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Dean’s List Honors for Two Piscataway College Students

June 12, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — With the end of the Spring 2021 semester comes announcements for those who earned Dean’s List honors for their academic achievements on the collegiate level including two Piscataway residents.

Officials at James Madison University announced on Friday that Michaela Sakitis has been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2021 semester. Students who ...

Universities Recognize Two from Piscataway for Student Achievement

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Ishan Maratha of Piscataway has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Vermont for Spring 2021. Maratha, a member of the Class of 2023 is in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

And officials at Ohio University announced that Piscataway’s Bradley Harris completed the degree requirements for his Master of Science in Recreation and ...

Masks Optional during Gym, Recess and on the Bus says Piscataway Superintendent

PISCATAWAY, NJ — As the 2020-2021 school year winds down, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has changed mask wearing mandates for students, now letting school districts decide when to relax their use such as during times of extreme heat.

With this new directive, Piscataway Superintendent Dr. Frank Ranelli advised parents on Tuesday how students and staff will continue to wear masks for the ...

Piscataway HS Group 4 Track: Mitchell Wins Long Jump; others also Qualify for M of C

June 14, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ -- Piscataway High School was well represented at the state Group 4 meet this past Friday and Saturday at nearby Franklin High in Somerset.

A select number of student-athletes competed, earned medals, recorded new personal bests, and even qualified for next weekend’s Meet of Champions.

Senior Kaelen Mitchell, who is headed to Kennesaw State, won the long jump with a mark ...

Piscataway Boys, Girls Track and Field Medal at Sectionals Competition

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Piscataway High School boys and girls track teams competed at the North Jersey, Groups 1 and 4 sectional on Saturday at Ridge High. The meet was supposed to be two days, but weather on Friday pushed all events to Saturday. Other sectionals waited out the rain and were able to have the athletes compete.

In group 4, the boys placed fourth with 65 points. Ridge won with ...

Wrapping Up the Piscataway HS Boys Golf Season

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- It was a memorable season on the golf course for the Piscataway High School boys golf team.

Piscataway won the Greater Middlesex Conference - White division by defeating Colonia in the last match of the year on May 14. The Chiefs finished 11-2, and the 11 wins were the most they’ve recorded in over a decade.

Piscataway also competed at the North Jersey, ...

COVID Numbers Continue to Drop: Murphy

June 7, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy reported on Sunday that the state of New Jersey has now administered 8,885,212 total doses of the approved COVID-19 vaccines and that 4,355,540 New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated.

COVID numbers remain low in the state. On Sunday, Murphy reported 180 new positive PCR tests, raising the total to 888,927 total positive PCR tests since ...

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: About One in Six New Jerseyans Say They Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — While 73% of New Jerseyans say they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and another 10% say they will likely get a shot, there are still 16% who remain unwilling to take the vaccine, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

The large number of Garden State residents getting vaccinated is a drastic change from the widespread vaccine ...

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Unveils New Community Health Services Van

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s new Community Health Services van will be used to deliver various health care services, including COVID vaccinations, to key sites throughout Middlesex and Somerset counties including schools, retirement communities, homeless shelters, senior centers and public housing complexes, as well as shopping centers, churches and ...

Council Says No to Legal Weed in Piscataway, For Now

June 10, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – With the ongoing debate over legalizing marijuana in New Jersey and what any guidelines would look like, on Thursday, the Piscataway Town Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the operation of any class of cannabis business within the township’s geographical boundaries.

The ban means medical and recreational cannabis establishments such as cultivators, ...

Piscataway Under Flash Flood Warning Tuesday as T-Storms Roll Through

PISCATAWAY, NJ — A flash flood warning is in effect for Middlesex County until 6:15 p.m. as thunderstorms carrying heavy rain hit the area, the National Weather Service announced.

A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.

“Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles,” the weather service ...

NJ Primary Election is Tuesday. Here’s What Piscataway Voters Should Know

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The New Jersey primary election is Tuesday and while there’s no challenge to candidates for local office in Piscataway, voters have some choices to make when it comes to picking candidates at the county and state levels.

Here’s what you need to know about voting.

Voter Registration. The New Jersey Division of Elections has an online ...

Piscataway Police Equip Officers with Body Worn Cameras

June 3, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Under a new law that went into effect Tuesday requiring police officers across New Jersey to be equipped with body worn cameras, township officials said the Piscataway Police Department was ahead of the curve purchasing units for its officers in advance of a $57 million state grant program.

“To enhance the skilled nature of our local law enforcement, we are moving ...

IRS unveils online tool to help low-income families register for monthly Child Tax Credit payments

June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service unveiled an online Non-filer Sign-up tool designed to help eligible families who don’t normally file tax returns register for the monthly Advance Child Tax Credit payments, scheduled to begin July 15.

This tool, an update of last year’s IRS Non-filers tool, is also designed to help eligible individuals who ...

IRS sending letters to more than 36 million families who may qualify for monthly Child Tax Credits; payments start July 15

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has started sending letters to more than 36 million American families who, based on tax returns filed with the agency, may be eligible to receive monthly Child Tax Credit payments starting in July.

The expanded and newly-advanceable Child Tax Credit was authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act, enacted in March. The letters are going to ...

Looking ahead: How the American Rescue Plan affects 2021 taxes, Part 2

This is the second of two tax tips providing an overview of ways the American Rescue Plan may affect some people’s 2021 taxes. Part 1 is available on

Changes expanding EITC for 2021 and beyond

New law changes expand the EITC for 2021 and future years. These changes include:

More workers and working families who also have investment income can get the credit. Starting in ...

Psychedelic: Sweet Fanny Adams Brings '70s Music to Somerville Stage

June 10, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Sweet Fanny Adams is a musical group that journeys back to the 1970s, delivering their versions of songs by The James Gang, The Faces, The Rolling Stones and Joe Cocker while adding a mix of original songs in an early 70's rock style. 

The group will be on the Somerville Summer Stage Saturday night June 12 or a three-hour show beginning at 6 ...

Piscataway Students among Winners of Paper Mill Playhouse 2021 Rising Star Awards

MILLBURN, NJ —The 2021 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, presented by the Investors Foundation on Monday, featured performances from schools representing all corners of the state of New Jersey. The Rising Star Awards were presented on Paper Mill’s YouTube and Facebook pages, where they can be viewed on demand.

Top honors in ...

United Way Of Central Jersey To Host Summer Food Drive

June 5, 2021

MILLTOWN, NJ - The United Way of Central Jersey is holding its annual summer food drive on the longest day of the year, Monday, June 21 from 10 a.m. until noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at its Milltown headquarters. The coronavirus pandemic has made food insecurity extremely challenging for many Middlesex County residents. All donations collected will be distributed to families with young children ...

Piscataway’s Donna Rumelhart: A Postal Special Delivery Tribute

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- 1973 was a year of significant milestones. The Paris Peace accords were signed beginning the end of the Vietnam War, President Richard Nixon started his turbulent second term, “American Graffiti” premiered in theatres, the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, gasoline was 40 cents a gallon, and the price of a postage stamp was 8 cents. 1973 also marked a ...

Piscataway: MCFOODS Drive-By Food Drive for Food Insecurity, Dine Below the Line

PISCATAWAY, NJ — With shifts in how Americans have lived and worked since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic leading many to quarantine at home, access to nutritious food options remains a concern.

Enter MCFOODS, the county’s supplier to food banks in many communities with its contactless drive-up food drive program.

MCFOODS teamed up with various organizations at Old Town East ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

Why Do New Jersey Dogs Bark with a Southern Accent?

May 20, 2021

Ben was caged with 16 other dogs in the back of a windowless van as it departed Tennessee on Feb. 9, where outside temperatures reached a high of 57. 

Ben at the Tennessee Valley Humane Society, after being surrendered by former owner.  Courtesy of TVHS.

At 6 a.m. the next day the van pulled around to the back of a large building and parked near a team of people prepared to ...

Tour Historic WWII Aircraft at Trenton-Mercer County Airport this Weekend

June 11, 2021

EWING, NJ -- Several World War II aircraft will be flying into Trenton-Mercer Airport this week for tourists to view. The CAF AirPower History Tour featuring historic World War II aircraft will provide cockpit tours, flight demonstrations, and rides.  

The event features the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, the most advanced bomber of World War II; the T-6 Texan, legendary ...

Best Ice Cream In Ridgewood? We’ve Got The Scoop!

RIDGEWOOD, NJ - For such a small town, Ridgewood isn’t hurting for ice cream shops; in fact the majority of the town’s ice cream shops are within walking distance from one another. However, each of these shops has something different to offer Ridgewood residents while still managing to satisfy your summertime sweet tooth.

1. Van Dyk’s Homemade Ice Cream
Located at 145 ...

Piscataway Girl Scout Helps Protect the Raritan River with Gold Award Project

June 12, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Protecting the environment and saving the Raritan River is important to Piscataway Girl Scout Gabriella Robinson.

A member of Troop 80877, Gabriella, is completing the requirements for her Gold Award, Girl Scout’s highest honor.

She has organized Go Green Central NJ for her service project, coordinating and working with groups of volunteers to help cleanup ...

East Brunswick's National Holiday: National Moth Week Marks 10th Year, July 17-25

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - National Moth Week (NMW), which was started in East Brunswick in 2012, is marking its 10th year July 17 through 25 with a call to young people around the world to learn about and observe moths in their local habitats.

Each year since 2012, National Moth Week has shone a light on often unheralded moths, calling attention to their beauty, extraordinary diversity and ...

Bear Spotted in New Brunswick Apparently Different Than The One Seen Tuesday

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A bear has been spotted near the city’s border with East Brunswick for the second time in as many days.

However, the bear that was seen Wednesday between Lipman Drive and Ryders Lane/Cobb Road in New Brunswick is apparently a different bear than the one spotted on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the city told TAPinto New Brunswick that the bear seen on Tuesday ...

The Utility Shutoff Moratorium Could End This Month. Here's Where Piscataway Residents Can Go for Assistance

June 5, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — As the township approaches June 30, the date when utility shutdowns are expected to resume in New Jersey, Piscataway residents in need of assistance can turn to several resources for help.  

The utility shut-off moratorium prevented public and private utility companies from turning off gas, electric and water service for nonpayment. Although it ...

2021 Piscataway Primary Election Results Announced

June 8, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — With 38,990 registered voters in Piscataway, 1,904 cast ballots in the 2021 Primary Election on Tuesday for a 4.88% turnout.

For Middlesex County, voter turnout was at 10.22%.

The primaries determine who will be on the ballot in the November general election.

Here are the unofficial results as reported by the Middlesex County Board of Elections. Results are not ...

NJ Primary Election is Tuesday. Here’s What Piscataway Voters Should Know

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The New Jersey primary election is Tuesday and while there’s no challenge to candidates for local office in Piscataway, voters have some choices to make when it comes to picking candidates at the county and state levels.

Here’s what you need to know about voting.

Voter Registration. The New Jersey Division of Elections has an online ...

Impact Church Aims to Give Away Over $1 Million Worth of Household Goods and Appliances to Provide COVID-19 Relief to Families

June 10, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ- On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jersey residents are facing unprecedented economic disruption. As a result, many are dealing with unstable family finances, poor health, rocky relationships, and loads of stress. “In a time when people have lost so much, Impact Church’s desire is to uplift the spirit of our state with radical acts of generosity. The Big ...

Catholic Church to Hold LGBTQ+ Pride Mass

HOBOKEN, NJ — Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in Hoboken will once again hold a Pride Mass in support of the LGBTQ+ community. This year's Mass will take place on Sunday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m

Now in its fourth year, the mass at OLG has served as an acknowledgement of dramatically shifting views, not only within the Catholic community but Hoboken itself. Typically, the ...

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NJSC, NAACP Issue Statement Opposing Land Use Variance to Construct Proposed Warehouse across from Randolphville School in Piscataway

June 9, 2021

TO:  Piscataway Township Council   

Dear Council Members:

This is a statement presented in formal opposition to the land use variance that you are considering in order to permit the construction of a large new warehouse across the street from the Randolphville K-3 Elementary School. The school is already in close proximity to three other warehouses. The construction of ...

Community Group Launches Transparency, Access and Public Engagement (TAPE) Voter Initiative

June 11, 2021

Piscataway, NJ — The Piscataway Progressive Democratic Organization announced the launch of a voter initiative to expand community involvement and increase accountability in key municipal meetings and decisions. The Transparency, Access and Public Engagement (TAPE) ordinance would mandate that the Township record, broadcast and use streaming services for all Township Council, ...

Take Our 2021 Reader Survey: We Want to Hear From You

Local news is more important than ever.  To fulfill our mission of providing our readers with objective, daily, local news, we’re conducting a survey on what our readers think about TAPinto and how they engage with the news.  We invite you to take our 2021 Reader Survey.   

Your feedback is important to us and helps us improve the quality of your reader ...

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All candidates are provided the same opportunities to utilize TAPinto to market their candidacies.  All candidates are charged the same amount for the same marketing vehicle. 

To discuss advertising on TAPinto, please contact your local TAPinto site owner/publisher ...

Scenes from the Flag Rally at GSP Overpass in Sayreville

June 14, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Members of the Sayreville community held a rally at the Main Street overpass above the Garden State Parkway where the NJ Transit Authority had said that no flags other than the American flag could be placed. Other flags and signs are banned. 

Related: NJ Turnpike Authority Forces Sayreville Veterans to Remove Military Branch Flags from Parkway ...

Perth Amboy Officials to Break Ground on “Borinqueneers Park”

PERTH AMBOY - In honor of the brave Puerto Rican soldiers of the 65th Infantry Regiment, Perth Amboy officials will be breaking ground on "Borinqueneers Park" on 2nd Street on Friday.

State, county, and city officials alongside residents will mark the construction of the park on a six-acre former brownfield. It will be remediated into a world-class ‘smart’ waterfront ...

Hidden Gems: "Literary Emporium" Opens in New Brunswick with Music, Art, and Lots of Books

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It was a hot day in the Hub City in a neighborhood tucked in behind the Library, across from an historic cemetery, and down the block from the iconic George Street Co-Op. This past Sunday there was dancing in the street - New Brunswick's 55 Morris Street to be precise - and an exuberant atmosphere in the hearts of those in attendance at the grand opening of Hidden ...

Summer Reading and Much More at Your Piscataway Library


Juneteenth Poetry Jubilee
Wednesday, June 16, ...

Rutgers President Holloway Meets with Some Campus' Jewish Leaders

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The president at Rutgers said today’s meeting with some campus Jewish leaders was part of an ongoing attempt to “help foster an environment where every member feels welcomed, supported, heard and appreciated.”

Jonathan Holloway and his chief of staff, Andrea Conklin Bueschel, met with Rabbi Yosef Carlebach, the executive director of Chabad House, and ...


Bruce W. Coburger, 66, died in New Brunswick on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.  He had suffered a ...
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Ngu Quoc Tran, also known as Peter amongst his seminarians and friends, passed away tragically as a ...
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Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

Sayreville Chief Elected President of New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police

June 14, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ –  John Zebrowski, a lifelong Sayreville resident, has dedicated his professional career to public service in his community – the last decade as its Chief of Police.

Beginning July 1, Zebrowski will have a broad, statewide role, as president of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) for a one-year term. His main objective: Reducing the ...

Three Year Old Child Dies After Falling Out a Window, Mauled by Dogs

ELIZABETH, NJ — A three-year-old boy fell from a window of his home and was mauled to death by the family’s dogs on Wednesday night, Acting Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca and Police Director Earl Graves jointly announced.

According to a press release from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the child had fallen 15 feet from a rearview ...

Law Enforcement Torch Run Raises Money and Awareness for Special Olympics

NEW JERSEY - The Summer Sports Finals for the New Jersey Special Olympics were hosted on the weekend of June 12 and 13, in Lawrenceville, Princeton, Hopewell and Ewing, NJ. Following the 38th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on the Friday before, events in various sports took place throughout the weekend.

Disabled athletes from across the state have been training for the past year in ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, June 14, 6:00 PM

Piscataway Elks Lodge , 450 River Road, Piscataway

Flag Day Celebration



Wed, June 16, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway

Juneteenth Poetry Jubilee

Arts & Entertainment Education

Home Wreckers

I woke the other morning in predawn light to a startling, ratatatat outside my bedroom window. It was a woodpecker wantonly jackhammering holes into the side of my house.

The house that we had just finished painting. The stoic house that after too many years of neglect, we had finally got around to repairing.

As with many families, the pandemic afforded us the opportunity and energy to ...

How To Increase Customer Engagement

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The main goal of any advertising campaign is to engage with customers as effectively and often as possible. You want them to see your business and remember the name while creating a positive relationship with them.  Creating an engagement marketing strategy is how your business can stay at the forefront of your audience’s mind and generate business from them ...

TAPinto's Featured Marketing Partner: Edison Heating and Cooling

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Local communities are TAPinto’s specialty, and when it comes to marketing your business to these small areas, few places are better to partner with.

That’s why Mike Iarrapino, CEO of Edison Heating and Cooling, chose to market with TAPinto and continues to do so nearly seven years later.

“I decided to partner with TAPinto because they reached Edison ...

Want to Hear What an International Expert on Travel Has to Say About Travel Trends, Opportunities, and the Future?

Hi everyone. Are you or someone you care about a traveler? Then you'll definitely want to hear what syndicated travel columnist, author, and travel-consumer advocate, Christopher Elliott has to say in this episode of Looking Forward!

Chris provides expert insights on the big changes over time in the travel/hospitality industry, where things are now, and ...

Does Anyone Have a Baby, Infant or Young Child? Or Are You Related to Know Someone Who Does?

If so, then you and they don't want to miss the next Looking Forward podcast episode with Professor Roberta Golinkoff, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert on childhood development and related trends! Among other things, Dr. Golinkoff offers some scientifically tested strategies, including her "6 C's," for how to improve a baby, infant and young child's ...