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What’s Going On In Franklin Township This Weekend? (Thanksgiving Edition)

November 22, 2017

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Looking for something to do this weekend? Want to watch some football over a cold brew? Maybe you want to pick up a tree to prepare for Christmas. Do you like to support your local businesses?

Well, you can do all that and more right here in town.

Check out TAPinto Franklin Township’s roundup of some of the best things to do close to home.  

Thursday, ...

Quail Brook Golf Course to Close for Winter, Spooky Brook to Remain Open

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County Park Commission has announced that Quail Brook Golf Course on New Brunswick Road in Somerset, NJ will close for the winter season at the conclusion of play on Sunday, November 26, 2017.

 

Quail Brook joins Warrenbrook Golf Course on Warrenville Road in Warren Township that has previously closed for the season.

 

Green Knoll Golf Course on ...

The Week Ahead in Franklin Township: Nov. 20 to Nov. 23

Here's a look at some of the municipal, business and recreational events going on this week in the Township of Franklin.

Monday, Nov. 20

Franklin Township Public Library 

Adult Chess (Open Play)

Studies show that playing chess can hone strategic planning, spatial analysis, and non-verbal reasoning skills. The royal game is also a fun pastime and a great way to get out of ...

SBA Director and Franklin Chamber of Commerce President Urges Local Residents to Shop at Small Businesses

November 23, 2017

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - After Black Friday and right before Cyber Monday, comes Small Business Saturday® an important day for local merchants and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce (FTCC) is looking for local residents to take notice and to show support. 

“This is typically one of the busiest shopping weekends of the ...

Franklin Township: Free Meet the Lenders Program for Local Small Business Owners Nov. 29

SOMERSET, NJ - Small businesses owners and entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to learn how to secure loans from top lenders for their business or new ventures Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“We are looking to meet with local small business owners and entrepreneurs from Somerset County and surrounding areas who are either looking for capital to expand or start their small ...

New Jersey Tech Council Hosts its 21st Anniversary Awards Celebration in Somerset

SOMERSET, NJ - Hundreds of New Jersey's leaders in technology and life sciences gathered to celebrate the New Jersey Tech Council's 21st Anniversary Awards Celebration, at the Palace of Somerset, Thursday night. 

Statewide and regional companies were recognized and honored for their contributions to the communities they serve. 

"On this stage, we’ll honor some ...

Armed Robbery at Route 18 North Dunkin Donuts

November 23, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Around 4:30 on Thanksgiving morning, East Brunswick patrol units responded to the Dunkin Donuts at 18 North and Edgeboro Road on the report of an armed robbery.  

An investigation revealed the suspect entered the Dunkin Donuts, brandished a handgun, and demanded money from the register, according to a report issued by the East Brunswick Police ...

Franklin Township: Computers Stolen from Conerly Road School

SOMERSET, NJ - Approximately 60 laptops valued at $1,000 each were stolen from Conerly Road School, according to police.

The theft was discovered Monday morning and occurred during the weekend or early Monday morning, police say.  

The thieves broke a window located at the rear of the school and entered three different classrooms and stole the computers, police say. 

The ...

Franklin Township: 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Franklin Township Police Department will join with other area departments for "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, which will begin Nov. 22 and last through the New Year's Holiday. 

The Sheriff’s Office, along with local and state law enforcement officers, will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who ...

Elijah's Promise preps hundreds of Thanksgiving meals for those in need

November 22, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Elijah’s Promise has built up a reputation as one of the most prominent soup kitchens in the Central Jersey region, and this Thanksgiving, the organizers will have another go at living up to that name.

This Thanksgiving, organizers are expecting to serve hundreds guests, ranging from the homeless to some of the area’s neediest families.

So for the past week ...

Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce to Host Masquerade Holiday Party

SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Masquerade Holiday event at the Imperia on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

"This is our inaugural annual holiday event," Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce, President Juanita Painson said. "Each attendee will receive a mask on arrival. It will be fun as we identify each other after the ...

Hillsborough Cops Pay $20 Apiece to Grow Their Beards for a Cause

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Patrolmen, detectives, some civilian employees, even a few ranking officers on the township police force have been looking pretty scruffy the past few weeks.

Despite a departmental edict that limits facial hair to mustache only, beards have sprouted throughout the ranks, although Police Chief Darren Powell shaved off his beard earlier this week.

“I ...

New Brunswick man charged in fatal Friday evening shooting near local park

November 22, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick man is sitting in the Middlesex County jail, following his arrest in connection with a fatal shooting Friday evening, authorities announced on November 22.

Kim Carter, 37 of New Brunswick, faces charges of murder and unlawful possession of a weapon, following an investigation by local authorities into the fatal November 17 shooting, said Middlesex County ...

Third Suspect in Somerville Shooting Surrenders to Police

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The third suspect wanted in connection with a shooting on the south side of Somerville on Oct. 26 has surrendered to police, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Joseph N. Wright, 25, of Schindler Terrace, Bridgewater, has been charged with first degree attempted murder, second degree possession of a firearm, second degree unlawful possession ...

Caseworker charged with sexually assaulting Highland Park minor, authorities say

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - A former caseworker is being held at the Middlesex County jail over charges that he sexually assaulted a Highland Park resident under 16 years old, and and used marijuana with the victim, authorities announced on November 18.

Police suspected that the caseworker, 23-year-old Monmouth Junction resident Miguel Garrido, was involved with the sexual assault, since the incident ...

Franklin Park School Hosts 'Math Night'

November 21, 2017

 

FRANKLIN PARK, NJ - Teachers, students, and parents worked to put together "Math Night" at Franklin Park School, Thursday night.

Close to 100 families participated in the event to help make math fun for students. Many Franklin Park School (FPS) teachers volunteered their time after school hours to put the event together. 

"This year we did something different ...

Local Resident and Franklin BOE President, Tapped to Serve Gov. Elect Phil Murphy

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Local resident and Franklin Township Board of Education President, Ed Potosnak has been appointed to Gov. Elect Phil Murphy's transition team. 

“With the election of Gov. Murphy, New Jersey has a tremendous opportunity to re-claim national leadership on critical environmental issues facing the state," Potosnak said. "I’m honored to help ...

Franklin Park School Inducts 35 New Safety Patrol Students

FRANKLIN PARK, NJ - More than 30 students and close friends and family members gathered in the Franklin Park School auditorium during the school's Parent Teacher Organization meeting to induct the first group of Safety Patrol, Tuesday night.

"You are going to have a lot of students here looking up to you as a leader," Officer, Dawn Flanders said. "...You are doing a really ...

Willow Grove Church Hosts Christmas Festival on Sunday, Nov. 26

November 22, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Willow Grove Presbyterian Church is hosting its Christmas Festival Fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 26, 12-4 p.m. The featured event will be an extensive silent auction, featuring many types of gift baskets, gift cards from national companies as well as local eateries and shops, fine jewelry, and other valuable items. Proceeds from the silent auction will raise money ...

Somerville Approves Free Downtown Parking During Holiday Season

November 22, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - As expected, the Borough Council last night continued its longstanding holiday tradition of waiving parking fees between Thanksgiving and New Year’s to help boost retail traffic in the downtown area.

The resolution, which passed unanimously, waives parking fees in Lots 1, 2, 4 and 6. A pre-existing holiday and weekend parking ordinance was amended to include Lot 4 ...

Make a Child Smile by Supporting ‘Toys for Tots’ through the Sheriff’s Office

SOMERVILLE – The public is invited to share the joy of the holidays with area kids by donating new, unwrapped toys to the 2017 “Toys for Tots” campaign, hosted by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

“One of the many goals of the Sheriff’s Office is to see children’s wishes come true during the holiday season,” said Sheriff Frank J.

Suspect in Oct. 26 Somerville Shooting Surrenders to Prosecutor

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A borough resident wanted by police in connection with an Oct. 26 shooting on the south side of Somerville has turned himself in to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. 

Alquan J. Harris, 20, of South Gaston Ave., has been charged with first degree attempted murder, second degree possession of a firearm, and second degree unlawful possession of a firearm, ...

Body Discovered at Flemington Walmart Store

November 21, 2017

RARITAN TWP., NJ – The body of a man found in a bathroom at the Walmart store here was that of a store employee, Raritan Township Police Captain Kevin Donovan said Tuesday.

The man had a medical issue, Donovan said, and appears to have died from natural causes.

The man had been working in the store earlier in the day on Monday, Nov. 20,  Donovan said. When he did not return home ...

Couple Faces Weapons Charges After Arrest at Motel

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Manville couple has been arrested and face multiple weapons and assault charges following an incident at a Route 22 hotel in Bridgewater, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Justin M. Matthews, 37, and Deborah L. Nickerson, 35, both of Brooks Boulevard in Manville are being held in Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Robertson ...

Essex County man found dead after shooting in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An Essex County man died Friday night after a shooting in New Brunswick, authorities announced November 18.

Tawan J. Moses, 25 of East Orange, was found dead by authorities at 8:30 p.m. on Throop Avenue near Feaster Park according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Moses had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the ...

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A Holiday Feast For Train Fans Is On Display At The Model Railroad Center

November 22, 2017

Looking for something to do the day after Thanksgiving? Drop in to the Model Railroad Center and enjoy a festive sound and light show highlighting a sprawling, meticulously detailed HO layout.

See if you can spot the Batmobile and other surprises!

Snack bar, toddler rest area and gift shoppe conveniently located on site. Modest admission fee goes to support the non-profit Model Railroad ...

Body Discovered at Flemington Walmart Store

November 21, 2017

RARITAN TWP., NJ – The body of a man found in a bathroom at the Walmart store here was that of a store employee, Raritan Township Police Captain Kevin Donovan said Tuesday.

The man had a medical issue, Donovan said, and appears to have died from natural causes.

The man had been working in the store earlier in the day on Monday, Nov. 20,  Donovan said. When he did not return home ...

Couple Faces Weapons Charges After Arrest at Motel

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Manville couple has been arrested and face multiple weapons and assault charges following an incident at a Route 22 hotel in Bridgewater, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Justin M. Matthews, 37, and Deborah L. Nickerson, 35, both of Brooks Boulevard in Manville are being held in Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Robertson ...

Essex County man found dead after shooting in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An Essex County man died Friday night after a shooting in New Brunswick, authorities announced November 18.

Tawan J. Moses, 25 of East Orange, was found dead by authorities at 8:30 p.m. on Throop Avenue near Feaster Park according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Moses had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the ...

Details Unclear About Hunterdon Central Grad Sean Pohle's Disappearance

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Murky details surround the circumstances of Sean Pohle’s disappearance.

Pohle, 24, is a Hunterdon Central High School graduate who moved to Manhattan to pursue an acting career. New York City police say he was reported missing from his city apartment on Nov. 4.

Pohle is known to drive a black, 2015 Honda two-door Civic, with New Jersey license plates Y26ACB, ...

Area Carpenter Killed in Ryders Lane Crash

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  At approximately 6:40 a.m. on Friday, November 10, Christian Jaeckle Jr., 39, of South River was operating a blue 2006 Subaru Impreza northbound on Ryders Lane near Corona Road.

Apparently, Jaeckle lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole on the corner by the Speedway gas station. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the ...

Rutgers receiving $34M art donation and $10M endowment, its largest gift ever

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University is receiving a prestigious art collection valued at nearly $34 million, its largest single donation ever, the university announced on Thursday.

The collection comprises 17,300 pieces of Soviet nonconformist art, given to the university by Nancy Dodge, the widow of economist and art collector Norton Dodge.

Rutgers will put the works on display at ...

Body Discovered at Flemington Walmart Store

November 21, 2017

RARITAN TWP., NJ – The body of a man found in a bathroom at the Walmart store here was that of a store employee, Raritan Township Police Captain Kevin Donovan said Tuesday.

The man had a medical issue, Donovan said, and appears to have died from natural causes.

The man had been working in the store earlier in the day on Monday, Nov. 20,  Donovan said. When he did not return home ...

Couple Faces Weapons Charges After Arrest at Motel

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Manville couple has been arrested and face multiple weapons and assault charges following an incident at a Route 22 hotel in Bridgewater, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Justin M. Matthews, 37, and Deborah L. Nickerson, 35, both of Brooks Boulevard in Manville are being held in Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Robertson ...

Essex County man found dead after shooting in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An Essex County man died Friday night after a shooting in New Brunswick, authorities announced November 18.

Tawan J. Moses, 25 of East Orange, was found dead by authorities at 8:30 p.m. on Throop Avenue near Feaster Park according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Moses had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the ...

Somerville Approves Free Downtown Parking During Holiday Season

November 22, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - As expected, the Borough Council last night continued its longstanding holiday tradition of waiving parking fees between Thanksgiving and New Year’s to help boost retail traffic in the downtown area.

The resolution, which passed unanimously, waives parking fees in Lots 1, 2, 4 and 6. A pre-existing holiday and weekend parking ordinance was amended to include Lot 4 ...

Make a Child Smile by Supporting ‘Toys for Tots’ through the Sheriff’s Office

SOMERVILLE – The public is invited to share the joy of the holidays with area kids by donating new, unwrapped toys to the 2017 “Toys for Tots” campaign, hosted by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

“One of the many goals of the Sheriff’s Office is to see children’s wishes come true during the holiday season,” said Sheriff Frank J.

Suspect in Oct. 26 Somerville Shooting Surrenders to Prosecutor

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A borough resident wanted by police in connection with an Oct. 26 shooting on the south side of Somerville has turned himself in to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. 

Alquan J. Harris, 20, of South Gaston Ave., has been charged with first degree attempted murder, second degree possession of a firearm, and second degree unlawful possession of a firearm, ...

Somerville Approves Free Downtown Parking During Holiday Season

November 22, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - As expected, the Borough Council last night continued its longstanding holiday tradition of waiving parking fees between Thanksgiving and New Year’s to help boost retail traffic in the downtown area.

The resolution, which passed unanimously, waives parking fees in Lots 1, 2, 4 and 6. A pre-existing holiday and weekend parking ordinance was amended to include Lot 4 ...

Make a Child Smile by Supporting ‘Toys for Tots’ through the Sheriff’s Office

SOMERVILLE – The public is invited to share the joy of the holidays with area kids by donating new, unwrapped toys to the 2017 “Toys for Tots” campaign, hosted by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

“One of the many goals of the Sheriff’s Office is to see children’s wishes come true during the holiday season,” said Sheriff Frank J.

Body Discovered at Flemington Walmart Store

November 21, 2017

RARITAN TWP., NJ – The body of a man found in a bathroom at the Walmart store here was that of a store employee, Raritan Township Police Captain Kevin Donovan said Tuesday.

The man had a medical issue, Donovan said, and appears to have died from natural causes.

The man had been working in the store earlier in the day on Monday, Nov. 20,  Donovan said. When he did not return home ...

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Be Aware of Pancreatic Cancer’s Warning Signs

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and nationally renowned gastrointestinal (GI) cancer physician-scientist Angela Alistar, MD thinks it is critical that everyone learn how to recognize the warning signs of this aggressive cancer. Dr. Alistar is medical director of GI medical oncology at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 007

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll see how Atlantic Health System is driving innovation and finding new ways to solve tomorrow’s health care challenges, find out how a near tragedy on the tennis courts was averted thanks to some world-class training and technology at Chilton Medical Center and meet the 70 cancer doctors you need to know about – plus much ...