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Sen. Diegnan Seeks New Task Force to Study Automated Cars

January 21, 2019

Trenton, NJ –  Local legislator, Senator  Patrick J. Diegnan (D-Middlesex), wants the State to study the use of advanced autonomous vehicles.  Mr. Diegnan, who heads the Senate Transportation committee, is sponsoring a joint resolution to establish the “New Jersey Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.”  His proposal unanimously cleared the Senate Transportation ...

Edison Housing Authority Faces Challenges Resulting From Fed. Gov. Shutdown

Edison, NJ - The partial federal government shutdown is having an impact on the Edison Housing Authority according to its Executive Director, Deborah M. Hurley.  Although federal funding for the Edison Housing Authority is not an immediate concern, Ms. Hurley stated that the closure of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) presents the local agency with a number of other ...

Election Date Debate,  Edison Council Prez Cancels Special Meeting

Edison, NJ -  Both the Edison Town Council and the Edison Board of Education scheduled special meetings this week to discuss moving School Board elections from November to April.  The Board of Education held its meeting last night. Hours before that meeting, Edison Council President Alvaro Gomez announced that he was cancelling the Council’s Special meeting, which was scheduled ...

UPDATE: Oak Tree Road Re-opened; Gas Leak Repaired

January 23, 2019

Edison, NJ -  At approximately 2:15 p.m., authorities announced that Oak Tree Road had been  reopened following a closure of the road earlier in the afternoon after work crews accidentally hit an Elizabethtown Gas main. Homes and businesses along a stretch of Oak Tree Road, including the Jewish Community Center, were temporarily evacuated earlier in the afternoon.

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Traffic Alert: Road Closure

Edison, NJ - Edison Police are advising motorists to avoid the area of Oak Tree Road from Grove Ave to Farmhaven due to a gas leak .  The road is closed in all directions. 

Police Investigating Threat on South Plainfield High School

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – There is an increased police presence at South Plainfield High School today due a report of a possible threat. 

On the evening of Jan 21, the South Plainfield Police Department alerted South Plainfield High School administration of a possible threat to the high school. 

“The South Plainfield Police Department immediately began an ...

Girls Basketball: J.P. Stevens Edges Out East Brunswick For Win

January 23, 2019

Edison, NJ – Kiarah Turner scored 20 points, including a game-winning shot with 12 seconds to go, in a thrilling 50-49 victory for the J.P. Stevens Girls Varsity Basketball team.  Megan Duffy contributed 11 points and 6 rebounds for the Hawks. Kayla Gatling added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the win.

Alyssa Bondi led East Brunswick with 17 points.  Brianna Sliwinski added 11 ...

Boys Basketball: East Brunswick Stuns J.P. Stevens, 63-45

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The East Brunswick boys basketball team avenged an early-season loss by defeating J.P. Stevens in a rematch, 63-45, Tuesday night.

Senior point guard Travis Cumber scored 24 points for East Brunswick (5-8), which led, 30-22, at halftime and broke the game open with a 20-9 showing in the fourth quarter.

Christian Kuan finished with 12 points and Devin Kennedy scored ...

All-Star Catcher Yovan Gonzalez Back with Patriots in 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have re-signed All-Star catcher Yovan Gonzalez for the 2019 season.

“I’m really happy to be back with the team again this year,” said Gonzalez. “I’m also really excited and ready to get a chance to bring the trophy back to Somerset! Let’s go!”

Gonzalez enters his fourth season with the Somerset Patriots and his ...

Rutgers Postpones Tuition Payments for Families of Furloughed Workers

January 23, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will postpone collection of currently unpaid tuition and other fees from federal employees furloughed during the government shutdown, and their dependents.

“This is one way that we can minimize that stress and eliminate disruption of academic careers while the federal shutdown continues,” Rutgers University President Robert Barchi said in ...

Edison High School To Host Orientation for Class of 2023

EDISON, NJ - Edison High School will be holding its 8th grade parent/student orientation at the high school auditorium on February 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  

The high school is inviting parents and students of Edison High School’s class of 2023 to attend the orientation.  This includes current eighth graders at Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Herbert Hoover Middle ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Attend Teen Health Seminar

EDISON, NJ – Dawn Francavilla, Director of Student Life at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison  accompanied 11 students to a Teen Health Seminar at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The program aims to educate students about health issues and hospital career choices.

The 11 students who attended the program were Zach Brown of South Plainfield, Logan ...

New Jersey Rates Near The Bottom of 2019’s Best States to Retire: WalletHub

January 21, 2019

NEW JERSEY, NJ -- With almost 25 percent of all American adults having no retirement savings or pension, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on “Best States to Retire” list for 2019. To the surprise of few people, New Jersey ranked among the most worst, landing at No. 46 among the 50 states of the U.S.

WalletHub compared every state across 46 key metrics. The ...

Edison Based Business Connects to Host Regional Job Fair

EDISON, NJ – Edison based Business Connects will be hosting the region’s first job fair of the winter 2019 season, the “Show Me the Money Job Fair,” at the Clark Holiday Inn on January 31 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Business Connects, founded by Jill Ryan, CEO of Ryan Consulting, and  Jennifer Wilner, CEO of Secretary Central, hopes to facilitate an ideal fit between ...

Edison Chamber of Commerce Hosts Economic Forum

Edison, NJ- The Edison Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an Economic Forum at the Pines Manor on January 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to the Chamber, the forum will help business owners understand how trends in finance, public policy, and real estate will impact their business in 2019.  The forum will include discussions on commercial real estate, tax law, regulatory changes, ...

Metuchen-Edison Historical Society Celebrates Local History Day

January 23, 2019

EDISON,NJ - The Metuchen-Edison Historical Society will be celebrating Local History Day at the Metuchen library, located at 480 Middlesex Avenue in Metuchen, on February 10 from 1p.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s program will feature items relating to the Centennial of Prohibition.  Residents will also be able to view historic photographs, maps, and house information. The organization ...

Edison’s Libraries Turn 90

EDISON, NJ -  Edison’s libraries are turning 90 and residents are invited to celebrate the milestone.  The Edison Public Library will be hosting its 90th anniversary celebrations with three events, one at each of the Edison Public Library’s branches.

The celebrations will kick off on January 22 at the North Edison Branch from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. On January 23, there will ...

Rutgers Student Turns Microorganisms Into Works of Art

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A doctoral student in ecology and evolution is turning microorganisms into art, and her hobby into a powerful tool for genomics studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Julia Van Etten’s Couch Microscopy Instagram page has attracted close to 18,000 followers in a year and a half, thanks to her breathtakingly detailed videos and photos of diatoms, algae, ...

Woodbridge Man Gets 27-Year Sentence for Killing Wife

January 22, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Woodbridge man today was sentenced to 27 years in prison for fatally beating his wife in their home three years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.

Vito Nigro, 46, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Carey said.

On Dec. 3, 2018, Nigro admitted to ...

NJ Supreme Court Dismisses More Than 780K Minor Municipal Court Warrants

TRENTON, NJ— If you have an outstanding arrest warrant for a municipal court case issued before 2003, your case may have been dismissed.

The New Jersey Supreme Court today dismissed over 780,000 minor municipal court warrants that have gone unresolved for 15 years or more. One of the cases dismissed dates back to 1976.

The order comes after a report by a three-judge panle recommended ...

Sheriff's Office Offers Close-up Look Through Academy

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Residents can once again get a close-up look at the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office through an eight-week Civilian Academy.

This academy is designed to show Middlesex County residents on the functions and duties of the sheriff’s office.

The program is conducted at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville and begins March 14, from 7  to 9 ...

Reptile Show Comes to J.P. Stevens High School

January 23, 2019

EDISON, NJ –Laura Holborow, from John P. Stevens High School, is selling tickets to Bill Boesenberg’s Large Reptile Show, to be held at the John P. Stevens Auditorium on February 2. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the show starts at 1:00 p.m. The event serves as a fundraiser for the school’s environmental/greenhouse club according to Ms. Holborow.

"The show is really ...

Global Recycling Policies Impact Edison Recycling Collection

EDISON, NJ – In 2017, China passed its National Sword policy.   Enforcement of the policy, which bans 24 types of solid waste, including various plastics and unsorted mixed papers, from being imported into the country, began in January 2018.  

China’s policies on accepting recyclable waste have had an impact on municipalities, including Edison, according to Anthony ...

How to Brighten Your Home with Houseplants that Bloom

Brighten your indoor décor with plants that bloom. Whether growing traditional favorites, flowering tropical plants, or annuals moved inside for winter; their colorful flowers are sure to elicit smiles and months of enjoyment. Just provide the right growing conditions and sufficient light and you will be enjoying months of indoor color.

You may have enjoyed an initial burst of color ...

Saint Peter's Healthcare System Offering Patients Transportation Arrangement

January 23, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - To improve patients access to health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System has joined with another company to arrange transportation to and from non-emergency medical appointments.

The hospital entered a partnership with RoundTrip, a two-year old Philadelphia-based company that schedules rides for people to make appointments for a long list of ...

Perdue Chicken Nuggets Recalled

QUINCY, MA – Stop & Shop has announced a recall by Perdue Foods, LLC of approximately 68,244 pounds of ready to eat chicken nugget products.  The action comes after three people filed complaints of finding wood in the food according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The nuggets were produced on October 25, 2018: 22 oz plastic bag packages of frozen ...

Help is On the Way: Hackensack Meridian Health Steps Up for Furloughed Federal Employees and their Families

Hackensack Meridian Health Waives Co-Pays and Deductibles for Emergency Care for Furloughed Federal Employees and Families

EDISON, NJ ― In a meaningful stance to ease financial worry for thousands of area residents, Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest health network, announced today that it will waive co-pays and deductibles for emergency visits at all network hospitals and ...

Food Pantries Helping Federal Workers Issue Plea For Donations, Food Drives

January 21, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - As the government shutdown continues, the Middlesex County food bank is stepping up to offer assistance to furloughed federal workers and urging the rest of the county residents to pitch in with donations to stock dwindling supplies.

"Federal employees from local agencies of the IRS, TSA and EPA who are not receiving a paycheck are forced to tap into savings and ...

Middlesex County College Offers Tuition Assistance To Furloughed Federal Workers

EDISON, NJ - The federal government shutdown, now in its 28th day, has affected almost 800,000 federal workers according to several estimates. Middlesex County College (MCC) has decided to offer support to those affected by allowing students to apply for payment deferral.

According to MCC, individuals will still be required to apply for the College’s payment plan, but the application fee ...

Metuchen-Edison NAACP Officers Sworn In; Discuss Workplace Discrimination

EDISON, NJ – The NAACP’s Metuchen-Edison Branch hosted its first meeting of the year on Thursday.  At the meeting, held at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Edison, leaders of the organization were sworn into office. After the ceremony,  a panel discussed the issue of discrimination in the workplace.

Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott, who is the first female Sheriff ...

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New Brunswick to Strengthen 'Wage Theft' Law

January 22, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City business owners who fail to pay employees the wages they earn will face increased scrutiny and possible suspension of their operating licenses under a revised ordinance slated to be passed next month.

The ordinance is aimed at "wage theft," when employers pay workers less than they are owed. Usually, the workers are day laborers and part-time employees, ...

Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman Introduces Two Bills to Address Gun Violence

January 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) reintroduced two bills to address the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in the United States by closing glaring holes in our firearms laws.

“Gun violence continues to plague our society at levels unseen anywhere else in the world,” said Congresswoman Watson Coleman. “In the wake of tragedy after tragedy, ...

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Federal Shutdown Hits and Hurts New Jersey

January 11, 2019

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New Jersey’s Mayors and local governing bodies don’t always agree on everything. But they know what they need to do to meet the public’s need for essential services. And every year, despite natural disasters, despite fluctuations in the economy, and despite actions taken – and not taken – by other levels of government, they adopt budgets and continue ...

Track and Field: Jerika Lufrano of Union Catholic Named Union County Conference Girls Athlete of The Week

January 23, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  -- Jerika Lufrano was one of the biggest stars for the Union Catholic girls track and field team when the Vikings put together the greatest performance in meet history at last Thursday's Non-Public A Relay Championships at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Lufrano, a senior distance running star, anchored two very fast winning relays to help spark the Vikings ...