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Art Course in Somerville Pays Homage to the Colored Pencil

January 20, 2017

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – This is an art course with no brushes, no watercolors or acrylics, but the end results burst with vibrant colors and images.

Artists are invited to explore "The Unexpected: Colored Pencil, " a five-week course with artist and instructor Susan Antin that will be held Monday nights beginning Jan. 23-Feb. 20, 6-8:30 p.m. at Verve Bistro and Lounge, 18 E.

RVCC Planetarium Dazzles with Star Shows & Laser Light Concerts

BRANCHBURG, NJ - The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium will present a variety of star shows and laser concerts in February, including special programs for children.

The following shows will be offered:

Astronomy Tonight, Saturday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.
Using the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater, experience a guided tour of the night sky. Learn about some of the ...

The Mountain Top At Villagers Theatre In Franklin Township Pays Tribute to MLK's Legacy

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Mountaintop opened at Villagers Theatre on Friday night and will run through through Jan. 22.

The Mountaintop is directed by Diane L. Parker and stars Andrew Binger and Mildred Victoria. 

Playwright Katori Hall was inspired to write The Mountaintop based on a story her mother told her as a child.  Carrie Mae ...

Universities Sign Agreement to Establish New Jersey Big Data Alliance

January 19, 2017

 

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Nine of the state’s top universities have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to formally establish the New Jersey Big Data Alliance(NJBDA).

Members of the NJBDA are Rutgers University, Montclair State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Kean University, Rowan University, St. Peter’s University, Stockton University, Stevens Institute of ...

Universities Sign Agreement to Establish New Jersey Big Data Alliance

January 19, 2017

 

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Nine of the state’s top universities have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to formally establish the New Jersey Big Data Alliance(NJBDA).

Members of the NJBDA are Rutgers University, Montclair State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Kean University, Rowan University, St. Peter’s University, Stockton University, Stevens Institute of ...

Somerville Schedules Registration for Fall, 2017 Kindergarten and Preschool Students

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Parents are reminded they must register their children for pre-school and kindergarten classes that begin in the fall.

Registration for the September, 2017 Kindergarten class will take place at Van Derveer School on Tuesday, Feb. 7 and Thursday, Feb. 9.

Children must be five years of age by Oct. 1.

Appointments may be scheduled with Sheila Deck, Registrar, at ...

Princeton Professor/Author to Speak on Race Relations at RVCC

BRANCHBURG, NJ - Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., chair of the Department of African American Studies and William S. Tod Professor of Religion at Princeton University, will address race relations and racial injustice and discuss his latest book, "Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul" at Raritan Valley Community College Thursday, Jan.26, ...

New Jersey Lottery Winners Attend Trump Inauguration

January 20, 2017

 

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of New Jersey residents attended the Presidential Inauguration of Donald J. Trump Friday thanks to a little bit of luck.

Several members of the New Jersey congressional delegation held lottery drawings on their websites through December, with winners notified Jan. 4.

Each winner received two standing room only tickets to view the inauguration on the National ...

Determined Ciattarelli Kicks Off GOP Gubernatorial Campaign, Vows to Beat Cancer

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – GOP gubernatorial candidate and state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli minced no words when he greeted hundreds of supporters at his kick-off reception last night, just two weeks after a Statehouse press conference where he announced that he was undergoing radiation and recovering from a Nov. 15 operation for throat cancer.

Standing behind the podium in the ballroom at the ...

Bateman, Simon, Caliguire Launch GOP Campaign for 16th District Senate and Assembly Seats

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A trio of veteran Republican lawmakers have joined forces to run as a team in the June 6th primary in New Jersey's 16th legislative district, which includes towns in Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon and Mercer counties. 

The ticket is led by state Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon), former Assemblywoman Donna ...

Somerville: N. Bryan Mack, “Chef Behind the Bar” at Verve Bistro, Dies at 46

January 11, 2017

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – N. Bryan Mack, legendary mixologist and “chef behind the bar” at Verve Restaurant, Bar& Bistro, has died at the age of 46.

Mack was the consummate front man,  a dapper dresser, beginning his career at Verve in 2002 with starched shirts, cuff links and silk ties, but lately given over to a themed artistic punk look - modified bearskin hat ...

Lighting Liquidation Sale in Somerville Benefits Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity

January 9, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Lighting fixtures, chandeliers, ceiling fans and more will be offered at heavily discounted prices to support Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity during a three-day liquidation sale.

RVHFH will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the a 3-day lighting liquidation Jan. 14-16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day at 89 Route 206 North in the Dunkin' Donuts shopping center across ...

South Brunswick: U.S. Rep. Watson Coleman Will Not Attend Trump Inauguration

January 15, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12, will not be at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next Friday, she announced Saturday night.

“I am very concerned with this administration coming in,” Watson Coleman said to around 150 people during a “United Communities” town hall meeting at the Islamic Society of Central Jersey on Route ...

NJ Lawmakers Stand Up for Painted Blue Line Police Tributes on Roadways

TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Erik Peterson, R-23rd introduced a resolution in the State Assembly Tuesday objecting to a recent Federal Highway Administration ruling that would require towns to paint over the honorary blue lines in front of police departments, municipal buildings, and down main streets intended to support local law enforcement. 

“It seems that, yet ...

Lance Named Vice-Chairman of Communications and Technology Subcommittee

WASHINGTON - New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance, R-7th has been appointed vice chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee under the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The panel has oversight over the United States digital economy, the Federal Communications Commission and rules and regulations effecting New Jersey’s many telecommunications companies.

“I thank ...

Learn How to Nurture the Great Outdoors - Under Glass

January 17, 2017

 

TERRARIUM WORKSHOP JANUARY 28, 2017

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Horticulturists from the Somerset County Park Commission's Colonial Park Gardens in Somerset will host a workshop: "Terrariums: A Miniature Ecosystem in Glass" Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m.-noon.

The program will be held at Park Commission Headquarters at North Branch Park, 355 ...

Grateful Mother Has Reunion with Somerville Doctor Who Saved Her Life

January 17, 2017

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Casey Cattell had a difficult pregnancy and delivery, dodging death not once, but twice.

Both times, her life and the life of her baby were saved by the quick action of emergency room doctors and staff, the first time at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset and three months later at RWJUH/New Brunswick - just one week after giving birth to her son, ...

Congress Begins to Dismantle Obamacare; Lance Aligns with Trump Proposals

WASHINGTON - Members of Congress on Friday began dismantling Obamacare.

New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) issued this statement following the 227-198 vote in the House on a budget resolution that that instructs various Congressional committees to draft legislation by Jan. 27 to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act; the Senate passed a similar bill on Thursday:

“With ...

Drug Suspect Admits Guilt, Faces 10 Years in Jail

January 20, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A 36-year-old Warren resident has pleaded guilty to several drug charges and could face up to 10 years in prison, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Kai Peter of Mount Horeb Road, Warren Township, pled guilty on Friday to 1st Degree, Maintaining a CDS Productions Facility, 1st Degree, Possession of Over 25 Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to ...

Incarcerated Teens Find Their Voices Through Poetry

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — Parts of the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center located off Route 130 resemble a high school more than a place where people serve time.

Only the uniform orange slip-on shoes scattered across the floor distinguish the gym, with its full basketball court and ping-pong table, from that of your typical high school. After their studies, the good kids ...

Here Comes the Judge, Here Comes the Judge, Here . . .

TRENTON, NJ - Gov.Chris Christie has enacted a legislative plan authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and state Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman that will add 20 new judges to New Jersey’s courts, providing support for the already-enacted criminal justice reforms that took effect this month.

“I appreciate that the Governor has acted so quickly to enact our ...

Man Struck By Car on Route 22 Identified

January 19, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The man killed after being struck by a car on Route 22 late Sunday has been identified as Jose L. Espiridion, of Hampton, according to township police.

The 38-year-old was struck by a vehicle on Route 22 West, near North Gaston Avenue, at about 11:55 p.m. Sunday when he was standing in the center lane of travel, police said.

Espiridion was struck by a 2015 Ford ...

Somerset County Sheriff's Office: New Officers, Promotions and Awards

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano swore in new officers and presented awards to both officers and civilians during a ceremony held at the county’s historic courthouse.

Provenzano asked for a moment of silence to open the ceremy, “for our fallen brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice and the brave men and women in the armed ...

NJ Lawmakers Stand Up for Painted Blue Line Police Tributes on Roadways

TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Erik Peterson, R-23rd introduced a resolution in the State Assembly Tuesday objecting to a recent Federal Highway Administration ruling that would require towns to paint over the honorary blue lines in front of police departments, municipal buildings, and down main streets intended to support local law enforcement. 

“It seems that, yet ...

Activists Gather at Somerville Church to Send Message About Bigotry, Hate and Divisiveness

January 19, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Central Jersey Community Coalition, an emerging local grassroots social action network whose mission is to “educate, advocate, inspire, and act,” will host a gathering of concerned citizens and activist organizations on Saturday, Jan.21 from 2-6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills, 123 E. Cliff St.

“We are facing a ...

Somerville Congregations Honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Clergy United for Christian Ministry and the Somerville Area Ministerial Association will sponsor the 22nd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ecumenical Community Worship Service at Shiloh Pentecostal Church, 139 Davenport St. on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m.

Lunch will be served from 2-3:30 pm. in the Fellowship Hall, according to Pastor Jack ...

Former MLB All-Star and Somerset Patriot Tim Raines Headed to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame

January 18, 2017

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Former Somerset Patriots outfielder Tim Raines will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the class of 2017. He enters the Hall of Fame alongside Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez with 86 percent of the voting.

Raines, who had a 23-year Major League Baseball career, played for the Somerset Patriots during the 2000 season while attempting ...

Somerset Patriots Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Rick Teasley

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have signed left-handed pitcher Rick Teasley for the 2017 season.

“The Atlantic League has been a place I have wanted to end up in my career, so to be signing with one of the top teams is really exciting,” said Teasley. “I have heard great things about the coaching staff, the fans and the ballpark, so I do not think I could ...

Franklin Warriors Defeat Immaculata Spartans 68-67 With Buzzer Beater

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Dominic Wright hit the game-winning shot to beat the buzzer and give the Franklin Warriors a thrilling 68-67 boys basketball victory over Immaculata on Thursday night. Francis Omolewe led all scorers with a game-high 27 points and helped spark a Warriors team rally.  

The Warriors battled back after trailing 25-10 at the end of the first ...

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Nomination Deadline is Jan. 27 for Outstanding Citizen Award Nominees

January 17, 2017

BRIDGEWATER - NJ - The Somerset County Business Partnership is seeking nominees for the 67th Annual Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award, Somerset County’s most significant individual recognition honoring the most dynamic contributors to the County’s quality of life.

The Business Partnership Citizen of the Year recognition, to be held this year on Thursday, May 4 at the ...

One Year Reflection From Assemblyman Zwicker

January 18, 2017

It has been a busy start to the new year, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2017. It is hard to believe that at this time last year I was just starting in the legislature. As a physicist, I had a lot to learn about the world of politics, and this past year certainly has served as a crash course.

During the past 12 months, I have talked to residents ...