Outdoors Top Stories

July 4, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Two days in to the July 4th Holiday weekend, all is quiet along the Raritan River, according to Somerville Police who report they've turned away several car loads of out-of-town motorists looking to park and carry their coolers, chairs and grills to picnic along the mud flats known ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerville and Somerset County officials have shut down the South Bridge Street access to the Raritan River and Somerville Beach after a crowd of 250-300 people last weekend left behind 980 pounds of trash scattered along the riverbank, raising fears that it could happen again ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Felix Ciattarelli was sickened by the sight that greeted him when he walked down the path to the banks of the Raritan River off South Bridge Street Monday morning. Trash was scattered over hundreds of yards beneath the Route 206 highway bridge that crosses over the river between ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Farmers' Market at Duke Farms is paying tribute to women-owned farms and entrepreneurs who come out every Sunday during the summer to promote their businesses and sell their fresh products. Now in its fourth week, the farmers' market will be open every Sunday through Sept.

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — Duke Farms, the privately-owned environmental preserve and education center for local visitors and international tourists, has re-opened, but there won't be as much to do or as much time to visit as there was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. With more than 1,000 acres dedicated ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Following the direction of Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Orders, the Somerset County Park Commission  has updated its guidelines affecting golfers.during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Park Commission’s Golf Management Division has introduced the “Golf Call Center” to facilitate ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Charter and rental boats will return to New Jersey’s waterways, beginning at sunrise Monday. This latest executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy to restart the state’s economy comes two days after he announced that Jersey Shore beaches would reopen for the Memorial Day weekend. “In ...

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TRENTON, NJ - While referencing “Jersey Girl” — in which Bruce Springsteen ruminates over everything being alright at the shore — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday that all public and private beaches in the state will re-open in time for Memorial Day weekend. Starting May 22, more than 120 ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Technical difficulties with the Duke Farms Eagle cam will prevent millions of fans from watching the two Bald Eagle hatchlings continue to grow and spread their wings. A notice was posted on the Duke Farms website explaining the problem: "After several days of ...

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  Dorsal view of a pinned Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia. This species commonly reaches close to 2 inches in length. Photo: Quinlyn Baine, Washington State Department of Agriculture. Although media reports have triggered panic over the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia), ...

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GREEN BROOK, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has closed Washington Rock State Park, after it re-opened briefly last weekend over concerns with social distancing and potential for spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19). Perched on the edge of the Watchung Mountains, the facility is a ...

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NEW YORK - Visitors to New Jersey' state and county parks were on their best behavior this weekend, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who rescinded an executive order issued three weeks ago that had shut down the parks to inhibit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) through social ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - New Jersey's state parks and county parks re-opened at sunrise Saturday, but privately-owned Duke Farms will remain closed to the public. Gov. Phil Murphy last week rescinded an executive order issued three weeks ago shutting all state and country parks and golf courses in an ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – In accordance with Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order No. 133, the Somerset County Park Commission has announced the re-opening of its general use parks, trails, and golf courses in Somerset County on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at sunrise.  Restrictions included in the ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy's welcome announcement Wednesday that state and county parks would re-open May 2 negated two resolutions from Somerset County that urged the governor to revisit the April 7 executive order issued to minimize social contact and inhibit the spread of the coronavirus ...

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TRENTON, NJ - State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) has reiterated his call to re-open New Jersey parks and golf courses which have been closed to the public as part of Gov. Phil Murphy's strategy to minimize personal contact and minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). “It’s no secret that ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - How are you celebrating Earth Day? Somerset County Freeholder Melonie Marano, recycling liaison, urges residents to register for a free informative webinar titled “New Jersey’s Changing Climate,” presented by Dr. David A. Robinson from Rutgers University to be live- streamed on ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission has canceled all events through the end of 2020, including the Independence Day fireworks and the Summer Concert Series because of the health and financial impacts of COVID-19.. The welfare of its employees and park visitors; uncertainties ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There are not many upsides to being stuck at home during a pandemic. But since our shelter-in-place orders overlap with the start of spring and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), it does present a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the plant and animal life ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- While Gov. Phil Murphy spent part of his daily coronavirus update press conference on Saturday warning that the state will "have blood on our hands" if social distancing regulations are eased, one state lawmaker has begun a petition to rescind the executive order that closed ...

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