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Bridgewater-Raritan Honors Governor's Education Award Winners

January 31, 2023

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Bridgewater-Raritan board of education and the school district administration reserved time at the board's Jan. 24 meeting to honor the Governor's Educator of the Year and the Educational Services Professional Award recipients for 2022-2023. 

A total of 22 local educators were honored, two from each of Bridgewater-Raritan's 11 school ...

District Presents Referendum Project, Plans to Raritan Borough Council

RARITAN, NJ - Pending a referendum vote on March 14, the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District (BRRSD) is looking to fund a district-wide facilities renovation program that will include infrastructure and classroom renovation projects and school additions.

"If you've been inside the buildings and walked around, I think it's hard to really debate the fact that they certainly ...

District Holds In-Service Day About New Programs, Referendum Updates

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The many storylines at the recent Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District staff in service day featured the introduction of a new math program, an increase of proficiency-based communication, a lesson on Phonics and a courageous young man who advocated on social inclusion.

And there were other valuable information gatherings, including a review of the referendum when the ...

Bridgewater Township Approves Health Benefits for Township Officials

February 4, 2023

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Bridgewater Township employees will continue to have health benefits this year. 

The township council approved three resolutions at its Jan. 19 meeting for employee health benefits, including dental/vision, prescription and health insurance, all for 2023.

The first resolution authorized Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc., to provide both dental and vision ...

Bridgewater Police Swear in New Officer

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township added its newest police officer to the force Jan. 19.

Thomas A. Gallo was sworn in at the town council meeting. Some three dozen individuals were in attendance, including Gallo’s family, the five council members and about a dozen Bridgewater police officers, led by Chief John Mitzak.

Mitzak first thanked the council and Mayor Matthew Moench ...

Bridgewater Planning Board Debates Truck Traffic Concerns Regarding Application for Manufacturing Facility on Route 206

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The public hearing for the 230,062-square-foot manufacturing facility on U.S. Route 206 in Bridgewater will continue at the March 14 planning board meeting, so concerns over traffic around and beyond the facility – as tractor trailers enter and exit the site – can be addressed by applicant M&M LLC.

"Some of these concerns that I have are easily ...

Bridgewater Police Swear in New Officer

February 2, 2023

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township added its newest police officer to the force Jan. 19.

Thomas A. Gallo was sworn in at the town council meeting. Some three dozen individuals were in attendance, including Gallo’s family, the five council members and about a dozen Bridgewater police officers, led by Chief John Mitzak.

Mitzak first thanked the council and Mayor Matthew Moench ...

Flemington Arrested for Breaking Window, Stealing Packages at Closed Raritan Restaurant

RARITAN, NJ - A Flemington man was arrested for criminal mischief after allegedly breaking a window at Char Restaurant, on Route 202, Jan. 23, according to Raritan Borough Police.

Scott Edge, 47, was charged with criminal mischief, theft and trespassing.

According to police, at 3:16 p.m. Jan. 23, officers were dispatched to Char Restaurant, which was closed at the time, for a man sitting at ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Boys Swim Captains Are Leading The Charge To Victory

February 5, 2023

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - There is still time left in the season and the Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys swimming program has already accomplished goals that would give many, many teams plenty of reason to call it a successful year.

Helping to guide the Panthers this winter are the three senior captains, Andrew Buxbaum, Drew Rossi and Alex Yao.

“As the only seniors on the BRHS boys ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Recreational Wrestling Takes 3rd Place in New Jersey Championship

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan New Jersey Grade School wrestling team placed third in the New Jersey Grade School League Dual Meet Championship.

The Panthers scored a first-round victory over Morris Hills, 54–35, then fell to Philliipsburg, 36–60, in the semi-finals.

This led to a rematch against powerhouse North Hunterdon, which had defeated Bridgewater, 36–52, ...

Ice Hockey: Cranford Wins Over Bridgewater-Raritan, 4-2

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- Cranford scored two goals in the second period and went on to a 4-2 ice hockey victory over Bridgewater-Raritan on Tuesday.

A goal by Dymtro Murenets in the first minute of the second period enabled Bridgewater-Raritan to tie the game, 1-1. But Cranford scored goals with 9:47 and 1:37 left in the second period to take the lead for good.

Sean Fagan added a goal for the ...

Bridgewater Planning Board Debates Truck Traffic Concerns Regarding Application for Manufacturing Facility on Route 206

February 1, 2023

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The public hearing for the 230,062-square-foot manufacturing facility on U.S. Route 206 in Bridgewater will continue at the March 14 planning board meeting, so concerns over traffic around and beyond the facility – as tractor trailers enter and exit the site – can be addressed by applicant M&M LLC.

"Some of these concerns that I have are easily ...

Harmon Face Values’ Nationwide Closure, Including of Location in Raritan

WESTFIELD, NJ — On Monday morning, the Raritan Harmon Face Values store at the Somerville Circle was among locations listed for closure on the website for its parent company, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

By the afternoon, the list of locations —30 of them in New Jersey — was removed and instead a notice on the website advised that Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is closing the ...

Bridgewater Commons, Center for Cultural & Creative Exchange Celebrate Lunar New Year

January 29, 2023

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Commons Mall, in partnership with The Center for Cultural & Creative Exchange, presented a Lunar New Year at the Commons, with traditional Asian performances and a dragon dance to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit Jan. 22.

Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Releases Polling Places for March Referendum Vote

January 27, 2023

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District has released the list of polling places for the March 14 referendum.

Residents can either vote by mail or in specific polling places from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The list of polling places is as follows:

Adamsville Primary School, on Union Avenue – Districts 3, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 27
Bradley Gardens Primary School, ...

GoFundMe Started to Support Family of BRHS Teacher, Whose Son Died Friday

January 28, 2023

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the family of a Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District teacher, whose son died in a tragic accident Friday.

Cody Blihar, the son of a Bridgewater-Raritan High School teacher, died unexpectedly Friday, according to the campaign, and his wife, Monica, is due to give birth to their son in early February.

The campaign was started ...

Students Running Club to Tutor in STEM

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School junior Shrey Agarwal and senior Emaan Jaffer are looking to promote STEM throughout the community with their club, Steel City Codes, that aims to tutor those wanting to learn more.

“Steel City Codes started with the intentions of promoting diversity within the STEM community,” Agarwal said. “We’re addressing these issues ...

It's not too late: Nominate Favorite Charity or Non Profit for Valairco Cares $500 Giveaway; Deadline January 31, 2023

MANVILLE, NJ - Make your vote count! Nominate your favorite charity or non-profit to win Valairco Care's next giveaway of $500. Voting deadline January 31, 2023.  Click here to nominate your charity or nonprofit.

The most recent winner was Church of the Little Flower Food Pantry in Berkeley Heights. The food pantry regularly serves over a dozen individuals and ...

Bill That Would Force Telemarketers to Explain Why They're Calling in 30 Seconds Advances in Trenton

January 27, 2023

TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would require telemarketers to identify themselves and what they're trying to sell in the first 30 seconds of the call has advanced in Trenton.

“New Jerseyans should know who they’re talking to on the phone and what’s being sold to them by telemarketers,” Sen. Jon Bramnick (R - District 21), one of the primary sponsors of the ...

Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs in New Jersey Receive $10 Million Federal Grant

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NJHVIPs) received a big boost on Friday, in the form of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds.

The programs launched three years ago using federal money with the mission of ending cycles of violence across the state by helping victims and their families.

“These innovative violence ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Delivers 2023 State of the State, Says New Jersey is Moving in the Right Direction

TRENTON, NJ — During Tuesday's State of the State Address at the Assembly Chambers in Trenton, Gov. Phil Murphy said he's confident with the direction in which the state is going.

"We are stronger and we are fairer," Murphy said. "We are moving confidently in the right direction — forward."

Republicans aren't so sure.

"Despite the ...

Not Your Grandmother's Cheerleading

MONTVILLE, NJ — Cheerleading has its place I suppose. On the early sidelines of life. Maybe.

I was the oldest of five boys growing up, and we all played sports hoping to be cheered, not to do the cheering.

Then, with my own brood of three sports boys, the same.

My daughter, the youngest, played parochial school basketball, but she also expected to be cheered for, and ...

Home of the Week: 30 Old Farmhouse Rd Long Hill Twp., NJ 07946

Check out 30 Old Farmhouse Road in Long Hill, with an open house this Sunday  2/5 from 2-4 pm. This home provides one-level living in spades with 13 rooms, including 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths. The centerpiece is the chef’s kitchen with a breakfast bar, center island, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances. Right off the kitchen is the family room with a gas fireplace and ...

The Award Winning Laurel Circle Independent Lifestyle Just Got a Whole Lot More Affordable!

Are you an active retiree considering moving to enjoy the best of life without all the responsibilities of home ownership but are concerned about rising costs? Laurel Circle invites you to see how the Bridgewater independent living community can help you plan for an exciting new future with a high-quality lifestyle and financial flexibility at our beautiful 28-acre campus.

“My home was ...

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Sun, February 05
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Bridgewater Township Lunar New Year ...

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Tue, February 07
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Tue, February 07
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Board of Education Meeting

Bridgewater Police Release Police Blotter, With Car Thefts, Shoplifting Incidents

February 1, 2023

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department released its police blotter for the end of December and early January.

A Sherlin Drive resident reported Dec. 22 that their vehicle was stolen from their driveway. According to police, the victim had been unloading items from their vehicle when someone entered the vehicle and fled the scene. The car was unoccupied and the key to ...

Hersh Children’s Center at Overlook Medical Center marks 1st anniversary

February 3, 2023

SUMMIT, NJ – FEBRUARY 2023 – The Hersh Children’s Center, located at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center, marked its first anniversary of providing pediatric emergency and inpatient services in one convenient, family-friendly space.

Following completion in late 2021, the 12,000 square-foot center opened in January 2022, combining the Meri and Sol Barer ...

Resilient Youth Working to Better Children’s Lives After Trauma

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Resilient Youth of Somerset, a sub-committee of nonprofit organization Friends of Somerset County Youth, is working to improve outcomes for children who have experienced trauma. 

Since forming in 2016, they have educated more than 1,000 people on Trauma Informed Care. As they continue their outreach in 2023, they especially want to reach parents and caregivers of ...

SWAT Team Disarms Barricaded Man with TASER after Six-Hour Standoff

January 31, 2023

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ – A man with a gun who had been barricaded in a bathroom for nearly six hours was disarmed Monday afternoon by a member of the Somerset County SWAT team using a TASER, ending the standoff peacefully, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

Township police were called to a residence on Goltra Drive at 9:15 a.m. by medical staff dealing with an ...

TAPinto Named a 2023 Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto was recently named a Top Franchise for 2023 by Franchise Business Review. This is the 18th annual ranking of the 200 best franchise opportunities as rated by franchisees.

"TAPinto is honored to be recognized as one of the top 200 franchises in the United States," TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro said. "The fact that this ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood People to Watch: Bruce Moran, Communications Specialist at BRRSD

January 27, 2023

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - TAPintoSPF's People to Watch series continues with Bruce Moran, vice president of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Police Athletic League (PAL).

Like most other kids, Moran grew up with an interest in sports. He took this interest into writing for the Westfield High School weekly newspaper while he was a student there.

"I knew that I wanted to become a ...