Honors & Achievements

February 26, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Not unexpectedly, Food Network Chopped Sweets winner Joe Murphy of Scotch Plains says his phone has been constantly ringing since the conclusion of the show, which aired on Monday, Feb. 24. On the other end of the phone were friends calling to congratulate him and to ask about ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will host its 5th annual Spelling Bee Spectacular for students in grades 3-8 on March 7 from 1-5 p.m. at the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School, located at 14 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater. There are a total of 34 ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Chris Edwards, former vice-president of Business Services at the Somerset County Business Partnership, will become the new president and CEO of the SCBP, replacing Mike Kerwin who will retire onn March 13. Edwards has served in his current position at the SCBP since May of 2018 ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) has selected Peg Wright, President/CEO of the Center for Great Expectations as the 70th Somerset County Citizen of the Year. The Citizen of the Year award, given annually to Somerset County’s premier civic and business leader, is ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Tune in to the Food Network channel Monday night. Feb. 10th at 8 p.m. and you'll see Olivia Altidor, an eighth-grader at Hillsborough Middle School, in front of the camera with other Girl Scouts as bakers whip up desserts made with Girl Scout cookies. You'll see her working ...

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TRENTON – Linda Doherty, a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of the non-profit New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC), has been elected to serve as the board’s president. Doherty, who had served in recent years as the vice president, is taking over the top spot from Patrick Ryan, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK,  N.J. - An educator known as a trailblazer in academia is set to be selected as Rutgers' first black president. Jonathan Holloway, 52, will be named to the university's top position, a Rutgers official told TAPinto New Brunswick on the condition of anonymity. Rutgers ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Ken Greig, "The Voice of Somerville,"  has been named Grand Marshal of the 2020 Somerville St.Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade is an annual tradition presented by the Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee and is scheduled for Sunday March 15th.. Greig is a Somerville ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Ariel Staffin has been crowned Miss Central Jersey 2020, a title that is one of several conferred by the Miss America Organization. Staffin, a Bridgewater resident,participated in a number of the Miss America Organization local competitions in 2019. “I have lived in Central ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ -- A little more than 31 hours after the beginning of the New Year, the first Somerset County baby of 2020 was born at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset at 7:02 a.m.on Thursday, Jan. 2. A baby girl, Alisson Yohana Colaj, was born to Maria Mateo and Sebastian Colaj ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - One by one, retiring Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano walked down the double-line of his officers assembled outside the Somerset County Administration building Monday and shook each of their hands as he said his final good-byes after 18 years on the job. The ceremonial ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Deputy Freeholder Director Pat Walsh said farewell to her colleagues, county employees, constituents and 26 years of public service at the final Freeholders' meeting of 2019. Walsh was defeated in her bid for a fourth term in November, losing to Democratic ...

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SOMERSET, NJ — A four-year old girl is being called a hero for calling 911 for help when her mother collapsed on the kitchen floor and did not get back up earlier this month. Isla Glaser was honored on Wednesday in a ceremony at the Franklin Police Headquarters for her bravery in calling for ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Rev. Canon Ronald N. Pollock, pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Dec.17th. Popularly known as Father Ron, he was ordained by Bishop Mellick Belshaw in 1994 and has been rector of St John’s since 1998, ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ - John Czaja was honored with a birthday cake and resolution at last week’s meeting of the Hunterdon County Freeholders. The Whitehouse Station resident will turn 100 years old on Dec. 27 and is a World War II Army veteran. Born in Chicago, Czaja enlisted in 1942 and was ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Rod Hirsch, founder and executive director of Operation Shoebox New Jersey, was one of six honorees at the annual Boy Scouts of America Patriots’ Path Council Toast to Scouting Awards Dinner held at the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge Nov. 21st. The other honorees were Frank ...

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - The New Jersey Municipal Management Association presented its 2019 Press Award to Rod Hirsch, owner and editor of TAPinto Hillsborough at its business luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel Wednesday, held during the New Jersey League of Municipalities Convention. Hirsch was ...

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WHIPPANY, NJ – “Preparing the Next Global Servant Leader” is this year’s theme for the Essex County Chapter of the Links, Incorporated’s ~ 2019 Debutante Leadership Program and 14th Biennial Emerald & Ivory Debutante Cotillion Anisa Soleil Williams, a Somerville High School student and ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will honor local citizens at the Toast to Scouting Awards Dinner to be held on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge at 6:30 pm. This year’s honorees are Frank DelCore, Rod Hirsch, Maryjane Hydro, ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano recently honored 12 Somerset County officers at the new Law Enforcement Memorial at the Veterans Memorial Plaza located on Grove Street, adjacent to the Somerset County Administration Building. Gathered at the ceremony were Sen.

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – A Hunterdon Medical Center nurse – who is also a Marine – has been awarded for his care of a dying man and his family. Sean Lyon, a registered Nurse who lives in Clinton Township and works in HMC’s 3 West inpatient unit, has been recognized with the Daisy Award. Hunterdon ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - St. John's Episcopal Church will honor eight Somerset County citizens and community organizations for their tireless efforts and contributions to the community on Oct. 17th.. “The Spirit of St. John’s event will honor valued internal and external partners who have helped support ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – From the time he was a child, Steve Kalafer always had a special place in his heart for Sardi’s, the iconic theater district restaurant in the heart of Broadway for 90 years. “I often read about Sardi’s in show business books and saw it in scenes in numerous movies,” said ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Four students from Somerville High School have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Amanda Hegadorn, Sasha Raina, Gillian Reinhardt, and Juliet Walnoha have been awarded a Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit ...

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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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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 - 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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BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots will honor the Elmora Troopers, who represented the Mid-Atlantic region in the 2019 Little League World Series, at TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday, Sept.12th. First pitch between the Somerset Patriots and the Sugar Land Skeeters is scheduled for 6:35 ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey partnered with the Somerset Patriots for an action-packed Library Night Aug. 27 at TD Bank Ballpark to commemorate the completion of SCLSNJ’s Summer Reading Challenge. Baseball fans and Library customers connected with multiple ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – A national website that analyzes the quality of public and private schools, colleges and universities has ranked the Somerville School District No. 6 in Somerset County and No. 75 out of 243 school districts in New Jersey. The faculty at the three schools was ranked No. 137 out ...

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