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BRHS Robotics Team 303 Hosts Sensory Fair

December 12, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Robotics Team 303 hosted its first annual Sensory Fair Dec. 9 to support local children with special needs, and featured different activities that were sensory friendly.

The idea for the event, according to Sarah Nasson of Team 303, came from reflecting on the annual October STEAM event, which is always loud and crowded. The team, ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Teachers Honored for Academic Achievements, Years of Service

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - More than four dozen Bridgewater-Raritan school district faculty and staff members were honored for their academic and longevity achievements at the Nov. 21 board of education meeting.

Teachers and staffers were honored for 25 years of service, acquisition of advanced degrees and tenure achievement.

“It’s incredible having so many staff members with so ...

BRHS Robotics Team 303 Holding Sensory Fair

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Robotics Team is welcoming children ages 5 to 12 to the first annual sensory fair Dec. 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the small cafeteria of the high school.

The fair is aimed at supporting local children with special needs, as well as people who may feel uncomfortable at public events. There will be booths with sensory-friendly activities, ...

Bridgewater Approves Continued Contract for Work at Stavola Quarry

December 14, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Business will continue as usual at Bridgewater Township’s heavily-used quarry.

Tom Branch, vice-president of Stavola Construction Materials, Inc., appeared before the Bridgewater town council at its agenda session Nov. 30 about renewing the company’s annual license agreement with the municipality regarding the quarry. The quarry property, of Chimney Rock Road, is ...

Lance Gets Approval in House for Renaming Raritan Post Office in Honor of John Basilone

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Leonard Lance, R-7th, secured passage in the U.S House for his legislation, H.R. 2815, to rename the post office in Raritan as the Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Post Office.

“Gunnery Sgt. Basilone is an exemplar of brave service in our Armed Forces and a member of the greatest generation whose collective bravery and selflessness won World War II and liberated ...

Bridgewater Council Debates Grant Acceptance, and 50% Contribution, for Lane-Brokaw House Stabilization

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The saga of Bridgewater’s venerable Lane-Brokaw House continues, as the township council has been attempting to stabilize the Revolutionary War-era structure on Milltown Road, and will put the matter to a vote later this month.

At stake is a county grant valued at $75,000, which the town had yet to accept as of the council’s agenda session Nov. 30. Council ...

Bridgewater Woman Suffers Multiple Injuries After Being Struck by Pickup Truck Thursday, Bridgewater Police Say

December 7, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater woman was taken to the hospital Thursday with multiple injuries after she was struck by a motor vehicle while running in the shoulder of Route 28, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

According to police, the crash occurred on Route 28 at the exit ramp from Route 22 East at about 2:28 p.m.

A 1995 Chevrolet C-15 pickup truck driven by ...

Raritan to Launch Street Smart Campaign to Educate on Pedestrian Safety

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough Council is planning to take part in a Street Smart Campaign from RideWise of Raritan Valley in an effort to reduce pedestrian-related crashes throughout the borough.

RideWise is an independent not-for-profit organization that educates businesses and community members on alternative transportation options in the county.

Asha Bailey, committee consultant ...

Raritan Police Searching for Suspect in Robbery at Stop & Shop

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough Police are investigating a report of a strong arm robbery at Stop & Shop in Raritan, Nov. 29, according to a report.

According to the report, an employee confronted a shoplifter outside the store, and the employee was thrown to the ground by the suspect.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact Det. Steven Bonczek at 908-725-6700, ext.

Bridgewater Baseball Field Named Field of Year by Sports Field Managers of New Jersey

December 16, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The baseball field at the Somerset County Park Commission Frank "Nap" Torpey Athletic Complex in Bridgewater has received the 2017 Sports Field Managers of New Jersey "Field of the Year" award.

The award, according to a release, complements the 2013 award for the softball field, and is the second time the baseball field has earned the honor, after ...

WHRHS Girls Basketball: Watchung Hills Tops Bridgewater in Opener, 69-59

WARREN, NJ - Senior Julia Cunningham scored 34 points, going 15-for-15 from the free throw line, and also dished out five assists to lead the Watchung Hills over Bridgewater-Raritan on opening night Friday, 69-59. 

Bridgewater took the early lead 14-10 after the first, but the Warriors outscored the Panthers 27-14 in the second to take the lead into the half. Watchung Hills never ...

Boys Basketball: Bridgewater-Raritan Beats Watchung Hills, 59-55

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan boys basketball team opened its season with a 59-55 victory over Watchung Hills on Friday night.

Sterling White poured in 23 points to lead the Panthers. Aaron Gao finished with 14 points in the victory.

Justin Bryant added nine points for BRHS, which pulled away from a halftime tie with a 13-5 spurt in the third quarter. Dan Pilsbury led Watchung ...

Bridgewater JCC Holds Annual Hanukkah Party

December 15, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, in Bridgewater, held its annual party Wednesday to celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah.

Guests played games, created menorahs and made dreidels to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

BRHS Theatre Department Puts on Performance of 'Museum'

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Theatre Arts Department put on a performance of “Museum” for the 2017 fall play.

Performing in the play were Nathan Thiesse, Jacob Blumberg, Frankie Cruz, Melissa McClymont, Mikhita Gurukula, Ashley Velazquez, Aditi Sathe, Diana Scafuto, Jonathan Buonocore, Jenna Hope, Daniel Amorim, Chloe Dittloff, Emma DeMayo, David Mead, ...

Raritan Welcomes Santa Claus With Annual Party, Tree Lighting

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough held its annual celebration Sunday to welcome Santa Claus and celebrate the season at the municipal building.

The event included pictures with Santa, food, drink and a tree-lighting at the end of the day.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

Controlled Burn in Washington Valley Park Done to Reduce Fuel in Park, Park Commission Says

December 4, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and representatives for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recently performed a controlled burn on 128.5 acres of Washington Valley Park.

According to a release from the park commission, these controlled burns refer to the controlled application of fire by a team of fire experts under certain weather conditions to ...

Cut-A-Thon & Toy Drive Generates Donations for Cancer Research

December 10, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – On Dec. 2, cosmetology instructors Julie Francis and Paige Garruto, along with their students, held the yearly Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Cut-A-Thon & Toy Drive. 

“This year was the most successful Cut-A-Thon that we have held to date,” Francis said. “We are extremely proud of all of the students who ...

Patriots' Fans Trudge Through Snow to Donate Toys

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A steady stream of determined fans trudged through the snow outside TD Ballpark Saturday morning, carrying bags and boxes of donated toys inside to the Somerset Patriots gift shop where they were handed off to three US Marines in dress blue uniforms who were  collecting Toys for Tots.

The Marines were assisted by Santa, team mascot Sparkee and his namesake, manager ...

4-H'ers Donate Hog to Food Bank Network of Somerset County

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Local members of the Somerset County 4-H, including several from Bridgewater, donated two hogs to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.

In April, the 4-H’ers purchase pigs from Rutgers University that they are going to raise and display at the fair for their livestock project. There were extra pigs in the litter, according to a release, so Susie Norz, of Norz Hill ...

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Switzerland Man Arrested for DWI Following Route 202 Pursuit, According to Raritan Police

December 15, 2017

RARITAN, NJ - A man from Switzerland was arrested Dec. 5 for driving while intoxicated after a brief pursuit on Route 202 that ended in Branchburg, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police.

Pirmin Lotscher, 38, was arrested for driving while intoxicated after he was seen by Officer Andrew Ragati driving at a high rate of speed on First Avenue.

According to the report, Lotscher ...

Habitat for Humanity Seeking Space for ReStore

December 16, 2017

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is launching a Habitat ReStore in the Somerset County area.

Habitat is looking for unused retail space (about 10,000 to 15,000 square feet) in Somerset County that could support a local Habitat ReStore. Anyone who has a space that can be offered at an affordable rent is being asked to partner with Raritan Valley Habitat to build a ...

Somerset County Commission on Status of Women Seeking Nominations for Outstanding Women

December 9, 2017

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominations for the 2018 Outstanding Women in Somerset County awards program, and nominations are due by Dec. 31.

"We have many women in Somerset County doing amazing things every day," freeholder Patricia Walsh, commission liaison, said in a release. "It is most appropriate that during ...

'It's a Wonderful Life'from film to stage to radio

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ shows surprising appeal as radio/stage production

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has selected a nostalgic and heartwarming version of the classic Frank Capra movie from the 1140’s to entertain holiday audiences. “It’s a Wonderful Life” has somehow become a classic Christmas ...

The Winter Blues

The weather is getting colder. The days are shorter. People leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark.  Winter is here and with it comes an increase in heart disease and heart related deaths.  There are many reasons why winter weather worsens heart problems. Heart patients are under more stress at the extremes of temperatures. Cold weather increases the workload on the ...

Freight Train Derailment in Union; Raritan Train Station Service Suspended

December 8, 2017

UNION, NJ - A freight train derailed in Union at about 2:15 p.m. this afternoon, and Raritan Borough Police say train service is suspended at the Raritan Train Station until further notice because of it.

Preliminary details indicate that the train derailed past the Union Train Station.  According to Township of Union Business Administrator, the freight train contained 141 cars.  ...