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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 ...

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 ...

Bridgewater-Raritan School District Honors Retirees

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District honored retiring members of its faculty and staff.

The 44 individuals were formally recognized at the June 22 virtual meeting of the Bridgewater-Raritan board of education.

"It's not the same as in person, but we're excited to recognize them," said assistant superintendent Daniel Fonder, who read the entire ...

District Comments on Mask-Wearing, Social Distancing and Potential for Students With Underlying Conditions to Design New Plan

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The district has provided updated guidelines regarding in-person schooling in September, including mask guidance and mandates on 3 feet social distancing.

According to a message from the district, the state and Department of Education have released the guidance for the new school year, focusing on full-day, full-time and in-person instruction for September.

Bridgewater-Raritan High School Students Join Organization to Bring About Change Through Writing

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A team of students from Bridgewater-Raritan High School are part of a larger organization, called Redefy New Jersey, writing articles to promote acceptance and combat harmful stereotypes throughout the state.

The organization was started by New Jersey teenagers to promote acceptance and combat harmful stereotypes throughout the state. The journalism team writes informational ...

Eisenhower Intermediate School Sixth Grader Places in Science Competitions

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Eisenhower Intermediate School sixth grader Shiven Das recently placed in the 2021 National Science Bee, competing in national science and biology competitions.

The National Science Bee is a science-themed, buzzer-based academic quiz competition for individual students who put their science knowledge to the test against other students in their age divisions.

First, in the ...

BRHS Astronomy Club Teaching Students

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School sophomore Aarnav Shah has been spearheading the Astronomy Club workshop “Spacestation” for students in elementary and middle schools.

Shah said he has been working with club president Gianna Tindall and club supervisor Colleen Harenberg to teach a variety of topics, from introductory ones on stars and planets, to advanced ones on ...

Steffner Begins Role as Interim Bridgewater-Raritan High School Principal

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Christina Steffner sent a message Friday to all Bridgewater-Raritan High School parents regarding her appointment as interim principal of the high school for the coming year.

Steffner, who just completed a stint as interim principal of the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, was appointed to the new position at the June 22 board of education meeting.

She replaces ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Somerset County seeks community organizations to take part in October Diversity Festival

July 31, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ — The Somerset County Diversity Festival committee is seeking community organizations to participate in the 2021 outdoor festival, which will occur on Oct. 9, 2021 from 12 to 4 p.m.  Interested groups should have displays and materials that showcase what their organization is doing to promote diversity and to create opportunities for groups that are underrepresented, ...

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 ...