Government

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 ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Property in the Emerson Lane neighborhood of the township is back in the news, again. The Warren Township property, which was proposed as a site for the Berkeley Aquatic Club (BAC), in 2012, is now being proposed as a site for a 192-unit housing development with 144 ...

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GREEN BROOK, NJ - The Township of Green Brook has received the results of the transportation planning study done on the downtown district. The goal of the study was to examine the existing zoning rules for the study area, and make suggestions about how the rules could be changed to promote a ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ - The Watchung Library has reopened after suddenly closing on Friday, ” due to a recent safety concern.”  On Friday, the  Borough advised, “the Watchung Public Library will be closed until this issue can be investigated and if need be, remediated. This situation is only temporary – ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ  - High school students across Middlesex and Somerset counties have a chance to to tell adults why people should vote in elections in an contest that the Women Voters of the Greater New Brunswick Area is sponsoring for youths. In "Y-Vote," students can write an essay or produce ...

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TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Board of Education postponed a controversial proposal to cut back on standardized tests in certain grades and subjects, just minutes before it was set to vote on the plan. The decision put off the vote was a setback to Gov. Phil Murphy, who campaigned on eliminating ...

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SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - It’s been 17 years. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, area towns will remember and  honor the fallen from the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Green Brook 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, Top of the World Park at 100 Top of the World Way.   Long Hill Township An ecumenical ...

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TRENTON, NJ— A request for a two-week extension has been awarded to the state of New Jersey to answer a lawsuit seeking to integrate New Jersey's schools, indicating that a settlement could be possible. A new deadline of Sept. 14 has been set. In a letter sent to Mercer County Superior Court ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is facing a Friday deadline to respond to a lawsuit seeking to desegregate schools in cities like Newark, Camden, New Brunswick, as well as districts throughout the state with a large population of minority students. The lawsuit, filed by New Jersey Coalition ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A silent procession will travel on Somerset Street from Greenbrook Road to Lincoln Place on Sept. 11.   A Memorial Ceremony will be held at the Fire Bell at 8:45 a.m. The Borough invites all to, “join as we pay our respects to the almost 3000 men, women and children ...

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GREEN BROOK, NJ - The Green Brook Flood Control Commission (GBFCC) will hold its annual memorial service at 9:30 a.m., at Miller Park, 111 Greenbrook Road on Saturday, Aug. 4. Miller Park is located behind the Green Brook Municipal Building.  Due to ongoing flood project construction in Middlesex ...

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  WATCHUNG, NJ  – In a repeat of the Watchung Borough Council’s  action on April 19,  the council voted Thursday night  to not renovate the existing Watchung Library building or build a new library, however, a comment from a resident during the public commentary portion of the meeting gave hope ...

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WARREN, NJ – Jersey Central Power & Light has filed a four-year infrastructure plan with the state Board of Public Utilities aimed at enhancing the reliability and resiliency of its distribution system against severe weather and reducing the frequency and duration of power outages. The ...

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PEARL HARBOR, HI -  A 2012 Watchung Hills Regional High School graduate and Warren, New Jersey, native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).  Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Vesper is an aviation ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County will fly its flags at half-staff July 12 in memory of Grace A. Gurisic, who served as the county’s first woman freeholder more than half a century ago. Gurisic passed away June 9; she was 84. Funeral services will be held 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12, from the ...

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WARREN, NJ - As the community celebrated Independence Day, USA.gov and the Department of Veterans Affairs shared some helpful guidelines for showing respect to the symbol of the nation. Check out this helpful information before you fly the stars and stripes. Traditional guidelines call for ...

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The definition of a free country is where the government does not control what people say or do for political reasons and where people can express their opinions without punishment. The transition from a totalitarian state to a free country will be long and slow. In a 2017 report Freedom ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Montgomery Township officials, are fighting a proposed two-week closure of Route 206 for the reconstruction of the bridge over Crusers Brook, which is located near the Montgomery Township Municipal Complex. The New Jersey ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ - Watchung Borough Council Meetings are now being recorded for online viewing. Meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the borough website. The last meeting, on Thursday, June 21, was the first to be recorded and available on video. For agendas and to view council meetings, go ...

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GREEN BROOK, NJ - The Township of Green Brook and Green Brook Police Department announced the appointment of a new Chief of Police, staff promotions and the hiring of a new officer on Monday.   During the Township Committee Meeting on June 18, a swearing-in ceremony was performed by Mayor ...

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  TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-Somerset/Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex) and inspired by students from Princeton designating the endangered bog turtle as the New Jersey State Reptile has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. “I am so proud of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventeen-year-old Summit High School student Ben Schachter was taken away in handcuffs Tuesday during a gun safety “die-in” protest led by local high school students at Congressman Leonard Lance's Westfield office. Lance was not present at the office at the time. “We are ...

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TRENTON, N.J. — Operators of Monmouth Park and other race tracks have been champing at the bit to start accepting bets on sports other than its own horse racing. The track is one step closer to doing so as on June 11, Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 4111, allowing sports betting at New ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ -The Watchung Borough Council voted on Thursday night  to settle its third round affordable housing obligation mandated by the state of New Jersey. Watchung Borough’s immunity from builder's remedy lawsuits  expires on June 30.  Mayor Stephen Pote was forced to cast the deciding ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a showdown on the state budget looming just 22 days away, Gov. Phil Murphy today re-emphasized his call for a tax on the state’s wealthiest households while hoping to avoid another shutdown of state government. “Do I still want a millionaire’s tax? The answer is ‘yes,’ “ ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ - State Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, (R-21) will hold a town hall meeting in Watchung Borough to discuss  state affordable housing policy with Watchung residents on Tuesday, June 5. “The borough is grateful for this opportunity to let Assemblyman Bramnick hear our voices, ...

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WARREN, NJ - Residents lined the parade route to honor those who have fought and died for our nation at the annual Warren Township Memorial Day Parade on Monday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rme76_-p4TI Following the parade, a wreath-laying ceremony was conducted at the Municipal Complex to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Village President Sheena Collum issued a statement on Thursday, addressing a video in which South Orange Maplewood School Board member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad appeared to suggest that she would contact South Orange Village President Sheena Collum in regards to a ...

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SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Warren Township has provided the following update on affordale housing that includes Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson's recent ruling in a Mercer County case involving Princeton and West Windsor. It is of particular importance and is expected to influence Fair Share ...

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TRENTON), NJ -  Central New Jersey Assemblymen Roy Freiman (D-16th) and Andrew Zwicker (D-16th) have introduced a bill to raise the minimum age to buy rifles and shotguns in New Jersey. Under current law, handguns cannot be sold to anyone under 21 although licensed gun dealers in the state are ...

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