Message from the Mayor
The start to the new year has been a
trying one as the weather has given us extreme cold, quick
thaws, and snow and ice.
This has presented more than a few challenges for us
DPW staff has worked hard to keep the roads clear of snow
and free of ice, but at times the weather makes it difficult
to keep up. When a
storm hits, please remember to travel only when necessary
and to look in on family members or neighbors who may
The weather has played havoc on the
Potholes seem to appear overnight.
We have posted the pothole alert number and email
address on the website and ask if you see a pothole on your
street or in your travels, please alert us so we can have a
crew make temporary repairs.
We have to use cold patch during the winter.
In spring, when the permanent asphalt becomes
available we can make more permanent repairs.
During January and February I have
the privilege to attend the reorganization meetings of our
local volunteer fire and rescue organizations.
I am truly grateful for the dedication our volunteer
members demonstrate in answering our calls for service.
Each of these organizations and by extension all of
us count on new members for continued success and security.
They are always looking for new volunteers and I urge
you to contact them if you have an interest.
There are many roles to play in the organizations.
A quick phone call or email may start you on a path
of service that you will find to be very fulfilling and
Please see the Township website for contact information for
all of our fire and rescue squads or call my office for
I am pleased to officially welcome
Ashland to Bridgewater at their new location in the New
Jersey Center of Excellence.
Ashland has taken 200,000 square feet in the Center
for their global research and development laboratories and
personal care center.
Lt. Governor Guadagno and Congressman Lance joined
local dignitaries, Ashland Executives and staff in a
welcoming ceremony on January 24.
Ashland Inc. is a Fortune 500 company with worldwide
sales of $8 billion annually.
Their highly educated and highly motivated employees
are a great addition to Bridgewater’s talented workforce and
we wish them much success and prosperity at their new
The Township held a blood drive at
the municipal building on January 14 in partnership with the
Somerset Medical Center.
We had 49 participants and collected over 40 units of
blood. This was
the Medical Center’s most successful mobile blood drive to
date. I would
like to thank everyone who participated in making this event
such a big success.
As a reminder the Fire District
elections and budget approval votes are held on the third
Saturday in February (15th).
These elections are held at the local firehouse and
voting for the budget and fire commissioners is open from
If you are unsure of which district you are located
please call the Township Clerk for assistance.
Evenings with Dan continue monthly
and I enjoy sharing the many varied interests our residents
bring to the community.
If there is ever a need to share your thoughts or
concerns please feel free to contact my office directly.
Mayor Dan Hayes