School Make-Up Days, Sandy Recovery Continues Top Local News
Ridge girls soccer heads to final, football team ousted in first round of state playoffs.
Returning from a not-very-relaxing two weeks off from school, the Bernards Township Board of Education discussed plans for making up the remaining missed days, tentatively proposed as taking back the Martin Luther King's Day holiday and two days apiece from scheduled February and April holidays. The subject is scheduled to next be discussed at the Nov. 26 school board meeting.
It was yet another shutout victory for the Ridge High School girls soccer team over the Watchung Hills Warriors, led by senior Rachel Axt's efficient blocking of goals. The Red Devils face Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Tuesday in the finals.
As expected, the Bernards Township Committee expects to discuss its plans for responding to JCP&L's performance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Our Moms' Talk column discusses, and asks for reader input, on the question of how to make up the five lost school days still left after Bernards Township schools were closed for two full weeks due to Hurricane Sandy. Three days for inclement weather, built into the calendar, have already been used up by Sandy. Luckily, the last Thursday and Friday during the prolonged absence were days off for the teachers convention scheduled in Atlantic City, although that also was canceled. School officials had hoped to make up some of those lost days during the days off for the teachers convention, but the last township school wasn't opened until last Saturday, Nov. 10. Readers offer suggestions for make-up days.
If ever a game can be described as a heartbreaker, this was it. The Ridge Red Devils football drew a large crowd even on a cold night for their first time back on the field after three weeks. The team had only lost one game all season — until this one, a 23-22 loss to Bridgewater-Raritan in the first round of the state playoffs. The Ridge team had been leading 13-2 at halftime.