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Piscataway Boys Basketball Falls Just Short in GMCT Final to St. Joseph, 49-46

February 23, 2019

EDISON, N.J. -- It was right there for the taking, but the fifth-seeded Piscataway High School boys basketball team fell in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament final to third-seeded St. Joseph (Metuchen), 49-46, on Friday night at Middlesex County College.

Tyree Tageneca-Ford grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed foul shot and laid the ball off the glass and into the hoop with ...

Boys Basketball: Piscataway Chiefs defeat New Brunswick Zebras, 59-49 in GMCT Semis

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The fifth-seeded Piscataway High School varsity boys basketball team defeated ninth-seeded New Brunswick on its own home floor, 59-49, in the semifinals of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament on Thursday night.

With the win, the Chiefs (16-9) return to the GMCT final for the first time since the 2010-11 season when they fell to St. Joseph (Metuchen) at the ...

Rutgers Tapping into Beer, Wine Sales to Fund Athletic Scholarships

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For all the fans that sat through Rutgers University home football game during the recent 1-11 season, the university has struck on a plan that will allow those loyal followers to drown their frustrations a bit more while also helping the team.

The university athletic program today announced that it will expand beer and wine sales at the venues it manages and use the ...

Early Dismissal on Wednesday, Feb. 20, for Piscataway Schools

February 19, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Piscataway School District announced on Tuesday that schools will have an early dismissal on Wednesday, Feb. 20, due to the winter weather advisory and projections of hazardous travel conditions. 

The announcement states:

"Due to the impending snowfall in the early afternoon, all Piscataway schools will be dismissed early on Wednesday, February 20. Lunch will ...

Delayed Opening for Piscataway Schools on Tuesday, Feb. 12th

PISCATAWAY, NJ – All Piscataway Township Schools will have a 2-hour delayed opening tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Feb. 12th.

An announcement on the district’s website states "As you are aware, there is an impending storm with predictions of snow, sleet and/or rain. At this time, Piscataway Schools will operate on a two-hour delayed opening tomorrow, Tuesday, February ...

Piscataway Police: Traffic Light Out By High School

February 20, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway police have issued a traffic alert this morning advising motorists that the “traffic light at Rt 18/Hoes Lane and Behmer Rd/Knightsbridge Rd is not working. No turns at intersection. Use alternate ways for high school access.”

Middlesex County Seeks Volunteers to 'Set The Table' to Set an Agenda

February 21, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - What better to hear what people really think about day-to-day life than over a relaxing meal.

Now Middlesex County freeholders are looking for volunteers to host a dinner, at county expense, and have groups of residents say what they think would improve their community.

Working with Rutgers University’s Public Outreach and Engagement Team (POET), the county is ...

52,000-Seat Bar in Piscataway? Not So Fast Says Mayor

PISCATAWAY, NJ – While members of the Rutgers community look forward to being able to purchase and enjoy beer and wine at more sports events under a new plan to fund 600 athletic scholarships, Piscataway mayor, Brian C. Wahler is saying not so fast.

Wahler voiced his concerns on Wednesday over the university’s decision to expand beer and wine sales for events at HighPoint.com ...

Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency

TRENTON – Today, Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency beginning tonight at midnight ahead of the winter storm, which is expected to start tonight and continue throughout the day tomorrow. Executive Order No. 55 declares a state of emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during the ...

Seeking the Poet In Each of Us: Library Wants Your Verse for Anthology

February 19, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tis coming on spring, when the birds will sing, and with the approach of National Poetry Month in April, the city library is seeking submissions of verse for its annual anthology.

March 1 is the deadline for proffering any poems for this year's publication.

All are welcome to submit their rhyme and free verse, from a novice to those previously published, and not just ...

Vintage, Collector Cars Get Red Carpet Treatment at Bodnar's Auction

EDISON, NJ - Bodnar’s Auction Sales is gearing up for the 5th annual Classic and Sports Car Auction on Saturday, Feb. 23 when the red carpet will be rolled out for some beautiful classic and sports cars that will cross the auction block.

The event is held in conjunction with the NJ Home Show at the NJ Convention and Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Ave.

“We started this event back in ...

Piscataway Teen Honors Dad’s Memory with Annual Toy Drive for Kids Fighting Cancer

February 17, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway student, Mikey Wojcik, 13 is continuing his mission to bring smiles to children fighting cancer as they are treated for the disease at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ).

Mikey, who lost his father, Michael to pancreatic cancer in 2015 kicked-off the start of his now 3rd annual fundraising campaign on Feb. 2, his dad’s birthday.

He is ...

Michael Torpey Discusses the Student Debt Crisis on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

February 20, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- A new game show on truTV called “Paid Off with Michael Torpey” offers relief from student debt to its winners. Actor and Host, Michael Torpey, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss the very real problem of outstanding college loan debt and how his show attempts to tackle this issue.

The show features recent college grads with student loan debt who ...

11th Annual Mustard Seed Dinner Dance Gala to Benefit Disabled Children Will Take Place March 9th

PATERSON, NJ -- The Mustard Seed Children’s 11th Annual Dinner Dance Gala will be held on March 9th at the Valley Regency in Clifton, beginning at 7pm. The event is a fundraiser for the Mustard Seed Community in the Dominican Republic, which supports orphan children with both physical and mental disabilities.

Mustard Seed Communities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated ...

Experience Colonial America at The Dey Mansion: George Washington Headquarters

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Presidents Day, TAPintoTV visited the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen County Militia during the Revolutionary War, ...

Piscataway Company Makes Gourmet Popcorn with a Purpose — Employing Adults with Autism

February 23, 2019

All day long, the sound of popping kernels fills the Piscataway, NJ facility.

One employee fills a machine with ingredients. Another scoops popcorn into a bag, sealing it shut to keep it fresh.

About 50 employees — some on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities — come together each day at the Popcorn for the People facility to make ...

3 Kids Cereal Recalled Due to Undeclared Gluten

MORRISTOWN, NJ - EnviroKidz Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch and Jungle Munch cereals have been recalled for  containing undeclared gluten (wheat and barley), announced Nature's Path Foods.

“Making healthy, nutritious, organic food is our passion,” says Arjan Stephens, Executive VP of Sales & Marketing at Nature’s Path. “This failure to meet ...

Handcrafted Valentine Chocolates Made Lovingly in Somerville Shop

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Valentine's Day is synonymous with Cupid, bouquets of flowers, romantic dinners, marriage proposals, weddings - and chocolate.

For many, the gift of chocolate is a once-a-year indulgence; not so for Carol Freedman and Tony Brokenborough who are consumed by their passion for chocolate year 'round.

Six years ago the two partners opened Carol's Creative Chocolatez ...

Free Tax Prep Services Available at Piscataway Senior Center

February 19, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ – New Jersey residents in need of federal and state tax preparation services can take advantage of free services now being offered by AARP Tax-Aide at the Piscataway Senior Center.

IRS certified volunteers will be available by appointment each Wednesday through April 10 starting at 10 am to prepare and file tax returns for filers of any age and any income.

Sponsored by ...

Giraffe Encounters Return to Turtle Back Zoo Weekends in March

February 23, 2019

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Giraffe Tours return to Turtle Back Zoo Saturdays and Sundays in March at 2 p.m.

Ticket to these special tours include.:

30 - 45 minute Behind the Scenes Tour
Meet and greet the Giraffe Keeper
Admission to the zoo for the day (for non-Zoological Society members)

The tours are for guess six years and older only. Guest under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

When's the Best Time to Watch the Supermoon? 

February 18, 2019

Look Up in the Sky, it’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, No, it’s SUPERMOON!

PISCATAWAY, NJ – All right, get ready for the Supermoon Trifecta! Tuesday’s moonrise will be the third straight month with full supermoons. The first was on January 20th, when the supermoon coincided with a total lunar eclipse, also known as a "Blood Moon."

A second supermoon, called ...

You are Invited to the "Great Backyard Bird Count"

DAVIDSON'S MILL POND PARK, SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Calling all birdwatchers- or anyone who wants to explore the great outdoors. The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Middlesex County invite residents of all ages to join the “Great Backyard Bird Count.”

This free event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Davidson's Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick.

Piscataway: Wintery Mix Expected to Impact Morning Commutes

Middlesex County, NJ - Light snow is expected to start falling in the area this evening, and tomorrow morning's commute could be impacted, according to the National Weather Service. 

"Predicted amounts are in the 0.5 - 1.5" range," an alert from South Brunswick Police reads. "This should taper off and mostly end tomorrow morning, not long after ...

Piscataway: Alleged Street Racer Indicted in Death of High School Vice Principal

February 22, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Piscataway man has been indicted on homicide charges in connection with a street racing incident that killed a New Brunswick High School vice principal, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.

Freddy Garcia Jr., 22, faces an indictment on charges of first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second-degree vehicular homicide, and second-degree ...

Piscataway: Man Sentenced to 7 Years for Fatal Drunk-Driving Crash

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 29-year-old man was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for a fatal crash in which a passenger was killed while he was driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, authorities said.

Superior Court Judge Michael Toto imposed the sentence on Tayib Mahmood, 29, of Woodbridge, who had pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide for the May 6, 2018 crash in which the ...

Dahlias Bring Diverse Shapes, Sizes, Colors to the Garden

February 22, 2019

Dahlias have been a fixture in summer flower gardens for generations. But it may be time to update your idea of dahlias! With hundreds of varieties to choose from in a fabulous array of colors, shapes and flower sizes, it is no surprise the National Garden Bureau has declared 2019 the Year of the Dahlia. Join the celebration and brighten your garden with dahlias this year.

Not only are dahlias ...

Three Local Priests Named In Metuchen Diocese List of Sex Offenders

February 15, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Three local priests have been named in a list of  "credibly accused clergy" published by the Diocese of Metuchen.  The priests are among the 188 named statewide in a disclosure made of criminal pedophiles in New Jersey's Catholic Churches.  In keeping with a promise made by the Bishops of New Jersey, Bishop James F. Checchio has released the names ...

Somerville Church Youth Group Shows Deployed US Troops Some Love

SOMERVILLE, NJ – United Reformed Church’s Youth Group is all about spreading the church’s mission to “love all, serve all” this Valentine’s Day. The kids spent time making Valentine’s Day cards for our Veterans, which were delivered to Operation Shoebox New Jersey to distribute.

The cards will be enclosed in personal care packages that will be ...

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OUR FUTURE IS NOT FOR SALE to give Williams/Transco’s NESE Project at least a 14% return to its investors

February 20, 2019

It’s bad enough that we’ve been told not to worry about the dangers of the NESE Project even though we often hear about leaks and explosions of natural gas pipelines and compressor stations. 

It’s a fact that the NESE Project will add greenhouse gases and toxic chemicals to the air and will churn up toxins by digging in Raritan Bay. 

It’s a fact that 2018 ...

Our Safety and Well-Being are not for sale. Stop efforts to add another industrial facility next to Trap Rock.

Have you felt things shake when Trap Rock blasts? 

Do you remember the recent gas pipeline explosions and fires in Massachusetts?

 The final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) Project was published by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on January 25, 2019, and it’s predictable that Williams/Transco will be given ...

Former Rutgers Football Player Indicted in Murder Plot

February 21, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A former Rutgers University football player was indicted today on charges he plotted to kill his former girlfriend's parents and harassed the woman online.

Izaia Bullock, 22, of South River, was indicted on with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey announced ...

Woman Pleads Guilty in DWI Crash that Killed One Passenger

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Middletown woman is facing a 10-year prison sentence after pleading to charges from a car crash on the Garden State Parkway in Woodbridge that killed one passenger and injured another passenger.

Kimberly Franklin, 20, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide, assault by auto and driving while intoxicated, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew ...

City School Leader Tapped for Intermational Fullbright Program

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The director of the Greater Brunswick Charter School (GBCS) has been tapped for an international study program directed under the sponsorship of the federal Department of State and the Fullbright Scholarship Board.

Vanessa Jones, educational director of the for the charter school, is one of 10 educators from across the country selected for the Fulbright Leaders for Global ...

Obituaries

Piscataway - Joseph Strazzulla, 77, died Monday, February 18, 2019 at Somerset Woods Rehabilitation ...
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Piscataway – Antonio “Tony”  Mastroianni, 72, passed away peacefully early ...
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2019 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Celebrates Iconic Girl-Led Entrepreneurial Program

February 21, 2019

CHERRY HILL, NJ— Girl Scouts in central and southern NJ and nationwide will participate in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2019, celebrating the impactful entrepreneurial program that has sparked the success of millions of women. The Girl Scout Cookie Program®, the largest annual investment in girls in the United States, powers amazing experiences for girls as they learn ...

Mark Di Ionno Joins TAPinto as Featured Columnist

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro has announced that Mark Di Ionno will be joining TAPinto as a columnist with his first piece published today. Di Ionno, who wrote for the Star Ledger, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary and author of five acclaimed books including his latest novel, “Gods of Wood and Stone”.

“We’re excited to welcome a writer of ...

Rutgers Tapping into Beer, Wine Sales to Fund Athletic Scholarships

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For all the fans that sat through Rutgers University home football game during the recent 1-11 season, the university has struck on a plan that will allow those loyal followers to drown their frustrations a bit more while also helping the team.

The university athletic program today announced that it will expand beer and wine sales at the venues it manages and use the ...

Upcoming Events

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Fri, March 1, 6:30 PM

Congregation Knesseth Israel, Bound Brook

Shabbat Across America Dinner & Service

Food & Drink Religions And Spirituality

Sun, March 17, 10:00 AM

Congregation Knesseth Israel, Bound Brook

Purim Carnival

Arts & Entertainment Religions And Spirituality

Tue, March 26, 9:45 AM

Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater

Bridgewater Garden Club - Designing for Spring

Home & Garden

Sat, April 27, 7:30 PM

Christ United Methodist Church, Piscataway

We Have Had Singing

Arts & Entertainment

Somerset County Revives Proposal for Amazon HQ2

February 22, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine plans to reopen talks with Amazon about locating the company’s second headquarters – HQ2 – in Somerset County.

He made the announcement Feb. 22 at a meeting of the Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee.

Somerset County put in a bid for HQ2 originally, he said, but “the state nixed our idea and went ...

NJ Company Makes Gourmet Popcorn with a Purpose — Employing Adults with Autism

February 23, 2019

All day long, the sound of popping kernels fills the Piscataway, NJ facility.

One employee fills a machine with ingredients. Another scoops popcorn into a bag, sealing it shut to keep it fresh.

About 50 employees — some on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities — come together each day at the Popcorn for the People facility to make ...

Celebrating Black History Month

February 11, 2019

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - February is Black History Month, when America takes time to honor and remember great African-Americans, and their role in shaping America’s history.

Carter Woodson, an African-American historian, first established Black History Week in 1926 during the second week of February. He chose this specific week to honor African-Americans because President Abraham Lincoln, ...

Empty Warnings

A while ago I received an urgent roadside call from my son. It was a cold and rainy night, and somewhat late. He was on his way home with my car and calling from somewhere along the side of a busy highway. I could hear cars and large trucks shuddering by him, occasionally drowning out his voice.

He wanted to know if I could bring him some gas. The car had ran out. While he was on the ...

Do You Live In The Conflict Avoidance Zone?

You know what needs to be said and done... but it is neither said nor done.  You are in the 'conflict avoidance' zone.

Nobody wants to fight with their kids or spouse.  A little peace and quiet seems like a good thing, a desirable state of affairs.  Who doesn't want a hassle-free morning, an argument-free vacation, a quiet dinner, or a compliant child?  We all ...