It may have seemed like summer might never end this year, but as of Sept. 9, students returned to Bernards Township schools in full force, with some changes — including a longer day for elementary school students and also a school calendar without the traditional February week's vacation.
The towns in the Somerset Hills may not have ranked as high as neighboring Warren Township in this year's New Jersey Monthly rankings of "Best Places to Live" in New Jersey — but Bernardsville, at no. 27, and Basking Ridge, at no. 47, still were in the top 10 percent.
Some towns undoubtedly don't look forward to having an audit of municipal finances — but this year, following multiple favorable audit reports — auditor Robert Morrison praised Bernards Township's handling of finances, and said he didn't even have any recommendations to make for improvements.
As promised, the Bernardsville Council followed through on a second and final vote to rescind a $1.2-million bond ordinance to pay for a synthetic turf field — a bond ordinance opposed by residents who felt that last year's vote against funding such a field at a public referendum was being ignored.