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Teacher Layoffs Possible in Hillsborough Schools

March 20, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Stung by the defeat of a March 12 referendum that would have raised more than $8 million to stabilize the school budget and implement full-day kindergarten, the Board of Education is considering several cost-saving options for the 2019-20 school year – including layoffs upwards of 50 teachers and staff.

Other remedies under consideration to overcome a $5 million ...

Freeholder Blames Governor for Defeat of Hillsborough Referendum

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Deputy Freeholder Director Pat Walsh blames Gov. Phil Murphy and his fiscal policies for voters’ rejection of an $8.06 million referendum in Hillsborough that if approved, would have funded full-day kindergarten and mitigated budget shortfalls caused by years of declining state aid.

The results Tuesday night showed 4,432 voting to reject the referendum ...

Hillsborough Voters Reject All-Day Kindergarten Referendum

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Residents voted by an overwhelming margin to reject a referendum on Tuesday that would have raised $8.06 million in taxes to pay for all-day kindergarten and stabilize the school board's finances.

Unofficial results at 9:30 p.m. showed 4,432 voting against the referendum, while 3,003 voted to approve. There were 624 mail-in ballots against the referendum and 406 in ...

Governor, Legislature, Announce Legal Marijuana Agreement

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Sen. Nicholas Scutari and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano today announced an agreement on the broad outlines of legislation to legalize adult-use marijuana in New Jersey.

“Legalizing adult-use marijuana is a monumental step to reducing disparities in our criminal justice system,” ...

Mayors Discuss 'Forgotten Commuters' on Raritan Valley Line Trains

RARITAN VALLEY, NJ -- Mayors of towns along the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) met to discuss NJ Transit’s response to three issues facing commuters on that line and how best to advocate for their residents. RVL Mayors Alliance is working to get a same platform transfer in Newark, return of the off-peak midtown direct trains and ultimately, direct trains during peak commuter hours and on ...

Spring Forward: Time Change Wreaks Havoc with Sleep Clock

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Time changes are always rough, and no one likes to lose an hour of sleep. But for about 2 million New Jerseyans, setting the clock ahead tonight will be brutal. That’s because about 30 percent of Garden State adults report having problems sleeping.

Among the findings of a scientific statewide poll conducted by Rutgers Center for State Health Policy are:

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Frenchtown Library to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

March 17, 2019

FRENCHTOWN, NJ - The Frenchtown Free Public Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Sunday, March 31, with a tea party from 1 to 4 p.m.

“This will be a chance for our current patrons to relax and mingle, and for prospective patrons to come and see what their local library has to offer,” said Betsy Westlake, president of the library board. “Yes, there will be cake. A ...

Beach Boys to Headline 2019 Balloon Festival at Solberg

READINGTON, NJ - As The Beach Boys mark more than half a century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history.

The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to fans around the world. They’ll headline the 37th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning on ...

Make a Card for Barbie's 60th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Barbie!

That’s right, the iconic doll that has entertained millions was born 60 years ago this month. The first Barbie was released by the Mattel toy company on March 9, 1959.

Hundreds of dolls followed, along with thousands of outfits and accessories – to the delight of collectors and the consternation of critics who disapprove of the adult Barbie’s ...

Therapist to Speak at Small Biz Networking Meetup

March 13, 2019

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Rhoda Ondovwill be the guest speaker at the next Small Biz Networking Meetup on March 19.

The meetup is held on the third Tuesday of each month from noon to 2 p.m. at Al Fresco’s restaurant, which is located at the Shoppes here across from Home Goods. The cost is $18 and includes lunch.

Ondovwill is a professional coach, a Licensed Associate Marriage and ...

New Website, Multi-Town Coalition, Target Economic Growth in Hunterdon

FLEMINGTON, NJ -  Although the county Freeholders have worked hard to eliminate county debt, limit county spending and pursue shared services agreements to lower costs, Freeholder Matt Holt said last week that there’s really only one way to reduce the property tax burden on residential property taxpayers: Increase the amount and value of Hunterdon’s commercial ...

TAPinto Names Former Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation President Daggett as Advisor

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Former President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Chris Daggett, will join TAPinto.net as an advisor.  Daggett brings more than three decades of public, private and nonprofit sector leadership experience to help build on TAPinto’s success in expanding local news coverage through over 80 local franchises.

“Local news is critical to the health ...

Budget Crunch: RVCC Plans Tuition Hike

March 20, 2019

BRANCHBURG, NJ - Faced with declining enrollment and the prospect of a reduction in state aid, Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Board of Trustees has passed a budget for fiscal year 2020 that increases tuition while reducing operating expenses by more than $1 million.

The $54.5 million budget includes a $9 per credit tuition increase for residents of Somerset and Hunterdon ...

Applications to HackHunterdon Now Underway

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Hunterdon County’s annual hackathon, a 24-hour tech product creation competition, is now accepting applications for this year’s event to be held June 8 and 9 at Hunterdon Central High School.

The HackHunterdon Hackathon annually invites the region’s technologists, entrepreneurs, students and other innovators to be part of the marathon-style gathering to build ...

J. P. Case 'Odyssey of the Mind' Team Advances

RARITAN TWP., NJ -  Students from J.P. Case Middle School clinched first place for their division in the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition held March 16.

The students share a division with those from towns including Millburn, Cranbury, Branchburg and Oradell.

The J. P. Case team will be advancing to the state final round to be held April 6 in Ewing. . 

The J. P. Case ...

Flemington Consignment Shop in New Location

March 15, 2019

FLEINGTON, NJ - The borough’s Consignment Shop of Flemington is open for business at its new location at 15 Main St. here in the remodeled Postal Service building.

The Consignment Shop is a not-for-profit organization that sells gently used women’s and junior’s clothing and accessories for the purpose of supporting Hunterdon County agencies that serve victims of domestic ...

Spring Forward: Time Change Wreaks Havoc with Sleep Clock

March 9, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Time changes are always rough, and no one likes to lose an hour of sleep. But for about 2 million New Jerseyans, setting the clock ahead tonight will be brutal. That’s because about 30 percent of Garden State adults report having problems sleeping.

Among the findings of a scientific statewide poll conducted by Rutgers Center for State Health Policy are:

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Flemington Man Guilty in Child Sex Case

March 9, 2019

FLEMINGTON, NJ – A borough man has pleaded guilty to child abuse charges, according to a press release from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.

Mohamed Osman, 45, pleaded guilty to third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of fourth-degree child abuse.

Osman was arrested and charged last July after a joint investigation by detectives from ...

DWIs, Shoplifting, Marijuana in Recent Raritan Twp. Arrests

March 19, 2019

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Police here today released details on a series of unrelated arrests.

Police were dispatched to Commerce Street around 1:20 p.m. March 6 on the report of a woman slumped over the steering wheel of her car with her foot on the brake. Police said the vehicle had left the scene when they arrived, but they found it a short time later in the 7-11 parking lot with Sabrina ...

'High Alert' for Hunterdon Law Enforcement, Prosecutor Says

FLEMINGTON, NJ – The “deadly massacre” that took place in New Zealand on Friday has not escaped the attention of Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.

In a press release this morning, Kearns said Hunterdon law enforcement is on “high alert” in the wake of the attack that left 50 people dead and more than 40 others injured after the shooting at the ...

Hunterdon Man Arrested on Child Porn Charge

FLEMINGTON, NJ – A Hunterdon man was arrested by federal agents today and charged with distributing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a press release.

Mark Miller, 61, of Bloomsbury, New Jersey, is charged by criminal complaint with one count of distributing child pornography.

Miller was arrested in his home by agents of the Department of ...

Chabad Hosts Superhero Purim Party

March 19, 2019

Chabad of Hunterdon will be hosting a community Purim Party themed The Incredible Purim Superhero Edition, acreative twist to this year’s community celebration of Purim. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite Superhero costume. The festivities will be held at The Beaver Brook Country Club on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome

The Purim party will feature as seen on ...

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Argument for Trump Wall Full of Holes

March 18, 2019

To the editor:

While the nation continues to be torn apart politically and socially over the debate of the “Trump Wall” there are some facts that should be considered. To begin with, the “Trump Wall” will do nothing to stop the flow of illegal narcotics or human trafficking into the United States. Over 90 percent of illegal narcotics come through legal points of entry ...

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Winard Harper Quartet

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Argument for Trump Wall Full of Holes

March 18, 2019

To the editor:

While the nation continues to be torn apart politically and socially over the debate of the “Trump Wall” there are some facts that should be considered. To begin with, the “Trump Wall” will do nothing to stop the flow of illegal narcotics or human trafficking into the United States. Over 90 percent of illegal narcotics come through legal points of entry ...