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Re-elected School Board Members Sworn-in to Continue Serving Piscataway Township Schools

January 17, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ - At the January 5th Piscataway Board of Education meeting, three board members who won re-election to office in November were sworn-in to additional three-year terms.

Adelita Deepan, who just completed her first year on the board after being appointed to fill a vacant seat in 2016, along with Ralph Johnson and William Irwin took their oaths of office.

Johnson and Irwin were ...

Eighth Graders ‘Experience’ Life as a Student at Piscataway High School

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Eighth graders from across Piscataway got a glimpse into high school life during Wednesday’s PHS High School Experience, where they were treated to performances by the PHS Chamber and Concert Choirs and a snippet of songs from the school’s upcoming musical, Guys and Dolls.

“Please take in as much as you can,” said Principal Jason Lester, who ...

New Jersey Mom Wins Awards for Book on Special Education Law

WESTFIELD, NJ — Greer Gurland, a legal expert and mom of five children with special needs in Westfield public schools, was honored with four 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Awards for her book, "How to Advocate Successfully for Your Child: What Every Parent Should Know About Special Education Law" (Amazon Books).

Her book won Outstanding Human Relations Advocacy Indie ...

Spotswood Boys Varsity Defeats Timothy Christian

January 21, 2017

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - After four straight loses, the Spotswood High School boys varsity basketball team earned a much-needed win on the court, defeating the Timothy Christian School, 74-63. The Chargers took a 42-25 lead into the halftime break. However, the Tigers roared back in the second half, outscoring Spotswood 38-32 in the final two quarters. Twenty-four combined points in the third and fourth ...

Rutgers Wrestling Floods Dam, Beats Oregon State Beavers 38-3

PISCATAWAY -- Boom.

The Rutgers University wrestling team had something to prove after losing to No. 2 Penn State last Friday. So, all the 11th-ranked Scarlet Knights (8-2) did was strung together nine-straight wins to start the match (only losing the final heavyweight bout) en route to a dominating 38-3 victory over the Oregon State Beavers Friday night at the Rutgers Athletic Center in ...

NJSIAA Approves Wardlaw-Hartridge, Union Catholic Boys Lacrosse Partnership

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – A varsity boys lacrosse team is coming to Wardlaw-Hartridge School and Union Catholic Regional High School.

Following a seven-month fight to create a joint program between the Middlesex and Union County private schools, the NJSIAA Executive Committee voted in overwhelming fashion to allow Wardlaw-Hartridge and Union Catholic to form a co-op program at their monthly ...

Rutgers Police Train to Combat Campus Shooter

January 13, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It’s the kind of training one hopes to never put to use.

The Rutgers University Police Department this week held two drills that simulated what would happen if there were an active shooter on campus. More than 100 RUPD officers, outside law enforcement members and faculty and staff members participated in the programs, which occurred Wednesday around the CAPS building ...

Piscataway Man Charged with Gun and Drug Possession After Plainfield Traffic Stop

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A motor vehicle stop in Plainfield on Thursday, Jan. 5th led to the arrest of two men for possession of a handgun and drugs. 

Later that evening, at the "Finding Solutions Through Unity" Town Hall, Police Director Carl Riley told the assembled crowd that the Plainfield Police will have the support of county, state and federal resources in fighting ...

2-Alarm Fire Burns through Auto Body Shop in Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A two alarm fire broke out in the Able Auto Body shop on New Market Road at about 7:30 Monday evening.  

According to a report from the Breaking News Network (BNN) which monitors for police and fire activity, responding Piscataway fire crews and command called for a 2nd alarm due to the fire being through the roof.

A ladder truck and Middlesex County hazmat crews ...

Six Thousand New Jersey Women and Allies March on Trenton

January 22, 2017

Supporters stand in solidarity with marchers at the Women’s March on Washington and more than 600 sister marches across the U.S.

TRENTON, NJ – On Saturday January 21, six thousand women, their families, and their allies arrived in our state’s capital city to participate in the Women’s March on Trenton. The day’s events included 40 powerful speakers, musical ...

Congressman Pallone Presents Prisoner of War Medal to Family of WWII Veteran Gavino Petillo

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) presented a Prisoner of War medal to the family of deceased World War II Veteran, Gavino Peter Petillo on January 18th.

According to a news announcement, Mr. Petillo served in the United States Army from February 13, 1942 until October 17, 1945. During the war, Mr. Petillo was captured in North Africa and was a Prisoner ...

Piscataway to Upgrade Restrooms in Township Buildings

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway township employees and visitors to several municipal buildings will have a more pleasant time “going” whenever they "have to go" as plans are underway to begin renovating the restrooms during 2017.

The men's and women's restrooms in the municipal court lobby are considered a priority for upgrades as they “have been ...

In Middlesex County, Incarcerated Teens Find Their Voices

January 19, 2017

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — It doesn’t look much like the jails of the movies.

In fact, parts of the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center resemble a high school more than a place where people serve time.

Only the uniform orange slip-on shoes scattered across the floor distinguish the gym, with its full basketball court and ping-pong table, from that of your typical high school.

Piscataway Honors the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Community members gathered in the Piscataway Senior Center’s multipurpose room on Saturday morning to commemorate the life and legacy of civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who would have turned 88 on Sunday, Jan. 15th.

King, who led the charge for social justice and change during the modern civil rights movement of the late 1950s and 1960s, ...

Children's Book Launch and Author's Signing

January 10, 2017

Tiffany Stallings, local author of the Amazon Best Seller "Mommy Works Too Much!" and "The Bounce Back Mindset" will sign copies of her new children's book. 

The event will take place on Saturday - January 14, 2017 at the Plainfield Public Library from 1pm - 4pm.The library is located at 800 Park Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07060. 

This event is family friendly and ...

American Institute Grand Opening in Franklin Township

January 10, 2017

Somerset, NJ — On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, American Institute celebrated the Grand Opening of a new campus located in Somerset, NJ. The Somerset campus is the third location in New Jersey for the American Institute family of schools, and begins career training with the first classes of students in January and February.   

The Somerset County Business Partnership and ...

At Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical, Medical Equipment and Supplies are Readily Available

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical has been serving the community for more than 44 years and prides itself on being ‘today’s modern pharmacy with old fashioned values.’

In addition to being a full-service pharmacy for prescriptions, vaccinations, and other everyday items such as vitamins and other everyday health care items, the Park Avenue ...

Winter Storm to Bring High Winds and Heavy Rains

January 22, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Piscataway and the surrounding area. According to the advisory, strong and potentially damaging winds are expected late tonight through Monday evening.

Middlesex County is under a storm warning, high wind warning and fog warning. The high wind warning has been issued because the upcoming ...

Robert Wood Johnson Doctor First in State to Perform New Ear Procedure

January 19, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The cure for clogged ears might lie in the Hub City.

Michael S. Goldrich, a physician at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, recently performed the first Acclarent Eera eustachian tube balloon dilation in New Jersey.

The procedure treats “chronic obstruction” of the ear, which is called eustachian tube dysfunction. That condition occurs in 1 ...

Ciattarelli Kicks off Gubernatorial Campaign at Somerville Elks Jan. 19

January 17, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, will formally kick off his campaign Thursday, Jan. 19 with a reception at the Somerville Elks after his announcement last week that he had undergone successful surgery for throat cancer in November.

“Overwhelmed and humbled doesn’t begin to describe how my family ...

Ciattarelli Announces Successful Throat Cancer Surgery, Scales Back Gubernatorial Campaign Temporarily

TRENTON, NJ - State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, announced yesterday that he had undergone successful surgery for throat cancer in November, and will be curtailing his campaign schedule temporarily.

Gearing up for a primary campaign against several other Republicans who want to run for New Jersey, Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough ...

Activists Gather at Somerville Church to Send Message About Bigotry, Hate and Divisiveness

January 19, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Central Jersey Community Coalition, an emerging local grassroots social action network whose mission is to “educate, advocate, inspire, and act,” will host a gathering of concerned citizens and activist organizations on Saturday, Jan.21 from 2-6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills, 123 E. Cliff St.

“We are facing a ...

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Women's March on Washington: Why, and Why Now

January 10, 2017

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a number of groups are planning various events and rallies – perhaps most notably, the Women’s March on Washington. I have read a number of opinion pieces and spoken to many people about the March, and several questions and criticisms seem to consistently arise. I would like to address some two of the major themes.

(Q) The election ...

Chinese New Year Celebration to Be Held February 4 in South Plainfield

January 20, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ ­– The South Plainfield Public Library and South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission, through a partnership with Buddha's Light International Association - New Jersey Chapter (BLIA-NJ), will sponsor a Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 4. The free event will take place at the South Plainfield Senior Center from 12 to 3:30 p.m. and feature ...

Central New Jerseyans Eager to Go to DC for Women’s March on Washington

Central Jersey Coalition Coalition Against Endless War (CJCAEW) which was organized in 2002 to stop the Iraq War and has continued since then to fight for peace and social justice has filled 2 buses to go down to the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, January 21, 2017. CJCAEW bus coordinator Ellen Whitt noted, "We could have filled many more buses had more been ...

Rutgers Helps to Form “Big Data” Alliance

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University is helping to build a team of state colleges and nonprofits known as the New Jersey Big Data Alliance, which aims to find ways to best use the information harnessed from smartphones and computers.

Along with eight other schools, Rutgers recently signed a memorandum of agreement to formally establish the tech-heavy group.

“The signing of the ...

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Winter Storm to Bring High Winds and Heavy Rains

January 22, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Piscataway and the surrounding area. According to the advisory, strong and potentially damaging winds are expected late tonight through Monday evening.

Middlesex County is under a storm warning, high wind warning and fog warning. The high wind warning has been issued because the upcoming ...

Six Thousand New Jersey Women and Allies March on Trenton

January 22, 2017

Supporters stand in solidarity with marchers at the Women’s March on Washington and more than 600 sister marches across the U.S.

TRENTON, NJ – On Saturday January 21, six thousand women, their families, and their allies arrived in our state’s capital city to participate in the Women’s March on Trenton. The day’s events included 40 powerful speakers, musical ...

The Mommy’s Review - Hidden Figures

The new movie Hidden Figures is now open in theaters nationwide, and I urge all parents out there to take your children to see it. It is a wonderful film with a wonderful message, not to mention a great endorsement of all things related to STEM.

Hidden Figures brings us to Langley, VA in the 1960s, just as NASA is preparing to launch its first Americans off of the planet and into the unknown.

The Women’s March on Washington from East Brunswick

January 22, 2017

I rarely rally. I was born in 1959, too young to protest the war in Vietnam, although my brother was draft-aged. Marching for Soviet Jewry was popular in the 1970s and even in the 80s. But I don’t recall participating. Hands Across America was a feel-good rally in 1986 designed to lift spirits and eradicate homelessness and poverty. Hardly controversial, I eagerly held hands with friends ...

Helper or Enabler: Which One Are You?

“How do I know when I’m doing too much for my child? I don’t want to hover, but I also worry that there are things she can’t handle by herself.  When should I get involved?”  This concern is voiced by parents of kids who are in kindergarten through college.

The reality is that the way for kids to become competent and independent is precisely by tackling ...