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Be a Better Risk Taker, Nov. 20


Women entrepreneurs often look back and wish that they had taken more risks in their lives—maybe they wished they had trusted their instincts, were less cautious, or even braver.   As we consider or pursue a new career, or contemplate scaling our successful business to the next level, it is critical to look at risk as an opportunity for success.    The November 20 meeting of the Summit/New Providence pod of B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow) will meet from 10-11:30 am in Summit at Twin Maples, 214 Springfield Avenue to investigate risk taking.

“Most of us don't realize that we take risks daily, most of them are small and unconscious,” said Speaker Deborah Shimer, a self-proclaimed “warrior” who believes that resisting change can be harder than taking a leap.    “To thrive in business and in life we need to master the art of taking risks to help us fully step in our dreams and potential.”

B.I.G. is an organization for businesswomen who are at all levels of their careers, from those just coming up with a business idea, to seasoned shop owners and serial entrepreneurs. 

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“Women from Summit, New Providence, and neighboring towns are encouraged to check out our meeting.  Our members include stay-at-home moms trying to figure out what they want to do with newly found free time, to those with successful businesses like health coaches, realtors, photographers, tutors, direct sales consultants, and local store owners,” said Melanie Wilson, Summit/New Providence BIG pod leader.  “The common bond is that all are smart, creative women looking to support each other and network in the process.  This presentation will be another wonderful example of the fantastic programming we present to help women advance their businesses, and meet other dynamic and inspiring women.”

“A lot of people I have invited to join B.I.G. are at that place in their lives where they need to figure out what comes next,” she continued.   “Women have kids in school all day, have run the gamut of volunteer positions and are trying to remember what they loved best.  They are thinking of possibly launching a career that combines their passion with what they are really good at.  Or, perhaps, their specific child-rearing experiences (sports, special needs, college searches, bakes sales etc.) have given them a business idea, but they don’t know how to get it off the ground.  B.I.G. helps find the answers, even for the seasoned, professional businesswoman looking for new ways to scale her business.”

Each month B.I.G. holds an in-person meeting in Summit, and explore such topics as taking the plunge to start a business, embracing changes in our lives, brainstorming business ideas and marketing connections, public relations, how to use social media to best advance your marketing, branding yourself and your business, speed networking, etc. 

The first meeting is free.  Annual membership dues are $239, which includes “pod-hopping” to unlimited events each month at many nearby town meetings.  Please rsvp to Wilson at  Check out for more info on membership and on the organization.

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Berkeley Heights

New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces 2018 Summer Camps

February 20, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE—The New Jersey Youth Symphony announced today that it will hold two summer camps, Orchestral Camp from June 24 until July 7 and Junior Winds Camp from July 30 until August 3, at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. Campers can take advantage of a 5% tuition discount by registering before the Early Registration deadline on June 1, 2018. For more information visit ...

Return Berkeley Heights Public Library's Books, etc.

Remember those book and DVDs and other materials borrowed from the Berkeley Heights Public Library before it closed? It's time to return them.

Staff will be at the Municipal Courtroom/Council Chambers at 29 Park Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 to accept them. Enter through the glass door, using the stairs by the Police Department.

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2018 Gov. Livingston Highlander Softball Clinic Set for March 19

Come join and learn from the 2017 Union County Softball Champion Gov. Livingston coaches and varsity players on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Activities will include the following fastpitch softball skills:

Batting Techniques
Throwing Mechanics
Base Running

Who: Children grades 1-7 of any skill level or ability

Where: Gov. Livingston High School, 175 ...

Mike Zuko at Salem Roadhouse Cafe

Raised on a diet of The Beatles, Buddy Holly and The Doors, Michael Zuko was exposed first hand to the thrilling music of the legendary 70s NYC club scene. Zuko and the band show a skilled singer-songwriter who is backed by solid musical talent, bringing original, fresh and intelligent lyrics to the stage. A true entertainer, Mike engages the audience fully and leaves them wanting more. Mike and ...

Colleen Mahr Has Paid Her Dues, Earned Peoples’ Trust, and Left a Track Record of Success

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

Mahr, who as Mayor of Fanwood for 15 years has worked closely with Scotch Plains ...

We Need More Women Like Colleen Mahr in Municipal, County and State Government

Dear Editor:

I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me.

I was a first time candidate wanting to make a difference in my hometown of Scotch Plains, when Mayor Mahr of neighboring Fanwood stepped in to help me campaign and win my election to be Councilwoman three years ago.

Democratic Party Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Not Recognizing Colleen Mahr's Talents

Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations, Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is ...

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, February 21

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Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

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Fri, February 23, 6:30 PM

Union County Vocational Technical Schools, West Hall Cafeteria, Scotch Plains

Union County Magnet High School Silent Auction

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Invest Like a Tortoise -- Not Like a Hare

Aesop’s “The Tortoise and the Hare” is a perfect metaphor for the way people go about investing their money. As you recall in the fable, the hare brags about his ability to beat the tortoise and is overly confident about winning. In the investment world, the hare is someone who thinks he or she is great at selecting “winners” and avoiding “losers.” The ...