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Assemblyman Karabinchak Introduces Defense Against Porch Pirates Act

February 15, 2019

Trenton, NJ - “Package theft is a growing problem for online consumers,” said Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak (D-Middlesex). “As the popularity of online shopping has increased, unfortunately, so has the act of stealing those deliveries from homes before residents retrieve them. This is a downside to having your purchases delivered, but not one that should be without ...

Residents Praise Middlesex County's Stand Against ICE Detentions

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Days after federal authorities blasted Middlesex County for releasing undocumented immigrants from the county jail, residents praised the freeholder board for taking a stand against what they called illegal efforts to detain people.

"Middlesex County is simply upholding the law by refusing to detain people who judges have determined are eligible for release. To do ...

Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency


TRENTON – Today, Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency beginning tonight at midnight ahead of the winter storm, which is expected to start tonight and continue throughout the day tomorrow. Executive Order No. 55 declares a state of emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during ...

Edison Police: Bomb Threats Made To Two Edison Banks

February 16, 2019

Edison, NJ – Edison Police stated that  two TD bank branches in Edison and a third one in Metuchen received bomb threats by phone from anonymous callers on Saturday within a span of 15 minutes,.  The calls took place between noon and 12:15 p.m. according to law enforcement.

Lt Robert Dudash said Edison firefighters and EMTs were on-scene as a precaution at both bank sites while ...

Edison Firefighters Rescue Woman from Mobile Home Fire

Edison, NJ – An Edison woman was admitted to JFK Medical Center in Edison for emergency medical care earlier today after she fell unconscious and collapsed from smoke inhalation according to Township officials.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., a fire started at Edison Mobile Estates, located at 852 Route 1 North. The woman, who has not been identified by authorities, was inside her burning ...

Governor Murphy Lifts State of Emergency Effective at 8:00 a.m.

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the state of emergency that took effect on midnight of February 12, 2019, for all 21 counties in New Jersey will be lifted as of 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Boys Basketball: St. Joe's Knocks Out East Brunswick in GMCT

February 16, 2019

METUCHEN, NJ -- The East Brunswick boys basketball team flirted with upset ideas early on, but St. Joseph eventually established command and went on to a 60-39 victory in the first round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Friday night.

Travis Cumber scored 17 points for the Bears (8-13), who led, 13-11, after one quarter. St. Joseph took the lead in the second quarter, but it was ...

Spotswood Girls Varsity Loses First Round Matchup With Bishop Ahr In GMCs

EDISON, NJ - The Spotswood High School girls varsity basketball team faced an uphill battle against top seeded Bishop Ahr High School in the first round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament on Wednesday. Bishop Ahr boasted a 20-3 overall record at game time. The Trojans moved into the quaterfinal round of the conference tournament with a 65-32 win over the Chargers. Spotswood was ...

Girls Basketball: Edison High School Defeats South Plainfield In First Round of Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament

Edison, NJ – The second seeded Edison High School Girls Varsity Basketball team defeated South Amboy by a score of 53-34 and will move on to the quarterfinals to face seventh seeded South River.

The Eagles took an early 18-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back, entering the fourth quarter with a commanding 47-19 lead.

Playing at home, the Eagles were led by ...

Rutgers Autism Service Program Getting $9.8M Center

February 16, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A landmark program at Rutgers University serving adults with autism will get a new center under a proposal that gained approval Wednesday from the university board of governors.

Board members approved plans for the construction of a $9.8 million center on the Douglas campus that will serve as the permanent location of the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services.

Rutgers ...

Edison High School Senior Named Regional Finalist  for Coca-Cola Scholarship

EDISON, NJ - An Edison student is one of four Regional Finalists for the 2019 Coca-Cola Scholarship. Sameer Jain, from Edison High School, is one of 251 students selected out of the over 95,000 high school seniors and and nearly 1,900 Semifinalists who applied for the scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship, now in its 30th year, is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to ...

Edison Public Schools Will Have Delayed Opening On Wed. Feb 13

Edison, NJ -  Edison schools will have a delayed opening on Wednesday, District officials announced this evening.  The delayed opening is due to the icy conditions according to the District.  Schools were closed on Tuesday due to inclement weather and after Governor Murphy declared a State of Emergency.

Delayed opening hours for the District can be found here.


Designer Laurie Smith Headlines 30th New Jersey Home Show In Edison

February 14, 2019

EDISON, NJ - The 2019 New Jersey Home Show, featuring prominent interior designer Laurie Smith, will take place at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, beginning on February 22 and running through February 24. The show will also feature an app that acts as your home’s caretaker and an automated lawnmower.  

The show, an annual draw that is now in its 30th year, ...

Seminar On New Laws Impacting Businesses To Be Held In Edison

EDISON, NJ  - The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) is hosting a seminar on February 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Pines Manor in Edison.  Titled “Hard Decisions, Hot Topics, Your Legal Questions,” the seminar will highlight recent changes to laws and regulations affecting the workplace according to the group.

Issues that will be covered by ...

Over $2 Million In SBA Loans Approved For Middlesex County Businesses

Newark, NJ -  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it had approved over $2 million in loans to businesses in Middlesex County through February 1, 2019.  The approvals were part of 116 loans for $40 million to New Jersey small business owners and entrepreneurs that the agency approved between January 28 and February 1, according to an announcement made by the ...

Metuchen Edison Area Branch of the NAACP Explores “The Great Migrations”

February 16, 2019

Edison, NJ – On Thursday, the Metuchen Edison Area Branch of the NAACP presented a program in recognition of Black History Month.  At the meeting, the organization unveiled a commemorative stamp honoring performer, actor and dancer  Gregory Hines.   The event also featured a panel discussion, moderated by Chrystal McArthur, on the “The Great Migrations” ...

The History and Origins of Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...

Edison Recreation Department Sponsors Casino Bus Trip

EDISON, NJ - The Edison Recreation Department is sponsoring a Casino Bus Trip to the Resorts Casino Hotel on February 18. The bus will depart from the Edison Municipal Complex at 9:45 a.m. sharp and return at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Tickets, served on a first come first serve basis, are $20 dollars.  Tickets include transportation, 6 hours to gamble, and $25 in slot play. Only residents ...

Update: Three Local Priests Named In Metuchen Diocese List of Sex Offenders

February 15, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Three local priests have been named in a list of  "credibly accused clergy" published by the Diocese of Metuchen.  The priests are among the 188 named statewide in a disclosure made of criminal pedophiles in New Jersey's Catholic Churches.  In keeping with a promise made by the Bishops of New Jersey, Bishop James F. Checchio has released the names ...

Edison Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with 2015 Plainfield Killing

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Middlesex County man has admitted to his involvement in a Plainfield shooting that left a man dead and two women injured a little more than three years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Thursday.

Jordan Robinson, 25, of Edison pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter during a Wednesday hearing before state Superior Court Judge ...

2 Former New Brunswick Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two priests who served at churches in New Brunswick are among the clergy the New Jersey Catholic dioceses have identified as "credibly accused" of sexually abusing children.

Another eight other priests and one deacon who also served in the Metuchen Diocese were among the 188 identified in lists that the five dioceses in the state released on Wednesday.

John ...

Terra Nova Garden Club Will Discuss Techniques To Repel Deer From Gardens

February 16, 2019

Edison, NJ – The Terra Nova Garden Club will hosting a lecture on strategies to deter deer from browsing in your garden on February 27, 2019.  The lecture, which will be held at the North Edison Public Library, will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The deer population in Edison has grown. In January representatives from the Township conducted a deer count.

Master Gardener, certified landscape ...

You are Invited to the "Great Backyard Bird Count"

DAVIDSON'S MILL POND PARK, SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Calling all birdwatchers- or anyone who wants to explore the great outdoors. The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Middlesex County invite residents of all ages to join the “Great Backyard Bird Count.”

This free event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Davidson's Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick.

Heart Shaped Plants to Give for Valentine’s Day

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Consider giving your valentine something different this year. Select an indoor plant with heart shaped leaves or flowers.

Anthuriums are an easy-to-grow, low maintenance, long-blooming indoor plant. The red, pink or white heart shaped flowers rise above glossy green leaves.

Pothos and philodendron with heart shaped leaves are easy-to-grow and long time favorites.

JFK Medical Center Participates In The American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts Program

February 16, 2019

Edison, NJ - Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center  announced its participation  in the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program this year.  The program is targeted to raising awareness about family heart health and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country, according to the hospital.

Congenital heart defects ...

Relay for Life Sets the Pace to Conquer Cancer and Support Survivors

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County's Relay for Life, a community outreach program of the American Cancer Society, was out in full force this Saturday as cancer research supporters, family members of survivors, students and community health activists joined forces at the Brunswick Square Mall to combine their energy in the fight against the "emperor of all maladies." 

The ...

Driving Tips for the Afternoon Commute from AAA Northeast

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Today's State of Emergency may have gotten off to a slow start, but at the lunch hour, Northern NJ was already experiencing snow, sleet, freezing rain, or a combination of all three. Roads, as predicted, are slick.

AAA Northeast offers driving tips for those who find themselves out and about today, and face the evening communte later.  

Take the time ...

New Jersey Man Bike Rides Across Country for Cancer Research

February 16, 2019

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta resident and cofounder and manager of the Sparta Farmers Market Mitch Morrison is about to embark on a cross country trip on his bicycle.  Morrison is riding solo from Portland, Oregon to Sparta beginning on April 10 arriving in late May.

“As part of my adventure, I am raising money for cancer research for Cycle for Survival,” Morrison ...

Preparations For Edison's 57th Annual Memorial Day Parade Under Way

EDISON, NJ - Preparations have begun for the 57th Annual Memorial Day Parade, Edison Township announced.  The parade is scheduled for May 26, at noon.

The Township is seeking groups to participate in the annual event.  Veterans, marching units, scout troops, youth sports leagues,high school organizations, floats, antique cars, local police and fire departments, and horse mounted ...

Middlesex County College Foundation To Host Casino Night

EDISON, NJ - Middlesex County College (MCC) will be hosting its 8th Annual Casino Night at the college center, at the Edison Campus, on February 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

According to the Middlesex County College Foundation, the organizers of the event, “the Casino Night Committee is seeking to raise more than $40,000 to advance the mission of the Foundation in helping MCC students ...

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Over $200K Spent On Tax Appeals Following City Revaluation

February 16, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - After New Brunswick completed the first revaluation of property in 26 years, municipal leaders were anxious to share news that taxes for many homeowners had dropped.

Mayor James Cahill, in his state of the city address on Jan. 1, touted the city has the second lowest property taxes in the county.

Not everyone was happy with the revaulations, and as a result the city ...

Suspects Sought in Attempted Armed Robbery at Linden Gentleman’s Club

February 16, 2019

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Police Department are seeking individuals involved in an attempted armed robbery that took place Wednesday evening.

Just after 9:00 p.m. Linden Police officers responded to Taboo Gentlemen's Club on the corner of E Linden Ave & S Park Ave on a report of an attempted armed robbery. 

According to authorities, the victim, a 31-year-old valet attendant, was ...

Karabinchak Introduces “Porch Pirate” Bill to Crack Down on Theft of Delivery Packages

TRENTON, NJ -  – In 2017, 25.9 million Americans had a holiday package stolen from their front porch or doorstep—more than the 23.5 million porch thefts reported in 2015. The number of package thefts occurring across the nation continues to rise with each passing year.

To combat these thefts, which are most popular during the holiday season, Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak ...

Celebrating Black History Month

February 12, 2019

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - February is Black History Month, when America takes time to honor and remember great African-Americans, and their role in shaping America’s history.

Carter Woodson, an African-American historian, first established Black History Week in 1926 during the second week of February. He chose this specific week to honor African-Americans because President Abraham Lincoln, ...

A Call For Candidates

February 15, 2019


"Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the continuing revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows us to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions. It is the right to put forth an idea, scoffed at by the experts, and watch it catch fire among the people. It is the right to dream—to follow your dream or ...

"My Very Own British Invasion" is short on plot

‘My Very Own British Invasion’ is short on plot, but long on rock

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a rollicking, rock and roll extravaganza in its premier production of  “My Very Own British Invasion.”

We start with a fast and furious tribute to the Beatles, like “I Saw Her Standing There” and move on to ...