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Pre-season Scrimmages Under Way for Ridge H.S. Sports

August 29, 2016

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Scrimmages are under way in advance of the Ridge High School sports season.

In one of the more high-profile matchups of the pre-season, the Ridge girls' soccer team defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 2-1, on Thursday. Both teams are expected to contend for the North Jersey Section 2, Group 4 championship.Two days later, Ridge played Somerville to a 1-1 tie.

On Tuesday, ...

American Ninja Warrior Finalist Anthony DeFranco Greets Fans in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The fans asked and local celebrity American Ninja Warrior Finalist Anthony DeFranco delivered and held a meet and greet Friday at Columbia Middle School upper field.

Berkeley Heights' own American Ninja Warrior, DeFranco, first qualified earlier in the summer in Philadelphia with the "run of the night" before then competing and finishing 11th ...

Last Day at PVP Pool, Children's Bike Races on Labor Day; Library and Town Offices to Close

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Next Monday, Labor Day, will be a final opportunity for members and their guests to jump in the township pool at Pleasant Valley Park, and also the return of a final summer ritual -- the Labor Day bike races -- open to all local children.

On the final day of this summer's season, the Pleasant Valley Pool at Pleasant Valley Park is scheduled to be open ...

Basking Ridge Postal Annex: Emergency Passport Services to the Rescue

BASKING RIDGE, NJ- Emergency passport services can be a real life saver if your passport is lost or stolen right before your big trip.

You’re leaving on an international trip in just two weeks. You’ve already started packing, you’ve planned out your entire vacation, and you have hotel reservations and adventure packages booked and ready to go. There’s just one problem: ...

American Ninja Warrior Finalist Anthony DeFranco Greets Fans in Berkeley Heights

August 28, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The fans asked and local celebrity American Ninja Warrior Finalist Anthony DeFranco delivered and held a meet and greet Friday at Columbia Middle School upper field.

Berkeley Heights' own American Ninja Warrior, DeFranco, first qualified earlier in the summer in Philadelphia with the "run of the night" before then competing and finishing 11th ...

Last Day at PVP Pool, Children's Bike Races on Labor Day; Library and Town Offices to Close

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Next Monday, Labor Day, will be a final opportunity for members and their guests to jump in the township pool at Pleasant Valley Park, and also the return of a final summer ritual -- the Labor Day bike races -- open to all local children.

On the final day of this summer's season, the Pleasant Valley Pool at Pleasant Valley Park is scheduled to be open ...

Anthony DeFranco Competes in American Warrior Ninja City Final; Airing Monday, Aug. 22 on NBC

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - When word started to get around that Berkeley Heights native Anthony DeFranco would be competing on this season of American Ninja Warrior, fellow residents were excited to tune in and see how he would do.

It seemed like everyone in town was watching on a Monday night back in June when DeFranco not only completed the obstacle course, but was dubbed as the “Run of ...

Basking Ridge Postal Annex: Emergency Passport Services to the Rescue

August 27, 2016

BASKING RIDGE, NJ- Emergency passport services can be a real life saver if your passport is lost or stolen right before your big trip.

You’re leaving on an international trip in just two weeks. You’ve already started packing, you’ve planned out your entire vacation, and you have hotel reservations and adventure packages booked and ready to go. There’s just one problem: ...

NASDAQ Posts Eighth Week of Gains

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

- Pablo Picasso

The S&P 500 and Dow ended last week slightly lower, but the NASDAQ posted an eighth straight week of gains for the first time since 2010. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.01%, the Dow fell 0.13%, the NASDAQ gained 0.10%,and the MSCI EAFE lost 0.64%

What is the Fed ...

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Ridge High School New Student Orientation on Tuesday

August 27, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Three separate orientation sessions are scheduled for this Tuesday, Aug. 30, to introduce Ridge High School to freshmen and other new students who will be entering this fall.

The orientation sessions will give incoming students - whether ninth graders or 10th through 12th graders moving into the district - an opportunity to meet their guidance counselor; take a ...

Bus Passes Being Mailed to Bernards Township Students

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bus passes for township students for the 2016-17 school year are now being mailed and should arrive at homes by August 30, according to information in an email sent out to parents by the school superintendent.

Over the summer, school officials and employees of the Somerset County Educational Services Commission examined bus routes to try to fill empty ...

Cedar Hill Teacher is Promoted to Assistant Principal at the Elementary School

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - With Monday night's promotion of Cedar Hill teacher Krissy Uhler to assistant principal, this fall's new lineup of administrators at the Cedar Hill K-5 school is complete.

Uhler, whose appointment as assistant principal was confirmed on Monday by the Bernards Board of Education, was joined at the meeting by Cedar Hill's principal Paul Ciempola, who ...

Somerset County 4-H Fair Returning to North Branch Park This Week

August 8, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H is holding its annual 4-H fair this week, from Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 10 to 12 at North Branch Park, on Milltown Road in Bridgewater.

The fair will be held each day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The fair will feature dairy and beef cows, sheep, goats and, for the first time in decades, pigs.

In addition, the mechanical science clubs will ...

Register this Week at Lord Stirling Stable for Fall Riding Lessons Or Sample Ride This Sunday

August 15, 2016

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Horseback riding is a popular activity in Basking Ridge, and throughout the Somerset Hills area, and Lord Stirling Stable will be accepting registrations this week that offer experienced or beginning equestrians more opportunities to get on the back in the saddle again. 

Riders can sign up either for a one-time sample English-style lesson and trail ...

Somerset County 4-H Returns to Bridgewater With Animals, Trains and More

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H Fair returned to North Branch Park, in Bridgewater, last week, showing off its many clubs, animals and much more.

The fair featured a dog show, cows, sheep, goats and alpacas, plus robotics, trains, go-karts and much more over the three-day event.

Somerset County 4-H Fair Returning to North Branch Park This Week

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H is holding its annual 4-H fair this week, from Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 10 to 12 at North Branch Park, on Milltown Road in Bridgewater.

The fair will be held each day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The fair will feature dairy and beef cows, sheep, goats and, for the first time in decades, pigs.

In addition, the mechanical science clubs will ...

Somerset County Hibernians Honor Hillsborough Women for Charitable Work

August 13, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – There was a pause in Sunday’s celebration of Irish music and dance to acknowledge the charitable work of two Hillsborough women who help their husbands and the Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Division 1, Somerset County help their less fortunate neighbors at Thanksgiving and Easter.

Grace Burns and Eileen Esposito were awarded plaques for their ...

Somerset Patriots To Host Veterans of America Day

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots, along with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 452, will honor veterans and current military members before the Patriots game Aug. 28, with gates opening at 4:00 pm at TD Bank Ballpark. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the special ceremony expected to begin at 4:15 p.m.

The event’s guest of honor will be Lieutenant General ...

Drive for Autism Foundation to hold Fifteenth annual Drive for Autism Golf Event

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Drive for Autism Foundation annual golf event, Drive for Autism XV will be held at Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough on September 19, 2016.

The Drive for Autism Golf Outing which has been held since 2002 has raised and distributed over $600,000 to local school programs. Previous beneficiaries of grants were Morris Union Jointure Commission (New ...

Last Day at PVP Pool, Children's Bike Races on Labor Day; Library and Town Offices to Close

August 28, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Next Monday, Labor Day, will be a final opportunity for members and their guests to jump in the township pool at Pleasant Valley Park, and also the return of a final summer ritual -- the Labor Day bike races -- open to all local children.

On the final day of this summer's season, the Pleasant Valley Pool at Pleasant Valley Park is scheduled to be open ...

Bernards Police Promotions Announced at Tuesday Meeting

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Three Bernards Township police officers were officially promoted at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, in a realignment of the department following a lieutenant's retirement at the beginning of this month.

However, Police Chief Brian Bobowicz said that the township has not yet hired a new patrol officer to return the department to 38 officers, at the ...

Somerset County Planning Widening of Washington Valley Road in Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County is planning a widening of Washington Valley Road, from Chimney Rock Road to 700 feet east of Eastbrook Road, in Bridgewater.

Representatives from the county presented the plan to residents at the Martinsville Community Center Aug. 16.

The project was first presented in 2014 with a public information meeting, and is expected to move forward in ...

Bone Density Screening to be Offered to Women Only By Bernards Health Department

August 14, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Registration is open for a free Bone Density Screening for women of member towns of the Bernards Township health department that is scheduled to be conducted from 1 to 4 p.m. on September 21.

The non-invasive ultrasound test to determine risk of osteoporosis will be presented in cooperation with Morristown Medical Center Community Health. 

The even is ...

Lifeguard Brendan Ladd, Ridge Grad '15, Honored After Saving 3-year-old at PVP in Basking Ridge

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - When lifeguard Brendan Ladd was on duty and scanning the water surface at the township's Pleasant Valley Pool a few weeks ago, he saw what he thought might be a swimmer sinking below the surface.

Upon taking a closer look, Ladd saw that the boy was sinking further -- and he put his four years of lifeguarding experience and training into effect.

Ladd -- ...

Extended Family Gathers in Hillsborough to Celebrate "Uncle Andy's" 100th Birthday

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Andrew Sator thought he was going to a family reunion.

He didn’t give it a second thought when he saw the cars in the parking lot with the out-of-town license plates.

It wasn’t until he went inside that he learned he was the honored guest.

The family reunion was just a ruse to explain why relatives drove in from Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New ...

5 Reasons to Transfer Old Tapes to DVD

August 20, 2016

BASKING RIDGE, NJ­ - Last year, the prior manager to the Postal Annex in Dewy Meadows of Basking Ridge, Glenn Redgate wrote a piece in September 2015, that we feel should be revisited.

"Last week, my 90­-year­ old father and I went to department store looking for a cassette player and a 8mm projector. The manager of the store told us that he does not even remember when ...

How to Create the Best Care Package for Your College Student, Military Member, or Friend

BASKING RIDGE, NJ-  Postal Annex's home office's Nicole Weatherstone shared her article "How to Create the Best Care Package for Your College Student, Military Member, or Friend" with our Basking Ridge store and we would like to share it.

Whether you’re a parent of a college student, have a military service-member in your family, or a good friend far ...

Bernards Police Promotions Announced at Tuesday Meeting

August 24, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Three Bernards Township police officers were officially promoted at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, in a realignment of the department following a lieutenant's retirement at the beginning of this month.

However, Police Chief Brian Bobowicz said that the township has not yet hired a new patrol officer to return the department to 38 officers, at the ...

Water Main Break on North Maple Avenue Disrupts Thursday Morning Traffic in Basking Ridge

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Bernards Township website reported a water main break on Wednesday along North Maple Avenue between East Allen Street and Craig Street. [Update] Work continued on repairing the main on Thursday morning.

The road was closed, and drivers were advised to seek an alternate route, according to the township website. "The water company has been ...

Basking Ridge Resident, 21, Reportedly Sentenced for 2014 Robberies

NEWTON, NJ - A 21-year-old Basking Ridge man has reportedly been sentenced to 11 years in state prison for four robberies he had previously admitting committing in northern New Jersey in December 2014.

Hardwick Stires, a resident of Basking Ridge, was sentenced in state Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 12, according to an Aug. 14 report on njherald.com.

Stires had used an ...

Somerset County Seeks Public Input on Housing Trends Report

August 18, 2016

SOMERVILLE- NJ - Somerset County residents are invited to review and comment on a draft “Housing Trends Assessment Report” prepared by the Somerset County Planning Board. The report is available on the county website at http://bit.ly/16Housing

This work was undertaken as a first step toward updating the 1987 housing element of the Somerset County Master Plan.

The housing ...

Bernards Planning Board Set to Review Quarry Redevelopment Proposal on Tuesday

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The township's governing body has asked the Bernards Planning Board to review whether the mined Millington Quarry Property should be designated as a state "redevelopment area" that could lead to a future mixing commercial, residential and public recreational uses on the 180-acre property.

Late in July, the Bernards Township Committee heard a report in ...

Fellowship Village Expansion and Community Center/Theater Approved

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - A plan for an expansion and updating of the Fellowship Village Senior Living healthcare center, as well as a multi-purpose community center where Trilogy Theater Company will be based in residence, was approved, 4-3, by the Bernards Planning Board on Tuesday night.

The board's approval follows two-and-a-half years of public hearings, including recent public comment ...

Somerset County Seeks Public Input on Housing Trends Report

August 18, 2016

SOMERVILLE- NJ - Somerset County residents are invited to review and comment on a draft “Housing Trends Assessment Report” prepared by the Somerset County Planning Board. The report is available on the county website at http://bit.ly/16Housing

This work was undertaken as a first step toward updating the 1987 housing element of the Somerset County Master Plan.

The housing ...

Bernards Planning Board Set to Review Quarry Redevelopment Proposal on Tuesday

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The township's governing body has asked the Bernards Planning Board to review whether the mined Millington Quarry Property should be designated as a state "redevelopment area" that could lead to a future mixing commercial, residential and public recreational uses on the 180-acre property.

Late in July, the Bernards Township Committee heard a report in ...

Fellowship Village Expansion and Community Center/Theater Approved

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - A plan for an expansion and updating of the Fellowship Village Senior Living healthcare center, as well as a multi-purpose community center where Trilogy Theater Company will be based in residence, was approved, 4-3, by the Bernards Planning Board on Tuesday night.

The board's approval follows two-and-a-half years of public hearings, including recent public comment ...

Pre-season Scrimmages Under Way for Ridge H.S. Sports

August 29, 2016

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Scrimmages are under way in advance of the Ridge High School sports season.

In one of the more high-profile matchups of the pre-season, the Ridge girls' soccer team defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 2-1, on Thursday. Both teams are expected to contend for the North Jersey Section 2, Group 4 championship.Two days later, Ridge played Somerville to a 1-1 tie.

On Tuesday, ...

American Ninja Warrior Finalist Anthony DeFranco Greets Fans in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The fans asked and local celebrity American Ninja Warrior Finalist Anthony DeFranco delivered and held a meet and greet Friday at Columbia Middle School upper field.

Berkeley Heights' own American Ninja Warrior, DeFranco, first qualified earlier in the summer in Philadelphia with the "run of the night" before then competing and finishing 11th ...

Dunellen Embraces Hometown Olympic Hero Sydney McLaughlin

DUNELLEN, NJ – Just one week before she left for Rio de Janeiro, US Olympian Sydney McLaughlin was helping teach young kids how to juggle at a summer recreation class at Faber School; she also opted to stay home and miss the opulent opening ceremonies at the 2016 Summer Olympics to celebrate her 17th birthday with her family at their home on Fairview Avenue.

On Saturday morning, a fire ...

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Whitman to Speak in Summit

August 28, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ - Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and current president of the Whitman Strategy Group (WSG), will speak on Friday morning, September 16, in Lile Hall of Christ Church, 561 Springfield Avenue, Summit. 

The event, a Book Review Breakfast which is being sponsored by the Summit College Club, will include a continental breakfast and last ...

S&P 500, Dow, and NASDAQ Post New Records

"Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it." - Samuel Smiles

BASKING RIDGE, NJ- Stocks ended last week mostly flat, falling slightly on Friday after the major U.S. indexes set new record highs on Thursday on positive earnings surprises. The NASDAQ also notched a seventh week of gains, its longest winning streak since 2012.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 gained ...