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Longtime Spotswood High School Head Football Coach Andy Cammarano To Step Down

January 15, 2021

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School head football coach Andy Cammarano is stepping down from his duties. Cammarano has been the head coach of the Chargers varsity football team since 2007. He was a former a high school football player at Shore Regional High School and served as an assistant coach for his alma mater before joining the Chargers' football program more than a decade ago.

South Brunswick Readies for Shortened 2021 Ice Hockey Campaign

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — After a long wait, and facing an abbreviated schedule, the South Brunswick ice hockey team will launch its 2021 season Friday afternoon against Woodbridge.

Coming off a 5-12 season with a lot of young players, the Vikings have far more experience this season, and head coach Serguei Starikov expects that could translate into a better winning percentage this ...

NJ High School Sports Winter Season May Resume on Jan. 2: Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- In a highly anticipated announcement , Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday at his COVID-19 press briefing that Indoor sports may resume on Saturday, January 2, 2021, with safety protocols in place. However, the regional suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions will continue through at least January 31.

NJSIAA, the governing body for high school sports in the state, ...

This Year Teachers, HS Seniors Will Not Be Evaluated The Same In New Jersey

January 12, 2021

NEW JERSEY — A new executive order will mean sweeping changes for the way teachers and students are evaluated for the 2020-2021 school year.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who has long said this isn’t a normal school year due to COVID-19, announced the changes during a Monday press conference on pandemic updates.

As part of the order, high school seniors won’t have to pass an exit ...

Newly Rebranded Middlesex College Will Unveil New Logo, Mascot In Spring

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The newly renamed Middlesex College will publicly unveil its new logo in May, according to a statement from a school spokesperson.

Known as Middlesex County College since its opening in 1964, the Edison-based school with centers in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy is following in the rebranding footsteps of other two-year colleges that are dropping the words ...

Middlesex County College Will Soon Be Getting Name Change

NEW BRUNSWICK,  NJ  - Middlesex County College will be getting a name change. The Edison-based school with centers in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy, will be known as Middlesex College.

The new name was revealed by Board of Middlesex County Commissioners Director Ron Rios during a presentation he gave at Thursday's vitrual reorganization meeting. A spokesman for the college ...

Birding East Brunswick: On Watch For Winter Species

January 14, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Semi-Annual Birding Tour of East Brunswick took place on January 9, and ran from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Led by Steve Albert, a member of the East Brunswick Planning Board and a lifelong birdwatcher, the event takes place in the winter and spring each year - before and at the height of migration for New Jersey’s local avian wildlife.

Over the course of several ...

'Farmers Make, The World Takes' Car Parade Rallies for Kissan Farmers

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. – Residents from across New Jersey came together on Saturday to show their support for the Kissan Farmer Protests occurring in India in a “Farmers Make, The World Takes" car parade. The movement showed solidarity with farmers while bringing awareness to the issues affecting farmers in India.

The parade, made up of honking cars ...

South Brunswick Township Adopts Clean Energy Program, Aims for 100% Renewable Energy by 2030

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick Township will adopt a Community Energy Aggregation Program in an effort to reduce the township’s carbon footprint and increase the use of renewable and clean energy. The township council unanimously approved the measure and added a new chapter to the township code at a regular meeting on December 22nd, ...

Smokers Deemed Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccine In Stage 1B Rollout

January 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

New Jersey Surpasses 20,000 COVID-19 Deaths

TRENTON, NJ -- Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, Jan. 14, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. The Governor also announced ...

Gov. Murphy Says Trenton Is Prepared Following Threat Of State Capitol Protests

NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that NJ authorities are prepared and on high alert.

“We need to bat 1,000 every day. To the governor's point [we] will be ...

This Year Teachers, HS Seniors Will Not Be Evaluated The Same In New Jersey

NEW JERSEY — A new executive order will mean sweeping changes for the way teachers and students are evaluated for the 2020-2021 school year.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who has long said this isn’t a normal school year due to COVID-19, announced the changes during a Monday press conference on pandemic updates.

As part of the order, high school seniors won’t have to pass an exit ...

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Tests Positive for COVID-19 Following Pro-Trump Riot at Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC  - New Jersey Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D - 12) has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from her office. The Congresswoman believes that she contracted the virus after members of Congress were sent into lockdown due to Pro-Trump rioters storming the capitol on Wednesday, January 6th, ...

Murphy Orders U.S. And NJ Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff On Jan 11 In Honor Of Officer Brian Sicknick

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11, 2021, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan. 6.

In a statement, Murphy said: 

“United States Capitol Police Officer ...

Police Seeking Help in Locating Missing New Brunswick Man

January 12, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The New Brunswick Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing 27-year-old city man.

Yorel Armstrong was last seen in the AMC theater parking lot on Route 1 at about 2 a.m. this morning.

Armstrong, 27, is African American. He is about 5 foot 8 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt/jacket and gray cargo ...

Kendall Park, Kingston, And Monmouth Junction Volunteer Fire Departments Seek New Members

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Three South Brunswick Township volunteer fire departments are looking to add to their numbers in 2021. The Kendall Park, Kingston, and Monmouth Junction Volunteer Fire Department are all inviting residents to come out and join.

"Unfortunately, we have witnessed first-hand how difficult it can b to retain our current firefighters and recruit new ones," Chief John ...

Murphy Orders U.S. And NJ Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff On Jan 11 In Honor Of Officer Brian Sicknick

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11, 2021, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan. 6.

In a statement, Murphy said: 

“United States Capitol Police Officer ...

Small Businesses Can Benefit from SBA's Changes to the PPP Lending Program

January 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- The newly issued guidelines on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending overseen by the SBA and the U.S. Treasury Department will better target New Jersey's small businesses, especially those owned by minorities or located in low income areas.

The Economic Aid Act makes it possible for hard-hit businesses to get second loans from the PPP lending ...

Ciattarelli Opponent in GOP Gubernatorial Primary Race Drops Out

January 13, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Doug Steinhardt, chairman of the New Jersey Republican Party and candidate in the 2021 GOP Gubernatorial Primary, has dropped out of the race just one month after launching his campaign.

The abrupt announcement boosts the likelihood that Jack Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident and former state Assemblyman who kicked off his campaign one year ago, will win the GOP ...

Zoom Wine Dinners Help Catherine Lombardi/Stage Left Owners Stay Connected With Customers

January 8, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The vineyard owner on the screen had obviously been drinking his own stock and could no longer converse in his native Italian nor his limited English, but was fluent in the international language of drunk.

His inarticulate antics provided hours of laughs for the customers who had tuned in from the comfort and safety of their homes. They were having such a fun time ...

Vaccination Sites To Soon Open In Sayreville

January 15, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Sayreville officials are coordinating with Middlesex County Health Department and state officials about the evolving vaccine distribution.

Governor Phil Murphy expanded the eligibility for the vaccine, with the state opening a mega-site vaccination site in Raritan Center in Edison. Vaccinations are also being offered by Middlesex County Health Department in Sayreville.

South Brunswick OEM Coordinating COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution with the County

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management is continuing to coordinate with the Middlesex County Health Department and state officials on distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the township.

According to the OEM, the state will open a mega-vaccination site at the Raritan Center in Edison Township along with five additional vaccination sites in Middlesex ...

Murphy Discusses Vaccination Update At Latest Press Briefing

TRENTON, NJ -- Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, Jan. 14, according to Governor Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. The governor also ...

GoFundMe Page Raises Over Half-Million Dollars For Family Of South River Native Brian Sicknick

January 11, 2021

SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- A GoFundMe page set up for the family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick has raised more that $545,000 as of Sunday evening, January 10. To contribute to the page, click here. 

Officer Brian D. Sicknick tragically lost his life on January 7th, 2021 following injuries sustained during the events at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6th. I ...

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TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Jennifer Dericks of TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The TAPinto Featured Franchisee of the Month for January 2021 is Jennifer Dericks from TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton.

Dericks launched her two franchises back in 2012 after completing her term on the Sparta Board of Education and she’s been with TAPinto ever since.

“It would be more accurate to say TAPinto found me,” Dericks said. “I was ...

New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

January 14, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

"A Warm Touch" From Lap Tapestry Project Plus

January 15, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - For over 25 years, a small and dedicated group of community volunteers, known as the Lap Tapestry Project Plus, has used their knitting and crocheting skills to brighten the day of those who can use a warm touch.

In honor of National Make A Difference Day in October, this group, led by East Brunswick Arts Commission member, Elayne Risley, work throughout the year creating ...

Vaccination Sites To Soon Open In Sayreville

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Sayreville officials are coordinating with Middlesex County Health Department and state officials about the evolving vaccine distribution.

Governor Phil Murphy expanded the eligibility for the vaccine, with the state opening a mega-site vaccination site in Raritan Center in Edison. Vaccinations are also being offered by Middlesex County Health Department in Sayreville.

Edison Man Gets 30 Years For Fatal Shooting Of New Brunswick Man

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 29-year-old Edison man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 2018 murder of a New Brunswick man.

Christopher “C-Dub” Thompson was sentenced Thursday for the murder of Larenz O’Garro, 23, by Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Buck, according to a press release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone’s office.

Thompson was ...

Belle Mead Doctor Charged With Sexual Assault Of Patient In Office

January 15, 2021

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A 64-year-old Belle Mead doctor was arrested after a patient told police he had sexually assaulted her at his office in Franklin Township, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Dr. Chike J. Aguh of Mulberry Court, Belle Mead, is charged with 2nd degree Sexual Assault and 4th degree Sexual Contact. He is being held at the ...

Highland Park's LaTourette Named Acting Head Of State DEP

NEW JERSEY - Governor Phil Murphy today announced that Shawn LaTourette, a Highland Park resident, will serve as Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) beginning on January 16.

LaTourette, currently the Department’s Deputy Commissioner, takes the helm from Catherine R. McCabe, who will retire from public service on January 15 having spent more ...

NJ Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Receives Positive Coronavirus Test Result

NEW JERSEY - Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) received a positive rapid antigen test result for COVID-19 on Monday, according to a press release from her office. She believes she was exposed during protective isolation in the U.S. Capitol building as a result of insurrectionist riots on January 6. As reported by multiple news outlets, a number of members within the space ignored ...

Middlesex College Creating Apprenticeship Opportunities In Advanced Manufacturing

January 15, 2021

Middlesex College is developing apprenticeship opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing through Career Advance USA, a U.S. Department of Labor-funded grant. Apprenticeships, developed and implemented in collaboration with employers, are earn-and-learn programs that combine formal classroom learning with on-the-job training.

For those seeking good jobs in this industry, apprenticeships are a ...

Get Cozy with a Winter Getaway in the Long Beach Island Region

LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ - It may be sweater weather, but plans for summer could begin with a winter trip. The LBI Region invites you down to sample an extraordinary destination where winter activities are set with pristine beaches, legendary pine forests, and historic downtowns.  

Planning trends this year are all about creating the right fit for new flexible schedules. Keeping travel ...

Last Chance To Register For Free Virtual Panel Discussion Featuring Distinguished COVID-19 Experts

TAPinto will host a panel discussion featuring distinguished COVID-19 experts on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. This virtual gathering is free for attendees, but registration is required. 

The panel, presented by Atlantic Health System and moderated by Communications Consultant Bruno Tedeschi, will feature Dr. Michelle Cholankeril, ...

What East Brunswick’s Clean Energy Win Means for You

January 12, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - While most people were focused on the big national issues in last November’s election, there’s an old saying that all politics is local -- and there’s no better example of that than the clean energy ballot question that East Brunswick voters overwhelmingly backed.

Almost 70% of township voters said yes to a ballot question that will create a 100% ...

Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios monthly column: New Year 2021

         

Welcoming a new year is traditionally an exciting time as we look ahead to celebrating all life’s moments with family and friends and preparing our New Year resolutions. The New Year has always been a time of promise for a brighter future. And as we said goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021, that sentiment was as powerful as it has ever ...