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Pearl Harbor Remembrance in Sayreville Planned for Dec. 7

December 3, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The Borough of Sayreville will host a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Service on Tuesday, Dec. 7, the 80th anniversary of the attack on the U.S. fleet in the Pacific, at 7:55 a.m. at the Ken Buchanan Waterfront on River Road.

Each year on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, and people all over the world come together to honor and remember the 2,403 service members ...

With Increased Call Volume and Rising Equipment Costs, Sayreville Emergency Squad Needs Donations

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- A number of factors have contributed to the rising cost of running the Sayreville Rescue Squad, including increased call volume, operational equipment costs (particularly replacement apparatus), and a significant surge in administrative costs. This has all strained the squad's annual fund drive. Unlike most squads or departments around the ...

Tips for this Holiday Shopping Season

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- As Thanksgiving passes, and Jingle Bells starts playing on the radio, the holiday shopping season is upon us.

A recent WalletHub study dove into the tendencies of holiday shopping:

Macy’s, JCPenney, and Belk are 2021’s Best Places to Shop on Black Friday, offering an average discount of at least 56.7%.
Around 11% of items at major retailers will be ...

Rutgers Will Observe Juneteenth as a University Holiday

November 20, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers has announced that its list of official university holidays will include Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The state university will recognize the holiday when it is observed on Friday, June 17.

The school will follow the observance of the recently established state holiday, which places it on the third Friday of ...

Sayreville and South Amboy School Districts Receive Funding from FCC

RARITAN BAY, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D, NJ-06) announced Tuesday that the Sayreville and South Amboy school districts have received funding from the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF). Sayreville was awarded $655,933 from the first round of funding ,while South Amboy garnered $93,691 in the third round.

Overall, ...

'It Saved My Life:' Drug Court Grads Celebrate Emotional Milestone

November 30, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Lloyd purchased his first car. Ashley was promoted to cashier. Michael is working after obtaining his commercial driver’s license.

Jahad recently got married. Joseph opened his first bank account in five years. Alex graduated from Middlesex College and works as an addiction counselor.

The graduates from Middlesex County’s Drug Court talked about how they ...

Two Children Killed in Accident at Route 1/Route 130 Intersection

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Two children were killed in a vehicle collision that occurred on Thanksgiving, 2021 in North Brunswick.   

The incident occurred at 11:35 p.m. at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 130 in North Brunswick, says a report issued by the New Jersey State Attorney General's office. This intersection gets heavy use, as it connects North ...

School Supervisor Saves a Student from Choking as "Training Kicks In"

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ugh! Lunchroom duty for teachers and administrators in a middle school. Loud, messy, silly, and sometimes a bit dramatic, too.  Herbert Peluzzo, Supervisor of Social Studies for the East Brunswick Public Schools, was pitching in as an Interim Assistant Principal at Hammarskjold Middle School on Tuesday. He was surfing the tide of one such busy lunch period when a ...

Rutgers Student Studies Video Game Music in Career Inspired by Atari

December 4, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Aaron Vaders-Collins has been moving toward a certain career path since the age of 4, when he started playing video games on an Atari 2600, challenging his skills with early-’80s classics like Pitfall! and Adventure. As the technology evolved, the systems and games grew more complex, with richer visuals and sophisticated soundtracks.

Later, as a self-taught guitarist, ...

Award-Winning Film Featured in Mental Health Association in NJ's Virtual Evening of Excellence

NEW JERSEY -- The Mental Health Association in New Jersey's (MHANJ's) 21st Annual Evening of Excellence will highlight “Orchestrating Change,” an award-winning documentary, featuring captivating individuals, beautiful music, and people who are living successfully with a diagnosis of mental illness. 

The documentary engages audience members in the story of the ...

Best Holiday Lights to Check Out This Season in Sayreville and Elsewhere

NEW JERSEY - Now that the turkeys have been stuffed and the cranberry sauce eaten, it's time for one of the annual festivities of the holiday season; checking out those awesome light displays. Of course, make time to drive around local neighborhoods to see what gems fellow residents have created, but don't forget to set aside some time to take a drive to enjoy those spectacular holiday ...

Pallone: New Jersey to Receive Over $168 Million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Address Lead and PFAS Contamination

December 4, 2021

SAYREVILLE/SOUTH AMBOY, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D, NJ-06) announced Thursday that New Jersey will receive $168,949,000 from the bipartisan infrastructure bill that Congress passed and which was signed into law last month to clean up drinking water contamination and improve the state’s water infrastructure. This funding is provided through the Environmental ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Support for Gun Safety Bill Package in Legislature

TRENTON, NJ – As part of his ongoing commitment to meaningfully address the nation’s gun violence crisis, Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday urged legislators to take action in the coming weeks and pass a comprehensive gun safety legislative package that he initially proposed in April.

If passed by the state legislature and signed into law, the bill package would be the third ...

Gov Murphy, Health Advocates Call for Passage of Reproductive Rights Legislation

NEW JERSEY -- On Wednesday morning, while the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments on a legal challenge that could overturn the country's landmark Roe v. Wade reproductive rights precedent, Gov. Phil Murphy held a virtual press conference with the state's reproductive rights advocates calling for the passage of a state law on similar women's health ...

Turkey, Potatoes, Compassion: Elijah's Promise Ready to Serve Thanksgiving Day Meal

November 24, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Elaine Wolf was busy Monday morning cooking stuffing, wrapping cooked turkey breast and working hard to prepare the Thanksgiving Day meal that Elijah’s Promise will be serving.

Wolf said there was a lot of hustle and bustle - and an air of excitement - inside the community kitchen on Neilson Street as she, Chef Curtis McNair and the rest of the crew got ready to ...

Blood Drive to Occur in South Amboy on Dec. 5

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- A blood drive will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5, at St. Mary's (256 Augusta St.) in South Amboy at the school cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to the City of South Amboy website, the blood drive is being held because 'there is a national blood shortage across the country and every pint counts'. Donors must bring identification and be at least ...

Sayreville Recreation Conducting Toy Drive

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Sayreville Recreation has begun collecting donations for its annual holiday season Toy Drive, which will run through Tuesday, Nov. 30.

All donation must be dropped off at the Sayreville Recreation office at Mickey Sedlack Center (167 Main St). Donations can include new toys, gift certificates, or a check made out to the Sayreville Recreation Toy Drive.

To find out ...

School Renamed in Honor of Tuskegee Airman Malcolm Nettingham on Veterans Day (VIDEO)

November 11, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 school district celebrated Veterans Day with a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. to rename Park Middle School as the Malcolm E. Nettingham Middle School (580 Park Ave., Scotch Plains) in honor of the hometown hero and member of World War II’s celebrated Tuskegee Airmen. (VIDEO of full ceremony ...

South Brunswick Middle-Schooler Brings Taser to School

December 2, 2021

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - After a student posted an image of a Taser on social media, "young people" came forward to warn the police and the public that the student had brought the weapon into Crossroads Middle School South today, the South Brunswick Police charged the juvenile with bringing the handheld Taser into school.

At 11:30 am, the School Resource Officer along with patrol ...

Bambi Busted on Bordentown! Sayreville Cop Lassos Jaywalking Deer, Releases Him into Woods

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Sometimes even Santa needs help, especially at this time of year.

In this instance, Officer Jim Satorski of the Sayreville police department noticed a young deer (possibly with a red nose) running in and out of traffic on Bordentown Avenue.

Officer Satorski was able to lasso this young deer with some rope and transported him back into the woods, where he could return ...

Sayreville Police, Brandon Narleski Foundation Team Up to Provide a LYFT to Prevent Impaired Holiday Driving

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Heading to visit family house for Thanksgiving and planning to have a few beers during football or some wine during dinner?

 

Sayreville police and the Brandon Tyler Narleski Charitable Foundation have teamed up to prevent drunk driving. Use the QR code and take $10 off your LYFT to the Sayreville and Sough Amboy areas and do NOT drive impaired. The program ...

Sayreville Sports Preview: Girls Bowling

December 2, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The Sayreville girls bowling program has a history of success. Sectional champions in 2018-19 and back-to-back division championships before a COVID-shortened 2020-21 season, the powerhouse reputation the Bombers hold within the Greater Middlesex County conference will now be advanced by a relatively young leader.

Described as the unit's 'sophomore sensation' ...

Sayreville Sports Preview: Winter Track

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The Sayreville winter track program is revved up for the start of the season after spending a year away from the sport due to COVID-19. Head coach Joseph Pastva knows both the girls and boys team are enthusiastic at the prospect of finally competing.

"We have a nice mix of really, really talented seniors who want to go out on a high note this year since they've lost ...

Rutgers Women's Soccer Headed to College Cup

PISCATAWAY, NJ - No. 5 Rutgers women's soccer punched its ticket to the 2021 NCAA Women's College Cup, advancing out of the quarterfinals on Friday night at Yurcak Field.

The Scarlet Knights played to their second consecutive double-overtime draw, this one by a score of 2-2 with No. 7 Arkansas.

RU claimed the edge in penalty kicks, 4-2, to clinch the program's second ...

Sayreville Native Given Prestigious Award from Saint Joseph High School

November 17, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Sayreville native Vincent Sollecito was bestowed with the Cor Jesu Award from Saint Joseph High School for his longtime service as president of the high school's Father's Club. Sollecito has been involved with the school for 18 years, touching generations of Falcon students and families.

Sollecito's two sons both graduated from Saint Joe's. Frank, ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - December 3, 2021

TRENTON – Stunning that the news of the day at the Statehouse has nothing to do with the people’s business. Rather it’s about some headline-grabbing Republican lawmakers, who flagrantly ignored the Statehouse mandate to show a vaccination card or a negative test – following the deaths of nearly 28,500 New Jerseyans from this stubborn pandemic. These lawmakers ignored state ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 2, 2021

TRENTON – The state Legislature is actually in session today, with plenty of lame-duck bills in the pile. But the news is not about what laws will be passed. Rather, it’s all about who will actually show up to vote. Republican lawmakers are suing over a mandate that anyone entering the Statehouse be vaccinated or tested. In the crosshairs is a group that no one knew ever existed ...

The Jaffe Briefing - December 1, 2021

TOMS RIVER – In politics, is there really anything “permanent”? Of course not. But that has not stopped the township council from “permanently” banning recreational marijuana businesses. Some residents expressed disappointment with the so-called “permanent” ban, the Asbury Park Press reports, noting a 2020 referendum showed that 63.7% of township voters ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 30, 2021

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL – It’s sure expensive to sway the mood of voters. And that’s what Democrats learned in the last election, as Politico reports they spent four times as much as Republicans in the state legislative elections. Despite the fact the Democrats and outside groups threw $38.6 million at the 40 legislative districts, they still lost seven seats. Meanwhile, the ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 29, 2021

TRENTON – There’s big work to do at the Statehouse this week, as the lame-duck session is in full swing after state lawmakers took four months off to campaign and do other things. Yet, some Republican lawmakers are refusing to show up. (Sigh.) And why? New Jersey Globe reports they have a big problem with the sensible rule that bans access to the Statehouse for any lawmaker who ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 23, 2021

The Jaffe Briefing is off for Thanksgiving beginning Wednesday, Nov. 24, returning Monday, Nov. 29.

TRENTON – Perhaps New Jerseyans will be setting up a GoFundMe account to help our poor Gov. Phil Murphy. Partial tax returns released from his office yesterday shows that Murphy “only” earned $982,600 last year – the first year his income dipped under $1 million annually ...

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Middlesex County Commissioner Tomaro Receives New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - In recognition of extraordinary service to his community, Middlesex County Commissioner Charlie Tomaro has been honored with a New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award.

Each year, the New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Awards highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers, who donate an estimated 170 million ...