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Christmas Eve tables may be smaller this year due to Covid-19 restrictions? No problem, we can tailor your order to fit your needs. Call today and order a Christmas Eve Catering Package.  Items are also offered individually see menu for pricing. Visit Delicious Heights website for more information. Click here for Gift Card bonus. 

Finance Decoded

        Did you accidentally make an IRA or Roth IRA contribution that you’re now regretting? Luckily, you’ve got options! A recharacterization, in the simplest of terms, is an “undo” that allows you to treat an IRA contribution as if it were made as Roth contributions and vice versa. However, to execute a recharacterization correctly, you must ensure you meet the right deadline, understand your custodian’s policies and more. To learn how to properly recharacterize ...

Health Matters

We have all been adjusting to the reality that COVID is an infectious disease, but we now know that it is also a profound chronic stressor with serious implications for mental health. These stressors are impacting mental health for all of us, but women, and especially women of color, have been hit the hardest. Recent studies have shown that one in ten women have had to quit a job due to a pandemic related reason and many mothers say that worry or stress related to coronavirus has affected their mental health.  This disruption in ...

Heights Highlights

The Princeton Women’s Network of Northern NJ got together via zoom on Sunday afternoon (with their kids) to make valentines for the seniors at Autumn Lake. The crafts will be delivered before Valentine’s Day.

Mayor's Corner

It’s refreshing to see many Township residents outside again enjoying the beautiful Spring weather. Your Township government is busy with many activities during this time of year, including preparing and presenting the municipal budget, managing the pandemic and ensuring we are mindful of our debt by keeping redevelopment projects moving! COVID Pandemic  COVID cases have increased in the Township over the last month or so, but vaccinations seem to be more available. We have requested assistance from the County to help ...

Notes from the Desk of the Township Administrator

The days were exhausting. The nights quiet in the office. The wear and tear on one’s psyche grappling with a global pandemic no one ever foresaw – and all the budget crises and human suffering that came with it – along with “normal” local challenges, stretched one to their limits.  The constant battles over getting the municipal complex done left one angry and frustrated, yet motivated to get this project done for our residents as soon as humanly possible. Finding ways to address our crumbling ...

Recycling 101 in Union County

The Union County Board of Commissioners encourages Union County residents to help keep County parks free of litter, by reducing their use of single-use plastic bags and other disposable plastic items. “Spring is in sight and visitors will be returning to the County parks and we are asking everyone to pitch in and help preserve the environment in our green spaces.  Plastic bags and straws are the most significant source of ocean pollution, so taking steps to diminish litter has a positive impact on our wildlife habitats and our ...

TAPinto Insider

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels. Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate names—and even when they do, as the saying goes: "There is no Democratic or Republican way to fix a pothole."    Read more here.

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Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

The BLS can learn a few tricks from the Mortgage Loan Market

May 11, 2021

On Friday, May 7th 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that ‘Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 266,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1 percent. Notable job gains in leisure and hospitality, other services, and local government education were partially offset by employment declines in temporary help services and in couriers and ...

Union County to Offer COVID-19 Vaccines at Emergency Food Distribution Events

May 17, 2021

Residents will have opportunity to be vaccinated at upcoming events in Roselle and Scotch Plains.

The Union County Board of Commissioners announces that COVID-19 vaccines will be offered at two upcoming emergency food distribution events for residents impacted by the pandemic. 

Vaccines will be offered at the next two scheduled events:

Tuesday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. - Warinanco ...

Union County Voters Have More Options for Casting a Ballot in the 2021 Primary Election

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises Union County voters that COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are being lifted. Many more polling places will be open for in-person voting for the 2021 Primary Election on Tuesday, June 8 compared to last year.

“Many voters prefer to cast their ballot by voting machine in person, and others prefer to vote by mail. With the lifting of pandemic ...

Atlantic Medical Group opens new office for pediatric, family medicine in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Atlantic Medical Group, Atlantic Health System’s network of physicians, today opened a new office location in Scotch Plains, bringing together some of the network’s local board-certified providers in pediatric and primary care under one roof.

Atlantic Medical Group’s Pediatrics at Scotch Plains and Family Medicine at Scotch Plains offer a ...

Summit Prep Hosts College Night 2021 Program

Summit Prep invites you to join them for a presentation and discussion on the most recent trends in college admissions and an update on standardized testing.

Date: Tuesday, May 18

Time: 8:00-9:00 pm EST

Location: Zoom (Zoom link, Meeting ID, and Passcode will be emailed upon registering.)

RSVP to office@summitprep.us. 

Please send questions you would like answered about ...

Have the Superintendent and the Berkeley Heights Board of Education been transparent with their plans to change the whole school system?

May 17, 2021

The hiring of the new Superintendent in July 2019 started the process for wholesale changes to the Berkeley Heights School District. Whether Melissa Varley was hired to implement specific changes that the BH BOE wanted or the changes were initiated by Melissa Varley on her own is not known at this time but a review of publicly available information revealed that the plans to make curricular and ...

Death of a School System

I think it is important to provide a clear record of what has occurred thus far in connection to the decision made by Mr. Reinstein, Mr. D’Aquila, Ms. Penna and Ms. Reilly in moving forward with Dr. Varley’s plan to simultaneously implement FDK WHILE implementing redistricting WHILE reconfiguring our schools to a completely different model. Let's start with the ...

Enough: It's Time to Take Our Schools Back!

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” - Henry Ford

Dear Editor:

At last night's Board of Education (BOE) meeting the Berkeley Heights Education Association (BHEA) President read a statement that I encourage you to watch and listen to.  His remarks are very telling about the current state of our ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, May 17, 7:00 PM

Virtual & In-person ( Will share links and location when you register) , Basking Ridge

New Scouts BSA Girl Troop

Arts & Entertainment Education Giving Back Green Health & Wellness Law & Justice

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Tue, May 18, 7:00 PM

Berkeley Heights

Township Council Meeting

Government

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Tue, May 18, 8:00 PM

Meeting via Zoom, Summit/Bernardsville

Summit Prep Hosts College Night 2021 Program

Education

Legal Pot Business Could Bring Westfield Tax Revenue, But Some Smell Trouble

May 16, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — If the majority public sentiment voiced by residents at Thursday’s listening session of the Westfield Cannabis Commission is any indicator of what the town council will decide, the possibility of Westfield-based marijuana businesses could be snuffed out or severely limited.

The cannabis commission heard from a bevy of residents opposed to allowing legal marijuana ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...