MONROE – Terence “Terry” Van Dzura was appointed councilman-at-large, filling the seat vacated by Stephen Dalina, who was appointed interim mayor on Jan. 20. 

Van Dzura, a 25-year township resident, serves as chairman of the township’s planning board.  

A special election will be held in November to fill the unexpired council-at-large term.

Van Dzura, Dalina and Council President Miriam Cohen were under consideration for the interim mayor’s post, following the December death of Mayor Gerald Tamburro.

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Van Dzura took the oath of office at the council’s Feb. 1 meeting.

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FLEMINGTON – Seventeen people died of suspected drug overdose deaths in Hunterdon County last year.

While that number is down from a spike of 22 overdose deaths in 2017, it’s a rise from 13 overdose deaths in 2019, according to www.njcares.gov.

And the problem doesn’t seem to be improving, especially with fentanyl showing up in many street drugs.

Hunterdon County officials recently unveiled the Hope One Van, the newest initiative in the fight against drug abuse.

The Hope One Van’s core mission is to offer education and lifesaving resources at events throughout the county to help those struggling with drug

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BRIDGEWATER – The Food Bank Network of Somerset County is moving into a much larger space that will provide clients with more of a grocery shopping-style experience.   

Its new facility at 7E Easy St., just two buildings down from the food bank’s current location, intends to open to clients on Tuesday, Feb. 16, according to Gordon White, board of directors president.

The 9,860-square-foot space is about 60% larger than its current location, which will bring positive changes for the almost 40-year-old nonprofit organization, Gordon said.

“It’s a nice expansion,” he said. “We are gaining four times the refrigeration capacity and

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Not long after Rutgers capped off its 2021 recruiting class, its 2022 class landed a coveted prospect.

Offensive lineman Taj White from Hudson Catholic announced on Twitter Wednesday night that he had committed to the Scarlet Knights, becoming the fourth member of Rutgers’ 2022 recruiting class.

Landing White is a big victory for Greg Schiano and the Rutgers coaching staff.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound White had offers from Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Syracuse, among others. 

White is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports’ Composite rankings and the No. 18 recruit in New Jersey. 

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Like many New Jerseyans, Marilyn Stark has spent hours navigating a bureaucratic maze of online portals and an inundated call center trying to secure a second COVID-19 vaccine appointment for her husband and a first shot for herself.

The lack of doses and a stumbling rollout on the national and state levels have led people like Stark and others to question whether Gov. Phil Murphy’s goal to vaccinate 4.7 million New Jerseyans within six months and usher in a return-to-normalcy is achievable.   

“The vaccine will sure be lifesaving and life-changing, if you receive it,” said the 77-year-old Fort Lee resident.

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In the few years under the leadership of Gov. Phil Murphy, NJ Transit has added staff, kept fares flat, increased spending on new buses and train cars, but have these improvements translated to a better experience for the riders looking to return to the daily commuting grind? 

The answer depends on who you ask.

“It’s going to be a dramatically different experience for the commuter,” Murphy said in a recent interview with NorthJersey.comand the USA Today Network New Jersey. “I don’t want anyone to think that we’ve accomplished everything and we can declare victory — that’s not what I’m

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