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Murphy Announces $29.5 Million to Support College and University Students Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

February 24, 2021

Gov. Announces Two Initiatives: Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge Grants ($28.5 Million) and Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program ($1 Million)

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New Jersey’s institutions of higher education amid the ongoing COVID-19 ...

Piscataway Schools Cancel Friday Office Hours for Final Safety Prep before Students Return

PISCATAWAY, NJ — As the Piscataway School District continues to get ready for students to return to in-person instruction on Monday, officials said teachers won't have office hours this Friday in order for them to do final safety prep. However, students will be able to email them with any questions. 

Superintendent Dr. Frank Ranelli made the announcement in a ...

Piscataway Students Named to the Honors and Dean’s Lists at Fairleigh Dickinson University Campuses

MADISON, NJ — Students from Piscataway received congratulations on making the Honors Lists and Dean’s List at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan and Florham campuses.

The following students at the Metropolitan Campus, located in Teaneck, have been named to the Honors Lists for the Spring 2020 semester:

Dulari Amin 

Andre ...

'Slowly But Surely, The Needle Is Moving in The Right Direction': Gov. Murphy Gives Latest NJ Update

February 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID press briefing on Wednesday some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud that New Jersey has been able to distribute vaccine more equitably than other ...

Middlesex County officials provide a COVID-19 vaccine update

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - “The COVID-19 vaccine has given residents around the nation and our County the hope that they have been longing for throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. Middlesex County has been committed to ensuring everyone that wants a vaccine receives a vaccine; however, unfortunately, the County is not immune to the vaccine supply challenges, including those caused by recent ...

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Receives National Recognition for Its Support of Perioperative Nursing Certification

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s University Hospital has recently received national recognition for its support of perioperative nursing training and certification.

The hospital has earned the CNOR Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute, a designation given to facilities having at least 50% of their operating room nursing staff CNOR-certified.

The ...

Piscataway HS Boys Hoops Back after Pause and More | Weekly Winter Sports Recap

February 21, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Piscataway High School didn’t have a ton going on in the athletics department this week in terms of competition.

The varsity boys basketball team, back from a three-week absence due to COVID-19, hosted St. Joseph (Metuchen) on Saturday, the same squad it faced in its last game before the shutdown.

With no practice time ahead of the game, Piscataway fell by just five ...

Piscataway Athletics: Ticket Holders Only at Home Games

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Weather permitting, Piscataway High School athletics will make moves towards having spectators at home basketball games starting Thursday.

The predicted snowfall could cause games to be postponed, but when they do happen, only two guests per player will be allowed into the Anthony and Patton Gyms as the district continues to follow state mandates in the fight to slow the ...

Piscataway HS Winter Sports Update: Girls Hoops Building; Track, Swimming Start Next Week

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- It’s been a rough going for Piscataway varsity athletics as boys and girls basketball, and boys and girls bowling are without wins.

Coach Chris Puder and his young girls hoops team has been in some tough, close battles this season as the Lady Chiefs are 0-7. Piscataway has lost by just one on double-overtime to Edison on the road, by three on the road at East Brunswick, ...

Piscataway Zoning Board to Hear Site Plans for Meditation Garden

February 25, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A new meditation garden and walkway at the Gayatri Pariwar Center will be considered by the Piscataway Zoning Board this Thursday as representatives for the center will present their application for a usage variance.

Preliminary and final site plans will be reviewed and voted on, as current zoning does not allow for the type of garden proposed for the Centennial Ave.

Murphy Unveils $44.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient.

The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, which makes a full pension payment for the first time in more than a quarter of a ...

NJ Gov. Murphy Orders All Flags at Half Staff in Honor of 500,000 American Lives Lost to COVID-19

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ordered all flags in New Jersey to fly at half staff until sundown Friday in honor of the 500, 000 Americans lost during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The order follows President Joe Biden's proclamation on Monday ordering all flags on federal property to be flown at half staff. 

There have been 20,689 COVID-19 deaths in NJ.

Piscataway: Driver Crashes into Parked Truck on High Street

February 13, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — A driver crashed into the front end of a parked pickup truck in a High Street neighborhood as Piscataway Police attempted to make a traffic stop late Friday afternoon.

Witnesses said the female driver, who had three young children in the car with her was arrested at the scene. 

According to unconfirmed reports, the incident happened after the ...

Tax Time Guide: How to do taxes for free and get refunds fast

February 23, 2021

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WASHINGTON –– During this tax season when many people are trying to stay safe at home, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers about ways to do their taxes ...

Tips to help take the stress out of tax season

Every filing season comes with its own set of challenges and 2021 is no different. The IRS wants taxpayers get the information they need as quickly as possible. Taxpayers can keep these tips in mind when they get ready to file. Following them will help get this year's taxes done accurately and refunds issued timely.

Gather records. Good recordkeeping makes preparing a tax return easier.

As required by law, all first and second Economic Impact Payments issued; eligible people can claim Recovery Rebate Credit

WASHINGTON – The IRS announced that, as required by law, all legally permitted first and second round of Economic Impact Payments have been issued and the IRS now turns its full attention to the 2021 filing season.

Beginning in April 2020, the IRS and Treasury Department began delivering the first round of Economic Impact Payments within two weeks of the legislation. The IRS issued more ...

Piscataway Residents Recite Poetry, Original Works at 2nd Annual African American Read-In

February 23, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Piscataway Library continued its annual celebration of Black history and achievement with its 2nd Annual African American Read-In on Saturday, where various residents were invited to read their favorite book or inspirational poem via a Zoom virtual presentation.

The 2nd Annual African American Read-In, a nationwide initiative established by the Black Caucus of the ...

Join TAPinto Piscataway at Library’s 2nd Annual African American Read-In

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Join TAPinto Piscataway on Saturday, Feb. 20 as we celebrate Black History Month with the Piscataway Library.

From 10:30-12:30, we will join other members of the Piscataway community as we recite a selection of poems as part of the library’s 2nd Annual African American Read-In, a nationwide initiative established by the Black Caucus of the National Council of ...

The Ancient History of Valentine's Day - VIDEO

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...

Winter Dollar Days Sale At St. Peter's Thrift Shop

February 20, 2021

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Stock up on winter clothing items at the upcoming Winter Dollar Days sale at the St. Peter's Thrift Shop. All winter clothes will be on sale for $1 on Tuesday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All the proceeds from the sale will go to assist the community ...

New Rutgers Dental School Program Helps Holocaust Survivors

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Like many Holocaust survivors, Larisa and Anatoly Rabinovich suffered from a lack of food and medical care as children. The impact on their health lasted a lifetime, including problems with their teeth and gums.

After years without proper oral health care, the Sussex County couple is receiving treatment at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) as part of a program for ...

Railroad History Comes Alive at Steamtown Historic National Site in Scranton PA

February 24, 2021

SCRANTON, PA -- Located in the heart of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site offers visitors an exciting look into one of the first rail lines built in the northeast. The park is built on the former site of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, one of the earliest and most important rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Steamtown features a large collection of ...

Governor Murphy Signs Cannabis Legalization: NJ CannaBusiness Association President on Economic Impact

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with NJ CannaBusiness Association President, Edmund Deveaux, in a wide-ranging conversation in December 2020. Today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to formally legalize marijuana in the state.

The NJ CannaBusiness Association was started by Deveaux and his colleagues at Burton Trent Public Affairs based in ...

Caggiano Orthodontics State-of-the-Art Facility Provides Patients with Exceptional Care

PARSIPPANY, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently visited the brand-new facility of Caggiano Orthodontics and spoke with founder Dr. David Caggiano, who took us on a tour of their new center, highlighting the many improvements to enhance their patients’ safety and comfort. 

“I had a vision of what I wanted to build and what I wanted my patients to experience,” Caggiano said. Upon ...

Frank Tumulty, Restaurant Owner Who's Name is Synonymous With Good Food, Dead at 90

February 24, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Frank Tumulty was a schoolteacher with a wife and three young children when he decided to pursue his dream of opening a pub in the Hub City where Rutgers students could go on date nights, families could gather for dinner and urban professionals could unwind with a drink or two.

In 1963, he bought the joint at 427 George St., told the riffraff who had been going there ...

New Jersey Food Council to Mark “Supermarket Employee Day” on Feb. 22

PISCATAWAY - Supermarket employees have always been frontline heroes during all periods of crisis. In the face of natural disasters, and now even global pandemics, supermarket employees keep communities nourished and supplied.

That is why the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) is joining the Food Marketing Institute to celebrate Supermarket Employee Day on February 22. Supermarket Employee ...

FBI Provides Tips for Avoiding Romance Scams

February 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ -- Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and the FBI's Newark Field Office wants to make the public aware of possible romance scams.

Romance scams occur when a criminal uses a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust.

These scammers are present on most dating and social media sites. They look to establish a relationship as quickly as ...

Mother Nature's Last Winter Punch?

February 17, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for New Jersey, starting from 4am on Thursday morning until 10am on Friday.  The anticipated coastal low is in the process of forming and will likely position itself slightly farther out to sea than models indicated yesterday.  This will likely allow a slightly larger area to see a changeover to sleet, ...

A Reminder That Winter Is Not Done Yet

PISCATAWAY, NJ — What a difference a day makes. Or two.  After the mix of sleet, ice, and a lot of rain from the Monday night storm, we got to enjoy a beautiful day on Tuesday to allow a lot of the existing snow to melt away.  This was a wonderful hint of warmer early spring days ahead.  Not so fast!

As noted in Monday’s weather update, another coastal storm is ...

Ice Storm Potential Reduced

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Some positive news on the weather for a change.  The coastal storm forecast for tonight into tomorrow has moved much closer to the coast, and further inland.  This has allowed both warmer temperatures to influence, and dry sections to begin to infiltrate the storm.  This has allowed the storm to likely be an all-rain event for the majority of the night, with ...

Reminder: NJ State Law Says Pets Must Have Proper Shelter in Freezing Temps

February 16, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Weather forecasters are calling for freezing temperatures overnight, which can be very dangerous for pets.

New Jersey law says dogs cannot be outside without proper shelter (e.g., insulated, elevated, heated) if temperatures fall below 34 degrees. Keep your pets safe and avoid getting a fine by bringing your pets indoors any time the ...

Tips for Seed Starting Success

You created your wish list, ordered some or all of the seeds you will need, and they are beginning to arrive.  Make the most of your investment with a bit of planning.

Starting seeds at the proper time, indoors or directly in the garden, ensures a good start to the growing season. Check the back of the seed packet for planting times and directions. Consult your local Extension ...

Get the Most Out of Valentine’s Day Bouquets

Treat that someone special in your life to a floral Valentine. You will have them smiling within seconds and feeling happier throughout the week ahead.

Ensure your gift of cut flowers will look its best and provide many days of enjoyment with proper selection and care. You will also enjoy a bit of floral relief when taking time to select the freshest flowers possible. 

A whiff of ...

Spotswood's St. Peter's Episcopal Church Adapts To Continue To Serving The Needs Of The Community During Pandemic

February 22, 2021

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Despite the challenges served up by the coronavirus pandemic, St. Peter's Episcopal Church has worked hard to adapt during these difficult times. The church, founded in 1756, is one of the oldest Christian churches serving communities in New Jersey. Father Marshall Keith Shelly has been the rector at St. Peter's for a decade. In October, he celebrated 25 years as a priest ...

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Saniya Myers Continues Basketball Career at Montclair State University

February 15, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- Congratulations to Saniya Myers of Piscataway, NJ who is a member of the Montclair State University Women's Basketball Team for the 2020-2021 season.

Myers, a Sophomore majoring in Business Administration, is a 6'0'' Forward on the Red Hawk roster. The Red Hawks are led by 14th-year Head Coach Karin Harvey.

To view the schedule, live-streamed video and ...

Local Chorus Announces $1,000 Scholarship

February 24, 2021

Hickory Tree Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is pleased to offer the $1,000.00 Diane Cecala Memorial Scholarship to a musically talented high school senior woman interested in pursuing a career in vocal music.

Rehearsing in Stirling, New Jersey, we are dedicated to teaching, singing, and performing four-part, acappella harmony. Hickory Tree Chorus has awarded an annual ...

Grow Your Business with TAPinto, a Trusted Marketing Partner for Businesses and Organizations

Growing your business with TAPinto is easy, affordable and effective.  Businesses can tap into our highly engaged local audience with a variety of marketing options, including content marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, sponsorships, banner advertising and more. 

TAPinto provides a trusted place for businesses and organizations to advertise their products and ...

TAPinto: Ensuring Local News Coverage is Objective and Transparent

TAPinto takes its responsibility to provide fair, accurate and objective coverage of local elections solemnly and seriously.  Given the eroding trust in media, that we live in a highly polarized nation, and that as the old saying goes, “all politics is local,” when it comes to local news coverage regarding government and elections, it is critically important that our readers are ...

Asking DEP Oversight on Zoning Board Decision

February 12, 2021

Asking DEP Oversight on Zoning Board Decision

We want to share with other Piscataway residents our concern about the proposal to convert farmland into another warehouse development at 1690 South Washington Ave., bordering the South Randolphville Elementary School.   

We have sent the following letter to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection about the proposal now ...

Events Coming Up at Your Library

All events are virtual.

Celebrate Black History Month by joining us for the African American Read-In on Saturday, February 20, at ...

Zoning Board Approves Plan for Six-Story Apartment Building on Bayard Street

February 24, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A developer is planning to build a six-story apartment building on Bayard Street that will be marketed to urban professionals and millennials.

96-100 Bayard Street Associates, LCC, received preliminary and final site plan approval with variances from the Zoning Board on Monday night to move forward with plans to raze the existing two-story office building and ...

Black History Month: Black Teachers on Staff in East Brunswick Since 1953

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Mildred Graham broke the ice.  She was the first African-American teacher in the East Brunswick Public Schools, during a time when many school districts said that they were "not ready" to integrate the faculty. 

Well, thank Superintendent Murray Chittick for hiring the first Black part-time teacher for Churchill School in 1953. 

Thank local ...

Police Warn Against Online or Phone Scams Involving Gift Cards

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The South Brunswick Police Department is warning residents to be aware of fraudulent emails, texts and phone calls following numerous reported incidents of fraud in the township. Some residents were wary of the scheme and were able to back out of it, others lost a considerable amount of money, according to the ...

Rutgers President Stands By Virtual Graduation Decision, Doesn't Want a 'Super-Spreader Event'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway acknowledged that his decision to forgo in-person commencement ceremonies this spring was an unpopular one among the many who sent him letters over the past week.

And, he is doubling down on his decision to hold them virtually and not run the risk of turning Rutgers commencement into a super-spreader event.

“I want ...


Piscataway – Marlene Lynn Petriello, 52, passed away Monday, February 15, 2021 at Robert Wood ...
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NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

February 21, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

Sweeney Mourns the Passing of Peter Barnes III

February 23, 2021

TRENTON, NJ  – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement on the passing of Peter Barnes III, the former New Jersey Senator, Assemblyman, Edison Councilman and, most recently, Superior Court Judge:


“I am terribly saddened at the passing of Peter Barnes. He was a truly honorable man who gained the respect and admiration of every life he ...

Internet Connection: California Man Flies to NJ for Sex with Somerset Girl

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A California man has been arrested after police say he flew to New Jersey to have sex with a 14-year-old girl after the two established a relationship online, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Justin R. Ganutan, 22, of Greyhouse Lane, Stockton, CA is charged with 2nd degree Sexual Assault and 3rd degree Endangering ...

Puff, Puff, Passed! Murphy Signs Bills to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months.

The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and mean relief for anyone previously subject to arrest for petty marijuana possession.

“As of this moment, ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, February 25, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway

Virtual Book Discussion: Love Lettering by Kate ...

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Tue, March 2, 5:00 PM

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

2021 Rutgers Environmental Steward Class



Tue, March 9, 5:00 PM

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

2021 Rutgers Environmental Steward Class


Thu, March 11, 6:30 PM

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RU Ready to Garden Webcast returns for Spring of ...

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Tue, March 16, 5:00 PM

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

2021 Rutgers Environmental Steward Class


‘I Never Knew This Was Possible’ Says NJ Native Joe DiMeo of Face and Hand Transplant

February 18, 2021

CLARK, NJ - In his free time, 22-year-old Clark native Joe DiMeo likes to work out, play with his dog, hang with some of his lifelong friends from town and play pool.  All of these things might seem pretty average for a man of his age, but DiMeo can be described as anything but ordinary these days.  

Lately DiMeo has been described more like a miracle of science after a ...

Home Is Where the Printer IS

I want to print a small house in the woods.

I have long dreamed of a simpler life, far removed from the day-to-day stress of work pressures and financial pressures and social pressures and family pressures and the unrelenting demand for new passwords that must be at least 12 characters in length.

If I was smarter, these daydreams would place me in a villa on my own sun-drenched Pacific ...

‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

There’s a famous saying that “All politics Is local.” As politics has become nationalized and even local candidates are now being forced to follow or defend the pronouncements of the national political parties, the adage is seemingly less accurate.  Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused the news industry to be turned on its head as all news is becoming local.

For instance, when ...

What Is Content Marketing, And How Can It Benefit Your Business?

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Having an online presence is a crucial aspect of boosting your business, but a website alone is often not enough to drive engagement and convert leads to customers. In order to effectively market your business, a business needs to invest in content marketing. 

Content marketing is creating and distributing meaningful content, including text, photos and video, that ...