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Gary Keller, Owner of Guitar Studio in Berkeley Heights, Dies at 85

April 21, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gary Keller, owner of The Guitar Studio, a music school in Berkeley Heights, died on April 13, 2021 at the age of 85.

Keller, a long time resident of Berkeley Heights, has been giving private music lessons in NJ since 1973. He owned Keller Guitar Studios in Bloomfield and later opened The Guitar Studio in Berkeley Heights teaching electric and acoustic guitar, bass ...

Faith Lutheran Church Has New Deals for Old Wheels


NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — On Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street in New Providence, will again be collecting second-bikes for use by adults and children in Third World countries. The collection is being conducted on behalf of Pedals for Progress, an organization which annually recycles 6,000 bicycles for persons in developing ...

Faith Lutheran Church Held Festival Celebration on Easter Sunday


NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — At 7 a.m. on Easter morning, Faith Lutheran Church of New Providence held a brief online service, which included the lighting of the Paschal Candle, in its memorial garden.


At 10 a.m., Faith celebrated that Jesus Christ had risen, with an online festival service. Faith’s pastor, Rev. Jane McCready, with the assistance of ...

Faith Lutheran Holds Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Services Online

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Faith Lutheran in New Providence invites all to participate in its online liturgical services on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.  The link for the services is

The following services will be held: 

Holy Thursday, will be held at 7 p.m., April 1, on the theme of A Servant’s ...

In Spite of Pandemic, Faith’s Ministries Continue


NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Since the surge of the pandemic in March 2020, Faith Lutheran in New Providence has again demonstrated that it is not a church building but a servant community.  Because of the contagion of COVID 19, social ministry programs have not been able to occur physically.  Nonetheless, the members of Faith have overcome obstacles and continued to conduct their ...

Church of the Little Flower Completes Journey Home with Dedication Mass of Church and Altar

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Cardinal Joseph Tobin and Bishop Elias Lorenzo were welcomed into the newly constructed Church of the Little Flower in Berkeley Heights for the Rite of a Dedication of a Church and an Altar on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

The attendance was limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, so the mass was live-streamed for the community to enjoy. The consecration of an ...

Used Bikes Are Valuable in Developing Countries



NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In July 2020, TAPinto New Providence and Berkeley Heights reported that Faith Lutheran of New Providence collected and repaired 170 used bikes from residents of New Providence, Berkeley Heights and neighboring towns.  The collection was conducted on behalf of Pedals for Progress, an organization which recycles bikes for persons in developing ...

John Elward, Former Berkeley Heights Mayor, Passes Away at age 85

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - John Patrick Elward, Jr, a long time Berkeley Heights resident and former mayor passed away on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 at the age of 85. He served on the planning board, board of adjustment, township committee, including a year as mayor of Berkeley Heights.

He was a member of the committee that designed and constructed the Berkeley Heights Veterans Memorial in 1987 and a ...

Faith Lutheran's Christmas Sharing Tree Gifts Go to Those in Need

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Following its annual tradition, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence contributed Christmas gifts to persons served by social service agencies in the community and St. Stephan’s Grace Community Church in Newark. Many of the gifts were in response to the recipient's specific wishes.

The following organizations received the gifts:

The ARC of Union County, ...

Fourteenth Lighting of Menorah at Faith Lutheran, New Providence, Live-Streamed


NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- On the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 15, the sixth of the eight days of Hanukkah, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence and the Summit synagogues of Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center and Temple Sinai lit the sixth candle of the Menorah at Faith.  This was the fourteenth consecutive year that Faith and the synagogues have partnered in the ...


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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 ...

Union County to Offer COVID-19 Vaccines at Emergency Food Distribution Events

May 17, 2021

Residents will have opportunity to be vaccinated at upcoming events in Roselle and Scotch Plains.

The Union County Board of Commissioners announces that COVID-19 vaccines will be offered at two upcoming emergency food distribution events for residents impacted by the pandemic. 

Vaccines will be offered at the next two scheduled events:

Tuesday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. - Warinanco ...

Union County Voters Have More Options for Casting a Ballot in the 2021 Primary Election

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises Union County voters that COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are being lifted. Many more polling places will be open for in-person voting for the 2021 Primary Election on Tuesday, June 8 compared to last year.

“Many voters prefer to cast their ballot by voting machine in person, and others prefer to vote by mail. With the lifting of pandemic ...

Atlantic Medical Group opens new office for pediatric, family medicine in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Atlantic Medical Group, Atlantic Health System’s network of physicians, today opened a new office location in Scotch Plains, bringing together some of the network’s local board-certified providers in pediatric and primary care under one roof.

Atlantic Medical Group’s Pediatrics at Scotch Plains and Family Medicine at Scotch Plains offer a ...

Summit Prep Hosts College Night 2021 Program

Summit Prep invites you to join them for a presentation and discussion on the most recent trends in college admissions and an update on standardized testing.

Date: Tuesday, May 18

Time: 8:00-9:00 pm EST

Location: Zoom (Zoom link, Meeting ID, and Passcode will be emailed upon registering.)

RSVP to 

Please send questions you would like answered about ...

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 ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, May 17, 7:00 PM

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Tue, May 18, 7:00 PM

Berkeley Heights

Township Council Meeting



Tue, May 18, 8:00 PM

Meeting via Zoom, Summit/Bernardsville

Summit Prep Hosts College Night 2021 Program


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 ...