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Bridgewater Approves $47 Million 2021 Budget, Residents Question Transparency of Process

July 26, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ—The 2021 municipal budget, which came in at almost $47 million, has been adopted by the Bridgewater Township Council.

The five members of the governing body approved the budget at the July 19 meeting, following a contentious public hearing.

The municipal operating expenses for the budget was listed on the council agenda as $46,899,468. The sewer utility expense was ...

Bridgewater Approves Resolutions for Continued Roadwork Around Town

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Provisions for road repairs and maintenance in Bridgewater Township are continuing based on the approval of the township council.

The town's governing body unanimously approved a resolution July 8 to award a contract to Asphalt Paving Systems, Inc., out of Hammonton, a state contract vendor, for the 2021 Pavement Preservation Program, which will include chip seal ...

Bridgewater Awards Contracts for Roadwork Projects

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Bridgewater Township Council recently approved a half dozen resolutions for bidding services, construction oversight and administrative services for several roadway projects that will take place in the municipality.

The resolutions were ratified unanimously as a group at the council's June 21 meeting. All of them will be funded through the township's 2021 ...

Justice Ifan Sworn In to Raritan Borough Council

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough welcomed its new council member with the June 22 swearing-in ceremony when Justice Ifan made history as the first African American person to serve on the Raritan Borough Council.

The borough’s first in-person meeting since before the pandemic began with the special swearing-in ceremony for Ifan, which was attended by Somerset County Board of County ...

Council Splits up Ordinance for Regulating Cannabis Use and Establishments

RARITAN, NJ - A public hearing on a comprehensive ordinance to govern the operation of medical and adult use cannabis establishments in Raritan was removed from the agenda and split into two.

Raritan Borough has now introduced two separate ordinances on cannabis use, and, with expected guidance from the State of New Jersey likely to arrive by late August, an “Opt-Out” ordinance to ...

Bridgewater Introduces 2021 Budget With 0% Tax Increase

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The 2021 municipal budget was finally introduced to the Bridgewater Township Council Monday, although its ratification is still a few weeks away.

The council passed three items concerning the budget at the June 20 meeting.

The first was an ordinance to exceed the municipal budget appropriation limits and establish a cap bank for the current calendar year. The second ...

Bridgewater Township to Introduce Budget Monday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township officials are still working to pay the bills and repair roads, while also planning to introduce the annual municipal budget at Monday’s meeting.

Concerning Bridgewater’s 2021 budget, township administrator Michael Pappas said June 10 that, the week before, the state’s Department of Community Affairs had finally issued guidance for ...

Bridgewater Council Returns to In-Person Meetings, Expects to Continue Live-Streaming

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Council is back to holding its public meetings in person.

On June 10, for the first time in over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the council held a meeting in its chambers in the municipal building on Commons Way. As with previous meetings over the last year, the meeting was also broadcast online, similar to when council members participated ...

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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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New Jersey Surpasses 10 Million COVID Vaccinations; 'We Only Have a Pandemic Among the Unvaccinated', Murphy Says

July 20, 2021

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 ...

71 Percent of Somerset County Residents 12 Years and Older Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — According to the State of New Jersey Department of Health (NJDoH), 201,783 Somerset County residents have received their full course of COVID-19 vaccinations as of June 30. That equates to 71 percent of all residents 12 years and older, and more than 76 percent of all adult residents.

Somerset County will continue offering the Pfizer vaccine for residents 12 ...

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 ...

Overlook Medical Center marks opening of new South Garage, improving parking throughout hospital campus

July 27, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ – JULY 22, 2021 – Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center today marked the opening of its new South Garage, a recently completed, state-of-the-art employee parking structure that will improve parking throughout the campus.

The 234,000 square-foot garage includes 648 parking spaces and two elevators. The seven-level garage features recharge stations for ...

Somerset County Division of Transportation to Hold Virtual Public Hearing on Aug. 18

July 25, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Join the Somerset County Division of Transportation at its virtual public hearing Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. The purpose of the meeting is to get public input about how funds from the 2022 Casino Revenue Grant will be allocated. The meeting will occur via Zoom. To access the Zoom meeting, visit https://bit.ly/ZoomPublicHearing2021.

In 2022, the transportation ...

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 ...

Which Sport Wins the Gold Medal for Best Exercise?

The Olympic torch will finally be lit for the 2020 Olympics next week in Tokyo! More than 11,000 athletes will compete in 339 events representing 33 different sports. Before the Opening Ceremony begins, we will explore which sport is the best type of exercise.  Six different Olympic sports, tennis, running, cycling, weightlifting, golf and soccer, will be examined in terms of their ...

Hope Surges 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 ...

New Jersey Surpasses 10 Million COVID Vaccinations; 'We Only Have a Pandemic Among the Unvaccinated', Murphy Says

July 20, 2021

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 ...