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Somerset County Accepts Entries for Photo Contest Through Sept. 15

August 15, 2017

 

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Professional and amateur photographers living in Somerset County are invited to submit photos that showcase the beauty and attributes of this area.

The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in cooperation with the Somerset County Business Partnership, is sponsoring its third annual “Show us Somerset County Through Your Camera Lens” ...

Crews Put Finishing Touches on Hillsborough Rotary Fair Rides and Amusements

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Work crews from Majestic Midway Amusements and Paladin Amusements were at work early Monday morning assembling the rides and game booths for the annual Rotary Club of Hillsborough’s annual fair, which opens Tuesday, Aug. 15 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 20 alongside the Hillsborough Promenade, 315 Route 206.

Now in its tenth year under Rotary ...

Something for Everybody at Hunterdon 4-H & Agricultural Fair

EAST AMWELL, NJ  – All kinds of family fun is planned for the 18th annual Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair, which runs Wednesday, Aug. 23 through Sunday, Aug. 27 at Roger K. Everitt Fairgrounds, South County Park, Route 179 just south of Ringoes.

More than 300 county 4-H members will participate, along with scores of 4-H club leaders and other adults, mostly Hunterdon ...

Before Trump Broke Up Biz Council, Johnson&Johnson CEO Resigned

August 17, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The head of Johnson & Johnson decided to step down from President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Council today, prior to its disbandment, according to the company.

Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of the New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson, announced his exit in a statement, following reports published yesterday, Aug. 15., which said he planned to remain ...

Business Expo Offers Healthy Options for Workplace

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership will present the 3rd annual Workplace Health & Wellness Exposition - 2017 on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 11:a.m.-2 p.m. at The Imperia, 1714 Easton Ave. Somerset.

In support of Healthier Somerset and offered during Healthier Somerset Month, the event is being provided as a no cost business resource for local companies and ...

Nominees Sought for Somerset County Economic Vitality Awards

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership is soliciting nominations for its annual Economic Vitality Awards presented to companies and non-profits in recognition of contributions that make Somerset County a respected location to live, work, play and learn.

The nomination deadline is Sept. 1; the recognition dinner will be on Dec. 11 at the Palace at Somerset Park, 333 ...

RVCC Planetarium Is The Place to Be for Viewing the Solar Eclipse

August 16, 2017

BRANCHBURG NJ - The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium staff is busy preparing for a total Solar Eclipse on Aug.21, the first time in 99 years that the U.S. will experience a coast-to-coast total Solar Eclipse.

While the “Path of Totality” for complete viewing of the Solar Eclipse will run diagonally across the country from Oregon to South Carolina, New Jersey ...

Learn About the Mysterious and Majestic Monarch Butterfly

FAR HILLS, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden has scheduled a program on  “The Magical Mysterious Monarch” on Thursday,  Aug.  24 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road .

Scientists have long researched the wanderings of monarch butterflies to determine the destination of the large numbers seen during the ...

Somerville’s Finest Expose Young Cadets to Realities of Police Work and the Justice System

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The first order of business was roll call at 0830 hours.

“Sir, Yes Sir,” rang out repeatedly as the cadets’ names were called one by one.

Backpacks were hung on the backs of their chairs, their water bottles lined up on the table tops with the Somerville Police Department shield facing forward.

Sharp. Regimented. No nonsense.

Somerville’s ...

Family of Fallen Police Officer from Somerville Will Benefit from Somerset Patriots Golf Tournament

August 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A portion of the proceeds raised by the Somerset Patriots during the team's 18th Annual Golf Classic at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station on Monday, Sept.11th will be donated to the family of fallen Summit police Det. Matthew Tarentino.

Tarentino, a lifelong resident of Somerville, was killed in a three-car collision on Route 78 May 30 while driving to ...

Hillsborough: Duke Farms Helps Nourish Food Pantry with Fresh Produce

 

 

BOUND BROOK, NJ – The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office is one of several agencies contributing to a collaborative effort with Healthier Somerset and Duke Farms in Hillsborough to deliver fresh produce to the Bound Brook Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The need to increase fresh produce in local food banks and pantries was identified by Healthier Somerset, a ...

Somerset County Collects Food Donations Aug. 18

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The next “Buy One, Bring One” (BOBO) collection of food for Somerset County families and individuals in need will be held Friday, Aug. 18.

“School hasn’t started yet, so children served by school lunch programs need another source of nutritious food to keep them going throughout the day,” said Freeholder Patricia Walsh. “You ...

Christie Signs Bateman Bill, Targets Food Waste in Schools

August 8, 2017

TRENTON, NJ - Two bills sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) aimed at reducing waste are now law after they were signed by Gov. Chris Christie.

“Cutting back on waste at our schools and other institutions is a crucial part of getting more food to people who need it,” Allen said.

Hillsborough: Duke Farms Helps Nourish Food Pantry with Fresh Produce

August 17, 2017

 

 

BOUND BROOK, NJ – The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office is one of several agencies contributing to a collaborative effort with Healthier Somerset and Duke Farms in Hillsborough to deliver fresh produce to the Bound Brook Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The need to increase fresh produce in local food banks and pantries was identified by Healthier Somerset, a ...

Somerset County: Police Increase Impaired Driving Patrols Through Labor Day Weekend

August 18, 2017

 

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset and Hunterdon County law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs during the 2017 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide Labor Day Crackdown which begins Aug. 18th and concludes on Sept. 4th.

“Drive Sober or ...

Business Expo Offers Healthy Options for Workplace

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership will present the 3rd annual Workplace Health & Wellness Exposition - 2017 on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 11:a.m.-2 p.m. at The Imperia, 1714 Easton Ave. Somerset.

In support of Healthier Somerset and offered during Healthier Somerset Month, the event is being provided as a no cost business resource for local companies and ...

U.S. News Ranks 2017-18 Best Hospitals in New Jersey and USA

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of Best Hospitals in the U.S. and in each state.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick was ranked third best hospital in New Jersey; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, located in Somerville, was also listed.

 According to the magazine, the analysis reviews hospitals' performance in ...

Somerset County: Police Increase Impaired Driving Patrols Through Labor Day Weekend

August 18, 2017

 

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset and Hunterdon County law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs during the 2017 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide Labor Day Crackdown which begins Aug. 18th and concludes on Sept. 4th.

“Drive Sober or ...

Family of Fallen Police Officer from Somerville Will Benefit from Somerset Patriots Golf Tournament

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A portion of the proceeds raised by the Somerset Patriots during the team's 18th Annual Golf Classic at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station on Monday, Sept.11th will be donated to the family of fallen Summit police Det. Matthew Tarentino.

Tarentino, a lifelong resident of Somerville, was killed in a three-car collision on Route 78 May 30 while driving to ...

Super Heroes Step Up to Support Somerville's Finest

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Hosting an indoor fund raising event on a sunny Sunday in the waning days of summer can be tough.

That's what the Somerville PBA was up against this past weekend.

For the second year in a row, the YESTERcades video arcade on Division Street hosted a 12-hour fund raiser for the Somerville PBA #147; despite the competition with beach weather, backyard barbecues ...

Main Street Somerville Continues Transformation

August 19, 2017

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The downtown retail and restaurant district along West Main Street continues to undergo a transformation as new businesses open, existing businesses change addresses and old, tired buildings undergo renovation and restoration.

Workers continue to gut the interior of 15 West Main St., a century-old brick building, renovating the ground floor retail space and ...

Residents Gather for Vigil against Racism and Hate at Piscataway Park

August 16, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Nearly 100 area residents and visitors came together to stand against bigotry and prejudice at a vigil held at Perrine Park on Rivercrest Drive in Piscataway Monday night. The “Vigil against Racism and Hate” event was one of many organized in communities around New Jersey and the nation in the aftermath of last weekend’s domestic terror attack in ...

Patriots Hit the Road Following Tough Loss

August 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Long Island Ducks (24-16, 60-50) defeated the Somerset Patriots (19-20, 61-48) 5-4 at TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday night.

The Patriots took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on RBI doubles by Justin Trapp and Kyle Roller.

Olmo Rosario came home on a balk to make the score 3-0 in favor of Somerset after four innings of play.

The Ducks jumped in ...

Patriots' Marrero Packs His Gear, Heads to Phillies Minor League Team

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- Somerset Patriots outfielder Christian Marrero’s contract has been purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies. He is expected to report to their Double-A team in Reading, Pa.

Marrero becomes the 11th Somerset Patriot to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization this season. Pitchers Logan Darnell (Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers), Jeremy Bleich ...

Guzman's 8th-Inning Home Run Clinches Patriots' Win

BRIDGEWATER, NJ-   The Somerset Patriots (19-19, 61-47) defeated the Long Island Ducks (23-16, 59-50) 7-5 in the night game of a day-night double header at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday.

Tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Carlos Guzman smacked a go-ahead two-run home run (5) to give the Patriots a 7-5 win.

“I wanted to get a ball that I could drive,” said ...

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United by Misgivings, Somerville Protesters Express Anger with Trump, Extremists and Racism

August 17, 2017

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - A crowd of 75 protestors clutching hand-painted signs gathered outside the Unitarian Universalist Church on East Cliff Street Wednesday night expressing anger and frustration with current events and a troubled country increasingly polarized by political differences, racism and violence.

The signs read: "Love Has a Home in Somerville," ...

Planned Parenthood Endorses Zwicker and Freiman

August 17, 2017

 

PRINCETON, NJ - Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, D-16th and his Democratic running mate Roy Freiman have been endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey for their staunch support for women’s rights to health care and privacy.

“Thank you so much to Planned Parenthood for this vote of confidence,” said Zwicker, who received a 100 percent rating from the ...