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Armchair Art Tour at Franklin Library

July 16, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Visit the Franklin Township Public Library on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at 2:00 pm and Thursday, August 16, 2018, at 2:00 pm for an armchair art tour through the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.  

Impressionism on the Water:  The July 19 program will focus on a number of Impressionist works using the touchstone of water, ...

Things to do in and around Franklin this weekend

SOMERSET, NJ - Do you have plans this weekend?

If you don’t, check out our editor’s picks for some of the best things to do in and around Franklin Township.

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Friday, July 13

The Learning Experience® of Monmouth Junction and Somerset is sponsoring a free event, July 13 at 6:30 pm, at Woodlot Park in South Brunswick. The event ...

Fire Spreads, Damages 3 Houses in New Brunswick

July 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Residents of three city houses were left temporarily homeless today after a fire spread from the rear of one home to the other two. It was a blaze that firefighters discovered after taking a detour down a city street.

An engine was heading to the New Brunswick Hub Teen Center about 1 p.m. to spray down children in a summer program, but firefighters discovered a road was ...

Woman Dies From Injuries After Being Struck by Car in Bridgewater Mall Parking Lot

Bridgewater, NJ - A Bedminster woman has died from her injuries after being struck by a car in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall Monday.

Marion Kelley, 62, was struck by a vehicle while walking in lot four near the Macy's merchandise pick up area at around 3:20 p.m. Monday.

The 2017 Mazda was driven by Chinmayi Parikh, 33, of Piscataway.

The crash is still being ...

Somerset County Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

July 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

Franklin Township: Troop 60151 Installs New Little Free Library for the Community at Colonial Park

SOMERSET, NJ - Colonial Park just got a new addition, and no it is not the spray park, yet. 

Girl Scout Troop 60151 donated a little free library to the community of Franklin Township, Saturday, June 23.  

"If you see a book you like, take it," the little library dedication plaque reads. "If you have a book to donate, leave it. Children young and old can ...

Judge Orders Evaluation for Man Accused of Killing Sister

July 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Superior Court judge has ordered psychological evaluation for a man who was extradited from Canada to face charges for the October 2017 fatal shooting of his sister.

During a court hearing today, Judge Michael Toto granted a defense attorney's request to have the suspect, Arun Aftab, 34, of Perth Amboy, be evaluated, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a ...

Shots Fired Outside Somerset County Strip Club, Two Suspects Arrested

MANVILLE, NJ – Two men were arrested and charged with multiple gun crimes in connection with a fight outside of a Manville strip club on June 23, according to authorities. 

Multiple 911 calls reported a large fight and shots fired at Foxtails Lounge at 39 South St. in Manville, at approximately 12:20 am on June 23 according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H.

Piscataway Man Sentenced to 66 ½ Years for Murder of Raritan Woman

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Christopher Koller, 41, of Piscataway was sentenced Thursday to 66 ½ years in a New Jersey state prison for the murder of Beth Bezek, a 31-year-old Raritan woman, said Middlesex County Prosecutor, Andrew C. Carey.

The sentence was imposed after Koller was found guilty by a jury on March 27.

During his trial, prosecutors said Bezek was ...

Fast Food Joints Should Give Workers Freedom to Move Ahead, says State

July 10, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - Fast food restaurant owners in Franklin and elsewhere are being asked by the state to provide information about their use of employee non-compete or “no poach” agreements, documents that "can restrict the ability of workers to obtain a better-paying job with another franchise," according to the state Attorney General's Office.

In a statement, the ...

Franklin Township: 'Operation Secure Shred' Expected to Cause Traffic Delays

SOMERSET, NJ - Traffic delays on Demott Lane are expected this Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm due to Operation Secure Shred, according to officials. Operation Secure Shred will be held at the Franklin Community/Senior Center Parking Lot on 505 DeMott Lane.

The event is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Freeholders, in cooperation with the county Division ...

Eight Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (July 16)

July 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – The summer fun continues here in New Brunswick! Whether you are looking to sit in an air conditioned building watching a film or trying a new food or drink, The Hub City has a lot to choose from. (July 16)

Restaurant Week Begins
Where: Restaurants within Downtown New Brunswick

Restaurant Week is our reoccurring bonus for the next two weeks because that is how long ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Somerville: Gallery Hosts Photo Society's 90th Anniversary Exhibit

July 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Visions of Raritan Photographic Society – A Celebration of 90 years” from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

The Raritan Photographic Society, founded in 1929, is the oldest photography club in New Jersey. The exhibit celebrates the organization's 90 years ...

County Kicks Off Summer Concert Series with Bob Miranda and the Happenings

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission kicked off its Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park Sunday with a performance by Bob Miranda and the Happenings.

A very large crowd turned out for the performance by the band made famous in part by the song "See You in September."

The next concert will be held July 15 at 7 p.m. at Duke Island Park, with Billy ...

South Plainfield Police Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Fatal Crash

July 14, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office are looking for the public’s help in the July 4, 2018 fatal motorcycle accident that killed 28 year-old Jessica Montes of Piscataway.

According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 4:50am as the vehicle Montes was a passenger lost control and crashed on New Brunswick ...

Tee times, Pairings Announced for Start of Next Week’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol GC in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – The USGA U.S. Junior Amateur Championship starts Monday.  The pairings for the first two rounds of the 71st edition were recently announced.

Monday (July 16) and Tuesday (July 17) tee times will be played on the 7,280-yard, par-71 Upper Course and at the 7,313-yard, par-70 Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Monday, Tuesday tee times & pairings

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Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in New Jersey, leading to chronic lung disease, heart disease, stroke and cancer,” said New Jersey Human ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, August 2, 5:30 PM

Redstone American Grill, Bridgewater

NAWBO Central & Northern NJ Invites Women ...

Business & Finance Giving Back

Thu, September 6, 6:00 PM

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Union

41st Annual Greek Festival

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

South Plainfield Police Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Fatal Crash

July 14, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office are looking for the public’s help in the July 4, 2018 fatal motorcycle accident that killed 28 year-old Jessica Montes of Piscataway.

According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 4:50am as the vehicle Montes was a passenger lost control and crashed on New Brunswick ...

Tee times, Pairings Announced for Start of Next Week’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol GC in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – The USGA U.S. Junior Amateur Championship starts Monday.  The pairings for the first two rounds of the 71st edition were recently announced.

Monday (July 16) and Tuesday (July 17) tee times will be played on the 7,280-yard, par-71 Upper Course and at the 7,313-yard, par-70 Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Monday, Tuesday tee times & pairings

The ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters here.

It’s one of two ordinances that were approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

New Restaurant Buys ‘Pocketed’ Westfield Liquor License

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved the transfer of a liquor license to Westfield Hospitality LLC for its Westfield Fish & Brew Company during the council's meeting Tuesday night. The license had been bought from Jeffrey’s when it closed in 2014 and remained unused, or “pocketed,” by that owner until now.

Though the restaurant does not ...

Piscataway Woman Identified as Victim in Fatal MVA on July 4th

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Jessica Montes, 28 of Piscataway, has been identified as the victim in the 4th of July fatal motor vehicle accident on New Brunswick Avenue. Montes, who was a phlebotomist leaves behind her son as well as numerous family and friends.

A small shrine with candles and pictures has been erected at the site of last Wednesday’s tragedy on New Brunswick ...

Body Pulled From Delaware River

KINGWOOD, NJ – First responders are on the scene here at the Delaware River and are pulling the body of a man from the water Friday, June 6.

“The worst has happened,” said Greg Crance, who owns Delaware River Tubing, a popular nearby tubing, rafting, kayaking and canoeing outfitter on the river.

However, the victim is not one of his customers, Crance said.

The body was ...

South Plainfield Police Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Fatal Crash

July 14, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office are looking for the public’s help in the July 4, 2018 fatal motorcycle accident that killed 28 year-old Jessica Montes of Piscataway.

According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 4:50am as the vehicle Montes was a passenger lost control and crashed on New Brunswick ...

Tee times, Pairings Announced for Start of Next Week’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol GC in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – The USGA U.S. Junior Amateur Championship starts Monday.  The pairings for the first two rounds of the 71st edition were recently announced.

Monday (July 16) and Tuesday (July 17) tee times will be played on the 7,280-yard, par-71 Upper Course and at the 7,313-yard, par-70 Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Monday, Tuesday tee times & pairings

The ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters here.

It’s one of two ordinances that were approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Somerville: Gallery Hosts Photo Society's 90th Anniversary Exhibit

July 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Visions of Raritan Photographic Society – A Celebration of 90 years” from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

The Raritan Photographic Society, founded in 1929, is the oldest photography club in New Jersey. The exhibit celebrates the organization's 90 years ...

County Kicks Off Summer Concert Series with Bob Miranda and the Happenings

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission kicked off its Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park Sunday with a performance by Bob Miranda and the Happenings.

A very large crowd turned out for the performance by the band made famous in part by the song "See You in September."

The next concert will be held July 15 at 7 p.m. at Duke Island Park, with Billy ...

"Xtreme" Adventures for Teens in Somerset County

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center  has scheduled a challenging summer program series for teens 13 to 16.

“Xtreme Adventure” is a summer-long series of one-day outdoor programs that will entertain and educate teen girls and boys. All adventures begin at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling ...

Somerville: Gallery Hosts Photo Society's 90th Anniversary Exhibit

July 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Visions of Raritan Photographic Society – A Celebration of 90 years” from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

The Raritan Photographic Society, founded in 1929, is the oldest photography club in New Jersey. The exhibit celebrates the organization's 90 years ...

County Kicks Off Summer Concert Series with Bob Miranda and the Happenings

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission kicked off its Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park Sunday with a performance by Bob Miranda and the Happenings.

A very large crowd turned out for the performance by the band made famous in part by the song "See You in September."

The next concert will be held July 15 at 7 p.m. at Duke Island Park, with Billy ...