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Friday, November 2, 2018 12:00 AM

Bernards Township Committee Candidate: Robert Mascia

Robert Mascia is one of the four candidates running for township committee in the contested Bernards Township election being held on Nov. 6.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:00 AM

Bernards Township Committee Candidate: Joan Harris

Joan Harris is one of the four candidates running for township committee in the contested Bernards Township election being held on Nov. 6.

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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:00 AM

LETTER: Harris, Mascia will make Bernards Township a better place to live

I am writing to express my support of Joan Harris and Robert Mascia for Bernards Township Committee.

Along with recognizing current traffic problems, the Democrats have emphasized the need to have greater transparency in zoning decisions, better communications and open government initiatives. The residents of Basking Ridge deserve truly open hearings without predetermined outcomes on proposed new developments along Valley Road, Liberty Corner Road, or at Millington Quarry.

This is a great town and we all want to keep this township an attractive place to live in. Joan Harris and Robert Mascia are new voices who are more in tune to what our community needs are now.


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. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:00 AM

LETTER: Joan Harris and Bobby Mascia are ‘committed to transparency' in Bernards Township

I want to express my strong support for Democratic candidates Joan Harris and Bobby Mascia, who are running for seats on the Bernards Township Committee. 

Single-party rule isn’t a healthy way to govern, and it’s time our leaders represent all of us who live here. I invite you to the polls on Nov. 6 to join me in voting for the outstanding Joan Harris and Bobby Mascia for Bernards Township Committee.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:00 AM

LETTER: 'Send a clear message' in Bernards Township election

EDITOR: As election time nears, I hope the residents of Bernards Township will join me in remembering the inept, self serving and costly performance of the current Township Committee over the past several years. 

Monday, October 8, 2018 12:00 AM

LETTER: Joan Harris a ‘fierce advocate’ for Bernards Township

EDITOR: I am writing this letter to you in strong support of Joan Harris for Bernards Township Committee.

Sunday, September 30, 2018 12:00 AM

LETTER: Vote for ‘a new voice’ in Bernards Township

EDITOR: Like most Americans, I'm a believer in the free market. It's amazing what a little competition can do.

Here in Bernards Township, we have had no real competition in our town government for a long time, ruled by the same group of Republicans year after year. In fact, with a handful of exceptions, you had to be part of their social group - or at least have an R after your name on the voter list - just to be allowed to spend your time volunteering for an appointed commission or board. In 2017 the Bernards Township Democrats found a new voice.

In fact, this healthy competition led to the Republican adoption of nearly everything on last year's Democratic platform!
If merely having Democratic input and ideas was so influential, imagine what actually electing Democrats might do.




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.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 12:00 AM

LETTER: Harris and Mascia: ‘The choice for real change’ in Bernards Township

In a democracy, good government starts at the local level.
Over the past several years, Bernards Township has been lacking in good government primarily as a result of an insular one-party rule that has continued far too long. We are one community within which there are a broad spectrum of ideas, beliefs and interests that for too long have not been sufficiently reflected in the actions, ethics and leadership of our elected officials. 

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