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Category Archives: News and Events

September 15, 2020 – Zoning Board Meeting

September 8, 2020 – Planning Board Agenda

Mayor Moench Issues Proclamation to Recognize Indian Independence Day

Please see the Proclamation linked below.

Indian Independence Day Proclamation 2020

CANCELLED ZONING BOARD MEETINGS – 8/18/2020 & 9/1/2020

TAKE NOTICE, The Zoning Board Meetings Scheduled for Tuesday, August 18, 2020 and Tuesday, September 1, 2020 have been cancelled. The next Zoning Board meeting is scheduled for September 15, 2020 at 7:30pm. This will be a virtual meeting.

CANCELLED PLANNING BOARD MEETINGS – 8/11/2020 & 8/25/2020

TAKE NOTICE, The Planning Board Meetings Scheduled for Tuesday, August 11, 2020 and Tuesday, August 25, 2020 have been cancelled. The next Planning Board meeting is scheduled for September 8, 2020 at 7:00pm. This will be a virtual meeting.

PRESS RELEASE: Bridgewater Park Renamed After Hobbstown Residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            
July 6, 2020
 
Contact: Wells Winegar, Dep. Administrator
Phone: 908-725-6300 ext. 5000
 
Bridgewater Park Renamed After Hobbstown Residents
 
Bridgewater, NJ – At the Bridgewater Township Council Meeting on Monday, July 6th, the Council approved a resolution to officially rename Somerville Manor Park (aka Hobbstown Park) to David and Phillip Miller Park. Representatives from the Hobbs Family Union approached the Mayor and Administration with a proposal for the name change in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the founding of Hobbstown, to honor brothers David and Phillip Miller for their impact and influence upon several generations of Hobbstown youth. 
 
“I am proud to have worked with the Hobbstown Family Union to rightly honor David and Phillip Miller with the renaming of this park,” said Mayor Matthew Moench. “David and Phillip stood for fair play, hard work in pursuit of excellence and teamwork, which can serve as an example to all Bridgewater youth now and in years to come.”
 
“I would like to thank the Mayor and Township Council for approving this resolution,” said Hobbstown Family Union President Kenneth Hobbs. “David and Phillip’s roots go back to the very beginning of Hobbstown and they have mentored countless athletes in our community. With the renaming of this park, they will continue to serve as an inspiration to the youth of this area.”
 
“It is an honor to recognize these great residents of Bridgewater,” said Council President Howard Norgalis. “Just as we officially renamed the section of town to Hobbstown a couple years ago, it is important that we continue to cement the legacy of one of the most historically rich areas of our community and pay respect to the individuals who made it that way.”
 
David and Philip Miller grew up in Bridgewater and both attended local schools—David graduated Somerville High School while Philip graduated from Bridgewater-Raritan. David was a player for the Raiders, a New Jersey minor league baseball team which he later managed in conjunction with his brother Philip, who passed on in 1999. The Miller brothers have served as positive role models for generations of youth from Hobbstown, to include such storied athletes as Ernie Van Ness, Jonathan Williams, Lester and Randy Johnson, and Eric Murdock. Miller remains a pillar of the Hobbstown community and Bridgewater at large.
 
Hobbstown officially became an unincorporated community with in Bridgewater Township in 2018.  The community has its beginnings in 1920, when the brothers Amos, General and Robert Hobbs purchased property there.  Hobbstown has continued to grow and thrive ever since. The neighborhood consists of Prince Rodgers Avenue, Sussex Avenue, Mercer Street, Richard Street, Monmouth Avenue, Hudson Street, Henry Street and Hoagland Court. 
 
A rededication ceremony is being planned for late July of this year.
 
 
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PRESS RELEASE: Paul Payne Made New Chief of the Bridgewater Township Police Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            
July 6, 2020
 
Contact: Wells Winegar, Dep. Administrator
Phone: 908-725-6300 ext. 5000
 
Paul Payne Made New Chief of the Bridgewater Township Police Department
 
Bridgewater, NJ – At the Bridgewater Township Council Meeting on Monday, July 6th, the Council unanimously approved the Administration’s selection of Paul Payne to be promoted and serve as the new Chief of the Bridgewater Township Police Department.
 
“Over the last several months Chief Payne has served, as Acting Chief, in some of the most difficult circumstances that this Township has ever faced and has done so with the utmost poise and professionalism,” said Mayor Matthew Moench. “We, as a community, are lucky to have such a dedicated public servant and law enforcement official leading our group of first class police officers. I look forward to continuing our work together to keep Bridgewater a safe place to live.”
 
“I would like to thank Mayor Matthew Moench and the elected officials of Bridgewater for giving me the opportunity to be the next Chief of Police in Bridgewater Township,” said Chief Payne. “I have already had the privilege of running the agency during some challenging times as the Acting Chief and my success would not have been possible if not for my fellow supervisors and officers in the agency. As the next Chief of Police, I have been given an invitation to lead people and to make a difference. I will take the opportunity this new position has given me to try to improve individual lives, foster a great working environment and develop even deeper ties to our community.”
 
“Chief Payne is a great choice to lead the Department and I am proud to support his nomination,” said Council Vice President Filipe Pedroso. “His credentials and experience speak for themselves and I look forward to working together in the future.”
 
Chief Paul Payne has served in the Bridgewater Police Department for 22 years starting as an officer in 1997. Prior to joining the force, Chief Payne served in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Police Officer.
 
 
 
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New Hours of Operations for Municipal Building

Residents: Please note that our hours of operation have changed. The normal business hours are now Monday-Friday; 9AM-5PM. If you require assistance at another time, please reach out to the Township staff and we will try to accommodate. Thank you.

Statement from Mayor Moench on the Selection of Jean Lee to Serve an Unexpired Term on the BRRSD Board of Education

“I would like to commend the Board of Education for their selection of Jean Lee to their vacancy.  As a resident of Bridgewater for over 22 years, Jean has not only raised her five children here, but has been an active member of the community.  Most recently, Jean, along with the Bridgewater Chinese American Association, donated a generous supply of PPE materials to our Police, OEM and other front line responders to help keep them and the public safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Jean is well aware of the value that the school district can bring to the community and is versed on how various policies could affect students, faculty and Bridgewater at large.  The selection of Jean, on the first vote in a field of 12 candidates, shows not only her quality and passion but serves to represent the diversity of our community.   I wish Jean the best of luck in her new role.”

Press Release: Court Denies Advance Realty’s Motion on Center of Excellence Site Plan Approval

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            
June 5, 2020
 
Contact: Wells Winegar, Dep. Administrator
Phone: 908-725-6300 ext. 5000
 
Court Denies Advance Realty’s Motion on Center of Excellence Site Plan Approval
 
Bridgewater, NJ – On Tuesday, April 21st, lawyers on behalf of Advance Realty filed a Motion for Partial Summary Judgment to obtain final site plan approval for the grocery store and hotel at the Center of Excellence site in Bridgewater. Their goal was to do this without being required to submit additional documentation to the Bridgewater Planning Board or go back for an additional final site plan hearing.  Bridgewater Township filed a response to this Motion on May 5th and today, June 5th, Judge Thomas Miller issued the Court’s decision.
 
The Court denied Advance Realty’s attempt to force the Bridgewater Township Planning Board to issue final site plan approval for the hotel and grocery store and denied their request to remove language from the Planning Board’s most recent Resolution issues on February 25th.
 
Mayor Matthew Moench issued the following statement in response to Judge Miller’s ruling:
 
“On behalf of the residents of Bridgewater, I am grateful that Advance Realty’s request to circumvent our municipal land use process did not succeed. Instead, the Court will take the time to review the entire record of the Center of Excellence application before it issues a ruling on the merits of the claim that the Planning Board acted improperly. I am confident that after such a review the Court will uphold the Planning Board’s reasonable requirement that the developer come back before the Bridgewater Planning Board with greater details on the supermarket and hotel before receiving final site plan approval.  As mentioned in the Court’s decision, the supermarket and hotel make up 150,000 square feet out of the 275,000 square feet of non-residential floor area. It is essential to the redevelopment of this site and its impact on the community that the Planning Board has all the information it needs on this significant aspect of the proposed development.
  
“My Administration has been crystal clear that we will advocate on behalf of our residents for a redevelopment plan that is appropriate for our community and that fits within the character of the Township we love. Whether it is this developer, or any other, we will provide a full, fair opportunity for businesses to grow and expand in Bridgewater. But for those developers, like Advance Realty, who want to impose their will on the Township to turn a profit at the expense of the quality of life for our residents, we will be fearless in our defense of the character of our community. 
 
“I am grateful for the victory today on behalf of our residents, and look forward to a final resolution of this chapter in the saga of the Center of Excellence development.”
 
The Township will announce information on next steps of the litigation as it becomes available.
 
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