BERNARDS TWP., NJ - With just two more months in the position of Bernards Township Mayor, Carol Bianchi has issued her fall newsletter with updates on events, township news and municipal projects from the past few months.

Bianchi's newsletter, which also is printed on the Bernards Township website, touches on the township's renaming of a municipal soccer field after soccer star and Ridge High School graduate Tobin Heath. Heath, who had just participated with the women's soccer team in the Olympics, attended the September ceremony, and spoke with the crowd gathered at Pleasant Valley Park.

Loss of white oak tree, planting of Japanese cherry tree

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The newsletter also notes the Sept. 11 ceremony held at Harry Dunham Park, and reminds residents that a ceremony for the Basking Ridge oak tree, which died this past summer, is scheduled for November at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church. 

In September, OISCA (the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement-International) and the Bernards Township Shade Tree Committee planted Japanese cherry trees at Bernards Township schools, the news letter said. Bernards Township and school officials and also students pitched in with shovels to assist in planting the trees at William Annin Middle School and the Mount Prospect Elementary School. 

Among other issues addressed, Bianchi said that a mediation session occurred and no resolution was reached in the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge's lawsuit following the Planning Board's rejection of a plan for a mosque in Liberty Corner Village. "The Township has complied with the Department of Justice investigation, turning over documents and submitting numerous witnesses for interviews," she said. In an effort to keep residents informed, all documents concerning the ISBR litigation are posted on the township website, she said.

More township business is scheduled to be discussed at a Township Committee meeting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at town hall at 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge. Here is the agenda.

"We will keep you informed on the status of these matters," she said.