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Bateman Helps Students Achieve Success; Bog Turtle Designated State Reptile

June 18, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-Somerset/Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex) and inspired by students from Princeton designating the endangered bog turtle as the New Jersey State Reptile has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.

“I am so proud of the successful effort of students at Riverside Elementary and their teacher, Mark Eastburn, to ...

Plainfield YMCA Building to be Sold at Public Auction on August 1

Union County, NJ . - AuctionAdvisors announced that it has been engaged by the Plainfield YMCA’s Board of Directors to commence an accelerated marketing campaign, which will culminate in the public auction sale of the YMCA’s building located at 518 Watchung Avenue, in downtown Plainfield, New Jersey.

Since 1923 the Plainfield YMCA has called this building home, but like so many ...

Westfield-Based Crisis Hotline Flooded with Calls After 2 Celebrity Suicides

WESTFIELD, NJ — Calls came pouring in to Caring Contact Friday after people awoke to the news of celebrity chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain’s death by suicide, according to Executive Director Janet Sarkos. Just three days before, celebrity designer Kate Spade had also died by suicide. 

 “The phones have been ringing off the hooks,” ...

Members of Congress join Piscataway Officials Calling for Action Against Gun Violence

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Members of Congress joined local elected officials in their stance against gun violence, announcing proposed legislation that would place further restrictions on who could purchase and own guns and ammunition.

At the children’s playground in Piscataway’s Quibbletown Park on Wednesday, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and Congressman Frank Pallone, ...

Somerville: Bishop James Checchio Presides at Immaculata High School Graduation

SOMERVILLE, NJ --- Diocese of Metuchen Bishop James Checchio presided at Friday’s graduation of 107 seniors from Immaculata High School.

Megan Adam of  Bridgewater was Valedictorian for the  Class of 2018; Meaghan O’Connor of Branchburg was the Salutatorian.

There was much to celebrate, as the graduating class will receive $13.7 million in scholarships from the ...

"History of Gaming" Auction Features Vintage Video Games and Computers

EDISON, NJ –Auctioneer Joe Bodnar recalls an interview several years ago with a writer for a national antiques magazine in which he was asked ‘What are the antiques/collectibles of the future?’

Without hesitating, Bodnar answered  ‘Computers,’ he recalls. “Commodore 64, IBM, Apple,’ and he also remembers listing video games like the original Atari ...

Thailand Restaurant in Clark to Close After June 3

CLARK, NJ – Thailand Restaurant will be closing its doors after almost two decades of serving traditional Thai fare from its Central Avenue location.

A sign greets patrons at the door as they enter indicating that the restaurant’s last day open will be Sunday, June 3. Petey Gosinanond, the daughter of owners Cindy and Alex Gosinanond, cited her parents’ health as the ...

Amazon’s Career Choice Program Wins “Community Excellence” Award

EDISON, NJ - Amazon’s Career Choice program recently received the “Community Excellence” award from the New Jersey Community College Consortium for its impact on the local community.

Steven Johnson, Amazon’s Director for Associate Development, was on hand to accept the award and lead a panel discussion on how the program provides trained, motivated employees for ...

Tour of Somerville Weekend: Quarter-Mile Sprints Add High-Speed Dynamic

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The grand daddy of ‘em  all, the 75-year-old Tour of Somerville 50-mile bicycle race, anchors a weekend of world class cycling in Bound Brook and downtown Somerville May 24-28, with a new event added Sunday night to draw more spectators downtown.

Spectators this year will see an additional day of racing beginning with the Bound Brook Criterium on ...

Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Pedestrian in North Plainfield

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  A 58-year-old man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver early Tuesday morning on Watchung Ave.

The incident occurred at 1 a.m. as the victim, identified as Jose Humberto Burgos, a resident of Plainfield, was crossing the street, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Burgos was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University ...

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