Bernards Township, New Jersey

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Bernards Township, New Jersey
settlement_type = Township
nickname =
motto =

imagesize =
image_caption =


mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Map of Bernards Township in Somerset County

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map_caption1 =

subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = New Jersey
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Somerset
government_footnotes =
government_type = Township (New Jersey)
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = John Carpenter
leader_title1 = Deputy Mayor
leader_name1 = Carolyn Kelly
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = February 21, 1798

unit_pref = Imperial
area_footnotes =
area_magnitude =
area_total_km2 = 62.2
area_land_km2 = 62.2
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 24.0
area_land_sq_mi = 24.0
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0

population_as_of = 2006
population_footnotes =
population_total = 27140
population_density_km2 = 395.3
population_density_sq_mi = 1023.8

timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_footnotes = [Gnis|882174|Township of Bernards, Geographic Names Information System, accessed January 4, 2008.]
elevation_m = 94
elevation_ft = 308
latd = 40 |latm = 41 |lats = 4 |latNS = N
longd = 74 |longm = 34 |longs = 13 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 07920 (Basking Ridge)
07938 (Liberty Corner)
07939 (Lyons)
07931 (Far Hills)
area_code = 908
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 34-05560GR|2 [ [ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey] , Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.]
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0882174GR|3
website =
footnotes =
1930 = 2293
1940 = 4512
1950 = 7487
1960 = 9018
1970 = 13305
1980 = 12920
1990 = 17199
2000 = 24575
estimate= 27140
estref= [ Census data for Bernards township] , United States Census Bureau, accessed July 29, 2007.]
footnote=Population 1930 - 1990. [ [ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990] , Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.]

Bernards Township is a Township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 24,575.

What is now Bernards Township was originally formed by Royal Charter as Bernardston Township from remaining portions of Northern precinct. It was incorporated as Bernards Township as one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Warren Township (March 5, 1806), Far Hills (April 7, 1921) and Bernardsville (March 6, 1924)."The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 222.]

Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, Lyons and West Millington are ZIP codes and unincorporated areas located within Bernards Township. Martinsville is an unincorporated area split between Bernards Township and Bridgewater Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 24.0 square miles (62.2 km²), of which, 24.0 square miles (62.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04% is water.

It 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.



As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 24,575 people, 9,242 households, and 6,487 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,023.8 people per square mile (395.4/km²). There were 9,485 housing units at an average density of 395.1/sq mi (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 of any race were 2.63% of the population.

There were 9,242 households out 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.

In the township the population was spread out with 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.


Local government

Bernards Township operates under the Township form of New Jersey municipal government. The Township Committee consists of five members, elected by the public in partisan elections for three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. ["2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book", Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 77.] In the Township Committee form of government, all legislative and executive powers of the Township are the responsibility of the Township Committee, except in matters of health. The Mayor is elected by the committee from among its members at the annual Reorganization meeting held in January. In the Township Committee form of government, all members have equal power and may vote on all issues.

Members of the Township Committee are Mayor John Carpenter, Deputy Mayor Carolyn Kelly, John Malay, Mary Pavlini, and Scott Spitzer. [ [ Bernards Township Committee] , Bernards Township. Accessed January 20, 2008.]

Federal, state and county representation

Bernards Township is in the Eleventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 16th Legislative District. [ [ 2006 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government] , New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 54. Accessed August 30, 2006.]

The Partnership with Terrebonne Parish

In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, which had a devastating effect on the area, locals from the Bernards Township sent supplies to Houma, Louisiana, to help recuperate, the following year, in 2006, the Bernards High School Marching Band was invited by the Terrebonne Parish Chamber of Commerce to march in its annual Mardi Gras Parades, and experienced the hurricanes' wrath for themselves. They were greeted by thank you signs by the by-standers and the party goers of the festival time, and the relationship between the two areas has grown ever since.

In the Christmas season of 2007, Terrebonne Parish returned the favor by sending The Terrebonne High School Sound Of Pride Marching band on a 26 hour bus ride to the Bernards township area to march in their annual Christmas parade, and perform a Christmas concert for the public at a local church, this was Most of the students' first time going north of Louisiana, and were treated extremely well, this greatly increased the bond between the two chambers, and invite each other back every year, unfortunately due to the cost of travel, the two will only be able to go every-so-often, both of the trips were experiences they will never forget.


Students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade are educated by the Bernards Township School District. The schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics [ [ Data for the Bernards Township School District] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 13, 2008.] ) include four K-5 elementary schools — [ Cedar Hill Elementary School] , with 650 students; [ Liberty Corner Elementary School] , with 611 students; [ Mount Prospect Elementary School] , with 689 students; and [ Oak Street Elementary School] , with 593 students (including pre-K) — [ William Annin Middle School] , with 1,260 students in grades 6 - 8; and
Ridge High School, with 1526 students in grades 9 - 12. Cedar Hill Elementary currently houses a state of the art public program for children on the autism spectrum, utilizing the principles of ABA.

The high school mascot is the Ridge Red Devil. Ridge High School was listed in 102nd place, the second highest ranked school in New Jersey, in "Newsweek's" 2007 listing of America's Top Public High Schools. [ [ Newsweek, America's Top Public High Schools] ] The school was ranked as Number 116 in 2006 and Number 91 in 2005. [ibid] Ridge High School was the 11th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in "New Jersey Monthly" magazine's September 2006 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools". [ [ Top Public High Schools in New Jersey] , "New Jersey Monthly", September 2006]

Pingry School, a private coeducational college preparatory day school, has its upper campus, for grades 7 to 12, located in Martinsville.

Points of Interest

*The Devil's Tree - A solitary, somewhat sickly-looking 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.

*The township houses the corporate headquarters of Fedders.

Fellowship Deaconry

Was started by Carl F. Blazejewski in October of 1899 in Prussia. In October of 1929 two deaconesses sailed to the United States to Warminster, Pennsylvania. They were Emilie Stede and Toni Radmer. In December of 1930 they sent a deaconess to Orange, New Jersey. In February of 1933 they moved to Liberty Corner, New Jersey. [cite web |url= |title=Fellowship Deaconry |accessdate=2008-04-26 |quote= |publisher=Fellowship Deaconry ] [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=German culture takes center stage at festival. |url= |quote="People know about the Amish and Mennonites in Pennsylvania, but few people know about the Fellowship Deaconry," said Angus Gillespie, professor of American Studies at Rutgers and the festival director. ... the sisters from the Fellowship Deaconry, established in 1933 in the Liberty Corner section of Bernards Township, will be saying "how do you do" in the Meet the Germans tent. |publisher=Asbury Park Press |date=April 25, 2008 |accessdate=2008-04-26 ]

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Bernards Township include:
*Patricia Lee Gauch, author of over 30 works of children's literature who was inducted into the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame in 1993. [Horner, Shirley. [ "ABOUT BOOKS"] , "The New York Times", October 3, 1993. Accessed December 19, 2007. "The other inductees are Patricia Lee Gauch of Basking Ridge, who has written more than 30 children's books"]
*Robert E. Mulcahy III, athletic director at Rutgers University. [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."]
*Samuel Lewis Southard (1787-1842), served as U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Navy, and the 10th Governor of New Jersey. [ [ Samuel Lewis Southard profile] , United States Congress. Accessed July 29, 2007.]


External links

* [ Bernards Township official web site]
* [ Bernards Township School District]
* [ The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills]
*NJReportCard|35|0350|0|Bernards Township School District
* [ Data for the Bernards Township School District] , National Center for Education Statistics

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