|Mar 27, 2017|
|Woodbridge Celebrates Youth Month|
April is Youth Month in Woodbridge, New Jersey -- and that means events, activities, learning and more, all for the township’s youngest residents.
Starting this Saturday, look forward to the Opening Day Parade for the Little Fellow League of Colonia and Colonia Girls Softball, kicking off at 1pm. On Sunday, look forward to the Colonia High School Spring Musical, taking place at CHS at 2pm. As the week continues, residents can look forward to events ranging from storytime for preschoolers this on Wednesday, April 5th to egg painting and an Easter Bunny photo session on Saturday, April 8th.
Look ahead to safety events, an earth day celebration and multicultural festival on April 22nd, Youth Volunteer Awards on the 23rd, and Evergreen Gladiator Games on the 28th. With events to learn, grow and play, Youth Month provides something for kids of all ages. Check out the full calendar of events here
and see how you and your family can take advantage of the great programming on offer.
|Mar 20, 2017|
|New Bike Lane on Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus|
It’s becoming easier and easier to stay active and healthy in Secaucus, thanks in part to the new bike lane on Meadowlands Parkway. Running on the west side for approximately one mile from the former Hess property near Route 3 to the Harmon Cove condominium complex, this new bike lane will make it easier to get around and enjoy all that the town has to offer. In the coming years, the township intends to add even more bike lanes: although the first priority is Meadowlands Parkway, the township is already exploring further options for bike lanes on other streets in the community. It’s well-known that biking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and move around, but new science is also showing the health benefits of bicycle commuting and recreation. Two studies published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation this past fall show that biking can lower the risk for cardiovascular disease.
|Mar 06, 2017|
|1867 Sanctuary Offers Performances in Ewing|
In the heart of Ewing Township stands a majestic old stone building. Serving as a “historic haven for the arts,” 1867 Sanctuary is a landmark, gathering place and cultural hub for this Mercer County community. And, this year, it’s celebrating its 150th anniversary.
Over the next few months, residents and visitors alike can look forward to performances from some of the most talented artists in the area, including the Grove City College Touring Choir, coming through on Friday, March 10th at 7:30pm, or the Jameson Sisters, performing music of Ireland on Sunday, March 12th starting at 3pm. In the coming weeks, look forward to the McCarter Theater Community Ensemble performing A Christmas Carol on Saturday, March 18th, and a solo and chamber music concert series starting that evening.
|Feb 27, 2017|
|Upcoming Performances at Union County Performing Arts Center|
The Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) sits on Irving Street in Rahway, NJ: a rehabilitated old theater that’s been a city mainstay since it was first built in 1928. Today, it marks the heart of the Rahway arts district, hosting a range of performances and serving as a pillar for the local artistic community.
This season, look forward to comedy, nature, musical theater and more. On March 12th, the Mainstage Cafe will be hosting “Cracking Up in Rahway,” a night of sketch comedy, improv shows, and more -- all sure to produce side-splitting laughter. Then, on March 16th, the UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage will be the venue for Nature Talks by Brent Nixon, a free-of-charge, in-depth look at humpback whales presented by the Rahway Chamber of Commerce and TD Bank. That same day marks the opening of “Bring it On: The Musical,” an entertaining bit of musical theater running on the UCPAC Mainstage through March 18th.
|Feb 21, 2017|
|NJ Transit Commits Funds for Perth Amboy Station Renovation|
The Perth Amboy Train Station is a vital part of life in this Middlesex County township, offering service to New York, Hoboken, Bayhead and destinations in between via New Jersey Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line, and serving approximately 1,700 daily weekday trips. And soon, passengers traveling via this train station will have improved rider experiences. Over the course of the past eight years, the township has been working to secure funds for a renovation project to the station. The improvements will bring two new side high-level platforms, four new elevators, new stairs and ramps, upgraded restrooms, rehabilitated buildings and overall ADA compliance. As of this past December, the project is set to move forward: NJ Transit has committed almost $47 million toward the project, ensuring its completion and success. Riders can look forward to completed designs at the end of 2018, with construction expected to commence in early 2019.
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|Feb 14, 2017|
|Transformations Gallery in Metuchen|
For over 50 years, Metuchen was home to only one school: the Old Franklin School House. Founded in 1807, the building was retired when a new, bigger schoolhouse was constructed on Middlesex Avenue. But the Old Franklin School House hasn’t been forgotten.
Today, the one-room building serves as a historic site for the community, and a place to revisit some of the borough’s past. It also serves as home to Transformations Gallery, an art space that features works from emerging and established artists. Over the next few months, explore the work of Cuban artist Enrique Zaldivar. Called “Unknown Landscapes,” the exhibit features 16 acrylic paintings that the artist has produced over the past year. The exhibit will be up until April 30, 2017, and a reception featuring live painting by the artist, live music and refreshments will be held this Saturday, February 18th from 7-9 pm at the gallery.
|Feb 06, 2017|
|Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Hosts Artists, Events|
The Mary Jacobs Memorial Library in Rocky Hill, NJ is a unique branch, serving the communities of both Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill. Offering books, technology, events, culture, arts and more, this institution serves as a hub for its communities.
This month, look forward to activities for community members of all ages: from “Crafts for Little Hands,” a crafting activity for children aged 2-6, to “X-tremely Basic Microsoft Excel,” a computer literacy program for adults, the library offers programming to cater to range of needs and interests. In addition, each month the library features the work of a local artist. In the past, the library has featured local painters of landscapes and more, and hosted meet-the-artist receptions to bring culture and the community together. For a full roster of upcoming events, visit the library’s calendar online. Originally constructed in 1973, the Mary Jacobs library evolved from a Bookmobile that aimed to serve Montgomery and Rocky Hill residents’ literary needs to the institution it is today. Since then, the building has added a wing for reference and adult fiction, as well as two more for nonfiction and children’s services.
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|Jan 24, 2017|
|Food Events in Woodbridge|
Getting hungry? Woodbridge Township has an assortment of high-quality restaurants for a range of tastes, occasions and budgets. And over the next couple months, Woodbridge will be hosting special events that showcase the delicious food and culinary talents that the township offers.
On Friday, February 3rd from 6-9pm, the Colonia Business Community will be hosting the Taste of Colonia: Have a Heart Food Drive, a night of delicious food and drink offering the best of Colonia restaurants and caterers. The event will be held at the Colonia Country Club, located at 300 Colonia Blvd; tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at Advanced Family Chiropractic, located at 622 Inman Ave, or from Councilwoman Debbie Meehan at 732-382-0273. Guests are asked to bring one can of food to donate to the drive. On Sunday, March 5th from 12pm-2pm, Woodbridge will be home to a very different kind of food event: the 10th Annual Woodbridge Charity Chili Cook off, an occasion to sample the best chilli in the township -- and showcase your very own special recipe. The chili cook off will be held at 33 Main Street in Woodbridge, and prizes will be awarded to the top chilis.
|Jan 17, 2017|
|Creative Arts Plan in Perth Amboy|
If you’ve noticed a surge of art and creativity in Perth Amboy, you’re not alone. Over the past couple years, this township has seen an uptick in arts and culture, part of the Perth Amboy Creative Arts Plan.
The plan was originally developed by the City and the Jewish Renaissance Foundation, along with National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and local stakeholders and artists, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Dodge Foundation -- and it’s been designed to empower the Perth Amboy community through creative placemaking and the arts. Winner of the “2015 Planning Award for “Outstanding Municipal Plan for 2016 – Municipal,” from the American Planning Association’s New Jersey Chapter, this plan has already brought Perth Amboy the Waterfront Arts Festival, the town’s Arts Council, the Public Mural Ordinance and more. Look forward to more creative interventions in the coming years as more artistic initiatives are put into effect.
|Jan 10, 2017|
|Milos Hall Recreation Center Opens in Woodbridge|
The end of one year and beginning of the next brings hopes, dreams and expectations for a new chapter. In Woodbridge this year, it also brings a new recreation center in the form of the Milos Recreation Center in Port Reading.
Formerly the Milos Hall-Hess Training Facility, the building has been renovated to become a state-of-the-art training and tournament center. This multi-use facility comes complete with a basketball court, spray park, playground, and two soccer fields. Its centerpiece comes in the form of indoor training facilities designed specifically for the town’s cheerleading and wrestling teams. In the near future, look forward to the completion of the facility in the form of a walking and jogging path, fitness stations, tennis courts, pickleball courts, sand and hard-surfaced volleyball courts and more.
|Jan 03, 2017|
|Edison Arts Society Showcases Local Artists|
Edison Arts Society (EAS) brings together the best in arts, culture and entertainment in Edison, NJ. Offering programs for residents of all ages, EAS ensures that community members can share and enjoy the arts, both at the EAS itself and beyond.
In the past month, EAS has hosted a book fair and poetry reading and exhibited artwork by watercolor painter Jay Schroff. And this past September, the organization sponsored an event called “Arts on Amboy,” showcasing the work of local artisans, who were able to display and sell their handcrafted wares alongside musicians, face painters, dancers and more. In addition, EAS sponsored two murals now on display at the entrance to the Edison Municipal Building, and has hosted musicians and artists from near and far. Look forward to more from the Edison Arts Society in 2017! The Edison Arts Society is located on the 3rd floor of the Edison Municipal Building, located at 100 Municipal Blvd in Edison, NJ. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease nearby include Oak Tree Village and Hidden Valley. Other apts and homes for rent in Edison include listings at Hilltop Estates, Hilltop Manor and Trafalgar. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the residence that’s right for you.
|Dec 27, 2016|
|Woodbridge Hosts Annual Train Show|
The holidays can bring out the child in any of us: from the singing to the decorating to the general sense of good cheer, it’s easy to reconnect with that childhood sense of wonder.
And one thing that makes that reconnection even easier? The Woodbridge Holiday Model Train Show. Now in its 26th year, the free show is being hosted once more at the Barron Arts Center and features an exhibit of model trains brought to you by your local locomotive curator, Colonia resident Michael Gelesky. Sponsored by Access Self Storage, Middlesex Water Company, JJ Elek Realty Co., Wegman’s, and The Moms Club of Edison, the show has been open since November 26th and will run through December 30th.
|Dec 12, 2016|
|Proprietary House Hosts Christmas Open House|
Proprietary House is one of the many historical buildings located in Middlesex County, NJ. Constructed in 1764 as the “Proprietary House in Amboy,” the structure originally served as a mansion housing the Royal Governors in the years leading up to the American Revolution.
Fast forward over 250 years to today, when the Proprietary House has been restored to its original splendor and serves as a museum that’s visited regularly by history buffs and other curious residents and visitors. Each Wednesday afternoon in December, Proprietary House will be open for “afternoon tea,” an opportunity to munch on delicious treats, sip assorted teas and tour the building. On December 18th from 1-4pm, the museum will be open for Christmas Open House. Visitors can look forward to refreshments and the opportunity to explore museum rooms adorned with holiday decorations.
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|Dec 05, 2016|
|bergenPAC Hosts Holiday Performances and More|
Ah, December. The days get shorter -- but they’re ever-more filled with cheer. And this holiday season, Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood is ensuring that they’ll be filled with comedy, song and dance as well. This month, bergenPAC is hosting a range of ticketed performances from big-name stars and skilled ensembles alike. On Thursday, December 8th, actor-comedian Mike Epps will be bringing out the laughs as he performs some sidesplitting standup on the bergenPAC stage. Then, on December 10th, rock icon Melissa Etheridge will be performing as part of bergenPAC’s yearlong Benzel-Busch Concert Series. On December 14th, look forward to the Maccabeats, while December 15th, Kenny Rogers will be coming to Englewood. The rest of the month will feature sure-to-be-memorable performances from the Vienna Boys Choir, Mario Frangoulis, the Laurie Berkner Band and more.
bergenPAC is located at 30 N. Van Brunt St. in Englewood, NJ. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease in the city include homes at Towne Centre at Englewood. Other nearby apts and homes for rent include listings at Next at Xchange and Helix at Xchange in Secaucus and East Rutherford’s Liberty Terrace. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Nov 28, 2016|
|Holiday Events in Bloomfield|
If you’ve made it through your Thanksgiving leftovers and are wondering what comes next -- have no fear. All across New Jersey, there’s much to look forward to this holiday season.
If you’re in Bloomfield, get ready for a December filled with holiday cheer, kicking off with the annual tree lighting, complete with scouts singing carols and a visit from Santa Claus, all taking place in front of Town Hall at 6:30pm on Monday, December 5th. As the month continues, so does the fun: on Saturday, December 10th comes the Children’s Holiday Program, including face painting, refreshments, arts and crafts, photos with Santa and more. This event will be held from 1-4pm at the Civic Center. Throughout the month, residents are invited to participate in a house decorating contest. As you travel around the township, take in the bright lights and beautiful decorations sprinkling the township, courtesy of your friends and neighbors.
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|Nov 14, 2016|
|9th Annual Holiday Stroll Coming to Woodbridge|
As the days get shorter, the lights in Woodbridge get brighter. This weekend, Woodbridge will be hosting its 9th Annual Holiday Stroll on Main Street: Lighting Up Woodbridge with Mayor John. E. McCormac.
On Saturday, November 26th from 4-7pm, head to Main Street to experience community entertainment and fun, including horse drawn carriage rides, crafters, face-painting, holiday singers, a DJ, giveaways, performances and more. At night, look forward to special menus from local participating restaurants, activities at the Woodbridge Artisan Guild, beautifully-lit holiday displays in storefront windows and other attractions. Plus, throughout the event, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting and posing for pictures with attendees. To get it all started, the Mayor McCormac will ceremonially light the town at 4pm. Be there to welcome the holiday season with the Woodbridge community!
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|Nov 07, 2016|
|Morris Canal Park Opens in Bloomfield|
When the Morris Canal Park opened in Bloomfield this past May, it was a cause for celebration in the township. The first new park the town has seen in decades, this beautiful 1000-foot linear park sits along what survives of the historic Morris Canal.
Unused since the canal was decommissioned in 1924, the Morris Canal Park forms part of a network of trails and parks that weave through the township. Today, the existing 5-mile greenway connects green spaces, parks, and trails throughout the township, including Wrights Field, Memorial Park, Foley Field, Collins House, Brookside Park, Pulaksi Park and Clark’s Pond South. Visitors -- including runners, walkers, bikers and other nature lovers -- can explore the historic route where canal boats transported goods in the 19th century, connecting with the region’s nature and its history at the same time.
Morris Canal Park is located at Oak Tree Lane in Bloomfield, NJ. BestRentNJ.com apartments located in Bloomfield include rentals at the brand new Grove at One92, now pre-leasing units. Other nearby apts available for lease include listings at Sun Valley and the Village at Sun Valley, both located in Florham Park. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Nov 01, 2016|
|Woodbridge Hosts Annual Veterans Day Parade|
Veterans Day: it’s a day to remember our fallen veterans and honor their service and sacrifice. Each year, Woodbridge hosts a Veterans Day parade to mark the holiday, bringing together the township’s various veterans’ organizations, along with emergency response personnel, local civic organizations, high school marching bands and parade dignitaries in order to recognize the town’s local heroes.
This year marks the 10th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Woodbridge, which will be hosted on Sunday, November 13th. Residents are encouraged to watch and salute the parade as it follows its route from Main Street to the Town Hall. A fitting end to a patriotic week, the parade falls just a few days after election day, coming up on Tuesday, November 8th. Not sure where you need to go to cast your vote? Visit the New Jersey Voter Information System to find out where you’re registered.
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|Oct 24, 2016|
|Metuchen Hosts Weekly Farmers Market|
Do you prefer Jersey fresh produce, artisanal snacks or handcrafted wares? At the Metuchen Farmers Market, now in its 20th season, you don’t have to choose. Each Saturday through Thanksgiving, the Metuchen Farmers Market is open for business from 9am to 2pm at the corner of New and Pearl Streets in Metuchen. Offering the freshest, most delicious produce straight from the farmer’s field to your town, the market is a fabulous place to pick up your raw ingredients for a tasty and nutritious week ahead. The farmers market hosts a range of participating vendors, ensuring that you can find exactly what it is you’re looking for: whether that’s chocolate from 2 Chicks With Chocolate, fish from the Jersey City Fish Stand, pickled vegetables from Pickles and Olives Etc, or the host of other options available from vendors like The Farmer & The Chickpea, Sugar Maple Jerseys, Hoboken Farm Stand, Wood Stack Pizza Kitchen and more.
Parking for the farmers market is located at the Senior Center parking lot at New St. & Center St. in Metuchen, NJ. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments located in Metuchen, NJ include residences at Homestead Village. Other nearby apts for rent include listings at Edison Village, Blueberry Village, Rivendell Heights, Edison Glenand Edison Woods Senior 55+. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the residence that’s right for you.
|Oct 17, 2016|
|Halloween Events in Secaucus, NJ|
This week might feel like summer’s back in full swing, but the red, yellow and brown leaves remind us that it is, indeed, autumn -- and that means that Halloween is right around the corner. In Secaucus, the last two weeks of the month will be filled with seasonal events to get residents of all ages into the spirit of the holiday.
On Friday, October 21st, residents are invited to Schmidt’s Woods for a haunted trail, not-so-haunted house, petting zoo, hayrides and more, while Sunday, October 23rd, the Annual Ragamuffin Parade will gives the township’s furriest friends a chance to show off their Halloween best at Buchmuller Park. Also at Buchmuller Park will be “A Night of Mischief,” an evening for middle schoolers to let off some steam in a friendly and safe environment, taking place October 30th. On Halloween Day, look forward to Trunk or Treat: residents are invited to park their cars, open their trunks and fill them up with goodies of all kinds -- all before the trick or treating begins. In Secaucus, Halloween is an extended affair. Start planning your costume and start getting into the Halloween spirit!
|Oct 10, 2016|
|Cultures Come Together at World Fest in Old Bridge|
Old Bridge is known for all the diverse cultures that it brings together — and this year, it’s celebrating that fact.
On October 15th and 16th, Old Bridge is hosting World Fest: an opportunity for residents to enjoy the benefits of living in community with so many different heritages and cultures. Look forward to crafts and foods from around the world, specialty items and wares, worldly entertainers and more — united from across the map to right here in Middlesex County. Hosted by the Old Bridge Cultural Arts Committee along with Old Bridge Public Schools, Old Bridge Fest will take place at the parking lot of Old Bridge High School, located at 4209 Route 516 in Matawan, NJ. The festivities will be held from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday, and will be held rain or shine.
|Oct 03, 2016|
|Monroe Hosts Annual Green Fair|
Caring for the planet while enjoying the company of friends and neighbors? Now that’s a day well-spent.
On Saturday, October 8th from 10am to 3pm, head over to Monroe Township High School for the town’s annual Green Fair. An opportunity for residents of all ages to learn about making eco-friendly decisions and doing our parts to keep our environment healthy and sustainable, Green Fest offers workshops, recycled crafts, green services, organically grown food, freecycling and much more. Younger attendees will enjoy a range of kid-friendly programming such as games and storytime. Last year’s Green Fair even included a bicycle rodeo! This year marks a switch to a new and bigger venue, so expect the biggest and best Green Fest yet. Check out this year’s Green Fair to see what surprises lie in store.
|Sep 26, 2016|
|Halloween Events in Jackson, NJ|
As October approaches, residents throughout New Jersey look forward to the changing colors, the crackle of leaves underfoot and, of course, Halloween. And in Jackson, NJ, you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate everyone’s favorite fall holiday.
Throughout the month of October, head to Cicconi Farms, which will be hosting kid-friendly Halloween Activities each weekend. Want something on the spookier side? Cicconi Farms is also hosting Nightmare at Gravity Hill. Indulge all your frights and fears at the haunted trail, a 35-minute “walk of terror.” Cicconi Farms is located at 1005 Farmingdale Road. Jackson South Park will be hosting a Haunted Hayride October 15th from 7-10pm. And, of course, you can always head to Six Flags Great Adventure, where the Fright Fest is sure to bring out ghosts, goblins and zombies galore. This fall, head outside for the crisp smell of the changing seasons, and take advantage of all the frightfully fun Halloween activities Jackson, NJ has in store.
|Sep 19, 2016|
|Head Outside for Secaucus Fishing Derby|
Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather in Secaucus, NJ. On Saturday, September 24th, head over to Laurel Hill County Park for the first ever Fishing Derby, to be held on the Hackensack River.
A new township tradition, the Fishing Derby offers plenty of ways to engage with the waterfront -- whether that means a free eco-cruise, kayak/canoe trips along the river, paddle-boating, or, of course, fishing. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish, smallest fish, and most number of fish -- as well as a special prize for the best pirate.The day kicks off at 11am with opening ceremonies and concludes with an awards ceremony at 4:30pm. Presented by local and national partners, the Fishing Derby is a fantastic way for residents of all ages to take advantage of the Laurel Hill Country Promenade. A beautiful new walkway that opened this past year, the promenade provides a new way for residents to enjoy the benefits of the local watershed.
|Sep 12, 2016|
|Mercer County to Celebrate at Italian American Festival|
Pizza and sausage and bocce: what could be better? At Mercer County’s 17th Annual Italian American Festival, you’ll be able to eat, drink and play all things Italian — all while learning about Italian heritage and culture. On September 23rd-25th, head over to Mercer County Park. There, you’ll be able to purchase food and handicrafts from among over 60 offerings at the Italian Market Tents, take in memorabilia and learn a thing or two at Italian Heritage Pavilion. Plus, you can play bocce, watch cultural theater, go on rides, dance until your feet hurt, watch fireworks — and more. A favorite county tradition, the Italian American Festival has something for everyone. Want to get your Italian fix even sooner? Visit the Italian-American Festival website, where Italian-Americans from Mercer County have been sharing stories about growing up Italian.
|Sep 06, 2016|
|Celebrate Jackson Day 2016|
Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the celebrations need to come to an end. If you’re in Jackson, NJ, take in one more community bonanza by heading out to Jackson Day 2016, to be held on Saturday, September 10th at John F. Johnson Jr. Memorial Park, rain or shine.
Kicking off at 11am, this family festival will include a host of amusements for guests of all ages, from a craft fair and flea market to free rides, fireworks, delicious food, games, merchandise and more. For those looking for a bit of musical entertainment, The Beach Bumz & The Flying Mueller Brothers will be providing sounds to set the tone for the day. Presented by Mayor Michael Reina along with Jackson Township Clean Communities, Jackson Day is one festival you won’t want to miss. Visit John F. Johnson Jr. Memorial Park next Saturday and say goodbye to summer right. John F. Johnson Jr. Memorial Park is located off of S. Cooks Bridge Road in Jackson, NJ. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments located in Jackson include units in the brand new “dream village,” The Gardens at Jackson Twenty-One. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Aug 31, 2016|
|Indo-American Fair Returns to West Windsor|
West Windsor is known and loved for many qualities, from its family-friendly atmosphere to its beautiful outdoor spaces and thriving arts scene. But you may not know about one of its yearly traditions: the Indo-American Fair. Since 2003, this annual event has hosted thousands of people who all come together for music, food and culture from India. Each year, vendors from all across the United States and beyond gather to show off Indian wares — from arts and jewelry to ethnic dress and handicrafts. Attendees enjoy delicious Indian food, from dosas to curries, sampling authentic Indian cuisine and learning about Indian culture. Meanwhile, giveaways and games keep the excitement high and the whole family engaged. This year’s Indo-American Fair will take place September 3rd and 4th from 11am to 7pm at West Windsor’s Mercer County Park. Rain date is September 5th. Head out to Mercer County Park to participate in the fun!
|Aug 22, 2016|
|Carteret Breaks Ground on Waterfront Marina|
Carteret residents know that life’s good on the water: great views, and a beautiful way to enjoy the outdoors. Once an industrial facility, the waterfront in Carteret has been enjoying a renaissance: with the advent of Carteret Waterfront Park, the waterfront has become a place to watch the fishermen, play on the rocks, enjoy a picnic, play a round of mini-golf and take in the sunshine. Now, things are getting even better: last month, Carteret broke ground on the upcoming Municipal Public Marina. The new marina will accommodate almost 200 slips for docking, adding beauty and utility to the waterfront. In addition, this project includes an effort to remediate the water and remove any contamination that may have resulted from industrial use. A project ten years in the making, the effort to remediate and improve the waterfront is just the latest in an ongoing series of improvements to Carteret, from the renovations at Cornell Park and streetscape enhancements to neighborhood revitalization and commercial growth.
|Aug 15, 2016|
|Outdoor Films in Secaucus, NJ|
Even in this hot, hot heat, there’s a lot to do both in and outside in Secaucus, New Jersey this August. Whether hanging out at the pool, taking part in an ice cream party or taking in a summer concert, there’s much to keep you and your family entertained and beating the heat.
For the movie lovers in town, Secaucus offers “Movies in the Park,” hosted in Buchmuller Park. All summer long on Tuesday evenings, the park has been home to movie screenings fit for the whole family. Films have included such favorites as Norm of the North, Big Hero 6, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Still to come are Brave, happening on August 16th, Zooptopia on August 23rd and Minions on August 30th, all taking place at Buchmuller Park. For those who can’t get enough, the township is hosting a few bonus screenings at other locations in town, Xchange and Laurel Hill Park. Look forward to Pan, screening at Xchange on September 3rd and Rocky, taking place at Laurel Hill Park on August 24th. All film screenings kick off at 8:30pm. Bring your blanket, bring some snacks and take in the end-of-summer magic! Buchmuller Park is located in the center of town in Secaucus, NJ, while Xchange is located at 5000 Riverside Station. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease in Secaucus include rentals at Next at Xchange and Helix at Xchange. Other nearby apts for rent include listings at East Rutherford’s Liberty Terrace and Towne Centre at Englewood. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Aug 08, 2016|
|Piscataway Hosts Summer Concert Series|
One of New Jersey’s oldest townships, Piscataway offers much by way of culture and history. This summer has marked yet one more way to enjoy the township and its offerings: the Piscataway Summer Concert Series, taking place at the Columbus Park Gazebo.
Hosted by the Piscataway Cultural Arts Commission, the series kicked off on June 30th with a performance by Jim Barone, an Elvis Presley tribute artist. Since then, the gazebo has seen songs from Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, New Orleans soul and funk, a Caribbean night and British invasion covers. Still coming up are Shaman, a Santana Tribute Band, performing on August 11th, plus a night featuring the best of John Mellencamp on August 18th, and, finally, an R&B, motown, classic rock sing-along on August 25th. Summer may be in its final weeks, but in Piscataway, the fun’s just getting started.
|Aug 02, 2016|
|A Community Garden Grows in Florham Park|
As any gardener knows, there’s no feeling more satisfying than planting seeds in the ground, tending to your crops and watching them grow into food that nourishes you. And planting vegetables alongside your friends and neighbors? That’s even better.
As of this year, residents of Florham Park can garden as a community, with the launch of the organic community garden at the Elm Street Recreation Complex. Opened in June, the garden offers 15 plots of about 100 square feet each. Residents who rent plots have access to them through November — offering plenty of opportunity for gardeners to grow delicious and colorful food, connect with their fellow gardeners and build out this community resource. Managed by the Florham Park Borough Recreation Department, the community garden is an idea that’s been in the making since 2012. It’s a testament to community, and an opportunity to build and grow together. Read more about the community garden or apply for a plot of your own today. The Elm Street Recreation Complex is located at 37 Elm Street in Florham Park, NJ. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease in Florham Park include rentals at Sun Valleyand the Village at Sun Valley. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Jul 18, 2016|
|Woodbridge Community Youth Players Perform Aida|
One of the great things about living in New Jersey is access to New York City’s incredible art and theater. But you don’t need to cross a river to catch incredible performances — you can see them right here at home.
On July 20-24th, the Woodbridge Community Youth Players will be performing Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, an epic story of love, war and power that is sure to move audiences. In it, an enslaved Nubian princess, an Egyptian princess and a soldier find themselves in a love triangle and are forced to navigate high-stakes heartbreak and destiny as the fates of their nations rest in the balance. The Woodbridge Community Youth Players is a local theater organization that exists to provide opportunities for Woodbridge youth (aged 14-25) to perform and develop their talents. Founded in 2007, the nonprofit has been hosting productions at the Hungarian American Club since 2010. Aida will be taking place at the Woodbridge Middle School Theater.
|Jul 13, 2016|
|Annual Carnevale Italiano Comes to North Brunswick|
Mamma mia! This week, New Jersey residents from near and far will pour into North Brunswick for its traditional Carnevale Italiano. First held in 1987, this annual event is sponsored by the Italian American Social Club of North Brunswick and brings out the best in Italian culture and summertime fun.
Taking place from Wednesday, July 13th through Sunday, July 17th, the celebration will include food, games, carnival rides and more. Thousands of people are expected to come out to take in the experience, including the fireworks show, which will be held Saturday evening at 10pm This summer, each weekend brings a different festival or opportunity for celebration in Central Jersey. This week and weekend, head out to North Brunswick to enjoy a slice of Italian culture and keep up the fun.
|Jul 05, 2016|
|Englewood Night Market|
The days are long and sunny in New Jersey this summer — and the nights bring their own special magic as well. Next Tuesday, July 12th, step out in Bergen County for the Englewood Night Market, where you can enjoy food, entertainment and the feeling of endless possibility that the season brings.
Dubbed a “block party like no other,” the Englewood Night Market will feature music from the acclaimed Bergen Performing Arts Center, delicious food from local restaurants, support for local nonprofits and more. From 5-11pm, East Palisade Avenue between Grande Ave and South Dean Street will be transformed with vendors like Blue Moon Beer & Sangria Bar, Uncle Bill’s Old Fashioned Soda, Organo Coffee and JerseyGirl Smoothies. Entertainment will be provided by the likes of the School of Rock All-Stars, DJ Alex, a Colombian Dance Group and others, while participating nonprofits include PetResQ, Bergen Family Center, Women’s Rights Center and Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative. A free event for the community, the Englewood Night Market is a great chance to enjoy the great weather and wonderful community found in Englewood. In case of rain, the event will be held July 13th.
|Jun 27, 2016|
|Celebrate Nature & Summertime at Sourland Music Festival|
What do you get when you combine one of the best views in New Jersey with incredible sounds from folks who have performed with some of the most acclaimed musicians of the past few decades? You get the Sourland Music Festival, a beautiful and iconic one-day music festival that brings together sounds, sights and summertime to produce a memorable community experience. On July 23rd, head out to the Hillsborough Golf & Country Club. From 3-10pm, the space will be transformed with sounds from musicians including CC Coletti, Ten Foot Tall, Jim Ridl, Christine Havilla & Gypsy Fuzz and Blue Wave Ramblers. In addition, look forward delicious eats and drinks available for sale from a range of local vendors. An annual affair, the Sourland Music Festival serves as a fundraiser for the Sourland Conservancy, which has worked for 30 years to conserve and protect the beautiful 90 acres that comprise the Sourland region, including the largest contiguous forest in Central Jersey. Sourland Music Festival is taking place at the Hillsborough Golf & Country Club, located at 146 Wertsville Road in Hillsborough, NJ. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease in Hillsborough include Beekman Gardens, New Center Greens, and Sunnymeade Run. Other nearby apts for rent include listings at Pike Run Meadows and Pike Run Village, located in Belle Meade. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Jun 20, 2016|
|36th Season for Florham Park Gazebo Concert Series|
The Florham Park Gazebo is an iconic community gathering space. And in the summer, in turns into something more: the site of the borough’s annual summer concert series.
This year marks the 36th year for the series, and the fun has only just gotten started. The season kicked off on Sunday, June 12th with the Jersey Four, a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. This past Sunday, Tramps Like Us covered some classic Bruce Springsteen. Coming up, look forward to the David Aaron Orchestra, an 18-piece Big Band, coming this Sunday, June 26th, and the Desert Highway, an Eagles cover band, coming July 10th. Concerts happen every Sunday night through the end of July. See the full summer lineup here. Concerts start at 7pm and end between 8:30 and 9pm. Residents are advised to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. The Florham Park Gazebo is located at the Borough Hall Complex at 111 Ridgedale Avenue in Florham Park. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease in Florham Park include rentals at Sun Valleyand the Village at Sun Valley. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Jun 13, 2016|
|Free Summer Concerts in Woodbridge|
When summer hits Woodbridge, the music doesn’t stop. Starting at the end of June, Woodbridge features free outdoor concerts every night from Sunday through Thursday and every other Friday that are sure to satisfy a range of musical appetites.
The fun kicked off this past Friday with The Dalton Gang, performing at Frank Pelzman Park in Avenel as part Second Friday Jazz. More regularly-scheduled programming starts on June 23rd, with a Local Band Thursday performance by The Saloonatics at 7:30pm at Tazman Park. Next, look forward to Christian Lopez Band, coming to Parker Press Park on June 26th at 6pm as the kickoff to Country Sunday. From there, enjoy sounds by The Duprees on June 27th for Monday Oldies and The B-Street Band on June 28th as the launch of Tuesday Tribute Bands. Monday and Tuesday performances will be held at the Woodbridge High School lawn. The rest of the summer includes even more rocking, crooning and soulful performances — check out the calendar here to see what’s in store. With Country Sundays, Oldies Mondays, Classic Rock Tuesdays, Woodbridge Wednesdays, Local Band Thursdays and Second Friday Jazz, you’re sure to find something that suits your style.
|Jun 06, 2016|
|Edison to Host 26th Annual Family Day|
Meet your neighbors, check out local businesses, have some fun: it’s Edison, NJ’s 26th Annual Family Day, a fantastic opportunity for residents and business people alike to make some new connections.
On Sunday, June 12th, head out to the NJ Expo and Convention Center, where you’ll join 5,000 other attendees enjoying a range of entertainment, promotions and information from vendors, health professionals, and more. Past years have included perks like free massages and health consultations, art activities for kids, dancing, free rides, free food samples, giveaways and more. Platinum and Gold Sponsors of the day include JFK Medical Center, TD Bank, H-Mart, Applebee’s, The Home Depot, 7 Eleven, Playtime Game Arena, Edison Nissan and Provident Bank, while Silver Sponsors include Century 21, Edison Elks, Federal Business Centers, Hellar Construction, Indian Grocers, India Grocery Outlet, Landmark, Middlesex Water, Pines Manor and Rosewood.
|May 30, 2016|
|Green Living and Wellness Fair in Hillsborough|
This weekend, Hillsborough’s the place for healthy living. For another year, the township is hosting a Green Living and Wellness Fair. Dedicated to helping Hillsborough residents lead their healthiest and best lives, the fair will be held on Saturday, June 4th from 9am-12pm at the Peter J. Biondi Municipal Building.
Head out to enjoy presentations from local businesses about making better eating decisions, leading a greener lifestyle, and planning for the long term. Plus, learn about health screenings that can help you better understand your body and the impact of your choices on your health. In the lead-up to the event, school-aged children are encouraged to join the “Living Green” poster contest. Kids are invited to make an 8.5x11” poster that encourages people to lead a greener lifestyle and submit it to the Administration Office by Friday at 4pm.
|May 23, 2016|
|Edison Township Prepares for 54th Annual Memorial Day Parade|
Memorial Day means a lot of things. It means long weekends, barbecues and fireworks. It means remembering people who died while serving our country. And, in Edison, NJ, it also means the annual Memorial Day parade. This year marks the 54th annual Edison Township Memorial Day Parade, and residents of all ages are invited out to observe the holiday, participate in the joy and commemoration,
and welcome the summer season. On Sunday, May 29th, starting at 12pm, head out to Division Street at the Main Library in the Stelton part of Edison ‹ that¹s where the parade kicks off. From there, it will head up Plainfield Avenue to Jefferson Boulevard. The parade includes a refreshment stop at American Legion Father & Son Post 435 on Oakland Avenue. As in previous years, young participants will have a chance to be named "Most Patriotic" as part of the bike decorating contest.
|May 16, 2016|
|Perth Amboy Prepares for 2016 Waterfront Arts Festival|
This Memorial Day weekend, where will you be? If you’re in Perth Amboy, head no further than the waterfront, where you can enjoy arts, crafts, music, food and more at the Perth Amboy Waterfront Arts Festival, coming May 28th.
Now in its second year, the festival was conceived as a way for the community to come together around art and creativity. Hosted by the Perth Amboy Arts Council, the festival is an opportunity for residents to come together to showcase the artistic talent located right in town and around the region — all while enjoying the historic and beautiful waterfront. This year’s festival will feature watercolors, handcrafted jewelry, homemade oils, stunning photography, sculpture work and much more. Plus, visitors will have a chance to sample delicious food, and enjoy a musical lineup featuring Midnight Mosaic, Tequila Bamboo and more.
|May 09, 2016|
|Lawrence County Trails Offer Exercise, Beauty|
With the weather finally turning and Memorial Day around the corner, one thing is clear: hiking season is upon us. This spring and summer, consider heading out to Lawrence Township. With no fewer than 15 parks and trails in town, Lawrence offers ample and diverse opportunities to explore nature and work up a sweat.
Trails in Lawrence range from the short 0.8 mile train at the Lawrenceville School to the 5.3 mile trail stretch of the 60-mile Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park that runs through Lawrence Township. Local parks, including Mercer County Park Northwest and Carson Road Woods, offer dozens of miles of trail in and of themselves. Most of the trails in the town are suitable for walking, biking or running and offer a chance to sight a vast range of flora and fauna — including beautiful wildflowers, birds and other creatures. For a rundown of all of the trails in Lawrence, check out this handy guide.
|May 02, 2016|
|Perth Amboy Greek Festival Coming in June|
Greek culture is known for its delicious cuisine, waterfront lifestyle and lively music and dancing. This June, Perth Amboy, NJ will be home to the 2016 Greek Festival by the Bay — bringing a taste of life in Greece right here to central Jersey. On June 3rd-5th, head toward St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church for three days of food, music, dancing and more. Look forward to all-day live entertainment and a grand raffle drawing, plus Greek culinary favorites including souvlaki, spanakopita, dolmades, moussaka, gyros, baklava and more. In terms of performance, attendees will have the chance to take in the sounds of a bouzouki player, performing all weekend, plus moves from St. Demetrios community dancers and tutorials in Greek dance style. The event will be held from 11am-11pm on Friday and Saturday, and 12pm-7pm on Sunday.
|Apr 25, 2016|
|May Events in Lawrenceville, NJ|
This May, big things are happening in Lawrenceville, NJ. The month kicks off with two great events that will bring out the community and bring on the fun.
On May 1st, head to the Lawrenceville School for a race for the whole family. Starting at 9am, the 13th Annual Big Red Run is a 5k that will get you enjoying the springtime air. The township’s younger residents can do some running of their own as part of the “Kids Fun Run,” featuring a range of age-appropriate courses — from a 25 meter “race” for kids 3 and under to a ½ mile course for 10 and 11 year olds. Register online, via mail or in-person on the day of the race. All registrants will be entered into the Big Red Race Raffle. After the race, stick around the Lawrenceville School for the 18th Annual Jubilee. An “old-fashioned street fair,” the Jubilee will be held from 12 to 5pm and feature games, food, pony rides, live music, shopping and much more.
|Apr 18, 2016|
|Edison Earth Day Offers Education, Fun|
The onset of spring is a great time to appreciate all that nature provides — the air we breathe, the water we drink and the sun that shines so brightly upon us at this time of year. It figures, then, that April is also the month in which we celebrate Earth Day. And in Edison this year, there are lots of ways you can mark this annual occasion. On Sunday, April 24th from 9am to 3pm, Edison will be hosting a range of civic activities, from volunteer flower planting and lake and park litter cleanup to a composting demonstration, a mini edition of the Edison Farmers Market, a recycling FAQ, on-site water and soil testing, and much, much more. For those looking for some physical exercise, the rock wall will be set up and available for climbing from 10am until 2pm. All events will be held at Papaianni Park, located at 100 Municipal Blvd in Edison. Sponsored by local and national businesses along with a host of local civic groups, Edison Earth Day offers a great way to get out of the house and get your hands dirty. Kick off spring with your fellow residents at Earth Day this year — the fun is just getting started.
|Apr 11, 2016|
|Woodbridge Celebrates Youth Month|
April is here, and that means that Woodbridge is once more celebrating youth month — a month filled with events, gatherings, awards and more, all with a focus on the township’s young people.
This April, tots and teens alike can look forward to events designed just for them. These include a student works exhibit at Barron Arts Center, family and teen movie nights, the Mayor’s youth volunteer awards, games, sports, crafts and more. Woodbridge Public Library is getting in on the fun, with several events geared toward middle and high schoolers in town — from creative activities such as craft programs to a practical seminar program called “How to Pay for College Without Going Broke,” to be held April 28th at 8pm at the Main Library. The library is also hosting events as part of a poetry-themed craft program — a nod to the fact that April also happens to be National Poetry Month. These events involve mixed bag poetry, black-out poetry, and DIY magnetic poetry kit-making, and will take place four times throughout the month.
|Apr 04, 2016|
|India Fair Comes to Edison, NJ|
Frequently listed among the top towns in categories like “most livable communities,” “best places to live,” and “safest cities” in the United States, Edison, NJ prides itself on its high quality of life for residents new and old. Located in Middlesex County, Edison is vibrant, diverse and welcoming to residents from all over the world.
It is fitting, then, that this year’s India Fair, a space to explore art, ethnic food, performances and beautiful crafts from India, will take place in Edison. Founded in 2010, India Fair is a great opportunity to enjoy Indian culture and heritage as vendors and performers present their wares and talents to attendees. Highlights from last year included Bollywood performances, free giveaways, wholesale shopping, fashion shows, live singing, a dance competition and the appearance of at least one Bollywood celebrity. Head out to India Fair 2016 to see what surprises await this year. India Fair 2016 will take place at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center on April 16th and 17th.
|Mar 28, 2016|
|10th Annual Run With Rotary 5K in Montgomery |
Run like the wind! On Sunday, April 24th, 2016, Montgomery Township, NJ will be holding its 10th Annual Run with Rotary 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run, hosted by the Montgomery-Rocky Hill Rotary Club. Held in Skillman’s beautiful Skillman Park, the race begins at Laroque Circle. Last year’s race brought out approximately 1000 runners and walkers, while this year, organizers expect over 1,200 participants, who are welcome to sign up as individuals or in teams. In addition to racing for time, teams are welcome to compete to be judged “Most Spirited” or “Best Dressed Team.” All proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Montgomery Rocky Hill Foundation, a local nonprofit involved in a range activities from the local to the national level — including food pantry support, relief for natural disaster victims, and programs that work on the eradication of diseases. The ramble/walk kicks off at 10:00am, to be followed shortly thereafter by the 5K Road Race/walk, starting at 10:35am.
|Mar 21, 2016|
|Easter Celebration Coming to Woodbridge this Weekend|
What comes to mind when you think of Easter? If it’s egg hunts, bunnies and parades, you’re not alone — and you’re in luck. This Saturday, March 26th marks Woodbridge Township’s 12th annual Easter celebration, filled with an Easter bonnet parade, mini Easter egg hunts and much more. From 1-3pm on Saturday, families are invited to head out to Colonia Middle School for activities including face painting and an easter egg hunt, plus prizes awarded in a range of categories — including funniest, most creative and best looking bonnet or hat. The day continues with goods sold by vendors and visits from Freddy the Talking Fire Truck, Sparkee the Somerset Patriot Mascot and, of course, the Easter Bunny. Vendors looking to get involved in the fun are welcome to get in touch with the office of Councilwoman Debbie Meehan. Attendees are asked to give a $5 donation per child. Admission is free for accompanying adults.
|Mar 14, 2016|
|Tool Around the Township in Woodbridge|
Community means helping out when you can — lending a hand when you’re able and knowing that others will offer you assistance if and when you need it. It means being supported, and supporting others. And in Woodbridge Township, the community spirit is strong.
This April, Woodbridge residents are invited to take part in the township’s annual “Tooling Around the Township” event, an opportunity to put the spirit of community into practice. On April 30th, volunteers will perform repairs on the homes of Woodbridge residents who are elderly, low-income or disabled. Volunteers are welcome to sign up online, indicating any special skills they can offer, while local businesses and individuals are invited to sponsor the project either by providing financial donations or gifting materials for repairs. A great opportunity to give back to your community, get to know your neighbors, and do some meaningful work, Tool Around the Township is a township event that’s not to be missed.
|Mar 07, 2016|
|St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Secaucus|
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, townships throughout New Jersey and beyond prepare to celebrate Irish culture and enjoy the merriment of the day. In Secaucus, this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is a two-day affair, bringing together residents of all ages.
On March 11th and 12th, residents are invited to head to Paterson Plank Road and Wilson Avenue for an event filled with activities, giveaways and entertainment. Attendees can look forward to food trucks, live music, a beer garden, ice skating, Irish dancers and more. For those looking for to make some memories, the event offers the opportunity to meet some favorite fictional characters: the NJ Devils Mascot and Shrek and Fiona. To top it all off, this year’s celebration is performing double duty, also serving as the 50th anniversary of Charlie’s Corner. An old standby local bar beloved by residents and visitors alike, Charlie’s Corner is located at 1254 Paterson Plank Road in Secaucus.
|Feb 29, 2016|
|Summer Fun Awaits at Six Flags Great Adventure|
Ocean County, NJ is the gateway to Pine Barrens, a gorgeous protected nature area that offers space to hike and enjoy nature. It’s also home to stunning beaches, including Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant Beach and Long Beach Island.
And if that’s not enough, it’s got something else: it boasts Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari, one of the best amusement parks in the whole region. Nestled in Jackson, NJ, Six Flags features a great mix of attractions, from the largest theme park in the world, featuring a wild safari animal park, to the hotly-anticipated new roller-coaster “The Joker,” coming this season. It’s home to an enchanting fantasy forest, a charming 18th-century early American town, a Movie Town set up as a Hollywood back lot and much more. And, for folks looking to splash around on hot days, the Hurricane Harbor Water Park offers a refreshing way to cool off. March 23rd-27th is this year’s opening weekend. Head down to Jackson to get the warm weather fun started early.
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|Feb 22, 2016|
|Community Events at Monroe Township Library|
Since 1989, the Monroe Township Public Library has served as a valuable community hub, bringing residents together around its vibrant events and extensive collection of books and videos. Starting at just 4,000 square feet in the lower level of the Municipal Building, today the library lives in its own dedicated building, with 44,000 square feet of space and a vast range of services, activities, and materials. Kids looking to take advantage of this fantastic resource can create together, with activities like Sunday Crafts, or flex their strategic and social muscles, with regular group gatherings like the Chess Club. Adults trying to sharpen their understanding of world affairs can listen to stimulating lectures such as “Great Decision: Middle East Update,” taking place on March 5th, or take in sophisticated artistic sounds like the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, performing at the library on March 18th. Check out the library events calendar to see all the offerings taking place at the library over the next few months — or just drop in. The library’s open from 9:30am-9pm Mon-Thurs, 9:30am-5pm on Fridays, 10am-6pm on Saturdays and 1pm-5pm on Sundays.
|Feb 15, 2016|
|One River School Showcases Artistic Talent in Englewood|
Talent reveals itself at surprising times. Sometimes, people come into their artistic gifts late in life. For others, creativity comes naturally from a very young age.
For youth in Northern New Jersey, the One River School provides ample opportunity to develop & hone artistic skills — and showcase them for the world. Since 2012, the school has provided innovative approaches to learning art & digital media. This month, the school is partnering with bergenPAC’s Intermezzo Art Gallery for the “Teen Art Show.” On display from February 2nd through the 29th, this show features work from the school’s “talented and dedicated” teenaged artists. If you’re a young person who likes what you see and wants to get involved, you’re in luck. For the artistically-curious, the One River School offers free workshops, allowing young residents the chance to try something new. Workshops center on painting, drawing, photography and more. Check out the One River School website for more information.
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|Feb 08, 2016|
|West Windsor Art Show Features Work By Faculty & Students|
The West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) is known for bringing arts and culture to Mercer County. Offering classes and exhibits, the center gives residents the opportunity to learn their crafts while taking in the visions and artworks of others. With this season’s Faculty-Student Show, the West Windsor Arts Council is providing a lens into the artistic magic that happens in its many workshops and classes. Since it opened on January 10th, the Faculty-Student Show has exhibited work by both students and teachers alike. Teaching artists lead the way with their creative visions, while students have been guided by their teachers to bravely display their work as artists with styles all their own. Providing a valuable view into the West Windsor art scene, this show features visual, multimedia and performance art alike, including painting, pen and ink, print, fiber art, poetry, and more. To enjoy the Faculty-Student Show, visit the West Windsor Arts Center before the exhibit closes on Friday, February 27, 2016.
|Feb 01, 2016|
|Residents Stay Active at Woodbridge Community Center|
This winter, Woodbridge residents have plenty of opportunities to stay active. Each season, the Woodbridge Community Center offers programming for residents of all ages, who get to enjoy the center’s first-rate facilities, including a large indoor skating rink and swimming pool, an exercise gym and mini-golf, plus high-quality group classes, including yoga, tai chi, aerobics and cardio boot camp. Plus, with group activities, childcare services and more, the center provides the services you need to lead the life you want. This winter, senior citizens can enjoy classes from zumba to pilates, along with interest groups for watching films and playing rummikub, board games, mahjongg and more. Residents of all ages can participate in the WCC Swim Team, called the “Sea Wolves,” a competitive swim team that “offer[s] high quality professional coaching and technique instruction,” for swimmers of all ability levels. And parents in need of childcare assistance can take advantage of the WCC’s preschool and school age child care (SACC) programs, along with Kindergarten Extended Day (KED). These are just a few of the programs and services offered by the WCC. Visit the WCC online to read about the many opportunities on offer, and learn how this center can bring recreation, fitness, community connection and a bit more balance to your life.
|Jan 25, 2016|
|Piscataway Celebrates 350th Anniversary With Calendar, Events|
2016 is already off to a pretty historic start, with one of the biggest snowfalls in New Jersey’s history hitting the region this past weekend. In Piscataway Township, 2016 was set to be special from the outset: this year marks the township’s 350th anniversary, and Piscataway residents are marking the occasion in all sorts of creative and educational ways.
To get the year started with a look to both the past and future, a township resident and the Piscataway Historical and Heritage Society Committee created a beautiful 350th Anniversary Commemorative Calendar, available now for a suggested donation of $3 at locations throughout town. On Sunday, January 31st at 2pm, the Historical and Heritage Society is co-hosting a talk by Quick Chek CEO Dean Durling at the J.F. Kennedy Library, located at Hoes Lane and Buena Vista Avenue. This free talk kicks off a series of presentations by businesses that have locations in the township. For the township’s annual Founders Day, head to the Municipal Chambers, at 455 Hoes Lane, to hear a talk by Rutgers Prof. Elizabeth Reeves Lindt about Camp Kilmer, an army base that was active in the area until the mid-20th century. As the year goes on, the events will keep coming — keep up with what’s happening by visiting the Piscataway Township website over the course of 2016.
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|Jan 18, 2016|
|North Brunswick Township India Republic Day|
North Brunswick is proud to be home to a diverse population with a range of cultural experiences. Residents looking to celebrate and learn from the richness of heritage in the township will soon have the chance: on January 30th, 2016 from 10am-1pm, Agraj Seva Kendra, a central Jersey-based nonprofit whose mission is “to preserve and promote Asian Indian Culture and traditions and to promote diversity among individuals” will be partnering with the North Brunswick Township High School to present the township’s annual NBT India Republic Day Celebration. Held at the North Brunswick Township High School Commons, this interactive event includes games, educational exhibits, cultural performances, demonstrations by youth groups and other activities and gives young people in North Brunswick the chance to explore and learn about “governance, international cooperation, cultures of various nations and the role education plays in achieving peace and harmony within communities.” This year’s theme is “Revere Friendship,” and will mark the inauguration of a mentorship program for the community. This celebration is one of two annual events hosted by the NBT India Day Committee. In 2014, the India Republic Day theme was “Teachers.” Last year, it was “Unity in Diversity.”
|Jan 11, 2016|
|Pop-Up Gallery Highlights Local Artists in Metuchen|
It’s a small town at the center of another one — and yet, Metuchen brings culture in a big way. Once known as the “brainy boro,” Metuchen has, throughout the years, been home to artists and intellectuals — and it always seems to have something interesting going on.
This weekend, To Be Continued... Bookstore, Boutique & Café is hosting its second annual celebration to greet the new year. During the event, the store will transform into a pop-up gallery, bringing together new and established local artists for a one-of-a-kind art show. Attendees will have the opportunity to browse and, in some cases, buy art — along with vintage clothes, books and more. Plus, the event will include live jazz and blues played by the Lee Caplan Trio and delicious snacks from Mangia Toscano. The 2nd Annual Pop-Up Gallery and Art Show will be held at To Be Continued... on Saturday, January 16th from 6-10pm.
|Jan 06, 2016|
|Winter Programming at East Rutherford Memorial Library|
In East Rutherford, NJ, the library is more than just a place to check out books — though, of course, it’s that too. The East Rutherford Memorial Library is also a community hub, offering a range of regular programming and special events alike, and bringing together community groups of all ages: from tots to children to teenagers to adults to seniors.
This January, the little ones and their caregivers can look forward to regularly-scheduled programming such as Tiny Tots Winter Storytime, held each Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am for tots aged 2 and 3, while toddlers aged 3-5 can participate in Story Time & Craft, held each Thursday from 10:30-11:15am. For the more grown-up set, there’s yoga, held each week in January from 12-1pm on Wednesdays or 10-11am on Saturdays, while guided meditation classes are held on Saturdays from 11:15am-12:15pm. Once February rolls around, the library will be offering Tai Chi as well. The library’s one-off events offer great opportunities for community members to gather as well. This past fall, the library offered Santa-themed events and a “Book Spine Poetry” contest for teens.
|Dec 28, 2015|
|Cornelius Low House Tells the Story of Diners in NJ|
Diners. New Jerseyans love to love ‘em. From big egg breakfasts to late night snacks; from endless cups of coffee to songs on the jukeboxes, diners are a beloved part of the New Jersey experience.
But how did this come to be? Where did diners come from, and how did they become such an important part of the Garden State fabric? For the curious, the Cornelius Low House has a year-long exhibit answering all your burning New Jersey diner questions. Called “Icons of American Culture: History of New Jersey Diners,” this seven-room exhibit traces the story of diners in the US from their Rhode Island roots, through the turn-of-the-century lunch wagons, and into the deluxe lunch cars that account for the signature appearance of so many diners today. The exhibit includes photos of vintage diners from around the Garden State, two diner booth mockups, a jukebox and more. This great slice of Americana will help you see New Jersey diners with a new eye. Visit the Cornelius Low House now through June 2016 to see it for yourself.
|Dec 21, 2015|
|Florham Park Named #1 Town in New Jersey|
For people looking for a small-town feeling with big-city access — one that provides top-notch schools, low taxes and safety — Florham Park, NJ can’t be beat.
Just ask New Jersey Monthly. This past September, the acclaimed magazine released its list of top towns in New Jersey, and Florham Park, home to BestRentNJ.com rental apartments at Sun Valley and the Village at Sun Valley, topped the list. Known for its strong community, this seven square mile town is home to no fewer than 100 businesses, 2 universities, 3 public schools and, of course, the NFL’s New York Jets, who have a training facility in town. Almost 12,000 residents call Florham Park home, and the township population grows to over 60,000 during the day thanks to its many business and services: with big corporate names located in town, including BASF Corporation, AutomaticSwitch Company and the Lapp Group, Florham Park provides strong employment opportunities. And with Fairleigh Dickinson University and College of Saint Elizabeth situated largely in town as well, educational opportunities, lectures, and performances are never far off. Of course, the town is more than its strong economic base: it’s got some serious heart, which residents and visitors can take advantage of during its Fourth of July celebration, gazebo summer concert series, and more. Plus, the town has easy rail access thanks to the nearby Chatham train station. It’s no small honor to be named to top town in New Jersey. Check out Florham Park for yourself to see why New Jersey Monthly calls it #1. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease in Florham Park include rentals at Sun Valley and the Village at Sun Valley. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Dec 16, 2015|
|Beautification and Downtown Improvements in Perth Amboy|
The end of the year is a great time to reflect on the year that just passed — our triumphs and successes; where we exceeded expectations; and how we might continue to grow in the year ahead. In Perth Amboy, this past year brought culture, art and and reinvestment to the town’s downtown district — enhancing the experience of commuters, shoppers, and residents looking to enjoy the community.
This year, the township invested over $750k in capital and grant funds toward improving roads, power washing streets, enhancing curbs for ADA-compliance, making landscape improvements, beautifying the train station, repainting city streets, and more. Perhaps one of the most unique additions to the town came in the form of the El Dorado Mobile Mural project. A public art project, the Mobile Mural Project is a large-scale conceptual artwork that was erected on panel boards at a vacant corner property on Smith Street. It includes an 8-by-40-foot mural painted by students and volunteers over Memorial Day weekend. This project brought beautiful artwork to the town thanks to a collaboration that included the Perth Amboy Board of Education, the Office of Recreation and the Arts and the City Council.
|Dec 08, 2015|
|Holiday Festival in Carteret Park|
Who says winter needs to be an indoor affair? If you’re in Middlesex County, there’s plenty of opportunity to spend time outside — in the beautiful New Jersey landscape, at winter festivals and in town squares throughout the state.
On December 11th and 12th, Carteret will be the site of the Holiday Festival at Carteret Park. A beautiful way to transition to the holiday season, this event will come complete with a Christmas Tree lighting and carols, brought to attendees courtesy of the new community choir. This beloved annual tradition was first inaugurated in 2003, heralding community spirit and an enchanted winter wonderland atmosphere for residents and visitors alike. Previous years have included appearances by santa, horse and buggy rides, a carousel and children’s rides — plus warming refreshments like cider, roasted chestnuts, hot cocoa and more. If you’re in Carteret, take advantage of the opportunity to commemorate the onset of holiday cheer with your community.
|Dec 01, 2015|
|Secaucus Celebrates With Holiday Events|
Crafts, wagon rides, delicious food, and live, outdoor music — if you think that sounds like summer, think again. In Secaucus, the Holiday Bazaar will bring all the outdoor fun of the warmer months — along with gifts, a tree lighting, Santa Claus and more.
On December 5th, Secaucus will come alive with a jam-packed day that kicks of with the township Holiday Bazaar. From 11am until 4:30pm, head over to the Recreation Center on Koelle Boulevard and take in the crafts and decorations, buy some one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones, and sample the offerings from an array of food vendors. At 7pm, the parade begins. Starting at the municipal lot across from Huber Street School, this energizing affair will feature an appearance by Saint Nick himself. Then, tick around for the tree lighting, to be held immediately following the parade. This last installment of the day’s festivities will include more food, wagon rides, a petting zoo, music and more. This December, take advantage of all your town has to offer by heading out for the Town of Secaucus Holiday Bazaar, Parade and Tree Lighting.
|Nov 23, 2015|
|Holiday Season at Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge|
In Woodbridge, holiday cheer starts early and fills the township. Thanks to the range of programming on deck at the Barron Arts Center, residents will have ample opportunity to take in the season.
The celebrations kick off this year with a special addition, the 2015 Barron Arts Center Indoor Origami Holiday Tree, designed and decorated by Martha Landy, sponsored by Columbia Bank, and featuring ornate folded paper arts created by a cast of community helpers. This exhibit will be on display November 28th through December 27th. Also opening on November 28th is the Barron Arts Center’s 25th Anniversary Train Show Exhibit, a township staple that delights train enthusiasts young and old. This year’s exhibit features the setup and design of Mike Gelesky, and is sponsored by Access Self Storage of Woodbridge, Middlesex Water Co. & JJ Elek Realty Co. The township’s annual tree lighting and train show reception will be held December 4th from 5-7pm at Barron Arts Center, while the Holiday Concert, “Brothers in Harmony,” will be held at Woodbridge Middle School, located at 525 Barron Avenue, on Friday, December 11th.
|Nov 16, 2015|
|Monroe Township Community Garden|
This past summer, Monroe township residents looking to work their green thumbs got a new opportunity to dig around the dirt. Last June, the Monroe Township Community Garden opened, making available its first 96 community plots. These plots were allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to community residents, who quickly jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this exciting program. An additional 176 plots will be added during Phase II of the garden’s development.
The two-acre garden is the largest in Middlesex County. It is adjacent to an additional 10 acres of land, on which the township hopes to build additional amenities including a gazebo dedicated to the arts, land on which native flora can grow, and educational signage with an emphasis on conservation. The coming winter means a break for this growing community resource. But with the seeds planted, this spring is sure to see both the community and its latest source of food and recreation in full bloom.
|Nov 09, 2015|
|Blazing Star Cultural Arts Center in Carteret|
This fall, Carteret saw the addition of a new community institution. Opened in September, the Blazing Star Cultural Arts Center is now home to the Carteret Historical Committee and the Central Jersey Arts Council and serves as a practice space for cultural groups like the new Carteret Community Choir.
The grand opening marked the launch of programming including historical exhibitions and presentations, musical performances, community arts & art shows, musical workshops, classes and more. This month, visitors can look forward to an ancient coin exhibition, improv workshops, family instrument exploration, “Blazing Star Cafe,” and more. Check out the full November programming calendar here. The Blazing Star Cultural Arts Center is part of the recent spate of additions to the Carteret cultural scene, which also includes the upcoming Carteret Performing Arts Center. Part of the Washington Avenue Redevelopment Area, the Carteret Performing Arts Center will include a 1,500-seat, state-of-the-art performing arts facility, plus a concert hall.
|Nov 02, 2015|
|Woodbridge Hosts 9th Annual Veterans Day Parade|
Veterans Day: it’s a day honoring all of those who have served in our nation’s armed services. Set to coincide with Remembrance Day and Armistice Day — holidays observed in other countries — Veterans Day was first brought into being following the end of World War I. Unlike many US holidays which change date each year to extend the weekend, Veterans Day is held on November 11th every year.
This Veterans Day, Woodbridge Township will be hosting its 9th Annual Veterans Day Parade. Starting at 1:30 on November 11th, head to Main Street in Downtown Woodbridge to pay respects to those who have served. The parade will offer particular salute to the Woodbridge Veterans Alliance, American Legion T. Nulty Post #471, American Legion Posts #87 and #248, Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts #4410, #7164, #2636, #6090, #1352 and #6061, Disabled American Veterans Chapter #56, and Cpl. Kevin J. Reinhard Marine Corps League Detachment #189.BestRentNJ.com
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|Oct 26, 2015|
|Final Weeks of Photo Exhibit at West Windsor Arts Center|
A photo is never just a photo. It represents an image captured in time, through the eyes of its photographer, shaped by its subjects. Each photo contains stories, ideas, and pieces of the past. So what happens when a photo is transformed?
That’s the question at the heart of Photo-Transformations, a mixed-media art exhibit at the West Windsor Arts Center Gallery. Since the exhibit opened on September 14th, visitors have gotten to experience the world of photos, reimagined, as artists responded to a call to submit “original photos that have been hand-painted, collaged, overlayed with other media, or otherwise transformed.” Haven’t yet made it to check out this fascinating work? The exhibit will remain open for two more weeks. Visit the West Windsor Arts Center Gallery from Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday, 12-4pm until Saturday, November 7th, when the exhibit closes.
|Oct 20, 2015|
|Haunted Woods in Old Bridge|
Haunted house? Been there, done that. Haunted woods? Now that’s material for some halloween fright. This fall, Old Bridge is hosting its annual Haunted Woods — a fun and scare-filled walk through the township woods.
For the last two weeks of October, the woods are transformed by lights, sounds, displays, and people hiding in its depths. Visitors are invited to come by to take it all in from 7-10pm on October 23rd-25th and 30th. For those looking for a less-eerie halloween adventure, the Haunted Woods will be open for twilight viewings Saturday and Sunday from 3:30-6pm, though live actors will not be present. The price of entry is a food donation to the Old Bridge Food Bank. Food donations have been down this year, so visitors are encouraged to bring a little extra. Hot drinks — including cider, hot chocolate and coffee — will be available for sale at the end of the walk.
|Oct 12, 2015|
|Halloween Events in Secaucus|
Halloween isn’t just a one-day affair in Secaucus, NJ. That’s because the township hosts spooktacular halloween events for over a week — filling October with tricks, treats and haunted, costumed fun. On Friday, October 23rd, head over to Spooky Friday at Schmidt’s Woods, a resident-only event featuring a haunted trail, a not-so-haunted house, a petting zoo, hayrides and more. Gates open at 5:30pm and activities kick off at 5:45pm. On Sunday, October 25th, make your way to the Clarendon School at 1pm for the Annual Ragamuffin Parade or go to Buchmuller Park for pumpkin picking and painting. Friday, October 30th marks mischief night, a raucous energy release for 5th-8th graders, while at night the Secaucus Animal Shelter hosts its annual costume dinner dance, complete with a DJ, raffle, 50/50 drawings, a costume contest and more. All proceeds from dinner dance ticket sales will go toward supporting the Animal Shelter. The next day, residents are invited to trick out their vehicles for “Trunk or Treat.” All of this, of course, builds up to the big night: Halloween itself, where residents will trick or treat and greet their costumed neighbors with candy. The October, Secaucus is the place to be. Participate in one or more of this year’s events to make the most out of the fall holiday season.
|Oct 05, 2015|
|Rededication Ceremony at Edison Memorial Tower|
Thomas Alva Edison is the hometown hero of Menlo Park. The famous inventor and businessman brought to us such useful inventions as the motion picture camera, the stock ticker, the telegraph and, of course, the electric light bulb — along with his less well-known accomplishments such as the first industrial research laboratory. The Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park honors Edison’s memory by educating the public about the inventor and his accomplishments. The Edison Memorial Tower, an art deco monument located at the Menlo Park Historic Site, is listed on New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. Due to wear and the passage of time, however, the tower was until recently considered one of the ten most endangered historic sites in the Garden State. Thanks to recent renovations, the tower has been restored to its former glory. Visit the site on Saturday, October 24th to take part in the Tower’s Rededication Ceremony, as the monument is relit in honor of Edison and the spirit of innovation.
|Sep 28, 2015|
|Woodbridge Township Hosts 8th Annual BarronFest|
This fall, browse, buy and sell crafts in Woodbridge. On October 3rd, 2015, Woodbridge will be home to the 8th annual BarronFest, a fine arts and fine crafts festival that brings together the works of over 50 artists, who are invited to exhibit and sell their wares at no commission.
Held at Parker Press Park, this annual event is free to the public and brings together original, handmade crafts from local artisans working in a range of media — from oils, acrylics and watercolor to sculpture, graphics, drawings, pastels, photography and more. And, with fine works including pottery, jewelry and other handcrafted items, the festival offers beautiful arts to suit a diversity of tastes. Hosted by the Woodbridge Cultural Arts Commission, BarronFest offers residents and artists alike the opportunity to connect with and gain exposure to the wide talents at home in Woodbridge and the surrounding area.
|Sep 21, 2015|
|Fall Family Spectacular Returns to Edison|
Edison Township’s annual Fall Family Spectacular Street Fair & Festival is a beloved township tradition, bringing residents and visitors young and old together to celebrate the town and all it has to offer.
This year’s festival will see part of Amboy Avenue transform into one big block party, complete with live entertainment including bands, karate demonstrations, dancers and other performers. For those who like to shop, local merchants will be offering sales and showcasing their wares, plus one-of-a-kind handcrafted work, bargain merchandise and more. The day will also include pony rides, a climbing wall, a petting zoo, face painting, mechanical rides, sand art, temporary tattoos — appealing to attendees of all ages and tastes. And speaking of tastes, the festival will offer open air cafes and street food including hot dogs and chicken fingers, along with shish kabobs, cheesesteaks, roasted corn, fresh squeezed lemonade and more. In previous years, the festival has been held in Lake Papaianni Park. This year — for the second year in a row — the Fall Family Spectacular will be held in the Clara Barton section of Edison, NJ on Amboy Avenue.
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|Sep 14, 2015|
|A Night in the Village in Lawrenceville|
Lawrenceville, NJ is home to a historic downtown filled with charm, beautiful architecture, and a vibrant business community. On Sunday, September 20th, residents and visitors are invited to take part in A Night in the Village: a walking restaurant tour of Lawrenceville’s downtown village. Now in its third year, A Night in the Village is a 3-hour rain-or-shine tour experience hosted by Lawrenceville Main Street. This year’s event includes live music and tastings at 11 local restaurants and establishments — plus a goodie bag to top it all off. This year’s participating establishments include Fedora’s Cafe & Catering, Cherry Grove Farm, Acacia Restaurant, Chamber’s Walk Cafe and Catering, Leonardo’s II, The Purple Cow Ice Cream, The Gingered Peach Bakery, Enzo’s La Piccola Cucina, Amalfi Restaurant and Bar, Wilflour Bakery-Cafe, and Vidalia Restaurant. Lawrenceville Main Street is a volunteer-led organization that exists to highlight, preserve and enhance all the wonderful features of the district by organizing events, building partnerships and more. Buy tickets online to take part in this entertaining — and delicious! — community event and support Lawrenceville Main Street’s future programming.
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|Sep 08, 2015|
|North Brunswick Township Hosts 33rd Annual Heritage Day Festival|
Where can North Brunswick residents enjoy music, dancing, food, rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, crafts, live music and an art competition — all in one place, all on one afternoon? At the North Brunswick Township 33rd Annual Heritage Day Festival, all of the above (and more) will be in attendance and on offer. North Brunswick Heritage Day is a longstanding township staple, bringing the community together to celebrate its traditions, diversity and future. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 (rain date: September 20th) at North Brunswick Community Park, with programming starting at 1pm. Look forward to live entertainment including an Irish folk band, a country band, swing music, an R&B group, Timbo the Clown, African dance, rock’n’roll and more. At 5pm, the Heritage Day Art Competition winners will be chosen, and, starting at 7pm, a live band and fireworks will carry the afternoon celebration into night.
|Sep 05, 2015|
|Montgomery FunFest: A Tradition is Born|
Every tradition begins at some point in time. For every annual event, there is a “year one”. For Montgomery FunFest, that year is 2015. On September 13th, the Montgomery Business Association is hosting the first annual Montgomery FunFest at the Princeton Airport — inaugurating what it hopes will be a lasting town tradition. From 12pm to 5pm, over 10,000 attendees are expected to show up for what promises to be a special community experience. The hosts are planning big and hoping for a large turnout, with space for over 200 vendors, artists, nonprofits and food concessions. There will also be performances showcasing local talent, entertainment for children, crafts, merchandise, sidewalk chalk, balloon rides, games and more. The dog days of summer may be behind us — but the season of festivals, outdoor concerts and community events is still in full swing. Come out to Princeton Airport on September 13th to enjoy the season and celebrate all that Montgomery has to offer.
|Aug 24, 2015|
|Staying Active in Perth Amboy at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA|
It’s easy to stay active in Perth Amboy thanks to the Raritan Bay Area YMCA. A center for services, programs and activities that serves Perth Amboy and beyond, the YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility — strengthening the community and providing opportunity for residents to grow and connect. A neighborhood institution with a long history, the YMCA was originally founded as the Perth Amboy YMCA in 1867, and was expanded into a four story building at 182 Jefferson Street starting in 1913, complete with a swimming pool, fitness center, meeting rooms, and a rooming house. Today, the Raritan Bay Area YMCA offers programing for groups of all ages, including preschool, youth, teens, senior, adults, and families, plus aquatics, health and wellness education, sports and an annual golf outing. Take advantage of this township resource and enjoy the facilities, enroll in programs and connect with other community members. Contact the YMCA to become a member today.
|Aug 17, 2015|
|Woodbridge Country Sundays at Parker Press Park|
Woodbridge is known for its extensive summer musical offerings, including the Monday Summer Concert Series, Tuesday Tribute Bands, Woodbridge Wednesdays, and Local Band Thursdays. This year, the township has added yet another summer concert series to its roster: Country Sundays. A free music series held weekly from July 12th through September 9th at Parker Press Park, Country Sundays includes the best in country and americana sounds. Past shows have seen favorite folk songstress Eilen Jewel, along with Mood Davis & the Good Americans, Front Country, Amy Helm and Carter Calvert & the Roger Cohen trio. In the coming weeks, even more toe-tapping musical acts will come through the park, including Cricket Tell the Weather (August 16th), Spirit Family Reunion (August 23), and Girls, Guns & Glory (August 30th). Shows kick off at 6pm, and include beer and BBQ, coming to Parker Press Park via Moby Dick’s and Benson’s Barbecue.
|Aug 10, 2015|
|Outdoor Movies at Buchmuller Park in Secaucus|
Picnicking in the park, surrounded by trees and community, watching a new or classic family movie: what could be better? In Secaucus this summer, residents and visitors alike have been able to enjoy weekly films set in beautiful Buchmuller Park.
Last month, screenings of Annie, The Boxtrolls, Frozen and Strange Magic brought friends and family out to the park. On Tuesdays this August, park-goers and cinephiles can look forward to another slate of movies. On August 11th, the town will be showing Tinkerbell & the Legend of the Neverbeast, while on August 18th, Into the Woods will be screened. August 25th, look forward to Big Hero 6. Tuesday screenings start at 8:30pm. To cap it off, on Wednesday, August 26th, head over to Family Night at the Pool for a special showing of Finding Nemo at 8pm. Buchmuller Park is located near 3rd Avenue and Plaza Center near the center of Secaucus. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease in Secaucus include rentals at Next at Xchange and Helix at Xchange. Other nearby apts for rent include listings at East Rutherford’s Liberty Terrace and Towne Centre at Englewood. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Aug 03, 2015|
|Woodbridge Launches Buy Local App|
Looking to access local businesses, services, news or events in Woodbridge? Finding information about what’s going on in the township just became a whole lot easier. Last month, Mayor John E. McCormac launched the “Buy Local App,” a free mobile app that helps local residents find the goods and services they want and need.
Released as a tool for residents, businesses and nonprofit service-providers alike, the app provides information about everything from local schools to health and medical services, and from restaurants to automotive services. It also provides a directory of all the business involved in the Chamber of Commerce, streams videos about local events and news, and lists parking lots, schools and farmers markets. Coming soon, look forward to the Buy Local Loyalty Program, offering points and rewards for your patronage at participating local establishments. An exciting technological step, the Buy Local App will make life easier for all members of the Woodbridge community, allowing you to stay connected to the township, your fellow residents, and the businesses and services that serve the community. To download the app, visit the App Store or the Google Play Store and search “Woodbridge Buy Local.”
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|Jul 27, 2015|
|Lawrenceville Hosts “Music in the Park"|
In the grand tradition of townships in New Jersey and their high-quality summer entertainment offerings, Lawrenceville has been hosting a summer concert series. Now in its 15th year, Music in the Park brings established regional musicians to Lawrenceville’s Weeden Park for outdoor concerts that entertain from June through August.
This year, Lawrenceville has hosting a range of talent, crossing genres and style — including cover bands and original artists, and ranging from blues to bluegrass to funk. This August, the series will close out with three high-caliber performances. On Thursday, August 6th at 7pm, Paul Blumeri Blues will be playing, with food from Acacia. On August 13th at 7pm, the rock-and-roll cover band Kindred Spirit will take the stage, with food from Gingered Peach. And to close out the 2015 season, on August 20th at 6:30pm, the Beagles, “a fun loving Mercer/Bucks County sextet that plays power pop, rock and soul originals and covers tunes dating from the early 60s through 2015” will perform, with food from Fedora’s Cafe and Catering starting at 6pm. Check out the full summer concert schedule here. In the event of rain, concerts will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville.
|Jul 21, 2015|
|Amazon.com to Open Fulfillment Center in Carteret|
Amazon.com is the leading e-commerce company in the United States, with over 150,000 employees and distribution facilities around the world. And soon, they’ll be adding one more: a one million square foot fulfillment center in Carteret, NJ.
Set to be located at the old Wakefern building at 8003 Industrial Ave., which is adjacent to the New Jersey Turnpike, the facility will bring with it hundreds of jobs for Carteret residents. The opening of the Carteret fulfillment will mark the second Amazon fulfillment center in the Garden State; the first is located in Robbinsville, NJ, in Mercer County, and opened in July 2014. The Robbinsville fulfillment center currently employs thousands of workers. Initially launched in 1994 as an online book retailer, today Amazon.com is the go-to e-retailer for household items, electronic, apparel, food, furniture and more. Of the company’s decision to locate their fulfillment center in Carteret, Mayor Dan Reiman said: “Amazon’s decision to locate here and make such a significant long term investment is recognition of our aggressive and ongoing redevelopment efforts. Amazon is the type of corporate partner that will help grow our local and regional economy, provide jobs and opportunity for our residents, and strengthen our expanding corporate tax base. We look forward to a long term working partnership.”
|Jul 13, 2015|
|Plays-in-the-Park on the Roosevelt Park Stage|
Edison, NJ has some fine warm-weather institutions and traditions, including the farmer’s market, the Edison Fall Family Spectacular, and, of course, Plays-in-the-Park. For over 50 years, Middlesex County Plays-in-the-Park has entertained and delighted residents from Edison and beyond through the summer months, showcasing theatrical excellence, modern sound and lighting equipment, and talents from near and far — and launching more than a few careers along the way.
This season, theatre goers can head to the Roosevelt Park Amphitheater for “Oklahoma,” on stage through July 18th, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” running from July 29th through August 8th, and “Aladdin Jr.,” the annual children’s play which will be featured on selected dates at the end of October. In addition, this season has already seen the opening and closing of “Young Frankenstein,” the hilarious re-interpretation of the classic Mary Shelley book based on the Mel Brooks film of the same name.
|Jul 06, 2015|
|East Rutherford Hosts Summer Concert Series |
East Rutherford residents always have something to do. Between concerts at the Meadowlands, proximity to New York City, and the forthcoming entertainment and retail complex at American Dream Meadowlands, the borough is a center for entertainment, shopping and access. And if you’re an East Rutherford resident looking to take things down to the community scale this summer, you’re in luck: starting July 20th, East Rutherford’s Sesselman Park will be the location of the Borough's summer concert series.
Hosted on the beautiful Sesselman stage, the series will include three concerts. On Monday, July 20th, go your own way toward the park for “Tusk,” a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. On July 27th, “Simply Diamond,” a Neil Diamond tribute band, will take the stage, while on August 3rd, the Duprees will perform from 5:30-7:00pm. A great way to enjoy a vibrant outdoor community resource, take in some joyful sounds, and spend time with your neighbors, the 2015 East Rutherford Summer Concert Series is not to be missed.
|Jun 28, 2015|
|Independence Day Celebration in Carteret|
Carteret Waterfront Park has transformed into one of the Borough’s most beloved assets. With its picturesque gazebo, lovely waterfront view and engaging, interactive landscaping, it has become a destination for Carteret residents of all ages.
On Friday, July 3rd, Carteret Waterfront Park will be the setting for the township’s 10th annual Independence Day Celebration. Every year since 2006, thousands of residents and visitors gather by the waterfront for an event that includes rides, food, vendors, and live musical performances. The celebration will culminate with a fireworks display, set to light up the sky starting at 9:15pm. Attendees are encouraged to use park by one of three shuttle stations, located at Carteret Public Library (100 Cooke Avenue), Civic Center Parking Lot (Pershing Avenue), and Minue School (83 Post Boulevard). Transportation will run from these stations from 6-11pm.
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|Jun 22, 2015|
|Relay For Life in Old Bridge, NJ|
When Old Bridge residents run this Saturday, they’ll be doing more than just getting a workout. They’ll be participating in “the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer.” On Saturday, June 20th, teams of Old Bridge residents will gather at Lombardi Field at Carl Sandburg Middle School to participate in “Relay for Life,” the American Cancer Society’s event bringing together communities from around the world to commemorate those who have been lost to cancer and support those fighting it today.
Old Bridge organizers are hoping to raise $65,000 in support of cancer research. Sponsors for this event include Advanced Medical Imaging and Raritan Bay Medical Center. There’s no registration fee for participating, so sign up to participate or make a donation today!
|Jun 12, 2015|
|Secaucus Concerts Bring Sounds of Summer|
It finally feels like summer — and not a moment too soon. And there’s no better way to enjoy the heat than by heading to one of Secaucus’s summer concerts. This season, Secaucus residents are in for a walk down musical-memory lane, as tribute bands take the summer stage.
On June 20th, head over to Xchange at Secaucus Junction for “Night Fever,” a Bee Gees tribute band that’s sure to bring you back with such disco favorites as “Stayin’ Alive.” On the July 2nd at 4pm, move over to the town pool to take in the sounds of “Good Vibrations,” a Beach Boys tribute band. From July 16th on, town concerts will take place Buchmuller Park and feature tributes to other favorites such as Chicago, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and the Beatles — not to mention an original polka band and more. All concerts are open to the public and most begin at 7pm. Check the online schedule to confirm date, time and location for your concert(s) of choice. In the event of rain, events will be moved to the Ice Rink. Xchange at Secaucus Junction is located at 4000 Riverside Station Blvd. in Secaucus, NJ, and Buchmuller Park is located in the center of town. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease in Secaucus include rentals at Next at Xchange and Helix at Xchange. Other nearby apts for rent include listings at East Rutherford’s Liberty Terrace and Towne Centre at Englewood. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Jun 05, 2015|
|Fireworks on the Perth Amboy Waterfront|
Perth Amboy is known for its beautiful and historic waterfront. The area in which the city was first settled, the waterfront area is now home to charming colonial attractions, including the Perth Amboy Ferry Slip — reminder visitors of the community’s past as one of the original capitals of New Jersey and a vital port for boats in the New York Harbor.
On Thursday, July 2nd, Perth Amboy leaders and residents will gather at the waterfront for a stunning fireworks celebration. A joint production with the City of South Amboy and the Borough of Staten Island, the 2015 Fireworks Spectacular will feature food, entertainment, music and more, as the larger community celebrates Independence Day. Gather along Sadowski Parkway starting at 6pm as the festivities kick off, and get ready for the fireworks, set to take launch at 9:20pm. The event is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the celebration will be held the following evening, July 3rd.
|May 29, 2015|
|Street Fair in Secaucus|
Feel that heat? In Secaucus, summer’s well underway. Starting with the township’s Memorial Day Parade on May 16th, summer in Secaucus means a packed schedule, filled with concerts, outdoor movies, and more.
From June 5th-7th, head out to the Plaza Center municipal lot for the 2015 Street Fair. Complete with a petting zoo, crafts, magician, clowns, concerts, rides, face painting, games, strolling entertainment, and, of course, food, the fair is sure to draw a crowd. And, with new vendors each day, it’s worth your while to head out more than once. The fair will be open from 6-11pm on June 5th, 4-11pm on June 6th and 1-8pm on June 7th. Can’t make it to the fair but want to get in on the summertime fun in Secaucus? Check out the full roster of events coming to town.
|May 19, 2015|
|Memorial Day Parades Across New Jersey|
Memorial Day. It’s the official kick-off to summer, marked by barbecues, camping trips, and a settling in of the warmth of the season ahead. In the midst of all this, however, it’s also a time for reflection: Memorial Day is an occasion to remember all the service people who died while serving in the United States armed forces.
As in other years, for this Memorial Day, townships across the Garden State are hosting parades of veterans, civil servants, floats, marching bands, sports leagues, and various community groups. In Edison, the 53rd annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Sunday, March 24th starting at 2pm, and will depart from Walsh Avenue, travel along Amboy Avenue, and end on Brower Avenue. In Hillsborough, the parade will also be held on Sunday, beginning at 10:30am and traveling along New Amwell Road to Beekman Lane until the Municipal Building, culminating in a post-parade celebration. Old Bridge’s parade will be held on Monday, March 25th beginning at 9am at Memorial School at 11 Ely Avenue and concluding at Memorial Park, across the street from the Laurence Harbor Fire House. Looking for a parade in your community? Contact your township to find out where and when your local march will be held.
|May 11, 2015|
|Historic Scavenger Hunt in Metuchen|
Since the early 18th century, Metuchen has existed as a unique community, both connected to and sitting apart from surrounding villages and townships. Its early congregations, stores and streets gave it a special character, which only strengthened as artists and intellectuals flocked to the town, earning it the nickname “the Brainy Boro.”
For residents looking to take a tour through the distant and not-so-distant past, this month presents an excellent opportunity. For the month of May, the Borough of Metuchen’s Historic Preservation Committee is hosting its 2015 Historic Preservation Scavenger Hunt. This is a self-paced scavenger hunt, in which participants find architectural details located on buildings throughout the community. Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificates in the amount of $25 will be awarded in four different categories following a drawing from a pool of all correct entrants. All entries must delivered to Borough Hall, located at 500 Main Street, by May 31, 2015.
|May 06, 2015|
|Nighttime Run Comes to Rahway|
Imagine: you’re running. It’s springtime. All around you, you see the faint shadows of other runners, all lit up by glow sticks, electroluminescent wire and LED lights. It’s a 5k race to remember, and it’s happening right in your hometown. On Thursday, May 21st, starting at 5:30pm, the City of Rahway is hosting Firefly Run — and residents and visitors alike can come together to make this dream-like image a reality.
So what exactly is Firefly Run? It’s a 5k night race open to all participants — walkers and runners alike. Participants are invited to dress in bright and creative costumes and compete for prizes in the Costume Contest. Lit up under the night sky, the runners create a striking visual effect — making for a unique racing experience. The race ends in a dancing after-party, complete with lasers, lit-up trees and more.
|Apr 27, 2015|
|Tour the Past at Schenck Farmstead|
West Windsor, NJ is safe and idyllic, offering access to shopping, arts, and beautiful park space. It also has a rich and storied history, made accessible to visitors and residents alike at the Schenck Farmstead.
Donated to the township of West Windsor by Max Zaitz in 1991, the 120-acre farm, which includes an 18th century farmhouse, barn and various other structures, is a beautiful property dating back to the Schenck family’s purchase of 6,000 acres from the township in 1737. Today, the Schenck Farmstead stands as the site of a historical museum featuring artifacts of a 1930s general store, preserved and recreating structures, and more. The property contains a collection of farm equipment featuring different kinds of equipment used over the years in West Windsor, and has included an environmental education exhibit, teaching school-aged visitors about farming and agribusiness.
Open days at the farmstead include visits to the schoolhouse, barn and interactive museum. The next open days at the farmstead will be held Sunday, June 14th from 1-4pm.
|Apr 21, 2015|
|Crime Rate Down in Central New Jersey|
CENTRAL JERSEY – Crime in Central Jersey is decreasing in line with an overall statewide drop in crime.
According to the Uniform Crime Report released on Friday, New Jersey's overall crime rate decreased by 7 percent from 2012 to 2013.
The report said that crime decreased by 4 percent in Middlesex County, 8 percent in Somerset County, 7 percent in Hunterdon County and 6 percent in Union County.
"The latest crime data includes some encouraging indicators, but it also suggests there is room for improvement, and still much work to be done," said Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.
Statewide, the overall rate of violent crime declined by 1 percent, while the rate of nonviolent crime went down 8 percent.
"We continue to expand on and strengthen our efforts to reduce violent crime — particularly in the state's urban centers. We continue to combat gun crimes, prescription drug abuse and illegal drug trafficking," Hoffman said. "And we continue to target violent street-gang activity. We are always striving to make New Jersey citizens safer and, notwithstanding any favorable statistical trends, there is no room for complacency."
"Law enforcement in Somerset County has, no doubt, been placing the bar at a very high level for years," said Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano. "We do not intend to rest on our laurels. For a victim of criminal activity, one crime is one crime too many."
Though the crime rate decreased, Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III said he was concerned about the amount of drug use.
"There is a direct correlation between addictive drug use and crime. We know that," Kearns said. "Despite dealing with the increase in substance abuse, state and local police, as well as detectives in my office, have worked very hard to pursue those that commit violent crimes against our citizens and their property."
All Central Jersey counties experienced a significant drop in the number of burglaries. The number of burglaries were down by 19.5 percent in Hunterdon, 15.1 percent in Union, 12.9 percent in Middlesex and 8.8 percent in Somerset.
"If the reputation among the criminal element is that Hunterdon County is no place to go to commit burglaries because they will get caught, then that is a good thing," Kearns said. "That being said, we need to maintain our vigilance to avoid a spike in crime in the future, and we must continue to address the problem of addictive drug use."
Burglaries throughout the state decreased by 16 percent from 42,384 to 35,795.
The report attributes the decrease in burglaries to better deployment of police, more stringent sentencing requirements, an emphasis on crime prevention programs and citizens taking a more active role in reporting suspicious people or circumstances to police.
In the United States, violent crime decreased by 4 percent and nonviolent crime went down 4 percent.
The annual Uniform Crime Report, prepared by the State Police Uniform Crime Reporting Unit, measures offenses committed during the 12-month period from Jan.1 through Dec. 31. The report contains data on the rate of offenses that fall into seven major crime categories. The UCR also contains separate statistical reports on bias crime, carjacking and domestic violence.
The 200-page 2013 Uniform Crime Report can be viewed at www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases15/2013_Uniform-Crime-Report.pdf .
Staff Writer Mike Deak: 908-243-6607; email@example.com
|Apr 20, 2015|
|Spring Concert Fundraising in Montgomery Township|
Montgomery Township has much to offer its residents — from its first-rate outdoor access to its shopping, arts and entertainment offerings. It also has strong civic and volunteer institutions, including the Montgomery EMS and the Volunteer Fire Companies, as well as some impressive musical talent. And this month, the many sides of Montgomery are coming together.
On Thursday, April 30th, the Montgomery High School Bands, the Band Parents Association and the Rotary Club of Montgomery – Rocky Hill are joining forces to host a Spring Band Concert at the Montgomery High School Performing Arts Center. This concert, which will include performances from the MHS Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble and student chamber ensembles, is set to raise funds for Montgomery EMS, Montgomery’s Volunteer Fire Companies and Crawford House. Although admission is free, attendees are encouraged to make a donation at the door to support these groups. The Montgomery High School Performing Arts Center is located at 1016 County Rt. 601 in Skillman, NJ. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease in Montgomery include Pike Run Meadows and Pike Run Village, both located in Belle Mead, an unincorporated community located within the township. Other nearby apts for rent include listings at Beekman Gardens, New Center Greens, and Sunnymeade Run, all located in Hillsborough. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the residence that’s right for you.
|Apr 13, 2015|
|Suzanne Vega Performs in Woodbridge|
One of the great things about living in New Jersey is that world-class entertainers come to perform here. Notable performances happen frequently at NJPAC, the Prudential Center, the TD Bank Arts Center, the IZOD Center and more. It’s a treat to see big names perform in the Garden State — and a still-bigger treat when those big names come even closer to home.
On Thursday, April 16th at 7:30pm, acclaimed folk singer Suzanne Vega will be coming to Woodbridge Township, with an opening act featuring Chrissie Poland. Famous for songs including Tom’s Diner, Gypsy, and Luka, Vega has created music from a capella to dance over her three decade career. On Thursday, she’ll share her musical talents as part of the Music on Main Street series at the Theatre at Woodbridge Middle School. Past Music on Main Street performers have included Anna Nalick, Al Stewart, Richard Barone, Marshall Crenshaw Marti Jones, Don Dixon — and many more.
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|Apr 06, 2015|
|Rahway River Park Gets an Upgrade|
With the sudden — and long-awaited — arrival of spring, many Garden State residents are looking for more opportunities to be outside. And in Rahway, NJ, the opportunities are only getting better. Longtime favorite Rahway River Park is getting an upgrade, with renovations including artificial turf, restrooms, a concession stand, and bleachers that can accommodate up to 5000 spectators.
All of these updates will come together to form the new home for Rahway High School sports teams, including the school’s football, soccer and track teams. One of ten parks in Rahway, Rahway River Park has long been a beautiful and nature-filled location well-suited to running, biking, barbecuing, baseball or just hanging out by the lake. Designed by the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, the famous designer of New York City’s renowned Central Park, Rahway River Park is an ideal place to spend time outdoors in Union County and welcome the changing of the seasons.
|Mar 30, 2015|
|Transformative Kennedy Banquet Facility Renovation in Willingboro|
Where the old John F. Kennedy High School once stood in Willingboro, NJ now stands a community center. And that community center just underwent a serious renovation.
Today, it is known as the Kennedy Banquet Facility, and it will be revealed to the public in its renovated splendor on April 2, 2015 at a gala in the new facility. The $4.8million makeover includes rewiring and remodeling. Public officials appear confident that the new facility will be a source of pride for the community, calling it “transformative” and “state of the art.” With a 600-person capacity, the new banquet hall will be available for private bookings for individuals or groups. The next stage of the renovation will include landscaping, the completion of a performing arts center and the addition of an outdoor tower.
|Mar 23, 2015|
|Rahway’s Own: A Brand is Born|
For a long time, Rahway has been home to innovation and the arts. With the Rahway Arts and Business District, the town continues to attract big name talents and local artists alike. Now, the town is making a concerted effort to make its all stars known.
The campaign, called “Rahway’s Own,” highlights the achievements of the township’s local stars, featuring their accomplishments in “science, technology, the arts, athletics and leadership.” The effort began with a series of posters of notable Rahway residents past and present, including scientists Carl Sagan and Nikola Tesla and athletes and performers Ike Igbinosun, Daphne Lee and Antonio Garay. It also features a webseries called Rahway’s Own. With 8 unique webisodes, the series is a great way to learn more about the talents and work of modern-day Rahway residents. Check it out to learn more about the innovation and creativity present in Union County.
|Mar 16, 2015|
|The College of New Jersey Receives Distinction From Carnegie Foundation|
The Garden State is known for its first-rate institutions of higher learning. From Princeton to Rutgers to Drew University, New Jersey’s schools are some of the best-known and most highly-regarded in the country. And at the College of New Jersey (TCNJ), that means bringing the best of the university into the surrounding communities, and vice versa.
This past January, TCNJ received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Only about 8% of universities nationwide share this distinction, which recognizes institutionalized practices of community engagement — that is, formal ways in which the university works with its surrounding community so that the community and the university are both enhanced. For TCNJ, that means service learning, a scholars program, community engagement learning requirements and more. Other New Jersey campuses that have received the Community Engagement Classification include Rutgers University, Montclair State University, Drew University, Saint Peter’s University, Bergen County Community College, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Raritan Valley Community College.
|Mar 09, 2015|
|Improvements to Cornell Park in Carteret|
As one of the two public parks in West Carteret, Cornell Park stands proud. And now, it can stand a little prouder: after $327,000 worth of upgrades to the outdoor space, Cornell Park now has a new basketball court, and new surfacing and backboards for the existing court, along with new fencing and sidewalks and paving of the road alongside the park.
Part of a municipal effort to revitalize parks in Carteret, the renovations began in April 2014 and were completed this past October. As Council President Susan Naples explains, “A good network of local parks means evolving with the interests and needs of our residents, as well as the borough’s continuing growth.”
|Mar 04, 2015|
|Local Theater in Hillsborough, NJ|
Hillsborough is filled with community events for residents young and old. This March, residents can look forward to an array of opportunities to catch local theater productions.
March 6th marks the opening of the Somerset Valley Players’ production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, the classic semi-autobiographical Neil Simon play about growing up in a Polish-Jewish household in Brooklyn in the 1930s. The production will run at the Somerset Valley Playhouse, located at 689 Amwell Road in Hillsborough, NJ, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through March 22nd. Tickets are available here. Meanwhile, Hillsborough High School will be showing its production of CATS, the long-running Broadway musical favorite about a tribe of cats called the Jellicles. CATS opens on March 6th will run until the 14th at Hillsborough High School, located at 466 Raider Boulevard in Hillsborough, NJ. Tickets are available here.
|Feb 23, 2015|
|42nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade to Be Held in Woodbridge|
Since being made into an “official feast day” in Ireland in the 17th century, St. Patrick’s Day has been an occasion for merriment and festivities and the celebration of Irish culture. Here in the United States, that means festivals, parades, the color green, and a whole lot of shamrocks.
In Woodbridge, this holiday is marked by an annual parade. Each year, marching units such as Irish pipe bands and step dancers make their way through the Woodbridge streets celebrating the town along with the culture and contributions of its Irish residents and forefathers. This year marks the 42nd year for this township tradition. The march will kick off on Sunday, March 8th at 1:30pm from Woodbridge High School. Looking for more community fun in Woodbridge? One week before the parade, the town will be hosting its eighth annual CharityChili Cook-Off. Residents are invited to show off their cooking skills to compete for prizes — and the distinction of being named the best chili chef in town. Not a chef but still like to eat? For $10, you can come down to sample all the grub. This event will be held Sunday, March 1st from 12-2pm at JJ Bitting Brewing Company, located at 33 Main St. in Woodbridge, NJ.
|Feb 16, 2015|
|New Art Exhibit Opens in West Windsor|
Art and artists emerges from all corners of the Garden State. From March 2nd through May 2nd, the West Windsor Arts Center will be hosting “A-Team Artists of Trenton,” an exhibit showcasing the works of artists from the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). An exciting opportunity to see works from artists who are often considered outsiders to the artistic establishment, this exhibit marks an ongoing collaboration between the Arts Center and TASK, who have co-produced a literary event in the past. The A-Team Artists of Trenton are artists who are organized as a cooperative and who regularly use the services of TASK, meeting weekly in the facility’s multi-purpose room. Their work is visible year-round at TASK and at other times in group and individual shows. Visit the West Windsor Arts Center in the coming months to experience this exciting collaboration. The opening reception will be held March 8th from 4-6pm at the West Windsor Arts Center.
|Feb 09, 2015|
|Hillsborough Cultural Arts Commission Showcases Local Work|
In Hillsborough, NJ, fine arts and photography have a place to shine. This month, the Hillsborough Cultural Arts Commission presents its Fine Arts and Photography Exhibit. Any adults in Somerset County are invited to submit artworks for consideration in anticipation of the reception and awards presentation on Friday, February 20th at 7pm. From February 16th until February 22nd at the Peter J. Biondi Municipal Complex, works will be on display in the categories of fine art and photography, with separate categories for adults, high school students, and independent school students. The pieces will be evaluated by a jury and the top 7 pieces in each category will each be eligible for a gift card. For information on how to submit an artwork of your own or visit the show to see the talents of your Somerset County neighbors on display, visit the Hillsborough Cultural Arts Commission website.
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|Feb 02, 2015|
|Montgomery and Hillsborough Named Two of Safest Towns in New Jersey|
Montgomery Township is known for its small villages, high quality schools, and beautiful parks. Now, the town has yet one more cause for pride: it was recently named one of the safest towns in New Jersey.
In December, analysts at Value Penguin used a comprehensive set of metrics to determine which towns in New Jersey offered the greatest sense of safety, and Montgomery was named second of all mid-sized cities, which include all those with populations between 20,000 and 45,000. Montgomery Police Captain Robert Palmer credited not only the police department, but the whole Montgomery community for creating an atmosphere in which those who live in, work in and visit Montgomery township feel safe and protected. Neighboring town Hillsborough was ranked just behind Montgomery, third out of all mid-sized cities in the Garden State.
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|Jan 26, 2015|
|Woodbridge Mayor Honored for Environmental Initiatives|
Over the past few years, Woodbridge has been making great strides as an environmental town — and people are starting to take notice. This past December, Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac was named “Environmentalist of the Year” for 2014 by the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards.
The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards recognize environmental, academic, business, government, civic and citizen leaders from across New Jersey for their commitment to protect and enhance the state’s environment. Since he entered office in 2006, Mayor McCormac has been a leader in environmental work, spearheading and securing funding for initiatives from the installation of solar panels on city-owned buildings to implementing single-stream recycling, thereby reducing the cost of waste disposal while increasing recycling by 44%. In addition, Woodbridge has engaged in work around restoring 100 acres of wetlands along the Raritan River, auditing school buildings to work towards energy conservation measures, and much more. The town has also been named a “Sustainable Champion” as part of the Sustainable Jersey program for five consecutive years.
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|Jan 19, 2015|
|Cutting-Edge Research, Right Here at Home|
Since its founding in the 18th century, Rutgers has been an important space for the production and sharing of knowledge. Today, first-class researchers are brought in to teach and investigate the pressing questions of our modern world. Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? Watch Carol Byrd-Bredbenner discuss the most up-to-date research on the topic. What´s the best way for babies to learn new language skills? Research at the Infancy Studies Lab at Rutgers can provide some clues. Check out Research News at Rutgers for more on the important scientific work happening here at our state university. In addition, Rutgers employs over 24,000 faculty and staff, plus the thousands of employees who joined the institution after its merger with UMDNJ, making it the second largest employer in New Jersey.
|Jan 08, 2015|
|Mill Creek Marsh Offers Access to Nature|
Even during the cold of winter, New Jersey offers first-class access to nature and beauty. In Hudson County, the Mill Creek Marsh brings wildlife habitation, a thriving estuary and a user-friendly trail, all set against the stunning New York City skyline. This makes it an ideal destination for getting out of the house and into the natural beauty of the Garden Sate.
Purchased in 1996 and enhanced by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission starting in 1998, the Mill Creek Marsh brings together an ecosystem one rarely sees so close to the city. Educational signage guides the way along the 1.5-mile trail, offering the opportunity to encounter some of the 280 species of birds documented in the Meadowlands. Plus, the marsh contains fiddler crabs, terrapin turtles, and many other amphibians and water-dwellers.
Mill Creek Marsh is located near Mill Creek Mall in Secaucus, NJ. Along with easy access via the New Jersey Turnpike, the trailhead is also accessible via the #320 bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal, which stops at the Mill Creek Mall.
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|Jan 02, 2015|
|Winter and Spring at the Barron Arts Center|
In Woodbridge Township's historic Barron Library building sits the Barron Arts Center. Offering concerts, lecture series, gallery art, poetry and more, it serves as a cultural center for Woodbridge and Middlesex County. Every season, the center presents cultural offerings to enrich life for local residents.
This season, visitors can look forward to the All Seasons Chamber Players, bringing together harpsichord, flute and string to play music from the 18th century and today, and coming to the center on February 13th. Interested in local history? On April 22nd, author Kevin Woyce will lecture on the history of the Jersey Shore, complete with pirates and shipwrecks, as part of the Dr. Stephen Kaplan “A Taste of the Arts” lecture series. In another installment of the series, to be held on March 25th, historian Kate Butler will share the fascinating history of the swimsuit. For more on these and other events coming up at the Barron Arts Center this season, take a look at the full schedule.
|Dec 22, 2014|
|Giving in NJ this Holiday Season|
The holidays are about more than just receiving — they’re about giving, too. Across New Jersey this year, residents have ample opportunities to give to those less fortunate. Organizations from across the state are doing the work to make giving easy. Have a gently used coat you’re looking to get rid of? Someone out there can benefit from it — if you take it to the right place. For the 19th year, Jersey Cares has organized its annual Coat Drive. The organization intends to collect and distribute over 35,000 coats to people in need this year. Find your closest collection site and see how you can contribute to the cause. Looking to donate your time instead? Look for Jersey Cares volunteer opportunities. You can deliver meals, teach computers, help with storm recovery, or otherwise find space for your unique gifts to help others. Whether donating a coat or giving of your time, sharing with those in need is a great way to spread holiday warmth and joy.
|Dec 15, 2014|
|Florham Park and Others Host Menorah Lightings|
Tuesday, December 16th marks the beginning of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Observed for eight days and nights, Hanukkah is commemorated with the lighting of a nine-branched candelabra called a menorah or chanukiah. And this year, residents of townships around New Jersey can participate in public lightings of the menorah, complete with hot refreshments to keep visitors warm. On Tuesday at 6pm in Florham Park, the menorah will be lit in front of the Gazebo at 111 Ridgedale Ave. All are invited to join in the event, which will be followed by refreshments, songs and potato latkes served in the gazebo. Menorah lightings will also be held in East Hanover, Madison, Jersey City and Chatham, along with other townships, on both the 16th and subsequent nights. This year, Hanukkah will end on December 24th. Take the opportunity to take part in a menorah-lighting ceremony this year, and take in the beauty of yet another lovely holiday tradition. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease in Florham Park include rentals at SunValley and the Village at Sun Valley. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Dec 10, 2014|
|5K Resolution Run Offers New Years Day Fun|
How will you spend the first day of 2015? In Hillsborough, NJ, residents have a chance to put their resolutions to work early. On January 1st, 2015, the Resolution Run will once more give committed participants the opportunity to wake up and start the year off right, with a 5K run. At 11am, participants will hit the pavement, competing for awards and showing their commitment to themselves to make 2015 the best year yet. In addition, the race offers “random prizes,” which anyone who runs has the potential to win, and each participant will receive a hooded sweatshirt. Sign up for the run online to secure your participation today. Organizers predict that the race will be sold out by mid-December.
|Dec 03, 2014|
|Perth Amboy Train Station to Receive $9.6m from NJ Transit|
Since 2008, Mayor Wilda Diaz has been advocating for updates to the Perth Amboy train station. These updates would mean more accessibility for passengers with disabilities and better facilities overall. This summer, New Jersey Transit earmarked $9.6 million toward improving the 86 year-old station, marking an important step toward making the vision of a vibrant Perth Amboy train station a reality.
Diaz and the City see this is an important step toward economic opportunity, including the creation of a “transit village” — making the train station and its environs and inviting, vital destination for Perth Amboy residents and visitors alike. The Perth Amboy train station is located on Elm Street between Smith Street and Market Street in Perth Amboy, NJ, and offers service via New Jersey Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line to New York, Hoboken, Bayhead and destinations in between.
|Nov 24, 2014|
|Wakefern Announces 4% Annual Gain|
Last month, Wakefern Food Corp., better known by one of its grocery brands, ShopRite, announced its earnings for the past year. The upshot? At the company’s annual meeting in East Brunswick, NJ last month, Wakefern announced that it had seen retail sales improvement of 4%, achieving sales in the amount of $14.7 billion for the fiscal year. These numbers are good news for the New Jersey-based cooperative, which opened a host of new stores over the past year, including six new ShopRites, five new PriceRites, and six Fresh Grocers. A thriving business, Wakefern benefits from a cooperative model that provides its member stores with services like computer support, insurance, advertising, marketing, merchandising and procurement. A boon to New Jersey, Wakefern is the largest employer in the state, employing over 50,000 people in the Garden State alone. Founded in 1946, it is also the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States.
|Nov 18, 2014|
|Off the Wall Show Offers Affordable Art in West Windsor|
Wouldn’t it be great to attend a local art show where the work is affordable? And where you can see work you like on the wall and take it home with you that day?
This winter, the West Windsor Arts Center is hosting the Off the Wall Affordable Art Show, featuring a range of artworks produced in a variety of media — including drawing, painting, fiber and more. The show includes all manner of works that can be “hung on the wall,” and offers artworks for sale at prices not exceeding $300. When purchased, works can be taken “off the wall,” and taken home by the buyer. The Off the Wall Art Show runs through Saturday, December 23rd. Want even more artisanal wares to choose from? On December 6th, the West Windsor Arts Center will be hosting the Off the Wall Artisan Market & Art Show, a one-day-only event featuring works for local artisans, from handcrafted jewelry to ceramics to fiber arts and more. This event also marks the opening of the Off the Wall exhibit.
|Nov 04, 2014|
|Parade Honors Woodbridge Veterans|
This weekend, Woodbridge, NJ residents are invited to come out to show respect and gratitude to those who have served this nation. On Sunday, November 9th, people from the community will gather on Main Street for the 8th Annual Veterans Day parade, starting at 1:30pm.
Held in honor of all the brave people who have served the United States of America, the parade is one of many ways that Woodbridge recognizes its veterans. This past September, Mayor John E. McCormac and Paul J. Sansone, Sr., of Motors Management Corp. and The Sansone Dealer Group, announced a grant award of $250,000.00 toward the funding of the Woodbridge Military Assistance Center, an outreach program that assists veterans living in and around Woodbridge. This center aims to develop a network that can offer employment counseling and training, educational assistance, and program guidance to returning veterans and their spouses.
|Oct 30, 2014|
|Great Oak Awards Honor Charitable Businesses in NJ|
New Jersey’s businesses are known for their charitable giving and innovative social initiatives. From Wakefern Food Corporation’s efforts to combat hunger to Prudential Financial Inc.’s work to transform neighborhoods and improve educational outcomes, Garden State companies know that social responsibility is a great way to give back to the people of this state. In honor of some of the biggest contributors, New Jersey Monthly started the Great Oak Awards. An outgrowth of the magazine’s Seed of Hope program, which recognizes individual volunteers in the state, the Great Oak Awards are given to companies that are, “sturdy and solid, deeply rooted in New Jersey, capable of impressive growth, and able to bend and change with the times” and that “give back in unique and impressive ways.” This year’s 10 award winners were announced at the Great Oak Awards Inaugural Dinner, held on October 1st at The Palace at Somerset Park. Winners included the aforementioned Wakefern Food Corp and Prudential Financial, along with Crest Savings Bank, Lowy’s Moving Service, Roof4Roof, AAA, Campbell’s Soup, DCH Auto Group, Ocean First Foundation/Ocean First Bank, and Bank of America. Learn about how finalists were selected here. BestRentNJ.comrental apartments are located convenient to many of the honored businesses. For instance, Wakefern Food Corp., which employs over 50,000 people in New Jersey, is headquartered at 5000 Riverside Drive in Keasbey, NJ, an unincorporated community located in Woodbridge. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments located nearby include listings at Florida Grove Manor, Florida Grove Arms, Woodbridge Center Plaza and Autumn Hills. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Oct 22, 2014|
|4th Annual Metuchen Halloween Parade Coming Up|
We’ve all heard of Trick or Treat — but Trunk or Treat? In what has quickly become a tradition for the Borough of Metuchen, the Annual Halloween Parade and Trunk & Treat is a holiday event for residents of all ages, hosted by the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce and the Metuchen Recreation Commission. From 2pm to 3:15pm on Sunday, October 27th, head out to Center Street. The parade starts at the Metuchen Senior Citizens Center, and costumed kids and adults alike can show their stuff by dressing up and participating in the fun. Families are invited to park their vehicles along the parade route, decorate their trunks, and distribute treats to those parading by. Anyone wishing to set up their vehicle for the event is required to register in advance. Look out for online registration at the Chamber of Commerce website, coming soon. In addition, Chamber of Commerce business members will set up tables for distributing candy to parade participants and attendees.
|Oct 14, 2014|
|Haunted Hayrides in West Windsor and Beyond|
The leaves are changing colors, a chill is in the air. It’s autumn in New Jersey, and that means apple cider, pumpkin carving, and, one of our favorite fall traditions: the haunted hayride. This October, catch haunted hayrides all over New Jersey. The West Windsor Farm invites anyone aged 5 and up to come by the yard between 7pm and 9:30pm on October 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th and 31st for a 45 minute ride through the haunted woods. Ticket are $16 per person.
Want to enjoy the ride but not interested in the fright? The farm hosts daytime rides through the woods every weekend from 10am-4pm for $4 per person, and guests of all ages are invited to join in the fall-time fun. A great way to see the fall foliage, daytime hayrides are a lovely way to experience the changing of the seasons
|Oct 06, 2014|
|Legacy of Innovation Persists in NJ with AT&T Labs|
In every great organization, innovation happens somewhere. For AT&T, that somewhere is AT&T Labs, the research and development division of the company, which advances networking, communication and information technology. It also happens to take place, in part, in New Jersey.
Two of the locations for AT&T Labs are located in the Garden State: in Bedminster, NJ and Middletown, NJ. Researchers at these sites conduct cutting-edge research, tackling challenging real world problems, with real implications for everyday users of technology. They collaborate with universities, map networks, solve data challenges and develop scalable solutions.
Of course, innovation is nothing new for New Jersey. In the late 19th century, the state was famously home to none other than Thomas Edison, whose early contributions to telecommunications technology — including inventing the phonograph and bringing electricity into homes — serve as the foundation for so much of the technology we use today.
|Sep 30, 2014|
|NJ Transit to Enhance Resiliency|
After Superstorm Sandy, it’s reassuring to see the state of NJ investing money to harden infrastructure. On September 17th, Governor Chris Christie announced that over $1.2billion has been allocated toward NJ Transit in order to enhance energy resiliency and harden infrastructure for this vital transportation network.
A 5-project plan, NJ Transit’s new resilience blueprint includes the “NJ Transitgrid,” an electrical microgrid that will be able to supply power to the system when the centralized power grid is compromised by storms or other disruptions. This will allow NJ Transit to maintain service along vital corridors, ensuring the delivery of resources and allowing for mobility through the Garden State and beyond. Other projects include replacing infrastructure that suffered structural damage from Superstorm Sandy, providing safe storage for resources, flood protection and infrastructure improvements. This latest improvement to NJ Transit’s infrastructure is another important step — and a clear signal of New Jersey’s commitment to resilience and to the people of this state. NJ Transit services the state with fast, reliable train services, facilitating commutes to work, general movement, and easy access to New York City. Many BestRentNJ.com rental apartments are conveniently located near train stations. To find out how your community is serviced by the NJ Transit network, visit the organization online. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Sep 22, 2014|
|Woodbridge Celebrates National Public Lands Day|
What do you get when hundreds of thousands of volunteers come out on one day to volunteer to improve public land? You get National Public Lands Day, an annual day of national civic action, now in its 21st year.
What started in 1994 with three sites has now expanded to a nationwide day of volunteerism. Last year, 175,000 volunteers participated across 2,237 sites. Participants plant trees, maintain trails, collect invasive plants, remove trash and much more — all in service of maintaining and stewarding our shared resources. In addition, from 11am to 3pm, head over to the Ernie Eros Wildlife Preserve for the 2nd Annual Ernie Oros Woodbridge River Celebration, featuring food, live music, a walking tour, and kayaking.
|Sep 17, 2014|
|North Brunswick Heritage Day Festival|
Looking to celebrate culture, heritage and ethnic diversity in New Jersey? Then look no further than North Brunswick Heritage Day Festival, a beloved event bringing together historic traditions, diverse cuisines, crafts, games, music and more — all in a beautiful community setting. On Saturday, September 20th, head over to the North Brunswick Community Park to enjoy a range of activities and amusements. This outdoor festival has historically featured a petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage, delicious food, pony rides, vendors and much more. What’s this year got in store? Attendees can look forward to great entertainment, togetherness, and the opportunity to share in one another’s culture. This year, music kicks off at 7pm and features the rocking sounds of the British Invasion Tribute, among others. Come out for this year’s Heritage Day Festival and explore the different heritages that come together to make North Brunswick great. Rain date for the event is Sunday, September 21st.
|Sep 09, 2014|
|Old Bridge Day Brings Community Together|
On Saturday, September 20th, Old Bridge residents young and old will come together yet again for the Old Bridge Day celebration. An annual day of festivities that brings together music, food, activities and more, Old Bridge Day is a beloved tradition that gets better with age. And this year, Old Bridge Day is sure to live up to its reputation. Old Bridge Day 2014 will include a host of entertainment and amusements. From 10am to 4pm, head over to the Old Bridge Municipal Complex, where you’ll find live entertainment, face painting, clowns, craft and retail items for sale, delicious food, games and rides, demonstrations, giveaways and more. This year’s event will be held rain or shine. Parking is available at OBHS for park and ride with shuttles provided, or Sandburg Middle School for park and walk. This month, say goodbye to fall the best way — with friends, family and community in Old Bridge.
|Sep 01, 2014|
|UPS Awards Laptops to Hudson County Charter School|
It pays to have a company like UPS here in New Jersey. Besides being one of the state’s largest employers, with almost 15,000 employees, UPS has recently made its presence felt in another way: by donating $25,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County in support of their new charter school, the Great Future Charter High School for the Health Sciences. This is not the first time that UPS has donated to the Boys & Girls Club. In the past, the corporation has given funds to the organization in support of other initiatives, including one that provides training and volunteers in support of safe driving for teenagers. The new charter school is a joint project of the Boys & Girls Club and Barnabas Health — another one of New Jersey’s top employers, with approximately 18,000 employees.
|Aug 21, 2014|
|Woodbridge Residents Stay Active With Crossroads of NJ|
On Sunday, August 31st, Woodbridge, NJ residents won’t be surprised to see hordes of runners speeding their way through the township. In fact, many residents will be running themselves. That’s because the day marks the 19th Annual Crossroads of New Jersey — a township-wide series of races bringing together runners of all ages and abilities. Hosted by Mayor John E. McCormac, the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Club at Woodbridge, the Crossroads of New Jersey kicks off at 7am at Woodbridge Town Hall with open registration. At 9am, the 5k and 10k races begin, giving Woodbridge runners a chance to show what they can do: the Joseph A. Ward Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the top male and female runner in each category. In addition, age category awards will be given to the top three male and female runners in each age bracket. For the township’s youngest residents, the Lollipop Race is an opportunity to participate in the day’s activities. Kicking off at 10:45, this is a dedicated event for children up to age 10. The Lollipop Race makes winners out of all participants, each of whom receives a lollipop and a medal as he or she crosses the finish line.
|Aug 15, 2014|
|Merck Global Headquarters Return to Union County|
This past fall, Merck announced that it would be moving its global headquarters from the Whitehouse Station section of Readington, NJ to Kenilworth, NJ in 2015. This change will be a boon to Kenilworth, where Merck is a significant employer and taxpayer, while marking a shift in Merck’s operations in New Jersey. It will also mark a return to Union County, where Merck was headquartered in the past. Founded in 1891 as a subsidiary of a German company, Merck was established as an independent American company after World War I. Today, it is one of the world’s seven largest pharmaceutical companies. Since 1970, the company has been incorporated in New Jersey, and, today, it has approximately 76,000 employees, including 8,500 in New Jersey located across sites in Branchburg, Cokesbury, Kenilworth, Rahway, Summit, Union, and Whitehouse Station
BestRentNJ.com rental apartments located near the new Merck headquarters in Kenilworth include homes at Horla Apartments, located in Roselle Park and ParkTerrace 55+ and Ross Apartments, located in Rahway. Other nearby apts for rent include listings at include Kings Manor, Lidgerwood Manor and Wilder Manor, located in Elizabeth. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the residence that’s right for you.
|Aug 07, 2014|
|August Brings Music, Togetherness to Metuchen|
This summer in Metuchen has brought some great opportunities to be outside — from live music to outdoor film screenings to fireworks on the fourth. This August, the fun continues with “Metuchen Rocks! Free Outdoor Concerts,” a weekly music series running through the end of the month and into September. Held at the Metuchen Summer Stage on the corner of New and Center Streets, this season’s concerts bring a range of styles and flavors. On Thursday, August 14th, check out pop-rock-songwriter Andy B & Friends. R&B more your scene? On August 21st, Big Nancy and the Supreme Court take the stage. Rounding out the month is Kevin Hildebrandt Trio, a jazz ensemble coming to town on August 28th. Next month, the series closes out with Citizens Band Radio, a country rock band hitting the stage on Saturday, September 6th. All August shows start at 7:30pm, while the final show will be held at 12:30pm to accompany the Metuchen farmers market.
Grab a lawn chair, pack your dinner and bring a friend or loved one — Metuchen Rocks! is sure to please.
|Jul 31, 2014|
|NJ Transit Expands Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Service|
On July 9th, the NJ Transit Board of Directors approved expanded vehicles for 35 light rail vehicles. This change presents a welcome shift — offering 50% increased seating capacity for the tens of thousands of passengers that ride the light rail each day. The new vehicles, prototyped and piloted in 2013, will add two additional sections to existing light rail vehicles, increasing the number of sections and thus the car’s length, seating capacity, and standing room — all using existing resources, and thus resulting in no additional costs to taxpayers. The new vehicles will be in regular service starting in late 2015. The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail has been in service since 2000, during which time its ridership has grown steadily; this year, the rail service saw over 45,000 passenger rides per day, providing vital transit connection amongst 24 stations in Bayonne, Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, Union City and North Bergen, and linking waterfront destinations, NJ TRANSIT rail and bus routes, PATH trains and trans-Hudson ferry services.
The Hudson Bergen Light Rail is a convenient amenity for residents of Secaucus, East Rutherford, and beyond. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease in these communities include rentals at Xchange at Secaucus Junction and East Rutherford’s Liberty Terrace. Other nearby apts for rent include listings at Towne Centre at Englewood. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Jul 26, 2014|
|Summer Entertainment in Monroe Township|
Since 1998, the Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission has brought music, art, literature, drama and dance to town. This summer, Monroe residents have a range of stellar entertainment to choose from, including musical theatre and concerts in the park. From July 25th through August 3rd, the Monroe Township High School Performing Arts Center will be transformed into mid-century Buenos Aires, as the Mighty Oak Players’ production of “Evita” takes the stage. Telling the story of Eva Peron’s rise to the First Lady of Argentina using storytelling and song, the show features such classic numbers as, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” made famous in the 1996 film version of Evita starring Madonna. Visit Monroe Cultural Arts Commission online to find showtimes and buy tickets. For more summer entertainment in Monroe, check out Music in the Park 2014. Thursdays at 10pm through the end of the summer, the Open Grove Gazebo on the Lake in Thompson Park features concerts from favorite acts ranging from klezmer to jazz to rock and roll — and everything in between. Check out the full lineup and see what’s still in store.
|Jul 19, 2014|
|The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company|
The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company is one of the largest supermarket and liquor store chains in the United States. Never heard of it? You, like most people, might know it by its initials: A&P. Founded in 1859 as a mail order tea and spice business with a single shop in Manhattan, A&P today sits tall as one of the largest retailers in the United States, with over 300 stores operating under the names Pathmark, Waldbaums, The Food Emporium, Food Basics, Superfresh, and, of course, A&P, many of which feature a bakery, delicatessen, and pharmacy, along with traditional grocery store offerings. In the past few years, A&P has restructured, closing some stores following its 2010 bankruptcy, adding new store brands, and turning its operations around. Headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, the company stands today as one of the largest employers in the Garden State.
The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company headquarters are located at 2 Paragon Dr., in Montvale, NJ. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease nearby include rentals at Towne Centre at Englewood. Other nearby apts for rent include listings at Xchangeat Secaucus Junction and East Rutherford’s Liberty Terrace. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Jul 11, 2014|
|American Red Cross Honors Verizon for Commitment to Service|
When Superstorm Sandy hit, community groups and businesses joined together with residents to help one another, and bring New Jersey back to normal. In April, the American Red Cross North Jersey Region held a gala called Celebrate Red!, in which they honored exceptional community members. The Corporate Hero Award went to none other than Verizon, which has supported the Red Cross financially and partnered with the charity to provide infrastructure and resources to support recovery and resilience in times of need. A dedicated and community-minded company, Verizon prides itself on service to the community in the areas of education, environmental sustainability and healthcare and sustainability. Read more about Verizon’s recent efforts in and commitment to New Jersey communities via the Verizon New Jersey Community Update newsletter. Verizon is headquartered at One Verizon Way in Basking Ridge, NJ, located in Somerset County. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease nearby include Pike Run Meadows and Pike Run Village, located in Belle Mead. Other nearby apts for rent include listings at Beekman Gardens, New Center Greens and Sunnymeade Run, all located in Hillsborough. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the residence that’s right for you.
|Jul 02, 2014|
|The Amboys Unite for Independence Day Celebration|
Where will you be watching the fireworks this Independence Day? If you’re a resident of Perth Amboy, consider heading out to Raritan Bay Waterfront Park for “Celebrate the Amboys.” On July 3rd, the park will transform into a festival landscape, with concerts starting at 6pm and fireworks lighting up the sky above starting at 9:20pm. An event uniting Perth Amboy with South Amboy, the night will feature music from High Street Band, The Dayton Five and the Brian O’Connor All Star Band. There will also be food vendors, children’s rides and more — not to mention the hotly-anticipated fireworks display, presented by the Garden State Fireworks Company. Along with being a celebration of our nation’s independence, the evening will also be a showcase of the resilience of the Amboys, which have experienced a strong recovery since Superstorm Sandy hit in fall 2012.
|Jun 25, 2014|
|Rutgers Offers High-Quality Higher Education, Employment in NJ|
In New Jersey, Rutgers stands tall: a world-class research institution and the largest university in the state of New Jersey, it provides competitive and relatively affordable undergraduate and graduate education for both New Jersey and out-of-state residents. Rutgers was chartered in 1766 as “Queen’s College” — making it the eighth-oldest college in the United States. Today, it has over 65,000 students from across the country and around the world, offering graduate and undergraduate programs, postdoctoral fellowships, medical residencies, continuing education, and more, situated in the 33 schools and colleges that make up the university system. It also has an alumni network 450,000 strong, positioning its graduates in an extensive and powerful network in the Garden State and beyond. Moreover, the university is an employer to over 24,000 faculty and staff, plus the thousands more who joined Rutgers after its merger with UMDNJ. This makes Rutgers the second largest employer in New Jersey. A true powerhouse institution, with roots and relationships in New Jersey’s towns and communities, Rutgers makes Garden State residents proud. Rutgers’ main campus is located in New Brunswick, NJ. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments available for lease near New Brunswick include residences at North Brunswick Manor, Renaissance Terrace, and Renaissance Manor, all located in North Brunswick, NJ. Other nearby BestRentNJ.com apts for rent include listings at Edison Village, Blueberry Village, Rivendell Heights, and Edison Glen, located in Edison, NJ. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Jun 18, 2014|
|Johnson & Johnson: A Garden State Success Story|
Since its founding in 1886, Johnson & Johnson has been one of America’s most beloved companies and brands. In 2008, it was even ranked as America’s most respected company by Barron’s Magazine. But for New Jersey residents, Johnson & Johnson is much more. A true Garden State institution, Johnson & Johnson is an incredible family success story and, today, one of the biggest employers in the state.
Johnson & Johnson was founded in New Brunswick, New Jersey by the Johnson brothers — including Robert Wood Johnson, whose name is attached to the Robert Wood Johnson Health Network, another important New Jersey institution. The brothers saw a need for antiseptic surgical dressings, and started a company that would spread public health awareness, make healthcare safer, and grow to include a huge range of products, services and ideas to “advance the health and well-being of people”.
|Jun 13, 2014|
|Woodbridge Farmers Market Brings Jersey Fresh Produce to Residents|
It’s that time of year again — the vegetables are starting to come up, and that means fresh kale, asparagus, arugula, fava beans and more. In the Garden State, ample farmland means lots of Jersey Fresh produce. And in Woodbridge, it’s all available at the local Farmers Market. Starting June 18th, head to Parker Press Park from 3pm to 8pm. There, you’ll find fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, specialty foods, artisanal crafts and more — all available to you. Starting in July, this locally-sourced market will be accompanied by live entertainment, complete with live music, a beer and wine garden, and more. The Woodbridge Farmers Market is open Wednesdays through September 10th. Head over on June 18th and get the season started right: with the delicious taste of fresh, locally-grown food.
Parker Press Park is located at 400 Rahway Ave. in Woodbridge, NJ. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments located closest to the park include units at Woodbridge Center Plaza, Autumn Hills and Woodbridge Terrace. Other nearby apts for rent in Woodbridge include listings at Fox Hill Run and Cloverleaf Gardens. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|Jun 06, 2014|
|Robert Wood Johnson Health Network Brings First-Class Research, Care |
The Robert Wood Johnson Health Network reaches throughout the Garden State — with clinical researchers making revolutionary advances to improve medical treatment, educators teaching the next generation of medical professionals how to deliver first-rate care, and hospitals providing full-spectrum services to keep New Jersey healthy and strong. With over a dozen members, including academic centers, research hospitals, acute care facilities and a medical school, the Robert Wood Johnson Health Network brings education and research together — ensuring that New Jersey residents enjoy some of the best healthcare around. In fact, the Health System recently earned an “A” Hospital Safety score from The Leapfrog Group, making it the only multi-hospital health system in the region for which 100% of all members earned this designation.
Many member facilities are located in communities near BestRentNJ.com rental apartments, including Carrier Clinic, located in Belle Mead, home to Pike Run Meadows and Pike Run Village; Raritan Bay Medical Center, located in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, home to Woodhaven Terrace and Harbortown Heights, among many others; and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway, home to Park Terrace 55+ and Ross Apartments. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|May 28, 2014|
|Wakefern Food Corporation Brings Retail, Jobs to NJ|
Anyone who has driven through — or better yet, bought groceries in — New Jersey knows about Shoprite, one of the biggest supermarket chains in the northeast. Fewer people, however, know about Wakefern Food Corporation, the retailers’ cooperative group that owns 30 of the state’s ShopRites, along with the Fresh Grocer and PriceRite, and provides services to the 50 member companies that own and operate retail supermarkets under the ShopRite brand. Yet, Wakefern is the single largest employer in the Garden State, with over 50,000 employees.
Founded in 1946, Wakefern is currently the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. That means that independent retailers work together to secure support services, marketing, retail store development and more. Wakefern’s mission? “Helping small businesses succeed in a big business world.”
Wakefern Food Corp. is headquartered at 5000 Riverside Drive in Keasbey, NJ, an unincorporated community located in Woodbridge. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments located nearby include listings at Florida Grove Manor, Florida Grove Arms, Woodbridge Center Plaza and Autumn Hills. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the Garden State residence that’s right for you.
|May 21, 2014|
|Edison Celebrates 24th Annual Family Day|
There’s no better way to spend a Saturday in June than with your family. And there’s no better place to spend it than in Edison. On Saturday, June 14th, head over to the NJ Convention and Expo Center for the township’s 24th Annual “Family Day,” and take in all the entertainment, activities and showcases you can fit into the day. Sponsored by the Edison Municipal Alliance and Youth Service Commission, Family Day brings together events as wide ranging as pet adoption, free health screening and food samplings, along with entertainment that include magicians, BMX stunt shows, jugglers, DJs and more. A classic Edison event, the day is bound to bring some unexpected delights: last year’s event saw New York Giants star Brandon Bing signing autographs and a free drawing for a ticket to the Super Bowl. Want to see what surprises this year’s event might hold? Discover the magic at Family Day on June 14th from 11am until 4pm at the NJ Convention and Expo Center.
|May 12, 2014|
|Memorial Day Parade Returns to Roselle Park|
For the past few years, Roselle Park has been relatively quiet on Memorial Day. That’s because its annual Memorial Day Parade took a few years off; the last one was held in 2009. This year, the celebration is back — and that means a parade on Chestnut Street from Grant Avenue to Webster Avenue, to be followed by a ceremony on the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library lawn and a picnic at the Casano Community Center.
This event kicks off another year for Roselle Park’s SummerFest — a series of events and promotions designed to bring residents out of the house and visitors into the township. Last year’s events included a Fourth of July fireworks ceremony, film series, karaoke night, summer concert series, photography exhibit, arts cafe, “Halloween in August,” and much, much more. Stay tuned to find out what SummerFest has in store for 2014. Residents are invited to come out for this year’s Memorial Day celebration starting at 10am on May 26th — and to stay active throughout the summer season. In Roselle Park, the fun is just getting started.
|May 09, 2014|
|North Brunswick Memorial Day 5K Run|
On your mark, get set, go! On Monday, May 26th, head to North Brunswick Community Park for a run or walk around this scenic tract of Middlesex County outdoors. A beautiful and active way to spend this year’s Memorial Day, the 35th annual North Brunswick 5K run is also a great opportunity to kick off the competition for the Brunswick Cup. The Brunswick Cup invites participants of all levels and abilities to take part in a series of four 5K events from May through November throughout the Brunswicks. All those who participate in three out of the four runs will be given a commemorative pint glass at the final race in South Brunswick, while the top three runners in each category will be awarded trophies. The next three runs will take place on September 1st in New Brunswick, October 13th in East Brunswick, and November 3rd in South Brunswick. Sign up today to make sure to get in on the fun. Immediately following the Memorial Day 5K in North Brunswick, runners and other guests are invited to participate in a Memorial Day Ceremony in honor of the country’s veterans.
|May 02, 2014|
|Washington Avenue Business District Brings Downtown Energy to Carteret|
Over the past few years, Carteret has seen some remarkable changes. In particular, the Washington Avenue Business Improvement District has brought businesses, services and entertainment to the borough — and more good things are on the way. In the coming years, residents can look forward to a restored Ritz Theater, which will bring live performances to its 1000-seat Washington Avenue theater, alongside a six-screen cinema — returning the old vaudeville destination to its former splendor. Those looking to shop in downtown Carteret will be pleased with the borough’s new programs to attract business to the town, while those looking to set up shop will enjoy the benefits of new parking spots and commercial space. Add all this to the beautiful waterfront park and the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center, and it’s easy to see why that old energy is returning to the borough, and why so many people are happy to call Carteret home.
|Apr 29, 2014|
|Apr 23, 2014|
|Edison Program Keeps Township Clean|
In Edison, community spirit means working together to make the township one of the best places to live in New Jersey. That’s why Edison is proud of its Clean Communities Program, which works with local schools, neighborhood groups, preservation committees, municipal government representatives and other stakeholders to organize clean-up days, educational programs, park sponsorships and more. This Sunday, April 27th at Papaianni Park, Edison Clean Communities will be one of the proud hosts of Edison Earth Day — which will include a bike ride, volunteer plantings, site cleaning and other fun and sustainable activities. Free tree saplings have been provided by the Arbor Day Foundation to be planted into the ground by conservationists and volunteers; participate this Sunday and help replant some of the trees that were lost to Superstorm Sandy last fall. Want to introduce your kids to the world of gardening? The National Gardening Association’s Gardening With Kids Program means there will be free vegetable and flower packets at the park, along with youth gardening information for the township’s youngest greenthumbs.
|Apr 16, 2014|
|Explore Cheesequake State Park|
Cheesequake State Park is one of the most ecologically diverse nature preserves in the region. This unique parkland lies in the transitional space between two ecosystems, which means that, at Cheesequake, you can find it all: from saltwater and freshwater marshes to the Pine Barrens, and a hardwood forest to open fields. Visitors come by the park to swim, canoe, camp, hike, fish and more — making it a great place to spend a day or longer getting lost in nature. With all the nature fun that Cheesequake has going on, what better place than the park to spend Earth Day? On Sunday, April 27th, head over to Cheesequake State Park for an Earth Day trail cleanup and tree planting hike, starting at 10am at the Nature Center. Interested in other events and exploration at Cheesequake? Visit anytime — Cheesequake is open year-round from 8am to 4:30pm, with reservations available for overnight camping. Events like kayak eco tours, saltmarsh hikes, wetland hikes, teach-ins on camping safety and more happen regularly at the park.
|Apr 08, 2014|
|Taste the Spring in Rahway|
This month, the best food in the region is coming right to Rahway. On April 11th, the Rahway Arts District, RSI Bank, Metro Rahway, and Northfield Bank will proudly present the 14th annual Taste of Spring — a convergence of high-quality food providers from area restaurants, bakeries, shops and more. From 5:30 until 9:00pm, enjoy flavors from around the world, with participating cuisines from Latin America, Europe, Asia and beyond. Participating establishments will offer drinks, entrees, appetizers, and desserts, while attendees can cast their votes for the “Tasters’ Choice Award,” one of the honors bestowed upon the best of the offerings. Other awards include spots in the 2014 Chefs’ Winners’ Circle, offering distinction for the best in appetizers, entrées, side dishes, ethnic foods, pastas, bakery and frozen desserts, and table presentations. Those looking to take a break from all the excellent cuisine can take in live musical entertainment featuring local artists, plus installations from local vendors and organizations. Tickets are available until 3pm on April 11th at locations throughout Rahway. Space permitting, tickets will be available at the door 6-7:15pm the evening of the event. Rahway Taste of Spring will take place at the Rahway Recreation Center, located at 275 E. Milton Ave. in Rahway, NJ. BestRentNJ.com rental apartments located in Rahway include homes at Park Terrace 55+ and Ross Apartments. Other nearby apts for rent include listings at Horla Apartments, located in Roselle Park, and Woodbridge Village, located in Woodbridge. Use BestRentNJ.com's Apartment Locator to find the residence that’s right for you.
|Apr 01, 2014|
|Woodbridge High School to Get New Stadium|
On March 17th, Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac joined the Woodbridge Township School District Superintendent, the Woodbridge High School football team, cheerleaders and marching band, and other local community members and officials to break ground on a new construction project. The plan? To build the Nicholas A. Priscoe Stadium — a new 1800-seat sports facility that’s sure to become a great asset to the community. Along with a brand new field house, the facilities will feature new locker rooms and training spaces for home and visiting teams, a press box, and concession facilities. Set to be ready by the fall football season, these athletic facilities will benefit students, the school community, and the township as a whole. In recent years, Woodbridge has engaged in a series of projects to modernize school and athletic facilities as part of the School District Facilities Improvement Project, bringing turf fields to Colonia and John F. Kennedy Memorial High Schools and new playgrounds to elementary schools — plus auditorium seats, basketball courts, baseball and softball facilities, walking tracks and more. Essential parts of the larger Woodbridge community, all three public high schools in the township have earned medals and been nationally recognized within the U.S. News's Best High Schools rankings.