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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Music in Warren: Winter Band and Choral Concerts at Watchung Hills

WARREN, NJ - Everyone is invited to join students, teachers, parents, grandparents and community leaders at the annual Winter Band Concert and Winter Choral Concert at Watchung Hills.

The Winter Band Concert will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, and the Winter Choral Concert is set for 7 p.mThursday, Dec. 14, at the Watchung Hills ...

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 ...

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

December 12, 2017

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 ...

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

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 ...

Breakfast with Santa Set for Saturday in North Plainfield

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Optimist Club of North Plainfield is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa at the Vermeule Community Center

Greenbrook Rd. & Clinton Ave., North Plainfield on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 8 a.m.- noon.

Adults: $5.00 • Children (3-12): $3.00, Under 3: Free

Senior Citizens: $4.00

Tickets Available At The Door • Picture with Santa – $5.00

Print the ...

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 ...

Snowy Weather Closes Warren Roads

December 9, 2017

WARREN, NJ - Warrenville Road and Washington Avenue north of Route 22 are being closed at 4 p.m. Saturday due to poor Road conditions, police said. 

Expect possible closures of Hillcrest Road and Morning Glory Road.

Tonight’s WHRHS hockey game against Hillsborough has been postponed due to inclement weather..  

The National Weather Service in Mount ...

NWS Issues Winter Weather Advisory for Warren, Watchung, Green Brook and North Plainfield for Snow

WARREN,  NJ - Expect the first snowfall of the season this weekend. A  Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 7 p.m. Friday until early Sunday morning, the National Weather Service said in an update just before 4 p.m. on Friday.

According to the.advisory, Somerset County can expect snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with the ...

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

December 13, 2017

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 ...

North Plainfield Board Education Approves Non-Renewal of Superintendent, Appoints Acting Superintendent and Board Member Resigns

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The North Plainfield Board of Education voted on Wednesday to not renew the employment contract of Superintendent Dr. James McLaughlin and approved a leave of absence for him with pay from Dec. 1 through the end of his contract, June 30, 2018.

Assistant Superintendent Michelle Vella was appointed and approved by the board as acting superintendent effective Dec. 2 through ...

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 ...

I-78 is Backed Up for Miles After Morning Crashes in Warren

December 12, 2017

WARREN, NJ - I-78 is backed up for miles in Warren on Tuesday morning following two separate crashes between exits 36 and 40 on the westbound side of Route 78.

First responders have been on the scene since 7 a.m. and drivers are still experiencing significant delays westbound at 9 a.m. 

 

Two Crashes Snarl I-78 in Warren

WARREN, NJ - Two separate crashes are tying up I-78 in Warren on Tuesday morning. Both occurred between exits 36 and 40 on the westbound side of Route 78.

First responders are arriving in the scene at 7 a.m. Expect delays in both directions.

 

 

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 ...

Ship Bottom Christmas Parade "Deck the Hulls" This Saturday December 2nd

SHIP BOTTOM - The 38th Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade will take place this Saturday, December 2 at 1 p.m.  The parade will run along Long Beach Boulevard from 5th to 25th Street. .  

This years theme is "Deck the Hulls." The community is encouraged to enter a float for your family, business or organization.  There are no registration fees ...

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

December 13, 2017

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 ...

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 ...

Music in Warren: Winter Band and Choral Concerts at Watchung Hills

December 5, 2017

WARREN, NJ - Everyone is invited to join students, teachers, parents, grandparents and community leaders at the annual Winter Band Concert and Winter Choral Concert at Watchung Hills.

The Winter Band Concert will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, and the Winter Choral Concert is set for 7 p.mThursday, Dec. 14, at the Watchung Hills ...

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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 ...

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 ...

Ship Bottom Christmas Parade "Deck the Hulls" This Saturday December 2nd

December 1, 2017

SHIP BOTTOM - The 38th Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade will take place this Saturday, December 2 at 1 p.m.  The parade will run along Long Beach Boulevard from 5th to 25th Street. .  

This years theme is "Deck the Hulls." The community is encouraged to enter a float for your family, business or organization.  There are no registration fees ...

Thank You to the town of New Providence

November 29, 2017

On behalf the of the Gelormini family, we want to extend our sincerest gratitude and thanks to the entire Borough of New Providence for their outpouring of love and support during this terrible time of grief and loss. For those that don’t know us, my husband and I are lifelong residents of New Providence. My husband Bob works for the Borough and was a volunteer fireman for 13 years. My twin ...

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 ...

Breaking: NJT Raritan Valley Service Suspended in Both Directions Due to Pedestrian Fatality

December 3, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - According to the New Jersey Transit Twitter feed (@NJTRANSIT), service on the Raritan Valley Line is suspended between Bound Brook and Plainfield in both directions, due to a trespasser strike east of Dunellen Station.

The Breaking News Network is reporting a train vs. pedestrian fatality in the vicinity of Rock Avenue in Plainfield.  The medical examiner has been ...

Obituaries

- Oct 26, 2017
Robert N. Merkle – Plainfield Robert N. Merkle, 88, died Thursday, (October 26, 2017) at ...
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Managing stress this holiday season

December 7, 2017

Caring Contact hotline listeners are available to help with problems big and small this holiday season

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…It’s the hap-happiest season of all.” 

Words to a classic holiday song. Yes, the holidays are here – a joyful time of year reconnecting with family and friends, creating memories and enjoying music, food ...

Somerset County Athletic Complex Earns State Recognition

December 8, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Baseball Field at the Somerset County Park Commission Frank “Nap” Torpey Athletic Complex in Bridgewater is the recipient of the 2017 Sports Field Managers of New Jersey “Field of the Year” award.

The 2017 award complements the 2013 award for the softball field, and is the second time that the baseball field has earned the honor, having also ...

Warren Celebrates Woodland School’s 2017 National Blue Ribbon Designation

WARREN, NJ - Woodland School celebrated its 2017 National Blue Ribbon School designation Thursday night with current and former students, staff, families, and local government officials. 

Students introduced Principal Heaney, Superintendent Mingle, Board of Education president Allocco and Mayor Garafola who all praised  the students, staff and parents for their roles before the ...