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Performing Arts School Recognizes Graduating Seniors

June 16, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) recognized 15 graduating seniors on Monday evening for Senior Night at the Performing Arts School (PAS) located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

Eight students performed for the event: Katherine Buchan of Summit, who has been studying flute at PAS for 13 years and will attend Carnegie Mellon University; Bridget ...

Mountainside’s ‘Secret Garden’ Tour Enchants Supporters of Historic Committee

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Audrey Hepburn

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Six gracious Mountainside homeowners welcomed visitors into their backyards on Saturday to saunter among hydrangea, oleander, hibiscus, roses, succulents and so much more.  The biennial Tour of Mountainside’s Gardens, orchestrated by the Mountainside Restoration Committee, has become ...

Facebook Provides Verification Badges for All TAPinto Facebook Pages

June 5, 2018

TAPinto and its 75 partner sites have been verified on Facebook with the social media platform's blue badge, which is given to news organizations that meet Facebook's authenticity criteria. 

Facebook gives the blue verification badge to "eligible brands, media organizations and public figures," based on factors that include policy compliance and public ...

Gov. Livingston Class of 2018 Celebrates Senior Prom Night!

June 17, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Glitz and glamour filled the air as Gov. Livingston High School held its annual Senior Prom at Mayfair Farms in West Orange last Friday, June 8.  

We asked readers to send their photos. Click on the photos to see these young men and women dressed to the nines for the event of the season.

Email your prom photos to bpeer@tapinto.net and we'll add ...

Performing Arts School Recognizes Graduating Seniors

BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) recognized 15 graduating seniors on Monday evening for Senior Night at the Performing Arts School (PAS) located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

Eight students performed for the event: Katherine Buchan of Summit, who has been studying flute at PAS for 13 years and will attend Carnegie Mellon University; Bridget ...

VIDEO: Berkeley Heights School Board Honors Students for Academic and Athletic Achievements

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – More than 100 students received recognition for their academic, artistic, and athletic achievements at the annual “Honoring Outstanding Students” event.

Among those honored were Student Representatives to the Board of Education, senior James Pitingolo, who has served two years, and Junior Mikayla Sanchez. Sanchez was not at the event. 

The ...

Primary Vote Results in Mountainside: No Surprises in Local Races; Lance, Malinowski, Hugin, Menendez Supported for US Races

June 6, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Unsurprisingly, the uncontested candidates for Mountainside Borough Council all won their party's support on a local level in Tuesday's primary election.

The real race for those positions will be in November. At that time, in the race for two spots on the Borough Council, Republicans Robert Messler and Wendy Fech-Caccamo will face ...

Mountainside Active Retirees Club Names New Board Members at Luncheon

June 10, 2018

The Mountainside Active Retirees ended their 2017-2018 meeting schedule this past May 23 with the induction of board members by Mountainside Senior Citizen Coordinator Kim Moriak.

The Induction and luncheon was held at The Grillestone restaurant on route 22 in Scotch Plains. The affair was attended by 34 members and non-members. 

The new board members are: First Vice President Ellie ...

Downtown Family Restaurant in Cranford Closes; Thanks Customers

CRANFORD, NJ – On Thursday evening, rumors started to swirl about the potential closing of the Downtown Family Restaurant.

With no official word on the restaurant’s Facebook page, it wasn’t until Friday morning that guests were greeted with a sign on the front door reading:

There is a season for everything in life, so it is with bittersweet hearts that we regret to inform ...

Cranford Resident Rode His Bike Nearly 500 Miles

June 15, 2018

CRANFORD – Cranford resident Kent Lucas was one of 150 commuters who embraced a more sustainable commute by trading in his car keys for pedals during TransOptions’ annual Bike to Work Challenge.

Through TransOptions’ GoForGood app, riders tracked their bicycle commute trips and miles from May 1st through May 31st. Participants who joined the challenge were entered to win ...

Family Promise Overnight Host Brings Compassion from First-Hand Experience

June 10, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Leonard Prentice has been the overnight host for Family Promise Union County’s shelter program at Calvary Episcopal Church for about four years, consistently spending the night with families experiencing homelessness. While all the volunteers at Calvary Episcopal Church serve Union County guests with grace and hospitality, Prentice -- as he is known -- ...

Mountainside’s ‘Secret Garden’ Tour Enchants Supporters of Historic Committee

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Audrey Hepburn

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Six gracious Mountainside homeowners welcomed visitors into their backyards on Saturday to saunter among hydrangea, oleander, hibiscus, roses, succulents and so much more.  The biennial Tour of Mountainside’s Gardens, orchestrated by the Mountainside Restoration Committee, has become ...

50 years after RFK assassination, the NBHS band’s moment is remembered

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On a warm June day in 1968, 40 members of the New Brunswick High School band stood on the city train platform playing solemn hymns.

It was supposed to be a one-hour performance as they waited the train traveling from New York to Washington, carrying the body of a slain presidential candidate, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

But one-hour dragged into two, and then three, as ...

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith Attends Gun Safety Bills Signing Ceremony with Gov. Murphy in Trenton

June 14, 2018

TRENTON, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith attended a gun safety package bill signing ceremony at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton on Wednesday with Governor Phil Murphy. Mayor Smith joined a bipartisan group of local and state elected officials, as well as members of Moms Demand Action of Union County, at the event. 

“As a leader in Sandy Hook Promise, I was happy to accept the ...

Check Out Berkeley Heights’ New Digital Sign

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There’s something new and shiny in downtown Berkeley Heights, at the corner of Springfield and Plainfield avenues - a digital sign.

Township Administrator John Bussiculo asked residents to check out the sign during the June 12 council meeting. It was running the sample program, which provided a preview of what residents might see on the ...

Warren Township Moves Forward on Affordable Housing Plans, Judge Grants Motion

WARREN, NJ - Judge Miller granted Warren Township’s motion for approval on Friday, June 8 of the proposed 100% affordable family rental housing development on Lindbergh Avenue that is to be built by PIRHL Acquisitions, LLC. 

On Monday, June 11, the Warren Township Planning Board heard testimony and plans for the Lindbergh Avenue site. Discussions will be continued at  the ...

Cranford Resident Rode His Bike Nearly 500 Miles

June 15, 2018

CRANFORD – Cranford resident Kent Lucas was one of 150 commuters who embraced a more sustainable commute by trading in his car keys for pedals during TransOptions’ annual Bike to Work Challenge.

Through TransOptions’ GoForGood app, riders tracked their bicycle commute trips and miles from May 1st through May 31st. Participants who joined the challenge were entered to win ...

Mountainside Active Retirees Club Names New Board Members at Luncheon

The Mountainside Active Retirees ended their 2017-2018 meeting schedule this past May 23 with the induction of board members by Mountainside Senior Citizen Coordinator Kim Moriak.

The Induction and luncheon was held at The Grillestone restaurant on route 22 in Scotch Plains. The affair was attended by 34 members and non-members. 

The new board members are: First Vice President Ellie ...

Overlook President Lieber Joins Imagine Leadership Council

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Alan Lieber, President of Overlook Medical Center, has joined the Leadership Council of Imagine, a Center for Coping with Loss, the Mountainside-based nonprofit that offers free, year-round peer grief support for children, young adults and parents / guardians who have had a parent, sibling or child die, as well as support groups for caregivers of an adult or ...

Union County is Spraying for Adult Mosquitos in Local Communities

June 7, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Mosquito Control will be spraying for Adult Mosquitoes tonight, Thursday June 7, between the hours of 7 p.m. and midnight, weather permitting.

In Berkeley Heights – Snyder Avenue, Columbia Avenue, Berkeley Avenue, Bolton Boulevard, Plainfield Avenue near Little Flower, Apple Tree Road and the pool area.

In New Providence –  Gales Drive, ...

Small Fire Extinguished at Addams Tavern in Westfield

June 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — It likely started with a smoldering cigarette, according to Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Tiller.

The fire that started in a flower planter on an outside deck on the second floor of Addams Tavern Wednesday caused a lot of smoke as it spread to the flooring, but only about a three-foot by three-foot area was damaged, Tiller said.

The restaurant at 115 Elm St. is ...

Cops: Woman Suspected of Stealing Westfield YESTERcades Tip Jar Turned Herself In

WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman has been arrested in the theft of the YESTERcades new game fund/employee tip jar in the early hours of May 20, according to police.

Cinthia Burgos, age 31, of Rahway, was the woman in photos shared by YESTERcades, according to police. She was arrested last week for theft of movable property when she surrendered herself at police headquarters, police ...

Mountainside Officials: We Knew Nothing About Allegations Until Lawsuit was Filed

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The mayor and council of Mountainside have gone on record stating they had no knowledge of the incidents alleged in the lawsuit filed on May 11 against the borough “until the filing of the lawsuit.”

The borough has also “retained former New Jersey State Police Superintendent Joseph Santiago” to help restore public trust in the department, ...

Warren Township Moves Forward on Affordable Housing Plans, Judge Grants Motion

June 13, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Judge Miller granted Warren Township’s motion for approval on Friday, June 8 of the proposed 100% affordable family rental housing development on Lindbergh Avenue that is to be built by PIRHL Acquisitions, LLC. 

On Monday, June 11, the Warren Township Planning Board heard testimony and plans for the Lindbergh Avenue site. Discussions will be continued at  the ...

Vanriele Repeats 800 M State Championship Title: Gov. Livingston Track and Field Concludes Season

June 11, 2018

EWING, NJ - Governor Livingston’s Victoria Vanriele won her second consecutive outdoor 800m championship at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Saturday, June 9, at Northern Burlington Regional High School. Vanriele blazed across the finish line in 2:06.68, lowering her personal best and school record by 1.5 seconds.  She is currently ranked No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 3 in the ...

Springfield’s Anthony Cioffi’s Dream Realized, Now a Member of CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The second journey has been made a reality for Springfield’s hometown hero.

Just a little over nine months ago, former Rutgers and Jonathan Dayton football standout Anthony Cioffi was released on the final day of roster cut downs from the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders on September 2.

On Sunday, Cioffi (No. 35) officially became a member of the ...

District Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Ann Clifton to Stay in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Ann Clifton, the director of health, physical education and athletics will stay in the Berkeley Heights School District. The Board of Education voted to rescind the acceptance of her resignation at the June 7 meeting.

The board had accepted Clifton’s resignation from her position at the May 10 meeting.

Twelve days later, on May 22, a report in The Citizen ...

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Downtown Family Restaurant in Cranford Closes; Thanks Customers

June 4, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – On Thursday evening, rumors started to swirl about the potential closing of the Downtown Family Restaurant.

With no official word on the restaurant’s Facebook page, it wasn’t until Friday morning that guests were greeted with a sign on the front door reading:

There is a season for everything in life, so it is with bittersweet hearts that we regret to inform ...

Eagle Scout Project Yields Flag Retirement Facility in Springfield, Ceremony Thursday

June 17, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Frankie Sarracino of Boy Scout Troop #73 of Springfield had an inspiration during his first camping trip.  He came with an idea for his Eagle Scout project.  It was to build a flag retirement facility at the Chisholm Community Center.

Only a few organizations are allowed to retire flags and the Boy Scouts are one of them..  Some others include the Girl Scouts, ...

Help Is Available for Suicide Prevention

June 18, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that trained counselors at NJ Hopeline will provide confidential, anonymous guidance for people who may be having suicidal thoughts, or who know someone at risk.

NJHopeline may be contacted 24/7 by phone at 855-654-6735 or by live chat at njhopeline.com.

In addition, Union County residents can contact the County’s ...

Sleep out at Covenant House

June 18, 2018

I can enjoy the same movies over and over like it were the first time to see them.  My kids roll their eyes at this.  Well, many unimaginable things happen as you become a certain age, and you tend to learn to accept those things graciously as gift.   But I remember the movie “The Blind Side.”  Until I saw that movie, I didn’t know homeless children ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 10, 2018

Dear Editor:

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by ...