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East Brunswick Lights the Lanterns to End Ramadan

April 30, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  The East Brunswick Human Relations Council and the Township of East Brunswick will sponsor the First Annual Lighting Ceremony to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the holy period of fasting for Muslims worldwide, on Sunday, May 2 at 8:45 pm.

The event will be held outside near the Municipal Complex Pond and will be streamed on the township's Facebook page ...

Saint Peter's Hospital to Host COVID-19 Service, Ceremony in Memory of COVID-19 Patients

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s Healthcare System will be hosting a remembrance service to honor those lost and affected by COVID-19.

The virtual interfaith service will be held Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

Immediately after, there will be a commemorative tree planting ceremony outside the hospital’s main entrance, off Park Boulevard.

Masking protocols will be ...

Piscataway: Kenneth Armwood Remembered for a 'Life Well Lived'

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Remembrances of “Ya gotta do something” and “Leave a mark that can't erase” described the life and legacy of Kenneth Armwood, Middlesex County Deputy Commissioner, East Brunswick’s Economic Development Officer, and long-time Piscataway resident on Monday.

The late morning funeral for Armwood, who passed away March 29 at age 46 was billed ...

Easter Message from Rev. Billy Graham: The Facts of the Resurrection

This is a classic Easter message from Rev. Billy Graham, a man who had a great impact on the Christian faith around the world during his life. 

"Without the resurrection there could be no salvation." Christ predicted His resurrection many times. He said on one occasion, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be ...

Funeral Arrangements Announced for Beloved Piscataway Crossing Guard

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Family and friends are mourning the passing of Bernadette Bavoso (nee Ryan), 83 of Piscataway.

Known to many as the Grandview Crossing Guard, Bavoso worked for many years at Grandview Elementary School as a recess aide and crossing guard, often greeting students with a ‘high-five’ as she helped them safely cross the busy driveway in front.

“She loved ...

Spotswood's St. Peter's Episcopal Church Adapts To Continue To Serving The Needs Of The Community During Pandemic

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Despite the challenges served up by the coronavirus pandemic, St. Peter's Episcopal Church has worked hard to adapt during these difficult times. The church, founded in 1756, is one of the oldest Christian churches serving communities in New Jersey. Father Marshall Keith Shelly has been the rector at St. Peter's for a decade. In October, he celebrated 25 years as a priest ...

Celebrating the Year of the Ox in South Plainfield

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Lunar New Year marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars, traditional to many east Asian countries including China, Korea, and Vietnam and regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun. Lunar New Year will be celebrated this year on Friday, Feb. 12 and 2021 is the Year of the Ox. 

"On this special day, families gather to celebrate and ...

Macedonia Baptist Church of Piscataway Kicks Off Virtual Gospel Concert Series

PISCATAWAY, NJ — For 38 years “An Evening of Gospel Choirs” has drawn the soulful, soaring sounds from many of the historic African American churches from Piscataway, New Brunswick and South Bound Brook.

Under the direction of Rutgers professor Angus Kress Gillespie, this year’s festival series is being held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On ...

Saint Peter’s Pastoral Care Tends to Spiritual Needs of COVID-19 Patients as Pandemic Lingers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A pandemic raged, retreated and returned with a vengeance, but the eight chaplains on staff at Saint Peter’s University Hospital tended to the spiritual well-being of hundreds of patients as the medical staff cared for their physical health.

The members of the Pastoral Care Department were there with prayers over the past 10 months, even when they weren’t ...

Watch Night Service on December 31

WatchNight Service on December 31

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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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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 ...

"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, ...

New Brunswick Man, Seven Others Facing Charges From Internet Crimes Against Children Unit

May 14, 2021

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today that several county residents have been charged with possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of children.

On May 13, officers of the East Brunswick, Edison, Highland Park, Monroe, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Perth Amboy, and Sayreville Police Departments along with detectives of the New Jersey State ...

Spotswood's St. Peter's Episcopal Church To Welcome Elijah's Promise On Wheels Food Truck

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - On May 19, St. Peter's Episcopal Church will have a special guest at its weekly Wednesday Night Community Supper. Elijah's Promise on Wheels will be paying a visit to the Main Street church which has been hosting weekly community suppers for almost 30 years. St. Peter's rector Father Marshall Keith Shelly and Spotswood Mayor Jackie Palmer will be on hand to greet the ...

Middlesex College Unfurls New Logo, Attitude During Ceremony

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A flag emblazoned with Middlesex College’s new logo, officially trumpeting the school’s bold, new direction, ascended outside College Center.

Once it reached its zenith, the assembled school officials realized it was upside down.

On take two, the flag unfurled correctly, everyone shared a good laugh and spontaneous applause broke out.

Whether it was ...

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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 ...

Obituaries

Piscataway, NJ — Ann DiPaolo, 96, passed away at her residence with her caregiver and family ...
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New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

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

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Plainfield: Medevac Transports 8-Yr-Old Burn Victim

May 12, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Police and Fire units responded around 2:12 p.m. on Wednesday to the 900 block of West Sixth Street for a burn victim, according to a release by Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess.

The 8-year-old victim was severely burned by a candle, and was transported via State Police Medevac from Plainfield High School to St. Barnabas ...

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

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 ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, May 18, 5:00 PM

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

2021 Rutgers Environmental Steward Class

Green

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Wed, May 19, 7:00 PM

Somerset

Voter Education

Government

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Thu, May 20, 12:00 PM

The YMCA at Piscataway Community Center, Piscataway

Piscataway Blood Drive - Urgent Need for Donors!

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Thu, May 20, 6:30 PM

Event in Online, New Brunswick

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

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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 ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...