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Tuesday, April 23, 2019 12:00 AM

Chadda to kick off campaign in Basking Ridge

“I want to be a driving force for creating a positive vision for our town and making it a reality,” said Chadda. “Bernards Township needs strong, highly qualified leadership as we embark on three new housing development projects and consider the future of the Millington Quarry. 

"Rather than react to challenges that arise, I would like to incorporate a more proactive and collaborative approach to creating a vision for land use in our town,'' she said. "I would also like to improve our township’s sustainability practices by encouraging the use of reusable bags and limiting single-use plastics. We are in a position to be leaders in taking care of our town, rather than waiting for the state mandates like the ones we have seen in New York. I am eager to jump in and look forward to working with all residents on the future vision of our town.”

Monday, March 18, 2019 12:00 AM

Democrats back Dr. Sophia Chadda for Bernards Township Committee

The Bernards Township Democratic Committee (BTDC) has endorsed Dr. Sophia Chadda for a three-year term on the Township Committee. 

“As a local business owner, practicing dentist, and parent of students in elementary school, high school and college, I have a broad perspective,” Chadda said. “With my STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) background, I employ a fact- and evidence-based approach to solving problems and making decisions.
"I want to foster greater communication between elected officials and residents of our town and facilitate the participation of more of my fellow residents in our civic affairs,'' she added. "I would be honored to serve my township neighbors and work to improve our future together.”

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:00 AM

Somerset County Democrats gear up for next election

Following its historic election victories the last two years, the Somerset County Democratic Committee (SCDC) has named a new executive director and opened a new headquarters in downtown Somerville.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

Affordable housing projects in Bernards Township advancing

Among the township’s three looming affordable housing projects, one received development approval last month, one is poised to go before the Planning Board next week, and the third is on track for a development application before the end of the year.

The three projects would have a combined 502 housing units, of which 96 would be income-restricted. The township rezoned the subject sites last year to meet its state-mandated “Round III” affordable housing obligation through 2025.

Saturday, January 12, 2019 12:00 AM

'Angst' film to be screened in Basking Ridge

The Bernards Township Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse, the township Health Department, the Governors Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, township Parent Teacher Organizations and Blueprint Mental Health will host a screening of the documentary film “Angst” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Ridge High School Performing Arts Center (PAC), 268 South Finley Ave., Basking Ridge.

“Angst” is a 55-minute film experience that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what people can do about it. The filmmaker’s goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018 12:00 AM

LETTER: Harris ‘humbled and grateful’ for support in Bernards Township

EDITOR: I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Bernards Township Democratic Committee, the Somerset County Democratic Committee, the Somerset County Foundation of Democratic Women, the campaign team, and all the volunteers and donors who worked tirelessly to support Bobby Mascia and me during our campaign for Bernards Township Committee. It was an extremely close race and I am humbled and grateful for their efforts; it truly does take a village.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12:00 AM

Democrat Harris pulls ahead in Bernards Township as election count continues

Democrat Joan Harris has pulled ahead of Republican John Surano in a closely contested battle for Township Committee.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12:00 AM

Democrat Harris Gains Seat On Bernards Committee Following Mail-In Vote Count

Democrat Joan Bannan Harris will take a seat on previously all-Republican Township Committee in 2019, after a count of votes by mail under the state's new mail-in system overturned a lead by two Republican candidates tallied up after polls closed last Tuesday.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 12:00 AM


In Bernards Township, we believe it’s time to upset the apple cart.

The township has seen one-party rule for way too long. While Bernards is a well managed town, one-party rule by the Republicans has resulted in complacency, as officials continue to discuss important matters behind closed doors with limited public input. Recent actions by the Township Committee to roll out major development proposals without advance participation from the public demonstrate that officials haven’t changed much from the last election when they faced a serious threat but managed to maintain power by a slim margin.

Democrats Joan Harris and Robert Mascia would bring new energy and insights to the committee and provide much-needed checks and balances.

Harris has a legal background with extensive experience in negotiations, plus volunteer service in town. Mascia is a young father and independent businessman who founded his own consulting firm.

Both appear to be open-minded and genuinely willing to listen to residents’ concerns. We support their candidacies.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 12:00 AM

Candidates for Bernards Township Committee face off at forum

A hotly contested race produced an unusually cordial candidates' night as the four Township Committee hopefuls got together on stage at Ridge High School on Wednesday night, Oct. 24.

Despite some differences of opinion, Republicans John Surano and Joseph Esposito and Democrats Joan B. Harris and Robert Mascia proceeded without personal attacks or testy exchanges as they fielded 11 written questions before an audience of about 60 people.


Sunday, October 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Democrats seek transparency in Bernards Township

After nearly capturing its first Township Committee seat in two decades last year, the local Democratic Party is hoping to break through when voters go to the polls next month. An in depth articles on the issues for Bernard Township.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 12:00 AM

Harris & Mascia Statement on Recent Bernards Township Committee Actions

It seems that the Bernards Township Committee continues to point and blame rather than listen and respond to the residents with respect to meeting the township's Affordable Housing obligations. Joan Harris and Bobby Mascia speak out about the recent approvals by the Bernards Township Committee for affordable housing that will bring hundreds of vigorously opposed units of market rate housing.

Friday, September 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Protests fail to stop 280 home project in Bernards Township

Bernards Township officials have rezoned a 71-acre tract at the end of Mountain View Boulevard to allow the construction of a 280-home project that will include 62 affordable homes. The site has been zoned for corporate office development for many years.

Anger over a “sneaky” process to allow “urbanization in a rural area” was voiced by a crowd before the Township Committee voted 3-2 on Tuesday, Sept. 11, to fulfill an affordable housing mandate by rezoning commercial land off Martinsville Road to allow 280 homes.

Sunday, May 13, 2018 12:00 AM

Democratic Bernards Twp. Committee Candidates Launch Campaign at Basking Ridge Gazebo

Harris and Mascia, both officially endorsed by the local Democratic Committee, were accompanied by other Democratic candidates and Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter as they spoke about their goals and backgrounds at the gazebo, where local Township Committee candidates officially launch their campaigns. Harris ran a close race for Township Committee last year, and Mascia is a first-time candidate for Township Committee.

Friday, April 27, 2018 12:00 AM

Democrats to Launch Campaign at Free Gazebo Event

Joan Bannan Harris and Robert (Bobby) Mascia, Democratic candidates for Bernards Township Committee, will launch their campaign at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 at the Allen Street Gazebo, at the corner of Allen Street and North Finley Avenue in downtown Basking Ridge. Residents are invited to meet the candidates, engage in discussion and enjoy some refreshments.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:22 AM

Democrats Endorse Harris and Mascia for Bernards Township Committee

Joan B. Harris and Robert J. Mascia seek to bring a Democratic perspective to the one-sided Republican governance that has long been a hallmark of the Bernards Township Committee

Sunday, August 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Bernards Woman to Receive Eleanor Roosevelt Volunteer Service Award

Joan Bannan Harris was honored by the Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women on Thursday, September 7th at their Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Volunteer Service Award Dinner. The Eleanor Roosevelt Award honors Somerset County women who volunteer their time to promote and enhance the Democratic principals in our local communities.

Ms. Harris, Democratic candidate for Bernards Township Committee, serves on the Bernards Township Board of Health and the Municipal Alliance Against Drugs and Alcohol. She advocates joining the Stigma Free Communities initiative to reduce the stigma surrounding seeking help for mental health issues. Ms. Harris has also been a volunteer speaker for programs concerning adolescent addiction at community and local school events.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Mental health program advocated in Bernards Township

Joan Harris, Democratic candidate for Bernards Township Committee, advocates for mental health program at township committee meeting.

Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Bernards Township Committee candidate Booth is 'an excellent choice

Letter to the Editor in support of Sally Booth for Bernards Township Committee.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:00 AM

Support Booth for Bernards Township Committee

Letter to the Editor in support of Sally Booth for Bernards Township Committee.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:00 AM

Bernards Township Democratic Committee rallies for Charter Day

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:00 AM

Harris 'deeply concerned about children' in Bernards Township

Letter to the Editor in support Joan Harris, Democratic candidate for Bernards Township Committee,

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 12:00 AM

Harris is backed for Bernards Township Committee

Letter to the Editor in support of Joan Harris, Democratic candidate for Bernards Township Committee.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:00 AM

Democratic Candidates Hold Kickoff Rally in Basking Ridge

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Bernards Township Democrats Launch Campaign at Downtown Gazebo

Friday, April 21, 2017 12:00 AM

National progressive PAC sees N.J. as proving ground for 'anti-Trump power building'

Interesting article in Politico New Jersey about making change from the ground up! Shout out to Bernards Township from Lacey Rzeszowski! Though it is important to us to note that we have strong Democratic roots in Bernards Township, and we are proud of the people who were showing up years ago and speaking out to bring more Democratic voices to Bernards Township. We are reorganized and revitalized! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Bernards Township Democrats Plan Campaign Kick-Off

Sally Booth and Joan Harris will kick off their run for Township Committee on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 9:30AM at the Allen Street Gazebo (Allen Street & Finley Avenue).  

The community is invited to enjoy hot coffee and fresh doughnuts with Mrs. Booth and Ms. Harris. It will be a great opportunity to meet the candidates and other special guests including Democratic candidates for county offices and members of the Bernards Township Democratic Committee.  

Saturday, April 1, 2017 6:32 AM

GOP Backs Official Who Called Obama a beast for Re-election

"Carpenter and his running mate will now face Democratic challengers Sally Booth, a history and English teacher, and Joan Harris, an experienced civil trial attorney and former assistant prosecutor. Both think their diverse town could use a new perspective. We agree." - The Star Ledger Editorial Board, April 1, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:25 PM

Bernards Democrats Endorse Candidates for Township Committee

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:00 AM

The BTDC is Back in Town and Endorses Booth & Harris

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