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Rutgers Football Downs Purdue on the Road, 37-30

November 29, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Rutgers football (2-4, 2-4) recorded its second Big Ten Conference road win of the season, downing Purdue (2-3, 2-3), 37-30, on Saturday night in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Scarlet Knights set a Big Ten program record with 26 first downs and produced five touchdowns against the Boilermakers, including two passes from quarterback Artur Sitkowski to ...

Rutgers Women's Basektball Team's Season Opener Postponed Amid COVID-19 Concerns

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers women's basketball season opener against Monmouth, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed to Friday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. due to COVID-19 testing and protocol, which resulted in a presumptive positive test within the opponent's traveling party.

Another round of COVID-19 testing and protocol will be held the day before and the day of the ...

Rutgers Football Edged In 3OT Thriller With Michigan, 48-42

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers football (1-4, 1-4) was edged in a triple overtime thriller with Michigan (2-3, 2-3), 48-42, on Saturday night at SHI Stadium, presented by RWJBarnabas Health.

Quarterback Noah Vedral threw for a career-high 381 passing yards, eighth-most in a game in prgoram history, with three touchdown passes, including a 61-yard toss to wide ...

MCVTS students learning despite COVID-19 hurdles

November 28, 2020

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The 2,100 students of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools have successfully completed their first marking period with adjustments and innovations to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.

“I am proud to say that all of our staff and students have risen to the occasion and continue to navigate these uncharted and choppy seas with grace and ...

South Brunswick School district goes Full-Remote Until December 14, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - In a public letter, Superintendent Scott Feder announced that South Brunswick will pause  all in-person learning for special needs students and remote learning centers until December 14th, 2020. This decision was made after a series of newly confirmed cases, school closures and the county’s rise in COVID-19 ...

Poll Finds Mixed Views On Remote Learning In New Jersey

NEW JERSEY - A new statewide poll found that New Jersey families want a better remote education experience for their children who have been forced to forego in-person learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group on behalf of JerseyCAN and the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, also identified stark racial and income disparities in access ...

Gov. Murphy Drops NJ’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory, Still Advises Travelers to Self-Quarantine if Going Beyond Neighboring States

November 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — The surge of coronavirus cases across the country has prompted Gov. Phil Murphy not to release this week’s coronavirus travel advisory based on its current criteria.

However, he strongly advised individuals to refrain from nonessential interstate travel and to still self-quarantine for 14 days after traveling to any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region ...

Governor Murphy Addresses Verbal Confrontation During Family Outing In Red Bank

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

Murphy Announces Resources For People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due To COVID-19

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Governor Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus the ...

South Brunswick Township Council To Hold Virtual Meeting

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Township Council will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday, November 24 at 6 p.m. Interested residents can access the meeting via Microsoft Teams. Call-in information can be found on the South Brunswick Township website. Anyone wishing to speak during the public portion of the meeting must resister by noon on November 24 at the following link. The ...

Contact Tracing Calls Hit 60% Rejection Rate Says Governor Murphy

TRENTON, NJ - Contact tracers have been deployed across the state to determine who is impacted by COVID-19. Their job includes calling thousands of people to ask about their whereabouts.It's not going over very well. Sixty percent reject the call.

With the national scorn spreading on the Governor of California who dined in a swanky restaurant without masks and with no social ...

Murphy Reinstates Aggressive COVID-19 Gathering Limits In NJ Ahead Of Thanksgiving

NEW JERSEY — Indoor gatherings will be subject to new capacity limits in New Jersey starting Tuesday, the most aggressive steps Governor Phil Murphy has taken in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. 

As of Tuesday, no more than 10 people may gather indoors (includes indoor entertainment venues). A 150-person limit will also take effect for outdoor gatherings beginning ...

South Brunswick Police Charge East Windsor Woman After Running Man Over with her Car

November 21, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Police Department has charged a woman from East Windsor after she ran over a man with her car following a dispute outside a motel on Route 130. Anna Defede, age 35, is being charged with 4th degree charge of causing a motor vehicle crash while having a suspended driver's license, leaving the scene of a crash, driving while suspended and careless ...

Lawnmower Causes Major House Fire in South Brunswick

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A South Brunswick house caught fire yesterday due to a lawnmower, according to a press release from the police department. All three South Brunswick fire departments- Kendall Park, Monmouth Junction and Kingston- responded to the emergency on Richford Road. Two additional homes were evacuated due to the fire. No one was ...

Local Elections: Final Numbers for Mayor, Council, BOE, and Ballot Question

November 21, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - As published by the Middlesex County Board of Elections, the final results for the 2020 local elections in East Brunswick are presented here.  More than 26,000 residents of East Brunswick cast ballots this year.  In 2016, about 22,500 township residents voted in the general election.

Below are the results for the 2020 General Election; these results represent ...

South Brunswick Election Results Remain Unchanged as More Ballots are Counted

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The results of local elections in South Brunswick remain unchanged as the county continues to count mailed-in and absentee ballots, according to the Middlesex County Board of Elections. The county is still counting provisional ballots that were cast at polling locations and is expected to have them counted by November 20, 2020, according to the ...

Human Trafficking and Exploitation the Subject of Address at Pearl Center

November 15, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Lauren Hersh, a former prosecutor and current advocate for the abolishment of sex trafficking, gave a thoroughly informative presentation about the plight of men, women, and children in the sex trafficking industry on Tuesday, November 10th at the Daniel Pearl Education Center in East Brunswick. As heartbreaking as the stories she shared were, Hersh succeeded in educating ...

Revisiting the Role of a Heathy Routine During the Pandemic

November 28, 2020

NEW JERSEY - The COVID-19 pandemic has led us on an unprecedented and unpredictable path. Since its start, there has been extraordinary amounts of uncertainty contributing to stress. There have been increased reports of depression and anxiety among individuals as compared to previous years and some individuals report feeling a sense of loss of control in their lives. At the crossroads ...

Top 8 Warning Signs To Notice In Grandma This Thanksgiving

NEW BRUNSWICK - ’Tis the season to gather with a limited number of friends and family, warmed by the glow of our hearts and hearths during this lingering pandemic.

It is also the perfect opportunity to check in with elder family members, many of whom have been socially isolated and stuck at home since March.

There are eight red flags that you should be aware of during your holiday ...

Health Officials Report 37 New COVID-19 Cases at Carrier Clinic

MONTGOMERY, NJ - The township Health Department has confirmed 37 more cases of COVID-19 at the Carrier Clinic behavioral health facility n the Belle Mead section, in addition to the 53 cases affecting both staff and patients reported 10 days ago.

The 90 cases are split between two units of the facility, according to Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. In response, ...

MCFOODS distributes 1,500 turkeys thanks to Stop & Shop’s Turkey Express Program’s donation to Community FoodBank of New Jersey

November 19, 2020

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – The Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS) today received a donation of 1,500 Thanksgiving turkeys which were distributed to two dozen partner agencies throughout the County, helping feed families throughout Middlesex County this Thanksgiving. The turkeys were delivered to MCFOODS’ distribution center on Kennedy ...

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Hot Toddy Recipes: 6 Variations on the Classic Holiday Cocktail

November 27, 2020

These days, enjoying a cocktail with friends can mean meeting outdoors. Want something that will warm everyone up as the evenings turn colder? Hot toddies to the rescue!

Hot toddies are traditionally made with whiskey or brandy, lemon, honey and hot water or tea. You can add different garnishes that will affect the flavor, such as apple slices, lemon wheels, star anise, cloves, a couple ...

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Elaine Flynn Reflects On 25 Year Tenure As Middlesex County Clerk

November 25, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – When Elaine Flynn announced back in January that she would not be seeking re-election to a sixth consecutive term, the longtime Middlesex County Clerk didn’t quite imagine her last year in office would unfold quite the way it has. 

"It's a little disheartening not to have the chance to say good-bye to everyone," said Flynn, noting that ...

East Brunswick Police Lieutenant Frank J. Sutter Achieves "Command Executive" Status

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police has awarded certification status to East Brunswick Police Lieutenant Frank J. Sutter. At the end of that period, Command Executives must show they have maintained the training and leadership standards since their initial award of certification. Achieving Command Executives join a select group, only twenty-nine percent ...

Fatal Train Collision Under Investigation

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Mosier of the Piscataway Police Department announced that a fatal collision is under investigation.

The initial investigation conducted by Traffic Safety Officer William Kloos of the Piscataway Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that a ...

Plane Clips Tree, Crashes At Hillsborough Airport For Second Mishap In A Week

November 25, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A 70-year-old student pilot and his 73-year-old instructor were injured after their plane struck a tree and crashed on to the runway at Central Jersey Regional Airport late Tuesday afternoon.

It was the second crash of a single-engine plane at the airport in seven days, and the third since July.

The airport, formerly known as Kupper Airport, is located at 1034 ...

Holiday Toy Drive At TD Bank Ballpark

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots, the Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced that the team will collect toys at TD Bank Ballpark for Central Jersey Toys For Tots.

From Dec. 1 through Dec. 12, TD Bank Ballpark will be a drop-off site for new, unwrapped toys that will be donated to those in need this holiday season.

“We usually would host an event for the ...

Plane Flips After Landing At Hillsborough Airport

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - High winds are believed to have caused a single-engine plane with a student pilot at the controls to flip over after touching down on the runway at Central Jersey Airport late Wednesday morning 

"The way that wind was gusting today, it was brutal," said Joe Horner, airport owner.

"The wind drifted him a little bit as he was about to ...

NJ Human Services Announces $46.6 Million More In Additional Food Assistance

November 25, 2020

TRENTON –  Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in December to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An additional estimated $46.6 million will be provided to about 260,000 New Jersey households for December.

SNAP supplemental ...

Pallone Announces Rutgers University will Receive $3.8 Million to Improve COVID-19 Testing in Underserved Communities

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced today that Rutgers University will receive $3.8 million to improve COVID-19 testing in underserved communities. The award is made possible by the National Institutes of Health’s initiative to enhance COVID-19 testing of populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19, including African Americans, American ...

Here’s how taxpayers can check if their charitable donation is tax deductible

The arrival of the holiday season is when many people think about how they can give back. Often taxpayers want to donate to a charity. The IRS has a tool that can help people figure out if giving to their favorite cause will also give them the gift of a tax deduction.

Tax Exempt Organization Search on IRS.gov allows users to search for tax-exempt charities. Taxpayers can use this tool to ...

The Rutgers Prep Blog: Transcending the Pandemic Through Art

November 24, 2020

To read this article in its original form, visit RPS Voices.

"CREATIVITY IS CONTAGIOUS; PASS IT ON” -ALBERT EINSTEIN

This simple but profound quote embodies the approach of Rutgers Preparatory School’s Lower and Middle School Art Teacher, Mrs. Erin Varga. It is not only her creativity that is contagious, it is also her positive energy, genuine nature and adventurous ...