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Barletta, Rivas Chosen as BRHS Students of the Week

September 23, 2017

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 Sept. 25 are:

Maria Barletta - (nominated by Kristin Bonczek) Maria, a senior, showed genuine compassion by taking a moment to reach out to a ...

Education Foundation of Bridgewater-Raritan Holding First Taste of Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Education Foundation of Bridgewater-Raritan will be holding the first Taste of Bridgewater at the Bridgewater Manor, on Route 202/206, Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The cost is $45 per person, if purchased by Sept. 20, and $55 after. All funds will benefit the foundation.

The event will feature restaurants that are based in Bridgewater and Raritan, with food tasting, ...

SCVTHS Social Studies Instructor Ed Graf Recognized by Somerset Patriots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – On Sept. 8, Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) Social Studies Instructor Ed Graf was honored by the Somerset Patriots for his work with injured veterans and first responders. 

As part of the opening ceremonies before the start of the Somerset Patriots baseball game, Graf received an award from the New Jersey Veterans Network and ...

Bridgewater Township Approves COAH Spending Plan

September 15, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township will continue to work on providing affordable housing in the municipality, even though the town had previously satisfied its obligation by state standards.

The Bridgewater Township Council voted unanimously Sept. 7 to approve a resolution adopting an affordable housing trust fund spending plan valued at $7,527,415. The money in the trust fund is ...

Electric Ride Car Show Returning to Bridgewater Thursday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Mayor Dan Hayes and the township’s Sustainability Task Force will be holding the Electric Ride Electric Car Show and Gourmet Food Truck Extravaganza Sept. 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bridgewater Municipal Complex, on Commons Way.

The event will include an all electric vehicle car show hosted by the New Jersey Electric Auto Association. Select car ...

Raritan Borough Police Promote One Officer, Welcome Two New Ones

September 22, 2017

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough promoted one police officer and welcomed two new probationary officers at a recent council meeting.

Everett Holt was promoted to sergeant. He joined the police department in 2009, after receiving training at the Somerset County Police Academy.

Holt was assigned to the patrol division from 2009 to 2012, and he received several awards from Mothers Against ...

Twenty-One People Displaced Following Monday Morning Fire in Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents of eight housing units have been displaced following a fire in a building on Sunny Slope Road Monday morning, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police.

According to the release, officers from Bridgewater Township Police Department – as well as fire companies and emergency services from Bridgewater, Somerville, Manville and Bound Brook – ...

Raritan Borough Police Collects Items to Donate to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Police Department collected Hurricane Harvey relief supplies at police headquarters Sunday.

The donations will be taken down to the residents and first responders of Dickinson, Texas, after Sept. 13.

Cars came to the department nonstop through the afternoon to deliver supplies, and the Raritan Moose Lodge donated a $1,000 check to the cause.

The ...

Boys Soccer: Cabrera's 2nd Golden Goal This Week Propels Bridgewater-Raritan to 2OT Win Over Scotch Plains-Fanwood

September 24, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS — Again, Bridgewater-Raritan played into overtime with a premier opponent. And again, Anthony Cabrera sent the Panthers home with a golden goal.

Cabrera’s wild 2nd OT score in the game’s 97th overall minute gave the Bridgewater-Raritan boys soccer team its second overtime victory this week — the first coming against Pingry on Tuesday — as the ...

Season Over: Patriots Lose to Ducks in Playoffs

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Long Island Ducks (3-1) defeated the Somerset Patriots (1-3) 4-3 at TD Bank Ballpark in Game Four of the Liberty Division Series. With the victory, the Ducks have won the Liberty Division Championship and will advance to the Atlantic League Championship Series against the York Revolution.

The Ducks regained the lead in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI ...

Football: Bridgewater-Raritan Falls to Phillipsburg, 30-7

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Phillipsburg pulled away in the fourth quarter to secure a 30-7 football victory over previously unbeaten Bridgewater-Raritan on Friday night.

Phillipsburg (3-0) had taken a 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a 35-yard pass from Jack Staggard to Ray Stem. But Bridgewater-Raritan (2-1) tied it before halftime when David Usewick finished off a drive with a 6-yard TD run and Nick ...

Raritan Mall Needs New Anchor Store Now That Stop & Shop Closing, Mayor Says

September 19, 2017

RARITAN, NJ - The Stop & Shop, on Orlando Drive, will be officially closing its doors by the end of November, according to a spokeswoman with the company.

"After a thorough review of the operating performance of our stores, we made a business decision not to renew our lease at our Raritan store location," Cindy Carrasquilla, manager of public relations and community relations for ...

Bridgewater Mall Gets Extension on Deadline for Development

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Commons Mall aims to continue to redevelop its property in the future – but wants more time to consider it.

The township’s governing body ratified a resolution at its Sept. 7 meeting to authorize the execution of a third amendment to the consolidated Phase I property redevelopment agreement for the nearly 30-year-old enclosed mall.

Prior to ...

Belle Tones Perform at Raritan Library in Honor of John Basilone

September 25, 2017

RARITAN, NJ - The Belle Tones performed at the Raritan Public Library Saturday in honor of the weekend leading up to the Basilone Parade Sunday.

The Belle Tones are a musical trio who sing and dance their way from the 1920s through the 1950s, especially patriotic songs. They have performed at venues like state theatres, sporting events and fairs.

Local Mentalist Using Human Nature, Senses to Entertain

RARITAN, NJ - An audience member took a piece of paper on which she had sketched a simple drawing and placed it on Tom Kennedy’s outstretched palm. Without looking at the drawing – because he was completely blindfolded — he proceeded to explain, in vivid detail, the drawing she had made.

And the audience applauded as the “Other Mentalist” wowed the crowd ...

BRHS Marching Band Prepared for Full Season of Football Games, Competitions

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Marching Band has begun its new season with a brand new show and lots of upcoming performances and competitions to show off their talents.

The complete schedule for 2017-2018 is as follows:

Sept. 22 – Home Football Game, Basilone Field (Band Recruitment Night)
Sept. 23 – USBands Piscataway Show, Piscataway High ...

Bridgewater Township Holds Annual Electric Ride Car Show

September 19, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township held its annual Electric Ride Electric Car Show Thursday, with several cars to view and food trucks to enjoy.

The event featured a number of local electric car owners showing off their rides, as well as a special appearance of the new 2018 Nissan Leaf, only shown in eight locations around the country.

In addition to the cars, the event featured local ...

Students 'Fill the Bus' for Hurricane Victims

September 20, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District participated in Fill the Bus!, an initiative to help the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and several students volunteered to help load the bus with lots of donations.

The state-wide effort is New Jersey’s way of giving back after all that was done during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Helping to load the bus from ...

BRHS Football Team, BR-TV Joining to Gather Supplies for Hurricane Victims

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School football team and BR-TV are teaming up to gather supplies for those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

On Sept. 22, during the football game at Basilone Field, there will be drop-off boxes for fans to donate school supplies to those in need. They can be dropped off from the moment the gates open until the end of half ...

Bridgewater Charity Teaming With Alex's Lemonade Stand to Fight Childhood Cancer

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-based Izzy's Infantry is partnering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help fund childhood cancer research, with September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Izzy’s Infantry, according to a release, was founded to honor Isabel “Izzy Warrior Princess” Rita and fund childhood cancer research and children’s spinal ...

Bridgewater Holding Annual Stone Soup Event for Mayors Wellness Campaign

September 22, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - September has been designated National Fruit and Veggies Awareness Month, and Bridgewater is joining in the campaign, Fruits and Veggies – More Matters, recognized by the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

The Bridgewater Mayors Wellness Campaign is recognizing this program with the annual event, “Stone Soup-Bridgewater.”

The purpose of the ...

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Mon, September 25

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Raritan Woman Arrested for DWI Following Route 287 Crash, According to Bridgewater Police

September 25, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Raritan woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle accident on Route 287 North Sept. 8, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Debra Sillib, 36, was arrested at about 12:14 a.m. for driving while intoxicated, and received summonses for reckless driving, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report ...

Empower Somerset Awarded $125,000 Federal Grant in Fight Against Substance Abuse

September 25, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Empower Somerset, dedicated to helping individuals and families make positive lifestyle choices and foster healthy drug-free communities through education, collaboration and linkages to resources, has been awarded a $125,000 grant.

Sponsored by the Drug-Free Communities Support Program and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Congressman, the grant is ...

Hillsborough: Children's Singer/Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

September 19, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – Eric. S. Komar a Hillsborough resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

Komar, 46, was arrested by special ...

Sam Shepard's 'Simpatico' takes off

Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” has a forceful workout at McCarter Theatre.

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – If you’re at all familiar with the works of Sam Shepard, you know that he writes about gritty, unforgiving characters in what appear to be hopeless situations.

In “Simpatico,” we learn that Vinnie and Carter are former partners in a race horse ...

A Kaleidoscope of Visual and Performing Arts Converge in Somerville Sept. 14-17

September 13, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A marriage of the visual arts and performing arts will be consummated over the next four days, extending west to Flemington and east to New Brunswick, a kaleidoscope of sound, color, motion, and expression unrivaled at any other time of the year, with thousands of music and art lovers expected to visit and partake of the smorgasbord .

Joining forces are the Central New Jersey ...