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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, ...

Route 206 Billboard Showcases Winning Design by Hillsborough Student

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Jessica Hermann, a Hillsborough High School senior and winner of the Postcards for Kids contest sponsored by the Hillsborough Education BORO PRIDE Project is enjoying the notoriety that comes with an enlarged version of her original work posted to a billboard on Route 206.

The billboard is adjacent to the railroad trestle that crosses over Route 206 between Camplain Road and ...

Bridgewater-Raritan School District Hires Manville Superintendent

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District has found its new superintendent of schools.

It was announced Tuesday that Robert Beers will be the district’s new permanent superintendent, effective Aug. 9.

Interim superintendent Thomas Ficarra’s contract expires on June 30, and from July 1 through Aug. 8, current assistant superintendent of curriculum and ...

Somerset County Partners with Public Schools to Vaccinate Students

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County will extend its COVID-19 vaccination outreach to public schools while continuing to operate its open clinics at Raritan Valley Community College and other pop up clinics throughout the county.

The Pfizer vaccine will be administered at the schools to help parents and school districts prepare for a full return to classroom instruction in the ...

Board of School Estimate Passes $54M RVCC Budget; No Tuition Increase 

BRANCHBURG, NJ - The Board of School Estimate has passed Raritan Valley Community College’s $54 million operating budget for FY 2022. 

The budget includes no increase in tuition for Somerset and Hunterdon County students for the Fall 2021 Semester. Tuition will remain at $168 per credit for in-county students.  

“We are grateful to the Boards of County ...

County Park Commission Offers Virtual Group Education Programs

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Group Outreach Programs sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Science Department offer virtual educational opportunities featuring topics including birding, maple sugaring, and information about butterflies, bats, bears, and more.

The programs are ideal for organized groups such as libraries, senior centers, and garden ...

Youth Leadership Somerset Celebrates 20th Graduation - Still Time to Apply for Next Class

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The 20th Youth Leadership Somerset Class was honored May 8 during a virtual graduation ceremony. 

The graduating class included 43 students representing 14 different Somerset County high schools.

“In 20 years, this is the first Youth Leadership Somerset class that was held all virtually, from the first session in September through graduation in May. The ...

Back to School: All Students Will Return to NJ Classrooms in Fall, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday announced that upon the conclusion of this school year, schools will be required to provide full-day, in-person instruction, as they were prior to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

“When schools across New Jersey first closed their doors in March of last year, little was known about COVID-19 and how it spread. But over a year has ...

14 New Jersey Colleges and Universities Now Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is the latest New Jersey college that will require all students and employees to be vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester. The Catholic university in South Orange joins a list of now 14 major New Jersey institutions to require inoculation in some form before the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

The other 13 schools are: Drew University, ...

Rutgers Celebrates Class of 2021 Graduating During a Time of National Challenges

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey addressed graduates during a virtual ceremony shaped by the pandemic

Two-time Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey told the Rutgers Class of 2021 graduating during a global pandemic and racial unrest that has gripped the nation over the past year that they can use the convergence of these two difficult moments in our history to build a more ...

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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 ...