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Somerset County Seeks Performers for October Diversity Festival

June 22, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Diversity Festival Committee is seeking performance artists and community groups to showcase their artistry at the 2021 Somerset County Diversity Festival in October. 

Performers will be expected to entertain for 30- to 45-minutes, and their performances should have a diversity-related theme or reflect the diverse cultures that exist in ...

FrostKings Return to Somerville's Summer Stage June 19

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Summer Stage Concert series continues Saturday, June 19 with a three-hour concert performed by the Frost Kings beginning at 6 p.m. on the Division Street pedestrian mall.

The FrostKings are an R&B, swing and blues band based in northern New Jersey.

From their website: "Equally at home playing swinging shuffles, slow blues or full-tilt boogies, their ...

Hillsborough Rotary Fair & Business Expo Returns in August

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - After a year’s hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the annual Rotary Fair and Business Expo will once again transform the Hillsborough Promenade fairgrounds at 315 Route 206 into a classic carnival with a colorful midway, over 20 amusement rides, games of chance, fireworks, food vendors and an exposition of local businesses.

The five-day fair opens Aug. 17 and will ...

Senate Endorses Bateman Bill Defining NJ Clean Energy Goals

June 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey has committed to ambitious energy goals under the 2019 Energy Master Plan, and the Senate has approved Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill codifying those targets.

“The numbers reflect a very aggressive approach, but technological advancements make them attainable,” said Bateman (R-16). “With the support of Garden State residents, we are already ...

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: NJ Housing Costs Are a Serious Problem

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Almost nine in 10 New Jerseyans consider the cost of housing to be a “very serious” (55 percent) or “somewhat serious” (32 percent) problem, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll in collaboration with the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.

Similarly, eight in 10 feel it is “very” (49 percent) or ...

Rutgers Board Approves 2.6 Percent Tuition and Fees Increase

June 22, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers University Board of Governors on Tuesday approved a $4.8 billion budget that includes a 2.6 percent increase in tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 academic year, following a freeze in tuition and a fees' reduction for the past year in recognition of pandemic-related hardships.

“We know that tuition increases are difficult for our students, ...

Update: Hillsborough's Favorite Son Jack Ciattarelli Wins GOP Gubernatorial Primary

June 8, 2021

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with results posted at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Former state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli easily outdistanced three other candidates in the Republican primary for Governor on Tuesday and will face off against Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in the race for governor in the General Election Nov. 2.

"Tonight New Jerseyans ...

Hillsborough Rotary Fair & Business Expo Returns in August

June 18, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - After a year’s hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the annual Rotary Fair and Business Expo will once again transform the Hillsborough Promenade fairgrounds at 315 Route 206 into a classic carnival with a colorful midway, over 20 amusement rides, games of chance, fireworks, food vendors and an exposition of local businesses.

The five-day fair opens Aug. 17 and will ...

Flag Day Festival: OPSHBX NJ Collects Donations for US Troops

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Today is recognized as Flag Day in the United States, but the borough will wait until Friday, June 18 for its official celebration on the green surrounding the Historic Somerset County Courthouse.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress:

"Resolved, That the flag of the ...

Hand Off: Somerville PD Passes Olympic Torch to Hillsborough PD

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Police throughout central New Jersey who slipped out of uniform in favor of running shorts, t-shirts and sneakers caught a break Friday, with a slight drizzle and temperatures in the 70s making their trek that much easier. 

More than one dozen Somerville police officers and law enforcement personnel from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office took off from their ...

Senate Endorses Bateman Bill Defining NJ Clean Energy Goals

June 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey has committed to ambitious energy goals under the 2019 Energy Master Plan, and the Senate has approved Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill codifying those targets.

“The numbers reflect a very aggressive approach, but technological advancements make them attainable,” said Bateman (R-16). “With the support of Garden State residents, we are already ...

Somerset County: Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off in Hillsborough

Residents Can Safely Dispose of Harmful Items at Hillsborough Location

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — The Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management is holding a free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off event, so residents can safely dispose of their harmful household items. The event will be held on Saturday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the South County Public Works Garage, located at ...

Somerset County Office Buildings Reopen to Public June 15

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County office buildings will reopen to the public beginning Tuesday, June 15.

The decision to reopen is based on recommendations by state and federal healthcare mandates and guidelines issued by the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

In most facilities, the public is not required to wear masks if they are fully vaccinated, but ...

Senate Endorses Bateman Bill Defining NJ Clean Energy Goals

June 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey has committed to ambitious energy goals under the 2019 Energy Master Plan, and the Senate has approved Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill codifying those targets.

“The numbers reflect a very aggressive approach, but technological advancements make them attainable,” said Bateman (R-16). “With the support of Garden State residents, we are already ...

Spend the Day with Dad on the Farm in Hillsborough

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Somerset County Board of Agriculture will be holding their "Agriculture in Action" open house on Sunday, June 20 at Norz Hill Farm and Market, 120 South Branch Road from noon-4 p.m.

Visitors to Ag in Action will get to enjoy free hayrides through the farm's crops and visit to the animals. See first-hand how farmers grow your food from the farmer's ...

Somerset County: Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off in Hillsborough

Residents Can Safely Dispose of Harmful Items at Hillsborough Location

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — The Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management is holding a free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off event, so residents can safely dispose of their harmful household items. The event will be held on Saturday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the South County Public Works Garage, located at ...

Somerset County Offers Free COVID-19 Vaccinations This Week

June 21, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – COVID-19 vaccination clinics operated by the Somerset County Department of Health will be held at several locations through June 27.

No appointments are necessary.

Tuesday, June 22, Bound Brook Train Station, 3-7 p.m., Johnson&Johnson vaccine;

Wednesday, June 23, Somerset County Senior Wellness Center, 876 E. Main St. Bridgewater, 4-5:30 p.m.

June 19 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 8 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Saturday reported 8 new cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight for a total of 23,818 cases in Somerset County since the first cases were reported in March 2020. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Saturday reported 891,241 total cases since ...

June 18 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 9 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Friday reported 9 new cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight for a total of 23,812 cases in Somerset County since the first cases were reported in March 2020. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Friday reported 891,071 total cases since last ...

Arsonist Sentenced for Setting Fire to Occupied Hillsborough Home

June 10, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Borough resident Patrick M. Hammond, 36, has been sentenced to jail for 14 years following his conviction for setting fire to an occupied Hillsborough home in 2018 with nine people inside.

Hammond was convicted of Aggravated Arson, 2nd Degree; Endangering another Person, 3rd Degree (9 Counts); Endangering the Welfare of a Child, 3rd Degree (4 Counts); Animal ...

Police Investigate Reports of Early-Morning Gunfire in Manville

June 21, 2021

MANVILLE, N..– Police are investigating reports of gunfire in the area of North Sixth Street early Sunday morning.

Police were dispatched to the area after receiving phone calls reporting a man with a gun and gunfire at 3:26 a.m. Police say there were 10 shots fired. There were no reported injuries or property damage, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H.

Hillsborough Residence Damaged in Early-Morning Fire; No Injuries

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - An early morning fire on Sunday damaged a home on Davis Close, but the occupants were able to escape without injury, according to police.

Firefighters arrived at the residence at 5:06 a.m. where they were confronted by flames at the rear portion of the building's exterior. The fire was extinguished; no injuries were reported to firefighters.

The fire does not appear ...

Hand Off: Somerville PD Passes Olympic Torch to Hillsborough PD

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Police throughout central New Jersey who slipped out of uniform in favor of running shorts, t-shirts and sneakers caught a break Friday, with a slight drizzle and temperatures in the 70s making their trek that much easier. 

More than one dozen Somerville police officers and law enforcement personnel from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office took off from their ...

Police Investigate Reports of Early-Morning Gunfire in Manville

June 21, 2021

MANVILLE, N..– Police are investigating reports of gunfire in the area of North Sixth Street early Sunday morning.

Police were dispatched to the area after receiving phone calls reporting a man with a gun and gunfire at 3:26 a.m. Police say there were 10 shots fired. There were no reported injuries or property damage, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H.

Hillsborough Residence Damaged in Early-Morning Fire; No Injuries

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - An early morning fire on Sunday damaged a home on Davis Close, but the occupants were able to escape without injury, according to police.

Firefighters arrived at the residence at 5:06 a.m. where they were confronted by flames at the rear portion of the building's exterior. The fire was extinguished; no injuries were reported to firefighters.

The fire does not appear ...

Hand Off: Somerville PD Passes Olympic Torch to Hillsborough PD

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Police throughout central New Jersey who slipped out of uniform in favor of running shorts, t-shirts and sneakers caught a break Friday, with a slight drizzle and temperatures in the 70s making their trek that much easier. 

More than one dozen Somerville police officers and law enforcement personnel from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office took off from their ...

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: NJ Housing Costs Are a Serious Problem

June 20, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Almost nine in 10 New Jerseyans consider the cost of housing to be a “very serious” (55 percent) or “somewhat serious” (32 percent) problem, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll in collaboration with the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.

Similarly, eight in 10 feel it is “very” (49 percent) or ...

Luke Voit Returns to Yankees After Successful Rehab Stint with Patriots

June 22, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - New York Yankees slugger Luke Voit is back in the Bronx after rehab assignments in Scranton/ Wilkes Barre (Triple-A) and most recently with the Somerset Patriots (Double-A).

Voit appeared in five Patriots games from Tuesday, June 15th through Sunday, June 20th while battling back from a right oblique strain.

The slugger went 1-for-3 in his first game with a ...

Patriots Shut Out Flying Squirrels, Voit's Single Scores Two Runs

 

BRIDGEWATER,  NJ - The Somerset Patriots (27-14) were able to quiet the Richmond Flying Squirrels (22-20) and close out the series with a 4-0 victory before 6,839 fans celebrating Father’s Day at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. 

The Patriots broke up the ...

Patriots Overwhelmed by Flying Squirrels, Waste 3 HRs

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Richmond Flying Squirrels (22-19) defeated the Somerset Patriots (26-14) 14-5 before 5,517 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday night.

Down early, Luke Voit (2) and Oswald Peraza (2) hit back-to-back home runs in the first to cut the lead to a run. It was Voit’s second home run in his last five at-bats in Somerset.

Richmond ...

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Somerset County Seeks Performers for October Diversity Festival

June 22, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Diversity Festival Committee is seeking performance artists and community groups to showcase their artistry at the 2021 Somerset County Diversity Festival in October. 

Performers will be expected to entertain for 30- to 45-minutes, and their performances should have a diversity-related theme or reflect the diverse cultures that exist in ...

Downtown Somerville Celebrates Pride Month with Mural, Pride Contest and Pride Night

June 15, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Downtown Somerville Alliance unveiled its PRIDE Month Mural on Friday – a 75-foot tribute to trailblazers in the LGBTQ Movement.

The mural is the latest in a partnership between the DSA, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somersetand the Babs Siperstein Proud Center to host a series of events in downtown Somerville to celebrate PRIDE Month throughout ...

Longtime Friends Spreading the News in Bordentown

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When longtime friends Elizabeth Meyers and Kristin Antonello saw that the greater Bordentown area was in need of a hyperlocal news outlet, they jumped at the opportunity to bring TAPinto into the community.

The two recognized Bordentown as a community that would benefit from a TAPinto site because there was no publication devoted only to local news.

“There was a ...

Shapiro: "Amid Spike in Local News Initiatives, Franchise Model Remains Only Proven Method to Scale Local News"

Cautionary tales have emerged in recent weeks about the inherent risks of entering the local news industry. Poynter recently called out a few of the pain points that new publishers endure, and Columbia Journalism Review suggested there isn’t enough budget to combat increasing political polarization at the local level.

All these potential pitfalls haven’t stopped ...