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B.I.G. INSPIRATION FOR WOMEN STRONG IN SUMMIT First Regular Meeting of Popular Women’s Support, Education and Networking Organization

Summit, April 5—The Summit chapter of B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow) will hold its first regular meeting on April 26 from 10-11:30 am at Bouras Properties, 25 DeForest Ave.   The successful March 29 Summit launch was attended by 50 women.

“Building Your Business Confidence,” will be the topic for April.  Local media expert Jean Criss, owner of Jean Criss Media will share with members and guests strategic steps for overcoming obstacles while putting strengths to use. 

Summit area B.I.G. leader and resident Melanie Wilson invites women from Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights to join together and participate in B.I.G.  Wilson will host monthly meetings with area women to discuss relevant business ideas, share insights and brainstorm ways to overcome obstacles.  “I am excited to share this great opportunity with the women in the Summit area,” said Wilson.  “Women who want to make economic contributions without sacrificing family commitments face many struggles and challenges.  B.I.G. provides the resources and infrastructure to allow us to overcome our business challenges and to succeed.” 

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“There exists a large group of intelligent, smart and creative women in our area who would benefit greatly by gathering together to share their wisdom, experiences and skill sets,” she said.

Over 1,000 women in six states have joined B.I.G., an inspiring membership based business organization, designed to “empower women to business.”  B.I.G. utilizes face-to-face community meetings, an interactive website and monthly teleconferences to provide a positive and educational support network to help move business ideas forward. Many of these women have been out of the workforce for several years or are looking to make a career change.

Founded in Bernardsville, NJ, in 2009, B.I.G. helps women brainstorm new ideas, consider barter opportunities, make new business contacts, share success stories and frustrations, find new clients, and help each other move toward their goals.  The monthly meetings focus on various themes, such as The Art of Negotiation; Building your Brand; Demystifying Social Media, Make Networking Count, How to get Ink, and more.

The website was created to supplement the monthly meetings with an online business toolbox, educational support network, relevant business information, resume and job search help, discounts for members, and forums for business ideas.  The interactive website is also designed to showcase the businesses of B.I.G.’s members.

The Summit pod of B.I.G., with meetings held on the fourth Thursday of the month,  joins local sister pods of Chatham/Madison, Montclair, Millburn, South Orange/Maplewood, Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Livingston, Long Valley, Newton, West Orange and Westfield.  Members may attend meetings throughout the month at any pod location.  RSVP to Melanie Wilson at

Thanks to Kassandra Romas and Bouras Properties for offering this beautiful meeting space to B.I.G.  Bouras is a consistent supporter of Summit community events!

Melanie Wilson
Summit Area B.I.G contact

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Berkeley Heights

Have Your Voice Heard Tonight on Vote for $4 Million Extra for Municipal Complex

July 10, 2018

The Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex project is the largest and most expensive local public project we will likely witness as Berkeley Heights residents. It is a vast responsibility. Therefore, it was concerning to learn that the Township Council and Mayor placed an ordinance on the agenda June 26 for an additional $4 million for the municipal complex without much regard to time.

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Beneficiary Forms - As Important as Your Will

As you plan for the future, don’t leave out one of the most overlooked must-do’s: naming the beneficiaries of your retirement assets. Updating your beneficiary forms ensures that the legacy you worked so hard to build will be distributed correctly. Don’t delay -- the designations on your beneficiary forms supersede those stated in your Will. 

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17 Years Running and the Pizza is still Hot!! The Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza is July 25, 2018

July 16, 2018

The 17th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza, now more often referred to as the ‘Pizza Run’ will be here in no time! Don’t forget to sign up for a night of running, pizza, prizes, and entertainment! The event will be held on July 25, 2018 with a start time of 7 pm. Register online at before our Monday July 23, 2018, at 11:59 pm deadline will be ...

Union County’s Free Summer Arts Festival Continues July 18 at Echo Lake Park Featuring 5 Against 1

The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues on Wednesday July 18, with the band 5 Against 1, a Pearl Jam  tribute band, taking the stage at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

The free series, presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders,is held at Echo Lake Park during July and moves to Oak Ridge Park in Clark during August.

5 Against 1, which ...

Award-Winning Senior Art Exhibited at Freeholders Gallery

A new exhibit of award winning artworks by local artists age 60 and up is now on display at the Freeholders Gallery through August 29. Each of the 13 works received first place honors in the countywide Senior Art Exhibit held earlier this summer in the Atrium at Liberty Hall in Union Township.

“Each in their own unique way, these artists have contributed to an enriching, creative ...

Union County Students Invited to Experience a Unique Silent Party

Students ages 12 to 16 are invited to “Youth Chella,” a silent party scheduled for Friday, Aug.16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Union County’s Watchung Reservation at the Trailside Nature and Science Center, 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

Admission and refreshments are free with the donation of a snack item. The donations will be provided to students in the ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood Warnings in Effect for Berkeley Heights Tuesday Afternoon

July 3, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Union County until 2:30 p.m. and a flash flood warning until 5 p.m.

“Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm, and may lead to flash flooding,” the service warned. “Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.”

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Special June Episode of 'Berkeley Heights Here & Now' Features 6th Annual Street Fair

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) today announced a special edition of Berkeley Heights Here & Now is available on the Township website,


The special episode features the 6th Annual Berkeley Heights Street Fair held on June 24 and includes onsite interviews with attending residents/visitors, event ...

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