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Candles Across Berkeley Heights

June 2, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A member of our community has suggested, and the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council fully supports and endorses, the idea to have as many residents as possible place a candle on our porches or in our windows each night (approx 7-9pm) this week to symbolize our commitment to ending racism and all the systematic and systemic oppressions of people of color that have our ...

Academy of Our Lady Of Peace in New Providence Saved and Will Remain Open

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After the school petitioned The Archdiocese of Newark to keep their school open, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New Providence will remain open. 

In a press release issued by the Archdiocese of Newark on May 7, 2020, they announced the consolidation and closure of 10 Catholic Schools in the region, including The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New ...

Faith Lutheran Church and Pedals for Progress Partner for Donations


NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Now is a great time to do some spring cleaning. Maybe there is a bike taking up space in the garage, shed or basement. Maybe it is an old model, a bit worn, in need of repair, or just something you or your kids have outgrown. Pedals for Progress (P4P) has a great option that is socially and environmentally responsible.

Faith Lutheran ...

Join Westminster Presbyterian Church for Online Worship Service on May 10, 2020

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Berkeley Heights invites everyone to their Online Worship Service on Sunday, 10th May 2020. Pastor George Betz will be leading the Sunday Service with a Proclamation titled “Man Overboard: The Challenge and Joy of Radical Discipleship” and text “Matthew 14:22-32”.

The Worship Service can be accessed through our website ...

New Providence Presbyterian Church Supplies Boxes of Hope

New Providence Presbyterian Church, in partnership with Boxes of Hope, is collecting and distributing food and supplies to anyone in the community who has been impacted by COVID-19. The contents of the boxes will vary somewhat based on the needs of the family or individual, but some basics include toilet paper, paper towels, canned food, and pasta. It is important to note that Boxes of Hope are ...

Join Faith Lutheran For Online Worship Sunday, May 10, at 10 a.m.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Faith Lutheran Church of New Providence invites all to attend its online worship service on Sunday, May 10, at 10 am.  The service will be conducted by Faith’s pastor, Rev. Jane McCready. The sermon will be given by Rev. Markus Vaga, pastoral associate of Faith.

In response to NJ Governor Phil Murphy’s directive and the advice of health care ...

Norman C. Lubeck, Sr., Woodward Realtors Founder, Passes Away at Age 85

Norman C. Lubeck, Sr., 85, of Berkeley Heights, NJ, died at his home on April 23, 2020. Born to George F. Sr. and Lillian in Plainfield, NJ, Lubeck was a graduate of Seton Hall University and a US Army veteran. He worked as a NY construction project manager and Wall Street broker, before beginning his long career in real estate in Summit, NJ.

Lubeck worked for many years with the Holmes ...

Asian Indian Christian Church Delivers 'Blessing Bags' to People in Need

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - 100 Blessing Bags were packed and delivered to senior citizens in Plainfield by volunteers from the Asian Indian Christian Church, located at 172 Springfield Avenue Berkeley Heights.  The Church and its parishioners pride themselves on service.

On March 26th a request went out to the church community for sponsors and volunteers to help senior citizens in need due to ...

Matt Axelrod, Cantor of CBI in Scotch Plains, Appears in HBO Series 'The Plot Against America'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Singing Jewish hymns is part of his very being, but Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains had never done it in a TV miniseries before.

Axelrod lent his talents and authenticity to the successful HBO production of The Plot Against America, which is based on the best-selling novel by Philip Roth. It presents an alternate ...

Join Faith Lutheran For Online Worship, Sunday, April 26, at 10 a.m.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Faith Lutheran Church of New Providence invites all to attend its online worship service on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 10 am.  The service will be conducted by Faith’s pastor, Rev. Jane McCready.  The sermon will be given by Faith’s pastoral associate, Rev. Robert Kriesat.

In response to NJ Governor, Phil Murphy’s directive and the advice ...


Faith Lutheran Continues Online Sunday Services

May 29, 2020

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 ...


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Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

“Union County ...

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 ...

Mayor's Corner - Quarantine Edition June 2020

It’s been a few months, and I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. As we transition into Phase Two of the Governor’s Plan to reopen New Jersey, Berkeley Heights is a bustle with activity, too. This article is a bit long, but there is a need to communicate a lot of important information to our residents. 

But first, I want to acknowledge what our nation is facing in ...

It Isn't Automatically Racism

June 5, 2020

The police murder of George Floyd by a police officer in MN is something we all seem to agree on was an abomination and an example of wanton criminal police brutality. Nothing can bring back George Floyd who was allegedly being arrested for trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill or some such. He certainly didn’t deserve to die for it.

Much of the hype seems to want to make this a racist ...

Berkeley Heights Superintendent of Schools Writes Letter in Grief of Death of George Floyd Death

Dear Families and Staff,

 I write to you today in grief and pain. I grieve at the death of George Floyd, and so many others due to the color of their skin. I grieve for our country, as violence tears our cities and communities apart. I am in pain talking to my daughters as we watch the news: a man shot while jogging; a woman in central park demonstrating the ugliness of racism in action, ...

An Open Letter to Senator Kean, Assemblwoman Munoz, Assemblyman Bramnick

The killing of George Floyd is the most recent in a long line of senseless, brutal murders of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement. It is part of an ongoing moral failure by Americans to correct systemic racism that has eroded the foundation of our society.   We must act now not only to protect those among us who are most vulnerable but to make them less vulnerable.  We ...

Three-Day Schedule for Free Union County COVID-19 Test Center

June 5, 2020

Effective Monday, June 8, the free Union County Covid-19 Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“As the result of a historic community effort by Union County residents to slow the spread of COVID-19, the number of requests for tests has gone down in recent ...

How to Return a Vote-by-Mail Ballot in Union County

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises voters that they have several options for returning their Vote-by-Mail ballots. Voters can return their ballots by U.S. Postal Service, bring them to the County Clerk’s offices or Board of Elections Office, or drop them off at specially designated ballot boxes.

Voters choosing to bring their ballots to the County Clerk’s offices can visit ...

Union County Family Adopts Planters through Adopt-A-Park

Cindy and Jim Traverso and their son Luke of Summit have teamed up with Union County's Adopt-A-Park to donate annual flowers, soil and mulch, and maintain a cement planter in Briant Park in Springfield throughout the growing season.

“Union County parks thrive because of the volunteers that contribute year round,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “I would like ...

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 ...

Cheers to the Sisterhood! 'Booze Fairies' Make Their Way Through South Plainfield

June 4, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – There’s been a whole lot of ‘ding, dong, ditch’ going on throughout the community the past two weeks but, unlike the game typically played by youngsters and teens, the South Plainfield version is open only to women age 21 and older. 

As members of the Facebook group ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Booze - SoPo edition,’ female ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, June 6, 10:00 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Blood Drive at the Berkeley Heights YMCA

Health & Wellness


Sat, June 6, 10:00 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Blood Drive at the Berkeley Heights YMCA June 6

Health & Wellness


Mon, June 8, 6:30 AM

UNWIND Yoga & Wellness Center, New Providence

Mat Pilates

Health & Wellness


Wed, June 10, 5:30 AM

UNWIND Yoga & Wellness Center, New Providence

Core Power Flow

Health & Wellness Sports

Calculating an IRD Deduction

Have you recently inherited a loved one’s retirement assets? If so, you should know that there is an income tax deduction available to you called the income in respect of a decedent, or IRD, deduction. When certain inherited assets are hit with both federal estate and income taxes, this deduction can help offset the impact. Taking the time to ensure you correctly utilize this tax break can ...

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 ...