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Jeff Plaza Continues as Bernards Planning Bd. Chair; Some New Appointments

January 17, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Jeffrey Plaza, among the new or returning members on the Bernards Township Planning Board sworn into new terms during Tuesday's reorganization meeting, was reappointed as Board Chair for another year. However, the board will have a new vice-chair for 2017.

Kathleen "Kippy" Piedici, already serving a term on the board, was chosen ...

Trail closure Dates For Annual Deer Hunt Coming Up at Lord Stirling EEC in Basking Ridge [Information Added]

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission is warning hikers and others who use the trail system by the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge that trails will be closed for an upcoming deer hunt.

The first date of the trail system closure will be on Wednesday, Jan. 25, according to the park commission.

Additional dates, following in February, are:

• Friday, ...

Schools Remember King on MLK Day, Even as Town Offices, Library Were Closed [Update]

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township municipal offices were closed Monday, Jan. 16, a federal holiday. The Bernards Township Library also was closed "in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day."

Bernards Township Schools, however, remained open on the holiday. 

As is traditional, the eighth grade at the William Annin Middle School gathered at an ...

Bernards Planning Board Set to Reorganize; Meet With Twp. Committee on Mosque Lawsuit, on Tuesday Night

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The two continuing lawsuits against Bernards Township alleging that mosque plans in Liberty Corner were turned down because of religious discrimination will bring together the two official bodies most concerned with the legal aspects of the case this week - the Bernards Township Committee and the Planning Board as well.

Planning Board reorganization set for ...

Holiday Clothing Drive for Lyons Veterans Served About 100 Vets; Continues Into New Year

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - For the fifth year in a row, Bedminster resident Stacia McDonough spearheaded the "They Kept Us Safe, Let's Keep Them Warm" collection that gathered new clothing, toiletries and additional necessities for "our heroes in need" living at housing at the Veterans Administration facility in Lyons.

Even after McDonough and other volunteers delivered ...

Basking Ridge Business Alliance Begins 2017 by Voting in Officers for Year

BASKING RIDGE, NJ-  More than 20 local business owners and members of the Basking Ridge Business Alliance gathered for the group's first meeting of 2017 at the Bernards Township Community Center, and voted in the leadership for 2017, including Bill Youngblood as president and Joan Triano as vice-president for the year. 

Also in attendance was Bernards Township resident ...

Bernards Police Capt. Shimsky Promoted to New Deputy Chief Position

BERNARDS TWP. - Police Capt. Michael Shimsky, who also has been the township's Office of Emergency Management coordinator for a decade, was promoted on Tuesday to Deputy Chief of Police, a brand new position within the department.

The Bernards Township Committee approved the promotion at Tuesday night's meeting. Officials said that he is due to be sworn into the new position at 11 ...

Bernards Twp. Committee to Meet Monday for Mosque Case Issues; Deputy Police Chief Hiring On For Tuesday

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - A special meeting of the Bernards Township Committee to discuss issues related to the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuits against township officials, alleging discrimination in the rejection of plans for a mosque in Liberty Corner, has been scheduled for late Monday afternoon, Jan. 9.

The meeting is scheduled ...

2017 Bernards Township Mayor Carolyn Gaziano's First Speech of Year

Editor's note: Inaugural address for 2017 by Mayor Carolyn Gaziano, appointed to serve as Bernards Township mayor on Tuesday night's Township Committee reorganization meeting:

I would like to thank all of you for your presence here tonight. Thank you to Congressman Leonard Lance, Senator Tom Kean, Jr., Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, ...

New Township Mayor Gaziano Vows to Continue Fiscal Conservatism; and 'Not Allow Establishments or Developers to Bully Us'

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Carolyn Gaziano, who has served on the Township Committee since 2010, was on Tuesday night selected to serve as township mayor for 2017. Gaziano said in her initial speech as mayor that, "first and foremost, we will continue the conservative fiscal policies of controlled spending, pay as you go, avoidance of debt, and maintaining low municipal taxes."

The new ...

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