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Misleading: Teachers Union says Murphy Administration Misleads on Schools Reopening

November 21, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - The Governor and his allies in education see eye to eye on many issues. They do not see eye to eye on reopening schools, however.

In the last few days, this private détente has broken through to the public as well.

The NJEA has lobbied hard during the pandemic to keep schools remote. While the union wants them to work remote, however, supermarket ...

Piscataway Family Starts Online Fundraiser to Help Cover Costs for ‘Ashley’s Funeral’

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Over $8,500 has been raised so far in a GoFundMe campaign to help cover funeral expenses for Ashley Guevara, a Piscataway High School sophomore who was killed in an accident earlier this week.

“It’s so devastating to say that my little sister has passed away due to a terrible accident,” said Nataly Guevara who organized the fundraiser with the goal of ...

Murphy Announces New Jersey Schools' Learning Models

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported on Wednesday the latest breakdown of school learning models in the state of New Jersey. 

According to the governor, 99 school districts are doing in-person instruction, 529 are offering hybrid in-person/remote instruction, 145 are doing remote instruction (including Piscataway Township Schools), and 38 are using a ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

November 23, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

Saint Peter's University Hospital to Offer Flu Shots at Unity Square

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Saint Peter's University Hospital will be offering flu shots at Unity Square Community Center at 81 Remnsen Ave. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines will be observed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure for staff and patients.

Patients interested in getting the flu vaccination should bring their ...

New Jersey's COVID Numbers Continue to Climb, Says Murphy

NEW JERSEY -- COVID-19 statistics continue to trend in the wrong direction, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

The governor tweeted on Sunday that the state had 3,998 new positive cases overnight and now has reached 306,007 cumulative positive cases since March when the pandemic first struck

He also reported 15 new confirmed deaths, which brings the statewide loss of life to ...

Piscataway Township Police Department is Hiring Officers

November 23, 2020

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Piscataway Police Department is recruiting for new police officers to serve in the township.

In a Facebook statement posted on Monday, the department announced:

“We are seeking energetic, enthusiastic, focused individuals who can demonstrate the ability to successfully perform in a team environment.

The Piscataway Township Police Department is an ...

Piscataway Woman Killed in Route 287 Crash Near Stelton Road

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A Piscataway woman was killed in a one-car accident on Route 287 that left her passenger seriously injured early Sunday morning.

According to NJ.com, New Jersey State Police said Tamiyka N. Scott, 49 was driving southbound when her 2003 Honda Accord left the roadway at mile marker 5.2 near Exit 5 for Stelton Road in Piscataway, striking multiple trees and ...

Piscataway Police: Fatal Train Collision Under Investigation

PISCATAWAY, NJ — One person was killed when a car was struck by a freight train in Piscataway Thursday night. 

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Mosier of the Piscataway Police Department announced the fatal collision on Friday saying it is under investigation.

According to police, the initial investigation conducted by Traffic Safety Officer ...

Picture Middlesex County Photo Contest: Focus on Pets

November 18, 2020

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — What does a pug wear for Christmas? A lab for Diwali? A collie for Hannukah and a springer spaniel for Kwanzaa?

Picture Middlesex County: Focus on Pets is the newest edition to the Picture Middlesex County photography contest series. The contest will run October 23 – December 31, 2020. Photos must be taken in Middlesex County, NJ and in the ...

State Theatre New Jersey Adding Illuminated, 31-Foot Tall Sign to Facade

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – State Theatre New Jersey, whose stage has been graced by crooners and comics, conductors and casts for 99 years, will be adding an illuminated 31-foot tall, 7-foot wide blade sign to its iconic façade.

The Planning Board voted Thursday during a special meeting to grant various bulk variances that will clear the way for the installation of the sign, which will ...

Rutgers Football Edged in 3OT Thriller with Michigan, 48-42

November 22, 2020

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers football (1-4, 1-4) was edged in a triple overtime thriller with Michigan (2-3, 2-3), 48-42, on Saturday night at SHI Stadium, presented by RWJBarnabas Health.

Quarterback Noah Vedral threw for a career-high 381 passing yards, eighth-most in a game in prgoram history, with three touchdown passes, including a 61-yard toss to wide ...

NJSIAA: Winter Sports Pushed Back to January, State Tournaments Cancelled

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Winter is coming for high school sports, but student-athletes will have to wait until 2021 for action.

The NJSIAA, New Jersey’s governing body for interscholastic sports, announced the pushback of all winter sports and the cancellation of all formal winter sports tournaments early Thursday morning following the recommendation of the organization’s Sports ...

Rutgers Football Falls Short to Illinois, 23-20

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers football (1-3, 1-3) fell in a close contest with Illinois (1-3, 1-3), 23-20, on Saturday afternoon at SHI Stadium, presented by Horizon BCBSNJ. Wide receiver Bo Melton produced a career-high 140 receiving yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Noah Vedral's 259 passing yards also marked a personal best.

Holiday Toy Drive At TD Bank Ballpark December 1st - 12th

November 23, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots, the Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced that the team will collect toys at TD Bank Ballpark for Central Jersey Toys For Tots.

From Dec. 1 through Dec. 12, TD Bank Ballpark will be a drop-off site for new, unwrapped toys that will be donated to those in need this holiday season.

“We usually would host an event for the ...

Piscataway PBA 93 Teams Up with Walmart at Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Members of Piscataway PBA Local 93 were on hand in front of the Walmart on Centennial Ave. for their annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway Saturday morning.

As part of their community outreach, members passed out 100 frozen turkeys to Piscataway residents who needed one for their Thanksgiving holiday dinner next week. Some got to take home a large bag of assorted candy ...

Piscataway Family Starts Online Fundraiser to Help Cover Costs for ‘Ashley’s Funeral’

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Over $8,500 has been raised so far in a GoFundMe campaign to help cover funeral expenses for Ashley Guevara, a Piscataway High School sophomore who was killed in an accident earlier this week.

“It’s so devastating to say that my little sister has passed away due to a terrible accident,” said Nataly Guevara who organized the fundraiser with the goal of ...

Taxpayer Relief Initiative aims to help those financially affected by COVID-19

November 19, 2020

The IRS reviewed its collection activities to see how it could provide relief for taxpayers who owe taxes but are struggling financially because of the pandemic. The agency is expanding taxpayer options for making payments and other ways to resolve tax debt.

Taxpayers who owe taxes always had options to get help through payment plans and other tools from the IRS. The new IRS Taxpayer Relief ...

Now Available: COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant Program







MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — Has your small business been impacted by COVID-19? Small businesses and nonprofits with no more than 50 employees may be eligible for a grant up to $30,000. Know another business owner? Forward this to them.

Through the Federal CARES Act, small businesses may apply for reimbursement for COVID-19 related  loss ...

IRS Criminal Investigation releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report; Identifies $2.3 billion in tax fraud

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service released the Criminal Investigation Division's annual report, highlighting the agency’s successes and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2020 during International Fraud Awareness Week. The majority of these activities occurred during COVID-19. A key achievement was the identification of over $10 billion in tax fraud and ...

Joe Apfelbaum Tells Ellen Volpe How to Go From Frustration to MOJOvation on Opportunity Calls

November 23, 2020

LONG ISLAND, NY -- Ellen Volpe, President of American Business Associates, spoke with Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union, on a recent episode of Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Apfelbaum’s position as CEO of an internet-based marketing company is only one of his many roles. “Joe is a business mentor, leader, direct marketing guru, extraordinary networker, educator, ...

Visit the Home of One of America's Most Celebrated Poets: The Robert Frost Stone House Museum

SHAFTSBURY, VT -- Erin McKenny, Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the museum and the lasting legacy of one of America's most celebrated poets.

We know whose woods these were—Robert Frost lived in the home for nine years starting in 1920. The home is located in Shaftsbury, Vermont, and is operated by Bennington College.

NJ Policy Experts Discuss New Survey Data Examining Parent Concerns About Remote Learning

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, was joined by Janellen Duffy, Senior Advisor with JerseyCan, and Vivian Cox Fraser, President and CEO of the Urban League of Essex County, to discuss a recent report released by the Global Strategy Group and the New Jersey Children’s Foundation examining parents’ perspectives on remote learning during the 2020-21 school ...

Move Over Martha, Raiders' Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Sauce Is Thanksgiving's Best Bet from Nutley NJ

November 21, 2020

NUTLEY, NJ - The "media" may have many around the country believing that Nutley's greatest gift to Thanksgiving is Martha Stewart, but locals know its "Nutley Raiders Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Sauce." First created by students in the culinary program at Nutley High School in 2017, this dish has become a local favorite, given the reach of TAPinto, its popularity may soon ...

Thinking of Catering This Holiday Season? South Plainfield’s Chick-fil-A Caters All Occasions

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – After only three months, Chick-fil-A, located at 4801 Stelton Road, has become South Plainfield’s newest hot spot. Chick-fil-A offers an extensive menu with a variety of catering options available for delivery or pick up for any occasion. Officially opening on August 27, the new location has become a popular restaurant serving the South Plainfield, Piscataway and ...

Orchardside Farm has You Covered for Thanksgiving

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — Orchardside Farm is a brand-new farm located on the border of Cranbury, South Brunswick and Plainsboro Townships. Family owned and operated, Orchardside Farm is easily accessible from Dey Road, off of Orchardside Drive. Though they are a small farm, sitting on eight beautiful acres of preserved farmland, the farm backs up to neighboring farms, which creates ...

New Jersey's Travel Advisory List Now Includes 46 States and Territories

November 18, 2020

NEW JERSEY -  There are currently 46 states and U.S. jurisdictions that require individuals to quarantine. Maine and New Hampshire were added today.

Travelers who are coming from the following states and territories are being asked to self quarantine for 14 days: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, GU, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ...

The 2020 Gingerbread Wonderland is Going Virtual

MORRISTOWN, NJ — The annual Gingerbread Wonderland will be going virtual for 2020. Individuals, families, and groups can design and build their creation and then submit photos online.

The online show will run from December 5 until December 31. All gingerbread creations will be viewed on the Frelinghuysen Arboretum website. 

"In order to vote for your favorites, however, we ...

Get 'Back to Nature' with Wintertime Family Fun at Trailside Nature and Science Center

With the winter season now fully upon us, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present Back to Nature, a new nature series for families with children of all ages. The programs take place on Saturday mornings and feature a different nature or science theme each week.

“The Back to Nature series offers a great opportunity for families to break the winter routine,  ...

Piscataway: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for Sunday Night; Wind Gusts up to 60 mph Expected

November 15, 2020

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Sunday until 8:45 p.m. for Piscataway and the surrounding areas.

According to the warning issued at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, a line of heavy showers and bands of thunderstorms are expected to move across the region from the west with wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Up to half an inch of rain is ...

Gardening Gifts that Provide Years of Enjoyment

November 14, 2020

The popularity of gardening is at an all-time high and people are discovering its many benefits. Some want to grow safe and nutritious food, others are boosting the beauty of their landscape, and many are turning to gardening to relieve stress. With the holidays right around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to support new and experienced gardeners with a thoughtful garden-related ...

Fall Garden Tasks to Protect Your Landscape from Winter Wildlife Damage

As the seasons change, we adjust our gardening tasks and plantings to match. Animals also make changes this time of year, often changing their eating habits and dining locations. These adjustments can impact your gardens. Reduce the risk of damage by starting in fall to protect your landscape from hungry animals this winter.
 

Take a walk around your landscape to evaluate plants and ...

Piscataway: County Certifies 2020 General Election Results for Local Races

November 23, 2020

PISCATAWAY, NJ – As published by the Middlesex County Board of Elections, the final results for the 2020 local elections in Piscataway are shown below. 

These results represent ballots received and processed by the Middlesex County Board of Elections as of November 20, 2020.  These results are official. 

Over 23,600 Piscataway residents cast ballots in this ...

Piscataway: Updated Unofficial Results for 2020 General Election

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Middlesex County elections officials continue to count ballots cast in the 2020 General Election. 

With the new Vote-By-Mail process and provisional in-person paper ballot voting for this year’s General Election, they said:

“These results are partial and unofficial, and will continue to be updated as mail-in ballots are received through November 10th, ...

Piscataway Resident and Somerset County Sheriff’s Officer Dies While on Duty

November 23, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Ahmed Mackey, a long-time Piscataway resident and Somerset County Sheriff’s officer died on Sunday from an apparent heart attack he suffered while getting ready to go on detail, said Sheriff Darrin Russo.

According to MyCentralJersey.com, Russo said Mackey, who had been a member of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department for almost 20 years became ill while ...

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Menendez Applauds Signing of Daniel's Law: Protection for Judges Following the Murder of North Brunswick's Judge's Son

November 22, 2020

TRENTON, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today stood with U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas as Governor Phil Murphy signed Daniel’s Law, legislation named after her late son, Daniel Anderl, to better protect the privacy of judges and their families. Sen. Menendez, along with Sen. Cory Booker, renewed their call to pass federal legislation they introduced in response to the ...

Middlesex Community Pool Winter Update

The Middlesex Community Pool and The Swim Pool Commission would like to thank everyone who believed in us this Summer. We are thankful to have been open this Summer and that we were able to bring some normalcy to the community. We look forward to seeing you all next Summer here at the pool. We are planning exciting, new activities for 2021!  

Registration is three short months away! ...

Governor Signs ‘Daniel’s Law’ To Better Protect Judges, Law Enforcement Officials

Trenton, NJ — To help protect the safety and security of judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers, Governor Murphy today signed into law a bill sponsored by Senator Bob Smith, Senator Joe Cryan, Senator Nick Scutari, and Senator Nellie Pou that would keep their home addresses and phone numbers from public disclosure.

The senators acted in response to the fatal ...

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Returning to New Brunswick

November 23, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One of the city’s most beloved holiday season traditions will be returning next month.

Horse-drawn carriage rides will be held downtown on three consecutive Thursdays: Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

The carriage rides would take place between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

New Brunswick City Market, which gained approval from the City Council at Wednesday night’s ...

South Brunswick School district goes Full-Remote Until December 14, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - In a public letter, Superintendent Scott Feder announced that South Brunswick will pause  all in-person learning for special needs students and remote learning centers until December 14th, 2020. This decision was made after a series of newly confirmed cases, school closures and the county’s rise in COVID-19 ...

Mayor Lankey Urges for Justice and Unity in Edison

EDISON, NJ — On Saturday morning Mayor Lankey released a statement regarding the Racist Flyer investigation.

“Yesterday, joined by the entire Township Council, I sent a letter to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, requesting that she immediately commence an investigation into the racist flyer that instilled fear into Edison's minority communities and brought ...

November Updates from Piscataway Public Library

Piscataway Public Library buildings will be closed to the public starting Saturday, November 28. The safety of the community is our number one priority, and we are looking forward to continuing to serve you while our buildings are closed.

Note that the Library will close at 4pm on Wednesday, November 25, and is closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27.

 

Returning ...

NJ Restaurants Look to ‘Bubbles’ to Stay Afloat This Winter

November 22, 2020

In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles.

Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an essential part of their business plan, as indoor dining is currently capped at 12 ...

Rutgers Suffers Heartbreaking Triple-Overtime Loss to Michigan

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers’ 48-42 triple-overtime loss to Michigan was heartbreaking considering the Scarlet Knights missed a field goal in the first OT that would have clinched the victory.

Valentino Ambrosio, who had connected on two field goals including a 42-yarder, missed on a 45-yard attempt with the score 35-all.

Both teams scored in the second overtime, but the Wolverines ...

Obituaries

Raymundo “Ray” Elamparo, Jr. passed away unexpectedly with his family by his side on ...
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Somerset, NJ – Arthur J. Kettyle, 92, passed away at his home with his loving family at his ...
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Murphy Signs Law Protecting Judges Named in Honor of Daniel Anderl, Late Son of Judge Esther Salas

November 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation (A1649) on Friday protecting the home addresses and phone numbers of judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers from public disclosure.

The bill, known as “Daniel’s Law,” is named in honor of Dan Anderl, the late son of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas. The St. Joseph High School (Metuchen) ...

Plane Flips After Landing at Hillsborough Airport; No Injuries

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - High winds are believed to have caused a single-engine plane with a student pilot at the controls to flip over after touching down on the runway at Central Jersey Airport late Wednesday morning 

"The way that wind was gusting today, it was brutal," said Joe Horner, airport owner.

"The wind drifted him a little bit as he was about to ...

Motorist Faces DUI, other Charges in Fatal Crash on Routes 202/206

BEDMINSTER, NJ – A 66-year-old township resident is dead following a two-vehicle crash on Routes 202/206 intersection at  River Road, with the second driver charged with Driving Under the Influence and several other related charges, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Michael C. Sivulich, 65, Bedminster was transported to an area hospital where he was ...

A New (Old) Kind of Holiday

Everyone is worried about the holidays and while I’m sad I can’t see my extended family I am also looking forward to this year because it is like the holidays of my childhood.

Having moved 3 hours away from all of our family when I was entering first grade and my parents quickly realized that the stress of holiday travel stole all its magic we spent every holiday with my immediate ...

9 Months In...What Mothering in the Time of COVID Means

Last week I had the perfect summary of life for a working mom during COVID. Last Wednesday, was a rarity – I had the day off while kids and husband had to work. In pre-COVID days this was the holy grail, a day that I could spend getting a massage, binging watching something amazingly stupid on Netflix, reading, go to a movie or even just cleaning without someone messing it back up in 5 ...

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Human Trafficking and Exploitation the Subject of Address at Pearl Center

November 16, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Lauren Hersh, a former prosecutor and current advocate for the abolishment of sex trafficking, gave a thoroughly informative presentation about the plight of men, women, and children in the sex trafficking industry on Tuesday, November 10th at the Daniel Pearl Education Center in East Brunswick. As heartbreaking as the stories she shared were, Hersh succeeded in educating ...

The Answer Man

Watching Jeopardy! always makes me feel like an idiot. I am not very good with random knowledge. Or mental processes in general.

I rationalize this major shortcoming as an impetus for learning, as if knowledge is somehow a finite reservoir. The way I look at it, the more I know, the less there is to learn. It would be pretty boring if I knew everything.

And I no doubt would be more ...

Help Your Teens Find Their Own Solutions

Do you find yourself fighting the urge to say to your teen,  “Been there, done that.  Let me show you how it’s done”?  I do, too… although looking back to my younger days, I can honestly say that I learned the most when I had to solve things myself.

On a personal note, my children were amazed to hear that when I studied in France for my junior year ...