Former Bridgewater mayor dies

Former Bridgewater Mayor James Dowden, a Democrat who won five terms in a heavily Republican town, died yesterday at the age of 73.  Dowden, retired as the vice president at Raritan Valley Community College, did not seek re-election in 2003.

Visitation will be held from 5PM to 9 PM on Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville.  A funeral mass will be celebrated at the church at 9:30 AM on Frday.

Former Bridgewater mayor dies