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"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" Musical Under the Stars

August 19, 2016

2016 Summer Musical Under the Stars:

August 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN

Musical Comedy Brings Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Characters to Life Under the Stars in Washington Park (Gazebo Stage), Dunellen, NJ

 

Dunellen, NJ – Dunellen Skylight Theater Productions will present the family-friendly musical comedy, ...

Warren's Camp Jotoni Celebrates 40 years of Service With a Free Community Celebration Event on August 28

August 21, 2016

WARREN, NJ - The Arc of Somerset County’s Camp Jotoni, is preparing to celebrate 40 years of service as a special needs camp to both children and adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   The celebration will be held  on Sunday August 28 from 12-4 p.m. at the campground located at 51 Old Stirling Rd. in Warren ...

Update: Two Pedestrians Killed in Early Thursday Morning Route 22 Crash

August 25, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two pedestrians were killed early Thursday morning after they were struck by a vehicle on Route 22 West in Bridgewater, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police.

According to police, a 2004 Toyota Sienna struck a 29-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman around 3:12 a.m. on Route 22 near North Adamsville Road while they were in the left lane of travel.

Both ...

Accident Closes Route 22, Expect Increased Traffic in Warren

 

WARREN, NJ - A serious accident on Route 22 is impacting local Thursday morning traffic. Helicopters heard overhead were heading to the scene.
 

All lanes on US 22 West are closed from I-287 N and Foothill/Ronson Road to Gaston Avenue Thursday morning for a serious crash investigation, authorities say.

I-287 Exit 14B onto Route 22 west is also closed. 

Expect ...

NJ Magazine Publishes Top 100 Public High Schools: Warren's WHRHS Improves to No. 11

 

WARREN,NJ - Watchung Hills Regional High School has been ranked No. 11 on New Jersey Monthly's list  of top 100 public high schools in the state published in the September issue. The last time the list came out, in 2014, WHRHS was ranked No. 50. 

The rankings are based entirely on data reported by the schools to the state Department of ...

Burglars Strike Warren: Steal Cash, BMW, Jewelry, Equipment

WARREN, NJ — Four burglaries have been reported in Warren in the past two days, according to a report released by the Warren police on Wednesday including a 2011 BMW, cash and jewelry.

Warren Police advise residents to be on alert as burglaries are on the rise throughout Somerset County. 

According to the report:

On Monday, Aug. 22 at 8:22 a.m.: Police reported to ...

A New York State of Mind in Clark, New Jersey

August 21, 2016

CLARK, NJ – You may be right! I may be crazy! But “we didn’t start the fire.”  Swing by Oak Ridge Park on Wednesday night, Aug. 24, as Union County finishes off its 2016 Summer Arts Festival concert series with New York State of Mind, a Billy Joel tribute band.

“We wrap up another exciting summer of entertainment in our parks with a fabulous performance ...

4-H Fair Returning to North Branch Park

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H is holding its annual 4-H fair Aug. 10, 11 and 12 at North Branch Park, on Milltown Road in Bridgewater.

The fair will be held each day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature dairy and beef cows, sheep, goats and, for the first time in decades, pigs.

In addition, the mechanical science clubs will show off their go karts, model trains, planes, ...

Clover Ensemble Sets the Stage with Something Sweet at the Somerset County 4-H Fair

BRANCHBURG, NJ - Each night during the Somerset County 4-H Fair Aug. 10-12, the Clover Ensemble club will transport audiences to a world of pure imagination with its adaptation of “Willy Wonka” during the Somerset County 4-H Fair with Warren's Ben Strasser as Charlie.

The show, which runs approximately 45 minutes, will be performed on the Prep Tent stage at 5 p.m. all ...

Edison Heating and Cooling –  Where 100-Percent Customer Satisfaction is the Goal

August 5, 2016

EDISON, NJ - Established in 1987, Edison Heating and Cooling began as a one-man operation run out of the basement of Michael Iarrapino’s childhood home. At the time, Iarrapino assisted customers from his hometown of Edison and the surrounding communities but as business grew, Edison Heating and Cooling moved into larger facilities throughout South Plainfield and, in May 2015, settled into ...

Pilates Design Studio – For the Mind, Body and Soul

WATCHUNG, NJ – For more than a decade, Danielle Conner has been helping clients of all ages and physical abilities look and feel better through Pilates, a system of exercises using special apparatus designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.

“Those who do Pilates regularly feel they have better posture, are less prone to injury, ...

Warren Township Chamber of Commerce Announces Summer Networking Event

WARREN, NJ - All are invited to the next meeting of the Warren Township Chamber of Commerce summer networking meeting on Thursday, July 28. Established in 2013, the Warren Township Chamber of Commerce meets every fourth Thursday of the month at the Warren Municipal Court for breakfast, networking and presentations from experts in various industries.

Meetings are free for members and $10 ...

NJ Magazine Publishes Top 100 Public High Schools: Warren's WHRHS Improves to No. 11

August 24, 2016

 

WARREN,NJ - Watchung Hills Regional High School has been ranked No. 11 on New Jersey Monthly's list  of top 100 public high schools in the state published in the September issue. The last time the list came out, in 2014, WHRHS was ranked No. 50. 

The rankings are based entirely on data reported by the schools to the state Department of ...

Save the Dates: Back to School Information for Warren Parents and Students

WARREN, NJ - By week's end, schedules are anticipated to be emailed to all parents and students in the Warren Township and Watchung Hills School Districts. Some important dates to start the 2016-17 school year and plan for the first week of school are:

Walk Throughs and Orientation

For all K-5 students and family members, a Walk Through where students can walk ...

WHRHS Ranks Among the Nation's Best In Newsweek's 2016 List

 

WARREN, NJ -  Watchung Hills Regional High School ranks among the top high schools in New Jersey and in the nation, according to rankings published by Newsweek Magazine's  “500 Best Schools in America” ranking. 
 
Watchung Hills Regional High School ranks No. 11 public school and No. 24 over all  in New Jersey and No. 131 in the ...

Ciattarelli Continues to Build Support for Expected GOP Gubernatorial Campaign

August 19, 2016

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Dinner guests expecting Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16th) to formally announce his candidacy for governor at Wednesday night’s  “Evening Summer Social” dinner at Royce Brook Country Club will have to be patient.

Ciattarelli did tell the 150 guests he would formally announce his decision in the next 4-6 weeks, which is consistent with what ...

Somerville Democrats Help Challenger Peter Jacob Open 7th Congressional District Campaign Office

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Local Democrats helped to welcome 7th Congressional District candidate Peter Jacob to town Tuesday night as the political upstart opened his campaign headquarters in a storefront sandwiched between a bicycle shop and pizzeria on North Gaston Avenue.

The 30-year-old Jacob, a Union County resident, social worker and vice president of a small family security business, will ...

Democrat Candidate Peter Jacob Opens 7th Congressional District Campaign Office

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Democrat Peter Jacob, running to represent New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, will host the grand opening of his campaign headquarters at 131 N. Gaston Ave. between 7-9 p.m. Aug. 2.

The 30-year-old is an upstart in the political arena, having never run for public office. A social worker, he will try to unseat Republican incumbent Leonard Lance, a Hunterdon ...

Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen Clean Up Dealaman Pond: Rescued Owl Healing

August 14, 2016

WARREN, NJ - Volunteers from the Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen's Club started a cleanup of Dealaman Pond on Saturday.  Volunteers arrived at 7 a.m with all of their own equipment, kayaks, muscle and time. 

 

The cleanup was spurred by a distressed Great Horned Owl caught in fishing line and rescued by The Raptor Trust on Monday, Aug. 1.

 

 Dealaman Pond ...

Clean Out Closets and Donate to Support the WHRHS Marching Band

August 15, 2016

WARREN, NJ - Are you getting ready for back to school shopping? Need more space in your closets? Drop-off used but usable clothing and household items to earn cash per pound for the Watchung Hills Marching Warriors. 

 

Clothing that is in wearable condition gets packaged into containers and is shipped to countries such as Ghana, Conakry, Guinea, Honduras, Haiti, ...

Local Charity in Immediate Need of Household Items

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Do you have furniture or other household items that you've been meaning to donate? Furniture Assist, a local charity that provides these items people in need, announced this week that its warehouse is empty.

In a Facebook post, FA wrote, “During the summer our donations fall off. Can you help us restock? We provided furniture and household items ...

ID Festival Canceled

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s first annual International Development Festival scheduled for this Thursday in Unami Park has been canceled. The event was planned to honor the late Darren Lederman and to raise funds to help his family.

Organizer Lisa Pipher said that there were not enough soccer registrations to make the event feasible. In addition, she said, with a high ...

Survey Names Warren One of Top Small Cities in New Jersey

August 22, 2016

WARREN, NJ - Warren Township has been ranked No. 9 among the Top 14 Small Cities in New Jersey, as selected by the website 101usa.com.

In qualifying for the list, as described by the website, "Warren has maintained a beautiful, rural character, despite rapid growth, and is still home to several working farms. Residents can choose between the traditional character of older ...

Somerset County Plans Widening of Washington Valley Road

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County is planning a widening of Washington Valley Road, from Chimney Rock Road to 700 feet east of Eastbrook Road, in Bridgewater.

Representatives from the county presented the plan to residents at the Martinsville Community Center Aug. 16.

The project was first presented in 2014 with a public information meeting, and is expected to move forward in ...

Warren's Mount Horeb Road Closes for Repair

WARREN, NJ- Mount Horeb Road will be closed starting Aug. 15 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., for one week or until a road project is complete. Update: Saturday Mount Bethel Road is to be closed in the area of Mount Horeb Road and Mountainview between the hours of 7am and 5 pm.

 

The Somerset County Road Department needs to replace ...

Heroin and Opioid Addiction Has No Boundaries: Mayors' Town Hall Forum Reveals Surprising Statistics

August 10, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Drug problems have moved into the suburbs. -- “Everybody thinks that drugs and alcohol is a problem in the cities," said New Providence Mayor Al Morgan. "That’s not true – all of our towns have a problem." 

"The general public has to know what really goes on in our towns," said Morgan. "We are not going to stick our head in ...

Warren Township Schools Finalize Water Testing Plan

 

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township School District is finalizing its water lead testing plan, Superintendent Dr. Matthew A. Mingle informed the Board of Education on Monday and communicated via letter to parents, guardians and staff on Tuesday.

"Last week, members of our leadership team met with their counterparts in all of the Watchung Hills districts to ...

Local Resident Finds Trunk in Attic Belonging to WWII Nurse

August 23, 2016

CRANFORD, NJ - Little did Gaby and Jerry Wilson know that when they bought their Cape Cod home just a month ago on Denman Road in Cranford, New Jersey, that someone's personal history was hidden in the attic. 

The Wilsons have been living in Cranford for just over four years and bought the home on Denman last month, in the hopes of expanding, starting first by ...

Heat Lightning Lights Up Warren's Sky - Excessive Heat Warning Issued

WARREN, NJ - Heat lightning on Saturday evening gave quite a show.  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVDBMnus2fw&feature=youtu.be

 

An excessive heat warning is in effect for the Warren area and most of New Jersey until 10 p.m. on Sunday evening. According to the National Weather Service website, the peak heat index on Saturday ...

Perseid Meteor Shower Showers Warren

WARREN, NJ - Last night's weather wasn't ideal but skies have cleared and both Friday and Saturday should bring better weather over Warren for viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower.  NASA says, "Even though the moon phase is not the best for viewing, the 2016 shower will be an outburst, with rates double the normal levels."

Viewing is best between midnight and just ...

Warren Doctor and Warren Businessman Among Eight Indicted in "Operation Busted Script", Face Strict Liability in Overdose Death

August 16, 2016

 

TRENTON, NJ - A Warren doctor and a Warren businessman were among eight people indicted Tuesday in a statewide opiate ring that left the Warren businessman's son dead, according to authorities.

 

Dr. George Beecher, 75, an ear, nose and throat specialist based in Warren, allegedly wrote prescriptions "without a legitimate medical purpose" for ...

Man Sought in Crescent Jewelry Store Armed Robbery Now in Custody

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Raiys Grimes, 35, of West Orange, who had an arrest warrant issued for him in relation to the July 28 armed robbery of Crescent Jewelers in Chatham, turned himself in to authorities on Friday.

Morris County Superior Court Judge Ira Cohen set his bail at $200,000. Grimes and Michael Reed, 46, of Newark, have been charged with the armed robbery. A gun and some of the ...

Attorney in 'Watcher' Case Believes Lawsuit Will Ultimately be Dismissed

ELIZABETH, NJ — A motion to dismiss the entirety of the lawsuit filed over Westfield’s “Watcher" house was rejected on Thursday by a Superior Court judge, as confirmed by former owners’ defense attorney, Richard Kaplow. However, several counts against them, and Caldwell Banker, were dismissed, he said.

“Based on the comments of the court, I ...

Update: Two Pedestrians Killed in Early Thursday Morning Route 22 Crash

August 25, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two pedestrians were killed early Thursday morning after they were struck by a vehicle on Route 22 West in Bridgewater, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police.

According to police, a 2004 Toyota Sienna struck a 29-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman around 3:12 a.m. on Route 22 near North Adamsville Road while they were in the left lane of travel.

Both ...

Accident Closes Route 22, Expect Increased Traffic in Warren

 

WARREN, NJ - A serious accident on Route 22 is impacting local Thursday morning traffic. Helicopters heard overhead were heading to the scene.
 

All lanes on US 22 West are closed from I-287 N and Foothill/Ronson Road to Gaston Avenue Thursday morning for a serious crash investigation, authorities say.

I-287 Exit 14B onto Route 22 west is also closed. 

Expect ...

Burglars Strike Warren: Steal Cash, BMW, Jewelry, Equipment

WARREN, NJ — Four burglaries have been reported in Warren in the past two days, according to a report released by the Warren police on Wednesday including a 2011 BMW, cash and jewelry.

Warren Police advise residents to be on alert as burglaries are on the rise throughout Somerset County. 

According to the report:

On Monday, Aug. 22 at 8:22 a.m.: Police reported to ...

Survey Names Warren One of Top Small Cities in New Jersey

August 22, 2016

WARREN, NJ - Warren Township has been ranked No. 9 among the Top 14 Small Cities in New Jersey, as selected by the website 101usa.com.

In qualifying for the list, as described by the website, "Warren has maintained a beautiful, rural character, despite rapid growth, and is still home to several working farms. Residents can choose between the traditional character of older ...

Somerset County Seeks Public Input on Housing Trends Report

SOMERVILLE- NJ - Somerset County residents are invited to review and comment on a draft “Housing Trends Assessment Report” prepared by the Somerset County Planning Board. The report is available on the county website at http://bit.ly/16Housing

This work was undertaken as a first step toward updating the 1987 housing element of the Somerset County Master Plan.

The housing ...

Sydney McLaughlin's Olympic Run Comes to an End in Semifinals of the Women's 400 Meters

August 17, 2016

RIO -- After giving New Jersey and her country an exciting run, Sydney McLaughlin's first Olympics competition ended Tuesday evening when the Union Catholic track star did not advance to the finals of the 400-meter hurdles in Rio.

McLaughlin, 17, the youngest Team USA athlete since 1972, finished fifth in her 400-meter hurdles semifinal with a time of  56.22.

Union ...

Hundreds of Local Fans Watch Union Catholic Track Star Sydney McLaughlin Advance at Olympics

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Sydney McLaughlin, a rising senior at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains and, at age 17, the youngest member of the U.S. Track & Field team, advanced into semis of 400m hurdles at the Olympic Games in Rio on Monday evening.

Supporters of the Union Catholic track star gathered at the high school for an outdoor celebration of the teenager's accomplishments ...

Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen Clean Up Dealaman Pond: Rescued Owl Healing

WARREN, NJ - Volunteers from the Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen's Club started a cleanup of Dealaman Pond on Saturday.  Volunteers arrived at 7 a.m with all of their own equipment, kayaks, muscle and time. 

 

The cleanup was spurred by a distressed Great Horned Owl caught in fishing line and rescued by The Raptor Trust on Monday, Aug. 1.

 

 Dealaman Pond ...

Dunellen School Board President Arrested on Child Porn Charges

August 23, 2016

TRENTON –Dunellen Board of Education President Phillip Heiney shared over the Internet pornographic videos featuring adult men involved in sex acts with young girls, including one bound in rope, according to authorities, who announced his arrest today.

Heiney, 67, used a file-sharing network to distribute the illegal images, said state Attorney General Christopher Porrino.  He was ...

Update: Two Pedestrians Killed in Early Thursday Morning Route 22 Crash

August 25, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two pedestrians were killed early Thursday morning after they were struck by a vehicle on Route 22 West in Bridgewater, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police.

According to police, a 2004 Toyota Sienna struck a 29-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman around 3:12 a.m. on Route 22 near North Adamsville Road while they were in the left lane of travel.

Both ...

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Missing: Have You Seen Mickey?

August 19, 2016

A sweet and affectionate indoor black and white tuxedo cat is missing, having last been seen July 25 in Martinsville.

The cat, named Mickey, has four white feet, white on her neck and a spot on her chin, with big white whiskers. She is front declawed and spayed.

Anyone with information should call 908-227-6087, or email Psmobus@yahoo.com.

 

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Save the Dates: Back to School Information for Warren Parents and Students

August 21, 2016

WARREN, NJ - By week's end, schedules are anticipated to be emailed to all parents and students in the Warren Township and Watchung Hills School Districts. Some important dates to start the 2016-17 school year and plan for the first week of school are:

Walk Throughs and Orientation

For all K-5 students and family members, a Walk Through where students can walk ...

Warren History Comes Alive for Warren Middle School Students

WARREN, NJ - Picture this. It’s the winter of 1778-79 and 8,000 to 10,000 war-weary soldiers in General George Washington’s Continental Army have set up camp on what is now the present-day site of Angelo L. Tomaso School and the surrounding area.

Called the Second Middlebrook Encampment, certain historians believe that such prominent American Revolutionary War ...

Summer Fun Wraps Up Successful Summer at Warren Township Schools

WARREN, NJ – Each summer, the Warren Township Board of Education offers children an array of enrichment opportunities through its Summer Fun program, with such creative and eclectic offerings as School of Rock, So You Wanna Sew?, Adventures in Yoga, Innovation Station and much more. Small group instruction in math and language arts is also available for ...

NJ Magazine Publishes Top 100 Public High Schools: Warren's WHRHS Improves to No. 11

August 24, 2016

 

WARREN,NJ - Watchung Hills Regional High School has been ranked No. 11 on New Jersey Monthly's list  of top 100 public high schools in the state published in the September issue. The last time the list came out, in 2014, WHRHS was ranked No. 50. 

The rankings are based entirely on data reported by the schools to the state Department of ...

Save the Dates: Back to School Information for Warren Parents and Students

WARREN, NJ - By week's end, schedules are anticipated to be emailed to all parents and students in the Warren Township and Watchung Hills School Districts. Some important dates to start the 2016-17 school year and plan for the first week of school are:

Walk Throughs and Orientation

For all K-5 students and family members, a Walk Through where students can walk ...

Clean Out Closets and Donate to Support the WHRHS Marching Band

WARREN, NJ - Are you getting ready for back to school shopping? Need more space in your closets? Drop-off used but usable clothing and household items to earn cash per pound for the Watchung Hills Marching Warriors. 

 

Clothing that is in wearable condition gets packaged into containers and is shipped to countries such as Ghana, Conakry, Guinea, Honduras, Haiti, ...

Bona Grad Reflects on Early Connection to Bruce Springsteen

August 1, 2016

Tickets sold out in a matter of minutes for rock ‘n’ and roll legend Bruce Springsteen’s Feb. 25 “The River Tour” concert at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center.

Things happened a little differently nearly 45 years ago in December of 1972 when a young Springsteen got ready to take the stage at Sing Sing Prison for a concert his manager arranged as a ...

CAMELBACK RESORT is a Gem in th Pennsylvania Poconos for Day Trips and Stay Trips

August 22, 2016

TANNERSVILLE, PA.  There's a top destination in the Pennsylvania Poconos that has it all, Camelback Resort in Tannersville.

Camelback features skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, mountain adventures along with the wet and wonderful fun of its grand indoor waterpark, Aquatopia, and its thrilling outdoor summertime waterpark, Camelbeach.  Camelback gives you abundant reasons to ...

A New York State of Mind in Clark, New Jersey

CLARK, NJ – You may be right! I may be crazy! But “we didn’t start the fire.”  Swing by Oak Ridge Park on Wednesday night, Aug. 24, as Union County finishes off its 2016 Summer Arts Festival concert series with New York State of Mind, a Billy Joel tribute band.

“We wrap up another exciting summer of entertainment in our parks with a fabulous performance ...

Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival Comes to Town August 20

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The sixth year annual FREE Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival will come to the Morristown Green on Saturday, Aug. 20, with performances starting at noon and running through 10 p.m.

Thanks to the Town of Morristown and Mayor Tim Dougherty, music fans of all ages can enjoy great performances right in the heart of the county seat.

“We applaud Mayor Dougherty and ...

Warren Seniors Picnic Update

August 11, 2016

The Warren Seniors Picnic is on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 12 pm at the Municipal Pavilion! Please see the attached flier for the updated RSVP phone number. Tickets are $5 per person. Please see the attached flier for more information. 

Please note: The Warren Seniors will be meeting in a new location in September, October, and November. The meetings will be held the first ...

Some Like it Hot

“Oh boy!” exclaimed my husband. “There’s a hot sauce shop in town!”

We were away antiquing for the weekend in a quaint village populated by Bed and Breakfasts, art galleries, and apparently, a hot sauce shop. For my husband, this was like discovering that someone had bought you a lottery ticket and you won… if the lottery prize was a fireball that would ...

Ionesco’s ‘Exit the King’ Makes for Powerful Drama at New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – There’s dying and then there’s dying in long, drawn-out agony. Well, if you’ve been king for 400 years, you won’t disappear quietly. No doubt King Berenger thinks he’s immortal and, like many of us today, lingers long after he’s of any use to himself or others.

The king on "Exit The King" is ravenously alive early on, still ...

Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Grand Central Publishing, 2009)

James Patterson novels serve a purpose; they are mindless, fun thrillers that keep the reader awake all night racing through two page chapters at the speed of light. After spending a couple of weeks plowing through a lengthy tome, Patterson and co-author of the moment (in this case Maxine Paetro) provide escapism ...

Going for Brass

I get all teary-eyed watching the Olympics on TV.  You  know, the human drama, the sacrifice, the dedication, the thrill of competition, the athletic lip sync murmur to the national anthem on the podium.  

 

This year I discovered that there are many other Olympic champions besides the usual cadre of spring-wound gymnastic pixies and ferociously wedged, hairless swimmers ...