Somerset County News

Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Urges Funding for Gateway Project

Somerset County Freeholder Director and Rail Coalition Chairman Peter S. Palmer says the Gateway Project is the most important transportation infrastructure project in the United States.

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - President Trump’s Transportation Infrastructure plan is being rolled out this week, and for New Jersey that means that all eyes should be on securing funding for the long-awaited Gateway Project, according to the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition.

“The Gateway Project is the most important transportation infrastructure project in the United States and includes new Hudson River tunnels, the Portal Bridge replacement, and reconstruction of New York’s Penn Station,” said Somerset County Freeholder Director and Rail Coalition Chairman Peter S. Palmer.

“Gateway will ensure the security of the vital connection between the financial capital of the world, New York; and Northern and Central New Jersey,” he said. “That connection is now at risk if the federal government’s portion of the funding is eliminated. The future of our region and New Jersey’s economy is at risk and requires immediate action.”

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Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Chair of the RVRC Mayor’s Committee said, “Mayors who have the benefit of a train station in their communities also have a responsibility to ensure that residents have access to safe and reliable transit. The steady deterioration of our rail infrastructure is already causing delays; we must offer commuters a hope for improvement.” 

The RVRC was established in 1998 on a bipartisan basis to advocate for New Jersey rail commuters. The coalition strongly urges federal and state leaders and legislators to aggressively lobby to ensure federal funding for the Gateway Project.

The goal of the RVRC is One-Seat-Ride service to New York Penn Station and an improved quality of commute for struggling riders who face daily challenges in simply getting to work on time.

 

“Our residents, their quality of life, and their property values will be adversely impacted if our leaders do not take responsibility to fully support Gateway and work for its swift implementation,” said Freeholder Palmer.

 

“We urge everyone in the mega region to support the Gateway Project,” he said.

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Happy Ending: Sophia Returns Home

August 2, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The call went out. Have you seen Sophia? She is a tan colored Chihuahua last seen Friday, July 28 wearing a blue collar in the area of Somerset Street/ Watchung Avenue. And on Tuesday night a family who had taken her in saw the post and called to return her.

 

"AND SOPHIA IS BACK HOME! Thank you to all you guys for the help and concerns! Be safe and always ...

Missing: Have You Seen Sophia?

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Have you seen Sophia? She is a tan colored Chihuahua last seen Friday, July 28 wearing a blue collar in the area of Somerset Street/ Watchung Avenue.

Call with any information:

AJ 908-307-7159

Evan 908-380-4673

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Titletown Performance Presents Friday Night Skills

August 15, 2017

FRIDAY NIGHT SKILLS

The coed Friday Night Skill Development Sessions offer players the ability to improve their skills through their participation in drill work. Each 75-minute session is designed to maximize repetitions for the players while fostering sound fundamental skills. Become a better offensive player through this program. 

We believe that skill development, ...

NJ Poison Center Reports Increase in Wild Mushroom Poisoning

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Poison Center at Rutgers NJ Medical Center is reporting a sharp increase in wild mushroom poisoning, with 15 cases reported statewide since July 24.There has been a wide range in the ages of those affected, from 15 months to 75. 

The center warns against ingesting wild mushrooms, whether growing in your garden, on your lawn or in the wild.Several of these cases ...

Obituaries

- Mar 12, 2017
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Edward K. Larsen, 94, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at JFK ...
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Is Bramnick Taking a Page out of Christie’s Play Book?

August 4, 2017

To the editor:

Last evening Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, Westfield resident and Republican incumbent in Legislative District 21, demonstrated once and for all that he's stuck in the past. Assemblyman Bramnick held a campaign fundraiser at which the cost of admission was a whopping $5,200 — and the "special guest" was Governor ...

FY18 budget increases are ‘a major win’ for N.J. Catholic schools

To the Editor:

While the unfortunate delay in passing the FY18 state budget certainly held our collective attention for several days this summer and caused concern for many, the final budget approved and signed by Governor Christie on July 4 was well worth the wait for Catholic schools, here in the Diocese of Metuchen and throughout New Jersey.

After months of letter writing, emailing, ...

The Rain Stopped, But Hillsborough Police Chief Got Soaking Wet at the Rotary Fair

August 16, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Police Chief Darren Powell got soaking wet, event though the rain had stopped in time for the Hillsborough Rotary Fair to hold its Grand Opening Tuesday as planned by 6 p.m.

Powell volunteered to sit on the trap door at the dunk tank to help raise money for the Rotary and someone got their money's worth, hitting the bulls eye target with the ball  to release ...

Bound Brook Man Charged in Shop Rite and Mall Robbery

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A Bound Brook man has been charged with the robbery of the West Union Avenue Shop Rite, and faces additional charges for incidents at the Bridgewater Promenade and Bridgewater Commons Mall.

Brian M. Sivetz, 26, of West Main Street, Bound Brook has been charged with 2 counts of 1st degree, robbery, and 1 count of 4th degree, shoplifting, according to ...

Somerville Basketball Tournament Organizer Pleased with Event, Despite Fewer Teams, Smaller Crowd

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Wallace Gantt, the self-proclaimed “Mayor of South Somerville” declared Saturday’s rain-delayed basketball tournament a success, even though the crowd was smaller this year than last.

This year, there was more focus on the heart and soul of the event – distributing book bags and school supplies to children whose families are hard-pressed ...

70th Annual Somerset County 4-H Fair Set For This Week

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H will be holding the 70th anniversary of the annual fair Aug. 9, Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 at North Branch Park, in Bridgewater.

There are no admissions or parking fees, no midway or carnival rides. All information about schedules and more can be found at the information booth or online at http://www.somersetcounty4h.org/fair.

The fair will run from 10 ...

Weekend Fun Family Events

August 11, 2017

August has gifted us with perfect weather: not too hot with very little humidity. Get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine as summer comes to a close. Although there are only a few weekends left before Labor Day, local festivals are still in full swing.

International Food Festival

Food festivals are a summertime staple. We don’t often get a chance to try international cuisine in a casual ...

3rd Annual Manahopkin Craft Beer & Music Festival at Manahawkin Lake August 12

STAFFORD - The Stafford Township PBA will be hosting its 3rd Annual Manahopkin Craft Beer and Music Festival on Saturday August 12 from 12-7 p.m. at the Manahawkin Lake Park. 

Bands performing on the 2 stages include: Ted Hammock & The Pickles, Funk Shway, Rock Lobsters, The Impulsives, Lovelight Band, Ryan Zimmerman, a Grateful Dead Tribute Band, and Mark ...

Friday 's LBI and Stafford Entertainment Lineup

STAFFORD, NJ – Listed below is a list of entertainment for Friday, August 11, 2017.   Have a great weekend.   

Arlington, Ship Bottom

Matt Fisher, 8 p.m.

Buckalews, Centre Street and Long Beach Blvd, Beach Haven

Jinks Brothers, 4:30 p.m.
Reflexx,  9:00 p.m.  

Daddy O, Brant Beach

Quattro

Engleside Sand Bar:  

Dan ...

Seaside Park Fully Integrated Beach Grand Opening

August 16, 2017

SEASIDE PARK,NJ- On June 16, 2017 Beach Days for All was launched on an idea from Jessica Krill to Chris Aldrich on how to gain better access for disabled individuals to our Jersey Shore beaches. After doing some homework and realizing that the access was truly limited, the thought was pitched to Justin Auciello from Jersey Shore Hurricane News, which created the momentum for where we ended up ...

Friday 's LBI and Stafford Entertainment Lineup

STAFFORD, NJ – Listed below is a list of entertainment for Friday, August 11, 2017.   Have a great weekend.   

Arlington, Ship Bottom

Matt Fisher, 8 p.m.

Buckalews, Centre Street and Long Beach Blvd, Beach Haven

Jinks Brothers, 4:30 p.m.
Reflexx,  9:00 p.m.  

Daddy O, Brant Beach

Quattro

Engleside Sand Bar:  

Dan ...

Our Gang Players Present "Mary Poppins" This Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Our Gang Players proudly presents their production of "Mary Poppins!" Performances are at the Barnegat High School Bengal Auditorium, 180 Bengal Blvd. Barnegat, N.J. on Friday August 11 and Saturday August 12 at 7:00 p.m.and on Sunday August 13 @ 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Adults & $15 for Children 12 & Under

"Mary Poppins is the story of the Banks ...

Six Farmers’ Market Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

August 6, 2017

WARREN, NJ - One of the best things about Summer is the plethora of Farmers’ Markets that pop up around the country. Farmers’ Markets have evolved from being a local “grocery store” to a community center where friends gather and catch up all while gathering local produce and food items. At many markets people bring the entire family and enjoy some of their discoveries ...

A Look at 2017 Warren Summer Teen Fest

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Recreation Commission Teen Fest on July 26 was open to middle & high schoolers from the Watchung Hills sending districts. The evening was full of music by DJ Matt Nunes; swimming, games, Trainer Joe's Teen Extreme Challenge, and inflatables such as the Wrecking Ball, Meltdown, & Iron Man. 

 

Warren Recreation extends a huge thank you to the ...

Public Can Show Fruit, Vegetables, More at Hunterdon 4-H Fair

August 2, 2017

EAST AMWELL TWP. -- There are more than 300 reasons to visit the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair.

That’s the number of young people involved in the county 4-H program, and just about every member will participate in this year’s fair, which runs Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 23-27. The 18th annual fair takes place at the Roger K. Everitt Fairgrounds at South County Park on Route ...