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Bernards School Board Approves Teacher Retirements, Resignations

May 7, 2021

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Retirements for longtime staffers were accepted by the Bernards Township Board of Education in its April 26 and May 3 meetings.

Notices were received from:

Debbie Karuppan, school nurse at William Annin Middle School;

Cindy Mastrian, a kindergarten teacher at Liberty Corner School;

John Mullarkey, school media specialist at Liberty Corner ...

Fewer Students, Fewer Teachers in Bernards Township Schools

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Declining enrollment will mean a smaller teaching staff for the 2021-22 school year in Bernards Township, according to the budget passed Monday night.

The adopted $103.2 million budget shows a reduction of the equivalent of 22 fulltime positions. Of those, 17 will be in kindergarten through grade five, although nine will be “extra” teachers hired ...

Bernards BOE Members to Get Breakdown of Proposed $103.2M Budget

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Bernards Township Board of Education members will hear about staffing and projected tax effects before they vote on the 2021-22 school budget on Monday night.

The $103.2 million spending plan is buffeted by out-of-the ordinary factors, like higher costs for state-mandated health benefits plans for employees, reimbursement for pandemic-related expenses, and higher ...

Ridge Class of 2022 Collecting Clothing and Childrens' Items for Fundraiser

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Ridge High School Class of '22 will be raising funds by holding a collection of clothing and other apparel items, as well as other items for children and household goods during May.

The items to be collected include clothing for men, women and children, accessories (e.g., belts, scarves, hats and more), shoes, small toys of two feet or less, bikes or scooters, ...

Benards Township School Board Firm on Full Days, Starting Monday

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — After months of pressure to reopen schools more completely, Bernards Township Board of Education members heard pleas Monday night to stick with the half-day schedule.

For the first time since the COVID-19 virus forced schools to close in March 2020, students would be in buildings for full days, five days a week, starting Monday, May 3.

Schools began the ...

Karen Richman Stepping Down from Bernards Board of Education

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Tearfully, Karen Richman announced she will resign from the Bernards Township Board of Education, effective May 24.

She said at the end of Monday’s livestreamed meeting that she would be moving out of the district. She said it had been her pleasure to have served seven and one-half years on the board.

Her service “taught me more than I ever could ...

Basking Ridge Residents Named to U. of Scranton Fall 2020 Dean's List

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Nine residents of Basking Ridge were among more than 1,800 students named to The University of Scranton's Dean's List for the 2020 fall semester. 

The Dean's List recognizes students for academic excellence. A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours during the semester to make the Dean's List.

The ...

Liberty Corner School Playground Project is Completed

LIBERTY CORNER, NJ — The Liberty Corner School Parent Teacher Organization (LCS PTO) has announced the completion of an outdoor project that had been years in the making. The project includes the installation of a new eight-bay swing set and a modern sculptural play system, the Level X, which brings climbing, sensory and tactile experience to the children.

The LCS PTO has ...

'Normal' School Day Should Resume on Thursday

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Bernards Township schools should be open as normal on Thursday following two days of internet connectivity problems that forced the closure of the middle and high schools.

Superintendent Nick Markarian said by email Tuesday afternoon that it was “looking good for Thursday” to be back on track for the hybrid school day.

The district worked in ...

All Remote Instruction for Ridge & WAMS on Monday and Tuesday Due to Internet Outage

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Due to the ongoing internet outage in the Bernards Township school district, Ridge High School and William Annin Middle School will hold all-remote instruction for all students on Monday and Tuesday, April 19 and 20. 

The only exception at both schools will be self-contained special education programs, which will continue to run in-person, according ...

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Bernardsville to Unveil Completed Mural This Month

May 6, 2021

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The borough has announced the completion of the Bernardsville Mount Airy Road Mural Project, with an unveiling of a new and long-anticipated mural depicting the historic borough.

The mural is a permanent installation and attraction that covers both sides of the bridge on Mount Airy Road, a main thruway for downtown Bernardsville. The mural reads “Welcome to ...

NJ Dentist and his Pit Bull Therapy Dog Give Back to Local Community

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- While Joseph DalBon, DMD, may be best known as a top-notch local dentist at the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, he is also the proud owner of a therapy dog. Dr. DalBon spoke with TAPintoTV about his Pit Bull puppy, Olivia, the services she provides to others in the community, and how he came to recognize her unique talents.

DalBon realized Olivia was ...

Fellowship Foundation Hosts Inaugural Fellowship Charity Golf Outing - Honorary Chair Robert Mulcahy Joins Event on June 7

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Fellowship Foundation is hosting its inaugural Fellowship Charity Golf Outing on Monday, June 7, 2021 at the nationally recognized Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernardsville. Known for its rich history, the golf course is consistently rated one of the top 100 courses in the country. The Fellowship Foundation raises funds to enhance programs and services and ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

Bernardsville to Unveil Completed Mural This Month

May 6, 2021

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The borough has announced the completion of the Bernardsville Mount Airy Road Mural Project, with an unveiling of a new and long-anticipated mural depicting the historic borough.

The mural is a permanent installation and attraction that covers both sides of the bridge on Mount Airy Road, a main thruway for downtown Bernardsville. The mural reads “Welcome to ...

Walk-in Vaccinations Available to New Jerseyans Age 16+ at Six Vaccine Mega-Sites

April 30, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Beginning today, walk-in vaccinations are open to all New Jerseyans age 16+ at all six vaccine mega-sites during select times, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who announced the news in a tweet on Thursday, April 29.

Walk-up vaccinations are now available at the Middlesex County Mega-site, located at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, ...

The 8th Annual Joseph Calello Melanoma Scholar, Dr. Charles Balch, to Present “The Surgical Management of Melanoma,” a Virtual Lecture, May 6

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, in partnership with OncLive, invites health care professionals and others interested in the surgical management of melanoma to a virtual lecture by internationally known melanoma expert Charles M. Balch, MD, FACS, FASCO.  Dr. Balch is this year’s Joseph Calello Melanoma Scholar.  The free lecture and Q & A will be held on May 6, 11 a.m.

Somerset County Expands COVID Vaccination Clinics in Response to Increased Vaccine Allocations

April 30, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County today announced a significant expansion of vaccination appointments at a variety of clinics next week following significantly increased vaccine allocations from the New Jersey Department of Health. The clinics will be held in various locations throughout the county with a variety of strategies to ensure that any resident, regardless of personal ...