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Three Incumbents Running in Board of Education Elections

July 29, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Only the three incumbents have filed to run in the board of education elections this year.

Jeffrey Brookner, Jill Gladstone and Lynne Hurley are all up for re-election this year, and they have filed to run in November's elections.

No one else has filed to run.

Elections will be held Nov. 8.

Operation Shoebox New Jersey Hosts DoubleHeader at TD Bank Ballpark July 30 & 31 – Help Assemble Care Packages and Bid on Sports Memorabilia at a Live Auction

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Operation Shoebox New Jersey will host a packing event and sports memorabilia auction at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31.

Saturday’s packing will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday’s auction will begin at the conclusion of the 5:05 p.m. game against the Bridgeport Bluefish.

Members of the Somerset Patriots team, ...

Bridgewater Boy Now Starring on Broadway

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Fourth grade Hamilton Primary School student Cole Grey auditioned for a community play, but it wasn’t to be – because, instead, Broadway came calling.

The 10-year-old Bridgewater resident now plays the role of Christian in Broadway’s “Fun Home,” the five-time Tony Award-winning production based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic ...

Bridgewater Library to Reopen After Flood

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Library, on Vogt Drive, is expected to reopen Thursday after it had to close because of flooding following Monday's torrential rains.

According to library administrator Brian Auger, water spread throughout the adult area of the library.

"Water literally shot up through the floor clean-out access point with several inches of rain water ...

Bridgewater Boy Now Starring on Broadway

July 28, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Fourth grade Hamilton Primary School student Cole Grey auditioned for a community play, but it wasn’t to be – because, instead, Broadway came calling.

The 10-year-old Bridgewater resident now plays the role of Christian in Broadway’s “Fun Home,” the five-time Tony Award-winning production based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic ...

Call for Entries: Arts on Division Challenges Artists to “Think Somerville”

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Artists are being challenged to “Think Somerville” in conjunction with the 2016 Arts on Division Festival.

The four-day visual arts festival Sept. 15-18 will also feature an all-day Crafts Festival Sept. 17 and for the first time this year will share the good vibes of the annual Central Jersey JazzFest, which brings thousands to downtown Somerville with lawn chairs ...

Bridgewater Girl to Perform on Paper Mill Stage as Part of Summer Conservatory

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - When 12-year-old Maeve Touhey moved to Bridgewater with her family last year, one of her first goals was to find a way to get involved in theater in the area – and then she found the Paper Mill Playhouse.

Touhey applied to be part of the Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory at Paper Mill, and got in.

“I found out that I was accepted on my ...

Construction Begins on Unity Bank Branch in Somerville

July 20, 2016

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Unity Bank has broken ground on its new Somerville branch, which is scheduled to open in the fall at the corner of Mountain Avenue and West End Avenue.

The location is at a key intersection in the borough, across from the Somerville Public Library on West End Avenue. A Fulton Bank branch is across the street on Mountain Avenue, with the Somerville Senior Citizen Building ...

Residents Concerned Lights Will be Visible, too Many Trees Gone With Wawa Application

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents said they do not want the developer to cut too many of the buffer trees near Charlotte Drive, and they want to make sure lights are turned off at night, during the most recent planning board hearing regarding an application for a Wawa and other retail on Route 202, across from the Bridgewater Town Centre and next to Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The application was ...

Council Approves Green Knoll Grill Liquor License, Denies Singling Business Out for Reprimand Due to Increased Police Calls

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Amid accusations of being singled out as a business for increased police activity, the Bridgewater Township Council approved a renewed liquor license for the Green Knoll Grill – but cautioned that they will be keeping a watch on the number of calls to police made from the bar.

The council had initially only renewed the license until the end of July, pending a hearing ...

New BRRSD Superintendent's Tenure Begins

July 1, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - He emphasizes that he wants to be part of the community for the foreseeable future – and newly appointed superintendent of schools Russell Lazovick knows that stability is something the residents in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District are looking for.

“I am excited to get going, and I’m not coming in with any preconceived notions,” he ...

Stalemate Continues Over 23-Cent Gas Tax Increase; Ciattarelli Critical of Latest Proposal

July 27, 2016

TRENTON, NJ — The stalemate between Gov. Chris Christie and state legislators over the beleaguered Transportation Trust Fund continues as the latest compromise proposal cobbled together by lawmakers was rejected by Christie on Monday.

The latest plan would increase the state’s gas tax 23 cents per gallon; in return, residents would receive a series of tax cuts/breaks ...

Bridgewater Township Approves Annual Salaries for 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council approved its annual salary ordinance with a 2 percent increase for department heads, and no increase for mayor and council salaries.

The salaries are as follows:

Mayor – $15,000
Township Council President - $8,000
Township Council - $7,000
Township Clerk - $97,858.80
Director of Administration - $159,117.96
Director of ...

Raritan Gives Initial Approval for $625K Capital Budget

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council gave its first approval for the go-ahead on a $625,200 capital budget that includes roads improvements, weapons purchases and more.

Mayor Charles McMullin said, with regard to road improvements, they are looking at about $450,000 in work to be done.

“Don’t we normally go between $300,000 and $400,000 a year?” he asked.

Borough ...

Somerset Man Taken to Hospital After Crash at Route 22 and Country Club Road

July 20, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Somerset man was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick after his dirt bike struck a car on Route 22 early Wednesday morning.

According to a report from police, at about 4:22 a.m., Shaun Howard, 20, was driving his green Kawasaki KX250F dirt bike east on Route 22 at the intersection of Country Club Road when he hit the driver's side of a 2013 ...

New York Woman Arrested for Prostitution at Raritan Massage Parlor

RARITAN, NJ - A Flushing, N.Y. woman was arrested Wednesday following the investigation of a massage parlor in Raritan for prostitution.

Meiyue Piao, 52, was charged with prostitution after an investigation at the Healing Hands Massage Parlor on Thompson Street.

According to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office ...

Raritan Resident Gets Two-Year Prison Term for Child Porn

TRENTON, N.J. – A Raritan man who taught music in the Readington Township school district was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in prison for having images of child sexual abuse on his computer, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced in a press release.

Cliff Ramsay, 31, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to one count of possession of child pornography.

JCC Tide Swim Team Holding Tryouts

July 21, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Tide Swim Team at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center will be holding tryouts for the 2016 fall/winter short course season.

The tryouts for swimmers ages 6 to 18 will be held July 24 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the JCC, on Talamini Road.

The season will begin in mid-September.

The Tide team is a year-round competitive swim team affiliated with ...

BRHS Fall Sports Registration Opening at End of July

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School’s athletic department fall sports online registration through FormReLeaf will open July 27 at 9 a.m.

The registration process, according to the district, includes a permission to participate; an emergency medical information form; and NJSIAA Concussion, Sports Related Eye Injuries, Steroid and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness ...

Devil Dogs Take 2016 Basilone Bowl Win

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – The 4th Annual Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone Bowl was an exciting one to see at Somerville High School’s Brooks Field June 30, with the Devil Dogs taking the win.

The charity game presented by the U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Station of New Jersey and the Somerset County Football Coaches Association benefited the Basilone Memorial Foundation. And those in ...

Central Jersey Group Attends Gun Violence ‘Speak Out’ In Washington D.C.

July 15, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I know first-hand about gun violence and the lasting impact it can have on a family, community, and even a nation,” Trenton resident Regina Thompson-Jenkins said to a crowd of several thousand people gathered on the western lawn of the U.S. Capitol Thursday evening to “Speak Out” against gun violence.

Jenkins was one of around 60 people from ...

Operation Shoebox New Jersey Hosts DoubleHeader at TD Bank Ballpark July 30 & 31 – Help Assemble Care Packages and Bid on Sports Memorabilia at a Live Auction

July 29, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Operation Shoebox New Jersey will host a packing event and sports memorabilia auction at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31.

Saturday’s packing will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday’s auction will begin at the conclusion of the 5:05 p.m. game against the Bridgeport Bluefish.

Members of the Somerset Patriots team, ...

Home for Temporarily Displaced Children Raises Money in Annual Gala

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children, with its base in Bridgewater, hosted its 2nd Annual Spark! Gala: A Hopeful Future for Youth in Florham Park.

The event, according to a release, raised more than $60,000 to assist abused, neglected, homeless and runaway youth in New Jersey.

Since 1970, the release said, the event has helped more than 8,000 ...

Jack’s Kids Benefit from 24th Annual Softball Tournament Sponsored by Somerville Elks Club

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Softball players from 54 teams will fan out across Somerset County July 9 to play ball for a cause in the 24th annual Jack Gardner Softball Tournament.

Jack’s Kids will be the beneficiaries of the day’s events, which culminates with an afternoon party and awards’ ceremony at the Somerville Elks Lodge #1068, 375 Union Ave., ...

Raritan Resident Gets Two-Year Prison Term for Child Porn

July 6, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. – A Raritan man who taught music in the Readington Township school district was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in prison for having images of child sexual abuse on his computer, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced in a press release.

Cliff Ramsay, 31, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to one count of possession of child pornography.

Somerville Planning Board Approves Plans for 5-Story Apartment Building on Davenport Street

July 16, 2016

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough Planning Board approved plans Tuesday night for a five-story apartment building that will be built on the present site of the one-story building where the Social Security office is now located on Davenport Street.

Developer Robert Weiss scaled back his original proposal which had met with opposition from merchants and residents concerned that the new ...

Bridgewater BSA Troop 88 Honors Four New Eagle Scouts

July 6, 2016

PLUCKEMIN, NJ - Boy Scout Troop 88, in Bridgewater, is honored to announce that Kyle J. DeGraw, Sunny Aggarwal, David C. Hayward and Jack Pollard have recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest level in scouting.

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held May 20 at the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church in Pluckemin. At the ceremony, the Township of Bridgewater presented each ...

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Funding pensions: Spending cuts, not another penny from taxpayers!

July 25, 2016

To the Editor:

It’s only fair that the State of New Jersey keep its promises to tens of thousands of retirees regarding their pension payments.

So it was no surprise when the respected Monmouth University Polling Institute recently conducted a survey that found more than 70 percent of New Jersey voters would support a proposed constitutional amendment, advanced by Trenton Democrats, ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, July 30, 7:00 AM

Zarephath Children's Ministry Center, Somerset

ZTrek 2016 Charity Bike Ride

Sports

Sat, July 30, 1:00 PM

Bridgewater Township Library, Bridgewater

Retro Game Day

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, July 30, 5:00 PM

Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, West Orange

West Orange Hispanic Foundation Inaugural Party

Arts & Entertainment

Bridgewater Police Investigating Two Overnight Car Burglaries Where Nothing Stolen

July 15, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are investigating reports of two vehicle burglaries in the overnight hours of July 7, during which nothing was stolen.

A resident on Berwick Avenue reported a vehicle burglary, when two unlocked vehicles, both parked in her driveway, were broken into, but nothing was taken.

A resident on Duval Street also reported a burglary of an unlocked ...

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Somerville Planning Board Approves Plans for 5-Story Apartment Building on Davenport Street

July 16, 2016

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough Planning Board approved plans Tuesday night for a five-story apartment building that will be built on the present site of the one-story building where the Social Security office is now located on Davenport Street.

Developer Robert Weiss scaled back his original proposal which had met with opposition from merchants and residents concerned that the new ...

Anti-Cop Rhetoric and the Dallas Police Assassinations

July 10, 2016

The assassination of five Dallas law enforcement officers should shock and disgust us all.  No society can be safe, no rights can be assured and no justice can be found in any place where police officers are intentionally targeted for murder.  

Sadly, this vicious attack comes on the heels of yet another viral video of a police shooting.  Despite that fact that they have no ...

Christie Orders Halt to All State-Funded Construction Projects; 23-Cent Gas Tax Increase Uncertain

July 5, 2016

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Chris Christie has shut down state-funded highway construction projects effective Saturday, July 2 after the state Senate balked at an Assembly plan backed by Christie that would have increased the state’s gasoline tax by 23-cents per gallon, money that would used to replenish the state’s battered Transportation Trust Fund.

Without a new source of revenue, ...