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Union Catholic Graduate Fabiana Pierre-Louis Nominated To Become First Black Woman To Serve on NJ Supreme Court

June 5, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Fabiana Pierre-Louis, a member of Union Catholic’s Class of 1998, made history on Friday when N.J. Governor Phil Murphy said he will nominate her to become New Jersey’s first black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Murphy made the landmark announcement during a new conference from Trenton.

“Today I will submit Fabiana’s name to ...

TAPinto Red Bank Editor Shares Story of Virtual Art Auction to Benefit Neighbors in Need

RED BANK, NJ -- Scott Wingerter, Editor of TAPinto Red Bank, joined Host Stephanie Willoughby to share a story from his community about a local nonprofit organization who held an online art auction to raise money to feed the needy.  

Lunch Break is a Red Bank organization founded in 1983 to help underemployed people make ends meet, said Wingerter, but it has evolved into much more.

For Business Sake! Virtual Silent Auction Benefits Business Aid: Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights is hosting an online virtual silent auction in partnership with the Berkeley Heights Business & Civic to benefit Business Aid: Berkeley Heights. Over 80 businesses and organizations have donated to the slate of amazing items up for bid. 

The auction is open to anyone who is interested in bidding on the items ...

Berkeley Heights March for Black Lives on Sunday, June 7 at noon

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Sunday, our beautiful Berkeley Heights community will come together in unity and solidarity to stand up for equality - “Berkeley Heights March for Black Lives”

There will be a peaceful march with community members, leaders, the diversity council and the Berkeley Heights Police to commemorate the lives lost to injustices, speakers from our Berkeley ...

For Business Sake! Virtual Silent Auction Benefits Business Aid: Berkeley Heights

June 5, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights is hosting an online virtual silent auction in partnership with the Berkeley Heights Business & Civic to benefit Business Aid: Berkeley Heights. Over 80 businesses and organizations have donated to the slate of amazing items up for bid. 

The auction is open to anyone who is interested in bidding on the items ...

For Business Sake! Virtual Silent Auction Benefits Business Aid: Berkeley Heights

June 5, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights is hosting an online virtual silent auction in partnership with the Berkeley Heights Business & Civic to benefit Business Aid: Berkeley Heights. Over 80 businesses and organizations have donated to the slate of amazing items up for bid. 

The auction is open to anyone who is interested in bidding on the items ...

Murphy: Childcare Centers, Summer Camps and Youth Sports Can Reopen; Targets June 12 for Return of Worship Services

TRENTON, NJ -- The reopening process for the State of New Jersey continues as Gov. Phil Murphy on Frday announced that he has lifted restrictions for daycare centers, summer camps, and non-contact youth sports. The reopening dates are:

Child care centers (June 15)
Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July ...

Preparing for a Business Community on the 'Verge' of Re-Opening: 'Virtual' Silent Auction Planned to Benefit Business Aid: Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - While news outlets keep stating we are on the "verge" of re-opening, we just aren't there yet in Berkeley Heights. Drive around town -- it's the same offerings of delivery, curbside pick-up and grab & gos. Other service type industries remain online or are open under severe restrictions. The majority of businesses have been ...

Understanding, Love and Compassion Create Change: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Football Coach's Inspiring Letter

June 4, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Austin Holman is the coach of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team. He sent this letters to his players, coaches, parents and supporters. With Coach Holman's permission, TAPintoSPF has reprinted his thoughtful and moving letter.

Dear Raider Family:

I write this to you as the leader of the football community in the district of Scotch ...

Gov. Livingston Senior Spotlight Features Highlander Baseball Infielder Vinny Mellusi

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  This would have been the second season on the varsity team for Gov. Livingston senior infielder Vinny Mellusi. "Vinny would have been an important piece to the puzzle for this year's team," said Gov. Livingston head baseball coach Chris Roof.

"Vinny isn't afraid of the big moment in games, he embraces them," Roof said. "Vinny ...

Gov. Livingston High School Athletics Banner Tribute to Senior Spring Athletes

A special tribute to the Governor Livingston Senior athletes who lost their spring sports seasons was pulled together with the help of the Highlander Booster Club and Ann Clifton, Athletic Director for the Berkeley Heights Public Schools. These banners feature each of the Spring Sport Senior Athletes and Spring Sport Senior Team Managers and are currently on display at Governor Livingston High ...

Columbia Middle School Teachers To Get "Pied" for Good Cause

June 5, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The teachers at Columbia Middle School (CMS) will be hosting their second annual 'Pie of the Tiger' fundraiser to benefit the NJ Sharing Network on Monday, June 15. 

The event originated to honor the memory of two hometown friends, Dan Basillo and Annie Young, who passed away and gave the ultimate gift of life through organ and tissue ...

Gov. Livingston High School Athletics Banner Tribute to Senior Spring Athletes

A special tribute to the Governor Livingston Senior athletes who lost their spring sports seasons was pulled together with the help of the Highlander Booster Club and Ann Clifton, Athletic Director for the Berkeley Heights Public Schools. These banners feature each of the Spring Sport Senior Athletes and Spring Sport Senior Team Managers and are currently on display at Governor Livingston High ...

Gov. Livingston Class of 2020 Outdoor, In-person Graduation is a GO!

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced yesterday, outdoor graduations will be allowed after July 6, 2020.

"With the Governor’s announcement that outdoor graduations can now take place after July 6th, our GL administrative team is busy planning for an outdoor event that week," said Berkeley Heights BOE President Doug Reinstein. "We are excited that ...

Gov. Livingston Students Go Above and Beyond as Community Volunteers

June 3, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston is a place packed with students who are active in their communities and involved in extra-curriculars activities. Many will go the extra mile and volunteer outside of school, too. 

There are a variety of activities and causes to give time to, ranging from volunteering at hospitals, to coaching childrens’ sports, to caring for animals at ...

A Look Into the Music and Lyric Elective at Gov. Livingston High School

The Music and Lyrics Elective is rocking students’ worlds by expanding their knowledge of music and its impact on culture. This course, taught this semester by Lindsay Mirabella, offers insight on how music shapes humanity and stimulates social change. 

Mirabella designed the curriculum for this elective after a student joked about her teaching a class just about rock ‘n roll.

Victoria Vanriele Continues to Work Hard During Pandemic

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - What is a runner who is poised to break more records to do when her senior season is derailed by a pandemic? If she is senior Victoria Vanriele, two time New Jersey Gatorade Girls Track and Field Player of the Year, you keep a positive attitude and just keep running.

“I am disappointed that I won’t be able to compete for my final season, but I am really ...

Former Cy Young Winner and World Series Champion Dwight “Doc” Gooden Chats with GL Baseball Seniors

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston senior class had somewhat of a final sendoff on Friday, May 8, when former Mets and Yankees all-star pitcher Dwight Gooden joined a Zoom call to talk with players and coaches. The student-athletes were able to ask Gooden questions about his career, work ethic, and opinions on baseball today.

The call was set up by George Devanney, father of ...

Murphy Fears George Floyd Protests Could Mean Coronavirus Spike in NJ 

June 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds.

“Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton at his daily press ...

Sarlo-Ruiz "Bridge Year" Bill Passes NJ State Senate

TRENTON, NJ - A bill that would give current high school sophomores and juniors an optional “bridge year” passed the New Jersey State Senate by a 39-0 vote and will go on to the New Jersey State Assembly for vote on June 15, where it is expected to pass. It also has the support of the Governor’s office and the New Jersey Department of Education.  

The ...

Murphy Announces Recommendations from Review of NJ’s Long-Term Care Facilities

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Wednesday that the state needs to "directly and aggressively confront the challenge" of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.

“The sad fact is that eldercare is a national problem and, too often, a national failure. During this crisis we have seen that in state after state, seniors and those who work ...

Younger Generation Given a Voice in Peaceful March in New Providence

June 4, 2020

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Police Chief Theresa Gazaway was sworn into office on Friday, May 1, 2020 as the Borough's first woman chief  -- and has led her department and community through the trenches of not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but for the past two weeks, she addressed the aftermath of the injustice of the killing of George Floyd.

Immediately, Chief Gazaway issued a joint ...

Powerful and Peaceful: Crowd of 1,500-Plus Gathers in Summit to Protest for Racial Equality, Justice

SUMMIT, NJ - More than 1,500 peaceful, concerned citizens from Hilltop City and surrounding towns gathered Tuesday afternoon at Summit's Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS) to show their support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement and, in the process, set a high bar for respectful, organized ...

Berkeley Heights Police Chief John DiPasquale Issues Statement Regarding George Floyd

The Berkeley Heights Police Department offers our condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of George Floyd, as well as all those in mourning across the country. We share in the sadness and frustration surrounding the tragic death of Mr. Floyd. The video is truly disturbing and simply hard to watch. The actions of the former officer who was charged with third degree murder, and the ...

Union Catholic Graduate Fabiana Pierre-Louis Nominated To Become First Black Woman To Serve on NJ Supreme Court

June 5, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Fabiana Pierre-Louis, a member of Union Catholic’s Class of 1998, made history on Friday when N.J. Governor Phil Murphy said he will nominate her to become New Jersey’s first black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Murphy made the landmark announcement during a new conference from Trenton.

“Today I will submit Fabiana’s name to ...

Berkeley Heights March for Black Lives on Sunday, June 7 at noon

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Sunday, our beautiful Berkeley Heights community will come together in unity and solidarity to stand up for equality - “Berkeley Heights March for Black Lives”

There will be a peaceful march with community members, leaders, the diversity council and the Berkeley Heights Police to commemorate the lives lost to injustices, speakers from our Berkeley ...

88 Year Old Berkeley Heights Volunteer Donates CARES Act Check to Feed Seniors

May 26, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It's not surprising that 88 year old Natalie Cahoon, a 66 year resident of Berkeley Heights, took her stimulus check received from the CARES Act and donated 125 meals from Dimaios to feed the SAGE Meals on Wheels clients.

"Natalie is absolutely amazing and has been delivering and helping in our kitchen every single day since this COVID-19 ...

Chicken Event Raises $1,300 for New Providence-Our Community For All

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A generous partnership between New Providence and a Basking Ridge based nonprofit group, Feed to Give, raised more than $1300 on Wednesday, May 13, to benefit the new nonprofit New Providence- Our Community For All. Over 200 community members purchased 10 pound bags of boneless and skinless chicken breasts at a discounted price of $20 ($2 per lb) per ...

Need Chicken? New Providence Fundraiser for 'Feed to Give' Set for This Week

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Need chicken? Want to help? 

New Providence is partnering with FEED TO GIVE to offer discounted chicken with all proceeds donated to the Community Service Association (CSA).

FEED TO GIVE sells discounted chicken breasts at $2 a pound. For sale will be fresh, uncooked, boneless, skinless chicken breasts packaged in a bulk 10LB ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

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Feb 7, 1929 - May 28, 2020
Michael A. Luciano of Berkeley Heights, N.J. passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at his home at ...
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Invasive Insect Threatens Ash Trees in Union County; Berkeley Heights to Take Countermeasures

May 25, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive insect native to Asia that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees (Fraxinus species) has now been found in Union County. Three years ago, as the insect was found in other counties, Berkeley Heights took action to protect ash trees in the municipality and applied for a Community Forestry Grant to treat ash trees along the right ...

Monica Boyd, Kate Morrison to Serve as Summit Junior Fortnightly Club 2020-21 Co-Presidents

May 31, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - Monica Boyd of Summit and Kate Morrison of New Providence will serve as Summit Junior Fortnightly Club (SJFC) co-presidents as the organization debuted its 2020-21 Board of Directors. The duo succeed Brianne Finnegan and Megan Vartan, both of Summit, and will be joined by a group of women with a variety of personal, educational, and professional backgrounds who share the ...

COVID-19 Clinical Research Study Underway at Atlantic Health System, Including Immune Response Study

June 5, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ - As of today, June 4, there are more than 162,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey. Although there is no currently available vaccine against coronavirus, Atlantic Health System is calling on its expertise and national reputation for conducting cutting-edge clinical trials in oncology, neuroscience as well as cardiology, to look for effective treatments for ...

Murphy Says Restaurant, Retail Workers Will Be Required To Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for tens of thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back diners at 6 a.m. on June 15.

When your favorite steakhouse or burger joint opens for outdoor dining next week, limited seating, spread out tables and hand sanitizing stations – not to mention the house specialty – will be ...

Westfield Health Officials on Possibility of a Second COVID-19 Wave

WESTFIELD, NJ — Don’t assume the recent downward trend in coronavirus cases will continue.

The Westfield Regional Health Department is preparing for a potential fall spike in COVID-19 cases and the department’s health officer wants the public to act in kind.

“We’re anticipating a second wave in the fall,” said Megan Avallone, director of the Westfield ...

TAPinto Red Bank Editor Shares Story of Virtual Art Auction to Benefit Neighbors in Need

June 5, 2020

RED BANK, NJ -- Scott Wingerter, Editor of TAPinto Red Bank, joined Host Stephanie Willoughby to share a story from his community about a local nonprofit organization who held an online art auction to raise money to feed the needy.  

Lunch Break is a Red Bank organization founded in 1983 to help underemployed people make ends meet, said Wingerter, but it has evolved into much more.

Candles Across Berkeley Heights

June 2, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A member of our community has suggested, and the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council fully supports and endorses, the idea to have as many residents as possible place a candle on our porches or in our windows each night (approx 7-9pm) this week to symbolize our commitment to ending racism and all the systematic and systemic oppressions of people of color that have our ...

Academy of Our Lady Of Peace in New Providence Saved and Will Remain Open

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After the school petitioned The Archdiocese of Newark to keep their school open, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New Providence will remain open. 

In a press release issued by the Archdiocese of Newark on May 7, 2020, they announced the consolidation and closure of 10 Catholic Schools in the region, including The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New ...

Faith Lutheran Church and Pedals for Progress Partner for Donations

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Now is a great time to do some spring cleaning. Maybe there is a bike taking up space in the garage, shed or basement. Maybe it is an old model, a bit worn, in need of repair, or just something you or your kids have outgrown. Pedals for Progress (P4P) has a great option that is socially and environmentally responsible.

Faith Lutheran ...

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Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

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Thank You Berkeley Heights!

COVID-19 has been devastating for Berkeley Heights’ small businesses. These independently owned businesses help give our town the heart and sense of community that we are all proud of. Come together and help them survive this health and economic disaster. Hear about what the local businesses are still offering during this time. Please consider buying a gift card, ordering food for pickup or ...

Thanks New Providence!

COVID-19 has been devastating for small businesses. These independently owned businesses help give our town the heart and sense of community that we are all proud of. Come together and help them survive this health and economic disaster. Hear about what the local businesses are still offering during this time. Please consider buying a gift card, ordering food for pickup or delivery, and ordering ...

Mayor's Corner - Quarantine Edition June 2020

It’s been a few months, and I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. As we transition into Phase Two of the Governor’s Plan to reopen New Jersey, Berkeley Heights is a bustle with activity, too. This article is a bit long, but there is a need to communicate a lot of important information to our residents. 

But first, I want to acknowledge what our nation is facing in ...

It Isn't Automatically Racism

June 5, 2020

The police murder of George Floyd by a police officer in MN is something we all seem to agree on was an abomination and an example of wanton criminal police brutality. Nothing can bring back George Floyd who was allegedly being arrested for trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill or some such. He certainly didn’t deserve to die for it.

Much of the hype seems to want to make this a racist ...

Berkeley Heights Superintendent of Schools Writes Letter in Grief of Death of George Floyd Death

Dear Families and Staff,

 I write to you today in grief and pain. I grieve at the death of George Floyd, and so many others due to the color of their skin. I grieve for our country, as violence tears our cities and communities apart. I am in pain talking to my daughters as we watch the news: a man shot while jogging; a woman in central park demonstrating the ugliness of racism in action, ...

An Open Letter to Senator Kean, Assemblwoman Munoz, Assemblyman Bramnick

The killing of George Floyd is the most recent in a long line of senseless, brutal murders of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement. It is part of an ongoing moral failure by Americans to correct systemic racism that has eroded the foundation of our society.   We must act now not only to protect those among us who are most vulnerable but to make them less vulnerable.  We ...

Union County Board of Elections Advises Voters on Polling Places for July 7 Primary

June 5, 2020

Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado reminds voters that the upcoming Primary Election on July 7 will be conducted primarily by Vote-by-Mail, by order of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. A limited number of in person polling locations will be available on Election D

“The COVID-19 precautions are still in force, and ...

Union County Voters Can View Sample Ballots Online

Union County Clerk advises voters in Union County that sample ballots are now available online at the County Clerk’s elections website, unioncountyvotes.com.

The sample ballots are also posted on the County Clerk’s free app for mobile devices, Union County Votes.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has mandated that the July 7 election will be conducted ...

Three-Day Schedule for Free Union County COVID-19 Test Center

Effective Monday, June 8, the free Union County Covid-19 Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“As the result of a historic community effort by Union County residents to slow the spread of COVID-19, the number of requests for tests has gone down in recent ...

2020 4th of July Fireworks at Nomahegan Park and all Other Union County Parks Canceled

May 27, 2020

CRANFORD - The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites:

Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July 2. 
Plainfield fireworks ...

Cheers to the Sisterhood! 'Booze Fairies' Make Their Way Through South Plainfield

June 4, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – There’s been a whole lot of ‘ding, dong, ditch’ going on throughout the community the past two weeks but, unlike the game typically played by youngsters and teens, the South Plainfield version is open only to women age 21 and older. 

As members of the Facebook group ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Booze - SoPo edition,’ female ...

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Sat, June 6, 10:00 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Blood Drive at the Berkeley Heights YMCA

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Sat, June 6, 10:00 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Blood Drive at the Berkeley Heights YMCA June 6

Health & Wellness

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Mon, June 8, 6:30 AM

UNWIND Yoga & Wellness Center, New Providence

Mat Pilates

Health & Wellness

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Wed, June 10, 5:30 AM

UNWIND Yoga & Wellness Center, New Providence

Core Power Flow

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Calculating an IRD Deduction

Have you recently inherited a loved one’s retirement assets? If so, you should know that there is an income tax deduction available to you called the income in respect of a decedent, or IRD, deduction. When certain inherited assets are hit with both federal estate and income taxes, this deduction can help offset the impact. Taking the time to ensure you correctly utilize this tax break can ...

Using IRAs to Help Children

Did you know there is no minimum age for having an IRA? As long as your child has earned income, you can open an account in their name. Whether they contribute to the IRA with their own money from working or a gift from you, the power of compound interest can help them get a significant head start on a secure financial future.

To learn more, click here to download “Using IRAs to Help ...