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For Business Sake! Virtual Silent Auction Benefits Business Aid: Berkeley Heights

June 5, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights is hosting an online virtual silent auction in partnership with the Berkeley Heights Business & Civic to benefit Business Aid: Berkeley Heights. Over 80 businesses and organizations have donated to the slate of amazing items up for bid. 

The auction is open to anyone who is interested in bidding on the items ...

Murphy: Childcare Centers, Summer Camps and Youth Sports Can Reopen; Targets June 12 for Return of Worship Services

TRENTON, NJ -- The reopening process for the State of New Jersey continues as Gov. Phil Murphy on Frday announced that he has lifted restrictions for daycare centers, summer camps, and non-contact youth sports. The reopening dates are:

Child care centers (June 15)
Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July ...

Preparing for a Business Community on the 'Verge' of Re-Opening: 'Virtual' Silent Auction Planned to Benefit Business Aid: Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - While news outlets keep stating we are on the "verge" of re-opening, we just aren't there yet in Berkeley Heights. Drive around town -- it's the same offerings of delivery, curbside pick-up and grab & gos. Other service type industries remain online or are open under severe restrictions. The majority of businesses have been ...

Berkeley Heights Township, Public Safety Officials Working to Help  Get BH Businesses Up & Running

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Township of Berkeley Heights is working closely with our public safety and health officials, as well as our local businesses, to safely reopen Berkeley Heights as the state slowly reopens after onset of the COVID-19 global health pandemic.

After weeks of intense conversations with the Economic Development Committee, local business owners, our health officer, Office ...

Bernardsville Shop Owner's Live Facebook Stream Shut Down by Local Police

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ  — The owner of a gift shop in downtown Bernardsville had her live streamed Facebook sales demonstration from inside her store interrupted early on Tuesday evening by a borough police officer.

Katherine Hermes, owner of Country Home in Olcott Square, was displaying her merchandise in her store to a live Facebook audience when she received  knock on her door ...

Business Aid: Berkeley Heights Awards First Round of Grants to 45 Small Businesses

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In three short weeks, Business Aid: Berkeley Heights raised over $63,000, to date, and has provided aid to 45 small businesses in the first round of relief aid.

Dr. Patrick Smith, President of the Berkeley Heights Business & Civic and the chairman of the emergency relief program was thrilled with the community's response to give a "hand up from the ...

Don't Be a Knucklehead, Be a Bobblehead! Company Unveils Gov. Murphy Bobblehead

MILWAUKEE – The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced plans to make a bobblehead of NJ Gov. Phil Murphy. 

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will donate $5 from every Gov. Murphy Bobblehead sold to the Protect The Heroes fund in support of the 100 Million Mask Challenge, the same cause that the ...

What Does Lord & Taylor’s Anticipated Liquidation Mean for Westfield?

WESTFIELD, NJ — The pandemic may be accelerating the demise of an expansive department store on North Avenue.

Mayor Shelley Brindle said she has long prepared for the closure of Lord & Taylor’s store on North Avenue so when Reuters broke the news Tuesday that the retailer plans to liquidate merchandise at its 38 stores nationwide in anticipation of closing the locations, ...

The Business Aid: Berkeley Heights Challenge Is On Thanks to The Connell Company

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It's real. No one knows the pandemic distress on business more than Shane and Duane Connell of The Connell Company, who have shuttered the doors of their Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights since March 16, the day Gov. Murphy closed non-essential businesses to slow the spread of coronavirus -- with no signs of when they can ...

From Legos to Medical Ventilators. A Jersey Family’s Quarantine Achievement

WAYNE, NJ – We are all stuck at home, spending upward of 90% of our time in our comfortable prisons with our familiar inmates, passing the time.  Of those who are lucky not to have any family members in serious risk due to the virus, many are catching up on their shows, on reading, on housework and home improvement.  Some are wallowing in the pleasure of not having to go to work ...

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Has COVID-19 Impacted Your Business or Organization? New Jersey Wants to Hear from You

May 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - The State of New Jersey is requesting your input to better understand how to help you get back to work safely and productively. By filling out an online survey about your operations you can help inform the State’s reopening strategy and upcoming business and organization assistance opportunities.

Survey questions include inquiries about COVID-19’s impact on your ...

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Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

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Thank You Berkeley Heights!

COVID-19 has been devastating for Berkeley Heights’ small businesses. These independently owned businesses help give our town the heart and sense of community that we are all proud of. Come together and help them survive this health and economic disaster. Hear about what the local businesses are still offering during this time. Please consider buying a gift card, ordering food for pickup or ...

Thanks New Providence!

COVID-19 has been devastating for small businesses. These independently owned businesses help give our town the heart and sense of community that we are all proud of. Come together and help them survive this health and economic disaster. Hear about what the local businesses are still offering during this time. Please consider buying a gift card, ordering food for pickup or delivery, and ordering ...

Mayor's Corner - Quarantine Edition June 2020

It’s been a few months, and I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. As we transition into Phase Two of the Governor’s Plan to reopen New Jersey, Berkeley Heights is a bustle with activity, too. This article is a bit long, but there is a need to communicate a lot of important information to our residents. 

But first, I want to acknowledge what our nation is facing in ...

It Isn't Automatically Racism

June 5, 2020

The police murder of George Floyd by a police officer in MN is something we all seem to agree on was an abomination and an example of wanton criminal police brutality. Nothing can bring back George Floyd who was allegedly being arrested for trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill or some such. He certainly didn’t deserve to die for it.

Much of the hype seems to want to make this a racist ...

Berkeley Heights Superintendent of Schools Writes Letter in Grief of Death of George Floyd Death

Dear Families and Staff,

 I write to you today in grief and pain. I grieve at the death of George Floyd, and so many others due to the color of their skin. I grieve for our country, as violence tears our cities and communities apart. I am in pain talking to my daughters as we watch the news: a man shot while jogging; a woman in central park demonstrating the ugliness of racism in action, ...

An Open Letter to Senator Kean, Assemblwoman Munoz, Assemblyman Bramnick

The killing of George Floyd is the most recent in a long line of senseless, brutal murders of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement. It is part of an ongoing moral failure by Americans to correct systemic racism that has eroded the foundation of our society.   We must act now not only to protect those among us who are most vulnerable but to make them less vulnerable.  We ...

Union County Board of Elections Advises Voters on Polling Places for July 7 Primary

June 5, 2020

Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado reminds voters that the upcoming Primary Election on July 7 will be conducted primarily by Vote-by-Mail, by order of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. A limited number of in person polling locations will be available on Election D

“The COVID-19 precautions are still in force, and ...

Union County Voters Can View Sample Ballots Online

Union County Clerk advises voters in Union County that sample ballots are now available online at the County Clerk’s elections website, unioncountyvotes.com.

The sample ballots are also posted on the County Clerk’s free app for mobile devices, Union County Votes.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has mandated that the July 7 election will be conducted ...

Three-Day Schedule for Free Union County COVID-19 Test Center

Effective Monday, June 8, the free Union County Covid-19 Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“As the result of a historic community effort by Union County residents to slow the spread of COVID-19, the number of requests for tests has gone down in recent ...

2020 4th of July Fireworks at Nomahegan Park and all Other Union County Parks Canceled

May 27, 2020

CRANFORD - The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites:

Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July 2. 
Plainfield fireworks ...

Cheers to the Sisterhood! 'Booze Fairies' Make Their Way Through South Plainfield

June 4, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – There’s been a whole lot of ‘ding, dong, ditch’ going on throughout the community the past two weeks but, unlike the game typically played by youngsters and teens, the South Plainfield version is open only to women age 21 and older. 

As members of the Facebook group ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Booze - SoPo edition,’ female ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, June 6, 10:00 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Blood Drive at the Berkeley Heights YMCA

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Sat, June 6, 10:00 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Blood Drive at the Berkeley Heights YMCA June 6

Health & Wellness

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Mon, June 8, 6:30 AM

UNWIND Yoga & Wellness Center, New Providence

Mat Pilates

Health & Wellness

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Wed, June 10, 5:30 AM

UNWIND Yoga & Wellness Center, New Providence

Core Power Flow

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Calculating an IRD Deduction

Have you recently inherited a loved one’s retirement assets? If so, you should know that there is an income tax deduction available to you called the income in respect of a decedent, or IRD, deduction. When certain inherited assets are hit with both federal estate and income taxes, this deduction can help offset the impact. Taking the time to ensure you correctly utilize this tax break can ...

Using IRAs to Help Children

Did you know there is no minimum age for having an IRA? As long as your child has earned income, you can open an account in their name. Whether they contribute to the IRA with their own money from working or a gift from you, the power of compound interest can help them get a significant head start on a secure financial future.

To learn more, click here to download “Using IRAs to Help ...