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Jan. 13 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 158 New Cases Overnight

January 13, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ -The Somerset County Department of Health on Wednesday reported an increase of 158 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 13,866 with 613 COVID-19 deaths reported since March 8.

Franklin has a total of 3,584 COVID-19 cases, an overnight increase of 30 and 183 deaths since the ...

Jan. 12 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ -The Somerset County Department of Health on Tuesday reported an increase of 167 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 13,708 with 612 COVID-19 deaths reported since March 8.

Franklin has a total of 3,554 COVID-19 cases and 182 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

There ...

Police Seeking Help in Locating Missing New Brunswick Man

January 12, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The New Brunswick Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing 27-year-old city man.

Yorel Armstrong was last seen in the AMC theater parking lot on Route 1 at about 2 a.m. this morning.

Armstrong, 27, is African American. He is about 5 foot 8 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt/jacket and gray cargo ...

Three Charged with Theft and Assault of Warren Police Officer, Prosecutor Says

WARREN, NJ – Three individuals have been arrested and charged with theft and aggravated assault of a Warren Police Officer, after ramming a police vehicle and striking an officer in the face, authorities said.

Deleon Hutchenson, age 25, Dolan Street Sayreville, New Jersey, Rebecca Burlew age 43, Therese Avenue, Keyport, New Jersey, and Lemar Lodge age 37, South Harrison Street, East ...

Local leaders’ years of work culminates in newest home for Pillar College in Paterson 

January 14, 2021

PATERSON, NJ – It’s Pillar time in the Silk City as the Christian college opens its newest location in the renovated Beaux-Arts building. The downtown seat of the school’s operations in Paterson marks a new era for not only the college and its students, but the building as well. 

Built in 1814 as the home of one of the city’s co-founders, Peter Colt, the ...

School board swears in new and returning members and announces certified election results

SOMERSET, NJ – The school board welcomed new and returning members at last night’s annual reorganization meeting. As part of this process officials returned Nancy LaCorte and Ardaman Singh to their positions leading the board for another year as president and vice president respectively. 

All present board members voted the two in, except Patricia Stanley who was absent and ...

Small Businesses Can Benefit from SBA's Changes to the PPP Lending Program

January 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- The newly issued guidelines on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending overseen by the SBA and the U.S. Treasury Department will better target New Jersey's small businesses, especially those owned by minorities or located in low income areas.

The Economic Aid Act makes it possible for hard-hit businesses to get second loans from the PPP lending ...

Somerville: Main Street Parking Deck First Phase of 5-Story Edge II

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The long-awaited construction of a three-level parking deck on West Main Street, the first phase of the Edge II luxury apartments, has been moving rapidly in the first weeks of the new year.

The structure has been taking shape as a heavy-duty crane has been dropping in pre-fab concrete and brick blocks weighing several tons, working its way from Main Street south ...

Cedar Hill Prep Students create Earth Art Sculpture and host Landscape Virtual Exhibit

January 10, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ - Andrew Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, renowned in his field, he creates temporary landscape art installations out of sticks and stones, and anything and everything else that he finds outside.

Much of Goldsworthy’s land art is transient and ephemeral, a comment on Time and Earth’s fragility, comparing leaves and rocks, and they're different transition ...

Cedar Hill Prep Student wins Scholastic’s “Make a Difference” Essay!

SOMERSET, NJ - Congratulations are in order for Cedar Hill Prep’s fourth-grader, Vihaan Bal. Vihaan had written an essay for Scholastic’s Book Club ‘Make a Difference’ Essay Contest.

As a winner, Vihaan will be receiving a History and Activism Library. Vihaan’s essay will be featured on Scholastic Winner’s Gallery contest page, ...

Fat Cactus on George Street in New Brunswick Cited For Violating COVID-19 Orders

December 30, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Fat Cactus Mexican Cantina, a downtown dining destination for those hungry for Mexican food and drinks with a twist, has been cited by the state attorney general’s office for violating COVID-19-related executive orders.

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal’s office on Wednesday announced it was seeking to suspend the liquor licenses of Fat Cactus and 11 other ...

Old Man Rafferty's in New Brunswick Closes For Now

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Old Man Rafferty’s, a downtown restaurant that has served savory French onion soup and overstuffed reubens to generations of theatergoers, Rutgers students and Johnson & Johnson’s workers, has closed its doors.

Owner Mark Jakuboski said the landmark restaurant on Albany Street, like many other eateries and small businesses in New Brunswick and beyond, ...

Somerville: Main Street Parking Deck First Phase of 5-Story Edge II

January 11, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The long-awaited construction of a three-level parking deck on West Main Street, the first phase of the Edge II luxury apartments, has been moving rapidly in the first weeks of the new year.

The structure has been taking shape as a heavy-duty crane has been dropping in pre-fab concrete and brick blocks weighing several tons, working its way from Main Street south ...

Somerset County Reorganizes for 2021 and Rebrands Governing Body

SOMERVILLE, NJ – In an historic first, the governing body of Somerset County met today as the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners to select its new leadership and set priorities for the coming year.

Last year Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law replacing the archaic Board of Freeholders title in favor of Board of Commissioners for all 21 New Jersey counties.

At a ...

Local Resident Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against New Brunswick Board of Education

January 14, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A former New Brunswick High School vice principal has filed a discrimination lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court against the Board of Education and others, claiming she was terminated because of her race and age.

Rene Edghill Smith, 60, who is Black and lives in the Franklin Park section of Franklin Township, was responsible for, among other things, counseling ...

One New Brunswick Firefighter Hurt in Warehouse Blaze

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One firefighter sustained a minor injury battling a fire at an abandoned warehouse at 298 Jersey Avenue on Tuesday night.

The fire was extinguished in about an hour and Jersey Avenue was reopened for traffic, according to a spokesman for the city.

The fire is still under investigation.

The New Brunswick Fire Department was dispatched at 9:11 p.m. following ...

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You Have a Story to Tell, Let Me Help

January 4, 2021

Written By: Judy John-Styles / CEO, Styles Books LLC.

It’s a New Year and 2020 has left us all with a story to tell.  2020 allowed me to start a new career path and step into ownership of Styles Books LLC. Styles Books LLC is a publishing company that creates bilingual children’s books and novels.  We pride ourselves in creating books that celebrate diversity, community, ...

Brian Sicknick, New Jersey Native and Capitol Police Officer, Dies from Injuries Sustained in Riot

January 8, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Since he was a young man Brian Sicknick wanted to be a police officer.  After serving in the Air Force National Guard, Sicknick became a Capitol Police Officer in Washington, DC in 2008.  Yesterday, he lost his life after being attacked by rioters who invaded the Capitol on Tuesday.  He was struck with a fire extinguisher, and he was gassed, ultimately ...

Movin' Out: New Jersey Tops List of States with 70% Outbound Moves

NEW JERSEY – United Van Lines has released the company’s 44th Annual National Migration Study, revealing in 2020, Americans continued to move westbound and southbound – and the COVID-19 pandemic factored into and accelerated many of those decisions to move.

According to the study, which tracks the company’s exclusive data for customers’ 2020 ...

Capitol Hill Riot Through the Eyes and Lens of Independent Photojournalist Julian Leshay

January 10, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Julian Leshay, an independent photojournalist, spoke with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his experiences taking photos at the recent Capitol Hill riot on January 6. Leshay gives viewers his insight into the scenes he witnessed and the images he captured on that fateful day. 

Leshay arrived in Washington, D.C. the day before, “to get the environment, to ...

Brian Sicknick, New Jersey Native and Capitol Police Officer, Dies from Injuries Sustained in Riot

January 8, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Since he was a young man Brian Sicknick wanted to be a police officer.  After serving in the Air Force National Guard, Sicknick became a Capitol Police Officer in Washington, DC in 2008.  Yesterday, he lost his life after being attacked by rioters who invaded the Capitol on Tuesday.  He was struck with a fire extinguisher, and he was gassed, ultimately ...

Movin' Out: New Jersey Tops List of States with 70% Outbound Moves

NEW JERSEY – United Van Lines has released the company’s 44th Annual National Migration Study, revealing in 2020, Americans continued to move westbound and southbound – and the COVID-19 pandemic factored into and accelerated many of those decisions to move.

According to the study, which tracks the company’s exclusive data for customers’ 2020 ...

Somerville: Main Street Parking Deck First Phase of 5-Story Edge II

January 11, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The long-awaited construction of a three-level parking deck on West Main Street, the first phase of the Edge II luxury apartments, has been moving rapidly in the first weeks of the new year.

The structure has been taking shape as a heavy-duty crane has been dropping in pre-fab concrete and brick blocks weighing several tons, working its way from Main Street south ...

Somerset County Reorganizes for 2021 and Rebrands Governing Body

SOMERVILLE, NJ – In an historic first, the governing body of Somerset County met today as the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners to select its new leadership and set priorities for the coming year.

Last year Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law replacing the archaic Board of Freeholders title in favor of Board of Commissioners for all 21 New Jersey counties.

At a ...

First Baby of 2021 Born to Hillsborough Couple at RWJUH/Somerset

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset welcomed Somerset County’s first baby of 2021 at 6:17 a.m. New Year's Day.

A baby girl, Catherine Therse Sabin, was born to Teenu Paul and Sabin Mathew of Hillsborough. Weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 20 inches long,

The infant was delivered by obstetrician/gynecologist Margaret Andrin, MD.

She is ...

Somerville: Main Street Parking Deck First Phase of 5-Story Edge II

January 11, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The long-awaited construction of a three-level parking deck on West Main Street, the first phase of the Edge II luxury apartments, has been moving rapidly in the first weeks of the new year.

The structure has been taking shape as a heavy-duty crane has been dropping in pre-fab concrete and brick blocks weighing several tons, working its way from Main Street south ...

Somerset County Reorganizes for 2021 and Rebrands Governing Body

SOMERVILLE, NJ – In an historic first, the governing body of Somerset County met today as the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners to select its new leadership and set priorities for the coming year.

Last year Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law replacing the archaic Board of Freeholders title in favor of Board of Commissioners for all 21 New Jersey counties.

At a ...