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Bridgewater-Raritan District Dealing With Bus Driver Shortage, Preparing for Grant Application

October 21, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan schools are now fully open for business, with the re-opening of the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, although some district concerns linger even with grant applications in the waiting.

Superintendent Robert Beers reported at the Oct. 12 meeting of the Bridgewater-Raritan board of education that the school district is currently short some 13 bus drivers ...

BRHS Students Start ESL Organization to Make a Difference

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bridgewater-Raritan High School (BRHS) seniors Isabella Panico and Valentina Altman recognized that people from their historic homelands in Latin America have been hindered by their lack of ability to speak English.

With COVID-19, the students and some peers also noticed the decreased capability to source ESL programs in these areas. Furthermore, ...

District Sends Out Survey to Get Perspectives on Facilities, Instructional Practices

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District has sent out a survey link to stakeholders for perspectives and opinions on the district.

According to a message from the district, the goal in sending out the survey is to understand the different perspectives in the community, and residents are encouraged to complete the survey.

The data, according to a message from the ...

Hindu Temple Parking Lot No Longer Open for Public Parking

October 19, 2021

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough residents now have one less place to park.

Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Loyadham Hindu Temple, on West Somerset Street, has a small public parking area on its property created as a result of an agreement made years ago between the property owner and the borough council, according to borough administrator Eric Colvin. 

The agreement has expired, and the ...

Bridgewater Democrats, County LGBTQ+ Advisory Board Call for Municipal Alliance Member to be Removed Due to Anti-LGBTQ+ Comments

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Democratic candidates for council are calling for a member of the Bridgewater Township Municipal Alliance to be removed from his position because of anti-LGBTQ+ comments he made.

Candidates Jennifer Feigley, Jill Gladstone and Saad Toor are calling for the removal of resident Jeffrey Danco from the committee.

The municipal alliance is the local board in ...

Roadway Safety Study Evaluates Potential Changes for Finderne and Main Streets

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County is working to make several road improvements around the county, including one major intersection in Bridgewater Township.

An interactive virtual meeting concerning the county’s Roadway Safety Study was held Sept. 29 to discuss five different proposed road projects within the county, including Finderne Avenue and Main Street in Bridgewater (Somerset ...

Bridgewater's Community Police Alliance Coordinator Hits Ground Running With Department

October 22, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police Chief Paul Payne introduced the department’s new Community Police Alliance Coordinator Dameon Stackhouse to the county at the Oct. 12 Board of County Commissioners meeting.

This program, being piloted through the police department and the county, is designed to provide aid and support to at-risk residents before the situation escalates to ...

Plaguing the Parks: Police Seeking Sexual Assault Suspect in South Brunswick, Mirrors Assault in Bridgewater in July

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Police in several townships are still on the lookout for a suspect in an aggravated sexual assault that occurred in the area of Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park on the border of Plainsboro and South Brunswick Townships on September 28, 2021.

According to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, this incident has similarities to a sexual assault that ...

Bridgewater Man Found Guilty on Attempted Murder Charges

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A former Bridgewater resident has been found guilty on charges of attempted murder and others stemming from a drive-by shooting in May 2018, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

Robert W. Smith, 39, formerly of Stanford Drive, was found guilty of two counts of first degree attempted murder, multiple firearm offenses and possession of a ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Class of 2022 Recognized on Homecoming & Senior Night

October 21, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – After falling at Union, Bridgewater-Raritan took advantage of a big opportunity to bounce back against division rival Franklin Oct. 15 and kick of a critical final third of their 2021 regular season.

The fact that the Panthers got the job done on Senior Night and Homecoming 2021 made their big victory even sweeter.

Quarterback Brady Kurdyla threw all three of ...

Boys Soccer: Bridgewater-Raritan Beats Phillipsburg, 2-1

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ — Jake Winchock's goal with 3:49 left in the game gave Bridgewater-Raritan a 2-1 boys soccer victory over Phillipsburg on Wednesday.

The teams played a scoreless first half. Bridgewater-Raritan (7-6-1) broke on top first, 2-1, on a goal five minutes into the second half by Vano Mchedlishvili.

Five minutes later, Noah Poirier of Phillipsburg tied the game with a ...

Girls Soccer: Bridgewater-Raritan Beats Phillipsburg, 2-0

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ -- The Bridgewater-Raritan girls soccer team took more than twice as many shots as Phillipsburg and came away with a 2-0 victory over the Stateliners on Wednesday.

With five minutes left in the first half, Lauren Sullivan took a pass from Grace Drumgool and scored to give the Panthers (8-3-2) a 1-0 lead. 

Early in the second half, Caitlin Dzuroska extended the lead to ...

Live Theater Returns to the Bridgewater-Raritan High School Stage

October 13, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School brought back live theater for the first time since before the pandemic, Oct. 8, Oct. 9 and Oct. 10, with "All in the Timing," a collection of one-act comedies.

The BRHS International Thespian Honor Society Troupe #5154, in conjunction with the BRHS Theatre Arts Department, performed the seven one-act comedies in David ...

Bridgewater Resident Holding First Art Exhibition at Town Library

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A lifelong Bridgewater resident, and currently a sophomore at Caldwell University, Benjamin Fernandez is taking his talents to the broader community with his first exhibit at the Bridgewater Township Library, now through Oct. 30.

“I decided to start locally at the Bridgewater library because it has always been, and continues to be, a source of inspiration and ...

Raritan Recreation Holding Trunk or Treat

RARITAN, NJ. - Raritan Recreation is holding a Trunk or Treat Oct. 23 for families at John F. Kennedy Primary School, on Woodmere Street.

Cars will arrive between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., and trunk or treating will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. After that, there will be a costume contest, guess the weight of the pumpkin, car decoration contest and guess the candy in the jar contest from 3:30 ...

Council of Schools Association Hosts Candidate Night for Board of Education Candidates

October 20, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Council of Schools Association and BRTV presented a board of education candidate’s night Monday, with all seven candidates speaking to the strengths of the district and their visions for the future.

Running for three open seats on the board of education are incumbent Ashish Joshi and candidates Hiral Desai, Fabiola Folino, Stacey Friedlander, Jennifer Loughran, ...

County Clerk: It is Too Late to Take Action to Remove Bridgewater Democratic Candidate From Ballot

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter said it is too late to take any action regarding a letter sent to his office by the Somerset County Republican Organization, questioning the eligibility of one of the Bridgewater Democratic candidates for council to run in this year’s election.

The Somerset County Republican Organization recently sent a letter to Peter, calling for ...

Bridgewater Republican Candidates Call for Removal of Democratic Candidate From Ballot, Question Eligibility

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Republican Organization is calling for Democratic candidate for council Saad Toor to be removed from the ballot after alleging that he does not meet the residency requirement to serve on the township council.

According to a release from the Republican organization, they have sent a letter to Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter to remove Toor from the ballot ...

Somerset County seeking donations for Adopt-A-Family program: residents can help feed families in-need this Thanksgiving

October 21, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Due to the pandemic and Hurricane Ida, many Somerset County families are struggling to make ends meet. Residents can help feed their neighbors in need this Thanksgiving by donating $45 or any amount to the 12th annual Adopt-A-Family program. According to the New Jersey Department of Health, in 2019, approximately 17,000 Somerset County residents were food insecure before ...

BRHS Cheer Team Recognized for Assisting in Dance for the Cure's Ribbons of Hope Initiative

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council observed National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by celebrating a group of community-minded high school students.

Mayor Matthew Moench read from a proclamation at the council’s Oct. 4 meeting that declared October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Moench and councilman Howard Norgalis presented the proclamation to the ...

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Bridgewater Reporting 4 New Cases, Raritan Reporting 1

October 22, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting four new COVID cases Friday, with the total since Wednesday now at 3,200.

The township is not reporting any new fatalities, keeping the total at 106 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

Raritan Borough is reporting one new COVID case Friday, with the total being 693 since Wednesday.

Raritan Borough has ...

Somerset County to Provide Moderna, J&J Booster Vaccinations Beginning Today

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Beginning today, October 22, the Somerset County Department of Health will begin administering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 booster shots to certain eligible populations at its COVID-19 vaccination clinics. The approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expands booster doses to all ...

Bridgewater Reporting One New COVID Case Wednesday, Raritan Reporting Zero

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting one new COVID cases Wednesday, with the total since Thursday now at 3,191

The township is reporting one new fatality this week, bringing the total to 105 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

Raritan Borough is reporting zero new COVID cases Wednesday, with the total being 691 since Thursday.

Raritan Borough has not ...

Should I Include My Burial and Cremation Instructions in my Last Will and Testament

Last Will and Testaments are documents that set forth a person’s desired distribution of their assets after their passing.  Similarly, prepaid funerals, burial plot and/or burial and cremation instructions are related to a person’s end-of-life decisions.

There is nothing prohibiting a person from including burial and cremation instructions in their Last Will and ...

It is Critical to Review (and Possibly Update) Your Last Will and Testament Every Five Years

Drafting a last will and testament is a comprehensive process; it requires clients to think deeply about loved ones, financial assets, as well as their own mortality.  Thus, even with the help of an experienced attorney, estate planning requires time and effort.

Importantly, the estate planning process does not stop after executing the first last will and testament.  Obviously, ...

Buggin' Halloween Photo Contest

Viking's 3rd Annual Buggin' Halloween Photo Contest Starts Friday, October 1, 2021!  Submit a photo of you, your pet, or a loved one dressed as a creepy-crawly bug, insect, or another pest for your chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card and other awesome prizes! Click here to learn more and enter the contest!

Piglet, a deaf and blind pink puppy and author Melissa Shapiro are coming to Barkley’s Marketplace for a family reunion and book signing event

BRANCHBURG, NJ - When Piglet comes to Barkley’s Marketplace in Branchburg New Jersey next month, it is going to be something of a family reunion.  Piglet’s “Favorite Dad” Warren is the cousin of Andy Cohen, the owner of Barkley’s Marketplace. A love of animals, especially “rescues,”  seems to run in the family: Cohen has 5 dogs at home, and ...

Gladstone’s Proven Excellence Brings Promise for Positive Change

October 22, 2021

To the editor:

I am writing in support of Bridgewater council candidate Jill Gladstone and her running mates, Jennifer Feigley and Saad Toor.

After years of Republican hegemony in our town, it is long past time for fresh perspectives and change. Jill is no stranger to making meaningful change, as her dedicated work on the BRRSD board of education for the past 14 years has ...

Investing in its workforce, Atlantic Health System creates “tech schools” at Overlook Medical Center, offering certification in high-demand positions

October 22, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ – Atlantic Health System has created two “tech schools,” based at Overlook Medical Center, to allow existing team members to obtain radiological technologist certifications, or to become certified pharmacy technicians.

The programs are aimed at not only enriching the skills of Atlantic Health System’s own workforce, but also bolstering the number of team ...

Somerset County to Provide Moderna, J&J Booster Vaccinations Beginning Today

October 22, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Beginning today, October 22, the Somerset County Department of Health will begin administering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 booster shots to certain eligible populations at its COVID-19 vaccination clinics. The approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expands booster doses to all ...

Saint Joseph High School Inducts the 2021 Class into its Athletics Hall of Fame

METUCHEN, NJ -- NBA superstar Karl-Anthony Towns and Brandon Bielak, a pitcher for the Houston Astros, were among the honorees for Saint Joseph High School's Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2021. The event was held at the Metuchen Golf and Country Club in Edison on Fri., Oct. 8.

The list of inductees included:

Craig Belunes ‘77 - Wrestling
Brandon ...

Saint Joseph High School Homecoming Game was held on Saturday, Oct. 9

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) welcomed alumni, family, and friends back to the campus to celebrate our third annual homecoming game.

Many Falcons returned to the flock, and their support helped that the varsity football team beat New Brunswick by score of 38-14. On the field, quarterback Christian Solino was 19-for-28 for 229 yards and 3 TDs and one INT. He ...

Don't Forget About the Flu

In September 2021, the United States surpassed 700,000 deaths due to COVID-19. This is certainly an enormous and tragic loss of life, but it is significant for another reason.  The US now has more deaths from COVID-19 than it did during the 1918 influenza pandemic (675,000).  While COVID-19 has caused more morbidity and mortality, these sobering numbers remind us not to forget ...

'Songs for a New World' Merges Rock, Ballads, Jazz

Millburn, NJ - Yes, Paper MIll Playhouse has now reopened with a dazzling production of “Songs for a New World.”  

There are plenty of precautions before entering the theatre, including masks for the audience, proof of vaccination and photo i.d. (probably a driver’s license.)  Still, it’s good to know all that going in, so there are no surprises ...

Changes Coming for Landlines in 856 and 908 Area Codes

October 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ - Starting on October 24, New Jersey landlines within the 856 and 908 area codes must dial 10 or 11 digits for all their calls.  After October 24, local landline calls dialed with only seven digits may not go through, and the caller will receive a recording saying their call cannot be completed as dialed.

The reason? The FCC is implementing 988 as a new three-digit number ...