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Council of Schools Association Hosts Candidate Night for Board of Education Candidates

October 20, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Council of Schools Association and BRTV presented a board of education candidate’s night Monday, with all seven candidates speaking to the strengths of the district and their visions for the future.

Running for three open seats on the board of education are incumbent Ashish Joshi and candidates Hiral Desai, Fabiola Folino, Stacey Friedlander, Jennifer Loughran, ...

County Clerk: It is Too Late to Take Action to Remove Bridgewater Democratic Candidate From Ballot

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter said it is too late to take any action regarding a letter sent to his office by the Somerset County Republican Organization, questioning the eligibility of one of the Bridgewater Democratic candidates for council to run in this year’s election.

The Somerset County Republican Organization recently sent a letter to Peter, calling for ...

Bridgewater Republican Candidates Call for Removal of Democratic Candidate From Ballot, Question Eligibility

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Republican Organization is calling for Democratic candidate for council Saad Toor to be removed from the ballot after alleging that he does not meet the residency requirement to serve on the township council.

According to a release from the Republican organization, they have sent a letter to Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter to remove Toor from the ballot ...

Election Guide 2021

BRIDGEWATER-RARITAN, NJ — Elections are officially Nov. 2, although mail-in ballots are already available to be returned, and Bridgewater Township, Raritan Borough and the board of education have contested elections.

This is your home for all election information, and your link to find out how to vote, who is running and what the candidates think about the issues.

In Bridgewater, ...

Stacey Friedlander

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Born and raised in New Jersey, Stacey Friedlander moved to Bridgewater in 2011 and has spent the last 10 years as an outspoken advocate for students – and now she wants to expand that by becoming a member of the board of education.

“I have long felt invested in the success of our school district,” she said. “We moved to Bridgewater because of the ...

Hiral Desai

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A mother of two who immigrated from India when she was in third grade, Hiral Desai is looking for a chance to effect change with a position on the board of education.

“For years, I have watched, listened and commented,” she said. “It is time for me to get involved and take action. Please consider electing me as a new member of the board of education, so ...

Justice Ifan

RARITAN, NJ - An eight-year resident of Raritan, Justice Ifan loves the fact that people are connected to everyone and everything in town, just walking his son to school, walking to As You Like It for an after-dinner treat, attending community events or seeing friends from school.

“My wife and I are so happy with our choice to buy in Raritan and raise our children here,” he said.

J. John Barlas

RARITAN, NJ - He has a professional background in engineering, and now J. John Barlas wants to put that to work to help Raritan Borough develop and progress in the right direction.

“I want voters to know that I am coming from a professional background that has given me first-hand experience and exposure to overseeing a variety of plans that begin at a design phase and ultimately end with ...

Ashish Joshi

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A five-year resident and going for his second term on the board of education, Ashish Joshi moved to town for the schools.

“We quickly realized that this is in fact a close knit and diverse community,” he said. “My children have met kids here who I believe will become lifelong friends. My wife and I have also met wonderful people who now have become great ...

How to Vote in the 2021 Elections

BRIDGEWATER-RARITAN, NJ - Unlike last year, voting will be in person this year, and there will also be early voting from Oct. 23 through Oct. 31 and mail-in voting allowed.

In Bridgewater, the locations are:

Districts 1, 2, 16, 31 – Bradley Gardens Fire House, Old York Road
Districts 3, 14, 27 – Adamsville Primary, Union Avenue
Districts 4, 11 – Bridgewater ...


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Bridgewater Reporting One New COVID Case Wednesday, Raritan Reporting Zero

October 20, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting one new COVID cases Wednesday, with the total since Thursday now at 3,191

The township is reporting one new fatality this week, bringing the total to 105 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

Raritan Borough is reporting zero new COVID cases Wednesday, with the total being 691 since Thursday.

Raritan Borough has not ...

Bridgewater Reporting 0 New COVID Cases Thursday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting zero new COVID cases Thursday, keeping the total at 3,174.

The township is not reporting any new fatalities, keeping the total at 104 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

Raritan Borough is reporting one new COVID case, bringing the total to 688.

Raritan Borough has not reported any new fatalities in months, keeping the ...

Bridgewater Reporting 6 new COVID Cases Tuesday, Raritan Reporting Zero

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting six new COVID cases Tuesday, bringing the total to 3,173

The township is not reporting any new fatalities, keeping the total at 104 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

Raritan Borough is reporting zero new COVID cases, after also reporting zero on Monday, keeping the total at 685.

Raritan Borough has not reported ...

Should I Include My Burial and Cremation Instructions in my Last Will and Testament

Last Will and Testaments are documents that set forth a person’s desired distribution of their assets after their passing.  Similarly, prepaid funerals, burial plot and/or burial and cremation instructions are related to a person’s end-of-life decisions.

There is nothing prohibiting a person from including burial and cremation instructions in their Last Will and ...

It is Critical to Review (and Possibly Update) Your Last Will and Testament Every Five Years

Drafting a last will and testament is a comprehensive process; it requires clients to think deeply about loved ones, financial assets, as well as their own mortality.  Thus, even with the help of an experienced attorney, estate planning requires time and effort.

Importantly, the estate planning process does not stop after executing the first last will and testament.  Obviously, ...

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

Have you ever been swarmed by a bug and noticed a strange and unpleasant smell?

You probably encountered a stink bug.

Chances are, if you have a stink bug infestation, your nose will let you know and you'll want to get rid of the problem as soon as possible. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to get rid of stink bugs. 

Understanding Stink Bugs

Whether you already ...

Piglet, a deaf and blind pink puppy and author Melissa Shapiro are coming to Barkley’s Marketplace for a family reunion and book signing event

BRANCHBURG, NJ - When Piglet comes to Barkley’s Marketplace in Branchburg New Jersey next month, it is going to be something of a family reunion.  Piglet’s “Favorite Dad” Warren is the cousin of Andy Cohen, the owner of Barkley’s Marketplace. A love of animals, especially “rescues,”  seems to run in the family: Cohen has 5 dogs at home, and ...

Bridgewater’s Council Needs More Transparency

October 17, 2021

To the Editor:

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once observed that “sunlight is the best disinfectant.”  Having to justify decisions in front of the public forces government officials to act responsibly. Thus, the law requires meetings to be held in public, where policy ideas are presented and debated openly and transparently.

Regrettably, Bridgewater’s ...

Saint Joseph HS to Host Open House Sunday, October 17

October 15, 2021

METUCHEN, NJ – The doors to Saint Joseph High School will open to the public on Sunday, October 17 for prospective students and their families to get an inside look at day-to-day life on campus.  The Open House runs  from 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and will provide visitors the opportunity to meet students, faculty, parents and administrators of the school.

With over 40 clubs ...

Hillsborough: AG Identifies Victim, Cops Involved in Fatal Shooting Incident

October 18, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The state Attorney General’s Office has released the identities of the victim and police officers involved in a fatal shooting inside a township residence Sept. 28.

Patrick Chin, 43, who lived at the Piedmont Path address where the shooting occurred, was pronounced dead at 5:28 p.m. at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where he was taken by ambulance after ...

Saint Joseph High School Inducts the 2021 Class into its Athletics Hall of Fame

METUCHEN, NJ -- NBA superstar Karl-Anthony Towns and Brandon Bielak, a pitcher for the Houston Astros, were among the honorees for Saint Joseph High School's Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2021. The event was held at the Metuchen Golf and Country Club in Edison on Fri., Oct. 8.

The list of inductees included:

Craig Belunes ‘77 - Wrestling
Brandon ...

Saint Joseph High School Homecoming Game was held on Saturday, Oct. 9

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) welcomed alumni, family, and friends back to the campus to celebrate our third annual homecoming game.

Many Falcons returned to the flock, and their support helped that the varsity football team beat New Brunswick by score of 38-14. On the field, quarterback Christian Solino was 19-for-28 for 229 yards and 3 TDs and one INT. He ...

Don't Forget About the Flu

In September 2021, the United States surpassed 700,000 deaths due to COVID-19. This is certainly an enormous and tragic loss of life, but it is significant for another reason.  The US now has more deaths from COVID-19 than it did during the 1918 influenza pandemic (675,000).  While COVID-19 has caused more morbidity and mortality, these sobering numbers remind us not to forget ...

'Songs for a New World' Merges Rock, Ballads, Jazz

Millburn, NJ - Yes, Paper MIll Playhouse has now reopened with a dazzling production of “Songs for a New World.”  

There are plenty of precautions before entering the theatre, including masks for the audience, proof of vaccination and photo i.d. (probably a driver’s license.)  Still, it’s good to know all that going in, so there are no surprises ...