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Somerset Man Charged with Sexual Assault

September 16, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - A 48-year-old Somerset man has been arrested and charged following an incident in which he allegedly sexually assaulted a Hunterdon County minor under the age of 13, according to Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams.

Sean M. Fuerstenberger was arrested on Tuesday and charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of ...

Victims in Sunday Morning's Shooting in New Brunswick Identified, One a Local Resident

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Authorities have identified the victims of Sunday morning’s shooting on Delafield Street.

Anthony Robinson 23, of New Brunswick, and Lionel Macauley, 28, of Franklin, have been identified as the two male victims who were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and died from the injuries they sustained in the shooting, according to Middlesex County ...

Chilling Video Shows Four Gunmen Unleashing Hail of Bullets in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A chilling video shows four men emerging from a car with guns drawn and unleashing a hail of bullets that left two dead and six injured early Sunday morning.

In the video provided to TAPinto New Brunswick, the shooters can be seen emerging from the four-door sedan with hoods pulled down in front of their faces. They open fire in the direction of 32 Delafield Street, ...

Somerset County Man Admits Concealing Material Support to Terrorists

September 15, 2020

TRENTON, N.J – A Somerset County man admitted Tuesday that he concealed his attempts to provide material support to Hamas, according to federal authorities.

Jonathan Xie, 21, of Basking Ridge, pleaded guilty by video conference before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an information charging him with one count of concealing attempts to provide material support to a ...

Resources to Fight Racism a Phone Call Away Thanks to Black Community Watchline

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It wasn’t coincidence that Antoinette Moss chose the 281st anniversary of the Stono slave rebellion in South Carolina to gather 25 or so community leaders, clergy and others.

Nor was it chance that they were standing in Feaster Park, just a few hundred yards from where Barry Deloatch was shot and killed in 2011.

Moss, the pastor at Trinity United Methodist ...

State Senate Confirms Union Catholic Grad Fabiana Pierre-Louis as NJ's First Black Female Supreme Court Justice

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Fabiana Pierre-Louis, a member of Union Catholic’s Class of 1998, is now just one step away from becoming the first black female Supreme Court Justice ever in New Jersey.

On Thursday, the state Senate voted 39-0 to confirm the 39-year-old Pierre-Louis to become the newest member of New Jersey’s highest court.

Pierre-Louis now needs only to be sworn in ...

Sept. 18 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 41 New Cases Overnight

September 18, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Friday reported a total of 5,166 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 41 cases overnight, along with 495 deaths since the first case was reported March 8.

Somerset County has seen a marked increase in the number of cases reported this week, a total of 128 since Monday. Just a few weeks earlier, ...

Sept. 17 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 21 New Cases Overnight, Free Testing In Franklin

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Thursday reported a total of 5,125 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 21 cases overnight, along with 495 deaths since the first case was reported March 8.

Franklin has a total of 1,545 COVID-19 cases an increase of four overnight, and 144 deaths since the pandemic hit New ...

Sept. 16 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 25 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Wednesday reported a total of 5,104 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 25 cases overnight, along with 493 deaths since the first case was reported March 8.

Franklin has a total of 1,541 COVID-19 cases an increase of nine overnight, and 141 deaths since the pandemic hit New ...

Be Alert for ‘Pandemic Fatigue’ Says Health Commissioner As NJ Passes 200K Coronavirus Cases

September 21, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Referring to the coronavirus as a marathon, rather than a sprint, New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli wants residents to be wary of “pandemic fatigue.”

As New Jersey passes 200,000 coronavirus cases Monday, she said the COVID-19 has forced many families to confront financial hardship, grief due to loss, uncertainty, isolation and ...

Murphy Blasts Republicans’ ‘Blatant Power Grab’ in Rushing to Replace Ginsburg

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Republican lawmakers are displaying “rank hypocrisy” in looking to “ram a nominee” for the seat left vacant by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day 2020.

Three days after Gunsburg’s death, Murphy — a Democrat — called out U.S. Senate Republicans ...

Murphy Denounces Shooting at Cops' Home, Signs Environmental Law, Reports COVID Numbers at Briefing

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside.

The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck the home at least six times, according to Camden police. The couple were inside ...

Elizabeth Avenue School Recipient of Generous Donation from the Canal Walk Mask Makers

September 11, 2020

FRANKLIN, NJ – The Elizabeth Avenue School (EAS) on Sept. 10 received a generous donation from the Canal Walk Mask Makers. The community group presented school officials with close to 600 fabric masks in a variety of colors and patterns to help keep students and staff healthy and safe when they return for in-person instruction later this fall. 

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Two Franklin Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists

EVANSTON, ILL.- Two students from Franklin Township, New Jersey have qualified as semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of 16,000 Semifinalists on Wednesday.

Franklin High School student Janine Yanes, and homeschooled student Elizabeth Williams, Elizabeth made the ...

$2.35 Million Grant for Lawyers and Counselors Who Help Tenants Facing Eviction

September 17, 2020

The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), a non-profit organization created to address the health and economic crisis in New Jersey caused by the coronavirus pandemic, is providing $2.35 million for critically needed free legal and counseling services to thousands of people and families facing eviction.

The NJPRF’s Housing Stability Project grant will allow two leading organizations ...

Governor Murphy Again Touts $1,000 'Baby Bonds' Proposal in Revised FY 2021 Budget

PATERSON, NJ – Joined by legislators, faith leaders, and others, Gov. Phil Murphy held a press event in Paterson to promote his "Baby Bonds" initiative that would provide a $1,000 deposit into an account for every baby born into a New Jersey household with income less than 500% of the Federal Poverty Level ($131,000 for a family of four) in 2021. The plan, which ...

The Week Ahead in Franklin Township: Sept. 8 to Sept. 12

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

Email the editor at FranklinTownship@tapinto.net with local event suggestions.

Tuesday, Sept. 8

Franklin Township Public Schools

First Day for Students Grades K-12. Good luck to all the students! 

Township Council Work Session/Regular Virtual ...

Somerset County Pauses to Honor Victims of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

September 11, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson, joined by her colleagues and other county officials, honored the memory of 39 county residents killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during an observance on the grounds of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Friday morning.

One-by-one, the names of the 39 victims were read aloud by the freeholders on the steps ...

Somerset County to Hold Virtual Ceremony to Honor Victims of 9/11

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of Freeholders will hold a virtual ceremony at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks which killed over 3,000 Americans, including dozens from Somerset County, and residents of other countries.

The ceremony can be viewed on the county’s website ...

Owner of Somerville Building Gutted by Fire Donates $18,000 to Firefighters

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The owners of a four-story, 88-unit apartment building gutted by fire just one month prior to leasing will donate $18,000 to the borough's volunteer firefighters for their efforts in keeping the Aug. 21 fire from spreading to a second building on the property.

Abe Strulovich, a partner in A&A Somerville LLC, owner of Somerville Parc off Fairview Avenue, will make a ...

Despite Shooting Deaths, New Brunswick is 'Not a Wild West City,' Says Councilman

September 17, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A member of the City Council said that although this week’s shooting that left two dead and seven injured has made national headlines, this isn’t a “wild west city where there’s shootings going on all the time.”

“That’s not who we are,” said Glen Fleming, a council member since 2012. “We just made national news.

George Floyd's Brother Will Lead New Brunswick Protest on Sept. 20

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The brother of George Floyd is coming to help lead a rally in New Brunswick.

Terrence Floyd will be in the Hub City for the event on Sunday, Sept. 20, organizer Tormel Pittman has told TAPinto New Brunswick.

Floyd has spread a message of peace and anti-gun violence at several protests and other events he has attended since his brother's death in Minneapolis on May ...

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South Brunswick Police and DEA Investigation Leads to Charges of Drugs and Child Endangerment

September 19, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A South Brunswick man has been charged on counts of drug possession and child endangerment in the Kendall Park section of the township. Michael Mcgarty, age 36, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of unlawful possession of various narcotics, and endangering the welfare ...

Resources to Fight Racism a Phone Call Away Thanks to Black Community Watchline

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It wasn’t coincidence that Antoinette Moss chose the 281st anniversary of the Stono slave rebellion in South Carolina to gather 25 or so community leaders, clergy and others.

Nor was it chance that they were standing in Feaster Park, just a few hundred yards from where Barry Deloatch was shot and killed in 2011.

Moss, the pastor at Trinity United Methodist ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Storage Facility Aims to Create Community for Car Enthusiasts

September 20, 2020

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Allison Kulesza, General Manager of Car Lofts in Fairfield, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about the facility's unique offerings for car enthusiasts and how the business has managed and pivoted during the pandemic. 

Car Lofts is a vehicle storage facility with a private social club for car enthusiasts, along with rental venues ...

South Brunswick Police and DEA Investigation Leads to Charges of Drugs and Child Endangerment

September 19, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A South Brunswick man has been charged on counts of drug possession and child endangerment in the Kendall Park section of the township. Michael Mcgarty, age 36, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of unlawful possession of various narcotics, and endangering the welfare ...

Resources to Fight Racism a Phone Call Away Thanks to Black Community Watchline

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It wasn’t coincidence that Antoinette Moss chose the 281st anniversary of the Stono slave rebellion in South Carolina to gather 25 or so community leaders, clergy and others.

Nor was it chance that they were standing in Feaster Park, just a few hundred yards from where Barry Deloatch was shot and killed in 2011.

Moss, the pastor at Trinity United Methodist ...

Somerset County Pauses to Honor Victims of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

September 11, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson, joined by her colleagues and other county officials, honored the memory of 39 county residents killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during an observance on the grounds of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Friday morning.

One-by-one, the names of the 39 victims were read aloud by the freeholders on the steps ...

Somerset County to Hold Virtual Ceremony to Honor Victims of 9/11

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of Freeholders will hold a virtual ceremony at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks which killed over 3,000 Americans, including dozens from Somerset County, and residents of other countries.

The ceremony can be viewed on the county’s website ...

Owner of Somerville Building Gutted by Fire Donates $18,000 to Firefighters

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The owners of a four-story, 88-unit apartment building gutted by fire just one month prior to leasing will donate $18,000 to the borough's volunteer firefighters for their efforts in keeping the Aug. 21 fire from spreading to a second building on the property.

Abe Strulovich, a partner in A&A Somerville LLC, owner of Somerville Parc off Fairview Avenue, will make a ...

Somerset County Pauses to Honor Victims of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

September 11, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson, joined by her colleagues and other county officials, honored the memory of 39 county residents killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during an observance on the grounds of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Friday morning.

One-by-one, the names of the 39 victims were read aloud by the freeholders on the steps ...

Somerset County to Hold Virtual Ceremony to Honor Victims of 9/11

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of Freeholders will hold a virtual ceremony at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks which killed over 3,000 Americans, including dozens from Somerset County, and residents of other countries.

The ceremony can be viewed on the county’s website ...