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Franklin Township spends over $2 million on open space acquisitions and approves a $20,000 Sustainable Jersey grant application

February 12, 2020

SOMERSET, NJ – The Franklin Township added three more properties to its list of open space lots and preserved farmland to the tune of $2,289,800.

The Township Council unanimously passed two ordinances last night – one to acquire the land and the other to pay for it – to purchase the Kalogridis property on Elizabeth Road, the Farm Credit East property where Route 518 meets ...

Zwicker Wants to Regulate Facial Recognition Technology

TRENTON, NJ – Just recently, the New Jersey Attorney General prohibited law enforcement in all 21 counties from using Clearview AI’s facial recognition software after a New York Times article revealed the start-up had built its database by scrubbing billions of photos from online social media platforms.

In light of many concerns regarding the implications of this new technology, ...

County freeholder director tells community reeling from violence ‘we failed you’ (UPDATED)

SOMERSET, NJ – Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson didn’t shy away from accepting responsibility for the violence troubling Franklin Township at a town hall on Tuesday night.

She laid the blame at the feet of elected officials, saying that they’ve not been as accessible as they could be, and urged the community to reach out and, as she says, “Do the ...

Franklin High School Senior Named as a Finalist for the 2020 Competition for National Merit Scholarships

February 12, 2020

SOMERSET, NJ - Franklin High School is pleased to announce today that John Guirguis has been named a Finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

In April 2019, the 50,000 highest PSAT scorers were offered an opportunity in which to continue in the competition. Of this select group of students, 16,000 were designated Semifinalists on a state representational basis.

Additional ...

Cedar Hill Prep School Hosts Family Fun Night

SOMERSET, NJ - Every year Cedar Hill Prep School has its bi-annual Family Fun Night for the CHP community.

On January 31st, they kicked off their first Family Fun Night of 2020. The theme for the evening was Game Night. Attendees enjoyed handcrafts, games, and an awesome glow in the dark dance room and sports for all ages.

The highlight of the night for the kids was the BeyBlade ...

FHS Students Honored by Zoned Academy for Signing to Play Baseball, Softball in College

February 10, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Zoned Sports Academy, in Bridgewater, held its annual signing day Feb. 6, honoring its baseball and softball players, including two from Franklin High School, who have committed to playing in college next year.

Family, friends and students attended to watch the event, which featured speeches by Zoned owner Duke Baxter.

As seniors were called on, they were ...

Schiano Returns to Sidelines For Scarlet-White Game

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  The Rutgers football team will host its annual Scarlet-White game Saturday, April 25 at 4 p.m. at SHI Stadium, capping off the events planned for Rutgers Day.

The spring scrimmage, presented by PNC Bank, concludes 15 practice dates and marks the return to the sidelines for head coach Greg Schiano, who previously guided the program to five bowl championships and its ...

WHRHS Basketball: Watchung Hills Splits Franklin

WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills Warriors and the Franklin Warriors boys and girls basketball teams battled again on Thursday with a split result.

In Somerset, Watchung Hills senior Michael Bressler had a game-high 23 points, with five 3-pointers, to lead Watchung Hills over Franklin, 88-41. Chad Martini added 18 points and six rebounds, Pat Stefurak scored 17 points, Brian Hopwood finished ...

The Future of Education: Early Childhood Education - Montessori or Teacher Initiated

February 6, 2020

The author Nan Menon is currently the Chief Education Officer of Cedar Hill Prep School located in Somerset, NJ.  For more information on Ms. Menon or Cedar Hill Prep School please contact 732.356.5400 ext 32 or visit our website at www.cedarhillprep.com. 

SOMERSET, NJ - Type and Quality of Instructional Design in Early Childhood Education is Important for Success in ...

Cedar Hill Prep Spelling Bee winner heading to SCLSNJ Regionals

SOMERSET, NJ On the morning of January 21st, the Cedar Hill Prep (CHP) community gathered in the gymnasium to support the twenty-four contestants as they competed in our annual CHP Spelling Bee.

The entire competition was quite impressive, with Grades 1- 8 participating, and lasting 10 rounds.

Congratulations to Aanya Tolat (1st Place winner) and Leela Menon (runner-up) for their amazing ...

11 Somerset Residents Named to the Dean's List at Various Universities

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The University of Delaware has announced the names of five students from Somerset who received Dean's List honors for the fall 2019 semester.

Connor DeVoe 
Brittany Georges 
Navya Jagarlamudi 
Makayla Rimblas 
Nicolas DiMeglio 

East Stroudsburg University has announced the names of three students from ...

Franklin Township: Burglary Suspect Eludes Police in Two Car Chases

February 13, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are searching for a Bound Brook man who has been charged in connection with home and vehicle burglaries in the area of Washington Avenue.

Charges have been filed against Nigel Hill, 22, for two counts of second degree eluding and third degree burglary, and is also wanted on a Somerset County failure to appear warrant for receiving stolen ...

Suspects Face Attempted Murder Charges in Two Separate Shootings

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Two men from the Somerset section have been taken into custody and face multiple charges in two separate shootings late last month at two separate crime scenes where police estimate 57 rounds were fired into two separate residences.

One man was wounded with a bullet to his leg; he was treated and released from an area hospital.

Rome Cruz, 20, of Holly Street ...

Unlocked Car Burglaries in South Brunswick may be Connected to Similar Incidents in Somerset County

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Since the start of 2020, South Brunswick Township has been plagued with overnight burglaries of unlocked vehicles.

Twenty-four burglaries have been reported to the South Brunswick Police Department since early January. Throughout the course of the investigation, it has come to appear that the multiple incidents in South Brunswick Township may be connected to similar ...

Piscataway Man Faces Laundry List of Charges for Sex Trafficking College Students

February 12, 2020

NEW YORK – A 60-year-old Piscataway man who, after being released from prison moved into his daughter’s Sarah Lawrence College dorm room was arraigned in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday on sex trafficking, extortion, forced labor, conspiracy, money laundering and other charges, said Department of Justice officials.

F.B.I. agents arrested Lawrence Ray, a.k.a. “Lawrence ...

Local Man Threatens Violent Action Against Jamesburg Police

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Following a call about an individual behaving strangely, Jamesburg Police were challenged, cursed at, and threatened by a man who later tried to escape following his arrest by kicking out the window of a police car.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L. C. Kuberiet announced that a Somerset man was charged in an indictment for crimes of bias intimidation ...

Edison Man Guilty of Killing New Brunswick Resident

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An Edison man was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday for the murder of a 23-year-old New Brunswick man who was fatally shot in the city.

Christopher “C-Dub” Thompson, 28, was found guilty of the murder of Larenz Tyrone Joel O’Garro of New Brunswick on October 26, 2018, said Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C.

Eight Events Happening in New Brunswick this Week (February 10)

February 11, 2020

Need ideas for great things to do this Valentine’s Day? Well, New Brunswick has got you covered! Check out some great events going on in the Hub City this week below. 

 

Monday, Feb. 10

Faculty Recital: “We are TRIO!” at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall

This free event, hosted by the Mason Gross School of Arts, will feature music for ...

New Brunswick City Council Takes First Step In Cancer Pavilion, School Plan

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The five-person City Council has taken the first formal step in a sweeping plan to build a world-class cancer facility and a state-of-the-art school in the city.

Council President John Anderson, Vice President Suzanne Sicora-Ludwig and Councilmembers Kevin Egan, Glenn Fleming and Rebecca Escobar voted at Wednesday night’s meeting to approve Resolution ...

Crossroads' Genesis Festival Set For Three-Day Run at NBPAC

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Crossroads Theatre Company’s Genesis Festival of Plays is back for a three-day run of three new works that stand true to the theatre’s history of telling stories that highlight issues and start conversations across ethnic, racial and cultural spectrums.

The Genesis Festival, which will run Feb. 21-23, is a playwright laboratory experience that consists of three ...

15th Anniversary: Help OPSHBX NJ Pack Boxes for US Troops

February 11, 2020

MANVILLE, NJ - Operation Shoebox New Jersey is putting out a call for volunteers to help form an assembly line and pack boxes for shipment to US troops deployed around the world and to commemorate 15 years of service..

Founded in 2005, the non-profit volunteer organization marked its 15th anniversary on Feb. 4th.

The packing will be held at the Manville VFW, 600 Washington Ave., on ...

Somerset County Offers Non-Profits a Free Night at TD Bank Ballpark

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson invites Somerset County nonprofit and community organizations to enter the annual TD Bank Ballpark drawing for a chance to win tickets to a home game and seating in the ballpark’s 30-seat community box.

The deadline to submit entry forms is Friday, Feb. 21.

To be eligible, applicants should be a nonprofit organization with ...

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Food Network TV Show Features Media-Savvy Hillsborough Girl Scout

February 9, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Tune in to the Food Network channel Monday night. Feb. 10th at 8 p.m. and you'll see Olivia Altidor, an eighth-grader at Hillsborough Middle School, in front of the camera with other Girl Scouts as bakers whip up desserts made with Girl Scout cookies.

You'll see her working with the contestants, offering advice on how to create a dessert that will appeal to the ...

Piscataway Pete Announces Community Center Grand Opening Date

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The date has been set. The new Piscataway Community Center will celebrate its grand opening ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Mayor Brian Wahler made the announcement in a special Groundhog Day video where he visited Green Acres Park on Sunday to see if Piscataway Pete saw his shadow indicating whether or not Spring is on its way.

Instead, Pete left a note in his ...

Hillsborough Lawmaker Proposes Immediate EZ-Pass Receipts

TRENTON, NJ – Thousands of commuters travel through E-ZPass toll booths daily. Aiming to ensure residents are notified expeditiously of an overcharge on their account, Assemblymen Roy Freiman, a Hillsborough resident, and Daniel Benson are sponsors of legislation that would immediately notify customers of a toll fee.

The measure was approved Monday by the Assembly Transportation and ...

The Ancient History of Valentine's Day

February 14, 2020

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...

Food Network TV Show Features Media-Savvy Hillsborough Girl Scout

February 9, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Tune in to the Food Network channel Monday night. Feb. 10th at 8 p.m. and you'll see Olivia Altidor, an eighth-grader at Hillsborough Middle School, in front of the camera with other Girl Scouts as bakers whip up desserts made with Girl Scout cookies.

You'll see her working with the contestants, offering advice on how to create a dessert that will appeal to the ...

Piscataway Pete Announces Community Center Grand Opening Date

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The date has been set. The new Piscataway Community Center will celebrate its grand opening ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Mayor Brian Wahler made the announcement in a special Groundhog Day video where he visited Green Acres Park on Sunday to see if Piscataway Pete saw his shadow indicating whether or not Spring is on its way.

Instead, Pete left a note in his ...

Hillsborough Lawmaker Proposes Immediate EZ-Pass Receipts

TRENTON, NJ – Thousands of commuters travel through E-ZPass toll booths daily. Aiming to ensure residents are notified expeditiously of an overcharge on their account, Assemblymen Roy Freiman, a Hillsborough resident, and Daniel Benson are sponsors of legislation that would immediately notify customers of a toll fee.

The measure was approved Monday by the Assembly Transportation and ...

15th Anniversary: Help OPSHBX NJ Pack Boxes for US Troops

February 11, 2020

MANVILLE, NJ - Operation Shoebox New Jersey is putting out a call for volunteers to help form an assembly line and pack boxes for shipment to US troops deployed around the world and to commemorate 15 years of service..

Founded in 2005, the non-profit volunteer organization marked its 15th anniversary on Feb. 4th.

The packing will be held at the Manville VFW, 600 Washington Ave., on ...

15th Anniversary: Help OPSHBX NJ Pack Boxes for US Troops

February 11, 2020

MANVILLE, NJ - Operation Shoebox New Jersey is putting out a call for volunteers to help form an assembly line and pack boxes for shipment to US troops deployed around the world and to commemorate 15 years of service..

Founded in 2005, the non-profit volunteer organization marked its 15th anniversary on Feb. 4th.

The packing will be held at the Manville VFW, 600 Washington Ave., on ...