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BRMS Eighth Grader Wins State Bee to Compete in National Geography Bee in Washington D.C.

April 21, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School eighth grader Anoushka Buddhikot will represent the state of New Jersey in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee.

The bee will be held May 20 through May 23 in Washington D.C.

On April 6, more than 4,600 students competed across the United States in National Geographic State Bees, with each state champion receiving a $200 cash ...

JFK Primary Holds First Wellness Night

RARITAN, NJ - John F. Kennedy Primary School held its first Wellness Night April 12, with a theme of "Magnificent Minds, Beautiful Bodies, Happy Healthy Hearts."

The event included a dentist, EMTs, nurses taking blood pressure, Robert Wood Johnson of Somerset, zumba, yoga, kick boxing, games and lots of activities.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

Staffin, Araya Chosen as BRHS Students of the Week

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Each week, two students at Bridgewater-Raritan High School will be honored as students of the week.

Students are chosen by teachers and staff in the high school.

The students of the week for the week of April 16 are:

Ariel Staffin - (nominated by John Wilson) Ariel is a leader in our performing arts program. She participates in a myriad of activities and is ...

Bridgewater Township Passes $42 Million 2018 Budget, With Amendment to Move Money for Debt Reduction

April 20, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township's $42 million municipal budget for 2018 was unanimously approved by the council, although not without a few questions along the way.

An amendment adjusting the budget for debt reduction was passed by the council by a 3-2 vote, before the vote on the full budget was taken. The budget operating expenses were given as $42,083,783, while the sewer ...

Bridgewater Passes Resolution Opposing Legalization of Recreational Use of Marijuana in Town

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater’s governing body has just said “no” to recreational marijuana.

The Bridgewater Township Council approved a resolution April 16 to oppose the legalization of the recreational usage of cannabis within the township’s borders.

Council vice president Matthew Moench said the resolution continues a discussion that has taken place over ...

Bridgewater Council Approves Road, Sewer Work Contracts

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A number of new road and sewer project contracts were awarded to various companies for work to be done through Bridgewater Township.

The contracts, and other resolutions, were approved unanimously by the Bridgewater Township Council at a recent council meeting.

Top Line Construction Corp. was awarded a contract for the Adamsville Road and Sunnyside Terrace Road Improvement ...

Bridgewater Recognizes Police Officers for Honor, Valor, Service Awards

April 11, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department recently celebrated the promotions of several officers, while also recognizing a number of people for acts of bravery.

Sgt. William Kelly was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, while Officer Peter Ochs and Officer Joseph Dolinski were promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Timothy Weiss was also sworn in as a police ...

Boys Lacrosse: Bridgewater-Raritan Routs Hillsborough, 16-4

April 19, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Dan MacKinney scored five goals to lead Bridgewater-Raritan to a 16-4 boys lacrosse victory over Hillsborough on Thursday.

Jake Goldstein finished with two goals and two assists for Bridgewater-Raritan (3-5), which had a 7-2 halftime lead. John Dugenio and Troy Tangolics each had two goals, as well.

Chase Waddington, Riley Moore, Nick Vizzoni, Peter Usewick and Jack ...

Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Halts Bridgewater-Raritan Win Streak With 4-3 Decision

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan baseball team took a three-game winning streak and plenty of momentum into its game against Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Wednesday.

But the Panthers were facing one of the best left-handed pitchers in the entire state in Danny Wilkinson, who had struck out 20 batters in a game six days earlier. And when they fell behind, 3-0, in the second inning, their ...

Somerset Patriots Pitcher Scott Copeland's Contract Purchased By New York Mets

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have announced that right-hand pitcher Scott Copeland’s contract has been purchased by the New York Mets. He is expected to report to Double-A Binghamton.

The 6’3” righty broke into the big leagues in 2015 with the Toronto Blue Jays. That year, Copeland went 1-1 over five games (three starts) with six strikeouts. He had gone 11-6 with a ...

Bridgewater-Raritan High School Students Perform 'Anyone Can Whistle'

April 17, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School drama club performed "Anyone Can Whistle" for the spring musical over three days in mid-April.

The play is about a corrupt mayoress, an idealistic nurse, a man who may be a doctor and various officials and townspeople fighting to save a bankrupt town.

Performing in the play were Jennifer Brady, Allie Hnasko, Nick Scafuto, ...

Bridgewater Creative Arts Committee Looking for Submissions for Mural Contest

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Creative Arts Committee is looking for local artists to design a mural to be painted on a building at the Kid Street playground, in the Bridgewater Township municipal complex on Garretson Road.

According to a release, the space, on the rear side of the building housing the public restrooms, is 11 feet wide by 7.5 feet tall.

The design, the release said, can ...

BRHS's Team 303 Wins Regional Competition, Heading to World Championships

CALIFORNIA, PENNSYLVANIA - Partnered with a few other teams, Bridgwater-Raritan High School's Team 303 robotics team won the Greater Pittsburgh Regional competition March 22 through March 24, and secured a place to compete in the world championships in Michigan in late April.

The team took part in the regional competition with teams from across the nation, along with two international ...

Travels Spotlight - New Brunswick Ciclovia opens 2018 Season

April 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK  – New Brunswick Ciclovia will open its 2018 season on Sunday, April 22 for another fun day of open streets and active living for all. 

Now in its fifth year, New Brunswick Ciclovia is a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community building by opening our streets and offering programming for all to enjoy. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more ...

Travels Notification - David Hogg Tweeted That April 20 Is a National School Walkout Day

Early this morning, David Hogg announced a national walkout day April 20.  The event will begin at 10 a.m.

Events are planned for students across the country. You can find more information on those events at this website.

For more regularly updated information, please visit here.

 

 

Travels Backstage and Under Stage Tour - Plus Welcome From Phil X

Our tour of backstage began with a friendly face.  It belonged to Phil X of Bon Jovi.

Then they escorted us through the Underworld.

Before taking the stage...

The story began as one would expect with a proud Jersey Mom.

For our main article, please visit: www.tapintotravels.com. 

 

Travels Review - Bon Jovi Rocked the Newark Rock and Now They Journey to the Birthplace of Rock and Roll

NEWARK, NJ - If you wanted to define New Jersey, two names come to mind:  Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. 

Travels has had the pleasure of meeting and working with both and can vouch for their love of both the Garden State and greater New York area. This weekend they showed their appreciation to us with a special backstage tour and rock’n concert.

It ...

Bridgewater Eco-Blast Fair to Return in May

April 7, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Eco-Blast Fair is returning May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kid Street Park, on Commons Way.

The fair is being held by the township environmental commission and Sustainability Task Force.

The event will include interactive environmental and sustainable displays, sustainable workshops, vendor exhibits, live music, environmental ...

New Advocates Ready for Foster Youth Cases After Being Sworn in by Judge to be CASA Volunteers

April 21, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Community members from Bridgewater, Cranford, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Linden, North Bergen, Scotch Plains and Summit recently completed child advocacy training in order to serve as extra eyes and ears for family law judges hearing cases involving Union County’s abused, neglected or abandoned children removed from home and placed in foster care. The volunteers ranging from 25 to ...

BRHS Club Holds Spring Carnival to Benefit St. Jude

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School's St. Jude Children's Hospital Club held its first annual spring carnival at Milltown Primary to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital.

According to BRHS junior Rahul Ramanathan, treasurer for the club, they began in September 2016 to teach high school students about childhood cancer and spread knowledge about the St. Jude ...

YMCA Invites Kids to Swing for the Fences at Healthy Kids Day at TD Bank Ballpark

April 8, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - On April 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, Somerset County YMCA and Hunterdon County YMCA will hold a free community event at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots. Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, is an opportunity to encourage kids to ‘swing for the fences’ so they can imagine ...

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New Jersey Association of School Librarians Urges BRRSD to Keep All Librarians

April 18, 2018

To the Editor:

The following letter was sent to the Bridgewater-Raritan school superintendent as well as members of the school board from the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL).  

As the statewide organization for school library media specialists, the organization advocates for strong school library programs for all students.  NJASL is disheartened to learn that a ...

Car Fire in Wendy's Parking Lot Deemed Not Suspicious, Bridgewater Police Say

April 20, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police responded to a car fire in the parking lot of Wendy's, on Route 22 East April 9, but the fire was not deemed suspicious, according to a report.

According to the report, an unoccupied 2003 Infinity G35 caught fire. A 2010 Honda CRV, which was parked next to it, was also damaged in the fire.

North Branch and Green Knoll fire both ...

Hidden in Plain Sight Program to Provide Tips on Recognizing Drug Use in Teens

April 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School, on Garretson Road, will be hosting "Hidden in Plain Sight," a program to help parents recognize the signs a child might be using drugs or alcohol.

The program will be held April 24 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. There will be a light dinner at 6:30 p.m.

DEA Agent Tim McMahon will speak to parents and students about the signs to look ...

Police Investigate Bias Incident in Montgomery, Seek Help from Public

April 20, 2018

MONTGOMERY, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson township Police Director/Capt. Thomas Wain are asking the public for help in the investigation of what is being considered a bias crime.

Detectives assigned to the investigation released that the following information based on the preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Bateman Bill to Require Training, Licensing for Pet Groomers

April 15, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-16) will introduce legislation to increase protections for family pets by requiring pet groomers to be properly trained and licensed following the deaths of three dogs in five months at different New Jersey pet salons.

“It is sadly far too common for us to read of dog grooming deaths in the news,” said Bateman.