Wednesday, May 22, 2013
See what's in your back yard — or get ready for next week's walking tour of trees in downtown Basking Ridge.
Enjoy nature walks and the trees in your backyard even more after exploring what's common in your neighborhood at the “Identifying Trees” program to be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Bernards Township Library. It's also a way to do your homework ahead for a scheduled walking tour of trees in downtown Basking Ridge, set for 3:30 p.m. next Wednesday, May 29. At this free library program guests will learn a few simple tricks to identify common trees in Northern New Jersey at the Bernards Township Library with Environmental Consultant and Liberty Corner resident Jack Donohue. Donohue will highlight the unique characteristics of leaves, branches, and bark of each tree through both photos and live samples. Jack Donohue is a 22-year …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Free seminar with longtime financial aid administrator, along with bagels and coffee.
If paying for college is looming on the horizon for you and your student, a free workshop this Saturday morning at the Bernards Township Library in Basking Ridge will help steer you in the right direction for financial aid opportunities. Financial Aid Administrator Joe Roberto, with more than 38 years of experience, is scheduled to conduct the seminar between 10 to 11:30 a.m., when he will speak about financial programs available for college-bound students. Roberto has been working with Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) and the New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NJASFAA) Speaker’s Bureau for many years. This informative program will provide details on federal, state and university financial …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Jack Donohue, local environment consultant, will teach some tricks for reading unique characteristics of trees.
- GOING GREEN
Thursday, March 14
Area residents are invited to a free presentation at the Bernards Township Library this Saturday with environmental consultant and Liberty Corner resident Jack Donohue, who will teach a few tricks for identifying some common trees in northern New Jersey. "Identifying Trees" is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday as a way to welcome the arrival of spring's greenery. This class will highlight the unique characteristics of leaves, branches, and bark of each tree through both photos and live samples, according to the library, which is located at 32 S. Maple Ave. Donohue is a 22-year resident of Basking Ridge with a M.S. in biological sciences specializing in wetland delinations and environmental resource inventories from Rutgers University. …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Hillsborough musician entertains — and teaches — special needs children and others at Bernards Township Library.
Ann Wild, a mother who also is a folk singer, said that special needs children and their parents often have few opportunities to just relax and have fun between the many "therapy" activities that are part of their weekly routine. But Wild's interactive musical performance and games with special needs children, scheduled on a regular basis at the Bernards Township Library, straddle the magical bridge between entertainment and learning skills. "Music is Magic!" again was presented this past Saturday afternoon at the library with about a half-dozen children who were quiet and fairly serious when they arrived — and far more relaxed and smiling when they had completed the program about 45 minutes later. Along with singing and dancing and …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Discussion with participants from both sides of gun control issue address ways to address gun violence and children's safety.
The Bernards Township Democratic Committee hosted a recent free public forum focusing on Gun Violence and Children’s Safety at the Bernards Township Library with the need for careful background checks reportedly an area of agreement among multiple speakers. The Feb. 11 meeting was an informative discussion with members of the community from both sides of the issue, according to David Ferdinand, chairman of the Bernards Democratic Committee. Topics included gun regulations as now practiced by our local law enforcement, community safety, mental health issues, and proposed gun control legislation. “The need for a reasoned, adult conversation about gun violence has never been greater in this country,” Ferdinand said. “It is our hope that by …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A penguin formally named Tuxedo wraps up a winter reading program at the library.
It's not every day a penguin visits a library, but this Sunday afternoon local children who attended a program at the Bernards Township Library had the treat of seeing Tux the African Black-Footed Penguin close-up in the library's community room. Keepers Reagan Quarg and Nancy Scarpelli from Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant kicked off Tux's appearance with a presentation on the different types of penguins and where they live — often not in snow and ice. In the wild, "Penguins have a tough life," Quarg told the children, explaining how many types of penguins are endangered, particularly due to human encroachment and climate change. Her question about why Tux (formally named Tuxedo) has his distinctive coloring brought the correct …
Friday, February 8, 2013
A combination of rain and snow made travel difficult.
Public works employees said they had sanded and salted on Friday, and would continue to work to clear roads through the night as needed. On Saturday morning, Mayor Carolyn Gaziano has scheduled cross-country skiing at the Environmental Education Center at 11 a.m. if there is four inches of snow. Otherwise, she said she will conduct another walk as part of the Mayor's Wellness Campaign. The Bernards Township Library announced the building closed at 3 p.m. and the Somerset Hills YMCA also said its facilities closed at 6 p.m. on Friday. Both asked the public to check back Saturday and check for reopening times. Due to the weather conditions, all Bernards Township schools also closed early on Friday, the Board of Education announced. Meanwhile…
Monday, February 4, 2013
UPDATE: Building on Collyer Lane hoped to reopen Tuesday afternoon.
The Bernards Township Town Hall at the municipal complex at 1 Collyer Lane remained closed on Tuesday morning while repairs were underway on the historic building's heating system. The problem is with boilers that heat the structure, said Township Administrator Bruce McArthur. Once repairs are complex, the heating system will be tested, he said. McArthur said he is hopeful that municipal employees, now in locations around the township, will be back in the building by the afternoon. McArthur said he hoped that scheduled repairs on Tuesday morning will allow municipal offices to reopen in the afternoon Planning Board meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday to be held. The meeting's agenda includes a public hearing on the Islamic Society…
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Back to school on Wednesday after a long holiday.
Even as we all get to pause for a final break for the New Year's holiday, the beginning of January is also a time to dive into the upcoming year. Bernards Township municipal offices will be open for a regular day on Monday, Dec. 31, and will close on Jan. 1. Bernards Township Committee to make appointments at annual reorganization The Bernards Township Committee is scheduled to hold its 2013 reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the municipal building at 1 Collyer Lane. At that meeting, the committee will appoint this year's mayor and deputy mayor, with 2012's deputy mayor, Carolyn Gaziano, expected to be appointed mayor and Township Committeeman John Carpenter anticipated to be appointed as deputy mayor for 2013. Gaziano and …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
'Books For Kids' holiday book drive for infants through teens can be dropped off at the library through the end of the week.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The children's library at the Bernards Township Library has extended the period for accepting donations for "Books for Kids" Holiday Book Drive through the end of this week, by Saturday, when they will be sent for distribution throughout the state. Donations of new books for infants through teens are being accepted now in donation boxes both upstairs and downstairs at the library, located at 32 S. Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge. The donated books will be distributed through "Books for Kids," a statewide program started in 1991 and sponsored by the New Jersey Library Association's Children's Services section, according to the library. "This program is undertaken with the hope that all children will be able to experience the joy of reading …