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Hope helped this Franklin Firefighter dig through the rubble of a devastating condo collapse in Miami

July 28, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ — Six days after the Champlain Towers South building collapsed in Surfside, Florida, Vincent Inzano deployed with a New Jersey task force of FEMA-trained first responders to help recover personal items, identify victims and — if they were lucky — find survivors in the rubble. 

With Monday’s announcement by Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava ...

Mobile Shower Service Cleanses Bodies, Souls in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A warm, soapy shower not only cleans the body, but it also cleanses the soul.

Leaving people feeling refreshed, renewed and restored – that’s the mission behind the local nonprofit organization ARM’s new mobile hygiene unit.

The members of ARM (Archangel Raphael’s Mission) are inviting anyone who needs a shower to meet them on Abeel Street, ...

New Brunswick Bike Exchange Rolling Along in its New Location

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – New location, same selfless work.

The members of the New Brunswick Bike Exchange have been busy serving the city and some of its organizations since settling into their new space in the back of the Recreation Center’s Hub Teen Center at 411 Joyce Kilmer Ave.

The all-volunteer repair crew has been turning damaged Diamondbacks, rundown Raleighs and several ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

Buying weed in Somerset County: What towns have banned cannabis and where you’ll get fined for smoking in public (UPDATE)

As the Aug. 21 deadline to decide on legal marijuana gets closer, towns in Somerset County are banning or allowing — mostly banning — cannabis businesses, with some enacting penalties as high as $200 for smoking weed in public.

The laws passed by the state legislature this year gave municipalities in New Jersey six months to pass ordinances banning the nascent industry. Some, like ...

New Jersey Surpasses 10 Million COVID Vaccinations; 'We Only Have a Pandemic Among the Unvaccinated', Murphy Says

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his regular COVID press briefing on Monday, July 19, that over 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in New Jersey and that more than 5 million individuals who live, work, or study in the state are now fully vaccinated.

Among the 4,432,769 fully vaccinated individuals (as of June 28), only a small fraction of ...

Train-to-Hire Program Promises to Change New Brunswick's Skyline, Economic Landscape

July 29, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Dave Feliciano’s face lit up with pride as he tucked his diploma under his arm.

He had slung his jacket and tie over the back of his chair and was celebrating with his four daughters Wednesday after graduating from the Train-to-Hire program.

For 12 weeks, Feliciano and 10 other men drilled down on job-site safety. Things like electrical work and construction ...

Somerville OKs Retail Sale of Marijuana Limited to Stores on Highways

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough Council Monday night approved two ordinances that will permit retail sales of marijuana at a maximum of two locations limited to storefronts on state highways 22, 202 and 206.

Other neighboring towns, including Hillsborough, Bridgewater and Manville, have been less receptive to granting licenses to sell marijuana, voting against retail stores and ...

Franklin Township: New QuickCheck Opening Next Month

SOMERSET, NJ - A new Quick Chek convenience store will open in August at 1850 Easton Avenue in Somerset according to the company's website.

The new location will be 5,694 square feet and will employ between 35 to 50 people according to Zoning Board notes from July 2019.

An eight-pump gasoline filling station will also be on-site, however, diesel gas will not be sold due ...

Police Investigating Fatal Shooting of Man Near Comstock Street

July 29, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Police are investigating the shooting death of a man in the area of Comstock Street.

Police responding to a report of a shooting on Thursday at about 8:31 a.m. found a man who appeared to be the victim of a gunshot wound, according to a press release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Anthony A. Caputo of the New Brunswick Police ...

Hope helped this Franklin Firefighter dig through the rubble of a devastating condo collapse in Miami

SOMERSET, NJ — Six days after the Champlain Towers South building collapsed in Surfside, Florida, Vincent Inzano deployed with a New Jersey task force of FEMA-trained first responders to help recover personal items, identify victims and — if they were lucky — find survivors in the rubble. 

With Monday’s announcement by Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava ...

Bridgewater Police Investigating Reported Sexual Assault at Duke Island Park

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office are investigating a sexual assault at Duke Island Park Sunday at 8:45 p.m.

According to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, on July 18 at about 9:07 p.m., Bridgewater Township Police received a 911 call reporting a sexual assault at the park. When officers arrived on the scene, they met with ...

July 30 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 36 New Cases

July 30, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Friday reported 24,320 cases of the COVID-19 virus since the first cases were reported in March 2020, an increase of 36 overnight. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

Franklin Township has had a total of 6,061 COVID-19 cases since March 2020, with ...

The Week Ahead in Franklin/Somerset: July 26 to July 29

SOMERSET, NJ - Here's a look at some municipal, business, and recreational events going on this week in the Township of Franklin.

You can submit events directly through the website by clicking on the "Submit Content" button located on the upper right side of the front page, where you will be brought to a menu, simply pick events. 

Monday, July ...

Franklin Week in Review: Community Relations Bureau Outreach, Landing Lane Bridge Closure, Return to In-Person Meetings & More

SOMERSET, NJ - Did you miss any of last week’s top news stories? Click on the headlines to catch up:

It was a day of giving at the Franklin Township Police Department’s community relations bureau as the department accepted a donation of four new police bicycles and then gave out gift baskets to winners of its college sweepstakes. 

FTPD receives donation of new police ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

The Secrets Behind the Deliciousness of NJ Summer Tomatoes

NEW JERSEY — For many who call the Garden State home, summer tastes like the first bite of a ripe, juicy Jersey tomato plucked fresh from a roadside farm stand or local farmers market.

But for every delicate tomato dripping with flavor we devour on the spot or place ever so carefully in our canvas bag to bring home from the market, we struggle to understand its secrets. What makes the ...

NJ to Allow Profit From Home Baking as Entrepreneurs Learn New Rule’s Nooks, Crannies

NEW JERSEY — Bakers in the Garden State who have been longing to make cookies, cakes and other baked treats from home and legally sell them for a profit are another step closer to achieving their goal.

The New Jersey Public Health Council recently approved the state Department of Health’s rule change to allow for the sale of home-baked goods and ...

July 26 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 68 New Cases

July 26, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Monday reported 24,235 cases of the COVID-19 virus since the first cases were reported in March 2020, an increase of 68 since Friday. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

Franklin has had a total of 6,041 COVID-19 cases since March 2020, with ...

Hillsborough: Firefighters Honor Fallen Comrade Billy Shaffer

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – It was a sea of blue inside Mary Mother of God Church Thursday night as hundreds of firefighters and emergency personnel from across the state came to pay respects to Hillsborough Fire Company #2 Assistant Chief Billy Shaffer, who died on July 14 while responding to a car fire. 

Shaffer, who served more than 35 years with the department, was honored with a ...

Five Things to do in New Brunswick This Week

July 25, 2021

Check Out the Library’s Garden Program

Children 5-12 are invited to the New Brunswick Public Library garden (located between the library and the Henry Guest House) to listen to garden stories and help grow vegetables in the garden. We will meet Mondays at 10 a.m. through Aug. 9.

For more information, call 732-745-5108 ext. 13

Participate in New Brunswick Pack Walks

City dog ...

New Brunswick High School Athletic Director Stepping Down

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Tom Stead, who has brought leadership to the New Brunswick High School athletic department after a tumultuous time and has steered it through the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, has issued his resignation as athletic director.

Patricia Sadowski, the chair of the athletics committee, said at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting that Stead will continue to ...

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What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Piscataway Homeowner Files Motion to Keep House from Being Torn Down

July 26, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Lawyers for a township homeowner filed an Order to Show Cause in Middlesex County Superior Court on Friday to prevent the township from razing a house at 1126 River Road, a property located directly across the street from Rutgers football stadium in Piscataway. 

The filing by attorney Anne Studholme asked the court to stop the scheduled demolition of the house while its ...

'Pups of War' Nerf Blaster Arena Comes to the Brunswick Square Mall

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Get your Nerf Blaster ready!  Seek coverage behind Pup's Bagels or the Surf Shoppe! Get ready to blast away (safely) at your friends and family at East Brunswick's newest attraction - Pups of War at the Brunswick Square Mall.

Located near Macy's, Pups of War opened at the Brunswick Square Mall yesterday, bringing a nerf-ball filled promise of fun for kids ...

Twitter Temporarily Bans New Jersey Senator

Cancel culture is knocking on the door of Trenton politicians.

HOLMDEL, NJ - Calls for breaking up big technology companies amid widespread censorship claims may grow louder in the 13th District as their New Jersey Senator Declan O'Scanlon just had his voice silenced. Specifically, Twitter didn't like a tweet of his on vaccine mandates. So they cut him off.

New Jersey ...

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Closed River Road in Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, NJ — A fatal motorcycle crash closed River Road in both directions early Saturday morning.

The crash happened near Primrose Lane where the motorcyclist struck a guardrail just before 1:00 a.m., according to a source.

The motorcyclist, who was not identified was pronounced dead at the scene, the source reported.

RLS Media reported “emergency responders found ...

New Jersey Dentist Provides Painless Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Sleep Apnea

July 26, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Dr. Joseph DalBon of the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry spoke with TAPintoTV to discuss a new painless laser oral treatment created to alleviate sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient is waking up during the night and unable to breathe that can cause a number of serious health issues,” he said. Some of these health issues ...

Piscataway Homeowner Files Motion to Keep House from Being Torn Down

July 26, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Lawyers for a township homeowner filed an Order to Show Cause in Middlesex County Superior Court on Friday to prevent the township from razing a house at 1126 River Road, a property located directly across the street from Rutgers football stadium in Piscataway. 

The filing by attorney Anne Studholme asked the court to stop the scheduled demolition of the house while its ...

'Pups of War' Nerf Blaster Arena Comes to the Brunswick Square Mall

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Get your Nerf Blaster ready!  Seek coverage behind Pup's Bagels or the Surf Shoppe! Get ready to blast away (safely) at your friends and family at East Brunswick's newest attraction - Pups of War at the Brunswick Square Mall.

Located near Macy's, Pups of War opened at the Brunswick Square Mall yesterday, bringing a nerf-ball filled promise of fun for kids ...

Twitter Temporarily Bans New Jersey Senator

Cancel culture is knocking on the door of Trenton politicians.

HOLMDEL, NJ - Calls for breaking up big technology companies amid widespread censorship claims may grow louder in the 13th District as their New Jersey Senator Declan O'Scanlon just had his voice silenced. Specifically, Twitter didn't like a tweet of his on vaccine mandates. So they cut him off.

New Jersey ...

July 26 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 68 New Cases

July 26, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Monday reported 24,235 cases of the COVID-19 virus since the first cases were reported in March 2020, an increase of 68 since Friday. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

Franklin has had a total of 6,041 COVID-19 cases since March 2020, with ...

Hillsborough: Firefighters Honor Fallen Comrade Billy Shaffer

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – It was a sea of blue inside Mary Mother of God Church Thursday night as hundreds of firefighters and emergency personnel from across the state came to pay respects to Hillsborough Fire Company #2 Assistant Chief Billy Shaffer, who died on July 14 while responding to a car fire. 

Shaffer, who served more than 35 years with the department, was honored with a ...

July 21 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 6,007 Cases in Franklin

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Wednesday reported 24,105 cases of the COVID-19 virus since the first cases were reported in March 2020, an increase of 21 overnight. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Wednesday reported 899,464 total cases, an increase of 537 ...

July 26 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 68 New Cases

July 26, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Monday reported 24,235 cases of the COVID-19 virus since the first cases were reported in March 2020, an increase of 68 since Friday. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

Franklin has had a total of 6,041 COVID-19 cases since March 2020, with ...

Hillsborough: Firefighters Honor Fallen Comrade Billy Shaffer

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – It was a sea of blue inside Mary Mother of God Church Thursday night as hundreds of firefighters and emergency personnel from across the state came to pay respects to Hillsborough Fire Company #2 Assistant Chief Billy Shaffer, who died on July 14 while responding to a car fire. 

Shaffer, who served more than 35 years with the department, was honored with a ...

Immunotherapy Provides More Options in Treatment of Advanced Melanoma

A decade ago, a diagnosis of metastatic melanoma was often tantamount to a death sentence: the five-year survival rate was below 5%. Advances in treatment have vastly altered that narrative. As director of Atlantic Health System’s Atlantic Melanoma Center, I have witnessed the long-term survival rate improve tenfold, and effective treatments continue to be developed.

The Atlantic ...