Middlesex County News

Fired Up and Ready to Go: East Brunswick Women Trek to DC Rally

Mother and daughter marchers Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
A variety of posters stressed women's rights Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
Posters of the people, by the people, for the people Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
Jennifer Harmon and the women Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
Pink hats to recognize women's rights to their own bodies and to their privacy. Credits: TAP into East Brunswick

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - They started to arrive around 5 am on Saturday morning, armed with cases of water, big boxes of granola bars, and dozens of rolls of toilet paper and paper towels.  They were loud; they were proud, and they were ready.  One could almost say "fired up."

106 women and 1 man boarded a bus in the J.C. Penney parking lot at the Brunswick Square Mall to join travel to the Women's March on Washington. The mood was supportive an jovial as friends waited for the buses.  Mothers brought their daughters. Teenagers and senior citizens seemed united in purpose and eager to join other women from around the country to make sure their vices were heard by the new administration in the nation's capitol.

One East Brunswick mom who brought her two daughters said, "I want to do this for my girls.  I want them to grow up in a truly United States of America."  Like most march participants in this group, she stressed the feeling of solidarity she had with other women in the group and her desire to see a bright future for all women.

Sign Up for E-News

East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen supported all exercises of democracy surrounding the inauguration and the march: "It is a hallmark of our democracy that we enjoy the tradition of a peaceful transition of power. While we witnessed this yesterday, we remain a county that is very much divided. I wish President Trump well as he assumes the mantle of government. I hope that he will work to heal this divide. But that will only start if you talk less and listen more. I am proud of our residents who plan to exercise another great hallmark of our democracy- the right to free speech. I hope that their efforts lead us to a better place."

The bus trip was organized by Jennifer Harmon, a resident of East Brunswick and a speech therapist in the Milltown Public Schools.  "Planning the trip has given me a focus. I want my views to be heard," said Harmon.

Organizing the bus trip is the starting point of Harmon's "action plan" for the next four years: "I oppose policies that I find are not in the best interest of my children or me, " noting the Trump's positions on women's rights, charter schools and the press were unacceptable to her. "I didn't know that the freedom of the press was a negotiable thing.  It would not be this way if any other Republican had been elected."  

Many women going on the march expressed unhappiness with the content of President Donald J. Trump's Inaugural Address on Friday.  

The East Brunswick group left around 6:30 on Saturday morning to travel to RFK Memorial Stadium where marchers will take the D.C. Metro to the march site at Independence Avenue and 3rd Street SW. People are scheduled assemble at 10 a.m near the Smithsonian Museum. The bus drivers who arrived in East Brunswick confirmed that here was heavy traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike today.  Emergency closures on the Turnpike Extension Bridge between New Jersey and Pennsylvania were also expected to cause travel delays.

Over 300 "Sister Marches" of the Washington March are expected to take place all over the country and the world today. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a Democrat representing the 12th Congressional District that includes most of Middlesex County, chose not to attend the Presidential Inauguration yesterday. She will speak at the "sister march" in Trenton.  Representative Watson Coleman spent last evening at an interfaith prayer service at the Shiloh Baptist Church.  

In addition to marches in New York City and Philadelphia, more rallies will be held in New Jersey today including locations in Jersey City, Westfield, and Asbury Park.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


East Brunswick: I Don't Wanna Close Up, I'm a Toys-R-Us Kid

March 16, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick used to be the home of Meyer's toy store, an almost idyllic wonderland of all sorts of Barbies, parts for swimming pools, and clanging model trains until it closed in 2002.  Kay-Bee toy store was a popular stop at the Brunswick Square Mall until 2009, with a salesperson often displaying the newest gadget outside its door, causing eager kids ...


Piscataway – Reinhard Rudolf Kiefer, 85, died Sunday March 11, 2018 at home. Born in ...
Read more
Piscataway, NJ – Manuela Cruz, 94, born July 17, 1923, passed away peacefully on March 8, ...
Read more

12th Annual Interfaith Conference – Women in Islam on March 25

March 23, 2018

 MONROE, NJ -  Muslims for Peace, Inc. proudly announces the presentation of the 12th Annual Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Interfaith Conference – Women in Islam: A Dialogue.

The Conference will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Rutgers’ Cook Campus Student Center, 54 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. This year’s Conference will be hosted by Anisa Diab and ...

Middlesex County Young Republicans Host "Road to Victory" Event at the Green Turtle

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Middlesex County Young Republican Chairman John Steiner would like to announce the Middlesex County Young Republicans "Road to Victory" Reception, which will take place on March 22 at the Green Turtle in North Brunswick from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

This event will serve as the official launch for the 2018 campaign season for the Middlesex ...

Free Program for People with Diabetes Offered in Piscataway

Are you a person with Medicare living with diabetes or know someone who is? Take control of your health through a free and fun six-week workshop series.

Meet others going through similar experiences and learn about diabetes and its risks, preventing complications, healthy eating, exercise, medication management, dealing with stress and depression, action planning, and much more. Graduates from ...

Hillary Clinton coming to Rutgers, event moved to RAC to handle crowd

NEW BRUNSWICK – Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics will host former presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton on March 29.

Originally scheduled for the College Avenue Gym, the event, entitled “A Conversation with the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton,” has been moved to the Rutgers Athletic Center “due to the extraordinary level of ...

Holy Savior Academy Storm Varsity Basketball News

The Holy Savior Academy Storm Varsity basketball team concluded a very successful season by capturing two championships over the weekend.  The Storm continued the basketball program’s winning ways when the team captured the school’s fourth consecutive Diocese of Metuchen CYM Varsity White Division Championship on its home court on Saturday evening.  The team then secured the ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, March 24, 11:00 AM

Piscataway Little League Fields, Piscataway

Annual Piscataway Easter Egg Hunt

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, March 24, 12:00 PM

Middlesex County College - Center Cafe C, Edison

Mission 22 United in the War Against Veteran ...

Sat, March 24, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey , New Brunswick

Motown the Musical

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, March 25, 8:00 AM

St. Francis Episcopal Church, Dunellen

Palm Sunday

Religions And Spirituality

Sun, March 25, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey , New Brunswick

Motown the Musical

Arts & Entertainment

Springfield Fire Department Delivers Baby on West I-78

March 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - On March 20, 2018 at 8:14 a.m. the Springfield Fire Department was dispatched to Route 78 Westbound near milepost 50.2 for a report of a woman in labor on the side of the road.  

Captain Mastroeni (Unit 2) & Chief Palumbo (Unit 1) were the first units to arrive on scene, and quickly recognized that the woman would be unable to make it to the hospital in time for ...

Coffee, Tea or Fleas?

Two ducks are on a flight to Miami.  The first duck says to the second, “you flying south for the winter?”  The second duck replies, “Oh wow, a talking emotional support duck!”


Pa rum pum.


There have been a lot of news stories lately about animals traveling on airplanes.  Some are humorous, like the woman who recently tried to bring ...