Somerset Hills Top Stories

September 22, 2020

BEDMINSTER, NJ — The Bedminster Township Committee on Monday night met in person for the first time in nearly seven months, since before the start of the coronavirus pandemic last March. “We could meet in person, socially distanced, broadcast the meeting on Zoom so that we could be in person, ...

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BEDMINSTER, NJ — Live singing has been on a forced worldwide shutdown since early March due to suspected instances of massive aerosol spreading of coronavirus among participants. Choral singing has been shunned over fears of pandemic plumes, but local a cappella chorus Somerset Hills Harmony has ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ — Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter has released online video and photo tutorials to assist voters participating in the 2020 General Election being held on Nov. 3.  The election will be conducted primarily through Vote by Mail ballots, which will be delivered to every active voter ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — Make-A-Wish New Jersey, in partnership with the Bernardsville Police Department, Fire Department and the entire borough and surrounding communities, will host a surprise car parade in honor of a 10-year-old Bernardsville resident. The youngster, Neil, will be surprised at ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ – Although horseback riding lessons at Lord Stirling Stable offered to the public for many decades are still on hold, the Somerset County Park Commission is continuing to study the feasibility of resuming stable operations _ the county issued a reminder this week that weekly ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside. The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — With just two weeks until the scheduled start of the revamped fall sports regular season, Bernards High School teams still are not back out on the field. The Somerset Hills Regional School District in Bernardsville delayed the opening of in-person learning at Bernards High ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The Bernardsville Borough Council heard and viewed a presentation by Kyle Morris, a freshman at Bernards High School and a Life Scout who has just completed his Eagle project. Morris, who gave his presentation at the council's virtual meeting Tuesday night, undertook the task ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The Bernardsville Borough Council on Monday night passed an ordinance to pay $11,000 of the total cost of renovations to the Kiwanis Little League Field. The borough will divide the overall cost of $21,550 with the Somerset Hills Little League, which has contracted with ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ — A lottery ticket worth more than $387,000 was sold at a service station in Basking Ridge. Two tickets matched all five numbers drawn splitting the $775,198 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Sunday, Sept. 13 drawing. One of those tickets was purchased from the Basking Ridge Exxon ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — Free Household Clean-up Day for private residences, multi-family dwellings apartment units and churches will be held only on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Bernardsville Compost Facility at 150 Pill Hill Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents will be allowed to dispose of one pick-up ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ On a mild, seasonable Sept. 11 as it was 19 years ago, a crowd of residents, officials, Boy Scouts, family members and many first responders gathered briefly on Friday evening to pay homage to Bernards Township residents who lost their lives in the tragedy that unfolded on ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — September is National Preparedness Month, and the Bernardsville Police Department is encouraging borough residents to assemble their own emergency kits. The kit should include basic household items, police say. Following a disaster, people may find themselves without outside ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Sue Fulton read a recent tweet from a man who had arrived at his local Motor Vehicle Commission agency site and, in short time, walked away with his new license plates. Even Fulton, the head of the much-maligned state department, had to admit that such words of praise are few and ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — Bernards High School classrooms will remain closed with all instruction online until at least Sept. 21, and other schools in the Somerset Hills School District will continue to conduct all virtual classes through at least Sept. 14 as a result of two separate issues. According ...

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BEDMINSTER, NJ — After a court order had mandated that the township rezone land for additional affordable housing, Bedminster has made Pluckemin Village the focus of its obligations. Township planner Frank Banisch said at the township's virtual Land Use meeting on Sept. 3 that Bedminster has ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - On Monday, August 24th, Confirmation students from the Somerset Hills Lutheran Church in Basking Ridge presented residents of Ridge Oak Senior Housing with homemade bookmarks to help raise their spirits during this time of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.    The 2020 ...

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SOMERSET HILLS AREA, NJ — Two students who are residents of Somerset Hills communities have been named semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Susan E. Lee, a Bedminster resident who is homeschooled, and Ava J. Escousse of Gladstone, who attends Gill-St. Bernard's, both ...

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NEW JERSEY — For many New Jersey school districts, this week will mark the first day of class.  While all have prepared — opting for in-person, remote or a hybrid of the two — new coronavirus cases are to be expected, state officials said Tuesday.  “We have all the public health protocols and ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The Bernardsville Borough Council has drafted an ordinance that would amend the current land use ordinance to create a new downtown zoning district. The new district, which was discussed at a special online meeting on Sept. 3, would consist of four downtown subdistricts with ...

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BEDMINSTER, NJ — The Somerset County Department of Health on Sunday reported a total of 4,934 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the county, an increase of 11 cases overnight. Bedminster had two new confirmed cases of the virus, for a total of 51. There were no new cases reported in ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ In a year when health officials are urging people to receive seasonal flu shots early to avoid a heightened risk combined with COVID-19, the Bernards Township Health Department is offering four flu shot clinics in September. The Bernards health department serves six member ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Marking the milestone of six months since the confirmation of the first coronavirus case in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy kicked off the holiday weekend by signing an Executive Order Friday to allow for the resumption of indoor dining, albeit at 25 percent capacity. The order also ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Public expression of a viewpoint came at a cost for several Bernards Township residents in the last two weeks. Bernards Township police reported two incidents of sign thefts from front lawns, and another case of vandalism that they believe was connected to a resident’s ...

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BEDMINSTER, NJ — The Bedminster Township Recreation Committee is conducting a community interest survey to establish priorities for recreational facilities, parklands and programs for residents of all ages within Bedminster Township. In a post on the township Facebook page, residents are invited ...

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BEDMINSTER, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture released information and instructions for residents who find the Spotted Lanternfly at any time on their properties, and Somerset County is one of the locations being quarantined because of the number of sighting reports. Residents from ...

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TRENTON, NJ – More than half the public school districts and private schools that are working with the state on drafting their reopening plans will start the school year with a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning, officials said Wednesday. Included in those districts are the Somerset ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — Senior linebacker Luke Burns of Bernards High School has been named to USA TODAY Network’s 2020 Preseason All-New Jersey team. Burns was credited with a school record 155 tackles as a junior for Bernards, which had an 8-2 record and reached the second round of the NJSIAA ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — New Jersey’s much-anticipated wait for indoor dining looks to be over, and just in time for Labor Day. On Friday, after nearly five months, restaurants will once again be able to serve indoors while following coronavirus limits, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday at his press ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — Beginning last Friday, purple ribbons started appearing throughout the borough of Bernardsville. The Community Hub building is awash in purple light to remember those lost to overdoses and to raise awareness for the prescription pill and heroin epidemic, which this year has ...

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