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Protecting the Future: A Community Based Approach to Safety

October 25, 2020

First I want to acknowledge the work the current Board of Education is doing on making schools safer. As reported by several advocates in the community on this issue and Doug Reinstein, the district is moving forward in implementing changes to family involvement and data reporting when it comes to law enforcement activities in school. I want to thank those that initiated the request formally in ...

Berkeley Heights Will Continue To Reject The Politics of Fear

We have been talking to the people of Berkeley Heights for most of this unusual year about our platform and our priorities, but what we have also been doing is listening. There are two things residents in this town want to improve our community: real ideas and positivity. The smiles on our neighbors faces when we share that message with them only reinforces how important it is. And yet here we ...

Volunteers are the Backbone of our Community

The Kingsley and Varnerin families are no strangers to public service and volunteerism.  Our interest started decades ago and not just recently with running for Town Council.  Whether it’s helping with fundraisers, being involved with the local PTO’s, delivering food to the needy and first responders, coaching a sports team, or picking up trash around town, we find the time ...

Union County’s New #SmashItDontTrashIt Campaign Makes New Green Energy from Old Halloween Pumpkins

Union County residents can put their Jack o’ Lanterns to good use after Halloween by participating in Union County’s new Pumpkin Recycling Program. The pumpkins will be collected by Union County and other local governments and brought to an organic waste recycler in Elizabeth, where they will be transformed into green energy.

“The Pumpkin Recycling Program is an easy, ...

Wildlife Wednesdays Programs For 2020

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the popular, free “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will conclude its 2020 programming over the next 2 Wednesdays.

October 21st’s program “Reptiles and Gators” will feature an alligator and lizards, including a blue tongue skink and bearded dragon.  The October 28th’s Halloween-themed Insects and ...

Update: Union County Wildlife Wednesdays Program Moved to 6 PM

The Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes to remind residents that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time of 6:00 PM.

“Union County is striving to bring educational programs directly to our children that may not be accessible to everyone during these challenging times, and Wildlife ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

October 23, 2020

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

Joy A. Young for Berkeley Heights Board of Education

October 29, 2020

As an educator and parent of a child currently in the school district and one who is a recent graduate, I understand the importance of a strong school district and the people who support it.

I believe that constructive and clear communication, academic support for all of our children, providing a sense of connection to the community at large and inclusion for all served by our school district ...

Fresh ideas and a positive approach

In these uncertain and divisive times, I look to support people who are positive and those who inspire and care about others: Susan Poage and Bret Sayre are two of these people. From their proposals for open office hours to the Running For BH campaign tour, they are bringing fresh ideas to make Berkeley Heights even better.

Susan and Bret have a positive outlook on the future of our town, and ...

Sai Bhargavi Akiri for BoE, Column 3

We were so glad when we heard from Sai that she was running for Board of Ed! We have known Sai for a number of years. Without a doubt, we can say that she is going to foster much-needed transparency and promote an effective usage of the budget by reflecting opinion from others. Like how organized and successful she is in her professional project management work, she will include key stakeholders ...

Run, Walk, or Bike! You Can Help Raise Money For Claire!

October 29, 2020

Please join the Governor Livingston High School Student Auxiliary Club for the Wranitz Family Fundraiser Virtual 5K event. Megan Wranitz is a history teacher at Governor Livingston High School and her daughter Claire is currently fighting a battle with cancer. This virtual fundraising event was created in order to support Claire and the entire family through Claire’s ...

Union County to Hold Final Paper Shredding Event of the Year, Nov. 7

Personal/sensitive documents only; for Union County residents only.

Union County, NJ – Union County residents seeking a free, secure way to dispose of personal papers can bring their documents to the final mobile paper shredding event of 2020, sponsored by the Freeholder Board. The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Nokia campus at 600 ...

Join Cub Scout Pack 268 for Fall Campfire and S'mores

Join Cub Scout Pack 268 at the Watchung Resvervation this Sunday November 1st for a fun fall campfire! This is a wonderful chance to see what scouting is all about. We have dens from Kindergarten through 5th grade. If you plan on stopping by please give us a heads up by emailing or send us a FB message!

Date: Sunday 11/1/2020

Time: 3pm

Location: Watchung ...

Union County COVID-19 Emergency Drive-Up and Walk-Up Food Distribution, Oct. 31

Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis; masks and social distance required.

The Union County Freeholder Board announced the County will hold an emergency drive-up and walk-up food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, October 31st, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Warinanco Park, located in Roselle. The distribution ...

Edwin Roman Passes Away at Age 26

October 19, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - Edwin Roman, one of Summit's most familiar faces and beloved personalities, passed away October 18 at age 26. The circumstances of his passing have not been made public, and a GoFundMe site has been established to assist with funeral service expenses. The site has generated nearly $26,000 in the several hours since it has been posted.

The GoFundMe site's page ...

Navigating QCDs

With the holiday season in full swing, you may be considering how you want to make your charitable donations. If you’re an IRA owner, you may want to consider a qualified charitable distribution, or QCD. A QCD is a distribution from an IRA that goes directly to a qualifying charity.

Along with helping your favorite non-profit, QCD’s can also help reduce your tax bill since QCDs are ...

Determining Tax on Roth IRA Distributions

Roth IRA distributions are always tax-free… right? Not necessarily. There are certain circumstances where your Roth IRA distribution could be subject to income tax. Determining whether your withdrawal will be taxed depends on factors such as your age and the type of funds you’re withdrawing.

To learn more, click here to download “Determining Tax on Roth IRA Distributions in ...

6 Options for Distribution from a Company Plan

Whether you are changing employers or reaching retirement, deciding what to do with your company retirement plan is an important decision with more options than you may expect—six to be exact. Without proper expertise to navigate this landscape, you may not realize the tax savings opportunities you have available, or worse, be in danger of making costly mistakes.

To help understand the ...