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Governor Livingston falls to Bernards 42-7 in Annual Friday Night Lights Game

September 18, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- The Bernards High School Mountaineers went on the road Friday night against a spirited Highlander crowd to pick up the win, 42-7, thanks to a strong passing performance. 

After a year off due to COVID-19 crowd-size regulations, Friday Night Lights was back on at Governor Livingston, and the energy didn’t skip a beat. Students began the festivities by painting ...

Richter, Frank, and Marinko Lead Gov. Livingston Cross Country to Sweeps of Run the Highlands Meet

WEST MILFORD, NJ - The Governor Livingston Cross Country teams visited the West Milford Highlanders on Saturday for their second annual Run the Highlands meet and proved to be the faster Highlanders. The boys and girls varsity teams both took the win for a GLXC sweep. 

Competing for the varsity boys' team were third and fifth place finishers Joe Frank and Chris Marinko, ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

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

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

Stars of 'Driving Miss Daisy' Thrilled to Return to Live Shows

September 13, 2021

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The live theater drought ends Saturday, Sept. 18, when the curtain rises on the comedy-drama play Driving Miss Daisy at The Ann Sieminski Theater at Fellowship Village. For the stars of the production, Sheree Wilson and Clarence Gilyard, it will be the first time they’ve performed Driving Miss Daisy since early 2020, and their excitement to be back on the ...

Magical Mash-Up 'Arts+Cars' Returns to Streets of Downtown Summit Sept. 19

SUMMIT, NJ - 'Arts + Cars' -- the magical mash-up that combines a juried art show and an arts and crafts emporium with a classic car show -- returns September 19, as the Summit Downtown, Inc. (SDI) and the Hilltop City prepare to host the first large-scale outdoor event since 2019.

Organized cooperatively by the Summit Police Athletic League (PAL), SDI, ...

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month

Come visit the Berkeley Heights Public Library at 29 Park Avenue and sign up for your free library card.

All Berkeley Heights residents are eligible to register for a free card and enjoy all the benefits it provides. Today’s library is so much more than just books, although books are available in many formats—physical copies or e-books you can download to your digital devices.

Union County Residents Can Now Get FEMA Aid for Ida Damage (Updated)

September 11, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Union County was added Friday to a disaster declaration that enables the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide individual assistance* to people impacted by Tropical Storm Ida.

PREVIOUSLY: Westfield Businesses, Homeowners Wait on Feds for Ida Aid

Though across Union County Ida left five people dead and numerous others displaced by ...

Who Do We Thank For Labor Day?

NJ - While everyone takes for granted that the first Monday in Sept. is Labor Day, not many people know who to thank for this extra day off from work. And, to make matters worse, there are two men with similar names credited with proposing the holiday for workers— Peter McGuire, a carpenter and Matthew Maguire, a machinist from Paterson, NJ.

History of Labor Day

According to the ...

The Connell Company Launches Bike Share Program at The Park, Further Promoting Healthy Living in the Workplace

Following the Opening of Round Table Studios, a New Flexible Workplace and Social Club, The Connell Company Brings All-New Bike Share Program to The Park

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Connell Company is pleased to announce the launch of its new Bike Share Program at The Park at Berkeley Heights, a sprawling 185-acre work/life balance campus driven by a hospitality approach and centered ...

Governor Livingston falls to Bernards 42-7 in Annual Friday Night Lights Game

September 18, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- The Bernards High School Mountaineers went on the road Friday night against a spirited Highlander crowd to pick up the win, 42-7, thanks to a strong passing performance. 

After a year off due to COVID-19 crowd-size regulations, Friday Night Lights was back on at Governor Livingston, and the energy didn’t skip a beat. Students began the festivities by painting ...

Richter, Frank, and Marinko Lead Gov. Livingston Cross Country to Sweeps of Run the Highlands Meet

WEST MILFORD, NJ - The Governor Livingston Cross Country teams visited the West Milford Highlanders on Saturday for their second annual Run the Highlands meet and proved to be the faster Highlanders. The boys and girls varsity teams both took the win for a GLXC sweep. 

Competing for the varsity boys' team were third and fifth place finishers Joe Frank and Chris Marinko, ...

Can You Dig It? Undefeated Gov. Livingston Faces Johnson on Friday

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The Gov. Livingston girls’ volleyball team has exhibited a nice team-wide balance thus far in 2021, and that equilibrium has fueled the team to an unbeaten streak in the opening week.

Junior Victoria Carrico finished with 12 assists, freshman Eva Sottosanti added five kills and two digs, Avery Saturnia contributed four kills and three digs and ...

Principal Brenda Marley Charts a New Course for Woodruff School 

September 12, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — When school opened last week, a new principal greeted students at William Woodruff School — Brenda Marley.  She wasn't a new face in the district, though. Marley has been teaching at Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center (MKM) since 2002.

She replaces former Principal Patricia Gasparini, who retired at the end of the summer. TAPinto Berkeley ...

NBC's 'Today' Features Berkeley Heights School District: Safely Welcoming Students Back to In-Person Learning

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Vicky Nguyen, a correspondent for NBC news, visited Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center (MKMECC) to report on Berkeley Heights School District's preparedness to safely welcome students back to in-person learning, full time. 'Today', which airs locally on NBC weekdays at 7 a.m. – featured the segment on ...

New Jersey Mandates Vaccinations for Teachers, School Personnel

TRENTON, NJ — All teachers and school personnel in New Jersey will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18 or be regularly tested, Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday. 

Under Murphy's Executive Order, all pre-school through grade-12 school personnel will be required to complete a full vaccination course or undergo regular testing at ...

Governor Livingston falls to Bernards 42-7 in Annual Friday Night Lights Game

September 18, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- The Bernards High School Mountaineers went on the road Friday night against a spirited Highlander crowd to pick up the win, 42-7, thanks to a strong passing performance. 

After a year off due to COVID-19 crowd-size regulations, Friday Night Lights was back on at Governor Livingston, and the energy didn’t skip a beat. Students began the festivities by painting ...

Highlander Girls Place 2nd in St. Dominic Academy Invitational 

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Highlanders traveled to Lincoln Park in Jersey City to compete in their first meet of the season in the Saint Dominic Academy Invitational on Saturday, September 11. 

Before the runners set off on the course, the meet started with Whitney Houston’s rendition of “The National Anthem”. Meet director John Nagel opened with remarks about the ...

Football: Governor Livingston falls to Voorhees, 27-14

The Governor Livingston football team traveled to Voorhees and was defeated in the Highlander’s season opener 27-14, despite a strong defensive effort. 

The Voorhees crowd was packed with fans, including a sizable student section. Home bleachers were covered with fans wearing red and white, repping their school colors for the home opener. Before the game, first responders were ...

Berkeley Heights Board of Education Virtual Candidates Forum Planned

September 15, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - TAPInto Berkeley Heights and the League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence & Summit will be co-sponsoring a Candidates Forum for those individuals who are running for the Berkeley Heights Board of Education. The forum will take place virtually on October 7th. The Candidates for BOE were also invited to participate in Vote411 by responding to ...

Berkeley Heights Township Virtual Candidates Debate

The Berkeley Heights Township Council Candidates Debate will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Candidates: Paul Donnelly, Republican; John Foster, Republican; Alvaro Medeiros, Democrat; Stephen H. Yellin, Democrat

Learn about the candidates and their position on the issues by watching live on YouTube or delayed viewing on Facebook or at LWVBHNPS.ORG

Submit questions ...

FEMA Has Opened a Disaster Relief Center in Elizabeth. Everything You Need to Know About FEMA Aid.

September 17, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Elizabeth on Thursday, September 16. The DRC is located at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center on 618 Salem Avenue. The building is a Quonset hut, adjacent to one of the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth’s buildings: the O’Donnell-Dempsey ...

Overflow Crowd Attends Chatham Borough Council Meeting with Questions about PO Plaza; Mayor: Boro 'Under Siege' by Lawsuit

CHATHAM, NJ -- An overflow crowd of Chatham Borough residents came to get answers about the redevelopment of Post Office Plaza on Monday night, with many being unable to enter the council chambers because of Covid-19 restrictions that limited the public to 25 attendees.

Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz anticipated the questions and said a flyer passed around the borough asking people to ...

Mayor's Statement on Biased Incidents in the Township

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor Angie Devanney has issued the following statement with regard to incidents of bias in the township.

It is unfortunate that in the year 2021, we are still witnessing acts of racism, violence and hatred. At a time that we need to pull together to conquer a global pandemic and recover helping each of as neighbors, it is appalling that any person would have to ...

Thieves Steal Catalytic Converters from Cars in Scotch Plains

September 16, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains police department's most recent blotter was filled with multiple reports of thefts of catalytic converters from cars locally. 

On Saturday, Sept. 11, thefts of catalytic converters were reported on the 200 block of Willow Ave. and on Elm Court. On Sept. 13, a resident on Hunter Ave. also reported the theft of a catalytic converter. All of ...

Berkeley Heights Honors Locals Lost in 9/11 Attacks at 20th Anniversary Ceremony: As we remember Sept. 11, 'Let us become like we were on September 12, 2001'

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A larger than usual crowd attended the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Saturday morning at 9/11 Memorial Park to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks to the Twin Towers in New York and sections of the Pentagon in Washington. The devastating events of that day claimed 2,996 lives in New York City, Arlington, VA, and Shanksville, PA ...

Student Hit by Vehicle in Scotch Plains Taken by Helicopter from High School

SCOTCH PLAINS — A student walking across Westfield Avenue in between Westfield Road and Evergreen Boulevard was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured Monday afternoon shortly before 3 p.m., according to witnesses.

According to several eyewitnesses at the scene, the boy was conscious when emergency responders arrived. 

The student was taken by ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

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

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

Obituaries

- Aug 27, 2021
Norlene C. Peppe, of Berkeley Heights, NJ, died peacefully at her home on Friday, August 27, 2021 ...
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Tornado Watch in Effect Until 1 a.m. Thursday: National Weather Service

September 1, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A tornado watch and flash flood warning has been issued for Bergen County, in addition to Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 1 a.m. Thursday and a flash flood warning for the area until 7:45 p.m. tonight.

At 5:54 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain moving north ...

Union County Among 12 in NJ Named ‘Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Zone’

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county is joining a growing list of New Jersey counties that have been designated to the "spotted lanternfly quarantine zone."

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher announced on Monday that the department has added five counties to the zone. The counties new to the list are Morris, Monmouth, Middlesex, Essex, and Union. They join the ...

Fixfest: Repair Café Event Set for Summit's Christ Church, Sept. 18

SUMMIT, NJ - Union County’s only Repair Café Event will be held at Summit's Christ Church on September 18. from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Community members can bring their beloved, but broken, items to be fixed at no charge, with planned repair services available including jewelry, sewing / textiles, lamps, wooden items, electronics and bicycles.

This event is free ...

BH5K: 'Run for Keith' This Sunday

September 17, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights 24th annual 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk is returning on Sunday, September 19 after being canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for "easy registration."

The Berkeley Heights Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk was established in 1996 to help lend support to non-profit organizations.

NJ Sharing Network 5K: Smiles, Hugs, and Celebration of Life

To Honor, To Remember, To Give Hope.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Over 180 teams, thousands of walkers, runners and spectators came out on Sunday to participate in the 11th annual NJ Sharing Network 5K Celebration of Life Walk and USATF Race in New Providence raising over $880,000 to date. Fundraising continues through September 30, and contributions can be made by ...

'Go Gold' for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month; Brooke Healey Foundation Makes a Difference

September 3, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. "Childhood Cancer is the number one disease killer in children, yet is consistently underfunded," said Steve Healey, co-founder of The Brooke Healey Foundation. Less than four percent of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to pediatric cancer. "Awareness leads to action and will ...

The Connell Company Launches Bike Share Program at The Park, Further Promoting Healthy Living in the Workplace

Following the Opening of Round Table Studios, a New Flexible Workplace and Social Club, The Connell Company Brings All-New Bike Share Program to The Park

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Connell Company is pleased to announce the launch of its new Bike Share Program at The Park at Berkeley Heights, a sprawling 185-acre work/life balance campus driven by a hospitality approach and centered ...

Residents at Lantern Hill Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Gardening, walking paths, and more offer fun in the sun at New Jersey community

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Fresh air and exercise are just two of the benefits of spending time outdoors. Enjoying nature and sunshine is great for both your mental and physical health and has been shown to improve everything from immune function and sleep patterns to interpersonal relationships. At Lantern Hill, an ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

September 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ---TAPintoTV spoke with Jared Taillefer, the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Rev David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Destiny McFarlane, the Tutorial Manager of the Newark Unites Program, about the Newark Unites Tutoring Program which launches this week.

The Newark Unites Tutoring Center provides free, high dosage tutoring and academic support ...

Overflow Crowd Attends Chatham Borough Council Meeting with Questions about PO Plaza; Mayor: Boro 'Under Siege' by Lawsuit

September 14, 2021

CHATHAM, NJ -- An overflow crowd of Chatham Borough residents came to get answers about the redevelopment of Post Office Plaza on Monday night, with many being unable to enter the council chambers because of Covid-19 restrictions that limited the public to 25 attendees.

Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz anticipated the questions and said a flyer passed around the borough asking people to ...

Church of the Little Flower Mass & Picnic, October 3, 2021

September 18, 2021

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New Providence Presbyterian Church to Install Jeff Lee as 31st Senior Pastor

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Rev. Jeff Lee will be installed as the 31st Senior Pastor of New Providence Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 12, 2021, following a year-long search process to replace the Rev. Dr. Jeff Ebert, who retired in August after more than 20 years of service. Everyone is welcome to attend this service, which will take place in the Sanctuary at 9:30 AM.

Rev. Lee, ...

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Berkeley Heights is Better Together with Yellin & Medeiros

September 15, 2021

Dear neighbors,

As we have seen with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, Berkeley Heights shows what we are made of when the time calls to help each other. As we’ve visited areas hit hard by the flooding, we’ve seen and heard how neighbors are helping each other out, while our First Responders continued to make us proud by working round-the-clock to ...

Pamela Stanley for BOE: Bringing Community Together

My name is Pamela Stanley and I am seeking your vote to serve on the Berkeley Heights Board of Education. My husband and I have been raising two children (5 and 9) here for the past ten years. When I was deciding to run, all my reasons came back to the fact that I love Berkeley Heights and want to see it thrive. I did not grow up in a community like this. Sometimes we can start to take these ...

Addressing Mr. Reinstein’s and Mr. D’Aquila’s comments regarding Varley’s contract

September 18, 2021

Because I had questions, I requested the data and findings of the competitive benchmarking process the BH BOE had done in regard to Varley’s contract approval at this Sept 23rd BOE meeting.  I am still waiting on that information but in the interim I did my own research.  I’d be happy to share my data and findings with anyone who wants to see it.  Here is some insight I ...

Open Letter to the Mayor and Town Council Regarding Asian Hate Incident in Berkeley Heights

*An excerpt of this statement was read by Ritu Chandra at the Berkeley Heights Town Council Meeting on 9/8/21 and the video referenced is also linked here.

Good Evening Mayor Devanney and members of the Town Council.

My name is Ritu Chandra and I have been a resident of Berkeley Heights for the last 13 years.  During that time, Columbia Park has been a hub of my daily ...

Councilman Yellin

I wanted to comment on Councilman Yellin's Letter to the Editor. He states that it did not cost the township any money for the attorney to work on his proposal. The attorney works on a retainer that is used to reimburse him for any work he does for the town. If at the end of the year it is unused, the money comes back to us the taxpayers. I do not know what world he lives in, ...

Learn How to Understand and Act on Depression, with My Perfect Life

September 18, 2021

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites residents to attend “Stories over Stigma,” a free webinar featuring Lucas Wolfe, author of My Perfect Life, on Wednesday, September 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Zoom.

The Zoom link can be accessed by registering online at ucnj.org/suicide-prevention-awareness.

“Now more than ever, it is important to be informed ...

Protect Yourself During Flu Season -- Get Your 2021 Flu Shot for Free!

Free Flu shots available for Union County residents, starting Sept. 23.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners encourages all residents to get their seasonal flu shot as soon as possible this year. Free flu shots will be dispensed at clinics run by the Office of Health Management at locations throughout Union County beginning on Thursday, September 23. Persons with health insurance are ...

Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth to Host “First Swing” Free Golf Clinic for People with Physical Disabilities and Veterans

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites persons with physical disabilities and veterans to participate in the “First Swing” golf clinic on Saturday, September 25, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Learning Center located at Union County’s Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth.

Admission is free but pre-registration is required at ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, September 21, 7:00 PM

Berkeley Heights

Township Council Meeting

Government

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Sat, September 25, 10:00 AM

Somerset

Coming Soon: Fall Open House at Rutgers Prep

Education

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Sat, September 25, 11:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Providence Health and Fitness Celebrates ...

Health & Wellness

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Thu, September 30, 8:00 PM

Oakes Center , Summit

Portrait of the Widow Kinski by Sara Jean ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Fri, October 1, 8:00 PM

Oakes Center , Summit

Portrait of the Widow Kinski by Sara Jean ...

Arts & Entertainment

Morristown Medical Center Surgeons 1st in U.S. to Use Minimally Invasive Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) With Advanced Imaging for Flexible Scoliosis Correction

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center fellowship-trained scoliosis surgeon Jason E. Lowenstein, MD, leads the only surgical team in New Jersey to use a new, FDA-approved tethering system for minimally invasive scoliosis surgery that provides for flexible spinal deformity correction and faster healing. The team is also the first in the nation to use a new type of portable CT ...

How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

TAPinto Wayne's Meredith Wins 2021 NJ-SPJ Outstanding Rookie Award

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Former Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Morris made headlines in the late 1990s as one of the oldest rookies in professional baseball. He made his Major League debut as a 35-year-old for the, then, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and his story was so popular that Walt Disney Pictures dramatized it in the 2002 movie “The Rookie” starring Dennis Quaid.

What made the ...

Level the Playing Field for Local News

The lack of high-quality, objective local news outlets is a cause for great concern. On the local level, residents are not adequately informed and are largely uninvolved in their communities and local governance. Meanwhile, disinformation and misinformation spread as more and more people rely on social media, forums and partisan news sites for their news and information.   

Federal ...

Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

Financial Focus: Ranking your goals, A smart move

September 13, 2021

Like most people, you may have several financial goals. But can you reach them all?

It would be simple if you had great wealth. But you’ll likely need to rank your goals in terms of their importance to your life and then follow appropriate strategies to achieve them. By doing so, you may end up getting pretty close to covering each of your objectives, in one way or another. 

When ...

Ida Causes Yet Another Shift in the Local Real Estate Market

The remnants of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Ida brought devastating flooding and significantly damaged many homes in the area with localized damage to others. A non-material impact of Ida is that it has caused yet another shift in the already complex real estate market. I have already seen first hand each of the below impacts across my current portfolio of real estate ...

'Let's Roll' - New Jersey Resident Todd Beamer Helped to Retake United Flight 93 on September 11th, 2001

September 10, 2021

CRANBURY, NJ -  On September 11th, 2001 a Cranbury resident was one of the many brave passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 who tried to take control of the hijacked plane and crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Todd Beamer had lived in Cranbury for a year with his wife and two children before being killed in the crash.

Beamer was born in Flint, Michigan in 1968. He graduated ...