Giving Back

Local Resident Reminds Everyone that ‘Hate Has No Home’ in Piscataway

L-R, Judy Payne, Ann Bastion, Allen Howard Credits: Judy Payne
Bottom row - Right to Left : Kiara R, Zoe W, Jessica N, Veronica P, Marquez S Middle row - Andrew W, Terrell D, Kendell D Top row - Kiara P, Izzy W Credits: Mindy Walsh
The Hatcher House Credits: Cindra Hatcher
L to R: Jayla McNeil, Sam Irwin, Kendall Tillman, Billy Irwin Credits: Staci Berger
L to R, Evan, Miranda, Michael & Jersey Dickinson Credits: Nicole Dickinson
L to R, Kesha Johnson, Jared Lewis, Madison Johnson, Chase Johnson Credits: Ralph Johnson
L to R, Ava Farmer & Owen Farmer Credits: Patti Farmer
The Rutherford-Pastras Home Credits: Joanne Rutherford-Pastras

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Lawn signs have been popping up around Piscataway as residents take a stand against the acts of intolerance that have been shown against religious, ethnic and immigration groups across the country, making some to feel unwelcome and unsafe in the communities where they live.

These acts of hate prompted township resident, Staci Berger and her family to want to do something to show their support and commitment “to the diverse community we are proud to call home.”

“When it became clear that President Trump and his administration would target people because of their religion or immigration or refugee status among other things, we started looking for a way to let our neighbors and visitors to our town know that we believe everyone should be welcome in our country and in our community,” Berger said, describing how Piscataway is made better by the variety of people and families who call the township their home.

Sign Up for E-News

Through a friend, she found out about the ‘Hate Has No Home Here’ (HHNHH) sign project in Chicago.

According to its website, the HHNHH sign project began when a group of neighbors from North Park, a Chicago neighborhood characterized by its diversity of age, race, nationality and ethnicity came together to declare their community free from hate speech and behavior, and instead be a safe place for conversation, work, learning and living.

HHNHH’s mission is to “promotes just and inclusive communities by encouraging neighbors to declare their homes, schools, businesses, and places of worship to be safe places where everyone is welcome and valued.”

“We wanted to let people know that in our home, we stand up for democracy, equality and justice,” Berger explained, describing how local incidents such as recent threats made to the Muslim Center of Middlesex County inspired her to want to post a sign on her lawn to demonstrate her concerns about intolerance. 

“After trying to create a few versions of a sign, I saw the one we chose on a friend's social media site,” Berger said about what led her to the HHNHH sign project that also asks supporters to use their creativity to start conversations in their communities about protecting and encouraging each other. “I thought it expressed the warmth and welcoming sentiment we wanted to share (about living in Piscataway).”

Berger’s posts on social media about participating in the HHNHH sign project met with a tremendous amount of support from her friends and neighbors in the Piscataway community. They wanted to know how to get one of the signs so they could stand with her in the fight for social tolerance.

Her husband had 100 of the lawn signs printed for her Valentine’s Day gift this past February which were snapped up quickly. “Another shipment of 100 arrived just the other day,” she said.

Susan Lopez was upset one morning to find her HHNHH sign appeared to have been vandalized just after setting it up.

“The first morning we woke up, our sign was mangled and bent on the lawn,” Lopez recalled. “I was incensed that someone would destroy my sign. Turned out from all of the tufts of fur and muddy hoof prints, the culprit was a deer running through my yard that ran into the sign. We bent it back into shape and cleaned it up. We were so glad it was not a mean human.”

“Everyone who has taken a sign for their lawn or their office is sending a message: together, we will stand up for the rights of our neighbors and friends who are threatened by the new administration or otherwise targeted by hate,” Berger continued, applauding the Piscataway Board of Education for their stance on the issue and for publicly recommitting to protecting all students.

She hopes the town council and mayor’s office will also commit to formal sanctuary community policies for the protection of everyone.

“These signs are a way for people who treasure the rich array of backgrounds and beliefs that make Piscataway a remarkable place to stand together, in solidarity, all around our town,” said Berger. “The tremendous response to this makes me so proud to live here and shows exactly what it means to say ‘We are PWay.’ "  

Township residents interested in more information on the ‘Hate Has No Home Here’ sign project or who would like to request a lawn sign can send an email to is an online newspaper serving the Township of Piscataway. Sign up for our FREE daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @PiscatawayTAP.

Businesses: Advertise with TAPinto Piscataway. Click here for more information.

Download the TAPinto App!   Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Edison Public Library Donation Drive for Edison Animal Shelter

June 6, 2018

The Edison Township Free Public Library is partnering with the Edison Animal Shelter to do a donation drive for the Edison Animal Shelter. There is a checklist of all items that are being accepted at the animal shelter. These checklists can be found above and the donation bins will be available at all three branches. We will be collecting items until the end of June. For more ...

Two Busted in $2.3 Million Perfume Heist from Edison Warehouse, say Feds

June 18, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – Two men have been charged for their alleged roles in transporting $2.3 million worth of perfume products stolen from an Edison warehouse, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Yunior Estevez, 33, of Hollywood, Florida, and Carlos Duvergel, 53, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, were both charged by complaint with conspiracy and with the interstate transport of stolen ...


Toms River – Mary Stella Whiteman, 97, passed away peacefully Saturday May 19, 2018 in Rose ...
Read more
Piscataway – Reinhard Rudolf Kiefer, 85, died Sunday March 11, 2018 at home. Born in ...
Read more

MCRO Chairwoman Panos Celebrates Re-Election, Promises Party Unity to Defeat Menendez

June 15, 2018

FORDS, NJ-  Middlesex County Republican Organization (MCRO) Chairwoman Lucille Panos of Old Bridge was re-elected to a second two-year term as that organization's chairwoman.  Also re-elected were Edison chairwoman Sylvia Engel as vice-chair, and South Brunswick chairwoman Antonia Kulberda as secretary.  Rounding out the victors was Harold Kane of Monroe, ...

Promise Culinary School Slates Open Houses June 21 and 22 in New Brunswick with Tours, Tastings, Prizes

Promise Culinary School will host open houses for the community and prospective students on Thursday, June 21, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Friday, June 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at 211 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. The events are free and open to the public.

The events will include kitchen tours, demonstrations, tastings, raffles and prizes. Tours and activities will be ...

Rutgers-Camden students who saved man from fire honored by City of Camden

Camden, NJ—The Rutgers-Camden students who saved an elderly man from a March fire at his Cooper Street home were honored by the City of Camden Tuesday night.

Mayor Frank Moran awarded proclamations to Corey Zytko, Jonathan Perez-Gaytan, Matteo Resanovic, Vanessa Solis Palma, Sehwan Park and Tammy Meneses on Tuesday, June 12.

On the night of March 23, the students were hanging out in ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, June 23, 9:00 AM

Quibbletown Park, Piscataway

Piscataway Township Paper Shredding Event

Government Green

Wed, June 27, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway

Empowerment for the Job Search: Applications & ...

Business & Finance

Thu, July 5, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway

Trivia Night at the Library!

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, July 11, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sing Three to Feature Fauré ...

Arts & Entertainment

Westfield High School Sophomore Dies; Counselors on Hand at School

June 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.

“Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death of Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High ...

A Date with Destiny

Leslie. . . it would be the bomb . . .  if we could go to prom . . . together.


For the record, Leslie is my wife, and this is my openly public attempt at a promposal.  


My twin high school seniors taught me about promposals, those cute, showy, and sometimes over-the-top ways of asking someone special to prom.  This year they have been on both the ...