Council Adopts Two Bond Ordinances to Fund Purchase of Hamilton Ave. Property, Fund Municipal Complex

October 14, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Township Council held public hearings on and adopted two bond ordinances to facilitate the construction of the Municipal Complex and provide the money for the purchase of the Hamilton Avenue Property.

The larger, $28 million bond ordinance, which funds the construction of the entire Municipal Complex property, had been adopted on Feb. 7, but paperwork needed to be ...

Groundbreaking at $8.9 Million Ashbrook Golf Course Clubhouse in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --The Union County Freeholder Board today held a groundbreaking in Scotch Plains for the new $8.9 million Ash Brook Golf Course Clubhouse  that is anticipated to open in September 2018.

Once constructed, the new 21,000 sq. ft. building will house a full-service restaurant with terrace (capacity: 120 people), a full retail pro shop, administrative ...

October is Walk and Ride Your Bike to School Month; Berkeley Heights Forms Safe Routes to School Team

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - October 4th is this year’s International Walk and Bike to School Day, and students and parents all over New Jersey walked and bicycled to school and will be participating in walk and bike events throughout the month of October. Berkeley Heights School District has designated  Wednesday, October 11th and 25th as district-wide Walk to School ...

Official Action Taken on Shared Service Agreement for Class III Officer at Schools, First Reading of $2.9M Bond Ordinance for Hamilton Avenue Property and more at recent Council Meeting

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The township council approved a Shared Service Agreement between the Berkeley Heights Board of Education and the Township of Berkeley Heights at the September 19, 2017 council meeting. This agreement established a new category of special law enforcement officer trained and authorized to provide security in New Jersey Public Schools known as a Class III Special Law ...

Berkeley Heights Teachers Use Technology During Instruction to Stimulate Innovation, Imagination; Questions Still Raised About Security Officer Post

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—According to the Berkeley Heights school district’s “strategic planning technology goal,” the major aim is to “provide our students and staff with a state of the art learning and operating environment by continually assessing and improving the efficient and effective use of technology inside and outside the classroom.”

At ...

Springfield Avenue Opens to Through Traffic in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights opens to through traffic after two months of road work caused detours east of Snyder Avenue. 

Reconstruction work to the culvert beneath the roadway in the area of Springfield Avenue and Kuntz Avenue caused detours since mid-July.

While businesses remained open during the two month period, the local businesses ...

Berkeley Heights Council Passes Emergency Tax Appeal Refund in the Amount of $239,897

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Last week's Township Council meeting on September 19 began with Mayor Bob Woodruff and council stepping into Executive Session regarding a resolution on the agenda authorizing an "emergency" tax appeal settlement with Strategic Long Term Care of New Jersey at Berkeley Heights, the previous owner of the nursing facility located at 35 Cottage Street in ...

Berkeley Heights Township Settles Affordable Housing With Two Sets of Conditions

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - "It's a great day for Berkeley Heights," said Councilman Marc Faecher about last week's  decision by Union County  Superior Court to provide the township with a Judgment of Compliance and Repose approving the township's Fair Share Plan with regard to the township's strategic plan for affordable housing. 

"The ...

Updated Union County Votes App-Get the Information You Need On the GO

ELIZABETH, NJ—Voting and elections information just got a little better and a lot more accessible. Union County now has a fully updated and redesigned version of the Union County Votes app. The free app can be downloaded now for your mobile device.

The Union County Votes app lets you quickly and easily access important information on voting and elections, while on the ...

Sears Closes, ‘Legend of Watchung’ Mural Safely Removed, Donations Sought to Restore

WATCHUNG, NJ - The Mural has been saved from demolition. The ‘Legend of Watchung’ mural has been safely removed from Sears after the store closed for good after more than 50 years on Route 22 earlier this week.

"The mural has been removed today and is being shipped to Philly for storage," said Watchung Planning Board Chair  Tracee Schaefer at the start of ...

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Safety and Respect this Halloween Season

October 18, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Safety and mutual respect should be at the forefront of our minds as we approach this Halloween season.  Halloween is a time of candy, costumes, parties and festive fun, gathering together with friends walking house to house or celebrating at school parades.  The Mayor, Town Council and Chief of Police encourage everyone to be safe and respectful of one ...

LaZare: Bringing Passion to Our Politics

October 19, 2017

Time was, New Jersey residents could at least count on their elected representatives to be good stewards of their funds they paid in taxes:  to maintain their roads, their obligations, and their air and water.  Those times are long gone.  For close to three decades, administrations of all political stripes have hedged here, and borrowed there, and put the state on a depressing ...