Student Activists Disrupt Rutgers Board of Trustees, Call for Minimum Wage Increase

December 12, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Dozens of students activists interrupted the Rutgers Board of Trustees December 12 meeting as part of their campaign for a campus-wide $15 minimum wage.

Many of them chanted slogans such as “If we don’t get it, shut it down,” and “We want just, and power, and 15 an hour.” Others hel​d​ up signs which ​simply ​read ...

Somerville Professor Authors Book on Racism

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Dr. Karen Gaffney, a borough resident and professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College, has authored a book on the history of racism.

"Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox," published by Routledge, offers an accessible, introductory guide to race and racism. The 214-page book also includes “tools for action” for ...

Bernards BOE Appoints New Teachers, Names New Boys’ Fencing Head Coach and More

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Bernards Township Board of Education appointed three teachers at its Nov. 27 meeting. They are:

* Debra Johnson as a teacher of Spanish at William Annin Middle School;

* Loren Kania as a Grade 3 teacher at Cedar Hill School, and

* Sarah Toombs as a Special Education teacher at Cedar Hill School.

The board also named Arielle Perez as an instructional aide at ...

Bernards Board of Education Adds Five New Courses to Ridge High School Course Offerings

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Latest methods to study computer science, engineering and biomedical science were among five new courses for Ridge High School approved Nov. 27 by the Bernards Township Board of Education.

Three are the third in a series of elective courses for juniors and seniors from Project Lead the Way, a non-profit that aims “to empower students to thrive in an evolving ...

Panel Discussion in Sparta: School Consolidation Complex and Costly

SPARTA, NJ – A large crowd filled the Sparta High School media center on Wednesday to hear a panel discussion about school consolidation.  More than 150 people attended the event sponsored by New Jersey School Boards’ Association, according to Ray Pinney, Director of Member Engagement.

The through discussion of topic hit both sides of the issue.  “Some say it is a ...

Ridge Computer Science Club Students Win Award at RiverDell Hackathon

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - On Saturday, November 18th, four teams of Ridge High School students attended the second annual RiverDell hackathon. A “hackathon” is a grueling, 24-hour programming competition in which teams must start from nothing and “hack together” a working prototype of their idea by the end of the event. There are no project specifications or guidelines, but ...

Capt David Charleson, CAP, of Basking Ridge, Promoted

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Capt. David Charleson of Basking Ridge, Deputy Commander for Seniors, of the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), was promoted to his rank by Lt Col Stan Rogacki, Group 221 Commander, NJ Wing, after taking an oath of office on at the Scout Cabin, Borough of Peapack-Gladstone.  

Capt Charleson joined CAP four years ago and ...

Bernards School Board Hears Update on Technology Plan


BERNARDS TWP., NJ -- School board members indicated Monday night, Nov. 27, they preferred to begin computer technology upgrades in middle and high school classrooms first.

The Board of Education heard an update on a proposal to bring new Chromebooks for every student into classrooms over a three-year period. The program would be evaluated in the fourth year.

The ...

Schools Superintendent, Ridge Student Council Members Swap Questions, Answers

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian sought out student leaders’ opinions of proposed school technology and other topics Monday night when the Ridge High School Student Council met in a half-hour session with the Board of Education.

Markarian asked how the high school’s new principal, Drew Krause, was doing, and assured the students that problems accessing ...

PHOTOS: Bishop Checchio Visits St. James School in Basking Ridge

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - St. James School staff, student body, parish volunteers and supporters gathered at St. James Catholic School in Basking Ridge on Monday, Nov. 27 to welcome the Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, who had been invited to the school to bless the newly remodeled gymnasium floor and two new science labs installed at ...

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Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Announces 2018 Musical Theater Company Members

December 12, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) announced today that 10 students have been chosen for its advanced Musical Theater Company: Alysa Ali, 13, of Watchung; Kate Bloom, 11, of Westfield; Sara Bolden, 12, of Berkley Heights; Payton Buckley, 11, of Berkley Heights; Mariam Contractor, 13, of Watchung; Paloma Di Falco, 13, of New Providence; Sarah Duong, 10, of ...