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Girls Basketball: Ridge Edges Immaculata, 33-32

January 17, 2017

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Ridge girls basketball team built a seven-point lead after three quarters and held on for a 33-32 victory over Immaculata Tuesday night.

Junior guard Sam Weyrauch led the Red Devils with 10 points. Annabelle Pesarchick and Ava Haiback each had seven points in the victory.

Ridge (4-8) avenged a December loss to Immaculata with Tuesday's victory. The Red Devils ...

Jeff Plaza Continues as Bernards Planning Bd. Chair; Some New Appointments

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Jeffrey Plaza, among the new or returning members on the Bernards Township Planning Board sworn into new terms during Tuesday's reorganization meeting, was reappointed as Board Chair for another year. However, the board will have a new vice-chair for 2017.

Kathleen "Kippy" Piedici, already serving a term on the board, was chosen ...

Boys Basketball: Ridge Loses to Gill-St. Bernard's

GLADSTONE, NJ - Gill-St. Bernard's snapped the Ridge boys basketball team's three-game winning streak with an 83-49 victory on Tuesday.

Paul Mulcahy scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Gill-St. Bernard's (11-2), which swept the season series from the Red Devils. Gill outscored Ridge, 24-8, in the second quarter to build a 26-point halftime lead.

Aidan Murphy finished ...

The Two Gifts of the Tax Code

The two gifts of the tax code are the Roth conversion and life insurance.” -Ed Slott, CPA

I first heard Ed Slott speak that quote at an IRA workshop on a May day in Washington, DC. As I boarded my train home, I reflected on how beautiful the cherry blossoms looked but also on how the Roth conversion and life insurance could change lives.

I had been a licensed financial advisor since ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

January 16, 2017

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App today for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application.  With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications regarding ...

Schools Remember King on MLK Day, Even as Town Offices, Library Were Closed [Update]

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township municipal offices were closed Monday, Jan. 16, a federal holiday. The Bernards Township Library also was closed "in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day."

Bernards Township Schools, however, remained open on the holiday. 

As is traditional, the eighth grade at the William Annin Middle School gathered at an ...

Celebrating Winter With the Ridge Choral Choir (Photos)

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Winter can seem like an awful long season, but the Ridge Choral Choir, led by Director Barbara Retzko, started off the season with song and style.

The Ridge Winter Choral Concert filled the high school's Performing Arts Center a few days before students and staff left for the winter holidays. Here are a few scenes from that event, in case you missed it. (But there's ...

The Two Gifts of the Tax Code

January 17, 2017

The two gifts of the tax code are the Roth conversion and life insurance.” -Ed Slott, CPA

I first heard Ed Slott speak that quote at an IRA workshop on a May day in Washington, DC. As I boarded my train home, I reflected on how beautiful the cherry blossoms looked but also on how the Roth conversion and life insurance could change lives.

I had been a licensed financial advisor since ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App today for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application.  With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications regarding ...

Basking Ridge Business Alliance Begins 2017 by Voting in Officers for Year

BASKING RIDGE, NJ-  More than 20 local business owners and members of the Basking Ridge Business Alliance gathered for the group's first meeting of 2017 at the Bernards Township Community Center, and voted in the leadership for 2017, including Bill Youngblood as president and Joan Triano as vice-president for the year. 

Also in attendance was Bernards Township resident ...

Schools Remember King on MLK Day, Even as Town Offices, Library Were Closed [Update]

January 16, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township municipal offices were closed Monday, Jan. 16, a federal holiday. The Bernards Township Library also was closed "in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day."

Bernards Township Schools, however, remained open on the holiday. 

As is traditional, the eighth grade at the William Annin Middle School gathered at an ...

Celebrating Winter With the Ridge Choral Choir (Photos)

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Winter can seem like an awful long season, but the Ridge Choral Choir, led by Director Barbara Retzko, started off the season with song and style.

The Ridge Winter Choral Concert filled the high school's Performing Arts Center a few days before students and staff left for the winter holidays. Here are a few scenes from that event, in case you missed it. (But there's ...

Two School Board Members Sworn into New Terms; Mike Byrne to Be Sworn In Later [Updated]

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Two of three board members re-elected to full three-year terms on the Board of Education were sworn in on Jan. 3 at the board's reorganization meeting. Board member Michael Byrne, who was also re-elected in November, was not at the meeting.

However, Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian said Byrne will be sworn into his new term either at the next school board ...

Ciattarelli Announces Successful Throat Cancer Surgery, Scales Back Gubernatorial Campaign Temporarily

January 12, 2017

TRENTON, NJ - State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, announced yesterday that he had undergone successful surgery for throat cancer in November, and will be curtailing his campaign schedule temporarily.

Gearing up for a primary campaign against several other Republicans who want to run for New Jersey, Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough ...

Basking Ridge Business Alliance Begins 2017 by Voting in Officers for Year

BASKING RIDGE, NJ-  More than 20 local business owners and members of the Basking Ridge Business Alliance gathered for the group's first meeting of 2017 at the Bernards Township Community Center, and voted in the leadership for 2017, including Bill Youngblood as president and Joan Triano as vice-president for the year. 

Also in attendance was Bernards Township resident ...

Two School Board Members Sworn into New Terms; Mike Byrne to Be Sworn In Later [Updated]

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Two of three board members re-elected to full three-year terms on the Board of Education were sworn in on Jan. 3 at the board's reorganization meeting. Board member Michael Byrne, who was also re-elected in November, was not at the meeting.

However, Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian said Byrne will be sworn into his new term either at the next school board ...

Somerville: N. Bryan Mack, “Chef Behind the Bar” at Verve Bistro, Dies at 46

January 11, 2017

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – N. Bryan Mack, legendary mixologist and “chef behind the bar” at Verve Restaurant, Bar& Bistro, has died at the age of 46.

Mack was the consummate front man,  a dapper dresser, beginning his career at Verve in 2002 with starched shirts, cuff links and silk ties, but lately given over to a themed artistic punk look - modified bearskin hat ...

'Nature Through A Child's Eye' Exhibit Underway at EEC in Basking Ridge

January 10, 2017

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The 25th annual "Nature Through a Child's Eye" exhibit of children's artwork showing how they experience the world of nature is underway at the Somerset County Park Commission's Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Basking Ridge, where it will run until Sunday, Feb. 5. The exhibit is free and open daily.

Students from St. James School in ...

Holiday Clothing Drive for Lyons Veterans Served About 100 Vets; Continues Into New Year

January 11, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - For the fifth year in a row, Bedminster resident Stacia McDonough spearheaded the "They Kept Us Safe, Let's Keep Them Warm" collection that gathered new clothing, toiletries and additional necessities for "our heroes in need" living at housing at the Veterans Administration facility in Lyons.

Even after McDonough and other volunteers delivered ...

Gov. Livingston Alum Acts on Dream: Alec Feinsot Starts Teen Theater Production Company

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston alumnus and entrepreneur, Alec Feinsot (2016 graduate), had an idea when he was 13 to start a teen theater production company -- and now, just six years later, he is seeing that dream realized. His new company, Shining Star Players, launched in 2015 and has already had two productions in 2016. 

In addition to his company, ...

Along with Other Local Volunteers, Hillsborough Army Vet Takes Care of His Brothers-in-Arms

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - James Ball, a young Army vet who lives with his wife and 1 ½-year-old-son Mason in Hillsborough, helped to organize and coordinate a packing event Saturday with the volunteers of Operation Shoebox New Jersey Saturday at Lincoln Tech.

A group of 40 students, staff and volunteers worked to assemble 300 personal care packages for US troops deployed around the ...

Jeff Plaza Continues as Bernards Planning Bd. Chair; Some New Appointments

January 17, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Jeffrey Plaza, among the new or returning members on the Bernards Township Planning Board sworn into new terms during Tuesday's reorganization meeting, was reappointed as Board Chair for another year. However, the board will have a new vice-chair for 2017.

Kathleen "Kippy" Piedici, already serving a term on the board, was chosen ...

Trail closure Dates For Annual Deer Hunt Coming Up at Lord Stirling EEC in Basking Ridge [Information Added]

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission is warning hikers and others who use the trail system by the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge that trails will be closed for an upcoming deer hunt.

The first date of the trail system closure will be on Wednesday, Jan. 25, according to the park commission.

Additional dates, following in February, are:

• Friday, ...

Schools Remember King on MLK Day, Even as Town Offices, Library Were Closed [Update]

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township municipal offices were closed Monday, Jan. 16, a federal holiday. The Bernards Township Library also was closed "in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day."

Bernards Township Schools, however, remained open on the holiday. 

As is traditional, the eighth grade at the William Annin Middle School gathered at an ...

Trail closure Dates For Annual Deer Hunt Coming Up at Lord Stirling EEC in Basking Ridge [Information Added]

January 17, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission is warning hikers and others who use the trail system by the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge that trails will be closed for an upcoming deer hunt.

The first date of the trail system closure will be on Wednesday, Jan. 25, according to the park commission.

Additional dates, following in February, are:

• Friday, ...

Holiday Clothing Drive for Lyons Veterans Served About 100 Vets; Continues Into New Year

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - For the fifth year in a row, Bedminster resident Stacia McDonough spearheaded the "They Kept Us Safe, Let's Keep Them Warm" collection that gathered new clothing, toiletries and additional necessities for "our heroes in need" living at housing at the Veterans Administration facility in Lyons.

Even after McDonough and other volunteers delivered ...

Jeff Plaza Continues as Bernards Planning Bd. Chair; Some New Appointments

January 17, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Jeffrey Plaza, among the new or returning members on the Bernards Township Planning Board sworn into new terms during Tuesday's reorganization meeting, was reappointed as Board Chair for another year. However, the board will have a new vice-chair for 2017.

Kathleen "Kippy" Piedici, already serving a term on the board, was chosen ...

Bernards Planning Board Set to Reorganize; Meet With Twp. Committee on Mosque Lawsuit, on Tuesday Night

January 15, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The two continuing lawsuits against Bernards Township alleging that mosque plans in Liberty Corner were turned down because of religious discrimination will bring together the two official bodies most concerned with the legal aspects of the case this week - the Bernards Township Committee and the Planning Board as well.

Planning Board reorganization set for ...

Bernards Twp. Committee to Meet Monday for Mosque Case Issues; Deputy Police Chief Hiring On For Tuesday

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - A special meeting of the Bernards Township Committee to discuss issues related to the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuits against township officials, alleging discrimination in the rejection of plans for a mosque in Liberty Corner, has been scheduled for late Monday afternoon, Jan. 9.

The meeting is scheduled ...

Bernards Township Police Investigating Vehicle Burglaries at The Hills Highlands Village Center

January 14, 2017

BASKING RIDGE - Two vehicles were broken into on Jan. 9 while parked at The Hills Highlands Village Center on Allen Road in The Hills section of the township, and purses containing cash and credit cards were stolen, the Bernards Township police department reported.

According to Police Lt. Detective Mark Leopold, a witness told police that a male dressed in all ...

Bernards Police Capt. Shimsky Promoted to New Deputy Chief Position

BERNARDS TWP. - Police Capt. Michael Shimsky, who also has been the township's Office of Emergency Management coordinator for a decade, was promoted on Tuesday to Deputy Chief of Police, a brand new position within the department.

The Bernards Township Committee approved the promotion at Tuesday night's meeting. Officials said that he is due to be sworn into the new position at 11 ...

Bernards Twp. Committee to Meet Monday for Mosque Case Issues; Deputy Police Chief Hiring On For Tuesday

January 8, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - A special meeting of the Bernards Township Committee to discuss issues related to the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuits against township officials, alleging discrimination in the rejection of plans for a mosque in Liberty Corner, has been scheduled for late Monday afternoon, Jan. 9.

The meeting is scheduled ...

Girls Basketball: Ridge Edges Immaculata, 33-32

January 17, 2017

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Ridge girls basketball team built a seven-point lead after three quarters and held on for a 33-32 victory over Immaculata Tuesday night.

Junior guard Sam Weyrauch led the Red Devils with 10 points. Annabelle Pesarchick and Ava Haiback each had seven points in the victory.

Ridge (4-8) avenged a December loss to Immaculata with Tuesday's victory. The Red Devils ...

Boys Basketball: Ridge Loses to Gill-St. Bernard's

GLADSTONE, NJ - Gill-St. Bernard's snapped the Ridge boys basketball team's three-game winning streak with an 83-49 victory on Tuesday.

Paul Mulcahy scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Gill-St. Bernard's (11-2), which swept the season series from the Red Devils. Gill outscored Ridge, 24-8, in the second quarter to build a 26-point halftime lead.

Aidan Murphy finished ...

Boys Basketball: Ridge Edges Colonia, 39-38

UNION, NJ - The Ridge boys basketball team continued its improved play with a 39-38 victory over Colonia Sunday night at Kean University.

Jacob Herrera scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Ridge, and Chris Feringa chipped in with nine points in the victory. Herrera's 3-pointer with 42 seconds left gave Ridge the 39-38 lead. Colonia led by eight points after three quarters, but ...

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Trail closure Dates For Annual Deer Hunt Coming Up at Lord Stirling EEC in Basking Ridge [Information Added]

January 17, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission is warning hikers and others who use the trail system by the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge that trails will be closed for an upcoming deer hunt.

The first date of the trail system closure will be on Wednesday, Jan. 25, according to the park commission.

Additional dates, following in February, are:

• Friday, ...

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December 2016 Bernards Twp. Real Estate Market Snapshot

January 14, 2017

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Dear Fellow Basking Ridge Residents and Other Interested Parties: I would like to share (see attached)  a snaphsot of the real estate market activity in Bernards Township for December 2016 and the year to date market trend. Summarized points are as follows:

*YTD sales units ...