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Franklin HS girls basketball battles Gill St. Bernard's, boys hoops win at Hunt. Cent.

January 26, 2023

Playing without its head coach, the Franklin High School boys basketball earned a 77-63 win on the road over Hunterdon Central in Flemington on Thursday night.

Tony Mento, who missed his first game coaching in 22 due to an illness, stayed home and watched his boys on a livestream in angst. Assistant coach Calvin Lyles was in charge on the sidelines.

Hunterdon Central (8-11) led early and ...

Franklin HS boys hoops wins third game in a row, tops Princeton Day

PRINCETON, NJ - The Franklin High School boys basketball team made the trip to Mercer County on Monday afternoon to take on Princeton Day. The Warriors returned to Somerset with a 73-60 victory.

Cameron Snowden notched a double-double with 20 points and 17 rebounds. He knocked down two 3-pointers and made eight foul shots in the game.

Marksman Jake Novielli also netted 20 points -- 15 on ...

Franklin boys basketball blows past Warren Hills with huge second half

SOMERSET, NJ - Make it two in a row. 

For just the second time this season, the Franklin High School boys basketball team has won two consecutive games, defeating Warren Hills, 85-47,  on Saturday afternoon at home in Somerset.

The Warriors (8-8) took the game over in the second half, outscoring the Blue Streaks (5-8) in the third quarter, 30-17, and 21-11 in the fourth. Five ...

Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride will be on April 30

January 22, 2023

SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin Food Bank announced that the Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride 2023 will be held on Sunday, April 30 at the Franklin High School in Somerset, NJ. 

Now in its 34th consecutive year, the Tour de Franklin is the Franklin Food Bank’s largest annual fundraising event and a spring tradition in Somerset, when avid cyclists and the community come together to ...

Piscataway High School Mourns the Loss of Student Killed in Car Crash

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Students and staff at Piscataway High School, and residents across the township are mourning the loss of classmate, Cassandra “Cassie” Feliciano, 17 who was tragically killed in a one-car crash Monday night.

Piscataway Schools Superintendent, Dr. Frank Ranelli pledged the district’s support for those needing assistance with the news of Cassie’s ...

First Bald Eagle Egg of 2023 Spotted at Duke Farms Nest in Hillsborugh

January 22, 2023

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mother Nature has delivered, with the first Bald Eagle egg of 2023 spotted in the nest at Duke Farms early Saturday morning, Jan. 21.

A pair of nesting American Bald Eagles returned to their nest atop an 80-foot Sycamore tree at Duke Farms earlier this year, poised to continue a ritual witnessed by millions' courtesy of a camera mounted on a nearby tree.

The ...

Steel Frame Taking Shape as Expansion Continues at Somerville Hospital

SOMERVILLE, NJ  – Steelworkers continue to shape a 76,600 square foot addition to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, which will house its new Orthopedic Center of Excellence.

The vertical expansion above the hospital's existing Orthopedics Pavilion and Emergency Department building will include 35 fully private patient rooms and a state-of-the-art rehab ...

Truck Hits RR Bridge; Traffic Diverted, Main Street Closed in Manville

MANVILLE, NJ - A truck struck the Lehigh Valley Railroad Bridge across Main Street this morning, forcing the closure of Main Street between Kennedy Boulevard and Camplain Road.

Manville Police posted this advisory at 9:30 a.m.: "North Main Street will be closed at Brooks Blvd to West Camplain Road for a truck hitting the LVRR Bridge. Plan alternate route."

A second ...

Somerville Middle School Disrupted by Reports of Planned Shooting

January 27, 2023

SOMERVILLE, NJ - School administrators and Somerville Police are assuring students at the Somerville Middle School and their parents that there is no inherent danger at the school, despite reports over the past two days of a planned student shooting.

Parents have reacted strongly on social media with many keeping their children at home.

Bryan P. Boyce, business administrator and school ...

Franklin Township Public Safety Director Sends Message to Public Ahead of Memphis Police Video Release

SOMERSET, NJ - Franklin Township Public Safety Director Quovella Maeweather issued a statement to the public earlier today, in anticipation of Memphis Police releasing video of Tyre Nichols' fatal arrest. 

Maeweather offered prayers for Nichols' parents, his family members and anyone affected by his death. She also commended Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis on her ...

Police Investigating After Local Man Apparently Suffers Gunshot Wound

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police are investigating after a 22-year-old Franklin man walked into a city hospital to be treated for a suspected gunshot wound on Sunday, Jan. 22.

At about 3:30 a.m., New Brunswick Police officers responded to the hospital after a man treated for an injury that was described as “consistent with a bullet fragment striking his shoulder,” according to a ...

Corrections Officer from Piscataway Charged with Giving Cell Phone to Inmate in Prison Romance

January 27, 2023

FREEHOLD, NJ – Latonya C. Johnson, 51 of Piscataway has been charged with a single count of Knowingly Providing an Electronic Communication Device to an Inmate, a second-degree offense for giving a cell phone to a prisoner.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago made the announcement on Thursday adding that Johnson, a guard at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution had been ...

Two Teens Arrested After Shots Fired From Pellet Gun at Bridgewater Commons Mall

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two Somerville teens were arrested on weapons charges stemming from two incidents involving a pellet gun at the Bridgewater Commons Mall Jan. 4 and Jan. 14, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police Chief John Mitzak.

Isaiah C. Smith, 19, was charged with two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and two counts of unlawful possession ...

Former New Brunswick Baseball Star Dana Brown Named General Manager of Houston Astros

January 27, 2023

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Dana Brown seemed destined for baseball stardom after throwing a no-hitter against Manville in the title game of the 1985 Central Jersey Group 1 tournament.

The New Brunswick High School senior dominated baseball diamonds across Central Jersey that spring, finishing with a 12-1 overall that also included a no-hitter he threw his first start of his senior ...

New Brunswick Woman, 29, Facing Charges For Trying to Enroll at NBHS Using False Birth Certificate

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 29-year-old woman is facing charges after she allegedly tried to use a false birth certificate in an attempt to enroll at New Brunswick High School.

Hyejeong Shin, a New Brunswick resident, has been charged with one count of providing a false government document with the intent to verify one’s identity or age a third-degree offense, according to a statement ...

Bill That Would Force Telemarketers to Explain Why They're Calling in 30 Seconds Advances in Trenton

January 27, 2023

TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would require telemarketers to identify themselves and what they're trying to sell in the first 30 seconds of the call has advanced in Trenton.

“New Jerseyans should know who they’re talking to on the phone and what’s being sold to them by telemarketers,” Sen. Jon Bramnick (R - District 21), one of the primary sponsors of the ...

Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs in New Jersey Receive $10 Million Federal Grant

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NJHVIPs) received a big boost on Friday, in the form of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds.

The programs launched three years ago using federal money with the mission of ending cycles of violence across the state by helping victims and their families.

“These innovative violence ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Delivers 2023 State of the State, Says New Jersey is Moving in the Right Direction

TRENTON, NJ — During Tuesday's State of the State Address at the Assembly Chambers in Trenton, Gov. Phil Murphy said he's confident with the direction in which the state is going.

"We are stronger and we are fairer," Murphy said. "We are moving confidently in the right direction — forward."

Republicans aren't so sure.

"Despite the ...

Know It Alls

The latest Monmouth University poll showing New Jersey residents don’t like their elected State House representatives ain’t exactly man-bites-dog news. But, it’s worth going deeper into that.

The core of the reaction is that those residents have little or no idea about whom or what they are talking about. If they did, they’d act out their anti-angst every ...

New Jersey Is 2023's 2nd Worst State to Retire: Study

January 26, 2023

NEW JERSEY -- In addition to figuring out when to retire, a good question to ask is where. Finding the best states to retire can be difficult without doing lots of research. Even in the most affordable areas of the U.S., most retirees cannot rely on Social Security or pension checks alone to cover all of their living expenses. 

Personal finance site WalletHub released ...

Central Jersey Sailor on USS Nimitz Receives OPSHBX NJ Care Packages

ABOARD THE USS NIMITZ - Jared Burchette, a recent graduate of Hillsborough High School now serving as an Air Traffic Controller onboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier (CVN 68), has received a shipment of 100 personal care packages from volunteers at Operation Shoebox New Jersey.

The care packages were assembled last month at a packing event hosted by OPSHBX NJ and the Rotary Club of ...

New Jersey Is 2023's 2nd Worst State to Retire: Study

January 26, 2023

NEW JERSEY -- In addition to figuring out when to retire, a good question to ask is where. Finding the best states to retire can be difficult without doing lots of research. Even in the most affordable areas of the U.S., most retirees cannot rely on Social Security or pension checks alone to cover all of their living expenses. 

Personal finance site WalletHub released ...

Central Jersey Sailor on USS Nimitz Receives OPSHBX NJ Care Packages

ABOARD THE USS NIMITZ - Jared Burchette, a recent graduate of Hillsborough High School now serving as an Air Traffic Controller onboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier (CVN 68), has received a shipment of 100 personal care packages from volunteers at Operation Shoebox New Jersey.

The care packages were assembled last month at a packing event hosted by OPSHBX NJ and the Rotary Club of ...

First Bald Eagle Egg of 2023 Spotted at Duke Farms Nest in Hillsborugh

January 22, 2023

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mother Nature has delivered, with the first Bald Eagle egg of 2023 spotted in the nest at Duke Farms early Saturday morning, Jan. 21.

A pair of nesting American Bald Eagles returned to their nest atop an 80-foot Sycamore tree at Duke Farms earlier this year, poised to continue a ritual witnessed by millions' courtesy of a camera mounted on a nearby tree.

The ...

Steel Frame Taking Shape as Expansion Continues at Somerville Hospital

SOMERVILLE, NJ  – Steelworkers continue to shape a 76,600 square foot addition to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, which will house its new Orthopedic Center of Excellence.

The vertical expansion above the hospital's existing Orthopedics Pavilion and Emergency Department building will include 35 fully private patient rooms and a state-of-the-art rehab ...

Truck Hits RR Bridge; Traffic Diverted, Main Street Closed in Manville

MANVILLE, NJ - A truck struck the Lehigh Valley Railroad Bridge across Main Street this morning, forcing the closure of Main Street between Kennedy Boulevard and Camplain Road.

Manville Police posted this advisory at 9:30 a.m.: "North Main Street will be closed at Brooks Blvd to West Camplain Road for a truck hitting the LVRR Bridge. Plan alternate route."

A second ...

First Bald Eagle Egg of 2023 Spotted at Duke Farms Nest in Hillsborugh

January 22, 2023

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mother Nature has delivered, with the first Bald Eagle egg of 2023 spotted in the nest at Duke Farms early Saturday morning, Jan. 21.

A pair of nesting American Bald Eagles returned to their nest atop an 80-foot Sycamore tree at Duke Farms earlier this year, poised to continue a ritual witnessed by millions' courtesy of a camera mounted on a nearby tree.

The ...

Steel Frame Taking Shape as Expansion Continues at Somerville Hospital

SOMERVILLE, NJ  – Steelworkers continue to shape a 76,600 square foot addition to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, which will house its new Orthopedic Center of Excellence.

The vertical expansion above the hospital's existing Orthopedics Pavilion and Emergency Department building will include 35 fully private patient rooms and a state-of-the-art rehab ...