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Vehicle Crashes into Traffic Light at Intersection of Plainfield and Mountain Avenues

September 22, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A Saturday afternoon single car accident snarls the intersection of Plainfield and Mountain avenues.

The car hit the traffic light in right turn median on Plainfield Avenue. Berkeley Heights Police and EMS responded.

Community Helps Stuff-the-Truck with Diapers for Low-Income Families!

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – On Saturday, Sept. 15, Moms Helping Moms Foundation held a fun, kid-friendly Stuff-the-Truck diaper drive at the New Providence Community Pool in honor of Diaper Need Awareness Week. The event, sponsored by North Plainfield Nissan, was a huge success with community members donating 8,200 diapers for low-income families.

The Mayor of New Providence, Al Morgan, ...

Assault Reported at Runnells -- Injuries Unknown

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ --  Breaking News Network, (BNN) reports four victims of an assault at Runnells Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare have been transported.

The first report indicated there were "multiple assault victims," at the "Cornerstone West" unit in the rehab facility located at 40 Watchung Way. Cornerstone is the Behavioral Health Hospital of ...

Berkeley Heights’ Residents Slam Dunk the Junk

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Cool  weather, bright blue skies with the sun peeking out from the clouds provided the perfect day for the Suburban Chamber of Commerce's annual Slam Dunk the Junk event on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Hundreds of folks from around town gathered outside the library in the parking lot on Hamilton Avenue to participate in Clean Communities Clean Up Day. The event, which ...

Luminous Hosts First Carrot Cake Off Event in New Providence 

September 19, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A warm, sunny Sunday afternoon brought a large crowd to New Providence’s First Carrot Cake Off held outdoors at Luminous Salon and Spa at 592 Central Ave. Ten contestants signed up to participate in the carrot cake contest.  Each contestant baked and displayed a carrot cake for the contest, which was then judged by attendees who were given a ticket and free tasting ...

Peak Medical Supports Berkeley Heights Winter Walk with $2,000 Sponsorship

September 21, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Dr. Todd Tyminski, President of Peak Medical, recently presented a check for their sponsorship of $2,000 to Berkeley Heights Winter Walk co-chairs Cheri Pertesis, of Anything Floral and Bobbie Peer, of TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

For the third year, Peak Medical will host the ice rink the night of the Winter Walk in their parking lot at 492 Springfield Ave.

Rutgers President Barchi Staying 2 More Years

September 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has agreed to continue in that position for two more years, university officials said.

Members of the university board of governors asked him to remain at least two more years, and he agreed, officials said.

“Bob Barchi has been a remarkable leader for Rutgers,” board president Sandy Stewart said.  He said ...

Lawmakers Question State Education Commissioner on Rush to Phase Out PARCC

TRENTON, NJ— Lawmakers on a joint Senate-Assembly education committee expressed concerns and questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s rush to phase out a statewide standardized exam, calling for meetings to be held and more data to be provided.

State education commissioner Lamont Repollet appeared before a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees on Monday to testify ...

The Highlander Goes Online in Partnership with TAPinto Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Highlander, the student newspaper of Governor Livingston High School, is making the transition to becoming an online publication thanks to an innovative partnership with TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

Students and community members alike can now go to the TAPinto Berkeley Heights website (www.tapinto.net/towns/berkeley-heights), choose the “Sections” ...

Freshman Orientation: Link Crew Helps Freshmen

September 21, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Incoming freshmen may have many worries as they step into the halls of Governor Livingston for the first time. The Governor Livingston Link Crew program, a group of junior and senior student leaders, is dedicated to helping freshmen in their transition into high school and in the school year to come. Link Crew Freshman Orientation on Thursday, August 30th 2018, introduced ...

Girls Soccer: Gov. Livingston's Winning Streak Lives Another Day

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In a dominating 5-0 win against the New Providence Pioneers, Governor Livingston freshman Allie Post and senior Emily Pires scored two goals apiece. This win puts the team in a great position early on, moving them high up in the standings and giving them another conference win.

The game started out quickly for both sides, each registering multiple shots on goal. In ...

A Freshman's First Day

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The first day of school can be exciting, daunting, and confusing all at once. Freshmen in high school face these emotions and many more, and may have more first day worries than upperclassmen who are already accustomed to high school. To shed light on a freshman’s perspective of the first day of high school, Governor Livingston freshman Sasha Rtishchev shared her ...

The Last First Day - A Senior’s Perspective of the First Day of School

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The first day of school, or rather, the last first day of school, is a strange occurrence for many seniors. As slightly fearful-looking freshmen scurry through the halls, seniors walk on with confidence or in disbelief. When Governor Livingston senior Victoria Pantina walked into Governor Livingston on the first day of her senior year, she couldn’t believe it. She ...

Link Crew Gets Ready for A New Wave of Freshmen

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Monday, August 27, the Governor Livingston High School Link Crew advisors trained the Link Crew leaders to prepare them for the Class of 2022 Freshman Orientation, which occured Thursday, August 30th.

Link Crew is a program designed to welcome incoming freshmen, and facilitate their transition from middle school to high school. The program also participates in events ...

The Highlander Goes Online in Partnership with TAPinto Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Highlander, the student newspaper of Governor Livingston High School, is making the transition to becoming an online publication thanks to an innovative partnership with TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

Students and community members alike can now go to the TAPinto Berkeley Heights website (www.tapinto.net/towns/berkeley-heights), choose the “Sections” ...

Gov. Livingston Students Compete at National Technology Students Association Conference

ATLANTA, GA - Sixteen Governor Livingston High School juniors and seniors attended the national Technology Students Association (TSA) conference in Atlanta, Georgia from June 23rd through June 26th. The students, split into two teams based on grade, competed in the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) competition.

The GL teams qualified for the national conference ...

Girls Tennis: Gov. Livingston Lady Highlanders Edge Mount St. Dominic with 3-2 Victory

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Coming after a sweeping loss against Summit, the Governor Livingston Girls Tennis team won their third match of the season against Mount Saint Dominic Friday afternoon, bringing their record to 2-1. The team dominated in the doubles match-ups, with Olivia Tang and Yuki Schwab winning their sets 6-0, 6-3, and Kelly Mcrae and Emilia Heintz winning their sets, 6-1, ...

Girls Soccer: Pires, Post Net 2 Goals Each in Gov. Livingston 5-0 Rout of New Providence

September 21, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ-  The Governor Livingston Highlanders girls varsity soccer team took to the road to continue their success of the early point of the season against their crosstown rivals, the New Providence Pioneers.

The Lady Highlanders took an early lead on a goal from sophomore Samantha Erickson at 19:14 of the first half. The Highlanders pressured the ...

Boys Soccer: New Providence Blanks Gov. Livingston 2-0

BERKELEY HEIGHTS - Ben Peng and his New Providence teammates were a bit frustrated after misfiring on some promising offensive first-half opportunities against neighboring rival Gov. Livingston on Thursday.

“We had a lot of chances and out-shot them in the first half, but we just couldn’t put it in the net,” said Peng. “We’ve had an issue with that all season, so ...

Boys Soccer: Ethan Proper's Goal Not Enough for Gov. Livingston in 3-1 Loss to Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - Gov. Livingston lost a 3-1 battle in Monday's torrential rain to neighboring rival Summit Hilltoppers in Summit.

The game was evenly matched during the first half as the players battled each other and the elements, but Summit grabbed the advantage with a goal a minute before halftime.

The second half was again a hard-fought affair and GL equalized through a fine ...

September Starts Soup Season for the Fanwood Grille

September 22, 2018

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Having won the title of Best Soup in New Jersey from food website The Daily Meal, the Fanwood Grille has expanded the availability of its award-winning soups to the Scotch Plains Farmers Market this fall.

Among the soups that the eatery has sold at the market are its famed lobster bisque and New England clam chowder, the popular chicken noodle soup, and ...

Luminous Hosts First Carrot Cake Off Event in New Providence 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A warm, sunny Sunday afternoon brought a large crowd to New Providence’s First Carrot Cake Off held outdoors at Luminous Salon and Spa at 592 Central Ave. Ten contestants signed up to participate in the carrot cake contest.  Each contestant baked and displayed a carrot cake for the contest, which was then judged by attendees who were given a ticket and free tasting ...

Vegan Fest Cook Off Wraps Up Weekend in a Tasty Fashion

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ –All the judges agreed on at least two things at the first ever Vegan Cook Off – the food was delicious and they would order most of it again. In fact, one of the judges (who wasn’t a vegan chef) said, “All the dishes would make excellent appetizers, and I would order ten and make it a meal.”

The judges included two professional vegan chefs ...

Fishing Derby for People with Special Needs on Saturday, Sept. 22nd

September 11, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- County residents are invited to participate in the Fall Fishing Derby for People with Special Needs on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. This event is free of charge and runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club are co-sponsoring the fishing derby and will be providing a hot dog lunch as well as organizing contests. Prizes will ...

Community Helps Stuff-the-Truck with Diapers for Low-Income Families!

September 22, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – On Saturday, Sept. 15, Moms Helping Moms Foundation held a fun, kid-friendly Stuff-the-Truck diaper drive at the New Providence Community Pool in honor of Diaper Need Awareness Week. The event, sponsored by North Plainfield Nissan, was a huge success with community members donating 8,200 diapers for low-income families.

The Mayor of New Providence, Al Morgan, ...

Berkeley Heights’ Residents Slam Dunk the Junk

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Cool  weather, bright blue skies with the sun peeking out from the clouds provided the perfect day for the Suburban Chamber of Commerce's annual Slam Dunk the Junk event on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Hundreds of folks from around town gathered outside the library in the parking lot on Hamilton Avenue to participate in Clean Communities Clean Up Day. The event, which ...

Peak Medical Supports Berkeley Heights Winter Walk with $2,000 Sponsorship

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Dr. Todd Tyminski, President of Peak Medical, recently presented a check for their sponsorship of $2,000 to Berkeley Heights Winter Walk co-chairs Cheri Pertesis, of Anything Floral and Bobbie Peer, of TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

For the third year, Peak Medical will host the ice rink the night of the Winter Walk in their parking lot at 492 Springfield Ave.

First Responders Treated to a Barbecue at Arbor Terrace Mountainside on September 12

September 14, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Who doesn’t like a free lunch? The offer to participate in the “BBQ for Badges” at Arbor Terrace Mountainside went out to first responders throughout the area a few weeks ago and, as expected, police officers, firefighters and EMTs dropped in from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

And, no one should be surprised that each group that spoke to ...

Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race and Family Run Gives Back to Fire Department, and more: Race Set for Sunday, Sept. 16

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  The 22st Berkeley Heights 5k Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk is set for Sunday September 16th at Memorial Field.

The Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk is committed to the community and giving back to local charities and organizations like the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department.

Dr. Patrick Smith ...

Children, Parents Help Celebrate 35 Years of My Gym at Fall Open House

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – On Saturday, My Gym New Providence was filled with children of all ages, from just a few months old, to 10 years of age, parents, instructors, giggles, guffaws, smiles and laughter.

The occasion was the annual My Gym Open House – an event that encourages parents to come in and see for themselves the many activities and courses offered to children, how the staff ...

Time To Ride Launches New Website

September 22, 2018

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Time To Ride, the equine industry initiative created to encourage and champion the growth of the U.S. horse industry, is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website. Designed for smart phone, tablet and desktop use, TimeToRide.com features an approachable, friendly look and feel with updated colors and graphics.

The purpose of Time To Ride is to ...

Veterans Ride Horses Through New York City To Raise Awareness Of Suicide

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Police horses and carriage horses were not the only equines in New York City on Sept. 15 — several riders on horses in western saddles took an extended tour of the Big Apple to raise awareness about suicide among veterans.

BraveHearts, based in Illinois, took 10 veterans, a gold star father, and three support staff on a 20-mile ride through the concrete ...

Vehicle Crashes into Traffic Light at Intersection of Plainfield and Mountain Avenues

September 22, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A Saturday afternoon single car accident snarls the intersection of Plainfield and Mountain avenues.

The car hit the traffic light in right turn median on Plainfield Avenue. Berkeley Heights Police and EMS responded.

Assault Reported at Runnells -- Injuries Unknown

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ --  Breaking News Network, (BNN) reports four victims of an assault at Runnells Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare have been transported.

The first report indicated there were "multiple assault victims," at the "Cornerstone West" unit in the rehab facility located at 40 Watchung Way. Cornerstone is the Behavioral Health Hospital of ...

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Berkeley Heights

Let’s Keep the Momentum Going in Berkeley Heights

September 12, 2018

We are your neighbors and are proud to serve as your elected representatives. We’ve been working hard to make Berkeley Heights an even better place for families and residents of all ages to thrive.

We focus on four “C’s”: containing costs, continuously improving infrastructure and management practices, building a sense of community, and communicating with residents and ...

In Berkeley Heights, We Respect Our Neighbors

We are proud to be running to serve the people of Berkeley Heights as Mayor and Township Council members, respectively. As we’ve met with and listened to residents across our town for the last several months, one of the most important things they’ve told us is that they’re sick and tired of gutter-worthy, political mudslinging. Our town deserves better than the toxic politics we ...

Political Diversity on the Council Benefits Everyone

September 22, 2018

I am writing to express my support for Mayor Woodruff, Alvaro Medeiros and Stephen Yellin this election.  I know some might consider this a bit early but I've given this a good deal of thought for the past two months. Well longer than that, but who's keeping track?

The decision for who I would support for Mayor was very difficult.  I met Angie once and have heard about her ...

Honest Results Should Prevail

I am not a candidate for office. I am a volunteer and helping to run the local Mayor/Town Council campaign. I have a passion for making Berkeley Heights the best town it can be!

Over the last few months on social media and more recently in a political mailing and letter to the editor, my contribution to our Town has been called into question.  In addition, I have been called a local ...

Facts Matter: Straight Talk From Angie Devanney

Stephen Yellin, Alvaro Medeiros and I have pledged to run a campaign based upon facts and the issues voters are most concerned about in Berkeley Heights.  It was our hope that the Mayor and his team would do likewise, and we publicly asked them to join us in making this pledge.  Instead, it is clear they have decided that it is better to “go low, not high” and attempt to ...

Why I Ride

September 22, 2018

 

Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad (BHVRS) "Why I Ride" series features BHVRS members and why they chose to become an EMT and volunteer.

Howie Meyer, EMT, member since 1971

Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad (BHVRS)

Why did you join the BHVRS?

I joined the squad in October 1971.  Back then I’m sure I volunteered because it looked ...

Vermeule Mansion to Participate in Weekend Journey Event in October

September 22, 2018

The Vermeule Mansion will participate in the annual Weekend Journey Through the Past, a weekend tour of historically significant places in Somerset County.  Approximately 30 sites will participate in the event run by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission, scheduled for Saturday, Oct 13, 10-5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct 14, noon-4 p.m.  The program has run for 13 years.  ...

Fighting Hunger, Together | Community Partnerships Address Food Insecurity over the Summer

The Summit Area YMCA, in collaboration with The Connection, G.R.A.C.E.’s Refrigerator, The Summit Area Public Foundation (“SAPF”), and The Community FoodBank of New Jersey hosted three Healthy Kids Nights during the month of August at Mabie Playground in Summit to provide food insecure families with healthy food and healthy play. G.R.A.C.E.’s farm ...

Presbyterian Church in Westfield to Host Live Nativity and Petting Zoo

The Presbyterian Church in Westfield invites the community at large to enjoy a relaxing picnic on the front lawn of the church at 140 Mountain Avenue in Westfield on Sunday, September 23 from 11-1 p.m. 

On your way to the downtown Westfield Festifall, stop by to visit the bounce house, face painting and and enjoy plenty of food. The community is our guest! You've seen our historic ...

Time To Ride Launches New Website

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Time To Ride, the equine industry initiative created to encourage and champion the growth of the U.S. horse industry, is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website. Designed for smart phone, tablet and desktop use, TimeToRide.com features an approachable, friendly look and feel with updated colors and graphics.

The purpose of Time To Ride is to ...

Chatham Borough Council Member Weber Expresses Fear that "Pot Shop" is Coming to Town; Public Input Sought

September 13, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Bob Weber warned that the state legislature and Gov. Phil Murphy are about to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state and urged fellow Borough of Council members to take action at Tuesday's regular meeting.

Weber said that he was prompted to bring up the issue for discussion because the legal counsel for a marijuana shop has made inquiries.

"What has ...

Rutgers President Barchi Staying 2 More Years

September 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has agreed to continue in that position for two more years, university officials said.

Members of the university board of governors asked him to remain at least two more years, and he agreed, officials said.

“Bob Barchi has been a remarkable leader for Rutgers,” board president Sandy Stewart said.  He said ...

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Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad, Berkeley Heights

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Sat, September 22, 3:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Yoga and Meditation

Health & Wellness

Sun, September 23, 10:00 AM

Negri Nepote Native Grassland Preserve, Somerset

NJ Audubon: Negri Nepote Grasslands Field Trip

Education Green

Sun, September 23, 2:00 PM

Lenfell Hall (The Mansion), Madison

September Song: Afternoon at the Met, Evening on ...

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Sun, September 23, 3:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

NJ Intergenerational Orchestra Concert

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, September 24, 7:45 AM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Monday Morning Yoga

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Too Soon

I got a call today from the anxious parent of a sixth grader who wanted some guidance on how to best help his student position herself for success in college.  What classes should she take now? Would it be worth it to investigate private school? When is it too early to start looking at college campuses?

While thinking college with a 12-year-old may seem crazy to some, any parent reading ...

Smart Charitable Giving That’s Easy and Cuts More of Your Taxes Than The “Write a Check” Route

Here’s a smart way to make charitable donations that’s easy and cuts more of your taxes than the regular “write a check, take a tax deduction” route. The tool I recommend is called a Charitable Trust (sometimes also called a Donor Advised Fund). The time needed to set it up? As little as 5-10 minutes. Your tax savings? Can be substantially higher than just ...

Colder Weather is Coming – The Top Ten Reasons to Maintain Your Furnace (or Boiler!)

As summer winds down and kids head back to school, most of us in New Jersey begin looking forward to fall. With the promise of cooler autumn evenings, campfires, s’mores, and all things ‘Pumpkin Spice,’ it can be easy for home maintenance tasks to go undone.

Here at A.J. Perri, we would like to remind you that winter is coming, and now is the best time to get your ...