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Bridgewater-Raritan Not Losing State Aid Money After Revised Figures Released by State

July 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District will not be losing any of its state aid this year – but the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School will be losing a marginal amount.

The state has released its revised numbers regarding state aid to all districts in New Jersey. Bridgewater-Raritan was expecting to receive $10,035,953 in state aid ...

District Action Teams Focusing on Four Aspects of Health and Wellness, to Improve School for Students

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Superintendent Russell Lazovick gave the second part of a presentation at a recent board of education meeting on the strategic plan, with a focus on the heath and wellness, safety and sustainability action teams.

Lazovick said the teams are following a five-year outline, with researching and drafting issues related to the focus; targeted implementation of changes in year two; ...

Lazovick: District Program Review Finds Widening Gap Between Overperforming and Underperforming Students

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Superintendent Russell Lazovick put together a comprehensive report on programs in the district, and presented a finding that students performing higher in the younger grades continue on that trajectory throughout their schooling, while underperforming students tend to stay on that track.

One of the aspects investigated in the report, Lazovick said, is that of how ...

Bridgewater Township Takes First Step in Preserving Wemple Property for Open Space

July 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The first step has been in taken in saving the Wemple property in Bridgewater, and maintaining it for open space. 

The Bridgewater Township Council unanimously introduced an ordinance Monday to authorize the acquisition of 36 acres of land from Bridgewater Estates, LLC, for the purchase price of $1,925,000.

According to the ordinance, $250,000 will be paid by ...

Viewing Date Set for 1-Year-Old Boy Killed in July 7 Crash in Raritan

July 16, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A viewing for the 1-year-old Raritan boy killed on Anderson Street July 7 will be held this week at St. Ann Church, in Raritan, according to an obituary released by the Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Matias Ortega-Rosales was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit two cars and then his family as he was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, Domitila Rosales.

Woman Dies From Injuries After Being Struck by Car in Bridgewater Mall Parking Lot

Bridgewater, NJ - A Bedminster woman has died from her injuries after being struck by a car in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall Monday.

Marion Kelley, 62, was struck by a vehicle while walking in lot four near the Macy's merchandise pick up area at around 3:20 p.m. Monday.

The 2017 Mazda was driven by Chinmayi Parikh, 33, of Piscataway.

The crash is still being ...

Bridgewater Police Searching for Man Who Stole Energy Drink from Wegmans

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are trying to identify a man responsible for stealing several cases of Red Bull energy drink from Wegmans June 29, according to a post on the department's Facebook page.

According to the post, the department is trying to identify the individual who left the area after getting into the passenger side of a silver Honda with PA registration ...

Three Generations of Bridgewater Women Play Softball Together

July 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Three generations of women, two of whom live in Bridgewater, are softball teammates on a Mountainside Women's Softball League team aptly titled, "Grandmother, Mothers and Others."

Grandmother Linda Liebidz was a softball player at Montclair State University, and has been playing on Scotch Plains and Mountainside womens' softball teams since ...

Bridgewater Girl Accepted to Prestigious Paper Mill Conservatory

July 22, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - Gracelynne Hao, of Bridgewater, was one of more than 100 selected to earn a spot in Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory.

The members of the competitive conservatory in the senior, junior plus and junior companies are directed and choreographed by the playhouse’s professional artistic staff in an original concert called “New Voices of ...

Bridgewater Teen Sees Original Artwork Displayed in U.S. Capitol Building

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bridgewater resident Gianna Lee Biscione recently traveled to the United States Capitol to see her winning art submission displayed in the halls of Congress.

The 18-year-old was selected this year as the winner of the annual Congressional Art Competition in the seventh district for her piece, "Don't Play Me; Listen," an original self-portrait painted with ...

Caritas Chamber Chorale Holding Auditions in August

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Caritas Chamber Chorale, which rehearses in Bridgewater, is holding auditions for its 2018-2019 season.

Auditions will be held in August, and all voice parts are welcome, although tenors are particularly encouraged.

The Caritas Chamber Chorale is an ensemble of more than 20 singers who work for musical, artistic and spiritual beauty, rooted in a shared humanity, ...

Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend; July 13 - 15

July 13, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Jump for joy....it's the weekend! Don't let Friday the 13th scare you away, there are lots of fun things to do in and around town this weekend! Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday July 13

Spirit Animals Glassblowing Class; Morris County School of Glass; 9am - 11am

Mini Summer Camp: Woodsy Walkers; Great Swamp (Chatham); 10am - 11:30am

Tyke Time - Read a ...

Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

July 11, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

Raccoon Tests Positive for Rabies in Bridgewater

July 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A raccoon on Ardmaer Drive in the Bradley Gardens section of Bridgewater tested positive for rabies, according to a Facebook post from Bridgewater Township Tuesday.

Residents should be cautious of any wildlife exhibiting unusual behavior. Animals that are rabid are usually vicious and aggressive, and can appear to be drunk, in a trance or have trouble walking.

In addition, ...

Basking Ridge Meeting Addresses Hate Groups, Next Steps for Combating Them in NJ

July 20, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Less than a week after fliers were seen in Bridgewater and the surrounding areas promoting Identity Evropa, which the Anti-Defamation League has labeled a white supremacist group, We the People held a meeting Wednesday to discuss how local residents can spread the message against hate and bias.

Bridgewater residents Alexis Ryan and Valerie Pierce, who attended ...

CAIR-NJ Condemns Fliers Posted in Bridgewater, Surrounding Area by White Supremacist Group Identity Evropa

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) has condemned the distribution of fliers promoting Identity Evropa, a white supremacist group, in Bridgewater, Somerville, Morristown and other areas, according to a release Wednesday.

"The promotion of a racist and white supremacist group should not be tolerated in our ...

Residents Taking Action Against White Supremacist Fliers Found Around Bridgewater, Bedminster, Other Local Areas

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents of Bridgewater, Somerville, Morristown and surrounding communities are mobilizing for action after they found posters around town promoting Identity Evropa, which the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has labeled a white supremacist group.

According to Bridgewater resident Stacey Friedlander, a member of the “Not In Our Town – Bridgewater/Raritan” ...

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Somerville Woman Arrested for Shoplifting from Macy's, According to Bridgewater Police Report

July 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Somerville woman was arrested for allegedly shoplifting more than $400 worth of merchandise from Macy's at the Bridgewater Commons Mall July 7, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Sara Morales-Silva, 51, was charged with shoplifting after she was found with about $435.04 worth of merchandise from the store.

She was processed and released pending a ...

The Somerset Patriots And 9-1-1 On FOX Are Looking For Hero First Responders

July 21, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots and 9-1-1 On FOX are asking for Hero First Responder nominations from the community.

Nominate a first responder to be recognized on the field during the pre-game ceremony and throw out a ceremonial first pitch at the Saturday, August 4th Somerset Patriots game against the New Britain Bees at TD Bank Ballpark. Three first responders will be chosen ...

Somerville: Gallery Hosts Photo Society's 90th Anniversary Exhibit

July 15, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Visions of Raritan Photographic Society – A Celebration of 90 years” from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

The Raritan Photographic Society, founded in 1929, is the oldest photography club in New Jersey. The exhibit celebrates the organization's 90 years ...

Take Action to Reduce Debt

In our last article, we broached the subject of debt and the township’s reliance – or over-reliance – on debt to fund our yearly expenditures for items such as roads. So, ok, we want to reduce our reliance on debt moving forward, especially as the cost of borrowing is rising. What’s the solution?

Well, there’s no magic wand we can wave to suddenly end ...

Is the Mediterranean Diet Still the Best for Heart Healthy Eating?

The Mediterranean diet has long been the standard for heart healthy eating.  It is a diet that emphasizes olive oil, fresh vegetables, nuts, whole grains over refined grains, fish and plant-based protein over red meat, herbs and spices to flavor food over salt, and fresh fruit for dessert instead of refined sweets. The US News and World Report even named the Mediterranean diet its ...

Celebrate Summer with Freedom & Responsibility

Parents and students rejoice!

School is out and everyone can now experience a great sense of freedom. Kids want to be outside enjoying summer weather and; although it’s the most wonderful season for non-academic activities involving swimming, traveling, and hiking to name a few, let us not forget that summer loss is a serious long-term result of not opening a book or writing for eight ...

Unique Skill Set Offers Students an Advantage

One of our SAT prep students recently gained a lot of attention for being accepted to all seven of the Ivy League schools to which she had applied, as well as to Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) She has chosen to attend M.I.T. and major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Of course, Diana had earned stellar SAT scores and had a most impressive ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

July 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and dining ...