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Ring, Calle Chosen as BRHS Students of the Week

December 2, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Each week, two students at Bridgewater-Raritan High School will be honored as students of the week.

Students are chosen by teachers and staff in the high school.

The students of the week for the week of Dec. 5 are:

Liz Ring - (nominated by Jan Carr-Jones) Liz Ring is a PE Partner, Service Lerner and Council for Exceptional Children Club Organizer ...

Koshal, Buckridge Chosen as BRHS Students of the Week

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Each week, two students at Bridgewater-Raritan High School will be honored as students of the week.

Students are chosen by teachers and staff in the high school.

The students of the week for the week of Nov. 28 are:

Arjun Koshal - (nominated by Theresa Maucieri) Arjun is a hardworking student who goes above and beyond to help other students in the class. He ...

Somerset County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit Visits SCVTHS

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - K-9 Sheriff’s Officer David Daneker and his partner Apex visited the Law and Public Safety program at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Nov. 16. 

The K-9 visit coincided with the Law and Public Safety students’ lessons on case law.  During Daneker’s presentation, he discussed case law and the procedures involved when the ...

Resident: Protect Wemple Land as Open Space

December 5, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - For years, residents who were part of a group known as “Stop 18 Homes” have been fighting to prevent the development of the Wemple property at Foothill Road and Twin Oaks Road – and now they are investigating new options.

In 2012, the Bridgewater planning board approved an application for 17 single family homes on the former 35-acre Wemple ...

Bridgewater Approves Vehicle, Other Purchases

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council approved several purchases for sewer work and more throughout the township.

A contract was awarded to Campbell Greightliner LLC, of Edison, for the purchase of two 2017 single axle dump trucks with a stainless steel dump body and plow. The cost will be $181,877 each, for a total of $363,754.
A contract was awarded for 24 months for ...

Raritan Borough Orders Remediation of Uninhabitable Home on Raritan Avenue

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council has ordered remediation to be done on the interior of the property at 413 Raritan Ave. within 30 days in an effort to eliminate the reported rodent problem there and move the property toward habitability.

The borough council held a hearing concerning the property Nov. 22 to determine next steps to be taken.

Borough Attorney Richard Wenner said ...

Former Bridgewater-Raritan H.S. Music Teacher Sentenced to Prison for Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges

December 5, 2016

NEWARK, NJ - A former Bridgewater-Raritan High School music teacher was sentenced to prison Monday for soliciting a boy to engage in sexually explicit conduct in exchange for money, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

David M. Adams, 30, was sentenced to 127 months in prison.

According to the release, Adams previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H.

Raritan Borough Police Warning Against Recent Car Burglaries

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough Police are warning residents about a number of recent vehicle burglaries in the evening hours.

According to a release from the police department, several car burglaries have occurred in the nighttime hours throughout the borough.

The department is asking residents to lock their vehicles and not leave anything of value in plain sight.

Details about the ...

Raritan Borough Police Offering Operation Blue Angel to Help in Emergencies

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Police Department is now offering Operation Blue Angel to assist residents who may be unable to answer their doors during an emergency because of advanced age, mobility or medical concerns.

The program, according to a release, is administered free of charge for any eligible resident.

Through the program, a police department-owned lock box, similar to a ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Football Falls to Westfield for Second Year at NJSIAA Finals at MetLife Stadium

December 3, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Last year, it was a matter of three points that kept the Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers from capturing a state championship. This year, it was a matter of two, against the same opponent on the same field, as the Panthers fell to the Westfield Blue Devils, 15-13, in the NJSIAA North 2, Group 5 State Championship Saturday at MetLife Stadium.

At times during the game, it ...

NJSIAA Clarifies Position on Tailgating: ‘No Partying in the Parking Lot’

NEW JERSEY — Confusion ensued Tuesday after NJ.com posted a story declaring that the NJSIAA had “backtracked” on its policy that tailgating at championship games, including Westfield’s upcoming football game against Bridgewater-Raritan, is “strictly prohibited.”

“To be clear, NJSIAA’s position that there is to be no alcohol or partying in the ...

Watch Saturday’s Westfield vs. Bridgewater-Raritan Championship Football Game from Anywhere

BRIDGEWATER, NJ —  This Saturday, Dec. 3, Blue Devils fans can livestream the Bridgewater-Raritan High School varsity football team’s championship rematch against Westfield via News12Varsity.com by clicking here.

The game, taking place at MetLife Stadium, begins at 1 p.m. EST. For information about ticket sales, click here.

The undefeated Blue Devils ended last season ...

Bridgewater, Raritan Stores Set Black Friday Hours

November 24, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With the busiest shopping day of the year quickly approaching, we want to help you find the best deals and know just when the stores are opening.

Black Friday is Nov. 25, although some of the bigger stories are opening in the evening on Thanksgiving, a practice that has been very controversial over the years.

Here is your list of when the biggest stores in town will be ...

End-of-the-Year Money Moves

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Here are some things your want to do before saying goodbye to 2016.

What has changed for you in 2016? Did you start a new job or leave a job behind? Did you retire? Did you start a family? If notable changes occurred in your personal or professional life, then you will want to review your finances before this year ends and 2017 begins.

Even if your 2016 has been ...

NOTE; RUN SOON: Festival of Trees Opens on Fri., Dec. 2, at Environmental Center in Basking Ridge

November 30, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The ever-popular Festival of Trees returns for the 39th season Dec. 2, with the public invited to see a display of fancifully decorated artificial trees and winter scenes at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge.

Local organizations from throughout the area - from scouting organizations, to school ...

Jubilee Kicks Off the Holiday Season in Downtown Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ - It’s a magical time of the year, and Downtown Somerville is the place to be for family friendly fun plus great holiday shopping and dining. Festive music in the air, a warm glow lights up shop windows, and the delicious aroma of the area’s best cuisine will be the backdrop for Santa’s arrival at the Division Street Plaza for the annual Downtown Somerville ...

Tappin’ to the Holidays Event Scheduled for December 10, 2016 at SCVTHS

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - On Dec. 10, Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School will host Tappin' to the Holidays A Community Holiday Tap Showcase. 

The event, organized by SCVTHS Instructor Mary Lynne McAnally, will feature the following tap companies:  The Tap Co. from the Honors Gifted and Talented Dance program at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School ...

Bridgewater Residents Participating in Fundraiser to Help South Amboy Woman Hospitalized After Altercation

November 30, 2016

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ - Bridgewater residents Anne Buckley-Johnson, Evan Lerner and Mike Merola, members of the band Steel Groove, are participating in a fundraiser to help a South Amboy woman who was struck during an altercation in New Brunswick Oct. 29.

The fundraiser, to be held Dec. 3, will benefit 19-year-old Emily Rand, and will also feature New Jersey band Split Decision.

According to ...

Community FoodBank of New Jersey Issues Donation Challenge for 'Giving Tuesday'

HILLSIDE, NJ - The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) has launched a new campaign to promote Giving Tuesday. This national day of charitable giving will be Tuesday, Nov, 29.

An anonymous donor has issued a $25,000 Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Challenge. On Giving Tuesday only, every gift to the FoodBank will be doubled up to a total of $25,000. Donations of money to CFBNJ helps the food ...

Operation Shoebox New Jersey Invites Volunteers to Help Assemble Christmas Care Packages for US Troops Overseas

MANVILLE, NJ  - Volunteers are invited to help Operation Shoebox New Jersey assemble Christmas care packages for shipment to US troops overseas on Saturday, Nov.19th at  the Manville VFW, 600 Washington Ave., from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

This is the 12th consecutive year the VFW has hosted the holiday packing; hundreds of volunteers turn out each year to help pack in excess of 1,000 care ...

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Bridgewater Man Arrested for Criminal Mischief Following Motor Vehicle Accident, According to Bridgewater Police Report

December 2, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater man was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and underage drinking after being involved in a motor vehicle accident on Washington Valley Road Nov. 24, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Sergio Mora, 20, was charged with criminal complaints for criminal mischief, hindering his own apprehension and underage consumption of alcohol. He was ...

Somerset Patriots Name Marc Schwartz As Radio Broadcaster

December 5, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that Marc Schwartz has been named the radio broadcaster for the 2017 season.

Schwartz was hired as the Somerset Patriots’ Media Relations Manager in November of 2014 and will also continue in that role with the team throughout the year.

"I am beyond excited to begin the next stage of my career as the Somerset Patriots' new ...

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 25th Anniversary

December 5, 2016

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, which serves Somerset and Hunterdon counties, celebrated its 25th anniversary and its 50th home at its Dream Builders Gala.

The fundraising event was a night of excitement and gratitude when founders, homeowners, staff, board members, volunteer work crews and friends gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the ...

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales' Captures Old-Fashioned Nostalgia at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales.

The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions of Swansea, a village in Wales,  with “fallen snow on ...