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Delayed Opening: Hazardous Weather Outlook for Warren, Watchung and Somerset County

December 14, 2017

WARREN, NJ - The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Somerset and other counties in New Jersey until 10 a.m. Thursday.  Any untreated roads will become slippery. 

Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren Township, Watchung and Green Brook Schools will have a delayed opening today, due to inclement weather and poor road ...

Found: Missing Person Billy Hannam Found Safe

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Janet Dillon, who has led efforts to find Billy Hannam, a 2008 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, reports that he has been found. 

Hannam had been missing since Friday, Dec.1. Dillon, with whom Hannam lives in Plainfield, posted on Facebook today.

Billy has been found and he is safe. That is all the info I can share at this ...

Music in Warren: Watchung Hills Instrumental Winter Concert

December 16, 2017

WARREN, NJ - The Concert Band, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble each during their own segments of the Instrumental Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS), won the hearts of the audience with entertaining and ambitious song selections, remarkable musicianship, and, in the end, a fetching, musical welcome to the 2017 Holiday ...

Christmas in Warren Returns in 2017

WARREN,NJ -  Christmas In Warren is becoming an annual tradition for many Warren residents and after a year off, its back for Christmas 2017. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdTYMrxC1uk&feature=youtu.be

A labor of love, Christmas in Warren is an animated computer controlled light display featuring tens of thousands of LED Christmas lights synchronized to music using ...

NJ Transit Raritan Valley Service To Resume Monday After Friday's Derailment

December 10, 2017

UNION, NJ – New Jersey Transit reports the Raritan Valley Line trains will resume regular weekday service between Cranford and Newark and High Bridge and Raritan on Monday.  Train service was suspended over the weekend after the freight train derailment in Union on Friday afternoon.  

According to their website, NJ Transit says customers may experience possible ...

ConRail Working on Track Clean Up Following Friday's Derailment; Train Service Still Suspended

UNION, NJ – No hazardous material was involved in the freight train derailment Friday afternoon in Union.

“There’s severe damage to the tracks,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio at a press conference Friday evening.  “There’s multiple piles of cars at different locations up and down the span of the tracks from the Roselle Park line all the way through ...

Watchung Car Dealership Agrees to Repay $37,500 in Stolen Deposits

WATCHUNG, NJ - A car dealer on Route 22 has agreed to pay $37,500 to six consumers whose cash deposits were allegedly stolen by a sales representative who has since been fired, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs  announced.

Liccardi Ford, Inc. (“Liccardi Ford”), which does business as Liccardi Ford Lincoln and Liccardi Auto ...

Delayed Opening: Hazardous Weather Outlook for Warren, Watchung and Somerset County

December 14, 2017

WARREN, NJ - The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Somerset and other counties in New Jersey until 10 a.m. Thursday.  Any untreated roads will become slippery. 

Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren Township, Watchung and Green Brook Schools will have a delayed opening today, due to inclement weather and poor road ...

Warren Township Board of Education Says Goodbye to Three Board Members

WARREN, NJ – The Warren Township Board of Education recognized three board members at the last meeting of the calendar year for their volunteer service to the children of Warren. Board President Tia Allocco, Vice President Len deMontagnac and board member Dr. Joan Shiller will not be returning to the board in January.

Superintendent Matthew Mingle thanked all ...

Cookie Palooza: Molasses Cookies

December 14, 2017

Molasses Cookies by Debbie Mikijanic

Ingredients

¾ c margarine, softened
​​​½ teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar​​​
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg
​​​​​½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup molasses​​​​½ ground ginger
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour​​
2 teaspoons baking soda
​​½ cup white sugar for rolling

In a medium bowl, mix ...

An Area Tradition: 27th Annual Cookie Walk This Sat. to Benefit VNA Adult Day Center

BASKING RIDGE, NJ  – Doors will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 for the 27th Annual Cookie Walk at the VNA of Somerset Hills, 200 Mt. Airy Road in Basking Ridge. A holiday tradition among generations of families and a festive event for community members of all ages, the sale benefits the Adult Day Center at Somerset Hills. The ...

Breakfast with Santa Set for Saturday in North Plainfield

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Optimist Club of North Plainfield is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa at the Vermeule Community Center

Greenbrook Rd. & Clinton Ave., North Plainfield on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 8 a.m.- noon.

Adults: $5.00 • Children (3-12): $3.00, Under 3: Free

Senior Citizens: $4.00

Tickets Available At The Door • Picture with Santa – $5.00

Print the ...

Christmas in Warren Returns in 2017

December 9, 2017

WARREN,NJ -  Christmas In Warren is becoming an annual tradition for many Warren residents and after a year off, its back for Christmas 2017. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdTYMrxC1uk&feature=youtu.be

A labor of love, Christmas in Warren is an animated computer controlled light display featuring tens of thousands of LED Christmas lights synchronized to music using ...

Controlled Burn in Washington Valley Park Done to Reduce Fuel in Park, Park Commission Says

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and representatives for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recently performed a controlled burn on 128.5 acres of Washington Valley Park.

According to a release from the park commission, these controlled burns refer to the controlled application of fire by a team of fire experts under certain weather conditions to ...

"Wreaths Across America" Convoy Stops in Manville on Way to Arlington National Cemetery

December 12, 2017

MANVILLE, NJ  - What has become known as the world's largest veterans' parade will pause for a ceremony at Manville High School on Wednesday, Dec. 13 as the Wreaths Across America 18-truck convoy heads to Arlington National Cemetery for the annual wreath-laying on the graves of US veterans.

The convoy is expected to arrive around 9 a.m., driving down Finderne Avenue across the Van ...

Rescue Dog Flies to New Jersey for Surgery and to Seek New Year’s Home

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – A 7-month-old rescue dog will earn his wings this Sunday as Home for Good Dog Rescue flies him to New Jersey for a surgical procedure that will save his leg from amputation.

Kingsley, a purebred English Springer Spaniel, and 15 other dogs from Home for Good Dog Rescue’s Aiken, SC rescue facility will board the plane of New Jersey pilot Thomas Callahan to land ...

Snowy Weather Closes Warren Roads

December 9, 2017

WARREN, NJ - Warrenville Road and Washington Avenue north of Route 22 are being closed at 4 p.m. Saturday due to poor Road conditions, police said. 

Expect possible closures of Hillcrest Road and Morning Glory Road.

Tonight’s WHRHS hockey game against Hillsborough has been postponed due to inclement weather..  

The National Weather Service in Mount ...

Storm Watch: Closings, Cancellations and Postponements

WARREN, NJ - All Warren Township schools will be closed Saturday in anticipation of the predicted storm and all activities scheduled at the school have been canceled including WYBA recreation basketball. Breakfast with Santa and the house tour in North Plainfield are still on as scheduled.

 

Some ACT centers have canceled the test for Saturday. Check the host high schools’ web ...

Local Physician Discusses Menopause Management

December 14, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Dr. Kavita Kewalramani of K Primary Care and Medical Weight Loss Center recently held a small group discussion open to the public about managing the symptoms of all stages of Menopause.

Dr. K discussed the symptoms and stages of menopause, which is a process that generally occurs over a four-year period and this is called peri-menopause. The depletion of ...

An Area Tradition: 27th Annual Cookie Walk This Sat. to Benefit VNA Adult Day Center

BASKING RIDGE, NJ  – Doors will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 for the 27th Annual Cookie Walk at the VNA of Somerset Hills, 200 Mt. Airy Road in Basking Ridge. A holiday tradition among generations of families and a festive event for community members of all ages, the sale benefits the Adult Day Center at Somerset Hills. The ...

Snow Closes Roads and Cancels Activities in Warren

December 15, 2017

WARREN, NJ- Warrenville Road and Washington Ave north of Route 22 are closed due to snow and icing, police said. All Warren Township schools and activities scheduled in the schools Friday evening have been cancelled.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, Watchung Hills sports and activities are on as scheduled.

If you lose power, contact your local power provider and not Police Communications ...

Delayed Opening: Hazardous Weather Outlook for Warren, Watchung and Somerset County

WARREN, NJ - The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Somerset and other counties in New Jersey until 10 a.m. Thursday.  Any untreated roads will become slippery. 

Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren Township, Watchung and Green Brook Schools will have a delayed opening today, due to inclement weather and poor road ...

Snowy Weather Closes Warren Roads

WARREN, NJ - Warrenville Road and Washington Avenue north of Route 22 are being closed at 4 p.m. Saturday due to poor Road conditions, police said. 

Expect possible closures of Hillcrest Road and Morning Glory Road.

Tonight’s WHRHS hockey game against Hillsborough has been postponed due to inclement weather..  

The National Weather Service in Mount ...

Woman Twice Convicted of Death by Auto in Warren Faces Sentencing

December 15, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Amie Marroccelli, 44, twice convicted of 2nd Degree Vehicular Homicide in the death of a motorist on Route 78 in 2010, will be sentenced Friday, Dec. 15 before Judge Robert Reed at 9 a.m. in the Somerset County Courthouse.

The Union Township woman was found guilty of the crime a second time in October; she was previously tried and convicted on March 17, 2014, according ...

North Plainfield School District Pays $35,000 to Resolve Employee Discrimination Claim

TRENTON, NJ - The North Plainfield Public School District has paid a former employee $35,000 to resolve allegations it engaged in disability-based discrimination by firing her for “job abandonment” after she missed the last three weeks of a school year due to gallbladder surgery, attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division on Civil Rights announced ...

Snow Closes Roads and Cancels Activities in Warren

December 15, 2017

WARREN, NJ- Warrenville Road and Washington Ave north of Route 22 are closed due to snow and icing, police said. All Warren Township schools and activities scheduled in the schools Friday evening have been cancelled.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, Watchung Hills sports and activities are on as scheduled.

If you lose power, contact your local power provider and not Police Communications ...

I-78 is Backed Up for Miles After Morning Crashes in Warren

WARREN, NJ - I-78 is backed up for miles in Warren on Tuesday morning following two separate crashes between exits 36 and 40 on the westbound side of Route 78.

First responders have been on the scene since 7 a.m. and drivers are still experiencing significant delays westbound at 9 a.m. 

 

Two Crashes Snarl I-78 in Warren

WARREN, NJ - Two separate crashes are tying up I-78 in Warren on Tuesday morning. Both occurred between exits 36 and 40 on the westbound side of Route 78.

First responders are arriving in the scene at 7 a.m. Expect delays in both directions.

 

 

Happy Hanukkah: Katz Family Lights Watchung’s Menorah

December 12, 2017

WATCHUNG, NJ - The Katz family lit the menorah on Watchung’s green on the first night of Hanukkah on Tuesday. This year, Hanukkah begins Tues. night, Dec. 12, 2017 and continues through Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Eric Katz was recently appointed as Head Coach for Maccabi USA's Youth Men's Baseball Team for the 2018 International Maccabi Youth ...

WHRHS Boys Basketball: Watchung Hills Defeats Pingry, 58-38

December 16, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Watchung Hills took an early lead and never trailed going on to defeat Pingry for the Warriors’ boys first basketball win of the season on Saturday, 58-38.

Dan Pilsbury and Steven Bressler led the Warriors with 11 points each. Gavin DeFuria added 10, Michael Bressler chipped in nine, Mike Hopwood added eight, Lucas Stasil five and freshman Chad Martini four ...

WHRHS Girls Basketball: Watchung Hills Tops Bridgewater in Opener, 69-59

WARREN, NJ - Senior Julia Cunningham scored 34 points, going 15-for-15 from the free throw line, and also dished out five assists to lead the Watchung Hills girls basketball team over Bridgewater-Raritan on opening night Friday, 69-59. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLydQgJW55o

Bridgewater took the early lead 14-10 after the first, but the Warriors outscored the Panthers ...

WHRHS Boys Basketball: Watchung Hills Falls to Bridgewater in Opener, 59-54

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -Sterling White led Bridgewater-Raritan with 23 points in the season opener on Friday to outlast Watchung Hills, 59-54. 

 

Dan Pilsbury led the Warriors with  23 points and  Steven Bressler added 13 points for Watchung Hills.

 

Watchung Hills took an early lead 14-10 after the first quarter but Bridgewater tied it up 26-26 at the half and ...

Delayed Opening: Hazardous Weather Outlook for Warren, Watchung and Somerset County

December 14, 2017

WARREN, NJ - The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Somerset and other counties in New Jersey until 10 a.m. Thursday.  Any untreated roads will become slippery. 

Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren Township, Watchung and Green Brook Schools will have a delayed opening today, due to inclement weather and poor road ...

Warren Township Board of Education Says Goodbye to Three Board Members

WARREN, NJ – The Warren Township Board of Education recognized three board members at the last meeting of the calendar year for their volunteer service to the children of Warren. Board President Tia Allocco, Vice President Len deMontagnac and board member Dr. Joan Shiller will not be returning to the board in January.

Superintendent Matthew Mingle thanked all ...

Delayed Opening: Hazardous Weather Outlook for Warren, Watchung and Somerset County

December 14, 2017

WARREN, NJ - The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Somerset and other counties in New Jersey until 10 a.m. Thursday.  Any untreated roads will become slippery. 

Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren Township, Watchung and Green Brook Schools will have a delayed opening today, due to inclement weather and poor road ...

Warren Township Board of Education Says Goodbye to Three Board Members

WARREN, NJ – The Warren Township Board of Education recognized three board members at the last meeting of the calendar year for their volunteer service to the children of Warren. Board President Tia Allocco, Vice President Len deMontagnac and board member Dr. Joan Shiller will not be returning to the board in January.

Superintendent Matthew Mingle thanked all ...

WHRHS Boys Basketball: Watchung Hills Defeats Pingry, 58-38

December 16, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Watchung Hills took an early lead and never trailed going on to defeat Pingry for the Warriors’ boys first basketball win of the season on Saturday, 58-38.

Dan Pilsbury and Steven Bressler led the Warriors with 11 points each. Gavin DeFuria added 10, Michael Bressler chipped in nine, Mike Hopwood added eight, Lucas Stasil five and freshman Chad Martini four ...

WHRHS Girls Basketball: Watchung Hills Tops Bridgewater in Opener, 69-59

WARREN, NJ - Senior Julia Cunningham scored 34 points, going 15-for-15 from the free throw line, and also dished out five assists to lead the Watchung Hills girls basketball team over Bridgewater-Raritan on opening night Friday, 69-59. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLydQgJW55o

Bridgewater took the early lead 14-10 after the first, but the Warriors outscored the Panthers ...

WHRHS Boys Basketball: Watchung Hills Falls to Bridgewater in Opener, 59-54

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -Sterling White led Bridgewater-Raritan with 23 points in the season opener on Friday to outlast Watchung Hills, 59-54. 

 

Dan Pilsbury led the Warriors with  23 points and  Steven Bressler added 13 points for Watchung Hills.

 

Watchung Hills took an early lead 14-10 after the first quarter but Bridgewater tied it up 26-26 at the half and ...

Found: Missing Person Billy Hannam Found Safe

December 11, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Janet Dillon, who has led efforts to find Billy Hannam, a 2008 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, reports that he has been found. 

Hannam had been missing since Friday, Dec.1. Dillon, with whom Hannam lives in Plainfield, posted on Facebook today.

Billy has been found and he is safe. That is all the info I can share at this ...

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WYBA 1st and 2nd Grade Clinic

December 14, 2017

WYBA will be offering a basketball clinic for 1st and 2nd graders.
The clinic will be on Saturday mornings from 8 am – 9am.
There are 10 weeks scheduled 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17
The clinic will be at Woodland School and run by an experienced high school basketball coach Mike Mancino.
The focus will be on basic skills such as dribbling and passing. The ...

Primrose School of Warren Gives Back

All parents want their children to develop traits such as compassion, generosity and kindness, but just like math and reading skills, the traits associated with being a socially responsible person must be nurtured and developed over time. 

 

Compassion, generosity and kindness is difficult to define for young children, let alone determine how to teach them. The earlier these ...

Obituaries

- Oct 26, 2017
Robert N. Merkle – Plainfield Robert N. Merkle, 88, died Thursday, (October 26, 2017) at ...
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WHRHS Boys Soccer: Six Watchung Hills Players Named to All Skyland Conference

December 13, 2017

WARREN, NJ - Six players on the Watchung Hills boys soccer team have been chosen to the All-Skyland Conference Raritan Division teams.

Ryan Santos, Gabriel Ferreira, and Shaun Cagnetta were selected to the first team All-Skyland Conference Raritan Division for the Warriors. 

Marc Inacio, Davin Lui, and Liam Scanlon were named to the All-Raritan ...

College Board Names Watchung Hills Regional High School to 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll

WARREN, NJ — The Watchung Hills Regional High School District is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. 

 

To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, the Watchung Hills ...

Panel Discussion: School Consolidation Complex and Costly

SPARTA, NJ – A large crowd filled the Sparta High School media center on Wednesday to hear a panel discussion about school consolidation.  More than 150 people attended the event sponsored by New Jersey School Boards’ Association, according to Ray Pinney, Director of Member Engagement.

The discussion hit both sides of the issue.  “Some say it is a panacea, some say ...

Storm Watch: Closings, Cancellations and Postponements

WARREN, NJ - All Warren Township schools will be closed Saturday in anticipation of the predicted storm and all activities scheduled at the school have been canceled including WYBA recreation basketball. Breakfast with Santa and the house tour in North Plainfield are still on as scheduled.

 

Some ACT centers have canceled the test for Saturday. Check the host high schools’ web ...

Watchung Hills Pop Warner JV Advances to Semis in Orlando

ORLANDO, FL- The Watchung Hills Pop Warner Junior Varsity team improved to 12-1 on the season with a win over the Mid-Atlantic Region Champs, the Portsmouth Panthers from Virginia on Saturday, 22-13. The win also improved the four-year record to 48-5 and the Wolverines advance to the semi-finals on Tuesday, December 5 where they will face the Westchase Colts from Florida. Game Captains ...

Watchung Hills Students Benefit from more than 70 Co-Curricular Activities

WARREN, NJ - Hundreds of students take advantage every year of some 70 Co-Curricular Activities at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS).

According to Dan Bertelli, who is the supervisor of Arts, Health/Physical Education and Co-Curricular Activities, students participate for a variety of reasons. Some students want to have fun, explore new horizons, ...

Breaking: NJT Raritan Valley Service Suspended in Both Directions Due to Pedestrian Fatality

December 3, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - According to the New Jersey Transit Twitter feed (@NJTRANSIT), service on the Raritan Valley Line is suspended between Bound Brook and Plainfield in both directions, due to a trespasser strike east of Dunellen Station.

The Breaking News Network is reporting a train vs. pedestrian fatality in the vicinity of Rock Avenue in Plainfield.  The medical examiner has been ...

Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Asks Police to Investigate Missing Funds

December 16, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Police Chief Darren Powell has confirmed that township police detectives, assisted by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, have begun an investigation into the theft of funds from an account at Hillsborough Township High School.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorden Schiff requested the police investigation, according to Powell.

Powell would ...

House OKs Renaming of Raritan Post Office for John Basilone

WASHINGTON - Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) has secured passage of legislation in the U.S. House that would designate the U.S. Post Office in Raritan, New Jersey, as the "Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Post Office."

In a speech before colleagues in the House of Representatives Thursday, Lance recounted the many honors Basilone earned in service to the country and asked the House to ...

North Plainfield School District Pays $35,000 to Resolve Employee Discrimination Claim

TRENTON, NJ - The North Plainfield Public School District has paid a former employee $35,000 to resolve allegations it engaged in disability-based discrimination by firing her for “job abandonment” after she missed the last three weeks of a school year due to gallbladder surgery, attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division on Civil Rights announced ...

Somerset County Athletic Complex Earns State Recognition

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Baseball Field at the Somerset County Park Commission Frank “Nap” Torpey Athletic Complex in Bridgewater is the recipient of the 2017 Sports Field Managers of New Jersey “Field of the Year” award.

The 2017 award complements the 2013 award for the softball field, and is the second time that the baseball field has earned the honor, having also ...

New Technology Available to Enhance Visits to NJ State Parks

December 15, 2017

TRENTON - The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry on Thursday, November 16 officially launched a new smart device tool to enhance visits to state parks by helping users plan visits around the state park system's vast network of trails.

The Trail Tracker application, demonstrated by the Park Service during a news conference today at Allaire State Park in Monmouth County, may be ...

Rare Pygmy Hippo Born At Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

TAMPA, FL, - An endangered pygmy hippopotamus was born in the early morning on Dec. 1, 2017 at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo to experienced mother Zsa Zsa. The gender and name of the nine pound baby will be revealed in the future.

Pygmy hippos are smaller than their Nile hippo relative. Unlike the more common river hippo which live in large pods in rivers throughout much of ...

Senate Bill Would End NJSPCA's Powers To Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws

December 11, 2017

A bill that would remove the law enforcement powers of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) will be up for a vote on Dec. 14 before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Bill S3558, sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union County, would call for the creation of a county prosecutor animal cruelty task force in each county, and for ...

Your Doctor in Sickness and in Health

December 12, 2017

About 3 years ago, around the time healthcare was saying its last goodbyes to solo practitioners, I decided to plunge into the world of private practice and one morning announced to my family, “I am starting a new primary care solo practice.” I am an Internist of Asian Indian origin and I graduated from residency about twenty years ago. To say that my family was bewildered is an ...

'It's a Wonderful Life'from film to stage to radio

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ shows surprising appeal as radio/stage production

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has selected a nostalgic and heartwarming version of the classic Frank Capra movie from the 1140’s to entertain holiday audiences. “It’s a Wonderful Life” has somehow become a classic Christmas ...