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A Guide To Second-Hand Shopping Online

February 25, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Are you interested in learning more about shopping secondhand on sites such as eBay, Poshmark, and Depop? Check out the following tips to make your shopping much easier.

On second hand sites that sell anything you can imagine, it is often overwhelming to know where to start. 

If you are looking for collectors items and accessories, eBay has the greatest ...

Who's on the Hill: Olga Brahznikova

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Freshman Olga Brahznikova is a member of the Highlander Marching Band, as well as other academic clubs such as SAGA, Model UN, and Art Club. She enjoys making all kinds of art, and playing the flute. She strives to do her best in everything she tries, and she loves hanging out with her friends in her free time. She always tries to add humor to every situation. 

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Board of Education to Vote on Authorizing Learning Assessments Due to All-Remote Learning

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — After the news that the district will have universal, all day kindergarten starting in September 2021, during the Board of Education’s last meeting, the governing body will meet again Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. for the second time this month.

Contained within the Feb. 25 agenda is the pending approval of an agreement with MEM Education Services LLC.

History Made for Springfield Fire Department, as First Female Firefighter Sworn In

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had.

Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at the Springfield Township Committee meeting on Tuesday. With her history-making ...

A Guide To Second-Hand Shopping Online

February 25, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Are you interested in learning more about shopping secondhand on sites such as eBay, Poshmark, and Depop? Check out the following tips to make your shopping much easier.

On second hand sites that sell anything you can imagine, it is often overwhelming to know where to start. 

If you are looking for collectors items and accessories, eBay has the greatest ...

The Ancient History of Valentine's Day - VIDEO

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...

Local Artist, Theodora Chrysanthopoulos, Wins Contest: The Mill at Jersey Gardens Exhibits Artwork Celebrating Year of the Ox

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -  Theodora Chrysanthopoulos,  2019 Gov. Livingston High School graduate from Mountainside, recently won a contest for her artwork celebrating the Year of the Ox for the Lunar New Year. The backdrop is currently displayed at The Mills at Jersey Gardens mall in Elizabeth, NJ and will be on display Feb. 9 - 28 on the upper level of the mall right ...

Mind the Gap: Pay Equity Status Topic of Virtual Panel Discussion Mar. 2

February 22, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - A panel discussion, entitled 'Negotiating in the Gap', will be hosted by AAUW Madison and the Summit College Club on March 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The panel will explore the status of pay equity between women and men, and how women can succeed in the current environment using negotiation as a tool.

To receive the link for the virtual, one-hour ...

The Park in Berkeley Heights Adds Celebrated NYC Chefs to Expert Culinary Team, Elevating the Campus Offerings 

185-acre work-life campus welcomes three accomplished chefs to further enhance its growing dining scene 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Connell Company, the developer behind the premier work-life campus, announced three prominent additions to the culinary team at The Park in Berkeley Heights, N.J. 

The culinary team will be led by Brian Bistrong, Corporate Executive ...

New Jersey Will Not Tax PPP Loans to Small Businesses

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that loans received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will not be subject to state taxes and that all expenses paid through PPP funds will be tax-deductible.

"This is another layer of protection our business owners need to help them get through this pandemic," Murphy said during his press briefing via ZOOM ...

Ice Hockey: Gov. Livingston Finishes Season No. 1 in Kelly Division

February 23, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ — The stage was set for the most crucial game of the season on Monday night, and the Gov. Livingston/New Providence hockey team gave a commanding performance on the ice.

Freshman forward Brady Silverman continued his scoring exploits by registering a natural hat trick and junior Shane Cook halted all 17 shots he faced to send the Highlanders to a convincing 6-0 victory over ...

Lamanna, Kinum, Kelly Steer New Providence Past Gov. Livingston;  Freer Leads Lady Highlanders

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Led by three scorers in double figures, the New Providence High girls basketball team started slow but pulled away in the second quarter to earn a 56-28 victory over Gov. Livingston in a battle between the neighboring schools on Monday evening in New Providence.

The Lady Pioneers remained perfect on the season in improving to 10-0. The loss was just the second of the ...

Boys Basketball: Strong 'D', Hot Shooting Sends New Providence Past Gov. Livingston, 61-42

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The New Providence boys basketball team sank 12 3-pointers, exhibited balanced scoring and hounded Gov. Livingston with a trapping halfcourt defense to record a 61-42 victory Monday afternoon.

Senior guard James Reilly scored a career-high 18 points, passed for three assists, and buried five 3-pointers to pace the torrid outside shooting the Pioneers displayed ...

Versatile Hoopster Evan Accardi is Named Valairco Heating and Cooling Highlander Athlete of the Week

February 20, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Selflessness, confident, solid skillset -- those are words Gov. Livingston head basketball Coach Chris Loeffler uses to define senior basketball player Evan Accardi.

"Evan has really come into his game this year because he's playing with more confidence," said Loeffler "He has always had a solid skillset. He can shoot it from 3, ...

Hockey Phenomenon Brady Silverman is named Valairco Heating and Cooling Highlander Athlete of the Week

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - As reported previously, freshman sensation Brady Silverman has certainly made a name for himself in the high school hockey circuit. 

Silverman continues his scoring rampage, tallying 10 goals and six assists in Gov. Livingston's 4-0 winning run to kick-start their season.

"Brady is a talented player who has adjusted his skill set and high IQ to be ...

Board of Education to Vote on Authorizing Learning Assessments Due to All-Remote Learning

February 24, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — After the news that the district will have universal, all day kindergarten starting in September 2021, during the Board of Education’s last meeting, the governing body will meet again Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. for the second time this month.

Contained within the Feb. 25 agenda is the pending approval of an agreement with MEM Education Services LLC.

Murphy Announces $29.5 Million to Support College and University Students Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Gov. Announces Two Initiatives: Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge Grants ($28.5 Million) and Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program ($1 Million)

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New Jersey’s institutions of higher education amid the ongoing COVID-19 ...

NJ Students Resilient in Pandemic, But Some Show Signs of Mental Health Stress

Special to TAPinto. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

It’s the latest survey of school board members, administrators and educators on pandemic’s effects

 

Much has been said about a ...

A Guide To Second-Hand Shopping Online

February 25, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Are you interested in learning more about shopping secondhand on sites such as eBay, Poshmark, and Depop? Check out the following tips to make your shopping much easier.

On second hand sites that sell anything you can imagine, it is often overwhelming to know where to start. 

If you are looking for collectors items and accessories, eBay has the greatest ...

Who's on the Hill: Olga Brahznikova

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Freshman Olga Brahznikova is a member of the Highlander Marching Band, as well as other academic clubs such as SAGA, Model UN, and Art Club. She enjoys making all kinds of art, and playing the flute. She strives to do her best in everything she tries, and she loves hanging out with her friends in her free time. She always tries to add humor to every situation. 

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Sharing the Love for Arts

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Nothing creates a bond like hours of time spent together under blinding lights while wearing pounds of makeup in order to put on a show. The mentally and physically challenging act of performing doesn’t come easy for everyone, but to freshmen Sophia Lombardi, Emily Koubek, and Abigail Mustacchi, it is second nature. The three students are active participants of  ...

The Legalization of Marijuana in New Jersey

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - When New Jersey residents cast their ballots for President in November, they were also casting their votes on the proposal to fully legalize the possession and use of marijuana for persons 21 years of age and older in the State of New Jersey. Shortly after vote counting began in the state, two things became clear: current President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was projected to win ...

Murphy Unveils $44.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

February 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient.

The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, which makes a full pension payment for the first time in more than a quarter of a ...

Murphy Announces $29.5 Million to Support College and University Students Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Gov. Announces Two Initiatives: Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge Grants ($28.5 Million) and Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program ($1 Million)

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New Jersey’s institutions of higher education amid the ongoing COVID-19 ...

'Slowly But Surely, The Needle Is Moving in The Right Direction': Gov. Murphy Gives Latest NJ Update

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID press briefing on Wednesday some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud that New Jersey has been able to distribute vaccine more equitably than other ...

History Made for Springfield Fire Department, as First Female Firefighter Sworn In

February 24, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had.

Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at the Springfield Township Committee meeting on Tuesday. With her history-making ...

Jack-Knifed Tractor Trailer Ties up I-78 in Warren, Roads are Slipoery

WARREN, NJ - Take it easy on the roads. 

A jack-knifed tractor trailer is slowing traffic on I-78 westbound just west  of Exit 40 - CR 531 in Warren Monday. The right lane and shoulder are closed. And reports of cars sliding off the road on Mountain Avenue and elsewhere in the Watchung Hills are coming in. The snow is heavy, wet and slippery and started prior to forecast. Two inches ...

Berkeley Heights Council and Mayor Honor Retiring Sergeant Michael Gallaro

Berkeley Heights, NJ — The governing body honored retiring Sergeant Michael Gallaro for 25 years of service to the police department and township at the Tuesday, Feb. 16 council meeting.

Gallaro was a critical piece of the Berkeley Heights Police Department where he played a major role in the development and implementation of the Field Training Officer Program.

The program, which has ...

The Park in Berkeley Heights Adds Celebrated NYC Chefs to Expert Culinary Team, Elevating the Campus Offerings 

February 18, 2021

185-acre work-life campus welcomes three accomplished chefs to further enhance its growing dining scene 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Connell Company, the developer behind the premier work-life campus, announced three prominent additions to the culinary team at The Park in Berkeley Heights, N.J. 

The culinary team will be led by Brian Bistrong, Corporate Executive ...

NJ Raises Gym and Restaurant Capacity Limit from 25% to 35%, Ends 10:00 p.m. Curfew

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Raising Indoor Capacity Limits from 25% to 35% for Certain Businesses

Executive Order Also Ends Statewide 10 p.m. Curfew for In-Person Indoor Restaurant Service, and Adjusts Gathering Limits for Religious and Political Activities, Wedding Ceremonies, Funerals, and Memorial Services 

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy has signed ...

Florence Ravioli, an Iconic Scotch Plains Business, Will Close on Feb. 13

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The COVID pandemic has taken its toll on many small businesses, but the news that the iconic Florence Ravioli in downtown Scotch Plains is closing hurts. The business, which dates back to 1943, has been a part of the fabric of Scotch Plains since 1968.

Florence Ravioli specialized, of course, in homemade ravioli and assorted pastas, homemade sauces and prime beef ...

NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

February 21, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

Obituaries

Oct 23, 1950 - Jan 30, 2021
Robert “Bob” W.  Betz of New Providence, NJ passed away in the early hours on ...
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Over $130M Dedicated to Clean Transportation in NJ's Fight Against Climate Change

February 16, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Months after signing expansive environmental justice legislative, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday vowed New Jersey would put its money where its mouth is - investing over $130 million in clean transportation projects.

Murphy, who spoke about more green initiatives during a press conference this morning, also signed an executive order creating a climate action office and the New ...

Have You Seen Cece?

UPDATED Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 at 8:40 a.m.:  A post on the Township Community Forum Facebook page announced that Cece was found early Tuesday morning in the family's backyard, and she did not survive the cold night. 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Cece, a medium-sized wheaten terrier, is missing. She went missing from her Murray Hill home on Monday around 5 p.m. during the ...

In Spite of Pandemic, Faith’s Ministries Continue

February 24, 2021

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Since the surge of the pandemic in March 2020, Faith Lutheran in New Providence has again demonstrated that it is not a church building but a servant community.  Because of the contagion of COVID 19, social ministry programs have not been able to occur physically.  Nonetheless, the members of Faith have overcome obstacles and continued to conduct their ...

Parent Wellness: 'Nurturing Resiliency, Courage, & Independence in an Age of Adolescent Anxiety: A Roadmap for Parents'

February 23, 2021

The School District of the Chathams has scheduled a Parent Wellness Series presentation: Nurturing Resiliency, Courage, & Independence in an Age of Adolescent Anxiety: A Roadmap for Parents - via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Dr. Daniel Villars, Ph.D., one of the nation’s leading anxiety interventionists, will be making the presentation.

Parent Wellness Series: ...

Why I Ride - Julian Le Brun

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

Julian Le Brun, NREMT

Member since January 2020

Why did you join the BHVRS?

I felt intrigued by the idea of being able to help others in their time of need. I had volunteered as a Police Explorer and Naval ...

Grace Eline, Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivor, Hosts Virtual Advocacy Hour With American Childhood Cancer Organization In Honor of International Childhood Cancer Day

GILLETTE, NJ - WITH Grace Initiative and The American Childhood Cancer Organization hosted a Childhood Cancer Virtual Advocacy Hour in honor of International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) on February 15th. Attendees from across the state included legislators, medical professionals, pediatric cancer warriors, their families and fellow New Jerseyans.

The goal of this virtual event was to support ...

Railroad History Comes Alive at Steamtown Historic National Site in Scranton PA

February 24, 2021

SCRANTON, PA -- Located in the heart of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site offers visitors an exciting look into one of the first rail lines built in the northeast. The park is built on the former site of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, one of the earliest and most important rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Steamtown features a large collection of ...

Berkeley Heights Closes In On Creating Senior Affairs Committee

February 18, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The Township came a step closer to creating a Seniors Affairs Committee after the council voted to introduce an ordinance that would establish the permanent committee. 

According to the language of the ordinance, the new committee is designed to “provide information to the public on various aspects of aging, as well as to identify the needs of, ...

In Spite of Pandemic, Faith’s Ministries Continue

February 24, 2021

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Since the surge of the pandemic in March 2020, Faith Lutheran in New Providence has again demonstrated that it is not a church building but a servant community.  Because of the contagion of COVID 19, social ministry programs have not been able to occur physically.  Nonetheless, the members of Faith have overcome obstacles and continued to conduct their ...

Church of the Little Flower Completes Journey Home with Dedication Mass of Church and Altar

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Cardinal Joseph Tobin and Bishop Elias Lorenzo were welcomed into the newly constructed Church of the Little Flower in Berkeley Heights for the Rite of a Dedication of a Church and an Altar on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

The attendance was limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, so the mass was live-streamed for the community to enjoy. The consecration of an ...

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Put “Choose to Reuse” on your 2021 To-Do List

Union County residents who are seeking ways to help the environment this year can start by bringing reusable grocery bags to the supermarket, and skipping single-use bags.

“Switching to reusable grocery bags is a simple but effective way for everyone to help cut down on waste and litter pollution, and start getting into the ‘Choose to Reuse’ habit,” said Union County ...

TAPinto Tips: What is Content Marketing, and How Can it Benefit Your Business?

February 21, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Having an online presence is a crucial aspect of boosting your business, but a website alone is often not enough to drive engagement and convert leads to customers. In order to effectively market your business, a business needs to invest in content marketing. 

Content marketing is creating and distributing meaningful content, including text, photos and video, that ...

Grow Your Business with TAPinto, a Trusted Marketing Partner for Businesses and Organizations

February 24, 2021

Growing your business with TAPinto is easy, affordable and effective.  Businesses can tap into our highly engaged local audience with a variety of marketing options, including content marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, sponsorships, banner advertising and more. 

TAPinto provides a trusted place for businesses and organizations to advertise their products and ...

Local Chorus Announces $1,000 Scholarship

Hickory Tree Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is pleased to offer the $1,000.00 Diane Cecala Memorial Scholarship to a musically talented high school senior woman interested in pursuing a career in vocal music.

Rehearsing in Stirling, New Jersey, we are dedicated to teaching, singing, and performing four-part, acappella harmony. Hickory Tree Chorus has awarded an annual ...

Union County Celebrates Read Across America With A Sensory Friendly Bedtime Story

 The Union County Board of Commissioners invites families to join Sensory Friendly Bedtime Story, a special online celebration of this year’s Read Across America event hosted by the Office for Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs.

“Read Across America is a wonderful program that engages children all over the country, and with this special online program we hope to ...

Local Businesses and Individuals Support Upcoming Our House Virtual Beer, Bourbon, Blackjack and More Event

Our House Foundation

76 Floral Avenue

New Providence, NJ 07974

Contact:               Dawn K. Knill, CFRE

                                Director of ...

From the Desk of Council President Jeanne Kingsley…

February 19, 2021

It’s that time of year again and your Council has been working with the Town’s CFO and Administrator to prepare the annual Berkeley Heights Township municipal budget.  Every year I get a lot of questions from residents about the budget process so I thought it might be helpful if we published a brief primer on the basics as to how the process works and what’s involved. Of ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, February 25, 5:30 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Little Flower Church Food Collection Drive

Giving Back

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Thu, February 25, 6:00 PM

Total Health, Berkeley Heights

Botox & Fillers Done Right, Facebook Live Event

Health & Wellness

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Fri, February 26, 5:30 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Little Flower Church Food Collection Drive

Giving Back

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Sat, February 27, 5:30 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Little Flower Church Food Collection Drive

Giving Back

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Sun, February 28, 5:30 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Little Flower Church Food Collection Drive

Giving Back

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Mon, March 1, 5:30 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Little Flower Church Food Collection Drive

Giving Back

‘I Never Knew This Was Possible’ Says Clark Native Joe DiMeo of Face and Hand Transplant

February 18, 2021

CLARK, NJ - In his free time, 22-year-old Clark native Joe DiMeo likes to work out, play with his dog, hang with some of his lifelong friends from town and play pool.  All of these things might seem pretty average for a man of his age, but DiMeo can be described as anything but ordinary these days.  

Lately DiMeo has been described more like a miracle of science after a ...