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Hillside Holds Annual Forest Fest (Photo Gallery)

June 14, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Hillside Intermediate School Roots & Shoots program held its annual Forest Fest event June 8 at the school.

The event included music from Bridgewater's Green Planet Band, a scavenger hunt, dunk tank, lots of different farm animals, Rutgers Master Gardeners and much more.

BRMS Celebrates Eighth Graders With Annual Award Ceremony

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School held its annual awards ceremony Wednesday to honor eighth graders as they prepare to graduate and move on to the high school.

The award recipients were:


Alexa Acquaviva
Charlotte Adams
Maya Agans
Anya Agasthi
Sakinah Ahmed
Oluwafunmito Ajigbotosho-Lawal
Lauren Allenspach
Nisi Amballa
Abigail ...

Crim School Celebrates 50th Anniversary

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Students and faculty of Crim Primary School gathered June 7 for a lively celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary, highlighting music, dance and pop culture trends that have defined each of the last five decades.  

The gymnasium buzzed with excitement as students and staff filtered in wearing red 50th anniversary t-shirts, and visitors were greeted by staff in ...

Bridgewater Investigating Restricting Truck Access on Washington Valley Road

June 17, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council is concerned about trucks driving along Washington Valley Road, and they are working to see if traffic issues can be alleviated once the construction is complete.

The council also voted to have Somerset County’s engineer look into a study, pursuant to state regulations, to determine whether it would be appropriate to restrict vehicles in ...

Bridgewater Council Discusses Potential HVAC Improvements at Library, Generator Changes at Municipal Building

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Questions arose at the most recent meeting of the Bridgewater Township Council regarding potential repairs and upgrades to the town’s public library, along with the municipal building.


Councilman Allen Kurdyla said at the council’s June 6 meeting that there had been high heat issues at the Bridgewater branch of the Somerset County Library, in regards to ...

Bridgewater Councill Discusses Budget Amendment, P.I.L.O.T Programs

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Council Township took care of some housekeeping issues at its most recent meeting, including a resolution regarding the 2019 municipal budget, along with the disposition of several pieces of property in the municipality.


The council briefly discussed a resolution June 6 to amend the 2019 budget, which it could potentially approve at its next meeting ...

Devil Dogs Take Win in 7th Annual Basilone Bowl

June 14, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Devil Dogs defeated the Leather Necks, 28–17, Thursday in the 7th Annual Basilone Bowl, held at Basilone Field, in Bridgewater.

The game is played in honor of late Marine John Basilone. Senior football players from every school in the county, and Delaware Valley, are chosen to play as part of either the Devil Dogs or the Leather Necks in a final football game ...

BRHS Duo Wins Annual Bridgewater Sing-Off With Original Song

June 12, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School's Noah Slade-Joseph and Diana Scafuto were named the winners of the annual Sing-Off, after they performed an original song, "Midnight Valentine."

The event is held for the Kimberly A. Nelson Foundation, which was created in memory of Kimberly Nelson, a member of the BRHS class of 2010, who died in 2009. The foundation was ...

Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters Annual Spring Show

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters annual Spring Train show at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ is being held on June 8th and 9th, from 10am-5pm both days. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12 years old. Children under the age of 2 years old are free. The first 20 children through the doors each day will also receive a free ...

Final Vote Count Shows Parenti Winner of GOP Sheriff Primary

June 10, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - It’s official: North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti is winner of the 2019 GOP Primary election for Somerset County Sheriff.

The outcome of the race between Parenti and Tim Pino, a retired captain on the Sheriff Deprtment's K-9 unit awaited a final tally of provisional ballots and write-in votes that were received after polls were closed on ...

Official Result of GOP Sheriff Primary Election Expected Monday

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - It’s the people who did not go to the polling places June 4 who will determine the official outcome of the 2019 GOP Primary election for Somerset County Sheriff.

The unofficial vote totals posted by the Somerset County Clerk’s Office at 11:30 p.m. Election Night showed North Plainfield Police Chief the winner by a margin of 226 votes over Tim Pino, a retired ...

Matthew Moench Takes Win in Republican Primary for Mayor

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Council president Matthew Moench took the win in the Republican primary election for mayor Tuesday, defeating incumbent Mayor Dan Hayes to run for the position in November's general election, according to the unofficial results from Bridgewater Township.

Moench received a total of 2,761 votes, to Hayes's 1,600.

"This was a great team victory with our ...

BRHS Students Stand Up for Climate Change in Press Conference

June 10, 2019

RARITAN, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School students are taking action to protect the environment and raise awareness about climate change and its consequences.

The high school’s Earth Guardians of Bridgewater-Raritan, formed in February 2019, has approximately 60 student members working to address environmental concerns, both locally and globally.

Led by co-presidents Ananya ...

Students Play Teachers in Charity Basketball Game for Children's Hospital

June 15, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan HIgh School senior Manav Verma held a special fundraising basketball game June 7 to benefit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

The game pitted students against teachers, and all proceeds raised went directly to the hospital.

Anyone who still wants to donate to the cause can visit ...

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Takes in Dogs Living in Squalor in Hunterdon County

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is caring suddenly for many dogs it got from a location in Hunterdon County, where they were living in squalid conditions.

A total of 188 dogs were removed from the home Tuesday, with assistance from the Monmouth County SPCA. According to a Facebook post from the group, the dogs seem to have had limited human contact and ...

BRHS Ayati Club Raises Money to Help Women in Need in India

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Ayati Club, at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, held a special game night at the middle school to spread information about the New Jersey-based non-profit that works to promote education and optimal hygienic practices in rural India for girls and women who do not have access to them.

The informative event included ring toss, bean bag toss, cup stacking competition, hula ...

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Council Members Endorse Matthew Moench for Mayor

June 3, 2019

To the Editor:


We are both very honored and humbled to have served and continue serving you as your councilmen on the Bridgewater Township Council.


On June 4, you will head to the polls to partake in our democratic-republic bedrock, the freedom to vote for your representatives. We write this letter to you because the election for local mayor and council candidates is ...

Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Shoplifting at Wegmans, According to Bridgewater Police

June 4, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Pennsylvania man was arrested May 16 at 4:34 p.m. for allegedly shoplifting close to $500 worth of perishable foods and cooking items from Wegmans, on Route 202, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Steven T. Christiano, 50, was arrested after being found with $469 worth of items.

He was processed and released pending a court date.

Police also made ...

Somerville Starlit Cinema Opens with "Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse"

June 17, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Downtown Somerville Alliance has released the the lineup for the 2019 Thursday night Starlit Cinema Movie Series held on the Division Street pedestrian mall and walkway.

The series is set to kick off on July 11 with "Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse." the movies draw residents from all over Somerset County and provides a one of a kind source of family ...

Somerville Celebrates American Pride & Traditions on Flag Day

June 16, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Friday night's Flag Day Festival at the Historic Somerset County Courthouse was a three-hour tour de force of American pride, American traditions and American patriotism, highlighted by the swearing in ceremonies for 27 new American citizens, taking the oath of American citizenship and swearing their allegiance to the American flag against the backdrop of the Historic ...

My Computer is Killing Me!

It's summer time. The weather is getting better and outdoor activities beckon. It is time to stop sitting and start working off those pounds gained over the winter. Unfortunately, sitting has reached epidemic proportions. What is contributing to the longer sitting times and what can be done to combat a sedentary lifestyle?

It seems that people are sitting more and sitting for ...

Swashbuckling Reigns with Ken Ludwig’s ‘Three Musketeers’

MADISON, NJ – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has opened its season with a dashing, madcap version of  Alexander Dumas’s  “The Three Musketeers.” Playwright Ken Ludwig has created a play for today’s audience, with contemporary touches and plenty of action.

The story, set in 1625 in Paris, brings a fourth musketeer into the mix as they challenge ...

'Beauty and the Beast' Brings Fairy Tale Dazzle to Paper Mill

MILLBURN, NJ  - The enduring fairy tale, “Beauty and the Beast” never seems to die. From the original 1757 story to a 1946 Jean Cocteau black and white film (which became a classic of French cinema) to a Disney animated film, a 2017 film with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and, of course, to the musical version that played on Broadway.

The Paper Mill Playhouse has now added its ...