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Tour of Somerville Weekend: Quarter-Mile Sprints Add High-Speed Dynamic

May 19, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The grand daddy of ‘em  all, the 75-year-old Tour of Somerville 50-mile bicycle race, anchors a weekend of world class cycling in Bound Brook and downtown Somerville May 24-28, with a new event added Sunday night to draw more spectators downtown.

Spectators this year will see an additional day of racing beginning with the Bound Brook Criterium on ...

Somerville’s Girls Night Out: Prepare to be Pampered, Expect to be Pleased

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Girls' Night Out in Downtown Somerville might start out a little bit soggy, but the Accu-Weather  forecast for late Thursday afternoon and early evening is cause for optimism – 50 percent chance of rain in the afternoon, maybe ending by  6 p.m.

Regardless,  the long-awaited event is advertised as a rain or shine affair, and there will be more ...

Somerville: Arts on Division Hosts "7 Voices" Exhibit

SOMERVILLE, NJ –Arts on Division will present “7 Voices – An Invitational Exhibition” from Thursday May, 17 through Sunday, June 10, 2018, featuring the works of seven local artists at Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

Invited artists include Greta Anderson, Judith A. Lieberman, Lisa Madson, Maria Mineo, Liz Mitchell, Leokadia Stanik, and Colleen ...

Sen.. Doherty Meets with Somerset County Business Leaders

May 15, 2018

SOMERVILLE,  NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee (ELC) will host District 23 Senator Michael J. Doherty at a luncheon scheduled for Friday, May 25 at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main St. from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Doherty will be discussing his priorities for the Somerset County business community in 2018.

“Sen. Doherty’s life experience ...

Somerville Approves 40-Acre Transit Village with Route 206 Gateway

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset Station, an expansive Transit Village featuring apartments, townhouses, retail stores and a community center alongside the NJ Transit Raritan Valley line - with an interior roadway providing access to Route 206 - was given site plan and subdivision approvals by the Planning Board following a 3 ½-hour meeting Wednesday night.

The final application is based ...

Three Hillsborough Students Awarded 4-H Scholarships

May 24, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Eleven students, including 3 from Hillsborough,  have been named recipients of Somerset County 4-H scholarships.

Open to members and alumni of the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development program, the 11 winners will share a total of $21,000 for their continuing education.

Hillsborough recipients are Kirsten Clerico, Alex Norz and Molly O'Sullivan..

Recipient of ...

Young Artists from Hillsborough Runners-Up in Library Card Contest

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Two elementary school students from Hillsborough were runner-ups in the  Somerset County Library System of New Jersey Library Card Design contest.

The 2 winners and 18 runner-ups were honored at a May 19 reception at the Hillsborough Public  Library.

The Hillsborough runners-up, both seven-years-old, are Joseph Cridge and Guneet Kang.

 The ...

Hillsborough Graduates Earn Accolades on Campus

Students Named to Dean's and Honors Lists at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus

MADISON, NJ-- Students at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus, located in Madison were named to the Dean's and Honors Lists for the Fall 2017 semester, including five from Hillsborough: Gabriella Perruso, Olivia Vliet, Anna Gorbunov, Ayesha Farooq  and Ashley ...

Hundreds Gather for a Taste of Somerset and to Support People Care Center 

May 24, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Close to 400 guests attended the 26th Annual Taste of Somerset fundraiser benefiting the PeopleCare Center at the Palace at Somerset Park Monday night.

"Taste of Somerset is the original tasting event in Somerset County and the longest running with widespread benefits - to the restaurants, to the attendees, and most importantly to the tenants at PeopleCare ...

Shortage of Farmers Forces Somerville Farmer’s Market to Close

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Somerville Farmers Market, scheduled to resume operations on Grove Street for its ninth season June 7, will not open this year.

“You need more than one farmer to operate a legitimate farmers’ market,” said Jay Scott, who is the head of the eight-member volunteer committee that operates the market.

Scott distributed an e-mail over the weekend ...

Hundreds Gather for a Taste of Somerset and to Support People Care Center 

May 24, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Close to 400 guests attended the 26th Annual Taste of Somerset fundraiser benefiting the PeopleCare Center at the Palace at Somerset Park Monday night.

"Taste of Somerset is the original tasting event in Somerset County and the longest running with widespread benefits - to the restaurants, to the attendees, and most importantly to the tenants at PeopleCare ...

Patriots, Diamond Nation Go to Bat for Ailing Ben Fonseca

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots and Diamond Nation have partnered for a special event to raise money for a member of their family, former coach and instructor Ben Fonseca.

Fonseca is battling systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disorder where healthy tissue is being destroyed because the immune system mistakenly thinks it’s a foreign substance or infection. The ...

Hillsborough UNICO Members Tee Off for a Cause

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Members of the Hillsborough UNICO chapter joined forces with the Organization for Autism Research NJ for their first annual golf outing fundraiser last month at the Hillsborough Golf and Country Club.

Over 60 golfers, 40 sponsors and dozens of gifts donated from local businesses rounded out the successful event.  Prizes were awarded for closest to the green, longest ...

Freeholders Adopt Somerset County Budget, Reduce Tax Rate

May 23, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders has adopted a 2018 budget that reflects a slight reduction in the county tax rate.

“While Trenton is poised to increase the burden on taxpayers, Somerset County is once again keeping its pledge to deliver quality services to residents in a cost-effective manner. There will be no increase in the county taxes Somerset ...

Murphy Gets 46 Percent Approval Rating in Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – With the Murphy administration well underway, New Jerseyans are now split over the direction of the state, as more feel better than they have in recent years about where New Jersey is headed.

Gov. Phil Murphy remains an unknown to a sizeable segment of the public, but initial impressions of the job he is doing are positive: 46 percent approve of his job as governor ...

Lance Seeks Reimbursement for Airports, Businesses Impacted by Trump Visits to NJ

WASHINGTON - Two major priorities of New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) have been included in the draft text of the fiscal year 2019 U.S. Department of Transportation Appropriations Act.

The Northeast Corridor rail projects could earn up to $2.2 billion in new funding included in the bill and language Lance inserted into the draft text will create a reimbursement program for local airports ...

NJ Bog Turtle Designation Inches Closer to Legislative Approval

May 16, 2018

 

TRENTON, NJ – The endangered bog turtle continues to plod along on its way to becoming New Jersey’s State Reptile.

Companion legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16th) to officially designate the bog turtle as the official State Reptile of New Jersey was advanced by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee last Thursday.

Zwicker's bill ...

Shortage of Farmers Forces Somerville Farmer’s Market to Close

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Somerville Farmers Market, scheduled to resume operations on Grove Street for its ninth season June 7, will not open this year.

“You need more than one farmer to operate a legitimate farmers’ market,” said Jay Scott, who is the head of the eight-member volunteer committee that operates the market.

Scott distributed an e-mail over the weekend ...

Hillsborough Man Sentenced for Bribing Doctors in $100M Test Referral Scheme

May 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – Five individuals including a Hillsborough resident  were sentenced Friday for bribing doctors in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, its president and numerous associates, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Doug Hurley, 38, of Hillsborough and Kevin ...

Suspect Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run Flees Country

May 22, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A 36-year-old suspect charged in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian May 15th has fled the country, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Charges have been filed against Mario Infante, age 36, of New Street, Plainfield, following an investigation by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and North Plainfield ...

Hillsborough Police Blotter

 

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The following information was provided by the Hillsborough Police Department:

March 28, 2018: Jonathan Kersis, 29, Manville and Michael Kovalchick, 33, Manville, were charged with shoplifting $219.32 with of merchandise from the Kohl’s Department Store on Route 206. Both men were processed and lodged in the Somerset Copunty Jail pending a court ...

Driver Charged with Causing Passenger’s Death

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A Woodbridge man has been charged with causing the death of a passenger in his car.

Tayib Mahmood, 29, of Woodbridge was charged May 16 with causing the death of Tahir Jamile, 27, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, who was pronounced dead at the scene on May 6 after the car Mahmood was driving struck a concrete barrier on Stelton Road near Jessie Way, catching ...

Suspect Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run Flees Country

May 22, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A 36-year-old suspect charged in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian May 15th has fled the country, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Charges have been filed against Mario Infante, age 36, of New Street, Plainfield, following an investigation by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and North Plainfield ...

Hillsborough Police Blotter

 

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The following information was provided by the Hillsborough Police Department:

March 28, 2018: Jonathan Kersis, 29, Manville and Michael Kovalchick, 33, Manville, were charged with shoplifting $219.32 with of merchandise from the Kohl’s Department Store on Route 206. Both men were processed and lodged in the Somerset Copunty Jail pending a court ...

Driver Charged with Causing Passenger’s Death

PISCATAWAY, NJ – A Woodbridge man has been charged with causing the death of a passenger in his car.

Tayib Mahmood, 29, of Woodbridge was charged May 16 with causing the death of Tahir Jamile, 27, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, who was pronounced dead at the scene on May 6 after the car Mahmood was driving struck a concrete barrier on Stelton Road near Jessie Way, catching ...

Somerville Approves 40-Acre Transit Village with Route 206 Gateway

May 11, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset Station, an expansive Transit Village featuring apartments, townhouses, retail stores and a community center alongside the NJ Transit Raritan Valley line - with an interior roadway providing access to Route 206 - was given site plan and subdivision approvals by the Planning Board following a 3 ½-hour meeting Wednesday night.

The final application is based ...

Hillsborough Seminarian to be Ordained as Deacon in Diocese of Metuchen

May 15, 2018

METUCHEN, NJ – Three seminarians, including a 2011 graduate of Hillsborough High School, will be ordained as deacons by Diocese of Metuchen Bishop James F. Checchio during a Mass of the Rite of Ordination on Saturday, May 19 at the Cathedral of St Francis of Assisi, 548 Main St.

A second seminarian will be assigned to Mary, Mother of God Parish in Hillsborough, while in his final ...

Hillsborough Seminarian to be Ordained as Deacon in Diocese of Metuchen

METUCHEN, NJ – Three seminarians, including a 2011 graduate of Hillsborough High School, will be ordained as deacons by Diocese of Metuchen Bishop James F. Checchio during a Mass of the Rite of Ordination on Saturday, May 19 at the Cathedral of St Francis of Assisi, 548 Main St.

A second seminarian will be assigned to Mary, Mother of God Parish in Hillsborough, while in his final ...

Patriots' 14 Hits More than Enough

May 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots (10-3) defeated the Road Warriors (4-8) 6-2 at TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday evening.

The Road Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a double play. Somerset answered immediately, tying the game on a sacrifice fly by Endy Chavez and taking the lead on an RBI single by Alex Castellanos.

The Patriots extended the lead with two runs in ...

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Somerville Honors' Student Speaks at RVCC Graduation; 1,300 Receive Degrees

May 12, 2018

BRANCHBURG, NJ - Raritan Valley Community College awarded associate degrees and certificates to more than 1,300 graduates at its commencement, Saturday, May 12, including Somerville resident Barbara Kania, an Honors College student who introduced commencement speaker Judge Paul W. Armstrong.

Kania is a Pre-Medical Professional major who is the founder and president of RVCC’s Pre-Medicine ...