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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 ...

Spotswood Public Library To Host Magic Show

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Experience a bit of summertime magic at the Spotswood Public Library on Thursday, August 15 at 7 p.m. The reMARKable Magic Show is for ages five and above. The show is not recommended for children under the age of five. Registration is required for this free event and can be done online at the Spotswood Public Library's website.

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

August 16, 2019

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, ...

Spotswood PTA Has The Scoop On Back-To-School

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Kids and some parents may cringe when the back-to-school commercials come on, but the Spotswood PTA has the scoop on sweetening the start of the 2019-20 school year. The PTA will once again welcome students and staff back to classes with Ice Cream Socials at the Appleby and Schoenly Schools.

The Schoenly School, which houses preschool through first graders will have their Ice ...

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 ...

Helmetta Fire Department To Host BBQ And Bonfire

HELMETTA, NJ - The Helmetta Fire Department will be hosting an evening on summer fun on Friday, August 16 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ronald C. Pavilion on Maple Street. The family-friendly event will include delicious barbeque and a bonfire. Participants will enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, cool summer treats and more. Wearing a bathing suit is a good idea especially since there will be a summer ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mosquito Spraying On Tap For Spotswood

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The area west of Summerhill Road and Devoe Avenue will receive a scheduled mosquito spraying from the Middlesex County Mosquito Commission on Thursday, August 15 from 6 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. If there is inclement weather on Thursday, the rain date for the scheduled mosquito spraying will be on Friday, August 16.

According to information provided by the Middlesex County Mosquito ...

Tomato Troubles

August 15, 2019

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 ...

Jamesburg Man Arrested In Fatal Hit And Run

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Jamesburg man was arrested late Thursday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run on Cranbury Road and Davidson Road in South Brunswick on Thursday evening. The accident occurred shorty before 9 p.m. and resulted in the closing of the intersection and a section of Cranbury Road for a length of time.

Cory Holsten was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash from injuries ...

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

August 12, 2019

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 ...

Registration Open For Fall Soccer Season

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Online registration is open for the 2019 fall Spotswood Soccer Club season. The fall season begins on Saturday, September 7. Weather permitting, the season is scheduled to run for 10 weeks. The cost per player is $50. Volunteers who serve as head coaches will be reimbursed the cost of the season.

The Spotswood Soccer Club offers a recreational program with small-sided games for ...

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

August 20, 2019

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Equine Health Alert: Eastern Equine Encephalitis in N.Y,; Another Rabid Groundhog In NJ

ALBANY, N.Y. — According to the Equine Disease Communications Center website, New York reported the state’s first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in 2019

According to the website:

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets confirmed a case of EEE in Oswego County. The horse was euthanized.

The yearling filly was vaccinated but on Aug. 10 exhibited the ...

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Sprinkle this on Your Watermelon: Chile Lime Salt

August 18, 2019

Give the sweet summer watermelon a whole new flavor profile with chile lime salt.

Marty Silverman, manager of Savory Spice Shop in Westfield, said the shop’s Peruvian Chile Lime Seasoning is a big seller.

The lime adds brightness and the chile gives the fruit it a savory kick. But don't underestimate the importance of salt in the combo.

“Growing up, my dad, brother and I ...

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 ...

Zimmerli Art Museum Presents Dimensionism: Modern Art In Age Of Einstein

August 20, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A groundbreaking exhibit that explores how modern art was influenced by advances in science, from Einstein’s theory of relativity to newly powerful microscopic and telescopic lenses is opening at Zimmerli in September as part of an initiative bringing together the study of art and science at Rutgers.

In response to the exhibit, called Dimensionism: Modern Art in the ...

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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District 18 Assembly Candidate Jeffrey Brown Calls For Moratorium On Residential Development, Until Towns can Better Handle Flooding, Fix Potholes

August 10, 2019

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  District 18 candidate for Assembly, Jeffrey Brown called for a moratorium on new residential development projects in the towns that make up the 18th district, until municipalities can better find to ways to manage flooding and mitigate flood damage.  There was widespread flash flooding in East Brunswick, Brown’s hometown, and the surrounding communities ...

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 ...

Glimmerglass Opera Tackles Racial, Class Issues

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Glimmerglass Opera Festival has an outstanding reputation for first-rate singers, strong orchestras and glittering productions.

This year, the company also takes on a number of issues that are relevant to our time. “Blue” stands out as an innovative study of racial bias, family and loss. With music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics, as well as direction, by ...

Popular Asbury Park Donut Shop Gains Both Neighborhood and National Success

August 16, 2019

ASBURY PARK, NJ – In our newest episode, HomeGrown visits Purple Glaze Donuts, an award-winning bakery on Summerfield Avenue. Open for four years in Asbury Park, the donuts are made by a mother and son team, and have already become a celebrated part of the community.

The shop opened in 2015 and began having success shortly thereafter. “We’ve slowly gotten the word out,” ...