Holiday Lights Spectacular

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 17 – December 10

Every Night: December 11 – January 1, 2018

Closed: December 24 & 25

5pm to 9pm

Free Admission

Take a winter stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. Celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats. Different themed activities featured each December weekend makes visiting extra exciting!

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Sat, November 18
5:00 pm — 9:00 pm
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Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 17 – December 10

Every Night: December 11 – January 1, 2018

Closed: December 24 & 25

5pm to 9pm

Free Admission

Take a winter stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. Celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable ...

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We Need to Aggressively Seek Out Grants as a Municipal Government Resource

October 23, 2018

Many governing bodies at the federal, state and county level make development funds available to their constituent entities in the form of grants. These grants can be applied for by municipalities to augment tax collections in satisfying whatever needs may be covered under the grant guidelines.

But these funds are not equally distributed because they require application, justification and ...

My Skills Match Our Needs in These Groundbreaking Times

Shovels are in the ground for the NEW Municipal Building to replace the one built in 1939!  This is one of the biggest projects our Town has ever initiated in our history. It’s truly groundbreaking. 

Keep in mind that we will house the police, recreation, engineering, administration, seniors, DPW and library in a single facility. That’s one place to go to pay your ...

Warren Development: We'll Always Stand Up for Berkeley Heights First

Last week, the Township of Warren voted to accept a court-imposed settlement with the NJ Fair Share Housing Center.  This was unwelcome news for many Berkeley Heights residents. As many will recall, this is the same property that Berkeley Heights residents overwhelmingly voted to prevent overdevelopment on Emerson Lane in 2013.  Now we are faced with a project on the exact same spot; ...

'Never judge another until I have walked a mile in his moccasins' ~ Indian Proverb

October 23, 2018

If there’s one thing I learned during my career as an IT Manager, it was to never judge another team or department until you fully understand their responsibilities and resources.  I had a perception of a certain team before I was a manager. I always judged them, thinking they could do better, they should do more, they aren’t operating efficiently enough. Two years later, I ...

Berkeley Heights Library Board Asks Citizens to Complete Survey

Dear Community Members,

We’ve been busy at the Berkeley Heights Public Library! Since we reopened in May, patrons have been enjoying the new space at 110 Roosevelt Avenue. We continue to offer a wide variety of books and DVDs in addition to downloadable, interlibrary loan and reciprocal borrowing options. Monthly book club meetings and children’s programs are also regularly held at ...

Here We Go Again.....Development Planned for Emerson Lane

Like many Berkeley Heights residents, I was dismayed by the lack of transparency and communications from the Mayor and Township Council during the Municipal Complex planning process. Many of us felt our views really didn’t matter, that the Mayor and Township Council were going to go ahead no matter what. The fact that they avoided a referendum was proof of that. Conflicts of interest were ...

Is Now the Right Time to Go Roth?

October 16, 2018: Is Now the Right Time to Go Roth?  Some say yes, pointing to the recent federal tax reforms.

Will federal income tax rates ever be lower than they are right now? Given the outlook for Social Security and Medicare, it is hard to imagine them falling much further. Higher federal income taxes could very well be on the horizon, as the tax cuts set by the 2017 reforms are ...

Shining Stars to Present First Ever Christmas Show 

October 23, 2018

By popular demand, the Shining Stars cast will take their amazing talents to the stage for their first ever holiday show. The “Shining Stars Christmas Spectacular” will feature special needs individuals and their high school “buddies” from around Union County in a fun night of singing and dancing to the greatest songs of the season. 

The show is set for Friday, ...

New Jersey Youth Symphony Side-by-Side Concert at Montclair State University Saturday, October 27

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ —The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) kicks off its 40th Anniversary with a concert featuring the NJYS Youth Symphony and Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Helen Cha-Pyo on Saturday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m. at Alexander Kasser Theater located at 1 Normal Avenue in Montclair. In addition to Shostakovich Festive Overture, works to be performed ...

Union County College 85th Anniversary Celebration

Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and Freeholder Angel G. Estrada joined Union County College President Dr. Margaret McMenamin, New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis, State Senator Nicholas Scutari, Chairman of the Union County College Board of Trustees Victor Richel, Union County Manager Ed Oatman, alumni and students at the Union County College ...

Meadowlands And SBOANJ At Odds Over 2019 Race Date Request

October 15, 2018

A bill that would provide $20 million to boost purses sits in committee

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Meadowlands announced it would apply for 68 live racing dates for the 2019 and the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association is not happy about it.

The track must submit its date requests to the New Jersey Racing Commission by Oct. 15. The track was granted 90 days of racing ...

Intruder Sends Union County Vo-Tech Schools on Lockdown Friday; Students Got Threatening Texts, Authorities Say

October 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The five schools that comprise the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (UCVTS) campus went into lockdown for about two hours on Friday afternoon when an unidentified individual who admitted carrying a pocket knife entered the complex. 

Located on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, the VoTech school district is comprised of Academy for Allied Health ...

3 Ways to Attain a Stunning New Look for the Season

As you pack away summer dresses and tank tops until next year, you may begin longing for an aesthetic update. It’s common to want to try new looks at the start of each season. Whether you choose a new hairstyle or get a facial, even seemingly small changes can give you a confidence boost. The following guide offers just a few easy options to consider.

How to Transform Your Look ...

What You Need to Know About Salt Therapy

Salt therapy has become one of the most sought-after spa services in recent years. From reducing sinus symptoms to stress, the holistic, relaxing treatment provides a number of benefits for people from all walks of life. To learn more about the trendy treatment, here’s a convenient guide.

FAQ About Salt Therapy

What is salt therapy?

This holistic, noninvasive ...

5 Reasons Men Need Spa Days Too

Spa days have unnecessarily been labelled as a “girls only” activity for years. But recently, more men have broken past the stereotype and embrace being pampered. Everyone deserves to treat themselves, and men are no exception! Here are some of the many spa services that are perfectly suited for men.

Top 5 Spa Services for Men

1. Relax With a Massage

Whether you ...

Order of Operations

As we trudge through submission season this year I’ve found some questions that have surprised me.  Those of us shepherding families through their college applications, myself included, can mistakenly start “talking shop” with the assumption that parents and students are following along.  Acronyms start flying around and we get into our groove, not realizing ...

Annuities Can Be Good, Bad or Ugly. Which Is Which? Part I

Annuities can be good, bad or downright ugly. How can you tell if your annuity is good, or if you should consider purchasing one? And what’s an annuity, anyway?.  In this two-part series, I’ll begin with a review of the “bad and ugly” annuities (most variable annuities). Next month I’ll review “good” annuities (primarily immediate and deferred fixed ...

No Tricks Here! Free, Online Halloween Treats for Kids

I love Halloween! It’s one of my favorite holidays, especially since there is so much to do, and it’s so much fun for the kids. I also love that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Sure, you could go to the store and buy brand-new costumes and decorate your house like crazy, but it’s also a holiday you can do on a budget. Secondhand costumes purchased from Facebook ...

Autumn Air Conditioner Tune-Ups Just Make Sense

Last time we checked, it was barely the beginning of summer, and now it’s already autumn. How did your air conditioner hold up over the past few months? 

If you skipped having your system maintained in the spring or summer, it’s important make sure it’s still in good shape now so you can stay comfortable next season.

The number one cause of air conditioning and ...