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March 9, 2017 – Somerset County Police Academy: Police Youth Week

Somerville, NJ – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano and the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police President, Chief William Parenti of the North Plainfield Police Department, announce that the Somerset County Police Academy with be conducting a 5-day “Police Youth Week”.

This program will be held from Monday, July 17, 2017 to Friday, July 21, 2017 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy, located at 402 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough Township, New Jersey.

The goals of the program are to introduce high school students to a career in law enforcement and to develop positive interaction between students and members of the law enforcement community.

Academy Director Dr. Richard Celeste states the Police Youth Week program is modeled after the Somerset County Police Academy Recruit Training Program which trained police recruits up until 2014.  Instruction will be provided by Police Academy staff members and police officers from participating local police departments. The program is being sponsored by the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Participation in Police Youth Week will provide the attending student with an overview of various components of the criminal justice field.  The program will be conducted through both classroom and practical based exercises providing the student with not only an academic understanding but also a “hands-on” experience.  The program changes every year and is based on a four year curriculum to encourage the student to participate in the program the following year.  It should be understood that due to the course design, it is not necessary to attend a previous year in order to attend a following year program. The program includes Police & Community Relations, Communication Skills, SWAT & Dive Units, Military Drill, Physical Training and much more.

The program is open to students entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year or that have completed their senior year. Applicants must be a Somerset County resident or a child of a Somerset County government employee. To apply for the program, go to the Police Academy website. You can also contact your school main office or your local police department. For specific questions please call the Police Academy at 908-541-5038.

Applications must be received by Friday, June 9, 2017.

Once applications have been reviewed, you will receive a confirmation letter in the mail.

March 3, 2017 – Incident at Baker & Taylor

Bridgewater, NJ – Officers responded to the Baker & Taylor building located at 1122 US Highway 22 East for an employee feeling ill. Upon, their arrival, several other employees began complaining of feeling ill as well. The building was evacuated and the fire department responded to the scene. It was discovered that a flue in the HVAC system had broken and remained in the closed position. This broken flue prevented carbon monoxide to be vented to the outside, causing approximately 20 employees to be treated for carbon monoxide exposure. At this time, three employees have been transported to local hospitals and the rest are being treated at a triage area located at the scene.

January 16, 2017 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash US Highway 22 West

Bridgewater, NJ – On Sunday, 01/15/17, a fatal motor vehicle crash occurred in Bridgewater Township. The crash occurred on Route 22 West, near North Gaston Avenue, at approximately 2355 hours.  A 2015 Ford Mustang driven by Douglas Marino (age 25) of Bridgewater NJ was traveling on Route 22 West in the center lane of travel.  An unidentified male was standing in the center lane of travel when he was struck by Mr. Marino’s vehicle.  This male was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick), where he was pronounced dead. The pedestrian that was struck is an Hispanic male age 20-30, wearing black colored “Adidas” sweatpants, a black colored non-descript long sleeve shirt with a black colored “Nike” short sleeve shirt underneath.

This motor vehicle crash is still under investigation.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau and the Somerset County Accident Reconstruction Team.   Any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the identity of the above listed person is asked to contact Bridgewater Township Officer Kevin Lamey at 908-722-4111 ext 4132.

December 19, 2016 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash US Highway 22 West

Bridgewater, NJ- On Sunday, 12/18/16, a fatal motor vehicle crash occurred in Bridgewater Township. The crash occurred on Route 22 West, near North Adamsville Rd. at approximately 2302 hours. A 2008 Nissan driven by Jose Luis Mondragon Zamudio (age 29) of Somerville NJ was traveling on Route 22 West in the left lane of travel. Marcus Cook (age 25) of Bridgewater NJ was struck by Mr. Mondragon Zamudio’s vehicle as he was walking in the left lane of travel. After being struck, Mr. Marcus was pushed into the center lane of travel where he was struck by a 2016 Lexus driven by Brittany Tapia (age 19) of Martinsville NJ. This incident is still under investigation.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau ant the Somerset County Accident Reconstruction Team. Any witnesses are asked to contact Bridgewater Township Traffic Safety Officer John Kennedy at 908-722-4111 ext 4162.

 

October 29, 2016 – Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween quickly approaching, Acting Chief Al Nicaretta and the Bridgewater Township Police Department encourages everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween. There is no curfew in effect for Halloween in the Township. And remember, “if you see something, say something!”

Halloween Safety Tips from the Bridgewater Police Department:

  • Make sure your child’s costume is safe.  Costumes should be fireproof, masks should allow for adequate peripheral vision, and should not restrict a child’s ability to breath.
  • If your child’s costume includes a prop such as a knife or sword, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough not to cause injury in the event of a fall.  Also ensure that all props do not look realistic.
  • Young Children should always be accompanied by an adult
  • Remind your children about everyday safety. For example, children should never enter a stranger’s house or car.  Remind children to look both ways when crossing the street and to use cross walks when they are available.
  • Children’s costumes should include reflective material for good visibility.
  • Remember to carry a flashlight for increased visibility.
  • Parents should examine candy for any irregularities before children are allowed to eat their “treats”
  • Parents explain to children the difference between “tricks” and vandalism.  Throwing eggs and toilet paper may seem like harmless fun however it may cause damages and have unintended consequences.

If you still have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call us at (908) 722-4111.

August 25, 2016 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash US Highway 22 West

Bridgewater, NJ – On Thursday, 08/25/2016, a fatal motor vehicle crash occurred in Bridgewater Township. The crash occurred on Route 22 West, near North Adamsville Rd. at approximately 0312 hours.  A 2004 Toyota Sienna driven by Xu Chengfei (age 41) of Flushing NY was traveling on Route 22 West in the left lane of travel.  Robert Gibbons (age 29) and Magdalene Allen (age 23) both of East Brunswick NJ, were struck by Mr. Chengfei’s vehicle as they were walking in the lane of travel.  This incident is still under investigation.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau ant the Somerset County Accident Reconstruction Team.   Any witnesses are asked to contact Bridgewater Township Traffic Safety Officer Douglas Thorsen at 908-722-4111 ext 4154.

August 8, 2016 – Kitchen Employee Medevac’d for Burns

Bridgewater, NJ- On Friday, 08/05/16 at approximately 5:37 pm, a 48 year old female employee was injured while working in the cafeteria at the Sri Venkateswara Temple located on Old Farm Road. She received burns to her hand and arm, when the top of a pressure cooker became dislodged spewing hot rice throughout the cafeteria. This employee was airlifted to Saint Barnibus Burn Center in Livingston NJ for treatment.

There is no criminal investigation regarding this incident. Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Bridgewater Health Department were contacted.

July 20, 2016 – Motor Vehicle Crash US Highway 22 East & Country Club Road

Bridgewater, NJ – On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, a motor vehicle crash occurred in Bridgewater Township.  The crash occurred on Route 22 East at the intersection with Country Club Road at approximately 0422 hours.  A green Kawasaki KX250F dirt bike, operated by Shaun Howard, a 20 year old Somerset resident, was traveling east on Route 22. Howard struck the driver’s side of a 2013 Ford F-150, operated by Joseph Shepler, a 63 year old Hillsborough resident, who was traveling north on Country Club Road.

Howard was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – New Brunswick where he is being treated for his injuries.

Officers were assisted at the scene by NJ State Police, Green Knoll and Martinsville Rescue Squads, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Paramedics and NJ State Police NorthSTAR Medevac.

The crash is being investigated by the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau.   Any witnesses are asked to contact Bridgewater Township Traffic Safety Officer John Kennedy at 908-722-4111 ext 4162

July 7, 2016 – Bridgewater National Night Out

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Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots, along with their partners Van Heusen, Bridgewater Township Police Department and Bridgewater Township Mayor Dan Hayes, will host Bridgewater National Night Out at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday, August 2nd.

The event begins at 5:00 pm and will run through that night’s 7:05 pm game between the Somerset Patriots and the Long Island Ducks. The first 1,500 fans will receive a Mini-Bat presented by event sponsor, Van Heusen.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

There will be activities outside the ballpark before the start of the game including live music, inflatables, games, and much more.

“National Night out will provide our residents with a great opportunity to build and enhance our community partnership and assist in reducing crime in our community,” said Bridgewater Township Police Chief Manuel Caravela. “The Bridgewater Police Department’s foremost goal is to continue to make Bridgewater Township one of the safest communities in the State.”

Since 1983 National Night Out has been designed to heighten crime and drug prevention, generate support and participation in crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community relations, and let criminals know that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

The National Night Out program culminates annually on the first Tuesday of August. Neighbors participate across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

“We are excited to partner with Bridgewater Township and Van Heusen to bring this special event to our ballpark. National Night Out has a great message, similar to that of the Somerset Patriots, to bring the community together for safe, clean, family fun. There will be a lot of activities for participants to enjoy leading up to and during our game that night,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry.

Participants for Bridgewater National Night Out already include Van Heusen, Bridgewater Police Department, NJSP NorthSTAR, Finderne Fire and EMS, Country Hills Fire, North Branch Fire, Green Knoll EMS, Bradley Gardens EMS, Martinsville EMS, Somerset County Pipe and Drums, and New Jersey Transit Police Department.

The pre-game ceremonies beginning around 6:30 pm, will include a special welcome from Mayor Hayes, the Bridgewater Police Department Honor Guard, a NJSP North Star helicopter fly over, and a performance by Evolution Training Center.

The Bridgewater PBA will have their Community Trailer on site as well as Bridgewater Fire Safety Smoke Trailer.

The Somerset Patriots have partnership opportunities now available for Bridgewater-based businesses and organizations to be a part of the event.

“National Night Out is an event in which our residents and Police Officers will have an opportunity to get better acquainted with each other and strengthen our neighborhood spirit,” Caravela added.

For more information about Bridgewater National Night Out with the Somerset Patriots, please call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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July 1, 2016 – July 4th Independence Day Celebration

Bridgewater, NJ – JULY 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY FAMILY FESTIVAL

Come celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks!  North Branch Park gates will open at 6pm to allow vehicles to enter the park, and the fireworks display will be held at 9:30pm.  Visitors should plan to arrive early.  Food will be available for purchase, and a Revolutionary War encampment will re-create life during the 1770’s.  Park visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets while they enjoy time in the park before the Independence Day fireworks begin.  Picnic baskets are also allowed, but alcohol is prohibited.

For your safety and enjoyment, Somerset County Park Commission and the Bridgewater Police offer the following information so you may plan ahead. Arrive early to avoid parking delays.

Please note: Vehicular traffic exiting the park after the fireworks will be delayed for about 30 minutes to allow pedestrians to cross Milltown Road. In case of inclement weather, fireworks only will be held on Tuesday, July 5. Call the Activity Hotline at 908 722-1200, option 2 for an update. Expect traffic delays prior to and following the festivities.

For more information call 908 722-1200 . Individuals with hearing impairments may use the Relay Service @ 711.

No parking will be permitted along Routes 202 & 22. Vehicles will be ticked and towed at the owner’s expense.


North Branch Park – 6pm – 10pm
HISTORICAL – Third New Jersey Regiment “Jersey Blues” Revolutionary War Encampment – 6pm – 9pm
FIREWORKS DISPLAY – Schaefer Fireworks – 9:30pm
North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater  908 722-1200 x 225

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