Somerset County holds county-wide history event

Somerset County Weekend Journey through the Past logo

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in collaboration with thirty local historical organizations and tourism partners, has designated the weekend of October 10 & 11, 2015 “Weekend Journey through the Past.” During this two-day period, many of the County’s significant historic sites will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, and 12:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. This year’s event will feature four (4) “first time” participating sites: The Hageman Farm in Somerset (Franklin Twp); the Texier House Museum in Watchung; Blawenburg Reformed Church in Blawenburg (Montgomery Twp.); and the Dr. J. Vermeule House in Green Brook. Many of the sites have significant Revolutionary War histories which have contributed to the area’s designation as the “Crossroads of the American Revolution State Heritage Area”. Local historians will be on hand to share their knowledge and stories about Somerset County’s history. Continue Reading →

Dunellen Police Report | September 2015

Police Car Light

On 9/29/15 @ 6:29pm – A Raritan resident was arrested and charged with obstruction, hindering apprehension and contempt of court after patrol was called to Morecraft Park for a report of an active fight. Upon arrival it was discovered that the fight had stopped and several individuals, including the suspect, were still on scene. The suspect was asked for his name and refused to give it after several requests. He was then arrested for obstruction. After being arrested his identification was found in his wallet. Continue Reading →

Local hot spot nominated for entertainment award

roxy and duke's roadhouse

Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse has been nominated for a New Jersey Stage Award under the Music category as “Best Place to see Emerging Artists.” Located in the former local Polish Falcons headquarters on Bound Brook Road, Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse is an entertainment venue which holds performances from internationally known artists such as Adrian Belew and The Reverend Horton Heat as well as national touring acts and local musicians. It’s known for booking rockabilly, ska, swing, punk, metal and other non-mainstream genres. In addition to musical performances, Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse also hosts bellydancing showcases, vaudeville acts and dinner theater. Participants can vote once a day until November 5, 2015. Continue Reading →

Dunellen participates in Walk Your Child to School Day

Faber School

This morning John P. Faber Elementary School students along with their parents walked in the 16th Annual International Walk Your Child to School Day (WYCTSD). They were joined by members of the school staff and PTO as well as Dunellen firefighters, EMS personnel, and policemen. Dunellen has been participating in the international event for over a decade, rallied by Mayor Bob Seader who is an avid walker. Dunellen’s WYCTSD is currently organized by Dunellen resident Diana Starace who is the injury prevention coordinator at RWJUH and Safe Kids Middlesex County. Safe Kids Middlesex County and RWJ Trauma Center are the event’s local sponsors. Continue Reading →

Walk Your Child to School Day, October 7

Faber School

John P. Faber Elementary School students, parents, staff and volunteers will be walking in the 16th Annual International Walk Your Child to School Day on October 7 starting at 7:30 a.m.

Participants will meet up at two main starting points, St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church and Columbia Park, and travel together using safety tips they have learned. There will be giveaways for all participating students. The event is co-sponsored by Safe Kids Middlesex County Coalition which is led by Dunellen resident Diana J. Starace. Local residents are advised to use extra caution when traveling during this time. Continue Reading →

Scam Using Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Phone Number


Scammers are using the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office phone number and impersonating themselves as sheriff’s office personnel to get victims to make payments on false warrants. “The public should know that the sheriff’s office always serves warrants in person and will never call for money or personal information,” Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano said. If you have received any calls from scammers, call the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office at 908-231-7140 ext.9. If you are a victim of a scam, you can file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission at
If you received a false call and actually sent or confirmed funds and wish to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission you can do so at
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Garlic Growing Workshop at the EARTH Center


The Rutgers Master Gardeners’ “Growing Garlic in Your Garden” workshop is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 25 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. “The 2015 gardening workshops series at the EARTH Center is a great opportunity for those who cannot commit to the weekday sessions of the Master Gardeners classes,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I hope many people will register for this class; not just gardening enthusiasts, but anyone who wants to learn more about cooking or gardening.”

Though this is a free workshop, pre-registration is required. To register, call 732-398-5262 by October 21. No “walk-ins” are permitted. Continue Reading →

Strike & Spare to reopen as NJ’s first Bowlmor location

After a 4-month, multi-million dollar renovation, AMF Strike & Spare Lanes will reopen as New Jersey’s first Bowlmor Lanes location, Bowlmor Green Brook. To celebrate the opening, guests are invited to enjoy one free game of bowling on Saturday, October 3 from 3pm-5pm, as Magic 98.3 FM broadcasts live from the venue, hosted by DJ Chris McCoy. Bowlmor Green Brook features 48 blacklight lanes, a massive central “star bar,” and video walls. The reimagined venue includes a state-of-the-art sound system, laneside banquettes, chandeliers, and reclining leather barber chairs. The center’s new state-of-the-art arcade hosts traditional favorites as well as the latest hit titles like Jurassic Park, Flappy Birds, and Sink It Shootout, in addition to adult-centered amusements including beer pong, billiards, and shuffleboard. Continue Reading →

Dunellen among towns under drought watch

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today issued a drought watch for New Jersey’s Northeast, Central, and Coastal North water supply regions, urging residents in the affected areas to voluntarily conserve water and for the rest of the state to practice wise water use due to continued dry weather and above-average temperatures. Dunellen is part of the Central region along with other towns in Middlesex, Somerset, and Union counties. The drought watch is prompted by continued rainfall deficits that have decreased reservoir, ground water and streamflow levels in the three regions. The purpose of the watch is to raise public awareness, formally alert all water suppliers in the region of the situation, and to seek voluntary cooperation to preserve existing supplies in the affected regions, with water demand still high. Commissioner Martin said. Continue Reading →

Chimney Rock Road Bridge Finally Opens


The new Chimney Rock Road bridge over Route 22 in Bridgewater officially opened this week, with two new traffic lights fully activated. On Monday, Sept. 21, both signalized intersections along Chimney Rock Road at the Route 22 Eastbound Local roadway and Route 22 Westbound Ramps A/B were placed into final operation and fully opened to traffic. The new Chimney Rock Road bridge over the Route 22 Eastbound and Westbound Express roadways is now fully functional. It provides a new direct connection between Route 28 and Route 22 and points farther north. Continue Reading →