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Berkeley Heights Sees Record Turnout at Democratic Party Picnic, Primary

Alvaro Medeiros, candidate for Berkeley Heights Township Council, signs autographs for some of his most enthusiastic supporters.
Susan Poage, candidate for Berkeley Heights Township Council was also eagerly sought out for autographs by enthusiastic supporters.
Stephen Yellin, President, Berkeley Heights Democrats Club spoke to the residents in attendance about why their participation matters more than ever.
Some of the candidates and residents at the Picnic.
Linda Weber, community leader and Congressional candidate in 2018
Susan Poage, candidate for Berkeley Heights Township Council

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – More than 50 Berkeley Heights residents and their families recently gathered in support of Democratic candidates for Township Council, Congress and State Senate - a record turnout for a Democratic Party event of this kind.

The Democratic Club gathering, the 1st Annual Berkeley Heights Democrats Club Picnic, held outside of Columbia Middle School on May 21 under a pavilion adorned with red, white and blue, was brimming with incredible energy and enthusiasm of all attendees.

Various local officials and Democratic political hopefuls were in attendance to support the Club and the political newcomers the Club is putting forth in this year’s Township Council election. They include:

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  • Congressional candidate (NJ-7) and Berkeley Height resident Linda Weber
  • Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada
  • Kenilworth Council President/Union County Sheriff nominee Peter Corvelli
  • Berkeley Heights Township Council candidates Susan Poage and Alvaro Medeiros
  • New Jersey State Senate candidate Jill LaZare

President of the newly formed Berkeley Heights Democrats club Stephen Yellin said to residents in attendance, “We are a rapidly growing movement to bring people together to make change happen, locally, statewide and nationally. We are united by our shared values – to work together, to lift up each other, to leave no one behind, and to fight for a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. This is what motivates us and will carry us forward to victory in 2017, 2018 and beyond!”

The Berkeley Heights Democrats Club, founded last January, seeks to make a difference in our community by supporting causes and campaigns on the local, state, and national level. We are your neighbors, colleagues and community figures, part of the 2400 registered Democrats now living in Berkeley Heights. Club members are involved on all levels of political and community activism and commit to supporting Democratic candidates on the national, state and local level. 

The Democratic Club Executive Board welcomes all local Democrats to visit us at our tent at the Berkeley Heights Street Fair on Sunday, June 25th, and to sign up to get involved with our efforts. Their revamped website, www.bhdems.com is coming soon. They also have a Facebook page, Berkeley Heights Democrats.

All registered Democrats in Berkeley Heights are welcomed to join. Local Democrats interested in becoming Club members can contact Stephen Yellin at stephen@bhdems.com.

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LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Cancer Recovery Program Session Begins March 20

March 16, 2018

A new spring session for The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program, a 12-week cancer recovery program, will begin at the Berkeley Heights YMCA on March 20, 2018. The program is a research-based physical and wellness program in which certified Summit Area YMCA trainers work with participants to achieve their goals. LIVESTRONG®  at the YMCA helps cancer survivors who find themselves in the ...

Discover Your Inner Ballet Dancer


This 8-WEEK class will be focusing on the classical technique of ballet in a fun and easy to understand manner. You can expect a full ballet class experience from working at the ballet barre, to leaping across the floor! No experience is necessary to participate. Easy to move in clothes, and socks or ballet shoes are recommended.


Diversity and Inclusion at the Summit Area YMCA

The Summit Area YMCA is more than a swim and gym. It is more than a childcare center. It is more than a nonprofit organization. It is a welcoming, safe, inclusive and globally diverse environment.

For the past 2 years, the Summit Area YMCA has been recognized as one of only 74 Y’s in the country with a Diversity and Inclusion and Global Innovation initiative. Our Y is made up of people ...

"You're the Star Tonight" Special Needs Prom at St. Bart's on May 5

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "You're the Star Tonight" Prom will be sponsored by the St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave.) and the YMCA and held on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. This night is for "Special Needs Young Adults" from the ages of 14-21. The night will be a full blown prom with red carpet walk up, music, dancing, ...

NPHS Student's Response to After School Walk-out Plan at NPHS

March 14, 2018

A group of students file into a science classroom amid a nervous din of chatter, the air is electric with excitement and nervousness. This small group of approximately 30 students are a studious bunch, largely members of the sophomore class with squeaky clean administrative histories. They are currently preparing to defy authority and stand up for what they believe in, even though they had been ...

New Providence's Allen W. Roberts School Gets Security Walk Through by Police Department after Bomb Threat

March 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Police Department sent a letter to parents and guardians of students at Allen W. Roberts Elementary School after a non-specific bomb threat was reported on Monday afternoon.

It's the second threat  reported at a New Providence school in March. The first threat was reported on March 5th at New Providence High School.

Emergency ...

Rutgers voices support for proposed state budget

March 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University officials have often been wary of the governor's annual budget message, wondering what type of budget cuts the university may sustain and how it would potentially impact tuition and the overall quality of education.

This budget message, delivered March 13, appears to be a sigh of relief.

Pete McDonough, Vice President of External Affairs at ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, March 17, 12:00 PM

K Primary Care & Medical Nutrition Center, New Providence

Cooking Class Teaches Portion, Calories and Food ...

Sat, March 17, 7:00 PM

Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway

Footloose, The Musical @ UCPAC March 15-17, 2018

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Sun, March 18, 10:00 AM


Camp Riverbend Open House

Sun, March 18, 2:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Maple Sugar Sunday



Sun, March 18, 2:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Surreal Places, Imaginary Spaces: A Literary Tea

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Sun, March 18, 2:00 PM

Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood

Maplewood Strollers Present John Patrick ...

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JCP&L Representative Describes Utility’s Actions During Storm Quinn, Answers Residents' Questions

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The format of this week’s  Berkeley Heights 'Here and Now' was turned on its head this week. Mayor Bob Woodruff reviewed what happened in the township following Storm Quinn and its predecessor Storm Riley, complete with statistics. He then asked a representative of JCP&L questions about the utility’s response, and how it was ...

Berkeley Heights, Here and Now: Redevelopment Updates

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Mayor's Round Table has been rebranded to "Berkeley Heights, Here and Now." This new format will continue to provide updates from Mayor Bob Woodruff, municipal offices and the Communications Committee want to hear from citizens, businesses and community organizations.

Included in this episode, Mayor Bob Woodruff addresses the status of the ...

Now That The Dust Has Settled…Smart Tax Moves In 2018

Now that the dust has settled, here are some smart tax moves to lower your taxes and/or avoid higher taxes/penalties in 2018. These steps may be especially helpful if you live in high property and high income tax states (e.g. New Jersey, New York, California) since state and local tax deductions are capped.  Unfortunately all these changes mean you’ll need more time and energy to ...