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Bedminster’s Herstine to retire after 36 years


Bedminster Township Secretary/Treasurer Jean Herstine has announced her retirement, effective June 28, after 36 years of service to the township.

In her April 8 notification letter, read by Township Manager Rich Schilling at the April 10 board of supervisors meeting, she said “It has been an honor and a privilege to work for Bedminster Township and…I want to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone (there) for their friendship, guidance, and support over the years.”

Schilling indicated later that a special presentation for Herstine is in the works.

A special presentation is also coming for Bedminster Township Police Officers Dan Chonko and Stephen Pekach, who, according to police Chief Matt Phelan, revived a construction worker who suffered cardiac arrest at a job site on Bedminster Road.

Chonko and Pekach provided life-sustaining CPR and AED to the individual, who was not breathing and had no pulse, the chief said.

Also in his monthly report, Phelan warned against continuing gift card scams targeting seniors. A new online wrinkle was noted, offering sign-up to be a “mystery shopper,” where a bad check was sent for gift card purchases, and then the card numbers unfortunately turned over to the scammers for their own use instead.

In an update on efforts by The Garden Girl business on Fatima Lane to gain zoning relief to allow it to modify the scope and nature of its services (Herald, March 28), Schilling reported the owners had now purchased another property for that purpose, where zoning relief would still be needed.

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