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BRHS Sophomore Ties for Chess State Championship

January 8, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Bridgewater-Raritan High School sophomore Thoshan Omprakash tied for state champion at the NJ State Scholastic Chess Championship.

Out of five total rounds, Omprakash won the first four and drew in the final round, ending up with a top score against about 500 students who participated and represented their schools across the state.

The championship is a prestigious ...

District to Return to Full Day In-Person Instruction Monday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District will be returning to full day in-person instruction Monday, according to a message sent to the community Thursday evening.

The district was virtual Jan. 3 coming back from winter vacation, and then had half days for the rest of the week to eliminate lunch (except for Friday's snow day).

On Jan. 10, the district will ...

Parents Divided Over Whether Virtual Learning Better for Students During COVID Surge

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Parents expressed concerns during Tuesday’s board of education reorganization meeting both over having students in school for only half days, and having students in the schools at all as the number of COVID cases continues to rise around the town, county and state.

The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District was on remote learning Monday, with the rest of the week ...

Bridgewater Council Approves Beginning-of-the-Year Resolutions

January 18, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council approved a half-dozen resolutions at its reorganization meeting that will keep the municipality functioning this year until matters such the annual budget are ratified, while also taking care of some housekeeping issues.

The first resolution at the council’s Jan. 6 meeting approved a 2022 temporary budget current fund provision in the ...

Bridgewater Refuses to Release List of Resident Emails Following OPRA Request From Advocacy Group Rise Against Hate

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is waiting on a court ruling regarding an OPRA request from advocacy group Rise Against Hate to obtain the township’s email list.

In July, the group submitted an OPRA request to the township for its list of resident emails, those who had signed up for the township’s online newsletters, alerts and more.

“We denied them that list ...

Moench Talks Accomplishments of 2021, Road, Drainage Plans Ahead for 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township will soldier on in 2022 despite facing continued challenges, according to Mayor Matthew Moench.

At the Jan 6 reorganization meeting of the township council, Moench delivered his annual state of the township address, the second consecutive one he has had to deliver virtually, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Moench first congratulated election ...

Police: Smoke Condition Reported at Bridgewater Commons Mall

January 18, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A smoke condition was reported at the Bridgewater Commons Mall Tuesday afternoon at the former Lord & Taylor site.

According to Bridgewater Township Capt. Sean O'Neill, the smoke condition was caused by some faulty machinery.

O'Neill said there were no injuries reported in the incident. The vaccination clinic that was being held in the old Lord & Taylor was ...

Bridgewater Refuses to Release List of Resident Emails Following OPRA Request From Advocacy Group Rise Against Hate

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is waiting on a court ruling regarding an OPRA request from advocacy group Rise Against Hate to obtain the township’s email list.

In July, the group submitted an OPRA request to the township for its list of resident emails, those who had signed up for the township’s online newsletters, alerts and more.

“We denied them that list ...

Bridgewater Chooses 2022 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

January 17, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced its inductees for the Class of 2022.

This year’s honorees, the second annual, will be celebrated at a dinner in October at the Bridgewater Manor. Ticket information will be available in the spring.

Being honored this year are:

1960s

Gary Debes (East)
Ron Fulop (West)
Henry ...

Bridgewater-Raritan Ice Hockey Class of 2022 Members Recognized on Senior Night

SOMERSET, NJ – Bridgewater-Raritan ice hockey’s 2021-22 roster on opening night consisted of 26 players, with 17 of these players currently freshmen or sophomores on what is a very young Panthers roster, which is made up of nine freshmen, eight sophomores and six juniors, all with at least one more year of Bridgewater-Raritan Iie hockey ahead of them.

The remaining three team ...

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Voorhees Erupts for 19-2 Third Quarter to Rally Past Bridgewater-Raritan

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Down by seven at halftime at Bridgewater-Raritan and with their seven-game winning streak in jeopardy Jan. 15, Voorhees needed a big response in the second half at Vaughn Stapleton Gymnasium.

And then the Vikings successfully made every shot they attempted in the third quarter.

Four starters for Voorhees (8-1) went on to shoot a perfect 8-for-8 from the floor ...

DeLucia's Pizza Gets 9.4 Rating From Barstool Sports's David Portnoy

January 12, 2022

RARITAN, NJ - DeLucia's Brick Oven Pizza, on First Avenue in Raritan, has achieved a status few pizza places can claim – an almost perfect rating from Barstool founder David Portnoy.

Portnoy reviews pizza places around the United States for his show, and, in his review, dared to say that the pizza is not just the best in New Jersey, but in the world, giving it a 9.4 out of ...

BRBA Announces Launch of Young Professional Network

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Tyler Seville, Executive Director of Innovation New Jersey, announced the launch of the Basking Ridge Business Aliance Young Professional Netowrk (YPN) at the December networking breakfast at Delicious Heights Outpost. 

A member benefit of the BRBA, the YPN hopes to host three events in 2022 and while the events are welcome to all, the programming will be geared ...

BRMS Middle School Teacher to Compete on FOX Game Show

January 10, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - He’s a middle school teacher by day – but on Tuesday night, he will be a game show superstar.

Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School language arts literacy teacher Phillip Solomon was a contestant on “You Bet Your Life,” a game show on FOX, hosted by Jay Leno.

“It is actually a reboot of a game show, originally from the 1940s, hosted by Groucho ...

Volunteer Squad Posts Amazon Wish List for Stani Family

January 18, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Volunteer Squad, based in Bridgewater, has posted an Amazon Wish List for anyone wishing to donate to the Stani family after mother Michelle died of COVID complications three weeks after giving birth to her youngest child.

According to the Squad, her oldest child, a 19-year-old daughter, is currently caring for the other three children.

Gift cards are currently ...

Somerville Mother of 4 Dies of COVID-19 Three Weeks After Giving Birth

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A 37-year-old Somerville woman who gave birth to a baby boy three weeks ago has died of COVID-19 complications without ever having the chance to hold her newborn, according to family and friends.

Michelle Stani, who had recently moved to Somerville from Bridgewater also had an 11-month old daughter, Jordan, a son Noah, 4 and her oldest daughter Samantha, 19.

She had ...

Free COVID-19 Shots Available at Somerset County Mega Site This Week

January 17, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Free COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the Somerset County Vaccine Mega Site at the Bridgewater Commons Mall this week.

Located in the former Lord & Taylor Department Store, the site will be open Tuesday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan 19, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

First and second shots, and boosters - Moderna for those ...

Governor Phil Murphy Sworn In For Second Term

January 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “Were all the votes counted?” joked Josh Murphy, as he and his siblings introduced their father during his inauguration for second term as 56th Governor of New Jersey. 

After the small roast from his four children and a speech from his wife and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Phil Murphy took the podium following Chief Justice Stuart Rabner ...

Governor Murphy Allocates Funding For School Security Systems in Dozens of Districts

NEW JERSEY — Dozens of New Jersey school districts will receive more money to help upgrade their security systems. 

Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that appropriates a total of $5,150,531 from the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” to provide grants for school security projects in 60 New ...

Former Senator Loretta Weinberg Looks Back on 30 Years in Public Service

TEANECK, NJ — “It’s great to see you, even though you look a little bit like Nanook of the North," said now former Senator Loretta Weinberg to First Lady Tammy Murphy with a smile and sparkle in her eye. “I’m really glad to see you out and about.”

Those were Weinberg’s opening remarks at the bill signing for The Freedom of Reproductive Choice ...

VIDEO: Promising COVID-19 News in New Jersey, Kids Helping Kids & Honoring a Hero

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — There's new promising news that the COVID-19 surge in New Jersey is slowing. Plus, generous kids are using their hearts to help other kids. Also, one community prepares to honor a local hero, as he celebrates a milestone.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

Now in New Jersey ...

VIDEO: Weeks After Giving Birth, Mom Dies of COVID-19; Teen Helps Girls & The Environment

NEW JERSEY — A community is remembering a New Jersey mother of four who died of COVID-19, just weeks after giving birth.  Plus, a high school freshman is going green and helping other girls at the same time.  Also, a little bit of luck changes 'lost' to 'found.'

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to ...

VIDEO: Remembering Teenage COVID-19 Victim, City's Milestone and Restoring History

NEW JERSEY — As one New Jersey community mourns a COVID-19 victim, another is recognizing a new milestone.  Plus, a legendary figure in Trenton reflects on decades of service.  And a community spends months restoring history.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

Now in New Jersey Powered ...

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New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Falls Below 1.0

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The COVID-19 Rate of Transmission, the measurement of how much the virus is spreading, fell below 1.0 on Tuesday to 0.96.  A number below 1.0 means the outbreak is on the decline, with every infected person spreading COVID-19 to fewer than one additional person, on average.

The State Health Department confirmed 9,073 additional new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

Free COVID-19 Shots Available at Somerset County Mega Site This Week

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Free COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the Somerset County Vaccine Mega Site at the Bridgewater Commons Mall this week.

Located in the former Lord & Taylor Department Store, the site will be open Tuesday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan 19, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

First and second shots, and boosters - Moderna for those ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Now 1.02, Latest Sign Surge is Slowing

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission stands at 1.02 on Monday, a dramatic drop since it was 1.92 on January 1.  Anything over 1.0 means COVID-19 is still spreading, but the lower the number means any infected person is spreading the virus to fewer people.

The State Department of Health confirmed 8,267 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the third-straight day under ...

Resident Thanks Town for Refusing to Release Email Addresses

January 17, 2022

To the Editor:

Dear Mayor Matthew Moench,

Thank you for refusing to release our e-mail addresses used by the township to distribute newsletters. When we subscribed, we did not expect our e-mail addresses would be shared with anyone outside of the township.

I specifically object to the request from "Rise Against Hate." I have never given permission ...

Raritan Police: Be Careful of Fraudulent Calls Demanding Money

January 8, 2022

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough Police are warning residents to be aware of fraudulent emails and phone calls after a Raritan man was the victim of a theft when he received an email from someone claiming to be a sick friend.

According to the report, a 76-year-old man reported he was the victim of a theft at 6 p.m. Jan. 4.

Police said the victim reported he received an email from someone ...

Atlantic Health System and Vouched Partner to Improve Digital Access to Health Care

January 18, 2022

MORRISTOWN, NJ –  Increased access and cybersecurity have never been more important to the delivery of care than in today’s health care environment. To help improve the patient experience while offering enhanced online safety, Atlantic Health System, a nationally recognized leader in innovative and high-quality health care, has partnered with Vouched, a leading developer of ...

Free COVID-19 Shots Available at Somerset County Mega Site This Week

January 17, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Free COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the Somerset County Vaccine Mega Site at the Bridgewater Commons Mall this week.

Located in the former Lord & Taylor Department Store, the site will be open Tuesday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan 19, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

First and second shots, and boosters - Moderna for those ...

Saint Joseph Pins Woodbridge, 61-9, on Senior Night

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph wrestling continued its dominance on the mats with a 61-9 victory over visiting Woodbridge on Senior Night. After the match, head coach Michael Carbone discussed the impact of his seniors on the program:

Seniors

Aidan Pierce
"Aidan has been a four-year starter for the Falcons but unfortunately had his season end early due to a shoulder injury. Aidan ...

SJHS Hockey Hits Historic 800th Game and 200th Win in Same Night

METUCHEN, NI – It was a milestone day all around for St. Joseph High School’s hockey team on January 12 when the team completed its 800th game as an athletic program for the school. Making the night even more special coach Ryan Carter won his 200th game as head coach of the team.

Carter and Coach Kolodney are foundations in the hockey program at Saint Joseph high school as they are ...

SJHS Announces Seniors of the Month

METUCHEN, NJ - St. Joseph High announced their seniors of the month recently.  This month featured Mekai Matthews and Anthony Wright.

Mathews is a resident of Somerset, NJ and a proud member of the graduating Class of 2022 at St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen. Since attending St. Joseph’s, Mekai has come to embrace the importance of servant leadership in academics, ...

Wrestling: Saint Joseph (Metuchen) Downs Sayreville, 62-15

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) dominated Sayreville War Memorial High School, 62-15, at Sayreville on Wednesday, January 12. The Falcons scored victories in all but two matches.

"The mentality we wanted to have going into this year was that we're going to wrestle for six minutes," Saint Joseph (Metuchen) wrestling coach Mike Carbone said.

Falcons Soar at Wrestling Quad in Toms River

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Falcons soared in Saturday's quad vs. Piscataway, Toms River East and Marlboro. Zachary Beadling, John Whitacre, Nico Calello, Giovanni Alejandro, Sebastian Blumberg, Evan Mendez, and Andrew Bouchard each won three matches, as Saint Joe's was the big winner of the day. 

The Falcons are now undefeated against five opponents and are 2-0 in GMC - White ...

Bill Tracy Named Head Coach at Saint Joseph High School

METUCHEN, N.J. — Bill Tracy, a former New Jersey Coach of the Year and one of the most respected high school football coaches in the state, has been named the head football coach at Saint Joseph High School.Tracy will be the fourth head coach in Falcons football history, following Rich Hilliard, who stepped down after the 2021 season. Tracy, 53, was the 2013 Star-Ledger ...

The Eyes Have It

William Shakespeare once said, “The eyes are the window to your soul.” This is poetic and philosophical, but can the eyes be more practical and be a window on the heart as well? A cataract is a common eye disorder that occurs as people get older. Are cataracts associated with heart disease or a higher risk of dying? Could a cataract be a new risk factor for cardiac disease?

A ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Falls Below 1.0

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The COVID-19 Rate of Transmission, the measurement of how much the virus is spreading, fell below 1.0 on Tuesday to 0.96.  A number below 1.0 means the outbreak is on the decline, with every infected person spreading COVID-19 to fewer than one additional person, on average.

The State Health Department confirmed 9,073 additional new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.