New Principal Approved for Bridgewater-Raritan High School

May 23, 2018

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 ...

DeJesus, Kenin 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 May 21 are:

Anna DeJesus - (nominated by Rob Thorp) Anna displays honesty and integrity. She found a wallet on campus and returned it to the main office to ...

​SCVTHS Students and Staff Receive Recognition at United Nations Event

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - On April 6, five students from the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences and one instructor at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) received awards, while attending the 2018 Committee of Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) Conference entitled, “Stepping Up to Protect the World’s Children” at the United Nations ...

Bridgewater Council Mulling Possibility of Forming Town Historical Society

May 17, 2018

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 Approves Bonds for Roadwork on 23 Township Roads

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township’s ambitious road improvement schedule will continue in 2018, as the township council introduced a bond ordinance May 7 meeting for $5,682,925 worth of various improvements in and by the township. 

The ordinance, which will have its public hearing at the May 21 meeting, also authorizes the issuance of $5,398,779 of bonds or notes for financing ...

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 ...

Raritan Police Has Rescheduled Neighborhood Watch Kickoff Meeting

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Police Department has set a new date for the kickoff meeting for its Neighborhood Watch Program.

Residents who are interested in learning more about the program are invited to the meeting May 24 at 7 p.m. in the Raritan Council Chambers, on First Street.

Anyone with questions should contact Officer Damien Chromowsky at 908-725-6700, ext. 41, or ...

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

May 22, 2018

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 ...

Baseball: Millburn Rallies to Eliminate Bridgewater-Raritan from State Tourney, 6-5

MILLBURN, NJ - Second-seeded Millburn survived a scare and rallied with a five-run fifth inning to defeat Bridgewater-Raritan, 6-5, in the first round of the Section 2, Group 4 state baseball tournament on Monday.

Bridgewater-Raritan (6-18) came in as the 15th seed, but the Panthers have played one of the tougher schedules in New Jersey and have now lost nine games by two runs or less.

Girls Lacrosse: Bridgewater-Raritan Eliminates Hunterdon Central, 15-8

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Lizzy Escudero and Sadie Herman each contributed four goals and one assist to lead Bridgewater-Raritan to a 15-8 girls lacrosse victory over Hunterdon Central in the semifinal round of the Section 2, Group 4 tournament on Monday.

CJ Amster finished with three goals and three assists for the Panthers (16-4), who led, 7-3, at the half. Tai Jankowski scored two goals and ...

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

May 15, 2018

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

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

May 20, 2018

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 ...

Bon Jovi’s Opening Band Sent Travels a Message Last Night - Talk About a TEMPT-ation

Travels did not get to see Bon Jovi the second night of the Madison Square Gardens set. However, their opening band was kind enough to send us a statement.  That is a nice consolation!

“This House is not for Sale” tour is special in that Bon Jovi brought on local talent to headline for them in each city.  TEMPT was one of the bands selected and they opened for Bon ...

NJ Travel Idea - Shores of Africa Penguin Exhibit Opens at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ - African penguins have officially joined the giraffes, lions and hyenas in the African Adventure at the Turtle Back Zoo, bringing all of the zoo’s animals from the largest continent into the same area.

Local dignitaries joined Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. in opening the new Shores of Africa Penguin Exhibit on Friday afternoon.

"Our penguins ...

BRHS Spanish Classes Play Basketball for Hurricane Relief

May 21, 2018

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 ...

Five Rutgers students bike to Florida to help homeless, abused youths

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Six days after receiving his degree from Rutgers University, Alexander Lopez-Perez on Saturday will be on the move, starting a bicycle trip to Florida.

But it is not the typical post-graduation trip one would expect.

Lopez-Perez and four other university students are launching a fundraising effort to help homeless youths.

“This is very important; the cause ...

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Vauxhall Man Arrested for DWI, According to Bridgewater Police Report

May 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Vauxhall man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after being stopped on Route 22 West May 11, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

James Scott, 37, was charged after being stopped for a motor vehicle violation.

Scott was issued motor vehicle summonses for driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to chemical testing of his breath, reckless ...

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 ...

Tour of Somerville Weekend: Quarter-Mile Sprints Add High-Speed Dynamic

May 23, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The grand daddy of ‘em  all, the 75-year-old Tour of Somerville 50-mile bicycle race, anchors a weekend of world class cycling in Bound Brook and downtown Somerville May 24-28, with a new event added Sunday night to draw more spectators downtown.

Spectators this year will see an additional day of racing beginning with the Bound Brook Criterium on ...

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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 ...

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$300 Million Fraud Accusation - NJ Resident, Parmjit "Paul" Parmar, 48, Former CEO of a Healthcare Services Company

May 17, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – The former CEO, CFO and an executive director of a publicly traded health care services company were charged today with allegedly orchestrating a widespread scheme to defraud investors and others out of hundreds of millions of dollars in connection with a merger transaction designed to convert the company into a private entity, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and Acting ...