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Monday, August 1, 2016

Come to the TD Bank Ballpark for Bridgewater National Night Out on Tuesday August 2nd -- then Come to Bridgewater Library on Wednesday and Meet the Patriots’ Mascot Sparkee! Escape from the rain and heat–lots of August programs at the library. Looking Ahead–SCLS will be at the 4H Fair!


Bridgewater Celebrates National Night Out Tuesday August 2nd at the TD Ballpark:

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.”

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

Looking Ahead–


August 10-11-12, 2016

North Branch Park, Milltown Road, Bridgewater, N.J.
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Free Family Fun!

Since 1948, thousands of visitors have enjoyed the Somerset County 4-H Fair. The fair has grown and changed, but there are still no admission or parking fees, no midway or carnival rides. This fair recognizes the accomplishments of 1,000 Somerset County 4-H members and is a showcase for visitors to see a wide variety of 4-H projects in action.

Bridgewater Librarian “Miss Carol” will be doing songs and stories in the County Tent at the 4H Fair Wednesday August 10th at 10:30 a.m.

Miss Carol & friends sing a  Raffi’s “Down by the Bay.” 
"Did you ever see a goose kissing a moose? Did you ever see a fly wearing a tie?  Did you ever see a bear combing his hair? Did you ever see a whale with a polka-dotted tail?  Did you ever see llamas eating their pajamas? Did you ever see a spider drinking apple cider? Did you ever have a time when you couldn't make a rhyme...down at the fair!

Maps and schedules of daily events such as dog, horse, and livestock shows are available in the information tent. Twirling, go karts, rockets, magic, model airplanes, R.C. cars, model trains, and other 4-H clubs compete and perform. The Arts Tent, Science Tent, and Prep Tent (for the youngest 4-H'ers) are packed with exhibits, activities for visitors, demonstrations, and performances. Ten other 4-H tents house a variety of animals including dairy cows, beef, alpaca, horses, dogs, herpetology, sheep, goats, poultry, rabbits, and small animals. Most animal tents have a petting area and information about how to join 4-H.  Under the big top, over 20 community organizations offer a wide variety of meals and snacks. All day, professional and amateur entertainment can be enjoyed.

"Avoid the Fuss, Enjoy the Bus!"  To make getting in and out of the fairgrounds as easy as possible, free shuttle buses run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day of the Fair from Raritan Valley Community College Rt. 28, North Branch.

For more information about the fair, how to join 4-H or how to volunteer to assist, call the 4-H Office at: 908-526-6644.

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In the Community:

Looking for more things to do around our community this summer?  Check out the “events” listings in the “Useful Links for Families” at the right side of  our blog: bwlibys.blogspot.com/



TUE, AUGUST 2, 2016 AT 10:30AM & 7PM


TUE, AUGUST 9, 2016 AT 10:30AM & 7PM


TUE, AUGUST 16, 2016 AT 10:30AM & 7PM


Groups of 20+, those planning a bus trip, or patrons requiring accessible seating please call 732-246-7469 or click here. If this information isn't provided, we cannot guarantee available accessible seating or that we will be able to seat large groups together.

Summer Movies Media Sponsor:

Starlit Cinema in Somerville this Summer

Downtown Somerville Alliance transforms Division Street Plaza into “the living room of Central Jersey” with a series of movies under the stars. Films are shown on a giant outdoor screen with a state-of-the-art sound system so the movie is bright and clear and there is not a bad seat to be found! Downtowners are invited to enjoy dinner before the show or bring a blanket, lawn chair and your own picnic baskets or take out!

Mayo Art Morristown also has a FREE family-friendly summer movie series! Seating is general admission, and advance seats may be reserved now at MayoArts.org

SCPC2013 Summer Concert Series
It would not be summer without music in the park! Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy a variety of musical performances in Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. For further information on the concerts, please call 908 722-1200. Individuals with hearing/speech impairments may call the Relay Service at 711. Over the weekends, in case of threat of inclement weather please call 908 722-1200 ext. 7. We also post weather updates on Twitter and Facebook. This concert series is made possible by the generous donation of the Somerset County Park Foundation, with contributing funding from Magic 98.3 WMGQ, Hyatt House Branchburg, The Courier News, and Horizon Services.


7pm - 8:30pm

This band has been bluesin' and rockin' since 1976! Led by legendary New Jersey Blues Hall of Fame singer, songwriter, and guitarist Joe "Zook" Zuccarello, Blues DeLuxe has performed on both the small stages of local pubs, and also joined world famous artists on the giant stages of festivals and concert halls, including Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Sam and Dave, and Junior Walker & The Allstars. Blues DeLuxe includes horn players, keyboardists, and the occasional down and dirty blues harp. Come hear some of the best original and classic Blues known to man, woman or child!


7pm - 8:30pm

Bring your appetite – for great food and music! A variety of food trucks selling a range of culinary delights will be on hand beginning at 6pm to start the festivities. Then the music begins at 7pm. Tramps Like Us brings more than 25 years of musicianship that have won this band the hard-earned distinction of the most revered Bruce Springsteen Tribute band. Given high praise by dozens of publications, radio stations, and music industry personnel, they are the only tribute band to be endorsed by the official Springsteen Radio Station: E Street Radio on Sirius XM. The group captures the classic Springsteen sound, and remains true to the spirit and energy of the music, while delivering songs with the passion and conviction of the Boss.

More info here: www.somersetcountyparks.org/eventsPrograms/concert/Concert.html



Exhibition News: Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey  Opening July 2

Natural History Hall, 2nd floor

It's the return of dinosaurs to the Natural History Hall! The New Jersey State Museum is pleased to present "Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey." The exhibition follows a timeline dating back approximately three billion years to look at the development of the planet's atmosphere and living organisms; fossils and animal life of successive time periods are examined, up to the Ice Age. 

A highlight is New Jersey's own Dryptosaurus, the world's first known carnivorous dinosaur, reconstructed and displayed for the first time ever!  

"Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey" is made possible in part by a generous gift from New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group. 

Summer Workshop: Maker Space Program  Wednesdays, Through August 17, 10 am to 3 pm

Imagination Studio, Lower Level

Unleash your creativity and make something! Stop in every Wednesday through August 17 for our Maker Space program. It's free and open to all ages. Each week there'll be a craft activity; past projects included making a marble maze, creating a wind waver, bottle koozies and more.  


You may not be able to get tickets to HAMILTON, but you can see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical this July for FREE:


Reading can take you anywhere (or anywhere is a good spot for reading!) . Lyra, daughter of Bridgewater Librarian “Miss Carol”,  taking a reading break from her engineering work at megabots.com.

Study says reading aloud to children, more than talking, builds literacy

By Susan Frey | July 8, 2015 | 23 Comments


Uriel Torres, 4, counts the windows on a building pictured in the Clifford book he’s reading with his tutor, Lisa Hern, at his home in East Palo Alto.

In “The Pout-Pout Fish” children’s picture book, the author weaves words like “aghast” and “grimace” into a story about a fish who thought he was destined to “spread the dreary-wearies all over the place” until…well, no need to spoil the ending.

Finding such rich language in a picture book is not unusual, and reading those stories aloud will introduce children to an extensive vocabulary, according to new research conducted by Dominic Massaro, a professor emeritus in psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He said although parents can build their children’s vocabularies by talking to them, reading to them is more effective.

Reading aloud is the best way to help children develop word mastery and grammatical understanding, which form the basis for learning how to read, said Massaro, who studies language acquisition and literacy. He found that picture books are two to three times as likely as parent-child conversations to include a word that isn’t among the 5,000 most common English words.

Picture books even include more uncommon words than conversations among adults, he said.  Read more.

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