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Final Recovery After Bernards Twp. Cyber-Attack Underway At End of This Week

May 29, 2020

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 sent via email from the public at Tuesday's ...

Murphy Announces Opening Dates for Daycare Centers, Youth Sports, and Summer Camps

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 to resume over the next several weeks, if they follow health and safety safeguards, the ...

'Mayors For Main Street' Group Urges Business Reopenings in Letter to Governor and Other Officials

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 representatives and county officials to outlining a list of actions sought ...

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

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 ...

Proposal to Join Regional Court System Set to Be Discussed On June 1 [Updated]

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 special meeting on Monday, June 1.

A special Bernards Township Committee ...

Bernards Twp. Committee Set To Meet Tues.; Website Recovery Continues

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 Jr. said that the township would begin reinstating the Bernards Township website ...

A Memorial Day Remembrance Despite COVID-19 and Website Attack

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 Corner.

Then, earlier in May, a ransomware attack on the township's website and some other online ...

Murphy: Groups of 25 Can Now Gather Outdoors

NEW JERSEY — In time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the 10-person outdoor limit on gatherings on Friday, now granting up to 25 to congregate — so long as they adhere to the proper COVID-19 safety protocols. 

“So if you were looking forward to gathering with your neighbors for a Memorial Day cookout you may do so, so long as social distance and ...

Bernards, Somerset Hills Mayors Part of Alliance to Reopen Businesses Through Advocacy

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 alliance announced on Thursday.

The Somerset Hills area mayors who are ...

Pleasant Valley Pool Projected Opening Date Pushed to July 1

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 Recreation Director Jennifer Gander confirmed by email the change in the anticipated opening ...

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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 ...