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Auction Features 19th-Century Tall Case Clock Crafted & Built in NJ

August 3, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Central Jersey auctioneer Joe Bodnar received an email last month reading “The Barnes family clock needs to find a new home.”

Nearly 200 years old, built and crafted in New Jersey by a respected colonial-era clockmaker, the tall case clock will be sold by Bodnar as part of a two-day, 500 lot online auction Aug. 5 & 6,

Dated ca. 1825, the clock has been ...

Week 4: Bob Lanza Blues Band Performs on Somerville's Summer Stage

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Ripples from New Jersey's deep reservoir of rock'n'roll talent have been spreading from the Saturday night Summer Stage concert series on the Division Street pedestrian mall the past three weeks - with a big splash expected Saturday when the Bob Lanza Blues Band comes to town.

Lanza, a seasoned blues man with several albums to his credit, will ...

Comic Helps Parish Entertain Kids - All in the Name of the Lord

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Out of the corner of his eye, Johnny Lombardi was distracted by a few people slipping envelopes through the bottom of the locked doors at Mary Mother of God R.C. Church.

Lombardi was on the altar a few months ago reading a Bible passage during the mass which was being live-streamed by the church to comply with the COVID-19 shutdown order issued by Gov. Phil Murphy, ...

NJ Supreme Court Will Hear Ciattarelli Argument Against Murphy Borrowing Plan Aug. 5

July 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear arguments on Aug. 5th from declared GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli and his legal team against Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to borrow $9.9 billion to balance the state budget,

Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident and former state assemblyman and Somerset County freeholder, insists what Murphy is attempting is not only ...

New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program Gets $15M Boost

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency to purchase masks, gloves, disinfectant ...

Ciattarelli Files Lawsuit Against Gov. Murphy's $9.9B Borrowing Plan

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Declared gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Phil Murphy, hoping to block his plan to borrow $9.9 billion to balance the state's budget.

Murphy says he has the authority to do so; Ciattarelli, who is seeking the GOP nomination to run against Murphy in 2021 says it is unconstitutional, and has been threatening to take Murphy to ...

"Only When It's Safe:" Teachers Urge Murphy to Keep Buildings Closed

August 3, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Patrick Frain, president of the Somerville Education Association, has joined with union leaders from school districts throughout Somerset County in drafting a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Commissioner of Education, Kevin Dehmer calling for New Jersey schools to remain virtual until science and trends show it is safe to return.

Frain also participated in a rally ...

Teachers Gather in Somerville to Protest Return to School Buildings

SOMERVILLE, NJ - More than 100 public school teachers from throughout Somerset County made it abundantly clear yesterday that they're not happy about having to return to their classrooms in September, fearful that school buildings are unsafe because of the potential for COVID-19 infection.

Carrying protest signs and chanting "Not Until It's Safe" the group gathered on ...

Somerset County Teachers to Protest Reopening of School Buildings in September

SOMERVILLE, NJ - In response to plans to reopen New Jersey public schools in September, members of the Somerset County Education Association, in conjunction with NJ21 United, a grassroots education advocacy group, will stage a demonstration on Thursday, July 30 on the Division Street pedestrian mall near Main Street

Members of the SCEA will be joined by community members from throughout ...

Somerset County July 7 Primary Vote Count Complete; 25 Percent Turnout

August 5, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Nearly one month after the July 7th New Jersey Primary, and following a seven-day extension granted by a state Superior Court judge, the results of the election have been fully counted, according to Jerry L. Midgette, Somerset County Election Board Administrator.

This was an historic election on many levels including process and results, said Midgette. As to process, ...

NJ Supreme Court Will Hear Ciattarelli Argument Against Murphy Borrowing Plan Aug. 5

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear arguments on Aug. 5th from declared GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli and his legal team against Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to borrow $9.9 billion to balance the state budget,

Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident and former state assemblyman and Somerset County freeholder, insists what Murphy is attempting is not only ...

Ciattarelli Files Lawsuit Against Gov. Murphy's $9.9B Borrowing Plan

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Declared gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Phil Murphy, hoping to block his plan to borrow $9.9 billion to balance the state's budget.

Murphy says he has the authority to do so; Ciattarelli, who is seeking the GOP nomination to run against Murphy in 2021 says it is unconstitutional, and has been threatening to take Murphy to ...

"Buy the Slice" - Somerville Hospital Staff Says "Thanks" 2,400 Times

July 24, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The employees of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset had an oversized pizza party Friday, ordering 300 pies from area restaurants - that's 2,400 slices - as their way of saying "Thanks" for the support they received during the height of the COVID-19 crisis in March, April and May.

Prima Pizza, Somerville; ...

Somerville Restaurants Can Expand Dining to Main Street "Parklets"

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Selected Somerville restaurants will be able to expand their outdoor dining areas on to Main Street by installing "parklets" - raised platforms built even with the curb and extending into parking spaces - according to a design approved by the state Department of Transportation.

This is the third iteration of a plan first submitted to the NJDOT last month by the ...

"Buy the Slice" - Somerville Hospital Staff Says "Thanks" 2,400 Times

July 24, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The employees of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset had an oversized pizza party Friday, ordering 300 pies from area restaurants - that's 2,400 slices - as their way of saying "Thanks" for the support they received during the height of the COVID-19 crisis in March, April and May.

Prima Pizza, Somerville; ...

Murphy Declares State of Emergency; Somerset County Preps for Isaias

August 4, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A State of Emergency has been declared by Governor Murphy effective 5 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 as Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to wallop New Jersey with several inches of rain and winds of 40-50 mph, with gusts upwards of 65 mph..

Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary, according to the governor. All State offices will be closed on Tuesday and only ...

Malinowski Prioritizes Rail Projects in 2021 Transportation Budget

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives passed the Transportation - Housing and Urban Development appropriations package Friday, which allocates $107.2 billion for the Department of Transportation including several priorities supported by central New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski, (D-7th) that invest in infrastructure projects including the Gateway Rail and Hudson River Tunnel ...

Murphy: "We Will Not Tolerate the Devil-May-Care Attitudes Any Longer”

TRENTON, NJ – Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. last night for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday.

"The spot positivity rate for tests from July 27th is ...

Aug. 4 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 2 New Cases Overnight

August 4, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Tuesday reported a total of 4,688 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 2 cases overnight, with 485 deaths occurring since the pandemic began in March.

Somerville has a total of 149 COVID-19 cases in that time, with 7 deaths.

The New Jersey Department of Health Tuesday ...

Aug. 3 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 10 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Monday reported a total of 4,686 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 10 cases overnight, with 482 deaths occurring since the pandemic began in March.

Somerville has a total of 149 COVID-19 cases in that time, with 7 deaths.

The New Jersey Department of Health Monday ...

COVID-19 Rates Increase, Murphy Cuts Indoor Gatherings to 25 People 

TRENTON, NJ — With New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) nearly doubling in a month - from 0.87 in early July to 1.48 today — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that he will again tighten caps on indoor gatherings.

“We believe that some of this increase is attributable to the number of indoor house parties and other events which we have been seeing across the ...

Judge Reflects on Ambush at Her Home that Killed Son, Wounded Husband

August 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that Federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

Somerville: Stained Glass Restoration Continues at Historic Church

SOMERVILLE NJ – The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission is in the second phase of a restoration project to clean and repair the original stained-glass and lead-glass windows in the former First Dutch Reformed Church, located at 20 North Bridge St.

The church, which was built in 1897 in the English gothic style, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the ...

County Prosecutors Discuss Use of Force Policies in Virtual Town Hall

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and other law enforcement officials from Hunterdon and Warren counties will moderate a Use-Of-Force Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, July 28th beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The forum will also address other related police-community interactions and law enforcement issues and New Jersey Attorney General ...

Somerset County Sheriff Launches Hate Crime Awareness Initiative

August 4, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo has launched a Hate Crimes Awareness and Prevention Unit within his department to help protect the diverse religious, racial, ethnic and other communities in the county.

The effort began in January with one-on-one and group meetings with religious, community, and business leaders to build relationships, and has grown to include ...

Hillsborough: Firefighters Battle Blaze at Lysol Manufacturer Plant

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Hundreds of volunteer firefighters from Hillsborough and surrounding towns worked for two hours to contain a fire at the Reckitt & Benckiser manufacturing facility, 799 Route 206 Monday afternoon.

Four alarms were called in after the initial report of the 1:37 p.m. fire.

Heavy black smoke drifted across the state highway, slowing down traffic.

Two firefighters were ...

County Prosecutors Discuss Use of Force Policies in Virtual Town Hall

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and other law enforcement officials from Hunterdon and Warren counties will moderate a Use-Of-Force Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, July 28th beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The forum will also address other related police-community interactions and law enforcement issues and New Jersey Attorney General ...

Piscataway Approves Redevelopment Plan for Route 287 Hotel Complex

July 24, 2020

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Weary travelers will have a new place to rest and fuel up when they visit Piscataway on business or for a Rutgers’ game.

Plans are underway for a new hotel, convenience store and gas station complex to be built at 88 Centennial Ave., the former home to telecommunications firm, WANDL.

“It will be a named franchise, but we don’t know which one ...

Comic Helps Parish Entertain Kids - All in the Name of the Lord

July 27, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Out of the corner of his eye, Johnny Lombardi was distracted by a few people slipping envelopes through the bottom of the locked doors at Mary Mother of God R.C. Church.

Lombardi was on the altar a few months ago reading a Bible passage during the mass which was being live-streamed by the church to comply with the COVID-19 shutdown order issued by Gov. Phil Murphy, ...

Rutgers Athletics Announces 2020 Hall of Fame Class

August 4, 2020

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The Rutgers University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the members of the 2020 Hall of Fame class including Eric LeGrand (football), Essence Carson (women's basketball), Jonelle Filigno-Hopkins (women's soccer), Alexis Gunzelman (women's gymnastics) and James Ford (men's lacrosse).

"We are honored to induct another ...

Blasters Take 4-2 Series Lead with Win over Patriots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The New Jersey Blasters (4-2) defeated the Somerset Patriots (2-4) 3-1 at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday night to take a two-game lead in the Somerset Professional Baseball Series.

The Blasters jumped out to an early 2-0 in the top of the first inning on a two-run double by Derek Romberg.

The Patriots got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning and cut the lead in ...

New Brunswick's Shayne Fontana Makes Impressive Debut with Patriots

BRIDGEWATER,NJ- The New Jersey Blasters (3-2) defeated the Somerset Patriots (2-3) 3-2 at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday night to take the lead in the Somerset Professional Baseball Series.

The Patriots opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Joey Rose.

Somerset extended the lead on an RBI single by Shayne Fontana that made the score 2-0 after three innings ...

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Somerset County July 7 Primary Vote Count Complete; 25 Percent Turnout

August 5, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Nearly one month after the July 7th New Jersey Primary, and following a seven-day extension granted by a state Superior Court judge, the results of the election have been fully counted, according to Jerry L. Midgette, Somerset County Election Board Administrator.

This was an historic election on many levels including process and results, said Midgette. As to process, ...

Expanded, Modernized Valerie Fund Children’s Center Opens at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital

July 31, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – To meet demand for the comprehensive medical care needed for children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders, Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital has announced the opening of its expanded Valerie Fund Children’s Center.

The new Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital includes eight ...