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Rutgers President Barchi Staying 2 More Years

September 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has agreed to continue in that position for two more years, university officials said.

Members of the university board of governors asked him to remain at least two more years, and he agreed, officials said.

“Bob Barchi has been a remarkable leader for Rutgers,” board president Sandy Stewart said.  He said ...

A Freshman's First Day

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The first day of school can be exciting, daunting, and confusing all at once. Freshmen in high school face these emotions and many more, and may have more first day worries than upperclassmen who are already accustomed to high school. To shed light on a freshman’s perspective of the first day of high school, Governor Livingston freshman Sasha Rtishchev shared her ...

The Last First Day - A Senior’s Perspective of the First Day of School

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The first day of school, or rather, the last first day of school, is a strange occurrence for many seniors. As slightly fearful-looking freshmen scurry through the halls, seniors walk on with confidence or in disbelief. When Governor Livingston senior Victoria Pantina walked into Governor Livingston on the first day of her senior year, she couldn’t believe it. She ...

Luminous Hosts First Carrot Cake Off Event in New Providence 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A warm, sunny Sunday afternoon brought a large crowd to New Providence’s First Carrot Cake Off held outdoors at Luminous Salon and Spa at 592 Central Ave. Ten contestants signed up to participate in the carrot cake contest.  Each contestant baked and displayed a carrot cake for the contest, which was then judged by attendees who were given a ticket and free tasting ...

Luminous Hosts First Carrot Cake Off Event in New Providence 

September 19, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A warm, sunny Sunday afternoon brought a large crowd to New Providence’s First Carrot Cake Off held outdoors at Luminous Salon and Spa at 592 Central Ave. Ten contestants signed up to participate in the carrot cake contest.  Each contestant baked and displayed a carrot cake for the contest, which was then judged by attendees who were given a ticket and free tasting ...

The Connell Company, Embassy Suites Presents $10,000 Check for 4th Annual Winter Walk

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Connell Company along with Embassy Suites and Grain and Cane Restaurant is once again "excited" to be the presenting sponsor of the annual Berkeley Heights Winter Walk, now in its fourth year.

Shane Connell, Executive Vice President of The Connell Company; Ian Brodsky and Rebecca Mittleman, of Embassy Suites recently presented a check for $10,000 ...

The Connell Company, Embassy Suites Presents $10,000 Check for 4th Annual Winter Walk

September 6, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Connell Company along with Embassy Suites and Grain and Cane Restaurant is once again "excited" to be the presenting sponsor of the annual Berkeley Heights Winter Walk, now in its fourth year.

Shane Connell, Executive Vice President of The Connell Company; Ian Brodsky and Rebecca Mittleman, of Embassy Suites recently presented a check for $10,000 ...

Rutgers President Barchi Staying 2 More Years

September 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has agreed to continue in that position for two more years, university officials said.

Members of the university board of governors asked him to remain at least two more years, and he agreed, officials said.

“Bob Barchi has been a remarkable leader for Rutgers,” board president Sandy Stewart said.  He said ...

Lawmakers Question State Education Commissioner on Rush to Phase Out PARCC

TRENTON, NJ— Lawmakers on a joint Senate-Assembly education committee expressed concerns and questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s rush to phase out a statewide standardized exam, calling for meetings to be held and more data to be provided.

State education commissioner Lamont Repollet appeared before a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees on Monday to testify ...

The Highlander Goes Online in Partnership with TAPinto Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Highlander, the student newspaper of Governor Livingston High School, is making the transition to becoming an online publication thanks to an innovative partnership with TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

Students and community members alike can now go to the TAPinto Berkeley Heights website (www.tapinto.net/towns/berkeley-heights), choose the “Sections” ...

A Freshman's First Day

September 20, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The first day of school can be exciting, daunting, and confusing all at once. Freshmen in high school face these emotions and many more, and may have more first day worries than upperclassmen who are already accustomed to high school. To shed light on a freshman’s perspective of the first day of high school, Governor Livingston freshman Sasha Rtishchev shared her ...

The Last First Day - A Senior’s Perspective of the First Day of School

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The first day of school, or rather, the last first day of school, is a strange occurrence for many seniors. As slightly fearful-looking freshmen scurry through the halls, seniors walk on with confidence or in disbelief. When Governor Livingston senior Victoria Pantina walked into Governor Livingston on the first day of her senior year, she couldn’t believe it. She ...

Link Crew Gets Ready for A New Wave of Freshmen

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Monday, August 27, the Governor Livingston High School Link Crew advisors trained the Link Crew leaders to prepare them for the Class of 2022 Freshman Orientation, which occured Thursday, August 30th.

Link Crew is a program designed to welcome incoming freshmen, and facilitate their transition from middle school to high school. The program also participates in events ...

The Highlander Goes Online in Partnership with TAPinto Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Highlander, the student newspaper of Governor Livingston High School, is making the transition to becoming an online publication thanks to an innovative partnership with TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

Students and community members alike can now go to the TAPinto Berkeley Heights website (www.tapinto.net/towns/berkeley-heights), choose the “Sections” ...

Gov. Livingston Students Compete at National Technology Students Association Conference

ATLANTA, GA - Sixteen Governor Livingston High School juniors and seniors attended the national Technology Students Association (TSA) conference in Atlanta, Georgia from June 23rd through June 26th. The students, split into two teams based on grade, competed in the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) competition.

The GL teams qualified for the national conference ...

Girls Tennis: Gov. Livingston Lady Highlanders Edge Mount St. Dominic with 3-2 Victory

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Coming after a sweeping loss against Summit, the Governor Livingston Girls Tennis team won their third match of the season against Mount Saint Dominic Friday afternoon, bringing their record to 2-1. The team dominated in the doubles match-ups, with Olivia Tang and Yuki Schwab winning their sets 6-0, 6-3, and Kelly Mcrae and Emilia Heintz winning their sets, 6-1, ...

Governor Livingston Defeats ALJ in Opening “Week 0” Football Game

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston High School football team defeated Arthur L. Johnson High School 21-14 to win the home opener and begin the season 1-0. Due to pressuring defense, big plays, and clutch stops, GL was able to upset ALJ and win their opener for the second time in three years.

Both teams scored touchdowns early in the game. With GL’s first touchdown coming ...

Boys Soccer: Ethan Proper's Goal Not Enough for Gov. Livingston in 3-1 Loss to Summit

September 18, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Gov. Livingston lost a 3-1 battle in Monday's torrential rain to neighboring rival Summit Hilltoppers in Summit.

The game was evenly matched during the first half as the players battled each other and the elements, but Summit grabbed the advantage with a goal a minute before halftime.

The second half was again a hard-fought affair and GL equalized through a fine ...

Girls Soccer: Lady Highlanders Rollover Oak Knoll 4-0

CHATHAM, NJ - While its season is still in the early stages, the Governor Livingston girls soccer team made a statement with its 4-0 road victory over Oak Knoll on Monday afternoon in Chatham.

"It was the most complete game we've played so far this year," said Gov. Livingston head coach Mike Roof. "It was one of our biggest tests and we ...

Field Hockey Spark Plug Isabel Kepner Named Delicious Heights Highlander Athlete of the Week

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - With 38 seconds left in 7 v 7  overtime, Gov. Livingston senior Isabel "Izzy” Kepner  knocked in the game winning goal to give the Lady Highlanders a hard earned 4-3 season opening victory against Union County conference rival Westfield.  Kepner’s game winner, which was assisted by fellow seniors Audrey Cardone and ...

Luminous Hosts First Carrot Cake Off Event in New Providence 

September 19, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A warm, sunny Sunday afternoon brought a large crowd to New Providence’s First Carrot Cake Off held outdoors at Luminous Salon and Spa at 592 Central Ave. Ten contestants signed up to participate in the carrot cake contest.  Each contestant baked and displayed a carrot cake for the contest, which was then judged by attendees who were given a ticket and free tasting ...

Vegan Fest Cook Off Wraps Up Weekend in a Tasty Fashion

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ –All the judges agreed on at least two things at the first ever Vegan Cook Off – the food was delicious and they would order most of it again. In fact, one of the judges (who wasn’t a vegan chef) said, “All the dishes would make excellent appetizers, and I would order ten and make it a meal.”

The judges included two professional vegan chefs ...

Sal and Tami Going Strong after 40 Years at Dimaios

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Sal and Tami Passalacqua are approaching their 40th Anniversary at Dimaios and are excited to celebrate this milestone with the community.

Dimaios menu combines the traditions of Sal's Sicilian heritage along with inspirations from his worldly culinary adventures with an emphasis on the highest quality ingredients, locally sourced, at the peak of ...

Fishing Derby for People with Special Needs on Saturday, Sept. 22nd

September 11, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- County residents are invited to participate in the Fall Fishing Derby for People with Special Needs on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. This event is free of charge and runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club are co-sponsoring the fishing derby and will be providing a hot dog lunch as well as organizing contests. Prizes will ...

Outstanding Citizens To Be Honored At 13th Annual Berkeley Heights Good Scout Awards Dinner

September 19, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local citizens at the 13th Annual Berkeley Heights Good Scout Awards Dinner to be held on the evening of Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at The Primavera Regency in Stirling. 

This year’s honorees are Bud & Karen Ayres, Hilary Froehlich Boothby and Cherri Pertesis, Kevin Engemann, Carla ...

Mum's The Word: Plant Sales Benefit Overlook Auxiliary Sept. 21-23

GILLETTE, NJ - Mums are a fall tradition, and the Overlook Auxiliary will be the beneficiary of the seasonal blooms via a plant sale at Lombardo Farms September 21-23.

Lombardo will donate a portion of proceeds from Mum sales each day to Overlook Auxiliary, a volunteer organization that cultivates a compassionate and comforting environment throughout the entire ...

Chatham's Fourth Annual Sunshine Striders 1-Mile Fun Run Set for Saturday, Sept. 29; Benefits Rare Cancer Research

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham kids and their families have contributed more than $45,000 to rare cancer research through funds raised with the Sunshine Striders 1-Mile Fun Run and Chathamites are set to run again on Saturday, Sept. 29, when the fourth annual event is held.

The event is free, with a suggested donation of $25 per participant. Each kid participant will receive a race t-shirt and a ...

First Responders Treated to a Barbecue at Arbor Terrace Mountainside on September 12

September 14, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Who doesn’t like a free lunch? The offer to participate in the “BBQ for Badges” at Arbor Terrace Mountainside went out to first responders throughout the area a few weeks ago and, as expected, police officers, firefighters and EMTs dropped in from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

And, no one should be surprised that each group that spoke to ...

Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race and Family Run Gives Back to Fire Department, and more: Race Set for Sunday, Sept. 16

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  The 22st Berkeley Heights 5k Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk is set for Sunday September 16th at Memorial Field.

The Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk is committed to the community and giving back to local charities and organizations like the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department.

Dr. Patrick Smith ...

Children, Parents Help Celebrate 35 Years of My Gym at Fall Open House

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – On Saturday, My Gym New Providence was filled with children of all ages, from just a few months old, to 10 years of age, parents, instructors, giggles, guffaws, smiles and laughter.

The occasion was the annual My Gym Open House – an event that encourages parents to come in and see for themselves the many activities and courses offered to children, how the staff ...

Veterans Ride Horses Through New York City To Raise Awareness Of Suicide

September 19, 2018

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Police horses and carriage horses were not the only equines in New York City on Sept. 15 — several riders on horses in western saddles took an extended tour of the Big Apple to raise awareness about suicide among veterans.

BraveHearts, based in Illinois, took 10 veterans, a gold star father, and three support staff on a 20-mile ride through the concrete ...

Still Waiting....Edith The Donkey Keeps Everybody Guessing When The Stork To Arrive

 

THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — Anticipation.....

It's been three months since it was determined that Edith the donkey was expecting. As of the morning of Sept. 17, the stork had yet to arrive. 

Donkeys, Edith and her daughter, Gloria were a gift to Christiana Capra, founder and director of Spring Reins of Life, (SRoL). The organization is a non-profit , EAGALA (Equine ...

First Responders Treated to a Barbecue at Arbor Terrace Mountainside on September 12

September 14, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Who doesn’t like a free lunch? The offer to participate in the “BBQ for Badges” at Arbor Terrace Mountainside went out to first responders throughout the area a few weeks ago and, as expected, police officers, firefighters and EMTs dropped in from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

And, no one should be surprised that each group that spoke to ...

Pedestrian In Critical Condition After Being Struck on Route 22 Early Sunday Morning

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – A 24-year-old Mountainside resident is in critical condition at University Medical Center in Newark after being struck by a vehicle while walking on Route 22 in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 9.

Police gave the following account of the incident:

At about 1:09 a.m. Sunday, a 24-year-old Mountainside resident was walking along Route 22 East, near the ...

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Berkeley Heights

Let’s Keep the Momentum Going in Berkeley Heights

September 12, 2018

We are your neighbors and are proud to serve as your elected representatives. We’ve been working hard to make Berkeley Heights an even better place for families and residents of all ages to thrive.

We focus on four “C’s”: containing costs, continuously improving infrastructure and management practices, building a sense of community, and communicating with residents and ...

In Berkeley Heights, We Respect Our Neighbors

We are proud to be running to serve the people of Berkeley Heights as Mayor and Township Council members, respectively. As we’ve met with and listened to residents across our town for the last several months, one of the most important things they’ve told us is that they’re sick and tired of gutter-worthy, political mudslinging. Our town deserves better than the toxic politics we ...

Honest Results Should Prevail

September 20, 2018

I am not a candidate for office. I am a volunteer and helping to run the local Mayor/Town Council campaign. I have a passion for making Berkeley Heights the best town it can be!

Over the last few months on social media and more recently in a political mailing and letter to the editor, my contribution to our Town has been called into question.  In addition, I have been called a local ...

Facts Matter: Straight Talk From Angie Devanney

Stephen Yellin, Alvaro Medeiros and I have pledged to run a campaign based upon facts and the issues voters are most concerned about in Berkeley Heights.  It was our hope that the Mayor and his team would do likewise, and we publicly asked them to join us in making this pledge.  Instead, it is clear they have decided that it is better to “go low, not high” and attempt to ...

Real Transparency?

To the editor:

This fall, Berkeley  Heights residents face an important decision in their vote for Mayor and Township Council.

Our team, including Michael D’Aquila and Michelle Greco, encompass a lengthy background in law, engineering, and finance – providing important experience that benefits residents to best manage your tax dollars. With one of the lowest municipal tax ...

Registration Open for BHEF Fall Festival and Color Run on Sunday, Sept. 30

September 20, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There’s still time to register for the Berkeley Heights Ed Foundation Fall Festival and Color Run on Sunday, September 30th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The main events of the day will be a kiddie color dash for ages 1-5 at 11:30 a.m. and a family 1.5 mile color run for all ages at 12:00 pm followed by a DJ Dance party. There will be ...

Animal Blessing at Beacon Oct. 7

A Blessing of the Animals will be part of the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, October 7, at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, 4 Waldron Ave. (at Springfield Ave.)

"Our pet blessing isn't just about a Sunday of beloved companions,” says Rev. Robin Tanner, minister of worship and outreach. “It also reaffirms our connection to all life on earth and our ...

Berkeley Heights Board of Education Announces Special Board Meeting, Sept. 25

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Board of Education has announced that a Special Board Meeting will be held on September 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm for the purpose of adjourning to Executive Session to conduct interviews for the Interim Superintendent. The meeting will be held in the Clausen Administrative Complex, 345 Plainfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ.

No action will be taken at this meeting.

Scotch Plains Library to Host September’s Great American Read Discussions

The Great American Read is now hitting its stride, both on PBS and at the Scotch Plains Public Library. PBS will air new episodes about The Great American Read (TGAR) every Tuesday at 8 p.m. through October 23. The Library, which was one of 50 public libraries nationwide to receive a grant from PBS and the American Library Association, has planned several programs including discussions related to ...

Chatham Borough Council Member Weber Expresses Fear that "Pot Shop" is Coming to Town; Public Input Sought

September 13, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Bob Weber warned that the state legislature and Gov. Phil Murphy are about to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state and urged fellow Borough of Council members to take action at Tuesday's regular meeting.

Weber said that he was prompted to bring up the issue for discussion because the legal counsel for a marijuana shop has made inquiries.

"What has ...

Rutgers President Barchi Staying 2 More Years

September 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has agreed to continue in that position for two more years, university officials said.

Members of the university board of governors asked him to remain at least two more years, and he agreed, officials said.

“Bob Barchi has been a remarkable leader for Rutgers,” board president Sandy Stewart said.  He said ...

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Thu, September 20, 6:00 PM

The Connection, Summit

Classes in Lyrical/Contemporary Dance Offered

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Thu, September 20, 7:30 PM

De Corso Community Center, New Providence

League of Women Voters mobilize for Fair Districts

Government

Fri, September 21, 7:30 PM

Mancuso Hall, Union County Vo Tech Schools, Scotch Plains

4-H Club Open House for Union County Students

Arts & Entertainment Education Home & Garden

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Sat, September 22, 12:30 PM

Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad, Berkeley Heights

Community Invited to Berkeley Heights Volunteer ...

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Sat, September 22, 3:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Yoga and Meditation

Health & Wellness

Sun, September 23, 10:00 AM

Negri Nepote Native Grassland Preserve, Somerset

NJ Audubon: Negri Nepote Grasslands Field Trip

Education Green

Too Soon

I got a call today from the anxious parent of a sixth grader who wanted some guidance on how to best help his student position herself for success in college.  What classes should she take now? Would it be worth it to investigate private school? When is it too early to start looking at college campuses?

While thinking college with a 12-year-old may seem crazy to some, any parent reading ...

Smart Charitable Giving That’s Easy and Cuts More of Your Taxes Than The “Write a Check” Route

Here’s a smart way to make charitable donations that’s easy and cuts more of your taxes than the regular “write a check, take a tax deduction” route. The tool I recommend is called a Charitable Trust (sometimes also called a Donor Advised Fund). The time needed to set it up? As little as 5-10 minutes. Your tax savings? Can be substantially higher than just ...

Colder Weather is Coming – The Top Ten Reasons to Maintain Your Furnace (or Boiler!)

As summer winds down and kids head back to school, most of us in New Jersey begin looking forward to fall. With the promise of cooler autumn evenings, campfires, s’mores, and all things ‘Pumpkin Spice,’ it can be easy for home maintenance tasks to go undone.

Here at A.J. Perri, we would like to remind you that winter is coming, and now is the best time to get your ...