Monday, December 3, 2012
Bridgewater's governing body cites concerns about risk, extra security costs.
Mayor Dan Hayes said the proposal is a dead deal after the council voted 3-2 Monday against a resolution to create a shared court service between Bridgewater and Somerville. "I am extremely disappointed that the council chose not to advance the interests of the township in voting down the shared court proposal," he said after the meeting. "It would have saved Bridgewater and Somerville at least $73,000 per year, as well as given us the experience to increase the value of shared services in the future." The shared service was presented by Hayes at a recent meeting, for Bridgewater and Somerville to both hold court in the municipal building on Commons Way. "The concept is to operate a shared court, but both municipalities will remain …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Four Bridgewater businesses, including Wegmans, can sell liquor earlier on Dec. 23 and 30.
Despite two votes against, the township council approved a resolution recently to allow for an extension of hours of selling liquor at Wegmans and other stores in Bridgewater just before Christmas and New Year’s. “We received a request for an extension of operating hours from Wegmans on two pivotal days for them,” said township administrator James Naples. “The resolution extends to all distribution centers in town.” Naples said it would apply to four businesses in Bridgewater. They are Spirits of the Valley in Martinsville, Elliott's Beverages on Union Avenue, Buy Best Wine & Liquors on Union Avenue and Wegman's Liquor Store on Route 202. According to the township’s ordinance, there is no sale of alcoholic beverages allowed before 11 a.m. …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Allen Kurdyla said Sandy was bigger than expected, and they have to figure out what needs to change.
It was the first time the township has ever experienced a storm of its kind—and now, as the clean-up from Hurricane Sandy continues, it is time to reassess and make changes where necessary. Residents have expressed concerns about the level of communication coming from the township during the storm, saying that they would like to see more avenues used. And council president Allen Kurdyla said that that is what has to be explored now. “I am of the opinion that this storm was an eye opener for everyone,” he said. “We are going to learn and try to come up with ways to improve communication in the future.” With regard to who does the communicating, Kurdyla said there is a specific organizational structure followed involving emergency services …
Town Council also moving forward with road improvements near the middle school.
What follows is an account of actions taken on Nov. 8 by the Bridgewater Township Council, which, while not breaking news, are still of note. Township to submit grant for drunk driving crackdown The township council unanimously approved a resolution to submit a grant application to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety for its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2012 Year End Crackdown. The grant application is for $4,400. “This is for directed patrols for removing drivers who are driving under the influence,” said township administrator James Naples. Naples said the police department will prepare a detailed report afterward about how many people have been cited based on the grant. “We have been successful in the last two years with…
Monday, November 12, 2012
This is to continue clean-up after Sandy.
With clean-up continuing throughout the township following Hurricane Sandy, the council approved a resolution Thursday for an emergency appropriation of funds to continue the work. These funds, according to township administrator James Naples, are for the costs of the debris removal program. The resolution appropriates $640,000 in emergency funds, which will be repaid in the 2013 budget. “And 75 percent of the $640,000 will be eligible for reimbursement through FEMA,” Naples said. For this program, the township has established six temporary yard sites in addition to the facility already established. The sites will receive tree and brush material, but not leaves. Residents who can transport materials themselves should use one of these …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Filipe Pedroso was elected to serve on the township council.
A lifelong Bridgewater resident, Filipe Pedroso just wants to see the township thrive as he prepares to begin his first full term on council after winning in the Nov. 6 elections. "I am very pleased that the residents have confirmed that I have the right vision for Bridgewater," Pedroso said. "I have lived in Bridgewater for practically my entire life. I love this town dearly, and want to see it continue to be the absolute best place to live." Republican incumbent Pedroso, who is finishing an unexpired term this year after Dan Hayes was elected mayor in 2011, received a total of 8,621 votes, while Democratic challenger William Metz received 6,764 votes. "I hope to stay actively involved in the community doing some volunteer work, maybe …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Filipe Pedroso took about 56 percent of the vote.
Republican incumbent Filipe Pedroso was elected to a term on council in Tuesday's elections, with a total of 8,621 votes. A total of about 56 percent of registered voters, or 16,666, cast ballots in Tuesday's election. Democratic candidate William Metz received 6,764 votes. These are the unofficial results from the township. *Indicates winner District breakdown of votes *Absentee ballot results are not yet available. Results from the referendum question
The candidates, voting information and issues that will be affecting Bridgewater.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Monday, November 5, 2012
Elections will be held Tuesday despite power outages from Hurricane Sandy.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Despite rampant power outages throughout the township, Tuesday's elections will go on as planned, and the township council is seeing two candidates for one open spot on the Bridgewater Township Council. Republican councilman Filipe Pedroso is running for a term after having been chosen to fill a term vacated by Dan Hayes when he was elected mayor in the 2011 elections. Democrat William Metz, a first-time candidate, is running against the incumbent in the elections. Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Although many of the polling locations are without power, the districts are being divided around town, with a few districts being moved to alternate locations. Mobile polling stations, sent to the township by the state, will be …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The candidates for township council answer questions about issues facing the township.
With the municipal elections coming on Nov. 6, we thought it would be a good time to hear directly from the candidates themselves about the issues that matter to residents. On six different days this week, we will feature video responses from the two candidates on questions concerning the budget, the economy and roadwork. The candidates are Repbulican incumbent Filipe Pedroso and Democrat William Metz. For this last question, we asked the candidates to talk about why they would like to be on the township council. Click here to hear what the candidates have to say about the quality of life in Bridgewater.