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Schools Rate Higher in Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying Prevention Practices

August 26, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The district has improved its rating for its annual harassment, intimidation and bullying self assessment, according to Alan Iachini, the district’s anti-bullying coordinator.

Iachini gave his annual report to the board of education Tuesday about each school’s assessment of its reporting of HIB incidents and year-long work to prevent such incidents.

The ...

Bernie Sanders Endorses Democrat Peter Jacob’s Bid to Represent New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District

BURLINGTON, VT. - Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has endorsed Democrat challenger Peter Jacob who hopes to unseat Republican incumbent Leonard Lance in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, which includes Somerville and several other Somerset County municipalities.

Jacob and 60 other liberal Democrat candidates running for local, state and Congressional office in November’s ...

UPDATE: Two Pedestrians Killed in Early Thursday Morning Crash

Editor's Note: An update has been added to the article because the names of the pedestrians and the driver of the car have been released.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two pedestrians were killed early Thursday morning after they were struck by a vehicle on Route 22 West in Bridgewater, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police.

According to police, a 2004 Toyota Sienna, driven by Xu ...

BRHS Ranked No. 67 in State by NJ Monthly Magazine

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Fresh on the heels of its ranking with Newsweek, Bridgewater-Raritan High School has been named the No. 67 school in the state, according to NJ Monthly magazine.

The rankings are based entirely on data reported by the schools to the state Department of Education, according to NJ Monthly.

“The recognition is quite an accomplishment for all us, in all of our ...

Somerset County 4-H Returns to Bridgewater With Animals, Trains and More

August 15, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H Fair returned to North Branch Park in Bridgewater last week, showing off its many clubs, animals and much more.

The fair featured a dog show, cows, sheep, goats and alpacas, plus robotics, trains, go-karts and much more during the three-day event.

Theater Project Jr presents Grease at Rahway’s Hamilton Stage, August 19-21

RAHWAY, NJ - Twenty New Jersey young people will present the musical GREASE, this year’s presentation by THEATER PROJECT JR. Each summer, the program takes students (ages 8 & up) through an eight-week course that culminates in four performances for friends, family and the community. Along the way, students learn acting, build confidence in themselves, make friends and have a wonderful ...

It's Time for the IX Annual Hillsborough Rotary Fair

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Laboring under a blazing sun, oppressive humidity and intense heat, work crews are busy assembling rides, running power lines and unloading equipment in preparation for the Ninth Annual Hillsborough Rotary Fair, scheduled for six nights beginning Tuesday, Aug. 16th through Sunday, Aug. 21st.

The fair will will feature a 20-minute fireworks show on Friday ...

Residents Concerned About Too Few Trees, Too Much Traffic in Wawa Application

August 23, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Increased traffic impeding Charlotte Drive residents and a tree buffer were the highlight of concerns during a planning board meeting Aug. 22 with a continued application for a Wawa and four other retail buildings next to Fisher Scientific on Route 202.

The site of the proposal is bordered by Thermo Fisher Scientific, on Route 202, and is in a newly rezoned commercial ...

Residents Start Petition Opposing Proposed Wawa, Retail on Route 202

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents have put out a petition opposing a proposed 24-hour Wawa and gas station, among other development, at Route 202 and Fisher Place.

The site of the proposal is bordered by Thermo Fisher Scientific, on Route 202, and is in a newly rezoned commercial property. It is a total of 13.68 acres, and currently has 10 residential homes, including a group home.

As for the ...

Edison Heating and Cooling –  Where 100-Percent Customer Satisfaction is the Goal

EDISON, NJ - Established in 1987, Edison Heating and Cooling began as a one-man operation run out of the basement of Michael Iarrapino’s childhood home. At the time, Iarrapino assisted customers from his hometown of Edison and the surrounding communities but as business grew, Edison Heating and Cooling moved into larger facilities throughout South Plainfield and, in May 2015, settled into ...

Schools Rate Higher in Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying Prevention Practices

August 26, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The district has improved its rating for its annual harassment, intimidation and bullying self assessment, according to Alan Iachini, the district’s anti-bullying coordinator.

Iachini gave his annual report to the board of education Tuesday about each school’s assessment of its reporting of HIB incidents and year-long work to prevent such incidents.

The ...

BRHS Ranked No. 67 in State by NJ Monthly Magazine

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Fresh on the heels of its ranking with Newsweek, Bridgewater-Raritan High School has been named the No. 67 school in the state, according to NJ Monthly magazine.

The rankings are based entirely on data reported by the schools to the state Department of Education, according to NJ Monthly.

“The recognition is quite an accomplishment for all us, in all of our ...

BRHS Ranks 108 in the U.S.A. by Newsweek

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School was ranked the 108th best high school in the United States in Newsweek’s annual survey.

According to the district website, this puts the high school in the top half of the top 1 percent of high schools in the country, and the school is up eight spots from the 2015 survey.

Newsweek ranks schools in the country based on college ...

Somerset County Planning Widening of Washington Valley Road in Bridgewater

August 19, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County is planning a widening of Washington Valley Road, from Chimney Rock Road to 700 feet east of Eastbrook Road, in Bridgewater.

Representatives from the county presented the plan to residents at the Martinsville Community Center Aug. 16.

The project was first presented in 2014 with a public information meeting, and is expected to move forward in ...

Somerset County Seeks Public Input on Housing Trends Report

SOMERVILLE- NJ - Somerset County residents are invid to review and comment on a draft “Housing Trends Assessment Report” prepared by the Somerset County Planning Board. The report is available on the county website at http://bit.ly/16Housing

This work was undertaken as a first step toward updating the 1987 housing element of the Somerset County Master Plan.

The housing ...

Bridgewater Township Continues Roadwork on Meadow Road, Van Holten and More

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Construction projects are continuing on roads throughout Bridgewater, as the township council approved several new contracts with companies for roadwork.

The council approved a resolution for a contract with JTG Construction Inc. for the Church Road Improvement Project, from a point 450 feet east of Easton Turnpike to Meadow Road. The contract is for $198,996, funded through ...

UPDATE: Two Pedestrians Killed in Early Thursday Morning Crash

August 25, 2016

Editor's Note: An update has been added to the article because the names of the pedestrians and the driver of the car have been released.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two pedestrians were killed early Thursday morning after they were struck by a vehicle on Route 22 West in Bridgewater, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police.

According to police, a 2004 Toyota Sienna, driven by Xu ...

Bridgewater Township Police Swear in Four New Officers

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department held a special ceremony Wednesday to swear in four new officers to the department.

Bridgewater Township Police Chief Manuel Caravela said they had 300 applicants taking part in a written test as the department was looking to fill open spots. He said they took the top 100 to the physical test and the top 30 to the oral ...

Bridgewater Man Arrested in July Armed Carjacking

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater resident has been arrested and extradited in connection with a carjacking in a corporate parking deck in Bridgewater on July 18.

Cody Masiello, 18, was extradited and lodged in the Somerset County Jail with bail to be set.

According to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, on July 18, Bridgewater Township Police received a 911 call about a ...

Local Lacrosse Player Shines In Brine Classic

August 11, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Heather Stires, daughter of Craig and Amy Stires and a rising sophomore at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, was recently named as a 2016 Brine National All-American and was selected to represent New Jersey at the 2016 Brine National Lacrosse Classic held in Richmond, Virginia, July 19 through July 22, 2016. 

The New Jersey Team ...

Bernie Sanders Endorses Democrat Peter Jacob’s Bid to Represent New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District

August 26, 2016

BURLINGTON, VT. - Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has endorsed Democrat challenger Peter Jacob who hopes to unseat Republican incumbent Leonard Lance in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, which includes Somerville and several other Somerset County municipalities.

Jacob and 60 other liberal Democrat candidates running for local, state and Congressional office in November’s ...

Ciattarelli Continues to Build Support for Expected GOP Gubernatorial Campaign

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Dinner guests expecting Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16th) to formally announce his candidacy for governor at Wednesday night’s  “Evening Summer Social” dinner at Royce Brook Country Club will have to be patient.

Ciattarelli did tell the 150 guests he would formally announce his decision in the next 4-6 weeks, which is consistent with what ...

Ciattarelli Expected to Launch GOP Gubernatorial Campaign in September; Speculation Shifts to Possible Successors

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - It’s the worst-kept secret in New Jersey political circles.

Jack Ciattarelli wants to be the next governor of New Jersey.

The Somerset County assemblyman continues to travel the state, lining up support for an expected run at the Republican nomination.

Tuesday night, he confirmed that he will announce a decision the second half of September.

“It’s ...

Operation Shoebox New Jersey Volunteers Assemble 1,200 Personal Care Packages for US Troops Deployed Overseas

August 1, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - More than 400 volunteers persevered on a hot and humid summer day to help Operation Shoebox New Jersey assemble 1,200 personal care packages that will be shipped to United States military personnel deployed around the world.

The Somerset Patriots hosted Saturday’s event at TD Bank Ballpark. Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle, a fixture at the ballpark packing each year, ...

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, ...

Somerset County Seeks Public Input on Housing Trends Report

August 18, 2016

SOMERVILLE- NJ - Somerset County residents are invid to review and comment on a draft “Housing Trends Assessment Report” prepared by the Somerset County Planning Board. The report is available on the county website at http://bit.ly/16Housing

This work was undertaken as a first step toward updating the 1987 housing element of the Somerset County Master Plan.

The housing ...

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Resident: We Need to Question Experts About 220-Unit Planned Development in Finderne

August 8, 2016

Dear Bridgewater Neighbors and Residents,

Please attend the planning board meeting this Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. On the agenda is the preliminary and final site plan approvals for the 220 high density rental units to be built by Eden Woods. This proposed development is on the former Weyerhauser site. The entrance to this site is a private road off of Main Street between the ...

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Bridgewater Police Investigating Report that Car Hit With Eggs

August 22, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are investigating a report of criminal mischief to a vehicle parked on Farmer Road in the overnight hours of Aug. 9.

According to police, the vehicle owner reported that the driver side taillight was broken and the vehicle had been struck with several raw eggs.

Police reported several other arrests and more through the beginning of ...

Church Holding Community Trunk or Treat

August 27, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - On Oct. 30, Bridgewater United Methodist Church will host a Trunk or Treat for the community. 

The event will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and will take place in the church parking lot.  There will be lots of trick or treating, as well as snacks and drinks. 

Come in your costume and bring your friends.

If you're interested in ...

Manville Substitute Teacher Arrested for Criminal Sexual Contact with Student, 16

August 11, 2016

MANVILLE, NJ –  A 23-year-old substitute teacher in Manville faces criminal charges for engaging in sexual contact with a 16-year-old student, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Nicholas Kita, of North 10th Avenue, Manville, was arrested yesterday and charged with  3rd Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and 4th Degree Criminal ...

Ionesco’s ‘Exit the King’ Makes for Powerful Drama at New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – There’s dying and then there’s dying in long, drawn-out agony. Well, if you’ve been king for 400 years, you won’t disappear quietly. No doubt King Berenger thinks he’s immortal and, like many of us today, lingers long after he’s of any use to himself or others.

The king on "Exit The King" is ravenously alive early on, still ...

Atherosclerotic Mummies

Atherosclerosis, the build up of plaque in an artery, such as a heart artery, is derived from the Greek αθηρα (athera) or “gruel” and σκληρωσις (sclerosis) which means “hardening”. Plaque build-up occurs in areas of damage to the inner lining of the wall of the artery and consists of ...