Government

May 11, 2021

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Tuesday night's Bernards Township Committee meeting was the last for the township's Deputy Mayor Joseph Esposito, who has resigned to relocate South with his family. First elected in November 2018, Esposito's term on the Township Committee expires at the end of ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ This Tuesday, the Bernards Township Committee is scheduled to vote on whether to hire a new patrol officer to fill a vacancy in the Bernards Township police department. The new officer, Kendall Bohannon has been recommended by Police Chief Michael Shimsky and other township ...

Read more »

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County has scheduled 10 open vaccination clinics for the week of May 10 as part of its effort to make it easy for every resident to be protected against the COVID-19 virus. In addition to hosting clinics throughout the county, for the first time Somerset will be ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Committee has renewed its lease giving operation of the historic Farmstead Arts center to the non-profit Friends of the Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead, Inc. through Dec. 31, 2050, and also gave its approval to the organization to apply for a $150,000 ...

Read more »

TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor ...

Read more »

SOMERVILLE, NJ_  Somerset County has reached a major milestone with 50 percent of adults who are 18 years or older being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 70 percent having received their first dose, Somerset County announced on Monday. This puts Somerset County in range of its goal to ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The 2021 municipal budget of $41,906,425 approved by the Bernards Township Committee last week will raise this year's property tax bill by $59.74 on an average township home, assessed at $620,895 for 2021.  The $21 million portion of the budget to be funded by taxpayers this ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Although COVID-19 will again prevent this year's Memorial Day parade in Bernards Township, a brief Memorial Day ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 31. The Memorial Day event is being hosted by the Liberty Corner Fire Company. The event is scheduled to be held ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ All Bernards Township residents are invited to the first planned monthly “Meet & Greet” meeting with Bernards Township Mayor Janice Fields, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 10, in the Warren Craft Meeting Room at town hall, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge. This first ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Committee is set to take a final vote Tuesday night on a proposed $41,906,425 budget to cover municipal operations for 2021 that will raise property taxes by a little less than $60 on an average township home. A public hearing on the budget will also be ...

Read more »

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing Monday afternoon that effective May 10, indoor room capacities for private catered events -- including weddings and school proms, political events, funerals, memorial services, and performances -- will increase to 50% with a maximum ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A free tree seedling giveaway for Bernards Township residents is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 1, to celebrate Arbor Day and to replace local trees lost in previous years. The seedlings are scheduled to be given away by the township from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. that ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The second annual Reusable Bag Design Challenge, hosted by the Bernards Township Environmental Commission, kicks off on Earth Day, April 22, with a callout to all township students in kindergarten through grade 8 to submit their entries. Entries must be received by June 1, ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township Mayor Janice Fields is planning to hold a 'Meet the Mayor' event starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 10. 'Meet the Mayor' will be held at town hall at the Bernards Township municipal complex, 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge. Details are still being worked ...

Read more »

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — Before its members ultimately voted in favor of an ordinance prohibiting the operation of any class of cannabis business within the borough’s boundaries, the Bernardsville Borough Council Monday night heard presentations from four Basking Ridge teens on the issue. Paige ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ — There will no longer be a need to make an appointment to visit the Bernards Township Library as of Monday, April 19. The township library is set to more fully reopen to the public at 50 percent capacity as of next Monday, and also to expand hours, according to ...

Read more »

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The Borough Council unanimously passed an ordinance at its meeting Monday night that prohibits the operation of any class of cannabis business within the borough’s boundaries.  A section of the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township health department is looking to bring COVID-19 vaccines to homebound senior citizens or disabled persons in the area. The health department already has hired a Vulnerable Populations Outreach Coordinator, Riya Patel, to identify the most at-need ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A $140,000 contract for the repair and resurfacing of township tennis courts, including a conversion to a pickleball court, is set to be awarded at Tuesday night's Bernards Township Committee meeting. Nickolaus Construction Co. of Vincentown, NJ, has offered the lowest of ...

Read more »

Editor's Note: The following is a letter to the community and a press release issued by Bernards Township Mayor Janice Fields. Dear Bernards Township Resident, With spring upon us, we are all excited to begin this new season with hope and anticipation of a return to normalcy. This past ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Both Bernards Township Committee members wrapping up their first terms have decided against seeking re-election this year, including Democrat Joan Bannan _ who make history as the first Democrat elected to the governing body in 2019 _ and Republican Joseph Esposito. Esposito is ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ As of 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 5, online and in-person registration will begin for Bernards Township's popular summer recreation program for grades K-5. There will be three program locations this year, at Southard Park, Pleasant Valley Park and Dunham Park. The program is ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A public hearing on proposed improvements at Fellowship Village Senior Living _ both in buildings and outdoors _ is scheduled to be presented before the Bernards Township Planning Board next Tuesday, April 6. The application before the Planning Board, posted on the online ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The tentative opening day for the township-owned Coakley-Russo Memorial Golf Course has been moved to Thursday, April 8, in order to wrap up negotiations with the NJ Veterans  Administration campus in Lyons, on which the course is located. The township's annual budget for the ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township municipal offices will close this Friday, April 2, which is Good Friday. So will the Bernards Township Library and the Bernards Township school district _ but the library will be shut for the whole weekend, through Easter Sunday. The Bernards Township ...

Read more »

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced that 4,030,061 vaccinations have been administered throughout the state and that 1,473,409 New Jerseyans are fully vaccinated during press briefing today where he also reported a list of updates to citizens about the state’s evolving COVID-19 measures as ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ In an effort to seek public input on the scheduled Labor Day weekend bike race in downtown Basking Ridge, Mayor Janice Fields and the Bernards Township Committee are asking residents to fill out an online survey by this Wednesday to offer questions or comments on the ...

Read more »

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Friday that the state will expand vaccine eligibility to include people 55 and over starting April 5. The following groups are eligible for vaccination once the expansion is in effect: Age 55+ Individuals age 16+ with intellectual and ...

Read more »

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced that the NJ Dept. of Health has revised its guidance for local health departments on K-12 in-class operations.  The governor said that if masking and frequent hand-washing can be maintained by students and educators and support staff in a ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The unveiling of brand-new contactless self-checkout machines at the Bernards Township Library couldn't have better timing. The self-checkout machines were installed about two weeks ago in the upstairs adult and downstairs children's rooms in the library at 32 S. Maple Ave.

Read more »