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Peter DeSarno Receives NJCPA Volunteer Award; Recognized for Work with NJ Sharing Network

June 25, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Peter DeSarno, of New Providence, was recently among recipients of a "NJCPA Volunteer Award" by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants at their annual statewide convention in Atlantic city. 

A release by the NJCPA said, "Peter is the very definition of what 'giving back' is all about. -- Today, after a 20 ...

Watchung Borough Council Meetings Now Recorded

WATCHUNG, NJ - Watchung Borough Council Meetings are now being recorded for online viewing. Meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the borough website.

The last meeting, on Thursday, June 21, was the first to be recorded and available on video.

For agendas and to view council meetings, go to the Council Agendas page on the borough website at www.watchungnj.gov/BC-agendas, ...

Victoria Vanriele Named Gatorade NJ Girls Track & Field Player of the Year

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School’s Victoria Vanriele was named Gatorade New Jersey Girls Track & Field Player of the Year, which recognizes "the most outstanding high school athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character."

The first to be chosen from Governor Livingston, Vanriele, a sophomore, won her ...

Chris Tribuna's Balloon Design Studio Makes a Splash at NYC Pride March

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A little pride was created in Berkeley Heights when Chris Tribuna, of Balloon Design Studio, took over the basement of Sadal Wine Cellar on Springfield Avenue to stage the creation of a sea of rainbow colored balloons for the NYC Pride March on Sunday.

Tribuna, literally, created an "under the sea" themed scene from over 10,000 balloons that ...

Chris Tribuna's Balloon Design Studio Makes a Splash at NYC Pride March

June 24, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A little pride was created in Berkeley Heights when Chris Tribuna, of Balloon Design Studio, took over the basement of Sadal Wine Cellar on Springfield Avenue to stage the creation of a sea of rainbow colored balloons for the NYC Pride March on Sunday.

Tribuna, literally, created an "under the sea" themed scene from over 10,000 balloons that ...

Duckies Race Down Passaic River to be First to Reach the Finish Line

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Hundreds were in attendance of the 15th annual Rubber Ducky Festival to see rubber ducks race down the Passaic River to a finish line, where they were collected by Boy Scouts waiting in canoes. The purchaser of the winning ducks won prizes, with proceeds benefiting the Boy Scouts and Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights.

"The whole idea came from ...

'Heights Has Talent' Band Stage of Continuous Music Will Rock Out at Berkeley Heights Street Fair

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Street Fair will shut down Springfield Avenue between Plainfield and Snyder avenues from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. for the sixth annual Summer Festival that highlights family friendly activities and vendors.  

This year's "Summer Festival" offers free carnival rides, touch-a-truck expo, a new improved beer garden hosted ...

Dennis Toft Appointed to New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's Executive Committee

June 21, 2018

Denis Toft of Berkeley Heights and Chair of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi’s (CSG) Environmental Group, has been appointed as a member of and environmental lead for the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

A business advocacy organization, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce supports legislation, regulation and initiatives that will lead to economic growth, job ...

'Rewirement' Luncheon Teaches Clients to Retire on Purpose

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - About a dozen clients gathered at Veneto Ristorante last Monday afternoon over some sandwiches, paninis, and good company, hosted by Walter Pardo (CEO)  and Jill Biagio (Client Relations) of Wealth Financial Partners (WFP.) 

The crowd was walked through an interactive and informative presentation that shined a unique perspective on those ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Business features Santa Fe Childcare Center

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto "Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories.

This edition features Santa Fe Childcare Centers, an independent, family owned daycare for over 20 years ...

Victoria Vanriele Named Gatorade NJ Girls Track & Field Player of the Year

June 24, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School’s Victoria Vanriele was named Gatorade New Jersey Girls Track & Field Player of the Year, which recognizes "the most outstanding high school athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character."

The first to be chosen from Governor Livingston, Vanriele, a sophomore, won her ...

Gov. Livingston Graduates Class of 2018, Highest Achieving Class in School History (Video slideshow included)

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Pride and tradition stood tall up on "The Hill" as 278 members of the Gov. Livingston class of 2018 filed onto Frey Field for the 58th annual commencement ceremony Tuesday evening.  

The class of 2018 had a beautiful, but hot, evening for graduation. As family and friends filled the field and bleachers, the sun was setting ...

Madison Resident Awarded Children's 'Book of The Year' for Second Time

MADISON, NJ - Madison resident and author, Trish Lisa Wilson, is the recipient of Creative Child’s Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year Award, a repeat honor. Wilson’s work, A Penny For Piggy: A Tale of Save, Spend, Share was also honored by the publication in 2014. The book was reviewed by parents and educators and received the highest accolade in two categories, specifically, ...

Watchung Borough Council Meetings Now Recorded

June 25, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ - Watchung Borough Council Meetings are now being recorded for online viewing. Meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the borough website.

The last meeting, on Thursday, June 21, was the first to be recorded and available on video.

For agendas and to view council meetings, go to the Council Agendas page on the borough website at www.watchungnj.gov/BC-agendas, ...

Berkeley Heights Planners Approve 196-Unit Age-Restricted Development at 100 Locust Ave.

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Another development included in the township’s court-approved affordable housing settlement has received preliminary and final site plan approval from the planning board.

Wednesday, June 20, the board voted to approve the all rental, 196-unit age-restricted development “Woodcrest at Berkeley Heights,” 100 Locust Ave.  

Whether ...

Berkeley Heights Among Recipients of Union County Recycling Enhancement Grants

$134,600 distributed to 15 municipalities across Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that 15 municipalities have received a total of $134,600 in Recycling Enhancement Grants. The grant program, which aims at improving local recycling rates, is administered by Union County with funding from the New Jersey Department of ...

Victoria Vanriele Named Gatorade NJ Girls Track & Field Player of the Year

June 24, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School’s Victoria Vanriele was named Gatorade New Jersey Girls Track & Field Player of the Year, which recognizes "the most outstanding high school athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character."

The first to be chosen from Governor Livingston, Vanriele, a sophomore, won her ...

Cranford High Student Competes at U.S. Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifier

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Cranford soon-to-be senior Johnny Bush took his shot to qualify for a USGA championship on Wednesday.

Bush shot a 6-over-par 76 (38-38) to finish in a five-way tie for 21st place in a U.S. Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifier at the par 70, 6,558-yard Shackamaxon Country Club in nearby Scotch Plains.

65 golfers, including 54 from the Garden State, took ...

Vanriele Repeats 800 M State Championship Title: Gov. Livingston Track and Field Concludes Season

EWING, NJ - Governor Livingston’s Victoria Vanriele won her second consecutive outdoor 800m championship at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Saturday, June 9, at Northern Burlington Regional High School. Vanriele blazed across the finish line in 2:06.68, lowering her personal best and school record by 1.5 seconds.  She is currently ranked No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 3 in the ...

New Providence Introduces New Recycling Rules

June 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – What does China have to do with New Providence recycling? Apparently a lot and residents should take a note of the new recycling guidelines, Borough Administrator Doug Marvin said at the Monday, June 11 council meeting. The new rules will evidently reduce the amount of recyclables and consequently increase the borough’s garbage tonnage.

Councilwoman Nadine ...

Recycling Rules Change in Union County

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Big changes have come to recycling in Union County – so big the county held a meeting on Wednesday, June 13, to go over the changes.

Residents will need to adapt to the changes, some may need or want to get new recycling containers, and, failure to comply will result in enforcement – possibly fines – and the rejection of some items at the curb or ...

Cranford Resident Rode His Bike Nearly 500 Miles

CRANFORD – Cranford resident Kent Lucas was one of 150 commuters who embraced a more sustainable commute by trading in his car keys for pedals during TransOptions’ annual Bike to Work Challenge.

Through TransOptions’ GoForGood app, riders tracked their bicycle commute trips and miles from May 1st through May 31st. Participants who joined the challenge were entered to win ...

Peter DeSarno Receives NJCPA Volunteer Award; Recognized for Work with NJ Sharing Network

June 25, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Peter DeSarno, of New Providence, was recently among recipients of a "NJCPA Volunteer Award" by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants at their annual statewide convention in Atlantic city. 

A release by the NJCPA said, "Peter is the very definition of what 'giving back' is all about. -- Today, after a 20 ...

Duckies Race Down Passaic River to be First to Reach the Finish Line

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Hundreds were in attendance of the 15th annual Rubber Ducky Festival to see rubber ducks race down the Passaic River to a finish line, where they were collected by Boy Scouts waiting in canoes. The purchaser of the winning ducks won prizes, with proceeds benefiting the Boy Scouts and Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights.

"The whole idea came from ...

Peter DeSarno Receives NJCPA Volunteer Award; Recognized for Work with NJ Sharing Network

June 25, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Peter DeSarno, of New Providence, was recently among recipients of a "NJCPA Volunteer Award" by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants at their annual statewide convention in Atlantic city. 

A release by the NJCPA said, "Peter is the very definition of what 'giving back' is all about. -- Today, after a 20 ...

Berkeley Heights Cancer Survivor Pays it Forward, Forms 'The Silver Liming' to Help Others

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Reports by Township Council members often produce unexpected news – one recent surprise was news about a new volunteer project by breast cancer survivor Laurie Liming, “The Silver Liming.”

At the June 12 meeting, Township Councilman Peter Bavoso said Laurie started a group in town “to pay it forward.” For those who don’t know, ...

Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad Plant Sale Gives Back to Relay for Life

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad cadets recently held their annual plant sale at the squad's Snyder Avenue headquarters. This annual fundraiser benefits Relay for Life of Berkeley Heights. Leah's Lemonade Stand was also serving her lemonade and Rice Krispies treats. 

In addition to the annual plant sale, the squad offered ...

REMINDER: Berkeley Hardware and Paint Customer Appreciation set for June 16: Enter Weber Grill Giveaway Contest

June 14, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Today is Customer Appreciation Day at Berkeley Hardware! Stop by for complimentary hot dogs and enter to win a Weber Grill! Take 10 percent of entire purchase (excluding sale items) through 6/16.

Whether its cleaning up the yard, home maintenance or home improvement — Berkeley Hardware and Paint is ready with all your spring needs. Located at ...

No Community Garden This Year for Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Despite the best intentions of the Environmental Commission and the efforts of Township Attorney Joe Sordillo, there will be no community garden built this year. The good news is everyone now knows what is needed to get the job done and a time table is in place to see that it gets done.

Sordillo explained the process during the council meeting Tuesday night, ...

Horse Care Workshops at Lord Stirling Start June 23

June 18, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering Horse Care Workshop 101 for adults and youth seeking to gain experience and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on practice.

Horse Care Workshop 101 will be held at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ beginning Saturday June ...

Hamilton Farm, Home To The U.S. Equestrian Team Listed On Historic Registry

BEDMINSTER TWP., N.J. — The stable complex at Hamilton Farm, the long time home of the United States Equestrian team is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

According to www.uset.org:

The original farm dates back to 1911, when Wall Street financier James Cox Brady purchased 180 acres in New Jersey for $100 per acre only 50 miles outside of New York City. It was ...

Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly Retires After 31 Years; Hired as Director of Security for Newport Centre Mall

June 22, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Police Chief Steven E. Hennelly abruptly announced the end of his 31-year association with Chatham Township law enforcement when he confirmed his retirement on Thursday at the Chatham Township Committee meeting.

Hennelly, 53, will immediately be starting a new job in the private sector as the director of the security for the Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City. Hennelly, who ...

Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly Retires After 31 Years; Hired as Director of Security for Newport Centre Mall

CHATHAM, NJ - Police Chief Steven E. Hennelly abruptly announced the end of his 31-year association with Chatham Township law enforcement when he confirmed his retirement on Thursday at the Chatham Township Committee meeting.

Hennelly, 53, will immediately be start a new job in the private sector as the director of the security for the Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City. Hennelly, ...

Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly Retires After 31 Years; Hired as Director of Security for Newport Centre Mall

June 22, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Police Chief Steven E. Hennelly abruptly announced the end of his 31-year association with Chatham Township law enforcement when he confirmed his retirement on Thursday at the Chatham Township Committee meeting.

Hennelly, 53, will immediately be starting a new job in the private sector as the director of the security for the Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City. Hennelly, who ...

Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly Retires After 31 Years; Hired as Director of Security for Newport Centre Mall

CHATHAM, NJ - Police Chief Steven E. Hennelly abruptly announced the end of his 31-year association with Chatham Township law enforcement when he confirmed his retirement on Thursday at the Chatham Township Committee meeting.

Hennelly, 53, will immediately be start a new job in the private sector as the director of the security for the Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City. Hennelly, ...

Warren Township Moves Forward on Affordable Housing Plans, Judge Grants Motion

June 13, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Judge Miller granted Warren Township’s motion for approval on Friday, June 8 of the proposed 100% affordable family rental housing development on Lindbergh Avenue that is to be built by PIRHL Acquisitions, LLC. 

On Monday, June 11, the Warren Township Planning Board heard testimony and plans for the Lindbergh Avenue site. Discussions will be continued at  the ...

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Sleep out at Covenant House

June 18, 2018

I can enjoy the same movies over and over like it were the first time to see them.  My kids roll their eyes at this.  Well, many unimaginable things happen as you become a certain age, and you tend to learn to accept those things graciously as gift.   But I remember the movie “The Blind Side.”  Until I saw that movie, I didn’t know homeless children ...

Overlook Medical Center Receives Grant From Susan G. Komen North Jersey

June 25, 2018

 

 Susan G. Komen North Jersey will award a total of 13 grants to 11 local community non-profit organizations in its nine-county service area for 2018-2019, an increase in total program funding at 15% year-over-year. Overlook Medical Center's program, Breast Cancer Continuum of Care for Underserved African-American & Hispanic Women at Overlook is one of the programs. The ...

Free Family Movie Night at Hanson Park featuring the Movie Coco

Bring your blankets and chairs and join us for a Movie in the Park on Saturday, July 14th at Hanson Park, 38 Springfield Ave. in Cranford.  The feature presentation will be Coco, a 2017 animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel Rivera who is accidentally transported to the land of the dead, ...

Shakespeare in the Park Returns to Union County, Sunday, July 8

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the return of Shakespeare in the Park this summer. The first performance will be presented on Sunday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade in Linden.

The Shrew Mechanicals Troupe from The Shakespeare Theatre of New jersey will present an hour long performance of “Powerful Trouble,” a stirring ...

Imagine Hosts Annual Breakfast Fundraiser

Nearly 350 guests attended Imagine’s 7th annual breakfast fundraiser, Seasons of Hope, on June 6th, 2018 at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.  “We especially want to thank our breakfast sponsors -- our platinum sponsor Merck, our bronze sponsors ConnectOne Bank and Northfield Bank, the volunteers and donors that contributed to the breakfast” said Imagine Board ...

Watchung Borough Council Meetings Now Recorded

June 25, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ - Watchung Borough Council Meetings are now being recorded for online viewing. Meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the borough website.

The last meeting, on Thursday, June 21, was the first to be recorded and available on video.

For agendas and to view council meetings, go to the Council Agendas page on the borough website at www.watchungnj.gov/BC-agendas, ...

Linden Man Arrested After Explosion in Cranford

June 21, 2018

CRANFORD - On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. the Cranford Police Department received
information that an explosion was heard in the area of Raritan Road and Summit Terrace. Through
a joint investigation with the Union County Prosecutor's Office and Linden Police Department, the
Cranford Police Department Detective Bureau identified a suspect through surveillance video ...

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Summer is a great time to take a step back, sip a cool beverage, and take a look at what’s going on in the world of college admissions.  Departments use the summer to evaluate how their year went and plan on any changes they want to make for the fall.  Did they over-enroll? Under-enroll?  What application materials were useful to them?  Which were redundant or time ...

Summertime Air Quality Issues

Summer weather can be harmful to your health due to air pollutants like ozone, mold, and moisture that are more prevalent both inside and outside than they are during cooler months. 

Sunny days, warm temperatures, and light winds don’t allow pollutants to be cleared from outside air. Instead, they encourage the formation of ozone, a leading air pollutant.  Ozone is ...