Crochet-A-Long with Merry

Join fellow beginner, intermediate, and expert crochets for fibercraft and conversation. Register here for Thursday and here for Friday to receive the link to participate.

Thu, January 14
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Join fellow beginner, intermediate, and expert crochets for fibercraft and conversation. Register here for Thursday and here for Friday to receive the link to participate.

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Middlesex College Creating Apprenticeship Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing

January 14, 2021

Middlesex College is developing apprenticeship opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing through Career Advance USA, a U.S. Department of Labor-funded grant. Apprenticeships, developed and implemented in collaboration with employers, are earn-and-learn programs that combine formal classroom learning with on-the-job training.

For those seeking good jobs in this industry, apprenticeships are a ...

Last Chance to Register for Free Virtual Panel Discussion Featuring Distinguished COVID-19 Experts

TAPinto will host a panel discussion featuring distinguished COVID-19 experts on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. This virtual gathering is free for attendees, but registration is required. 

The panel, presented by Atlantic Health System and moderated by Communications Consultant Bruno Tedeschi, will feature Dr. Michelle Cholankeril, ...

IRS releases 2020 Progress Update; annual report details unprecedented year

WASHINGTON − The Internal Revenue Service released its 2020 annual report describing the agency’s work delivering taxpayer service and compliance efforts during COVID-19 while spotlighting actions taken by IRS employees to help people during the challenging year.

“Internal Revenue Service Progress Update / Fiscal Year 2020 – Putting Taxpayers First” outlines how ...

Former New Brunswick High School Vice Principal Files Discrimination Lawsuit

January 14, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A former New Brunswick High School vice principal has filed a discrimination lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court against the Board of Education and others, claiming she was terminated because of her race and age.

Rene Edghill Smith, 60, who is Black and lives in the Franklin Park section of Franklin Township, was responsible for, among other things, counseling ...

"A Warm Touch" from the Lap Tapestry Project Plus

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - For over 25 years, a small and dedicated group of community volunteers, known as the Lap Tapestry Project Plus, has used their knitting and crocheting skills to brighten the day of those who can use a warm touch.

            In honor of National Make A Difference Day in October, this group, led by East Brunswick Arts ...

One New Brunswick Firefighter Hurt in Warehouse Blaze

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One firefighter sustained a minor injury battling a fire at an abandoned warehouse at 298 Jersey Avenue on Tuesday night.

The fire was extinguished in about an hour and Jersey Avenue was reopened for traffic, according to a spokesman for the city.

The fire is still under investigation.

The New Brunswick Fire Department was dispatched at 9:11 p.m. following ...

Clean Energy Advances: Where’s Piscataway? The Mayor’s hostility to the PCEA is not serving residents well

January 6, 2021

Dear Editor:

We were excited by yesterday’s TAPinto news that the South Brunswick City Council has unanimously passed a Community Energy Aggregation (CEA) Program.  The program supports the bulk purchasing of clean energy for township residents and a transition to 100% clean energy use by 2030.  The article cites other Middlesex County towns that have also recently adopted CEA ...

New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

January 14, 2021

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

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

Rutgers' Carlin named New Jersey Sportscaster of the Year

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Chris Carlin, popular, scatchy-voiced Rutgers football play-by-play announcer, has been named the New Jersey Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

Monday's announcement marked the second time Carlin has received the honor.

"We are fortunate to have Chris as the voice of Rutgers football,” Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs ...


Monroe — William “Bill” Spora, 88, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at ...
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Dorothy Olga (Acton, Huber) Hamilton, 94 years old, passed away in her sleep at the Pines at ...
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Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios monthly column: New Year 2021


Welcoming a new year is traditionally an exciting time as we look ahead to celebrating all life’s moments with family and friends and preparing our New Year resolutions. The New Year has always been a time of promise for a brighter future. And as we said goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021, that sentiment was as powerful as it has ever ...

Belle Mead Doctor Charged with Sexual Assault of Patient in Office

January 14, 2021

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A 64-year-old Belle Mead doctor was arrested after a patient told police he had sexually assaulted her at his office in Franklin Township, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Dr. Chike J. Aguh of Mulberry Court, Belle Mead, is charged with 2nd degree Sexual Assault and 4th degree Sexual Contact. He is being held at the ...

Jersey City Girl Scouts Stand Up for Human Rights, Say no to Cookies

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Lending their voices to a fight against the use of child labor, Jersey City Girl Scout Troop 12026 won’t be selling those famous cookies this year.

The troop has joined a boycott started by a girl scout in Tennessee after an investigative report by the Associated Press uncovered the exploitative use of adult and child labor in obtaining palm oil, one of the ingredients ...

Highland Park's LaTourette Named Acting Head of State DEP

NEW JERSEY - Governor Phil Murphy today announced that Shawn LaTourette, a Highland Park resident, will serve as Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) beginning on January 16.

LaTourette, currently the Department’s Deputy Commissioner, takes the helm from Catherine R. McCabe, who will retire from public service on January 15 having spent more ...

What Unity Really Means

Like so many of you I’ve watched the events of the last week in horror.

I have not watched them in shock, I have long thought that violence would erupt during this transfer of power. I have seen the signs – the increasing violence, the rise in the acceptance of hate, racism, antisemitism and sexism. The armed militias, the increasing desperate cries, the willingness to use lies to ...

8 Ways to Navigate The Emotional Toll of Coronavirus

January 9, 2021

Coronavirus has taken its toll on everyone. From fears to frustrations, people are physically and mentally exhausted. In yoga and counseling sessions, people express anxiety, fatigue, grief, anger, annoyance, helplessness and even hopelessness. Everyone feels something about our situation during quarantine. 

Then…our children’s schools went full remote spring of 2020. Now if ...

Out With the Old In With the New

It is that time of year again. Where we sign up for gym memberships and then drive home disgruntled because on the first day of our January resolution the Lifecycle bikes to nowhere are fully occupied and there is a line for seaweed and kale shakes at the juice bar.

The good news is that the gyms are not open, so now there is a legitimate reason not to workout at all.

The bad news is that ...

Free Parenting Q&A for Moms of Teens

Stop struggling and start loving your teen again!

Bring your questions and concerns to an open Q&A for moms of adolescents (ages 8+). Let's tackle some of the issues that make parenting a teen so challenging:

* Where would a boundary help?
* What do you say, or not say, to keep lines of communication open?
* How do you build trust in your relationship?
* When should you get ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Jennifer Dericks of TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The TAPinto Featured Franchisee of the Month for January 2021 is Jennifer Dericks from TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton.

Dericks launched her two franchises back in 2012 after completing her term on the Sparta Board of Education and she’s been with TAPinto ever since.

“It would be more accurate to say TAPinto found me,” Dericks said. “I was ...