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Char or Grease

January 16, 2019

On a half day or during open campus, many Governor Livingston students head to Smashburger or Five Guys to grab a bite to eat. Both establishments are popular, but many students have opposing thoughts on each establishment. So which eatery is better? 

GL students often go to Smashburger to hang out with friends. However, according to a poll of 130 Governor Livingston Students, Five Guys ...

Rachel Shanagher Selected as Berkeley Heights Nominee for County Educator of the Year Recognition

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Rachel Shanagher, Grade 1 Teacher at Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center, has been chosen by the Berkeley Heights Public Schools to be the district’s nominee for Union County Educator of the Year recognition.

Mrs. Shanagher was named Educator of the Year at McMillin Early Childhood Center last spring, along with honorees from each of the other five Berkeley ...

Executive Director of Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Karen Deschere Dies

The Wharton Insitute for the Performing Arts announced the passing of their Executive Director Karen Deschere on January 11, 2019.

Wharton Insitute for the Performing Arts released the following statement.  

IN MEMORY Karen Deschere (1956 – 2019)
Karen Deschere came to the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts as Executive Director in January of 2014.

Meet the Master Brewer of Untied Brewing Company, Opening in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Untied Brewing Company is gearing up for the opening of their brewery and tasting room to the public very soon. Through meticulous planning with world and national award-winning Head Brewer, Tim Stumpf, Untied has spared no expense in making their brewery the best it can be from the very start.  

Tim Stumpf is a beer, sports and nature lover from Newark, DE with a ...

Executive Director of Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Karen Deschere Dies

January 15, 2019

The Wharton Insitute for the Performing Arts announced the passing of their Executive Director Karen Deschere on January 11, 2019.

Wharton Insitute for the Performing Arts released the following statement.  

IN MEMORY Karen Deschere (1956 – 2019)
Karen Deschere came to the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts as Executive Director in January of 2014.

Spotlight on Business Features My Little Party Place: Celebrating 1st Anniversary with Pizza Party

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, 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 My Little Party Place celebrating their 1st anniversary in their Berkeley Heights party ...

Santa Fe Educational Childcare Hosts Open House January 16 - 18, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Santa Fe Educational Childcare of New Providence invites you to an Open House January 16-18 – from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

Santa Fe has been in the local community for over 20 years and under new management since May. We're opening our doors for parents to learn more about the unique home-like infant care, educational philosophy, new programs and ...

Meet the Master Brewer of Untied Brewing Company, Opening in New Providence

January 15, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Untied Brewing Company is gearing up for the opening of their brewery and tasting room to the public very soon. Through meticulous planning with world and national award-winning Head Brewer, Tim Stumpf, Untied has spared no expense in making their brewery the best it can be from the very start.  

Tim Stumpf is a beer, sports and nature lover from Newark, DE with a ...

Spotlight on Business Features My Little Party Place: Celebrating 1st Anniversary with Pizza Party

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, 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 My Little Party Place celebrating their 1st anniversary in their Berkeley Heights party ...

Excel Physical Therapy Takes Over Long-Vacant Springfield Avenue Storefront

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy (“EXCEL”), Northern New Jersey’s premier provider of orthopedic physical therapy for nearly 30 years, last week opened an office at 410 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights, NJ. This spacious, open-concept physical therapy facility moved into the storefront next to Pet Supplies Plus, which longtime residents may recall ...

Rachel Shanagher Selected as Berkeley Heights Nominee for County Educator of the Year Recognition

January 16, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Rachel Shanagher, Grade 1 Teacher at Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center, has been chosen by the Berkeley Heights Public Schools to be the district’s nominee for Union County Educator of the Year recognition.

Mrs. Shanagher was named Educator of the Year at McMillin Early Childhood Center last spring, along with honorees from each of the other five Berkeley ...

Technology Survey, Superintendent Search, Revamping Media Centers, Contract Woes Highlight Jan. 7 School Board Meeting

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Monday night's Reorganization Meeting of the school board was a long one. The public session, which began at 7:30 p.m., ended about 11:30 p.m. 

When meeting attendees arrived, they were greeted by sign-carrying members of the Berkeley Heights Education Association (BHEA) outside the school. Inside the multi-purpose room used for the meeting, more BHEA members ...

Santa Fe Educational Childcare Hosts Open House January 16 - 18, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Santa Fe Educational Childcare of New Providence invites you to an Open House January 16-18 – from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

Santa Fe has been in the local community for over 20 years and under new management since May. We're opening our doors for parents to learn more about the unique home-like infant care, educational philosophy, new programs and ...

Char or Grease

January 16, 2019

On a half day or during open campus, many Governor Livingston students head to Smashburger or Five Guys to grab a bite to eat. Both establishments are popular, but many students have opposing thoughts on each establishment. So which eatery is better? 

GL students often go to Smashburger to hang out with friends. However, according to a poll of 130 Governor Livingston Students, Five Guys ...

Hockey: Mat Katz Leads GL Puck to 3-1 Win in UCT

UNION, NJ -  Junior Mat Katz’s two goals lifted GL Ice Hockey over Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 3-1, on Monday night to end GL’s two game skid. Despite falling behind early, the Highlanders were able to claim the victory to improve to 7-9 and advance in the Union County Tournament.

SPF managed to get on the board first when Jack Hogan scored an unassisted goal with just under 7 ...

GL Boys' Basketball Falls Short Versus Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - Governor Livingston fell to Summit in Boys’ Basketball on Tuesday, January 8th, by a final score of 54-46. Despite a strong first quarter and big performances from GL’s two leading scorers, Summit was able to gain control in the third quarter en route to the win.

GL started the road test strong, getting out to an early 14-4 lead to end the first quarter. Just when ...

Freshman Darata's Hat Trick Leads GL Ice Hockey to Upset Win

UNION, NJ -  Freshman Matt Darata’s three goal effort led the GL hockey squad to a 3-2 come from behind victory when it faced Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday’s night cap. Darata scored two of his three goals in the third period to propel the Highlanders over favorited RHF.

Five minutes after an RFH rebound score, Darata scored from assists by Ryan Paik and Mat Katz to tie ...

Ms. Gold: GL Guidance Counselor With an Unknown Story

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In Governor Livingston, there are many people with stories to tell, but one person in particular has an exceptional tale. Ms. Marissa Gold is an outstanding guidance counselor who has been working at Governor Livingston for over 10 years. She has inspired, motivated, and helped hundreds of students during their high school careers. But, that is not her only story to ...

Baby Bloom at GL

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  On November 5th, Governor Livingston students enrolled in the schools’ Strategies for Living course took on the roles of parents. While there are no real babies crawling through the halls of the high school, the group of students carrying “flour babies” have certainly not gone unnoticed. Flour babies are made from sacks of flour, and are dressed ...

Arts and Entertainment: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give: A perfectly executed film telling the story of 16 year old Starr Carter finding her voice after experiencing a tragedy. Starr is a black girl from a predominantly poor, black neighborhood who is sent to an affluent private school, Williamson Prep, with a mostly white student body. At Williamson, Starr has a boyfriend named Chris and two best friends, Hailey and Maya, who are all ...

A New Teacher on the Block: Mr. Kiernan

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- On Friday, December 14, Governor Livingston bid farewell to beloved English teacher Mrs. Christine Talarico as she left for maternity leave. Her replacement for the remainder of the year is Mr. Kyle Kiernan. Mr. Kiernan will be teaching English II Honors, Introduction to Theatre Arts, and Backstage Workshop. 

The first thing to know about Mr. Kiernan is that he is an ...

Township of Berkeley Heights Notice: Council Meeting Agenda for Jan. 15, 2019

January 12, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The agenda for the Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 Berkeley Heights Township Council Meeting has been posted. Official action will be taken on the following appointments, among other items:

Resolution appointing Appraisal Associates, Inc. as Real Estate Appraisal & Consulting Services for the Township of Berkeley Heights in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00.
Resolution ...

Obituaries

- Jan 4, 2019
Jim Wood, founder of Berkeley Aquatics and a life-long swim coach, passed away on January 4th at ...
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Hockey: Mat Katz Leads GL Puck to 3-1 Win in UCT

January 15, 2019

UNION, NJ -  Junior Mat Katz’s two goals lifted GL Ice Hockey over Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 3-1, on Monday night to end GL’s two game skid. Despite falling behind early, the Highlanders were able to claim the victory to improve to 7-9 and advance in the Union County Tournament.

SPF managed to get on the board first when Jack Hogan scored an unassisted goal with just under 7 ...

Gov. Livingston Boys Swimming Tops Oratory Prep, 118-52

WARREN, NJ - The Gov. Livingston Highlander boys swim team enjoyed a sweet victory against Oratory Prep. In this home meet, the boys relished in a clean sweep of first places.

Opening up the many first place finishes was the 200 Medley Relay team of David Martinez, Chris Rampaul-Pino, Andrew Rampaul-Pino, and Rafe Barnum, and a third place finish from the ...

Ippolito's Reversal of Fortune; Wins UCT Heavyweight Wrestling Title

UNION, NJ – Damon Ippolito admits he wasn’t overly confident he could advance to the finals during the Union County Tournament on Saturday.

However, the 6-1, 228-pound senior proved that uncertainty was unwarranted.

Ippolito, seeded third, pinned top-seeded Griffin Keats of Rahway at 1:57 to take first in the 285-pound class at the UCT finals in Union.

Additionally, ...

Meet the Master Brewer of Untied Brewing Company, Opening in New Providence

January 15, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Untied Brewing Company is gearing up for the opening of their brewery and tasting room to the public very soon. Through meticulous planning with world and national award-winning Head Brewer, Tim Stumpf, Untied has spared no expense in making their brewery the best it can be from the very start.  

Tim Stumpf is a beer, sports and nature lover from Newark, DE with a ...

Bateman Bill Opens the Door for Man's Best Friend at NJ Breweries

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman to allow dogs in New Jersey breweries has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

“One of the biggest challenges any small business owner will face is increasing foot traffic. Our bill will increase foot AND paw traffic for local breweries,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said.

Families Get into Christmas Spirit at Annual Mt. Carmel Breakfast With Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elves

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There was a steady line of families that turned out Sunday for Mt. Carmel's Annual Breakfast with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elves holiday event at Mt. Carmel Hall. 

The event included a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a buffet breakfast, holiday movies, 50/50 raffles and also an opportunity for parents to snap pictures of their child sitting with Santa and Mrs.

Enjoy A First Day Hike to Welcome 2019

December 29, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - New Year's Eve gets all of the attention, the parties, the champagne, the ball drop in Times Square.  But, do you know about First Day Hikes that take place each New Year's Day? 

Every Jan. 1, America's State Parks offer free and guided hiking events in every state across the U.S. It's a perfect way to introduce individuals and families to ...

Mark Your Calendars: Recycling Changes in Berkeley Heights Beginning in January

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Beginning in January 2019 recycling will be done differently in the township. 

First, the township will be divided into two sections for recycling pickup. Snyder Avenue is the dividing line between the East and West sides of the township.

Pickup will happen every other Wednesday for streets East of Snyder Avenue -- towards New Providence. Pickup will happen ...

Excel Physical Therapy Takes Over Long-Vacant Springfield Avenue Storefront

January 7, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy (“EXCEL”), Northern New Jersey’s premier provider of orthopedic physical therapy for nearly 30 years, last week opened an office at 410 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights, NJ. This spacious, open-concept physical therapy facility moved into the storefront next to Pet Supplies Plus, which longtime residents may recall ...

Atlantic Health System Welcomes First Baby Born in 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The first baby born throughout the Atlantic Health System in 2019 was Aya Zughbi. She was born at Morristown Medical Center at 12:31am on January 1, announced Atlantic Health.

Aya weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

 

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Atlantic Health System Welcomes First Baby Born in 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The first baby born throughout the Atlantic Health System in 2019 was Aya Zughbi. She was born at Morristown Medical Center at 12:31am on January 1, announced Atlantic Health.

Aya weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

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Authorities Investigating Serious Crash on Route 22 in North Plainfield, Seek Public’s Help

January 14, 2019

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Authorities are investigating a three-vehicle crash on Route 22 on Saturday morning and are requesting the public’s help.

Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the area of Route 22 East and West End Avenue, North Plainfield, New Jersey to assist the North Plainfield Police Department in investigating a ...

Berkeley Cinema Used for Fire Training Before Demolition

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department used the vacant Berkeley Cinema building on Springfield Avenue for specialized training on Sunday morning before the cinema's scheduled demolition set to begin on Monday, January 14.

Deputy Chief Jim Hopkins ran the specialized drill session. He said, they were training for forcible entry and ventilation.

Springfield Avenue Closed Due to Downed Power Line in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - There is a power line down on Springfield Ave. due to an auto accident. Springfield Avenue is closed and power is out from Jane Street to Millpond Avenue, and side streets north and south of there.

Crews are currently working to restore power but it is reported it may be up to 12 - 18 hours before power is restored.

Check JCP&L website for ...

Executive Director of Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Karen Deschere Dies

January 15, 2019

The Wharton Insitute for the Performing Arts announced the passing of their Executive Director Karen Deschere on January 11, 2019.

Wharton Insitute for the Performing Arts released the following statement.  

IN MEMORY Karen Deschere (1956 – 2019)
Karen Deschere came to the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts as Executive Director in January of 2014.

Tributes Continue for Beloved Swim Coach and Founder of BAC Jim Wood: 'The Community Has Lost a Great Man and I Have Lost a Good Friend'

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - “Our community has lost a great man and I have lost a good friend," said Dr. Patrick Smith on Jim Wood's recent death. "I have known and worked with Jim and his BAC athletes for almost 30 years. Jim loved our community having grown up in New Providence and as a businessman and coach at both the Berkeley Heights and more recently in New ...

Jim Wood, Founder Of Berkeley Aquatic Club, Has Died

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Tributes to the late Jim Wood, founder and head coach of Berkeley Aquatic Club Center of Excellence (BAC), are already pouring in on social media and in media outlets around the country.

Wood’s death on Jan. 4, at the age of 68, was announced by BAC on its Facebook page this morning.

Details of his passing and of the Celebration of Life being planned have ...

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Gov. Livingston Boys' Basketball Falls Late to New Providence

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston Boys’ Basketball came up just short on Super Saturday, falling to rival New Providence by two on a last second layup. Despite a hard fought game led by seniors Ryan Davey and Matt Faller, GL could not pull off an upset.

The Highlanders started the game off strong, grabbing an early lead and hanging close throughout the first half. Going ...

Hobby Lobby or Michaels: Which Craft Store is the Better Choice?

Everyone likes to pay cheap prices and get what they want when they go shopping. The question remains: When looking for crafts which store fulfills shoppers’ desires more - Hobby Lobby or Michaels?

Price is essential when it comes to shopping, so coupons and sales are very important. Hobby Lobby always has a 40% off coupon online, in addition to a variety of items on sale every week. I ...

Federal Shutdown Hits and Hurts New Jersey

January 11, 2019

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Mayors and local governing bodies don’t always agree on everything. But they know what they need to do to meet the public’s need for essential services. And every year, despite natural disasters, despite fluctuations in the economy, and despite actions taken – and not taken – by other levels of government, they adopt budgets and continue ...

Your 2019 Financial To Do List

Your 2019 Financial To-Do List

Things you can do for your future as the year unfolds.

Provided by Walter Pardo, CWS®, PPC™

CEO/Certified Wealth Strategist

What financial, business, or life priorities do you need to address for 2019? Now is a good time to think about the investing, saving, or budgeting methods you could employ toward specific objectives, from building your ...

Examining QLACs

Running out of money in retirement is a common fear among pre-retirees and retirees. With longer life expectancies, market volatility and rising healthcare costs, funding a retirement that could last many years can be an overwhelming prospect. A qualifying longevity annuity contract, or QLAC, can help alleviate this concern by providing a predictable stream of income in retirement that is ...

Putting a Price Tag on your Health

Putting a Price Tag on Your Health
Being healthy not only makes you feel good, it may also help you financially.

Provided by Walter Pardo, CWS®, PPC™

CEO/Certified Wealth Strategist

We constantly hear how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That is not always easy, especially in the face of temptation or the easy option of procrastination. For some, the monetary ...

Free Immunization Program for Eligible Union County Children

January 15, 2019

Immunizations are available to eligible children ages 2 months to 18 years of age without medical insurance at the Union County Immunization center, through the federal Vaccines for Children program.

“The Immunization Center was established by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1996 to provide immunizations to children without medical insurance,” said Freeholder Chair ...

Preschool - 8th Grade Open House at St. Vincent Martyr School

St. Vincent Martyr School invites you to join us during Catholic Schools Week to learn more about our competitive academic program, rooted in the spiritual values of Catholic faith. We provide an excellent education to students in preschool through 8th grade.

Please join us for our Opening Liturgy in St. Vincent Martyr Church, which will be celebrated by Bishop Arthur Seratelli at 9:00 a.m. on ...

Imagine Receives Grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey

Imagine announced today a $46,150 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey to support “Imagine Newark,” a new children’s grief support center opening in the South Ward of Newark. 

“We are grateful for the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey’s investment in this program, which will help us broaden our services to reach underserved youth,” said ...

Santa Fe Educational Childcare Hosts Open House January 16 - 18, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Santa Fe Educational Childcare of New Providence invites you to an Open House January 16-18 – from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

Santa Fe has been in the local community for over 20 years and under new management since May. We're opening our doors for parents to learn more about the unique home-like infant care, educational philosophy, new programs and ...

Movin' Out: New Jersey Tops List of Outbound Population Migration, According to New Study

January 3, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- More residents moved out of New Jersey than any other state in 2018, with 66.8% of New Jersey moves being outbound, according to United Van Lines’ 42nd annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year.

The Garden State moved up one spot on the outbound list to No. 1 and has has ranked ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, January 16, 9:00 AM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary -- Wayrick Wildlife Art Gallery, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Education Green

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Wed, January 16, 2:30 PM

Santa Fe Educational Childcare, New Providence

Santa Fe Educational Childcare Hosts Open House ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Thu, January 17, 9:00 AM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary -- Wayrick Wildlife Art Gallery, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Education Green

Thu, January 17, 7:00 PM

St. Andrew's School, New Providence

Why Don't My Kids Listen to Me?

Education Health & Wellness

Thu, January 17, 7:00 PM

Peak Medical, Berkeley Heights

Peak Medical CoolSculpting Event, Jan. 17

Health & Wellness

Fri, January 18, 9:00 AM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary -- Wayrick Wildlife Art Gallery, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Education Green

School's Out for Summer

Don’t you wish it was summer?  I love a good snowfall as much as anyone else but all these heavy sweaters and boots are making me wish for flip flops and swimming pools.  Luckily for me I have tons of opportunities to think about summer because (believe it or not) it’s time to plan for internships, jobs, and a whole variety of summer activities.  What’s on the ...

Forget Pita: Falafel is in Everything

January 14, 2019

Falafel, that tasty vegetarian Mediterranean street food made from chickpeas, isn’t just for pitas anymore. It’s showing up in sub sandwiches, salads, chips, pizzas – even soup.

Why is it so popular?

“It’s vegetarian and a hearty add on,” said David Delinko, owner of The Salad House of Somerville, where customers can get warm pieces of ...