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Raritan Mulling Opportunities for Offering New Sports to Residents

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RARITAN, NJ - With the creation of a sports committee and an events committee to replace the former Raritan Borough Recreation Committee, plans are being made and changes are being mulled to provide more offerings for residents and children.

Raritan Borough Coucnilman Robert McGinley, the liaison to the sports committee, said they are talking to Bridgewater Recreation about the latter town taking over some of the sports in town, except baseball and softball.

McGinley said Bridgewater Recreation is drawing up a proposal whereby they would offer many of their programs to Raritan kids, including swimming, soccer, lacrosse, horseback riding and golf.

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McGinley said the borough does not have the capability to offer that variety of programs.

“They have a number of sports that we would not be able as a town to offer,” he said.

In addition, McGinley said, a number of kids from Raritan already sign up for some of the recreation programs through Bridgewater, so it would probably be a smooth transition.

McGinley said Raritan is currently keeping its own baseball and softball programs, but they are in talks with Bridgewater and other surrounding towns because of diminishing numbers.

“They have had a league with Somerville, Manville and Bound Brook, and even they are starting to struggle with teams,” he said. “Maybe there will be an opportunity to combine them.”

No decisions have been made at this time, and talks are just beginning about new opportunities.

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