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District Continuing to Focus on Improving Language Arts, Mathematics Scores, As Per Superintendent Goals

February 12, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District will continue to push for greater student achievement in both language arts and mathematics, according to a report on superintendent goals.

The two goals were reviewed at the board of education’s most recent meeting, and Superintendent Russell Lazovick said there was about a 3 percent improvement from those students who ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Schools on Delayed Opening Tuesday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - As of 10 p.m. Monday, all Bridgewater-Raritan schools will be on delayed opening for Tuesday, due to the impending winter weather.

According to the district website, if the schools need to be closed, the decision will be made by 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Morning kindergarten will begin at 10:35 a.m., afternoon kindergarten will begin at 1:15 p.m., and all primary schools will open ...

Bridgewater Hears Presentation on Energy Savings from Alternative to Long-Time Providers PSE&G and JCP&L

February 19, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township and its residents may be in line for substantial energy savings, if a recent presentation by an outside party bears future fruit.

The Community Energy Aggregation (CEA) appeared before the Bridgewater Township Council recently to discuss itself as a viable alternative to long-time energy providers Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) and Jersey ...

Bridgewater Looking to Limit Political Contributions from Potential Township Redevelopers

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater’s governing body is looking to limit political campaign contributions for those individuals or groups wishing to bring redevelopment efforts to town.
The Bridgewater Township Council held a discussion about an ordinance that would amend a chapter on land use, and create a new part on redeveloper agreements for contributions to election campaigns. Under ...

Residents Implore Bridgewater Council to Bar Center of Excellence from Being PILOT Program, Encourage More Information to be Made Available

BRIDGWATER, NJ - The proposed Center of Excellence dominated public conversation at the most recent Bridgewater Township Councill meeting, despite the council having pulled a resolution saying it would not support a PILOT program related to the center.

Although the resolution was pulled for now, council president Matthew Moench said the council would not support a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of ...

Bridgewater Approves Hiring 2 New Police Officers Despite Police Chief's Request for 12

February 11, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Despite previous requests from the police department for upwards of 12 new police officers, the Bridgewater Township Council voted, 3-2, on both a resolution and the introduction of an ordinance that will add two new officers to the township.
The ordinance, which will have its public hearing Feb. 21, will modify the number of police officers to allow the two additional ...

Raritan Man Sentenced to 15 Years in July Vehicular Homicide that Killed 1-Year-Old

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan resident Ronald Rebernik, 62, was sentenced to 15 years in New Jersey State Prison following a negotiated plea agreement in a vehicular homicide in July that killed a 1-year-old boy on Anderson Street.

Rebernik was sentenced Thursday for committing first degree vehicular homicide and second degree assault by auto, all of which happened within 1,000 feet of St. Ann's ...

Boys Swimming: Bridgewater-Raritan Scores Semifinal Win Over River Dell

February 19, 2019

BRIDGEWATER,NJ -- The Bridgewater-Raritan boys swim team is headed to the state finals after a 119-51 victory over River Dell in the NJSIAA Public A state semifinal Tuesday.

The Panthers (13-1) swept the three relay events. Jack Foley, Sean Doran, Justin Lee and Trent Russano swam a winning time of 1:40.31 in the 200-meter relay. In the 200 meter freestyle relay, Mark Kuo, Samuel Senzon, ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Wrestling Team Places Fourth in District 14, Sends Five to Regions

MILLBURN, NJ -- The Bridgewater-Raritan wrestling team came in fourth overall in the District 14 tournament over the weekend. The Panthers finished with 120 team points in the district won by Westfield.

Three BRHS wrestlers were district champions in their respective weight divisions: Brett MacMath at 182 pounds, Mike Winchock at 170, and Matt Sacco at 145. Those three have qualified for the ...

Girls Basketball: Bridgewater-Raritan Falls to Gill-St. Bernard's in Somerset Tournament

PEAPACK-GLADSTONE, NJ -- The ninth-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan girls basketball team rallied from a 10-point deficit early in the game, but couldn't sustain the momentum through the second half in a 57-48 loss to eighth-seeded Gill-St. Bernard's Saturday in the second round of the Somerset County Tournament.

Meghan Ball scored 23 points for the Panthers (11-11), who were down, 19-9, ...

Bridgewater-Based Chinese School Holds Annual Chinese New Year Celebration (Photo Gallery)

February 18, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Huaxia Chinese School at Bridgewater held its 2019 Chinese New Year Festival Show Feb. 10 to celebrate Chinese heritage.

The event was held at Bridgewater-Raritan HIgh School, and included dancing performances and much more.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde

Winning Cash 5 Jackpot Ticket Sold in Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A ticket sold at News Corner, on Commons Way in Bridgewater, matched all five numbers drawn to win the $70,950 Jersey Cash 5 Jackpot from the Feb. 14 drawing.

The winning numbers were 07, 10, 24, 36 and 43, and the XTRA number was 02.

"We are thrilled that the winning jackpot ticket was sold at News Corner," said acting executive director James Carey, in a ...

Bridgewater's Green Planet Band Set to Perform at Somerville Cafe

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Bridgewater-based Green Planet band is kicking off its 2019 mall tour, and is also planning a stop at a local haunt in Somerville Friday.

The band will perform at the Dragonfly Music and Coffee Cafe at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15.

In the band are 13-year-old singer and guitarst Kylee Rapp; 11-year-old drummer Tyler Rapp; 11-year-old bassist Anna Rapp; and Mama Lisa on lead guitar.

Budgets Pass in All Bridgewater Fire Districts After All Ballots Counted

February 20, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several days after the annual fire elections, the results of in-person and mail-in ballots are ready, and budgets in all four districts have passed.

In district one, which is the Martinsville Fire Company, there were a total of 134 ballots.

Anthony Patullo and Evan Rosenberg earned 117 and 105 votes, respectively, to earn three-year terms on the commission.

The budget, ...

Fire District Elections to be Held Saturday

BRIDGEWATER, NJN - The annual fire district elections will be held Feb. 16, with votes being requested for commissioners and budgets in the four districts in Bridgewater.

In district one, which is the Martinsville Volunteer Fire Company, there are two three-year seats open on the commission. Incumbents Evan Rosenberg and Anthony Patullo are running to reclaim their seats.

As for the budget, ...

Councilman Matthew Moench Receives Republican Committee Endorsement

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Councilman Matthew Moench has received the endorsement for mayor from the Bridgewater Republican Municipal Committee – but not without dissension from within the committee itself.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the BRMC and the opportunity to run with their support in the Republican primary for mayor of Bridgewater this June,” Moench ...

St. Ann Students Create Games to Give to Those in Need

February 14, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Students at St. Ann School, in Raritan, took part in a special event Jan. 30 to design, color and assemble approximately 100 bags of games to provide to kids in need at local hospitals and shelters.

The students put together games like Tic-Tac-Toe, bean bag toss and paper plate concentration.

The work was done as part of Catholic Schools Week to give back to those in ...

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Somerville Man Arrested After Punching Bathroom Walls at Quick Chek, According to Raritan Borough Police Report

February 18, 2019

RARITAN, NJ - A Somerville man was arrested after he was seen punching and kicking the walls of the store bathroom at the Quick Chek, on Route 202, Feb. 15, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police.

Terrence Johnson, 38, was observed to be intoxicated at 2:34 a.m., according to the report, and a subsequent warrant check found that he was wanted by the Somerville Police Department on ...

Mark Di Ionno Joins TAPinto as Featured Columnist

February 19, 2019 CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro has announced that Mark Di Ionno will be joining TAPinto as a columnist with his first piece published today. Di Ionno, who wrote for the Star Ledger, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary and author of five acclaimed books including his latest novel, “Gods of Wood and Stone”.

“We’re excited to welcome a writer of ...

Somerville: Business Leaders to Meet with Somerset County Freeholder Director

February 16, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee will host Somerset County Freeholder Director Brian Levine at a Feb. 22 luncheon at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Freeholder Director will discuss his priorities in support of the Somerset County business community in 2019 and beyond.

 Levine is ex officio to ...

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"My Very Own British Invasion" is short on plot

‘My Very Own British Invasion’ is short on plot, but long on rock

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a rollicking, rock and roll extravaganza in its premier production of  “My Very Own British Invasion.”

We start with a fast and furious tribute to the Beatles, like “I Saw Her Standing There” and move on to ...

State Transportation Officials to Visit Somerville for NJ Transit Updates

February 18, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - Transportation officials and state lawmakers will visit Somerville and several other New Jersey communities beginning Feb. 19 to discuss one-seat rides to NYC Penn Station, restoration of suspended service and respond to other concerns and issues commuters face.

Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee Chairman Daniel Benson and Vice Chairwoman Patricia Egan ...