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Girl Scouts Collected School Supplies for United Way

September 18, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Girl Scout Troop 60029 moved forward with their service project to collect items to donate to United Way Tools For Schools project, which is an annual school drive to make sure kids have what they need to succeed.

The scouts collected items from the Sunset Lake Community, Glen Ridge Swim Club and Habitat for Humanity Youth Council.

In total, they brought in 33 ...

Patriots Host Online Auction To Raise Money For Ida Flood Relief

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees Double-A affiliate, are hosting an online fundraiser through MiLB Auctions to benefit those affected by Tropical Storm Ida in Central New Jersey. 

The auction can be found HERE! and will run through 10:00 pm on Sunday, September 26th.

Net proceeds from the auction will benefit the Somerset ...

Raritan's Feeding Hands Food Pantry Dealing With Complete Loss of Equipment, Food After Ida

RARITAN, NJ - Tropical Storm Ida tore through Somerset County, leaving destruction in its wake – and the Feeding Hands Food Pantry, on Orlando Drive in Raritan, is dealing with its own damage after taking in 5 feet of water and losing everything inside.

Lois Bennett, executive director and founder of Feeding Hands, said they lost food, all of the refrigeration equipment and all supplies ...

JCC Collecting Donations for Feeding Hands Food Pantry

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - After Feeding Hands, the local food bank on Orlando Drive in Raritan, was heavily damaged in the floodwaters last week, the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center is starting a collection to help them get back to giving.

Because of the floodwaters from Tropical Storm Ida, Feeding Hands lost all of its product supplies.

The JCC has stared a collection bin outside ...

Volunteer Squad Collecting Information on Funds Started to Help Those Affected by Floods of Tropical Storm Ida

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Volunteer Squad, based in Bridgewater, has put together a list of GoFundMe and other programs that have been started over the last few days to help families in need following the tragic flooding during Tropical Storm Ida Wednesday.

“The Volunteer Squad is helping to be a source for volunteer efforts and advertising needs of the community and organizations involved ...

Bridgewater, Raritan Holding Joint Prayer Vigil Sunday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township and Raritan Borough will be holding a joint prayer vigil Sunday in honor of the residents lost, homes destroyed and lives disrupted by Tropical Storm Ida this week.

The vigil will be held at the Bridgewater municipal complex, on Commons Way, at 6:30 p.m.

In addition, Bridgewater will be accepting donations of cleaning supplies at the municipal building ...

PLAN/NJ Friends & Guests Celebrate Family Night at TD Bank Ballpark

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - More than 500 family members, partners and friends attended Family Night Out at TD Bank Ballpark Aug. 26 hosted by the Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey, Inc. 

PLAN|NJ hosted the event after a year of isolation and challenge due to the pandemic. Somerville Mayor Dennis Sullivan and RanD Pitts, Somerville councilman, were on the field showing ...

Friends of Animal Shelter Holding Annual Paws & Soles Virtual 5K

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Friends of the Somerset Animal Shelter is hosting the 2nd Annual Paws & Soles Labor of Love Virtual 5K.

It will be held from Sept. 6 through Nov. 25, as the community is challenged to walk or run a 5K while continuing toward a goal of raising $25,000.

The top fundraiser will win a prize, and participants are asked to consider fundraising with their virtual ...

Raritan Food Pantry Working to Meet Needs Through COVID

RARITAN, NJ - Four months after opening, the Raritan Food Pantry is still going strong.

Located at 28 Thompson Street, the pantry’s shelves are frequently filled with basic necessities, thanks to a large variety of donations from across Raritan, said co-operator Pat Eriksson. 

Its location was chosen specifically so families from around the borough could easily access it, on foot ...

Raritan Food Pantry Requests Funding Assistance from Borough Council

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Food Pantry has had a successful few months, but to continue, they’ll need more support.

Food Pantry co-owner Kellyann Gallagher spoke to the Raritan Borough Council Tuesday, explaining the pantry’s high points, but also asking for financial assistance in the near future.

The pantry, at 28 Thompson Street, opened April 3 and has catered to an average of ...


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Bridgewater Reporting 15 New COVID Cases, as of Thursday

September 3, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township reported 15 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 2,921.

Bridgewater Township is reporting only 102 total fatalities, four fewer than in previous days, with no new fatalities reported since the end of May.

Raritan Borough reported five new COVID cases Thursday, bringing the total to 653.

Raritan Borough has not ...

Bridgewater Reporting 4 New Cases, Raritan Reporting 1

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township reported four new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 2,896.

Bridgewater Township is reporting 106 total fatalities, with no new fatalities reported since the end of May.

Raritan Borough reported one new COVID cases Tuesday, bringing the total to 645.

Raritan Borough has not reported a fatality from COVID in months, keeping ...

Bridgewater Reporting 11 New COVID Cases, Raritan Reporting Zero

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township reported 11 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 2,868.

Bridgewater Township is reporting 106 total fatalities, with no new fatalities reported since the end of May.

Raritan Borough reported zero new COVID cases Thursday, keeping the total at 642.

Raritan Borough has not reported a fatality from COVID in months, keeping ...

How Can I Leave or Give Money to my Special Needs Child Without Impacting Their Government Benefits

Often, loved ones with special needs rely on certain government benefits like Medicare, Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Food Stamps and many other forms of assistance.

However, these benefits often only cover an individual’s most basic needs, and does not otherwise provide for enjoyable purchases such as new sneakers, transportation and even simple ...

Can I Disinherit My Spouse?

Perhaps your spouse has once again failed to put their socks in the hamper, and you are wondering whether disinheritance is in order.

Generally speaking, New Jerseyans are not permitted to totally disinherit their spouse.

There is good reason for this: married couples often build their “economic empire” together such that it is patently unfair for one spouse to completely ...

Late Summer Fruits & Veggies

Nothing tastes as delectable as in-season produce which has been sun kissed, field ripened, and fresh picked, providing the perfect combination for appetizing, nutrient dense fruits and vegetables. It’s late Summer season on our farm and did you know that so many wonderful items are still being harvested including ; peppers, tomatoes, sweet corn, eggplant, peaches, plums, pears, melons, ...

Why Are Stinging Insects So Aggressive in the Fall?

During the early summer months, hornets and yellow jackets rarely come out and sting people. So why do they become so aggressive during the late summer and fall? The reason has to do with how they spend their time in the summer versus what they’re doing in the fall!

The Life of A Stinging Insect

Most stinging insects are social, meaning they start and build a new colony every year ...

Barkley’s Marketplace Hosts Pet Adoption Events in Flemington and Branchburg

Barkley’s Marketplace owner Andy Cohen, along with his partner Ari Friedman, recently welcomed a fifth dog into the family. “Maximus is around 13 years old, he’s a dachshund who came to us from Ohio. Senior dogs can be harder to place, but we think they are special, Cohen explained.   “Honey Bee, another dachshund, was also a senior rescue,” Cohen added.  ...

Choosing Competence

September 13, 2021

To the Editor:

I am a Republican because I believe that a close relationship between individual effort and individual outcome makes our society better.  And I am a supporter of Howard Norgalis, Felipe Pedroso and Allen Kurdyla because I believe we need a base level of competence in our public life. 

We have all been subjected to the alternative.  That is, to Donald ...

Shannon Daley Memorial Fund to Hold Annual Golf Tournament

September 20, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Shannon Daley Memorial Fund is holding its 20th Annual Golf Tournament Sept. 27.

The fund was created to help local area families who are suffering financial hardship because of a child battling serious illness or with special needs. The first recipient was 16-year-old Morgan Hewitt, of Franklin, who has acute myeloid leukemia, and the second recipient is 3-year-old ...

Somerset County to host virtual public meeting for Roadway Safety Study on Sept. 29: residents are invited to learn about safety recommendations for five county roadways

September 18, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Residents are invited to join the second virtual public meeting presented by the Somerset County Planning Division to learn more about the draft Roadway Safety Study’s recommendations and to provide input about the recommendations. The goal of the study is to identify safety issues for vehicle and pedestrian roadway crossings, bicycle paths, and green ...

The Cardiac Consequences of 9/11

The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11 2001 shocked the nation, causing deep and lasting psychological and physiological effects.  Over the ensuing twenty years, numerous health problems have been described in the survivors of the attacks as well as the rescue workers. These effects include respiratory illnesses (chronic cough, asthma, bronchitis, sinus ...

'Year One' Captures Tensions of a Changing Society

UNION, NJ - After two years of closure, Premiere Stages on the campus of Kean University has re-opened with a stirring production of Erik Gernand’s play, “Year One.”

The time is 1933, the place, a city in Germany.  As Germany rebuilds after the devastation of World War I, a close-knit family is caught up in the possibilities of new life under the Weimar Republic. The ...

Central Jersey Jazz Fest, Fri, Sept 10th, 6-10pm, Stangl Road

September 10, 2021

Central Jersey Jazz Fest, Fri, Sept 10th, 6-10pm, Stangl Road. The beloved jazz fest returns to Flemington! Please enter via Route 12 and park at Liberty Village. More info:

Performance Schedule:

5:45-7:00 NJPAC Alumni Trio

7:00-8:30 Charles Turner Quartet

8:50-10:00 Davell Crawford, "The Prince of New ...