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Fall 2017 College Signing Day for 4 Piscataway Student-Athletes

November 16, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Four Piscataway High School senior student-athletes signed on the dotted line Wednesday morning to continue playing the sports they love and further their education at their respective colleges of choice.

The 2017 fall signing period began last week.

Baseball’s James Ingram signed to play at Johns Hopkins University while Chris Corvil will attend in-state Montclair ...

Piscataway Runs its way to 45-6 Victory over Bayonne in First Round Playoff Action

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Piscataway High School varsity football team won its 40th playoff game in program history Saturday afternoon as the top-seeded Chiefs beat seventh-seeded Bayonne, 45-6, in the first round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 tournament.

Piscataway running back Juwon Jackson gashed the Bees’ defense, rushing for 208 yards on just 12 carries with three touchdowns.

Kean University Soccer Player from Piscataway Named 2017 NJAC Rookie of the Year

UNION, NJ – Kean University freshman soccer player, Vinceroy Nelson has been named 2017 Rookie of the Year by the New Jersey Athletic Conference, earning a spot on the second team of the conference’s All-NJU team, announced officials in a Friday news release.

Nelson, a Piscataway resident who plays forward on the university’s men’s soccer team is the first ...

Police Announce Arrests in Drug and Firearms Distribution Ring

November 8, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Police have announced the arrests of multiple people throughout Middlesex County and Somerset County on charges of drug and firearm distribution. The sting called “Operation Bird Cage” took place back on October 31st. Three locations in South Plainfield were part of the sting. The locations raided were in the downtown on South Plainfield Avenue, New Market ...

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides, Carolers and Stories of Holidays Past Await Visitors to County’s ‘Seasonal Traditions’ Celebration

November 17, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Nothing brings the holiday season to life like annual traditions, especially when they’re shared with family, friends and neighbors. The Middlesex County Office of Arts and History invites you to share in holiday music and fun at the “Seasonal Traditions” holiday program at East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway.

“Our residents are ...

Somerville Hosts II Annual Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Morning

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough Recreation Department is sponsoring the II annual “Turkey Trot” 5K run Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23.

The race is sanctioned by the USATF, with sanctioned 500 Grand Prix points.

Last year’s inaugural event drew 600 runners and raised over $10,000; organizers are hoping for 1,000 entries  this year. There were more than a few turkey ...

Rutgers receiving $34M art donation and $10M endowment, its largest gift ever

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University is receiving a prestigious art collection valued at nearly $34 million, its largest single donation ever, the university announced on Thursday.

The collection comprises 17,300 pieces of Soviet nonconformist art, given to the university by Nancy Dodge, the widow of economist and art collector Norton Dodge.

Rutgers will put the works on display at ...

Middlesex County, state officials, celebrate 18 adoptions as part of National Adoption Day

November 15, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - When Gianni Dias-Raimundo found out at 8 years old that she was adopted, the revelation didn’t come out of left field for her.

Gianni had, until that moment, always found something to be amiss. For one, her parents, adopted brother and family were all white.

Years later, the now 17-year-old Elizabeth resident is a straight-A student, aspiring nurse and Rutgers ...

Volunteers Assemble 1,500 Care Packages for US Troops Deployed Overseas

MANVILLE, NJ – More than 500 volunteers, young and old, helped Operation Shoebox New Jersey assemble 1,500 personal care packages during the XIII annual Military Appreciation packing event held in conjunction with Veterans Day.

The event was held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Manville VFW, 600 Washington Ave.

It took only two hours to build the boxes, pack the bags, assemble the boxes, ...

Help Feed Area Communities This Thanksgiving By Stuffing The Bus

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Immaculate Conception School bus will be parked in the lot of the Stop & Shop in the Concordia Shopping Center on Saturday, November 11 from 11 a.m until 3 p.m. Residents are invited to come and stuff the bus with non-perishable food to help all members of the surrounding communities enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this holiday season.

The donations will go to the ...

Q&A: How Governor-Elect Murphy Can Lead a Successful Transition

November 15, 2017

How New Jersey’s incoming governor handles the next several weeks can “make or break his first year in office,” according to Rutgers experts.

Fortunately, Governor-elect Phil Murphy can turn to Rutgers University-New Brunswick and its Eagleton Center on the American Governor for guidance on how to make the most of the crucial period leading up to ...

Local Democrats hold major fundraising lead over Republican, Independent opponents, public records show

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Elections are just a few days away, and Democrats are holding a major fundraising advantage over their Republican opponents, according to campaign finance reports from the state Election Law Enforcement Commission website.

The recent wave of fundraising numbers and data came on October 27, 11 days before the November 7 election and as such, those reports are called the ...

New Jersey's Best Rum Spiked Cranberry Jelly Recipe

November 16, 2017

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -  Bloomfield resident Jenn Stilwell's cranberry jelly recipe is now the worst kept secret in the township.

Stilwell's jelly has been the subject of a great deal of chatter in town over the past few days. Then on Sunday afternoon. local business leader Izabela Van Tassel declared it "the best." Within hours, under cover of ...

Comfort Food: The Fabulous Beekman Boys Macaroni and Cheese With Mushrooms and Kale Recipe

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell has become a favorite around here, so much so that in addition to writing a review I had to share one of the recipes from the book. Macaroni and Cheese with Kale and Mushrooms is true to the nature of the book as includes notes from the authors about options as well as space for our own notes and ideas to make what was ...

Infusion Confusion: A Not-Too-Serious Look at Suburban New Jersey's Obsession with Trader Joe's

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick knows how it feels to be left-swiped on Tinder - briefly considered, judged, and rejected.  Ever since Trader Joe's chose to open on Route 1 South in North Brunswick, East Brunswick has been sitting at the far end of the bar, staring down into a flat beer and letting our Buffalo wings congeal.  Why them and not us?  Don't we like fig and ...

Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo Kicks Off Nov. 17

November 13, 2017

West Orange, NJ – Essex County Executive DiVincenzo invites the public to spend part of their holiday season at the 11th Annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. Free admission is being offered at The Holiday Lights Spectacular, which will be held as ...

Coalition-Led Ballot Question Approved, Safeguarding Pollution Settlements

November 8, 2017

NEWARK, NJ -  Voters provided permanent relief to communities harmed by industrial pollution on Tuesday by approving an environmental coalition-led ballot question that prevents money earmarked for environmental restoration from being raided by Trenton lawmakers.

The measure was declared passed with 69 percent support.

“By approving Ballot Question 2, voters created a ‘lock ...

Time to Set The Clock Back One Hour

November 4, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ- Daylight Savings Time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Piscataway residents are reminded to turn clocks back one hour.

While most people look forward to the extra hour of sleep this weekend, the end of Daylight Savings time brings an earlier dusk.   From now until the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2017, the amount of daylight hours ...

Q&A: How Governor-Elect Murphy Can Lead a Successful Transition

November 15, 2017

How New Jersey’s incoming governor handles the next several weeks can “make or break his first year in office,” according to Rutgers experts.

Fortunately, Governor-elect Phil Murphy can turn to Rutgers University-New Brunswick and its Eagleton Center on the American Governor for guidance on how to make the most of the crucial period leading up to ...

Coalition-Led Ballot Question Approved, Safeguarding Pollution Settlements

NEWARK, NJ -  Voters provided permanent relief to communities harmed by industrial pollution on Tuesday by approving an environmental coalition-led ballot question that prevents money earmarked for environmental restoration from being raided by Trenton lawmakers.

The measure was declared passed with 69 percent support.

“By approving Ballot Question 2, voters created a ‘lock ...

Murphy convincingly wins NJ governor's campaign that began in Newark

The Rev. Ronald Slaughter, pastor of St. James AME Church in Newark, said it best for Democrats in the state's largest city, and around the state of New Jersey, as the winning vote totals rolled in for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy. 

"My prayers have been answered," said Slaughter on Tuesday night inside the Asbury Park Convention Hall as the crowd ...

Diocese of Paterson Unveils Monument to Veterans

November 5, 2017

PATERSON, NJ- While TAPinto Paterson has been honoring local veterans over the past several days, the Diocese of Paterson, took time on October 28 to recognize veterans from throughout Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties.

Saying that the gathering at St. John the Baptist Cathedral was only possible because of the sacrifice of veterans that “fought for our rights to practice religion and ...

Middlesex County Redevelopment: "Riverton" Comes to Sayreville

November 15, 2017

SAYREVILLE, NJ -North American Properties (NAP), a privately-held, multi-regional real estate operating and development company with properties across the United States, recently announced “Riverton,” a 418-acre, shovel-ready waterfront redevelopment on the Raritan River, in a joint venture with New Jersey-based PGIM Real Estate.

In what is considered the largest mixed-use project ...

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Candidate Statement - Senator Bob Smith LD17

October 27, 2017

Dear Citizens of the 17th Legislative District:

It has been my great honor to represent you as your New Jersey State Senator.  Some of the laws I have authored which I believe have made New Jersey a better place in which to live include:

- The Highlands Preservation Act - preserving the water supply of more than one half of New Jersey

- The 2012 Solar Act - advancing the Renewable ...

LD17 Assembly Candidate Robert Quinn: Welcome to politics

             “Run for a lower office. You’ll have a better chance”

             Welcome to politics, where a friendly smile doesn’t necessarily mean the person is your friend. Where an offer to send a check, doesn’t mean it will actually arrive. With the exception of a few small donations, I ...

Had ENOUGH of the Same Old, Same Old? Let’s Bring The NEW Back To Jersey!

Had ENOUGH of the Same Old, Same Old? Let's Bring The NEW Back To Jersey!

A wise New Jerseyan by the name of Albert Einstein once said, "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it."

Another wise New Jerseyan, Rev. DeForest "Buster" Soaries, a former Secretary of State of New Jersey, profoundly said at a recent Affordability Summit ...

LD17 Candidate for State Assembly Robert Quinn: Candidate Statement

            It is my desire for the public to know several important points about my candidacy, which they may take into consideration when determining who to vote for: 

I have been a resident of Franklin Township for 12 years. Born in North Plainfield I have lived in New Jersey most of my life. 
I am the father of two. My children, Terrence, ...

Alexandra Lopez for Piscataway Township Board of Education

1. Why are you running for re-election to the Piscataway Township Board of Education?

I have been a resident of Piscataway for 18 years. I specifically chose Piscataway as a place to raise my family because of its rich diversity. As a Latino woman, married to a Latino man, we made a conscious decision to ensure that our children were raised in a community that represented our values. In 2011, ...

Dr. Tom Connors for Piscataway Township Board of Education

1. Why are you running for re-election to the Piscataway Township Board of Education?

I have been a resident of Piscataway for 29 years.  I have been a member of the Board of Education since 2008.  I am running for re-election because I believe in public education.  I grew up under difficult financial circumstances and getting a good public education was key to my success.

Please Vote Daryl Kipnis For State Senate in LD17

November 6, 2017

Dear Editor:

I am a District 17 resident and an animal lover.

I am urging all residents of Franklin, Milltown, New Brunswick, North Brunswick and Piscataway, regardless of party affiliation, to please consider voting for Daryl Kipnis to elect him as our district’s next State Senator.

Not only is he on the right side of the issues facing humans and the environment in the 17th ...

Regarding Piscataway Board Election

Please feel free to share this far and wide. I could very easily write a book based on my experiences over my last five years as President. This is just a short window into the events that has led us to next Tuesday’s election. It is also time for me to fall on my sword so to speak as I feel the need to speak from my heart to my members and my hometown. Bridges may be burned, but ...

Newark man to stay behind bars ​for alleged connection to New Brunswick fatal shooting

November 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A suspect arrested in connection with a fatal shooting of a New Brunswick man will remain behind bars for now, after the courts determined he was a public safety threat and flight risk​.​

The suspect, 26-year-old Newark resident Michael Martin, also known as “Maniac,” appeared ​in front of  Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Toto on November ...

Obituaries

- Nov 15, 2017
Phillip A. Petracca, also widely known as Filippo Neri in the Italian-American Radio and ...
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Kenneth H. Stewart, 85, died Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Center of Hope Hospice in Scotch ...
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4-H Gift Drive Looking For Donations

November 17, 2017

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -- The holidays will soon be here, and Middlesex County’s 4-H teens want to make it a happy season for all families, especially the less fortunate.

For the past 20 years, the Middlesex County 4-H program has hosted Project GIFT, which provides a free day of holiday shopping for needy families in Middlesex County.

More than 70 4-H teens assist each year ...

Human Services Agency Alternatives Expands Services to Ease Transition to Fee-for-Service Billing

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - Alternatives Inc., a non-profit human services provider for people and families with special needs, announced it has opened two new group homes in Ocean County with plans for six more in Ocean, Hunterdon and Somerset counties. The agency also debuted its redesigned website and a video that reinforces the theme “One Community” to highlight its successes and ...

Mount Saint Mary Academy Sophomore of Piscataway Receives Girl Scouts Silver Award

WATCHUNG, NJ –  A member of the Girl Scouts of America since the first grade, Lauren St. Louis of Piscataway has earned her Silver Award after helping to establish a “Community Corner” at the Piscataway Library. 

A sophomore at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, Lauren is a member of Troop 80849, which is part of the Central and Southern NJ Council. The Silver ...

Rutgers president addresses controversial bias incidents, says they're protected by ​First ​Amendment

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers President Robert Barchi stood by his affirmation ​of​ the First Amendment, saying those ​protections ​extend to ​the recent rash of ​anti-Semitism on campus.

At the November 16 student government town hall, Barchi​ noted the protections to incidents such as the anti-Semitic posts allegedly shared on the Facebook of a food science professor, the ...

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Sat, November 18, 9:30 AM

Piscataway High School, Piscataway

PHS Planetarium Shows

Arts & Entertainment Education

Sat, November 18, 12:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Patti Lupone

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, November 18, 5:00 PM

The Great Hall, Newark

Ubuntu Awards: New Jersey's 30 Under 30

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Sat, November 18, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

National Acrobats and Martial Artists of China

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, November 20, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library , Piscataway

Saving Your Future, Basic Principles of Building ...

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Details Unclear About New Jersey Man Sean Pohle's Disappearance

November 17, 2017

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Murky details surround the circumstances of Sean Pohle’s disappearance.

Pohle, 24, is a Hunterdon Central High School graduate who moved to Manhattan to pursue an acting career. New York City police say he was reported missing from his city apartment on Nov. 4.

Pohle is known to drive a black, 2015 two-door Honda Civic with New Jersey license plates Y26ACB, ...

For Thanksgiving: "Tough Choices" and Family Decisions

November 17, 2017

"Oh, this place again," my mother says, as if somewhere in her memory, where most things are forgotten, this building, with its enormous orange and yellow Senior Living sign, clicks a normal synaptic reaction.

"Yes," I say. "That's right. Let's go inside and have some lunch."

It all seems so innocent, a dutiful son taking his elderly mother out for a ...

Those pretty glasses may be poisoning you!

A study done in the U.K. looking at the lead and cadmium content of the lip area of decorated drinkware, (drinking glasses, shot glasses, beer glasses, etc.) found these heavy metals in 70% of the samples they tested. All were made in China or a European country.  All colors of paint and glaze including gold leaf contained one or both of the metals. The results were published last week in ...