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Police Seeking Help in Identifying South Amboy Stabbing Suspect

June 2, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and local police are asking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected in last week’s stabbing death.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Darren LaVigne of the South Amboy Police Department are searching for the suspect in the stabbing death of Robert Spiegel, ...

Murphy on George Floyd Killing: 'We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility'

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

"George Floyd should be alive today – not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of human ...

300 March in New Brunswick to Protest George Floyd's Death

NEW BRUNSWICK. N.J. - Some 300 people gathered at the location of the 2011 shooting of a black man by a New Brunswick police officer to protest the death of George Floyd.

Floyd died on May 25 after Minneapolis, Minn., police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than 8 minutes. 

Floyd's death has set off protests and riots in Minneapolis and other cities.

It also ...

Second Suspect Charged with Murder in 2019 Shooting

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A second suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the May, 2019 shooting death of 30-year-old David D. Anderson at Naaman Williams Park, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Ameer Harris aka “A Dot”, 29, of Camner Avenue, New Brunswick is charged with 1st degree Murder, 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an ...

Woman Who Gave Birth on Turnpike is Released From Saint Peter's

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Tennessee woman who gave birth over the weekend on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike has been treated and released from Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Keericka Thomas and her baby girl were taken to Saint Peter’s after New Jersey State Troopers helped deliver the baby on Saturday morning.

At 10:05 a.m., troopers Robert Murray, Pierre Noel and ...

New Brunswick Man, 27, in Critical Condition After Shooting

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police are investigating a shooting that has left a 27-year-old New Brunswick man in critical condition.

New Brunswick Police responded to the vicinity of the Tov Manor Apartments near 99 Phelps Ave. at about 8:59 p.m. Sunday night, according to a press release from Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and New Brunswick Police Director Anthony A.

New Brunswick Police Looking For Missing Boy, 16

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City police have issued a missing child alert for a 16-year-old boy.

The New Brunswick Police Department is seeking help in locating Jadon Carattini.

He is described as white, 5 feet 7 and 160 pounds.

He was last seen in Buccleuch Park.

If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Jadon, please call 911 or contact the police at 732-745-5200.

Piscataway: State Police Investigate Human Remains; Seeks Public’s Help

PISCATAWAY, NJ — NJ State Police continue to investigate human remains an off-duty trooper found on the shoulder of Route 287 last week and have asked for help from the public.

According to a Monday news release, the trooper was traveling southbound on Route 287 on Friday, May 1, at 3:24 p.m., discovering the remains on the left shoulder area just north of Exit 8 in Piscataway.

During ...

New Brunswick Police Issue 2 Missing Children Alerts

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City police have issued missing children alerts for a girl and a boy.

Aliyah Aaron and Daniel Dominguez were last seen on John Street.

According to the New Brunswick Police Department's alert, Aaron is Hispanic, stands 4 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds. She was last seen today.

Dominguez is Hispanic, is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He is 16 ...

Man Wanted In Stabbing Death of His Brother Turns Himself In

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A city man wanted in the stabbing death of his brother turned himself into police this morning.

Roberto Lopez, 33, of New Brunswick, turned himself in to authorities at the New Brunswick Police Department at approximately 8:30 a.m., according to a press release from Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Director Anthony Caputo of the New Brunswick ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - June 2, 2020

STATEWIDE – One silver lining around this whole pandemic mess are evening walks. Breathe deeply, as you enjoy clean Jersey air and the stars popping brilliantly in our clear skies. Yes, our air quality has improved remarkably over the past two months, with our factories are shuttered. But the Record – always asking pesky questions ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 1, 2020

STATEWIDE – There’s now a big pile of paper stacked in your kitchen. Somewhere near the bottom, clinging to the backside of the February circulars about sweater sales, is the Census form. Of course, since March 15 or so, the task of filling out the Census form seemed about as low priority as filling out your NCAA tourney brackets. But as life slowly – and thankfully – ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 29, 2020

STAFFORD – Hard to imagine that anything you read on social media is untrue, but beware! The Stafford cops are trying to correct the raging rumor that they are banning a Beach Haven West resident from blasting “God Bless America” at 7:30 p.m. every night. No, the cops are saying, we are not against America. No, the cops are saying, we are ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 28, 2020

TRENTON – Calling out “knuckleheads” and telling them to “cut the crap” is racking up lots of brownie points for Gov. Phil Murphy. Perhaps that’s why a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows Murphy’s job-approval rating has “catapulted” to 77 percent since last May. The chief pollster says these numbers make Murphy one of our ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 27, 2020

STATEWIDE – The time-honored graduation ceremony – a time to sit in uncomfortable gowns in the summer heat, listen to an unmemorable speech by some unknown guy and wait endlessly for all names to be called – has somehow been elevated to the panacea of the high school experience. And, so, following all the petition drives, social media campaigns and news articles, Gov. Phil ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 20, 2020

The Jaffe Briefing will not publish from Thursday, May 21 to Tuesday, May 26. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

EDISON – Buying a pair of shoes at the mall is a whole new experience, as Gov. Phil Murphy announced that shopping meccas around the state can now offer curbside service at non-essential stores. Expect this: “Yes, I would like to try these heels in a size 6, please,” as ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

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Tue, June 2, 12:00 PM

Farmstead Arts Center, Basking Ridge

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Wed, June 3, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Rutgers Student's Parent Files Suit Seeking to Recoup Tuition, Other Costs

May 21, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The parent of a Rutgers student has filed a class-action lawsuit against the university seeking repayment for tuition and other costs Rutgers is withholding in violation of state law, the suit alleges.

The parent, who is represented by the Seattle-based firm of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, is not identified in the lawsuit that was filed Wednesday in Middlesex ...

Lester Holt's Speech to Rutgers Class of 2020 to Focus on 'New Normal'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Considering their commencement ceremonies will be held  via teleconferencing technology in the name of social distancing, it should be no surprise to the members of Rutgers’ Class of 2020 that NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt plans to center his upcoming commencement speech around the COVID-19 pandemic.

“My speech is going to largely center on the fact ...

Roadwork Continuing Along Route 522 And Georges Road

June 1, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Roadwork in the area of Route 522 and Georges Road resumed last week and will continue through Friday, June 5. If the weather permits, work begins at 9 a.m. and continues through 4 p.m. during the upcoming work week. Residents should expect partial and full road closures. The South Brunswick Police Department is recommending drivers plan alternate routes and avoid the area ...

Farmers Against Hunger: More Heroes in the Pandemic

June 1, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Farmers are a demographic that many may not have thought of as being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But New Jersey-centered organization Farmers Against Hunger has been helping local farmers as well as people in need during this difficult time. Since the pandemic started ten weeks ago, Farmers Against Hunger has donated 300,000 pounds of fruit, vegetables, dairy, and ...

OPINION

May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month"

May 19, 2020

Dear Editor:

Members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) celebrate May as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” to promote awareness of the audiology and speech language-pathology professions and its impact on the lives of children and adults with hearing, communication and feeding/swallowing issues. 

This year, as we all know, is extremely ...

Farmstead Arts Center to Offer Virtual Art Classes - Registration Open!

May 24, 2020

Farmstead Arts to Offer Virtual Art Classes for Kids, Teens and Adults

Farmstead Arts Center is offering fun and interactive virtual art classes for all ages. Online classes, taught by the Farmstead’s talented teaching artists, will be held via Zoom. Students can take advantage of online painting classes, including watercolor, oil, and acrylics; drawing classes including figure, ...

A self-reflection tool for the pandemic

May 12, 2020

As a professor, associate certified coach and the executive director of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, I have provided guidance and support to a wide variety of people who have been struggling emotionally and financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. I have counseled college students who are having difficulty making the transition to ...

Rutherford, NJ Bakery Brings Smiles and Support to their Community During the Pandemic

June 2, 2020

RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Renee Faris, Chef & Owner of Erie Coffee Shop & Bakery, about her small business in town and how life and work has changed for her during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the coronavirus outbreak began to take hold in New Jersey, at first Faris set limits as to how many people could be in the bakery, but eventually wound up closing altogether ...

Berkeley Heights Restaurant Creates Mobile Market to Serve their Community During the Pandemic

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Host Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Ralph Acquaviva, Owner of Delicious Heights, a restaurant/bar/takeout establishment, to see how he has managed his business during the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about the initiatives he has established to continue meeting his customers’ needs.

“My dream was always to open up a restaurant,” said Acquaviva.

SpaceX Launches New Era of Manned Space Flight at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA -- Today, SpaceX launched a manned flight into space from Kennedy Space Center. To commemorate the event, we take a look back at our post from last year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, which originated, like today's flight, from Kennedy Space Center. The center just reopened its doors to the public on May 28, 2020.  

In ...

Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...

Hoboken Gift Shop Turns to Technology to Continue Serving Customers During the Pandemic

HOBOKEN, NJ -- As part of our small business spotlight series, HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Meghan Lavelle, Owner of Washington General, to see how the store is faring during the pandemic. Washington General was featured in Part One of our HomeGrown: Hoboken episode, which aired on TAPintoTV last June. 

“It’s been a whirlwind for sure,” said Lavelle.

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...