Letters to the Editor

  • Stay Woke - End Racism

    June 5, 2020

    For the many that are woke to the centuries of racial injustices, racial disparity and overall racial oppression in the world; there are still those that unfortunately do not get the meaning of ...

  • Welcoming Giana with Justice

    To the Editor,

    Last night, Piscataway welcomed a new baby, Giana Butler. On the day she was born, her mother, Quiyana, was helping to plan a community vigil for racial justice in our town.  ...

  • Hometown Lessons

    To the Editor:

    I didn’t expect to be spending the spring semester of my junior year in college quarantined in Piscataway, my hometown. I’ve been enjoying my time at Franklin and ...

  • Voters Can Set Term Limits

    I don’t know if everyone in Piscataway has been following the race for Mayor and Council seats in the upcoming Democratic primary. For sure, we’ve all had a lot on our plates these past ...

  • Why I Am Voting for “Dems on Our Side”

    Growing up, voting was always a priority in my household. As a family, we’d watch televised debates and were told how we were literally the first generation of voters in the family BORN with ...

  • May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month"

    Dear Editor:

    Members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) celebrate May as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” to promote awareness of the audiology and ...

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Milestones

Saniya Myers of Piscataway Receives 2020 Dean of Students Award

May 27, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- Congratulations to Saniya Myers of Piscataway, NJ for receiving a 2020 Dean of Students Award at Montclair State University.

Award recipients must have a 2.75 GPA or above and are selected by class year:

First-Year: Saniya Myers
Second-Year: Francesca Leonard
Junior: Joseph Dybas
Senior: Karina Escobar
Graduate: Daniel Waffenfeld

Recipients are selected ...

Kaamal Naheim Stewart Earns Degree from Albright College

Kaamal Naheim Stewart Earns Degree from Albright College

May 15, 2020

Kaamal Naheim Stewart of Piscataway, N.J., earns an Albright College Bachelor of Science degree, this spring. A graduate of Piscataway High School, Stewart studied Business Administration: Marketing at the college.

Although an in-person Commencement ceremony ...

Viviana Sanchez Graduates Piscataway High School

-Viviana started out at Our Lady of Fatima in Piscataway, then moved to Sacred Heart before going to Quibbletown Middle School and now is graduating from Piscataway High School.

-Viviana has been swimming for Piscataway High School earning her varsity letter as a freshman and MVP during her Junior year. In addition, she has danced at Rising Stars for over 10 years!

-Viviana was accepted to ...

Cedar Hill Prep School Preschoolers Add Fun to Morning Routine

June 1, 2020

SOMERSET, NJ - Preschoolers continued having so much fun in their virtual classrooms. Each day the children had to dress in a different theme. Monday was pajama day, Tuesday the children wore silly mismatched socks, Wednesday they wore their superhero shirts, Thursday they wore their favorite sports activity on a shirt and the best was on Friday when it was crazy hair day!!!! Everyone enjoyed ...

Piscataway Residents Earn Graduate Degree from The University of Scranton

SCRANTON, PA -- Piscataway residents were among the more than 600 master's and doctoral degree candidates at The University of Scranton whose degrees were conferred at a virtual celebration ceremony on May 30. Degrees were conferred to graduates in a group who had completed their academic degree requirements in August and December of 2019, as well as January and May of 2020. A formal ...

Jason Lim of Piscataway Earns Master of Science Degree from Georgia Tech

ATLANTA, GA -- Jason Lim of Piscataway, NJ, has earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Lim was among approximately 4,050 undergraduate and graduate students who earned degrees during the Spring 2020 semester. Students were celebrated during a virtual celebration held on May 1. They will also be honored during in-person ...

South Plainfield Leaders: It’s Time for ‘Prayer, Reflection, Confidence and Trust’

June 5, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield leaders, including the mayor, police chief, and members of the council, this week joined together to denounce the actions of the Minneapolis police officers and mourn the killing of George Floyd.

“As mayor of the borough, like all Americans, I was outraged by the senseless murder of George Floyd. We stand with George Floyd’s family ...

Princeton Woman Killed in Hit-And-Run Near North Brunswick Dunkin Donuts

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Alysa Kristjanson, a  22-year-old Princeton woman, was killed this morning in a hit-and-run accident on Route 130 in North Brunswick in the early morning.  She was a pedestrian.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Director Kenneth P. McCormick of the North Brunswick Police Department said police are investigating the ...

Police Seeking Help in Identifying South Amboy Stabbing Suspect

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and local police are asking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected in last week’s stabbing death.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Darren LaVigne of the South Amboy Police Department are searching for the suspect in the stabbing death of Robert Spiegel, ...

Book Discussion: Driving While Black with Dr. Gretchen Sorin

Dr. Gretchen Sorin will join Piscataway Public Library for an online book discussion of their new work Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights on Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm. You can use your library card to download your copy of the audiobook from hoopla. Don’t have a library card? Get one today.
 

Driving While Black is an account of the ...

Feature Your High School Senior on TAPinto Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, NJ — With high school graduation ceremonies for the public to attend unlikely in June, TAPinto Piscataway is offering parents of Piscataway High School seniors the opportunity to feature their child on the website.

The feature will include which Piscataway schools your child attended throughout his/her academic journey, what clubs/sports he/she has participated in ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

This is why New Jersey Needs “Vote By Mail”

May 1, 2020

This is why New Jersey Needs “Vote By Mail”

I’m Russ Cirincione, a New Deal Democrat running for Congress in CD-6 . Two things are very important to me: protecting the health and well being of the New Jerseyans and protecting the right to vote. If you had the chance to prevent the spread of coronavirus, save lives, and strengthen the People’s voice in elections, would ...

Russ Cirincione, a New Deal Democrat, files to run for Congress against incumbent Frank Pallone in the Democratic Primary

Old Bridge, NJ—Russ Cirincione, a New Deal Democrat, filed to run for Congress in New Jersey’s CD-6 (Middlesex and Monmouth). Cirincione is challenging 32-year incumbent Congressman Frank Pallone in the Democratic primary election on June 2, 2020.

Russ Cirincione is a 32-year-old father and government attorney. Russ said this about his campaign: “I’m running because we ...

Stay Woke - End Racism

June 5, 2020

For the many that are woke to the centuries of racial injustices, racial disparity and overall racial oppression in the world; there are still those that unfortunately do not get the meaning of messages like Black Lives Matter or Black Lives Matter Too. Now, I know that comes from a lacking in knowledge as well as understanding about our Holocaust from past atrocities all the way to the present ...

Welcoming Giana with Justice

To the Editor,

Last night, Piscataway welcomed a new baby, Giana Butler. On the day she was born, her mother, Quiyana, was helping to plan a community vigil for racial justice in our town.  Giana will be three days old when we hold the vigil this Thursday, to stand up for social equality at a time of national inequity and injustice. 

We will hold signs that say “If You Want ...

Esha Rao - Graduates Rutgers, Becomes an Officer in the United States Navy

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NJ - Rutgers University held a graduation ceremony for its 2020 class using virtual commencement videos on May 31, 2020. Current graduates were unable to attend an in-person graduation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current social distancing measures in place, so an alternative ceremony was held online. In addition to the videos, which included statements from students and ...

Obituaries

Piscataway, NJ – Joseph Coppola, Sr., 75, passed away on May 27, 2020 surrounded by his ...
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Piscataway – Rose Marie Saparito, 86, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at St. Luke’s ...
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(VIDEO) Black Lives Matter Protest March Thru Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Westfield

June 5, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD/WESTFIELD, NJ -- An estimated 1,500 people gathered, prayed, chanted, and displayed their outrage over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis last week, but the crowd spoke the loudest when it said nothing at all for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. 

Co-organizer Morghan Johnson asked the crowd to remain silent for the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer kept his ...

June 4 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 422 Deaths, 4,075 Cases

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health reported Thursday that 4,075 residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic hit locally in March, an increase of 9 overnight, with the death toll at 422.

The US Centers for Disease Control this morning reported 109,639 COVID-19 deaths in the United States, with a total of 1,910,843 cases. Worldwide, there are ...

Understanding, Love and Compassion Create Change: A NJ Football Coach's Inspiring Letter

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Austin Holman is the coach of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team. He sent this letters to his players, coaches, parents and supporters. With Coach Holman's permission, TAPinto has reprinted his thoughtful and moving letter.

Dear Raider Family:

I write this to you as the leader of the football community in the district of Scotch ...

How Can We Do Better?

There are both too many things to say and nothing to say. I am horrified and yet unsurprised, I am heartbroken for my friends who fear for their children, who have to have “the talk” with their young sons. I am longing for a leader who will work to weave the country back together rather than rip us apart.

I am heartbroken by the violence that has erupted and by the predatory ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, June 6, 12:00 PM

Parking lot of Menlo Park Mall, near Barnes & Noble and Cheesecake Factory, Edison

Drive By Food Drive for Middlesex County

Food & Drink Giving Back

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Sun, June 14, 10:30 AM

Online Event, registration: VedantaUSA.org , Somerset

Calmness in Turbulence: Live Online Event

Education Giving Back Health & Wellness Religions And Spirituality

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Wed, June 17, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library , Piscataway

Book Discussion: Driving While Black with Dr.

Education Travel

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Thu, June 18, 4:00 PM

Zoom Webinar, Online

RWJ Pride Month LGBTQ+ Learning Sessions

Education

Sat, July 4, 11:00 AM

East Jersey Old Town Village, Piscataway

A Revolutionary Celebration - Independence Day on ...

Arts & Entertainment

A Few Tips for Safe Vacationing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 31, 2020

Hurrying off to The Hamptons or Hilton Head? Carpooling to Cape Cod or Cape May?

With Memorial Day behind us and summer just down the road, a Rutgers expert recommends that you pack your hand sanitizer, mask and common sense along with your sunscreen and sandals when you go on vacation.

Whether you're headed to the Grand Canyon or the Grand Tetons this summer, COVID-19 could be there to ...

Rules of Engagement

The unofficial start to summer has begun and people are emerging gingerly from their Covid-free lairs like bears from hibernation. And after months living in quarantine without pants or haircuts, the question on all of our minds as we contemplate going out in public is, how is this supposed to work?

Here are some useful etiquette tips to help you open up this summer.

There seems to be so ...

Turn Your Mess into Your Message

I didn't realize how much of my life I had to share, (and how messy it was) until we were in the parent program at Hyde School.  I didn't understand the amazingly positive impact it could have on my children until then.  The key, though, is telling it with humility and without lecturing.

Honestly, I feel that I've lived a charmed life in many ways.  And ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...