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Wrestling: Piscataway Chiefs Grapple to Big Win over Franklin on Senior Night

January 23, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Piscataway High School varsity wrestling team honored its seniors prior the Chiefs’ 54-15 victory over Franklin in the Susan B. Anthony Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

The seniors include 120-pounders Raheem Rucker and Jay Nash, 160-pounder Joe Hatcher, 170-pounder Gabe Rodrigues, 195-pounder Nick Recine, 220-pounders, Daniel Lopez, Andre Felton, and Rasheed Warren, and ...

Chiefs Basketball: Piscataway Boys and Girls Battle J.P. Stevens

PISCATAWAY/EDISON, N.J. -- The Piscataway boys and girls basketball teams were in action on Tuesday night and both faced J.P. Stevens.

The boys won on the road in Edison against the Hawks, 52-40, while the girls fell at home, 59-50.

Antonio Chandler led the charge with 17 points while six others poured in at least three points apiece. Chandler, who made two 3-pointers and five free throws, ...

South Plainfield Wrestling Holds Off Piscataway, 44-16

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The South Plainfield High School and Piscataway High School wrestling teams met in a dual meet on Wednesday night and the Tigers, ranked No. 7 in the latest NJ.com Top 20 poll, defeated the Chiefs, 44-16.

With the win, South Plainfield improved to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in the Greater Middlesex Conference - Red Division while the Chiefs fell to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in the ...

Rutgers Postpones Tuition Payments for Families of Furloughed Workers

January 23, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will postpone collection of currently unpaid tuition and other fees from federal employees furloughed during the government shutdown, and their dependents.

“This is one way that we can minimize that stress and eliminate disruption of academic careers while the federal shutdown continues,” Rutgers University President Robert Barchi said in ...

A Day of Service at Piscataway’s Martin Luther King School

PISCATAWAY, NJ — About 200 students and their families ventured out into the frigid Monday morning weather for a day of service at the Martin Luther King School in Piscataway, a school named in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whose life and legacy is commemorated for leading the charge for equality during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Signed into law as ...

High School Students To Show Their Knowledge in 'Brain Bee' Competition

PISCATAWAY, NJ - High school students will have a chance next month to show how smart they are and possibly win cash prizes at a New Jersey Regional Brain Bee hosted at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway.

Using a system similar to a spelling bee, students will be quizzed about the human brain and central nervous system on a book that can be downloaded from the ...

Piscataway Police: Use Caution with Snow and Freezing Temps Predicted through this Weekend

January 17, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway police have issued a ‘Minor Snow Event’ alert for tonight and are advising motorists to use caution during their Friday morning commute.

Around an inch of snow is possible, mainly after midnight, said officials at the National Weather Service (NWS) in a Thursday afternoon weather report.

“Leave plenty of time for your travel,” ...

McLaughlin to take the Helm as New Piscataway Police Chief

PISCATAWAY, NJ — As the start of the new year brings change around Piscataway Township, Mayor Brian Wahler and the Piscataway Township Council announced the retirement of police chief Scott Cartmell and the promotion of Michael McLaughlin to the position.

“Michael McLaughlin knows and loves Piscataway, is greatly admired for his law enforcement and managerial skills, and is a ...

Middlesex County: Online Resources for Federal Government Workers

January 19, 2019

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Government workers everywhere are feeling the effects of the Federal government shutdown. Many have families to support and are uncertain about their financial situation during this time. Middlesex County wants to remind its residents that their County is ready to support them.  

“Our County and the Board of Chosen Freeholders have been supported by so ...

February SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early

TRENTON, NJ—SNAP recipients in New Jersey will be receiving their February benefits early because of the continued federal government shutdown.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services announced today that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who received a SNAP benefit in January and were scheduled to receive the benefit again in February will receive them on ...

Rocky Hill Filmmaker Shines Light on Quakers

January 22, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - "Quakers - The Quiet Revolutionaries," a new documentary by Rocky Hill filmmaker Janet Gardner will have its New Jersey premiere in the spring 2019 New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers University at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8.

The screening will take place in Voorhees Hall, 71 Hamilton St. Tickets range from $9 to $12. The program will include a ...

Hillsborough Rotary Invites Public to Talk by Memory Expert

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Most of us marvel at those people who seem to effortlessly recall everyone's name, deliver a speech without looking at notes, or retain, over time, much of the information they read or hear.

According to memory expert Matthew Goerke, such a memory is not necessarily a gift at birth, but the result of training - and he has been delivering that training to thousands of ...

Artists to transform 40 storefronts into cultural showcases

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Nearly 40 storefronts in New Brunswick and Highland Park will serve as cultural showcases for the works of artists both local and from across the state, as well as from hands of students from the two municipalities as part of a social justice initiative.

"Window of Understanding," a program from the New Brunswick Community Arts Council, the Rutgers University ...

Can Your Business, School, or Organization be a Sponsor? Food Drives Help Federal Workers

January 22, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - As the government shutdown continues, the Middlesex County food bank is stepping up to offer assistance to furloughed federal workers and urging the rest of the county residents to pitch in with donations to stock dwindling supplies.

"Federal employees from local agencies of the IRS, TSA and EPA who are not receiving a paycheck are forced to tap into savings and ...

A Day of Service at Piscataway’s Martin Luther King School

PISCATAWAY, NJ — About 200 students and their families ventured out into the frigid Monday morning weather for a day of service at the Martin Luther King School in Piscataway, a school named in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whose life and legacy is commemorated for leading the charge for equality during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Signed into law as ...

Food Parties Helping Federal Workers Issue Plea For Donations, Food Drives

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - As the government shutdown continues, the Middlesex County food bank is stepping up to offer assistance to furloughed federal workers and urging the rest of the county residents to pitch in with donations to stock dwindling supplies.

"Federal employees from local agencies of the IRS, TSA and EPA who are not receiving a paycheck are forced to tap into savings and ...

How One Small Business Achieves Success by Empowering People with Disabilities

January 23, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- The founders of John’s Crazy Socks recently appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss their company and its incredible success. Founded in 2016, John’s Crazy Socks sells over 1900 varieties of socks, but is also driven by a social mission: to demonstrate to the world what people with disabilities can do.

John’s Crazy Socks was founded by the father ...

New Jersey Video Production Company Looks Back at Project Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

NEW JERSEY -- 2019 marks what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday, and this year, on the federal holiday that celebrates his legacy, East Main Media looks back on a very special project completed with Michele Adubato, CEO of The North Ward Center in Newark.

“The East Main Media team was honored to produce this video,” said CEO & Executive ...

East Main Media Launches the TAPinto Network’s Flagship Video Channel, TAPintoTV

LITTLE FALLS, NJ—East Main Media today announced the launch of TAPintoTV, an online video channel highlighting topics of interest in New Jersey, New York, and beyond. TAPintoTV is off the ground and has been posting content for several months, including videos featuring Emmy award-winning PBS host, Steve Adubato, coverage of the New York International Auto Show, small business success ...

Jon Bon Jovi Steps Up for Furloughed Workers: Soul Kitchen Providing Meals January 21st

January 21, 2019

MONMOUTH, NJ -  Jon Bon Jovi and his non profit Soul Kitchen is providing free meals to furloughed workers January 21st from 12-2pm.

Soul Kitchen has a facebook post announcing over the weekend that furloughed  federal workers are welcome to a free meal.  According to the post, "In line with our mission, Federal workers are encouraged to join us for a delicious meal and to ...

Perdue Chicken Nuggets Recalled

QUINCY, MA – Stop & Shop has announced a recall by Perdue Foods, LLC of approximately 68,244 pounds of ready to eat chicken nugget products.  The action comes after three people filed complaints of finding wood in the food according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The nuggets were produced on October 25, 2018: 22 oz plastic bag packages of frozen ...

Piscataway Developer, Hospital Ease Financial Hardships for Federal Workers

January 23, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Jack Morris, president and CEO of Piscataway-based Edgewood Properties is deferring rent payments at all of his New Jersey residential properties for those federal employees impacted by the federal government shutdown.

In a separate announcement Morris, who is chairman of the board of RWJ/Barnabas Health, parent corporation of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in ...

Saint Peter's Healthcare System Offering Patients Transportation Arrangement

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - To improve patients access to health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System has joined with another company to arrange transportation to and from non-emergency medical appointments.

The hospital entered a partnership with RoundTrip, a two-year old Philadelphia-based company that schedules rides for people to make appointments for a long list of ...

Free Dental Exams Offered at Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A city hospital next month will offer free dental exams for children without dental insurance, but parents have to call for an appointment.

On Feb. 7, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital will provide exams to children who did not see a dentist in 2018.

The exams, being offered on the 17th annual Give Kids a Smile Day, are available to children ages 3 to 12 who ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Etheridge Family Medicine

January 23, 2019

Etheridge Family Medicine: Where we focus on preventive care for a long, healthy and prosperous life.

SOMERSET, NJ - TAPinto "Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are vested in the community at large.

These businesses which will be featured make it possible for TAPinto Franklin Township to provide free daily news to its readers, by sponsoring our ...

New Jersey Rates Near The Bottom of 2019’s Best States to Retire: WalletHub

NEW JERSEY, NJ -- With almost 25 percent of all American adults having no retirement savings or pension, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on “Best States to Retire” list for 2019. To the surprise of few people, New Jersey ranked among the most worst, landing at No. 46 among the 50 states of the U.S.

WalletHub compared every state across 46 key metrics. The ...

Procession of Fundraisers for Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade Continues

January 19, 2019

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Fundraisers on five more Sundays will highlight the countdown to the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 3.

January 20: The Salty Whale with music by the Pat Roddy Band, 390 Main Street, Manasquan.
January 27: Bar Anticipation with music by The Snakes, 703 16th Avenue, Lake Como.
February 10: Marina Grille, 902 Route 35, ...

'Nocturnal Nature' Through A Child's Eye Show Open Into February; Reception This Weekend

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The 27th annual Nature Through a Child's Eye exhibit of Somerset County elementary students' art with an environmental theme, will be on display through Feb. 3 at the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Basking Ridge, with receptions this weekend for the student artists from 13 schools.

The theme this year is ...

Procession of Fundraisers for Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade Kicks Off This Sunday

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Fundraisers on six consecutive Sundays will highlight the countdown to the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 3.

This Sunday, January 13, the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh at 15 Oak Street, Old Bridge, will host the first event, followed by these establishments through to the week before the parade.

January 20: The Salty Whale with ...

Look Up: Total Eclipse of Supermoon Visible Tonight

January 20, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Sunday night, January 20 at approximately 11:41 p.m. a total eclipse of the moon will be visible, weather permitting.  Because the moon will nearly be in perigee, or the closest to the earth in its orbit, it will be a “supermoon.”

According to Spaceweather.com, in perigee the moon appears nearly eight percent wider than the average full moon.  ...

Sheriff's Office Offers Close-up Look Through Academy

January 17, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Residents can once again get a close-up look at the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office through an eight-week Civilian Academy.

This academy is designed to show Middlesex County residents on the functions and duties of the sheriff’s office.

The program is conducted at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville and begins March 14, from 7  to 9 ...

Online Scammer Targeted Seniors

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Senior Citizens can breathe a little easier now since a local man has pled guilty to scamming seniors in aan online money grab.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a man from Edison pleaded guilty for taking part in an internationally-based computer scam which conned 83 senior citizens out of cash totaling $25,000.

Mohammed Alam, 25, of Edison ...

Rain This Morning Followed by Large Drop in Temps Will Make Travel Challenging Sunday and Monday

January 20, 2019

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service reports that rain, heavy at times, will continue to about noon today. This afternoon temperatures will drop to around 25 and remain below freezing for the rest of the day and into Monday.

These temperature drops produce a condition called 'Black Ice" - the road may appear wet but is actually frozen, resulting in mororists losing ...

How to Brighten Your Home with Houseplants that Bloom

Brighten your indoor décor with plants that bloom. Whether growing traditional favorites, flowering tropical plants, or annuals moved inside for winter; their colorful flowers are sure to elicit smiles and months of enjoyment. Just provide the right growing conditions and sufficient light and you will be enjoying months of indoor color.

You may have enjoyed an initial burst of color ...

New Image Landscaping Offering Snow Removal Services

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – New Image Landscaping and Lawn Care, a year-round landscaping and whole/retail supply company, provides residential and commercial lawn cleanups as well as snow removal services. 

“With the winter quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to schedule lawn cleanups so the snow doesn’t pack the leaves down and kill the grass,” said Scott ...

Congressman Pallone Keynotes Annual Piscataway Breakfast Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ – As many gathered this weekend for civic and spiritual commemorations of the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., so too did members of the community at the Piscataway Senior Center.

King, whose January 15th birthday is officially recognized on Monday the 21st, a national holiday and day of service, was a major activist in ...

Nuns Assigned to Immaculata Community to Leave Somerville after 61 Years

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will end their association with Immaculate Conception School and Immaculata High School after 61 years and will be reassigned to other responsibilities at the end of the school year.

The Sisters had met with Msgr. Seamus F. Brennan last month to inform him of their decision, which was based on numbers – too few ...

Piscataway Developer, Hospital Ease Financial Hardships for Federal Workers

January 23, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Jack Morris, president and CEO of Piscataway-based Edgewood Properties is deferring rent payments at all of his New Jersey residential properties for those federal employees impacted by the federal government shutdown.

In a separate announcement Morris, who is chairman of the board of RWJ/Barnabas Health, parent corporation of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in ...

Someville: Luxury Apartments Open Alongside NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough's inventory of commuter-friendly rental apartments continues to grow, with Monday's announcement that the 69-unit. four-story SOMA is ready to lease from its inventory of studio, one- and two-bedroom units, with monthly rents ranging from $1,550-$2,700.

Located at 110 South Bridge St., SOMA - an acronym for South of Main - is perched alongside the ...

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How MLK Makes Me Feel: From The Eyes of a Gen Z

January 21, 2019

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase,” “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward,” and of course “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by ...

3 1/2-Year Sentence for East Brunswick Teen on Armed Robbery Charges

January 23, 2019

NEWS BRUNSWICK, NJ - An East Brunswick youth who had pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in the juvenile corrections facility, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement today.

Superior Court Judge Marcia Silva ordered the 17-year-old defendant incarcerated in the New Jersey Training School for Boys known as Jamesburg, Carey said.

He ...

Artworks Grace 40 Store Fronts for 'Windows of Understanding'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It took after-school sessions every week for three months. That is how long 40 city middle school students worked to complete a painting titled "America Is For Everyone," which is now on display in a store front at 84 Albany St.

That work, from the New Brunswick Middle School Art Club, is one of the dozens on display for the second annual Windows of Understanding ...

Gift of the Gods: Iron and Bronze Book Presentation and Signing with Local Author Thomas Berry

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Sunday, February 10 at 2pm, South Plainfield Public Library welcomes local resident Thomas Berry who will do a presentation and hold a book signing for his book, Gifts of the Gods: Iron and Bronze.  Gifts of the Gods: Iron and Bronze is a work of historical fiction focusing upon the ancient conflict between Athens and Sparta. Thomas Berry weaves some of his own ...

Obituaries

Piscataway, NJ – Claude R. Harrison, 83, passed away at Robert Wood Johnson University ...
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Piscataway – Stanley A. Strokis, 88, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at JFK Medical ...
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Board Appoints Advisory Member From Rutgers

January 22, 2019

Dr. Gail S. Verona was appointed to serve as the Rutgers University Advisory Board Liaison to the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey’s (ESCNJ) Board of Directors.

 “Rutgers University expressed a desire to serve on our Board in an advisory capacity a year ago, and the addition has been productive,” said ESCNJ Board President Dale Caldwell.

“The Board ...

Franklin Township: Etheridge Family Medicine Hires New Physician Assistant, Shenaz Halani

SOMERSET, NJ -  Shenaz Halani is one of Etheridge Family Medicine's newest hires. 

Halani graduated from Marist College's Physician Assistant program and is a licensed Physician Assistant in the states of New York and New Jersey.

Halani has worked at the Center for Asthma and Allergy and also at Care Station Medical Group where she gained years of experience ...

Rutgers Postpones Tuition Payments for Families of Furloughed Workers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will postpone collection of currently unpaid tuition and other fees from federal employees furloughed during the government shutdown, and their dependents.

“This is one way that we can minimize that stress and eliminate disruption of academic careers while the federal shutdown continues,” Rutgers University President Robert Barchi said in ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, January 26, 9:00 AM

Department of Public Works Garage, Piscataway

FREE Rabies Clinic for Dogs & Cats

Health & Wellness

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Sun, February 10, 3:00 PM

St. Francis Cathedral Community Room (Breezeway Entrance), Metuchen

Westminster Choir College presents, "The True ...

Arts & Entertainment Education Religions And Spirituality

Tue, March 26, 9:45 AM

Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater

Bridgewater Garden Club - Designing for Spring

Home & Garden

Gov. Murphy Announces New Programs to Combat Opioid Addiction

January 23, 2019

CAMDEN, NJ—  Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration were in Camden today to announce new initiatives the state is launching to combat the opioid epidemic — including adding opioid addiction as a condition under the state’s medical marijuana program.

The initiatives are part of $100 million investment made by the governor to fight the opioid crisis. In 2018, over ...

Brooklyn Restaurateurs Bring New Flavors to South Orange

January 23, 2019

Two new restaurants recently opened near each other in South Orange, NJ, both with Brooklyn roots.

Owners of the upscale American The Fox & Falcon and Latin street food specialists Miti Miti were drawn to the area first for their families, seeking more space in the New Jersey suburbs than they could find in Brooklyn. It wasn’t long before their culinary roots came ...

TAPinto Cold Weather Safety Tips for Your Pets

January 20, 2019

UNION, NJ - You're probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pet’s health?

The Westfield Veterinary Group has some tips to keep your pet safe during the cold New Jersey winter.

Limit the time outdoors since ears and toes are prone to frostbite.
Check paws ...

The Far Side of Progress

There are lots of exotic places I would like to visit before I die. The far side of the moon is not one of them.

But I understand that traveling to distant lands is a calling unique to the individual. It explains why there are people in the world who seek to explore the Mariana Trench or the Greenland Ice Sheet or Des Moines, Iowa. So I guess China has its reasons for going there.

Despite ...