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New Jersey Marijuana Vote Canceled

March 25, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - The scheduled vote on marijuana legalization that was on the calendar for today has been cancelled, after it became clear that there weren't enough votes to pass it.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney had this to say in a released statement, "While we are all disappointed that we did not secure enough votes to ensure legislative approval of the adult use cannabis ...

Middlesex County Clerk Hosts Passport Acceptance Day

Middlesex, NJ – On March 26, the Middlesex County Clerk’s office will be hosting a special Passport Acceptance Day for county residents.

“We are pleased to offer this service to the community as a convenient way to apply for your U.S. passport. Even if you do not have any travel plans in the near future, a U.S passport is useful as a Real Id-compliant form of ...

Public Hearing On Proposed Edison-Suez Deal Scheduled for March 28,  New Details Emerge

Edison, NJ -  Edison Township confirmed the details of a public meeting it will be holding on the proposed Water and Wastewater Concession Agreement with Suez North America. In a notice posted on its website, the Township stated that the meeting will be held on Thursday, March 28  at 6:00 p.m. at the Middlesex County College, Performing Arts Center Main Theater, located at 2600 ...

3 Men Sought For Questioning In Fatal Edison Shooting

March 26, 2019

Edison,  NJ – Authorities are searching for three men wanted for questioning in connection to a shooting outside an Edison restaurant, which resulted in the death of one man, and seriously injured another man.  They have also released images of the men being sought for questioning. A video of the individuals entering the restaurant can be found here. 

Authorities have also ...

UPDATE: One Dead, One Wounded In Shooting Outside An Edison Restaurant

Edison, NJ –   An early morning shooting during a Reggae event held at Akbar Restaurant, located on Cortland Street in Edison, has left one man dead and another seriously injured.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department said a Newark man has been fatally shot and another man from Newark remains in critical condition ...

Report Of Early Morning Shooting Outside An Edison Restaurant

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Edison, NJ – There are reports of an early morning shooting that took place outside of Akbar Restaurant in Edison, leaving at least one dead.   

According to preliminary reports, the shooting occurred at approximately 1:45 a.m.  The identity of the victim and details regarding the incident have not been ...

Anthony Ashnault, NCAA National Champ, Returns Back to Rutgers

March 25, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Anthony Ashnault stepped off the bus and onto the pavement of the parking lot in the back of the College Ave Gym, put his hands up in the air, and smiled from ear to ear.

Fans greeted Ashnault, a South Plainfield native who just captured the 2019 149-pound NCAA wrestling championship for Rutgers, Nick Suriano (133 pound champ), and the Scarlet Knights coaching staff ...

Ashnault and Suriano win in NCAA finals to become RU wrestling's first ever national titlists

It took six long hard years, but Anthony Ashnault has finally reached his goal. The South Plainfield native was already Rutgers University's winningest and most decorated wrestler heading into the 2019 NCAA Division I wrestling tournament, but after his victory on Saturday night, he can call himself a national titlist.

Ashnault earned a 9-4 win over Micah Jordan (Ohio State) ...

Ashnault and Suriano both win in rematches to advance to NCAA finals

Anthony Ashnault and Nick Suriano have been making New Jersey wrestling history even before they both took their first steps onto the mat representing Rutgers wrestling. The dynamic duo will be reaching yet another Scarlet Knight first on Saturday, as they both will be competing in championship matches in the NCAA Division I tournament in Pittsburg.

Ashnault and Suriano both came out ...

Edison School District Issues Facilities Master Plan To Deal With Overcrowding Crisis

March 26, 2019

Edison, NJ -  The Edison Board of Education’s Overcrowding Taskforce received a Long Range Facility Plan (Master Plan) last week.  The Master Plan, prepared by SSP Architects, detailed findings about the District's facilities and offered student enrollment forecasts based on a recent demographic study. The Master Plan also laid out a proposal to alleviate ...

Edison School District Moves To Increase Access To Honors Courses 

Edison, NJ – The Edison School District is revising its grouping policies with an eye towards increasing access to Honors level coursework. After a series of meetings in February and March between the Administration and the Board of Education’s Curriculum and Technology Committee,  the District’s Chief Academic Officer for Middle School and High Schools, Debra Gulick, ...

Rutgers Faculty Authorize Union to Strike

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University officials say they are "making progress" with the labor union representing faculty, but still the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers - representing 4,800 full-time faculty and graduate employees - is considering a first-ever strike.

University officials say they have met 33 times with the ...

For Edison Restaurant, Site Of Fatal Shooting, Its Back To Business

March 25, 2019

Edison, NJ – In the early morning hours of Saturday, a shooting during a Reggae event held at Akbar Restaurant, located on Cortland Street in Edison, left one man dead and another hospitalized.  Police were alerted to the shooting at approximately 1:56 a.m. and were on scene for much of the day.

“It was outside the restaurant, it was in the parking lot, that’s where it ...

Milltown Ice Cream Depot Inviting Folks To Come Out To Its Grand Re-Opening

MILLTOWN, NJ - "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream," as the timeless children's song goes. It's never too early or too late for ice cream. So mark the calendars for the grand re-opening of the Milltown Ice Cream Depot on Friday, March 29 at 11 a.m. The popular ice cream shop will be opening its doors to customers for the first time in the store's new location ...

Residents and activists square off with unions over controversial pipeline project

EAST BRUNSWICK – Politicians, residents and environmental groups found themselves at odds with unions over an extension of the Transco natural gas pipeline that would run through New Jersey and the Raritan Bay to New York.

Williams, the energy infrastructure company that owns and operates the Transco pipeline, wants to build a 32,000 horsepower compressor station in Franklin and 3.5 ...

Metuchen-Edison Historical Society Celebrates South Edison History Day

March 26, 2019

Edison, NJ - South Edison History Day will be celebrated at the Edison Main Library on April 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society.

The event will feature a 30 minute interactive presentation at 11:30a.m. and 2:00p.m. by local historian Walter Stochel, who also serves as the corresponding secretary for the Metuchen-Edison Historical ...

Toy Collection Highlights Bodnar Auctions March 28 Sale

EDISON, NJ – A lifetime collection of re-released toys popular in the 1970s and ‘80s will be sold on Thursday, March 28, by Bodnar’s Auction Sales at the New Jersey Expo and Convention Center, 97 Sunfield Ave.

The day-long sale also includes over 4,000 lots, from furniture and giftware to jewelry, household items, paper ephemera, coins, advertising, textiles and more. The ...

Edison High School Theater Department Presents Curtains

Edison, NJ – The Edison High School Theater Department will be presenting Curtains. A musical mystery comedy, the story is set in 1959 Boston.  It follows the events after a star is murdered during her opening night curtain call.

The production runs from March 21 through March 23 with show times of March 21 at 6:30 p.m., March 22 at 7 p.m., and March 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 ...

South River Man Arrested for Inappropriate Sexual Conduct

March 26, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Aggravated sexual assault is the paramount crime that a South River man, who has been a paraprofessional in the New Brunswick Schools for ten years, has been charged with today.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Director Anthony Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department said today that a paraprofessional with the New Brunswick school system has been ...

South Brunswick Man Found Guilty For Eluding Police At A Traffic Stop

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A South Brunswick man was found guilty in a jury trial for second degree eluding from police officers at a traffic stop on March 7. The conviction of Alan Fratello was announced by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka last week. Fratello faces the possibility of up to 20 years in prison at his sentencing hearing on May ...

Attorney General Files First State Lawsuit Against “Ghost Gun” Company

TRENTON, NJ— Days after it was announced that four Lindenwold men were the first to be arrested and charged under a new law that makes it a crime to purchase, manufacture, possess or distribute untraceable guns, the state has filed a lawsuit against one such "ghost gun" manufacturer.

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced the state filed suit against James ...

Watershed Celebrates Signing of Flood Defense Act

March 25, 2019

PENNINGTON, NJ - The Watershed Institute applauds Gov. Phil Murphy for signing into law today the Flood Defense Act, which passed the Legislature earlier this year.  This vital legislation gives local governments an important new tool to combat flooding and water pollution that damages our streams, roads, and properties.

 

The Watershed and other environmental advocates have long ...

Welcome to the First Day of Spring!

Edison, NJ - Spring has finally arrived! The mercury in that old thermometer is slowly starting to rise, giving us warmer days, and with the recent setting of our clocks forward by one hour, longer days. 

According to The Old Farmers Almanac, the spring equinox starts on Wednesday, March 20, at 5:58 p.m. marking the astronomical first day of spring in the ...

Diegnan Bill Requires Removal Of Obstructive Vegetation Near Railroad Crossings

Trenton, NJ -  Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr., which would require railroad operators to remove obstructive vegetation near railroad crossings, was released from  the Senate Transportation Committee on Monday, by a vote of 5-0.

“We cannot allow for vegetation to impede the flow of transportation whether that’s for roads with automobiles or on ...

Podcast Will Tackle Diabetes In South Asians

March 26, 2019

Edison, NJ - TV Asia will be hosting a live podcast titled, “Diabesity in South Asians on Diabetes Alert Day” tonight, March 26, at 8 p.m. Viewers can call in live at (732)650-1100 or send questions by email.

The podcast will be moderated by Nahon Hornsby, Assistant Commissioner at the New Jersey Division of Community Health.  Panelists will include Dr. Meena Murthy M.D , ...

Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party: Survivors Serve up Hope

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The co-anchor for ABC News’ 20/20 had recently turned 40 when she was asked to take a mammogram for a television segment.

Amy Robach had every intention of turning down the story, but five years later Robach is thankful she did take the cancer screening.

Speaking to about 400 people at the Susan G. Komen North Jersey affiliate’s Pink Tie Party on Friday, ...

Recall Alert - Metal Pieces Found in Tyson Chicken Strips

WASHINGTON - Approximately 70,000 pounds of Tyson Foods, frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips may be contaminated with pieces of metal, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recall was initiated after two consumer complaints were received.

The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips that are being recalled were produced on November 30, ...

J.P. Stevens Student Wins Trip To Disney For Fundraising Efforts

March 22, 2019

Edison, NJ - Akash Patel, a student at John P. Stevens High School, recently won a 4 day, 3 night trip to Disney World through Ashley Farms, in recognition of his fundraising efforts.

Mr. Patel helped raise money for the J.P. Stevens music program. It was part of a campaign, which sold cheesecake, cookie dough and pies from Ashley Farms, to raise money for uniforms, trips and ...

Edison Mayor Receives Community Impact Award

Edison, NJ - Triple C Housing, a community housing development organization, recently awarded Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey with its Community Impact Award.

Mr. Lankey and his administration received the award for “his commitment to helping people and families with special needs and veterans who are homeless, or at risk, by advancing programs and community development partnerships to ...

Edison Public Library's Senior Advisory Board Seeks Members

Edison, NJ - The Senior Advisory Board will be meeting at the Clara Barton Branch Library on March 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Senior Advisory Board, according to the Edison Public Library, “serves as a liaison between the library and Edison’s senior community. Board members will provide feedback on current services and make recommendations to library staff on future ...

Two Local Lawmakers Announce Bid For Reelection

March 20, 2019

Edison, NJ -  Assembly members Robert Karabinchak (D-Edison) and Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick), who represent the 18th legislative district, issued a formal announcement this afternoon stating their intent to run for reelection.

In a joint statement, the two legislators stated  “it has been an honor to serve the residents of the 18th District in Trenton and around town. We ...

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2 Firefighters Promoted to New Leadership Roles

March 22, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two firefighters with the New Brunswick Fire Department were promoted to new leadership roles this week.

Lieutenant Michael Dillon, who has served with the fire department since the year 2000, was promoted to the rank of Captain. And, firefighter Alexander Eristavi, a 23-year veteran of the fire department, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Eristavi has ...

'Fruity Pebbles' and 'Cinnamon Toast Crunch' Among Marijuana Edibles Seized in Recent Raid

March 25, 2019

PATERSON, NJ- Eight arrests were made were following an operation by Paterson Police Department’s Narcotics Division at 146 Main Street, Apt. 301 on Friday.

According to Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, the investigation was launched after officials received information related to drug sales at the residence.

Police raided the spot at approximately 6:00 p.m. seizing  a ...

Karabinchak Bill to Permit E-Poll Books for Elections Advances

TRENTON, NJ - Aiming to encourage the use of new technologies to make voting in elections more efficient, Assembly Democrats Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Anthony Verrelli and Robert Karabinchak released the following statements on their bill (A-5159) to permit the use of electronic poll books, which are technology used by election officials to review voter registration information. The bill was ...

Suez Efforts in Bayonne Will Continue to Transform the City's Water Infrastructure

BAYONNE, NJ – SUEZ has made significant strides and contributions in the City of Bayonne in just five years. These changes are the direct result of a joint venture between Bayonne, SUEZ and private investors, to bring financial relief and infrastructure improvements to the City.

The partnership between SUEZ  and private investors has eliminated City debt and improved Bayonne’s ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, March 27, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Wed, March 27, 6:00 PM

South Plainfield

Holy Savior Open House March 27th

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Thu, March 28, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Union Catholic Held Its Principal's Reception For Class of 2023 Scholarship Recipients

March 26, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- Several members of Union Catholic’s Class of 2023 were honored on Monday night at the Principal’s Reception for the Class of 2023 Scholarship Recipients at the Shackamaxon Country Club.

The event began with a warm welcome from Mrs. Betsy Thornton, UC’s Director of Admissions, and then UC Assistant Principal Mrs. Noreen Andrews delivered the opening ...

'Gods of Comedy' Creates Chaos

Princeton, NJ – “The Gods of Comedy” descends on a college campus in Ken Ludwig’s riff on Greek mythology.

The plot centers on Daphne (Shay Vawn), a university professor who is studying in Greece. When she returns to campus, her colleague Ralph (Jevron McFerrin) says he’s found an original manuscript from Grecian times. He asks her to take care of it while he ...