New natural trail opens in Bernardsville

Green Team - 5/15/2018 10:13:47 AM

About 100 enthusiastic lovers of the outdoors gathered on Saturday, May 5, 2018 to celebrate the official opening of the new Old Army Trail at New Jersey Audubon’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary off Hardscrabble Road in Bernardsville.
The trail connects this rural part of town with the borough’s Polo Grounds and the more urban downtown section of the community.
Dignitaries from New Jersey Audubon, Bernardsville Mayor Kevin Sooy and members of the Borough Council and Somerset Hills Board of Education, the Bernardsville Open Space and Green Team committees, as well as the Land Conservancy of New Jersey, welcomed the connecting trail that will facilitate nature hikes for all ages.
Local Brownies and Girl Scouts had a key role in cutting the ribbon to open the newly constructed footbridge over Indian Brook Grave. Scouts Stella and Sophia Strubble had bracelets made from the ribbon before the group began to hike the trail.
Among those attending the event were Eric Stiles, president and CEO of New Jersey Audubon, and Dorothy Clair, who serves on the Board of Directors for NJ Audubon.
The new trails and a footbridge over the Indian Grave Brook were developed using a $22,000 grant from the New Jersey Recreational Trails Grant Program, supported by the Federal Highway Administration.

Bernardsville Farmers' Market Receives Recognition Award - Season to Start June 9th

AAA - 5/7/2018 12:38:53 PM

The Bernardsville Farmers' Market received a Recognition Award for 2017 from Healthier Somerset, a coalition created to improve the health and well-being of everyone who lives and works in Somerset County. Pictured right to left are Mayor Kevin Sooy, Ed English, market manager, Anthony Suriano, Borough Clerk.

The 2018 Farmer's Market begins on Saturdays from June 9th through November 10th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the Bernardsville Train Station Parking Lot.

Three Volunteer Teams Partner for One Event

Green Team - 5/7/2018 12:30:31 PM

On April 28, the Green Team, Shade Tree Committee and Environmental Commission partnered to host a major volunteer event for Bernardsville in the Bernards High School parking lot.
It’s almost mind-boggling that the free electronics recycling event brought out so many residents to avail themselves of the drive-thru service and off-loading of items from vehicles, making recycling old computers, printers and other electronic waste as easy as possible.  It took four municipal employees to load this large TV into the dumpster; left to right: Kenny Kelleher, John Macdowall (in rear), Nick Dobash, and Tom Kennedy.  This event was organized by the Bernardsville Green Team and the e-waste will be handled by Somerset County recycling.

With all the storm damage this spring, the free tree seedlings grown by NJ State Forestry, were in great demand. Pictured with some of the free trees, from left to right are David Neill, of M.J. Neill,  Tom Wood and Joe Latino, Shade Tree Committee, Kerry Hazelton, Environmental Commission,  and Ted Prentiss, a resident of Basking Ridge. The give-away was in conjunction with the Shade Tree Committee for the National Arbor Day Foundation, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Canon and FedEx. 

Our Environmental Commission partnered with the nonprofit clean water advocate Raritan Headwaters to offer well water testing to citizens at below-market cost.  A basic test kit was available for purchase, with easy-to-follow instructions, so residents could collect water samples and then return the samples to Bernardsville Borough Hall between 7 and 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 3 for results.  Testing was also available for other contaminants including lead, arsenic, and radon at an additional cost.  [Visit for more information. ] Pictured left to right are Mike Anderson, NJ Audubon, Heidi O’Neill, Raritan Headwaters intern, Bernardsville Mayor Kevin Sooy, and Kristi MacDonald, Environmental Commission.

The multi-pronged event, organized by Ed English, with all the teams mentioned, was well received so plans are underway for 2019.

Recreation’s 2018 Summer Camps

Recreation - 4/6/2018 1:00:00 PM

Registration for the Bernardsville Recreation’s 2018 Summer Camps will begin Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Borough Hall, 166 Mine Brook Rd., from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can also register at 8 a.m. online at

The summer camps run for six weeks starting on June 25th. If you have any questions, please contact the Recreation Department at (908) 766-2546.

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