Project Stick Shock Brings Awareness to Underage Drinking


The Dunellen Municipal Alliance, in collaboration with the Middlesex County Coalition for Healthy Communities, sponsored “Project Sticker Shock”, a campaign designed to raise awareness about underage drinking and youth access to alcohol. Alcohol has been identified as the #1 drug of choice among youth, and accorded to surveys, is one of the easiest to obtain. Youth and adult leaders, along with teen members of Dunellen’s 1st Presbyterian Church “Cellar” group, attended a fun and engaging educational session about underage drinking and the risks associated with it on Friday evening, November 18. The next morning, they visited Dunellen Liquors and Maggie Murray’s Pub House to place bright green stickers on multipacks of beer, wine coolers and other alcoholic products that appeal to underage drinkers. The stickers were printed with the reminder: “KEEP IT LEGAL! Continue Reading →

Old Town Village To Hold Holiday Celebration

Dunellen Holiday Home Decorating Contest

The Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage will host its “Seasonal Traditions” holiday program at East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway. These special events, all free of charge, will be held at the Village (1050 River Road, inside Johnson Park) from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, December 11. The event is being sponsored by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, The Township of Piscataway and the Piscataway Girl Scouts. Scheduled activities include:

Children’s Craft Session: 1-6 p.m.- Fun for children of all ages! Make paper chain garlands and festive holiday cards with the Piscataway Girl Scouts. Continue Reading →

County’s Skate Rink Opens for 14th Season


Middlesex County’s Roosevelt Park Family Ice Skating Rink opened for its 14th season. The rink is located at the Level Playing Fields Complex inside the County’s Roosevelt Park, which is adjacent to Menlo Park Mall in Edison. The rink is open Wednesday through Friday: 5:00 to 9:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday: Session 1: 12:30 to 2:30pm, Session 2: 3:00 to 5:00pm, Session 3: 6:30 to 8:30pm. The rink is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Per-session admission is $6 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children 17 and under. Continue Reading →

Dunellen Police Report | November 2016

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On 11/26/2016 at 9:04 pm – A Plainfield resident was placed under arrest and charged with receiving stolen property following a motor vehicle stop on Front Street. The driver was initially stopped for speeding when it was determined the vehicle had been reported stolen in Plainfield on 11/23/2016. He was transported to Dunellen Police Headquarters where he was processed and subsequently lodged in Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in lieu of $10,000 bail. On 11/26/2016 at 12:02 am – A North Plainfield resident was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle stop on South Avenue. The driver was stopped for disregarding a traffic sign and was found to be intoxicated. Continue Reading →

Sydney McLaughlin Receives Additional Honors

Sydney McLaughlin, Gatorade AOTY

Dunellen athlete Sydney McLaughlin has added two more awards to her list of recognitions. The USA Track & Field Association (USATF) named the Olympian and world junior record holder Youth Athlete of the Year. She will be honored, along with eight-time 2016 WMA gold medalist Irene Obera who was chosen to be Masters Athlete of the Year, on Saturday, December 3, at the Jesse Owens Awards in Orlando, Florida. “This has been the most incredible year of my life,” McLaughlin told USATF. “I couldn’t have achieved what I did this year without the constant support and guidance of my parents, my brother, and my coach and teammates. Continue Reading →

Breakfast with Santa at 4-H Petting Zoo


On Saturday, December 3, Middlesex County 4-H is hosting “Breakfast with Santa and His Furry and Feathered Friends” at the Middlesex County 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. Parents and children are invited to enjoy a pancake breakfast, meet Santa, and meet Santa’s furry and feathered friends at our petting zoo. There are two seatings for breakfast and activities: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children (age 9 & under), and includes a pancake breakfast, one picture with Santa per family, the petting zoo, and more. Reservations are required. To register, call the 4-H Office at 732-398-5261. Continue Reading →

Open House for Sheriff’s Explorer Program, Jan 10


The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office will have an open house for Middlesex county residents age 14 – 20 and their parents to learn about the Sheriff’s Office upcoming Sheriff’s Explorer program. The Explorer leadership program will give young adults an opportunity to “explore” a possible career in law enforcement by working and training with members of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office. The program emphasizes leadership, academics, character development and self-discipline as well as encouragement to give back to the community. The event is on Tuesday, January 10, 7 pm at 701 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. Those interested should attend with a parent or guardian. Continue Reading →

Friendsgiving Gatherings in Dunellen

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Those coming home to Dunellen for Thanksgiving often meet up with friends the night before for impromptu high school reunions. Here’s a list of what’s happening at four of Dunellen’s watering holes:
Avellino’s: The pizzeria’s house band Sloppy Joe will be playing. Maggie Murray’s Pub House: Comprised of several DHS alums, Twopenny Porters will be performing celtic, blues, and rock. Roxy and Duke’s Roadhouse: The weekly “Lenny’s Night Out Jam” will feature Jim Hart, Lenny D, and special guest Bob DeRosso on house guitar with any talented locals who decide to drop in to play. Zupko’s Tavern: Local fave Munkee Zunkel will be getting the bar rocking around 9:30pm. Continue Reading →

Sydney McLaughlin named T&FN High School Athlete of the Year

Dunellen resident Sydney McLaughlin and her brother Taylor reveal the new sign in front of Columbia Park, acknowledging her 2016 athletic accomplishments.

Dunellen resident, Sydney McLaughlin was recently named 2016 Track & Field News (TFN) High School Girls Athlete of the Year. According to TFN, she was chosen by a national panel of prep experts. Her third-place finish in the 400m hurdles at the Olympic Trials is a World Junior Record. She also broke other records in 2016 and was named Gatorade Athlete of the Year earlier this year. The Union Catholic High School senior ran away with the win, receiving 31 votes more than Vashti Cunningham, who was her roommate at the Rio Olympics. Continue Reading →

Dunellen Police Participating in “No-Shave November” Fundraiser

Dunellen Police Department - No-Shave November 2016

Officers from the Dunellen Police Department (DPD) and other local police departments are participating in No-Shave November, a month-long event that funds cancer research and education, help prevent the disease, and aid those fighting the battle. Participants are encouraged to grow their facial hair out during the entire month. Monies raised will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Fight Colorectal Cancer, Prevent Cancer Foundation, and American Cancer Society. So far, the No-Shave November campaign raised over $3.5 million dollars. Continue Reading →