Basking Ridge Top Stories

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 ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Trilogy Repertory Co.'s planned summer 'Plays in the Park' are canceled due to lingering concerns over COVID-19, but the theater company is still hoping to present those productions of "Annie" and "Clue" in 2021. "Due to the uncertain future regulations and restrictions ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Somerset County Department of Health reported Monday that 4,043 residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in the county since the pandemic hit locally in March, an increase of 13 cases countywide since Sunday. Bernards Township had 248 cases, with no new ...

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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 ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The tradition of naming Teachers of the Year at the end of the school year is scheduled to take place at Monday's scheduled Board of Education "virtual meeting," even if the teachers won't be able to accept their awards in person. In previous years, the teachers receiving the ...

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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 ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The final stages of the township's restoration of its website and other online systems, disabled by a cyber-attack in mid-May, was underway at the end of this week, said Township Administrator Pat Monaco. However, so far, no culprit has been identified. In answering questions ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his daily COVID-19 press conference today announced reopening dates for  Child care centers (June 15) Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22) Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July 6)  These activities are allowed ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Plans to build a ‘Tribute Walk’ outside the Ridge High School Wellness Center are taking shape, but the closing of schools in the coronavirus pandemic has made the timeline uncertain. The project will be a combined effort by the Bernards Township school district and the ...

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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 ...

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TRENTON, NJ  — New Jersey’s medical director on Thursday set the record straight on the newly-arrived trend of donning a face mask as means of COVID-19 protection but not including one’s nose — known as “mask droop syndrome.” “We understand that it’s uncomfortable, that people have problems with ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A resolution to approve a shared municipal court arrangement with three other Somerset Hills towns, which would shift the township's court hearings to Bedminster Township, was tabled at Tuesday's virtual Township Committee meeting, but then rescheduled for discussion at a ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The Somerset County Department of Health on Wednesday reported 3,960 cases of COVID-19 in the county, an increase of 24 overnight. There were 242 cases in Bernards Township, an increase of one since Tuesday. Statewide, there is a total of 156,628 cases, an increase of ...

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NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Jane Costa, longtime principal of Oak Street Elementary School, tendered her retirement as of Aug. 31. The school is one of four K-5 buildings in Bernards Township. The Bernards Township Board of Education accepted the notice on May 18. Starting July 1, her annual salary ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township website and online operations have been restored to an extent that the Township Committee has scheduled its next meeting for 8 p.m. this Tuesday, and the May 26 meeting agenda is now posted online. A May 21 letter to residents from Mayor James Baldassare ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- The borough of Bernardsville and the police department both have temporarily disabled access to their respective Facebook pages. The moves came in response to a litany of incendiary comments on both pages in response to the citation of the owner of the Country Home crafts ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The Somerset County Department of Health reported a total of 3,864 coronavirus cases on Friday, an increase of 14 overnight. There were 237 cases in Bernards Township on Friday, with one new case reported overnight. There have been 390 deaths in Somerset County ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -Are you looking for a great way to spend your Memorial Day weekend while keeping your family safe and socially distant but still entertained?  Drop what you are doing and call Tons of Toys in Bernardsville, they quite literally have everything you need to keep you and your loved ...

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SOMERSET HILLS, NJ _ More mayors are joining Somerset Hills mayors, from Bernards Township, Bedminster, Bernardsville and Far Hills, as part of a “Main Street” Alliance of mayors from three counties who will advocate for a swift and safe reopening of businesses within their communities, the ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Looks like Bernards Township residents will have to wait even a bit longer before they might jump into the town pool. The projected opening date of the Pleasant Valley Pool complex, originally tentatively set for June 20, has now been pushed back to July 1. Township Parks and ...

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