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Canine Carnival: Annual Bark-a-Que Brings Rescue Dogs to Summit's Village Green Sept. 10

August 29, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ - Home for Good Dog Rescue will host its Sixth Annual “Bark-a-Que,” a celebration of the 4,500 dogs the non-profit organization has rescued since its inception, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Summit's Village Green.

The event, which is open to the public, features food and merchandise vendors, family activities, dog contests ...

Berkeley Heights Police Department vs Fire Department Second Annual Mayor's Trophy Charity Softball Game is set for September 10

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Second Annual Police vs Fire Department Charity Softball Game to Benefit  Veterans Memorial Park Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. Snyder Avenue Park, 216 Snyder Ave., Berkeley Heights.

A year ago, the Berkeley Heights Police and Fire Departments volunteered to play a charity softball game to kick off the fundraising campaign to restore Veterans ...

Gov. Livingston Highlanders Looking to Rebound in 2016 Following Tough 2015 Boys Soccer Season

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Of his 26 years as a coach for the Governor Livingston boys soccer team, last season was one of the worst for head coach Bruno Somma. The team finished 2-16-1 with the last win coming in mid-September.

But despite a rough 2015 season, Somma foresees a much different outlook for the 2016 season.

“I think we’ll be much improved this season,” ...

Jets, Giants Fans Yawn in the Snoopy Bowl

EAST RUTHFORD, NJ - A beautiful night in the Meadowlands brought a large crowd for the annual Snoopy Bowl, but the game put fans to sleep as neither the Jets or the Giants offense turned on. The game ended with the Giants winning 21-20.

Brandon Marshall was inactive much to the dismay of the fans and the Jets offense. Quincy Enunwa is still out, following mandatory concussion protocol. During ...

Canine Carnival: Annual Bark-a-Que Brings Rescue Dogs to Summit's Village Green Sept. 10

August 29, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ - Home for Good Dog Rescue will host its Sixth Annual “Bark-a-Que,” a celebration of the 4,500 dogs the non-profit organization has rescued since its inception, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Summit's Village Green.

The event, which is open to the public, features food and merchandise vendors, family activities, dog contests ...

Mozart & More with Woodland String Quartet at Scotch Plains Public Library

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Woodland String Quartet will perform their 47th annual Mozart and More concert at the Scotch Plains Public Library on Monday, August 29, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is A Little Night Music, anchored by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade in Four Movements (“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”). The rest of the program will consist of selections from ...

American Ninja Warrior Finalist Anthony DeFranco Greets Fans in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The fans asked and local celebrity American Ninja Warrior Finalist Anthony DeFranco delivered and held a meet and greet Friday at Columbia Middle School upper field.

Berkeley Heights' own American Ninja Warrior, DeFranco, first qualified earlier in the summer in Philadelphia with the "run of the night" before then competing and finishing 11th ...

Get the Most From TAP into Berkeley Heights

August 22, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Take a moment and find out how to get more from TAP into Berkeley Heights, and see how easy it is to get up-to-the-minute news about everything going on in the community: news, sports, politics, education, events and more.

Also, use us to place classified ads, calendar events, and business listings by simply clicking  "Log in / ...

Further Action on Anco Oil Tank Removal Business Site by Berkeley Heights Board of Adjustment Awaits Answers From DEP

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—Discussions with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on setbacks for fuel tanks and questions about stormwater runoff on the Russo Place property of Anco Environmental Services, Inc. probably will precede the formal application process by Anco before the Berkeley Heights Board of Adjustment.

Anco is a company involved in oil tank removal and ...

Garden State Fireworks More Than Just a Show

BERKELEY HEIGHTS/MILLINGTON, NJ - Summer nights in New Jersey are defined by the bright and colorful glow of fireworks up in the sky. 

When Berkeley Heights residents are treated to a show, what they may not know is that they are seeing some of the best fireworks in the world, as put on by local family-run firm Garden State Fireworks.

Locals are most familiar with Garden State thanks ...

NJ Monthly Ranks Gov. Livingston High School No. 19 in the State

August 24, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In its September issue, New Jersey Monthly ranked Gov. Livingston High School No. 19 on its list of top 100 public high schools in the state. The last time the list came out, in 2014, GL was ranked No. 36. 

"It is obviously exciting for our school community to be moving closer to the top of a very competitive list," said ...

Rothfeld Receives First Gov. Livingston Football Alumni Association Carl D'Emilio Scholarship

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Matthew Rothfeld was the recipient of the first ever Carl D'Emilio Scholarship given by the Gov. Livingston Football Alumni Association this past spring. 

Rothfeld graduated GL with a 4.0 unweighted GPA; was a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Athletic Honor Society; and played football all ...

At-risk youth hear message of PRIDE at Annual Youth Conference

UNION, NJ - More than 200 youth living within the child welfare system from throughout New Jersey heard that PRIDE – preparation, resiliency, intelligence, discipline and exercise – can help them achieve their goals in life. That was the message from the keynote speaker at the 2016 Annual Youth Conference hosted by Community Access Unlimited (CAU) at Kean University this week. Also ...

Bernie Sanders Endorses Democrat Peter Jacob’s Bid to Represent New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District

August 27, 2016

BURLINGTON, VT. - Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has endorsed Democrat challenger Peter Jacob who hopes to unseat Republican incumbent Leonard Lance in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, which includes Somerville and several other Somerset County municipalities.

Jacob and 60 other liberal Democrat candidates running for local, state and Congressional office in November’s ...

All Candidates Invited to Submit Statements to TAP into Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - TAP into Berkeley Heights invites all candidates in Berkeley Heights to submit statements and to advertise on TAP into Berkeley Heights. Below is TAP's policies regarding Election Policies, which are the same for all TAPinto.net sites.

Candidate Statements

Candidates may submit a maximum of one candidate statement per week (including photos) from Labor Day up ...

Libertarian Tom Maciejewski Seeks Seat On Berkeley Heights Council

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - One more person has entered the fray and filed to run for Township Council -- Libertarian Edmund Thomas Maciejewski.

He filed his petition to run for council on the Libertarian line in Elizabeth in time for the November election. His name did not appear on the primary ballot, and it has taken a while for residents to realize he is running.

On Saturday, July 16, ...

Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission Promotes Stormwater Awareness at Street Fair, Raffles Off Rain Barrels

August 9, 2016

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - At the recent street fair in Berkeley Heights, the Environmental Commission promoted stormwater awareness with displays at its booth that showed how rain gardens and rain barrels can collect stormwater instead of sending it down the street into a stream or river.

“We want to encourage our residents to be aware of what they can do for ...

Canine Carnival: Annual Bark-a-Que Brings Rescue Dogs to Summit's Village Green Sept. 10

August 29, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ - Home for Good Dog Rescue will host its Sixth Annual “Bark-a-Que,” a celebration of the 4,500 dogs the non-profit organization has rescued since its inception, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Summit's Village Green.

The event, which is open to the public, features food and merchandise vendors, family activities, dog contests ...

Berkeley Heights Police Department vs Fire Department Second Annual Mayor's Trophy Charity Softball Game is set for September 10

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Second Annual Police vs Fire Department Charity Softball Game to Benefit  Veterans Memorial Park Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. Snyder Avenue Park, 216 Snyder Ave., Berkeley Heights.

A year ago, the Berkeley Heights Police and Fire Departments volunteered to play a charity softball game to kick off the fundraising campaign to restore Veterans ...

20th Anniversary Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race set for September 18; Early Registration Perks

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Plans are well underway for the 20th Anniversary Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk set for Sunday, September 18 at Memorial Field. 

Dr. Patrick Smith, Race Director, said, “We have another great morning of friendly competition, family fun, and a sense of giving back to our community at the BH5K 20th Anniversary Run."

For ...

Affordable Housing Settlement Has Been Reached for Berkeley Heights

August 26, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Township of Berkeley Heights has reached a settlement with the courts regarding their affordable housing obligations, Mayor Bob Woodruff reported to TAPinto Berkeley Heights Thursday afternoon.

"The affordable housing action has been settled," said Woodruff. "The court has accepted [from the Special Master handling the Affordable Housing ...

Union County Seniors Asked for Input for 2017 Area Plan

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites all senior adults residing in Union County to express their ideas for the county’s 2017 Area Plan at a public meeting on Wednesday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Union Township Senior Center, at 968 Bonnel Court in Union Township.

The Area Plan is part of a statewide planning process for senior ...

Berkeley Heights Council Passes Resolution Authorizing Redevelopment Study

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ. - Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Township Council voted 3-1 to authorize a redevelopment study that could resolve its affordable housing situation. Councilman Ed Delia voted against the resolution.

Included in the redevelopment study area are: the theatre property, the Berkeley Heights Developers Property, otherwise called the Kings property; Block 702, lot 18; the Sherman ...

20th Anniversary Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race set for September 18; Early Registration Perks

August 28, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Plans are well underway for the 20th Anniversary Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk set for Sunday, September 18 at Memorial Field. 

Dr. Patrick Smith, Race Director, said, “We have another great morning of friendly competition, family fun, and a sense of giving back to our community at the BH5K 20th Anniversary Run."

For ...

Union County Seniors Asked for Input for 2017 Area Plan

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites all senior adults residing in Union County to express their ideas for the county’s 2017 Area Plan at a public meeting on Wednesday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Union Township Senior Center, at 968 Bonnel Court in Union Township.

The Area Plan is part of a statewide planning process for senior ...

At-risk youth hear message of PRIDE at Annual Youth Conference

UNION, NJ - More than 200 youth living within the child welfare system from throughout New Jersey heard that PRIDE – preparation, resiliency, intelligence, discipline and exercise – can help them achieve their goals in life. That was the message from the keynote speaker at the 2016 Annual Youth Conference hosted by Community Access Unlimited (CAU) at Kean University this week. Also ...

Postal Annex: How to Create the Best Care Package for Your College Student, Military Member, or Friend

August 13, 2016

BASKING RIDGE, NJ-  Postal Annex's home office's Nicole Weatherstone shared her article "How to Create the Best Care Package for Your College Student, Military Member, or Friend" with our Basking Ridge store and we would like to share it.

Whether you’re a parent of a college student, have a military service-member in your family, or a good friend far ...

Have You Seen Dumbledore, the Cat?

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Dumbledore, a 5 year old cat with a black collar with a bell, went missing during his family's recent move to a new home. His carrier broke and he ran off.

He was last seen on Aug. 10 on Gales Drive in New Providence. He's diabetic and needs insulin ASAP.

If you have any information please call Stacy at (201)704-2008 or Mike at ...

Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission Promotes Stormwater Awareness at Street Fair, Raffles Off Rain Barrels

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - At the recent street fair in Berkeley Heights, the Environmental Commission promoted stormwater awareness with displays at its booth that showed how rain gardens and rain barrels can collect stormwater instead of sending it down the street into a stream or river.

“We want to encourage our residents to be aware of what they can do for ...

West Orange Man Sought in Chatham Jewelry Store Armed Robbery Now in Custody

August 13, 2016

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Raiys Grimes, 35, of West Orange, who had an arrest warrant issued for him in relation to the July 28 armed robbery of Crescent Jewelers in Chatham, turned himself in to authorities on Friday.

Morris County Superior Court Judge Ira Cohen set his bail at $200,000. Grimes and Michael Reed, 46, of Newark, have been charged with the armed robbery. A gun and some of the ...

One Man in Custody, Another at Large in Armed Robbery of Chatham Jewelers

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Newark resident Michael Reed is in custody while Raiys Grimes of West Orange is still at large in connection with the July 28 armed robbery of Chatham's Crescent Jewelers it was announced Tuesday by the Morris County Prosecutor's office.

Convicted felon Reed, 46, is charged with being one of three males who conspired to commit the robbery. Reed and ...

Newark Man Charged with Armed Robbery of Chatham Crescent Jewelers; Bail Set at $250,000

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Newark resident Michael Reed was arrested and charged on Monday in Morris County Superior Court with the July 28 robbery of Chatham's Crescent Jewelers, where more than $75,000 worth of jewelry was reportedly taken at gunpoint.

Morris County Superior Court Judge Paul W. Armstrong set bail at $250,000. Two other suspects are still at large.

Reed, 46, was ...

Berkeley Heights Police Department vs Fire Department Second Annual Mayor's Trophy Charity Softball Game is set for September 10

August 29, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Second Annual Police vs Fire Department Charity Softball Game to Benefit  Veterans Memorial Park Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. Snyder Avenue Park, 216 Snyder Ave., Berkeley Heights.

A year ago, the Berkeley Heights Police and Fire Departments volunteered to play a charity softball game to kick off the fundraising campaign to restore Veterans ...

Union County to Honor Residents Who Perished in 9/11 Attacks

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union CountyFreeholders invites members of the community to honor the memory of the 60 residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks by visiting the county's September 11th Memorial on Sunday, Sept. 11, from the morning hours until 9 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office will provide a uniformed Honor ...

Retired Union County Sheriff's K9 Fredy Passes Away

UNION COUNTY, NJ – K9 Fredy, a veteran retired canine dog with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, passed away recently, according to a social media post from Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan.

“Our office shares this loss with Fredy’s longtime partner, Sgt. John Gillespie,” said Sheriff Cryan.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sgt. Gillespie and his ...

Further Action on Anco Oil Tank Removal Business Site by Berkeley Heights Board of Adjustment Awaits Answers From DEP

August 12, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—Discussions with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on setbacks for fuel tanks and questions about stormwater runoff on the Russo Place property of Anco Environmental Services, Inc. probably will precede the formal application process by Anco before the Berkeley Heights Board of Adjustment.

Anco is a company involved in oil tank removal and ...

Gov. Livingston Highlanders Looking to Rebound in 2016 Following Tough 2015 Boys Soccer Season

August 29, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Of his 26 years as a coach for the Governor Livingston boys soccer team, last season was one of the worst for head coach Bruno Somma. The team finished 2-16-1 with the last win coming in mid-September.

But despite a rough 2015 season, Somma foresees a much different outlook for the 2016 season.

“I think we’ll be much improved this season,” ...

Jets, Giants Fans Yawn in the Snoopy Bowl

EAST RUTHFORD, NJ - A beautiful night in the Meadowlands brought a large crowd for the annual Snoopy Bowl, but the game put fans to sleep as neither the Jets or the Giants offense turned on. The game ended with the Giants winning 21-20.

Brandon Marshall was inactive much to the dismay of the fans and the Jets offense. Quincy Enunwa is still out, following mandatory concussion protocol. During ...

Dunellen Embraces Hometown Olympic Hero Sydney McLaughlin

DUNELLEN, NJ – Just one week before she left for Rio de Janeiro, US Olympian Sydney McLaughlin was helping teach young kids how to juggle at a summer recreation class at Faber School; she also opted to stay home and miss the opulent opening ceremonies at the 2016 Summer Olympics to celebrate her 17th birthday with her family at their home on Fairview Avenue.

On Saturday morning, a fire ...

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Westfield Memorial Library Hosts Coloring for Adults and Designing a Victory Garden

August 30, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ - On Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present another popular two-hour coloring workshop for adults. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

“Our hectic lives color our view of the world. Wouldn't it be great if you could just spend a few unhurried hours with a coloring book?” said Jen Schulze, head of Adult ...

Third Annual Seton Village Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival Scheduled for Friday, September 23

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Seton Village Committee will be kicking fall into high gear with the return of its highly successful Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival on Irvington Avenue. Back for its third year, the festival will spotlight at least 15 area food trucks, four live bands, and local restaurant specials as well as a craft beer garden featuring New Jersey’s largest collection of local ...

Mental Health First Aid Training at the Summit Area

The Summit Area YMCA believes in not only the importance of developing healthy habits in individuals throughout the community, but are also dedicated to the wellness of the entire being, including mental health. In collaboration with other local organizations, the Summit Area YMCA has taken a leadership position to offer ongoing, sustained education to the community in hopes of reducing the ...

Union County to Honor Residents Who Perished in 9/11 Attacks

August 28, 2016

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union CountyFreeholders invites members of the community to honor the memory of the 60 residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks by visiting the county's September 11th Memorial on Sunday, Sept. 11, from the morning hours until 9 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office will provide a uniformed Honor ...

Bayonne Bridge to Close This Weekend

August 26, 2016

BAYONNE, NJ – The Bayonne Bridge will close this weekend due to ongoing construction, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey announced.

The bridge will close from 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 to accommodate work for the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance project, which will raise the span’s roadway 64 feet to allow taller ships to pass ...

Why Do You Think That We Think That You Think You Want to Go to School Here?

On most college application supplements this fall you’ll find a question along the lines of, “Why do you believe you’re a good fit for our university?”  If students responded with what’s actually in their head, answers would probably look something like this:

“Are you kidding?  Everyone wants to go to your school, of course I do ...

The Dirty Dozen, Less One

I recently experienced something of a meltdown in the egg aisle at the supermarket over which kind of eggs to buy.  After much consideration, I finally settled on the eggs I wanted (organic, free-range, and cage-free), when I discovered another problem.

The next time I opened an egg carton at the store, there was an egg missing.

Having been the victim of covert cracked eggs in the ...

Have You Seen Dumbledore, the Cat?

August 12, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Dumbledore, a 5 year old cat with a black collar with a bell, went missing during his family's recent move to a new home. His carrier broke and he ran off.

He was last seen on Aug. 10 on Gales Drive in New Providence. He's diabetic and needs insulin ASAP.

If you have any information please call Stacy at (201)704-2008 or Mike at ...

From Donuts to Deadlifts: A Journey of Health and Fitness with Gabriele Fitness & Performance

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Gabriele Fitness and Performance (GFP) is known for its hard core approach to fitness and lifestyle change. A gym where you leave your excuses at the door  and  commit to the GFP mindset -- training a new lifestyle, not just a work out.

When local Queen of Carbs -- a gym virgin -- decided it was time for a body and health transformation, Cathy Balsamo ...

Consumers’ Perception of U.S. Housing Gains Ground; Boomers Make Noise While Millennials Exercise Patience in Quest for Homes

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, today released results of its latest Homeowner Sentiment Survey indicating that current and prospective homeowners remain optimistic about the current state of the U.S. real estate market. Respondents cite higher home values, increasing housing inventory and low interest rates as ...

NASDAQ Posts Eighth Week of Gains

August 24, 2016

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

- Pablo Picasso

The S&P 500 and Dow ended last week slightly lower, but the NASDAQ posted an eighth straight week of gains for the first time since 2010. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.01%, the Dow fell 0.13%, the NASDAQ gained 0.10%,and the MSCI EAFE lost 0.64%

What is the Fed ...

Decision Reached on Affordable Housing for Berkeley Heights: Thank You

August 26, 2016

To the editor:
For those who attend the town meetings on a regular basis or follow on the taped sessions or the Mayors Round Table -- finally, a decision has been reached on Affordable Housing. Even though more information will be released, the rest of the town doesn't realize all the work, preparing for court, time and planning went into this to keep our town in compliance but not ...

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Blue Water Art Exhibit at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

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White Tiger Dojo, Berkeley Heights

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit

Blue Water Art Exhibit at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

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Chatham Township Police Report Mercedes-Benz Stolen

August 24, 2016

CHATHAM, NJ - On Sunday, Aug. 21 a 2016 Mercedes-Benz was stolen from a Plymouth Drive residence sometime in the overnight hours.

The theft was reported after the owner discovered the vehicle missing later that morning. A key fob for the vehicle had been left in another unlocked vehicle in the driveway. This case remains under investigation.

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