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Former Cy Young Winner and World Series Champion Dwight “Doc” Gooden Chats with GL Baseball Seniors

May 29, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston senior class had somewhat of a final sendoff on Friday, May 8, when former Mets and Yankees all-star pitcher Dwight Gooden joined a Zoom call to talk with players and coaches. The student-athletes were able to ask Gooden questions about his career, work ethic, and opinions on baseball today.

The call was set up by George Devanney, father of ...

A Season Like No Other

As the corner was turning from the winter to spring sports season, athletes were anxious to resume where they left off from last year. This all changed when COVID-19 forced schools and, therefore the NJSIAA, to put everything on hold. 

While many athletes are going on to play in college, this was unfortunately the last go at high school sports for some talented, upperclassmen athletes.

Gov. Livingston Clubs and Activities Stay Running Through Online Remote Learning

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Clubs at Governor Livingston are trying to help make social distancing easier by engaging students and keeping their programs running. It is hard to hold meetings since most clubs meet during lunch at school, but Google Classroom updates and posts have been effective in reaching out to members. 

The Photo Club recently encouraged students to take a walk outside and ...

Congressman Tom Malinowski Holds a Town Hall for Junior Year APUSH Students

Democratic Congressman Tom Malinowski held a town hall-style meeting with 11th grade students in Advanced Placement U.S. History on April 16. The conversation broadcasted through Zoom gave students the ability to ask questions about topics of concern to them.

The first portion of the town hall focused on COVID-19 and the current pandemic situation. Brianna Cagan said, “The most impactful ...

How Students are Staying Organized and Getting Used to Online Remote Learning

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The students of Berkeley Heights Public School have been on remote learning for eight weeks. A new learning environment, especially one at home, can be very distracting so it is important for faculty and students to get into a routine that allows them to be successful with their work. At first, it was difficult for everyone to adjust, but students and teachers alike ...

Old Trends Coming Back Into Style in 2020

Fashion is always evolving. But no matter how many new designs are created, old styles make a resurgence to become current trends. Teens are bringing back trends that their parents loved in the ‘80s-’90s. Scrunchies, Birkenstocks, mom jeans, and many more clothing items are currently back in style. 

Something that has reappeared in fashion magazines and on Instagram are giant ...

A Look Into the New Intro to ABA Course at Gov. Livingston

Governor Livingston introduced a new course this year: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education. Students who take this elective can expect to learn how to work with people with disabilities, about the principles of ABA and the fundamentals of educational and behavioral psychology. 

Nicole Sacci, special education and ABA teacher, is the instructor of this ...

Chris Eckert Named Union County Girls Basketball Coach of the Year

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - With only three upperclassmen on the Highlanders Girls’ Basketball team many would consider the 2019-2020 season a rebuilding year. Head coach Chris Eckert had a different idea for his squad this season, leading his girls to a 17-11 record, highlighted by a Valley Division co-championship and an appearance in the Union County Tournament championship game.

A Message for the Governor Livingston Senior Class from The Highlander

Calling all members of the GL Senior Class 2020!

Our Highlanders are in great company with their idea to feature seniors on the official Highlander Instagram page as seen in this recent NY Times article. While this has not been a typical spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that doesn't mean seniors shouldn't be honored during this time and we are looking for creative ways to ...

Junior Volleyball Star Leah Dooley Soars High

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Volleyball is a big part of Leah Dooley’s life, teaching her many core values along the way. As a junior outside hitter, Dooley led the Governor Livingston Girls’ Volleyball team to its best season in the history of the program. Dooley led the team in kills with 192, as well as contributing 5.5 blocks, 46 digs, and 111 service points including 51 ...


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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 ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, May 30, 12:00 PM

Farmstead Arts Center, Basking Ridge

Farmstead Arts Center - Online Art Class ...

Arts & Entertainment


Sun, May 31, 10:00 AM

Renaissance Church, Summit

Renaissance Church Online Service

Religions And Spirituality


Sun, May 31, 11:30 AM

Renaissance Church, Summit

Renaissance Church Online Service

Religions And Spirituality


Sun, May 31, 12:00 PM

Farmstead Arts Center, Basking Ridge

Farmstead Arts Center - Online Art Class ...

Arts & Entertainment


Mon, June 1, 6:30 AM

UNWIND Yoga & Wellness Center, New Providence

Mat Pilates

Health & Wellness


Mon, June 1, 12:00 PM

Farmstead Arts Center, Basking Ridge

Farmstead Arts Center - Online Art Class ...

Arts & Entertainment

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 ...