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District Prepping Reopening Plans, Planning to Present to Community By August 6

July 11, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Interim Superintendent Thomas Ficarra released a message to parents Friday with an update on when plans will be released regarding the reopening of schools in September.

First, Ficarra reminded families that the deadline for responding to a survey on the reopening is Saturday, July 11. The survey can be found on the district's website at

This past week, ...

BRHS Students Gather in Protest Following Graduation Because of Concerns Over Lack of Clarity on In-Person Ceremony

Editor's Note: An email was sent to all graduates and their families on Tuesday, July 7, inviting them to an in person graduation to be held July 23 and/or July 24, and requesting information on guests to be invited and which graduates will be attending.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With plans finally being set for an in-person graduation, but rumors swirling for weeks prior, a number of ...

Interim Superintendent Outlines Conditions Needing to be Met for Reopening of Schools in September

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Interim Superintendent Thomas Ficarra released a statement on the district website to address reopening plans for the fall and what the district is doing to determine how that would work.

Ficarra said in the message that the governor has stated district reopening plans must account for resuming in-person instruction in some capacity.

"My immediate focus as the new ...

Bridgewater Township Accommodates for Budget Shortfall With Layoffs, Position Eliminations

July 6, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With residents and businesses feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, municipalities are suffering too, and Bridgewater Township has had to take some drastic steps in the way of layoffs and position eliminations to balance its 2020 budget.

A number of layoff notices were sent at the beginning of June, with termination dates of June 30, for a total of 14 people laid ...

Bridgewater Hires Firm to Conduct Universal Road Assessment of All Municipal Roads

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council has taken another step toward repairing the municipality’s roadways, hiring an outside engineering consultant who will conduct a universal road assessment of all municipally-owned roads in the township.

The council voted unanimously June 15 to authorize the awarding of a contract to Pennoni Associates, Inc., to serve as professional ...

Bridgewater Council Approves Resolutions for Roadwork, Shared Services

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Recent resolutions approved by the Bridgewater Township Council will enable roadway repairs, parking construction, legal advice, plenary licenses and temporary budget appropriations, among other items.
The council first ratified a resolution to authorize tax collector Darrow Murdock to conduct an electronic tax sale. Township administrator Michael Pappas said the event ...

Ortega Files Suit Against Raritan Borough, Police Department for Damages Related to Death of 1-Year-Old Matias Ortega in 2018

July 9, 2020

RARITAN, NJ - The estate of the late Matías Ortega has filed a lawsuit against Raritan Borough, Raritan Borough Police Department, Officer Everett Holt and other individuals employed by the police department and entities charged with being responsible for police services in connection with Ortega’s death after he was hit by a vehicle on Anderson Street in 2018.

Ortega was killed on the ...

Bridgewater Council Appoints Paul Payne as New Chief of Police

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Paul Payne is now the permanent police chief in Bridgewater Township.

The town council voted unanimously Monday to remove the “acting” tag from Payne’s title, after he had been appointed on an interim basis by former mayor Dan Hayes late last year to replace the retiring Al Nicaretta.

“I’m thrilled to announce Paul Payne as my ...

Two Suspects, Including One From Raritan, Arrested, Charged in Hillsborough Home Invasion

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Two suspects, including one from Raritan Borough, have been arrested in connection with a mid-afternoon home invasion on Bloomingdale Drive in Hillsborough June 17, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Both are charged with first degree robbery.

Amir Enoe, 19 of River Park Drive, Raritan, and Ahmad Campbell, age 20, Edgewood ...

'Last Dance' Baseball Tournament Gives Bridgewater-Raritan H.S. Grads Chance to Get Back on Diamond

July 10, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- Members of the Bridgewater-Raritan High School baseball program who were denied their chance to play the 2020 spring season due to the statewide coronavirus shutdown of schools will get their chance to play as a team in July.

The Last Dance Baseball Tournament will involve 222 teams – including Bridgewater-Raritan – from all over New Jersey participating in a ...

Play Ball! Patriots vs. Bridgewater Blasters in 12-Game Weekend Series

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Determined to overcome the obstacles that grew from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Somerset Patriots on Tuesday announced plans for a late-season weekend series of baseball at TD Bank Ballpark that will feature the Patriots playing against the Bridgewater Blasters, with both teams' rosters filled with athletes who live in New Jersey.

Somerset Professional Baseball Series ...

Trial Date Set in Lawsuit Filed by Advance Realty Against Bridgewater Township Planning Board

July 10, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A trial date has been set for October in the case of the Center of Excellence against the Bridgewater Township Planning Board.

The case will be heard before Judge Kevin M. Shanahan Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. in Somerset Superior Court in Somerville.

According to court documents, court-ordered mediation must be completed by the discovery end date.

The plaintiff, in this case ...

Mayors Advocating for Local Control of Reopening Businesses During Pandemic

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several members of Mayors for "Main Street" expressed disappointment over Gov. Phil Murphy's decision to eliminate indoor dining from the planned reopenings for this week, and keep them closed indefinitely, according to a release from Bridgewater Township.

The mayors, the release said, are asking the governor and legislature to give local officials more control ...

Raritan Borough Planning Once-Weekly Outdoor Dining Event, Pending Answers on Need for Restrooms

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan governing body took a cautious step forward in its effort to aid local businesses and bring the community together.

At its June 23 meeting, the council voted 6-0 to authorize up to $2,000 for a purchase order to rent tents, tables, chairs and lighting for an outdoor gathering spot.

The initial plan was for a dedicated area open daily, but concerns about ...

New Fewer Polling Locations Announced for Primaries

July 3, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The primary elections are scheduled for July 7, having been rescheduled from June due to coronavirus, and there are a number of changes in procedure and polling locations this year.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Residents should have already received mail-in ballots if they prefer not to go to polling locations. Those must be postmarked no later than Election ...

170 Used Bikes Collected for Pedals For Progress By Faith Lutheran Church

July 5, 2020

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Within a month, Faith Lutheran in New Providence, led by members Casey Walsh of Bridgewater, Cliff Auchter of Berkeley Heights, and Ralph Adamson of Warren, collected 170 used bikes from New Providence, Berkeley Heights, other Union County towns and Succasunna. The collection was conducted on behalf of Pedals for Progress, an organization which annually recycles ...

Hillside Students Give Back to Assisted Living Despite Quarantine

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The sixth grade executive council of the Hillside Intermediate School Roots & Shoots program has not let quarantine stop them from giving back to the Chelsea Assisted Living.

According to Hillside teacher Katrina Macht, the council has been partnering with Chelsea Assisted Living for the past several years, visiting at least once a month to play Bingo, perform and ...

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Bridgewater Reporting One New COVID Case, Raritan Borough Adds Four to Total

July 10, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is confirming one new case of COVID-19, as of Friday morning, bringing the total to 487 cases.

Of those, 57.2 percent are confirmed to be female and 42.6 percent are confirmed to be male.

Bridgewater is not reporting any additional fatalities, keeping the total at 65.

Since the last report, Raritan Borough is now reporting four additional COVID ...

Bridgewater Reporting Zero New COVID Cases, as of Thursday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting zero new cases of COVID-19, as of Thursday morning, for a total of 484 cases.

Bridgewater Township is not reporting any new fatalities in the township, leaving the total at 65, all between the ages of 40 and 105.

Raritan is still reporting 115 cases of coronavirus.

Bridgewater Township Reporting 2 New Coronavirus Cases, as of Wednesday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting two new coronavirus cases, as of Wednesday morning, bringing the total to 484 in town.

Of those, 57.2 percent are confirmed to be female and 42.6 percent are confirmed to be male.

In addition, the township is reporting one additional fatality, bringing the total to 65 between the ages of 40 and 105. Of those, two were under age 50; five ...

True Values Coming Into Question This Election Season

July 9, 2020

To the Editor:

Bridgewater Republican Mathew Moench, recently endorsed a new Republican Somerset County Chair by stating this individual, Tim Howes, would stay “true to our Republican values.”

This is particularly egregious for as we have seen from the leader of the Republican Party, Donald Trump, the party’s values are hatred, bigotry, racism while attacking the very ...

Police Blotter: Bridgewater Police Investigating Report of Damaged, Burglarized Vehicle

July 3, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are investigating a report of a damaged and burglarized Toyota Prius, according to this week's police blotter.

According to the report, on June 26, a 2017 Toyota Prius was damaged and burglarized. The front passenger window to the vehicle was smashed by an unknown object, and a bag containing a men's gold watch was taken from the front ...

Having Completed His Mission at Saint Joseph HS, Justin Fleetwood Is Ready for His New Assignment

July 10, 2020

METUCHEN, NJ - After five years at the helm Justin Fleetwood, President of Saint Joseph High School has announced his departure from the institution in conjunction with his next assignment in pursuit of the missions of the Brothers of the Scared Heart at another location.

According to his letter to the faith community, Fleetwood is grateful for his experiences as a part of the Falcon ...

Black Lives Matter Organizes Somerville Protest and March July 12

July 10, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Local supporters of Black Lives Matters have organized a demonstration and Main Street protest march for Sunday, July 12 beginning with a rally at the Historic Somerset County Courthouse on East Main Street at 3 p.m. 

This will be the 10th event in support of Black Lives Matters at the courthouse since June 5th. There were no organized protests during the July 4th ...

Covering COVID Concerns

As the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, continues to spread and as the illness it causes, COVID-19, runs rampant, what can you do to stay safe? How does the virus spread? How can you avoid a superspreader? Should you wear a mask and, if so, which one? Should you go for antibody testing?

The coronavirus spreads by respiratory droplets or aerosols. Every time we sneeze or cough or even speak we emit ...

Latest Advances in Cancer Care Presented at Atlantic Health System’s “2020 Oncology Symposium”

Cutting-edge advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer were brought to the forefront on June 27th during Atlantic Health System’s “2020 Annual Review in Oncology Virtual Symposium,” an event sponsored by Atlantic Health System Cancer Care and held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Attended by nearly 160 top oncology professionals, the half-day ...

NJSIAA Announces "Return to Play" Guidelines for High School Sports

July 11, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The NJSIAA released its "Return to Play" guidelines on Friday, which essentially pushed back the start of the 2020 Fall Season one month, while eliminating half of the rounds of the state playoffs. If there is a change in the Governor’s Road Back, Restart and Recovery Plan for Education regarding in-person schooling in the fall, the NJSIAA will be ...