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Raritan Council Divided Over Need for Anti-Nepotism Policy in Town

June 2, 2020

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council was presented with a draft anti-nepotism ordinance at its second May meeting, but it only furthered the contentious discussion that ended without action.

Councilman Pablo Orozco had worked over the past two weeks with councilman Michael Patente and borough attorney Bill Robertson on the project.

When the draft ordinance was open for discussion, ...

Bridgewater Introduces Ordinance to Ease Sewer Backups Near Restaurants

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is expected to require equipment improvements for some local businesses, while also modifying options regarding affordable housing in the municipality in the next few weeks.

The town council introduced a pair of ordinances related to those matters at its most recent public meeting May 18, which was again conducted online due to COIVID-19 ...

Raritan Borough Acknowledges No Camp This Summer, But Expresses Hope for Pool Openings

RARITAN, NJ - The effects of Covid-19 on all aspects of life – from street design to summer camp - took center stage during the Raritan council meeting this week.

The issue of a 2020 summer camp was laid to rest without a council vote.  Through discussion, it was obvious that time had run out for camp this year.

Mayor Zachary Bray introduced the topic, noting that the camp ...

Bridgewater Township: 78 Percent of COVID Fatalities in Town Were Connected to Long Term Care Facilities

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has released information on how the long-term care facilities in town are faring during the pandemic.

According to the release, Bridgewater has 10 long-term care facilities, accounting for more than a quarter of all the facilities in Somerset County.

Of the 57 residents who have died from COVID-19 in Bridgewater, the information said, 78 percent of ...

Bridgewater Approves Road Improvements on Hoffman Road

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Hoffman Road will be getting some much-needed improvements in the near future, as approved recently by the Bridgewater Township Council, along with several other measures.

The municipal governing body approved a resolution to award a contract to DeSantis Construction, Inc., out of Somerset, for the Hoffman Road improvement project, for $321,627. The project is for the entire ...

Raritan Borough Investigating Flyers Being Thrown in Driveways Around Town

RARITAN, NJ - Tired of leaflets, handbills and flyers littering the streets of Raritan? So is the governing body.

Mayor Zachary Bray and the borough council have been trying to find a way to, legally, stop the flow of “free” papers.  

There are currently ordinances covering litter and solicitation, but none of them directly prohibit the type of distribution in this ...

BRRSD Grants Extension on Tax Payments From Bridgewater Township

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Because the township has authorized an additional grace period for paying the second quarter property taxes, the school district is assisting in providing some relief.

In late April, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order allowing municipalities to choose to extend the grace period by a month, from May 1 to June 1.

Many towns in New Jersey have allowed for the grace ...

Raritan Borough Delays Decision on Summer Camps Until End of May

RARITAN, NJ - In what Raritan Mayor Zachary Bray termed, “kicking the can down the road,” the council decided to delay again a decision about opening borough pools and summer camp.

The mayor had advocated for making a determination not to open either the Basilone pool, the Frelinghuysen pool or the camp due to the pandemic.

“It would be the safe and prudent route this ...

Work Continuing on Raritan Roadwork Projects, Despite COVID-19 Shutdowns

RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough engineer Stan Shrek gave an update of ongoing projects at a recent borough council meeting, including the 2019-2020 grant work planned for Woodmere and Weiss streets.

The design has been completed and is now under review by the state.

Once the NJDOT signs off on the plans, “which I expect they will,” said Shrek, “we’ll prepare to go for ...

Bridgewater Township Seeking Tax Relief as Revenues Fall Due to Coronavirus

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township continues to soldier on in the face of COVID-19, and members of the township council offered updates, thoughts and prayers to residents and all those affected at May 7 meeting.

“It’s a cloud hanging over us,” councilman Michael Kirsh said. “It’s a tragedy of epic proportions. Our community is hurting.”

Kirsh said he ...

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Bridgewater Township Reports 0 New Cases of COVID

June 2, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting zero new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as of Tuesday morning, meaning the number of cases stands at 461.

Of those confirmed to have COVID-19, 57.2 percent are female and 42.6 percent are male.

In addition, the number of fatalities from COVID-19 stands at 58, with the age range between 40 and 105.

Of those, two were under the age of 50; ...

Murphy Emphasizes Collaboration and Trust-Building

TRENTON, NJ - In the wake of days of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state farther along its path toward restarting its stalled economy in the wake of COVID-19.

Murphy used ...

Bridgewater Reporting One New COVID Case, Municipal Offices to be Open for Appointment Only

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township is reporting one new case of COVID-19, as of Monday morning, bringing the total to 461 cases in town.

Of those, 57.2 percent are confirmed to be female and 42.6 are confirmed to be male.

In addition, as of Sunday, Bridgewater Township was reporting that a total of 226 people have recovered from COVID-19.

The town is also reporting a total of 58 ...

Just in: Our BizFest Lineup is Here!

June 2, 2020

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - BizFest has grown to become Somerset County’s largest small business networking event. This year, we’re taking it to a virtual environment.
Check out the lineup we have for this year's event! We have lots of educational seminars, webinars, and casual networking opportunities for the community to enjoy, and it's all free of charge!

8:00-8:30 AM

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BRHS Senior Spotlight: Makayla Choy

May 9, 2020

Makayla Choy has attended Crim Primary School, Hillside Intermediate School, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School and Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

Makayla played four years of field hockey as a goalie, three years of lacrosse and also was part of S.H.A.R.E.

This fall, Makayla plans to attend Seton Hall University, where she will major in mathematics and then pursue law school to ...

BRHS Senior Spotlight: Kayla Reynolds

Kayla Reynolds has attended JFK Primary School, Eisenhower Intermediate School, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School and Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

Kayla was on the EPIC Yearbook staff her freshman and sophomore years, and was the Editor-In-Chief during her junior and senior years. Kayla was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society.

This fall, Kayla plans to attend the Honors ...

BRHS Senior Spotlight: Izabella Misciagna

Izabella Misciagna has attended Crim Primary, Adamsville Primary, Hillside Intermediate, the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School and Bridgewater-Raritan High School

She played freshman and sophomore softball, and well and Yearbook Freshman Year and Media.

Outside of school, Bella volunteers for the Green Knoll Fire Department.

Next year, Bella plans to attend RVCC College for Business as ...

Somerville Hopes to Shut Down State Highway for Unique Dining Experience

June 2, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Here's a unique dining experience that may come about as a result of Gov. Phil Murphy's announcement Monday that restaurants throughout the state can begin serving meals outdoors beginning June 15th.

By mid-summer, pending approvals, the borough's restaurants could be serving dinner al fresco on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the middle of a state ...

Heart Attacks and Hypertension in the Time of COVID

It is not cholera. It is not a love story set in uncertain times in the Caribbean. It is a real pandemic. The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, causes a unique illness with many manifestations called COVID-19.  Older patients and those with pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure (hypertension) and cardiovascular disease are especially vulnerable. How has COVID-19 affected the ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs. Dr.

Murphy Emphasizes Collaboration and Trust-Building

June 2, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - In the wake of days of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state farther along its path toward restarting its stalled economy in the wake of COVID-19.

Murphy used ...