BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Summer's last hurrah has arrived with the Labor Day holiday weekend, and both Bernards Township offices and the Bernards Township Library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2.
Bernards municipal offices will reopen with the usual schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 3. However, the Labor Day holiday traditionally kicks in the library's full-time yearly schedule.
Starting next week, the library will again be open on Sundays from 10-4 p.m., and for longer hours on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Area public pools closing
Public pools will also be closing on Sept. 2. The Pleasant Valley municipal pool is scheduled to be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. The Hills' association pool is also scheduled to close after Labor Day.
Traditional Labor Day bike races will not be held this year in downtown Basking Ridge
A Labor Day tradition in Basking Ridge for many years will not be held for 2019, however. The Olde Mill Inn competitive adult and kids' bicycle races will not be taking place this Monday, out of respect for Greg Cordasco, who had organized the annual races for 27 years before his passing this past April.
Cordasco, the co-owner of Liberty Cycle in Basking Ridge, brought competitive bike racing to downtown Basking Ridge and also helped organized the kids races, which each Labor Day drew hundreds of local children for a sprint on their bikes down South Finley Avenue.
Jennifer Gander, director of the township Parks and Recreation Department said last that the township hopes to resume the kids bike races in 2020.
Township schools due to open next Thursday
Township schools are also scheduled to re-open next Thursday, Sept. 5, with about 200 fewer students than last fall.
More than half of the decrease comes in the K-5 grades, with 101 of the projected 191 fewer students across the district. Oak Street and Mount Prospect schools carry most of the drop of the four elementary schools, with 47 and 49 students, respectively. Enrollment is foreseen to be 2.2 percent less at the middle school and 3.2 percent less at Ridge High.
Superintendent Nick Markarian noted in an email last week that the enrollment figures change daily, and will be not be exactly known until the first day of school.