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BRMS Student Earns Perfect Score in Math Competition

December 14, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School student Christopher Qiu competed in the 33rd Joseph W. Andrushkiw Mathematics Competition at Seton Hall University Nov. 17 as a team member of Bergen County Academy and won the top prize.

Qiu won first place individually with a perfect score of 40, and became the winner for this high school math contest.

The 90-minute exam consisted of 16 ...

Bridgewater Approves Continued Work at Quarry off Chimney Rock Road

December 17, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Stavola Construction Materials, Inc. has Bridgewater’s blessing to continue its operations for the next year.
Tom Branch, vice-president of Stavola, spoke before the Bridgewater Township Council to renew the annual agreement that his company makes with the municipality to work the town’s quarry.
“Each year, we’re required to seek ...

Bridgewater Council Still Opts Against Accepting Grant Money for Lane-Brokaw House Remediation, Still Wants to Move Forward With Work

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The ongoing saga of Bridgewater’s venerable Lane-Brokaw House will likely continue into the new calendar year.

The Bridgewater Township Council took no action following a discussion to accept a historic preservation grant in the amount of $85,660 for improvements to the Revolutionary War-era home located on Milltown Road.

Councilman Filipe Pedroso asked if the ...

Bridgewater Introduces Ordinance on Open Space Following Voter Approval of Referendum

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council introduced an ordinance to amend the municipal code and permit open space trust funds to be utilized for the acquisition of historical properties and to also make improvements on such properties, as per a referendum voted on by residents in November's elections.


Council president Christine Henderson Rose said she appreciated ...

Bronx Man Charged with Possession of Handgun After Fleeing Scene of Motor Vehicle Stop, Raritan Police Say

December 17, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A New York man was charged with possession of a handgun after he fled the scene of a motor vehicle investigation on Route 202 Friday, according to a release from Raritan Borough Police.

Angel Marmol, 19, of the Bronx, was charged with second degree unlawful possession of a handgun, fourth degree possession of hollow point bullets and third degree resisting arrest.

According to ...

Bridgewater Township Tables Ordinance on Adding Police Officers, Citing Monetary Concerns

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council recently held off on introducing an ordinance that would have modified the Bridgewater Police Department by allowing the employment of six additional police officers.

Bridgewater Police Chief Al Nicaretta appeared before the council with two members of his command staff in a follow-up to a preliminary presentation before the council in ...

Raritan Police Department Promotes Two to Captain and Lieutenant

RARITAN, NJ - Two Raritan Police officers were promoted to captain and lieutenant at the most recent Raritan Borough Council meeting.

Craig Monda was promoted to captain and Thomas Fisher was promoted to lieutenant.

Monda is a 23-year veteran in law enforcement, and has served in the Raritan Police Department for 17 years. He graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in 1997, and was ...

Girls Basketball: Watchung Hills Tops Bridgewater-Raritan, 59-52, in OT

December 15, 2018

WARREN, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan girls basketball team lost a hard-fought overtime game to Watchung Hills on the road, 59-52, on opening night Friday.

Bridgewater-Raritan led, 29-23, at halftime. Watchung Hills rallied in the third quarter and the game was deadlocked, 50-50, at the end of four quarters.

Katie Kowal scored 17 points and sank three 3-pointers for Bridgewater-Raritan.

Boys Basketball: Bridgewater-Raritan Falls Late to Watchung Hills, 54-48

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan boys basketball team played close for four quarters before losing to Watchung Hills, 54-48, at home on opening night Friday.

Watchung Hills, which led by two at halftime, outscored the Panthers, 31-27, in the second half. Lucas Stasil led the Warriors with 17 points.

John Sibiga scored 15 points to lead Bridgewater-Raritan, which got nine points ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Girls Basketball Team Will Have New Look in 2018-2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - After winning 19 games last season, the Bridgewater-Raritan girls basketball team is entering the realm of the unknown this winter.

Second-year coach Scott Bray lost nine players from that 19-8 team to graduation, and will have to work in a largely new rotation anchored by the two returning letter winners from last season.

One of them is senior forward Meghan Ball, who ...

Planning Board Approves Specialty Grocery Store Application, No Mention of Which Store Coming

December 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Planning Board approved a minor site plan to revamp vacant retail space, formerly the Golfsmith, into a specialized grocery store in the Bridgewater Promenade – but details on the identity of that grocery store have not yet been released.

The applicant’s attorney said that the proposed changes were to convert the former Golfsmith store and ...

Nestlé Health Sciences Holds Inauguration of New Center in Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Nestlé Health Science held the inauguration of a new Nestle Product Technology Center by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 3 in Bridgewater with Gov. Phil Murphy.

According to a release, the event marked the completion of a three-year $70 million investment to create a global research and development hub to advance the company's offerings in elevating the ...

Bob's Furniture Coming to Bridgewater, Speciality Grocery Store Too

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The former Babies 'R' Us in the Bridgewater Promenade is turning into a furniture store, though the time frame for opening is still unclear.

According to Bridgewater Township Economic Development Officer Howard Turbowitz, Bob's Furniture is coming to that location.

"We do not have any timeframe on the furniture store," he said.

In addition, ...

Santa Visits Monthly Bridgewater Farmer's Market

December 15, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Santa visited the Bridgewater Township Farmer's Market at the Bridgewater Township Library, on Vogt Drive, Dec. 9.

The farmer's market is held once a month inside the library, with a number of local vendors showing off their wares.

Lots of families turned out to the December market to visit with Santa and take photos with him while checking out the foods and goods ...

Voting for the Best Lit House is Bridgewater Begins Saturday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Friends of Bridgewater History are holding a free event Saturday to launch the voting period of the Merry and Bright Bridgewater, Holiday Lights Contest at the Van Horne House, on East Main Street.

There will be hot cocoa, cookies, crafts and stories for the kids. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Guests will receive a map for the 16 houses in the ...

Bridgewater-Raritan High School Theater Department Performs 'Nutcracker'

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Theater Department took on a production of "The Nutcracker," with a version unlike the typical ballet.

This version of the play was darker and closer to the original story by E.T.A Hoffmann, without the Land of the Sweets and other similar ballet numbers.

Performing in the play were Margot McCann, Ian Katz, Leah Hampson, ...

Somerset Patriots Celebrate Philanthropy and Fiscal Soundness

December 16, 2018

BEDMINSTER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots Baseball Club, led by Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer and Co-Chairmen Jonathan Kalafer and Joshua Kalafer, presented a ceremonial check to Somerset County elected officials in the amount of $20,276,654.26 at the team’s annual Holiday Reception Dec. 4th attended by the Patriots’ marketing partners and dignitaries at Trump National Country ...

Laurel Circle Residents Make Quilts, Hats for People at Center for Great Expectations

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Members of the Laurel Circle quilting and knitting-crocheting group, in Bridgewater, presented a number of donations to the Center for Great Expectations, totaling over 230 pieces to date.

Laurel Circle, formerly Arbor Glen, is a full service senior living community, and the Center for Great Expectations is a non-profit organization that helps adults and young women and their ...

Bridgewater-Raritan High School's BRTV Holds 4th Annual NovemBeard Competition to Raise Money for Prostate Cancer Foundation

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Throughout November, Bridgewater-Raritan High School’s Television Club, BRTV, held its 4th annual NovemBeard competition to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer.

BRHS staff members Dave Evans, Dan Kavanagh, Keith Shapiro and Scott Strungis grew beards throughout the month to try and claim the title of best beard. Each competitor was featured on BRTV shows ...

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Two Arrested for Loitering to Get Drugs, According to Raritan Borough Police Report

December 14, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - Two men were arrested for loitering and drug charges Dec. 6 after a parking complaint was called in to the Raritan Borough Police, according to the police blotter report.

Luigi Tineo, 33, of Clifton, and Rocky Lozado, 39, of Paterson, were each charged with loitering to obtain a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance following a parking ...

Valairco Heating and Cooling Celebrates 50 Years by Giving Back: Moms Helping Moms Foundation Receives $250

December 16, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Kevin McHugh and Richard Valenti of Valairco Heating and Cooling recently presented a check for $250 to Jerusha Oleksiuk of Moms Helping Moms Foundation as part of their Valairco Cares program.

Valairco launched the "Valairco Cares" campaign this past spring and is committed to donate to four different charities or nonprofits throughout ...

Missing Person: Watchung Woman Still Missing on Birthday, Police Seek Public’s Help

December 18, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ - Today, Dec. 18 is Helen Kim’s birthday and she is still missing from Watchung. Police are seeking help from the public locating her and reuniting her with her family.

Kim has been missing since Dec. 6.

A missing person investigation has been underway into the disappearance of Kim, 48 of Route 22 West, according to Somerset County Prosecutor ...

How the Cardiologist Stole Holiday Treats

The holidays bring visions of sugar plum fairies dancing and tables filled with fruitcake, sugar cookies, gingerbread, red velvet cake, macaroons and chocolate yule log. These delectable holiday treats are as much a staple of the holidays as family gatherings and celebrations. Unfortunately, these sugary delights are not quite part of a heart healthy diet and can wreak havoc with cholesterol ...

Changes in Dental Technology 2018 – Keeping Up With it All

Many are noticing that the Dental offices they grew up with hardly resemble the high-tech powerhouse that present day dentistry has become. What is new and how does it benefit our patients?

#1: Digital Radiography - how cool is it to see your dental radiographs pop up on the screen next to you , as soon as it gets taken- and in a large size that you can see? This technology has greatly ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving Leontes, King of Sicilia and King Polixenes of Bohemia, circles ...

Chatham Players’ “A Christmas Carol’ starts the holiday season in style

Chatham Players’ “A Christmas Carol’ starts the holiday season in style

By Liz Keill

CHATHAM, NJ – Charles Dickens’ beloved “Christmas Carol” creates a cheerful glow at The Chatham Playhouse.

This musical version of the familiar tale features the author himself narrating, and sometimes taking part, in the story. Chip Prestera as Dickens once ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving  Leontes, King of Sicilia and Archidamus, a Bohemian Lord, ...

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Leave it to George Street Playhouse to produce a play that works on so many levels. We have the familiar slamming-the-door exit of Nora Helmut, who abruptly leaves her secure life with Torvald for parts unknown

This play by Lucas Hnath received a successful run on ...

N.J. Center for Non-Profits Set to Host "Raising the Voices of Our Community" Conference

December 4, 2018

SOMERSET , NJ – Over the past few years, non-profit organizations have used “creative and unique” campaigns to bring local and national attention to their cause. 

The ALS Foundation took the country and world by storm during the summer of 2014 with the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Susan G. Komen has spread the word about breast cancer by painting towns pink. The ...