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Sandler Resigning from Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education

May 12, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan board of education is in the first stages of seeking a new member to represent Raritan.

Lucy Sandler, who was elected to the board in late 2019 and was slated to serve into next year, announced that she is resigning from the school district’s governing body.

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that I have to announce I will be resigning ...

Raritan Borough Investigating New Policy for Renting Recreational Fields, Other Borough Property

May 17, 2022

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough has no ordinance or recreational field use policy to enforce, leading borough attorney Bill Robertson to request permission to work with borough administrator Eric Colvin and recreation director Andy Sibilia to draft such an ordinance.

After speaking with Colvin and Sibilia, “we thought it important to prepare a field usage policy and ordinance that would ...

Bridgewater Increases Sewer Connection Fees By About $4K

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township residents will need to be aware that if they need to make any connections to the township’s sewer system, the price has gone up – way up.

The township council approved an ordinance at its first meeting in May that increases sewer connection fees, with the measure passing by a 4-1 vote following a public hearing.

Director of municipal ...

Raritan Planning Board Approves Plans for Middle Valley Partners' Stand-Alone Medical Cannabis Dispensary

RARITAN, NJ - In December 2021, Middle Valley Partners was awarded a provisional license for a stand-alone medical cannabis dispensary, with one year to make it permanent.

In April, Middle Valley took another step closer to setting up shop in Raritan after nearly four years.

After sharing their operation procedures, security plan and preliminary and final major site plan with the Raritan ...

Bridgewater Police Recognize Retirement of Captain After 25 Years of Service

May 24, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police Capt. Sean O’Neill retired from the department with a special walk-out ceremony April 28, after 25 years of service.

Before beginning his career with the department, O’Neill served this country as a member of the United States Marine Corps.

O’Neill began his career in February 1997 as a dispatcher, and, in January 1998, he ...

Firefighters Extinguish Overnight Fire at Bridgewater Diner in 30 Minutes

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Part of Route 22 was closed for a while in the early Monday morning hours as firefighters worked on a fire at the Bridgewater Diner.

According to Green Knoll Volunteer Fire Company Chief Kevin Driscoll, fire companies were dispatched to the restaurant at 12:07 a.m. Monday, and the fire was extinguished within 30 minutes.

"All units were on scene to complete overhaul, ...

Bridgewater Police Officers Promoted in Special Ceremony

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several officers were promoted by the Bridgewater Township Police Officer in a special ceremony May 3.

Kevin Tennant, who began his career in January 1998 after graduating from the Somerset County Police Academy, was promoted to the rank of captain.

While assigned to the patrol division, Tennant joined the Somerset County Emergency Response Team, and held positions on the ...

Softball: Bridgewater-Raritan Gets By Ridge, 6-5

May 24, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- Kayla Holguin collected three hits to lead Bridgewater-Raritan to a 6-5 softball victory over Ridge on Monday.

Holguin had a double, an RBI and two runs scored to go with two singles, and Evelyn Fresco hit a two-run single for Bridgewater-Raritan (11-15), which scored two runs in the third inning to take a 5-2 lead.

Jessie Ward and Kailey Hisko each had run-scoring hits ...

Baseball: Bridgewater-Raritan Edges Howell, 6-5

HOWELL, NJ -- Devin Goldberg went 3-for-3 with an RBI to help Bridgewater-Raritan to a 6-5 baseball victory over Howell on Monday.

Michael Fattore went 2-for-2 with two RBI, Matthew Fattore had two hits and one RBI, and Tim Travisano had two hits and stole a base for the Panthers (12-10).

Lou Arone pitched two hitless innings in relief of Matt Fattore for Bridgewater, which had a 6-2 lead ...

BOYS LACROSSE: Down 4-0 Early, Panthers Rally Past Montclair for First Sectional Semifinals Berth Since 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Looking to return to the North Group 4 semifinals for the second consecutive season, #5 Montclair got off to a good start at #4 Bridgewater-Raritan in the state tournament’s second round, as the Mounties jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one quarter.

But the temperature wasn’t the only thing that heated up on a hot Saturday morning in Bridgewater.

Starting ...

Bridgewater Holds Second Annual Founder's Day Event

May 19, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township held the second annual Founder's Day event May 14, with hundreds coming out to the municipal building to celebrate the town.

The event included an ice cream truck, kite-building stations, scouts, a performance by the Bridgewater-Raritan High School band, historic re-enactors and more.

'Breaking Bad' Stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul Make Special Appearance at Wegmans

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - "Breaking Bad" stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul made a special appearance at the Bridgewater Wegmans store Tuesday to promote their new mezcal brand Dos Hombres.

At a special meet and greet, guests had the chance to meet the award-winning stars.

Bridgewater-Raritan High School Students Celebrate Prom Night (Photo Gallery)

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School held its 2022 senior prom Friday evening, and students were dressed to the nines to celebrate their milestone.

Check out photos of students as they prepped for the big night! Send your photos to

Late Resident Who Championed Bridgewater's Environmental Well-Being Remembered by Council

May 14, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council took time to honor a former resident of the municipality who had long championed its environmental well-being, Ross Stander, who died April 11 at the age of 82.

Councilman Howard Norgalis, during his individual council report, recalled spending time with Stander over the years.

“He will really, really be missed,” said ...

Volunteer Squad Updates Outdoor Space at Agape House

May 22, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Volunteer Squad, based in Bridgewater, has worked to make the outdoor areas of the Agape House, in Somerville, liveable and safe for clients and residents.

Several members of the Volunteer Squad participated in Leadership Somerset this year and did a walk-through of the Agape House, the only homeless shelter and services center for the homeless in Somerset County. They ...

Basilone Memorial Foundation Holds Annual Casino Night

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Basilone Memorial Foundation held its third annual Casino Night Fundraiser May 5, with proceeds going to the Fisher House Foundation and the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

The event included a silent auction, casino tables and digital horse racing, with guests playing for prizes like cash gift cards, golf outings and gift ...

County, Bridgwater, Collaborating to Collect Bicycle Helmet Donations

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - May is National Walk and Bike to School Month, and Somerset County is looking for bike helmet donations of all sizes to distribute at an upcoming Bike Safety Presentation in June.

As summer approaches and more bicyclists hit the streets, the county wants to promote bike safety and driver awareness.

Although a collaborative effort between Somerset County Department of Human ...

New Jersey Republicans Propose Bills to Immediately Reimburse Thousands of Dollars in Surplus Money to Taxpayers

May 23, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate?

The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over collections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue ...

Assemblywomen Introduce Bill Package Tightening Punishment for Car Thieves

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to State Police. 

A similar incident occurred a few days later in Holmdel, ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Police Licensing Proposal Aiming to Build Community Trust

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training Commission (PTC) in order to be employed in the ...

VIDEO: Active Shooter Simulation in Jersey City, Bordentown City Plant Could Grow into Marijuana Business, 'Greta's Run' in Westfield Returns and Montville Softball Wins County Title

May 23, 2022

NEW JERSEY - First responders in Jersey City hold an active shooter drill. Plus, the former Ocean Spray plant in Bordentown City could become home to a mariujana business. And, the Montville softball team wins its first county title. Also "'Greta's Run" memorial 5k returns to Westfield, which helps raise money for local charities. 

TAPinto's ...

VIDEO: Hasbrouck Heights Scouts Clean the Community, Scholarships Awarded in South Plainfield, Rahway Educator Honored and Westfield Boy Scout Proposes Life-Saving Station

NEW JERSEY - The Girl and Boy Scouts of Hasbrouck Heights join together to clean their community. Plus, several Girl Scouts in South Plainfield receive scholarships. Also, a Rahway superintendent is honored. And a Westfield Boy Scout proposes a life-saving station near a local pond.

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

VIDEO: Film and TV Studio Proposed for Newark, Paterson Resident Leads Community Clean-up, Affordable Housing Opens in Elizabeth and Roxbury Student Habitat Home Transferred

NEW JERSEY - A $125 million dollar film and TV complex proposed in Newark. Plus, a Paterson native leads effort to clean up hometown. And, a house built by Roxbury students is transferred to a new lot while an affordable housing complex opens in Elizabeth. 

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

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Jose* was born in Paterson, NJ. He maintains a full life with assistance from PLAN|NJ and other caregivers. Many years ago, when his parents died without indicating how they wanted his future to be secured, the courts determined him to be legally incapacitated, appointing PLAN|NJ to be his Legal Guardian.

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Agent Spotlight: Teresa Maegerlein

Teresa Maegerlein, Broker-Associate in the Morristown office, is dedicated to getting her clients results! Her career in real estate began in 2004. Before getting into real estate, Teresa worked on Wall Street and her financial background has proven invaluable in her current work. As useful as her hard-earned savvy has been, she knows that the most important skill for a successful business is ...

Laurel Circle Residents Make Sure the Show Goes On!

Frank and Sandy Lyman, retired schoolteachers, were longtime residents of Columbia, MD, before moving to NJ to be closer to their daughter. Knowing they would not enjoy a large community and needing an intimate setting where they could participate in clubs and activities while making new friends, they set their sights on Bridgewater’s only life plan community, Laurel Circle.

Since ...

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Bridgewater Reporting 15 New COVID Cases, Raritan Reporting Four

May 20, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township reported 15 new daily COVID cases Friday, bringing the total to 7,568.

The township reported zero new fatalities, keeping the total at 119 since the start of the pandemic.

Raritan Borough reported four new daily cases Friday. The borough is now reporting a total of 1,589 cases.

Raritan Borough reported zero new fatalities, keeping the ...

Community Conversations: Stepping into Summer!

Warmer weather is here, and for many people that means exercising outside, playing sports and enjoying family time. But if your winter was a quiet one, returning to activity too quickly can lead to injuries. So how can you tell the difference between a sprained ankle and something that requires a trip to a specialist? In this Community Conversation, James C. Wittig, MD, Chairman of the Department ...

Atlantic Health System Welcomes Chief Clinical Officer

May 24, 2022

Atlantic Health System is pleased to announce the arrival of Suja Mathew, MD, FACP, as the system’s new Executive Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer. With decades of experience in clinical leadership and physician development, Dr. Mathew will work collaboratively to deliver innovative and high-quality care for patients across the region.

Working directly with Atlantic Health ...


Anthony Scarlata receives Fordham University academic award

May 18, 2022

 BRHS '21 graduate, Anthony Scarlata, was the recipient of the Gabelli School of Business Woolworth Award at Fordham University based  on his academic performance in the Fall 2021 semester. Recipients of the Woolworth Award must receive a 3.6 or above Grade Point Average in their first semester at the Gabelli School of Business which is an outstanding achievement, especially as a ...

Classic Cruizers Help Drive Visitors, Dollars to Downtown Somerville

May 23, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Friday nights on Main Street are synonymous with polished chrome bumpers, fenders with curves, big block engines and more than a few sets of fuzzy dice hanging off rear view mirrors.

Thousands of car enthusiasts and visitors come to Somerville on a Friday night to enjoy the dichotomy of Detroit iron, from Model T Fords, big fin Caddys and high-powered ...

Saint Joe's Valedictorian Credits Extracurricular Activities for His Academic Success

METUCHEN, NJ -- There was very little doubt in Aayush Agnihotri’s mind when it came to choosing where he wanted to attend high school. Aside from the wide array of academic offerings and extracurricular activities, there was a deeper connection to Saint Joseph High School that only a select few understand - the legacy connection. 

After seeing his older brother, Aniket (Saint ...

Saint Joe's Salutatorian DaSilva: Campus 'Felt Like Home'

METUCHEN, NJ - The second that Matthew DaSilva stepped foot on the campus of Saint Joseph High School five years ago he immediately felt something special. From his first campus tour to his time as “Freshman for a Day,” DaSilva knew the choice was easy. He was going to spend the most formative years of his life at Saint Joe’s.

Sure there were other private schools in ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

April Showers Bring May Green Prescriptions

As the rain in April turns into the beautiful trees, shrubs, grass and flowers of May, we can see that green is good!  As we sit gazing out of our window at the marvelous greenery, we wonder, “Is it better to exercise indoors in a gym or outdoors in nature? How else is green good for health?” The US Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that Americans spend 90% of ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

EBPD: Two Township Girls Missing

May 20, 2022

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department is seeking the public's assistance with locating Jessica Wright-Schober, 15,of East Brunswick, N.J and Allia Blackstone, 15, of East Brunswick, NJ

Jessica Wright-Schober is described as a black female, 15 years old, 5'5", 115lbs, long black braided hair, unknown clothing description.

Allia ...