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Football: Piscataway Wins Sectional Championship, 28-7, over Union City

November 17, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ - When the Piscataway football team did not get out to the kind of explosive offensive start that marked its first two playoff victories this post-season, it was left to the Chiefs' defense and special teams to give them the momentum needed to seal their sectional championship.

Big plays on defense and special teams in the third quarter gave undefeated Piscataway control of ...

Piscataway Chiefs go for their 10th Sectional Title Saturday vs. Union City

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Two teams remain in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 playoffs -- the Piscataway Chiefs and the Union City Soaring Eagles -- and they will duke it out on the football field on Saturday in the final.

Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at Dominic R. Ciardi Field in Piscataway.

Top-seeded Piscataway (10-0), No. 3 in the latest NJ.com Top 20 and No. 4 in the USA Today Network ...

Piscataway’s Dominique Nelson Signs to Play Field Hockey at Towson

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Flanked by a bevy of family members, coaches, administrators, faculty, and friends, Piscataway High School senior Dominique Nelson signed on the dotted line of her National Letter of Intent to play field hockey at Towson University on Wednesday morning.

“It’s really exciting honestly. My freshman year, I didn’t think I would end up playing in college. I ...

Holy Savior Academy Gives Back

November 10, 2018

Holy Savior Academy has begun its Season of Giving with three traditional initiatives that allow faculty, students and families to support those in need.

Our Veterans Day collection serves the NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park.  This campaign, spearheaded each year by our school nurse, Mrs. Pinto, provides the students and faculty an opportunity to discuss the importance of giving ...

Piscataway Police Respond to Hundreds of Service Calls during Winter Storm Avery

November 16, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Winter Storm Avery wreaked havoc Thursday on towns across the tri-state area including Piscataway.

Commuters spent hours in gridlock traffic all around the township, and first responders worked through the evening commute to help residents impacted by the storm.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Piscataway police said that “During a 12 hour period beginning at 1:30 pm ...

Piscataway Police: Do Not Be Alarmed as Bells of Peace Toll on Sunday, Nov. 11

PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Piscataway Police issued an alert Thursday afternoon to township residents about the bells and sirens that will ring at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11th in honor of the 100th anniversary of the armistice of World War I as part of Bells of Peace.   

The police alert states,  **DO NOT BE ALARMED**

"On Sunday, November 11th at 11 a.m., bells will ring and ...

VIDEO - Know a Veteran? Thank Them for Your Freedom

November 11, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11th, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to ...

Piscataway Police: Do Not Be Alarmed as Bells of Peace Toll on Sunday, Nov. 11

PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Piscataway Police issued an alert Thursday afternoon to township residents about the bells and sirens that will ring at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11th in honor of the 100th anniversary of the armistice of World War I as part of Bells of Peace.   

The police alert states,  **DO NOT BE ALARMED**

"On Sunday, November 11th at 11 a.m., bells will ring and ...

County Offers Additional Help for Vets, Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the End of WWI

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - 2018 marks the centennial of the end of World War I. The conclusion of “The War to End All Wars” inspired the commemoration of Armistice Day on November 11. Since then, the day’s honor extended to veterans of later wars, such as WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and became known as Veterans Day.

A lot has changed in the century following that ...

Rutgers Tailgate to Be All Wet

November 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is an understatement to say the Rutgers football season has been "disappointing."

But the one benefit for wary Rutgers fans has been the traditional tailgates, a great place to meet up with old friends, commiserate about the current football situation and say "Hi" to Big 10 fans from other schools who seem to be the main fan base at our home games as ...

Milltown's Our Lady Of Lourdes To Host 40th Annual Christmas Bazaar

MILLTOWN, NJ - Get a head start on the holiday shopping at the 40th annual Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New at this year's always-popular bazaar is the OLOL Emporium, offering beautiful gift items. A whole host of well-known brands like Lenox and Mikasa will be available as well as linens and other items ideal for holiday ...

Volume Up To Headline Benefit Concert At Spotswood High School

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Indie/alternative rock band Volume Up will be headlining a concert at the Spotswood High School Cafetorium on Thursday, November 29 at 7 p.m. All of the proceeds from this family-friendly concert will go to benefit Music for Relief.

Music for Relief was founded in 2004 by the band Linkin Park after a tsunami in the Indian Ocean killed more than 200,000 people and left ...

Hillsborough Comic Makes You Laugh for a Cause

November 12, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Johnny Lombardi, aka "Gemini," is the comedic version of a one-man band.

He can do it all – depending on his mood and the audience, Lombardi will kibitz with the crowd, fire off one-liners, dazzle with his magic or bring life to a family of sharp-tongued ventriloquist dummies.

A veteran headliner at Atlantic City’s casinos, Lombardi’s also got a ...

Holy Savior Academy Gives Back

Holy Savior Academy has begun its Season of Giving with three traditional initiatives that allow faculty, students and families to support those in need.

Our Veterans Day collection serves the NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park.  This campaign, spearheaded each year by our school nurse, Mrs. Pinto, provides the students and faculty an opportunity to discuss the importance of giving ...

Help a Veteran Go Back to School When You get a Haircut at Sport Clips in East Brunswick Now through Veterans Day

East Brunswick, NJ (November 1, 2018) – Sport Clips Haircuts’ annual “Help A Hero” scholarship campaign starts today, and you can be a part of the mission to help service members and veterans take the next step toward civilian careers through education by visiting the East Brunswick location. Today through Veterans Day, November 11, you can “Help A Hero” when ...

NeedQuest Hosts Thera-Palooza Special Needs Event for Families and Providers

November 13, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Thera-Palooza, a special needs therapy fair, was held here recently at the Hilton Garden Inn. 

“Thera-Palooza is an experiential event for families with loved ones with special needs,” said Leslie Crowe, the founder of NeedQuest, a local directory of special needs resources, and the organizer of Thera-Palooza. “At this event, we are bringing ...

Treelicious Orchards Celebrates Fall at their Annual Apple Festival & Benefit

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- A good time was had by all at the Apple Festival hosted by Treelicious Orchards this October. An annual event, the festival is a benefit for The Ben Samuels Children's Center for Inclusive Early Care and Education at Montclair State University.

Visitors picked their own apples at the peak of perfection, with six different varieties to choose from. The event also ...

Reminder to Pet Owners - NJ State Law Says Pets Must Have Proper Shelter in Freezing Temperatures

November 14, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Weather forecasters are calling for freezing temperatures to overnight tonight and into Thursday. Freezing temperatures can be very dangerous to pets.

NJ State Law says dogs cannot be outside if temperatures are below 34 degrees without proper shelter (insulated, elevated, heated). Keep your pets safe and avoid getting a fine by bringing your pets indoors any ...

Donors Wanted during Critical Blood Shortage

NEW JERSEY - (Nov. 13, 2018) — The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter. 

During September and October, the Red Cross ...

Rev. Soaries Appointed to RWJBarnabas Trustee Board

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Long-time pastor Rev. Dr. DeForest "Buster" Soaries has been appointed to the board of trustees for RWJBarnabas Health, the largest health care system in the state, hospital officials announced.

Soaries, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, will serve a three-year term on the board.

“We are ...

Puleo International Kicks-Off the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with Warehouse Sale at 3614 Kennedy Road, South Plainfield Location

November 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Puleo International, a third generation family owned manufacturer and distributor of unique handcrafted holiday décor items is opening their doors to the public for their 14th Annual Christmas Sale. Puleo’s Warehouse sale rings in the holiday season much like Christmas music in late November. The doors open daily will sales running from now thru ...

Jane Fonda Visits Newark, Calls for $15 Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

NEWARK, NJ - Jane Fonda got higher wages for women through unscrupulous means in the 1980's comedy "9 to 5," but now she's advocating for a $15 minimum wage for tipped workers in more traditional ways.

The Academy Award-winning actor and activist  spoke at Rutgers University-Newark today with advocacy groups and a state lawmaker to support a $15 minimum wage, ...

N.J. Teen Gets 'Once-In-A-Lifetime Chance' To Show Horses In Czech Republic

November 15, 2018

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — How far can an Appaloosa horse take you? For one New Jersey teen — all the way to the Czech Republic.

Alexis Grogan, a high school senior from Hackettstown, N.J., has been an active member of the Appaloosa Horse Club since 2013. “This year through the club, I was selected and given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the Czech Republic and show ...

Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving

November 11, 2018

Make gift giving easy with unique green gifts that provide weeks and in some cases months and years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift that’s ideal for everyone, especially that person on your list who has everything.

Gardeners as well as practical family members and friends will enjoy the dual purpose the Christmas rose (Hellebore) provides. This ...

Challengers Unseat Incumbents in Race for Piscataway School Board, Unofficial Results Show

November 7, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Early reporting showed a neck-and-neck race for three seats to the Piscataway Township School Board, but according to unofficial results, it was the challengers who crossed the finish line first, ousting incumbents who each sought their third terms in office.

Jeffrey Fields, Sr., took 19% of the votes, with running mates Shelia Hobson and Nitang Patel both taking ...

Department of Justice Officials Set to Monitor Polling Places in Middlesex County

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Department of Justice will have a close eye on polling places in Middlesex County on Tuesday.

The Civil Rights Division will “monitor compliance with the federal voting rights laws by deploying personnel” polling places within the county, according to a Justice Department press release.   

“Voting rights are ...

Franklin Township: St. Matthias' Father Douglas J. Haefner Resigns as Questions of Parish Finances Arise

November 5, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Questions surrounding church finances at Saint Matthias led to the resignation of Rev. Douglas J. Haefner according to a letter sent to parishioners and school families on Nov. 2. 

"It is with sadness that I must inform you that Father's resignation coincides with serious questions and concerns that recently have been raised regarding the handling of parish ...

Luxury Apartments Near Completion in Somerville

November 12, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – SOMA, an upscale new rental building alongside the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line, is on pace to make a late 2018 debut, according to its developer Sterling Properties.

Construction is nearly complete on the luxury four-story building which will feature a mix of 69 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and amenities steps from Somerville award-winning ...

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Man Faces Life in Prison for Bank Robbery Conviction

November 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Hillsborough man with a history of arrests and indictments for bank robbery now faces a possible sentence of life in prison after being convicted Wednesday of a robbery at a North Brunswick bank

A jury in Superior Court in New Brunswick continued Quinton Watson, 51, for the Jan. 14, 2014, hold-up at the Garden State Community Bank in North Brunswick, Middlesex County ...

Obituaries

Somerset, NJ – Walter Heda, 72, known to many as “Chief,” passed away with his ...
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Eduardo J. “Eddie” Perez, 61, of Piscataway, NJ passed away peacefully on Sunday August ...
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M PoWeR Arts Presents A Christmas Play "Black Nativity" by Langston Hughes

November 17, 2018

Plainfield, NJ December 2018 -- Award-winning international director of film and stage, Onyx Keesha, produces Langston Hughes gospel play "Black Nativity" this holiday season at the Parish Hall Theater located at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield. Under the direction of the acclaimed director, Danielle Tucker- the amazing cast is filled with local talent ages 7-75. This ...

Somerset Patriots Holiday Toy Drive Set For Saturday, Dec. 8

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots and Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle have announced that they will host their annual Holiday Toy Drive at TD Bank Ballpark on Dec. 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 

Fans will be able to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Somerset Patriots Team Store located at the ballpark throughout the day. The toys will be donated to Toys For Tots Central New ...

Building Dedicated to Rutgers Alumnus Anchors Engineering School

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In yet another expansion of its facilities, Rutgers University this week dedicated a new four-story, 106,000-square foot Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering, named in honor of a 1950 university graduate who has made major donations to his school.

The building on the Busch campus now anchors Rutgers' School of Engineering complex, and is the most recent facility built as ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, November 22, 12:00 PM

Zion 'Tabernacle of Praise' in Callard Hall, Piscataway

Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Giving Back

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Fri, November 30, 3:00 PM

Craft Show, South Plainfied

Holy Savior Christmas Craft Fair

Arts & Entertainment

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Thu, December 6, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

Arts & Entertainment

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Fri, January 11, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

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Woman Identified in Fatal Train Accident on Gladstone Branch

November 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Susan Brown, 61 years old, of New Providence was killed Thursday after her 2015 Nissan Altima was struck by the #0432 NJ Transit Gladstone train at the Union Avenue crossing in New Providence Thursday evening during a snow storm. Brown was pronounced dead at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

The train originated from Gladstone and was running 30 ...

All Inked Up and No Place To Go

I want a tattoo.  I am old enough to hang reading glasses around my neck and I want a tattoo. 

 

The question I keep asking myself is, why?  After a lifetime ignoring my skin, why now would I want to turn some weatherworn patch of scratches and scars it into an album cover?  This is not an easy thing to answer.  It delves deep within the psyche and brings up ...

Confidence is the Result of Experience

Most people say, “When I feel more confident, then I’ll…”  But confidence is not the starting point.  Confidence is the result of experience.  When you take action, plowing through the resistance, anxiety and fear of what lies ahead, that is how you build your confidence and your self-esteem.
 
Every one of us has experienced resistance around doing ...

No Tricks Here! Free, Online Halloween Treats for Kids

I love Halloween! It’s one of my favorite holidays, especially since there is so much to do, and it’s so much fun for the kids. I also love that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Sure, you could go to the store and buy brand-new costumes and decorate your house like crazy, but it’s also a holiday you can do on a budget. Secondhand costumes purchased from Facebook ...

Seasonal Recipe: Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

November 17, 2018

Apple cider adds a bit of warm spice to this easy Thanksgiving side dish.

Ingredients:

12 oz. fresh cranberries, about 3 ½ cups

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup apple cider

Rinse berries and pick them over to remove any leaves or stems that might be mixed in.

Combine all ingredients in a small pot. Cook, stirring, over medium-high heat, until all of the berries ...