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Piscataway School District Wins Magna Award for ‘You, I, We, Inspire’ Program

March 22, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The National School Board Association (NSBA) recently announced three grand prize winners for its annual Magna Awards, which recognize innovative school district programs supported by board governance. Piscataway Townships Schools was named Grand Prize Winner for districts in the 5,000–20,000 student enrollment category.

Piscataway was recognized for its You, I, We ...

Delayed Opening for Piscataway Schools Wed., March 15

PISCATAWAY, NJ – All Piscataway Township Schools will have a 2-hour delayed opening tomorrow morning, Wed., March 15th.

An announcement on the district’s website states “while the main roads in Piscataway are in good shape, this is a very heavy snow and many of the side streets still need to be plowed. We are in regular, close contact with the Township Department of ...

It's Official: Snow Day in Piscataway on Tuesday, March 14

PISCATAWAY, NJ – In a weather announcement on the district website, school officials have declared that all Piscataway Township Schools “will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14, due to anticipated weather conditions and major snow accumulation. All activities, events and meetings are canceled. Before and After Care are also closed.

“Depending on road conditions, ...

Anthony Ashnault Becomes Rutgers' First Three-Time All-American, But Falls In Semifinals Of The 2017 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championships

March 18, 2017

ST. LOUIS, MO. -- Rutgers University wrestler and South Plainfield N.J. native Anthony Ashnault strives and works everyday for one goal -- a national title.

The school's first three-time All-American, Ashnault, the fifth-seed at 141-pounds, will have one more chance at that feat after falling in the semifinals for the second year in a row to top-seeded Dean Heil of Oklahoma State, this ...

Plainfield Police Division Seeks Public's Help in Locating Missing "At Risk" Person

March 25, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Police Division has issued an alert for a missing 'at risk' person.

On Friday, March 24, 2017, Thomas Tucker was reported missing to the Plainfield Police Division. The following description was provided: Black male, 81 years old, 6'01", approximately 150 lbs., brown eyes, mustache, wears wire framed glasses and missing all teeth.

He is known ...

Piscataway Police to host Coffee with a Cop at Quick Chek on March 28

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Township Police Department invites area residents to join officers for a free cup of coffee and some conversation on Tuesday, March 28 at Quick Chek, 605 River Road. The event will take place from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. 

Piscataway Police began participating in the Coffee with a Cop program in early 2015.  This event, which is ...

Piscataway Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Lawrence Lapczynski, 47, of Piscataway was arrested on Tuesday and charged with one count of possession of child pornography, announced police officials.

In a Wednesday release, Middlesex County Prosecutor, Andrew C. Carey and Piscataway Police Chief, Scott Cartmell said Lapczynski was arrested and charged after investigators determined he had stored an undisclosed ...

Upcoming Shredding Events in Piscataway

March 20, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway Township Clean Communities & Recycling Programs will sponsor several “Shred It and Forget It” free mobile community paper shredding events this spring.

The shredding events will be held

Saturday, March 25 at Quibbletown Park - 141 Academy Street
Saturday, April 8 at Riverside Park - 430 River Road
Saturday, April 22 at Riverside ...

Piscataway Braces for Late Winter Storm; Snow Fall Totals of 8-18 inches Expected

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ – The National Weather Service placed much of the state into a Winter Storm Warning as a potentially major storm is forecast to hit the area Monday night, possibly bringing more than a foot of snow to much of New Jersey.

As of 9:31 Sunday night, the National Weather Service in Mount Holly said that it is expecting a low-pressure system to develop off the coast of the ...

Piscataway Applebee’s ‘Breakfast with the Easter Bunny’ Fundraiser

March 24, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Applebee’s of Piscataway has announced its Breakfast with the Easter Bunny fundraiser will take place on Sunday, April 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., with all proceeds to benefit the River Road Fire Company’s efforts to fight childhood cancer.

Guests are invited to hop over to 1282 Centennial Avenue to enjoy a platter of flapjacks, scrambled eggs, ...

Piscataway’s Kennedy Library Hosts 3rd Annual Volunteer Fair

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Now in its 3rd year, the Piscataway Library’s annual volunteer fair brought out a variety of service organizations to the community room on Sat. March 11th.

Organized by Mary Piekarski, the library’s supervisor of adult services, the volunteer fair gave organizations a chance to discuss what they do in the community, while approaching residents about donating ...

Local Resident Reminds Everyone that ‘Hate Has No Home’ in Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Lawn signs have been popping up around Piscataway as residents take a stand against the acts of intolerance that have been shown against religious, ethnic and immigration groups across the country, making some to feel unwelcome and unsafe in the communities where they live.

These acts of hate prompted township resident, Staci Berger and her family to want to do something ...

Your Guide to St. Paddy’s Day Deals on Tap in New Brunswick

March 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Not long ago, some in the Hub City celebrated a wonderful mutation of St. Paddy’s Day on the 17th of each month. Whether it was April or December, bagpipes were never too far away.

We owed the party to McCormick’s Pub, a crusty but cozy dive bar near Somerset Street’s intersection with Louis. Its owners slashed Irish drink prices and cooked corned ...

Snow Day? Bake Some Irish Soda Bread

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Okay, I'll admit it.  I grew up hating Irish soda bread.  Too dry.  Not good toasted. Weird shape.  People brought it to my house every St. Patrick's Day, and I graciously accepted it and tried to palm it off on my guests.  I made sure that everyone had some to take home.  Oy, such a generous hostess!

I finally learned to make it ...

Gerber Issues Allergy Alert for Cheese Ravioli Pasta Pick-ups

FLORHAM PARK, NJ- Gerber Products Company is initiating a voluntary recall of Cheese Ravioli Gerber Pasta Pick-ups due to a possible allergy alert. The company stated that the egg ingredient is missing from the full ingredient list on the package. Although the egg ingredient is listed in the "ingredient" section, it was left out of the "contains" section, the company ...

Meet the Bunnies; Find the Eggs; Munch the Pancakes at 4-H Event

March 20, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ready to get your Hip-Hop on?  Join the Middlesex County 4-H Junior Council on Cranbury Road this April 2 for an ear-wiggling good time meeting the bunnies and sharing breakfast with the family.

The Middlesex County 4-H Junior Council invites residents to have “Breakfast with the Bunnies” on Sunday, April 2. Parents and children (ages 2-8) ...

10 Surprising Facts About St. Patrick's Day

According to aWalletHub, more than 52% of Americans plan some type of celebration of St. Patrick's Day, and more than 82% of celebrants will wear green. Overall, $4.6 billion will be spent on dining, flags, clothing, and, of course, beer. Guinness estimates that more 13 million pints of its stout will  be consumed. While those facts might not be surprising, the following likely ...

TAPinto CEO Shapiro goes “One on One” with Steve Adubato

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro appeared on “One on One” with Steve Adubato Thursday night and answered questions about the role of hyperlocal online news media.

The interview was broadcast on WNYY, NJTV and WNET. Adubato closed by saying that “Michael Shapiro, he is on the cutting edge of media.“

Shapiro answered a wide-range of questions about ...

TAPinto CEO Shapiro goes “One on One” with Steve Adubato

March 17, 2017

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro appeared on “One on One” with Steve Adubato Thursday night and answered questions about the role of hyperlocal online news media.

The interview was broadcast on WNYY, NJTV and WNET. Adubato closed by saying that “Michael Shapiro, he is on the cutting edge of media.“

Shapiro answered a wide-range of questions about ...

Students Statewide Join Together for New Jersey Clean Communities Council’s Annual Environmental Exchange

March 24, 2017

There was plenty of time for serious discussion about discarded plastic bags in public parks, about trash in urban waterways and ways to ensure school buildings recycle as much paper as possible.

And the annual Environmental Exchange – concluding tomorrow – included plenty of hands-on opportunities for 130 students from across the state to pick up litter, participate in scavenger ...

Upcoming Shredding Events in Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway Township Clean Communities & Recycling Programs will sponsor several “Shred It and Forget It” free mobile community paper shredding events this spring.

The shredding events will be held

Saturday, March 25 at Quibbletown Park - 141 Academy Street
Saturday, April 8 at Riverside Park - 430 River Road
Saturday, April 22 at Riverside ...

A Victory for the Local Environment: County Protects Critical Habitat with Acquisition of 76-acres in East Brunswick

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Adding to the commercial renewal of Route 18 is not the only way that East Brunswick will get an important upgrade.  Maintaining open space and natural habitats within the township also add to the environmental stability and beauty of the township.  This week, a longstanding effort to preserve critical amphibian habitats and vernal pools along the ...

Sightseeing in Seattle

March 12, 2017

SEATTLE, WA - In the summer of 2016, my husband and I traveled to Peru with five of our friends.  We hiked the Inca trail, with the end goal of basking in the beauty of Machu Picchu. The REI tour we took and the guides we had left a lasting impression.  So when we heard that Edwin, our lead guide was going to receive an award as one of the best guides of 2016, some of my traveling ...

Family Gardening Provides More Than a Bountiful Harvest

March 15, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Gardeners know digging, planting, harvesting and even viewing a garden is good for the mind, body and spirit. It improves strength and flexibility, lowers blood pressure and elevates our mood. And this is true for all members of the family from the very young to the more seasoned.

Plan on sharing these benefits with yours or a friend’s children, grandchildren, ...

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Why All Parents Should Consider Refusing the PARCC—2017 Edition

March 17, 2017

Hi. My name is Jen Grana – I live in Sparta township and have 3 boys – 2 of which are in the public education system now – a middle schooler, a Kindergartner and a sweet oblivious 2 year old who will be there before I know it I am sure. We spend a lot of time talking about and thinking about public education in our house because we will be knee-deep in it for the next 20 years ...

South Brunswick: Township Reeling From Mayor Frank Gambatese’s Passing

March 25, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Colleagues, friends and political rivals expressed shock, sympathy and respect following the death of Mayor Frank Gambatese early Saturday.

“Mayor Gambatese will be remembered as a tireless advocate for the Township. In the 20 years since he was elected to office, he worked diligently to improve the quality of life for the residents of South Brunswick ...

Somerville Elks Sponsor Patriotic Art, Photo, Digital Contest for Students and Adults

March 25, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerville Elks Lodge #1068, determined to revitalize America's celebration of Flag Day, invites residents of central New Jersey to create inspiring and patriotic art for a new flag art, photography and digital image contest.

The contest runs through May 1. Winners will be announced at the annual Flag Day Festival on Main Street on June 10.

Winners will ...

MCIA Hosts Free Golf Day on March 24: Registered golfers are invited to come see what’s new at Middlesex County’s golf courses

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Registered golfers are invited to join us at any one of Middlesex County’s three golf courses on Friday, March 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a Free Golf Day.  All greens fees will be waived for golfers who register as a member prior to or on the day of the event.

The event is also the perfect time to see the extensive improvements that have ...

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the air (well, almost)! The library has some fun and enriching classes for you-all free of charge! Many of our events have been posted to the events calendar as well so be sure to look there! As we head into April it is easier to get out and about. Make us one of your prime destinations! You can't beat the price! For instance, every Wednesday night in April, at 7pm, we are ...

Have Thoughts on Rutgers Police? Here’s a Chance to Share

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It’s considered law enforcement’s “gold standard,” and Rutgers police are looking to maintain that badge of honor.

The Rutgers University Police Department is vying for re-accreditation from a law enforcement group made up of high-ranking police associations from across the world. The school’s police force first received the nod in 2011, ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, March 26, 12:00 PM

St. Francis Episcopal Church, Dunellen

Friends & Family CPR Instruction

Education Health & Wellness

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Tue, March 28, 8:00 AM

Quick Check, Store #105, Piscataway

Coffee with a Cop

Giving Back Police & Fire

Tue, March 28, 6:30 PM

Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub, Madison

"The Happy Book Happy Hour" with author Rachel ...

Arts & Entertainment Education Giving Back Health & Wellness

Wed, March 29, 7:30 PM

Westergard Library, Piscataway

Yoga

Health & Wellness

Obituaries

Phillip M. Bellamy, "Mike", 65, of Piscataway, passed away on March 13, 2017 at Robert ...
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Stephanie Markowitz–Tocci, 51, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at home. Born in New ...
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Police: Two Charged; 'Housewives' Star and Son Not in Possession of Vehicle At Time of Crimes

March 22, 2017

PATERSON, N.J. - The Passaic County Prosecutors office along with the Paterson Police Department announced Tuesday that Clarence Williams and Gerry Thomas and were charged in connection to the murder of two victims found in 'Housewives' star's White Audi.

Both suspects were charged with two counts of Felony Murder, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Felony ...

Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft

March 22, 2017

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country, says the credit bureau TransUnion, with almost 10 million incidents a year. In fact, the bureau calculates that every minute, 19 people become victims, and the average cost to the victim is $500 and 30 hours to straighten out the mess.

In these days of phishing emails, viruses that enable criminals to steal your identify, and our ...