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Police Link South Brunswick, Edison Storage Burglaries

January 19, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police in two Middlesex County towns are considering the possibility that break ins at two storage businesses, impacting almost 100 units, are related, officials said Thursday.

Some 43 storage units at the Public Storage location on Route 1 in South Brunswick and another 50 units at the J&M Self Storage facility on Oak Tree Road in Edison were broken into during ...

Franklin Township Weekly Police Blotter

Franklin Township Weekly Blotter Police Blotter - Police Blotter 01/12/2017 - 01/18/2017

Post Date: 01/19/2017 2:36 PM

01/12/2017

During the early morning hours, an unknown suspect smashed a window with a brick at De Island Breez Shop on Franklin Boulevard and stole a cash register ($250) containing $100 in U.S. currency.

A resident of Liam Street reported that ...

Franklin Township: Village of Kingston Fire Displaces Family

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Occupants of a home on Sycamore Place in the Village of Kingston were displaced Wednesday afternoon as fire tore through the structure. Police and fire companies from Franklin Township, Kingston, Kendall Park, and South Brunswick arrived on the scene to find flames and heavy smoke shooting from the house.

Smoke could be seen from a tree lined section of Route ...

Incarcerated Teens Find Their Voices

January 19, 2017

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — It doesn’t look much like the jails of the movies.

In fact, parts of the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center resemble a high school more than a place where people serve time.

Only the uniform orange slip-on shoes scattered across the floor distinguish the gym, with its full basketball court and ping-pong table, from that of your typical high school.

Senate Bill Expands Varsity Letter Eligibility Beyond Athletics

TRENTON, NJ -The Senate Education Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer) and Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students who participate in competitive activities other than athletics.

“A varsity letter has become a ...

Franklin Township BOE Outlines Goals And Work On District Mission Statement

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Members of the Franklin Township Board of Education announced a small "shift" in its mission statement on Wednesday when board members met with parents and community members for a strategic planning meeting. 

There was a small shift made to the mission statement based on feedback from the last meeting. "You have already made a difference," ...

U.S. Rep. Watson Coleman Will Not Attend Trump Inauguration

January 14, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12, will not be at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next Friday, she announced Saturday night.

“I am very concerned with this administration coming in,” Watson Coleman said to around 150 people during a “United Communities” town hall meeting at the Islamic Society of Central Jersey on Route ...

Rutgers to Help Map Future of U.S. Transportation

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University now has a say in what transportation—and traffic—will look like in the U.S. of tomorrow.

That’s because the federal Department of Transportation designated the university as a Beyond Traffic Innovation Center, which places Rutgers at the forefront of transportation research and thought leadership, according to an announcement yesterday ...

TAPinto Franklin Township Meet the Leaders Series: Kimberly Francois

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - This month TAPinto Franklin Township will be running a series called "Meet The Leaders.” The objective is to provide our readers an opportunity to hear from Franklin Township’s leaders in government, public safety, education, houses of worship and other areas, regarding Franklin Township’s present and future outlook.  

Each participant was ...

Franklin Youth To Be Honored As Athlete Of The Year: Qiora Rollins

January 20, 2017

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Qiora Rollins of Franklin Township will be honored this Saturday at Pines Manor in Edison as "Athlete Of The Year" by the USA Track and Field-NJ Committee.

Rollins was selected by the committee as NJ Junior Olympian representative for girls sprint in the 9 -10-year-old age group.  

"In 2014 I was 8 years old when I was first Honored ...

Former MLB All-Star and Somerset Patriot Tim Raines Headed to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Former Somerset Patriots outfielder Tim Raines will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the class of 2017. He enters the Hall of Fame alongside Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez with 86 percent of the voting.

Raines, who had a 23-year Major League Baseball career, played for the Somerset Patriots during the 2000 season while attempting ...

Boys Basketball: Franklin Warriors Defeated by Rutgers Prep 58-47

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Sophomore DeWarren Watkins led the Warriors with 12 points, but it was not enough to overcome a first quarter 16 point lead built by the Rutgers-Prep Argonauts Tuesday night at home. The Warriors lost 58-47 bringing their record to 4 - 6.

The Warriors surged in the second quarter behind a tight defensive stand to give them a 16-10 edge and came within 10 ...

The Two Gifts of the Tax Code

January 17, 2017

The two gifts of the tax code are the Roth conversion and life insurance.” -Ed Slott, CPA

I first heard Ed Slott speak that quote at an IRA workshop on a May day in Washington, DC. As I boarded my train home, I reflected on how beautiful the cherry blossoms looked but also on how the Roth conversion and life insurance could change lives.

I had been a licensed financial advisor since ...

Choosing the Right Tax Professional in 4 Easy Steps

BASKING RIDGE, NJ- Managing taxes during retirement might be the single most important factor influencing your retirement lifestyle. As you transition from working for an income to withdrawing income from your savings and investments, you might have questions: How can I maximize my income while minimizing income taxes in retirement? How will my Social Security be taxed? Should I be concerned ...

Incarcerated Teens Find Their Voices

January 19, 2017

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — It doesn’t look much like the jails of the movies.

In fact, parts of the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center resemble a high school more than a place where people serve time.

Only the uniform orange slip-on shoes scattered across the floor distinguish the gym, with its full basketball court and ping-pong table, from that of your typical high school.

Franklin Township's Twentieth Anniversary Community Breakfast: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Close to 500 hundred members of Franklin Township's community gathered Monday at Double Tree Hotel for the 20th anniversary of Franklin Township's Community Breakfast hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Foundation (FTMLKC Foundation). 

The annual event was created to bring the township together to honor the life and works of ...

TAPinto Franklin Township Meet the Leaders Series: Chris Johnson

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - This month TAPinto Franklin Township will be running a series called "Meet The Leaders.” The objective is to provide our readers an opportunity to hear from Franklin Township’s leaders in government, public safety, education, houses of worship and other areas, regarding Franklin Township’s present and future outlook.  

Each participant ...

Art Course in Somerville Pays Homage to the Colored Pencil

January 20, 2017

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – This is an art course with no brushes, no watercolors or acrylics, but the end results burst with vibrant colors and images.

Artists are invited to explore "The Unexpected: Colored Pencil, " a five-week course with artist and instructor Susan Antin that will be held Monday nights beginning Jan. 23-Feb. 20, 6-8:30 p.m. at Verve Bistro and Lounge, 18 E.

The Top Ten Events in Somerset County Near Franklin Township

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - If you looking for something close to home to do with the family this weekend, The Top Ten Events in Somerset County, NJ may have something for you. 

Weekend Top 10: 1.20-1.22

1. Garden State Home Show, Garden State Exhibit Center
2. Fireside Chat: Marconi and Franklin Township, Wyckoff-Garretson House
3. Doktor Kaboom: Live Wire!, ...

RVCC Planetarium Dazzles with Star Shows & Laser Light Concerts

BRANCHBURG, NJ - The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium will present a variety of star shows and laser concerts in February, including special programs for children.

The following shows will be offered:

Astronomy Tonight, Saturday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.
Using the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater, experience a guided tour of the night sky. Learn about some of the ...

What's Going On In New Brunswick This Week?

January 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Hub City is booming with fun activities this week, whether you’re a returning Rutgers student who’s looking to catch a game or a New Brunswick resident who wants to enjoy a few laughs.

Check out TAPinto New Brunswick’s weekly roundup of some of the best tickets in the city.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Somerville: N. Bryan Mack, “Chef Behind the Bar” at Verve Bistro, Dies at 46

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – N. Bryan Mack, legendary mixologist and “chef behind the bar” at Verve Restaurant, Bar& Bistro, has died at the age of 46.

Mack was the consummate front man,  a dapper dresser, beginning his career at Verve in 2002 with starched shirts, cuff links and silk ties, but lately given over to a themed artistic punk look - modified bearskin hat ...

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WARREN TOWNSHIP MAN PLEADS GUILTY

January 20, 2017

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson stated that today, Kai Peter, age 36, of Mount Horeb Road, Warren Township, N.J., pled guilty to 1st Degree, Maintaining a CDS Productions Facility, 1st Degree, Possession of Over 25 Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and 2nd Degree, Possession of Less than 5 pounds of Hashish with Intent to ...

DOG WALKS AT LORD STIRLING STABLE

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue weekly on the fall and winter time schedule.

Check-in time for owners and their pets will begin at 10:15 A.M.  The guided trail walk ...

TOURISM & BUSINESS NETWORKING AT MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Business Partnership will join with the Somerset County Tourism Council at one of the county’s great dining destinations, Maggiano’s Little Italy, for the Mingle Bells Post-Holiday Mixer on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  Maggiano’s Little Italy, is located at 600 ...