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District Discussing Potential Budget Reductions, Resident Encourages Using Banked Cap Money

February 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Discussions are continuing for the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District’s 2018-2019 budget, and up for consideration are cuts to address the budget shortfall.

A full presentation is expected at the Feb. 27 meeting.

According to board of education member, and finance committee chairman, Barry Walker, the district presented a list of items that are being ...

BRRSD Superintendent: District Maintains Comprehensive Safety Plan, Works Regularly With Police to Keep Students, Staff Safe

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Russell Lazovick sent a message to parents and community members Friday regarding security and safety in the district following the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Florida, Wednesday.

In the message, Lazovick outlined new response protocols for the district, plans regarding regular drills and the ...

BOE Holds Moment of Silence in Memory of BRHS Junior, Discusses District Response in Wake of Tragedy

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The board of education held a moment of silence in memory of Bridgewater-Raritan High School junior Francine Wang, who died Jan. 27 in Chimney Rock Park.

Superintendent Russell Lazovick thanked district staff and others who came together to support students, parents and administration in the wake of the tragedy.

“The staff really did step up,” he said, citing ...

Bridgewater Working to Maintain Debt Service During 2018 Budget Talks

February 21, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township will continue to work to maintain its debt service and keep municipal taxes as low as possible, according to a presentation made by Mayor Dan Hayes and chief financial officer Natasha Turchan.

Hayes and Turchan gave the council an overview of the upcoming 2018 municipal budget and debt service at the Feb. 5 meeting. Hayes said he prepared the ...

Bridgewater Township Honors Varsity, Junior Pee Wee Pop Warner Cheerleaders

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - It took a little while, but the Bridgewater-Raritan Pop Warner Cheerleaders finally got their public due in front of Bridgewater and its governing body.

The Bridgewater Township Council honored both the Varsity Team and the Junior Pee Wee Team, both of whom were crowned national competitive cheerleading champions in their respective divisions on Dec. 7 at Walt Disney ...

Moench: Bridgewater Should Take Stand Against Governor's Work on Legalizing Marijuana in New Jersey

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Councilman Matthew Moench last week asked township attorney William Savo to look at options regarding an ordinance for legalized recreational marijuana.

“Gov. Murphy has made legalizing marijuana a cornerstone of his campaign," Moench said in a press release. "I remain hopeful that responsible members of the ...

Bridgewater Approves LOSAP Contributions for Deserving Rescue Squad Volunteers

February 20, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council ratified a resolution Feb. 5 that provided authorization and approval of a final list of volunteer members of the Bridgewater first aid and rescue squads who qualified for contributions under the township’s Length of Service Awards (LOSAP) program.

According to the resolution, the township created and established the LOSAP awards ...

Budgets Pass in All Districts in Bridgewater's Annual Fire Elections

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township fire district elections were held Saturday, with an average of less than 100 voters turning out per district.

In district one, which is the Martinsville Volunteer Fire Company, Bill Rose was re-elected to a three-year term, earning 76 votes. He ran unopposed for the position, and a write-in candidate got 16 votes.

Evan Rosenberg, running ...

Bridgewater Police: Overturned Vehicle Blocking Traffic on Vosseller Avenue

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - An overturned vehicle is blocking traffic on Vosseller Avenue near Hillcrest Road, according to a Nixle alert from Bridgewater Township Police.

Bridgewater Police are reporting that roadways are snow covered and very slippery. They are requesting that residents allow the Department of Public Works time to plow and salt the roads.

In addition, police are advising drivers to ...

Somerset Patriots Re-Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Mike Antonini

February 21, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have re-signed left-handed pitcher Mike Antonini for the 2018 season.

“Somerset is an organization that expects to win championships,” said Antonini. “I want to help us get back to that point. I look forward to helping out anyway that I can to get the job done and win a championship.”

Antonini enters his second season with the ...

Girls Basketball: Bridgewater-Raritan Edges Gill-St. Bernard's to Reach SCT Semifinals

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Fourth-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan held off a late charge to hang on for a 50-48 girls basketball victory over Gill-St. Bernard's in the quarterfinal round of the Somerset County Tournament Tuesday night.

Teresa Wolak scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made four steals for Bridgewater-Raritan (16-6), which outscored Gill, 25-15, in the middle quarters to take a ...

Boys Basketball: Bridgewater-Raritan Eliminated from Somerset County Tournament by Watchung Hills

WARREN, NJ - Momentum can be a fickle agent in a win-or-go-home game, and once the Bridgewater-Raritan boys basketball team ceded that force to Watchung Hills late in the first half, the Panthers were never able to seize it back.

Fourth-seeded Watchung Hills scored 11 straight points bridging the second and third quarters to take control of a game on its way to defeating the fifth-seeded ...

Whole Foods in Bridgewater to Officially Open Doors March 21

February 20, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Whole Foods Market Bridgewater, the first Somerset County location for the retailer, will officially open its doors on Chimney Rock Road March 21.

According to a release from the company, the 49,000-square-foot store will open at 9 a.m., and there will be prize giveaways, special sales and product demonstrations and samples.

"We can't wait to serve Bridgewater and ...

Somerville Grieves Over Death of Bridgewater Resident Jerome Gonzalez, a Modern-Day Renaissance Man

February 20, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Jerome Luiz Gonzalez, a devoted father, artist, author and the heart and soul of the burgeoning downtown arts community, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 17 pursuing another one of his passions, competing in an endurance race in North Carolina.

A 1992 graduate of Somerville High School and a resident of Bridgewater, he was 44.

The obituary provided by Cusick Funeral Home, ...

Have Some Laughs, Contribute to a Good Cause

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Somerset County Surrogate Frank Bruno, Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano, and former Raritan Mayor Anthony DeCicco will host “Comedy Night with Uncle Floyd Vivano” at the Somerville Elks Lodge #1068 on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

The Elks Lodge is located at 375 Union Ave. (Route 28),

Appearing with Uncle Floyd will be Assembly Republican ...

Girl Scouts Hold Father-Daughter Dance at BRMS

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey held a father-daughter dance at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School Feb. 2, and local families came out to celebrate and have a good evening.

The dance was open to anyone in Girl Scouts from around the state, and many were from local Bridgewater schools, including Adamsville Primary, Hamilton Primary and Bradley Gardens Primary.

Travels Report from the NYC Toy Fair - Here are Two More Winning Products for Your Children

February 21, 2018

TAPintoTravels - The International Toy Fair may have ended yesterday, but we are not done sharing with you our picks from the show.  

These are the products that we feel are the most innovative and your family will really enjoy.  We shall dub them the TAPintoTravels Toy of the Year Awards or T30TY’s for short. That seems appropriate since it sounds like ...

Travel Report from the New York Toy Fare - Here is a Great Product for Parents of Children with Infants and Toddlers

TAPintoTravels - Some of the fun travel opportunities that TAPintoTravels gets to participate in are exclusive events that the TAPinto community cannot attend.  It gives us the exclusive opportunity to bring new news to our readers that they would otherwise not receive.

Sometimes they are breaking events and other times they are quite small.  Even though ...

From the New York Toy Fair - Travels Reveals the Toys That Will Make You the Star of Your Child’s Life - the Oscars of the Toy World - the TOTY Awards

TAPintoTravels - As you know, we are here to encourage you to travel.  Unfortunately, the New York Toy Fair is one place virtually none of you can go.  So, unless you have been tirelessly been searching the internet, you are not up to date on what toys your children will be wanting soon.

Fortunately, with Press Correspondent credentials, we were able to go in your ...

Travel Spotlight - Another Holiday, Another Encounter with Marine Life along Jersey Shore

SPRING LAKE, NJ — In neighboring Spring Lake, a baby seal made its way onto the beach near the north end pavilion early this afternoon.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski discovered the harbor seal pup near the jetty situated just south of the pavilion on Ocean Avenue at Ludlow Avenue.

The seal’s Presidents Day appearance on February 19 comes one day after a whale was spotted off the ...

Save the Date - the New York Auto Show - MAR 30 – APR 8

TAPintoTravels - The New York International Auto Show is only a month away.  This has been a New York tradition, since 1900.  

Visitors come from all around world to enjoy the premier auto event.  For the TAPinto community, it is just a local trip across the rivers.

TAPintoTravels was there last year and we will provide coverage this year. Visit here for the ...

Travels Spotlight - Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

TAPintoTravels is here to promote travel whether it is for work or pleasure.  Most of our reporting is fun and helpful.  However on rare occasions, we do have to report on heart breaking stories.  It is always hardest when it involves men with families that have been lost at sea.  Please consider assisting this family in need and keep them in your thoughts or ...

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Raritan Police: Warren Man Arrested for DWI and More in Police Blotter

February 17, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A Warren man was arrested Feb. 1 for driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle violation, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police.

Wayne Krause, 68, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and speeding after being pulled over on Route 22 West.

Krause was processed and released pending a court appearance.

Police made other arrests for ...

County Holding 5th Annual 5K Race to Wellness

February 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Employee Wellness Committee is partnering with EmPoWER Somerset for the 5th Annual 5K Race to Wellness and 1-mile Fun Walk for county residents March 24.

The event, according to a release, is being held rain or shine at 9 a.m. at Duke Island Park, on Old York Road.

The 5K race is USATF certified.

"Each year, the county Employee Wellness ...

Somerville Merchants Endorse Plan to Reduce Parking Lot Fees

February 21, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Borough’s controversial parking fees are set to undergo another revision, with hourly parking reduced from 75 to 50 cents in municipal lots 1,2,4 and 6, according to a merchant-driven plan endorsed by Mayor Ellen Brain.

The $1 hourly rate for parking on Main Street will remain the same, according to the mayor.

The hours of enforcement will also be changed to ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...