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Coughlin Calls for Strengthening of Election Transparency and Security

May 23, 2022

PERTH AMBOY - Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.), who represents Perth Amboy, Sayreville and South Amboy as part of his district, is rolling out an election reform bill, with bi-partisan support, to update the way the state counts and report ballots.

“Last November’s election in New Jersey was conducted fairly and transparently,” Coughlin said.

Coughlin Calls Mental Health a “Cornerstone Policy Priority” as Concerns Rise Among Youth

PERTH AMBOY - As May marks National Mental Health Awareness Month, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.) is expressing concern over a recent study that shows 84% of parents with school-aged children believe there is a youth mental health crisis in the United States.

Moreover, the study from Morning Consult shows that about half of parents believe the stresses of COVID-19, schoolwork, ...

More than $85 Million in Government Grants Fuels Carteret Renaissance

CARTERET, NJ – A simple, one-page spreadsheet at Borough Hall shows the amount of state and federal grants that have been secured to fuel hundreds of millions of dollars of redevelopment underway throughout town.

And it is an impressive list, showing nearly $85 million in external funding sources are being leveraged with private dollars to reshape the community for a new generation ...

Officials ‘Bullish’ About Nasdaq–Carteret

May 4, 2022

CARTERET, NJ — Federal, state and local officials joined executives from Nasdaq and its two biggest high-tech partners to break ground Tuesday for a larger state-of-the-art data center and cloud-infrastructure facility in the borough’s industrial area.

This proposed new multi-million dollar data center is going to double in size from the current 114,000-square-foot Equinix ...

St. Stan's Carnival Returns to Sayreville June 23, Will Celebrate 25 Years

May 22, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The St. Stan's Carnival will return from June 23-25 , and many activities have already been announced for the event:

Rides for kids and adults
Music tent
Beer Garden
Games & tricky tray for all ages
Homemade BBQ Ribs
Seafood area and Friday Fish Fry

The location of the carnival is at St Stan's Grounds, located at 221 MacArthur ...

The Heat is On: Memorial Day Forecast Points to Sizzlin' Summer Travel

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The unofficial start to summer will be a busy one this year, as AAA predicts 39.2 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend. This is an increase of 8.3% over 2021, bringing travel volumes almost in line with those in 2017. Air travel continues to rebound, up 25% over last year, the second-largest increase since ...

Scenes from the Sayreville Fishing Derby

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Sayreville's popular fishing derby, hosted by the Sayreville Recreation Department, returned on Saturday, May 14, with more than 100 young fishing enthusiasts (and a few parents, too).

Recreation director Brian Van Dongen told TAPintoRaritan Bay that he was pleased that the event had come back strongly following a two-year COVID-inflicted suspension.

"It's a ...

Graduating Students from Sayreville Honored by Middlesex College

May 21, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY -- Middlesex College marked its first in-person commencement ceremony since 2019 by awarding 1,633 degrees and certificates to 1,600 students on Thursday. About 800 graduates participated in the college’s 55th commencement ceremony at Jersey Mike’s Arena at Rutgers University.

Valedictorian Kimberly Christina Garcia of Middlesex Borough delivered the class ...

Proud Day For Grads, Loved Ones at Rutgers' First In-person Commencement Since 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ – In many ways, Kamil Skup’s journey to graduation day at Rutgers can be traced to 1979, when his father and avowed supporter of dissident Lech Walesa’s Solidarity trade union was barred by communist authorities from returning to his native Poland.

“He had come here to visit and had to stay here,” said Piscataway’s Skup. “He ...

Tears of Joy, Tons of Traffic: Rutgers Readies for First In-Person Commencement Since 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Caps and gowns. Pomp and Circumstance. Scarlet and White.

The images of thousands of graduates from Rutgers-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences filing into SHI Stadium on Sunday, May 15, will represent the end of a journey that was filled with many tests – academic, epidemic and personal.

The Class of ’22 will someday have a ...

Coming to Colonia: Free ‘Brain Tumor’ Scans

May 23, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — The national Brain Tumor Foundation pledges free MRI brain tumor screenings for people associated with Colonia High School after an ardent appeal from Al Lupiano, an alumnus on a mission to find the cause of local health issues that captured the national and international media spotlight.

“We are committed to come to Colonia in June” said Ethan Schnur, a ...

Rutgers Fraternity Vows to 'Turn Hate into Good' After Two Recent Attacks

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The president of a Rutgers fraternity is urging its members to continue to do charitable work in response to two recently reported anti-Semitic attacks targeting its house on Sicard Street.

“We started a campaign that has raised about $5,500 for the Jewish-Ukrainian refugees and we’re donating to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.,” Adam Kaufman ...

Kaplan Companies Marks its 70th Year, Venturing In a New Direction in North Brunswick

NORTH BRUNSWICK – Marking its 70th anniversary and the construction of more than 30,000 homes over the decades, Kaplan Companies is pivoting into a new, exciting area: opening a next-generation, age-restricted luxury rental community for residents 55 years of age and older.

Company leaders joined with North Brunswick officials on April 26 to cut the ceremonial ribbon on Amaranth at North ...

Middlesex County History Day Set For May 14

May 11, 2022

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The 2022 Middlesex County History Day will be held on May 14 at East Jersey Old Town Village (1050 River Rd.) in Piscataway. The event will last from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

East Jersey Old Town Village is comprised of reconstructed, replica 18th and 19th century structures that represent architecture typical of farm and merchant communities once found in the Raritan ...

Ukraine Benefit Concert to Be Held in South Amboy

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- The Stand with Ukraine Benefit Concert will be presented by Collegium Musicum NJ in collaboration with the Rotary Club of South Amboy and Sayreville at the South Amboy Middle/High School (200 Governor Harold G. Hoffman Plaza) to raise money for the European country while it is still in war. The concert will occur on May 6 at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will ...

The Arts Institute of Middlesex County receives $25 K Grant From the National Endowment for the Arts

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – The Arts Institute of Middlesex County has been approved for a $25,000 'Grants for Arts Projects' award to support the Share Your Foodways project. Middlesex County Arts Institute’s project is among 1,248 projects across America, totaling $28,840,000 in the first round of funding in the Grants for Arts Projects category this ...

Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS), Hosted its Sixth Annual Dine Below the Line Event

May 23, 2022

METUCHEN, NJ -- REPLENISH, formerly known as the Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS), hosted its sixth annual Dine Below the Line hunger awareness event at First Presbyterian in Metuchen. In addition to raising awareness about the growing problem of food insecurity and showcase food pantries, how to access them, the resources and support services that ...

Eric LeGrand's Coffee House Opens in Woodbridge

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – Former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand is tackling his newest challenge with the grand opening of LeGrand Coffee House on Green Street, near the town’s commuter train station.

Gov Phil Murphy and his wife Tammy, Mayor John McCormac and a host of other state and local officials attended the ribbon-cutting.

The menu at LeGrand Coffee House includes a variety ...

Sayreville American Legion to Hold 1st Annual Breakfast Fundraiser

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- American Legion Post 211 will hold its first annual breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, May 15, from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. The event will be held at 240 MacArthur Ave.in Sayreville.

In addition to many breakfast food favorites, a cash bar will also be made available at the fundraiser. Tickets can be purchased at the door to enter the event. All proceeds will be donated back to local ...

Could the Baby Formula Shortage End Soon? The FDA Believes It Will

May 23, 2022

RARITAN BAY, NJ – New parents have been struggling to find formula to feed their babies ever since one of the largest manufacturers of several popular powdered baby formula products in the nation was shut down in February of this year. Shelves in Wayne grocery stores and pharmacies have been mostly bare, but action from the FDA is providing some hope that the shortage could end within ...

Jack McGreevey, a No-Nonsense Supporter of Veterans, Dead at 93

CARTERET, NJ – Jack McGreevey, a battled-hardened Marine drill sergeant turned dogged advocate for his fellow veterans, who passed his passion for service to his son, former Gov. Jim McGreevey, died May 12.

He was 93.

Mr. McGreevey, of Carteret, was a constant presence throughout the 19th legislative district, serving in the legislative office since 1998. He proudly wore his ...

Sayreville Council Supports Buddy Poppies

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The Sayreville council passed a proclamation in support of Buddy Poppies on Monday, May 9. 

Buddy Poppies are assembled and distributed by veterans to have proceeds used exclusively to the benefit of disabled and needy veterans, as well as the widows and orphans of deceased veterans. The annual distribution of Buddy Poppies by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of ...

The Gateway Family YMCA Announces New Superhero Workshop for Children with Special Needs

May 21, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ —- The Gateway Family YMCA announced an exciting new program, designed specifically for children with special needs and their parents. The Superhero Workshop is a collaboration with the Maker Depot Academy, and offers a 4-week program where children will use their imagination and creative skills to design their own superhero. At the end of the session, children will ...

19th District Legislators Mourn the Loss of Jack McGreevey

WOODBRIDGE - Jack McGreevey, the father of former Gov. Jim McGreevey, died on May 12 at age 93.

Below is a statement from Sen. Joseph Vitale, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (all D-19th Dist.), expressing condolences to the McGreevey family.

"It is with real sadness that we mourn the passing of our friend and mentor, Jack McGreevey.

Jack, a ...

Sayreville American Legion to Hold 1st Annual Breakfast Fundraiser

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- American Legion Post 211 will hold its first annual breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, May 15, from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. The event will be held at 240 MacArthur Ave.in Sayreville.

In addition to many breakfast food favorites, a cash bar will also be made available at the fundraiser. Tickets can be purchased at the door to enter the event. All proceeds will be donated back to local ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 21, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Reach Another Record High

NEW JERSEY — Gas prices in New Jersey have reached another all-time high.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded reached $4.72 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. That's up seven cents from the day before, 23 cents from last week and nearly 70 cents from last month. Those figures are according to AAA.

The Newark and Trenton areas are paying the most statewide, according ...

South Amboy Police Honors Officers

May 22, 2022

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- The South Amboy Police Department honored multiple of its members this week with awards given to seven officers and one first aid member.

Six members of the South Amboy Police Department received the 2021 Meritorious Service Award:

Captain Joseph Matarangolo,
Sergeant James Charmello,
Sergeant Stephen Clark,
Sergeant Michael Kelly,
Patrolman Marvin ...

Sayreville Emergency Squad Celebrates National Emergency Medical Services Week

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- During the 48th annual National Emergency Medical Services Week, the Sayreville Emergency Squad highlighted the 2022 EMS Week theme: "EMS: Rising to the Challenge."

The theme is particularly meaningful for emergency services, as it reminds people that every day we are faced with so many new challenges in our lives, and yet we still rise above them all ...

Sayreville Police Honored by 200 Club of Middlesex County

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Several members of the Sayreville Police Department were inducted into the 200 Club of Middlesex County on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

 

The 200 Club of Middlesex County is an organization dedicated to proving to public servants that they do not stand alone as they risk their lives to protect and serve others. It is made up of leaders of business, industry, labor, ...

Sayreville War Memorial High School Sports Roundup

May 23, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- SAYREVILLE, NJ -- A look back at the scores from Sayreville War Memorial sports this week:

Baseball Overall Record: 7-14
Last week's results: (W) 19-0, vs. Piscataway Tech... (W) 17-0, vs. South Amboy

South Amboy
Four Bombers had multiple RBIs in the five-inning mercy shortened-game, as three Sayreville pitchers combined to no hit South Amboy. Ten ...

Sayreville War Memorial High School Sports Roundup

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- A look back at the scores from Sayreville War Memorial sports this week:

Boys Lacrosse
Overall Record: 12-5
Last week's results: (L) 14-5, @ North Brunswick... (W) 15-6, @ Long Branch

Long Branch
Bryce Kent finished four goals as James Wasko netted a hat trick to give Sayreville a convincing win over the Green Wave. Wasko currently leads the team with 37 goals ...

Softball: Sayreville Pitcher Notches 100th Strikeout, Earns Win vs. Perth Amboy

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Sayreville (7-10) defeated Perth Amboy (13-5), 3-2, on Monday, as Sayreville pitcher Caydence Barton recorded her 100th career strikeout. Barton pitched a complete game shutout in the win, collecting 11 strikeouts and allowing three hits.

There were only a combined six hits in the game between the two teams, with Elizabeth Freeman, Hailey Kilpatrick, and Madison ...

Ramadan Celebration Lights Up East Brunswick

April 30, 2022

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- As the observance of Ramadan draws to a close, Muslims in East Brunswick will reflect on the Second Annual Ramadan lighting ceremony to commemorate the holy month celebrated by Muslims around the world.

 East Brunswick Township hosted its 2nd annual Ramadan lighting ceremony this month to commemorate the holy month. During this month, Muslims abstain ...

New Jersey Republicans Propose Bills to Immediately Reimburse Thousands of Dollars in Surplus Money to Taxpayers

May 23, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate?

The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over collections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue ...

Assemblywomen Introduce Bill Package Tightening Punishment for Car Thieves

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to State Police. 

A similar incident occurred a few days later in Holmdel, ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Police Licensing Proposal Aiming to Build Community Trust

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training Commission (PTC) in order to be employed in the ...

VIDEO: Active Shooter Simulation in Jersey City, Bordentown City Plant Could Grow into Marijuana Business, 'Greta's Run' in Westfield Returns and Montville Softball Wins County Title

May 23, 2022

NEW JERSEY - First responders in Jersey City hold an active shooter drill. Plus, the former Ocean Spray plant in Bordentown City could become home to a mariujana business. And, the Montville softball team wins its first county title. Also "'Greta's Run" memorial 5k returns to Westfield, which helps raise money for local charities. 

TAPinto's ...

VIDEO: Hasbrouck Heights Scouts Clean the Community, Scholarships Awarded in South Plainfield, Rahway Educator Honored and Westfield Boy Scout Proposes Life-Saving Station

NEW JERSEY - The Girl and Boy Scouts of Hasbrouck Heights join together to clean their community. Plus, several Girl Scouts in South Plainfield receive scholarships. Also, a Rahway superintendent is honored. And a Westfield Boy Scout proposes a life-saving station near a local pond.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you ...

VIDEO: Film and TV Studio Proposed for Newark, Paterson Resident Leads Community Clean-up, Affordable Housing Opens in Elizabeth and Roxbury Student Habitat Home Transferred

NEW JERSEY - A $125 million dollar film and TV complex proposed in Newark. Plus, a Paterson native leads effort to clean up hometown. And, a house built by Roxbury students is transferred to a new lot while an affordable housing complex opens in Elizabeth. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland ...

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Saint Joe's Valedictorian Credits Extracurricular Activities for His Academic Success

METUCHEN, NJ -- There was very little doubt in Aayush Agnihotri’s mind when it came to choosing where he wanted to attend high school. Aside from the wide array of academic offerings and extracurricular activities, there was a deeper connection to Saint Joseph High School that only a select few understand - the legacy connection. 

After seeing his older brother, Aniket (Saint ...

Saint Joe's Salutatorian DaSilva: Campus 'Felt Like Home'

METUCHEN, NJ - The second that Matthew DaSilva stepped foot on the campus of Saint Joseph High School five years ago he immediately felt something special. From his first campus tour to his time as “Freshman for a Day,” DaSilva knew the choice was easy. He was going to spend the most formative years of his life at Saint Joe’s.

Sure there were other private schools in ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 23, 2022

The Jaffe Briefing is heading to the beach! Will be on break from Wednesday, May 25 through Monday, May 30.

LONG BRANCH – It’s going to be a long summer. That’s the thinking of local cops, who dealt with another one of those pop-up parties fueled by social media on Saturday. Such parties – with 5,000 or so kids – typically create dumb, senseless ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 20, 2022

TRENTON – It makes no sense that the state has stockpiled billions, yet still wants small business owners to replenish the state’s unemployment fund, which took a huge hit during the pandemic. This mandate has business groups howling, as these higher taxes are unnecessary and could easily be funded elsewhere. Thankfully, there’s now a bill filtering through the Assembly that ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 19, 2022

TRENTON – Tone deaf? Or worse?  Just days after the mass shooting in Buffalo, among the many, many other mass shootings in the U.S. this year, Sen. Ed Durr believes it’s the perfect time to ease gun restrictions in New Jersey. You can’t make this up. Durr, a gun owner seeking a concealed-carry permit, wants to give $1 million for high schools to start gun ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 16, 2022

STATEWIDE – Imagine it’s a typical weekend of sports. NFL, MLB, NBA; you name it. And that means you are faithfully situated in front of the high-def. But state officials are concerned about what happens during the commercial breaks, when you are slammed with ads for online sports betting companies. And they seem to sponsor everything, from the game breaks, to the score recaps to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 16, 2022

TRENTON – State budget officials have unearthed an unexpected $3.7 billion in the current and upcoming fiscal years, as New Jersey’s revenue stream is stronger than ever. But, for those who think the cash will just keep raining, have you recently checked the stock market? Yes, we all know, money can come in frantically, and then vanish the exact same way.  State ...

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 Aberdeen Township Summer Concert Series Returns for 2022

May 12, 2022

ABERDEEN  - The Township is pleased to announce that its popular Concert Series will return on Tuesdays this summer, kicking off with  the first show on July 12.

Residents will once again be able to jam-out all summer long at Veterans Memorial Park in Cliffwood Beach, with some returning favorites, food and fun for the whole family.

Shows will take place each Tuesday, from 7 ...

Movin’ + Groovin’

AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET CELEBRATES ITS SPRING SEASON FINALE WITH MOVIN’ + GROOVIN’, FEATURING WORLD PREMIERES BY THREE OF TODAY’S MOST EXCITING AND INNOVATIVE CHOREOGRAPHERS: CLAIRE DAVISON, JA’ MALIK, AND CAILI QUAN

June 3-5, 2022 at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center

“American Repertory Ballet is committed to fostering the presentation of diverse ...