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BRHS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

September 22, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A number of Bridgewater-Raritan High School students were named semifinalists from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and will now compete for scholarships worth more than $31 million, being offered next spring.

Over 90 percent of finalists will earn finalist standing, and about half will win the scholarship.

More than 1.6 million juniors entered the program ...

Lazovick: District Saw Smooth Start to 2018-2019 School Year

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The new academic year is underway in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, and by all indications, it looks to have been a smooth start.

“Thank you to everyone for doing their part to make the start of the school year a success,” said Superintendent of Schools Russell Lazovick at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Bridgewater-Raritan Board of ...

BREA Members Wear Red to Speak Out Against Lack of Contract

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Matters are far from concluded between the Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education and the local teachers union, whose contract expired in June.

At least a dozen members of the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association were in attendance at the Sept. 11 school board meeting, each wearing a red t-shirt with the slogan #BREAUNITY printed on the back in white ...

Raritan Celebrates Dedication of Post Office in Honor of Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone

September 22, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan dignitaries and members of the Basilone family gathered at. St. Joseph’s Church Sept. 21 for the dedication ceremony renaming the Raritan Post Office as the Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone Post Office.

“This is a special town because of its rich history and the people in the town,” said Cynthia Weiss, postmaster in Raritan. “But each Marine in boot ...

Raritan Celebrates Dedication of Post Office in Honor of Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan dignitaries and members of the Basilone family gathered at. St. Joseph’s Church Sept. 21 for the dedication ceremony renaming the Raritan Post Office as the Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone Post Office.

“This is a special town because of its rich history and the people in the town,” said Cynthia Weiss, postmaster in Raritan. “But each Marine in boot ...

Bridgewater Proposing Full Time Historian, Local History Advisory

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is working to establish an office for a full-time historian and local history advisory.

The town council recently introduced an ordinance to do so.

Councilman Filipe Pedroso started by saying that he was pleased the measure was on the agenda, and remarked that Bridgewater is one of the oldest townships in the country, having been chartered in ...

Raritan Police Holding Essay Contest to Find 'Leader of the Pack'

September 14, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Police Department is preparing to invite one special fourth grader from St. Ann School and one from John F. Kennedy Primary School to be "Leader of the Parade," and ride with Raritan Borough Police during this year's annual John Basilone Parade.

According to Raritan Police Chief Raymond Nolte, he was driving in the lead car in ...

Bridgewater Hears Presentation on On P.O.I.N.T Program That Provides Extra Services Regarding Mentally Ill, Abusive or Drug-Related Circumstances

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township and its officials are exploring new ways of helping others, if a recent presentation by an Ocean County group is any indicator.

Stafford Township Mayor John Spodofora, Stafford Township Police Chief Thomas Dellane and On P.O.I.N.T. Coordinator Meghan Corrigan spoke to the Bridgewater Township Council about the On P.O.I.N.T. Program. They ...

Bridgewater Introduces Ordinance to Hire Class 3 Police Officers to Patrol Schools

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council and the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District are working on hiring a new set of police officers to help protect the school buildings. 

The council voted unanimously at its Sept. 6 meeting to introduce an ordinance that will allow the hiring of three class III special law enforcement officers to patrol the ...

Boys Soccer: Young Bridgewater-Raritan's Growing Pains Continue in 4-0 Loss to Scotch Plains

September 23, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — One of the most intriguing out-of-conference matchups on Bridgewater-Raritan’s schedule is their annual early season showdown with Scotch Plains-Fanwood. The two perennial powerhouses have played some tremendous games in their yearly September meet ups, and almost always exchange blows deep in the state tournament. 

But on Saturday, it was about as one-sided ...

Football: Bridgewater-Raritan Wins First, Beats Franklin, 41-27

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Alex Fromberg passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as Bridgewater-Raritan defeated Franklin, 41-27, on Friday night.

Bridgewater-Raritan (1-3) built a 27-7 lead by halftime. Peter Usewick scored rushing TDs for the Panthers in both the first and second quarters. Fromberg's 1-yard TD sneak gave BRHS a 20-7 lead.

Later in the half, Fromberg connected with Kyle ...

BRHS Girls Soccer Team to Take Part in Mountains vs. Seas Charity Showcase Sunday

MARTINSVILLE, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan girls soccer team will be one of 14 teams represented at the inaugural "The Mountains vs. The Seas" girls' soccer challenge Sunday, Sept. 23 on the campus of The Pingry School.

Fourteen teams from the top two conferences in the state, the Skyland and Shore conferences, will compete in seven games throughout the day. The event—for ...

Bridgewater Planning Board Hears Testimony on Traffic Improvements to Route 202/206 for Center of Excellence

September 21, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater planning board heard continued testimony Sept. 11 on the plans for the New Jersey Center of Excellence, with a focus on traffic improvements planned for Route 202/206 if the project is approved.

In early 2016, the township council approved an ordinance, on recommendation of the planning board, for a redevelopment plan at the former Sanofi Aventis ...

Bridgewater Holds Annual Electric Car Event

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Despite the rain coming down, Bridgewater Township held its annual National Drive Electric Week Event Sept. 12 in the municipal courtyard with owners and auto-dealers displaying their own electric cars.

Guests had the chance to learn about the different cars, how they run, how much they cost and more.

In addition, the event featured a number of food trucks, selling their ...

Hundreds Turn Out for Bridgewater Community Day Featuring Touch a Truck with the JCC

September 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township and the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, in Bridgewater, held Bridgewater Community Day featuring Touch a Truck and Dog Day.

Hundreds came out to the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Sunday to see trucks, visit with dogs, enjoy good food, jump in a bouncy house, sit in a helicopter and more.

— Photos by ...

Bridgewater Residents to Vote on Open Space Referendum Question

September 17, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township voters will have a special question on the ballot when they vote Nov. 6. 

Residents will be asked to allow the use of up to 25 percent of existing Open Space Trust Funds to pay for the acquisition of historic properties and capital expenditures for repairs of properties that are already under the ownership of the township as well as ...

BRHS Graduate and Brain Tumor Survivor receives college scholarship from the Making Headway Foundation

September 23, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - For the past decade, the Making Headway Foundation has awarded college scholarships to survivors of a childhood brain or spinal cord tumor, and this fall, the award-winning non-profit organization has included Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduate Emily Ousouljoglou as one of its 14 recipients.

Ousouljoglou is a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, ...

Annual Travis Manion Heroes Run Honors Those Who Gave Their Lives on 9/11

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run was held Saturday at Ethicon Saturday to honor those who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

The event was a 5K and 1-mile run/walk, and was one of many being held around the world on or near Sept. 11.

The race is a chance to thank local veterans and families, and connect with first responders.

The event included a flag ...

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Bridgewater Police Investigating Reports of Side View Windows Stolen from Two Car Dealerships, According to a Report

September 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several thefts were reported to Bridgewater businesses at the beginning of September, including two of side view windows at local car dealerships, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

An employee of Lexus of Bridgewater, on Route 22 East, reported Sept. 4 that someone had stolen the exterior side view windows from four vehicles that were parked on the ...

Center for Great Expectations Holding Fundraising Concert

September 23, 2018

Music for all Reasons founder/director Randall Kirkpatrick will be hosting a concert starring contemporary guitarist B.D. Lenz to benefit the Center for Great Expectations.

The public is invited to enjoy the performance Nov. 3 at the Venetian Grille, in Somerville. The event begins at 7 p.m., and the entrance fee includes concert, a buffet dinner, soft drinks and dessert with a cash ...

Far Hills Race Meeting On Oct. 20 Will Be First Time Bets Will Be Taken

September 20, 2018

FAR HILLS, N.J. — For the first time in its nearly century-long history, the Far Hills Race Meeting will offer pari-mutuel wagering on all of its races on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.

With the introduction of wagering, Far Hills Race Meeting delivers on a long-held promise, pairing betting with its world-class steeplechase races, including the $450,000 Grand National (Grade 1). In all, the ...

'Age of Innocence' captures Wharton's 1870s New York

‘Age of Innocence’ captures Wharton’s 1870’s New York

By LIZ KEILL

PRINCETON, NJ – Leave it to author Edith Wharton to decode the lives of staid, wealthy New Yorkers as she does so hauntingly in her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Age of Innocence.”

Douglas McGrath adapted the novel for a stirring, 95-minute production at the McCarter Theatre ...

'Brick City' takes on high school angst

‘Brick City’ takes journey through high school angst

By LIZ KEILL

UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages at Kean University presents a new play by Nicole Pandolfo. “Brick City” is an exploration of two seniors in high school and their search for meaningful lives, while their teacher/mentor, Veronica, is also turning her life around.

There are a number of loose ends in ...

Even One Cigarette is Two Too Many

“Doc, I’m down to one cigarette a day”. That’s great, but you have to stop altogether. “I don’t want to gain weight if I quit. What do you think about e-cigarettes?”

Over the past several years, the number of people who smoke has dropped to an all time low. About 13% of US adults smoke, but that still represents about 37 million active smokers. The ...