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James J. Costello, Jr., to Speak at “Revocable Living Trusts from Start to Finish” Seminar

James J. Costello, Jr., a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will be a featured speaker at “Revocable Living Trusts from Start to Finish.” November 7

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - James J. Costello, Jr., a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will be a featured speaker at “Revocable Living Trusts from Start to Finish,” sponsored by The National Business Institute.  The seminar will take place at the Holiday Inn Princeton on Monday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Attendees will receive straightforward instruction to clarify when RLTs are used most effectively and avoid drafting and administration mistakes that could be haunting later down the line.  For more information or to register, visit the NBI’s web site at www.nbi-sems.com. 
        
Costello focuses his practice on estate planning and administration; litigation and disputes among beneficiaries; general federal and state tax law and controversies; and the formation, dissolution, purchase and sale of all types of closely-held business entities.   

He represents individuals in all aspects of general and sophisticated estate planning, including drafting wills, lifetime and testamentary trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, prenuptial agreements and co-habitation agreements, employing sophisticated strategies when warranted matters include family limited liability companies (“LLCs”), sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts, spousal lifetime access trusts (“SLATS”), dynasty trusts and charitable trusts.  His representation of fiduciaries covers all aspects of estate and trust administration, including preparation and filing of federal and state estate and income tax returns; representation in IRS and New Jersey Division of Taxation audits; litigation and disputes among beneficiaries; preparation and filing of federal and state estate and inheritance tax returns; and defending those returns on audit. 

Costello has published articles and lectured extensively to civic and professional groups about a variety of estate planning and tax law topics.  He is a former Trustee and current Advisory Board Council member of the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and a Trustee and the former Secretary of the Bernardsville Library Foundation, Inc.  Costello earned his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law and his M.L.T. from Georgetown University Law Center. 

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“The Art of Flower and Garden Photography” Presentation with photographer, Brien Szabo

December 10, 2017

Please join the Hanson Park Conservancy on Tuesday, January 16th at 7:30 PM at the Cranford Community Center for the presentation, “The Art of Flower and Garden Photography” with photographer, Brien Szabo. Mr. Szabo will show how anyone can take great pictures with any kind of camera, from a phone to a simple point and shoot, to an expensive DSLR. He will also go over a variety of ...

Community Access Unlimited to hold open auditions for "Annie, Jr." in January

The CAU Community Players will be holding open auditions for their 2018 production of "Annie, Jr." Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 20, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., with callbacks 1:00-3:00 p.m. All auditions will take place in the auditorium of Community Access Unlimited (CAU) at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, 07202.

The CAU ...

Summit YMCA Holiday Angel Tree

Give a family joy and hope this holiday season.  Participate in the Summit YMCA's Holiday Angel Tree program.  Simply come to the Summit YMCA lounge during regular operating hours, where our tree stands, and pick a present tag off the tree.  Purchase the gift on the tag and return it unwrapped to the Member Services desk no later than December 20th. 

For ...

Union County College Names Betancourt as New Governor to the Board

CRANFORD – At the December 5, 2017 Joint Meeting of the Union County College Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, Rafael J. Betancourt, of Westfield, was sworn in to serve as a new Governor. Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel and Board of Governors Chair Elizabeth Garcia welcomed Mr. Betancourt to the meeting and initiated his swearing in.

Mr. Betancourt ...

Berkeley Heights Library Plans to Re-open in January

December 4, 2017

To the Editor: Although the Library is closing on December 4th, behind the scenes work for the move has already begun.  Our goal is to open as early in January as possible.  Just keep in mind, as everyone who has ever moved knows, expect the unexpected.

Staff has been busy selecting the items which will move to the temporary facility.  Selection is based on usage reports ...

Winter Weather Advisory Issued as First Snowfall of the Season Arrives on Saturday

December 8, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - - The first snowfall of the season will be arriving on Saturday morning according to the National Weather Service(NWS) in New York. 

A “Winter Weather Advisory” is in effect from 6 a.m. Saturday morning until 6 a.m. on Sunday.

According to the NWS advisory, Union County can expect snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with the possibility of ...

U.S. Postal Service Delivers Reinforcements to the Chathams to Calm 'Perfect Storm'; Will Hold Office Hours for Citizen Complaints

December 10, 2017

CHATHAM, NJ - The U.S. Postal Service sent four representatives to Chatham Borough Hall on Friday morning and met with local officials to discuss ways to alleviate problems brought to its attention about unreliable mail delivery.

Keith Reid, post office operations manager, explained how he had brought in as many as 15 extra mail carriers to take care of lagging deliveries in the Chathams. The ...

ConRail Working on Track Clean Up Following Friday's Derailment in Union; Train Service Still Suspended

December 9, 2017

UNION, NJ – No hazardous material was involved in the freight train derailment Friday afternoon in Union.

“There’s severe damage to the tracks,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio at a press conference Friday evening.  “There’s multiple piles of cars at different locations up and down the span of the tracks from the Roselle Park line all the way through ...

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