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Get to Know the Candidates for Berkeley Heights Board of Education

September 28, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Each week leading to the November 8 election, the candidates running for Berkeley Heights Board of Education will answer question(s) that will be run in a series on TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

The 8 candidates running for three Berkeley Heights BOE three year seats are Sai Bhargavi Akiri, Gale Bradford, Doug Grober*, Neil Hemann, Natasha ...

Berkeley Heights Police Respond to Incident at Columbia Middle School Tuesday Afternoon

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On September 27, 2022, during Columbia Middle School dismissal, our school resource officer observed a distressed male on school grounds. 

Berkeley Heights Police Officers responded to the school and assisted school staff in a modified dismissal.  After a preliminary investigation, it was apparent that there was never a threat to any student or staff member of ...

Volleyball: Gov. Livingston Now 5-3 With Losses to Top Ranked Westfield and Union Catholic

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston volleyball squad faced its toughest tests of the season so far last week. They lost in two close sets at home to Union Catholic, 26-24 and 25-21 last Monday. The undefeated Westfield, currently ranked tenth in the state, handed GL its second loss of the season in straight sets, 25-15 and 25-18.

The team battled with Elizabeth on Friday, who they ...

Berkeley Heights Police Respond to Incident at Columbia Middle School Tuesday Afternoon

September 27, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On September 27, 2022, during Columbia Middle School dismissal, our school resource officer observed a distressed male on school grounds. 

Berkeley Heights Police Officers responded to the school and assisted school staff in a modified dismissal.  After a preliminary investigation, it was apparent that there was never a threat to any student or staff member of ...

Union Village Montessori School Celebrates Grand Opening in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Union Village Montessori School (UVMS), located at 1130 Mountain Ave. in Berkeley Heights, celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony surrounded by family, friends, and students.  UVMS is a licensed Montessori school catering to families with children ages 2.5 to 6 years old with a capacity for 75 students.

Mayor Angie Devanney and ...

Chatham Superintendent Presents 'Future Consideration': Full-Day Kindergarten, Switch to K-2 Elementary; 5th Graders to CMS

CHATHAM, NJ -- Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa presented a plan to reconfigure the school district, which would include the implementation of full-day kindergarten and the placement of fifth graders in the Chatham Middle School at Monday night's Chatham Board of Education meeting.

LaSusa stressed that the reconfiguration was a plan to explore throughout the school year and that it ...

Zumba for Mental Health: Patria Station Cafe Hosts Free Event on October 8

September 25, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Join the free Zumba for Mental Health event presented by Carolina Zokalski and Patria Station Cafe on Saturday, October 8th at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Patria Station Café parking lot at 128 Station Street in Berkeley Heights. The amazing Zumba Education Specialists (ZES) Lucrecia Venosta (member of Beto Perez team, creator of Zumba) will ...

Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race Marks 25 Years of Giving Back to Local Community Causes

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The 25th Annual Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk drew hundreds of runners, walkers, children, and spectators on Sunday morning, September 18th at Memorial Field. Dozens of vendors arrived early to set up tents and provide free goodies, information, and drawings.

Over the last 24 years the event has raised over $282,000 that has been given out ...

Overlook Medical Center marks 50 years of its Family Medicine Residency program

SUMMIT, NJ – Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Family Medicine Residency program, marking the occasion with an event that drew together alumni of the program and health care leaders from throughout the country.

To date, the program has graduated nearly 300 family medicine physicians, many of whom have become ...

Berkeley Heights Police Respond to Incident at Columbia Middle School Tuesday Afternoon

September 27, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On September 27, 2022, during Columbia Middle School dismissal, our school resource officer observed a distressed male on school grounds. 

Berkeley Heights Police Officers responded to the school and assisted school staff in a modified dismissal.  After a preliminary investigation, it was apparent that there was never a threat to any student or staff member of ...

Summit Resident Seriously Injured After Being Struck by Vehicle on Summit Ave.

SUMMIT, NJ - A motor vehicle crash with a pedestrian on Summit Avenue, between Morris Avenue and Walnut Street, this morning has seriously injured a Summit resident, according to the Summit Police Department.

The Summit Police responded the scene at 10 a.m. today. There, they found an unconscious male with serious head injuries. The victim, an 84- year-old Summit resident and ...

Chatham Borough and Township Police Attend 'Crime Summit'; Home Invasion Attempts in Chatham Borough & Madison; FBI Involved

CHATHAM, NJ -- Two attempted home invasions in Madison and one in Chatham Borough were reported on Friday, a day after Chatham Borough and Chatham Township Police attended an "Auto Theft and Violent Crime Summit" held at the East Hanover Police Headquarters.

According to the Chatham Borough Police Chief Brian Gibbons, "in the early morning hours of 9/2/22, two homes in ...

Zumba for Mental Health: Patria Station Cafe Hosts Free Event on October 8

September 25, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Join the free Zumba for Mental Health event presented by Carolina Zokalski and Patria Station Cafe on Saturday, October 8th at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Patria Station Café parking lot at 128 Station Street in Berkeley Heights. The amazing Zumba Education Specialists (ZES) Lucrecia Venosta (member of Beto Perez team, creator of Zumba) will ...

Berkeley Heights Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month October 2

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Diversity Council and the Township of Berkeley Heights are hosting their  first National Hispanic Heritage Month event, to be held on Sunday, October 2nd from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Patria Station Cafe, 128 Station Street in Berkeley Heights.

The community is invited to join the celebration of Hispanic countries, traditions, and cultures. The ...

Annual Heights Fest 2022 Celebrates End of Summer With Music And Fireworks

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Mt Carmel was the setting for the annual Heights Fest 2022 on Saturday, September 17, 2022 as friends and families from the community gathered to celebrate the end of summer and reminisce with others that have a connection to Berkeley Heights. All proceeds of the suggested donation went to support St Jude’s. 

As the daylight slipped into night, the crowd ...

Volleyball: Gov. Livingston Now 5-3 With Losses to Top Ranked Westfield and Union Catholic

September 27, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston volleyball squad faced its toughest tests of the season so far last week. They lost in two close sets at home to Union Catholic, 26-24 and 25-21 last Monday. The undefeated Westfield, currently ranked tenth in the state, handed GL its second loss of the season in straight sets, 25-15 and 25-18.

The team battled with Elizabeth on Friday, who they ...

Cross Country: Gov. Livingston Participates in Thompson Park Class Meet

JAMESBURG, NJ - On Saturday, September 24th, the GLHS Cross Country Team competed in the Thompson Park Class Meet in Jamesburg. 

At this Class Meet, athletes compete with their gender and grade, can score as a team with three members, and the top 25 athletes in each race earn medals. 

Taking home medals in the Senior races were Joe Frank who placed 19th and Molly Burke in ...

A Fun Time by All at Berkeley Heights Tom Barton Memorial Pickelball Tournament

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Tom Barton Memorial Pickelball Tournament held earlier this month in Berkeley Heights was a huge success with 185 participants raising funds for The Tom Barton Scholarship Fund, upgrades and maintenance to courts, and helping a "pickelball friend" who suffered a life changing bicycling accident. 

Ed Gallitelli, Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission ...

Geertsma, Bade, Propel Highlanders to Third Straight Win, 16-10

September 26, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston Highlanders defeated the JFK Mustangs, 16-10, on Saturday afternoon at Governor Livingston High School.

The Highlanders first score was a good one, a passing touchdown from junior quarterback Michael Geertsma to senior receiver Kyle Bade in the second quarter. It was a perfect pass, sailing over the diving Mustang defender and into the ...

A Look Into a Freshman's First First Day at Governor Livingston High School

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The first day of school can cause a mixture of excitement, stress, and anxiety for many students. For freshmen these feelings are heightened as they enter a new building with unfamiliar faces.

Navigating the halls of Governor Livingston is one of the more daunting aspects for freshmen. Hailey Jakubowski, who entered Governor Livingston High School as a freshman, said, ...

A Senior’s Last First Day: Sophia Antonelli

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Class of 2023 experienced a bittersweet beginning to the end of their high school careers when they stepped back into the halls of Governor Livingston September 6. Seniors were visibly smiling and excited on the last first day as high school students.

Returning to a year that promises to be as normal as possible -- without quarantine restrictions or online options -- ...

Governor Livingston Students Enter the Fanzone

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Friday Night Lights is a tradition for many high schools nationwide. Students dress in a theme to attend the game under the lights and cheer on their high school football team. At Governor Livingston, the tradition includes the student body drenching themselves in paint, sprinting down the hill to the stands and chanting for The Highlanders.

Friday Night Lights, which ...

Get to Know the Candidates for Berkeley Heights Board of Education

September 28, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Each week leading to the November 8 election, the candidates running for Berkeley Heights Board of Education will answer question(s) that will be run in a series on TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

The 8 candidates running for three Berkeley Heights BOE three year seats are Sai Bhargavi Akiri, Gale Bradford, Doug Grober*, Neil Hemann, Natasha ...

Get to Know the Candidates for Berkeley Heights Township Council

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Each week leading to the November 8 election, the candidates running for Berkeley Heights Township Council will answer question(s) that will be run in a series on TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

The four candidates running for two Berkeley Heights Township Council seats are Michelle Bartiromo (R), incumbent Manny Couto (R), Susan Poage (D), and ...

Get to Know the Candidates for Mayor Series: Angie Devanney and Jeff Varnerin

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Each week leading to the November 8 election, the candidates running for Berkeley Heights Mayor will answer question(s) that will be run in a series on TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

The two candidates running for Mayor are incumbent Angie Devanney (D) and Jeff Varnerin (R), who is currently serving his second of a three-year township council term.

Berkeley Heights Town Council Touts Current and Ongoing Community Events 

September 22, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Township Council Meeting was held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at the Municipal Complex. Preceding the start of the meeting, Council President Jeanne Kingsley handed out restaurant gift certificates to the delight of the attendees to promote the final weeks of Berkeley Heights Restaurant Month. 

The town council was quick to adopt an ...

Zumba for Mental Health: Patria Station Cafe Hosts Free Event on October 8

September 25, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Join the free Zumba for Mental Health event presented by Carolina Zokalski and Patria Station Cafe on Saturday, October 8th at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Patria Station Café parking lot at 128 Station Street in Berkeley Heights. The amazing Zumba Education Specialists (ZES) Lucrecia Venosta (member of Beto Perez team, creator of Zumba) will ...

Celebrity Scoop at Rita's Ice Benefits the Church of the Little Flower

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Rita's Ice in Berkeley Heights had "celebrity" scoopers on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. to benefit Church of the Little Flower. 

It was a beautiful warm September afternoon that brought families downtown for some ice cream and Italian ice. About an hour into the celebrity scoop, the skies opened up for a quick heavy downpour. The rain ...

Recreation's Summer Concert Series Extended to Kick of Restaurant Month in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Recreation Department decided to extend their summer concert series as a treat to kick off Restaurant Month on Thursday. LOSTinPLACE rocked Memorial Park under the newly constructed pavilion to a large crowd of fans that enjoyed the performance of music "entrenched in a time gone by" playing a mix of classic rock ...

A New Path for the Berkeley Heights Community Garden

September 8, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Fond of nature, the Berkeley Heights Learning Community Garden (BHLCG) and its peaceful area, Vibhav Chaturvedi, Life Scout of the Boy Scout Troop 368, built a safe new 150 feet long access pathway to the garden.

During his time on the Scouting Trail, Vibhav has learned to appreciate what nature provides us and the value of community service. He enjoyed giving back ...

Bear Sighting in Berkeley Heights Monday

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- There has been a bear sighting in Berkeley Heights on Monday in the vicinity of Park Avenue and Columbia Park.

Residents should be reminded to be familiar with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife safety tips in case you should encounter one.

Bears are attracted by garbage odors, therefore, properly securing your garbage is one of the best ways ...

Drive for Autism Foundation Raises $31,600 during 21st Annual Event

September 28, 2022

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Drive for Autism Foundation is pleased to announce that its annual golf event, Drive for Autism XXI was a tremendous success. Drive for Autism XXI was held on September 19, 2022, 126 golfers had a great day of golf and with their generosity we are happy to report raising $31,600. 

The Drive for Autism Golf Outing which has been held since 2002 has ...

Local Teens Putting a Sustainable Spin on Tennis

Putting a sustainable spin on the sport of tennis, two NPHS Girls Tennis players are creating a responsible way for locals to recycle used tennis balls in hopes that less will end up in landfills.   

Sophomore Lily Liu and Freshman Maggie Liu, who are on the Girls Varsity Tennis Team at NPHS, founded a non-profit organization called Net Love that strives to recycle and repurpose ...

Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race Marks 25 Years of Giving Back to Local Community Causes

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The 25th Annual Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk drew hundreds of runners, walkers, children, and spectators on Sunday morning, September 18th at Memorial Field. Dozens of vendors arrived early to set up tents and provide free goodies, information, and drawings.

Over the last 24 years the event has raised over $282,000 that has been given out ...

Chatham Superintendent Presents 'Future Consideration': Full-Day Kindergarten, Switch to K-2 Elementary; 5th Graders to CMS

September 20, 2022

CHATHAM, NJ -- Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa presented a plan to reconfigure the school district, which would include the implementation of full-day kindergarten and the placement of fifth graders in the Chatham Middle School at Monday night's Chatham Board of Education meeting.

LaSusa stressed that the reconfiguration was a plan to explore throughout the school year and that it ...

Celebrity Scoop at Rita's Ice Benefits the Church of the Little Flower

September 20, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Rita's Ice in Berkeley Heights had "celebrity" scoopers on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. to benefit Church of the Little Flower. 

It was a beautiful warm September afternoon that brought families downtown for some ice cream and Italian ice. About an hour into the celebrity scoop, the skies opened up for a quick heavy downpour. The rain ...

The Church of the Little Flower Hosts 8-Week Bereavement Support Group Starting September 27

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Journey Through Grief - Bereavement Support Group is a free-of-charge 8-week support group held at The Church of the Little Flower Bernauer Parish Center, 290 Plainfield Ave. in Berkeley Heights. 

Sessions will be held 8 Tuesday afternoons beginning September 27 through November 15 from 1 to 2:30 ...

The Church of the Little Flower to hold "Journey through Bereavement" Seminar September 24

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Church of the Little Flower offers  “Journey through Bereavement" a free-of-charge seminar held on September 24, 2022 at The Church of the Little Flower Bernauer Parish Center, 290 Plainfield Ave. in Berkeley Heights. 

Morning Session - 9:30 AM - 1 PM - Focus on Estrangement

Afternoon Session - 1 PM - 5:30 PM - Focus on ...

Help from New Jersey Headed to Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Fiona

September 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is sending aid to Puerto Rico to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, September 18. The storm brought more than 20 inches of rain and heavy wind, causing major infrastructure damage and power outages to the island.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico during this devastating time," Gov. Phil ...

Chipotle to Pay New Jersey $7.75 Million to Settle Child Labor Law Violations

TRENTON, NJ — Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay the State of New Jersey a record $7.75 million to settle child labor law violations.

A 2020 New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) audit identified more than 30,000 violations that impacted minors at Chipotle locations in New Jersey. Those violations included Chipotle not abiding by limits on the number of hours ...

John Donnadio Advocates for County Government as Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of Counties

TRENTON, NJ — Sometimes, John Donnadio finds himself in 21 places at once.

As executive director of the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), he’s an advocate for county government in Trenton and works with legislators and the governor’s office. At the local level, the NJAC is a nonpartisan and bipartisan resource for leaders and administrators in all 21 counties in New ...

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Devanney, Poage & Tsitouras; Get The Facts, Watch The Debate

September 23, 2022

After taking part in a debate with their competitors for Mayor and Township Council, respectively, Mayor Angie Devanney, former Councilwoman Susan Poage and Dio Tsitouras are happy to encourage all residents to watch the debate online and learn more about this important election for the future of Berkeley Heights.

“Thanks to the League of Women Voters, residents can see why we are the ...

Busing challenges in the Berkeley Heights School district

My name is Dipti Khanna and I am running for a seat on the Board of Education.

This is a recent article that I wrote over the weekend about the busing challenges in the district. A bus route was suddenly canceled last week and parents had to scramble at the last minute. It speaks to a larger problem that our district is facing - challenges with planning and downstream execution. We need ...

Congressman Tom Malinowski Answers the Call

September 23, 2022

As a Mayor, I know that local government is where you need boots on the ground and hard work to effectuate change. So, it is rare to have an advocate at the highest level of the federal government to be a vociferous advocate for a small town in suburban Union County. But that is just what Tom Malinowski has done for Berkeley Heights.

He answered the call when I told him about the drainage ...

Shred and Recycle Your Personal Documents in October, Free of Charge

Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to two free, secure shredding events in October, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

After October, Union County’s paper shredding program will be on winter hiatus. The series of events will resume again next spring.

“We encourage all Union County residents to use our free ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Announces Upper School Fall Play "Clue On Stage"

The Wardlaw+Hartridge Performing Arts Department announced the cast list for its Upper School fall play – Clue on Stage – with performances set for November 4-5 in the Berry Performing Arts Center.

Leading players include Jack Silver of Rahway as Wadsworth, Raiya Patel of Edison as Yvette, Naischa Puri of Edison as Miss Scarlett, Sasha Chernyak of Edison as Mrs. Peacock, Giselle ...

The Arc of Union County Appoints New Members and New Board Chair

September 28, 2022

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The Arc of Union County is pleased to announce Stephanie Branna as its new Board Chair, taking over from Paul Eilbacher. Ms. Branna’s appointment was announced at The Arc’s September board meeting.

Ms. Branna is an insurance professional with The Branna Agency in Mountainside, New Jersey. She has been in the insurance business for over 15 years and is active in ...

The Friends of the New Providence Memorial Library Hosts 16th Annual Craft Fair, Oct. 1

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Friends of the New Providence Memorial Library is hosting its 16th Annual Craft Fair this Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Conti Family Community Room in the New Providence Memorial Library.  

The Craft Fair is a perfect place to find unique gifts and start your holiday shopping early. Local artisans are selling pottery, home decor, quilts, ...

Swing for a Cure WITH Grace Mini Golf Tournament

Mini golf for the cure! Join us for a day of mini golf, raffles, and fun, all for the outstanding cause of helping find a cure for childhood cancer.

You can participate in this mini golf tournament many ways: fundraise on your own, start a team and do it together or sponsor a cancer family to play! We will take care of graphics and webpages for you. All you need to do is find ...

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Fri, September 30

Boys and Girls Club of Newark, Newark

Imagine Facilitator Training

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Sat, October 1

Boys and Girls Club of Newark, Newark

Imagine Facilitator Training

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Sat, October 1, 10:00 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

The Friends of the New Providence Memorial ...

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Sat, October 1, 11:00 AM

Hyatt Hills Golf Complex, Clark

Swing for a Cure WITH Grace Mini Golf Tournament

Sat, October 1, 8:00 PM

Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook

Winslow, An Evening of the Eagles

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Sun, October 2

Boys and Girls Club of Newark, Newark

Imagine Facilitator Training

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating two milestones — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022, and the third anniversary of his TAPinto franchise, which he launched on his birthday, September 9, 2019.

It’s the second time in three years  that the local news and digital marketing ...

Tips for Small Businesses to Get Media Exposure

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Small business owners have faced unprecedented challenges during the last two years. Many have had to rethink their whole business model altogether. Communicating with customers and clients is more important now than it’s ever been.

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily lives. Protecting public health meant changing how many businesses ...