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The Mountain Top At Villagers Theatre In Franklin Township Pays Tribute to MLK's Legacy

January 14, 2017

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Mountaintop opened at Villagers Theatre on Friday night and will run through through Jan. 22.

The Mountaintop is directed by Diane L. Parker and stars Andrew Binger and Mildred Victoria. 

Playwright Katori Hall was inspired to write The Mountaintop based on a story her mother told her as a child.  Carrie Mae ...

"Welcome Neighbor" - Traveling Art Exhibit Stops Off in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission is hosting an art exhibition that highlights 17 different indigenous-art traditions by New Jersey artists at the Somerset County Adminstration Building, 20 Grove St. through Jan. 26.

Text panels accompanying the artworks provide information on the origins, influences and general cultural context of each ...

Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher Makes Theatrical Debut in Sunday’s Boar’s Head Festival

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The audience at Sunday afternoon’s Boar’s Head Festival hosted by the United Reformed Church will recognize several cast members, including Mayor Brian Gallagher, who makes his theatrical debut in the Elizabethan-era production.

Garbed in a period costume, the mayor promises to complete the outfit with red tights, but only if he gets 100 ...

Somerset County Young Professionals Share Networking Techniques at Workshop Jan. 11

January 5, 2017

 BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Young Professionals, a networking group of the Somerset County Business Partnership, will bring tomorrow’s business leaders together for a workshop, “Impactful Networking Techniques for Millennials” on Jan. 11 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Business Partnership, 360 Grove St.

Power networking ...

Business Leaders Invited to "Meet Opportunity NJ Breakfast" at RVCC

BRANCHBURG, NJ -The Somerset County Business Partnership and Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce will host the “Meet Opportunity NJ Breakfast” on Wednesday, Jan.11 from 8-9:30 a.m. at Raritan Valley Community College, Route 28 and Lamington Road.

Opportunity NJ is a non-partisan, grassroots advocacy coalition representing New Jersey employers, employees, businesses, trade ...

Hillsborough HS Robo Raiders Have Six Weeks to Build a Robot

January 16, 2017

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Hillsborough High School Robotics Team 75 kicked off their Robotics competition game on Jan. 7th, launching an intense six-week time frame in which to build a robot.

Mayor Carl Suraci and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley attended the Robotics Team 75 kickoff event at Hillsborough High School.

Kickoff is a celebration of the release of the FIRST ...

Princeton Professor/Author to Speak on Race Relations at RVCC

BRANCHBURG, NJ - Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., chair of the Department of African American Studies and William S. Tod Professor of Religion at Princeton University, will address race relations and racial injustice and discuss his latest book, "Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul" at Raritan Valley Community College Thursday, Jan.26, ...

Senate Bill Expands Varsity Letter Eligibility Beyond Athletics

   

TRENTON, NJ -The Senate Education Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer) and Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students who participate in competitive activities other than athletics.

“A varsity ...

Ciattarelli Says state GOP and New Jersey Need a New Message and New Messenger

January 17, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – State Assemblyman and Republican candidate for Governor Jack Ciattarelli released the following statement Tuesday in reaction to Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno’s gubernatorial candidacy:

“With the Lt. Governor now officially a declared gubernatorial candidate, it is time for an honest and fair discussion.

"If New Jersey Republicans nominate the ...

Ciattarelli Kicks off Gubernatorial Campaign at Somerville Elks Jan. 19

 

  

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, will formally kick off his campaign Thursday, Jan. 19 with a reception at the Somerville Elks after his announcement last week that he had undergone successful surgery for throat cancer in November.

“Overwhelmed and humbled doesn’t begin to ...

South Brunswick: U.S. Rep. Watson Coleman Will Not Attend Trump Inauguration

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12, will not be at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next Friday, she announced Saturday night.

“I am very concerned with this administration coming in,” Watson Coleman said to around 150 people during a “United Communities” town hall meeting at the Islamic Society of Central Jersey on Route ...

Somerville: N. Bryan Mack, “Chef Behind the Bar” at Verve Bistro, Dies at 46

January 12, 2017

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – N. Bryan Mack, legendary mixologist and “chef behind the bar” at Verve Restaurant, Bar& Bistro, has died at the age of 46.

Mack was the consummate front man,  a dapper dresser, beginning his career at Verve in 2002 with starched shirts, cuff links and silk ties, but lately given over to a themed artistic punk look - modified bearskin hat ...

Lighting Liquidation Sale Benefits Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity

January 9, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Lighting fixtures, chandeliers, ceiling fans and more will be offered at heavily discounted prices to support Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity during a three-day liquidation sale.

RVHFH will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the a 3-day lighting liquidation Jan. 14-16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day at 89 Route 206 North in the Dunkin' Donuts shopping center across ...

South Brunswick: U.S. Rep. Watson Coleman Will Not Attend Trump Inauguration

January 15, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12, will not be at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next Friday, she announced Saturday night.

“I am very concerned with this administration coming in,” Watson Coleman said to around 150 people during a “United Communities” town hall meeting at the Islamic Society of Central Jersey on Route ...

NJ Lawmakers Stand Up for Painted Blue Line Police Tributes on Roadways

TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Erik Peterson, R-23rd introduced a resolution in the State Assembly Tuesday objecting to a recent Federal Highway Administration ruling that would require towns to paint over the honorary blue lines in front of police departments, municipal buildings, and down main streets intended to support local law enforcement. 

“It seems that, yet ...

Lance Named Vice-Chairman of Communications and Technology Subcommittee

WASHINGTON - New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance, R-7th has been appointed vice chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee under the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The panel has oversight over the United States digital economy, the Federal Communications Commission and rules and regulations effecting New Jersey’s many telecommunications companies.

“I thank ...

Learn How to Nurture the Great Outdoors - Under Glass

January 17, 2017

 

TERRARIUM WORKSHOP JANUARY 28, 2017

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Horticulturists from the Somerset County Park Commission's Colonial Park Gardens in Somerset will host a workshop: "Terrariums: A Miniature Ecosystem in Glass" Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m.-noon.

The program will be held at Park Commission Headquarters at North Branch Park, 355 ...

Hillsborough Holds free Rabies Clinic Jan. 14

January 13, 2017

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township will hold a free Rabies Vaccination Clinic for dogs and cats, Saturday, Jan. 14.

Vaccinations will be administerde between 10 a.m. and noon at the Township Public Works building, 21 E. Mountain Road.

No registration is necessary.

Dogs must be leashed and cats must be inside a secure carrier.

The clinic will be rescheduled if canceled because ...

Congress Begins to Dismantle Obamacare; Lance Aligns with Trump Proposals

WASHINGTON - Members of Congress on Friday began dismantling Obamacare.

New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) issued this statement following the 227-198 vote in the House on a budget resolution that that instructs various Congressional committees to draft legislation by Jan. 27 to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act; the Senate passed a similar bill on Thursday:

“With ...

Somerset County Offers 10-Week Yoga Courses

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Recreation Department will host a 10-week winter session of Classic Hatha Yoga with classes for both beginners and practiced beginning Jan. 11.

The low-impact program will introduce adults to the healthful benefits of Yoga and improve on existing skills for those who previously participated.

The evening program will be held ...

Here Comes the Judge, Here Comes the Judge, Here . . .

January 9, 2017

TRENTON, NJ - Gov.Chris Christie has enacted a legislative plan authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and state Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman that will add 20 new judges to New Jersey’s courts, providing support for the already-enacted criminal justice reforms that took effect this month.

“I appreciate that the Governor has acted so quickly to enact our ...

Somerset County Sheriff's Office: New Officers, Promotions and Awards

January 12, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano swore in new officers and presented awards to both officers and civilians during a ceremony held at the county’s historic courthouse.

Provenzano asked for a moment of silence to open the ceremy, “for our fallen brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice and the brave men and women in the armed ...

NJ Lawmakers Stand Up for Painted Blue Line Police Tributes on Roadways

TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Erik Peterson, R-23rd introduced a resolution in the State Assembly Tuesday objecting to a recent Federal Highway Administration ruling that would require towns to paint over the honorary blue lines in front of police departments, municipal buildings, and down main streets intended to support local law enforcement. 

“It seems that, yet ...

Somerset County Crime Stoppers Offers Reward in Shooting Incident

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Police have identified a suspect in connection with a Jan. 3 shooting and are offering a reward for information on his whereabouts and his father, who they say helped the 20-year-old man elude police.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson identified the shooting suspect as Jaki N. Hooks-Lewis of Dewald Avenue, Franklin Township. A criminal ...

Somerset County Sheriff's Office: New Officers, Promotions and Awards

January 12, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano swore in new officers and presented awards to both officers and civilians during a ceremony held at the county’s historic courthouse.

Provenzano asked for a moment of silence to open the ceremy, “for our fallen brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice and the brave men and women in the armed ...

NJ Lawmakers Stand Up for Painted Blue Line Police Tributes on Roadways

TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Erik Peterson, R-23rd introduced a resolution in the State Assembly Tuesday objecting to a recent Federal Highway Administration ruling that would require towns to paint over the honorary blue lines in front of police departments, municipal buildings, and down main streets intended to support local law enforcement. 

“It seems that, yet ...

Somerset County Crime Stoppers Offers Reward in Shooting Incident

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Police have identified a suspect in connection with a Jan. 3 shooting and are offering a reward for information on his whereabouts and his father, who they say helped the 20-year-old man elude police.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson identified the shooting suspect as Jaki N. Hooks-Lewis of Dewald Avenue, Franklin Township. A criminal ...

Hillsborough HS Girls Cross Country Team Receives Proclamation

January 14, 2017

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Hillsborough High School Girls Cross Country Team was honored with a proclamation for another successful season by the Township Committee at its Jan. 10 meeting.

The girls were the champions of the Cherokee Challenge Invitational, Central Jersey Group 4 State Sectional Champions and qualified for the prestigious Meet of Champions and finished 7th in New ...

Patriots Fans Invited to Vote Online for Top 20 Players in Team History

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- In celebration of team’s 20th Season Anniversary, the Somerset Patriots and AT&T, the Official Wireless Partner of the team, have announced a promotion to count down the Top 20 Patriots in team history.

“We really appreciate our partnership with our hometown team, the Somerset Patriots,” said Bryan Gonterman, AT&T Mobility, VP/GM New York/New ...

Patriots' Jon Hunton Looms Large On and Off the Field

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – "Big" Jon Hunton,, the Somerset Patriots 6'9" closer and Director of Player Personnel will be back for the 2017 season.

“After another great season where we had the best record in the league and made the playoffs for the fourth-straight season, I am very excited to return in 2017. Somerset has truly become my home and there’s nowhere ...

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Palmer Named Freeholder Director for 2017; Scaglione to Serve as Deputy Director

January 6, 2017

 

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Peter S. Palmer of Bernardsville was named 2017 director of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the board’s annual reorganization meeting Friday, Jan. 6, with Patrick Scaglione of Bridgewater elected by his colleagues to serve as deputy director this year.

The annual reorganization meeting was held at the historic County ...