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Parent Surveys Regarding District Programs Available Online Now

November 13, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Parents and guardians in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District are being asked to take part in surveys through the strategic planning.

According to a letter from the district, they are developing and implementing a consistent, thorough, data-driven, multi-year process for analyzing current programs for relevancy and alignment to updated standards, as per the ...

Hillside Students Speak Out About Preventing Plant Extinction

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Fifth grade students in Terry Tunkel and Joy Dorman's class at Hillside Intermediate School learned about organisms, their environment and how energy moves through an ecosystem, and shared what they learned through letters and posters.

The students completed investigations in their outdoor classroom, and worked to determine what plants really need most for growth, namely ...

Barlow, Thiesse Looking Forward to New BOE Terms, Final Winner Awaiting on Mail-In Ballot Results

Editor's Note: Article has been updated to include comments from fourth candidate Stephanie Black.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The two incumbents for Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education saw a secure margin to earn new terms in Tuesday’s elections, but the ballots are still out on who will fill the final seat as the county counts thousands of mail-in ballots that were submitted this ...

Bray, Melitsky 'Excited' to Get to Work for Raritan, Still Awaiting Final Absentee Ballot Results

November 7, 2018

Editor's Note: All mail-in ballots for Raritan have been counted, and the results of the election remain unchanged. Bray received 1,389 votes, Melitsky received 1,306 votes, Foohey received 1,249 votes and Ifan received 1,185 votes.

RARITAN, NJ - Despite delays in counting mail-in votes because of the volume of ballots submitted to the county, Republican incumbent Zachary Bray and his ...

Bridgewater Votes Yes to Referendum Question on Using Open Space Funds for Capital Work

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater residents have voted yes to a referendum question regarding using open space funds for the purchase of historic properties and capital expenditures.

The question asked to use up to 25 percent of existing money from the Open Space Trust Fund to pay for the purchase of historic properties, as well as capital expenditures for repairs of properties that are ...

Bridgewater Council Discusses Prevention for Irregularities in Housing Rehabilitation Bids

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council recently discussed housing rehabilitation concerns in the municipality, particularly changes made without following proper procedure with the Housing Advisory Board.


Members of the council said they wanted to look into irregularities in both bids and contractor information.


Township administrator James Naples said that ...

Bridgewater Police Hold Promotional Ceremony for Three Officers

November 6, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township held a special ceremony Nov. 1 to commemorate the promotions of Lt. Michael Maxwell, Sgt. Robert Stasiulaitis and Officer Kevin Lamey.   

Maxwell was promoted to captain, Stasiulaitis was promoted to lieutenant and Lamey was promoted to sergeant. 

Maxwell graduated from La Salle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  ...

Field Hockey: Bridgewater-Raritan Beaten in State Championship Game

November 10, 2018

BORDENTOWN, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan field hockey team ended its season the same way its last eight predecessors have – with a loss to Eastern Regional in the state final.

Eastern, which has dominated the sport in New Jersey for the last decade, defeated the Panthers, 11-0, in the Group 4 championship game on Saturday. Bridgewater-Raritan has been the sectional Group 4 champion for ...

Girls Soccer: Bridgewater-Raritan Wins Sectional Title in PKs

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The top-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan girls soccer team won its first sectional title in five years by outlasting Watchung Hills in penalty kicks in the Section 2, Group 4 championship game Friday afternoon.

The two teams played to a scoreless tie through 100 minutes – two halves and two 10-minute overtime sessions – before resorting to the shootout to determine who ...

Field Hockey: Bridgewater-Raritan Beats Morristown in Semifinals

BOONTON, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan used a four-goal second half to come back and defeat the Colonials by a 4-2 score in the semifinals. With the win, they will face off against Eastern in the finals. The loss ends the Colonials successful season.

For Morristown, familiar faces contributed goals as Olivia Graham and Indira Summerville scored in this one. Graham added an assist as well, giving ...

Center of Excellence Application in Bridgewater Addresses Proposed School Bus Stop, Affordable Housing Units

October 31, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With a plan to return before the planning board one more time in November to hopefully finish up the application, representatives from the Center of Excellence came before the board Oct. 22 to address concerns about a potential school bus stop, changes to the final residential building and more.

In early 2016, the township council approved an ordinance, on recommendation of ...

Bridgewater Township, Library Hold Diwali Celebration

November 8, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township and the Somerset County Library System held a celebration in honor of the holiday of Diwali Nov. 3 at the Bridgewater Township Library.

Diwali is the greatest Hindu festival celebrated all over India and abroad, and is considered the festival of light.

The 5th Annual Township Diwali Celebration featured a puppet show, crafts, dances by the Bhaarat ...

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday

NORTH BRANCH, NJ - Service Unit 66 and 74 of Bridgewater hosted the annual Leader/Daughter event at the GSHNJ Council in North Branch. 

During the event, leaders and girls gathered to make greeting cards for veterans, seniors centers and hospitals, sang girl scout songs led by special guest Lori Coleman and had a birthday cake decorating contest. Food donations were collected and given to ...

Bridgewater Holds Annual Halloween Celebration (Photo Gallery)

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township held its annual Halloween event Tuesday, complete with costumes, music, dancing and lots of candy.

UPDATE: Mail-In Ballots Counted, Joshi Declared Winner of Third Board of Education Seat

November 13, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - All the mail-in votes have been counted for Bridgewater, and board of education candidate Ashish Joshi has been declared the winner of the third open seat.

Incumbents Jacqueline Barlow and Melanie Thiesse easily sailed to victory in the elections with a final tally of 7,833 votes and 7,947 votes, respectively, once all ballots had been counted as of Tuesday ...

BOE Final Election Results Not Expected Until Tuesday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - As the county continues to tabulate mail-in ballots, the final results of the board of education elections are not expected until Tuesday, according to Bridgewater Township.

Incumbents Jacqueline Barlow and Melanie Thiesse were running alongside newcomers Stephanie Black and Ashish Joshi for three seats on the board of education. Once the unofficial results, minus the mail-in ...

Incumbents Win BOE Seats, Final Seat Still too Close to Call Without Mail-In Ballots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Incumbents Jacqueline Barlow and Melanie Thiesse won two of the three open spots on the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board Education, representing Bridgewater, in Tuesday's elections, according to unofficial results, but the third seat may still be up for grabs.

Newcomers Stephanie Black and Ashish Joshi were separated by only 4 votes, according to the unofficial results ...

Bridgewater United Soccer Club Holds Fall Clean Up

November 2, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater United Soccer Club's 2018 U15 Cheetahs held its annual clean up at the Torpey Field Complex, in Bridgewater, Oct. 23.

In the first photo are (L-R) Katrina Yates, Jessica Giovanni, Alex Gerrard, Sydney Ehret, Natalie Gaunt, Olivia Emma, Bridget Sweet, Taylor Anthony, Juliet Rutigliano, Lena Reilly and Natalie Thiry. In the second are ...

Bridgewater Township, Library Hold Diwali Celebration

November 8, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township and the Somerset County Library System held a celebration in honor of the holiday of Diwali Nov. 3 at the Bridgewater Township Library.

Diwali is the greatest Hindu festival celebrated all over India and abroad, and is considered the festival of light.

The 5th Annual Township Diwali Celebration featured a puppet show, crafts, dances by the Bhaarat ...

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Student Speaks Out in Favor of Homework Surveys, Need for Change

November 13, 2018

To the Editor:

Thank you very much for writing the article, "District Evaluating Homework Policies Regarding Amount, Time and Holiday Extensions." I appreciate The BReeze dedicating time and energy to let the entire community know that there is an issue with student homework load and mental wellness in our district. Furthermore I am very grateful that it has been recognized that this ...

Hillsborough Man Arrested After Throwing Soup Can at Police Officers, According to Raritan Borough Police Report

November 13, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A Hillsborough man was charged with disorderly conduct following an incident in Quick Chek, on West Somerset Street, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police.

Cecilio Pizzaro, 31, was charged with disorderly conduct after being arrested at 2:12 p.m. Oct. 27.

According to the report, patrol officers were sent to the store because of a report of a male acting ...

'Lights of Love' Returns to HMC

November 11, 2018

RARITAN TWP., N.J. – A 31-year-old Hunterdon tradition is set to return.

It’s the Lights of Love Tree Lighting ceremony, which will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. at Hunterdon Medical Center.

HMC is located at 2100 Westcott Dr., just off Route 31 here.

The event is hosted by Hunterdon Medical Center Auxiliary, which gathers family and friends and brightens ...

Luxury Apartments Near Completion in Somerville

November 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – SOMA, an upscale new rental building alongside the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line, is on pace to make a late 2018 debut, according to its developer Sterling Properties.

Construction is nearly complete on the luxury four-story building which will feature a mix of 69 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and amenities steps from Somerville award-winning ...

The Gray Lady of the Medicine Cabinet

Aspirin is the gray lady of the medicine cabinet.  Aspirin, the medication that has been in use for over 100 years, is tried, true and reliable. Aspirin has been prescribed for a variety of ailments including fever, aches and pains. Aspirin is the standard of care in the treatment of heart disease and stroke. Judging by its longevity and the extent of its use, it would seem that we know ...