Sunday, May 19, 2013
A decision to not change the absentee policy also tops news this week.
Northstar Air Medical held its “Every 15 Minutes” program to teach about the dangers of drunk driving. Black bears have been seen around Martinsville, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection offers tips for avoiding them. The board of education has almost completed its contract negotiations with the Supervisors and Principals associations. Despite concerns from parents, students and board members, the administration is planning to keep the changes to the absentee policy for another year to see how well it works. The Yale Whiffenpoofs came to Bridgewater, performing at Arbor Glen this week for sold-out crowds. With Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder retiring, the board of education is preparing its plans for hiring…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The announced retirement of the superintendent also tops this week in news.
First Team 303, the robotics team at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, earned third place in the world at the recent championships in St. Louis. The Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School science team placed in the top 16 in the country at the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. A Somerville man was arrested after he allegedly burglarized a vehicle and stole credit cards in the parking lot of the Time to Eat Diner. The township council introduced an ordinance to set salaries for municipal employees, including a 2 percent raise for department heads. A Bridgewater police officer is participating in the Police Unity Tour, and he is honoring a fallen officer, who died in a motorcycle accident, along the way. Bridgewater-Raritan High School …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The opening of Crumbs and the Harlem Wizards also top the week in news.
A juvenile was listed in critical condition after being hit by a car on Route 22 West Monday. Route 22 between the New Jersey State Police barracks and Mountain Avenue will be down to one lane for about 50 days while the NJDOT continues its short-term improvements. High school students raised $1,500 selling shirts, with money to be used toward the restoration of the Jersey Shore. Residents in Martinsville have seen far fewer vultures since an effigy was hung on the corner of Perrine and Eastbrook roads. More than $10,000 was raised for Project Graduation at the high school during the game between the Harlem Wizards and the Hometown Heroes. Crumbs Cupcake Shop opened in the mall recently with its treats that are 1.5 times the size of …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Cars fires and school report cards also top the month in Bridgewater news.
A juvenile was hit by a car in the left lane of Route 22 West just pass the Route 202/206 overpass Monday morning. Students have been arriving to Eisenhower Intermediate earlier than teachers say to arrive for extra help—and they are not being allowed in the building. Three cars were destroyed after they were fully engulfed in a fire in the parking lot on Corporate Bouelvard. A Brahma Avenue house was declared not livable after it caught fire from possibly being struck by lighting one evening early in the month. Two cars were destroyed by a fire that occurred in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall near California Pizza Kitchen. Route 202 was closed for several hours after diesel fuel leaked into the road when a dump truck hit …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
A hiring of an interim band director also tops news this week.
The district has begun looking at the recently released state school performance reports, and absenteeism is a big factor in college and career readiness scores for individual schools. Despite being No. 34 last year, Bridgewater-Raritan High School did not make the list from U.S. News & World Report of the top 50 high schools in the state. The district has hired an interim band director while Larry Markiewicz’s suspension still stands—and the administration has declined to comment on how long it will last. The Marine Corps is sponsoring the first ever Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone Bowl with football players from across the county playing to honor the late John Basilone. The school district is looking into the possibility of a partnership with…
Sunday, April 21, 2013
High school SAT scores and a lacrosse win also top the week in news.
Route 202 South and part of Milltown Road was closed for about three hours Friday after a dump truck started leaking diesel fuel after it struck another vehicle in the intersection. Rumors that the township is planning to switch to the county dispatch system are false as the township council has not heard any proposal about the possibility. We’ve got an interactive map of average SAT scores throughout Somerset County public high schools, and how those could relate to median household incomes. The boys varsity lacrosse team defeated Hillsborough, 7-4, in a home game Wednesday. A Warren resident, and Bridgewater business owner, who ran the Boston Marathon Monday said he will go back in the future because all runners have to after the horror …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
A 4-year-old named honorary police officer also tops local news.
Gov. Chris Christie held a town hall at Raritan Valley Community College Thursday, and discussed his unfinished business as he prepares for a re-election bid. Jamar Rogers, a contestant on season two of NBC’s “The Voice,” performed his new single at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in Raritan, as he is an advocate for diagnostic testing. Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder has withdrawn his name from a bid for a position in the Easton Area School District. The county collected more than 1,302 rifles, shotguns, handguns and other weapons during its gun buyback program in early April. A Brahma Avenue house was deemed not liveable after it was possibly struck by lightning Wednesday night. Franklin Park resident Malik Campbell was named an …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The closing of Jimmy's Country Produce also tops the week in news.
The school district is looking into getting a more detailed demographic report of Bridgewater and Raritan, with information about individual neighborhoods, not just numbers of students. The Harlem Wizards performed part of their show Wednesday to encourage students to come out to their game against the Hometown Heroes to benefit Project Graduation. Jimmy’s Country Produce has closed down after 20 years on Milltown Road in Bridgewater. The township and Bridgewater Senior Officer Association approved a three-year contract with sick pay caps and salary increases of 2 percent per year for three years. Students were recognized for achievements in science, German and much more throughout the past month or so. The township heard from the police …
Monday, April 1, 2013
A fatal Route 22 collision and a case of measles also top the month in news.
Band teacher Larry Markiewicz was suspended with pay at the beginning of March, pending further review and consideration by the superintendent. A car accident on Route 22 on the last day of February killed a Bound Brook resident and shut down Route 22 West for about four hours. A case of measles was definitely confirmed in the county, and two others were being investigated in mid-March. The district is continuing to investigate "BRHS Fights," a Facebook page posted on the social media site, which had videos of fights at the high school. A home on Bayberry Road was gutted by a fire that took two hours to break down in the early morning hours of a Monday in early March. A graduate of the high school said the band program has not been doing …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The completion of Sandy clean-up also tops news this week.
The district is investigating a Facebook page, called BRHS Fights, that had videos posted of fights taking place at the high school. The DPW is finishing up some final collections, but most of the clean-up is done throughout the township. The fights featured on a Facebook page appear to be random and not arranged in any way, according to the police chief. A trial date has not been set for two Bridgewater men charged in the murder of Carolyn Stone in 2009 in Bradley Gardens. Residents were displaced from a home on Washington Valley Road Monday after a fire did damage to a barn and apartment. Students have said they are going to school sick because they are afraid of being penalized with too many absences because of the new policy.