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Kindergarten, First Grade Registration to be Held End of February

January 11, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Registration for kindergarten and first grade in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is set for Feb. 25 through Feb. 28.

Any child who turns 5 years old on or before Oct. 1, 2019 is eligible to be enrolled in the kindergarten program for September 2019. The schedule is a half day program with morning and afternoon sessions.

Families will be notified of a ...

BOE Pulls Personnel Addendum Regarding Staff Salaries During Negotiations From Reorganization Meeting Agenda

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - After an impromptu closed meeting between the board of education negotiations committee and Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association, a proposed addendum regarding salary increases while negotiations are ongoing was pulled from the agenda and not voted on during Thursday’s reorganization meeting.

The addendum was first mentioned at the final meeting of 2018 to allow ...

Bridgewater Board of Education Reorganizes for New Year, Taps Gladstone for Third Year as President

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Board of education member Jill Gladstone was unanimously chosen as board president for her third consecutive year at the annual reorganization meeting Jan. 3.

Board member Jacqueline Barlow, newly elected in November for another term on the board, was chosen unanimously to serve as board vice president.

In addition, the meeting saw the swearing in of Barlow and incumbent ...

Township to Reintroduce Resolution Regarding Redevelopment Around TD Bank Ballpark

January 14, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The township council will need to redo a resolution regarding a redevelopment investigation near TD Bank Ballpark because of a wrongly stated lot and block number.

The council approved, by a 3-2 vote in December, a resolution to refer to the planning board a recommendation for a preliminary investigation for redevelopment at and around TD Bank Ballpark, on East Main ...

Bridgewater Yard Waste Site Closing for Season

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Yard Waste site will be closing as of Jan. 13, and will reopen March 11.

After March 11, residents can take their yard waste to 136 Foothill Road or get a permit from the Public Works Department for their landscaper to visit the yard waste site twice at no cost.

The site is for disposal of brush, leaves, grass, woodchips and logs only.

For more ...

Hayes: The Future of Bridgewater is Strong, With Good Economic Base, Low Taxes, Positive Land Use

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Mayor Dan Hayes said the state of the township is strong with a vibrant economic base and stable municipal taxes during his annual State of the Township address at the Jan. 3 Bridgewater Township reorganization meeting.
“Tonight I wish to reassure you the state of the township is strong, and our future is bright,” he said. “My administration continues ...

Area of Foothill Road Closed Due to Accident, Bridgewater Police Say

January 14, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police is advising drivers to avoid Foothill Road between North Bridge Street and Mine Road because of an accident around 2:20 p.m. Monday.

According to a Nixle alert from the department, there are wires down, and drivers should avoid the area.

Bridgewater Township Police Install First Class III Officer for School District

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department has sworn in its first Class III officer to be part of the school district.

Mark Christensen, formerly of the Roselle Police Department, was sworn in as the first Class III officer, and will now just have to finish his training before he can begin in the district.

A total of three Class III officers will be installed ...

Bridgewater Township Police Swears in 4 New Officers

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department swore in several new officers during a special ceremony at the beginning of January.

Kevin Geisel, a graduate of North Hunterdon High School, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school where he completed three tours overseas in active combat areas during the Iraq War. He reached the rank of corporal, and, after completing ...

Girls Swimming: Bridgewater-Raritan Stays Undefeated With Win over Mt. St. Mary

January 16, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Bridgewater-Raritan girls swim team remained unbeaten in dual meets with a convincing 120-50 victory over a formidable Mount St. Mary team on Tuesday.

The Panther swimmers won all three relay events. Leah Juechter, Grace Zhou, Sarah Pacelli and Corina Do won the 200 meter relay in 2:06.50. Alyssa Cahill, Emily Szopa, Alexa Pappas and Pacelli won the 200 freestyle relay ...

Girls Basketball: Bridgewater-Raritan Falls to Gill-St. Bernard's, 45-39

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Bridgewater-Raritan girls basketball team built an 18-point lead in the first quarter, but Gill-St. Bernard's rallied back for a 45-39 victory Tuesday night.

Meghan Ball scored 20 points for the Panthers (5-5), who led, 20-2, after the opening quarter. Bridgewater still led, 27-21, at the half, but by then, Gill had the momentum, and the visiting team outscored BRHS, ...

Bridgewater-Raritan High School Wrestling Places Second in Somerset County Tournament

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys wrestling team placed second in the Somerset County Tournament last weekend, and crowned four individual champions.

The team's finish bested its 10th place finish in 2018.

In the tournament, the team earned a total of 132 points to earn its position in second place.

Individual champions were sophomore Nick Sacco at 126 ...

BRHS Choir Students Accepted into Regions Choir

January 17, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan HIgh School choir program has been busy with a number of events throughout the school year, and several students have been selected for the Regions Choir, a select audition chorus run by the New Jersey Music Educators Association.

Accepted into the Treble Region Choir were Trisha Addaganti, Veena Arunkumar, Neha Pai and Anaya Rayapuraju. Accepted into ...

Raritan Borough Holds First Annual Winterfest Bonfire (Photo Gallery)

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough held its first annual Winterfest Bonfire Jan. 11 at the Washington School grounds, on First Avenue, complete with music, food and a bonfire to keep guests warm.

Frosty the Snowman stopped by to welcome guests, who had fun dancing, eating and taking part in fun activities.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde


Editor's Note: This poem was submitted by a fifth grader at Hillside Intermediate School, who wanted to share the work he had done with the larger community.

Each day and night

Sounds never sleep

Screeching, squawking, and roaring

In the dense green shrubbery

And many magnificent clumps of trees

That match the peak of the sky

It is a forest

Every single ...

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Raritan Police Searching for Suspect Who Slashed Woman's Tires Following Road Rage Incident, According to Report

January 14, 2019

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough Police are investigating the slashing of a woman's car tires at the Raritan Crossing Malll Jan. 4 following a road rage incident, according to this week's police blotter.

According to the report, a Belle Mead woman reported at 3:31 p.m. that someone had slashed all four tires on her Hyundai Sonata while she was shopping in a store in the mall, on ...

Art Program Helps Grieving Children

January 6, 2019

RARITAN TWP., NJ – An art program for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one is being sponsored by Hunterdon Hospice.

The Youth Art Bereavement Program is for children ages kindergarten through 12th grade. The 12-week series will be held every Thursday evening beginning Feb. 7 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at the Senior Center, 4 Gauntt Place, Building 1 (off Route 31 South) here.

Bound Brook Man Arrested for Distributing Child Pornography

January 17, 2019

BOUND BROOK, NJ – A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has led to the arrest of a Bound Brook man who has been charged with 2nd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for the distribution of child pornography and 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for the possession of child pornography, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H.

The Key to The Heart: Be Nice to Your Spouse

What are the best ways to avoid heart disease and live a long, healthy life?  The answer starts with the four basic characteristics of a healthy lifestyle: get adequate exercise, maintain a healthy weight, avoid smoking and eat a prudent diet.  Essentially following these four pillars is an individual choice: whether to exercise and how much to exercise, whether to avoid ...