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Remote Learning Gets Mixed Marks in State Survey of Families

August 4, 2020

Parents split on online instruction as prospects for fall opening shaky

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

New Jersey’s seismic shift last spring to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have ...

Teachers Gather in Somerville to Protest Return to School Buildings

SOMERVILLE, NJ - More than 100 public school teachers from throughout Somerset County made it abundantly clear today that they're not happy about having to return to their classrooms in September, fearful that school buildings are unsafe because of the potential for COVID-19 infection.

Carrying protest signs and chanting "Not Until It's Safe" the group gathered on the ...

Teachers to Protest Reopening of School Buildings in September (UPDATE)

Update: The Somerset County Education Association posted the following to its Facebook page.

Where: Intersection of Main St. and Division St., Somerville
When: 3 - 4 P.M., Thursday, July 30th, 2020
Required: Masks and social distancing
Recommended: bottles of water and signs

Please DO NOT go to Bridgewater Commons! We might not have a bridge, but we'll still get our message heard: ...

Aug. 3 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 10 New Cases Overnight

August 3, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Monday reported a total of 4,686 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 10 cases overnight, with 482 deaths occurring since the pandemic began in March.

Franklin has a total of 1,409 an increase of 5 overnight COVID-19 cases, and 138 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in ...

July 26 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 10 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Sunday reported a total of 4,611 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 10 cases overnight, with 481 deaths occurring since the pandemic began in March.

Franklin has a total of 1,387 COVID-19 cases, an increase of three overnight, and 137 deaths since the pandemic ...

July 25 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 15 New Cases Overnight, Free Antibody Testing Available

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Saturday reported a total of 4,601 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 15 cases overnight, with 479 deaths occurring since the pandemic began in March.

Franklin has a total of 1,384 COVID-19 cases, an increase of three overnight, and 137 deaths since the ...

Hillsborough: Firefighters Battle Blaze at Lysol Manufacturer

August 3, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Hundreds of volunteer firefighters from Hillsborough and surrounding towns worked for two hours to contain a fire at the Reckitt & Benckiser manufacturing facility, 799 Route 206 Monday afternoon.

Four alarms were called in after the initial report of the 1:37 p.m. fire.

Heavy black smoke drifted across the state highway, slowing down traffic.

Two firefighters were ...

Franklin Township Police Reports: Car Burglaries Spike, One Family Displaced After Early Morning Fire

SOMERSET, NJ - Franklin Township Police are reminding people to lock doors, after a recent spike in car break-ins. 

All the burglarized vehicles were unlocked and were either rummaged through or had cash, credit cards, or electronics stolen.

“In each of these cases, the common variable was an unlocked door,” Franklin Township Public Safety Director Quovella M.

Somerset County Creates Anonymous Hate Crime Reporting Site

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Somerset County Sheriff's Office has created an anonymous hate crimes reporting site in an effort to combat hate-related crimes in the county.

According to the county website, a bias incident or hate crime is defined as a suspected or confirmed offense or unlawful act that occurs against a person or property on the basis of the protected classes of race, color, ...

Local Youth Group Gives Back to Franklin Food Bank

August 5, 2020

FRANKLIN, NJ – A group of township youth last week delivered much-needed food and monetary support to help the Franklin Food Bank continue its mission of assisting families in need. 

Back in April, members of the New Jersey chapter of Design Your Careers (DYC) set up a GoFundMe and reached out to family, friends, and neighbors via email, text, phone calls and social media in an ...

PHS Key Club and Kiwanis Club of Franklin/Somerset Provide 100 Snack Bags to Elijah's Promise

PISCATAWAY, NJ — As some Middlesex County residents continue to face hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kiwanis Club of Franklin/Somerset teamed up with students from Piscataway High School’s Key Club with their food drive to assist Elijah’s Promise Community Soup Kitchen with providing snack items to those in need.

Led by Mitch Fuhr, a teacher at Piscataway ...

Food Banks Brace for New Surge in Demand if Federal Jobless Money Ends

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Reginald Amos visited the St. James Food Pantry in Newark to help feed his family from time to time over the last four years or so, but he’s been going a lot more often since the ...

Remote Learning Gets Mixed Marks in State Survey of Families

August 4, 2020

Parents split on online instruction as prospects for fall opening shaky

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

New Jersey’s seismic shift last spring to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have ...

Teachers Gather in Somerville to Protest Return to School Buildings

SOMERVILLE, NJ - More than 100 public school teachers from throughout Somerset County made it abundantly clear today that they're not happy about having to return to their classrooms in September, fearful that school buildings are unsafe because of the potential for COVID-19 infection.

Carrying protest signs and chanting "Not Until It's Safe" the group gathered on the ...

Teachers to Protest Reopening of School Buildings in September (UPDATE)

Update: The Somerset County Education Association posted the following to its Facebook page.

Where: Intersection of Main St. and Division St., Somerville
When: 3 - 4 P.M., Thursday, July 30th, 2020
Required: Masks and social distancing
Recommended: bottles of water and signs

Please DO NOT go to Bridgewater Commons! We might not have a bridge, but we'll still get our message heard: ...

Eric Garner's Mom Urges New Brunswick Protestors To Turn Demonstration Into Legislation

August 3, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It was appropriate that Sunday afternoon’s protest paused on the stretch of Bayard Street between the Middlesex County Courthouse and City Hall.

That’s where Gwen Carr told the 400 or so people assembled up and down the block that she’s still fighting for justice more than six years after her son, Eric Garner, died after being placed in a chokehold ...

New Brunswick Continues to Address Issue of Panhandling

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Court rulings have hampered the city’s efforts to curb it. Police officers are powerless to stop it. Yet, residents continue to complain about it.

Panhandling – people begging for money in streets and on sidewalks from Robeson Boulevard to Robinson Street and virtually every other corner of the city – has been an issue that New Brunswick officials ...

County Sheriff's Office Creates Hate Crimes Awareness & Prevention Unit

August 4, 2020

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo has launched a Hate Crimes Awareness & Prevention Unit to help protect the diverse religious, racial, ethnic and other communities in the county, according to a release.

The effort, the release said, began in January with one-on-one and group meetings with religious, community and business leaders to build relationships, and has ...

Aug. 1 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 12 New Cases Overnight, Free Rutgers Saliva Testing Available

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Saturday reported a total of 4,671 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 12 cases overnight, with 483 deaths occurring since the pandemic began in March.

Franklin has a total of 1,403 COVID-19 cases, and 138 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

For ...

Somerville Restaurants Can Expand Dining to Main Street "Parklets"

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Selected Somerville restaurants will be able to expand their outdoor dining areas on to Main Street by installing "parklets" - raised platforms built even with the curb and extending into parking spaces - according to a design approved by the state Department of Transportation.

This is the third iteration of a plan first submitted to the NJDOT last month by the ...

Eric Garner's Mom Urges New Brunswick Protestors To Turn Demonstration Into Legislation

August 3, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It was appropriate that Sunday afternoon’s protest paused on the stretch of Bayard Street between the Middlesex County Courthouse and City Hall.

That’s where Gwen Carr told the 400 or so people assembled up and down the block that she’s still fighting for justice more than six years after her son, Eric Garner, died after being placed in a chokehold ...

New Brunswick Continues to Address Issue of Panhandling

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Court rulings have hampered the city’s efforts to curb it. Police officers are powerless to stop it. Yet, residents continue to complain about it.

Panhandling – people begging for money in streets and on sidewalks from Robeson Boulevard to Robinson Street and virtually every other corner of the city – has been an issue that New Brunswick officials ...

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The Future of Education: To the Graduating Class of 2020…

July 26, 2020

SOMERSET, NJ - When parents choose to send their children to Cedar Hill Prep School, it is primarily due to their unilateral focus on the school’s reputation in terms of their academics and rigor.  When students leave Cedar Hill Prep School, they talk mostly about their experiences at Cedar Hill Prep School – The sense of community, their overnight trips, friendships, and the ...

Piscataway Officials Dedicate New Community Center

July 26, 2020

PISCATAWAY, NJ – As the nation continues to make its way through COVID-19 restrictions and businesses are slowly reopening under watchful eyes, township officials held a dedication ceremony for the Piscataway Community Center on Saturday, marking another step closer to being able to officially it open to the public.

“Our community center is a place for everyone,” said Mayor ...

Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

August 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...

Piscataway Officials Dedicate New Community Center

July 26, 2020

PISCATAWAY, NJ – As the nation continues to make its way through COVID-19 restrictions and businesses are slowly reopening under watchful eyes, township officials held a dedication ceremony for the Piscataway Community Center on Saturday, marking another step closer to being able to officially it open to the public.

“Our community center is a place for everyone,” said Mayor ...

County Sheriff's Office Creates Hate Crimes Awareness & Prevention Unit

August 4, 2020

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo has launched a Hate Crimes Awareness & Prevention Unit to help protect the diverse religious, racial, ethnic and other communities in the county, according to a release.

The effort, the release said, began in January with one-on-one and group meetings with religious, community and business leaders to build relationships, and has ...

Aug. 1 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 12 New Cases Overnight, Free Rutgers Saliva Testing Available

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Saturday reported a total of 4,671 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 12 cases overnight, with 483 deaths occurring since the pandemic began in March.

Franklin has a total of 1,403 COVID-19 cases, and 138 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

For ...

Somerville Restaurants Can Expand Dining to Main Street "Parklets"

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Selected Somerville restaurants will be able to expand their outdoor dining areas on to Main Street by installing "parklets" - raised platforms built even with the curb and extending into parking spaces - according to a design approved by the state Department of Transportation.

This is the third iteration of a plan first submitted to the NJDOT last month by the ...

County Sheriff's Office Creates Hate Crimes Awareness & Prevention Unit

August 4, 2020

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo has launched a Hate Crimes Awareness & Prevention Unit to help protect the diverse religious, racial, ethnic and other communities in the county, according to a release.

The effort, the release said, began in January with one-on-one and group meetings with religious, community and business leaders to build relationships, and has ...

Aug. 1 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 12 New Cases Overnight, Free Rutgers Saliva Testing Available

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Saturday reported a total of 4,671 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 12 cases overnight, with 483 deaths occurring since the pandemic began in March.

Franklin has a total of 1,403 COVID-19 cases, and 138 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

For ...