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School District Honors Retirees

June 5, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District recently bade good-bye to nearly three dozen staff and faculty members who will retire from the school system at the end of the current academic year.

The group was recognized individually at the online May 28 meeting of the board of education.
 
“We honor them tonight, and their immeasurable impact on our ...

Information on End-of-Year Activities to Come From School Principals

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - In a communication to the district, Superintendent Russell Lazovick said updates on end-of-the-year events and report cards will be coming from the school principals over the next couple weeks.

In addition, he said, schools will be closed June 5 for the district's final giveback day of the year. Distance learning will resume June 8.

Below is Lazovick's message in ...

School Board Discusses Options, Restrictions for Potential In-Person Graduation Ceremony

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The seniors at Bridgewater-Raritan High School are slated to hold a virtual graduation ceremony on June 23 as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but it remains to be seen if the Class of 2020 will also get to say goodbye in a more traditional fashion.

“Safety continues to be our first focus,” said Superintendent Russell Lazovick at the May 28 online ...

Bridgewater Approves Change in Engineering Project to Add Additional Roadwork

June 3, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has looked north for a consultant to manage its sewer fund, and has also voted to expand a local roadway construction endeavor.

The town council voted unanimously May 18 to award a contract to Raftelis, Inc., out of Massachusetts, to provide sewer fund management services for an amount not to exceed $449,850.

It also authorized a change of scope with ...

Raritan Council Divided Over Need for Anti-Nepotism Policy in Town

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council was presented with a draft anti-nepotism ordinance at its second May meeting, but it only furthered the contentious discussion that ended without action.

Councilman Pablo Orozco had worked over the past two weeks with councilman Michael Patente and borough attorney Bill Robertson on the project.

When the draft ordinance was open for discussion, ...

Bridgewater Introduces Ordinance to Ease Sewer Backups Near Restaurants

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is expected to require equipment improvements for some local businesses, while also modifying options regarding affordable housing in the municipality in the next few weeks.

The town council introduced a pair of ordinances related to those matters at its most recent public meeting May 18, which was again conducted online due to COIVID-19 ...

Bridgewater Juvenile Fatally Struck by Train

May 26, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater juvenile has been identified as the man fatally struck by a NJ Transit train Monday at around 4:20 p.m. just west of the Bridgewater station, according to Lisa Torbic, of NJ Transit.

Torbic said the eastbound Raritan Valley Line train 5526, which left from Raritan at 4:16 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Newark Penn Station at 5:15 p.m. struck the juvenile ...

Court Denies Motion From Advance Realty for Final Site Plan Approval on Hotel, Grocery Store at Center of Excellence

June 5, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A judge ruled on behalf of Bridgewater Township Friday regarding a motion from Advance Realty for partial summary judgment to obtain immediate final site plan approval for the grocery store and hotel at the Center of Excellence site in Bridgewater.

According to a notice filed with the court in April by attorney Kevin Coakley, Advance Realty was seeking summary judgment on ...

Tune In To Virtual BizFest 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) has announced that the 2020 “BizFest,” for Somerset County small businesses and residents will be held virtually on Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. This will be the SCBP’s first major virtual event in its history.

To continue the tradition of Somerset County's largest business ...

'Mayors For Main Street' Group Sends Letter to Governor's Office and Other Officials

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The "Mayors for Main Street" alliance, with membership including Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench and Raritan Mayor Zachary Bray, and others in Somerset, Morris, Warren, and Somerset counties, on Thursday announced a letter had been sent to the governor's office, legislative leaders and district representatives and county officials outlining a ...

Performing Arts and BRTV Presenting Music to Unite Concert

June 4, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District's Department of Performing Arts and the Bridgewater-Raritan High School's Television Team, BRTV, will present Music to Unite: A Benefit Concert Friday at 8 p.m.

The concert will be broadcasted on BRTV's YouTube channel, and will feature student musicians from BRHS and Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School.

The goal ...

BRHS Annual Sing Off Goes Virtual This Year

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The annual Sing Off, presented by the Kimberly A. Nelson Foundation, is moving to a new online format this year.

The ninth annual event will still feature students from Bridgewater-Raritan High School and Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School.

This year, the 10 student contestants have submitted videos to be viewed, and a panel of judges will determine the ...

BRHS Seniors Dress in Their Prom Finest

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School prom was supposed to be Friday, and although it has currently been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, that doesn't mean seniors couldn't dress in their finest to commemorate the day.

We are compiling photos of seniors dressed in their prom best! Send your photos to thebreezenj@gmail.com!

*These photos were first posted on ...

BRHS Coaches to Walk to Raise Money for Class of 2020

May 30, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School teachers and coaches Scott Bray, Ed Knapp and Sean Foley are organizing a walk for the Class of 2020 to raise money for a legacy donation.

They will be walking 20.20 miles to raise funds for the Class of 2020, and all money raised will go directly to the class.

The walk will be June 15, beginning at 7:20 a.m., and people are invited to join ...

Raritan Borough Honors Those Who Fought for Country in Short Ceremony

RARITAN, NJ - With social distancing and other protocols in place, Raritan Borough held a short ceremony at Veterans Park for Memorial Day Monday to honor those who gave their lives for this country.

Veterans gathered in a ceremony that was not open to the public, and they had a salute and dedication speech. Mayor Zachary Bray said a few words before the ceremony ended.

Wreathes were placed ...

Bridgewater Township Releases Video of Small Memorial Day Ceremonies

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Although Bridgewater Township was unable to hold its annual Memorial Day ceremonies in Bradley Gardens and at Chimney Rock Park, the township released a pre-recorded video of footage and interviews from scaled down ceremonies held over the weekend.

The footage includes the American Legion Post 327 at Ardmaer Park in Bradley Gardens, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Chimney ...

Lawn Sign Honors Essential Workers

May 23, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater resident Leah Papp, a 2002 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, created a special sign to honor essential workers.

The sign – which says, "Thank you  Essential Workers, You Are Our Heroes" – has been up at a home on Foothill Road since April.

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Bridgewater and Raritan Reporting Zero New COVID Cases Friday Morning

June 5, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting zero new confirmed cases of COVID as of Friday morning, keeping the total count at 465.

Of those, 57.1 percent are confirmed to be female, and 42.7 percent are confirmed to be male.

The township is also reporting no additional fatalities from COVID, keeping the number at 59, between the ages of 40 and 105. Of those, two were under the age ...

Murphy Says Restaurant, Retail Workers Will Be Required To Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back patrons on June 15.

Although non-essential retail businesses will follow familiar rules that have been observed for months at supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential businesses, there could be a decided lack ...

Bridgewater Reporting Two Additional COVID Cases Thursday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting two new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as of Thursday morning, bringing the total to 465 cases.

Of those, 57.1 percent are confirmed to be female, and 42.7 percent are confirmed to be male.

The township is not reporting any new fatalities, leaving the number at 59, between the ages of 40 and 105. Of those, two were under age 50; three were ...

COVID-19 Clinical Research Study Underway at Atlantic Health System, Including Immune Response Study

June 5, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ - As of today, June 4, there are more than 162,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey. Although there is no currently available vaccine against coronavirus, Atlantic Health System is calling on its expertise and national reputation for conducting cutting-edge clinical trials in oncology, neuroscience as well as cardiology, to look for effective treatments for ...

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BRHS Senior Spotlight: Makayla Choy

May 9, 2020

Makayla Choy has attended Crim Primary School, Hillside Intermediate School, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School and Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

Makayla played four years of field hockey as a goalie, three years of lacrosse and also was part of S.H.A.R.E.

This fall, Makayla plans to attend Seton Hall University, where she will major in mathematics and then pursue law school to ...

Somerville Expects Weekend Protests; Businesses Urged to Take Precautions

June 5, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Borough officials are preparing for two protests this weekend stemming from the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis last week, and have reached out to merchants along Main Street to "use their judgement and prepare accordingly."

A small group of protestors walked down Main Street last Saturday with signs and ended their peaceful demonstration ...

Heart Attacks and Hypertension in the Time of COVID

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Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs. Dr.

Murphy Fears George Floyd Protests Could Mean Coronavirus Spike in NJ 

June 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds.

“Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton at his daily press ...