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Rutgers Day and New Jersey Folk Festival Officially Bring Spring

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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NJ - All 5 local campuses of Rutgers University came alive Saturday for the annual Rutgers Day event and the New Jersey Folk Festival.  It was time to dig deep into our Jersey roots and recognize new growth and deep traditions.

Like every great event in America, it began with a parade.  Rutgers musicians were joined by the North Brunswick High School Raiders Marching Band, the Rutgers cheerleaders, the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights, and the Scarlet Knight mascot.

The Busch Campus in Piscataway hosted dozens of workshops for children, prospective students, and adults ranging from "Flexibility for All Ages and Stages" presented by the Physical Therapy Program; to informational sessions given by the New Jersey Medical School Office of Admissions; and a creative take on non-alcoholic "mocktails" demonstrated by the Culinary Club.  East Brunswick's Anneleise Mueller (a 1990 Rutgers alumna who makes the soup for Elijah's Promise) joined her husband Ernst at Busch to explore engineering programs and see the labs on campus: "It's exciting to see what's new to learn, " said Mueller.

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In New Brunswick, thousands of visitors occupied the streets and by-ways of the Cook and Douglass campuses to view and participate in programs presented by university organizations, local artisans, folk musicians, farmers, and historians.  There were speeches and songs, plants and pigs, traditional crafts and innovative creations.  And there was lots, and lots, and lots of food, with trucks everywhere selling everything from vegan burgers to university-grown meats to lobster mac and cheese.

The event lasted from 10:00 to 4:00 and featured performances on 3 stages by bluegrass singers, harpists, Lenni-Lenape tribal performers, and a Turkish band.

On the Cook Campus, Rutgers let its agricultural soul shine.  Families visited Rutgers cows, sheep, and pigs.  (I must confess to waving at them from Route 1 South occasionally.)  The farm store, which serves both the farmers' markets in New Brunswick and at Rutgers Gardens Farmers market, was open, selling packages of local non-GMO meats.

And there were plants.  Varietal tomatoes, especially.  Visitors were carting around plants and seedlings to usher in the spring on the 80-degree day that graced the festival after a night of apocalyptic lightning and thunder in Middlesex County.

East Brunswick's Dave and Jeannine Lonski were, there, too, after having celebrated their daughter Kathleen's recent choral performance at Rutgers Voorhees Chapel on the Douglass Campus.

Rutgers Day was a both a promotion and a celebration of Central New Jersey's university.  Older than America, but offering something new every year.

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WARREN, NJ - The Department of Public Works of Warren Township will be collecting tree and brush debris from all Warren Township residents in the aftermath of Winter Storm Quinn.

Due to the intense effects of Storm Quinn that impacted Warren Township on March 7, the Township Committee has authorized and directed the DPW to. begin the collection process ...

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The shelter opened as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, ...

Update from Warren Office of Emergency Management on Saturday, Mar. 10

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township Office of Emergency Management has provided a timeline and Jane Asch at Warren’s Office of Emergency Management has updated storm recovery information as of 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10 with the following:



The most pressing issue is restoration of power. It may be helpful to understand the triage system both JCP&L and ...

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WARREN, NJ - The snow has started to fall. The National Weather Service is forecasting as much as 8 to 12 inches of snow to accumulate across the northern half of New Jersey and Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency.

The Warren Township Municipal Building and the Warren Library are closed today, Wednesday, Mar. 7 due to the storm. Watchung Borough offices and ...

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The general public is invited to join with students, staff, parents and families at one or more of the ...

Center for Great Expectations Celebrating 20th Anniversary

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SOMERSET, NJ - The Center for Great Expectations, a non-profit organization, is celebrating 20 years of providing substance use and mental health treatment for women and adolescents who are homeless, pregnant or parenting.

According to a release, the goals of the program are to guide women through their pregnancies, ensure proper care, increase the likelihood of a healthy baby and provide the ...

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On March 20th, The Junior League of Elizabeth Plainfield’s Career Closet and the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits will host a celebratory event from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Jumble Store 110 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey in honor of Women’s History Month.  Registration for the event must be by referral from our local community partners and government agencies. To ...


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March 10, 2018

WARREN, NJ - AAA is reminding drivers that the change to Daylight Saving Time may create distractions on the roadway and challenges for drivers who lost an hour of sleep. Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday at 2 a.m.

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Somerville: Students Make a Statement about School Safety and Eulogize Florida Shooting Victims

March 14, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Hundreds of Somerville High School students participated in the National School Walkout Wednesday morning to pay their respects to the 17 victims of last month’s mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. and to draw attention to the issue of students' safety while in school.

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SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Lifelong Franklin resident, Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17 Middlesex/Somerset), chairman of the Assembly Oversight, Reform, and Federal Relations Committee is leading discussions regarding legalized marijuana in New Jersey. 

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There wasn’t a cloud in the bright blue sky as the parade got under way shortly after 1 p.m.

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March 16, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day is coming upon us even faster than St. Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland.  Here are some of the areas great events to celebrate Irish pride.

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