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Mail Order Bride Returns to Somerville Summer Stage June 26

June 24, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Summer Stage Concert Series continues on the Division Street pedestrian mall Saturday, June 26, with a return performance by the hard-driving cover band Mail Order Bride.

MOB, a four-piece cover band from Freehold, opened the 2020 concert series.

Featuring two guitarists, bass and drums, MOB opened last year's set with Don Henley's "Boys of ...

State Theatre New Jersey Announces Reopening 2021-22 Broadway Season

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — State Theatre New Jersey announces its 2021-22 Reopening Broadway Season, featuring 10 shows in a fully renovated theater including brand-new theater seats.

The 2021-22 Season will feature Tony Award-winning hits, Broadway fan favorites, and some State Theatre debuts. Season tickets for the 2021-22 Broadway Series are now on sale.

State Theatre New ...

Hillsborough Rotary Fair & Business Expo Returns in August

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - After a year’s hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the annual Rotary Fair and Business Expo will once again transform the Hillsborough Promenade fairgrounds at 315 Route 206 into a classic carnival with a colorful midway, over 20 amusement rides, games of chance, fireworks, food vendors and an exposition of local businesses.

The five-day fair opens Aug. 17 and will ...

Milltown Man Rides Over 5,000 Miles In 80 Days

MILLTOWN, NJ - Nick Grisi is back at the Milltown home he shares with longtime girlfriend Stef Andara and their kitties Po and Mantis after completing the cross-country bike ride of a lifetime. Grisi peddled 5,000 plus miles to ride from the West Coast to Florida to New England. The first part of the trip included riding the ACA Southern Tier Bike Route from San Diego, California to St.

Enjoy Family Field Trips Right in Mercer County

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Remember how fun field trips were as a child? Now, you can have family field trips with the entire family or a group of friends to explore the great outdoors in Mercer County. The Family Field Trip programs, now in their second year, were created to keep families safely outdoors during the pandemic. Their popularity is keeping them part of the Mercer ...

Crossroads Theatre Announces 2021-2022 Season with Fall Debut of Crossroads Festival

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A new vision for Crossroads Theatre Company titled Crossroads Festival Theatre is opening the 2021-2022 season of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), Crossroads has announced.

Crossroads Festival Theatre consists of two installments: the Fall Festival running from Sept. 22 - Oct.10 and the Spring Festival running June 7 to June 26, ...

New Brunswick Planning Massive City Center Juneteenth Celebration

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One hundred and fifty-five years passed from the day the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas, were informed of the Emancipation Proclamation to the day last September when New Jersey declared Juneteenth an official holiday.

In recognition of Juneteenth’s new status as a state holiday, New Brunswick is planning a celebration so steeped in history, art and ...

Milltown's July Fourth Celebrations To Be Back With A Bang For 2021

MILLTOWN, NJ - The borough's annual Fourth of July festivities are a staple for many Middlesex County residents and other New Jersey families.

The coronavirus pandemic moved some events virtual last summer while others like the parade, Firecracker 5K, and fireworks were canceled.

This year Milltown's Fourth of July faithful will be excited to hear the Fourth of July fun will be back ...

Family-Owned Bookstore Coming to New Brunswick in June

 

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The next exciting chapter is about to be written in the lives of Kaila Boulware and Raymond Cheley Sykes, two booklovers who fell in love as students at Rutgers.

Now married and raising Truth, their smiling 1-year-old son, the couple is getting ready to open Hidden Gems Literary Emporium on Morris Street on June 6.

Boulware said they are excited to bring a ...

It's On! the Middlesex County Fair to Return in August

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In an amazing sign of expected recovery from the COVID-19, the Middlesex County Fair will return to the County Fairgrounds — 655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick — from Aug. 2 to  Aug. 8, 2021.

Additional details regarding modified experiences and pandemic compliance will be announced in the coming months.

From food and clothing retailers to ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - June 23, 2021

TRENTON – In what’s probably the least contentious state budget in years, the state Legislature is poised to zip through a $46.4 billion spending plan this week, with votes before the Senate and Assembly tomorrow, then heading to Gov. Phil Murphy for his signature. There doesn’t appear to be any of the classic 11th-hour drama, as the clock ticks toward the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 21, 2021

FORKED RIVER – There should be plenty more news today about the proposed state budget, and who may get all those billions of extra dollars. Instead, let’s talk about “Peaty the Peacock,” who is taking Forked River (aka Lacey Township) by storm. The Asbury Park Press notes there have been numerous sightings of the bird this past week. Residents are now squarely focused ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 18, 2021

TRENTON – The big news is that President Biden signed the federal law creating Juneteenth. But since we are hyper-focused on New Jersey to the point of infatuation, what did the state Legislature do? Well, a bill was sponsored last June in the Assembly by Verlina Reynolds Jackson, Jamel Holley and Benjie Wimberly to designate the third Friday in June as Juneteenth in New Jersey. Senate ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 17, 2021

RANDOLPH – This local school board can’t seem to help itself; it keeps finding ways to inadvertently make news. First, it makes news by changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Persons Day, angering residents. Then, it makes news by eliminating all holidays on the school calendar, further angering residents. Then, it makes news, as angry residents call for the immediate resignation of the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 15, 2021

RANDOLPH – Maybe the people here are getting too much media coverage. After the school board concocted the silly plan to erase all holidays from the school calendar – following a decision to scrub away Columbus Day – reporters have been all over. The story should have run its cycle, yet townsfolk are now demanding the heads of the superintendent and the school board. Really? ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 14, 2021

STATEWIDE – The obvious concern of any parent is how the pandemic has affected student learning, after all those months of remote learning, frenzy and other disruptions. NJ Spotlight reports there’s plenty of work to do, as the state conducted an initial assessment of learning loss. The result? At least a third of New Jersey students are “below-grade level” in language ...

Recipe: How to Make No-Churn Vanilla Birthday Cake Ice Cream

June 24, 2021

It only takes four ingredients to make this festive frozen treat! The best part? You don’t even need special equipment.

The trick to getting the right texture without an ice cream maker is folding in fluffy whipped cream.

No-Churn Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 tsp. vanilla extract
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
¼ cup ...

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Thu, June 24, 8:00 PM

Free Virtual Zoom Event, East Brunswick

"Comedy and Deli Night: A Culinary History of ...

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Sat, June 26, 8:00 AM

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Pfizer First-dose Vaccine Clinic

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Rutgers Renames Building After Late Professor, Civil Rights Champion

June 24, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers is renaming one of the buildings on Busch Campus for a late Black minister, educator and champion of the civil rights movement.

The Dr. Samuel Dewitt Proctor Hall, formerly the Administrative Services Building 1, was recently renovated.

The building is a one-stop destination facility serving students from across Rutgers-New Brunswick seeking assistance in a ...

Rutgers Approves 2.6 Percent Increase in Tuition and Fees for 2021-22 School Year

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ —  The Rutgers University Board of Governors today approved a $4.8 billion budget that includes a 2.6% increase in tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 academic year, following a freeze in tuition and a fees reduction for the past year in recognition of pandemic-related hardships.

“We know that tuition increases are difficult for our students, especially ...

Rutgers Administrator, Navy Officer, Dad: A Father's Day Story

NORTH BRUNSWICK – Michele Hirshman ascended the stairs to the stage and approached the dais, taking her place in history as the first woman to finish at the top of her graduating class at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Once on stage, she saw the hand reaching out with her diploma belonged to none other than her own father, Harold Hirshman.

"I can remember looking at her ...

Monroe Mayor Urges NJDEP and Landfill Operator to Implement a Dedicated Force Main Pipe for Leachate Removal from BFI/Republic Landfill

June 24, 2021

MONROE, NJ  – Monroe Mayor Stephen Dalina, along with Legislators from New Jersey’s 14th District, have agreed that a dedicated force main pipe is the safe long-term solution to remove leachate collected from the BFI/Republic Landfill site. This fully enclosed pipe would be isolated for leachate removal only, and would have no connection or opening to any home or street in ...

New Jersey Librarian of the Year Advocates for Teens, Librarians of Color

June 24, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When Keisha Miller looks around South Orange Public Library, she sees more than books.

Beyond the stacks and shelves, the chairs and tables, the town’s teen librarian and volunteer coordinator and the state’s 2021 Librarian of the Year sees community.

“Libraries are not just about books. It’s about community engagement, it's about ...

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Robert Wood Johnson Blood Services Makes Urgent Appeal for Blood Donations

June 18, 2021

The nation’s blood shortage has entered a dangerous new phase creating an urgent and immediate need for blood donors in our area.

"This is a national shortage and the type we need the most right now is type O because that can be transfused to all patients,” said Grace Tenorio, MD, medical director of Robert Wood Johnson Blood Services with hospital-based programs in New ...

Fire Union President: COVID Couldn't Stop Us From Doing Our Job

June 9, 2021

New Jersey is opening back up and the firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers of the NJFMBA could not be happier. While protecting our communities is our job, building the community is our passion, and that has been difficult over the past 15 months.

Like everyone, we were struck by the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to the municipalities we serve. This was an uncertainty that extended across ...

JerseyCAN Launches Multimedia Platform Showcasing Solutions for NJ School Districts

June 22, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Janellen Duffy, Senior Advisor of JerseyCAN, a nonprofit organization supporting and advocating for every student in New Jersey to have access to a high-quality education. JerseyCAN recently launched an online multimedia platform to help assist local school districts and educators to create new strategies and programs to ...

Lincoln of Wayne Continues to Provide Industry-Leading Sales and Service Despite Global Microchip Shortage

WAYNE, NJ -- Peter Spina, Jr., General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, spoke with TAPintoTV, about the global automotive industry microchip shortage and what the shortage means for Lincoln of Wayne customers. 

“The microchip shortage, or semiconductor shortage, is one of the greatest supply chain shortages our industry has ever faced,” Spina said. Typically, Spina told TAPintoTV, ...