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Meet with Valeri Schafer, Geneologist and Hetfield Descendent, Learn About Local Families

Valeri Shafer, Genealogist and Hetfield descendant will speak at the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House in Mountainside on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m.
The Deacon Andrew Hetfield House all decorated for Christmas. Credits: Linda Condrillo

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – On Thursday, y evening, March 23, at 7 p.m., Valeri Shafer will meet with visitors at the Hetfield House. 

Valeri is a descendent of the Hetfield family, as well as many other families in the Mountainside area – and the colonial “West Fields” of Elizabethtown. If the names Hetfield, Crane, Clark, Woodruff, Cory and Winans, among others, are familiar to you, they are also Valeri’s ancestral names. In addition, Valeri Shafer is a genealogist. She has researched her ancestors, our early citizens, and has extensive knowledge of the who's who from our area. Come by the Hetfield House at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, and join Valeri as she discusses the people who came before us.

    Valeri J. Shafer is a professional genealogist, who left the teaching profession and began her own genealogical quest over a decade ago.  Through her company, Kindred Genealogy, she has shared her knowledge of local history and genealogy with others.  Her focus is on Early American English and Dutch Settlers, particularly those whose families can trace their heritage to Royal lines in Europe.  In addition, she has done extensive research on the immigration and settlement of the Pennsylvania Deutsch and early Manhattan settlement, including early 1800s Italian immigration. Her passion extends to all areas of genealogical exploration and discovery, and she has recently begun to offer presentations to large groups regarding genealogy of the settlers and founders of the colonial Province of East Jersey. She has held memberships or been affiliated with The National Genealogical Society, Pennsylvania Historical Society, New England Genealogical and Historical Society, New Jersey Historical Society, Mountainside Restoration Committee, The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and is Recording Secretary for the local Crane’s Ford Chapter of the DAR.  She donates her time transcribing records for the National DAR, Italian Genealogical Group, Family Search, and

The Deacon Andrew Hetfield House and Levi Cory House are located at Constitution Plaza adjacent to the Mountainside Library. Constitution Plaza is the first right off Birch Hill Road which is off New Providence Road near the Mountainside Volunteer Fire House. The Mountainside Restoration Committee is a committee of volunteers governed by the Borough of Mountainside whose purpose is to restore and maintain the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House and the Levi Cory House and collect and save historic information and items from destruction. For information on the Mountainside Historic Committee events or to donate funds, please call 908-789-9420; or, go to:

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Sleep out at Covenant House

June 18, 2018

I can enjoy the same movies over and over like it were the first time to see them.  My kids roll their eyes at this.  Well, many unimaginable things happen as you become a certain age, and you tend to learn to accept those things graciously as gift.   But I remember the movie “The Blind Side.”  Until I saw that movie, I didn’t know homeless children ...

eMedical Urgent Care to Hold Free Teddy Care Clinic During Berkeley Heights Street Fair, Sunday, June 24

June 22, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ  – What happens when a teddy bear gets a boo-boo?
Children will learn how minor ailments are treated during eMedical Urgent Care’s Teddy Bear Clinic during the Berkeley Heights Street Fair on Sunday, June 24.

At the office, located at 369 Springfield Avenue, children under 8 will receive a FREE plush teddy bear, and staff will provide each bear with a ...

The Grove at Connell Park Hosts a Home for Good Dog Rescue Adoption Event: Wednesday, June 27

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Home for Good Dog Rescue presents an adoption event from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 at The Grove at Connell Park located on Connell Drive in Berkeley Heights. (Rain Date June 28)

Click here to apply to adopt:

About Home for Good Dog Rescue: Home for Good Dog Rescue (HFGDR) is a 100 percent foster-based, non-profit ...

Moms Helping Moms Foundation Receives Overwhelming Support from Community to Help Mothers this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is often celebrated by showering the women in our lives with beautiful flowers, heartfelt cards, and taking them on special outings to show them how much they mean to us. Yet, for many low-income mothers living in our community, they struggle each day to provide the basics for their babies.

Diapers are a necessity yet one in three families in the United States lack an ...

New Providence Recreation Offers Adult Summer Programs

New Providence Recreation is accepting registrations for adult evening and daytime programs that run June 25th – August 31st.  Most of the eight to nine-week sessions are under $65; several programs are free for NP residents!  All levels of fitness and those returning to exercise are welcome.

Programs are offered starting at 6 a.m.. If you are seeking weight loss, core body ...

Missing in North Plainfield: Have You Seen Angel?

June 21, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Have you seen Angel?

Angel is a seven year old black and white Husky last seen near Westervelt Ave. and Manning Ave. on June 16. Her family says she is very friendly. 

If found, call Andrea at  888-466-3242.


Linden Man Arrested After Explosion in Cranford

June 21, 2018

CRANFORD - On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. the Cranford Police Department received
information that an explosion was heard in the area of Raritan Road and Summit Terrace. Through
a joint investigation with the Union County Prosecutor's Office and Linden Police Department, the
Cranford Police Department Detective Bureau identified a suspect through surveillance video ...

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Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...