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BOE Says Concerns that Enrichment Program Teachers Will be Charged Room Usage Fees are Premature

November 16, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several residents have expressed concerns that the board of education is planning to require teachers and faculty to pay to use rooms and facilities in the district for enrichment programs – but board of education members say this concern is premature.

One resident spoke out at Tuesday’s board of education meeting on behalf of the enrichment programs, particularly ...

UPDATE: Bridgewater-Raritan Schools Closed Friday

UPDATE: As of 7:30 am Friday, all Bridgewater-Raritan schools will be closed Friday due to the weather.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Because of the weather forecast and existing conditions throughout the district, primary schools will be closed Friday and all other schools will be on a two-hour delayed opening.

According to the district website, all students in grades five through 12 will attend ...

Adamsville Primary Holds 4th Annual Armed Forces Salute

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Adamsville Primary School held its 4th Annual Armed Forces Salute Nov. 7 to celebrate the community's veterans and active members of the military.

Every year, the event is sponsored by the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association and the New Jersey Education Association, which allow members to write Pride in Public Education grants for community events, and are funded by ...

Bray, Melitsky 'Excited' to Get to Work for Raritan, Still Awaiting Final Absentee Ballot Results

November 7, 2018

Editor's Note: All mail-in ballots for Raritan have been counted, and the results of the election remain unchanged. Bray received 1,389 votes, Melitsky received 1,306 votes, Foohey received 1,249 votes and Ifan received 1,185 votes.

RARITAN, NJ - Despite delays in counting mail-in votes because of the volume of ballots submitted to the county, Republican incumbent Zachary Bray and his ...

Bridgewater Votes Yes to Referendum Question on Using Open Space Funds for Capital Work

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater residents have voted yes to a referendum question regarding using open space funds for the purchase of historic properties and capital expenditures.

The question asked to use up to 25 percent of existing money from the Open Space Trust Fund to pay for the purchase of historic properties, as well as capital expenditures for repairs of properties that are ...

Former Raritan Man Sentenced to Two Consecutive Life Terms in Prison After Pleading Guilty to Murder of Two Raritan Women

November 14, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Former Raritan resident Ramon Cadiz has been sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison after he pleaded guilty to the murder of a Raritan woman and her daughter.

Cadiz was sentenced Wednesday in Somerville following the guilty plea to two counts of first degree murder, which was filed in October.

According to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, at about ...

Bridgewater Police Seeking Public's Assistance in Identifying Suspect in Wednesday Morning Bank Robbery

Editor's Note: Story has been updated with information from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are asking for assistance in identifying a man who committed a robbery at Provident Bank, on Union Avenue, Wednesday morning.

According to a Facebook post from the police, the robbery occurred around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to ...

Bridgewater Police Hold Promotional Ceremony for Three Officers

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township held a special ceremony Nov. 1 to commemorate the promotions of Lt. Michael Maxwell, Sgt. Robert Stasiulaitis and Officer Kevin Lamey.   

Maxwell was promoted to captain, Stasiulaitis was promoted to lieutenant and Lamey was promoted to sergeant. 

Maxwell graduated from La Salle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  ...

Girls Soccer: Bridgewater-Raritan Blanks West Orange in Group 4 Semifinal

November 14, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - The West Orange girls soccer team hadn't lost a game in two years, but Tuesday night the Mountaineers found themselves cornered by Bridgewater-Raritan.

The Panthers wore down West Orange with a succession of corner kicks and other set pieces to claim a 2-0 victory that brought an end to West Orange's 39-game unbeaten streak in the NJSIAA Group 4 state semifinals at ...

Field Hockey: Bridgewater-Raritan Beaten in State Championship Game

BORDENTOWN, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan field hockey team ended its season the same way its last eight predecessors have – with a loss to Eastern Regional in the state final.

Eastern, which has dominated the sport in New Jersey for the last decade, defeated the Panthers, 11-0, in the Group 4 championship game on Saturday. Bridgewater-Raritan has been the sectional Group 4 champion for ...

Girls Soccer: Bridgewater-Raritan Wins Sectional Title in PKs

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The top-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan girls soccer team won its first sectional title in five years by outlasting Watchung Hills in penalty kicks in the Section 2, Group 4 championship game Friday afternoon.

The two teams played to a scoreless tie through 100 minutes – two halves and two 10-minute overtime sessions – before resorting to the shootout to determine who ...

Bridgewater Approves Resolution for Extending Liquor License Hours

November 15, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Despite a vote against from councilman Howard Norgalis, the township council approved a resolution to extend the hours of operation for certain establishments for the purpose of selling liquor on three dates before the holidays.

The resolution extends Sunday hours for plenary retail distribution licenses for Wegmans, Spirits of the Valley, Krisha Beverage and Buy Best Wine ...

Bridgewater Township, Library Hold Diwali Celebration

November 8, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township and the Somerset County Library System held a celebration in honor of the holiday of Diwali Nov. 3 at the Bridgewater Township Library.

Diwali is the greatest Hindu festival celebrated all over India and abroad, and is considered the festival of light.

The 5th Annual Township Diwali Celebration featured a puppet show, crafts, dances by the Bhaarat ...

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday

NORTH BRANCH, NJ - Service Unit 66 and 74 of Bridgewater hosted the annual Leader/Daughter event at the GSHNJ Council in North Branch. 

During the event, leaders and girls gathered to make greeting cards for veterans, seniors centers and hospitals, sang girl scout songs led by special guest Lori Coleman and had a birthday cake decorating contest. Food donations were collected and given to ...

UPDATE: Mail-In Ballots Counted, Joshi Declared Winner of Third Board of Education Seat

November 13, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - All the mail-in votes have been counted for Bridgewater, and board of education candidate Ashish Joshi has been declared the winner of the third open seat.

Incumbents Jacqueline Barlow and Melanie Thiesse easily sailed to victory in the elections with a final tally of 7,833 votes and 7,947 votes, respectively, once all ballots had been counted as of Tuesday ...

BOE Final Election Results Not Expected Until Tuesday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - As the county continues to tabulate mail-in ballots, the final results of the board of education elections are not expected until Tuesday, according to Bridgewater Township.

Incumbents Jacqueline Barlow and Melanie Thiesse were running alongside newcomers Stephanie Black and Ashish Joshi for three seats on the board of education. Once the unofficial results, minus the mail-in ...

Incumbents Win BOE Seats, Final Seat Still too Close to Call Without Mail-In Ballots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Incumbents Jacqueline Barlow and Melanie Thiesse won two of the three open spots on the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board Education, representing Bridgewater, in Tuesday's elections, according to unofficial results, but the third seat may still be up for grabs.

Newcomers Stephanie Black and Ashish Joshi were separated by only 4 votes, according to the unofficial results ...

Bridgewater Township, Library Hold Diwali Celebration

November 8, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township and the Somerset County Library System held a celebration in honor of the holiday of Diwali Nov. 3 at the Bridgewater Township Library.

Diwali is the greatest Hindu festival celebrated all over India and abroad, and is considered the festival of light.

The 5th Annual Township Diwali Celebration featured a puppet show, crafts, dances by the Bhaarat ...

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Student Speaks Out in Favor of Homework Surveys, Need for Change

November 13, 2018

To the Editor:

Thank you very much for writing the article, "District Evaluating Homework Policies Regarding Amount, Time and Holiday Extensions." I appreciate The BReeze dedicating time and energy to let the entire community know that there is an issue with student homework load and mental wellness in our district. Furthermore I am very grateful that it has been recognized that this ...

Hillsborough Man Arrested After Throwing Soup Can at Police Officers, According to Raritan Borough Police Report

November 13, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A Hillsborough man was charged with disorderly conduct following an incident in Quick Chek, on West Somerset Street, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police.

Cecilio Pizzaro, 31, was charged with disorderly conduct after being arrested at 2:12 p.m. Oct. 27.

According to the report, patrol officers were sent to the store because of a report of a male acting ...

Outstanding Citizens to be honored at Boy Scouts of America Toast to Scouting Awards Dinner

November 17, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council, will be honoring local citizens at the Toast to Scouting Awards Dinner Nov. 29 at the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge at 6:30 p.m. 

This year’s honorees are Christopher Corsini, Alice Hadley, Michael Kerwin, Freeholder John Lanza, Donald Rica and Peg Wright.

The event recognizes these six outstanding ...

Hillsborough Comic Makes You Laugh for a Cause

November 16, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Johnny Lombardi, aka "Gemini," is the comedic version of a one-man band.

He can do it all – depending on his mood and the audience, Lombardi will kibitz with the crowd, fire off one-liners, dazzle with his magic or bring life to a family of sharp-tongued ventriloquist dummies.

A veteran headliner at Atlantic City’s casinos, Lombardi’s also got a ...

The Gray Lady of the Medicine Cabinet

Aspirin is the gray lady of the medicine cabinet.  Aspirin, the medication that has been in use for over 100 years, is tried, true and reliable. Aspirin has been prescribed for a variety of ailments including fever, aches and pains. Aspirin is the standard of care in the treatment of heart disease and stroke. Judging by its longevity and the extent of its use, it would seem that we know ...