Olympian Sydney McLaughlin Comes Home to Dunellen

Sydney McLaughlin, Gatorade AOTY

Dunellen will salute hometown Olympian Sydney McLaughlin on Saturday morning during a “celebration ceremony” to welcome the 17-year-old hurdler home from Rio. Residents are encouraged to arrive at Columbia Park by 10:30 a.m. on Saturday wearing red, white and blue. The ceremony for McLaughlin will include an award presentation by Mayor Bob Seader. McLaughlin, a Dunellen resident, is the youngest track and field Olympian for Team USA since 1972. And on August 15 and 16, her hometown cheered her on as she competed in Rio, 5000 miles away. Continue Reading →

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in effect

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Beginning August 19 and running through September 5, local and state law enforcement officers including the Dunellen Police Department will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the 2016 Labor Day Statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by public educational efforts including national radio and television advertisements, posters, banners and mobile video display signs. The campaign looks to curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period. As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign. “There is a zero tolerance message for this campaign. Continue Reading →

First Presbyterian Offering Week-Long Bible School

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First Presbyterian Church of Dunellen is offering a free Vacation Bible School next week. It’s a tradition that has been a part of the church’s schedule for over half a century. The school program will be held August 8-12 and is open to children in preschool through 5th grade. Students do not have to be Presbyterian or from Dunellen. Although the classes are held primarily in English, many of the teachers and leaders are able to instruct in Spanish as well. Continue Reading →

Dunellen Police Report | July 2016

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On 7/31/2016 at 2:50 am – A Dunellen resident was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after a motor vehicle stop on South Washington Avenue. He was transported to Dunellen Police Headquarters for processing and later released to a sober party with a court date. On 7/27/2016 at 8:04 pm – A Dunellen resident was arrested for contempt of court after patrol officers were called to investigate a dispute. During the investigation, it was discovered that one of the involved parties had an outstanding warrant from Dunellen. He was placed under arrest and brought to Dunellen Police Headquarters for processing. Continue Reading →

South Pacific To Close Plays-in-the-Park 2016 Season

Plays-in-the-Park South Pacific. Edison, NJ Summer 2016

Plays-in-the-Park is now presenting the third and final offering of its summer 2016 season, the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific.” “South Pacific” premiered on Broadway in 1949 and tells the story of U.S. troops stationed on a South Pacific island during WWII, and the romance between an American military nurse and a French plantation owner. This production features the original 26-piece orchestrations for this timeless score, featuring “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and many more. The show runs from July 27 to August 6. A Sign Language Interpreted performance will take place on August 3 (rain date August 4). Continue Reading →

Local Towns Celebrate National Night Out Aug 2

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Held the first Tuesday in August, National Night Out is a community event focused on promoting a positive relationship between police and the community they are hired to serve and protect as well as encouraging neighborly camaraderie as a way to keeping neighborhoods safe. Established in 1984 with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice, National Night Out started out with a simple concept. Local residents were encouraged to sit on their front porch for an hour with the lights on to show that they were watching out for their neighbors. It has since evolved into a way to connect with community employees and local organizations, as well as having a good time on a summer night. Every community celebrates differently. Continue Reading →

McLaughlin wins Silver in World U20 Men’s 400m Hurdles

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Dunellen resident Taylor McLaughlin won the silver medal at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in the Men’s 400m Hurdles with a new personal best time of 49.45. He placed right behind Jaheel Hyde of Jamaica (49.03) who was considered according to IAAF reports to be the overwhelming favorite going into the competition. Hyde has previously won the gold in the same category in 2014 and will be participating in this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A rising sophomore at the University of Michigan, McLaughlin was invited to the international competition because he won the 2016 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in the Men’s 400m Hurdles in June. This was the last race for him this season. Continue Reading →

Water mains being replaced in Dunellen

New Jersey American Water has begun replacing water main pipes located on Dunellen’s northeast side. The project, which is costing over $1.16 million, will replace 4,340 feet of 4-inch and 6-inch cast iron mains installed in the 1940s with 8-inch ductile iron pipes. Roads affected are Jefferson Avenue (from North Avenue to First Street), and First and Second Streets (from Jefferson Avenue to Washington Avenue). Weather permitting, work should be finished by the end of September. Final paving will be completed this fall. Continue Reading →

Taylor McLaughlin Moves on to World U20 Finals

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Taylor McLaughlin, Dunellen resident and University of Michigan rising sophomore, finished second in his semifinal heat at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships and will be moving on to the 400m hurdles finals in Bydgoszcz, Poland. His time of 50.25 was only bested overall by one from Jaheel Hyde of Jamaica (49.77) who ran in the same heat. The top nine runners from the semifinals will be competing in the finals on Saturday, July 23. Continue Reading →

Environmental Summer Program Now Accepting Students


Middlesex County students entering grades 4 through 7 are invited to attend “Eco-Adventures at the E.A.R.T.H. Center,” a fun summer program that focuses on the environment. Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 22 through 26, the program will take place at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick. Each day’s events will have a different theme, and hands-on activities will explore topics like ecology, water and resource conservation, climate change and issues such as alternative energy and earth-friendly gardening. Most days will begin with a team-building exercise to help students get acquainted. Wednesday, August 24 will feature a field trip and later in the week, students will create video public service announcements. Continue Reading →