The frenetic final seconds of the New Brunswick High School boys basketball team’s 58-57 victory over Piscataway served as a microcosm of the wild days that preceded the dramatic season-opening win.

Due to coronavirus-related restrictions within the school district, New Brunswick commenced practice outdoors while the vast majority of Greater Middlesex Conference programs were drilling inside the confines of warm gymnasiums.

Players dressed appropriately for tryouts at Archibald Park, located in the city’s fourth ward, and adhered to all NJSIAA-mandated safety protocols shortly after undergoing rapid COVID-19 tests, for which every member of the program was negative.

New Brunswick is

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SOMERVILLE – “Just be patient.”

That’s the advice Dr. Namitha Reddy, director of the Somerset County Department of Health, gave to county residents about the anxiety and confusion about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We are vaccinating as many doses we get a week,” Reddy said at Tuesday’s county commissioners meeting.

Somerset County is receiving 700 doses a week, Reddy said.

By Tuesday, the county had received 5,400 doses since the end of December from the federal government and had administered 4,000 doses. By the end of this week, with more clinics scheduled, 90% of the available vaccines will be given,

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SOMERVILLE – Somerset County has introduced a new way for its 21 municipalities – and the county – to save money during austere times.

The county has started an online marketplace where municipalities can discover what services or equipment the county and other municipalities are offering to share.

Municipalities can also post what they have to offer for sharing.

It’s believed to be the first in the state, said County Commissioner Melonie Marano.

“The towns can work together,” she said. “It’s convenient and cost-effective.”

For decades, the mantra of “shared services” has been repeated by politicians at every level of

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The Wardlaw+Hartridge community came together in a big way to support a schoolwide food drive in honor of its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Students and families in all three divisions donated items that are being delivered to two local food pantries — Hands of Hope in Edison and Starfish in Plainfield.

Second-grade students embrace the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr.
Upper School students Rihan Sajid of Carteret, Neil Shah of Edison, Noah Apter of Springfield and Jason Kisare of Bridgewater carry boxes filled with food donations.

Items collected included a large variety of canned goods, cereal, oatmeal, pasta, rice, juice, peanut butter, jelly, boxed cake, brownie and cookie mix, granola bars and baby items. Food insecurity rates in NJ have hit staggering numbers and the W+H community rallied to support this

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WOODBRIDGE – A township-based law firm, one of the most prestigious in New Jersey, has named a woman to be  president and managing director for the first time in its 100-year history.

Lisa A. Gorab is the first female attorney to lead Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, the law firm announced. Gorab has served on Wilentz’s management committee for more than a decade. 

“Lisa is an accomplished leader who has made exceptional contributions to the evolution of Wilentz and the premier service we provide to our clients,” Gorab’s predecessor, Brian J. Molloy, said in a statement. “We are confident that Lisa

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MOUNTAINSIDE – A juvenile and two dogs safely evacuated a Cedar Avenue house fire Friday afternoon, according to police.

The cause of the fire that brought significant damage to the home is not believed to be suspicious, police said.

Mountainside firefighters were dispatched to the fire around 2:40 pm. Friday, according to Police Chief Joseph Giannuzzi.

A juvenile resident called 911 to report the fire and was able to evacuate before police arrived, according to Giannuzzi. Police Officers James Urban and Alexandra Harris found fire on the side deck of the home and helped evacuate two dogs, according to the

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