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Somerville Murals Planned to Memorialize Artists Who Died Pursuing Their Passion

September 18, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough Council Monday night approved an ordinance that will permit qualified artists to paint murals on the brick facades of buildings in the downtown retail district along Main Street.

There are two mural projects already awaiting the approval process. Each is intended to memorialize one of two artists with ties to Somerville. Both died tragically pursuing their passion ...

Somerville Jazz Fest Provides Background Music for Big Picture

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Rick St. Pierre, owner of Verve Restaurant, Bar & Bistro, woke up Sunday morning, looked out the front window on the upper floor where he lives on East Main Street and watched as his vision began to unfold.

Sunday was the climax of the three-day Central New Jersey Jazz Festival in Somerville, with thousands of locals and visitors pouring in to town to set up their ...

Thousands Expected in Somerville for Sunday Jazz Festival

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Central New Jersey Jazz Festival concludes Sunday afternoon, with upwards of 6,000 people expected to bring their lawn chairs and their love for music to be entertained in front of the stage on East Main Street, with seating spilling over on to the lawn at the historic Somerset County Courthouse.

The weather forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures near 80 ...

Somerville Planning Board Rejects Builder’s Alternative to Underground Parking Garage

September 14, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  -The Planning Board Wednesday night rejected a builder’s request for an amended site plan that would eliminate an underground parking garage beneath a planned five-story apartment building and move 24 of the tenants’ parking spots across the street to a property he recently purchased.

An unanticipated groundwater source discovered during excavation a few months ...

Underground Water Woes Force Somerville Developer to Devise Plan B

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - An unanticipated groundwater source has undermined developer Robert Weiss’ plans for an underground parking garage at the planned Davenport Apartments, forcing him to go with Plan B, which hadn’t existed until it was necessitated by the invasive underground spring.

The spring was discovered several months ago as work crews began to excavate the site of the ...

Take a Walk Through History with Library Lectures, Discussions

September 20, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County is one of America’s oldest counties with an abundant history that dates back to the 1600s.

Starting this September, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will continue to explore community, state, and world history through a series of lectures and discussions.                     ...

Two Hillsborough HS Students Qualify as National Merit Semifinalists

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Two seniors at Hillsborough High School are among a group of 16,000 nationwide to qualify as seminfinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship program.

Curtis Chen and Smay R. Shah are among the elite students nationwide that have an opportunity to continue in the 64th annual competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that ...

Hillsborough Students Wear PJs to School to Raise Money for Buddy Bench

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -- During recess, the Triangle Elementary School playground in Hillsborough is a loud, fun, and energetic place to play.

But what if you are looking for a quiet place to sit and talk with a new friend or catch up with an old friend who is in a different class? What if you don’t know with whom to play? These were the concerns of then second grade student, Marielle ...

Elections 2018: Opt-Out Mail Ballot Deadline Sept. 14

September 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter wants residents to know that options have changed for the New Jersey Vote By Mail program.

Voters can now choose to receive a Mail-in Ballot for all future elections (including primary and special elections) by filling out one application.  If voters choose this option, they will automatically receive ballots without further action, ...

Australian Toddler Needs Helping Hand on Journey to Boston Hospital

September 12, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Tilly Mahon is flying from Melbourne, Australia to the United States in less than a month to meet her grandfather, Colin Driver, a long awaited event filled with anticipation but fraught with anxiety and angst.

Two-year-old Matilda, aka Tilly, her mom, Jane, father, Matthew and 5-year-old brother James are flying 10,318 miles from "Down Under" because Tilly needs ...

Hundreds of Backpacks Filled with School Supplies Distributed

SOMERSET, NJ – Assemblyman Joseph Danielsen helped distribute more than 750 backpacks to students in the 17th Legislative District for the new school year, as part of his annual back-to-school backpack drive.

The drive was held between July and August and yielded thousands of school supplies. The drive collected new backpacks filled with essential school supplies — such as pens, ...

Heads Shaved: Ciattarelli, Bateman Raise Money for Childhood Cancer Research

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – State Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon) and former state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident,  took turns yesterday at Raymour & Flanigan, Route 202 to get a no-frills haircut.

Nothing fancy, no clipping, no styling, and no comb or scissors were necessary.

The longtime 16th District ...

Somerville Planning Board Rejects Builder’s Alternative to Underground Parking Garage

September 14, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  -The Planning Board Wednesday night rejected a builder’s request for an amended site plan that would eliminate an underground parking garage beneath a planned five-story apartment building and move 24 of the tenants’ parking spots across the street to a property he recently purchased.

An unanticipated groundwater source discovered during excavation a few months ...

Underground Water Woes Force Somerville Developer to Devise Plan B

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - An unanticipated groundwater source has undermined developer Robert Weiss’ plans for an underground parking garage at the planned Davenport Apartments, forcing him to go with Plan B, which hadn’t existed until it was necessitated by the invasive underground spring.

The spring was discovered several months ago as work crews began to excavate the site of the ...

Hillsborough To Conduct Missing Child Drill at Duke Farms

September 20, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - An Emergency Servic

es Training Drill involving several first responder agencies will be held at Duke Farms Sept. 26th between 4:30-9 p.m.

John Sheridan, director of the township's Office of Emergency Management said there will be several emergency vehicles present at the property and emphasized it is only a training exercise.

The drill is the first of its kind to ...

Hillsborough Man Snagged in Statewide Sting of Suspected Child Predators

TRENTON, NJ – A 54-year-old Hillsborough man is one of 24 suspects arrested in “Operation Open House,” a sting set up by law enforcement officials to capture alleged child predators using social media to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity, according to state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

The sting was set-up at a residence in Toms River. The underage ...

Hillsborough Woman, 73, Faces Two Charges of Shoplifting Alcohol from Liquor Store

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - All information on this Police blotter was provided by Hillsborough police. Those facing charges are considered innocent unless proven guilty in Hillsborough Municipal Court. All defendants charged by police were processed and released pending a court appearance.

Aug. 4, 2018 - Michele Neri, 24, of Middlesex was arrested for Possession of Marijuana after being ...

Hillsborough To Conduct Missing Child Drill at Duke Farms

September 20, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - An Emergency Servic

es Training Drill involving several first responder agencies will be held at Duke Farms Sept. 26th between 4:30-9 p.m.

John Sheridan, director of the township's Office of Emergency Management said there will be several emergency vehicles present at the property and emphasized it is only a training exercise.

The drill is the first of its kind to ...

Hillsborough Man Snagged in Statewide Sting of Suspected Child Predators

TRENTON, NJ – A 54-year-old Hillsborough man is one of 24 suspects arrested in “Operation Open House,” a sting set up by law enforcement officials to capture alleged child predators using social media to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity, according to state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

The sting was set-up at a residence in Toms River. The underage ...

Hillsborough Woman, 73, Faces Two Charges of Shoplifting Alcohol from Liquor Store

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - All information on this Police blotter was provided by Hillsborough police. Those facing charges are considered innocent unless proven guilty in Hillsborough Municipal Court. All defendants charged by police were processed and released pending a court appearance.

Aug. 4, 2018 - Michele Neri, 24, of Middlesex was arrested for Possession of Marijuana after being ...

Football: Hillsborough, Levonaitis Run Wild, Stun Bridgewater-Raritan, 35-24

September 8, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — With a stellar offensive line and a dominant rushing game, Hillsborough has the makings for a breakout season this year. Despite having one of the toughest schedules in New Jersey, the Raiders are going to be contenders every week, and Friday night, sent a major statement throughout the state. 

One week after pulling out a last-second season opening win at ...

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Committee Candidate Seeks Support of Hillsborough Voters

September 11, 2018

To the Editor,

My name is Olivia Holmes and I am running as a Democrat for the Hillsborough Township Committee.

My husband and I moved to Hillsborough thirty-two years ago, bought a home in the Sourland Mountains, and started a family.  Besides raising two sons, both graduates of Hillsborough High, I took care of my father-in-law for ten years after he suffered a stroke.  I am a ...

Take a Walk Through History with Library Lectures, Discussions

September 20, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County is one of America’s oldest counties with an abundant history that dates back to the 1600s.

Starting this September, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will continue to explore community, state, and world history through a series of lectures and discussions.                     ...