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Berkeley Heights School Board Introduces $51 M Budget; School Taxes to Rise 2.63%

March 18, 2019

 

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Residents saw the tentative budget for the 2019-202 school year last week. The $51,039,288 budget is $1,302,387 higher than the previous year’s budget.

For the owner of the average home in the township, the school tax portion of their property tax bill will go up $189 this year, the equivalent of $15.75 a month, according to Business ...

GL Hilltop Players Present 'Chicago: High School Edition'

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Governor Livingston High School Hilltop Players proudly present 'Chicago: High School Edition.' Performance dates are:  Thursday, March 28 (7:30 p.m. – ASL interpreted performance); Friday, March 29 (7:30 p.m.); and Saturday, March 30 (2:00 & 7:30 p.m.) in the Kenneth Stiefel Theatre at Governor Livingston High School.

When being a ...

Gym Classes at Governor Livingston

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- After challenging their intellectual capabilities in the classroom, students are excited to exercise their athletic prowess in gym.

At Governor Livingston, there are three options for gym classes: weightlifting, team sports, and fitness. At the start of each marking period, students choose which class they want to join. If they do not like the class, however, they ...

Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy celebrated the opening of its 14th office with a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday, March 14 at their 4,550 square foot facility in Berkeley Heights.

Excel treats sprains and strains to the most complex surgical cases, bringing the same level of expertise, experience and care to all of their patients, ranging from ...

GL Hilltop Players Present 'Chicago: High School Edition'

March 18, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Governor Livingston High School Hilltop Players proudly present 'Chicago: High School Edition.' Performance dates are:  Thursday, March 28 (7:30 p.m. – ASL interpreted performance); Friday, March 29 (7:30 p.m.); and Saturday, March 30 (2:00 & 7:30 p.m.) in the Kenneth Stiefel Theatre at Governor Livingston High School.

When being a ...

Scenes from the Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Amid pipe bands, Boy Scouts, seeing-eye puppies and leprechauns on stilts, if was a member of the Irish order of the Sisters of Mercy, Union Catholic principal Sister Percylee Hart, who was the toast of the town (and the county) at the 23rd annual Union Catholic St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. 

Sister Percylee led a large contingent of ...

Scotch Plains Actor-Filmmaker Garry Pastore to Host Screening of Acclaimed Film 'Destressed'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Actor/filmmaker Garry Pastore will celebrate the 5th anniversary of his award-winning independent film Destressed with a screening and panel discussion of the documentary on Thursday, March 28, at the historic Dunellen Theatre (458 North Ave, Dunellen, NJ).

Pastore is expected to be joined by cinematographer/film editor Fokke Baarssen, who co-produced the ...

Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting in Berkeley Heights

March 18, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy celebrated the opening of its 14th office with a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday, March 14 at their 4,550 square foot facility in Berkeley Heights.

Excel treats sprains and strains to the most complex surgical cases, bringing the same level of expertise, experience and care to all of their patients, ranging from ...

Suburban Chamber of Commerce Announces 2019 Award Honorees of Annual Awards Dinner

SUMMIT, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of the 2019 Chamber of Commerce Awards, which will be presented April 3 at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner, "Tying the Communities Together," at the Grand Summit Hotel.   

The following are award winners:

Silver Service Award – Jack Cooper

This award ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Business features Joe Eberle, Weichert Realtors

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - As a 26-year resident of New Providence, Joe Eberle knows the pulse of the borough.

As a top producing agent with Weichert Realtors, he earned 2017 and 2018 Circle of Excellence Sales Awards from the New Jersey Association of Realtors. During the past two plus years, Eberle has sold over $13 M in homes in New Providence ...

Berkeley Heights School Board Introduces $51 M Budget; School Taxes to Rise 2.63%

March 18, 2019

 

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Residents saw the tentative budget for the 2019-202 school year last week. The $51,039,288 budget is $1,302,387 higher than the previous year’s budget.

For the owner of the average home in the township, the school tax portion of their property tax bill will go up $189 this year, the equivalent of $15.75 a month, according to Business ...

Jackson Education offers “Surviving College” Class this Summer in Basking Ridge

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Jackson Education, the elite tutoring firm located in downtown Basking Ridge and known for helping students get into some of the country’s top colleges, is now adding a new class to its repertoire, “Surviving College 101.”  The class will take place in the first week of August, right before students head off to their respective schools.

Walker ...

GL High School Girls Swim Team Honored by Berkeley Heights School Board

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  The Board of Education honored the Governor Livingston Girls Varsity Swim Team at its March 14 meeting. The team won the Central Jersey Group C Championship for the third time in a row.

Head Coach David Closs said the team won in “epic fashion. It came down to the very last relay and was touch and go for the last four hundred yards,” with the ...

Gym Classes at Governor Livingston

March 18, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- After challenging their intellectual capabilities in the classroom, students are excited to exercise their athletic prowess in gym.

At Governor Livingston, there are three options for gym classes: weightlifting, team sports, and fitness. At the start of each marking period, students choose which class they want to join. If they do not like the class, however, they ...

How to Survive High School: GL’s Tips from Grade to Grade

From freshman year to senior year, many aspects of students’ lives change: interests, friends, and responsibilities. Throughout the four years that students spend in high school, they learn many new things each year and gain insight on what to do and what not to do. Students pick up tips to make their high school experience the best it can be.

As the oldest in the school, seniors have ...

The shining stars of GLHS, January Students of the Month

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Two Governor Livingston students shined last month after being named “Students of the Month.” Teachers from all departments nominate students who “foster a culture of respect, responsibility and integrity within the school.” A committee of teachers, led by teacher Kathleen Agnostak, meet to discuss the pool of applicants. Two ...

"Anytown" the Musical Sweeps GLHS

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- High school is a confusing place for any teenager, especially when considering all the pressures students can face. Whether placed by peers, teachers, family members or by the students themselves, this pressure can be unbearable and cause some to resort to extreme lengths to cope.

On February 5, the cast of Anytown, including actors Emma Wagner, Joe Piserchio, Eileen ...

Union Freeholders: Poll Workers Sought, United Youth Presents, Augie Eosso Awardee

March 17, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Elections is seeking bilingual election poll workers for this year’s primary and general election.

Freeholder Christopher Hudak explained the position requirements during Thursday night’s freeholder board meeting. Applicants must live and be registered to vote in Union County, Hudak said.

There is a payment of $200 a day for both ...

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

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

Conference Session: Downtown Beautification Committee

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

Resolution cancelling the Shared Services Agreement with the Board of Education for the provision of garbage pick-up services.
Resolution ...

County Manager’s Political PR Side Work a Non-Issue For Union Freeholders

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Freeholders this week disputed allegations that the county manager’s work with a political consulting firm promoting local candidates presents a conflict of interest with his government duties.

The freeholders had named Edward Oatman to the position of county manager in January of last year. Oatman earned a $150,800 salary from the county in 2018, ...

Obituaries

- Mar 10, 2019
Henry E. Buttelmann, of Berkeley Heights, N.J., passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the ...
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GL High School Girls Swim Team Honored by Berkeley Heights School Board

March 16, 2019

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  The Board of Education honored the Governor Livingston Girls Varsity Swim Team at its March 14 meeting. The team won the Central Jersey Group C Championship for the third time in a row.

Head Coach David Closs said the team won in “epic fashion. It came down to the very last relay and was touch and go for the last four hundred yards,” with the ...

GL Girls JV Basketball Team Honored as 2019 Union County Tournament Champs by School Board

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Thursday, March 14, may go down in Governor Livingston High School sports history -- the Berkeley Heights Board of Education honored two teams and one individual athlete at the beginning of its meeting. What made this special was every athlete being honored was a young woman.

The last group to be honored was the GL Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Team, which ...

Sara Dilly Named Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Former Lady Highlander Wraps Up Successful Hoop Career at Muhlenberg College

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Muhlenberg College senior guard Sara Dilly ( Gov. Livingston 15', Berkeley Heights) was named Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the 2018/19  women's basketball season. Dilly a  5-7 guard was a key defensive performer for the Div. III's 26th ranked scoring defense enabling the Lady Mules to hold opponents to a program ...

Deadline for Filing Primary Petitions with Union County Clerk Is April 1

March 14, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The deadline for filing a petition to run in a June Primary Election is Monday, April 1, 2019. Candidates who are interested, should register with the Union County Clerk's Office. 

Voters who wish to apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot can do so at two locations:

Office of the Union County Clerk 
Union County Courthouse - Election Division 
2 Broad ...

Goodman's Deli in Berkeley Heights is Ready to Serve its Famous Corned Beef on St. Patrick's Day

March 11, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Planning on how and where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Goodman's Deli just might be the perfect place. Beginning Thursday, March 14, through Sunday, March 17, corned beef will be the star at the deli. 

Whether you want to start your day with corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast, or have a hearty corned beef on rye sandwich for lunch, or ...

VFW Celebrates St. Patrick's Day with Community Dinner

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The VFW Post 6259 is hosting a community dinner on Friday March 22 at 6 p.m. at 15 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

The traditional Irish dinner menu includes:

Appetizer
Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potato Dinner
Irish Soda Bread and Rye Bread
Dessert and Coffee
Cost: $15 per adult; $7 for kids

50/50 raffle and door prizes. Beer and Wine will be sold at ...

Theresa’s Restaurant in Westfield Shuts After 25 Years

WESTFIELD, NJ -- An Italian restaurant on Elm Street that has been a fixture in Westfield for 25 years is closed forever, its owner said.

The owner of Theresa’s Restaurant, Robert Scalera, in a letter shared by Downtown Westfield Corporation Tuesday, said he is closing the restaurant and moving on to another business opportunity. Two other downtown restaurants owned by ...

Warren Approves Zoning for Hillcrest Affordable Housing Developments, No Access Granted from Majors Road

March 11, 2019

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township Committee approved amending zoning ordinances at the last meeting to allow for the court approved affordable housing developments off of Hillcrest Road. The court required the changes as part of the housing settlement.

The projects are a part of Warren’s third round affordable housing settlement with up to 192 located on the east side of ...

Paddle Tennis Round Robin Supports Families Battling Homelessness

March 11, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ –  It was a morning of serves, rallies, and match points at Summit’s Beacon Hill Club on Friday, February 22, as more than 30 ladies gathered for a paddle tennis round robin in support of Family Promise, the national leader addressing family homelessness headquartered in Summit.  

The morning’s matches were followed by a ...

Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting in Berkeley Heights

March 18, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy celebrated the opening of its 14th office with a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday, March 14 at their 4,550 square foot facility in Berkeley Heights.

Excel treats sprains and strains to the most complex surgical cases, bringing the same level of expertise, experience and care to all of their patients, ranging from ...

Basking Ridge Resident Chrissy Weyrauch to Run in Boston Marathon for Melanoma Awareness

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- In the course of a distinguished high school athletic career that was replete with accomplishments, there was one thing that was always missing for Basking Ridge's Chrissy Weyrauch.

The 2016 Ridge High School graduate won county and state championships in girls soccer, scored close to 1,000 points in her varsity basketball career, and had the backing of a supportive ...

Overlook Celebrates 'National Hospitalist Day'

SUMMIT, NJ - Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center recently celebrated the nation's first 'National Hospitalist Day', which recognizes the talented, dedicated 'hospitalists' -- a term that refers to physicians whose practice emphasizes providing care for hospitalized patients.

'Hospitalists' focus on the unique aspects of a ...

Mirabella Family Comes 'Home to Rome' on HGTV

February 23, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood resident Al Mirabella's search for an apartment in the Eternal City aired on HGTV's hit show, "House Hunters", on Wednesday, Feb. 20. 

The show documents the journey of Scotch Plains Township Manager and Union County Freeholder Mirabella, along with his wife, Phyllis, and son, Alex, as they visit daughter Mikayla, who is ...

Warren Approves Zoning for Hillcrest Affordable Housing Developments, No Access Granted from Majors Road

March 11, 2019

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township Committee approved amending zoning ordinances at the last meeting to allow for the court approved affordable housing developments off of Hillcrest Road. The court required the changes as part of the housing settlement.

The projects are a part of Warren’s third round affordable housing settlement with up to 192 located on the east side of ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Business features Joe Eberle, Weichert Realtors

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - As a 26-year resident of New Providence, Joe Eberle knows the pulse of the borough.

As a top producing agent with Weichert Realtors, he earned 2017 and 2018 Circle of Excellence Sales Awards from the New Jersey Association of Realtors. During the past two plus years, Eberle has sold over $13 M in homes in New Providence ...

Shrove Tuesday Supper & Wednesday Lenten Services at Faith Lutheran

March 13, 2019

 

On the evening before Ash Wednesday, March 5, members of Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence shared in a traditional Shrove Tuesday Supper of pancakes, ham and berries, at tables covered in typical Mardi Gras colors and decorations.

Shrove Tuesday derives its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians undertook many years ago. In shriving, Christians confess their sins and ...

Former NJ Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Shot Dead, Authorities Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 70-year-old man who served as a priest in Westfield and was later accused of sex abuse was found shot dead at his home in Nevada, authorities said.

Officers found John Capparelli with a gunshot wound to his neck at his residence in Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Clark County Coroner-Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on ...

Incarceration Reform Advocate Evie Litwok Speaks at CBH's Social Shabbat Service Mar. 8

SUMMIT, NJ - Evie Litwok will speak as part of Congregation Beth Hatikvah's monthly 'Social Shabbat Service' on Friday, March 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Litwok was 60 years old when she went to prison.

Her experiences there as a gay, Jewish woman inspired her work as founder and director of Witness to Mass Incarceration, an advocacy group seeking alternatives to ...

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In Westfield, NJ, a Dream to Help People Live Better Through Food at Fettle + Fare

March 17, 2019

Opening a new restaurant is rarely an easy task, and for Fettle + Fare owner Amanda Vargas, who has multiple sclerosis and is legally blind, the journey to create her shop in Westfield, NJ, was extra challenging. 

It was here that she created a space that is more to her than a place to find tasty, nutritious food. It’s a symbol of growth and helping others ...

For Parents Like Me, Pot Legalization in New Jersey is a Dilemma

I like Gov. Phil Murphy, but he's making a liar out of me. Me and millions of parents. For a couple of generations now, mothers and fathers have been warning children about the dangers of pot smoking. Now the governor comes along and tells them there is no Santa Claus.

I’ve been warning my children about pot for 20 years. That’s not exaggeration. It started when my ...

From a Backyard in Elizabeth, Chatham Man Shoots for the Stars

Luis Da Silva, Jr., says he got his start in a “two by four” backyard in Elizabeth, where he would spend hours with just a basketball. 

“It was a rough neighborhood and my mother didn’t want me down at the basketball courts,” Da Silva said.

In those lonely hours of dribbling and inventing basketball tricks, Da Silva learned to command the giant orange orb ...

Annual Grand Wine-tasting Benefits Cherished Creations Charity

March 18, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ - Cherished Creations and Adelphia Wine Market present their annual Grand Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Friday, March 29 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Grand Summit Hotel at 570 Springfield Ave. in Summit.

The tasting includes wine and liquor from 25 vendors, buffet dinner, gourmet cheeses, live music and Tricky Tray and Silent Auction.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for ...

Union County Celebrates Arbor Day 2019 with Free Trees for Schools

In recognition of Arbor Day 2019, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is once again partnering with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board to provide free trees for local schools.

“The tree giveaway has always received an enthusiastic response from schools in Union County. We are very proud to support teachers in their efforts to provide a valuable hands-on learning ...

Free Family-Friendly Events Return to Warinanco Park and Sports Center in April

Residents of Union County will soon be able to enjoy family-friendly programs and events at the KemperSports-managed Warinanco Sports Center, located within Warinanco Park. From holiday-driven activities to weekly recurring events for the local community, Warinanco Sports Center is excited to begin offering a robust events calendar for residents to enjoy.

Guests are invited to participate in a ...

Morristown Medical Center Named Top Hospital in New Jersey With More than 350 Beds Across 10 Clinical Categories by Physicians

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has been named the top hospital in the state with more than 350 beds by physicians, Castle Connolly and Jersey’s Best.

Morristown Medical Center was also named the number one hospital in the state across all treatment categories ranked: breast cancer, prostate cancer, pediatric cancer, coronary artery bypass ...

By 6-1 Tally, Summit School Board Advances FDK to Final Hurdle; Board President Casts Lone Dissenting Vote

March 10, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ - Universal, Free Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) in Summit moved one giant step closer to reality as the Summit Board of Education (BOE) approved -- by a 6-1 vote -- its $65.89 million 2019-20 budget with $1.5 million earmarked for the program. Board President Deb McCann was the lone dissenter.   

If the Board of School Estimate (BOSE) approves the budget at ...

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Tue, March 19, 7:00 PM

Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad, Berkeley Heights

Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad Wants to ...

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DCH Millburn Audi, Maplewood

DCH Millburn Audi Announces Career Information ...

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VFW Post, Berkeley Heights

VFW Celebrates St. Patrick's Day with Community ...

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Fri, March 22, 6:30 PM

Gov. Livingston High School, Berkeley Heights

2019 Gov. Livingston Highlander Softball Clinic ...

Sports

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Fri, March 22, 6:30 PM

The Grove, Cedar Grove

HOPE STARTS HERE: The 2019 Komen North Jersey ...

Giving Back

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Sat, March 23, 8:00 AM

THE MAX Challenge of New Providence, New Providence

Cardio Fundraising Class at THE MAX Challenge of ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

1099 Forms

1099 Forms
Explaining these ubiquitous forms and their uses.

Provided by Walter Pardo, CWS®, PPC™

CEO/Certified Wealth Strategist

What is a 1099 form? This is a record of payment from an individual or entity, showing a payment, generated for your records. The individual/entity sends a copy to both the payee as well as the I.R.S.1

Who might be sending 1099s? Clients send ...

Scandal!

Being the mom of two little ones I must admit writing this monthly column, while being something I thoroughly enjoy, often ends up getting done last minute.  Month after month I find myself racking my brain for something to write about two days before I need to submit.  Silver lining time: earlier this week news broke of the college admissions cheating scandal and suddenly my ...