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Clean-up After Isaias Continues in Basking Ridge

August 5, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A day after Tropical Storm Isaias blew through New Jersey, slamming Basking Ridge and other nearby Somerset Hills communities, about a dozen roads remained closed and power outages continued in many neighborhoods through Wednesday. The township Department of Public Works was out removing many downed trees, where no power lines were involved, which were blocking ...

Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...

Isaias Smacks Basking Ridge, Knocking Trees Down & Power Out

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A brief mid-day visit from Tropical Storm Isaias stirred up trouble in Basking Ridge along with the rest of New Jersey. The storm knocked over trees and caused sporadic power outages, Bernards Township police said.

Some of the felled trees blocked roads, with part of Lyons Road still closed off at about 7 p.m. after a large tree fell over the road, and onto power ...

Somerset County Roads Closed as Tropical Storm Bears Down on Area

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County is reporting a number of road closures and trees down Monday afternoon due to Tropical Storm Isaias.

Bernards Township police also reported that numerous trees were down and sporadic power outages had taken place as the storm barreled through the area around lunchtime on Tuesday.

As of 1 p.m., the local roads closed are:

Route 22 eastbound in ...

District Families Must Choose Their Back to School Option by Monday

August 2, 2020

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Bernards Township families must choose by first-thing Monday morning how they want their children to “return to school” in September.

Parents can opt to have their children educated entirely by remote learning – by computer while they are at home – or by a “blended learning” model in which most children would attend their ...

Somerset County Teachers Gather to Protest Return to School Buildings

SOMERVILLE, NJ — More than 100 public school teachers from throughout Somerset County made it abundantly clear yesterday that they're not happy about having to return to their classrooms in September, fearful that school buildings are unsafe because of the potential for COVID-19 infection.

Carrying protest signs and chanting "Not Until It's Safe" the group gathered ...

Two School Board Incumbents File to Seek Re-election: Wooldridge Bows Out

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Longtime Bernards Township Board of Education member Linda Wooldridge declined to file for re-election this week. However, two incumbent board members, Jennifer Korn and Jennifer White, will each seek another three-year term.

The election for three seats will be held Nov. 3. Three candidates filed by this week's deadline to be placed on the ballot for three open spots ...

High School Sports: No Somerset County Tournaments This Fall

July 30, 2020

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — While the NJSIAA currently is still planning to proceed with a delayed start to the fall sports season, there will be no Somerset County Tournaments in any fall sports in 2020.

According to a story in NJ.com Wednesday, athletic directors in Somerset County convened virtually and decided to forego county championship tournaments for boys and girls soccer, field hockey, ...

Monday's Pool Commission Meeting Could Move Outdoors

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ With social distancing requirements during the era of the COVID-19 pandemic still in effect, the tonship Pool Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, July 27, could end up outdoors.

The meeting is scheduled to be held in person at the Bernards Township Community Center at 289 S.Maple Ave., Basking Ridge. 

As per state orders, all ...

Owner of The Pretty Pink Rooster Turns Adversity into Positive Growth

July 25, 2020

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - When shopping with The Pretty Pink Rooster in Bernardsville it is all about comfort. This women-owned neighborhood boutique is currently offering in-store and online shopping in an effort to press forward while easing the minds of their customers during such an unsettling time.

Operating a retail business during a global pandemic certainly has its highs and lows, but ...

Trilogy Launching Sunday Zoom Series With 'Under the Sea,' Disney's Little Mermaid

August 2, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Trilogy Reperty Co., the Somerset County regional theater group based in Basking Ridge, will present a virtual viewing of the company's 2018 production of "Under the Sea," its version of Disney's The Little Mermaid, at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2.

The premiere on Zoom video conferencing is the launch of Trilogy Repertory ...

Show Goes On Thanks To Wagner Farm Arboretum

GILLETTE, NJ - The dancers from Starstruck Dance Studio learned lessons in improvisation on July 18 when they performed in their annual end-of- year recital. Like most traditions and milestone events in our country right now, things ran quite differently than in years past.  Normally, the dancers’ backdrop is infused with colorful lights highlighting their leaps and turns.  ...

For the Love of the Music: Taylor Kurilew's Virtual Journey

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – As an elementary music teacher and choral director, Taylor Kurilew's classroom focuses greatly on objects and sounds rather than paper and pen. When the pandemic hit, the South Plainfield native set up shop in her parents' basement, transforming a small space into a makeshift music room. 

"Virtual learning was a struggle for so many teachers and, ...

Two School Board Incumbents File to Seek Re-election: Wooldridge Bows Out

July 29, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Longtime Bernards Township Board of Education member Linda Wooldridge declined to file for re-election this week. However, two incumbent board members, Jennifer Korn and Jennifer White, will each seek another three-year term.

The election for three seats will be held Nov. 3. Three candidates filed by this week's deadline to be placed on the ballot for three open spots ...

President Trump Stops to Greet Supporters in Bedminster

BEDMINSTER, NJ - President Donald Trump greeted supporters in Bedminster Sunday afternoon before departing New Jersey after spending a weekend at Trump National Golf Club.  

At 2:20 p.m. on Sunday, the president stepped out of his SUV surrounded by Secret Service near the corner of Route 206 and Lamington Road.   “Thank you,” the president could be heard saying to ...

Fellowship Village Offers Summer of Flavor at Farmers Market

July 24, 2020

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Fellowship Village Senior Living brought back their Farmers Market offering a mouth watering collection of produce for their residents and team members. 

Nothing says 'summer' like fresh produce grown and picked locally. Kristen Jessen-Brown, Asst. Dir. of Dining & Culinary Services at Fellowship Village, has been bringing the Farmers Market to ...

Somerville Restaurants Can Expand Dining to Main Street "Parklets"

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Selected Somerville restaurants will be able to expand their outdoor dining areas on to Main Street by installing "parklets" - raised platforms built even with the curb and extending into parking spaces - according to a design approved by the state Department of Transportation.

This is the third iteration of a plan first submitted to the NJDOT last month by the ...

Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

New Jersey Date Night: Life’s a Beach in Avalon

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

A little seaside road trip makes for a perfect date and Avalon provides an unforgettable backdrop. You can enjoy everything from shopping to surfing and, of course, outdoor dining in this affluent shore town on Seven Mile Island.

Besides checking out the exquisite real estate, you and your date can ...

Four-month Closure Expected During Douglas Road Bridge Project

August 3, 2020

SOMERSET HILLS, NJ _ Starting this week, a Somerset County project to replace a small bridge on a portion of Douglas Road straddling Bernards Township and Far Hills Borough is expected to close the bridge for about four months, according to information from Bernards Township.

With barricades and detour signs already in place last weekend, Douglas Road is due to be closed approximately 400 ...

Bernards Township No. 1 in Filling Out US Census in Somerset County

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ As of this week, Bernards Township was number one in being compliant in returning their U.S. Census forms among all of Somerset County's 26 municipalities, Township Administrator Pat Monaco reported.

About eighty percent of Bernards Township households have filled out and filed their 2020 census forms, Monaco told the Township Committee at Tuesday's ...

Despite Zero Deaths and Low Positivity Rankings, Murphy Warns 'We Are Not Past COVID-19'

TRENTON, NJ – Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. last night for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, July 31.

"The spot positivity rate for tests from July ...

Aug. 1 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 12 New Cases Overnight in County

August 1, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Saturday reported a total of 4,671 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 12 cases overnight, with 483 deaths occurring since the pandemic began in March.

The New Jersey Department of Health Saturday reported a total of 182,029 positive cases of the coronavirus since the ...

No Boyfriends or Girlfriends in Dorm Rooms. Limited Use of Dining Halls. No Parties: What Colleges Plan for Campus

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

In mid-June, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education issued guidance for New Jersey colleges, requiring them to make plans for restarting operations and address 10 areas ...

July 26 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: No New Cases Locally

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Somerset County Department of Health on Sunday reported a total of 4,611 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 10 cases in the county overnight.

Bernards Township had no new confirmed cases. There have been a total of 284 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bernards since the start of the outbreak.

The New Jersey Department of Health ...

A Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

August 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that Federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

Clean-up After Isaias Continues in Basking Ridge

August 5, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A day after Tropical Storm Isaias blew through New Jersey, slamming Basking Ridge and other nearby Somerset Hills communities, about a dozen roads remained closed and power outages continued in many neighborhoods through Wednesday. The township Department of Public Works was out removing many downed trees, where no power lines were involved, which were blocking ...

Isaias Smacks Basking Ridge, Knocking Trees Down & Power Out

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A brief mid-day visit from Tropical Storm Isaias stirred up trouble in Basking Ridge along with the rest of New Jersey. The storm knocked over trees and caused sporadic power outages, Bernards Township police said.

Some of the felled trees blocked roads, with part of Lyons Road still closed off at about 7 p.m. after a large tree fell over the road, and onto power ...

Somerset County Roads Closed as Tropical Storm Bears Down on Area

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County is reporting a number of road closures and trees down Monday afternoon due to Tropical Storm Isaias.

Bernards Township police also reported that numerous trees were down and sporadic power outages had taken place as the storm barreled through the area around lunchtime on Tuesday.

As of 1 p.m., the local roads closed are:

Route 22 eastbound in ...

Bernards Township Ranked in Top 15 Places to Raise a Family in New Jersey

July 28, 2020

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — As part of Niche.com's annual rankings, Bernards Township has been ranked No. 12 in New Jersey among all communities to raise a family.

A Pittsburgh-based company, Niche.com employs public data sets and millions of reviews to arrive at its rankings.

Bernards Township received an overall grade of A+ from Niche.com, with the categories of Public Schools and ...

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Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

August 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...

CFO Your Way Provides Crucial Financial Expertise for Local, Small Businesses

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cheryl Mucha, Founder and CEO of CFO Your Way, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about how her firm helps small business owners realize their financial goals. Brodeur and Mucha spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the COVID-19 ...

Aug. 1 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 12 New Cases Overnight in County

August 1, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Saturday reported a total of 4,671 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 12 cases overnight, with 483 deaths occurring since the pandemic began in March.

The New Jersey Department of Health Saturday reported a total of 182,029 positive cases of the coronavirus since the ...

Today is World Head and Neck Cancer Day: Overcome the Stigma of HPV and Throat Cancer.

With the world’s attention focused on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, we believe the time is also right to bring the public’s attention to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of expanding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine’s use to include women and men aged 27 through 45 years.  The first HPV vaccine was approved in ...

A Plea to Reopen Lord Stirling Stables

July 27, 2020

I implore the Somerset County Freeholders to please  re-open Lord Stirling Stables as a County stable in 2021,  LSS provides incredible services and opportunities.

I know that the stables' revenue does not cover its expenses, however most parks are not revenue generators, nor should we expect them to be. The 7/14 Freeholder meeting ...

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Fri, August 7, 12:00 PM

Drop Off By the English Barn, Basking Ridge

Friends Helping Friends Food Drive

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Friends Helping Friends Food Drive

August 5, 2020

Friends Helping Friends Food Drive
Please join the Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead in supporting our community by donating to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.

Collected non-perishable food items will be delivered weekly to the food bank.

Drop off Location: Farmstead Arts Center - 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge
Look for the Blue Bins by the English Barn ...