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Bridgewater-Raritan Teachers Honored for Academic Achievements, Years of Service

December 6, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - More than four dozen Bridgewater-Raritan school district faculty and staff members were honored for their academic and longevity achievements at the Nov. 21 board of education meeting.

Teachers and staffers were honored for 25 years of service, acquisition of advanced degrees and tenure achievement.

“It’s incredible having so many staff members with so ...

BRHS Robotics Team 303 Holding Sensory Fair

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Robotics Team is welcoming children ages 5 to 12 to the first annual sensory fair Dec. 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the small cafeteria of the high school.

The fair is aimed at supporting local children with special needs, as well as people who may feel uncomfortable at public events. There will be booths with sensory-friendly activities, ...

Bridgewater Parents Express Concerns About Drug Abuse Among Students

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The specter of drug abuse, and the school district’s methods for combating it, was discussed by parents at the most recent meeting of the Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education.

Parents Holly Lange and Lisa Mantz spoke during the second public portion of that meeting, and asked what the Bridgewater-Raritan district is doing to not only eliminate drugs, but also to ...

Bridgewater Council Approves Resolutions for Police Purchases, More

November 29, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council’s ratification of a series of resolutions on Nov. 9 included making budget transfers, securing body armor for police officers and dealing with continuing road improvements. 

All resolutions passed unanimously by vote of the five council members.

The council first authorized budget transfers for fiscal year 2017 appropriations in ...

Bridgewater Township Holds Budget Hearings, Discusses Monetary Requests from Departments

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The 2018 budget picture for Bridgewater Township is being pieced together, with the deadline approaching.

Township Administrator James Naples held public hearings with town department heads Nov. 20. The 2018 municipal budget must be submitted to the Bridgewater Township Council early in the year.

Naples explained to each department manager that the state requires ...

Moench: Bridgewater Administration Will Hopefully Propose Budget That Keeps Taxes Low

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Councilman Matthew Moench made a statement regarding the township's public budget hearing Nov. 20, expressing concern that the meeting was held on a weekday afternoon instead of in the evening.

Below is his statement in full:

"This afternoon, in compliance with the New Jersey Local Budget Law, the administration summoned the township’s ...

Bridgewater Woman Suffers Multiple Injuries After Being Struck by Pickup Truck Thursday, Bridgewater Police Say

December 7, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater woman was taken to the hospital Thursday with multiple injuries after she was struck by a motor vehicle while running in the shoulder of Route 28, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

According to police, the crash occurred on Route 28 at the exit ramp from Route 22 East at about 2:28 p.m.

A 1995 Chevrolet C-15 pickup truck driven by ...

Raritan to Launch Street Smart Campaign to Educate on Pedestrian Safety

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough Council is planning to take part in a Street Smart Campaign from RideWise of Raritan Valley in an effort to reduce pedestrian-related crashes throughout the borough.

RideWise is an independent not-for-profit organization that educates businesses and community members on alternative transportation options in the county.

Asha Bailey, committee consultant ...

Raritan Police Searching for Suspect in Robbery at Stop & Shop

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough Police are investigating a report of a strong arm robbery at Stop & Shop in Raritan, Nov. 29, according to a report.

According to the report, an employee confronted a shoplifter outside the store, and the employee was thrown to the ground by the suspect.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact Det. Steven Bonczek at 908-725-6700, ext.

Bridgewater-Raritan Boys Soccer Lands 5 Players on All-Conference Team

December 11, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County champion Bridgewater-Raritan boys soccer team is represented with five players on the All-Skyland Conference Delaware Division team, which was announced last week.

Bridgewater-Raritan, which finished 17-0-4 with a share of the county tournament title and a victory in the Section 2, Group 4 championship game, was recognized by conference coaches with these ...

Former Bridgewater Coach Named to NJSIAA Hall of Fame

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - A former Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District staff member and official with the NJSIAA has been named one member of the 2017 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Gallagher Bollinger Inc. Hall of Fame class.

Dr. Sam Crosby was one of six chosen for the Hall of Fame class.

Crosby is a Somerville High School graduate who attended Rutgers ...

Four Bridgewater-Raritan Girls Soccer Players Get All-Conference First Team Honors

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County champion Bridgewater-Raritan girls soccer team has been honored with four players on the All-Skyland Conference Delaware Division first team.

Allison Lynch, Allison Lowrey, Cheyenna Cook and Melanie Lytle were selected as first-teamers for the Panthers, who finished the year with a 17-2 record, which included a 2-0 victory over Ridge in the Somerset County ...

BRHS Theatre Department Puts on Performance of 'Museum'

December 11, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Theatre Arts Department put on a performance of “Museum” for the 2017 fall play.

Performing in the play were Nathan Thiesse, Jacob Blumberg, Frankie Cruz, Melissa McClymont, Mikhita Gurukula, Ashley Velazquez, Aditi Sathe, Diana Scafuto, Jonathan Buonocore, Jenna Hope, Daniel Amorim, Chloe Dittloff, Emma DeMayo, David Mead, ...

Raritan Welcomes Santa Claus With Annual Party, Tree Lighting

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough held its annual celebration Sunday to welcome Santa Claus and celebrate the season at the municipal building.

The event included pictures with Santa, food, drink and a tree-lighting at the end of the day.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

Controlled Burn in Washington Valley Park Done to Reduce Fuel in Park, Park Commission Says

December 4, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and representatives for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recently performed a controlled burn on 128.5 acres of Washington Valley Park.

According to a release from the park commission, these controlled burns refer to the controlled application of fire by a team of fire experts under certain weather conditions to ...

Cut-A-Thon & Toy Drive Generates Donations for Cancer Research

December 10, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – On Dec. 2, cosmetology instructors Julie Francis and Paige Garruto, along with their students, held the yearly Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Cut-A-Thon & Toy Drive. 

“This year was the most successful Cut-A-Thon that we have held to date,” Francis said. “We are extremely proud of all of the students who ...

Patriots' Fans Trudge Through Snow to Donate Toys

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A steady stream of determined fans trudged through the snow outside TD Ballpark Saturday morning, carrying bags and boxes of donated toys inside to the Somerset Patriots gift shop where they were handed off to three US Marines in dress blue uniforms who were  collecting Toys for Tots.

The Marines were assisted by Santa, team mascot Sparkee and his namesake, manager ...

4-H'ers Donate Hog to Food Bank Network of Somerset County

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Local members of the Somerset County 4-H, including several from Bridgewater, donated two hogs to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.

In April, the 4-H’ers purchase pigs from Rutgers University that they are going to raise and display at the fair for their livestock project. There were extra pigs in the litter, according to a release, so Susie Norz, of Norz Hill ...

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Neshanic Station Man Arrested for DWI Following Crash, Bridgewater Police Say

December 8, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Neshanic Station man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after a motor vehicle crash on Route 22 East Nov. 29.

Bryan Bakunas, 41, was issued summonses for driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to chemical testing of his breath, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.

Bakunas was released pending a court ...

What, Where, and When to Recycle Items in Somerset County During December

November 30, 2017

BRIDGEWATER - Residents are urged to take advantage of the last First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event in 2017 on Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater 08807.  

First Saturday drop-off events enable busy residents to recycle tires; clean, dry textiles; and usual curbside items in one fell swoop.  They ...

Somerset County Commission on Status of Women Seeking Nominations for Outstanding Women

December 9, 2017

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominations for the 2018 Outstanding Women in Somerset County awards program, and nominations are due by Dec. 31.

"We have many women in Somerset County doing amazing things every day," freeholder Patricia Walsh, commission liaison, said in a release. "It is most appropriate that during ...

'An Act of God' takes a leap of faith at George Street

‘An Act of God’ takes leap of faith at George Street Playhouse

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – If anyone can portray God, it must be Kathleen Turner. Local theatre goers are fortunate indeed, to have the throaty, stage smart Turner in our midst.

Turner, of course, is not only an acclaimed actress, but a female God with plenty to say about the ups and downs of religion ...

The Winter Blues

The weather is getting colder. The days are shorter. People leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark.  Winter is here and with it comes an increase in heart disease and heart related deaths.  There are many reasons why winter weather worsens heart problems. Heart patients are under more stress at the extremes of temperatures. Cold weather increases the workload on the ...

Freight Train Derailment in Union; Raritan Train Station Service Suspended

December 8, 2017

UNION, NJ - A freight train derailed in Union at about 2:15 p.m. this afternoon, and Raritan Borough Police say train service is suspended at the Raritan Train Station until further notice because of it.

Preliminary details indicate that the train derailed past the Union Train Station.  According to Township of Union Business Administrator, the freight train contained 141 cars.  ...