Somerville Top Stories

October 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Wednesday by reporting on the successful reopening of schools overall in the state, despite 11 "outbreaks" of schools with two or more cases of COVID-19.. No outbreaks have been reported in any Somerset County school ...

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NEW JERSEY - Will weed grow in the Garden State? Ballot Question No. 1 asks voters to approve amending the Constitution of New Jersey to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called cannibis. Cannibis is a psychoactive drug - one that affects the mind - used mostly for medical or recreational ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Tuesday reported a total of 5,321 cases of the COVID-19 9coronavirus, an increase of 14 cases overnight, with the death toll overnight climbing to 501 since the first case was reported March 8. Somerville has had a total of ...

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WEST TRENTON, NJ –  The Board of Directors of NJM Insurance Group, a leading property and casualty insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region, has elected Joshua Kalafer, co-owner of Flemington Car and Truck Country, Clinton Honda and Jaguar Land Rover Princeton, as its newest member. Kalafer is a ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in New Jersey appears to now be in Ocean County, which has made up 28% of the state's 3,660 new cases over the last six days.  Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Monday that a “hotspot team” will soon increase testing capacity in ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Musician/songwriter/vocalist John Busse has adopted Somerville as his hometown, and it's been a good fit for him and his guitar, performing frequently at cozy coffee shop venues along Main Street in between venturing off to other locales in New Jersey. On Saturday night, Oct. 3, ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Sunday reported a total of 5,289 cases of the COVID-19 9coronavirus, an increase of 11 cases overnight, along with 499 deaths since the first case was reported March 8. Worldwide, the COVID-19 death toll topped one ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Saturday's protest rally at the Historic Somerset County Courthouse was a family-friendly event, with young children clutching the hands of their parents as they mixed in with the crowd.  Organizer Jade McQueen reminded the gathering of a few dozen people that they had come ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Central New Jersey activists will participate in a Saturday afternoon protest at the Historic Somerset County Courthouse while on Sunday evening, Our Revolution of Hillsborough will host a candlelight vigil in the aftermath of a Grand Jury decision in Louisville, Ky earlier this ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police have arrested a couple in connection with a string of late night landscaping robberies in the Kendall Park area of the township. Stolen items included solar landscaping lights, potted flowers, a bird feeder, and lawn decorations, according to police. Danielle ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ — Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter has released online video and photo tutorials to assist voters participating in the 2020 General Election being held on Nov. 3. (See video attached to this story). The election will be conducted primarily through Vote by Mail ballots, which are ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The festivities begin as the sun begins to set in Somerville Friday night, with the Downtown Somerville Alliance hosting a celebration in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. The streets and restaurants will be packed as per the norm on a Friday night, with cultural music ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy was joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases Thursday morning for a live virtual conversation on COVID-19 (coronavirus) in New Jersey.  The national expert in infectious disease said that he often points ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Outcrops, a 4-piece New Jersey band, returns to perform on the Summer Stage Saturday, Sept. 26. The band was in Somerville two weeks ago, playing across the street at Village Brewing. The three-hour show is free and  begins at 6 a.m. on the Division Street pedestrian ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Principal Gerard Foley of Somerville High School announced today that Rachel Kaniuk, Andrew Muller, Vincent Samonte, Jason Seeley, and Spencer Talish have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and ...

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RARITAN, NJ - A Bridgewater man has been charged with driving while intoxicated, with additional criminal charges pending, following the death of a pedestrian who was struck by his vehicle on Old York Road Friday, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office. Kevin D. Betyeman, 56, was ...

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Lawmakers push plan that borrows more than Gov. Phil Murphy wanted. Votes planned for Tuesday This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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RARITAN, NJ - With the pandemic canceling the annual John Basilone Memorial Parade, Raritan Borough hosted a motorcade Sunday instead to celebrate veterans and honor Raritan's own World War II hero. The motorcade ended with a ceremony at the John Basilone statue. Basilone was a United States ...

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NEW JERSEY — Referring to the coronavirus as a marathon, rather than a sprint, New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli wants residents to be wary of “pandemic fatigue.” As New Jersey passes 200,000 coronavirus cases Monday, she said the COVID-19 has forced many families to ...

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TRENTON, NJ - A Somerville pharmacy is one of 14 in Somerset County that will dispense the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone - commonly called Narcan - for free from Sept. 24-26. Gov. Phil Murphy and Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced Monday that 322 pharmacies statewide ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Borough officials are inching closer to finalizing plans for a Public Safety complex on the former site of the Gaston Avenue Bakery, with a vacant house on the 1.1-acre property fronting on East Cliff Street slated for demolition in the next few weeks. Three other buildings on ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Several youth recreational and competitive sports programs have been suspended due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases first reported by Mayor Douglas Tomson in a Health Advisory issued on Friday, Sept. 18. Tomson confirmed the first person to test positive was associated with DC ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Saturday night's 3-hour performance by Hillsborough guitarist and songwriter Bryan Hansen, joined by his band mates of seven years, drummer Cwan :"Q" Merritt and William Blakey on bass guitar, was cathartic for the seasoned musicians, who are used to touring and playing ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, will hold a virtual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event, “Breast Cancer Clusters: Blown Out of the Water featuring Erin Brockovich” on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Breast surgeon Dr.

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  Editor's Note: This story will be updated as more information becomes available. HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Several probable positive tests for COVID-19 prompted Mayor Doug Tomson on Friday to issue a Health Advisory to township residents. The initial index case was at DC Gymnastics, located at ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The 12th annual Steeplechase Distance Run will be held virtually Sept. 27 to Oct. 4 to raise funds for the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility. Participants can choose to walk, run, bike or swim during ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Saying that residents and staff of long-term care facilities in New Jersey have borne an outsized burden of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday to address systemic challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and strengthen ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Bryan Hansen Band returns to the Summer Stage on the Division Street pedestrian mall Saturday, Sept. 19, form 6-9 p.m. The concert is free. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets, wear a mask and observe social-distancing. In addition to front man and lead guitarist ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy wants to borrow $4 billion. Lawmakers point to revenue forecasts saying more money may be coming than he expects. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage.

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TRENTON, N.J – A Somerset County man admitted Tuesday hat he concealed his attempts to provide material support to Hamas, according to federal authorities. Jonathan Xie, 21, of Basking Ridge, pleaded guilty by video conference before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an information ...

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