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Graduation: East Brunswick's Yana Titova has Top GPA at MCC

May 23, 2017

EDISON, NJ - A total of 1509 degrees and certificates were awarded to 1476 students by Middlesex County College Tuesday, May 23 at the 50th annual Commencement exercises witnessed by approximately 3500 guests in the Expo Center in the Raritan Center.

Valedictorian Sara Rose Chirco delivered the class welcome, sharing her experiences and aspirations. Ms. Chirco is a Liberal ...

Dr. Valeski’s State of the District Address June 1

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Please join us as East Brunswick Public School Superintendent, Dr. Victor Valeski, delivers the 2017 State of the District Address on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:30 PM. This event is being held at the JMPAC in Hammarskjold Middle School.

Dr. Valeski will report on the state of the district in relation to student learning, the district’s budget, facilities, and the ...

Steven Van Zandt Encourages Rutgers Class of 2017 to Reach for Nothing Less than Greatness

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Steven Van Zandt, musician, actor and political activist, encouraged the Class of 2017 to strive for greatness and a better future for all as he shared the story of his career highs and lows during Rutgers’ 251st Anniversary commencement.

“Greatness isn’t born, it’s developed,’’ Van Zandt told a crowd of about 45,000 at High Point Solutions ...

"Pit Stop" Owner Arrested on Major Drug Charges

May 25, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Following a 2-month long investigation by the East Brunswick Police Department, a convenience store owner in East Brunswick has been arrested and charged with several drug offenses, including Distribution in a School Zone, a crime which can carry a a prison sentence and a fine of up to $150,000.

According to a report issued by the EBPD today, the East Brunswick ...

Missing Endangered Juvenile from Bloomfield Essex County

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Police Department is seeking assistance in locating the attached missing juvenile. We are asking anyone who has seen or come in contact with this juvenile to contact the Bloomfield Police at (973) 680-4141.

Jack was last seen by his parents on 05/22/2017 at 07:15. Jack is a student at Bloomfield High School but was absent today. No clothing description ...

East Brunswick: Power Wash Turns into a Power Grab

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - While power washing a home on Henry Street, two burglars took advantage of the owner's brief absence to help themselves to her property.

According to a report issued Thursday, the East Brunswick Police charged two individuals with burglary after they stole items from inside a residence they were hired to power wash. 

Patrol units responded to a residence on ...

East Brunswick Redevelopment: Get Ready to Start Shopping EB

May 25, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Township of East Brunswick has been very active in promoting the coming Shop East Brunswick program. The first piece of the program is a Property Tax Rebate Card, where residents will be able to earn money off of their taxes by shopping locally, which becomes active on June 1.

 

Currently there are 32 businesses signed up, ranging from diners and restaurants to ...

New York General Consulate of Mexico in Roselle this Week to Help Immigrants Get Documentation Services

ROSELLE, NJ - Representatives from Adelante Alliance New Jersey and the New York General Consulate of Mexico are in Roselle this week to help give immigrants in the tristate area an opportunity to begin procedures to obtain passports, a consular identification cards, birth certificates, and dual citizenship.

Immigrants came from as far away as Dover, NJ on Tuesday Morning to the Roselle Fire ...

East Brunswick Man Charged with Official Misconduct, Theft and Forgery

NEWARK, NJ  – John A. Davey, 49, of East Brunswick has been arrested and charged with official misconduct, theft and forgery according to an announcement released Monday by Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and New Jersey Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo.

A NJ Transit ticket agent for 29 years, Davey is alleged to have forged rail tickets and sold them for ...

Tour of Somerville: Shorter Course Expected to Intensify Race for Sidewalk Spectators and Cyclists, Increase Business Traffic Downtown

May 26, 2017

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The 74th annual Tour of Somerville Cycling Classic has come full circle, returning to a shorter race course used in past years that will enhance the spectators’ experience, increase business for restaurants and retailers in the downtown shopping district and force racers to rethink strategy as they jockey for position during the last 2-3 laps and set up for ...

Boys Tennis: East Brunswick Blanks Old Bridge, 5-0

OLD BRIDGE, NJ - The East Brunswick boys tennis team won its fourth straight match, 5-0, over Old Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.

Straight-set victories at second singles and first doubles highlighted the Bears' victory, which gave them a 14-5 record on the season.

FIRST SINGLES: Renesh Bhamidipati, East Brunswick, def. Rahul Pemmaraju 6-2, 6-1.

SECOND SINGLES: Vikas Dalal, East ...

Baseball: Bears Take Late Lead, Beat Marlboro, 3-2

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick baseball team took a late lead to secure a 3-2 victory over the Marlboro Mustangs in the first round of the Central Jersey, Group 4 state tournament on Tuesday. In a low-scoring affair, the Bears took an early lead but the game was tied in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, EB scored one run to take a 3-2 lead.

The Bears put together a strong ...

Tour of Somerville: USA Collegiate Cycling Champion Determined to Arrive on Time From Ireland

May 23, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – National Collegiate Cycling Champion Noah Granigan’s transatlantic journey to participate in the 74th annual Tour of Somerville senior men’s bike race will add yet another rich chapter to the extraordinary history of what has been described as the Kentucky Derby of Competitive Cycling.

For Granigan, the grueling marathon begins early on Memorial Day, May 29, ...

Vendors Get Ready for Start of New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar

BELMAR, NJ — The countdown has begun to the start tomorrow, Friday, May 19, of the New Jersey Seafood Festival, which will run through Sunday, May 21 at Belmar’s Silver Lake Park.

With tents already in place around the lake, vendors are arriving today — a busy early-season beach day, due to the sultry temperatures — to begin their preparations.

The three-day event is ...

Appy's Shoppe Features Wood Crafts From The Heart

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Retirement can be tough to handle for folks that are used to being busy on the job five days a week. So, what's a retiree supposed to do with all this sudden free time during the day? That's exactly the predicament that Al DiLieto found himself in earlier this year. 

"My father-in-law retired from his job and began working for the Spotswood Board of Education ...

East Brunswick Redevelopment: Get Ready to Start Shopping EB

May 25, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Township of East Brunswick has been very active in promoting the coming Shop East Brunswick program. The first piece of the program is a Property Tax Rebate Card, where residents will be able to earn money off of their taxes by shopping locally, which becomes active on June 1.

 

Currently there are 32 businesses signed up, ranging from diners and restaurants to ...

Shop East Brunswick: Property Rebate Tax Cards Available, Program to Launch June 1

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen has launched the Shop East Brunswick program through his new Office of Economic Development. The first component of the Shop East Brunswick program is a Property Tax Rebate Card that will benefit both shoppers and merchants. Although the program will officially kick off on June 1, the Property Tax Cards are currently available to be picked up ...

Former Vermont governor touts would-be New Jersey governor in Newark church

May 25, 2017

The Rev. Ronald L. Slaughter stood before 100 people at his regular weekly noontime service at St. James AME in Newark, providing a message that was both spiritual and political. 

"Politicians come and go, but God will keep you from falling," said Slaughter, with cries of "Amen" resounding from the pews. "You need to make a choice to affirm who you are ...

Phil Murphy in East Brunswick: "New Jersey Should Be Trusted, Respected, Responsible, and Smart"

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick's Jeff Winston wanted to know what Democratic front-running gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy thought New Jersey would look like in 8 years if Murphy were elected.  EB's Margaret Scott was interested in Murphy's ideas about improving transportation to New York City.  EBHS student David Portnoy wanted to know how college could be ...

Murphy, in Newark, Promotes environmental Agenda, Defends against Fracking Support Accusations

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy came to Newark to underscore his clean energy policy agenda and to try to even the score against critics who have challenged his environmental record.

Speaking at an entrance to Weequahic Park in the city's South Ward on Monday, Murphy laid out a policy plan that he maintains will prove that "economic growth, environmental protection, and ...

The Origins of the Sloppy Joe Sandwich in New Jersey

May 25, 2017

DID YOU KNOW that according to New Jersey lore, the original sloppy joe sandwich was created in 1935 at Town Hall Deli in South Orange, NJ? And that the idea for the sandwich came from a bar called Sloppy Joe’s in Havana, Cuba?

Thomas Sweeney, a Maplewood, NJ politico at the time, was vacationing in Cuba and a frequent visitor to the bar. The bar’s proprietor would ...

Vendors Get Ready for Start of New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar

BELMAR, NJ — The countdown has begun to the start tomorrow, Friday, May 19, of the New Jersey Seafood Festival, which will run through Sunday, May 21 at Belmar’s Silver Lake Park.

With tents already in place around the lake, vendors are arriving today — a busy early-season beach day, due to the sultry temperatures — to begin their preparations.

The three-day event is ...

Did a Bear Visit Rutgers University?

May 25, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — With winter now firmly in the past, you might expect to see a bear in some parts of New Jersey.

But at Rutgers University? Apparently so, according to several witnesses.

Around 2 am. today, May 5, police received “multiple calls” regarding a bear sighting near Ethel Road and the James Dickson Carr Library on Rutgers’ Livingston Campus in ...

East Brunswick Assembly of God Church Hosts Color Fun Run

May 24, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick will host its first "Color Fun Run" to support missionary activities that address social injustices and poverty around the world.  The Lighthouse Christian Fellowship of East Brunswick will sponsor the fundraising event, hoping to address worldwide human rights needs.  The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is ...

Sun Shines on Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure as Thousands Participate at Liberty State Park

JERSEY CITY, NJ - "This is my fight song, take back my life song." Katy Perry's version of Rachel Platten's anthem blared across Liberty State Park this morning as hundreds of women and men gathered to participate in the tenth annual Race for the Cure sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Perry's lyrics did indeed apply to the hundred of breast cancer survivors who ...

Alice's CUP Food Pantry In Need Of Volunteers

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Alice's CUP Food Pantry assists more than 400 Middlesex County families a month. The organization that dishes out a helping hand is badly in need of hands to assist. Volunteers staff the busy food pantry that is located in the annex of the Spotswood Reformed Church on Main Street. Currently, they are short staffed and asking for volunteers.

Alice's CUP is open on ...

County Mosquito Commission Offers Advice on Starting Early to Minimize Mosquitoes

May 23, 2017

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Middlesex County Mosquito Extermination Commission has been inspecting and treating mosquito sites throughout the County and is offering advice to residents on curbing the mosquitoes in their yards. Spring is a good time of year to find and remove areas where mosquitoes are likely to breed, such as standing water.

Dr. Deepak Matadha, Superintendent of the ...

Sun Shines on Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure as Thousands Participate at Liberty State Park

JERSEY CITY, NJ - "This is my fight song, take back my life song." Katy Perry's version of Rachel Platten's anthem blared across Liberty State Park this morning as hundreds of women and men gathered to participate in the tenth annual Race for the Cure sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Perry's lyrics did indeed apply to the hundred of breast cancer survivors who ...

East Brunswick: Attorney General Honors Patrolman Craig Hoover for Outstanding Achievements and Innovation in Community Policing

May 23, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino honored more than 30 law enforcement agencies and individual police officers yesterday for their outstanding achievements and innovative approaches in community policing.  The award ceremony was held at Rutgers University’s Livingston Campus Student Center in Piscataway.

“I firmly believe that a ...

East Brunswick Man Charged with Official Misconduct, Theft and Forgery

NEWARK, NJ  – John A. Davey, 49, of East Brunswick has been arrested and charged with official misconduct, theft and forgery according to an announcement released Monday by Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and New Jersey Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo.

A NJ Transit ticket agent for 29 years, Davey is alleged to have forged rail tickets and sold them for ...

South Brunswick: Local Muslims Prepare For Ramadan Celebration

May 26, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Muslims around the world will begin the month of Ramadan, or the month of fasting, tomorrow.

During the month-long holiday, Muslims fast or refrain from eating and drinking from pre-dawn to sunset.

According to the faithful, the month is a time for oneself to better themselves, to practice self-discipline and to grow closer to God through increased prayers, acts of ...

East Brunswick Assembly of God Church Hosts Color Fun Run

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick will host its first "Color Fun Run" to support missionary activities that address social injustices and poverty around the world.  The Lighthouse Christian Fellowship of East Brunswick will sponsor the fundraising event, hoping to address worldwide human rights needs.  The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is ...

It's Memorial Day Weekend, Here is the Entertainment Lineup for Stafford and LBI

May 26, 2017

LONG BEACH ISLAND – It is hard to believe but the unofficial start to the summer season is upon us. Memorial Day weekend kicks off with a lot of opportunities for entertainment and nightlife.

The following is this weekend’s rundown. Remember to be safe and use Uber or Lyft while out in the evenings.

Arlington, 1302 Long Beach Boulevard, Ship Bottom

MATT FISHER Friday 8 ...

Berlin Airlift Legacy in Farmingdale

For nearly 30 years, the Farmingdale, N.J.-based Berlin Airlift Foundation has devoted itself to preserving the legacy of the 1948-49 humanitarian effort.

Nowhere is the work more prominent than with its Spirit of Freedom, a fully restored Douglas C-54 which contains inside its fuselage a museum filled with artifacts and information about the airlift.

That plane is still a regular at ...

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Saint Peter's University Hospital to Host Open House for Students Interested in Healthcare, IT, Engineering, Nursing and Technology

May 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – May 23, 2017 – Saint Peter's University Hospital welcomes students ages 14 to 20 to attend an open house for the hospital’s Exploring program. This is an exciting opportunity for local residents and their parents. Please join members of Saint Pater’s University Hospital on Wednesday, May 31, at 6:45 p.m. at Saint Peter's University Hospital, 254 ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, June 3, 10:00 AM

Ted Blum 4-H Center, Bridgewater

Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters Annual Spring ...

Other

Sat, June 3, 8:00 PM

Temple B'nai Shalom, East Brunswick

Casino Night

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Harper Collins, 2015)

Shauna Evans, a Special Education teacher at Schor Middle School in Piscataway, is guest writing Beth's Books this week. Evans, an avid reader, currently is working on her first novel in Young Adult fiction. A former columnist for the on-line magazine,“Examiner,” Evans covered the television show, ...

Ron Rios: County Addresses Pancreatic Cancer

May 25, 2017

Pancreatic Cancer is now the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. It is predicted that by the year 2020, it will have moved to the second leading cause. It is called ‘silent killer’ because of how difficult it can be to diagnose until it is in its later stages. These factors, combined with the unknown cause of the disease, have led the medical community to call for greater ...

Find the "Retro Roadmap" at East Brunswick Public Library

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ— With summer only a few short weeks away, it’s officially vacation season. To help everyone plan the perfect daytrip to see New Jersey’s most unique attractions, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) hosts a special program with Retro Roadmap blogger and author Beth Lennon on Thursday, June 1 at 7 pm.

Retro Roadmap ...

Merchant of Venice Makes Memorable Opener at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – “The Merchant of Venice” has plenty to say about prejudice, suspision, money and cruelty.

Yet it has redeeming features as well, with Portia’s “quality of mercy” speech and Shylock’s insistence that Jews are individuals with feelings, thoughts and emotions as much as any other man or woman.  

Director Robert Cuccioli has gathered ...