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June 15: Haircuts, Dining Out, In-Store Shopping as NJ Nears Stage II Recovery

June 2, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Starting June 15, New Jerseyans can make themselves presentable again by getting a haircut before dining out at their favorite restaurant - and after indulging off the menu, work out at the local gym the next day.

They'll also be able to go inside and shop at their favorite retails establishments.

Gov. Phil Murphy delivered some good news to New Jersey residents at ...

Murphy To Allow Outdoor Dining, Hair Salon Appointments, In-Person Shopping

TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to peel away social distancing measures.

Youth summer programs will also be permitted to start on July 6 during what Murphy calls Stage 2 of New ...

Middlesex County Opens Piscataway Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Clinic

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Middlesex County health officials began COVID-19 testing in Piscataway on Thursday with its new drive-through clinic at the former Ericksson property along Hoes Lane.

Through windows opened about an inch, county medical personnel coached patients on how to take the new saliva-based test that was developed by researchers at Rutgers University.

“Unlike the nasal swab, ...

"Limitless": Special Virtual Event from Library on June 8

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ- Attend this virtual talk by Keri Mandell, ultra marathoner, Ironman, Crossfit coach and yoga instructor/studio owner.  Please register for this event and for more details about Keri on the Library's Events Calendar at http://www.sbpl.info  Online meeting information will be sent to you a few days before Keri's talk!

As a former special ...

South Brunswick Public Library To Host Virtual Talk By Keri Mandell

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Who doesn't need a little inspiration these days as the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home continues? The South Brunswick Public Library has the answer with a virtual talk hosted by ultra marathoner, Ironman, Crossfit coach and yoga instructor/studio owner Keri Mandell. Mandell will be online for the library on Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m. Residents can register for this ...

Asymptomatic Testing Site Coming To Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Middlesex County health officials will open a new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Piscataway at 1 Ericsson Drive on Thurs., May 28 and Fri. May 29. Testing is free and by appointment only. 

“With a saliva-based test developed at Rutgers University and a drive-thru testing site just up the road from Town Hall, Piscataway continues to lead the way against ...

Hillsborough Priests Extend Communion to Drive-Through Worshipers

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Father John, Rozembajgier, pastor of Our Lady Mother of God parish, with an assist from Father Alex Carles, has devised a novel approach to administering communion while being respectful of social distancing and parishioners' well-being.

The pastor of Our Lady Mother of God Church has adapted to the restrictive nature of social distancing amidst the coronavirus pandemic ...

Middlesex County: Asymptomatic Testing Site Coming to Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Middlesex County health officials will open a new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Piscataway at 1 Ericsson Drive on Thurs., May 28 and Fri. May 29. Testing is free and by appointment only. 

“With a saliva-based test developed at Rutgers University and a drive-thru testing site just up the road from Town Hall, Piscataway continues to lead the way against ...

Governor Murphy'sOrder Puts Some Non-Essential Businesses Back To Work

TRENTON, NJ – Amid the pandemic, New Jersey’s shut down of non-essential businesses resulted in over a million unemployment claims. Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement will put some of the claimants back to work as non-essential construction resumes. Non-essential retail stores may also begin offering curbside pickup.

Murphy’s order becomes effective Monday, May 18th at ...

NJ Four-Year-Old Who Died From COVID-19 Did Not Have Kawasaki, Officials Say

NEW JERSEY — State officials on Saturday said the 4-year-old reported dead from the coronavirus this week did not also have the inflammatory syndrome Kawasaki disease.

While the underlying condition was not Kawasaki disease — a syndrome being discovered in children with COVID-19 — the child’s undisclosed condition was a contributing factor, state Health Commissioner ...

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St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Kendall Park

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TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

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Wed, June 3, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State In The ...

Wed, June 3, 8:00 PM

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Kendall Park

Al-Anon Meeting

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Thu, June 4, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State In The ...

East Brunswick Police Department Says There Is No Credibility To Story About Retaliatory Actions

June 2, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department has released a statement regarding the online release of an internal communication within the EBPD. The accusation of retaliatory acts against perceived supporters of law enforcement has been not credible. On Monday, TAPinto East Brunswick reported as such. Nonetheless, conversation continued on social media, although it was based on ...

EBPD Internal Communications Cause Online Chatter

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - An internal communication within the East Brunswick Police Department led to a release of unverified information on Sunday.  On May 31, the East Brunswick Police Department received information of possible retaliatory actions against perceived police supporters. 

The department had not yet confirmed the information, but administrators did in fact advise ...

East Brunswick Cancels July 4 Celebrations

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Township of East Brunswick has canceled all Independence Day activities this July 4 due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing policies in place throughout the nation. South Brunswick and Milltown have also canceled their annual Fourth of July festivities.

Hundreds March In Franklin To Protest Killing Of George Floyd

June 1, 2020

SOMERSET, NJ – Hundreds took to the streets today to protest the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer. The killing sparked protests across the country, some of which turned violent.

Despite tensions elsewhere, it was a peaceful day in Franklin. 

The march was organized by Jasmine “Jazzy” Bannon alongside Melanated Minds of ...

Hillsborough Moves Closer To Satisfying Affordable Housing Mandate

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The pieces are beginning to fall in to place as the Township Committee assembles a collection of market rate residential/retail developments that will all contribute to the township's obligations for affordable housing as mandated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Several of the projects have yet to submit a formal application to the planning board, but preliminary ...

Farmers Against Hunger: More Heroes in the Pandemic

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Farmers are a demographic that many may not have thought of as being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But New Jersey-centered organization Farmers Against Hunger has been helping local farmers as well as people in need during this difficult time. Since the pandemic started ten weeks ago, Farmers Against Hunger has donated 300,000 pounds of fruit, vegetables, dairy, and ...

SBPL Prepares For Curbside To-Go

June 1, 2020

Coming Soon! SBPL Curbside To-Go!

SBPL's reopening plans are getting very real!

Preparations to begin resuming on-site public service at the South Brunswick Public Library have begun in earnest.  No date has yet been set, but authorization for limited curbside to-go service is anticipated sometime later this month.  Once New Jersey officially moves to Step 2 in its Road Back ...

Eating in with Lidia -- Two New PBS Specials with Chef Lidia Bastianich

Join Lidia Bastianich in her home kitchen as she gives viewers an intimate look into her life at home as she shelters in place due to the COVID-19 epidemic in Eating in with Lidia, two new half-hour PBS specials produced by WGBH Boston and Tavola Productions.

The renowned chef, author and food ambassador shares stories, tips, recipes, and strategies on how to approach food and meal ...