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22nd Annual Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Steps Off March 10

February 24, 2018

UNION, NJ—Twenty-one years after the first Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off on Morris Avenue the tradition continues on Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. sharp with thousands of marchers and spectators gathering to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland.

This year’s Grand Marshal, John McPartlan of Scotch Plains, will lead the march of bagpipe and ...

Governor Livingston High School Model United Nations Team Members Make Their Mark at Competition

On February 1 and 2 the Governor Livingston High School Model United Nations Team competed at the 19th annual Academies Model United Nations Competition at the Bergan Academies in Hackensack.  

Over the course of the two days 20 GLHS students explored their interests in global affairs and political activism while honing their debate skills. Students participated in a wide range of ...

Governor Livingston Students To Hit The Runway During Prom Fashion Show

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Everyone is welcome to attend the Governor Livingston Senior Prom Fashion Show on Friday, March 2. 

Students from the class of 2018, joined by members of the GL staff, will model today’s hottest prom dresses and tuxedos. Lord and Taylor of Livingston and  Macy's of Short Hills will showcase the latest trends in prom dresses, while ...

Chatham Township Committee Introduces Ordinance to Ban Marijuana Cultivation, Retail Stores in 4-1 Vote

CHATHAM, NJ - At the urging of Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter, the township committee voted, 4-1, to introduce a "use" ordinance that would ban the sale and cultivation of marijuana at its regular meeting on Thursday.

Committee member Michael Kelly cast the no vote, stating that the ordinance "seems cumbersome and unnecessary" at this time, noting that the state is ...

22nd Annual Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Steps Off March 10

February 24, 2018

UNION, NJ—Twenty-one years after the first Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off on Morris Avenue the tradition continues on Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. sharp with thousands of marchers and spectators gathering to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland.

This year’s Grand Marshal, John McPartlan of Scotch Plains, will lead the march of bagpipe and ...

Governor Livingston Students To Hit The Runway During Prom Fashion Show

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Everyone is welcome to attend the Governor Livingston Senior Prom Fashion Show on Friday, March 2. 

Students from the class of 2018, joined by members of the GL staff, will model today’s hottest prom dresses and tuxedos. Lord and Taylor of Livingston and  Macy's of Short Hills will showcase the latest trends in prom dresses, while ...

Gov. Livingston Students Among 'Gold Key' Recipients at Prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Gov. Livingston students Isabelle Collins, Olivia Tang and Alicia Wintemberg are among the "Gold Key" medal winners of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognized at The Montclair Art Museum on February 15. Their work will advance to the national competition. 4,600 North Jersey high school students entered this competition ...

Chatham Township Committee Introduces Ordinance to Ban Marijuana Cultivation, Retail Stores in 4-1 Vote

February 23, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - At the urging of Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter, the township committee voted, 4-1, to introduce a "use" ordinance that would ban the sale and cultivation of marijuana at its regular meeting on Thursday.

Committee member Michael Kelly cast the no vote, stating that the ordinance "seems cumbersome and unnecessary" at this time, noting that the state is ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number 74 in its tenth consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

Governor Livingston High School Model United Nations Team Members Make Their Mark at Competition

February 24, 2018

On February 1 and 2 the Governor Livingston High School Model United Nations Team competed at the 19th annual Academies Model United Nations Competition at the Bergan Academies in Hackensack.  

Over the course of the two days 20 GLHS students explored their interests in global affairs and political activism while honing their debate skills. Students participated in a wide range of ...

Four Gov. Livingston Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Four Gov. Livingston High School members of the Class of 2018 ---  Renee Barbosa, James Pitingolo, Chen Song, Victoria Zhou -- have been named as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

During the 2016-17 school year, Gov. Livingston High School juniors took the PSAT exam, with Barbosa, Pitingolo, Song and ...

Gov. Livingston Students Among 'Gold Key' Recipients at Prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Gov. Livingston students Isabelle Collins, Olivia Tang and Alicia Wintemberg are among the "Gold Key" medal winners of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognized at The Montclair Art Museum on February 15. Their work will advance to the national competition. 4,600 North Jersey high school students entered this competition ...

Chatham Township Committee Introduces Ordinance to Ban Marijuana Cultivation, Retail Stores in 4-1 Vote

February 23, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - At the urging of Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter, the township committee voted, 4-1, to introduce a "use" ordinance that would ban the sale and cultivation of marijuana at its regular meeting on Thursday.

Committee member Michael Kelly cast the no vote, stating that the ordinance "seems cumbersome and unnecessary" at this time, noting that the state is ...

Senator Nick Scutari Wins Union County Democratic Committee Vote

CLARK, NJ - The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari came away with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

Berkeley Heights PAL Wrestling Crowns 3 Champs, 10 Place Winners at League Tourney

February 22, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - After an eight-year absence, the Berkeley Heights PAL travel wrestling team made the bold decision to return to the elite Central Jersey League for the 2017-2018 season. The boys finished 7-7 in dual meet competition but saved their best for the prestigious year end tourney where they crowned three champions and 10 place winners out of 17 weight classes in the ...

Girls Basketball: Dowling Leads Total Team Effort as Gov. Livingston Topples New Providence in Double Overtime 56-51

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ-  Governor Livingston sophomore Skylar Dowling has been a major threat towards opposing team’s defenses all season long and stepped up at major points for her team.

In a battle that went to double overtime with their crosstown rival, the New Providence High School Pioneers, she led her team with 20 points, including eight points in the second extra frame, as the ...

Boys Basketball: New Providence’s High Octane Offense too Much for Gov. Livingston

 NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ-  The New Providence  Pioneers boys varsity basketball team took to their home floor against their crosstown rival, the Governor Livingston Highlanders, looking to continue to add momentum in the final week of the regular season.The Pioneers did just that as they recorded their 20th victory of the season against just four losses. Gov, Livingston saw ...

Senator Nick Scutari Wins Union County Democratic Committee Vote

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ - The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari came away with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

Judge Rules in Favor of Open Ballot in UCDC Chair Election: A Win for Nick Scutari

ELIZABETH, NJ -- Just one day before the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) convention to elect a new County chair, Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis ruled in favor of State Senator Nick Scutari, who made the case that UCDC bylaws call for an open ballot.

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the acting Chair of the party, advocated the use of voting machines when committee members ...

After 47 Years of Operation, Jade Isle Set to Close Its Doors in Scotch Plains

February 17, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The iconic Jade Isle Restaurant located at the corner of Terrill Road and Second Street in Scotch Plains will close its doors forever after its last day on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. A phone call to the restaurant on Saturday confirmed that the Jade Isle's long history would come to an end tomorrow.

Jade Isle has served a menu of traditional Chinese and Polynesian dishes ...

Governor Livingston Students To Hit The Runway During Prom Fashion Show

February 24, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Everyone is welcome to attend the Governor Livingston Senior Prom Fashion Show on Friday, March 2. 

Students from the class of 2018, joined by members of the GL staff, will model today’s hottest prom dresses and tuxedos. Lord and Taylor of Livingston and  Macy's of Short Hills will showcase the latest trends in prom dresses, while ...

Three Non-profits Partner to Offer Spiritual Retreats for Homeless in Morristown, New Jersey

"A PLACE OF PEACE, REST, ILLUMINATION, AND CLOSENESS TO GOD" - Loyola Jesuit Center Home Page

MORRISTOWN, NJ - A group of Eva’s Village men attended the 2018 Winter Men's Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) Retreat at the Loyola Jesuit Retreat Center  in Morristown February 15th and 16th. Ten ...

Starting to Reinvigorate ‘The Square’ by Celebrating Springfield’s Rich Black History

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Square is a neighborhood near the Antioch Baptist Church in Springfield.  For many years it was a predominantly African American neighborhood, but in recent decades it has diversified. 

Not forgetting and gaining an appreciation of that Springfield community’s history and its people is what the event “Welcome to The Square:  Celebrating ...

DeFabio Chiropractic Spine and Sports Rehab's Happy Hour for Health Shares Healthy Living Tips

February 22, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor Robert Woodruff was on hand at the recent Happy Hour for Health at DeFabio Chiropractic Spine and Sports Rehab on Monday to congratulate Dr. DDonald DeFabio for his years of service in Berkeley Heights and to pull the ticket for the door prize.

Before picking the winning ticket, Woodruff congratulated Dr. Donald DeFabio for his many years ...

Luminous MedSpa Appears in Food and Fun Segment on News 12

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  Luminous MedSpa and Salon in New Providence was recently featured in a "Food and Fun" segment on News 12. The "Food and Fun" segment highlights places around the state that have something unique to offer, said Marisa Brahney, News 12 reporter. She came in for a "slice of luxe" that everyday moms enjoy when they ...

Overlook Medical Center Awarded Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission

SUMMIT, NJ -  Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, recently earned the Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission, a certification program which recognizes hospitals that are committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.

Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year ...

Chatham Township Committee Introduces Ordinance to Ban Marijuana Cultivation, Retail Stores in 4-1 Vote

February 23, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - At the urging of Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter, the township committee voted, 4-1, to introduce a "use" ordinance that would ban the sale and cultivation of marijuana at its regular meeting on Thursday.

Committee member Michael Kelly cast the no vote, stating that the ordinance "seems cumbersome and unnecessary" at this time, noting that the state is ...

#RideForHorses Online Auction Runs Through Feb. 25

February 21, 2018

Whether you are a competing equestrian, a pleasure rider, or someone who loves horses — everyone can do something to ensure that America's horses live in comfort and with purpose and dignity. #RideForHorses is the nationwide effort of the EQUUS Foundation to inspire and engage everyone who cares about horses to help ensure the welfare of all of America's horses

It's easy to ...

New Law Requires Amateur Sports Organizations To Report Sexual Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. — . – Senate Bill 534, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law on Jan. 14, 2018, effective immediately.

The bill imposes a duty on amateur sports organizations, including US Equestrian and its members, to report suspected sex-abuse to local or federal law enforcement or to a ...

Berkeley Heights Police Department Responds to Possible School Threat Incident

February 23, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Police Department has provided the following statement with regard to today's response to the "false social media threat" as previously reported by TAPinto Berkeley Heights. 

"Today, February 23rd 2018, the Berkeley Heights Police Department was made aware of an anonymous school threat that has been circulating via social ...

Berkeley Heights School Placed on Lock Down Following False Social Media Threat

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston High School and Columbia Middle School went into shelter in place following a false report of a threat Friday morning.

Superintendent of schools Judy Rattner confirmed that the threat involved a school district in New Mexico and the Berkeley Heights school district is safe. "The student that initiated the threat is ...

Edison School in Westfield Safe After Lockdown Wednesday Morning, Superintendent Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — Students and staff at Edison Intermediate School are going back to their routines after a brief lockdown Wednesday morning, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan said in an email to parents Wednesday afternoon.

“Edison students and staff are safe. Westfield Police are investigating a reported incident,” Dolan wrote. “A brief lockdown was initially ...

Chatham Borough Council Moves Forward with Post Office Plaza Redevelopment; Public Meeting March 20 in Boro Hall

February 13, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Borough Council voted 4-0 to designate Post Office Plaza as "an area in need of redevelopment," allowing for plans to move forward on Monday at the regular meeting of the council.

Voting in favor of the resolution were council president Len Resto, and council members Peter Hoffman, Bob Weber and Thad Kobylarz. Council members James Collander and Vicki ...

Faith Lutheran Served Up Annual Shrove Tuesday Supper; Offers Two Wednesday Services Throughout Lent

February 22, 2018

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – On the evening before Ash Wednesday, members of Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence shared in a traditional Shrove Tuesday supper of pancakes, ham and berries.

Shrove Tuesday derives its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians undertook many years ago.  In shriving, Christians confess their sins and receive absolution for the sins.  ...

Three Non-profits Partner to Offer Spiritual Retreats for Homeless in Morristown, New Jersey

"A PLACE OF PEACE, REST, ILLUMINATION, AND CLOSENESS TO GOD" - Loyola Jesuit Center Home Page

MORRISTOWN, NJ - A group of Eva’s Village men attended the 2018 Winter Men's Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) Retreat at the Loyola Jesuit Retreat Center  in Morristown February 15th and 16th. Ten ...

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Pieces of Time: Applause Rings Out In Two Columbia Middle School Classrooms

February 23, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Thursday night, the mass murder of students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, seemed to be on everyone’s mind at the Board of Education meeting.

The board observed a moment of silence following the Pledge of Allegiance for the 17 people killed and 14 wounded in the shooting, as well as ...

Local Advisor Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Roth IRA

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Roth IRA. First made available to American investors in 1998, a Roth IRA is an individual retirement account that is funded with after-tax dollars and provides tax-free growth and income for retirement.

In honor of this significant milestone, Walter Pardo, CEO/Certified Wealth Strategist at Wealth ...

Giving Back: Learn How to Help Victims of Sexual Violence

February 24, 2018

Every year since 1984, trained volunteers with the Union County Rape Crisis Center have helped victims of sexual violence through the emotional, medical and legal aftermath of trauma. New volunteers are welcome to join the next series of training classes beginning on Thursday, March 22.

No previous experience in crisis counseling is necessary.

“Over the years our Rape Crisis Center ...

New Providence High School Presents The Addams Family -Tickets are Now On Sale

The Addams Family, who first came to life in the 1960s television series, will come back to life and take the stage at New Providence High School in March in a comedic musical twist on the classic story and characters.  Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Grandma, Fester, and Lurch, along with new characters and a full cast of Addams Ancestors will bring the creepy, kooky, all together ooky ...

WFP Tax Partners Walks You Through 4 Step Tax Return Process

Over 80% of Tax Returns Have Errors or Missed Deductions. You're Probably Paying More Than Your Fair Share in Taxes

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Tax returns certainly give a clear picture of the past year, but WFP Tax Partners believes it's wise to strategize for the current year to have a plan for moving forward. 

At your tax appointment, they ...

Reminder: Free Wellness Program for Union County Military Women

All Union County women with military service – veterans, active duty and reserve – are invited to join “Boots 2 Heels,” a free event designed to foster wellness and connect women with resources and guidance for empowerment. Boots 2 Heels will be held on Saturday, February 24 at the Westfield Armory, located at 500 Rahway Avenue in Westfield.

The event is free but ...

Colleen Mahr Has Paid Her Dues, Earned Peoples’ Trust, and Left a Track Record of Success

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

Mahr, who as Mayor of Fanwood for 15 years has worked closely with Scotch Plains ...

We Need More Women Like Colleen Mahr in Municipal, County and State Government

Dear Editor:

I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me.

I was a first time candidate wanting to make a difference in my hometown of Scotch Plains, when Mayor Mahr of neighboring Fanwood stepped in to help me campaign and win my election to be Councilwoman three years ago.

Democratic Party Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Not Recognizing Colleen Mahr's Talents

Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations, Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is ...

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

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Sun, February 25

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

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Camp Riverbend, Warren

Camp Riverbend Open House

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Camp Riverbend "Wacky Winter Olympics" Open House

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Sun, February 25, 3:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

“Showcase for Exceptional Young Artists” Features ...

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Sun, February 25, 3:00 PM

DeCorso Community Center, New Providence

CSA's 5th Annual Pasta Dinner & Basket Raffle

Food & Drink Giving Back

Sun, February 25, 3:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Hotter than a Pepper Sprout: America's Music

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I've Always Wanted to be a Doctor...Or an English Teacher

Think about the impossibility of the task we lay in front of high school students.  In addition to getting good grades, filling up a resume, finding the right colleges and writing countless admissions essays they also need to decide on their life’s passion at 17 years old...or do they?

As a college admissions representative the first question most students would ask me was whether ...

Now That The Dust Has Settled…Smart Tax Moves In 2018

Now that the dust has settled, here are some smart tax moves to lower your taxes and/or avoid higher taxes/penalties in 2018. These steps may be especially helpful if you live in high property and high income tax states (e.g. New Jersey, New York, California) since state and local tax deductions are capped.  Unfortunately all these changes mean you’ll need more time and energy to ...