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Loss of Young Resident, New Businesses, Traffic Task Force, Top March News

Also, some parents wonder why the Ridge junior prom was scheduled before one of the major testing dates for the SATs on May 4.

Appreciation for William "Billy" Zimmermann, just a few weeks shy of his 20th birthday, along with support for his family in Bernards Township, were offered by the hundreds of mourners who attended his funeral Mass on Tuesday morning at St. James R.C. Church. The young man's life drew friends and family from the multiple schools he attended, including Villanova University, along with local residents.

Two Restaurants Close in Basking Ridge

One day, potential diners showed up and both Fresh restaurant and, a little later, Doon Indian Valley Restaurant, were closed for good. Replacement tenants are being sought.

Man With Far Hills Address Killed While on Spring Break

Bernards Township resident William Zimmermann, a sophomore on spring break, was killed in mid-March while on spring break with classmates, four of whom were injured.

One Case of Measles Confirmed in Somerset County

The New Jersey Department of Health has confirmed one case of measles in Somerset County and is investigating two other reported cases of measles in people determined to be at locations in the area from March 6 to March 12.

William "Billy" Zimmermann's accomplishments and involvement in sports were highlighted, along with a scholarship fund set up in his memory.

New Event Salon Opens in Basking Ridge

It was a fun time for all who stopped by at the grand of opening of Bella Rouge, an event salon and blow dry bar, which now occupies part of the Sandra John Interiors building at 374 N. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.

Back to Back Prom and SAT Testing Concern Some Parents

Some parents reportedly feel that scheduling the Ridge High School junior prom before one of the major testing days for the SAT standardized tests, including subject tests, puts students between a rock and a hard place.

Two Bernards Elementary Schools Named As N.J. Reward Schools

The Mount Prospect Elementary School and the Cedar Hill Elementary School were two of the three schools in Somerset County — among 112 in the state — to be named N.J. Reward Schools. However, the reward didn't come with funding.

Lyons Road Reopened After Van Crash Into Utility Pole

It took hours to clear out a utility pole and downed lines after a Somerset Hills Florist van knocked both down in front of a home on Lyons Road just south of the Lyons Mall.

Task Force Leans Toward Wider Driveway to Ease Ridge HS Traffic Jams

The Ridge traffic task force held a public forum on Monday to outline options for improving traffic flow, and making a safer campus for drivers and pedestrians at Ridge High School. But not everyone was satisfied with the apparent preference of the task force, made up of township and school officials.

The Ridge High School boys basketball fans were jubilant when this year's almost unbeatable team beat Bridgewater-Raritan in the state sectional semi-final championship. However, the team's season record ended up as 27-2 after a loss to Linden in the state final sectional championship game.

Gillette Kings Opens With Some Unique Features

The long-vacant Pathmark supermarket space at the Valley Mall Shopping Center in Long Hill Township came alive again when Kings Supermarket relocated the Berkeley Heights store, and added some unique features, such as a Hibachi grill and more.

A wrap-up of a crash on Lyons Road, the Bernards Township Board of Education's introduction of a $94.2 million school budget and more discussion on the school calendar for next year attracted readers to a weekend wrap.

Ridge Traffic Optins Range from Zero Cost to $1.1M in Online Report

A specially appointed Ridge Traffic Task Force finally issued a report online outlining options considered for ways to unsnarl traffic and make the Ridge campus safer during morning dropoffs. The task force then invited the public to comment, and also discussed the task force preference the March 28 school board meeting.

$158 Tax Hike in 2013-14 School Budget Approved by Bernards School Board

The Bernards Township Board of Education on Thursday night approved a $94.2 million school budget for next year that preserves all school programs and adds a few new staff positions.

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