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One Vehicle Stolen, Two Burglarized on Same Night in Warren

October 15, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Lock your cars. An Old Stirling Road Resident reported a theft of a vehicle and a Reinman Road resident reported two burglaries on Friday morning, according to a report released by Warren Police on Monday.

The Old Stirling Road resident reported that a vehicle was taken from the driveway around 4 a.m. Friday. The vehicle was unlocked and the keys were inside, they ...

Another Burglary of Unoccupied Bernards Home Follows Last Week's Break-In

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police are investigating another reported burglary of an unoccupied house on Whitenack Road on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The reported burglary occurred at some time between 8 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on that day, township police reported on Facebook.

The entry did not say what, if anything, was taken from the home.

Members of the public who may have observed ...

Wet Weather.Cancels Warren’s Brite Nites

 

WARREN, NJ -  Brite Nites is canceled on Saturday, Oct. 13.

“Due to the additional rain Saturday morning, the parking and event fields are unusable and we have decided to CANCEL TONIGHT's Brite Nites event, for Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.,” Wagner Farm Arboretum said. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we ...

Wet Weather.Cancels Warren’s Brite Nites

October 13, 2018

 

WARREN, NJ -  Brite Nites is canceled on Saturday, Oct. 13.

“Due to the additional rain Saturday morning, the parking and event fields are unusable and we have decided to CANCEL TONIGHT's Brite Nites event, for Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.,” Wagner Farm Arboretum said. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we ...

Watchung Harvest Festival Set For Saturday Oct. 13

 

WATCHUNG, NJ  - The annual Watchung Harvest Festival is set to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Mobus Field, located at 210 Mountain Blvd.

The event is hosted by the recreation commission and is  free and open to Watchung residents only.

Attractions include music, games, prizes and free food, including hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, ...

Chick-fil-A Unconfirmed as Tenant for Watchung Sears Site at Route 22 and Terrill Road

October 6, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ - Chick-fil-A restaurant would not confirm reports that it would open a new location at the shopping center being built at the former Sears at the intersection of Route 22 and Terrill Road.

“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service," said Jackie Jags, a ...

Warren, Watchung and Long Hill Men Arraigned in $4 Million Mortgage Fraud Case, US Attorney Says

 

TRENTON, NJ - A Warren real estate investor, a Watchung builder, and a Millington real estate settlement attorney were arraigned Wednesday on multiple charges in connection with their alleged roles in a mortgage fraud scheme using “straw buyers” to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans from a bank , U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. 

Victor Santos, ...

National Merit Names Six Semifinalists and 27 Commended Watchung Hills Students; 48 WHRHS Semifinalists since 2015

October 15, 2018

WARREN, NJ  – Six Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) students in the Class of 2019 have been named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Another 27 WHRHS students have been named National Merit Commended students, the category just before Semifinalists. These designations were made based on the scores of students who sat ...

Watchung Hills Board of Education Approves LGBTQ Senior English Curriculum Unit Choices

WARREN, NJ -  “Fun Home, A Family Tragicomic” by Allison Bechtel, “We Are Okay” by Nina LaCour, and “Speak No Evil” by Uzodinma Iweala were approved at the last meeting of the Watchung Hills Board of Education as the three options in the senior English unit on LGBTQ literature.

The board voted to approve the 12th ...

Election 2018: Register by Oct.16, Polling Places and Candidates Lists

October 14, 2018

 

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Tuesday, Nov. 6 is Election Day. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. You must be registered to vote by Oct. 16, 21 days prior to the election and your polling place is listed on your sample ballot. If you do not have your sample ballot, you may look up your polling place on the New Jersey Department of State ...

Chick-fil-A Unconfirmed as Tenant for Watchung Sears Site at Route 22 and Terrill Road

October 6, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ - Chick-fil-A restaurant would not confirm reports that it would open a new location at the shopping center being built at the former Sears at the intersection of Route 22 and Terrill Road.

“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service," said Jackie Jags, a ...

Greensleaves Bake Shop Opens in Green Brook

GREEN BROOK, NJ -  A new bakery opened in town and a who’s who of Green Brook and Somerset County officially cut the ribbon.

Greensleaves, is an initiative of Allies, Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit organization providing support services to children and adults with disabilities. The shop is also home to the Greensleeves Day Program, “serving adults with special needs ...

Somerset County Land Deal Preserves 335 Acres

October 14, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. - The purchase of 335 acres contiguous to Mountain View Park and Ann Van Middlesworth Park by the township and the Somerset County Improvement Authority has the added benefit of protecting that property from residential development, according to Mayor Gloria McCauley.

The total acreage of the preserved property and the two parks is 724 acres and is in close proximity to ...

Giant Somerset Hills VNA Fall Rummage Sale Opens This Week

October 4, 2018

FAR HILLS, NJ - It's the rummage sale that puts Far Hills on the map for bargain hunters -- the much awaited giant rummage sale organized each October (and April) to raise funds to assist patients of the Basking Ridge-based Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills.

This year's fall VNA Rummage Sale is scheduled, in rain or shine, for Friday, Saturday and ...

Greensleaves Bake Shop Opens in Green Brook

GREEN BROOK, NJ -  A new bakery opened in town and a who’s who of Green Brook and Somerset County officially cut the ribbon.

Greensleaves, is an initiative of Allies, Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit organization providing support services to children and adults with disabilities. The shop is also home to the Greensleeves Day Program, “serving adults with special needs ...

North Plainfield and Somerset County to Purchase Villa Maria Property

October 11, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD – The Borough of North Plainfield and the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders are joining forces to purchase the former Villa Maria property as open space in order to keep the site from being developed, they announced on Thursday.

The borough is in the process of purchasing the approximately 15-acre Somerset Street property from Watchung Hills at North ...

Passenger Who Flew to Newark Could Have Exposed Others to Measles: Health Officials

October 5, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health said any person who was in Newark Liberty International Airport on Sept. 28, 2018, between 5:30 and 10:30 a.m. may have been exposed to measles.

Someone flying from Tel Aviv in Israel had the highly contagious infection and arrived in Terminal B at the airport, the department said. The person, whose name was not released, may have traveled ...

Somerset County Teacher, 29, Sent Nude Photos Online to Montgomery HS Student, Prosecutor Says

October 9, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A Montgomery High School teacher who lives in Hillsborough has been arrested and faces charges of sending nude photos of herself and sexually-explicit messages via social media to a Montgomery High School student over a period of several months.

Michelina Aichele, 29 of Capricorn Drive in Hillsborough, has been charged with 2nd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Power Outage Closes Valley Mall

October 12, 2018

GILLETTE, NJ - A power outage has closed Valley Mall in Gillette, at 11:25 p.m. The traffic light at Valley Road at the entrance to the Long Hill Municipal complex is also out.The cause has not yet been identified however sirens are now being heard and high winds persist in the area.

 

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Vehicle Fire Closes Mount Bethel Road

WARREN, NJ - A garbage truck fire has closed Mount  Bethel Road between Mount Horeb Road and Dubois Road. Central School was evacuated to Camp Harmony but there is no emergency at the school, Warren police advised. 

Please plan an alternate route. 

Lavallette Beach Unveils Brendan Tevlin Memorial Playground

October 12, 2018

LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years after he was fatally shot in West Orange.

Firefighters and other volunteers from across the ...

Services Set for Late Vice Principal Killed by Drag Racer

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tyrone Harrison attended Ohio State University, and played on the school's football team. Originally from Highland Park, Harrison graduated college and became a special education teacher in New Brunswick, and then a vice principal.

"He was a man with a large stature, but he was very, very kind. He was very gentle with the kids," said New Brunswick Schools ...

15th Annual Buddy Walk Raises Funds for, Awareness of Down Syndrome

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The 15th Annual Buddy Walk of South Plainfield took place this past weekend at Putnam Park. Organized by borough residents Michelle and Keith Both, the family-friendly event not only promoted awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome but also raised money for research and education programs. 

This year’s walk, held on Oct. 6, saw 28 teams and ...

Vulgar, Racist and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray-Painted onto Scotch Plains Fanwood High School

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began.  

Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly over social media, and members of the Jewish community were quick to condemn ...

Details Emerge About Swastika Incident at Elementary School in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – The boy who scrawled a swastika into a bathroom at Franklin Elementary School showed off the symbol of hate to three other youths, two of whom are Jewish, the parent of one of those students said Friday.

Nicole Damashek said the boy who etched the symbol into a bathroom panel led her fourth-grade son and two other students to the swastika on Wednesday. It is the ...

Swastika Found Etched in Bathroom of Westfield’s Franklin Elementary School

WESTFIELD, NJ — Parents of Franklin Elementary School students learned Wednesday that a swastika was found etched on a panel in one of the school's restrooms that afternoon.

“You can imagine our serious disappointment when we found that a student had etched a swastika on a panel in one of our restrooms this afternoon. Before the end of the school day, a student did admit ...

North Plainfield and Somerset County to Purchase Villa Maria Property

October 11, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD – The Borough of North Plainfield and the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders are joining forces to purchase the former Villa Maria property as open space in order to keep the site from being developed, they announced on Thursday.

The borough is in the process of purchasing the approximately 15-acre Somerset Street property from Watchung Hills at North ...

WHRHS Girls Soccer: Watchung Hills Tops Somerville, 3-1

October 15, 2018

 

WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills girls soccer team scored three goals in the first half to dominate Somerville on Monday, 3-1.

 

“I’m very pleased with our effort today against an excellent Somerville team,” said WHRHS head coach Brian Figueiredo. “Our players responded to the challenge all game long, and did a great job competing for the entire ...

North Plainfield Football: Canucks Roll Over ALJ for First Season Win, 32-14

NORTH PLAINFIELD, After a 14-14 halftime tie, North Plainfield scored 18 unanswered points to defeat Arthur L. Johnson on Friday and earn their first win of the season on Homecoming night, 32-14.

“Our players came out executed the game plan and made some big plays,” said North Plainfield head coach James DiPaolo. “I’m very proud of our players and coaches for the ...

WHRHS Girls Soccer: Watchung Hills Tops Somerville, 3-1

October 15, 2018

 

WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills girls soccer team scored three goals in the first half to dominate Somerville on Monday, 3-1.

 

“I’m very pleased with our effort today against an excellent Somerville team,” said WHRHS head coach Brian Figueiredo. “Our players responded to the challenge all game long, and did a great job competing for the entire ...

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Lavallette Beach Unveils Brendan Tevlin Memorial Playground

October 12, 2018

LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years after he was fatally shot in West Orange.

Firefighters and other volunteers from across the ...

Quit Hiding; The Town Has a Racism Epidemic That Needs to be Addressed.

October 7, 2018

Dear Editor:

On October 6th, Scotch Plains residents were appalled to find racist graffiti including antisemitic symbols and words, as well as the use of the n word spray painted to the back of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. Sadly, as a resident of many different towns, but in Scotch Plains for the last five years, I cannot say I am surprised. Scotch Plains has a racism epidemic that needs ...

Ichabod Crane Heads To The Library

October 14, 2018

The Long Hill Township Library will present a Halloween-worthy production of Washington Irving’s most famous horror story, Ichabod Crane and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, on Sunday, October 21 at 4pm.

The actor, Neill Hartley, will tell the tale of school teacher Ichabod Crane as he makes his way home from a party. Hartley spins the tale of Ichabod’s fateful meeting with the ...

Annual Designer Bag Bingo Event at Holy Savior Academy

Holy Savior Academy will be hosting its 2nd Annual Designer Bag Bingo on Saturday 10/13.   There will be 10 Bingo Games, small basket raffle and a 50/50. 

For each bingo game, you will be given 3 chances to win! 

“Last year was a tremendous success and we are looking forward to building on that momentum, “ says Cindy Trunell, co-chair of the ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield, NJ – Margaret (Pascazio) Butfiloski, 99, passed away peacefully on June 2, ...
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Owner/Chef of Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes  Beloved Husband, Father, Brother and ...
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South Plainfield - Joseph G. Zekas, 90, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at The Willows at ...
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Piscataway – Betty L. Bocam, 70, died suddenly Saturday February 24, 2018 at Robert Wood ...
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North Plainfield Football: Canucks Roll Over ALJ for First Season Win, 32-14

October 13, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, After a 14-14 halftime tie, North Plainfield scored 18 unanswered points to defeat Arthur L. Johnson on Friday and earn their first win of the season on Homecoming night, 32-14.

“Our players came out executed the game plan and made some big plays,” said North Plainfield head coach James DiPaolo. “I’m very proud of our players and coaches for the ...

WHRHS Boys Soccer: Watchung Hills Kicks Rutgers Prep, Advances in SCIAA Tournament

WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills Boys soccer Team is moving on in the SCIAA Tournament after a victory over Rutgers Prep on Saturday, 4-2.

“Our team showed great character to fight back and get the win after going down by a goal twice in the game,” said WHRHS head coach Greg Leonow .” I'm proud of the boys and looking forward to the quarter finals. “

Demetri ...

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Tue, October 16, 12:00 PM

Frazee House, Scotch Plains

The Great Pumpkin Patch at the Frazee House

Giving Back

Tue, October 16, 3:00 PM

SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch, North Plainfield

“Stranger Things” Escape Room

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Wed, October 17, 12:00 PM

Frazee House, Scotch Plains

The Great Pumpkin Patch at the Frazee House

Giving Back

Wed, October 17, 3:00 PM

SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch, North Plainfield

“Stranger Things” Escape Room

Other

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Thu, October 18, 12:00 PM

Frazee House, Scotch Plains

The Great Pumpkin Patch at the Frazee House

Giving Back

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Fri, October 19, 12:00 PM

Frazee House, Scotch Plains

The Great Pumpkin Patch at the Frazee House

Giving Back

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Fri, October 19, 5:30 PM

WallynZavy's Autistic Kids Can Do! Music Therapy with Jammin Jenn, Plainfield

WallynZavy's Autistic Kids Can Do! Music Therapy ...

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Sat, October 20, 12:00 PM

The Frazee House, Scotch Plains

Harvest Festival at the Frazee House

Giving Back

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Sat, October 20, 12:00 PM

Frazee House, Scotch Plains

The Great Pumpkin Patch at the Frazee House

Giving Back

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Sun, October 21, 12:00 PM

Frazee House, Scotch Plains

The Great Pumpkin Patch at the Frazee House

Giving Back

One Vehicle Stolen, Two Burglarized on Same Night in Warren

October 15, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Lock your cars. An Old Stirling Road Resident reported a theft of a vehicle and a Reinman Road resident reported two burglaries on Friday morning, according to a report released by Warren Police on Monday.

The Old Stirling Road resident reported that a vehicle was taken from the driveway around 4 a.m. Friday. The vehicle was unlocked and the keys were inside, they ...

Somerset County Land Deal Preserves 335 Acres

HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. - The purchase of 335 acres contiguous to Mountain View Park and Ann Van Middlesworth Park by the township and the Somerset County Improvement Authority has the added benefit of protecting that property from residential development, according to Mayor Gloria McCauley.

The total acreage of the preserved property and the two parks is 724 acres and is in close proximity to ...