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School Administrators to Investigate Offering Full Day Kindergarten in Berkeley Heights

August 17, 2018

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 ...

Mechanical Failure Causes Dump Truck Fire in Berkeley Heights

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 Release More Info and Seek Public’s Assistance

WARREN, NJ -  Police released additional information on Thursday regarding the robbery of TD Bank in Warren Township  on Saturday, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane announced.

Additional surveillance photos of the vehicle of a man ...

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 ...

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 ...

Berkeley Heights First Ever National Night Out Successful for Police, Residents (Photo Gallery)

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The looming storms stayed away from Berkeley Heights Tuesday evening and their first ever National Night Out went off as planned. Community pride was standing tall for the men and women in uniform, as the community came out a thousand strong in support of National Night Out. 

The community flocked to Memorial Park to enjoy a block party staged by our ...

School Administrators to Investigate Offering Full Day Kindergarten in Berkeley Heights

August 17, 2018

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 School Board Meets Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Schools open in a few short weeks and the school board will make sure all is in order for the opening during its meeting tonight.

The agenda is long – 29 pages – but many items are routine – including approving a leave of absence for a staff member, stipends, approving employment of various aides, accepting resignations, etc.

Among the top ...

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 ...

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

August 16, 2018

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 ...

Chart Will Help Residents Keep Up With Work on Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Township Officials have added a new page to the website – the “Construction Forecast” for the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex. Even if residents don't drive past the site, they will have a good idea of what is going on there on a daily basis, as well as what's going to happen.

To reach the new page, click on the the website – ...

Work on Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex Is Underway

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Wondering what’s happening at the DPW yard and other property near the current Town Hall?  Those who haven’t been by the area might be surprised to learn work is already underway on the site.

At the July 24 meeting of the council, Township Administrator John Bussiculo said he and other township officials met on Friday, July 20, with representatives ...

Excel Basketball Camp in New Providence Brings Tradition of Excellence

August 12, 2018

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 ...

Ryan Davis Wins 116th Met Amateur Championship

PARAMUS, NJ – Ryan Davis of Berkeley Heights and a rising junior at Penn State University won the 116th Met Amateur Championship, Sunday at Arcola Country Club in Paramus, posting a 2-and-1 victory over Christian Cavaliere of Mahopac to claim the MGA’s oldest title in his first-ever appearance in the event.

Click here for coverage of ...

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 ...

Monmouth At The Team Competition Begins at Hamilton Farm, Gladstone

August 13, 2018

GLADSTONE, N.J. — Competition at Monmouth at the Team begins Monday, Aug. 13 with pony classes, equitation competition and breeding classes. The show is being held at Hamilton Farm, headquarters of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation, and runs through Aug. 20.

Action gets underway 7 a.m. each day.

Eastern Hay is the sponsor of Monmouth at the Team’s $5,000 USHJA National Hunter ...

Rider Who Does Everything But Braid, Looks To Qualify For WCHR Championships

EAST DORSET, Vt. — World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) events for competitors hoping to qualify for WCHR Finals, held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, highlighted the third week of competition at the 25th annual Vermont Summer Festival at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, Vt.

In WCHR competition for adult amateur hunter riders, Jared Depermentier of Skippack, Pa., was champion in ...

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 Release More Info and Seek Public’s Assistance

WARREN, NJ -  Police released additional information on Thursday regarding the robbery of TD Bank in Warren Township  on Saturday, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane announced.

Additional surveillance photos of the vehicle of a man ...

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

August 16, 2018

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 ...

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Why I Ride

August 13, 2018

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

Marc Schnitzer, EMT, 2nd Lieutenant, member since 2015

Why did you join the BHVRS?

I joined the rescue squad because it was something I had always been interested in but never took the next step to get information about ...

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.

My Gym Back to School Enrollment Night in New Providence is Wednesday, Aug. 22

August 16, 2018

Come to Back to School Enrollment Night at My Gym in New Providence and discover why kids from infants to 10- years-old have been loving My Gym for the last 35 years.

Parents can explore the immaculate state-of-the-art facility, meet the staff, learn about award winning programs and check out fantastic Birthday Party packages.

My Gym is celebrating 35 years of teaching and entertaining ...

Union County College Receives $1.5 Million Grant from National Science Foundation under New Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program

CRANFORD – Union County College received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) first program to support STEM research at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The grant, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program (HSI Program), awarded funding to 31 new projects nationwide that aim to increase retention and graduation rates for ...

Imagine Trains New Volunteer Facilitators

Imagine peer support groups are available for New Jersey children and families coping with loss due to death or illness. Support groups are facilitated by trained adult volunteers who attend a  four-day training and ongoing continuing education programs.  Volunteers come from all walks of life and need no special background other than a willingness to listen, a heart inclined to serve, ...

Sensory Friendly Trail at Watchung Reservation Official Ribbon Cutting is Monday, Aug. 20

An official ribbon cutting by members of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will mark the opening of the first-ever Sensory Trail at the Watchung Reservation and in the county.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, at the head of the trail, behind the Trailside Nature and Science Center. The trail will be open and accessible to all and allow residents to ...

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 ...

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Sat, August 18, 9:00 AM

Emergency Services Building, Cranford

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Sun, August 19, 2:00 PM

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Littell-Lord Farmstead Museum Open House

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Wed, August 22, 5:00 PM

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

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Thu, September 6, 6:00 PM

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Union

41st Annual Greek Festival

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Thu, September 6, 6:00 PM

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Union

41st Annual Greek Festival

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Restore Balance with Sound Healing

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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 ...

The Importance of Sump Pumps

Living on the Jersey Shore and servicing our thousands of customers here, at A.J. Perri we’re all too familiar with basement flooding. Studies show that up to 95% of all basements may experience a water problem at some point – and that something as simple as a sump pump could have helped to prevent it.

It only takes one inch of water in your home to lead to hours of cleanup and ...