BRMS Student Named Semifinalist for Upcoming New Jersey National Geographic State Bee

March 23, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Anoushka Buddhikot, a seventh-grade student at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, was named a semifinalist for the 2017 New Jersey National Geographic State Bee, which will be held at Rowan University on March 31.

This is the second level of the national competition, now in its 29th year. School bees are held first in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students to ...

District Calendar Being Revised to Close School on April 17, Open on April 27

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - After using all three allotted snow days for the 2016-2017 school year, Superintendent Russell Lazovick is revising the calendar to extend the district's spring break and open school on a previously closed date.

According to a post on the district website, Lazovick has decided to close school on April 17 in exchange for opening school on April 27.

Previously, students ...

Board of Education Approves Tentative Budget With 3.54 Percent Increase in Tax Levy

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With a 3 percent increase in expenditures and a 3.54 percent increase in the tax levy, the board of education approved a tentative 2017-2018 budget that uses previously banked cap money and fulfills a number of goals.

The budget is set at $150,620,857, a 3 percent increase over the 2016-2017 budget of $146,226,814.

After a number of discussions with the board of ...

Raritan Mulling Opportunities for Offering New Sports to Residents

March 24, 2017

RARITAN, NJ - With the creation of a sports committee and an events committee to replace the former Raritan Borough Recreation Committee, plans are being made and changes are being mulled to provide more offerings for residents and children.

Raritan Borough Coucnilman Robert McGinley, the liaison to the sports committee, said they are talking to Bridgewater Recreation about the latter ...

Bridgewater to Hold Budget Sessions With CFO, Department Heads

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council is preparing to hear from Chief Financial Officer Natasha Turchan and other department heads regarding its introduced budget.

The budget, as introduced in early March, is set at $43,604,621.89 for 2017, a 0.3 percent increase over the realized 2016 budget of $43,447,365.18.

It calls for an increase in taxes of $17.16 for the average ...

Bridgewater Approves County Shared Service for Additional Roadwork

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council approved a resolution for a shared service agreement with Somerset County for additional roadwork throughout the town.

According to township administrator James Naples, this is a new service that allows the township to stretch the amount of road length they can improve throughout the year.

The costs of the shared service agreement is ...

Somerville Man Struck While Walking on Route 206 in Raritan

March 21, 2017

RARITAN, NJ - A Somerville man was struck by a vehicle while he was walking west across Route 206 in Raritan against the green traffic signal Monday evening, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police.

According to police, at about 9:43 p.m., Brian Saverino, 70, was struck by a 2010 Subaru Outback driven by Joyce Carmon, 60, of Hillsborough. 

Saverino, the report said, ...

Bridgewater Swish 5th Grade Girls Travel Hoops Win League Championship

March 20, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Swish fifth grade girls travel basketball team won the 2016-2017 Garden State Basketball League championship with a resounding 37-21 win over Montgomery.  

Bridgewater led most of the game, but used its full court pressure defense to pull away in the fourth quarter.  During a four-minute stretch of that period,  Bridgewater turned ...

Dynamic Duo Lead SCVTHS Boys Basketball Team to a Successful Season

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Jaguar boys’ basketball team ended its season with a 15-11 record and a state playoff berth. 

However, this was not the only highlight of the season as the Jaguars had two standout players who stepped up to not only lead their team, but lead statistical categories in the state.

Elijah Bowers, a ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School Students Win for 5th Time in Big Nick Classic History

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School held its annual Big Nick Classic March 9, and, for only the fifth time in the event’s history, the students took the win.

The event pits teachers against students in a basketball game, and, this year, the students took home the win, 50-48.

“Each year, 25 eighth graders are chosen to play against the faculty,” BRMS ...

TAPinto CEO Shapiro goes “One on One” with Steve Adubato

March 17, 2017 CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro appeared on “One on One” with Steve Adubato Thursday night and answered questions about the role of hyperlocal online news media.

The interview was broadcast on WNYY, NJTV and WNET. Adubato closed by saying that “Michael Shapiro, he is on the cutting edge of media.“

Shapiro answered a wide-range of questions about ...

Somerset County Business Partnership Launches Collaboration with Rutgers

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership and Rutgers University are collaborating on several initiatives to build stronger connections with the Somerset County business community.

 The SCBP and Rutgers will develop activities that address the business needs and challenges of the SCBP members - workface development, talent acquisition and ways to leverage ...

BRMS Holds Annual Talent Show With Singers, Dancers, Pianists

March 22, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School held its annual talent show March 16 with a mix of singers, dancers, instrumentalists and more celebrating their skills.

Performing were Ellie Pan and Ananya Rayapuraju; Veena Arunkumar and Radha Ramdeen; Alex Forton and Aditi Sathe; Elizabeth Leclerc; Anish Suresh; Avantika Khanna and Navya Sinha; Caila Yarwood and Mr. Zas; Liz ...

Eisenhower Students Show ‘Circle of Life’ in Spring Musical

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Eisenhower Intermediate School Drama Club took on a production of “The Lion King Jr.” for its spring musical, held on March 16 and 17.

The members of the cast were Avanti Patwardhan, Peter Lin, Judy Gao, Brianna Fitzgerald, Nate Sentie, Timmy Gaffney, Alaina Gust, Marissa Hudock, Sulakha Jama, Alex Stouffer, Brandon Thiesse, Cameron Knauf, Ayush ...

Somerville Elks Sponsor Patriotic Art, Photo, Digital Contest for Students and Adults

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerville Elks Lodge #1068, determined to revitalize America's celebration of Flag Day, invites residents of central New Jersey to create inspiring and patriotic art for a new flag art, photography and digital image contest.

The contest runs through May 1. Winners will be announced at the annual Flag Day Festival on Main Street on June 10.

Winners will ...

Kurdyla, Norgalis, Pedroso Chosen to Represent Republicans in 2017 Bridgewater Elections

March 14, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Republican Municipal Committee chose incumbents Allen Kurdyla, Howard Norgalis and Filipe Pedroso to run for three open four-year terms on the Bridgewater Township Council in November.

Kurdyla, according to a release, was first elected in 2004 and is currently serving as the council president. He is a member of the Open Space Committee to help direct the ...

Bridgewater JCC Hosting Annual Night to Celebrate Israel

March 12, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Jewish LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone) invites community members to the Fifth Annual A Night to Celebrate Israel at the Raritan Valley Country Club, in Bridgewater, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

The event benefits the community’s support of Israel Bonds and The State of Israel.

The event’s distinguished guest speaker will be Sgt. Benjamin Anthony, founder and director ...

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Raritan Woman Arrested for Giving False Information, According to Raritan Borough Police

March 22, 2017

RARITAN, NJ - A Raritan woman was arrested March 16 after she provided false information to a police officer during a motor vehicle stop, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police.

Ariel Aponte, 20, was charged with providing false information and possession of a controlled dangerous substance following a motor vehicle stop.

According to police, she gave officers a false ...

NJ Sharing Network Announces 2017-2018 Scholarship Opportunities

March 24, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – NJ Sharing Network announces the availability of two (2) scholarships, the Betsy Niles Scholarship and the Missy’s Miracle Scholarship, for high school seniors attending college in fall 2017.  The scholarships are both in the amount of $5,000 ($2,500 per semester) for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.  The deadline for submission is April 7.

The Betsy ...

NJTPA Funds $350,000 Study of Hillsborough/Branchburg River Crossing

March 21, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County will oversee a study of options for rehabilitating or replacing the Picket Place (CR 567) Bridge in Branchburg and Hillsborough townships.

The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority approved $350,000 in federal funds for the study at its March meeting.

“This study is an important first step in determining how to address the Picket Place ...

Murder on the Orient Express

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ streams along in sizzling suspense

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” has received a terrific stage adaptation by Ken Ludwig. He’s taken a few liberties with the numerous characters, but has tightened the story line so that it all works seamlessly.

Ludwig ...

Gov. Christie Declares State of Emergency in New Jersey

March 13, 2017

TRENTON, NJ - In preparation for Winter Storm Stella expected to arrive in New Jersey Monday night, Gov.Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency, authorizing the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Commuters are asked to ...