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End of a (Very Long) Era; Basking Ridge's Old Oak Coming Down

April 24, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - This may be the first spring in 600 years that Basking Ridge's old white oak hasn't budded. 

In fact, the removal of the lifeless tree -- the symbol of Bernards Township, the sentinel of the Presbyterian Church's historic cemetery, and the namesake of the nearby Oak Street School -- began on Monday morning. A portion of East Oak Street directly in ...

Oak Tree's Removal Set To Begin Monday Morning; Partial Road Closure of Oak St.

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The removal of the township's 600-year-old white oak tree is due to begin on Monday morning. The small portion of Oak Street in front of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Churchyard, where the oak is located, will be closed to traffic, township police said.

Oak tree's removal to take a few days

The removal of the remains of the oak tree - which ...

Somerset and Hunterdon Counties Remain Under Drought Watch

TRENTON, NJ – Following months of sufficient precipitation, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today lifted a drought warning for 12 of 14 counties in the northern, central and northern coastal regions of New Jersey and removed a drought watch for four counties in the southwestern part of the state.

However, Somerset and Hunterdon counties remain ...

Cranford Bids Goodbye to "Son" of Historic Basking Ridge Oak Tree, Later Moved to Basking Ridge [Updated]

CRANFORD, NJ- Union County College said goodbye to the “son” of the Basking Ridge oak tree in a sunny, heartfelt ceremony held on campus on Tuesday morning before the tree was removed and replanted later on the grounds of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in Basking Ridge.

The tree was nurtured and donated by Dr. Thomas M. Ombrello, a biology professor at UCC.

Noted Conservationists from Bernards Twp. and Tewksbury Join Raritan Headwaters Trustees Board

BEDMINSTER, NJ - Raritan Headwaters announced this week that Candace McKee Ashmun of Basking Ridge, a longtime land conservationist who had previously served with the Upper Raritan Watershed Association, and George Cassa of Tewksbury Township have both been named to the watershed protection organization's Board of Trustees.

Ashmun had already served in ...

Mission Accomplished: 5,000 Trees Planted in Bernards Within 5 Years After Sandy

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township has announced it will fulfill a local initiative of planting 5,000 trees to replace those lost to "Superstorm Sandy" with a public dedication of the 5,000th tree on this Arbor Day.

Bernards Township had launched "Five in 5!" in response to the devastation of so many trees that were destroyed or damaged when Sandy struck the ...

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