Cul-de-Sac Decision, Football Preps for Season Top Local News
New administrators to lead Bernards schools, Irene's impact a year later also top headlines.
The Township Committee on Tuesday unanimously and officially denied a request by the Liberty Ridge Neighborhood Association that the township plow the driveways inside the condominium complex. The committee also refused to reimburse the condominum association for 14 years of plowing and maintenance since that section of The Hills was built in the 1990s.
At issue were 30 cul-de-sacs, or so-called “lollipop driveways,” that serve the homes in the complex. The township maintained the cul-de-sacs were always meant to be private driveways, while at the previous meeting representatives for Liberty Ridge maintained that the paved circles serving multiple homes should be considered as public roads.
Along with some video footage of this year's Ridge Red Devils football team in practice, head football coach Bill Tracy talks about the season ahead, the players, and last year's injuries.
Township schools will open on Thursday with a complete lineup of top new administrators. However, most of those "new" administrators, including Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian, have long held other positions. Meanwhile, the school improvements projects undertaken this summer were expected to be 95-percent complete by the time students arrive.
Yes, Hurricane Irene was a natural (and utility) disaster in Aug. 28, but a positive results has been work on disaster preparedness and better communications set up with residents. Nearby Bernardsville, where much of the town was without water last August after pumps tapping into private wells lost water, has for the past year devoted both time and dollars to emergency preparedness, including a system for reaching out to the public.