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Scotch Plains Fireworks Postponed to Sunday, July 3

July 2, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Due to impending rainstorms, the Scotch Plains Township Fireworks scheduled for today (Saturday) have been rescheduled until Sunday, July 3, at Shady Rest Golf Course on Jerusalem Road and Plainfield Ave. The announcement was made by Township officials and the Scotch Plains police department earlier today. 

Please keep in mind there will be heavy pedestrian traffic in ...

North Plainfield: Can You Help Water the Native NJ Garden?

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Can you help? The Native NJ garden in the front of West End Elementary School needs volunteers to help water the plants now that school is out for the Summer. 

The request on Sunday is, “If anyone in town wants to help keep our garden from wilting, please stop by with your watering cans any day of the week between 7am - 3pm. The office staff can let ...

Watchung Board of Education Meeting set for Thursday

WATCHUNG, NJ -- A meeting of the Watchung Borough Board of Education is scheduled for Thursday, June 23 2022 at 7:00pm. This is a regular meeting at which formal action may be taken.

The meeting will take place in the all purpose room at Valley View Middle School and will be livestream broadcast via the district website.

Valley View Middle School
50 Valley View Road
Watchung, NJ ...

Scotch Plains Fireworks Postponed to Sunday, July 3

July 2, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Due to impending rainstorms, the Scotch Plains Township Fireworks scheduled for today (Saturday) have been rescheduled until Sunday, July 3, at Shady Rest Golf Course on Jerusalem Road and Plainfield Ave. The announcement was made by Township officials and the Scotch Plains police department earlier today. 

Please keep in mind there will be heavy pedestrian traffic in ...

Fireworks: Know What's Legal and What's Not

SOMERSET  COUNTY, NJ - "According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year, with more than half of those fires caused by fireworks. Added to fires are injuries," said government officials in a message today.

To help ensure everyone has a safe and happy holiday, here is attached a flyer ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Drop Slightly Heading into Holiday Weekend

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The price of gas in New Jersey is heading down as the Fourth of July weekend gets closer.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded is $4.85, according to AAA. That's down 2 cents from yesterday and 9 cents from last week. Drivers are paying $1.71 more than this time last year.

AAA says the Energy Information Administration reported the demand for gas decreased ...

Watchung: Input Requested on School Referendum

June 27, 2022

WATCHUNG, NJ --In an effort to gather community input on a referendum designed to enhance educational opportunities for the district's students, the Watchung Borough Board of Education has commissioned a referendum ad hoc committee, which met three times this spring and has another meeting scheduled for July 12.
To maximize input, the Board also invites residents and school ...

Warren Township Library Summer Reading Challenge

WARREN, NJ --  The 2022 Summer Reading Challenge is here. 

What reading goal do you have this summer? To read for fun? To read at least 20 minutes a day? To read the entire series? Everybody has their own interests and needs and the Warren Township Library is ready to help you achieve your goals. Every day that you reach your personal reading ...

Patriots Host Largest Independence Day Fireworks Show in 25-Year History

July 3, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have stockpiled a huge cache of fireworks for a July 4th celebration that will pay tribute to active members of the United States military statewide; those deployed overseas as well as veterans who have served their country in past years.

Operation Shoebox New Jersey is the sponsor of what the Patriots are calling their largest fireworks display ever ...

$75,000 Publicly-Funded Basketball Court Dedicated in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Three months after the Borough Council approved a donation from the Drew McLachlan Memorial Fund to repair and overhaul the Carol Pager Park Basketball Court at Exchange Field, the upgraded facility will be formally dedicated Thursday night with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m.

The refurbished basketball court, badly damaged by floodwaters from Tropical Storm ...

Watchung’s McDonald Sworn in as Somerset County Prosecutor

July 1, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Former Somerset County Superior Court Judge, and Watchung resident, John P. McDonald was sworn to office Friday as Somerset County Prosecutor.

McDonald took the oath of office in the historic Somerset County Courthouse, administered by former colleague, Somerset County Superior Court Judge Peter J. Tober.

He was confirmed by the NJ Senate on June 29 after he was ...

NJ Department Of Health Announces First Case Of Monkeypox in Jersey City Resident

June 20, 2022

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) announced on Monday the first possible case of monkeypox in the state. A PCR test conducted by the Department’s Public Health and Environmental Laboratories confirmed the presence of orthopoxvirus in a Jersey City individual on June 18. A confirmatory test for the monkeypox virus, one of the viruses associated with the ...

Perennial Gardens for Beauty All Season

June 26, 2022

Create long-lasting beauty and pollinator appeal in your landscape with the help of perennials. With a little bit of planning, you can have flowers, foliage and seed heads that add interest to your garden year-round.

Select perennials including native plants that thrive in the sunlight, soil, and moisture conditions in your garden. Incorporate several inches of compost or other organic matter ...

Watchung: Input Requested on School Referendum

June 27, 2022

WATCHUNG, NJ --In an effort to gather community input on a referendum designed to enhance educational opportunities for the district's students, the Watchung Borough Board of Education has commissioned a referendum ad hoc committee, which met three times this spring and has another meeting scheduled for July 12.
To maximize input, the Board also invites residents and school ...

North Plainfield: Can You Help Water the Native NJ Garden?

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Can you help? The Native NJ garden in the front of West End Elementary School needs volunteers to help water the plants now that school is out for the Summer. 

The request on Sunday is, “If anyone in town wants to help keep our garden from wilting, please stop by with your watering cans any day of the week between 7am - 3pm. The office staff can let ...

North Plainfield Class of 2022 Graduates

 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — The North Plainfield Class of 2022 walked across the stage and completed their high school careers during a commencement ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Krausche Field. The weather held, as the  Class of 2021 walked across the stage in front of family, relatives, friends, administrators, teachers and each other.

Sean Rassa delivered the valedictory ...

North Plainfield Middle School and High School set to Graduate on Wednesday

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Both North Plainfield Middle School and North Plainfield High School are set to graduate on Wednesday, June 22.

North Plainfield 8th-grade Promotion Ceremony will take place at 10 AM on the turf of Upper Krausche field. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside the high school gym at the scheduled time. ONLY GREEN TICKETS will be ...

Fireworks: Know What's Legal and What's Not

July 2, 2022

SOMERSET  COUNTY, NJ - "According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year, with more than half of those fires caused by fireworks. Added to fires are injuries," said government officials in a message today.

To help ensure everyone has a safe and happy holiday, here is attached a flyer ...

Green Brook Township Comments on Early Morning Crash

June 30, 2022

GREEN BROOK, NJ -- Green Brook Township has provided an update on Thursday mornings crash.

SEE Crash on Route 22 in Green Brook Thursday

The Township stated:

On Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 6:45 am, an overweight, loaded cement truck was traveling south on Washington Avenue toward the intersection of Route 22. The cement truck entered the intersection striking a vehicle traveling west ...

Somerset County Man Indicted for Attempted Murder

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A 23-year-old Hillsborough man has been indicted on attempted murder charges in connection with an unprovoked attack during which the victim was stabbed in the back while walking his dog, according to Somerset County Acting Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart.

Safi N. Hill, a resident of Equator Avenue in Hillsborough, has been charged with first degree attempted ...

Wastewater from ‘The Hills at Warren’ to be Accepted in Berkeley Heights, BH Township Council Passes Resolutions

June 27, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Township of Berkeley Heights will treat sewage from the recently green-lit residential development in Warren called ‘The Hills at Warren’ after the council passed two resolutions at Tuesday night’s council meeting. 

The resolutions update the wastewater use agreement with Warren Township along with accepting a permit from K.

Watchung’s Volpe Crushes Walk-Off Home Run, Patriots Clinch First-Half Title

June 27, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The New York Yankees signed Anthony Volpe of Watchung to a $2.7M contract a few years ago right out of high school, and the investment continues to pay dividends, as the Yankees #1 prospect crunched a walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning Sunday afternoon to clinch the Double-A Northeast Division First-Half Championship for the Double-A Somerset ...

Devil Dogs Ride Fast Start to 21-7 Win Over Leather Necks in 2022 Basilone Bowl

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – June 14, 2022, ended up being the perfect Flag Day on the campus of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, especially given the occasion and the beautiful summer weather to go with it.

On this evening was the ninth edition of the Basilone Bowl: the 2022 edition of the All-Star football game played by high school seniors from both Somerset and Hunterdon County, in honor ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Signs Record $50+ Billion State Budget, Republicans Concerned About Increasing State Spending

June 30, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget on Thursday at Cranford High School.

"The priorities of this budget are the priorities of our families," Murphy said. "At the top that list is affordability."

Among the provisions in the budget:

$2 billion ANCHOR property tax credit for homeowners and a rebate for ...

New Jersey Business & Industry Association President Optimistic About the Future, Says Current Business Climate 'Frustrating'

TRENTON, NJ — When thinking of the future for businesses in New Jersey, Michele Siekerka is confident and hopeful.

"I’m always a glass half full person and very optimistic," Siekerka, the President and CEO of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) said. "I believe for every challenge there’s an opportunity.  It depends on how we ...

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Says This Is 'As Big a Week as We've Had in a Long Time'

TRENTON, NJ — It's a big week for Tom Bracken and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

"This is a week that's been building since the beginning of COVID," Bracken, the organization's President and CEO said. "This is the week where we'll know what kind of resources will be allocated to really helping what's broken."

New Jersey's state budget ...

VIDEO: Patriotic Group Hangs Flags on Parkway, Baseball Field Ribbon Cutting, Residents Awarded for Art and Police Academy Graduation

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A group of patriotic residents hang flags on a Garden State Parkway overpass ahead of July 4th. Plus, a new baseball field ribbon cutting. Also, two residents are awarded for their art contributions. And, a police academy graduation.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

VIDEO: Cornhole Champions, Firefighters Save Ducklings, Teachers Honored for Fellowship Graduation and Gearing Up for July 4th

NEW JERSEY - A town crowns cornhole champions. Plus, firefighters rescue stranded ducklings and reunite them with their mother. And, several teachers honored for their fellowship graduation. Also, one town gears up for a massive July 4th celebration. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland ...

VIDEO: Stevens Student Recognized by NASA, Police Department Celebrates 138 Years, Union County College Renamed and 6th Graders L.E.A.D.

NEW JERSEY - A Stevens Institute of Technology student is recognized by NASA. Plus, a police department celebrates 138 years. And, Union County College gets a new name. Also, 6th graders graduate from the L.E.A.D. program. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

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Phillip “Phil” Migliaccio, Sales Associate in the Morristown office, is an award-winning Realtor! With over 30 years in the real estate business, Phil has assisted hundreds of clients in their journey to become proud homeowners. Their satisfaction leads to one of his greatest attributes; his large amount of repeat customers. And it’s not just his clients who love his ...

Overlook Strong again: After two-year hiatus, Overlook Medical Center’s best and brightest celebrated at Excellence Awards

June 30, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ  – Enthusiastic applause filled the gala room as each name was called, and team members from departments spanning Overlook Medical Center strode proudly to the stage to accept their awards.

It had been three years since Overlook had celebrated its standout team members at its annual Excellence Awards. The event, like many in-person gatherings, went on hiatus in 2020 and ...

An Evening At The Villa

Friday, July 8th, 6:30-11 PM, join us for “An Evening At The Villa” – an evening of cocktails, food stations, music, and fun! We would be honored if you will join us to celebrate the Queen City Promise scholarship program. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to the celebration, and consider a sponsorship to help QCP begin our journey to ...

Viking Pest Control, Local Exterminator Offers Discount on Award-Winning Mosquito, Tick, and Spotted Lanternfly Services

Viking Pest Control (Viking Pest), an award-winning pest control company based in Basking Ridge, N.J., was rated top 10 in the country for pest control and top 5 for mosquito and termite service by Forbes Home, and best in the country for sustainability by The Spruce. In celebration of this recognition, Viking Pest is offering new customers a $50 discount on all services.

In addition to the ...

Overlook Medical Center earns national award for quality and safety in the operating room

SUMMIT, NJ  – Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, recently received the Center of OR Excellence (CORE) Award by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

The award recognizes Overlook’s surgical units for measured improvement in every aspect of surgical patient care. For patients and their families, this signifies exceptional care through ...

Long Beach Island Named NJ's Best Summer Travel Destination

June 26, 2022

LBI Region, NJ - The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, which serves as the accredited Destination Marketing Organization for the Long Beach Island region, proudly shares the 2022 Travel Pulse report for the best summer destinations in America.

The members of the chamber recognize the importance of a summer vacation, and look forward to welcoming friends and families to this great ...

The 2022 Hurricane Season is Expected to be Active, NOAA States

NEW JERSEY - With June officially marking the start of hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraging residents along the Atlantic Coast to get prepared. 

NOAA’s current outlook of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season says this year will be another active year, predicting as many as 21 ...

Watchung’s McDonald Sworn in as Somerset County Prosecutor

July 1, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Former Somerset County Superior Court Judge, and Watchung resident, John P. McDonald was sworn to office Friday as Somerset County Prosecutor.

McDonald took the oath of office in the historic Somerset County Courthouse, administered by former colleague, Somerset County Superior Court Judge Peter J. Tober.

He was confirmed by the NJ Senate on June 29 after he was ...

$75,000 Publicly-Funded Basketball Court Dedicated in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Three months after the Borough Council approved a donation from the Drew McLachlan Memorial Fund to repair and overhaul the Carol Pager Park Basketball Court at Exchange Field, the upgraded facility will be formally dedicated Thursday night with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m.

The refurbished basketball court, badly damaged by floodwaters from Tropical Storm ...

Somerset County July 4th Fireworks Includes The Fabulous Greaseband

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Legendary New Jersey cover band "The Fabulous Greaseband" is featured at the Somerset County Park Commission Independence Day celebration Monday, July 4th, playing before and after a giant fireworks display at North Branch Park on Milltown Road.

Gates to the park will open at 6 p.m. The rain date is Tuesday, July 5. Admission is free.

Historical ...

Warren Township Library Summer Reading Challenge

WARREN, NJ --  The 2022 Summer Reading Challenge is here. 

What reading goal do you have this summer? To read for fun? To read at least 20 minutes a day? To read the entire series? Everybody has their own interests and needs and the Warren Township Library is ready to help you achieve your goals. Every day that you reach your personal reading ...

Inclement Weather Forecast, Somerville Postpones Family Pride Night

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Downtown Somerville Alliance has postponed its second annual LGBTQ Pride Month celebration on the Division Street pedestrian mall scheduled for Thursday, June 23 because of expected inclement weather.

The event will be rescheduled, according to Natalie Pineiro, executive director of the DSA.

The free event was to have featured live music and a ...

Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month on Division Street June 23

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Downtown Somerville Alliance will host its second annual LGBTQ Pride Month celebration on the Division Street pedestrian mall Thursday, June 23 from 6-9 p.m,

The free event will feature live music and a comedic drag performance by the "Golden Gays," along with a photo booth, glow-in-the-dark furniture and special discounts from businesses in the ...

All in the Family

On a stifling hot moonlit night in the summer of 1871, the infamous outlaw and gun slinger, John Wesley Hardin, shot a man for snoring.

Legend has it that Hardin, traveling with his cousin Gip Clements, fell back in his room at the American House Hotel in Abilene, Kansas after a raucous night drinking. The next door down, rancher Charles Cougar was sleeping peacefully, if noisily, in his room.

4 Injured in Crash, DWI After Driver Flees, Flips Car: Reports

June 27, 2022

Editor's Note: This story was updated with additional information provided by police Monday.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Four people were injured, and a 22-year-old Westfield man arrested on DWI charges Saturday night after crashing his car, fleeing the scene then crashing again, NJ Advance Media reported, citing authorities.

Police Chief Christopher Battiloro told NJ.com that when officers ...

Police Investigating After Early Morning Attack on College Avenue in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police are investigating after someone was punched near the Rutgers bus stop on College Avenue early this morning.

The victim, who was not identified in a press release issued by the Rutgers University Police Department, was transported to a local hospital where he or she was treated for injuries that were not life threatening.

Police said the incident happened at ...

New Jersey Mourns NFL Legend, Kenilworth Native Tony Siragusa, 55

KENILWORTH, NJ – Known by most as “Goose,” Tony Siragusa, a Kenilworth native and former NFL defensive tackle who became one of football’s greatest players has died at the age of 55.

Since the sudden death was announced countless residents have taken to social media to respond with condolences, memories and respects to the husband and father of three that ...

Dozens Arrested at Illegal 'Pop-Up' Party Near Willowbrook Mall

WAYNE, NJ – Nearly four dozen people were detained by Wayne Police after an illegal “pop-up party” was very briefly held in a vacant commercial property in Wayne on Saturday night.

New Jersey State Police tipped off Wayne Police Chief Jack McNiff on Saturday afternoon, warning him that a group of people were posting invitations on social media for a “pop-up” party ...

Rutgers Board of Governors Approves 2.9 Percent Tuition Increase

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers University Board of Governors Tuesday approved a $5.1 billion budget for the 2022-2023 academic year that includes a 2.9 percent increase in tuition and fees, nearly two-thirds below the current rate of inflation.

“We remain committed to providing excellence in academic experience and opportunity at an affordable and accessible price, and to ensuring ...

Teen Charged in Beating of 15-year-old Posted to Snapchat, Authorities Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — One of the approximately five young men who assaulted a 15-year-old boy in downtown Westfield Saturday night has been charged, the mayor said.

Officers charged the juvenile Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in her prepared remarks at the town council meeting that night.

“The Police Department expeditiously identified a juvenile suspect, who is not a ...

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All in the Family

On a stifling hot moonlit night in the summer of 1871, the infamous outlaw and gun slinger, John Wesley Hardin, shot a man for snoring.

Legend has it that Hardin, traveling with his cousin Gip Clements, fell back in his room at the American House Hotel in Abilene, Kansas after a raucous night drinking. The next door down, rancher Charles Cougar was sleeping peacefully, if noisily, in his room.