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Woof! It's Time For "Drool In The Pool" At Crystal Springs

September 22, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Crystal Springs has closed the pools for the season for humans, but the East Brunswick Department of Recreation and Parks wanted to give dogs an opportunity to have some water fun too! Doggies and their humans can head to Crystal Springs on Saturday, September 26 for the third annual Drool in the Pool!  Swimming is for four-legged friends only. Tickets will be sold ...

Spotswood PTA To Host Virtual Bingo Night For Memorial Middle School

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA is hosting a virtual Bingo Night for Memorial Middle School students on Friday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per student. A Zoom link and bingo cards will be emailed prior to the event. Registration is required and can be completed by downloading the registration form. Completed registration forms and payment should be returned by Wednesday, October 7.

Spotswood High School Girls Basketball Program Hosting Third Annual Car Show

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Ka-chow! Lighting McQueen might not be cruising into the borough for the third annual Spotswood High School Girls Basketball Car Show on Sunday, October 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Spotswood High School, but there will be plenty of other cool cars on hand. Admission is free to this family-friendly event. Vehicle registration is $10. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of ...

New East Brunswick Care One Reaches Out To First Responders On 9/11

September 13, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The sparkling new Care One residence on Cranbury Road in East Brunswick commemorated the 19th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by reaching out to the township's first responders, sharing community spirit and common effort.  Care One staff shared some lunch at the location's open courtyard grill with members of the East Brunswick Police Department, Fire Department, ...

Spotswood's Annual Tax Sale Scheduled For October

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The borough will hold its annual tax sale on October 28 at 10 a.m. at the Municipal Complex. The sale will take place in the Municipal Court Room. The annual tax sale is for all unpaid taxes and municipal charges in 2019.

Spotswood's Municipal Complex is located at 77 Summerhill Road.

Changes To Virtual Learning Free Lunch Pickup For Spotswood School District Students

September 23, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture, all Spotswood School District students have access to free lunches during virtual learning. The USDA free meal program began helping schools across the nation feed children during the summer months has been extended through the fall until at least December 31. The Spotswood School District announced it will notify families in ...

Spotswood PTA To Host Virtual Bingo Night For Memorial Middle School

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA is hosting a virtual Bingo Night for Memorial Middle School students on Friday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per student. A Zoom link and bingo cards will be emailed prior to the event. Registration is required and can be completed by downloading the registration form. Completed registration forms and payment should be returned by Wednesday, October 7.

Spotswood School District Offering Google Classroom And Zoom Parent Workshop

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Having difficulty navigating the world of Google Classroom and Zoom? The Spotswood School District is offering parents a virtual workshop to help students succeed using Google Classroom and Zoom on Tuesday, September 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  This online event will be followed by an optional question and answer period. The Q and A session will be 30-minutes in ...

Meet Spotswood Mayoral Candidate Jackie Palmer

September 23, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - In the 112-year history of the borough, Spotswood has never had a female mayor. When Jackie Palmer first ran for mayor in 2016, she was the first female candidate to seek the office. Palmer finished second in the 2016 election to current Mayor Ed Seely. The longtime resident will once again be a mayoral candidate for the upcoming 2020 election on November 3. Palmer is running ...

Election Drop Box Available At Spotswood Municipal Building

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is recommending all Garden State residents cast their vote on Election Day 2020 by mail. Now borough residents will not have to go far to drop off their completed mail-in ballot. An election drop box is available at the Spotswood Municipal Building on Summerhill Road at the main entrance. The Middlesex County Clerk's Office will begin mailing ...

Poll Workers Needed In Helmetta

HELMETTA, NJ - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is encouraging all Garden State voters to cast their vote in the 2020 election by mail. However, the borough will still have one polling place open on November 3 at the Helmetta Community Center. Poll workers are needed. Anyone interested should contact Helmetta Borough Clerk Sandra Bohinski by telephone at 732-521-4946.

The last day to register ...

East Brunswick Farmers Market At Brunswick Square Mall Beginning In October

September 21, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Farmers Market is back! The Farmers Market is sponsored by the Township of East Brunswick, the EB Sustainability Task Force, EB Environmental Commission and the Friends of EBEC. The market will be held at the Brunswick Square Mall twice a month, starting in October on the first and third Sundays of the month form 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The first market is ...

East Brunswick Farmers Market At Brunswick Square Mall Beginning In October

September 21, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Farmers Market is back! The Farmers Market is sponsored by the Township of East Brunswick, the EB Sustainability Task Force, EB Environmental Commission and the Friends of EBEC. The market will be held at the Brunswick Square Mall twice a month, starting in October on the first and third Sundays of the month form 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The first market is ...

Upcoming Virtual Night And Day Sky Presentation

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Jim Peck, an amateur astronomer since he first saw the Russian satellite Sputnik I in the night sky as a child, will present a virtual program, “The Sky by Day and by Night: An Introduction to the Heavens,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 7.

The program is part of the Option Green lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental ...

Spotswood School District Honors 19th Anniversary Of 9/11 With Special Video Interview With Retired NYPD Officer Rob Farley

September 11, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Today marks the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. For the last four years, the Spotswood School District has honored the lives of those lost on September 11 with a special ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial in front of Spotswood High School. Spotswood High School senior Spotswood Fire Department Cadet Robert Wehrle has organized and led the last four September 11th ceremonies.

New Mobile App May Be Able To Tell Residents If They Were Exposed To COVID-19

September 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, Stockton University and Passaic County Community College have been testing the app.

“You might ...

Governor Phil Murphy's COVID-19, Travel Advisory And Voter Registration Update

NEW JERSEY — Governor Phil Murphy was in Union City Tuesday with Mayor Brian Stack to rally folks to fill out the 2020 Census. There are only eight days left to complete it. The census is quick, easy, safe, and can be completed online.

COVID-19

Murphy reported New Jersey has 457 new positive cases, for a cumulative total of 200,580. There are also seven new confirmed COVID-19 deaths, ...

Councilman Larry Kraemer Steps Down As Borough Council President

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - On Monday, Borough Council President Larry Kraemer announced during the virtual September 21 meeting that he was stepping down from his duties as borough council president in order to devote more time to his mayoral campaign. Kraemer was appointed as Spotswood Borough Council President on January 6 by a unanimous vote at the annual reorganization meeting, replacing former ...

New Mobile App May Be Able To Tell Residents If They Were Exposed To COVID-19

September 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, Stockton University and Passaic County Community College have been testing the app.

“You might ...

South Brunswick Records One New COVID-19 Case Sunday

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — There were 50 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed this weekend in Middlesex County, according to the Middlesex County Department of Health.

South Brunswick had one new confirmed coronavirus case on Sunday. There were no additional cases reported in East Brunswick, Spotswood, Helmetta or Milltown.

More than half of the new confirmed cases were in four communities ...

Nearby Locations For Upcoming Free Narcan Distribution

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Murphy and Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson recently announced the state will offer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone (commonly called Narcan) for free to residents at participating pharmacies throughout New Jersey next week from September 24 through September 26.

The closest locations to East Brunswick including the following ...

Fall Hydrant Flushing On Tap For Spotswood

September 17, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Water Department will begin the annual fall process of flushing and test fire hydrants in the borough on Monday, September 21. The project will move through the borough and is scheduled to be completed on Friday, October 2. Flushing and testing hours will be 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Residents may notice low water pressure and discoloration when the ...

Fall Lawn Care Tips

NEW JERSEY - As summer transitions into fall, it is time to help lawns recover from summer stress. Let the weather and the condition of your lawn help you develop a plan suited to your landscape.

Continue mowing actively growing lawns. Mow high, leaving cool season grasses like bluegrass and fescues at least 2 ½ preferably 3 ½ inches tall after cutting. Warm season grasses ...

State Police Seeking Public's Assistance With Identifying Two Men Wanted For Assault

September 18, 2020

NEW JERSEY - The New Jersey State Police is seeking the public's assistance with identifying two men who physically assaulted a man during a road rage incident on the New Jersey Turnpike last month.

On Saturday, August 15, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the victim and the suspects were allegedly involved in a road rage incident and pulled over on the shoulder of the New Jersey Turnpike ...

New Jersey Firefighters Battle California Wildfires

NEW JERSEY - This weekend, 10 firefighters, three fire engines and a support vehicle from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Forest Fire Service arrived safely in California to help battle the worst wildfires in recent memory.

“As Americans, we’re all in this together, and we stand with California,” Governor Murphy said.

The complete video can ...

Pandemic Has Potential To Renew Demand For Suburban Housing In NJ, Land-Use Expert Says

September 11, 2020

Long-term slowdown in land development could be derailed by exodus to suburbs

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

New data confirms that New Jersey has recently been using a lot less land for new development than it did 20 ...

Spotswood Girls Soccer To Open Season Against Dunellen

September 17, 2020

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School girls varsity soccer team officially hit the practice field Monday. Spotswood has one scrimmage against Sayreville High School on October 24 before starting the shortened 2020 season against Dunellen on Saturday, October 3. The season opener is at 2 p.m. at Dunellen High School. Spotswood's home opener is on Thursday, October 8 against Metuchen High ...

Rutgers Football Season iS Back On As Big Ten Reverses Field

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Coach Greg Schiano’s on-again, off-again return to the Rutgers sidelines is on again after the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted Wednesday to resume the Big Ten football season on October 23. The team’s return to play an eight-game schedule will come with several new health protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Big Ten will ...

Spotswood High School Varsity Football Team To Open Season Against Metuchen

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School varsity football team will play its first game of the season on Saturday, October 3 at 1 p.m at the Spotswood High School Stadium against Metuchen High School. Spotswood finished the 2019 season with a 4-6 overall record and a 4-2 record in the Greater Middlesex Conference Gold Division. The 2020 schedule has been shortened due to the coronavirus crisis ...

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Five Ways To Make Your Favorite Chili Into A Totally Different Meal

September 22, 2020

Does the cooler weather have you craving chili? A bowl of red is a great way to warm up, and if the leftovers start to bore you, there are plenty of ways you can mix things up.

Make your favorite chili into totally different meals with these simple ideas:

Serve it Cincinnati-style* over spaghetti with shredded Cheddar cheese and chopped onions.

Make it part of a “baked ...

Seven Months Of COVID-19 In East Brunswick

September 23, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Since New Jersey shut down in an effort to stave off the spread of COVID-19 this past March, East Brunswick has been involved in the full experience of the pandemic. As the township moves into a predicted second wave of virus transmission this fall/winter, it is time to review the impact of COVID-19 on the residents of East Brunswick and the medical, educationa, and ...

Hillsborough Guitarist Bryan Hansen Rocks Summer Stage In Somerville

September 20, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Saturday night's three-hour performance by Hillsborough guitarist and songwriter Bryan Hansen, joined by his band mates of seven years, drummer Cwan :"Q" Merritt and William Blakey on bass guitar, was cathartic for the seasoned musicians, who are used to touring and playing weekly.

The COVID-19 pandemic however sidetracked their usual routine earlier ...

Middlesex County To Begin Mailing Vote-By-Mail Ballots To Active Registered Voters

September 21, 2020

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a new state law mandating that the general election be held mainly via Vote By Mail. Despite the pandemic, Middlesex County is ensuring voters still have a safe and secure way to exercise their right to vote in this year’s election.

In accordance with the new state law, Middlesex County will begin mailing Vote By ...

NJ Apple Picking Farm Provides Husky Dogs a Better Life

September 23, 2020

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help rid the orchard of critters and provide a better life ...