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County Offers Additional Help for Vets, Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the End of WWI

November 10, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - 2018 marks the centennial of the end of World War I. The conclusion of “The War to End All Wars” inspired the commemoration of Armistice Day on November 11. Since then, the day’s honor extended to veterans of later wars, such as WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and became known as Veterans Day.

A lot has changed in the century following that ...

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day Comes To Edison

Edison, NJ –  Middlesex County will be offering a free, one-day-only drop-off event for household hazardous waste for County residents. On Sunday, Nov. 18th, residents will be able to drop off  household hazardous waste at Middlesex County College, at the Mill Road Entrance, from 8AM - 2PM.  The drop-off is available to residents only and not commercial ...

School Bus Safety Legislation Clears NJ State Senate

TRENTON, NJ –    The New Jersey State Senate cleared ten bills on Monday aimed at improving bus safety and accident response, making bus drivers and companies more accountable and requiring every student to carry an identification card at school-sponsored, off-campus activities.

The school bus safety package was sponsored by  State Senator and Senate Transportation ...

Mexican national released from Middlesex County custody facing murder charges

November 12, 2018

NEWARK, NJ — A 23 year-old Mexican national who is illegally present in the United States is facing murder charges in Missouri. He was released from the custody of the Middlesex County Jail earlier this year after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) detainer was declined.

Luis Rodrigo Perez was being held at Middlesex County ...

Edison Police: Inman Avenue Rail Crossing Closure

Edison, NJ - The Edison Police Department is advising residents that the Inman Avenue Rail crossing will be closed on or about November 15, 2018 thru November 18, 2018 for repairs. Residents should plan an alternate route. 

Edison Police: Delays on Woodbridge Avenue Expected on Saturday

Edison, NJ – The Edison Township Police Department is advising residents of expected delays on Woodbridge Avenue this Saturday.  The Department announced that “The BAPS Temple, located at 2500 Woodbridge Avenue, will be celebrating their New Year on Saturday, November 10th from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm. A large number of congregants will be crossing near the temple. Traffic backups are ...

Edison Eagles Fall to North Brunswick Raiders 30-21

November 12, 2018

Edison, NJ -  The Edison Eagles lost their playoff game to the North Brunswick Raiders in the second round of the 2018 New Jersey High School Football Playoff Brackets: NJSIAA - Central Group 5" tournament. 

The Eagles took an early 7-0 lead with a 38 yard touchdown pass from Lucas Loffredo to Kamille Pryor in the second quarter. But the North Brunswick Raiders scored 17 ...

Edison Eagles Defeat South Brunswick Vikings 14 -7 In Playoff Win

Edison, NJ – The Edison High School football team defeated the South Brunswick Vikings in the first round of the NJSIAA - Central Group 5  New Jersey High School Football Playoff Bracket.  Tylor Montford (Sr), who rushed for 98 yards on 16 carries, scored in the fourth quarter to put the Eagles ahead for good.  In the second quarter, Eagles quarterback Lucas Loffredo (Jr) ...

Immaculata Doubles Down on Holy Cross

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Immaculata High School Spartans beat Holy Cross 55-27 in the first round of the state football playoffs held at Brooks Field Saturday night, 

Jordan Kinsler's 35-yard touchdown run led the Spartans to an early lead, but the Lancers answered back to tie in the first quarter. Patrick Frauenheim had his signature all over the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns ...

Registration For Annual Math Competition at Saint Joseph HS is Open to All 7th and 8th Graders in New Jersey

November 12, 2018

METUCHEN, NJ - Know a student that soars through math challenges without hesitation?  Have a Math whiz in the family?  It's time to get them to sign up for the Saint Joseph High School Annual Mathematics Competition.   

The event is open to any New Jersey students in grades seven or eight.   The 45-minute exam consists of 16 questions including algebra, ...

Holy Savior Academy Gives Back

Holy Savior Academy has begun its Season of Giving with three traditional initiatives that allow faculty, students and families to support those in need.

The Academy's Veterans Day collection serves the NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park.  This campaign, spearheaded each year by the school's nurse, Mrs. Pinto, provides the students and faculty an opportunity to discuss the ...

Edison High School Marching Band Continues To Impress

The Edison High School Marching Band continues its impressive performance at the USBands competitions.  On Saturday, November 3rd, Edison High School's Marching Band took 1st place in the USBands Regional Competitions for Group IV.  Edison finished with a 96.525 score, along with winning the captions for Best Visual, Best Overall Affect, and Best Percussion.  The Marching ...

Volume Up To Headline Benefit Concert At Spotswood High School

November 10, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Indie/alternative rock band Volume Up will be headlining a concert at the Spotswood High School Cafetorium on Thursday, November 29 at 7 p.m. All of the proceeds from this family-friendly concert will go to benefit Music for Relief.

Music for Relief was founded in 2004 by the band Linkin Park after a tsunami in the Indian Ocean killed more than 200,000 people and left ...

Local Artist Brings Joy, Hope and Purpose through his Art

Edison, NJ -  On Wednesday, November 14, 2018,  the Edison Arts Society will be showcasing local artist, Vikash Jha with an Opening Celebration and Reception at 6:30 pm. The event will be held in the Edison Arts Society Gallery on the 3rd floor of the Municipal building in Edison.  Light refreshments will be served, and all are invited to attend.

Mr. Jha was born in eastern ...

Sneak Peek at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day 2018 Parade Balloons

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Holiday season anticipation was in the air – literally – as balloons and robotic floats to be used in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were being tested Saturday morning in a parking lot behind Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford.

Christmas magic was made as the balloons came to life in front of an informal gathering of more than 1,000 ...

Monday Morning Business Blitz with Anjalee Khemlani

November 12, 2018

Edison, NJ -  Get ready for the week ahead.  Click here to listen to a roundup of the top stories impacting Edison's business community, brought to you by Anjalee Khemlani in her weekly podcast. 

Anjalee Khemlani is a Managing Editor at ROI-NJ, a leading business news publication in the Garden State. She is an award-winning journalist ...

NJEDA Enhances Lending Programs for Small Businesses, Access Program Applications Now Available

Trenton, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has unveiled several enhancements to its lending programs, with the goal of increasing access to growth capital for small, women, minority, and veteran-owned businesses.  The NJEDA also announced additional details regarding its new Access program, which offers small businesses more flexibility by placing greater emphasis on ...

Monday Morning Business Blitz with Anjalee Khemlani

Edison, NJ -  Get ready for the week ahead.  Click here to listen to a roundup of the top stories impacting Edison's business community, brought to you by Anjalee Khemlani in her weekly podcast. 

Anjalee Khemlani is a Managing Editor at ROI-NJ, a leading business news publication in the Garden State. She is an award-winning journalist ...

Errico, Conway and Chen Win Board of Education Election, Incumbent Madhukar Loses

November 7, 2018

Edison, NJ -  There will be new Board of Education members come January.  Newcomers Elizabeth Conway  and  Dr. Yuna Chen secured victories along with incumbent Ralph Errico on Tuesday.  According to unofficial results released by the Middlesex County Clerk’s office, Mr. Errico received 9,746 votes, Dr. Chen received 9,222 votes, and Ms. Conway received 9,531 ...

Department of Justice Officials Set to Monitor Polling Places in Middlesex County

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Department of Justice will have a close eye on polling places in Middlesex County on Tuesday.

The Civil Rights Division will “monitor compliance with the federal voting rights laws by deploying personnel” polling places within the county, according to a Justice Department press release.   

“Voting rights are ...

Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving

November 12, 2018

Make gift giving easy with unique green gifts that provide weeks and in some cases months and years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift that’s ideal for everyone, especially that person on your list who has everything.

Gardeners as well as practical family members and friends will enjoy the dual purpose the Christmas rose (Hellebore) provides. This ...

Edison's Open Space Trust Fund Ballot Question Fails

Edison, NJ -  Edison voters appear to have narrowly rejected a ballot initiative to approve the proposed renewal of the Open Space Trust Fund.  According to unofficial results released by the Middlesex County Clerk’s office, the ballot question failed by a vote of 8,374 (51%) to 8,014 (49%).  The results do not reflect provisional ballots that were cast on Tuesday.

If ...

Weather Observers Wanted in Edison: Become a Citizen-Scientist!

Edison, NJ - The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is looking for volunteer weather observers in Edison and surrounding areas. CoCoRaHS is a nationwide volunteer precipitation-observing network with over 15,000 active observers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Bahamas, and the US Virgin Islands, including over 250 in New Jersey. The NJ ...

Four Duncan Hines Cake Mixes Recalled for Health Risk

November 8, 2018

Dunkin Hines is recalling four varieties of its cake mixes due to a potential presence of Salmonella.  In a company announcement, Conagra Brands announced that it is working with health officials in connection with a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix that may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak that is ...

Rev. Soaries Appointed to RWJBarnabas Trustee Board

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Long-time pastor Rev. Dr. DeForest "Buster" Soaries has been appointed to the board of trustees for RWJBarnabas Health, the largest health care system in the state, hospital officials announced.

Soaries, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, will serve a three-year term on the board.

“We are ...

Rutgers Receives $4.2 million Mental Health Grant

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University was awarded a $4.2 million federal grant to training mental health physicians, the university announced today.

With the money from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services, the Rutgers’ Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling is creating a regional Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, designed to implement the most recent ...

Pregnant Woman Fatally Stabbed in Perth Amboy, Man Arrested

November 9, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - A 25-year-old Perth Amboy man was arrested today and charged with fatally stabbing a pregnant woman in Perth Amboy Thursday night, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey in a joint statement with Perth Amboy police Chief Roman McKeon.

Benny M. Pichardo was charged with murder for killing Esmeralda Cedeno, 20, who was six months pregnant, Carey said.

He said that ...

Son Charged with Killing Mother; Body Discovered Inside Home They Shared

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A 60-year-old township man has been charged with murdering his 82-year-old mother, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Dalton Chiscolm Jr., of Haverhill Place, Somerset, is charged with First Degree Murder in the death of his mother, Roberta Ann Taylor, 82, with whom the suspect lived, Robertson said.

Robertson provided the following ...

Ex-Rutgers Football Player Charged in Attempted Murder Plot is Hard Working 'Role Model,' Pastor says

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The pastor of a former Rutgers football player charged with threatening to kill two people described the young athlete as a hard worker and a leader in the church community.

"He is respectful and a role model," Dr. Derrick Dumas said of Izaia Bullock, the former university football player accused of plotting to kill two relatives of an ...

Twelve Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (Nov. 12)

November 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – Now that November is in full swing, leaves turning colors, air is cool and crisp and the holiday season is fast approaching.  You know what that means? Festive events, festive events, festive events!

Tuesday, November 13
New Brunswick Jazz Project – Emerging Artists Night & Open Session-Gabriel Bar Cohen 8-11 p.m.
Where: George Street Ale House, 378 ...

Milltown's Our Lady Of Lourdes To Host 40th Annual Christmas Bazaar

MILLTOWN, NJ - Get a head start on the holiday shopping at the 40th annual Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New at this year's always-popular bazaar is the OLOL Emporium, offering beautiful gift items. A whole host of well-known brands like Lenox and Mikasa will be available as well as linens and other items ideal for holiday ...

Veterans Day Parade on Sunday Honors All Military Members

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - World War I ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

This year, Nov. 11 falls on Sunday, and members of the military will be honored with the Veterans Day Parade that will start in Highland Park and proceed over the bridge into New Brunswick.

"We should come out and thank a veteran for their service," said city council Vice ...

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Congressman Pallone Addresses Opioid Epidemic

October 31, 2018

Dear Neighbors,

When I travel throughout New Jersey, I hear constantly about the opioid epidemic that is devastating our communities. More than 2,200 people died from drug overdoses in 2016, nearly a 40 percent increase in the death toll from the previous year. Thousands more individuals and families face the debilitating realities of addiction. That is why I have made it a priority to address ...

Unity Walk Brings a Community Together

October 31, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  About 150 East Brunswick residents and friends joined hearts together on Monday night to pledge their commitment to unity, love and kindness in the second Annual Unity Walk.  The event was sponsored by by the East Brunswick Human Relations Council as part of the group's outreach on behalf of growing positivity and a sense of belonging to all members of the ...

Hillsborough Pauses to Salute its Veterans

November 12, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Veterans' Day 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, when America's Doughboys shouldered their weapons and came marching home to a grateful nation, a stark contrast to the harsh greeting that awaited America's soldiers returning from Vietnam more than 50 years ago.

Veterans from those conflicts and other wars fought by America's military were ...

Menendez, Watson Coleman and New Jersey Democrats Release New Report on the Impact of President Trump’s Tax Law on New Jersey Homeowners

November 8, 2018

EWING, NJ  – Today, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06), Donald Payne Jr. (NJ-10), Bill Pascrell Jr. (NJ-09), Albio Sires (NJ-08), and  Donald Norcross (NJ-01) released a new report from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee documenting the tremendous financial burden of the ...