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Highlander Wrestling Rolls Ridge and Beats Brearley

January 30, 2023

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Following their Senior Night victory over Elizabeth on Friday, the Governor Livingston Highlander Wrestling team was back in action over the weekend against perennial powerhouse Ridge as well as Union County rival Brearley/Dayton. The Highlanders defeated Ridge 46-17 and beat Brearley 70-6.

Ridge jumped ahead of GL 4-0 after the first match, however the lead was short-lived ...

Governor Livingston Wrestling Seniors Say Goodbye In Their Last Home Match Against Elizabeth

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School Wrestling wrapped up its last home match in bittersweet fashion by beating Elizabeth 68-12 while honoring the 11 seniors on the team in the annual Senior Night. 

To begin the night each senior was walked onto the mats by their parents and received a plaque by head coach Richard Ortega. The gym was decorated in confetti, balloons, and ...

Dress Express 'Pop-up' Boutique Prepares for Biggest Event Yet! Offering New and Gently Worn Designer Formal and Cocktail Dresses

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Dress Express Boutique is coming back to Berkeley Heights with its third annual pop-up event, giving women of all ages an opportunity to get their hands on designer dresses while helping those in need. The boutique will be open from 10 a.m through 4 p.m at Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights on Sunday, February 26 and is accepting dress donations until ...

New Jersey Devils Names Gov. Livingston Senior Captain Brian Kramer NJIHL Player of the Month

NEWARK, NJ - Brian Kramer recognized quite early in his hockey career that being swift was a highly coveted asset on the ice.

“I always learned that you can beat people with speed,” Kramer said two years ago as a sophomore, when he was a burgeoning state talent. “It’s one of the most important factors. I feel like I can process the game at a high speed.”

Now a ...

'Airsoft Weapon' Taken From Student at Columbia Middle School

January 20, 2023

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - At 12:09 p.m. on Friday, Columbia Middle School Principal Paul Kobliska sent an email to parents stating there was an incident involving the Class III Officer taking a "weapon into custody from a student."

"The BHPD were immediately notified, the weapon was secured and taken without incident, and the child was removed from class. No student or staff ...

Crash Ties Up I-78 in Warren

WARREN, NJ — A crash with an overturned auto on I -78 is tying up the westbound lanes in Warren. The crash is in the westbound lanes near exit 40, authorities said. Avoid the area.

Berkeley Heights Fire Department Installs New Officers: Photo Gallery

GILLETTE, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department recently held their annual installation dinner at Primavera Regency. The ceremony included the swearing in of Chief Jim Hopkins, Fire Department President Clay Hubinger and the oath of Administrative Officers and Firefighting Officers.

Mayor Angie Devanney had the honor of swearing in Chief ...

Highlander Wrestling Rolls Ridge and Beats Brearley

January 30, 2023

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Following their Senior Night victory over Elizabeth on Friday, the Governor Livingston Highlander Wrestling team was back in action over the weekend against perennial powerhouse Ridge as well as Union County rival Brearley/Dayton. The Highlanders defeated Ridge 46-17 and beat Brearley 70-6.

Ridge jumped ahead of GL 4-0 after the first match, however the lead was short-lived ...

Governor Livingston Wrestling Seniors Say Goodbye In Their Last Home Match Against Elizabeth

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School Wrestling wrapped up its last home match in bittersweet fashion by beating Elizabeth 68-12 while honoring the 11 seniors on the team in the annual Senior Night. 

To begin the night each senior was walked onto the mats by their parents and received a plaque by head coach Richard Ortega. The gym was decorated in confetti, balloons, and ...

New Jersey Devils Names Gov. Livingston Senior Captain Brian Kramer NJIHL Player of the Month

NEWARK, NJ - Brian Kramer recognized quite early in his hockey career that being swift was a highly coveted asset on the ice.

“I always learned that you can beat people with speed,” Kramer said two years ago as a sophomore, when he was a burgeoning state talent. “It’s one of the most important factors. I feel like I can process the game at a high speed.”

Now a ...

Dress Express 'Pop-up' Boutique Prepares for Biggest Event Yet! Offering New and Gently Worn Designer Formal and Cocktail Dresses

January 29, 2023

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Dress Express Boutique is coming back to Berkeley Heights with its third annual pop-up event, giving women of all ages an opportunity to get their hands on designer dresses while helping those in need. The boutique will be open from 10 a.m through 4 p.m at Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights on Sunday, February 26 and is accepting dress donations until ...

Why Should I Take That?

Editor's Note: This press release was issued on behalf of the Berkeley Heights Public School District.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It may be the middle of the winter but students and parents at Governor Livingston High School are already thinking about the 2023-24 school year.  Starting in February and running through March each and every student meets with the counseling department and ...

TAPinto Salutes Drum Majors Sophia Judicke and Shreyas Agnihotri as Gov. Livingston Academic, Arts, and Service Students of the Week

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Congratulation to this week's Academic, Service and Arts students of the week: Governor Livingston High School’s (GLHS) Highlander Marching Band Drum Majors, Sophia Judicke and Shreyas Agnihotri. This is the first in a new series featuring students that go above and beyond in their area of interest.

Many may not realize how difficult it is ...

Warming Center Increases Options For Growing Homeless Population in Union County

January 28, 2023

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Responding to an increase in the unhoused population, Union County officials approved an Elizabeth church as a warming center as more information is collected on those living without homes within county borders.

There have been more than 55 “Code Blue'' nights in the county this season, Debbie-Ann Anderson, the county’s Director of Human Services, ...

What Does a Union County Commissioner Do?

UNION COUNTY, NJ — County commissioners perform their duties as elected officials in addition to their main jobs, but describe their responsibilities as beyond “part-time.”

The nine commissioners who currently serve are paid $35,515 or more for performing the duties of the role they take on in addition to careers in fields including local government and higher ...

Simona Kempf Performs in Lunar New Year Celebration

January 26, 2023

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Sunday, January 22, 2023 marked the first day of the Year of the Water Rabbit on the 2023 Lunar New Year. 

The Center for Cultural and Creative Exchange celebrated the Lunar New Year with an event held at Bridgewater Mall on Sunday, January 22. It featured several performances to bring in the year of the Rabbit, including a traditional Dragon Dance and Lion ...

Save the date for Gov. Livingston Highlander Marching Band Annual Basket Auction

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston Highlander Marching Band is proud to announce its annual Basket Auction to take place on April 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the school located at 175 Watchung Blvd. in Berkeley Heights.

The event will provide an opportunity for guests to win amazing prizes such as NJ Devils tickets, a 60" flat screen television, lottery tickets, Coach wristlets, ...

The Sieminski Theater Presents “The God Box, A Daughter’s Story” 

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Sieminski Theater presents The God Box, A Daughter’s Story on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 3:30 p.m. hosted by Fellowship Foundation benefiting the Sieminski Theater Fund. 

The show is co-written and performed by Mary Lou Quinlan, author of the book that inspired the play, New York Times bestseller The God Box. It is the story of her remarkable ...

A Passion for Lifelong Learning is Part of the Culture of Lantern Hill

January 26, 2023

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Northern New Jersey region is known for its wealth of educational and research institutions, so it's no surprise that Lantern Hill, an Erickson Senior Living community in New Providence, N.J., is home to more than a fair share of academic professionals.

The presence of academia was important to Julia Currie Miller and her husband David when exploring their ...

Keeping Your Dog Warm from Nose to Tail

Winter weather is here! It’s important to keep your dog’s safety top of mind all year long, but winter can bring some new elements to consider and to be aware of. Keep your dog safe and warm in the chilly and snowy winter months with the help of these tips: 

ENSURE YOUR DOG IS STAYING WARM 

Winter weather can be as dangerous for dogs as it is for humans. If you notice ...

Atlantic Health System Achievements from Healthgrades Grow as Chilton Medical Center Added to America’s 250 Best Hospitals

Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center today was named for the first time as one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals for 2023, according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients.

This achievement puts Chilton in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance across the most common conditions and ...

Watchung Cuts the Ribbon on POURtuga Coffee House

January 28, 2023

WATCHUNG, NJ — Watchung neighbors turned out on Saturday to welcome POURtuga Coffee House to the Borough.

Watchung Mayor Ron Jubin and Watchung Borough Council members were on hand to help cut the ribbon and officially welcome the coffee house and bakery to Watchung.

SEE HERE 

POURtuga is located on the Watchung Circle at 60 Stirling a road.

Berkeley Heights Public Schools and Watchung Borough School District come together as part of the Fiserv Innovation Network (FIN)

On November 29, 2022, administrators from Berkeley Heights Public Schools and Watchung Borough School District came together at 100 Connell Park to celebrate their partnerships with each other and with Fiserv, a global company, as part of the Fiserv Innovation Network (FIN). It was the first time that the group was able to gather in order to take the Fiserv Innovation Center Tour in Connell Park, ...

Berkeley Heights Business & Civic Kicks of New Year with Successful Networking Breakfast

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Business and Civic community had a successful networking breakfast at Delicious Heights, bringing together local businesses to foster meaningful connections and collaboration.

This networking opportunity brings together local professionals from different business backgrounds. Each of the 34 in attendance had the opportunity to introduce ...

Governor Livingston Wrestling Seniors Say Goodbye In Their Last Home Match Against Elizabeth

January 29, 2023

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School Wrestling wrapped up its last home match in bittersweet fashion by beating Elizabeth 68-12 while honoring the 11 seniors on the team in the annual Senior Night. 

To begin the night each senior was walked onto the mats by their parents and received a plaque by head coach Richard Ortega. The gym was decorated in confetti, balloons, and ...

Samantha Richter: From Wolfpack to Highlander

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Junior Samantha Richter crossed the 5k race finish line at the Cross Country Union County Conference Championship meet with a time of 19:50.34, finally meeting her longtime goal of running a 5k in under 20 minutes.

Richter’s high school cross country career began with her making a tough decision between running cross country and playing soccer when she realized ...

Never Trust a Smile: Review of Paramount+ 'Smile'

Dr. Rose Cotter clings to the emergency phone as she becomes the only witness to her patient’s death. The patient’s face breaks out into a peculiarly disturbing smile as the patient dies. This and many more scenes like it are a staple of the Paramount Pictures movie “Smile”.

In the film, Dr. Cotter (Susie Bacon), the main character, is a therapist in a psychiatric ward ...

Bill That Would Force Telemarketers to Explain Why They're Calling in 30 Seconds Advances in Trenton

January 27, 2023

TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would require telemarketers to identify themselves and what they're trying to sell in the first 30 seconds of the call has advanced in Trenton.

“New Jerseyans should know who they’re talking to on the phone and what’s being sold to them by telemarketers,” Sen. Jon Bramnick (R - District 21), one of the primary sponsors of the ...

Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs in New Jersey Receive $10 Million Federal Grant

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NJHVIPs) received a big boost on Friday, in the form of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds.

The programs launched three years ago using federal money with the mission of ending cycles of violence across the state by helping victims and their families.

“These innovative violence ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Delivers 2023 State of the State, Says New Jersey is Moving in the Right Direction

TRENTON, NJ — During Tuesday's State of the State Address at the Assembly Chambers in Trenton, Gov. Phil Murphy said he's confident with the direction in which the state is going.

"We are stronger and we are fairer," Murphy said. "We are moving confidently in the right direction — forward."

Republicans aren't so sure.

"Despite the ...

Watchung Cuts the Ribbon on POURtuga Coffee House

January 28, 2023

WATCHUNG, NJ — Watchung neighbors turned out on Saturday to welcome POURtuga Coffee House to the Borough.

Watchung Mayor Ron Jubin and Watchung Borough Council members were on hand to help cut the ribbon and officially welcome the coffee house and bakery to Watchung.

SEE HERE 

POURtuga is located on the Watchung Circle at 60 Stirling a road.

St. James Men of Charity Chili and Chowder Fundraiser Set for Feb. 4

Calling all chili and chowder lovers! Join us at the St. James Men of Charity's Annual Chili & Chowder Cook-off on Saturday, February 4th, 2023. Enjoy a fun evening tasting delicious recipes while supporting a good cause – proceeds will benefit local acts of kindness and service per the Men of Charity.

You will be able to sample a variety of chili & chowder recipes and vote ...

Wonder Phasing Out ‘Chef on the Road’ Concept in Favor of Delivery

NEW JERSEY — An order-by-app food service whose trucks have been ubiquitous during the pandemic is doing away with the food service vans.

Wonder CEO Marc Lore announced Tuesday that the company will be reducing the number of mobile restaurants and replacing them with physical locations that allow for delivery pickup and limited dine-in options. In a LinkedIn article, Lore said the ...

Berkeley Heights Receives $721,325 State Grant for Tree Canopy Restoration

January 19, 2023

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey took a giant step in the fight against climate change when Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette of the Department of Environmental Protection announced $24.3 million dollars to be granted towards creating, restoring and enhancing green spaces around urban areas, salt marshes and forests as part of the Natural Climate Solutions Grants. This money will fund local ...

Dress Express 'Pop-up' Boutique Prepares for Biggest Event Yet! Offering New and Gently Worn Designer Formal and Cocktail Dresses

January 29, 2023

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Dress Express Boutique is coming back to Berkeley Heights with its third annual pop-up event, giving women of all ages an opportunity to get their hands on designer dresses while helping those in need. The boutique will be open from 10 a.m through 4 p.m at Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights on Sunday, February 26 and is accepting dress donations until ...

Dress Express 'Pop-up' Boutique Accepting Donations

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Take a look through your closets and donate any new or gently worn formals, proms, bridesmaid dresses, as well as semiformal wear.

Dress Express "Pop-up" Boutique will provide shoppers with beautiful dresses while also supporting a good cause. The curated collection will be offered on Sunday, February 26, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Embassy Suites by ...

Keeping Your Dog Warm from Nose to Tail

January 19, 2023

Winter weather is here! It’s important to keep your dog’s safety top of mind all year long, but winter can bring some new elements to consider and to be aware of. Keep your dog safe and warm in the chilly and snowy winter months with the help of these tips: 

ENSURE YOUR DOG IS STAYING WARM 

Winter weather can be as dangerous for dogs as it is for humans. If you notice ...

Lutheran Pastor of Ironbound Section, Newark Preaches at Faith Lutheran 

January 18, 2023

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On Sunday, January 8, 2023, Rev. Moacir Weirich, pastor of St. Stephan’s Grace Community Church, a Lutheran church in the Ironbound section of Newark, preached and assisted with the liturgy at the 8 am and 10 am services of Faith Lutheran in New Providence. 

St. Stephan’s is an historic church at the heart of the Ironbound section on Ferry and Wilson ...

St. James Men of Charity Chili and Chowder Fundraiser Set for Feb. 4

Calling all chili and chowder lovers! Join us at the St. James Men of Charity's Annual Chili & Chowder Cook-off on Saturday, February 4th, 2023. Enjoy a fun evening tasting delicious recipes while supporting a good cause – proceeds will benefit local acts of kindness and service per the Men of Charity.

You will be able to sample a variety of chili & chowder recipes and vote ...

Longtime Beloved Township Employee Carol Wysocki Passes Away at 75

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Longtime Berkeley Heights Township employee, Carol A. Wysocki, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2022, in St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston at the age of 75.

Carol worked for the Township of Berkeley Heights for 22 years. She joined the Township in 1988 as a Clerk in the clerk’s office, was named Deputy Township Clerk and Assistant Assessment ...

Impact100 Garden State Gains New Members in Union County

January 28, 2023

Impact100 Garden State, an all-women organization for collective giving, is building its membership numbers in Union County. Two recent “Meet & Mingle” events— one at a private home and one at the Westfield office of architecture and design firm AHD&Co.—gathered area women who are interested in making a difference in their local communities through the power of ...

Minette's Angels Foundation Celebrates 20 Years of Acts of Kindness

VERONA, NJ — Minette’s Angels Foundation invites all to join our Celebrating 20 Years of Acts of Kindness event, Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at The Park Savoy Estate, 236 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park NJ. The occasion will feature a Grand Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction and Live Drawing of our marquis raffle of Dinner for Ten in your home with Celebrity Chef Ariane Duarte! We are ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, February 04
06:30 PM — 10:00 PM

St. James Church, Basking Ridge

St. James Men of Charity Chili and ...

TAPinto Named a 2023 Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto was recently named a Top Franchise for 2023 by Franchise Business Review. This is the 18th annual ranking of the 200 best franchise opportunities as rated by franchisees.

"TAPinto is honored to be recognized as one of the top 200 franchises in the United States," TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro said. "The fact that this ...

Upcoming TAPinto Ownership Opportunities Webinars in January and February

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — If you're thinking about new opportunities for 2023, we invite you to join an upcoming webinar about owning and operating a TAPinto local news and digital marketing platform in your area.

TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro will lead the webinars. You'll learn how you can own your own business providing original local news to your community, all while ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Selected to All-State Band

Luke Tan of Edison and Sophia Fontaine of Somerville, students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, who earned the opportunity to perform with the New Jersey All-State Band. The W+H students auditioned for the All-State High School Bands and Orchestra at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison on Jan. 21. 

Sophia was accepted into the Wind Ensemble on euphonium and Luke was accepted into ...

Buy Local NJ Visits Szechuan Delight Chinese Restaurant for Chinese Lunar New Year

Andrew and Chris Wang of Buy Local NJ join Craig Bass of Bagel Cafe to sit with Yan Ning, co-owner of Szechuan Delight to taste signature dishes and discuss favorites. Szechuan Delight offers authentic Chinese cuisine, a convenient location, and affordable prices in New Providence, NJ.

Website: www.szechuandelightnj.com/

Location:  598 Central Ave #4, New Providence, ...

A Passion for Lifelong Learning is Part of the Culture of Lantern Hill

January 26, 2023

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Northern New Jersey region is known for its wealth of educational and research institutions, so it's no surprise that Lantern Hill, an Erickson Senior Living community in New Providence, N.J., is home to more than a fair share of academic professionals.

The presence of academia was important to Julia Currie Miller and her husband David when exploring their ...