Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education Approves Budget With 4 Percent Tax Increase

April 25, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With no comments from either the board or the public, the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education approved its $157 million budget Tuesday.

The budget is set at a total of $157,349,432, a 4.34 percent increase over the 2017–2018 budget of $150,805,628.

As for the tax levy, it is set at $140,482,449, a 4.48 percent increase over last year.

For the tax ...

McGuire, Polintan 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 23 are:

Briana McGuire - (nominated by Amanda Hodge and Farrah Walters) Briana has gone out of her way to help some of her classmates brainstorm ideas ...

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

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 ...

Raritan Borough Council Approves Budget With 0 Percent Tax Increase

April 25, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council approved its $12 million budget Tuesday.

The budget is set at $12,485,213.93, a 14 percent increase over the 2017 budget of $10,897,968.70.

It includes a 0 percent tax increase for residents.

The budget includes a $1 million grant from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority for pedestrian improvements from the NJ Transit Rail ...

Raritan Borough Planning for Public Hearing on 2018 Municipal Budget Zero Tax Increase

RARITAN, NJ - With less than a $1,000 increase over the 2017 local tax, Raritan Borough is preparing for a public hearing April 24 for the 2018 budget.

According to Mayor Charles McMullin, local tax for municipal purposes in the proposed budget is set at $7,368,050, less than $1,000 more than the local tax in 2017.

The budget is set at $12,485,213.93, a 14 percent increase over the ...

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

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 ...

Route 202 South Accident Saturday Caused by Woman Suffering Medical Episode, Raritan Police Say

April 24, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A woman suffering a medical episode crossed from the northbound to southbound lanes on Route 202 South April 21, causing minor injuries and extensive delays in the area, according to Raritan Borough Police.

According to a release from police Tuesday evening, officers responded to the area of Route 202 South and Ortho Drive at 12:14 p.m. Saturday for a motor vehicle accident with ...

Baseball: Ridge Wins, 4-2, Over Bridgewater-Raritan

April 25, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Ridge erased an early two-run deficit and its pitching yielded only four hits in a 4-2 baseball victory over Bridgewater-Raritan on Tuesday.

Brandon Hylton's two-run home run highlighted a three-run third inning for the Red Devils (8-1), who came back from a 2-0 deficit after one inning. Ryan Gogerty went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Ridge, which added a final run in the sixth ...

Softball: Phillipsburg Tops Bridgewater-Raritan, 5-3

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Phillipsburg scored four runs in the first inning and held on for a 5-3 softball victory over Bridgewater-Raritan on Monday.

Pitcher Sammy Mazzagatti settled in to allow just one run and no walks over her last six innings pitched for Bridgewater-Raritan (6-5). Grace Venuto and Kiersten Farrell each went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Panthers.

Jalynda Mercado ...

Patriots LHP Brett Oberholtzer's Contract Purchased By Rockies

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have announced that left-handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer’s contract has been purchased by the Colorado Rockies. He is expected to report to Triple-A.

Oberholtzer was scheduled to be the team’s Opening Day starter in his first season with the Somerset Patriots. The 6’1” southpaw has four years of service in the Majors, including ...

BRMS Students Take on Classic in Performance of ‘Mary Poppins Jr.’

April 24, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School drama club performed “Mary Poppins, Jr.” for the spring musical in late April.

The play is based on one of the most popular Disney movies ever when the nanny Mary Poppins comes to the Banks family in England to care for Jane and Michael.

In the cast were Quincy Swan, Johnny Donato, Kiley Baxter, Margot McCann, Matthew ...

Bridgewater-Raritan High School Holds Annual Art Show

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School held its art show this week, showcasing the drawings, paintings and more of its many students.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

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

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, ...

Regional Travel Update - Gov. Murphy Announces Proposed NJTransit funding increase

April 26, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday spread a message of hope regarding future improvements to NJTransit services and infrastructure due to a proposed $242 million increase in funding for NJTransit for the 2019 fiscal year. 

At a press conference held at NJTransit’s Central Maintenance Facility on Doremus Avenue in Newark, Murphy, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and other ...

Travels Jersey Shore Seal Sighting on Spring Lake Beach

SPRING LAKE, NJ — Another seal came ashore — this time at the jetty on the south end of Spring Lake's beach.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski was walking the beachfront when she spotted this seal at about 3 p.m. on April 18 and took these real-time animated photos. It’s not known whether it returned to the ocean.

On April 12, a harp seal made its way onto Belmar's Fifth ...

Artie Lange to hold benefit for wife of fellow 'Howard Stern Show' cast member

Comedian Artie Lange will perform at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Robin Salem, the wife of longtime “Howard Stern Show” engineer Scott Salem, known to listeners as “Scott the Engineer." Robin is recovering from multiple cancers, and has been bedridden for the last two years.

“While our insurance ...

Travels Reminder - Can You Fly With Your State ID?

Travels recommends that you always travel with a passport, even domestically.  The U.S. Passport is our national I.D.  With it you will be able to fly domestically to any state. 

The DOHS offers this further explanation:

The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for ...

Travels Spotlight - New Brunswick Ciclovia opens 2018 Season

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.



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 ...

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Student: Sometimes Existing Rules Need to Change for the Betterment of Society

April 25, 2018

To the Editor:

In "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, Rue, a child tribute, was killed for the purpose of survival, by her competitors, as well as for the ultimate purpose of entertainment for the Gamemakers. In this competition, there are no specific rules that prevent innocent unprotected children from participating and being killed. It’s sad to think of a scenario where ...

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 ...

BAM Desserts Visits SCVTHS Culinary Arts Program

April 22, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Melissa Jenkins, one of the owners of BAM Desserts in Somerset, and Chef Liz Hernandez visited the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) culinary arts classes this week in hopes to recruit students for the growing bakery. 

Jenkins and Hernandez were looking for reliable students who were willing to learn new skills, get workplace ...

Relief for Somerville Neighborhood: New DMV Office To Open in So. Plainfield May 14

April 25, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The new Department of Motor Vehicles Office in South Plainfield is scheduled to open May 14 -  not a day too soon for residents who live in the neighborhood adjacent to the local DMV office on Roosevelt Place.

B. Sue Fulton, the newly-sworn director of the state DMV visited the Somerville facility Saturday at the  invitation of state Sen. Christopher Kip ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse


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.