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  • Anthony DiNardi
    RE/MAX Competitive Edge Bernardsville
    The 600+ year old oak tree in the courtyard of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, a township icon for centuries, may finally be on its last legs. If this turns out to be true, it would mean the oldest oak tree in America will soon be gone.

    Farmers built a church beside the great tree in 1717, almost 300 years ago, and at that time the tree had already lived a typical life span for oak trees. The tree has become synonymous with Basking Ridge itself and is seen by many who have grown up and lived here as a family friend. A couple of years ago, the tree's upper branches didn't bloom in the springtime as they had for so long, and the township grew nervous about the future of its oldest resident. “We had great hopes,” said Dennis Jones, the pastor at Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church. “All eyes were on the tree to see how it would green.”

    It didn't recover as hoped. This year, the township has brought in ecologists and other experts to study the tree and figure out what to do next. As it is, the tree's base has been partially filled with cement to keep it standing stronger and many branches have been propped up or cut down. If these measures aren't enough, the tree may have to be taken down in the relatively near future.

    Bill Emmitt is a church trustee at Basking Ridge Presbyterian and he hopes they can keep the tree going a little longer. According to experts, there is still some life in the historic tree. They hope to keep the tree intact for now.

    No one is sure on a timetable for what will happen next to the tree known as "The Holy Oak". If you haven't seen this magnificent sight, be sure to make your way to South Finley Avenue in Basking Ridge and see one of the country's, if not the entire world's, oldest trees while it still stands.
  • Anthony DiNardi
    RE/MAX Competitive Edge Bernardsville
    The Bernards Township area is home to some of the finest golf courses in New Jersey. Among these is the Coakley-Russo Memorial Golf Course, situated amidst the rolling hills of the beautiful VA Hospital Lyons campus in Basking Ridge. This course is proud to serve America's bravest who have served America as veterans in the U. S. armed forces.

    The course is named after two professional New Jersey golfers, Lt. Francis X. Coakley and Sgt. Nick Russo, who were killed in action during World War II. It features nine holes of over 3,000 yards. It is designed by famed course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., who has designed over 500 golf courses in 35 countries and 45 states in the U.S.

    The course is open to everyone, with Bernards Township residents and VA Medical Center affiliates eligible for additional senior and student discounts. The links are open from late March through late November. For more information, or to apply for membership, visit the Bernards Township community website at http://www.bernards.org and go to the Parks and Recreation department page.
  • Anthony DiNardi
    RE/MAX Competitive Edge Bernardsville
    The best way to beat the summer heat is to hit the pool. The residents of Basking Ridge have an awesome community pool right in town to enjoy, the Pleasant Valley Pool. Located inside Pleasant Valley Park on Valley Road in peaceful Basking Ridge, the Pleasant Valley Pool is equal parts spacious pool and water park! There are four separate pool play areas. The main pool is a 50 meter "z" shaped pool with plenty of room for huge crowds. One look at it, and you'll be able to tell why this pool community has its own competitive swim team. There's also a shallow pool with fountains, a three-tiered "waterfall" and an overhead sprinkler that sprays water from many angles.

    A smaller pool is just a couple of feet deep, perfect for younger children. This pool features a twisting half-pipe water slide that's about 20 feet off the ground, reachable by an attached ladder. It does a full turn and a half (540 degrees) and is the kind of amenity you would see in a children's water park, A fourth pool area features an in-water "jungle gym" type play area with rope climbs, walkways under sprinklers, and a full tube slide into shallow water.

    In addition to all of that, this pool features several "dry" amenities, such as a volleyball court, shuffleboard court, and a bocce pit. There's plenty to do for those who would rather stay on dry land, or watch the kids cool off, as the case may be. There's something for everyone at Pleasant Valley Pool to enjoy the summer!
  • Anthony DiNardi
    RE/MAX Competitive Edge Bernardsville
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    Basking Ridge, NJ
    There's plenty to do for the outdoor enthusiast in Basking Ridge. It's a small but upscale township in Somerset County with a rustic, old-world feel. There is something for everyone here.

    Look at the downtown district on South Finley Avenue and you'll find shops and restaurants (like The Store, the best known eatery in town) that were built in the 1800's. There's the Lyons District in the center of town and Liberty Corner in the south that have a cozy small-town shopping vibe with a Colonial American era flair. The Bridgewater Commons Mall is just seven miles south if you're looking for a bigger selection.

    This community is full of outdoor enthusiasts. There's a total of five parks within the 25 square miles of Basking Ridge. Lord Stirling Park is a 900 acre park complete with an equestrian center and miles of horseback trails (you can get riding lessons there). Pleasant Valley Park has a baseball and two softball fields, five soccer fields, six tennis courts, four paddle ball courts and an amphitheater where plays are performed outdoors. There's tons of trails for hiking and biking too - Basking Ridge is big on biking!
  • Anthony DiNardi
    RE/MAX Competitive Edge Bernardsville
    As one of the thirteen original colonies, New Jersey features many small towns with an old world feel. Basking Ridge, officially known as Bernard Township, has a rich colonial history.

    Basking Ridge was established as a settlement by the British in 1720, on land purchased from Lenape Native Americans. Many landmarks in town date back to this period. The Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, built in 1839, has an oak tree in its courtyard that is over six centuries old and is said to be a picnic site of George Washington. Lord Stirling Park on South Maple Avenue is the old estate grounds of William Alexander, who relinquished his British title to fight for the Continental Army. During the American Revolution, General William Lane engraved his initials on an oak tree in the center of town; the engraving is still visible today.

    In 1776, General Charles Lee was captured by the British in Basking Ridge at Widow White's tavern. Lee was considered by many to be the second in command of the Continental Army forces behind only George Washington. Lee would be later released to rejoin Washington, and in gratitude, Washington renamed Fort Continental in northern New Jersey after him - known since then as Fort Lee.
  • Anthony DiNardi
    RE/MAX Competitive Edge Bernardsville
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    Basking Ridge, NJ
    Basking Ridge, otherwise known as Bernards Township, is an affluent and cozy suburb that sits about 35 miles west of New York City. It's a small town with colonial roots, home to big businesses and great schools.

    Although close to the city, Basking Ridge isn't as busy or as populous as many of northern Jersey's de facto New York suburbs. As a Somerset County township, the taxes are lower than nearby Union or Morris. It's home to some of the country's biggest pharmacy and telecom businesses, with Verizon (formerly AT&T), Merck, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson all having corporate headquarters in town. With all that big business generating tons of jobs, it's not surprising that the median household income in Basking Ridge is right around $100,000. And the school system is excellent; Ridge High has been ranked in the top ten in New Jersey and the top 200 in the United States by US News & World Reports.

    Basking Ridge is the kind of small town community where the local coffee shop knows how everyone likes their coffee. There's a little shopping sprawl in town despite the presence of the big businesses. With route 287 to the north side and 78 to the south, there's some traffic during rush hour from the New York commuters cutting through town, but it's not as big an issue as it is in neighboring towns with bigger populations.
  • Commuting to New York City for recreation, dining, shopping, theater or work is easy from anywhere in Bernards Township / Basking Ridge. There are two train stations, bus lines, and multiple entrances to Routes 287, 202, and 78. You can easily get to New York City - or Philadelphia and the Shore - on your schedule. My favorite is that it only takes 45 minutes to drive into the theater district and an hour to Yankee Stadium!
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    Basking Ridge, NJ
    Harry Dunham Park is one of the newer parks in Bernards Township and is clearly well loved. In the Liberty Corner section of the town, the park is one of the well deserved prides of the Township's Parks and Recreation department. From a giant playground to the sand volley court to the bocce court to a 9-hole professional disk golf course that draws folks from far and wide, it offers fun for all ages. There's a roller hockey rink and walking/biking paths that are always busy along with a myriad of ball fields. Whether entertainment for kids, an ideal venue for a gathering in the indoor or outdoor shelter house, or just enjoying a walk with great views, Harry Dunham is a spot that you'll surely enjoy as a resident of Basking Ridge.
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    Basking Ridge, NJ
    Each year, the Holiday Tree graces the center of Basking Ridge. Located near the Presbyterian Church, it is an uplifting sight to passersby and is another reminder of the warm community feeling that exists here in Basking Ridge.
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    Basking Ridge, NJ
    A Christmas scene fit for Currier and Ives, the Christmas Eve Carol Sing is my all time favorite Bernards Twp event! As a brass band plays on the steps of the Presbyterian Church, townsfolk surround the Christmas tree in the center of town to carol together each Christmas Eve. Businesses nearby hand out hot cocoa and cider to the crowd. The local "candy cane crew" passes out treats to kids, and friends and neighbors come together. It's a "can't miss" Christmas tradition for many and has run for 90 years thus far. As the event comes to a close with the crowd crooning "Joy to the World," area church bells ring out and the joy of Christmas is unmistakable!
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    Basking Ridge, NJ
    The Bernards Township library is an incredibly impressive and very active part of town. Above and beyond offering two million items (being a part of the MAIN library system), there are umpteen great programs and resources for families and individuals of all ages and interests. From story-time programs for kids, book clubs, classes, shows, museum passes, contests, crafts, holiday events to movies and more; it's hard to be a part of this town and not glean enjoyment and value from the library. Prior to moving to Basking Ridge, I, like many I know, was not a library goer. Once here, we all found the Bernards Twp. Library to be such a fun spot and great resource that our families visit often.
  • Basking Ridge is a wonderful community with so much to offer its residents; highly rated schools, lovely parks and recreation areas, quaint shopping villages, terrific restaurants with wonderfully diverse cuisines, convenient transportation to Hoboken and Manhattan, and so much more. Everything a family can embrace and enjoy!
  • The symbol of Basking Ridge, our mighty 600 year old White Oak tree should not be - and is hard to - miss. Greeting everyone from the grounds of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in the center of town, the tree is the theme of legends and site of significant historical events. Betsy Ross is even rumored to be buried under the tree along with 59 soldiers from various wars dating back to the Indian Wars. George Washington picnicked under the tree much like town folks do today. With a trunk 18 feet in diameter and a branch spread of 156 feet, the tree is the perfect symbol of both strength and longevity. Residents take great pride in the preservation of the tree and once you see it; you'll understand why. It truly is a special part of the town watching over all of us!
  • Nothing describes a "snow day" in Basking Ridge like sledding down the hill at Oak Street Elementary School. A town favorite sledding hill for over three decades, Oak Street school's field area offers a variety of slopes catering to everyone from the beginning sledder to the speed demon. Once snow falls in town, this spot is constantly busy and not to be missed!

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