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Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Named 4th Best in County

August 8, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District was named the fourth best in Somerset County, according to

In addition, the district was named the 22nd best district in the state, out of 243.

The district, according to the website, received an overall A+ grade from the site, with high marks for academics, teachers and college prep.

The district also ranked ...

Bridgewater Council Approves Police Uniforms, Several Change Orders

August 16, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Police uniforms and sidewalk improvements will be coming to Bridgewater Township, thanks to several resolutions that were unanimously approved by the township council.

The council approved a contract for $97,408 to Atlantic Tactical out of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. The agreement will provide Bridgewater police officers with uniforms, shoes and leather gear.

The council ...

Bridgewater to Commission Study, Possibly Apply for Grant for New Library HVAC System

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Library is seeking to repair a major electrical system, and is looking for an assist from the Bridgewater Township Council.


Councilman Allen Kurdyla had explained in June that there have been problems with the heating-ventilation-air conditioning (HVAC) system at the Bridgewater branch, and brought up the idea of possibly securing a grant to ...

Bridgewater Council Approves 2019 Budget, Councilman Laments Lack of Additional Savings

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The 2019 Bridgewater Township municipal budget is finally a done deal.

The township council voted unanimously following a public hearing Aug. 5 to formally adopt the budget, along with an amendment to the town’s financial plan. The amendment, which was also approved by all five council members, had been introduced at the council’s previous meeting July.

No one ...

Raritan Celebrates National Night Out With Police Cars, Music, Movie

August 9, 2019

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan community gathered at Frelinghuysen Park Tuesday to celebrate National Night Out with the police department.

Children had the chance to explore the fire trucks and police cars, while also seeing a demonstration from the county K9 unit.

Changes Made for Access to Proposed Goddard School, Hotel in Planning Board Application

August 19, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The application for a Goddard School and Cambria hotel next to Houlihan’s, off Route 22 East, was continued at the Aug. 13 planning board meeting, with discussions over access to the property and the safety of a school near two alcohol-selling establishments.

The application would add the hotel and Goddard School to the property at 1228 to 1298 Route 22 East and Morgan ...

Raritan Economic Committee Holds First Annual Discovering Raritan

RARITAN, NJ - On Aug. 10, Discovering Raritan brought local businesses outdoors to interact with the community.

Somerset Street was closed between Wall and Anderson streets for the event, which was expected to be the first annual from the Raritan Economic Development Committee.

“When the Raritan Economic Development Committee was started in January, we decided at our first meeting ...

4-H Fair Features Sheep, Goats, Cows, Oh My

August 12, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - North Branch Park played host to the Somerset County 4-H Aug. 7, Aug. 8 and Aug. 9.

The fair featured different 4-H clubs showing off their animals, including sheep, goats, horses, dogs and rabbits, plus other clubs showing off their trains and more.

Students Create Park to Promote Healthy Living

August 20, 2019

BOUND BROOK, NJ - Mariposa Park, in Bound Brook, celebrated its grand opening in early August, and its revitalization is owed to a group of local students called the Student Ambassadors for Community Health.

Bridgewater’s Stephanie Moench is the leader of the group of students from the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, in Bridgewater, who renovated the abandoned ...

Animal Shelter Taking Part in Clear the Shelters Event

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, on Commons Way in Bridgewater, is taking part in the National Clear the Shelters Event Aug. 17 from noon to 4 p.m.

According to a release, all animals over 6 months of age will have their adoption fees waived for qualified adopters. In addition, the release said, all kittens under 6 months of age will be $50.

"We are thrilled to ...

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Rolling Stones in the Meadowlands: NJ TRANSIT Got It Right – Again!

NJ TRANSIT got it right – Again – during both of the Rolling Stones concerts held in the Meadowlands this month. Kudos to the agency and to the Governor’s office for stepping up again to find solutions to a very difficult situation.

When the Agency gets it right – it’s expected, and no one applauds. Of course, when issues occur, the Agency is challenged and too ...

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RVCC Professors ‘Disappointed’ With Lack of Respect and Progress in Negotiations

August 17, 2019

To the Editor:

The labor contract covering the faculty of Raritan Valley Community College expired on June 30 and the College and its students are facing the prospect of faculty returning at the end of August for the beginning of classes feeling undervalued and disrespected.

At the June meeting of the College’s Board of Trustee’s, the faculty union president, Pattiann Kletz, ...

Jersey City Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession, According to Bridgewater Police

August 12, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Jersey City man was arrested July 20 for marijuana possession after being stopped for a motor vehicle violation at the Bridgewater Commons Mall, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Kevon Christian Burnett-Deroche, 26, was arrested at 7:29 p.m. for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after police smelled ...

Somerset County 4-H has been selected as a State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Top 200 Finalist and needs your votes!

August 20, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- Somerset County 4-H needs your help – you can vote for them to receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm® to help improve their community. U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote for their favorite cause at


Somerset County 4-H has until Aug. 23 at 11:59pm ET to rally votes and anyone voting is ...

The Welcome Mat is Out: Hillsborough Restaurant Week Aug. 20-25

August 19, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township Business Association is inviting residents to go out for lunch and dinner during the 2nd annual Hillsborough Restaurant Week Aug. 20-25.
Hillsborough Restaurant Week will feature local dine-in and take-out restaurants as well as some popular chains. Restaurateurs will offer specials that promote some of the most delicious selections including prix fixe ...

‘The Rainmaker’ Brings Mesmerizing Emotions to Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

MADISON, NJ - “The Rainmaker” is a play that speaks to the heart and done with such elegance and simplicity that it is unforgettable.

Written by N. Richard Nash, this play isn’t often performed.  Under the guidance of Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte, the story is beautifully rendered by a cast that works fluidly together. It speaks so specifically to our longings and ...

Glimmerglass Opera Tackles Racial, Class Issues

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Glimmerglass Opera Festival has an outstanding reputation for first-rate singers, strong orchestras and glittering productions.

This year, the company also takes on a number of issues that are relevant to our time. “Blue” stands out as an innovative study of racial bias, family and loss. With music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics, as well as direction, by ...

Governor Murphy Arrives in Montclair to Announce Greater NJ Transit Transparency

August 20, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Governor Murphy was at the Bay Street Station in Montclair on Monday to sign an executive order improving transparency at NJ Transit by requiring NJ Transit rail performance metrics to be shared with the public on a monthly basis.  

"In just a few minutes, I will sign an executive order requiring greater public transparency into the actual number of ...