April 24, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Alternate routes best option during Pulaski closure

Traffic is moving with relative ease, but officials with the state Department of Transportation are urging commuters to ditch their cars in the wake of the closure of the Pulaski Skyway. More...

Egg hunt

Kids scatter during an Easter egg hunt organized by the East Brunswick Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 145 at the Warnsdorfer Elementary School in East Brunswick on April 19. More...

Former Middlesex County College coach charged in sexual-assault case

A Jackson resident who is a former basketball coach at Middlesex County College was arrested by Jackson police earlier this month following allegations that he sexually assaulted a male teenager for approximately two years. More...

Denim Day to support victims of sexual violence

Middlesex County will recognize Denim Day on April 25 by encouraging all residents to wear denim to raise awareness of sexual violence. More...

Farmlands bike tour showcases rural routes

Those traversing the highways and byways of New Jersey are often doing so behind the wheel of a vehicle, making their way through traffic-clogged conditions. More...

Funding supports screenings for those affected by Sandy

The Christie administration has announced $4 million for behavioralhealth screenings for residents impacted by superstorm Sandy. More...

Help your child transition from a crib to a bed

Much of a young child’s life revolves around adapting to new situations. Even when a routine is established, things can change and new skills must be learned. More...

TEDxNavesink comes to Red Bank

RED BANK — Following the success of last year’s TEDxNavesink conference at Brookdale Community College, event organizers have moved to a new, larger venue and scheduled a wide array of new talks and live acts for 2014. More...

Rutgers Day, Ag Field Day, Folk Festival offer fun for all

Rutgers Day will welcome new additions this year, including a parade along College Avenue, displays about Rutgers’ participation in the Big Ten conference and health sciences programming on Busch Campus. The event takes place from 10 a.m. More...

Letters

A binding arbitration law is needed

Few things in government are ever black and white. Most fall within shades of gray, to be parsed out by policy makers. But the current issue of the expired binding arbitration cap is not one of these. More...

Sunday comic offers religious ‘gems’

Reading the Sunday comics or even the daily ones is a way of life for many here in America. This tradition has been going on for many decades. The comics can make you laugh or make you think about the theme it portrays. More...

Reusable tote bags better for environment

Kudos to the New York City Council for introducing a bill that would impose a 10-cent fee on all plastic and paper grocery bags. If the bill passes, it will help clean up our environment and save countless animals. More...

Schools

Schools agree to share special services director

SPOTSWOOD — The Spotswood and Milltown boards of education held their annual bi-district meeting at Spotswood High School April 8 to announce the results of several joint committee meetings that had taken place since January. More...

Schools can win playground by recycling

TerraCycle, in partnership with Colgate and ShopRite, has announced the Recycled Playground Challenge, a new initiative that aims to encourage healthy smiles and environments among schoolchildren and consumers. More...

There is plenty for children to do, see and learn in the area

Check out these local businesses that cater to children and parents: More...

Business

New homes: bigger, greener

The burst housing bubble saw many homeowners seeking out smaller homes, but the average size of new home actually has over the past four years, from 2,362 square feet in 2009 to 2,679 square feet in 2013, according to Census Bureau data presented by More...

REAL ESTATE BRIEFS

Jack Waters, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that Donna Warters of the East Brunswick office was recognized for her exceptional industry success during March. More...

How low can your numbers go?

A re you one of the many who’d like to buy a home, but you’re waiting for your number to come up? The door-opening digit might refer to your outstanding debt, your credit score, a down payment, or a combination of the above. More...

Bulletin Board items

- Student artwork being showcased at libraryPaintings, drawings and photographs created by Middlesex County students will be on display at the Fords Public Library, 211 Fords Ave., Fords, and the John F. More...

Emergency managers learn from Sandy

I n New Jersey, where tornadoes, wildfires, blizzards, nor’easters and hurricanes are just some of the disasters perpetually on the horizon, it pays to be prepared. More...

N.J. native follows calling to wildlife sanctuary

Suzan Bellincampi spent one recent sun-splashed morning pounding stakes into the sand and setting up a makeshift fence to safeguard some of the marine birds in her corner of Martha’s Vineyard. More...

Animal cruelty case spurs increase in enforcement

Following the death of a 3-month-old boxer puppy named Caramel, both the township of North Brunswick and the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter will be stepping up enforcement of animal cruelty laws. More...

Genealogy to be explored at Family History Fair

Those interested in learning about their grandparents, greatgrandparents and other ancestors may be able to find answers to their questions during the East Brunswick Family History Fair, which will be held 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. More...

South River evaluates parking during snow

SOUTH RIVER — Despite the welcome arrival of spring, residents are still taking issue with the snowstorms that plagued the winter. More...

Parents warned about usage of molly drug at ‘glow parties’

Law enforcement agencies throughout Middlesex County are alerting parents about the growing sale and use of molly, an illegal drug, at promoted events. More...

Facts about childhood fever

Fevers scare many parents.When a child’s temperatures rises, it can induce panic and helplessness. More...

Special Kays kick off season with awards

Special Kays — a nonprofit, nationally recognized competitive dance team of the New Jersey Center of Dance and Performing Arts — received numerous high-level awards at the Groove Regional Dance Competition March 14-16 in Millstone and at More...

Hike, plantings set for Sunday at Cheesequake Park

OLD BRIDGE — Visitors to Cheesequake State Park will learn about the history of Earth Day as well as the history of the 1,610-acre state park at the annual Earth Day celebration April 27. More...

Bulletin Board

Vo-Tech tricky tray slated for April 25

Middlesex County Vocational and Technical High School in East Brunswick will hold a tricky tray from 6 to 10 p.m. April 25. Admission is $20 and includes a sheet of small tickets, a door prize ticket, and coffee and tea. More...

Hadassah to conduct symposium on Israel

The Hadassah Southern New Jersey Region will host its annual educational symposium from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 at the Forsgate Country Club, Monroe. More...

Talk to shed light on Ukrainian Jews

A program titled “The Jews of Ukraine: Before World War II” is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. April 29 at the East Brunswick Public Library, Jean Walling Civic Center. More...

Opinion

Photo

The remains of the boardwalk along the beaches of Long Branch as seen on April 17. More...

FOR THE RECORD

The proposed 2014 municipal budget for the borough of Spotswood calls for a tax rate increase of 2 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. More...

Sports

Chargers softball battling to defend Blue Division crown

SPOTSWOOD

The Spotswood High School softball team, defending champion of the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) Blue Division, faces a major challenge if it wants to repeat this spring. More...

Rams showing no mercy in undefeated softball run

SOUTH RIVER

Have mercy. That has to be the unified plea of all seven opponents that have faced the South River High School softball team this season. More...

SPORT SHORTS

Kevin Brady, the softball coach at East Brunswick High School, registered his 300th softball win on April 19 when the Bears shut out Woodbridge High School, 11-0. More...