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"Charlotte's Web" Presented by Hillsborough Middle School Drama Club

December 14, 2017

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - After countless hours of after-school rehearsals, learning song lyrics, memorizing lines and hitting their marks, members of the Hillsborough Middle School Drama Club will be present “Charlotte's Web” this weekend at the Hillsborough Middle School, 260 Triangle Road.

Performances are Friday, Dec. 15th at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. and ...

Raritan Ringers Perform Handbell Concert in Somerville

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Raritan Ringers handbell ensemble will present a concert of sacred and secular holiday favorites on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the United Reformed Church, 100 W. Main St.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

The group is made up of 14 advanced ringers from the metropolitan area.

For more information call the church office at (908) 725-4545. 

"Red Ochre" Exhibit Opens in Somerville at Gallery on Division

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Red Ochre is one of the oldest known pigments in the history of artistic expression, used by some of the first hominids known to have created art.  As such, the pigment, which is still widely used today, might be considered one of the first layers in what has become, over thousands of years, a rich and multidimensional history of art.

Three artists pay homage to red ochre ...

Hillsborough School Officials Contend with Police Probe and Personnel Issue

December 17, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – There are two high-profile developments impacting the high school community as 2017 draws to a close.

The Hillsborough Board of Education has its final meeting Monday night, Dec. 18, with a lengthy agenda that includes dozens of routine items, approving a Florida trip for the cheerleaders, accepting the resignation of a board member, appointments of long-term ...

Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Asks Police to Investigate Missing Funds

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Police Chief Darren Powell has confirmed that township police detectives, assisted by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, have begun an investigation into the theft of funds from an account at Hillsborough Township High School.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorden Schiff requested the police investigation, according to Powell.

Powell would ...

Hillsborough Library Awarded 4-Star National Rating

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey, which includes the Hillsborough Library, has been named a four-star Library by the Library Journal Index for the fifth consecutive year, and eighth time in ten years.

Of the over 250 libraries in the state, SCLSNJ is one of six Libraries to receive this honor. The other five New Jersey Star Libraries are Avalon Public ...

Microbrewery and Restaurant to open in Downtown Somerville

December 7, 2017

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County's first microbrewery will be the centerpiece of a restaurant, taproom, and entertainment emporium that will open in downtown Somerville at the former location of the Somerville Antiques Center, which had taken over the space of the former Woolworth's department store on Main Street.

Village Brewing Company will serve seasonal craft beers and ...

"Wreaths Across America" Convoy Stops in Manville on Way to Arlington National Cemetery

December 11, 2017

MANVILLE, NJ  - What has become known as the world's largest veterans' parade will pause for a ceremony at Manville High School on Wednesday, Dec. 13 as the Wreaths Across America 18-truck convoy heads to Arlington National Cemetery for the annual wreath-laying on the graves of US veterans.

The convoy is expected to arrive around 9 a.m., driving down Finderne Avenue across the Van ...

Patriots' Fans Trudge Through Snow to Donate Toys

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A steady stream of determined fans trudged through the snow outside TD Ballpark Saturday morning, carrying bags and boxes of donated toys inside to the Somerset Patriots gift shop where they were handed off to three US Marines in dress blue uniforms who were  collecting Toys for Tots.

The Marines were assisted by Santa, team mascot Sparkee and his namesake, manager ...

Somerset Patriots Host Holiday Toy Collection Dec. 9

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The US Marines will be on hand Saturday as the Somerset Patriots and Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle host the team's annual Holiday Toy Drive at TD Bank Ballpark from 10 am-noon.

The donated toys will be collected and distributed by the US Marines Toys for Tots program.

Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Patriots' Team Store located at the ...

Ciattarelli Measure Raising Awareness of Rare Childhood Disease Advances

December 18, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16h) designating April 23 as Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva Awareness Day has passed the Assembly Health and Senior Service Committee.

The bill is also sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick; it was approved by the committee by a 10-0 vote.

The extremely rare ...

Hillsborough Ethics Board Dismisses Complaint Against Deputy Mayor, Township Administrator

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Township Administrator Anthony Ferrara and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the township Ethical Standards Board in connection with an ethics complaint filed against them in October, which alleged that McCauley, a realtor, benefited from the sale of Ferrara’s home after McCauley and other members of the Township Committee approved a pay ...

House OKs Renaming of Raritan Post Office for John Basilone

WASHINGTON - Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) has secured passage of legislation in the U.S. House that would designate the U.S. Post Office in Raritan, New Jersey, as the "Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Post Office."

In a speech before colleagues in the House of Representatives Thursday, Lance recounted the many honors Basilone earned in service to the country and asked the House to ...

Far Out: RVCC Plants Tree with Orgins in Outer Space

December 6, 2017

 

BRANCHBURG, NJ  - A white pine newly planted on campus at Raritan Valley Community College made a long journey before it was planted on campus near the planetarium last week.

The white pine, planted Nov. 28, was grown from seeds that traveled aboard a Columbia space shuttle flight in April 1997.

The seeds had been given to NASA from the New Jersey Forest Tree Nursery and ...

Lucy's Legacy: Hillsborough Mom Honors Daughter's Memory with Blood Donation

December 7, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - For Lois Ricci, blood donation comes from the heart.

Four years ago, the Hillsborough woman gave birth to her daughter, Lucy Grace, who was born eight weeks premature and was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and transient leukemia. Every day for the two and half months of her life, she needed some type of blood product as part of her treatment.

“By the grace of God and ...

Former Student Pleads Guilty to Rutgers Cyber Attacks

December 13, 2017

TRENTON, NJ - A former Rutgers student has pleaded guilty to his involvement in a series of cyber attacks against the Rutgers University computer network, which left the internet crippled for days at a time, according to the US Department of Justice.

Paras Jha, 21, of Fanwood, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, US officials announced, after he pled guilty to his ...

Somerville Courtroom: Woman Twice Convicted of Death by Auto Faces Sentencing

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Amie Marroccelli, 44, twice convicted of 2nd Degree Vehicular Homicide in the death of a motorist on Route 78 in 2010, will be sentenced Friday, Dec. 15 before Judge Robert Reed at 9 a.m. in the Somerset County Courthouse.

The Union Township woman was found guilty of the crime a second time in October; she was previously tried and convicted on March 17, 2014, ...

Somerville Forum Examines Issues with Justice System

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills and the Central Jersey Community Coalition hosted a dialogue recently which addressed the issues facing those involved with the modern American criminal justice system.

The event was organized by Caroline Hann, who is a part of the advocate performance group META theatre company.

The evening opened with words from ...

Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Asks Police to Investigate Missing Funds

December 15, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Police Chief Darren Powell has confirmed that township police detectives, assisted by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, have begun an investigation into the theft of funds from an account at Hillsborough Township High School.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorden Schiff requested the police investigation, according to Powell.

Powell would ...

Fire Damages Hillsborough Residence

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – A residential fire caused serious damage to the roof and rear portion of a home at 339 Zion Road on Wednesday.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported to police at 6:25 p.m.

The fire was extinguished by responding fire departments from Hillsborough and surrounding communities.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Hillsborough Township ...

Gang Members Charged In Multi-County Crime Spree

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police charged seven “major gang” members with a series of serious crimes spanning several communities including the Oct. 15 robbery of the BP Gas Station on Route 27 where the attendant was shot and critically injured, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The arrest of the seven members of a major gang, came following an extensive investigation of a ...

Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Asks Police to Investigate Missing Funds

December 15, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Police Chief Darren Powell has confirmed that township police detectives, assisted by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, have begun an investigation into the theft of funds from an account at Hillsborough Township High School.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorden Schiff requested the police investigation, according to Powell.

Powell would ...

Fire Damages Hillsborough Residence

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – A residential fire caused serious damage to the roof and rear portion of a home at 339 Zion Road on Wednesday.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported to police at 6:25 p.m.

The fire was extinguished by responding fire departments from Hillsborough and surrounding communities.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Hillsborough Township ...

Gang Members Charged In Multi-County Crime Spree

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police charged seven “major gang” members with a series of serious crimes spanning several communities including the Oct. 15 robbery of the BP Gas Station on Route 27 where the attendant was shot and critically injured, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The arrest of the seven members of a major gang, came following an extensive investigation of a ...

Hillsborough Student Honored by Metuchen Diocese for Service and Leadership

December 13, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ -- The Diocese of Metuchen recently recognized the significant service work of four Immaculata High School  seniors at the annual Youth Awards Mass, held at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in Metuchen with Bishop James F. Checchio bestowing the St. Timothy and St. Teresa awards to teens from parishes and high schools in the diocese.

Noah Jordan of ...

Statewide Steroid Testing of High School Athletes Yields One Positive Result

December 11, 2017

 

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – The results are in for NJSIAA’s 2016-17 random steroid testing program for New Jersey’s scholastic athletes. Of the 502 male and female student-athletes tested, one was found to be positive for any of 80 banned substances, including anabolic steroids. 

The athletes tested under the annual NJSIAA program – all of whom were drawn from ...

NJSIAA Approves Overhaul of Football Playoff Format

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – A major overhaul to the state’s high school football playoffs and seeding system was approved by the NJSIAA’s member schools at their annual business meeting on Monday.

Public school football programs throughout the state will play to a two-champion per group tournament, which amounts to one game more than what is currently played.

Traditional ...

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Convoy Delivers Wreaths of Honor to Somerset County

December 17, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Wreaths Across America convoy that stopped off in Manville Dec. 13 for ceremonies on its way from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery delivered two memorial wreaths to Somerset County officials.

On Friday, ceremonies were held at Veterans Memorial Plaza adjacent to the Somerset County Administration Building, and in Raritan, adjacent to the John Basilone Memorial.

AHS Doctor Leads Sessions on Blood Cancer Studies at Conference

December 7, 2017

Mohamad Cherry, MD, will lead a major session on new discoveries about the most common type of acute adult leukemia and help present results of four major blood cancer studies at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) 59th Annual Meeting, December 9-12 in Atlanta, GA.  The meeting is the world’s pre-eminent gathering of clinicians and researchers focused on blood diseases, who travel ...