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Bernards Library Announces Reopening Date of July 13

July 3, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ After about four months of being closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 _ far longer than initially anticipated _ the Bernards Township Library has announced a reopening date of Monday, July 13.  

Further details are expected to be posted on the Bernards Township Library website this Monday, July 6. 

The library building, located at 32 S. Maple Ave., is ...

Experience Revolutionary War History at The Dey Mansion: George Washington’s Headquarters

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Independence Day, TAPintoTV is revisiting our piece from last year on the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

Bernards Township School Board Gives Music Teacher Retzko Sendoff for Retirement

June 28, 2020

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Longtime Ridge choral director Barbara Retzko’s retirement was saluted by the Bernards Township Board of Education at an online meeting June 15.

Fine arts supervisor Michael Fackleman served up words of praise for the veteran, who began in the system in 1980 at William Annin Middle School before transferring shortly later to Ridge High ...

Ridge High School Speech and Debate Team Announce Online Summer Program

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Ridge Forensics Team, the state championship interscholastic speech and debate team for Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, has announced an expanded 2020 online Summer Institute in Speech and Debate. 

The annual event serves as a fundraiser to help the team with their travel and tournament expenses throughout the academic year. 

The institute will occur ...

Murphy, DOE Issue School Guidance for School Reopenings in September

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday. 

"Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

Pleasant Valley Pool Ready to Open on Friday _ With Restrictions

July 2, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The township's Pleasant Valley Pool, which usually opens on Memorial Day weekend, is due to finally open at 11 a.m., Friday, July 3, for members only.

The pool complex's maximum capacity will be limited to 250 people in compliance with the current state restrictions on outdoor gatherings to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the ...

'Last Dance' Baseball Tournament Gives Ridge H.S. Grads Chance to Get Back on Diamond

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Members of the Ridge High School baseball program who were denied their chance to play the 2020 spring season due to the statewide coronavirus shutdown of schools will get their chance to play as a team in July.

The Last Dance Baseball Tournament will involve 222 teams--including Ridge--from all over New Jersey participating in a three-week competition that will begin ...

Ridge Graduate Meaghan McEnroe Conquers Odds to Continue Track Career

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — When Meaghan McEnroe recently signed her letter of intent to continue running track at Middlebury College, it was the culmination of a challenging athletic journey for the Ridge High School Class of 2020 graduate.

McEnroe, who was the class president at Ridge, will focus on Environmental Studies and pre-law at Middlebury, and she will also attempt to keep building on ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

June 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Owner of Atelier Salon and Spa Works Hard to Stay Ahead of Challenges; Re-opens June 22

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Nearly three months after New Jersey went into near lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the state has shifted into Stage 2 of Governor Phil Murphy’s multi-phase reopening plan.  Hair salons can reopen June 22nd with certain restrictions as the state continues its path to economic recovery.  Ricky Pennisi, owner of Atelier Salon with locations in ...

Bernards Library Announces Reopening Date of July 13

July 3, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ After about four months of being closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 _ far longer than initially anticipated _ the Bernards Township Library has announced a reopening date of Monday, July 13.  

Further details are expected to be posted on the Bernards Township Library website this Monday, July 6. 

The library building, located at 32 S. Maple Ave., is ...

Pleasant Valley Pool Ready to Open on Friday _ With Restrictions

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The township's Pleasant Valley Pool, which usually opens on Memorial Day weekend, is due to finally open at 11 a.m., Friday, July 3, for members only.

The pool complex's maximum capacity will be limited to 250 people in compliance with the current state restrictions on outdoor gatherings to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the ...

Flags Still Available for Field of Honor This Year Memorializing Bedminster Police Sgt.

BEDMINSTER, NJ _ Flags are still available for the 5th Annual Field of Honor® at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum in tribute to celebrate the nation's independence and to honor those who have served their country. This year's tribute especially honors the memory of Bedminster Police Sergeant AlTerek Patterson, "End of Watch 4-12-20." 

Sgt.

Somerset County Drop-off Box for Primary Voting Open 24/7 at Bernards Town Hall

June 27, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ One of Somerset County's five ballot drop boxes is now open 24-hours-per-day, seven days a week in the unlocked lobby of the rear entrance to the town hall at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge. The box will be open to accept ballots through this year's primary election day on Tuesday, July 7.

Casting ballots will consist mainly of vote-by-mail as precautions to ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

June 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Fellowship Village Creating Legacy for Godmother of NJ Pines, Candace Ashmun

July 1, 2020

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge will pay tribute to Candace “Candy” Ashmun, a champion of the Pinelands. Candace was a renowned conservationist whose life work was environmental preservation. Ashmun died recently at her home in Fellowship Village from non-COVID-19 related causes, at the age of 96.

Mrs. Ashmun was known as the “Godmother of the NJ ...

Bernards Lists Open and Closed Status of Local Parks

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Parks and Recreation Department has posted a chart updating the status of the township parks that have or will open _ with some openings this week _ and which facilities remain closed at this time.

Athletic fields at all township parks were due to open on Monday, June 22, with permits required, according to the chart posted on the Bernards Township ...

Flags Still Available for Field of Honor This Year Memorializing Bedminster Police Sgt.

June 30, 2020

BEDMINSTER, NJ _ Flags are still available for the 5th Annual Field of Honor® at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum in tribute to celebrate the nation's independence and to honor those who have served their country. This year's tribute especially honors the memory of Bedminster Police Sergeant AlTerek Patterson, "End of Watch 4-12-20." 

Sgt.

Bedminster Widow of Vietnam Veteran Launches New Charity to Help Homeless Veterans

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Bedminster resident Stacia McDonough, the widow of a decorated U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran, Sergeant John E. McDonough, has launched “Independence for Veterans, Inc.” a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The organization is aptly named, as McDonough’s husband’s birth date is July 4, Independence Day. 

McDonough has ...

Bernards Library Announces Reopening Date of July 13

July 3, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ After about four months of being closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 _ far longer than initially anticipated _ the Bernards Township Library has announced a reopening date of Monday, July 13.  

Further details are expected to be posted on the Bernards Township Library website this Monday, July 6. 

The library building, located at 32 S. Maple Ave., is ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Pleasant Valley Pool Ready to Open on Friday _ With Restrictions

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The township's Pleasant Valley Pool, which usually opens on Memorial Day weekend, is due to finally open at 11 a.m., Friday, July 3, for members only.

The pool complex's maximum capacity will be limited to 250 people in compliance with the current state restrictions on outdoor gatherings to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the ...

July 2 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 10 New Cases Overnight

July 2, 2020

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Thursday reported a total of 4,337 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 10 new cases in the county overnight.

Bernards Township had a total of 274 confirmed cases, with no new cases reported on Thursday.

The New Jersey Department of Health Thursday reported a total of 172,356 positive ...

Bernards Twp. Committee Recognizes June as LGBTQ Pride Month.

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ With supporters saying that township youth and others in the community are in need of welcoming, the Bernards Township Committee unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. 

The township of Bernards values safety, equality, expression of independent thoughts and ideas, and inclusion for all our residents," the ...

June 24 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: One New Case in Bernards Twp.

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Tuesday reported an increase of eight COVID-19 cases in the entire county on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in Somerset County to 4,248 since the start of the pandemic.

New Jersey has recorded a total of 169,892 positive cases of COVID-19 since the first hospitalization 113 days ago, according to Wednesday's update ...

Bernards Township Police Bid Goodbye to Retiring Officer "G-Lo"

June 30, 2020

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — The traditional "walk-out" for retiring Police Officer Gina Loschiavo was held outdoors at police headquarters on Tuesday, one day before the official July 1 retirement of the first female officer ever hired in Bernards Township. This one, however, had a twist in that there were no farewell handshakes or hugs in compliance with state orders to curb the ...

Flags Still Available for Field of Honor This Year Memorializing Bedminster Police Sgt.

BEDMINSTER, NJ _ Flags are still available for the 5th Annual Field of Honor® at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum in tribute to celebrate the nation's independence and to honor those who have served their country. This year's tribute especially honors the memory of Bedminster Police Sergeant AlTerek Patterson, "End of Watch 4-12-20." 

Sgt.

Police Find, Identify Drowning Victim at Chimney Rock Reservoir

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Police have identified the 37-year-old Somerville man who drowned while swimming in the Chimney Rock Reservoir Monday afternoon.

The victim was identified as Michael Woskey.

According to police, officers were dispatched to the Chimney Rock Reservoir for a possible drowning at 3:05 p.m. Monday.

When they arrived on scene, police said, they learned from ...

Fellowship Village Creating Legacy for Godmother of NJ Pines, Candace Ashmun

July 1, 2020

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge will pay tribute to Candace “Candy” Ashmun, a champion of the Pinelands. Candace was a renowned conservationist whose life work was environmental preservation. Ashmun died recently at her home in Fellowship Village from non-COVID-19 related causes, at the age of 96.

Mrs. Ashmun was known as the “Godmother of the NJ ...

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President Trump Nixes Bedminster Visit This Weekend

June 26, 2020

BEDMINSTER, NJ - President Donald Trump will not be coming to Bedminster this weekend.

In a late change to his weekend schedule, Trump on Friday afternoon called off plans to spend the weekend at his estate in Somerset County. The Presidential Daily Schedule had initially called for him to arrive at Morristown Airport late Friday afternoon.

It would have been Trump's second visit to ...

Hickory Tree Chorus Awards Two Scholarships

July 3, 2020

On July 1, the Hickory Tree Chorus presented, via Zoom, two $1,000 Diane Cecala Memorial Scholarships to two extraordinarily talented high school graduates.

Emma Kaiven is a graduate from Warren Hills High School, where she was a member of the Select Choir, Advanced Choir, and Rock and Pop choir, singing the parts of Soprano 1 and 2 throughout her four years. She has been a part of a majority ...

Avoiding the 10% Penalty

As a retirement account owner, you’ve probably been warned about the 10% early distribution penalty that applies to taxable distributions made before age 59½. But did you know that if for some reason you need to access your money early, there are exceptions to this rule?

Expenses such as medical bills, buying your first home, and higher education may qualify as exceptions and ...

What Issues Should I Consider Before I Update My Estate Plan?

This Checklist covers 18 of the most important planning issues to identify and consider before updating their estate plan. It’s structured as follows:

Beneficiary & Fiduciary Issues
Assets & Property Related Issues
Minors & Children Related Issues
Other Issues

 

Questions?  Give us a call at (877) 714-2362 to schedule a time for a ...

Planning for Multiple Beneficiaries

For some people, leaving a legacy is as simple as naming their spouse as their sole beneficiary, but for many, there is a list of loved ones they want to include. Beneficiary planning can be tricky, and if you’re planning to leave your assets to more than one person, you need to ensure that you’re setting everything up correctly so that your heirs can avoid paying unnecessary ...