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Beers Releases Statement Outlining Two Questions for March's Referendum

December 1, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Superintendent Robert Beers released a statement to parents Wednesday regarding the upcoming referendum, which is set to come for a vote in March.

Below is the superintendent's message in its entirety:

Dear Bridgewater-Raritan Community, 

In a few short months, the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District will request funding for a district-wide ...

John Maggio To Retire as Athletic Director at Bridgewater-Raritan High

After decades serving as an athletic director, 24 of them at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, in a position he coveted to follow in his father’s footsteps, John Maggio is retiring, effective the end of November.

“My father was an athletic director at Plainfield High School for 24 years,” he said. “And I had always wanted to be an athletic director. Physical education ...

Bridgewater Approves Resolutions for Playground Equipment Repairs

December 5, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Bridgewater Township will work to replace and upgrade deteriorating playground equipment at two of its park properties after approving a pair of resolutions to do so. 

Following a presentation by public works and sewer utility superintendent Richard Shimp at the Nov. 10 meeting of the Bridgewater Township Council, the municipal governing body approved two ...

Township Approves Resolutions on Budget Transfers, Introduces Ordinances on Bonding

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Two public hearings will be held at Monday’s Bridgewater Township council meeting, one for an ordinance on escrow fees, and another for a bond ordinance of over $250,000 for the municipal senior center.

The first ordinance, introduced at the governing body’s sole November meeting, is for escrow fees under the township code for land use. Township ...

Raritan Borough Planning Installation of New Speed Humps

RARITAN, NJ - On Nov. 14, the Raritan Borough Council approved the installation of speed humps on Meehan Avenue and Woodmere Street, a request many residents have made and which is technically already in the budget.

The roads in question meet the criteria for speed humps, which is any road with less than 3,000 cars per day. However, a police study found that there might not be an actual need ...

Bridgewater Police Reminding Residents to be Mindful of Valuables When Out Shopping

December 2, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Police released a message warning residents to keep their valuables close after investigating a number of thefts of purses and wallets that have been left unattended.

According to police, the department has been investigating incidents where the items were stolen from shopping carts when purses were left unattended and the victims were potentially ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Ice Hockey Ready to Build on Last Season's Wins

December 8, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Bridgewater-Raritan ice hockey team opens its season Dec. 9 against Hillsborough at Flemington Ice Arena at 6 p.m.

The Flemington Ice Arena will be doing its annual Teddy Bear toss that night. All bears tossed on the ice will be donated to AMVETS. 

The Panthers won five games and tied one last season with a young core of players who gained experience and who are ...

Bridgewater In-Town Soccer Team Celebrates Undefeated Season

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Eagles soccer team No. 4 had an undefeated season this year.

The team won every game to have an undefeated fall season.

"For most of the soccer games, their abilities shined on the field," Coach Tom Geertsma said.

On the team this year were Tyler Bicking, Cai Whalen, Jonathan Lopez, Bobby Rangelov, Gabriel Faiella, Reyu Nguyen, Dheeraj ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Field Hockey Player Biondi Gets First-Team Honors

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- Samantha Biondi, of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, has been named to the Skyland Conference Delaware Division First Team for 2022.

A junior who played both midfield and forward, Biondi finished the season with six goals and four assists for the Panthers. She was selected to the team in a vote of the conference's coaches.

Two Bridgewater-Raritan players were selected ...

Raritan Mall Application Will Next Go Before Planning Board

December 1, 2022

RARITAN, NJ - Since losing its supermarket anchor, Stop & Shop, in 2017, the Raritan Mall has been awaiting redevelopment, suffering from poor maintenance and a high vacancy rate. 

Although progress has been slow, borough engineer Stanley Schrek said he had a preliminary meeting with the design team to go over the redevelopment plan for the mall, and is looking to progress the ...

Bridgewater, Raritan Stores Set Black Friday 2022 Hours

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With the busiest shopping day of the year almost here, we want to help you find the best deals and know just when the stores are opening.

Black Friday is Nov. 25, and most stores are now closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Here is your list of when the biggest stores in Bridgewater and Raritan will be opening their doors on Friday:

Bridgewater Commons Mall — The mall ...

Hillside Roots & Shoots Holds Annual Celebrity Chef Contest

December 7, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Hillside Intermediate School held its annual Celebrity Chef event Nov. 30, with students and staff cooking their favorite dishes and hoping to earn votes from their peers.

The event is a chance for students, staff, parents and community members to share their favorite recipes with the school community. Guests had the chance to sample a wide range of offerings and tip the ...

Bridgewater Township Holds Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township held its annual tree lighting Dec. 2 at the municipal building, getting a head start on the holiday season.

Bridgewater Approves Resolutions for Playground Equipment Repairs

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Bridgewater Township will work to replace and upgrade deteriorating playground equipment at two of its park properties after approving a pair of resolutions to do so. 

Following a presentation by public works and sewer utility superintendent Richard Shimp at the Nov. 10 meeting of the Bridgewater Township Council, the municipal governing body approved two ...

Hillside Roots & Shoots Holds Annual Celebrity Chef Contest

December 7, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Hillside Intermediate School held its annual Celebrity Chef event Nov. 30, with students and staff cooking their favorite dishes and hoping to earn votes from their peers.

The event is a chance for students, staff, parents and community members to share their favorite recipes with the school community. Guests had the chance to sample a wide range of offerings and tip the ...

Bridgewater Girl Scout Troop to Create Bat Houses for the Township

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Just before Halloween, Girl Scout Troop No. 61097 of Bridgewater, appeared before the town council to discuss a potential project that will use bats for insect control.

The troop of sixth and seventh graders, who attend either Eisenhower or Hillside intermediate schools, delivered the presentation before the municipal governing body Oct. 17.

“We like that (Girl ...

Bridgewater Township Holds Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

December 6, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township held its annual tree lighting Dec. 2 at the municipal building, getting a head start on the holiday season.

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Halted Following Judge's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt.

Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court.

State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose announced the decision Wednesday. In her ruling, bear hunt opponents have until Friday ...

New State Law Requires Schools to Submit Digital Maps to Law Enforcement

TRENTON, NJ — Starting in the 2023-24 school year, all schools in New Jersey will have to submit digital maps of their campuses to law enforcement.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-2426 into law Wednesday. It requires the information to be submitted next year and updated regularly with copies given to designated law enforcement.

"We have seen, time and time again, public mass shootings ...

A Hotter New Jersey and Heated Politics to Look Forward to?

UNION, NJ — The moderator for a round table about New Jersey’s future issues jokingly put it in perspective when he said the conversation was going to be “a panel of formers talking about the future.”  

But the conference at Kean University sponsored by the state’s largest utility -- Public Service Electric & Gas -- had a lot of “formers” ...

6 Ways to Balance Your Immune System

With flu season and winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your immune health. While many people seek ways to boost their immune system, it’s more important to balance it.

What’s the difference? “When you boost your immune system, you may make it respond too aggressively to infection, which can push you towards autoimmunity and ...

Agent Spotlight: April Blount

April Blount, Broker-Associate in the Watchung office, has been immersed in New Jersey real estate for over a decade. Specializing in luxury and new developments, she’s a superb guide through the selling and buying process. April crafts custom marketing strategies designed to achieve the best outcome for her sellers and puts in the legwork to meet her buyers’ needs as well. No matter ...

Festive Fun and Holiday Traditions at Laurel Circle

It’s time for happy holiday feelings and sharing wonderful times with family and friends. For many Laurel Circle residents, festive expressions come from many different traditions. With Christmas and Hanukkah running almost concurrently this year, December 18 - December 26, there is special and delicious food to be shared and thanks to say amongst friends and loved ones.

Many assume that ...

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BGS PTO Meeting - Referendum Discussion

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Hospital, Arts Organization and Community Gather to Share Life and Cultural Experiences

There was a stuffed bear named Pinky, won at a boardwalk game as a child, and a small handmade bowl - both filled with memories of loved ones more than anything else.

There were items of celebration and tragedy – a bandhej saree that a breast cancer survivor has used to tie her memories to one another; and a wooden panel from the door of a synagogue in Slovakia, that now sits on a home ...

Bridgewater Police Release New Blotter, Including Thefts, DWI Reports

December 2, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police have released a police blotter from the middle of October through the end of November.

Korrie Keats, 38, of Plainfield, was arrested Oct. 12 at about 1:15 p.m. for shoplifting after being found with merchandise from Wegmans, on Route 202. According to police, Keats took $554.87 worth of merchandise and exited the store without paying. Keats was ...

Two Atlantic Health System Hospitals Earn 2022 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

December 8, 2022

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, two Atlantic Health System hospitals were named Top Hospitals nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Morristown Medical Center was named a Top Teaching Hospital, and Chilton Medical Center was named a Top General Hospital.

Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is well-known as one of ...

Reflecting on Another Year of Recognizing Local County Charities

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Since launching in November 2020, BReeze Cares has highlighted the work of 20 local nonprofits and distributed $1,000 in charitable donations. During this season of giving, please consider referring someone in need, volunteering, donating goods or making a financial contribution to support the worthy nonprofits who serve our local ...

Rudolph & Crew Take the Day Off; Santa Flies in to Hillsborough Airport

December 8, 2022

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Central New Jersey Regional Airport has seen its fair share of VIPs land at the airport, most recently President Joe Biden, who flew in from his home in Delaware aboard Marine One to visit Hillsborough and Manville a few days after Tropical Storm Ida last September to assess the damage to both communities.

Former President Bill Clinton also flew in ...

Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunities with TAPinto Can Help Your Business

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Why do businesses sponsor sporting events, township recreation events, and other initiatives?  Of course, they sponsor to show their public support. But there’s much more to it.  

Importantly, business owners want to align their business’s brand with the reputation and credibility of the event or initiative they are sponsoring. They ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Participates in Downtown New Jersey Panel

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro recently took part in a panel discussion at Downtown New Jersey's annual conference, called "Destination Downtown." The panel focused on local news and public relations and how both impact local businesses.

Shapiro and other professionals discussed how to implement a public relations campaign to promote ...

6 Ways to Balance Your Immune System

With flu season and winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your immune health. While many people seek ways to boost their immune system, it’s more important to balance it.

What’s the difference? “When you boost your immune system, you may make it respond too aggressively to infection, which can push you towards autoimmunity and ...