In Local Politics, Party Really Does Matter

September 23, 2021

The oft-heard refrain of “there is no Democratic or Republican way to fix a pothole” used to ring true. Small-town politics, with their hyperlocal focus, were mostly immune from the vagaries and controversies of national party platforms, focusing instead on innocuous but still important issues (like the aforementioned potholes). 

With the arrival of Trumpism, however, the ...

I Support Steve Spurr for the At-Large Council Seat

Over many years I have had the privilege of serving on the Union County College’s Board of Trustees, delivering meals for SAGE’s Meals on Wheels program as well as distributing food for the Loaves and Fishes Food pantry at Saint Teresa of Avila church, and leading the Summit Housing Authority (SHA) as its chairwoman. The SHA directly oversees three affordable housing properties ...

From Terrorist Attacks to Floods, Firefighters Union President Reflects on 20 Years Since 9/11

September 11, 2021

September 11, 2001 was sunny with a bright blue sky. It was a Tuesday.  

I was a rookie Firefighter who reported to work that morning. We had just received delivery of our new Squad and all personnel were at Station 2 training on the new apparatus. Being the rookie I was sent to pick up bagels for my tour. While driving back the music on the radio was interrupted by a news flash that ...

Minegar, Vartan, and Little: What you can expect from us

September 24, 2021

We’re a little over 6 weeks away from Election Day, November 2. Vote-by-mail ballots are likely to be in mailboxes soon, we have the opportunity for early voting this year, and we’re entering what is sometimes referred to as “silly season” when you get bombarded with communication from candidates up and down the ballot. 

We want to put those communications in ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, September 25, 9:00 AM

New Providence Presbyterian Church parking lot, New Providence

Diaper Drive Collection Event

Giving Back

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Sat, September 25, 7:00 PM

Summit

An Evening in The City of Art

Arts & Entertainment

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Tue, September 28, 11:00 AM

Gerald B. Green Plaza, Plainfield

Emergency Food Distribution Event

Food & Drink

Summit Police Blotter

September 8, 2021

8/3/2021— at 1842 hours a report was taken for a theft of a package located at a Park Avenue residence. The victim reported the incident occurred on 8/2/2021. The stolen package was valued at  $160.00 at the time of the theft.  

8/3/2021— at 1120 hours a report was taken for a theft of an unsecured vehicle from a Glendale Road  residence. The victim reported the ...

LISTEN: Peapack Private Wealth's Dietze Talks Valuations on Bloomberg Radio

September 23, 2021

Peapack Private Wealth Management's David Dietze appeared live with Matt Miller on Bloomberg (9/17/21). Topic: Can stocks move higher despite pricey valuations!

https://bloom.bg/3hICmGO

Note - interview starts at the 26:50 mark

With Trust and Integrity, Peapack Private provides comprehensive financial, tax, fiduciary and investment advice to individuals, families, ...

September 27 Application Deadline Approaching for Rental Assistance for Tenants in Union County Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that the deadline for residents to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is Monday, September 27. The ERAP program will provide financial relief for Union County residents unable to meet their rental obligations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new Emergency Rental Assistance Program, eligible tenants can ...

Summit Real Estate Report - August, 2021

Prominent Property Sotheby's International Realty's regional Summit office provides an inside look at the Summit real estate market, utilizing Garden State Multiple Listing Service statistics illustrating the numbers and trends that tell the story.

This edition of the Summit Real Estate Report details information from August 2021.

Active Listings: ...

Raising Investment Savvy Teenagers

Parents confront many challenges during the tween and early teen years.  As a result, educating our children about investing often falls through the cracks.  While our children have watched us interact with money throughout their young lives, the examples have been more transactional.  They have learned how to pay for groceries, distinguish different dollar bill denominations, and ...

Community Conversations: Back to School

Children have headed back into the classroom, so be sure to check out this Community Conversation with pediatrician Walter Rosenfeld, MD, chair of Pediatrics at Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, who shares what parents need to know as their kids return to in-person learning, how we’re helping make schools safer and the ...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Alcohol Abuse & Recovery

In April 2020, the United States and the rest of the world shut down to stay safe from COVID-19.  Shelter at home orders were instituted and allowed residents only to conduct essential activities.  States relaxed alcohol laws to support businesses and restaurants.  Adults were able to order alcohol for curbside pick up and home delivery.  Liquor stores in some states were ...

This Is How Family Became One Designer's Secret to Success

In many ways, preeminent NJ design group CWI.DESIGN is a family business—passed down from mother to daughter, run by wife and husband. But Rachel Kapner's path to becoming its president and principal designer took some unexpected turns along the way. And it required loved ones to trust her ability to get the job done.

Changing Course from Fashion to Interior Design

"I ...

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If you notice Spotted Lanternfly eggs, it is important to remove the eggs or call your local Department of Agriculture to report your findings. To remove Spotted Lanternfly eggs yourself, complete the form on this page, and we will mail you a FREE Spotted Lanternfly Egg remover. Read below for a few tips for DIY egg removal:

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Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

Finding the Sweeter Side of Unprecedented Times

In March of 2020, life decided to hand lemons to students across the country and beyond, leaving millions of us in a scramble; we searched far and wide for ingredients needed to make lemonade out of an unforeseen scenario. For most of us, whether we were in the second grade, secondary school, or beyond, the remedy to our anxieties was simple: distraction. Perhaps the first few weeks of quarantine ...

5 Proven Tips To Use Email For Marketing Your Holiday Promotions

You have created a killer holiday promotion -- now it’s time to let people know about it! Email for marketing is the perfect vehicle for your message, but, like all vehicles, you have to know how to drive it.

Sending an email is easy, right? You’ve probably sent or received one within the last 10 minutes. But sending out a promotional message along with millions of other companies ...

Transitioning A Side Hustle Into A Successful Business: A Detailed Guide

Currently, over 70 million Americans have a side hustle. That's approximately 45% of the working population. 

Starting a side hustle has many benefits, as you can earn extra income, develop new skills, become a small business owner and quit your day job. 

But how do you transition your side hustle into a full business? This article will cover eight steps you need to follow to ...

The Art of (Interrupting) Conversation

A person with bad manners is one who tries to interrupt when you’re talking or talk when you are interrupting.
- Cartoon in Esquire Magazine

I recently received a random text message from an acquaintance of mine. I was in the middle of an important conversation with my wife when my phone started buzzing in my pocket, disrupting my train of thought which, if I could remember any of it, ...