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District Responds to Concerns About Health and Physical Education Standards, Mandates

September 29, 2022

Editor's Note: This article is in response to one published on Sept. 27, which incorrectly stated that some education material had been banned and that opt-out options began in second grade.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Karen Jones, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, clarified a number of items regarding the opt-out options in response to concerns from parents about the health ...

Parents Expressing Concerns About Phys Ed Curriculum, Mature Topics Around Young Students

Editor's Note: This article has been edited because of some inaccuracies noted by assistant superintendent of curriculum Karen Jones. Please click here for corrected information regarding opt-out and state mandates across curriculum.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is still working to assist parents and guardians who may be confused about the ...

Bridgewater-Raritan District Taking Steps to Address Physical, Mental Health

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - More than two years after COVID-19 became a pandemic, the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is working at keeping students and staff safe when it comes to health and wellness.

Discussions at a Bridgewater-Raritan board of education meeting revealed updated protocols regarding COVID-19, with the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These include ...

Raritan Borough Still Investigating Environmental Permits for Splash Park

October 4, 2022

RARITAN, NJ - Given the state of the pool at Basilone Park, management issues and environmental constraints, borough engineer Stan Schrek is still investigating what environmental permit is required to construct a splash park at Basilone Park, which will likely replace the pool, an investigation the borough approved at a previous council meeting.

The council approved a motion in May to apply ...

Bridgewater Council Considers Fee Structure Regarding Stavola Quarry Operations

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Bridgewater Township officials and the local quarry are working to continue their long-standing partnership, including fees.

Special counsel Joe Bell, representing the Stavola Construction Materials Inc. that currently owns and runs the quarry, appeared at the Sept. 8 meeting of the Bridgewater Township Council to help amend Chapter 124 of the township ordinance ...

Valley Wellness Applying to Engage in Adult Personal-Use Cannabis Activities in Raritan Facility

RARITAN, NJ - Valley Wellness, the medical cannabis dispensary currently under construction in Raritan Borough, is seeking to operate as an Expanded Alternative Treatment Center (ATC), allowing the business to engage in adult personal-use cannabis activities.

Accepted adult-use activities under New Jersey statute include cultivating, manufacturing, retailing, wholesaling, distributing or ...

Bridgewater Recognizes Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Honors Late Former Fire Chief

September 29, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Bridgewater Township officials have again publicly acknowledged September as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, an annual affair for this time of year.

They also honored one of “Bridgewater Township’s finest residents” at a recent meeting. 

Mayor Matthew Moench read a proclamation at the township council's first September meeting ...

FIELD HOCKEY: Panthers Class of 2023 Seniors Honored, B-R Edged by Scotch Plains-Fanwood

October 2, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – On Oct. 1, 11 senior players from the Bridgewater-Raritan Field Hockey Class of 2022 were recognized before the Panthers’ game against Scotch Plains-Fanwood, who made the trip to John Basilone Field from Union County.

Marisol Mattia, Katarina Schmeiszer, Selina Zhu, Paris Kampel, Lea Ciocon, Tianna Spitz, Briana Flatt, Kiran Merchant, Serenity Marce, Sakinah ...

BOYS SOCCER: Panthers Remain Undefeated and Post Sixth Shutout in Senior Day Win

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – On a cool and rainy Saturday afternoon to open the month of October, members of the Bridgewater-Raritan Boys Soccer Class of 2023 were recognized on Senior Day in a pregame ceremony.

The Panthers then hosted division rival Franklin in a rematch of a 4-0 road win by Bridgewater-Raritan Sept. 14. This victory by Bridgewater-Raritan was one of five shutouts posted by the ...

FOOTBALL: 13 B-R Seniors Recognized on Marching Band Senior Night, Panthers Fall Against Ridge

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – After starting 1-2 in its 2022 season and then being deadlocked in a 7-7 tie against division rival Hunterdon Central last Friday, Ridge scored 28 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 35-7 victory in the 2022 edition of the Battle of the Red Devils.

Ridge then looked to carry this momentum to John Basilone Field, where Bridgewater-Raritan hosted the Red ...

Valley Wellness Applying to Engage in Adult Personal-Use Cannabis Activities in Raritan Facility

September 28, 2022

RARITAN, NJ - Valley Wellness, the medical cannabis dispensary currently under construction in Raritan Borough, is seeking to operate as an Expanded Alternative Treatment Center (ATC), allowing the business to engage in adult personal-use cannabis activities.

Accepted adult-use activities under New Jersey statute include cultivating, manufacturing, retailing, wholesaling, distributing or ...

Raritan Borough Still Investigating Environmental Permits for Splash Park

October 4, 2022

RARITAN, NJ - Given the state of the pool at Basilone Park, management issues and environmental constraints, borough engineer Stan Schrek is still investigating what environmental permit is required to construct a splash park at Basilone Park, which will likely replace the pool, an investigation the borough approved at a previous council meeting.

The council approved a motion in May to apply ...

Thespian Honor Society Preparing for First Season Performance

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - During a late afternoon in the vacated hallways of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Tom Gunning takes out his keys and unlocks the doors to the school’s auditorium that is completely dark.

Once he and his wife, Teresa Wallace-Gunning, enter the spacious and quiet room, the lights  shine on throughout the empty auditorium.

And that is before the couple even ...

BRHS Marching Band Takes Top Prize in First Marching Band Festival of the Year

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The state champions have begun the march to a repeat performance.

The Bridgewater-Raritan High School marching band launched its title defense when the group performed in its first competition of the school year Saturday at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s 23rd annual marching band festival.

And the results continued to produce a first-place ...

Bridgewater Recognizes Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Honors Late Former Fire Chief

September 29, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Bridgewater Township officials have again publicly acknowledged September as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, an annual affair for this time of year.

They also honored one of “Bridgewater Township’s finest residents” at a recent meeting. 

Mayor Matthew Moench read a proclamation at the township council's first September meeting ...

Bridgewater Honors Macedonia Baptist Church for 75 Years of Service

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A pair of proclamations from the Bridgewater Township Council honored a local church’s centennial, plus the 75th anniversary of the independence of an overseas nation that has developed strong local roots.

The council first recognized the 100th anniversary of the Macedonia Baptist Church, which was founded a century ago in August by Rev. Amos Hobbs. The current pastor ...

Basilone Memorial Foundation Holds Annual Manilla Madness Run

RARITAN, NJ - The Basilone Memorial Foundation held its annual Manila Madness 5K Freedom Run Sept. 17.

The event is held annually on the weekend of the John Basilone Memorial Parade.

It is a USATF certified 5K run or walk for veterans down Somerset Street.

Bridgewater-Raritan District Taking Steps to Address Physical, Mental Health

September 26, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - More than two years after COVID-19 became a pandemic, the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is working at keeping students and staff safe when it comes to health and wellness.

Discussions at a Bridgewater-Raritan board of education meeting revealed updated protocols regarding COVID-19, with the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These include ...

Bridgewater Honors Macedonia Baptist Church for 75 Years of Service

September 25, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A pair of proclamations from the Bridgewater Township Council honored a local church’s centennial, plus the 75th anniversary of the independence of an overseas nation that has developed strong local roots.

The council first recognized the 100th anniversary of the Macedonia Baptist Church, which was founded a century ago in August by Rev. Amos Hobbs. The current pastor ...

How Parents Can Support Their Child's Mental Health

October 5, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ — In her 30-plus year professional career, Dr. Alison Johnson has never seen anything like the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of kids.

"It felt like a tsunami," Johnson told TAPinto. "It was so traumatic and the impact on people was seriously traumatic."

At times, Johnson said, there was no end in sight.

"This was trauma ...

Mental Health Association in New Jersey's CEO Working to Improve Access, Reduce Wait Times

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — When discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of New Jersey's residents, Carolyn Beauchamp is concerned and wants to take action.

"We don't have a big enough system of care. We don't have enough centers, clinics, we don't have enough understanding of what it means to have a mental health problem," Beauchamp, ...

Help for Hurricane Ian's Victims Coming from New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ — Members of the New Jersey National Guard will soon deploy to Florida to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, which made landfall on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced 135 members, in addition to 40 military and support vehicles will be sent to help with the storm response.

“We are thankful for the 135 men and women who bravely ...

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New Jersey's Reintroduction to Regional Rail

NEW JERSEY — Thousands of New Jerseyans every year take the regional Amtrak train, mostly from Newark, Metropark and Trenton.

The regional trains are a step below the faster, more expensive Acela, and a step above New Jersey Transit trains trundling locally along the same main line between New York City and Philadelphia (with SEPTA).

Over the decades, I had taken the regionals ...

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Laurel Circle Celebrates 25 Years

Laurel Circle celebrated its 25th Anniversary by honoring the four pioneer residents — Charlotte McAfee, Ellen McCourt, Betsy Sussman, and Edith Brokaw — at a gala dinner. These four women have lived here since the opening of the community and have been instrumental in making Laurel Circle the vibrant and warm community it is today by serving on committees, ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, October 5, 11:00 AM

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Somerville

Wellness for Women

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Wed, October 5, 7:00 PM

The PeopleCare Center, Bridgewater

Bee Sharps' Intro to Square Dance - Open House #2

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Fri, October 7, 5:00 PM

Saint Joseph High School , Metuchen

Friday Night Lights - Saint Joseph Homecoming ...

Honor Our Fathers

October 4, 2022

To the Editor:

My father, Charles Leven, grew up poor, enlisted in the Army at age 14 under an assumed name, saw combat and death on the battlefields of Europe (sustaining a near fatal chest wound), graduated college and had a successful career. But what I admire more is the man he was. An only child who grew up without a father, my dad was committed body and soul to protecting us – my ...

FOSRAS Holding Paws & Soles 5K Run/Walk

October 4, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter (FOSRAS) is proud to be hosting the Paws & Soles Saving Lives with Strides 5k Run/Walk Oct. 16 at Duke Island Park.

The proceeds from this event go toward animals in need of extraordinary and costly medical treatment at the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter (SRAS). Thanks to events like this, in 2021, the shelter placed 1,096 ...

Suzie’s Mission Working to Convince Others to Make Helping Your Hobby

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Suzan “Suzie” Hanna cared about helping others.

She told her family that helping others was her reason for existing, and that helping had become her hobby. Hanna dreamed about starting a nonprofit organization for people who have lost everything and have to start over again.

Helping others came naturally to Hanna, and she wanted to do more.

The middle ...

Milestones

BRHS GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

September 23, 2022

The BRHS GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY team had an amazing first xc meet this season with 12 girls medaling at the South Jersey XC Shootout Meet. Congratulations to Coach Pyle, Coach Louie and everyone else who competed and did amazing as well. 

Special shoutouts to: 

Lorena David (3rd), Tara Dhawale (5th), Luana Kopp (6th), Natalie Thiry (8th), Jess Borchert (9th), Riley Lewis (11th), Diya ...

Somerville: Police Agencies Gather to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

September 30, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Five police SUVs wrapped in pink were parked on the lawn of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Friday morning to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month, a high-profile national campaign that encourages mammograms and early detection of the disease.

About 1 in 8 woman will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.  Early detection is a key factor in ...

Saint Joseph Fathers Club Announces Italian Night

METUCHEN, NJ - The Saint Joseph Fathers Club is proud to announce a new community event - Italian Night - coming to the Catanzaro Dining Hall on Friday, October 21. A wide variety of Italian dishes will be cooked and served by the fathers of Falcons past and present. Doors open at 5pm and close at 8pm. 

 

Italian Night is a new entry in a longstanding tradition of bringing people ...

Saint Joseph Students Receive National Merit Recognition

METUCHEN, NJ - Three groups of juniors and seniors at Saint Joseph High School have been awarded recognition from the National Merit Program for their excellent scores in the PSAT/NMSQT testing process.

Every year, approximately 1.5 million students are administered the PSAT/NMSQT examination, where only 50,000 of them score highly enough to be entered into the qualifications for being named ...

Podcast Features TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro's Journey to Provide Hyperlocal News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The Nerdtoolz Podcast featured TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro on a recent episode.

Shapiro talked about the life-changing decision that caused him to create something his hometown of New Providence, New Jersey did not have back in 2008 — a platform providing original local news and information for the borough's residents.

"When I started ...

TAPinto Journalists Named Finalists in the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists Awards

NEWARK, NJ — TAPinto journalists and their original, hyperlocal stories are finalists in the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists 2022 Excellence in Journalism Awards Contest.

"TAPinto is honored to be recognized for the outstanding journalism produced by TAPinto owner/publishers," TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro said. "At TAPinto, it's about ...

'The Caretaker' Builds to a Crescendo

MADISON, NJ - Leave it to Harold Pinter to provide us with a soul-searching, radically uncomfortable glimpse into human frailty, clashes and what could be our lives.

This all takes place in a run down house in West London, probably in the 1960s.  It’s a bitter cold winter as well. The flat is owned by Mick (Jon Barker) who provides a place to live for his younger brother Aston ...