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BOE, B-REA Approve Memorandum of Agreement, Hoping to Vote on One-Year Contract by Next Meeting

January 23, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - There may finally be some light at the end of the tunnel in the long-going contract negotiations between the Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education and the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association.


At the start of Tuesday’s school board meeting, board member, and chair of the negotiating committee, Jeffrey Brookner said the B-REA and the school board met into ...

Parents Concerned Over Proposal to Bring After-School Programs in House, Vote Expected at Tuesday Board of Education Meeting

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday evening on a proposal from the district to bring the before and after school programs at two primary schools in-house, beginning with the 2019–2020 school year — and a number of parents and those running the programs are preparing to voice their concerns.

Last year, the district ...

B-REA, BOE Sign Memorandum of Agreement for One-Year Contract

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan board of education and the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association have reached a one-year deal for a contract, retroactive to July 2018, and each party has signed a memorandum of agreement to move forward.

According to B-REA president Laura Kress, the two parties signed off for the one-year agreement, set to last from July 1, 2018 through July 1, ...

Preserve Bridgewater Working to Send Message About Center of Excellence Development, Amasses More Than 500 Signatures on Petition

January 22, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A group of residents, under the name Preserve Bridgewater, are gaining traction in efforts to speak out about large land development projections, most specifically the plans for the Center of Excellence, on Route 202/206 – and a petition against the project has already gained more than 500 signatures.

The group first organized in 2015 after a number of residents heard ...

Residents Speak Out About Center of Excellence, Councilman Calls Project a 'Monstrosity'

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Center of Excellence continues to be a prime source of contention in Bridgewater Township.
The subject of the mixed-use complex was brought up several times at the Jan. 17 meeting of the town council, initially by Councilman Filipe Pedroso. He urged town residents to attend the Bridgewater Planning Board meeting on Jan. 28, where the Center is expected to be on the ...

Township to Reintroduce Resolution Regarding Redevelopment Around TD Bank Ballpark

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The township council will need to redo a resolution regarding a redevelopment investigation near TD Bank Ballpark because of a wrongly stated lot and block number.

The council approved, by a 3-2 vote in December, a resolution to refer to the planning board a recommendation for a preliminary investigation for redevelopment at and around TD Bank Ballpark, on East Main ...

Bridgewater Council Proposes Hiring Consultant to Determine Need for Hiring More Police Officers

January 23, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council is still trying to decide how many new police officers the municipality might require.


Council president Matthew Moench said Jan. 17 that council vice president Howard Norgalis and councilman Allen Kurdyla served on a subcommittee pertaining to the police staffing issue, and he wondered if perhaps the township might still need to ...

Area of Foothill Road Closed Due to Accident, Bridgewater Police Say

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police is advising drivers to avoid Foothill Road between North Bridge Street and Mine Road because of an accident around 2:20 p.m. Monday.

According to a Nixle alert from the department, there are wires down, and drivers should avoid the area.

Bridgewater Township Police Install First Class III Officer for School District

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department has sworn in its first Class III officer to be part of the school district.

Mark Christensen, formerly of the Roselle Police Department, was sworn in as the first Class III officer, and will now just have to finish his training before he can begin in the district.

A total of three Class III officers will be installed ...

Girls Swimming: Bridgewater-Raritan Stays Undefeated After Meet vs. Watchung Hills

January 23, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Bridgewater-Raritan girls swim team still has not lost a dual meet after its 115-55 victory over Watchung Hills Tuesday afternoon.

In the 200-meter relay, Jackie Ruhnke, Lsabella Panico, Hannah Lesser and Meredith Riegler gave Bridgewater-Raritan (10-0) a win with a time of 2:08.72. Sarah Pacelli won the 200 freestyle for the Panthers with a 2:18.76. The 50 freestyle ...

WHRHS Boys Basketball: Watchung Hills Bounces Bridgewater, 61-32

WARREN, NJ - Michael Bressler led all scorers with 23 points and four three-pointers as Watchung Hills dominated Bridgewater-Raritan Tuesday, 61-32.

Chad Martini sank 15 points, Trevor Bokach chipped in nine points and Pat Stefurak added seven points for the Warriors.

“We did what we had to do tonight. Coach (Gene) McAteer threw a lot at us,” said WHRHS head coach Justin Salton.

WHRHS Girls Basketball: Watchung Hills Tops Bridgewater, 51-35

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Juniors Alexa Santo and Scarlett Glasser-Nehls led the scoring for the Warriors with 15 and 14 points, respectively and Mahogany Jenkins recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds as the Watchung Hills Girls Basketball team topped the Panthers in Bridgewater, 51-35. 

Meghan Ball paced Bridgewater-Raritan with 19 points.

Watchung Hills improves to 7-5 and ...

BRHS Choir Students Accepted into Regions Choir

January 17, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan HIgh School choir program has been busy with a number of events throughout the school year, and several students have been selected for the Regions Choir, a select audition chorus run by the New Jersey Music Educators Association.

Accepted into the Treble Region Choir were Trisha Addaganti, Veena Arunkumar, Neha Pai and Anaya Rayapuraju. Accepted into ...

Raritan Borough Holds First Annual Winterfest Bonfire (Photo Gallery)

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough held its first annual Winterfest Bonfire Jan. 11 at the Washington School grounds, on First Avenue, complete with music, food and a bonfire to keep guests warm.

Frosty the Snowman stopped by to welcome guests, who had fun dancing, eating and taking part in fun activities.

— Photos by Dawn Wilde


Editor's Note: This poem was submitted by a fifth grader at Hillside Intermediate School, who wanted to share the work he had done with the larger community.

Each day and night

Sounds never sleep

Screeching, squawking, and roaring

In the dense green shrubbery

And many magnificent clumps of trees

That match the peak of the sky

It is a forest

Every single ...

Current Somerset County Sheriff Not Seeking Re-election

January 22, 2019

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Sheriff Frank Provenzano, of Raritan, has announced that he will not be running for re-election in this year's elections.

Provenzano said in a letter that he has decided to retire at the end of this year.

A 50-year veteran in law enforcement, Provenzano served as police officer in Bridgewater Township before moving to the sheriff's office, where he has served ...

Raritan Police Install New Project Medicine Drop Box

January 19, 2019

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Police Department announced that it has joined the New Jersey Attorney General’s “Project Medicine Drop” initiative, and has installed a Project Medicine Drop Box at police headquarters.

The announcement makes it easier and more convenient than ever for Raritan Borough residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide ...

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Hillsborough Man Arrested After Fleeing From Bridgewater Police at Mall

January 18, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Hillsborough man was arrested after he fled from officers at the Bridgewater Commons Mall when he was a suspect in a theft in another jurisdiction, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Matthew D. Suber, 28, was arrested for obstruction fleeing on foot.

According to the report, Suber was a suspect in a theft and officers found him at the mall. Officers ...

PSE&G Set to Inspect Natural Gas Meters in Bridgewater

January 20, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Public Service Electric & Gas Company will be inspecting natural gas meters in Bridgewater to ensure the safety and reliability of gas services, according to a release from the company.

"Customer safety is our number one priority," Joe Forline, vice president of gas operations for PSE&G, said in the release. "It's important for us to conduct ...

NJ Congressman Tom Malinowski Opens Office in Somerville

January 19, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Citing its centralized location, easy access to highways and proximity to the Somerville train station, New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski (D-7th) has opened a temporary district office in Somerville at 58 E. Main St. to handle constituent needs.

The flagship District Office will be located at 75-77 N Bridge St. Somerville. The facility is currently undergoing construction which ...

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