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Shapiro: "Amid Spike in Local News Initiatives, Franchise Model Remains Only Proven Method to Scale Local News"

Cautionary tales have emerged in recent weeks about the inherent risks of entering the local news industry. Poynter recently called out a few of the pain points that new publishers endure, and Columbia Journalism Review suggested there isn’t enough budget to combat increasing political polarization at the local level.

All these potential pitfalls haven’t stopped ...

Behind the Tradition: All About the Jersey Shore’s Famous Salt Water Taffy

June 17, 2021

NEW JERSEY — When you think of the Jersey Shore, what comes to mind? Boardwalks? Beaches? How about salt water taffy?

The bite-sized candy has a history that stretches as long as the Atlantic City boardwalk itself.

Salt water taffy was introduced on the AC Boardwalk in the 1880s and became known as the first Atlantic City souvenir, according to AtlanticCityNJ.com. Having been ...

Milltown Man Rides Over 5,000 Miles In 80 Days

June 17, 2021

MILLTOWN, NJ - Nick Grisi is back at the Milltown home he shares with longtime girlfriend Stef Andara and their kitties Po and Mantis after completing the cross-country bike ride of a lifetime. Grisi peddled 5,000 plus miles to ride from the West Coast to Florida to New England. The first part of the trip included riding the ACA Southern Tier Bike Route from San Diego, California to St.

"Rocky's Son" Celebrates Father's Day At Saint Peter's

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Although John Tanega goes about his duties in health information management for Saint Peter’s University Hospital from an off-site office, there are occasions when his work brings him to the hospital.

Those are the times when he inevitably runs into hospital employees who know his dad.

“I’ll speak to someone and then they’ll realize who my ...

New Brunswick Sees Jump In Number Of Residents Who Are Vaccinated, State Says

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 updates over the past several weeks have brought news that the city was at or near the bottom when it comes to percentage of residents who have been vaccinated.

Wednesday, however, the state’s statistics revealed that New Brunswick has seen a jump in the number of residents who have been vaccinated.

According to chart showing ...

Somerville Flag Day Festival Collecting Donations For US Troops

June 14, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Today is recognized as Flag Day in the United States, but the borough will wait until Friday, June 18 for its official celebration on the green surrounding the Historic Somerset County Courthouse.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress:

"Resolved, That the flag of the ...

Columbia High School Student Dies In Shooting at Underhill Field, South Orange-Maplewood School District Says

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Columbia High School student has died following a shooting on Sunday night at Underhill Field, the South Orange-Maplewood School District has announced. Another student was wounded, according to an email sent to the district by Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor.

Names of the students involved have not been released.

“This inconceivable calamity is undoubtedly a ...

NJ State Police Seek Public Assistance Locating Missing 11-year-old Boy

FT. LEE, NJ - New Jersey State Police are asking for the public’s assistance with locating a missing 11-year-old boy.

The New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit and Fort Lee Police Department are seeking the public's assistance with locating Aiden Kim, 11, of Fort Lee, N.J.

Aiden was last seen leaving his residence in the area of First Street at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Sign Up for Summer Reading 2021 at SBPL beginning June 21

June 15, 2021

Sumer Reading fun begins 0n Monday for all ages at the South Brunswick Public Library! Registration for the 2021 Tails & Tales program starts on June 21 and ends on Aug. 15. Yes, there will be prizes!

Registration for the animal-themed summer program will be on the Readsquared app; there will be a variety of virtual and in-person events throughout the season. Read whatever you want! Visit ...

Reps. Watson Coleman and Bush Introduce Federal Bill to Decriminalize Drug Possession, Replace with Health-Centered Approach

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, ahead of Thursday’s 50th Anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s declaration of the “war on drugs,” Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and Cori Bush (MO-1) introduced the Drug Policy Reform Act (DPRA), a bill to end criminal penalties for drug possession at the federal level and to shift regulatory authority from the Justice ...

NJ Human Services Announces $15 Million In Grants For Summer Youth Camps

Funds Can Help Providers Meet COVID Health & Safety Requirements & Provide Financial Assistance to Families

 

(TRENTON) – Human Services Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman today announced $15 million in grants will be available for summer youth camps to help them meet health and safety protocols and provide financial assistance to eligible families.

“As ...