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

May 30, 2020

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 ...

Murphy on George Floyd Killing: 'We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility'

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

"George Floyd should be alive today – not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of human ...

Murphy Announces Opening Dates for Daycare Centers, Youth Sports, and Summer Camps

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his daily COVID-19 press conference today announced reopening dates for 

Child care centers (June 15)
Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July 6) 

These activities are allowed to resume over the next several weeks, if they follow health and safety safeguards, the ...

Berkeley Heights Recreation Director Tom Barton Set to Retire May 31; Will Be Sorely Missed by Many

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor Angie Devanney read a proclamation in honor of Tom Barton, Berkeley Heights Recreation Director since January 2002, who is set to retire on May 31, 2020.

Barton and his wife Joanne, a Woodruff School teacher and their two daughters lived in Berkeley Heights for close to thirty years prior to moving to Fanwood in 2012.

Barton was responsible for ...

Congressman Malinowski (D, NJ-7) Calls for Direct Federal Aid to State and Local Governments

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Representative Tom Malinowski (D, NJ-7) Wednesday spoke on the House Floor to call on Congress to provide direct federal aid to state and local governments in order to help them cover costs for the salaries of police officers, firefighters, and teachers, among other government employees.

"The HEROES Act would provide $75 billion to help our states conduct ...

Murphy: Graduation Ceremonies Are Back On, Professional Sports Teams Can Start Practicing

TRENTON, NJ - Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held beginning July 6.

"We want them to celebrate and be celebrated by their families, ...

Council to Hold Final Vote on 1 Ordinance, Connell Ordinance Pulled Agenda; Introduce $2.2 Million Bond Ordinance for Capital Improvements

Edited Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 10:45 a.m. to remove the Re-introduction of No Knock Ordinance from agenda.

Edited Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 12:40 a.m.-- Connell Re-Zoning Ordinance pulled from May 26, 2020 Township Council Agenda 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Public Hearings and final adoption vote on ordinance introduced at the last meeting of the council will be held Tuesday, ...

Memorial Day Ceremony Honors Fallen Soldiers; Pays Homage to Day's Origin

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The pomp and circumstance of the annual Memorial Day parade was canceled, but VFW Post 6259 members know the true meaning behind Memorial Day as they held their private ceremony to pay homage to the men and women who have died serving our country, to create or preserve our way of life. Monday's ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Park was private to adhere to ...

Hometown Hero Banners on Display in Berkeley Heights for Memorial Day; Virtual Parade Video

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Take a stroll downtown to pay tribute to the local service men and women that are honored on banners that are hung from streetlights in Berkeley Heights for Memorial Day . Click here to view a virtual video parade of our Hometown Heroes. 

"Memorial Day 2020 will surely be different from usual, with COVID 19 concerns preventing ...

Veterans Memorial Park Prepares for Memorial Day with Donation from Smith Chiropractic Foundation

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Memorial Day parade and ceremony have been canceled due to the executive order mandated by Gov. Phil Murphy during this COVID-19 pandemic. However, these restrictions haven't stopped the Veterans Memorial Park Restoration Committee from "safely" sprucing up the park [located at the corner of Plainfield and Park avenues] with new ...

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NJ Human Services Announces Availability of Up to $20 Million in Health and Safety Grants for Child Care Centers and Youth Camps

May 30, 2020

$5k and $2k Grants Available; Emergency Child Care Assistance Program to Continue through June 30th

TRENTON –  New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced the immediate availability of up to $20 million in grants to assist child care centers and youth camps in meeting health and safety guidelines in response to COVID-19.

Child care centers can ...

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Just as if a person walked into a buffet and loosened their belt

May 30, 2020

Just as if a person walked into a buffet and loosened their belt …

I am disappointed to report that the Berkeley Heights Township Council voted 6-0, with all 3 Republicans and all 3 of the Democrats voting YES on the Cap Bank Vote. This vote “loosens the belt” of restrictions to the Council allowing them to budget more than the Cap normally allows. One would expect this from ...

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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 ...

Union County Freeholders Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

We Have a Choice Between False Representation and Honesty

May 20, 2020

With our busy schedules and an increasingly toxic political landscape, I know it can be difficult for a lot of us to find the time and enthusiasm to participate in local government. What’s more, the self-aggrandizing and misleading behavior in politics—from the local level all the way to Washington—severely turns people off. And it’s a shame because we need people to pay ...

Just as if a person walked into a buffet and loosened their belt

May 30, 2020

Just as if a person walked into a buffet and loosened their belt …

I am disappointed to report that the Berkeley Heights Township Council voted 6-0, with all 3 Republicans and all 3 of the Democrats voting YES on the Cap Bank Vote. This vote “loosens the belt” of restrictions to the Council allowing them to budget more than the Cap normally allows. One would expect this from ...

Leadership. Lacking in Berkeley Heights?

Strong, effective leaders collaborate, seek out feedback and challenge assumptions in order to make tough decisions. Most importantly, effective leaders take responsibility—they don’t point fingers. 

Some of that is clearly missing in Berkeley Heights. When Council Members Medeiros, Poage and Yellin took over control of the Municipal Complex 18 months ago, this important ...

It's Time, Governor Murphy

It's Time Governor Murphy

Governor, it's time. It's time to step up and out of the box. It's time to be bold but more importantly it's time to be empathetic, sensitive and reasonable. There has been much talk about listening to the data and science and about letting the data and science guide us through this public health crisis. Well, it's time to really listen.

If ...

NJ Human Services Announces Availability of Up to $20 Million in Health and Safety Grants for Child Care Centers and Youth Camps

May 30, 2020

$5k and $2k Grants Available; Emergency Child Care Assistance Program to Continue through June 30th

TRENTON –  New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced the immediate availability of up to $20 million in grants to assist child care centers and youth camps in meeting health and safety guidelines in response to COVID-19.

Child care centers can ...

Faith Lutheran Continues Online Sunday Services

Since Sunday, March 22, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence has been conducting its 10 a.m. Sunday service online rather than in its sanctuary at 524 South Street.  Previously, Faith had two services each Sunday, one at 8:30 a.m. and a second at 11 a.m.

The liturgy of each online service is administered by Faith’s pastor, Rev. Jane ...

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra Presents "The Evolution of Music" Webinar

The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra is proud to present a four-class series titled the Evolution of Music. Artistic Director Warren Cohen will begin by discussing the development of instruments and the progression of music notation starting from 1000 AD. How precise is music notation? In what ways do style, culture, and the limitation of past instruments translate to ...

New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign Provides Free Tree Seedlings to Residents in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Free tree seedlings will be available to Berkeley Heights residents on Saturday, June 6, as part of the New Jersey Forest Service’s New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. 

Residents are asked to sign up in advance.  You have three options:

Use this sign-up form on the township website ...

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 ...

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

May 27, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

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Renaissance Church Online Service

Religions And Spirituality

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Farmstead Arts Center, Basking Ridge

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Mon, June 1, 6:30 AM

UNWIND Yoga & Wellness Center, New Providence

Mat Pilates

Health & Wellness

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Farmstead Arts Center, Basking Ridge

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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 ...

Avoiding Non-spouse Beneficiary Mistakes

As the beneficiary of an inherited IRA, you might be aware of some rules that come with these retirement accounts. However, are you also aware that the rules vary depending on whether you are a spouse, a non-spouse or a trust beneficiary?

From required distributions to even the titling of the account, understanding the differences based on the type of beneficiary is crucial to avoid paying ...