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July 18, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Somerset Patriots hosted the New York metropolitan area's first professional baseball game of 2020 when they took on the New Jersey Blasters on Friday, July 17, at TD Bank Ballpark.  The newly created Blasters are composed mostly of New Jersey residents, including former ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Monday’s scheduled meeting of the Bernards Township Board of Education has been postponed until Thursday, July 23, in order to allow school officials to fine tune a September school opening plan. Superintendent Nick Markarian said the district needed more time to try to have ...

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CRANFORD - With Governor Phil Murphy announcing on June 26 that New Jersey schools would reopen in fall, the Cranford Public Schools District has important decisions to make in regard to in-person learning. Superintendent Dr. Scott Rubin issued a letter to the community on Wednesday outlining ...

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RARITAN VALLEY, NJ -- NJ Transit officials and engineering firm Dewberry presented results of their six-month study to determine the feasibility of introducing peak-hour, one-seat service into New York Penn Station for the Raritan Valley Line (RVL). During the briefing, U.S. Representative Tom ...

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ROXBURY, NJ — As the weekend forecast calls for temperatures in the 90s, here’s some good news: The township is now selling a limited number of same-day passes to Horseshoe Lake Beach. The decision was announced Tuesday by Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo. Although the beach in Succasunna has ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With less than 24 hours to go before Saturday's first pitch at 7:05 p.m., Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie had already changed his mind twice about who his third baseman was going to be for the opening game of the Somerset Professional Baseball Series at TD Bank ...

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WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge baseball team continued their spectacular run of pitching, throwing their third shutout in three days, and they captured the Wood-Ridge/Becton Regional bracket with a 6-0 shutout of St. Mary Thursday evening in Wood-Ridge.  With the win, the team advances to the next ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Bracing for the deluge of coronavirus-affected patients back in March, hospitals in Newark erected insulated outdoor tents for the inevitable overflow during the pandemic’s peak.  But staff at Newark’s University Hospital treating patients inside those tents quickly realized there ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Given the churning of the ongoing global pandemic, a shattered job market and political upheaval, it’s not surprising that many Americans are experiencing poor mental health lately.  These conditions are especially burdensome for the Black community, according to Licensed Clinical ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — For most of his adult life, Doug DiPaola made it part of his life’s work to ensure that disabled veterans had a safe, comfortable place to call home. Akin to home renovation show “George To the Rescue,” the Harrington Park resident, husband and father applied his hefty ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Parents and guardians of students in Roxbury schools, now being presented with three options for the reopening of schools in September, have until July 22 to weigh-in on the choices. Noon is the deadline that day for completing a survey that will be used by district administrators ...

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NEW JERSEY — Pediatric, as well as developmentally- and intellectually-disabled, residents of long-term care facilities in New Jersey will soon be permitted to visit with loved one's indoors.  Gov. Phil Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Wednesday during the state’s ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Liberty National Golf Course owner Paul Fireman withdrew his proposal to purchase 22 acres in the Caven Point section of Liberty State Park, saying opponents of the deal need to deal with the social injustice issues. The offer to purchase the property sparked a conflict between ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - Officials announced a dozen new cases of COVID-19 in Hoboken on Tuesday, primarily among younger adults. According to Mayor Ravi Bhalla, there were four new cases discovered on July 9, four new cases discovered on July 10 and four new cases discovered on July 11. The city of nearly ...

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ROXBURY, NJ — A plaque commemorating Curtis Mulch, a Roxbury resident who died last month while operating a weed harvester on Lake Hopatcong, will be installed on the lake shoreline, officials decided Tuesday. Mulch, 68, of Landing, died June 24 when the machine capsized while pulling weeds from ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Millburn Millers had the spring baseball season stolen from them because of the pandemic. On Tuesday night at Okner Parkway Field, the Millers responded by stealing everything in sight. Millburn stole 10 bases and racked up the same number of runs to defeat South ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Somerset Professional Baseball Series, a newly-created 12-game season featuring the Somerset Patriots and the New Jersey Blasters, will have Piscataway residents jumping at the opportunity to head to the ballpark, and not just for live baseball in itself. Adam Tricarico, a ...

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NEW JERSEY — The list of travelers urged to self-quarantine for 14 days if they're arriving in New Jersey continues to grow. On Tuesday, Gov Phil Murphy said the COVID-19 advisory — which currently totals 22 states — will now include Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin.  Monitoring at ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Following Governor Phil Murphy’s cancelation of a dining reopening in New Jersey, many local restaurants are unhappy with their current circumstances. Indoor dining would have resumed Thursday, July 2, with restaurants having been allowed to operate at 25% of their normal ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - City officials and others celebrated the grand reopening of Jefferson Park, located on Jefferson Street between 1st & 2nd Streets on Monday. Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, Councilman Ruben Ramos, Councilwoman Emily Jabbour, and children from the Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken and ...

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PATERSON, NJ - In front of the Paterson Public Safety Complex, a memorial to fallen police officers stands as a permanent reminder of the dangers associated with wearing a badge, especially in the current climate in which, as Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” Baycora said, “there is a resentment ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Historical Society is currently working on a book about the history of the township, a chapter of which focuses on the origins and legacy of slavery. Ed Bedling, the township historian, has spent the past few years visiting and researching the roots of ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 36-year-old Passaic man is facing charges after he left the scene of a motor vehicle accident in Hackensack that caused serious injury to a man who remains in critical condition. After 12:30 a.m. on July 9, Hackensack police officers responded to a report of an injured ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 71-year-old nanny from the Bronx is facing a child abuse charge after she allegedly inflicted bodily injury on a child whom she was caring for in Hackensack. According to a news release from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hackensack Police Department received ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced early Monday morning that she is exercising her supersession authority and that her office would begin temporarily overseeing the operations of the Fanwood Police Department.  The assistance of the Prosecutor’s Office was ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Chants of ‘Shame’ echoed among the sounds of honking horns as a group of protestors drove past the homes of six Piscataway School Board members to let them know they weren’t happy with the decision to remove Ralph Johnson from the board. Sunday’s drive-by ‘Justice for Ralph’ ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A lawsuit brought against the Springfield School District by a social worker claims the school board fired her after she blew the whistle on abuses at the Edward V. Walton Early Childhood Center. Kara King, of Westfield, filed the suit in Superior Court in Elizabeth last month.

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ROXBURY, NJ – About a week after announcing it, Roxbury school administrators appear to be backing off a plan for a  return to classrooms this fall that called for students to spend 2½ hours each day at school then return home for 1½ hours of virtual instruction. In a July 10 message to parents ...

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CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham sisters, Alexis and Amanda Williams were among the keynote speakers on Saturday when a "Chatham for Black Lives" event was held outside ECLC school at the Chatham Train Station. Saturday’s event was good for Chatham," Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz said. "Among the ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ - The opportunity that seemed like it might never come is now on the horizon for the Montville baseball team. After an unprecedented few months which saw the spring high school sports season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was believed that Montville's 12 senior baseball ...

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