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Piscataway Student to Graduate from Prestigious STEM Scholars Program

May 14, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Ved Sriraman, a senior at Piscataway High School will graduate from the Research and Development Council of New Jersey’s Governor’s STEM Scholars program on Saturday, May 15. 

Sriraman is one of 69 New Jersey high school and college students to complete the year-long program, which provides a 360-degree view of the state's STEM economy through ...

Mark Your Calendar: End of Year Dates for Piscataway Schools

PISCATAWAY, NJ — As students and staff start to look to the end of the 2020-2021 school year, Piscataway Superintendent Dr. Frank Ranelli reminded families of some important dates to remember. 

He listed them in his May 5 letter:

May 13 – Eid-al-Fitr. All schools are closed for students and staff.
May 17 – Five day in-person learning begins for all ...

Piscataway Resident Receives Literacy NJ's Volunteer Excellence Award

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC) recently announced that Kathy England of Piscataway was one of three tutors chosen from New Jersey for Literacy NJ's Volunteer Excellence Award.

“I really appreciate (the recognition), especially since it’s awarding me for something that I truly love doing and feel I’m already very rewarded for in the ...

Piscataway Baseball Earns Win over So. Brunswick at TD Bank Ballpark

May 13, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ -- Make that two wins now. The Piscataway High School varsity baseball team secured its second win of the season by defeating South Brunswick, 5-4, under the lights on Wednesday night at TD Bank Ballpark in Somerset.

Piscataway now has two wins in the last four games.

Jayden Brown nearly went the distance on the mound, striking out eight over 6 ⅔ innings in 111 pitches. He gave ...

Piscataway HS Golf Competes at Sections, has Chance at First Divisional Crown in Over 50 years

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Piscataway High School varsity boys golf team competed at the North Jersey, Sections 1 and 2, Group 4 tournament on Tuesday at High Bridge Hills Golf Course.

At the 18-hole, par-72 course in Hunterdon County, Piscataway’s five of Aryansh Jain, Max Flaus, Vincent Novak, Austin Fash, and Ishan Kalove together carded a 478. Westfield took N1G2 as well as the overall ...

PHS baseball tops J.P. Stevens as Stoddard wins first game as head coach at alma mater

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Piscataway High School’s varsity baseball captured its first win of the 2021 season in walk-off fashion on Tuesday as the Chiefs came back to beat J.P. Stevens, 5-4, at Green Acres.

Junior Rocco Bellamy smacked a two-RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the home team into a frenzy.

Senior Robert Kuderka hit the game-tying two-RBI single off the ...

Latest Piscataway Vaccination Figures and Updated CDC Guidelines for the Fully Vaccinated

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today via Twitter that for the first time in over six months, the state's number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has fallen below 1,000.


"With our numbers trending in the right direction, we can continue fighting back against this virus if we all get vaccinated," Murphy tweeted.


Murphy said that ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ: What Parents Need to Know

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s ...

New Jersey Now Reports Vaccination Data by Town; Murphy Gives Latest COVID Numbers, Says NFL Games Could Have Greater Capacity in the Fall

NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing today said that he anticipates that the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15. Murphy added that the New Jersey Dept. of Health is currently ...

Piscataway Council Appoints Rev. Linwood Rouse to Vacant At-Large Seat

May 12, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — With the departure of Chanelle McCullum who moved on to the Middlesex Board of County Commissioners, filling the role left open after the passing of Kenneth Armwood, the Piscataway Township Council has appointed Rev. Linwood Rouse to the vacant At-Large seat for the remainder of the year.

“I’ve known Rev. Rouse for over 20 years. He’s been actively ...

Fire Safety Alert: Kidde Recalls Smoke Detectors for Failure to Sound Alarm in Fire

May 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The community is being alerted to a nationwide safety recall of certain Kidde smoke detectors for failing to sound off during smoke conditions or a fire.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 6 announced the recall of some 225,000 Kidde smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms — Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060 and 2070, which have a TruSense logo or ...

Abducted Two-Week-Old Has Been Found

UPDATE: Authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police. 

NEW JERSEY - The East Brunswick Police Department has confirmed a report from the New Jersey State Police that Chinna Payne has been located and found safe.  Damion Payne, who was sought in the ...

AMBER ALERT: State Police Seek Missing Infant

NEW JERSEY -- Chinna Payne is a Black female infant who is missing.

She is suspected to have been abducted by Damion Payne, a 27-year-old Black male.

Payne was driving a 2016 Nissan white Altima with Virginia plates: UPF6043.

He was seen in East Orange, NJ.

The suspect is armed with a handgun.

Report any information to the New Jersey State Police or local law ...

Downtown Somerville Alliance Looking to Hire Program Coordinator

May 14, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Help Wanted: The Downtown Somerville Alliance is looking to hire a full-time Program Coordinator.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Coordinator provides support for the Downtown Somerville Alliance, Inc., with marketing, planning, development, coordination, and execution of special events, programs, and promotions for the downtown improvement district.

These ...

MCFOODS Drive-by Food Drive Returns to East Jersey Old Towne Village on History Day

May 15, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Services (MCFOODS) will hold its next drive-by food drive event at East Jersey Old Town Village’s History Day on Sat. May 15.

From 10 am — 4 pm, Piscataway residents are invited to “Drive up, pop your trunk, and our volunteers will remove your donation while (you) enjoy the quaint setting of the ...

Piscataway Home to be Featured on HGTV's House Hunters Show

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Stay tuned to HGTV this month as a home in Piscataway Township will be featured on an episode of House Hunters.

Township officials made the announcement on Friday, declining to give details as part of a nondisclosure agreement with the show.

However, viewers can tune in Thursday, May 20 at 10 pm to see if a new resident is moving into their ...

MCFOODS Drive-by Food Drive Returns to East Jersey Old Towne Village on History Day

May 15, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Services (MCFOODS) will hold its next drive-by food drive event at East Jersey Old Town Village’s History Day on Sat. May 15.

From 10 am — 4 pm, Piscataway residents are invited to “Drive up, pop your trunk, and our volunteers will remove your donation while (you) enjoy the quaint setting of the ...

New Food Truck Will Allow Elijah's Promise to Serve More People in New Brunswick and Beyond

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Jay Goldberg has been getting some curious looks when he pulls up at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Ryders Lane. Some people come right over, some slowly sidle up to the truck and still others aren’t sure what to do.

The sight of Elijah’s Promise’s new boxy, bright red food truck with Goldberg behind the wheel has puzzled people who ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...

History of Mother's Day: One Woman's Crusade to Create a National Holiday Celebrating Mothers

Commemorations to honor mothers and motherhood have been happening for centuries and can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans who paid homage to their mother goddesses. Today, tributes to mothers occur all around the world at different times of the year, but the American version of Mother's Day was started in May of 1908 by a woman named Anna Jarvis. 

After her own mother ...

From Shelter Pup to Crimefighter: NJ Shelter Rescue Finds Home with PD

May 8, 2021

WESTAMPTON, NJ — The Burlington County Animal Shelter has a record of success in finding forever homes for the animals they love and care for, but it is not every day that one of their rescues also lands a job as a bona fide crime-fighter.

Then again Arrow is not your typical rescue dog.

The young Belgian Malinois, who was surrendered to the Burlington County Animal Shelter in ...

Allergy Alert: Hershey Recalls Chocolate Shell Topping Due to Undeclared Allergen

May 6, 2021

Hershey’s Chocolate Shell Topping has been voluntarily recalled due to undeclared almonds, announced the Hershey company in a press release.

Approximately 1,700 bottles were incorrectly filled with Heath Shell Topping which is made with almonds, they said.

The product being recalled was shipped nationwide between April 15 and May 3, 3021 and have a product code of ...

Pull Up a Stool: Indoor Bar Seating is Back at KC's Korner

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –  Beginning Friday, May 7, indoor bar seating across New Jersey may resume, with some restrictions, and, in the coming weeks, capacity limits for indoor dining will be lifted. On a local level, these relaxed restrictions come as very good news to Walter Kurilew, owner of KC's Korner – the Norman House in South Plainfield. 

"It ...

New Jersey Residents Can Now Get a "Shot and a Beer"

NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey is launcing a "Shot and a Beer" program, encouraging eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated.

Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer. The following are restaurants and brewing companies are ...

New Jersey Tourism Industry Association Discusses the Power Tourism Adds to State Economy

May 8, 2021

Ocean County, NJ - New Jersey Tourism Industry Association (NJTIA) held their annual Advocacy Day event online May 6 in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week. Held via zoom, NJTIA continued this important tradition recognizing the impact tourism has as one of the leading industries within the Garden State.

The event opened with a welcome message from Governor Phil Murphy, tourism ...

Vacation Care for Container Gardens

May 10, 2021

Planning a few long weekends or a vacation may have you rethinking your garden plans. Don’t let time away from home stop you from growing flowers and vegetables in containers.

Irrigation systems with timers and self-watering pots are options to make container gardening and vacation care easier. You may, however, just be looking for ways to adapt your existing container gardening care ...

Grow Edamame for Better Health and Nutrition

Add a bit of fiber to your garden and diet.  Consider growing edamame (edible soybeans) in this year’s garden.

Soybeans help promote overall health reducing the risk of high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.  Plus, the high fiber in soy helps fight colon and some other cancers.

Edamame is an ancient Asian vegetable and is often eaten right from ...

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Black Women Shunned from Piscataway Council

May 12, 2021

Diversity encompasses racial justice and demolishing sexism. This goes beyond an apology. It means putting your words to action.

Real change begins by coming to grips with the fact that just because things were done a certain way doesn’t mean that’s how they should’ve been done or should continue to be done.

As an organization and township moving ...

"Giving Thanks" Virtual Concert to Air on June 17, 2021

May 7, 2021

With participation from faith organizations and individuals like Temple Sholom, Temple Emanu-El, Evangel Chapel Worship Team, Calvary Baptist Church, St. Francis' Episcopal Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Renee Connell, Buddy Williams, Barbara Dever, Christina Morgan-Diaz, Joycelyn Hunte, Brian Padilla, Nwaoji Joseph, Elizabeth Alfaro, and Selena Ramirez!

Visit ...

CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program to be Offered Virtually by Rutgers Cooperative Extension

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY --  The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) of Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) has launched “NJ Empower to Prevent,” its local version of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. 

This project is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Diabetes Prevention and Control Program of the New Jersey Department of ...

As hurricane season nears, IRS reminds people to prepare for natural disasters

WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service reminds everyone that May includes National Hurricane Preparedness Week and is also National Wildfire Awareness Month. Now is a good time to create or review emergency preparedness plans for surviving natural disasters.

In the last year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared major disasters following hurricanes, tropical storms, ...

New Brunswick Man, Seven Others Facing Charges From Internet Crimes Against Children Unit

May 14, 2021

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today that several county residents have been charged with possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of children.

On May 13, officers of the East Brunswick, Edison, Highland Park, Monroe, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Perth Amboy, and Sayreville Police Departments along with detectives of the New Jersey State ...

Spotswood's St. Peter's Episcopal Church To Welcome Elijah's Promise On Wheels Food Truck

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - On May 19, St. Peter's Episcopal Church will have a special guest at its weekly Wednesday Night Community Supper. Elijah's Promise on Wheels will be paying a visit to the Main Street church which has been hosting weekly community suppers for almost 30 years. St. Peter's rector Father Marshall Keith Shelly and Spotswood Mayor Jackie Palmer will be on hand to greet the ...

Middlesex College Unfurls New Logo, Attitude During Ceremony

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A flag emblazoned with Middlesex College’s new logo, officially trumpeting the school’s bold, new direction, ascended outside College Center.

Once it reached its zenith, the assembled school officials realized it was upside down.

On take two, the flag unfurled correctly, everyone shared a good laugh and spontaneous applause broke out.

Whether it was ...

Piscataway Library Events: From Cryptocurrency to Eid for Kids

Will you share your story?
What says community to you?

What objects make you feel connected to a community? A ...

Rutgers University Opens Vaccination Sites on its Campuses

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jordan Clarida, a sophomore majoring in public health, traveled to Rutgers on Wednesday to become the first student vaccinated at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy because she wanted to be part of the movement that ends the pandemic and saves lives.

“Having the vaccine available here was the easiest way for me to receive it,” said the Bound Brook resident, a ...


Piscataway, NJ — Ann DiPaolo, 96, passed away at her residence with her caregiver and family ...
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New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Plainfield: Medevac Transports 8-Yr-Old Burn Victim

May 12, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Police and Fire units responded around 2:12 p.m. on Wednesday to the 900 block of West Sixth Street for a burn victim, according to a release by Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess.

The 8-year-old victim was severely burned by a candle, and was transported via State Police Medevac from Plainfield High School to St. Barnabas ...

Robbinsville Temple Faces Allegations of Human Trafficking, Forced Labor & Abuse in Workers' Class Action Lawsuit

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Federal law enforcement officials descended on the BAPS Temple in Robbinsville on Tuesday to execute court orders on the property where workers say they were victims of human trafficking and labor abuse. Six plaintiffs have filed the lawsuit on behalf of approximately 200 other Indian nationals who claim they were forced labor and faced ...

Plainfield Police Report Monday Night Aggravated Assault

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Police units responded to the area of the 1100 block of West Third Street on a report of shots fired on Monday, May 10 at 6:51 p.m. according to a press release sent Tuesday.

Officers located a 20-year-old male victim who was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound at an area hospital.

The Plainfield Police Criminal Investigation Bureau continues ...

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On Mother's Day: A Short Tale of a Neurotic Mother

May 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate.

This is a story about a mother.   And, it might just sound a little more than auto-biographical.  Because it is.

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“It's over Bill. I don’t do Windows.”

And so, with a simple Ctl+Alt+Del over Twitter, the marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates has powered down.

The wealthy, philanthropic tech couple sadly announced their union was “irretrievably broken.” I took this to mean they received a critical error message followed by the blue screen of death because their marital ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...