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Piscataway: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Year End Holiday Crackdown

November 29, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Piscataway Police are warning motorists to drive carefully and soberly.

Law enforcement officials from the Piscataway Police Department will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning December 3, 2021 and continuing through January 1, ...

Arbor Fire Department Brings Back Santa Run

PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Arbor Hose Company No. 1 has announced the return of the Santa Run for township residents in the Arbor section of Piscataway.

Santa will begin his run on Second Street and Hazelwood Place at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11th.

A post on the Arbor Fire Department’s Facebook page said:

“Sweater weather is better together! Make sure you bring out your ...

Piscataway Students Return to the Stage for Holiday Season Performances

December 2, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway students are performing for live audiences this winter.   

“As we enter the holiday season, we are delighted to be able to once again gather for student performances,” said Superintendent Frank Ranelli in his letter to families on Thursday.

He continued:

“This fall, PHS held a very successful Broadway Cabaret. And I hope all ...

Middlesex College Student Studies Brain Waves and Meditation

Can meditation have an impact on brain activity? That was the question that led Middlesex College student Ankitha Nagineni of Piscataway into a year-long research study testing the effects that various forms of meditation can have on brain waves.

“The power and value of mediation has been instilled into my mind by my parents since I was a kid,” she said. “I hope to ...

Choose a Book for Piscataway’s Westergard Library

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Is there a book you'd love to see on the shelves at Westergard Library?

The Piscataway Public Library announced Monday that Anika Pruthi, in partnership with the Piscataway Elks Lodge #2414 was recently awarded a Cornerstone Grant from the Elks National Foundation to purchase books requested by library patrons.

“Pruthi is a student researcher and advocate ...

Kennesaw State: Kaelen Mitchell of Piscataway Wins Long Jump Event at Clemson Opener

December 4, 2021

CLEMSON, SC – The Kennesaw State track and field teams opened the indoor portion of the 2021-22 season at the Clemson Opener inside the Clemson Indoor Track and Field Complex on Friday.

Freshman Kaelen Mitchell of Piscataway won the men’s long jump with a recorded leap of 7.20m (23'7.50").

The Kennesaw Owls won a total of four events at the Clemson ...

Rutgers Women's Soccer Headed to College Cup

PISCATAWAY, NJ - No. 5 Rutgers women's soccer punched its ticket to the 2021 NCAA Women's College Cup, advancing out of the quarterfinals on Friday night at Yurcak Field.

The Scarlet Knights played to their second consecutive double-overtime draw, this one by a score of 2-2 with No. 7 Arkansas.

RU claimed the edge in penalty kicks, 4-2, to clinch the program's second ...

RU Football vs Maryland: Senior Day at Piscataway's SHI Stadium

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Returning home after a stretch of playing 4-of-5 games on the road, Rutgers football hosts Maryland to close out the regular season Saturday at SHI Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. The Scarlet Knights will honor members of the 2020 and 2021 senior classes in a pregame ceremony. Tickets are available at or by calling 1-866-445-GORU ...

Congressman Pallone: Build Back Better Act to Lower Prescription Drug Health Care Costs

November 30, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. joined local elected officials and health care advocates on Monday to highlight provisions in the Build Back Better Act that are aimed at lowering prescription drug costs and making health care more affordable and accessible.

“The Build Back Better Act makes prescription drugs more affordable by finally giving Medicare the ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Facilities Closed for Thanksgiving

PISCATAWAY, NJ - All New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 25 for Thanksgiving. Piscataway residents are advised to check the NJMVC website for more information on scheduling appointments, to complete transactions, and to find updates or information at their nearest NJMVC.

The NJMVC will only be closed for Thanksgiving and will re-open ...

Piscataway: DCA Deadline Nears for Rental Assistance

PISCATAWAY, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) earlier this week announced that the second Phase of the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) and Eviction Protection Program application period will be closing on December 15, 2021.

The CVERAP program, which has been a statewide effort to help keep people housed during the pandemic, was initiated in 2019 to ...

Theatre student from Piscataway earns top honors for Showcase 2021 poster on lighting design – one of her many roles

December 1, 2021

KINGSTON, R.I. - As a first-year student, Audrey Visscher, a theatre and film media major from Piscataway, knew she wanted to try on as many hats in theatre as possible. So, she made a list.

Midway through her senior year at the University of Rhode Island, Visscher has checked off a play program’s worth of jobs. Even with the pandemic reducing the number of URI Theatre productions, ...

Piscataway High School's Puffs Debuts Thursday, Dec. 2

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Puffs went to Wizard School, too.  

The Piscataway High School Drama Club will present Puffs by Matt Cox with music by Brian Metolius on December 2, 3, and 4 at 7 p.m. in the PHS Performing Arts Center (PAC).

Using Harry Potter as source material, Puffs recreates the seven years that a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered ...

Best Holiday Lights To Check Out This Season

NEW JERSEY - Now that the turkeys have been stuffed and the cranberry sauce eaten, it's time for one of the annual festivities of the holiday season; checking out those awesome light displays. Of course, make time to drive around local neighborhoods to see what gems fellow residents have created, but don't forget to set aside some time to take a drive to enjoy those spectacular holiday ...

First Omicron Variant Case Confirmed in New Jersey

December 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced the State Department of Health has confirmed a case of the Omicron variant in a traveler to the state.  The person has been identified by the state as an adult female, who is a fully-vaccinated resident from Georgia, and had recently traveled to South Africa.

She tested positive on November 28 ...

Saint Peter's Announces Two New Appointments to its Board of Governors

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Saint Peter’s Healthcare System has announced the appointments of Racheal Ankrah-Fosu and Leonardo (Len) DeCandia to its Board of Governors.

Ankrah-Fosu is chief operations and technology officer at ConSol USA, a for-profit social enterprise delivering outsourced technology talent from underserved communities to corporate America nationally.

Ankrah-Fosu is a former ...

New Covid-19 Variant Omicron Spreading

ELIZABETH, NJ - Another variant of the Conrona-19 virus called the Omicron variant was detected in people in South Africa and others who had recently traveled from the country. Although,” The U.S. hasn't detected any cases of the new variant yet,” Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Sunday; simultaneously, Canada ...

REPLENISH to Host Holiday Celebration and Food Drive at Piscataway’s East Jersey Old Town Village

December 3, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ - ‘Tis the season for giving and REPLENISH (formerly MCFOODS), Midldesex County’s largest food insecurity resource, will host its Holiday Celebration and Food Drive at East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Road in Piscataway.

Kick-off the holiday with a visit to East Jersey Old Town Village in Johnson Park on Saturday, Dec. 4 from noon until 4 p.m. to make your ...

East Brunswick Elks 2021 Essay Contest : "What Does it Mean to Love your Country ?"

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - What does it mean to love your country? In these days of challenge and contention, what does loving America really mean?  The East Brunswick Elks want to know.

The East Brunswick Elks Lodge #2370 is sponsoring an essay contest for Middlesex County residents who attend Grades 5 through 8.  The contest starts with local lodges and progresses to district ...

Piscataway Public Library Asks for Support on Giving Tuesday

PISCATAWAY, NJ – On Thanksgiving, we give thanks. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we shop for bargains. On Small Business Saturday, we support local businesses. Since 2012, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, we give back on Giving Tuesday or #GivingTuesday.

This year, #GivingTuesday is Nov. 30. It provides an opportunity to celebrate generosity and affords charities, ...

50 Years Later, Poll Shows Taxes Still Top Issue for New Jersey Residents

November 29, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Not much has changed in 50 years when it comes to New Jersey’s most important problem, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Then and now, New Jerseyans rate taxes – including property taxes – as their number one concern.

In the most recent poll, 39% of residents mention taxes when asked about the top issues facing the state, followed by 14% who ...

TAPinto Tips: Let TAPinto Be Part of Your Marketing Plan

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Do you have a Marketing Plan?  What are you doing now? Is it working? What's your budget? Do you want to reach our TAPinto viewers? Have you considered the TAPinto Do-it-Yourself (DIY) marketing platform? These are the questions we will ask you when inquiring about marketing with TAPinto.

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Shopping Tips for this Holiday Season of Giving

 As Thanksgiving passes, and Jingle Bells starts playing on the radio, the holiday shopping season is upon us.

A recent WalletHub study dove into the tendencies of holiday shopping:

Macy’s, JCPenney, and Belk are 2021’s Best Places to Shop on Black Friday, offering an average discount of at least 56.7%.
Around 11% of items at major retailers will be more expensive ...

Dickens Village in Maplewood NJ Celebrates the 2021 Holiday Season Starting on December 4th

November 29, 2021

MAPLEWOOD,  NJ -- Dickens Village, an annual Maplewood NJ tradition, returns to Ricalton Square this week and will be open to the public from 1pm - 4pm on December 4th, 11th and 18th.

In celebration of the yearly event, TAPintoTV takes a look back at Stephanie Willoughby's visit to Dickens Village in 2019, and the community tradition of re-creating the village from ...

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season; Don't Eat Raw Cookie Dough Says the CDC

December 4, 2021

Baking during the holiday season a great way to spend time with family. However, the CDC says not taste or eat unbaked cookie dough or batter before it's fully baked. 

According to health officials, you can get sick after eating or tasting raw (unbaked) dough or batter. Raw eggs are another ingredient in dough and batter that can make you or your loved ones sick. Raw or lightly ...

Recall Alert: Birds Eye Broccoli Tots Recalled Due to Presence of Small Rocks and Metal Fragments

Birds Eye Broccoli Tots have been recalled due to potential presence of small rocks and metal fragments in the product, announced Conagra Brands, Inc. The recall was initiated after the company received calls from consumers.

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Recall Alert: Select Powdered Country Time Lemonade, Tang and Arizona Tea Recalled After Potential Presence of Glass and Metal

Select Country Time Lemonade, Tang, Arizona Tea and Limited Kool- Aid powdered drinks have been voluntarily recalled due to potential presence of foreign matter, specifically small pieces of metal or glass, announced Kraft Heinz.

The drinks include those with the "Best When Used By" dates between May 10, 2023 and November 1, 2023 and were sold in stores nationwide and online.

The ...

Journey to Bethlehem This Christmas Season

December 4, 2021

PLUCKEMIN, NJ – The Pluckemin Presbyterian Church (PPC), 279 Route 202-206 in Pluckemin, invites you to their Advent sermon series on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. called “Strangers at the Manger.” Throughout the series, you will journey through ancient Bethlehem and encounter the characters in the Christmas story who were at the Manger when the Christ child was born. The ...

Bergen County Zoo Features Special Animal Light Show Throughout December

PARAMUS, NJ - The Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun County Park is hosting a "Holiday Lantern Spectacular," and spectacular it is! The display, called "Let It Glow!", is a holiday light show sponsored by the Friends of the Bergen County Zoo in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc., and features traditional Chinese lanterns with a modern twist, including dozens of ...

Fanwood's Famous Christmas House Returns, Continues Raising $ for NJ Institute for Disabilities

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood's famous Christmas House has returned with new displays but the same mission: to raise money for NJ Institute for Disabilities (NJID), which offers specialized facilities for infants, children, and adults with developmental disabilities.

Despite the constant challenge of squirrel chewing through electrical wires (when the displays are off) Greg Roser has ...

'It Saved My Life:' Drug Court Grads Celebrate Emotional Milestone

November 30, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Lloyd purchased his first car. Ashley was promoted to cashier. Michael is working after obtaining his commercial driver’s license.

Jahad recently got married. Joseph opened his first bank account in five years. Alex graduated from Middlesex College and works as an addiction counselor.

The graduates from Middlesex County’s Drug Court talked about how they ...

Middlesex County Drug Court Ready to Graduate a New Class

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Sergio was addicted and sleeping in the back of a barbershop with his dog when he entered Middlesex County’s Drug Court program.

After the court teamed him with a recovery coach, and he began treating his addiction at a facility in Perth Amboy, his life began to turn around.

Today, Sergio has been clean for two years, works a union job with full benefits and just ...

Mums, a Traditional Fall Favorite

November 23, 2021

The rich colors and fall bloom of Chrysanthemums represent fall for many. It’s also the November birth flower symbolizing cheerfulness, optimism, and friendship. Add a few to your indoor décor and help improve the indoor air quality in your home.

This traditional favorite is often overlooked for other newer introductions. Mums’ long vase life, variety of flower shapes, and ...

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NJ TRANSIT’s Renaissance Plans Focus on a Decade of Enhancements

NEW JERSEY – The state’s most extensive transit system recently laid out plans for a massive transformation intended to make it tops as far as reliability and efficiency.

According to NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin Corbett, President, the company intends to make up for lost time and has already begun the process. Strategic plans made through 2030 bring a promise of increased ...


Loyola University Maryland Welcomes Piscataway's James Concepcion

November 18, 2021

BALTIMORE, MD - James Concepcion, from Piscataway, is now a member of the class of 2025 at Loyola University Maryland.

As first-year students embark on their college experience, they will all take part in Loyola's living learning program, Messina. The common text for Messina is Heartland, by Sarah Smarsh. The book, an eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in America ...

Borough of South Plainfield Earns Prestigious Sustainable Jersey Certification

December 2, 2021

South Plainfield, NJ – Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that South Plainfield has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification.  South Plainfield is one of 52 municipalities that have attained certification in 2021 and was honored at the Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon on November 16, 2021 in Atlantic City at the New Jersey State League of ...

Piscataway HS PTSO PopUp Cheesecake Fundraiser

Did you get tired of baking for the last holiday?  Well, let us help you with the next one!

Piscataway High School PTSO is hosting a Maddalena's Cheesecake & Apple Crumb Pie Sale.  Please support our school community while saving your baking time for the next holiday. Maddalena's makes award-winning desserts, so you won't be disappointed.  Gluten Free and Keto ...

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South Plainfield Joins #JerseysforJackson Effort in Honor of Young Wisconsin Parade Victim 

December 3, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A social media effort in memory of a Wisconsin boy spanned across the country last week with boys and girls from South Plainfield among those who took part. 

Last Friday, borough students were among the thousands across the country to wear baseball and softball jerseys to school in honor of Jackson Sparks, the 8-year-old boy killed in the Waukesha Christmas ...

New Brunswick Man Didn't Know Man Charged with Shooting Him, City Says

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 40-year-old city man who was killed last month near the corner of Easton Avenue and Condict Street did not know the man who has been charged with shooting him, according to a statement from the city.

There is no evidence of any prior history between Azeem Seawright and Justin Landrum of Staten Island, who has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one ...

Poetry, Maintaining Resiliency, and More from Your Library


Take & Make: No-Sew Scarf
Pick up December 22 through December 30

Looking for something fun to do over winter break? Teens in Grades 6-12 are invited to pick up a craft kit to make ...

Let TAPinto Be Part of Your Marketing Plan

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Do you have a Marketing Plan?  What are you doing now? Is it working? What's your budget? Do you want to reach our TAPinto viewers? Have you considered the TAPinto Do-it-Yourself (DIY) marketing platform? These are the questions we will ask you when inquiring about marketing with TAPinto.

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Rutgers Dedicates Iconic Newark Campus Building to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

NEWARK, NJ — Nearly 58 years after the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg began her career as a professor at Rutgers Law School in Newark, the iconic campus building located on Washington Street was dedicated in her honor. 

Rutgers University administration members on Thursday gathered at Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall to celebrate the late U.S. Supreme Court ...


Dunellen, NJ — Frederick J. Cingerana, Sr., 53, passed away after on September 13, 2021 at ...
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New Jersey Date Night: Celebrate Hanukkah With Some of NJ’s Best Doughnuts

November 27, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Whether you personally celebrate Hanukkah or have friends who do, there are a lot of takeaways from this well-known yet not major Jewish holiday. Much like an action film of today, Hanukkah features conflict between the Maccabees and the Seleucids, a sacred temple as a backdrop and of course a supply chain ...

Wawa Welcomes Customers to New Location in Plainfield

December 4, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Wawa celebrated its new gas and food market location on South Avenue in Plainfield with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Friday. The store opened bright and early to a steady stream of customers, offering "I Love Wawa" T-shirts for the first 100 customers, and free coffee. Wawa will offer a free cup of Joe to all Plainfield customers through Sunday, December ...

Fraudulent $5M SBA Loan Application for Robbinsville Business Lands Banking Lender in Jail

TRENTON, NJ -- The chief lending officer for a New Jersey bank will be heading to jail after pleading guilty of knowingly and fraudulently applying for a $5 million Small Business Administration (SBA) loan for a Robbinsville Township business. 

According to U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig's office, James Bortolotti, 53, of Pennslyvania, learned of an SBA lending program ...

Family & Friends Celebrate Legacy of Lloyd Silverman, Retired Somerville Business Owner

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Funeral services were held Friday at Temple Beth-El for centenarian Lloyd Silverman, longtime owner of the former Lloyd's Furniture store on Main Street Somerville.

He would have celebrated his 101st birthday on Jan. 8, 2022.

The story below was published last year by TAPinto on the occasion of his 100th birthday:  

STOCKTON, NJ - Despite the ...

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Sun, December 5, 9:00 AM

Saint Frances Cabrini , Piscataway

Piscataway Boy Scout Troop 67 Christmas Greens ...

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Home & Garden


Sun, December 5, 12:00 PM

Garden State Model Railway Club, North Haledon

63rd Annual Model Train Show

Arts & Entertainment


Wed, December 8, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway

We Are Poetry

Arts & Entertainment Education Giving Back Home & Garden


Thu, December 9, 7:30 PM

Piscataway Schools Administration Building, Piscataway

Board of Education Meeting


Sat, December 11, 10:30 AM


Photos With Santa Paws

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Runaway Prevention Month Highlights Critical Youth Services

November 25, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — November is Runaway Prevention Month, a campaign designed to shine a light on the experiences of runaway and homeless youth and the resources that are available. 

Elizabeth-based Community Access Unlimited (CAU) and other youth providers help these young people from missing opportunities to build a secure adulthood. 

“I benefited so ...

10 DIY Décor Ideas for Your Holiday Home

So much of the joy from the holiday season comes from entertaining. Whether you’re throwing a big bash for the neighborhood or hosting a more intimate gathering of close family and friends, filling your home with exciting and colorful decorations is a must.

Rather than buying everything pre-made, consider rounding out your décor collection with some DIY items that highlight your ...

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Issue Advocacy: How One TAPinto Franchisee Knew It Was Time to Engage the Reader Differently

Elizabeth Meyers knows how things work in Trenton.

She worked for a legislative member starting at the age of 20, then as a contract lobbyist, and then a stint at Capital Impact Group. Then Meyers went back to the legislature, where she worked as Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo's Chief of Staff for nine years.

Meyers is the Publisher/Editor for TAPinto Bordentown and Editor for ...

Extra, Extra: Read All About It- Newspaper Trends... and Opportunities

What's a former Dow Jones and Wall St. Journal pro have to say about the newspaper industry, how it's evolved, where it is now, where it may be headed, and what opportunities that portends? 

To find out, listen to my guest expert, Ken Herts, Chief Operating Officer of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Ken has spent more than 30 years in the news business... so he should know ...

Challenges and Opportunities of the Family Caregiving Trend

Over 60 million adults in the U.S. and many millions more around the world are dealing with the challenges of caring for an older adult. Are you? Some of these people are seniors themselves, who also must care for their grandchildren! The number of caregivers is GROWING rapidly and includes both men and women and even members of the Millennial generation. Sadly, most governments and businesses, ...