Crime Prevention Session, Interview For New School Board Member Ahead This Week

Search for David Bird enters third week.

The Bernards Township school board is scheduled on Monda replacement to consider and appoint a replacement for Board Member Audrey Cohen, who resigned this month. By Linda Sadlouskos
The Bernards Township school board is scheduled on Monda replacement to consider and appoint a replacement for Board Member Audrey Cohen, who resigned this month. By Linda Sadlouskos
First, Bernards Township police were urging residents to lock their cars and houses _ since many had gotten into the habit of not doing so. But recent burglaries around town have included homes that were locked up, and police are scheduled to discuss further crime prevention tips on Monday evening.

There have been burglaries around town this past year, including two on Jan. 18 on the same day and not far from each other in The Hills section of the township.

Bernards Township police are inviting residents to attend an information session next Monday to discuss residential burglaries, and to provide crime prevention advice.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at 6 p.m. on Monday in the Warren Craft Meeting Room of town hall at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge, near police headquarters.

Members of the Police Department will be on hand to discuss residential burglaries that have been reported, as well as giving advice, according to information from the police department.

Board of Education due to interview, and possibly select, new board member

Then, at 7 p.m. on Monday, the Bernards Township Board of Education will meet at the William Annin Middle School.

School officials and the  the Bernards Township School District website said that the board intends to interview — and select — a replacement at the meeting on Monday for former Board Vice-President Audrey Sherwyn, who resigned as of the beginning of this month.

The board already has collected applications for the position, with a deadline of Jan. 10. Previously, the website said the board expects to select an applicant at the Monday's meeting, and swear in the new board member on that night. 

Bernards Township Committee to meet

On Tuesday, the Bernards Township committee is scheduled to again return to the newly refurbished meeting room at town hall, at 1 Collyer Lane, in Basking Ridge center.

One of the items on the agenda is the reaffirmation of Bernards Township's Triple A bond rating. However, the municipality retired the last of its municipal bonds, except for land purchases funded by the open space tax, at the end of 2012.

Third week begins in search for David Bird

Meanwhile, at the start of the third week since Millington resident David Bird told his family he was going to take a walk — and then disappeared without a trace, the search continues.

A message posted by Long Hill Township Police Chief Michael Mazzeo on Friday said, "Preparations and arrangements are being made for supplementary K-9 units to assist Long Hill Township Police Department with their search for David Bird. These dogs have the ability to track and correctly identify a specific person in a field setting. These animals also have the ability to "scent discriminate" and differentiate between two distinct separate odors. The Long Hill Township Police Department is committed to using any and all credible K-9 resources available in an effort to locate Mr. Bird."

The chief said the police department would continue to update the Long Hill Police Department Facebook page on a regular basis, and asked readers to share the page with friends. Those with an information to report in the investigation are asked to call the township police department at 908-647-1800, ext. 0.

AC January 28, 2014 at 02:48 PM
I think it would have been nice of the town to set this up as a webinar or at least have a conference call bridge, so residents could 'attend' the virtual event if unable to make it to the actual in person meeting. Perhaps food for thought for future 'town halls'


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