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Intergenerational Mentoring Program Launches at the Berkeley Heights YMCA

The Berkeley Heights YMCA is proud to be launching an Intergenerational Mentoring Program. This six-week pilot program brings high school teens and seniors together to share experiences and expertise with each other.  As a group, they will brainstorm and complete a community project together as well. This mentoring program will be led by an experienced group facilitator who will guide the group through the process.  The program will have its first meeting Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 4:30-5:15 PM at the Berkeley Heights YMCA.

Intergenerational programs bring both younger and older generations together where talents and resources are shared that benefit both the individuals and the community.   Interacting with older adults enables youth to develop social networks, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, positive attitudes toward aging, a sense of purpose and community service.   According to AARP, students who worked with seniors for a single school year saw more than 60 percent greater gains in literacy skills than those who didn’t participate. 

On the flip side, seniors learn new innovations and technologies from the younger counterparts while feeling a sense of belonging and purpose which leads to greater self-esteem.  According to a recent Harvard University article, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests people who give their time to others might also be rewarded with better physical health—including lower blood pressure and a longer lifespan.  Both the younger and older generations benefit tremendously from this connection and experience.

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For more information about this program, please contact Maria Nolting at the Berkeley Heights YMCA at (908)464-8373 x2024.  Registration is required.

The Summit Area YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. A strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. The Intergenerational Mentoring Program benefits all community members with the stepping stones needed to build a better tomorrow.

The Summit Area YMCA is one of area’s leading 501c3 organizations. Our programs and services are open to all through our financial assistance programs made possible through the generosity of our members, donors, staff and partners. To help us help others, please make your donation today at www.thesay.org.

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Berkeley Heights

Separating Fact from Fiction: Affordable Housing is State Mandated Not Optional

May 26, 2017

As Township Council President and lead negotiator in the unprecedented litigation against our Town by developers and affordable housing advocates, I felt compelled to set the record straight regarding the TAPinto Berkeley Heights’ election series answer published response by Republican Primary candidate Tom Foregger to Question 4. 

This is not my opinion, these are the ...

Thank You Berkeley Heights Police Department

May 27, 2017

Dear Editor,

The TAP article describing a law suit filed against the township of Berkeley Heights and Town Clerk Ana Minkoff by Town Council Candidate Tom Foregger is not just disturbing, but nothing short of shocking.  At issue seems to be a demand for the information regarding the locations of Police officers during the local business sponsored Winter Walk.  According to the ...

Berkeley Heights Needs a Different Voice

I am back. Previously, I tried hard to be heard, but I was blocked at every turn. Our Township Council accomplished their agenda. They did this by condemning all properties involved in the entire SWAP. That prevented us from having a vote on a Resolution. They apparently think they know what is best for us (or is it what is best for them??). Is this the type of governing we really want to ...

Jazz Pianist Cohen to Lower Curtain on St. John’s Summit Concert Series' Third Season June 3

May 28, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - Emmet Cohen will make makes his return to Summit -- and lower the curtain on season three of St. John’s Summit Concert Series (SJSCS) -- when he take the stage June 3 at 7 p.m. Cohen is an American jazz pianist and composer who dazzles audiences with his showmanship and nimble playing.

“We are so excited to welcome Emmet Cohen back to the St.

Free Model Railroad Event Coming to Union County

 Model train fans are in for a treat on June 10, when The Model Railroad Club, Inc. waives its usual Saturday admission fee and opens its doors from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a public viewing of its annual invitational operating session.

The nonprofit Railroad Club’s sprawling HO scale layout is noted throughout the region for intricate detail and historic portrayal.

The free entry ...

Summit Area YMCA Offers a Day of Free Water Exercise Classes

We at the Summit Area YMCA believe in the importance of not only water safety, but the benefits of a healthy lifestyle from practicing water exercise in a welcoming and inclusive environment. To ensure that everyone in the community has the opportunity to lead a healthy lifestyle, the Summit YMCA will be holding a free day of water exercise classes for all to try. At the Y, we know that helping ...

Tour of Somerville: USA Collegiate Cycling Champion Determined to Arrive on Time From Ireland

May 25, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – National Collegiate Cycling Champion Noah Granigan’s transatlantic journey to participate in the 74th annual Tour of Somerville senior men’s bike race will add yet another rich chapter to the extraordinary history of what has been described as the Kentucky Derby of Competitive Cycling.

For Granigan, the grueling marathon begins early on Memorial Day, May 29, ...

Governor Livingston High School Among Five Schools Recognized by Freeholders for UCSTEP Success

May 26, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ —  “It’s nice to look out into a happy crowd this evening,” Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen said at the start of Thursday’s Freeholder meeting, which was dedicated to awarding grants.

Freeholders Linda Carter and Al Mirabella presented five county high schools with funds to reward their efforts in their Union County Student ...

Classic, Vintage and Custom Car Owners Throttle Down and Rumble into Somerville to Park Their Rides on Main Street

May 26, 2017

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Hundreds of vintage, customized and classic car owners have been looking forward to Friday night for several months, waiting to show off their prized American iron.

Their highly-prized automobiles are reflective of a time when seat belts were optional, distracted driving meant no fuzzy dice hanging off the mirrors and topping off the gas tank only took a pocketful of ...

TAPinto Spotlight on eMedical Urgent Care

TAPinto "Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories.

This edition features eMedical Urgent Care was founded 30 years ago to treat a variety of medical conditions by ...

Getting a Mini-Fridge and Other College Essentials

Hey Seniors: YOU MADE IT!  If all went according to plan (and I sincerely hope it did!) then you’ve submitted your enrollment deposit to the college of your dreams!  But suddenly all that stress you were feeling about getting in and choosing the perfect school has been replaced with an ever more present realization that this college thing is really happening.  High school is ...

Mayor's Round Table Discusses Affordable Housing and Volunteerism in Berkeley Heights and Much More

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor's Round Table is a monthly show hosted by Dr. Donald DeFabio, who sits with Mayor Robert Woodruff to talk about current issues that affect the township as well as answer questions submitted by citizens. 

Included in this episode, Mayor Woodruff provides an update on Affordable Housing, Volunteerism and much more.

Fields -- Township purchased a ...

Get to Know Berkeley Heights Township Council Candidate Thomas Foregger (R): Week 4 Question Regarding Vision for Berkeley Heights

May 25, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Each week leading to the June 6 Primary election, the Republican candidates running for Berkeley Heights Township Council have the opportunity to answer question(s) that will be run in a series by TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

The following answer is from Republican candidate Thomas Foregger for Week 4.

Week ...

Get to Know Berkeley Heights Township Council Candidate Jeanne Kingsley (R): Week 4 Question Regarding Vision for Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Each week leading to the June 6 Primary election, the Republican candidates running for Berkeley Heights Township Council have the opportunity to answer question(s) that will be run in a series by TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

The following answer is from Republican candidate Jeanne Kingsley for Week 4.

Week ...

Sample Ballots Now Available on Union County Clerk Elections Website and App

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi is pleased to announce that sample ballots for the June 6 Primary Election are now available on the Union County Votes mobile app for Apple and Android devices, and on the County Clerk’s election website at unioncountyvotes.com.

“Sample ballots are being mailed to every eligible voter as always, and these ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, May 30, 12:00 PM

Berkeley Heights Public Library, Berkeley Heights

Bag of Books Sale

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, May 31, 5:00 PM

Chipotle, New Providence

Berkeley Heights YMCA Fundraiser at Chipotle

Food & Drink Giving Back

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Wed, May 31, 7:00 PM

Summit Medical Group, Berkeley Heights

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Health & Wellness

Thu, June 1, 7:00 PM

First Baptist Church, Westfield

The Junior Musical Club to Present Free Concert

Arts & Entertainment

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Thu, June 1, 7:00 PM

Summit Medical Group, Berkeley Heights

Understanding and Overcoming Panic

Health & Wellness

Take a Quiz: Is Your Financial Advisor a Broker or a Financial Planner?

You have a financial advisor, but what kind is he/she? Take this brief quiz to see if you can tell the difference between a “Broker” and a “Financial Planner.” Receive 2 points for all “Yes” answers, and 1 point for all “No” answers:

1. My financial advisor has discussed my estate plans; he/she is in touch with my estate ...

Gov. Livingston JV Baseball Captures Second Consecutive County Championship Title

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston JV Baseball recently won the Union County Championship on May 18 against Cranford in 9 innings with a final score of 6-1 at Memorial Field in Cranford, 

This is the second consecutive year the JV team has won this coveted title.

2017 Gov. Livingston JV Roster

Chris Bruno
Ryan Davey
Joey Defeo
Dylan DeFronzo
Ryan Erikson
Anthony ...