Somerset County News

September 12, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Tilly Mahon is flying from Melbourne, Australia to the United States in less than a month to meet her grandfather, Colin Driver, a long awaited event filled with anticipation but fraught with anxiety and angst. Two-year-old Matilda, aka Tilly, her mom, Jane, father, Matthew and ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione, held a ceremony marking the 17th anniversary of 9/11 at the county’s memorial clock tower, located on the corner of Main and Bridge streets.  At 8:46 a.m. – the time when the first ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Members of the Somerset County Board of Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione, will place a wreath at the county’s 9/11 memorial at the corner of Main and Bridge streets on Tuesday, Sept. 11.  The public is welcome to attend. As people gather for the ceremony, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are seeking the public's help in locating a missing 86-year-old "at risk" male, who was last seen Friday afternoon on Mallard Drive in Martinsville. According to the alert, Alexander R. Dirner, was last seen around 3:30 p.m. Friday in ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Coming off a 13-5-2 campaign, eighth-year Somerville High School boys’ soccer coach Bryan Smith feels like his team is capable of another strong season in 2018. The Pioneers returned to the Somerset County Tournament semifinals in 2017, ultimately losing to Pingry, 1-0. The ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ  - Field goal kicker Franklin Wasserman split the uprights as the clock ran out to cap off a back-and-forth 27-25 win for the Hillsborough Raiders over Colonia High School  in the opening game of the season for the two teams. The Hillsborough junior booted the game-winner from 38 ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Those who know Rick St. Pierre, owner of Verve Restaurant, Bar & Bistro, and those who work with him on the board of the Downtown Somerville Alliance, would not have been surprised Friday afternoon to see him walking up and down Main Street handing out postcards advertising ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Second-year Hillsborough High School girls soccer coach Lennaert Bitter looks at last season as a learning experience, not only himself, but the team as well. Bitter, who has been coaching youth soccer players for the last 20-plus years, both in the United States and abroad, ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Two suspects wanted in connection with the Aug. 19 murder of  a North Plainfield man have been captured in Texas while trying to flee to Mexico, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Nelson Salomon Aquilar-Lopez, 20 and Gicsy Baleria Galindo-Acosta, ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione urges residents to participate in the “Walk, Bike, Hike Somerset County: Connecting Vibrant Communities Transportation Study,” by taking an online survey and/or by commenting on an interactive map.   The deadline for residents to provide their ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Members of the Somerset County Board of Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione, will place a wreath at the county’s 9/11 memorial at the corner of Main and Bridge streets on Tuesday, Sept. 11.  The public is welcome to attend. As people gather for the ceremony, ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – More than $30,000 in narcotics were confiscated and two suspects arrested for possession and distribution of drugs from their residence on Bartine Street after a two-month investigation, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. A loaded automatic Glock ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Thanks to generous Somerset County residents, donations to the 24th annual Curbing Hunger Month food drive totaled 43,455 pounds. This included 32,700 pounds collected curbside, approximately 7,500 pounds of online donations, and another 2,000 pounds collected through affiliated ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Larry Hanko, area director of Special Olympics Somerset County, attended a meeting of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently to thank and recognize members of the county Roads and Bridges Division and the Somerset County Department of Corrections for their support ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Beth Anne Macdonald, hired in 2012 to oversee the redevelopment of the borough’s burgeoning Main Street retail and restaurant district, has resigned as executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. She begins work Sept. 4 as the Economic Development Director of Roselle ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Have you lost a loved one to an overdose or drug use? You have an opportunity to join others in the community who share your pain and who want to help raise awareness about drug addiction. International Overdose Awareness Day will be observed on Thursday, Aug. 30. Somerset ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A 28-year-old woman was killed Sunday after she was struck by a vehicle while walking on Route 22 at the intersection of Country Club Road, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police. Shivangi Sharma was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Plainfield man was arrested in connection with an attempted sexual assault in Washington Valley Park, off Miller Lane, according to a report from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Saturday. Elvin Martinez, 18, was charged with third degree criminal sexual contact, third ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -Two Hillsborough members are among a group of five chosen as the 2018 Outstanding 4-H'ers of Somerset County. Hillsborough residents Alex Norz and Jason Smith, along with Evan Brochinsky, Kinga Niewiadomski and Kara Johnson were honored at a recent reception. This is one of ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – A Manville resident has been indicted for attempted murder and faces other charges in connection with a sword attack on June 13. Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson announced the return of a Grand Jury Indictment charging Jared Razzano,  35, of North 9th Avenue, with ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Samantha Santos, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at the borough’s Middle School has a vision and plan to encourage her classmates and other teens to follow a path of exercise and healthy choices. Confident and self-assured, Santos came to a Borough Council meeting last month to ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Sugar Land Skeeters (28-12, 69-34) defeated the Somerset Patriots (22-19, 57-47) 9-7 at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday evening. The Skeeters took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on an RBI single by Derek Morris. Somerset tied up the game in the bottom of the ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - Susyn Timko needs volunteers to  help "Turn the Town Teal" on Thursday,Aug. 30 to commemorate National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Timko, a local musician, has coordinated the national program in Hillsborough for the past nine years in memory of her mother who died from ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A late summer lightning storm forced the Hillsborough Rotary Fair to close down two hours early Friday night, but not before a thundering fireworks display lit up the sky, Thousands of people streamed out of the fairgrounds at the conclusion of the fireworks just as the rain ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Friday night's Hillsborough Rotary Fair features a spectacular fireworks display in addition to more than 20 rides, amusement trailers, food vendors and other attractions. Dozens of local businesses that support the fair also have informational displays and sample ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Viktoria Wargo, a Special Needs teacher at Triangle Elementary School in Hillsborough, has been named 2018-19 Somerset County Teacher of the Year by the New Jersey Department of Education. Wargo and teachers selected in each of the the state’s 21 counties were recognized for their ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The 2018 Hillsborough Rotary Fair looked like a washout on its opening night, but Mother Nature came through and the skies cleared in time for the arrival of those dedicated community members for whom the Fair has become an annual tradition.   Dusk began to settle in ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerville Elks Lodge #1068 Motorcycle Committee will sponsor its annual "Poker Run for Ben" on Sunday, Aug. 19, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. The Somerville Elks Lodge is located at 375 Union Ave. in Bridgewater. Ben Falcone, a 6-year-old boy from Martinsville, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County is holding information sessions about becoming a volunteer adult literacy tutor. Sessions are being held in September, with one at the Bridgewater Township Library Sept. 11 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Hillsborough Township Library Sept. 12 ...

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SOMERVILLE., NJ – A Somerville man and his two sons, plus a fourth suspect from Newark, have been charged with kidnapping and assaulting  a 21-year-old Somerville resident. Arrested and charged with First Degree Kidnapping and Third Degree Assault are David Alex Villegas, 22, of Davenport ...

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