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Piscataway School District Addresses Safety and Security Concerns for Students and Staff

February 19, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway school officials posted an announcement on the district’s website alerting the community about security and safety measures being taken to protect students and staff from potential threats.

The statement comes in the wake of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 students and staff members at a high school were shot and killed by ...

Middlesex County: Free Online Learning Platform Puts 4,500 Courses at Residents’ Fingertips

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - More affordable learning and skill-building is now available at home via computer here in Piscataway and throughout Middlesex County.  All county residents can take classes, train for new job opportunities and even prepare for various career certifications all for free and all from home with the introduction of SkillUp Middlesex.

“SkillUp Middlesex is an ...

Piscataway Lady Chiefs Defeat Bishop Ahr, 65-54 at GMCT Basketball Semis; Advance to Finals

February 20, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ – LaNiya Miller scored 13 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter to help push the second-seeded Piscataway High School girls varsity basketball team over third-seeded Bishop Ahr, 65-54, in the semifinals of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Monday night at Spotswood High School.

The Chiefs return to the GMCT final for the first time in three years. They will take ...

Piscataway Chiefs Boys Hoops Lose in GMCT Quarterfinals

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Piscataway High School varsity boys basketball team stormed back in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a big first quarter deficit as the second-seeded Chiefs fell to seventh-seeded Colonia, 71-63, in the quarterfinals of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament in New Brunswick.

But don’t call it an upset just because one team was ...

GMCT Girls Basketball: Piscataway Chiefs Advance to Semifinals with Big Win over Sayreville, 51-45

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Behind stellar play by its bigs, the second-seeded Piscataway High School girls varsity basketball team defeated 10th-seeded Sayreville, 51-45, in the quarterfinals of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament at New Brunswick High School.

The Bombers were the defending county champions.

“Every tournament game is a tough game. We knew that going in,” ...

New Brunswick Off-Duty Cop and Piscataway Man Charged in Bar Fight Near Rutgers Campus

February 9, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A New Brunswick cop has been charged in connection with a fight at a popular college hang-out, authorities announced on Thursday.

While off duty, Anthony Jones, a New Brunswick police officer, was involved in a scuffle while inside the Golden Rail Tavern on Easton Ave., on Jan. 21, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Jones was charged with ...

NJ Governor Signs Executive Order to Fly Flags at Half-Staff to Recognize Parkland Florida Victims

February 20, 2018

New Jersey Governor Phillip D. Murphy signed Executive Order No.1 on Monday ordering the flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of New Jersey to be flown at half-staff to recognize and mourn the passing of the victims in Parkland, Florida. 

The order is for all state offices, agencies and instrumentalities including schools for Tuesday February 20.

Piscataway to Remember Local Vietnam War Hero Lost 50 Years Ago

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway residents are invited to a wreath laying memorial service this weekend, marking the 50th anniversary of the passing of a local war hero who died while serving in the Vietnam War.

Jeffrey R. Byrne, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot was shot down on February 18, 1968 in the Quang Nam province at age 19, according to a news release. He was buried at ...

Happy President's Day from TAPinto Piscataway

February 19, 2018

The History of Presidents’ Day from History.com:

President's Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual ...

Marc Brown, Author of "Arthur" Series, to Visit EBPL on March 1

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ –The East Brunswick Public Library Foundation celebrates national Read Across America Week by hosting a special author visit with Marc Brown, the creator of the best-selling Arthur book series, at the East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) on Thursday, March 1 at 4:30 pm.

“We’re thrilled to have an author of this caliber ...

Piscataway Student Seeks Community Support to Purchase Toys for Pediatric Cancer Patients

February 21, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ – It’s been three years since Mikey Wojcik lost his dad, Mike to pancreatic cancer, and the pain remains ever high.

“This year of all of them has been the hardest for me,” 12-year-old Mikey wrote on his mom’s Facebook page. “It’s just finally hitting me that I will never see him again and it is just so crazy to think ...

Vets4Warriors Gives Struggling Veterans a Lifeline

Fatima Aguilar’s first day on the job at Vets4Warriors was anything but normal. A military veteran who’s currently enlisted as a Second Lieutenant with the New Jersey National Guard, she found herself in a potential suicide crisis situation as soon as she hit the phones.

“I started around three and a half years ago on the overnight shift, and my very first call was a US ...

Soup Sales Soar at The Fanwood Grille

February 11, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Since being recognized for having the "Best Soup in NJ" by foodie website The Daily Meal, sales the Fanwood Grille's various soup offerings have jumped. 

"We've had people drive down from Bergen County just to try our soups," said Paul Watterson, who gets into Fanwood Grille as early as 4:30 a.m. to start making soup. "People call ...

Hillsborough: Duke Farms Hosts Farm-to-Table Indoor Winter Market

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Duke Farms will host a Farm to Table Indoor Winter Market Sunday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Orientation Center, 1112 Dukes Parkway West.

There will be 20 local farms and small businesses represented with a wide range of products, including pickles, fresh bread, jam, nut butters, kombucha, fresh pasta along with local produce, honey, meat, and cheeses.

There will ...

From the New York Toy Fair - Travels Reveals the Toys That Will Make You the Star of Your Child’s Life - the Oscars of the Toy World - the TOTY Awards

February 20, 2018

TAPintoTravels - As you know, we are here to encourage you to travel.  Unfortunately, the New York Toy Fair is one place virtually none of you can go.  So, unless you have been tirelessly been searching the internet, you are not up to date on what toys your children will be wanting soon.

Fortunately, with Press Correspondent credentials, we were able to go in your ...

Save the Date - the New York Auto Show - MAR 30 – APR 8

TAPintoTravels - The New York International Auto Show is only a month away.  This has been a New York tradition, since 1900.  

Visitors come from all around world to enjoy the premier auto event.  For the TAPinto community, it is just a local trip across the rivers.

TAPintoTravels was there last year and we will provide coverage this year. Visit here for the ...

Local Travel Ideas: Try Somerset County Top 6 Weekend Events

Top Six Things to do in Somerset County: 

Weekend Top 10: 2.16 to 2.19 - A weekend celebrating Warmer Days!

1. Winter Market, Duke Farms

2. The Mountaintop, Theatre at RVCC - Friday featuring the Peking Acrobats.

3. State Theatre New Jersey - nothing scheduled this weekend - next show Feb 22 

4. Heritage Trail ...

Sugar Shack Continues Sweet Tradition of Making Maple Syrup

February 8, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Continuing a tradition in the Northeast United States that was begun centuries ago by Native Americans and colonists, the Somerset County Park Commission invites children and adults to a 90-minute program to witness how Maple trees are tapped, learn about sap collecting methods from the past and present, and experience the boiling process that produces New Jersey maple ...

Pinkin Bill Aims to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

February 13, 2018

TRENTON, NJ –   The number of domestic violence complaints in New Jersey has been growing.  A 2015 report from the state courts puts the number that year at 32,691, a 950-case increase from the previous year.  In 2016, there were 52 domestic violence-related deaths statewide.  East Brunswick's Assemblywoman is trying to do something to address this ...

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Valeski: Placing Police Officers in Schools was Planned for Two Years

February 21, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the midst of a media firestorm today, Dr. Victor Valeski, East Brunswick Superintendent of Schools, fielded questions from local and national journalists regarding the placement of armed police officers inside each of the district's K-12 buildings.  The move seemed to many as a "knee-jerk" reaction to the fear generated by the massacre of ...

Obituaries

Christina C. Sweet (Diaz) 79 years, died Monday January 1, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University ...
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Wreath Laying for Local Vietnam Hero Lost 50 Years Ago Today Held in Piscataway

February 18, 2018

Childhood friends of Soldier & Family Join Mayor Brian C. Wahler, Township Councilmembers, RU Army ROTC Cadets, Local American Legion & Lake Nelson Residents Today at Park Named After Veteran

PISCATAWAY, NJ – On Feb. 18th, the 50th anniversary of the passing of Jeffrey R. Byrne, a Piscataway-raised 19-year-old who died serving in Vietnam, childhood friends of him and his family ...

South Plainfield Middle School Student Council Thanks Supporters

The South Plainfield Middle School Student Council would like to express our thanks for the support of local businesses and organizations in our fundraising efforts.  A spaghetti dinner was hosted by the South Plainfield Elks Lodge #2298 on January 13th.  Mrs. Sharon Reuter and members of her Youth Committee and kitchen crew provided dinner for family, friends and staff of South ...

RU's Heatter Earns Big Ten Freshman of the Week

PISCATAWAY, NJ - After a memorable collegiate debut, Eric Heatter of the Rutgers baseball team earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week in an announcement from the league office on Monday. The left-handed pitcher struck out eight in four shutout innings of relief to beat a nationally-ranked Miami squad in the series finale.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Eric,” ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, February 22, 12:00 PM

American Legion, South Plainfield

Boy Scout Troop 207 Spaghetti Dinner

Food & Drink

Sat, February 24, 2:00 PM

Edison High School Auditorium, Edison

Free community viewing of "BAG IT" - Award ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Sun, February 25, 1:00 PM

St. David's Episcopal Church, Cranbury

Organizing for the 2018 Mid-terms: Elections, ...

Education Giving Back Government

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Tue, February 27, 7:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

“Olmsted By Design!” Free First-Person, Dramatic ...

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Thu, March 1, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, PISCATAWAY

Empowerment for the Job Search

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Breaking News: Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that one student has died from Influenza (Flu).

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,”  Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. The Superintendents letter is ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

Guest Column

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

The Best Way to Pay Your Child a Compliment

“Of course you’re good-looking.”  “You’re the best friend ever.”  “Who wouldn’t want you on their team?”  Is there a parent out there (including me) who hasn’t praised a child in order to make him or her feel better?  Sometimes it’s true, and sometimes we say it because we just can’t stand to see them ...

Height during childhood associated with increased stroke risk in adulthood

Researchers in Denmark studied the health records of more than 300,000 people born between 1930 and 1989 and found that those who were shorter than average height between ages 7 and 13 had a greater risk of stroke as adults. The results of this study were published in the February 15, 2018 issue of the journal Stroke.

Summary: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320922.php

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Very Hot Tea Increases Cancer Risk

Researchers in China studying the consumption of “burning” hot tea, alcohol, and smoking habits of greater than 450,000 people ages 30 –79 for more than nine years found a five time greater risk of esophageal cancer in those who engaged in all three of the behaviors and a two time greater risk in those who either smoked or drank alcohol and consumed burning hot tea as compared ...