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Education Foundation of Bridgewater-Raritan Holds Annual Taste of B-R Fundraiser

October 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Education Foundation of Bridgewater-Raritan held its annual Taste of B-R event Oct. 15, with hundreds coming out to support the organization that supports the school district.

“Thank you for what everyone does,” superintendent Russell Lazovick said at the event. “We look forward to great things.”

The foundation is a non-profit supported by ...

Primary, Intermediate Schools Holding Breakfasts for Parents, Teachers, Students, Staff

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Through October, for the fourth year in a row, the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association has created an opportunity for primary and intermediate school communities of students, parents, teachers and educational support professionals to get together with special breakfast events.

The events are opportunities for conversations of school/educational topics in the district, ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Students Overall Outperforming Other States in PARCC Testing, Data Shows

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The district heard a presentation from assistant superintendent Daniel Silvia about PARCC test scores in the annual testing report, and recognized that students in Bridgewater-Raritan are continuing to outperform other states and New Jersey.

Information on SAT and ACT results will be presented at a later date because the information was not yet available.

“The ...

Bridgewater Council Fails to Overturn Veto of Ordinance on Historical Council

October 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council tried to overrule a veto by Mayor Dan Hayes regarding the establishment of an office for a full-time municipal historian and local history advisory committee, but were unable to garner enough votes. 


The council voted, 3-2, at its Oct. 11 agenda meeting to override Hayes’ veto, but four votes were needed to overrule ...

Library Board Responds to Concerns from Bridgewater Councilman Over Recommendations Made on Financial Decisions

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Tensions flared slightly at a recent Bridgewater Township Council meeting when the subject matter turned to the Bridgewater Library Advisory Board.


Debra Albanese, the president of the library board, spoke during the public portion of the Oct. 1 council meeting. She said council vice president Matthew Moench was the council’s liaison to the board, and that she ...

Bridgewater Mayor Vetoes Ordinance on Establishing Historic Preservation Committee

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council is planning a discussion Thursday on a veto from Mayor Dan Hayes regarding an approved ordinance on establishing a volunteer town historian and a six-member historic preservation committee.

The ordinance was passed by a vote of 3-2 Oct. 1, but, on Oct. 5, Hayes vetoed the ordinance.

The council, according to councilman Filipe Pedroso is ...

Bridgewater Police, Prosecutor's Office Investigating Thursday Morning Timothy Place Fire

October 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office are investigating a Thursday morning fire on Timothy Place.

According to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, at about 6 a.m., Bridgewater Township Police responded to a 911 call about a fire on Timothy Place. The property was unoccupied and no injuries were reported.

The Bradley Gardens, ...

Despite Concerns Over Liabilities, Bridgewater Council Approves Ordinance to Hire Class III Officers for School District

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A trio of Bridgewater Township police officers will be assigned to the Bridgewater-Raritan school system in the near future, after the council approved a measure to hire three Class III officers.

According to the New Jersey School Boards Association, the option for these officers was made available as of June 1 by state law that creates a type of law enforcement personnel ...

Bridgewater Woman Seriously Injured in Crash on Easton Avenue in Franklin

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater woman was seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash that killed a Clinton woman on Easton Avenue in Franklin Township Oct. 4.

According to the Franklin Township Police Department, at 1:54 p.m. Oct. 4, the department received multiple 911 calls about a motor vehicle crash on Easton Avenue in the area of Culver Street. When they arrived, officers found a two-car ...

Girls Tennis: Bridgewater-Raritan Beats Montgomery for Group 4 State Title

October 18, 2018

WEST WINDSOR, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan girls tennis team handed Montgomery its first loss of the season, 3-2, to win the NJSIAA Group 4 state championship at Mercer County Park on Thursday.

Although Montgomery (16-1) won the first and second singles matches, Bridgewater-Raritan (14-3) won at third singles and then took both doubles matches.

Allie Smith won for the Panthers at third ...

Bridgewater-Raritan High School Girls Varsity Tennis Team Wins Sectional Championship

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School varsity girls tennis team won the NJSIAA North II Group IV State Sectional Championship Tuesday, defeating No. 1 seed Westfield, 4-1.

With that win, the team will now advance to the NJSIAA Group IV State Semi-Finals to face North 1 Group IV Champion Ridgewood Thursday.

The Panthers are led by head coach Candy Kuker. The team has a record ...

Girls Soccer: Bridgewater-Raritan Scores Late to Beat Ridge

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Neither the respective records, nor the season, nor what is at stake particularly matters when the Bridgewater-Raritan and Ridge girls soccer teams go against each other.

The rivalry that is the Somerset County soccer equivalent of the Red Sox and the Yankees always guarantees a tight, hard-fought, physical match destined to go down to the wire.

And so it was again on ...

Bridgewater's Green Planet Band Performing Throughout the Holiday Season

October 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Green Planet Band, based in Bridgewater, is preparing for a number of shows in November and December to celebrate the holiday season.

The band performs classic Rock ‘n’ Roll, and is comprised of tweens with a commitment to keeping the Earth healthy and clean.

On Nov. 16, the band will be playing an evening show at The Dragonfly Music & Coffee Cafe, in ...

Bridgewater-Raritan High School Thespian Honor Society Performs 'Black Comedy'

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Thespian Honor Society performed "Black Comedy" over two days in mid October.

In the first act of the play, the curtain opens to a darkened stage, with the actors going about their business as usual, until the lights come back on and the power goes out in the rest of the building. The stage remains illuminated, but actors act as ...

Raritan Borough Holds Annual Riverfest and Rubber Duck Race

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough held its annual Riverfest and Rubber Duck Race at Canal Street Sunday, with vendors and hundreds of people taking part in the festivities.

The event concluded with the rubber ducks being launched down the Raritan River, in a race to the finish for some great prizes.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

Bridgewater Township Hosting Annual Arbor Day Festival with Tree Dedication Ceremony

October 13, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Shade Tree Board (Team Arbor) and the Assam Foundation of North America will be holding a tree dedication ceremony to honor internationally renowned forester Jadav Payeng.

According to a release from the township, the event will be held Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kid Street Park, on Commons Way.

The event will include a memorial tree ...

Bridgewater Seniors Dedicate Plaque to Chris Poulsen

October 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Senior Club dedicated a special plaque to the late Chris Poulsen at their annual picnic Oct. 16.

The plaque is in honor of Poulsen, former director of health and human services for Bridgewater Township, who died suddenly in December 2017.

Poulsen had worked very closely with the seniors at the Bridgewater Township Senior Center, and the plaque is there in ...

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Holds Heart & Sole Walk to Benefit the Shelter

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter held its annual Heart & Sole 5K Run/Walk Sunday at Duke Island Park.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, and raises funds for the shelter.

About 100 or so people participated in the walk with their dogs, in addition to a police K9 demonstration, live music, dog obstacle course and Somerset ...

BRHS's BRTV and Family & Consumer Science Classes Raise Money for Hurricane Victims

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two Bridgewater-Raritan High School organizations teamed up to help those affected by the hurricane in North and South Carolina.

Students and faculty members of the BRHS Television Club (BRTV), and students and faculty members of BRHS Famly & Consumer Science classes organized a bake sale to raise money to help those affected by Hurricane Florence.

All the profits, a ...

Bridgewater Township Sets Dates for 2018 Fall Flu Clinics

October 7, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has announced its 2018 fall flu clinics, to be held at the Bridgewater Senior Center, on Somerville Road.

There will be two clinics held, Oct. 15 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 22 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The clinics are being held for township adult residents ages 18 and older.

The flu vaccines will be administered by the Community Visiting ...

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Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Shoplifting from Wegmans, According to Bridgewater Police Report

October 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Pennsylvania man was arrested Oct. 15 for shoplifting hundreds of dollars of merchandise from Wegmans and for having an outstanding warrant, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Marvin Benitez, 26, was charged with shoplifting after being found with $276 worth of merchandise from the store.

In addition, police said, Benitez was found to have an ...

Brite Nites 2018 adding new night

October 18, 2018

The Wagner Farm Arboretum Foundation is excited to announce that we have added an additional night to our Brite Nites 2018 event, on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The entry times are the same, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, and tickets are now on sale. The trustees and volunteers were disappointed when the event had to be canceled, this past Saturday, due to poor ground conditions ...

Far Hills Race Meeting to Draw Revelers to "The Hunt," With Launch of Pari-mutuel Betting

October 19, 2018

FAR HILLS, NJ _ It's one of the major social and sporting events in New Jersey's horse country, and beyond. The Far Hills Race Meeting, due to return to Moorland Farm this Saturday, Oct. 20, will also bring something new to the party this year, with the launch of pari-mutuel betting.

Some things never change, however. The Hunt will again draw some of the world's best ...

'Other Desert Cities' unfolds with family secrets

‘Other Desert Cities’ unfolds with family secrets at Chatham Playhouse


CHATHAM, NJ – “Other Desert Cities,” the stirring drama by Jon Robin Baitz, revolves around a family’s loyalties and deceptions in a tony Palm Springs household. “Other Desert Cities” refers to the signs along the exit ramps on the California freeway.

The ...

‘The Color Purple’ flashes by with verve at Paper Mill

‘The Color Purple’ flashes by with verve at Paper Mill

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – This Tony-award winning musical caught audiences up in its stunning story of African American life in the deep south over a 40 year period, from 1909 until 1949.

Based in the novel by Alice Walker and a screen adaptation several years ago, the story centers on Celie (Adrianna Hicks), who ...