​SCVTHS Students and Staff Receive Recognition at United Nations Event

May 13, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - On April 6, five students from the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences and one instructor at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) received awards, while attending the 2018 Committee of Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) Conference entitled, “Stepping Up to Protect the World’s Children” at the United Nations ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Education Foundation Raises Money Through Second Annual Taste of Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Education Foundation of Bridgewater-Raritan held it's second annual "Toast of BR" event May 7, sponsored by Roman Jewelers of Bridgewater. 

Roughly 75 of the Education Foundation’s biggest supporters were invited and treated to an elegant evening of thanks. 

Roman Jewelers was closed to the public at around 5 p.m. that evening so the ...

Lazovick: See Something Suspicious, Say Something to Appropriate Authorities, Not Social Media

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Superintendent Russell Lazovick encouraged residents to continue to “See Something, Say Something,” in response to social media concerns and discussions regarding a drawing that was found in the boys bathroom at Bridgewater-Raritan High School last week.

The district and police were investigating a report May 3 of a drawing of an AK-47 and the word ...

Bridgewater Council Mulling Possibility of Forming Town Historical Society

May 17, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township’s desire for historical preservation may get a boost in the near future.

Councilman Filipe Pedroso broached the subject at the governing body’s May 7 gathering, with a though of potentially creating a town historical society.

“It’s about preserving Bridgewater’s history,” he said.

Pedroso said he has long sought ...

Divided Council Votes in Favor of Allowing Solid Privacy Fencing in Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The issue of solid privacy fencing in Bridgewater Township appears to have been solved, as the council voted by a 3-2 count following a public hearing May 7 to allow permissible residential fencing in the municipality.

The new ordinance amends an existing land-use ordinance – one specifically targeted for swimming pools and fences – while creating a new ...

Bridgewater Approves Bonds for Roadwork on 23 Township Roads

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township’s ambitious road improvement schedule will continue in 2018, as the township council introduced a bond ordinance May 7 meeting for $5,682,925 worth of various improvements in and by the township. 

The ordinance, which will have its public hearing at the May 21 meeting, also authorizes the issuance of $5,398,779 of bonds or notes for financing ...

Bridgewater Man Arrested for 2016 Arson Incident, According to County Prosecutor

May 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater man was arrested and charged with aggravated arson, stemming from an incident in January 2016, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.

Mason A. Pagnotta, 21, of Brown Road, was charged with two counts of second degree aggravated arson in his arrest May 10.

According to Robertson, on Jan. 18, 2016, at about 3:45 a.m., three vehicles parked ...

Raritan Police Has Rescheduled Neighborhood Watch Kickoff Meeting

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Police Department has set a new date for the kickoff meeting for its Neighborhood Watch Program.

Residents who are interested in learning more about the program are invited to the meeting May 24 at 7 p.m. in the Raritan Council Chambers, on First Street.

Anyone with questions should contact Officer Damien Chromowsky at 908-725-6700, ext. 41, or ...

Police Officers Ride Through Bridgewater as Part of Annual Police Unity Tour

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With calls of "Thank You" and "Be Safe," hundreds of current and retired police officers rode down Route 202/206 in Bridgewater Wednesday afternoon during the first leg of the 22nd annual Police Unity Tour.

The four-day tour sees police officers riding their bicycles to Washington D.C. to pay tribute to slain officers and the families they left behind. The ...

Girls Lacrosse: Bridgewater-Raritan Overwhelms Watchung Hills, 20-7

May 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Tai Jankowski scored six goals and assisted on two to lead Bridgewater-Raritan to a 20-7 girls lacrosse victory over Watchung Hills in the opening round of the Section 2, Group 4 state tournament on Thursday.

Sadie Herman scored three goals for BRHS (15-4), which led, 11-4, at the half. CJ Amster finished with two goals and three assists, and Lizzy Escudero, Julieann Murphy ...

Boys Lacrosse: Bridgewater-Raritan Wipes Out Columbia, 13-1

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Dan MacKinney scored three goals and assisted on one to lead Bridgewater-Raritan to a 13-1 boys lacrosse victory over Columbia in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Group 4 state tournament on Wednesday.

Jake Goldstein and Ryan Cernuto each had two goals and one assist, and Chase Waddington also scored two goals for BRHS (12-5), which led, 5-1, at halftime and then ...

Boys Lacrosse: Bridgewater-Raritan Beats Watchung Hills for Somerset County Title

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Riley Moore scored with 1.8 seconds left in overtime to give Bridgewater-Raritan a 5-4 boys lacrosse victory over Watchung Hills for the championship of the Somerset County Tournament Saturday at the Torpey Complex.

It was the fourth county title in a row for the Panthers.

Jordan Orloff made seven saves for second-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan (10-6), which held top-seeded ...

22 West Tap & Grill Gets Approval for Restaurant, Parking Expansion

May 15, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater planning board has granted approval to 22 West Tap & Grill, on Thompson Street and Route 22, for an expanded parking area and indoor/outdoor dining.

According to attorney for the applicant Jeff Lehrer, the owner of 22 West has purchased the adjoining property, containing a dilapidated house that has received at least one notice from the township of ...

Char Burger and Creamery Coming to Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater planning board has approved an application for the opening of Char Burger and Creamery in the location of the former TD Bank, on Milltown Road.

The plan, which was approved May 8, is to convert the building to a restaurant, with outdoor and indoor seating, as well as a children’s play area.

The business is owned by Mateo Ingrao, who owns Char ...

Hillside Intermediate Holds Annual Color Run

May 15, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Hillside Intermediate School held its annual color run Saturday, as runners raced around the school and were doused with color in the process.

The event is a run/walk 1-mile loop around the school. The more loops people made around the school, the more color they got hit with.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

Travels Hero Spotlight - 70-Year-Old Grandfather Completes 1,500-Mile Bicycle Ride from Key West to Morristown

May 20, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ – You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream and 70-year-old Morris Township resident Paul Kiczek proved that as he completed a 1,500-mile bike ride from Key West, FL to his hometown. He was joined by his family at the end of the final leg of his month-long trek and was even joined for the last quarter-mile by his five grandchildren in which he says ...

Air Travel is Delayed at all Area Airports Today May 16 - How to check your flights?

Today, (Wednesday -  May 16) the FAA is reporting for New York’s LaGuardia, Philadelphia, and Newark Liberty airports the following:

Due to WEATHER / LOW CEILINGS, departure traffic destined to La Guardia Airport, New York, NY (LGA) is currently experiencing delays averaging 52 minutes. 
Due to WEATHER / LOW CEILINGS, there is a Traffic ...

Local Event Travel Idea - The 15th Annual Tour de Elizabeth Comes to Elizabeth this Sunday

ELIZABETH, NJ - Cyclists of every skill level are readying their bicycles in anticipation as the 15th annual Tour de Elizabeth that will roll through the city Sunday. 

This year’s ride, which is titled “Destination Elizabeth,” will begin and end at City Hall, is a family-friendly, 15-mile recreational tour of the City of Elizabeth’s historic ...

Food to Travel For - Two Jersey Shore Dining Hot Spots in National Limelight for Specialty Eats

BELMAR, NJ — Two Belmar specialty eateries have made the national food-hopping map. Coney Waffle Ice Cream and Sweet Shop on Ocean Avenue and Hoagitos in Belmar Plaza are featured this month on television shows touting what makes them stand out from the rest.

The over-the-top ice cream creations of Coney Waffle are in the spotlight in Viceland’s “The Ice Cream Show” in ...

Bon Jovi’s Opening Band Sent Travels a Message Last Night - Talk About a TEMPT-ation

Travels did not get to see Bon Jovi the second night of the Madison Square Gardens set. However, their opening band was kind enough to send us a statement.  That is a nice consolation!

“This House is not for Sale” tour is special in that Bon Jovi brought on local talent to headline for them in each city.  TEMPT was one of the bands selected and they opened for Bon ...

NJ Travel Idea - Shores of Africa Penguin Exhibit Opens at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ - African penguins have officially joined the giraffes, lions and hyenas in the African Adventure at the Turtle Back Zoo, bringing all of the zoo’s animals from the largest continent into the same area.

Local dignitaries joined Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. in opening the new Shores of Africa Penguin Exhibit on Friday afternoon.

"Our penguins ...

Bridgewater Holds Annual Eco-Blast Fair

May 8, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township held its annual Eco-Blast Fair May 5, with environmentally friendly organizations displaying their work alongside the township's annual Taste of Bridgewater event.

The event included interactive environmental and sustainable displays, sustainable workshops, vendor exhibits, live music, environmental “child-friendly” craft projects and the ...

Bridgewater Holds Annual Eco-Blast Fair

May 8, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township held its annual Eco-Blast Fair May 5, with environmentally friendly organizations displaying their work alongside the township's annual Taste of Bridgewater event.

The event included interactive environmental and sustainable displays, sustainable workshops, vendor exhibits, live music, environmental “child-friendly” craft projects and the ...

BRHS Students Holding Bone Marrow, Blood Drive During School Lunches

May 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Students from the Bridgewater-Raritan High School Red Cross Club, along with the National Honor Society students, are joining forces with sophomore Shreya Nuli May 21 for a blood and bone marrow drive.  

Nuli, a sophomore at the high school, started running bone marrow drives at the Bridgewater Township Library one Sunday a month. She has been ...

Five Rutgers students bike to Florida to help homeless, abused youths

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Six days after receiving his degree from Rutgers University, Alexander Lopez-Perez on Saturday will be on the move, starting a bicycle trip to Florida.

But it is not the typical post-graduation trip one would expect.

Lopez-Perez and four other university students are launching a fundraising effort to help homeless youths.

“This is very important; the cause ...

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Vauxhall Man Arrested for DWI, According to Bridgewater Police Report

May 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Vauxhall man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after being stopped on Route 22 West May 11, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

James Scott, 37, was charged after being stopped for a motor vehicle violation.

Scott was issued motor vehicle summonses for driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to chemical testing of his breath, reckless ...

Jacobus Vanderveer House Designated A Blue Star Museum

May 20, 2018

BEDMINSTER, NJ - Bedminster’s historic Jacbous Vanderveer House & Museum has been designated a Blue Star Museum, one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum is one of 24 Blue Star Museums in New ...

Lord Stirling Theater Company To Perform Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ at Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge June 1-10

May 20, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Lord Stirling Theater Company will perform William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice,” in the English Barn Theater at the Farmstead Arts Center, in Basking Ridge.

“Othello” will open on June 1, at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances June 2 at 7:30 p.m., June 3 at 2 p.m., June 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

'The Sting' with Harry Connick Jr. Slithers and Shakes at Paper Mill

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and Chicago.  Scott Joplin’s music is intertwined with the show, especially “The ...

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$300 Million Fraud Accusation - NJ Resident, Parmjit "Paul" Parmar, 48, Former CEO of a Healthcare Services Company

May 17, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – The former CEO, CFO and an executive director of a publicly traded health care services company were charged today with allegedly orchestrating a widespread scheme to defraud investors and others out of hundreds of millions of dollars in connection with a merger transaction designed to convert the company into a private entity, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and Acting ...