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Stalled (Again) Route 518 Bridge Replacement Project Could Re-Start This Week

Stalled (Again) Route 518 Bridge Replacement Project Could Re-Start This Week

Work on the Route 518 bridge is expected to resume this week, nearly two weeks after contractors found traces of a possible carcinogen in the ground around the construction area. Workers found creosote, a wood preservation chemical, in the ground and water near the bridge earlier this month. Work was immediately stopped so that an […]








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Police Body Cam Program Hits Bump; Original Cameras Obsolete, Needed Replacement

Police Body Cam Program Hits Bump; Original Cameras Obsolete, Needed Replacement

Technology, like time, waits for no one. Township police found that out recently when the decision was made to roll out the body worn camera program, a pilot program using cameras that had been purchased in 2015 through a grant from the state Attorney General. The plan hit a road bump recently when police officials […]








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Township Puts Final Touches On 2017 Budget; Looks To Be Less Than 2016

Township Puts Final Touches On 2017 Budget; Looks To Be Less Than 2016

Township officials anticipate the 2017 budget will allow them to do a little more with a little less. As in, a little more in services with a little less spending. And that’s even after creating one new full-time position, increasing a current part-time position to full-time, and adding another part-time position, at a price tag […]








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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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