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February Festivities Planned For Trailside

January 21, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders presents special programs for families during the Presidents’ Day Holiday.  Programs are recommended for families with children ages five and up.  

“February Festivities at Trailside offers educational and imaginative programs to delight people of all ages,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H.

Citing Respect for Springsteen, Tribute Band Pulls Out of Garden State Inaugural Ball in DC

FANWOOD, NJ -- For more than three decades, The B Street Band, a popular Bruce Springsteen tribute band, has played Jersey Shore bars and festivals, as well as the 2009 Garden State Ball for Barack Obama's first Inauguration and a return engagement four years later. However, the group, which pioneered the "tribute band" concept in 1980, has never received as much flak for ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App today for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application.  With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications regarding ...

Do You Want to Learn to Bake a Cake? Not Just Any Cake…

January 11, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Samantha Kestin is a Springfield resident and owner of Sweet Samantha, which is based in Springfield.  She is a cake designer, baker and instructor now focused mostly on teaching people how to make cakes.  Starting Tuesday January 17 she will offer two baking related classes at the Springfield Chisholm Community Center.  They are two six week evening sessions ...

Dozens Network at Westfield Area Chamber Breakfast Hosted by Tepp Accounting/Tepp Financial Planning

WESTFIED, NJ — More than 40 local business people networked at the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly open breakfast event Tuesday, hosted and sponsored by Tepp Accounting Services/Tepp Financial Planning  in Downtown Westfield.

Owner David Tepp, who authors the column “A Little Bit of Knowledge” on TAPinto Westfield, said it was the fourth ...

Berkeley Heights Board of Ed Not to Pursue Gov. Livingston Physical Education Opt-Out Policy

January 22, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - After much discussion at Thursday evening's meeting, the Berkeley Heights Board of Education will not pursue the Physical Education Opt-Out Policy at Gov. Livingston High School. 

The Gov. Livingston administration was asked to explore the opportunity to provide an "Option II" alternative for physical education to students who ...

Union County College President McMenamin Elected Vice Chair of Middle States Commission on Higher Education

CRANFORD, NJ – Union County College President, Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin, was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and began her term in January 2017.  She has been serving as a commissioner with MSCHE since 2014.  As Vice Chair she will provide policy leadership to the organization’s ...

February Festivities Planned For Trailside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders presents special programs for families during the Presidents’ Day Holiday.  Programs are recommended for families with children ages five and up.  

“February Festivities at Trailside offers educational and imaginative programs to delight people of all ages,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H.

Determined Ciattarelli Kicks Off GOP Gubernatorial Campaign, Vows to Beat Cancer

January 20, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – GOP gubernatorial candidate and state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli minced no words when he greeted hundreds of supporters at his kick-off reception last night, just two weeks after a Statehouse press conference where he announced that he was undergoing radiation and recovering from a Nov. 15 operation for throat cancer.

Standing behind the podium in the ballroom at the ...

Ciattarelli Announces Successful Throat Cancer Surgery, Scales Back Gubernatorial Campaign Temporarily

TRENTON, NJ - State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, announced yesterday that he had undergone successful surgery for throat cancer in November, and will be curtailing his campaign schedule temporarily.

Gearing up for a primary campaign against several other Republicans who want to run for New Jersey, Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough ...

Union County Democrats Endorse Joe Cryan for State Senate

CLARK, NJ  – Union County Democratic Chairman Jerry Green, Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, 20th Legislative District Assembly members Annette Quijano and Jamel Holley, and the Democratic Municipal Chairmen from the  district today issued their support of Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan for State Senate.  Their support follows press reports that long-time State ...

New Lawsuit Over Addams Tavern in Westfield Cites Safety Concerns

January 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ —  The newest civil complaint filed by landlord Tarta Luna Properties, LLC, regarding 115 Elm St., the building housing Addams Tavern, has been obtained by TAPinto Westfield. Filed on Dec. 20, it names not only the town of Westfield and Harvest Restaurants Group but also Steve Freedman in his capacity as construction official for the town.

To read the entire ...

Town of Westfield Named in New Addams Tavern Lawsuit

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield has been named in a new civil complaint filed by Tarta Luna Properties, LLC, regarding 115 Elm St., the building housing Addams Tavern, Councilman Sam Della Fera told the town council during its conference meeting Tuesday night.

“There had been litigation ongoing for some time that, as we know, delayed the opening of Addams Tavern,” ...

Volunteers Brave Icy Blast to Build Home for Butterflies

January 10, 2017

A group of Union County Adopt-a-Park volunteers went far, far beyond the call of duty last weekend, when they came together in freezing cold weather to work on a new butterfly meadow in the County’s Watchung Reservation.

The large, half-acre site is located near the grounds of the Trailside Nature and Science Center, at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

“Every year ...

It's January - Feel the Need to De-clutter? Go to Green Drop and Help Others

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - If you are looking for an easy way to donate unwanted clothing, toys, kitchen items, etc. - go to Green Drop, they can help. Green Drop is a charitable organization that services Philadelphia, Delaware, Baltimore, Washington DC and parts of Virginia.  The New Jersey locations are Springfield and Metuchen.

Green Drop’s Springfield location is a free standing ...

Berkeley Heights Family Raising Puppy for Canine Companions for Independence

January 21, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - If you've seen a puppy wearing a yellow cape being walked in the township, you've spotted a dog in training for Canine Companions for Independence.  Local residents Sean and Jennifer Manns and their family recently began raising an assistance dog-in-training for the organization.

The puppy is Carlton IV, a lab/golden retriever cross who will one-day know ...

New Providence Cub Scout Pack 263 Serving the Community

Cub Scout Pack 263 in New Providence, NJ has been busy this year helping others in their community. The Salt Brook School students in first through fifth grade have participated in various community service projects ranging from the town-wide food drive, to supporting runners in the Education Foundation’s 5K event, to building, painting and donating hundreds of toys and decorations over the ...

SAGE Names Board of Trustees for 2017

SUMMIT, NJ – SAGE Eldercare, a non-profit organization which serves older adults and their caregivers in New Jersey, is pleased to announce the addition of two Summit residents to its Board of Trustees, and changes in its Executive Committee for 2017 including naming John Hoffman as Board President.

 

Joining SAGE as a Board community representative is David Bomgaars, a Summit ...

Women’s March in Westfield Attracts Thousands

January 21, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — People of every age, gender and ethnic background from around New Jersey gathered in Westfield Saturday for a “sister” march of the Women’s March on Washington.

Organizer Lydia Kaplan estimated that thousands of people participated.

“It was over and above my expectations,” said Kaplan, who earlier in the week had expected 100 to 200 ...

With Hundreds Expected, Women’s March in Westfield to Start at New Location

WESTFIELD, NJ — A march in Westfield Saturday in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. is garnering far more interest than its organizer had imagined. More than 650 people have registered in the past few days, and many of them said they would bring others with them.

Originally planned to begin at Lord & Taylor, the march will now begin at the south side of the ...

Good News Springfield! Mountain Avenue Bridge to be Completed January 23 to 25

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - According to Township administrator Ziad Shehady “Final concrete pours are happening this week and everything should be cured by the weekend. The road is expected to open January 23 to 25.”  

This project is being done by Union County. After delays due to funding issues with the Transportation Trust Fund the project began November 14.

The Township has ...

New Jersey Picked As Demonstration State for Mental Health Program

January 10, 2017

Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that New Jersey has been selected to participate in a demonstration program to expand access to community mental health services and strengthen the quality of care for those living with mental and behavioral health issues. The demonstration program was created under Lance’s Excellence in Mental Health Act, which was signed into law in ...

Volunteers Brave Icy Blast to Build Home for Butterflies

January 10, 2017

A group of Union County Adopt-a-Park volunteers went far, far beyond the call of duty last weekend, when they came together in freezing cold weather to work on a new butterfly meadow in the County’s Watchung Reservation.

The large, half-acre site is located near the grounds of the Trailside Nature and Science Center, at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

“Every year ...

New Lawsuit Over Addams Tavern in Westfield Cites Safety Concerns

January 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ —  The newest civil complaint filed by landlord Tarta Luna Properties, LLC, regarding 115 Elm St., the building housing Addams Tavern, has been obtained by TAPinto Westfield. Filed on Dec. 20, it names not only the town of Westfield and Harvest Restaurants Group but also Steve Freedman in his capacity as construction official for the town.

To read the entire ...

Town of Westfield Named in New Addams Tavern Lawsuit

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield has been named in a new civil complaint filed by Tarta Luna Properties, LLC, regarding 115 Elm St., the building housing Addams Tavern, Councilman Sam Della Fera told the town council during its conference meeting Tuesday night.

“There had been litigation ongoing for some time that, as we know, delayed the opening of Addams Tavern,” ...

Standoff with Police in Westfield Ends Peacefully

January 13, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman who had barricaded herself in her home with a loaded gun was taken into custody peacefully Thursday night after a standoff with police that shut down the 900 block of Grandview Avenue.

The incident began at about 9 p.m. when police responded to a call to check on the welfare of a resident, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman said at the scene.

“Upon ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day "Vigil for Peace" and His Connection to Springfield

January 17, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Rabbi Mark Mallach of Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael convened the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Remembrance in Township Hall this year as he has done in many previous years. This event continues to be sponsored by the Interfaith Clergy Council. Proclamations recognizing the significance of the day were read on behalf of the Township by Deputy Mayor Vassallo, and on behalf of the Union ...

Wrestling: Gov. Livingston Edged Out By Montgomery, 39-34

January 21, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ— The Gov. Livingston varsity wrestling team fell just short of a win against the Montgomery Cougars on Friday night. The close match was determined within the final seconds, as Montgomery trumped the Highlanders, 39-34.

For the GL team, pins by freshman Conner Vill (132), senior Anthony Santigate (138), and junior Quinn Haddad (170), added a combined 18 points, while ...

Ice Hockey: Late Goals by Faraone, Otani Help Cranford Cougars Spoil Governor Livingston Ice Hockey Senior Night

UNION, NJ-  Cranford High School junior co-captain Ryan Faraone scored two goals and junior Ethan Otani added one of his own 11 seconds apart from each other in the third period to lift the Cougars over the Governor Livingston Highlanders by a final score of 5-2 at Union Sports Arena in Union.

Prior to the game, the Highlanders honored their four senior players with a ceremony.

Boys Basketball: Gov. Livingston Falls Short to Cranford After a Suspenseful Fourth Quarter

CRANFORD, NJ- After a disappointing first half, the Gov. Livingston boys basketball team was able to steadily chip away at the Cougar lead in the second. However, Cranford was ultimately able to hinder the Highlanders’ offensive momentum with clutch foul shots, allowing the Cougars to capture a tight 68-67 victory over the Highlanders.
 
Gov. Livingston quickly claimed the lead ...

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Divorce and Matrimonial Law: 10 Things the Client Should Never Say to their Children

After 20 years of exclusively practicing matrimonial and family law, there are things I know for sure about divorce.  I know for sure and without a doubt that the following things should never be said to children.

If you are already divorced, going through a divorce, or contemplating a divorce, please read the following advice.  Commit yourself to living by it. It truly will be ...

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Mon, January 23, 1:30 PM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Free Ageless Grace Class

Health & Wellness

Mon, January 23, 2:00 PM

SAGE Eldercare, Summit

Caregiver Support Group for Spouses

Health & Wellness

Tue, January 24, 12:00 PM

Mountainside Municipal Building Community Room 2nd Floor, Mountainside

Mountainside Active Retirees Meeting

Health & Wellness

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Wed, January 25, 11:00 AM

Summit Public Library , Summit

Citizenship Study Group Practice for the Test

Education Government

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Wed, January 25, 12:00 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Duplicate Bridge at the Y

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, January 25, 2:00 PM

Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall, Morristown

"The Irish and the American Presidency" by Dr.

Arts & Entertainment

Union County College President McMenamin Elected Vice Chair of Middle States Commission on Higher Education

January 22, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Union County College President, Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin, was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and began her term in January 2017.  She has been serving as a commissioner with MSCHE since 2014.  As Vice Chair she will provide policy leadership to the organization’s ...

Determined Ciattarelli Kicks Off GOP Gubernatorial Campaign, Vows to Beat Cancer

January 20, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – GOP gubernatorial candidate and state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli minced no words when he greeted hundreds of supporters at his kick-off reception last night, just two weeks after a Statehouse press conference where he announced that he was undergoing radiation and recovering from a Nov. 15 operation for throat cancer.

Standing behind the podium in the ballroom at the ...

Three Programs to Welcome February at Westfield Memorial Library

January 22, 2017

Three exciting programs for adults are on tap at the Westfield Memorial Library in early February. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

On Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m., Microsoft Excel Basics will be taught by Karen Camden, a frequent instructor and presenter at the library. In this two-hour class for advanced level computer users, she will cover the EXCEL screen, the quick access ...

What Parents Need To Know About STEAM

January 21, 2017

Lately, everyone seems to be talking about STEAM. This acronym—which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics—has become a hot topic in the world of education and in the business community. The practice of teaching by incorporating these concepts into multidisciplinary lessons is revolutionizing education approaches across the country, even for children in ...

It’s Go Time.

This one goes out to all the juniors out there. 

I can feel you squirming in your seats, “Who me?” Yes, you!  The time has come to turn that college dial up a notch.  “But I still have so much time left!”  But you really don’t.  Ideally in a year from now you’ll be sifting through acceptance letters and weighing college options ...

Thank You Westfield!

January 14, 2017

Almost five years ago Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, opened its doors in Westfield, thanks to the vision and generosity of Dr. Gerald Glasser and the leadership of Keith Hertell, our first board chair, and all the other founding board members.  We opened our doors on the  third floor of the First United Methodist Church and started our program.

Since then we have served over ...