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It's Official, Sergeant William Fettes is Sworn In by Mayor

February 20, 2019

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – An enthusiastic crowd gathered to see William Fettes be sworn in as a sergeant in the Berkeley Height Police Department Tuesday night.

Police Chief John DiPasquale introduced Fettes, who was promoted after coming in first after taking part in a competitive, comprehensive testing process with a group of 10 officers.

DiPasquale provided background on the ...

Basketball: Gov. Livingston Loses Epic 5 OT Thriller to New Providence; Pioneers Sweep the Night

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence High boys basketball team had to work overtime on Tuesday night - five of them, in fact - but the Pioneers finally outlasted neighboring rival Gov. Livingston, 82-77, before a raucous home crowd in New Providence.

The victory clinched the Sky Division of the Union County Conference for New Providence (22-3), which finished with a perfect 8-0 record. Gov.

Board of Education Public Notice: Feb. 27, 2019 Special Meeting Cancelled

The Berkeley Heights Board of Education has announced that the Special Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, 2019 has been cancelled.

Chatham Borough Police: St. Patrick School Evacuated Due to Suspicious Package; Firearm Ammunition Mistakenly Delivered

CHATHAM, NJ - On February 19, 2019, Officers responded to St. Patrick’s School to investigate the discovery of a suspicious package. The children were sheltered in place and upon the arrival of the police, evacuated to an alternate location.

The package, a factory sealed box containing firearm ammunition, was among a pallet of school traffic safety equipment delivered on ...

Berkeley Heights Chinese Community hosted Chinese New Year Culture Fair and Spectacular Show

February 8, 2019

WARREN, NJ - On Sunday, Feb 3rd, in collaboration with Berkeley Heights, New Providence and neighborhood Chinese Communities, Berkeley Heights Huaxia Chinese School (BHHXCS) hosted the third annual Chinese New Year Celebration, to celebrate the beginning of the Lunar Year of the Golden Pig.  Berkeley Heights Mayor Angie Devanney, Town Council members Jeanne Kingsley, Manuel Couto, ...

Berkeley Heights Welcomes Year of the Pig at Lunar New Year Celebration (Photo Gallery)

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - As the year of the dog came to a close, the residents of Berkeley Heights gathered at the Berkeley Heights YMCA to welcome the year of the pig. In conjunction with the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council, the Berkeley Heights YMCA hosted its second annual Lunar New Year Festival to celebrate the beginning of another year.

Residents were first greeted with a cherry ...

The Goddard School in Long Hill Township Holds Open House, Tuesday, Feb. 5

GILLETTE, NJ - Goddard School of Long Hill invites you to a Meet & Greet Open House on Tuesday, February 5th from 5 to 8 p.m. at "SO I HEARD MUSIC" in Valley Mall, Gillette.

Prospective families are welcome to stop in for information about our program and meet our preschool education director.  Come out an learn how our activity-based F.L.EX.® ...

Berkeley Heights Business and Civic Community Draws Crowd at Monthly Social

February 11, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Business and Civic Community hosted their monthly after hours networking event last week at Mount Carmel Hall with over 30 businesses in attendance.

Mount Carmel showcased their newly renovated upstairs room that is available for event rentals. Contact Carlo for the rentals at 973-349-2576 or email carlo@giancetta.com.

This ...

Goddard School of Long Hill Holds Open House at So i Heard Music

GILLETTE, NJ - Already enrolled and prospective families had the opportunity to speak with The Goddard School of Long Hill owners Sumara and Imran Ahmad and their Education Director at a recent open house held at So i Heard Music located in the Valley Mall Shopping Center in Gillette.

The steady flow of families received a virtual tour of the school and learned about the many ...

Mayors Talk at Suburban Chamber of Commerce First Friday Networking Breakfast

SUMMIT, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce hosted a mayors' forum at this month's First Friday breakfast held at the Grand Summit Hotel.  Summit Mayor Nora Radest, New Providence Mayor Al Morgan and Berkeley Heights Mayor Angie Devanney were in attendance and shared their review of the state of their towns to the room full of chamber ...

Board of Education Public Notice: Feb. 27, 2019 Special Meeting Cancelled

February 20, 2019

The Berkeley Heights Board of Education has announced that the Special Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, 2019 has been cancelled.

Mary Kay McMillin Sweetheart Dance Provides Sweet Memories

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Mary Kay McMillin PTO hosted the third annual Sweetheart Dance, Friday February 1st. The sold out event, of nearly 350 guests, has become a favorite at MKM providing sweet memories for both parents and students.

Community organizations came together to support the school with their time, talents and supplies. Taylor Rental, Sublime Salon & Day Spa, Halls Garden ...

NJ Senate President Tours ‘Maker Space’ at Union County Vo-Tech’s Magnet High School

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney visited Union County Vo-Tech campus on Wednesday to to the critical importance of the vocational-technical education bond act approved by voters last November in spurring economic growth, creating access to high-paying jobs and meeting the needs of New Jersey’s leading business sectors.

 

Students from the ...

GL Student Arianna DaSilva’s YouTube Success

February 19, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS- The process of uploading a video to YouTube is simple; you can put out whatever content you want and with the click of a button it’ll be available for the whole world to view. With these privileges comes the responsibility of monitoring what you post and what people comment on your videos. But the main question is, how do you gain popularity and attention on such a huge ...

Horseback Riding as a Hobby at GL

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- While some students take part in in-school sports at Governor Livingston, others have developed a hobby in horseback riding. Many girls who are pursuing this hobby ride English style, and have been competing for many years and practicing on teams. However, most started off simply with a love for animals. Horseback riding has gained popularity throughout the years. Horses can ...

Heartbreak for GL Hockey in McInnis Cup

WOODBRIDGE, NJ -  Gov. Livingston Ice Hockey lost a heartbreaker Thursday night, February 7, when it fell to Westfield in overtime, 5-4. GL showed tremendous fight over powerhouse rival Westfield, but ultimately fell in a hard nosed game in the first round of the McInnis Cup.

GL sought its eyes on an upset early, holding the Blue Devils scoreless through the first period and taking a ...

Gov. Livingston Students Participate in Empty Bowl Project

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Every year, Governor Livingston students in Ceramics, Crafts, and Project Connect participate in The Empty Bowls Project. This year, the students constructed Mishima bowls (a type of Japanese pottery), and then the Ceramics class sold their handmade bowls at all three showings at the GL fall play Little Women to raise money for the Community Food Bank of New ...

Bill to Establish Panel to Facilitate Gateway Construction Projects Approved by Assembly Panel

February 19, 2019

TRENTON, NJ  – Setting the project guidelines in conjunction with the state of New York, legislation creating the Gateway Development Commission -- sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and the Assembly Transportation Chair Daniel Benson -- cleared its first legislative hurdle Thursday.

“The Hudson Tunnel Project is arguably the most important project that will ...

Township of Berkeley Heights Notice: Council Meeting Agenda for Feb. 19, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The agenda for the Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 Berkeley Heights Township Council Meeting has been posted.

Conference Session: William Fettes will be promoted to Sergeant.

Official action will be taken on the following, among other items:

Resolution appointing Eugenia Poulos to the position of Berkeley Heights Township Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer for a four year ...

Freeholders Discuss Minimum Wage Increase, Proposed NJ Transit Improvements, New Voting Machines in Union County

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Board of Chosen Freeholders discussed several developments taking place in Union County during their regular meeting Thursday night.

NJ State Minimum Wage Increase

As previously reported, Governor Phil Murphy recently signed legislation in Elizabeth raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“This is a great thing. Many New Jersey residents struggle ...

Obituaries

- Feb 12, 2019
Robert Damiano, 64, of Berkeley Heights, N.J. passed away suddenly on Tuesday, February 12, ...
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Basketball: Gov. Livingston Loses Epic 5 OT Thriller to New Providence; Pioneers Sweep the Night

February 20, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence High boys basketball team had to work overtime on Tuesday night - five of them, in fact - but the Pioneers finally outlasted neighboring rival Gov. Livingston, 82-77, before a raucous home crowd in New Providence.

The victory clinched the Sky Division of the Union County Conference for New Providence (22-3), which finished with a perfect 8-0 record. Gov.

Five Gov. Livingston Wrestlers Advance to Regions; Vill Brothers Place Runner-up at Districts

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Gov. Livingston wrestling team took a fourth place finish at Saturday's NJSIAA District 16 wrestling tournament at South Plainfield High School with five wresters advancing to the regions.

David and Connor Vill were top finishers for the Highlanders as runner-up in their respective weight classes. Gov. Livingston's fourth place finish (98.0 points) ...

Gov. Livingston's Victoria Vanriele Crowned 800 M Group 2 Champion; Highlanders Advance to MOC in 3 Events

TOMS RIVER, NJ - Gov. Livingston junior Victoria Vanriele was crowned NJSIAA Group 2 Champion, running the 800 in 2:09.72 and breaking the all Group record on Saturday at the Bennett Indoor Sports Complex.

Vanriele will look for a three-pete at the Meet of Champions next Sunday, Feb. 24. Last year, Vanriele won the 800m race in 2:08.81, a US#2 time and broke ...

Reserve Now for American Legion’s Annual Sweetheart Dinner

February 4, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - American Legion Post 433 invites area residents to its Annual Sweetheart Meatloaf Dinner Fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 8,from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Post will be serving up a variety of Meatloaves (Brown Gravy, Italian, Mexican, Mushroom and Salmon), Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Succotash, Cornbread, Salad, Italian bread, Soft Drinks, Coffee, Tea, and ...

Now You Can Order Prestige Online in time for 'The Big Game'

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Prestige Diner offers online ordering with the launch of their new redesigned website just in time for catering for Sunday's "Big Game." 

Prestige Diner has improved the online experience for customers across desktops, smartphones, and tablets, giving customers online convenience to order menu favorites, as well as new items from ...

Mayor Al Taps the Keg to Kick Off Opening of Untied Brewing Company

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Craft beer enthusiasts lined up on Saturday afternoon waiting for the anticipated opening of Untied Brewing Company in New Providence. The crowd that filled the tap room throughout the day and evening was a blend of craft beer enthusiasts, families and friends with kids, people coming from work, local leaders and neighbors.

Mayor Al Morgan welcomed Untied Brewing ...

Girl Scouts Help Berkeley Heights Cross the 3,000 Pound Mark for Thin Film Plastics Collected

January 25, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - To kick off the new year, Berkeley Heights passed the 3,000 milestone of thin film plastics collected in the seven Trex bins placed around town, including the newest one in Mountain Park Elementary School.  While the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission (BHEC) initiated this Trex bin program, volunteers from the community have been the key to this program’s ...

Skin Deep Salon and Spa Holds Event in Support of NP PBA 132

February 15, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Skin Deep Salon and Spa Goes Blue! Join them on Sunday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for spa treatments, silent auction, food, refreshments and fun. The event benefits the New Providence PBA 132 in their effort to raise money in support of families of fallen police officers during "Police Week 2019" in Washington D.C. 

The New Providence ...

eMedical Urgent Care in Berkeley Heights Offers Free Flu Shots

February 18, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ –  eMedical Urgent Care is offering free flu shots whiles supplies last in our Berkeley Heights office.

“Timely vaccinations are an important step in protecting your and your family’s health,” said Jane Sennett, DO, medical director of eMedical Urgent Care. “Our office is committed to providing quick, ...

Union County Freeholders Hope to Help Stamp out Stigma of HIV/AIDS

ELIZABETH, NJ — Black people comprised just 21 percent of Union County’s residents in 2017 but 53 percent of its residents diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in that year, a trend similar to that seen across the state and nation, the data show.

Recognizing “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,” the Union County Freeholder Board on Thursday presented awards to three Union ...

Rutgers University Student Diagnosed With Meningitis

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Rutgers University student has been diagnosed with meningitis, and the university has sent a message to other students about steps to take as a precaution.

The student with the disease was hospitalized Monday is receiving treatment and is recovering, Dr. Melodee Lasky, University Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness said in an email sent to students on ...

Applications Still Being Accepted for Community Garden

February 6, 2019

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Residents have been sending in applications for the Learning Community Garden at the Littell-Lord farmstead on Horseshoe Road, but there are still a few openings.

 Anyone interested in applying for a plot and helping to organize and launch the garden can obtain an application at www.bh-ec.org/berkeley-heights-learning-community-garden.  Or ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

February 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

It's Official, Sergeant William Fettes is Sworn In by Mayor

February 20, 2019

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – An enthusiastic crowd gathered to see William Fettes be sworn in as a sergeant in the Berkeley Height Police Department Tuesday night.

Police Chief John DiPasquale introduced Fettes, who was promoted after coming in first after taking part in a competitive, comprehensive testing process with a group of 10 officers.

DiPasquale provided background on the ...

Chatham Borough Police: St. Patrick School Evacuated Due to Suspicious Package; Firearm Ammunition Mistakenly Delivered

CHATHAM, NJ - On February 19, 2019, Officers responded to St. Patrick’s School to investigate the discovery of a suspicious package. The children were sheltered in place and upon the arrival of the police, evacuated to an alternate location.

The package, a factory sealed box containing firearm ammunition, was among a pallet of school traffic safety equipment delivered on ...

Crossing Guards Receive Homemade Valentines and Treats from Students On Valentine's Day

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Valentine's Day is the perfect day to thank the special people in everyone's life. In Berkeley Heights and New Providence, students created their own valentines to thank the crossing guards for looking out for them as they walk to school.

Elementary schools in both towns held a Valentine's Walk to School Day today, Thursday, Feb. 14. In Berkeley Heights, ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

February 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

Union Catholic Principal installed as 2019 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal at IHM Mass

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, was installed as the 2019 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal during the Investiture Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary on Saturday. A reception for the Grand Marshal followed at Shackamaxon Country Club.

Sister Percylee has spearheaded every major advance that Union Catholic has made since 1980 ...

Fanwood Resident Struck by Vehicle in Linden Dies from Injuries

FANWOOD, NJ -- The community is mourning the loss of Meghan Crilly, who succumbed to injuries from a hit-and-run accident in Linden last week. The sad news was announced on the GoFundMe page that had been set up to help the Fanwood resident's family with medical expenses.

 

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform everyone that Meghan has succumbed to her injuries. Her ...

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Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

Mayor's Corner: What is a Shared Service Agreement for an Interim DPW Director? And Here’s what Berkeley Heights is Getting Out of It

We heard your concerns loud and clear. The front line in making improvements to Berkeley Heights neighborhoods needed to start with what you see each and every day.  Our roads, our storm debris response, snow plowing and park maintenance all contribute to basic services taxpayers expect in their neighborhoods.  

The first action the current administration took was to enter into a ...

"Purple" is the New "Blue"

February 18, 2019

In less than 60 days, Berkeley Heights has seen political maneuvering, secrecy, inside deals and questionable ethics by the new administration.  

In December 2018, actions were being taken that Berkeley Heights residents were unaware:

The Mayor elect was negotiating a Shared Services Agreement (SSA) with the County of Union. Details of the agreement were being discussed without the ...

Berkeley Heights Leadership Conflict of Interest Concern.

As a 5 year, resident in Berkeley Heights I carved out a bit of time to follow our Berkeley Heights Township Council Meetings. I’ve attended a few before but was taken back and concerned at what I heard and have seen going on this year.

 

This past campaign season I received many mailers about, transparency, non-partisanship/purple, etc, we all received the barrage of too many ...

Berkeley Heights Councilman Yellin Should Recuse Himself

Dear Editor:

As a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) I am bound by strict rules of independence.  In my profession, where a CPA is not independent, severe conflicts of interest may result. The concern is that one’s judgement may be impaired at the expense of those who rely on such judgement. This is why CPAs are often restricted from owning stock or obtaining a loan ...

Millburn Par 3 Golf Memberships are available now!

February 20, 2019

 

The Millburn Township’s Golf Course offers a limited number of memberships to residents of nearby towns.  The course is a tree lined nine hole Par 3 course with holes up to 175 yards long.  It takes about an hour and 15 minutes to play the course and it is a perfect place to learn and play the game with friends or family.

Group and private lessons are available, there ...

Union County College Signs Memorandum of Understanding with New Jersey CannaBusiness Association

CRANFORD – Union County College and the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association (NJCBA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a partnership that will support the College’s Medicinal Plant Chemistry Program. Union County College President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin and NJCBA President Scott Rudder signed the MOU on Feb. 13, 2019, in the Innovation Center at the ...

League sponsors Women's History Month Program

In honor of Women's History Month, the League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence & Summit is presenting Ruth Ann Koenick, who will be speaking about "#Me Too, Violence Against Women, History and Hope".

The program will be held on Monday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the De Corso Community Center, 15 E 4th Street in New Providence.  The program is free and ...

Mark Di Ionno Joins TAPinto as Featured Columnist

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro has announced that Mark Di Ionno will be joining TAPinto as a columnist with his first piece published today. Di Ionno, who wrote for the Star Ledger, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary and author of five acclaimed books including his latest novel, “Gods of Wood and Stone”.

“We’re excited to welcome a writer of ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Supports Gateway Project, Pushes for Restoring One-Seat Rides on NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line

February 11, 2019

NEW JERSEY – The leaders of the Build Gateway Now Coalition announced this week that the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) Mayors Alliance to the Coalition, a bipartisan group formed in 2018 that consists of 30 mayors representing more than 23,500 daily commuters along the RVL, spanning four counties in New Jersey, have joined the coalition.

“We are thrilled to welcome the RVL ...

NJ Senate President Tours ‘Maker Space’ at Union County Vo-Tech’s Magnet High School

February 19, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney visited Union County Vo-Tech campus on Wednesday to to the critical importance of the vocational-technical education bond act approved by voters last November in spurring economic growth, creating access to high-paying jobs and meeting the needs of New Jersey’s leading business sectors.

 

Students from the ...

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Wed, February 20, 8:30 AM

Kean University STEM Building, Union Township

'Building Better Business Relationships' ...

Business & Finance Other

Wed, February 20, 9:00 AM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary -- Wayrick Wildlife Art Gallery, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Education Green

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Union County College, Cranford

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Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Lunch & Learn "How to Stay Young"

Health & Wellness

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Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Talking to Your Teen About Stress: How Parents ...

Education Health & Wellness

Thu, February 21, 9:00 AM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary -- Wayrick Wildlife Art Gallery, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Education Green

Beneficiary Form Checklist 2019

Did you know that your designated beneficiary forms will trump any other estate planning documents you may have established? Maintaining current, accurate designated beneficiary forms may seem like an obvious task to complete as you plan for the future, but it is often also one of the most overlooked. Failing to properly update these forms can compromise the legacy you worked so hard to ...

I Want You to Want Me

Happy Valentine’s Day college searchers!  I often tell families that finding the right school is like falling in love.  Students sometimes experience a gut feeling the first time they walk on the right campus and, if they’re lucky, are courted by the college with an enthusiastic offer of admission with generous scholarships.  A perfect match.

I wish it happened that ...