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AMC Mountainside 10 Theatre on Route 22 Temporarily Closed

June 18, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- A small fire in a popcorn machine at the AMC Mountainside 10 on Monday night has led to the temporary closure of the theatre, according to Bryan Villarroel, the manager on duty at the theatre.

He said since there was a fire involved, they “can’t open up the building to the public until the fire department and the health inspector can approve that it’s ...

Spotlight on Business features Basking Ridge Country Club

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - TAPinto “Spotlight on Business” features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories. This edition features Basking Ridge Country Club (BRCC) located at 185 Madisonville Road in Basking ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Urges Commuters to Get Involved

RARITAN VALLEY LINE, NJ -- The Raritan Valley Line (RVL) Mayors Alliance is urging NJ TRANSIT commuters to contact New Jersey State Legislators and demand same platform transfers and the restoration of one-seat riders on the rail company's Raritan Valley line. 

The mayors are proposing that NJ TRANSIT should:

Within 6 months restore off-peak direct one-seat rail ...

Rubber Ducky Festival, Block Party, and Pour into Summer Wine Festival draw thousands to Downtown Berkeley Heights

Short video shows community participating in The Big Berkeley Heights Weekend

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ --The Big Berkeley Heights Weekend, June 8-9, 2019, was filled with sun, fun and a vast array of activities for children to adults. It spanned two days, it incorporated three events making it a trifecta for the community.

The weekend began on Saturday with the Rubber Ducky Festival at Passaic ...

AMC Mountainside 10 Theatre on Route 22 Temporarily Closed

June 18, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- A small fire in a popcorn machine at the AMC Mountainside 10 on Monday night has led to the temporary closure of the theatre, according to Bryan Villarroel, the manager on duty at the theatre.

He said since there was a fire involved, they “can’t open up the building to the public until the fire department and the health inspector can approve that it’s ...

Spotlight on Business features Basking Ridge Country Club

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - TAPinto “Spotlight on Business” features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories. This edition features Basking Ridge Country Club (BRCC) located at 185 Madisonville Road in Basking ...

Rubber Ducky Festival, Block Party, and Pour into Summer Wine Festival draw thousands to Downtown Berkeley Heights

Short video shows community participating in The Big Berkeley Heights Weekend

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ --The Big Berkeley Heights Weekend, June 8-9, 2019, was filled with sun, fun and a vast array of activities for children to adults. It spanned two days, it incorporated three events making it a trifecta for the community.

The weekend began on Saturday with the Rubber Ducky Festival at Passaic ...

New Jersey Date Night: Asbury Park is the Shore Thing

June 15, 2019

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Summer is (unofficially) here and couples in New Jersey find themselves with the urge to see something experience something new. The yearning to get away is strong, but the desire to keep it close is even stronger.

Luckily for us, taking a road trip is easy in our state. With so many unique towns with so ...

Spotlight on Business features Basking Ridge Country Club

June 17, 2019

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - TAPinto “Spotlight on Business” features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories. This edition features Basking Ridge Country Club (BRCC) located at 185 Madisonville Road in Basking ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Urges Commuters to Get Involved

RARITAN VALLEY LINE, NJ -- The Raritan Valley Line (RVL) Mayors Alliance is urging NJ TRANSIT commuters to contact New Jersey State Legislators and demand same platform transfers and the restoration of one-seat riders on the rail company's Raritan Valley line. 

The mayors are proposing that NJ TRANSIT should:

Within 6 months restore off-peak direct one-seat rail ...

Thousands Kick Off Summer at Inaugural Berkeley Heights Block Party

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Thousands of residents of Berkeley Heights and surrounding communities attended the inaugural Berkeley Heights Block Party, where local restaurants, businesses, community organizations, attractions, music, and street performances were all featured.

Organized by the Berkeley Heights Business and Civic (BHBC) organization in conjunction with the Berkeley Heights ...

Berkeley Heights BOE Honors Outstanding Students For Achievements in Arts, Academics, Athletics

June 17, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Thursday evening, June 13, the Berkeley Heights Board of Education Honored 110 students for their outstanding achievements in the area of the arts, academics and athletics. The annual event drew a crowd of parents, grandparents, siblings, faculty and administrators and friends.

A complete list of the honorees can be found here.

The board also passed three ...

Berkeley Heights Girl Scout Troop 40553 Earns Their Bronze Award

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Local Berkeley Heights Junior Troop 40553 recently earned their Girl Scout Bronze Award by promoting literacy development among young children.

This fall, the girls hosted a book drive at three elementary schools for the Bridge of Books Foundation in Holmdel, NJ. They collected and sorted over 1,000 books which were distributed to underserved young children in New ...

Prosecutor IDs Armed Man Arrested on School Grounds in Westfield Thursday

WESTFIELD, NJ – A tip from police in Delaware helped authorities to arrest a man who came to the grounds of an elementary school in Westfield Thursday afternoon armed with a handgun and hollow point bullets, the Union County Prosecutor said Friday.

Thomas J. Wilkie, 46, of Bear, Delaware, was arrested outside of Tamaques Elementary School after classes had let out for the day, acting ...

Gov. Livingston Journalists Interview Mayor Angie Devanney

June 13, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor Angie Devanney of Berkeley Heights visited the Journalism classes at Governor Livingston High School on Wednesday, May 28. Student journalists from the yearbook and newspaper had the opportunity to interview the Mayor, gaining insight into the workings of town hall and getting the chance to practice their journalism skills. Mayor Devanney discussed a wide range of ...

Momo: A No-No?

Even though the Internet is a helpful resource when it comes to research and news, it can also double as a very scary place. Viral trends like the cinnamon and chubby bunny challenges seem fun and create entertaining YouTube videos. But sometimes, challenges and viral videos can be quite malicious. In one such instance, a series of concerning images of a character named Momo began appearing ...

Arts and Entertainment: Bohemian Rhapsody Review

Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic on Freddie Mercury and Queen’s journey to fame came out in early November of 2018. It immediately was a smash hit. I saw it a few weeks after it came out and twice after that, and my first opinion was, WOW!  The movie has a wonderful cast and an awesome storyline. It keeps the rock and fun of the band and their lives, and doesn’t over use ...

What’s a Finsta?

The stereotypes are pretty much true; teens and their phones are inseparable. A study of teenager screen time shows that teens spend six to nine hours on social media every day (NBC News). Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and many other social networking platforms are popular among students at Governor Livingston. Instagram is one of the most common apps to find on a high schooler’s phone. The ...

New Providence American Legion Observes Flag Day with Ceremony to Retire American Flags (Photo Gallery)

June 16, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Members of American Legion Post 433 honorably disposed of retired U.S. flags in a ceremony for the public on Friday in honor of Flag Day.

New Providence residents gathered in front of American Legion Hall for the annual Flag Retirement Ceremony to respectfully retire the flag presiding there in addition to others.

Since 1946, American Legion Post 433 has ...

Union County Extends Contract for Inmate Substance Abuse Program

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union County is taking steps to help its residents receive treatment for substance abuse, including by continuing substance abuse treatment for inmates at the Union County Jail.

The county saw a total 3,365 admissions to substance abuse treatment facilities in 2016, with 2,581 Union County residents seeking treatment for substance abuse at least once, according to ...

Forty-Four Bridges in Union County Being Repaired & More from Freeholders

ELIZABETH, NJ – A total of 44 bridges are set to be repaired in Union County.

If approved by the freeholder board, the county will hire T.R. Weniger Inc., of Piscataway, to repair all bridges that are part of the 2018 Bridge Improvement Program. Bridges in the program were chosen based on state criteria.

“The state comes out every couple of years, does an inspection on all of ...

Linden Man Charged in Union Officer-Involved Shooting in Mountainside

June 8, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A Linden man is in custody and facing multiple criminal charges after a vehicular chase and foot pursuit ended in a Union officer-involved shooting Friday afternoon.

Lester Krek, 32, is charged with second-degree disarming a police officer, second-degree eluding police, and third-degree resisting arrest, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced ...

Obituaries

- Jun 6, 2019
Catherine J. Martino (nee Carobrese) of Berkeley Heights, NJ, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019 ...
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Crafty Closer Joey DeFeo Named Valairco Heating and Cooling Highlander Athlete of the Week

June 14, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On April 2nd, senior lefty Joey DeFeo opened the season for the Gov. Livingston baseball team as the starting pitcher for the Highlanders. In that game, DeFeo's first varsity start, he was outstanding going six innings while giving up just two earned runs in the Highlanders 8-2 win. Little did DeFeo know that would be his last and only start as Coach ...

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Enjoy Golf Clinic at Basking Ridge Country Club

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Gov. Livingston High School deaf and hard of hearing students were invited to Basking Ridge Country Club on a beautiful May day to participate in a golf clinic. The clinic was led by Sue Delaney, Head PGA Professional at Basking Ridge Country Club, and her daughter, Jennifer. 

Jennifer, who has taken American Sign Language courses, heard about the Deaf and ...

Track and Field: Gov. Livingston's Vanriele Wins Historic Sixth Meet of Champions Title

NORTH BURLINGTON, NJ - The NJSIAA held the spring track and field Meet of Champions on Saturday, June 7th at the Northern Burlington High School.  GL athletes qualified in three events--the girls 400, 800 and 4x400 relay. Victoria Vanriele, who qualified to run the 400 and the 800, scratched the 400 event to ensure her legs were fresh to defend her 800 MOC title.  The 4x400 ...

Scutari Retains Union County Democratic Chairmanship

June 12, 2019

UNION, NJ -- Despite the contentiousness of the June 4 Primary in several municipalities across Union County, when it came time to select the county's Democratic Chair no one challenged State Senator Nick Scutari for the top position at Kean University on Tuesday, June 11. 

Political experts had predicted a possible challenge from Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, who did not publicly ...

Fan Jam Music and Food Truck Fest Lineup Announced for June 30 in Fanwood

June 13, 2019

FANWOOD, NJ -- Live Bands, food trucks, and classic cars will transform Fanwood’s LaGrande Park into a rockin’ party for all ages called the 3rd Annual Fanwood Summer Fan Jam, presented by Two River Bank on On Sunday June 30, from 11:00 a.m.to 7:00 p.m. The free festival is run by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC), with contributions from local ...

First Ever Summer Wine Festival in Berkeley Heights is a Weekend Affair (Photo Gallery)

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A steady crowd poured into Mt. Carmel Fairgrounds on Saturday for the first ever Pour into Summer Wine Festival in Berkeley Heights. Guests enjoyed day one of the two-day festival that features over 150 different wines from 10 local New Jersey wineries.  

Gates are open noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. Attendees over 21 will be able to taste ...

Big BH Weekend is Coming!  Fun For All in Berkeley Heights on June 8th and 9th!

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Get ready for “BIG BH WEEKEND” -  coming to town on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9!  This fun-filled weekend features the events your kids will talk about and you will love - the Rubber Ducky Festival on Saturday and the first-ever Berkeley Heights Block Party on Sunday -  as well as the “Pour Into Summer” Wine Festival at Mt ...

Founder of ‘Val’s Valiants’ honored for Efforts to Clean Up Berkeley Heights; Next Clean-up is Today

May 31, 2019

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The spotlight was on Valerie Diamond Wednesday night, May 29, when she was honored by the mayor and council for founding “Val’s Valiants,” a group of volunteers whose mission it is to find and pick up litter at different locations in the township.

Not one to rest on her laurels, she and Val Valiants will be cleaning up Lower Columbia ...

Police Station Trex Bin:  Help Earn a Trex Bench for Hughes Elementary, to Honor Classmate Annabelle “Annie” Helen Young

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission (BHEC), the Township of Berkeley Heights staff, and members of Cub Scout Pack 268 invite you to help the environment while honoring the memory of Annie Young by helping us collect 500 pounds of thin film plastics at the Police Station Trex Bin.  

Trex Bins provide a convenient means for people to keep plastic bags and ...

Berkeley Heights Girl Scout Troop 40553 Earns Their Bronze Award

June 16, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Local Berkeley Heights Junior Troop 40553 recently earned their Girl Scout Bronze Award by promoting literacy development among young children.

This fall, the girls hosted a book drive at three elementary schools for the Bridge of Books Foundation in Holmdel, NJ. They collected and sorted over 1,000 books which were distributed to underserved young children in New ...

Samantha Kelly of Red Bank Joins Atlantic Health System as Top Exec

June 13, 2019

RED BANK, NJ – Atlantic Health System announced Samantha Kelly as their Executive Director of Atlantic Health System Neuroscience and Atlantic Neuroscience Institute. 

Kelly has lived in Red Bank most of her life, and graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School in 2000.

Kelly will be responsible for aligning neuroscience services with Atlantic Health System’s mission ...

Golden Buzzer Time: First Ever 'Atlantic Has Talent' Draws a Crowd

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Showcasing the talents of team members in a fun and entertaining way, Atlantic Health System hosted its first-ever 'Atlantic's Got Talent' event at The College of St. Elizabeth. Twelve finalists treated the audience to vocals, instrumentals, dance performances, an original poetry recitation and stand-up comedy.

First, second and third place winners received ...

2 From Westfield Region Suffer Legionnaire’s as County Cluster Source Sought

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two of the 22 cases of Legionnaire’s Disease cases within Union County are within the seven Union County municipalities the Westfield Regional Health Department services, the director of that department said Monday.

Legionnaires’ disease is a lung infection people acquire by breathing in small droplets of water containing the bacteria Legionella, and state ...

National Weather Service Issues Tornado Warning

May 28, 2019

WARREN, NJ - The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning until 10 pm in our area. 

Ten counties were placed under a tornado watch on Tuesday afternoon. 

 

“Take cover now,” the weather service said. “Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile ...

AMC Mountainside 10 Theatre on Route 22 Temporarily Closed

June 18, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- A small fire in a popcorn machine at the AMC Mountainside 10 on Monday night has led to the temporary closure of the theatre, according to Bryan Villarroel, the manager on duty at the theatre.

He said since there was a fire involved, they “can’t open up the building to the public until the fire department and the health inspector can approve that it’s ...

Strong-arm Robbery Reported in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – A strong-arm robbery in the vicinity of 404 Springfield Ave. has been reported by Breaking News Network (BNN) at 11:24 a.m. According to the two reports filed by BNN, police are canvasing local businesses for surveillance footage of the event and the suspects, who have been described as two men, one black, the other Hispanic.

The victim told police she was ...

Scenes from the Scotch Plains Fire Dept.'s 150th Anniversary Parade

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department celebrated its 150th anniversary with the help of firefighters and vehicles from across Union County and other areas of New Jersey on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in downtown Scotch Plains. 

The festivities were highlighted by a parade, that began at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, and went past a reviewing stand in front of St.

Church of the Little Flower Offers Men's Support Group; Coping with Death, Healing for Men

June 5, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Church of the Little Flower offers a three session men’s support group journey on Loss, Grief and Healing. 

Monday Evenings: 7-8:30 PM

 June 10, June 17, June 24

Bernauer Parish Center of the Church of the Little Flower
Upper Level Multipurpose Room, 290 Plainfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ

Registration REQUIRED and is Free of ...

Berkeley Aquatic Club Celebrates the Life of its Founder; Unveils Naming of Jim Wood Memorial Pool

It is the loss of a man who stamped both the floor of his pool and the surrounding community with a reminder of values key and fleeting: Accountability, Perseverance, Commitment, Integrity, Humility, Courage, Respect, and Pride.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Jim Wood, the founder of Berkeley Aquatic Club Center of Excellence, was honored on Saturday with the unveiling of the Jim Wood Memorial Pool ...

Linden Man Charged in Union Officer-Involved Shooting in Mountainside

June 8, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A Linden man is in custody and facing multiple criminal charges after a vehicular chase and foot pursuit ended in a Union officer-involved shooting Friday afternoon.

Lester Krek, 32, is charged with second-degree disarming a police officer, second-degree eluding police, and third-degree resisting arrest, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced ...

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Thank you

June 6, 2019

We want to thank all the Berkeley Heights voters who came out to vote for us in yesterday's Democratic primary. It is the official start of our campaign of Progress We Can Count On - a positive, issues-driven campaign that will focus on building on the great changes made under the leadership of Angie Devanney, Alvaro Medeiros, Susan Poage and Stephen Yellin! 

We congratulate ...

Thank you for your support

Thank you to the residents of Berkeley Heights for your support.  We are proud to represent the Republican Party of Berkeley Heights this November.  We commend our opponents on a spirited campaign.  We are committed to securing support from Republican, Unaffiliated and Democrat voters who want to ensure that Berkeley Heights comes First.  We ...

Goddard School of Long Hill Sponsors 'Kids Activities Nearby': Hit the Beach This Summer With The 2019 New Jersey Beach Badges Guide

Editor's note: Know of an upcoming kids' event? Email details to bpeer@tapinto.net for consideration to be included in the next edition. Come celebrate Goddard School of Long Hill's Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting festivities on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Click here for details of the fun activities planned.

 

"Kids Activities Nearby" is ...

Aerobic Exercise – Benefits for Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle & Reducing Risk of Injury

Aerobic exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, bone diseases, cognitive decline, and cancer. Numerous studies have demonstrated the positive benefits of increased fitness levels achieved through regular physical activity and exercise. An active lifestyle can maintain or enhance fitness levels for general health, ...

“Wings over New Jersey” columnist Jack Elliott Memorialized Sunday

My walk to high school in Summit each day took me past a large brick compound called the New England Village Garden Apartments.  The buildings were rectangular and, except for white Colonial door mantels, they were otherwise nondescript.

The village was filled with older people, who wanted to stay in town after unloading their homes. Each day, kids like me would walk by, oblivious to the ...

Allstate Blog, Everyday Peace of Mind: Driving Safety: Myth or Fact?

June 18, 2019

PLEASE POST ON JUNE 18

Lori Cicali's Allstate Insurance office, located in Berkeley Heights, takes the time to get to know people and present options that meet their specific needs. As an agency owner, her office makes a difference in people’s lives and helps them know they’re working with professionals who care. Her team cares about families and would ...

The SAT’s New Adversity Score

Equality of opportunity and equity (fairness) of outcome are desirable.  The SAT’s adversity score, however, is a misguided attempt at achieving this equality of opportunity and, in some cases, will work against equity of outcome.  The use of this score calls into question the test’s purpose and undermines the importance of education more generally. Worse still, it ...

LWV Citizenship Awards

June 18, 2019

At its June Annual meeting, the League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence & Summit presented its Citizenship Awards to a Junior at each of the local public high schools in the three communities. The recipients are Emily Scheibe, Gov. Livingston High School, Kathryn Hearn, New Providence High School and Ariel Shultz, Summit High School. The citizenship awards are given ...

Residents Contribute Approx. 5,800 Pounds of  Thin Film Plastics to Trex Bins in Just a One Year Period

BERKELEY HEIGHTSIn just one year, residents of Berkeley Heights have crossed the milestone of contributing 5,778.79 pounds of thin film plastics in Trex bins around town – almost three tons of thin film plastics that would otherwise have found their ways into landfills, waterways, and other places.  

The magnitude of this accomplishment is vast. To put this collection amount in ...

Summit Prep Offers Summer Coding Camp

SUMMIT, NJ - Coding is an ever increasingly valuable skill.  Not only does skill in coding provide stable career prospects and a clear pathway to success, but coding can more-or-less be done anywhere in the world, thereby opening up an even greater degree of possibilities and opportunities for your children.  The basics of coding that students learn will also help promote more general ...

CFO Studio Honors Two Atlantic Health System Finance Executives

Morristown, NJ –CFO Studio recently recognized two Atlantic Health System finance executives for their contribution to the company’s economic growth, stability, and success at the recent CFO Excellence Awards, which recognize CFOs who demonstrate outstanding work for the year.

Joseph D’Auria, Chief Financial Officer for Morristown Medical Center, was recognized with the ...

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Contributing to a HSA

The increasing costs of healthcare is one of the top concerns among Americans today. One option to consider to help pay for these costs is to take advantage of tax-advantaged savings specifically for health expenses through a Health Savings Account (HSA). HSAs offer three different tax advantages: 

Contributions are deductible
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