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Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School Student Wins $2,500 National Merit Scholarship

May 12, 2021

EVANSTON, IL —One local high school senior was a winner in the 2021 National Merit® 2500 Scholarship program.

Elizabeth Williams, a senior at Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School is part of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chosen from a talent pool of some 16,000 outstanding finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Williams one of ...

Grades4life & Somerset Patriots Reward Assembly

Spring is in full swing, and with the season brings sports, especially baseball, and more fun as the weather begins to warm up.  To this end, the organization Grades4life partnered with the Somerset Patriots to host a rewards assembly for the students at Pine Grove Manor Elementary school.  On Friday, April 23rd students in grades 3 through 5 attended a rewards assembly which featured ...

Franklin’s first Ramadan lighting ceremony: Officials see charity and community as light to guide through challenging year (UPDATE)

May 11, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ – As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan nears its end, religious leaders and local officials gathered at the performance gazebo on Demott Lane for the township’s first Ramadan lighting ceremony. Amid the state’s recovery from COVID-19, spiritual leaders from various faiths reflected on how community and service to others -- two essential parts of the observation of ...

Saint Peter's Hospital to Host COVID-19 Service, Ceremony in Memory of COVID-19 Patients

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s Healthcare System will be hosting a remembrance service to honor those lost and affected by COVID-19.

The virtual interfaith service will be held Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

Immediately after, there will be a commemorative tree planting ceremony outside the hospital’s main entrance, off Park Boulevard.

Masking protocols will be ...

The Franklin Food Truck Festival is Back

May 12, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ - A family-friendly food truck festival will roll into town next Saturday offering a day of kid-centric activities, shopping, and of course good food.

The 3rd annual Franklin Food Truck Festival will be held May 22, from 11 am to 7 pm at Franklin High School (FHS) on 500 Elizabeth Avenue. 

All CDC and Franklin Township COVID-19 guidelines will be followed, ...

Pull Up a Stool! New Brunswick Bar and Restuarant Owners Welcome Expanded Capacity Measures

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Owner Sachin Shah picked the perfect time to expand the food and drink menus at Blackthorn Restaurant and Irish Pub.

More patrons will be able to enjoy the newly added fish cakes, lamb sliders and vegetarian shepherd’s pie and wash them down with new summer coolers and margaritas made with freshly squeezed orange juice after Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday ...

Council introduces zoning changes to accommodate legal weed business and opts to impose a 2% tax on retail sales

May 13, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ – Council members in Franklin are set to welcome legal weed businesses to the township following the introduction of zoning changes that would allow all six marijuana licenses offered by the state to operate within the town. The ordinance also sets a 2% municipal tax on retail cannabis sales, while wholesale would be subject to a 1% tax.  

Council members ...

Allegations at Temple Accused of Human Trafficking 'Unfathomable' Says Gov. Murphy

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday called allegations of human trafficking and labor abuse made against the  BAPS Temple in Robbinsville horrific and disturbing and indicated that individuals who may be victims are receiving medical care. 

Murphy's comments came a day after the FBI executed a court order action at the Temple following a class ...

New Food Truck Will Allow Elijah's Promise to Serve More People in New Brunswick and Beyond

May 12, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Jay Goldberg has been getting some curious looks when he pulls up at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Ryders Lane. Some people come right over, some slowly sidle up to the truck and still others aren’t sure what to do.

The sight of Elijah’s Promise’s new boxy, bright red food truck with Goldberg behind the wheel has puzzled people who ...

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May 14, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ - Do you have plans this weekend?

Check out our editor’s picks for some of the best things to do in and around Franklin Township. 

Friday, May 14

Rutgers Geology Museum’s Ask A Geologist: Coastal Dunes

Join us for a presentation by Dr. Rosana Grafals Soto, who will be talking about the importance of coastal dunes to the variety of animals that call ...

Franklin Township Memorial Day Ceremony

Franklin Township will observe this year’s Memorial Day with a public, outdoor ceremony on Monday, May 31st from 12 pm to 1 pm at the Municipal Complex located at 475 DeMott Lane.  Residents may attend in person while maintaining social distance. 

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors and videotaped for post event public viewing.

May 4 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 45 New Cases Overnight

May 4, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Tuesday reported 23,420 cases of the COVID-19 virus, an increase of 45 overnight, and a total of 724 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Tuesday reported 876,925 total cases since last year, an increase of 784 overnight. There are 23,033 COVID-19-related deaths in New ...

Somerset Patriots Owner Steve Kalafer, 71, Dies; Philanthropist, Businessman, Friend to All

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Steve Kalafer, who as a young man parlayed a one-car showroom into one of New Jersey’s largest automobile groups; was the founder and owner of the Somerset Patriots baseball team, a prolific filmmaker, real estate developer, community activist and philanthropist, has died from cancer at the age of 71.

A devout family man, he is survived by his wife, Suzanne; two sons ...

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Central Jersey Temple Faces Allegations of Human Trafficking, Forced Labor & Abuse in Workers' Class Action Lawsuit

May 11, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Federal law enforcement officials descended on the BAPS Temple in Robbinsville on Tuesday to execute court orders on the property where workers say they were victims of human trafficking and labor abuse. Six plaintiffs have filed the lawsuit on behalf of approximately 200 other Indian nationals who claim they were forced labor and faced ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...

Central Jersey Temple Faces Allegations of Human Trafficking, Forced Labor & Abuse in Workers' Class Action Lawsuit

May 11, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Federal law enforcement officials descended on the BAPS Temple in Robbinsville on Tuesday to execute court orders on the property where workers say they were victims of human trafficking and labor abuse. Six plaintiffs have filed the lawsuit on behalf of approximately 200 other Indian nationals who claim they were forced labor and faced ...

May 4 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 45 New Cases Overnight

May 4, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Tuesday reported 23,420 cases of the COVID-19 virus, an increase of 45 overnight, and a total of 724 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Tuesday reported 876,925 total cases since last year, an increase of 784 overnight. There are 23,033 COVID-19-related deaths in New ...

May 4 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 45 New Cases Overnight

May 4, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Tuesday reported 23,420 cases of the COVID-19 virus, an increase of 45 overnight, and a total of 724 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Tuesday reported 876,925 total cases since last year, an increase of 784 overnight. There are 23,033 COVID-19-related deaths in New ...