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Women’s March in Westfield Attracts Thousands

January 21, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — People of every age, gender and ethnic background from around New Jersey gathered in Westfield Saturday for a “sister” march of the Women’s March on Washington.

Organizer Lydia Kaplan estimated that thousands of people participated.

“It was over and above my expectations,” said Kaplan, who earlier in the week had expected 100 to 200 ...

Wrestling: Gov. Livingston Edged Out By Montgomery, 39-34

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ— The Gov. Livingston varsity wrestling team fell just short of a win against the Montgomery Cougars on Friday night. The close match was determined within the final seconds, as Montgomery trumped the Highlanders, 39-34.

For the GL team, pins by freshman Conner Vill (132), senior Anthony Santigate (138), and junior Quinn Haddad (170), added a combined 18 points, while ...

Ice Hockey: Late Goals by Faraone, Otani Help Cranford Cougars Spoil Governor Livingston Ice Hockey Senior Night

UNION, NJ-  Cranford High School junior co-captain Ryan Faraone scored two goals and junior Ethan Otani added one of his own 11 seconds apart from each other in the third period to lift the Cougars over the Governor Livingston Highlanders by a final score of 5-2 at Union Sports Arena in Union.

Prior to the game, the Highlanders honored their four senior players with a ceremony.

Berkeley Heights Family Raising Puppy for Canine Companions for Independence

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - If you've seen a puppy wearing a yellow cape being walked in the township, you've spotted a dog in training for Canine Companions for Independence.  Local residents Sean and Jennifer Manns and their family recently began raising an assistance dog-in-training for the organization.

The puppy is Carlton IV, a lab/golden retriever cross who will one-day know ...

Women’s March in Westfield Attracts Thousands

January 21, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — People of every age, gender and ethnic background from around New Jersey gathered in Westfield Saturday for a “sister” march of the Women’s March on Washington.

Organizer Lydia Kaplan estimated that thousands of people participated.

“It was over and above my expectations,” said Kaplan, who earlier in the week had expected 100 to 200 ...

Berkeley Heights Residents Given Overview Of Municipal Redevelopment Costs, Timetable

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Tuesday, Jan 10, residents learned several new facts about the proposed Municipal Complex: 

It is 1,000 square feet larger than previously planned because of the relocation of the Senior Citizens meeting room from the basement to the ground floor.
The bond ordinance to finance the project will be introduced on January 24, the next meeting of the Township ...

Citing Respect for Springsteen, Tribute Band Pulls Out of Garden State Inaugural Ball in DC

FANWOOD, NJ -- For more than three decades, The B Street Band, a popular Bruce Springsteen tribute band, has played Jersey Shore bars and festivals, as well as the 2009 Garden State Ball for Barack Obama's first Inauguration and a return engagement four years later. However, the group, which pioneered the "tribute band" concept in 1980, has never received as much flak for ...

New Providence Cub Scout Pack 263 Serving the Community

January 19, 2017

Cub Scout Pack 263 in New Providence, NJ has been busy this year helping others in their community. The Salt Brook School students in first through fifth grade have participated in various community service projects ranging from the town-wide food drive, to supporting runners in the Education Foundation’s 5K event, to building, painting and donating hundreds of toys and decorations over the ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrated at Summit Area YMCA

SUMMIT,  NJ - In celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Summit Area YMCA offered meaningful opportunities for the community to join together in a day of service to give back to those in need and to learn more about diversity and inclusion. 

Shari the same values of honesty, compassion, respect, and service, the nonprofit organization ran a ...

Gov. Livingston High School Announces Honor Roll

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Principal Robert Nixon announced Gov. Livingston High School's  first marking period [September 7, 2016 through November 6, 2016] honor roll for the 2016-2017 school year. Gov. Livingston recognizes student achievement every marking period at two levels — Honor Roll and High Honor Roll.

Determination of ...

Wrestling: Gov. Livingston Edged Out By Montgomery, 39-34

January 21, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ— The Gov. Livingston varsity wrestling team fell just short of a win against the Montgomery Cougars on Friday night. The close match was determined within the final seconds, as Montgomery trumped the Highlanders, 39-34.

For the GL team, pins by freshman Conner Vill (132), senior Anthony Santigate (138), and junior Quinn Haddad (170), added a combined 18 points, while ...

Ice Hockey: Late Goals by Faraone, Otani Help Cranford Cougars Spoil Governor Livingston Ice Hockey Senior Night

UNION, NJ-  Cranford High School junior co-captain Ryan Faraone scored two goals and junior Ethan Otani added one of his own 11 seconds apart from each other in the third period to lift the Cougars over the Governor Livingston Highlanders by a final score of 5-2 at Union Sports Arena in Union.

Prior to the game, the Highlanders honored their four senior players with a ceremony.

Boys Basketball: Gov. Livingston Falls Short to Cranford After a Suspenseful Fourth Quarter

CRANFORD, NJ- After a disappointing first half, the Gov. Livingston boys basketball team was able to steadily chip away at the Cougar lead in the second. However, Cranford was ultimately able to hinder the Highlanders’ offensive momentum with clutch foul shots, allowing the Cougars to capture a tight 68-67 victory over the Highlanders.
 
Gov. Livingston quickly claimed the lead ...

Citing Respect for Springsteen, Tribute Band Pulls Out of Garden State Inaugural Ball in DC

January 17, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- For more than three decades, The B Street Band, a popular Bruce Springsteen tribute band, has played Jersey Shore bars and festivals, as well as the 2009 Garden State Ball for Barack Obama's first Inauguration and a return engagement four years later. However, the group, which pioneered the "tribute band" concept in 1980, has never received as much flak for ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App today for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application.  With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications regarding ...

TryCAN Movie and Dance Party Set for Jan. 16; Special Needs Winter Youth Programming Set to Begin

SUMMIT, NJ - Youth with special needs and their families are invited to attend a free TryCAN Movie and Dance Party event, featuring a showing of the Disney film Monsters Inc. indoors on the big screen along with brief music and dancing before the movie. Light refreshments will be served and a quiet activities room, for those requiring it, will also be ...

The Two Gifts of the Tax Code

January 20, 2017

The two gifts of the tax code are the Roth conversion and life insurance.” -Ed Slott, CPA

I first heard Ed Slott speak that quote at an IRA workshop on a May day in Washington, DC. As I boarded my train home, I reflected on how beautiful the cherry blossoms looked but also on how the Roth conversion and life insurance could change lives.

I had been a licensed financial advisor since ...

Choosing the Right Tax Professional in 4 Easy Steps

BASKING RIDGE, NJ- Managing taxes during retirement might be the single most important factor influencing your retirement lifestyle. As you transition from working for an income to withdrawing income from your savings and investments, you might have questions: How can I maximize my income while minimizing income taxes in retirement? How will my Social Security be taxed? Should I be concerned ...

Summit Area YMCA Seeks to Expand Berkeley Heights Y at Community Pool Site

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tuesday night, Jan. 10, the CEO of the Summit Area YMCA Paul Kieltyka, made a proposal that he said would save both the Berkeley Heights Community Pool and the Berkeley Heights YMCA.

Kieltyka proposed the township allow the Summit Area Y to lease the property on which the Berkeley Heights Community Pool (BHCP) is located. If that were to happen, the Y would ...

Volunteers Brave Icy Blast to Build Home for Butterflies

January 10, 2017

A group of Union County Adopt-a-Park volunteers went far, far beyond the call of duty last weekend, when they came together in freezing cold weather to work on a new butterfly meadow in the County’s Watchung Reservation.

The large, half-acre site is located near the grounds of the Trailside Nature and Science Center, at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

“Every year ...

Berkeley Heights Family Raising Puppy for Canine Companions for Independence

January 21, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - If you've seen a puppy wearing a yellow cape being walked in the township, you've spotted a dog in training for Canine Companions for Independence.  Local residents Sean and Jennifer Manns and their family recently began raising an assistance dog-in-training for the organization.

The puppy is Carlton IV, a lab/golden retriever cross who will one-day know ...

New Providence Cub Scout Pack 263 Serving the Community

Cub Scout Pack 263 in New Providence, NJ has been busy this year helping others in their community. The Salt Brook School students in first through fifth grade have participated in various community service projects ranging from the town-wide food drive, to supporting runners in the Education Foundation’s 5K event, to building, painting and donating hundreds of toys and decorations over the ...

NJ Sharing Network Marks Record-breaking Year For Lives Saved In 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  In celebration of its 30th anniversary, NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit, federally designated organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue in the state, has achieved another record-breaking year making 613 transplants possible, representing a 16 percent increase from 2015.  Tissue donation also broke records for the organization with a 10 ...

NJ Sharing Network Marks Record-breaking Year For Lives Saved In 2016

January 18, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  In celebration of its 30th anniversary, NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit, federally designated organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue in the state, has achieved another record-breaking year making 613 transplants possible, representing a 16 percent increase from 2015.  Tissue donation also broke records for the organization with a 10 ...

New Jersey Picked As Demonstration State for Mental Health Program

Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that New Jersey has been selected to participate in a demonstration program to expand access to community mental health services and strengthen the quality of care for those living with mental and behavioral health issues. The demonstration program was created under Lance’s Excellence in Mental Health Act, which was signed into law in ...

Volunteers Brave Icy Blast to Build Home for Butterflies

January 10, 2017

A group of Union County Adopt-a-Park volunteers went far, far beyond the call of duty last weekend, when they came together in freezing cold weather to work on a new butterfly meadow in the County’s Watchung Reservation.

The large, half-acre site is located near the grounds of the Trailside Nature and Science Center, at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

“Every year ...

Suspect in Custody After Report of Shots Fired Near Susan Drive in Chatham Township.

January 15, 2017

CHATHAM, NJ - After receiving a report of shots fired, Chatham Township police took a suspect into custody in the area of Susan Drive on Sunday morning, according to a report by Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly and the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.

Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County prosecutor, and Hennelly announced that law enforcement authorities are currently ...

Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad Installs New Officers: Volunteers Make Service Their Priority

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad, in its 75th year, held their annual dinner dance and installation of officers Friday night at Berkeley Plaza. Several members were recognized for their dedication and life-saving work.

Along with the members, many supporters of the all volunteer Rescue Squad were in attendance including Mayor Robert ...

Remembering William "Bill" Chirash, New Providence Resident and Key Creator of Ajax Cleanser

January 15, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  A devoted family-man, kind, generous, ultimate silent servant, always wanting the best for others. Those are some of the words used to describe William "Bill" Chirash, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at age of 92.

Chirash spent his career at Colgate Palmolive where he was awarded 16 patents and was one of the key creators of Ajax ...

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February Festivities Planned For Trailside

January 21, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders presents special programs for families during the Presidents’ Day Holiday.  Programs are recommended for families with children ages five and up.  

“February Festivities at Trailside offers educational and imaginative programs to delight people of all ages,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H.

Learn About Dorothy Day, A Candidate For Sainthood

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A former co-worker of Dorothy Day will discuss the life of the co-founder of The Catholic Worker at 7:30 pm on Monday, Feb. 6, at Faith Lutheran Church 524 South St.,  New Providence.

By any measure, Dorothy Day lived a fascinating life. She was a journalist, activist, single mother, convert, Catholic laywoman, and cofounder of the Catholic Worker Movement.

Taking ...

Free Public Wi-Fi in Union County Parks and Facilities

The Watchung Stables is one of six new sites in Union County Parks that offer free public Wi-Fi access. There are now a total of 11 county parks and facilities that offer free Wi-Fi.

“We are committed to ensuring that our recreation facilities are up to date and welcoming to a broad range of activities.” said Chairman Bruce Bergen. “Whether it is surfing the ...

Lance, Pascrell Bill Will Keep ‘Blue Lines’ in Towns

NEW JERSEY --- U.S. Reps. Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) today took up the cause of many New Jersey municipalities and law enforcement groups by proposing the Blue Line Use Exception (BLUE) Act (H.R. 566).  Legislation that will permit ‘blue lines’ to be displayed on roadways. 

“One hundred thirty five police officers died in the line of duty in ...

Union County Clerk Recognized for Tech Achievement

January 14, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi was nationally recognized for her leadership in the use of electronic recording technology.

Rajoppi was presented with the national 2016 eRecording All-Star Trailblazer Award, a competitive recognition sponsored by the global business solutions company Corporation Service Company. The Trailblazer award recognizes a recording office that has ...

Determined Ciattarelli Kicks Off GOP Gubernatorial Campaign, Vows to Beat Cancer

January 20, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – GOP gubernatorial candidate and state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli minced no words when he greeted hundreds of supporters at his kick-off reception last night, just two weeks after a Statehouse press conference where he announced that he was undergoing radiation and recovering from a Nov. 15 operation for throat cancer.

Standing behind the podium in the ballroom at the ...

It’s Go Time.

This one goes out to all the juniors out there. 

I can feel you squirming in your seats, “Who me?” Yes, you!  The time has come to turn that college dial up a notch.  “But I still have so much time left!”  But you really don’t.  Ideally in a year from now you’ll be sifting through acceptance letters and weighing college options ...

Mayor's Round Table on the Road with the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights: Volunteerism Makes a Difference in the Community

GILLETTE, 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 as well as answer questions submitted by citizens. This month, the Mayor's Round Table went on location and were guests of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights on Dec. 16 at Chimney Rock Inn in ...

Determined Ciattarelli Kicks Off GOP Gubernatorial Campaign, Vows to Beat Cancer

January 20, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – GOP gubernatorial candidate and state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli minced no words when he greeted hundreds of supporters at his kick-off reception last night, just two weeks after a Statehouse press conference where he announced that he was undergoing radiation and recovering from a Nov. 15 operation for throat cancer.

Standing behind the podium in the ballroom at the ...

Ciattarelli Announces Successful Throat Cancer Surgery, Scales Back Gubernatorial Campaign Temporarily

TRENTON, NJ - State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, announced yesterday that he had undergone successful surgery for throat cancer in November, and will be curtailing his campaign schedule temporarily.

Gearing up for a primary campaign against several other Republicans who want to run for New Jersey, Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough ...

Back Pain & Sciatica: Fix it Forever

Back pain is the second reason after the common cold for visits to the doctor: 80 % of the American public has back pain of sufficient intensity to seek care and treatment. Sciatica, pain shooting down the leg, is often related to back pain and is successfully treated with non-surgical and natural treatment.

Before any treatment can begin for your back and leg pain an accurate diagnosis and ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, January 22, 1:00 PM

Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church, Chatham

Concert on Main: Eunbi Kim, pianist

Arts & Entertainment

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Mon, January 23, 9:30 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Healthy Combo- New Program!

Health & Wellness

Mon, January 23, 2:00 PM

SAGE Eldercare, Summit

Caregiver Support Group for Spouses

Health & Wellness

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Tue, January 24, 12:30 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Advanced Beginner Weekly Bridge Lessons

Arts & Entertainment

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Tue, January 24, 3:00 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Afterschool Sports For Middle Schoolers

Sports

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Tue, January 24, 4:00 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Teen Yoga

Health & Wellness

Berkeley Heights Strikers FC Wins 3 X 3 DTS Tournament

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Strikers FC girls U8 team won the Girls 3v3 indoor Tournament "U8 Girls" bracket held at DTS Soccer Centers in Somerville.

The Strikers, a festival team of 17 first and second 1st graders representing the Berkeley Heights Youth Soccer Club, entered two teams in the bracket. The "blue" squad went ...