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Downtown Somerville Merchants Sweep Off the Welcome Mat for Small Business Saturday

November 16, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Not only are merchants in downtown Somerville rolling out the red carpet for Santa’s arrival, they’re sweeping off the welcome mat for visitors and shoppers this holiday season starting off with Small Business Saturday just two days after Thanksgiving.

It's a magical time of the year in Downtown Somerville: there's festive music in the air, a warm ...

Hillsborough Comic Makes You Laugh for a Cause

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Johnny Lombardi, aka "Gemini," is the comedic version of a one-man band.

He can do it all – depending on his mood and the audience, Lombardi will kibitz with the crowd, fire off one-liners, dazzle with his magic or bring life to a family of sharp-tongued ventriloquist dummies.

A veteran headliner at Atlantic City’s casinos, Lombardi’s also got a ...

Somerville: Immaculata HS Athletes Commit to College Teams

November 15, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Senior athletes at Immaculata High School signed letters of intent Thursday, committing to participate in athletics at their chosen colleges.

Students who signed, their sport and college include:

Peter Gallo of Asbury, baseball, St. Joseph's University; Felix Diaz of North Brunswick, baseball, Southern New Hampshire University; Chris Kirschner of Flemington, ...

Sadin, Carlson, Puntillo Elected to Somerville School Board

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County election officials have completed counting the remaining mail in and provisional ballots from last week’s general election and school board election, with Melissa Sadin, Dan Carlson and Daniel Puntillo elected to represent taxpayers on the Somerville Board of Education.

Officials completed tabulating the mail-ins and provisionals early Tuesday ...

Somerville: Immaculata Students Share Smart Phone Expertise with Seniors

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A few dozen senior citizens at Centerbridge II are a lot “smarter” about their phones, thanks to an innovative program run through Immaculata’s Campus Ministry Program. 

Recently, a few Immaculata High School students, accompanied by title Rich Grieshaber, IHS coordinator of Outreach Programs, left the Somerville campus to visit the senior ...

Sadin, Carlson, Puntillo Elected to Somerville School Board

November 14, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County election officials have completed counting the remaining mail in and provisional ballots from last week’s general election and school board election, with Melissa Sadin, Dan Carlson and Daniel Puntillo elected to represent taxpayers on the Somerville Board of Education.

Officials completed tabulating the mail-ins and provisionals early Tuesday ...

Elections 2018: Sullivan Elected Mayor in Somerville; Democrats Prevail, Upset GOP Freeholder Incumbents

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Longtime Councilman Dennis Sullivan led borough Democrats to a sweep of the local elections Tuesday night, beating GOP Mayor Ellen Brain for a two-year term as mayor by a margin of 2,194 votes to 1,604 votes for Brain.

Democrats also flexed their muscles on the county and federal levels, with Democrats winning two seats on the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders; when ...

Court Order Will Delay Final Vote Counts in Somerset County Elections

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - A court order issued by Superior Court Judge Yolanda Ciccone on Election Day will effectively postpone the final results of many elections in Somerset County until Wednesday, when the Board of Elections resumes counting a record number of mail in ballots – any number of which could have an impact on total vote counts in tight races on the local, county, state and ...

Hillsborough Comic Makes You Laugh for a Cause

November 12, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Johnny Lombardi, aka "Gemini," is the comedic version of a one-man band.

He can do it all – depending on his mood and the audience, Lombardi will kibitz with the crowd, fire off one-liners, dazzle with his magic or bring life to a family of sharp-tongued ventriloquist dummies.

A veteran headliner at Atlantic City’s casinos, Lombardi’s also got a ...

'Lights of Love' Returns to HMC

RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A 31-year-old Hunterdon tradition is set to return.

It’s the Lights of Love Tree Lighting ceremony, which will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. at Hunterdon Medical Center.

HMC is located at 2100 Westcott Dr., just off Route 31 here.

The event is hosted by Hunterdon Medical Center Auxiliary, which gathers family and friends and brightens ...

Somerville: Immaculata Students Share Smart Phone Expertise with Seniors

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A few dozen senior citizens at Centerbridge II are a lot “smarter” about their phones, thanks to an innovative program run through Immaculata’s Campus Ministry Program. 

Recently, a few Immaculata High School students, accompanied by title Rich Grieshaber, IHS coordinator of Outreach Programs, left the Somerville campus to visit the senior ...

Somerset County Salutes Public Health Heroes Nov. 19

November 15, 2018

 

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - National Public Health Thank You Day is a day for Somerset County and the nation to recognize the many public health professionals who are committed to protecting the health of all Americans.

“Public Health Thank You Day honors all of the unsung heroes who help keep us safe from infectious diseases, protect our food supply, prevent injuries in the ...

Somerset County Grand Jury Indicts 6 Suspects in Murder

November 16, 2018

 

 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A Somerset County Grand Jury has indicted five men and one women for the murder of Nelson Noe Garcia-Lopez, 24 of North Plainfield, according to:Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The indictments for murder and related crimes were returned on Nov. 13 against:

- Oscar Ivan Baquendo-Martinez, 23, West 4th Street, Plainfield;

- ...

Convicted Double-Murderer Gets Two Consecutive Life Sentences

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A former Raritan resident convicted of killing a mother and her daughter in 2015 has been sentenced to two consecutive life terms, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Ramon Cadiz, 54, formerly of First Avenue, was sentenced on Nov. 9 to two consecutive life terms of imprisonment following his guilty pleas to two counts of first degree murder before ...

Suspect Charged with Selling Xanax Pills

November 16, 2018

 

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - A Basking Ridge man faces charges of selling Xanax on two occasions to undercover detectives, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Stefan F. Larbig, 28 of Constitution Way, was arrested after a two-month investigation..

Robertson provided the following details:

On two separate occasions during the month of October an undercover ...

Jury Acquits Prison Guard on Sex Crime Charge

FLEMINGTON, NJ – A man charged with a sex crime in connection with his job at the state’s only woman’s prison has been acquitted after a two-week jury trial, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III.

Brian Y. Ambroise, 35, of Union, was acquitted on one count each of second-degree sexual assault and official misconduct.  Judge Angela F. Borkowski ...

Police Investigate Bank Robbery in Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Provident Bank on Union Avenue was robbed early Wednesday morning shortly after opening.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson provided the following details:

Bridgewater Township Police Department were called by bank employees at 8:32 a.m. to report the robbery immediately after it occurred. Bank employees told police that a man had entered the bank and ...

Luxury Apartments Near Completion in Somerville

November 12, 2018

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – SOMA, an upscale new rental building alongside the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line, is on pace to make a late 2018 debut, according to its developer Sterling Properties.

Construction is nearly complete on the luxury four-story building which will feature a mix of 69 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and amenities steps from Somerville award-winning ...

Audit Reveals Priest “Borrowed” $500,000 from Parish for "Compulsive Behaviors"

November 7, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Rev. Douglas J. Haefner “borrowed” around $500,000 – an amount substantiated by an unreleased internal audit – from church coffers to fund “compulsive behaviors,” according to Bishop James F. Checchio of the Metuchen Diocese.

Checchio visited St. Matthias Church on Monday night to address the concerns of parishioners and offer insight into ...

St. Matthias' Priest Resigns Amidst Questions of Parish Finances

SOMERSET, NJ - Questions surrounding church finances at Saint Matthias led to the resignation of Rev. Douglas J. Haefner according to a letter sent to parishioners and school families on Nov. 2. 

"It is with sadness that I must inform you that Father's resignation coincides with serious questions and concerns that recently have been raised regarding the handling of parish ...

Somerville Pioneers' Drive for Championship Ends with Bruising Loss to Rumson Fair-Haven

November 18, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Scoring was not much of a problem for Somerville in Sunday’s Central, Group 3 Final. Finding the end zone on five of its nine drives, there was no question about that. 

Stopping Alex Maldjian, however, was a completely different story. 

Each time Somerville scored and made exhilarating attempts to close in on Rumson Fair-Haven’s leads, the Bulldogs and ...

Somerville Championship Football Game Postponed Until Sunday

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The championship rematch between Somerville High School and Rumson Fair-Haven High School has been postponed.

Originally scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m., the game will now be played Sunday at 1 p.m. at Brooks Field.

The undefeated Pioneers (11-0) have won all six games at home and 5 on the road.

Somerville High School Athletic Director Tim Davis sent out a tweet ...

Somerville: Immaculata HS Athletes Commit to College Teams

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Senior athletes at Immaculata High School signed letters of intent Thursday, committing to participate in athletics at their chosen colleges.

Students who signed, their sport and college include:

Peter Gallo of Asbury, baseball, St. Joseph's University; Felix Diaz of North Brunswick, baseball, Southern New Hampshire University; Chris Kirschner of Flemington, ...

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AtlantiCast: Episode 22

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn how Atlantic Health System is accelerating the pace of medical breakthroughs in the fight against cancer, AHS and the New York Jets make a crucial catch, meet New Jersey’s only cardiac “Shock Team,” find out some key warning signs to know if you have Thyroid Cancer and much more!

 

Somerset County Salutes Public Health Heroes Nov. 19

November 15, 2018

 

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - National Public Health Thank You Day is a day for Somerset County and the nation to recognize the many public health professionals who are committed to protecting the health of all Americans.

“Public Health Thank You Day honors all of the unsung heroes who help keep us safe from infectious diseases, protect our food supply, prevent injuries in the ...

Visions and Pathways Teaches Entrepreneurship to High-Risk Youth

November 16, 2018

 
 BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Vsions and Pathways, a local non-profit organization was recently awarded a grant from the New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives to start a new program; the Prosperity Entrepreneurship Project (PEP). PEP’s goal is to improve the academic performance of high-risk youth by teaching them the basics of business and learning the value of hard work and ...

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Morristown Medical Center Becomes First Hospital to Implement BEACON Advanced Energy Laser System

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has become the first hospital to implement the BEACON Advanced Energy Laser System, a unique tissue-sparing, CO2 laser-driven system which enables physicians to conduct complex surgeries in space-restricted areas of the body with greater accuracy and precision than ever before.

While flexible fiber-based CO2 surgery has long ...