Bernards Township, New Jersey
Bernards Township, New Jersey
|Township of Bernards|
Alward Farmhouse in Basking Ridge
Map of Bernards Township in Somerset County. Inset: location of Somerset County highlighted in the state of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Bernards Township, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Royal charter||May 24, 1760|
|Incorporated||February 21, 1798|
|Named for||Sir Francis Bernard, 1st Baronet|
|• Body||Township Committee|
|• Mayor||James Baldassare Jr. (R, term ends December 31, 2020)|
|• Administrator||Pat Monaco|
|• Municipal clerk||Rhonda Pisano|
|• Total||24.33 sq mi (63.01 km2)|
|• Land||24.20 sq mi (62.68 km2)|
|• Water||0.13 sq mi (0.33 km2) 0.52%|
|Area rank||112th of 565 in state|
6th of 21 in county
|Elevation||249 ft (76 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||90th of 566 in state|
4th of 21 in county
|• Density||1,113.6/sq mi (430.0/km2)|
|• Density rank||369th of 566 in state|
10th of 21 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0882174|
Bernards Township // is a township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. The township is a bedroom suburb of New York City in the much larger New York metropolitan area, located within the Raritan Valley region. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 26,652, reflecting an increase of 2,077 (+8.5%) from the 24,575 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 7,376 (+42.9%) from the 17,199 counted in the 1990 Census.
Bernards Township was originally formed by royal charter on May 24, 1760, as Bernardston Township from remaining portions of Northern precinct. It was incorporated as Bernards Township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798, as one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships. Portions of the township were taken to form Warren Township (March 5, 1806), Far Hills (April 7, 1921) and Bernardsville (March 6, 1924). Bernards Township celebrated its 250th charter anniversary on May 24, 2010.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 24.33 square miles (63.01 km2), including 24.20 square miles (62.68 km2) of land and 0.13 square miles (0.33 km2) of water (0.52%).
The township is roughly bounded by the Second Watchung Mountain in the southwest, the Dead River swamp on the south, the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Passaic River, and Millington Gorge in the east.
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Basking Ridge, Green Knoll, Hardscrabble, Liberty Corner, Lyons, Madisonville, Mount Horeb, Somerset Mills, State Park, Stone House and White Bridge. Martinsville is an unincorporated area in Bridgewater Township, whose 08836 ZIP Code also covers portions of Bernards Township.
The township borders Bedminster Township and Far Hills to the west, Bernardsville to the northwest, Bridgewater Township to the southwest, and Warren Township to the southeast in Somerset County and Harding Township to the northeast and Long Hill to the east in Morris County.
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1930-1990 2000 2010
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The 2010 United States census counted 26,652 people, 9,783 households, and 6,897 families in the township. The population density was 1,113.6 per square mile (430.0/km2). There were 10,103 housing units at an average density of 422.1 per square mile (163.0/km2). The racial makeup was 81.83% (21,809) White, 1.89% (504) Black or African American, 0.08% (20) Native American, 13.80% (3,679) Asian, 0.03% (7) Pacific Islander, 0.55% (147) from other races, and 1.82% (486) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.95% (1,054) of the population.
Of the 9,783 households, 40.0% had children under the age of 18; 61.7% were married couples living together; 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present and 29.5% were non-families. Of all households, 26.6% were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.27.
28.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.1 years. For every 100 females, the population had 93.5 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 88.5 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $123,285 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,030) and the median family income was $153,906 (+/- $14,565). Males had a median income of $123,390 (+/- $9,621) versus $86,272 (+/- $9,195) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $67,809 (+/- $4,972). About 2.1% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.
At the 2000 United States Census there were 24,575 people, 9,242 households and 6,487 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,023.8 per square mile (395.4/km2). There were 9,485 housing units at an average density of 395.1 per square mile (152.6/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 89.20% White, 1.44% African American, 0.05% Native American, 7.85% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 2.63% of the population.
There were 9,242 households, of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.17.
Age distribution was 27.7% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $107,204, and the median income for a family was $135,806. Males had a median income of $95,758 versus $60,865 for females. The per capita income for the township was $56,521. About 0.6% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.
The headquarters of Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Fedders, Hitachi Power Systems USA and Verizon Wireless are located in the township. Verizon Communications, which maintains its world headquarters in New York City, has located operations of its major business units in buildings that were formerly AT&T's world headquarters.
Bernards Township operates under the Township form of New Jersey municipal government, one of 141 municipalities (of the 565) statewide that use this form, the second-most commonly used form of government in the state. The Township Committee has five members, who are elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At an annual reorganization meeting held during the first week of January, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.
As of 2020[update], members of the Bernards Township Committee are Mayor James Baldassare Jr. (R, term on committee and as mayor ends December 31, 2020), Deputy Mayor Joseph F. Esposito (R, term on committee ends 2021; term as deputy mayor ends 2020), John Carpenter (R, 2020), Janice M. Fields (R, 2022), Joan B. Harris (D, 2021).
Federal, state and county representation
Bernards Township is located in the 7th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 21st state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Bernards Township had been in the 16th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Bernards Township had been part of the 11th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
For the 117th United States Congress. New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Tom Malinowski (D, East Amwell Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027) and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term ends 2025).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 21st Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Thomas Kean Jr. (R, Westfield) and in the General Assembly by Jon Bramnick (R, Westfield) and Nancy Munoz (R, Summit).
Somerset County is governed by a five-member Board of County Commissioners (formerly Freeholders), whose members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Director and Deputy Director from among its members. As of 2021, the Somerset County Commissioners are Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson (D, Franklin Township, term as commissioner ends 2021; term as director ends 2021), Commissioner Deputy Director Sara Sooy (D, Basking Ridge in Bernards Township, term as commissioner ends 2021; term as deputy director ends 2021), Paul Drake (D, Hillsborough Township, 2023), Melonie Marano (D, Green Brook Township, 2022), and Douglas Singleterry (D, North Plainfield, 2023). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Steve Peter (D, Somerville, 2022), Sheriff Darrin Russo (D, Franklin Township, 2022) and Surrogate Bernice "Tina" Jalloh (D, Franklin Township, 2025).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 18,377 registered voters in Bernards Township, of which 3,544 (19.3% vs. 26.0% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 7,019 (38.2% vs. 25.7%) were registered as Republicans and 7,803 (42.5% vs. 48.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 11 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 69.0% (vs. 60.4% in Somerset County) were registered to vote, including 96.9% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 80.4% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 59.2% of the vote (7,879 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 40.1% (5,338 votes), and other candidates with 0.8% (101 votes), among the 13,383 ballots cast by the township's 19,555 registered voters (65 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 68.4%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 8,078 votes here (56.1% vs. 46.1% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 6,143 votes (42.6% vs. 52.1%) and other candidates with 99 votes (0.7% vs. 1.1%), among the 14,405 ballots cast by the township's 18,039 registered voters, for a turnout of 79.9% (vs. 78.7% in Somerset County). In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 8,364 votes here (60.6% vs. 51.5% countywide), ahead of Democrat John Kerry with 5,317 votes (38.5% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 84 votes (0.6% vs. 0.9%), among the 13,812 ballots cast by the township's 16,534 registered voters, for a turnout of 83.5% (vs. 81.7% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 77.1% of the vote (6,505 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 21.7% (1,829 votes), and other candidates with 1.2% (105 votes), among the 8,547 ballots cast by the township's 19,701 registered voters (108 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 43.4%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 6,124 votes here (59.5% vs. 55.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 2,639 votes (25.6% vs. 34.1%), Independent Chris Daggett with 1,427 votes (13.9% vs. 8.7%) and other candidates with 33 votes (0.3% vs. 0.7%), among the 10,293 ballots cast by the township's 18,244 registered voters, yielding a 56.4% turnout (vs. 52.5% in the county).
|2020||55.9% 9,398||42.2% 7,086||1.2% 208|
|2016||48.6% 6,912||47.8% 6,795||3.6% 518|
|2012||40.1% 5,338||59.2% 7,879||0.8% 101|
|2008||42.6% 6,143||56.1% 8,078||0.7% 99|
|2004||38.5% 5,317||60.6% 8,364||0.6% 84|
Relationship with Terrebonne Parish
In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, which had a devastating effect on the Greater New Orleans area, the Bernards Township Regional Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of former Mayor Albert LiCata, organized and sent truckloads of supplies to assist residents of Houma, Louisiana. In 2007, the Parish returned the favor by sending the Terrebonne High School Marching band on a 26-hour bus ride to the Bernards Township Chamber's Holiday Parade to march at their event and perform a Christmas concert for the public at a local church.
Students in public school for pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade are served by the Bernards Township School District. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of six schools, had an enrollment of 5,450 students and 481.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.3:1. Schools in the district (with 2017-18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Cedar Hill Elementary School (594 students; in grades K-5), Liberty Corner Elementary School (536; K-5), Mount Prospect Elementary School (594; PreK-5), Oak Street Elementary School (489; K-5), William Annin Middle School (1,341; 6-8) and Ridge High School (1,884; 9-12). The district offers its Integrated Preschool Program for children on the autism spectrum, utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis.
During the 2009–10 school year, Ridge High School was awarded the National Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive. The school had also won the award for the 1986–87 school year. Mount Prospect Elementary School was one of 11 in the state to be recognized in 2014 by the United States Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. In 2015, Liberty Corner School was one of 15 schools in New Jersey, and one of nine public schools, recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in the exemplary high performing category.
Ridge High School was ranked 194th, the second-highest in New Jersey, in Newsweek magazine's 2010 rankings of America's Best High Schools. The school was the 9th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2010 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 12th in 2010 out of 322 schools. The Ridge High School was ranked 37th best in America in 2015 by Newsweek.
Pingry School, a private coeducational college preparatory day school, has its upper campus, for grades 6 to 12, located in Basking Ridge (prior to 2013 the campus was listed as being located in Martinsville).
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 138.86 miles (223.47 km) of roadways, of which 109.20 miles (175.74 km) were maintained by the municipality, 21.13 miles (34.01 km) by Somerset County and 8.53 miles (13.73 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Points of interest
- Basking Ridge Village
- Town Hall and Astor Estate
- Liberty Corner Village
- The Devil's Tree - A solitary oak tree in a field off Mountain Road in the southern corner of the township that has been subject of several stories in Weird NJ magazine
- KMS Farmstead (Historic Site)
- The Ross Farm (Historic Site)
- Harry Dunham Park
- Southard Park
- English Farm (Historic Site)
- Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (Historic Site)
- The Grain House (Historic Site)
- The Brick Academy - A restoration of what was known as the Basking Ridge Classical School, a prep school for those hoping to attend Princeton University. The Brick Academy is the current home of the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.
- Mountain Park
- USGA Museum
Justice Department lawsuit
On November 22, 2016, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Bernards Township, alleging "that the township violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) when it denied zoning approval to allow the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge to build a mosque on land it owns."
In January 2017 the township hired Trenton-based Burton Trent Public Affairs to help manage the negative publicity associated with the Justice Department's allegations. The contract was reportedly worth $45,000.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Bernards Township include:
- William Alexander, Lord Stirling (1726–1783), Continental Army major general during the American Revolutionary War
- The Bouncing Souls, punk rock band
- J. C. Chandor (born 1974), Academy Award-nominated writer/director of the 2011 film Margin Call
- Chris Daggett (born 1950), President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation who ran as an independent candidate in the 2009 New Jersey gubernatorial election
- Scott Fischer (1955–1996), climber and guide who was the first American to climb Lhotse, the fourth-highest mountain in the world, who died during an attempt to climb Mount Everest in the 1996 Everest Disaster
- Patricia Lee Gauch (born 1934), author of over 30 works of children's literature; inducted into the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame in 1993
- Jarryd Goldberg (born 1985), former professional soccer player who played for Miami FC.
- Jeff Grace, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, film director and actor; directed Folk Hero & Funny Guy
- Jon Gutwillig (born 1974), guitarist of the Disco Biscuits
- Tobin Heath (born 1988), soccer player and member of the United States women's national team who won a gold medal as youngest member of the US team in the 2008 Olympics
- Vincent R. Kramer (1918–2001), United States Marine Corps colonel who was a guerrilla warfare expert and was awarded the Navy Cross during the Korean War.
- Peter Kuhn (1955–2009), race car driver who won both the USAC and SCCA Formula Super Vee championships in 1980
- George Ludlow Lee Sr. (1901-1966), chairman of the board of Red Devil, Inc.
- Philip Lindsley (1786–1855), Presbyterian minister, educator, and classicist; acting president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), 1822–1824
- Kelly-Anne Lyons (born 1985), actress, television presenter, writer and model, who starred in the BBC comedy Dick and Dom's Funny Business.
- Max Mahoney (born 1998, class of 2016), professional basketball player for VfL Kirchheim Knights of the ProA.
- Page McConnell (born 1963), keyboardist best known for his work with the rock band Phish
- Robert E. Mulcahy III (born 1932), athletic director at Rutgers University
- Akshay Nanavati (born 1984), United States Marine Corps veteran, speaker, entrepreneur, ultra runner and author of Fearvana.
- Joe Occhiogrosso (born 1966), entrepreneur, philanthropist, marketing professional and author
- Jasbir Puar (born 1967), queer theorist, Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers University and author of The Right to Maim.
- J. Robert Sims (born c. 1941), chemical / mechanical engineer and inventor, who served as president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
- Samuel Lewis Southard (1787–1842), U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Navy, and the 10th Governor of New Jersey
- Mike Tannenbaum (born 1969), former general manager of the New York Jets
- LaDainian Tomlinson (born 1979), former NFL running back who played for the New York Jets
- Kelly Williford (born 1994), professional tennis player.
- Zip the Pinhead (c. 1842–1926), turn-of-the-century sideshow performer; born in Liberty Corner
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- Bernards Township Board of Education District Policy 0110 - Identification, Berbards Township School District. Accessed February 6, 2020. "Purpose: The Board of Education exists for the purpose of providing a thorough and efficient system of free public education in grades Pre-Kindergarten through twelve in the Bernards Township School District. Composition The Bernards Township School District is comprised of all the area within the municipal boundaries of Bernards Township."
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- Renee, Robin. "Central Jersey", Courier News, October 31, 2004. Accessed July 4, 2012. "There are many tales of death around The Devil's Tree. Some say it is a portal to hell and a sentinel guards it. He will appear driving an old black pickup truck."
- The Brick Academy Archived 2010-08-17 at the Wayback Machine, The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. Accessed September 5, 2015. "The Brick Academy is known also as the original Basking Ridge Classical School, the 1809 Federal-style Brick Academy located in the center of the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township."
- "Justice Department Files Suit Against Bernards Township, New Jersey, Over Denial of Zoning Approval for Mosque". www.justice.gov. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
- "N.J. town hires PR firm to help image as mosque dispute looms". NJ.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
- Historic Sites, Bernards Township. Accessed September 5, 2015.
- Lord Stirling's Legacy and his grand Stirling Manor, Mr. Local History Project. Accessed March 21, 2020.
- Rockland, Kate. "The Band They All Ache To Become", The New York Times, December 5, 2004. Accessed September 5, 2015. "THE Bouncing Souls are true sons of New Jersey and have the tattoos to prove it.... And on a dark, foggy November night straight out of a Goth girl's dream, the boys, who grew up in Basking Ridge, were back home."
- Elstein, Aaron. "Capturing Wall Street on the silver screen; One reason Margin Call expertly captures how investment bankers and traders look, sound and see the world is that its writer and director, J.C. Chandor, is a son of Wall Street. He was also inspired by other movies about business.", Crain's New York Business, November 6, 2011. Accessed June 19, 2013. "As a youth growing up in Basking Ridge, N.J., Mr. Chandor hung out on the Merrill Lynch's trading floor in lower Manhattan while his father, an investment banker, worked the phones making deals."
- Nutt, Amy Ellis. "Chris Daggett, ever the policy wonk, concentrates on the details", The Star-Ledger, October 11, 2009. Accessed November 13, 2013. "As an independent, Daggett straddles more than just political parties. He's a child of the free-thinking, authority-mocking 1960s — and a buttoned-down, plow-ahead grinder. The life-long Basking Ridge resident graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he says his college thesis was 'something out of the '60s, like the study of personhood.'"
- Powers, Phil. "Scott Style: Adventure Student Makes Good", The Leader of the National Outdoor Leadership School, Winter 1992, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 6, 2003. Accessed September 3, 2019. "Fischer's mountaineering background began at the young age of 14 when he took a NOLS Adventure Course. His father was an outdoor enthusiast who called Scott in to watch a television program one night at their home in Basking Ridge, New Jersey."
- Horner, Shirley. "About Books", The New York Times, October 3, 1993. Accessed July 4, 2012. "The other inductees are Patricia Lee Gauch of Basking Ridge, who has written more than 30 children's books"
- Gates, Kellie Patrick. "Love: Melissa Gordon & Jarryd Goldberg", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 19, 2014. Accessed September 3, 2019. "Jarryd had lived in Israel when he played professional soccer for Bnei Sakhnin. But the native of Basking Ridge, N.J., in Somerset County, then played for the Miami Football Club in Florida."
- Grace, Jeff. "Tribeca Film Festival 2016 Diary: Director Jeff Grace of Folk Hero & Funny Guy", MovieMaker, April 22, 2016. Accessed May 19, 2016. "I grew up outside the city in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, so NYC was the stomping grounds of my teen years."
- Spelling, Ian. "The Disco Biscuits will play the Nokia Theatre in Manhattan", The Record, December 23, 2009. Accessed September 5, 2015. "Gutwillig – who grew up in Morristown/Basking Ridge — and the boys are actually several bands."
- Giase, Frank. "Basking Ridge native Tobin Heath selected No. 1 overall in WPS Draft", The Star-Ledger, January 15, 2010. Accessed September 5, 2015. "Basking Ridge native Tobin Heath was selected with the first pick in the Women's Professional Soccer Draft today at the Philadelphia Convention Center."
- "Col. Vincent Kramer, decorated Marine veteran", New Jersey Hills, October 11, 2001. Accessed June 29, 2020. "Vincent R. Kramer, 83, of the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, died on Monday, Sept. 17, 2001, at Morris Hills Multicare Center in Morristown."
- Staff. "Peter H. Kuhn, accomplished race car driver", Hunterdon County Democrat, June 29, 2009. Accessed August 15, 2016. "Born in Summit, April 14, 1955, he was a son of Jean Henry and Elizabeth 'Lib' Dowd Kuhn. Mr. Kuhn had resided in Franklin Township since 1995, having formerly lived in Basking Ridge and Chatham Township."
- "The History of the 1912 Bernards Township Town Hall – The Astor Estate in Basking Ridge", Mr. Local History Project. Accessed September 3, 2019. "Trustees of the Owen estate sold the property to Mr. and Mrs. George Ludlow Lee, Sr. in 1940. Mr. Lee was owner/treasurer of the Red Devil Tool Company of Irvington from 1937 to 1950."
- Harwell, Sara. Philip Lindsley", Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Accessed October 11, 2015. "Philip Lindsley, an educator, Presbyterian minister, and classical scholar, was born in Basking Ridge, New Jersey."
- Kelly-Anne Lyons (Actress), Amazing Women Rock, backed up by the Internet Archive as of June 15, 2009. Accessed September 3, 2019. "Kelly-Anne Lyons (who plays the role of Chelsey Pucks in the online video series called Chelsey OMG, two excellent segments of which AWR features here), grew up along the East Coast of the USA. She spent the younger part of her childhood in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her adolescence and teenage years in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and attended University in New York City."
- Staff. "Ridge H.S. Graduate Max Mahoney Signs Contract with German Pro Basketball Team", TAP into Basking Ridge, September 24, 2020. Accessed September 25, 2020. "Max Mahoney, a 2016 Ridge High School graduate who recently completed four years at Boston University, has signed a pro basketball contract to play for a German team. Mahoney, a 6-foot-8 forward, recently signed with the VFL Kirchheim Knights, a team that plays in the ProA, the second highest stage league in Germany."
- Page McConnell Archived 2008-11-25 at the Wayback Machine, Legacy Recordings. Accessed November 11, 2008.
- Makin, Robert. "Music", Courier-News, December 6, 2002. Accessed November 13, 2013. "Phish, whose guitarist, Trey Anastasio, was raised in Princeton, and whose keyboardist, Page McConnell, was raised in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards, took a two-year hiatus to pursue solo projects and downtime."
- Caldwell, Dave. "In Person; Renaissance Man", The New York Times, December 4, 2005. Accessed January 24, 2008. "The taciturn Mulcahy, who graduated from Millburn High School and lives in Basking Ridge, did much of the groundwork that let Schiano, after a few tough seasons, become a success in his home state -- their home state."
- Cerasaro, Ashley J. "Ice Road Trekker For this Basking Ridge resident, a 342-mile trek on skis across Greenland's enormous ice cap is just a walk in the park.", New Jersey Monthly, January 16, 2012. Accessed September 13, 2018. "'I want to experience a bit of everything because each experience presents its own challenges and forces you to face different fears,' says Nanavati, a native of India who moved to Basking Ridge with his wife, Shruthi, just over a year ago to be near her family."
- Napoliello, Alex. "Basking Ridge man helps bring power to remote village in Nicaragua", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, April 13, 2015. Accessed September 3, 2019. "The remote village of Portrero Platanal, Nicaragua has never had power since it was built 100 years ago. But thanks to Basking Ridge native Joe Occhiogrosso and 35 other volunteers, reading a book by electric light past dark or making a phone call is now possible."
- "Urban Skills Project Helps Ease Trauma Of The Past", Bernardsville News, August 29, 1985. Accessed April 21, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Editor's Note: The three articles on this page were written by Jasbir K. Puar of Basking Ridge, a summer intern at The Bemardsville News..... She graduated from Ridge High School in June and will attend Rutgers University."
- Alumnus to lead ASME in 2014, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. Accessed September 3, 2019. "Mechanical engineering alumnus J. Robert Sims Jr. (BE’63) will serve as president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for 2014-2015. Bob Sims Sims, of Basking Ridge, N.J., is a senior engineering fellow with Becht Engineering Company Inc."
- Samuel Lewis Southard, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed July 29, 2007.
- Sadlouskos, Linda. "Jets GM Invited to Ridge Football Homecoming: Tannenbaum, a new Bernards resident, could participate in opening coin toss ceremony.", BaskingRidgePatch, October 6, 2010. Accessed July 4, 2012. "The mayor said Tannenbaum, who recently relocated with his family to Bernards Township, could participate in the pre-game coin toss."
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