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Tournament Action in Sight for Piscataway Chiefs Basketball Teams

December 14, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Winter is approaching and that means the start the high school basketball season is upon us. The Lady Chiefs and Chiefs of PHS both had excellent seasons a year ago winning over 20 games each and both teams will look to accomplish that feat and more in 2018-19.

Fresh off of a Greater Middlesex County Tournament title, the girls team, which went 22-5 last season, is led by ...

Rutgers Athletes Break Record Off the Field

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers student athletes this week gained recognition from the Big Ten Conference, with 86 Scarlet Knight players named to the Fall 2018 Academic All-Big Ten List.

The total number of recognized fall sport athletes is a record for the university, topping the 84 students who received the honor in the fall of 2015.

Brian Shushkovsk, of Morganville was recognized as one of 40 ...

Piscataway: Watch the North 5 Bowl on PCTV

PISCATAWAY, NJ - If you missed the Piscataway vs Ridgewood game on Saturday, PCTV will replay it on Channel 15 on Cablevision and Channel 40 on Verizon FiOS on the following dates and times:

Wednesday 12/5 at 6pm

Thursday 12/6 at 6:30pm

Saturday 12/8 at 12:30 and 6:30pm

Sunday 12/9 and Monday, 12/10 at 8pm

It can also be viewed on the Piscataway Community TV’s website or ...

Annual Piscataway Codes Set for Saturday, Dec. 15th

December 10, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Piscataway Township Schools will once again host its annual ‘Piscataway Codes’ event on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the high school.

According to Christopher Irovando, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, "The event will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will feature a full-scale coding/maker fair, including ...

Piscataway Education Foundation Awards Grants for Innovative Teaching

Eight Grants Awarded to Teachers Spanning Elementary School to High School

Piscataway, NJ – The Piscataway Education Foundation (PEF) is pleased to announce the grant winners for its 2018-2019 Teacher Grant Program. This is the fourth year the PEF funded teacher grants through a competitive process. Grants are awarded for innovative teaching practices and non-traditional teaching ...

Piscataway Township Schools: Nominate an Inspiring Hero

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Piscataway school district officials announced on Monday that the nomination process for “Our Inspiring Heroes” is now open.

The announcement states:

“Our Inspiring Heroes honors the contributions of individuals who, during their lifetime, through devotion to young people, acts of heroism or other virtuous conduct above and beyond the call of ...

Wawa’s Hoagies for Heroes Competition: Piscataway Police vs Firefighters

December 12, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Township residents are invited to see the Piscataway Township Police Department (PTPD) and the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company face off for charity in a hoagie making contest.

The Hoagies for Heroes competition will be held at the grand opening of the new Piscataway Wawa at 555 Durham Road on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Competing from PTPD are its Community Policing ...

Piscataway: Vehicle Weight Limits to Stop Truck Traffic from using Heights Neighborhood as Short-Cut to Centennial Ave.

December 8, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Truck drivers who cut through the Heights section of Piscataway to shorten their trip to Centennial Ave from River Road could soon no longer be allowed.

At Tuesday’s regular council meeting, council members held a second reading to amend an ordinance to stop 18-wheelers and similar large trucks from using Plainfield Ave. and other neighborhood streets to ...

Bill Would Deny NJ Tuition Aid to Students Convicted of Hazing

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey college students who are convicted of hazing would no longer be eligible to receive State financial aid, under new legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean.

The bill was advanced today by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

More than 200 students have died from hazing-related accidents in the United States since 1838, and 40 students have died ...

USPS® Suspends Regular Mail Delivery for National Day of Mourning on Dec. 5

President Donald J. Trump has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5, as a National Day of Mourning in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush. Some key U.S. Postal Service operations will be affected.

A statement from the USPS® notes that regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity will be suspended.  Limited package delivery service will be ...

Playhouse 22 Presents "A Christmas Carol"

December 5, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Playhouse 22 will be presenting its annual production of A Christmas Carol to run December 7 - 16.  Performances will be Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  

Directed and adapted by Tony Adase, A Christmas Carol at Playhouse 22 is based on the Charles Dickens' piece by the same name.  It ...

The Nutcracker at Two River Theater - 10% Discount for TAPinto Readers

American Repertory Ballet

The Nutcracker

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7pm

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 1pm or 6pm

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1pm

Celebrate the 55th year of American Repertory Ballet's beloved The Nutcracker!  Wonderment abounds as Clara embarks on a magical journey filled with dazzling dance and spectacular scenes.  A thrilling battle between ...

Santa to Visit Piscataway’s Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 7th

PISCATAWAY, NJ - ‘Tis the season to gather with your neighbors for the Township’s Annual Christmas tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 7th at 7:00 p.m.

The family event will take place on the front lawn of the Piscataway Municipal Complex at 455 Hoes Lane.  

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served as children wait for Santa Claus to arrive.

TAPintoPiscataway.net is an online ...

Operation Cookie Swap Spreads Holiday Cheer To Area Military Families

December 10, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The third annual Operation Cookie Swap went into full drive on December 2, mobilizing to bring holiday smiles to active and non-active military families in the area. Operation Cookie Swap is sponsored by the SSG Michael Ollis Freedom Foundation and Amici’s Bakery in Monroe Township. The yummy holiday event is organized by long time borough resident Kimberly Ollis-Loschiavo ...

N.J. Center for Non-Profits Set to Host "Raising the Voices of Our Community" Conference

SOMERSET , NJ – Over the past few years, non-profit organizations have used “creative and unique” campaigns to bring local and national attention to their cause. 

The ALS Foundation took the country and world by storm during the summer of 2014 with the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Susan G. Komen has spread the word about breast cancer by painting towns pink. The ...

Somerset Patriots Host Holiday Toy Drive with Santa and Sparky Lyle Dec. 8

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots and Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle will host their annual Holiday Toy Drive at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, Dec. 8th from 10 a.m to noon.

Fans are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Somerset Patriots Team Store located at the ballpark throughout the day. The toys will be donated to Toys For Tots Central New Jersey.

Lyle will be at the event ...

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help reduce the orchard of critters and provide a better life for ...

Clinton's Fourchette Shares the Secrets of their Success as a Small Business

<!--block-->CLINTON, NJ -- TAPintoTV Senior Producer Kayla Galka recently stopped into Fourchette, a shop on Main Street here, and spoke with staff members about the secrets of the success behind this thriving small business.

Fourchette opened five years ago as a full-service cheese shop, with gourmet foods, imported French linens and unique home and kitchen goods. While ...

Millburn Winter Walk Holiday Event Highlights the Importance of Shopping Local

<!--block-->MILLBURN, NJ -- Crowds gathered here in Taylor Park for the lighting of the 2nd Annual “Winter Walk,” presented by the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce. Held a day after “Shop Local Saturday,” the event highlighted the importance of community and supporting local destinations and businesses this holiday season. <!--block-->

“It ...

Operation Cookie Swap Spreads Holiday Cheer To Area Military Families

December 10, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The third annual Operation Cookie Swap went into full drive on December 2, mobilizing to bring holiday smiles to active and non-active military families in the area. Operation Cookie Swap is sponsored by the SSG Michael Ollis Freedom Foundation and Amici’s Bakery in Monroe Township. The yummy holiday event is organized by long time borough resident Kimberly Ollis-Loschiavo ...

Bateman Bill Opens the Door for Man's Best Friend at NJ Breweries

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman to allow dogs in New Jersey breweries has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

“One of the biggest challenges any small business owner will face is increasing foot traffic. Our bill will increase foot AND paw traffic for local breweries,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said.

New Pilot Program Plugs Gap in Aid to Homeless After Medical Treatment

December 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It was a glaring gap in the system. People repeatedly going to hospital emergency rooms to deal with a health crisis, receive treatment and be released, only to return days later with another crisis.

In a single two-year stretch, Middlesex County found, one patient had gone to emergency rooms in New Brunswick hospitals 111 times. Often, those frequenting hospitals had ...

Grant for Pioneering Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Awarded to Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

Speech Language Pathologists Trained in SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd®
Therapy Protocols to Improve and Preserve Voices of Patients

Edison, N.J.  — Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute was recently awarded a grant from the Parkinson Voice Project to provide specialized training in the groundbreaking SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® ...

USDA Issues Class I/High Health Risk Recall for Shop-Rite Chicken Products

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – Amboy Group, LLC, a Woodbridge, N.J. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of raw boneless and skinless poultry products because the products are misbranded and may contain milk, egg, and

soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the finished product label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) ...

Somerset Patriots Celebrate Philanthropy and Fiscal Soundness

December 11, 2018

BEDMINSTER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots Baseball Club, led by Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer and Co-Chairmen Jonathan Kalafer and Joshua Kalafer, presented a ceremonial check to Somerset County elected officials in the amount of $20,276,654.26 at the team’s annual Holiday Reception on Tuesday, Dec. 4th attended by the Patriots’ marketing partners and dignitaries at Trump National ...

AAA: New Jersey, National average gas prices continue to decline into December

A report from the American Automobile Association (AAA) shows that the average price for a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey continues to decline, dropping seven cents from last week to $2.52 ($2.59). Today’s average price is 24 cents cheaper than one month ago ($2.76) and two cents cheaper than it was on December 3, 2017 ($2.54).

AAA Northeast’s ...

If It Rips, It Can Be Recycled: Green Tips for Holidays

December 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - All the wrapping paper that gift-givers carefully fold and tape around boxes, the brightly-colored stuff the young gift-receivers tear through to get to presents, can have a purpose even after ending up in a pile on the floor.

Middlesex County officials are urging people to take the used wrapping and recycle it, but caution not everything can be recycled.

In tips for ...

Vainieri Huttle & Pinkin Bill to Conduct Study of Untested Rape Kits in NJ Clears Assembly Panel

December 4, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – An Assembly panel on Thursday released legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Nancy Pinkin to conduct a study of untested sexual assault exam kits in the state to get clarity on the policies and procedures that regulate the testing, and what the state can do differently to empower victims who might be reluctant to report these ...

Keep Holiday Plants Looking Their Best

December 13, 2018

The holiday season has arrived.  That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other holiday plant.  Extend the beauty and longevity of these holiday beauties with proper care.

And that starts the minute you leave the florist or garden center.  Always protect your gift plants from the harsh outdoors.  ...

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Edison Resident Sentenced to Seven Years in State Prison for Conspiring With Doctor to Supply Opioids to Drug Ring

December 14, 2018

TRENTON, NJ  –  A Warren businessman and Edison resident who operated a hearing aid company was sentenced to state prison today for conspiring with a doctor to supply a drug ring with tens of thousands of high-dose pills of the highly addictive opioid painkiller oxycodone, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced on Friday.

Andrew Stoveken, 68, of Edison, N.J., was ...

East Brunswick Schools Warn against the Online "Momo Challenge" Game

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ The "Momo Challenge" is an alleged form of cyberbullying that spreads through social media and cell phones. After phone users are enticed to contact a user named "Momo" through the social media network WhatsApp, they receive graphic threats from the user and are instructed to perform a series of dangerous tasks.  Yesterday, the East Brunswick Public ...

School Custodian Arrested on Sex Assault, Endangerment Charges

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Dunellen man employed as a school custodian was arrested today on charges of inappropriately touching a six-year-old girl, authorities said.

Arnoldo Veliz-Chamale, 61, of Dunellen, was charged today with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of second-degree sexual assault in the second degree, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew ...

Obituaries

Barbara Ruth Povich, 90, died Wednesday November 21, 2018 at CareOne at the Highlands in ...
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Piscataway Township/New Port Richey, FL– James Saydek, 73, passed away suddenly on Friday, ...
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Middlesex County Sheriff's Office to Hold 8th Annual Sheriff's Civilian Academy

December 14, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Sheriff’s Office will hold an 8-week-long Sheriff’s Civilian Academy for residents of Middlesex County in the spring of 2019.

The Sheriff’s Civilian Academy is designed to educate Middlesex County residents on the various functions and duties of the Sheriff’s Office.

Applications are being accepted now for the program, which will be held at ...

Bound Brook’s Pet Spaw features “Pet Photo with Santa” Dec. 15

BOUND BROOK, NJ  ̶  A new Bound Brook pet grooming business believes the holidays are for the entire family — and that includes pets.

Pet Spaw Services is hosting a free “Pet Photo with Santa” session Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in their newly-opened shop at 215 E. Main Street in downtown Bound Brook. Any pet may be photographed, and no ...

Rutgers Report Views Online Classes as the Future

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ten years ago, 1,234 were taking online college courses at Rutgers University.

Last year, in the fall semester of 2017, that number reached 23,042, according to university figures.

Nationwide over 6.4 million people are sitting in front of computers to take college courses, about one-third of all the students taking high education classes, Richard Novak, Rutgers ...

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Sun, December 16, 2:00 PM

The MAX Challenge of Piscataway, Piscataway

Pictures with SANTA at the Holiday Bazaar!

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Health & Wellness

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Somerville: Christmas Wreath Placed at Veterans Memorial Plaza

December 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh and Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano were joined by local veterans in placing a wreath at Veterans Memorial Plaza on Grove Street on Dec. 13.

Members of Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 27, and representatives from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office also attended, along with county Veterans Services Director ...

NJ Shops Take Doughnuts to the Next Level

December 15, 2018

We found some of the best places to get doughnuts in New Jersey.

While one of the most recognizable global brands, Dunkin’, is dropping the “Donuts” from its  name, smaller doughnut shops in New Jersey are seeing rise in demand for the tasty treats.

Jessica Dreyer, a fourth generation farmer at Dreyer Farms in Cranford, NJ, said that doughnuts have ...

A Fisherman’s Update: Offshore Wind Power Coming to New Jersey

December 8, 2018

Thirty-five recreational fishermen recently attended an informational meeting held by Anglers for Offshore Wind Power at the Langosta Restaurant in Asbury Park.

Fishermen listened to a summary of wind-farm development plans scheduled for New Jersey, and Rhode Island charter captain Dave Monti presented to share his experiences with the Block Island Wind Farm through planning, construction and ...

DIY Dryer

As part of my continuing education series on things I know nothing about but will explain anyway, I think it is time to tackle dryer repair.

As we all know, a dryer is a big heavy metal thing with buttons and knobs that dries clothes.  This is not to be confused with a washing machine which is also a big heavy metal thing with buttons and knobs that washes clothes.  It is easy to ...