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Board of Education Green-lights Budget Option to Use Over $800K in Banked Cap for 2017-2018

March 1, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The board of education has given the administration the green light to move forward with budget option number three for the 2017-2018 school year, which utilizes all the banked cap money from the 2014-2015 school year, and some of the money from the 2015-2016 school year.

Every year, the district approves a banked cap which, by state law, allows a district that has not ...

BRRSD Asking Community Members to Participate in Strategic Planning Survey

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is looking for feedback on a new strategic plan.

The district is currently constructing its new strategic plan and feedback from the community at large is critical to the work.

The administration is asking members of the community to provide their thoughts and experiences through a Survey for Strategic Planning. The survey ...

BOE Discusses Resolution on Diversity – But Some Say a Statement Might Be Too Political

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The board of education discussed a resolution approved by another local board regarding diversity in the district – but several members expressed the view that following suit would be more political than a board of education should be.

The resolution was approved in Piscataway, and recognizes that the district is committed to providing an education to all ...

Bridgewater Township Prepping Purchase of 100-Acre Camp Cromwell

February 28, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With the culmination of more than a year of negotiations, the township has introduced an ordinance to approve the purchase of Camp Cromwell, currently owned by The Boys Club of New York.

The property is 100.42 acres of open space and recreation on Vosseller Avenue, near the intersection with Gilbride Road, on the north slope of the First Watchung Ridge.

The Boys Club ...

Bridgewater Township Approves Resolutions for Sewer Work, Grant Application

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council approved a number of resolutions for purchases of police vehicles and more.

The council approved a resolution to execute an agreement with Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council to become a member for an annual fee of $1,250 from Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2021. Township administrator James Naples said this group is most ...

Lance Responds to Questions on Trump, Russia, Impeachment, Environment at Town Hall

BRANCHBURG, NJ – There was so much interest in Rep. Leonard Lance’s Town Hall yesterday that a second one has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday.

Lance said Raritan Valley Community College’s Nash Theater was chosen for each event because it’s the largest venue in his district. Saturday’s Town hall will be Lance’s 42nd such meeting since being elected to ...

Suspected Drug Dealer Busted in Bridgewater, Police Recover $46K in Heroin, Methamphetamine

February 27, 2017

SOMERVLLE, NJ – A Bridgewater woman was arrested on charges for drug dealing after police found $46,000 in heroin and methamphetamine in her residence, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Gladys Gulle, 29, of Sycamore Avenue, was charged with first degree possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and second degree possession of heroin ...

Bridgewater Police Seeking Help in Identifying Suspect in Credit Card Theft

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are asking the public for assistance in identifying a suspect regarding the theft and fraudulent use of credit cards.

According to a report, a female was pictured in a photo Feb. 17 at the 7-11 on Promenade Boulevard at about 4:30 a.m. Police are looking for her in connection to credit card theft.

Anyone who can identify the female, pictured ...

Raritan Promotes Police Officers, Swears in New Officer

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough Council approved a number of police promotions at Tuesday’s meeting, and swore in one new officer.

Promoted to lieutenant was Craig Monda, who has served for 16 years with the Raritan Borough Police Department. Monda graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in 1997, and was hired by Raritan in 2001.

Prior to coming to Raritan, Monda started his ...

BRHS Girls Basketball Defeats Linden in First Round of NJSIAA Tournament

February 28, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School girls basketball team defeated Linden, 63-25, Monday in the first round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 4 tournament.

Bridgewater-Raritan's Keiko Fox scored 15 points with two 3-pointers, while Katie Kowal and Olivia Ortelli scored 12 points each.

Bridgewater-Raritan took an early lead in the first quarter, and, by halftime, was ...

BRHS Boys Basketball Wins First Round of NJSIAA Tournament

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys basketball team defeated Phillipsburg, 69-60, Monday to win the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2 Group 4 tournament.

Bridgewater-Raritan's Sterling White scored 18 points, with three 3-pointers in the game, while Tony Colarusso scored 16 points, with his own three 3-pointers.

In addition, ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Girls Varsity Swimming Takes Second in a Row Public A Final Title

EWING, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School girls swimming team capped off an undefeated season Sunday with a second straight Public A championship win in the NJSIAA/Parisi Speed School Public A final.

The team defeated Morristown, 112-58, at The College of New Jersey.

Three years ago, the team finished with a losing record after losing five straight meets, then, the following ...

Bridgewater Marble Signs Lease Renewal for Chimney Rock Road Location

February 25, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Denholtz Associates, has signed a lease renewal with Bridgewater Marble for 50,282 square feet of space at 3W Chimney Rock Road in Bound Brook and 1W Chimney Rock Road in Bridgewater, according to a release.

Bridgewater Marble has been leasing the space in the Bridgewater Business Park since 1999, and it has become one of the leading custom stone fabricators in the ...

BRHS Choirs Take the Stage in Broadway Night

February 24, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School choirs held their annual Broadway Night event Feb. 22 and Feb. 23, with singers channeling Broadway stars new and old.

Songs featured included "All I Care About is Love" from "Chicago," "And I am Telling You" from "Dreamgirls," "Tango Maureen" from "Rent" and a Sondheim Medley from ...

BRHS Graduate Wins Director’s Guild Documentary Award

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - It has become a worldwide debate and hot topic with the changing of the guard in the presidency, and one former Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduate is trying to bring the refugee issue a little bit closer to home. 

Daniella Hobbs, a 2013 BRHS graduate and current Ithaca College student, won the jury award from the Director’s Guild of America Student Film ...

BRHS Choir Presenting Annual Broadway Night

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School choir is holding its annual Broadway Night event.

The theme for the event this year is "Love in the City: featuring the music of 'West Side Story.'"

The show will be held Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and older. Kids under 11 years ...

Ciattarelli Calls Sanctuary City Legislation “Reckless and Irresponsible”

February 16, 2017

 SOMERVILLE, NJ – Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) slammed, as reckless and irresponsible, Democrat-sponsored legislation in Trenton that forces state taxpayers to financially support New Jersey cities that choose to defy federal law and, in so doing, encourage illegal immigration.
 
Ciattarelli, a frequent critic of Governor ...

Operation Shoebox New Jersey Commemorates 12th Anniversary, Invites Volunteers to Feb. 18 Packing Event

February 15, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Operation Shoebox New Jersey will commemorate its 12th anniversary at the VFW, 600 Washington Ave., Manville on Feb. 18 and invites all volunteers to help assemble care packages for shipment overseas to deployed US troops around the world.

The volunteer organization, based in Hillsborough and Somerville, expects to pack 1,200 or more care packages.

The event ...

Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Holds Jewish, Muslim Vigil to Raise Voices in Prayer

February 17, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With the political climate of today, and the concerns over threats of a Muslim registry and reports of hate crimes, one national group is looking to get communication going between all kinds of people - and the group held its first nationwide vigil, with one in Martinsville, Feb. 16.

The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom held 100 vigils across the country, including one at ...

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Zoned Sports Holds Annual Signing Day For Student Athletes

February 15, 2017

To the Editor:

Zoned Sports Academy, located in Bridgewater, hosted its 3rd annual Signing Day for all the graduating seniors heading on to play collegiate baseball and softball next fall. The goal for Zoned’s Signing Day is to give every student-athlete the opportunity to walk down the aisle and “sign.” Not everyone has an opportunity to sign a National Letter ...

Bridgewater Juvenile Arrested on Drug Charges at Quick Chex in Raritan, According to Raritan Police Report

February 22, 2017

RARITAN, NJ - A Bridgewater juvenile was arrested in the parking lot of Quick Chek, in Raritan, Feb. 21 on drug charges, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police.

The juvenile was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute following a narcotics investigation in the parking lot by the Raritan Criminal Investigation Division.

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Lance Statement on President Trump’s Joint Address to Congress

March 1, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after President Trump’s first Joint Address to Congress:

“The most important issue facing our Nation is job creation.  I am pleased President Trump spoke in detail about creating more American jobs and policies that will boost take-home pay and I stand ready to work on big ideas like tax ...

Robertson Sworn to 5-Year Term as Somerset County Prosecutor

February 27, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Surrounded by family, his peers, his mentors, members of the judiciary and the political elite of Somerset County, Michael H. Robertson was formally sworn in as Somerset County Prosecutor Feb. 23, promising to ramp up the war against drugs and to reach out to the community for help.

“I am committed to engaging in a dialogue with people from all over the county; I ...

‘Moon over Buffalo’ Makes for Slash-Dash Fun at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ – Once again, playwright Ken Ludwig is having a New Jersey moment. His fast-paced comedy "Moon Over Buffalo" from 1995 is receiving a rip roaring production by the Chatham Players.

The plot centers on a theatrical couple, George and Charlotte Hay, who spend most of their careers touring smaller cities throughout the area. So we hear references to Rochester and ...