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Piscataway Schools Announce Free Preschool Availability for 2021-2022 School Year

April 12, 2021

Piscataway, NJ — Thanks to the New Jersey Department of Education Preschool Expansion Aid, Piscataway Township Schools can offer free preschool to Piscataway families. 

A total of 329 seats in Children’s Corner Preschool classrooms will be offered to children who will be three or four years old by October 1, 2021. Seats are available at both the River Campus at 2300 ...

Memorial Day Weekend Now a Four-Day Break for Piscataway Schools

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Students and staff will be able to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend a little longer this year as the Piscataway Board of Education voted to close schools on Tuesday, June 1st, extending the holiday from the scheduled three days to four.  

Board members approved the change to the 2020-2021 calendar during Thursday’s Board of Education meeting since the ...

NJ Gets Cleared to Hold Off on School Testing

Students will still face a version of the mandatory exam in the fall. But questions on the details linger.

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Piscataway Wrestlers, Volleyball Players Honored on Senior Nights

April 14, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop Piscataway High School wrestling from honoring its seniors on Senior Night.

Under the strict guidance of social distancing requirements and limited spectators, Alvaro Turci, Deon Pleasant, and Desmond Pleasant were joined by their families and coaches in the Anthony Gymnasium April 9 where their accomplishments on the ...

Piscataway Girls Volleyball beats Edison in First Round of CJ, G4 State Tournament

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The eighth-seeded Piscataway High School varsity girls volleyball team defeated ninth-seeded Edison in straight-sets, 25-17, 25-10, in the first round of the Central Jersey, Group 4 tournament on Monday afternoon.

Piscataway has had Edison’s number in recent years, and it is the second two-set win for the Lady Chiefs over the Eagles this season.

With the win, ...

Ali Scores Golden Goal to Advance RU Women's Soccer to Next Round of Big Ten Tournament

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Senior forward Amirah Ali recorded the ninth golden goal of her career to lift Rutgers women's soccer (7-2-3, 6-2-3 Big Ten) to a 1-0, double-overtime victory over Michigan State (1-10-1, 1-9-1 Big Ten) in Thursday's opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Freshman Allison Lowrey added an assist on the game winner. Junior ...

New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

April 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

Gov. Murphy, First Lady Gets Their First COVID Vaccination; NJ Has Now Distributed 5 Million Doses

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, Tammy, joined the over 5 million New Jersey residents who have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine. Early Friday, he and his wife, Tammy, were vaccinated at a mega-site in Atlantic City. Both received the Pfizer vaccination.

"Today, I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine," Murphy said. "When vaccine ...

NJ Will See Its Supply of J&J Vaccine Drop 96%

Decline comes as state to expand eligibility to any resident over 16. Officials say they’re confident vaccine supply will cover demand.

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Piscataway Planning Board Approves New Warehouse for Centennial Ave. and South Washington Property

April 15, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Site plans for a 216,892 square foot warehouse/office building at Centennial Ave. and South Washington Ave. in Piscataway got planning board approval on Wednesday.

Representatives for Duke Realty Washington Avenue Development, LLC presented the plans during the virtual meeting where they were granted a variance to build a 6-foot-high chain link fence on a 7.35-foot-high ...

Piscataway: Kenneth Armwood Remembered for a 'Life Well Lived'

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Remembrances of “Ya gotta do something” and “Leave a mark that can't erase” described the life and legacy of Kenneth Armwood, Middlesex County Deputy Commissioner, East Brunswick’s Economic Development Officer, and long-time Piscataway resident on Monday.

The late morning funeral for Armwood, who passed away March 29 at age 46 was billed ...

All US Flags Will Be Flown at Half Staff Through Tuesday April 6 to Honor Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police

PISCATAWAY, NJ — All US flags will be flown at half-staff through Tuesday, April 6, as per the Presidential Proclamation, honoring the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday.

"Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol ...

Piscataway: New State Data Reveals Number of Police Use-of-Force Incidents

April 7, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Piscataway, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday.

The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of a “beta” test dashboard created by state Attorney General Gurbir S.

State Kicks Off 'Take Control of Your Destiny' Distracted Driving Campaign

TRENTON, NJ — With distracted driving continuing to claim more lives on New Jersey roadways than any other risky driving behavior, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Highway Traffic Safety (“HTS”) announced the launch of a statewide public awareness campaign aimed at providing motorists with good reasons to give the road their undivided ...

Piscataway Restaurants Could Benefit from $35M Aid Package Signed by Murphy

April 10, 2021

Legislation is Part of a $100 Million Relief Package for New Jersey Small Businesses

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Gov.Phil Murphy recently signed into law A-5444, which provides $35 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for restaurants throughout New Jersey. The bill provides aid to a particularly hard hit sector of New Jersey’s economy and is part of a five-bill, $100 ...

IRS has refunds totaling $1.3 billion for people who have not filed a 2017 federal income tax return

WASHINGTON – Unclaimed income tax refunds worth more than $1.3 billion await an estimated 1.3 million taxpayers who did not file a 2017 Form 1040 federal income tax return, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

“The IRS wants to help taxpayers who are due refunds but haven’t filed their 2017 tax returns yet,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Time is ...

IRS letters explain why some 2020 Recovery Rebate Credits are different than expected

WASHINGTON − As people across the country file their 2020 tax returns, some are claiming the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC). The IRS is mailing letters to some taxpayers who claimed the 2020 credit and may be getting a different amount than they expected. 

It’s important to remember that the first and second Economic Impact Payments (EIP) were advance payments of the 2020 ...

Cruise Nights & Summer Stage Concerts Set for Return to Somerville

April 7, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A sense of normalcy is returning to the streets of Downtown Somerville.

Two signature events are set to kick off Memorial Day weekend, the Friday night Cruisers and on Saturday night, the Summer Stage concert series.

Hundreds of exotic, vintage, hot rod and classic automobiles will be parked along Main Street, with many of the auto enthusiasts showing up in the early ...

Piscataway Photo of the Week

PISCATAWAY, NJ — TAPinto Piscataway loves photos and wants to feature yours!

This week’s photos are from Arjun Muthuchetty, a 5th grader at Arbor Intermediate School. Arjun used his drone camera to capture a beautiful sunset over Piscataway. 

Have a photo of Piscataway to share? Send your submissions to

Please include photo credit information, when ...

Crossroads Theatre Company to Celebrate Cicely Tyson During Annual Fundraiser

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Crossroads Theatre Company, which has been dedicated to creating and producing work that tells the stories of African Americans for 42 years, will celebrate the late Cicely Tyson during its annual fundraising gala.

A Night with Crossroads to be held on Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m.

The event, which will be hosted by Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose, will be held ...

International Barbershop Quartet Day: Music Director Deke Sharon and New Jersey's Gimme Four

April 11, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- In honor of International Barbershop Quartet Day, TAPintoTV looks back at our conversations with Will Downey, member of New Jersey's #1 barbershop quartet, Gimme Four, and award-winning Musical Director and Producer, Deke Sharon.

Gimme Four is an International Semifinalist barbershop quartet based in Caldwell, New Jersey. Group members Paul Franek, Dave Ammirata, Will ...

Pediatric Chiropractic Treatments Support Overall Children's Health and Wellness

CLIFTON, NJ -- Dr. Michael Magwood, family chiropractor and founder of Pure Balance Center, spoke with TAPintoTV about his work with babies and children. As part of his practice, Magwood works with people of all ages, including younger children and infants. 

Magwood often consults with new parents about trauma their child may have experienced at birth to determine a course of treatment.

NJ Actress and Co-Producer Premieres Thriller Set in 70s New York at the 2021 Garden State Film Festival

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Heather Brittain O’Scanlon spoke to TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, about her latest film, which premiered at this year’s Garden State Film Festival. O’Scanlon is the leading actress and co-producer of “Victim No. 6,” the latest production from SOS Productions.

In the film, a woman meets a random person at a New York bar, ...

Prancer; The Best Pet Adoption Request Ever?

April 12, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ -  This a story about Prancer. He's a bit angry. However, he needs a little love, and maybe it's going to come from you. Regardless, Prancer is helping the great work at The Second Chance Pet Adoption League - they are a place to check out, so you can rescue a furry friend. You can find them right here on Facebook Groups.

This story and is sure ...

Salad Bars Back on the Menu at Grocery Stores, Other Food Retailers in New Jersey

April 10, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Salads bars and buffets are making their return to grocery stores and retail establishments that sell food, as part of the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions by Gov. Phil Murphy.

But while these self-service food stations are once again allowed at supermarkets, convenience stores and bodegas, they are still prohibited at restaurants and casinos.

As ...

KC's Korner's Outdoor Patio is Open for Business

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The official start of summer may still be a few months away, but, at KC's Korner Restaurant and Tavern – The Norman House (est. 1890), al fresco dining is back. Last week, the Oak Tree Avenue establishment officially welcomed patrons pack to its outdoor patio. 

According to owner Walter Kurilew, the outdoor café will be open, weather ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Revised COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

April 6, 2021

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health today issued new COVID-19 travel guidance, which follow updated travel recommendations released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month.

“While the pandemic is not over, our vaccination program and updated CDC guidance have made it possible for vaccinated individuals to resume travel ...

Marine Mammal Stranding Center Warns Beachgoers to Keep Safe Distance from Seals

BELMAR, NJ — With seals venturing onto Jersey Shore beaches in recent weeks, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is cautioning people to stay a safe distance away — and that means keeping at least 150 feet back, which is about the length of three school buses.

“Recently there have been several cases of people and their dogs getting far too close to seals, endangering the seals ...

Civil Rights Settlement Announced for Woman Whose Pregnancy Led to Job Loss

April 9, 2021

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that a Hudson County company will pay a former employee $25,000 and implement workplace policy reforms under a settlement to resolve the former employee’s complaint of unlawful pregnancy discrimination, after an investigation by the Division on Civil Rights (DCR). The settlement coincides with DCR issuing Findings of ...

Piscataway: New State Data Reveals Number of Police Use-of-Force Incidents

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Piscataway, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday.

The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of a “beta” test dashboard created by state Attorney General Gurbir S.

Milltown To Host Drive Electric Earth Day Event

April 14, 2021

MILLTOWN, NJ - The Central Jersey Electric Auto Association is hosting an electric vehicle event on Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the American Legion on John F. Kennedy Drive in conjunction with Plug in America and the Electric Auto Association. The upcoming event is in honor of Drive Electric Earth Day and will feature plug-in vehicles from Audi, Ford, Toyota, ...

Trout Season Opens April 10 in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY — Opening day of Trout Season is Saturday, April 10 and to celebrate, state waters have been stocked with a half million rainbow trout. For a full list of locations, click HERE

"Thanks to DEP’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, which has been hard at work with advanced trout stocking, New Jersey residents and visitors can enjoy trout fishing while avoiding ...

UPDATE: Red Bank Navesink Fish Kill: DEP and COA Focus on Bacteria

RED BANK, NJ: According to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) it seems that a bacterium is responsible for killing fish in the two river and other waterways,

Affected waterways include the Raritan Bay and menhaden fish kills have been reported in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. 

Known as mossbunker, menhaden is plentiful along the Atlantic coast and primarily ...

Cool and Refreshing – Cucumbers

April 14, 2021

Add a cool refreshing twist to your meals, beverages, appetizers, and snacks with cucumbers.  These popular vegetables are grown worldwide, adding anti-inflammatory vitamin K, vitamins C, B-5 and more to your meals. Take it a step further by using your own fresh-from-the-garden cucumbers.

Grow cucumbers sprawled on the ground or in a container on your patio, balcony, or deck.  Save ...

Grow Stevia – Nature’s Sweetener

Sweeten your meals by growing your own sugar substitute in gardens or containers. Stevia is nature’s own sweetener that can be snacked upon fresh or added to soups, sauces, or beverages.

Wait for warm nights and the danger of frost to pass before planting stevia outdoors.  It is a perennial in USDA zones 8 and warmer, but those gardening in colder areas must grow stevia ...

Care for Spring Flowering Bulbs

Bright yellow daffodils, colorful tulips and fragrant hyacinths brighten our spring gardens. Give them the care they need to extend their spring display and keep them coming back for years.

Hybrid tulips and hyacinths are short-lived stars of the spring garden. They bloom profusely the first spring, but the number of flowers decline each year. You may want to treat these like annuals, ...

Piscataway: Kenneth Armwood Remembered for a 'Life Well Lived'

April 5, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Remembrances of “Ya gotta do something” and “Leave a mark that can't erase” described the life and legacy of Kenneth Armwood, Middlesex County Deputy Commissioner, East Brunswick’s Economic Development Officer, and long-time Piscataway resident on Monday.

The late morning funeral for Armwood, who passed away March 29 at age 46 was billed ...

Easter Message from Rev. Billy Graham: The Facts of the Resurrection

This is a classic Easter message from Rev. Billy Graham, a man who had a great impact on the Christian faith around the world during his life. 

"Without the resurrection there could be no salvation." Christ predicted His resurrection many times. He said on one occasion, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

April 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY - While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

Federal Rent Relief Won’t Be Enough to Protect All Tenants or Erase Landlord Losses, Advocates Say

Housing campaigners still predict surging evictions when Murphy’s moratorium ends, even after more help from Washington.

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Piscataway Native Randolph Carman Serves Aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

March 24, 2021

SOUDA BAY, Greece — Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Randolph Carman, from Piscataway, New Jersey, conducted sea-and-anchor detail aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), in Souda Bay, Greece on March 20, 2021. 

The IKE Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national ...

Pallone, Watson Coleman, Booker, Menendez Lead Call to Department of Homeland Security to Prevent Deportation of Indonesian Christians in New Jersey

April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), Congressman Albio Sires (NJ-08), Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), and Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) today sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security ...

April 17 is South Plainfield Volunteer Litter Clean-Up Day

Come out for the Borough-wide litter cleanup on Saturday morning, April 17.  Volunteers can collect equipment at the municipal building at 2480 Plainfield Avenue from 9 to 10 a.m.  We will be clearing litter and trash from roadsides, parks, streams, and vacant lots during the morning. Preregistration is required to maintain Covid-safe protocols.  Call Alice Tempel, the Clean ...

Women Aware Receives Community Awareness Project Funding for 2021 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -- Women Aware received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to present a

Virtual Community Education Panel

 Rights & Resources for Victims of Crime in Middlesex County

English and ...

SBPD: Man Gets 5 Years in State Prison for "Grandparent Scam"

April 12, 2021

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A man from the Bronx was sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison for stealing over $140,000 from eight older residents in 2020, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s office. Osvaldo Thomas, age 41, pleaded guilty to charges of theft by deception in the state’s Superior ...

New Brunswick Woman, 21, Dies in Route 130 Crash

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police said they are still trying to determine how a 21-year-old New Brunswick woman lost control of her 2013 Nissan Rogue and struck three other vehicles.

Ceidy Antunez was pronounced dead at the scene by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital paramedics, according to a statement from the North Brunswick Police Department.

The collision occurred on the morning ...

Thousands of New Brunswick Students Go Back to School

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Carlos Figueroa was asked what he has missed most over the past 13 months or so since he had last stepped foot inside Roosevelt Elementary School.

His friends? His teachers? Recess?

“I missed math,” the fifth grader said.

Carlos and thousands of students in the K-5 and K-8 schools across New Brunswick returned to in-person instruction for the first time ...

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to Deliver Rutgers-New Brunswick Commencement Address

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Rutgers Board of Governors today voted to award an honorary degree to award-winning author and former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey when she addresses graduates at the 255th anniversary commencement of Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences on May 16.

The board also voted to award scientist and politician, Rush D. Holt ...


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New Jersey Date Night: The Best Brunch Spots

April 11, 2021

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

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time ...

Heart Attack Survivor Thanks Somerville Physicians, First Responders for Saving His Life

April 14, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Grateful to be alive, Richard Smekal returned to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset on Wednesday to thank the doctors, EMTs and hospital staff for their quick action in saving his life after he collapsed with sudden cardiac arrest on Main Street March 30.

Smekal, an equipment operator for an electrical company, was working on Main Street in Somerville when he ...

Cyber Attack Shuts Down Hillsborough School System Computer Network

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A cyber attack shut down the entire township school system on Monday with local and federal investigators working to pinpoint the source and what, if any damage has been caused to the computer network which is utilized by thousands of students, teachers and support staff daily.

Classes were conducted on a virtual basis Tuesday, with staff and students using their ...

Elizabeth Native Powers Up PSEG Nuclear Plants for Newark, All New Jersey

NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day power New Jersey.

"She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Her reaction was 'You should try for ...

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2021 Rutgers Environmental Steward Class


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How to Battle Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts During the Pandemic

April 8, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted just about every aspect of life: shutting down businesses, closing schools, instituting remote learning, limiting social interactions, and preventing activities, such as sports, from taking place. While government leaders and the CDC report on the physical toll the pandemic is having, COVID is having a serious impact on mental ...

A Rite of Passage


Hi Sweetie. It’s me. Hey, I’m gonna be a little late. I’m stuck in traffic.

Oh no! When do you think you will be home?

Maybe a week.

A week?

Yeah, nothing is moving. Some idiot got stuck in the canal. The whole thing is blocked off.

What? How can that be?

Well the canal is 400 feet wide. He is driving a 1300 foot container ship. It’s kind of ...

TAPinto TV Wins Twice at Garden State Film Festival

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto TV, a medium-based franchise owned by East Main Media’s Brian Brodeur, won two Garden State Film Festival Awards.

The franchise’s “HomeGrown” series won awards for Best Television Show and Best Original Score from a Television Show.

“HomeGrown” is a series produced by East Main Media that follows host Stephanie Willoughby as ...

Post-Pandemic Marketing

Small business owners have a lot to think about, but navigating a global pandemic was likely not chief among their worries. Now that we are close to the end of one, local businesses are facing a host of challenges. Communicating effectively with customers and clients has never been more important. 

What changed in the pandemic?

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily ...