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Christina Dalton of Piscataway Named to Muhlenberg College’s Fall 2020 Dean's List

January 12, 2021

ALLENTOWN, PA — Christina Dalton of Piscataway has been named to the Muhlenberg College Dean's List for the Fall 2020 semester.

Muhlenberg College students and Muhlenberg College School of Continuing Studies students with a term GPA of 3.50 or higher were recognized for this academic achievement.

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a private, four-year residential, liberal arts college ...

This Year Teachers, HS Seniors Will Not Be Evaluated the Same in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY — A new executive order will mean sweeping changes for the way teachers and students are evaluated for the 2020-2021 school year.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who has long said this isn’t a normal school year due to COVID-19, announced the changes during a Monday press conference on pandemic updates.

As part of the order, high school seniors won’t have to pass an exit ...

Hobson Re-Elected President of Piscataway Board of Education at Reorganization Meeting

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Three Piscataway Board of Education members took their oaths of office at the school district’s annual Reorganization Meeting to officially begin new terms in office.

Shantell Cherry, who was first elected in 2015 joined another incumbent, Kimberly Lane who began her first term in 2020 to return to the nine-member board this year.

Newcomer, Zoe Scotto, a 2020 ...

The State of New Jersey, Middlesex County, and RWJBarnabas Health Open Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-site at New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison

January 15, 2021

EDISON, NJ– Middlesex County and RWJBarnabas Health officials joined New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today in opening the Middlesex County Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-site in Edison Township at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center (97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ).

The Edison vaccination mega-site is equipped with 20 vaccination stations and will be open ...

New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Discuss COVID-19 and Hope for the Future at TAPinto Virtual Event

NEW JERSEY - Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening.

The first-ever TAPinto signature virtual event on Jan. 14 featured five health care experts, ...

Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

Piscataway Officials Pass Resolution Calling for Congress to Impeach and Expel President

January 13, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – As talks continued in Washington Tuesday evening about if lawmakers should move forward to impeach President Donald Trump in the wake of last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol, Piscataway town officials passed a resolution calling for state representatives to cast their votes in favor of removing him from office.

“Donald Trump was both the general and ...

Middlesex County Board of Commissions Holds Annual Swearing-in Ceremony and Reorganization Meeting

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Middlesex County Board of Commissioners held their annual Swearing-in Ceremony and Reorganization Meeting, newly elected members were sworn into office and members of the board were nominated for positions in the county’s government. The ceremony was held on Thursday, January 7th, 2021 over zoom.

The ceremony featured virtual appearances from notable ...

Piscataway Mayor, Council Members Take Oaths of Office to Begin New Terms

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The new Piscataway Community Center was the backdrop for Mayor Brian Wahler and council members, Kapil Shah, Chanelle McCullum and Gabrielle Cahill who were sworn-in to begin new 4-year terms in office on Friday.

Pandemic related limitations on the numbers of people who can gather indoors meant only immediate family members could witness them raise their right hands ...

Afternoon Blazes Keep Piscataway Fire Crews Busy

January 15, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway firefighters responded to separate fires in the township Thursday afternoon. 

At about 1:00 p.m., fire crews made quick work of keeping a car fire from spreading to a home on Hamilton Blvd. However, heat from the fire melted some of the home’s siding, said police.

Piscataway police closed Hamilton Blvd. between Desna Street and ...

Piscataway Township Names Mosier Chief of Police

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Township officials congratulated Thomas Mosier who formally became Piscataway’s Chief of Police January 1st.

Mosier had been acting chief for the past year, taking over the top seat from Chief Michael McLaughlin after his retirement.

Officials shared a vignette about Mosier’s time on the police force in an announcement on Wednesday saying:

“Thirty ...

Piscataway Police and Rescue Squads Respond to Stelton Road Crash

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The drivers of two cars collided with each other at the intersection of Stelton Road and Haines Ave. in Piscataway Monday night blocking the area near PNC Bank and North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company.

Piscataway rescue squads and police officers responded to the scene where a late model Subaru and a BMW sedan were stopped at the corner of Stelton Road in front ...

Piscataway Public Library Awarded Action Grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities

January 15, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Piscataway Public Library was one of 15 organizations statewide to receive grant funding from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). 

The library was awarded $18,850 for 'Piscataway Stories: Our Community', a series of public programs inviting participants to consider the concept of community and examine local history, diverse cultures, ...

Montclair Film Announces Emerging Filmmaker Competition for Youth in Grades 6 through 12

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Young people in middle and high school are encouraged to submit short films for consideration in the Montclair Film Emerging Filmmaker Competition. 

Submissions are now open for the annual Montclair Film Emerging Filmmaker Competition (EFC), a film competition open to students from around the world interested in submitting short films in the Narrative, Comedy, Documentary, ...

Buy Time: Classic Corvette, Royal Doulton, Ceramics, Silver & Glass

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Bodnar's Auctions kicks off the 2021 Auction season with an eclectic sale of collectibles and investment quality items, including a 1978 Silver Anniversary Chevy Corvette.

The two-part online sale begins 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, with box lots and a collection of elephant figurines, with hundreds of items from several estates in the tri-state area sold on Thursday, ...

IRS reminds taxpayers to make final estimated tax payment for 2020

January 14, 2021

WASHINGTON − Taxpayers who paid too little tax during 2020 can still avoid a tax-time bill and possible penalties by making a quarterly estimated tax payment now, directly to the Internal Revenue Service. The deadline for making a payment for the fourth quarter of 2020 is Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

Income taxes are pay-as-you-go. This means that by law, taxpayers are required to pay most of ...

All taxpayers now eligible for Identity Protection PINs

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WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service expanded the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to all taxpayers who can verify their identities.

The Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) is a six-digit code known only to the taxpayer and to the IRS. It helps prevent identity thieves from filing fraudulent tax returns ...

Small Businesses Can Benefit from SBA's Changes to the PPP Lending Program

NEW JERSEY -- The newly issued guidelines on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending overseen by the SBA and the U.S. Treasury Department will better target New Jersey's small businesses, especially those owned by minorities or located in low income areas.

The Economic Aid Act makes it possible for hard-hit businesses to get second loans from the PPP lending ...

Capitol Hill Riot Through the Eyes and Lens of Independent Photojournalist Julian Leshay

January 10, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Julian Leshay, an independent photojournalist, spoke with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his experiences taking photos at the recent Capitol Hill riot on January 6. Leshay gives viewers his insight into the scenes he witnessed and the images he captured on that fateful day. 

Leshay arrived in Washington, D.C. the day before, “to get the environment, to ...

When Electoral History Passed Through Georgia: Follow Jimmy Carter's Path to the Presidency

ATLANTA, GA -- Jimmy Carter was the first and only president to be a born in Georgia, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum can be found in Freedom Park in the heart of Atlanta.

Though we know the story of the peanut farmer who rose to national heights, there’s much more to learn about the early life of James Earl Carter, Jr. here, including his early career in ...

Zoom Wine Dinners Help Catherine Lombardi/Stage Left Owners Stay Connected With Customers

January 7, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The vineyard owner on the screen had obviously been drinking his own stock and could no longer converse in his native Italian nor his limited English, but was fluent in the international language of drunk.

His inarticulate antics provided hours of laughs for the customers who had tuned in from the comfort and safety of their homes. They were having such a fun time ...

Murphy Signs Freiman Bill to Expand Life of Seasonal Liquor Licenses

TRENTON, NJ – Legislation co-sponsored by Assemblyman Roy Freiman, D-16th extending the life of seasonal liquor licenses has been signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

Frieman, a resident of Hillsborough, was joined by Assembly colleagues Yvonne Lopez, Joseph Danielsen and Wayne DeAngelo sponsoring the bill, now law, which will extend until ...

Road Trip Memoir by Belmar Author Promotes Time with Teens, Country

January 10, 2021

BELMAR, NJ — When Belmar author Merry Brennan first got serious about a family road trip to 20 national parks, a few friends called her crazy. How could she stay cooped up in a car or campsite with a trio of teens? At the mercy of their adolescent moods? For a whole summer?

After she told them she wanted to ditch the devices, or at least keep use to a minimum, they knew she really lost ...

Governor Cuomo Leads Ribbon Cutting at Moynihan Train Hall

New York, NY—Governor Andrew Cuomo officially led the ribbon cutting this week to announce the grand opening of the new, $1.6 billion-dollar, Moynihan Train Hall that passengers accessed New Year's Day.

The new train hall represents a significant milestone for passenger rail travel in New York, especially during a time when the region’s mass transit agencies have suffered ...

Birding East Brunswick: On Watch for Winter Species

January 14, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Semi-Annual Birding Tour of East Brunswick took place on January 9, 2021, and ran from 8 AM to 1 PM. Led by Steve Albert, a member of the East Brunswick Planning Board and a lifelong birdwatcher, the event takes place in the winter and spring each year - before and at the height of migration for New Jersey’s local avian wildlife.

Over the course of several ...

Option Green Virtual Film Festival to Focus on Climate Change and Its Impact

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Four films focusing on climate change and its impact will be featured in the East Brunswick Public Library’s first-ever virtual film festival beginning with the National Geographic documentary, Chasing Ice, Jan. 19-20.

The Option Green Virtual Film Festival is part of the ongoing partnership between the library and the Friends of the East ...

Ciattarelli Opponent in GOP Gubernatorial Primary Race Drops Out

January 12, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Doug Steinhardt, chairman of the New Jersey Republican Party and candidate in the 2021 GOP Gubernatorial Primary, has dropped out of the race just one month after launching his campaign.

The abrupt announcement boosts the likelihood that Jack Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident and former state Assemblyman who kicked off his campaign one year ago, will win the GOP ...

Saint Peter’s Pastoral Care Tends to Spiritual Needs of COVID-19 Patients as Pandemic Lingers

January 4, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A pandemic raged, retreated and returned with a vengeance, but the eight chaplains on staff at Saint Peter’s University Hospital tended to the spiritual well-being of hundreds of patients as the medical staff cared for their physical health.

The members of the Pastoral Care Department were there with prayers over the past 10 months, even when they weren’t ...

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Middlesex College Creating Apprenticeship Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing

January 14, 2021

Middlesex College is developing apprenticeship opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing through Career Advance USA, a U.S. Department of Labor-funded grant. Apprenticeships, developed and implemented in collaboration with employers, are earn-and-learn programs that combine formal classroom learning with on-the-job training.

For those seeking good jobs in this industry, apprenticeships are a ...

Last Chance to Register for Free Virtual Panel Discussion Featuring Distinguished COVID-19 Experts

TAPinto will host a panel discussion featuring distinguished COVID-19 experts on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. This virtual gathering is free for attendees, but registration is required. 

The panel, presented by Atlantic Health System and moderated by Communications Consultant Bruno Tedeschi, will feature Dr. Michelle Cholankeril, ...

IRS releases 2020 Progress Update; annual report details unprecedented year

WASHINGTON − The Internal Revenue Service released its 2020 annual report describing the agency’s work delivering taxpayer service and compliance efforts during COVID-19 while spotlighting actions taken by IRS employees to help people during the challenging year.

“Internal Revenue Service Progress Update / Fiscal Year 2020 – Putting Taxpayers First” outlines how ...

Longtime Spotswood High School Head Football Coach Andy Cammarano To Step Down

January 15, 2021

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School head football coach Andy Cammarano is stepping down from his duties. Cammarano has been the head coach of the Chargers varsity football team since 2007. He was a former a high school football player at Shore Regional High School and served as an assistant coach for his alma mater before joining the Chargers' football program more than a decade ago.

Edison Man Gets 30 Years For Fatal Shooting of New Brunswick Man

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 29-year-old Edison man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 2018 murder of a New Brunswick man.

Christopher “C-Dub” Thompson was sentenced Thursday for the murder of Larenz O’Garro, 23, by Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Buck, according to a press release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone’s office.

Thompson was ...

New Council President Feels Connection to New Brunswick, Late Husband

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – As Suzanne Sicora Ludwig was being sworn in as the new City Council President last week, her thoughts turned to her late husband.

In 23 years of marriage, Suzanne and Keith were bound together by so much – their love of laughter, their love of a good tailgate with friends before a Rutgers game, their love of their furry friends their shared their home ...

Clean Energy Advances: Where’s Piscataway? The Mayor’s hostility to the PCEA is not serving residents well

January 6, 2021

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We were excited by yesterday’s TAPinto news that the South Brunswick City Council has unanimously passed a Community Energy Aggregation (CEA) Program.  The program supports the bulk purchasing of clean energy for township residents and a transition to 100% clean energy use by 2030.  The article cites other Middlesex County towns that have also recently adopted CEA ...

New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

January 14, 2021

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

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

Rutgers' Carlin named New Jersey Sportscaster of the Year

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Chris Carlin, popular, scatchy-voiced Rutgers football play-by-play announcer, has been named the New Jersey Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

Monday's announcement marked the second time Carlin has received the honor.

"We are fortunate to have Chris as the voice of Rutgers football,” Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs ...

Obituaries

Monroe — William “Bill” Spora, 88, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at ...
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Dorothy Olga (Acton, Huber) Hamilton, 94 years old, passed away in her sleep at the Pines at ...
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Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios monthly column: New Year 2021

         

Welcoming a new year is traditionally an exciting time as we look ahead to celebrating all life’s moments with family and friends and preparing our New Year resolutions. The New Year has always been a time of promise for a brighter future. And as we said goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021, that sentiment was as powerful as it has ever ...

Second Woman Alleges Sexual Assault by Belle Mead Doctor

January 15, 2021

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A Belle Mead doctor already charged with sexual assault of a patient faces another charge after a second woman told police Friday she was assaulted by the doctor during an appointment at his office in 2019 according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Dr. Chike J. Aguh, 64, of Mulberry Court, Belle Mead is the focus of an ongoing ...

Belle Mead Doctor Charged with Sexual Assault of Patient in Office

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A 64-year-old Belle Mead doctor was arrested after a patient told police he had sexually assaulted her at his office in Franklin Township, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Dr. Chike J. Aguh of Mulberry Court, Belle Mead, is charged with 2nd degree Sexual Assault and 4th degree Sexual Contact. He is being held at the ...

Jersey City Girl Scouts Stand Up for Human Rights, Say no to Cookies

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Lending their voices to a fight against the use of child labor, Jersey City Girl Scout Troop 12026 won’t be selling those famous cookies this year.

The troop has joined a boycott started by a girl scout in Tennessee after an investigative report by the Associated Press uncovered the exploitative use of adult and child labor in obtaining palm oil, one of the ingredients ...

What Unity Really Means

Like so many of you I’ve watched the events of the last week in horror.

I have not watched them in shock, I have long thought that violence would erupt during this transfer of power. I have seen the signs – the increasing violence, the rise in the acceptance of hate, racism, antisemitism and sexism. The armed militias, the increasing desperate cries, the willingness to use lies to ...

Upcoming Events

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Fri, January 15, 10:30 AM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway

Crochet-A-Long with Merry

Arts & Entertainment Education Home & Garden

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Sat, January 16, 10:30 AM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway

Crochet-A-Long with Merry

Arts & Entertainment Education Home & Garden

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Sun, January 17, 12:00 AM

Piscataway Township Schools, Piscataway

Winter-Themed Door Decorating Contest

Arts & Entertainment Education Home & Garden

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Mon, January 18, 9:00 AM

Piscataway Community Television, Piscataway

Piscataway MLK Program: “Through It All, Yet We ...

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8 Ways to Navigate The Emotional Toll of Coronavirus

January 9, 2021

Coronavirus has taken its toll on everyone. From fears to frustrations, people are physically and mentally exhausted. In yoga and counseling sessions, people express anxiety, fatigue, grief, anger, annoyance, helplessness and even hopelessness. Everyone feels something about our situation during quarantine. 

Then…our children’s schools went full remote spring of 2020. Now if ...

Out With the Old In With the New

It is that time of year again. Where we sign up for gym memberships and then drive home disgruntled because on the first day of our January resolution the Lifecycle bikes to nowhere are fully occupied and there is a line for seaweed and kale shakes at the juice bar.

The good news is that the gyms are not open, so now there is a legitimate reason not to workout at all.

The bad news is that ...

Free Parenting Q&A for Moms of Teens

Stop struggling and start loving your teen again!

Bring your questions and concerns to an open Q&A for moms of adolescents (ages 8+). Let's tackle some of the issues that make parenting a teen so challenging:

* Where would a boundary help?
* What do you say, or not say, to keep lines of communication open?
* How do you build trust in your relationship?
* When should you get ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Jennifer Dericks of TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The TAPinto Featured Franchisee of the Month for January 2021 is Jennifer Dericks from TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton.

Dericks launched her two franchises back in 2012 after completing her term on the Sparta Board of Education and she’s been with TAPinto ever since.

“It would be more accurate to say TAPinto found me,” Dericks said. “I was ...