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District Hears Presentation on Buildings and Grounds Department

May 11, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - An update on the responsibilities of the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District’s buildings and grounds department was discussed April 27.

The facilities assessment provided a comprehensive review of the various properties owned by the district, which altogether take up 221 acres of exterior space, plus 1.2 million square feet of interior area. The assessment also ...

Interim Superintendent: District is Planning for Full Day In-Person Instruction in September

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The district is preparing for five full days of school in September, with no option for half day learning, said interim superintendent Thomas Ficarra.

“Half day is out for next year, we are planning a full day schedule,” he said. “There are no cohorts, we are planning for a schedule that can’t be broken into a half day, back to being like our former ...

BRHS Students Commit to Colleges on National Decision Day

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Congratulations to all the Bridgewater-Raritan High School seniors who committed to college on National Decision Day this year.

Amanda Quinones will be attending Coastal Carolina University in the spring, as a member of the class of 2025.
Austin Andrew Rencher will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Jared Karabinos will be attending Penn State in the ...

Bridgewater Council Approves Resolutions for 6 Different Roadwork Projects

May 13, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council unanimously approved a series of six resolutions May 3 regarding professional engineering and surveying services for roadway improvement projects in the municipality.

The six projects will cover six different sections of town. The anticipated term of each contract is expected to be one year or less.

According to the resolutions, the ...

Councilwoman Melissa Harris Resigning from Raritan Borough Council

RARITAN, NJ - Councilwoman Melissa Harris (D) has resigned from the Raritan Borough Council.

“I am resigning for personal reasons,” Harris said, adding that she will not be staying in Raritan. “I really enjoyed my time and I was honored to serve the people of Raritan, even though it was a short tenure.”

Harris was sworn in to the borough council in January after ...

Raritan Borough to Introduce Ordinance Allowing Sale of Medicinal Cannabis in Town

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough council decided to introduce an ordinance permitting the sale of medicinal cannabis only to counteract a statewide law permitting the sale of recreational cannabis.

The decision stems from a need to draft borough specific regulations by August. Municipalities in New Jersey have 180 days following the enactment of the law that legalized recreational use of ...

Coyle Trail House Uninhabitable Following Mother's Day Structure Fire

May 10, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A single family house on Coyle Trail is uninhabitable after a fire ripped through the second floor and attic Sunday afternoon.

Bill Rose, of the Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department, said the call came in around 12:09 p.m. Sunday, and, when firefighters arrived, it was already a well-involved structure fire in the second floor and attic.

"The fire was well-seeded, ...

Budgets Pass in All Four Bridgewater Fire Districts

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - After time needed to count mail-in ballots following the April 20 fire district elections, official results have been released, and budgets passed in all districts.

In district one, incumbents Bill Rose and Jim Cowley were re-elected to the fire commission with 151 and 170 votes, respectively.

The budget passed by a vote of 179 for and 28 against.

Rose said the district ...

Baseball: Bridgewater-Raritan Beats Gill-St. Bernard's, 10-6

May 13, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Bridgewater-Raritan baseball scored six runs in the third inning and went on to a 10-6 victory over Gill-St. Bernard's on Wednesday.

Anthony Scarlata doubled and drove in four runs, Michael Fattore went 2-for-3 with two runs and a home run, and Nick Torrens went 2-for-3 for the Panthers (9-2), who led, 7-1, after their six-run third inning.

Jason Cozzi ...

Softball: Bridgewater-Raritan Defeats Middlesex, 6-2

MIDDLESEX, NJ — Bridgewater-Raritan scored all its runs in the first two innings and went on to defeat Middlesex, 6-2, in softball on Monday.

Kailey Hisko finished with three runs batted in on a single and a walk for the Panthers (5-7), who scored two runs in the first inning and four in the second. Kailey Hisko also pitched a complete game, scattering eight hits but walking ...

Bridgewater Residents Named to All-Conference Cheer, Dance Teams

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several local residents were named to all-conference cheer and dance teams for this year, according to a release from the Big Ten.

Performance videos were submitted for each nominee, and coaches then voted. After tallying the votes, the first and second teams were selected, as well as the academic teams and community service teams.

Named from Bridgewater were:

Elena ...

Raritan Planning Board Hears Recommendations Regarding Sustainable Economic Development Plan

May 10, 2021

RARITAN, NJ - Representatives from the Raritan Sustainable Economic Development Plan presented their land use recommendations to the Raritan Borough Planning Board April 28.

The plan is funded by the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and was designed to develop a vision for economic development throughout Raritan in a way that revitalizes the downtown area, promotes a strong sense ...

Family-Owned Pet Supplies Store Celebrating Month of Grand Opening Events

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Barkley’s Marketplace, a family-owned pet supplies store in Flemington, recently expanded to a second location in Branchburg, and is preparing to celebrate a “Grand Opening Month” in May.

The store has been open in Flemington for 10 years, and owner Andy Cohen said they work to create a pet shop that builds a community.

“At Barkley’s ...

Bridgewater Resident Writes Book Based in Own Hometown

May 2, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A 60-year resident of Bridgewater, and a 38-year announcer for the Bridgewater-Raritan High School basketball and football teams, Jim Gano is uniquely qualified to write about his town and its sports – and he has brought that to life in his new book, “The Player.”

This is Gano’s second fiction sports-based book, and it was recently ...

Bridgewater Resident Writes Pandemic Book

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - In 2020, Bridgewater resident Ashley Perrotti wrote a poem about the pandemic, trying to find a way to explain quarantine, masks and virtual school to her 3-year-old – and she realized so many other kids were dealing with the same changes.

“I couldn’t stop thinking about all the kids going through all the changes that the pandemic brought into our ...

Bridgewater Girl Scouts Create Little Free Library for Community

May 12, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Girl Scouts in Bridgewater have been working to help the community even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, including a recent project that should endure for years to come.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 61136 delivered a presentation at the April 19 virtual meeting of the Bridgewater Township council regarding their Little Library service project.

Participants in the ...

Vo-Tech Students Create Non-Profit Focused on Emergency Medicine

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Jiya Mody, of Bridgewater, and Fiona Shanahan, of Warren, both 10th grade students at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, have created a new non-profit, Youth in Emergency Medicine, to establish a community of several chapters of high school students and undergraduates interested in the field across the globe.

The students connect with research facilities ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ. What Bridgewater and Raritan Parents Need to Know

May 13, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s recommendations, ...

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Bridgewater Township Reporting 1 New COVID Case, as of Thursday

May 13, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting one new COVID-19 case, as of Thursday, bringing the total to 2,644.

The township is not reporting any new fatalities, keeping the total at 104.

As of Wednesday, Raritan Borough was reporting 592 total cases and 22 total fatalities.

Somerset County as a whole, as of Wednesday, was reporting 23,570 total cases and 727 total fatalities.

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ. What Bridgewater and Raritan Parents Need to Know

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s recommendations, ...

Latest Bridgewater-Raritan Vaccination Figures and Updated CDC Guidelines for the Fully Vaccinated

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today via Twitter that for the first time in over six months, the state's number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has fallen below 1,000.


"With our numbers trending in the right direction, we can continue fighting back against this virus if we all get vaccinated," Murphy tweeted.


Murphy said that ...

Ask Andy: What should I give my dog to chew?

Dear Andy:  “My dogs love to chew!  What is best to give them? 

Chewing is an instinctive and pleasurable practice for dogs. It is beneficial for their teeth and gums, and it keeps them busy. Some dogs prefer soft, squishy chew toys and others enjoy hard chews such as bones, antlers and bully sticks. Finding what’s right for your dog depends on your dog’s size, ...

Letter: Resident Calls Out Those Offended by BOE's Attempt to Not Read All Emails at Last Meeting

May 10, 2021

To the Editor:

Regarding the April 27 BOE meeting and the subsequent TAPinto letter to the editor from May 4 by "Bridgewater Parents for a Path Forward" (who I’ll call “BPPF” from here on out):

On April 27, Bridgewater BOE members were compelled to put their regular meeting agenda on hold for what potentially could have been a very long and arduous self-inflicted ...

Starting Summer in Style

May 7, 2021

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Fewer restrictions, longer days, and warm nights provide even more inspiration when looking for reasons to head to New Jersey's Coast in 2021. Celebrating a renewed spirit, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members welcome travelers to take part in their 107th summer sharing memories and creating new experiences. There is no better way to explore the unique ...

Food Bank Network Moves to New Bigger Warehouse

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Food Bank Network of Somerset County provides a client-choice experience much like a trip to the grocery store.

The main warehouse recently relocated to a larger facility at 7 Easy Street, just a few buildings down from its former location in the Middlebrook Crossroads complex in Bridgewater. 

The move had been a long time in planning.

About eight years ago, ...

Somerset County to Hold Free Document Shredding Event May 15

May 13, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Somerset County is sponsoring Operation Secure Shred on Saturday, May 15, at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, North County Facility located at 411 Chimney Rock Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled. The event is a FREE and easy way for residents to help guard against identity theft. The event will occur rain or ...

Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

Humor Explains (And Cures) Everything

Plato and a platypus walk into a bar... This isn’t the start of some highbrow joke, but the title of a book by Harvard trained philosophers Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein. In the book the authors plausibly spell out how jokes and humor can explain all of philosophy. Jokes and philosophical concepts are similar in that they both make you think; both flip the world upside down and uncover ...

The 8th Annual Joseph Calello Melanoma Scholar, Dr. Charles Balch, to Present “The Surgical Management of Melanoma,” a Virtual Lecture, May 6

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, in partnership with OncLive, invites health care professionals and others interested in the surgical management of melanoma to a virtual lecture by internationally known melanoma expert Charles M. Balch, MD, FACS, FASCO.  Dr. Balch is this year’s Joseph Calello Melanoma Scholar.  The free lecture and Q & A will be held on May 6, 11 a.m.

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...