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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.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Looking for a big change in Bernards Township

I am looking for a big change this fall. I want new voices in our TC and less backdoor planning. I want people who have the best interests of the town - people and businesses - in the forefront of planning, not the interest of developers who do not live here nor truly understand the challenges we face.

For these reasons I will be voting for Joan Harris and Bob Mascia in November. I hope you are with me!


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

Local 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.


Saturday, April 7, 2018 12:00 AM

Democrats endorse Harris & Mascia for Bernards Township Committee

Joan B. Harris and Robert J. Mascia seek to bring a Democratic perspective to the Bernards Township Committee.


Thursday, March 29, 2018 12:00 AM

Democrats endorse Harris and Mascia for Bernards Township Committee

The Bernards Township Democratic Committee (BTDC) endorsed Joan B. Harris and Robert J. Mascia, CFBS for Bernards Township Committee. Harris and Mascia will run on the Democratic line in the November election.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018 12:01 PM

Democrats endorse Harris, Mascia in Bernards Township

The Bernards Township Democratic Committee (BTDC) Monday night endorsed Joan B. Harris and Robert J. Mascia to run for two, three-year seats on the Township Committee.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:00 AM

Free speech not a license to insult and denigrate

There is a difference between freedom of speech and exclusionary, hateful rhetoric, and you owe the public you have the honor and responsibility to represent a higher level of discourse that reflects the democracy you have been chosen to serve.

A Mendham Township deputy mayor compared undocumented immigrants to “rabid, messy raccoons” infesting basements and President Donald Trump to an exterminator in an inflammatory Facebook post.

Two Roseland Borough Councilmen thought their text messages, containing racial and ethnic slurs, with one coining the term “ShwarzNigga,” did no harm and was funny.

A newly appointed member of the Bernards Township Board of Health has drawn fire for his verbal and written comments about the Liberty Corner mosque case and other hot-button issues.

And those are just the comments we know of that have landed on the pages of our newspapers covering the suburban, generally well-off comfortable suburbs of New Jersey.


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