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What Rutgers' Chief Operating Officer Learned From His COVID-19 Ordeal

July 12, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It was taking all of Antonio Calcado’s considerable strength and stamina to safeguard Rutgers as it faced an unprecedented emergency. This was March, COVID-19 was emerging as a deadly threat and how to mitigate its spread had consumed nearly every moment of his work week. He left the office on Friday looking forward to some relaxation.

Less than 48 hours later, ...

NJDOH Cites South Brunswick Virus Spread as "Supressed" at This Time

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - This past week, five South Brunswick residents tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the township total to 446 with 29 deaths, according to the Office of Emergency Management. The township is continuing to see relatively low numbers of new cases, in the first week of June, 2020 there was only one new case of COVID-19.  The New Jersey State Department of Health ...

Murphy Announces Outdoor Mask Order, Expands Outdoor Dining, and Warns of Budget Gaps

TRENTON, NJ – Face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Wednesday, July 8. Exceptions are individuals under age two, people who are eating/drinking at an outdoor dining establishment, and when wearing a mask would inhibit health or ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Hundreds Served at Danielsen's COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing Sites

SOMERSET, NJ - Over the course of three days more than 700 people received a free COVID-19 test courtesy of Assemblyman Joe Danielsen and volunteers. 

The testing was done on June 27, 28, and 29. Participants used a self-administered nasal swab test and the results will be delivered via phone within 2-3 days. 

Test screenings didn't require a prescription, ...

Seeing Low Numbers: South Brunswick OEM Continues to Monitor COVID-19 Cases

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick Township continues to see low numbers of new COVID-19 cases in the month of June. In the first week of June (5/31-6/6), the township was able to report only one new case in the township. In the past three weeks (6/7-6/27), the township was able to report 19 new cases. There are currently 441 positive cases of COVID-19 in South Brunswick, according to ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

Local Coronavirus Statistics for June 28, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, SOUTH BRUNSWICK, CRANBURY, SOUTH RIVER, SPOTSWOOD, MILLTOWN, HELMETTA, NJ - Here are the most recent COVID-19 statistics for our local TAPinto towns as of Sunday, June 28, 2020:

* There are 16,836 current positive cases of COVID-19 in Middlesex County, with 1,108 deaths.

(Includes 442 deaths in long-term care and rehab facilities throughout the ...

Murphy, DOE Issue School Guidance For School Reopenings In September

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, June 25. 

"Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As we conclude ...

No New COVID-19 Cases, Three Additional Deaths in Middlesex County

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 in Middlesex County on Wednesday, but three more county residents died because of the coronavirus.

The total number of infections in Middlesex County as of Wednesday morning was 16,640. Over the last week, a total of 127 new cases have been confirmed in the county. Thirteen people have died in the last ...


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TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Kathy Cryan of TAPinto Union

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of July 2020 is Kathy Cryan, who owns and operates TAPinto Union.  With a background in business, Cryan has amassed a very large readership, routinely breaking 150,000 pageviews per month with more than 3,500 residents subscribed to the free daily newsletter and almost 5,000 followers on Facebook, while building a profitable online ...

NJ Farmers Markets Adjust to New Way of Shopping During Pandemic

July 10, 2020

NEW JERSEY — As New Jersey moves into new phases of reopening after the COVID-19 lockdown, farmers markets are adapting to our new socially distanced “normal.”  

In towns across the state, market managers have implemented new business practices to keep both vendors and customers safe. Designated as essential businesses early in the pandemic, some expanded their footprint ...

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We Are One March Takes To Milltown's Streets To Bring About Change

July 11, 2020

MILLTOWN, NJ - Around Middlesex County, the "Greatest Little Town in the Land" is known as 'Milktown' for its deep-seated roots of systemic racism. Protesters took to the streets on Saturday to try to bring about change in the borough, one step at a time. Today's march began in Crabiel Park and made its way down Main Street to Albert Avenue Park. The site of the ending point ...

East Brunswick Mayor Wants to Offer Free Swim Lessons, Says Taxpayers Would Not Foot Bill

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — Calling it a nonpartisan issue that would not involve taxpayer dollars, East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen responded to charges from a local radio station that there was anything political or wasteful about his desire to offer free swim lessons to township residents.

Spurred by the three separate incidents in the township this year that have resulted in the drowning ...

Middlesex County College Moving Fall Classes Online, New Brunswick Center Will Be Closed

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Most of Middlesex County College’s fall classes will be offered remotely, and its New Brunswick Center will not host any in-person classes.

President Mark McCormick said that about 90% of classes at the Edison-based college will be offered online in an attempt to mitigate the risks of exposure to COVID-19, according to press release.

Many of the courses will ...

Mail Order Bride Arrives In Somerville To Kick Off Music Series

July 12, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A late afternoon thunder storm rumbled through central New Jersey Saturday, but Mother Nature turned off the rain spigots in time for the kick-off of the Summer Stage live music series on Division Street sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance.

Mail Order Bride, a four-piece cover band from Freehold featuring two guitarists, bass and drums, opened with Don ...

Long Lines Unlikely Outside Somerville MVC Office Friday, Saturday

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Those long lines and five-hour waits outside the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission office on Roosevelt Place are highly unlikely Friday and Saturday.

Accompanied by high winds, Tropical Storm Fay is expected to dump up to four inches of rain across the Garden State beginning Friday morning, lasting all day, which should be reason enough for people to stay home, according to ...

Black Lives Matter Organizes Somerville Protest And March

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Local supporters of Black Lives Matters have organized a demonstration and Main Street protest march for Sunday, July 12 beginning with a rally at the Historic Somerset County Courthouse on East Main Street at 3 p.m. 

This will be the 10th event in support of Black Lives Matters at the courthouse since June 5th. There were no organized protests during the July 4th ...

Rutgers University to Join Harvard – MIT Lawsuit Against New ICE Rules

July 11, 2020

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY - Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway today announced that the university will join as an amicus in the lawsuit filed by Harvard University and MIT to block the imposition of new rules that would be draconian for international students and devastating to colleges and universities across the country.

The new guidance proposed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs ...

East Brunswick Township Offers Contactless Parking Payments At Commuter Lots through ParkMobile

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Township of East Brunswick announced today that they will begin to provide contactless parking payments at over 1000 spaces in commuter lots.

The Township has entered into a contract with ParkMobile, a provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the United States. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, many town leaders are encouraging residents to use the app instead of ...

2020 General Election Policies

TAPinto is a network of more than 80 award-winning objective online local news sites. While we accept Letters to the Editor, we do not have an Editorial Page and do not provide our opinion on any elections or issues.  We do not endorse candidates.

Like hardcopy newspaper, television, radio and other media, TAPinto provides opportunities for candidates to advertise.  Such advertising ...

The Voice Of A Poet: To Those Leaving Elementary School In June 2020

July 5, 2020

I imagine that, for some of you, being graduated by your elementary school doesn’t feel like much at all—just another day in your house, trying to stay out of your parents’ way while they dutifully work from their makeshift home offices.


But you’d be wrong to think that this isn’t much at all. This is a momentous occasion. You have done what no ...