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Jim Walsh Elected Grand Marshal of Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade

January 18, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Jim Walsh, longtime member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Patrick's Division, has been named Grand Marshal of the annual Main Street St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 10 by the Somerville St. Patrick's Parade Committee.

A dinner and reception to honor the Grand Marshal will be held Friday, Feb. 8 at the Somerset Columbus Club, 495 E. Main St., from ...

Rutgers Student Turns Microorganisms Into Works of Art

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A doctoral student in ecology and evolution is turning microorganisms into art, and her hobby into a powerful tool for genomics studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Julia Van Etten’s Couch Microscopy Instagram page has attracted close to 18,000 followers in a year and a half, thanks to her breathtakingly detailed videos and photos of diatoms, algae, ...

Somerville: How Sweet it Is! Seniors Create Chocolate Treats

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Tony Brokenborough and Carol Freedman, owners of Carol’s Creative Chocolatez on Division Street, hosted a private event for the residents of Brandywine Living, who made the trip earlier this week from their residence in Princeton to spend two hours immersed in the world of chocolate.

Wearing hair nets and aprons, the seniors learned about the history of chocolate and ...

Somerville: Steeplechase Cancer Center Hosts Networking Event

January 16, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Business Partnership will visit another of Somerset County’s important and influential locations when they host Somerset County’s “Networking Night” at the Steeplechase Cancer Center on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Steeplechase Cancer Center is located on the campus of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, 30 ...

Assembly Speaker to Meet with Business Leaders in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee (ELC) will host New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19) at a luncheon Friday, January 25 at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main St. from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Coughlin will discuss his priorities in support of the Somerset County and State business community in 2019. Among the immediate issues of ...

Tour of Somerville Wins Tourism Award from Somerset County Business Partnership

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Tour of Somerville, which draws over 1,000 cyclists and thousands of spectators from the region and around the world to the downtown district Memorial Day weekend is the winner of the “Tourism Champion” category in the Salute to Tourism Awards which will be presented Jan. 18th at the Bridgewater Marriott.

Sponsored by the Somerset County Business ...

Nuns Assigned to Immaculata Community to Leave Somerville after 61 Years

January 13, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will end their association with Immaculate Conception School and Immaculata High School after 61 years and will be reassigned to other responsibilities at the end of the school year.

The Sisters had met with Msgr. Seamus F. Brennan last month to inform him of their decision, which was based on numbers – too few ...

Hillsborough Residents to Vote on All-Day Kindergarten March 12

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Township residents will be asked to approve all-day kindergarten classes in a March 12 referendum approved at the first Board of Education meeting of 2019.

Members of the board authorized a referendum to be placed on the ballot at its meeting Jan. 7; approval of the referendum would also help the board to lay out a plan for long-term financial stability. 

The ...

NJ Congressman Tom Malinowski Opens Office in Somerville

January 18, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Citing its centralized location, easy access to highways and proximity to the Somerville train station, New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski (D-7th) has opened a temporary district office in Somerville at 58 E. Main St. to handle constituent needs.

The flagship District Office will be located at 75-77 N Bridge St. Somerville. The facility is currently undergoing construction which ...

Somerville: New DSA Board Elects Kobuta Chairwoman, Hires Executive Director

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Downtown Somerville Alliance hired a new executive director at its reorganization meeting Monday night and elected Borough Councilwoman Jane Kobuta as chair of the Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Mike Kerwin, a borough resident and president/CEO of the Somerset County Business Partnership was elected vice chairman. Longtime DSA member Rick St. Pierre, who ...

Downtown Somerville Alliance Hires New Executive Director

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Natalie Pinero, former public information officer for Union Township and director of Legislative Research and Constituent Outreach for Union County will be hired as the new executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance at Monday night's reorganization meeting.

She is also an adjunct professor at Kean University, where she teaches Public Relations and Business and ...

Rutgers Study: Keeping Roads in Good Shape Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

January 17, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Keeping road pavement in good shape saves money and energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, more than offsetting pollution generated during road construction, according to a Rutgers-led study.

The study appears in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.

The researchers found that extending the life of pavement through preventive maintenance can ...

Somerville Forum for Parents and Teens Targets Drug Abuse

January 16, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Parents and their teenage sons and daughters are invited to a frank and open discussion on the ramifications of drug abuse and ways to prevent it at the Somerville YMCA from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The event is free and open to the community; the Y is located at 2 Green Street on the corner of North Bridge Street.

Parents and teens will discuss the ...

Bound Brook Man Arrested for Distributing Child Pornography

January 17, 2019

BOUND BROOK, NJ – A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has led to the arrest of a Bound Brook man who has been charged with 2nd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for the distribution of child pornography and 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for the possession of child pornography, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H.

Police Investigate 3-Car Crash on Route 22, Seek Public’s Help

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Authorities are investigating a three-vehicle crash on Route 22 and are requesting the public’s help.

North Plainfield police responded to what originally was a two-car collision at 5:56 a.m. Jan. 12 in the vicinity of Route 22 East and West End Avenue; a third car struck one of the disabled vehicles while police were investigating, according to Somerset County ...

Somerset Prosecutor Investigates Jan. 9 Shooting Death

BOUND BROOK, NJ – A 29-year-old Old Bridge man is dead following a shooting incident at residence on Farm Lane in Bound Brook on Jan. 9, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Bound Brook Chief of Police Vito Bet confirmed the death of Terrence C. Coulanges.

Robertson provided the following details:

Middlesex ...

Somerville: Luxury Apartments Open Alongside NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line

January 14, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough's inventory of commuter-friendly rental apartments continues to grow, with Monday's announcement that the 69-unit. four-story SOMA is ready to lease from its inventory of studio, one- and two-bedroom units, with monthly rents ranging from $1,550-$2,700.

Located at 110 South Bridge St., SOMA - an acronym for South of Main - is perched alongside the ...

Grass Roots Initiative Launched to Fight Affordable Housing Mandate

BERNARDS, NJ – In an effort to halt the impact of massive overdevelopment occurring across the Garden State to satisfy affordable housing needs, Bernards Insight has launched a petition that demands representatives in Trenton collaborate on a legislative fix to NJ’s unsustainable affordable housing process.

Last year, the New Jersey Supreme Court sided with the non-profit Fair ...

Nuns Assigned to Immaculata Community to Leave Somerville after 61 Years

January 13, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will end their association with Immaculate Conception School and Immaculata High School after 61 years and will be reassigned to other responsibilities at the end of the school year.

The Sisters had met with Msgr. Seamus F. Brennan last month to inform him of their decision, which was based on numbers – too few ...

Bateman: Security Funding for Houses of Worship, Nonprofits Expands

   

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Hunterdon/Middlesex/Mercer) that will permit eligible nonprofits, including houses of worship, to access grants to increase security and keep New Jersey families safe from violence, and threats of bias and intimidation.

“We all need be ...

Familiar Turf: Patriots Sign Pitcher from New Jersey

January 18, 2019

SOMERSET PATRIOTS SIGN NEW JERSEY NATIVE JAMES PUGLIESE

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have signed of right-handed pitcher James Pugliese for the 2019 season. His rights were acquired in a trade with the York Revolution for the rights to infielder Nate Coronado.

“I’m really excited to be coming home and playing for Somerset,” said Pugliese. “This ...

Road Warrior Finds a Home with Somerset Patriots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have signed 2018 Atlantic League left-handed pitcher Luis Cruz for the 2019 season.

“I am very happy to be able to play with the Somerset Patriots this season,” said Cruz. “I will do everything in my power to help this team win.”

Cruz enters his first year in Somerset and second season in the Atlantic League. The southpaw ...

'69 Mets to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of World Series Win at TD Bank Ballpark

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots will host a special 50th Anniversary Celebration of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday, June 9.

Four members of the 1969 World Series Championship team will be in attendance to be honored down on the field during the pre-game ceremonies and then sign autographs for fans at the ballpark. Scheduled to appear ...

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NJ Congressman Tom Malinowski Opens Office in Somerville

January 18, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Citing its centralized location, easy access to highways and proximity to the Somerville train station, New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski (D-7th) has opened a temporary district office in Somerville at 58 E. Main St. to handle constituent needs.

The flagship District Office will be located at 75-77 N Bridge St. Somerville. The facility is currently undergoing construction which ...

HMC Offers Mental Health and Addiction Treatment

January 18, 2019

RARITAN TWP., NJ – If you’re concerned about a loved one with mental health and addiction problems, you should know that Hunterdon Behavioral Health offers treatment options for co-occurring needs. 

Mental health and substance use problems are prevalent and serious concerns; however, they are treatable.

Mental health problems involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or ...