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June 5 COVID-19 Update: Five New Cases in Bernards Township

June 5, 2020

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Somerset County Department of Health reported Friday that 4,090 residents in the county have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic hit locally in March, an increase of 15 overnight.

There were an additional five cases in Bernards Township Friday, for a total of 259 since the start of the pandemic.

Here is the latest breakdown ...

TAPinto Red Bank Editor Shares Story of Virtual Art Auction to Benefit Neighbors in Need

RED BANK, NJ -- Scott Wingerter, Editor of TAPinto Red Bank, joined Host Stephanie Willoughby to share a story from his community about a local nonprofit organization who held an online art auction to raise money to feed the needy.  

Lunch Break is a Red Bank organization founded in 1983 to help underemployed people make ends meet, said Wingerter, but it has evolved into much more.

Bernardsville Farmers' Market Moves Location to Make Room for Protest March on Saturday

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The Bernardsville Farmers' Market will have a change of locale for one day only to make room for a protest.

On Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the farmers' market will be held at the municipal pool at 141 Seney Drive.

While the farmers' market is going on, there also will be a solidarity march from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will begin at the ...

COVID-19 Clinical Research Study Underway at Atlantic Health System, Including Immune Response Study

MORRISTOWN, NJ - As of June 4, there were more than 162,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey. Although there is no currently available vaccine against coronavirus, Atlantic Health System is calling on its expertise and national reputation for conducting cutting-edge clinical trials in oncology, neuroscience as well as cardiology, to look for effective treatments for ...

Top 4 Bernards Twp. School Administrators Get Pay Hikes of More Than 3% Average

June 3, 2020

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Salaries for most non-unionized Bernards Township school administrators were approved May 18 by the Board of Education.

For the 2020-21 school year, most of the building-level and department supervisors will see salary increases of slightly more than 3 percent.

But the four top administrators will see more than that in their base salaries.

“In all cases ...

Ridge H.S. Student Gets National Merit Scholarship Award

FAR HILLS, NJ -- Annika Helgeson, a student at Ridge High School, has been awarded a scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2020.

Helgeson, a resident of Far Hills, will be attending Boston University, where she will study acting.

These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the ...

Ridge H.S. Diplomas Will Go To Graduating Seniors on June 18; Full Ceremony Possible in July

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — School leaders are working on plans for Ridge High School graduates to receive their diplomas at the school’s Lee Field athletic facility on June 18, the day long planned for the ceremony.

They will do so individually on the field, stopping to receive the diploma and have a “photo opportunity,” Superintendent Nick Markarian said at Monday’s ...

Bernardsville's Fairytale Inc. Makes Best of Pandemic Time with Virtual Classes and Craft Kits

June 1, 2020

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - Jessica Mauceri, owner of Fairytale Inc. in Bernardsville, is developing a new way of doing business amidst COVID-19 non-essential business shut-downs.  

Fairytale Inc. is formerly known as the go-to destination for crafty and cool children’s birthday and celebration party packages.  Parties, held on-site, were complete with activities, decor, snacks ...

Restaurant Owners Fed Up with What They've Been Served by Trenton

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce eased restrictions on serving customers at restaurants and bars at his Monday press briefing, but owners are concerned the guidance he provides will be little more than an appetizer.

Murphy's guidance is that no one is to be allowed indoors — outdoor dining and drinks only, according to several sources — at 25 percent ...

'Mayors For Main Street' Group Urges Business Reopenings in Letter to Governor and Other Officials

SOMERSET HILLS, NJ - The "Mayors for Main Street" alliance, with membership including mayors from four Somerset Hills towns and others in Somerset, Morris, Warren, and Somerset counties, on Thursday announced a letter had been sent to the governor's office, legislative leaders and district representatives and county officials to outlining a list of actions sought ...

Bernardsville's Fairytale Inc. Makes Best of Pandemic Time with Virtual Classes and Craft Kits

June 1, 2020

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - Jessica Mauceri, owner of Fairytale Inc. in Bernardsville, is developing a new way of doing business amidst COVID-19 non-essential business shut-downs.  

Fairytale Inc. is formerly known as the go-to destination for crafty and cool children’s birthday and celebration party packages.  Parties, held on-site, were complete with activities, decor, snacks ...

Ridge Art Exhibit at Farmstead Arts Moves Online; Available for View

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ _ So the public doesn't have to miss it, this year's Ridge High School art and photography exhibit at the Farmstead Arts has been placed online. The exhibit, "Word Play," will remain posted on the Farmstead Arts website through the end of June.

Ridge High School has held an art exhibit at the Farmstead each March for the past few ...

Restaurant Owners Fed Up with What They've Been Served by Trenton

May 31, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce eased restrictions on serving customers at restaurants and bars at his Monday press briefing, but owners are concerned the guidance he provides will be little more than an appetizer.

Murphy's guidance is that no one is to be allowed indoors — outdoor dining and drinks only, according to several sources — at 25 percent ...

Heartworks Delivers Meals to Area Veterans; Honors Capt. Ford Shaw

May 30, 2020

SOMERSET HILLS, NJ _ The usual parades and flag ceremonies for Memorial Day were put on hold due to COVID-19 in 2020, but Basking Ridge-based Heartworks reached out in other ways to area veterans.

Other years, Heartworks and VFW 7658 each Memorial Day have been serving a barbeque dinner in honor of Marine Capt. Stanford "Ford" Henry Shaw III of Basking Ridge, who ...

A Memorial Day Remembrance Despite COVID-19 and Website Attack

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Township officials will officially mark Memorial Day on Monday, but the event won't be live.

The COVID-19 shutdown already had led to the cancellation of Bernards Township's annual Memorial Day parade, rotated each year between downtown Basking Ridge and Liberty Corner.

Then, earlier in May, a ransomware attack on the township's website and some other online ...

Mayor Baldassare Prepares for More Bernards Township Businesses to Reopen June 15

June 4, 2020

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Bernards Township Mayor Jim Baldassare is collaborating with other township departments and officials to get the community ready for "Stage 2" of the state's reopening process from the shutdown that began in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Your Township Committee, administration and staff, police department and counsel are working ...

Bernards Township's First Woman Police Officer Prepares to Retire

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The first female police officer ever hired in Bernards Township is getting ready to retire on July 1 of this year.

Gina Loschiavo, currently the school resource officer at the William Annin Middle School, was lauded by the Bernards Township Committee at its virtual meeting last week, when Township Committee members also shared some personal memories of the ...

Gov. Murphy Commends How NJ Continues to Peacefully Protest for George Floyd

NEW JERSEY — Eight days after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer saw at least 21 protests across New Jersey on Tuesday. 

Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference Wednesday said these have been peaceful demonstrations, despite the crowds at some — with Mayor Michael Soriano estimating as many as 4,000 people marching in ...

COVID-19 Clinical Research Study Underway at Atlantic Health System, Including Immune Response Study

June 5, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ - As of June 4, there were more than 162,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey. Although there is no currently available vaccine against coronavirus, Atlantic Health System is calling on its expertise and national reputation for conducting cutting-edge clinical trials in oncology, neuroscience as well as cardiology, to look for effective treatments for ...

June 4 COVID-19 Update: Growth of Cases Continues to Abate in NJ

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Somerset County Department of Health reported Thursday that 4,075 county residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic hit locally in March, an increase of nine new cases overnight.

Bernards Township had one new case Thursday, and 254 total cases since March.

The New Jersey Department of Health reported 162,530 cases Thursday, an ...

Murphy Says Restaurant, Retail Workers Will Be Required To Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back patrons on June 15.

Although non-essential retail businesses will follow familiar rules that have been observed for months at supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential businesses, there could be a decided lack ...

Bernardsville Farmers' Market Moves Location to Make Room for Protest March on Saturday

June 5, 2020

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The Bernardsville Farmers' Market will have a change of locale for one day only to make room for a protest.

On Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the farmers' market will be held at the municipal pool at 141 Seney Drive.

While the farmers' market is going on, there also will be a solidarity march from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will begin at the ...

Bernards Township's First Woman Police Officer Prepares to Retire

June 3, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The first female police officer ever hired in Bernards Township is getting ready to retire on July 1 of this year.

Gina Loschiavo, currently the school resource officer at the William Annin Middle School, was lauded by the Bernards Township Committee at its virtual meeting last week, when Township Committee members also shared some personal memories of the ...

Bernards Twp. Mayor, Police Chief & Committee Members Comment on George Floyd Incident

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Jim Baldassare, mayor of Bernards Township, Chief of Police Mike Shimsky and members of the Township Committee all have issued statements in reaction to the death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis and the rioting and unrest across the nation in the wake of Floyd's death.

"We are all reeling from the unfortunate and tragically appalling events that ...

Murphy on George Floyd Killing: 'We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility'

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

"George Floyd should be alive today – not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of human ...

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Bridgewater Youth Fatally Struck by Train

May 26, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater juvenile has been identified as the victim fatally struck by a NJ Transit train Monday at around 4:20 p.m. just west of the Bridgewater station, according to Lisa Torbic, of NJ Transit.

Torbic said the eastbound Raritan Valley Line train 5526, which left from Raritan at 4:16 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Newark Penn Station at 5:15 p.m. struck the juvenile ...

Outdoor Dining, Hair Salon Appointments, In-Person Shopping Coming in 'Stage 2'

June 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal-care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to slowly reopen New Jersey.

Youth summer programs will also be permitted to start on July 6 during what Murphy calls Stage 2 of New Jersey’s road ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs. Dr.

Fellowship Senior Living CEO Message to the Greater Community

June 5, 2020

Dear Residents, Family Members, Team Members and My Fellow Americans,

At Fellowship Senior Living, we believe in bringing people together in mutual respect and unity… to foster long-term health, personal independence, spiritual growth, and fellowship. Our mission continues to be important, when all around us, in this moment and everywhere in the world, we can see the danger that a lack ...

Bedminster Farmers Market Returns Saturday, June 6 to River Road Park 

May 31, 2020

BEDMINSTER, NJ - The Bedminster Township Committee and the Bedminster Farmers Market Advisory Committee are excited to announce that the Bedminster Farmers Market is returning for its third season starting Saturday, June 6 at River Road Park.

The Bedminster Farmers Market will be held every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Township’s River Road Park located at ...

Calculating an IRD Deduction

Have you recently inherited a loved one’s retirement assets? If so, you should know that there is an income tax deduction available to you called the income in respect of a decedent, or IRD, deduction. When certain inherited assets are hit with both federal estate and income taxes, this deduction can help offset the impact. Taking the time to ensure you correctly utilize this tax break can ...

Using IRAs to Help Children

Did you know there is no minimum age for having an IRA? As long as your child has earned income, you can open an account in their name. Whether they contribute to the IRA with their own money from working or a gift from you, the power of compound interest can help them get a significant head start on a secure financial future.

To learn more, click here to download “Using IRAs to Help ...