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Bridgewater Planning Board Approves Application for PSE&G Upgrades to Help Prevent Power Failures

December 3, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A PSE&G substation in Bridgewater Township will be getting a power boost in the future.

 

The Bridgewater planning board voted unanimously Monday to approve a minor site plan for the North Bridge Substation, which will receive an upgrade of a new 69KV power line.

 

The application, which passed by a 7-0 vote, did not seek variance relief of any kind.

Raritan Council Supports Resolution Regarding Need for Statewide Transparency Regarding Political Monetary Donations

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough has approved a resolution in support of efforts to provide greater transparency with regard to political donations, while also limiting the influence of money in politics.

The council heard from David Goodman, of Represent.Us/Central NJ, who spoke about the national organization with 41 chapters in total that is concerned about the effect of big money in ...

Bridgewater Township Tables Ordinance on Adding Police Officers, Citing Monetary Concerns

December 11, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council recently held off on introducing an ordinance that would have modified the Bridgewater Police Department by allowing the employment of six additional police officers.

Bridgewater Police Chief Al Nicaretta appeared before the council with two members of his command staff in a follow-up to a preliminary presentation before the council in ...

Raritan Police Department Promotes Two to Captain and Lieutenant

RARITAN, NJ - Two Raritan Police officers were promoted to captain and lieutenant at the most recent Raritan Borough Council meeting.

Craig Monda was promoted to captain and Thomas Fisher was promoted to lieutenant.

Monda is a 23-year veteran in law enforcement, and has served in the Raritan Police Department for 17 years. He graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in 1997, and was ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Boys Basketball Team Looks to Establish New Identity in 2018-2019

December 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Pre-season takes on a different vibe for basketball teams depending on their personnel.

A veteran team with plenty of returning players might only be looking to tune up and maintain cohesiveness that has already been established. But a young team treats those December scrimmages more like a regular-season game when there are starting spots to be won and places in the rotation ...

Ice Hockey: Ridge Blanks Bridgewater-Raritan, 3-0

SOMERSET, NJ - The Ridge ice hockey team remained undefeated with a 3-0 victory over Bridgewater-Raritan on Saturday.

Eric Schubert scored in the first period to give the Red Devils (3-0-1) a 1-0 lead. Colin Kirkwood scored on a power play goal with an assist from Luke Rich in the second period.

Ridge scored its final goal with 25 seconds left in the game, when Blake Loges shot one into an ...

Five Bridgewater-Raritan Girls Soccer Players Named to All-Skyland Conference Team

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Five players from the Bridgewater-Raritan girls soccer team have been named to the 2018 Skyland Conference All-Delaware Division first team as chosen by the league coaches.

Representing the Panthers on first team are seniors Allison Lynch, Morgan Winchock, Meghan Ball and Melanie Lytle, and junior Allison Lowrey, who led the team with 16 goals.

Second-team recognition went ...

Nestlé Health Sciences Holds Inauguration of New Center in Bridgewater

December 8, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Nestlé Health Science held the inauguration of a new Nestle Product Technology Center by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 3 in Bridgewater with Gov. Phil Murphy.

According to a release, the event marked the completion of a three-year $70 million investment to create a global research and development hub to advance the company's offerings in elevating the ...

Bob's Furniture Coming to Bridgewater, Speciality Grocery Store Too

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The former Babies 'R' Us in the Bridgewater Promenade is turning into a furniture store, though the time frame for opening is still unclear.

According to Bridgewater Township Economic Development Officer Howard Turbowitz, Bob's Furniture is coming to that location.

"We do not have any timeframe on the furniture store," he said.

In addition, ...

Bridgewater Planning Board Approves New Hotels on Former Days Inn Site on Route 22

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two new hotels with nearly 600 parking spaces in all will be coming to town.

The Bridgewater Township Planning Board unanimously approved an application from the R.I. Heritage Inn of Bridgewater LLC/S.S. Heritage Inn of Bridgewater, along with restaurants and medical offices at the former Days Inn property on Route 22.

The two new hotels, which will be built to the rear of ...

Bridgewater JCC Holds Annual Hanukkah Party

December 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, in Bridgewater, held its annual Hanukkah party Dec. 5 to celebrate the holiday.

Guests lit the candles for the fourth night of Hanukkah, and participated in several crafts, making dreidel cookies and more.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

Raritan Fire Department Holding Annual Candy Cane Run

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Fire Department is holding its Candy Cane Run 2018 Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.

Santa will be traveling around the streets of Raritan to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and he and his firefighter elves will be handing out candy canes to all the children. Residents are invited to listen for the music and wait in front of the house on the sidewalk for the ...

Raritan Celebrates Arrival of Santa (Photo Gallery)

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough celebrated the arrival of Santa Claus Sunday with photos with Santa, music, games, food and more outside borough hall.

Laurel Circle Residents Make Quilts, Hats for People at Center for Great Expectations

December 9, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Members of the Laurel Circle quilting and knitting-crocheting group, in Bridgewater, presented a number of donations to the Center for Great Expectations, totaling over 230 pieces to date.

Laurel Circle, formerly Arbor Glen, is a full service senior living community, and the Center for Great Expectations is a non-profit organization that helps adults and young women and their ...

Bridgewater-Raritan High School's BRTV Holds 4th Annual NovemBeard Competition to Raise Money for Prostate Cancer Foundation

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Throughout November, Bridgewater-Raritan High School’s Television Club, BRTV, held its 4th annual NovemBeard competition to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer.

BRHS staff members Dave Evans, Dan Kavanagh, Keith Shapiro and Scott Strungis grew beards throughout the month to try and claim the title of best beard. Each competitor was featured on BRTV shows ...

Somerset Patriots Host Holiday Toy Drive with Santa and Sparky Lyle Dec. 8

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots and Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle will host their annual Holiday Toy Drive at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, Dec. 8th from 10 a.m to noon.

Fans are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Somerset Patriots Team Store located at the ballpark throughout the day. The toys will be donated to Toys For Tots Central New Jersey.

Lyle will be at the event ...

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Driver Arrested on Warrants, Passenger for Marijuana Possession, According to Bridgewater Township Police

December 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A driver was arrested on warrants and her passenger for drug possession after they were pulled over on Route 22 East Nov. 29, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Rhonda Peek, 35, of Manville, was arrested for outstanding warrants after being stopped for a motor vehicle violation.

James Smith, 38, of Manville, a passenger in the car, was arrested for ...

Komen North Jersey’s Pink Champagne Lunch & Fashion Show “Bubbles Over” with the Spirit of Giving

December 9, 2018

Susan G. Komen North Jersey held their first Pink Champagne Lunch & Fashion Show at Mayfair Farms in West Orangeon Nov. 7. The event was led by Pink Champagne Lunch Committee members Sonia Best, Fine Lines Salon; Dorothy Goldberg, CWI Design; Sally Glick, Sobel & Co, LLC; Catherine Lee, CWI Design; Mary Jo Keller, Konica Minolta; Deborah Nelson, Budd Larner, P.C.; Michelle ...

Police Seek Help Locating Woman Missing Since Dec. 6

December 10, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ - Police are seeking help from the public locating a township woman missing since Dec. 6.

A missing person investigation is underway into the disappearance of Helen Kim, 47 of Route 22 West, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Watchung Borough Chief of Police Joseph Cina.

Kim walked away from her residence ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving  Leontes, King of Sicilia and Archidamus, a Bohemian Lord, ...

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Leave it to George Street Playhouse to produce a play that works on so many levels. We have the familiar slamming-the-door exit of Nora Helmut, who abruptly leaves her secure life with Torvald for parts unknown

This play by Lucas Hnath received a successful run on ...

‘Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn’ shimmers and shines at Paper Mill

‘Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn’ shimmers and shines at Paper Mill

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – What could be more enticing than the rapturous music and lyrics of “Irving’ Berlin’s Holiday Inn” to sweep us into a festive mood for the holidays? The show, based on the 1940’s film of the same name, is a perfect choice… and one that keeps ...

How the Cardiologist Stole Holiday Treats

The holidays bring visions of sugar plum fairies dancing and tables filled with fruitcake, sugar cookies, gingerbread, red velvet cake, macaroons and chocolate yule log. These delectable holiday treats are as much a staple of the holidays as family gatherings and celebrations. Unfortunately, these sugary delights are not quite part of a heart healthy diet and can wreak havoc with cholesterol ...

N.J. Center for Non-Profits Set to Host "Raising the Voices of Our Community" Conference

December 4, 2018

SOMERSET , NJ – Over the past few years, non-profit organizations have used “creative and unique” campaigns to bring local and national attention to their cause. 

The ALS Foundation took the country and world by storm during the summer of 2014 with the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Susan G. Komen has spread the word about breast cancer by painting towns pink. The ...