Press Releases

Berkeley Heights Republican Municipal Committee Announces Candidates Peter Bavoso and Manuel Couto for Berkeley Heights Township Council


BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The  Berkeley Heights Republican Municipal Committee Proudly Announces Candidates Peter Bavoso and Manuel Couto for Berkeley Heights Township Council

From President to local officials, many elected offices will be on the ballot of the June 7, 2016 Republican Primary. It's an exciting time to be a registered voter at the national and local levels. The Berkeley Heights Republican Municipal Committee is pleased to announce its candidates for Township  Council, Peter Bavoso and Manuel Couto.

Chairwoman Heidi Cohen made the announcement saying, "We are proud to announce these two outstanding candidates. Peter and Manuel have the energy, commitment, and expertise to make a lasting impact on our community.  At a time when leadership is so important, we are thrilled to have these two individuals help shape the future of Berkeley Heights."

Sign Up for E-News

Peter Bavoso is a senior communications executive with vast experience in solution based thinking, business development, marketing, and account management.  His ability to manage critical relationships and clarify messages is based on a keen ability to listen, suggest possibilities and recommend action, thus enabling him to provide strategic solutions.  When first moving to Berkeley Heights five years ago with his wife Janine and two children, Bavoso recalled thinking, "Something special here. This is a great place for our family."  He soon put his strong communication skills to use when a large facility to be built in a neighboring community would result in a negative impact on the town he newly called home.  Joining a group of concerned citizens, Bavoso helped shape the message regarding the group’s research efforts  on the potentially dangerous impact of the facility on traffic patterns, safety of pedestrians, and the ultimate change of an entire neighborhood.  Based on their research along with the development of a resonating message to residents and township leaders,  the building of the facility was rejected and ultimately moved to another location. Commented Bavoso, "Sometimes you just need to jump in, do your best to get the message out and make things right.  Now at a time with so much happening in town, I feel that I have an opportunity to once again get involved, give back and help Berkeley Heights go forward."  

Manuel Couto, his wife Maria Lourdes, and their three children have called Berkeley Heights home for eighteen years.  A successful realtor with over thirty years experience with market evaluations and sales, Couto has special expertise in housing trends and demographics.  He has a unique understanding of the impact of such trends on a community.  "How such trends can affect a town, property values, schools, local businesses and corporate neighbors are all important," said Couto.  Having served on the Republican Municipal Committee, Couto welcomed the opportunity to serve on the Berkeley Heights Township Council going forward.  He believes a strong future is based on understanding the past, recognizing external and internal conditions, and maximizing research and knowledge to make good decisions. He welcomes the opportunity to share his skills and expertise on the Township Council.  "With Berkeley Heights in the midst of such critical decisions regarding redevelopment and questions regarding the impact and ramifications of the Supreme Court’s recent affordable housing decision, his experience will be an asset to the Town Council," remarked Chairwoman Cohen.  

Bavoso and Couto recognize how essential it is for all residents to feel connected to their community and to feel that their thoughts and suggestions are received with an open mind and respect.  They are passionate in their belief that Berkeley Heights retains its hometown feeling and continues to move forward as a thriving, vibrant community that attracts businesses and corporations, maintains affordability for its residents, and ensures that its downtown, roadways, sidewalks, municipal facilities and parks are both attractive and safe.  Opportunities to to get to know the candidates will be held in advance of the June Primary.  

So that your voice and vote can support Bavoso and Couto, the Republican Municipal  Committee offers the following important dates and information regarding the Republican Primary. Please note the following:

New Jersey's Republican primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.  Polls are open from  6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and voters go to their regular polling location.

There is a 21-day voter registration deadline in New Jersey for all elections. For the June 7, 2016Primary, that deadline is Tuesday, May 17. Voter registration applications are available at the Berkeley Heights municipal clerks' office or can be downloaded online at the Union County Clerk website:

If you have recently moved be sure to check your voter registration status!

Primary elections held in New Jersey each June are the only elections where party affiliation affects the candidates for whom you can vote. Only the state's Republican Party and the Democratic Party have primary elections. New Jersey has "closed" primaries. This means that only Republican voters can nominate Republican candidates, and only Democratic voters can nominate Democratic candidates. Voters registered by affiliation with any of the other political groups recognized by the State of New Jersey cannot vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary.  If you wish to change party affiliation, there is a 55-day deadline to change your party affiliation before the Primary Election. For the 2016 Primary Election this deadline is Wednesday, April 13.  The Affiliation change form can be downloaded at http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/form_pdf/party-affiliation-form.pdf     

Any voter who changes party affiliation after the April 13 deadline is disqualified from voting in the June 7 Primary Election.

Voters wishing to participate in the New Jersey Republican Primary who are unaffiliated with any political party or group can declare affiliation as a Republican up to and including June 7.  Unlike some other states, New Jersey does not recognize the title "Independent" as a political group. For the purpose of voting in the June 7 primary, only declared Republicans may vote in the Republican Primary.

Remember: Unaffiliated voters can declare Republican affiliation at any time in advance of Primary Election Day and may also declare affiliation on June 7 Primary Election Day at their polling location.

Please join us in voting for Peter Bavoso and Manuel Couto on June 7, 2016.  Thank you for your support!

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

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.

Avoiding 10% Tax Penalty

Do you want access to money from your retirement accounts but aren't sure of the real costs involved?

Most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions, which is usually 59.5 but can sometimes be as early as age 50. If you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%-25%, which is not ...

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. 

Try answering the ...

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 PracticeHard.com 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.”

Sign up for our free enews and get ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, July 17, 10:00 AM

Healing the Children, new providence

Summit Old Guard

Giving Back

Wed, July 18, 10:30 AM

Berkeley Heights Public Library, Berkeley Heights

Story Time & Craft with DIVA DELORES AND THE ...



Wed, July 18, 1:30 PM

Trailside Nature & Science Center, MountainsidE

Trailside’s Annual Summer Wednesday Matinee ...

Arts & Entertainment Education


Wed, July 18, 6:00 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Senior Summer BBQ at the Summit YMCA

Food & Drink

Wed, July 18, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sing Four to Feature Brahms

Arts & Entertainment

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, www.berkeleyheightstwpnj.gov.


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

Women Have Special Financial Needs That Advisors Overlook

Women have special financial needs that advisors overlook in two ways: 1) advisors don’t always acknowledge the different planning needs women have and 2) advisors don’t always communicate well with female clients – especially if the client comes to a meeting with her husband. It’s very common for a male advisor to spend much or most of the face time in meetings talking to ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...