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Rutgers Scientists Want Your Ticks

August 1, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers scientists want you to send them your ticks.

They actually want New Jerseysans to send them those ugly, flesh-burrow insects for a citizen-led science project launched by the Center for Vector Biology, part of the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

The purpose of collecting tick specimens is to help Rutgers researchers ...

Woodbridge: 4 Candidates to Run for School Board

July 28, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Three incumbent members of the Board of Education will seek re-election in November and a persistent challenger is making his seventh attempt for one of the those seats.

The four candidates filed heir nomination petitions this week to run in the Nov. 8th general election for three, three-year school board terms.

The town's nine-member Board of Education oversees a ...

Woodbridge Mayor’s Message for Aug 5

August 5, 2022

This is Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and today is Friday, Aug. 5.

The Township had 328 new Coronavirus cases in the last seven days, which almost matches last week’s 326 number and both are higher than the six weeks before that. Thankfully, there are no new deaths to report from COVID in Woodbridge.

The Township has vaccination clinics for those age 12 and older on Thursday, Aug. 11 ...

Woodbridge Plan for Empty School to Benefit People with Disabilities

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A deal to buy and renovate a small, long-vacant grammar school may soon provide new learning and recreational opportunities for local adults with developmentally disabilities.

The Township is putting finishing touches on an agreement with the Diocese of Metuchen to acquire an unused six-classroom school next to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on East Smith Street, Mayor ...

Woodbridge Mayor’s Message for July 29

This is Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and today is Friday, July 29.

The Township had 326 new cases of Coronavirus in the last seven days, which is the highest in six weeks since early June. The BA5 and BA4 strains of the virus account for the majority of these cases and remember that home testing results are not reflected in these numbers unless people who test positive self-report.

Once ...

Woodbridge Rally to Blast State’s New Sex Ed Curriculum

August 8, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Opponents of a new state-mandated school curriculum policy are to hold a “parental rights rally” Sunday outside Town Hall, objecting to sex education requirements they say should be taught at home, not in classrooms.

The state’s Comprehensive Health and Physical Education policy must be implemented in all school districts, including the Woodbridge ...

Woodbridge Hit-&-Run: One Man Injured, Another Arrested

August 2, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A badly injured motorcyclist from Fords got airlifted to a hospital Sunday night after a head-on collision with car that police say fled the accident scene.

Police soon found the car and arrested its 19-year-old driver after officers searched streets in the vicinity of the 10 pm accident at Ford Avenue and Arlington Drive, authorities said.

The vehicle's driver, ...

New Brunswick Crime Down 73% From 1991-2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Crime in New Brunswick dropped by 73% between 1991 and 2020, according to information supplied to TAPinto New Brunswick by the city police.

There were 4,447 total crimes reported in the city in 1991 according to Uniform Crime Reports of the New Jersey State Police.

By 2020, the number of crimes dropped to 1,249 – a 73.36% reduction.

During the same time ...

Woodbridge Ready to Host NJ Senior Olympics

July 24, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — No one is ever too old to enjoy the thrill of competition or the exhilaration of bringing home gold, silver or bronze medals for their well-earned victories.

Scores of senior citizens, age 50 and older, from across the Garden State will prove those sentiments again in September as Woodbridge hosts the New Jersey Senior Olympics for a 16th straight year, Mayor John E.

Woodbridge Helps Residents Beat the Heat

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — As an extended heatwave bears down on New Jersey, local officials say they are concerned about residents' health, and are letting them know the township can help beat the heat.

“Extreme heat and humid can be dangerous. We want everyone in our community to take this week’s heat advisories seriously, We want them to stay safe and avoid potential health ...

St Peter's University Hospital Recognized for Emergency Child Care

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The emergency department at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been recognized for its care of children by the national Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).

Dorothy B. Hersh Pediatric Emergency Department has earned the Lantern Award from the ENA, which seeks to honor emergency departments that demonstrate “exceptional and ...

Woodbridge Plan for Empty School to Benefit People with Disabilities

August 4, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A deal to buy and renovate a small, long-vacant grammar school may soon provide new learning and recreational opportunities for local adults with developmentally disabilities.

The Township is putting finishing touches on an agreement with the Diocese of Metuchen to acquire an unused six-classroom school next to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on East Smith Street, Mayor ...

Literacy Tutors Needed in Carteret, Woodbridge

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — It is “thrilling” and “emotionally moving” to teach English to new immigrants, help them land jobs, or prepare to become new United States citizens.

That’s how volunteer tutors from Literacy New Jersey–Middlesex County describe their personal reward from teaching weekly classes offered through Carteret’s and ...

National Night Out Comes Home to Carteret, Woodbridge

Police, firefighters and emergency personnel in Carteret and Woodbridge will bring “National Night Out” closer to home on Tuesday for people and families in their respective communities.

Carteret’s lively National Night Out celebration runs from 6 to 8 pm at Carteret Park, at Carteret Avenue and Cypress Street, with free giveaways, inflatable amusements for youngsters, food ...

Real Housewives of NJ Star Weds in East Brunswick

August 8, 2022

EAST BRUNSWICK NJ - Hey, it wasn't like the County Fair was going on across the street or anything!

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Guidice married for the second time this Saturday night to Louie Ruelas at the Park Chateau on Cranbury Road in East Brunswick at a lavish event attended by her RHONJ co-stars and other celebs. (Here's a list of stars, as reported by ...

Carteret’s Annual Latin Fest Returns Saturday

CARTERET, NJ — Renowned Latin music artist Frankie Negrón and an up-and-coming singer-songwriter are among the featured performers to appear here this Saturday as the Latin Fest returns to Waterfront Park.

Thousands of people and families from Latino communities across New Jersey and throughout the tri-state area are expected at Carteret’s annual Latin Fest, that runs from 4 ...

Woodbridge Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts!

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — You may not run into anything that goes bump in the night, but anyone brave enough to visit this town’s 8th annual ParaUnity Expo on Saturday will certainly bump into many famous paranormal celebrities.

This Central New Jersey community will on Saturday host what is now one of the nation’s biggest, most spirited paranormal conventions. It features 20 big-name ...

Woodbridge Teen Brought Gun to School, Gets Probation

July 13, 2022

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A 16-year-old has been sentenced to two years probation after he admitted in court to bringing a loaded 9mm handgun into John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in March.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office identified the teen as Malachi Parcells, sentenced on Tuesday to a two-year term of probation, according to Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Woodbridge police ...

US Vice President Visits the Jersey Shore

July 19, 2022

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Vice President Kamala Harris gave a 30-minute speech to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) National Convention at the Atlantic City Convention Center. With several thousands in attendance, Harris encouraged attendees to action including organizing and voting this November.

“Leaders of the NAACP, together we have ...

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TAPinto – We're Hiring!

July 28, 2022

TAPinto.net is looking for talented local journalists to fill freelance, part-time and full-time roles.

We are seeking freelance, part-time and full-time journalists with previous writing experience and a strong interest in local journalism.

Like most community outlets, we focus on essential topics: local government, schools, high school sports, transportation, development and health care.

New Jersey's Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs Receive $10 Million in Funding

August 9, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are getting a big financial boost.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Monday the programs, which help and support victims of violence, will receive $10 million in federal American Recovery Plan (ARP) funds.

“The Paterson Healing Collective is pleased to ...

Opinion: Assembly Speaker Calls for Election Reform

August 3, 2022

If you look across the country these days, how to conduct an election in a fair and transparent way is not an issue that Democrats and Republicans have been able to find much agreement on. But while that may be the case in Washington or in other states, that’s exactly what legislators in New Jersey did in June.

Shortly after the election last November, we noticed there were some issues ...

Assemblywoman Lopez Plans Fifth-Annual Back-to-School Drive for Aug. 18

PERTH AMBOY – In what has quickly become a tradition in the city, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19th Dist.) is putting the final touches on her fifth-annual school supply drive for city students, scheduled for August 18 on the Raritan Bay waterfront.

Besides providing backpacks and school supplies for up to 300 students, the event has evolved into a free, community-wide  festival.

Assemblywoman Lopez Honored with Roberto Clemente Award

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19th Dist.) is this year's recipient of the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award from the Perth Amboy-based Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD).

"It is an absolute honor to receive the Roberto Clemente Award from PRAHD,” said Lopez, the first woman to receive this award since 1986.

Lopez – along with ...