Dunellen Police promotes Slow Down Initiative at Faber

Dunellen Police promoting Slow Down Initiative at Faber Elementary School April 21, 2016.

On Thursday, April 21, Dunellen police officers gathered with children from John P. Faber Elementary School to expand the Middlesex County “Slow Down in Our Town” pedestrian safety program. This program was created by Freeholder James Polos in 2006 in an effort to raise awareness to pedestrian safety. In an effort to combat speeding in residential neighborhoods, “Slow Down in Our Town” enlists the use of a signs supplied by the Middlesex County Traffic Safety Program funded by New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Over the next few weeks, twenty signs will be placed in the areas surrounding Faber Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School and Washington Park. However, studies have shown that signs permanently erected on streets become so commonplace that motorists often ignore them. Continue Reading →

County Birthday Bash for Dunellen Residents Age 90+ on May 17


The Middlesex County Office of Aging and Disabled Services will hold birthday parties for senior citizens age 90 and over as part of its National Older Americans Month celebration. For Dunellen residents, the event will be held on May 17 at the Piscataway Senior Center starting at 11 a.m. The Piscataway luncheon will also honor residents of Carteret, Highland Park, Middlesex, New Brunswick, Piscataway and South Plainfield. “We are happy we can give these special seniors a chance to enjoy the “limelight” with the recognition luncheon and entertainment,” said Gerry Mackenzie, Community Services Department Head. Each celebrant is invited with one guest. A few spots remain for this year, but registration is required. Continue Reading →

Middlesex County 4-H Hosts Summer Day Camp Program


Middlesex County boys and girls who have completed grades 3 through 6 are invited to take part in Middlesex County 4-H’s Explorations Week day camp program. The Explorations Week (E-Week) program, hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program, will run Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15, with sessions lasting from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All sessions will be held at the 4-H Youth Center located at 645 Cranbury Rd. in East Brunswick. The program aims to help the campers in several key ways: encourage creativity, promote self-confidence, help them make new friends and achieve a sense of accomplishment. The theme of this year’s E-Week will be the Olympics. Continue Reading →

Water Alert: April 10, 2016

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An email alert issued by New Jersey American Water informed its Dunellen customers that the company will begin routine flushing its water distribution system April 11. The procedure will continue until July 10 and will be done during the daytime, from 8AM to 5PM. The flushing is done to ensure high-quality water service and to monitor and maintain fire hydrants. According to the email, “When crews are working in your area, you may notice reduced pressure or discolored water. If your water is discolored, wait until it runs clear before using. Continue Reading →

Four hospitalized after car crash

Medical emergency helicopter landed on the Dunellen High School football field the morning of April 6, 2016.

Four people were hospitalized after a two-vehicle accident at 11:20 am on April 6 at the intersection of South Washington Avenue and Walnut Street. According to Sergeant Jeffrey Del Buono of the Dunellen Police Department’s Traffic Safety Division, one of the vehicles was traveling north on South Washington Avenue and failed to stop for a red light. The second vehicle was traveling east on Walnut Street and collided with the other vehicle in the intersection. One of the vehicles then struck a telephone pole. The 45-year-old driver of one of the vehicles and her 66-year-old passenger were transported by ambulance to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital-Somerset. Continue Reading →

Dunellen Preschool Program Applications Due By May

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The Dunellen Board of Education (BOE) is currently accepting applications through May 15, 2016 for its tuition-based integrated preschool program at John P. Faber School. The 2016-2017 school year will be the first time the BOE will allow applications from surrounding school districts. Admission is selected by a lottery system with residents of Dunellen getting preferred access to the program. The two preschool classes will consist of 15 to 18 students, several of whom require special education service, with the remainder being typically developing 4 year olds. The program based on the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards will be supervised by Director of Special Services Michael Botti along with Faber School Principal Gary “JR” Lubisco. Continue Reading →

Historian to Lecture on “Path to Freedom: Free African-Americans in New Jersey”


The Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage will host Historian Walter Greason for a lecture about the history of African-Americans in New Jersey during the 19th and 20th centuries. “Path to Freedom: Free African-Americans in New Jersey” is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9 in Crabiel Hall at Middlesex County College located at 2600 Woodbridge Avenue in Edison. The lecture will discuss the development of African-American communities in rural New Jersey during the late 19th and 20th centuries and the role of those communities in New Jersey’s history as well as the effects of suburbanization. Dr. Walter Greason is an expert on post-American Revolution racism and economic history. He has published four academic works, and holds a joint position in the Departments of History and Anthropology and Management and Decision Sciences at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. Continue Reading →

Youth Conservation Corps Summer Jobs Available


Applications are now being accepted for the Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps, whose mission is to protect and preserve the more than 7,600 acres of Open Space owned and maintained by Middlesex County. Conservation Corps crew members earn $9.00 per hour and will work Monday through Friday from June 27 through August 19. Work will primarily take place at County Open Spaces in Old Bridge, Monroe and South Brunswick. High school and college students age 16 and over are encouraged to apply. Activities include trail building, litter clean-up, invasive species removal and wildlife habitat improvements. Continue Reading →

Amazon Prime Same Day Delivery Now Available to Dunellen Residents

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Today, the internet retailer Amazon expanded its free same-day delivery service which is a perk for its Prime members. Residents in Dunellen and its neighboring towns are included in the 27 metro areas eligible for the service. Amazon already provides free two-day shipping of over 30 million products as part of its Prime membership which costs $99 per year. The same-day delivery option which debuted last year with a more limited delivery range is only available for over one million products in forty categories. Items eligible for the perk display a “Prime FREE Same-Day” or “Prime FREE One-Day” icon. Continue Reading →

Winning Lottery Ticket Purchased at Local Store

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Someone you know may be $328,462 richer. A Jersey Cash 5 winning ticket was purchased at 7 Days Food Store located on North Avenue. Only one other ticket, purchased in Long Branch, matched all five numbers drawn on Saturday, April 2. Both will split the $656,924 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot. The winning numbers were: 12, 14, 36, 42 and 43. Continue Reading →