Republican Ellen Brain Appointed First Woman Mayor of Somerville by Council Democrats

January 17, 2018


SOMERVILLE, NJ – Ellen Brain, a former AT&T executive who has served on the borough’s Zoning Board of Adjustment and is an adjunct professor at Raritan Valley Community College, is the new Republican mayor of Somerville and the first woman to serve as mayor since the borough was incorporated in 1909.

“I’m delighted and I’m honored,” she said ...

From Basement Beer to Shooting Heroin: NBA’s Chris Herren Challenges Community to Ask Why

WARREN, NJ - It’s not about the end, it’s about the beginning. That’s what Chis Herren wants us to focus on. Not the end of the road with the junkie with a needle in his arm, but on the 14,15, 16 and 17 year old kids drinking in their parent’s basements on a Friday night- where it all starts, he said.

Herren spoke to parents and kids at Watchung Hills on Wednesday, ...

TD Bank Ballpark Community Box Available to Non-profits, Community Organizations

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Requests are now being accepted to use the 30-seat community box at the TD Bank Ballpark.

To be eligible, applicants should be nonprofits whose client base consists of at least 50 percent Somerset County residents or community organizations that are located in Somerset County or have a facility based in Somerset County that serves the citizens of Somerset County.  ...

Hillsborough HS Graduate Jasmine Brown Named a Rhodes Scholar

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Jasmine Brown, a 2014 graduate of Hillsborough High School, was honored by the Township Committee Tuesday for being named a Rhodes Scholar, one of 32 university and college students nationwide selected for the prestigious fellowship.

Mayor Gloria McCauley and Deputy Mayor Doug Tomson presented Brown with a proclamation.

Brown will spend a year at Oxford University ...

NJ Governor-Elect Phil Murphy Visits Somerville for Jan. 5 Somerset County Freeholders Reorganization

SOMERVILLE, NJ - New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy will attend the Jan. 5 Somerset County Freeholders reorganization meeting for the ceremonial swearing-in of Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter.

The meeting begins at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 in the historic Somerset County Courthouse, 35 East Main St.

Peter, a borough resident and former president of the Somerville Borough Council, was ...

Original 1907 Times Square Ball Has Direct Link to Somerset County

NEW YORK – Walter Fuhrman Palmer, the head electrician at the venerable New York Times newspaper more than 100 years ago, helped to create a legacy shared by tens of millions of people who have jammed Times Square on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the traditional countdown to the New Year.

Palmer, who lived in Warren, NJ, designed the first giant sphere to drop on Times Square, the ...

There is Still Time to Recognize the Women of Franklin Township

SOMERSET, NJ - Many women living in Franklin Township do extraordinary things every day, and now it is time to recognize them.

The 2018 Outstanding Women in Somerset County awards program deadline for submissions has been extended to Jan. 12. 

Nominations can be sent to the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women, winners will be selected in March 2018 during ...

Somerset County Adopts Updated Housing Master Plan


SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Planning Board has adopted an updated Housing Element of the Somerset County Master Plan that supersedes the original contained in the 1987 master plan.

“The plan focuses attention on the importance of preserving and rehabilitating existing housing stock and on neighborhood enhancements that improve community sustainability, resiliency and ...

40th Annual Festival of Trees Continues at EEC in Basking Ridge Through Dec. 29

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - If you haven't yet visited the 40th annual Festival of Trees, the winter wonderland spectacular that displays the creativity of local groups and individuals in decorating holiday trees, you still have through Dec. 29 to visit this year's display at the Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. 

A ...

Time to Recognize the Women of Franklin Township

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Our diverse town has many successful women doing extraordinary things every day, and now it is time to recognize them. We have less than a month to make our voices heard. 

Dec. 31 is the last day to send nominations to the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women for its 2018 Outstanding Women in Somerset County awards ...

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