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BRHS Students Protest Following Graduation Because of Concerns Over Lack of Clarity on In-Person Ceremony

July 8, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With plans not officially set yet for any kind of in-person graduation, but rumors and possibilities swirling, a number of Bridgewater-Raritan High School seniors gathered in the parking lot next to Basilone Field after the airing of the virtual graduation June 23 in response to growing frustrations over a lack of communication from the district.

A number of parents have ...

Interim Superintendent Outlines Conditions Needing to be Met for Reopening of Schools in September

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Interim Superintendent Thomas Ficarra released a statement on the district website to address reopening plans for the fall and what the district is doing to determine how that would work.

Ficarra said in the message that the governor has stated district reopening plans must account for resuming in-person instruction in some capacity.

"My immediate focus as the new ...

BRHS Alums Create Site to Promote Youth Voices

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A pair of recent Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduates have started a website devoted to promoting youth voices in the fields of politics and public policy.

Raj Koshal, a 2018 BRHS grad and rising junior at Columbia University, and 2019 BRHS grad Julian Melendi, a member of the Yale University Class of 2023, started the website, crossfirekm.org, which has more than 1,000 ...

Bridgewater Township Accommodates for Budget Shortfall With Layoffs, Position Eliminations

July 6, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With residents and businesses feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, municipalities are suffering too, and Bridgewater Township has had to take some drastic steps in the way of layoffs and position eliminations to balance its 2020 budget.

A number of layoff notices were sent at the beginning of June, with termination dates of June 30, for a total of 14 people laid ...

Bridgewater Hires Firm to Conduct Universal Road Assessment of All Municipal Roads

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council has taken another step toward repairing the municipality’s roadways, hiring an outside engineering consultant who will conduct a universal road assessment of all municipally-owned roads in the township.

The council voted unanimously June 15 to authorize the awarding of a contract to Pennoni Associates, Inc., to serve as professional ...

Bridgewater Council Approves Resolutions for Roadwork, Shared Services

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Recent resolutions approved by the Bridgewater Township Council will enable roadway repairs, parking construction, legal advice, plenary licenses and temporary budget appropriations, among other items.
 
The council first ratified a resolution to authorize tax collector Darrow Murdock to conduct an electronic tax sale. Township administrator Michael Pappas said the event ...

Bridgewater Police Keeping Patrols in Washington Valley Park Due to Illegal Activity

July 2, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - There will be an increased police presence at Washington Valley Park, in Bridgewater, in response to complaints of illegal activity in the area.

According to a release from Bridgewater Township Police, during the month of June, the Bridgewater Township Police Department was made aware of illegal activities at the park, including at the Chimney Rock Reservoir and Buttermilk ...

Bridgewater Police: Missing Male from Severin Drive Found Safely

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are reporting that the person missing Monday morning has been found.

Police sent a Nixle alert saying he has been safely located.

Bridgewater Police reported just before 8 a.m. Monday that they were looking for a missing endangered autistic male from Severin Drive.

Bridgewater Police Searching for Missing Man Around Severin Drive

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are looking for a missing endangered autistic male from Severin Drive, according to a Nixle alert from the police department.

According to a post from the Bridgewater Township Facebook page, the missing person's name is Jean Garcon, and he is described as a Black male, 5 feet, 6 inches, medium build with black hair. Police said they do not have ...

NJSIAA Announces Guidelines For Phase I of Return to High School Sports

June 25, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The NJSIAA took one step closer to fall sports in 2020, with the release of the Phase I regulations by the NJSIAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Taskforce. 

The task force is chaired by former NJSIAA Executive Committee president Mary Liz Ivins.  She is joined Dr. Jack Kripsak, chair of the NJSIAA Medical Advisory Committee; Dr. Damion Martins, the Jets team ...

Mayors Advocating for Local Control of Reopening Businesses During Pandemic

July 1, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several members of Mayors for "Main Street" expressed disappointment over Gov. Phil Murphy's decision to eliminate indoor dining from the planned reopenings for this week, and keep them closed indefinitely, according to a release from Bridgewater Township.

The mayors, the release said, are asking the governor and legislature to give local officials more control ...

Raritan Borough Planning Once-Weekly Outdoor Dining Event, Pending Answers on Need for Restrooms

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan governing body took a cautious step forward in its effort to aid local businesses and bring the community together.

At its June 23 meeting, the council voted 6-0 to authorize up to $2,000 for a purchase order to rent tents, tables, chairs and lighting for an outdoor gathering spot.

The initial plan was for a dedicated area open daily, but concerns about ...

New Fewer Polling Locations Announced for Primaries

July 3, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The primary elections are scheduled for July 7, having been rescheduled from June due to coronavirus, and there are a number of changes in procedure and polling locations this year.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Residents should have already received mail-in ballots if they prefer not to go to polling locations. Those must be postmarked no later than Election ...

170 Used Bikes Collected for Pedals For Progress By Faith Lutheran Church

July 5, 2020

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Within a month, Faith Lutheran in New Providence, led by members Casey Walsh of Bridgewater, Cliff Auchter of Berkeley Heights, and Ralph Adamson of Warren, collected 170 used bikes from New Providence, Berkeley Heights, other Union County towns and Succasunna. The collection was conducted on behalf of Pedals for Progress, an organization which annually recycles ...

Hillside Students Give Back to Assisted Living Despite Quarantine

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The sixth grade executive council of the Hillside Intermediate School Roots & Shoots program has not let quarantine stop them from giving back to the Chelsea Assisted Living.

According to Hillside teacher Katrina Macht, the council has been partnering with Chelsea Assisted Living for the past several years, visiting at least once a month to play Bingo, perform and ...

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Bridgewater, Raritan Not Reporting Any New Cases of COVID-19 Tuesday

July 7, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting zero new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as of Tuesday morning, keeping the total at 484 cases.

Of those, 56.9 percent are confirmed to be female and 42.9 percent are confirmed to be male.

Bridgewater Township is not reporting any additional fatalities, keeping the total at 64.

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Bridgewater Township Reporting Only 1 New COVID Case, as of Monday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting one new confirmed case of COVID-19, as of Monday.

That puts the number of total cases at 484 because there was a net reduction of one case over the weekend due to a cleaning of data and the proper reassignment of cases.

Of those confirmed cases, 56.9 percent are confirmed to be female and 42.9 percent are confirmed to be ...

Recent COVID-19 Transmission Flare-Up Could Hit Pause on NJ's Reopening

TRENTON, NJ — Newly-released COVID-19 figures that show New Jersey maybe heading in the wrong direction could mean the state will be forced to remain in Stage 2 of its recovery plan longer than expected.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Monday during the state’s coronavirus press briefing that the rate of transmission or ...

Candidate needs more than a name

July 2, 2020

To the Editor,

In this day and age, not having your platform readily available on your campaign website is the height of arrogance.

Unlike every other candidate seeking to represent the voters of New Jersey congressional district NJ07, Tom Kean Jr. seems to be trying to hide in plain sight. I went to his website to see what he stands for and I found nothing.

Does that mean he stands for ...

Police Blotter: Bridgewater Police Investigating Report of Damaged, Burglarized Vehicle

July 3, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are investigating a report of a damaged and burglarized Toyota Prius, according to this week's police blotter.

According to the report, on June 26, a 2017 Toyota Prius was damaged and burglarized. The front passenger window to the vehicle was smashed by an unknown object, and a bag containing a men's gold watch was taken from the front ...

New Chief Development Officer Named by No. 1 Hospital in New Jersey

July 8, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Jennifer Smith has been named chief development officer for the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center, which supports both Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital with $20 million in philanthropy annually. Smith will join the Foundation on August 10.
 
Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president for Morristown Medical ...

Somerville Revises Request to Shut Down Main Street for Dining, Shopping

July 3, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough is making a second attempt to shut down the state highway that bisects the downtown shopping and restaurant district to create a pedestrian boulevard for shopping and outdoor dining from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays.

A resolution will be voted on at Monday's virtual Borough Council meeting, and sent to Trenton for review by officials from the state Department ...

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As the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, continues to spread and as the illness it causes, COVID-19, runs rampant, what can you do to stay safe? How does the virus spread? How can you avoid a superspreader? Should you wear a mask and, if so, which one? Should you go for antibody testing?

The coronavirus spreads by respiratory droplets or aerosols. Every time we sneeze or cough or even speak we emit ...

Recent COVID-19 Transmission Flare-Up Could Hit Pause on NJ's Reopening

July 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Newly-released COVID-19 figures that show New Jersey maybe heading in the wrong direction could mean the state will be forced to remain in Stage 2 of its recovery plan longer than expected.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Monday during the state’s coronavirus press briefing that the rate of transmission or ...