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Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

August 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...

Storm Takes Down 200-Year-Old Tree in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tropical Storm Isaias ripped through Berkeley Heights on Tuesday with heavy rains and 35-45 mph winds with gusts to 60 mph -- resulting in downed trees and widespread power outages.  

TAPinto first reported downed trees and power lines blocking Plainfield Avenue and by the end of the storm Berkeley Heights lost power to approximately 64 ...

A Growing Tribute of Condolences to State Senator Ron Rice on the Passing of His Wife of 35 Years

(NEW JERSEY) - Elected officials and political leaders from all over the state are sending in words of condolences to State Senator and Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Ronald L. Rice (Newark) on the sudden passing of his beloved wife of 35 years, Shirley Rice. Mrs. Rice passed away unexpectedly on the morning of August 4, 2020. Shirley Rice, a long time champion for collegiate ...

Show Goes On: Tonight's Rescheduled Drive-in Movie is ON!

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tonight's Sold-out Drive-In Movie featuring Jurassic Park will go on as scheduled.

This "Movie Experience" is presented by The Berkeley Heights Recreation Department, Berkeley Heights Business and Civic Association and The Connell Company.

If you weren't one of the 100 cars that registered for this entertainment experience, make sure to be ready ...

Show Goes On: Tonight's Rescheduled Drive-in Movie is ON!

August 5, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tonight's Sold-out Drive-In Movie featuring Jurassic Park will go on as scheduled.

This "Movie Experience" is presented by The Berkeley Heights Recreation Department, Berkeley Heights Business and Civic Association and The Connell Company.

If you weren't one of the 100 cars that registered for this entertainment experience, make sure to be ready ...

Young Elizabeth Salsa Dancers Performing in America's Got Talent Quarterfinals

ELIZABETH, NJ — Two young salsa dancers from Elizabeth have made it to the live quarter-final round of America’s Got Talent.

Twelve-year-old Simon Ruiz and ten-year-old Maria Lopez have been dancing together for three years. They met at the Quimbara Dance Studio in Elizabeth and instantly became friends and dance partners.

Simon and Maria have competed at dance ...

Auction Features 19th-Century Tall Case Clock Crafted & Built in NJ

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Central Jersey auctioneer Joe Bodnar received an email last month reading “The Barnes family clock needs to find a new home.”

Nearly 200 years old, built and crafted in New Jersey by a respected colonial-era clockmaker, the tall case clock will be sold by Bodnar as part of a two-day, 500 lot online auction Aug. 5 & 6,

Dated ca. 1825, the clock has been ...

Mayors for Main Street Respond to Governor Murphy's $6 Million Main Street Corridor Relief

July 29, 2020

NEW JERSEY -  On July 23rd, Governor Phil Murphy announced the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program funded through the CARES Act and managed by the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA).

The program qualifies businesses in only 64 out of 565 municipalities to apply for grants up to $10,000.00 for lease costs. ”At first blush, this looked like a promising and ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Habitat for Humanity Receives Donation from Valairco Cares; Nominate Your Favorite Charity

MANVILLE, NJ  - Valairco Heating and Cooling presented a $500 check to Jan Homstrup, Executive Director of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity as the recipient of the seventh Valairco Cares giveaway. "We are honored, and we think what you're doing for the community [through Valairco Cares] is just great," said Homstrup when she accepted the check. 

Valairco ...

Union Catholic Track Legend Stars in Gatorade TV Sports Shown on ESPN, Elsewhere

August 3, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- If you thought you saw a familiar local face in Gatorade TV ads during the Red Sox-Yankees game on ESPN last name, you were right. Former Union Catholic track star and 2016 Olympic hurdler Sydney McLaughlin is featured in a current series of Gatorade ads entitled, "Ready to Play Anything," that celebrate the return of sports.

In the last few months, ...

Ryan Kim Chosen to Compete in The All-America Games

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Ryan Kim, of Berkeley Heights and rising sophomore at Seton Hall Prep, participated in the renowned New Jersey Under Armour lacrosse tryouts on July 23rd at the Apex Sports Complex.

The event, one of the most prestigious of the year for the sport, attracts the best talent statewide. Kim has been chosen to compete as a midfielder in the national competition, The ...

Mountainside/Berkeley Heights “Green Machine” 10U Win Districts Championship

In their first year of merging their baseball programs, Mountainside/Berkeley Heights, otherwise known as MBH, defeated Summit 9 to 3 in the districts finals. This is the third consecutive year dating back to 2018 that Mountainside, now MBH, won the districts tournament.  They haven’t lost a district game in three years and have been a perfect 17-0 during this stretch.

Berkeley Heights School District Lays Out Official Plan for Reopening Schools in the Fall

August 2, 2020

Editor's note: Aidan English is a rising junior at Gov. Livingston High School participating in the TAPinto Berkeley Heights internship program. To learn more about writing for TAPinto Berkeley Heights, contact bpeer@tapinto.net.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Thursday, the Berkeley Heights Board of Education set forth their plan for reopening schools within the Berkeley Heights School District ...

School Board Chooses Plan A for September Opening

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- The NJ Department Of Education has directed, “Absent a shift in public health data, school buildings will open in some capacity for in-person instruction and operations in the Fall.”

Thursday night, with 400 plus Zoomers attending the Berkeley Heights Board of Education meeting, members unanimously approved the recommendation by the Superintendent of ...

School Board to Unveil Re-Entry Plans Tonight at Zoom Meeting

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- The Board of Education will hold a virtual meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, July 30, to unveil its Re-Entry/Back-to-School plan with the public. The meeting was not on the board calendar.

Board of Education President Doug Reinstein said, “We felt it was important to proactively share our plan with the community.”

Members of the public will ...

A Growing Tribute of Condolences to State Senator Ron Rice on the Passing of His Wife of 35 Years

August 5, 2020

(NEW JERSEY) - Elected officials and political leaders from all over the state are sending in words of condolences to State Senator and Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Ronald L. Rice (Newark) on the sudden passing of his beloved wife of 35 years, Shirley Rice. Mrs. Rice passed away unexpectedly on the morning of August 4, 2020. Shirley Rice, a long time champion for collegiate ...

Berkeley Heights Plans for Post Storm Branch Pick-up

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Township is scheduling a special post-storm branch pick up in the near future. "As we clean up and restore our neighborhoods. Work will be performed by section," Mayor Angie Devanney said. 

The DPW will begin branch pick up upon power being restored to allow residents ample time to clean their properties. 

Information will be available on the ...

Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex Update for Week ending July 31

The weather has been cooperating lately, which is great for construction on the municipal complex! Bathrooms have been tiled and are being completed, and on the 2nd floor, which houses the Council chambers, administration offices, clerk and finance offices and more, service areas have been framed out, while spackling and painting continues. Plexiglass barriers will be installed in ...

Union County Prosecutor’s Office Assumes Control of Clark Police Department

July 23, 2020

TRENTON – The Clark Police Department is now under the control of the Union County  Prosecutor's Office as they perform an investigation into "credible allegations of misconduct," according to a joint statement from Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.

The UCPO will assume control of all law enforcement and internal ...

Berkeley Heights Plans for Post Storm Branch Pick-up

August 5, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Township is scheduling a special post-storm branch pick up in the near future. "As we clean up and restore our neighborhoods. Work will be performed by section," Mayor Angie Devanney said. 

The DPW will begin branch pick up upon power being restored to allow residents ample time to clean their properties. 

Information will be available on the ...

Downed Tree Limb and Electrical Wires Closes Section of Plainfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Fire Department report a large tree limb has taken down live wires making the vicinity of 502 Plainfield Avenue impassable. 

REMINDER: Governor Murphy had declared a State of Emergency effective 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.  

Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary
If you MUST drive, take it slow, use ...

Tropical Storm Headed to NJ. Prepare for Strong Winds, Rain.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for the region. The warning issued at 5:20 a.m. Monday says that winds could reach 58 to 73 mph on Tuesday.

Impacts could include damage to roofing and siding along with porches, awning and carports, according to the Weather Service. Trees may be snapped or uprooted, and some roads may become ...

Union County Prosecutor’s Office Assumes Control of Clark Police Department

July 23, 2020

TRENTON – The Clark Police Department is now under the control of the Union County  Prosecutor's Office as they perform an investigation into "credible allegations of misconduct," according to a joint statement from Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.

The UCPO will assume control of all law enforcement and internal ...

A Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

August 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that Federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

Live Entertainment at Marcellos Italian Ristorante & Brick Oven Pizza Featuring Joe Genaro

August 1, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Marcellos Italian Ristorante at 268 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights will have live entertainment on Saturday featuring Joe Genaro at 5 p.m.  A perfect pairing with the al fresco dining experience.

Marcellos offers a fresh authentic Italian menu outside on their patio and new large area in the back. Tables are six feet from each other ...

Restaurants Can Offer Live Outdoor Music in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Restaurants in New Providence are now permitted to have an outdoor musician play.

"As another step in their ongoing commitment to support our businesses as they reopen, borough council is now permitting an outdoor musician to play (with restrictions) at restaurants," said Keith Lynch, Director, Planning and Development Borough of New ...

Prestige Diner Embracing Technology to Keep Guests Safe Upon Reopening

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you’ve been relying on technology more and more to get through this pandemic, you’re not alone. But can your neighborhood diner use it to keep you safe while enjoying your favorite meal and a little dose of normal?  Yes it can, and some of the ways may surprise you. 

A few weeks into the pandemic Prestige Diner, a ...

Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

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Feb 7, 1929 - May 28, 2020
Michael A. Luciano of Berkeley Heights, N.J. passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at his home at ...
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Berkeley Heights Girl Scouts Turn T-Shirts into Shopping Bags

August 4, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights Girl Scouts are upcycling t-shirts into reusable shopping bags as a Silver Award project. (Story to follow.) They will distribute the t-shirt shopping bags outside the Berkeley Heights Public Library at 110 Roosevelt Ave., Wednesday, August 5th, and Friday, August 7th, from 12 noon to 4 PM. 

The shopping bags can ...

Don’t Let Your Vehicle Idle in Berkeley Heights

One consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic has been fewer people driving their vehicles, so the air is cleaner, which is a good thing. And fewer vehicles are idling because people are not “warming” their vehicles before they drive or parking - idling - at schools and waiting to pick up their children.

At a recent meeting the Berkeley Heights Township Council passed ...

Comet NEOWISE to Make Closest Approach on Thursday

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Not since Hale-Bopp in 1997 has a comet been so visible to Northern Hemisphere viewers. Comet NEOWISE, discovered by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, was found only last March as it began to enter the inner solar system. The icy interloper swung around the sun back in early July, and it is now making a swift exit towards the outer solar system, ...

Emma Lu - Why I Joined

August 4, 2020

The BHVRS is happy to introduce one of our newest cadet members, Emma Lu!

Emma has lived in Berkeley Heights since she was 4 years old. She is a graduate of Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School and Columbia Middle School. Currently, Emma is a rising junior at Newark Academy (NA) in Livingston, NJ. At NA, she is a member of the school’s dance team, the editor of their STEM ...

Owner of Bagel Cafe Receives Impact Award from With Grace Initiative

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - “Making a difference, that is what life is about.  Making the world a little bit better and helping your fellow people,” said New Providence Mayor Al Morgan who was on hand to support local business owner Craig Bass, of Bagel Cafe NP, who received the very first Impact Award from local charity With Grace Initiative.  

The award was ...

Claire King - Why I Joined

The BHVRS is happy to introduce one of our newest cadet members, Claire King!

Claire King has lived in Berkeley Heights her entire life, and she currently attends Mount Saint Mary’s Academy in Watchung, NJ. 

After recognizing her love for helping people and deep care for others, Claire decided that now was a great time to give back to her local community and join the BHVRS’ ...

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

August 5, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias, 64 percent of the Township is without power and 78 percent of Union County according to JCP&L -- thousands have been left with no refrigeration. 

FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.

According to the ...

Emma Lu - Why I Joined

The BHVRS is happy to introduce one of our newest cadet members, Emma Lu!

Emma has lived in Berkeley Heights since she was 4 years old. She is a graduate of Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School and Columbia Middle School. Currently, Emma is a rising junior at Newark Academy (NA) in Livingston, NJ. At NA, she is a member of the school’s dance team, the editor of their STEM ...

Claire King - Why I Joined

The BHVRS is happy to introduce one of our newest cadet members, Claire King!

Claire King has lived in Berkeley Heights her entire life, and she currently attends Mount Saint Mary’s Academy in Watchung, NJ. 

After recognizing her love for helping people and deep care for others, Claire decided that now was a great time to give back to her local community and join the BHVRS’ ...

Storm Takes Down 200-Year-Old Tree in Berkeley Heights

August 5, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tropical Storm Isaias ripped through Berkeley Heights on Tuesday with heavy rains and 35-45 mph winds with gusts to 60 mph -- resulting in downed trees and widespread power outages.  

TAPinto first reported downed trees and power lines blocking Plainfield Avenue and by the end of the storm Berkeley Heights lost power to approximately 64 ...

Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

August 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...

Berkeley Heights Ranked in Top 40 Places to Raise a Family in New Jersey

July 30, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - As part of Niche.com's annual rankings, Berkeley Heights has been ranked No. 33 in New Jersey among all communities to raise a family.

A Pittsburgh-based company, Niche.com employs public data sets and millions of reviews to arrive at its rankings.

Berkeley Heights received an overall grade of A+ from Niche.com, with the categories of Public Schools and Good for ...

Temple Sinai of Summit Virtual Open House Set for Aug. 19

July 31, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - Temple Sinai of Summit will host a 'Virtual Open House' on Wednesday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m., with participants learning about its warm, diverse and active community, while also 'meeting' Rabbi Erin Glazer -- Temple Sinai's new Rabbi -- along with Cantor Marina Shemesh and representatives from its Lay Leadership, Early Childhood Program and the ...

In ‘A Loss for the Community,’ The New Jersey Jewish News Ceases Publication

NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes in South Orange and Maplewood, and across New Jersey, have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest about the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday services at different synagogues and who is memorialized in the obituaries — to local, ...

Tradition Continues with Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Day Parade

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Our Lady of Mount Carmel annual five-day Feast and Fireworks extravaganza have also fallen victim to the change of times caused by COVID-19 and Governor Murphy's Executive Order and public gathering restrictions for the sake of public safety.  

The Feast represents 100 plus years of tradition and memories for many families that make up ...

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Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays for Children in Union County

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a new virtual education initiative aimed at teaching children about animals and the important role they play in the environment. 

Wildlife Wednesdays kicks off on Wednesday, July 22nd with a program entitled “Frogs, Toads and Turtles” which will explain the difference between frogs and toads and turtles and ...

Poage and Sayre Humbled by Record Turnout: 'Thank You For Supporting the Right Priorities For Berkeley Heights'

July 27, 2020

Now that the results of the July 7th Primary election are in, we want to thank the nearly 1,500 voters who cast their ballots for us to be the Democratic nominees for Township Council! We're excited to move forward with our campaign and seek the support of all Berkeley Heights residents in November.

We are humbled by the record-breaking turnout in the Democratic Primary; for the first ...

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BuyLocalNJ Features The Liberty Group Celebrating 100 Years

BuyLocalNJ is the place to find, support, and celebrate locally owned businesses in New Jersey. Meet the business owners who help our communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, connecting neighbors, and contributing to local causes. Thank you for buying local!

Family owned and operated since 1920, The Liberty Group Company operations include Liberty United Van Lines, Lincoln ...

Mayor’s Corner- July 2020: Back to Some Normalcy 

It is great to witness Township residents returning to some normalcy. We were able to send off our Governor Livingston High School seniors with a beautiful graduation ceremony and organized youth sports have returned! As a parent of a senior and a baseball/softball mom, I certainly feel July has been a tremendous step forward in our recovery from the devastation the Covid-19 pandemic has had on ...

Municipal Complex: Let’s Get This Project Done!

This town is abuzz with construction activity, and our new municipal complex is at the center of it all!

I have no doubt that everyone who has had a hand in bringing this complex to fruition - from the very beginning planning stages through now - had nothing but good intentions and the goal of offering our residents the best services they could in a facility they deserve, at top of mind as ...

 Re-Entry to a New Normal

July 30, 2020

 

As we prepare to re-open schools during these unprecedented times, we know that "change" (against a backdrop of unknowns) is the only constant.  As Board President, I can assure you that we are planning for any and all the different scenarios that might occur… and that in of itself requires all of us to be ready, nimble and flexible to carry out whichever plan ...

19th Amendment Essay Contest hosted by Dress for Success Northern NJ-10 Counties

August 5, 2020

Dress for Success Northern NJ-10 Counties empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since its founding, the organization has served over 22,000 women and counting, many challenged by under or unemployment, financial instability, and currently, the fallout created by the ...

Wharton Arts heads into new season with contract extension for Artistic Director Helen Cha-Pyo

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ, August 04, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) announced today that it has extended the contract of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Helen H. Cha-Pyo. Before her appointment to the position in July 2018, Cha-Pyo inspired hundreds of young musicians to perform at the highest levels as music director of ...

Dedicate Time to Yourself and Join the Y for Outdoor Fitness & More

Let's face it, this year has been a difficult one for many, with the global COVID-19 pandemic closing businesses and schools, moving the greater part of society indoors to the safety of their homes. Whether you are juggling working from home and taking care of the kids, or if you are home from school dealing with stressed parents and annoying siblings, or if you are newly unemployed and ...

The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra is Staying Connected in Its Video Chat With Charles From Vienna

The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra is Staying Connected
in Its Video Chat With Charles From Vienna

The 100th anniversary season of the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has been cut short as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Although we may not gather in person to perform for our valued audience, we are eager to stay connected through our innovative virtual offerings.

The PSO ...

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