Special Meeting on Somerset County ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan on 2/23


The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold a Special Meeting on the County “ADA” Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan on Tuesday February 23, 2016 immediately following the regular Freeholder Meeting at 6:30 p.m.This special meeting is open to any citizen of the County and feedback is appreciated as to how the County can better serve those of the public with disabilities. Copies of the updated draft of the “ADA” Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan is available at the Freeholder’s Office, third floor, County Administration Building, 20 Grove Street, Somerville, NJ, Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Freeholders Meeting Room, 3rd floor, County Administration Building, 20 Grove Street, Somerville, New Jersey. For questions about accessibility please contact Kathryn Quick at 908-231-7037 or quick@co.somerset.nj.us
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Gardening with Youth Conference Coming to Middlesex County


Middlesex County’s Office of Extension Services will present a new program that demonstrates how gardening can be used as an educational tool for young people. “Digging Into Youth Gardens: A Conference for Educators and Community Leaders” will take place on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Jersey Old Town Village, located at 1050 River Road, Piscataway. The conference fee will be $25 with early registration by Wednesday, March 2 and $30 for late registration. Checks, made payable to Middlesex County treasurer can be mailed to or dropped off at the EARTH Center in Davidsons Mill Pond Park located at 42 Riva Avenue, which is geographically located in South Brunswick. The purpose of the conference is to assist schools, community youth groups, churches, YMCAs and other groups in starting and maintaining a youth garden. Continue Reading →

Free American Indian Dance Program on 2/26


The Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage and the Folklife Program for New Jersey welcome the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers for a colorful and lively performance of traditional dance and music, representing tribal groups found throughout the United States on Friday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at the Crossroads Theatre located at 7 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick. Known for their dedication to the preservation and cross-cultural understanding of Native American cultures, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers are an inter-tribal ensemble who preserve and perpetuate the songs and dances of their community. Since 1963, the dancers and their Artistic Director Louis Mofsie, have presented dances and songs which reflect the variety of American Indian cultures, regions and traditions from the Iroquois to the Inuit. This is a free program, but registration is required. To register, please call 732-745-4489. Continue Reading →

Beekeeping Workshop at the EARTH Center


The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is hosting a free introductory beekeeping workshop. Introduction to Beekeeping is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 27 at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Avenue in South Brunswick. At this workshop, participants will learn the basics of establishing a hive on their own property, and about the positive impact hobbyist beekeepers have had on the environment’s honeybee population. “This class should generate a lot of interest in beekeeping, and allow those who have never thought about this traditional practice to understand its purpose and importance,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. Another topic of discussion will be the best kind of plants to use as pollen sources in your garden, which is especially important if pollen is scarce in your area. Continue Reading →

Somerset County Sheriff’s Office to Start Using Body Worn Cameras


Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano has announced the implementation of Body Worn Cameras for his officers at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. The body worn cameras were purchased in 2015 with funds from a federal Drug Enforcement Agency grant. The Sheriff’s Office has been working in close collaboration with Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano to develop standard operating procedures for the use of the body worn cameras in accordance with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Directive 2015-1. The cameras also can aid in investigations by capturing real-time incidents as they are occurring; assist in the collection of evidence; memorialize information at crime scenes; improve the ability to identify suspects and enhance the accuracy of victim and witness statements. The body camera video also provides prosecutors with an additional investigative tool in court proceedings. Continue Reading →

Dunellen Police Report | January 2016

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On 1/31/16 @ 2:37am – A Dunellen resident was arrested and charged with DWI, underage DWI and resisting arrest following a motor vehicle stop on Columbia Street. The vehicle was stopped for driving recklessly on South Washington Avenue. The driver was found to be intoxicated and arrested. He then pushed an officer and attempted to get back to his vehicle. He was restrained and then placed into the rear of the patrol car to be brought to headquarters. Continue Reading →

RVRC Starts Petition for Rush Hour & Weekend One-Seat Ride


The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) was created in 1998 as a non-profit, bi-partisan group to advocate for a “one seat” ride from the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) into Penn Station, New York. In addition to a decrease in travel time and the anxiety of switching trains in Newark, the “one-seat” ride has been shown to increase property values in towns where there is a stop. In the past few years, NJ Transit has used its new dual-powered locomotives to take RVL riders straight into the Big Apple during mid-day and evening hours on weekdays. The RVRC is looking to complete its main goal, having all RVL trains go all the way to New York, including peak weekday hours and weekends. In order to accomplish this, they are asking residents to sign a petition which will be shared with local legislators. Continue Reading →

County’s Business Resource Center Presents Entrepreneurship Workshop


If you’re looking to start your own business, develop an idea you have for a business, or are currently searching for a job, be sure to sign up the Middlesex County Office of Workforce Development’s upcoming workshop. “Business Structure & Entrepreneurship” provides answers and resources on finding your place in the business world and is part of the SCORE Entrepreneurship Series of workshops. It is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, February 4 at the Middlesex County One-Stop Career Center, 550 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick. The workshop is sponsored by SCORE/Princeton Chapter, Jersey Job Club, the Middlesex County Business Resource Center and the County Office of Workforce Development. Participants will learn aspects of entrepreneurship such as: legal structures of a business; business name selection and registration; getting an employer ID, the basics of a business plan; marketing and research issues and an overview of financial funding for your small business. Continue Reading →

Middlesex County Prescription Drug Discount Card Available to All Residents


The Middlesex County Prescription Drug Discount Card Program, offered through a partnership with ProAct, is available to all residents at zero cost. There are no prerequisites or qualifications to take advantage of the program. Discount cards are accepted at over 170 pharmacies within the county and at over 62,000 pharmacies nationwide. The program also covers prescriptions for pets. “This plan can help those who have no prescription coverage, minimal prescription coverage or those who must take certain medications that are not covered by their plans,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. Continue Reading →

Phone Scams Targeting Middlesex County Residents


​Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey warns that two unrelated telephone scams could potentially bilk residents out of thousands of dollars. “These types of scams in which criminals use fear tactics for financial gain are becoming more prevalent throughout New Jersey,” Prosecutor Carey said. “These criminals often use personal information of the victims or their families to convince their targets to act. I urge all of our citizens to remain vigilant, be skeptical of such phone calls, and to contact the police if they receive such a phone call,” Prosecutor Carey said. In one scam, Prosecutor Carey and Chief Matthew Geist of the Middlesex Borough Police Department said an investigation determined that a group of unknown individuals may call potential targets, tell them that one of their relatives has been kidnapped, and that the family must wire money to ensure the victim’s safe return. Continue Reading →