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Van Holten Holds Annual Invention Convention to Show off Students' Work

March 25, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Third and fourth grade students at Van Holten Primary held the annual Invention Convention March 21, with almost 100 students showing off more than 40 different inventions.

The students worked hard to develop creative solutions for everyday problems.

The inventions were:

Water Blocker by Aaron W. and Zoe W.
AIR Vacuum 3000 by Alexander S., Aadi T. and Ryan K.
The ...

County as a Whole DIscussing Possibility for Later School Start Times

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - County superintendents are discussing possible later start times for schools in all districts, with the goal of making decisions sooner rather than later.

The subject of later school start times was brought up once more before the Bridgewater-Raritan board of education, with members of the public saying they are hoping to push back those times so students can get more sleep ...

Board of Education Introduces $160 Million Budget, Tax Levy Increase of 2.1 Percent

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The tentative district budget for the 2019-2020 school year was introduced March 19, but it still remains to be seen what cuts might be made to the $160 million-plus financial plan before its final approval.

The budget was due to be sent to the county for approval March 20, while the public hearing on the budget and its potential adoption is slated to held at Milltown Primary ...

Bulky Trash Pick-Ups for Spring Beginning in Bridgewater

March 23, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has announced its 2019 spring bulky trash drop off, at 15 Polhemus Lane.

The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on three Saturdays, May 11, May 18 and June 8.

Those dropping off items must have proof of Bridgewater residence, and commercial vehicles, including rental trucks, are not permitted on the site during drop-off.

Acceptable items to ...

BOE, Township Council Consider Need to Work Together in Regard to P.I.L.O.T Program Proposals

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The idea of the Bridgewater Township Council and the Bridgewater-Raritan board of education working more closely together, particularly concerning development in the municipality, has been broached at recent meetings of both governing bodies.


Bridgewater Township Council President Matthew Moench spoke during the public portion of the school board’s Feb. 26 ...

Preserve Bridgewater Encourages Residents to Voice Concerns About Center of Excellence

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Preserve Bridgewater held its first information session Feb. 27 to discuss the planned Center of Excellence, on Route 202/206, and mobilize residents to take action and stay informed.

The organization is a grassroots one dedicated to discussing topics on the preservation of Bridgewater’s quality of life. The group began formally in 2015 when the Center of Excellence ...

RideWise Releases Street Smart Raritan Report

March 17, 2019

RARITAN, NJ – The Borough of Raritan announced the conclusion of the Street Smart pedestrian safety campaign conducted by the Raritan Police Department with assistance from RideWise – the Bridgewater-based nonprofit transportation advocacy organization – and community businesses.

The campaign was initiated last summer, and included 119 hours of pedestrian safety enforcement ...

UPDATE: Pepper Spray Believed to be Cause of Odor in BRHS Cafeteria, Students Let Back Into School

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police were sent to Bridgewater-Raritan High School at 11:45 a.m. Friday after a student possibly released pepper spray into the air.

According to police, they were sent to the main cafeteria for an unknown odor. The cafeteria was evacuated, and police, fire, and rescue responded to the scene.

Police said an investigation found that a student possibly ...

BRHS Students Evacuated After Odor Detected in Cafeteria, Police Say All Clear

BRIDGWATER, NJ - Students at Bridgewater-Raritan High School were evacuated around noon Friday because of an odor in the cafeteria, but police say there is no emergency.

According to a Nixle alert from Bridgewater Township Police, students were evacuated as a precaution after an odor was detected in the cafeteria.

Police say there is no emergency.

Bridgewater-Raritan Girls Lacrosse Team Aims to Get Back to Championship Games in 2019

March 22, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Bridgewater-Raritan girls lacrosse team has 17 returning players in 2019, and they give head coach Kathie DeBonis plenty of cause to believe the Panthers will have a good chance to defend their Somerset County Tournament championship.

But, this year, DeBonis hopes this crew can also capture the title that eluded them last spring – the Section 2, Group 4 ...

BRMS Students Show Skills in Annual Talent Show

March 19, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School held its annual talent show March 14, with students showing off their skills in vocals, piano, dance and more.

Performing were Abheek Dhara, Judy Gao, Nivedita Ghosh Roy, Maanas Gopi, Harshita Kalyanaraman, Piya Khakharia, Catherine Kong, Ayank Maiti, Riya Patel, Niti Sinha, Jeffrey Wen, April Cerritos, Geoffrey Li, Sofia Morales, Nikhita ...

Bridgewater's Kiley Baxter Among Somerset Patriots National Anthem Audition Winners

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater's Kiley Baxter was announced as one of the winners of the Somerset Patriots National Anthem Auditions held at Bridgewater Commons on Saturday, March 9th.
Baxter was one of the selected singers, joining David Lang of Somervile, Matt Lafargue of Dunellen, Jordan Thomas Burnett of Hamilton, Michael Barthal of Bedminster, Melissa Donlay of Hampton, ...

Hamilton School Unveils New Kindness Mural at Annual Art Show

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Hamilton Primary School held its annual art show, and unveiled a new mural, finished by Stephanie Moench, owner of Create heART Studio, and members of the student body.

Moench said there was a contest over the summer for a mural to be done at a school in Somerset County. When she saw Hamilton Primary had only 3 percent of the votes, she offered her services to do a mural, ...

Bridgewater Democratic Committee Announces Candidates for Mayor, Council 2019

March 25, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Current board of education member Jeffrey Brookner is ending his time on the board and setting his sights on a new office in town.

Brookner has been endorsed by the Bridgewater Democratic Municipal Committee to run for mayor in the November elections.

His running mates running for two open seats on the township council on the Democratic ticket in November are John Arcoleo ...

Republican Candidates for Mayor, Council Announced in Raritan

RARITAN, NJ - With current Mayor Charles McMullin not seeking re-election this year, the Republican party in Raritan has announced its candidates for the open mayoral seat and two open seats on council in the November general elections.

Current Raritan councilman Zachary Bray will be running for mayor alongside councilmen Paul Giraldi and Nicolas Carra, who are both seeking re-election to the ...

Literacy Volunteers Holding Information Sessions

March 17, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC) is holding an information session to learn more about becoming a volunteer adult literacy tutor.

Information sessions will be held at the Franklin Township Library April 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; at the Bridgewater Township Library April 9 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and the Hillsborough Township Library April 10 from 6 p.m. to 7 ...

More Than 100 Students, Adults Get Shaved for St. Baldrick's

March 20, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Nearly 100 students and adults participated in the ninth annual St.Baldrick’s B-R Conquer Kids’ Cancer event at Eisenhower Intermediate School, sponsored by Van Holten Elementary PTO, March 15.  

Event organizer Michael Schwartz said the effort raised close to $90,000.

Schwartz, responsible for bringing the event to Bridgewater-Raritan and who has been the ...

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Bridgewater Police: Raritan Woman Arrested on Drug Charges After Police Find Marijuana in her Car

March 23, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Raritan woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated and drug charges after she was stopped for a motor vehicle violation on Route 202/206 South March 6, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Jasmine A. Williams, 29, was charged at 11:40 p.m. with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, careless driving and having a ...

Valairco Heating and Cooling Looking for Nominations for Next Charity Donation

March 25, 2019

MANVILLE, NJ - As part of Valairco Heating and Cooling's 50th anniversary celebration, the company, based in Manville, has established the Valairco Cares program to donate $500 each quarter to a charity or nonprofit organization – and they are looking to find another organization to donate to in May.

Most recently, a donation was made to the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation ...

Budget Crunch: RVCC Hikes Tuition $9 Per Credit

March 23, 2019

BRANCHBURG, NJ - Faced with declining enrollment and the prospect of a reduction in state aid, Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Board of Trustees has passed a budget for FY 2020 that increases tuition while reducing operating expenses by over $1 million.

The $54.5 million budget for FY 2020 includes a $9 per credit tuition increase for residents of Somerset and Hunterdon ...

'Gods of Comedy' Creates Chaos

Princeton, NJ – “The Gods of Comedy” descends on a college campus in Ken Ludwig’s riff on Greek mythology.

The plot centers on Daphne (Shay Vawn), a university professor who is studying in Greece. When she returns to campus, her colleague Ralph (Jevron McFerrin) says he’s found an original manuscript from Grecian times. He asks her to take care of it while he ...

Democrats Come Up Short; Votes on Legal Weed Delayed; Bateman Criticizes Proposals

March 25, 2019

TRENTON, NJ – State Senate President Steve Sweeney called off Monday’s votes on a bill that if passed, would have legalized recreational marijuana in New Jersey for those 21 and older.

Both the Assembly and Senate were poised to vote on the controversial measure.

The bill also would have broadened expungement of past arrests for use and possession of marijuana, and expanded the ...