Dunellen Police Report | October 2017

On 10/31/2017 at 11:58 am – A Dunellen resident was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after actively interfering with officers investigating an incident on Center Street. She was processed and later turned over to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office on a separate matter. On 10/29/2017 at 3:29 am – A Plainfield resident was arrested for driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle stop on North Washington Avenue for driving completely on the wrong side of the road. He was brought to Dunellen Police Headquarters for processing and later released to a sober family member. On 10/28/2017 at 11:30 pm – A Plainfield resident was arrested for contempt of court following a motor vehicle stop in the parking lot of a North Avenue business. Continue Reading →

Borough Council Candidates – 2017

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Kevin Bachorik (R – incumbent)

I have called Dunellen my home since 1988. My children were born at Muhlenburg Regional Medical Center and benefited from the Dunellen public school system. I became involved in town functions when my oldest daughter was four years old. From coaching T-ball, running the T-ball League, coaching girls softball, and also serving as president of the Dunellen Little League. It has been my pleasure to have served this community and an honor to have worked alongside other Dunellen residents who gave so freely of their time as well. Continue Reading →

Dunellen Police Raising Funds for Cancer Research

In the next month, several members of the Dunellen Police Department will be looking a little hairier than normal. That’s because the department, along with several neighboring police departments, is participating in No-Shave November. No-Shave November’s mission is to not only raise funds for cancer research and treatment but to educate the population about preventative measures. For over six years, participants around the globe have put down their razors and foregone their hair appointments, raising over $3.5 million. Funds raised in 2017 will go toward three organizations which rated well on Charity Navigator: Prevent Cancer Foundation which focuses on the prevention and early detection of cancer; Fight Colorectal Cancer which focuses on advocacy and research to end one of the deadliest cancers in America; and St. Continue Reading →

Petra Heleniak, 70

Petra (Wiegand) Heleniak, 70, died on September 12, 2017 at home in Dunellen, NJ surrounded by her family. Petra was born in Dermbach, Thuringen (East Germany) to Walter and Else Wiegand. At the age of 5, she was smuggled to West Germany and grew up in the state of Hesse. After graduating from nursing school, she began working in a West Germany hospital where she met her husband, Edwin. After their marriage in 1969, they moved to his hometown of Dunellen where she lived for almost half a century. Continue Reading →

Dunellen Police Report | August 2017

On 8/31/2017 at 8:02 am – Police received a walk-in report of fraud. A resident of Front Street reported that over the previous year they had been defrauded; this incident has been forwarded to the Detective Bureau. On 8/31/2017 at 7:11 pm – Police received a walk-in report from a resident of Plainfield that her cell phone had been stolen while shopping at a North Avenue business. On 8/28/2017 at 10:01 pm – Police responded to the report of a vehicle fire on Front Street. The arriving units located a fully involved house fire and ensured all residents had safely evacuated. Continue Reading →

Middlesex County Offers Lecture About Native American Art and Culture

Middlesex County’s Office of Art and History invites you to a free lecture about the rich legacy of Native American arts and culture, how that culture has evolved, and the key issues Native American artists now face. “Native American Arts and Cultural Practices in America” is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Rutgers Scholarly Communications Center on the New Brunswick campus, in the Teleconference/Lecture Hall, 4th Floor, Archibald S. Alexander Library, located at 169 College Ave. John Haworth, Senior Executive Emeritus of the Smithsonian – National Museum of the American Indian – New York, will share his knowledge about the issues impacting Native Americans today. A meet-and-greet session begins at 5 p.m.; the program begins at 6 p.m.

The program is free, but registration is required. Continue Reading →

Three Teachers Retire from Faber

The hallways of Faber School will sound a little different this fall. Three of its teachers, Sue Gavin, Jane Campbell and Lou DeLauro have retired from the Dunellen Schol District. Sue Gavin was been a physical education teacher at Faber School. In addition to teaching physical education, she also was responsible for planning many exciting school events including National Bike to School Day, ACES, the Bike Rodeo, and creating a garden in the courtyard of the school. Gavin has been a supportive teacher to all staff during her time, willing to lend a hand and help both students and staff. Continue Reading →

County Offers Workshop on “Successful Gardens in Small Spaces”

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If you would like to grow fresh produce at home, but aren’t sure if you have enough room for planting, join the Master Gardeners of Middlesex County for an upcoming workshop titled Successful Gardens in Small Spaces. This free workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick. The workshop will explore square-foot gardening, a type of gardening that concentrates on a small, clearly defined area and incorporates the use of compost. Advocates say this method works great for beginning gardeners or those with disabilities, and can help in areas with poor soil. Continue Reading →

Free Outdoor Historic Concert Series at East Jersey Old Town Village

The Middlesex County Office of Arts and History invites you to enjoy live music in a beautiful, historic setting. Admission is free. All performances take place at East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Rd., Piscataway. The performance schedule is as follows:

6 to 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27
Mark Heter and His Band
“Over There, Over Here: Music from the Great War”

6 to 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. Continue Reading →

Master Gardener classes offered by Middlesex County

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A new season of Master Gardener classes will be starting soon at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. The Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. This is a year-long program that includes lectures and hands-on learning. Lecture classes meet for three hours once per week from mid-September through mid-April and include some outdoor time in a County park. The “hands-on” garden portion of the class meets weekly from April through mid-September (every other week in summer). Continue Reading →