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District Introduces Mission, Vision in First Presentation From Strategic Planning Committee

May 25, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - After months of surveys, focus groups and meetings, Superintendent of Schools Russell Lazovick presented to the board of education the fruits of labor from the strategic planning committee regarding a new mission and vision for the district.

“This was a cohesive strategic plan that was district wide to pull everyone together,” he said. “The purpose is to ...

BRMS Eighth-Graders Hold Decades of Change Museum

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Team 8D at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School held its annual Decades of Change Museum May 19 in the library, with topics from the 1960s, including space exploration, pop culture and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Students read one of three books related to the time period, “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson, “Fallen Angels” or “Glory ...

Li, Kroeckel 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 May 22 are:

Kevin Li - (nominated by Dustin Frey) I've had the opportunity to have Kevin in class for two separate years (geometry and pre-calculus) and ...

Bridgewater Township Council Approves 2017 Budget With Amendments Eliminating Tax Increase

May 19, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Despite continued reservations from a few council members, as well as a plea from Mayor Dan Hayes, the council unanimously voted to approve a municipal budget with amendments that eliminate a previously proposed tax increase for residents.

The budget, as introduced in early March, was set at $43,604,621.89 for 2017. It originally called for an increase in taxes of $17.16 ...

Bridgewater Township Approves Additional Roadwork

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council approved a number of contracts for roadwork and more at a recent meeting, including for improvements on a good portion of Brown Road.

The contract was to Top Line Construction Corp. for the improvements of Brown Road from Route 202/206 to Tall Oaks Drive, for $280,860.78 to be funded through the 2016 capital project fund.

Township ...

Sands 3-Run Homer Not Enough as Patriots Rally Falls Short

May 28, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Bridgeport Bluefish (20-17) defeated the Somerset Patriots (23-14) 4-3 at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Jerry Sands made it a ballgame with a three-run opposite field home run (9) to cut the lead to 4-3.

“I was looking for a curve ball. I was sitting on one the whole at bat,” said ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Varsity Boys Lacrosse Ends Season With First Loss to Ridgewood in NJSIAA Group 4 Final

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season, losing to Ridgewood, 15-8, Saturday in the NJSIAA North Jersey Group 4 final.

This ended the team's 17-game winning streak, and was only its second loss in three seasons.

Ridgewood scored the first three goals of the game, and it was more than nine minutes before ...

Teasley Stifles Bluefish Lineup; Rosario, Eggleston Get Clutch Hits

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (23-13) defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish (19-17) 5-1 at TD Bank Ballpark Saturday evening.

Behind Rick Teasley’s (3-0) 7.1 scoreless innings of work, the Patriots shut down the Bluefish to take their second straight game over their division rivals.

“I’m happy to go that deep for our bullpen and our team,” said Teasley.

Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening in Finderne Section of Bridgewater

May 26, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Wawa celebrated its grand opening on Union Avenue, in Bridgewater, Friday with Bridgewater fire, rescue and police officers conducting a hoagie building contest.

In the contest, winners and runner-up teams received $1,000 for the charities of their choice.

The store is also offering free coffee through June 4.

Councilman Matthew Moench praised the chain for its ...

Solaris Pharma Expanding in Bridgewater's Center of Excellence

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The partnership of Advance Realty and CrossHarbor Capital Partners, LLC, announced, according to a release, that Solaris Pharma Corporation has expanded at the New Jersey Center of Excellence in Bridgewater.

Solaris signed an 18,072-square-foot-lease and is increasing its footprint by more than 13,000 square feet. The company, the release said, is engaged in the ...

Edison Heating and Cooling Celebrating 30th Anniversary with Special Bonus Savings

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – This year marks Edison Heating and Cooling’s 30th anniversary and, in honor of its three decades of service, the company is offering customers special bonus savings. Through the end of June, residential costumers can receive $2,000 off any combined high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner purchase and installation.

“Our Double Coupon ...

Temple Sholom, in Bridgewater, Celebrates 50th Anniversary

May 26, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Temple Sholom, in Bridgewater, celebrated its 50th anniversary May 21 with the official unveiling of a menorah of personalized bricks on the walkway leading up to the synagogue.

An outdoor celebration was held to celebrate the anniversary and unveil the menorah, with food, a DJ, a stilt walker, ribbon cutting ceremony and more.

More than 100 members purchased the ...

County Asian American Committee Holds 15th Annual Festival

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Asian American Committee, based in Bridgewater, held its 15th annual Asian American Festival May 21 in Somerville to celebrate Asian American Month.

The festival included cultural exhibits, live performances, food, Asian costumes and more.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure: TAPinto a Proud Sponsor

May 22, 2017

JERSEY CITY, NJ - "This is my fight song, take back my life song." Katy Perry's version of Rachel Platten's anthem blared across Liberty State Park this morning as hundreds of women and men gathered to participate in the tenth annual Race for the Cure sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Perry's lyrics did indeed apply to the hundred of breast cancer ...

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Moench: Remember that Memorial Day is Day of Remembrance

May 26, 2017

To the Editor:

This weekend, towns and cities all across the country will remember our nation’s fallen heroes by holding parades, participating in ceremonies, and decorating the graves of those who served, in addition to barbeques and gatherings with family and friends.  Our Memorial Day tradition dates back to the Civil War, and is grounded in the deep and profoundly American ...

New Brunswick Men Arrested for Shoplifting at Wegmans, Bridgewater Police Say

May 26, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two New Brunswick residents were arrested for shoplifting May 8 after they were found with hundreds of dollars worth of items from Wegmans, according to Bridgewater Township Police.

Jingru Huang, 26, and Jarrod Welsh, 29, were charged with shoplifting after being found with $267 worth of merchandise.

Huang and Welsh were processed and released pending a court ...

Somerville: Legal Runaround 5K Race Starts at Courthouse, Finishes at County Jail

May 24, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Motorists are advised to avoid roads in the vicinity of the Somerset County office complex Thursday, May 25 from 5-8 p.m. as hundreds of runners will fill the streets for the 12th annual Legal Runaround.

Police will maintain rolling closures of East High Street and Park Ave. Grove Street will be closed off all three hours between E. Main Street and E. High Street.

Tour of Somerville Pauses to Honor Memory of Canadian Cyclist Ellen Watters, 2016 Winner

May 27, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A short ceremony and Moment of Silence will be observed prior to the start of Monday’s Tour of Somerville Pro Women’s Race to honor the memory of 2016 winner Ellen Watters, a Canadian cyclist who died two days after Christmas following a collision with a car in the province of New Brunswick where she grew up.

Watters, 28, had returned to her hometown from her ...

Merchant of Venice Makes Memorable Opener at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – “The Merchant of Venice” has plenty to say about prejudice, suspision, money and cruelty.

Yet it has redeeming features as well, with Portia’s “quality of mercy” speech and Shylock’s insistence that Jews are individuals with feelings, thoughts and emotions as much as any other man or woman.  

Director Robert Cuccioli has gathered ...