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Somerville Crowd Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Jazz Festival

September 15, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The It was all about jazz Sunday with thousands descending on Main Street Somerville for five hours of music topping off the three-day Central Jersey Jazz Festival, which included performances in Flemington Friday night and New Brunswick Saturday night.

Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of the jazz festival, founded by Rick St. Pierre, owner of Verve Restaurant, Bar ...

Prost! Somerville's Village Brewing Hosts 1st Annual Oktoberfest

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Village Brewing Company, which opened in the bustling arts, entertainment and restaurant/retail district five months ago, will host its first annual Oktoberfest celebration Friday, Sept. 21st.

The outdoor beer festival will be held across the street from the brewery and restaurant on the Division Street pedestrian mall.

Beer tents and food tents will be set up on Division ...

Somerville: Artists Converge on Division Street to Share Creativity

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Saturday was Day One of the annual Weekend of Art and Music presented by the non-profit organization Arts on Division, with artists of all ages working with brushes, chalk, markers and spray cans to create a variety of artwork on the Division Street pedestrian mall.

“Art All Day” began at noon and lasted through 6 p.m. with The Artisan Market selling a variety of ...

Raritan Valley Rail Coalition: It's All About the One-Seat Ride

September 17, 2019

CRANFORD, NJ - Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski joined Bruce Bergen, chairman of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC), members of the public, and elected officials from various towns and counties along the Raritan Valley Rail Line to discuss mass transit improvements at a RVRC Public Meeting in Cranford.

The Raritan Valley Line is NJ Transit's the third most ...

New Jersey Opens Trade Office in India

NEW DELHI, India  – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, alongside Choose New Jersey, has announced the opening of the New Jersey India Center in Gurugram, India. The opening of the New Jersey India Center kicks off Murphy’s seven-day, six-city economic mission trip to India.

Murphy is the first Governor in New Jersey history to visit India on official ...

Maryland Officials Visit Somerset County to Learn Best Practices

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Somerset County business and civic leaders will welcome representatives from the Howard County, Maryland Chamber of Commerce for an Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference from Sunday, Sept. 15th, to Tuesday, Sept. 17th..

The Howard County Chamber will bring 20 to 30 business and civic leaders along with County Executive Calvin Ball and elected and appointed ...

Hillsborough Teachers, School Board Remain at Odds; Fact Finder Next

September 13, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - School is back in session, but teachers and other members of the Hillsborough Education Association are still without a new contract.

Both sides concede some progress has been made during negotiations that have been dragging on for several months, but not enough to reach a settlement.

The most recent meeting between the teachers' union and the Board of Education was ...

3 Somerville HS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Three Somerville High School Students have been named Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Katherine Dailey, Ananya Gandhi, and Jeffrey Pan have been recognized for their academic achievements by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit ...

Timothy Piazza Law: Bateman’s Anti-Hazing Bill Advances

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman, R-16th, to increase penalties for hazing resulting in injury was approved Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Timothy J. Piazza Law is named for a Penn State University sophomore from Readington who died during a fraternity hazing in 2017.

“Timothy’s death was a horrible and preventable tragedy,” said ...

League of Women Voters Hosts Candidates’ Forum in Somerville

September 6, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The League of Women Voters of the Greater New Brunswick Area will hold a Candidates Forum with all candidates for Somerset County Sheriff and Somerset County Freeholder on Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Somerville High School Auditorium.

Candidates for Freeholder are Democrat challenger Melonie Marano and four-term incumbent Patricia Walsh, both of Greenbrook and both of ...

League of Women Voters Sponsors Online Trivia Quiz

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The League of Women Voters of New Jersey-Greater New Brunswick Area (LWVNJ-GNBA) is celebrating National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 24 by sponsoring an online Trivia Quiz.

 

The winner will receive $300. The contest began Sept. 3  The winner will be randomly selected from all the entrants who have answered all the questions correctly.  All New Jersey ...

Catholic Churches Hold Special Collection for Hurricane Victims

September 13, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ – As the people of the Bahamas begin to recover and rebuild after Hurricane Dorian left the islands reeling from the devastation, the local Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen is working to raise funds that will aid in the long recovery process.

Bishop James F. Checchio has authorized a special collection at all parishes in the Diocese of Metuchen the weekend of Sept. 14 ...

Somerset Patriots Honor First Responders at Sept. 11th Game

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots will honor first responders at the Wednesday, Sept. 11th game at TD Bank Ballpark. First pitch against the Sugar Land Skeeters is scheduled for 6:35 pm.

All first responders will receive a complimentary ticket to the game and their family members and friends will receive discounted $5 Upper Box tickets. To participate in the event, contact Matt Hayden at ...

Somerville Church Opens Clothes Closet to the Community

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Clothes Closet at St. John's Episcopal Church opened on Saturday, Sept. 7th with  Somerville Mayor Dennis Sullivan, Freeholder Brian Gallagher, and State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-1th) joining the Rev. Canon Ron Pollock and St. John's volunteers at the ribbon cutting.
 
The Clothes Closet is open on the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.-noon and features ...

Timothy Piazza Law: Bateman’s Anti-Hazing Bill Advances

September 10, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman, R-16th, to increase penalties for hazing resulting in injury was approved Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Timothy J. Piazza Law is named for a Penn State University sophomore from Readington who died during a fraternity hazing in 2017.

“Timothy’s death was a horrible and preventable tragedy,” said ...

Bateman Bill Would Curb Cashing In on Accrued Sick Time

TRENTON, NJ - The police chief in Palisades Park is retiring after a scathing review of the operation of his department, but only after he cashes more than $115,000 in checks for unused sick time.

It’s just the latest example of a long string of abuses suffered by property taxpayers in the state, according to state Sen. Kip Bateman, R-16th..

Bateman called the six-figure sick ...

Freeholders to Place Wreath at 9/11 Memorial in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Members of the Somerset County Board of Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine, will place a wreath at the county’s 9/11 memorial at the corner of Main and Bridge streets on Wednesday, Sept. 11.  The public is welcome to attend.

As people gather for the ceremony, members of the Somerset County Police Pipes & Drums band will perform. At ...

High Levels of Fecal Bacteria Found in Lower Raritan River

September 17, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – High levels of fecal bacteria have often been found at six new water sampling sites in the lower Raritan River since May, according to a Rutgers-coordinated monitoring program that included more than 20 trained volunteers.

The sites include Riverside Park in Piscataway, Rutgers Class of 1914 Boathouse in New Brunswick, Edison Boat Basin and Riverwalk, Ken Buchanan ...

High Levels of Fecal Bacteria Found in Lower Raritan River

September 17, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – High levels of fecal bacteria have often been found at six new water sampling sites in the lower Raritan River since May, according to a Rutgers-coordinated monitoring program that included more than 20 trained volunteers.

The sites include Riverside Park in Piscataway, Rutgers Class of 1914 Boathouse in New Brunswick, Edison Boat Basin and Riverwalk, Ken Buchanan ...

Somerset County Freeholders Proclaim National Recovery Month

SOMERVILLE , NJ – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders has proclaimed September 2019 as National Recovery Month.

The proclamation was presented by Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine at the Sept. 10 freeholders’ meeting and accepted by Rocky Schwartz of Prevention Resources Inc. Also joining in the presentation were county Human Services Director Michael J. Frost; county ...

September Is National Preparedness Month

SOMERVILLE, NJ - How should you handle an emergency? Expect the unexpected and “be prepared, not scared.” The goal of National Preparedness Month is to encourage Americans to begin planning for emergencies now and throughout the year – since pre-planning can help ease the impact of a crisis when one arises.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...

Stonewall, Lawsuit, Homicide Charge Follow Fatal ATV Mishap

September 9, 2019

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Imagine that your close friend or family member died in an accident, and officials not only wouldn’t tell you how the wreck happened, but that they wouldn’t even confirm the death.

That’s exactly what happened to some of those close to William D. Hildebrant, the 34-year-old Califon resident who officials now say died after being thrown from an ATV ...

Somerset Patriots Honor First Responders at Sept. 11th Game

September 11, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots will honor first responders at the Wednesday, Sept. 11th game at TD Bank Ballpark. First pitch against the Sugar Land Skeeters is scheduled for 6:35 pm.

All first responders will receive a complimentary ticket to the game and their family members and friends will receive discounted $5 Upper Box tickets. To participate in the event, contact Matt Hayden at ...

South Bound Brook Man Charged with Identity Theft

SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – A borough resident has been charged with Identity Theft following a month-long investigation that began with a traffic stop, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Sherman Martin, 26 of Swing Bridge Lane has been charged with two counts of 2nd degree identity theft and two counts of 3rd degree identity theft, as well as several disorderly ...

Suspect Charged with Possession of Heroin

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A New Brunswick man has been arrested and charged with heroin possession, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, who provided the following details:

 Marcelino Ortiz, of Harvey Street, was seen by police on a bicycle in the area of Hamilton Street in Franklin on Aug. 29th around 8:15 p.m. meeting with several different people.

Police ...

Routes 202/206 Center of Excellence Hearing Sept. 23rd

September 10, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The final fate of the Center of Excellence project is expected to be decided later this month.

 

The massive redevelopment project proposed for Route 202/206 is expected to be heard by the Bridgewater Township Planning Board on Sept. 23, according to Councilman Howard Norgalis, who is also a member of the planning board.

 

The center application includes ...

Somerville: Station House Apartments Hosts Groundbreaking

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Stationhouse Apartments at 44 Veterans Memorial Drive will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5th, at 6:30 p.m.

Plans call for 117 apartments in two connected buildings, each four stories tall, and will contain 4 studio apartments and a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments fronting on Veterans Memorial Drive.

Stationhouse Apartments is yet ...

Catholic Churches Hold Special Collection for Hurricane Victims

September 13, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ – As the people of the Bahamas begin to recover and rebuild after Hurricane Dorian left the islands reeling from the devastation, the local Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen is working to raise funds that will aid in the long recovery process.

Bishop James F. Checchio has authorized a special collection at all parishes in the Diocese of Metuchen the weekend of Sept. 14 ...

Somerville Church Opens Clothes Closet to the Community

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Clothes Closet at St. John's Episcopal Church opened on Saturday, Sept. 7th with  Somerville Mayor Dennis Sullivan, Freeholder Brian Gallagher, and State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-1th) joining the Rev. Canon Ron Pollock and St. John's volunteers at the ribbon cutting.
 
The Clothes Closet is open on the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.-noon and features ...

Week 2: Another Lopsided Victory for Somerville Pioneers Football

September 14, 2019

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - For the second week on a row, the dominant Somerville High School Pioneers outscored and outmuscled their opponent, with the North Plainfield Canucks on the short end of a 56-13 score Friday night at their home opener..

Quarterback Justin Brenner (7-21) threw for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the Mid-State Mountain Division game, with Cookie Desiderio and Kyree ...

Immaculata Outlasts South Plainfield, 39-32

SOMERVILLE, NJ -- The South Plainfield football team’s 2019 season opener against Immaculata went down to the wire on Saturday night and the game ended with Immaculata on top, 39-32.

Tied at 32-32 with just over seven minutes to go, the Spartans punted the football to the Tigers, but South Plainfield fumbled the ball and it was recovered by the kicking team at about the Immaculate ...

Boys Soccer: Bernards Blanks Somerville, 5-0

SOMERVILLE, NJ -- The Bernards boys soccer team scored all its goals in the first half and went on to a 5-0 victory over Somerville on Thursday.

Nelson Ferreira scored two goals for the Mountaineers (1-1), while J.J. Zaun, Alexis Garcete and Alex Woelper scored one goal apiece.

Hernan Goodoy-Vera assisted on two goals, and Gilberto Ferreira, Mike Ortiz and Zaun each contributed one assist.

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NJ TRANSIT Graduating Seven Locomotive Engineer Classes in Two Years – Same Number Graduated in Last Five Years Combined

With the recent June 2019 graduating class and six more classes of locomotive engineering trainees graduating through December 2020, NJ TRANSIT will have graduated seven classes in two years (2019 – 2020). That’s the same number of classes that graduated in the previous five years combined (2014 – 2018.)

Agency officials attribute the significant increase in engineer training ...

Building Goodwill with Gratitude on NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT’s Customer Advocate and Chief Experience Officer Stewart Mader regularly rides buses, light rail, and trains to engage with customers and identify ways to streamline the  customer experience. 

This week, he rode with customers on the Montclair-Boonton Line to thank them for adjusting their schedules during Amtrak infrastructure work at New York Penn Station. That ...

Thank You, Montclair-Boonton, North Jersey Coast Line & Morris & Essex Line Riders

This spring we announced that Amtrak would need to take two tracks out of service at Penn Station New York this summer to accommodate critical infrastructure repair work. As a result, on weekdays only, four peak-period Midtown Direct trains in each direction on the Montclair-Boonton Line, one peak-period train in each direction on the North Jersey Coast Line and select reverse-peak trains on the ...

Gun Safety Legislation

Each week former New Jersey State Assemblymen and former gubernatorial candidates John Wisniewski (Democrat) & Jack Ciattarelli (Republican) will tackle New Jersey's most pressing issues. This week:

Gun Safety Legislation

This week, Senator Bob Menendez called on upon Senate Majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on gun safety measures. At a ...

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Open Space Preservation - a 2019 Update Keeping Somerset County Green

September 16, 2019

To the Editor:
 
 In 1989, Somerset County voters approved a dedicated Open Space Trust Fund that allowed the Somerset County Park Commission and the Freeholders to initiate an aggressive plan to keep the county green through the acquisition of open space and farmland. A second public referendum in 1997 extended the reach of the Trust fund to include farmland, greenways, and the ...

Maryland Officials Visit Somerset County to Learn Best Practices

September 12, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Somerset County business and civic leaders will welcome representatives from the Howard County, Maryland Chamber of Commerce for an Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference from Sunday, Sept. 15th, to Tuesday, Sept. 17th..

The Howard County Chamber will bring 20 to 30 business and civic leaders along with County Executive Calvin Ball and elected and appointed ...

Parenti Joins Provenzano to Reduce Recidivism Rates

September 13, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ - North Plainfield Chief of Police and GOP candidate for Sheriff William “Bill” Parenti is announcing a partnership with current Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano to bring a new approach to combat the opioid epidemic to Somerset County.

According to Parenti, the Rhode Island Corrections (RIC) initiated approach will use Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), ...