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Piscataway Chiefs Dominate Bridgewater-Raritan with Shutout Win, 47-0

October 13, 2018

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- It appears the state playoff loss last year at the hands of Bridgewater-Raritan was in the back of minds of all the Piscataway High School varsity football team’s players and coaches Friday night at Dominic R. Ciardi Field.

The Chiefs (6-0) used that motivation and dominated the Panthers (1-6) en-route to a 47-0 victory to avenge a 27-6 loss last year in the ...

Football: Piscataway Chiefs Outscore Perth Amboy, 46-6

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Piscataway High School football team kept its winning streak alive as the Chiefs, No. 5 in the Top 20, defeated Perth Amboy, 46-6, Friday night in Perth Amboy.

Joey Bellamy helped Piscataway jump out to a big 27-0 first quarter lead with an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Hatcher. Bellamy’s score was set up by his own 26-yard punt return two plays ...

School Safety and Spending among Issues Raised by Contenders for Piscataway School Board at Candidates Forum

October 18, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ — School safety, smart spending, and academic achievement were on the minds of six candidates vying for three seats in the election to the Piscataway School Board.

Incumbents Dr. Atif Nazir, Isaac Peng, and Ira Stern faced off against challengers, Jeffrey Fields, Shelia Hobson, and Nitang Patel at a ‘Meet the Candidates’ forum on Tuesday at the high school ...

Eisenhower School Evacuated after Gas Leak Closes Area Streets in Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, NJ — An early afternoon gas leak near the intersection of Old New Brunswick and Stelton Roads prompted Eisenhower Elementary School to be evacuated as a precautionary measure, said Piscataway police on Thursday.

The students were taken to Westergard Library and all were reported to be safe, said school officials. Westergard Library is the school’s official evacuation ...

Second man charged in fatal drag racing hit and run

October 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A second man has been arrested in connection with the fatal accident in which a New Brunswick vice principal was struck and killed by one of several drivers who authorities say were drag racing on Stelton Road in Piscataway last Saturday.

Sohjah Powell-Warner, 21, of Piscataway, who was identified as managing a Facebook page and Instagram account for the car club "78 ...

Piscataway Man Charged in Drag Race that Killed New Brunswick Vice Principal

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 21-year-old  Piscataway man was charged in the hit-and-run accident in which a New Brunswick vice principal was struck and killed during what authorities said was a bunch of drivers drag racing in Piscataway.

Freddy S. Garcia was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter in the death of Tyrone Harrison, 49, of Somerset, Middlesex ...

New Brunswick High School Vice-Principal Killed By Drag Racer in Piscataway

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A New Brunswick High School vice principal was killed this weekend when he was struck by a car that was involved in a drag race in Piscataway, authorities said.

Police are searching for the driver of a 2003 Honda Accord who fled the scene.

Tyrone Harrison, 49 of Somerset, was walking from the Edison train station to a relative’s house ...

Middlesex County Buying 700 Voting Machines and a Helicopter

October 5, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County freeholders expect to borrow $7.6 million to purchase 700 voting machines and a helicopter for pesticide spraying, 

"These new voting machines will be ready for the 2019 primary election and provide a considerable cost savings to the county," Freeholder Leslie Koppel said at the freeholders meeting Thursday. Her comments came moments before ...

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Promotes Awareness and Access at Women's Wellness Expo in Wayne NJ

October 16, 2018

WAYNE, NJ — The Susan G. Komen North Jersey promotes local community awareness and access to high quality breast cancer care at the 2018 Women's Wellness Expo.

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Executive Director Kelly E. Nagle spoke to TAPinto TV staff at the event, which took place at Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, New Jersey.

"Komen's mission is to save lives ...

Third Annual Lincoln of Wayne Car and Bike Show Raises Money For First Responders

WAYNE, NJ - The third-annual Lincoln of Wayne Black Label Car & Bike show raised money for first responders including the Wayne Fire Department, Wayne EMS and the Wayne PBA.

"Every event we put on over the course of the year is always a fundraiser, so today we raise money for the community that supports us all year long.. that's our first responders," said Lincoln of Wayne ...

With Fundraiser, Westfield Community Rallies Around Mom, 46, Taken By Cancer

October 17, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – With four children and a husband who coaches youth athletics, Jeannie Dillon cheered on local youth sports teams religiously on weekend mornings, her older sister said.

As can happen in youth sports, parents would sometimes become overly engaged, but Dillon had a way to quell the crowd, the sister, Anne Dillon, said on Tuesday.

“In the middle of some of ...

Piscataway Library Blood Drive Draws 34 Pints for Cancer Patients

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Library’s Kennedy branch was open for blood donations on Monday, where technicians from the New York Blood Services collected 34 pints of blood from community supporters.

“Blood donations support breast cancer warriors and survivors,” said account manager, Lynne Ross. “Cancer patients are the number one users of ...

Middlesex County Police Host Charity Softball Tourney

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County police will host a benefit softball tournament Saturday, Oct. 13 at William Warren Park in Woodbridge.

Entry fee is $600 per team with funds being raised for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

The first game will start at 8 a.m., even before the 9 a.m. opening ceremony, to get all the games ...

“Eat Mor Chikin” Chick-fil-A Coming to South Plainfield

October 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Zoning Board unanimously approved an application for Chick-fil-A to move to Middlesex Mall. Chick-fil-A will knock down the former Wells Fargo Bank located at the corner of Hadley Road and Stelton Road and build a new 5,000 sq ft state of the art facility. The facility which is expected to open next summer will included a double drive ...

Friday, Oct. 12 Is National Gumbo Day

FANWOOD, NJ -- A zesty stew-like dish is in the spotlight on National Gumbo Day, observed annually on October 12.

According to, gumbo originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. The dish typically consists of a stock flavored with Cajun spices, meat or shellfish, okra, filé powder (a thickener), ...

Food Recall: FRESH TO YOU, Breaded Chicken Tenders w/ BBQ Sauce

WASHINGTON, DC – Canteen/Convenco, a Middletown, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,778 pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken tender products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products may contain milk (whey), a known allergen, that was not ...

St. Peter's Hospital 'Exploring' Partnership Possibilities

October 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - St. Peter's University Hospital is the latest health care center to announce it is considering a merger with another hospital or agency.

Leslie Hirsch, interim CEO and president of St. Peter's Healthcare System - the parent company of the hospital - said the hospital this month began a process of identifying potential partners. Hirsch said no timeline was set ...

Passenger Who Flew to Newark Could Have Exposed Others to Measles: Health Officials

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health said any person who was in Newark Liberty International Airport on Sept. 28, 2018, between 5:30 and 10:30 a.m. may have been exposed to measles.

Someone flying from Tel Aviv in Israel had the highly contagious infection and arrived in Terminal B at the airport, the department said. The person, whose name was not released, may have traveled ...

Workshop Offered for Aspiring Business Entrepreneurs

October 8, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Elijah's Promise, which began as a food pantry and expanded into a culinary school prepare food service workers for jobs, will now host a workshop for people planning to start their own business.

The free session will be Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the food training school, 211 Livingston Ave.

Elijah's Promise is presenting the program along with the UCEDC, ...

Vermeule Mansion Announces Schedule for Free Journey Through the Past Event, Oct 13-14

October 5, 2018

The Vermeule Mansion announces their schedule of activities for the annual Weekend Journey Through the Past, a FREE event sponsored by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission.  Vermeule Mansion is one of approximately 30 sites participating in the event on Saturday, Oct 13th, 10-5 pm and Sunday, Oct 14th noon-4 pm. 

The Friends of Vermeule Mansion volunteers have ...

Start an Indoor Garden with Kitchen Scraps

October 11, 2018

The pantry is full of fall favorites like squash, onions and potatoes, but busy schedules may have you finding a few things growing in the back of your cupboard. With little effort and a pinch of creativity you can grow these into a very imaginative indoor garden.  

Kids and adults love to watch kitchen discards grow into new plants. According to, a national nonprofit, ...

Piscataway Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Fatal Drunk-Driving Crash

October 4, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - A Piscataway man was sentenced today 6 1/2 years in prison for a drunk-driving crash in which a 59-year-old man was killed.

Darius Griffin, 26, must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.

Carey said Griffin had previously pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of ...

Are You Registered to Vote in Piscataway?

October 15, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Tuesday, Oct. 16 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general elections. To do so, visit the Middlesex County Board of Elections website for links to forms and answers to frequently asked questions.

On the local level, Piscataway voters will decide on candidates for school board and township council as well as county freeholders.

Candidates and their ...

Father Ron Bestows Blessings on the Animals

October 7, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Rev. Ron Pollock presided at the 20th annual Blessing of the Animals at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 7,with several dozen dogs, cats and their owners receiving a special blessing at the 3 p.m. service.

The blessing of the animals is an annual Episcopal tradition in honor of St. Francis Day, which recognizes the importance of pets and ...

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Don’t Forget Superstorm Sandy – Demand Protection from NESE Project’s Environmental Risks

October 5, 2018

We may have missed the wrath of Hurricane Florence, but we should never forget Superstorm Sandy and all the rain bombs we’ve had this spring/summer when considering the risks of the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) Project that is proposed by Williams/Transco.   

Governor Murphy said that there are over 1,000 families still not in their homes after Superstorm Sandy’s ...

Woman Charged with Providing Drugs in Overdose Death

October 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - A Sayreville woman is being held in the county jail today on charges of providing drugs to another woman who died from an overdose, authorities said.

Danielle Urbanowicz, 30, of the Parlin section of Sayreville, was arrested and charge with a single count of strict liability in the drug of a Middlsesex Borough woman last month, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew ...


Somerset, NJ – Walter Heda, 72, known to many as “Chief,” passed away with his ...
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Eduardo J. “Eddie” Perez, 61, of Piscataway, NJ passed away peacefully on Sunday August ...
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First Unitarian Society of Plainfield to Sell Contents of Historic Church in Massive Estate Sale on October 26 and 27

October 17, 2018

There will be a MASSIVE ESTATE SALE on October 26 and 27 from 9 am - 4 pm at 724 Park Avenue, Plainfield.  The First Unitarian Society of Plainfield has occupied this building for 128 years and will soon be moving to another Union County location in order to focus their energy and resources on its mission.

All contents will be sold, including many treasures; antique furniture, old doors, ...

Statewide Conference will Convene over 550 Leaders from Non-Profits, Business and Philanthropy

The Center for Non-Profits, New Jersey’s umbrella organization for the charitable community will convene over 550 attendees for the largest annual gathering of non-profit leaders and allies, at its 2018 New Jersey Non-Profit Conference, Raising the Voices of Our Communities, Wednesday, December 5 at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, New Jersey.

This ...

Piscataway Library Blood Drive Draws 34 Pints for Cancer Patients

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Library’s Kennedy branch was open for blood donations on Monday, where technicians from the New York Blood Services collected 34 pints of blood from community supporters.

“Blood donations support breast cancer warriors and survivors,” said account manager, Lynne Ross. “Cancer patients are the number one users of ...

Rutgers-Newark Professor Receives $625K 'Genius Grant' from MacArthur Foundation

NEWARK, NJ - John Keene was on his way to the post office when the call came. The Rutgers University-Newark professor and author was in disbelief.

“I said about three or four times, ‘Is this real?’” Keene remembered.

It was. The caller informed Keene he had just received a $625,000 MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called “genius grant.” ...

Annual Designer Bag Bingo Event at Holy Savior Academy

Holy Savior Academy will be hosting its 2nd Annual Designer Bag Bingo on Saturday 10/13.   There will be 10 Bingo Games, small basket raffle and a 50/50. 

For each bingo game, you will be given 3 chances to win! 

“Last year was a tremendous success and we are looking forward to building on that momentum, “ says Cindy Trunell, co-chair of the ...

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Fri, October 19, 7:30 PM

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Sun, October 21, 12:00 PM

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Wed, October 24, 7:30 PM

The Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton

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Fri, October 26, 7:30 PM

The Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! - The Haunted Village at The ...

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Union County: ‘Hackers’ Won’t Get Westfield, After $1.9M Voting Machine Purchase

October 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Candidates on the “ballot” Monday included Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent and Swamp Thing, as Union County officials showed residents the workings of a new voting machine at the Town Hall.

But this November, voters casting ballots in this undecided town in the hotly contested Seventh Congressional District race for Rep. Leonard Lance’s seat will pick real ...

Heads Up!

I was so excited to receive an important alert on my phone.  It made me feel, I don’t know, special.


Presidential Alert

THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System.  No action is needed


Even though I am president of nothing, it was gratifying to know that someone actually wanted to alert me to something.  


I ...