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Eisenhower Mathletes Win National Awards in Olympiad Program

May 24, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several students from Eisenhower Intermediate School were among the nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate this year in the Math Olympiad Program, and many of them won national awards.

They participated in a series of five monthly contests of five problems each from November to March, and practice sessions were held under the supervision and coaching of ...

Eisenhower Math Students Find Success in Math League Competition

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Twenty sixth grade students from Eisenhower Intermediate School participated in the NJ Math League Competition, and earned top honors. 

The competition was a one-time contest consisting of 35 multiple choice questions that were completed in 30 minutes. As the questions progressed, so did the difficulty. It is common for students to not complete all of the ...

New Principal Approved for Bridgewater-Raritan High School

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The board of education approved Tuesday the hiring of Charles Ezell as the new Bridgewater-Raritan High School principal, effective July 1.

Ezell, who was hired at a salary of about $152,000, will replace current principal Mark Morrell, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Ezell is currently vice principal at Columbia High School in the South ...

EPA Proposes Plan to Treat American Cyanamid Superfund Site in Bridgewater

May 25, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The United States Environmental Protection Agency, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bridgewater Township, announced Wednesday the cleanup proposal for the final portion of the American Cyanamid Superfund site in Bridgewater, according to a release.

The Superfund site, in the Finderne section of town, is on both the National ...

Bridgewater Council Mulling Possibility of Forming Town Historical Society

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township’s desire for historical preservation may get a boost in the near future.

Councilman Filipe Pedroso broached the subject at the governing body’s May 7 gathering, with a though of potentially creating a town historical society.

“It’s about preserving Bridgewater’s history,” he said.

Pedroso said he has long sought ...

Divided Council Votes in Favor of Allowing Solid Privacy Fencing in Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The issue of solid privacy fencing in Bridgewater Township appears to have been solved, as the council voted by a 3-2 count following a public hearing May 7 to allow permissible residential fencing in the municipality.

The new ordinance amends an existing land-use ordinance – one specifically targeted for swimming pools and fences – while creating a new ...

Bridgewater Man Arrested for 2016 Arson Incident, According to County Prosecutor

May 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater man was arrested and charged with aggravated arson, stemming from an incident in January 2016, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.

Mason A. Pagnotta, 21, of Brown Road, was charged with two counts of second degree aggravated arson in his arrest May 10.

According to Robertson, on Jan. 18, 2016, at about 3:45 a.m., three vehicles parked ...

BRHS Volleyball Player Honored as Scholar-Athlete by NJSIAA

May 27, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater-Raritan High School volleyball player is one of many being recognized by the NJSIAA as a graduating scholastic-athlete.

Jack Whelan was honored as part of this year's 25th Annual Scholar/Athlete Awards Program from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). The organization honored 364 high school student-athletes with a total of ...

WHRHS Softball: Watchung Hills Tops Bridgewater, Advances to NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 Semis

WARREN, NJ - Erin Bean hit a game winning RBI double to score Meri Hurley in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Watchung Hills softball team over Bridgewater-Raritan in the quarterfinal round of the North Jersey Section 2, Group 4 Tournament Wednesday, 2-1.

Watchung Hills will face J.P. Stevens in the semifinal round on Thursday.

“Congratulations to ...

6th Annual Basilone Bowl Media Day Introduces Players From All Over County

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The 6th annual Basilone Bowl, in honor of Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone of Raritan, will be held June 14 at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, and five BRHS football players will play for the Devil Dogs.

Kickoff for the event, at Basilone Field, will be 7 p.m.

The players in the game, from all over the county, were introduced May 7.

The game is played in honor of ...

Groundbreaking Planned for Raritan Property Deemed in Need of Redevelopment

May 25, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A groundbreaking is scheduled for June 12 for the Crossings at Raritan, a multi-family community in Raritan at the corner of Second Avenue and Third Street.

The planned community will be a four-story property with 276 units, consisting of studio, one, two and three-bedroom homes.

The building will also include a secured parking garage with elevator access and a bike-share ...

22 West Tap & Grill Gets Approval for Restaurant, Parking Expansion

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater planning board has granted approval to 22 West Tap & Grill, on Thompson Street and Route 22, for an expanded parking area and indoor/outdoor dining.

According to attorney for the applicant Jeff Lehrer, the owner of 22 West has purchased the adjoining property, containing a dilapidated house that has received at least one notice from the township of ...

Char Burger and Creamery Coming to Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater planning board has approved an application for the opening of Char Burger and Creamery in the location of the former TD Bank, on Milltown Road.

The plan, which was approved May 8, is to convert the building to a restaurant, with outdoor and indoor seating, as well as a children’s play area.

The business is owned by Mateo Ingrao, who owns Char ...

Hillside Intermediate Holds Annual Color Run

May 15, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Hillside Intermediate School held its annual color run Saturday, as runners raced around the school and were doused with color in the process.

The event is a run/walk 1-mile loop around the school. The more loops people made around the school, the more color they got hit with.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

Memorial Day Weekend Travels Kick off Summer 2018 in the Long Beach Island Region

May 25, 2018

LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ - With much anticipation for warmer weather, longer days and salty seas, visitors flock back each year to the Long Beach Island Region to enjoy the many pleasures this resort area brings.

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce operates a fully staffed visitor center, who always sees demand for customer inquiries rise either through their digital platforms, ...

Travels Hero Spotlight - 70-Year-Old Grandfather Completes 1,500-Mile Bicycle Ride from Key West to Morristown

MORRISTOWN, NJ – You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream and 70-year-old Morris Township resident Paul Kiczek proved that as he completed a 1,500-mile bike ride from Key West, FL to his hometown. He was joined by his family at the end of the final leg of his month-long trek and was even joined for the last quarter-mile by his five grandchildren in which he says ...

Air Travel is Delayed at all Area Airports Today May 16 - How to check your flights?

Today, (Wednesday -  May 16) the FAA is reporting for New York’s LaGuardia, Philadelphia, and Newark Liberty airports the following:

Due to WEATHER / LOW CEILINGS, departure traffic destined to La Guardia Airport, New York, NY (LGA) is currently experiencing delays averaging 52 minutes. 
Due to WEATHER / LOW CEILINGS, there is a Traffic ...

Local Event Travel Idea - The 15th Annual Tour de Elizabeth Comes to Elizabeth this Sunday

ELIZABETH, NJ - Cyclists of every skill level are readying their bicycles in anticipation as the 15th annual Tour de Elizabeth that will roll through the city Sunday. 

This year’s ride, which is titled “Destination Elizabeth,” will begin and end at City Hall, is a family-friendly, 15-mile recreational tour of the City of Elizabeth’s historic ...

Food to Travel For - Two Jersey Shore Dining Hot Spots in National Limelight for Specialty Eats

BELMAR, NJ — Two Belmar specialty eateries have made the national food-hopping map. Coney Waffle Ice Cream and Sweet Shop on Ocean Avenue and Hoagitos in Belmar Plaza are featured this month on television shows touting what makes them stand out from the rest.

The over-the-top ice cream creations of Coney Waffle are in the spotlight in Viceland’s “The Ice Cream Show” in ...

Bridgewater Cub Scout Pack Holds Retirement of Flags Ceremony

May 27, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Cub Scout Pack 99 held a retirement of flags ceremony May 20 at the St. Josephs Cemetery in Bridgewater.

Once a year, the pack holds the ceremony, usually the weekend before Memorial Day.

With Cub Master Bill Schmidt and American Legion Charter Rep. Donald Caola, the pack collected all the weather-worn and tattered American flags on the graves of veterans and ...

BRHS Spanish Classes Play Basketball for Hurricane Relief

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School was host to a charity basketball game May 18 to raise money for Puerto Rico relief.

The game was students versus teachers, and was organized by Jenny Rousos's Spanish classes at the high school, with all proceeds going to Puerto Rico hurricane relief.

The teachers won the very tight game, with a final score of 72-71.

— ...

BRHS Students Holding Bone Marrow, Blood Drive During School Lunches

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Students from the Bridgewater-Raritan High School Red Cross Club, along with the National Honor Society students, are joining forces with sophomore Shreya Nuli May 21 for a blood and bone marrow drive.  

Nuli, a sophomore at the high school, started running bone marrow drives at the Bridgewater Township Library one Sunday a month. She has been ...

Bridgewater Police Department Hosting Call to Action Program on Reducing Anxiety, Stress and Drug Abuse

May 26, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department – in collaboration with the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, Bridgewater-Raritan Municipal Alliance, Somerset County Safe Communities Coalition and EmPoWER Somerset – is hosting a "Call to Action: A Community Conversation About Our Kids" June 5 in the high school auditorium.

The session is ...

Wise to Retire from HMC, Hunterdon Healthcare System

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Long-time Hunterdon Healthcare System President and CEO Robert P. Wise will retire, according to a press release issued by the corporate parent of Hunterdon Medical Center.

The press release states that the news is shared “with a heavy heart.”

Wise wrote to his Board of Trustees, medical staff, employees and volunteers in an open letter, “It has ...

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Bridgewater Police Investigating Theft of Children's Miracle Network Donation Bin, According to Report

May 25, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are investigating a report of a theft of a Children's Miracle Network donation bin from convenience store on Route 22 May 21, according to a report.

According to the report, a Speedway employee reported that someone stole the bin from the counter inside the store. The collection bin, the report said, contained an unknown amount of ...

Jacobus Vanderveer House Designated A Blue Star Museum

May 20, 2018

BEDMINSTER, NJ - Bedminster’s historic Jacbous Vanderveer House & Museum has been designated a Blue Star Museum, one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum is one of 24 Blue Star Museums in New ...

Congressman Lance To Hold Annual Service Academy Information Fair

May 27, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Congressman Leonard Lance, U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, announced he will hold his annual Service Academy Information Fair high school students June 16.

"I look forward to the Service Academy Information Fair every year and meeting the talented and poised young leaders from our district,” said Congressman Lance.

The ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

To Borrow or Not to Borrow?

If you are like me, you have debt. Whether it’s your mortgage, student loans, or credit cards – or all of the above – most people carry debt. It helps us pay off important but high cost expenses over time and makes them affordable and it helps us through difficult times when perhaps our cash flow isn’t what we need it to be. However, sometimes it just feels ...

The (Wrong) Advice Your Doctor Gave You

It's all too often that a patient comes to my clinic afraid to squat because their Doctor had told them "it's bad for your knees."

Patients seem confused when I smile back and ask, "How did you just sit down and stand up out of that chair if you aren't able to squat?"

You see, advice like this is handed out all too often, and I'm on a mission to have ...

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was ...