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The Arc Hosts Successful Angel Gala Celebrating New Partnership with The Achievement Center at Raritan Valley Community College

Photo1:Lauren Panarella,  Dr. Michael McDonough,Tim McKeown,  Photo 2: Lauren Panarella, Daniel Schantz, Kaelyn Patel, Julia Lombardo, and Tim McKeown Credits: Laura Sondej
Assemblyman Jack and Melinda Ciattarelli   Credits: Laura Sondej
Lauren Panarella, Executive Director, Barbara Kania, Somerville Student Honored, Tim McKewon Credits: Laura Sondej
Lauren Panarella, Executive Director, Jillian Haggard, Ridge High School Student Honored, Tim McKeown Credits: Laura Sondej


WARREN, NJ - The Arc of Somerset County celebrated their annual gala at The Somerset Hills Hotel in Warren Township on Friday, November 13, “A Celebration of New Partnerships” as they honored the President of Raritan Valley Community College, Dr. Michael McDonough for his partnership with The Arc of Somerset County for their recent collaboration and pilot program of “The Achievement Center at Raritan Valley Community College”.
 
“The Achievement Center”, which piloted in September of 2015 is a transitional post-secondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities which provides young students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in a college experience at Raritan Valley Community College while receiving additional support from The Arc, allowing them to have a fully integrated college experience.
Since September, The Achievement center has rolled out the Pilot program with students from both Hunterdon and Somerset Counties.
 
The event was emceed for the eighth year by Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and over 180 guest were there to celebrate this new partnership.
 
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Each year, The Arc of Somerset County also honors high school students from the county who dedicate their high school experience volunteering for other students with special needs.
 
This year, 3 students were selected to receive The Arc Angels Among Us Award from Rutgers Prepatory School. Kaelyn Patel, Daniel Schantz and Julia Lombardo were honored for their role in “Tend to A Friend” club, a non-profit organization created by former Rutgers Prep Students, Dylan and Austin Ritter which support the inclusion of children with special needs in activities within the community. The chosen recipients from Rutgers Prep were selected for their role in leading “Kid’s Night Out”, a monthly evening event that offers respite to parents in Somerset County who are raising young children with disabilities.
 
Two other students, Barbara Kania of Somerville High School and Jillian Haggard of Ridge High School were also honored for their role as a mentor and life skills builder for students with special needs.
 
“It is both an honor and a privilege to have the partnership and support of so many dedicated community members”   stated Lauren Panarella, Executive Director.   “The Arc of Somerset County is truly grateful to our partners and all that they bring to our communities”
 
For more information about The Arc of Somerset County and The Arc Foundation of Somerset County, please visit www.thearcofsomerset.org or call 908-658-3805. To view the event digital program, click here and  for information about spring enrollment opportunities at “The Achievement Center” at Raritan Valley Community College, please call 908-725-8544 x 615.
 

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Found in Warren: Do You Know This Dog?

October 10, 2017

WARREN, NJ - Do you know this dog?  He was found on Ravinn Lane on Tuesday morning and despite the pink harness, is male.   Call 908-755-0227 with any information.

Horse Care Workshops Start Oct. 21 at Lord Stirling

October 15, 2017

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Fall Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103, designed for individuals who are seeking to gain knowledge and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on experience.

Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103 will be held at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South ...

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark joins statewide hurricane relief effort for Puerto Rico

NEWARK, NJ - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark (HFHGN) has announced a partnership with “New Jersey for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief” (NJ4PR), created by leaders of the state's Puerto Rican community in a statewide effort to help the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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FIT to Serve: Fresh Ideas, Inclusive & Transparent

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How We Can Reduce Our Property Taxes

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FIT to Serve: Fresh Ideas, Inclusive & Transparent

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Please visit my website at ...

Obituaries

- Mar 12, 2017
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A Call for All Library Supporters to Vote "Yes" on Nov. 7

October 16, 2017

Dear Editor:

As a New Jersey resident and strong supporter of our local library, I urge all New Jersey citizens to vote “YES” on Tuesday, November 7 for the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, supporting libraries across NJ. 

Libraries are increasingly becoming the social hubs of our communities.This act  authorizes New Jersey to issue ...

Check Out Ross Farm While Taking a Journey Through the Past

October 15, 2017

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Wondering where to start today while touring historic sites in Somerset County? Try a local spot, the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate, at 135 North Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge. Also known as Ross Farm, the Estate is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

This hidden gem offers something for everyone, from a historic home, to a perfect spot for adults and ...

Phase II of East County Park in Warren Kicks Off

WARREN - Phase II of the 150-acre East County Park, bordered by Dubois, Reinman and Old Stirling roads was kicked off by Somerset County Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, Somerset County Park Commission and Warren Township officials, including Mayor Carolann Garafola, Deputy Mayor Victor Sordillo, Township Committeeman Gary DiNardo, Township Committeeman George Lazo and Township ...

Teacher's Aide Charged with Sexual Assault Against Student

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A 35-year-old teacher's aide at a Montgomery Township school faces multiple charges in the alleged sexual assault of a 17-year-old student, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Daniel E. Fowler of Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township, has been charged with 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child, 2nd degree criminal sexual contact, ...

Belmar Honors First Responders for ‘Extraordinary Performance’ in Saving 35 Lives in Dangerous Surf

October 6, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — With not a cloud in the sky and temperatures in the 80s, it didn’t take long for the Belmar beaches to fill with local residents and visitors on the weekend of September 23 and 24.

Despite what appeared to be an ideal late-summer beach day, a closer look told quite a different story. Dangerous and life-threatening rip tides had triggered a swimming ban along ...

The 2017 Chowderfest Weekend Breaks Attendance Record

BEACH HAVEN -  All one had to do was travel to Beach Haven during the early afternoon on Saturday and see the massive amounts of people who traveled to Long Beach Island for this traditional weekend at the Jersey Shore.  The Merchants Mart took place on Saturday. The 29th Annual Official LBI Chowderfest took place on Sunday.  There were over 3,000 gallons of chowder served on ...

Belmar Honors First Responders for ‘Extraordinary Performance’ in Saving 35 Lives in Dangerous Surf

October 6, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — With not a cloud in the sky and temperatures in the 80s, it didn’t take long for the Belmar beaches to fill with local residents and visitors on the weekend of September 23 and 24.

Despite what appeared to be an ideal late-summer beach day, a closer look told quite a different story. Dangerous and life-threatening rip tides had triggered a swimming ban along ...

The 2017 Chowderfest Weekend Breaks Attendance Record

BEACH HAVEN -  All one had to do was travel to Beach Haven during the early afternoon on Saturday and see the massive amounts of people who traveled to Long Beach Island for this traditional weekend at the Jersey Shore.  The Merchants Mart took place on Saturday. The 29th Annual Official LBI Chowderfest took place on Sunday.  There were over 3,000 gallons of chowder served on ...

'The Honeymooners' smart, snappy production

Smart, sassy production of ‘The Honeymooners’ takes off at Paper Mill

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – “And away we go” indeed. The creative team at the Paper Mill Playhouse has taken the seeds of “The Honeymooners” from 1950’s television and turned it into a smart, snappy musical.

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