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Somerset County Independence Day Celebrations!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

Celebrate our nation’s independence in historic Somerset County! This 4th of July weekend honor our country’s founding and the freedoms we enjoy as American citizens by showing off your patriotic pride at one of the many holiday celebrations occurring throughout the weekend! Here are our recommendations for the best local festivals to check out this Independence Day!   

 

2017 Montgomery Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks

Date: Thursday, June 29th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Montgomery High School (1014 Route 601, Skillman)

Start the holiday celebration early by attending this great family event! Enjoy food, patriotic activities, and live music by The John Oakes Band before the fireworks display at 9:15 pm.

 

Hillsborough's Independence Day Celebration 2017

Date: Saturday, July 1st

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Auten Road Intermediate School (281 Auten Road, Hillsborough)

There is so much to do at this Independence Day celebration. Check out the Basketball Dunk Pit, Castle Fun Center, Family Fun Slide, and Pirate Obstacle Course. Enjoy a fun dance party with musical entertainment by a DJ. Fill your bellies with food at the tent. The fireworks display will start around 9:00 pm.

 

Summit's 70th Annual Fourth of July Celebration

Date: Tuesday, July 4th

Time: 9:30 am - 9:45 pm

Location: Soldiers Memorial Field (Ashland Road, Summit)

Show off your patriotic pride at this spectacular community event in Summit. Dine on delicious food during the food truck festival. Dance to live music throughout the day from bands, such as The Kootz and The Infernos. Have some fun with the rides and amusements. Find the perfect spot for the fireworks display at 9:15 pm.

 

Independence Day Family Festival

Date: Tuesday, July 4th

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: North Branch Park (355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater)

Celebrate Independence Day at Somerset County’s largest holiday festival. See a spectacular “Jersey Blues” Revolutionary War Encampment to see what life was like at the time of our nation’s founding. Enjoy family fun activities and delicious food. Do not miss the stunning fireworks display that will begin at 9:30 pm.

 

RS Home Team wishes everyone in Somerset County a very Happy & Safe July 4th weekend!  


Help Curb Hunger in Somerset County!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

Help Curb Hunger in Somerset County! Although the majority of us in Somerset County are fortunate to not have to worry about food insecurity, there are still many people that go to bed hungry every night. Help support everyone in our communities by supporting the 23rd Annual Curbing Hunger Month Food Drive this June.

 

During the summer months, food supplies are traditionally low. All donations to the Curbing Hunger Food Drive will benefit local organizations throughout the county to help them continue their vital mission during these warmer months. Please fill the orange plastic bags that were distributed on your recycling container in May with non-perishable food items. No longer have the bag? No problem! Simply fill a plastic grocery bag! Then place it on your curb now through June 30th during your regularly scheduled recycling collection day to be picked up. It’s that easy! You can also drop off goods at the Courier News’s food collection point located at 92 East Main Street, Somerville.

 

Much needed items include:

  • Parmalat milk

  • Peanut butter and jelly

  • Canned meat and fish

  • Canned tomato sauce

  • Canned fruits and vegetables

  • “Meals-in-a-can” (i.e. meaty soups, stews, and pasta)

*Please note that perishables and food in glass containers cannot be accepted.

 

You can also make an online contribution to the drive by clicking HERE. You can select and purchase food to donate at this site. All items purchased will be delivered to local food bank by Amp Your Good.

 

Although the drive is held in June, you can contribute throughout the year! Curbside donations are still accepted during any of your recycling collection days beyond June. You can also bring donations to the Somerset County Recycling Center (40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater) during the first Saturday of every month.

 

Help make Somerset County a great place to live for everyone in our communities by supporting the 23rd Annual Curbing Hunger Month Food Drive!

 

 

Image Credit: Somerset County


Memorial Day Events in Somerset County!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

Memorial Day Weekend is just about here! This long weekend means ample opportunities to kick off the summer season with barbeques, outdoor gatherings, and more fun. At the same time, it is important that we remember the true reason why we celebrate this holiday. It is to celebrate those veterans who sacrificed so much to keep our country safe and protect our freedoms.  Help honor the brave men and women of the United States armed forces at one of these great Memorial Day events  occurring throughout  Somerset County!



Bridgewater Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Date: Saturday, May 27th

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Beach Street to Ardmaer Park


Bernards Township's Memorial Day Parade

Date: Monday, May 29th

Time: 9:30 am

Location: Liberty Corner Fire Company (95 Church Street, Liberty Corner) to Liberty Corner Green (Church Street)


Bernardsville Memorial Day Parade & Memorial Service

Date: Monday, May 29th

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Bernards High School (25 Olcott Avenue) to Borough Hall (166 Mine Brook Road)


Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade & Garden of Honor Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 29th

Time: 10:30 am

Location: New Amwell Road to (379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough)


Franklin Township Memorial Day Parade & Program

Date: Monday, May 29th

Time: 11:00 am

Location: New Brunswick Road to Municipal Complex (475 DeMott Lane, Somerset)


Warren Township Memorial Day Parade

Date: Monday, May 29th

Time: 11:30 am

Location: Former Warren Post Office (Old Washington Valley Road) to Municipal Complex (46 Mountain Boulevard, Warren Township)



R&S Home Team extends a sincere THANK YOU to all United States veterans. We wish everyone a Happy & Safe Memorial Day!

Mother's Day Brunch Spots in Somerset County!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

Mother's Day is here! Time to celebrate all that mom does throughout the year. Give her a day she will never forget with that time honored tradition of Mother’s Day brunch this Sunday, May 14th! There are so many delicious brunch spots located in Somerset County. Here are our recommendations for the best spot to enjoy an incredible Mother's Day brunch for you and the special woman in your life!



The Olde Mill Inn | 225 Route 202, Basking Ridge

Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Cost: $56 per adult | $24 per child (ages 4-11)

Reservations: (908) 696-2335


The Bernards Inn | 27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville

Time: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Cost: $69 per adult | $35 per child (ages 6-12) | $15 per child (ages 2-5) | FREE for children 2 & under

Reservations: (908) 766-0002


Redstone Grill | 400 Commons Way Suite 140, Bridgewater

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: $36 per adult | $12 per child (ages 6-12) | FREE for children 5 & under

Reservations: Online


The Landing | 311 Amwell Road, Hillsborough

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: $29.95 per adult | $14.95 per child (ages 12 & under)

Reservations: (908) 281-1288


Stoney Brook Grille | 1285 Route 28, North Branch

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: $34.95 per adult | $17.95 per child (ages 4-10) | FREE for children 3 & under

Reservations: (908) 725-0011


Stone House at Stirling Ridge | 50 Stirling Road, Warren

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: $69 per adult | $39 per child (ages 12 & under)

Reservations: (908) 754-1222



R&S Home Team wishes all the moms in Somerset County a very happy Mother’s Day!

Celebrate Earth Day in Somerset and Morris Counties!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

Somerset and Morris Counties are filled with stunning natural spaces that add beauty to our community. Residents love to use these areas for recreational purposes, to relax, or simply enjoy nature. It is important that we protect and preserve our local environment so that we all can enjoy it now and in the years to come. Earth Day is an annual event meant to remind us of the importance of our planet and encourage us to do our part to conserve. Help keep Somerset and Morris Counties beautiful by checking out one of these awesome community events being held this Saturday, April 22nd!



Raritan Headwaters Annual Stream Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 22nd

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Click HERE for sites.

Cost: FREE!

Help protect our waterways by participating in this annual cleanup. Bring gloves and a bag to collect any trash that you find in the watersheds. Register HERE to participate.  


Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration

Dates: Saturday, April 22nd & Sunday, April 23rd

Times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Saturday) & 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Leonard J. Buck Garden (111 Layton Road, Far Hills)

Cost: FREE admission!

Help your home garden look its very best this year by stocking up on plants at this annual sale by the Somerset County Park Commission. There will be a wide variety of plants, including herbs, perennials, wildflowers, and more. In addition, enjoy informational lectures on both days at 1:00 pm by local environmental experts. Take a guided tour of the garden on Saturday or Sunday at 2:00 pm.


Warren Watchung Green Fair

Date: Saturday, April 22nd

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Warren Municipal Grounds (46 Mountain Boulevard, Warren)

Cost: FREE admission!

Enjoy fun eco-friendly projects, pick up seedlings and vegetables, learn more about conservation efforts in our area, and so much more. There is also a recycling drive at the fair for you to safely dispose of your unwanted goods.


Somerset County 4-H Association Spring Carnival

Date: Saturday, April 22nd

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Ted Blum 4-H Center (310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater)

Cost: $12 per child

Help support the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program at this fun carnival. Enjoy a day filled with games and activities, food, face painting, a petting zoo, magic shows, and so much more.


Best New Jersey Towns for Families!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

Towns located throughout Somerset, Morris, and Hunterdon County are perfect for Home Buyers with families! They offer top ranked schools, excellent recreational facilities, dining, retail, and entertainment amenities, strong local economies, diverse housing options, and so much more! New Jersey Family recently released their annual report of the best towns in the state for families. According to their NJ's Best Towns for Families 2017 rankings, some of the top 100 towns are located in our area!


To create their rankings, New Jersey Family looked at over 500 New Jersey towns with a population over 1,500 people. A variety of factors were included to determine which towns were the best for families. These factors included median household income, average home sale price, public school performance data, crime rates, commute time, access to amenities, and other relevant factors.


The following townships and boroughs located throughout our counties were found to be some of the best in the state for families!


12. Bernards Township | Bernards Township Homes for Sale

15. Chatham Borough | Chatham Borough Homes for Sale

35. Long Hill Township | Long Hill Township Homes for Sale

44. Warren Township | Warren Township Homes for Sale

47. Bedminster Township | Bedminster Township Homes for Sale

63. Bernardsville Borough | Bernardsville Borough Homes for Sale

64. Peapack and Gladstone Borough | Peapack/Gladstone Borough Homes for Sale

70. Madison | Madison Homes for Sale

93. Branchburg Township | Branchburg Township Homes for Sale

99. Raritan Township | Raritan Borough Homes for Sale



Congratulations to these communities for being named the best of the best! R&S Home Team loves helping families find their dream homes in Somerset, Morris, and Hunterdon Counties. If you are ready to start your search today, give us a call or visit our website at http://www.rshometeam.com/.

Great Easter Events for the Whole Family!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

It is almost Easter! The Communities in Somerset County and Morris County have many family friendly events planned to celebrate the holiday. Throughout our area, you can get in the spirit. Check out these great events to celebrate Easter!



Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 1st

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Lidgerwood Park (46 Lidgerwood Parkway, Morristown)

Cost: FREE!

Try to fill your basket with as many eggs as you can. The Easter Bunny will make a special visit. In addition, there will be candy, balloon animals, and face painting.


Annual Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Matthew G. Kantor Memorial Park (915 Valley Road, Gillette)

Cost: FREE!

Be sure to bring your basket for this fun egg hunt. There will be prizes. Spend time with the Easter Bunny. Don't miss the petting zoo and pony rides.


Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Times: 11:00 am

Location: Frelinghuysen Park (Sherman Avenue, Raritan)

Cost: FREE!

There is much fun to be had at this annual event. Have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Win some great Easter prizes in the raffle. Find all the eggs that you can for delicious candy. There are 3 hunt times based on age groups. Children 9-12 can participate at 11:00 am, ages 1-4 at 11:20 am, and children ages 5-8 starts at 11:45 am.


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Date: Sunday, April 9th

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Bernards Inn (27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville)

Cost: $35 per adult | $20 per child (ages 2 to 12) | FREE for children under 2

Enjoy a delicious buffett breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Along with a fantastic Menu enter the contests to win special prizes from Bernards Inn. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (908) 766-0002.

 

Easter Egg Workshop

Date: Tuesday, April 11th

Times: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm or 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Glassworks Studio (151 South Street, Morristown)

Cost: $10 per person (sign up fee) | $20 per egg (charged after workshop)

Spark your creativity during these workshops for pre-school and elementary school children. Help your child create 3 fused glass Easter Eggs. You can add strings and beads to the eggs in order to display them for the holiday. Register HERE.


Easter Buffet Brunch

Date: Sunday, April 16th

Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: The Olde Mill Inn & Grain House Restaurant (225 Route 202, Basking Ridge)

Cost: $56 per adult | $24 per child (ages 4 to 11)

Spend Easter with your family at the Olde Mill Inn. A delicious Menu has been prepared. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (908) 696-2335.

 



R&S Home Team wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!

NJ Makers Day Events Occurring this Saturday!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

New Jersey has always been known as a state of great technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and immense talent. This tradition is celebrated during the 3rd annual  New Jersey Makers Day. This Saturday, March 25th, there will be displays, demonstrations, and hands on activities in communities throughout the state. These programs are meant to celebrate maker culture in New Jersey. Local community organizations have come up with their own programming to help promote active learning and an innovative spirit amongst residents. Spend time with your family this Saturday doing something educational and fun! There are many places throughout Somerset and Morris Counties that are participating in the day.

 

Bernards Township Library (32 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge)

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Makers Day Drop In Craft - Participants of all ages will create and test their own handheld catapult.

10:30 am - 2:30 pm - Makers Showcase - See exhibits featuring vintage and new gadgets and technology and visit with local makers.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm  - Teen Augmented Reality - Create your very own augmented reality experience!


Bridgewater Township Library Branch (1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - 4-H Robotics Club Demonstration - All ages will learn more about Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots and programs from this demonstration by the 4-H Robotics Club.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Create an Altered Book - Use your creativity and the materials provided to understand and make your own altered book.


Hillsborough Library Branch (379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough)

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Makers Day Fair - You will have the opportunity to partake in a variety of hands on activities, including a DIY phone speaker stand, a community loom, optical illusion art, snap circuits, and more. Also, do not miss the numerous informative demonstrations that range in topics from cooking to computer programming.


Peapack & Gladstone Library Branch  (1 School Street, Peapack)

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Make Your Own LED Pop-Up Card - Create the perfect holiday or special occasion card with a twist. The card you make will pop-up and have LEDs! Have the opportunity to get creative while learning more about circuits. This activity applies the elements of STEAM. Prior registration is required and can be done online HERE.


Warren Township Library Branch (42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren)

11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Family Makers Fair Fun - Prove you have what it takes in the gingerbeard house challenge and marshmallow tower challenges. Have the opportunity to work on basket weaving, jewelry making, origami, and tissue paper flowers. Watch demonstrations about 3D Printers and Arduino & Raspberry Pi.


The Children's Museum of Somerset County  (120 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater)

10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Makers Day! - Enjoy hands on activities and the main event, the Nerdy Derby race!  

 

 

Photo Credit: NJMakersDay.org


Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at these Great Local Irish Pubs!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! You can celebrate all week throughout Somerset and Morris Counties by picking up some delicious Irish grub and beverages at the excellent, local Irish pubs! As you dine on your corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, or any other fare that suits your fancy, enjoy live entertainment to celebrate the holiday! Here are our recommendations for great Irish Pubs to spend this St. Patrick’s Day!



Dublin Pub | 4 Pine Street, Morristown

Call (973) 538-1999 to ask about any St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!



Grasshopper Off the Green | 41-43 Morris Street, Morristown

There will be a St. Patty’s Day celebration all day Friday starting at noon! Enjoy music from the Blarney Session, a performance by Irish Step Dancers, giveaways, and more until 10:00 pm.



Mannion's Irish Pub | 150 West Main Street, Somerville

Come in on Thursday, March 16th through Saturday, March 18th for live music, Irish step dancers, and bagpipes! The Irish Rakes will be performing from 6:00 to 10:00 pm on Thursday, all day starting at noon on St. Patrick’s Day, and from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am on Saturday. Irish Step Dancers and bagpipes will begin at 7:00 pm on Thursday and 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.


Willie McBride’s Irish Pub & Restaurant | 1270 Easton Turnpike, Branchburg    

Be sure to stop in on St. Patrick’s Day for live music from Agus the Band from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and The Kevin Hill Band from 5:00 to 8:00 pm!



Happy St. Patrick’s Day from R&S Home Team!  

Best School Districts Found in Our Area!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

The school districts in our New Jersey counties are truly some of the best! Education ranking and review website Niche recently released their list of the top K-12 school districts in New Jersey for 2017. The site reviewed 245 public school districts within the state based on data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as millions of reviews from Niche users. These 4 districts made it to the top 25 of their class!



#4 School District of the Chathams | 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham

This district was also ranked in the top 20 for District with the Best Teachers, Safest School District, and Best Places to Teach!

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#8 Bernards Township School District | 101 Peachtree Road, Basking Ridge

This district was rated as the 8th District with the Best Teachers!

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#10 Summit Public Schools | 14 Beekman Terrace, Summit

This district was named in the top 15 in the state for District with the Best Teachers and Best School District for Athletes!

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#21 Somerset Hills Regional School District | 25 Olcott Avenue, Bernardsville

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If you're interested in Buying a home within one of these top ranked school districts, give R&S Home Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.rshometeam.com/.


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Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider
Keller Williams Towne Square Realty
222 Mt. Airy Road
Basking Ridge NJ 07920
908-502-7888
Alan: 908-415-1557 Michelle: 908-872-7266