UAA Speaker Series: Follow the Drinking Gourd

  Undergraduate Academic Affairs is sponsoring Follow the Drinking Gourd, a musical group that takes its name from the song used to guide enslaved people to freedom on the Underground Railroad. The trio presents original programs on the African American experience in music, along with commentary and a visual presentation of historic images to enhance the experience. The group will focus on music of the Harlem Renaissance for this performance. The Gourd consists of pianist Diane Goldsmith and singers Beverly Owens and Ivan Woods, who doubles on saxophones and clarinet. Please join us at 7:00pm on February 26, 2018 in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center for this special event. Also, please share publicity of this event with interested colleagues and students. Please reserve your seat at
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  1. Cara M. Macaluso
  2. (848) 932-0341
Tue, February 26
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
Add to My Calendar 02/26/2019 7:00pm 02/26/2019 9:00pm America/New_York UAA Speaker Series: Follow the Drinking Gourd

Undergraduate Academic Affairs is sponsoring Follow the Drinking Gourd, a musical group that takes its name from the song used to guide enslaved people to freedom on the Underground Railroad. The trio presents original programs on the African American experience in music, along with commentary and a visual presentation of historic images to enhance the experience. The group will ...

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Make Your Voice Heard: Vote for the Column A Democrats on July 7

July 5, 2020

There are a lot of questions about the July 7 Primary election. Here is some important information about making sure your voice is heard:

Voters who did not receive a mail ballot or have misplaced their ballot can still vote in person for Column A for Piscataway on July 7! Anyone who wishes to vote in person or had any difficult with their mail in ballot can vote in person ...

Five Big Tax Mistakes

Don't let them happen to you!

Every year taxpayers are hit with tax surprises that could be avoided if they just knew the rules. Here are five big ones that are easy to avoid with some simple planning.

Mistake #1. Withholding too little. This results in a tax surprise when filing your income tax return. Don’t be too hard on yourself if this happens to you. Social Security ...

Leadership for Challenging Times

What do health care professionals, social justice advocates, working families’ activists, environmentalists and a Baptist pastor have in common, right here in Piscataway?

They’ve all endorsed Piscataway’s Column A Democrats in this important primary: Bill Irwin for Mayor, with Ralph Johnson, Laura Leibowitz and Kamuela ‘Nikki’ Tillman for ...

Three Injured in July 4 Head-On Collision on Route 18

July 6, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — A head-on auto accident involving two vehicles left three hospitalized early on Saturday morning.

On July 4 at approximately 5:02 a.m., East Brunswick police received calls that a vehicle was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Route 18 from the Old Bridge border. According to East Brunswick police, the vehicle crashed into another vehicle that was ...

Another Child Drowns in East Brunswick

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department announced today that another drowning occurred in the township on Independence Day.  The tragic event followed close on the heels of a similar pool accident in the township that took the lives of three family members on June 22, 2020.

Police responded to a home on Sandalwood Drive for a four-year-old drowning victim at on July 4, ...

New Brunswick's Juneteenth Celebration on July 4th Celebrates Freedoms Won

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – “It’s July 4th,” the speaker said to those assembled across Monument Park, “but is it really Independence Day for all?”

Her question cut straight to the heart of Saturday’s Juneteenth celebration.

About 300 people attended the event that brought together city residents, Rutgers students, Blacks, Whites, members of the LGBTQ ...

Brian C. Wahler Candidate for Mayor Column B

July 3, 2020

Like you, the Column B Democrats are excited for our Community Center to open.  With opportunities for all generations and fun for the whole family, it will be a friendly place of gathering for everyone in Piscataway.

Our Community Center very much represents our Township: all groups of all backgrounds enjoying each other as neighbors and friends.  Crucial to its success, like the ...

Vote Democrat Bill Irwin for Mayor, Column A

I am proud to be running for Mayor with my friends and neighbors in Column A, and I am deeply moved by the support I have received from so many of you already.  Thanks to everyone who has reached out to discuss your concerns, make suggestions and offer encouragement.  (If you have questions, you can always reach me at 732-406-2970 or  We ...

Vote Democrat Ralph Johnson for Council, Column A

I have lived in Piscataway with my wife Kesha Pickett-Johnson and our family for nearly 20 years. I am the proud father of four children, including PHS graduates and two currently enrolled students. I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from West Virginia University, and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Saint Peter’s College.  Currently, I ...

Democrat Kamuela "Nikki" Tillman for Piscataway Council, Column A

Hello Piscataway! I am Kamuela “Nikki” Tillman, a long-time Township resident, and a self-described “transplant from the East Orange/Newark area.” A single mom, I have raised my three amazing children, Kiki, Kaa’lah and Kendall here in our wonderful community.  I am a Special Education English teacher in Union Township, and am excited to be running for Township ...

Chanelle Scott-McCullum Candidate for Piscataway Township Council Column B

When my grandfather in Perth Amboy founded the area’s first Democratic organization for African Americans, he began a far-reaching legacy in Central New Jersey. He understood that communities were built when every person and group had a voice that would be heard and valued.

Now for three generations, my family has continued his tradition of serving the public and engaging the community, ...

Democrat Laura Leibowitz for Township Council

I have been a resident of Piscataway for over 15 years, and am proud to be the longest serving public school teacher at Piscataway High School. As a teacher of and advocate for children with special needs, I value and practice open communication and transparency.  One of my many concerns is what I have called “the stonewall of silence” that so many residents ...

Kapil K. Shah Candidate for Piscataway Township Council Column B

The summer is always a special time for me as we celebrate the liberty of America on July 4th and the freedom of India on August 15th.  The independence days of these two great nations, both former colonies of the British, is a tribute to the vital principle that responsible citizens can elect their own leaders and choose their own destiny.

For many dedicated Americans of South Asian ...

Gabrielle Cahill Candidate for Piscataway Township Council Column B

Piscataway Strong!  That’s more than a cheer.  It is a confirmation that Column B Democrats have brought diverse people together as one community and bolstered our Township to withstand hardships and achieve results.

Whether it was Superstorm Sandy or the Covid-19 pandemic, Column B Democrats have worked to get our Township families and local businesses the resources they ...

This is why New Jersey Needs “Vote By Mail”

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 ...

Vote Column A, We Finally Have a Choice!

July 3, 2020

I moved to Piscataway in 1997. Shortly after, in 2000, Brian Wahler was elected mayor of this town. He was re-elected again in 2004, 2008, 2012, and re-elected once more in 2016. Like everyone else, I read the posts and comments on Facebook saying "Vote him out" and "King Wahler must go" and "Somebody please challenge this guy." 

Well, at long last, somebody ...

Column B Democrats

I will vote Column B in the New Jersey Primary.  It is without question that I will support the Biden/Booker ticket along with all of the Column B Democrats. Here is why I support our local Piscataway elected officials running on the Column B line.

Mayor Wahler, council members, Gabrielle Cahill, Kapil Shah and Chanelle Scott-McCullum are working hard to lead our town through the COVID-19 ...

Vote Column A to Protect Our Health & Our Environment

In Piscataway, we are facing an Environmental Crisis because of Global Climate Change.

Are our elected leaders preparing our community well for it? I say no.

As a long-time resident of our town, I have more questions than I have answers about what our current officials are doing:

Why don’t we have an elected environmental commission with OPEN Meetings?

Why did the Mayor and Town ...

Thank You, Piscataway Police Officers!

Just wanted to give a huge thank you to Piscataway Police. Tonight my phone alerted me there was activity going on in my backyard. Turns out, it seems like someone was trying to break into my work truck. 

I can't thank PPD's response time and professionalism enough! Once called, I would say the response time was no longer than 3 minutes. If the thieves had been successful in ...

Why I’m Voting for Column B

Why I’m Voting for Column B

There has been much talk about the election this year.  Democrats are asking who can defeat Donald Trump.  Here in Piscataway I’m so glad that Mayor Wahler and the Council members Gabrielle Cahill, Kapil Shah and Chanelle Scott-McCullum are on Column B right along with Joe Biden, Senator Cory Booker and Congressman Frank Pallone.  This is ...

Take Our 2020 Reader Survey: We Want to Hear From You

Local news is more important than ever.  To fulfill our mission of providing our readers with objective, daily, local news, we’re conducting a survey on what our readers think about TAPinto and how they engage with the news.  We invite you to take our 2020 Reader Survey   

Your feedback is important to us and helps us improve the quality of your reader ...

Lawmaker Says NJ Should Pick up Restaurants’ Tab for Indoor Dining Stoppage

July 6, 2020

NEW JERSEY — The owner of Sweet Waters Steakhouse in Westfield stocked up for the restart of indoor dining in advance of the July Fourth weekend restart. That was before Gov. Phil Murphy announced the cancelation of inside dining two days before its anticipated comeback originally slated for July 2.

Frank DeLillo purchased meat and fish, among other foods, for ...

Rutgers, Named for a Slave Owner, Will Keep its Name, Says University's First Black President

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Even in this era where statues of explorers are being dismantled, schools named after presidents are being rebranded and sports teams are replacing racially insensitive nicknames, don't expect Rutgers to change its name.

The subject was raised to new university president Jonathan Holloway at a news conference on Monday at Winants Hall - the very building Rutgers' ...


PISCATAWAY, NJ — Nancy Ann Bossert, 73, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, June ...
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Plainfield Police Statement on Sunday Night Stabbing

July 6, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — According to a statement from Plainfield Police, units responded around 8 p.m. Sunday to a home on the 400 block of Orchard Place on a report of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers located three individuals with non-life threatening injuries, and the victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The Plainfield Police Criminal Investigation Bureau is ...

NJ Restaurant Association CEO Predicts More Closures if Indoor Dining Doesn't Return Soon

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy surprised restaurant owners who had been preparing for the return of indoor dining on Thursday, July 2, by announcing just four days before that indoor seating would be delayed indefinitely. 

Having spent money ordering food, retraining workers, and purchasing PPE and cleaning supplies, restaurant owners were justifiably upset when he postponed the ...

July 5 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: Death Toll Increases to 451

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Sunday reported a total of 4,361 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 11 new cases overnight; with the death toll increasing by two victims to 451.

Somerville has a total of 143 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March, with 6 deaths.

The New Jersey Department of Health ...

Celebrating the Communities We Build

So, you may have noticed I missed a week, which is odd because I had something written, not this but something. My excuse is this – COVID has warped my sense of time, I go to make my Thursday call on Tuesday then on Friday I wonder how I missed Thursday. Holidays have the potential to go unnoticed too – I’m horrible with dates so forgetting my own birthday is fairly easy even in ...

The Voice of a Poet: To Those Leaving Elementary School in June 2020

July 5, 2020

I imagine that, for some of you, being graduated by your elementary school doesn’t feel like much at all—just another day in your house, trying to stay out of your parents’ way while they dutifully work from their makeshift home offices.

But you’d be wrong to think that this isn’t much at all. This is a momentous occasion. You have done what no generation of ...

Carved In Stone

A Monumental History Lesson

On July 4, 1863, Union soldiers began the arduous and grizzly task of burying over 7,000 dead bodies in trenches and shallow graves. Later, as rains had washed away the ground cover re-exposing the stench of blackened and gnarled limbs, the town of Gettysburg took on the task of exhuming the bodies and consecrating them in the newly created Soldiers National ...

Are You a Prisoner of Your Own Life? Three Steps to Free Yourself.

Have you seen the movie, All I Wanna Do? It’s a relatively unknown film from the late 1990s. On the surface, this movie about an all-girls boarding school in the early 1960s is fluff. But as the story develops, we learn that some of the girls are there because they are rebels, hard to handle, there because their parents didn’t know what else to do. Fluff, fluff, ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Kathy Cryan of TAPinto Union

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of July 2020 is Kathy Cryan, who owns and operates TAPinto Union.  With a background in business, Cryan has amassed a very large readership, routinely breaking 150,000 pageviews per month with more than 3,500 residents subscribed to the free daily newsletter and almost 5,000 followers on Facebook, while building a profitable online ...