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Franklin Township: Jashne Shab-E Yalda is the Winter Solstice celebration

December 16, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - The Festival of Yalda was celebrated Saturday night at the Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset. The Iranian community celebrated, “Yalda,” a Syriac word which means birth was incorporated into the Persian language. A celebration of the Winter Solstice according to the solar calendar which this year falls on Friday, Dec. 20, considered the shortest day of the ...

Franklin Township: Shade Tree Commission Spring Tree Sale 2019

December 17, 2018

We are proud to offer 4 new varieties and 1 returning favorite. Trees are being sold as bare root stock and include a deer guard for each. All proceeds are used to plant trees in the Township’s parks, public lands and rights-of-way.

A description and photo of each tree, along with printable planting instructions are available below.

The following 7 conditions ...

Franklin Township: Fall Leaf Cleanup Information (UPDATE)

SOMERSET, NJ - If you didn't get a chance to get your bags of leaves to the curb by the township's original deadline, now is your chance. 

Leaf bag pickups have been extended to the week of Dec. 10, according to a township announcement. 

Residents should place the leaf bags at the curb before 7:00 AM on Monday.

Original announcement:

Falling ...

Franklin Township: PrimeWork in Somerset Revolutionizing the Shared Office Space Industry

December 16, 2018

PrimeWork’s mission is to bring the sophistication and efficiency of shared office space to YOU, and help bring your business to the next level!

SOMERSET, NJ - Coworking spaces are taking off all over the country. In today’s modern, mobile workforce, remote access comes as a standard for many positions. The concept is simple: why tie yourself down to one office space when employees ...

Franklin Township: 2018 Somerset Fire & Rescue Annual Santa Tour

SOMERSET, NJ - On Friday evening, December 14th Santa will be visiting the neighborhoods off of JFK Boulevard and DeMott Lane. Santa will be leaving the firehouse at 5:30 PM and proceeding first to Stratford Place and London Place, then across DeMott Lane to Ellison Road. Santa then heads north on DeMott Lane and then travels down New Brunswick Road and JFK Boulevard to Webster Road, Landry Road, ...

Valairco Heating and Cooling Celebrates 50 Years by Giving Back: Moms Helping Moms Foundation Receives $250

December 16, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Kevin McHugh and Richard Valenti of Valairco Heating and Cooling recently presented a check for $250 to Jerusha Oleksiuk of Moms Helping Moms Foundation as part of their Valairco Cares program.

Valairco launched the "Valairco Cares" campaign this past spring and is committed to donate to four different charities or nonprofits throughout ...

Franklin Woman’s Club Spreads Holiday Cheer

During this Season of Giving, the Franklin Woman’s Club has been busy spreading holiday cheer beginning with Service Night 2018 held recently during which members worked on projects to help those in need in the US and abroad. Members created special blankets for the homeless, wrote greeting cards to overseas military, filled holiday food baskets, packaged holiday tray favors for residents ...

Franklin Township: Santa Claus is Coming to Town

December 14, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Santa Claus is coming to town thanks to Franklin’s Bravest.   

So if you have been nice this year read on to find out where you can see the big man from the North Pole. 

Somerset Fire & Rescue will kick things off with its annual Santa tour, TAP here for details. 

The Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring “Santa in ...

Franklin Township Kicks off the Season with Tree Lighting Ceremony

SOMERSET, NJ - Last Friday, Dec. 7, was a chilly evening at the Franklin Township’s Municipal Complex with temperatures dipping below the freezing. This did not stop the cheerful crowds gathered in anticipation of the big moment. The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony joyfully welcomes the beginning of the holiday season.

Children along with their parents, came together around the ...

Beloved Search and Rescue Bloodhound Aided Police, Succumbs to Cancer

December 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - He was always called "Joker," short for Canine 832 Joker's Wild, and for five years, this bloodhound assisted police in Middlesex County on countless missing persons and other investigations.

In 2015, after a young woman was violently assaulted and left for dead, Joker found a track and led law enforcement officers to a residence, and ultimately led to ...

Police Seek Help Locating Woman Missing Since Dec. 6

WATCHUNG, NJ - Police are seeking help from the public locating a township woman missing since Dec. 6.

A missing person investigation is underway into the disappearance of Helen Kim, 47 of Route 22 West, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Watchung Borough Chief of Police Joseph Cina.

Kim walked away from her residence ...

Visit Holiday Festival of Trees Through December at EEC in Basking Ridge

December 14, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - One of the holiday season's most popular family events -- the 41st Annual Festival of Trees at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge -- will be open daily for public tours through most of December.

The Somerset County Park Commission's EEC each year presents the non-denominational display of holiday trees, designed and ...

Somerset County: Freeholder Meetings Will be Streamed Online

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ -In the spring of 2019 freeholder meetings will start to be streamed online according to local resident, Freeholder Deputy Director Brian D. Levine.

According to a release, Somerset County will continue developing videos about county services and amenities in 2019, including livestreaming public meetings.

“Because of the popularity of video and the fact ...

Medical Marijuana Industry Set to Bring Green to Paterson

December 17, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- New Jersey’s growing medical marijuana industry is set to plant roots in Paterson in the new year.

According to a statement released by the New Jersey Department of Health, Green Thumb Industries Inc. (GTI), a national cannabis consumer packaged goods company, has been selected as one of only six businesses selected to apply for permits to open new medical marijuana ...

EBPD Officer Assaulted during Father-Son Dispute on Ryders Lane

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A breakdown on Ryders Lane caused a problem for an east Brunswick Police Department officer when a father and son got into a tussle following the report of a disabled vehicle. 

On December 10, 2018 at approximately 12am, Ptl. Luke Guinee was dispatched to the area of Ryders Lane near Sullivan Way for a report of a disabled motor vehicle, says a report issued by ...

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Medical Marijuana Industry Set to Bring Green to Paterson

December 17, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- New Jersey’s growing medical marijuana industry is set to plant roots in Paterson in the new year.

According to a statement released by the New Jersey Department of Health, Green Thumb Industries Inc. (GTI), a national cannabis consumer packaged goods company, has been selected as one of only six businesses selected to apply for permits to open new medical marijuana ...

EBPD Officer Assaulted during Father-Son Dispute on Ryders Lane

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A breakdown on Ryders Lane caused a problem for an east Brunswick Police Department officer when a father and son got into a tussle following the report of a disabled vehicle. 

On December 10, 2018 at approximately 12am, Ptl. Luke Guinee was dispatched to the area of Ryders Lane near Sullivan Way for a report of a disabled motor vehicle, says a report issued by ...

Bob Woodward: Trump White House Now A 'National Emergency'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Legendary journalist Bob Woodward sees President Donald Trump becoming more and more isolated, unwilling to listen to advisers and making impulsive decisions based on false information and assumptions.

"I think it's a national emergency in the White House," Woodward said when he appeared Monday night at the State Theatre in New Brunswick.

In a ...

The Nutcracker at Two River Theater - 10% Discount for TAPinto Readers

American Repertory Ballet

The Nutcracker

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7pm

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 1pm or 6pm

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1pm

Celebrate the 55th year of American Repertory Ballet's beloved The Nutcracker!  Wonderment abounds as Clara embarks on a magical journey filled with dazzling dance and spectacular scenes.  A thrilling battle between ...

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help reduce the orchard of critters and provide a better life for ...

Medical Marijuana Industry Set to Bring Green to Paterson

December 17, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- New Jersey’s growing medical marijuana industry is set to plant roots in Paterson in the new year.

According to a statement released by the New Jersey Department of Health, Green Thumb Industries Inc. (GTI), a national cannabis consumer packaged goods company, has been selected as one of only six businesses selected to apply for permits to open new medical marijuana ...

EBPD Officer Assaulted during Father-Son Dispute on Ryders Lane

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A breakdown on Ryders Lane caused a problem for an east Brunswick Police Department officer when a father and son got into a tussle following the report of a disabled vehicle. 

On December 10, 2018 at approximately 12am, Ptl. Luke Guinee was dispatched to the area of Ryders Lane near Sullivan Way for a report of a disabled motor vehicle, says a report issued by ...

Bob Woodward: Trump White House Now A 'National Emergency'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Legendary journalist Bob Woodward sees President Donald Trump becoming more and more isolated, unwilling to listen to advisers and making impulsive decisions based on false information and assumptions.

"I think it's a national emergency in the White House," Woodward said when he appeared Monday night at the State Theatre in New Brunswick.

In a ...

Visit Holiday Festival of Trees Through December at EEC in Basking Ridge

December 14, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - One of the holiday season's most popular family events -- the 41st Annual Festival of Trees at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge -- will be open daily for public tours through most of December.

The Somerset County Park Commission's EEC each year presents the non-denominational display of holiday trees, designed and ...

Somerset County: Freeholder Meetings Will be Streamed Online

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ -In the spring of 2019 freeholder meetings will start to be streamed online according to local resident, Freeholder Deputy Director Brian D. Levine.

According to a release, Somerset County will continue developing videos about county services and amenities in 2019, including livestreaming public meetings.

“Because of the popularity of video and the fact ...

Somerville School Superintendent: No Threats Credible

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A nerve-wracking week filled with false rumors that had the entire Somerville High School community on edge has ended, with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tim Teehan once again reaching out to students, teachers and parents to reassure them that all threats of violence have been investigated and that there is no credible evidence to back up the threats.

Somerville Police and ...

Visit Holiday Festival of Trees Through December at EEC in Basking Ridge

December 14, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - One of the holiday season's most popular family events -- the 41st Annual Festival of Trees at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge -- will be open daily for public tours through most of December.

The Somerset County Park Commission's EEC each year presents the non-denominational display of holiday trees, designed and ...

Somerset County: Freeholder Meetings Will be Streamed Online

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ -In the spring of 2019 freeholder meetings will start to be streamed online according to local resident, Freeholder Deputy Director Brian D. Levine.

According to a release, Somerset County will continue developing videos about county services and amenities in 2019, including livestreaming public meetings.

“Because of the popularity of video and the fact ...