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Franklin Township Schools Announce Additional Positive COVID Cases

November 20, 2020

FRANKLIN, NJ – Franklin Township Public Schools on Friday updated its website to account for additional positive COVID cases, bringing the district's total to 18 as of press time.

Since Oct. 5, 12 staff members have tested positive, including six from Franklin High School, two from the central office; one from Claremont Elementary; two from Franklin Park; and one from ...

District to go ahead with in-person schooling as COVID-19 cases rise in town and across state

SOMERSET, NJ – The school board expressed confidence in its plan to open schools last night while local and state groups called for caution as coronavirus cases rise in Franklin and across New Jersey. 

“We know lots of folks are anxious about schools, especially as communities are experiencing increases of cases,” district Superintendent John Ravally said at last ...

Hillsborough Teachers, NJEA Slam Murphy for Downplaying COVID-19 Risk in Classroom

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy, along with governors of six Northeastern states - New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.- issued a statement Thursday endorsing in-person learning, despite record numbers of COVID-19 cases that continue to surge through the region and across the country, forcing many schools to close in favor of teaching ...

Franklin Township: Kuroda-Grauer, Straub sign to play athletics at the next level

November 17, 2020

SOMERSET, NJ - Two Franklin High School seniors, Madison Straub and Joshua Kuroda-Grauer, signed on the dotted line on Wednesday of their National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers in college.

Straub will play soccer at Wilkes University while Kuroda-Grauer will play baseball nearby at Rutgers.

“It feels great to finally sign with Rutgers,” said ...

Are You Cut Out to be a Cardboard Cutout at Rutgers Games This Winter?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - After the raucous celebrations witnessed at Rutgers men’s basketball games last season, no one will ever accuse Scarlet Knights fans of having wooden personalities.

Cardboard, maybe.

The folks at fancutouts.com will convert an image of your scarlet-painted face and jersey-adorned body into a cardboard cutout that will be seated inside the RAC.

The prices range ...

New Brunswick High School Football Game Ends in Brawl

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Next week’s season finale is in question after the New Brunswick High School football team’s game with East Brunswick on Saturday afternoon ended with players from the sidelines running onto the field to join a fight.

Tom Stead, the athletic director at New Brunswick High School, said after the game that he will be reviewing the situation with security ...

Nov. 23 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 133 New Cases Overnight

November 23, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Monday reported an increase of 133 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 7,951 with 532 COVID-10 deaths reported since March 8.

The New Jersey Department of Health on Monday reported a total of 309,588 positive cases of the coronavirus since the ...

Nov. 22 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 83 New Cases Overnight, Free Testing Available

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Sunday reported an increase of 83 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 7,818 with 532 COVID-10 deaths reported since March 8.

The New Jersey Department of Health on Sunday reported a total of 306,007 positive cases of the coronavirus since the ...

Nov. 21 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 29 New Cases Overnight, Free Testing Available

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Saturday reported an increase of 29 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 7,735 with 532 COVID-10 deaths reported since March 8.

The New Jersey Department of Health on Saturday reported a total of 302,039 positive cases of the coronavirus since ...

Piscataway Woman Killed in Route 287 Crash Near Stelton Road

November 22, 2020

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A Piscataway woman was killed in a one-car accident on Route 287 that left her passenger seriously injured early Sunday morning.

According to NJ.com, New Jersey State Police said Tamiyka N. Scott, 49 was driving southbound just after midnight when her 2003 Honda Accord left the roadway at mile marker 5.2 near Exit 5 for Stelton Road in Piscataway, striking multiple trees ...

Lawnmower Causes Major House Fire In South Brunswick

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A South Brunswick house caught fire Thursday due to a lawnmower, according to a press release from the police department. All three South Brunswick fire departments, Kendall Park, Monmouth Junction and Kingston, responded to the emergency on Richford Road. Two additional homes were evacuated due to the fire. No one was injured in the blaze.

South Brunswick Officer Greg ...

Piscataway Police: Fatal Train Collision Under Investigation

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Thomas Mosier of the Piscataway Police Department announced today that a fatal collision is under investigation.

The initial investigation conducted by Traffic Safety Officer William Kloos of the Piscataway Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined ...

Gov. Murphy Addresses Verbal Confrontation During Family Outing in Red Bank

November 23, 2020

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

Murphy Reinstates Aggressive COVID-19 Gathering Limits in NJ Ahead of Thanksgiving

NEW JERSEY — Indoor gatherings will be subject to new capacity limits in New Jersey starting Tuesday - the most aggressive steps Gov. Phil Murphy has taken in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. 

As of Tuesday, no more than 10 people may gather indoors (includes indoor entertainment venues). A 150-person limit will also take effect for outdoor gatherings beginning Nov.

BREAKING: Governor Murphy Retightens Restrictions on Gatherings

NEW JERSEY-  Due to the increase spread of Covid-19, Governor Murphy has signed an Executive Order retightening restrictions on gatherings.

Effective Tuesday, November 17, indoor gatherings limited to a maximum of 10 people.
Effective Monday, November 23, outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 150 people.

According to Murphy, religious services, celebrations, weddings ...

South Plainfield-Based Puleo International Opening November 20

November 19, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in South Plainfield.

Puleo International, a fourth-generation family-owned manufacturer and distributor of unique handcrafted holiday décor items located on Kennedy Road, will open its doors to the public for their 16th Annual Christmas Sale on Friday, Nov. 20.The warehouse will be open seven days a week ...

Murphy Announces Additional $60 Million for Small Business Grant Applications

NEW JERSEY– Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Wednesday a commitment of at least $60 million in additional CARES Act funding to fulfill grants under Phase 3 of the NJ Economic Development Authority’s (NJEDA’s) Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program.

This funding is in addition to $70 million in federal funds already allocated for the current phase of the ...

Will Teleworking Redraw the Map for NJ Taxpayers?

COVID-19 replaced daily commutes to New York with telecommuting from home offices in New Jersey. Lawmakers are saying residents should be taxed where they work

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.

The coronavirus pandemic ...

Hillsborough Teachers, NJEA Slam Murphy for Downplaying COVID-19 Risk in Classroom

November 19, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy, along with governors of six Northeastern states - New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.- issued a statement Thursday endorsing in-person learning, despite record numbers of COVID-19 cases that continue to surge through the region and across the country, forcing many schools to close in favor of teaching ...

Somerville Cancels Outdoor Turkey Trot; Runners Shifted to Virtual 5K

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough's Recreation Department has been forced to cancel the fifth annual Somerville Turkey Trot, but runners will still have the opportunity to complete in the virtual version of the 5K event online.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday reinstated restrictions on public gatherings because of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and renewed caution in advance of the Thanksgiving ...

COVID-19 Surge Restricts Visitors to RWJUH/Somerset in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Due to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in our community, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has issued new visitor restrictions for the safety of patients, visitors and staff.

Effective Tuesday, Nov. 17, no visitors will be allowed in the hospital’s Emergency Department or adult inpatient units. The hospital offers iPads for patients’ use ...

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Returning to New Brunswick

November 21, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One of the city’s most beloved holiday season traditions will be returning next month.

Horse-drawn carriage rides will be held downtown on three consecutive Thursdays: Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

The carriage rides would take place between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

New Brunswick City Market, which gained approval from the City Council at Wednesday night’s ...

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The Rutgers Prep Blog: Transcending the Pandemic Through Art

November 22, 2020

To read this article in its original form, visit RPS Voices.

"CREATIVITY IS CONTAGIOUS; PASS IT ON” -ALBERT EINSTEIN

This simple but profound quote embodies the approach of Rutgers Preparatory School’s Lower and Middle School Art Teacher, Mrs. Erin Varga. It is not only her creativity that is contagious, it is also her positive energy, genuine nature and adventurous ...

Supermarket Shoppers Eager to Help Hillsborough Police Stuff the Bus

November 22, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Hundreds of grocery bags filled with donated food and household items were loaded on to a bus outside the ShopRite supermarket Saturday by members of the Hillsborough Police Department PBA #205, thanks to the generosity of shoppers responding to the annual "Stuff the Bus" food drive.

Outside the store, police officers, family and friends handed out flyers to ...

COVID-19 Surges; Hillsborough School Buildings to Close Through Dec. 4

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lisa Antunes Friday morning notified students, teachers, staff and parents that school buildings will be closed effective Monday, Nov. 23 in response to the surge in COVID-19 cases, noting that there is no evidence of school-based transmission of the virus.

The closure means that all students and teachers will transition to an all-virtual ...

Plane Flips After Landing at Hillsborough Airport; No Injuries

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - High winds are believed to have caused a single-engine plane with a student pilot at the controls to flip over after touching down on the runway at Central Jersey Airport late Wednesday morning 

"The way that wind was gusting today, it was brutal," said Joe Horner, airport owner.

"The wind drifted him a little bit as he was about to ...

Murphy and Six Other Governors Jointly Call for Suspension of Interstate Youth Hockey Games

NEW JERSEY -- In response to recent coronavirus outbreaks associated with the conduct of interstate youth hockey activities, Gov. Phil Murphy joined with fellow governors, Janet Mills (Maine), Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island), Chris Sununu (New Hampshire), Phil Scott (Vermont), Ned Lamont (Connecticut), and Charlie Baker (Massachusetts) in calling for suspension of interstate hockey ...

Joe Apfelbaum Tells Ellen Volpe How to Go From Frustration to MOJOvation on Opportunity Calls

November 23, 2020

LONG ISLAND, NY -- Ellen Volpe, President of American Business Associates, spoke with Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union, on a recent episode of Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Apfelbaum’s position as CEO of an internet-based marketing company is only one of his many roles. “Joe is a business mentor, leader, direct marketing guru, extraordinary networker, educator, ...

Supermarket Shoppers Eager to Help Hillsborough Police Stuff the Bus

November 22, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Hundreds of grocery bags filled with donated food and household items were loaded on to a bus outside the ShopRite supermarket Saturday by members of the Hillsborough Police Department PBA #205, thanks to the generosity of shoppers responding to the annual "Stuff the Bus" food drive.

Outside the store, police officers, family and friends handed out flyers to ...

COVID-19 Surges; Hillsborough School Buildings to Close Through Dec. 4

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lisa Antunes Friday morning notified students, teachers, staff and parents that school buildings will be closed effective Monday, Nov. 23 in response to the surge in COVID-19 cases, noting that there is no evidence of school-based transmission of the virus.

The closure means that all students and teachers will transition to an all-virtual ...

Plane Flips After Landing at Hillsborough Airport; No Injuries

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - High winds are believed to have caused a single-engine plane with a student pilot at the controls to flip over after touching down on the runway at Central Jersey Airport late Wednesday morning 

"The way that wind was gusting today, it was brutal," said Joe Horner, airport owner.

"The wind drifted him a little bit as he was about to ...

Hillsborough Teachers, NJEA Slam Murphy for Downplaying COVID-19 Risk in Classroom

November 19, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy, along with governors of six Northeastern states - New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.- issued a statement Thursday endorsing in-person learning, despite record numbers of COVID-19 cases that continue to surge through the region and across the country, forcing many schools to close in favor of teaching ...

Somerville Cancels Outdoor Turkey Trot; Runners Shifted to Virtual 5K

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough's Recreation Department has been forced to cancel the fifth annual Somerville Turkey Trot, but runners will still have the opportunity to complete in the virtual version of the 5K event online.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday reinstated restrictions on public gatherings because of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and renewed caution in advance of the Thanksgiving ...

COVID-19 Surge Restricts Visitors to RWJUH/Somerset in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Due to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in our community, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has issued new visitor restrictions for the safety of patients, visitors and staff.

Effective Tuesday, Nov. 17, no visitors will be allowed in the hospital’s Emergency Department or adult inpatient units. The hospital offers iPads for patients’ use ...

Hillsborough Teachers, NJEA Slam Murphy for Downplaying COVID-19 Risk in Classroom

November 19, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy, along with governors of six Northeastern states - New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.- issued a statement Thursday endorsing in-person learning, despite record numbers of COVID-19 cases that continue to surge through the region and across the country, forcing many schools to close in favor of teaching ...

Somerville Cancels Outdoor Turkey Trot; Runners Shifted to Virtual 5K

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough's Recreation Department has been forced to cancel the fifth annual Somerville Turkey Trot, but runners will still have the opportunity to complete in the virtual version of the 5K event online.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday reinstated restrictions on public gatherings because of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and renewed caution in advance of the Thanksgiving ...