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Chris Miller Selected as Educator of the Year at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School

February 19, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Mr. Chris Miller, an English instructor at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, has been selected as the 2016-2017 Educator of the Year. 

Miller is known for being a very dedicated, innovative, and hardworking instructor.

When Superintendent Dr. Chrys Harttraft and Principal Diane Ziegler walked into Miller’s classroom to announce the ...

SCVTHS Students Posters Selected for Presentation at United Nations Event

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - On Jan. 27, 13 senior students in the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School were selected as poster winners at the 18th Annual CTAUN Conference 2017 entitled, “The Refugee Challenge of the 21st Century,” held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The 13 SCVTHS students were ...

District Favors Budget Option That Uses At Least All of 2014-2015 Banked Cap, Adding Over $500K to Budget

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - After being directed by the board of education to investigate budget options that would use even more of the banked cap money in the 2017-2018 budget, Business Administrator Peter Starrs presented three options – and board members are torn on which to use.

Every year, the district approves a banked cap which, by state law, allows a district that has not exceeded ...

Bridgewater Rezones Section of Somerset Corporate Center for Gym, Hotel

February 14, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council unanimously approved three ordinances to change zoning at the Somerset Corporate Center, paving the way for an application before the planning board for a new hotel and gym.

The concept is to rezone the property with a new zone called the Bridgewater Regional Corporate Center Zone.

The fitness center, a Lifetime Fitness, would be about ...

Bridgewater Considering Ordinance for Snow Removal of Handicapped Parking Spaces

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - In an effort to better assist handicapped drivers and others, the Bridgewater Township Council is considering a possible ordinance to require businesses to clear snow from handicapped parking spaces within 24 hours of a snowfall.

Council President Allen Kurdyla was contacted by Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione about a similar ordinance approved in ...

Bridgewater Encouraging Residents to Report Potholes

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reminding residents to report any potholes they find around town, and any roads that need improvements so the administration is aware and can move to fix them.

Councilman Howard Norgalis said the township needs to make up for a previous administration that only filled the potholes, but never really repaired roads.

“We are paying now ...

Bridgewater Fire District Budgets Pass, New Commissioner in District 1 is Only Surprise

February 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With all budgets passing across Bridgewater’s four fire districts, the only upset was for commissioners in District One, in Martinsville.

Incumbent John Lichtig, with 63 votes, was defeated by newcomer Doris Zampella, who earned 77 votes. Second incumbent James Kalafsky was re-elected with 80 votes.

According to Bill Rose, with District One, Zampella is the ...

Fire District Elections Set for Saturday in Bridgewater

The fire district elections are coming up in February, with elections being held among the four districts in Bridgewater for commissioners and a new budget.

In district two, which is the Bradley Gardens Fire Company, there are two open positions, and current commissioners Chris Ireland and John Marsigliano are running for re-election.

As of press time, no challengers were running for the ...

Raritan Borough Swears in Raymond Nolte as New Police Chief

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough Police Department has a new police chief after swearing in Raymond Nolte at Tuesday’s borough council meeting.

Former police chief Kenneth McCormick retired as of Feb. 1, and Nolte has been serving as officer in charge since October, in advance of the retirement.

Nolte is a 22-year veteran of the Raritan Police Department, and has served in the ...

Six Bridgewater-Raritan Wrestlers Advance to Region Competition Feb. 25

February 20, 2017

MILLBURN, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School varsity wrestling team competed in the NJSIAA District 16 Tournament in Millburn Saturday, winning three individual titles, with six wrestlers moving on the Region 4 competition at Union High School Feb. 25.

Three of Bridgewater-Raritan's wrestlers placed first in the their respective weight classes, Jake Raboy in the ...

Girls Basketball: Bridgewater-Raritan Bounces Ridge Out of Somerset County Tournament

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan girls basketball team pulled away in the second half for a 43-31 victory over Ridge in the second round of the Somerset County Tournament Tuesday evening.

Bridgewater-Raritan's Jordyn Hawthorne and Teresa Wolak each scored 11 points for seventh-seeded Bridgewater (12-9), which held a six-point halftime lead that it doubled with solid efforts in the ...

First Round NJSIAA Wrestling: Piscataway Chiefs Defeat Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers to Advance to Semi-Finals, 53-11

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Chiefs made easy work of the Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 Wrestling Tournament on Monday, defeating them 53-11 in the PHS Anthony Gymnasium.  

Wrestling at 152 lbs., the Chiefs’ Joseph Hatcher remains undefeated this season after pinning Bridgewater-Raritan’s Brett MacMath ...

Bridgewater Rezones Section of Somerset Corporate Center for Gym, Hotel

February 14, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council unanimously approved three ordinances to change zoning at the Somerset Corporate Center, paving the way for an application before the planning board for a new hotel and gym.

The concept is to rezone the property with a new zone called the Bridgewater Regional Corporate Center Zone.

The fitness center, a Lifetime Fitness, would be about ...

Young Bridgewater Pianist Scores Hat Trick at Carnegie Hall

February 7, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Venkat Subramanian, a student at Eisenhower Intermediate School, performed a piano recital at Carnegie Weill Hall in New York City Jan. 29.

This is the third year in a row Subramanian has been invited to play after winning the Crescendo International Competition. This year, he played Waltz Op. 12, No. 2 by Edvard Grieg, and one judge commented that his performance was ...

Ciattarelli Calls Sanctuary City Legislation “Reckless and Irresponsible”

February 16, 2017

 SOMERVILLE, NJ – Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) slammed, as reckless and irresponsible, Democrat-sponsored legislation in Trenton that forces state taxpayers to financially support New Jersey cities that choose to defy federal law and, in so doing, encourage illegal immigration.
 
Ciattarelli, a frequent critic of Governor ...

Operation Shoebox New Jersey Commemorates 12th Anniversary, Invites Volunteers to Feb. 18 Packing Event

February 15, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Operation Shoebox New Jersey will commemorate its 12th anniversary at the VFW, 600 Washington Ave., Manville on Feb. 18 and invites all volunteers to help assemble care packages for shipment overseas to deployed US troops around the world.

The volunteer organization, based in Hillsborough and Somerville, expects to pack 1,200 or more care packages.

The event ...

Bridgewater Teenager Helps Raise Money for Special Olympics

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater teen Jonathan Locker has been raising money for the 2017 New York Football Giants Snow Bowl, and his coed team of adults, the Green Giants, will play flag football at Met Life Stadium March 5.

The event raises money for Special Olympics New Jersey, a non-profit organization that helps more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual ...

Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Holds Jewish, Muslim Vigil to Raise Voices in Prayer

February 17, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With the political climate of today, and the concerns over threats of a Muslim registry and reports of hate crimes, one national group is looking to get communication going between all kinds of people - and the group held its first nationwide vigil, with one in Martinsville, Feb. 16.

The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom held 100 vigils across the country, including one at ...

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Zoned Sports Holds Annual Signing Day For Student Athletes

February 15, 2017

To the Editor:

Zoned Sports Academy, located in Bridgewater, hosted its 3rd annual Signing Day for all the graduating seniors heading on to play collegiate baseball and softball next fall. The goal for Zoned’s Signing Day is to give every student-athlete the opportunity to walk down the aisle and “sign.” Not everyone has an opportunity to sign a National Letter ...

Bound Brook Man Arrested for Shoplifting at Target, Bridgewater Police Say

February 20, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -  A Bound Brook man was arrested Jan. 30 after allegedly being found with several hundred dollars worth of merchandise from Target at the Promenade Shopping Center, according to reports from Bridgewater Township Police.

Mark Dubecky, 45, was charged with shoplifting after being found with about $289 worth of merchandise, according to police.

In addition, police said, ...

Somerset Patriots National Anthem Auditions Set For Saturday, March 11th

February 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots, along with Magic 98.3 FM and WCTC 1450 AM, have announced that the team will host National Anthem Auditions March 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at Bridgewater Commons Mall. 

The event will be a fundraiser designed to benefit Operation Shoebox New Jersey, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to collecting donated supplies to ship ...

Real Estate News You Can Use

INVENTORY…INVENTORY…INVENTORY!!!  Where is it??  The 2016 recap of sales statistics for our local communities indicated inventories were at close to historical lows for many towns.  Well, here is what has happened in the past month and where we stand today.  The weather has been mild thus far which is prompting a steady and growing “Spring Market” ...

Hillsborough Firefighters Honored on 1st Anniversary of Massive Fire at Route 206 Warehouse Complex

February 18, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - Township firefighters were honored for their bravery by the Hillsborough Township Committee  on the first anniversary of the massive fire that consumed 500,000 square feet of warehouse space at Veterans Industrial Park, the former VA Depot on Route 206.

It took 15 hours before the fire was brought under control, with more than 500 firefighters from 85 fire ...

‘Shipwrecked’ Rollicks Along at Dreamcatcher Theatre

SUMMIT, NJ – You may be in for a high seas adventure if you visit “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself).”

This 90-minute play by Donald Margulies has plenty to keep you entranced. Margulies has won just about every theatre award possible for such plays as “Time Stands Still” and “Dinner with ...

Alcohol: A Potent Potable Producing Atrial Fibrillation?

“Welcome to Medical Jeopardy!” “Thank you, Johnny. Dr T. Totaler is our defending champion. Please start us off and pick a category”. “Thanks Alex. I’ll take Alcohol and Atrial Fibrillation for $200”. “Here is the answer: None. Yes, Dr T, what is the question?”  “How much alcohol is safe to drink with a history of atrial ...