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Solar Eclipse Viewing Monday August 21 at Trailside Nature and Science Center

Residents looking for a good place to observe the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21 are invited to do so at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Trailside is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

An eclipse happens as the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun as seen from our location on the surface of the earth. When this happens, the Moon blocks the light of the Sun from reaching Earth. This will be the first eclipse to cross the entire continental United States in almost a century.

Members of the Amateur Astronomers, Inc. will be on hand for the viewing. The organization was founded in 1949 to promote an interest in the science of astronomy through activities and programs. 

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“For those who don’t want to miss the Great American Eclipse, Trailside Nature and Science Center is the perfect venue to watch the skies and be part of this exciting event which is a once in a lifetime occurrence,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

Looking directly at the sun is dangerous, so those planning to observe the solar eclipse should obtain a pair of solar viewing glasses before viewing.

Those in attendance should also bring along a chair or a blanket to partake in what will be one of the greatest astronomical moments in our lifetime.

Here in New Jersey the eclipse will reach about 77 percent.

More information on the solar eclipse, including guidance on eye protection, is available on the County website at ucnj.org/eclipse.

In case of inclement weather on the day of the eclipse call Trailside at 908-789-3670.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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Berkeley Heights

Christmas Concert 2017

November 20, 2017

 

The Westminster Presbyterian Church in Berkeley Heights invites residents to attend their annual Christmas Concert held on Thursday, December 7, at 7:30 PM. 

Please see thd flyer for more details! 

There will be a free will offering for the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Stop in and Browse at TMC's Boutique in New Providence for Gifts and Accessories

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TMC's Boutique is your little shop with a twist that has brought something big to downtown New Providence, showcasing the work of 20 local artists.

TMC's Boutique is participating in the Holiday Festival on Friday, Nov. 24 with attractions throughout Downtown New Providence along with the traditional Christmas Walk and Santa Visit . Visit ...

Children in Fifth to Eighth Grade Invited to Enter Elks Americanism Essay Contest

"Why Our Veterans are America's Heroes".

This is the theme for the Elks Americanism Essay contest. There are two categories ...... 5th and 6th graders and 7th and 8th graders.

The rules and the cover sheet that needs to be filled out and submitted with each essay are on the photos, and may be reproduced. 

Essays cannot be more than 300 words long, and should be ...

Online Auction of Coolers Donated By McLain Ward Benefits Omega Horse Rescue

Coolers awarded to McLain Ward’s top horses over the years are being auctioned off online to benefit Omega Horse Rescue Fund.

The Silver Oak Jumper Tournament is organizing the auctions through it website.

An auction that ended on Nov. 15 and included the American Invitational championship cooler awarded to Sapphire in 2008, raised $2,300.

Sapphire earned two Olympic medals before ...

Thank You for Supporting Honesty, Open Government and Respect for Taxpayers

November 15, 2017

To the editor:

Now that the 2017 election is over I would like to congratulate Susan Poage and Jeanne Kingsley in their win.    

I would also like to thank all of the people that helped out with the campaign and those that came out and voted for me or otherwise supported my candidacy. While we didn’t win, about one in five of the people who voted in Berkeley Heights ...

The 2017 Houdaille Quarry Walk, Sunday in Springfield: Get on the Other Side of the Fence

November 17, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Houdaille Quarry, often called the “Grand Canyon of Union County”, and normally closed to the public, will be open on Sunday, November 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. for Fall Foliage walks sponsored by the Springfield Environmental Commission.

This is a rare chance to get to go on the other side of the fence and see the Quarry, which is an ecologically unique ...

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Five “No-Brainer” Moves Before Year-End to Strengthen Your Finances

Here are 5 “no-brainer” moves you can make before year-end to strengthen your finances:

1. Taxes: NJ AND NY RESIDENTS ALERT: If Congress pushes through tax reform that eliminates state and local tax exemptions, many NJ and NY residents (along with MA and CA residents) will be hit with tax increases. One estimate says NJ residents, for example, will need to pony up an additional ...