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Somerset County 4-H Fair, Largest in New Jersey, Opens Aug. 10

August 10, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ –The Somerset County 4-H Fair returns to North Branch Park at 355 Milltown Road on Aug. 10 to 12, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., where visitors can enjoy free, family fun. People of all ages will like the art, animal, and science displays, as well as the hands-on demonstrations, shows and exhibits, food, live music, free parking and much more.

The 4-H Fair ...

Somerset County 4-H Fair, Largest in New Jersey, Opens Aug. 10

BRIDGEWATER, NJ –The Somerset County 4-H Fair returns to North Branch Park at 355 Milltown Road on Aug. 10 to 12, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., where visitors can enjoy free, family fun. People of all ages will like the art, animal, and science displays, as well as the hands-on demonstrations, shows and exhibits, food, live music, free parking and much more.

The 4-H Fair ...

Artists and Crafters Gather for Open Air Market in Downtown Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Local artists and crafters will display and sell their one-of-a-kind handmade creations at the Artisan Market in Downtown Somerville Sunday, Aug. 7, from noon-6 p.m.

Artists will be located on the Division Street pedestrian mall, showing their jewelry, photography, woodwork, pottery, paintings, abstract art, illustrations, apparel, accessories, candles, and ...

New Jersey Extends Outdoor Dining Options Through November 2024

August 3, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law Wednesday that extends outdoor dining in New Jersey until November 2024.

"There are restaurants and bars and growing numbers of breweries that are still relying on the outdoor dining spaces they were allowed to create to get themselves back financially to where they were pre-pandemic," Murphy said. "We want to see them ...

Somerville OKs November Referendum on $7M Sale of Wastewater System

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough took another step towards the potential sale of its antiquated wastewater collection treatment system Monday night with the approval of a Nov. 8 referendum that will ask voters to approve the proposed $7M sale to New Jersey American Water.

The proposal notes that customers will not experience any rate increases in the first two years of the agreement, no more than ...

Retiring Hospital CEO Named 2022 Somerset County Citizen of the Year

SOMERVILLE, NJ -Tony Cava, MS, RPH, FACHE, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, has been selected at the 2022 Citizen of the Year by the Somerset County Business Partnership

Cava will be honored at the 2022 Annual Meeting, the most important annual gathering of the Somerset County business community, scheduled for Monday, Dec.12 at the ...

Somerville, Branchburg Students Named to Kean University Dean's List

August 9, 2022

UNION, NJ - More than 2,500 students were named to the Spring 2022 Dean's List at Kean University including several from Somerville ad Branchburg.

The following local students made the list, released last week:

Elrad Exil of Somerville is a senior majoring in Sociology.

Jeremiah Harnanto of Branchburg is a junior majoring in English - Writing.

Jenny Le of ...

Somerville Couple Devotes 50 Years of Volunteer Service to Immaculata

SOMERVILLE, NJ – As the parents of two adult children, both alumni of Immaculata High School, Brian and Maureen Cote understand that a strong foundation in high school can set the course for the rest of a student’s life.

The couple witnessed first-hand the strong foundation laid by IHS, first when their children attended the school as teenagers and even now into their adulthood, ...

Somervillle Police Academy Gives Young Cadets Close Look at Law Enforcement

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A select group of 17 sixth- and seventh-grade students experienced first-hand the daily routines, challenges and rewards experienced by police officers who work the streets and neighborhoods of the 2.5 square-mile municipality, the seat of Somerset County government.

The Somerville Youth Police Academy Class of 2022 completed their training and field trips Friday and ...

New Jersey Extends Outdoor Dining Options Through November 2024

August 3, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law Wednesday that extends outdoor dining in New Jersey until November 2024.

"There are restaurants and bars and growing numbers of breweries that are still relying on the outdoor dining spaces they were allowed to create to get themselves back financially to where they were pre-pandemic," Murphy said. "We want to see them ...

Somervillle Police Academy Gives Young Cadets Close Look at Law Enforcement

August 6, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A select group of 17 sixth- and seventh-grade students experienced first-hand the daily routines, challenges and rewards experienced by police officers who work the streets and neighborhoods of the 2.5 square-mile municipality, the seat of Somerset County government.

The Somerville Youth Police Academy Class of 2022 completed their training and field trips Friday and ...

Somerville Turns Out for National Night Out Event at Carol Pager Park

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Hundreds of borough residents enjoyed the great outdoors Tuesday at Carol Pager Park where the 'Ville celebrated the annual National Night Out event.

Somerville Police Officer Vito Spadea honored longtime volunteers Leigh McLachlan and Art and Andrea Adair with certificates of appreciation for over 20 years of volunteering at the family-friendly event, during which time ...

RWJUH/Somerset Hosts 14th Annual Distance Run Sept 25 in Hillsborough

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The 14th annual Steeplechase Distance Run will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 at Amsterdam School in Hillsborough, NJ and as a virtual event to raise funds for the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility.

Coordinated by Somerset Health Care Foundation, the event offers three ways to participate.

NJ Enters Drought Watch: Residents, Businesses Urged to Conserve Water

August 9, 2022

TRENTON, NJ - Due to ongoing hot and dry conditions, New Jersey is under a drought watch as of Tuesday. The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking residents and businesses to conserve water.

New Jersey has a three-stage drought advisory system. A drought watch is the first step. DEP says it's to encourage voluntary conservation measures, and, if ...

Somerville Receives $2.5M Federal Grant to Renovate Chambres Park

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough has received a $2,541,000 federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for a facelift of the underutilized Chambres Park on Southside Avenue.

The Borough Council accepted the award by resolution at its meeting last week.

The project is one of ten community project funding requests submitted to the House of Representatives by Rep. Tom ...

Hillsborough Holds Purple Heart Ceremony Aug. 7 at Garden of Honor

HILSBOROUGH, NJ - The township, designated as a Purple Heart Community, will hold the annual Purple Heart Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 7th at the Garden of Honor on the grounds of the Municipal Complex,

The 9 a.m ceremony will be held rain or shine.  Light refreshments will follow.    

“It is our.honor to host this significant commemoration ceremony in honor of ...

Somerville Hospital Receives National Recognition for Maternity Care

August 8, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has received 5-star ratings for vaginal and C-section deliveries from Healthgrades in its 2022 ob/gyn quality ratings.

This is the seventh year in a row that the hospital has received a 5-star rating for C-section deliveries and the second year in a row for the 5-star rating for vaginal ...

Retiring Hospital CEO Named 2022 Somerset County Citizen of the Year

SOMERVILLE, NJ -Tony Cava, MS, RPH, FACHE, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, has been selected at the 2022 Citizen of the Year by the Somerset County Business Partnership

Cava will be honored at the 2022 Annual Meeting, the most important annual gathering of the Somerset County business community, scheduled for Monday, Dec.12 at the ...

RWJUH/Somerset Hosts 14th Annual Distance Run Sept 25 in Hillsborough

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The 14th annual Steeplechase Distance Run will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 at Amsterdam School in Hillsborough, NJ and as a virtual event to raise funds for the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility.

Coordinated by Somerset Health Care Foundation, the event offers three ways to participate.

Annemarie Mueller Named First Assistant Prosecutor in Somerset County

August 5, 2022

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Annemarie L. Mueller, who has served 11 years in the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, has been appointed as the new First Assistant Prosecutor.

The announcement was made Friday by Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

"It is a great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Annemarie L. Mueller to serve as the new First Assistant ...

Stabbing Leads to Attempted Murder Charge after Gas Station Altercation

August 8, 2022

SOMERSET, NJ - A Somerset man has been arrested for attempted murder after a verbal altercation at a local gas station led to a stabbing incident, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald

Matthew B. Hall, 32, of Somerset has been charged with first-degree attempted murder, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and fourth-degree unlawful ...

Somervillle Police Academy Gives Young Cadets Close Look at Law Enforcement

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A select group of 17 sixth- and seventh-grade students experienced first-hand the daily routines, challenges and rewards experienced by police officers who work the streets and neighborhoods of the 2.5 square-mile municipality, the seat of Somerset County government.

The Somerville Youth Police Academy Class of 2022 completed their training and field trips Friday and ...

NYC Woman Charged with Leaving Threatening Phone Messages & Texts

BRANCHBURG, NJ - A 27-year-old New York City woman has been arrested and charged with leaving threatening phone messages and texts to a former co-worker and her employer, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

Quanajah Pinnock of Jamaica, NY, is charged with 3rd degree Terroristic Threats and 3rd degree False Public Alarm. She is lodged in the Rikers Island ...

Somerville Couple Devotes 50 Years of Volunteer Service to Immaculata

August 7, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ – As the parents of two adult children, both alumni of Immaculata High School, Brian and Maureen Cote understand that a strong foundation in high school can set the course for the rest of a student’s life.

The couple witnessed first-hand the strong foundation laid by IHS, first when their children attended the school as teenagers and even now into their adulthood, ...

Yankees Promote Boyle & Bell from AA Somerset to AAA Scranton

August 9, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The New York Yankees have promoted RHP Sean Boyle and INF Chad Bell to the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders. 

Additionally, RHP Matt Sauer and 1B Eric Wagaman have been promoted to Double-A Somerset, and RHP Blas Castano has been transferred to High-A Hudson Valley.

Boyle posted an 8-4 record and 3.75 ERA for ...

Lockridge Launches 3-Run Homer in 8th for Patriots Win

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots (62-39) outlasted the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (39-62) in a Sunday night thriller, winning 8-6 on the heels of Brandon Lockridge's 10th homer of the season.

Entering the eighth inning trailing 6-5 in the game, Lockridge sent a three-run home run over the left field wall, Somerset's third homer of the game which acted ...

Patriots Halt 4-Game Skid Aginast Rumble Ponies 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Somerset Patriots (61-39) used another dominant start from Sean Boyle to snap their season-long losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (39-61) on Saturday night.

The start came one day after Boyle was named by Minor League Baseball as the Eastern League Pitcher of Month for July, when he posted a 3-0 record and 0.82 ...

New Jersey's Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs Receive $10 Million in Funding

August 9, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are getting a big financial boost.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Monday the programs, which help and support victims of violence, will receive $10 million in federal American Recovery Plan (ARP) funds.

“The Paterson Healing Collective is pleased to ...

State Parole Board Chairman Talks About New Grant to Help Offenders with Substance Use Disorder

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's State Parole Board is teaming up with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care to help offenders struggling with substance use disorder, both before and after their release.

"We're confident that this is something that could be life-changing to a lot of people," State Parole Board Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. told TAPinto.

Groundbreaking for New Portal North Bridge Project over Hackensack River

KEARNY, NJ — A project to replace the Portal North Bridge, which has been the cause of countless commuting nightmares for many over the years, is moving forward. When it's complete, rail delays due to marine traffic in the Hackensack River will be a thing of the past.

"Today, we take the next great step of putting shovels in the ground so that this bridge can finally become ...

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RWJUH/Somerset Salutes Healthcare Hero of the Week Mahzebinshek Prapti

TAPinto Somerville joins with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset each week to recognize a Healthcare Hero for their perseverance, dedication and professionalism serving the short-term and longer term health care needs of patients at the Somerville hospital.

This week's Healthcare Hero, as selected by her supervisor, is Mahzebinshek Prapti, MHA.

Mahzebinshek is a ...

RWJUH/Somerset Salutes Health Care Hero of the Week Kimberly Bates

TAPinto Somerville joins with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset each week to recognize a Healthcare Hero for their perseverance, dedication and professionalism serving the short-term and longer term health care needs of patients at the Somerville hospital.

This week's Healthcare Hero, as selected by her supervisor, is Kimberly Bates, BSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, 

Kim ...

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SCEA Announces Endorsements in Somerset County Elections

July 27, 2022

To the Editor:

The Somerset County Education Association (SCEA), representing over 7,000 diverse public school employees in Somerset County, is pleased to announce the endorsements of Melonie Marano for County Commissioner and Darrin Russo for County Sheriff. 

Marano and Russo have a proven record as steadfast advocates for educators, students and communities throughout Somerset ...

Somerset County 4-H Fair, Largest in New Jersey, Opens Aug. 10

August 10, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ –The Somerset County 4-H Fair returns to North Branch Park at 355 Milltown Road on Aug. 10 to 12, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., where visitors can enjoy free, family fun. People of all ages will like the art, animal, and science displays, as well as the hands-on demonstrations, shows and exhibits, food, live music, free parking and much more.

The 4-H Fair ...

Safe+Sound Somerset Plans Designer Bag Bingo Fundraiser

August 8, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Safe+Sound Somerset will be hosting a Designer Bag Bingo fundraiser this Fall and we are asking for your support. We will be collecting donations of designer bags for Bingo and other items and experiences for our Tricky Tray event.

Who We Help

Safe+Sound Somerset prevents and responds to domestic violence and sexual abuse with programs that provide safety, support ...