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Spotswood REC to Hold Fall Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Coaching Class

August 29, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - In preparation for the upcoming fall sports season, the Spotswood Recreation Department is hosting a Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y coaching class for perspective youth sports coaches on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Spotswood High School Media Center.

The class will satisfy the state requirement for all youth sports coaches and completiion of the class is recognized by all local sports ...

Spotswood PTA Granting Back-to-School Wishes for Teachers

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Back-to-school time doesn't just hit parents in the wallet. It takes a bit out of teachers' pockets as well. Many teachers supplement their classroom supplies by purchasing their own additional materials. They typicially spend their own money on anything from bulletin board and classroom decorations to art items and beyond. Garage sales and dollar stores often become a ...

Spotswood Public Library to Close for Painting

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Be sure to stock up on books and DVDs before the end of the day today as well as return any items that are due since the Spotswood Public Library will be closing for several days at the conclusion of regular library hours on Friday, August 26 for painting.

The Main Street library will be closing as usual today at 5:30 p.m. However, they will not reopen to the public until ...

Spotswood STEAM Camp A Huge Success

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Building a tower out of index cards and figuring out how to flip a towel without the occupants getting off may not be standard stuff at most summer camps, but it was for a group of campers at the Spotswood School District's Memorial Middle School last week. Students spent five days engrossed in math, science, engineering and computer related activities at the first ever STEAM ...

Spotswood Public Library to Close for Painting

August 26, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Be sure to stock up on books and DVDs before the end of the day today as well as return any items that are due since the Spotswood Public Library will be closing for several days at the conclusion of regular library hours on Friday, August 26 for painting.

The Main Street library will be closing as usual today at 5:30 p.m. However, they will not reopen to the public until ...

Save the Date for Back to School Fun From the Spotswood PTA

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Back to school can be a little scary and upsetting for kids, especially the little ones. However, getting social can make the annual event a bit easier, especially when there is ice cream involved.

The Spotswood PTA will be welcoming students, teachers and parents back to school with some fun September events for the entire family.

Schoenly School, the Spotswood School ...

Registration Set to Begin for Fall Story Time at Spotswood Library

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Registration opens on Monday, Aug. 15 for fall story time sessions with Miss Jessica. The Main Street library is offering parents and guardians three programs to choose from.

The Babies and Toddler Story Time will be availabe for children ages six months through 35 months on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Fall sessions begin on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Time to Read is for kids ages three ...

Spotswood PTA Granting Back-to-School Wishes for Teachers

August 27, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Back-to-school time doesn't just hit parents in the wallet. It takes a bit out of teachers' pockets as well. Many teachers supplement their classroom supplies by purchasing their own additional materials. They typicially spend their own money on anything from bulletin board and classroom decorations to art items and beyond. Garage sales and dollar stores often become a ...

Spotswood STEAM Camp A Huge Success

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Building a tower out of index cards and figuring out how to flip a towel without the occupants getting off may not be standard stuff at most summer camps, but it was for a group of campers at the Spotswood School District's Memorial Middle School last week. Students spent five days engrossed in math, science, engineering and computer related activities at the first ever STEAM ...

School Supply Drive to Benefit Area Families

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Back to school time can take a big bite out of the wallet as families need to purchase supplies for the upcoming school year. To ease the financial burden on local families that cannot afford to buy supplies for their children, the Community of Hope Ministries is holding their fourth annual School Supply Drive.

In the past, the collection has assisted Spotswood families as well ...

American Legion to Host Flo's Chili Cookoff

August 23, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Foodies and chili lovers will want to mark down Saturday, August 27 on the calendar. The American Legion Post 252 will be hosting Flo's Chili Cookoff from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Besides fabulous chili the fundraising event will feature music, facepainting, a raffle and a horseshoe competition. For folks that want to cook up a batch of their best chili, monetary prizes will be ...

Upcoming Dine to Donate at MJ's to Benefit SHS Cheerleaders

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With the school year close at hand and fall sports gearing up for the upcoming season, the Spotswood High School cheerleaders will be holding a Dine to Donate at MJ's Pizza, Bar & Grill on Monday, August 29 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Diners should simply present the flyer pictured above to their server or bartender and 15 percent of the bill will be donated to the SHS ...

American Legion to Host Flo's Chili Cookoff

August 23, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Foodies and chili lovers will want to mark down Saturday, August 27 on the calendar. The American Legion Post 252 will be hosting Flo's Chili Cookoff from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Besides fabulous chili the fundraising event will feature music, facepainting, a raffle and a horseshoe competition. For folks that want to cook up a batch of their best chili, monetary prizes will be ...

School Supply Drive to Benefit Area Families

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Back to school time can take a big bite out of the wallet as families need to purchase supplies for the upcoming school year. To ease the financial burden on local families that cannot afford to buy supplies for their children, the Community of Hope Ministries is holding their fourth annual School Supply Drive.

In the past, the collection has assisted Spotswood families as well ...

Upcoming Dine to Donate at MJ's to Benefit SHS Cheerleaders

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With the school year close at hand and fall sports gearing up for the upcoming season, the Spotswood High School cheerleaders will be holding a Dine to Donate at MJ's Pizza, Bar & Grill on Monday, August 29 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Diners should simply present the flyer pictured above to their server or bartender and 15 percent of the bill will be donated to the SHS ...

Mosquito Spraying Tonight in Spotswood

August 24, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Middlesex County Mosquito Commission will be spraying this evening from 7 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. They will be spraying along Old Stage Road, Summerhill Road, Main Street and Brunswick Avenue in Spotswood.

According to information provided by the Middlesex County Mosquito Commission, the methods being employed do not pose a health threat to residents. The methods have been ...

County Officials Take Preventive Steps to Protect Residents from Zika Virus

Middlesex County is continuing its efforts to prevent the spread of and protect residents from the Zika virus. The County’s Mosquito Extermination Commission is working closely with the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health and its Health Office to educate and protect the public.

Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said: “Middlesex County officials are committed to ...

Mosquito Spraying on Tap in Milltown

MILLTOWN, NJ - The Middlesex County Mosquito Commission will be spraying areas of Milltown on Wednesday, August 17 from 7 p.m. until midnight. They will be utilizing an ultra low volume spray truck.

According to an advisory released through the Milltown Police Department, the spraying methods do not pose a health risk to residents. The methods are approved and recommended by the United States ...

Spotswood Police Helping to Collect Donations for Local Family Devasated by Fire

August 14, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Police Department has joined in to help a local family whose home was destroyed by a fire on July 25. An afternoon fire prompted a response from the Spotswood Emergency Services as well as from the neighboring towns of Jamesburg, Monroe and East Brunswick.

Members of the Alongi family were not hurt in the blaze. However, the family did loose the majority of their ...

Unidentified Spotswood Man Succumbs to Injuries from Car Fire

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - According to information released by Middlesex County Prosecutor, Andrew Carey, a 42-year-old Spotswood resident died on Monday, August 8 from injuries the man received in a car fire.

The identity of the victim was not released by authorities and the cause of the car fire, which began slightly after 11:30 a.m. on August 8, remains under investigation. Units responded to the ...

Spotswood And Helmetta Police Departments to Host National Night Out on August 2

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Police Department, in conjunction with the Helmetta Police Department, will be hosting the 2016 National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2 at the Municipal Building from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Area residents are invited to come to the annual event that began in 1984. National Night Out was organized to form a partnership between both the police and communities to help ...

Milltown: Deconstruction Begins of Michelin Factory on Main Street

August 16, 2016

MILLTOWN, NJ - The work will take many months, but deconstruction began today of the former Michelin Tire Factory on Main Street of Milltown.  The 15 buildings, totalling  475,000 square feet of floor space, grew from a nexus in 1902 and then expanded to accommodate a flourishing rubber and tire industry over the next few decades.  At its peak, the Michelin Tire Factory produced ...

Spotswood REC to Hold Fall Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Coaching Class

August 29, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - In preparation for the upcoming fall sports season, the Spotswood Recreation Department is hosting a Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y coaching class for perspective youth sports coaches on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Spotswood High School Media Center.

The class will satisfy the state requirement for all youth sports coaches and completiion of the class is recognized by all local sports ...

Spotswood High School Cross Country Teams Are Ready To Run

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School cross country teams will be looking to make their marks in the upcoming fall season though the boys' and girls' Charger teams have two very different goals, according to their longtime coach, Roland D'Orvilliers.

For the girls cross country team, who lost standout distance runner Ally Coghlan to graduation and Towson State, the 2016 cross ...

Spotswood Boys Varsity Soccer Hitting the Field with Experience this Season

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Normally, when team a looses 13 players to graduation, the outlook for the upcoming season isn't very optimistic. However, last year's Spotswood High School boys varsity soccer team's injury riddled season also allowed many younger players to gain some important experience on the playing field.

The Chargers finished the season 11-9 last year, losing key players ...

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Dunellen Embraces Hometown Olympic Hero Sydney McLaughlin

August 29, 2016

DUNELLEN, NJ – Just one week before she left for Rio de Janeiro, US Olympian Sydney McLaughlin was helping teach young kids how to juggle at a summer recreation class at Faber School; she also opted to stay home and miss the opulent opening ceremonies at the 2016 Summer Olympics to celebrate her 17th birthday with her family at their home on Fairview Avenue.

On Saturday morning, a fire ...

Red Cross Helps Thousands in Louisiana; Provides Shelter, Food, Relief Supplies

August 27, 2016

32 New Jersey Red Crossers are helping with relief efforts

PRINCETON, NJ — The American Red Cross remains on the ground in Louisiana, with volunteers across nearly half of the state helping the thousands of people who have lost everything they own in the devastating flooding there.

“The situation in Louisiana remains critical,” said Ana Montero, regional CEO, American ...

The Dirty Dozen, Less One

I recently experienced something of a meltdown in the egg aisle at the supermarket over which kind of eggs to buy.  After much consideration, I finally settled on the eggs I wanted (organic, free-range, and cage-free), when I discovered another problem.

The next time I opened an egg carton at the store, there was an egg missing.

Having been the victim of covert cracked eggs in the ...

Corruption in Jersey

 

 

      The last week of July 2009 saw the arrests of 44 public figures in a huge FBI anti-corruption operation. “The politicians willingly put themselves up for sale,” said acting U.S. Attorney, Ralph Marra. “The victims are the average citizens and the honest business people in this state. They don't have a chance in this culture ...

Ionesco’s ‘Exit the King’ Makes for Powerful Drama at New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – There’s dying and then there’s dying in long, drawn-out agony. Well, if you’ve been king for 400 years, you won’t disappear quietly. No doubt King Berenger thinks he’s immortal and, like many of us today, lingers long after he’s of any use to himself or others.

The king on "Exit The King" is ravenously alive early on, still ...