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Middlesex College Unfurls New Logo, Attitude During Ceremony

May 13, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — A flag emblazoned with Middlesex College’s new logo, officially trumpeting the school’s bold, new direction, ascended outside College Center.

Once it reached its zenith, the assembled school officials realized it was upside down.

On take two, the flag unfurled correctly, everyone shared a good laugh and spontaneous applause broke out.

Whether it was ...

New Brunswick's Valenti School is Named After Trailblazer, Tireless Public Servant

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Tom Valenti fought back tears.

He was telling a crowd of about 200 people on Wednesday how proud his mother would be that the school to be built on this Jersey Avenue site will be named in her honor.

The Blanquita B. Valenti Community School that will be home to some 1,100 students is named after a selfless public servant, a brave trailblazer and a longtime ...

School Groundbreaking Ceremony a 'Remarkable Day' for City, School Distirct

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The ceremonial groundbreaking for a $55 million elementary school at 50 Jersey Ave. on Wednesday was hailed by the superintendent of schools as a “remarkable day” for the school district and the city.

The 125,000 square-foot school, whose construction on a 4.25-acre tract is part of a sweeping $750 million project, is expected to be completed in the ...

Rutgers, Middlesex College Say Funding Will 'Cushion the Blow' After Lost Revenues

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Tuesday’s announcement that Rutgers would be receiving about $148 million in federal funding and Middlesex College will get about $26 million comes as the county’s two biggest schools – along with several other institutions of higher learning across the state - are facing budget shortfalls.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in drops in enrollment, ...

Groundbreaking on $55M School in New Brunswick to Take Place May 12

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Construction of the $55 million elementary school on Jersey Avenue will begin with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, May 12 at 11 a.m.

Officials from the board of education, city government, RWJ Barnabas Health, Middlesex County and others have been invited to take part.

The school’s construction is just one component of a sweeping, $750 million project ...

Caldwell to be Named President, Sevilla Vice President at New Brunswick BOE Meeting

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Dale Caldwell, a driving force on the Board of Education for more than two decades, will be named its new president at tonight’s reorganization meeting, TAPinto New Brunswick has learned.

Jennifer Sevilla is also expected to be chosen by a vote of the other board members as the vice president.

Caldwell’s daughter, Ashley Caldwell, the star first singles ...

New Brunswick Board of Ed Incumbents Continue to Lead in Updated Vote Tally

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Updated Board of Education voting results show that the three incumbents continue to lead.

New Beginnings for New Brunswick running mates Edward Spencer (394), Jennifer Sevilla (387) and Diana Solis (382) are seeking re-elected to the board.

They lead challengers Linda Stork (293), Jenifer Garcia Pelaez (259) and Matthew Rivera (250), who ran under the Students ...

Parents University Helping Bridge Digital, Informational Divide in New Brunswick

This story was produced thanks to a reporting grant facilitated by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University and funded by New Jersey Children's Foundation.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Claudia Gallegos wanted to know if her second grader had missed any assignments.

The problem was, she had no idea how to check.

So, Gallegos enrolled in a virtual session the New Brunswick ...

Incumbents Lead Voting in New Brunswick Board of Education Races

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The three incumbents running for the Board of Education are leading in preliminary results released by the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office on Tuesday night.

Edward Spencer (344 votes), Jennifer Sevilla (336) and Diana Solis (332) are leading in their re-election efforts.

Challengers Linda Stork (241), Jenifer Garcia Pelaez (204) and Matthew Rivera (199) ran ...

New Brunswick High School, Middle School Return to Class

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The kids are back!

For the first time in 13 months, the students at New Brunswick High School, New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School, New Brunswick P-TECH, and New Brunswick Middle School returned to their classrooms on Monday.

Students will be taking precautions in response to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, such as observing social distancing ...


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The Jaffe Briefing - May 14, 2021

STATEWIDE – Modified mask mandate? Yes! The feds are lifting the requirement that fully vaccinated people wear masks in most outdoor and indoor places. Of course, mass transit is not one of those places, as it seems people will – and should – be wearing masks on jammed NJ Transit trains until, let’s say, 2100.  A great quote from the CDC: “If you are fully ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 12, 2021

NEWARK – It is a grand and interesting experiment. If you hand a low-income family $500 a month, with no strings attached, will it change lives? That’s the big question in Newark, where city officials are following Paterson to launch a two-year money give-away. Funded through private donations and charity, the city is planning to issue $500 checks each month to 400 households. This ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 11, 2021

STATEWIDE – A progressive research group is out with a tax study. OK, that may be the most boring lede ever written. Let’s try again; here we go: If you are deemed rich in New Jersey, you are screwed. That’s according to a new study, that shows President Biden’s proposed tax increases would hit New Jerseyans more than any other state. reports that 53,000 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 10, 2021

LINDEN – As everything seems to begin and end in New Jersey, the national news is a pipeline that runs from Houston to Linden. The Colonial Pipeline – the largest of its kind in the U.S. – is shut down, as a Friday ransomware attack has taken down this massive delivery system that provides fuel to states on the eastern border. Yeah, this is an absolute mess, with the White House ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 6, 2021

TRENTON – The simple idea behind “food shortage” is, well, there’s not enough food. But there’s another reason for some pockets of food shortage in New Jersey: simply not enough workers to pull vegetables from the ground. Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher says that current labor shortages are hitting New Jersey farms especially hard this growing season, sharing a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 5, 2021

TRENTON – As New Jersey is now bursting with billions in stimulus aid from Uncle Sam, the big question is how best to blow the cash. The Record is providing some guidance, reporting how other states are spending their new-found fortunes. State officials may want to shift around the shopping list, after learning that Indiana will be using $3 billion to buy police body cameras, Maryland is ...

6 Tasty Ideas for Your Next Backyard Party

May 16, 2021

As the weather turns warmer and more people become comfortable getting together, it’s a great time to plan an outdoor party.

Here are six ideas for your next gathering, with tasty suggestions for what to serve:

Movie Night: Set up the projector, place out some comfy seating and have individual boxes of movie candy ready. For something fancy, put out bowls of truffled popcorn: ...

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Rutgers University Opens Vaccination Sites on its Campuses

May 5, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jordan Clarida, a sophomore majoring in public health, traveled to Rutgers on Wednesday to become the first student vaccinated at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy because she wanted to be part of the movement that ends the pandemic and saves lives.

“Having the vaccine available here was the easiest way for me to receive it,” said the Bound Brook resident, a ...

Rutgers Researchers Receive Funding to Develop COVID-19 Breathalyzer Test

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers researchers are developing a rapid breathalyzer test that would determine in minutes if someone is infected with COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses.

“In addition to helping diagnose COVID-19, the goal of the project is to create a platform that can be expanded into a future, easy-to-use, non-invasive rapid breathalyzer to diagnostic respiratory diseases, ...

Rutgers COO: Students Who Don't Want Vaccine Should Consider Gap Year, Transferring

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A high-ranking Rutgers executive says students who decline to take the COVID-19 vaccine should consider taking a gap year or transferring to another school.

Antonio Calcado, the executive vice president for strategic planning and operations and chief operating officer, said there are five exemptions the state university is making for students returning in ...

Parker Has a 'Treasure Trove' to Celebrate on Mother’s Day

May 9, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – As we look to celebrate the accomplishments and overall wonderment of our mothers on Mother’s Day, look no further than Parker to discover elder women who have made a terrific impact on society, as well as at the kitchen table, over the decades.

“Women who have succeeded throughout their lives professionally and personally are sharing their lives with ...

Advocacy Group Applauds Murphy, Legislators for Effort to Fight Organ Donor Insurance Discrimination

May 7, 2021

NEW JERSEY, NJ  – Science in Donation, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting, educating, and advocating on behalf of the interests or members of the donation and transplant communities, is celebrating Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of a new law that prohibits insurance discrimination against living organ donors.

Since its launch, the group has been advocating against ...


New Jersey Celebrities Come Out for Hunger

May 14, 2021

HILLSIDE, NJ—May 14, 2021 

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) held its annual Blue Jean Ball virtually on Thursday, May 13 at 6:00 pm to raise money for hunger-relief efforts. After a year on hiatus as the organization responded to the height of the pandemic, the beloved event returned, continuing a ...

New Marijuana, Alcohol Laws Handcuff Police Officers

April 22, 2021

By John Zebrowski, First Vice President, New Jersey State Association of Chief of Police

Now that state lawmakers have passed measures to create a marketplace for recreational marijuana in New Jersey – as well as basically eliminated sanctions for underage possession and use of marijuana and alcohol – the big challenge for local police departments is how to enforce these new ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...