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August 10, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ –The Somerset County 4-H Fair returns to North Branch Park at 355 Milltown Road on Aug. 10 to 12, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., where visitors can enjoy free, family fun. People of all ages will like the art, animal, and science displays, as well as the hands-on demonstrations, shows and ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Due to ongoing hot and dry conditions, New Jersey is under a drought watch as of Tuesday. The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking residents and businesses to conserve water. New Jersey has a three-stage drought advisory system. A drought watch is the ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The annual township Fishing Derby and Campout will be held overnight Aug. 5 at Ann Van Middlesworth Park. The pond is stocked with plenty of fish, with prizes to be awarded for the biggest catch. The contest is open to all children 14 and under. The derby starts at 5 ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – Gripped by a heat wave with no end in sight, New Jersey American Water is asking customers in Somerset and four other central New Jersey counties to conserve water now to avoid possible restrictions later. The other counties are Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Union. NJ American ...

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TRENTON, NJ - The unabated spread of spotted lanternflies throughout New Jersey - an exotic invasive insect that feeds on 70 different types of plants and trees - has prompted an urgent call from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to destroy single bugs or infestations ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and individuals who enjoy science are invited to register for summer programs sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission. Educational classes about reptiles, water sports, and walking for fitness are just a few of the programs open to ...

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SPARTA, NJ -  A third dog has been attacked by a bear in Sparta.  On Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. police said they got a call from residents on Meredith Drive. Their dog had received “a laceration” from a bear. “The homeowner said the dogs were barking like they wanted to go out,” Lt. Jeff ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Pet owners, beware. The Hillsborough Health Department has reported the first encounter this year between a rabid raccoon and several dogs on May 8. The raccoon tested positive for rabies. Rabies can be fatal if left untreated. Humans, dogs and cats are susceptible and can ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Duke Farms will welcome dozens of local farmers and other vendors with fresh produce and hand-crafted food products to the grand re-opening of its Farmers Market outside the Visitors' Center of the 2,100-acre eco-preserve and environmental education center Sunday, May 1. The ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Elm Avenue wends its way through the quiet solitude of the New Cemetery on South Bridge Street, with 19th and 20th-century gravestones and massive concrete monoliths off to each side of the packed dirt pathway. It is just one of many pathways that lead visitors to the final ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – In recognition of Arbor Day, the Somerset County Park Commission’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) and Colonial Park Gardens will be hosting Native Tree Give-Away events on Friday, April 29. At each event, a diverse selection of native trees and shrubs will be available, ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Department of Health is reminding residents to keep an eye out for the invasive spotted lanternfly that has caused damage to residential and agricultural plants and trees throughout the area. Residents are asked to check trees, fences, and other flat surfaces ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A 34-year-old resident of Maine, reported missing by his family on April 18, was found dead Thursday morning by a search team in the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Parker Veitch, a resident of Lovell, Me., was described by family as an avid hiker. Police followed up on a call ...

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  BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Great Swamp Watershed Association is holding a Native Pollinator Plant Sale online beginning April 1 through April 22. Last year was the first such sale, and it was a huge hit with gardeners throughout the area. The Bernards Township Environmental Commission will ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Volunteers are needed by the Department of Parks & Recreation to assist with various programs this summer. Opportunities include, but are not limited to youth sport coaches, youth program assistants, behind the scenes operations and Township special events. Volunteers ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The second of two Bald Eagle eggs hatched Tuesday, March 1, joining the first eaglet that hatched on Thursday, Feb. 24 in a nest at Duke Farms. The goings-on at the nest atop a Sycamore tree in a remote section of the environmental preserve are chronicled on a camera secured ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The first of two Bald Eagle eggs hatched Thursday, Feb. 24 in the familiar nest atop a Sycamore tree in a remote section of Duke Farms; a second egg is expected to hatch within days.  A pair of adult Bald Eagles returned to the nest this winter as they have for more than a ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Volunteer crossing guards are being deployed throughout the Sourland Mountain Preserve to ensure the safety of spotted salamanders that have begun to migrate back to their natal pools - the place where they were born - to mate and lay eggs. Volunteers will begin their ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A pair of adult Bald Eagles returned to their nest at Duke Farms earlier this winter as they have for more than a decade, and remain busy tending to two eggs that appeared in the nest Jan. 17 and Jan. 20, with the first egg expected to hatch around Feb. 26. The huge nest is ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - With tons of snow blanketing township neighborhoods, residents are encouraged to bundle up, head outdoors and build a snowman. The Township Recreation Department is sponsoring the Snowman Challenge After you build your snowman, take a picture, and post it to the Recreation ...

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MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Bees, butterflies, beetles, birds and other pollinators species will be buzzing about Mercer County Parks at large and small open areas that are being turned into meadows in an initiative led by the Mercer County Park Commission. Pollinators are important since flowers can ...

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MONTGOMERY, NJ - The Sourland Conservancy and its volunteers have planted over 10,000 trees across the expansive region in 2021 helping to restore the forest and reduce the decline of Ash trees. “This has been a tremendous community effort to deal with the devastating loss of trees,” said Dante ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Hillsborough Township Department of Public Works continues to collect leaves at curbside to assist residents with the removal of fallen leaves through mid-December, or until there has been two passes throughout the town, which takes 3-4 weeks. To participate in the leaf ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Sixth Annual Somerville 5K Turkey Trot returns Thanksgiving morning with live runners and hundreds of feet on the ground. COVID-19 restrictions forced last year's event to be run in a virtual format. The staging area is at Engine Company No. 1, 170 E. Main Street at the ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) to create special license plates expressing support for the state’s native pollinators became law today. “New Jersey would not be the Garden State without the contribution of nature’s pollinators,” Bateman said. “From the ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks and more will provide a seasonal backdrop to traditional Halloween events sponsored by the Hillsborough Parks & Recreation Department later this month. The 7th annual children’s Halloween party is set for Thursday, Oct. 28 at Norz Hill Farm ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mayor Shawn Lipani will host the 14th annual Mayors Walk and Talk Sunday, Oct. 10th at Duke Farms beginning at 10 a.m. Registration is available on the Township website, the Mayor’s e-newsletter or by calling the Administration Office at 908-369-3535. The first 100 to ...

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BEDMINSTER, NJ – The Somerset County Department of Health (SCDOH) is warning residents that a skunk found in Bedminster near the area of Holland Road and Old Dutch Road has tested positive for rabies. On Sept. 27, a resident’s dog was sprayed by a rabid skunk and the dog killed the skunk. The ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Rich and Debbie Norz are continuing a Halloween season tradition with the opening of the Norz Hill Farm Fall Festival and Corn Maze on Sunday, Oct. 3 at noon. Located on South Branch Road the Norz family has been farming at this location for 100 years, beginning in 1920. The ...

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SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Reports of dead deer alongside roadways and on homeowners' properties have recently increased in Somerset County and other parts of New Jersey, with one suspected cause being the Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. The state Department of Environmental Protection said that EHD ...

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