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Bubbakoo's Burritos Celebrates Grand Opening in Berkeley Heights, Wednesday, May 18

May 16, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Bubbakoo's Burritos, a Mexican chain restaurant, will be celebrating their grand opening in Berkeley Heights on Wednesday, May 18 with ribbon cutting, raffle, and free swag. Bubbakoo's is known for their fresh, high quality, made-to-order, and affordable meals serving tacos, burritos, and bowls. 

The menu allows you to customize your meal with ...

Berkeley Heights Business & Civic Launches New Website, Directory for Businesses and Civic Groups

BERKElEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Attendees of the monthly Berkeley Heights Business & Civic networking breakfast viewed a tutorial to the new BHB&C "Be Known" directory. This directory is part of the newly designed website for the BHB&C. Visit 

"This site will become a valued resource for our local business and civic ...

Zumbini with Allie Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Sing, Dance, Play, and Learn at New Providence’s newly opened Zumbini with Allie.

Allie Lasota opened this new spot to be the destination for families in the greater New Providence area relating to children’s music entertainment and provide the "best" experience in music and dance starting at infancy through adolescence in a safe ...

Warren Township Board of Adjustment Hears Final Testimony on Stone House Hotel Proposal

WARREN, NJ — After more than a year of hearings, the Warren Township Board of Adjustment heard final testimony on Monday on the Maddy Realty LLC application to build a hotel on the grounds of the Stone House Restaurant. The board will vote on the application at its next meeting on May 2. The vote was postponed after the board offered the option and the applicant accepted, since the entire ...

The Downtown Summer Block Party is back – and your organization needs to be there!

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Several thousand people will again celebrate all that is Berkeley Heights when the second Downtown Summer Block Party returns to Springfield Avenue on Sunday, June 5, 2022. 

And every organization in town - whether it be a church group, scout group, school organization, restaurant, non-profit, service club, local craftsperson or local retailer - is invited to ...

A New Gift Shop & Monogram Shop Opens in Harding Township

HARDING TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Ginger Jar opened its doors at 1007 Mt. Kemble Rd (Route 202) in Harding Township on March 1 providing the ease of online shopping and in-store shopping. The shop is a collection of home decor, fabulous vintage finds, entertaining essentials, preppy papers, and gifts for him and her. 

“If you love all things blue and white, striped, gingham, ...

Berkeley Heights Business and Civic 'Just Add Water and Stir' Philosophy Entices Community Involvement

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Business and Civic meets monthly bringing together local business owners and professionals as well as civic leaders. Earlier this month, the BHB&C free breakfast meeting was held at Delicious Heights with about 40 in attendance.  

BHB&C chairman Dr. Patrick Smith always has a full agenda of how to get involved locally and ...

State of the Real Estate Market: TAPinto Talks with Barbara Lewis of B Lewis Properties

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - TAPinto talked with Barbara Lewis of B Lewis Properties about the state of the local real estate market. Lewis has over 15 years experience providing clients with expertise in property assessment and marketing plans.  

"It's been a super exciting time for real estate. -- We have listed several properties this year with multiple offers on all ...

At Kean University Talk, NJ Experts Discuss Changing Workforce During COVID-19

UNION COUNTY, NJ — How have businesses in the county adapted to remote work and COVID-19 health protocols? What strategies will help underserved communities and fill staff shortages?

Experts weighed in on these topics during “The Future of Work in New Jersey,” a virtual roundtable hosted by Kean University on Friday. 

Tai Cooper, chief community development ...

New Providence Leaders Welcome Lavender and Sage Boutique with Ribbon Cutting

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Lavender and Sage Boutique celebrated the opening of their fair trade artisan pop-up shop in New Providence with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 4.

Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis, of New Providence, along with Mayor Al Morgan, Council President Nadine Geoffroy, Councilwomen Lisa McNight and Diane Bilicska, and Councilman Pete DeSarno popped over to ...


Union County to Host Pepsi Job Fair, May 24

May 10, 2022

Union County informs job-seeking residents that on Tuesday, May 24, a PepsiCo job fair sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners on will take place at the Warinanco Sports Center in Union County’s Warinanco Park, located at 1 Park Drive in Roselle. The job fair will begin at 10:00 a.m. and pre-registration is required.

PepsiCo will be hiring for 4 main ...

Spencer Savings Bank Honored With “Company Of The Year” Award By Gateway Chamber

Spencer Savings Bank was recently honored with the “Company Of The Year” award, by the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce, at its 110th annual awards dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Newark, NJ. The bank was honored for its support given to the business community facing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We are very honored to receive the ...

Shred and Recycle Your Personal Documents on May 14, Free of Charge

Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to the next free paper shredding event of 2022, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. The events will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Nokia campus parking lot, located at 600 Mountain Avenue in New Providence. The parking lot is located across ...


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The Berkeley Heights Public School 2022 Budget Controversy: Synopsis

May 13, 2022

It's been some time since I've updated this site with an article. We've been trying to provide information to the public while at the same time working to prevent the Superintendent and the BOE from making some unfortunate decisions. As a result, we've been more active on social media. Over the next few months, I plan to record everything that's transpired this year since ...

Comfortable Chairs, Conversations and Censorship at BOE Meetings

To recap the 5/9/22 Board meeting (which had an agenda that contained NO action or discussion items) we learned that the district's legal counsel has advised disabling the ability for stakeholders to comment on the District social media outlets  and that Dr. Varley, Mr. D’Aquila, Mrs. Penna and Mr. Cianculli (the Personnel/Communications committee) made the decision to no ...

Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

New limits expand 401(k), IRA opportunities

You could spend two, or even three, decades in retirement. So, to pay for all those years, you’ll probably need to take full advantage of your retirement accounts. And in 2022, you may have expanded opportunities to deduct retirement plan contributions on your tax return.

Before looking at what’s changed this year, let’s review the key benefits of these ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Seniors Earn GMC Sportsmanship Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Athletes and teams from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison often receive recognition for outstanding sportsmanship. Earlier this spring, W+H seniors Zain Zaidi of Edison and Izabel Korycki of Colonia represented the school at the 21st Annual Greater Middlesex Conference Sportsmanship Banquet.

Zain and Izabel were selected as the W+H recipients and honored along with ...

Enjoy your Spring & Summer BH from Varnerin, Brahimaj, Couto Campaign

May 17, 2022

During this year’s political election season, the Varnerin, Brahimaj & Couto campaign, will be focusing primarily on talking directly with our neighbors and friends.  This means, we won’t send flyers or place lawn signs around town until September.  This change in approach is meant to allow the town to enjoy the Spring and Summer free from the charged national political ...

Free Webinar: Mental Health 101

In a resolution passed last week at the Union County Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners designated May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition of this month, the Department of Human Service’s Office on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse in partnership with Atlantic Health System will host a free webinar titled, “Mental Health 101: How Do We ...

Union County to Receive 2022 NACo Achievement Award for First Proprietary County-Run COVID-19 Lab in the Nation

Union County will receive a 2022 NACo Achievement Award, acknowledging the groundbreaking partnership between the County and Kean University, forming the first proprietary, County and academic run COVID-19 testing lab in the nation. NACo – the National Association of Counties – has awarded Union County with three 2022 Achievement Awards in total.

“Since the onset of ...

Reminder: To Receive a $300 Stipend as a Union County Poll Worker, Apply Today

Union County residents who are interested in assisting voters at polling locations on Election Day this year can apply to become official poll workers. Poll workers will earn $300 for the day, starting at 5:15 a.m. through the close of the polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, June 7.

“Poll workers are there to answer questions and help voters understand how to cast their ballots.

Facing the unknown – What parents can tell kids when answers fail

A wise therapist once told me, “David, no matter how much you think you can, no one can predict the future. So stop trying and making yourself crazy in the process.” Excellent advice, especially considering my future predictions tend to veer into sometimes frightening territory.

Predictions are like opinions, everyone has one. When I signed on for parenthood, I tried to anticipate ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

3 Key Reasons You Need B. Lewis Properties to Sell Your Home

May 11, 2022

Setting the Stage for Success

While your home may be perfect for your family... it's not perfect for everyone. As an independent professional I will be able to advise you on what small (or large) changes need to be made to appeal to the most buyer, to get you the most offers, and the highest price. 

In the pictures here you can see that while the property owner enjoyed her many ...