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Township Council Moves To Buy Two Parcels Of Land

Township Council Moves To Buy Two Parcels Of Land

The Township Council Feb. 14 introduced ordinances earmarking more than $650,000 to purchase two pieces of property. The ordinances will have a public hearing and final adoption vote at the council’s Feb. 28 meeting. One ordinance allocates $511,600 from the Open Space Trust Fund to buy a lot on Bunker Hill Road known as the […]








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Township Council Holds First 2017 Budget Hearing, Told Of $400,000 Increase In Water Cost

Township Council Holds First 2017 Budget Hearing, Told Of $400,000 Increase In Water Cost

The Township Council held the first of two scheduled budget hearings on Feb. 13, with a handful of department heads on hand to make the case for their budget requests. The second budget hearing is slated for Feb. 21, and the council is expected to introduce the 2017 budget later in the month. Presenting their […]








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Updated: Township To Purchase Consolata Missionaries Property For $14 Million

Updated: Township To Purchase Consolata Missionaries Property For $14 Million

Update: Ordinances approving the purchase and allocating the money for the purchase were approved on final reading Feb. 14 by the Township Council. Original Story: The township will pay about $14 million to buy the Consulate Missionaries property on Route 27. The Township Council introduced ordinances to further the purchase at its Jan. 24 meeting. The […]








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Resolution Calling For Temporary Halt To Charter Schools Sparks School Board Debate

Resolution Calling For Temporary Halt To Charter Schools Sparks School Board Debate

A resolution calling for a temporary moratorium on expanding existing or creating new charter schools in Somerset and Middlesex counties sparked a heated debate at the Jan. 26 Board of Education meeting. The measure was supported by all board members in attendance, save Pat Stanley, who mounted a spirited argument against it. The resolution, which board […]








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MacAfee Road School 4th Graders Bring Phys Ed To Spring Hills

MacAfee Road School 4th Graders Bring Phys Ed To Spring Hills

Games and crafts were the order of the day Jan. 26 when a group of MacAfee Road School 4th Graders visited residents at Spring Hills Somerset assisted living facility. The 30 students, their teacher – Alyson Samarel – an some aides brought floor hockey, bowling and other games, as well as some craft projects, to the […]








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Six Mile Run Bridge Replacement Project On South Middlebush Road Progresses

Six Mile Run Bridge Replacement Project On South Middlebush Road Progresses

South Middlebush Road commuters and residents, brace yourselves: The Six Mile Run bridge replacement is moving forward. Work is expected to begin this summer, and will result in road closures and detours, a county official said. The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders is advertising for bids for the project, which county engineers have estimated […]








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School District Substitute Nurses To Get Pay Raise In 2017

School District Substitute Nurses To Get Pay Raise In 2017

School district substitute nurses will receive an 82 percent pay hike in 2017, in a move that district officials say will save money in the long-run. The substitute nurses’ per day rate will be increased from the current $110 to $200. The Board of Education approved the increase at its Dec. 22 meeting. The board […]








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‘One Less Move’ Construction Updates, Proposal For SGS Kitchen Renovation Given At School Board Meeting

‘One Less Move’ Construction Updates, Proposal For SGS Kitchen Renovation Given At School Board Meeting

Updates on a number of construction projects connected with the “One Less Move” referendum were given at the Dec. 22 Board OF Education meeting. The updates were provided by board member Christine Danielsen in her facilities committee report. Following are the updates Danielsen gave in her report: At Elizabeth Avenue School, site work is continuing, […]








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Township Council Buys More Than $360,000 In Good And Services

Township Council Buys More Than $360,000 In Good And Services

A $160,000 playground system for Inman Park was among the more than $360,000 in good and services purchases authorized Dec. 13 by the Township Council. That contract – totaling $160,699 – went to MRC of Spring Lake. The council also authorized: A $12,460 contract for four portable radar signs from All Traffic Solutions of State […]








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Groundbreaking Held For Claremont Road School

Groundbreaking Held For Claremont Road School

  What started as an idea more than seven years ago came to fruition Dec. 2, with the groundbreaking for the Claremont Road Elementary School. School district and township officials, district principals and others gathered on a somewhat muddy field to witness the event, set to the backdrop of ground-clearing equipment moving in the distance. […]








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