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“Positively Berkeley Heights”: Stephen Yellin and Jill Zatta for Town Council

September 16, 2016

Dear fellow Berkeley Heights residents, 

I’m Stephen Yellin, and I’m proud to seek your support along with Jill Zatta to serve the people of Berkeley Heights on the Township Council. I use “serve” deliberately: our goal, if elected, will be to serve you, our fellow citizens, as we give back to the town we grew up in, know, and love. Who we are, what we’ve ...

Together. Forward. Peter Bavoso and Manuel Couto For Berkeley Heights Town Council

Dear Citizens of Berkeley Heights,

My name is Peter Bavoso and I am running with Manuel Couto in the November 8 General Election. We are honored and excited to be running for Town Council, and it has been a terrific experience getting to know so many residents.  While we are running as Republicans, party affiliation is not our primary objective.  Working TOGETHER with all citizens ...

Former Brayton School Teacher and Nurse, Oak Knoll Alumna Enjoying Second Career as Children's Author

September 18, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ - Oak Knoll School alumna Patricia Richel, Class of ’55, has published her second book earlier this month about a one-legged seagull name “Patsy.” Richel, a former school nurse and teacher at Brayton Elementary School in Summit, began telling stories of the fictional seagull at her granddaughter’s school, where she had begun volunteering after her ...

35th Annual Union County Harvest Festival Takes Place Sunday, September 25

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The air will soon turn cool, and it will be time for 35th Annual Harvest Festival Sunday, September 25, at Trailside Nature and Science Center, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks & Recreation, the Harvest Festival is a celebration of ...

Hayrides and Campfires Tickets on Sale Now

ELIZABETH/MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ—Despite the summer-like weather, fall is definitely in the air when tickets to the annual Hayrides and Campfires are on sale.

The tickets to these events, presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Department of Parks & Recreation, are being sold at three locations throughout the county and must be purchased in advance.

Bowcraft Sends Email Announcing 2017 Schedule, Scotch Plains Zoning Board Will Still Meet on Property's Housing Site Plan on Mon, Sept. 26

September 20, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Thousands of area children will be relieved to hear that Bowcraft Amusement Park on Route 22 West in Scotch Plains will operate this fall and plans to re-open for the 2017 season. The amusement park operators sent a widely circulated email to their customer base to dispel the perception that Bowcraft's final days were imminent.

To Our Valued ...

Longtime Mountainside Resident Linda Condrillo Joins TAPinto Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - TAPinto.net is pleased to announce that longtime Mountainside resident and freelance writer Linda Condrillo has joined TAPinto Mountainside as an events and feature story writer. 

Linda is the mother of two grown children and resides in Mountainside with her husband and senior dog.

Linda has been an active community member since 1990 -- having ...

TMC's Boutique has Festive Grand Opening in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TMC's Boutique celebrated its grand opening on Saturday. After six successful years in Stirling, TMC recently relocated to 1259 Springfield Avenue in New Providence, in the heart of the town’s bustling business district. At 2 p.m., owner Linda Tribuna along with her family and Councilman Robert T. Robinson performed the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

Berkeley Heights Board of Education Members Go ‘Back to Schooi’ During Technology Demonstration

September 23, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—Members of the Berkeley Heights Board of Education joined assistant superintendent Scott McKinney as “students” in a virtual classroom demonstration of the district’s technology tools during Thursday’s school board meeting.

During the demonstration, conducted by district technician Kevin Rafferty, board members sat in the front row of the ...

Former Brayton School Teacher and Nurse, Oak Knoll Alumna Enjoying Second Career as Children's Author

SUMMIT, NJ - Oak Knoll School alumna Patricia Richel, Class of ’55, has published her second book earlier this month about a one-legged seagull name “Patsy.” Richel, a former school nurse and teacher at Brayton Elementary School in Summit, began telling stories of the fictional seagull at her granddaughter’s school, where she had begun volunteering after her ...

Union County Offers Free Program to Help Children Succeed in School

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that a series of free sessions titled “Helping your Child Succeed in School” is available for parents to help their children build essential skills that lead to a fulfilling academic experience.

“The beginning of a new school year is the perfect time for parents to help their children establish productive ...

Democrats Kick Off The Fall Campaign For Township Council in Berkeley Heights

September 22, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. - The Democrat candidates for Township Council held the kickoff for their campaign on Thursday evening, Sept, 15, at Bottle and Bottega on Springfield Avenue.

Jill Zatta and Stephen Yellin were not on the primary ballot in June, but Yellin received enough write-in votes to be on the November ballot. Zatta officially joined the ticket earlier this month.

The ...

Get to Know Township Council CandidateJill Zatta (D): Week 2 Question

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Each week leading to the November 8 election, the candidates running for Berkeley Heights Township Council have the opportunity to answer question(s) that will be run in a series by TAP into Berkeley Heights.

The following answers are from Democratic candidate Jill Zatta for Week 2.

What do you feel are the major problems with the ...

Get to Know Township Council Candidate Peter Bavoso (R): Week 2 Question

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Each week leading to the November 8 election, the candidates running for Berkeley Heights Township Council have the opportunity to answer question(s) that will be run in a series by TAP into Berkeley Heights.

The following answers are from Republican candidate Peter Bavoso for Week 2.

What do you feel are the major problems with the roads in ...

Berkeley Heights Fire Department Annual Spaghetti Dinner Brings Community Out

September 21, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights firefighters worked the kitchen earlier this month on a hot steamy Friday night at the department's headquarters during their annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. While the air was thick and hot, the firefighters were busy in the kitchen stirring sauce or "gravy," depending on who you talk to, while draining large ...

Towering Oak Tree that Has Been Basking Ridge Landmark for Centuries has Died

September 19, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The majestic white oak tree that has been Basking Ridge's primary landmark since before the town was even established in 1760 has died this summer. The Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church must now address how to cut back the limbs of the 600-year-old giant for safety's sake, and at the same time preserve the beloved tree's dignity, said Rev.

Gov. Livingston High School New Rain Garden Works to Reduce Stormwater Flooding

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights continues to take steps toward its goal of establishing rain gardens on public property within the Township with the newest garden planted in front of Gov. Livingston High School through the efforts of Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program as part of a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant..

Rutgers Cooperative ...

Summit Speech School Receives Top Award from Sue Adler Team 100th Home Sale Charity Program

September 24, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Summit Speech School secured the top contribution of $10,000 from the Sue Adler Team 100th Home Sale Charity Program. The School will use the funds towards its programs and services that benefit children and families impacted by hearing loss.

In 2016, the Sue Adler Team launched its 100th Home Sale Charity Program, agreeing to donate $20,000 upon the closing of their 100th ...

Celebrity Chef Showdown Oct. 6 Heralds Arrival of Soup Kitchen 411; Event Serves as Fundraiser to Fight Hunger

SUMMIT, NJ - More than 45,000,000 Americans struggle just to put food on the table. Soup Kitchen 411, a newly-formed non-profit, is aiming to stamp out hunger because the organization and its supporters believe the problem is 100% solvable.

Soup Kitchen 411 is a web-based portal containing a national directory of information and links with ...

Berkeley Heights Board of Education Members Go ‘Back to Schooi’ During Technology Demonstration

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—Members of the Berkeley Heights Board of Education joined assistant superintendent Scott McKinney as “students” in a virtual classroom demonstration of the district’s technology tools during Thursday’s school board meeting.

During the demonstration, conducted by district technician Kevin Rafferty, board members sat in the front row of the ...

Berkeley Heights Paints 'Thin Blue Line' to Show Support to Police

September 23, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights joined other municipalities across New Jersey by painting a blue stripe down a section of Park Avenue to acknowledge the importance of the police department. The "thin blue line" was painted between the double yellow lines on Park Avenue by the municipal building and Police Headquarters Friday morning. 

Berkeley Heights ...

Berkeley Heights Board of Education Members Go ‘Back to Schooi’ During Technology Demonstration

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—Members of the Berkeley Heights Board of Education joined assistant superintendent Scott McKinney as “students” in a virtual classroom demonstration of the district’s technology tools during Thursday’s school board meeting.

During the demonstration, conducted by district technician Kevin Rafferty, board members sat in the front row of the ...

Berkeley Heights Honors SAGE Eldercare for 50 Years of Meals on Wheels

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ  – Berkeley Heights Mayor Bob Woodruff presented a proclamation at Tuesday's Township Council meeting to congratulate SAGE Eldercare for its Meals on Wheels 50th anniversary. SAGE serves about 44,000 meals to nearly 250 clients annually in 10 communities, including Berkeley Heights.

SAGE Eldercare began its Meals ...

Berkeley Heights 5K Celebrates 20 Years of Giving Back to Community

September 19, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights 5K celebrated 20 years with over 450 participants -- bringing the community together on Sunday.  Mayor Bob Woodruff surprised Race Director Dr. Patrick Smith by presenting him with an award for his 20 years of community service as director and organizer of the charity race. 

Tom Lisofski, 25, of ...

Overlook Medical Center President Alan Lieber Invites Community to 'Bike MS: Country Challenge' Sept. 17-18

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Team Atlantic Health System, for the tenth consecutive year, will be participating in the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s Bike MS: Country Challenge. The 2016 event will take place September 17 and 18. 

This year, Team Atlantic Health System will be recognized for raising more than $150,000 for the MS Society, which will support ...

Meet Timber, Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center's New Therapy Dog in Training

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center welcomes Timber, a four month old Australian Labradoodle, as a new addition to the family. 

Timber is in training and attends weekly sessions with  On The Ball Dog Training in Berkeley Heights. "Our goal is to train Timber as both a therapy and facility dog allowing him to work with the students at ...

Union County Prosecutor Updates Linden Officers' Condition

September 20, 2016

ELIZABETH, NJ – Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park updated the condition of the two hospitalized Linden police officers injured during the apprehension of Ahmad Khan Rahami yesterday.

According to Park, the officer who was struck by gunfire in his protective vest did not suffer serious injury and was discharged from a local hospital last night. The other injured officer, who ...

Berkeley Heights Paints 'Thin Blue Line' to Show Support to Police

September 23, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights joined other municipalities across New Jersey by painting a blue stripe down a section of Park Avenue to acknowledge the importance of the police department. The "thin blue line" was painted between the double yellow lines on Park Avenue by the municipal building and Police Headquarters Friday morning. 

Berkeley Heights ...

Berkeley Heights Fire Department Annual Spaghetti Dinner Brings Community Out

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights firefighters worked the kitchen earlier this month on a hot steamy Friday night at the department's headquarters during their annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. While the air was thick and hot, the firefighters were busy in the kitchen stirring sauce or "gravy," depending on who you talk to, while draining large ...

Two Suspicious Packages Dropped at Morristown Starbucks Monday Afternoon

MORRISTOWN, NJ - A man walked in and dropped two suspicious packages at the Starbucks located at 40 West Park Place at the corner of Market in Morristown this afternoon.  Authorities quickly closed down Maple Street and Market Street.

"A male walked into Starbucks and stated "Don't worry there are no bombs in here" and dropped ...

Summit Speech School Receives Top Award from Sue Adler Team 100th Home Sale Charity Program

September 24, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Summit Speech School secured the top contribution of $10,000 from the Sue Adler Team 100th Home Sale Charity Program. The School will use the funds towards its programs and services that benefit children and families impacted by hearing loss.

In 2016, the Sue Adler Team launched its 100th Home Sale Charity Program, agreeing to donate $20,000 upon the closing of their 100th ...

Scotch Plains Planning Board to Discuss Bowcraft Property Development at Monday, Sept. 26 Meeting

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Planning Board will consider an application at its Monday, Sept. 26, meeting at 7:30 p.m. to construct 190 apartments and 10 townhomes on the Bowcraft Amusement Park property (2545 Route 22 West, Scotch Plains). The proposed development reportedly would include 40 affordable housing units (which would help Scotch ...

Scotch Plains Planning Board to Discuss Bowcraft Property Development at Mon, Sept. 26 Meeting

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Planning Board will consider an application at its Monday, Sept. 26, meeting at 7:30 p.m. to construct 190 apartments and 10 townhomes on the Bowcraft Amusement Park property (2545 Route 22 West, Scotch Plains). The proposed development reportedly would include 40 affordable housing units (which would help Scotch ...

Towering Oak Tree that Has Been Basking Ridge Landmark for Centuries has Died

September 19, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The majestic white oak tree that has been Basking Ridge's primary landmark since before the town was even established in 1760 has died this summer. The Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church must now address how to cut back the limbs of the 600-year-old giant for safety's sake, and at the same time preserve the beloved tree's dignity, said Rev.

Church of the Little Flower Hosts 'Feed Your Faith Picnic'

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Church of the Little Flower will host a Feed Your Faith Picnic at starting at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 at the upper lawn at 110 Roosevelt Avenue in Berkeley Heights. Rain date September 25.

The picnic will include SuzyQue's Barbecue and Rita's Ice, music, games and face painting. Admission is free. Raffle prizes include gifts from: ...

Valerie R. Ruscitto Remembered by Her Sister

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. - Family, friends and co-workers are having difficulty recovering from the tragic death of a beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Valerie R. Ruscitto.  

Valerie, a resident of Basking Ridge, died at the age of 58, on Sunday, Aug. 28, from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Plainfield Avenue and Bolton Boulevard in ...

Ace Jen Collins named Delicious Heights Highlander Athelete of the Week

September 24, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston's top girls singles player, junior Jen Collins has been named the Delcious Heights Highlander Athlete of the Week for winning three of her four matches improving her season mark to 7-3. Her wins for the week included a defeat of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood first singles player accounting for the Lady Highlanders only win against the Lady ...

Gov. Livingston Highlanders Defeat Union Farmers Behind Crawford’s Two Goals

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Saturday, the Governor Livingston Highlanders boys soccer team snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating the county rival Union Farmers 3-0. It was the Highlanders fourth shutout of the season and first since September 17 against Linden.

With the win, the Highlanders improved to 4-3 while Union remains winless.

Governor Livingston’s Josiah Crawford has ...

Gov. Livingston Field Hockey Loses OT Thriller to Westfield, 2-1

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  The Governor Livingston Highlanders field hockey lost a 2-1 thriller to the Westfield Blue Devils, in sudden death overtime Thursday under the lights at Snyder Field in Berkeley Heights.The game’s momentum swayed from team to team for the full 70 minutes. The high intensity game kept everyone in the bleachers on their toes the whole ...

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Drew University Civic Scholar Charity Ghost Tour

September 25, 2016

Do you believe in ghosts?  If not, Drew University, located in Madison, NJ just might be able to change your opinion!  Located ideally 15 miles as the crow flies from Times Square New York, the small Liberal Arts, Graduate, and Theological University attracts many, ever since the university’s establishment in 1867.  Drew, nicknamed “The Forest,” was recently ...

You’re Invited to Get to Know Town Council Candidates Bavoso and Couto September 30th

You’re Invited to Get to Know Town Council Candidates Bavoso and Couto September 30th Submitted by Berkeley Heights Republican Municipal Committee Running on a platform of “Together. Forward.” Berkeley Heights voters are invited to get to know Peter Bavoso and Manuel Couto, candidates for Town Council, on Friday, September 30, 7:30 pm at Mt. Carmel Hall. Bavoso and Couto have ...

TAPinto.net to Host Open House for Students Interested in Communication and Journalism Careers, October 6

Students from Union County, ages 13 - 20, who are interested in careers in the journalism, communications, social media, and more are invited to attend an open house for the communication and journalism Exploring Post 100 on Thursday, October 6 from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Westfield Knights of Columbus (2400 North Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076). Students who attend will be ...

Morris & Essex Kennel Club Brings All Breed Match Show and My Dog Fun Day to Madison

MADISON, NJ - The Morris & Essex Kennel Club (M&E) will host its All-Breed Match Show as part of the annual Bottle Hill Day, Saturday, October 1 at Dodge Field in Madison, New Jersey.  

Along with the five match show rings, the club is hosting “My Dog Fun Day” attractions for all dogs and their owners, including: the AKC “My Dog Can Do That” beginning ...

Suspicious Package Shuts Elizabeth Train Station Tonight

September 18, 2016

ELIZABETH, NJ – Police and emergency responders have shutdown train service at the main train station due to a suspicious package found under the nearby bridge tonight, September 18.

The device is being reported as a possible pipe bomb but has not been confirmed at this time. The area has been evacuated.

Elizabeth Police, NJ Transit Police, and Union County Police are ...

Scotch Plains Planning Board to Discuss Bowcraft Property Development at Monday, Sept. 26 Meeting

September 24, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Planning Board will consider an application at its Monday, Sept. 26, meeting at 7:30 p.m. to construct 190 apartments and 10 townhomes on the Bowcraft Amusement Park property (2545 Route 22 West, Scotch Plains). The proposed development reportedly would include 40 affordable housing units (which would help Scotch ...

Meet a Real Life Road Warrior!

So you’re sitting in homeroom listening to morning announcements and still trying to wake up the rest of the way.  Through your sleepy haze you hear, “Juniors and seniors please sign up in the guidance office for college visits.   This week we’ll be hosting…”  Or you might hear, “A representative from State University will be stationed ...

You’re Only as Old as You Dress

“Do you think this is too young for me?” asked a voice from behind me. I turned from the dressing room door where my teenage daughter was trying on clothes.

The “this” in question was a super-clingy, lycra mini dress in a black and purple animal print.

The “me” who was asking, was a 40-something year-old mom.

I was, quite literally, at a loss for ...

Consumers’ Perception of U.S. Housing Gains Ground; Boomers Make Noise While Millennials Exercise Patience in Quest for Homes

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties today released results of its latest Homeowner Sentiment Survey indicating that current and prospective homeowners remain optimistic about the current state of the U.S. real estate market. Respondents cite higher home values, ...

Dear Democrats: The Road Less Traveled Needs Paving

September 24, 2016

Dear Democrats: The Road Less Traveled Needs Paving
 
On November 8th, many voters entering the voting booth will be checking the box for who they dislike the least. Sadly, our political culture is now defined more by what we oppose. This election will mark the end of a unique, if not historic campaign season punctuated by demagoguery and hate filled speeches by one candidate, and the ...

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Blue Water Art Exhibit at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

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