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Parkland Expansion, Solar Farm Hearings Set Top Local News

Mailbox vandalism, mugger's appeal rejected also make Bridgewater headlines.

Collecting money on Independence Day to help the Evan Holtz Recovery Fund are Bridgewater police dispatchers Brian Sujansky and Jo-Ann Dunlop. Photo by Mike Deak
Collecting money on Independence Day to help the Evan Holtz Recovery Fund are Bridgewater police dispatchers Brian Sujansky and Jo-Ann Dunlop. Photo by Mike Deak

Somerset to Add 10 Acres to Washington Valley Park

Somerset County will add 10 acres to Washington Valley Park in Bridgewater with a purchase of a lot at the top of the First Watchung Ridge.

The county freeholders voted unanimously Tuesday to purchase the 9.95-acre property at 799 Miller Lane, near the park’s Hawk Watch area, for $525,000.

Hearings on Controversial Solar Farm to Begin in September

Hearings on a controversial plan to build a solar farm on Bridgewater’s northern border will begin in September.

Police Continuing to Investigate Vandalism Over July 4th Weekend

Police are continuing to investigate a vandalism spree in the neighborhood of Van Holten and Country Club roads over the Fourth of July weekend. 

More than a dozen mailboxes and street signs were damaged Friday night.

Community Comes to Aid of Police Dispatcher Battling Illness

The community has come to the aid of someone who has always come to the aid of the community.     

More than $16,000 has been raised so far to help Evan Holtz, a Bridgewater 911 dispatcher who is also a volunteer with the Country Hills Fire Department and the Branchburg Rescue Squad. Holtz was diagnosed earlier this year with a brain tumor.

Court Upholds Finderne Man's Conviction, Sentence for Mugging

A state appellate court has rejected a Finderne man’s appeal of his conviction of mugging a woman in Somerville and the eight-year prison sentence he received.

'First Class' Support: Seniors Collecting School Supplies

The Bridgewater Senior Citizens Center is going back to school this summer.         

The seniors are supporting the annual “Project First Class” school supplies collection, an initiative of the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.
Special K July 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM
In a vein now being opened in Bridgewater, we who live in Lawrenceville were informed ("Earthly solar systems", Editorial, September 23, 2010) that "(ground-mounted solar panels) perhaps may soon be as ubiquitous as gas pumps or power plants". And we have been able to determine that the combined energy output of CJS Investments (8 megawatts) and PSE&G (4.4 megawatts) projects-- from panels located on a tract of 63.5 acres--will be sufficient to power 1,500 homes (estimated 1,000 for CJS plus 500 specified for PSE&G) . Assuming farm-replication statewide, the potential yield from "energy farms" may be somewhat greater than that projected by PSE&G for statewide installation of the already ubiquitous, unsightly and relatively inefficient solar panels--only six light bulbs of unspecified wattage powered per panel; and when installed by 2013 on poles across the Garden State, only enough energy for 6,000 "homes" (average usage assumed). According to U.S. census data for 2009 there are 3,526,741 "housing units" in New Jersey so even after taking into account the modest projected total contribution of panels on poles, it seems clear that a substantial expansion of energy farming will be needed to realize "a new approach to (generating) energy" that will permit us to heat and cool ourselves and our abodes without resort to use of fossil-fueled generators. Plans for energy farming state-wide are not known, but securing farm acreage in south Jersey probably will be easier and more economical than in the more heavily populated northeastern part of the state. We look forward to updates on extension of panel farming beyond Mercer County, knowing all the while that we are paying twice for this experimentation in solar energy production: first by purchasing the energy produced, as expected, and second by virtue of having paid the taxes that provide the subsidies granted by governmental agencies for "environmentally friendly behavior" by energy producers. We trust that those planning to begin "energy farming" near Bridgewater will not be encouraged to continue their planning.


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