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NJ Transit Police Seek Public's Help to I.D. Man Struck by Train

October 20, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey Transit Police Department is seeking the public's help in an active investigation involving a fatal strike in the area of the Plainfield train station.

The investigation concerns an unidentified deceased male, and NJ Transit Police are seeking help in identifying the individual. The man was located 1,000 feet east of the Plainfield train station on the ...

Talk of Expungement, Licensing, and more at Plainfield Marijuana Legislation Town Hall

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The city's administration held a town hall with a panel of experts to discuss marijuana legislation and medical expansion regulations on Wednesday at Plainfield's Washington Community School.

There are currently six treatment centers in New Jersey, in Bellmawr, Cranbury, Egg Harbor, Montclair, Secaucus and Woodbridge.  In July the New Jersey Department of ...

Police Vow Crackdown on Underage Drinking at Far Hills Race Meeting

FAR HILLS, NJ – State, County and local law enforcement agencies plan a coordinated crackdown on underage drinking at Saturday's Far Hills Race Meeting.

Police will conduct identification checks of underage individuals suspected of drinking alcoholic beverages on the race grounds. Those individuals that are identified as underage will be taken into custody, charged and ultimately ...

2018 Far Hills Steeplechases Is An Irish Affair

October 22, 2018

FAR HILLS, NJ — Irish eyes were smiling brightly at the 98th running of the Far Hills Races on Oct. 20.

Irish-bred horses won four of seven races, and those which were not born in the Emerald Isle were trained or ridden by people with Irish backgrounds.

To kick things off, British-bred Caldbeck, who had been racing in Ireland but had yet to win in six starts, won the $50,000 ...

Watchung Hills Marching Warriors Take First Place in Ridge Competition

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Watchung Hills Marching Band took first place at the Ridge Competition on Saturday night, and won best music and best percussion awards.  

Watchung Hills Marching Band students have been working hard since August to perfect their  skills. Their hard work paid off with a crowd pleasing performance that earned them the highest score the WHRHS ...

$1,000,000 Lucky Lottery Winner In Long Hill, Powerball Soars to $430,000,000

October 18, 2018

 

TRENTON, NJ - Are you the winner? A New Jersey Lottery ticket sold in Long Hill Township matched five of the five white balls drawn for the Wednesday, Oct. 17 drawing winning the $1,000,000 second-tier prize. If that ticket had been purchased with Power Play, it would have multiplied the prize to $2,000,000. 

 

The $1 million winning ticket was bought at ...

Winning Lottery Ticket Sold in North Plainfield

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A winning lottery ticket was sold in North Plainfield  for the Friday Oct.12 lottery drawing.

 

The Mega Millions jackpot has rolled to $654 million, the second-highest Mega Millions jackpot ever, and the fourth-highest jackpot in North American history, according to a release from the lottery commission.

 

James Carey, New Jersey ...

Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders Awards $106,090 in Grants; Green Brook, North Plainfield and Watchung Receive Awards

October 19, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded a total of $106,090 in grant funding to Municipal Youth Services Commissions representing all 21 Somerset County municipalities. Ceremonial checks were presented to grant recipients at a recent public meeting. 

  “The Board of Freeholders is pleased to present funding for so many ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

Far Hills Race Meeting to Draw Revelers to "The Hunt," With Launch of Pari-mutuel Betting

October 18, 2018

FAR HILLS, NJ _ It's one of the major social and sporting events in New Jersey's horse country, and beyond. The Far Hills Race Meeting, due to return to Moorland Farm this Saturday, Oct. 20, will also bring something new to the party this year, with the launch of pari-mutuel betting.

Some things never change, however. The Hunt will again draw some of the world's best ...

“Eat Mor Chikin” Chick-fil-A Coming to the Area

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Zoning Board unanimously approved an application for Chick-fil-A to move to Middlesex Mall. Chick-fil-A will knock down the former Wells Fargo Bank located at the corner of Hadley Road and Stelton Road and build a new 5,000 sq ft state of the art facility. The facility which is expected to open next summer will included a double drive ...

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 ...

CROP Walkers Step Up, Step Out on a Brisk Sunday to Feed the Hungry

October 22, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Bundled up against the brisk wind and 47 degree temperature, members of several Central New Jersey congregations joined together Sunday afternoon to participate in the 44th annual CROP Hunger Walk hosted by the First Reformed Church on Main Street.

Carry multi-colored balloons, members of First United Methodist Church of Somerville, North Branch Reformed Church, Congregational ...

Far Hills Race Meeting to Draw Revelers to "The Hunt," With Launch of Pari-mutuel Betting

FAR HILLS, NJ _ It's one of the major social and sporting events in New Jersey's horse country, and beyond. The Far Hills Race Meeting, due to return to Moorland Farm this Saturday, Oct. 20, will also bring something new to the party this year, with the launch of pari-mutuel betting.

Some things never change, however. The Hunt will again draw some of the world's best ...

Talk of Expungement, Licensing, and more at Plainfield Marijuana Legislation Town Hall

October 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The city's administration held a town hall with a panel of experts to discuss marijuana legislation and medical expansion regulations on Wednesday at Plainfield's Washington Community School.

There are currently six treatment centers in New Jersey, in Bellmawr, Cranbury, Egg Harbor, Montclair, Secaucus and Woodbridge.  In July the New Jersey Department of ...

Green Brook Police Department Collecting Unwanted Prescription Medications as part of ​ “Operation Take Back New Jersey”

October 22, 2018

GREEN BROOK, NJ - The Green Brook Police Department will once again be participating in the “Operation Take Back New Jersey” prescription medication disposal program. This program, orchestrated through the Drug Enforcement Administration, provides a convenient and safe means for residents to dispose of their unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription ...

Pari-Mutuel Betting Adds New Element to This Year's Far Hills Race Meeting

October 22, 2018

FAR HILLS, NJ - A field tucked away in a small suburban neighborhood in New Jersey might be the last place outsiders would expect to find one of the most prestigious steeplechase events. But for the 40,000 attendees – many of whom attend year after year – the Far Hills Race Meeting is no secret; It’s a fall essential.

This year's event, known to many as “The ...

Green Brook Police Department Collecting Unwanted Prescription Medications as part of ​ “Operation Take Back New Jersey”

October 22, 2018

GREEN BROOK, NJ - The Green Brook Police Department will once again be participating in the “Operation Take Back New Jersey” prescription medication disposal program. This program, orchestrated through the Drug Enforcement Administration, provides a convenient and safe means for residents to dispose of their unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription ...

Fire Prevention with the North Plainfield Fire Department

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - During the month, the North Plainfield Fire Department has been conducting fire prevention and education visits to the local schools and hosting visits at the firehouse for National Fire Prevention month.  During these informative safety sessions, we have taken the opportunity of this safety campaign to teach the children many fire safety tips and ...

Boys Soccer: Westfield Stuns Scotch Plains-Fanwood in PKs, Advances to UCT Final

October 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ — As time began ticking away in regulation Saturday, Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s student-fan section, Raider Nation, started eagerly lining at the fence. With the Raiders less than two minutes away from a 1-0 win over archival Westfield in the Union County Tournament (UCT) semifinal, fans were ready to storm the new turf at Arthur L. Johnson stadium in Clark.

But Raider ...

Neptune Woman Fatally Injured in Early Morning Crash on Route 35

FREEHOLD, NJ — A 59-year old woman walking along Route 35 in Neptune early this morning has died as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sonia Naranjo of Neptune was pronounced dead from her injuries at 12:42 a.m. on October 21 — about 40 minutes after she was struck by a 2016 Chevrolet Cruse in the southbound lane ...

Man Arrested in Connection with Maplewood Home Invasion and Sexual Assault

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A suspect was arrested and taken into custody on Saturday in connection with the sexual assault and home invasion that occurred in Maplewood on Tuesday, Oct. 16, according to a statement from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul.

According to Stephens and DeVaul, "after an extensive investigation, ...

Talk of Expungement, Licensing, and more at Plainfield Marijuana Legislation Town Hall

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The city's administration held a town hall with a panel of experts to discuss marijuana legislation and medical expansion regulations on Wednesday at Plainfield's Washington Community School.

There are currently six treatment centers in New Jersey, in Bellmawr, Cranbury, Egg Harbor, Montclair, Secaucus and Woodbridge.  In July the New Jersey Department of ...

Barking Dog Saves Five from Fire at Putnam Avenue Home

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ —  A barking dog sounded his own alarm shortly after midnight Thursday morning, alerting five sleeping people of trouble, as a fire swept through the first floor of their Putnam Avenue home.

All five escaped and were able to call 911 for help.

Deputy Chief Jim Hopkins gave the following account of the incident.

At 12:18 a.m., the Police ...

“Eat Mor Chikin” Chick-fil-A Coming to the Area

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Zoning Board unanimously approved an application for Chick-fil-A to move to Middlesex Mall. Chick-fil-A will knock down the former Wells Fargo Bank located at the corner of Hadley Road and Stelton Road and build a new 5,000 sq ft state of the art facility. The facility which is expected to open next summer will included a double drive ...

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 ...

Boys Soccer: Westfield Stuns Scotch Plains-Fanwood in PKs, Advances to UCT Final

October 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ — As time began ticking away in regulation Saturday, Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s student-fan section, Raider Nation, started eagerly lining at the fence. With the Raiders less than two minutes away from a 1-0 win over archival Westfield in the Union County Tournament (UCT) semifinal, fans were ready to storm the new turf at Arthur L. Johnson stadium in Clark.

But Raider ...

WHRHS Girls Soccer: Watchung Hills Advances to County Finals with OT Win over Pingry

 

WARREN, NJ - Arianna Valenti scored on two direct kicks to lead the Watchung Hills girls soccer team over Pingry in the semifinal round of the Somerset County Tournament on Saturday, 2-1, in overtime.

https://youtu.be/_Z-UeBDiXPU

“Just an unbelievable feeling to win a semifinal game that way,” said WHRHS head coach Brian Figueiredo. “I thought our players showed ...

Watchung Hills Marching Warriors Take First Place in Ridge Competition

October 21, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Watchung Hills Marching Band took first place at the Ridge Competition on Saturday night, and won best music and best percussion awards.  

Watchung Hills Marching Band students have been working hard since August to perfect their  skills. Their hard work paid off with a crowd pleasing performance that earned them the highest score the WHRHS ...

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Neptune Woman Fatally Injured in Early Morning Crash on Route 35

October 21, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — A 59-year old woman walking along Route 35 in Neptune early this morning has died as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sonia Naranjo of Neptune was pronounced dead from her injuries at 12:42 a.m. on October 21 — about 40 minutes after she was struck by a 2016 Chevrolet Cruse in the southbound lane ...

Lavallette Beach Unveils Brendan Tevlin Memorial Playground

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 ...

Why Your Vote for Tom Malinowski on Nov. 6 Matters

October 21, 2018

To the Editor:

Our country is in trouble! Our once thought impervious system of checks and balances is failing. We have watched incredulously as Trump compliments dictators and attacks key democratic allies. His affinity for Putin is dangerous. If the United States does not advocate for democracy and human rights in the world, what country will carry this torch?

On the domestic side, when ...

First Unitarian Society of Plainfield to Sell Contents of Historic Church in Massive Estate Sale on October 26 and 27

October 21, 2018

There will be a MASSIVE ESTATE SALE on October 26 and 27 from 9 am - 4 pm at 724 Park Avenue, Plainfield.  The First Unitarian Society of Plainfield has occupied this building for 128 years and will soon be moving to another Union County location in order to focus their energy and resources on its mission.

All contents will be sold, including many treasures; antique furniture, old doors, ...

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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Jul 28, 1955 - Feb 8, 2018
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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WHRHS Girls Soccer: Watchung Hills Advances to County Finals with OT Win over Pingry

October 20, 2018

 

WARREN, NJ - Arianna Valenti scored on two direct kicks to lead the Watchung Hills girls soccer team over Pingry in the semifinal round of the Somerset County Tournament on Saturday, 2-1, in overtime.

https://youtu.be/_Z-UeBDiXPU

“Just an unbelievable feeling to win a semifinal game that way,” said WHRHS head coach Brian Figueiredo. “I thought our players showed ...

Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders Awards $106,090 in Grants; Green Brook, North Plainfield and Watchung Receive Awards

SOMERVILLE, NJ  – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded a total of $106,090 in grant funding to Municipal Youth Services Commissions representing all 21 Somerset County municipalities. Ceremonial checks were presented to grant recipients at a recent public meeting. 

  “The Board of Freeholders is pleased to present funding for so many ...

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 ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, October 23, 12:00 PM

Frazee House, Scotch Plains

The Great Pumpkin Patch at the Frazee House

Giving Back

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Wed, October 24, 12:00 PM

Frazee House, Scotch Plains

The Great Pumpkin Patch at the Frazee House

Giving Back

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Thu, October 25, 12:00 PM

Frazee House, Scotch Plains

The Great Pumpkin Patch at the Frazee House

Giving Back

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Fri, October 26, 12:00 PM

Frazee House, Scotch Plains

The Great Pumpkin Patch at the Frazee House

Giving Back

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Fri, October 26, 5:30 PM

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

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

Education Health & Wellness

Sun, October 28, 3:00 PM

Columnian Club of Dunellen, Dunellen

Drive By History Presents “The Jersey Devil” Film ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Fri, November 2, 5:30 PM

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

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

Education Health & Wellness

Sat, November 3, 11:00 AM

SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch, North Plainfield

International Games Day

Other

Mon, November 5, 3:00 PM

St. Francis Episcopal Church, Dunellen

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Health & Wellness

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Wed, November 7, 11:30 AM

Mayfair Farms, West Orange

The Susan G. Komen North Jersey Pink Champagne ...

Pari-Mutuel Betting Adds New Element to This Year's Far Hills Race Meeting

October 22, 2018

FAR HILLS, NJ - A field tucked away in a small suburban neighborhood in New Jersey might be the last place outsiders would expect to find one of the most prestigious steeplechase events. But for the 40,000 attendees – many of whom attend year after year – the Far Hills Race Meeting is no secret; It’s a fall essential.

This year's event, known to many as “The ...

Police Vow Crackdown on Underage Drinking at Far Hills Race Meeting

FAR HILLS, NJ – State, County and local law enforcement agencies plan a coordinated crackdown on underage drinking at Saturday's Far Hills Race Meeting.

Police will conduct identification checks of underage individuals suspected of drinking alcoholic beverages on the race grounds. Those individuals that are identified as underage will be taken into custody, charged and ultimately ...