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Bridgewater-Raritan Parents Speak Out Against Rumors of Proposed Transfer of Eisenhower Principal

April 22, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The message from parents and educators at Eisenhower Intermediate School was loud and clear – please don’t take away our principal.
A total of nine speakers took the podium at a recent board of education meeting to plead with the school district’s governing body not to reassign long-time Eisenhower principal Joseph Diskin to another local school. Each ...

Board of Education Opts for 2.46 Percent Increase in Tax Levy for 2019-2020 Budget

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The 2019-2020 budget for the Bridgewater-Raritan school district is still undergoing changes as the deadline for ratification approaches.
The budget was discussed at the April 9 board of education meeting when board member Barry Walker, chair of the board’s finance committee, said the committee had considered utilizing the entire health waiver.
The ...

Bridgewater Council Set to Vote on 2019 Budget in Early May

April 19, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The final 2019 municipal budget is coming to Bridgewater Township, but it’s not done quite yet.


The Bridgewater Township Council held a public hearing on the budget April 15, although no one from the public chose to speak about it. The municipal operating expense for the budget is given as $44,526,977, while the sewer operating expense is listed as ...

Council Tables Ordinance That Would Have Revoked Land Use Measure for Development at Center of Excellence

A potential ordinance that would have revoked a land use measure entitled the Redevelopment R-SEED (Special Economic Development District) in Bridgewater Township never took root.
The measure, related to the much-discussed Center of Excellence development on Route 202/206, was voted down, 3-2, at the township council’s April 11 agenda session.
Councilman Filipe ...

Residents: Center of Excellence Project Will Traffic Markedly Worse

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The more the Center of Excellence is discussed, the more it seems that Bridgewater Township residents are willing to publicly air their concerns about increased traffic that they believe will result from that ambitious development project.
Donald Doyle, who has lived in town for almost 30 years, was the first to take the podium April 11 to voice his ...

Bridgewater Council Questions Bids Being Received By Police Chief for Study on Department Manpower

April 19, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Questions still persist regarding Bridgewater Township’s police force and its manpower situation.

Council president Matthew Moench said at the council’s April 15 meeting that he thought a request for a police consultant was supposed to be a case for going out to public bid, and not the police chief obtaining those bids on his own.
Earlier this year, the ...

Girls Lacrosse: Bridgewater-Raritan Routs Ridge, 17-6

April 24, 2019

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- The Bridgewater-Raritan girls lacrosse team pulled away with a huge second half to defeat Ridge, 17-6, on Tuesday.

Madison Bray fired in five goals and Tai Jankowski totaled four goals and four assists for Bridgewater-Raritan (9-2), which was clinging to a 5-4 halftime lead before overwhelming the Red Devils with a 12-2 showing in the second half.

Lizzy Escudero and ...

Baseball: Bridgewater-Raritan Edges North Hunterdon, 4-3

ANNANDALE, NJ -- Bridgewater-Raritan rallied with two runs in the sixth inning to erase a one-run deficit and go on to a 4-3 baseball victory over North Hunterdon on Monday.

David Olsakowski went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI for the Panthers (8-5), which trailed, 3-2, after five innings. Jake Hendershot's RBI single accounted for the other Bridgewater run.

Matt Smoke picked up ...

BRHS Swim, Tennis Teams Honored for State Championships

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Members of both the girls tennis and girls swimming championship teams from Bridgewater-Raritan High School were publicly honored by the board of education, in front of an audience of more than 100 people at Milltown Primary School.


BRHS girls tennis won both a New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Group IV state championship and a Skyland ...

Raritan Borough Holds Annual Easter Egg Hunt (Photo Gallery)

April 18, 2019

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough held its annual Easter Egg Hunt at borough hall April 13 to celebrate the holiday.

Though prior day's rains forced the event out of the park and inside, families spent the time dancing with the Easter bunny in a dance party, and enjoying candy.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

BRHS Theatre Department Performs 'Cinderella' (Photo Gallery)

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School theatre department performed "Cinderella" for two nights in mid April.

Performing were Ginger May, Noah Slade Joseph, Preston Gunning, Leah Hampson, Alysia Wojcik, Jaclyn Lenox, Emma Mayo, Diana Scafuto, Nick Cook, Valentina Altman, Daniel Amorim, Sanya Bhatia, Dale Brochinsky, Jonathan Buonocore, Frankie Cruz, Olivia DeStefano, ...

Eisenhower Students Perform 'Shrek' (Photo Gallery)

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Eisenhower Intermediate School students performed "Shrek" for its spring musical in mid April.

Performing were Tia Sharma, Cosette Cornfield, McKenna Smith, Lily Joseph, Joshua Zagare, Olivia Abraham-Brito, Casey Walsh, Abhay Sankar, Zachary Stouffer, Benjamin, Meyer, Guntas Kaur Brar, Harsha Balamurugan, Kashviya Somangali, Lily Xu, Evan Andrews, Alexis Perle, ...

Tom Kean Launches Campaign For New Jersey's 7th Congressional District

April 20, 2019

CLARK, NJ – State Sen. Tom Kean launched his 2020 campaign for New Jersey's 7th Congressional district last night.

He was introduced by his father, former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean Sr.

Kean, a lifelong New Jersey resident who grew up in Livingston and a resident of Westfield, announced his candidacy to a packed room at the Clark American Legion Hall with leaders and supporters ...

Local Fire, Rescue Squads Receive Grants from New Jersey American Water

April 14, 2019

CAMDEN, NJ - Several local fire and volunteer companies are receiving grants from New Jersey American Water through the 9th Annual First Responder Grant Program.

A total of 21 volunteer fire departments and emergency responders are receiving grants totaling about $20,000 to support initiatives, training or upgraded equipment.

Receiving the grants locally are the Finderne Fire Department, ...

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Holding Tee-Shirt Sale

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is holding a tee-shirt fundraiser to benefit the shelter.

The fundraiser will run until April 22, and the shelter is working toward a goal of selling 100 shirts.

The fundraiser is for the kitten and puppy season, beginning soon.

To order a shirt, visit

JFK Primary Holds Annual Wellness Night

April 10, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - John F. Kennedy Primary School held its annual Wellness Night April 4 at the school.

The event included a dentist, EMT's, nurses taking blood pressure, Robert Wood Johnson of Somerset, zumba, yoga, games and much more.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

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Bridgewater Police: Somerville Man Arrested for Shoplifting After Trespassing at Mall

April 19, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Somerville man who had previously been banned from the Bridgewater Commons Mall was arrested April 10 at 6:22 p.m. for shoplifting at Macy's and Lord & Taylor, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Damien L. McCauley, 38, was charged with shoplifting after he was found with $257.56 worth of clothes and cologne from Macy's and $244 worth of ...

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April 22, 2019

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Mark the Calendar for "Girls' Night Out" in Somerville, May 16th

April 23, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Girls' Night Out in Downtown Somerville returns this year on May 16th from 5-9 p.m.with even more shopping, dining and entertainment. 

“This event has become a Somerville staple,” said Jane Kobuta, chairwoman of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. “It gives us a great sense of  pride to provide quality events and entertainment that get people ...

'Benny and Joon' Exudes Quirky Charm

‘Benny and Joon’ exudes quirky charm at Paper Mill

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – You know you’re in for something different when Sam, in a dated black suit and hat, stands on the stage alone. Then a tiny train moves by and he gets on, with suitcase in hand.

We’re off to “Benny and Joon,” the musica which has its east coast premiere at Paper ...

Booker Kicks Off Presidential Campaign Where Political Career Began

April 14, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Cory Booker returned to the city where his political career was sparked, hoping that his presidential campaign catches fire with a progressive message steeped in terms of love and empathy at the start of a bruising primary battle. 

"This community taught me all about not that feel-good, easy-going love. It is strong, courageous and defiant love. The kind of love that ...