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District Action Teams Focusing on Four Aspects of Health and Wellness, to Improve School for Students

July 16, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Superintendent Russell Lazovick gave the second part of a presentation at a recent board of education meeting on the strategic plan, with a focus on the heath and wellness, safety and sustainability action teams.

Lazovick said the teams are following a five-year outline, with researching and drafting issues related to the focus; targeted implementation of changes in year two; ...

Lazovick: District Program Review Finds Widening Gap Between Overperforming and Underperforming Students

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Superintendent Russell Lazovick put together a comprehensive report on programs in the district, and presented a finding that students performing higher in the younger grades continue on that trajectory throughout their schooling, while underperforming students tend to stay on that track.

One of the aspects investigated in the report, Lazovick said, is that of how ...

BRMS Students Honored for Creation of Rain Garden at School

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several students were honored by the board of education for their work on a rain garden project at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School.

The students honored were Aneesh Nagalkar, Ritika Thomas, Pravar Jain, Sujay Edavalapati and Amogh Jupalli.

"We wanted to acknowledge the initiative of the five students for their creation of a rain garden at BRMS," said their ...

Viewing Date Set for 1-Year-Old Boy Killed in July 7 Crash in Raritan

July 16, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A viewing for the 1-year-old Raritan boy killed on Anderson Street July 7 will be held this week at St. Ann Church, in Raritan, according to an obituary released by the Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Matias Ortega-Rosales was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit two cars and then his family as he was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, Domitila Rosales.

Woman Dies From Injuries After Being Struck by Car in Bridgewater Mall Parking Lot

Bridgewater, NJ - A Bedminster woman has died from her injuries after being struck by a car in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall Monday.

Marion Kelley, 62, was struck by a vehicle while walking in lot four near the Macy's merchandise pick up area at around 3:20 p.m. Monday.

The 2017 Mazda was driven by Chinmayi Parikh, 33, of Piscataway.

The crash is still being ...

Bridgewater Police Searching for Man Who Stole Energy Drink from Wegmans

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are trying to identify a man responsible for stealing several cases of Red Bull energy drink from Wegmans June 29, according to a post on the department's Facebook page.

According to the post, the department is trying to identify the individual who left the area after getting into the passenger side of a silver Honda with PA registration ...

Three Generations of Bridgewater Women Play Softball Together

July 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Three generations of women, two of whom live in Bridgewater, are softball teammates on a Mountainside Women's Softball League team aptly titled, "Grandmother, Mothers and Others."

Grandmother Linda Liebidz was a softball player at Montclair State University, and has been playing on Scotch Plains and Mountainside womens' softball teams since ...

Caritas Chamber Chorale Holding Auditions in August

July 15, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Caritas Chamber Chorale, which rehearses in Bridgewater, is holding auditions for its 2018-2019 season.

Auditions will be held in August, and all voice parts are welcome, although tenors are particularly encouraged.

The Caritas Chamber Chorale is an ensemble of more than 20 singers who work for musical, artistic and spiritual beauty, rooted in a shared humanity, ...

Raritan Holds First of Several Summer Fun Nights (Photo Gallery)

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough held its first of several planned Summer Fun Nights at Frelinghuysen Park Wednesday, featuring music and games with DJ Bruce Doorly, of Moonlight Memories.

Kids came out to enjoy the pool and games like hula hoop contests and limbo.

The event will be held again July 25, Aug. 7 (as part of National Night Out) and Aug. 14.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

County Kicks Off Summer Concert Series with Bob Miranda and the Happenings

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission kicked off its Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park Sunday with a performance by Bob Miranda and the Happenings.

A very large crowd turned out for the performance by the band made famous in part by the song "See You in September."

The next concert will be held July 15 at 7 p.m. at Duke Island Park, with Billy ...

Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend; July 13 - 15

July 13, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Jump for joy....it's the weekend! Don't let Friday the 13th scare you away, there are lots of fun things to do in and around town this weekend! Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday July 13

Spirit Animals Glassblowing Class; Morris County School of Glass; 9am - 11am

Mini Summer Camp: Woodsy Walkers; Great Swamp (Chatham); 10am - 11:30am

Tyke Time - Read a ...

Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

July 11, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

Bridgewater Family Takes Part in 5K to Promote Organ Donation

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Almost 20 years ago, 12-year-old Bridgewater resident Tim Flavin walked to a friend’s house to borrow hockey equipment – but he never returned home.

Flavin was hit by a car crossing the street at Finderne Avenue and died from his injuries.

From one family’s incredible loss came a gift when they donated his corneas and heart valves to give others a ...

Raccoon Tests Positive for Rabies in Bridgewater

July 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A raccoon on Ardmaer Drive in the Bradley Gardens section of Bridgewater tested positive for rabies, according to a Facebook post from Bridgewater Township Tuesday.

Residents should be cautious of any wildlife exhibiting unusual behavior. Animals that are rabid are usually vicious and aggressive, and can appear to be drunk, in a trance or have trouble walking.

In addition, ...

Bridgewater Starts Empowerment Program for Fifth, Sixth Graders

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater resident Sue Cornet, a certified teacher, was looking to find a way to empower girls to make healthy choices – so, by working with the township recreation department, she helped bring Girls Empowerment through Mindfulness to Bridgewater.

The program is supported through the Bridgewater-Raritan Municipal Alliance, and it was funded by grants that will ...

Residents Taking Action Against White Supremacist Fliers Found Around Bridgewater, Bedminster, Other Local Areas

July 17, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents of Bridgewater, Somerville, Morristown and surrounding communities are mobilizing for action after they found posters around town promoting Identity Evropa, which the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has labeled a white supremacist group.

According to Bridgewater resident Stacey Friedlander, a member of the “Not In Our Town – Bridgewater/Raritan” ...

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Somerville Woman Arrested for Shoplifting from Macy's, According to Bridgewater Police Report

July 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Somerville woman was arrested for allegedly shoplifting more than $400 worth of merchandise from Macy's at the Bridgewater Commons Mall July 7, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Sara Morales-Silva, 51, was charged with shoplifting after she was found with about $435.04 worth of merchandise from the store.

She was processed and released pending a ...

Cardiologist Takes Helm at Hunterdon Medical Center

July 17, 2018

RARITAN TWP., NJ – There’s a new guy at the top.

Dr. Robert J. Cody is now the Interim President and CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare System, the corporate parent of Hunterdon Medical Center. He replaces long-time chief executive Robert P. Wise, who announced his retirement in May.

Cody brings a varied background to the job. He is a licensed cardiologist, but he also holds an MBA. He ...

Somerville: Gallery Hosts Photo Society's 90th Anniversary Exhibit

July 15, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Visions of Raritan Photographic Society – A Celebration of 90 years” from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

The Raritan Photographic Society, founded in 1929, is the oldest photography club in New Jersey. The exhibit celebrates the organization's 90 years ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

Take Action to Reduce Debt

In our last article, we broached the subject of debt and the township’s reliance – or over-reliance – on debt to fund our yearly expenditures for items such as roads. So, ok, we want to reduce our reliance on debt moving forward, especially as the cost of borrowing is rising. What’s the solution?

Well, there’s no magic wand we can wave to suddenly end ...

Is the Mediterranean Diet Still the Best for Heart Healthy Eating?

The Mediterranean diet has long been the standard for heart healthy eating.  It is a diet that emphasizes olive oil, fresh vegetables, nuts, whole grains over refined grains, fish and plant-based protein over red meat, herbs and spices to flavor food over salt, and fresh fruit for dessert instead of refined sweets. The US News and World Report even named the Mediterranean diet its ...

Celebrate Summer with Freedom & Responsibility

Parents and students rejoice!

School is out and everyone can now experience a great sense of freedom. Kids want to be outside enjoying summer weather and; although it’s the most wonderful season for non-academic activities involving swimming, traveling, and hiking to name a few, let us not forget that summer loss is a serious long-term result of not opening a book or writing for eight ...

Unique Skill Set Offers Students an Advantage

One of our SAT prep students recently gained a lot of attention for being accepted to all seven of the Ivy League schools to which she had applied, as well as to Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) She has chosen to attend M.I.T. and major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Of course, Diana had earned stellar SAT scores and had a most impressive ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...