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Somerville: Memorial to Honor Legacy of "Ministerman" John Graf

Somerset Treatment Services hopes to raise $2,000 for a memoriam to its former president, John Graf, Jr.

SOMERVILLE. NJ - John Graf, Jr. was known for his ministry as much as his philanthropy and efforts to support good causes throughout Somerset County, including Somerset Treatment Services.

He worked with STS for over 20 years, helping to forge advocacy and support programs for those challenged by drug abuse and HIV issues.

Graf died March 6, 2016. He was 57.

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STS is hoping to raise $2,000 to honor Graf's legacy and install a bench with a memorial plaque within the Somerset County Park system.

"The symbol will honor the tremendous contributions that John made to serve his beloved Somerset County community," said Father Ron Pollock, pastor of Reformed Church and president of Somerset Treatment Services.

The "Ministerman" presided at hundreds of weddings, funerals and other occasions.

Graf had served as president of the STS board. He was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Somerset County Business Partnership in 2002 and as the SCBP Business Volunteer of the Year in 1999.

He served in the administration of Gov. Christie Whitman, served on the Raritan Valley Community College Board of Trustees from 2009-2013 and was the CED of the Somerset County United Way.

"Should we exceed that goal, those funds would support the work of the agency he served for over two decades providing SA disorder and HIV care to our county's neediest clientele," said Barbara Schlicting, executive director of STS.

Donations can be sent to the STS office at 118 West End Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876. Further information is available by calling (908) 722-1232.

 

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Missing Dog in Warren: Have You Seen Fonzi?

September 14, 2017

WARREN, NJ - Update: Found.

Fonzi is an 80 pound Italian Mastiff and was last seen about 9:45am Thursday in the Deerwood Trail/ Wychwood Way area. 

 

Fonzi is a friendly dog and should come right to you if you see him and call him or clap. He is wearing a collar with a tag with phone number.

 

Call 973-699-2387 if you spot him.

Remembering 9/11: a Warren resident remembers

September 11, 2017

Sixteen years. The day that changed my life and our country.

 

Last year my son asked me what I remembered about that day for an assignment he was doing for social studies. And for the first time, I told him some details.  I was there, guessing I was pregnant with our first child, the son who asked the question, and through a dumb move with broken glass, my husband was at ...

Fundraising Site Launched After 16- Year Old Dies During Lacrosse Game at Rutgers

September 18, 2017

HOLMDEL, NJ - A GoFundMe site was launched Monday by the Holmdel Lacrosse Team to support the family of their friend, classmate and teammate Jack Dowd, who died after collapsing at a lacrosse game at Rutgers University on Sunday. You can find it and assist the family by clicking here:

https://www.gofundme.com/jack-dowd-fundraiser

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Great Whites Finn and Amagansett Paths Converging Along Jersey Coast

JERSEY SHORE, NJ — Two young great white sharks remain off the coast of New Jersey, moving toward each other in the waters between Asbury Park and Seaside Heights.

Ocearch’s Global Shark Tracker “pinged” Finn at 10:30 a.m. on September 14 about 10 miles off the Asbury Park shoreline, moving along a southbound track. Amagansett ‘s last known whereabouts was about ...

Help Save Sabattis Adventure Camp for Our Boy Scouts

September 10, 2017

Dear Editor:

All of the other troops think that Blackfoot is the worst campsite at Sabattis Adventure Camp. That’s because it’s the furthest walk to the center of camp. Troop 77 knows that Blackfoot is the best campsite at Sabattis. We’ve been camping at that campsite every summer for years, far longer than our current scouts or their older brothers can remember.

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South Plainfield – Ellen Parker, 76, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017 in JFK Haven ...
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Attention Warren Commuters:NJ Transit Gladstone Branch to Resume Service Thursday Afternoon

September 21, 2017

NJ TRANSIT’s Gladstone Branch rail service along the Morris & Essex Lines will resume full regularly schedule service beginning at approximately 12:30 this afternoon following emergency repair work. 

The P.M. peak period ride home will have full regularly scheduled service originating in Penn Station New York and Hoboken making all scheduled stops.

The first trains to operate ...

Mindfulness in Warren: Linda Lantieri Speaks to Watchung Hills Staff on Social and Emotional Learning

September 21, 2017

WARREN, NJ - Keynote Speaker Linda Lantieri, co-founder and Senior Program Advisor for Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), urged teachers at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) to not only teach with a more fundamental awareness of the social and emotional influences on students’ readiness to learn, ...

WHRHS Soccer: Watchung Hills Girls Win in Double OT, Boys Fall to Montgomery

 

WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills boys and girls varsity soccer teams split their games with Montgomery on Tuesday.

 

In Montgomery, Chloe Ferreira scored twice to lift WHRHS over Montgomery, 3-2, with 36 seconds left in double overtime. Lindsay Wolf scored one and Nicole Entrup made four saves.

 

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WHRHS Football: Watchung Hills Falls to Elizabeth on Future Warrior Night, 27-7

WARREN, NJ -  The Watchung Hills Warriors Varsity football team started strong on Friday against the Elizabeth Minutemen, but the first win of the 2017 was not to be. The Warriors fell to the Minutemen, 27-7.

Prior to the game all youth football and cheer organizations were invited to participate in Future Warrior Night where they were announced onto the field before kick off.

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Joined in a sea of emotions that includes sorrow, grief, love and pride, Summit and Somerville will always now share a more distinctive link because of the late Summit Police Department Detective Matthew Tarentino and his family.

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The students file in, right arms extended, to fist bump the teacher who greets them just inside the room. It’s the usual routine, every Monday and ...