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New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Halted Following Judge's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt.

Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court.

State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose announced the decision Wednesday. In her ruling, bear hunt opponents have until Friday ...

New State Law Requires Schools to Submit Digital Maps to Law Enforcement

TRENTON, NJ — Starting in the 2023-24 school year, all schools in New Jersey will have to submit digital maps of their campuses to law enforcement.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-2426 into law Wednesday. It requires the information to be submitted next year and updated regularly with copies given to designated law enforcement.

"We have seen, time and time again, public mass shootings ...

New Jersey to Begin Independent Review of COVID-19 Response

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the start of an independent review into New Jersey's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the biggest challenges our State — and nation — has ever faced,” Murphy said in a news release.

More than 35,000 people in New Jersey died from COVID-19, according to state ...

New Jersey Residents Invited to Drumthwacket for Holiday Open Houses

PRINCETON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy are inviting New Jersey residents to visit Drumthwacket, the Governor's official residence in Princeton, during the holidays.

The Drumthwacket Foundation has teamed up with a number garden clubs from around the state, for "The Holidays at Drumthwacket." Guests will be able to see each public room in the first ...

New Jersey Reinstates Black Bear Hunt Following Increased Sightings

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted Tuesday to reinstate the state's black bear hunt.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who previously opposed the hunt, says the decision was needed due to a significant increase in bear sightings around the state.

From January to October 2022, compared to the same time last year, bear incidents are up 237% in the state, according to the ...


New Jersey Ballet Performs to Full House at the Mayo Performing Arts Center

The New Jersey Ballet is now in residence at the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC). On November 19, a three-act modern ballet performance enthralled a full-house audience for ages spanning from children to august citizens.

The first act, Hallelujah Junction, used music by John Adams with choreography by Peter Martins. This work featured nine company ballerinas and danseurs draped in the ...

Holiday Shopping - Shop Small, Stay Local

As we approach this holiday season and look forward to time spent with family, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy your hometown’s offerings.

With the white lights brightening our downtown and neighboring streets a shop small, stay local keeps the holiday spirit in motion.  We encourage all residents to check out a store downtown, perhaps one that you have yet to visit. With ...

Final Farmers' Market this Saturday

This Saturday, November 19th, will be the last farmers' market of 2022.  As we near the winter season, this is your last chance to visit our local farm vendors for Jersey Fresh produce, including brussel sprouts, kale, pumpkins, turnips, broccoli, and celery. All our vendors still have their full arrangements of goods, perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday including pies, ciders, and root ...

JCP&L Completes Winter Readiness Maintenance, Inspections

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has completed inspections and equipment maintenance across its 3,200-square-mile service area to enhance service reliability for customers ahead of the cold winter months.

Electricity demand increases as temperatures drop, and winter storms have the potential to damage poles, wires and substation ...

JCP&L, FirstEnergy Utilities Invite Customers to Enter Holiday Lights Contest

As households tap into the magic of the holiday season, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) invites customers to show off their best and brightest outdoor holiday lighting displays for the chance to win a weekly prize as part of the company's annual "Merry & Bright" Holiday Lights Sweepstakes.

Customers can submit a photo or video of their outdoor lighting displays on their ...

Quintessential “Chatham - Joe Pascarella

Every day for me begins the same. I watch Squawk Box at 6, Savannah and Hoda until 7:30, and then I walk to 8:00 mass. I love having a routine to start my day.

One of my constants is seeing town favorite Joe Pascarella each morning either working, gardening or grabbing a cup of coffee from TM Ward. We always exchange a quick wave, but last week I could not help but take a picture. Is there ...

Madison Area YMCA Teen Leaders Club to Host Bake Sale; Saturday Dec. 10

MADISON, NJ - Bring your sweet tooth to the Madison Area YMCA Family Center on Saturday, December 10. The Teen Leaders club sponsoring a Bake Sale, and all proceeds are being donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry.

Upcoming Events


Sat, December 10
12:00 PM — 01:30 PM

The Connection , Summit

Beginner Hip Hop Masterclass with Bo ...


Sat, December 10
08:00 PM — 10:00 PM


Happy Days - A Holi-Gay Celebration


Sun, December 11
09:45 AM — 12:45 PM

Corpus Christi RC Church - Parish Hall, Chatham

Bagels with Santa

A Week at Library of the Chathams Monday, December 12 – Sunday, December 18, 2022

Performances from Dance Innovations and Paper Mill Playhouse Children’s Theater on Tour, a “visit” to Germany, and much more going on at your library!


Chess for Kids – In Person!

Monday, December 12

Group 1 – 4 pm.  For players who know how pieces move.

Group 2 – 5 pm.  For players who can finish a game with ...

Hospital, Arts Organization and Community Gather to Share Life and Cultural Experiences

There was a stuffed bear named Pinky, won at a boardwalk game as a child, and a small handmade bowl - both filled with memories of loved ones more than anything else.

There were items of celebration and tragedy – a bandhej saree that a breast cancer survivor has used to tie her memories to one another; and a wooden panel from the door of a synagogue in Slovakia, that now sits on a home ...

Madison Area YMCA’s Teen Leaders Club Charitable Bake Sale

December 8, 2022

(Madison, NJ) – December 8, 2022 – On Saturday, December 10 from 10AM – 2PM, the Teen Leaders Club of the Madison Area YMCA is hosting a bake sale with all proceeds donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry. Located at the Family Center front entrance, the bake sale will have a diverse array of individual-wrapped treats, such as apple crisps, Oreo cake pops, pumpkin muffins, and ...

Chatham Township Police: Morristown Woman Charged with Breaking into Co-Workers Car, Fraudulent Use of Credit Card

December 1, 2022

CHATHAM, NJ -- On November 11, 2022, Officers responded to a Township business located at 641 Shunpike  Road for a reported Burglary to a Motor Vehicle and the Theft and Fraudulent use of a Credit Card. A brief follow-up investigation was conducted by Detective Ronald Anderson. After reviewing security footage and other evidence, it was determined that Jessica Paget, age 33, ...