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'No One Who Has Received the J&J Vaccine Should Panic or Worry': Murphy

April 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Despite the side effects reported impacting some young women who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, Gov. Phil Murphy said that "no one who has received the J&J vaccine should panic or worry."  The governor tried to quell fears as the CDC and FDA called for a pause in the distribution of J&J vaccine "out of an abundance of ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

NEW JERSEY - While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

Formation of Youth Leadership Program

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Future Business Leaders of America is taking steps to establish a Toastmasters International Youth Leadership Program (YLP) at Governor Livingston High School.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization that aims to educate people about communication, and provide them with public speaking and leadership skills that will help them gain more ...

Diversity Committee Presents: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston Diversity Committee hosted a Literary Lunch virtual book discussion February 24, on the memoir “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah, a well known South African comedian. 

Sponsored by the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation, the Zoom event run by Catherine Avino, the media specialist at the high school, and Yuthika Deva, was attended ...

New Jersey Author Robert Constant's 'Hello Grandma!' Wins Literary Award for Children's Books

April 12, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!"

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner in the 2021 Feathered ...

Tri-M’s Virtual Music Grams

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tri-M Music Honor Society at Governor Livingston High School has not let the challenges of performing during the pandemic stop them from delivering their annual music grams. 

In recent years, the band and choir collaborated on serenading the student body during the Valentine’s Day season. In 2020 they had planned to do it in March, but their plans were ...

A Look Inside the New Berkeley Heights Public Library

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Get a sneak peek of the Berkeley Heights Public Library's new space at 29 Park Avenue.

"While finishing touches are still being completed, we wanted to share a preview of the new BHPL," said the Berkeley Heights Public Library Board. The photos show sections of the Children's Room, Young Adult space, and the main library areas ...

Edison Heating and Cooling: Check and Replace Cooling Units Before Summer Hit

April 9, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Signs of spring are slowly popping up throughout New Jersey which means the hot and humid days of summer – and the non-stop running of home and office cooling systems – are just around the corner. 

According to Mike Iarrapino, owner of Edison Heating and Cooling, spring is the best time of year to have units checked and, if necessary, ...

New Jersey Is 2021’s State with the 7th Highest Tax Burden: Study

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the seventh highest state with the overall tax burden with a 9.98% overall state tax according to personal finance website WalletHub’s  2021 Tax Burden by State report. Nearby New York was the highest taxed state in the nation.

What accounts for New Jersey's top 10 ranking? Property taxes.

"New Jersey has the third highest ...

Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights Ranked 5th Best Embassy Suites Hotel Across United States and Beyond

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The U.S. News & World Reports ranking of the best Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotels is in. Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights is ranked #5 best of all the 245 Embassy Suites hotels across the United States, Canada and Latin America.

"With perks like all-suite accommodations and complimentary made-to-order breakfasts, the hotels that ...

Gov. Livingston All-Around Athlete Jayson Schmidt Signs to Play Football with TCNJ

April 11, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — Jayson Schmidt has always relished causing havoc for opposing defenses and making things happen for the Gov. Livingston football team the past three years.

Next fall, The College of New Jersey and head coach Casey Goff will be the beneficiaries of the sturdy Schmidt’s athleticism and leadership.

Schmidt signed his national letter of intent to attend the ...

Gov. Livingston Volleyball: Sensational Seniors Help Sink Summit, 2-0, in Volleyball Victory

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — The focused foursome of seniors came through again in a big way for the Gov. Livingston girls’ volleyball team on Saturday.

Ashley Parker, Leah Dooley, Isabella An and Olivia Teska all contributed their customary stellar play to help send the Lady Highlanders to a 2-0 (25-21,25-19) victory over Summit on Senior Day.

Parker finished with three kills, one dig ...

Volleyball: Impressive Comeback Not Enough: Gov. Livingston Falls to Kent Place, 2-1, in UCT Quarterfinal

SUMMIT, NJ — Abby Periera finished with 10 kills, Olivia Teska had 15 assists and five service points and Leah Dooley contributed seven kills, seven digs and eight service points, but it was not enough when seventh-seed Gov. Livingston girls’ volleyball team suffered a 2-1 setback against second-seed Kent Place on Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the Union County ...

Town Hall is Wednesday on Redistricting Proposal; Here Are Details

April 12, 2021

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — Two town halls, a survey of “stakeholders,” followed by a Board of Education meeting will take place in the coming two-and-a-half weeks. At the end of those meetings, and based on the survey results, Superintendent of Schools Melissa Varley will recommend whether the district will redistrict in one fell swoop for the start of school in ...

Tri-M’s Virtual Music Grams

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tri-M Music Honor Society at Governor Livingston High School has not let the challenges of performing during the pandemic stop them from delivering their annual music grams. 

In recent years, the band and choir collaborated on serenading the student body during the Valentine’s Day season. In 2020 they had planned to do it in March, but their plans were ...

Union County Commissioners Announce Vaccination Day For Educators, School Staff

The Union County Board of Commissioners today announced the County will hold a mobile clinic to vaccinate educators and school personnel on Tuesday, April 6th from 1-8 p.m. at Warinanco Park in Roselle.

Any educator or school personnel wishing to receive a vaccination must pre-register now at www.ucnjvaccine.org.

Teachers, all staff and school administration officials ...

Formation of Youth Leadership Program

April 14, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Future Business Leaders of America is taking steps to establish a Toastmasters International Youth Leadership Program (YLP) at Governor Livingston High School.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization that aims to educate people about communication, and provide them with public speaking and leadership skills that will help them gain more ...

Diversity Committee Presents: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston Diversity Committee hosted a Literary Lunch virtual book discussion February 24, on the memoir “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah, a well known South African comedian. 

Sponsored by the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation, the Zoom event run by Catherine Avino, the media specialist at the high school, and Yuthika Deva, was attended ...

Breaking the Barriers: an Honest Discussion Hosted by GL Unfiltered

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - GL Unfiltered, the high school-based organization of BH Unfiltered, hosted a virtual event February 21, called Breaking the Barriers, in which students and faculty heard an honest conversation about the school’s culture, personal development, and support systems.

There were five alumni and four current students on the webinar’s panel that answered a series of ...

Tri-M’s Virtual Music Grams

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tri-M Music Honor Society at Governor Livingston High School has not let the challenges of performing during the pandemic stop them from delivering their annual music grams. 

In recent years, the band and choir collaborated on serenading the student body during the Valentine’s Day season. In 2020 they had planned to do it in March, but their plans were ...

Four Republicans Seek Party Nomination to Run for two seats on Council; Incumbent Democrats are Unopposed

April 7, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. - Four candidates have filed to run for the two Republican seats up for grabs in the primary election, but there will be no contest in the Democratic primary.

Running for the party's nomination on the Republican ticket are:

Edmund Tom Maciejewski
George De Luna

and

John Foster
Paul Donnelly.

Democratic incumbents Alvaro Medeiros and ...

'No One Who Has Received the J&J Vaccine Should Panic or Worry': Murphy

April 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Despite the side effects reported impacting some young women who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, Gov. Phil Murphy said that "no one who has received the J&J vaccine should panic or worry."  The governor tried to quell fears as the CDC and FDA called for a pause in the distribution of J&J vaccine "out of an abundance of ...

New Providence Council Ponders Opting Out from Allowing Cannabis Businesses to Set Foot in Borough

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Mayor Al Morgan and the Borough Council held a working session via Zoom on Tuesday, Apr. 13 prior to the regular council meeting to discuss Senate Bill 21 which legalized the sale and use of recreational cannabis in New Jersey. Municipalities may opt-out from hosting cannabis related businesses in town. However, such local ordinances must be enacted by Aug. 22, ...

TAPinto Berkeley Heights Catch Up with Mayor Angie Devanney, April 9, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - TAPinto Berkeley Heights continues our "Catch up with Mayor Angie Devanney" series. In a recent edition, Mayor Angie Devanney talks about the commencement of a project funded by the Safe Routes to Transit Grant.

Berkeley Heights was the recipient of the Safe Routes to Transit grant from the State of New Jersey in the amount of $410,000 in April ...

Union County Commissioners Set to Host Three COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions for April

April 7, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners are set to hold three emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in April to aid those affected by COVID-19.

The food distributions are open to all Union County residents.

Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required.

The events will take place ...

Summit Police Thwart Attempted Abduction of 19-Year-Old on Fernwood Road

April 12, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Quick action on the part of City of Summit Police Department officers resulted in the thwarting of an attempted abduction over the weekend, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Summit Police Chief Andrew Bartolotti jointly announced Sunday.

Shervon James, 33, of the Vauxhall section of Union Township has been charged with first-degree kidnapping. 

The ...

Victims Identified: Double Murder in Hillside Linked to Suicide in Union

UNION, NJ – The deaths of two women in Hillside are believed to be connected to a death in Union, said acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo on Wednesday.

As reported by TAPinto Union early Wednesday morning, the case began at about 2:30 Monday morning when Union police officers discovered a suspicious car parked in the lot behind Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 1755 Morris ...

Union County Commissioners Set to Host Three COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions for April

April 7, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners are set to hold three emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in April to aid those affected by COVID-19.

The food distributions are open to all Union County residents.

Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required.

The events will take place ...

Union County Commissioners Set to Host Three COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions for April

April 7, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners are set to hold three emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in April to aid those affected by COVID-19.

The food distributions are open to all Union County residents.

Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required.

The events will take place ...

Parklets, Open Setup for Quimby Street Poised to Return to Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — About five angled parking spaces on Prospect Street have been blocked off by cement barricades covered in navy blue cloth.

On Friday, bright orange cones placed in-between the barricades alerted drivers to the cordoned off spots, which will soon become space for outdoor dining for 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro and Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar.

The popular ...

New Jersey Date Night: The Best Brunch Spots

April 11, 2021

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

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time ...

Obituaries

Dominick “Chuck” Imbimbo, age 88, passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021 at Overlook ...
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Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste Recycling April 10

April 5, 2021

The Union County Board of Commissioners reminds residents that the next free Household Hazardous Waste recycling event will be held on Saturday, April 10, at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Campus, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Any Union County resident may participate, regardless of their hometown.

“The Household Hazardous ...

Spring Chipping in Berkeley Heights Begins April 5

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Spring Chipping Program in Berkeley Heights begins on April 5, 2021 in Section 3.

All branches must be out for pick-up on the first day of the schedule for your section. Absolutely no branches will be collected once a section is completed. Residents are advised that there will be no more than one pick-up per household. There will be no exceptions to the ...

New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

April 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

Wallace Chapel AME Zion Church Parishioner Recipient of 25,000th COVID-19 Vaccination Administered at Summit Community Center

SUMMIT, NJ - Plus she got a sticker and a cupcake, to boot.

Lela Ingram, 65, a Woodbridge resident and parishioner at Summit's Wallace Chapel AME Zion Church, received the milestone 25,000th COVID-19 vaccination administered at the Summit Community Center (SCC). In partnership with the City of Summit, Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center launched the COVID-19 ...

County Vaccination for Educators Smooth and Efficient

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Following Governor Phil Murphy's announcement that New Jersey educators and school staff were eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, the less than subtle distinction between eligibility and accessibility was raised. Now permitted to be vaccinated, would teachers and those working in schools have the means to secure appointments? Would adequate numbers of ...

Breaking News: Berkeley Heights Sets Bulk Pick Up Schedule

April 7, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The 2021 Residential Bulk Pick-Up Program will be returning this year beginning Monday, May 3 in Section #1 and will continue through May 18. All acceptable materials must be placed at the curb before 7 a.m. on the first clean up day scheduled for a section.

The contractor will cover each street only once. Therefore, it is very important that ...

International Barbershop Quartet Day: Music Director Deke Sharon and New Jersey's Gimme Four

April 11, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- In honor of International Barbershop Quartet Day, TAPintoTV looks back at our conversations with Will Downey, member of New Jersey's #1 barbershop quartet, Gimme Four, and award-winning Musical Director and Producer, Deke Sharon.

Gimme Four is an International Semifinalist barbershop quartet based in Caldwell, New Jersey. Group members Paul Franek, Dave Ammirata, Will ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

April 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY - While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

Faith Lutheran Church Held Festival Celebration on Easter Sunday

April 7, 2021

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — At 7 a.m. on Easter morning, Faith Lutheran Church of New Providence held a brief online service, which included the lighting of the Paschal Candle, in its memorial garden.

 

At 10 a.m., Faith celebrated that Jesus Christ had risen, with an online festival service. Faith’s pastor, Rev. Jane McCready, with the assistance of ...

Faith Lutheran Holds Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Services Online

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Faith Lutheran in New Providence invites all to participate in its online liturgical services on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.  The link for the services is https://www.facebook.com/FaithLutheranNewProvidence/live/

The following services will be held: 

Holy Thursday, will be held at 7 p.m., April 1, on the theme of A Servant’s ...

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TAPinto TV Wins Twice at Garden State Film Festival

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto TV, a medium-based franchise owned by East Main Media’s Brian Brodeur, won two Garden State Film Festival Awards.

The franchise’s “HomeGrown” series won awards for Best Television Show and Best Original Score from a Television Show.

“HomeGrown” is a series produced by East Main Media that follows host Stephanie Willoughby as ...

Post-Pandemic Marketing

Small business owners have a lot to think about, but navigating a global pandemic was likely not chief among their worries. Now that we are close to the end of one, local businesses are facing a host of challenges. Communicating effectively with customers and clients has never been more important. 

What changed in the pandemic?

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily ...

SAT and ACT Function in the College Admissions Process - Disparity in the Numbers

April 14, 2021

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - What is the real function of the SAT and ACT as it relates to the college admission process? TAPinto talks with Eva Addae and David Blobaum, co-founders of Summit Prep, in a series of articles to further the conversation regarding this topic. 

Addae and Blobaum set up the conversation around the "cacophony of arguments about the tests" to ...

Union County Commissioners to Cut Ribbon on New Playground Facilities at Nomahegan in Cranford on Sunday, April 18th at 11 a.m.

April 14, 2021

COVID-19 safety rules apply.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners will cut the ribbon on new playground facilities at Nomahegan Park in Carnford this Sunday, April 18th at 11:00 a.m. Nomahegan Park is located at 995 Springfield Avenue.

“As the weather gets warmer, families look to our local parks to safely have fun while staying active,” said County Commissioner ...

HOLD: FACT Recognizes the Importance of Autism Awareness and Champions This Cause on Behalf of the Special Needs Families of Union County

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Families and Community Together (FACT), the Union County Care Management Organization (CMO), understands that each child’s disability presents in their own unique way and determining the best treatment and family support options can be an involved and confusing process.

FACT strives to meet families where they are in terms of their own knowledge and understanding of ...

Union County’s Inclusive Activity Series Continues with Virtual Dance Party and Bubble Trouble, April 23 + 25

Free community events in celebration of Autism Acceptance Month.

In recognition of April as Autism Acceptance Month, the Union County Board of Commissioners presents a new edition of free online programming for persons with disabilities and special needs, featuring interactive fun for the whole family. The series is hosted by the Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special ...

Fellowship Foundation Hosts Inaugural Fellowship Charity Golf Outing; Honorary Chair Robert Mulcahy Joins Event on June 7

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Fellowship Foundation is hosting its inaugural Fellowship Charity Golf Outing on Monday, June 7, 2021 at the nationally recognized Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernardsville. Known for its rich history, the golf course is consistently rated one of the top 100 courses in the country. The Fellowship Foundation raises funds to enhance programs and services and ...

BOE Redistricting “Solutions” Would Hurt BH Students and Families

April 13, 2021

The idea of full-day K is not new for parents who have been raising children in Berkeley Heights but the redistricting “solutions” our superintendent and BOE are presenting come at a time that is particularly inconvenient.  Parents are still receiving positive case reports from our superintendent weekly. Some families are grieving the loss of loved ones and/or managing ...

Many Unanswered Questions

My takeaway from the Board of Education meeting on 4/8/21 is that, in general,  the residents and parents of Berkeley Heights have very different ideas from the administration and Board of Education in terms of what is the BEST way to start the 2021 school year.  While I appreciate the time spent on the presentation there is a lot of information needed to better understand the impact of ...

Superintendent's Report: Redistricting Tops List of Difficult Choices for a Town

Editor's Note: Superintendent of Schools Melissa Varley provided her Superintendent's Report from the Thursday, April 8, meeting of the Board of Education to be published as a Letter to the Editor.

As several community members have told me, Full Day Kindergarten has been discussed in Berkeley Heights for many years.  I know that everyone here will say that they support Full ...

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Yellin/Medeiros announce for Council

April 12, 2021

We are very proud of our record in helping to build a better Berkeley Heights where, as we see it, all residents are welcome and valued both now and in years to come. We are asking the residents of our town to give us the opportunity of a second term on the Township Council so that we can continue to ensure that all voices are heard and so that the progress that we made since being elected with ...