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Bernards GOP Endorses Baldassare and Grochala For Twp. Committee Candidates in 2020

February 19, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Mayor James Baldassare, Jr., who is completing his first term on the Bernards Township Committee, and newcomer Kathleen Grochala this week received the endorsement of the Bernards Township Republican Municipal Committee (BTRMC) to run on the GOP line for two open three-year Township Committee terms in the November 2020 election. 

Baldassare ran ...

Legendary Band Leader Paul Shaffer Tells Steve Adubato How He was Inspired by Comedy Icons Early in his Career

NEW JERSEY -- Paul Shaffer is widely known as the former Musical Director of both Late Night with David Letterman and The Late Show with David Letterman, during which he was often involved in skits and the general hijinx of the production. However, as Shaffer tells Steve Adubato, he wasn’t always comfortable being gregarious and, in fact, grew up being an introverted kid until a 1972 ...

Ridge High School Students to Stage 'Guys and Dolls'

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- The award-winning Ridge High School Drama Club will present its winter production of the musical "Guys and Dolls"  the last weekend of February.

Directed by Martha Harvey, co-produced with Barbara Retzko, and co-choreographed by Rachel Miranda and Jennifer DiGiuseppe, "Guys and Dolls" is a  musical romantic comedy involving the unlikeliest of ...

Boys Basketball: Ridge Stifles Colonia, 46-29

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -  Although Colonia is one of the premier boys basketball programs in Middlesex County year after year, Ridge seems to have its number.

The Red Devils held Colonia to 16 points over the last three quarters and scored a convincing 46-29 victory at home Tuesday night.

It was the second time in the last three seasons that the two teams have met, and Ridge held Colonia ...

Plans Move Ahead to Reconstruct Ridge HS Kitchen; WAMS Science Class Upgrades Discussed

February 17, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township school administrators hope to seek bids by the middle of September to build a brand-new kitchen for Ridge High School that would enable the implementation of an eight-period "rotating" schedule in a future school year.

Superintendent Nick Markarian said last Monday that the school and its architect, talked about the key dates for action in a ...

Lacrosse Boosters Will Raise Funds for Practice Wall

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Leaders of community lacrosse booster organizations are clarifying that fund raising to build a lacrosse practice wall for Ridge High School will begin once final details are defined and a contractor has been selected.

The project has been estimated to cost perhaps $75,000 to design, excavate and construct, but the money hasn’t yet been given to the Bernards Township ...

March Board of Ed Meeting Delayed to Await Budget Figures From State

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township school leaders have rescheduled their March 9 meeting next month to Monday, March 16, to allow for more time to make final revisions to the 2020-21 budget.

The Board of Education is now set to meet on March 16 to adopt a preliminary budget at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Ridge High School.

NJ Governor Phil Murphy ...

Boys Basketball: Ridge Stifles Colonia, 46-29

February 18, 2020

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -  Although Colonia is one of the premier boys basketball programs in Middlesex County year after year, Ridge seems to have its number.

The Red Devils held Colonia to 16 points over the last three quarters and scored a convincing 46-29 victory at home Tuesday night.

It was the second time in the last three seasons that the two teams have met, and Ridge held Colonia ...

Ridge Gets Fifth Seed for Somerset County Girls Basketball Tournament

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- The Ridge girls basketball team has been seeded fifth for the Somerset County Tournament, which begins this week.

The Red Devils will have a bye into the round of 16, and will host the winner of a preliminary game between Immaculata and Pingry on Saturday. If Ridge advances there, the next game would be a quarterfinal round matchup against fourth-seeded Gill-St.

Lacrosse Boosters Will Raise Funds for Practice Wall

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Leaders of community lacrosse booster organizations are clarifying that fund raising to build a lacrosse practice wall for Ridge High School will begin once final details are defined and a contractor has been selected.

The project has been estimated to cost perhaps $75,000 to design, excavate and construct, but the money hasn’t yet been given to the Bernards Township ...

Somerset County Business Partnership Networking Night at Maggiano's Little Italy

February 7, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - More than 100 professionals attended the Somerset County Business Partnership's (SCBP) monthly “Networking Night” at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Bridgewater Thursday night. BNI co-hosted the event. 

"This is the third time we are doing this each time it get's bigger and better," BNI Chapter Area Director Consultant, ...

Ridge High School Students to Stage 'Guys and Dolls'

February 19, 2020

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- The award-winning Ridge High School Drama Club will present its winter production of the musical "Guys and Dolls"  the last weekend of February.

Directed by Martha Harvey, co-produced with Barbara Retzko, and co-choreographed by Rachel Miranda and Jennifer DiGiuseppe, "Guys and Dolls" is a  musical romantic comedy involving the unlikeliest of ...

Feb. 28 is Deadline to Register for Bernards Community Art Show

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Township residents age 16 and older, have until Feb. 28 to register to exhibit  up to five pieces in the annual Community Art Show that will be on display at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge, according to the Bernards Township Parks and Recreation department.

Artists are encouraged to select pieces with the theme ...

Bernardsville Library Turns into Mini-Golf Course For Annual Fundraiser

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ _ For the second year in a row, the staff and volunteers at the Bernardsville Public Library shelved their books, and instead turned the building into a mini-golf center.

Mini-golf at the Library - A Hole Lot of Fun was a fundraiser for the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library, which supports the library by offering six concerts each year and almost all of the ...

Bernards GOP Endorses Baldassare and Grochala For Twp. Committee Candidates in 2020

February 19, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Mayor James Baldassare, Jr., who is completing his first term on the Bernards Township Committee, and newcomer Kathleen Grochala this week received the endorsement of the Bernards Township Republican Municipal Committee (BTRMC) to run on the GOP line for two open three-year Township Committee terms in the November 2020 election. 

Baldassare ran ...

Bernardsville Library Turns into Mini-Golf Course For Annual Fundraiser

February 9, 2020

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ _ For the second year in a row, the staff and volunteers at the Bernardsville Public Library shelved their books, and instead turned the building into a mini-golf center.

Mini-golf at the Library - A Hole Lot of Fun was a fundraiser for the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library, which supports the library by offering six concerts each year and almost all of the ...

Anne Parsekian Named Chair of Bernards Environmental Commission

February 17, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Based on the township Environmental Commission's own recommendation, Ann Parksekian has been named the commission's chairperson and presiding officer for this year.

The appointment of Parsekian was approved last week by Mayor James Baldassare, Jr., with the advice of the Township Committee. Parsekian's current term on the commission expires at the end ...

Buck Garden in Far Hills Seeking Volunteer Gardeners

FAR HILLS, NJ –The Somerset County Park Commission's Leonard J. Buck Garden, located at 11 Layton Road in Far Hills, is looking for energetic volunteers to assist in general garden maintenance, act as docents, and lead tours throughout the nationally recognized rock garden. 

The volunteers are a necessary part of the staff needed tend to the beauty of the garden, which ...

Buck Garden in Far Hills Seeking Volunteer Gardeners

February 16, 2020

FAR HILLS, NJ –The Somerset County Park Commission's Leonard J. Buck Garden, located at 11 Layton Road in Far Hills, is looking for energetic volunteers to assist in general garden maintenance, act as docents, and lead tours throughout the nationally recognized rock garden. 

The volunteers are a necessary part of the staff needed tend to the beauty of the garden, which ...

Bernards Committee Endorses Grant Application for Veterans Programs In Lyons

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Community Hope, which operates the housing and job training programs for formerly homeless veterans at the Lyons facility of the Veterans Administration off Valley Road, is again seeking a grant from Somerset County to assist formerly homeless veterans find jobs.

The county has in the past responded by approving the grant to maintain the employment training aspect of the ...

15th Anniversary: Help OPSHBX NJ Pack Boxes for US Troops

MANVILLE, NJ - Operation Shoebox New Jersey is putting out a call for volunteers to help form an assembly line and pack boxes for shipment to US troops deployed around the world and to commemorate 15 years of service..

Founded in 2005, the non-profit volunteer organization marked its 15th anniversary on Feb. 4th.

The packing will be held at the Manville VFW, 600 Washington Ave., on ...

Bernards GOP Endorses Baldassare and Grochala For Twp. Committee Candidates in 2020

February 19, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Mayor James Baldassare, Jr., who is completing his first term on the Bernards Township Committee, and newcomer Kathleen Grochala this week received the endorsement of the Bernards Township Republican Municipal Committee (BTRMC) to run on the GOP line for two open three-year Township Committee terms in the November 2020 election. 

Baldassare ran ...

Feb. 28 is Deadline to Register for Bernards Community Art Show

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Township residents age 16 and older, have until Feb. 28 to register to exhibit  up to five pieces in the annual Community Art Show that will be on display at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge, according to the Bernards Township Parks and Recreation department.

Artists are encouraged to select pieces with the theme ...

Anne Parsekian Named Chair of Bernards Environmental Commission

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Based on the township Environmental Commission's own recommendation, Ann Parksekian has been named the commission's chairperson and presiding officer for this year.

The appointment of Parsekian was approved last week by Mayor James Baldassare, Jr., with the advice of the Township Committee. Parsekian's current term on the commission expires at the end ...

Fellowship Village Senior Living Chef Saves Resident's Life; Receives 'Stellar Story of the Year' Award

February 18, 2020

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Fellowship Village Senior Living Chef Maxan Joudain received the "Stellar Story of the Year" award for his heroic action in saving a life when he performed the abdominal thrust to dislodge food from the choking resident. 

He was finishing up dinner service in his household when he noticed a skilled nursing resident choking on a piece of food ...

Zap Into Shape with Shock Room Fitness, Newly Opened in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  Shock Room Fitness recently opened New Jersey's "first of its' kind" Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) group fitness studio located inside of Providence Health and Fitness at 18 South Street in New Providence. For a limited time they are offering any new client a complimentary class to try their amazing new ...

Buck Garden in Far Hills Seeking Volunteer Gardeners

February 16, 2020

FAR HILLS, NJ –The Somerset County Park Commission's Leonard J. Buck Garden, located at 11 Layton Road in Far Hills, is looking for energetic volunteers to assist in general garden maintenance, act as docents, and lead tours throughout the nationally recognized rock garden. 

The volunteers are a necessary part of the staff needed tend to the beauty of the garden, which ...

Bridgewater Police Seeking Bound Brook Man in Connection with Home, Vehicle Burglaries

February 13, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are searching for a Bound Brook man who has been charged in connection with home and vehicle burglaries in the area of Washington Avenue.

Charges have been filed against Nigel Hill, 22, for two counts of second degree eluding and third degree burglary, and is also wanted on a Somerset County failure to appear warrant for receiving stolen ...

Break-In Reported at Bernards Drive Home on Tuesday

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A resident of Bernard Drive told police on Tuesday that he or she returned home to find an unfamiliar vehicle parked by their residence, and the front door of their front door had been forced open, township police said on Wednesday.

A search for one or more suspects was conducted after the apparent break-in was reported at approximately 6:41 p.m.

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15th Anniversary: Help OPSHBX NJ Pack Boxes for US Troops

February 11, 2020

MANVILLE, NJ - Operation Shoebox New Jersey is putting out a call for volunteers to help form an assembly line and pack boxes for shipment to US troops deployed around the world and to commemorate 15 years of service..

Founded in 2005, the non-profit volunteer organization marked its 15th anniversary on Feb. 4th.

The packing will be held at the Manville VFW, 600 Washington Ave., on ...

Route 22 Billboard Honors Late Designated Driver Michael Sot

February 12, 2020

CLARK, NJ – Just over a year ago, Michael Sot died after a head-on collision with an alleged drunk driver. Sot was serving as a designated driver for peers from The College of New Jersey at the time of the accident in Ewing. 

The Clark resident's legacy now lives on in service to others on a billboard on Route 22 West in Union. The sign is part of the John R. Elliott ...

CAR T-Cell Therapy Trial

Atlantic Health System is treating patients in a new Phase II clinical trial of CAR T-cell therapy at Morristown Medical Center.

“A type of immunotherapy for lymphoma known as CAR T-cell therapy has generated a great deal of excitement within the medical community because it uses a patient’s own immune cells to attack their cancer,” said Dr. Mohamad Cherry, medical ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, February 19, 6:30 PM

Bernardsville Public Library, Bernardsville

Table Top Gaming Night Planned at Bernardsville ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, February 19, 6:45 PM

Goddard School of Long Hill Township, Stirling

A Day in the Life of a Preschooler: Goddard ...

Education

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Thu, February 20, 5:00 PM

Delicious Heights, Berkeley Heights, Bedminster and Basking Ridge

Thursday is Ladies' Night at Delicious Heights

Food & Drink

$1,000 Music Scholarship

February 19, 2020

Are you a high school senior woman who has applied for a college music program? Hickory Tree Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is pleased to offer the $1,000 Diane Cecala Memorial Scholarship to a musically talented high school senior woman interested in pursuing a career in vocal music. 

Rehearsing in Stirling, we are dedicated to teaching, singing, and performing ...

The SECURE Act: Changes to Retirement Savings Law Deconstructed

The SECURE Act
Long-established retirement account rules change.

Provided by Walter Pardo, CWS®, PPC™

CEO/Certified Wealth Strategist

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is now law. With it, comes some of the biggest changes to retirement savings law in recent years. While the new rules don’t appear to amount to a massive upheaval, the ...

IRA Required Beginning Date (RBD)

You’ve likely already heard about required minimum distributions (RMDs), but do you know what your required beginning date (RBD) is? Your RBD is the date by which you must begin to take RMDs from your retirement account if you have an IRA or employer plan. It is important to note that the rules differ depending on the type of retirement account you have and whether you are the account owner ...

Retirement is a Beginning

Retirement Is a Beginning

See if you are prepared to begin your retirement by answering four key questions.

Provided by Walter Pardo, CWS®, PPC™

CEO/Certified Wealth Strategist

  How do you know you are psychologically ready to retire? As a start, ask yourself four questions.

  One, is your work meaningful? If it is emotionally and psychologically ...