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Deadline For Summer Photography Contest Fast Approaching

August 19, 2019

MILLTOWN, NJ - The theme for this year's Summer Photography Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Milltown Public Library is the community of Milltown. The deadline for entries is Saturday, August 24. Entrants can submit two photos and all ages are welcome to participate. All of the submissions will be displayed in the Milltown Public Library with first-place winners receiving prizes. First ...

Stitch In Time Members Bring Home Blue Ribbons From Middlesex County Fair

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The annual Middlesex County Fair came to an end on August 11, but not before three Spotswood residents and members of the Stitch in Time knitting and crochet group won blue ribbons for their creations. Gowri Eswaran won for her crocheted bedspread. Eswaran designed the bedspread's pattern and won a blue ribbon in her first-ever competition. Barbara Schmidt took home a ...

Milltown School District Superintendent And Principals Making A Splash

August 21, 2019

MILLTOWN, NJ - As parents and kids try to hold on to the last few breaths of summer, Milltown School District Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Brown was making a splash at the Milltown Borough and Brookside Pools this week. Brown was joined on the pool tour by Parkview Principal Eric Siegel and Joyce Kilmer School Principal William Veit. The trio was at the Boro Pool on Tuesday and stopped by the ...

Amy Jablonski Is Excited To Be Spotswood High School's New Principal

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - August is the Sunday night of summer as the saying goes for students, teachers and administrators, but with those dog days and September's back-to-school looming in the distance comes the hint of excitement for new beginnings. For Spotswood High School Principal Amy Jablonski, the 2019-20 school year will be her inaugural one. On Tuesday, Jablonski hosted her first official ...

Spotswood School District To Employ New Communication System

HELMETTA, MILLTOWN, SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood School District is once again switching the district's alert system. The district changed from Honeywell to Sangha last summer, but decided after receiving feedback from staff, parents and the community that a switch was needed. Many parents experienced difficulty throughout the 2018-19 school year with information dissemination. As a result, ...

Save The Dates For Upcoming American Legion Events

August 14, 2019

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - American Legion Post 253 has two upcoming events residents may want to mark on the calendars. On Saturday, August 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the American Legion is hosting Steak Dinner Night. Pre-tickets are $20 while tickets at the door on the day of the event are $25. Tickets include a ribeye steak cooked to order, baked potato, corn on the cob and a dinner salad. Cash bar is ...

Go Gold For Childhood Cancer At Community-Wide Blood Drive

August 20, 2019

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and in response the Spotswood VFW #4589 is hosting a community-wide blood drive on Monday, September 9 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Blood donations are typically low during the summer months and cancer patients are the number one users of blood, which is why the New Jersey Blood Services is asking residents to Go Gold and Give Red in support ...

Spotswood ShopRite To Host Back-To-School Health Fair

August 21, 2019

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Kids aren't the only one dreading back-to-school. Parent's aren't exactly looking forward to packing lunches agains for the next 180 school days. To help moms and dads come up with healthy lunch and snack ideas for school, the Spotswood ShopRite is hosting a Back-to-School Health Fair from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes giveaways and raffles. The Spotswood ...

Go Gold For Childhood Cancer At Community-Wide Blood Drive

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and in response the Spotswood VFW #4589 is hosting a community-wide blood drive on Monday, September 9 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Blood donations are typically low during the summer months and cancer patients are the number one users of blood, which is why the New Jersey Blood Services is asking residents to Go Gold and Give Red in support ...

Learn The Essentials Of Estate Planning At Spotwood Public Library

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - When does a person need a will? What is a power of attorney and at what age is it important to get one? Questions like these become more prevelant as people get older and have families of their own. The Spotswood Public Library is offering patrons a free seminar to help clear up the complexities of estate planning on Wednesday, August 28 at 2 p.m. The seminar will address issues ...

Helmetta's Helping Hands To Clean Up

August 23, 2019

HELMETTA, NJ - The Community Clean Up Committee is hitting the streets and sidewalks of the borough for its last summer sprucing up Saturday, August 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The program was designed by borough resident Abby Griggs. Griggs is a 12-year-old student. Residents interested in helping can meet at the Maple Street Pavilion on Saturday morning. School groups, teams and clubs in need ...

Tomato Troubles

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - You have waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit.  But don’t worry, you can still have a great harvest this year while improving things for next season.

Blossom end rot is a common problem.  It’s due to a calcium deficiency often caused by fluctuations in soil moisture, often seen on the first ...

Investigation Of Fatal Accident Involving East Brunswick Fire Department Vehicle Continues

August 13, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ --A South River couple was killed on Sunday night, August 11 in a collision with an East Brunswick fire chief on Old Bridge Turnpike. The crash occurred around 7:30 P.M and the couple was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where they later died. The couple was identified on Tuesday as Edwin Porowski, age 90, and his wife Claire, age 79.

At ...

Back-To-School Prayer Service On Tap

August 24, 2019

HELMETTA, NJ - Back-to-school preparations are in full swing as students, teachers and parents hold on to the last few days of summer before the Spotswood School District returns to classes on Thursday, September 5. The district's staff comes back on Tuesday, September 3. A special back-to-school prayer service is set for Sunday, August 25 at 9 a.m. at St. George's Church. St.

Spotswood High School Boys Varsity Soccer Looking To Compete For Blue Division Title This Season

August 22, 2019

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With 11 returning varsity players, the Spotswood High School boys varsity soccer team is eyeing a competitive season in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division and a possible run to the championship. Spotswood brought home a Blue Division championship in 2016.

"With a strong nucleus of players returning, we hope to compete for a Blue Division title," said ...

Spotswood High School's Michael Del Aversano Tapped As Chargers' New Athletic Director

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School's longtime athletic director William Visokay retired at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year. In July, the Spotswood Board of Education approved Guidance Counselor and coach Michael Del Aversano as the Chargers' new athletic director.

"I am honored to be the new athletic director at Spotswood High School," said Del Aversano. "I ...

Fall Sports Hit The Fields At Spotswood High School

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood School District students do not head back to school until Thursday, September 5, but Spotswood High School coaches student-athletes hit the fields for their respective fall sports on Monday, August 12. Spotswood High School offers football, cheerleading, boys and girls soccer, girls tennis and boys and girls cross country during the fall sports season.

The Chargers ...

Alpaca And Horse Diagnosed With Encephalitis In Southern New Jersey

August 22, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. — A 7-year-old alpaca in Camden County and a 2-year-old horse in Ocean County are the fourth and fifth reported animal cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a serious, mosquito-borne illness, in New Jersey in 2019.

According to a statement by the Department of Agriculture:

The alpaca’s vaccination history was unknown and it was euthanized earlier in ...

Miss Rodeo America Will Be Visiting New Jersey On Sept. 7

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Miss Rodeo America 2019 Taylor McNair will be visiting New Jersey in September.

McNair was crowned Miss Rodeo America 2019 on Dec. 9, 2018 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. The 23 year-old from Learned. Miss. is the third Miss Rodeo Mississippi to wear the coveted crown. In addition to the title of Miss Rodeo America, Taylor earned the Appearance, Personality and ...

Tewksbury Trail Pace Set For Sept. 15 At Hill & Dale Preserve

TEWKSBURY TWP., N.J. — The Tewksbury Trail place will return to the Hill & Dale Preserve on Sept.15 and is expected to attract 150 equestrians..

The ride will benefit the Ten Mile Trail Initiative. The initiative is a cooperative effort between the Tewksbury Land Trust (TLT), NJ Conservation Foundation (NJCF), and the TTA. Once completed, the Ten-Mile ...

Therapy Horses That Help Humans Get New Shelter Thanks To Boy Scout

THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — Thanks to Aravind Krishnan, a member of Boy Scout Troop 489 the horses of Spring Reins of Life have a new place to seek shelter from the weather.

For his Eagle Scout project he raised funds and built a new shelter for the horses so they could have access to more pasture space. The project is now complete and a dedication ceremony will be held on Sept 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Jockey Gets Doused In Baby Powder & Shaving Cream After First Win

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Drenched in water and covered in baby powder and shaving cream, all courtesy of her fellow Monmouth Park jockeys, Maria Maysonett was able to wipe away all but one thing Saturday: Her smile.

The 23-year-old apprentice jockey notched her first victory in the United States when she rallied favored Malekith from far back to capture the 11th race on Saturday at Monmouth, ...

Riders Are All Ears About Bobcats In Derby Sponsored By Nature Conservancy

GLADSTONE, N.J. — Hunter action returned to the main arena on Aug. 15 for another day of competition at Monmouth at the Team, featuring the $10,000 Bobcat Derby, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.

Located at historic Hamilton Farm, former home of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) and current headquarters of the USET Foundation, the show features seven full days of hunter/ jumper ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Cookies Aren’t Just for Kids

August 25, 2019

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

As summer comes to a close and school doors open, the kids will return to their structured lives while parents breathe a sigh of relief as everyone goes back to their normal routine. 

If they’re lucky, kids will occasionally return home from their eventful day to share their adventures over a ...

Where Do We Start the Larger Conversation About Guns?

Let's talk about our rights and our freedoms.

How many were free to shop at a Wal-Mart last two Sundays ago without fear that El Paso copycat would announce himself with the staccato fire of an AR-15?

You saw the stampede in the theater district in New York City when a motorcycle backfired. And the evacuation of a Wal-Mart in Union because of a false report.

We may have freedoms, but ...

"2020 Vision" Hits East Brunswick High School

August 25, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The traditional back-to-school supply frenzy will slowly be fading out as this September, as every East Brunswick High School student will be receiving a Lenovo ThinkPad to use during the school year. The thin notebook computer will replace the use of notebooks and binders for some students, who will have the ability to organize their notes and class material on the personal ...

Hillsborough Teachers Union Invites Public To Discuss Issues

August 20, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Parents and concerned residents are invited to join the Hillsborough Education Association for a discussion of the challenges facing the school district and how to partner for progress. 

The HEA is sponsoring the Monday, Aug. 26 meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Auten Road Midddle School, 281 Auten Road.

There is no shortage of topics open for discussion.

The ...

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PSE&G Upgrades to Gas Delivery Progressing Across East Brunswick

August 25, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – PSE&G has announced that Route 18 is the only roadway where main installation work is set to continue in the utility’s Gas System Modernization Program II, which will make gas delivery to local homes safer, cleaner, and more efficient.

While residents and travelers may experience temporary traffic diversions along the stretch, local police officers will be ...

Warm Weather Means Hot Fishing

August 19, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - It is hard to believe, but summer is quickly coming to an end. I checked the weather report for the upcoming week, and it looks like it will be a hot one. That should keep the water temperatures high and our fishing action also hot.

This warm water will provide us with the appearance of those fish from the south that are often not found in our area waters. I am ...

‘The Rainmaker’ Brings Mesmerizing Emotions to Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

MADISON, NJ - “The Rainmaker” is a play that speaks to the heart and done with such elegance and simplicity that it is unforgettable.

Written by N. Richard Nash, this play isn’t often performed.  Under the guidance of Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte, the story is beautifully rendered by a cast that works fluidly together. It speaks so specifically to our longings and ...

HomeGrown: Asbury Park Visits Watermark, a Venue Rooted in Community and Connection

August 23, 2019

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- This week, HomeGrown: Asbury Park visits Watermark, the go-to gathering spot located on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Host Stephanie Willoughby sat down with Watermark’s Owner & Creator, Russell Lewis, to discuss both the history and vibe of Watermark and the larger community of Asbury Park. 

Watermark is located on Ocean Avenue, steps away from local landmarks ...