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Union County’s Free Summer Concert Series Launches Fri, June 22

June 20, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra kicks off Union County’s 57th annual Summer Arts Festival series of free outdoor concerts sponsored by the Freeholder Board with an evening of Broadway favorites, beloved opera overtures and more on Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

Attendees are also invited to bring a mat or beach towel and join ...

Union County’s Free Summer Arts Concert Series Launches this Friday, June 22, with Concert in Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra kicks off Union County’s 57th annual Summer Arts Festival series of free outdoor concerts sponsored by the Freeholder Board with an evening of Broadway favorites, beloved opera overtures and more at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 22, at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

Attendees are invited to bring a mat or beach towel and join in a free ...

Berkeley Heights Among Recipients of Union County Recycling Enhancement Grants

$134,600 distributed to 15 municipalities across Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that 15 municipalities have received a total of $134,600 in Recycling Enhancement Grants. The grant program, which aims at improving local recycling rates, is administered by Union County with funding from the New Jersey Department of ...

Video: Union County Celebrates Pride Month with CommUNITY PRIDE Day Picnic

RAHWAY, NJ - Parents, children, friends, and all family members came out on Saturday afternoon to Rahway River Park for the Union County CommUNITY PRIDE Day Picnic.

The family-friendly celebration hosted by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, was a day of fun activities of arts and crafts, family lawn games, inflatable bounce houses, playground fun and more, along with music by the ...

Union County’s Free Summer Concert Series Launches Fri, June 22

June 20, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra kicks off Union County’s 57th annual Summer Arts Festival series of free outdoor concerts sponsored by the Freeholder Board with an evening of Broadway favorites, beloved opera overtures and more on Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

Attendees are also invited to bring a mat or beach towel and join ...

Union County’s Free Summer Arts Concert Series Launches this Friday, June 22, with Concert in Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra kicks off Union County’s 57th annual Summer Arts Festival series of free outdoor concerts sponsored by the Freeholder Board with an evening of Broadway favorites, beloved opera overtures and more at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 22, at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

Attendees are invited to bring a mat or beach towel and join in a free ...

Video: Union County Celebrates Pride Month with CommUNITY PRIDE Day Picnic

RAHWAY, NJ - Parents, children, friends, and all family members came out on Saturday afternoon to Rahway River Park for the Union County CommUNITY PRIDE Day Picnic.

The family-friendly celebration hosted by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, was a day of fun activities of arts and crafts, family lawn games, inflatable bounce houses, playground fun and more, along with music by the ...

'Rewirement' Luncheon Teaches Clients to Retire on Purpose

June 13, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - About a dozen clients gathered at Veneto Ristorante last Monday afternoon over some sandwiches, paninis, and good company, hosted by Walter Pardo (CEO)  and Jill Biagio (Client Relations) of Wealth Financial Partners (WFP.) 

The crowd was walked through an interactive and informative presentation that shined a unique perspective on those ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Business features Santa Fe Childcare Center

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto "Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories.

This edition features Santa Fe Childcare Centers, an independent, family owned daycare for over 20 years ...

Out of the Garage and Into Thousands of NJ Homes

When Albert Perri was discharged from the U.S. Army almost 50 years ago - after, according to family lore, a chance meeting with singer Elvis Presley while Perri was stationed in Germany - he began working in the heating and air conditioning industry.

In 1971, Perri elected to branch off in that industry on his own - working out of his garage and getting administrative help from his wife, ...

Columbia Middle School Graduation Moves Inside Due to Extreme Heat

June 18, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Due to excessive heat on Monday, the Columbia Middle School Graduation will be held indoors at the Kenneth Stiefel Theatre at Gov. Livingston High School.

There is limited seating and admission will be limited to those with tickets. There will be a live broadcast on the GLTV YouTube Channel. as well as on their cable channels Comcast 34 and ...

Rotary Scholarships Awarded to Governor Livingston Students

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On June 13, four graduating Governor Livingston students received scholarships from the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights. The presentation and dinner took place at Chimney Rock Inn in Gillette, where Douglas Ladzinski, Grace Pitingolo, Keren Amkraut and Sarah Lalavee were awarded their scholarships. Pictured left to right ...

Gov. Livingston Class of 2018 Celebrates Senior Prom Night!

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Glitz and glamour filled the air as Gov. Livingston High School held its annual Senior Prom at Mayfair Farms in West Orange last Friday, June 8.  

We asked readers to send their photos. Click on the photos to see these young men and women dressed to the nines for the event of the season.

Email your prom photos to bpeer@tapinto.net and we'll add ...

Berkeley Heights Among Recipients of Union County Recycling Enhancement Grants

June 19, 2018

$134,600 distributed to 15 municipalities across Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that 15 municipalities have received a total of $134,600 in Recycling Enhancement Grants. The grant program, which aims at improving local recycling rates, is administered by Union County with funding from the New Jersey Department of ...

Recycling Rules Change in Union County

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Big changes have come to recycling in Union County – so big the county held a meeting on Wednesday, June 13, to go over the changes.

Residents will need to adapt to the changes, some may need or want to get new recycling containers, and, failure to comply will result in enforcement – possibly fines – and the rejection of some items at the curb or ...

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith Attends Gun Safety Bills Signing Ceremony with Gov. Murphy in Trenton

TRENTON, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith attended a gun safety package bill signing ceremony at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton on Wednesday with Governor Phil Murphy. Mayor Smith joined a bipartisan group of local and state elected officials, as well as members of Moms Demand Action of Union County, at the event. 

“As a leader in Sandy Hook Promise, I was happy to accept the ...

Vanriele Repeats 800 M State Championship Title: Gov. Livingston Track and Field Concludes Season

June 11, 2018

EWING, NJ - Governor Livingston’s Victoria Vanriele won her second consecutive outdoor 800m championship at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Saturday, June 9, at Northern Burlington Regional High School. Vanriele blazed across the finish line in 2:06.68, lowering her personal best and school record by 1.5 seconds.  She is currently ranked No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 3 in the ...

New Providence PAL 8U Softball Wins League Championship

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Gold 8U PAL softball team capped a 12-0 undefeated season this past Sunday by winning the league tournament and capturing the Berkeley Heights Spring League Title. 

New Providence Gold relied on timely hitting and stout defense in the semifinal game to defeat a Scotch Plains team that was fresh off ...

District Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Ann Clifton to Stay in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Ann Clifton, the director of health, physical education and athletics will stay in the Berkeley Heights School District. The Board of Education voted to rescind the acceptance of her resignation at the June 7 meeting.

The board had accepted Clifton’s resignation from her position at the May 10 meeting.

Twelve days later, on May 22, a report in The Citizen ...

Variance Obstacle “Untied”; Microbrewery Welcomed to New Providence

June 6, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Planning Board approved the variance application for Untied Brewing Company at its Tuesday, May 5 meeting. The company is looking to open a microbrewery at 140 Spring Street, the former Fabloc Mills building.

Untied Brewing Company was represented by Attorney William Harrison of Genova Burns LLC. The board heard testimonies from the owner of the brewery ...

New Providence Introduces New Recycling Rules

June 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – What does China have to do with New Providence recycling? Apparently a lot and residents should take a note of the new recycling guidelines, Borough Administrator Doug Marvin said at the Monday, June 11 council meeting. The new rules will evidently reduce the amount of recyclables and consequently increase the borough’s garbage tonnage.

Councilwoman Nadine ...

Recycling Rules Change in Union County

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Big changes have come to recycling in Union County – so big the county held a meeting on Wednesday, June 13, to go over the changes.

Residents will need to adapt to the changes, some may need or want to get new recycling containers, and, failure to comply will result in enforcement – possibly fines – and the rejection of some items at the curb or ...

Cranford Resident Rode His Bike Nearly 500 Miles

CRANFORD – Cranford resident Kent Lucas was one of 150 commuters who embraced a more sustainable commute by trading in his car keys for pedals during TransOptions’ annual Bike to Work Challenge.

Through TransOptions’ GoForGood app, riders tracked their bicycle commute trips and miles from May 1st through May 31st. Participants who joined the challenge were entered to win ...

American Legion Post 433 Retires Unserviceable American Flags

June 15, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Thursday, June 14, members of American Legion Post 433 members held an official flag retirement ceremony — something the post has been doing since 1977. 

Members of Post 433, Mayor Al Morgan, Police Chief Anthony D. Buccelli, Jr, members of the New Providence Police Department, Boy Scouts and leaders from Berkeley Heights Troop 68, ...

Berkeley Heights Cancer Survivor Pays it Forward, Forms 'The Silver Liming' to Help Others

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Reports by Township Council members often produce unexpected news – one recent surprise was news about a new volunteer project by breast cancer survivor Laurie Liming, “The Silver Liming.”

At the June 12 meeting, Township Councilman Peter Bavoso said Laurie started a group in town “to pay it forward.” For those who don’t know, ...

Berkeley Heights Cancer Survivor Pays it Forward, Forms 'The Silver Liming' to Help Others

June 14, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Reports by Township Council members often produce unexpected news – one recent surprise was news about a new volunteer project by breast cancer survivor Laurie Liming, “The Silver Liming.”

At the June 12 meeting, Township Councilman Peter Bavoso said Laurie started a group in town “to pay it forward.” For those who don’t know, ...

Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad Plant Sale Gives Back to Relay for Life

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad cadets recently held their annual plant sale at the squad's Snyder Avenue headquarters. This annual fundraiser benefits Relay for Life of Berkeley Heights. Leah's Lemonade Stand was also serving her lemonade and Rice Krispies treats. 

In addition to the annual plant sale, the squad offered ...

Overlook President Lieber Joins Imagine Leadership Council

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Alan Lieber, President of Overlook Medical Center, has joined the Leadership Council of Imagine, a Center for Coping with Loss, the Mountainside-based nonprofit that offers free, year-round peer grief support for children, young adults and parents / guardians who have had a parent, sibling or child die, as well as support groups for caregivers of an adult or ...

REMINDER: Berkeley Hardware and Paint Customer Appreciation set for June 16: Enter Weber Grill Giveaway Contest

June 14, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Today is Customer Appreciation Day at Berkeley Hardware! Stop by for complimentary hot dogs and enter to win a Weber Grill! Take 10 percent of entire purchase (excluding sale items) through 6/16.

Whether its cleaning up the yard, home maintenance or home improvement — Berkeley Hardware and Paint is ready with all your spring needs. Located at ...

No Community Garden This Year for Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Despite the best intentions of the Environmental Commission and the efforts of Township Attorney Joe Sordillo, there will be no community garden built this year. The good news is everyone now knows what is needed to get the job done and a time table is in place to see that it gets done.

Sordillo explained the process during the council meeting Tuesday night, ...

Union County is Spraying for Adult Mosquitos in Local Communities

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Mosquito Control will be spraying for Adult Mosquitoes tonight, Thursday June 7, between the hours of 7 p.m. and midnight, weather permitting.

In Berkeley Heights – Snyder Avenue, Columbia Avenue, Berkeley Avenue, Bolton Boulevard, Plainfield Avenue near Little Flower, Apple Tree Road and the pool area.

In New Providence –  Gales Drive, ...

Horse Care Workshops at Lord Stirling Start June 23

June 18, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering Horse Care Workshop 101 for adults and youth seeking to gain experience and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on practice.

Horse Care Workshop 101 will be held at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ beginning Saturday June ...

Hamilton Farm, Home To The U.S. Equestrian Team Listed On Historic Registry

BEDMINSTER TWP., N.J. — The stable complex at Hamilton Farm, the long time home of the United States Equestrian team is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

According to www.uset.org:

The original farm dates back to 1911, when Wall Street financier James Cox Brady purchased 180 acres in New Jersey for $100 per acre only 50 miles outside of New York City. It was ...

Dozens of Vehicles Entered Overnight in New Providence; Police Seek Videos

June 14, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Residents reported to police dozens of vehicles were entered overnight Wednesday, Thursday, June 13 and 14, on various streets in the borough.

The streets that were hit the hardest were Woodbine Circle, Newcomb Drive, Pittsford Way, Ashwood Road, and Sherwood Drive.

Police have obtained video that shows one of the actors wearing some type of poncho at some point ...

Chatham Middle School Evacuated After Construction Workers Hit Gas Main

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Middle School students were evacuated from the building about 11 a.m. Wednesday morning after construction workers at the school hit a gas main.

Members of the Chatham Borough Police Department and Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department said that the evacuation was precautionary and that PSE&G would determine when it was safe to return.

CMS students were moved ...

Warren Township Moves Forward on Affordable Housing Plans, Judge Grants Motion

June 13, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Judge Miller granted Warren Township’s motion for approval on Friday, June 8 of the proposed 100% affordable family rental housing development on Lindbergh Avenue that is to be built by PIRHL Acquisitions, LLC. 

On Monday, June 11, the Warren Township Planning Board heard testimony and plans for the Lindbergh Avenue site. Discussions will be continued at  the ...

Holi Color Festival 2018: Bringing Color, Diversity and Indian Culture to Summit

June 7, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - For anyone walking by on Saturday June 2nd, the scene on the Village Green in Summit New Jersey was striking! Bright beautiful colors flying haphazardly in the air while people danced to lively music and enjoyed authentic Indian cuisine. This was the setting for the Second Annual Summit Area YMCA celebration of the Holi Color Festival, a traditional Hindu festival in ...

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Sleep out at Covenant House

June 18, 2018

I can enjoy the same movies over and over like it were the first time to see them.  My kids roll their eyes at this.  Well, many unimaginable things happen as you become a certain age, and you tend to learn to accept those things graciously as gift.   But I remember the movie “The Blind Side.”  Until I saw that movie, I didn’t know homeless children ...

Summit Community Blood Drive is Sunday; First 50 donors Will Get a Free Union Theater Movie Pass

June 19, 2018

The weather may have just started to warm up, but New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) is already urging the public to donate blood as we head into the summer months.  With schools closing and vacations scheduled, less people donate blood from June through August but transfusions are still needed for local patients.   

“We’re especially thankful to our dedicated donors ...

Union County College Hires New Dean of Humanities

CRANFORD – Dr. Melissa R. Sande is the new Dean of Humanities for Union County College. Dr. Sande joined Union in the fall of 2013 as a full-time instructor of English. She has more than ten years of teaching experience and has previously served as a program coordinator, writing tutor, and an adjunct instructor.

As the Dean of Humanities, Dr. Sande will be responsible for the supervision ...

Summit Area YMCA Swim Team Tryouts July 24

On Tuesday, July 24, the Summit Area YMCA will hold tryouts for its 2018-2019 Swim Team. The tryouts are open to children of all ages, from the surrounding towns of Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Millburn, Short Hills, Watchung, Long Hill, Mountainside and Springfield.

THE FEE TO TRYOUT IS $25 PER SWIMMER. PRE-REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE AND ENCOURAGED AT THE FRONT DESK OF ...

Very special "Annie, Jr." coming June 29-July 1 at Rahway High School

The CAU Community Players will be staging a very special production of "Annie, Jr." at the Rahway High School Center for Performing Arts on Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 1, at 2:00 p.m.

The CAU Community Players is a troupe of actors both with and without developmental disabilities. Formed in 2012, the troupe empowers members with disabilities ...

Watchung Borough Mayor and Council Approve Affordable Housing Settlement

June 9, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ -The Watchung Borough Council voted on Thursday night  to settle its third round affordable housing obligation mandated by the state of New Jersey. Watchung Borough’s immunity from builder's remedy lawsuits  expires on June 30.

 Mayor Stephen Pote was forced to cast the deciding vote after the council deadlocked at 3-3.

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith Attends Gun Safety Bills Signing Ceremony with Gov. Murphy in Trenton

June 14, 2018

TRENTON, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith attended a gun safety package bill signing ceremony at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton on Wednesday with Governor Phil Murphy. Mayor Smith joined a bipartisan group of local and state elected officials, as well as members of Moms Demand Action of Union County, at the event. 

“As a leader in Sandy Hook Promise, I was happy to accept the ...

What's Hot and What's Not

Summer is a great time to take a step back, sip a cool beverage, and take a look at what’s going on in the world of college admissions.  Departments use the summer to evaluate how their year went and plan on any changes they want to make for the fall.  Did they over-enroll? Under-enroll?  What application materials were useful to them?  Which were redundant or time ...

How to Design Your Ideal Retirement

Would you like to design your ideal retirement? Where do you begin? First of all, what does retirement mean to you? If you’re in a relationship, does retirement mean the same to you as it does to your partner? Do you know if your “ideal retirement” is affordable or just a pipe dream?

In past generations, retirement planning didn’t involve very much. You stopped work ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...