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Board of Education Opts for 2.46 Percent Increase in Tax Levy for 2019-2020 Budget

April 17, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The 2019-2020 budget for the Bridgewater-Raritan school district is still undergoing changes as the deadline for ratification approaches.
The budget was discussed at the April 9 board of education meeting when board member Barry Walker, chair of the board’s finance committee, said the committee had considered utilizing the entire health waiver.
The ...

BOE Discusses Exorbitant Costs of New BRMS Track, Highlights Safety Issues on Current One

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The physical state of the track and field at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School remains a topic of discussion in the district, and board members are concerned about the high costs associated with fixing it.


Repairs to the track are budgeted at about $750,000, which business administrator Peter Starrs said is not the final estimate, but would include drainage and ...

Bridgewater Council Set to Vote on 2019 Budget in Early May

April 19, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The final 2019 municipal budget is coming to Bridgewater Township, but it’s not done quite yet.


The Bridgewater Township Council held a public hearing on the budget April 15, although no one from the public chose to speak about it. The municipal operating expense for the budget is given as $44,526,977, while the sewer operating expense is listed as ...

Council Tables Ordinance That Would Have Revoked Land Use Measure for Development at Center of Excellence

A potential ordinance that would have revoked a land use measure entitled the Redevelopment R-SEED (Special Economic Development District) in Bridgewater Township never took root.
The measure, related to the much-discussed Center of Excellence development on Route 202/206, was voted down, 3-2, at the township council’s April 11 agenda session.
Councilman Filipe ...

Residents: Center of Excellence Project Will Traffic Markedly Worse

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The more the Center of Excellence is discussed, the more it seems that Bridgewater Township residents are willing to publicly air their concerns about increased traffic that they believe will result from that ambitious development project.
Donald Doyle, who has lived in town for almost 30 years, was the first to take the podium April 11 to voice his ...

Bridgewater Council Questions Bids Being Received By Police Chief for Study on Department Manpower

April 19, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Questions still persist regarding Bridgewater Township’s police force and its manpower situation.

Council president Matthew Moench said at the council’s April 15 meeting that he thought a request for a police consultant was supposed to be a case for going out to public bid, and not the police chief obtaining those bids on his own.
Earlier this year, the ...

Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Snaps 5-Game Losing Streak, Defeats Brigewater-Raritan in Extras, 4-3

April 18, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- After losing their past five games in a row - with three of the losses coming in the final inning - Scotch Plains-Fanwood used some late game magic of its own in defeating a tough Bridgewater-Raritan team, 4-3, in walk-off fashion. 

The Raiders were buoyed by Michael Urbano's first ever career start in which the junior went 7 innings while yielding only ...

Baseball: Bridgewater-Raritan Edges Phillipsburg, 5-4

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to come away with a 5-4 baseball victory over Phillipsburg on Tuesday.

Anthony Scarlata walked with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the seventh to drive in pinch runner Mike Maciolek with the winning run for the Panthers (7-3), who had to rally from a 3-0 deficit after the top of the first ...

Bridgewater Baseball & Softball Celebrates Opening Day (Photo Gallery)

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Baseball & Softball held its opening day ceremony April 13 at the Prince Rogers Complex.

Baseball and softball players paraded onto the field and watched the first pitches thrown out by Somerset Patriots Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle and Mayor Dan Hayes.

In addition, at the event, vendors showed off their wares, and Zoned Sports Academy held its annual ...

Raritan Borough Holds Annual Easter Egg Hunt (Photo Gallery)

April 18, 2019

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough held its annual Easter Egg Hunt at borough hall April 13 to celebrate the holiday.

Though prior day's rains forced the event out of the park and inside, families spent the time dancing with the Easter bunny in a dance party, and enjoying candy.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

BRHS Theatre Department Performs 'Cinderella' (Photo Gallery)

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School theatre department performed "Cinderella" for two nights in mid April.

Performing were Ginger May, Noah Slade Joseph, Preston Gunning, Leah Hampson, Alysia Wojcik, Jaclyn Lenox, Emma Mayo, Diana Scafuto, Nick Cook, Valentina Altman, Daniel Amorim, Sanya Bhatia, Dale Brochinsky, Jonathan Buonocore, Frankie Cruz, Olivia DeStefano, ...

Eisenhower Students Perform 'Shrek' (Photo Gallery)

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Eisenhower Intermediate School students performed "Shrek" for its spring musical in mid April.

Performing were Tia Sharma, Cosette Cornfield, McKenna Smith, Lily Joseph, Joshua Zagare, Olivia Abraham-Brito, Casey Walsh, Abhay Sankar, Zachary Stouffer, Benjamin, Meyer, Guntas Kaur Brar, Harsha Balamurugan, Kashviya Somangali, Lily Xu, Evan Andrews, Alexis Perle, ...

Local Fire, Rescue Squads Receive Grants from New Jersey American Water

April 14, 2019

CAMDEN, NJ - Several local fire and volunteer companies are receiving grants from New Jersey American Water through the 9th Annual First Responder Grant Program.

A total of 21 volunteer fire departments and emergency responders are receiving grants totaling about $20,000 to support initiatives, training or upgraded equipment.

Receiving the grants locally are the Finderne Fire Department, ...

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Holding Tee-Shirt Sale

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is holding a tee-shirt fundraiser to benefit the shelter.

The fundraiser will run until April 22, and the shelter is working toward a goal of selling 100 shirts.

The fundraiser is for the kitten and puppy season, beginning soon.

To order a shirt, visit

Animal Shelter Holding Kitten Shower in Advance of Kitten Season

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, on Commons Way, is hosting a Kitten Shower April 17 to prepare for kitten season.

The event will be held from noon to 7 p.m., with cake cutting at 5 p.m., to collect supplies and monetary donations for the kittens that will be arriving this spring.

Shelter manager Brian Bradshaw said they expect to see a lot of kittens coming in ...

JFK Primary Holds Annual Wellness Night

April 10, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - John F. Kennedy Primary School held its annual Wellness Night April 4 at the school.

The event included a dentist, EMT's, nurses taking blood pressure, Robert Wood Johnson of Somerset, zumba, yoga, games and much more.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

SPEAK Club Honored by Safe+Sound Somerset

RARITAN, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan board of education recently honored the SPEAK student advocate group from Bridgewater-Raritan High School for winning an award from Somerset County.


The club earned the inaugural Safe+Sound Somerset’s SPEAK Out, Stand Up Award for its leadership efforts, including educating other students about healthy personal relationships, dating abuse ...

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Bridgewater Police: Somerville Man Arrested for Shoplifting After Trespassing at Mall

April 19, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Somerville man who had previously been banned from the Bridgewater Commons Mall was arrested April 10 at 6:22 p.m. for shoplifting at Macy's and Lord & Taylor, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Damien L. McCauley, 38, was charged with shoplifting after he was found with $257.56 worth of clothes and cologne from Macy's and $244 worth of ...

Edison Heating and Cooling: Check and Replace Cooling Units Before the Hot Days of Summer Hit

April 14, 2019

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Signs of spring are slowly showing up throughout the area with the hot and humid days of summer just around the corner, making now the perfect time of year to have home and business cooling units checked and, if necessary, replaced. 

“Efficiency is so important; air conditioning units should be checked prior to the summer months and systems that are over ...

Somerset County Prosecutor Thanks Crime Intervention Advocates for Compassion & Guidance

April 9, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Nearly 5,000 victims of crime, physically scarred, mentally scarred, turned to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Victim/Witness Unit last year for a shoulder to lean on and professional help recovering from the trauma, piecing their life back together as well as working their way through the system.

April 7-13 2019 is designated as National Crime ...

Booker Kicks Off Presidential Campaign Where Political Career Began

April 14, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Cory Booker returned to the city where his political career was sparked, hoping that his presidential campaign catches fire with a progressive message steeped in terms of love and empathy at the start of a bruising primary battle. 

"This community taught me all about not that feel-good, easy-going love. It is strong, courageous and defiant love. The kind of love that ...