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New Assistant Superintendent Brings 38 Years Experience in Field to BRRSD

February 22, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - She may have only been in Bridgewater-Raritan for about four months now, but Alice Steinheimer, new assistant superintendent of special services, has been working with special education students for decades.

“I have been in special education for a little over 38 years, it’s been my life,” she said. “I have always wanted to be a teacher, since I ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

BRHS Girls Swim Team Advances to State Finals With Chance For Third Win in a Row

February 22, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School undefeated girls swim team is heading to the state finals at The College of New Jersey Saturday, with the hope of taking home the team's third-in-a-row championship win.

BRHS, currently ranked No. 1 in the state by nj.com, will play third seeded Cherry Hill East in the finals.

"It's been a bit surreal to think that ...

Somerset Patriots Re-Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Mike Antonini

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 ...

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.

TAPintoTravels Local Travel Ideas - Somerset County

February 22, 2018

Weekend Top Local Travel Ideas - 2.23 to 2.25 - A weekend celebrating your family friends.

1. Winter Market, Duke Farms

2. The Mountaintop, Theatre at RVCC - The Gruffalo on Sunday

3. State Theatre New Jersey - Monzil Brass - Feb 22 Thursday - Brass Quartet

4. Environmental Education Center, ...

Travels Picks for Best Category Toys from the NY International Toy Fair - STEM, Game, Globe, and ? Categories

TAPIntoTravels - The International Toy Fair of New York ended earlier this week, but we are not done telling you about all the cool new stuff coming out.

The fair was enormous with over a thousand toymakers.  However, we have selected a few toys that we believe our readers will most value and enjoy.

Every year, the Toy Association honors a number of toys in key categories.

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

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 ...

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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 ...

Somerset County High School Democrats to Participate in National March for Our Lives Against Gun Violence

February 22, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County High School Democrats will have members participating in the National School Walkout March 14 and the national March for Our Lives March 24 in Washington D.C., in support of the national movement generated by the survivors of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, according to a release.

The organization has called on county, state and federal ...

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 ...