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Photo Story: Powerful, Peaceful, Protest in Franklin

June 2, 2020

SOMERSET, NJ - Hundreds took to the streets of Franklin to peacefully protest the killing of George Floyd, Sunday, May 30. The march was organized by Jasmine “Jazzy” Bannon alongside Melanated Minds of NJ, a group committed to the advancement of African Americans. 

Local resident Davren Noble, a local photographer was on the scene and captured the ...

Hillsborough Priests Extend Communion to Drive-Through Worshipers

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Father John, Rozembajgier, pastor of Our Lady Mother of God parish, with an assist from Father Alex Carles, has devised a novel approach to administering communion while being respectful of social distancing and parishioners' well-being.

The pastor of Our Lady Mother of God Church has adapted to the restrictive nature of social distancing amidst the coronavirus pandemic ...

Bridgewater Township Working With Religious Institutions on Safe Way to Reopen

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Mayor Matthew Moench has directed Sgt. Jamie Edwards, Office of Emergency Management coordinator, to conduct outreach and provide assistance to all religious institutions in the township to allow them to begin conducting safe and practical religious worship.

According to a release, there are a number of Bridgewater based institutions that are expected to ...

Thomas Sokolowski, Director of Rutgers’ Zimmerli Art Museum, Dies at 70

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Thomas Sokolowski, the director of Rutgers’ Zimmerli Art Museum who spearheaded its exhibitions, scholarship and community outreach endeavors since taking the helm in 2017, has died.

He was 70.

He died following a seizure that had caused extensive brain damage, according to a report cited by artnews.com.

The Rutgers community was informed of Sokolowski’s ...

Archdiocese of Newark Will Close 10 Catholic Schools

Difficult Decision Will Strengthen Schools, Safeguard Future of Catholic Education; At-Home Learning Continues Through End of School Year 

The Archdiocese of Newark has announced the consolidation of its school community and the closure of nine archdiocesan-operated elementary schools at the end of this school year, the result of archdiocesan strategic planning efforts to ...

Franklin Gazebo to House Candle-lit Memorial for Local COVID-19 Victims

SOMERSET, NJ - As DMVs are converted into COVID-19 testing centers and college dormitories into makeshift hospitals, Franklin Township’s performance gazebo will soon be repurposed to serve the community as well. Rather than joining the ongoing fight against the virus, the gazebo will serve as a different, much-needed community service: a memorial to remember those we’ve lost to the ...

Rutgers to Host Last Witness to Emmett Till Abduction

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - New Brunswick’s Department of American Studies on Thursday will host the Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr., the last living witness to the abduction of Emmett Till, for a discussion on love, forgiveness and reconciliation.

The program, focusing on the legacy of Till's murder in 1955 - which became one of the defining moments of the U.S. civil rights movement - will be held ...

Bishop Checchio Leads World Day of the Sick Mass at Saint Peter's Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Those who suffer in silence can feel forgotten, or worse, invisible.

Bishop James F. Checchio of the Diocese of Metuchen, however, said it is important to remember them and even reach out to comfort them every year on World Day of the Sick.

“We don’t see them at church, he said. “Today is a reminder that we have to find them.”

Checchio ...

Highlights from Franklin Township's 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Community Breakfast

SOMERSET, NJ - Nearly 500 key members of the community gathered Monday morning for one of the town's longest-standing traditions, the 23rd annual Franklin Township Community Breakfast at the DoubleTree Hotel. 

The breakfast hosted by the Franklin Township Dr. Martin Luther King Community Foundation (FTMLKCF) is held every year to bring the community together, honor Dr. King, and to ...

Residents and faith leaders preach love in the face of rising anti-Semitism and hate crimes

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ – In the wake of the recent wave of anti-Semitic violence and a surge in hate crimes in the past year – state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Monday that in 2019 New Jersey saw the largest year-over-year rise in bias crime since 1991 –residents and local leaders gathered in Highland Park last night to denounce hate ...

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NJ Interfaith Coalition Strongly Condemns the Murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police  

June 2, 2020

SOMERSET, NJ - While the struggle of African-Americans for equality has continued for centuries, the unjust and inhumane murder of George Floyd underscores the urgency to address the deeply rooted racism that is still endemic in American society, especially towards people of color and, in particular, towards African-Americans. 

Members of the NJ Interfaith Coalition ...

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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 ...

Clinton NJ Vegan Café Pays it Forward by Preparing Meals for the Community & Essential Workers

June 3, 2020

CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic. 

Stone described Grounded for Life as a plant-based restaurant “borne from a need to bring healthy and compassionate food, ...

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 ...