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District Discusses Internet Safety for School, Home

October 19, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With over 9,000 users on the networks, 7,000 user devices and a Chromebook ratio at about 2:1, the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is implementing new forms of cybersecurity to protect students and staff from any form of cyber attack.

“Cybersecurity is designed to protect from attack, damage or unauthorized access,” said Andres Ospina, manager of ...

SCVTHS FFA Students Take Part in Leadership Training Conference

BRIDGEWATER – On Oct. 9 and 10, SCVTHS Agricultural Science Instructor Erik Fargo, along with six of his students who are also the Student Officer Team of the Somerset County FFA Chapter – Elizabeth Dietrich of Green Brook, Abigail Podejko of Raritan, Shiyan Williams of Somerset, Jayden Johnson of Hillsborough, Maria Scarpantonio of Manville and Jenna Shallop of ...

BRHS Robotics Team 303 Holds 2nd Annual STEAM Fair

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School robotics team, Team 303, hosted its second annual STEAM Fair Oct. 7 in the school.

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

During the fair, guests visited booths teaching about different science-related topics, and there were also robotics demonstrations throughout the day.

Bridgewater Extends Option to Purchase Milltown Road Property for Potential Train Station

October 16, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council authorized the extension of an option agreement with Rendas Partnership, LLP for the property at 360 Milltown Road, for the option price of $10,000 until Sept. 23, 2018.

The property was originally optioned in 2014 with a goal of potentially turning the property into a NJ Transit Train Station. An original ordinance provided an option to ...

Bridgewater Council Approves Police Vehicle Purchases and More

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council unanimously approved a series of resolutions that will bring four new police vehicles to the municipality, while refunding sewer billing for a former business, and also authorizing a change order for a maintenance bond concerning Country Club Road.

The seven resolutions were passed together, as a package, by the five council members in a short ...

Bridgewater Tables Ordinance on How to Keep, Harvest Chickens

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Chickens and the keeping of them was part of the order of the evening at a work session meeting of the Bridgewater Township Council Sept. 28. 

In the end, a proposed ordinance on the issues was tabled for now, although the measure could be revisited at a later date.

The ordinance discussed was in regards to agriculture, specifically permission to keep and harvest ...

Man Shot and Killed in Bound Brook

October 18, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A 27-year-old Bound Brook man was shot and killed near his home on Church Street earlier this week.

The victim has been identified as William Roberts, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutors Office and Bound Brook police are involved in an ongoing investigation; they have determined that the ...

Somerville: Suspect Convicted of Car Theft, Eluding Police and Assault on a Police Officer

SOMERVILLE, NJ – One of two suspects who police say switched key fobs to steal two Mercedes from a Route 22 auto dealer has been found guilty of multiple charges by a Somerset County Jury.

Luis Lora, 36, of W. 36th Street, Union City was found guilty of the third degree theft of an automobile, second degree eluding, second degree aggravated assault during the course of an eluding, and ...

Six Unlocked Vehicles Burglarized, According to Report from Bridgewater Township Police

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A total of six vehicles were burglarized on Shasta Drive, 6th Avenue and North Bridge Street in one day, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

According to police, the vehicles were all unlocked, and the burglary reports all came in on Oct. 6.

Items taken from the vehicles, police said, included currency, prescription medication, electronics, sunglasses ...

Somerset Patriots Recognized for Excellence in Promotions by Atlantic League

October 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have been recognized by the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball with the Ken Shepard Award for Promotional Excellence, the league announced Wednesday. Additionally, the Patriots have been awarded the league’s Promotion of the Year for hosting the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game.

The 2017 season marked the first time in franchise history ...

Field Hockey: Bridgewater-Raritan Knocks off Pingry, 6-2

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Rachel White and Sadie Herman scored two goals apiece to lead Bridgewater-Raritan to a 6-2 field hockey victory over Pingry on Tuesday.

Madison Bray had a goal and three assists, and Sam Della Rovere scored one goal and assisted on another for the Panthers (15-2). Martina Kampel and Tai Jankowski each had one assist for BRHS.

Unbeaten Watchung Hills Middle School Varsity Warriors Roll Over Bridgewater, 30-13

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Watchung Hills Middle School Varsity Warriors won their 25th consecutive game, defeating the Bridgewater Junior Panthers on Saturday, 30-13, at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

Watchung Hills is now 6-0 on the season, and the only unbeaten team in the Junior Skylands Conference.

The Warriors defense set the tone, forcing '3 and outs,' and turnovers, giving the ...

BRHS Thespian Honor Society Performs First Ever Play, 'Ordinary Days'

October 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Thespian Honor Society Troupe #5154 performed "Ordinary Days" Oct. 13 and Oct. 14.

This was the first performance of the Thespian Honor Society. The high school initiated members in the international Thespian Society more than a decade ago, but, after it was re-activated, the troupe was re-established last December.

They went ...

Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Gifted and Talented Honors Theater Arts Program Presents The Skin of Our Teeth

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) Gifted and Talented Honors Theater Arts Program is proud to present Thornton Wilder’s groundbreaking American classic and Pulitzer Prize-winning satire "The Skin of Our Teeth."

SCVTHS Gifted and Talented Theater Arts Program Coordinator Joseph Mancuso explained, “We chose this ...

Rotary Interact Club at SCVTHS to Host Annual Haunted Halls on October 20, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Rotary Interact Club at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School will hold their annual Haunted Halls event Oct. 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Aside from the featured entertainment of the haunted halls, there will be other festive activities,” said SCVTHS Rotary Interact Advisor Guillermo Reina.  “Rotary Interact members ...

Bridgewater Hosts Tree Dedication Ceremony Complete with Cultural Performances

October 13, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Shade Tree Board and the Assam Foundation of North America held a special tree dedication celebration Oct. 7 at the Bridgewater Township Library, complete with live music and cultural arts performances.

The event was organized by the Assam Foundation of North America, with assistance from Rekha Srinivasan, of the Bhaarat Nritya Academy, and Chris ...

Eisenhower Students Package 30,000 Meals to Help End Global Hunger

October 19, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Students in Eisenhower Intermediate School’s Helping Hands Club and Student Council have hosted a food packaging event through Rise Against Hunger for the past few years in an effort to help end global hunger – and recently, they were chosen to participate in a national food packaging event on World Food Day, Oct. 16.

The school was one of only a few chosen across ...

Bridgewater Council Honors Regional Animal Shelter for Years of Service

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council recently celebrated a local institution that had been dangerously close to shutting its doors only five years ago.

The town’s governing body, whose five members were all in attendance at the Oct. 12 gathering, unveiled a proclamation to honor the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter.

“It’s a part of our community,” said ...

Animal Shelter Holds 5K to Support Medical Care of Shelter Animals

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter held its Heart & Sole Shelter 5K Run/Walk at Duke Island Park Oct. 15, with proceeds going to the Cupid Fund where money is used for medical care of shelter animals.

The race was a sanctioned 5K, and it included vendors, raffle prizes, a Somerset County K9 demonstration, entertainment and more.

Business Expo Offers $4,000 Health Screening Package for Free

October 14, 2017

FRANKLIN, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership, in collaboration with Healthier Somerset and the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, is offering a comprehensive range of free health screenings at the 3rd annual Workplace Health & Wellness Exposition 2017 on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Imperia, 1714 Easton Ave.

The workplace wellness event, offered during Healthier ...

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A Call for Help: a Review on Somerset Regional Animal Shelter

October 9, 2017

To the Editor, 

This is mainly a call for help than a formal letter. I felt the need to tell my story to someone because this was the first time I was disappointed in my township. Or rather, I was disappointed in the shelter. And let me tell you why.

Two months ago, I found a kitten in the garage. I was not sure if he was okay, so I decided to give him to the shelter, in hopes that he ...

Bridgewater Man Arrested for DWI Following Motor Vehicle Crash, Police Say

October 14, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater man was arrested for driving while intoxicated Oct. 4 following a motor vehicle crash on Foothill Road, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Karam Khosla, 27, was issued summonses for driving while intoxicated, careless driving and failure to maintain a traffic lane following the arrest at about 9:57 a.m.

Khosla was processed and released ...

Troon Privé Selected to Manage Raritan Valley Country Club

October 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ —Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater, New Jersey, is pleased to announce their recent partnership with Troon®, the leader in premier luxury golf course management. Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with more than 270 golf courses in its portfolio worldwide. The Troon Privé Division currently manages nearly 70 private clubs, ...

County Parks Administrator Elected to the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration

October 15, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Cindie Sullivan, deputy director of the Somerset County Park Commission, has been elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Sullivan was inducted recently at the Academy’s Annual Meeting during the National Recreation and Park Association Conference in New Orleans, LA.

The Academy is a group of distinguished practitioners and educators who ...

Paying tribute to 'Shakespeare in Love'

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey pays tribute to ‘Shakespeare in Love’

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – Many audiences loved the film version of “Shakespeare in Love,” which won the best picture Academy Award in 1999, with dialogue by Marc Noonan and Tom Stoppard. Adapted by Lee Hall for the stage, much of the dialogue remains. The production has a warmth and ...

Department of Justice: ISIS Sympathizer Arrested in Cranford, Plotting the "Next 9/11" with Two Accomplices

October 8, 2017

NEW YORK, NY – The Department of Justice released details of a thwarted terror plot to attack New York City during the summer of 2016 on Friday.

Three men, who were arrested in 2016 and 2017, planned to detonate bombs in Times Square and the New York City subway system and shoot civilians at concert venues in support of ISIS, according to the Department of Justice.

The three arrested ...