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Paige Sheppard, Fastest 8th-Grader in the USA Lives in Hillsborough

September 30, 2022

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Paige Sheppard started running when she was five-years-old, and won her first national competition when she was 7, amassing an impressive collection of ribbons and trophies along the way.

Her most recent victory came on a national stage last month, crossing the finish line first in the AAU Junior Olympics national competition in Greensboro, NC winning both the 800- ...

Somerville: Police Agencies Gather to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Five police SUVs wrapped in pink were parked on the lawn of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Friday morning to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month, a high-profile national campaign that encourages mammograms and early detection of the disease.

About 1 in 8 woman will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.  Early detection is a key factor in ...

Authorities Investigate Death of Somerville Woman, 68, in House Fire

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Firefighters recovered the body of a 68-year-old woman from a single-family residence on West Cliff Street early Sunday morning after responding to a 911 phone call reporting a fire at the location, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

The fire is under investigation by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and Somerville ...

Somerville HS Robotics Team Co-Hosts Tech Expo at Bridgewater Commons

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerville High School Robotics team is one of four from central New Jersey high schools that will host the Raritan Valley Science and Technology Showcase at the Bridgewater Commons mall on Oct. 1-2,

The other robotics teams are from Hillsborough High School, Bound Brook High School and Hunterdon Central in Flemington.

The expansive showcase will feature displays on ...

Somerville Pauses to Commemmorate 21st Anniversary of 9/11 Attack

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Elected officials, police, fire, and first responders and residents gathered at the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Sunday to honor the memory of 39 Somerset County residents killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

"Today we honor the lives of the 39 Somerset County residents who died on September 11th, along with thousands ...

One-Year Anniversary: Did Biden's Hillsborough Visit Help Ida Victims?

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - It was one year ago today - Sept. 7, 2021 - that President Biden flew into Central Jersey Airport on Marine One to assess damages from Tropical Storm Ida, spending six hours on the ground driving through Hillsborough and Manville in a 21-vehicle motorcade led by New Jersey State Troopers.

The president got an eyeful of furniture, rugs, appliances, bedding, clothing, ...

Suspect Arrested in 2020 Murder of Franklin Man

FRANKLIN, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald, and Franklin Township Public Safety Director Quovella M. Maeweather announced in a joint statement that Juaquan S. Fitzgerald, 33, of Philadelphia has been arrested for the 2020 murder of Duane S. Banks, 27 of Franklin Township.

Fitzgerald is being charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful ...

9/11 Gathering in Somerville to Honor Victims of 2001 Terrorist Attack

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Commissioners Director Shanel Robinson, joined by her colleagues and other county officials, will honor 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 Sunday morning, Sept. 11 beginning at 8:46 a.m.

One-by-one, the names of the 39 victims ...

Murphy: NJ is Repairing and Preparing One Year after Tropical Storm Ida

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mayor Shawn Lipani welcomed Gov. Phil Murphy and other federal, state and local officials on the first anniversary of Tropical Storm Ida to assess progress made since the devastating storm crippled New Jersey, killing 30 people and causing an estimated $95 billion in damages to homes, businesses, schools and infrastructure.

Two people died in Hillsborough during the ...

Volunteers Needed to Shape & Ship Care Packages for US Troops Overseas

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Volunteers are needed Aug. 27 to help pack boxes with food and personal care items that will be shipped to members of the US military around the world.

The Somerset Patriots are hosting the event, sponsored by Operation Shoebox New Jersey, at TD Bank Ballpark beginning at 11 a.m. with completion expected by 2 p.m.

The packing area will be set up on the concourse, ...

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New Jersey's Reintroduction to Regional Rail

NEW JERSEY — Thousands of New Jerseyans every year take the regional Amtrak train, mostly from Newark, Metropark and Trenton.

The regional trains are a step below the faster, more expensive Acela, and a step above New Jersey Transit trains trundling locally along the same main line between New York City and Philadelphia (with SEPTA).

Over the decades, I had taken the regionals ...

Agent Spotlight: Jenny Brigante

Jenny Brigante, Sales Associate in the New Providence office, offers personal service with distinction. She’ll serve as your trusted advisor with personal service and care! Jenny is a neighborhood specialist, familiar with local communities, home values, and price trends in Union County. Her commitment, guidance, and care are all offered unstintingly to her clients throughout the buying and ...

Laurel Circle Celebrates 25 Years

Laurel Circle celebrated its 25th Anniversary by honoring the four pioneer residents — Charlotte McAfee, Ellen McCourt, Betsy Sussman, and Edith Brokaw — at a gala dinner. These four women have lived here since the opening of the community and have been instrumental in making Laurel Circle the vibrant and warm community it is today by serving on committees, ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, October 3, 7:00 PM

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Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission Q3 Meeting

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Mon, October 3, 7:30 PM

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COUNCIL MTG – Regular Session

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Tue, October 4, 7:00 PM

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Zoning Board Meeting

Vote Tom Kean, Jr. To Get Prices Down

September 22, 2022

To the Editor:

Last week, Joe Biden hosted a party cheering good times on the White House South Lawn that even included an exclusive performance by James Taylor.  Our own Congressman, Tom Malinowski, attended to celebrate what he has called a "booming economy" and an economy that is "doing better than anyone expected."

While Biden and Malinowski celebrated, ...

Bridgewater Police Blotter Includes Arrests for DWI, Reports of Vehicle Burglaries

September 19, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has released its police blotter for the middle of September.

A resident of Schindler Terrace reported Aug. 27 that their Black Mongoose bicycle was stolen from in front of their home. The bicycle had been left in a bicycle rack, but was not locked.
Michael Rodriguez-Davila, 24, of Queens, was arrested Aug. 23 at 2:24 p.m. for allegedly shoplifting at ...

Bridgewater Commons, Robert Wood Johnson Teaming Up to Educate During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Commons Mall and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset have teamed up to educate and encourage mammograms during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

There will be a series of special events and eye-catching moments throughout the mall to educate and encourage women to schedule annual mammograms and embrace hope.

First, there will be ...

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BRHS GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

September 23, 2022

The BRHS GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY team had an amazing first xc meet this season with 12 girls medaling at the South Jersey XC Shootout Meet. Congratulations to Coach Pyle, Coach Louie and everyone else who competed and did amazing as well. 

Special shoutouts to: 

Lorena David (3rd), Tara Dhawale (5th), Luana Kopp (6th), Natalie Thiry (8th), Jess Borchert (9th), Riley Lewis (11th), Diya ...

Paige Sheppard, Fastest 8th-Grader in the USA Lives in Hillsborough

September 30, 2022

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Paige Sheppard started running when she was five-years-old, and won her first national competition when she was 7, amassing an impressive collection of ribbons and trophies along the way.

Her most recent victory came on a national stage last month, crossing the finish line first in the AAU Junior Olympics national competition in Greensboro, NC winning both the 800- ...

Saint Joseph Fathers Club Announces Italian Night

METUCHEN, NJ - The Saint Joseph Fathers Club is proud to announce a new community event - Italian Night - coming to the Catanzaro Dining Hall on Friday, October 21. A wide variety of Italian dishes will be cooked and served by the fathers of Falcons past and present. Doors open at 5pm and close at 8pm. 

 

Italian Night is a new entry in a longstanding tradition of bringing people ...

Saint Joseph Students Receive National Merit Recognition

METUCHEN, NJ - Three groups of juniors and seniors at Saint Joseph High School have been awarded recognition from the National Merit Program for their excellent scores in the PSAT/NMSQT testing process.

Every year, approximately 1.5 million students are administered the PSAT/NMSQT examination, where only 50,000 of them score highly enough to be entered into the qualifications for being named ...

TAPinto Kenilworth Publisher to Perform in Local Musical

KENILWORTH, NJ — Not having a plan is part of Telina Cuppari's plan.

"I'm the most impulsive person in the world," Cuppari, the owner and publisher of TAPinto Kenilworth, said. "I've always been spontaneous. I'm more of a go-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of girl. I don't like planning."

Earlier this year, Cuppari saw an article on ...

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating two milestones — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022, and the third anniversary of his TAPinto franchise, which he launched on his birthday, September 9, 2019.

It’s the second time in three years  that the local news and digital marketing ...

'The Caretaker' Builds to a Crescendo

MADISON, NJ - Leave it to Harold Pinter to provide us with a soul-searching, radically uncomfortable glimpse into human frailty, clashes and what could be our lives.

This all takes place in a run down house in West London, probably in the 1960s.  It’s a bitter cold winter as well. The flat is owned by Mick (Jon Barker) who provides a place to live for his younger brother Aston ...