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Photos: Best Places for Fall Foliage in Somerset Hills and New Jersey

November 13, 2018

SOMERSET HILLS, NJ - Fall foliage has been at its peak the last few weeks in the Somerset HIlls region, and TAPinto Somerset Hills is sharing some of the best local places enjoy the autumn foliage.

To have your photos added to the gallery here or to share your favorite spots to find fall foliage in and around Somerset Hills, email baskingridge@tapinto.net.

Best New Jersey Foliage ...

Open House at Berkeley Heights Public Library

Join the Board of Trustees of Berkeley Heights Public Library for an Open House on Sunday, Nov. 18th, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Enjoy prize drawings, a take home craft for children, and light refreshments.  Magician Brian Richards will be performing at 3:00.  Drop in at 110 Roosevelt Ave and visit.

More than 200 Gather to Celebrate the Career of Berkeley Heights Superintendent of Schools Judith A. Rattner

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - More than 200 colleagues, friends and family members gathered at the Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights last night to celebrate the career of Judith A. Rattner, who recently retired from her position as Superintendent of Schools in the Berkeley Heights School District.

Rattner had served as Superintendent of Schools since 2005, after having been the Assistant ...

New Providence High School Drama Department Presents 'The Children's Hour'

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence High School Drama Department presents "The Children's Hour,'" featuring both High School and Middle School students on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m. each night.

In the play, a private school for young girls is scandalized when a spiteful student turns against her teachers, spreading lies and ...

Open House at Berkeley Heights Public Library

November 13, 2018

Join the Board of Trustees of Berkeley Heights Public Library for an Open House on Sunday, Nov. 18th, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Enjoy prize drawings, a take home craft for children, and light refreshments.  Magician Brian Richards will be performing at 3:00.  Drop in at 110 Roosevelt Ave and visit.

New Providence High School Drama Department Presents 'The Children's Hour'

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence High School Drama Department presents "The Children's Hour,'" featuring both High School and Middle School students on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m. each night.

In the play, a private school for young girls is scandalized when a spiteful student turns against her teachers, spreading lies and ...

Highlander Marching Band Wraps Up Successful Season At Atlantic Coast Championships Performing 'The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars'

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Highlander Marching Band placed fourth in the TOB Atlantic Coast Championships on Sunday, October 28 in Hershey, PA. They scored 95.95; their highest score since 2012 and their highest Group II Open score since 2010.

Under the direction of Band Director Nicholas O'Sullivan, the Highlander Marching Band performed their field show "The Sun, The Moon, ...

New YMCA Project Begins With Demolition of Berkeley Heights Community Pool

November 4, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - While last week's demolition of the Berkeley Heights Community Pool caused nostalgia and sadness to some that remember their childhood behind the walls of the 1960's entrance to the community pool -- it also marks excitement of what is to come.

The Berkeley Heights YMCA will be building a 50-meters by 25 meters new pool. There will also be two ...

More than 200 Gather to Celebrate the Career of Berkeley Heights Superintendent of Schools Judith A. Rattner

November 13, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - More than 200 colleagues, friends and family members gathered at the Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights last night to celebrate the career of Judith A. Rattner, who recently retired from her position as Superintendent of Schools in the Berkeley Heights School District.

Rattner had served as Superintendent of Schools since 2005, after having been the Assistant ...

Highlander Marching Band Wraps Up Successful Season At Atlantic Coast Championships Performing 'The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars'

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Highlander Marching Band placed fourth in the TOB Atlantic Coast Championships on Sunday, October 28 in Hershey, PA. They scored 95.95; their highest score since 2012 and their highest Group II Open score since 2010.

Under the direction of Band Director Nicholas O'Sullivan, the Highlander Marching Band performed their field show "The Sun, The Moon, ...

Gov. Livingston National Honor Society Inducts New Members

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On October 26th, the Governor Livingston High School chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) held its annual induction ceremony and welcomed 69 new members. The new inductees gathered in the Kenneth Stiefel Theatre in Governor Livingston to light a candle, say an oath, and to become official members of NHS. 

Inducted students are members of the junior or senior ...

Arts and Entertainment: Movie Review, Sierra Burgess is a Loser

November 8, 2018

In August, 2018, Netflix released the movie Sierra Burgess is a Loser. Teenagers all across America were eager to tune in and watch the beloved stars, Noah Centineo of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Shannon Purser of Stranger Things, in action. As soon as the movie appeared on Netflix’s Recommended List, reviews quickly popped up on Instagram and Twitter. 

The movie ...

An Inside Look at the Gov. Livingston Bagpipe Corp

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Every Thursday after the last bell at Governor Livingston rings, most students run to catch the bus or to get into their cars. However, one group of students begin the long walk down to the band room. On Thursday something special happens, something almost magical. Thursdays are for bagpipe practice.

Pipe practice is run by Governor Livingston teacher Mr. Bolger, who is ...

Gov. Livingston National Honor Society Inducts New Members

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On October 26th, the Governor Livingston High School chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) held its annual induction ceremony and welcomed 69 new members. The new inductees gathered in the Kenneth Stiefel Theatre in Governor Livingston to light a candle, say an oath, and to become official members of NHS. 

Inducted students are members of the junior or senior ...

The Amazon Minimum Wage Increase

Amazon’s minimum wage was just increased… but what insights does it offer? 

Amazon recently raised its hourly minimum wage pay to $15 for all employees. This will affect 250,000 employees, and an additional 100,000 seasonal employees (TechCrunch.com). Reporters from online news sources such as The New York Times and The Independent have spoken out about the adjustments, and ...

Girls Volleyball: Gov. Livingston Celebrates Seniors; Wraps Up Season

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  The 27th seeded Gov. Livingston girls volleyball team (10-9) closed out a strong season with a nail-biter defeat to No. 6 seed Madison (25-15, 26-24) in the first round of the NJSIAA Group 2 State tournament to end their 2018 season.

During the last week of the Lady Highlander's regular play, the squad celebrated their seniors with a senior ...

Governor Livingston Freshman Election

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - While most of the United States is in full swing election season, the students of Governor Livingston High School concluded an election of their own. On Friday, October 5, the Class of 2022 at Gov. Livingston High School were able to vote for the students who will be leading them for the next year. At the end of the school day, the winners were announced. This ...

Boys Soccer: Voorhees Eliminates Gov. Livingston from State Tournament

Editor's Note: The Highlander section features articles written for The Highlander, Gov. Livingston High School's student newspaper.

VOORHEES, NJ - On Thursday afternoon, Voorhees defeated Gov. Livingston 2-1 in Berkeley Heights. Senior Ethan Saia scored the Highlanders lone goal in the defeat.

Within the first five minutes of the game Voorhees capitalized ...

The Great GLHS Rattner Send-Off

Editor's Note: The Highlander section features articles written for The Highlander, Gov. Livingston High School's student newspaper.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Superintendent Judith Rattner has dedicated over 37 years of her life to school boards across New Jersey. As Superintendent of the Berkeley Heights Public School District, Rattner has impacted the lives of every ...

Arts and Entertainment: Halloween Watchlist

Halloween season is in the air. As October 31st approaches, people scramble for costumes, parties and all things fall-related. On spooky, brisk autumn nights you will find yourself involuntarily reaching for your fuzzy blanket and laptop to find the perfect movie to get into the Halloween spirit. To make your process easier, here are five films you don't want to miss.

1. The Great Pumpkin ...

A Look into the Deserted Village

The town of Feltville, Berkeley Heights, otherwise known as The Deserted Village, has often been the subject of legend and lore. The Deserted Village is a well-known historic site and is filled with a rich and intriguing history. Peter Wilcox first settled there in the 1730s and built a sawmill, which was later destroyed. David Feltville then bought the town in the mid-1800s and built a mill ...

Student Auxiliary Club Creates Goodie Bags

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It’s finally October, and with that comes cold weather, spooky decorations, and everyone’s favorite holiday: Halloween. The Student Auxiliary Club of Governor Livingston High School met during lunch on Tuesday, October 16th to create Halloween themed goodie bags for children at The Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside. This hospital is one of ...

Urban Legends of New Jersey

Halloween season is accompanied by scary stories and horror movies, and a feeling of suspense that doesn’t quite go away until the holiday has passed. The most horrifying possibility during this scary season is learning that something chilling happened right in your hometown. All around the state, people have reported creepy encounters they either experienced firsthand or learned about.

Get Outside with the Freewalkers on 'Take A Hike Day'

November 13, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The American Hiking Society established Take A Hike Day, each year falling on Nov. 17, as a way to encourage families and individuals to get outside, and to connect with nature. 

Freewalkers, a non-profit walking group, is challenging people to collectively hike 1,000 miles or more this Saturday to observe Take A Hike Day, and you're invited.

Locally, Freewalkers ...

Berkeley Heights PAL Cross Country Runners  Capture State Title’s at USATF Jr. Olympics

FLEMINGTON, NJ - On Sunday, Nov. 4, youth runners from New Jersey gathered at Deer Path Park in Flemington, NJ for the premier USATF New Jersey State Jr. Olympic Cross Country Championship. Top 15 runners received medals; top 3 teams and the top 30 individual runners advance to Regional USATF XC Championships in Belmont Plateau, PA on November 18th.

Forty-Three members ...

Football: Gov. Livingston Slams Spotswood 45-27, Thanksgiving Day Rival New Providence Up Next

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Gov. Livingston football team evened their season mark at 5-5 as they rolled over the Spotswood Chargers 45-27 on Thursday afternoon in Berkeley Heights. Choosing to play in a second NJSIAA crossover consolation game as a "tune-up" prior to their Thanksgiving Day matchup with arch rival New Providence.

The Highlanders defeated their second ...

Video: Berkeley Heights Democrats Celebrate Their Win in Local Elections (Photo Gallery)

November 7, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS. NJ - The results were still unofficial, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Democrats who celebrated a clean sweep in Berkeley Heights on Tuesday night.

At campaign headquarters on Springfield Avenue, campaign volunteers kept a record of votes cast on a chart on the wall, including mail-in ballots. Supporters had a huge ...

Malinowski is Going to the House, Wins Close Race for NJ's 7th Congressional District

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Democratic candidate Tom Malinowski chose Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights to gather his supporters to await the results of the close race for the New Jersey's 7th Congressional District seat he won against five term Republican incumbent Congressman Leonard Lance.

Throughout the night, cheers erupted from the large crowd that filled the ball ...

Photos: Best Places for Fall Foliage in Somerset Hills and New Jersey

November 13, 2018

SOMERSET HILLS, NJ - Fall foliage has been at its peak the last few weeks in the Somerset HIlls region, and TAPinto Somerset Hills is sharing some of the best local places enjoy the autumn foliage.

To have your photos added to the gallery here or to share your favorite spots to find fall foliage in and around Somerset Hills, email baskingridge@tapinto.net.

Best New Jersey Foliage ...

Free Acres Celebrates Farmhouse Renovation with Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of New Laurel Hessing Center for Arts and Archives (Photo Gallery)

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Free Acres section of Berkeley Heights off of Emerson Lane recently celebrated the completion of the historic Farmhouse renovations with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. The opening of this wonderful building means so much to all past and present residents of Free Acres.

The Farmhouse was in disrepair and was uninhabitable since Hurricane Sandy damage ...

American Legion Post 433 Commemorates Veterans Day

November 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Once again members of American Legion Post 433 in New Providence gathered with friends and family to commemorate Veterans Day.

On Sunday the post chaplain welcomed everyone and offered a prayer, which included a wish that people of every land “may form a brotherhood which will strive to further the arts of peace under laws and ethics blessed by Thy ...

'We Remember' All Who Have Served; Berkeley Heights Honors Veterans (Photo Gallery)

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A nice size crowd came out on the clear brisk morning to honor our veterans at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Berkeley Heights Sunday morning. 

Ted Romankow, on behalf of the Veterans Memorial Park Committee, welcomed the crowd to celebrate the lives of the men and woman who have served our country so well. He recognized ...

Veterans Day Events Planned in Berkeley Heights and New Providence

 

There are plenty of opportunities for people to celebrate Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11.

The day begins in Berkeley Heights at 8:30 a.m., with a short ceremony thanking and honoring all the military veterans who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Services at Veterans Memorial Park at Plainfield and Park avenues. Everyone is invited to stop by and join in the ...

Can YOU be a Match and Save a Life?

November 12, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Help is needed! Learn how you can help save a life. Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry Drive - sponsored by BetheMatch.org will be held at 11 a.m. this Wednesday, November 14, at the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Café, located at 255 Williamson St., Elizabeth.

Brian Dillagard, an 8-year-old New Jersey resident, is one of many local patients searching for a ...

Daylight Saving Time: Paying the Price for the Extra Hour of Sleep

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Helmut Zarbl, an expert in circadian rhythm and its influence on sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, eating habits and more, says we pay the price for that extra hour of sleep - daylight saving time disrupts our biological clocks and affects our health.

Daylight saving time was introduced in Europe and the United States after World War I as part of an effort to ...

Local Horses Overcome Hardship To Win At US Dressage Finals

November 12, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. — All equestrians know that life with horses can be an emotional roller coaster. Riders from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York rode that roller coaster all the way the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan, held Nov. 8-11 in Lexington, Ky.

“With all the ups come some pretty big downs,” said Gimbel, Amy Gimbel of Tewksbury Township, N.J., who owns the ...

Foiled Again, The Richest Standardbred Of All Time, To Appear At The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Racing fans will be able to come out and visit with the richest Standardbred of all time, the great Foiled Again, on Saturday, Nov. 24.

The veteran superstar will be posing for selfies in the Backyard during live racing and there will also be a special commemorative Foiled Again poster giveaway to all guests, which is available at the Players Club Desk beginning ...

Man Arrested After Neighbors Call About Suspicious Man in Berkeley Heights

November 12, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Neighbors on Ridge Drive in Berkeley Heights called the police on Saturday morning after a suspicious man knocked on doors looking for assistance after his car broke down from the night before.

Neighbors called the police to help the man with the disabled car. He was later found to be driving under the influence and in possession of marijuana under 50 grams and ...

’Love and Unity’ Candlelight Vigil Honored those Killed in Pittsburgh and Kentucky

November 5, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Sunday evening a crowd of about 250 people attended the "Love & Unity" Candlelight Vigil at Peppertown Park. 

Hosted by the Berkeley Heights Diversity Committee, [and organized by Michelle Greco, Karen Foote, Adam Goldstein, Jimmy Joseph, Kelly Manieri, Herman Matfes, Kathy Matfes], the vigil emphasized the power of love and words to bring ...

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'Purple' Is Not Just a Campaign Theme; It Will Drive Our Leadership

November 7, 2018

Yesterday, Berkeley Heights residents braved the rain and the crowds and made good on what we had heard repeatedly as we knocked on doors all over town. They showed their strong support for us but moreover, they showed that they are ready for change. They demonstrated that Berkeley Heights has a new look, a new demographic that needs to be matched with a new direction. And as part of your ...

Mayor Bob Woodruff, Councilman Michael D'Aquila and Councilwoman Michelle Greco Congratulate Democratic Team

Congratulations to the Democrat team of Angie Devanney, Stephen Yellin and Alvaro Medieros. They worked hard and their message resonated with residents.. We all want the very best for Berkeley Heights and we will ensure a smooth transition.  Thank you to the residents of Berkeley Heights for your support.  It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you.  We are proud of ...

Positive Change is Already Happening - Keep Berkeley Heights Moving Forward!

As we approach election day on Tuesday November 6th, I would like to talk about my team and our record, and you the voter can be the judge. We have been working very hard these past few years to transform our town’s business and residential community while simultaneously and successfully managing our legal commitments to provide affordable housing.  And with the help of our ...

How Much Do You Really Know About Long-Term Care?

November is Long-term Care awareness month. How much does eldercare cost, and how do you arrange it when it is needed? The average person might have difficulty answering those two questions, for the answers are not widely known. For clarification, continuing reading "How much do you really know about long-term care?"

A little planning now could make a big difference in the years to ...

Navigating QCDs in 5 Easy Steps

A qualified charitable distribution, or a QCD, is a distribution from an IRA that goes directly to a qualifying charity and is not included in the taxable income of the IRA owner. Under the new tax law, QCDs are more valuable than ever. Using a QCD may significantly increase your tax savings under the new higher standard deduction. However, not everyone is eligible to do a QCD, and if you are, ...

NJAWBO Annual Holiday Dinner & Expo for Women Business Owners November 29 at The Bethwood in Totowa

November 13, 2018

The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) Annual Statewide Holiday Dinner and Expo will take place on November 29 at The Bethwood, 38 Lackawanna Ave, Totowa, New Jersey 07512, from 5:30 to 8:00pm.This festive holiday networking event provides an opportunity for women business owners (and those who would like to do business with them) to celebrate the season; networkwith ...

Open House at Berkeley Heights Public Library

Join the Board of Trustees of Berkeley Heights Public Library for an Open House on Sunday, Nov. 18th, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Enjoy prize drawings, a take home craft for children, and light refreshments.  Magician Brian Richards will be performing at 3:00.  Drop in at 110 Roosevelt Ave and visit.

New Jersey Youth Symphony Chamber Music Concert November 18

NEW PROVIDENCE—The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) Chamber Music Program presents their final concert on Sunday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Chatham United Methodist Church located at 460 Main Street in Chatham. The concert is free and open to the public. Students will perform trios and quartets by Shostakovich, Dancla, Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart. The concert will conclude with the NJYS ...

Community Raises $160,000+ at Summit Area YMCA Charity Auction & Comedy Night

On Friday, Nov. 2, more than 300 attendees gathered at the Hilton Short Hills for the Summit Area YMCA’s 1886 Society Dinner and annual Laugh Out Loud Charity Auction and Comedy Night (LOL) fundraiser. Attendees not only enjoyed a night of laughter and drinks, but more importantly supported programs at the Summit Area YMCA. From special needs programs to sponsoring fitness memberships for ...

Hillsborough Man Charged in Multiple Bank Robberies

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – A 52-year-old Hillsborough man has been charged with at least three bank robberies in central New Jersey over the past month, and may face additional charges as a police investigation continues in adjoining counties and ...

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Trailside Nature and Science Center, Mountainside

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Coffee with the Kindergarten at St Andrew's School

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Open House at Berkeley Heights Public Library

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Huge Crowd Comes Through Berkeley Heights YMCA Halloween Spooktacular

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights YMCA welcomed a larger than usual crowd to their annual Halloween Spooktacular due to the torrential forecast and the outdoor activities being cancelled last Saturday.

Close to 150 children filed through the rooms of the Berkeley Heights YMCA that were decked out with spooky decorations in time to get the little ones in the spirit of ...

Supporting Diva for a Day With Pampering Spa Services

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Providing cancer patients with a few moments of unforgettable joy is the mission of the Diva for a Day Foundation. It began in 2010 when a pair of friends came together to make a worthwhile difference in the lives of those who have the disease. The non-profit organization aims to pamper and delight “divas” with a day of relaxing spa services at ...

3 Ways to Attain a Stunning New Look for the Season

As you pack away summer dresses and tank tops until next year, you may begin longing for an aesthetic update. It’s common to want to try new looks at the start of each season. Whether you choose a new hairstyle or get a facial, even seemingly small changes can give you a confidence boost. The following guide offers just a few easy options to consider.

How to Transform Your Look ...

Why Fixed Annuities Are Better Annuities

Annuities can be good, bad or downright ugly. Which ones are good to invest in, and why? (And what is an annuity, anyway?).  In my previous article, I explained the kinds of annuities that are “bad” or “ugly” for investors: virtually all variable annuities, including indexed annuities (that are misleadingly categorized at a type of fixed annuity). My objections ...

Frozen Pipe Bursts – Prevention & What To Do If It Occurs

Cold New Jersey winters can cause plumbing pipes to freeze and even burst, resulting in costly damage to your home. 

Why do pipes freeze and why should you care? 

Water expands as it freezes. When it expands inside a pipe it puts great pressure on the pipe, enough pressure to rupture most any pipe filled with water. A burst pipe will spill several hundred gallons of water per ...