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Tips for Driving in Berkeley Heights in Snow and Ice

January 19, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, about 46 percent of all crashes involving bad weather take place in the winter.

This weekend's forecast, which has precipitated New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to ...

Family-Friendly Chocolate Festival Coming to New Jersey Jan. 27

Attention chocoholics: The Chocolate Expo is coming to the Garden State Plaza in Paramaus, NJ, on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Now in its 11th year, organizers claim that it’s America’s largest chocolate festival.

Local, regional and international vendors at the expo will offer tastings and sales of gourmet chocolates, baked goods, ...

Township Announcement: Berkeley Heights Winter Weather Procedures

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In response to resident questions about how the Township prepares for winter weather events, we would like to take this opportunity to give you some insight into the what activities each relevant department engages in to keep the public safe, and some standard operating procedures when it comes to preparation.

In preparation for major weather conditions this winter, the ...

Code Blue in Effect, Union County Looks to Add Shelter in Elizabeth

In Union County, the 2018 Point-in-Time Count Found 459 Homeless Persons

ELIZABETH, NJ – With the proposed addition of a shelter to the roster of places the homeless can go during freezing temperatures, Union County government is looking out for its homeless population.

The “Code Blue Emergency Shelter Initiative” is designed to “prevent death and injury among ...

Famous Rapper Attends Governor Livingston Student Council Annual Snow Ball

January 17, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In December, members of the Governor Livingston Student Council hosted their annual Semi Formal known as the “Snow Ball” in the GL cafeteria. Members of the Student Council host the event, and all money collected goes towards charity. This year, proceeds went to the Amanda Rose Laura Foundation, which aims to provide educational experiences for high school ...

Gov. Livingston Senior Yuki Schwab Plays Carnegie Hall

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Many Gov. Livingston students have hidden talents, whether in music, visual arts, sports, or other areas. Among these talented teenagers is Yuki Schwab, a senior at Governor Livingston, whose piano ability has taken her as far as Carnegie Hall.

As Grand Prix winner of the 15th Annual Russian Music Competition 2018, Schwab performed at Weill Recital Hall of ...

Executive Director of Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Karen Deschere Dies

The Wharton Insitute for the Performing Arts announced the passing of their Executive Director Karen Deschere on January 11, 2019.

Wharton Insitute for the Performing Arts released the following statement.  

IN MEMORY Karen Deschere (1956 – 2019)
Karen Deschere came to the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts as Executive Director in January of 2014.

Meet the Master Brewer of Untied Brewing Company, Opening in New Providence

January 15, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Untied Brewing Company is gearing up for the opening of their brewery and tasting room to the public very soon. Through meticulous planning with world and national award-winning Head Brewer, Tim Stumpf, Untied has spared no expense in making their brewery the best it can be from the very start.  

Tim Stumpf is a beer, sports and nature lover from Newark, DE with a ...

Spotlight on Business Features My Little Party Place: Celebrating 1st Anniversary with Pizza Party

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, 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 My Little Party Place celebrating their 1st anniversary in their Berkeley Heights party ...

Excel Physical Therapy Takes Over Long-Vacant Springfield Avenue Storefront

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy (“EXCEL”), Northern New Jersey’s premier provider of orthopedic physical therapy for nearly 30 years, last week opened an office at 410 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights, NJ. This spacious, open-concept physical therapy facility moved into the storefront next to Pet Supplies Plus, which longtime residents may recall ...

Gov. Livingston Senior Yuki Schwab Plays Carnegie Hall

January 17, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Many Gov. Livingston students have hidden talents, whether in music, visual arts, sports, or other areas. Among these talented teenagers is Yuki Schwab, a senior at Governor Livingston, whose piano ability has taken her as far as Carnegie Hall.

As Grand Prix winner of the 15th Annual Russian Music Competition 2018, Schwab performed at Weill Recital Hall of ...

Rachel Shanagher Selected as Berkeley Heights Nominee for County Educator of the Year Recognition

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Rachel Shanagher, Grade 1 Teacher at Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center, has been chosen by the Berkeley Heights Public Schools to be the district’s nominee for Union County Educator of the Year recognition.

Mrs. Shanagher was named Educator of the Year at McMillin Early Childhood Center last spring, along with honorees from each of the other five Berkeley ...

Technology Survey, Superintendent Search, Revamping Media Centers, Contract Woes Highlight Jan. 7 School Board Meeting

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Monday night's Reorganization Meeting of the school board was a long one. The public session, which began at 7:30 p.m., ended about 11:30 p.m. 

When meeting attendees arrived, they were greeted by sign-carrying members of the Berkeley Heights Education Association (BHEA) outside the school. Inside the multi-purpose room used for the meeting, more BHEA members ...

Highlander Cheerleaders Bring Home Two Wins During Its First Competition Weekend

January 18, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston Varsity Cheerleading Squad attended and placed first in its first competition of its winter season on Saturday, Jan. 12. The sixteen member team, including four alternates, attended the competition at Hackensack High School where teams from all around New Jersey competed to represent their schools.

The Cheerleaders competed in the Cheer and Dance ...

Arts and Entertainment: Grinch vs Grinch

A recent film released to theaters this holiday season is the remake of the classic Dr. Seuss story, The Grinch. The original storybook was published in 1957. The Grinch was released as a 26 minute long animated short in 1966. This is a classic for all Christmas lovers and will warm your heart with holiday joy. It has been watched and enjoyed by families for many years and always leaves smiles on ...

Famous Rapper Attends Governor Livingston Student Council Annual Snow Ball

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In December, members of the Governor Livingston Student Council hosted their annual Semi Formal known as the “Snow Ball” in the GL cafeteria. Members of the Student Council host the event, and all money collected goes towards charity. This year, proceeds went to the Amanda Rose Laura Foundation, which aims to provide educational experiences for high school ...

Gov. Livingston Senior Yuki Schwab Plays Carnegie Hall

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Many Gov. Livingston students have hidden talents, whether in music, visual arts, sports, or other areas. Among these talented teenagers is Yuki Schwab, a senior at Governor Livingston, whose piano ability has taken her as far as Carnegie Hall.

As Grand Prix winner of the 15th Annual Russian Music Competition 2018, Schwab performed at Weill Recital Hall of ...

Char or Grease

On a half day or during open campus, many Governor Livingston students head to Smashburger or Five Guys to grab a bite to eat. Both establishments are popular, but many students have opposing thoughts on each establishment. So which eatery is better? 

GL students often go to Smashburger to hang out with friends. However, according to a poll of 130 Governor Livingston Students, Five Guys ...

Hockey: Mat Katz Leads GL Puck to 3-1 Win in UCT

UNION, NJ -  Junior Mat Katz’s two goals lifted GL Ice Hockey over Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 3-1, on Monday night to end GL’s two game skid. Despite falling behind early, the Highlanders were able to claim the victory to improve to 7-9 and advance in the Union County Tournament.

SPF managed to get on the board first when Jack Hogan scored an unassisted goal with just under 7 ...

GL Boys' Basketball Falls Short Versus Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - Governor Livingston fell to Summit in Boys’ Basketball on Tuesday, January 8th, by a final score of 54-46. Despite a strong first quarter and big performances from GL’s two leading scorers, Summit was able to gain control in the third quarter en route to the win.

GL started the road test strong, getting out to an early 14-4 lead to end the first quarter. Just when ...

Freshman Darata's Hat Trick Leads GL Ice Hockey to Upset Win

UNION, NJ -  Freshman Matt Darata’s three goal effort led the GL hockey squad to a 3-2 come from behind victory when it faced Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday’s night cap. Darata scored two of his three goals in the third period to propel the Highlanders over favorited RHF.

Five minutes after an RFH rebound score, Darata scored from assists by Ryan Paik and Mat Katz to tie ...

Ms. Gold: GL Guidance Counselor With an Unknown Story

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In Governor Livingston, there are many people with stories to tell, but one person in particular has an exceptional tale. Ms. Marissa Gold is an outstanding guidance counselor who has been working at Governor Livingston for over 10 years. She has inspired, motivated, and helped hundreds of students during their high school careers. But, that is not her only story to ...

Township Announcement: Berkeley Heights Winter Weather Procedures

January 19, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In response to resident questions about how the Township prepares for winter weather events, we would like to take this opportunity to give you some insight into the what activities each relevant department engages in to keep the public safe, and some standard operating procedures when it comes to preparation.

In preparation for major weather conditions this winter, the ...

Code Blue in Effect, Union County Looks to Add Shelter in Elizabeth

In Union County, the 2018 Point-in-Time Count Found 459 Homeless Persons

ELIZABETH, NJ – With the proposed addition of a shelter to the roster of places the homeless can go during freezing temperatures, Union County government is looking out for its homeless population.

The “Code Blue Emergency Shelter Initiative” is designed to “prevent death and injury among ...

Berkeley Heights Community Pool Will Not Open This Year

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Mayor Angie Devanney led off the Jan. 15 council meeting with some bad news. The Berkeley Heights Community Pool will not be opening this summer. She then turned the floor over to the President and CEO of The Summit Area Y Paul Kieltyka.

Kieltyka explained why but, while for some the news was a total surprise, for others, members of the Y and those who peruse the ...

Obituaries

- Jan 4, 2019
Jim Wood, founder of Berkeley Aquatics and a life-long swim coach, passed away on January 4th at ...
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Highlander Cheerleaders Bring Home Two Wins During Its First Competition Weekend

January 18, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston Varsity Cheerleading Squad attended and placed first in its first competition of its winter season on Saturday, Jan. 12. The sixteen member team, including four alternates, attended the competition at Hackensack High School where teams from all around New Jersey competed to represent their schools.

The Cheerleaders competed in the Cheer and Dance ...

Governor Livingston Girls Swim Team Beats Union on Senior Night

WARREN, NJ - The Governor Livingston girls swim team celebrated Senior Night with a win against Union at home on Thursday night, taking first place in all events and running up a score of 121-48. The highlight of the evening came during the break, when each graduating senior walked down the bulkhead and got a celebratory splashing by their teammates, as well as a rose and a ...

Gov. Livingston Falls to Westfield, 5-0, in UCT Hockey Semifinal

ROSELLE, NJ – Gov. Livingston was unable to put together another comeback on the ice Wednesday evening at Warinanco Rink.

After rallying to defeat Scotch Plains Fanwood, 3-1, in the first round of the Union County Tournament on Monday, the third-seeded Highlanders found this deficit too much as they bowed to top-seed and defending champion Westfield, 5-0.

It marked ...

Meet the Master Brewer of Untied Brewing Company, Opening in New Providence

January 15, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Untied Brewing Company is gearing up for the opening of their brewery and tasting room to the public very soon. Through meticulous planning with world and national award-winning Head Brewer, Tim Stumpf, Untied has spared no expense in making their brewery the best it can be from the very start.  

Tim Stumpf is a beer, sports and nature lover from Newark, DE with a ...

Bateman Bill Opens the Door for Man's Best Friend at NJ Breweries

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman to allow dogs in New Jersey breweries has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

“One of the biggest challenges any small business owner will face is increasing foot traffic. Our bill will increase foot AND paw traffic for local breweries,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said.

Enjoy A First Day Hike to Welcome 2019

December 29, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - New Year's Eve gets all of the attention, the parties, the champagne, the ball drop in Times Square.  But, do you know about First Day Hikes that take place each New Year's Day? 

Every Jan. 1, America's State Parks offer free and guided hiking events in every state across the U.S. It's a perfect way to introduce individuals and families to ...

Excel Physical Therapy Takes Over Long-Vacant Springfield Avenue Storefront

January 7, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy (“EXCEL”), Northern New Jersey’s premier provider of orthopedic physical therapy for nearly 30 years, last week opened an office at 410 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights, NJ. This spacious, open-concept physical therapy facility moved into the storefront next to Pet Supplies Plus, which longtime residents may recall ...

Atlantic Health System Welcomes First Baby Born in 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The first baby born throughout the Atlantic Health System in 2019 was Aya Zughbi. She was born at Morristown Medical Center at 12:31am on January 1, announced Atlantic Health.

Aya weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

 

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Atlantic Health System Welcomes First Baby Born in 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The first baby born throughout the Atlantic Health System in 2019 was Aya Zughbi. She was born at Morristown Medical Center at 12:31am on January 1, announced Atlantic Health.

Aya weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

Sign up to get all the news as it happens at www.TAPinto.net/enews and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MorristownTAP/ and on ...

Tips for Driving in Berkeley Heights in Snow and Ice

January 19, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, about 46 percent of all crashes involving bad weather take place in the winter.

This weekend's forecast, which has precipitated New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to ...

Berkeley Heights Fire Department Installs Officers; Captain Mike Schaumberg Receives President's and Chief's Awards, Peyton Named Firefighter of the Year

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department recently held their annual installation dinner at Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights. The ceremony included the swearing in of Chief Anthony Padovano, Fire Department President Adam Uanis and the oath of Administrative Officers and Firefighting Officers.

Administratovie Officers include: Mauro ...

Authorities Investigating Serious Crash on Route 22 in North Plainfield, Seek Public’s Help

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Authorities are investigating a three-vehicle crash on Route 22 on Saturday morning and are requesting the public’s help.

Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the area of Route 22 East and West End Avenue, North Plainfield, New Jersey to assist the North Plainfield Police Department in investigating a ...

Executive Director of Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Karen Deschere Dies

January 15, 2019

The Wharton Insitute for the Performing Arts announced the passing of their Executive Director Karen Deschere on January 11, 2019.

Wharton Insitute for the Performing Arts released the following statement.  

IN MEMORY Karen Deschere (1956 – 2019)
Karen Deschere came to the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts as Executive Director in January of 2014.

Tributes Continue for Beloved Swim Coach and Founder of BAC Jim Wood: 'The Community Has Lost a Great Man and I Have Lost a Good Friend'

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - “Our community has lost a great man and I have lost a good friend," said Dr. Patrick Smith on Jim Wood's recent death. "I have known and worked with Jim and his BAC athletes for almost 30 years. Jim loved our community having grown up in New Providence and as a businessman and coach at both the Berkeley Heights and more recently in New ...

Jim Wood, Founder Of Berkeley Aquatic Club, Has Died

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Tributes to the late Jim Wood, founder and head coach of Berkeley Aquatic Club Center of Excellence (BAC), are already pouring in on social media and in media outlets around the country.

Wood’s death on Jan. 4, at the age of 68, was announced by BAC on its Facebook page this morning.

Details of his passing and of the Celebration of Life being planned have ...

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Gov. Livingston Boys' Basketball Falls Late to New Providence

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston Boys’ Basketball came up just short on Super Saturday, falling to rival New Providence by two on a last second layup. Despite a hard fought game led by seniors Ryan Davey and Matt Faller, GL could not pull off an upset.

The Highlanders started the game off strong, grabbing an early lead and hanging close throughout the first half. Going ...

Hobby Lobby or Michaels: Which Craft Store is the Better Choice?

Everyone likes to pay cheap prices and get what they want when they go shopping. The question remains: When looking for crafts which store fulfills shoppers’ desires more - Hobby Lobby or Michaels?

Price is essential when it comes to shopping, so coupons and sales are very important. Hobby Lobby always has a 40% off coupon online, in addition to a variety of items on sale every week. I ...

Is Generation X Preparing Adequately for Retirement?

Is Generation X Preparing Adequately for Retirement?

Future financial needs may be underestimated.

Provided by Walter Pardo, CWS®, PPC™

CEO/Certified Wealth Strategist

 

If you were born during 1965-80, you belong to “Generation X". Ten or twenty years ago, you may have thought of retirement as an event in the lives of your parents or grandparents; ...

Your 2019 Financial To Do List

Your 2019 Financial To-Do List

Things you can do for your future as the year unfolds.

Provided by Walter Pardo, CWS®, PPC™

CEO/Certified Wealth Strategist

What financial, business, or life priorities do you need to address for 2019? Now is a good time to think about the investing, saving, or budgeting methods you could employ toward specific objectives, from building your ...

Examining QLACs

Running out of money in retirement is a common fear among pre-retirees and retirees. With longer life expectancies, market volatility and rising healthcare costs, funding a retirement that could last many years can be an overwhelming prospect. A qualifying longevity annuity contract, or QLAC, can help alleviate this concern by providing a predictable stream of income in retirement that is ...

Union’s Practical Nursing Specialist Friedrich Honored by the New Jersey League for Nursing

January 19, 2019

CRANFORD – Union County College’s Academic Specialist for Practical Nursing Nancy Friedrich, MSN, RN, IBCLC was one of 12 individuals who received the Nurse Recognition Award from the New Jersey League for Nursing (NJLN) at their 2018 Gala: Celebration HO’OHANA. The gala was an evening of community, family, and recognizing excellence in nursing.

The Nurse Recognition Award is ...

Try Protein Bites at K Primary Care & Nutrition Center Open House

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - K Primary Care & Medical Nutrition Center invites you to their Open House on January 25 and 26 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. at 571 Central Ave., Suite 104, in New Providence. 

They will sample their new protein bites in three different flavors: Mocha Almond Eye-Openers, Cashew Almond Dreamers and Walnut Oat Lovers. 

Made fresh with natural ...

Berkeley Heights School District Announces Kindergarten Registration Process

BERKELEY HEIGHTS – The 2019-2020 registration process for Kindergarten and new First Grade students in the Berkeley Heights School District will be available starting Monday, December 17, 2018. Registration for next school year will be a two-part process.

First, parents/guardians will enter their student’s information by accessing the registration link at www.bhpsnj.org/mcmillin.

Register Now for AARP Smart Driver Course

It's not too late to register for the AARP Smart Driver Course that will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at Arbor Terrace, Mountainside.

The course will teach valuable defensive driving strategies and provides a refresher of the rules of the road.

Check with your insurance agent to learn if by completing the course, you qualify for a multi-year automobile ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, January 19, 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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Sat, January 19, 9:30 AM

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Summit

Crafty Cooks Reading Books

Arts & Entertainment Education Food & Drink

Sun, January 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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Sun, January 20, 11:00 AM

My Little Party Place, Berkeley Heights

My Little Party Place: Celebrating 1st ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Sun, January 20, 1:00 PM

Renaissance Church, Ren Students Space, Summit

GriefShare Support Group

Health & Wellness Religions And Spirituality

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Sun, January 20, 3:00 PM

Congregation Beth Hatikvah, Summit

Cafe Q

Other

School's Out for Summer

Don’t you wish it was summer?  I love a good snowfall as much as anyone else but all these heavy sweaters and boots are making me wish for flip flops and swimming pools.  Luckily for me I have tons of opportunities to think about summer because (believe it or not) it’s time to plan for internships, jobs, and a whole variety of summer activities.  What’s on the ...

Family-Friendly Chocolate Festival Coming to New Jersey Jan. 27

January 19, 2019

Attention chocoholics: The Chocolate Expo is coming to the Garden State Plaza in Paramaus, NJ, on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Now in its 11th year, organizers claim that it’s America’s largest chocolate festival.

Local, regional and international vendors at the expo will offer tastings and sales of gourmet chocolates, baked goods, ...