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20 Most Read Bridgewater Stories in July

Here is what people were reading in the month of July.

Joke Turned Tragic in Teen Drowning, Police Say

A 19-year-old Elizabeth man drowned in the Raritan River after a joke with a friend, and being revived for a few hours by Bridgewater Township Police.

Prosecutor: Man Had 33 Pot Plants in Home, Nearby Township Park

A 44-year-old Martinsville man was found to have been growing more than 30 marijuana plants in his home and a nearby park, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

Man Pulled From Water Without Pulse, Revived

The 19-year-old Elizabeth man was originally revived when he was pulled from the Raritan River just west of Milltown Road July 22, but died later that evening at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Convicted Sex Offender Accused of Having Child Porn

A Bridgewater man was on parole after being charged 10 years ago for sexually assaulting a child, and was recently found with child pornography on his computer, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

Bridgewater Grad Enjoys Starring on Reality Show

Amy Laurent, a former Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduate, is now a matchmaker starring on her own show on Bravo, called "Miss Advised."

Dilapidated House to be Remediated

Remediation is going to be done on a house on Claire Drive, which has violated township ordinances concerning outdoor storage of materials, furniture and other items.

Still at Impasse, School Negotiations Go to Fact-Finder

Recent talks between the board of education and the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association have continued to break down, and they have begun the fact-finding process, with a first meeting with the fact finder July 26.

Raritan Man Beats Pancreatic Cancer, Finds New Purpose

Raritan resident Bob Brown was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer five years ago, but was miraculously able to have surgery and is now cancer-free.

Resident: I Just Want My House Back

Bridgewater resident Joel Botwick is preparing to rebuild his home on Wilde Hollow after it was destroyed by a lightning strike during a storm June 22.

UPDATE: Swimmer Pulled From River Dies

19-year-old Pedro Rosa died around 10:30 p.m. July 22 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital after he drowned in the Raritan River.

Driver Killed After Being Ejected From Van on I-78

A Phillipsburg man was killed in Bedminster July 25 after he was ejected from his van when it hit a concrete bridge overpass support on Route 78.

Resident: Take Action on 'Garbage-Infested Area'

Local residents spoke out about a house on Claire Drive that has garbage, furniture and other items left outside, and has been that way for years, asking the township to take action.

BOE Changes Policy on Consquences for Absences

The board of education changed its absentee policy, determining that there will be possible administrative consequences when students have a certain number of absences from school.

How Much Do Bridgewater Department Heads Earn?

The township council approved an ordinance that sets salaries and other compensations for township employees, including mayor and council members.

Bridgewater Sells Parcel of Land on Route 22

The township is selling a parcel of land on the corner of Milltown Road and Route 22, a 1.39-acre property.

What Should Open in the Sanofi Research Buildings?

Sanofi-Aventis is closing research facilities on Route 202/206, and consolidating others on Route 22, but it is selling the former, and we want to know what residents think should open in that building.

Attorney: Proposed Development Will Flood Area

Residents are opposing proposed development on the formerly owned Wemple property, and they say that there is a good chance more development will cause additional flooding in the area of Twin Oaks and Foothill roads.

First Class Celebrates Bridgewater-Raritan's 50 Years

The first graduating class from Bridgewater-Raritan High School celebrated its 50th reunion at the end of June.

Community Helps Victims of 2 Lightning Strikes

The Bridgewater PBA collected donations from businesses and residents to help the families who lost their homes due to lightning strikes on Wilde Hollow and Donald Drive.

Resident: Route 22 Expansion Raises Concerns

One resident raised questions and concerns about the county's plans for the Route 22 Expansion Plan with extra lanes and more.

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