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Four Centuries in a Weekend Draws Visitors to Littell-Lord Farmstead

October 21, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Not long after the doors opened at the Littell-Lord Farmstead on Horseshoe Road on Saturday, the Rizzo family from Kenilworth dropped by. They were the first visitors to the Farmstead during the two-day Four Centuries in a Weekend event being held throughout Union County. 

The Littell-Lord Farmstead is only one of the almost three dozen sites open from ...

Scout Takes a Musical Route to Earn his Eagle Scout Rank

BERKELEY HEIGHTS,NJ - When Sam Lee from Boy Scout Troop 368 in Berkeley Heights was looking for a suitable service project to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, he naturally turned to music. He has been a guitarist since kindergarten, and his elementary school rock band “The Flies,” was made up of his Cub Scout pals, and who performed at the Union County Musicfest, the Mount Carmel ...

Governor Livingston Bids Farewell to Mrs. Rattner

When students in Berkeley Heights hear the phone ring on an early winter morning, they immediately wait to hear a voice on the other end declaring a “Snow Day”. For as long as students can remember, this voice has belonged to Berkeley Heights Superintendent Judith Rattner. As Superintendent, Rattner has overseen the Berkeley Heights School District for the past thirteen years. Prior ...

Berkeley Heights School Board Looks at Student Achievement by the Numbers

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Twice a year the school board hears the NJ Student Achievement and School Performance Report. It helps the district answer the question, “If we say we are a high performing district, how do we know?”

On Sept. 27, the board heard from Assistant Superintendent Scott McKinney and a group of educators as they dissected the most recent statistics on how ...

Gov. Livingston Hosts Third Annual College Fair

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Over 100 colleges and universities attended the 2018 College Fair at Governor Livingston High School on October 1. Both gymnasiums and the cafeteria were filled with students, parents, and admissions representatives eager to learn and share information about colleges. This was GL’s third college fair to date, and seemed to be the most successful one yet

Though the ...

Tributes from BH Ed Foundation, BHPTO, Staff, Board Mark Superintendent Rattner’s Final Board Meeting

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ –  Tributes to retiring Superintendent Judith Rattner were among the first items on the Board of Education’s agenda on Oct. 11.

There were flowers, a gift bag, and a plaque, an engraved sculpture, all preceded by brief speeches filled with memories, laughter, a few statistics, more than one “Thank you” and tears – from many of the ...

Interim Superintendent of Schools Noonan Makes His First Public Appearance

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Thursday evening, the public had a chance to meet Interim Superintendent Richard Noonan at the school board meeting.

Board President Doug Reinstein introduced Noonan, who spoke briefly to the crowd made up of residents, PTO officials, and even a few former board members. It was Superintendent Judith Rattner's final board meeting before her Oct. 18 ...

BHEA Members Rally for a New Contract Before Mediation Session

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Teachers and members of the Berkeley Heights Education Association (BHEA) held a rally in front of Columbia Middle School early this evening, prior to a mediation session.

The Negotiation committees for the BHEA and Board of Education were to meet tonight at the school.  This will be the second mediation session since the contract expired at the end of June.

School Board to Hold Office Hours for Residents

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — In an effort to provide more opportunities for the public to interact with the Board of Education the board will be conducting three ‘office hours’ sessions.  The meetings will be held on the Saturday mornings of October 27, December 8 and January 26 at Columbia Middle School from 9:00 ...

Columbia Middle School Students Take the Sandy Hook Promise Pledge to Say Something

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Columbia Middle School students [sixth through eighth grade] attended an assembly in the blue gym at Columbia Middle School and took the Sandy Hook Promise to "Say Something." 

The presentation opened with watching a video showing school shooting headlines, reports of suicides due to cyber bullying, and shooting threats as seen on twitter. This ...


Is the Berkeley Heights BOE serving its oversight function or merely a rubber stamp for approval of the District's initiatives?

October 17, 2018

A 3 part series of open questions to the BOE candidates.

Part One - AP Class Stacking 

The District's initiative to raise GL's ranking relies heavily on the number of students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes and the number of AP classes and exams taken by students. Many questions come to mind with the stacking of APs even by very organized and ...


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October 21, 2018

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 ...