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Basking Ridge household’s house saved

Basking Ridge Hearth Co. No 1 Chief Peter Von Der Linde recommended the township and close by volunteer firefighters for extinguishing a Saturday fireplace shortly at 20 Morrison St. Help got here from Bernards Township Police, Bernardsville Hearth Co., Bedminster Hearth Dept. Lyons Hearth Dept. and Liberty Nook Hearth Co., Von Der Linde mentioned. “Fast motion from the volunteer firefighters from a number of cities saved a hearth that began within the chimney space of the house from spreading,” he mentioned. “Nobody was injured and the fireplace was shortly extinguished. Private household heirlooms had been in a position to be recovered.”

Powerball successful tickets bought in Middlesex, Somerset

Two of the three $50,00zero prize-winning tickets for Saturday’s Powerball drawing had been bought within the space. The tickets had been bought at Road Nook Information, 755 Route 18 south, East Brunswick, and ShopRite, 435 Elizabeth Ave., Somerset part of Franklin. The tickets matched 4 of the 5 white balls and the Powerball. The successful numbers for the drawing had been: 01, 02, 03, 07 and 39. The Crimson Energy Ball quantity was 25. The multiplier quantity was 03. Further data is offered at

Police investigating aggravated assault

The Woodbridge Township Police Division (WPD) is actively investigating the aggravated assault of a 24-year-old feminine sufferer that occurred on Thursday, Jan. 31, at roughly 10:00 PM.  The sufferer was assaulted with a blunt object. In keeping with the WPD Detective Bureau, the assailant is described as a male, mid-20’s, sporting glasses and a winter coat. The WPD Detective Bureau is requesting that anybody with data that may help within the investigation to contact Det. Timothy Laughery at 732-602-7306 or Det. Sgt. Edward Sciahetano at 732-602-2052. All data will stay confidential.

Lassus Wherley advisers obtain awards

Lassus Wherley advisers Diahann W. Lassus, Clare E. Wherley, Daybreak Brown, Jodi A. Cirignano, Patricia Daquila, Cynthia Fusillo, Lisa McKnight, Betty S. Thomas and Laurie Wolfe are 2019 5 Star Skilled award winners. The record of 5 Star Professionals in New Jersey was printed within the January challenge of New Jersey Month-to-month and on Award candidates are recognized by one in every of three sources: agency nomination, peer nomination or pre-qualification primarily based on business standing. Self-nominations will not be accepted. New Jersey award candidates had been recognized utilizing inner and exterior analysis information. Candidates don’t pay a payment to be thought-about or positioned on the ultimate record of 5 Star Professionals. Lassus Wherley is in New Windfall. Go to

CASA of Middlesex to carry volunteer coaching

CASA of Middlesex County will maintain a volunteer coaching session starting on Monday, March 18, for these interested by donating their time to assist a baby in foster care. Appointed by the household courtroom, Court docket Appointed Particular Advocates (CASA) conduct an impartial investigation of every baby’s case to assist judges make good choices relating to the youngsters’s well-being and security whereas in foster care and supreme placement in a secure, everlasting house. Potential volunteers should first full a web based utility, which will be discovered at As soon as a potential volunteer completes an utility, CASA interviews candidates and conducts required background checks. Volunteers then take part in 30 hours of coaching earlier than being assigned a case. CASA volunteers sometimes deal with one case at a time. Name 732-449-4449, go to

Summer season Job alternative in Union County

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders introduced summer time lifeguard positions can be found at Union County’s public swimming pool, the Walter Ulrich Memorial Pool at Rahway River Park in Rahway. Union County residents age 16 and older who’re interested by making use of can contact the Union County Division of Parks and Recreation for particulars about hours, wage, certification and different eligibility necessities by calling 908-527-4900. Coaching is offered for candidates with out certification. Anybody interested by a lifeguard place can name the Parks Division and discover out extra. For extra details about Ulrich Pool, Rahway River Park and all Union County recreation amenities, go to

Certain Brook picture contest entries sought

Entries are being accepted to “This Is Our Certain Brook,” a home-grown picture contest searching for to share what’s distinctive in regards to the borough as seen by those that reside, work and go to there. The competition is offered by Certain Brook Cultural Arts Committee along side Certain Brook Revitalization Partnership. Fifteen money prizes totaling $2,800 shall be awarded in 12 topic classes in separate Youth and Grownup divisions, together with separate prizes given for pictures judged as first, second and third place general Better of Present. Deadline for entries is Thursday, March 28. There isn’t a entry payment. To enter the competition, see official guidelines and entry type at

Montgomery police blotter

Rathang Joshi, 27,of Piscataway, was charged at 11 a.m. Jan. 25 for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on Route 518 close to Rocky Hill. Barbara Martin, 67, of Princeton, was charged at about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 with drunken driving and careless driving on Symes Drive within the Pike Run Growth. Christopher Lozak, 26, of Skillman, was charged at about 9:12 p.m. Jan. 24 on Colonial Court docket with drunken driving, consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motorcar, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motorcar, driving whereas suspended, possession of a managed harmful substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  A 17-year-old feminine Montgomery resident was charged at about 11:13 a.m. Jan. 27 with failure to yield the precise of means and careless driving following an accident with a bicyclist on the intersection of routes 206 and 518. The bicyclist David Ferry, 58, of Princeton was taken to Capital Well being Regional Medical Middle in Trenton with a head harm.

Native household to construct an inexpensive house

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (RVHFH)’s 53rd Website Dedication was held on Saturday, Feb. 2. Dozens of neighborhood supporters gathered on Howard Avenue within the Somerset part of Franklin to want the Okagbue household nicely as they start building on their future house. The Okagbues will roll up their sleeves this 12 months and work side-by-side with neighborhood volunteers to construct a secure, first rate and inexpensive house. When building is full, RVHFH will prolong an inexpensive mortgage that may cut back their month-to-month housing bills, permitting them to construct monetary stability and a vibrant future for themselves and their kids. Celebrating with the Okagbue household had been Ike Kawah, of St. Peter’s Igbo Anglican, Reverend Daryl Perkins of Everlasting Life Christian Middle, RVHFH Board members Sondra Leibner, Tom Fik, and Vera McAvoy, in addition to a number of volunteers. Mary Tabbit of “Mary on the Unfastened” coated the occasion together with Magic 98.Three. Magic 98.Three supported the Okagbue house with a “Home Constructed with Magic” occasion the place volunteers and company supporters assembled a few of the framing partitions that shall be used within the house. Mark Merris, Proprietor and CEO of Price range Blinds situated in Somerset, offered Obi and Anita with a $500 voucher for window therapies of their new house. To be taught extra about RVHFH, go to or name 908-704-0016.

Manville GOP seeks candidates

If you happen to’re on working on Republican ticket in Manville this 12 months, a letter of intent should be submitted to the Municipal Chairman by Wednesday, March 6. Candidates should state which workplace they wish to run for. Letters must be mailed to Manville Republican Committee, in care of Chairman Joseph A. Lukac III, P.O. Field 413, Manville, N.J. 08835. Go to

Dance crew competes at championships

The Jersey Women All Star Dance Group from Middlesex not too long ago competed on the 2019 Nationwide Dance Group Championships (NDTC). The NDTC is run by Common Dance Affiliation, a division of Varsity Spirit. This 12 months, the competitors came about Feb. 1-Three at Disney’s ESPN Large World of Sports activities Complicated. The Jersey Women carried out 5 dances and earned medals in all 5. They had been named 2019 Nationwide Champions within the Senior Small Jazz Division and likewise the Youth Small Jazz Division. The crew additionally gained the Silver medal in Senior Massive Lyrical/Modern division and the Bronze within the Junior Jazz and Senior Small Pom Division. In addition they gained a bid to the 2019 Dance Worlds for his or her performances within the Senior Small Jazz, Senior Massive Lyrical/Modern and Senior Small Pom Division. The Jersey Women All Stars research dance and acro-tumbling at Central Jersey Dance and Gymnastics in Middlesex. The crew is coached by Kristianne Jankowicz, Joann Abbate and Ashley Doyle. For extra data on the Jersey Women All Star Dance Group, name the varsity at 732-560-3555. Go to

New starting for animal rescue group

New Beginnings Animal Rescue has misplaced its lease at their current location, 706R Cranbury Highway in East Brunswick. They are going to be relocating to a smaller area domestically within the close to future. Go to their web site at and their Fb web page for particulars throughout this time of transition. They won’t be leaving the facility till each single canine and cat is positioned in a loving house. 


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NJ 2-1-1 celebrates 2-1-1 Day

On Monday, Feb. 11, NJ 2-1-1 and all 2-1-1s throughout the nation commemorated 2-1-1 Day so as to showcase a nationwide communications system designed to be a entrance line in useful resource and referral for these searching for assist with well being and human service wants. Whereas all callers’ identities are confidential, a caller’s demographic information, the wants which might be communicated and assets supplied are collected throughout the NJ 2-1-1 system and mirrored on the stories that, up till now, had solely been shared with neighborhood and state companions at designated intervals. The information from NJ 2-1-1 will be accessed by clicking on the map of New Jersey discovered at Comply with them on Twitter @NJ211 and Fb at

Valentine’s Day contest

The Nationwide Lodge is holding its firth Valentine’s Day contest. Contestants should submit a 250-word minimal/400-word most essay about probably the most meaningfully romantic second of their relationship, and why they suppose their story is related to Frenchtown, or any of the encircling Hunterdon County, or Bucks County, Pa. areas. For contest particulars, go to Deadline is midday on Thursday, Feb. 14, to submit their essays. the winners shall be introduced throughout that night’s particular Valentine’s Day-themed Open Mic Night time, and their Fb web page later that evening. Submissions must be emailed to

2019 Excellent Girls of Somerset County introduced

The 2019 Excellent Girls in Somerset County awards dinner sponsored by the county Fee on the Standing of Girls shall be 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, at The Imperia, 1714 Easton Ave., Somerset part of Franklin. Honorees are Patricia McGarry of North Plainfield for leisure; Somerset County Tourism Director Jacqueline Morales, Bedminster; College Instructional Consultants CEO Wanda Brooks-Lengthy of Franklin; Hillsborough Township Clerk Pam Borek; Melissa Almendinger, neighborhood gardens educator at Duke Farms in HIllsborough; Franklin Park lawyer Bernice Jalloh, Damon Home Govt Director Ileen Bradley of Branchburg, volunteer Kelly Mazzocchi of Peapack and Hometown Hero winner Joni McKelvey of Raritan. A 6 p.m. money bar shall be adopted by a 7 p.m. buffet dinner. Price is $60 per particular person. Reservations are required by Friday, March 1, at

READ: Central Jersey Daily Rundown, Monday, Feb. 11

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