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Township Set to Award Rink Bid at One of This Week's Meetings

Board of Education, Bernards Township Committee, other groups to meet this week.

Multiple meetings by local officials are coming up this week, including a meeting of the Bernards Township Committee on Tuesday at which officials are due to award a $121,600 contract for

The township'salready has been out in recent days removing the walls of the rink and, on Monday, digging up the old asphalt surface, in preparation for a new asphalt surface to be laid.

This is the fifth try at finding a contractor to perform the job within the township's budget. Resident , even attempting to have a Superior Court judge require further investigation into that solution.

However, township officials and also to improve drainage to help ward off future deterioration of the surface. The township left the door open for a possible installation of a plastic surface at some point in the future.

Meanwhile, now that school is started and Labor Day is past, the new school year brings the first meeting of the school year, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday at the

The first meeting of the school year will be presided over by a whole new team of leaders from last September — there's Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian, Assistant Superintendent Sean Siet, Schools Business Administrator Rod McLaughlin — a position previously held by Markarian — and even a new head of the school board.

Board member Susan McGowan has moved up to board president after

The board is sure to discuss some of the issues that the school district will face for the 2012-13 school year — including busing of students to the read entrance of the building, in the back of the

The also gets down to business at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night at the municipal building at 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge.

Other meetings this week include:

The Bernards Township Green Team meets at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the first floor conference room at the municipal building.

The Bernards Township Environmental Commission meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday at the first floor small conference room at the municipal building.

The Bernards Township Recreation Parks and Pathways Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. on Monday at the first floor conference room at the muncipal building.

The Bernards Township Sewerage Authority meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the municipal building.

The Bernards Township Shade Tree Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the first floor conference room at the municipal buiilding.

The Bernards Township Board of Adjustment will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

JaK September 10, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Copy of letter I sent to RHS . As a parent I am responsible to keep my children safe and removed from harm. As educators you are responsible to keep our children informed and aware.I am writing this to urge you do not let our children let 9/11 pass as a typical day, it is not. September 11th, 2001 forever changed our world. A day that spawned horrific images of the tragedy, inflicited upon thousands of families, innocent workers, travelers, pedestrians, fire, polices and so many... too numerous to list. We are obiligated to keep our children aware and compassionate to the loss of the 9/11 victims and their families.
JaK September 10, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Years ago, while attending Cedar Hill, my young son informed me that the school not observe a moment of silence for the victims. As it turned out that was not first year of ignoring this National tradegy. Superintendent Goger informed me at the time that it was the BOE's decision not to have a moment of silence. The President of the United States deemed it important enough to stop the country, thedomestic and international finanial services market halted all activity etc.. why would the Bernrds BOE not? Her answer was so appalling to this day I cringe. Her concern was some students may be offended, others didn't remember so why bother... We as parents and educators must never let moments that changed our lives eclipse into a non-event. That is exactly what the BOE was doing. Save a few from what? The pharse "Never forget" was a call out from the families of the victims and others impacted by 9/11. Yet that is what the BOE decided to do. Would we forget Pearl Harbor Day? Of course not. The best and most efficient way to have a society implement or diminish events is through children...to stop remembering...soon it never happened or wasn't such a big deal and terriomism will have won. As the President of Iran vocally informs the world...the Holocust never happened. To the children of Iran sadly, that information is the truth.
JaK September 10, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Please be brave and do the right thing. Give a moment of silence out of respect and memory of those thatfell on that awful day ..so our children learn that it right and good to have compassion. More than a decade has passed but it still feels like yesterday. We will NEVER FORGET. Let us come together this 9/11, to honor, remember and, pray for the innocent victims of 9/11.
doug wicks September 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I visited the Dunham rink site and observed that the perimeter walls were removed to disclose the rink surface at the perimeter curb and found that , contrary to our engineer's claim that the rink surface had "sunken below" the curb and thus caused a "drainage problem", that in all areas the rink surface was about 1/8 to1/4 inch ABOVE the curb and thus was not the cause of the water pooling. Also my inspection on Monday evening revealed that the base material underlying the torn up rink surface was not clay, as deemed by the town engineer, but rather base fill material consisting of loam type soil mixed with 3/4 inch bluestone-making it evident that this base material was installed to promote drainage at the onset of this rink installation in 2000 and thus precluding the need for expensive drainage work. I had proposed in an editorial that instead of stampeding into the proposed bid solution that we could install the tiles over the existing surface and THEN IPF NEEDED provide drainage. It now appears that my solution was a cost saving solution and would have worked. Now its too late as the perfectly adequate existing rink surface has been demolished
LC September 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Thank you for this post. My kids are long out of the schools here, but had I known of this, I'd have voiced the same position as you. The BOE was afraid to "offend" certain students with a moment of silence for the murdered of 9/11? I wonder who else on the board had that opinion? Rhetorical question. This is absolutely outrageous.

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