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Vartan is The Best Choice for Summit Today

October 24, 2016

Last year, I had the opportunity to attend the League of Women Voters’ Candidate Forum as a candidate and participant. Recently I attended as a member of the audience and current Councilmember. In these intervening twelve months, I have dedicated a great deal of time and thought on the ways we can continue to keep Summit a great place to live and the types of experiences that are most ...

Proud of What We've Accomplished

October 18, 2016

At the League of Women Voters debate this past Saturday, I was permitted to make an opening statement but not to answer questions directly as I am running unopposed. I wanted to share my remarks with the larger community:

I’m proud of what I’ve helped council accomplish these last three years.  Some examples include:

Achieving an average tax increase of under ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, October 25, 10:00 AM

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit

Blue Water Art Exhibit at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, October 25, 11:00 AM

DeCorso Community Center, New Providence

Maintaining & Improving Senior Health - Disease & ...

Education Health & Wellness


Tue, October 25, 11:30 AM

SAGE Eldercare, Summit

Tai Chi at SAGE Eldercare

Community Calendar

Summit Police Blotter

October 3, 2016

09/04 - Mario U. Murillo, 28, of Hagerstown, Maryland was stopped in his vehicle after a motor vehicle infraction had been observed. Mr. Murillo was subsequently arrested and charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended/revoked license and receiving stolen property. Mr. Murillo was released with a pending court date.

09/15 - At 1000 hours a report was taken for a burglary to a motor ...

Nutcracker Storytime at Summit Free Public Library Dec. 1

October 24, 2016

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, a pre-professional training and performing company for young dancers based in downtown Summit, will host a free community story time of “The Nutcracker” at the Summit Free Public Library December 1 at 4 p.m.

Open to all children in the community ages 4-10, this free special event will feature the telling of the classic Nutcracker tale by E.T.A.

Dartmouth Club of Suburban NJ Hears From Summit Common Council President

The Dartmouth Club of Suburban New Jersey, at its fall meeting, heard from Mike McTernan -- Dartmouth Class of '86 allum -- on his experiences as the current President of the Summit Common Council.

Pass me a Flagel with Cream Cheese, Please

“Ummm, this is good,” said my husband with a mouthful of food. “What is it?”

I looked up from the kitchen sink where I was doing dishes.  “It’s a cronut.”

“A what?”

“A cronut.  It’s part croissant part doughnut.”

He looked at me like I had two heads.

“I was actually going to get some duffins, ...

Trust Assets – What’s the Plan?

Clients have numerous options when it comes to using trusts as part of their financial plan and investing those assets properly is key. Trusts are most commonly part of an estate plan and are used to reduce taxes, protect assets and provide for a desired distribution among family members and other interested parties.

Points to consider when outlining an investment plan are: Does the trust need ...

Ain't That Grand?

Crafting Winter Warmers an Art at Cozy Lobby Bar, HAT Tavern

As the holidays approach, our thoughts turn to how best to see all our friends and loved ones during this magical time of year. While dining out formally with all who are near and dear just isn’t feasible from a time or financial standpoint, grabbing a drink or cup of coffee is a perfect solution.

With the addition of the hotel’s Arts and Crafts Lobby Bar in the hotel’s cozy ...

Why Worry?

The President of the United States and a designated Military Aide with top level security clearance are riding on Air Force One.


President: Reluctantly, I have decided to drop the bomb.


Aide: Yes, sir.  You will need this.  It’s the Nuclear Football.


President: It looks like a black briefcase with an antenna.


Aide: It is, ...

JCP&L, FirstEnergy and EPRI Sponsor Power Quality Workshops

Advances in power quality technology and research for commercial and industrial customers will be among the topics presented and discussed at free workshops sponsored by Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on October 19 and 20 at JCP&L facilities in Red Bank and Morristown.

The October 19th event will ...

In Your Community

Community Discussion on "Being Mortal"

Together, Kent Place School and Overlook Medical Center invite the community to a free film screening of the PBS Frontline film, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” on Tuesday, October 25 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, a professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public ...