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Freshmen Connection to School

June 14, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Starting high school, making new friends, and navigating completely new territory can be difficult on its own. Add the stress of a pandemic and virtual or hybrid school and this experience is even more unusual. 

These circumstances can make the freshman experience of connecting with their new peers quite difficult. This process is especially confusing for the ...

Berkeley Heights School Board Honors Student Achievers

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — Thursday evening, June 10, the Board of Education Hosted its Recognition Program for Outstanding Students. The ceremony took place on Zoom, which meant there were none of the traditional photo opportunities. Instead, there was a slide show featuring the specific honor and names of the honorees on the hundreds of screens on the ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

Public Invited to New Providence American Legion Post 433 Annual Celebration of their Flag Retirement Ceremony

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence American Legion Post 433 will conduct this year’s Flag Retirement Ceremony on Flag Day, Monday, June 14, at 12 noon.  The Public is invited to attend this important event which will be held at the Legion Hall, 357 Elkwood Avenue in New Providence, next to the Veterans Memorial Library.  American flags which have become faded, frayed, soiled ...

Social Justice Matters Plans Multifaceted Juneteenth Celebration in Scotch Plains

June 9, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Social Justice Matters Inc. (SJM), with the towns of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, is marking Juneteenth 2021 with a multidimensional celebration: “Roots and Wings: The Art and Tradition of Storytelling and the Black Experience.”

The series of events on Saturday, June 19, with sponsorship from PSEG and other community enterprises, will feature multiple ...

South Amboy Irish Festival to Feature Music, Food, Kids Activities and Fireworks on Sept. 25

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- The City of South Amboy in partnership with the South Amboy Parade committee will host an Irish Festival on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Middlesex County Raritan Bay Waterfront Park. Beginning at 2 p.m., the festival promises to be an exciting and family friendly event that will include music, food and craft vendors, kid friendly activities, and will culminate in a ...

Scenes from Gov. Livingston High School's 2021 Prom: Photo Gallery

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston held its prom on Friday at the Grove Park in Berkeley Heights. The beautiful cascading steps and tented park grounds nestled within The Connell Company's corporate park was the perfect backdrop for the outdoor prom festivities.

The afternoon hail and thunderstorms were fretful, but the sky cleared for a ...

Just Ask Mo: Mouris Gawgry Joins Goodman's Restaurant & Deli

May 31, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Just days after Station House Café shuttered on April 30, Mouris Gawrgy (Mo) joined Don Parkin and his crew at Goodman's Restaurant & Deli for an opportunity to continue serving the community.

While the timing was right to close Station House, the go-to luncheonette for many, Mo wasn't quite ready to hang up his ...

Financial Planting – Investing in the Community, Raising a Family & Growing a Business

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Kevin Mack of Edward Jones is becoming a familiar face here in Berkeley Heights. Over the last four years he has opened his Edward Jones office on Springfield Ave and moved his family to a new home in town where they are settling in, getting to know neighbors, making friends and investing in the community. Most recently, as part of the Downtown Beautification ...

Today is the Last Day to File Your Taxes. Here’s What You Need to Know.

NEW JERSEY — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended the deadline to file 2020 federal tax returns to Monday, May 17 to give individual filers, tax preparers and the IRS itself more time to sort through the many changes affecting one's 2020 taxes from the latest Covid-19 relief package. New Jersey also extended the deadline to May 17 as well. Since today is the final day to file and ...

Surge Sneak by Reds on Opening Day

June 12, 2021

The New Providence Reds dropped a highly contested opening day game to the Garden State Surge by a score of 2-0 on Sunday.

After three innings of scoreless baseball, the Surge got on the board after a pair of doubles in the fourth inning, the run would prove to be the only one they would need as they would add an insurance run in ninth inning to make the score 2-0. 

The Reds were led ...

Softball: Lady Highlanders Upset Bid Foiled in CJ, Group 2 Semifinal 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The Gov. Livingston softball squad displayed no sign of intimidation or nervousness when it headed south to square off against top-seeded and defending champion Bordentown in a NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 2 semifinal on Thursday in Bordentown.

The fifth-seeded Lady Highlanders then deployed all that courage on the diamond against the Scotties but in the end ...

Play Ball! Snyder Avenue Turf Baseball Field Officially Opens with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Union County Commissioners and the Township of Berkeley Heights celebrated the completion of the new state-of-the-art turf baseball field at Snyder Avenue Park in Berkeley Heights with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Union County Commissioner Al Mirabella welcomed the crowd that gathered for the ribbon cutting, recognizing the Gov. Livingston High School and Bayonne ...

Berkeley Heights School Board Honors Student Achievers

June 14, 2021

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — Thursday evening, June 10, the Board of Education Hosted its Recognition Program for Outstanding Students. The ceremony took place on Zoom, which meant there were none of the traditional photo opportunities. Instead, there was a slide show featuring the specific honor and names of the honorees on the hundreds of screens on the ...

Berkeley Heights Students Receive Awards in County Poetry Contest

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Two Berkeley Heights students receive awards in the Union County Board of County Commissioners' poetry contest where the value and magnificence of trees was the focus.

Through encouragement from their teachers, several Berkeley Heights students participated in this opportunity to create beautiful poetry while also celebrating Arbor Day.

Woodruff Principal Gasparini to Retire in September

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — Woodruff Elementary School Principal Patricia Gasparini announced her upcoming retirement in a letter sent to members of the Woodruff family early this week.

Gasparini, who joined the district 37 years ago, wrote her retirement will be effective Sept. 1, 2021, and that she plans to “assist with a smooth transition of the new principal. Please know my heart ...

Freshmen Connection to School

June 14, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Starting high school, making new friends, and navigating completely new territory can be difficult on its own. Add the stress of a pandemic and virtual or hybrid school and this experience is even more unusual. 

These circumstances can make the freshman experience of connecting with their new peers quite difficult. This process is especially confusing for the ...

Freshmen Connection to School

Starting high school, making new friends, and navigating completely new territory can be difficult on its own. Add the stress of a pandemic and virtual or hybrid school and this experience is even more unusual. 

These circumstances can make the freshman experience of connecting with their new peers quite difficult. This process is especially confusing for the freshmen, as they have yet to ...

How the Governor Livingston Community Came Together for Relay for Life

Relay for Life held at Connell Park in Berkeley Heights June 1, looked different this year. 

The event focuses on raising funds and awareness for cancer, while honoring those who have battled with disease or have acted as a caregiver. Thousands of American Cancer Society Relay for Life events are hosted in communities across the nation. 

Due to COVID-19, the Berkeley Heights ...

The Super League’s Super Disaster

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Soccer has billions of fans worldwide and is one of the most popular sports in the world. When fans are not happy, teams will know. 

When the 12 best teams came together to form a Super League to make profit, it was quickly dissolved due to the negative feedback from all fans. But why did it collapse so quickly?

The Super League, or European Super League (ESL) ...

ELECTION ROUNDUP: Learn Local Election Results Throughout New Jersey

June 9, 2021

Amid statewide primary election contests, New Jersey also hosted dozens of local races Tuesday. Here is a roundup of various New Jersey local election results as reported by TAPinto franchises across the state:

Cranford Election: Kate Rappa Defeats Incumbent Tom Hannen, Jr. in Democrat Primary

Newcomer defeats an incumbent in this township committee primary election, advancing to face a GOP ...

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Results for Berkeley Heights Primary Election Are In: Donnelly and Foster Winners of Republican Council Nomination

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights primary election unofficial results are in. Click here to view the full results.

And the winners of the contested Republican primary for Township Council are: Paul Donnelly and John Foster, according to the unofficial results published on the Union County website. 

In the race for the Republican Party’s nomination for council, Donnelly ...

Public Invited to New Providence American Legion Post 433 Annual Celebration of their Flag Retirement Ceremony

June 12, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence American Legion Post 433 will conduct this year’s Flag Retirement Ceremony on Flag Day, Monday, June 14, at 12 noon.  The Public is invited to attend this important event which will be held at the Legion Hall, 357 Elkwood Avenue in New Providence, next to the Veterans Memorial Library.  American flags which have become faded, frayed, soiled ...

Vietnam Vets from Scotch Plains and Across Union County Honored at Ashbrook Golf Course

May 27, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union County Office of Veteran Services presented its Vietnam War Veterans Award to former servicemen who served in Southeast Asia -- including Scotch Plains natives Bob Lacosta, Joe McCourt, and Ralph Checchio. The members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Committee received their awards Wednesday from Union County Commissioner Chair Al Mirabella and ...

Firefighters From all Over Coming to East Orange to Compete in the "Battle of the Bravest"

June 12, 2021

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Calling all firefighters to participate in the "Battle of the Bravest", a firefighter muster and skill competition.

The Battle will be interactive for the public, in addition for the firefighters to enjoy. Hosted by NJ First Responders, FirstNet, and the Firefighters Wear Pink Campaign, the event will occur at Soverel Park in East Orange on Saturday, August ...

Mitzvah Project Benefits Berkeley Heights Police Fundraiser

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Local 7th grade student Jesse Guritzky donated $1,550 towards the BHPD Fundraiser for his Mitzvah Project. This fundraiser is to help furnish the Defensive Tactics room which will be used for community policing purposes. 

On June 26, 2020, Jesse was officially adopted by his foster mother Ellen Guritzky, of Berkeley Heights. The BHPD celebrated this ...

Lightning Strike Causes Fire at Berkeley Avenue Home

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — Firefighters responded to a working fire apparently caused by a lightning strike this afternoon on Berkeley Avenue.

Breaking News Network (BNN) reported that a house had been struck by lightning and there was smoke in the dwelling in an email sent at 3:02 p.m. That was changed to “a fire in the attic of a detached garage” in another email sent at 3:05 ...

Prestige Diner Hosts Appreciation Dinner for New Providence Firefighters

June 6, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Prestige Diner & Restaurant recently hosted an appreciation dinner for the New Providence Fire Department to thank the very men and women that helped to extinguish the fire that shuttered Prestige Diner for several months shortly after the onset of the pandemic last March. Jimmy and Harry Vardas, owners of Prestige, held the event as soon as ...

Prestige Diner Hosts Appreciation Dinner for Firefighters

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Prestige Diner & Restaurant recently hosted an appreciation dinner for the New Providence Fire Department to thank the very men and women that helped to extinguish the fire that shuttered Prestige Diner for several months shortly after the onset of the pandemic last March. Jimmy and Harry Vardas, owners of Prestige, held the event as soon as ...

Good Food for a Good Cause: Dine Out With Grace for Pediatric Cancer

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Grace Initiative and Prestige Diner & Restaurant located at 1318 Springfield Ave. in New Providence have teamed up to support childhood cancer warriors, their families, and research. 

Share good food for a good cause on Wednesday, June 9, 6 to 9 p.m. The Prestige Diner is generously offering their patio and a prix-fixe menu to support the cause.

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

Obituaries

Apr 10, 1944 - Jun 5, 2021
Helen E. Kirsch (née Keck), 77, of Berkeley Heights, NJ, passed away on Saturday, June 5, ...
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New Compost Bins for Berkeley Heights Learning Community Garden, Courtesy of Future Eagle Scout

June 7, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Much-needed compost bins were built this spring for the Berkeley Heights Learning Community Garden located behind the Littel-Lord Farmstead. The project, developed and led by a Governor Livingston sophomore, was part of a multi-year journey toward becoming an Eagle Scout.

“This was a great opportunity to learn leadership, and how to talk to and work with people of ...

Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission Spearheads Passaic River Trail Clean-up

The Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission organized a team to tackle debris in the Berkeley Heights section of Union County’s Passaic River Park.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A section of Union County’s Passaic River Park received a sprucing-up from an all-ages team of volunteers organized by the Berkley Heights Environmental Commission last weekend, as part of the Union County ...

Operation Dogwood at Gov. Livingston High School

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Students of Governor Livingston High School Environmental Club recently volunteered to put on their masks to perform an important operation:  Planting a native dogwood tree, a gift of Union County, in celebration of Earth Day.  The operation involved learning and doing.  

Students Kyra Ford, Kendall Torres, Emilie Wagman and Serena ...

Mitzvah Project Benefits Berkeley Heights Police Fundraiser

June 9, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Local 7th grade student Jesse Guritzky donated $1,550 towards the BHPD Fundraiser for his Mitzvah Project. This fundraiser is to help furnish the Defensive Tactics room which will be used for community policing purposes. 

On June 26, 2020, Jesse was officially adopted by his foster mother Ellen Guritzky, of Berkeley Heights. The BHPD celebrated this ...

TAPinto Talks with Matthew Winke, Acupuncturist at Total Health in Berkeley Heights

June 10, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Acupuncture is becoming very popular because it's very effective, little or no side effects, and it's affordable -- and most insurances now are covering acupuncture. 

TAPinto recently talked with Matthew Winke, Acupuncturist at Total Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center about the benefits, trends and expectations of acupuncture and ...

Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights Celebrates National Nursing Home Week with Community Leaders and First Responders

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - After the year of loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights held a ceremony to kick-off National Nursing Home Week. Emotions were soaring as the facility administration and community leaders spoke with heartfelt appreciation.

They say it takes a village, but that's a vast understatement during a pandemic. The many ...

Get Ready for the Romance and Drama: Cicadas Plague New Jersey

May 29, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Well, Jersey Girls and Guys, we mostly endured a hurricane, a pandemic, some flooding, lantern fly infestation, and a temporary shortage of toilet tissue, but nobody (outside the science community) could have predicted this -- a cicada invasion.  Get ready for the shed shells, the insect romance, the din of the arrival of cicadas in the Garden State.

No other insect ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

Cardinal Tobin to Celebrate Memorial Day Mass at St. Gertrude Cemetery

May 29, 2021

COLONIA and RAHWAY, NJ — The Archdiocese of Newark just announced that Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will celebrate a Mass commemorating Memorial Day within the new Chapel Mausoleum of the Resurrection at St. Gertrude Cemetery and Mausoleum in Colonia, NJ, on Monday, May 31, beginning at 11 a.m. St. Gertrude is located at 53 Inman Ave.

The Mass ...

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace Celebrates Launch of Early Childhood Programs Enrolling 2 1/2 to 5 Year Olds

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Academy of Our Lady of Peace (AOLP) recently celebrated The Early Chidhood Center expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

AOLP Principal Dr. Kelly Hart welcomed the crowd of dignitaries that included Mayor Al Morgan, Police Chief Theresa Gazaway, Councilman Rob Munoz, Councilwoman Michele Matsikoudis, members of the AOLP School ...

Community Invited to 'Sunday Supper' Fundraiser Benefiting Neighborhood Beacon Initiative

SUMMIT, NJ - Neighborhood Beacon, a program of Summit's Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation, will hold 'Sunday Supper', a virtual fundraiser on June 13, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. The event invites folks to gather on Zoom to cook and dine together in support of local north-central New Jersey communities.

The Neighborhood Beacon initiative began at the onset ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The main goal of any advertising campaign is to engage with customers as effectively and often as possible. You want them to see your business and remember the name while creating a positive relationship with them.  Creating an engagement marketing strategy is how your business can stay at the forefront of your audience’s mind and generate business from them ...

TAPinto's Featured Marketing Partner: Edison Heating and Cooling

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Local communities are TAPinto’s specialty, and when it comes to marketing your business to these small areas, few places are better to partner with.

That’s why Mike Iarrapino, CEO of Edison Heating and Cooling, chose to market with TAPinto and continues to do so nearly seven years later.

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Laser Treatments: Everything You Need To Know

June 14, 2021

Cosmetic laser treatments can be beneficial to a variety of patient needs. If short term solutions aren’t satisfying your appearance-related concerns, our Aerolase laser could be your solution. It has been proven to be successful in treating pigmented lesions, acne, facial veins, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, melasma, ingrown or unwanted hair, psoriasis, scars, skin ...

Does Acupuncture hurt?

That’s a loaded question. It depends on a multitude of factors, including body area being needled, personal pain thresholds, your hydration, if you are well-rested, if you are a woman and you are experiencing PMS or in your cycle, and…psychology. Yes, psychology.

As practitioners at Total Health, we never underestimate the psychology involved with needles and what the patient may ...

Come and Enjoy the Best Model Train Display in Union County -- And Beyond!

June 12, 2021

The Union County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the reopening of The Model Railroad Club, Inc. on Saturday, June 12. The exhibit will be open to the public every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the A. Paul Mallery Model Railroad Center, located at 295 Jefferson Avenue in Union Township. 

“The Board of County Commissioners is excited to bring this family ...

New “Tree Trail” in Rahway River Park Identifies and Introduces Distinctive Trees to Visitors

Distinctive trees in Union County’s Rahway River Park now have an opportunity to introduce themselves to visitors, thanks to the volunteer Master Tree Stewards of Union County.

Earlier this week, the Master Tree Stewards created a “tree trail” in the park by adding new green and white name tags to dozens of trees along a walking path. These tags are equipped with QR codes ...

“Ban the Bag” to Help Keep Union County Parks Clean

As the summer cookout season approaches, the Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents and visitors to help prevent windblown bags and other litter in County parks. Instead of plastic bags, use sturdy totes, backpacks, or baskets to carry supplies for family celebrations and other outdoor gatherings.

Union County’s 36 public parks provide a refuge for birds, fish, ...

Watch NJIO's Free Live Streamed Concert this Sunday, June 13th at 3 pm

The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will be holding its first concert in over a year this Sunday, June 13th, at 3 pm. This concert will be live-streamed for our audiences. 

( YouTubeLive link:  https://youtu.be/BLB624syGVw. or view at njio.org.)
Five different ensembles will be playing works by Mozart, Parry, Holst, Handel, Hayden, and Vaughan Williams. Our ...

Yellin and Medieros for Town Council

June 13, 2021

Let me get this out of the way because I have much bigger fish to fry this year in my desire to remove two of the four horsemen of the Berkeley Heights Public School System (assuming they can even bring themselves to running for re-election).

In 2018 I endorsed Angie DeVanney, Stephen Yellin, and Alvaro Medeiros. I felt the country club approach to local government and the monopoly that ...

Pre-Arranged Outcomes?

Did certain Board of Education (BOE) members work with Superintendent Varley to assist with the creation of a full day kindergarten (FDK) plan in an effort to pre-arrange the outcome of the April 29, 2021 BOE vote? 

On 2/4/21 BOE President announces there will be FDK this fall. 

On 2/8/21 Mr. D’Aquilla emailed Mr. Reinstein, Ms. Reilly and Ms. Felezzola discussing ...

Amtrak Through Roxbury? Lackawanna Cutoff Restoration Proposed for Passenger Trains

June 4, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Passenger trains between New York and Pennsylvania might return to the Lackawanna Cutoff, a historic rail right-of-way connecting Roxbury and the Delaware Water Gap.

The government-subsidized, quasi-public corporation is including a revival of the long-dormant Cutoff as part of a plan to restore long-distance passenger rail service between New York City and Scranton, ...