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Saved from the Flood: Extensive Collection of European Bookplates to be Sold

October 18, 2021

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - An extensive collection of European bookplates assembled over 75 years by a northern New Jersey native of Hungary will be sold in an online auction Wednesday, Oct. 20 by Bodnars Auction.

The collection of 10,000 bookplates, cataloged in binders, spans 200+ years with many rare images; most are signed by the artists, with some accompanied by letters from the artists to the ...

In the Spirit of the Season: Somerville Hosts Ghost Tours Oct. 23

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The "Keeper of the Crypts" and Ghost Writer for Haunted History Productions, Miss Cookie, will lead walking ghost tours through downtown Somerville on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Tours depart every 15 minutes between 6:30-9 p.m. from the corner of West Main Street and Davenport Street and will end on Division Street.

Take a stroll down Main Street Somerville ...

100th Running of the Far Hills Race Meeting Was One for the Books

FAR HILLS, NJ - After a year off due to the pandemic, the 100th running of the Far Hills Race Meeting was one for the books on this unseasonably warm October Saturday. 

Known popularly as "The Hunt," the annual steeplechase event attracts people from all over the Northeast and raises money to support local health care initiatives. Although the event is technically ...

Somerset Patriots To Receive SCBP Economic Vitality Award

October 15, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Business Partnership has selected the Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees Double-A affiliate, as a recipient of their annual Economic Vitality Award.

The Economic Vitality Award is designed to recognize an organization’s leadership in enhancing the economic competitiveness of Somerset County.

“First and foremost, this ...

Prayer Service for Vinny Gagliardi, 17, Somerville High School Senior

October 15, 2021

BRANCHBURG, NJ - Vincent “Vinny” Gagliardi, 17, of Branchburg, NJ, passed away on Oct. 8, 2021. Born in Somerville, NJ, Vincent resided in Branchburg all of his life.

Vincent attended Somerville High School and worked part-time as a cashier at Shop Rite in Branchburg.

During his life in Branchburg, Vincent participated in Branchburg In-Town Soccer, Travel Soccer, Somerville ...

Prosecutor IDs Somerville HS Senior Who Died in Branchburg Car Crash

BRANCHBURG, NJ – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson has identified the 17-year-old Somerville High School senior who was killed in a single-car accident on Fairview Drive that occurred Friday night, Oct. 8.

Vincent R. Gagliardi, who lived in Branchburg, was riding in the front passenger seat of the 2006 Toyota Scion and was ejected from the car after it had hit several ...

Somerville HS Student, 17, Killed in Branchburg Car Accident

BRANCHBURG, NJ - The Somerville High School community is mourning the death of a 17-year-old student who was killed in a car accident Friday night on Fairview Drive in the Neshanic Station section of the township.

Branchburg high school students attend Somerville High School.

A moment of silence was observed at the beginning of the marching band competition held on the athletic field at the ...

Somerset County Opens Early Voting at Six Locations Oct. 23

October 20, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County residents will be able to vote in-person before Election Day for the first time in 2021, with six polling places open for nine days from Oct. 23-31.

The Somerset County Board of Elections is utilizing new ExpressXL voting machines and electronic polling books for early voting and has produced a video to help voters navigate the new ...

Somerville Residents: Last Day to Register to Vote is Oct. 12

SOMERVILLE - Tuesday, Oct. 12 is the final day for New Jersey residents to register to vote in the Nov. 2 General Election, which includes races for Governor, state Senate and Assembly, Somerset County Board of Commissioners and Somerville Borough Council and Somerville Board of Education.

Here are links for registration forms:

68-voter-registration-english-somerset.pdf ...

Somerville Church to Gather Those Who Gave of Themselves to Help Others Recover from Ida

October 19, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The United Reformed Church is hosting a gathering on Sunday, Oct. 24 to celebrate and thank those who gave of themselves to help others cope and survive the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Ida.

The list of those who earned the respect and thanks of the community is a long one, according to the Rev. Paul Janssen, pastor of the church, located at 100 West Main St. topped by ...

Somerset County BOBO Fridays Food Drive Continues on Oct. 15

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Residents can help their neighbors in-need by purchasing an extra can of food during their routine trip to the grocery store, and donating it to “Buy One, Bring One” (BOBO) Fridays on Oct. 15.

Donations can be placed in the blue bins located in the breezeway of the Somerset County Administration Building in Somerville. If residents cannot donate on Friday, ...

Hillsborough Rotary Sponsors Field of Honor Tribute at Municipal Complex

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township will transform the front lawn of the Municipal Complex into a Field of Honor in time for Veterans Day 2021.

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough is offering township residents the opportunity to honor their favorite veteran with American flags as a way to commemorate their sacrifice and heroism through the Flags for Heroes initiative.

Residents who ...

Somerset County BOBO Fridays Food Drive Continues on Oct. 15

October 14, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Residents can help their neighbors in-need by purchasing an extra can of food during their routine trip to the grocery store, and donating it to “Buy One, Bring One” (BOBO) Fridays on Oct. 15.

Donations can be placed in the blue bins located in the breezeway of the Somerset County Administration Building in Somerville. If residents cannot donate on Friday, ...

Hillsborough Rotary Sponsors Field of Honor Tribute at Municipal Complex

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township will transform the front lawn of the Municipal Complex into a Field of Honor in time for Veterans Day 2021.

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough is offering township residents the opportunity to honor their favorite veteran with American flags as a way to commemorate their sacrifice and heroism through the Flags for Heroes initiative.

Residents who ...

The $64M Question: Public Asked How Best to Spend Federal Dollars

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A live-streamed “Residents and Non-Profits Roundtable” with local leaders will be held Thursday to discuss how to best allocate almost $64 million in federal funds to support local residents’ and families’ strong and equitable recovery from the COVID pandemic in Somerset County.

The Somerset County Board of Commissioners invites the public to ...

Hillsborough Facility Accepts Hazardous Household Waste Oct. 16

October 15, 2021

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management will accept hazardous household waste Saturday, Oct. 16 at the South County Public Works Garage 410 Roycefield Road, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Residents must stay in their vehicles and wear masks. Materials should be stored in residents’ trunks, cargo areas, or truck beds ...

Oct. 20 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 35 New Cases Overnight

October 20, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Wednesday reported 27,630 cases of the COVID-19 virus since those first cases were reported last year, an increase of 35 cases since Friday. There has been a total of 763 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Wednesday reported 1,029,748 total cases, an increase of ...

Somerville Hospital Expands Bilingual Outreach with Hispanic Program

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has launched a Hispanic Medical Program as part of its ongoing efforts to expand access to care for members of underserved communities.

Manuel Nolasco Munoz of Bound Brook serves as a bilingual patient navigator for the program, assisting with translation, making medical appointments, ...

Oct. 19 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 7 New Cases

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Tuesday reported 27,595 cases of the COVID-19 virus since those first cases were reported last year, an increase of 7 cases since Friday. There has been a total of 761 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Tuesday reported 1,028,622 total cases, an increase of ...

Bridgewater Man Found Guilty on Attempted Murder Charges

October 19, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A former Bridgewater resident has been found guilty on charges of attempted murder and others stemming from a drive-by shooting in May 2018, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

Robert W. Smith, 39, formerly of Stanford Drive, was found guilty of two counts of first degree attempted murder, multiple firearm offenses and possession of a firearm by a ...

AG Identifies Victim, Cops Involved in Hillsborough Fatal Shooting Incident

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The state Attorney General’s Office has released the identities of the victim and police officers involved in a fatal shooting inside a township residence Sept. 28.

Patrick Chin, 43, who lived at the Piedmont Path address where the shooting occurred, was pronounced dead at 5:28 p.m. at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where he was taken by ...

NJ Unveils Memorial Honoring Officers Who Died During COVID-19 Pandemic

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey’s law enforcement leaders gathered last week at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in the state's capital to unveil a memorial honoring police officers and other law enforcement professionals who died during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The memorial honors the 28 law enforcement personnel who passed away from COVID-related complications, ...

Somerville Church to Gather Those Who Gave of Themselves to Help Others Recover from Ida

October 19, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The United Reformed Church is hosting a gathering on Sunday, Oct. 24 to celebrate and thank those who gave of themselves to help others cope and survive the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Ida.

The list of those who earned the respect and thanks of the community is a long one, according to the Rev. Paul Janssen, pastor of the church, located at 100 West Main St. topped by ...

Hillsborough Church Hosts Historic, Sacred Relics from the Vatican

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A revered splinter of wood, said to have come from the cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified, is one of 150 sacred relics from the Vatican in Rome that will be venerated in a worship service at Mary Mother of God Church on Tuesday, Oct. 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Rev. John Rozembajgier, pastor of the Roman Catholic Church, expects a ...

100th Running of the Far Hills Race Meeting Was One for the Books

October 17, 2021

FAR HILLS, NJ - After a year off due to the pandemic, the 100th running of the Far Hills Race Meeting was one for the books on this unseasonably warm October Saturday. 

Known popularly as "The Hunt," the annual steeplechase event attracts people from all over the Northeast and raises money to support local health care initiatives. Although the event is technically ...

Rutgers Loses 4th in a Row to Northwestern, Drops Below .500

EVANSTON, Ill. – Rutgers football (3-4, 0-4) lost to Northwestern (3-3, 1-2), 21-7, on Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field.
 
Quarterback Noah Vedral completed 18 passes for 152 yards and an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bo Melton. In his first game back from injury, Melton produced his second 100-yard receiving game (eight catches for 101 yards) of ...

Rutgers' Schiano Looks for Win No. 75 Against Northwestern Oct. 16

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano will be looking for his 75th victory as the Scarlet Knights mentor Saturday, Oct. 16, as the team begins a stretch where they will play four of the next five games on the road.

Rutgers football travels to Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. for the first time since 1989 in making its initial visit for a Big Ten game. Kickoff is ...

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NJ TRANSIT’s Mobile App Upgrades: Keeping Riders in the Know

NEW JERSEY – With more and more riders returning to public transportation, NJ TRANSIT’s recent changes to mobile apps literally represent well-timed upgrades.

Smartphone users can readily appreciate the ease of information available at their fingertips. A few swipes on the mobile app replace the need for paper schedules and more.  The mobile app is available on both Google ...

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Teachers' Union Endorses Democrat Jaffer for 16th District Assembly

October 11, 2021

A letter to the Editor,

Sadaf Jaffer is an NJEA PAC-endorsed candidate for Assembly representing Legislative District 16 and we as the Montgomery Township Education Association are excited to support her and see her experience, leadership, and track record as a two-term mayor of Montgomery expand into a new leadership role in the Assembly.

Jaffer’s skills and vision as mayor ...

Oct. 20 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 35 New Cases Overnight

October 20, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Wednesday reported 27,630 cases of the COVID-19 virus since those first cases were reported last year, an increase of 35 cases since Friday. There has been a total of 763 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Wednesday reported 1,029,748 total cases, an increase of ...

RWJUH/Somerset Earns 5-Star Rating for Pacemaker Procedures

October 19, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, earned a 5-star rating for Pacemaker Procedure outcomes according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource connecting consumers, physicians and health systems.

“Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s cardiac catheterization ...