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Fatal Motorcycle Crash Closed River Road Overnight in Piscataway

July 17, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — A fatal motorcycle crash closed River Road in both directions early Saturday morning.

The crash happened near Primrose Lane where the motorcyclist struck a guardrail just before 1:00 a.m., according to a source.

The motorcyclist, who was not identified was pronounced dead at the scene, the source reported.

RLS Media reported “emergency responders found ...

Piscataway Men Snagged in 3-County Cocaine Bust; 31 Arrested

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Three Piscataway men were charged in connection with a five-month investigation of a cocaine distribution ring, with 31 suspects facing a variety of charges after several weapons were seized along with 6.5 kilos of cocaine with a street value of $559,000, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson on Thursday.

Michael Wade-Saunders, 54 of Mitchell ...

New Jersey Is 2021's 3rd Best School System in America: WalletHub Study

July 26, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was ranked as the country's third best school system in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list States with the Best and Worst School Systems. Only two states Massachusetts (No.1) and Connecticut (No. 2) ranked higher New Jersey. New York (No. 14) and Pennsylvania (No. 24) finished in the top half of ranking ...

Bill Requiring Civics Instruction for Middle Schoolers Signed into Law

TRENTON, NJ – In an effort to ensure students are receiving adequate civics and government education, legislation requiring civics instruction in middle school,has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.

The new law directs the Department of Education to require at least one course specifically in civics or United States government as part of the social studies credit ...

ESCNJ’s Adult Community Services is Hosting In-Person Tours on July 29 and August 6

Families, educators and support coordinators are invited to attend the Adult Community Services’ (ACS) Q&A Session to learn the latest information about the program and to tour the facility.  

The tours are being held on Thursday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., and on Friday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The ACS program, which is located on ...

Piscataway Native Judoka Colton Brown Competes in Tokyo Olympic Games

July 28, 2021

TOKYO -- After a year's delay, Piscataway native Colton Brown advanced to the men’s judo 90 kilograms Round of 16 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Nippon Budokan on Wednesday local time in Japan.

Competing for Team USA, Brown, 29 who is ranked No. 28 in the world according to the International Judo Federation, received a first-round bye in the Round of 64. In the Round of 32, which ...

Union Catholic Is Hosting Viewing Party For Sydney McLaughlin's Opening Round Race At The Tokyo Olympics On Friday

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic graduate Sydney McLaughlin, who smashed the world record in the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials last month, will begin her quest to win the gold medal in that event when she runs in the opening round at the Olympics in Tokyo this Friday. 

Union Catholic will be hosting a viewing party for the race from 6-9 p.m. on Friday (details are ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

Somerville Hospital Rated "High Performing" by US News & World Report

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, was recognized as “high performing” in the treatment of five procedures and conditions in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-2022 Best Hospitals rankings and ratings which were released Tuesday.

The hospital was recognized for the treatment of Chronic ...

Saint Peter's University Hospital to Host COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for State Residents 12 and Older

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s University Hospital will host a first-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic for New Jersey residents 12 and older.

The clinic will be run 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 10. at the hospital’s Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center at 254 Easton Avenue.

Walk-ins are welcome at first-dose vaccine clinics, but you can schedule ...

Piscataway: Julia Ride through Central Jersey Benefits Retired Army Reservist known for Helping Others

July 26, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Almost 75 kickstands went up on Sunday for the Expendables MC New Jersey’s annual Julia Ride through Central New Jersey.

The benefit raised nearly $5,000 to help Piscataway resident, Linda Sullivan, a retired Army Reservist known for her work in the community helping others in need. 

The ride from Riverside Park on River Road brought out ...

Annual Julia Ride Motorcycle Event to Benefit Piscataway Resident

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Expendables Motorcycle Club’s New Jersey chapter will host their next Julia Ride this Sunday, July 25 leaving from Riverside Park in Piscataway.

Open to the public, club members and supporters can check in at the park beginning at 10:00 am; kickstands up at 11:30.

This year’s ride, named in memory of Julia Caseres, a Piscataway police officer who died ...

Piscataway’s LIXIL Americas and Tools & Tiaras Hold Plumbing Workshop for Girls

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway based LIXIL Americas teamed up with Tools & Tiaras, Inc. to sponsor a plumbing-focused workshop as part of a multi-day summer camp designed to introduce young girls and women to the skilled trade industry. 

Six girls ages 13-17 participated in the event that took place in New York said company officials on Thursday. They received ...

Middlesex County Fair Lifts the Lid Off Summer

July 25, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - What is summer in New Jersey without the Middlesex County Fair?  After a pandemic hiatus, summer's most fun event returns to its home at the County Fairgrounds on Cranbury Road in East Brunswick starting Monday, August 2 and continuing through Sunday, August 8.

Fireworks will light the sky on opening night, Monday, August 2.

The fair features rides, games, ...

Vote for Cynthia Iloegbunam for Miss New Jersey USA People’s Choice

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The journey to Miss New Jersey USA 2021 continues for Cynthia Iloegbunam, 25 who will represent Piscataway Township during competition July 30-August 3 at the Hilton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany.

Voting is now open for the pageant’s People’s Choice Award, and Cynthia asks for you to choose her as your favorite contestant.

To vote for her, click here: ...

'Theaterfest' Puts Playhouse 22 Back on the Boards on August 7

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Playhouse 22 is gearing up to host its third Theaterfest event on Saturday, August 7 from 12 to 9 P.M. The festival, which will be held outdoors, aims to be a celebration of theater and music in the wake of live theater performances opening up again after the COVID-19 pandemic. The theater itself has been closed since 2020 to prevent the spread of the disease and ...

Winning $10K Mega Millions Lottery Ticket Sold at the Gift Horse in Piscataway

July 26, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Lottery officials announced Monday that there were two winning tickets sold that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball in the Friday, July 23 Mega Millions drawing, winning the $10,000 third-tier prize.

The winning tickets from Friday night’s drawing were sold at the following locations:

Middlesex County: The Gift Horse, ...

New Jersey Is 2021's Worst State to Start a Business: WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the worst state to start a business, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list of the Best and Worst States to Start a Business.

Nearby Connecticut (No. 49) and Pennsylvania (No. 43) also ranked in the bottom ten, while neighboring New York came in at No. 22. Texas placed as the best state to start a ...

A tip for teachers: Some educator expenses may be tax deductible

The educator expense deduction allows eligible teachers and administrators to deduct part of the cost of technology, supplies and training from their taxes. They can only claim this deduction for expenses that were not reimbursed by their employer, a grant or other source.

Who is an eligible educator:

The taxpayer must be a kindergarten through grade 12 teacher, instructor, counselor, ...

New Jersey Dentist Provides Painless Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Sleep Apnea

July 26, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Dr. Joseph DalBon of the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry spoke with TAPintoTV to discuss a new painless laser oral treatment created to alleviate sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient is waking up during the night and unable to breathe that can cause a number of serious health issues,” he said. Some of these health issues ...

What Are The Three Types of Electric Vehicles? Hybrid, PHEV and BEV

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the three kinds of electric vehicles in the automotive marketplace; Hybrid, PHEV, and BEV. 

Hybrid vehicles have gas and electric engines but no plug-in charging functionality. “The system charges itself through regenerative braking,” Spina explained. “It harnesses the kinetic ...

Recall Alert: Give and Go Muffins Recalled Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

July 26, 2021

A voluntary nationwide recall of Give and Go Muffin products has been announced because some products might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, said the company representatives. Muffins baked by Give and Go are sold under several brand names including many in Morris County. 

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal ...

The Spa at The Heldrich Invites You to Pamper Yourself During Restaurant Week in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – For Restaurant Week, Krisztina Rossi invites you to come for a massage, a facial and nail service – and stay for the food and drink.

The owner of The Spa at The Heldrich realizes her participation in City Center’s Restaurant Week may seem unusual to some, but she thinks many who will be descending on the city hungry to sample its quality cuisine also want ...

Hyatt Regency's Glass Woods Tavern Reopens Just in Time For New Brunswick's Restaurant Week

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Hyatt Regency has reopened its bar just in time to participate in New Brunswick’s Restaurant Week.

The hotel’s Glass Woods Tavern is now open, offering drinks and fun fare as Restaurant Week runs until July 25.

The menu includes margherita brick oven pepperoni pizza, hot honey pretzel chicken tenders and stuffed jalapeño cheddar burgers ...

Spotswood Family Heads West For National Parks Vacation

July 27, 2021

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With many families seeking to hit the road this summer after more than a year of staying close to home because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, national parks offer an outdoor adventure and a much-needed change of scenery. Greg and Sherri Keelen along with their two teenaged children Maggie and Dan, headed west earlier this month to explore some of America's grandest ...

Coming Soon: Franklin Day Festival 2021

SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin Day Festival will be back this year at a new location. 

The annual free event was canceled last year due to COVID-19, which traditionally has been held at Colonial Park will take place at the Franklin Township Municipal Complex on Sept. 18 from 12 pm to 5 pm. 

Guests can expect a safe family-friendly event featuring food, music, and community ...

Tuesday is "National New Jersey Day" - Let's Take a Look at the Garden State

NEW JERSEY — July 27 is National New Jersey Day. While this is not an official holiday, the New Jersey State Instagram, which is possibly the snarkiest governmental social media account in the country, lent it some credibility when it posted Monday, "Tomorrow is #NationalNewJerseyDay.  Prepare accordingly."

Hawthorne's Mayor Richard Goldberg told TAPinto Hawthorne, ...

Court Order Delays Demolition of Piscataway Home; New Hearing Set for Thursday

July 28, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — A Middlesex County Superior Court judge is set to hear testimony on Thursday from attorneys for Andrew and Cindy Paglia after ordering a stay on the township’s plans to raze the two-story house at 1126 River Road in Piscataway to make way for a sewer project.

Demolition was scheduled for Monday when Judge Vincent Leblon issued the stay.

The Paglias said the ...

Piscataway Homeowner Files Motion to Keep House from Being Torn Down

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Lawyers for a township homeowner filed an Order to Show Cause in Middlesex County Superior Court on Friday to prevent the township from razing a house at 1126 River Road, a property located directly across the street from Rutgers football stadium in Piscataway. 

The filing by attorney Anne Studholme asked the court to stop the scheduled demolition of the house while its ...

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for Piscataway; Haze Expected to Drift Away

July 21, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- More thunderstorms are possible Wednesday afternoon as a cold front moves across the Piscataway area.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 8:00 p.m. with large hail and damaging winds possible between 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Residents should seek shelter if a storm occurs and avoid flooded roadways.

Weather officials also reported widespread haze ...

The Moths are Back in Town: N.J. State Assemblyman Sterley S. Stanley to Present Joint Legislative Resolution to National Moth Week at East Brunswick Moth Night, July 23

EAST BRUNSWICK – N.J. State Assemblyman Sterley S. Stanley will present a joint legislative resolution honoring National Moth Week, an international citizen science project founded in East Brunswick, at a township-wide moth night at Community Park on Friday, July 23. The presentation will take place at 8:30 p.m. at the park, located at 350 Dunhams Corner Road, adjacent to Crystal Springs ...

Lanternfly "Spotted" in Middlesex County

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — The East Brunswick Department of Recreation and Parks has put residents on notice that the Spotted Lantern Fly has arrived in our community.

The spotted lanternfly causes serious damage including oozing sap, wilting, leaf curling and dieback in trees, vines, crops and many other types of plants. In addition to plant damage, when spotted ...

Seniors Find Peace, Relaxation With Parker's Horticulture Program in Bloom

July 27, 2021

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ  - Flecks of soil fell to the ground as Sylvia Wiser continued to dig in the garden at the Parker at Stonegate assisted living community.

She has no need for garden trowels or even gloves when it comes to moving soil in the trug – a waist-high planter that sits smack in the middle of Stonegate’s sun-splashed patio garden.

Wiser then took some spinach ...

How to Build a Rain Garden in Your Yard

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Letting rainwater leave your property can interfere with groundwater recharge and possibly cause flooding, ice slicks in the winter, and pollution of downstream lakes and streams.  Rain gardens are one possible solution available to homeowners. Commercial properties can use them too.

Step 1: Decide on rain garden placement

Find out where water is coming ...

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Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

Tax tips for students working summer jobs

July 26, 2021

During the summer many students focus on making money from a summer job. They may want to gain work experience, earn some spending money or help pay for college. Here are some facts all student workers should know about summer jobs and taxes.

Not all the money they earn will make it to their pocket because employers must withhold taxes from their paycheck.

New employees: Employees ...

House Bills Would Include Critical Superstorm Sandy Relief

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), and Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) announced today that two appropriations bills in the House of Representatives will include critical relief for victims of Superstorm Sandy and municipalities in New Jersey.


The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations ...

Twin City Pharmacy to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines at 2021 National Night Out 

July 28, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield's National Night Out 2021 is less than a week away and, during the three-hour event, residents will have the opportunity to receive a COVID vaccine, courtesy of Twin City Pharmacy and Surgical. 

"National Night Out presents an opportunity for Twin City Pharmacy to promote health awareness to all age groups in our ...

Found: Aarav Batra Reunited with Family This Afternoon

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Around four hours ago, the East Brunswick Police Department announced that missing juvenile, Aarav Batra, has been safely returned home.

Batra, a resident of East Brunswick who is on the autism spectrum, was reported missing on Tuesday morning.  The EBPD put out three notices alerting the public to his disappearance, leading to widespread social media posting and ...

UPDATE: East Brunswick Teen Still Missing

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - As posted yesterday afternoon, East Brunswick resident Aarav Batra remains missing as of this morning.

The East Brunswick Police Department continues its search for the missing autistic juvenile who was last seen in the area of Pelham Place. 

Pelham Place is off Buck Road, close to the Old Bridge Turnpike.

Aarav Batra is a 13-year-old male, ...

A Magic Show, a Hackathon & More from Your Library

Click here to enjoy a magic show! Magic Jim presents a special 45-minute show about animals to celebrate summer reading at the Piscataway Public Library! The show will only be ...

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Rutgers Alum Who Co-Starred With Orson Welles, Flew Missions Over Occupied Europe, Turns 100

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - He was on his way to England via Africa, a young man born in 1920 to Russian Jewish immigrants in New York City. As a newly minted Air Force navigator, his mission was to deliver a B-24 bomber and its 10-man crew to an airbase in Britain. It was nighttime in the Sahara. As he looked at the moon, he remembered how “terribly romantic and freezing cold” the night ...


Dominic Gruver II, 25 passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 12, 2021 in ...
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In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

NJ Native Athlete Banned from Olympic Village Due to Sexual Misconduct Allegations

July 28, 2021

Alen Hadzic, a 29-year-old West Orange native who graduated from Montclair High School, was temporarily suspended in June by the US Center for SafeSport when three women reported him for sexual misconduct between 2013 and 2015. Hadzic denies the allegations.

He’s an alternate on the Olympic Fencing team but is prohibited from staying in the Olympic Village with the rest of ...

Plainfield Man Dies in Route 287 Tractor-Trailer Crash

EDISON, NJ — A Plainfield man riding a motorcycle died Monday after a collision with a tractor-trailer around 5:30 a.m. on Monday on near Interstate 287 and Route 440.

The man was identified as Terrance R. Edwin, a 61-year-old who was riding his motorcycle southbound toward Route 440.

Edwin was thrown from his bike, and suffered fatal ...

Sayreville Welcomes the "Jon Bon Jovi Rest Area" to the Parkway

SAYREVILLE - Jon Bon Jovi gives a rest area a good name.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is renaming the Cheesequake service area, at Exit 124, after the famous Sayreville rocker, as part of a statewide effort to name service areas on the Garden State Parkway after iconic New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) inductees.

“This ...

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Fri, July 30, 12:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway


Arts & Entertainment Education


Sat, July 31, 12:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway


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Wed, August 4, 6:00 AM

Franklin Township Public Library - Outside at Gazebo, Somerset

Free Outdoor Concert: Zydeco-a-Go-Go

Arts & Entertainment


Fri, August 6, 8:00 PM

Brook Arts Center / Somerset County Cultural Arts Center , Bound Brook

The Ten Band - A Tribute to Pearl Jam

Arts & Entertainment


Thu, August 19, 4:00 PM

Milt Campbell Field, Plainfield, NJ 07062

Music in the Park: Season of Gratitude

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Atlantic Medical Group Cardiologist Offers Heart Health Tips During Extreme Heat

July 17, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As we start to hit the peak of summer heat, it is more important than ever to keep our hearts healthy. Individuals who have a preexisting heart condition need to be extra careful with these extreme weather circumstances. However, people with healthy hearts are likely to experience problems as well.

Michael Weinrauch, MD, Chairman of Cardiology at Overlook ...

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I took some time off recently to work on my beach body.

I was shamed into taking this drastic action after learning that a dead whale had washed ashore just north of San Francisco. The maritime behemoth, a 40-foot, 8-ton gray whale, died of blunt force trauma after being struck by a ship.

I don’t know, this seems to me a bit like wandering into your backyard and being run over by a ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Lifelong Journalist Finds Way To Keep News Passion Alive By Launching TAPinto Chatham

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - To reporters, news is more than a job, it’s a passion. For Ed Barmakian, news is his whole life. And when he saw his passion was in danger, he found a way to evolve to meet the times rather than lose what he loves. 

Barmakian launched TAPinto Chatham in July of 2013. He had recently retired from the Star Ledger after 33 as a sports journalist and editor. His ...

Attention Singles: Great Tips for Finding the Love of Your Life Online or Your Phone

Listen as Jeff speaks with nationally recognized Cyber-dating expert, Julie Spira: author, dating coach, and media personality. Julie discusses such things as how online/mobile app dating has evolved, how COVID has affected online and mobile dating, and where things may be headed in the future in that world. Julie also provides some excellent dating tips!

To get a FREE copy of ...

Is Your Home Care Nurse Going to Check In On You Virtually?

Hey, telemedicine could make that happen!  Listen as my guest expert, Dr. William Hanson, discusses this and many other interesting topics as Episode #50 of Looking Forward focuses on telemedicine.

In Part I of this two-part series (Episode #49), Dr. Hanson spoke about the evolution of telemedicine, how it’s being used now, how its use varies around the world, and the impact that ...