playing for Somerset,” said Pugliese. “This ...

Jersey Avenue Getting 2 Huge New Warehouses

January 15, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Jersey Avenue corridor, already home to large warehouse operations, now will have more with the city approving two more of the structures, each with more than 50,000 square feet of space.

Planning board members on Monday approved construction of a 51,180-square-foot building at 750 Jersey Ave., next door to the Occidental Chemical building.

This is the second of ...

3 Stores, Apartments Approved on Vacant Route 27 Lot Despite Parking Limits

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Despite concerns about parking, city officials Monday approved plans for a building with three ground-floor stores and three apartments above them on a vacant lot at Somerset Street about two blocks from the city high school.

Planning board members unanimously approved plans for the two-story building at 938 Somerset St. The structure will face Somerset Street, which ...

"Highly Suspect" Survey Hits Homes in Sayreville

SAYREVILLE, NJ - The Sayreville Economic & Redevelopment Agency (SERA) is expressing deep concerns about a questionable poll mailed to Borough households in the waning days of 2018.

The poll was mailed from an unknown third party describing itself as the “National Community Based Development Initiative.” This group, which is apparently seeking residents’ opinions ...

Franklin Township: TAPinto Spotlight on Etheridge Family Medicine

January 23, 2019

Etheridge Family Medicine: Where we focus on preventive care for a long, healthy and prosperous life.

SOMERSET, NJ - TAPinto "Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are vested in the community at large.

These businesses which will be featured make it possible for TAPinto Franklin Township to provide free daily news to its readers, by sponsoring our ...

Tour of Somerville Wins Tourism Award from Somerset County Business Partnership

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Tour of Somerville, which draws over 1,000 cyclists and thousands of spectators from the region and around the world to the downtown district Memorial Day weekend is the winner of the “Tourism Champion” category in the Salute to Tourism Awards which will be presented Jan. 18th at the Bridgewater Marriott.

Sponsored by the Somerset County Business ...

The History of the Brunswick Square Mall...and Its Future

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Brunswick Square Mall attracts thousands of shoppers throughout Middlesex County every year. It is one of the defining features in East Brunswick and the place most people tend to associate with the township. However, in recent years, the mall has struggled to keep up with the times, especially due to the fact that many of the other malls in the county are a lot more ...

Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano to Retire after 50 Years in Law Enforcement

January 23, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano will remove his badge at the end of this year, retiring after a 50-year law enforcement career that began in Bridgewater as a rookie cop in 1968.

He immediately endorsed North Plainfied Police Chief William Parenti to replace him after Parenti announced Tuesday he would seek the nomination for sheriff from the Somerset County Republican ...

Artworks Grace 40 Store Fronts for 'Windows of Understanding'

January 23, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It took after-school sessions every week for three months. That is how long 40 city middle school students worked to complete a painting titled "America Is For Everyone," which is now on display in a store front at 84 Albany St.

That work, from the New Brunswick Middle School Art Club, is one of the dozens on display for the second annual Windows of Understanding ...

Ten Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (Jan. 21)

NEW BRUNSWICK – Just like that, we are getting to close the books on January. Just a couple more days it will already be February! So that might mean you might be looking for warm and cozy events. There are plenty of those on the list below!

Tuesday, Jan. 22
New Brunswick Jazz Project-Emerging Artists & Open Session, Charlie Barber Group 8-11 p.m.
Where: George Street Ale ...

Rutgers Student Turns Microorganisms Into Works of Art

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A doctoral student in ecology and evolution is turning microorganisms into art, and her hobby into a powerful tool for genomics studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Julia Van Etten’s Couch Microscopy Instagram page has attracted close to 18,000 followers in a year and a half, thanks to her breathtakingly detailed videos and photos of diatoms, algae, ...

New Brunswick to get a 'Biergarten,' Newest Downtown Restaurant

January 3, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Hub City is joining in a popular trend and getting a beer garden of sorts this spring when a new restaurant opens, filling a now-vacant location near the train station.

Redd's Biergarten will open at the foot of Easton Avenue, in the prime downtown site that was previously home to Brother Jimmy's BBQ.

It will be the third location for Redd's. The first ...

Food Pantries Helping Federal Workers Issue Plea For Donations, Food Drives

January 21, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - As the government shutdown continues, the Middlesex County food bank is stepping up to offer assistance to furloughed federal workers and urging the rest of the county residents to pitch in with donations to stock dwindling supplies.

"Federal employees from local agencies of the IRS, TSA and EPA who are not receiving a paycheck are forced to tap into savings and ...

Spotswood Girls Varisty Basketball Team To Take The Court For Tourettes

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Each season the Spotswood High School girls varisity basketball team dedicates one of their remaining home games to a different charity. This year the team is hitting the court on February 4 to help Appleby Elementary fourth grader Nicholas DeLieto in his very personal quest. The soon-to-be 10 year old has spearheaded Nicholas' Trek with Tourettes, partnering with the New ...

Roberto Sayers of South Plainfield Sworn in as Executive Member of NAACP

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  –  A resident of the borough for 12 years, Roberto Sayers first became involved with Metuchen-Edison Area Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) two years ago and, in late 2018, was elected to serve on its board. He was sworn in to a three-year term as an Executive Member during a Jan. 10 ...

Sierra Club Leader to Speak on 'State of the Environment'

January 22, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jeff Tittel, head of the Sierra's Club's New Jersey chapter, will speak on "The State of the Environment" at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Greater New Brunswick Area Chapter of the NJ League of Women Voters at Douglas College.

Tittel will describe state and national perspectives on climate change, clean energy, efforts to protect clean air, clean water, and ...

Residents Get Answers, but not Satisfaction, at Edgeboro Landfill Meeting

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In wake of complaints about strange odors coming from the Edgeboro Landfill, a town meeting was held by the Middlesex County Utilities Authority on January 16 at the East Brunswick Municipal Building. Described as a “community forum” by the organization, the meeting was meant to serve as a place where concerned citizens could air their grievances and be met with ...

Gov. Murphy Announces New Programs to Combat Opioid Addiction

January 23, 2019

CAMDEN, NJ—  Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration were in Camden today to announce new initiatives the state is launching to combat the opioid epidemic — including adding opioid addiction as a condition under the state’s medical marijuana program.

The initiatives are part of $100 million investment made by the governor to fight the opioid crisis. In 2018, over ...

Somerville Developer, Hospital Ease Financial Hardships for Federal Workers

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Jack Morris, president and CEO of Piscataway-based Edgewood Properties, developer of The Edge luxury apartments on West Main Street, is deferring rent payments at all of his New Jersey residential properties for those federal employees impacted by the federal government shutdown.

In a separate announcement Morris, who is chairman of the board of RWJ/Barnabas Health, ...

Saint Peter's Healthcare System Offering Patients Transportation Arrangement

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - To improve patients access to health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System has joined with another company to arrange transportation to and from non-emergency medical appointments.

The hospital entered a partnership with RoundTrip, a two-year old Philadelphia-based company that schedules rides for people to make appointments for a long list of ...

3 1/2-Year Sentence for East Brunswick Teen on Armed Robbery Charges

January 23, 2019

NEWS BRUNSWICK, NJ - An East Brunswick youth who had pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in the juvenile corrections facility, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement today.

Superior Court Judge Marcia Silva ordered the 17-year-old defendant incarcerated in the New Jersey Training School for Boys known as Jamesburg, Carey said.

He ...

Woodbridge Man Gets 27-Year Sentence for Killing Wife

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Woodbridge man today was sentenced to 27 years in prison for fatally beating his wife in their home three years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.

Vito Nigro, 46, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Carey said.

On Dec. 3, 2018, Nigro admitted to ...

Woodbridge Priest Arrested and Charged with Sexual Assault

TRENTON, N.J. – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey today announced that a priest from Phillipsburg, N.J., has been arrested and charged with multiple criminal counts in the sexual assault of a child who was between the ages of 14 and 17.

The arrest constitutes the first criminal case filed by the New Jersey Clergy Abuse Task Force, which ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - January 23, 2019

WHO'S ASKIN'? - Bada bing. Bada boom. "The Sopranos" are back. Casting has begun for a big screen prequel to the hit HBO series that brought Jersey-grown wiseguys into America's households. The late James Gandolfini's son, Michael, 19, is to play a younger version of mob boss "Tony Soprano," the role his dad made famous. Anybody who knows the plot behind ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 22, 2019

CRANFORD - In all likelihood, you've heard him thousands of times - on the radio telling you about the inbound delay, or on the platform informing you the express train is a minute away. Well, did you know Bernie Wagenblast, "the Voice," is a Cranford native? Naturally, his next stop was just down the street at our Jaffe Podcast studio for a conversation ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 18, 2019

TRENTON - When you find yourself paying $10 for some pancakes and a cup of coffee, thank state lawmakers. On one hand, news that the state will be steadily raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 is tremendous for many struggling families. But someone has to pay for it. That, of course, will be the consumer. So, yeah, breakfast will be getting a little pricey at your local ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 11, 2019

NORTH JERSEY - Not everyone is man enough to be a Girl Scout. That's quite evident in the latest episode of the Jaffe Podcast, in which we chat with the CEO of the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, serving seven counties. Natasha Hemmings says there's this myth that Girl Scouts exist just to sell you a box or three of cookies. The fact is Girl Scouts are running programs for ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 10, 2019

NORTH JERSEY - On this day, 20 years ago, we got our first look at a modern-day gangster, cigar in mouth, driving down the New Jersey Turnpike, to a funky beat. We saw the refineries and the tank farms. And we saw Interchange 13 in all its glory, the airplanes out of Newark, the pizza joint, the iconic New Jersey signs and, in the end, a Jersey-style McMansion. Yeah, we're talking about ...

Brooklyn Restaurateurs Bring New Flavors to South Orange

January 23, 2019

Two new restaurants recently opened near each other in South Orange, NJ, both with Brooklyn roots.

Owners of the upscale American The Fox & Falcon and Latin street food specialists Miti Miti were drawn to the area first for their families, seeking more space in the New Jersey suburbs than they could find in Brooklyn. It wasn’t long before their culinary roots came ...

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Rutgers Equine Nutrition Course Jan 23 to May 6

Education Horses

Fri, January 25, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Dancing With The Stars: Live!

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State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Dancing With The Stars: Live!

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Rutgers Student Turns Microorganisms Into Works of Art

January 18, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A doctoral student in ecology and evolution is turning microorganisms into art, and her hobby into a powerful tool for genomics studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Julia Van Etten’s Couch Microscopy Instagram page has attracted close to 18,000 followers in a year and a half, thanks to her breathtakingly detailed videos and photos of diatoms, algae, ...

Rutgers Prof Gets $400K Grant Using Smartphones for Monitoring Diseases

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - These days there is one item people keep with them constantly: a smartphone.

Now a Rutgers University professor has received a $400,000 grant to see if those smartphones can gather data on the effects of conditions that literally cause people to shake, such as Parkinson's Disease.

The National Institutes of Health gave the grant to Jean-Francois Daneault, an ...

Ex-Rutgers Player Charged in Murder Plot Now Accused of Trying to Contact Victim

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - A Rutgers University student accused of plotting to kill his ex-girlfriend's parents has been arrested again and charged with trying to contact the woman.

Izaia Bullock, 22, of South River, a former university football player, was arrested Thursday and charged with contempt of court for allegedly violating an order prohibiting him from reaching out to the victim, ...

Woodbridge Priest Arrested and Charged with Sexual Assault

January 18, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey today announced that a priest from Phillipsburg, N.J., has been arrested and charged with multiple criminal counts in the sexual assault of a child who was between the ages of 14 and 17.

The arrest constitutes the first criminal case filed by the New Jersey Clergy Abuse Task Force, which ...

Planning Board Hears Testimony from South Plainfield Fire, Environmental Experts

January 16, 2019

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a Jan. 8 meeting, the South Plainfield Planning Board resumed its hearing on M&M Realty Properties proposal for 1111 Durham Avenue. 

At this time, John Taikina, director of real estate development for M&M, presented a few minor changes to the plans – made at the request of the municipality – and testimonies from borough ...

OPINION

Federal Shutdown Hits and Hurts New Jersey

January 11, 2019

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Mayors and local governing bodies don’t always agree on everything. But they know what they need to do to meet the public’s need for essential services. And every year, despite natural disasters, despite fluctuations in the economy, and despite actions taken – and not taken – by other levels of government, they adopt budgets and continue ...

Help Kickoff the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life 2019 Season in Middlesex County At the Brunswick Square Mall on Saturday, February 9

January 22, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ  – The American Cancer Society kicks off its new fundraising season in Middlesex County on Saturday, February 9th 2019 – 4-6 pm at the Brunswick Square Mall, 755 NJ-18, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. 

Together we can beat out biggest rival.  The entire Middlesex County community is invited to come out and learn more about their local community ...

How One Small Business Achieves Success by Empowering People with Disabilities

January 23, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- The founders of John’s Crazy Socks recently appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss their company and its incredible success. Founded in 2016, John’s Crazy Socks sells over 1900 varieties of socks, but is also driven by a social mission: to demonstrate to the world what people with disabilities can do.

John’s Crazy Socks was founded by the father ...

New Jersey Video Production Company Looks Back at Project Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

NEW JERSEY -- 2019 marks what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday, and this year, on the federal holiday that celebrates his legacy, East Main Media looks back on a very special project completed with Michele Adubato, CEO of The North Ward Center in Newark.

“The East Main Media team was honored to produce this video,” said CEO & Executive ...

East Main Media Launches the TAPinto Network’s Flagship Video Channel, TAPintoTV

LITTLE FALLS, NJ—East Main Media today announced the launch of TAPintoTV, an online video channel highlighting topics of interest in New Jersey, New York, and beyond. TAPintoTV is off the ground and has been posting content for several months, including videos featuring Emmy award-winning PBS host, Steve Adubato, coverage of the New York International Auto Show, small business success ...

Toxic Stress Causes Lifelong Adverse Effects on New Jersey’s Youngest and Most Vulnerable Children

NEW JERSEY -- Dr. Arturo Brito was recently a guest on Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato, where he discussed the effects of toxic stressors on children from the ages zero to three, and how New Jersey lawmakers are helping to combat this critical issue.

Toxic stressors, explained Dr. Brito, are those stressors that can be persistent, chronic and severe. Infants and young children exposed to ...

Nissan Becomes First Japanese Car Company to Enter Formula E Auto Racing Series

NEW YORK -- TAPintoTV spoke with Roel de Vries, VP/Head of Global Marketing at Nissan Motor Company, at the 2018 New York International Auto Show about the 2018/2019 Formula E racing season. Nissan’s new electric racing car marks the first Japanese manufacturer to participate in the global all-electric auto racing series.

“Formula E is a logical extension of our long-term belief in ...