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Experience Revolutionary War History at The Dey Mansion: George Washington’s Headquarters

July 3, 2020

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Independence Day, TAPintoTV is revisiting our piece from last year on the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

Red, White and Boom: Fireworks in Ocean County and South

Editor's note: For our readers down at the shore, there is still a chance to catch "rockets red glare" this Fourth of July.

NEW JERSEY – Many New Jersey shore communities have canceled their firework displays this year. However, those who can’t imagine an Independence Day without the “rockets red glare” can still find them at the shore.

There ...

Summit Arboretum's Executive Director Frank Juliano Retires June 30

SUMMIT, NJ - Frank Juliano, whose passion for all things Reeves-Reed Arboretum was both boundless and omnipresent, has announced that he will be retiring as the Arboretum's Executive Director on June 30. Juliano, who served eight years in the role, will be replaced by Jackie Kondrel, the Arboretum's current Director of Education.

In a letter posted to the Arboretum's ...

Drive-In Movie Experience Comes to Berkeley Heights

July 1, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Recreation Department and the Berkeley Heights Business & Civic are pleased to announce in conjunction with The Connell Company, our Berkeley Heights Summer 2020 Drive-In Movie Experience on July 22, August 5, and August 18.

"As a result of COVID-19 and the restrictions placed on social gatherings, we had no choice but to ...

Class of 2020 Graduation Gala to be held July 7

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston and Magnet seniors residing in Berkeley Heights or Mountainside are invited to attend the Class of 2020 Graduation Gala to be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 7, 2020. (Underclassman guests who accompany a senior are limited to first 50 guests on a first come, first served basis.)  

The Gala will take place outdoors under tents ...

Local Mother Creates Online Petition to Save Lord Stirling Stable in Basking Ridge

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Basking Ridge mother of twins, Sharon Vopel, has created an online petition to save Lord Stirling Stable in Basking Ridge.  The public stable, run by Somerset County Parks Commission, has been completely closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While many other Somerset County parks have reopened to the public in some capacity according to county Parks ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Local Tailor Makes 'Window Mask' to Assist People that Rely on Lip Reading

MILLBURN, NJ - Mountainside resident and owner of Denim & Tailor in Millburn, Mark Zacieracha, is a professional tailor who has found a way to assist children and adults that rely on facial ques and lip-reading to improve their understanding of spoken language during a time when face coverings are recommended.  

MaryKate Vaughn, an Audiologist and New Jersey ...

Back to Business in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Since Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey will enter Stage 2 of the "Restart and Recovery" plan, many businesses around Berkeley Heights have received the green light to open their shop doors, others (indoor fitness and recreation facilities) continue to wait.

For many, the re-opening of businesses means a chance to get ...

Berkeley Heights Recreation Offers "Summer Experience" Classes for Children, Grades K-8

June 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Due to the current COVID 19 circumstances and its numerous state and local mandated regulations, the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission, Recreation Department and Township Administration, together, have decided not to run Summer Playground Camp 2020.

"We are taking a totally different approach this summer," said Ed Gallitelli, Recreation ...

Gov. Livingston's Victoria Vanriele Named Gatorade New Jersey Track & Field Player of the Year

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - For the third consecutive year, Victoria Vanriele has been named as the 2019-2020 Gatorade New Jersey Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. 

In a statement issued by Gatorade, they stated, the award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off ...

'Last Dance' Baseball Tournament Would Give Berkeley Heights and Mountainside Players Chance to Get Back on Diamond

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Members of the Gov. Livingston High School baseball program who were deprived of a chance to play the 2020 spring season due to the statewide coronavirus shutdown of schools should finally get their chance to play as a team in July.

The Last Dance Baseball Tournament, which will involve well over 200 teams--including a team representing Berkeley Heights and ...

School District's Summer Projects: Make Plans to Reopen Schools, Recruit Volunteers for Diversity Committees

June 30, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Don't look for Superintendent of Schools Melissa Varley at graduation on July 8, she won't be there. As much as she would like to attend her first graduation as superintendent, she said a trip to Florida last week leaves her “caught up in the newly announced quarantine.” She will also miss the senior picnic on July 7 -- unless it rains, in ...

NJCIE Honors Berkeley Heights Special Ed Director

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A Berkeley Heights Public Schools administrator was officially honored by the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) on June 29 for her outstanding leadership in inclusive education.

Michele Gardner, the district’s director of special education, was recognized by the organization for her leadership and continuous efforts to sustain an inclusive ...

Class of 2020 Graduation Gala to be held July 7

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston and Magnet seniors residing in Berkeley Heights or Mountainside are invited to attend the Class of 2020 Graduation Gala to be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 7, 2020. (Underclassman guests who accompany a senior are limited to first 50 guests on a first come, first served basis.)  

The Gala will take place outdoors under tents ...

GL Students Take to The Streets in Community Protest to Make Their Voices Heard: Photo Gallery

June 30, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Students from Governor Livingston High School made their voices heard on Sunday, June 7, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement taking place around the country. 

The Berkeley Heights march was organized by Berkeley Heights resident Rheaa Cordillo along with support from the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council and current and former high school students from ...

Zooming Through Remote Learning

Students and teachers alike worked hard staying connected during the uncertain times of remote learning amid a pandemic. Zoom, an app that seemingly appeared out of nowhere, aided the community with this difficult task. When school, hangouts, and the world moved into a digital space, Zoom was one of the most popular options for staying in touch.

Although it is not the only option for video ...

Senior Projects at Gov. Livingston

The final year of high school can be very exciting but also very stressful. Seniors have the pressure of picking a college or career path to pursue in the future. This can be a daunting task, especially if students are unsure of their interests or feel that they do not have enough information to make a decision. The senior project aims to relieve the stress of this situation.

The senior ...

Extracuriculars During the Pandemic

Although remote learning is coming to an end and mandatory quarantine restrictions are beginning to lighten, students spent the time at home adapting to the situation, becoming more comfortable maintaining their school schedule from a distance. 

Something that has taken a bit more time to successfully convert to online is participation in  extracurricular activities. Whether it was ...

Vote-by-Mail: Know Your Berkeley Heights Primary Candidates for Township Council

June 28, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Registered voters are reminded to mail in your ballots for the Tuesday, July 7 Primary Election. As mandated by State of New Jersey Executive Order No. 144, vote-by-mail ballots for the primary election were automatically mailed to all registered Democratic and Republican Party voters. Unaffiliated and inactive voters received an application to vote-by-mail.

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

Take It Outside: Summit Council Approves Sidewalk Dining Permits, Parklet Locations

July 3, 2020

Related article: Curb Your Appetite: Summit's Outdoor Downtown Dining Destinations Detailed

SUMMIT, NJ - “Balance” was the watchword during a special virtual meeting of the Summit Common Council on June 29. In less than an hour, the Council considered 11 resolutions allowing Summit restaurants to offer outdoor dining in this COVID-19 world. Another 18 applications had been ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Chick-fil-A Opens on Route 22 and Terrill Road

WATCHUNG, NJ -- While anyone who had driven along Route 22 in the past few weeks could see the evidence of an imminent opening, the new Chick-fil-A opened on Thursday, June 24, at the intersection of Terrill Road, the longtime home of Sears -- just walking distance from chicken franchise rival Popeye's.

In accordance with social distancing measures, the restaurant is opened for ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

July 3, 2020

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

Obituaries

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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Summit Arboretum's Executive Director Frank Juliano Retires June 30

July 3, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - Frank Juliano, whose passion for all things Reeves-Reed Arboretum was both boundless and omnipresent, has announced that he will be retiring as the Arboretum's Executive Director on June 30. Juliano, who served eight years in the role, will be replaced by Jackie Kondrel, the Arboretum's current Director of Education.

In a letter posted to the Arboretum's ...

Tips for Mosquito Prevention in Berkeley Heights This Summer

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- As summer weather gets underway, Berkeley Heights residents should be mindful that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever. During the 2018 and 2019 mosquito seasons, surveillance programs documented above-average mosquito populations and record-setting levels of West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

In Union ...

Governor Livingston High School Announces the Opening of the Highlander Arboretum

Becomes First High School in the State to be Recognized as National Arboretum 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights has been awarded official Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ...

Elizabeth Native Marsha Johnson Honored with Google Doodle

July 1, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Google honored Elizabeth native Marsha P. Johnson with her own doodle on its Tuesday homepage for the last day of Pride month.

“The milestones achieved in the LGBTQ rights and equality movement were made possible by trailblazers who first stood up for their rights - people like early transgender, gay rights and AIDS activist, Marsha P. Johnson,” said Freeholder ...

Who is that masked woman behind the mask making?

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - BH Neighbors Helping Neighbors was the coordinated efforts by some residents to help during the trying times as we went into quarantine. A network of neighbors organized quickly by establishing a phone number where people could reach out for help with shopping, technology troubles, some conversation and to order free homemade masks.

The mask effort was quite involved.

Pen Pal Program Lifts Residents' Spirits at Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights

July 2, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Residents at Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights are in search of a pen pal to keep them connected while social distancing. 

"For most of us, these last several months have been a bit more stressful. But for people in long term care facilities this quarantine away from their loved ones has been understandably difficult at times," said ...

FDA Warns Against Certain Hand-Sanitizer Products from Mexico

WAYNE, NJ – The FDA has published an advisory to the public not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA deCV in Mexico due to the potential presence of methanol. “Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects,” read the advisory.

An increased awareness for hand hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights Celebrates Life and Remembers Those Lost with 'Garden of Reflection'

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights celebrated life and those lost due to the Covid-19 epidemic with a "Garden Of Reflection," a peaceful place for staff, residents and families to spend time together. 

"As most of you know, the elderly population was hit the hardest by this virus. While we pause and remember those we ...

Mosquito Control Important in New Jersey After Mild Winter

June 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — As the phased reopening of New Jersey continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warming weather, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said.

With public health in the spotlight as a result of the pandemic, residents doing ...

Experience Revolutionary War History at The Dey Mansion: George Washington’s Headquarters

July 3, 2020

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Independence Day, TAPintoTV is revisiting our piece from last year on the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen ...

Student Led Community Vigil for Black Lives Spreads Message of Unity

June 15, 2020

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A Community Vigil for Black Lives was held on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park in New Providence. The program, which attracted many, was student-led in partnership with the Diversity Committee of New Providence.  

The vigil was led by Claire Alvine from the New Providence Diversity Committee who discussed the importance of coming together as a ...

Religious Leaders of New Providence and Berkeley Heights Condemn the Killing of George Floyd and Systemic Racism

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Members of the New Providence and Berkeley Heights Interfaith Clergy issue a statement on the murder of George Floyd and systemic racism and call for "peace and reconciliation for all."

"The New Providence and Berkeley Heights Interfaith Clergy Group a strongly condemns the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis ...

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Union County Residents: Make One Change

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking county residents to join a global initiative to reduce their plastic waste during the month of July, and hopefully long after.  Plastic Free July is a world-wide movement that encourages people to become part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful litter-free ...

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 ...

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.

“Union County ...

Authentic, Skilled Leader for Berkeley Heights

July 2, 2020

My name is Jeff Varnerin.  I am a fiscally conservative Republican, running for Town Council. Berkeley Heights deserves highly skilled, time tested and dedicated leaders, to preserve our community for generations to come.  My wife, Debbie and I chose this community 14 years ago, to raise our family.  We love this town and it has given our family so much since our arrival. Now I ...

Competent, compassionate leadership for Berkeley Heights

When I first ran for Berkeley Heights Town Council, I committed to building the future of Berkeley Heights with you!  WE have worked hard over the years to make smart, strategic investments in our town that improve the quality of life and preserve affordability. Through collaborative efforts with residents, volunteers, and community stakeholders, we have seen significant improvements to ...

Bret Sayre (D) - Economic Revitalization Will Position BH To THRIVE

My name is Bret Sayre and I am running for the Berkeley Heights Town Council because I want to use my dedication to our community and my strong financial professional skill set to position our town for prosperity in the coming years and decades. I have lived in Berkeley Heights for nearly a decade, moving here when my daughter, Alyson, was less than two months old. And whether it has been the ...

Notes from the Administrator’s Desk (June 2020): Opening Up for Business, Great Financial News, Road Project  & Electronics Recycling Makes a Comeback 

Summer is officially here, and many of us are celebrating the completion of our children’s first virtual semester - and somehow surviving homeschooling while working from home and quarantining (serenity, now!). As our economy opens up, and we get out to eat, visit beaches and parks, and play sports, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of wearing masks in public, maintaining safe ...

Help Support African-American Student Success at the Close the Gap Virtual Cocktail Party

July 3, 2020

CRANFORD – Five years ago, the Union County College Foundation launched the Close the Gap campaign to accelerate the pace of African American student success. Thanks to this initiative, the graduation rate for male African-American students has more the quadrupled at Union County College. To support this campaign, the Union County College will be hosting their Annual Close the Gap Cocktail ...

Help Support African-American Student Success at the Close the Gap Virtual Cocktail Party

CRANFORD – Five years ago, the Union County College Foundation launched the Close the Gap campaign to accelerate the pace of African American student success. Thanks to this initiative, the graduation rate for male African-American students has more the quadrupled at Union County College. To support this campaign, the Union County College will be hosting their Annual Close the Gap Cocktail ...

Join the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council for Just Mercy a Community Watch & Community “Talk Back” on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30pm. 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Diversity Council is hosting Just Mercy - Civil Rights Learning Opportunity - Group Watch & Discussion Panel.  The movie, Just Mercy, based on the life work of Civil Rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, was available to rent for free during the month of June. If you haven’t already, watch it tonight! It’s a great movie for anyone ...

Red, White and Boom: Fireworks in Ocean County and South

July 3, 2020

Editor's note: For our readers down at the shore, there is still a chance to catch "rockets red glare" this Fourth of July.

NEW JERSEY – Many New Jersey shore communities have canceled their firework displays this year. However, those who can’t imagine an Independence Day without the “rockets red glare” can still find them at the shore.

There ...

Avoiding the 10% Penalty

As a retirement account owner, you’ve probably been warned about the 10% early distribution penalty that applies to taxable distributions made before age 59½. But did you know that if for some reason you need to access your money early, there are exceptions to this rule?

Expenses such as medical bills, buying your first home, and higher education may qualify as exceptions and ...

What Issues Should I Consider Before I Update My Estate Plan?

This Checklist covers 18 of the most important planning issues to identify and consider before updating their estate plan. It’s structured as follows:

Beneficiary & Fiduciary Issues
Assets & Property Related Issues
Minors & Children Related Issues
Other Issues

 

Questions?  Give us a call at (877) 714-2362 to schedule a time for a ...

Planning for Multiple Beneficiaries

For some people, leaving a legacy is as simple as naming their spouse as their sole beneficiary, but for many, there is a list of loved ones they want to include. Beneficiary planning can be tricky, and if you’re planning to leave your assets to more than one person, you need to ensure that you’re setting everything up correctly so that your heirs can avoid paying unnecessary ...