JFK Primary Holds First Wellness Night

April 18, 2018

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 ...

District Considering Implementing Class Three Special Law Enforcement Officers, New Program to Deal With Bullying

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With new state regulations allowing it, the district is working with the Bridgwater Township Police Department on the potential for bringing in retired officers to serve as Class Three school resource officers.

According to Superintendent of Schools Russell Lazovick, he is meeting with police Chief Al Nicaretta to flesh out the job description for these ...

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

April 19, 2018

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 Township Puts Off Approval of Budget While Final Questions are Answered

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township will have to wait a little while longer for formal approval of the 2018 municipal budget.


The council did not adopt the budget at the public hearing scheduled at the governing body’s April 2 meeting.


Council vice president Matthew Moench said he had met with councilman Filipe Pedroso, and had subsequently forwarded a list ...

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 ...

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

April 18, 2018

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 ...

Softball: Bridgewater-Raritan Wallops Franklin, 19-1

SOMERSET, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan softball team scored nine runs in the first inning and went on to a 19-1 victory over Franklin on Tuesday.

Jalynda Mercado, who had two hits and scored three runs, and Sarah Karmazyn, who had a hit and scored three times, each knocked in three runs for the Panthers (4-3).

Samantha Artuso and Julia VanLiew each delivered a pair of hits and Taylor Cannon ...

Baseball: Bridgewater-Raritan Belts Franklin, 11-2

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan won its third straight game, 11-2, over Franklin Tuesday afternoon at Diamond Nation.

Greg Verano and Cal Henderson each hit home runs and each drove in three runs. Verano went 2-for-2 and Regan Goldberg also had two hits and scored a run for BRHS (4-4), which scored three runs in the first inning and two more in the second inning.

John Travisano and ...

Container Store Set to Open This Weekend

April 6, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Container Store, at the Chimney Rock Plaza in Bridgewater, is celebrating its grand opening April 7 and April 8.

The store is the latest among the new businesses opening in the plaza, including Whole Foods, Saks OFF 5th and Nordstrom Rack.

The Container Store is a national chain featuring organizational ideas for the entire house.

Also, during the grand opening ...

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.

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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 ...

Travels Visited the New Taylor Swift Exhibit at Newark’s Grammy Museum Experience in the Rock

NEWARK, NJ - TAPintoTravels got a special invite to see the new Taylor Swift Experience exhibit at  the Newark GRAMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center (“The Rock”).  The exhibit opens to the public tomorrow.

The exhibit was curated and supplied items directly by Taylor Swift and her mother. It definitely shows in the exhibits. You will see ...

TAPintoTravels Area Teens Invited to the First Meeting of Aviation Explorer Post 523

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Exploring helps young people make more informed decisions about future careers and learn about different jobs within a particular field. 

In that vein, Aviation Explorer Post 523 will hold its first meeting for young men and women, ages 14-20, on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m., at DM Airports, 8 Airport Road in Morristown. Future meetings will ...

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 Jersey Distributing Tree Seedlings in Bridgewater, Raritan

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry is making 90,000 free tree seedlings available to residents, with distributions in Bridgewater and Raritan May 5.

This distribution is being done through the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, an ongoing effort of the New Jersey Forest Service, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation and ...

BRHS Club Holds Spring Carnival to Benefit St. Jude

April 19, 2018

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 ...

Bridgewater Woman's Club, Bridgewater Mayor Proclaims April Child Abuse Prevention Month

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With the members of the Bridgewater Woman's Club, Bridgewater Township Mayor Dan Hayes presented a proclamation April 5 to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Bridgewater.

The Bridgewater Woman's Club has been working with Prevent Child Abuse-NJ to promote awareness in the community about the campaign.

Members of the club accepted the proclamation ...

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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Thu, April 19

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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 ...

Bridgewater Police Arrest Two for $600 Theft at Lord & Taylor

April 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two were arrested March 31 for a theft of over $600 worth of merchandise from Lord & Taylor, in the Bridgewater Commons Mall, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Mariam Erkomaishvili, 35, of West Orange, and Mikheil Jalali, 38, of Brooklyn, were arrested for shoplifting after they were allegedly found with $624 worth of ...

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 ...

Hillsborough Rotary Fair: Fun Place to Do Business

April 17, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Rotary Club of Hillsborough will provide local businesses multiple opportunities to showcase their services and connect directly with customers at its 11th annual Rotary Fair, scheduled this year for Aug. 14–19.

More than 15,000 people from Hillsborough and surrounding communities are expected to visit the weeklong family event held at the Hillsborough Promenade, ...

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.