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

March 21, 2019

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 ...

Board of Education Changes Meeting Location to Accommodate Large Crowds

BRIDGWATER, NJ - For at least the next few months, public meetings for the Bridgewater-Raritan board of education will be held at Milltown Primary School.

The board agreed at its March 19 meeting to switch the venue of its April and May meetings from the normal location at the Wade Administration Building, on Newmans Lane to Milltown Primary, on Millltown Road.

Board member A.J. Joshi said ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Math Department Looking to Add Resources, Advanced Class Options

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan board of education recently heard a presentation on how students from kindergarten through 12th grade are faring in mathematics, as the program is in its fourth year of a five-year review.
A presentation of the district’s mathematics review was delivered at the board’s Feb. 26 meeting by Juliette Campasano, supervisor of mathematics ...

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

March 13, 2019

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 Native Hoping to Head to NHL

March 9, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater native Alec Marsh is winding down his college hockey career at Penn State University.

The senior forward has only a few months left until graduation, and less time until he hangs up his Nittany Lions sweater for the final time.

The 23-year-old 5-foot-10, 201-pound left wing got his start skating in his hometown.

Born and raised in Bridgewater, Marsh started ...

Bridgewater-Based Pharmaceutical Company Receives Proclamation from Mayor

March 9, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - In a kick-off to National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month March 1, Mayor Dan Hayes presented Salix Pharmaceuticals with a proclamation to recognize the company's committment to raising disease awareness and treating GI disorders.


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, ...

Republican Candidates for Mayor, Council Announced in Raritan

March 18, 2019

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 ...

Bridgewater Council Candidates Announced to Run on Two Separate Tickets in Primaries

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Candidates for Bridgewater Township Council have been announced as primary elections are drawing near and the race heats up for who will represent the Republican party in the November general elections.

Council president Matthew Moench and councilwoman Christine Henderson Rose are both seeing their terms on council ending this year.

Moench already received the endorsement ...

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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Parent: We Should Commit to Later School Start Times

March 8, 2019

To the Editor:

I want to express my support for the Superintendent and B-R school board for escalating the discussion of later start times in our high school and middle school, and to encourage them to commit to this as goal for the 2020 school year.

As Superintendent Russell Lazovick stated at the recent meeting, it has been proven in many studies that if middle schools and high schools ...

Maryland Man Arrested for Drug Possession After Car Slides in Snow, According to Raritan Police

March 18, 2019

RARITAN, NJ - A Maryland man was arrested on drug charges March 2 at 2:57 a.m. after police were sent to a one-car accident, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police.

Steven Isaac, 28, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the incident.

According to police, officers were sent to Ashton Street for an accident, and it was determined that he got lost and ...

Central Jersey College Prep Job Fair Set for April 3

March 19, 2019

Central Jersey College Prep Job Fair is hosting a Job Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 at Central Jersey College Prep Charter School at 101 Mettlers Road in Somerset. The fair will include on-site interviews.

Walk-in registrants are welcome; however, pre-registration is recommended by visiting

Please bring your resume and all ...

Thursday Vigil for New Zealand Mosque Victims to Be Hosted By B'Nai Israel and Islamic Society of Basking Ridge

March 20, 2019

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Congregation B'nai Israel in Basking Ridge, together with the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (ISBR) will co-host a vigil for the victims of the terrorist attack on the two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that took place last week.

The "Vigil for Victims of the New Zealand Tragedy and Stand Against Bigotry" is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Encourage Towns to Pass Resolutions Calling for Restoration of Direct Train Service to NYC

March 19, 2019

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council has passed a resolution calling on Governor Murphy, DOT Commissioner Guteirrez-Scaccetti, and State Senators to restore the off-peak direct "one-seat ride" service into New York City along NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line (RVL).


Service was suspended on RVL, Atlantic City and Princeton Lines in 2018. The other lines have ...