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PSE&G Announces Upcoming Road Work in Sayreville

January 9, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ - PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews will be replacing gas mains on:

Ridgeway Ave. (between Raritan Street and Scott Ave.),
Ridgeway Ave. (Scott Ave. and Laurel Street),
Ridgeway Ave. (between Laurel Street and Oak Street),
Armstrong Street (S Pine Ave. and Brook Street),
10th Street (between S Pine Ave. and To End),
9th Street (Brook ...

Cold Weather Efficiency and Safety Tips from Edison Heating and Cooling

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – With the freezing temperatures upon us, Edison Heating and Cooling advises home and business owners that it is important to ensure heating systems are up and running properly. 

“Ensuring that your home is airtight and that your heating system is running properly and efficiently is key when it comes to maintaining a warm and safe home throughout the long, ...

This Week’s Cold & Wintry Weather Is a Reminder to Get Cars Ready for Winter

RARITAN BAY, NJ — The blast of cold weather we’re experiencing in Sayreville and South Amboy, coupled with the snow forecast for tonight into tomorrow, serves as an excellent reminder for motorists to make sure their vehicles are prepared for the winter season.

AAA Northeast urges motorists to make sure their vehicle is ready to start and run during this bout of cold weather.

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Falls Below 1.0

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The COVID-19 Rate of Transmission, the measurement of how much the virus is spreading, fell below 1.0 on Tuesday to 0.96.  A number below 1.0 means the outbreak is on the decline, with every infected person spreading COVID-19 to fewer than one additional person, on average.

The State Health Department confirmed 9,073 additional new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Now 1.02, Latest Sign Surge is Slowing

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission stands at 1.02 on Monday, a dramatic drop since it was 1.92 on January 1.  Anything over 1.0 means COVID-19 is still spreading, but the lower the number means any infected person is spreading the virus to fewer people.

The State Department of Health confirmed 8,267 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the third-straight day under ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Drops Again, State Reports Fewer Than 15,000 Cases for Second Straight Day

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's Department of Health reported 14,048 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the second straight day the number of new statewide cases was under 15,000.

The Rate of Transmission, which measures how much the virus is spreading, is at 1.09. On New Year's Day, it was 1.92. Anything over 1.0 means the virus is spreading. A lower number means an infected person is ...

City Officials Honor South Amboy Cross Country

January 17, 2022

SOUTH AMBOY – The City Council is joining many local residents in honoring the cross country team at South Amboy High School, which is continuing a winning tradition.

The governing body recently passed a resolution that celebrates the team’s undefeated “Dual Meet Season,” as well as the accomplishment of clinching the Blue Division. Moreover, the team took 13th place at ...

Southern New Hampshire Names Four Sayreville and South Amboy Students to President's List

MANCHESTER, NH -- Four Sayreville and South Amboy students were named to the South New Hampshire University Fall 2021 President's List last week.

Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.70 are named to the President's List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits. The following individuals earned the honor:

Jared Martin ...

Middlesex County Eighth-Graders Invited to VoTech Open Houses

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Middle school students and their parents will have an opportunity to visit three campuses of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools during January.

The East Brunswick Campus, 112 Rues Lane, will hold an open house on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Piscataway Campus, 21 Suttons Lane, will hold its open house on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 10 ...

Edison Woman, 9-Month-Old Son Identified in Vehicle Discovered in New Market Pond

January 18, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – Police have identified the occupants of a vehicle that was found floating in New Market Pond in Piscataway as an Edison woman and her 9-month-old son.

Tamequa Robinson, 30, and her son were found dead inside their vehicle this morning, according to a press release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Mosier of the Piscataway Police ...

New Brunswick Unveils Plan to Redevelop Sears Site into Townhouses, Retail Space

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A redevelopment plan unveiled at Monday night’s Planning Board meeting calls for the existing structures on sprawling tract where Sears stood for decades to be leveled.

About 600 townhouse units, more than 20,000 square feet of retail space, a supermarket and hundreds of parking spaces would be built on the site.

The Sears Redevelopment Plan presented by New ...

Middlesex County Commissioners Outline 2022 Goals at Annual Reorganization Meeting

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – The Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners held their annual Reorganization meeting on Thursday evening, during which they reflected on the County’s efforts during 2021 and shared their vision for the future. That vision focuses on implementing their Destination 2040 strategic vision which outlines top priorities for the County that will ...

Oscar Winning-Actress Anne Hathaway Films New Movie in South Amboy

January 7, 2022

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- South Amboy or Southie?

Anne Hathaway stars in a film based on the 2015 novel, Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh, a New England-based fiction writer. Set in Massachusetts around Christmastime 1964, the story centers on a depressed 24-year-old woman who is trapped between two roles: taking care of her alcoholic father and working at a boys' prison. Eileen gets through her ...

Ocean Bay Diner Resurfaces as South Side 35 in South Amboy

December 27, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Diner dining had been almost dry after Ocean Bay Diner on Route 35 closed. Now things have changed. 

South Side 35 Diner opened on Dec. 6 and made its entrance to the Raritan Bay area, replacing Ocean Bay Diner at 1803 NJ-35 in South Amboy, The American-styled diner offers in-restaurant eating, pickup service, and delivery service. Owner Sergio ...

Gov. Murphy to Deliver 2022 State of the State Address on Tues, Jan. 11

January 9, 2022

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2022 State of the State address will stream online and via social media on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Murphy is expected to discuss his commitment to leading New Jersey through the COVID-19 public health crisis, improving the lives of middle-class families, and building a stronger and more resilient post-pandemic ...

Middlesex County Commissioners Outline 2022 Goals at Annual Reorganization Meeting

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – The Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners held their annual Reorganization meeting on Thursday evening, during which they reflected on the County’s efforts during 2021 and shared their vision for the future. That vision focuses on implementing their Destination 2040 strategic vision which outlines top priorities for the County that will ...

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. Comments on Anniversary of Jan. 6th

SAYREVILLE-SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today issued the following statement on the anniversary of the attempted insurrection on January 6, 2021:

“Today, we remember the unprecedented assault on our democracy that took place on January 6, 2021. We reaffirm our commitment to never allow violence to threaten our democracy and prevent Congress from ...

Sayreville Substance Abuse Center Leads with Family Mindset

January 5, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- "You have to look at this as a calling, not a job."

David Dorschu's life purpose is to help those struggling with substance abuse. The CEO of the Recovery Centers of America at Raritan Bay, Dorschu wants to erase the shame that is associated with substance abuse in order for those that need help to receive help. He believes this deeply, as his son, ...

It's a Girl! Morristown Medical Center Welcomes First Baby Born in 2022

January 1, 2022

MORRISTOWN, NJ  - Morristown Medical Center welcomed the first baby of the new year. Baby Mia was born at 12:21am on January 1. She weighed in at 4pounds 10 ounces.

Baby Mia and her parents are doing well and resting comfortably.

A baby boy was the first baby born at Overlook Hospital for 2022. Rudra was born at 12:02am on January 1. He weighed in at 6 pounds 10 ounces.

Newark Fire Captain, of Sayreville, Found Dead Inside Firehouse

January 18, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ — A Newark fire captain, of Sayreville, is dead while a retired city firefighter was hospitalized after their bodies were found unresponsive this weekend inside a Park Avenue firehouse. 

Both individuals were found inside the firehouse, located at 269-271 Park Ave., Saturday morning, according to Acting Essex County ...

Sayreville Firefighters Put Out Blaze in Sub-Freezing Temperatures

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The Sayreville Fire Dept was dispatched to a fire at the self storage on Cheesequake Road Tuesday morning at around 9 a.m. Upon arrival there was heavy smoke and fire throughout a section of storage units, according to fire officials.

 

"Crews worked hard through the harsh cold which created icy conditions on the trucks, hoses, ground and on the ...

South Amboy Police Promote Four Officers

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- On Friday, Jan. 7 in the presence of family and friends Mayor Fred Henry administered the oath of office to four members of the South Amboy Police Department who were promoted to new ranks.

Sergeants Patricia Kanecke and Daniel Holovacko were promoted to Lieutenant and Officers Steven Clark and James Charmello Jr. were promoted to Sergeant.

Lieutenant ...

Sayreville War Memorial High School Sports Roundup

January 18, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- A wrap-up of last week's Sayreville War Memorial High School sports results:

Wrestling
Overall Record: 7-4
Last week's results: (L) 62-15 vs. St. Joseph (Met.)... (W) 60-9 @ New Brunswick... (W) 57-21 @ East Brunswick... (W) 37-35 vs. Point Pleasant Beach

After beginning the week with a rough defeat, the Bombers went on to dominate New Brunswick, winning all but ...

Sayreville High School Sports Roundup

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- A wrap-up of last week's Sayreville War Memorial High School sports results:

Winter Track
The Boys team won the Meril Invitational Large School division on Jan. 8. Anthony Voto won the shotput with a personal best of 51'6, Zaimer Wright won the high jump with a 6' attempt, and the 4x800 team clinched first place.

Boys Bowling
Overall Record: 13-2-1
Last ...

Sayreville Little League Registration to Begin Jan. 8

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Sayreville Little League will begin its registration for the 2022 season on Saturday, Jan. 8. Registration will go from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., with two more registration dates scheduled later this month.

Children 4-14 years-old will be allowed to register for their respective divisions of tee-ball, baseball, and softball. Registration payment can be dropped off at 13 Margaret St, ...

Governor Phil Murphy Sworn In for Second Term

January 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “Were all the votes counted?” joked Josh Murphy, as he and his siblings introduced their father during his inauguration for second term as 56th Governor of New Jersey. 

After the small roast from his four children and a speech from his wife and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Phil Murphy took the podium following Chief Justice Stuart Rabner ...

Gov. Murphy Allocates Funding for School Security Systems in Dozens of Districts

NEW JERSEY — Dozens of New Jersey school districts will receive more money to help upgrade their security systems. 

Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that appropriates a total of $5,150,531 from the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” to provide grants for school security projects in 60 New ...

Former Senator Loretta Weinberg Looks Back on 30 Years in Public Service

TEANECK, NJ — “It’s great to see you, even though you look a little bit like Nanook of the North," said now former Senator Loretta Weinberg to First Lady Tammy Murphy with a smile and sparkle in her eye. “I’m really glad to see you out and about.”

Those were Weinberg’s opening remarks at the bill signing for The Freedom of Reproductive Choice ...

VIDEO: Promising COVID-19 News in New Jersey, Kids Helping Kids & Honoring a Hero

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — There's new promising news that the COVID-19 surge in New Jersey is slowing. Plus, generous kids are using their hearts to help other kids. Also, one community prepares to honor a local hero, as he celebrates a milestone.

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

Now in New Jersey ...

VIDEO: Weeks After Giving Birth, Mom Dies of COVID-19; Teen Helps Girls & The Environment

NEW JERSEY — A community is remembering a New Jersey mother of four who died of COVID-19, just weeks after giving birth.  Plus, a high school freshman is going green and helping other girls at the same time.  Also, a little bit of luck changes 'lost' to 'found.'

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

VIDEO: Remembering Teenage COVID-19 Victim, City's Milestone and Restoring History

NEW JERSEY — As one New Jersey community mourns a COVID-19 victim, another is recognizing a new milestone.  Plus, a legendary figure in Trenton reflects on decades of service.  And a community spends months restoring history.

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

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Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners Outline 2022 Goals During Annual Reorganization Meeting

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – The Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners held their annual Reorganization meeting on Thursday evening, during which they reflected on the County’s efforts during 2021 and shared their vision for the future. That vision focuses on implementing their Destination 2040 strategic vision which outlines top priorities for the County that will ...

Saint Joseph Pins Woodbridge, 61-9, on Senior Night

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph wrestling continued its dominance on the mats with a 61-9 victory over visiting Woodbridge on Senior Night. After the match, head coach Michael Carbone discussed the impact of his seniors on the program:

Seniors

Aidan Pierce
"Aidan has been a four-year starter for the Falcons but unfortunately had his season end early due to a shoulder injury. Aidan ...

SJHS Hockey Hits Historic 800th Game and 200th Win in Same Night

METUCHEN, NI – It was a milestone day all around for St. Joseph High School’s hockey team on January 12 when the team completed its 800th game as an athletic program for the school. Making the night even more special coach Ryan Carter won his 200th game as head coach of the team.

Carter and Coach Kolodney are foundations in the hockey program at Saint Joseph high school as they are ...

SJHS Announces Seniors of the Month

METUCHEN, NJ - St. Joseph High announced their seniors of the month recently.  This month featured Mekai Matthews and Anthony Wright.

Mathews is a resident of Somerset, NJ and a proud member of the graduating Class of 2022 at St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen. Since attending St. Joseph’s, Mekai has come to embrace the importance of servant leadership in academics, ...

Wrestling: Saint Joseph (Metuchen) Downs Sayreville, 62-15

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) dominated Sayreville War Memorial High School, 62-15, at Sayreville on Wednesday, January 12. The Falcons scored victories in all but two matches.

"The mentality we wanted to have going into this year was that we're going to wrestle for six minutes," Saint Joseph (Metuchen) wrestling coach Mike Carbone said.

Falcons Soar at Wrestling Quad in Toms River

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Falcons soared in Saturday's quad vs. Piscataway, Toms River East and Marlboro. Zachary Beadling, John Whitacre, Nico Calello, Giovanni Alejandro, Sebastian Blumberg, Evan Mendez, and Andrew Bouchard each won three matches, as Saint Joe's was the big winner of the day. 

The Falcons are now undefeated against five opponents and are 2-0 in GMC - White ...

Bill Tracy Named Head Coach at Saint Joseph High School

METUCHEN, N.J. — Bill Tracy, a former New Jersey Coach of the Year and one of the most respected high school football coaches in the state, has been named the head football coach at Saint Joseph High School.Tracy will be the fourth head coach in Falcons football history, following Rich Hilliard, who stepped down after the 2021 season. Tracy, 53, was the 2013 Star-Ledger ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 18, 2022

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy is getting inaugurated today, and you can just feel the excitement. No? Well, likely not the governor either, as festivities today are greatly scaled down because of the lingering pandemic. Sure, we still get to see Chief Justice Stuart Rabner do his thing, swearing in Murphy at the Trenton War Memorial. There will also be a prayer service. But no inaugural ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 14, 2022

STATEWIDE – There’s always a story for a politician to tell. The trick is finding the right story. NJ Spotlight notes that New Jersey still has one of the highest unemployment rates of any state, for some reason. Yet Gov. Phil Murphy isn’t talking about the latest federal figures. Instead, he pivoted the story to economic growth, using no specific source of data in his ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 13, 2022

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy is to be inaugurated again next Tuesday, and it promises to be a real sleeper. Yes, this pandemic continues to take the fun out of everything. This time around, there will be no inaugural ball at MetLife Stadium, no cannon salute and limited attendees will be complying with public safety rules, such as mask-wearing, negative tests and proof of ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 12, 2022

STATEWIDE – Another day, another redeclared public health emergency in New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy says the state is buried under this “omicron tsunami,” in which it seems you either have COVID or can’t secure a rapid test to confirm your suspicions. There are tens of thousands of reported cases each day – as you likely know – and many, many more people ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 11, 2022

TRENTON – A new state Legislature will be seated today, as a new two-year legislative session kicks off at noon. There will be that wonderful “new Legislature” smell in the chambers, as new lawmakers find their seats, make some friends and locate the most convenient restrooms. There will be a new senate president, Nick Scutari, as Democrats keep control of both houses. We ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 10, 2022

STATEWIDE – You click your mouse; suddenly there’s a box on your porch with such crucial items as hand soap and toenail clippers. Sure, it is crazy convenient, but New Jersey is paying the price with all these mega-warehouses being constructed along our highways as online retailers zip stuff from here to there. NJ.com reports about some fed-up people in South Jersey, fighting plans ...