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Governor Livingston's Rick Ortega Named Union County Conference Wrestling Coach of the Year

May 14, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Coaches are more than just mentors to their players. They are the leaders of a program who make their players their first priority. Great coaches elevate their athletes, and even when they lose, they help them grow. These are all traits of Union County Conference Wrestling Coach of the Year Richard Ortega of Governor Livingston High School.

Ortega has been coaching ...

How Governor Livingston is Becoming More Gender Inclusive

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The opening of a gender neutral bathroom at Governor Livingston High School represents a new era of inclusivity within the Berkeley Heights Public Schools district. 

As the community looks for ways to promote the safety and acceptance of all marginalized students, the addition of gender neutral bathrooms is just one step in making all students feel accepted and ...

New Hobbies Students are Mastering

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Many students are hesitant about rejoining their extracurricular activities, while others have had their activities canceled. In order to rectify the situation, students have turned to new hobbies or learning new skills. 

Among the many new hobbies students have picked up, creating art is one of the more prominent ones. Students have started writing, drawing, ...

Applying for the Arts

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The college application process for art students is often an unknown struggle.

Cramped hands and pencil smudged wrists from hours of drawing, days spent perfecting an audition tape, these are the struggles students who are pursuing the arts face in an effort to create the best portfolios possible. 

For students looking to go into theatre the portfolio comes ...

Interact Gives Back: Club Volunteers at Hillside FoodBank

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Members of Governor Livingston High School’s Interact Club participated in separating dry goods, varying from hygiene products to foods, at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside on May 8. 

Some students packed rice and pasta into smaller bags, which would be sent to families in need, while others worked on packing canned foods for distribution.

Kizito Kalima’s Story

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - After studying about the Rwandan genocide in their World History classes, the Project Connect students at Governor Livingston participated in a roundtable discussion with Rwandan genocide survivor Kizito Kalima on March 17.

Kalima spoke to students and staff about the horrors of the violence that occurs elsewhere in the world. The discussion was followed by an open ...

Students Who Peloton

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - When the 46th President of the United States, starts most of his mornings by arguing with his wife on who can use the Peloton… it is evident that these stationary bikes are having a large impact across the country. 

In homes where time and space are limited, but the drive to feel alive is high, the Peloton bike seems to be many household’s first option.

Introducing the New Student Assistance Counselor: Madison Rowohlt

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Madison Rowohlt, the latest addition to the Governor Livingston High School staff, has officially started her role as the new Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) after the retirement of Bob Segear. She is eager and ready to join the community, hoping to bring her own strengths and support to the students.

Rowohlt studied at The College of New Jersey where she majored in ...

Who’s On the Hill: Katherine Zhou

Katherine Zhou is currently a sophomore at Governor Livingston High School. Zhou is a guest writer for “The Highlander”. She is a member of many science clubs at school, including the Science Team. Zhou plays the violin in the orchestra, but she is also part of the New Jersey Youth Symphony outside of school. In her free time, she loves to cook and listen to music.

Q: What’s ...

How Jobs Protect GL Students During Work

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Traditionally, jobs can be a great way for students to experience customer service, socialize with other co-workers, and earn money. However, essential workers have been put at a larger risk for COVID-19, even with the additional precautions put in by employers.  Despite the risks, many students took on jobs that put them in contact with other people.

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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 ...

Help Wanted - What the Disappointing Jobs Report Means for the Recovery

Given the importance of the consumer to the economy, and the importance of employment conditions to the consumer, monthly jobs reports always command the market's attention. The April employment report released on Friday was particularly eye-catching given its sizable disappointment amid a recent string of encouraging data that have signaled the economic recovery is proceeding ...

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 ...

Help Wanted: What the Disappointing Jobs Report Means for the Recovery

Given the importance of the consumer to the economy, and the importance of employment conditions to the consumer, monthly jobs reports always command the market's attention. The April employment report released on Friday was particularly eye-catching given its sizable disappointment amid a recent string of encouraging data that have signaled the economic recovery is proceeding ...

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 ...

Morristown Medical Center Among 1st to Receive American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Certification

Only 6% of 750+ Hospitals Performing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Have Achieved This Elite Recognition of Best Practices and Quality Care

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has received American College of Cardiology (ACC) Transcatheter Valve Certification, a designation of excellence that recognizes demonstrated ...

Union County to Hold Annual Portuguese Flag Raising on June 10

The Board of County Commissioners invites residents to the annual Union County Portuguese Flag raising ceremony in commemoration of the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Communities. The event will take place on Thursday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Union County Court House, located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth. The event is free for all to attend.

The event is being ...

Union County to Host Free Webinar: Parenting in a Post-Pandemic World, May 19

The Union County Office on Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse, in partnership with Therapeutic Learning Connections presents “Parenting in a Post-Pandemic World.” This webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. Attendance is free but residents wishing to attend must pre-register.

“Both parents and their children have had to re-invent their relationships ...

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

May 14, 2021

“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 ...

New Providence Lions Club Has 'Sights' on Post Pandemic Times; Hosts First In-person Meeting in a Year

May 4, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Lions Club recently held their first in-person meeting since the onset of the pandemic in the back parking lot at CWI Designs on an unseasonably chilly April evening. After the formalities and business portion of the meeting, the members enjoyed time catching up while participating in a chocolate tasting that served as a fundraiser to benefit ...

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 ...