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Piscataway Residents Graduate from Montclair State University

October 20, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- Montclair State University congratulates undergraduate and graduate students who completed their academic degrees in May 2020, announced school officials in a news release.

The University celebrated a delayed but much anticipated Commencement over 21 small, separate, in-person ceremonies - replete with proper safety measures - between July 18-23 at Sprague Field on ...

As COVID-19 Cases Rise, Saint Peter's Ready For the Challenge

October 28, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – As if there was doubt after the state announced that new COVID-19 cases had surpassed 1,000 for the 10th straight day, the head of Saint Peter’s University Hospital confirmed Tuesday that we are experiencing the long-anticipated second wave.

The good news for the people of New Brunswick and the surrounding communities, said Les Hirsch, president and chief ...

Nursing Homes Will Face New Frontline Staffing Requirements

Nursing assistants will be limited to eight residents as a means of ensuring safe, effective care, while task force will examine workforce recruitment and retention.

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Come February, New ...

Free Flu Shots Available in Piscataway for Middlesex County Residents

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Middlesex County Office of Health Services will be offering free flu shots to county residents 6 months of age and over that meet the following set of criteria: 

Be a Middlesex County resident (proof of residency is required - including, but not limited to: a valid driver’s license; state issued identification; or two pieces of ...

Piscataway: Work Begins on Cable TV and Internet Network Upgrades

October 29, 2020

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway officials said Altice USA, the parent company of Optimum which provides cable TV and internet services to many homes and businesses in the township has begun work on splitting two network nodes in order to improve services.

“A node in the Heights area on River Road between Overbook Road and Hoes Lane West is scheduled to be split today (Tuesday) and a ...

Piscataway Township Ranked AA+ Stable for 2020 by Standard & Poor’s

PISCATAWAY, NJ – American credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s continues to rank Piscataway high on its list of municipalities, once again giving the township the AA+ stable rating for its financial management practices.

“We view the township's management as very strong, with strong financial policies and practices under our financial management assessment ...

$14M in New Covid-Relief Funds to Help NJ Residents Get Back to Work Available

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Over 1.6 million people in New Jersey have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic began to ravage the state.

Looking to help individuals out of work, as well as employers unable to hire more people due to the financial impact of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy announced $14 million of new workforce development funds ...

Piscataway Police Seek Public's Help in Locating Missing Person

October 27, 2020

UPDATE: The Piscataway Police reported at about 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday that Shanthi Krishnan had been located. No information was released as to her condition or where she was found.

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Piscataway Police Department issued a missing person alert Tuesday evening asking residents to be on the lookout for a missing 70-year-old Indian woman.

According to police, Shanthi ...

Piscataway Police Seek Public’s Help in Locating Missing Woman

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Piscataway Police Department issued a missing person alert early Wednesday morning, asking for the public’s help locating a woman in her early twenties.

In their alert which went out just after midnight, they posted:

“Be on the lookout for a missing person. A 22-year-old black female last seen wearing a camo head wrap, a black dress, and black snow ...

Appeals Court Allows Public Disclosure of New Jersey Police Misconduct History

TRENTON, NJ - An appeals court has ruled that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal can release the names of all law enforcement officers who have received major professional discipline in the state, a plan that was announced this past summer following widespread national protests for police reform and social justice after the death of George Floyd. The court decided that the ...

UFO Lands in Piscataway! Just in time for Halloween!

October 27, 2020

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Are you feeling ALIENated? Well, Middlesex County has the cure for you!

The public is invited to East Jersey Old Town Village for some old-fashioned sci-fi fun.

Visit the Village to join in the excitement and to make a non-perishable donation. Visitors will receive a bag packed with candy and other fun gifts in exchange for canned and dry goods, or monetary ...

Halloween Hometown Countdown: Be a Zombie, Grab Some Tunes

PISCATAWAY, NJ — It's just a week away!  Halloween fun is coming to all of us punks and punkins here in Middlesex County, courtesy of the East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway.  Did you know that some say Piscataway means "Land of the Twilight?"  Makes sense, right?

Here are today's first offerings.  Click the photo link for a video on how ...

Piscataway: Halloween Health and Safety Steps from NJ Department of Health

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Halloween trick-or-treating is fast approaching and Piscataway officials are encouraging residents to follow safety guidelines posted by the New Jersey Department of Health to help everyone who celebrates the annual tradition amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

For all activities, social distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitizing, and gathering limits should be ...

After All Those Takeaways, Rutgers' Fatukasi Takes Award

October 26, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The big takeaway from Rutgers' season-opening win over Michigan State was all those takeaways, and no one did it better than Olakunle Fatukasi.

Fatukasi became the first Scarlet Knight in six years to be named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, after he had 10 tackles, an assisted tackle-for-loss, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in their ...

Rutgers Football Defeats Michigan State in 2020 Season Opener

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Behind a dominant defensive effort and an opportunistic scoring attack, Rutgers football (1-0, 1-0) downed Michigan State (0-1, 0-1), 38-27, on Saturday afternoon in East Lansing to open the 2020 season. The Scarlet Knights – who never trailed in the road matchup and limited the Spartans to just one trip inside the red zone – scored 21 points off ...

IRS: People with foreign accounts reminded of the extension to file 2019 FBAR by Oct. 31, Dec. 31 if impacted by certain natural disasters

October 28, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service reminds U.S. citizens, entities and resident aliens with a foreign bank or financial account that they have until Oct. 31, 2020, to file their 2019 Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

The IRS coordinated the extension from the usual Oct. 15 deadline with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for this year only to filers for 2019 ...

Here’s what taxpayers need to know about filing an amended tax return

If taxpayers discover a mistake on their tax return, this is not necessarily cause for concern. Most errors can be fixed by filing a Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

Here are some common reasons people may need to file an amended return:

Entering income incorrectly
Not claiming credits for which they’re eligible
Claiming deductions incorrectly

The ...

Income ranges for determining IRA eligibility change for 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2021 in Notice 2020-79, posted today on

Highlights of changes for 2021

The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements ...

UFO Lands in Piscataway! Just in time for Halloween!

October 27, 2020

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Are you feeling ALIENated? Well, Middlesex County has the cure for you!

The public is invited to East Jersey Old Town Village for some old-fashioned sci-fi fun.

Visit the Village to join in the excitement and to make a non-perishable donation. Visitors will receive a bag packed with candy and other fun gifts in exchange for canned and dry goods, or monetary ...

Piscataway Student Sews and Donates 100 Face Masks to MCFOODS

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shown the compassion of many across the country, including one student from Piscataway who realized that even at her young age, there was something she could do something to help others in the area.

Saanvi Muthuchetty, a 7th Grader at Theodore Schor Middle School decided to make and donate 100 reusable cotton face masks to MCFOODS, the ...

NJ Food Banks Build Stockpiles, Bracing for a COVID-19 Winter

One executive fears a ‘perfect storm’ with higher demand amid possibility of more business closures, job losses.

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New Jersey’s biggest food bank is doubling its ...

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Supports New Jersey Tenants During COVID-19 Housing Crisis

October 28, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund's Housing Stability Project Grant.

Keenan described the work of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), which was established after the COVID-19 pandemic, and which has raised over $37 million from over ...

NJ Video Production Company Senior Producer Recounts Journey from Intern to Leader

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - Senior Producer Kayla Steinmetz sat down with East Main Media Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to discuss the production company's evolution and her role in its success.

Steinmetz talked about her experiences beginning in 2014 when she started as an intern, primarily being an assistant editor. Brodeur recalled how Steinmetz contributed to the company's success from ...

How To Survive Political Discussions During Divided Times

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Clinical psychologist Dr. Meryl Dorf spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to highlight strategies to help navigate potentially difficult political discussions with family and friends during hyper-partisan times. 

Dr. Dorf joined Brodeur at East Main Media Studios’ media production facility in Little Falls, NJ, after being featured ...

Program to Care for Pets of New Jersey Veterans Needs Funding

October 13, 2020

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Help Vets Pets is in dire need of monetary donations to cover the costs of emergency veterinary costs incurred over the past few weeks. The program, facilitated by Friends of Valley Brook, provides food and veterinary care for the dogs and cats of veterans living at Valley Brook Village on the grounds of the VA Hospital in Lyons. 

Until now, the program has ...

El Toro Loco Executive Chef David Herrera Officially Becomes Owner – His Inspiring Story of Perseverance, Recovery and Good Food 

October 25, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – El Toro Loco, located at 4701 Stelton Road, officially has a new owner. Executive Chef David Herrera took over ownership of the restaurant on September 25. The restaurant adjacent to Holiday Inn on Stelton Road was once a Ruby Tuesdays and became El Toro Loco in 2018, however, the previous El Toro Loco owners could not maintain the management of the restaurant. Herrera ...

Moghul and Ming Indian Restaurants Invite You to Enjoy Outdoor Dining

EDISON, NJ — Shaun Mehtani, owner of Moghul Restaurant and Ming Restaurant—both in Edison, described the type of cuisine served at each of the restaurants. “Moghul offers northern Indian food, also known as Punjabi, from India's northwestern frontier.”

He explained Ming’s food, “It’s Indochinese, from the border of India and China. People near the ...

Bars, Restaurants Given Expansion on Liquor Permits as COVID Climb Continues

NEW JERSEY — Bar and restaurant owners across New Jersey will be able to toast this week to the latest expansion on liquor license permits - initially triggered to help businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic while serving outdoors. 

“For many of our residents having the ability to serve liquor to their customers beyond their normal premises has been meaningful. In ...

New Jersey's Travel Advisory List Now Includes 41 States and Territories

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY -  There are currently 41 states and U.S. jurisdictions that require individuals to quarantine. As of Tuesday, October 27, California and Massachusetts have been re-added.

Travelers who are coming from the following states and territories are being asked to self quarantine for 14 days: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, GU, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, ...

A Quarantine Escape to Down East Maine

DOWN EAST MAINE — No doubt you have felt cooped up, sheltering in place due to COVID-19 restrictions, and perhaps going a bit stir crazy. You're not alone. TAPinto Plainfield took a trip to hike Down East Maine, the part of the state that includes Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. But instead of frequenting crowded trails, less populated areas were sought out.

Schoodic Head ...

Current Foliage Conditions Across the Garden State for Oct. 16 from the NJ DEP

TRENTON, NJ -  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released the current fall foliage map for the Garden State and things are starting to look colorful.

Forests in the Northwest corner of the state, including the area near High Point State Park and Waywayanda State Park are at peak color. The southern portion of Sussex County is near peak. 

Northern NJ along ...

Fish for Free Today in New Jersey

October 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY - Today is Free Fishing Day!

Free Fishing Day is the perfect opportunity to introduce a friend or family member to fishing since no license or trout stamp are required. Trout and giant channel catfish have been freshly stocked, and panfish, walleye, landlocked salmon, pike and a variety of other fish species can be found in waters throughout the state. Get outdoors and enjoy the ...

Guard Your Gourd: How To Keep Squirrels From Eating Your Pumpkins

October 25, 2020

GLEN ROCK, NJ — Is your perfectly-carved pumpkin being ravaged by local wildlife?

As Halloween draws closer, families are putting out jack-o-lanterns to celebrate, but, unfortunately, many of those pumpkins are being quickly devoured by squirrels.

If you don’t remember this being a problem in the past, there’s a lot of speculation as to why squirrels are foraging for food ...

Extend your Enjoyment of Nutritious Pumpkins

Pumpkin is not just for dessert.  Consider using this low calorie, flavorful vegetable, botanically classified as a fruit, in any of the courses of your fall or holiday meals.

The beta carotene that gives pumpkin its orange color is an important antioxidant.  Increasing the beta carotenes in your diet can reduce the risk of developing some cancers and provide protection against heart ...

Piscataway Great, Great Grandmother Celebrates 100th Birthday

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Mildred Crawford celebrated a milestone birthday this year as she turned 100 October 11.

An active member of the Piscataway Senior Center, Crawford’s family and friends treated her to a surprise parade of well wishes past her Richards Ave. home.

Mayor Brian Wahler stopped by to read and present Crawford with a proclamation in honor of her special ...

For The First Time, NJ Officials To Get An Early Start On Counting Ballots

October 27, 2020

Counties can begin counting general election votes on Saturday because of the expected flood of paper ballots — but they can’t reveal any results.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit

While thousands of mail-in ...

In NJ’s All-Mail Election, Black and Latino Voters Have Doubts But Are Still Casting Ballots

Despite fear of voter fraud, young adults are excited to be taking part in election process.  

“This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. This article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy.”

Voters across the state have already ...

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NJ Human Services Announces $44.8 Million More in Additional Food Assistance

October 28, 2020

Many NJ SNAP Recipients Will Receive Enhanced Benefits;

November Payments Will Bring Supplemental Food Assistance Payments to Nearly $346M Since March

(TRENTON) –  Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in November to help address critical food needs related to ...

U.S. Supreme Court confirmation underscores urgent need to safeguard health care access in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. — Following last night’s vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, public health advocates warn that protecting access to reproductive health care for all New Jerseyans is more essential and urgently needed than ever.

“With Barrett on the U.S. Supreme Court, reproductive health and rights are under imminent threat,” ...

Putting Kids First by Supporting Arts in Education; Connors, Scotto Respond to Arts Ed NJ Survey; Better Safer Schools Candidates Are Silent

Piscataway, NJ – Dr. Tom Connors and Zoe Scotto, two members of the Board of Education with proven track records of success, proudly returned their arts in education candidate surveys with strong support for arts in education.  Voters can see how “Putting Kids First” candidates will support the vibrant arts in our schools by reviewing their surveys on the Arts Ed NJ ...

Brian C. Wahler - Candidate for Mayor Column A

October 28, 2020

Like you, the Column A Democrats are thrilled that our Community Center is now open with opportunities for all generations and fun for the whole family.  Our Community Center very much represents our Township: all groups of all backgrounds enjoying each other as neighbors and friends.  Crucial to its success, like the Township as a whole, is building and running it responsibly and ...

Gabrielle Cahill - Candidate for Piscataway Township Council Column A

Piscataway Strong!  This is the motto I live by as a proud Piscataway resident.  It is a confirmation that Mayor Wahler, Cahill/Shah/Scott-McCullum have brought diverse people together as one community and bolstered our Township to withstand hardships and achieve results. My husband and I have made our home here in Piscataway for more than 20 years.

Why Piscataway?  I knew a bit ...

Kapil K. Shah - Candidate for Piscataway Township Council Column A

For many dedicated Americans of South Asian descent, the Garden State is our home.  As Vice President of the Township Council and a leader in the India Cultural Association of Central New Jersey and the Indian Business Association, I am proud to nurture the bridge between these families and the community at large.

Piscataway continues to promote inclusivity for residents of all ...

Chanelle Scott-McCullum - Candidate for Piscataway Township Council Column A

When my grandfather in Perth Amboy founded the area’s first Democratic organization for African Americans, he began a far-reaching legacy in Central New Jersey. He understood that communities were built when every person and group had a voice that would be heard and valued.

Now for three generations, my family has continued his tradition of serving the public and engaging the community, ...

Pedestrian Killed at New Brunswick Train Station Identified as Willingboro Man

October 28, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The pedestrian who was struck and killed at the New Brunswick train station on Saturday has been identified as a 23-year-old Burlington County man.

Jordan G. Hamm, a Willingboro Township resident, was struck at about 1:30 p.m., according to a spokesperson for NJ Transit.

No one on Train #7841 was injured in the incident, but it caused delays on the Northeast Corridor ...

East Windsor Man Charged in Shooting of Two New Brunswick Men

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 32-year-old East Windsor man is facing two counts of first-degree attempted murder in connection with a Sept. 2 shooting.

Kyale Simonson is also facing one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and one count of possession of a handgun without a permit, according to a press release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda ...

Elijah's Promise Emergency Coat Drive Needs Your Warm Heart and Warm Coat

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County is at an extreme shortage and is in urgent need of winter coats and jackets.

With this dire need in mind, Broehl's Lawn Maintenance has once again made provisions to be a collection center for winter jackets for Elijah's Promise. While there is an extreme shortage of winter jackets, we will also be accepting new or gently-used hats, ...

Thank You Neighbors! Please Help Me Keep Our School Board Independent, Vote Column Two

October 19, 2020

To the Editor,

I want to thank all of the members of our wonderful community who stood up for me over the summer, and helped me regain my seat on the Piscataway School Board.  (To be clear, I am writing as a private citizen and not speaking on behalf of the Board, nor am I authorized to speak on behalf of the Board.)  So many of you reached out, offered support and encouragement and ...

Coming Up This Week at Your Library

All events are virtual.

Kids Vote, Too
Tuesday, November 3

Vote for your favorite story book character for president on ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

Rutgers Fans on George Street Eat Up Schiano's Triumphant Return

Greg Schiano was back in a big way and Rutgers fans watching the game at bars and restaurants up and down George Street ate it up.

The coach made a triumphant return to the Rutgers sidelines after leaving the program nine years ago, helping the Scarlet Knights knock off Michigan State on Saturday, 38-27.

The Scarlet Knights – who never trailed and limited the Spartans to just one trip ...


Piscataway - Catherine Shoppe, 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 16, 2020 at ...
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Chester — Joyce M. Bailey, 82, passed away Friday, October 2, 2020 in Morristown Medical ...
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Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios monthly column: Veterans Day


Every November, we honor, remember, and thank our Veterans. This year, during a global health pandemic, we can all be especially grateful for the courage and dedication of our veterans as they have always understood what it’s like to live in uncertain times, and to make sacrifices for the safety of others.

Veterans Day was first known as Armistice Day, marking the end of ...

Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's in Scotch Plains

October 28, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever. 

"I'm calling on behalf of my company and eight board members to confirm that ...

NJ Family Pleads for Kidney Donor to Save Ailing 7-Year-Old

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A family is desperately searching for a donor to help save the life of a young boy with severe kidney disease.

"My seven-year-old son, Modak, is in need of a kidney donor," say Nirmesh Kumar. "His kidneys are functioning at 6.5%."

Modak, a 2nd Grader at Golden Door Charter School in Jersey City, was initially diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome in 2018.

Hillsborough Suspect, 11 Others Snagged in Online Sex Predator Sting

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A 26-year-old Hillsborough man is one of 12 suspects nabbed in an online sting operation that targeted sexual predators.

Five other suspects live in Somerset County; three came to New Jersey from out-of-state and the others live in New Jersey.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, U.S. Attorney/District of New Jersey Craig Carpenito, Somerset County ...

Moving Beyond the Partisan Bubble

There is so much to say and yet so many times a day I find myself dumbfounded to speechlessness.  My children ask logical questions for which I can find no polite or productive answer. There is no good answer for why hate seems to have seeped into so much of our dialogue every day.

There is no good reason that suspicion has replaced curiosity. That accusations have replaced queries. It is ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, October 29, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway

Journal Prompt Workshop with Jeffrey Cobbold

Arts & Entertainment Education Green Home & Garden

Sat, October 31, 12:00 PM

East Jersey Old Town Village, Piscataway

Historical Halloween Celebration

Arts & Entertainment


Tue, November 3, 12:00 PM

Westergard Library, Piscataway

Kids Vote, Too

Arts & Entertainment Education Government

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

October 23, 2020

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

Indecision 2020

At long last, it is finally upon us.

In a matter of days, Americans all over the country will venture forth to proudly exercise their individuality on the most anticipated day of this election year.

I am, of course, referring to Halloween.

This year the annual frightfest celebrating candy shakedowns and macabre costumes will be tempered significantly by the pandemic threat. On ...