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BAC Hosts First Championship Meet in New Facility

July 25, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When Jim Wood was drawing up the blueprints of the new facility for the Berkeley Aquatic Club, he had hopes of one day hosting championship caliber swim meets.

That dream finally became a reality when the facility hosted its first major swim meet, the 2016 BAC Summer Championships, from July 22-24.

Elite swimmers from all over New Jersey traveled to the pool, located in ...

Aiming for The Green: Mayor's Task Force Drives Summit Effort to Score with PGA Championship Golf Fans

SUMMIT, NJ - The Hilltop City is rolling out the green carpet for PGA Championship attendees.

 

Literally.

 

A putting green, live music, an outdoor movie, and a slew of offers from Summit merchants are all part of an integrated effort that The Mayor's PGA Championship Task Force has teed up to entice golf fans to spend some discretionary time, and hopefully some money, ...

American Red Cross Assists Families Displaced in Deadly Fire

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The American Red Cross is assisting eight families displaced by the deadly fire that tore through the Regency Village Apartment Complex on Route #22 in North Plainfield earlier today. The fire killed an elderly man and woman living at the complex.

Five members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) responded to provide comfort and emergency assistance ...

Columbia Middle School Eighth Grade Students Take a Second Icelandic Excursion

ICELAND - A group of Columbia Middle School eighth graders once again took advantage of a unique opportunity this summer to study abroad in Iceland. On their unforgettable trip, these ambitious students were able to gain a new worldly perspective, exposing themselves to the Icelandic culture while simultaneously expanding their knowledge in geology, sustainability, physics, and history.

Thomas ...

Aiming for The Green: Mayor's Task Force Drives Summit Effort to Score with PGA Championship Golf Fans

July 25, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ - The Hilltop City is rolling out the green carpet for PGA Championship attendees.

 

Literally.

 

A putting green, live music, an outdoor movie, and a slew of offers from Summit merchants are all part of an integrated effort that The Mayor's PGA Championship Task Force has teed up to entice golf fans to spend some discretionary time, and hopefully some money, ...

Sami Presents the Kuzmicks with Summer Concert Series Photo Contest Prize

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gerald and Sandra Kuzmick are one of two winners of the Annual Berkeley Heights Summer Concert Series Photo Contest held by The Suburban Chamber of Commerce of Berkeley Heights partnered with TAP into Berkeley Heights. Contest sponsors, Dr. Patrick Smith of Smith Chiropractic and Sami Eldiesyawe, owner of  Sami's Land and Sea, presented the ...

The Traditions of the Mount Carmel Feast and Carnival Carry On

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Fireworks rocketed through muggy air late Saturday night to cap off an end to the Mount Carmel society's Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-- a tell tale sign that summer is in full swing in Berkeley Heights.

Springfield Avenue was blocked off by law enforcement for the final night of the carnival where friends and families gathered for good food, fun rides ...

News 12 New Jersey 'On the Road in Chatham' Hits Main Street

July 23, 2016

CHATHAM, NJ - Patrons cooling off inside Charley's Aunt on South Passaic Avenue in Chatham looked up from their beverages to see some very familiar scenes on the elevated TVs on Friday.

Just a few feet from the front door of the well-known Chatham establishment was the setting for News 12 New Jersey's "On the Road" series, which featured downtown Chatham Borough.

Residents ...

Party Marks Grand Opening of Blimpie, Surf City Squeeze in Long Hill

LONG HILL TOWNSHIP, NJ — Sunday afternoon, it seemed like a family reunion as friends and family of the former owners gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Blimpie and Surf City Squeeze at 1001 Valley Road in Stirling. The ribbon cutting and a plaque presentation for the former owners culminated the three-day event at the store.

During the three day run up to the ribbon cutting, ...

Berkeley Heights Shopping Center Proposes New Sign for More Visible Advertising for Stores at Rear of Site; Zoning Board Raises Size Considerations

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - What started out as an application before the Berkeley Heights Board of Adjustment for “rehabilitation” of an existing “pilon” sign advertising stores in the Berkeley Shopping Center on Springfield Avenue and Lone Pine Drive has changed into an application for an entirely new sign.

Kevin Page, engineer and planner for the Mea family, owners ...

Columbia Middle School Eighth Grade Students Take a Second Icelandic Excursion

July 24, 2016

ICELAND - A group of Columbia Middle School eighth graders once again took advantage of a unique opportunity this summer to study abroad in Iceland. On their unforgettable trip, these ambitious students were able to gain a new worldly perspective, exposing themselves to the Icelandic culture while simultaneously expanding their knowledge in geology, sustainability, physics, and history.

Thomas ...

Gov. Livingston Students Honored at Union County School Counselors Association Scholarship Dinner

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Gov. Livingston graduated seniors Alec Feinsot and Kristen Koczot were honored at Union County School Counselors Association Scholarship Dinner held in June at Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains. 

The Union County School Counselors Association is made up of past and current high school counselors, and each year gives out ...

Gov. Livingston High School Announces Honor Roll for Fourth Quarter

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Principal Robert Nixon announced Gov. Livingston High School's  fourth marking period [April 9, 2016 through June 21, 2016] honor roll for the 2015-2016 school year this week. Gov. Livingston recognizes student achievement every marking period at two levels — Honor Roll and High Honor Roll.

Determination of ...

Central Jersey Group Attends Gun Violence ‘Speak Out’ In Washington D.C.

July 16, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I know first-hand about gun violence and the lasting impact it can have on a family, community, and even a nation,” Trenton resident Regina Thompson-Jenkins said to a crowd of several thousand people gathered on the western lawn of the U.S. Capitol Thursday evening to “Speak Out” against gun violence.

Jenkins was one of around 60 people from ...

Time to File: School Board Candidate Petitions Due July 25

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Those seeking a seat on the Clark Board of Education must file a candidate petition on or before July 25, 2016. Three seats are open and each is for a three-year term.

“Candidates still have ample time to file, but with summer vacations under way the days can slip by quickly,” Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi said. “If you would like to be ...

Madison's Healthy Italia Thanks the Business Community in Town

July 22, 2016

MADISON, NJ - A few short months after Healthy Italia's grand opening at 55 Main Street in Madison the imported Italian specialty food market and cooking school held an open house this week to thank fellow Madison business owners for all of their support since opening.

 

The retail store which opened in March and the much anticipated cooking school that started ...

Party Marks Grand Opening of Blimpie, Surf City Squeeze in Long Hill

LONG HILL TOWNSHIP, NJ — Sunday afternoon, it seemed like a family reunion as friends and family of the former owners gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Blimpie and Surf City Squeeze at 1001 Valley Road in Stirling. The ribbon cutting and a plaque presentation for the former owners culminated the three-day event at the store.

During the three day run up to the ribbon cutting, ...

Chef Laird Holds "Beat Bobby Flay" Viewing Party at Chatham's Seranade

CHATHAM, NJ -  It took Chef James Laird nearly 20 years of cooking at Restaurant Serenade in Chatham to get his "15 minutes of fame."

Laird held a viewing party for family, friends and patrons at Serenade for his appearance on "Beat Bobby Flay," which aired on the Food Network 10 p.m. Thursday night.

Laird cooked with confidence during the show, ...

Trailside’s Summer Wednesday Matinee Series Sizzles With Scientific Fun June 29 to August 10

June 25, 2016

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Mark your calendars: the popular Wednesday Matinee Series at Trailside Nature & Science Center begins on June 29 and continues through August 10. This family entertainment series starts at 1:30 p.m. each week and runs approximately 45 minutes. All shows are recommended for children ages 4 and up. Admission is $5.00 per person; $4/senior citizen and tickets go on sale ...

"Bar Night for Brendan Tevlin" Raises $2000 Toward Third Annual Lacrosse Festival

July 23, 2016

FAIRFIELD, NJ — A “Bar Night for Brendan” held at Thatcher McGhee’s Irish Pub in Fairfield on Wednesday raised $2,000 toward the third annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival being held on July 30 in West Orange in honor of the Livingston resident who lost his life to a shooting in 2014.

On Monday and Tuesday, the restaurant hosted all-day “Dine and ...

2015 Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk Raises $17,000 for Community Grants

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The 19th annual Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk generated $17,000, as nearly 400 runners and walkers took to the township streets on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

“Bright sunshine and crystal blue skies continued to bless us this year for our 19th annual Berkeley Heights 5K and we had another wonderful community ...

Six-Year-Old Leah Dasti Sets Up Lemonade Stand to Raise Funds for Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Six-year-old Leah Dasti delivered an envelope full of donations to the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad that she collected from her lemonade stand and bake sale on Monday in Berkeley Heights.

Leah decided she wanted to raise money for a charitable organization that had helped her grandfather on multiple occasions.

This young ...

Union County Supports Anti-Fraud Toolkit to Protect Seniors

July 24, 2016

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County residents, especially seniors, now have a new weapon against fraud and scams with the Anti-Fraud Toolkit, an online information hub created by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, the Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced.

The Toolkit includes an email alert network for sharing up-to-date news about the latest fraud incidents in New Jersey, ...

Berkeley Heights Shopping Center Proposes New Sign for More Visible Advertising for Stores at Rear of Site; Zoning Board Raises Size Considerations

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - What started out as an application before the Berkeley Heights Board of Adjustment for “rehabilitation” of an existing “pilon” sign advertising stores in the Berkeley Shopping Center on Springfield Avenue and Lone Pine Drive has changed into an application for an entirely new sign.

Kevin Page, engineer and planner for the Mea family, owners ...

Central Jersey Group Attends Gun Violence ‘Speak Out’ In Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I know first-hand about gun violence and the lasting impact it can have on a family, community, and even a nation,” Trenton resident Regina Thompson-Jenkins said to a crowd of several thousand people gathered on the western lawn of the U.S. Capitol Thursday evening to “Speak Out” against gun violence.

Jenkins was one of around 60 people from ...

Visit the Mobile “ASK” Program for Information on Senior Services

July 11, 2016

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County residents in need of services for seniors age 60 and older can get information quickly and conveniently by using ASK, Union County’s new mobile Aging Services Kiosk. ASK launched in May and so far the program has visited 10 public sites, including libraries and community centers. Another six locations have been scheduled for July.

“ASK brings our ...

Local Counselor Awarded for Work with Opiate Addiction

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence counselor, Thomas Dwyer, founder of the Gateway Center for Counseling and Recovery was honored with the Spotlight of Service Excellence Award, by the Mental Health Association of New Jersey (MHANJ) at their annual Evening of Excellence gala, on June 21, 2016, at the Galloping Hill Caterers. The award is given to those service addiction providers who have ...

Union County Distributes Free Farmers Market Vouchers for Seniors

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Income eligible seniors age 60 and above can obtain free vouchers totaling $25.00 to purchase “Jersey Fresh” fruits, vegetables and herbs at designated Farmers Markets in July, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced.

Seniors age 60 and older are eligible for the program if their annual income does not exceed $21,978 for a single person or ...

Have you seen GRANT? Black Cockapoo Missing

July 21, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This dog named GRANT was last seen earlier Thursday at Barbie's Pet Grooming located at 540 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The black Cockapoo does not have his collar on. 

The dog escaped a fenced in area at groomer's when gate was accidently left open. Grant was last seen in the neighborhood behind Enrite on ...

Helicopters Used to Conduct Forestry Inspections in JCP&L Transmission Line Corridors

NEW JERSEY - Foresters from Jersey Central Power & Light Company (JCP&L) will take to the sky to conduct helicopter inspections of transmission lines beginning July 1 as part of the company’s annual vegetation management program.  

The patrols are scheduled through July 5, weather permitting.  Local law enforcement agencies will be notified before inspections take ...

Union County Supports Anti-Fraud Toolkit to Protect Seniors

July 24, 2016

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County residents, especially seniors, now have a new weapon against fraud and scams with the Anti-Fraud Toolkit, an online information hub created by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, the Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced.

The Toolkit includes an email alert network for sharing up-to-date news about the latest fraud incidents in New Jersey, ...

Man Charged with First-Degree Murder in Double Homicide Stabbing in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - A man has been charged with fatally stabbing his mother and grandfather in a Springfield home they shared, according to details released Tuesday by acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Springfield Police Chief John Cook.

James Brown, 27, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three related weapons offenses in connection with the ...

American Red Cross Assists Families Displaced in Deadly Fire

July 25, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The American Red Cross is assisting eight families displaced by the deadly fire that tore through the Regency Village Apartment Complex on Route #22 in North Plainfield earlier today. The fire killed an elderly man and woman living at the complex.

Five members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) responded to provide comfort and emergency assistance ...

Berkeley Heights Fire Department Rescue Workers in Boom Lift

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Fire Department was dispatched to 200 Connell Dr. at 9:14 a.m. on Friday for two window repair technicians that were stranded in a staled boom lift about four stories up . The bucket was slowly drifting off balance making standing up a challenge for the workers. 

Battalion Chief Chris Esposito was the Incident Commander and ...

Jersey City P.D. Arrest Suspect in Summit Bank Robbery

SUMMIT, NJ - A 37 year-old Jersey City man, connected to three bank robberies -- including Summit Wells Fargo Bank on July 20 -- was arrested by the Jersey City Police and charged with robbery.

John Walsh, of Bright Street, allegedly was involved in three separate robberies, one in Jersey City July 15, one successive robberies in Summit and Maplewood on July 20.

According to the Jersey City ...

Berkshire Hathaway Gives Away Trek Bike at Street Fair

July 17, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties - New Providence office participated in the Berkeley Heights Street Fair.  In addition to handing out over 700 sport packs a raffle was held for a Trek Mountain Bike with a retail value of $400.  Jeff Turner of Clark was the winner of the bicycle. 

"BHHS NJ Properties is always proud to be involved ...

The Traditions of the Mount Carmel Feast and Carnival Carry On

July 19, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Fireworks rocketed through muggy air late Saturday night to cap off an end to the Mount Carmel society's Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-- a tell tale sign that summer is in full swing in Berkeley Heights.

Springfield Avenue was blocked off by law enforcement for the final night of the carnival where friends and families gathered for good food, fun rides ...

BAC Hosts First Championship Meet in New Facility

July 25, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When Jim Wood was drawing up the blueprints of the new facility for the Berkeley Aquatic Club, he had hopes of one day hosting championship caliber swim meets.

That dream finally became a reality when the facility hosted its first major swim meet, the 2016 BAC Summer Championships, from July 22-24.

Elite swimmers from all over New Jersey traveled to the pool, located in ...

Gov. Livingston Grads Help Union Win Snapple Bowl All-Star Football Game

WOODBRIDGE, NJ - The electric atmosphere of the fourth quarter during Thursday’s 23rd annual Snapple Bowl made up for the lackadaisical first three, as the Union All-Stars broke a scoreless tie with two late touchdowns to beat Middlesex, 13-7, at Woodbridge’s Nicholas A. Priscoe Stadium.

Representing Gov. Livingston High School for the Union County team were: Matt Bruno, ...

Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza Planned for July 27

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Thousands are expected to participate in Downtown Westfield’s 15th annual 5K & Pizza Extravaganza next Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. Organized by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, the “Pizza Run” attracted more than 2,400 runners and thousands of spectators last year.

After the race, pizza, beverages and desserts will be provided ...

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Open for Summit Area YMCA Fall Youth Soccer League

July 24, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ - Join our Fall Youth Soccer League! Our League will build your child’s endurance, soccer skills and love for the game. The Youth Soccer League of the Summit Area YMCA is a noncompetitive, co-ed youth sports program designed to teach kids age 3 – 8 years old the basics of soccer while building confidence, developing team building skills, expending youthful energy in a ...

Union County Presents Free Movie Zootopia for National Night Out on August 2

UNION COUNTY, NJ –Judy Hopps finally has her dream job of becoming a police officer from her chief doesn’t believe in her potential, so she is stuck giving out parking tickets until she finally has a chance to solve a big case, quite an opportunity for the first rabbit officer from Bunnyburrow.

The movie is Zootopia, an animated feature, to be shown free at a free outdoor screening ...

Pure Movement Dance Center in Berkeley Heights Embarks on Their 5th Anniversary Season

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Beginning with their fantastic summer offerings for dancers age 2.5-18, Pure Movement Dance Center (PMDC) at 111 Industrial Road in Berkeley Heights is embarking on their 5th Anniversary Season.

In the past foour years, PMDC has established themselves as Berkeley Heights’ premier dance studio offering training to dancers of all ages and interest levels. They ...

Join Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark at a special event for local Family Caregivers and Seniors in Union County at the Clark Shoprite

July 20, 2016

The Senior Services Department of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark welcomes family caregivers to join them from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Shoprite of Clark located at 76 Central Avenue on July 21. 

Learn about the importance of staying healthy during times of stress. See food demo and get suggestions to improve your diet for from a registered ...

"Chatham Citizens" Raise Glasses and Funds at Twin Elephant to Fight Pilgrim Oil Pipeline

July 20, 2016

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham residents raised their glasses and opened their wallets at the Twin Elephant Brewing Company on Thursday night during a fundraiser geared toward stopping Pilgrim from building a crude oil pipeline through Chatham Borough and Chatham Township.

Members of Chatham Citizens Opposing the Oil Pipeline are taking a pro-active approach to protect ...

Un-Common Applications

Anyone else starting to feel like these application conglomerates are getting out of hand?  Let’s look at the major players:


Common Application: The OG consolidated application and still the biggest player on the board.  They’ve added an account rollover feature this year to allow Juniors and younger to make accounts they can continue to use Senior ...

Burial at Sea

As I plugged my phone into the outlet next to a shelf in the hotel bathroom, I had a fleeting thought that it was sort of an odd place for an outlet.  That was actually the last thought I had before my phone slipped out of my hands and fell directly below the shelf…

Into the toilet.

The good news was, the water in the toilet was clean.

The bad news was, it was still water.

Have you seen GRANT? Black Cockapoo Missing

July 21, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This dog named GRANT was last seen earlier Thursday at Barbie's Pet Grooming located at 540 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The black Cockapoo does not have his collar on. 

The dog escaped a fenced in area at groomer's when gate was accidently left open. Grant was last seen in the neighborhood behind Enrite on ...

Don't Disrespect Your FEET!

What is one easy thing you can do to help yourself to feel better today?

This is a question I get asked a lot.

Personally, I think that this will really and truly help everyone:

ROLL OUT YOUR FEET!

Your feet are your connection to the earth. They are the first thing that hit the ground when you get up in the morning and the last thing to stop working when you go to bed at night.

What To Do About Aging Parents: A 15 Pt Check-List

 A hundred years ago people in the US were extremely old in the US if they lived past 65. What a difference living in 2016 makes! Reaching age 65 now represents just the 2/3 mark for many people expected to live to 95 and beyond. Health, exercise and medical advances all make this possible in a way unimaginable through most of human history.

That’s wonderful news, but what ...

Youth Baseball the way it should be

July 19, 2016

This past weekend, The New Providence Green and Gold League held their first ever All Star Game.  Games were held in Union, Westfield and Warren.

At first we (NPGL Board) thought it was an “Old Fashioned” idea and with youth baseball going the way of highly competitive tournaments -- we didn’t think there would be too much interest.  Teams would rather keep the ...

How Dare You?

July 18, 2016

 I want to start off by asking the question "How dare you?"  To the writers, reporters, social media junkies, and anybody else out there putting their own spin on the topics we face in our country today, how dare you?  You are in a position to educate and inspire, and instead you choose to cloud the minds of our citizens and enrage them.  Rather than reporting fact ...

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What To Do About Aging Parents: A 15 Pt Check-List

 A hundred years ago people in the US were extremely old in the US if they lived past 65. What a difference living in 2016 makes! Reaching age 65 now represents just the 2/3 mark for many people expected to live to 95 and beyond. Health, exercise and medical advances all make this possible in a way unimaginable through most of human history.

That’s wonderful news, but what ...