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Driver of Jack-knifed Tractor Trailer May Have Suffered Medical Episode before Route 78 Crash Thursday Morning

August 18, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A  jack-knifed tractor trailer closed the right and center lanes of Route 78 east in the vicinity of exit 43, causing major delays Thursday morning.

The driver of the tractor-trailer may have suffered a medical episode as he was approaching Diamond Hill Road heading east on Route 78 when he hit a four passenger car causing serious damage.

Regional Animal Shelter Taking Part in Clear the Shelters Event

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter is taking part in the National Clear the Shelters Event Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

According to a release, all the animals that are over 6 months will have their adoption fees waived for qualified adopters. Kittens that are under 6 months old will be $50.

"We are thrilled to participate in this event," shelter manager Brian ...

Local Children Invited to Meet "JJ," Newest Pony at Lord Stirling Stable, On Sunday

August 14, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Lord Stirling Stable is inviting children under age 13 and their parents to enjoy a morning with the stable's will ponies, horses and staff at a "Pony Tea Party" scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon this Sunday, Aug. 19, at the stable grounds at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.

The Pony Tea Party will include lead line pony rides for ...

Bring July Back With Tom Petty Tribute Band This Week At Pleasant Valley Park

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ July is always "parks month" in Bernards Township, with the free Tuesday night concerts at Pleasant Valley Park, but this past July 17, the planned performance of "Refugee, Tom Petty Tribute" was a washout due to a rainstorm.

The performance has again been scheduled for this Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Park, located off ...

Port Authority Bus Terminal To Test New Security System on Monday

August 11, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - Commuters into the Port Authority Bus terminal on Monday will be part of a pilot to test a new security system, one that will try and identify suicide vests and other improvised explosive devices. 

The Port Authority will launch the pilot test next week on the new security system designed to help law enforcement professionals.

The technology, in partnership ...

Watchung Hills Remains Without Power after Tree Falls in Warren

August 19, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills Regional High School remains without power on Sunday morning after a storm in the early hours of Saturday morning knocked down a tree and wires across Regional Drive. A crew has been dispatched and JCP&L, “expects to restore power to the majority of affected customers by today(Sunday) at 3 ...

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August 5, 2018

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Bateman Secures $9.7M for NJDEP Projects

August 13, 2018

TRENTON, NJ  - Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer)appropriating $9.703 million from corporate business tax revenue to the NJ DEP for state capital and park development, preservation, conservation, and recreation projects has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy..

“New Jersey is blessed with some of the ...

Somerset County 4-H Fair Returned to Bridgewater (Photo Gallery)

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H Fair came to North Branch Park last week, as thousands visited the grounds to see all the 4-H has to offer.

Guests enjoyed seeing cows, pigs, goats, sheep, dogs and many more animals, while also exploring trains, RC cars, artwork, plants and much more during the three-day fair.

— Photos by Bernard DeLierre

Old-Fashioned Family Fun for Visitors to Somerset County 4-H Fair

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - There's no carnival rides and no midway, but there's plenty to do at the Somerset County 4-H Fair, celebrating its 71st year of family fun beginning Wednesday, Aug. 8, and continuing on Thursday, Aug. 9 and Friday, Aug. 10 at North Branch Park.

There are no admissions or parking fees Daily schedules and maps can be found at the Information Booth or online at ...

Regional Animal Shelter Taking Part in Clear the Shelters Event

August 16, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter is taking part in the National Clear the Shelters Event Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

According to a release, all the animals that are over 6 months will have their adoption fees waived for qualified adopters. Kittens that are under 6 months old will be $50.

"We are thrilled to participate in this event," shelter manager Brian ...

10th Annual School Supply Drive Underway

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The annual school supply drive conducted by Netherwood Heights Neighbors is now underway, and the collection will benefit elementary students in Plainfield.  The fundraiser will run through Aug. 31st.  

Items being requested for the school children include:

colored construction paper
individual erasers
both left & right hand blunt end ...

Warren East County Turf Opens for Fall Season

August 10, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Replacement of the artificial turf at the East County field on Stirling Road, under construction for the past few months, has now been completed.  

The cost of the field to be resurfaced is estimated at approximately $401,000 with just about $26,000 coming from the township already collected from residents through its open space trust fund. The ...

Rabid Racoon Reported in Somerset County

August 7, 2018

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Somerset County Department of Health is warning residents that a raccoon found in the area of Hollywood Avenue in the Somerset section of Franklin Township has tested positive for rabies.

Suburban areas in which raccoons, people and pets are in close proximity have the highest number of cases. From January to June of this year, the state Department of Health ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory Through Tuesday Aug 7

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for most of  New Jersey through Tuesday, Aug. 7.

A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the ...

What's Eating my Basil?

August 12, 2018

The summer gardening season is in full swing and gardeners have been harvesting their bounty - lettuces, tomatoes, zucchinis, peppers and herbs. Insect activity is also gearing up in the garden.   As the growing degree days increase, so does the damaging effects of pests in the garden. Here are a few ways to protect one of the most popular herb in the garden - BASIL.  It's ...

Nanny Found Guilty of Abusing 9-Month-Old Infant in Bernards Township

August 18, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Laura Gonzalez, of Paramus has been found guilty of 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault, a disorderly person’s offense. 

The guilty verdicts were returned by a petit jury after a trial in New Jersey Superior Court before the Honorable Angela Borkowski, J.S.C.  The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 27.

Somerset ...

Six Charged in $500,000 Luxury Car Theft Ring, One Stolen from Warren Township

NEWARK, NJ -  Six individuals were charged with stealing eight cars in a multi-county $500,000 high-end car theft ring, including one from Warren Township, acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick Callahan announced Tuesday.

All the cars were ...

Downed Wires and Trees Close Hillcrest Road in Warren, Cancel Activities at WHRHS

August 18, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Hillcrest Road is closed between Bellewood Drive and Mountain Avenue. due to downed wires and trees, police advised on Saturday morning. Exit 40 on I-78 is open going south on Hillcrest to the Watchung Circle.

 

The storm on Saturday morning with lightning strikes and downed trees also knocked out power to Watchung Hills Regional High School and many Warren ...

Police Activity, Avoid Lakeview Avenue in Watchung

Update: All clear.

WATCHUNG, NJ - Avoid Lakeview Avenue in Watchung on Friday morning due to police activity, Watchung police have advised at 8:15 a.m. According to police,  there is no threat to the community. 

 

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Suspect at Large after Bank Robbery in Warren, Police Release More Info and Seek Public’s Assistance

 

WARREN, NJ -  Police released additional information on Thursday regarding the robbery of TD Bank in Warren Township  on Saturday, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane announced.

 

Additional surveillance photos of the ...

Bernards Township Committee Votes 3-2 to Back Plan for 62 Affordable Units Among 280 Homes on Mountainview Blvd.

August 17, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ After hearing presentations by two developers, and hours of critique from residents, the Bernards Township Committee narrowly voted on Tuesday night to select a proposal to construct 62 state-required affordable housing units among 280 apartments and townhouses at the far end of Mountainview Boulevard, near the Memorial Sloan Kettering facility.

The township needed to come ...

Downed Tree Knocks Out Power to Watchung Hills and Much of Warren, Cancels Football Practice

August 18, 2018

WARREN, NJ - A night storm early on Saturday morning with lightning strikes and downed trees knocked out power to Watchung Hills Regional High School and many Warren residents.

A tree is down across Regional Drive. WHRHS football practice is canceled for Saturday. The school is closed and all activities scheduled are currently canceled. Check with your teams for individual ...

Attention North Plainfield Alumni: Calling All Football Canucks

 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Did you play football for the North Plainfield Canucks? Want to connect with former teammates and help support current Canucks? Alumni are beginning the process of establishing an alumni association.

 

“This message is for all former Canuck football players,” alumni Robert Lake posted. “We are in the process of establishing a football ...

Warren East County Turf Opens for Fall Season

WARREN, NJ - Replacement of the artificial turf at the East County field on Stirling Road, under construction for the past few months, has now been completed.  

The cost of the field to be resurfaced is estimated at approximately $401,000 with just about $26,000 coming from the township already collected from residents through its open space trust fund. The ...

Watchung Hills Remains Without Power after Tree Falls in Warren

August 19, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills Regional High School remains without power on Sunday morning after a storm in the early hours of Saturday morning knocked down a tree and wires across Regional Drive. A crew has been dispatched and JCP&L, “expects to restore power to the majority of affected customers by today(Sunday) at 3 ...

Downed Wires and Trees Close Hillcrest Road in Warren, Cancel Activities at WHRHS

WARREN, NJ - Hillcrest Road is closed between Bellewood Drive and Mountain Avenue. due to downed wires and trees, police advised on Saturday morning. Exit 40 on I-78 is open going south on Hillcrest to the Watchung Circle.

 

The storm on Saturday morning with lightning strikes and downed trees also knocked out power to Watchung Hills Regional High School and many Warren ...

Downed Tree Knocks Out Power to Watchung Hills and Much of Warren, Cancels Football Practice

WARREN, NJ - A night storm early on Saturday morning with lightning strikes and downed trees knocked out power to Watchung Hills Regional High School and many Warren residents.

A tree is down across Regional Drive. WHRHS football practice is canceled for Saturday. The school is closed and all activities scheduled are currently canceled. Check with your teams for individual ...

Driver of Jack-knifed Tractor Trailer May Have Suffered Medical Episode before Route 78 Crash Thursday Morning

August 18, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A  jack-knifed tractor trailer closed the right and center lanes of Route 78 east in the vicinity of exit 43, causing major delays Thursday morning.

The driver of the tractor-trailer may have suffered a medical episode as he was approaching Diamond Hill Road heading east on Route 78 when he hit a four passenger car causing serious damage.

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Belmar to Grow Beachscape with ‘Butterfly-Friendly’ Dune Planting at Third Avenue Beach

August 12, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — As a fledgling dune planting flourishes near Belmar’s 12th Avenue beach playground, another patch of greenery is planned for the Third Avenue beach.

In addition to the dune grass, native plants and other suitable foliage that will fill this new 1,500-square-foot area, “pollinators” will be part of the mix, according to Belmar Councilman Thomas Brennan, ...

Facedown on the Beach and Shorty Long at the Shell Leads Sunday's Entertainment Options on Long Beach Island and in Stafford Township

LONG BEACH ISLAND – There are many great opportunities to enjoy the afternoon and nightlife in the area on this Sunday August 12.

Facedown performs at the 68 Street Beach in Long Beach Township from 1 to 3 p.m. live.  

Read below for the complete list of Sunday's entertainment options in Stafford and Long Beach Island.  

Area businesses please feel ...

Regional Animal Shelter Taking Part in Clear the Shelters Event

August 16, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter is taking part in the National Clear the Shelters Event Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

According to a release, all the animals that are over 6 months will have their adoption fees waived for qualified adopters. Kittens that are under 6 months old will be $50.

"We are thrilled to participate in this event," shelter manager Brian ...

Found in Watchung: Do You Know This Dog?

 

WATCHUNG, NJ - Do you know this dog?  He was found in the Valley View neighborhood on Sunday afternoon. He is well kept and groomed but with no chip and no collar. The Watchung police have been notified. Contact Chris at 908-499-7194.

 

 

 

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Outstanding Citizens To Be Honored at Boy Scouts of America 2018 Good Scout Awards Dinner

August 16, 2018

Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local citizens at the 2018 Good Scout Awards Dinner to be held on the evening of Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at The Primavera Regency in Stirling.  This year’s honorees are Bob English and Carol Prasa of Long Hill, Michael Fogarty of Warren, Anthony Ingrassia and Christopher Vander Fliet of Watchung, and Lawrence ...

The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPS) Registration is now open for Fall 2018

Watchung Hills Soccer Association (WHSA) TOPSoccer registration is now open.  WHSA is excited to announce that the program will be FREE of charge again this season. To register as a player, visit www.whsa.org and click on the “Log In” tab and then follow the registration steps.  

TOPSoccer is a community-based training program for ...

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Tue, September 4, 9:00 AM

North County Branch Library, Clinton

“In a Mind’s Eye” Presented by Artist David John ...

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North County Branch Library, Clinton

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Thu, September 6, 9:00 AM

North County Branch Library, Clinton

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Arts & Entertainment

Regional Animal Shelter Taking Part in Clear the Shelters Event

August 16, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter is taking part in the National Clear the Shelters Event Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

According to a release, all the animals that are over 6 months will have their adoption fees waived for qualified adopters. Kittens that are under 6 months old will be $50.

"We are thrilled to participate in this event," shelter manager Brian ...

Warren East County Turf Opens for Fall Season

WARREN, NJ - Replacement of the artificial turf at the East County field on Stirling Road, under construction for the past few months, has now been completed.  

The cost of the field to be resurfaced is estimated at approximately $401,000 with just about $26,000 coming from the township already collected from residents through its open space trust fund. The ...

Rabid Racoon Reported in Somerset County

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Somerset County Department of Health is warning residents that a raccoon found in the area of Hollywood Avenue in the Somerset section of Franklin Township has tested positive for rabies.

Suburban areas in which raccoons, people and pets are in close proximity have the highest number of cases. From January to June of this year, the state Department of Health ...

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Manville: North 13th Avenue Railroad Crossing Closes Aug. 20 for Repairs

August 18, 2018

MANVILLE, NJ – The North 13th Avenue railroad crossing between Brook Boulevard and Camplain Road  will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 20 for track repairs.

Work is expected to take one week, according to Manville Police, and should be finished by the time school opens in September.

Road detour signs for cars and trucks have been posted on Main Street, 13th Avenue, Camplain ...

Nanny Found Guilty of Abusing 9-Month-Old Infant in Bernards Township

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Laura Gonzalez, of Paramus has been found guilty of 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault, a disorderly person’s offense. 

The guilty verdicts were returned by a petit jury after a trial in New Jersey Superior Court before the Honorable Angela Borkowski, J.S.C.  The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 27.

Somerset ...

Suspect Arrested in Hillsborough Home Invasion; Second Suspect Sought

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - One suspect has been arrested, and a second suspect is being sought for an attempted home invasion on Mersher Court at 1:20 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.

Jhamir Hoagland, 18, of Taylor Drive, Franklin Township is charged with 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, 2nd degree Burglary, 3rd degree Hindering ...

Community Values Coalition Encouraging Residents to Speak Out Against Hate

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Almost a month after residents started seeing flyers from Identity Evropa, a group classified by the Anti-Defamation League as a white supremacist organization, around Bridgewater and surrounding towns, residents have been banding together to spread a message against hate and bias – and a new group called the Community Values Coalition is designed to do just ...

Belmar to Grow Beachscape with ‘Butterfly-Friendly’ Dune Planting at Third Avenue Beach

August 12, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — As a fledgling dune planting flourishes near Belmar’s 12th Avenue beach playground, another patch of greenery is planned for the Third Avenue beach.

In addition to the dune grass, native plants and other suitable foliage that will fill this new 1,500-square-foot area, “pollinators” will be part of the mix, according to Belmar Councilman Thomas Brennan, ...

Facedown on the Beach and Shorty Long at the Shell Leads Sunday's Entertainment Options on Long Beach Island and in Stafford Township

LONG BEACH ISLAND – There are many great opportunities to enjoy the afternoon and nightlife in the area on this Sunday August 12.

Facedown performs at the 68 Street Beach in Long Beach Township from 1 to 3 p.m. live.  

Read below for the complete list of Sunday's entertainment options in Stafford and Long Beach Island.  

Area businesses please feel ...

Port Authority Bus Terminal To Test New Security System on Monday

NEW YORK, NY - Commuters into the Port Authority Bus terminal on Monday will be part of a pilot to test a new security system, one that will try and identify suicide vests and other improvised explosive devices. 

The Port Authority will launch the pilot test next week on the new security system designed to help law enforcement professionals.

The technology, in partnership ...