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Board of Education Shows Support for Superintendent Security Plans, Township-Retained Attorney Questions Qualifications of Hires

July 1, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District seems set on continuing with its own school security plan, as opposed to complying with recent suggestions made by Bridgewater Township officials.

Bridgewater-Raritan board of education president Steven Singer discussed the issue June 28, citing e-mails that had been sent to the board, which he called “input that was very ...

BREA Holds Family Literacy Night, Focuses on Learning to Cope With Stress

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - On June 8, the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association (BREA) held a Family Literacy Night, bringing together students, parents and teachers to learn how to cope with stress in a post-pandemic world.

"My Incredible Talking Body: Learning to Be Calm" by Rebecca Bowen – a special education teacher, school psychologist and school counselor for 25 years – ...

Moench Outlines Plan for School Security Including Officers in Every Bridgewater School

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District recently unveiled plans regarding upgraded security measures for its 11 school buildings – but the mayor of Bridgewater has his own ideas on the matter.

Mayor Matthew Moench expressed his views on school security during his mayoral report at the June 23 meeting of the Bridgewater Township Council.

“My ...

Bridgewater Working on Foreclosures of Delinquent Properties

June 29, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township officials are working to deal with delinquent properties in the municipality.

The town council passed a resolution June 9 that will allow the township attorney to foreclose on certain delinquent properties located in Bridgewater. The measure was unanimously approved by the five council members that evening.

Township administrator Michael Pappas said ...

Moench Outlines Plan for School Security Including Officers in Every Bridgewater School

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District recently unveiled plans regarding upgraded security measures for its 11 school buildings – but the mayor of Bridgewater has his own ideas on the matter.

Mayor Matthew Moench expressed his views on school security during his mayoral report at the June 23 meeting of the Bridgewater Township Council.

“My ...

Bridgewater Introduces Ordinance to Revise Center of Excellence Plans

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A project that could have drastically altered the appearance and nature of Bridgewater Township has been scaled down, although final approval has not yet been given.

The town council unanimously introduced an ordinance at a special meeting June 16 to establish an alternate set of “permitted principal uses, development standards and related provisions” for a ...

Board of Education Shows Support for Superintendent Security Plans, Township-Retained Attorney Questions Qualifications of Hires

July 1, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District seems set on continuing with its own school security plan, as opposed to complying with recent suggestions made by Bridgewater Township officials.

Bridgewater-Raritan board of education president Steven Singer discussed the issue June 28, citing e-mails that had been sent to the board, which he called “input that was very ...

Moench Outlines Plan for School Security Including Officers in Every Bridgewater School

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District recently unveiled plans regarding upgraded security measures for its 11 school buildings – but the mayor of Bridgewater has his own ideas on the matter.

Mayor Matthew Moench expressed his views on school security during his mayoral report at the June 23 meeting of the Bridgewater Township Council.

“My ...

Superintendent Releases Statement Outlining Security Plans, Mayor Moench Sends Email Regarding Differences in Job Postings for Class III Officers and Campus Monitors

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Robert Beers released a statement Friday regarding the district's school security plan and the changes that have been made over the past couple years to increase security in the district.

In the statement sent to all members of the community, Beers said the district has focused on a variety of threats, including intruders, pedestrian safety, ...

Five Bridgewater-Raritan Girls Lacrosse Players Named to Delaware Division First Team

July 2, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- Five members of the Bridgewater-Raritan girls lacrosse team were selected to the Skyland Conference 2022 Delaware Division first team.

Hailey Waldron, Kelly MacKinney, Lauren Sullivan, Gia Mitchell and Lea Ciocon of Bridgewater-Raritan all were voted to the first team in a poll of the conference's coaches.

Waldron, a junior, finished with 55 goals, 17 assists and 57 ...

Bradley Gardens Little Loop Celebrates Close of Season

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bradley Gardens Little Loop finished its 64th season June 18 with special closing ceremonies after the final baseball and tee ball games.

Sponsor plaques were presented before each game, and, after, players were awarded a trophy and celebrated with ice cream sundaes.

For more information about summer registration, visit bradleygardensbaseball.com.

Two Bridgewater-Raritan Softball Players Named to All-Division First Team

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- Two members of the Bridgewater-Raritan softball team have been selected to the Skyland Conference Delaware Division First Team for 2022.

Senior third baseman Kayla Holguin and senior shortstop Gianna Lentini of Bridgewater-Raritan both were voted to the first team in a poll of the conference's coaches.

Holguin batted .309 with four doubles, one triple, a team-high ...

Bridgewater Introduces Ordinance to Revise Center of Excellence Plans

June 22, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A project that could have drastically altered the appearance and nature of Bridgewater Township has been scaled down, although final approval has not yet been given.

The town council unanimously introduced an ordinance at a special meeting June 16 to establish an alternate set of “permitted principal uses, development standards and related provisions” for a ...

July 4th Fireworks, Summer Concert Series Returning This Year

July 2, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission is bringing back the annual July 4th fireworks display July 4 at 9:30 p.m. at North Branch Park, on Milltown Road.

Admission to the event is free, with the gates opening at 6 p.m.

During the event, the Fabulous Greaseband will perform the best of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s rock and roll, while the NJ 3rd Regiment Revolutionary War ...

BRHS Brings Back Annual Kimberly A. Nelson Sing-Off

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School student Avanti Patwardhan was crowned the winner of the 2022 Sing-Off June 3.

The annual event is the main fundraiser for the Kimberly A. Nelson Foundation, and features students performing for professional judges, who choose a winner.

BR Skateboarding Holds Event to Benefit Food Pantry

July 3, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Skate for a Cause, a two-day open skate event sponsored by BR Skateboarding and Gabrielle’s Fountain, collected donations for the Raritan Food Pantry. From the event, they collected a stockpile of dry goods, and raised more than $200.

Open skate sessions during the event were based on the model of a structured skate program, with ramps out and the event open to ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Signs Record $50+ Billion State Budget, Republicans Concerned About Increasing State Spending

June 30, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget on Thursday at Cranford High School.

"The priorities of this budget are the priorities of our families," Murphy said. "At the top that list is affordability."

Among the provisions in the budget:

$2 billion ANCHOR property tax credit for homeowners and a rebate for ...

New Jersey Business & Industry Association President Optimistic About the Future, Says Current Business Climate 'Frustrating'

TRENTON, NJ — When thinking of the future for businesses in New Jersey, Michele Siekerka is confident and hopeful.

"I’m always a glass half full person and very optimistic," Siekerka, the President and CEO of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) said. "I believe for every challenge there’s an opportunity.  It depends on how we ...

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Says This Is 'As Big a Week as We've Had in a Long Time'

TRENTON, NJ — It's a big week for Tom Bracken and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

"This is a week that's been building since the beginning of COVID," Bracken, the organization's President and CEO said. "This is the week where we'll know what kind of resources will be allocated to really helping what's broken."

New Jersey's state budget ...

VIDEO: Patriotic Group Hangs Flags on Parkway, Baseball Field Ribbon Cutting, Residents Awarded for Art and Police Academy Graduation

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A group of patriotic residents hang flags on a Garden State Parkway overpass ahead of July 4th. Plus, a new baseball field ribbon cutting. Also, two residents are awarded for their art contributions. And, a police academy graduation.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

VIDEO: Cornhole Champions, Firefighters Save Ducklings, Teachers Honored for Fellowship Graduation and Gearing Up for July 4th

NEW JERSEY - A town crowns cornhole champions. Plus, firefighters rescue stranded ducklings and reunite them with their mother. And, several teachers honored for their fellowship graduation. Also, one town gears up for a massive July 4th celebration. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland ...

VIDEO: Stevens Student Recognized by NASA, Police Department Celebrates 138 Years, Union County College Renamed and 6th Graders L.E.A.D.

NEW JERSEY - A Stevens Institute of Technology student is recognized by NASA. Plus, a police department celebrates 138 years. And, Union County College gets a new name. Also, 6th graders graduate from the L.E.A.D. program. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

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Can Lame Ducks Still Fly?

TRENTON, NJ — Things have never looked better for the Democrats who rule Trenton these days. Flush with federal cash. Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate. A Governor re-elected as a Democrat last November for the first time in four decades. 

It’s a real bubbly bonhomie in the state’s capital as they tie up the last loose strings of the state’s $50 ...

Family Support Initiative Encircles Sam with Support, Now and In the Future

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - One in 5 adults in New Jersey lives with a disability. Many live without a family member to support them. They must cope on their own with intellectual, developmental or physical disabilities, mental health challenges, or a combination of several.

As an example, Sam* lives with significant disabilities and recently lost his mother to COVID-19, which she contracted while ...

Agent Spotlight: Phillip Migliaccio

Phillip “Phil” Migliaccio, Sales Associate in the Morristown office, is an award-winning Realtor! With over 30 years in the real estate business, Phil has assisted hundreds of clients in their journey to become proud homeowners. Their satisfaction leads to one of his greatest attributes; his large amount of repeat customers. And it’s not just his clients who love his ...

Laurel Circle Wins Gold at Annual Community Volleyball Game

The results are in from the first New Jersey Life Care Services Volleyball Competition … and Laurel Circle is thrilled to announce that they’re team the Cougars are victorious!

The cougars played against mighty opponents — The Delaney of Bridgewater Dodgers — in an exciting best-of-three tournament.

Each Laurel Circle team member earned a gold medal, and the ...

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Resident Responds to Letter From Police Chief Regarding School Security

July 2, 2022

To the Editor:

I just finished reading Chief Paul Payne’s letter to the editor. All things considered, I thought it was pretty good. He makes a valid point in reference to “communication,” for example.

However, I also noticed some signs of bias. I’ll explain.

Chief Payne writes: "...armed security personnel are considered civilians and have a positive legal ...

Overlook Strong again: After two-year hiatus, Overlook Medical Center’s best and brightest celebrated at Excellence Awards

July 1, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ – JUNE 2022 – Enthusiastic applause filled the gala room as each name was called, and team members from departments spanning Overlook Medical Center strode proudly to the stage to accept their awards.

It had been three years since Overlook had celebrated its standout team members at its annual Excellence Awards. The event, like many in-person gatherings, went on hiatus ...

Milestones

Milestones - College News

June 23, 2022

Keith Bowden, of Bridgewater, was named to the MAC Academic Honor Roll as a student athlete for the Spring 2022 semester.  He is majoring in Business & Sports Management at Alvernia University. 

Katie Ollis graduates FDU Summa Cum Laude

We are all so very proud of our Katie!  

The Green Planet Band Recycles Classic Rock on Somerville Summer Stage

July 1, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Green Planet Band - three teen siblings who got their start at a school talent show - will perform Saturday, July 2 from 6-9 p.m. on the Somerville Summer Stage, hosted by the Downtown Somerville Alliance.

Kylee Rapp, Tyler Rapp and Anna Rapp formed The Green Planet band when their Bridgewater elementary school was holding a talent show six years ago.

They ...

Sign Up for July TAPinto Ownership Opportunities Webinar

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro will be holding an informational webinar on July 13, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. for anyone who may be interested in owning/operating a TAPinto local news and digital marketing platform.

"TAPinto has become the dominant player in the local news and digital marketing space," Shapiro said. "I look forward to our July ...

Veteran Journalist James McQueeny Joins TAPinto as News Around New Jersey Managing Editor and Columnist

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto is announcing veteran New Jersey journalist James McQueeny is joining TAPinto as News Around New Jersey Managing Editor and Columnist.

"We are thrilled to welcome veteran journalist and public policy analyst James McQueeny to the TAPinto family. Jim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to TAPinto," TAPinto Founder and CEO ...

'Enchanted April' Delights at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ — It’s a welcome sign to see The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey opening for its 60th Anniversary Season. “Enchanted April” is a charming and moving choice with warmer weather coming on. The play also speaks to us on a number of levels, especially after our long hiatus during COVID-19.

The script by Matthew Barger, from a novel by Elizabet ...

NJ Department Of Health Announces First Case Of Monkeypox in Jersey City Resident

June 20, 2022

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) announced on Monday the first possible case of monkeypox in the state.

A PCR test conducted by the Department’s Public Health and Environmental Laboratories confirmed the presence of orthopoxvirus in a Jersey City individual on June 18. A confirmatory test for the monkeypox virus, one of the viruses associated with the ...