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New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Halted Following Judge's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt.

Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court.

State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose announced the decision Wednesday. In her ruling, bear hunt opponents have until Friday ...

New State Law Requires Schools to Submit Digital Maps to Law Enforcement

TRENTON, NJ — Starting in the 2023-24 school year, all schools in New Jersey will have to submit digital maps of their campuses to law enforcement.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-2426 into law Wednesday. It requires the information to be submitted next year and updated regularly with copies given to designated law enforcement.

"We have seen, time and time again, public mass shootings ...

New Jersey to Begin Independent Review of COVID-19 Response

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the start of an independent review into New Jersey's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the biggest challenges our State — and nation — has ever faced,” Murphy said in a news release.

More than 35,000 people in New Jersey died from COVID-19, according to state ...

New Jersey Residents Invited to Drumthwacket for Holiday Open Houses

PRINCETON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy are inviting New Jersey residents to visit Drumthwacket, the Governor's official residence in Princeton, during the holidays.

The Drumthwacket Foundation has teamed up with a number garden clubs from around the state, for "The Holidays at Drumthwacket." Guests will be able to see each public room in the first ...

New Jersey Reinstates Black Bear Hunt Following Increased Sightings

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted Tuesday to reinstate the state's black bear hunt.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who previously opposed the hunt, says the decision was needed due to a significant increase in bear sightings around the state.

From January to October 2022, compared to the same time last year, bear incidents are up 237% in the state, according to the ...

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Union Catholic's Andrew Benvenuto and Aria Hicks Signed Their NLI's on Tuesday

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic's Andrew Benvenuto and Aria Hicks signed their National Letters of Intent during a special ceremony at the school on Tuesday.

Benvenuto, a lefty pitcher, signed with Moravian University, and Hicks, a soccer star, signed with George Mason University.   

Benvenuto is coming off a sensational junior season. 

Mixing a sharp breaking ...

Union Catholic Bowling Team Opens Season With Victory Over Roselle Catholic

LINDEN, NJ -- The Union Catholic bowling team, which received a career-high game from Nick Grippo and a team-high series from David Dudas, opened its season with a dominating victory over Roselle Catholic on Monday at Jersey Lanes.

The Vikings swept all three games and had the most total pins to earn a 7-0 victory.

Grippo, a sophomore, rolled a career high 174 in the third ...

Agent Spotlight: April Blount

April Blount, Broker-Associate in the Watchung office, has been immersed in New Jersey real estate for over a decade. Specializing in luxury and new developments, she’s a superb guide through the selling and buying process. April crafts custom marketing strategies designed to achieve the best outcome for her sellers and puts in the legwork to meet her buyers’ needs as well. No matter ...

6 Ways to Balance Your Immune System

With flu season and winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your immune health. While many people seek ways to boost their immune system, it’s more important to balance it.

What’s the difference? “When you boost your immune system, you may make it respond too aggressively to infection, which can push you towards autoimmunity and ...

Time to Support the Next Generation of Watchung Students

December 6, 2022

Time to Support the Next Generation of Watchung Students

 

The last time Watchung passed a School Referendum, I was a student in the district. Now, I have three kids who, as of next year, will span all three schools. When I grew up here in Watchung, our schools were our shining star. We were truly Excellence On The Hill. It felt like a world-class private education, but in an intimate, ...

Watchung Vote Yes Dec. 13

Vote YES on December 13th

On December 13th, Watchung voters will be asked to approve $15.7 million in capital improvement projects for Watchung’s K-8 schools.  The projects consist primarily of replacing failing HVAC systems, critical security updates, and overdue maintenance and repairs to roofing, plumbing, flooring, as well as accessible ADA compliant bathrooms. Modest ...

Returning Excellence to the Hill

Dear Editor,

 

We write in support of the referendum to improve Watchung schools. We do this as a group of former members of the Board of Education, who served Watchung’s students in the past and support them today.

Watchung easily passed the last successful referendum in 2001. At that time, we were told by our professionals that the expected lifespan of the major systems we ...

All Atlantic Health System Maternity Centers Recognized Once Again as High Performing by U.S. News & World Report for the Best Hospitals for Maternity

December 6, 2022

For their work in delivering extraordinary care for moms, Atlantic Health System’s Morristown, Overlook, Chilton and Newton Medical Centers have been recognized once again as High Performing in Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report. This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.

These four Atlantic ...

Two Atlantic Health System Hospitals Earn 2022 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, two Atlantic Health System hospitals were named Top Hospitals nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Morristown Medical Center was named a Top Teaching Hospital, and Chilton Medical Center was named a Top General Hospital.

Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is well-known as one of ...

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care Physicians are First in New Jersey to Perform New Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Patients in New Jersey suffering from localized prostate cancer have a new, in-state option for care thanks to an innovative procedure offered through Atlantic Health System Cancer Care. Using Focal One robotic technology, urologists can deliver high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to remove discrete lesions within the prostate. The first two cases in New Jersey were performed by urologists ...

duCret Becomes the duCret Center of Art

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Change is inevitable. Change is necessary to propel the world forward. Just as the world changes, institutions must embrace that change to remain relevant within their communities.

Over its 96 years, duCret has periodically re-evaluated its path and adjusted its mission accordingly. From one room in a carriage house to the Babcock building to its current location, which ...

Free Holiday Parking in Montclair

December 4, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Two hours of free parking will be given to metered spaces in Montclair throughout the holidays, township officials announced.

The Montclair Township Council and the Montclair Parking Utility are providing the two hours of free parking at metered spaces throughout Montclair, from Friday, November 25, through Sunday, January 8.

According to published reports, the two-hour ...

Annual Santa Run 5K expected to bring thousands to Asbury Park on Saturday

ASBURY PARK, NJ — The Asbury Park Santa Run, one of the city’s most eye-catching holiday events returns for its seventh year on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. 

Tickets to participate in the run are sold out, as thousands of costumed runners are expected to be dashing through the streets during the 5K fun run in support of Lunch Break, a Red Bank-based non-profit organization that ...

Nashville Singer, Songwriter Rob Snyder Writes Song "Jersey" About His Time on Long Beach Island

NASHVILLE, TN — There's no doubt that Long Beach Island brings out a sense of nostalgia in so many. Rob Snyder, Singer and Songwriter, originally from West Chester, PA recalls his times on LBI in his single "Jersey."

"My parents met on LBI and it is just home to me. Always has been and always will be," Snyder said. "It is where I first ...

6 Ways to Balance Your Immune System

With flu season and winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your immune health. While many people seek ways to boost their immune system, it’s more important to balance it.

What’s the difference? “When you boost your immune system, you may make it respond too aggressively to infection, which can push you towards autoimmunity and ...

Rudolph & Crew Take the Day Off; Santa Flies in to Hillsborough Airport

December 8, 2022

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Central New Jersey Regional Airport has seen its fair share of VIPs land at the airport, most recently President Joe Biden, who flew in from his home in Delaware aboard Marine One to visit Hillsborough and Manville a few days after Tropical Storm Ida last September to assess the damage to both communities.

Former President Bill Clinton also flew in ...

Firefighters Escort Santa in Holiday Lights Parade 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Hundreds of volunteer firefighters and first responders from throughout the state, including Hillsborough, will drape and decorate their emergency vehicles with strings of lights and blow-up cartoon characters for the 3nnual Holiday Lights Parade Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at dusk.

Sponsored by Somerville Engine Co. #1, the trucks and their crews will begin to ...

Police: Man Revived After Vehicle Collided With Tractor Trailer Following Medical Emergency on Route 31

RARITAN TWP, NJ - A 62-year-old man was resuscitated after his vehicle collided with a tractor trailer on Route 31 Tuesday morning, according to Raritan Township Police.

According to Lt. Scott Nelson, police were dispatched to Route 31 at about 8:42 a.m. Tuesday for a report of a multiple vehicle accident, with the driver of one of the vehicles unconscious and entrapped. The driver, Nelson ...

My Cup Runneth Over

Is it me, or does it just seem like we experienced the World Cup four years ago?

Yes, finally it is that time again. The 2022 FIFA World Cup is in full swing mired in controversy, corruption, protests, and more controversy. Every four years The World Cup brings out the best in humanity.

To fully understand the brouhaha around this particular World Cup, you must first recognize that it is ...

Head On Collision on Rt. 24 Causes Entire Highway To Be Shutdown

December 8, 2022

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - A horrific automobile collision occurred on Rt. 24 Westbound today, December 8, 2022 when a motor vehicle improperly traveled the wrong way on the westbound lane.

The car collided with another car head on in the westbound lane.  The wreckage was catastrophic, causing the closure of the highway in both directions for several hours.

There is a report (not ...

Ride-Share Drivers' Sexual Misconduct History Would be Reported Under Proposed Law

TRENTON, NJ — Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) is pushing legislation that would require transportation network companies (TNC) such as Uber or Lyft to share information concerning a driver’s sexual misconduct history.

The legislation, which is aimed at holding ride-sharing drivers accountable for their actions, passed the Senate Transportation ...

Veterans Memorial Park Tree Lights Up Blue and Gold in Support of Ukraine

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Veterans Memorial tree is lit up with blue and gold lights for the holiday season in honor of Ukraine. "We are proud to honor our Ukrainian brothers and sisters in defense of their freedom and liberty," said Ted Romankow, Chair of the Veterans Memorial Restoration Committee.

"During the early Fall, the Veterans Memorial ...

Board of Adjustment Denies Chick-fil-A Bid on Route 22

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- After more than a year of testimonies, revisions and delays, the Springfield Board of Adjustment Tuesday night unanimously denied an application to build a Chick-fil-A Restaurant at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West.

All seven members of the Board of Adjustment voted to deny the bid for the drive-thru chain establishment at the location that has ...

2022 Holiday Pet Drive for Plainfield Area Humane Society

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Netherwood Heights Neighbors Association is once again collecting items for four-legged friends during the 2022 holiday season. Donations will benefit the Plainfield Area Humane Society. The PAHS organization provides programs on pet care and responsible ownership in addition to caring for stray, abandoned and unwanted animals.

Requested pet food and cleaning ...

Upcoming Events

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Fri, December 09
06:30 PM — 09:30 PM

Somerville High School, Somerville

Stars and Promises 2022 - "A Light In ...

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Sun, December 11
05:00 PM — 07:00 PM

RAHWAY RECREATION CENTER, RAHWAY

A Holiday Extravaganza by Upwards ...

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Tue, December 13
02:00 PM — 07:00 PM

St. Francis Episcopal Church, Dunellen

CANCELED - RWJ Blood Drive at St.

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Fri, December 16
05:30 PM — 07:30 PM

Plainfield

Holiday Sing-A-Long/Photos with Santa

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Fri, December 16
08:00 PM — 10:30 PM

Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook

Christmas with Chris Ruggiero

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Fri, December 16
08:00 PM — 10:30 PM

Brook Arts Center , Bound Brook

Christmas with Chris Ruggiero

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Sun, January 08
02:00 PM — 04:00 PM

Brook Arts Center , Bound Brook

Jim Barone's "Elvis Through the Years"

My Cup Runneth Over

Is it me, or does it just seem like we experienced the World Cup four years ago?

Yes, finally it is that time again. The 2022 FIFA World Cup is in full swing mired in controversy, corruption, protests, and more controversy. Every four years The World Cup brings out the best in humanity.

To fully understand the brouhaha around this particular World Cup, you must first recognize that it is ...