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Mark Your Calendar: End of Year Dates for Piscataway Schools

May 10, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — As students and staff start to look to the end of the 2020-2021 school year, Piscataway Superintendent Dr. Frank Ranelli reminded families of some important dates to remember. 

He listed them in his May 5 letter:

May 13 – Eid-al-Fitr. All schools are closed for students and staff.
May 17 – Five day in-person learning begins for all ...

Piscataway Resident Receives Literacy NJ's Volunteer Excellence Award

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC) recently announced that Kathy England of Piscataway was one of three tutors chosen from New Jersey for Literacy NJ's Volunteer Excellence Award.

“I really appreciate (the recognition), especially since it’s awarding me for something that I truly love doing and feel I’m already very rewarded for in the ...

Two Piscataway Residents Set to Graduate from ESU

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA — Olivia Lukshides and Deandre Scott of Piscataway will graduate from the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania this spring.

Lukshides will receive a Master’s in Exercise Physiology and Scott will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Political Science.

A total of 775 bachelor's degrees, 203 master's degrees ...

Piscataway School District Names Dr. Alex Gray Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Dr. Alex Gray has been named Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Piscataway Township Schools.

“In his new role, Dr. Gray will share his wealth of knowledge and experience in diversity and inclusion across the entire district,” said Superintendent Dr. Frank Ranelli during Thursday’s school board meeting. “He has attended countless ...

Students Back in Classrooms on All Five MCVTS Campuses

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - In-person classes have resumed on all five campuses of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.

Since April 19, both academic and career-education classes have been held in person, although students still have the option of virtual education.

Since September, career-education classes had been held in person five days a week, while academic classes were ...

Piscataway Schools to Begin In-Person Instruction 5-Days-a -Week

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway Superintendent Dr. Frank Ranelli announced Friday that students who currently attend school in-person as Group 1 or Group 2 hybrid students will soon be able to be there five days a week. 

Under the new plan that starts Monday, May 17th, Ranelli said Mondays and Fridays will remain as early dismissal days for all ...

Piscataway Resident Raen See to Speak at Dean College Commencement for the Class of 2021

FRANKLIN, MA — Dean College has announced that Piscataway resident Raen See will be the student speaker for the Class of 2021 at their 155th Commencement Ceremony.

In their announcement, college officials said:

“Raen is a bachelor’s degree recipient with a major in Arts and Entertainment Management. While at Dean College, Raen has actively participated in ...

Piscataway Schools: April 30 Vaccination Day Cancelled; Hybrid Day of Learning for Students

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway Township Schools announced Wednesday that the Friday, April 30th vaccination day for staff is cancelled, and students will resume their regular day of hybrid learning.

Superintendent Dr. Frank Ranelli’s alert to Piscataway families said:

“We are in the same situation we were in last week regarding vaccinations for staff. Our provider will ...

Piscataway Schools: Vaccines for Staff Members; Remote Day of Learning April 30

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway Township Schools announced that Friday, April 30th is the rescheduled COVID-19 vaccination date for all interested staff members.

School officials made the announcement to parents on Friday noting that “to ensure the district’s proper operation, this day will be an all remote day for all students in the district. There will not be any in-person ...

Statement on Derek Chauvin Verdict from Piscataway Schools

Millions of Americans watched yesterday, as a verdict was delivered in the case against former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, for the death of George Floyd. This case has caused pain and led to protests and candid discussions across the country, including here in Piscataway. We support our students and families, and acknowledge the impact this case has had on them. We are hopeful that ...

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"Giving Thanks" Virtual Concert to Air on June 17, 2021

May 7, 2021

With participation from faith organizations and individuals like Temple Sholom, Temple Emanu-El, Evangel Chapel Worship Team, Calvary Baptist Church, St. Francis' Episcopal Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Renee Connell, Buddy Williams, Barbara Dever, Christina Morgan-Diaz, Joycelyn Hunte, Brian Padilla, Nwaoji Joseph, Elizabeth Alfaro, and Selena Ramirez!

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CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program to be Offered Virtually by Rutgers Cooperative Extension

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY --  The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) of Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) has launched “NJ Empower to Prevent,” its local version of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. 

This project is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Diabetes Prevention and Control Program of the New Jersey Department of ...

As hurricane season nears, IRS reminds people to prepare for natural disasters

WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service reminds everyone that May includes National Hurricane Preparedness Week and is also National Wildfire Awareness Month. Now is a good time to create or review emergency preparedness plans for surviving natural disasters.

In the last year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared major disasters following hurricanes, tropical storms, ...

Black Women Shunned from Piscataway Council

May 12, 2021

Diversity encompasses racial justice and demolishing sexism. This goes beyond an apology. It means putting your words to action.

Real change begins by coming to grips with the fact that just because things were done a certain way doesn’t mean that’s how they should’ve been done or should continue to be done.

As an organization and township moving ...

Piscataway Residents Nominate Community Servants for Open Council Seat

More than 50 residents sent the following letter to the Piscataway Democratic Organization and the Piscataway Municipal Council, urging them to choose a Democrat with a proven track record of community service to fill the open seat on our Township Council.  We believe it would be a statement of both good government and Democratic Party unity to choose one of the candidates who ...

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Missing Man: Alan Chan, 67, of East Brunswick

May 11, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The East Brunswick Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating alan Chan, 67, of East Brunswick.

Chan was last seen on Tuesday, May 11, leaving his residence in a black Honda CR-V (NJ license N38NLM)

He is described as an Asian male with black hair, Approximate 5' 1" and 105 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a blue fleece, white ...

Volunteer Litter Cleanup Week Sweeps up the Trash

During the week of April 17-24, South Plainfield citizens came together to welcome spring by bagging the litter that emerged with the wildflowers as winter’s snow melted.   Volunteer Litter Cleanup Week is a signature event in South Plainfield’s Clean Communities Calendar. We have been meeting every year for the last 35 years for this purpose. Except for last year’s ...

Milltown To Host May Multicultural Festival

MILLTOWN, NJ - The borough is hosting a Multicultural Festival on Saturday, May 15 at Gloria Bradford Park from noon until 5 p.m. Masks are required to attend the family-friendly, outdoor event and participants are asked to social distance as well. The event will include dance and musical performances, discussion groups, recipe exchange, book swaps, reading circles, a community art gallery, ...

Rutgers University Opens Vaccination Sites on its Campuses

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jordan Clarida, a sophomore majoring in public health, traveled to Rutgers on Wednesday to become the first student vaccinated at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy because she wanted to be part of the movement that ends the pandemic and saves lives.

“Having the vaccine available here was the easiest way for me to receive it,” said the Bound Brook resident, a ...

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Piscataway, NJ — Ann DiPaolo, 96, passed away at her residence with her caregiver and family ...
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Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

May 8, 2021

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

Robbinsville Temple Faces Allegations of Human Trafficking, Forced Labor & Abuse in Workers' Class Action Lawsuit

May 11, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Federal law enforcement officials descended on the BAPS Temple in Robbinsville on Tuesday to execute court orders on the property where workers say they were victims of human trafficking and labor abuse. Six plaintiffs have filed the lawsuit on behalf of approximately 200 other Indian nationals who claim they were forced labor and faced ...

Plainfield Police Report Monday Night Aggravated Assault

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Police units responded to the area of the 1100 block of West Third Street on a report of shots fired on Monday, May 10 at 6:51 p.m. according to a press release sent Tuesday.

Officers located a 20-year-old male victim who was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound at an area hospital.

The Plainfield Police Criminal Investigation Bureau continues ...

Murphy Bill Would Upgrade Criminal Charges for Hazing

TRENTON, NJ – To discourage the use of hazing as part of organizations' initiation ceremonies on college campuses, a bill sponsored by Assemblymembers Carol Murphy, Louis Greenwald and Roy Freiman seeks to preempt the return of hazing to New Jersey schools by upgrading the charges for this dangerous behavior. The measure was advanced by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee ...

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Thu, May 13, 5:00 PM

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Marvelous May! Kahoot Family Trivia

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Thu, May 13, 6:30 PM

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RU Ready to Garden Webcast returns for Spring of ...

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Tue, May 18, 5:00 PM

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2021 Rutgers Environmental Steward Class

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On Mother's Day: A Short Tale of a Neurotic Mother

May 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate.

This is a story about a mother.   And, it might just sound a little more than auto-biographical.  Because it is.

I ...

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“It's over Bill. I don’t do Windows.”

And so, with a simple Ctl+Alt+Del over Twitter, the marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates has powered down.

The wealthy, philanthropic tech couple sadly announced their union was “irretrievably broken.” I took this to mean they received a critical error message followed by the blue screen of death because their marital ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...