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Momma's Porch: Playhouse 22 Presents Online African-American Memoir

June 2, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s Community Theater, along with the New Jersey Creative Arts Collaborative will present a reading of Momma’s Porch on Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. as part of the theater’s Facebook Live Play Reading Series.  

Momma’s Porch is about a young zealous reporter set out to document the history of a local ...

Stand Up and Salute: Hillsborough Teens Produce Patriotic Music Video

UPDATE: More than 700 requests tp hear a selection of patriotic songs recorded by Lend-A-Voice, a group of Hillsborough teens, have been received since the link was posted. Original story below, with link to the video. Forward this story to members of the military, active and retired as a tribute this Memorial Day weekend, or to any other patriotic American.

There is no cost associated with ...

Murphy Details Guidelines, Protocols fpr Restaurant & Retail Workers

June 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – When your favorite steakhouse or burger joint opens for outdoor dining next week, limited seating, spread out tables and hand sanitizing stations – not to mention the house specialty – will be on the menu.

Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back ...

Hillsborough Police Chief Urges Merchants to Safeguard Businesses

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - While emphasizing there is no imminent threat, Police Chief Michael McMahon sent a letter to members of the Hillsborough business community Wednesday that urges merchants and building owners to be vigilant and prepare for the worst, as businesses across the country fall victim to looters during protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis May ...

Somerville Hopes to Shut Down State Highway for al Fresco Dining

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Here's a unique dining experience that may come about as a result of Gov. Phil Murphy's announcement Monday that restaurants throughout the state can begin serving meals outdoors beginning June 15th.

By mid-summer, pending approvals, the borough's restaurants could be serving dinner al fresco on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the middle of a state ...

NJ Education Officials Seek Remote Learning Feedback from Parents

June 2, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - The State Department of Education is seeking feedback from Garden State parents on the remote learning practices that were instituted in school districts across New Jersey in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The online survey is anonymous and is available in English and Spanish. Parents can access the online survey by clicking on the following links:

English ...

Residents Invited to Contribute Pandemic Memories to Digital Collection

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey encourages Somerset  County residents to share their memories of the COVID-19 pandemic with the community through SCLSNJ’s digital community memories archive, "Our Lives Today."

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, SCLSNJ has created a historical and community memories archive that ...

Hillsborough School Officials Respond to Students' "Horrific" Online Posts

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Dr. Lisa M. Antunes, superintendent of schools, and Karen A. Bingert, principal of Hillsborough High School, circulated a letter to members of the school community yesterday in response to complaints about "racist, homophobic and profane" online posts from several Hillsborough High School students.

An investigation is underway.

Outraged residents, some blaming ...

Murphy Details Guidelines, Protocols fpr Restaurant & Retail Workers

June 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – When your favorite steakhouse or burger joint opens for outdoor dining next week, limited seating, spread out tables and hand sanitizing stations – not to mention the house specialty – will be on the menu.

Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back ...

Somerville Hopes to Shut Down State Highway for al Fresco Dining

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Here's a unique dining experience that may come about as a result of Gov. Phil Murphy's announcement Monday that restaurants throughout the state can begin serving meals outdoors beginning June 15th.

By mid-summer, pending approvals, the borough's restaurants could be serving dinner al fresco on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the middle of a state ...

June 15: Haircuts, Dining Out, In-Store Shopping as NJ Nears Stage II Recovery

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Starting June 15, New Jerseyans can make themselves presentable again by getting a haircut before dining out at their favorite restaurant - and after indulging off the menu, work out at the local gym the next day.

They'll also be able to go inside and shop at their favorite retails establishments.

Gov. Phil Murphy delivered some good news to New Jersey residents at ...

FLAG of Somerville Delivers Last Meals to RWJ Hospital Workers

June 4, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Frontline Appreciation Group of Somerville has made its final delivery of food to the medical staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset after three months of supporting not only the hospital workers, but area restaurants whose businesses have been impacted by closure orders from Gov. Phil Murphy, which are being partially lifted on June 15.

Shawn Temple, a ...

Hillsborough Rotary Honors Courtney Newman, Founder of Steps Together

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -  Rotary International District 7475 will honor Courtney Newman, founder of Steps Together, with its prestigious Jean Harris award.

Newman was nominated by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough for the extraordinary community service that she offers through her Hillsborough-based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring the community to pay their blessings ...

Murphy Thankful for Peaceful George Floyd Protests in New Jersey

June 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - There were at least 21 protests across New Jersey on Tuesday prompted by the death of George Floyd last week in Minnesota while in police custody - all of them peaceful, absent of the violence and looting that have been characteristic of demonstrations across the country. 

“There has been extraordinary behavior up and down our state over these past number of very ...

Governor, Attorney General Promote Positive Police Culture in NJ

TRENTON, NJ - In the wake of days of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state farther along its path toward restarting its stalled economy in the wake of COVID-19.

Murphy used ...

Contact Tracing: Zwicker Wants to Limit Personal Information Exposure

TRENTON, NJ - State Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, D-16th, has introduced a bill that will limit exposure of personal information gathered by investigaors during the contact tracing process.

The bill requires that all personal information collected when tracing an individual's suspected exposure to the Coronavirus be deleted permanently after 30 days.

To view the bill in its entirety, ...

FLAG of Somerville Delivers Last Meals to RWJ Hospital Workers

June 4, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Frontline Appreciation Group of Somerville has made its final delivery of food to the medical staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset after three months of supporting not only the hospital workers, but area restaurants whose businesses have been impacted by closure orders from Gov. Phil Murphy, which are being partially lifted on June 15.

Shawn Temple, a ...

June 4 Hillsborough COVID-19 Update: 356 Cases, 52 Deaths

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health reported Thursday that 4,075 residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic hit locally in March, an increase of 9 overnight, with the death toll at 422.

The US Centers for Disease Control this morning reported 109,639 COVID-19 deaths in the United States, with a total of 1,910,843 cases. Worldwide, there are ...

Murphy Details Guidelines, Protocols fpr Restaurant & Retail Workers

TRENTON, NJ – When your favorite steakhouse or burger joint opens for outdoor dining next week, limited seating, spread out tables and hand sanitizing stations – not to mention the house specialty – will be on the menu.

Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back ...

Message from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

May 30, 2020

 

"The images of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis are deeply disturbing.  Mr. Floyd’s death is being investigated not only by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis, but by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division, as it should be.

"As county prosecutors entrusted with the solemn ...

Two Piscataway Residents Charged in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

NEWARK, NJ — Sean Huey, 42 and Donnette Ford, 51 both of Piscataway are among ten defendants facing charges in a mortgage fraud scheme in Essex County that targeted investment property buyers including new landlords in the New York City Special One Time Assistance Program (SOTA), a program which prepaid building owners one year of rent to relocate families from homeless shelters in New York ...

Murphy on George Floyd Killing: 'We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility'

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

"George Floyd should be alive today – not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of human ...

Two 19-Year-Olds Face Murder Charges in Franklin Homicide

June 4, 2020

FRANKLIN, NJ - Two 19-year-olds have been arrested and face murder and weapons charges in the death of Dominic J. Frederick, 25, Winston Drive, who was found shot in his vehicle after it crashed into a residence on Foxwood Drive on May 25, 2019.

The year-long investigation led to the arrest of Trey Hyman, of King Road, Somerset, and Gavin Owens-Jones, 19 of Peoples Line Road, Somerset both of ...

Hillsborough Police Chief Urges Merchants to Safeguard Businesses

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - While emphasizing there is no imminent threat, Police Chief Michael McMahon sent a letter to members of the Hillsborough business community Wednesday that urges merchants and building owners to be vigilant and prepare for the worst, as businesses across the country fall victim to looters during protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis May ...

Car Set on Fire, 42 Vehicles' Tires Slashed on Manville Streets

MANVILLE, NJ – A car was set on fire and tires were slashed on 42 vehicles parked on the streets and in driveways early Wednesday morning In an incident similar to three others that occurred in the northwest section of the borough in June and August, 2018 when a total of 155 cars were targeted.

The June 3 slashings were discovered when fire and police officers responded to the car fire ...

Two 19-Year-Olds Face Murder Charges in Franklin Homicide

June 4, 2020

FRANKLIN, NJ - Two 19-year-olds have been arrested and face murder and weapons charges in the death of Dominic J. Frederick, 25, Winston Drive, who was found shot in his vehicle after it crashed into a residence on Foxwood Drive on May 25, 2019.

The year-long investigation led to the arrest of Trey Hyman, of King Road, Somerset, and Gavin Owens-Jones, 19 of Peoples Line Road, Somerset both of ...

Hillsborough Police Chief Urges Merchants to Safeguard Businesses

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - While emphasizing there is no imminent threat, Police Chief Michael McMahon sent a letter to members of the Hillsborough business community Wednesday that urges merchants and building owners to be vigilant and prepare for the worst, as businesses across the country fall victim to looters during protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis May ...

Car Set on Fire, 42 Vehicles' Tires Slashed on Manville Streets

MANVILLE, NJ – A car was set on fire and tires were slashed on 42 vehicles parked on the streets and in driveways early Wednesday morning In an incident similar to three others that occurred in the northwest section of the borough in June and August, 2018 when a total of 155 cars were targeted.

The June 3 slashings were discovered when fire and police officers responded to the car fire ...

Hillsborough Moves Closer to Satisfying Affordable Housing Mandate

May 31, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The pieces are beginning to fall in to place as the Township Committee assembles a collection of market rate residential/retail developments that will all contribute to the township's obligations for affordable housing as mandated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Several of the projects have yet to submit a formal application to the planning board, but preliminary ...

Hillsborough Priests Extend Communion to Drive-Through Worshipers

May 22, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Father John, Rozembajgier, pastor of Mary  Mother of God parish, with an assist from Father Alex Carles, has devised a novel approach to administering communion while being respectful of social distancing and parishioners' well-being.

The pastor of Mary Mother of God Church has adapted to the restrictive nature of social distancing amidst the coronavirus pandemic ...

"Commissioner" Murphy Says It's OK for NJ Pro Teams to Play & Practice

May 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy has given the go-ahead to professional sports teams which train or play in New Jersey to begin practice and compete in games or matches when their leagues resume competition.

“Our administration has been in constant discussions with our professional sports teams about a modified return to operations,” Murphy said. “While leagues make their ...

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Car Set on Fire, 42 Vehicles' Tires Slashed on Manville Streets

June 3, 2020

MANVILLE, NJ – A car was set on fire and tires were slashed on 42 vehicles parked on the streets and in driveways early Wednesday morning In an incident similar to three others that occurred in the northwest section of the borough in June and August, 2018 when a total of 155 cars were targeted.

The June 3 slashings were discovered when fire and police officers responded to the car fire ...