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St. Matthias priest “borrowed” $500,000 from church, an internal audit revealed

November 7, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ: Rev. Douglas J. Haefner “borrowed” around $500,000 – an amount substantiated by an unreleased internal audit – from church coffers to fund “compulsive behaviors,” according to Bishop James F. Checchio of the Metuchen Diocese.

After the resignation of Rev. Douglas J. Haefner last week, Checchio visited St. Matthias Church on Monday night to ...

2018 Crop Walkers Earn $7,000 to Combat Hunger


NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Achieving contributions of $7,000, the 2018 New Providence Crop Walk,  in spite of the high winds and mid-40s temperature, was a large success.  Matching funds and other contributions are still arriving.  Since 1974, the town has had this annual walk.

Planned by Faith Lutheran Church and hosted by United Methodist Church, the Crop Walk ...

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

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 ...

Memorial Service Set for Nick Stevens

LONG HILL TOWNSHIP, NJ- Arrangements have been made to celebrate the life and mourn the loss of Nick Stevens, Millington resident and former President of the Long Hill Board of Education, who was killed in a bicycle accident on Oct. 12. 

Watchung Hills Board of Education president Peter Fallon expressed condolences at the board’s Tuesday night meeting, “ Nick was the liaison ...

Missing Person: Family and Friends Remember Margaret Haddican-McEnroe, Still Missing from Warren

WARREN, NJ - Family and friends held a remembrance ceremony for Margaret Haddican-McEnroe at Our Lady of the Mount Church on Wednesday, 12 years since she vanished without a trace from her home in Warren.

Haddican-McEnroe was reported missing by her husband Tim McEnroe on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, two days after he last saw her at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10. 

On the ...

Father Ron Bestows Blessings on the Animals

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Rev. Ron Pollock presided at the 20th annual Blessing of the Animals at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 7,with several dozen dogs, cats and their owners receiving a special blessing at the 3 p.m. service.

The blessing of the animals is an annual Episcopal tradition in honor of St. Francis Day, which recognizes the importance of pets and ...


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10th Annual Harvest Fest and NJ Microbrew Night is Set for Saturday Night

November 2, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The 10th annual Harvest Fest and NJ Microbrew night, an awaited local social event as well as a fundraiser for the St. James Men of Charity is Saturday, Nov. 3 at St. James in Basking Ridge.

The event draws fans of craft brews, who are able to sample a wide variety of lagers, ales, pilsners, stouts and more.

The top craft brewers expected to attend this year ...