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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.”

Rescheduled Planning Board Meetings

The APPLICATIONS previously scheduled for Planning Board meetings on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 April 14 & 28, 2020 and May 12, 2020 have been



JUNE 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm



DABROWA – 690 Foothill Road

GIRALDI – 301 Old York Road

Links: Local Non-Profit Organizations

American Children’s Cancer Association
American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness
Bridgewater Lions Club

Cooperative Housing Corporation
Domestic Violence Help
Easterseals New Jersey Disability Services
Education Foundation of Bridgewater-Raritan
Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County
Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish New Jersey

Links: Clubs and Organizations

Boy Scouts of America – Troop 88 – BWT NJ
Boy Scouts of America – Troop 154 – BWT NJ
Bradley Gardens Baseball

Bridgewater Baseball
Bridgewater Bocce
Bridgewater Football League
Bridgewater Garden Club
Bridgewater Lacrosse
Bridgewater Softball
Bridgewater Woman’s Club
Bridgewater Youth Running 
Greater Somerset County Chapter of the American Red Cross
Juniper Lane Swim Club
Glen Ridge Swim Club
Martinsville Community Center
MOMS Club of Bridgewater
The PeopleCare Center for Nonprofits
Pop Warner Cheerleading
The Regional Center Partnership
Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center
Somerset County 4H Association
Somerset County YMCA
Raritan Valley Rail Coalition
Rotary of Somerville & Bridgewater

If your community service organization would like to be added, email us at:

Bridgewater Recreation Division

Welcome to the Bridgewater Recreation Division! We encourage everyone to participate in our programs. If you or your child has an individualized need due to a disability and may require a reasonable modification, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, to successfully participate, please note it on the registration form. The Recreation Staff, in conjunction with the Staff at the Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation Department, will contact you for additional information. Three (3) weeks notice is needed (six (6) weeks for Summer Playgrounds and Pee Wee Playgrounds) to ensure that appropriate modifications can be provided.


Bridgewater Township, located at the crossroads of Somerset County, offers its residents many unique and exciting recreation programs for all ages to enjoy.

The primary service of the Bridgewater Recreation Division is to provide opportunities for enriching the lives and meeting the recreational needs of Bridgewater Residents.

The Recreation Division seeks to promote a spirit of cooperation, build self-esteem, encourage healthy competition and develop lifelong recreational interests among all program participants.BWRec_Logo

The Superintendent of Recreation, Rachel Barrett, can be reached at (908) 725-6373, or by email at

Come out today and play!

Department of Health and Community Services
Health Issues

Let’s Stop HIV Together

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced the Let’s Stop HIV Together Campaign to raise awareness about HIV and its impact on the lives of all Americans. For more information and to Act Against AIDS…

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Lyme Disease

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Center For Disease Control (CDC) Frequently Asked Questions

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Boil Water Advisory Guidelines

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ALERT: NJ Residents May Be At Risk for Weather Related Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Tips for Year-Round Prescription Safety for All Ages

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Myths About Poison Ivy

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Guidelines for Proper Disposal of Household Medication

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Weather Related Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Parent Ground Rules for Trick or Treating

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NJ DHSS Encourages All Residents to Get Annual Flu Shots

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Protect Your Family From Lead-Based Paint Poisoning

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Poison Control Center: Medicines and Children

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Underage Tobbaco Sales

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Protect Yourself From Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Excessive exposure to sunlight may increase your risk to develop skin cancer or melanoma.

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Smart Food Safety Practices Can Avoid
Summertime Foodborne Illness

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Lamp Oils Can Be Deadly for Children
Click here to learn how and why to keep children away from lamps, lanterns, and torch lights

Prevent or Overcome Obesity

Visit the following website to offer tips to prevent or overcome obesity and promote community wellness. For more information on the Small Step Program

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Blood Cholesterol Awareness

The American Heart Association has recently published statistics that identified heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States. One modifiable risk factor for heart disease is high blood cholesterol. Blood cholesterol can be reduced through lifestyle changes such as dietary improvements, physical activity, weight control, drug therapy, or a combination of these measures.

The Center for Disease Control recommends that adults have a complete fasting lipid profile completed by a physician at least once every five years. Individuals with multiple risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure or family history of heart disease are especially encouraged to take action to increase their awareness of acceptable blood cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association maintains information on the prevention of heart disease and stroke at

For an informational booklet on high blood cholesterol, visit the National Cholesterol Education.

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Emerging Problem in New Jersey, Illegal Unregistered Pesticide Products

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is partnering with CEHA county health agencies in an initiative to investigate the sale of illegal pesticides products commonly sold in small neighborhood grocery stores (bodegas), dollar stores, hardware stores and on the street, particularly in urban areas. In 2005, several CEHA agencies have been asked to conduct a small number of investigations, and the Hudson Regional Health Commission has completed inspections of 49 retail establishments, reporting all findings to NJDEP. In Hudson County, 16% (8/49) of the locations visited had illegal, improperly labeled, or unregistered pesticide products available for retail sale. Inspections were conducted in a variety of areas, though 5 of 8 facilities (62%) with dangerous products were located in Hispanic neighborhoods. Illegal products were often imported from China or Mexico. However, one product labeled, “Made in the USA”, looks like a mouthwash but contains toxic ingredients and is actually a disinfectant for floors and other surfaces.

Illegal pesticide products often come in familiar shapes and packaging. Some common products identified are chinese chalk (insecticide chalk) which resembles black board chalk, “Tres Pasitos” a rodenticide, counterfeit flea and tick repellents for pets, antibacterial cleansers and mothballs, which pose a hazard to young children since some are packaged using bright colors which can be easily mistaken for candy, or simply tempt young children to touch and play with them. Recent studies have linked naphthalene, the chemical used in mothballs, to certain illnesses, including nasal cancer.


Mothballs – children may be mistake them for candy


Chinese Chalk may be mistaken for candy or play chalk.

Illegal pesticides are often much more toxic than registered pesticides, some have varying ingredients, their labels often have no clear directions or precautions despite claims of being

Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) that can only be purchased and applied by a certified pesticides applicator. See web link to view DEP Pesticides listing of RUPs:

Though the illegal products may look similar to and make the same claims as those legally registered, these products have not been thoroughly tested, and their labels have not been reviewed by the USEPA for clear directions and safety warnings. Labels of products containing registered pesticides will have USEPA Registration and Establishment numbers, directions for use and precautions.

When investigating the sale of illegal pesticides, NJDEP or county inspector will look for products that claim to have pesticide properties, check for the proper EPA registration numbers and verify that the pesticide is appropriate for use in homes (i.e. they are not a farm pesticide). They will take digital photographs of the product, attempt to secure a copy of the product invoice from the store owner. The NJDEP Pesticide Control Program is responsible for further investigations and taking enforcement action against the companies and stores selling the products. The USEPA has also increased enforcement actions against companies selling or distributing illegal household pesticides and has increased efforts to raise public awareness of these product dangers, their website can be accessed at Pesticides | US EPA


Products claiming pesticidal properties (including bactericides, insecticides or herbicides)
must have a valid USEPA Registration #, these do not.


Improper labeling creates a risk of poisoning.
This antiseptic floor cleaner may easily be mistaken for mouthwash.


Products intended for use outside the US may not be labeled for sale in this country.
The label on this product states it will kill the germ that causes cholera but it is not a registered product in the US.

For additional information contact NJDEP – Bureau of Pesticides Compliance at (609) 984-6507 or access their webpage at NJDEP-Compliance and Enforcement – Bureau of Pesticide Compliance. If you would like to report a product suspected of containing illegal pesticides, please contact NJDEP – Bureau of Pesticides Compliance enforcement at (609) 984-6568.

Resources for NJ Businesses

Small Business Development Center at Raritan Valley Community College The New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Raritan Valley Community College assists business owners and entrepreneurs to succeed.

New Jersey | The U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses. SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, preserve free competitive enterprise and maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Grants (

NJEDA The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) grows the state’s economy and increases equitable access to opportunity by supporting high-quality job creation, catalyzing investment, and fostering vibrant, inclusive community development.  NJEDA works in partnership with a diverse range of stakeholders to implement programs and initiatives that improve quality of life, enhance economic vitality, and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

Small Business Improvement Grant – NJEDA


Points of Interest

bridgewatermallBridgewater Commons
Commons Way

Bridgewater Commons features a robust department store lineup that includes Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. The center boasts an impressive collection of over 150 brands including AMC Theatre, Apple, lululemon, Pottery Barn, Sephora, Swarovski and Williams-Sonoma and popular dining options such as California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Redstone American Grill, Seasons 52, Shake Shack and Uncle Julio’s Mexican From Scratch. Also, Best Buy and TJMaxx and more are right across from the mall on Commons Way.

TD Bank Ballpark
Somerset Patriots Professional Baseball

1 Patriots Park
Phone: 908-252-0700

Home of the Somerset Patriots, a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Six-time Atlantic League Champions!

The Somerset Patriots play Professional Baseball played in beautiful award-winning TD Bank Ballpark, providing affordable, family entertainment to the community, with ~70 games played in April-September of each year! It is Home to the Somerset Patriots, a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Six-time Atlantic League Champions.

Middltrailebrook Trail

The Middlebrook trail, located mostly in Bridgewater, NJ. The site is home to many fantastic plants and animals, but the biggest contributions which have made the trail increase in popularity are the many projects done by Eagle Scouts and other contributors. Without the help of eagle scouts and volunteers, including building bridges, boardwalks, and stairs on steep hills, the trail would not be what it is today 


Our 32 square mile community in central Somerset County borders 11 other municipalities. We are home to 3600 acres of public and private parks and recreation opportunities. Bridgewater boasts Blue Ribbon schools, job opportunities in national and international pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, and is home to the championship winning Somerset Patriots and Bridgewater Commons Mall, as well as numerous other shopping opportunities and hotels.
Population: 45,977 Land Area: 32.68 sq. mi.

Type of Government: Mayor/Council

Municipal Services:

Police Force: 79 persons 908-722-4111
Fire Protection: 6 Volunteer Companies
908-725-6300 ext 5555

Refuse Removal: Private
Libraries: Somerset County Library
908-526- 4016

Nearest Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson
Property Tax Basic Rate Per $100 Assessed Value: 1.967
Assessment Ratio: 100%
Municipal Tax Information:
908-725-6300 ext. 5145

Utilities: PSE&G 800-436-7734
JCP&L 800-452-9155
NJ American Water 800-652-6987


Mayor, Matthew C. Moench
Allen Kurdyla, Council President
Michael Kirsh, Council Vice President
Howard Norgalis, Councilman
Filipe Pedroso, Councilman
Timothy Ring, Councilman

Municipal Building
100 Commons Way
Bridgewater, N.J. 08807
Phone: (908) 725-6300 Fax: (908)707-1235

Community Based Media:

Somerset Messenger-Gazette 908-722-3000
The Courier-News 908-707-3121
The Star Ledger 800-242-0850

Radio Stations:
WCTC-AM 732-249-2600
WMGQ-FM 732-249-2600
WERA-AM 908-755-1590
WAWZ 732-469-0991

Television Stations:
Cablevision: 908-356-1300

Direct TV: 1-866-664-9485 

Shopping Malls and Shopping Centers:

Bridgewater Commons 908-218-0001
Bridgewater Promenade
Bridgewater Shops
Chimney Rock Crossing
Martinsville District
Somerset Shopping Center
The Village at Bridgewater Commons

Transportation Services:

New Jersey Transit 973-275-5555
Suburban Transit 732-249-1100
RideWise 908-704-1011


Movie Theater: 1

Performing Theater: 1
Theater Group: 1


The Bridgewater Parks system consists of 18 township parks, 3 county parks, and 1 county athletic complex encompassing approximately 1,420 acres of total park land for residents to enjoy with fun and leisure.

You can learn more about where parks are and what facilities are available to you through our parks website. 

Historic Sites:

Middlebrook Encampment

Van Veghten House  908-218-1281
Jacob Vosseller/Castner/Allen Tavern
Van Horn House


Bridgewater Marriott 908-927-9300
Hilton Garden Inn 732-271-9030
Hampton Inn & Suites 908-722-9910
Hyatt House – Bridgewater 908-725-0800
Red Bull Inn 908-722-4000

Annual Events:

4th of July Middlebrook Encampment – July
4th of July Family Fun Fair – July, North Branch Park, Somerset County Park Commission
Drive In Movies – July-August, Duke Island Park, Somerset County Park Commission
National Night Out – August
Sunday Night Concert Series – July-August, Duke Island Park, Somerset County Park Commission
4H Fair – August
Commerce Bank Ballpark Concert – September


Bridgewater-Raritan Public Schools
Immaculata High School, Somerville

Immaculate Conception School, Somerville
St. Ann’s School, Raritan
Higher Education:
Raritan Valley Community College


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