TOP LOCAL NEWS

Springfield Swim Team Coach Karen Bocian celebrates twenty years of fun

August 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - As the coach of the Springfield Swim Team for two decades, Karen Bocian has become a legend in the town of Springfield.  Bocian has been a positive and dynamic leader of the team and her influence on the lives of young swimmers and their families goes well beyond the lanes of the swimming pool.

Bocian has been a swimmer for almost her entire life. She began her ...

Berkeley Heights Officials to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Municipal Complex on Thursday, August 23

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights will mark the construction of the new Municipal Complex with a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, August 23 at 7:30 a.m.  The event will be held behind the engineering building at the end of the commuter parking lot.

Mayor Robert Woodruff and Council Vice President Michael D’Aquila will address the crowd, which will include town employees.

Mayor Surprises Berkeley Heights Seniors with their New Bus

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights has a brand-spanking new senior bus, which took to the road for the first time on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The bus, a 2018 Ford E 450, seats 22 people and has a wheel chair lift.

At Tuesday's weekly Senior Citizens meeting at Mount Carmel Hall, Mayor Bob Woodruff pulled up in the new bus and was greeted by the seniors, who were ...

Union County’s First Sensory Friendly Trail at Watchung Reservation is Officially Open

 

 

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The ribbon is cut, opening The Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail, the first of its kind in the county, and the most extensive such trail in the nation. 

The sensory trail is a 0.3 mile loop with a central gazebo.  Interpretive signage on the trail includes two talking kiosks highlighting the natural and human history of the ...

Mayor Surprises Berkeley Heights Seniors with their New Bus

August 21, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights has a brand-spanking new senior bus, which took to the road for the first time on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The bus, a 2018 Ford E 450, seats 22 people and has a wheel chair lift.

At Tuesday's weekly Senior Citizens meeting at Mount Carmel Hall, Mayor Bob Woodruff pulled up in the new bus and was greeted by the seniors, who were ...

Two Arts Groups in Berkeley Heights Receive Union County 'HEART' Grants

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Wharton Institute of The Performing Arts and the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra each received one of 63 HEART Grants awarded by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders this year.

The Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program provides funding for 63 artists, historians and local non-profit organizations. The Wharton ...

Berkeley Heights Playground Camp Chips In To Recycle (Photo Gallery)

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Just in time before the Berkeley Heights Playground Camp wrapped up another success season, the campers were educated on recycling thanks to Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission member Kim Diamond and Dr. Patrick Smith of Smith Chiropractic Foundation.

Recycling is not new to the campers -- they've been recycling paper, bottles and plastic bags all summer ...

Union County’s First Sensory Friendly Trail at Watchung Reservation is Officially Open

August 20, 2018

 

 

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The ribbon is cut, opening The Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail, the first of its kind in the county, and the most extensive such trail in the nation. 

The sensory trail is a 0.3 mile loop with a central gazebo.  Interpretive signage on the trail includes two talking kiosks highlighting the natural and human history of the ...

Five-year Strategic Plan Update Shows Technology Benefits Berkeley Heights Students, Teachers, and Schools

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Technology is making a significant and positive difference in the schools and on how the district communicates with parents and students. That’s the gist of the Five Year Strategic Plan Update presented to residents and the board at its Aug. 16 school board meeting.

The presentation was made by District Technology Coordinator Mike Skara and ...

School Administrators to Investigate Offering Full Day Kindergarten in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Don’t expect there to be a full day Kindergarten (FDK) offered in September 2019, but 2020 or later it could happen … or not.

Board President Doug Reinstein brought up the topic during “new business,” at the Thursday, Aug. 16, meeting of the Board of Education. 

Reinstein acknowledged the board had talked about FDK in 2014, but ...

Berkeley Heights Officials to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Municipal Complex on Thursday, August 23

August 21, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights will mark the construction of the new Municipal Complex with a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, August 23 at 7:30 a.m.  The event will be held behind the engineering building at the end of the commuter parking lot.

Mayor Robert Woodruff and Council Vice President Michael D’Aquila will address the crowd, which will include town employees.

Mayor Surprises Berkeley Heights Seniors with their New Bus

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights has a brand-spanking new senior bus, which took to the road for the first time on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The bus, a 2018 Ford E 450, seats 22 people and has a wheel chair lift.

At Tuesday's weekly Senior Citizens meeting at Mount Carmel Hall, Mayor Bob Woodruff pulled up in the new bus and was greeted by the seniors, who were ...

Union County’s First Sensory Friendly Trail at Watchung Reservation is Officially Open

 

 

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The ribbon is cut, opening The Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail, the first of its kind in the county, and the most extensive such trail in the nation. 

The sensory trail is a 0.3 mile loop with a central gazebo.  Interpretive signage on the trail includes two talking kiosks highlighting the natural and human history of the ...

Springfield Swim Team Coach Karen Bocian celebrates twenty years of fun

August 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - As the coach of the Springfield Swim Team for two decades, Karen Bocian has become a legend in the town of Springfield.  Bocian has been a positive and dynamic leader of the team and her influence on the lives of young swimmers and their families goes well beyond the lanes of the swimming pool.

Bocian has been a swimmer for almost her entire life. She began her ...

Excel Basketball Camp in New Providence Brings Tradition of Excellence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Excel Basketball Camp recently completed its 38th year in New Providence offering a series of "instructional camps geared to provide instruction in basketball fundamentals to boys and girls in grades one through 12."

Since 1981, Excel has been a summer basketball tradition as thousands of boys and girls have learned the game and essential lifeskill ...

Local Sports Writing Legend Art Polakowski Still Stands as Chatham's Most Knowledgable Sports Historian

A two-sentence response to newspaper ad led to a remarkable 44-year career of covering high school sports in Chatham and the surrounding areas for Art Polakowski.

Helen Vance Levenson, the founder of the Independent Press had published the ad for a part-time sports reporter and the Chatham Township resident, a computer programmer at the time, responded.

"I saw the ad and had no ...

Magic on the Menu: Prestige Diner Features Family Friendly Entertainment

August 9, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In an effort to uphold their mantra of providing their patrons a family friendly environment, Prestige Diner provided its customers with live entertainment Wednesday night, in the form of The Magician Simon Mandal. 

The internationally known New Jersey native illusionist stopped by the restaurant during dinner hours, performing various ...

Berkeley Heights Playground Camp Chips In To Recycle (Photo Gallery)

August 12, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Just in time before the Berkeley Heights Playground Camp wrapped up another success season, the campers were educated on recycling thanks to Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission member Kim Diamond and Dr. Patrick Smith of Smith Chiropractic Foundation.

Recycling is not new to the campers -- they've been recycling paper, bottles and plastic bags all summer ...

The Brooke Healey Foundation: Making Something Positive Out of Something Devastating

August 15, 2018

The Brooke Healey Foundation Caring 'Til It's Cured #DIPG

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Brooke Healey Foundation is hosting their 5th annual Golf Outing on Monday, August 20 at Royce Brook Country Club in Hillsborough. This event has been held in honor of five year old Brooke, daughter of Stefani and Stephen Healey, who succumbed to DIPG, an inoperable and rapidly ...

The Brooke Healey Foundation: Making Something Positive Out of Something Devastating

August 15, 2018

The Brooke Healey Foundation Caring 'Til It's Cured #DIPG

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Brooke Healey Foundation is hosting their 5th annual Golf Outing on Monday, August 20 at Royce Brook Country Club in Hillsborough. This event has been held in honor of five year old Brooke, daughter of Stefani and Stephen Healey, who succumbed to DIPG, an inoperable and rapidly ...

Dianne Grossman, Mallory's Mom & Founder of Mallory's Army, to Speak in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Mallory Rose Grossman, a girl from Rockaway, NJ, took her own life last June at the age of 12. Following this tragedy, her parents, Dianne and Seth Grossman, started a charitable foundation called Mallory’s Army. Its mission is to change behavior, provide education to parents and create enrichment programs for schools to put a solution ...

Charlie Pratt Introduces Tai Chi at Classes in the Park

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Aside from youth sports, Columbia Park is a great destination to take a jog along their trail, walk your dog, play tennis or pickleball, or join a pick-up basketball game. -- Now, thanks to Berkeley Heights resident Charlie Pratt, there are tai chi classes under the pavilion on Thursday evenings at 6:45 p.m. RSVP by emailing ...

Adoptable Horses, Riders With Disabilities To Star At Hampton Classic On Aug. 27

August 20, 2018

BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. — The Hampton Classic Horse Show, which returns to its world-class 65-acre showgrounds in Bridgehampton, N.Y, Aug. 26-Sept. 2, will host its eighth annual Adoption & Animal Welfare Day and 13th annual Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities (LIHSSRD) Finals on Monday, Aug. 27.

The Hampton Classic’s Adoption & Animal Welfare Day has ...

N.J. Rider Wins Grand Championship At USEF Pony Finals

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Riders from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania ventured to Kentucky for the 2018 USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, a.k.a. "Pony Finals."

Samantha Takacs, 13, of Oldwick, N.J. and Galianna, Kim Wolf’s nine-year-old German Riding Pony mare earned the title of Overall Grand Green Hunter Champions for their performance throughout the ...

Mechanical Failure Causes Dump Truck Fire in Berkeley Heights

August 17, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights and New Providence Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a dump truck fire on Twin Falls Road off of Diamond Hill Road Thursday afternoon around 12 noon. The cause of fire was mechanical failure.

The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad assisted on the scene.

Driver of Jack-knifed Tractor Trailer May Have Suffered Medical Episode before Route 78 Crash Thursday Morning in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A  jack-knifed tractor trailer closed the right and center lanes of Route 78 east in the vicinity of exit 43, causing major delays Thursday morning.

The driver of the tractor-trailer may have suffered a medical episode as he was approaching Diamond Hill Road heading east on Route 78 when he hit a four passenger car causing serious damage.

Suspect at Large after Bank Robbery in Warren, Police Seek Public’s Assistance

 

WARREN, NJ -  TD Bank in Warren Township was robbed on Saturday and police have released surveillance photos of a man sought in connection with the robbery in the hopes that someone will be able to identify him, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of ...

Chatham Borough Council Approves Study to Make River Road 'In Need of Redevelopment'; 340 Apartments a Possible Result

August 18, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - The Borough of Chatham Council approved a resolution Monday night authorizing a preliminary study to designate River Road an "Area in Need of Redevelopment," which is the first step in a process that could lead to as many as 340 apartment units being built on four lots.

The resolution passed, 5-1, with council member Bob Weber voting no because of ...

Planners OK Redevelopment Plan for Spatz Property at End of Lone Pine Drive in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ  – Most people in town refer to the land at the end of Lone Pine Drive as the Spatz Property.  After last night’s meeting of the Planning Board, the appropriate name is “Mill Creek.”

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, the Planning Board reviewed the Redevelopment Plan for this property at the request of the council to see if it meets the requirement ...

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Vote for Tom Malinowski

August 21, 2018

To The Editor,

Leonard Lance represents what’s wrong with Washington, Tom Malinowski represents what’s right. Lance votes against the interests of his constituents, especially when it comes to healthcare.

Leonard Lance has attacked affordable health care ever since he got to Congress. Lance voted 19 times to repeal the ACA and voted another 45 times to repeal important parts of ...

Be Diligent About Distribution Planning

As the Baby Boom generation ages, advisors increasingly will be working with clients in the distribution stage of their portfolios. Advising on IRA distributions can be more challenging than advising on accumulation.

If clients save substantial amounts, invest in a well-diversified portfolio, and focus on tax-advantaged accounts, accumulation success may be obtained.

How Are Social Security Benefits Calculated?

One of the most important decisions you’ll make about your retirement is when and how to receive your Social Security benefits, but it’s crucial to understand potential tax implication prior to doing so.

For many retirees that will have additional sources of income in retirement, Social Security benefits can push you into a higher tax bracket. However, with the proper proactive ...

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Announces Open Enrollment for CAFÉ Choir

August 21, 2018

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) has opened enrollment for its CAFÉ (Creative Aging for Everyone) Choir, a 12-week choral program for adults ages 55 and better that explores musical themes (e.g., Jazz, Rock, Great American Songbook, Classical) chosen by the participants.

The program will provide opportunities for intergenerational arts engagement and exchange with ...

Union County Hosts Free Networking Mixer for All Military Personnel Thursday, Aug. 23

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites all military veterans and active duty personnel, their families, and veterans service providers to attend the Networking Mixer for Military personnel this Thursday, August 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse at Galloping Hill Golf Course, 3 Golf Drive in Kenilworth.

The event is coordinated through the Union County Office of ...

Eighth Annual ‘Bark-A-Que’ to Help Rescue Dogs Find Homes Set for September at Planet Honda in Union

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Rescue dogs will be seeking perfect forever homes at Home for Good Dog Rescue’s Eighth Annual “Bark-a-Que” & Dog Adoption Event, to take place at Planet Honda in Union, on Sunday, Sept. 9.

The pet-friendly event, to which attendees are encouraged to bring their own dogs, will take place from 11 AM to 4 PM at 2285 Route 22 West in Union, ...

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, August 20 – Sunday, August 26, 2018

Please note that the library is closed on Sundays now through Labor Day weekend

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

As our summer programs are winding down, we are planning our fall programs – watch for the next newsletter in your mailbox!  We are also in the middle of preparing our next strategic development plan.  For that, we need your help!  Please give your input for the ...

Chatham Borough Council Approves Study to Make River Road 'In Need of Redevelopment'; 340 Apartments a Possible Result

August 18, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - The Borough of Chatham Council approved a resolution Monday night authorizing a preliminary study to designate River Road an "Area in Need of Redevelopment," which is the first step in a process that could lead to as many as 340 apartment units being built on four lots.

The resolution passed, 5-1, with council member Bob Weber voting no because of ...

Suspect at Large after Bank Robbery in Warren, Police Seek Public’s Assistance

August 15, 2018

 

WARREN, NJ -  TD Bank in Warren Township was robbed on Saturday and police have released surveillance photos of a man sought in connection with the robbery in the hopes that someone will be able to identify him, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of ...

Two Arts Groups in Berkeley Heights Receive Union County 'HEART' Grants

August 15, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Wharton Institute of The Performing Arts and the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra each received one of 63 HEART Grants awarded by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders this year.

The Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program provides funding for 63 artists, historians and local non-profit organizations. The Wharton ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, August 22, 5:00 PM

My Gym New Providence, New Providence

My Gym Back to School Enrollment Night in New ...

Education Health & Wellness

Thu, September 6, 6:00 PM

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Union

41st Annual Greek Festival

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Thu, September 6, 6:00 PM

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Union

41st Annual Greek Festival

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Carousel_image_108491e47bf5be68c16a_soundhealing

Fri, September 7, 7:15 PM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Restore Balance with Sound Healing

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_108491e47bf5be68c16a_soundhealing

Fri, September 7, 7:15 PM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Restore Balance with Sound Healing

Health & Wellness

Sat, September 8, 11:00 AM

St. Paul's Calvary United Church of God, Union

Community Day & Health Fair

Health & Wellness

Dear Susan: Beauty Tips from a Beauty Expert, Summer Edition

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 ...

It's Out of Our Hands

No surprise, the entire college process is big business.  There are testing giants with a choke hold evaluating students and the thousands of test prep companies and tutors to help you boost your scores.  A quick Amazon search will result in hundreds of books about writing your essay, and how to find the school that’s right for you.  And of course the colleges themselves ...

Common HVAC Home Inspection Problems

The heating and cooling system is one of the most important systems in a home, which is why the home inspection may include a detailed exam of this equipment. Here are common problems homeowners encounter:

Filters:If filters aren’t changed regularly, air flow can become blocked, causing problems with heating and cooling functions.
Leaks:Any leak can be a precursor to a larger ...