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The COVID Hit

January 11, 2021

Editor's Note: The following was written by an 8-year-old student in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District about his experiences with virtual learning as much conversation has been had recently following the release of a petition urging for greater communication, transparency and a clear plan forward in reopening schools fully. It was submitted by his mother, Tara Mezzasalma, who ...

District Administration Addresses Concerns Regarding School Reopenings, Future Plans

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is following a detailed plan when it comes to dealing with COVID-19 and potentially reopening its school buildings.

“I thought it was appropriate to give an update,” said superintendent Thomas Ficarra before his presentation at the Jan. 5 online meeting of the board of education.

After beginning the 2020-2021 ...

Board of Education Reorganizes for 2021, Barlow to Serve Again as President

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The revamped Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education is set.

The school board held its annual reorganization meeting Tuesday, which like all board meetings since last spring was conducted online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Business administrator Peter Starrs conducted the meeting until a new president was selected. He first read off the election results from ...

Raritan Municipal Building Reopens After 10-Day Long COVID Closure

January 15, 2021

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Municipal Building opened back up to employees Thursday following a 10-day-long closure.

Three municipal employees tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the building to close its doors on Jan 4.

Business was being completed remotely, Interim Borough Administrator Eric Colvin said, though not all employees were able to do their job from home. Noting that a ...

Raritan Borough Receives CARES Act Grant to Aid in Community Wellness

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council moved Tuesday to authorize the acceptance of funding that will be used toward food insecurity and wellness in the community.

The Somerset County Department of Community Development received funding from the Community Development Block Grant appropriated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

CDBG Cares Act, known as ...

Bridgewater Receiving Coronavirus Relief Fund Money

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township recently obtained more than a half million dollars in funding aid, as a result of the municipality’s ongoing battle with COVID-19.

The township received $545,860 from the Local Government Emergency Fund through the New Jersey CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), according to a news release issued Jan. 6.

“I would like to thank our hard ...

Raritan, Bridgewater Police Pay Tribute to Fallen Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick

January 15, 2021

RARITAN, NJ - Police officers from Raritan, Bridgewater and Hillsborough, and local residents, gathered in Raritan Thursday night for a moment of silence honoring fallen Officer Brian Sicknick, who died from injuries sustained in the attack at the Capitol in Washington D.C Jan. 6.

Sicknick was a New Jersey native who died Jan. 7 at 9:30 p.m.

Felix Ciattarelli, brother of gubernatorial ...

County Prosecutor's Office to Place New Officer With Raritan PD for Training

RARITAN, NJ - The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office has selected an incoming detective to work with the Raritan Borough Police Department, as part of a new county initiative.

Upon graduating from the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Academy in June 2021, the selected officer, who has already been hired by the prosecutor’s office, will hold the title of ...

Police Searching for Two in Connection With Identity Theft Purchase in Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police and the New Jersey State Police are asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects accused of identity theft in Bridgewater.

According to a report from the state police, they are seeking assistance in identifying a man and woman who allegedly bought an iPhone fraudulently by using another person's identity in Bridgewater.

On ...

Ciattarelli Opponent in GOP Gubernatorial Primary Race Drops Out

January 12, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Doug Steinhardt, chairman of the New Jersey Republican Party and candidate in the 2021 GOP Gubernatorial Primary, has dropped out of the race just one month after launching his campaign.

The abrupt announcement boosts the likelihood that Jack Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident and former state Assemblyman who kicked off his campaign one year ago, will win the GOP ...

Marines Spread Iwo Jima Sand at Basilone Memorial

January 9, 2021

RARITAN, NJ - Branchburg resident Kyle Kappmeier was gifted sand from the shores of Iwo Jima by a childhood friend who was a retired Marine.

As an ardent supporter of the military, Kappmeier decided he wanted to spread the sand at the John Basilone memorial in Raritan.

“Basilone means so much to our community, and it was something I wanted to do to honor him,” he said.

Bethlehem Peace Light Candle Comes to Bridgewater

January 2, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Girl Scouts Amethyst Bolink of Troop 60354, Ashley Bolink of Troop 62209 and Maddie Glaws of Troop 60616, and Jack Glaws from Cub Scout Pack 96 took part in the amazing Peace Light Ceremony at St. Bernards of Clairvaux in Bridgewater Dec. 20. 

Amethyst and Ashley Bolink are from Branchburg, and Maddie and Jack Glaws are from Bridgewater.

The Peace Light from Bethlehem ...

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Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

January 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

Bridgewater Reporting 18 New COVID Cases

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting 18 more COVID-19 cases, as of Thursday, bringing the total to 1,557.

The township is not reporting any new fatalities, keeping the total at 86.

As of Wednesday, Raritan was reporting eight new cases, for a total of 384. The borough is not reporting any new fatalities, keeping the total at 16.

Residents are reminded that, as of Thursday, ...

Bridgewater Township Reporting 18 New COVID Cases

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting 18 new COVID cases, as of Wednesday, bringing the total to 1,539.

The township is not reporting any additional fatalities, bringing the total to 86. Of those 86, two were under age 50; five were between ages 50 and 64; 19 were between ages 65 and 79; and 60 were over 80, with the full range being between 40 and 105.

Resident: Thank You to Petition Writers for Starting the Conversation

January 6, 2021

To the Editor:

This letter serves as a thank you to the parents who authored and submitted the petition regarding the transparency of reopening schools in the district. 

Were your words perfect? Of course not.  

But were they brave? Yes. They were. It is so hard to be heard. Often our concerns are lost in the catacombs of emails or muddled publicly by ...

BOBO Fridays food drive continues Jan. 15

January 14, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Residents can help neighbors in need by doubling up on some of their regular grocery purchases of non-perishable food items by donating the second item to “Buy One, Bring One” (BOBO) Fridays. Just look for the blue  bins that are located in the vestibule at the Somerset County Administration Building in Somerville on the third Friday of any month. The First ...

Milestones

Alexandra Reidy Graduates from East Stroudsburg University

December 21, 2020

Alexandra Reidy, a 2017 Dunellen High School graduate, has graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor of Exercise Science.  She was among 447 other students that received degrees from ESU.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional ceremonies could not take place, a virtual ceremony was done on December 19, 2020.

Caldwell University Honors Student Ben Fernandez Finishes First Semester With 4.0 GPA

Congratulations to Ben Fernandez, an Honors student at Caldwell University who completed his first semester with a 4.0 GPA!

Hillsborough: Metal Pieces Found in Ice Cream Sold at Weis Markets

January 13, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Weis Markets, with stores in Randolph, Flanders and Hillsborough, have issued a recall for their Cookies and Cream Ice Cream and Klein's Vanilla Dairy Ice Cream. 

Both products may be contaminated with metal parts from filling equipment, according to the Food & Drug Administration. 

The contamination was reported after a customer discovered an ...

Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

January 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...