Thursday, November 1, 2012
President Obama and Gov. Christie toured areas impacted by Sandy on Wednesday.
The federal government stands by New Jersey as it suffers in the wake of Tropical Storm Sandy, President Obama said Wednesday afternoon while visiting Brigantine alongside Governor Christie. Obama confirmed FEMA aid has already been approved for Atlantic County, and that restoration efforts will continue as long as needed. "We will not forget," Obama said. "We will follow up to make sure you get the help you need. There are 2,000 personnel from FEMA on the ground, Obama said. "They are talking to communities so people know how they can get the help they need," Obama said. "The important thing to know is that people can immediately start registering for emergency assistance. Now that you're safe, it's very important you know there's help …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Family, players, coaches and friends reflect on life of Harry Bush.
The family and friends of Harry Bush, former Ridge High School teacher and football coach, gathered Saturday afternoon at the Olde Mill Inn to remember the man they knew and loved. Bush, who was a teacher and coach at Ridge from 1965 to 1988, died last month at the age of 87. The speakers on Saturday included Bush's children, teachers and coaches, and a few players. There was a strong expression of love, respect and the knowing that they were better for having had him in their lives. "Coach Bush was a highly regarded football coach and teacher at Ridge," Ridge Athletic Director Rich Shello said prior to the event. "He was known as an offensive innovator and is credited for having developed a quality program over many years at Ridge in the …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Friday is last day for top schools administrator who was on watch during new school construction, major budget cuts and 9/11.
Retiring Schools Superintendent in Bernards Township, Valerie Goger, remains busy this week with such duties as completing end-of-year school reports. Even so, following thirteen and a half years in the Bernards school district's top administrative position, Goger already has been wrapping things up since seemingly out of the blue announcing her retirement plans last October. She's already had her retirement party, and was home on Monday night instead of at a special meeting of the Board of Education listening to details of a complex plan, with multiple options, to relieve morning traffic jams at Ridge High School. Last graduation ceremony, for class that was in kindergarten when she became superintendent The superintendent joined the …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Lifetime Achievement Award is only second ever granted in history of state hospice organization.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Lorraine Sciara, RN, of Basking Ridge, who is President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Centers (BHHPCC), recently was last week awarded the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, the second such award ever granted by the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NJHPCO). Each year the NJHPCO presents awards to recognize outstanding hospice professionals as role models for their counterparts statewide. Sciara also is certified as a Fellow American College of Healthcare Executive. The second Lifetime Achievement Award given out by the NJHPCO since the organization was founded in 1979 was presented to Sciara at the NJHPCO’s Hospice Team Awards. The awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, June 6…
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Dennis Bone, president of Verizon's New Jersey area since 2000, announces will retire on July 6.
Dennis Bone, president of Verizon's New Jersey area since 2000, will retire from the company on July 6, the company announced on Monday. A Verizon news release Monday described Bone, a Madison resident, as one of New Jersey's business leaders for many years and "a champion for Verizon's shareholders, customers and employees in the public policy arena as well as in the business and nonprofit communities." The company said Jim Gerace, who heads Verizon's government and external affairs functions for the New York and Connecticut region, will take on responsibility for the company's efforts in New Jersey, too. Bone "has not only ensured that he did what is best for Verizon, but also what is best for the people of New Jersey," said Colleen …
Saturday night reception for artist Serena Bocchino opens show to continue through June 30 at Simon Gallery in Morristown.
Bernards Township artist Serena Bocchino opened her new exhibit, FEVER, with a reception on Saturday evening at the Simon Gallery in Morristown. The exhibit will continue through Saturday, June 30. The wine-and-refreshments reception on Saturday was open to the public. Bocchino was on hand to greet guests who came to view her jazz-inspired work in visions of vibrant red, gold, and graphite grey, with some other accents, on the primarily enamel and graphite canvases. Bocchino's works has been displayed locally, and throughout venues in New York, New Jersey, San Francisco and as far away as Rome. Residents who shop at Dewy Meadows Village in Basking Ridge can see her artwork covering a public utilities box at the entrance to the shopping …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Ridge alumna Heather Shankman overcomes severe health complications to give student address at Rider commencement.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Rider University graduating senior Heather Shankman, of Basking Ridge, was chosen to give the student address at the university's commencement on May 11—and she said she was thankful to be there at all. A general advertising major with a double minor in public relations and sports marketing, it's also an accomplishment that Shankman will graduate on time following a number of severe health complications. Shankman graduated from Ridge High School in 2008. Shankman had a near death experience in 2010 and was on life support for many days, according to information from the college. "It's a miracle I am here today," said Shankman, who has undergone two heart surgeries in the past year. But that did not deter her from meeting the goals she had …
Friday, May 18, 2012
Ridge High School juniors take part in televised celebration of 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.
Nine Basking Ridge Girl Scouts recently earned their Gold Award, the highest award bestowed on a Girl Scout, and celebrated their achievements by participating during April in a Martha Stewart Show recognizing the Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary this year. The nine Ambassador Scouts all earned their Gold Awards for projects completed within the past year, said Colleen Pine, who along with Huiling Kuo, leads Troop No. 60040. The scouts, all juniors, were students at Ridge High School when they earned their awards although one, Kimberlee Lizakowski, has since moved out of state, Pine said. The others now are juniors at Ridge, she said. Five of the nine were able to attend the television show, which was authorized as a school field trip, Pine …
Friday, May 11, 2012
David Wolfe to receive award in Atlantic City next Thursday.
Basking Ridge resident David Wolfe, a member of Skoloff & Wolfe law firm in Livingston, has been named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the N.J. State Bar Association, and is scheduled to receive the award in Atlantic City next Thursday. Wolfe, who has lived in Basking Ridge for four years with his wife, Dominique, and two daughters, is a member in the firm founded by his father, Saul Wolfe. This week, he said he believes he received the award — a top honor awarded to an attorney from among thousands of New Jersey lawyers age 36 or younger — because he had served as the Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division, the ABA’s largest Division with more than 150,000 members. Wolfe, 36, said he was the first New Jersey young …