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District Introducing Number of Online Tools to Aid in Virtual Learning

September 22, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is soldiering on in the face of COVID-19, and is utilizing several different technology tools to enhance all-virtual learning for the first month of the new school year.

"It's a year like no other," said district supervisor Jaimee Kochis, who oversaw the presentation that was delivered to the board of education ...

Interim Superintendent Outlines Continued Plans for Hybrid Model in October

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Interim superintendent Thomas Ficarra has released a statement to parents with updates regarding the plans for the district to reopen for its hybrid model on Oct. 12.

The district was expected to open in a hybrid model at the beginning of September, but opted to go virtual while plans continued, materials were gathered and more. Ficarra said the district was planning to move ...

BRHS Senior a Finalist in International Science Video Competition, Seeking Votes for Favorite Video

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School senior Navya Sinha is one of 30 semifinalists from over 10,000 submissions around the world in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a global science video contest – the prize for the winner includes a $250,000 scholarship.

“This is so hard to believe,” she said, “and it’s really exciting, an experience I’ve ...

Raritan Borough Addresses Flooding Issues, Roof Damage at Anderson Street Firehouse

September 23, 2020

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council is investigating damage done, and made worse, by recent rainstorms, including damage to the Anderson Street Firehouse and repeating flooding of properties on Columbus and Riverside avenues.

Council president Nicolas Carra met with five residents of Columbus and Riverside avenue who experience flooding in the basement level of their homes during heavy ...

Bridgewater Approves Resolutions for Shop Bridgewater, Roadwork, More

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township officials are seeking to stay on course financially despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with several resolutions passed recently to aid local businesses and continue local roadwork.

The council authorized participation in the Somerset County Regional Center Partnership Challenge Grant Program 2020, including the submission of a grant application to the ...

Bridgewater Council Reintroduces Historic Committee Ordinance After Wording Changed

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater’s goal to appoint a town historian and accompanying local history advisory committee will have to wait until at least Monday night’s meeting of the Bridgewater Township council.

The council held a public hearing Sept. 10, where it re-introduced the ordinance that was brought before the municipal governing body for the first time last month. That ...

Bridgewater Man Arrested After Striking Pedestrian While Driving on Old York Road

September 22, 2020

RARITAN, NJ - A Bridgewater man has been charged with driving while intoxicated, with additional criminal charges pending, following the death of a pedestrian who was struck by his vehicle on Old York Road Friday, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

Kevin D. Betyeman, 56, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving and ...

Traffic Stopped Due to Car Fire on Route 202

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Traffic is completely stopped just after noon Friday on Route 202 just past the Somerville Circle while firefighters put out a car fire near the Time to Eat Diner.

The road past the circle is completely blocked as firefighters work on the car.

Check back for more information as it is made available.

Bridgewater Township Orders Advance Realty to Remove Illegally Parked Cars from the Center of Excellence Site

September 16, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township’s governing body has sent a strong message to Advance Realty – move the vehicles illegally parked on a lot on the Center of Excellence property now, or have them moved by the municipality instead.

The town council approved a resolution following a public hearing Sept. 10 to have the property cleaned up at 1041 Route 202/206, Block 483, Lot 17, ...

Raritan Approves Resolution Against Governor's Decision on Use of Mail-In Ballots

September 17, 2020

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough council unanimously passed a nonbinding Voter Choice Resolution Sept. 8, declaring its opinion that in-person voting should be an option for the general election.

In August, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order declaring a primarily mail-in general election in New Jersey. Registered voters are to receive a prepaid, return-postage mail-in ballot, and only ...

Bridgewater Recognizes National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September 19, 2020

BRIDGEWATE,R NJ - September is recognized nationally as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and, to continue to spread awareness, Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench signed a proclamation in September recognizing it.

To commemorate the month, teal ribbons have been displayed around the municipal complex.

The tradition of the Together Teal campaign in Bridgewater dates back to 2014 through the ...

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Bridgewater Reporting Two New COVID Cases, as of Tuesday

September 23, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting two new cases of COVID-19, as of Wednesday, for a total of 543 cases.

The township is not reporting any additional fatalities, keeping the total at 66.

Raritan Borough is reporting one new COVID case, bringing the total to 133. It is also reporting two additional fatalities, bringing the total to 16.

Somerset County as a whole is ...

You May Not Know if You Were Exposed To COVID-19, But App Could Tell You

TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, Stockton University and Passaic County Community College have been testing the app.

“You ...

Bridgewater Reporting One New COVID Case, Raritan Reporting Zero

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting one additional case of COVID-19 in the township, as of Tuesday morning, bringing the total to 541.

The township is not reporting any additional fatalities, keeping the total at 66.

Raritan Borough is not reporting any new cases, keeping the total at 132, and it is also not reporting any additional fatalities, keeping the total at ...

Former Freeholder Urges Support for Experienced GOP County Incumbents

September 10, 2020

To the Editor: 

Somerset County has many things to be proud of.  One is the outstanding leadership it has had over the years.  The county always ranks in the top ten no matter what the metrics are.

This didn't happen by chance, it happened because of the passionate and fiscally responsible leaders it has had over the last 40 years.

Let's continue that ...

Bridgewater Police Blotter: Shoplifting, Drug Charges, More for Begining of September

September 14, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township released its police blotter for the end of August and beginning of September with shoplifting, drug charges and burglaries.

Jonathon Langel, 41, of Bridgewater, was arrested Aug. 29 at 1:31 p.m. for shoplifting from Home Depot, on Promenade Boulevard. According to the report, Langel was seen switching price tags from a lesser value item to a more ...

Atlantic Health System’s four ACOs saved Medicare more than $21 million, improved care for 75,000 patients in 2019

September 22, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s four accountable care organizations saved Medicare a total of more than $21 million through efforts to improve quality and reduce health care costs in 2019, according to recently released performance data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The four ACOs - Atlantic ACO, HealthCare Quality Partners ACO, Care Better ACO ...

Hillsborough Guitarist Bryan Hansen Rocks Summer Stage in Somerville

September 20, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Saturday night's 3-hour performance by Hillsborough guitarist and songwriter Bryan Hansen, joined by his band mates of seven years, drummer Cwan :"Q" Merritt and William Blakey on bass guitar, was cathartic for the seasoned musicians, who are used to touring and playing weekly.

The COVID-19 pandemic however sidetracked their usual routine earlier this ...

Custody and Parenting Time COVID-19 Repercussions during Back to School Season

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have had to adapt and change in many ways. With businesses and schools operating in altered capacities, there have been significant changes in the daily norm; the field of family law is no different as we find ourselves having to adapt and modify to follow the changing times. In some cases, child custody arrangements have had to be reevaluated and altered ...

You May Not Know if You Were Exposed To COVID-19, But App Could Tell You

September 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, Stockton University and Passaic County Community College have been testing the app.

“You ...