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Full Circle 2017: ‘Art of Possibility’ Spotlights Artists’ Limitless Talent

August 21, 2017

PEAPACK AND GLADSTONE, NJ – How does an idea become reality? It starts with possibility and turns into action.  At Arts Access, the goal is to make every artist’s vision come to life through the free expression of their ideas. From innovative mixed media art pieces to choreographed dances featuring multiple dancers, Arts Access artists conceive and create compelling ...

Cinemark Theater and Two Anchors Receive Approvals from Watchung Planning Board to Replace Route 22 Sears

WATCHUNG, NJ - Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approvals at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept.19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the two ...

History Cards for Kids...And Yes, Maybe Their Parents, Too

UNION COUNTY, NJ - So what do we tell the children?...about the past, that is.

After a successful pilot program at the Deserted Village last fall, Union County’s Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs is rolling out a History Trading Card series for youngsters to learn more about the history of the people and events that shaped Union County -- and the country --we know ...

Mountainside Ranked as Twelfth Best Place to Live by New Jersey Monthly Magazine

August 21, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The news is out, Mountainside is ranked the twelfth best place to live in New Jersey according to New Jersey Monthly’s newly published list of the Garden State’s Top 100 Towns.

The magazine won't be on the newsstands until Aug. 29, but the magazine released the top 20 towns on Monday, Aug. 21. Mountainside is in good company, it sends its high school students ...

Cinemark Theater and Two Anchors Receive Approvals from Watchung Planning Board to Replace Route 22 Sears

WATCHUNG, NJ - Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approvals at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept.19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the two ...

Before Trump Broke Up Biz Council, Johnson & Johnson CEO Resigned

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The head of Johnson & Johnson decided to step down from President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Council today, prior to its disbandment, according to the company.

Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of the New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson, announced his exit in a statement, following reports published yesterday, Aug. 15., which said he planned to remain ...

Who Doesn't Like a Historic Tavern Tour? Basking Ridge Resident Offers Five to Try

August 19, 2017

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – It’s late August. Summer will soon be over, but isn’t there time for at least one more adventure? How about an historic tavern/pub crawl and tour?

We like touring Morris and Somerset County since this is the “cockpit of the revolution” and most of the old taverns were meeting places of the resistance. Want to grab a pint where General ...

History Cards for Kids...And Yes, Maybe Their Parents, Too

UNION COUNTY, NJ - So what do we tell the children?...about the past, that is.

After a successful pilot program at the Deserted Village last fall, Union County’s Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs is rolling out a History Trading Card series for youngsters to learn more about the history of the people and events that shaped Union County -- and the country --we know ...

Tips for Safely Viewing the Upcoming Solar Eclipse, and a Bit of History

NEW JERSEY – The United States will be experiencing a solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, which New Jerseyans can view partially– if the weather cooperates.

If you lived in one of the 14 states the eclipse is crossing with its 70-mile wide path, you’d be all set.

But if you utilize safety glasses to view the event between 1:23 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and most especially at 2:44 ...

Going Off to College? Get Vote-by-Mail Ballots on Time By Registering Now, County Clerk Says

August 12, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ - College students and others who plan to be out of state are being encouraged by the County Clerk to apply now for a vote-by-mail ballot.

“Exercising the right to vote is always important, and in this election cycle New Jersey voters will decide on a new Governor for the first time in eight years,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi in a statement. “Make ...

Who Doesn't Like a Historic Tavern Tour? Basking Ridge Resident Offers Five to Try

August 19, 2017

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – It’s late August. Summer will soon be over, but isn’t there time for at least one more adventure? How about an historic tavern/pub crawl and tour?

We like touring Morris and Somerset County since this is the “cockpit of the revolution” and most of the old taverns were meeting places of the resistance. Want to grab a pint where General ...

Celebrate National Prosecco Day on Aug 13th

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Sunday, Aug. 13th, raise a glass to celebrate National Prosecco Day.

Prosecco comes from the village of the same name, in a suburb of Trieste, Italy, while Champagne, also in the sparkling wine family, is produced in France.

The main grape in Prosecco is called Glera, and it dates back to Roman times.  Prosecco can also be made with Perera, Bianchetta, and Verdiso, ...

Beautiful Garden at Governor Livingston HS Serves a Practical Purpose

August 11, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Deep red cardinal flowers, purple cone flowers, black-eyed Susans, and bright orange butterfly weed along with native shrubs and grasses create a beautiful pollinator garden at Governor Livingston High School.   While the perennials attract bumblebees and butterflies, they also help in capturing stormwater runoff from the adjacent parking lot.  

This ...

Summit's Family Promise Joins NJ Housing Advocates on 'The Hill'

August 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders from several Family Promise New Jersey Affiliates recently joined more than 450 affordable housing advocates in Washington, DC on for NJ Hill Day, imploring congress to take a stand against looming housing cuts. Directors Geleen Donovan (Union County), Kate Duggan (Bergen County), and Colleen Duerr (Hunterdon County) represented Family Promise in advocating for ...

Family of Fallen Summit Police Officer Will Benefit from Somerset Patriots Golf Tournament

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A portion of the proceeds raised by the Somerset Patriots during the team's 18th Annual Golf Classic at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station on Monday, Sept.11th will be donated to the family of fallen Summit police Det. Matthew Tarentino.

Tarentino, a lifelong resident of Somerville, was killed in a three-car collision on Route 78 May 30 while driving to ...

Gov. Livingston Football Continues to Give Back with Day of Service at Children’s Specialized Hospital

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tradition, dedication and commitment – those words describe what Governor Livingston head football coach Dan Guyton expects of his players, both on and off the field. On Friday, August 11, those values were on display as 27 GL football players volunteered at the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside for the fifth year in a row.

The ...

Freeholders Get Earful As Roselle Residents Question Financing For Mind and Body Project

August 20, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - About 20 people Thursday raised concerns about the financing for the Roselle Mind and Body Complex during the public comments portion of the Union County Freeholders’ meeting.

The project includes a new school, community center, library and more in the borough.

The opportunity to speak was nixed last week when a freeholders’ special meeting vote regarding the ...

Cinemark Theater and Two Anchors Receive Approvals from Watchung Planning Board to Replace Route 22 Sears

WATCHUNG, NJ - Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approvals at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept.19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the two ...

History Cards for Kids...And Yes, Maybe Their Parents, Too

UNION COUNTY, NJ - So what do we tell the children?...about the past, that is.

After a successful pilot program at the Deserted Village last fall, Union County’s Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs is rolling out a History Trading Card series for youngsters to learn more about the history of the people and events that shaped Union County -- and the country --we know ...

Safety Tips for Monday's Solar Eclipse

August 18, 2017

BRANCHBURG NJ - The public anxiously awaits Monday's solar eclipse.  It will be the first solar eclipse in the United States since 1979.  Safety is extremely important for all eclipse viewers.  Kevin Schindler, Planetarium Associate and Technician at the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium offered TAP and its readers some expert advice.

"Never look ...

USA Mental Health First Aid Training is in Springfield on September 9, Register by August 22

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Mental Health First Aid Training will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Chisholm Community Center at 100 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081.  The program fee of $45 includes course materials and a light lunch, and is payable online with Visa, Mastercard, or Discover.  A minimum of ten participants is required ...

U.S. News Announces 2017-18 Best Hospitals in New Jersey and Nationally

NEW JERSEY -- U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of Best Hospitals in the U.S. and in each state. According to the magazine, the analysis reviews hospitals' performance in clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on factors including survival, patient safety, and nurse staffing, among others. The rankings also looked at treatment of specialties ...

Family of Fallen Summit Police Officer Will Benefit from Somerset Patriots Golf Tournament

August 17, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A portion of the proceeds raised by the Somerset Patriots during the team's 18th Annual Golf Classic at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station on Monday, Sept.11th will be donated to the family of fallen Summit police Det. Matthew Tarentino.

Tarentino, a lifelong resident of Somerville, was killed in a three-car collision on Route 78 May 30 while driving to ...

School Board, Police Department Negotiating to Place Retired Officer in Schools

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  A police officer may provide extra security in township schools this year.

Township board of education president Doug Reinstein told the public the board is nearing a shared service agreement with the township police department for installation of so-called “Class III Officers” as an extra measure of security in the public schools.

Police Chief John ...

Burglars Take Cigarettes, Cash from Country Farms Store

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Burglars who shattered the front glass door and entered Country Farms store without setting off the alarm, walked away with cash and cartons of cigarettes.

The break-in happened about 12:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, according to Sunny Shah, the owner of the convenience store at 378 Springfield Ave. They stole about $1,500 in cash Shah said, “and between 85 and 90 ...

Mountainside Ranked as Twelfth Best Place to Live by New Jersey Monthly Magazine

August 21, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The news is out, Mountainside is ranked the twelfth best place to live in New Jersey according to New Jersey Monthly’s newly published list of the Garden State’s Top 100 Towns.

The magazine won't be on the newsstands until Aug. 29, but the magazine released the top 20 towns on Monday, Aug. 21. Mountainside is in good company, it sends its high school students ...

Cinemark Theater and Two Anchors Receive Approvals from Watchung Planning Board to Replace Route 22 Sears

WATCHUNG, NJ - Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approvals at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept.19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the two ...

'Lights of Love for Charlottesville': Christ Church Hosts 'Vigil for Peace' Aug. 14

August 14, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - In a program that will see "little candles of love lit to combat the torches of hate," The Summit Interfaith Council will host 'Lights of Love for Charlottesville,' a "vigil for peace," August 14, from 7:30 - 8:15 p.m. at Christ Church in Summit.

The Virginia city was the site of a August 12 "Unite the Right" ...

'Lights of Love for Charlottesville': Christ Church Hosts 'Vigil for Peace' Aug. 14

SUMMIT, NJ - In a program that will see "little candles of love lit to combat the torches of hate," The Summit Interfaith Council will host 'Lights of Love for Charlottesville,' a "vigil for peace," August 14, from 7:30 - 8:15 p.m. at Christ Church in Summit.

The Virginia city was the site of a August 12 "Unite the Right" ...

Gov. Livingston Football Continues to Give Back with Day of Service at Children’s Specialized Hospital

August 17, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tradition, dedication and commitment – those words describe what Governor Livingston head football coach Dan Guyton expects of his players, both on and off the field. On Friday, August 11, those values were on display as 27 GL football players volunteered at the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside for the fifth year in a row.

The ...

10U Little League Troopers From Elizabeth Become Mid-Atlantic Baseball Champs

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elmora Youth Little League Troopers made team history Friday when they became Mid-Atlantic Regional champions, but fell short in gaining the top tournament title.

MORE: State Little League Champs in Elizabeth Need Help Getting to Regionals

The team’s wins come after an outpouring of financial and moral support which helped get them to the 9-10 Little League ...

Berkeley Heights Ninja Anthony DeFranco Advances to 'American Ninja Warrior' National Finals

Update as of August 14, 2017 at 10:17 p.m.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston alumn Anthony DeFranco advances to the 'American Ninja Warrior' National Finals in Las Vegas, NV to be aired on September 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

DeFranco placed 9th in the City Finals in Cleveland [aired Monday, August 14, 2017], making it to the Nail Clipper obstacle in a ...

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Richard DeLuca Joins GWACC Board

Richard DeLuca of the Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper law firm has joined the board of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC).

“We are fortunate to have Mr. Richard DeLuca join our board of directors. His experience will complement those of the current board members and I am sure that he will be a very active member and bring new and fresh ideas to all ...

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Freeholders Get Earful As Roselle Residents Question Financing For Mind and Body Project

August 20, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - About 20 people Thursday raised concerns about the financing for the Roselle Mind and Body Complex during the public comments portion of the Union County Freeholders’ meeting.

The project includes a new school, community center, library and more in the borough.

The opportunity to speak was nixed last week when a freeholders’ special meeting vote regarding the ...

Tips for Safely Viewing the Upcoming Solar Eclipse, and a Bit of History

August 17, 2017

NEW JERSEY – The United States will be experiencing a solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, which New Jerseyans can view partially– if the weather cooperates.

If you lived in one of the 14 states the eclipse is crossing with its 70-mile wide path, you’d be all set.

But if you utilize safety glasses to view the event between 1:23 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and most especially at 2:44 ...

For a Fun Volunteer Activity, Join the Master Tree Stewards

August 20, 2017

If you are looking for an enjoyable volunteer opportunity that puts you in touch with nature and helps “grow” environmental awareness in Union County, join the Master Tree Stewards of Union County.

Master Tree Stewards train each fall by participating in guided walks at nature preserves in the Union County area. Each spring they fan out across Union County to share their knowledge ...

Fostering Healthy Habits in Young Children

August 17, 2017

Every parent knows that fostering healthy habits in children is important, but there is no instruction manual for how to go about it. It can be tough to recognize habits forming before they become routine, and, as most parents know firsthand, bad habits are hard to break. In the middle of a tantrum or a broccoli boycott, it can even seem like giving in to unhealthy habits is the only option. But ...

Achieving Well-Rounded Perfection

Ah, the always tricky student resume.  The part of college applications that make students question whether their innate interests are worthwhile.  I get endless questions about not only how to design a student resume but more specifically what activities students should be sure are on there.  It seems crazy that we’re willing to model what are meant to be ventures of ...

Freeholders Fail to Protect Roselle Taxpayers

August 11, 2017

Dear Editor,

The residents of Roselle are in for a rude awakening when the Democratic town council along with the BOE finally lowers the boom on the taxpayer’s wallets. Ground has already been broken for former Mayor Jamel Holley’s early learning and community center, the $50 million “Mind and Body Complex”. The proposed complex is the largest project that the UC ...