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NJSBDC at Kean University Honors Berkeley Heights Business Owners

The New Jersey Small Business Development Corporation’s (NJSBDC) 14th Annual Small Business Growth Awards luncheon recognized sixteen small business owners from diverse industries on December 9 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. The NJSBDC at Kean University honored Berkeley Heights residents Nicole and Tom Mauriello, second generation entrepreneurs who operate three successful small businesses, at the event.

Nicole Mauriello owns and operates Sancoche Soups, a gourmet soup company dedicated to offering global flavors locally. Sancoche’s soups are made using fresh locally sourced ingredients and delivered to the home. The company derives its named from a hearty stew of root vegetables, salted pork and split peas popular in the island nation of Trinidad, Nicole’s native land.

Sancoche recently launched a cooking camp designed to teach children ages 9 – 12 the basics of French cooking, including knife skills, sautéing, braising, browning, blanching, boiling, simmering and sauce preparation. Drawing on her fine arts degree in graphic design Nicole also creates unique branded promotional items for corporate clients through a second company, Business Boosters. 

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When she was looking to expand her businesses, Nicole turned to the NJSBDC at Kean University. In 2016 alone, the SBDC at Kean University counseled over 200 clients and helped Union County small business owners secure over $3.5 million in financing.

“David Margulies and the Kean University SBDC team have helped me see much further down the road and gain an understanding of what each of my businesses has to offer in the marketplace and how I should best organize my time and resources to ensure I stay on the path to success,” said Nicole.

Nicole’s husband Tom Mauriello owns and operates ThinkScreen, LLC, a digital web development and branding agency. ThinkScreen produces fully functional web applications for businesses and consumer audiences. Tom credits his success to the continuous exploration of new technologies and his team’s ability to understand their client’s need and then create high quality cost effective solutions.

“I have known about the SBDC for some time, but never the value the SBDC relationship was going to be able to return to my business. If I had, I certainly would have opened these doors a lot sooner,” said Tom.

The NJ-SBDC includes 12 full-service regional centers and 29 satellite offices and is committed to guiding established small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in creating and expanding their business enterprises. The NJ-SBDC at Kean is located in Willis Hall, on the University’s Union campus, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union.  Visit www.kean.edu/sbdc to learn more.  

 

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Berkeley Heights

Change We Can Agree On: Susan Poage and Alvaro Medeiros for Township Council

May 30, 2017

Voters going to the polls on Tuesday, June 6th have a third choice in the race for Berkeley Heights Township Council: they can vote for Susan Poage and Alvaro Medeiros. Poage and Medeiros are running in the Democratic Primary along with the entire “Column A”, Democratic team. They are backed by a growing movement of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who support Change We Can ...

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

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 ...

Short Hills Christ Church Interweave Hosts Author and Educator Rory McEntee

May 29, 2017

SHORT HILLS, NJ - Author Rory McEntee will lead Practicing Presence, an evening of centering prayer at Christ Church, Short Hills on Tuesday, May 30 from 7:30-9:00 pm. This Christian contemplative prayer practice was developed by Trappist monk Father Thomas Keating, among others. Discover the joy of interior silence as we open ourselves to God’s presence. The price ...

Imagine Thanks design architect Andrea Carminio

Imagine  presented a certificate of appreciation to design architect Andrea Carminio of Westfield for her outstanding and generous donation of time, talent and expertise through her pro bono design work on our gorgeous new center in Mountainside.  “We are beyond grateful to Andrea for her professionalism, generosity and multiple iterations of design work in order to come up ...

Veterans Invited to Career Information Open House Hosted by American Insurance Services Agency

CLARK, N.J., May 23, 2017 -- American Insurance Services Agency is announcing a new Veteran Career Information Open House to promote insurance careers to veterans and to educate professionals about the advantages of hiring individuals who served in the military.  

Inspired by the Walmart “Greenlight A Vet™” program, American Insurance is inviting veterans to an event on ...

Chathams MACC Hosts "Opioid Crisis to Opportunity" Presentation Tuesday, May 30 at CHS

CHATHAM, NJ – The Municipal Alliance Committee of the Chathams (MACC), in coordination with the MCC Coalition, will host an Opioid/Heroin Awareness: From Crisis to Opportunity seminar 7 p.m. Tuesday May 30 at the Chatham High School auditorium.

The presentation is designed to help the families of Chatham and surrounding communities address the opioid and heroin epidemic.

The ...

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 ...

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

Can the Orbera Intragastric Balloon Help You Lose ...

Health & Wellness

Thu, June 1, 7:00 PM

First Baptist Church, Westfield

The Junior Musical Club to Present Free Concert

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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 ...