HackHunterdon slated for June 9-10, 2018

HackHunterdon slated for June 9-10, 2018

Reposted from NJ.com

Hunterdon County’s annual hackathon, HackHunterdon, is just around the corner, and the event’s sponsoring entities are casting a wide net to attract technologists from all over the Northeast to participate.

This year’s event will be held on June 9th & 10th at Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington, NJ.

HackHunterdon is a 24-hour tech-product-creation competition for innovators – organized by Hunterdon County Economic Development, Flemington Community Partnership, and the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. A main goal of the organizers, as well as the participating businesses, is to identify local talent with exceptional ideas so that their innovations can flourish.

“Last year’s hackathon brought together a diverse amount of area talent with some exceptional ideas,” said Sam Napolitano, Sr. VP of Engineering at Viacom, who also serves as a judge and team mentor for this year’s hackathon. “The HackHunterdon effort is designed to help provide them with the partnership they need to flourish in Hunterdon and the surrounding area.”

Last year’s hackathon saw dozens of technologists compete for about $10,000 worth of cash and prizes. The top team this year will share a $5,000 grand prize for their efforts. Additionally, due to the number of businesses involved in the effort, there’s potential career opportunity for participants.

“We hired a technologist directly out of the 2017 hackathon. We have subsequently started a new partnership with the technologist as a partner, focused on developing accounting and insurance applications” stated Michael Castle, a partner in Bond Andiola & Company, a Flemington-based accounting firm. “Participants in the 2018 event likewise have the chance at some real career and partnership opportunities due to the number of companies supporting the hackathon”.

Personnel from a wide range of local and international technology companies are a part of the HackHunterdon effort.

Judging the teams’ projects this year will be Napolitano, Eric Herbel of Integrated Clinical Systems, a Hunterdon County-based IT company, and John Goodwin, an engineering manager at Facebook.

In addition to the prizes and the recruitment opportunities, organizers hope participants will form relationships with each other that lead to future projects with market potential. Hunterdon County has been actively seeking to partner with its tech community and continues to explore and develop additional ideas to support the community, such as a business incubator, the Chamber’s emerging entrepreneurial center, and more.

“Bottom-line is that the event provides a platform for talented individuals to come together and explore real opportunities – and to have a lot of fun doing it” said Goodwin. “Teams from last year’s event are still developing together, so participating in the hackathon can truly be the start of something big.”

Those interested can get more information plus apply to participate in the 2018 HackHunterdon Hackathon at HackHunterdon.com or by contacting Marc Saluk at msaluk@co.hunterdon.nj.us or at 908-399-1108.

The first Hackathon, held at Flemington’s Feed Mill on April 28 and 29, 2017, was considered a resounding success. Dozens of technologists participated, new concepts were developed, and lasting relationships–a major goal of the initiative–were formed. One such outgrowth was a monthly meetup, held on the last Thursday of each month at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, where technologists gather to exchange ideas and learn about new developments in the field.

A hackathon is a competitive event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development – including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and subject-matter-experts – collaborate intensively to build a software project in a limited period of time. The goal of a hackathon is to create usable software.


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New upscale rental project is latest step forward for Somerville

New upscale rental project is latest step forward for Somerville

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Robert Weiss had owned the site for some 20 years. But it was only recently that he could tap into the potential of a property that is steps from both a commuter train station and downtown Somerville.

The turning point came when local leaders became interested in attracting new residents to their central business district, Weiss said. Officials then moved about four years ago to rezone the parcel on Veterans Memorial Drive from commercial to residential, allowing the developer to justify the cost of remediating and redeveloping the property.

“This is something that they really wanted to see happen and they really helped with the process,” said Weiss, president of Weiss Properties. “And whenever you have a town or a borough helping a developer with the process, you know that this is something that everybody wants. So it was really their vision of bringing housing and apartments to the center of town, and I think it’s paid off tremendously.”

That was all too clear last summer when Weiss Properties opened The Cobalt, its new 117-unit high-end apartment building at the site. The four-story property has revitalized a long-vacant, formerly contaminated site just a block from Main Street — which housed a junk yard and metal fabrication facility — offering a new living option for a town that is primed to tap into the market for walkable, transit-centric destinations.

The Cobalt, which is about 65 percent leased, has seemingly checked those boxes while also embracing the surrounding environment. Project architect David Minno said it was “designed to be a little bit edgy-looking, and it’s in what I would call an edgier location of Somerville.”

That has resulted in an eye-catching, multicolored exterior with corrugated metal siding and contemporary-style windows, he said.

“We really wanted to say that this was a project not necessarily just for young people, but one that has a contemporary, vibrant edge to it on the edge of the town next to the tracks,” said Minno, principal and co-founder of Minno & Wasko. “And the interior design followed through with the color scheme.”

Located at 70 Veterans Memorial Drive East, the property borders NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Line to the south and is about two blocks from the commuter rail station. Minno said that proximity to the tracks created the potential for noise, but the design time “turned lemons into lemonade” by building a 109-space parking deck between the building and the rail line.

The mass of the parking structure helps soften the sound from passing trains, he said, while also providing an additional amenity for renters at The Cobalt.

“It was a nice way to handle what could have been a tough edge,” Minno said.

Minno’s firm has also designed Weiss’ next project in Somerville, a 60-unit development on Davenport Street that was slated to break ground this month. It’s one of several projects in the pipeline for a borough that has also attracted builders such as Edgewood Properties, which built the town’s first luxury apartments in 2014 as part of a project on West Main Street, and Somerset Development.

Weiss, who credited former Mayor Brian Gallagher and longtime Planning Board Chairman Bernie Navatto, is especially bullish on Somerville. That’s due to the borough’s embrace of new mixed-use development, the activity from the county administration and courthouse buildings and a popular downtown that is bustling with upscale shops and restaurants.

“Every time you turn around, it’s like something new is being built or being redone or being added,” Weiss said. “So it’s a town that’s just moving forward and we feel that for more and more people, given the choice of fresh new, contemporary modern designs, it’s going to be very popular.”

County officials seem to agree. The Cobalt was one of six projects recently to receive a Land Development and Planning Award, a distinction offered by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the county planning board.

“Each year, awards are presented for land development and planning that exemplify superior site design, address contemporary planning issues, or exert a positive influence on the character of the county,” said Gallagher, now a county freeholder. “I congratulate all of the honorees for demonstrating the positive impact that well-designed and -planned projects can have in communities.”

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The 50 N.J. high schools with the best SAT scores

The 50 N.J. high schools with the best SAT scores

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It’s only a test — a rigorous, three-hour assessment of a student’s skills in reading, writing and math.

But the SAT is the test for many New Jersey high school students, the one that could potentially make or break their chances of getting into their dream college.

Statewide, the average SAT score for the Class of 2017 was a 551 in reading and writing and a 552 in math, a total of 1,103 out of 1,600, according to state data. And average scores among the state’s public high schools ranged from a low of 795 to a high of 1,502.

Which schools posted the best results?

See the list below to find out the 50 New Jersey public high schools with the highest average SAT scores among their graduation seniors last school year, according to new state data.

Note: The list begins at No. 49 because of a tie. 



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One town in Hunterdon County is getting some love from Architectural Digest

One town in Hunterdon County is getting some love from Architectural Digest

There are lots of beautiful places in Hunterdon County. But only one was recently featured by Architectural Digest.

The magazine this month included Clinton in its list of the 25 Best Small Towns in America. Clinton, with a population of around 2,700, is home to the Hunterdon Art Museum and also boasts numerous cafes and galleries.

According to an in-depth history provided on Clinton’s website, the historic town has evolved over the years to become an eclectic center of culture and commerce. “Many homeowners have been lifelong residents and have a regard for the town based on close association. There is as much civic pride today as there has always been, and this has been a factor in the successful ongoing life of the town,” Clinton’s website says

Architectural Digest seems to agree, saying:

An hour’s drive from New York City will get you to the quaint town of Clinton, whose most famous landmark is the Red Mill Museum on the banks of the Raritan River. Stroll down Main Street to enjoy cafés, shops, and art galleries. The picturesque town has been seen in the movies In and Out, One True Thing,and My Giant.

Clinton joins several notable small towns on Architectural Digest’s list, including Taos, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Breckenridge. You can check out the full list here.


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Hunterdon County’s Hazardous Waste Clean Up Day Returns to Hunterdon County

Hunterdon County’s Hazardous Waste Clean Up Day Returns to Hunterdon CountyHazardous Waste Clean-up Day


November 18, 2017
March 10, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
314 State Route 12, Hunterdon County Complex, Flemington, NJ 08822


EMAIL: swrs@co.hunterdon.nj.us    |   PHONE: 908-788-1110    |   FAX: 908-782-7510
OFFICE HOURS: 8:00 am and 4:30 pm

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