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Protestors March, Drive & Take Action in Wake of George Floyd Killing

June 3, 2020

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - Nearly 1,000 protestors – both in cars and on foot – gathered on Woodbridge Avenue in Highland Park to peacefully protest the killing of George Floyd.

The protest, titled “Take Charge and Charge Them”, was organized by Ashton Burrell, the Chairman of the Highland Park Human Relations Commission, Director of the Zone 6 Teen Center, and ...

New Brunswick Councilman Accused of Sexual Harassment in Lawsuit

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A city councilman has been accused of repeatedly exposing himself to a Democratic activist and using his influence to prevent her from getting grant writing work when she rebuffed his advances, according to a lawsuit the activist filed.

Glenn Fleming, a council member since 2012, made “various advances of a sexual nature” toward Juanita McKoy after ...

Supreme Court Order Opens Municipal Courts for Business

Many New Jersey municipal courts began remote proceedings today, holding court sessions by video or phone, under an order issued by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.

In-person municipal court sessions had been suspended in mid-March so that the courts could conform with social distancing guidelines put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Only certain matters, such as ...

Newarkers Protected City from Outsiders Intent on Destruction at Saturday's George Floyd Protest

June 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — By Monday morning, after a weekend of nationwide protests against police brutality that turned to spasms of violence and chaos in many cities, Newark emerged with the distinction of having led a peaceful demonstration of thousands with minimal destruction. 

The city of 280,000, where about half of residents are black, still bears the scars of the 1967 uprisings that ...

Highland Park: George Floyd Protest Set for Tuesday

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - The public is invited to join community leaders and public officials in a peaceful march to honor the memory of George Floyd on Tuesday, June 2 in Highland Park at 6:30 pm. 

“This anticipated peaceful demonstration is a show of solidarity demanding accountability taken for all officers involved in the death of George Floyd,” Assemblyman Jamel Holley ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!”

And hundreds responded, "No peace!"

Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd.

Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

June 3 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 422 Deaths, 4,066 Cases

June 3, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health reported Wednesday that 4,066 residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic hit locally in March, an increase of 7 overnight, with the death toll 422.

The US Centers for Disease Control this morning reported 108,041 COVID-19 deaths in the United States, with a total of 1,876,246 cases. Worldwide, there are ...

June 2 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 4,059 Cases, 419 Deaths

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health reported Tuesday that 4,059 residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic hit locally in March, with the death toll remaining at 419.

The US Centers for Disease Control this morning reported 106,732 COVID-19 deaths in the United States, with a total of 1,852,381 cases. Worldwide, there are 6,318.040 cases and ...

June 1 COVID-19 Update: Number of Worldwide Cases Tops 6 Million

SOMERVILLE, NJ - More than six million cases of COVID-19 have been reported around the world.

The US Centers for Disease Control this morning reported 106,570 COVID-19 deaths in the United States, with a total of 1,847,626 cases. Worldwide, there are 6,259.887 cases and 375,208 deaths, according to the CDC.

The Somerset County Department of Health reported Monday that 4,043 residents have ...

Somerville Hopes to Shut Down State Highway for Unique Dining Experience

June 2, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Here's a unique dining experience that may come about as a result of Gov. Phil Murphy's announcement Monday that restaurants throughout the state can begin serving meals outdoors beginning June 15th.

By mid-summer, pending approvals, the borough's restaurants could be serving dinner al fresco on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the middle of a state ...

Restaurant Owners Fed Up with What They've Been Served by Trenton

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce eased restrictions on serving customers at restaurants and bars at his June 1 press briefing, but owners are concerned the guidance he provides will be little more than an appetizer.

Murphy's guidance is that no one is to be allowed indoors - outdoor dining and drinks only, according to several sources, - at 25 percent capacity.

Not ...

It's Takeout Tuesday - Win a Year of Free Burgers

SOMERSET, NJ — It's Takeout Tuesday and in celebration of National Hamburger Day, Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes is participating in The Great American Takeout weekly contest. 

“In celebration of National Hamburger Day, The Great American Takeout and your favorite burger restaurants are giving away a year of free hamburgers (in the form of a $2600 gift ...

Gov. Murphy Commends How NJ Continues to Peacefully Protest for George Floyd

June 3, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Eight days after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer saw at least 21 protests across New Jersey on Tuesday. 

Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference Wednesday said these have been peaceful demonstrations, despite the crowds at some — with Mayor Michael Soriano estimating as many as 4,000 people marching in ...

Murphy Emphasizes Collaboration and Trust-Building

TRENTON, NJ - In the wake of days of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state farther along its path toward restarting its stalled economy in the wake of COVID-19.

Murphy used his daily media briefing on the state's response to ...

June 15: Haircuts, Dining Out, In-Store Shopping as NJ Nears Stage II Recovery

TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to peel away social distancing measures.

Youth summer programs will also be permitted to start on July 6 during what Murphy calls Stage 2 of New ...

Rutgers Professor, Alumni Create Behavioral Resources for Parents, Children

May 29, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Got a kindergartner who refuses to practice sight words? An out-of-sorts elementary schooler who’s experiencing nightmares? A middle schooler who hasn't turned in an assignment since April? Or siblings who squabble about anything and everything all day, every day?

You’re not alone, says Judith Harrison, an associate professor at the Rutgers Graduate ...

Rutgers Researchers' Findings Could Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An inexpensive and readily available saline solution can be used to safely store and transport coronavirus samples and help resolve a nationwide shortage of the solution needed to complete COVID-19 testing, according to Rutgers researchers.

In a study published in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, investigators report that phosphate buffered saline — a simple salt ...

COVID-19 Fading, Routine Returns to County Hospital; Delayed Surgeries Scheduled

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A sense of normalcy has begun to return to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, with the number of COVID-19 patients dropping considerably over the past few weeks as mirrored at hospitals throughout the state - enough so that Gov. Phil Murphy has given the go-ahead for hospitals to resume elective surgeries and invasive procedures beginning May 26.

"We're ...

88 Year Old Somerset County Woman Donates CARES Act Check to Feed Seniors

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It's not surprising that 88 year old Natalie Cahoon, a 66 year resident of Berkeley Heights, took her stimulus check received from the CARES Act and donated 125 meals from Dimaios to feed the SAGE Meals on Wheels clients.

"Natalie is absolutely amazing and has been delivering and helping in our kitchen every single day since this COVID-19 ...

Somerset County Collects, Distributes Over 1 Million PPEs

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has distributed over 1 million articles of personal protective equipment (PPE) to long-term care facilities (81%), municipal OEMs (14%) and first responders, according to Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public health and safety liaison.

The bulk of critically needed supplies was provided by the New ...

Somerset County Hospital Employees' Vehicles Treated to Deep Cleaning

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The medical staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset has found over the past three months that thanks comes in many forms from an extended community grateful for their extraordinary efforts fighting back against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A steady stream of free meals purchased by donors from area restaurants arrives daily, from pizzas to three-course meals, a ...

Woman Who Gave Birth on Turnpike is Released From Saint Peter's

May 18, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Tennessee woman who gave birth over the weekend on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike has been treated and released from Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Keericka Thomas and her baby girl were taken to Saint Peter’s after New Jersey State Troopers helped deliver the baby on Saturday morning.

At 10:05 a.m., troopers Robert Murray, Pierre Noel and ...

Restaurateur, Feeding New Brunswick's Heroes

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Doug Schneider recently brought lunch to all the workers at two local Trader Joe's.

He did the same thing for the dozens of cashiers, stock clerks and other workers at some local ShopRite supermarkets.

Schneider’s #FeedRVillage campaign recognizes that it takes a village working together to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. So along with stops at ...

City Converting Memorial Stadium into Dignity Center For Vulnerable Population

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city will be converting Memorial Stadium into a place where New Brunswick's most vulnerable population can shower, use the bathrooms and be connected with other services and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Dignity Center will be up and running at the stadium on Joyce Kilmer Avenue, behind New Brunswick Middle School.

The center will be open Tuesdays ...

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I photographed George Floyd protest in Newark. This is what I Witnessed.

June 2, 2020

Daniel Han is a freelance journalist, Westfield High School Graduate of 2019 and freshman studying journalism at Rutgers University.

I entered Newark, N.J. on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the George Floyd protests, but was also nervous. Footage of Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia ...

Newarkers Protected City from Outsiders Intent on Destruction at Saturday's George Floyd Protest

June 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — By Monday morning, after a weekend of nationwide protests against police brutality that turned to spasms of violence and chaos in many cities, Newark emerged with the distinction of having led a peaceful demonstration of thousands with minimal destruction. 

The city of 280,000, where about half of residents are black, still bears the scars of the 1967 uprisings that ...

Highland Park: George Floyd Protest Set for Tuesday

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - The public is invited to join community leaders and public officials in a peaceful march to honor the memory of George Floyd on Tuesday, June 2 in Highland Park at 6:30 pm. 

“This anticipated peaceful demonstration is a show of solidarity demanding accountability taken for all officers involved in the death of George Floyd,” Assemblyman Jamel Holley ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!”

And hundreds responded, "No peace!"

Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd.

Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

300 March in New Brunswick to Protest George Floyd's Death

NEW BRUNSWICK. N.J. - Some 300 people gathered at location of the 2011 shooting of a black man by a New Brunswick police officer to protest the death of George Floyd.

Floyd died on May 25 after Minneapolis, Minnesota,  police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than 8 minutes. 

Floyd's death has set off protests and riots in Minneapolis and other cities.

It ...

South Brunswick Police Aid In Arrest Of Man Who Scammed Kendall Park Resident Of $20K

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ- Last week, a 70-year-old woman in Kendall Park was scammed out of $20,000 by a man pretending to be a lawyer. Thomas Osvaldo, 41, from the Bronx, New York, was arrested in North Jersey approximately one hour away from the resident’s home.

According to the South Brunswick Police, Osvaldo pretended to be a lawyer and told an elderly Kendall Park resident that her ...

Red, Yellow, Green: Here’s What the Signs You’ll See Around Newark Mean

NEWARK, NJ — As residents of New Jersey’s largest city prepare to emerge from their long quarantine, they’ll begin to notice something new in their city: a plethora of red, yellow and green signs everywhere they go. 

Officials rolled out a phased reopening and recovery plan on Thursday, explaining that a color-coding system will be part of the city’s effort to ...

Rutherford, NJ Bakery Brings Smiles and Support to their Community During the Pandemic

June 2, 2020

RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Renee Faris, Chef & Owner of Erie Coffee Shop & Bakery, about her small business in town and how life and work has changed for her during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the coronavirus outbreak began to take hold in New Jersey, at first Faris set limits as to how many people could be in the bakery, but eventually wound up closing altogether ...

Newarkers Protected City from Outsiders Intent on Destruction at Saturday's George Floyd Protest

June 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — By Monday morning, after a weekend of nationwide protests against police brutality that turned to spasms of violence and chaos in many cities, Newark emerged with the distinction of having led a peaceful demonstration of thousands with minimal destruction. 

The city of 280,000, where about half of residents are black, still bears the scars of the 1967 uprisings that ...

Highland Park: George Floyd Protest Set for Tuesday

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - The public is invited to join community leaders and public officials in a peaceful march to honor the memory of George Floyd on Tuesday, June 2 in Highland Park at 6:30 pm. 

“This anticipated peaceful demonstration is a show of solidarity demanding accountability taken for all officers involved in the death of George Floyd,” Assemblyman Jamel Holley ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!”

And hundreds responded, "No peace!"

Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd.

Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

88 Year Old Somerset County Woman Donates CARES Act Check to Feed Seniors

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It's not surprising that 88 year old Natalie Cahoon, a 66 year resident of Berkeley Heights, took her stimulus check received from the CARES Act and donated 125 meals from Dimaios to feed the SAGE Meals on Wheels clients.

"Natalie is absolutely amazing and has been delivering and helping in our kitchen every single day since this COVID-19 ...

Somerset County Collects, Distributes Over 1 Million PPEs

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has distributed over 1 million articles of personal protective equipment (PPE) to long-term care facilities (81%), municipal OEMs (14%) and first responders, according to Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public health and safety liaison.

The bulk of critically needed supplies was provided by the New ...

Somerset County Hospital Employees' Vehicles Treated to Deep Cleaning

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The medical staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset has found over the past three months that thanks comes in many forms from an extended community grateful for their extraordinary efforts fighting back against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A steady stream of free meals purchased by donors from area restaurants arrives daily, from pizzas to three-course meals, a ...

88 Year Old Somerset County Woman Donates CARES Act Check to Feed Seniors

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It's not surprising that 88 year old Natalie Cahoon, a 66 year resident of Berkeley Heights, took her stimulus check received from the CARES Act and donated 125 meals from Dimaios to feed the SAGE Meals on Wheels clients.

"Natalie is absolutely amazing and has been delivering and helping in our kitchen every single day since this COVID-19 ...

Somerset County Collects, Distributes Over 1 Million PPEs

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has distributed over 1 million articles of personal protective equipment (PPE) to long-term care facilities (81%), municipal OEMs (14%) and first responders, according to Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public health and safety liaison.

The bulk of critically needed supplies was provided by the New ...