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Boys Basketball: Gov. Livingston Holds Off Koinonia in 51-45 Victory

January 17, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Matt Faller and Evan Reiner led Gov. Livingston with 13 and 12 points respectively in the 51-45 victory over Koinonia Tuesday night. The Highlanders survived a second half comeback from Koinonia in a close game to improve GL's record to 5-5.

GL led 29-18 at halftime, but Koinonia came out strong in the third quarter. They scored 17 points in the third to ...

Fire and Snow Snarl I-78

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tuesday night's tractor trailer fire on I-78 east bound at mile marker 45.6 and subsequent clean-up and snow continues to cause traffic Wednesday morning. 

The right and center lanes of I-78 are closed due to the tractor trailer fire. Only the left lane is open to traffic causing major delays in the area. 

Residents have reported 90 minute ...

Emotional Meeting at NJ Sharing Network Bonds Donor Family and Organ Recipient

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Saturday's reunion wasn't an ordinary meeting -- it was an incredibly powerful reunion between a donor family and an organ recipient at the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence. You could feel the raw emotion of the Rodriguez family as they anxiously waited to meet Robert Fisher, who lives because of their brother's gift of life.

Nolman Vidal ...

Gov. Livingston Boys Swim Suffers Loss to Westfield, 115-55

WARREN, NJ - Gov. Livingston boys swimming suffered their second loss of the season against the highly ranked Westfield HS Tuesday night at home, losing 115-55.

 The line-up had the boys swimming "off events" this evening.  Gov. Livingston head coach David Closs' strategy was to keep his team fresh, so they are at their ...

Governor Livingston Alumna Donnie Kanter Winokur in Town for Book Signing of Memoir, 'Chancer - How One Good Boy Saved Another'

January 11, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston graduate and former Berkeley Heights resident, Donnie Kanter Winokur, is thrilled to be heading back to Berkeley Heights next week to see old friends and sign copies of her new book, “Chancer-How One Good Boy Saved Another,” a touching memoir that was published in 2017.

In her years at Governor Livingston, Winokur was deeply involved ...

Mountainside Youngsters Join Cast of 'The Wiz' at The Woodland Theater

 

MAPLEWOOD,  NJ – Five students from Mountainside, Sarah Craven, Abigail Galm, Mia Galm, Sasha Proper, and Alexa Torres will help bring the production of "The Wiz" alive when it opens on Jan. 19. 

Front and Center for Performing Arts, presents "The Wiz." Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, Luther Vandross, and Zachary Walzer and a book by ...

Somerville Church Hosts Boar's Head Festival Jan. 7

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The United Reformed Church, 100 West Main St., hosts the annual Central Jersey Twelfth Night-Boar’s Head Festival on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m.

All are welcome to come and revel in the celebration of the Twelve Days of Christmas, as they did in Elizabethan times.

A cast of 125 actors will celebrate the story of Christmas as perhaps once done in an Elizabethan ...

Facebook Changes Its News Feed; How You Can Get Your Local News

January 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear. 

This will be frustrating for people who use Facebook to find news and information relevant to them, said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. 

“Relegating legitimate news publishers and ...

Embassy Suites Berkeley Heights to Open Mid-March: Mayor Takes Tour

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The construction of the new Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights is nearing completion and the contractors are finishing design details. Shane and Duane Connell and the Embassy Suites management invited Mayor Bob Woodruff for an exclusive "hard hat tour" of the work-in progress of the new 176 room 8-story facility and restaurant that will ...

How One Paterson Teacher Sparked an Education Revolution

January 15, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- For nearly six decades, Ms. Jane Silverstein has brought her special brand of teaching to the Paterson Public School system. As a teacher, Chair of the Science Department, and founder of the STEM Academy at JFK, she has left a distinct mark on the lives of thousands of students. But, according to some within the school, her work has had a much more far-reaching effect. 

To ...

Berkeley Heights School Board Hears Updates On Subscription Busing, Safe Routes to School, More

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Bad weather postponed two Board of Education meetings this month, but on Thursday, Jan. 11, the board held its first meeting of 2018. Only six people attended the meeting.

School Business Administrator and Board Secretary Donna Felezzola, who was sitting in a place normally occupied by Board President Doug Reinstein, asked Bill Cassano and ...

Berkeley Heights Board of Education Meeting Rescheduled to Thursday, Jan. 11

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Board of Education meeting scheduled for tonight is rescheduled to Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Columbia Middle School due to today's weather conditions.

Visit the Berkeley Heights Public School District website for school updates.

Bramnick to Media: Stop Chasing Ratings and Start Searching for the Facts

January 10, 2018

TRENTON NJ - Republican Leader Jon Bramnick used his address at the opening of the 218th General Assembly to sound a call to leaders, to the media and to the public for greater civility in New Jersey's public discourse.  The Republican Leader's comments were particularly pointed where journalists, President Trump and digital warriors were ...

Boys Basketball: Gov. Livingston Holds Off Koinonia in 51-45 Victory

January 17, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Matt Faller and Evan Reiner led Gov. Livingston with 13 and 12 points respectively in the 51-45 victory over Koinonia Tuesday night. The Highlanders survived a second half comeback from Koinonia in a close game to improve GL's record to 5-5.

GL led 29-18 at halftime, but Koinonia came out strong in the third quarter. They scored 17 points in the third to ...

Gov. Livingston Boys Swim Suffers Loss to Westfield, 115-55

WARREN, NJ - Gov. Livingston boys swimming suffered their second loss of the season against the highly ranked Westfield HS Tuesday night at home, losing 115-55.

 The line-up had the boys swimming "off events" this evening.  Gov. Livingston head coach David Closs' strategy was to keep his team fresh, so they are at their ...

Girls Swimming: State Ranked Westfield Defeats Gov. Gov. Livingston

WARREN, NJ - The Governor Livingston girls swim team faced Westfield, the number 15 team in the state at home on Tuesday, losing the meet but keeping their opponent under 100 points with a final score of 96-74.

The Lady Highlanders put Westfield on notice in the first event, the 200 medley relay, when the lineup of Bailey Gold, Nicole Biegel, Rachel Heeren and Sarah Montagna took first place, ...

Delicious Heights Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary With "Throwback" Menu Items; Vote For Your Favorites

January 14, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In celebration of Delicious Heights' 10 year anniversary at their Berkeley Heights location, they will include "Throwback" favorites in their February menu at 2007 pricing.  Help them celebrate by selecting your favorite items to be included in the "Throwback" menu. Click here to vote for your favorite salad, appetizer, ...

Tu B’Shvat Seder Celebration Set for Jan. 28 at Temple Sinai

 

SUMMIT, NJ - Temple Sinai will celebrate Tu B’Shvat, an ancient festival, reminding everyone of their sacred duty to renew the promise of Earth and all its bounty.

Sharing wine, fruits and song, the group will participate in a beautiful seder, after which there will be a pot-luck vegetarian dinner.  Everyone who attends is asked to contribute a dish for all to share.

Photos, Videos From the Joint Diversity Groups' 'MLK Celebration Jam' at the Annex

January 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The New Providence Diversity Committee and Berkeley Heights Diversity Council and the New Providence Presbyterian Church held a “MLK Celebration Jam” at the Annex on Monday, Jan. 15.

The family-friendly event drew an enthusiastic crowd of residents of both communities – adults and children – who enjoyed music, poetry readings, and reflections ...

Summit Area YMCA Hosts Series of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Area YMCA is encouraging the community to get involved—in large or small ways --  to honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15, helping to further improve where folks live, work and play through a day of justice, equality and service to others.

The Summit YMCA, the Berkeley Heights YMCA and The Learning Circle YMCA will ...

Emotional Meeting at NJ Sharing Network Bonds Donor Family and Organ Recipient

January 17, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Saturday's reunion wasn't an ordinary meeting -- it was an incredibly powerful reunion between a donor family and an organ recipient at the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence. You could feel the raw emotion of the Rodriguez family as they anxiously waited to meet Robert Fisher, who lives because of their brother's gift of life.

Nolman Vidal ...

Luminous MedSpa and Salon Hosts Divorce Dynasty Event Providing Resources and Tips to Jumpstart a Happier and Healthier Lifestyle

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Luminous MedSpa and Salon is hosting a Divorce Dynasty "New Year/New You" event on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at their salon located at 592 Central Ave. in New Providence.  Learn the basics of the divorce process, available options and resources for dealing with an unhappy or unhealthy living situation. At the same time, ...

Warming Centers Open in Union County; Heavy Snow Expected on Thursday, Jan. 4

UNION COUNTY, NJ--Due to the freezing weather, the Union County Freeholder Board is announcing that the County of Union, through the efforts of the Department of Human Services, Sheriff’s Office and County Police, will be opening up warming centers in the lobbies at the following locations:

The Union County Division of Social Services in ...

Riders, shows honored by NJ Horse Shows Association

January 16, 2018

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Susan VanBlarcom and Samatha Whitley of Sommerfield Farm in Pittstown have been named New Jersey Horse Shows Association's 2017 Trainers of the Year. Derby Day by Briarwood Farm of Ringoes has been named the NJHSA Horse Show of the Year.
The awards were presented at the NJHSA's annual Night of Champions dinner Saturday, Jan. 13, in Morristown, N.J.

Trainers, ...

PHOTOS: Equines Shine At The Pennsylvania Farm Show

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg included several equine competitions including judging in-hand, under saddle, in harness plus pulling contests and demonstrations.

Sherwood’s Bruce Reigns Supreme at Draft Horse Show

BDF Storm’s Bruce, exhibited by Don Sherwood of Sherwood Grove Farms, Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, was named ...

Fire and Snow Snarl I-78

January 17, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tuesday night's tractor trailer fire on I-78 east bound at mile marker 45.6 and subsequent clean-up and snow continues to cause traffic Wednesday morning. 

The right and center lanes of I-78 are closed due to the tractor trailer fire. Only the left lane is open to traffic causing major delays in the area. 

Residents have reported 90 minute ...

New Providence Police Arrest Four, Recover Two Stolen Cars

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Police responding to a call from a homeowner before sunrise this morning arrested three men and a juvenile. They were charged with various crimes, including joy riding, hindering apprehension, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief, all stemming from the alleged theft of two cars.

The New Providence Police gave the following account of the ...

Glenside Road Continues to be Closed as PSE&G Works to Stop Gas Leak

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Work continues today to repair a gas leak at the intersection of Mountain Avenue, Glenside Road and South Street, said Berkeley Heights Deputy Fire Chief Jim Hopkins. Initial reports that there were evacuations were incorrect.

As of about noon, PSE&G was working on repairing a valve box on Mountainside at Glenside, and "the problem seems to be ...

Cranford Planning Board Hears Redevelopment Study for North Avenue East

January 11, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – Furious residents and business owners filled the municipal chambers on Wednesday evening as the Cranford Planning Board heard a presentation from Harbor Consultants regarding the redevelopment of a portion of North Avenue East.

The redevelopment evaluation spans from Bar Americana to the Riverside Inn and includes the Cranford Fire House, Marino Seafood and more. Some of ...

Photos, Videos From the Joint Diversity Groups' 'MLK Celebration Jam' at the Annex

January 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The New Providence Diversity Committee and Berkeley Heights Diversity Council and the New Providence Presbyterian Church held a “MLK Celebration Jam” at the Annex on Monday, Jan. 15.

The family-friendly event drew an enthusiastic crowd of residents of both communities – adults and children – who enjoyed music, poetry readings, and reflections ...

Tu B’Shvat Seder Celebration Set for Jan. 28 at Temple Sinai

 

SUMMIT, NJ - Temple Sinai will celebrate Tu B’Shvat, an ancient festival, reminding everyone of their sacred duty to renew the promise of Earth and all its bounty.

Sharing wine, fruits and song, the group will participate in a beautiful seder, after which there will be a pot-luck vegetarian dinner.  Everyone who attends is asked to contribute a dish for all to share.

MLK's Legacy Examined at Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit Jan. 13

SUMMIT, NJ - Congregation Beth Hatikvah, in preparation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is inviting the community to come together Saturday, Jan. 13, beginning at 10 a.m., for an interactive consideration of Dr. King's legacy. Rodney E. Williams, associate minister of Fountain Baptist Church, will present an audio and visual overview focusing on the impact of Dr.

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The Role of Meal Replacements in Weight Loss

January 15, 2018

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in other developed and developing countries. The prevalence of obesity is increasing not only in adults, but also in children and adolescents. We all know that obesity is a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses, most importantly heart disease and diabetes, but also cancer and osteoarthritis, liver and kidney disease, ...

Mark Zuckerberg Should Be Concerned About His Legacy; Punishing Legitimate Media Organizations and Small Businesses Isn’t the Answer; Regulation Is

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If ...

Michaela McClain Band at Salem Roadhouse Cafe

January 17, 2018

The SALEM ROADHOUSE CAFÉ proudly presents the Michaela McClain Band performing on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Michaela McClain is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Bernardsville. Her “folky-soul” sound isreminiscent of Carol King, Norah Jones and Alicia Keys, and “her warm groove creates an atmosphere of love that’s irresistible.” Her musical influences ...

Volunteers Are Needed for March 15-16 Union County Teen Arts Festival

Do you like working with artists, teachers and students? The Union County Teen Arts Festival provides an opportunity for volunteers to get involved.

The Union County Teen Arts Festival is a two-day celebration of the arts. It is held annually at Union County College in Cranford and is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs ...

Union County Establishes the First County LGBTQ Office in New Jersey

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has launched the new Office of LGBTQ Services. Established as part of Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados' 2018 Moving Union County Forward initiatives, the new LGBTQ office is the first County government office of its kind in the State of New Jersey.

Operating under the new Division of Outreach and Advocacy in the Department of Human Services, ...

Cranford Planning Board Hears Redevelopment Study for North Avenue East

January 11, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – Furious residents and business owners filled the municipal chambers on Wednesday evening as the Cranford Planning Board heard a presentation from Harbor Consultants regarding the redevelopment of a portion of North Avenue East.

The redevelopment evaluation spans from Bar Americana to the Riverside Inn and includes the Cranford Fire House, Marino Seafood and more. Some of ...

Dog Dies After Being Left at PetSmart; SPCA and Family Seek Answers

January 6, 2018

RARITAN TWP., NJ – This is a story about Scruffles and it is not a happy one.

Scruffles was an 8-year-old bulldog, a pet loved by Danielle DiNapoli and her family. Their story has gone viral on Facebook with more than 14,000 shares and nearly 10,000 comments, leading DiNapoli to create a “Justice for Scruffles” Facebook page.

DiNapoli said she just wants answers. She ...

Union County Manager Faella Announces His Retirement Effective March 1

January 9, 2018

 

ELIZABETH, NJ---Mountainside resident and Union County Manager Alfred J. Faella, the County’s top-appointed executive responsible for the day-to-day operations of a government that provides services to more than half a million residents, has announced his retirement effective March 1st.

Faella, 62, announces his retirement after a career spanning 25 years in City, State ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, January 17

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Wed, January 17, 7:30 PM

The Twin Maples Estate SJFC Headquarters, Summit

Summit Junior Fortnightly Club's First New Member ...

Giving Back

Thu, January 18

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Thu, January 18, 6:00 PM

Chatham Middle School, Chatham

Willy Wonka Jr.

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, January 19

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Fri, January 19, 7:00 PM

Chatham Middle School , Chatham

Willy Wonka Jr.

Arts & Entertainment

Mayor's Round Table: Town Planner Discusses Redevelopment and Master Plan

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor's Round Table is a monthly show hosted by Dr. Donald DeFabio, who sits with Mayor Robert Woodruff to talk about current issues that affect the township.

Included in this episode, Mayor Bob Woodruff spoke with Township Planner Mike Mistretta of Harbor Consultants about the Master Plan.

Information on Redevelopment

Close to shovels in the ...

The 6 Common Mistakes People Are Making When Picking a Financial Advisor

There are 6 mistakes people often make when engaging a financial advisor -- and all of them are avoidable! 

Before listing the mistakes, let's put the issue of paying for financial advice into context. Health and money are two areas of life where everyone benefits from professional input and support but people handle the wisdom of professional medical care differently ...