BERNARDS TWP., NJ - While the Township Committee has the week off, a number of other town organizations and boards are meeting this week to plan events and programs for the year ahead. 

The Bernards Township Planning Board is also scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and the township's Zoning Board of Adjustment at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Here is the Planning Board agenda, which includes the appointment of Michael Zaidel as an alternate member. The agenda for the Board of Adjustment meeting includes the appointment of Heather Bellows as an alternate member, and a continued public hearing on a site plan for Verizon Corporate Services at 295 N. Maple Avenue.

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Even though some of their activities will have to wait for warmer weather, a joint meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, of the Golf Advisory Committee, the township Pool Commission and the Recreation, Parks & Pathways Committee. The joint meeting is scheduled to be held at the activity room of the Community Center, 289 S. Maple Avenue.

Municipal Alliance Agaiinst Substance Abuse, which is planning March presentation

The public is also invited to attend a meeting of the Bernards Township Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse. The meeting is scheduled to be held at 6 p.m. in the Owen conference room at town hall. 

The Municipal Alliance is planning several activities and events to tackle the issue of youthful substance abuse in the community. The public is invited to the "Under the Influence: Parental Presentation & Community Event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 at the Ridge Performing Arts Center at Ridge High School, 268 S. Finley Ave., in Basking Ridge.

Michael DeLeon from Steered Straight with speak about many aspects of recognizing and addressing substance abuse, including how to gain a better understanding about the drug abuse epidemic and how we got to this point. Additional details are on a flyer created by the Municipal Alliance.

Deer management to be addressed

The Deer Management Advisory Committee, which has for a number of years worked to reduce the deer population and such impacts as resulting accidents with vehicles, is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Owen conference room at town hall.