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Public Speaks Out In Favor Of ‘Peace’ Monument At Council Meeting

August 15, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Despite recent revelations in the local media that the construction of statues for a proposed peace monument began well before the plan come before the Township Council, a vast majority of the public at Tuesday night’s meeting expressed support for the project.

“We have an opportunity here to make a statement,” resident Bob Stone said during the hour-long ...

Franklin Looks To Get Piece Of Medical Pot Money Pie

SOMERSET, NJ - The township is positioning itself to possibly get a slice of the medical marijuana business pie.

Township Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to pass a resolution supporting the use of medical marijuana through an alternative treatment center in the community, thereby making it one of the municipalities that could reap the rewards of the young industry in the ...

Week of the People Back Host Annual Back to School Event

August 15, 2018

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Week of the People, Inc., (WotP) in partnership with the Somerset Community Action Program (SCAP) and the Hamilton Street Marketing Committee presents a Back-to-School Event on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Naaman Williams Park, which is located at 1 Matilda Ave., Somerset, NJ, from 2pm to 7pm. This event is focused on bringing about positive change by bringing ...

YingHua International School Successfully Completes 2018 STARTALK Program

KINGSTON, NJ - Students spent part of their summer immersing in the “stars” of a second language rather than gazing at them through a telescope in the night sky, thanks to a federal program.

Thirty-six students at the YingHua International School took part in the special STARTALK Teacher and Student program. Participants spend three weeks of camp learning Chinese in this specialty ...

2018/2019 Franklin Woman’s Club Season Begins

August 18, 2018

It seems hard to believe that the last month of summer is upon us, with Back to School advertising nudging us to shift gears into the Fall season.  Along with the beginning of a new school year, many clubs, such as the Franklin Woman’s Club, will also re – start after a summer month hiatus and adult women (age 18+) are invited to join! You may be wondering what a Woman’s ...

Local Child's Wish Granted by Make-A-Wish New Jersey

LOCAL CHILD’S WISH GRANTED BY MAKE-A-WISH NEW JERSEY
Wish Granted By Funds Raised During 2018 Jersey Mike’s Subs “Month of Giving” Campaign

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ – A local child’s wish was recently granted by Make-A-Wish New Jersey, whose mission is to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Being diagnosed with a critical illness ...

Franklin Township: Flame Kabob House Coming to Rutgers Plaza (UPDATE)

August 10, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ  – The residents of Franklin will have a new quick-service restaurant serving affordably priced authentic Afghan and Middle Eastern food, along with a variety of other choices, including burgers, sandwiches, wings, salads and more by the end of August if all goes according to plan.  

"According to Levin Management ...

Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce to Host 'Premier Networking Night' at the Marigold

SOMERSET, NJ - Looking to connect with local companies? Come out to Premier Networking Night (PNN) hosted by the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce, the Marigold and the Somerset County Business Partnership. PNN will start at 5 pm on August 22, and end at 7 pm. 

"Over 70 attendees from businesses around Franklin Township are expected to attend," FTCC President, Juanita ...

Franklin Man Charged With Hillsborough Home Invasion, Second Suspect Sought

August 16, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Police charged a township man with breaking into an occupied Hillsborough home early Thursday morning and are looking for a second suspect in the apparent home invasion.

Hillsborough Police and detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office charged Jhamir Hoagland, 18, of Taylor Drive in Franklin Township, with second degree unlawful possession of a weapon, ...

Suspect at Large after Bank Robbery in Warren, Police Release More Info and Seek Public’s Assistance

WARREN, NJ -  Police released additional information on Thursday regarding the robbery of TD Bank in Warren Township  on Saturday, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane announced.

Additional surveillance photos of the vehicle of a man ...

Nanny Found Guilty of Abusing 9-Month-Old Infant

August 18, 2018

 SOMERVILLE, NJ – Laura Gonzalez, of Paramus has been found guilty of 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault, a disorderly person’s offense. 

The guilty verdicts were returned by a petit jury after a trial in New Jersey Superior Court before the Honorable Angela Borkowski, J.S.C.  The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept.

Ex-Trenton Cop Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Porn; Kendall Park Resident

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Kendall Park resident, who was suspended as a Trenton police officer after being arrested last year in a multi-agency initiative targeting child predators and child pornography offenders, has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

Paul Marinelli, 53, pleaded guilty Friday to possession of child pornography, a third-degree crime, before Middlesex ...

Middlesex County Man Charged With Illegally Importing Scorpions And Other Wildlife

Newark, NJ – In a press release, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced, that a Metuchen resident was arrested today for allegedly smuggling shipments of live protected scorpions, giant millipedes and other species that were mislabeled to avoid detection, including one package of millipedes that was labeled as children’s toys.

Wlodzimie Lapkiewicz, 29, has been charged by ...

Regional Animal Shelter Taking Part in Clear the Shelters Event

August 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter is taking part in the National-Clear the Shelters Event Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

According to a release, all the animals that are over 6 months will have their adoption fees waived for qualified adopters. Kittens that are under 6 months old will be $50.

"We are thrilled to participate in this event," shelter manager Brian ...

Local Children Invited to Meet "JJ," Newest Pony at Lord Stirling Stable, On Sunday

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Lord Stirling Stable is inviting children under age 13 and their parents to enjoy a morning with the stable's will ponies, horses and staff at a "Pony Tea Party" scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon this Sunday, Aug. 19, at the stable grounds at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.

The Pony Tea Party will include lead line pony rides for ...

Missing Freehold Girls Went to New Brunswick, Police Say (FOUND)

August 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - UPDATE - The Freehold Police Department issued the following statement on its Facebook page:

The Freehold Township Police are pleased to announce that the two reported missing juveniles have been located. Both juveniles were found in New Brunswick, NJ and are safe. The Freehold Township Police wish to acknowledge and thank the following agencies for their ...

Newark Parents Ask State's Highest Court to Hear Suit Against Teacher Layoff Laws

NEWARK, NJ - A group of parents is appealing to the state Supreme Court to hear their case challenging state laws that require newer teachers be laid off first without considering job performance.  

The case, filed in 2016, has already been dismissed by the state superior and appellate courts. 

Six parents and their children, who attend Newark Public Schools, filed the suit ...

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Entries Sought for 2018 Photo Contest

August 14, 2018

Vibrant connections happen every day in Somerset County and we need your help to capture these moments!

Whether you are a professional or amateur photographer living in Somerset County, you are invited to submit photos that showcase our vibrant communities, engaging local events such as fairs or parades, picturesque natural landscape, exquisite architecture and thriving arts and cultural ...

Missing Freehold Girls Went to New Brunswick, Police Say (FOUND)

August 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - UPDATE - The Freehold Police Department issued the following statement on its Facebook page:

The Freehold Township Police are pleased to announce that the two reported missing juveniles have been located. Both juveniles were found in New Brunswick, NJ and are safe. The Freehold Township Police wish to acknowledge and thank the following agencies for their ...

Newark Parents Ask State's Highest Court to Hear Suit Against Teacher Layoff Laws

NEWARK, NJ - A group of parents is appealing to the state Supreme Court to hear their case challenging state laws that require newer teachers be laid off first without considering job performance.  

The case, filed in 2016, has already been dismissed by the state superior and appellate courts. 

Six parents and their children, who attend Newark Public Schools, filed the suit ...

Suspect at Large after Bank Robbery in Warren, Police Seek Public’s Assistance

WARREN, NJ -  TD Bank in Warren Township was robbed on Saturday and police have released surveillance photos of a man sought in connection with the robbery in the hopes that someone will be able to identify him, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of Police William ...

Despite Newark's Sanctuary City Status, Undocumented City Resident Turned Over to ICE

NEWARK, NJ - Daniel Castro put his head on the water bottle he clutched between his shackled hands as he sat on an airplane bound for detention centers, first in Nebraska then Louisiana. He resigned himself to the sobering fact he was being deported back to Nicaragua.

What worried him more than his return to the place he fled as a young teenager to escape poverty and political fighting, was ...

Edison Council To Tackle Zombie Homes

EDISON, NJ – Council President Ajay Patil plans to introduce an ordinance requiring the registration of abandoned and vacant properties, also referred to as “zombie homes.”  Mr. Patil plans to introduce the ordinance at the August 22, 2018 meeting. A recent report by NJ.com placed the number of vacant properties in Edison at over 500.

“I’ve actually been ...

Piscataway’s Annual National Night Out Draws Thousands Despite the Rain

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- A little rain couldn’t keep residents of Piscataway home as thousands of people flocked to Stelton Road for the police department’s 18th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and ...

Missing Freehold Girls Went to New Brunswick, Police Say (FOUND)

August 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - UPDATE - The Freehold Police Department issued the following statement on its Facebook page:

The Freehold Township Police are pleased to announce that the two reported missing juveniles have been located. Both juveniles were found in New Brunswick, NJ and are safe. The Freehold Township Police wish to acknowledge and thank the following agencies for their ...

Newark Parents Ask State's Highest Court to Hear Suit Against Teacher Layoff Laws

NEWARK, NJ - A group of parents is appealing to the state Supreme Court to hear their case challenging state laws that require newer teachers be laid off first without considering job performance.  

The case, filed in 2016, has already been dismissed by the state superior and appellate courts. 

Six parents and their children, who attend Newark Public Schools, filed the suit ...

Suspect at Large after Bank Robbery in Warren, Police Seek Public’s Assistance

WARREN, NJ -  TD Bank in Warren Township was robbed on Saturday and police have released surveillance photos of a man sought in connection with the robbery in the hopes that someone will be able to identify him, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of Police William ...

Regional Animal Shelter Taking Part in Clear the Shelters Event

August 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter is taking part in the National-Clear the Shelters Event Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

According to a release, all the animals that are over 6 months will have their adoption fees waived for qualified adopters. Kittens that are under 6 months old will be $50.

"We are thrilled to participate in this event," shelter manager Brian ...

Local Children Invited to Meet "JJ," Newest Pony at Lord Stirling Stable, On Sunday

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Lord Stirling Stable is inviting children under age 13 and their parents to enjoy a morning with the stable's will ponies, horses and staff at a "Pony Tea Party" scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon this Sunday, Aug. 19, at the stable grounds at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.

The Pony Tea Party will include lead line pony rides for ...

Hillsborough Rotary Fair Opens Tuesday, Aug. 14

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -The brightly lit midway arch is once again expected to welcome an average of 15,000 local residents to the annual six-day Rotary Fair beginning Tuesday, August 14.

Located adjacent to the Hillsborough Promenade, 315 Route 206, the Fair transforms the field into a classic carnival with over 20 amusement rides, games of chance, food vendors and local business ...

Regional Animal Shelter Taking Part in Clear the Shelters Event

August 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter is taking part in the National-Clear the Shelters Event Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

According to a release, all the animals that are over 6 months will have their adoption fees waived for qualified adopters. Kittens that are under 6 months old will be $50.

"We are thrilled to participate in this event," shelter manager Brian ...

Local Children Invited to Meet "JJ," Newest Pony at Lord Stirling Stable, On Sunday

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Lord Stirling Stable is inviting children under age 13 and their parents to enjoy a morning with the stable's will ponies, horses and staff at a "Pony Tea Party" scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon this Sunday, Aug. 19, at the stable grounds at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.

The Pony Tea Party will include lead line pony rides for ...

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AtlantiCast: Episode 19

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find some can’t-miss back to school tips for parents and students, learn about a new treatment for brain injury, see which Atlantic Health System medical center is the only one in New Jersey to make a new, national list, find out how to avoid “avocado hand,” and much more!