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Grant will Fund Summer Gardening Internships on MCVTS Piscataway Campus

May 16, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools will use a $10,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey for Schools to fund a summer internship program in which students with disabilities will work on gardens on the East Brunswick and Piscataway campuses.

Ten students will be paid to work three days a week for nine weeks on the 2,500-square-foot fruit and vegetable gardens.

Piscataway: Rutgers graduation brings heavy weekend traffic

NEW BRUNSWICK - An estimated 45,000 people will fill High Point Stadium in Piscataway for Rutgers University graduation ceremonies this Sunday, bringing heavy traffic throughout much of the day.

The first ceremony at the stadium will begin at 10 a.m., followed by another at 12:30 p.m. and another later ceremony at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

Local roadways, including College ...

Tour of Somerville Weekend: Quarter-Mile Sprints Add High-Speed Dynamic

May 20, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The grand daddy of ‘em  all, the 75-year-old Tour of Somerville 50-mile bicycle race, anchors a weekend of world class cycling in Bound Brook and downtown Somerville May 24-28, with a new event added Sunday night to draw more spectators downtown.

Spectators this year will see an additional day of racing beginning with the Bound Brook Criterium on ...

Rutgers athletes show more than just athleticism

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers received public recognition TUESDAY from the NCAA with a school-record eight programs – baseball, gymnastics, tennis, volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s lacrosse – earning citations for their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.

"I continue to be amazed ...

Piscataway Falls to East Brunswick, 4-0 in GMC Baseball Opener

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the East Brunswick Bears’ first GMC tournament game they beat the Piscataway Chiefs 4-0 behind a spectacular pitching performance by Senior Mike Falco. Falco pitched 6 ⅓ innings and he was untouchable, only allowing two hits and racking up 11 strikeouts.

Despite the outstanding performance on the mound the Bears offense struggled to get runners on base until the ...

Piscataway Police: Power Outage Along Stelton Road Knocks Out Traffic Lights

May 8, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A power outage has knocked out the traffic lights along Stelton Road.

The Piscataway Police issued a travel alert for Tuesday night, advising motorists to “avoid Stelton Road between South Washington Ave. and Ethel Road. due to a major power outage affecting traffic lights.”

Use caution when driving through the area.

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Police Unity Tour Cyclists Ride into Somerville May 9; Students Honor Tarentino

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Hundreds of students from Immaculate Conception School and Immaculata High School waving American flags are expected to line Mountain Avenue on Wednesday, May 9 as 400 police officers from dozens of New Jersey departments cycle through town on their way to Washington, DC.

The four-day Police Unity Tour is commemorating its 22nd anniversary May 9-12, with thousands of ...

UPDATE-Piscataway Police: Man Killed in Stelton Road Car Crash

UPDATE: On Thursday police officials released the identify of the man who was killed in the Sunday morning car crash and fire as Tahir Jamile, 27 of the Colonia section of Woodbridge.

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A man was killed when the car he was riding in crashed into a concrete barrier and caught on fire early Sunday morning, said Piscataway Police Chief, Scott Cartmell and Middlesex ...

Piscataway Township and County Officials “Break Ground” on $10.4 Million Stelton Road Lane Widening Project

May 14, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Just before dark clouds unleashed a torrent of rain, Piscataway officials and Middlesex County Freeholders shoveled mounds of soil to ceremoniously “break ground” Saturday morning on the next phase of the Stelton Road widening project.

This phase of the Route 529/Stelton Road Improvement Project, first conceived in 1998 will cost the county $10.4 million, the ...

Piscataway Officials Propose Truck Ban from River Road; Present Study Results to Transportation Commissioner

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway residents living in the township’s historic River Road district could one day see truck traffic permanently diverted to Hoes Lane along the new Route 18 extension, significantly reducing traffic congestion and property damage caused by the heavy vehicles, said township officials.

Township officials met with Acting NJDOT Commissioner Diane ...

Piscataway to Ban Retail Gun Sales Near Schools and Parks (Update)

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to clarify the purpose for the proposed ordinance.

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway councilman, Steven D. Cahn said he wants the township to get tough on gun violence, proposing a new ordinance that would prohibit retail sales of firearms and ammunition within 1,000 feet of any schools, medical facilities, bars, parks, or places of ...

Happy Mother's Day from TAPinto

May 12, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ - TAPinto Piscataway would like to wish all our readers who are celebrating a Happy Mother's Day!

Calling Back-In-The-Day Spotswood High School Graduates, It's Reunion Time

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - If you graduated from Spotswood High School in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 or 1982, it is reunion time. A 5 for 40 Spotswood High School Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 21 at the American Legion Post 253. Reunion fun starts at 3 p.m. and includes a picnic, beer and wine. A cash bar will be on hand as well. The cost for the upcoming 40th reunion is $40.

Graduates from the ...

Financial Incentives for NJ Filmmaking, Says Governor Phil Murphy at Montclair Film Festival

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Film Festival in its seventh year, boasted about 25,000 attendees at this year’s screenings, this according to Governor Phil Murphy who took the stage Saturday at the Wellmont Theater prior to the Q&A session for the closing night film, The Believer.

The Believer is a documentary resulting from a quest by Dan Reynolds, of the band Imagine Dragons, ...

A.J. Perri Helping Veterans in Need - Again

May 18, 2018

TINTON FALLS, NJ – A.J. Perri is back helping veterans in need – this time launching a search for veterans and their families through a partnership with ABC-TV.

As part of the A.J. Perri Cares Program, a lucky New Jersey veteran and their family will receive air conditioning/heating relief this summer.

"They fought for our country, and their families sacrificed," said ...

TAPinto Sponsors Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Liberty State Park

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Despite the cloudy morning, Jersey City's Liberty State Park was blooming in pink as hundreds of survivors, friends, families, and sponsors attended Susan G. Komen of North Jersey's Race for the Cure.  The explosion of color represented the hope and determination to celebrate those who have fought the disease and the science and energy behind the ...

Area Restaurants ‘Dish it Up’ at 18th Annual Taste of Piscataway

May 17, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The 18th Annual Taste of Piscataway brought out dozens of area eateries and beverage companies to the Radisson Hotel on Monday, where hungry visitors were able to sample a wide variety of pastas, sausages, lamb slider burgers, duck wings and seafood dishes, and an assortment of desserts, all for a good cause.

Sponsored by the Piscataway Rotary Club which also celebrates ...

Belmar Mayor’s Pardoning of Lobster Will Kick Off New Jersey Seafood Festival

BELMAR, NJ — With the start of the New Jersey Seafood Festival tomorrow, Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern wants to show a lobster some love.

At 3:30 p.m. on May 18, he will kick off the annual three-day event by pardoning “Lucky Larry the Lobster” on the Fifth Avenue beach and then releasing it into the ocean … hopefully.

“In my power as mayor, I want to pardon a ...

Brother Jimmy’s closes, bar popular with college crowd owes $80,000 in rent

NEW BRUNSWICK - Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, a downtown restaurant next to the train station and across the street from Rutgers University housing, has closed, apparently the result of declining sales.

“Brother Jimmy’s ceased operations on Monday, May 7 due to their inability to pay rent owed to the New Brunswick Parking Authority,” city spokeswoman Jennifer Bradshaw ...

70-Year-Old Grandfather Completes 1,500-Mile Bicycle Ride from Key West to Morristown

May 16, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ – You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream and 70-year-old Morris Township resident Paul Kiczek proved that this weekend as he completed a 1,500-mile bike ride from Key West, FL to his hometown. He was joined by his family at the end of the final leg of his month-long trek and was even joined for the last quarter-mile by his five grandchildren in ...

TAPinto Sponsors Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Liberty State Park

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Despite the cloudy morning, Jersey City's Liberty State Park was blooming in pink as hundreds of survivors, friends, families, and sponsors attended Susan G. Komen of North Jersey's Race for the Cure.  The explosion of color represented the hope and determination to celebrate those who have fought the disease and the science and energy behind the ...

AAA: New Jersey May 7 Survey Shows Gas Price Average 50 cents Higher than 2017

May 7, 2018

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in New Jersey is $2.89 today, unchanged from last week, but 20 cents higher than a month ago and 50 cents high than May 7, 2017. The survey of prices was conducted by AAA Northeast. 

On the national scene, the survey found the current national average to be $2.81, the same as last ...

Will Triple Crown Fever Lead Your Travels to the Belmont Stakes?

May 20, 2018

BALTIMORE, Md. — Ka-Ching! Ka-Ching!

That's the sound of the New York Racing Association's cash register ringing up ticket sales for the June 9 running of the Belmont Stakes that is sure to attract a sell-out crowd.

Racing fans and just plain wannabes will turn out to see Justify, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Saturday's $1.5 million, Grade 1 ...

Local Event Travel Idea - The 15th Annual Tour de Elizabeth Comes to Elizabeth this Sunday

ELIZABETH, NJ - Cyclists of every skill level are readying their bicycles in anticipation as the 15th annual Tour de Elizabeth that will roll through the city.\ this coming Sunday. 

This year’s ride, which is titled “Destination Elizabeth,” will begin and end at City Hall, is a family-friendly, 15-mile recreational tour of the City of Elizabeth’s historic ...

Local Travel Idea - Hold on to The Light - May 19 in Flemington to Promote Mental Health Awareness

FLEMINGTON, NJ – An event to promote mental health awareness will be held at the old Historic Courthouse on Main Street in Flemington.  Click here for more information.

"Hold on to the Light” is sponsored by Safe Harbor Child Access Centers and Hunterdon Central High School’s Strides Against Stigma organization. It will be held May 19 from 6 to 10 ...

NJ Bog Turtle Designation Inches Closer to Legislative Approval

May 16, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – The endangered bog turtle continues to plod along on its way to becoming New Jersey’s State Reptile.

Companion legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16th) to officially designate the bog turtle as the official State Reptile of New Jersey was advanced by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee last Thursday.

Zwicker's bill is ...

Piscataway Police: Driver Charged with Causing Passenger’s Death

May 16, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Tayib Mahmood, 29, of Woodbridge was charged on Wednesday with causing the death of a passenger in his car, said Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Piscataway Police Chief Scott Cartmell.

The charges stem from a May 6 crash on Stelton Road when Mahmood, who was driving a 2014 Toyota Camry struck a concrete barrier near Jessie Way and the car caught on fire, ...

Piscataway Police Officer Gets Probation for Assaulting Suspect and Falsifying Records

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A Piscataway police officer is out of a job after pleading guilty to charges that he struck a suspect who was in custody in a patrol car, said Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Todd Ritter, 54, of Millstone struck the suspect while on official duty and then entered inaccurate information into police records to conceal his actions, said Carey in a Tuesday news ...

The Art of Waterwise Gardening

May 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Making a few changes in your garden care can yield great benefits.  Less time and water wasted means more time for you to relax or entertain friends and family in your beautiful landscape.  Water is critical throughout the life of a plant, but deciding when and how much water to provide each plant can be a bit overwhelming. Make this task easier and conserve ...

Add Gardening Space, Beauty and Ease with Elevated Gardens

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Elevate your gardens to waist high level for convenience and easy access.  Elevated gardens are easy on your back and knees and are perfect for the patio, balcony, deck or any area where a bit of planting space is desired. Place them near your kitchen door, grill or table for easy cooking and serving access. You’ll be able to plant, weed and harvest with minimal ...

Hillsborough Seminarian to be Ordained as Deacon in Diocese of Metuchen

May 15, 2018

METUCHEN, NJ – Three seminarians, including a 2011 graduate of Hillsborough High School, will be be ordained as deacons by Diocese of Metuchen Bishop James F. Checchio during a Mass of the Rite of Ordination on Saturday, May 19 at the Cathedral of St Francis of Assisi, 548 Main St.

A second seminarian will be assigned to Mary, Mother of God Parish in Hillsborough, while in his final ...

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Steven Cahn for Ward 3 Piscataway Township Council

May 19, 2018

Why I am Running for Township Council:

I am running for re-election for the 3rd Ward Piscataway Township Council position because I want to remain part of the team that has been very successful in making great improvements to our community in recent years. We have been named three times (2008, 2010, 2014) by MONEY Magazine as one of the best towns to live in America. I am also running because ...

Michele Lombardi for Ward 4 Piscataway Township Council

Hello, I’m Michele Lombardi, your Piscataway fourth ward councilwoman. I’m asking for your support in the upcoming democratic primary race on Tuesday June 5th. I care about what happens here in Piscataway.

I have lived in Piscataway my whole life, I was raised by parents who have strong family values and taught me to be involved in my community. My dad was a volunteer firefighter ...

Mohammed Raqeeb for Ward 4 Piscataway Township Council

Mohammed Raqeeb for Ward 4 Piscataway Township Council, June 5 Democratic Primary

1. Why are you running for election for Piscataway Township Council, Ward 4?

Piscataway is a very special place to my family and me. Along with my wife, I have been a homeowner here for 13 years, where we are raising our 3 children. I am running to be the Ward 4 representative on Piscataway’s Township ...

Frank Uhrin for Ward 1 Piscataway Township Council, June 5 Democratic Primary

1. Why are you running for election to the Piscataway Township Council?

Little League baseball and Pop Warner Football have taught me a lot: teamwork matters, hard work counts, and there is a place and role for everyone.I cherish the time I spend as a Little League commissioner and Pop Warner president because the sparkle in every child’s eye when he or she makes a great play or comes to ...

Dr. Tom Connors for Ward 2 Piscataway Township Council, June 5 Democratic Primary

1. Why are you running for election for Piscataway Township Council, Ward 2?

I have been a resident of Piscataway for the past 30 years.   I have been a Democrat my entire life.  I am running for election because I'm tired of Piscataway’s career politicians who have made decades of unfulfilled promises. In my book, they get a failing grade for how they have handled the ...

Staci Berger for Ward 3 Piscataway Township Council, June 5 Democratic Primary

1. Why are you running for election for Piscataway Township Council, Ward 3?

I am running for the Piscataway Township Council Ward 3 position because our community needs new leadership. I will be the independent, principled, and collaborative advocate our neighborhood deserves.

I have been a Piscataway homeowner for 20 years.  I am proud that my husband, Bill Irwin, and I are raising ...

Dr. Jacqueline Littlejohn - Candidate for Piscataway Town Council

Why are you running for election to the Piscataway Township Council?

I am running for election to the Piscataway Township Council because I believe that a vibrant democracy only flourishes when the governed have a voice in their government, be it in the form of compromise, protest, or even becoming viable candidates themselves. I have chosen the latter approach. As a candidate I want to be the ...

The Piscataway Democratic Organization Names its 2018 Ward Slate

The Piscataway Democratic Party is putting forward an incredible slate of ward candidates for the Township Council.  “Frank Uhrin, Jim Bullard, Steven D. Cahn and Michele Lombardi have brought us a 12 percent drop in the tax rate, many new job opportunities for hard working residents, and a rise in property values,” party chair and former mayor, Ted Light said.  ...

Man faces 25 charges from nearly 2-month string of car burglaries

May 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - A city man faces a long list of charges following his arrest for a nearly two-month long string of car burglaries, authorities said today.

Ryshawn Willaims, 34, was arrested Tuesday and now faces 25 criminal charges, said police Capt. J.T. Miller

Williams is accused of multiple counts of burglary, theft, possession of burglary tools and fraudulent use of a credit ...

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Toms River – Mary Stella Whiteman, 97, passed away peacefully Saturday May 19, 2018 in Rose ...
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Relay For Life Top Fundraiser Brianna Cagan – Event Set For June 2

May 20, 2018

When Brianna Cagan’s dad was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, she and her family wanted to do something meaningful to fund cancer research. Brianna, her mom Sue Kelly, and their friends started a started a Relay For Life team called “Pearly Girls.” Seven years later, the high school freshman is the American Cancer Society’s top individual fundraiser for the Berkeley ...

ESCNJ Raises $12,000 at 6th Annual 'Autism Awareness' Fundraiser

For the 6th straight year, the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey's (ESCNJ) Annual Autism Awareness Swim & Play fundraiser on behalf of Autism New Jersey was a great success.

Total funds raised were approximately $12,000, as a result of pledges for laps completed, T-shirt sales, and families participating in arts and crafts activities.

The event received additional ...

Violent Campus Rapist Sentenced in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - While walking across the Rutgers new Brunswick campus two years ago, a young woman was grabbed, viciously beaten, and raped by a middle-aged man from Newark.  She was saved by several students who intervened on her behalf.  Yesterday, her attacker was sentenced to 22 years in prison with no early release possibility.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey ...

Holy Savior Academy Presents ‘The Sound of Music,’ Eighth Graders Inducted into Thespian Society 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy's Drama Club performed 'Getting to Know: The Sound of Music' on May 3 and May 4. 

Holy Savior Academy's Drama Club just finished its fourth year and has performed six shows. The Drama Club is run under the direction of Susan Loughlin, Daneile Micale and Eva Tripodi. This year’s production, which featured a cast ...

Westfield Audience Cheers for NJ Festival Orchestra’s Season Finale

May 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  The New Jersey Festival Orchestra presented its season finale,  In London Town, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield Saturday night. It was auspicious timing, as the royal wedding had taken place in England just that morning.

“We were so happy when Prince Harry and his bride picked our finale date,” Linda Doyle, executive director of the NJFO ...

Avenging Movie Credits

Warning! Nothing you read here will spoil Avengers: Infinity Wars because I didn’t understand it.

As a vibrant, relevant, totally hip and “with it” dad I am proud to say that I have now seen every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  All nineteen of them.

I am less proud to admit that, of those Marvel movies that I can remember, I didn’t understand any of ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...