Thursday, June 13, 2013
Students place third at national problem-solving finals sponsored by Destination Imagination.
A group of Bernards middle school students earned national recognition recently for their problem-solving skills — and using their imaginations. The William Annin Middle School students earned third place out of 68 teams competing in Destination Imagination's global finals in Knoxville, Tenn. The Bernards Township students were among three New Jersey teams earning top 10 honors. The "Wait. What? I Can't Read This" team from Bernards competed in the community service challenge. The same team also received further praise after finishing first in the “Instant Challenge” section of their ‘Select Challenge’ level, where they competed against students of their grade level. Other New Jersey groups who earned top 10 honors were from Chester and …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Far Hills Mayor says negotiations will continue for road maintenance agreement with Bernard Twp., but borough has been paying fair share.
Monday, February 18
Editor's Note: The following is Far Hills' Mayor Paul Vallone's commentary regarding the Bernards Township Committee's decision on Feb. 12 that Far Hills should begin paying a greater percentage of the cost of maintaining Douglas Road and a portion of Mine Brook Road shared by both municipalities. The border for the towns runs down the center of both roads, officials said. To the editor, February 15, 2013 Re: Road Service Agreement between Far Hills and Bernards Township: Far Hills is paying it's fair share. I would like to address several issues raised concerning the recent issue that has arisen concerning the Interlocal agreement of shared services between Far Hills and Bernards Twp. with respect to the maintenance of Minebrook Road …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Signs in place for official detour along Pill Hill and Meeker roads to reach downtown Bernardsville.
Workers from the New Jersey American Water Co. were out measuring Mount Airy Road on Tuesday for the start of the first phase of a complete overhall of the county road that eventually will include repaving, drainage work and the replacement of crumbling retaining walls and sidewalks south of Olcott Square in Bernardsville. The road is now closed to all but local traffic and school buses. This first phase of a larger $5 million road project, that will eventually also include replacing crumbling retaining walls and sidewalks in the area, could continue for about two months or a little more, Tricia Smith, principal highway engineer for Somerset County, said about a week ago. Detour signs already were in place at the road's intersection with …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Two women dead after vehicle left roadway, crashed into trees along I-78 in Bernards, police say.
Two women were killed when the vehicle they were in ran off the roadway and struck trees on Interstate 78 in Bernards Township early Thursday morning, State Police said. Tonya Gordon, 44, of Somerville, and Natasha Melendez, 20, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police Sgt. Adam Grossman. State Police did not immediately know where Melendez resided. According to Grossman, Davante Gordon, 20, of Somerville, was driving westbound when he lost control of his Nissan Maxima, near mile marker 33.8, ran off the left side of the road and hit two trees at about 2:30 a.m. According to Grossman, the front-seat passenger, Melendez, was ejected from the car. Gordon was airlifted to Morristown Medical Center with critical injuries, …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Caliguire says situation in Somerset County, specifically Bernards Township 'a tragedy waiting to happen.'
Thursday, November 8, 2012
If you are upset with the response utility companies have provided post-Hurricane Sandy, it appears you're not alone. Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire criticized JCP&L's response to the storm in the northern part of the county, calling it "abysmal" in a press release issued on Tuesday. The company's coverage area in Somerset County includes customers in Bernards, Bernardsville, Bedminster, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Far Hills, Green Brook, Hillsborough, Peapack-Gladstone, Warren and Watchung. As of about 11:42 a.m. on Thursday, 10,894 customers were still listed as being without power in the county. Caliguire particularly blasted the company for how it has addressed outages in Bernards Township, which has had extremely high outage …
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Accident occurred on eastbound lanes in Bernards Township late Saturday night.
Alcohol may have been a factor in one-car crash that resulted in two people needing to be airlifted from the scene on Interstate 78 in Bernards Township late Saturday night, State Police said. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known Sunday morning. According to State Police, the driver of the vehicle lost control in the left lane of eastbound lanes of the highway and struck the guardrail on the right side of the roadway at about 11:40 p.m. The car then came to a stop on the left side of the highway in the grass median, State Police said. The two occupants were airlifted to Morristown Medical Center. No further information was available Sunday morning. Patch will continue to update this story.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Somerset Hills YMCA again hosting annual event for humans and canines on Sept. 22.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The Somerset Hills YMCA in Basking Ridge invites all in the community to its third annual Strong Dogs Day on Saturday, Sept. 22. The day of fun for both humans and canines is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. in the YMCA’s backyard at the main facility at 140 Mount Airy Road. As in previous years, dogs and their human companions are welcome for a day that is due to be both informative and filled with activities. The day will kick off with a blessing of the hounds, followed by a dog wash, obstacle course, pet grooming and special activities for the entire family. Many local vendors, kennels, and groomers are scheduled to attend. Sponsorship opportunities still are available at various levels, according to information from the YMCA. During the weeks…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Township Committee also denies association's request for maintenance reimbursement.
The Township Committee on Tuesday unanimously and officially denied a request by the Liberty Ridge Neighborhood Association that the township plow the driveways inside the condominium complex. The committee also refused to reimburse the condominum association for 14 years of plowing and maintenance. The 160-unit complex is also known as Section 5 of the Hills Development, the large housing development near the intersection of interstates 287 and 78 that was approved in 1993. At issue were 30 cul-de-sacs, or so-called “lollipop driveways,” that serve the homes in the complex. The association asked the Township Committee to approve a change that would mean the township would plow theses driveways, and reimburse the residents for “the cost…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Police said BMWs with key fobs left inside were both apparently stolen on the same night.
Two BMWs, each with a key fob left inside, apparently were stolen on the same nights from the driveways of two township homes, bringing the number of reported thefts of high-end vehicles in the township up to six since January, police said. Police said neither of the two vehicles most recently stolen had been recovered. Bernards Township Police Lt. Ted Reese said on Tuesday that that he is "fairly certain" the most recent reported thefts are related to a series of other thefts of BMWs and other high end luxury cars — both within Bernards and also in other nearby communities — since late last year. This time, according to police, a 2012 BMW valued at about $40,000 was discovered to be missing from the driveway of a Carlyle Road home …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Mining continues on smaller scale than when Tilcon operated the Millington Quarry, as quarry owner waits for township to response to residential development plan.
Mining of stone at the Millington Quarry has never totally ceased even after Tilcon New York halted its larger operation in spring 2010, attorneys for Millington Quarry said on Friday. That mining will continue while the quarry owner waits for the township to consider the quarry's long-term reclamation plan to prepare the quarry's 190 acres off Stone House Road for future residential development, the MQI attorneys said. That plan already has submitted and could come before the township Planning Board late in November, said Anthony Marchetta, an attorney representing Millington Quarry, Inc. (MQI) While township officials and MQI address the details of that plan, the mining of red shale and gray basalt will continue, Marchetta said in a …