Monday, March 4, 2013
Let us know what roads you would never cross on foot.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) recenty determined that Route 22 is the most dangerous road in Somerset County for pedestrians based on the number of deaths over a three-year span—but that's not the only place to watch out. A total of four pedestrian deaths were reported on Route 22 between 2009 and 2011, in addition to others on Weston Canal Road and Route 619. And these figures, of course, don't include motor vehicle fatalities—that have nothing to do with pedestrians—including the death of a Bound Brook resident on Route 22 in Bridgewater Thursday. But there are other roads throughout Somerset County while, not as dangerous, still pose some kind of threat when trying to cross. So we want to know what roads you consider too …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Morris and Essex could feel the largest impact of spending cuts.
Thursday, February 28
More than 13,000 federal employees in North Jersey could be affected if the sequestration cuts go into effect after Friday's deadline. The numbers above show the federal employees by county in New Jersey in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It compiles the data from the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (U.S. Postal Service Employees are excluded in this count. The USPS receives no tax dollars in its operations and would not be affected by the sequestration cuts.) Essex County residents could potentially feel the greatest impact, as it has the largest share of federal employees in New Jersey …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Five New Jersey counties boast some of the highest concentrations of wealth in U.S., NJ Spotlight reports.
Somerset County is among five New Jersey counties with some of the highest concentrations of wealth in the nation, according to US. Census Bureau data reported by NJ Spotlight. Somerset joins Morris, Bergen, Hunterdon and Monmouth counties in boasting large percentages of households with an annual income of $200,000 or more. In 2011, 16 percent of Somerset County households made more than $200,000, with a median household income of $96,360. However, median income is around 4 percent lower than peak 2008 levels of more than $100,000 in Somerset. While all New Jersey counties have higher-than-average concentrations of wealth, the latest census data shows that many have not fully recovered from the effects of the recession, which technically …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
WCBS-880: Law enforcement promises 'show of force' to crack down on drunk drivers.
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Sunday, February 3
Somerset County law enforcement officials are warning drivers considering drinking at Super Bowl parties with friends and neighbors on Sunday to think twice and then think again before considering it. County officials said police promise a ‘show of force’ to crack down on drunk drivers, according to CBSlocal.com report. “You will likely go to jail if you seriously hurt somebody or, worse yet, kill somebody,” Somerset County prosecutor Jeff Soriano told WCBS 880′s Jim Smith. “Designate a driver or consider using a taxi cab or a car service,” according to the report. Officials warn the penalties, even for first-time offenders, are meant to act as a deterrent. “Approaching the $10,000 range, plus the fact that you’re going to be walking,” …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
UPDATED: Rooftop panels at Ridge High School and William Annin Middle School will be online soon.
A project in which the Board of Education allowed Somerset County to install solar panels on the roofs of the William Annin Middle School and Ridge High School is complete, and awaiting final inspections before going online, school officials said this week. "Everything is done," School Board Member William Koch said at Monday's meeting. Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian reported later that the inspections could be done and the panels online by the end of February. The project, started late last summer, could eventually save the school district about $695,000 over the life of the panels, estimated at 15 years, according to figures from the Board of Education office. The greatest savings — based on estimated energy costs that can …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
UPDATE: Replacement of old water main is just first in a series of improvements to be made along county road.
Mount Airy Road, a main route between Bernardsville and Basking Ridge, is due to be closed this week to all but local and school bus traffic as phase one begins for a lengthy project to completely overhaul the road and retaining walls just south of Olcott Square. The construction initially was scheduled to begin on or around this Monday, but the contractor for the project said that the work would start the following Monday, Jan. 14, said Bernardsville Police Lt. Demmings Hoadley. Meanwhile, signs already are out along Mount Airy at intersections with Prospect Street in Bernardsville and at West Oak Street in Basking Ridge warning drivers that the street will be closed to all but local traffic on or around Jan. 7. The New Jersey American …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
And County Clerk Brett Radi said it could be because of the hurricane.
With only 60 percent of registered voters turning out for this year's presidential election, Somerset County Clerk Brett Radi said his gut feeling is that it was because of the hurricane. "I would have no way to answer other than with my gut," he said. "[In that case] absolutely it has to do with the hurricane." In prior years, Radi said, presidential elections brought out 80 percent of voters, including the last one in 2008. And this year, he said, only 60 percent showed up on Election Day. "And we had some communities where turnout was in the low 50 percent, like the northern communities," he said. "That's not typical of a presidential election." "Many of those areas are without power even today," he added. "I just got mine back Tuesday …
With some races still too close to call, county Republicans got together at the Somerville Elks Club.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Somerset County Republicans came together Tuesday night at the Somerville Elks Club to celebrate election day and the end of their campaigns. For some, like District 7 Congressman Leonard Lance (R), the vote margin by the end of the night was large enough for multiple reports to call the election in his favor. For others, like incumbent Freeholders Patrick Scaglione and Mark Caliguire, as well as District 16 Assemblywoman Donna Simon, their slim leads coupled with provisional and fax or email ballots still to be counted, the victories were still not stamped Tuesday evening. However, each candidate celebrated what they believed to be victories with each other at the Elks Club. "We need to work together in a bi-partisan manor to solve our …
Monday, November 5, 2012
They were closed as of 3 p.m. Monday.
Monday, November 5, 2012
A total of about 27 roads have been closed by Somerset County throughout many townships, including Bernardsville, Bridgewater and Warren. These county-owned roads and bridges were all closed as of 3 p.m. Monday., according to information released by the county. Bernardsville Bernards Bridgewater Franklin Green Brook Hillsborough Manville North Plainfield Warren Watchung
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Talk to each other on this post, help each other get through this tough time.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The worst of Hurricane Sandy has passed and residents of Somerset County are trying to resume normal lives again in the wake of the storm. Many people are without power, many more are without gasoline to run their generators. Our Somerset County Patch sites are providing this forum where residents can post their contact information with a description of an item they are willing to donate to those in the greater coverage area hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Those affected by the storm can reach out to donors whose items fit their needs. Families who lost possessions in the storm are also welcome to post details about what they need. To do so, please use the comments section below.