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Spotswood Couple Offers Up Little Free Library

September 20, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - "Take a book, leave a book," that is the motto of the Little Free Library that first began in 2009. Its creator, Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built the first red school house as a tribute to his mother. Bol's mom was a teacher that loved to spread the joy of reading to her students and beyond. From one simple school house with books inside stationed in a front yard ...

Spotswood Public Library Hosts Teddy Bear Picnic

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The blankets were set with teddy grahams. The plates and napkins featured the delightful drawings of children's author Eric Carle who penned the childhood staple, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See." Decorations were hung on bushes as a group of energetic kids and their teddy bear friends spent a pleasantly sunny Saturday morning enjoying a Teddy Bear Picnic at ...

Few Seats Remaining For Tropicana Casino Bus Trip

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Seats are going fast for the American Legion Post 253's annual bus trip to the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City on Sunday, September 18. The cost for the trip is $30 per person. Interested residents should call or text 732-991-9507 to reserve a spot before they are gone.

Payment can be made by dropping cash or a check at the Ameican Legion Post 253, which is located at 50 ...

Save the Date for National Walk to School Day

September 27, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - National Walk to School Day began in 1997. Today, the initiative to encourage school-aged children to walk or bike to school has grown to include more than 40 countries around the world. On Wednesday, Oct. 5 thousands of schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will be hitting the pavement to motivate parents and students to take a morning stroll to the ...

Immaculate Conception School Is Flying Into the School Year

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Taking a page from Gerard Way who said, "All the best heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary," the Immaculate Conception School is calling all superheroes as they open the 2016-17 school year. They are hoping to inspire education and kindness with a school-wide superhero theme for the upcoming school year.

The Immaculate Conception School offers ...

Spotswood PTA Gets Social

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood School District opened its doors to students on September 6. For it's youngest students at the Schoenly School, the first week of school was capped off with an Ice Cream Social, hosted by the Spotswood PTA.

Schoenly's pre-kindergarteners, kindergarteners and first graders were invited to return to school in the evening on Friday, September 9 along with ...

Upcoming Candidate Meet, Greet and Eat in Spotswood

September 23, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Mayoral candidate Jackie Palmer is holding a Meet, Greet and Eat on Thursday, September 29 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Maxi's Pizzeria & Restaurant. Residents are invited to enjoy a slice of pizza and chat with Palmer who is running in the November 8 election against Councilman Ed Seely and incumbent mayor, Nicholas Poliseno. Palmer, the first woman to run for the ...

Longtime Spotswood Councilman, Ed Seely, Making His Bid For Mayor

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Ed Seely has served with three different mayors during his 12-year tenure on the Spotswood Borough Council, spending two of those as council president. However, this November, he is making his bid to become the 19th mayor of Spotswood.

Arthur B. Appleby was the first, taking office in 1908 and serving until 1914. Seely will be running against incumbent mayor, Nicholas Poliseno ...

Jackie Palmer is First Woman to Run for Mayor in Spotswood

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - National politics has dominated the news for quite some time now with the presidency being decided on Tuesday, November 8. However, most towns also have important local elections on the ballot.

Spotswood will be voting for mayor on Election Day as well as two open seats on the Borough Council. Three candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for mayor including Mayor ...

American Legion 253 to Host Veterans Family/Friend Picnic

September 28, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Welcome October with the American Legion Post 253's annual Veterans Family/Friend Picnic on Saturday, October 1. The event will be held rain or shine from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m at the DeVoe Avenue post. Menu items will include hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta, clams, salads and desserts. Beverages,including beer, wine and soda, will be on hand too. There will also be games and ...

The Wait is Almost Over: Chowderfest This Weekend

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - After last year's Chowderfest Weekend being canceled due to the State of Emergency from Hurricane Joaquin, the long wait is almost over.

The 28th Annual Chowderfest Cook-Off Classic will be held this weekend at the Taylor Avenue Ballfield (between Ninth Street & Taylor Avenue, by the bay in Beach Haven, NJ). Saturday will be filled ...

Upcoming Candidate Meet, Greet and Eat in Spotswood

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Mayoral candidate Jackie Palmer is holding a Meet, Greet and Eat on Thursday, September 29 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Maxi's Pizzeria & Restaurant. Residents are invited to enjoy a slice of pizza and chat with Palmer who is running in the November 8 election against Councilman Ed Seely and incumbent mayor, Nicholas Poliseno. Palmer, the first woman to run for the ...

Spotswood Library's Stitch In Time To Knit For Homeless

September 26, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Stitch in Time is run by Diane Charlesworth at the Spotswood Public Library every Thursday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. An energetic group of knitters and crocheters get together to work on their projects. Beginners are always welcome. Charlesworth is happy to give instruction.

After watching a Facebook video about a group of "Bag Ladies" in Union City, Tennessee knitting ...

Message Behind Coach to Cure MD Hits Close to Home for Helmetta Family

HELMETTA, NJ - Former Rutgers University assistant football coach and Helmetta resident, Trevor Powers had worn the Coach to Cure MD patch on his shirt many times on the sidelines over the years. Ironically, the patch hit too close to home a year ago when his young son, Trent was diagnosed with the disease the patch aims to promote awareness about.

Coach to Cure MD is a partnership between the ...

Cub Scout Pack 35 Holding Upcoming Open House

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Cub Scout Pack 35 will be holding their annual Open House on Friday, September 23 at the Immaculate Conception School Cafeteria at 7 p.m. Boys in grades first through fifth are invited along with their families to participate in the 2016 Cub Olympics. Potential scouts and their families can learn more about Cub Scout Pack 35 while enjoying snacks and games.

Cub Scout Pack 35 ...

Save the Date for National Walk to School Day

September 27, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - National Walk to School Day began in 1997. Today, the initiative to encourage school-aged children to walk or bike to school has grown to include more than 40 countries around the world. On Wednesday, Oct. 5 thousands of schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will be hitting the pavement to motivate parents and students to take a morning stroll to the ...

Message Behind Coach to Cure MD Hits Close to Home for Helmetta Family

HELMETTA, NJ - Former Rutgers University assistant football coach and Helmetta resident, Trevor Powers had worn the Coach to Cure MD patch on his shirt many times on the sidelines over the years. Ironically, the patch hit too close to home a year ago when his young son, Trent was diagnosed with the disease the patch aims to promote awareness about.

Coach to Cure MD is a partnership between the ...

National Overdose Day Touches Many Lives

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Today, August 31st is National Overdose Awareness Day and it’s time for me to reintroduce my son, Jason. For the past twelve-plus years, I have been talking about Jason, introducing him to new groups of youth, parents, school faculty, and others, in an attempt to demonstrate what a drug abuser looks like.

Jason was a young man who died of an overdose of prescription ...

Spotswood Boys Varsity Soccer Defeats Highland Park

September 27, 2016

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - After their five-game win streak was stopped by Metuchen High School over the weekend, the Spotswood High School boys varsity soccer team rebounded by defeating Highland Park High School, 3-1. Senior Nick Moran continued his goal scoring streak by netting a goal and notching an assist in the victory. Moran has scored at least one goal in each of the Chargers eight games this ...

NJSIAA Proposed Policy Changes To Impact High School Wrestling

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Major change is coming for New Jersey high school wrestling after the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (NJSIAA) Executive Committee successfully passed three rule proposals that will change the culture of the sport in New Jersey.

The committee passed proposals to add two programs to the each of the team tournament brackets (going form six ...

Spotswood Football Defeats Middlesex to Remain Undefeated

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School took the football field for its first home game of the 2016 season, christening new bleachers. Home and away fans had been sitting in the same bleachers since the school first opened its doors in the late 1970s. With all the scoring done in the first half, the Chargers kept their unbeaten record in tact, beating Middlesex High School, 14-3.

Ryan Szatkowski ...

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EBPD Arrests Thief who Fled on Bicycle

September 28, 2016

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - While the homeowners were at work last Wednesday, a robbery took place on Old Stage Road.  The keen observation of a neighbor allowed the EBPD to find and arrest the alleged burglar.

According to a report issued today, patrol units were dispatched to a residence on Old Stage Road for a suspicious person on 09/21/16 at approximately 11:27 am. Ptl. Matthew Kole ...

Bane Haunted House Opens its Doors this Weekend

September 26, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Halloween is just around the corner, and for those who get a thrill from being scared—Bane Haunted House opened its doors this weekend, and will remain open through Halloween. According to Jennifer Condron, who owns the attraction with her husband John, Bane is one of the first such attractions in NJ to open this early.

Bane, which is ADA accessible, will be open on ...

Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans.  I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell.  Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn't the jeans – maybe it was ...

1776: Playhouse 22 Takes Home Top Awards for Colonial Musical

September 22, 2016

East Brunswick -- Playhouse 22, East Brunswick's Community Theater,
received three awards from the New Jersey Association of Community
Theaters (NJACT) at its annual awards dinner on Sunday, September 16.

Awardees included Best Musical of the Year for 1776 (Directed by Mary Lynn
Dobson; Produced by Adam Neary, Peter Riga, and Jay Sundell); Ethan Lynch
won Best Featured Actor in a ...

‘Bathing in Moonlight’ Recalls 1950s Cuba

PRINCETON, NJ – Although this  play by Nilo Cruz is set in 2015, reflecting both Cuba and Miami, the theme is closer to struggles at least 30 years earlier. 

A priest who falls in love would more likely become an Episcopalian or even a Unitarian. So this dichotomy makes the whole premise less than believable. It’s really “The Thornbirds” revisited.
Raul ...