Demolition Begins to Make Way for New Montgomery Municipal Complex and County Library

Wild Hart Industries of Hillsborough began demolition work this week at the former ConvaTec property at 100 and 200 Headquarters Park Drive, off Orchard Road near Route 206 in Skillman. Twelve contractors submitted bids to Somerset County officials for the demolition job. The county acted very quickly, awarding the bid to Wild Hart for $1.07 million with the requirement that work begin within 10 days of the awarding of the contract, according to the bid specs on the Somerset County website. The lowest bid of $962,640 came from Caravella Demolition of East Hanover and the highest bid was for $3.4 million from Nasdi of Woburn, MA, according to the "Bid Tabulation Sheet" for contract # 18005 po

Bridgepoint Historic District

Two of Montgomery's most historic properties are for sale. Opies Mill at 43 Dead Tree Run Rd in Belle Mead, circa 1800, is listed for $499,000. And, across the street is the Millers House at 44 Dead Tree Run Road, Belle Mead, circa 1721, listed for $649,000. Words cannot do justice to the ambiance of this area, which is also home to the single-lane, Mill Pond Bridge — a triple arch bridge believed to have been built of random fieldstones in the 1820s. The bridge was repaired and restored by Somerset County in 2000. The image of the 196-year-old bridge is used as the logo for Montgomery Township. It is also third-oldest bridge in New Jersey, according to the 2013 National Bridge Inventory. It

Grace A. Gurisic, 84

First Female Freeholder 1934 — June 2018 Grace A. Gurisic, 84, of West Milford died at Chilton Memorial Hospital, Pompton Plains, on June 9. She was born in Rocky Hill to Louis and Margaret Gurisic. Grace was a public servant of boundless energy. She graduated from Princeton High School and Rider College, where she majored in business administration. She was first elected to public office in her hometown of Rocky Hill at the age of 22. She served two years on Rocky Hill Borough Council, then became the mayor of the borough —the youngest woman mayor in the United States at the age of 24. In 1959, voters elected her as the first woman to sit on the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Free emergency medical service, or did you want another bill?

Free emergency medical service (EMS) has a long tradition in New Jersey. But, the all-volunteer organizations that do not charge for medical services are an endangered species. Rocky Hill First Aid & Rescue Squad (RHFARS) and Montgomery EMS (MEMS), continue to operate free of charge, thanks to local volunteers. Organizations such as Robert Wood Johnson Hospital use ambulance service as a revenue stream, payed by patients and everyone’s insurance premiums. Their service area is expanding yearly in New Jersey. Did you want another bill? Would you have been more hesitant to call 911 when you needed emergency medical help if you would have received one? Many people would hesistate. But you won’

Montgomery United Methodist Church Offers Key to the Heart

Every Sunday morning, a group of very special women meet at Montgomery United Methodist Church on Sunset Road in Belle Mead. They are part of a mentor-based, reward and recognition program teaching them about God’s love. Pastor Tony Godlefski and Stacy Ladyman displaying Pink Bibles and Heart & Key Materials. Working with women from the Crawford House, a Daytop Village recovery house in Montgomery, the Church is reaching out to change lives through a program called “Heart and Key.” What Heart and Key strives to do is provide a safe place for women to reconnect with God. Many women find themselves at Crawford House due to their addiction to heroin, alcohol, or opioids. So, it is with their co

Pork Roll found on Muslim’s Windshield in Belle Mead

Authorities are investigating a bias crime in Pike Run, in which two pieces of pork roll were found on the windshield of a longtime resident’s car sometime before 1:42 pm on Saturday, April 14. The items are “considered offensive to the victim’s religious and cultural beliefs,” according to a press release issued by Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson. Sometime before 1:42 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 someone left items — considered offensive to the victim’s religious and cultural beliefs — on the windshield of a car parked in the driveway of a family home in the Belle Mead section of town, Robertson said. Detectives are interviewing potential witnesses and the victims. Captain Jack B

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