Somerville Top Stories

September 17, 2019

CRANFORD, NJ - Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski joined Bruce Bergen, chairman of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC), members of the public, and elected officials from various towns and counties along the Raritan Valley Rail Line to discuss mass transit improvements at a RVRC ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – High levels of fecal bacteria have often been found at six new water sampling sites in the lower Raritan River since May, according to a Rutgers-coordinated monitoring program that included more than 20 trained volunteers. The sites include Riverside Park in Piscataway, ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The It was all about jazz Sunday with thousands descending on Main Street Somerville for five hours of music topping off the three-day Central Jersey Jazz Festival, which included performances in Flemington Friday night and New Brunswick Saturday night. Yesterday was the tenth ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Village Brewing Company, which opened in the bustling arts, entertainment and restaurant/retail district five months ago, will host its first annual Oktoberfest celebration Friday, Sept. 21st. The outdoor beer festival will be held across the street from the brewery and ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Saturday was Day One of the annual Weekend of Art and Music presented by the non-profit organization Arts on Division, with artists of all ages working with brushes, chalk, markers and spray cans to create a variety of artwork on the Division Street pedestrian mall. “Art All ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - For the second week on a row, the dominant Somerville High School Pioneers outscored and outmuscled their opponent, with the North Plainfield Canucks on the short end of a 56-13 score Friday night at their home opener.. Quarterback Justin Brenner (7-21) threw for 148 yards ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Nat Adderley Jr., best known for his work with Luther Vandross, will headline the closing night of the three-day Central Jersey Jazz Festival Sunday, Sept. 15 from 4:45-6 p.m. on the East Main Street stage adjacent to the green surrounding the historic Somerset County ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – As the people of the Bahamas begin to recover and rebuild after Hurricane Dorian left the islands reeling from the devastation, the local Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen is working to raise funds that will aid in the long recovery process. Bishop James F. Checchio has ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ - Three Somerville High School Students have been named Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Katherine Dailey, Ananya Gandhi, and Jeffrey Pan have been recognized for their academic achievements by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The lineup of seasoned musicians is set for 14 hours of non-stop sophisticated jazz that will draw thousands  to the three-day Central Jersey Jazz Festival Sept. 13th-15th. All performances are outdoors beginning in Flemington Sept. 13th, 6-10 p.m.; New Brunswick Sept. 14th, 1-6 ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine, held a ceremony marking the 18thanniversary of 9/11 at the county’s memorial clock tower, located on the corner of Main and Bridge streets.  “I am saddened that we have to gather on this ...

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BEDMINSTER, N.J. – A 26-year-old Milford man has been charged with criminal mischief after police say he tore apart the 11th and 13th greens at Trump National Golf Course with his car in two separate incidents, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. The suspect, Richard J.

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Members of the Somerset County Board of Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine, will place a wreath at the county’s 9/11 memorial at the corner of Main and Bridge streets on Wednesday, Sept. 11.  The public is welcome to attend. As people gather for the ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Artists Leon Rainbow and Alejandro Medina spent most of the day both Saturday and Sunday transforming a 90-foot brick wall into a colorful tribute to their friend, Jerome Gonzalez, a prolific grafitti artist and self-published author and one of the prime movers in helping to ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ -- The South Plainfield football team’s 2019 season opener against Immaculata went down to the wire on Saturday night and the game ended with Immaculata on top, 39-32. Tied at 32-32 with just over seven minutes to go, the Spartans punted the football to the Tigers, but South ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerville Arts on Division will present its annual Weekend of Art and Music on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14th & 15th with activity on Division Street  and East Main Street between Bridge and Grove Streets. The 2019 Arts Festival weekend will feature  “Art All Day” on ...

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SOMERVILLE — Repeating the success of a 32-3 record over the last three seasons won’t be an easy task. But if there were ever a program to do it, Somerville certainly appears to have the pieces that will sustain a championship football culture this fall. While the Pioneers have graduated a large ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The League of Women Voters of the Greater New Brunswick Area will hold a Candidates Forum with all candidates for Somerset County Sheriff and Somerset County Freeholder on Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Somerville High School Auditorium. Candidates for Freeholder are ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Middle School students arrived for the first day of school Thursday and were greeted with a sidewalk mural of inspirational messages scrawled in chalk by their parents and friends Wednesday nigh t- and by their new principal, Anthony Benjamin. Benjamin was on his hands and knees ...

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TRENTON, NJ -New Jersey’s public schools rank best in the nation in the 2019 Quality Counts report just released by Education Week. The widely respected report, now in its 23rd year, measures a number of factors, from student achievement to school funding to the success students achieve once ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Stationhouse Apartments at 44 Veterans Memorial Drive will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5th, at 6:30 p.m. Plans call for 117 apartments in two connected buildings, each four stories tall, and will contain 4 studio apartments and a mix of one- and ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The accolades continue for Somerville Public Schools as the Special Olympics New Jersey and Special Olympics International have declared Somerville High School an official Special Olympics national banner Unified Champion School. The latest designation follows last month's honor ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The end of summer vacation signals a new season for drivers.... back to school. Whether you have children in school or are an empty nester, kids seem to be everywhere in Somerville. That means drivers need to be extra careful and attentive as children - and some adults - dart ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The 62nd Annual South Plainfield Labor Day Parade was canceled early Monday morning after authorities found a number of suspicious destructive devices near the home of resident Thomas G. Kaiser, 55, who was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a destructive ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The annual Labor Day Parade, 5k run and fireworks have been cancelled due to a security issue.. In the overnight hours the area around the PAL and the parade route were blocked off.  Heavy policy activity was observed throughout the area, as well as in Spring Lake ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Work has begun on a 90-foot mural in a walkway off West Main Street that will pay tribute to Jerome Gonzalez, a prolific artist and author who played a major role establishing the thriving arts community in Somerville. Workers on Saturday used a power washer to chip away loose ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers kicked off the 150th anniversary of college football with a 48-21 win over Massachusetts on Friday night at SHI Stadium, "The Birthplace of College Football." The Scarlet Knights finished the game strong, scoring 41 unanswered points to close out the victory. Senior ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - After months of deliberation and several meetings, the Bridgewater Planning Board has approved the application for a Goddard School and hotel off Route 22 and Morgan Lane adjacent to the Houlihan's Restaurant.  The property at 1228-1298 Route 22 East will now become the home of ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Touched by the story of a New Jersey girl their age who had committed suicide, four Girl Scouts dedicated their Silver Award project to her memory, crafting inspirational messages that were painted on the 4th- and 5th-grade bathroom stalls at the Van Derveer School. Mallory ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Performance artists who reflect the Somerset County’s diversity, are being sought to display their talents at the upcoming Diversity Festival to be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Somerville. Six slots are available. The county is offering a fixed payment ...

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