DHS Receives Safe Sports School Award

Dunellen High School received the 1st Team Safe Sports School award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). According to NATA’s website, the award was created to “recognize secondary schools around the country that provide safe environments for student athletes, the initiative reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.” The application for a Safe Sports School award outlines the specific actions that will lead an athletics program to the highest safety standards for its players. A school may earn a 1st or 2nd Team award; 1st is awarded to schools that act on all of the recommended and required elements. 2nd Team is granted to schools that have completed only required elements. Continue Reading →

Board of Ed to reinstate former School Superintendent

The Dunellen Board of Education (BOE) will be holding its regular public meeting in the Dunellen High School Library on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7:30pm. On its agenda is a vote to approve the return of former superintendent Pio Pennisi for next year’s school term and in the interim, hiring him as a special consultant to the Board of Education on an as-needed basis. After 34 years in the Dunellen School District, Pennisi retired as superintendent in June 2014. He was hired three months later, in September, as the interim superintendent of the Netcong school system, and is still listed as “superintendent” on its official website. According to a September 2014 article printed in the NJ Herald regarding the Netcong position, “Pennisi said he will work two days per week at a rate of about $519 per day as the interim superintendent and will focus on setting the district up for future success in addition to his normal administrative duties.” Continue Reading →

The first sign that spring is near – Maple sugaring

The end of winter brings the end of snow but it brings something even sweeter… maple syrup. Here are some maple sugaring events not far from Dunellen. Somerset County Environmental Education Center
190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ • 908 766-2489
The free events are held every Saturday and Sunday through March 15. The 90-minute program includes a half-mile hike to the “Sugar Shack” where the process will be demonstrated. Continue Reading →

Newark Penn Station’s Track 5 to be closed on evenings

Effective immediately, Newark Penn Station’s Track 5 platform will be closed evenings from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. through 2015 as necessary due to platform reconstruction work and other improvements. During this time, Raritan Valley Line customers will be directed to board from alternate platforms. Customers should check departure monitors and listen for station announcements for track assignments during this time. During the completion of this phase of work, customers will continue to board Raritan Valley Line trains from the east end of the Track 5 platform during the day. Check NJ Transit’s website for more information. Continue Reading →

Spring Job Fair

More than 50 employers – in key employment sectors such as health care, technology, advance manufacturing, retail, hospitality, financial services and transportation logistics and distribution — will be on hand Wednesday, March 25, at a job fair hosted by the Middlesex County Office of Workforce Development. The companies will recruit for various full-time positions at the fair to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Woodbridge Community Center Roller Rink, 600 Main St., Woodbridge. The event is being coordinated to assist Middlesex County residents who are unemployed or underemployed. Businesses will conduct on-site interviews while seeking qualified candidates for the job openings that exist within their organizations. Job seekers are encouraged to bring an ample supply of resumes and to be dressed to impress. Continue Reading →

“Young Pete” has pharmacy license suspended

The New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy has suspended the license of Peter J. Riccio, a Dunellen pharmacist who illegally distributed a potentially addictive, controlled-substance medication to individuals across the nation through an Internet-based scheme. “This pharmacist chose to put profits ahead of public safety and professional integrity,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said. “He provided an addictive, dangerous, and often-abused drug to patients who had not actually been seen and evaluated by the unscrupulous doctors who allegedly wrote their prescriptions. I applaud the Board of Pharmacy for suspending his license.” Riccio admitted that, in violation of Federal and New Jersey laws, he knowingly distributed the controlled drug to patients who had not actually been seen by doctors. Continue Reading →

Walgreens in Middlesex to close Feb. 27

Walgreens will be closing its Middlesex, NJ location on Friday, February 27. The pharmacy was one of the few Drug Fair locations that were purchased by Walgreens, prior to Drug Fair declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. Prescription orders will be transferred to the chain’s Green Brook site on Warrenville Road and Route 22. Other nearby locations include Piscataway and Bound Brook. Items that will not be making the move to Green Brook, including summer clothing, school supplies, and children’s toys have been sharply discounted. Continue Reading →

Lecture regarding British soldiers in Middlesex County, March 1

The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission will present a free lecture “Wintering in the Raritan River Valley,” which will bring an overlooked perspective to light, the story of the British troops of the American Revolution, and their time encamped in the Raritan River Valley. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1. To add to the historical immersion of the event, the lecture will be held inside the Indian Queen Tavern at East Jersey Olde Towne Village, located inside Johnson Park at 1050 River Road in Piscataway. The hardships and challenges of the British will be explored in a multimedia presentation. Lecturer Wade P. Catts, currently serves as Director of Cultural Resources for a historic preservation consulting firm. Continue Reading →

Middlesex County seeking Teams for Annual Youth Basketball Tournament

The Middlesex County Office of Parks & Recreation is seeking teams for its annual Board of Chosen Freeholders’ Basketball Tournament, which starts in early March. Games are played Monday through Thursday at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. and will be held at the Middlesex County Vocational-Technical School located at 21 Sutton Lane in Piscataway. The tournament consists of four divisions:
Youth Division #1: (Boys and Girls ages 10 and under)
Youth Division #2: (Boys and Girls ages 12 and under)
Youth Division #3: (Boys and Girls ages 13 and 14)
Youth Division #4: (Boys and Girls ages 15 to 17)
Age cutoff is Oct. 31. Teams must have a minimum of five, but no more than 20, participants. Continue Reading →