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Proposal For Bernards to Join Regional Court System Tabled, Could Save About $100K

May 27, 2020

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.

Towship officials will gather more information on the proposal to present to the public before the Township ...

Bridgewater Youth Fatally Struck by Train

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 ...

Bernardsville Borough and Police Department Remove Facebook Pages After Harassment

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- The borough of Bernardsville and the police department both have temporarily disabled access to their respective Facebook pages.

The moves came in response to a litany of incendiary comments on both pages in response to the citation of the owner of the Country Home crafts and gift shop in Olcott Square.

"We were receiving harassing comments following the incident ...

'Lottery Winner' Scammed Out of $8,000 to $10,000 in Gift Cards

BERNARDS TWP. _ Bernards police said that a resident of Fellowship Deaconry fell victim to an internet lottery scam to the tune of $8,000 to $10,000 sent out in gift cards over a period of about six months. 

The victim reportedly told police he received an email stating he had won an "exceptional amount" of lottery money, but that he first had to prepay the ...

Liberty Corner Fire Company Offers Gift Cards for Future Events to Raise Needed Funds

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Liberty Corner Fire Company is now offering gift cards for future events and fundraisers in addition to their Annual Drive mailing as a way to continue bringing in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Due to current social distancing guidelines, the Fire Company was forced to cancel one of their most successful annual fundraisers, Spring Comedy Night which was ...

Bernards Police: Unlocked Vehicles Attract Thieves, Sleeping Man

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Despite the widespread COVID-19 lockdown, Bernards Township police said that burglars, car thieves and even a man from a neighboring town who reportedly entered an unlocked vehicle for a snooze have been out and about in recent weeks.

Police said officers responded to a report of an attempted burglary at the Crawlers to Scholars buildings at 409 King George Road at about 3 ...

Bernards Township Police Issue Statement About Increase in Mail Theft Cases

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The police department is cautioning residents about an increase in incidents of mail theft related to COVID-19 guidance.

"There is an increase in the theft of mail occurring in this jurisdiction and surrounding jurisdictions," Bernards Police Lt. Jon Burger said in a statement. "Unfortunately, criminals are now taking advantage of COVID-19 protocols and ...

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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 ...

Quick Response to Stroke Symptoms Must Trump COVID-19 Anxiety; May is Stroke Awareness Month

May 14, 2020

As a vascular neurologist, I’m concerned that people’s fear of catching COVID-19 is stopping them from seeking health care, even those who may be gravely ill. Having a stroke is a major emergency that requires immediate medical intervention, yet people with symptoms erroneously believe the risk of coronavirus infection is a greater threat.

I assure you it is not.

Anyone who ...

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, ...

Has COVID-19 Impacted Your Business or Organization? New Jersey Wants to Hear from You

May 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - The State of New Jersey is requesting your input to better understand how to help you get back to work safely and productively. By filling out an online survey about your operations you can help inform the State’s reopening strategy and upcoming business and organization assistance opportunities.

Survey questions include inquiries about COVID-19’s impact on your ...

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 ...