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Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Celebrates First Day of School (Photos)

September 7, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District celebrated the first day of school Thursday, with students heading into all schools to begin a new year.

Although the district called a half day because of the excessive heat expected Thursday, students headed to their respective classes ready to start the new year.

BRMS Named Winner of Contest for Kindness Mural

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School was named the Somerset County winner of a school mural contest from Chirp Workshop, in Flemington, to have a kindness or inclusion-themed quote painted on a wall in the school.

According to BRMS principal Nancy Iatesta, the school has been embarking on a project since last year to improve school climate.

"Counselor Maura ...

First Day of School to be Half Day Due to Excessive Heat

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Due to the excessive heat, the first day of school Sept. 6 will only be a half day, according to a message on the district website.

According to the message, staff have been working in the buildings over the last two days, but most of the buildings are not air-conditioned.

Because of the current conditions with excessive heat in the area, which is forecasted to continue ...

Bridgewater Proposing Full Time Historian, Local History Advisory

September 17, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is working to establish an office for a full-time historian and local history advisory.

The town council recently introduced an ordinance to do so.

Councilman Filipe Pedroso started by saying that he was pleased the measure was on the agenda, and remarked that Bridgewater is one of the oldest townships in the country, having been chartered in ...

Despite Question Over Best Brand, Bridgewater Council Approves Bid for Bulletproof Vests

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater’s police department is in line to receive two dozen new bulletproof vests. 

The Bridgewater Township Council approved a resolution to award a contract to Universal Uniform Sales Inc., out of Newark, for 29 ballistic vests and vest carriers from Point Blank IIIA. The total cost is $37,214, and will be funded from the 2018 police budget bids and ...

Bridgewater Approves Ordinance to Ban Sale of Recreational Marijuana in Township

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Sales of recreational marijuana will not be allowed in Bridgewater Township after the township council unanimously approved an ordinance to ban the sale, cultivation, manufacturing and testing of recreational marijuana within the township’s borders.

No member of the audience spoke during the public hearing itself, although resident Robert Young spoke ...

Raritan Police Holding Essay Contest to Find 'Leader of the Pack'

September 14, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Police Department is preparing to invite one special fourth grader from St. Ann School and one from John F. Kennedy Primary School to be "Leader of the Parade," and ride with Raritan Borough Police during this year's annual John Basilone Parade.

According to Raritan Police Chief Raymond Nolte, he was driving in the lead car in ...

Bridgewater Hears Presentation on On P.O.I.N.T Program That Provides Extra Services Regarding Mentally Ill, Abusive or Drug-Related Circumstances

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township and its officials are exploring new ways of helping others, if a recent presentation by an Ocean County group is any indicator.

Stafford Township Mayor John Spodofora, Stafford Township Police Chief Thomas Dellane and On P.O.I.N.T. Coordinator Meghan Corrigan spoke to the Bridgewater Township Council about the On P.O.I.N.T. Program. They ...

Bridgewater Introduces Ordinance to Hire Class 3 Police Officers to Patrol Schools

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council and the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District are working on hiring a new set of police officers to help protect the school buildings. 

The council voted unanimously at its Sept. 6 meeting to introduce an ordinance that will allow the hiring of three class III special law enforcement officers to patrol the ...

Field Hockey: Bridgewater-Raritan Defeats Pingry, 4-1

September 17, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan remained undefeated with a 4-1 field hockey victory over Pingry on Monday.

Madison Bray scored two goals for the Panthers (7-0), who held a 2-0 halftime lead. Jenna Vadinsky supplied assists on all four BRHS goals.

Martina Kampel had a goal and an assist, and Erin Willoughby scored a goal for Bridgewater, which outshot Pingry, 16-3.

BRHS Student Chosen to be Part of NJSIAA Student Athlete Advisory Council

NEW JERSEY - Bridgewater-Raritan High School's Nicholas Sacco has been chosen as a member of the new Student Athlete Advisory Council for the 2018-2019 school year through the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).

The council, according to a release, is expected to give a voice to student athletes, and will be comprised of one student representative from ...

Football: Ridge Edges Bridgewater-Raritan, 24-21, on Field Goal at :00

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - As Ridge's Wing-T offense inexorably consumed chunks of yardage marching downfield in the closing minutes of a tie game, Jake Beckman kept running through the endgame scenario in his mind on the sidelines.

"I'm imagining taking my steps, lining it up and seeing the ball go through the uprights," Beckman said of his visualization from the Ridge ...

Bridgewater Holds Annual Electric Car Event

September 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Despite the rain coming down, Bridgewater Township held its annual National Drive Electric Week Event Sept. 12 in the municipal courtyard with owners and auto-dealers displaying their own electric cars.

Guests had the chance to learn about the different cars, how they run, how much they cost and more.

In addition, the event featured a number of food trucks, selling their ...

Hundreds Turn Out for Bridgewater Community Day Featuring Touch a Truck with the JCC

September 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township and the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, in Bridgewater, held Bridgewater Community Day featuring Touch a Truck and Dog Day.

Hundreds came out to the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Sunday to see trucks, visit with dogs, enjoy good food, jump in a bouncy house, sit in a helicopter and more.

— Photos by ...

Bridgewater Residents to Vote on Open Space Referendum Question

September 17, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township voters will have a special question on the ballot when they vote Nov. 6. 

Residents will be asked to allow the use of up to 25 percent of existing Open Space Trust Funds to pay for the acquisition of historic properties and capital expenditures for repairs of properties that are already under the ownership of the township as well as ...

Annual Travis Manion Heroes Run Honors Those Who Gave Their Lives on 9/11

September 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run was held Saturday at Ethicon Saturday to honor those who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

The event was a 5K and 1-mile run/walk, and was one of many being held around the world on or near Sept. 11.

The race is a chance to thank local veterans and families, and connect with first responders.

The event included a flag ...

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Bridgewater Police Investigating Reports of Side View Windows Stolen from Two Car Dealerships, According to a Report

September 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several thefts were reported to Bridgewater businesses at the beginning of September, including two of side view windows at local car dealerships, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

An employee of Lexus of Bridgewater, on Route 22 East, reported Sept. 4 that someone had stolen the exterior side view windows from four vehicles that were parked on the ...

Vermeule Mansion in Journey History Weekend Oct 13-14

September 15, 2018

The Vermeule Mansion announces their participation in the annual Weekend Journey Through the Past, a weekend tour of historically significant places in Somerset County.  Approximately 30 sites will participate in the event run by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission, scheduled for Oct 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. This is the ...

Leadership Somerset Seeking Donations to Upgrade Kitchen at Agape House

September 15, 2018

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Leadership Somerset Program is starting its fundraising work to upgrade the women's kitchen in the Agape House in Somerville, and provide a nutritional program to those living there.

According to a release, Leadership Somerset works to create an active network of informed concerned leaders who are committed to improving quality of life in the community. Every ...

'Age of Innocence' captures Wharton's 1870s New York

‘Age of Innocence’ captures Wharton’s 1870’s New York


PRINCETON, NJ – Leave it to author Edith Wharton to decode the lives of staid, wealthy New Yorkers as she does so hauntingly in her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Age of Innocence.”

Douglas McGrath adapted the novel for a stirring, 95-minute production at the McCarter Theatre ...

'Brick City' takes on high school angst

‘Brick City’ takes journey through high school angst


UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages at Kean University presents a new play by Nicole Pandolfo. “Brick City” is an exploration of two seniors in high school and their search for meaningful lives, while their teacher/mentor, Veronica, is also turning her life around.

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Even One Cigarette is Two Too Many

“Doc, I’m down to one cigarette a day”. That’s great, but you have to stop altogether. “I don’t want to gain weight if I quit. What do you think about e-cigarettes?”

Over the past several years, the number of people who smoke has dropped to an all time low. About 13% of US adults smoke, but that still represents about 37 million active smokers. The ...