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South Amboy Ferry Terminal Gets an $8 Million Boost

October 6, 2022

SOUTH AMBOY - In the state's fiscal year budget, South Amboy will be receiving $8 million for the ongoing plan to bring a ferry to the city. The money will be in the form of a federal grant from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).

Ferry construction is set to begin later this year, beginning with dredging, city ...

Assembly Speaker Coughlin at White House on Wednesday to Discuss Hunger Issues

SAYREVILLE/SOUTH AMBOY, NJ - Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.), who has made hunger one of his signature issues in the state Legislature, led a New Jersey delegation to the White House on Sept. 28 for the Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.

“Over the last five years, knowing that it is our moral obligation to tackle hunger, I’ve worked to ...

Finding Help, Hope at Hispanic Resource Fair

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The woman with tears in her eyes couldn’t pay her rent and had nowhere to turn. 

She had lost her job while recovering from spinal surgery and didn’t know where she and her child with autism were going to spend the night.

“We got her assistance and referred her to our housing program,” said Jackie Mondragon, a community ...

New Brunswick Train Station to get $49M Makeover

September 24, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Mayor Jim Cahill was thanking Gov. Phil Murphy and others for investing $49 million to modernize and expand the New Brunswick Train Station when he was interrupted by the whoosh of a passing commuter train.

“Well-cued,” Cahill said, with a laugh.

The same thing could be said for the planned renovations considering that more than a billion dollars of ...

Makeover in Store for Woodbridge’s Lord & Taylor

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Speculation is swirling about the future of Woodbridge Center’s long-vacant Lord & Taylor.

Some who’ve contacted TAPinto Woodbridge claim Woodbridge Center’s owners are entertaining offers to remake the former luxury retailer into a high-tech data facility.

Others suggest the former anchor store could get a new lease on life as a biomedical ...

Perth Amboy Resident Celebrates a Century

October 1, 2022

PERTH AMBOY, NJ -- One much loved Perth Amboy resident is celebrating a century, as he turns 100 years today. Mr. Jose Ortiz was with his children, family, and friends when he was greeted by a birthday vehicle parade, including Mayor Helmin Caba, Perth Amboy Police, Fire, and the Office on Aging program members in front of his residence.

In recognition of his 100th birthday celebration, ...

Sayreville Day Postponed to October 15

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Sayreville Day has been postponed to Saturday, Oct. 15 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m. at Kennedy Park.

The Blast from the Past Car Show will be held as scheduled on Friday, September 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kennedy Park.

Governor Signs Diegnan Bill Establishing Irish-American Heritage Month in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy has signed a joint resolution, which Senators Steven Oroho and Patrick Diegnan sponsored, designating March as Irish-American Heritage Month in New Jersey.

Irish-American Heritage Month will recognize the contributions of Irish-Americans to New Jersey’s economic prosperity and culture.

Approximately 32 million people in the United States and ...

With a Good Start, St. Stan's Looks Forward to a Normal School Year in Sayreville

October 3, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- As the calendar flips to a new month with little COVID-related disruption to learning in September, Lori Hodder, principal of St. Stanislaus Kostas School in Sayreville, is encouraged for a "normal" experience for students this year..

"I'm looking forward to having a normal school year without COVID restriction," said Hodder, who spoke with ...

Rutgers' Holloway Announces New Council to Oversee Student Online Experience

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – In a move that seems to signal that remote learning is here to stay even as Rutgers moves beyond pandemic-posed challenges and changes, university president Jonathan Holloway has unveiled plans to form a council to oversee student online experiences.

He said the council will advise on university-wide policies, practices, expectations and investments to improve all ...

Middlesex County Magnet Schools Grad Applies Skills Learned in HS to Marine Corps Service

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – Joshua Houskeeper, a North Brunswick resident, is using what he learned at the Middlesex County Magnet Schools to serve our country.

He is a 2019 graduate of the East Brunswick Magnet School with a career major in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. After beginning his Marine Corps service on a tank crew, Houskeeper is now a corporal and a ...

Missing Sayreville Man Found in Old Bridge

October 3, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Jonathan Misak, 29, of Sayreville was found on Saturday, Oct. 1, in Old Bridge, NJ, after and extensive six-day search. 

Volunteers searched the area near Schmidt's farm in Old Bridge on Saturday morning, and later Misak was spotted walking along Englishtown Road by a good Samaritan who had recognized him from an electronic billboard a mile from where ...

Woodbridge Tries to Help Mom Save Route 9 ‘Speed Kills’ Sign

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Instead of just one Route 9 sign to honor a Colonia High student killed in a 2009 accident, local officials are offering to put similar “Speed Kills” signs at all three public high schools.

Lisa Metzger, mother of late 16-year-old Jennifer Metzger, appreciates the effort Mayor John E. McCormac and school Superintendent Joseph Massimino are making.

South Brunswick Police and EMS Save the Life of a One-Year-Old Child

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick Police and EMS saved a one-year-old child who was unresponsive, showed difficulty breathing, and may have had a seizure. The child has made a full recovery and returned home last Friday, according to a press release.

On September 8th, police were alerted to a home on Quincy Circle when the grandmother of Aiden Centeno, age one, reported that he was ...

Stop & Shop and REPLENISH to Hold one-day Food Drive at Middlesex County Stop & Shop Stores

September 16, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Stop & Shop and REPLENISH will hold a one-day food drive at all Middlesex County Stop & Shop stores on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit the growing number of families in need of assistance. This free event is open to media and the public.

The participating stores

East Brunswick - 647 Route 18 South
Edison - 1049 US ...

Sayreville Council Passes Redevelopment Plan for Former Amboy Cinemas Site

October 5, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ – The Sayreville Borough Council unanimously approved an ordinance establishing a redevelopment plan for the former Amboy Cinemas site during the governing body's Sept. 27 meeting. 

The site, which sits on nearly 20 acres of property between Routes 9 & 35, is also known as the National Amusement Theater. The ...

Middlesex County Offers Multiple Ways to Vote in 2022 General Election

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – New Jersey residents will again have multiple, convenient options for casting their vote in the 2022 General Election on November 8, 2022. Those options include mailing ballots through the United States Postal Service (USPS); dropping a ballot in any of the 30+ secure drop boxes across the County; nine days of in-person early voting at any of the 10 early vote ...

19th District Residents Urged to Apply for ANCHOR Rebate By End of Year

SAYREVILLE - In helping develop the fiscal ’23 state budget this spring, the 19th district state legislators focused on a new program that would provide significant tax rebates to both residential property owners and tenants in New Jersey.

Working across party lines, Sen. Joe Vitale, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19th Dist.) were vocal advocates for ...

Organization Representing Mechanical Contractors Donates $150,000 Since Pandemic 

September 28, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — During the summer of 2020, the Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey decided to donate the proceeds from a golf fundraiser to two non-profit organizations, rather than shore up its political action committee.

Three years later, the MCANJ is continuing a tradition that was born in the COVID-19 pandemic, but has now become a celebrated act of goodwill among its ...

Former Rutgers and NFL Quarterback Ray Lucas Warns Athletes About Drug Addiction

NEW JERSEY -- Former Rutgers and NFL Quarterback Ray Lucas is touring local high schools across New Jersey to spread awareness on drug addiction in the sports world. Lucas is working with the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) on a program called "Knock Out Opioid Abuse."

"Anyone can do it. The opioid pandemic ...

Help the Red Cross Help the People of Puerto Rico

PERTH AMBOY - In response to the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday and caused an island-wide power outage and severe flooding, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19th Dist.) is asking residents to help.

"Puerto Rico has suffered yet another tragic natural disaster with Hurricane Fiona. In a matter of hours, Hurricane Fiona wiped out much of ...

Bank Makes $13M Deal to End Newark ‘Redlining’ Case

October 4, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Lakeland Bank has made a $13 million deal with federal authorities to avoid prosecution for alleged discrimination against people of color who tried to get mortgages, loans and credit in Newark and minority areas in three New Jersey three counties.

This settlement coincides with news that Provident Bank, based in Woodbridge, would acquire all Lakeland Bancorp’s ...

Search Continues for Missing Sayreville Man

September 30, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Acting Chief Daniel Plumacker of the Sayreville Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person.

Jonathan Misak, 29, of Sayreville left his residence on foot last Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at approximately 3:30 p.m., and has not yet returned. Family members have described Misak as ...

Sayreville Police Ask for Help to Find Man with Autism

SAYREVILLE, NJ — Sayreville police are asking the public’s help to find an autistic man who left his home. Jonathan Misak left his home located in Main Street Townhomes on Saturday, Sept. 25, around 3:30 p.m. after having an argument with a family member, according to the police post.

Jonathan is on the Autism spectrum and is high functioning. He has brown hair and gray eyes, ...

Sayreville Officer and Pets of the Month for September

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The Sayreville police department celebrates another month of partnering with Sammy's Hope, an organization that places homeless animals in homes while providing shelter, socialization, medical care and enrichment since 2010. This month features Officer Jamie Matelski, along with Sandi and Stormi.

Officer Matelski is in her 5th year with the Sayreville ...

Football: Sayreville Wins Big Over East Brunswick

October 4, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The Sayreville football team won a high scoring matchup against the East Brunswick Bears on Friday, September 30. The final score was 35-21 in favor of the Bombers.

The Sayreville ground game was the focal point of the offense with Caidan Holmes and Zamir Wright leading the charge. Holmes finished with 68 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on 12 attempts while ...

Football: Sayreville Shut Out by North Brunswick in Defeat

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- North Brunswick (4-0) defeated Sayreville (2-2), 22-0, halting the Bomber's two-game win streak and shutting out Sayreville for the first time since 2011.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Raiders scored twice in the second quarter to take a 15-0 lead into halftime.

The first resulted after North Brunswick forced a Sayreville punt in the Bomber's first ...

Sayreville Bomber of the Week: Football's Devlin Mills

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Senior Devlin Mills has been named the Sayreville Bomber of the Week.

Mills, a senior, has 16 rushing attempts for 94 yards and a touchdown. Devlin is the third leading rushing for the Bombers this season.

Devlin caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Caidan Holmes in their Sept. 16 matchup against Edison, which gave the Bombers a 7-0 ...

New Jersey Resident Brings Mental Health Care to the Masses Through Innovative App

October 7, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic caused workers, businesses and consumers to change many of their everyday activities. Many companies added or increased door-to-door deliveries, customers were able to pick up their items curbside and employees kept connected with the office and other colleagues through video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meet.

A new app is ...

Back to School Triggers Mental Health Challenges for Some Students

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Maria Sikoutris Di Iorio said she's hearing kids say things now that they never said before.

"Nobody would ever talk about therapy in the past," Sikoutris Di Iorio told TAPinto. "Now we've got 10-year-olds saying 'I have to go see my therapist.'"

Sikoutris Di Iorio is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and ...

How Parents Can Support Their Child's Mental Health

SUMMIT, NJ — In her 30-plus year professional career, Dr. Alison Johnson has never seen anything like the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of kids.

"It felt like a tsunami," Johnson told TAPinto. "It was so traumatic and the impact on people was seriously traumatic."

At times, Johnson said, there was no end in sight.

"This was trauma ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 through October 15 and celebrates the history, culture, and contributions of Americans of Hispanic ancestry.

          National Hispanic Heritage Month started out as just one week when it was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. It was changed to one month in 1988 by President Ronald ...

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East Course at Tamarack Golf Course Reopens After Extensive Renovations

September 28, 2022

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – Middlesex County officials joined Indigo Sports, a Troon Company, at Tamarack Golf Course today, September 28, to view the extensive renovations to the East Course, which reopened to the public on Monday, September 26 after undergoing aesthetic and structural upgrades that began in November 2020. The upgrades, which include improved drainage, a new irrigation system, ...