Business & Finance

May 29, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - A new restaurant is coming to 144 Main Street in Flemington. The borough council voted unanimously to approve the sale of the old filling station to Tidbits LLC for $220,000. The buyer originally slated to purchase the borough-owned property backed out of the deal prior to ...

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RARITAN TWP., N.J. – The Raritan Township Committee has unanimously approved an ordinance that would allow for outdoor dining during the COVID-19 pandemic – but the catch is the ordinance won’t be effective until Murphy signs an executive order that allows for outdoor dining to resume. Under the ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - This week’s Covid-19 update from Flemington Mayor Betsy Driver and OEM Coordinator Cpl Brian McNally included sobering words from D.J. Wright, owner and executive director of the Wright & Ford Funeral Home. “It [Covid-19] is killing people left and right, it’s a reality,” ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ -  The Flemington council voted unanimously on a first reading of Ordinance 2020-7, which will allow borough restaurants to offer outdoor dining once store-based dining is permitted. Since it’s likely that when restaurants are allowed to offer on premises dining it will be limited ...

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HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Hunterdon County Freeholder Board Director Shaun C. Van Doren and deputy director Susan J. Soloway have sent a joint letter, on the behalf of the freeholder board, to Gov. Phil Murphy calling for small businesses to be able to offer curbside pickup effective ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - Flemington Mayor Betsy Driver is predicting at least a two-year financial recovery period from the impact of COVID-19.   That’s what she told council members during the weekly briefing Thursday. The mayor added that the borough is “in better shape” than towns that rely ...

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HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Nearing the end of the April 21 County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ meeting, Freeholder Zach Rich made sure to gain board support for a new initiative that will hopefully result in expedited and more efficient systems and processing of the skyrocketing number of unemployment ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - Whenever this pandemic is over and things get “back to normal” in Flemington, one of the historic borough’s mainstays will not be a part of the revival. After almost three decades at its home on Route 202, Jake’s Restaurant & Bar has closed its doors forever. The ...

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Although many businesses in the county are experiencing tough times during the coronavirus pandemic shut down, the Hunterdon County Chamber Of Commerce is using online technologies such as Zoom to continue to hold networking events. Recently, I attended one virtual Chamber networking that was ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - As Hunterdon County deals with the coronavirus public health emergency this spring, it maintains and oversees the LINK bus, a vital transportation network for people to continue to seek and collect essential goods and services including food, prescription or pharmacy needs and ...

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Flemington, NJ — TAPinto Flemington-Raritan, the only independent news operation dedicated solely to covering Flemington-Raritan and the Hunterdon community, set a single-month record for readership in March. The large increase in readership is directly attributed to the news site’s COVID-19 ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, in existence since 1916 and headquartered at the historic house on 119 Main Street in Flemington, has survived and led the charge for local merchants, businesses and larger scale employers in the county through the Great Depression, world ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon County Economic Development has released information for the business community in the wake of closures due to coronavirus. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has set up a webpage outlining resources for companies impacted by the COVID-19 ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - While there are still many hurdles to be cleared, a state Superior Court decision has moved the sale of the Flemington Bank building property, and with it the larger and even more controversial Courthouse Square Redevelopment Plan, one step closer to reality.   The appellate ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - A presentation at the recent borough council meeting about the 2020 Flemington Reassessment Results by borough tax assessor Ed Kerwin dovetailed with a proposal by Mayor Betsy Driver to form a Liberty Village Redevelopment Plan Ad Hoc Committee. Although ratables in the borough ...

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Deputy Director Susan Soloway commented Feb. 4 on oversight of the LINK bus system with explorations made by the Transportation Task Force, as its research resulted in the recent selection of Easton Coach Company as the county’s new bus vendor, replacing First Transit Inc. Jane Kochenash, of ...

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FLEMINGTON/RARITAN TWP, NJ - Since Jan. 1, TAPinto Flemington-Raritan has expanded its coverage of the county seat environs, with greater community engagement, high school sports reports and an increased staff of experienced investigative journalists. “We are proud of the quality that our new ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - The board of directors of the Flemington-Raritan Community Pool and the board of trustees of the Hunterdon County YCMA have come to an agreement on a plan to reopen the community pool, according to a release from the YMCA. According to the release, after a year of discussions, ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - Ongoing litigation over the Union Hotel redevelopment was addressed at Thursday's borough council reorganization meeting, with many hoping for a settlement soon. Litigation targeting the borough has remained unsettled for months, and redeveloper Jack Cust and Flemington Urban ...

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – The next meeting of the Small Biz Networking group will be held Tuesday, Dec. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. at Northlandz on Route 31 here.   For more than a decade, the group has held its meetups on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesday’s event will include a toy drive, so ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – The lawyer for the developer of a plan to install illuminated billboards on the Flemington circle called their location “ideal” and said they offered “no substantial detriment to the public good.” Planning and Zoning Board Chair Todd Cook said the billboards on the ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Councilperson Susan Peterson has repeatedly explained what she thinks has prevented the plan to redevelop the Union Hotel and its surrounding properties from being implemented: Redeveloper Jack Cust and his Flemington Urban Renewal LLC cannot move forward until the existing ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – The designated redeveloper of the Union Hotel and surrounding properties unveiled a scaled-back plan for the project – called Courthouse Square – at last night’s meeting of Borough Council. “I was hopeful tonight to come here and announce that we have reached settlement” with ...

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FRENCHTOWN, NJ – A grant from Hunterdon’s Office of Economic Development has been  used by Frenchtown officials to encourage economic development and investment in their downtown by bringing “local regulations in line with the realities of the modern economy,” Mayor Brad Myhre said in a press ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A job fair is being planned for Sept. 25 that will include some of Hunterdon’s largest employers. The fair will be held at the County Complex on Route 12 in Raritan Township from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Businesses scheduled to participate include 3M, Animal Alliance of ...

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – If you’re garbage is piling up, you’re not alone, as TAPinto reported yesterday. Raritan Township Administrator Don Hutchins said he was first alerted to the issue about a month ago after Republic Services acquired Premier Disposal in May. But many Premier customers – along ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – As progress to redevelop the Union Hotel and its surrounding properties remains elusive, some officials here are joining with some residents in seeking a change to the process. Jack Cust’s Flemington Urban Center Renewal LLC is the designated redeveloper for the hotel, which is ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Councilperson Chris Runion says he won’t support “wrong-headed decisions of the past” and said Council should pursue a “broad, long-term comprehensive vison of quality of life” rather than just looking at redevelopment projects individually. At Borough Council’s June 24 meeting, ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – The owner of the borough’s historic Union Hotel has filed a lawsuit against the citizen’s group that has opposed its redevelopment plan. Jack Cust’s Flemington Urban Center Renewal LLC is the designated redeveloper for the hotel, which is part of the Courthouse Square project.

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – If you’re planning a graduation or other party tonight and live in southern Hunterdon, you might want to stock up on candles or make sure that you have gas for your generator. That’s because Jersey Central Power & Light is planning to cut power to about 2,000 of its ...

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