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Vo-Tech Quiz Bowl Team Wins National SkillsUSA Championships

July 29, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The team at the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School won the National Quizbowl Tournament this year, through the SkillsUSA Championships.

This is the second win for the team, which also won the national conference finals in Louisville, KY, in 2019, and attended the tournament in 2018.

“Even as our team members changed for this year’s virtual ...

Seven Candidates Running for Three Open Board of Education Seats

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The board of education candidates for the November 2021 elections have been announced and only one incumbent is running for an open spot.

There are three open spots on the board of education this year, all representing Bridgewater. AJ Joshi, Jaqueline Barlow and Jean Lee are up for re-election.

Only Joshi is running for re-election.

Also running for election this year ...

Board of Education Still Debating In-Person Meetings, Mask Wearing in Schools

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The board of education is hoping for a return to in-person meetings by the beginning of the school year, but have not indicated any decision on whether masks will be mandatory for students come September.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to in-person meetings, starting in August,” said school board president Jackie Barlow.

The board has a retreat ...

Raritan Approves Ordinances Permitting Sale of Medical Cannabis in Borough

July 30, 2021

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan town meeting turned into a public forum July 26 as residents and council debated over, and eventually approved, two ordinances that would make the sale of medical cannabis legal in Raritan, which could pave the road for a cultivation center to be established in the town.

The first ordinance permits medical marijuana alternative treatment centers as a conditional use, ...

Bridgewater Approves $47 Million 2021 Budget, Residents Question Transparency of Process

BRIDGEWATER, NJ—The 2021 municipal budget, which came in at almost $47 million, has been adopted by the Bridgewater Township Council.

The five members of the governing body approved the budget at the July 19 meeting, following a contentious public hearing.

The municipal operating expenses for the budget was listed on the council agenda as $46,899,468. The sewer utility expense was ...

Bridgewater Approves Resolutions for Continued Roadwork Around Town

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Provisions for road repairs and maintenance in Bridgewater Township are continuing based on the approval of the township council.

The town's governing body unanimously approved a resolution July 8 to award a contract to Asphalt Paving Systems, Inc., out of Hammonton, a state contract vendor, for the 2021 Pavement Preservation Program, which will include chip seal ...

Raritan Hosting Business Event, National Night Out

July 30, 2021

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough is hosting a number of upcoming events over the next week to celebrate the business community and the local police department.

Raritan’s Economic Development Committee will be holding Discovering Raritan July 31 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., with things to do and see all across Somerset Street in downtown Raritan.

According to councilman Michael Patente, ...

Crime Stoppers Offering Reward Leading to Arrest of Sexual Assault Suspect

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and Bridgewater Township Police have announced that Crime Stoppers of Somerset County, Inc., is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for a sexual assault in Duke Island Park at about 8:45 p.m. July 18.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson announced that at ...

Bridgewater Swears in New Police Officer

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has a new police officer in its ranks.

Johnathan T. Newnom was sworn in before the town council July 19 at the municipal building.

“One of my great honors is to swear in police officers,” said Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench after administering the oath to Newnom.

According to Police Chief Paul Payne, Newnom grew up in Toms River, and ...

Garcia Grand Slam Powers Patriots; Yankees Reliever Gets the Win

July 30, 2021

READING, Pa. - The Somerset Patriots (45-29) got a big night out of Dermis Garcia and held off a late rally to take down the Reading Fightin’ Phils (30-45) with a 7-6 win Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Garcia went 2-for-5 with a grand slam (18) and a career-high five RBI to lead the way. His seventh inning grand slam sent the Patriots ahead 6-3 at ...

Yankees Relief Pitcher Begins Rehab Assignment with Patriots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The New York Yankees announced today that LHP Wandy Peralta will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A with the Somerset Patriots.  He will join the team on the road against the Reading Fightin' Phils (Philadelphia Phillies).

Peralta was placed on the ten-day injured list on June 26th with a back strain and will ...

Beltre Continues Hot Streak But Patriots Fall Short Against Reading

READING, Pa. - The Somerset Patriots (44-29) dropped a 5-4 contest to the Reading Fightin’ Phils (30-44) Wednesday night at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Somerset struck first on a Michael Beltre sacrifice fly in the first inning, but it was a four-run second that led the way for Reading.

The Fightin’ Phils put four runs up on four hits in the second, ...

Raritan Approves Ordinances Permitting Sale of Medical Cannabis in Borough

July 30, 2021

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan town meeting turned into a public forum July 26 as residents and council debated over, and eventually approved, two ordinances that would make the sale of medical cannabis legal in Raritan, which could pave the road for a cultivation center to be established in the town.

The first ordinance permits medical marijuana alternative treatment centers as a conditional use, ...

Raritan Hosting Business Event, National Night Out

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough is hosting a number of upcoming events over the next week to celebrate the business community and the local police department.

Raritan’s Economic Development Committee will be holding Discovering Raritan July 31 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., with things to do and see all across Somerset Street in downtown Raritan.

According to councilman Michael Patente, ...

Final Decision on Green Knoll Grill Conditions and Liquor License Postponed to August

BRIDGEWATER, NJ—The Green Knoll Grill situation has not yet reached its final resolution.

The longtime local establishment on Route 202/206 underwent a public hearing before the Bridgewater Township Council July 8 about concerns that the governing body had expressed over past conduct and incidents at the restaurant, and their effects on the potential renewal of its plenary retail liquor ...

Enjoy the Best of 70s Live Music at Duke Island Park this Weekend

July 30, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Join the Somerset County Park Commission this Sunday, Aug. 1, at Duke Island Park for a rousing review of 70s musical hits by the great Tyrone Stackhouse Project. The free concert will start at 6 p.m. and run for 90 minutes of high-energy, high-fun pop, rock, and funk with no stops.

Residents are invited to bring blankets, chairs, and snacks to enjoy the ...

Santa Visits Raritan for Annual Christmas in July (Photo Gallery)

RARITAN, NJ - It was Christmas in July in Raritan Borough July 23 when Santa Claus visited Frelinghuysen Park to visit with children in the pool.

Santa took photos with children and families during the annual event.

Bridgewater Photographer Holding Small Town Photography Exhibit in Warren

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater resident Arik Gorban started with photography when he was young, getting a good camera, lenses, a darkroom and a few books on photography when he was in elementary school.

“I got hooked and never tried any other media,” he said.

Now, Gorban has an exhibit of photos from a road trip to the midwest being featured at the library in Warren through ...

Seven Candidates Running for Three Open Board of Education Seats

July 27, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The board of education candidates for the November 2021 elections have been announced and only one incumbent is running for an open spot.

There are three open spots on the board of education this year, all representing Bridgewater. AJ Joshi, Jaqueline Barlow and Jean Lee are up for re-election.

Only Joshi is running for re-election.

Also running for election this year ...

Raritan Together Starting Cleanups, Collecting for Alternatives Inc.

July 24, 2021

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Together has begun its clean-ups around town once again.

In June, the organization did clean-ups down the entirety of Somerset Street, and, in July, they did one along the river.

The next will be held Aug. 28 at the Raritan Train Station, and the group meets for one hour during the clean-up. The group will supply garbage bags and water to anyone who comes out to the ...

Hillside Plants Trees in Honor of Katrina, Timothy Macht

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Staff and administration of Hillside Intermediate School gathered May 13 to celebrate former district employees Dr. Katrina Macht and her husband, Timothy Macht.

As a tribute to what they did for the school, an American Beech tree and a Horse Chestnut tree were dedicated to their commitment to Hillside.

Katrina Macht taught in the district for 30 years, with her last 25 at ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Ranked Number One Hospital in New Jersey for the Fourth Year in a Row by U.S. News & World Report

July 27, 2021

 MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System announced on Tuesday that Morristown Medical Center was ranked the number one hospital in New Jersey for the fourth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospital rankings. The medical center is one of the top acute care hospitals in New Jersey to be nationally ranked, and ...

Get 'One-Shot' COVID Vaccine (& Maybe Some Wine) at Bernardsville Farmers Market This Weekend

BERNARDS TWP., NJ – The Bernards Township Health Department will offer COVID-19 vaccinations for adults 18 and over at the Bernardsville Farmers Market between 9 to 11 a.m. July 24. 

The vaccine clinic will be set up near the Millicent Fenwick statue at the parking lot for the Bernardsville train station, on Mine Brook Road in downtown Bernardsville. The ...

Atlantic Medical Group Cardiologist Offers Heart Health Tips During Extreme Heat

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As we start to hit the peak of summer heat, it is more important than ever to keep our hearts healthy. Individuals who have a preexisting heart condition need to be extra careful with these extreme weather circumstances. However, people with healthy hearts are likely to experience problems as well.

Michael Weinrauch, MD, Chairman of Cardiology at Overlook ...

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What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, July 31, 10:00 AM

SCLSNJ's Bridgewater Branch, BRIDGEWATER

Celebrate Summer: Self-Care (grades 9-12)

Health & Wellness

Sun, August 1, 6:00 PM

Duke Island Park, Bridgewater

Summer Concert Series

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, August 2, 2:00 PM

Bridgewater

Mythological Mondays: Unicorn Rescue Society ...

Education

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

New Jersey Surpasses 10 Million COVID Vaccinations; 'We Only Have a Pandemic Among the Unvaccinated', Murphy Says

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his regular COVID press briefing on Monday, July 19, that over 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in New Jersey and that more than 5 million individuals who live, work, or study in the state are now fully vaccinated.

Among the 4,432,769 fully vaccinated individuals (as of June 28), only a small fraction of ...

Democratic Council Candidate Speaks Out Regarding 'Lies' on Police Statistics

July 22, 2021

To the Editor:

At the Bridgewater Township Council meeting on Monday night, I was very moved to witness my first swearing-in of a young, new police officer to our police department. I saw the officer’s wife and his father watch him as he stood with his hand on the Bible. I thought about the risks he will take every day and how proud his family must feel. I also was moved to see his new ...

Morristown Medical Center Receives Reverification from the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Trauma Center

July 28, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has been reverified as a Level I Trauma Center through 2024 by the Verification Review Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes Morristown Medical Center’s dedication to providing superior care for the most seriously injured patients. This marks ...

Broadcasters Return to the Somerville Summer Stage July 31

July 29, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Broadcasters, a 4-piece cover band from Scotch Plains, are featured on the Summer Stage on Division Street Saturday, July 31.

The Broadcasters originally formed in 2004, All four original members were from Scotch Plains and recently added Phil Liebergall, when their bassist John Houssman relocated to Florida. Nino DiFabio and Phil Liebergall ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Attracts 1,000+ Participants, Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...

Immunotherapy Provides More Options in Treatment of Advanced Melanoma

A decade ago, a diagnosis of metastatic melanoma was often tantamount to a death sentence: the five-year survival rate was below 5%. Advances in treatment have vastly altered that narrative. As director of Atlantic Health System’s Atlantic Melanoma Center, I have witnessed the long-term survival rate improve tenfold, and effective treatments continue to be developed.

The Atlantic ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...