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Advanced Tickets On Sale Now For Spotswood Troupers' Upcoming Spring Production

February 18, 2019

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Advanced tickets are now on sale online for the Spotswood High School Troupers' spring production of "James and the Giant Peach." The musical is based on the beloved children's novel by Roald Dahl and was first performed in 2010. There will be four performances of the show on March 14, March 15 and March 16 at the Spotswood High School Cafetorium.

Opening ...

Wireless Printing Now Available At The Spotswood Public Library

February 20, 2019

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Many a mom or dad has been faced with a printing dilemma when a child waits until the last minute for a project or assignment that needs to be printed out. Those are always the times when the household printer is out of ink or paper. Well, now there is one other option to help get school assignments and more in on time. The Spotswood Public Library is offering patrons wireless ...

Milltown Schools To Have An Early Release On February 20

MILLTOWN, NJ - The Milltown Public School District will have an early dismissal on Wednesday, February 20 in anticipation of the winter storm that is expected to impact the Garden State tomorrow. Early dismissal times are as follows:

Parkview School - 12:25 p.m.
Joyce Kilmer School - 12:40 p.m.
Spotswood High School - 11:56 a.m.

PM SACC will also be canceled tomorrow.

Spotswood School District Announces Early Dismissal For February 20

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - In anticipation of a wintery mix expected to impact the Garden State tomorrow, the Spotswood School District will have an early dismissal for all four of its schools on Wednesday, February 20. All after school activities including Appleby's and Schoenly's CARES programs and scheduled parent/teacher conferences will be canceled as well.

Early dismissal times are as ...

Milltown Troop 33 To Hold Annual Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner

February 13, 2019

MILLTOWN, NJ - Milltown Troop 33 will host its annual Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 2 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the American Legion. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors. Children nine and under are $5. The dinner will also offer an early bird special from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 for the early bird special.

Tickets will be available at the door on the day of ...

2020 Spotswood Chargers Cooperstown Team To Hold Golf Outing

February 16, 2019

WEST WINDSOR, NJ - The Spotswood Youth Baseball and Softball League has never sent a team to Cooperstown, New York to participate in a Dreams Park baseball tournament. In 2020, the league's U11 travel team will be the first. The boys along with their coach are already gearing up for the 2019 spring season with winter workouts and training. They along with their longtime coach, Matt Saracino ...

Milltown Troop 33 To Hold Annual Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner

MILLTOWN, NJ - Milltown Troop 33 will host its annual Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 2 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the American Legion. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors. Children nine and under are $5. The dinner will also offer an early bird special from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 for the early bird special.

Tickets will be available at the door on the day of ...

Spend A Sundae Sunday With Mayor Slavicek And The Borough Council

February 16, 2019

HELMETTA, NJ - Borough residents are invited to come out and enjoy Sundae Sunday with Mayor Chris Slavicek and members of the council on February 24 at 2 p.m. at the Helmetta Community Center. All ages are welcome. The Helmetta Community Center is located at One Brookside Plaza.

Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency

TRENTON – Today, Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency beginning tonight at midnight ahead of the winter storm, which is expected to start tonight and continue throughout the day tomorrow. Executive Order No. 55 declares a state of emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during the ...

Milltown Municipal Alliance To Host Free Perfromance By The George Street Playhouse Touring Theater

February 15, 2019

MILLTOWN, NJ - Save the date for the George Street Playhouse Touring Theater's performance of "Anytown" on March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Joyce Kilmer School. The event is sponsored by the Milltown Municipal Alliance and the Milltown PTA. Milltown, Spotswood and Helmetta parents are invited to attend along with students in seventh and eighth grade or high school. The free performance is ...

Code Blue In Effect In Spotswood In Anticipation Of Temperature Change

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Garden State continues to experience a roller coaster of temperatures as New Jersey goes from spring like temps to freezing all in the same week. In response to the anticipated change to colder temperatures, the borough has issued a Code Blue. The Code Blue will be in effect from today through Tuesday, February 12.

A Code Blue is a multi-agency response whose goal is ...

Governor Murphy Declares State Of Emergency For February 20

February 20, 2019

NEW JERSEY - A state of emergency took effect at 5 a.m. this morning in anticipation of a winter storm that is forecast to drop several inches of snow in certain areas of New Jersey before turning to freezing rain and eventually all rain overnight. Accumulations will depend on the area and temperatures are expected to rise into the 50s on Thursday.

“As a winter storm is expected to ...

Milltown Police Reminding Residents To Remove Cars From Roadways In Anticipation Of Incoming Snow

MILLTOWN, NJ - Borough schools have an early dismissal today in anticipation of the snowstorm that is expected to impact the Garden State this afternoon and early evening. The Milltown Police Department is reminding residents to remove cars from borough streets on Wednesday, February 20 once snow begins to accumulate to allow for effective snow removal.

Residents may park their vehicles in any ...

Code Blue In Effect In Spotswood Through Thursday

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With today's cold temperatures and an anticipated wintery mix on Wednesday, the Spotswood Office of Emergency Management has issued a Code Blue for the borough through Thursday, February 21.

A Code Blue is a multi-agency response whose goal is to reduce the number of hypothermia fatalities among the most vulnerable members of the community during frigid temperatures, which ...

Three Local Priests Named In Metuchen Diocese List Of Sex Offenders

February 16, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Three local priests have been named in a list of  "credibly accused clergy" published by the Diocese of Metuchen.  The priests are among the 188 named statewide in a disclosure made of criminal pedophiles in New Jersey's Catholic Churches.  In keeping with a promise made by the Bishops of New Jersey, Bishop James F. Checchio has released the names ...

Maddie Hellerich Tapped For First All-Blue Division Team

February 20, 2019

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Spotswood High School girls varsity basketball team fell to North Brunswick High School on Tuesday, 42-34. Spotswood's loss drops the team's overall record to 8-16. Over the weekend, junior Maddie Hellerich was named to the first All-Blue Division team while senior Savannah Robinson earned second team honors.

Hellerich netted 229 points and 59 assists in 23 ...

Spotswood's Derek Zelesnick Claims First District Wrestling Title For St. Joe's In 32 Years

MILLBURN, NJ - Saint Joseph's of Metuchen has not had a district wrestling title in more than three decades. That changed this weekend when Spotswood native Derek Zelesnick took the mat as the fifth seed in the District 14 Wrestling Tournament at Millburn High School. St. Joe's finished in fifth place with 60 points, but it was Zelesnick who put the Falcons on the map with his surprise ...

Spotswood Wrestlers Shine At Districts

FRENCHTOWN, NJ - The Spotswood High School varisty wrestling team traveled to Delaware Valley High School on Saturday to take part in the District 19 Wrestling Cahmpionships. The field included host team Delaware Valley, Hopewell Valley, Manville, Marlboro, Matawan, Middletown South, Monmouth, Perth Amboy, Spotswood and West Windsor-Plainsboro North High Schools. Spotswood finished seventh in the ...

N.J. Rider Helps Texas A&M Move Up In NCEA Rankings

February 20, 2019

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M Equestrian jumped two spots in the latest NCEA rankings with the help of a rider from New Jersey.

In victory over Sweet Briar on Feb. 15 in a Hunter Seat-only competition at the Rogers Riding Complex in Sweet Briar, Va., Adele McKenna of Rumson, N.J. scored a career high 90 to won her point in Equitation on the Flat.

The next day back at home at ...

Derby Dreaming: 11 Horses to Watch for the Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Already, despite the main prep races being one to two months away, we have an early idea of which horses to watch in advance of the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, but who are they?

From the imperious unbeaten juvenile champion Game Winner to an eye-catching debutant at the Pegasus World Cup meeting in the shape of Hidden Scroll, we have amassed a list of 11 ...

N.J.’s Steege In $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Amanda Steege of Bedminster, N.J., and Lafitte de Muze finished in the $100,000 World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular.

Following the opening round at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Fla. on Feb. 16, Steege and Lafitte de Muze led with a score of 92.33. over Victoria Colvin and Private ...

Horse Racing Subsidy Bill Signed By New Jersey Governor

TRENTON, N.J. — Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill that will provide $100 million over five years to support horse racing in New Jersey.

Sen. Vin Gopal of District 11 in Monmouth County, home to Monmouth Park and Freehold Raceway, and Sen. Paul A. Sarlo, District 36, which includes, Bergen County, home of the Meadowlands, sponsored the bill.

The Senate approved its version of the ...

New Jersey Rider Wins USHJA Jumping Seat Medal In Florida

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Samantha Weinerman of Chester, N.J. beat 45 other junior riders on Feb. 8 during the fifth week at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

The first equitation class of the weekend was the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal. With a solid plan of action and confidence in her new mount, piloted Charmeur to a returning spot for the test where she would ride to the win.

North ...

Collegiate Riding: N.J. Rider Helps Auburn Stay Atop NCEA Rankings

WACO, Texas. — Local riders scored points for their team in National Collegiate Equestrian Association Action of the weekend.

Kara Kaufmann tied once and earned a point while competing for the No. 1 Auburn equestrian team in horsemanship.

She rode to a 72.5 tie in the meet with U.T Martin on Feb. 8, which the team won 17-0 and moved to 8-0 on the season.

The victory marked the ...

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Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

Rutgers Inventory Finds 1.600 Species of Animals, Plants, Insects On Campus

February 20, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - American kestrel. Chinese mantis. Candleflame lichen. The highly diverse list of species spotted at Rutgers University may be unique globally.

Indeed, more than 1,600 kinds of animals, insects, plants and other life forms have been reported so far at 24 Rutgers campuses and properties across New Jersey as part of a new long-term “Flora and Fauna of Rutgers ...

Major League Pitcher Brett Oberholtzer Returns To Patriots

February 20, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have re-signed four-year Major League left-handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer for the 2019 season.

“I’d like to thank Somerset for bringing me back on board again,” said Oberholtzer. “This gives me another great opportunity to move my career forward.”

Oberholtzer technically enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots ...

A New Beginning For New Beginnings Animal Rescue

February 12, 2019

Dear Neighbors,

We would like to announce to our many friends and supporters that New Beginnings Animal Rescue has lost our lease at our present location, 706R Cranbury Road in East Brunswick.  Since opening here in February 2014 we have enjoyed serving the community by assisting with animal placement and care.  Although we are leaving this location, we are NOT going away!  We ...

NJ Human Services Announces Investments To Combat Opioid Epidemic And Boost Recovery Supports

February 20, 2019


TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Human Services has awarded nearly $1.4 million in grants for new addiction treatment programs focusing on peer recovery, intensive support for people dependent on opioids and alternatives to opioids for pain management for older adults.

“The Murphy Administration is committed to increasing innovative best practices and expanding ...

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher

Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher. (Hanover Square Press, 2018)


The point of view from which a novel is told influences the reader’s perception of events, until we decide whether or not to trust the narrator. I wouldn’t classify Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to ...

"My Very Own British Invasion" is short on plot

‘My Very Own British Invasion’ is short on plot, but long on rock

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a rollicking, rock and roll extravaganza in its premier production of  “My Very Own British Invasion.”

We start with a fast and furious tribute to the Beatles, like “I Saw Her Standing There” and move on to ...

Michael Torpey Discusses the Student Debt Crisis on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

February 20, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- A new game show on truTV called “Paid Off with Michael Torpey” offers relief from student debt to its winners. Actor and Host, Michael Torpey, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss the very real problem of outstanding college loan debt and how his show attempts to tackle this issue.

The show features recent college grads with student loan debt who ...