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New Jersey Is 2021's 3rd Best School System in America: WalletHub Study

July 26, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was ranked as the country's third best school system in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list States with the Best and Worst School Systems. Only two states Massachusetts (No.1) and Connecticut (No. 2) ranked higher New Jersey. New York (No. 14) and Pennsylvania (No. 24) finished in the top half of ranking ...

Bill Requiring Civics Instruction for Middle Schoolers Signed into Law

TRENTON, NJ – In an effort to ensure students are receiving adequate civics and government education, legislation requiring civics instruction in middle school,has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.

The new law directs the Department of Education to require at least one course specifically in civics or United States government as part of the social studies credit ...

ESCNJ’s Adult Community Services is Hosting In-Person Tours on July 29 and August 6

Families, educators and support coordinators are invited to attend the Adult Community Services’ (ACS) Q&A Session to learn the latest information about the program and to tour the facility.  

The tours are being held on Thursday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., and on Friday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The ACS program, which is located on ...

Piscataway Native Judoka Colton Brown Competes in Tokyo Olympic Games

July 28, 2021

TOKYO -- After a year's delay, Piscataway native Colton Brown advanced to the men’s judo 90 kilograms Round of 16 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Nippon Budokan on Wednesday local time in Japan.

Competing for Team USA, Brown, 29 who is ranked No. 28 in the world according to the International Judo Federation, received a first-round bye in the Round of 64. In the Round of 32, which ...

Union Catholic Is Hosting Viewing Party For Sydney McLaughlin's Opening Round Race At The Tokyo Olympics On Friday

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic graduate Sydney McLaughlin, who smashed the world record in the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials last month, will begin her quest to win the gold medal in that event when she runs in the opening round at the Olympics in Tokyo this Friday. 

Union Catholic will be hosting a viewing party for the race from 6-9 p.m. on Friday (details are ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation 

July 29, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

Somerville Hospital Rated "High Performing" by US News & World Report

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, was recognized as “high performing” in the treatment of five procedures and conditions in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-2022 Best Hospitals rankings and ratings which were released Tuesday.

The hospital was recognized for the treatment of Chronic ...

Piscataway Resident Promoted to Sergeant in the U.S. Space Force

July 30, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Alyssa B. Ruiz, a 2017 graduate of Piscataway High School recently completed a leadership program with the United States Air Force and was promoted to Sergeant.

She was also selected to join the U.S. Space Force and will transfer to Schriever Space Force Base in Colorado.

Ruiz graduated with honors from the military training program at Lackland Air Force Base in San ...

Piscataway: Julia Ride through Central Jersey Benefits Retired Army Reservist known for Helping Others

July 26, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Almost 75 kickstands went up on Sunday for the Expendables MC New Jersey’s annual Julia Ride through Central New Jersey.

The benefit raised nearly $5,000 to help Piscataway resident, Linda Sullivan, a retired Army Reservist known for her work in the community helping others in need. 

The ride from Riverside Park on River Road brought out ...

Annual Julia Ride Motorcycle Event to Benefit Piscataway Resident

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Expendables Motorcycle Club’s New Jersey chapter will host their next Julia Ride this Sunday, July 25 leaving from Riverside Park in Piscataway.

Open to the public, club members and supporters can check in at the park beginning at 10:00 am; kickstands up at 11:30.

This year’s ride, named in memory of Julia Caseres, a Piscataway police officer who died ...

Cynthia Iloegbunam of Piscataway Named State Finalist in 2021 Miss New Jersey USA Pageant

July 31, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway resident, Cynthia Iloegbunam has been selected as an official state finalist in the race for Miss New Jersey USA 2021.

Cynthia made the announcement on her GoFundMe page which she set up to for supporters to learn more about her hope to win the national Miss USA pageant. But first, the statewide competition.

The annual Miss New Jersey USA pageant began on ...

Middlesex County Fair Lifts the Lid Off Summer

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - What is summer in New Jersey without the Middlesex County Fair?  After a pandemic hiatus, summer's most fun event returns to its home at the County Fairgrounds on Cranbury Road in East Brunswick starting Monday, August 2 and continuing through Sunday, August 8.

Fireworks will light the sky on opening night, Monday, August 2.

The fair features rides, games, ...

Vote for Cynthia Iloegbunam for Miss New Jersey USA People’s Choice

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The journey to Miss New Jersey USA 2021 continues for Cynthia Iloegbunam, 25 who will represent Piscataway Township during competition July 30-August 3 at the Hilton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany.

Voting is now open for the pageant’s People’s Choice Award, and Cynthia asks for you to choose her as your favorite contestant.

To vote for her, click here: ...

Winning $10K Mega Millions Lottery Ticket Sold at the Gift Horse in Piscataway

July 26, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Lottery officials announced Monday that there were two winning tickets sold that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball in the Friday, July 23 Mega Millions drawing, winning the $10,000 third-tier prize.

The winning tickets from Friday night’s drawing were sold at the following locations:

Middlesex County: The Gift Horse, ...

New Jersey Is 2021's Worst State to Start a Business: WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the worst state to start a business, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list of the Best and Worst States to Start a Business.

Nearby Connecticut (No. 49) and Pennsylvania (No. 43) also ranked in the bottom ten, while neighboring New York came in at No. 22. Texas placed as the best state to start a ...

A tip for teachers: Some educator expenses may be tax deductible

The educator expense deduction allows eligible teachers and administrators to deduct part of the cost of technology, supplies and training from their taxes. They can only claim this deduction for expenses that were not reimbursed by their employer, a grant or other source.

Who is an eligible educator:

The taxpayer must be a kindergarten through grade 12 teacher, instructor, counselor, ...

New Jersey Dentist Provides Painless Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Sleep Apnea

July 26, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Dr. Joseph DalBon of the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry spoke with TAPintoTV to discuss a new painless laser oral treatment created to alleviate sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient is waking up during the night and unable to breathe that can cause a number of serious health issues,” he said. Some of these health issues ...

What Are The Three Types of Electric Vehicles? Hybrid, PHEV and BEV

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the three kinds of electric vehicles in the automotive marketplace; Hybrid, PHEV, and BEV. 

Hybrid vehicles have gas and electric engines but no plug-in charging functionality. “The system charges itself through regenerative braking,” Spina explained. “It harnesses the kinetic ...

McCormick Italian Seasoning and Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

July 29, 2021

McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning have been recalled due to possible contamination with Salmonella, announced McCormick & Company, Inc. The company was alerted by the FDA after routing testing. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The four products ...

Recall Alert: Give and Go Muffins Recalled Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

A voluntary nationwide recall of Give and Go Muffin products has been announced because some products might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, said the company representatives. Muffins baked by Give and Go are sold under several brand names including many in Morris County. 

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal ...

The Spa at The Heldrich Invites You to Pamper Yourself During Restaurant Week in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – For Restaurant Week, Krisztina Rossi invites you to come for a massage, a facial and nail service – and stay for the food and drink.

The owner of The Spa at The Heldrich realizes her participation in City Center’s Restaurant Week may seem unusual to some, but she thinks many who will be descending on the city hungry to sample its quality cuisine also want ...

Hot Air Balloon Festival and Warren County Fair Begins Saturday

July 29, 2021

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – The Warren County Farmers’ Fair kicks of its 83rd year on July 31 through August 7. After last year’s fair was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Warren County Farmer’s Fair Association is once again proud to sponsor the 83rd anniversary of a tradition dating back to 1859. The fair has been a constant throughout the years since 1937, ...

Spotswood Family Heads West For National Parks Vacation

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With many families seeking to hit the road this summer after more than a year of staying close to home because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, national parks offer an outdoor adventure and a much-needed change of scenery. Greg and Sherri Keelen along with their two teenaged children Maggie and Dan, headed west earlier this month to explore some of America's grandest ...

Coming Soon: Franklin Day Festival 2021

SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin Day Festival will be back this year at a new location. 

The annual free event was canceled last year due to COVID-19, which traditionally has been held at Colonial Park will take place at the Franklin Township Municipal Complex on Sept. 18 from 12 pm to 5 pm. 

Guests can expect a safe family-friendly event featuring food, music, and community ...

Court Order Delays Demolition of Piscataway Home; New Hearing Set for Thursday

July 28, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — A Middlesex County Superior Court judge is set to hear testimony on Thursday from attorneys for Andrew and Cindy Paglia after ordering a stay on the township’s plans to raze the two-story house at 1126 River Road in Piscataway to make way for a sewer project.

Demolition was scheduled for Monday when Judge Vincent Leblon issued the stay.

The Paglias said the ...

Piscataway Homeowner Files Motion to Keep House from Being Torn Down

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Lawyers for a township homeowner filed an Order to Show Cause in Middlesex County Superior Court on Friday to prevent the township from razing a house at 1126 River Road, a property located directly across the street from Rutgers football stadium in Piscataway. 

The filing by attorney Anne Studholme asked the court to stop the scheduled demolition of the house while its ...

Piscataway Muslim Center Hosts Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Event

July 30, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Following the tenets of January’s MLK Day of Service, volunteers helped pick up trash from along sections of Hoes Lane West and East July 18 as part of the Muslim Center of Middlesex County’s (MCMC) Adopt-A-Highway cleanup event series.

"This is a great opportunity for us to serve the community,” said President Tanveer Sajjad about the ...

National Weather Service: Tornado Watch in Effect for Thursday Evening

NEW JERSEY -- The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tornado Watch for most of New Jersey for Thursday until approximately 9:00 p.m. Thunderstorms also are expected to move through the state with high winds and heavy rain. 

The Tornado Watch includes Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, ...

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for Piscataway; Haze Expected to Drift Away

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- More thunderstorms are possible Wednesday afternoon as a cold front moves across the Piscataway area.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 8:00 p.m. with large hail and damaging winds possible between 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Residents should seek shelter if a storm occurs and avoid flooded roadways.

Weather officials also reported widespread haze ...

Attention Dog Owners - Certain Dog Foods Recalled Due to Elevated Levels of Aflatoxins

July 31, 2021

Eight dog food products have been recalled due to elevated levels of Aflatoxins, announced Sunshine Mills, Inc. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities, stated the FDA. 

The affected products were distributed in retail stores nationally, but there have been no ...

Seniors Find Peace, Relaxation With Parker's Horticulture Program in Bloom

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ  - Flecks of soil fell to the ground as Sylvia Wiser continued to dig in the garden at the Parker at Stonegate assisted living community.

She has no need for garden trowels or even gloves when it comes to moving soil in the trug – a waist-high planter that sits smack in the middle of Stonegate’s sun-splashed patio garden.

Wiser then took some spinach ...

How to Build a Rain Garden in Your Yard

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Letting rainwater leave your property can interfere with groundwater recharge and possibly cause flooding, ice slicks in the winter, and pollution of downstream lakes and streams.  Rain gardens are one possible solution available to homeowners. Commercial properties can use them too.

Step 1: Decide on rain garden placement

Find out where water is coming ...

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Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Tax tips for students working summer jobs

July 26, 2021

During the summer many students focus on making money from a summer job. They may want to gain work experience, earn some spending money or help pay for college. Here are some facts all student workers should know about summer jobs and taxes.

Not all the money they earn will make it to their pocket because employers must withhold taxes from their paycheck.

New employees: Employees ...

East Brunswick's Sam Mattis Places Eighth in Olympics Discus

August 1, 2021

TOKYO, JAPAN - Last night, Sam Mattis of East Brunswick Township placed eighth in the Men's Discus Final at the Tokyo Olympics. The former University of Pennsylvania champion landed at 63.88 meters (209 feet, 6.96 inches), a season best for the local Olympian.

Sam Mattis (East Brunswick, New Jersey) produced the best finish by an American man since Casey Malone’s ...

Buddy Ball Closes Season with Game Against First Responders

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – Buddy Ball was once again in full swing this summer for the first time in over a year. On July 19, the Buddy Ball team versed South Plainfield Police Officers of the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) on the turf field behind the P.A.L. Building. In what has become a tradition for Buddy Ball, the first responders played the team for the last game of the ...

South Brunswick Prohibits All Retail Cannabis Sales

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick has prohibited all classes of cannabis establishments from operating in the township, according to a new ordinance passed by the council. The new restriction received unanimous approval from the council, some of which voted to legalize recreational cannabis in the 2020 election.

The ordinance prohibits cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, whole sales, ...

PorchTraits and More Coming Up at the Library!

Get your picture taken! For a suggested minimum donation of $25, the Friends of Piscataway Public Library will send a photographer to your home - you don’t even ...

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Rutgers' Meltons Love Being Ambassador for New Brunswick, DEVCO

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Bo Melton looked into the camera, smiled and said, “Welcome to The Yard.”

The camera turned to his brother Max, who spread his arm as if to welcome everyone to this emerald oasis on College Avenue.

“When we’re on the road playing our Big Ten opponents, come to The Yard for our big watch party,” Max said.

These Rutgers football ...


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Pet-Friendly NJ Restaurants Offer Menus for Your Dog

August 1, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Looking for a dog-friendly place to eat? You’re not alone.

Catering to the pet-loving crowd, some New Jersey restaurants are taking dog-friendly dining a step further by offering a special menu just for your pooch.

At Sheelen’s Crossing Bistro & Pub in Fanwood, the “woof” menu includes items such as beef, chicken, fish, rice, vegetables ...

Hundreds Attend Union Catholic's Sydney McLaughlin Watch Party in Scotch Plains

July 31, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A large gathering of Union Catholic students, parents, teachers, alumni, volunteers, and members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood community came out to watch local legend Sydney McLaughlin hurdle her way into the semifinals in the 400 hurdles at the Olympics in Tokyo on Friday. 

The high school set up two large screens to show the former Gatorade Athlete of ...

Five Adult Day Care Workers Convicted of Abuse at East Brunswick Facility

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Five employees of the Broadway Respite and Home Care facility on Edgeboro Road in East Brunswick have been convicted of various charges based on proven abuse of two severely disabled adults in their care. Charges ranged from neglect, abandonment, endangerment and failure to report abuse of the patients in May 2019. 

Although initially charged, Broadway ...

Vincent Lipani, 81, Owner of Central Jersey Nurseries, Father of Hillsborough Mayor

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Vincent Paul Lipani, born July 19, 1940, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on his 81st birthday, July 19, 2021.

Vince was born in Brooklyn, New York, son of John and Anna Lipani. They soon moved to North Plainfield, NJ with his two brothers John and Paul. He attended North Plainfield H.S. serving as the Senior Class president then graduating from Gettysburg ...

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Quitting Can Be Winning

July 30, 2021

I will begin by quoting a recent Instagram message by Justin Bieber.

“Nobody will ever understand the pressures you face! I know we don’t know each other but I’m so proud of the decision to withdraw.  It’s as simple as – what does it mean to gain the whole world but forfeit your soul. Sometimes our no’s are more powerful than our yes’s.  ...

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I took some time off recently to work on my beach body.

I was shamed into taking this drastic action after learning that a dead whale had washed ashore just north of San Francisco. The maritime behemoth, a 40-foot, 8-ton gray whale, died of blunt force trauma after being struck by a ship.

I don’t know, this seems to me a bit like wandering into your backyard and being run over by a ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Lifelong Journalist Finds Way To Keep News Passion Alive By Launching TAPinto Chatham

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - To reporters, news is more than a job, it’s a passion. For Ed Barmakian, news is his whole life. And when he saw his passion was in danger, he found a way to evolve to meet the times rather than lose what he loves. 

Barmakian launched TAPinto Chatham in July of 2013. He had recently retired from the Star Ledger after 33 as a sports journalist and editor. His ...

Attention Singles: Great Tips for Finding the Love of Your Life Online or Your Phone

Listen as Jeff speaks with nationally recognized Cyber-dating expert, Julie Spira: author, dating coach, and media personality. Julie discusses such things as how online/mobile app dating has evolved, how COVID has affected online and mobile dating, and where things may be headed in the future in that world. Julie also provides some excellent dating tips!

To get a FREE copy of ...

Is Your Home Care Nurse Going to Check In On You Virtually?

Hey, telemedicine could make that happen!  Listen as my guest expert, Dr. William Hanson, discusses this and many other interesting topics as Episode #50 of Looking Forward focuses on telemedicine.

In Part I of this two-part series (Episode #49), Dr. Hanson spoke about the evolution of telemedicine, how it’s being used now, how its use varies around the world, and the impact that ...