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Girls Basketball: Ridge Bounces Kent Place, 50-36

December 18, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ -- Ridge built an 11-point lead by halftime and went on to a 50-36 girls basketball victory over Kent Place Monday night.

Taylor Smith scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds, made four steals and handed out three assists for Ridge (2-0), which led, 22-11, at halftime.

Sophie Beneventine finished with eight points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals, and Ava Haiback ...

Ice Hockey: Ridge Blanks Watchung Hills, 2-0

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Ridge ice hockey team scored one goal each in the second and third periods for a 2-0 victory over Watchung Hills Sunday evening at Bridgewater Sports Arena.

Matt Balzarotti opened the scoring with a goal with 6:34 left in the second period, getting an assist from Matt Innamarato. In the final minute of the game, Blake Loges took a pass from Luke Rich and shot it into an ...

New Goddard School in Long Hill Set to Open Soon

Local Couple Fulfilling Dream of Opening a Preschool 

LONG HILL, NJ (Dec. 21, 2018) – Sumara and Imran Ahmad, owners of the newest The Goddard School in Long Hill, NJ, are one step closer to fulfilling their dream of opening a preschool.

After spending more than 10 years working on Wall Street in banking and finance, having children and watching them excel at The Goddard School, ...

Christmas Eve Singalong Returning for 95th Year to Downtown Basking Ridge

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ For the 95th year, carolers from Basking Ridge and nearby will gather in downtown Basking Ridge for the traditional community holiday sing-along on Christmas Eve led by a brass band on the steps of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church at 1 East Oak St.

Each year, crowds of area residents from Basking Ridge and nearby gather at the downtown ...

New Goddard School in Long Hill Set to Open Soon

December 17, 2018

Local Couple Fulfilling Dream of Opening a Preschool 

LONG HILL, NJ (Dec. 21, 2018) – Sumara and Imran Ahmad, owners of the newest The Goddard School in Long Hill, NJ, are one step closer to fulfilling their dream of opening a preschool.

After spending more than 10 years working on Wall Street in banking and finance, having children and watching them excel at The Goddard School, ...

Important Holiday Shipping Dates From the Postal Annex

Here are some recommended last-minute shipping dates by carrier

United States Postal Service (Post Office)

Dec.14 - Last day to ship Retail Ground for Holiday arrival. (Except Alaska and Hawaii, allow from 2 to 3 weeks)

Dec.20 - Last day to send First-Class Mail for Holiday arrival. Dec.20 - Last day to send Priority Mail for Holiday arrival.

Dec.22 - Last day for most Express Mail for ...

New Goddard School in Long Hill Set to Open Soon

December 17, 2018

Local Couple Fulfilling Dream of Opening a Preschool 

LONG HILL, NJ (Dec. 21, 2018) – Sumara and Imran Ahmad, owners of the newest The Goddard School in Long Hill, NJ, are one step closer to fulfilling their dream of opening a preschool.

After spending more than 10 years working on Wall Street in banking and finance, having children and watching them excel at The Goddard School, ...

Expert: Ridge H.S. Needs More Space Before a Revised Schedule Can Be Implemented

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Ridge High School lacks the classroom and cafeteria space to allow a revised schedule to be implemented now.

Elliot Merenbloom, a former educator in Maryland and an expert in school scheduling, told the Bernards Township Board of Education on Thursday night that the school would need to add five to 10 classrooms to be able to design some sort of block schedule of fewer ...

School Board to Hear Expert's Report on Block Scheduling

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Bernards Township school board on Thursday, Dec. 13 will hear an expert’s thoughts on how a different classroom schedule might work at Ridge High School. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at William Annin Middle School on Quincy Road.

The board will hear Elliot Merenbloom report on how the school could rearrange the day’s schedule to have fewer, but ...

Girls Basketball: Ridge Bounces Kent Place, 50-36

December 18, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ -- Ridge built an 11-point lead by halftime and went on to a 50-36 girls basketball victory over Kent Place Monday night.

Taylor Smith scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds, made four steals and handed out three assists for Ridge (2-0), which led, 22-11, at halftime.

Sophie Beneventine finished with eight points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals, and Ava Haiback ...

Ice Hockey: Ridge Blanks Watchung Hills, 2-0

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Ridge ice hockey team scored one goal each in the second and third periods for a 2-0 victory over Watchung Hills Sunday evening at Bridgewater Sports Arena.

Matt Balzarotti opened the scoring with a goal with 6:34 left in the second period, getting an assist from Matt Innamarato. In the final minute of the game, Blake Loges took a pass from Luke Rich and shot it into an ...

Girls Basketball: Ridge Runs Past Immaculata, 54-39

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Ridge girls basketball team broke to a seven-point lead after one quarter and went on to a 54-39 victory over Immaculata Friday night.

Sophie Beneventine scored 13 points, handed out six assists and came up with five steals for Ridge, which led, 17-10, after one quarter and had a 30-17 lead at the half.

Lauren Lusardi scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds, and ...

Christmas Eve Singalong Returning for 95th Year to Downtown Basking Ridge

December 17, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ For the 95th year, carolers from Basking Ridge and nearby will gather in downtown Basking Ridge for the traditional community holiday sing-along on Christmas Eve led by a brass band on the steps of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church at 1 East Oak St.

Each year, crowds of area residents from Basking Ridge and nearby gather at the downtown ...

Visit Holiday Festival of Trees Through December at EEC in Basking Ridge

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - One of the holiday season's most popular family events -- the 41st Annual Festival of Trees at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge -- will be open daily for public tours through most of December.

The Somerset County Park Commission's EEC each year presents the non-denominational display of holiday trees, designed and ...

Order Your Gift From Santa on a Firetruck and Support Local Volunteers

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Santa Claus will be taking time off from his own busy schedule on Sat., Dec. 22, to deliver holiday gifts to township homes--and to raise funding for the all-volunteer Basking Ridge and Liberty Corner fire companies.

Those who order gifts ahead can help firefighters at the same time they are arranging a personal visit from Santa to their child, or kids of all ...

Visit Holiday Festival of Trees Through December at EEC in Basking Ridge

December 13, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - One of the holiday season's most popular family events -- the 41st Annual Festival of Trees at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge -- will be open daily for public tours through most of December.

The Somerset County Park Commission's EEC each year presents the non-denominational display of holiday trees, designed and ...

Valairco Heating and Cooling Celebrates 50 Years by Giving Back: Moms Helping Moms Foundation Receives $250

December 15, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Kevin McHugh and Richard Valenti of Valairco Heating and Cooling recently presented a check for $250 to Jerusha Oleksiuk of Moms Helping Moms Foundation as part of their Valairco Cares program.

Valairco launched the "Valairco Cares" campaign this past spring and is committed to donate to four different charities or nonprofits throughout ...

Order Your Gift From Santa on a Firetruck and Support Local Volunteers

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Santa Claus will be taking time off from his own busy schedule on Sat., Dec. 22, to deliver holiday gifts to township homes--and to raise funding for the all-volunteer Basking Ridge and Liberty Corner fire companies.

Those who order gifts ahead can help firefighters at the same time they are arranging a personal visit from Santa to their child, or kids of all ...

Bernards Police Seeking to Hire New Officer

December 14, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township police department is seeking to hire a new officer to replace a member of the force who has resigned effective Dec. 18.

The new police officer would replace Harrison Kirby, who resigned effective next week to join the Wayne police department in Passaic County, said Police Chief Mike Shimsky.

The police department has been given approval by township ...

Bernards Township Committee Recognizes Donald Rica For Service To Community

BERNARDS, NJ - The Bernards Township Committee on Tuesday night recognized former longtime township resident and member of the Bernards Township Republican Municipal (BTRMC) Committee, Donald Rica, for his years of service and contributions to the Bernards community.

Rica, an avid sportsman, was a past vice-president of the Ridge High School Diamond Club, coached baseball, CYO ...

Bernards Committeewoman Carol Bianchi Expected To Serve as 2019 Twp. Mayor

BERNARDS TWP., NJ -- When the Bernards Township Committee convenes for its annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 2, Township Committeewoman Carol Bianchi is due to step into the position of Bernards Township mayor for 2019, said this year's outgoing mayor, John Carpenter.

Bianchi's appointment was discussed by the governing body last month, Carpenter ...

Flu Shots Available at Discount Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Basking Ridge, Bernardsville

December 9, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Flu season is far from over, and the Bernards Township Health Department has scheduled another chance for a flu shot at a clinic this Tuesday, Dec. 11, with discounts available for residents of member towns and no charge for residents with a valid Medicaire Part B card.

Seasonal flu infections can begin as early as October and can continue as late as May, meaning ...

Bernards Police Seeking to Hire New Officer

December 14, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township police department is seeking to hire a new officer to replace a member of the force who has resigned effective Dec. 18.

The new police officer would replace Harrison Kirby, who resigned effective next week to join the Wayne police department in Passaic County, said Police Chief Mike Shimsky.

The police department has been given approval by township ...

Police Seek Help Locating Watchung Woman Missing Since Dec. 6

WATCHUNG, NJ - Police are seeking help from the public locating a Watchung woman missing since Dec. 6.

A missing person investigation is underway into the disappearance of Helen Kim, 47 of Route 22 West, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Watchung Borough Chief of Police Joseph Cina.

Kim walked away from her ...

Bernards Police Blotter: Drug and DWI Arrests, Another Callout for Burglary Tips

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Police issued another public callout for any information related to the Dec Nov. 9 burglary of a Whitenack Road home, the fourth of such break-ins in the township since early October, and the second burglary on Whitenack Road during that time frame.

Police said that jewelry was apparently taken after the Whitenack Road residence wa ...

Christmas Eve Singalong Returning for 95th Year to Downtown Basking Ridge

December 17, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ For the 95th year, carolers from Basking Ridge and nearby will gather in downtown Basking Ridge for the traditional community holiday sing-along on Christmas Eve led by a brass band on the steps of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church at 1 East Oak St.

Each year, crowds of area residents from Basking Ridge and nearby gather at the downtown ...

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Somerville: High Hopes for Immaculata HS Boys Basketball; Season Opens Friday

December 14, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ — The Immaculata High School basketball team will have a new look when it begins the season Friday night against a talented Ridge team, having lost an incredible foursome of talented starters, all of whom are playing ball as freshmen on the collegiate level. 

However, with the character and talent on this year’s team, the transition to a new lineup could be very ...

This is what mindset is all about!

December 7, 2018

Imagine you have a crazy morning; a power outage during the night causes your alarm to go off late, you’re greeted by a morning meltdown, courtesy of your children, you spill coffee on your shirt but you were sure the lid was on tight, and then, as if your morning wasn't frustrating enough, you pull into the train station and cannot find a parking spot, but it doesn't matter since ...

Letter to Editor: Bernards Teens Invited to Wide Variety of Library Events

December 10, 2018

Dear Editor,

The other night teens gathered at Bernards Township Library for a Harry Potter-related program. It was fantastic fun!

In honor of the release of the new movie Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald, Teen Services Librarian Rachel Talbert hosted a program about the first movie. Participants re-watched the original Fantastic Beasts movie, tested their ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, December 18, 9:00 AM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary -- Wayrick Wildlife Art Gallery, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Education Green

Wed, December 19, 5:00 AM

Bridgewater Marriott, Bridgewater

Job Fair

Business & Finance

Wed, December 19, 9:00 AM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary -- Wayrick Wildlife Art Gallery, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Education Green

Our House, Inc. Opens Fifth Group Home in Basking Ridge

December 13, 2018

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December 13, 2018

Basking Ridge, NJ — At a gathering filled with neighbors, local representatives including Bernards Township Mayor John Carpenter, Bernards Committeewoman Carol Bianchi, parents, community members and staff members, Our House, Inc. celebrated the opening of new community-supported housing with a ribbon-cutting in Basking Ridge on Thursday, ...

IRA New Year's Resolution

As 2018 comes to a close, you may be thinking about an array of resolutions you have for the new year. But have you considered making one of your goals to ensure that items related to your retirement account are in order?

For items to consider, read IRA New Year's Resolutions today

IRA NEW YEAR’S Resolutions

This year…

I will obtain a copy of the IRA beneficiary ...

End of Year Check List

With the holiday season upon us, your to-do list might seem endless. In the midst of preparing for all the festivities, have you taken the time to review your end of year financial checklist?

Review our End of Year financial to-dos to help ensure you start 2019 out on the right foot

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□Should you do a Roth IRA Conversion?

For a 2018 Roth ...

Things to do for 2019- Part 4 of 4

Things to Do for 2019: January 31, 2019 Deadlines

Part 4 of 4

Check that clients 70½ or older in 2019 receive their notification about their RMD for the upcoming year. Be sure that the calculation has been done correctly and that the 2018 year-end account balance is correct.
Do a Form 5329 check-up. IRS Form 5329 is used to report the 10% penalty for early distributions, the 6% ...