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Shop 'Berkeley Heights' Gift Cards Available Through Suburban Chamber of Commerce

December 16, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This Holiday Season, the Suburban Chamber of Commerce encourages you to shop local by offering "Shop Berkeley Heights" gift cards and can be purchased at SCC HQ in Summit, Smith Chiropractic and DERCO Print.

Each certificate comes with a packet that includes instructions on how to use [which is simple, you spend it at a participating Berkeley ...

Chatham Township Committee Adopts Multi-Family Zoning for Dixiedale; Planner says Riverside Entrance "Impossible"

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee unanimously adopted an ordinance to rezone the 30.8 Dixiedale Farm property from single-family to multi-family zoning, setting the stage for a 54-unit townhouse development on Thursday at the regular meeting of the Chatham Township Committee.

The rezoning is linked to the developer building 24 Affordable Housing units near the Skate Park on ...

Volleyball: Union Catholic's Mackenzie Fuhrmann Named Conference Athlete of the Year

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic’s Mackenzie Fuhrmann has been chosen as the Union County Conference Volleyball Player of the Year for this past season by NJ.com.

Fuhrmann, a senior outside hitter, led the Vikings to a 28-4 record, and a final state ranking of No. 14 in the recently completed season. 

Fuhrmann, who lives in Berkeley Heights, established career highs in ...

New Technology Available to Enhance Visits to NJ State Parks

TRENTON - The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry on Thursday, Nov. 16, officially launched a new smart device tool to enhance visits to state parks by helping users plan visits around the state park system's vast network of trails.

The Trail Tracker application, demonstrated by the Park Service during a news conference at Allaire State Park in Monmouth County, may be ...

Snow Didn't Stop Santa's Visit to Berkeley Heights YMCA

December 11, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A little snow doesn't stop Santa from delivering toys on Christmas Eve, and it didn't delay his visit to the Berkeley Heights YMCA on Saturday to visit with the families who attended the Breakfast with Santa, either.

Breakfast with Santa at the Berkeley Heights YMCA was filled with excited children and families as they waited for  the ...

Don't Miss These Garden State Holiday Light Delights

NEW JERSEY - There are so many fun, family-friendly holiday activities it’s hard to pack them all in. However, if you’re looking for something simple that’s a throwback to your own childhood, make time to see these fabulous light displays that really get folks in the holiday mood.

Jenkinson’s Sea of Lights - Summer isn’t the only time to hit the boardwalk in ...

NJ Intergenerational Orchestra's Annual Family Holiday Concert on Dec. 17

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) will continue its 2017-2018 season with its annual Family Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec.17. The concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. at New Providence High School, and will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles and special guests. Admission is free, but donations gratefully ...

Shop 'Berkeley Heights' Gift Cards Available Through Suburban Chamber of Commerce

December 16, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This Holiday Season, the Suburban Chamber of Commerce encourages you to shop local by offering "Shop Berkeley Heights" gift cards and can be purchased at SCC HQ in Summit, Smith Chiropractic and DERCO Print.

Each certificate comes with a packet that includes instructions on how to use [which is simple, you spend it at a participating Berkeley ...

Lantern Hill Residents Donate More Than $68,000 to Staff Appreciation Fund

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Residents of Lantern Hill, a distinctive Erickson Living retirement community in New Providence raised more than $68,000 for the community’s Staff Appreciation Fund. The annual campaign is organized each year as a way for the residents to say “thank you” to non-management hourly employees who provide a variety of resident services at the ...

Rutgers to raise minimum wage to $11 an hour for student workers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will be raising the campus-wide minimum wage to $11 an hour, university president Robert Barchi announced in a campus-wide email on December 11.

The move comes as a partial victory for the local labor rights group, Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops​ (RUSAS)​, wh​ich ha​s​ been campaigning for a $15 minimum wage.

Right now, the ...

Union County College’s Board Member Zimmermann Named to NJCCC Executive Committee

December 15, 2017

Union County College is pleased to announce that Mary M. Zimmermann, former Chair of the Union County College Foundation Board and member of the College’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, was elected to the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges on Nov. 20, 2017.

The members of the Executive Committee represent the New Jersey Council of County Colleges ...

Berkeley Heights Residents May Apply Online for 2018-2019 Preschool Program

BERKELEY HEIGHTS – The Berkeley Heights School District will be accepting online applications in December and January for its Preschool Program for the 2018-2019 school year.

To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Berkeley Heights Township and have birth dates between October 2, 2013, and October 1, 2015.  General education students will be selected for this program by ...

Somerville Professor Authors Book on Racism

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Dr. Karen Gaffney, a borough resident and professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College, has authored a book on the history of racism.

"Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox," published by Routledge, offers an accessible, introductory guide to race and racism. The 214-page book also includes “tools for action” for ...

Chatham Township Committee Adopts Multi-Family Zoning for Dixiedale; Planner says Riverside Entrance "Impossible"

December 15, 2017

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee unanimously adopted an ordinance to rezone the 30.8 Dixiedale Farm property from single-family to multi-family zoning, setting the stage for a 54-unit townhouse development on Thursday at the regular meeting of the Chatham Township Committee.

The rezoning is linked to the developer building 24 Affordable Housing units near the Skate Park on ...

Chatham Township Residents Convince Committee to "Kill" Bear Hunt Amendment in 3-2 Vote

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township residents came out to vehemently oppose an amendment that could have led to bear hunting in specific areas, convincing the Chatham Township Committee to reject the adoption of the measure, 3-2, on Thursday night.

In the longest, and, perhaps, the most contentious Chatham Township Committee meeting of the year, the township committee wrapped up its business ...

Communications Committee to Discuss Be Heard Survey Results on Dec. 11

BERKEKLEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Members of the public are invited to a special, open meeting of the Communications Committee to learn the results of a town-wide survey at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, in Town Hall, 29 Park Ave., in the back room, unless there is a big crowd, in which case the meeting will be in the courtroom.

During the Tuesday, Dec. 5, meeting, Councilman Peter Bavoso said all the ...

Volleyball: Union Catholic's Mackenzie Fuhrmann Named Conference Athlete of the Year

December 15, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic’s Mackenzie Fuhrmann has been chosen as the Union County Conference Volleyball Player of the Year for this past season by NJ.com.

Fuhrmann, a senior outside hitter, led the Vikings to a 28-4 record, and a final state ranking of No. 14 in the recently completed season. 

Fuhrmann, who lives in Berkeley Heights, established career highs in ...

New Coach Chris Eckert Set to Lead the Lady Highlander Hoopsters in Season Opener Friday

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - When the Gov. Livingston girls varsity basketball team opens the season Friday night at home against Scotch Plains-Fanwood there will be new faces not just on the court but on the bench as well.

The Lady Highlanders will be taking direction from new head coach Chris Eckert who took on the coaching duties just one week before the 2017/18 season officially ...

Gov. Livingston's Versatility Key to Boys Hoop Season

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston's third year Coach Chris Loeffler, approaches the 2017/18 season expecting his basketball program will take a major step forward after making incremental gains last season. Despite already losing two senior players for the season due to injury, there is plenty of room for optimism as Gov. Livingston returns five varsity players ...

Official Recount Confirms Jeanne Kingsley as Winner of Berkeley Heights Council Election

December 13, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A recount of the contest for township council in Berkeley Heights on Thursday, December 7 confirmed incumbent Councilwoman Jeanne Kingsley (R), for a third term, was the victor over Alvaro Medeiros (D) for the second available council seat serving a three year term.

Susan Poage (D) and Jeanne Kinglsey have been ...

Judge Rules that Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now, Starting Friday

December 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

American Legion's Tastiest Holiday Tradition Offers Classic Home-Baked Favorite Cookies by the Thousands

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence American Legion Post 433 annual Cookie Walk, in its ninth year, is always one of the tastiest of holiday events drawing a large crowd on a snowy Saturday afternoon. The guests chose cookies from the wide selection of home-baked favorites. Proceeds benefit  the Christopher B. Cosgrove III USMC Memorial Fund which help to pay for necessary ...

Grain & Cane Food Truck Brings Sneak Preview to Satuday's Winter Walk

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Grain & Cane Bar & Table scheduled to open March 2018 in the new Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights will preview their cuisine at the Winter Walk on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit the Grain & Cane Bar & Table Food Truck that will be located in the Sadal Win Cellar parking lot at 440-442 Springfield Avenue for a taste and ...

The 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count Starts This Week

December 12, 2017

 

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - This year’s Christmas Bird Count is about to begin—and the data you report has a real and measurable effect on the course of conservation. 

One of Audubon’s signature programs, the CBC has collected more than a century’s worth of community observations that provide a foundation for large-scale conservation action. When the American ...

Girl Scouts Continue Tradition of Caroling at Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights

December 14, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There was a large turnout for the Girl Scout caroling event at Autumn Lake on Wednesday.

All the girls took part in the fun of singing familiar holiday songs and giving ornaments and treats to the residents of Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights. The girls spent several days making little gifts for the residents and they were all very excited ...

Lantern Hill Residents Donate More Than $68,000 to Staff Appreciation Fund

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Residents of Lantern Hill, a distinctive Erickson Living retirement community in New Providence raised more than $68,000 for the community’s Staff Appreciation Fund. The annual campaign is organized each year as a way for the residents to say “thank you” to non-management hourly employees who provide a variety of resident services at the ...

American Legion's Tastiest Holiday Tradition Offers Classic Home-Baked Favorite Cookies by the Thousands

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence American Legion Post 433 annual Cookie Walk, in its ninth year, is always one of the tastiest of holiday events drawing a large crowd on a snowy Saturday afternoon. The guests chose cookies from the wide selection of home-baked favorites. Proceeds benefit  the Christopher B. Cosgrove III USMC Memorial Fund which help to pay for necessary ...

Local Physician Discusses Menopause Management

December 14, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Dr. Kavita Kewalramani of K Primary Care and Medical Weight Loss Center recently held a small group discussion open to the public about managing the symptoms of all stages of Menopause.

Dr. K discussed the symptoms and stages of menopause, which is a process that generally occurs over a four-year period and this is called peri-menopause. The depletion of ...

Local Mom Overcomes Gym Intimidation at Body Restoration; Box Gym Isn't for Everyone

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Do you feel like you're not fit enough to go to the gym? Do you fear judgment by others  --  or do you just feel like you don't belong at the gym? 

Elisa Probst, a local mother of three, found herself at the point where she needed to do something about her weight. "I have done just about everything," she said ...

Local Mom Overcomes Gym Intimidation at Body Restoration; Box Gym Isn't for Everyone

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Do you feel like you're not fit enough to go to the gym? Do you fear judgment by others  --  or do you just feel like you don't belong at the gym? 

Elisa Probst, a local mother of three, found herself at the point where she needed to do something about her weight. "I have done just about everything," she said ...

Senate Bill Would End NJSPCA's Powers To Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws

December 12, 2017

A bill that would remove the law enforcement powers of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) will be up for a vote on Dec. 14 before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Bill S3558, sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union County, would call for the creation of a county prosecutor animal cruelty task force in each county, and for ...

Registration Begins Dec. 9 For Winter Riding Lessons at Lord Stirling

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — The Somerset County Park Commission announces that openings are available for Winter Horseback Riding Classes at Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, N.J. 

Lessons are offered to juniors (ages 9-17) and adults, and will accommodate the absolute beginner through more advanced levels with jumping experience.  The ...

Judge Rules that Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now, Starting Friday

December 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

Senate Bill Would End NJSPCA's Powers To Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws

A bill that would remove the law enforcement powers of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) will be up for a vote on Dec. 14 before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Bill S3558, sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union County, would call for the creation of a county prosecutor animal cruelty task force in each county, and for ...

Interfaith Candlelight Vigil in Summit Dec. 13 to Remember Lives Lost, Call for Greater Gun Violence Prevention

SUMMIT, NJ - On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, congregations in the Summit community will partner to hold a candlelight vigil calling for gun violence prevention. The public event will be held December 13, beginning at 6 p.m., at Congregation Ohr Shalom in Summit.

The vigil commemorates the lives lost on December 14, 2012, when a gunman ...

Berkeley Heights Police Looking into Possible Luring Incident Involving 12-Year Old Girl

December 13, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – A possible child-luring incident occurred near Columbia Middle School on Wednesday morning. A 12-year old girl was approached by an unknown man on the Columbia Avenue cul-de-sac at approximately 8 a.m. The man was driving a black Nissan-type vehicle bearing unknown NJ license plates, said a statement by the Berkeley Heights Police ...

ConRail Working on Track Clean Up Following Friday's Derailment in Union; Train Service Still Suspended

UNION, NJ – No hazardous material was involved in the freight train derailment Friday afternoon in Union.

“There’s severe damage to the tracks,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio at a press conference Friday evening.  “There’s multiple piles of cars at different locations up and down the span of the tracks from the Roselle Park line all the way through ...

Chatham Township Committee Adopts Multi-Family Zoning for Dixiedale; Planner says Riverside Entrance "Impossible"

December 15, 2017

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee unanimously adopted an ordinance to rezone the 30.8 Dixiedale Farm property from single-family to multi-family zoning, setting the stage for a 54-unit townhouse development on Thursday at the regular meeting of the Chatham Township Committee.

The rezoning is linked to the developer building 24 Affordable Housing units near the Skate Park on ...

Faith Lutheran Church Hosts Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service of New Providence, Berkeley Heights

December 15, 2017

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. - The eleventh annual New Providence-Berkeley Heights Interfaith Thanksgiving Service occurred on Monday evening, Nov. 20, at Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence.

The participating worship communities were the Baha’is of New Providence, Bridgewater Gurudwara-Garden State Sikh Association, Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center, Faith ...

Interfaith Candlelight Vigil in Summit Dec. 13 to Remember Lives Lost, Call for Greater Gun Violence Prevention

SUMMIT, NJ - On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, congregations in the Summit community will partner to hold a candlelight vigil calling for gun violence prevention. The public event will be held December 13, beginning at 6 p.m., at Congregation Ohr Shalom in Summit.

The vigil commemorates the lives lost on December 14, 2012, when a gunman ...

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and School Announces The Rev. Dr. Daniel Gunn as Priest-in-Charge

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and School, at 419 South Street, is pleased to announce the appointment of The Rev. Dr. Daniel Gunn as Priest-in-Charge.  Father Daniel, as he likes to be called, celebrated his first service at St. Andrew’s on Nov. 19.

Fr. Daniel comes to New Providence after serving as Assistant Rector of Christ Church ...

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Your Doctor in Sickness and in Health

December 11, 2017

About 3 years ago, around the time healthcare was saying its last goodbyes to solo practitioners, I decided to plunge into the world of private practice and one morning announced to my family, “I am starting a new primary care solo practice.” I am an Internist of Asian Indian origin and I graduated from residency about twenty years ago. To say that my family was bewildered is an ...

Musicians with Disabilities and Kean University Music Majors to Host Collaborative Concert Jan. 5

December 16, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ--Musicians with developmental disabilities and Kean University music majors will host a collaborative concert Jan. 5 at the Wilkins Theater at Kean University beginning at 7:30 p.m. About 25 members of the Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) for adults with disabilities will be joined by about 20 Kean music majors. Choirs from middle schools in Elizabeth, Rahway, Roselle Park ...

Free Tax Return Help at the New Providence Senior Citizens Center

 

New Providence, Berkeley Heights, and other area residents can obtain free assistance in preparing and filing their individual 2017 tax returns.  There are no age or income limitations for participation in the program, but taxpayers with complex returns may be advised to seek paid assistance.  Free assistance will be provided at the New Providence Senior Citizens Center ...

New Opportunity for Women Business Owners in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ--The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds women business owners that they may be eligible for discounted loans offered by the Union County Economic Development Corporation.

UCEDC has been named the exclusive New Jersey lending partner for discounted loans available to women-owned businesses, through a grant from the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program. The ...

Free Spousal Bereavement Support Group Begins January

SUMMIT, NJ — Starting Tuesday, January 9, SAGE Eldercare will offer a free bereavement support group for people age 60 and older who have lost a spouse in the last year. 

The support group will be led by Licensed Clinical Social Worker Kathy Larkin, SAGE’s InfoCare Manager, and provide the opportunity to understand the grieving process, gain emotional support, and share ...

Winter Weather Advisory Issued as First Snowfall of the Season Arrives on Saturday

December 8, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - - The first snowfall of the season will be arriving on Saturday morning according to the National Weather Service(NWS) in New York. 

A “Winter Weather Advisory” is in effect from 6 a.m. Saturday morning until 6 a.m. on Sunday.

According to the NWS advisory, Union County can expect snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with the possibility of ...

Rutgers to raise minimum wage to $11 an hour for student workers

December 12, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will be raising the campus-wide minimum wage to $11 an hour, university president Robert Barchi announced in a campus-wide email on December 11.

The move comes as a partial victory for the local labor rights group, Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops​ (RUSAS)​, wh​ich ha​s​ been campaigning for a $15 minimum wage.

Right now, the ...

ConRail Working on Track Clean Up Following Friday's Derailment in Union; Train Service Still Suspended

December 9, 2017

UNION, NJ – No hazardous material was involved in the freight train derailment Friday afternoon in Union.

“There’s severe damage to the tracks,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio at a press conference Friday evening.  “There’s multiple piles of cars at different locations up and down the span of the tracks from the Roselle Park line all the way through ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, December 16

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

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Sat, December 16

Summit YMCA, Summit

Summit YMCA Holiday Angel Tree

Giving Back

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Sat, December 16, 11:00 AM

TMC's Boutique, New Providence

Kids' Shopping Days at TMC's Boutique in New ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, December 16, 11:00 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Memoir Writing Workshop

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, December 16, 12:00 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Summit YMCA Holiday Angel Tree

Giving Back

Berkeley Heights U10 Boys Soccer Team Captures Championship at 5v5 Winter Tournament

CARLSTADT, NJ - Berkeley Heights Team Azzurri U10 boys soccer team took home the Sofive 5v5 Winter Tournament Series Championship in Carlstadt on Saturday.

The team defeated SABA NYC, 1-1, and Wayne, 2-1, and tied Wykcoff Y, 1-1, to advance to the championship game.The team defeated Fort Lee, 3-1, in the championship game.

Team Azzurri players: Sammy Bartiromo, ...

Dear Susan: Beauty Tips from a Beauty Expert

SUSAN BARBAGLIA, owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa in New Providence, offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise as a leader in the beauty industry. With over thirty years experience in skin care, Susan can answer your most challenging beauty questions. Email your ...

Market Forecasts: Helpful or Useless?

The financials industry spends a lot of time and money on preparing stock and bond market forecasts – especially at this time of year --  but are they “helpful” or “useless” when it comes to making investment decisions?  In my opinion, most of these forecasts have little predictive power. In other words, they’re useless in terms of providing ...

The Mommy's Review - Coco

Corre, no camines (that’s “run, don’t walk!”) to see Coco, the newest animated feature film from Pixar Animation Studios/Disney. This beautiful movie is something that families will cherish seeing together. Like Moana last year, I took my family (ages 7 to 70+) to see Coco over Thanksgiving weekend, and everyone was delighted by the splendor of this wonderful cinematic ...