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Tribute Walk Paver Project Stalled by Ridge H.S. Closure

May 29, 2020

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 Ridge Sports Foundation.

The Board of Education wants to improve the drainage and ...

Statewide Graduations Can Start July 6; Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing

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 orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as ...

Longtime Oak Street School Principal Costa to Retire

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 is to be $183,192.

In answer to a question from the public, Superintendent Nick Markarian ...

Ridge Art Exhibit at Farmstead Arts Moves Online; Available for View

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 art exhibit at the Farmstead each March for the past few ...

Markarian's New Contract as Bernards Schools Superintendent to Pay Him $217K/Year

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Nick Markarian has agreed to remain as Bernards Township Superintendent of Schools for another five years.

The Board of Education approved Monday a pact effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2025, at an initial annual salary of $216,798.

His current base salary is $204,526 with $2,275 in allowances, according to the district’s 2020-21 ...

Markarian's New Contract as Bernards Schools Superintendent to Pay $217K/Year

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Nick Markarian has agreed to remain as Bernards Township Superintendent of Schools for another five years.

The Board of Education approved Monday a pact effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2025, at an initial annual salary of $216,798.

His current base salary is $204,526 with $2,275 in allowances, according to the district’s 2020-21 budget.
The ...

A Ray of Hope for Those Wanting In-Person School Commencement Ceremonies

TRENTON, NJ - After New Jersey state officials recently told residents that in-person commencement ceremonies were not in the cards due to the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy offered a ray of hope to those hoping that actual in-person graduation events could happen at some point in the coming summer months.

Near the conclusion of his daily New Jersey ...

'Appropriate' Ridge Graduation Celebration Being Planned; Aug. In-Person Ceremony Possible

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ An "appropriate celebration" is being planned for the scheduled June 18 graduation of the Ridge High School Class of 2020, with additional information on what will be permitted expected in the next few days, Acting Ridge Principal Karen Hudock informed Ridge seniors and their parents at the end of last week.

"I will review that guidance as it ...

Bernards Township BOE Accepts Several Retirements, Resignations

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Three retirement notices were accepted by the Bernards Township Board of Education in April and May meetings.

The board accepted the retirements of:

-- Susan Kennedy, a math teacher at Ridge High School, as of June 30.

-- Frank Biraghi, a districtwide information technology technician, as of June 30.

-- Kathy Slack, a secretary at Oak Street School, effective ...

Some Residents Question Wisdom of Proceeding with Ridge HS Project

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Bernards Township school leaders are continuing work on plans for a renovated kitchen and cafeteria at Ridge High School, but some residents are urging the board to hit the pause button on the project.

The Board of Education has heard questions at the last two “virtual” meetings asking if it might be prudent to suspend the $2.9 million project, ...


Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 20, 2020

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...


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Bridgewater Youth Fatally Struck by Train

May 26, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater juvenile has been identified as the victim fatally struck by a NJ Transit train Monday at around 4:20 p.m. just west of the Bridgewater station, according to Lisa Torbic, of NJ Transit.

Torbic said the eastbound Raritan Valley Line train 5526, which left from Raritan at 4:16 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Newark Penn Station at 5:15 p.m. struck the juvenile ...

Bateman Criticizes Turnpike, GSP Toll Hikes While NJ Focused on COVID-19

May 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey motorists and interstate truck drivers will have to deposit more money in their EZ Pass accounts by September as the New Jersey Turnpike Authority on Wednesday voted unanimously in a virtual meeting to increase tolls by 27 percent on the Garden State Parkway and 36 percent on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The toll hikes go into effect Sept. 13.

The cost to drive from ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs. Dr.

How We Return to High School Sports in New Jersey

May 22, 2020

Dear Editor:

In my decades as an educator and school administrator, I’m hard pressed to find a situation as challenging as what we face related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been painful on many levels, from the heartbreaking loss of life to the millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss. It’s been a harrowing time for everyone.

For our students, ...

Correcting a Tax Return Will Soon be Easier

May 28, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service  announced today that later this summer taxpayers will for the first time be able to file their Form 1040-X, Amended U.S Individual Income Tax Return, electronically using available tax software products.

Making the 1040-X an electronically filed form has been a goal of the IRS for a number of years. It’s also been an ongoing request from the ...

Using IRAs to Help Children

Did you know there is no minimum age for having an IRA? As long as your child has earned income, you can open an account in their name. Whether they contribute to the IRA with their own money from working or a gift from you, the power of compound interest can help them get a significant head start on a secure financial future.

To learn more, click here to download “Using IRAs to Help ...

Avoiding Non-spouse Beneficiary Mistakes

As the beneficiary of an inherited IRA, you might be aware of some rules that come with these retirement accounts. However, are you also aware that the rules vary depending on whether you are a spouse, a non-spouse or a trust beneficiary?

From required distributions to even the titling of the account, understanding the differences based on the type of beneficiary is crucial to avoid paying ...