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In The Ribbons: N.J. Rider Wins in Fla.; Serio Honored & More

February 18, 2018

New Jersey Rider Wins At Friday Night Lights

WELLINGTON, Fla. — On Feb. 2, competitive Child/Adult and Open jumpers took to the course at Polo West for the third edition of Friday Night Lights presented by The Ridge at Wellington.

Kelly McInerney and Dinletto RK topped the $1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic. McInerney noted that a show with so much atmosphere and excitement was ...

Somerset Patriots Sign Frontier League All-Star RHP Randy McCurry

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed relief pitcher Randy McCurry for the 2018 season.

“I’m excited to play in the Atlantic League this year,” said McCurry. “It’ll be a transition for me but I am ready to face some really good competition and help the team win.”

McCurry enters his first season with the ...

Ridge H.S. Fencing Teams Both Reach State Final Four

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - For the first time in school history, both the boys and girls fencing teams at Ridge High School have reached the final four.

The Ridge boys faced Morris Hills in the first round, where it became apparent that Morris Hills was going to put up a significant fight. The Ridge sabre squad lost the first bout but then secured victories from squad leader Andy McGowan and freshman ...

Girls Basketball: Ridge Falls to Montgomery in Somerset County Tournament

MONTGOMERY, NJ - Two free throws with 10 seconds left sent Montgomery to a 53-52 girls basketball victory over Ridge in the second round of the Somerset County Tournament on Saturday.

Sophomore guard Sophie Beneventine scored 19 points for Ridge (14-11), including five 3-pointers. Kristin Miscia connected for 11 points for the Red Devils.

Maddy West scored nine points, Sam Weyrauch eight ...

Welcome Spring At Leonard J. Buck Garden Art & Photography Exhibit

February 14, 2018

FAR HILLS, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden will begin celebrating the coming of Spring by hosting the annual “Art & Photography Exhibit” focusing on the beauty of the diverse moods and seasons of Leonard J. Buck Garden.

Creative works on display will feature the Leonard J. Buck Garden as seen through the eyes of a wide range of talented individuals, ...

Smithereens Bandmates Reunite and Play Show Honoring Scotch Plains Music Legend Pat DiNizio

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two of the founding members of the Smithereens reunited at New Brunswick's Court Tavern on Saturday, Feb. 3, to pay tribute to the late Pat DiNizio, the band’s lead singer, who died in December.

The concert, titled “Blood & Roses: The Court Tavern Memorial Tribute to Pat DiNizio,” featured 15 of the alternative band’s hits from over the ...

Have Some Laughs, Contribute to a Good Cause

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Somerset County Surrogate Frank Bruno, Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano, and former Raritan Mayor Anthony DeCicco will host “Comedy Night with Uncle Floyd Vivano” at the Somerville Elks Lodge #1068 on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

The Elks Lodge is located at 375 Union Ave. (Route 28),

Appearing with Uncle Floyd will be Assembly Republican ...

Big Little Railroad Shop in Somerville Runs Out of Steam; Store Closing

February 18, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Big Little Railroad Shop, an iconic retail store for 27 years and a fixture on Main Street most of those years has run out of steam.

The hobby shop for serious model railroaders, which first opened in 1991, is selling out its inventory at reduced prices, and will close its doors at 63 W. Main St. for the final time on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Owner Jen Lush and her ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number 74 in its tenth consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey based company on ...

State Business Leader Comes to Somerville to Discuss Economic Blueprint

SOMERVILLE,  NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee will host Michele Siekerka, president of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association at a luncheon Friday, Feb. 23 at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main St. from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. where she will discuss the  NJBIA blueprint to make New Jersey more affordable and competitive and her expectations ...

Rutgers to Host Exhibit of Sen. Frank Lautenberg Papers

February 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey’s longest-serving U.S. senator, left an outsize imprint on state politics and national policy by the time he died while in office, in 2013.

His papers, now curated and maintained by the Rutgers University Libraries, encompass 2,250 boxes of hats, buttons, campaign stickers, vinyl records, paper documents and other artifacts that, laid end ...

School District Website May Change To Meet Rules On Access For The Disabled

 

BERNARDS TWP., NJ – Township groups may lose a way to contact the community as the Board of Education adapts its website to conform to federal regulations on accessibility for the disabled.

The school will first have to evaluate how much content of its own it can afford to post on its website, said Superintendent Nick Markarian, before using its resources to check on flyers and ...

Local Residents Named to Dean’s Lists at Colleges and Universities

Colleen Risavy has been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2017 semester at Emerson College, Boston, MA. Risavy, a resident of Basking Ridge, is majoring in Creative Writing BFA. The requirement to make Emerson's Dean's List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

Liliana Totten, a junior at Grove City College, in Grove City, PA, has been named to the Dean's List ...

At Democrats’ Springfield Candidate Forum, Mandelblatt Endorses Malinkowski and Drops Out of Race

February 9, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – At the beginning of the night’s forum, there were seven people running for the opportunity to run as the Democrats’ candidate for District 7 in New Jersey.   It is expected the winner will face the incumbent Congressman Leonard Lance (R) in November.

Half way through the opening statements, candidate Lisa Mandleblatt of Westfield made her opening ...

Wall St. Journal Features Fanwood Mayor Mahr Among Women Reshaping NJ Politics

FANWOOD, NJ -- In an online version of a Wall Street Journal story that will appear in print on Wednesday, reporter Kate King examined the rise of women in New Jersey politics and highlighted Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr's campaign for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair. against two male candidates.

To get more women elected to state government, they need to tackle a ...

Duke Farms Hosts Farm-to-Table Indoor Winter Market

February 9, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Duke Farms will host a Farm to Table Indoor Winter Market Sunday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Orientation Center, 1112 Dukes Parkway West.

There will be 20 local farms and small businesses represented with a wide range of products, including pickles, fresh bread, jam, nut butters, kombucha, fresh pasta along with local produce, honey, meat, and cheeses.

There will ...

Bernards Residents Invited to Sign Up to Exhibit in 7th Annual Community Art Show

February 11, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards residents age 16 or older are invited to register by February 28 for the seventh annual Community Art Show -- Inspired by Nature. Artwork submitted to the nonjuried show will later be exhibited at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge.

The exhibit is scheduled to run from March 17 through April 22 at the EEC, 190 Lord Stirling ...

Sugar Shack in Basking Ridge Continues Sweet Tradition of Making Maple Syrup

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Continuing a tradition in the Northeast United States that was begun centuries ago by Native Americans and colonists, the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge again invites children and adults to a 90-minute program to witness how maple trees are tapped, learn about sap collecting methods from the past and present, and experience the boiling process that ...

Bernards High vs. Union Catholic Girls Basketball Teams Face Off to Support Team Campbell Foundation

February 17, 2018

Gold-Out Game in Memory of Campbell Hoyt is scheduled for February 24th

BERNARDSVILLE NJ - The Bernards High Mountaineers will play Union Catholic High School on Saturday, February 24th at 2:00pm at Bernards High in Bernardsville, New Jersey. The game will support the Team Campbell Foundation.  Both teams are honored to be able to play in what will be Bernards High’s Coach Sandy ...

Show Some Love to US Troops Overseas: Help Assemble Care Packages Feb. 10

MANVILLE, NJ - Volunteers are invited to join Operation Shoebox New Jersey staff to commemorate its13th anniversary Feb. 10 and help assemble personal care packages for shipment to U.S. troops in the Mideast and around the world.

The packing event will be at the Walter Kavanaugh VFW Post #2290, 600 Washington Ave., Manville, with registration at 10:30 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies.

Rutgers to Host Exhibit of Sen. Frank Lautenberg Papers

February 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey’s longest-serving U.S. senator, left an outsize imprint on state politics and national policy by the time he died while in office, in 2013.

His papers, now curated and maintained by the Rutgers University Libraries, encompass 2,250 boxes of hats, buttons, campaign stickers, vinyl records, paper documents and other artifacts that, laid end ...

Bernards Objects to Far Hills' Douglas Road Housing Plan, Requests Meeting

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township officials have formally objected to a proposal by Far Hills Borough to build state-ordered affordable housing as part of a 91-unit housing complex at the Bernards border at the corner of Douglas and Liberty Corner roads, according to a release from Bernards Township.

The Bernards Township Committee is sending a ...

State Business Leader Comes to Somerville to Discuss Economic Blueprint

SOMERVILLE,  NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee will host Michele Siekerka, president of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association at a luncheon Friday, Feb. 23 at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main St. from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. where she will discuss the  NJBIA blueprint to make New Jersey more affordable and competitive and her expectations ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

Atlantic Health, Five Additional NJ Hospital Systems Partner to Form 'Healthcare Transformation Consortium'

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Recently, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase announced they were joining forces to reduce healthcare costs. Now six New Jersey-based health care systems, including Atlantic Health System -- parent corporation of Summit's Overlook Medical Center -- have been working on the same goal, and have formed a consortium designed to reduce costs, expand ...

Registration Begins Feb. 12 for Bernards Summer Recreation and Trip Programs

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - As ice covers local homes, streets, and playgrounds, it's time to think ahead - to next Monday, Feb. 12, when signup begins for the Bernards Township summer recreation programs for kindergarten through grades 5.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. online or in person at the recreation department on the lower level of town hall at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking ...

Welcome Spring At Leonard J. Buck Garden Art & Photography Exhibit

February 14, 2018

FAR HILLS, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden will begin celebrating the coming of Spring by hosting the annual “Art & Photography Exhibit” focusing on the beauty of the diverse moods and seasons of Leonard J. Buck Garden.

Creative works on display will feature the Leonard J. Buck Garden as seen through the eyes of a wide range of talented individuals, ...

Duke Farms Hosts Farm-to-Table Indoor Winter Market

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Duke Farms will host a Farm to Table Indoor Winter Market Sunday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Orientation Center, 1112 Dukes Parkway West.

There will be 20 local farms and small businesses represented with a wide range of products, including pickles, fresh bread, jam, nut butters, kombucha, fresh pasta along with local produce, honey, meat, and cheeses.

There will ...

Bernards Police Locate Body of Township Teen in Wooded Area

February 15, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ -  Bernards Township Police announced late Thursday afternoon that the body of a 19-year-old township resident, Lydia Comtois, had been located in a wooded area of Liberty Corner following a search by personnel and volunteers from numerous public safety organizations. 

A preliminary investigation indicated the young woman's death was not deemed to ...

Residential Burglary Nets Firearms, Badges, Uniforms; Stolen Car Recovered

Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of two suspects wanted in connection with breaking into a home and robbing two safes, firearms, electronics and law enforcement badges in Watchung last month, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The suspects also took law enforcement uniforms before leaving the property in a 2005 Mercedes ...

Bernards Objects to Far Hills' Douglas Road Housing Plan, Requests Meeting

February 18, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township officials have formally objected to a proposal by Far Hills Borough to build state-ordered affordable housing as part of a 91-unit housing complex at the Bernards border at the corner of Douglas and Liberty Corner roads, according to a release from Bernards Township.

The Bernards Township Committee is sending a ...

Somerville: Cobalt Apartments to Receive Land Development and Planning Award

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the county Planning Board will honor six local projects, including the Cobalt Apartments on Veterans Memorial Drive at the 35th annual Land Development and Planning Awards at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Freeholder Meeting Room, located on the third floor of the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St.

Free ...

In The Ribbons: N.J. Rider Wins in Fla.; Serio Honored & More

February 18, 2018

New Jersey Rider Wins At Friday Night Lights

WELLINGTON, Fla. — On Feb. 2, competitive Child/Adult and Open jumpers took to the course at Polo West for the third edition of Friday Night Lights presented by The Ridge at Wellington.

Kelly McInerney and Dinletto RK topped the $1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic. McInerney noted that a show with so much atmosphere and excitement was ...

New Law Requires Amateur Sports Organizations To Report Sexual Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. — . – Senate Bill 534, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law on Jan. 14, 2018, effective immediately.

The bill imposes a duty on amateur sports organizations, including US Equestrian and its members, to report suspected sex-abuse to local or federal law enforcement or to a ...

Somerset Patriots Sign Frontier League All-Star RHP Randy McCurry

February 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed relief pitcher Randy McCurry for the 2018 season.

“I’m excited to play in the Atlantic League this year,” said McCurry. “It’ll be a transition for me but I am ready to face some really good competition and help the team win.”

McCurry enters his first season with the ...

Ridge H.S. Fencing Teams Both Reach State Final Four

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - For the first time in school history, both the boys and girls fencing teams at Ridge High School have reached the final four.

The Ridge boys faced Morris Hills in the first round, where it became apparent that Morris Hills was going to put up a significant fight. The Ridge sabre squad lost the first bout but then secured victories from squad leader Andy McGowan and freshman ...

Girls Basketball: Ridge Falls to Montgomery in Somerset County Tournament

MONTGOMERY, NJ - Two free throws with 10 seconds left sent Montgomery to a 53-52 girls basketball victory over Ridge in the second round of the Somerset County Tournament on Saturday.

Sophomore guard Sophie Beneventine scored 19 points for Ridge (14-11), including five 3-pointers. Kristin Miscia connected for 11 points for the Red Devils.

Maddy West scored nine points, Sam Weyrauch eight ...

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Somerville: Cobalt Apartments to Receive Land Development and Planning Award

February 14, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the county Planning Board will honor six local projects, including the Cobalt Apartments on Veterans Memorial Drive at the 35th annual Land Development and Planning Awards at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Freeholder Meeting Room, located on the third floor of the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St.

Free ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

Guest Column: The Great "Wait" of the College Process

February 16, 2018

For all the high school seniors and their parents, we are in the stressful "waiting period".  We've just finished or are finishing applications to all the schools we might possibly want to attend next year and now sit and wait our fate after the $60-$80 non-refundable application fees to at least 8-13 schools and staring at some pretty ridiculous tuition fees.

Early ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, February 19

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

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Mon, February 19, 9:00 AM

The Center for Contemporary Art , Bedminster,

Dan Bischoff: Critic As Artist

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, February 19, 9:00 AM

The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster

Keepers of the Chroma: An Exhibition Regarding ...

Arts & Entertainment

Fellowship Helping Hands Receives Home Care Award

February 16, 2018

Fellowship Helping Hands, the home care agency operated by Fellowship Senior Living in Basking Ridge,  has received the 2018 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse, announced Liz Fandel, vice president of Home Community Based Services at Fellowship Senior Living.

Fellowship Helping Hands is a New Jersey licensed home care service for older and ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!