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$400K in CARES Act money to fund job training and support for low- and-moderate income residents

June 11, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ – More than $400,000 of federal funds will go to job training and support for low- and moderate-income residents after the council approved an amendment to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program action plan last night. 

The move will use $300,000 to support partnerships with local non-profits, county and state agencies to train and place workers whose ...

Franklin Township Sewage Authority approves budget that anticipates increased revenue following COVID-19 pandemic

SOMERSET, NJ – The Franklin Township Sewage Authority adopted its annual budget on Tuesday, anticipating $14.3 million in revenue after lowering expectations last year due to COVID-19. The budget also earmarks $15.4 million towards capital projects to update and improve its infrastructure and equipment. 

Councilman Ram Anbarasan, who serves as the township’s liaison to the ...

Masks still required in town-owned buildings as state drops mandate in most public places

SOMERSET, NJ – Visitors to town-owned buildings will still be required to wear masks as the state relaxes COVID-19 restrictions in most public places.

The township council passed a motion requiring face coverings in its facilities last night, keeping in line with Gov. Phil Murphy’s move to require masks inside state offices open to the public like the Motor Vehicle ...

Murphy Ends Indoor Mask Mandate for People Who Are Fully Vaccinated; Raises Gathering Limits

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted indoor mask mandates for vaccinated individuals ahead of Memorial Day weekend. 

Effective May 28, New Jersey will lift the requirement for maintaining six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings and will lift the prohibitions on dance floors at bars and restaurants, along with the restriction on ordering and ...

NESE pipeline granted more time to build after feds extend deadline despite denial from NJ & NY

SOMERSET, NJ - Federal regulators granted on Thursday the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company’s (Transco) request for an additional two years to complete the controversial Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project that would bring gas from Pennsylvania – through a new compressor station in Franklin – to customers in New York. 

The company blamed slowdowns caused by ...

Franklin Township: Municipal Buildings will Reopen Tomorrow

SOMERSET, NJ - Local residents will be able to access Franklin Township Municipal buildings on Wednesday will at regular business hours.

"So the plan as we have it right now is to reopen all municipal buildings to the public on May 19th, which is next Wednesday, that coincides with the lifting of many of the restrictions that have been put in place previously through an executive order of ...

Today is the Last Day to File Your Taxes. Here’s What You Need to Know.

NEW JERSEY — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended the deadline to file 2020 federal tax returns to Monday, May 17 to give individual filers, tax preparers and the IRS itself more time to sort through the many changes affecting one's 2020 taxes from the latest Covid-19 relief package. New Jersey also extended the deadline to May 17 as well. Since today is the final day to file and ...

Long-Awaited Route 206 Bypass in Hillsborough to Open June 5

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The long-awaited opening of the Route 206 Peter J. Biondi Bypass, first conceived in the 1970s, is less than one month away.

The state Department of Transportation has notified township officials that the ribbon cutting for the four-lane highway has been scheduled for June 5th.

"It's actually going to happen; we've literally been waiting decades for ...

Council introduces zoning changes to accommodate legal weed business and opts to impose a 2% tax on retail sales

SOMERSET, NJ – Council members in Franklin are set to welcome legal weed businesses to the township following the introduction of zoning changes that would allow all six marijuana licenses offered by the state to operate within the town. The ordinance also sets a 2% municipal tax on retail cannabis sales, while wholesale would be subject to a 1% tax.  

Council members ...

Allegations at Temple Accused of Human Trafficking 'Unfathomable' Says Gov. Murphy

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday called allegations of human trafficking and labor abuse made against the  BAPS Temple in Robbinsville horrific and disturbing and indicated that individuals who may be victims are receiving medical care. 

Murphy's comments came a day after the FBI executed a court order action at the Temple following a class ...

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Council Says No to Legal Weed in Piscataway, For Now

June 13, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – With the ongoing debate over legalizing marijuana in New Jersey and what any guidelines would look like, on Thursday, the Piscataway Town Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the operation of any class of cannabis business within the township’s geographical boundaries.

The ban means medical and recreational cannabis establishments such as cultivators, ...

EBPD: Thieves Use Distractions to Rob Drivers

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department has notified the public that a crew of thieves is operating in the local area. They watch unsuspecting shoppers or individuals withdrawing money from ATMs, then covertly slash a tire on their vehicle. Once the vehicle is disabled, they pretend to offer assistance. While appearing to render aid, a member of their crew will enter the ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

Council Says No to Legal Weed in Piscataway, For Now

June 13, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ – With the ongoing debate over legalizing marijuana in New Jersey and what any guidelines would look like, on Thursday, the Piscataway Town Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the operation of any class of cannabis business within the township’s geographical boundaries.

The ban means medical and recreational cannabis establishments such as cultivators, ...

EBPD: Thieves Use Distractions to Rob Drivers

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department has notified the public that a crew of thieves is operating in the local area. They watch unsuspecting shoppers or individuals withdrawing money from ATMs, then covertly slash a tire on their vehicle. Once the vehicle is disabled, they pretend to offer assistance. While appearing to render aid, a member of their crew will enter the ...

Tyrone Stackhouse Projects Performs on Somerville's Summer Stage

June 5, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Tyrone Stackhouse Project, one of the busiest cover bands in central New Jersey, will take the stage Saturday night on the Division Street pedestrian mall for three hours beginning at 6 p.m. performing an eclectic mix of rock, funk, jazz, Motown, and R&B hits.

The free Summer Stage concert series sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance presents live ...

Somerset County Real Estate Prices Soar 24% in April; Inventory Down

TRENTON, NJ — A dramatic decline in housing inventory contributed to a 20% increase in single-family home prices statewide compared to 2020, according to April data recently released by New Jersey Realtors. The rapid price increase follows predictions last month from real estate experts who told TAPinto the market is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. 

“The numbers ...

Tyrone Stackhouse Projects Performs on Somerville's Summer Stage

June 5, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Tyrone Stackhouse Project, one of the busiest cover bands in central New Jersey, will take the stage Saturday night on the Division Street pedestrian mall for three hours beginning at 6 p.m. performing an eclectic mix of rock, funk, jazz, Motown, and R&B hits.

The free Summer Stage concert series sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance presents live ...

Somerset County Real Estate Prices Soar 24% in April; Inventory Down

TRENTON, NJ — A dramatic decline in housing inventory contributed to a 20% increase in single-family home prices statewide compared to 2020, according to April data recently released by New Jersey Realtors. The rapid price increase follows predictions last month from real estate experts who told TAPinto the market is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. 

“The numbers ...