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NJ Education Officials: Schools Should Consider Screening Graduation Guests for Fevers

May 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Schools should consider screening visitors with noncontact thermometers and excluding anyone with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees, according to graduation ceremony guidelines released by the state Department of Education (DOH).

The guidance, released on May 27, outlines three options for K-12 school commencement ceremonies: virtual, drive-thru/drive-in and ...

Murphy Says Outdoor Graduations a Go: Effective July 6

NEW JERSEY - Governor Phil Murphy has just released information regarding outdoor graduations. They will be permitted after July 6th.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as soon as local schools release their plans.

Fine Print: NJ School Boards’ Report Starts Conversation on Reopening

Special to TAPintoSPF. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Title: “Searching for a ‘New Normal’ in New Jersey’s Public Schools”

Author: The New Jersey School Boards ...

Photos: Piscataway Celebrates 2020 Graduates (Updated)

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Lawn signs and displays are popping up all over Piscataway as residents celebrate the Class of 2020 — college graduates, high school seniors and eighth graders whose commencement ceremonies were canceled or will be held virtually as a result of coronavirus restrictions.

TAPinto Piscataway invited residents to show off photos of their lawn signs and displays for the ...

Piscataway Schools Named Best Community for Music Education; PHS Makes US News and World Report 2020 Best High Schools Rankings

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway school officials announced Tuesday that the district recently received two prestigious awards.  

In a Facebook post, they said:

“For the third consecutive year, the district overall was named a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that ...

Murphy Offers Ray of Hope for Those Wanting In-Person School Commencement Ceremonies

TRENTON, NJ - After New Jersey state officials recently told residents that in-person commencement ceremonies were not in the cards due to the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy offered a ray of hope to those hoping that actual in-person graduation events could happen at some point in the coming summer months.

Near the conclusion of his daily New Jersey ...

Piscataway BOE Amends District Calendar – Last Day of School Now June 16

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the continuation of virtual learning, the Piscataway Board of Education, at a virtual meeting on May 14, revised and approved changes to the calendar for the current school year. 

In his Friday update to families, Piscataway Superintendent Dr. Frank Ranelli said:  

“Last night, the Board of Education approved a ...

NJ Schools to Get $280M in Federal Emergency Aid, But Future Still Uncertain

Special to TAPintoSPF by John Mooney of NJ Spotlight (not the TAPintoSPF editor). This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

New Jersey’s public schools stand to gain more than $280 million in federal emergency aid due to the ...

For Now, Virtual Graduation for Piscataway High School Seniors

PISCATAWAY, NJ — With the end of the school year fast approaching, and virtual instruction and restrictions on mass gatherings still in place because of COVID-19, many families of Piscataway High School seniors have been left wondering if an in-person graduation ceremony will ever be able to take place.

“In a May 8, 2020 communication from the New Jersey Department of Education ...

16 Piscataway Residents Named to Dean's List at Montclair State University

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Sixteen Piscataway residents have been named to the Fall 2019 Dean's List at Montclair State University.

Ashley Khan majoring in Nutrition and Food Science.

Jonae Gordon majoring in Family Science & Human Development.

Kyndall Lennon majoring in Exercise Science.

Jocelyn Creekmur majoring in Theatre Studies.

Kai Baker majoring in ...

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Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 20, 2020

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

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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 ...

Employers can grant paid leave for COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employers can grant paid leave for an employee to take care of their health needs related to COVID-19 or to care for their family members. This relief helps ensure employees are not forced to choose between being paid or staying home to care for themselves, a child or other family member.

 

In addition to the relief for employees, ...

New Jersey to Launch Online Grocery Shopping for SNAP Recipients

(TRENTON) —  New Jerseyans enrolled in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use their benefits to order groceries online starting next week.  Online shopping will be available through Amazon and participating Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers.

NJ SNAP recipients will be able to use their benefits card to order groceries from ...

Two Arrested in South Plainfield After Sting Into Senior Phone Scam

May 27, 2020

A man and a woman were under arrest in the Borough of South Plainfield, accused of scamming an elderly woman from Memphis, TN, and authorities are again warning residents to be wary of such schemes.

Police say the victim received a phone call on Thursday, May 21st, 2020, from a man who said the victim's grandson was arrested and needed bail money for his release.

The victim was ...

"Limitless": Special Virtual Event from Library on June 8

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ- Attend this virtual talk by Keri Mandell, ultra marathoner, Ironman, Crossfit coach and yoga instructor/studio owner.  Please register for this event and for more details about Keri on the Library's Events Calendar at http://www.sbpl.info  Online meeting information will be sent to you a few days before Keri's talk!

As a former special ...

Lee Kenneth Richardson, Crossroads Theatre Company Co-Founder, passes away at 69

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Lee Kenneth Richardson, who co-founded Crossroads Theatre Company and watched it rise from humble beginnings in a converted sewing factory to become a Tony Award-winning local theater, has died.

Richardson passed away Sunday at 69 after compiling a long and varied career around theater, according to a press release from Crossroads Theatre Company. The press release ...

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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 ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

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 ...

Voters Can Set Term Limits

May 26, 2020

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 three months. But one thing that’s stood out to me is the need for TERM LIMITS.

Mayor Wahler has been mayor for 20 years, and now wants another 4-year term. Wahler and his friends Bob Smith ...

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 secured voting rights. I had a firsthand view of political activism with my grandmother and mother holding committee person positions in my hometown. These women in particular, “walked the ...

Rutgers Makes Standardized Admissions Tests Optional for 2021 Applicants

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – To address the i­ncreasing concerns of students and families about the availability of standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers University-New Brunswick will make these tests optional for students applying for admission for the spring or fall 2021 semesters.

The temporary policy is driven by nationwide cancellations of the SAT ...

Obituaries

Piscataway – Rose Marie Saparito, 86, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at St. Luke’s ...
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South Plainfield, NJ – Louis Takacs Sr. passed away peacefully at his home on May 1, ...
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Bateman Criticizes Turnpike, GSP Toll Hikes While NJ Focused on COVID-19

May 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey motorists and interstate truck drivers will have to deposit more money in their EZ Pass accounts by September as the New Jersey Turnpike Authority on Wednesday voted unanimously in a virtual meeting to increase tolls by 27 percent on the Garden State Parkway and 36 percent on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The toll hikes go into effect Sept. 13.

Gov. Phil Murphy expressed ...

Whoopi Goldberg to Speak to Kean University's Class of 2020 at Virtual Commencement

UNION, NJ – Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29. 

More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will attend the online event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and speeches from Martin Luther King III, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, student leaders and ...

May 27 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 3,960 Cases, 406 Deaths

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Wednesday reported 3,960 cases of COVID-19 with a total of 406 deaths.

There are 132 cases in Somerville and 6 deaths.

Statewide, there is a total of 156,628 cases, an increase of 864 overnight, with 11,191 deaths reported, an increase of 148 since Tuesday, according to the State Department of Health.There are 1,692,786 cases in ...

Skills I Thought I’d Never Need Again (Or Ever)

Skills I thought I’d never need again (or ever)

Or how I put my skills to work in this new world

 

Every post-apocalypse movie has this weird combination of technology and pioneer sensibilities. I’ve always thought that odd – if there were droids watching over them, why were they cooking over an open hearth, if you have flying cars why aren’t your stores ...

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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

Sat, July 4, 11:00 AM

East Jersey Old Town Village, Piscataway

A Revolutionary Celebration - Independence Day on ...

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Sat, July 18, 12:00 PM

Gettysburg Reenactment Field, Gettysburg

Liberty Base Ball Club of New Brunswick in the ...

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Sun, July 19, 12:00 PM

Gettysburg Reenactment Field, Gettysburg

Liberty Base Ball Club of New Brunswick in the ...

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Sat, August 1, 12:00 PM

Rahway River Park, Rahway

Elizabeth Resolutes vs. Liberty Base Ball Club of ...

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Keeping an Eye on Our Mental Health During These Unsettling Times

May 17, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – It’s been two months since we have been under stay at home orders.  This quarantine has forced many of us to make big changes to our daily routines.  With the state of New Jersey surpassing one million people filing for unemployment, financial difficulties are mounting. Couple this with the stresses of home-schooling children and the fear of contracting a deadly ...

Terms of Graduation

Greetings graduating class of 2020! Woohoo! You did it!

I am honored and proud to offer these unsolicited congratulatory remarks on your incredible achievement, and to provide some inspirational words of encouragement as you move on to do all of the great and momentous things you truly are meant to do.

This was not a good year to be Seniors. As you know, people over 65 are at much higher ...

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 ...