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Somerset County to host virtual public meeting for Roadway Safety Study on Sept. 29: residents are invited to learn about safety recommendations for five county roadways

September 18, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Residents are invited to join the second virtual public meeting presented by the Somerset County Planning Division to learn more about the draft Roadway Safety Study’s recommendations and to provide input about the recommendations. The goal of the study is to identify safety issues for vehicle and pedestrian roadway crossings, bicycle paths, and green ...

Hispanic Heritage Festival in Somerville Features Live Salsa Friday

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Live salsa, flamenco dancers, and other cultural performances will highlight Friday night's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset.

Cultural performances are scheduled on the Division Street pedestrian mall from 6-7 p.m., followed by live flamenco from 7-8 p.m., with ...

BOBO Fridays food Drive continues on Sept. 17

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Residents can help their neighbors in-need by purchasing an extra can of food during their routine trip to the grocery store and donating it to BOBO Fridays (“Buy One, Bring One” Fridays) on Sept. 17. Donations can be placed in the blue bins located in the breezeway of the Somerset County Administration Building in Somerville. If residents cannot donate on ...

Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women to host free Zoom webinar: ‘Women in Public Life Part Two: Pathways to Civics and Service’

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Register for “Women in Public Life Part Two: Pathways to Civics and Service,” an inspiring Zoom webinar to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.  This informative and exciting webinar features three successful guest speakers who will discuss their journeys along the career path in public service, explain how they achieved success in the field, and ...

Testing scheduled for free literacy programs in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties

In-person testing for free adult literacy programs serving residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties has been scheduled for late September and early October. This testing helps determine participants’ skill levels for placement in upcoming fall classes.

The program providers, Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission (HCECS), are ...

Project First Class donors get an A+ for generosity: school supplies are donated to Somerset County families in-need

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Recently, the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners, the Recycling Division, the county’s Sheriff’s Office and the Food bank Network of Somerset County sponsored Project First Class, the annual donation drive to collect school supplies for students of county families who are in-need.

“The pandemic has impacted so many families in the county, and ...

Somerville Jazz Festival Offers Relief from Ida's 10-Day Hangover

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Jazz soothes the soul, it warms the heart, and indirectly, it can help to ease the pain and suffering of people in a time of need.

Sunday's Central Jersey Jazz Festival checked off all those boxes, offering seven hours of vocal and instrumental music on a portable stage set up on Main Street and not far away, the steps of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse with a ...

Somerset County Honors Those Who Perished in 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Commissioners Director Shanel Robinson, joined by her colleagues and other county officials, honored the memory of 39 county residents killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during an observance on the grounds of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Saturday morning.

One-by-one, the names of the 39 victims were read aloud by the ...

Somerset County accepting applications for COVID-19 community microgrant: eligible organizations can receive funding for COVID-related programs

SOMERVILLE, NJ — The Somerset County Community Development Office is accepting applications for the COVID-19 Community Microgrant Program, which is available to eligible non-profit organizations and municipalities.  Organizations and municipalities are eligible to apply if planning to offer programming through small community-based events that will help prevent, prepare for, or respond ...

Somerset County to Hold First Saturday and E-Waste Drop-Off Events on Sept. 11

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Recycle newspapers, magazines, junk mail, and more at First Saturday of the Month Drop-off to be held Sept. 11 (occurring on the second Saturday of the month due to Labor Day) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

Accepting Donations at First Saturday of the Month: Help families in-need by ...

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Bridgewater Reporting 15 New COVID Cases, as of Thursday

September 3, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township reported 15 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 2,921.

Bridgewater Township is reporting only 102 total fatalities, four fewer than in previous days, with no new fatalities reported since the end of May.

Raritan Borough reported five new COVID cases Thursday, bringing the total to 653.

Raritan Borough has not ...

Bridgewater Reporting 4 New Cases, Raritan Reporting 1

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township reported four new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 2,896.

Bridgewater Township is reporting 106 total fatalities, with no new fatalities reported since the end of May.

Raritan Borough reported one new COVID cases Tuesday, bringing the total to 645.

Raritan Borough has not reported a fatality from COVID in months, keeping ...

Bridgewater Reporting 11 New COVID Cases, Raritan Reporting Zero

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township reported 11 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 2,868.

Bridgewater Township is reporting 106 total fatalities, with no new fatalities reported since the end of May.

Raritan Borough reported zero new COVID cases Thursday, keeping the total at 642.

Raritan Borough has not reported a fatality from COVID in months, keeping ...

Can I Disinherit My Spouse?

Perhaps your spouse has once again failed to put their socks in the hamper, and you are wondering whether disinheritance is in order.

Generally speaking, New Jerseyans are not permitted to totally disinherit their spouse.

There is good reason for this: married couples often build their “economic empire” together such that it is patently unfair for one spouse to completely ...

Can I Handwrite My Own Will, or do I Need an Attorney

Although New Jersey Law permits handwritten Last Will and Testaments (“Wills”), there are certain legal formalities that must followed.  Moreover, Will “forms” available for download online may not be in compliance with New Jersey Law.

Compliance is important because the Court may refuse to probate a Will that does not meet certain legal standards.  For ...

Late Summer Fruits & Veggies

Nothing tastes as delectable as in-season produce which has been sun kissed, field ripened, and fresh picked, providing the perfect combination for appetizing, nutrient dense fruits and vegetables. It’s late Summer season on our farm and did you know that so many wonderful items are still being harvested including ; peppers, tomatoes, sweet corn, eggplant, peaches, plums, pears, melons, ...

One in a Melon!

Watermelon is quintessential with summer, not only for the time it is in season, but also for its ability to connect us with the nostalgia of our childhood. Most everyone can relate to a sentimental memory of eating watermelon on a hot summer day as a very special treat. 

It’s watermelon season on our farm right now and typically have them available August through October. We farm 3 ...

How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

Why Are Stinging Insects So Aggressive in the Fall?

During the early summer months, hornets and yellow jackets rarely come out and sting people. So why do they become so aggressive during the late summer and fall? The reason has to do with how they spend their time in the summer versus what they’re doing in the fall!

The Life of A Stinging Insect

Most stinging insects are social, meaning they start and build a new colony every year ...

Barkley’s Marketplace Hosts Pet Adoption Events in Flemington and Branchburg

Barkley’s Marketplace owner Andy Cohen, along with his partner Ari Friedman, recently welcomed a fifth dog into the family. “Maximus is around 13 years old, he’s a dachshund who came to us from Ohio. Senior dogs can be harder to place, but we think they are special, Cohen explained.   “Honey Bee, another dachshund, was also a senior rescue,” Cohen added.  ...

Choosing Competence

September 13, 2021

To the Editor:

I am a Republican because I believe that a close relationship between individual effort and individual outcome makes our society better.  And I am a supporter of Howard Norgalis, Felipe Pedroso and Allen Kurdyla because I believe we need a base level of competence in our public life. 

We have all been subjected to the alternative.  That is, to Donald ...

Embrace the Mess at Messy Church Pluckemin!

September 13, 2021

Pluckemin, New Jersey – The Pluckemin Presbyterian Church (PPC), located at 279 Route 202-206 in Pluckemin, is launching “Messy Church,” a church experience that celebrates the messiness of everyday life!  Starting Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., this monthly, mid-week gathering is intended for children, parents, and grandparents to come together for a light meal ...

Somerset County to host virtual public meeting for Roadway Safety Study on Sept. 29: residents are invited to learn about safety recommendations for five county roadways

September 18, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Residents are invited to join the second virtual public meeting presented by the Somerset County Planning Division to learn more about the draft Roadway Safety Study’s recommendations and to provide input about the recommendations. The goal of the study is to identify safety issues for vehicle and pedestrian roadway crossings, bicycle paths, and green ...

The Cardiac Consequences of 9/11

The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11 2001 shocked the nation, causing deep and lasting psychological and physiological effects.  Over the ensuing twenty years, numerous health problems have been described in the survivors of the attacks as well as the rescue workers. These effects include respiratory illnesses (chronic cough, asthma, bronchitis, sinus ...

'Year One' Captures Tensions of a Changing Society

UNION, NJ - After two years of closure, Premiere Stages on the campus of Kean University has re-opened with a stirring production of Erik Gernand’s play, “Year One.”

The time is 1933, the place, a city in Germany.  As Germany rebuilds after the devastation of World War I, a close-knit family is caught up in the possibilities of new life under the Weimar Republic. The ...

Central Jersey Jazz Fest, Fri, Sept 10th, 6-10pm, Stangl Road

September 10, 2021

Central Jersey Jazz Fest, Fri, Sept 10th, 6-10pm, Stangl Road. The beloved jazz fest returns to Flemington! Please enter via Route 12 and park at Liberty Village. More info: centraljerseyjazzfest.com


Performance Schedule:

5:45-7:00 NJPAC Alumni Trio

7:00-8:30 Charles Turner Quartet

8:50-10:00 Davell Crawford, "The Prince of New ...