QuickChek celebrates 50 years in Dunellen

“Free coffee today.” Employees of QuickChek’s Dunellen location took turns last Wednesday greeting customers with the good news. The treat was in honor of QuickChek’s golden anniversary. Although QuickChek currently receives national recognition for its coffee, it was another beverage that instigated the start of the chain. In the 1960s, Carlton C. Durling was looking for a new way for the products of his family’s dairy farm to reach consumers. Continue Reading →

Dunellen Cracking Down on Distracted Drivers This April

The Dunellen Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” enforcement campaign. Beginning April 1 and running through April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving. Continue Reading →

Routine Water System Flushing Starts Monday

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New Jersey American Water (NJAW) will begin routine flushing of the water distribution system in Dunellen from March 20 to April 3 during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The flushing which is part of the system maintenance program also allows NJAW to monitor and maintain fire hydrants. When crews are working in your area, there may be noticeably reduced pressure or discolored water. If water is discolored, let it run until it runs clear before using. Check water’s color before using the washing machine or dishwasher. Continue Reading →

Rumors of Planned Trouble at DHS Found Not Credible

On Sunday, March 12, Dunellen parents with children enrolled in the Dunellen School District received the following notice from Superintendant Gene Mosley via text, email, and/or phone call. “Over the weekend there were rumors circulating that a student who was scheduled to return to school on Monday, March 13, was planning to cause harm in the high school. School administrators, along with the superintendent, and members of the Dunellen Police Department investigated throughout the weekend and found those rumors to be unsubstantiated and not credible. When your children arrive for school tomorrow they will be greeted by school administrators, the superintendent, and members of the Dunellen Police Department who are all working together to make sure that every day in the Dunellen School District is a good day. As always, the safety of our students and staff is the primary responsibility of the administration and staff of the Dunellen Public Schools. Continue Reading →

Read Across America Event at Faber

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“Read Across America” was celebrated at John P. Faber Elementary School the entire week of February 28-March 3, 2017. The event is held at schools across the country to remind students about the importance of reading. It was originally created by the National Education Association twenty years ago to coincide with children’s author Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s birthday on March 2. The week-long Faber program was coordinated by Beth Willoughby, the school’s media specialist. Students had many guest readers throughout the week including Dunellen High School administrators, retired teachers, Somerset Patriots’ mascot Sparkee and media relations/broadcasting manager Marc Schwartz, representatives from the NJ Devils, Dunellen Fire Department members, and other community figures. Continue Reading →

Middlesex County Disability Resources Fair on March 18

The Middlesex County Office of Aging and Disabled Services is holding its second annual resources fair for people with disabilities and their caregivers, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 at the Edison Senior Center, 2963 Woodbridge Avenue in Edison. “Disability Connections: An Information and Resource Fair” will offer information about resources and support services available to persons with disabilities in Middlesex County. Attendees will have the chance to visit with local social service agencies and businesses and to hear a special presentation from Carole Tonks, Director of the Alliance Center for Independence. Please RSVP by March 15, 2017. To make your reservation, call 732-745-4512 or email anne.gladwell@co.middlesex.nj.us Continue Reading →

Horticultural Therapy Workshop on March 18

In honor of National Horticultural Therapy Week is March 19-25, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is presenting a new workshop entitled, Horticultural Therapy in the Home. This seminar is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 18 at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick. Studying Master Gardener Althea McDonald LMHC, Psy.D., HT, will present an introduction to the art of Horticultural Therapy, followed by an immersive activity. This seminar is free of charge, but registration is required by March 16. Call 732-398-5262. Continue Reading →

Middlesex County Seeking WWI Memorabilia

The Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage is seeking objects to display in its upcoming exhibit at the Cornelius Low House commemorating the centennial of America’s entry in World War I.

The exhibit titled “Over There, Over Here: New Jersey During World War I” will focus on the stories of New Jerseyans and the effect the war had on those at home and fighting abroad. To add an even greater local connection to the exhibit, the Culture and Heritage Office is seeking objects for display. Objects may include military uniforms, medals, diaries, historic photographs, Red Cross or Salvation Army memorabilia, paper items, household objects and more. If you have objects you would like to loan, please contact Katie Zavoski, Senior Curator, at 732-745-4177 or email photographs of the items to katie.zavoski@co.middlesex.nj.us. Please reach out to museum staff before dropping anything off at the museum, located at 1225 River Road in Piscataway. Continue Reading →

Dunellen’s Integrated Preschool Program Accepting Applicants

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The Dunellen Board of Education (BOE) is currently accepting applications through May 15, 2017 for its tuition-based integrated preschool program at John P. Faber School. This program provides an opportunity for typically developing 4-year olds and Special Needs preschoolers to be educated together. The program has a capacity of 22 integrated preschool students and seats will be filled on a first come – first served basis after receipt of a nonrefundable tuition deposit. For the 2016-17 School Year, the cost of the program for Dunellen residents will be $4,000 for the school year; non-Dunellen Residents will be considered at an annual tuition of $5,000. The program runs Monday through Friday 8:30AM until 2:10PM. Continue Reading →

Faber Honors Two Staff Members

This winter, Faber Elementary School selected as their Teacher of the Year, Stacey Malinowski and as their Support Person of the Year, Ana Torres. Malinowski teaches English Language Learners (ELL students). According to Faber principal Gary Lubisco, Jr., “Ms. Malinowski is an excellent teacher, she is always there for any staff member or student, no question or problem is too big or small for her to help out with. She is a great person to work with.” Although Malinowski has been working primarily at Faber School for 17 years, she also taught at the higher grade levels earlier in her career, when there were fewer students speaking English as a second language. Continue Reading →