July 24, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

County fair has humble beginnings

The Middlesex County Fair Association was founded in 1938 by the Milltown Grange as a successor to the Flower and Crop Show, which was held at the Grange in 1937. More...

Flooded homes demolished in South River

Demolition of the first group of flooddamaged South River homes acquired by the state is underway. The house at 33 Freeman St. was razed July 7. More...

‘Super-bug’ threat spurs push to limit antibiotics for livestock

State Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin (D-Middlesex) is calling on Congress to curb certain antibiotics in livestock feed and ban feeding antibiotics to healthy animals. More...

Janitor accused in Edison school fire retires

The janitor accused of causing the fire that burned down James Monroe Elementary School in Edison in March has retired. Schools Superintendent Richard O’Malley confirmed the retirement of Jerome C. Higgins, which was effective June 30. More...

Residents can report marine emergencies with new app

Following a fish kill that left 450,000 Atlantic Menhaden dead in the Shark River, the American Littoral Society unveiled a new smartphone app — Marine Defenders — that allows citizen scientists to report marine emergencies. More...

Skate park

Sam Motusesky, Brooke Motusesky and Lauren Matheus, left to right, enjoy their time at the RollerMagic skating rink in South Amboy as part of the summer camp activities run by the Raritan Valley YMCA. More...

Middletown asks state for payout relief

Faced with substantial expenses for compensation of unused sick time to municipal employees this year, the Middletown Township Committee unanimously approved a resolution last week urging the state Legislature to eliminate or cap the dollar amount of More...

The pros and cons of sharing a bed with pets

All About Pets

Disney fans may recall a scene from the popular film,“Lady and the Tramp,” in which the cocker spaniel puppy, Lady, is spending her first night at home. More...

Katie’s Pet Depot offers advice about pet food

Most of us are very careful about the foods we feed our families; we should be equally concerned about the foods you feed your pets. More...

Police warn residents about scam involving Wal-Mart

Police are warning the public of an email scam attempt titled either “TASK-2014!!” or “Wal*mart.” More...

Letters

Jimmy Fund Golf extends their thanks

Jimmy Fund Golf extends its sincerest thanks to the organizers and sponsors of the Edison branch’s annual Charity Golf Outing held June 16 at Beacon Hill Country Club, Atlantic Highlands. More...

Opinion

Fantastic New Jersey ‘firsts’

YOUR TURN

A lthough New Jersey is not our “First State” — that honor goes to Delaware — this state we are in has an amazing roster of “firsts.” As we celebrate 350 years, it is a great time to look back on some of these firs More...

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Yellow daisies add sparkle to a summer day. More...

Sports

Smolin all about the team with football, track squads

A s long as Ryan Smolin has been participating in sports, he’s been a team player. More...

Hernandez develops into key ballplayer for Falcons

Some of the most difficult decisions often produce the best results. More...

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Teenagers from the First Assembly of God in Harrisburg, Pa., volunteer at the Raritan Valley YMCA in East Brunswick on July 18 as part of the Tidal Force Youth Conference and South River Family Festival initiative of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship C More...

County fairs grounded in agricultural roots

A summer staple in central New Jersey, county fairs can be counted on for more than just food and fun. They offer a snapshot of the state’s agricultural past and a look at the artistic talents of local residents. More...

Women build hope one house at a time

Female volunteers hammered nails into pieces of wood, climbed ladders to build a roof and even reconstructed hope — all for a Sea Bright woman who lost her home in superstorm Sandy. More...

South River OKs generator purchase amid controversy

SOUTH RIVER — The borough will get a new generator, but the project did not get unanimous support at the July 14 Borough Council meeting. More...

Cooperative Extension to celebrate centennial with garden field day

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — The Rutgers Cooperative Extension will celebrate its centennial in 2014 by commemorating the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which established a system of cooperative extension services. More...

Country music artists sought for drunken driving campaign

A country music project aims to bring awareness to the dangers of drunken driving, and New Jersey artists are invited to get involved. More...

State Theatre names interim president

NEW BRUNSWICK — Warren R. Zimmerman has been named the State Theatre’s interim president and CEO. More...

Volunteering at the YMCA

The Tidal Force Youth Conference brought together 80 teenagers and adults from East Brunswick, South River, and Harrisburg and New Stanton, Pa., to volunteer for a week through the efforts of the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church of East Brunswi More...

Higher standards proposed for police force candidates

Old Bridge may adopt higher standards for police candidates, requiring college degrees or a combination of higher education credits, full-time employment and military service. More...

Preventative care important for pets

A ccording to a 2011 Bayer Veterinary Care Usage study, companion animal veterinary visits have been declining over the past several years. More...

Choir sings for families dealing with cancer

Twenty-five young musicians from Central Jersey are joining voices this summer to offer hope and assistance to local families battling the devastating effects of cancer. More...

Monmouth County Fair promises fun for all

ENTERTAINMENT

The Monmouth County Fair will be held July 23-27 at the East Freehold Showgrounds on Kozloski Road, Freehold Township. More...

Bulletin Board

Jazz quartet next up at Monroe summer concert series

The Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission’s 2014 Music in the Park free summer concert series will continue with a performance by Sirocco Jazz, a local jazz quartet featuring vocalist Wendy Vaughn, 6 p.m. More...

Brunswick Women to host dinner party

The Brunswick Women’s Connection will sponsor a Miche Handbags Dinner Party 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at The Chateau, Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. Gabriele Majczuk will present a handbag fashion show in recognition of local teachers and educators. More...

Big-band music next up at concert series

The Old Bridge Cultural Arts will continue its free Summer Concert Series 2014 with a big-band performance by the Old Bridge Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. July 30 at Geick Park, off Route 516. In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled. More...

Obituaries

Karin Forsythe O’Neal

Ms. O’Neal, 41, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died July 5, 2014. Born April 15, 1973, she was the daughter of Fredrick and Barbara Kruczynski Forsythe of East Brunswick. More...

Business

BUSINESS BRIEFS

New Jersey State Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora presented Fiddleheads Restaurant with a July 17 resolution on behalf of the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly to commemorate the 10th year of Fiddleheads doing bu More...

Coldwell Banker receives sales lead award at Cartus Broker Network Int’l Conference

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y. was honored for its outstanding performance during the past year at the 2014 Cartus Broker Network International Conference held Feb. More...

Marketing for mobile

I s your next home a swipe or tap away? Homebuyers increasingly are utilizing websites, search engines, maps and apps, alongside their agent, to help them buy and sell real estate. More...