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8 Teaching Posts Abolished, Average $150 Tax Increase Seen, As School Budget is Approved

May 11, 2022

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Eight teaching positions were abolished Monday night when the Bernards Township Board of Education finalized its school budget for the 2022-23 school year.

The $111.7 million budget was approved by an 8-1 vote, with Kirsten Light voting no.

Using figures from the township finance department, the school tax bill for the average residential house would increase about $152 ...

School Board Will Vote on 2022-2023 Budget on Monday

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township Board of Education members will hear about staffing and projected tax effects before they vote on the 2022-23 school budget on Monday night.

Superintendent Nick Markarian said by email that he anticipated Monday’s presentation would be similar to those in the past.

Last year he gave a detailed breakdown on staffing at the hearing. He covered ...

Learn About “Fantastic Falcons” at the Bernards Township Library


BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Drop by the Bernards Township Library on Saturday, May 7, and learn about falcons in a free, family friendly program from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in Program Room A & B. 

Learn about the three types of falcons living in New Jersey. Explore their differences in habitat choice, food selection, size, speed and lifestyles, and be introduced to a live ...

Grandparents, Parents Raise Objections to Pending State Health Curriculum Changes


BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Grandparents expressed their outrage Monday night, April 25, to the Bernards Township Board of Education over pending state health curriculum changes.

It is common for parents to come to meetings and comment, ask questions or criticize board policy and actions, but some in the older generation came to add their voices to a general outcry to explicit changes ...

Board of Education Approves Various Personnel Changes in District Schools

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Retirement notices of seven staffers were accepted at the Bernards Township Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 25.

Six are effective at the end of the school year. They are Ridge High School science teacher John Brum, Cedar Hill School aides Olga Crincoli and Judy Pennino, Mount Prospect School kindergarten teacher Barbara Kwityn, Ridge High social studies ...

Board member Light criticized for allegedly violating protocols

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township Board of Education members criticized one of their own at the April 11 meeting for allegedly going outside of board policies and procedures.

In the open-ended “board forum” part of the meeting, Board President Robin McKeon and particularly member Jennifer White had problems with first-term member Kirsten Light for acting more as an individual ...

School Board Hears Presentation on a Comprehensive 3-Year Technology Plan


BERNARDS TWP., - District schools will test using computer software designed to keep students’ minds on tasks, as well as open the future vista of tech teaching methods. It’s part of a comprehensive three-year technology plan district staff described Monday, April 11, to the Board of Education.

The proposal presented by a tech team of administrators and teachers ...

Company Answers Questions About School Equity Survey

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Surveys that will kick off the Bernards Township schools equity audit will go out before the end of April, leaders of a consulting firm assured Board of Education members Thursday night at a meeting held virtually.

Representatives from US2, an independent consulting firm, explained the process of conducting an equity audit for the district. When asked to define equity, ...

Hillsborough Teacher to be Inducted into National Teachers Hall of Fame

EMPORIA, KANSAS – A career teacher at Hillsborough High School in New Jersey was surprised Wednesday afternoon at what was expected to be a Debate Club meeting after school.

Robert Fenster learned that he has been selected as one of only five career teachers to be inducted into The National Teachers Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2022, the 30th induction class for the ...

Essex Fells Mourns Passing of Teacher John Viggiano

ESSEX FELLS, NJ -- A GoFundMe page has been established for the family of John P. Viggiano, a phys ed and health teacher at Essex Fells Elementary School.

Viggiano, 45, was a resident of Basking Ridge. He died suddenly on Friday, April 1. He was married with one son and one daughter.

“John Viggiano, affectionately known to students and parents as ‘Mr. V,’ is a beloved ...


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Home of the Week: 831 Grandview Ave., Westfield, NJ 07090

Check out 831 Grandview Ave in Westfield; this colonial in the Manor Park neighborhood won’t last long. With a new outdoor staircase leading to the enclosed front porch, a new roof, and other updates since 2021, you’re getting modern living with classic character. From the porch, you’ll step in to the sun filled living room with bay windows that flows into the updated kitchen ...

Four Atlantic Health System Medical Centers get ‘A’ Grade for Safety by Leapfrog for Spring 2022

May 11, 2022

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today announced that Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center all earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2022 Hospital Safety Grades.

“Safety is the foundation of ...

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Liz Fandel, SVP, Fellowship Senior Living, shares her vision of Fellowship Connected Living powered by Livindi with industry leaders.


Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

TAPinto Publisher Bobbie Peer Receives Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to Women Award

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Bobbie Peer is a business owner, a networker, a marketer and a survivor.

"I am a single mother and I made it," Peer said. "I work hard, I'm passionate about what I do and I form relationships. I am a success."

Peer, the publisher of five TAPinto sites, recently received a Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Future of Local News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on the "What Works - The Future of Local News" Podcast from Northeastern University’s School of Journalism.

Shapiro talked about how TAPinto was formed, the current successes the company is seeing and plans for the future.

You can hear the discussion here.

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