Friday, May 17, 2013
After two years in Bernardsville, following eight in Basking Ridge, outdoors store says it can't compete with online marketing and economic downtown.
BaseCamp Adventure Outfitters, part of the Bernardsville and Basking Ridge community for almost 10 years, will be closing its doors on June 30. The store with outdoors clothing and gear was located for most of its existence in the center of Basking Ridge, but moved in July 2011 to 30 Olcott Square in Bernardsville, near the parking lot for the Bernardsville Public Library. Before then, the store will be offering sales on its merchandise, with details to be posted on the BaseCamp website, according to the website and General Manager, Eleni Caravanos. Caravanos said in a news release about the store's closing, "With the online market booming and the downturn on the economy a small business such as, BaseCamp Adventure Outfitters simply cannot…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Animal never found despite search by police and animal control officers.
A mother who said her 6-year-old daughter was subjected to an unprovoked and "vicious" attack by an aggressive raccoon in her Bernardsville backyard on Monday said she wants to warn the public about what happened. The animal was never located, despite searches by borough police and animal control officers. The girl was treated immediately afterward at Morristown Medical Center, and now is receiving the multi-step rabies vaccine, said her mother, Heather MacDonald of Somerset Avenue. St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, Bernardsville's contracted animal control service, had conducted searches in the area looking for the raccoon, but had been unable to find the animal, a spokeswoman for St. Hubert's said on Wednesday afternoon. Kim Saunders, …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Longtime concern about left turn heading north on Mount Airy Road to be addressed, mayor says.
The traffic turning patterns at Olcott Square in the center of Bernardsville have for many years been a headache for local officials and drivers. But next week — at long last — Mayor Lee Honecker said that the state is planning to install a left-turn arrow on Mount Airy Road as it crosses Route 202. Honecker told the Borough Council on Monday he has heard the state Department of Transportation will begin underground construction to allow the change in the traffic signal, with work to begin next Monday, March 18. Honecker said he had received the news from N.J. Sen. Anthony Bucco, (R-Dist. 25), who represents the borough. Honecker said that reportedly a resident had contacted Bucco's office expressing concern about the lefthand turn onto …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tree trimming under way in some of the municipalities hard-hit by Sandy storm damage last fall.
After inspecting and trimming trees along nearly 4,000 miles of lines across its system in 2012, Jersey Central Power & Light is back in the Somerset Hills conducting tree trimming near power lines, JCP&L announced this week. Bernardsville and Peapack-Gladstone will be included in February's work as part of JCP&L's $24 million 2013 vegetation management program, according to JCP&L. Tree and foliage trimming this month will take place along more than 300 miles of power lines in 10 counties and multiple municipalities, the company said. JCP&L conducted tree-trimming in most of Bernards Township during late summer 2012, but a portion of the township is included in this year's tree trimming, said JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano. Morano said that as…
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 …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Suggestion by former Bernards Township Engineer and Planned sent to Bernards Township Committee, state representatives.
Like many, many New Jersey residents, former Bernards Township Engineer and Planner Peter Messina said he was extremely frustrated by gas stations that had gas but were unable to pump it during the lengthy power outages following Superstorm Sandy. "There were millions of gallons of gasoline in those underground tanks but people had to forage to find open stations and then wait in long lines," Messina said in a letter with a suggestion that is on the agenda be discussed at Tuesday night's Bernards Township Committee meeting. Messina's idea, also sent to William Dressel of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, calls for a local ordinance in Bernards Township and a bill in the state legislature that would require all gas stations to …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Chain pharmacy and retail store will fill long-vacant space left by ShopRite Annex.
CVS Pharmacy is due to open on Jan. 27 in a space of about 7,000 square feet that was left vacant by the closing of ShopRite Annex about a decade ago. The store, at 107 Morristown Road (Route 202), is in the center of Bernardsville's commercial zone. CVS received approvals from the Bernardsville Planning Board at the end of 2011. "We are very happy to see the new store, and the new facade, and they have done a great job of improving the site," said Bernardsville Councilman Joseph Rossi. He said he believed the vacant space — empty for at least a decade — had been a detriment to the town. Although he added another pharmacy might not have been what was most needed locally, the new CVS "will bring new business to the community, and will help …
UPDATE: Replacement of old water main is just first in a series of improvements to be made along county road.
Mount Airy Road, a main route between Bernardsville and Basking Ridge, is due to be closed this week to all but local and school bus traffic as phase one begins for a lengthy project to completely overhaul the road and retaining walls just south of Olcott Square. The construction initially was scheduled to begin on or around this Monday, but the contractor for the project said that the work would start the following Monday, Jan. 14, said Bernardsville Police Lt. Demmings Hoadley. Meanwhile, signs already are out along Mount Airy at intersections with Prospect Street in Bernardsville and at West Oak Street in Basking Ridge warning drivers that the street will be closed to all but local traffic on or around Jan. 7. The New Jersey American …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
The borough has pledged to collect storm-damaged trees and brush even from private properties, and the piles keep growing.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Public meeting set up at Bernards High School on Nov. 28.