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Parents Expressing Concerns About Phys Ed Curriculum, Mature Topics Around Young Students

September 27, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is still working to assist parents and guardians who may be confused about the lessons being taught in health and physical education classes.

The subject was first broached publicly at the Aug. 30 meeting of the Bridgewater-Raritan board of education.

Parent Kaity Passe called the administration and district ...

Bridgewater-Raritan District Taking Steps to Address Physical, Mental Health

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - More than two years after COVID-19 became a pandemic, the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is working at keeping students and staff safe when it comes to health and wellness.

Discussions at a Bridgewater-Raritan board of education meeting revealed updated protocols regarding COVID-19, with the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These include ...

Beers Says Lunch Lines and Times Improving as Unit Lunch Continues at BRHS

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The new school year is underway in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, and with it has come some change.

Perhaps the biggest change at Bridgewater-Raritan High School has been that of the unit lunch, a new initiative that superintendent Robert Beers has said will take a week or two for students and staff to fully get used to.

“We’re working to ...

County Renames Basilone Boulevard in Raritan Borough

September 20, 2022

RARITAN, NJ - The Somerset County commissioners dedicated five blocks of West Somerset Street in Raritan as “Basilone Boulevard” in honor of Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone.

Basilone, of Raritan, was a war hero who in World War II won the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross and Purple Heart as a United States Marine.

Commissioner deputy director Melonie Marano was joined at the ceremony by ...

Raritan Council Approves Application of Grant for Potential Splash Park at Basilone Park

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council debated the location of a splash park after approving to apply for a grant in May to install one in town.

The debate included whether a splash park should replace the pool at Basilone Park, which many council members agreed is a mess. Although the council approved a motion for borough engineer Stan Schrek to investigate the permit required to construct ...

Bridgewater Council Approves Resolution Regarding SROs, Class III Officers in Schools

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council arrived at a compromise of sorts when deciding how many police officers to make available for the school district.

The council voted unanimously Sept. 8, following a closed session, to adopt an ordinance to amend the composition and organization provision of the municipal police department, particularly its relationship to the ...

Bridgewater Man, Others Arrested in Drug Charges out of Hunterdon County

September 19, 2022

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - A Bridgewater man was among several arrested in Hunterdon County on narcotics charges, according to a release from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Renee Robeson.

Jeremy Berger, 55, was arrested June 3 for possession of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine and possession of a needle.

Robeson announced the arrest of 18 total individuals as a result of a joint initiative ...

County Sheriff's Office Holds Active Shooter Training for Residents, Religious Leaders

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Dozens of Somerset County residents and religious leaders gathered at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, in Bridgewater, for an Active Shooter Awareness Training at the end of August.

Held by the county sheriff's Office and open to the entire community for the first time, several classes and demonstrations showed residents the ins and outs of an ...

Bridgewater Council Approves Resolution Regarding SROs, Class III Officers in Schools

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council arrived at a compromise of sorts when deciding how many police officers to make available for the school district.

The council voted unanimously Sept. 8, following a closed session, to adopt an ordinance to amend the composition and organization provision of the municipal police department, particularly its relationship to the ...

GIRLS SOCCER: Phair’s Hat Trick Propels Pingry to Comeback Win at Bridgewater-Raritan

September 25, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Coming into Turf 2 following three straight losses by just four goals combined, Bridgewater-Raritan Girls Soccer drew a rematch against division rival Pingry, who broke a 2-2 first-half tie with the game-winning goal in overtime to open both teams’ 2022 seasons Sept. 8.

Just over two weeks later on a beautiful Saturday afternoon on the Panthers’ new-look ...

FIELD HOCKEY: Panthers Blank Voorhees, B-R Wins for Third Time in Last Four Games

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – With the seeding meeting for the 2022 Somerset County Field Hockey Tournament next week and potentially at least one county-tournament home game at stake for the Panthers, Bridgewater-Raritan Field Hockey hosted cross-division rival Voorhees early on Saturday morning and had an opportunity to close out a productive seven-day stretch on an emphatic note.

That is exactly ...

Football: Watchung Hills Pulls Away in Second Half to Beat Bridgewater-Raritan, 38-14

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The momentum was there for the taking late in the first half for the Bridgewater-Raritan football team.

But, after the Panthers took a seven-point lead with 1:14 to go in the second quarter, opportunistic Watchung Hills scored 10 points in that brief amount of time to takea  three-point lead, then ran away in the second half for a 38-14 victory over Bridgewater-Raritan ...

BRHS Marching Band Takes Top Prize in First Marching Band Festival of the Year

September 26, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The state champions have begun the march to a repeat performance.

The Bridgewater-Raritan High School marching band launched its title defense when the group performed in its first competition of the school year Saturday at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s 23rd annual marching band festival.

And the results continued to produce a first-place ...

Martinsville Community Center Holds Annual Fall Festival (Photo Gallery)

MARTINSVILLE, NJ - The Martinsville Community Center held its annual fall festival event Sept. 17 after a two-year hiatus due to COVID, with food music, children's games, activities, vendors and more.

The goal of the festival is to instill a sense of community by bringing together the residents and the businesses.

Harry-okie provided music, and there were live performances by the ...

Bridgewater JCC, Township Hold Annual Community Day Event

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, with Bridgewater Township and the Bridgewater Commons Mall, held the annual Community Day and Touch a Truck event Sept. 19, with families enjoying food, music, vendors, bounce houses and lots of different trucks.

Bridgewater Honors Macedonia Baptist Church for 75 Years of Service

September 25, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A pair of proclamations from the Bridgewater Township Council honored a local church’s centennial, plus the 75th anniversary of the independence of an overseas nation that has developed strong local roots.

The council first recognized the 100th anniversary of the Macedonia Baptist Church, which was founded a century ago in August by Rev. Amos Hobbs. The current pastor ...

Basilone Memorial Foundation Holds Annual Manilla Madness Run

RARITAN, NJ - The Basilone Memorial Foundation held its annual Manila Madness 5K Freedom Run Sept. 17.

The event is held annually on the weekend of the John Basilone Memorial Parade.

It is a USATF certified 5K run or walk for veterans down Somerset Street.

County Renames Basilone Boulevard in Raritan Borough

RARITAN, NJ - The Somerset County commissioners dedicated five blocks of West Somerset Street in Raritan as “Basilone Boulevard” in honor of Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone.

Basilone, of Raritan, was a war hero who in World War II won the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross and Purple Heart as a United States Marine.

Commissioner deputy director Melonie Marano was joined at the ceremony by ...

Bridgewater-Raritan District Taking Steps to Address Physical, Mental Health

September 26, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - More than two years after COVID-19 became a pandemic, the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is working at keeping students and staff safe when it comes to health and wellness.

Discussions at a Bridgewater-Raritan board of education meeting revealed updated protocols regarding COVID-19, with the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These include ...

Realtor Spotlight: Michael Preter

September 16, 2022

Working as a solo Real estate agent, Michael Preter works one on one directly with his clients to provide top quality service. His business is based on relationships, not transactions. He provides unmatched service to accomplish his client’s goals and needs and create a win/win. His primary focus is to help a client achieve their goals as fast as possible and create a unique personal ...

Bridgewater Honors Macedonia Baptist Church for 75 Years of Service

September 25, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A pair of proclamations from the Bridgewater Township Council honored a local church’s centennial, plus the 75th anniversary of the independence of an overseas nation that has developed strong local roots.

The council first recognized the 100th anniversary of the Macedonia Baptist Church, which was founded a century ago in August by Rev. Amos Hobbs. The current pastor ...

Help from New Jersey Headed to Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Fiona

September 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is sending aid to Puerto Rico to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, September 18. The storm brought more than 20 inches of rain and heavy wind, causing major infrastructure damage and power outages to the island.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico during this devastating time," Gov. Phil ...

Chipotle to Pay New Jersey $7.75 Million to Settle Child Labor Law Violations

TRENTON, NJ — Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay the State of New Jersey a record $7.75 million to settle child labor law violations.

A 2020 New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) audit identified more than 30,000 violations that impacted minors at Chipotle locations in New Jersey. Those violations included Chipotle not abiding by limits on the number of hours ...

John Donnadio Advocates for County Government as Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of Counties

TRENTON, NJ — Sometimes, John Donnadio finds himself in 21 places at once.

As executive director of the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), he’s an advocate for county government in Trenton and works with legislators and the governor’s office. At the local level, the NJAC is a nonpartisan and bipartisan resource for leaders and administrators in all 21 counties in New ...

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Going Through The Mail Bag

NEW JERSEY — With a summer behind us, it seemed like a good time to regroup at TAPinto, and catch up to the more recent reader mail and comments that were piling up.

By far, the reader responses were focused on two separate stories recently written about two former Governors, Democrat Jim McGreevey and Republican Christine Todd Whitman, and what they’ve been up to since ...

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LaVerne Miner Spreads Love and Light at Laurel Circle

For 25 years, Laurel Circle has been committed to the wellness of its residents. Programs and services are designed around the “8 dimensions of wellness,” a holistic health methodology that targets the eight aspects of wellness most needed by individuals: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, vocational, physical, and intellectual, as well as health services.

Among these, ...

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Sun, October 2, 4:00 PM

St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Bridgewater

Canticles for Life - AIDS Benefit Concert

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Mon, October 3, 7:00 PM

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Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission Q3 Meeting

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Mon, October 3, 7:30 PM

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Vote Tom Kean, Jr. To Get Prices Down

September 22, 2022

To the Editor:

Last week, Joe Biden hosted a party cheering good times on the White House South Lawn that even included an exclusive performance by James Taylor.  Our own Congressman, Tom Malinowski, attended to celebrate what he has called a "booming economy" and an economy that is "doing better than anyone expected."

While Biden and Malinowski celebrated, ...

Bridgewater Police Blotter Includes Arrests for DWI, Reports of Vehicle Burglaries

September 19, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has released its police blotter for the middle of September.

A resident of Schindler Terrace reported Aug. 27 that their Black Mongoose bicycle was stolen from in front of their home. The bicycle had been left in a bicycle rack, but was not locked.
Michael Rodriguez-Davila, 24, of Queens, was arrested Aug. 23 at 2:24 p.m. for allegedly shoplifting at ...

Mia Restaurant to Participate in Restaurant Week During Grand Opening Month

September 23, 2022

Mia Restaurant, on Route 202/206, has celebrated its grand opening, and is looking forward to participating in Bridgewater's 2nd Annual Restaurant Week during its grand opening month.

Restaurant Week is Sept. 25 through Oct. 2, and Mia Restaurant owner Adolfo Vergara and Chef Giancarlo Borletti are excited to share their delicious food while celebrating their opening.

Call the ...

Milestones

BRHS GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

September 23, 2022

The BRHS GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY team had an amazing first xc meet this season with 12 girls medaling at the South Jersey XC Shootout Meet. Congratulations to Coach Pyle, Coach Louie and everyone else who competed and did amazing as well. 

Special shoutouts to: 

Lorena David (3rd), Tara Dhawale (5th), Luana Kopp (6th), Natalie Thiry (8th), Jess Borchert (9th), Riley Lewis (11th), Diya ...

Somerville HS Robotics Team Co-Hosts Tech Expo at Bridgewater Commons

September 24, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerville High School Robotics team is one of four from central New Jersey high schools that will host the Raritan Valley Science and Technology Showcase at the Bridgewater Commons mall on Oct. 1-2,

The other robotics teams are from Hillsborough High School, Bound Brook High School and Hunterdon Central in Flemington.

The expansive showcase will feature displays on ...

Saint Joseph Fathers Club Announces Italian Night

METUCHEN, NJ - The Saint Joseph Fathers Club is proud to announce a new community event - Italian Night - coming to the Catanzaro Dining Hall on Friday, October 21. A wide variety of Italian dishes will be cooked and served by the fathers of Falcons past and present. Doors open at 5pm and close at 8pm. 

 

Italian Night is a new entry in a longstanding tradition of bringing people ...

Saint Joseph Students Receive National Merit Recognition

METUCHEN, NJ - Three groups of juniors and seniors at Saint Joseph High School have been awarded recognition from the National Merit Program for their excellent scores in the PSAT/NMSQT testing process.

Every year, approximately 1.5 million students are administered the PSAT/NMSQT examination, where only 50,000 of them score highly enough to be entered into the qualifications for being named ...

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating a milestone — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022.

It’s the second time the local news and digital marketing platform, which launched three years ago, passed the 1 million pageview mark in a calendar year. The other time was in 2020, the first full year it was ...

Tips for Small Businesses to Get Media Exposure

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Small business owners have faced unprecedented challenges during the last two years. Many have had to rethink their whole business model altogether. Communicating with customers and clients is more important now than it’s ever been.

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily lives. Protecting public health meant changing how many businesses ...

It Was A Swell Summer

As we say goodbye to the scorching summer of 2022, it is worth noting that heat records have been broken across the globe. Unprecedented heat waves have hit the US, Europe, England and China. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration July 2022 was the third hottest July on record, June was the sixth warmest and overall the year 2022 is trending as the third warmest year in ...

'The Caretaker' Builds to a Crescendo

MADISON, NJ - Leave it to Harold Printer to provide us with a soul-searching, radically uncomfortable glimpse into human frailty, clashes and what could be our lives.

This all takes place in a run down house in West London, probably in the 1960s.  It’s a bitter cold winter as well. The flat is owned by Mick (Jon Barker) who provides a place to live for his younger brother Aston ...