Bentley Community Services has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for a box truck crucial to its scheduled pick-ups of products from providers in the region.   Bentley is an alternative food bank/pantry, specifically addressing the needs of families, individuals and seniors who, though perhaps employed, do not receive traditional assistances and are challenged […]

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) released a statement condemning Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to freeze $500,000 in funding for the Route 206 Large Truck Bypass in Hillsborough, which officials have claimed is a a critically-needed public safety project. Until recently, New Jersey’s State Department of Transportation had been publicizing details of the construction […]

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People with special needs take center stage in Hillsborough with a new program at the public library. The program is called Special Needs Social Hour: Arts and Crafts. “This is a system wide initiative. Each branch of the Somerset County Library system will be providing this type of programming on a monthly basis,” said Karen […]

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Visitors to the grounds of the Hillsborough Township Municipal Complex may notice a recent addition to the site because of the efforts from one local Boy Scout. On June 29, a special ceremony was held at the municipal complex to honor the work and dedication of Jack Szwarc, a Hillsborough Boy Scout for Troop 186, […]

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A Hillsborough Township municipal employee was recently honored for his efforts to the community. Hillsborough Township Construction Official John Fiedler was honored in May by the Municipal Construction Officials of New Jersey (MUNCO) as the 2019 Construction Official of the Year. Officials said that Fieldler was unanimously elected as the 2019 Construction Official of the […]

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A Hillsborough brewing company was honored this year as one of 2018’s best breweries in the nation. Flounder Brewing of Hillsborough was named one of the fastest growing small and independent craft breweries of 2018 by the Brewers Association (BA), a not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers. The second annual list offers […]

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Advanced Auto Parts stores in the central region of New Jersey are showing their support for the American Heart Association by raising funds for the non-profit throughout June. “This is our second year as a company supporting the American Heart Association campaign. We are very pleased to participate,” said David Silverman, district manager for Central New […]

New Jersey families are being sought for a new competition series that will film one day from July through October. A family of three or four who is looking for something fun to do this summer, or even a group of two to four relatives, friends or co-workers who love competition, can email with […]

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The Hillsborough Township Committee recognized the academic efforts and contributions local teachers in the community. Township committee members acknowledged two particular teachers who were in attendance for the presentation, Loydes Lewis of Woodfern Elementary School and Michelle Klink of Sunnymead Elementary School, at a June 11 committee meeting. “We are very fortunate in Hillsborough Township […]

Melissa Maszczak enters into distinguished company at Thomas Edison State University. She has become the new senior fellow and director of the Center for Leadership and Governance at the university in Trenton. “I was thrilled to receive the news. I was not expecting it,” Maszcazak said. “Dr. George Pruitt (President Emeritus and Board Distinguished fellow) […]

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Hillsborough High School’s boys’ ice hockey and girls’ softball teams both enjoyed great seasons this past school year. Despite losing their best players after those campaigns, both programs should find success in 2019-20 as well. July is a quiet time for scholastic sports, which means it’s also a time for reflection. As players from both […]

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As usual, the New Jersey Senior American Legion baseball season started in early June. And as usual, the schedule started slowly because it coincided with the end of the high school baseball campaign. But then, even after the high school season ended, the legion summer struggled to launch. The week of June 17-23 was besieged […]

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The future of the Monmouth Park Racetrack appeared bleak a few years ago. Horse racing, the Oceanport track’s chief revenue stream, just wasn’t as popular anymore, especially among younger people. But the park had one trump card in its back pocket—the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill, which was ready to open once the […]

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Hillsborough High School enjoyed a memorable spring on the diamond this year, and a respectable season on the lacrosse pitch, the indoor volleyball court and the outdoor track. The Raiders’ baseball and softball clubs finished with strong records and a championship to show for their efforts. Hillsborough’s spring track and field athletes won some events, […]

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Every summer, Matt Mosko and Eric Eden switch roles. Each spring, Eden is the head coach of the baseball program at Hillsborough High School. Mosko is his freshmen coach. But then once the summer hits, Mosko coaches the Hillsborough Senior American Legion team, while Eden serves as his assistant. The programs are mutually beneficial, symbiotic, […]

For American boys’ and girls’ soccer players under the age of 13, there is no United States Youth Soccer National Championship. But there is a de facto national championship. The Premier SuperCopa. The event’s website even bills it as, “America’s Championship.” And in 2019, a Monmouth County girls’ team will play in it. From June […]

The Hillsborough High School boys’ soccer team posted a .500 record in 2017. No one expected the Raiders to do much better the following fall. Then Hillsborough enjoyed the school’s best boys’ soccer season in over three decades. The Raiders went 16-1-2, the program’s best record since a 17-2-2 campaign in 1984. Last fall, Hillsborough […]

During the indoor track and field season, Hillsborough High School girls’ coach Rich Refi had one issue with Kirstyn Schechter, his standout sophomore. She couldn’t run in every event. “I can only put her in so many events in a given day,” Refi said back in January. He almost laughed when he said it. Almost. […]

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The great-great-grandson of literary icon Charles Dickens will perform his rendition of “A Christmas Carol,” a heartwarming holiday tale, at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood. During his one-man show, Gerald Dickens, an actor and producer from Oxford, England, conjures “A Christmas Carol” with just a table, a wing […]

By Tomer Davidov, M.D. Whether from eating a big meal or catching a stomach bug, almost everyone experiences some sort of abdominal pain every now and then.  In fact, abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons people visit the emergency room, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  But how do […]

By Pam Hersh John S. Watson Jr., a.k.a. Jay, grew up in an environment that featured the hallways and offices of New Jersey’s government buildings. For his life’s work, however, he chose to broaden his environment outside of those hallways by focusing on the outside, as in the outdoors. Leading several environmental programs – both […]

By: Joseph M. Pepek, M.D. Radiation therapy is a common approach to treating many different types of cancer and has become increasingly precise as technology has improved and advanced. Precision is paramount as radiation not only kills cancer cells, but can also affect surrounding healthy cells. As part of its comprehensive cancer care program, the […]

By: Pam Hersh Princeton’s playgrounds are treasure troves for all sorts of adventures, according to hundreds of kids – and one particular Princeton grownup. John Altman, the author of eight spy-genre thrillers that have been published all over the world, was assisted in his most recent spy novel, “The Korean Woman,” by experiences he had […]

By Kelly Gray, P.T. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. And by 2020, nearly one million people in the United States will be living with Parkinson’s, a disease that affects the neurons in the brain that control movement. Though there is no standard treatment for the […]

By Pam Hersh I had a back-to-the-future epiphany on Friday, June 14. Non-screen contact (NSC) with humans – the phenomenon that occurs when you make eye, voice and physical (non-sexual) contact with another person – might be making a comeback in our alienated and alienating society. I woke up on June 14 somewhat depressed because […]

By Pam Hersh Gov. Phil Murphy on June 10 announced the inductees for the incoming class of the New Jersey Hall of Fame – a who’s who of some of the Garden State’s best and brightest. “Game of Thrones” groupies were buzzing about inductee George R. R. Martin, author of the “A Song of Ice […]

By Michelle Reuben, L.P.C. Few, if any, teenagers escape adolescence without experiencing some feelings of angst along the way. Like a pop quiz in math or a breakout before the big dance, feeling down occasionally is normal and expected. However, teenagers who feel bad about themselves more often than they feel good, may have low […]

By Pam Hersh Anthony “Skip” Cimino, who last year assumed the job of executive director of the New Jersey State Assembly Majority Office, recently told me he was a “failure.” Having worked with him for decades in our various intersecting professional and volunteer jobs in Mercer County, I was stunned to hear the word “failure” […]

By Bert Mandelbaum, M.D. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 11% of American children ages 4-17 have the disorder, which can result in children who are overactive, inattentive and impulsive. Children with ADHD are more likely to experience […]

By Pam Hersh Princeton-based architect Bob Hillier has completed projects in 34 countries throughout the world. And yet, the Princeton University undergraduate and graduate alumnus never has left the college campus. Never leaving Princeton University emotionally goes without saying. It is a syndrome shared by tens of thousands of alumni as evidenced annually at the […]

By Pam Hersh “Are you for real?” That was my reaction to a young woman shopping on Palmer Square on Saturday, when she asked me, “Why the parade today?” and “What’s with all the flags?” She was referring to the just completed “Spirit of Princeton Memorial Day Parade” and the bag of mini American flags […]

Red’s Toy Shop, located at 1010 Route 9 south in the Gateway Shopping Center, Old Bridge, recently celebrated its grand opening. The shop offers a large variety of toys for all age groups in many categories, including outdoor and pretend play and educational toys. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Saturday and […]

Old Bridge recently celebrated the grand opening of Via Sposito, located at 3857 Route 516 in the Village at Town Center, Old Bridge. The restaurant will offer a full selection of coal-fired pizza and northern and southern Italian specialties, featuring homemade pastas, sauces, breads and fresh mozzarella made on site. Hours of operation are from […]

ERA Central Realty Group has announced the 2019 recipients of the Edge scholarship: from Allentown High School (Monmouth County), Brenna Stempe; from New Egypt High School (Plumsted Township, Ocean County), Connor Devine; from West Windsor-Plainsboro South (Mercer County), Lara Lemkin; and from Steinert High School (Hamilton Township, Mercer County), Christopher McLaughlin. CentraState Medical Center, Freehold […]

CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township, has opened the Statesir Memory Care Center at Applewood, a dementia and Alzheimer’s center featuring individualized, 24/7 care under the supervision of licensed practical nurses. This new center is the latest addition to CentraState’s senior living and services portfolio that includes independent and assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and long-term skilled […]

Wolfe Ossa Law attorney Cristian A. Ossa will present on the Six Critical Points of Estate Planning at 10:30 a.m. on July 11 at the Woodbridge Hills Clubhouse, 1 Sutton Lane, Iselin section of Woodbridge. Learn about protecting hard-earned assets, avoiding common will mistakes, how to take advantage of Medicaid, and why a trust may […]

The Ramtown-Howell Fire Company recently received a donation of three sets of specially designed oxygen masks for pets from at-home pet services provider Canine Company. Chief William Gotto requested and received the life-saving masks after learning about the company’s donation program from a neighboring fire company. An estimated 40,000 pets die from smoke inhalation across […]

The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Marlboro-Manalapan real estate office has dedicated a conference room to Stanley Komito, a beloved colleague and fellow real estate agent who passed away in April. Hal Maxwell, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y., led the dedication ceremony for the Stanley Komito Conference Room. […]

OLD BRIDGE – Three new businesses have opened in the new Harbor Plaza shopping center, located at 301 Route 35 north in the Laurence Harbor section of Old Bridge. Big Jim’s Discount Mattress sells a wide array of bedding and furniture. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and […]

Columbia Bank appointed Oliver Lewis to senior vice president, Commercial Banking market manager. In his new role, Lewis will be responsible for the bank’s Commercial and Industrial (C&I) and Middle Market activities in central and southern New Jersey as well as parts of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Columbia, Lewis held several leadership roles within the […]

Many medical insurances, Medicare and Medicaid plans included, are now recognizing the need for Telehealth services. This is due to varying reasons including medical provider and patient convenience and even cost efficiencies for the insurance companies. Medical insurances are now paying for…

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