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Hunterdon Central High School Sophomore Dies

December 18, 2017

RARITAN TWP., NJ – The student at the center of the medical emergency at Hunterdon Central High School last week has died.

"It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that one of our students, Allison Vandal, passed away this afternoon," said school Superintendent Jeff Moore in an email to parents. "The cause of death was suicide."

Allison, a ...

Did the Grinch Steal Power on Warren’s West Side? Residents Report Power Outage

WARREN, NJ - A power outage has been reported in Greenwood Meadows on Sunday morning in the area of the Briarwood Drive east and west intersection. JCP&L  is investigating, according to its website.

“No power here  at Christmas In Warren.  Called the north pole,   they are sending some elves here to fix the  lights for tonight,” Jack Klingert ...

Delayed Opening: Hazardous Weather Outlook for Warren, Watchung and Somerset County

WARREN, NJ - The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Somerset and other counties in New Jersey until 10 a.m. Thursday.  Any untreated roads will become slippery. 

Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren Township, Watchung and Green Brook Schools will have a delayed opening today, due to inclement weather and poor road ...

Music in Warren: Watchung Hills Instrumental Winter Concert

December 16, 2017

WARREN, NJ - The Concert Band, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble each during their own segments of the Instrumental Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS), won the hearts of the audience with entertaining and ambitious song selections, remarkable musicianship, and, in the end, a fetching, musical welcome to the 2017 Holiday ...

Christmas in Warren Returns in 2017

WARREN,NJ -  Christmas In Warren is becoming an annual tradition for many Warren residents and after a year off, its back for Christmas 2017. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdTYMrxC1uk&feature=youtu.be

A labor of love, Christmas in Warren is an animated computer controlled light display featuring tens of thousands of LED Christmas lights synchronized to music using ...

NJ Transit Raritan Valley Service To Resume Monday After Friday's Derailment

December 10, 2017

UNION, NJ – New Jersey Transit reports the Raritan Valley Line trains will resume regular weekday service between Cranford and Newark and High Bridge and Raritan on Monday.  Train service was suspended over the weekend after the freight train derailment in Union on Friday afternoon.  

According to their website, NJ Transit says customers may experience possible ...

ConRail Working on Track Clean Up Following Friday's Derailment; Train Service Still Suspended

UNION, NJ – No hazardous material was involved in the freight train derailment Friday afternoon in Union.

“There’s severe damage to the tracks,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio at a press conference Friday evening.  “There’s multiple piles of cars at different locations up and down the span of the tracks from the Roselle Park line all the way through ...

Delayed Opening: Hazardous Weather Outlook for Warren, Watchung and Somerset County

December 14, 2017

WARREN, NJ - The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Somerset and other counties in New Jersey until 10 a.m. Thursday.  Any untreated roads will become slippery. 

Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren Township, Watchung and Green Brook Schools will have a delayed opening today, due to inclement weather and poor road ...

College Board Names Watchung Hills Regional High School to 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll

WARREN, NJ — The Watchung Hills Regional High School District is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. 

 

To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, the Watchung Hills ...

Cookie Palooza: Molasses Cookies

December 18, 2017

Molasses Cookies by Debbie Mikijanic

Ingredients

¾ c margarine, softened
​​​½ teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar​​​
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg
​​​​​½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup molasses​​​​½ ground ginger
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour​​
2 teaspoons baking soda
​​½ cup white sugar for rolling

In a medium bowl, mix ...

Cookie Palooza: Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies by Debbie Mikijanic

Ingredients

¾ c margarine, softened
​​​½ teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar​​​
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg
​​​​​½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup molasses​​​​½ ground ginger
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour​​
2 teaspoons baking soda
​​½ cup white sugar for rolling

In a medium bowl, mix ...

Christmas in Warren Returns in 2017

December 9, 2017

WARREN,NJ -  Christmas In Warren is becoming an annual tradition for many Warren residents and after a year off, its back for Christmas 2017. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdTYMrxC1uk&feature=youtu.be

A labor of love, Christmas in Warren is an animated computer controlled light display featuring tens of thousands of LED Christmas lights synchronized to music using ...

"Wreaths Across America" Convoy Stops in Manville on Way to Arlington National Cemetery

December 12, 2017

MANVILLE, NJ  - What has become known as the world's largest veterans' parade will pause for a ceremony at Manville High School on Wednesday, Dec. 13 as the Wreaths Across America 18-truck convoy heads to Arlington National Cemetery for the annual wreath-laying on the graves of US veterans.

The convoy is expected to arrive around 9 a.m., driving down Finderne Avenue across the Van ...

Rescue Dog Flies to New Jersey for Surgery and to Seek New Year’s Home

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – A 7-month-old rescue dog will earn his wings this Sunday as Home for Good Dog Rescue flies him to New Jersey for a surgical procedure that will save his leg from amputation.

Kingsley, a purebred English Springer Spaniel, and 15 other dogs from Home for Good Dog Rescue’s Aiken, SC rescue facility will board the plane of New Jersey pilot Thomas Callahan to land ...

North Plainfield School District Pays $35,000 to Resolve Employee Discrimination Claim

December 11, 2017

TRENTON, NJ - The North Plainfield public school district has paid a former employee $35,000 to resolve allegations it engaged in disability-based discrimination by firing her for “job abandonment” after she missed the last three weeks of a school year due to gallbladder surgery, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division on Civil Rights announced ...

An Area Tradition: 27th Annual Cookie Walk This Sat. to Benefit VNA Adult Day Center

December 6, 2017

BASKING RIDGE, NJ  – Doors will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 for the 27th Annual Cookie Walk at the VNA of Somerset Hills, 200 Mt. Airy Road in Basking Ridge. A holiday tradition among generations of families and a festive event for community members of all ages, the sale benefits the Adult Day Center at Somerset Hills. The ...

Did the Grinch Steal Power on Warren’s West Side? Residents Report Power Outage

December 17, 2017

WARREN, NJ - A power outage has been reported in Greenwood Meadows on Sunday morning in the area of the Briarwood Drive east and west intersection. JCP&L  is investigating, according to its website.

“No power here  at Christmas In Warren.  Called the north pole,   they are sending some elves here to fix the  lights for tonight,” Jack Klingert ...

Snow Closes Roads and Cancels Activities in Warren

WARREN, NJ- Warrenville Road and Washington Ave north of Route 22 are closed due to snow and icing, police said. All Warren Township schools and activities scheduled in the schools Friday evening have been cancelled.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, Watchung Hills sports and activities are on as scheduled.

If you lose power, contact your local power provider and not Police Communications ...

Hunterdon Central High School Sophomore Dies

December 18, 2017

RARITAN TWP., NJ – The student at the center of the medical emergency at Hunterdon Central High School last week has died.

"It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that one of our students, Allison Vandal, passed away this afternoon," said school Superintendent Jeff Moore in an email to parents. "The cause of death was suicide."

Allison, a ...

WHRHS Boys Soccer: Six Watchung Hills Players Named to All Skyland Conference

WARREN, NJ - Six players on the Watchung Hills boys soccer team have been chosen to the All-Skyland Conference Raritan Division teams.

Ryan Santos, Gabriel Ferreira, and Shaun Cagnetta were selected to the first team All-Skyland Conference Raritan Division for the Warriors. 

Marc Inacio, Davin Lui, and Liam Scanlon were named to the All-Raritan ...

College Board Names Watchung Hills Regional High School to 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll

WARREN, NJ — The Watchung Hills Regional High School District is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. 

 

To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, the Watchung Hills ...

WHRHS Girls Soccer: Six Watchung Hills Players Named to All Skyland Conference

WARREN, NJ - Six players on the Watchung Hills girls soccer team have been chosen to the 2017 All-Skyland Conference Raritan Division teams.

Jessica Carrieri, Kaylee Donnelly, 
Kelly Fitzgerald, and Lindsay Wolf, were selected to the first team All-Skyland Conference Raritan Division for the Warriors. Gianna Alfano, and Chloe Ferreira were named to the ...

Panel Discussion: School Consolidation Complex and Costly

SPARTA, NJ – A large crowd filled the Sparta High School media center on Wednesday to hear a panel discussion about school consolidation.  More than 150 people attended the event sponsored by New Jersey School Boards’ Association, according to Ray Pinney, Director of Member Engagement.

The discussion hit both sides of the issue.  “Some say it is a panacea, some say ...

Storm Watch: Closings, Cancellations and Postponements

WARREN, NJ - All Warren Township schools will be closed Saturday in anticipation of the predicted storm and all activities scheduled at the school have been canceled including WYBA recreation basketball. Breakfast with Santa and the house tour in North Plainfield are still on as scheduled.

 

Some ACT centers have canceled the test for Saturday. Check the host high schools’ web ...

Plainfield Man Admits to Role in 2015 Fatal Shooting of Innocent Bystander

December 18, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Plainfield man has admitted to being responsible for a shooting that took the life of an innocent bystander in 2015, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Friday.

Earlier this week, Abdul Ward, 26, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated manslaughter before state Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch in connection with the death of 31-year-old Wilson ...

Car Fire Slows Traffic on Route 22 in Green Brook

December 17, 2017

 

GREEN BROOK, NJ - A car fire on Green Brook Road has slowed traffic on Route 22 east on Sunday afternoon. Avoid the area if possible.

 

Snow Closes Roads and Cancels Activities in Warren

WARREN, NJ- Warrenville Road and Washington Ave north of Route 22 are closed due to snow and icing, police said. All Warren Township schools and activities scheduled in the schools Friday evening have been cancelled.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, Watchung Hills sports and activities are on as scheduled.

If you lose power, contact your local power provider and not Police Communications ...

Found: Missing Person Billy Hannam Found Safe

December 11, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Janet Dillon, who has led efforts to find Billy Hannam, a 2008 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, reports that he has been found. 

Hannam had been missing since Friday, Dec.1. Dillon, with whom Hannam lives in Plainfield, posted on Facebook today.

Billy has been found and he is safe. That is all the info I can share at this ...

Former Out of State Trooper Claims Racial Profiling at Traffic Stop in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – A retired State Trooper of Virginia and Maryland, Reginald Garrett, showed up at the Monday, Dec. 4 Council meeting to recount a recent traffic stop in New Providence. According to Garrett the traffic stop was questionable and based on racial profiling. Additionally, Patrolman Nicholas Guerriero acted unprofessionally during the traffic stop according to ...

Berkeley Heights Claims Former Council Candidate Broke State Law

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The township’s attorney has complained to the county prosecutor that a former candidate for Township Council has violated state law.

A letter from attorney Joe Sordillo alleges that Edmund "Thomas" Maciejewski's recent Initiative and Referendum Petition – seeking changes to the Berkeley Heights Sunshine Act -  contained ...

Missing Person: Have You Seen Shanaya? Possible Abduction of 24 Year Old Woman

PATERSON, NJ — The Paterson Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in their investigation into a possible abduction in the city Tuesday night.

According to an alert issued by both agencies, Shanaya Coley, 24, Paterson, was injured and possibly abducted in her own vehicle, a 2013 Nissan Altima, with New Jersey ...

Missing Person: Former Warren Stylist Missing for Four Days; Friends Seek Help to Find Him

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Friends of Billy Hannam, a 2008 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, have taken to social media in efforts to find him. 

According to a Facebook post by Janet Dillon of Plainfield, Hannam has been missing for four days. Ms. Dillon, who described him as her "son-of-the-heart" in her post, commented that he has been living with her in ...

WHRHS Wrestling: Watchung Hills Team Takes Second in Season Opening Tournament, Three Warriors Place First

December 17, 2017

DENVILLE, NJ -  Seton Hall outlasted Watchung Hills (188.5), South Plainfield (185), and Jefferson (178) to win its first ever Morris Hills wrestling tournament on Saturday with 205 points. Watchung Hills was led by champions Jake Stasil (145), Rob Saum (160) and Justin Hayward (182).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHRHS Boys Basketball: Watchung Hills Defeats Pingry, 58-38

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Watchung Hills took an early lead and never trailed going on to defeat Pingry for the Warriors’ boys first basketball win of the season on Saturday, 58-38.

Dan Pilsbury and Steven Bressler led the Warriors with 11 points each. Gavin DeFuria added 10, Michael Bressler chipped in nine, Mike Hopwood added eight, Lucas Stasil five and freshman Chad Martini four ...

WHRHS Wrestling: Watchung Hills Team Takes Second in Season Opening Tournament, Three Warriors Place First

December 17, 2017

DENVILLE, NJ -  Seton Hall outlasted Watchung Hills (188.5), South Plainfield (185), and Jefferson (178) to win its first ever Morris Hills wrestling tournament on Saturday with 205 points. Watchung Hills was led by champions Jake Stasil (145), Rob Saum (160) and Justin Hayward (182).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bishop James Checchio visited Holy Savior Academy

December 8, 2017

Bishop James Checchio visited Holy Savior Academy on Tuesday November 28th.  Bishop Checchio was the main celebrant of the school mass held at The Church of the Sacred Heart.  This Mass also coincided with the 8th Grade Ring Ceremony.

Bishop Checchio spoke to the students, families and friends in attendance about “Thanking God first.”  He also spoke directly to the ...

New Technology Available to Enhance Visits to NJ State Parks

December 15, 2017

TRENTON - The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry on Thursday, November 16 officially launched a new smart device tool to enhance visits to state parks by helping users plan visits around the state park system's vast network of trails.

The Trail Tracker application, demonstrated by the Park Service during a news conference today at Allaire State Park in Monmouth County, may be ...

Rare Pygmy Hippo Born At Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

TAMPA, FL, - An endangered pygmy hippopotamus was born in the early morning on Dec. 1, 2017 at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo to experienced mother Zsa Zsa. The gender and name of the nine pound baby will be revealed in the future.

Pygmy hippos are smaller than their Nile hippo relative. Unlike the more common river hippo which live in large pods in rivers throughout much of ...

Your Doctor in Sickness and in Health

December 12, 2017

About 3 years ago, around the time healthcare was saying its last goodbyes to solo practitioners, I decided to plunge into the world of private practice and one morning announced to my family, “I am starting a new primary care solo practice.” I am an Internist of Asian Indian origin and I graduated from residency about twenty years ago. To say that my family was bewildered is an ...

Open Letter to Plainfield Mayor and Council

December 17, 2017

The City of Plainfield has worked hard to change the negative image that has followed Plainfield for decades. Despite a beautiful housing stock, diverse population, and active business district, with the reelection of Mayor Mapp in November 2017 a series of reckless, one-sided and arrogant decisions were made.

Among the three most recent, and divisive, decisions pushed through against the will ...

Senate Bill Would End NJSPCA's Powers To Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws

December 11, 2017

A bill that would remove the law enforcement powers of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) will be up for a vote on Dec. 14 before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Bill S3558, sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union County, would call for the creation of a county prosecutor animal cruelty task force in each county, and for ...

Obituaries

North Plainfield – Gail A. Kaufman – Cain, 62, passed away peacefully on Saturday ...
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Red Cross Holiday Gift Guide: 3 Ways to ‘Give Something That Means Something’ This Holiday Season

December 17, 2017

PRINCETON, NJ — After responding to a string of historic disasters, the American Red Cross is appealing to the public to “Give Something That Means Something” this holiday season. Throughout the Holiday Giving Season, donors can help bring hope and relief to children, families and communities that need it most with their holiday shopping.
 
Beginning in late August, ...

Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Asks Police to Investigate Missing Funds

December 16, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Police Chief Darren Powell has confirmed that township police detectives, assisted by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, have begun an investigation into the theft of funds from an account at Hillsborough Township High School.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorden Schiff requested the police investigation, according to Powell.

Powell would ...

House OKs Renaming of Raritan Post Office for John Basilone

WASHINGTON - Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) has secured passage of legislation in the U.S. House that would designate the U.S. Post Office in Raritan, New Jersey, as the "Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Post Office."

In a speech before colleagues in the House of Representatives Thursday, Lance recounted the many honors Basilone earned in service to the country and asked the House to ...