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Vitale: Creating a “Literal Lifeline” for Those Suffering from a Mental Health Crisis

July 5, 2022

As we hopefully move beyond the pandemic, too many of our friends, neighbors and loved ones continue to struggle with a mental health crisis.

Too often, these sufferers bear their anguish silently, and alone.

In joining the nationwide effort to prevent suicide and other negative behavioral health outcomes,  I sponsored a bill in the state Senate that would require the state ...

Officials Announce Federal Support for Local Business

PERTH AMBOY - Rep. Frank Pallone, (D-6th Dist), Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19th Dist.) and Mayor Helmin Caba were part of a contingent of business and union leaders who toured a Cortlandt Street factory on June 27 to tout job-saving government support. 

Pallone said there is now  increased funding for a program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that supports ...

Coughlin Announces Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, Helping Teachers and Families

PERTH AMBOY – Every year, the average city family spends upwards of $250 per child on school supplies and teachers spend around $600 of their own money on classroom supplies for their students.

To help with the burden, at a time of high inflation, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.) is supporting a back-to-school sales tax holiday as a part of the proposed ’23 ...

Sayreville's Kennedy Park Mural Showcases Town's Patriotism

July 3, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- In a town marked by American pride, Sayreville likes to make it known. And recently, it's been made very known... two two-story walls known.

Sayreville art teacher Nina Iglesias has been working on two murals for more than three months in Kennedy Park, with each of the paintings being dedicated to veterans of the United States military. Working on the ...

Sayreville Street Paving Announced

SAYREVILLE, NJ - PSE&G has announced the completion of gas system upgrades in your neighborhood to ensure continued safe, reliable gas service. Now that the ground has settled, PSE&G will restore roads with permanent paving.

The project, started in May 2021, is part of PSE&G’s Gas System Modernization Program II, and includes the replacement of nearly 4.5 miles of cast iron ...

$2 Million Lottery Ticket Sold in Sayreville

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The Quick Check on Ernston Road in Sayreville sold a $2 million lottery ticket for the Monday, June 27, Powerball drawing.

The Powerball winning nmbers were 11, 13, 18, 30, and 37.

The estimated jackpot of the New Jersey Powerball is $365 million, with a cash option of $207.5 million.

Powerball drawings are held every Monday, Wednesday & Saturday at approximately ...

South Amboy Resident Named to Bryant University's President's List

July 5, 2022

SMITHFIELD, RI -- Bryant University recognized Anthony Perez, Class of 2025, of South Amboy  by naming him to the spring 2022 President's List.

The President's List is an academic distinction reserved for Bryant's highest achievers who earn a GPA of 4.0 or better for at least 12 semester hours of work.

For nearly 160 years, Bryant University has been at the ...

Sayreville Resident Named to Frostburg State Dean's List

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Kaitlyn Enea of Sayreville has been named to the dean's list at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD, for outstanding academic achievement for the spring 2022 semester.

To be eligible for the dean's list, a student must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and earn a cumulative semester grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

Situated ...

Graduating Sayreville Emergency Squad Members Plan to Pursue Careers in Healthcare

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Several Sayreville students who volunteer with the Sayreville Emergecy Squad graduated in June and plan to pursue careers in healthcare. They are: 

Arjun Farsaiya, EMT Regular Member
Arjun graduated from the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST). Farsaiya will attend Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) in the fall to study ...

Monmouth Junction Fire Department and EMS Save Woman Whose Arm was Impaled at Pet Store

June 18, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The Monmouth Junction Fire Department and First Aid squad rescued a woman who had impaled her arm in a workplace accident. EMTs and paramedics worked for 45 minutes to free the woman and transport her to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. The woman’s current condition is unknown.

On June 16th, a 54-year-old employee at Loving Pets on Melrich Road was cleaning ...

Scenes from Sayreville's Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks

July 4, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The Borough of Sayreville celebrated America's 246th birthday with food, fun, and fireworks at Kennedy Park on Sunday, July 3, 2022.

After having the celebration postponed from its originally planned Saturday debate, Sayreville Recreation put on a great show with a food truck festival, inflatables, 80s Revolution playing an energetic mix of hit songs, and, of course, a ...

Celebrate with Middlesex County: Join at 10 am on June 11 at Roosevelt Park in Edison

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Celebrate Middlesex County is back in person!

Celebrate Middlesex County is a free, family-friendly event showcasing the unique programs and services provided by Middlesex County and highlights the people who bring them to life.

Join us at 10 am on June 11 at Roosevelt Park in Edison. And we would love if you encouraged your friends, family, and neighbors to ...

Did Woodbridge ‘Pull the Plug’ on Brain Scans?

June 25, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — The national Brain Tumor Foundation was ready to give free MRI brain screenings to 120 people who signed up with concerns about their potential exposure at Colonia High School.

But the free screenings were suddenly postponed.

The nonprofit Brain Tumor Foundation pulled out, removing three portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices it delivered to a dance ...

Murphy's Plan Sets $2 Billion in Direct Tax Relief for NJ Homeowners, Renters

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy wants New Jersey homeowners and renters to receive nearly $2 billion in direct tax relief this year and in the years moving forward.

At a gathering in South Brunswick's municipal complex, Murphy declared "promises kept" as he unfurled his plan to provide tax rebates to more than 2 million households in the Garden State.  ...

Get Ready for Christmas In July at The Shop at St. Peter's

July 4, 2022

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Hallmark Channel isn't the only one pulling on the red and green with a few sleigh bells this July. Last week the Spotswood High School cheer team along with their coach Jackie Cassidy played elves to help deck the halls at the SHOP at St. Peter's.

The popular thrift shop is holding its annual Christmas in July sale from Tuesday, July 5 through Saturday, July 30.

Do You Bleed Orange & Blue? Donate Blood at Sayreville Emergency Squad, Get Mets Tix in Return

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The Sayreville Emergency Squad (776. Washington Rd., Parlin) will host a blood drive on Tues., July 5 from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

By donating blood, an individual will receive a voucher for two free New York Mets tickets and a free Mets shirt.

For an appointment, visit nybc.org/drive and search sponsor code '13870'. For more information, call 800-933-2566.

Check Out this Drone Footage from St. Stan's Carnival

SAYREVILLE - TAPinto Raritan Bay's email account is now overflowing with carnival photos from readers, following three days of fun, food and frolic on MacArthur Avenue, in support of St. Stan's School. 

And there was something even more special in the inbox: drone footage of the big carnival, courtesy of CME Associates and its principal, David Samuel. Click and enjoy the happy ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Top $5 a Gallon for First Time

June 9, 2022

NEW JERSEY — For the first time ever, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in New Jersey is over $5. AAA says drivers are paying $5.01 on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. That's up 3 cents from yesterday and nearly $2 from this time last year.

AAA says the rising cost of oil and high demand for gas is keeping the prices at the pump high.

“People are still fueling up, despite ...

Sayreville Emergency Squad Hit The High Seas on July 4

July 6, 2022

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Sayreville Emergency Squad’s Marine 943 was out in the Raritan Bay for a general membership training on July 4. Boat captains Kevin & Steven taught the crews about water rescue operations and how to navigate our local waterways in Sayreville, South Amboy, Laurence Harbor, Perth Amboy, East Brunswick, South River, and New Brunswick.

Appropriately, the ...

Woodbridge Cops Nab Suspect Who Allegedly Stole South Amboy Police Car

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – Township police arrested a North Jersey man who allegedly stole a South Amboy police car, crashed it twice into other vehicles, then reportedly tried several times to carjack another vehicle on Route 1, authorities said.

Jamil T. Robinson, 28, of Paterson, is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center on charges of receiving stolen property, assault by ...

Sayreville Police Auxiliary Accepting Applications

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The Sayreville Police Auxiliary are now accepting applications for Auxiliary Police Officers, with forms due by Friday, Dec. 16 at midnight.

Qualifications Sayrevile Auxiliary Police Officer Applicants include:

Be citizen of the United States
Be over 18 years of age
Possess a high school diploma or GED
Able to read, write and speak the English language well and ...

NBA Bound: RU Men’s Basketball’s Harper Jr. Signs Two-Way Contract with Toronto Raptors

June 26, 2022

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers' star basketball forward Ron Harper Jr. has signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors following his selection in the 2022 NBA Draft.

"The Rutgers basketball family is so proud of Ron Harper Jr. for this opportunity with the Toronto Raptors," head coach Steve Pikiell said. "This couldn't have ...

Yankees Sending Reliever Aroldis Chapman to Patriots for Rehab Work

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The New York Yankees are currently scheduling LHP Aroldis Chapman for a ehab with the Double-A Somerset Patriots during the weekend of June 24 through June 26.  

Currently working his way back from an Achilles injury, Chapman has been on the Yankees injured list since May 24 and last pitched on May 22. In 17 ...

World Cup 2026 Coming to New Jersey

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The biggest tournament in the world’s most popular sport is coming to New Jersey in a big way.

On Thursday officials from FIFA, soccer’s governing body, announced that MetLife Stadium will be one of just 15 locations across North America and 11 in the U.S. to play host to the 2026 World Cup tournament.

While the number of matches and in what rounds of the ...

Business Leaders Question New Jersey's Budget: 'What's the Plan for Economic Recovery?'

July 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — After seeing what's in the fiscal year 2023 budget that Gov. Phil Murphy signed last week, Tom Bracken has one question.

"What's the plan for economic recovery?" the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President and CEO asked in an interview with TAPinto. "That’s a fair question to ask, and it’s a more than reasonable question to be ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Signs 7 New Gun Laws in New Jersey

​​​​​​METUCHEN, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed seven new bills into law on Tuesday that tighten gun regulations in New Jersey.

"These are not going to be our last words on gun safety," Murphy said. "We cannot walk away from here today, none of us, thinking our job is done because it is not."

Murphy and democratic leaders called it "Gun Safety Package 3.0" ...

Will the Supreme Court Gun Decision Be Making Quick Draw McGraws of Us in New Jersey?

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey had among the toughest gun ownership restrictions in the United States, 2021 according to a 2021 report by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.  Prior to last month's United States Supreme Court ruling. New Jersey was a "may issue" state for concealed gun permits, meaning you MAY get a gun permit IF law enforcement ...

VIDEO: Patriotic Group Hangs Flags on Parkway, Baseball Field Ribbon Cutting, Residents Awarded for Art and Police Academy Graduation

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A group of patriotic residents hang flags on a Garden State Parkway overpass ahead of July 4th. Plus, a new baseball field ribbon cutting. Also, two residents are awarded for their art contributions. And, a police academy graduation.

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

VIDEO: Cornhole Champions, Firefighters Save Ducklings, Teachers Honored for Fellowship Graduation and Gearing Up for July 4th

NEW JERSEY - A town crowns cornhole champions. Plus, firefighters rescue stranded ducklings and reunite them with their mother. And, several teachers honored for their fellowship graduation. Also, one town gears up for a massive July 4th celebration. 

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

VIDEO: Stevens Student Recognized by NASA, Police Department Celebrates 138 Years, Union County College Renamed and 6th Graders L.E.A.D.

NEW JERSEY - A Stevens Institute of Technology student is recognized by NASA. Plus, a police department celebrates 138 years. And, Union County College gets a new name. Also, 6th graders graduate from the L.E.A.D. program. 

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

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Summer Precautions

It’s that time of year when we look forward to vacations, picnics, beach excursions, and just enjoying the warm weather -- and of course Fourth of July celebrations such as parades, concerts, and fireworks.

One thing we need to recognize during the upcoming months is that COVID 19 is still here, it has not gone away, and we need to exercise caution. Our numbers are not as high as when ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July6, 2022

TRENTON – Bring em’ on. The more gun restrictions in New Jersey, the better. And that’s why we should also welcome seven new gun laws the governor signed yesterday. Let’s now celebrate that people must actually learn how to fire a gun before getting a gun permit. New Jersey is also banning 50 caliber weapons, making it easier to sue gun manufacturers and dealers, ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 5, 2022

TRENTON – With the state budget signed and the governor heading off to his Italian villa on vacation, it’s time to catch up on all that was missed. Hmm. Here’s one, from the pile:  New Jerseyans who buy electric cars receive a nice gift from the state, up to $5,000 off the purchase or lease, besides not having to pay sales tax. Very generous, thank you. But now the state is ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 29, 2022

**The Jaffe Briefing will be on break, returning Tuesday, July 5**

TRENTON – As media tries to chip away at the new $50.6 billion state budget in the final hours before lawmakers adopt the plan and flee Trenton for the holiday, Politico is focusing on line items related to public schools. Despite the overflowing coffers, the state’s public schools will remain underfunded by $600 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 27, 2022

TRENTON – There’s no clever angle to describe what’s happened to Roe v. Wade.  Let’s just localize it for New Jersey, with confirmation from Gov. Phil Murphy that a woman’s right to decide what to do with her own body is safe in this state, for now.  The governor said: “it is incumbent that we do more to fully secure reproductive rights and ensure ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 28, 2022

TRENTON – So, it looks like New Jersey has a budget that Democrats can live with: a $50.6 billion spending plan with no additional taxes, a $6 billion rainy-day fund and a full payment for the underfunded pension system, Politico reports. The highlights – thanks to this unprecedented amount of surplus funds and tax receivables – ensures the state will have the largest stockpile ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 23, 2022

TRENTON – Gun control may not be in the national headlines today, yet there needs to be a constant drumbeat to force lawmakers to act before the next crisis. So, let’s push it to the forefront, celebrating that the Assembly advanced a package of bills yesterday to further tighten the state’s firearms laws. These proposed bills are not yet before Gov. Phil Murphy for signature, ...

Middlesex County Magnet Schools Officially Debuts with New Visual Identity to Drive Regional Awareness

July 5, 2022

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – Middlesex County Magnet Schools, formerly known as Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools (MCVTS) is entering a new era in its more than 100-year history with a new name and visual identity to accurately present the exceptional, specialized education it offers all Middlesex County students.

Announced officially to the public today in a press ...

Saint Augustine of Canterbury School of South Brunswick to Host 2nd and Last Daniel Anderl “Love Is Light” 5K

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- On Saturday, July 16, Daniel Anderl’s legacy will be honored with the second and final “LOVE IS LIGHT” 5K Run/Walk at the North Brunswick Community Park (2051 US-130, North Brunswick Township, NJ) where Daniel played countless baseball games from grammar school to high school. This is also a virtual event which enables participation ...