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7 Stories Marking 2013 in Bridgewater

New police, school leadership, mosque proposal returns and Route 22 safety among stories highlighting changes in Bridgewater.

The appointment of Manny Caravela to head the Bridgewater Police Department is one of the changes in 2013 sure to have an impact on the township in the coming years. Credit: John Patten
The appointment of Manny Caravela to head the Bridgewater Police Department is one of the changes in 2013 sure to have an impact on the township in the coming years. Credit: John Patten
Here's a look at some of the stories that mark a significant change or new direction in Bridgewater:

Manny Caravela Named Chief of Police

Former Chief Richard Borden capped his 30+ years in Bridgewater in October, opening the door for new leadership of the department. Township officials wasted little time before elevating Manny Caravela to the post—who wasted little time in reshaping the department.   
 
Township Loses Mosque Lawsuit

The ongoing story of the proposed mosque by the Al Falah Center will be continued next year, as a federal judge's order to rehold hearings on the application is met—and the township continues to appeal the decision. 

Township Switches Dispatching Service to County

Now nearing completion, many will be watching the new system for any communication issues—as well as the anticipated savings the change is expected to ring to taxpayers. 

Superintendent Michael Schilder Retires

Schilder announced his plans to retire after he withdrew from consideration for a post in Easton, Pa., launching a five-month search for a replacement—that collapsed when board members could not agree on a candidate to permanently fill the post

Route 22 Safety projects launched

Some of the work has already been completed, but the question remains: will the road be safer?

Bridgewater Commons Finds Room for Growth

The mall is adding space under terms in its agreement with the township that also adds to the revenue the township receives, and after adding room for the Seasons 52 restaurant, the mall is looking to add more space on the southside.

Finderne Property Approved for Redevelopment Planning

The former Weyerhauser offices and warehouse in Finderne has been determined to meet the criteria for redevelopment. If the Township Council and Planning Board approve, the township could look to use special zoning to try and bring a new project to the site. 

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