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Local Business Owners and Doctors to Participate in Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s 2018

September 19, 2018

The impact of Alzheimer’s disease on our state and within our community is not trivial. According to research done by Alzheimer’s New Jersey, about 180,000 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and over 420,000 have taken on caregiving responsibilities in New Jersey alone. And as the elderly population is expected to be the fastest growing age group in New Jersey (by 2028, the ...

Australian Toddler Needs Helping Hand on Journey to Boston Hospital

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Tilly Mahon is flying from Melbourne, Australia to the United States in less than a month to meet her grandfather, Colin Driver, a long awaited event filled with anticipation but fraught with anxiety and angst.

Two-year-old Matilda, aka Tilly, her mom, Jane, father, Matthew and 5-year-old brother James are flying 10,318 miles from "Down Under" because Tilly needs ...

Last Chance to Enter to Win TAPinto Franklin Township's 2nd Annual Back to School Photo Contest

September 22, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Goodbye summer vacation, hello first day of school!  

Parents/guardians: share a photo of your children heading off to a new school year for the TAPinto Franklin Township 2018 Back-to-School Photo Gallery and enter for a chance to win a $35 gift card to a local restaurant of your choosing. 

Email all photo submissions to ...

Enter TAPinto Franklin Township's 2nd Annual Back to School Photo Gallery and Contest

SOMERSET, NJ - Goodbye summer vacation, hello first day of school!  

Parents/guardians: share a photo of your children heading off to a new school year for the TAPinto Franklin Township 2018 Back-to-School Photo Gallery and enter for a chance to win a $35 gift card to a local restaurant of your choosing. 

Email all photo submissions to ...

Things to do in and around Franklin this weekend

September 20, 2018

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.

Click on the headlines below for more details:

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Warriors’ Football

After a tough loss, the FHS Football team could use some support. They will be playing Bridgewater on the road, kick off is at ...

The Franklin Gazebo: A Place for Arts and Entertainment (UPDATE)

SOMERSET, NJ - In less than a week the Franklin Gazebo has been put to use. Sara Brookes-Bertolatus and Thomas McDermott had their wedding photos on taken on Tuesday by Amy Schweitzer of Amy Schweitzer Photography.

Original story:

The Franklin Township Cultural Arts Council (FTCAC) officially gifted the Franklin Gazebo, to the township with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept.

Franklin Township: Teen Hit by Car While Riding Bike, Suffering from 'Serious Head Injuries'

September 23, 2018

FRANKLIN PARK, NJ - A 17-year-old male from Franklin Park was hit by a car Saturday afternoon while riding his bike on Bennington Parkway in the area of Central Avenue, according to police. 

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call made at 2:35 pm on Sept. 22, and discovered the teen suffering from serious injuries. 

"The initial investigation revealed that a 2018 Nissan Rouge ...

Franklin Township: Local Man Shot on Franklin Boulevard, Police Investigating

SOMERSET, NJ - A local man was shot on Franklin Boulevard at approximately 8:10 pm Wednesday evening, according to police. 

The unnamed man was taken to an area hospital and is in stable condition according to police. 

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said in a statement that the victim was the intended target and the shooting was an isolated ...

Franklin Township Welcomes Students to New School 

September 20, 2018

FRANKLIN PARK, NJ — Franklin Township’s newest elementary school is now officially open for business.

On Thursday, teachers and members of the board of education welcomed students and parents to the new Claremont Elementary School to mark the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

The school’s ‘Cool Cat’ mascots, Clare and Monte stood by waving and hugging the ...

Franklin High School Student Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

SOMERSET, NJ - Franklin High School student Arnav Tolat, has been named as Semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship® Program. Tolat is among 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

He has an opportunity to continue in the competition for a chance to earn one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 ...

Hillsborough Man Snagged in Statewide Sting of Suspected Child Predators

September 18, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – A 54-year-old Hillsborough man is one of 24 suspects arrested in “Operation Open House,” a sting set up by law enforcement officials to capture alleged child predators using social media to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity, according to state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

The sting was set-up at a residence in Toms River. The underage ...

Man with Assault Rifle, Bullet-Proof Vest Arrested After Leaving Strip Club

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A man armed with an assault rifle and wearing a helmet and bullet-proof vest was arrested Tuesday moments after he left a strip club where he worked on Route 35 in Sayreville, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement today.

Kevin Smith, 32, of Keyport, was arrested on Sept. 11, after leaving the Visions Gentlemen's Club on Route 35 in the Melrose ...

Piscataway Man Sentenced to 18 Years for Identity Theft

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Hakim Nelson, 32, of Piscataway was sentenced to serve 18 years in a New Jersey State Prison for stealing the identity of two victims and pocketing over $25,000 for his own personal use, said Middlesex County Prosecutor, Andrew C. Carey. 

According to a Monday news release, Nelson was sentenced Sept. 7 in Middlesex County Superior ...

Artists, Crafters, Musicians Express Themselves on Division Street

September 16, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Division Street pedestrian mall was transformed into an outdoor workshop for artists yesterday as a steady stream of visitors perused paintings, handmade jewelry, ceramics, clothing and other original artwork. 

The CC Coletti Acoustic Trio provided live music all day from a small stage.

The artists will return Sunday for the second day of the Arts on Division Jazz ...

Leadership Somerset Seeking Donations to Upgrade Kitchen at Agape House

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Leadership Somerset Program is starting its fundraising work to upgrade the women's kitchen in the Agape House in Somerville, and provide a nutritional program to those living there.

According to a release, Leadership Somerset works to create an active network of informed concerned leaders who are committed to improving quality of life in the community. Every ...

Rutgers Police Issue Alert Over Pre-Dawn Robbery, Beating

September 22, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers police issued an alert after a man was mugged and beaten by a group of men early Friday morning.

The victim, who was described as being affiliated with the university, was walking on Senior Street between Sicard and Wyckoff streets about 2 a.m. when a male approached and grabbed an item of value from him, university police said.

The victim chased the thief and ...

New Brunswick man killed while attempting to cross Route 18

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 45-year-old city man was struck and fatally injured while attempting to cross Route 18 in New Brunswick early this morning.

Christoph Freese was attempting to cross Route 18 near Commercial Avenue Tuesday, at 4:52 a.m. when he was struck by a 2006 red Dodge Charger driven by a 32-year-old man from Woodbridge, according to police.

The Dodge Charger was heading ...

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Rutgers Police Issue Alert Over Pre-Dawn Robbery, Beating

September 22, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers police issued an alert after a man was mugged and beaten by a group of men early Friday morning.

The victim, who was described as being affiliated with the university, was walking on Senior Street between Sicard and Wyckoff streets about 2 a.m. when a male approached and grabbed an item of value from him, university police said.

The victim chased the thief and ...

New Brunswick man killed while attempting to cross Route 18

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 45-year-old city man was struck and fatally injured while attempting to cross Route 18 in New Brunswick early this morning.

Christoph Freese was attempting to cross Route 18 near Commercial Avenue Tuesday, at 4:52 a.m. when he was struck by a 2006 red Dodge Charger driven by a 32-year-old man from Woodbridge, according to police.

The Dodge Charger was heading ...

State Board of Education Postpones Vote on PARCC Rollbacks

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Board of Education postponed a controversial proposal to cut back on standardized tests in certain grades and subjects, just minutes before it was set to vote on the plan.

The decision put off the vote was a setback to Gov. Phil Murphy, who campaigned on eliminating the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment on "day ...

Three men beat, rob New Brunswick man; police issue alert

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A city resident was beaten by three armed assailants who took the victim back to his apartment and stole property and narcotics, Rutgers police said in an alert today.

They said New Brunswick police are investigating the robbery, which occurred Monday about 10:30 p.m., when the victim, who is not affiliated with the university went to a prearranged meeting on Robinson ...

Review, Refresh Your Hurricane Preparedness Plans, Kits State OEM Advises

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Florence, which at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 was located about 1,200 miles southeast of Bermuda. The track remains uncertain but it is a reminder that it is still hurricane season.

The risk of Florence impacting the East Coast has increased. If and exactly when and where still remains very uncertain at this point.

Maplewood NJ Chamber Executive Director On Building A Community of Small Businesses

September 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - "A membership in the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce is a gift that a small business can give to itself," said the Executive Director of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce, Lorraine Labonne-Storch.

The Maplewood Chamber brings business owners together into a supportive community, she said. "You have like-minded individuals with common purpose getting together, ...

Rutgers Police Issue Alert Over Pre-Dawn Robbery, Beating

September 22, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers police issued an alert after a man was mugged and beaten by a group of men early Friday morning.

The victim, who was described as being affiliated with the university, was walking on Senior Street between Sicard and Wyckoff streets about 2 a.m. when a male approached and grabbed an item of value from him, university police said.

The victim chased the thief and ...

New Brunswick man killed while attempting to cross Route 18

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 45-year-old city man was struck and fatally injured while attempting to cross Route 18 in New Brunswick early this morning.

Christoph Freese was attempting to cross Route 18 near Commercial Avenue Tuesday, at 4:52 a.m. when he was struck by a 2006 red Dodge Charger driven by a 32-year-old man from Woodbridge, according to police.

The Dodge Charger was heading ...

State Board of Education Postpones Vote on PARCC Rollbacks

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Board of Education postponed a controversial proposal to cut back on standardized tests in certain grades and subjects, just minutes before it was set to vote on the plan.

The decision put off the vote was a setback to Gov. Phil Murphy, who campaigned on eliminating the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment on "day ...

Artists, Crafters, Musicians Express Themselves on Division Street

September 16, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Division Street pedestrian mall was transformed into an outdoor workshop for artists yesterday as a steady stream of visitors perused paintings, handmade jewelry, ceramics, clothing and other original artwork. 

The CC Coletti Acoustic Trio provided live music all day from a small stage.

The artists will return Sunday for the second day of the Arts on Division Jazz ...

Leadership Somerset Seeking Donations to Upgrade Kitchen at Agape House

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Leadership Somerset Program is starting its fundraising work to upgrade the women's kitchen in the Agape House in Somerville, and provide a nutritional program to those living there.

According to a release, Leadership Somerset works to create an active network of informed concerned leaders who are committed to improving quality of life in the community. Every ...

Somerville Planning Board Rejects Builder’s Alternative to Underground Parking Garage

SOMERVILLE, NJ  -The Planning Board Wednesday night rejected a builder’s request for an amended site plan that would eliminate an underground parking garage beneath a planned five-story apartment building and move 24 of the tenants’ parking spots across the street to a property he recently purchased.

An unanticipated groundwater source discovered during excavation a few months ...

Artists, Crafters, Musicians Express Themselves on Division Street

September 16, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Division Street pedestrian mall was transformed into an outdoor workshop for artists yesterday as a steady stream of visitors perused paintings, handmade jewelry, ceramics, clothing and other original artwork. 

The CC Coletti Acoustic Trio provided live music all day from a small stage.

The artists will return Sunday for the second day of the Arts on Division Jazz ...

Leadership Somerset Seeking Donations to Upgrade Kitchen at Agape House

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Leadership Somerset Program is starting its fundraising work to upgrade the women's kitchen in the Agape House in Somerville, and provide a nutritional program to those living there.

According to a release, Leadership Somerset works to create an active network of informed concerned leaders who are committed to improving quality of life in the community. Every ...

7 Warning Signs of Thyroid Cancer

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, and James J.S. Chen, M.D., FACHE, director of Atlantic Medical Group’s Thyroid Center at Summit and endocrinologist at Overlook Medical Center, believes it is critical that everyone know the warning signs of thyroid cancer.

“The most common form of thyroid cancer, papillary cancer, has a very high cure rate if detected early,” ...