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Is He Artist or Super Hero or . . . Is He Both?: Local Actor and Writer Phil Eichinger Talks Comics, TV, and How He Paid Homage to his Father Using his Rahway Garage

August 5, 2021

RAHWAY, NJ — "Dude, call me Phil!" said actor and Rahway resident Phil Eichinger, in one of our first conversations via email, during which I committed the respectful faux pas of initially addressing him as "Mr. Eichinger." 

"Okay, cool," I said back, joking, "well, you never know with you Hollywood types."

For those of you for whom the ...

Governor Livingston Recent Grads Matthew Chin and Desmond Lam Participate in Annual Recognition Breakfast for Outstanding Scholars

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Matthew Chin and Desmond Lam, recent Governor Livingston graduates, were this year's outstanding scholar honorees at the Union County Superintendents Roundtable Annual Recognition Breakfast held at Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights in May. 

The top two scholars from each high school in Union County were invited to attend.  This ...

6 Ways to Enjoy Zucchini Season in NJ (That Aren’t Zucchini Bread)

NEW JERSEY — Aug. 8 is National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day.

Why? Because, this time of year, gardeners get a sudden influx of zucchini that needs to be picked all at once before it grows into enormous (but less tasty) squash on the vine.

If you’ve got a bumper crop of zucchini and summer squash, or if your neighbor is kind enough to share, here ...

Vaccine Distribution at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School a Success

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County's Mobile COVID-19 vaccine vehicle brought Pfizer and J&J vaccines to a pop-up clinic set at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Several dozen unvaccinated residents came to the site to their first dose. The mobile unit will return in three weeks to give the second does of the Pfizer vaccine. (J&J is a one-dose ...

Is He Artist or Super Hero or . . . Is He Both?: Local Actor and Writer Phil Eichinger Talks Comics, TV, and How He Paid Homage to his Father Using his Rahway Garage

August 5, 2021

RAHWAY, NJ — "Dude, call me Phil!" said actor and Rahway resident Phil Eichinger, in one of our first conversations via email, during which I committed the respectful faux pas of initially addressing him as "Mr. Eichinger." 

"Okay, cool," I said back, joking, "well, you never know with you Hollywood types."

For those of you for whom the ...

Fellowship Cultural Arts Center Reopens September 18 & 19: Tickets On Sale for 'Driving Miss Daisy'

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Fellowship Cultural Arts Center (CAC) is reopening to public performances on September 18, and the fall lineup looks fantastic. The CAC will reopen with Roadshow Americana’s presentation of Alfred Urhy’s Driving Miss Daisy, in its 257-seat state-of-the-art Mitchell and Ann Sieminski Theater. 

Tickets are available online at ...

Berkeley Heights Summer Concerts Wraps Up This Week with Missing Pieces; Celebrating First Responders at The Grove in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Grove at The Park in Berkeley Heights will be rockin' this Wednesday at the Summer Concerts in the Parks Series. This week wraps up the six concert series featuring Missing Pieces on a night honoring our First Responders.

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and Missing Pieces will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. playing hits to please the multi-generational crowd.

Edison Heating and Cooling: The Benefits of Routine HVAC Maintenance

July 22, 2021

EDISON, NJ –  Edison Heating and Cooling offers new and existing customers the option to purchase a maintenance contract and, according to owner Mike Iarrapino, there are various benefits for routine HVAC maintenance. 

"Routine check-ups and maintenance are key to ensuring your comfort systems are performing at their best," Iarrapino said, ...

Sydney McLaughlin, Union Catholic Track Legend, Wins Olympic Gold, Sets New World Record in 400 Hurdles

August 4, 2021

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Few events have occurred with greater anticipation than Tuesday night's women's 400 meter hurdles finals, which featured a showdown between the reigning Olympic champion, Dalilah Muhammad, and world record holder Sydney McLaughlin. The race did not disappoint as McLaughlin and Muhammad finished 1-2 in the race, which delighted the crowd that gathered at the Union ...

Chatham Boys Lacrosse Coach Calandra Decides to Rebuild at St. Joseph, NJ Hall of Fame Coach Leaves After 12 Years, 4 Titles

CHATHAM, NJ -- Tony Calandra heard the rumors that he was getting ready to retire from coaching lacrosse and move to Florida. When asked while guiding Chatham to the Group 3 state championship in 2021, he flatly denied that he was retiring anytime soon.

Calandra, however, made his retirement as the Chatham boys lacrosse coach official this past week when he accepted the head boys lacrosse ...

Softball: Heights Heat 8U Wins Parkway League Tournament

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Heights Heat 8U girls softball team won the Parkway League Tournament with a 9-2 victory against Hunterdon Pride at Ponytail Park in South Plainfield NJ this past Wednesday.   

The tournament was a 24 team field and the Heights Heat never trailed in a playoff game. Throughout the tournament, the girls had numerous double plays and even a triple ...

Governor Livingston Recent Grads Matthew Chin and Desmond Lam Participate in Annual Recognition Breakfast for Outstanding Scholars

August 5, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Matthew Chin and Desmond Lam, recent Governor Livingston graduates, were this year's outstanding scholar honorees at the Union County Superintendents Roundtable Annual Recognition Breakfast held at Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights in May. 

The top two scholars from each high school in Union County were invited to attend.  This ...

Ramya Kasthuri Appointed to BOE, 7 Candidates File to Run in November

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Once again the Board of Education is at full strength. During a special meeting on July 22, members of the board appointed Ramya Kasthuri to fill the seat left vacant last month after the death of longtime board member Helen Kirsch.

She will serve on the board through December 2021, at which time the seat will be filled by a candidate chosen by voters during the ...

New Jersey Is 2021's 3rd Best School System in America: WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was ranked as the country's third best school system in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list States with the Best and Worst School Systems. Only two states Massachusetts (No.1) and Connecticut (No. 2)  ranked higher New Jersey. New York (No. 14) and Pennsylvania (No. 24) finished in the top half of ranking ...

Latest COVID Figures in New Jersey

August 2, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that 10,505,407 doses of COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and J&J) have been administered in New Jersey as of Aug. 2. This means that 5,309,373 individuals who live, work, or study in New Jersey are now fully vaccinated.

However, with the Delta variant of the disease starting to show growth in the state, the governor continued to ...

NJ Will Require Vaccinations for Workers in Health Care Facilities and High-Risk Congregate Settings by Sept. 7

Vaccinations or Regular Testing Will be Required to Curb the Risk of COVID-19

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy today announced that all workers in certain state and private health care facilities, and high-risk congregate settings will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subject to testing weekly (at minimum one to two times per week). This requirement ...

Warren Township Board of Adjustment to Hear More on Stone House Hotel

WARREN, NJ - A public hearing is scheduled at the Warren Municipal Court on Monday, Aug. 2 to discuss plans to build a 48 unit hotel on the grounds of the Stone House Restaurant which is located on Stirling Road in Warren, near the border of Watchung.

The Stone House Restaurant has filed for two zoning variances to construct this hotel: one for use of the land, and the other for the height of ...

Berkeley Heights Police Department Receives Support from Summit Health for Tactical Training and Fitness Programs

July 29, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Summit Health joined Berkeley Heights Mayor Angie Devanney and Berkeley Heights Police Chief Jason Massimino to support the township’s plans to develop new tactical training and physical fitness facilities.  A donation of $5,000 by Summit Health will support programs for both police officers and community members.

“With our flagship campus ...

National Weather Service: Tornado Watch in Effect for Thursday Evening

NEW JERSEY --  The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tornado Watch for most of New Jersey for Thursday until approximately 9:00 p.m. Thunderstorms also are expected to move through the state with high winds and heavy rain. 

The Tornado Watch includes Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, ...

Meet Lantern Hill’s New Executive Chef Ron Pericone

July 30, 2021

At Lantern Hill, an Erickson Senior Living-managed community in New Providence, N.J., residents have their choice of three on-site dining venues. At the helm of it all is Executive Chef Ronald Pericone. He oversees all of the restaurants’ operations, including menu development and the creation of weekly specials as well as prep production and service.

Pericone has worked in the ...

6 Ways to Enjoy Zucchini Season in NJ (That Aren’t Zucchini Bread)

August 5, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Aug. 8 is National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day.

Why? Because, this time of year, gardeners get a sudden influx of zucchini that needs to be picked all at once before it grows into enormous (but less tasty) squash on the vine.

If you’ve got a bumper crop of zucchini and summer squash, or if your neighbor is kind enough to share, here ...

Obituaries

Apr 10, 1944 - Jun 5, 2021
Helen E. Kirsch (née Keck), 77, of Berkeley Heights, NJ, passed away on Saturday, June 5, ...
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Invasive Insect Threatens Ash Trees in Berkeley Heights Township Continues Countermeasures

July 29, 2021

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 Berkeley Heights. Four 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 ...

AARP Awards 2021 Community Challenge Grant to Berkeley Heights Township

The grant will be used to make the community more walkable while promoting social connection and inclusiveness 

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  – Berkeley Heights Township has been named a recipient of a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant, one of five grantees selected in New Jersey.

The grant will be used for a trailblazer project to design, print, and display an attractive, readable ...

Watchung Planning Board Hears More Testimony on Bonnie Burn Road Development

WATCHUNG, NJ — The Watchung Borough Planning Board at its last meeting heard new testimony from a new builder on a proposal to build 230 apartments, a clubhouse, and a swimming pool on Bonnie Burn Road. The plan includes 46 affordable units as part of Watchung’s affordable housing plan approved in 2018. A traffic engineer testified that the traffic impact would be minimal.

The ...

First Our House Golf Tourney Set for Summit's Canoe Brook C.C.

August 2, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Commemorating its 40th anniversary, Our House will host its inaugural golf outing on October 18 at Canoe Brook County Club in Summit.

The Our House Foundation (OHF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing funding for programs and services for individuals with developmental and other disabilities who reside in New Jersey.

The schedule for ...

Nominate Favorite Charity or Non Profit for Valairco Cares $500 Giveaway; Deadline July 31, 2021

MANVILLE, NJ - Make your vote count! Nominate your favorite charity or non-profit to win Valairco Care's next giveaway of $500. Voting deadline July 31, 2021.  Click here to nominate your charity or nonprofit.

In honor of Valairco Heating and Cooling's 50th anniversary, Valairco created Valairco Cares donating $500 to a charity or non-profit in the ...

Meet Lantern Hill’s New Executive Chef Ron Pericone

July 30, 2021

At Lantern Hill, an Erickson Senior Living-managed community in New Providence, N.J., residents have their choice of three on-site dining venues. At the helm of it all is Executive Chef Ronald Pericone. He oversees all of the restaurants’ operations, including menu development and the creation of weekly specials as well as prep production and service.

Pericone has worked in the ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation 

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Ranked Number One Hospital in New Jersey for the Fourth Year in a Row by U.S. News & World Report

 MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System announced on Tuesday that Morristown Medical Center was ranked the number one hospital in New Jersey for the fourth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospital rankings. The medical center is one of the top acute care hospitals in New Jersey to be nationally ranked, and ...

Edison Heating and Cooling: The Benefits of Routine HVAC Maintenance

July 22, 2021

EDISON, NJ –  Edison Heating and Cooling offers new and existing customers the option to purchase a maintenance contract and, according to owner Mike Iarrapino, there are various benefits for routine HVAC maintenance. 

"Routine check-ups and maintenance are key to ensuring your comfort systems are performing at their best," Iarrapino said, ...

New Jersey Dentist Provides Painless Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Sleep Apnea

July 26, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Dr. Joseph DalBon of the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry spoke with TAPintoTV to discuss a new painless laser oral treatment created to alleviate sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient is waking up during the night and unable to breathe that can cause a number of serious health issues,” he said. Some of these health issues ...

Warren Township Board of Adjustment to Hear More on Stone House Hotel

August 2, 2021

WARREN, NJ - A public hearing is scheduled at the Warren Municipal Court on Monday, Aug. 2 to discuss plans to build a 48 unit hotel on the grounds of the Stone House Restaurant which is located on Stirling Road in Warren, near the border of Watchung.

The Stone House Restaurant has filed for two zoning variances to construct this hotel: one for use of the land, and the other for the height of ...

Watchung Planning Board Grants Prelim Approval to TLE Daycare Center

WATCHUNG, NJ — The Watchung Borough Planning Board at its last meeting granted preliminary site plan approval to the Learning Experience daycare center proposed for Union Avenue. 

Hearings on the proposal for an approximately 10,700 square-foot daycare center across from the Weldon Quarry on New Providence Road began in 2019. Variances were needed for frontage, the number of parking ...

A Celebration of 22 Years of Ministry for Retiring Senior Pastor Dr. Jeff Ebert

July 8, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence Presbyterian Church will hold a special celebratory service to honor retiring Senior Pastor Dr. Jeff Ebert on July 11th at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to join us.

Dr. Jeff Ebert has been leading the New Providence Presbyterian Church for 22 years and will be greatly missed. During Jeff’s tenure the church navigated many changes ...

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Community Conversations: Preventing Skin Cancer

With a particularly hot summer, it’s especially important to protect yourself from melanoma and other skin cancers. On this next Community Conversation, Eric Whitman, MD, surgical oncologist, medical director of Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, and the director of the Atlantic Melanoma Center, discusses how to prevent skin cancer, symptoms you should be aware of and the exclusive ...

What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Lifelong Journalist Finds Way To Keep News Passion Alive By Launching TAPinto Chatham

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - To reporters, news is more than a job, it’s a passion. For Ed Barmakian, news is his whole life. And when he saw his passion was in danger, he found a way to evolve to meet the times rather than lose what he loves. 

Barmakian launched TAPinto Chatham in July of 2013. He had recently retired from the Star Ledger after 33 as a sports journalist and editor. His ...

Everyone Can Help Turn the Recycling Tide in Union County

Recycling always sounds like a great idea until reality sets in. Plastic bags and other random items can easily clog up the whole recycling stream, leading to increased costs that eventually fall upon taxpayers.

Everyone can help their city, township, or borough keep costs down by learning the two basic rules of “recycle right.”

1. No plastic bags! This one is easy: never put ...

Quitting Can Be Winning

July 30, 2021

I will begin by quoting a recent Instagram message by Justin Bieber.

“Nobody will ever understand the pressures you face! I know we don’t know each other but I’m so proud of the decision to withdraw.  It’s as simple as – what does it mean to gain the whole world but forfeit your soul. Sometimes our no’s are more powerful than our yes’s.  ...

Give Something that Means Something: Embassy Suites Berkeley Heights Hosts Blood Drive on Aug. 9

August 5, 2021

Starts: 2021-08-09

Ends: 2021-08-09

Address: 250 Connell Drive

Venue: Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights

City: Berkeley Heights

Zip Code: 07922

State: NJ

Phone: 9088971902

Contact Person: Red Cross

Phone: 1-800-733-2767

Website: RedCrossBlood.org

Atlantic Health System Launches Palliative Care Learning Collaborative Sponsored by Marquis Health Consulting Services $100K Donation Supports Education Initiative for Skilled Nursing Professionals

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Atlantic Health System this summer launched a Community Palliative Care Learning Collaborative (C-PCLC) developed with financial support from Marquis Health Consulting Services and led by a team of Atlantic Health palliative care and integrated care experts. The initiative aims to provide resources to educate and ...

Practice Greenhealth awards Atlantic Health System, all of its hospitals, for environmental sustainability

Atlantic Health System one of only eight systems recognized nationwide

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System and each of its medical centers were recognized by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care, highlighting the health system’s continued success in making its operations greener, even amid the ...

Thank You

August 5, 2021

I would like to thank the Board of Education for selecting me to fill the seat of the late Helen Kirsch for the rest of this year. I am honored and I look forward to working with the other board members to build long-term success for our administrators, teachers, and most importantly, our students.  I also want to take a moment to applaud Steve, Sonali, and Mike, who also applied and ...

Expanded Child Tax Credit Only First Step Toward Economic Justice

Over the past two weeks, roughly 90 percent of U.S. households with children have received $15 billion to help cover basic expenses, thanks to changes to the Child Tax Credit under the American Relief Plan Act. These monthly payments of up to $300 per child, are projected to cut child poverty by as much as half. 

As an American and a taxpayer, I am proud that those most in need will ...

Watchung Planning Board’s Approval of Daycare Center

To The Editor:

The Watchung planning board’s approval in July of an application to build a daycare center on the very edge of the borough’s border with Scotch Plains—and far from where it will have any negative effects on Watchung residents—strains belief.  It doesn’t belong there and there are plenty of alternatives.

I live around the corner from the ...

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Barre Intensity

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Fri, August 6, 9:30 AM

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Cardio Sculpt Express

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Fri, August 6, 11:00 AM

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Essential Hatha Yoga with Flow

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Sat, August 7, 11:00 AM

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8th Annual Independent Authors Book Expo

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Mon, August 9, 7:30 AM

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Barre Intensity

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Summer Body HIIT Program

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Mayor’s Corner June/July 2021

I hope you are all enjoying these warm and wonderful summer months full of vacations, summer camps and reconnecting with friends and loved ones! Hugging is my favorite part of coming together again. 

Much is changing as the new Town Hall stands tall and beautiful in the horizon as the old town hall, though both bitter and sweet, remains no more. Here is your summer ...