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Governor Livingston's Rick Ortega Named Union County Conference Wrestling Coach of the Year

May 14, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Coaches are more than just mentors to their players. They are the leaders of a program who make their players their first priority. Great coaches elevate their athletes, and even when they lose, they help them grow. These are all traits of Union County Conference Wrestling Coach of the Year Richard Ortega of Governor Livingston High School.

Ortega has been coaching ...

Berkeley Heights Police Department to Launch 'Annie Young Academy' in the Fall

Program seeks to strength Police and Community Connection

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Police Department announced the launch of the Annie Young Academy, a program aimed at educating Berkeley Heights residents about police operations, in keeping the BHPD and Township's commitment to transparency into the inner workings of the police department.

"The Berkeley Heights ...

Roselle 2-Year-Old Found Safe Following Auto Theft and Kidnapping

ROSELLE, NJ - A 2-year-old child is safe and has been reunited with his family after being briefly kidnapped in a vehicle that was stolen outside a Roselle home Thursday night, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Roselle Police Chief Brian Barnes jointly announced Friday.

“The diligent work of our Roselle Police Department, along with county police, not only ensured ...

In Marathon Meeting, Summit Planning Board Unanimously Denies Primrose Childcare Center Development Application

SUMMIT, NJ - The hotly-contested Primrose School childcare center project, proposed for 480-490 Morris Avenue, was defeated at a Summit Planning Board "Special Meeting' on May 12. The Zoom meeting, which started at 7:33 p.m., ran into the first few minutes of the following day.

The Application had already stretched on since last summer. The Planning Board's ...

Overlook Auxiliary Announces the Launch of “Art for Gratitude” Campaign

May 10, 2021

Overlook Auxiliary Announces the Launch of   

“Art for Gratitude” Campaign 

                                            

Local community ...

The History of Mother's Day: One Woman's Crusade to Create a National Holiday

Have you always wondered how Mother's Day got started?  It seems as though Mother's Day should have been the first-ever holiday, no?

Watch this short video and get the real story.  Happy Mom's Day!

From Virtual Rehearsals to the Stage, Theater in the Time of COVID

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — After weeks of virtual rehearsals, followed by more in-person rehearsals, the curtain rose last weekend on The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The New Providence High School Spring Musical opened last weekend and there will be three more performances of the musical this weekend, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, and at 2 p.m.

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

Panic Buying Gasoline After Oil Pipeline Cyberattack Leads to Price Increases. See How Union County Compares to National Averages.

ELIZABETH, NJ. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Union County, the price at the pump has hit $3.035 as of May 12. This is part of a national trend in high gas prices ...

Summit Neighborhood Coalesces in Effort to Block Primrose Project's Path

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit Planning Board will hold a "Special Meeting," on May 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in review of the Application by Atlanta, GA-based Primrose School Franchising Company for a proposed development at 480-490 Morris Avenue, where Primrose seeks to locate a 21,072-square-foot childcare center and office facility.

The 1.09 acre ...

Governor Livingston's Rick Ortega Named Union County Conference Wrestling Coach of the Year

May 14, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Coaches are more than just mentors to their players. They are the leaders of a program who make their players their first priority. Great coaches elevate their athletes, and even when they lose, they help them grow. These are all traits of Union County Conference Wrestling Coach of the Year Richard Ortega of Governor Livingston High School.

Ortega has been coaching ...

Track & Field: Gov. Livingston Boys Team Wins Union County Mountain Championship

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Gov. Livingston Boys Spring Track & Field team brought home the Union County Mountain Division Conference Championship title on Thursday. 

The boys team accumulated 124 points in the annual two-day meet at Governor Livingston High School. New Providence placed second, 29 points behind the Highlanders.  

Sophomore Joseph Frank won the ...

Gov. Livingston's Five-Game Boys Lacrosse Winning Streak Ends In Loss To Oratory Prep; UCT Looms On Saturday

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SUMMIT, NJ - The Gov. Livingston high boys lacrosse team hung close for a half but its opponent - Oratory Prep - pulled away in the second half and earned a 9-3 victory on Thursday afternoon in Summit.

The loss snapped the Highlanders' season-high five-game winning streak and dropped Gov. Livingston's record to ...

New Marijuana and Alcohol Laws Presented to the New Providence BOE

May 7, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Chief Theresa Gazaway and Lieutenant Dan Henn of the New Providence Police Department attended the Thursday, May 6 Board of Education (BOE) Zoom meeting to provide the board with information regarding the new marijuana and alcohol laws.

Henn explained the difference between marijuana and cannabis as follows: “When the substance is bought, sold, and used under ...

Elizabeth School Nurse Wins Union County School Nurse of the Year

ELIZABETH, NJ - The first person from Elizabeth has been awarded the School Nurse of the year by Union County School Nurses Association (UCSNA). 

Marie Verdon Noonan has worked as a registered nurse with the Elizabeth Board of Education for the last 18 years, but her job has not been easy with the COVID-19 Pandemic. She stepped up and volunteered as a contact tracer for the City of ...

Student Representative Report: Board of Education Meeting April 29, 2021

The April 29 Board of Education meeting primarily discussed the Board’s proposal for full-day kindergarten and redistricting which was ultimately approved by a four to two vote. 

To begin the meeting, Donna Felezzola, School Business Administrator and Board Secretary provided the Correspondence Report which shared that the district has received a multitude of emails from ...

Governor Livingston's Rick Ortega Named Union County Conference Wrestling Coach of the Year

May 14, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Coaches are more than just mentors to their players. They are the leaders of a program who make their players their first priority. Great coaches elevate their athletes, and even when they lose, they help them grow. These are all traits of Union County Conference Wrestling Coach of the Year Richard Ortega of Governor Livingston High School.

Ortega has been coaching ...

How Governor Livingston is Becoming More Gender Inclusive

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The opening of a gender neutral bathroom at Governor Livingston High School represents a new era of inclusivity within the Berkeley Heights Public Schools district. 

As the community looks for ways to promote the safety and acceptance of all marginalized students, the addition of gender neutral bathrooms is just one step in making all students feel accepted and ...

New Hobbies Students are Mastering

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Many students are hesitant about rejoining their extracurricular activities, while others have had their activities canceled. In order to rectify the situation, students have turned to new hobbies or learning new skills. 

Among the many new hobbies students have picked up, creating art is one of the more prominent ones. Students have started writing, drawing, ...

Applying for the Arts

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The college application process for art students is often an unknown struggle.

Cramped hands and pencil smudged wrists from hours of drawing, days spent perfecting an audition tape, these are the struggles students who are pursuing the arts face in an effort to create the best portfolios possible. 

For students looking to go into theatre the portfolio comes ...

In Marathon Meeting, Summit Planning Board Unanimously Denies Primrose Childcare Center Development Application

May 14, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - The hotly-contested Primrose School childcare center project, proposed for 480-490 Morris Avenue, was defeated at a Summit Planning Board "Special Meeting' on May 12. The Zoom meeting, which started at 7:33 p.m., ran into the first few minutes of the following day.

The Application had already stretched on since last summer. The Planning Board's ...

Township Council Amends, then Adopts $33.3 M Budget

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — The $33.3 million 2021 Municipal Budget was amended before being adopted by a unanimous vote of the council last week. Several line items were changed, but in the end, the tax rate didn’t change. 

Two members of the Township Council, Democrats Stephen Yellin and Alvaro Medeiros, voted against the budget when it was originally introduced in April.

Summit Neighborhood Coalesces in Effort to Block Primrose Project's Path

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit Planning Board will hold a "Special Meeting," on May 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in review of the Application by Atlanta, GA-based Primrose School Franchising Company for a proposed development at 480-490 Morris Avenue, where Primrose seeks to locate a 21,072-square-foot childcare center and office facility.

The 1.09 acre ...

Panic Buying Gasoline After Oil Pipeline Cyberattack Leads to Price Increases. See How Union County Compares to National Averages.

May 12, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Union County, the price at the pump has hit $3.035 as of May 12. This is part of a national trend in high gas prices ...

Union County to Close Jail Despite Opposition from Local Leaders

ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark.

The county is entering into a five-year memorandum with Essex County, which has an option for renewal. This merger will ...

Berkeley Heights Police Department to Launch 'Annie Young Academy' in the Fall

May 14, 2021

Program seeks to strength Police and Community Connection

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Police Department announced the launch of the Annie Young Academy, a program aimed at educating Berkeley Heights residents about police operations, in keeping the BHPD and Township's commitment to transparency into the inner workings of the police department.

"The Berkeley Heights ...

Roselle 2-Year-Old Found Safe Following Auto Theft and Kidnapping

ROSELLE, NJ - A 2-year-old child is safe and has been reunited with his family after being briefly kidnapped in a vehicle that was stolen outside a Roselle home Thursday night, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Roselle Police Chief Brian Barnes jointly announced Friday.

“The diligent work of our Roselle Police Department, along with county police, not only ensured ...

Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 24 - June 6, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Law enforcement officers from the Berkeley Heights Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Beginning May 24 and running through June 6, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization utilizes high ...

Panic Buying Gasoline After Oil Pipeline Cyberattack Leads to Price Increases. See How Union County Compares to National Averages.

May 12, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Union County, the price at the pump has hit $3.035 as of May 12. This is part of a national trend in high gas prices ...

New Jersey Residents Can Now Get a "Shot and a Beer"

May 3, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey is launcing a "Shot and a Beer" program, encouraging eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated.

Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer. The following restaurants and brewing companies are ...

It's a Wrap: Station House Café Closes Its Doors After 31 Years

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Customers steadily filtered through Station House Café for one last meal before Mouris Gawrgy closed his door for the last time on Friday after 31 years in business.

Mo worked seven days a week and loved his customers and the work. Station House Café will be sorely missed as the go-to spot for his loyal customers that span multiple generations. It was ...

Station House Cafe in Berkeley Heights Will Close April 30 after 31 Years

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Fans of Station House Cafe have two weeks to dine in, or take out their favorite breakfasts and/or lunches. Owner Mouris Gawrgy said he will be closing the doors to the local eatery after 31 years, on Friday, April 30. 

TAPinto sat down with Mo, as many customers call him, at the cafe earlier this week and learned a bit about this man who has ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Obituaries

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Berkeley Heights Community Learning Garden Welcomes BEE-utiful Addition 

May 10, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Things are really buzzing at the Berkeley Heights Community Learning Garden (GHCLG), located behind the Littell-Lord Farmstead House on Horseshoe Road. 

On Saturday, May 1, over 10,000 honey bees were welcomed to their new sanctuary, located at the back corner of the garden. The bee dwelling is fenced off from the gardeners and local residents and provides the bees ...

Veterans Memorial Park Gets Annual Sprucing Thanks to Deans Greens and Volunteers (Photo Gallery)

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Thanks to the generous donation of plants from  Deans Greens Garden, Nursery and Floral Center and the many volunteers that came by to lend a helping hand, Veterans Memorial Park is spruced up in time for Military Appreciation Month and Memorial Day.

The volunteers came out on a picturesque Saturday and got to work planting the large assortment of vincas ...

Berkeley Heights PBA #144 Hosts Annual Youth Fishing Derby, Saturday, April 24

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Police PBA Local #144 is hosting its annual youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Horseshoe Pond on Horseshoe Road.

The derby is open to Berkeley Heights residents in third through sixth grade. No fishing experience needed, PBA members will be on hand to help.  

 

Faith Lutheran Church Asked for Used Bikes, They Got 402

May 13, 2021

 

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. — Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street in New Providence, gives a substantial “Thank You” to the persons who donated 402 second-hand bikes, which will be used by needy persons in rural communities of African countries.

 

The parking lot of Faith, on Saturday, May 8, was the setting for the 402 bike collection, which had ...

Woman's Club of Berkeley Heights to Hear From Mayor, Award Prizes

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — The Woman’s Club of Berkeley Heights had its spring fundraiser meeting recently in Columbia Park Pavilion on a beautiful sunny afternoon.

 

The small group (only 15 members) that were in attendance enjoyed seeing friends that they hadn’t seen since October. Prizes were donated by Doreen ...

Berkeley Heights Community Learning Garden Welcomes BEE-utiful Addition 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Things are really buzzing at the Berkeley Heights Community Learning Garden (GHCLG), located behind the Littell-Lord Farmstead House on Horseshoe Road. 

On Saturday, May 1, over 10,000 honey bees were welcomed to their new sanctuary, located at the back corner of the garden. The bee dwelling is fenced off from the gardeners and local residents and provides the bees ...

TAPinto Talks with Dr. Anthony Terrana of Terrana Orthodontics: Digital Technology Provides Quicker Orthodontic Results

May 12, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The pandemic didn't deter Terrana Orthodontics from opening his practice in New Providence last fall.  TAPinto talked with Dr. Anthony Terrana about opening in the middle of a pandemic. He also talked about the latest technology used to reduce treatment time.  

Terrana Orthodontics is completely digital. 

The use of an ...

Overlook Auxiliary Announces the Launch of “Art for Gratitude” Campaign

Overlook Auxiliary Announces the Launch of   

“Art for Gratitude” Campaign 

                                            

Local community ...

Young Stroke Victim Triumphs Thanks to Overlook Neuroscience Institute's Care

SUMMIT, NJ - Nearly 800,000 Americans each year suffer a stroke, an acute condition that can prove devastating for many, and fatal for one in six victims.

Thanks to the unparalleled expertise at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center and Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Summit, then 26-year-old Joe Slota outcome was one of hope, success, and triumph over a condition that ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...

Gary Keller, Owner of Guitar Studio in Berkeley Heights, Dies at 85

April 21, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gary Keller, owner of The Guitar Studio, a music school in Berkeley Heights, died on April 13, 2021 at the age of 85.

Keller, a long time resident of Berkeley Heights, has been giving private music lessons in NJ since 1973. He owned Keller Guitar Studios in Bloomfield and later opened The Guitar Studio in Berkeley Heights teaching electric and acoustic guitar, bass ...

Faith Lutheran Church Has New Deals for Old Wheels

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — On Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street in New Providence, will again be collecting second-bikes for use by adults and children in Third World countries. The collection is being conducted on behalf of Pedals for Progress, an organization which annually recycles 6,000 bicycles for persons in developing ...

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Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

Help Wanted - What the Disappointing Jobs Report Means for the Recovery

Given the importance of the consumer to the economy, and the importance of employment conditions to the consumer, monthly jobs reports always command the market's attention. The April employment report released on Friday was particularly eye-catching given its sizable disappointment amid a recent string of encouraging data that have signaled the economic recovery is proceeding ...

The BLS can learn a few tricks from the Mortgage Loan Market

May 11, 2021

On Friday, May 7th 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that ‘Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 266,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1 percent. Notable job gains in leisure and hospitality, other services, and local government education were partially offset by employment declines in temporary help services and in couriers and ...

Help Wanted: What the Disappointing Jobs Report Means for the Recovery

Given the importance of the consumer to the economy, and the importance of employment conditions to the consumer, monthly jobs reports always command the market's attention. The April employment report released on Friday was particularly eye-catching given its sizable disappointment amid a recent string of encouraging data that have signaled the economic recovery is proceeding ...

Berkeley Heights Receives Second Highest Grant Award for Shared Services

May 14, 2021

Township to purchase radios, computer and improve technology for first responders 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—The Township of Berkeley Heights announced today that the Township received the second-highest grant award, $243,000, from the state of New Jersey as part of a program to encourage shared services. The money will be used to help offset costs associated with contracting with Union ...

Morristown Medical Center Among 1st to Receive American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Certification

Only 6% of 750+ Hospitals Performing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Have Achieved This Elite Recognition of Best Practices and Quality Care

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has received American College of Cardiology (ACC) Transcatheter Valve Certification, a designation of excellence that recognizes demonstrated ...

Union County to Hold Annual Portuguese Flag Raising on June 10

The Board of County Commissioners invites residents to the annual Union County Portuguese Flag raising ceremony in commemoration of the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Communities. The event will take place on Thursday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Union County Court House, located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth. The event is free for all to attend.

The event is being ...

Union County to Host Free Webinar: Parenting in a Post-Pandemic World, May 19

The Union County Office on Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse, in partnership with Therapeutic Learning Connections presents “Parenting in a Post-Pandemic World.” This webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. Attendance is free but residents wishing to attend must pre-register.

“Both parents and their children have had to re-invent their relationships ...

Enough: It's Time to Take Our Schools Back!

May 14, 2021

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” - Henry Ford

Dear Editor:

At last night's Board of Education (BOE) meeting the Berkeley Heights Education Association (BHEA) President read a statement that I encourage you to watch and listen to.  His remarks are very telling about the current state of our ...

Let’s take the time to do it right

To the members of the Berkeley Heights Board of Education; to the teachers, staff, and principals; to my fellow residents and neighbors, and to our students,

The Berkeley Heights BOE recently passed the superintendent's recommendation to redistrict the schools into two K-2 schools and two 3-5 schools in order to implement the full-day Kindergarten program that is in the best interest of ...

New Providence Lions Club Has 'Sights' on Post Pandemic Times; Hosts First In-person Meeting in a Year

May 4, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Lions Club recently held their first in-person meeting since the onset of the pandemic in the back parking lot at CWI Designs on an unseasonably chilly April evening. After the formalities and business portion of the meeting, the members enjoyed time catching up while participating in a chocolate tasting that served as a fundraiser to benefit ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...