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Berkeley Heights Police Department to Launch 'Annie Young Academy' in the Fall

May 14, 2021

Program seeks to strength Police and Community Connection

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Police Department announced the launch of the Annie Young Academy, a program aimed at educating Berkeley Heights residents about police operations, in keeping the BHPD and Township's commitment to transparency into the inner workings of the police department.

"The Berkeley Heights ...

Roselle 2-Year-Old Found Safe Following Auto Theft and Kidnapping

ROSELLE, NJ - A 2-year-old child is safe and has been reunited with his family after being briefly kidnapped in a vehicle that was stolen outside a Roselle home Thursday night, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Roselle Police Chief Brian Barnes jointly announced Friday.

“The diligent work of our Roselle Police Department, along with county police, not only ensured ...

Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 24 - June 6, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Law enforcement officers from the Berkeley Heights Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Beginning May 24 and running through June 6, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization utilizes high ...

Police Investigating Report of Attempted Sexual Assault on Glenside Ave.

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit reports that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unknown actor posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania.

The driver, described as a white male with a beard, reportedly exited Rt. 78, stopping on Glenside Avenue. The victim was able to escape from the vehicle ...

5 Vehicles Burglarized In Warren

WARREN, NJ — Five unlocked vehicles were burglarized on Sunday.

A Claire Drive resident reported around 7 a.m. that someone entered his unlocked car, used a garage door opener to access the garage, and a video recording showed three people were at the burglary, Warren police advised. Nothing appears to have been taken from the car or garage. 

And at 1:45 p.m., a ...

Westfield PD: Burglars Creeping Into Homes to Grab Fobs, Steal Cars

WESTFIELD, NJ — A burglar crept into a home on Bennett Place through an unlocked mudroom door early Thursday morning, grabbed car keys from a purse there and then stole a vehicle in what is the latest in a series of similar crimes, police said.

In a Nixle message, police said an unlocked car on Golf Edge was also burglarized overnight. The incidents followed a report of an unknown person ...

Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department Responds to Brush Fire on Connell Drive

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department responded to a reported brush fire at 300 Connell Drive on Friday, April 23 at 5:54 p.m.

The fire was on the south side of Connell Dr. "On arrival, the fire was initially burning leaves and grass. Due to the dry conditions and winds blowing from the west, the fire rapidly spread to a low-lying marsh that had a heavy ...

Berkeley Heights PBA Fishing Derby Reels in Successful Day of Fun! (Photo Gallery)

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights PBA #144 Fishing Derby brought multi-generational fun to families in town on a picture perfect spring Saturday at Horseshoe Pond. 

To see parents and grandparents casting the lines with their children brought smiles and joy to everybody in attendance. The annual event that spans generations was one of the first signs of ...

Berkeley Heights PBA #144 Hosts Annual Youth Fishing Derby, Saturday, April 24

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Police PBA Local #144 is hosting its annual youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Horseshoe Pond on Horseshoe Road.

The derby is open to Berkeley Heights residents in third through sixth grade. No fishing experience needed, PBA members will be on hand to help.  


Summit Teen Praised for Bravery Fought With Suspected Kidnapper, Records Show

SUMMIT, NJ — A 19-year-old Summit woman abducted off the street and locked in the trunk of her suspected kidnapper’s car narrowly escaped in a struggle with her captor, then helped police track the man down, records released Friday show.

Shervon James, 33, of Union, is accused of first attempting to lure the girl into his vehicle on Fernwood Road April 10, then picking ...


Berkeley Heights Receives Second Highest Grant Award for Shared Services

May 14, 2021

Township to purchase radios, computer and improve technology for first responders 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—The Township of Berkeley Heights announced today that the Township received the second-highest grant award, $243,000, from the state of New Jersey as part of a program to encourage shared services. The money will be used to help offset costs associated with contracting with Union ...


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Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

The BLS can learn a few tricks from the Mortgage Loan Market

May 11, 2021

On Friday, May 7th 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that ‘Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 266,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1 percent. Notable job gains in leisure and hospitality, other services, and local government education were partially offset by employment declines in temporary help services and in couriers and ...

Special Offer for Berkeley Heights: Free Rain Barrel to First Ten People Who Register

May 16, 2021

How do you water your garden? Do you use city water with a hose from an outdoor faucet? Well, there’s a better way! Connect a rain barrel to a downspout and collect free rain water. Then use that water in your garden or elsewhere. And by collecting rain water you contribute to the environment by helping to reduce flooding and pollution in local streams and rivers.

Thanks to the generosity ...

What Patients Know About Their Implanted Coronary Stents: Not Enough, According to Morristown Medical Center Study

To be Presented at American College of Cardiology 70th Annual Scientific Sessions, Study Led by Dr. Jordan Safirstein Suggests Keeping Stent Info on Smartphones 

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Fewer than half (48%) of patients receiving a heart stent, or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), had the provided stent card with them when surveyed at a later date, according to researchers at ...

The New Providence Alliance to Offer THE UPSTANDERS Virtual Screening - Tuesday, May 18 @7:30pm

On Tuesday, May 18th at 7:30pm the New Providence Alliance, to prevent alcohol and drug abuse, is sponsoring a screening of the documentary THE UPSTANDERS. A panel discussion will follow.  The topic of suicide is addressed. The film is recommended for adults, and youth in grades 7+ with adult guidance.  Please register to receive the viewing link.

The Upstanders is unsettling and ...

Join Union County’s Free Recycling Events in May, June

Free events enable Union County residents to help conserve resources and reduce waste.

The Union County Board of Commissioners reminds residents that free countywide recycling events are coming up in May and June. There will be separate events for Scrap Metal, Mobile Paper Shredding, and Household Hazardous Waste. All residents from any municipality in Union County can use any of these ...

Death of a School System

May 15, 2021

I think it is important to provide a clear record of what has occurred thus far in connection to the decision made by Mr. Reinstein, Mr. D’Aquila, Ms. Penna and Ms. Reilly in moving forward with Dr. Varley’s plan to simultaneously implement FDK WHILE implementing redistricting WHILE reconfiguring our schools to a completely different model. Let's start with the ...

Enough: It's Time to Take Our Schools Back!

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” - Henry Ford

Dear Editor:

At last night's Board of Education (BOE) meeting the Berkeley Heights Education Association (BHEA) President read a statement that I encourage you to watch and listen to.  His remarks are very telling about the current state of our ...

Let’s take the time to do it right

To the members of the Berkeley Heights Board of Education; to the teachers, staff, and principals; to my fellow residents and neighbors, and to our students,

The Berkeley Heights BOE recently passed the superintendent's recommendation to redistrict the schools into two K-2 schools and two 3-5 schools in order to implement the full-day Kindergarten program that is in the best interest of ...

Legal Pot Business Could Bring Westfield Tax Revenue, But Some Smell Trouble

May 16, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — If the majority public sentiment voiced by residents at Thursday’s listening session of the Westfield Cannabis Commission is any indicator of what the town council will decide, the possibility of Westfield-based marijuana businesses could be snuffed out or severely limited.

The cannabis commission heard from a bevy of residents opposed to allowing legal marijuana ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...