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Luminous Hosts First Carrot Cake Off Event in New Providence 

September 19, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A warm, sunny Sunday afternoon brought a large crowd to New Providence’s First Carrot Cake Off held outdoors at Luminous Salon and Spa at 592 Central Ave. Ten contestants signed up to participate in the carrot cake contest.  Each contestant baked and displayed a carrot cake for the contest, which was then judged by attendees who were given a ticket and free tasting ...

Shoppers Clean Up on Savings as Residents Clean Out Their Attics at Annual Town Wide Garage Sale

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Despite the seemingly endless on again off again week long rain showers, Saturday proved to be perfect garage sailing weather in Mountainside. Nearly 60 homes participated in this year's town wide tag sale, sponsored by the Mountainside Newcomers.  The annual event was well attended by local residents and shoppers traveling far and wide to the ...

Lawmakers Question State Education Commissioner on Rush to Phase Out PARCC

September 18, 2018

TRENTON, NJ— Lawmakers on a joint Senate-Assembly education committee expressed concerns and questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s rush to phase out a statewide standardized exam, calling for meetings to be held and more data to be provided.

State education commissioner Lamont Repollet appeared before a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees on Monday to testify ...

The Highlander Goes Online in Partnership with TAPinto Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Highlander, the student newspaper of Governor Livingston High School, is making the transition to becoming an online publication thanks to an innovative partnership with TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

Students and community members alike can now go to the TAPinto Berkeley Heights website (www.tapinto.net/towns/berkeley-heights), choose the “Sections” ...

Berkeley Heights School Superintendent’s Last Day in District Announced and Other Board Updates

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – While Superintendent Judith Rattner’s retirement officially begins Dec. 1, that won’t be her last day in the district.

During the Sept. 13 school board meeting, Board President Doug Reinstein said the superintendent’s last working day in the district will be Oct. 18. “She will be taking a vacation from then until … the rest ...

Luminous Hosts First Carrot Cake Off Event in New Providence 

September 19, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A warm, sunny Sunday afternoon brought a large crowd to New Providence’s First Carrot Cake Off held outdoors at Luminous Salon and Spa at 592 Central Ave. Ten contestants signed up to participate in the carrot cake contest.  Each contestant baked and displayed a carrot cake for the contest, which was then judged by attendees who were given a ticket and free tasting ...

Vegan Fest Cook Off Wraps Up Weekend in a Tasty Fashion

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ –All the judges agreed on at least two things at the first ever Vegan Cook Off – the food was delicious and they would order most of it again. In fact, one of the judges (who wasn’t a vegan chef) said, “All the dishes would make excellent appetizers, and I would order ten and make it a meal.”

The judges included two professional ...

Fishing Derby for People with Special Needs on Saturday, Sept. 22nd

September 11, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- County residents are invited to participate in the Fall Fishing Derby for People with Special Needs on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. This event is free of charge and runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club are co-sponsoring the fishing derby and will be providing a hot dog lunch as well as organizing contests. Prizes will ...

Mum's The Word: Plant Sales Benefit Overlook Auxiliary Sept. 21-23

September 17, 2018

GILLETTE, NJ - Mums are a fall tradition, and the Overlook Auxiliary will be the beneficiary of the seasonal blooms via a plant sale at Lombardo Farms September 21-23.

Lombardo will donate a portion of proceeds from Mum sales each day to Overlook Auxiliary, a volunteer organization that cultivates a compassionate and comforting environment throughout the entire ...

Shoppers Clean Up on Savings as Residents Clean Out Their Attics at Annual Town Wide Garage Sale

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Despite the seemingly endless on again off again week long rain showers, Saturday proved to be perfect garage sailing weather in Mountainside. Nearly 60 homes participated in this year's town wide tag sale, sponsored by the Mountainside Newcomers.  The annual event was well attended by local residents and shoppers traveling far and wide to the ...

Kids Will Get Gussied Up In Run Up to Westfield YMCA 5K

WESTFIELD, NJ – It's not every day that young athletes and young adults and teens with special needs get the opportunity to sport designers such as Gucci and Armani, but that's just what they'll do Saturday night.

Members of the Westfield Area YMCA Flyers youth track team and participants in the YMCA’s Dragonfly Program, which offers recreational and ...

Mountainside Council Appoints Robert Verry as Hearing Officer; Zanny Lopez as Deputy Clerk Administrator

September 8, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council authorized the appointment of Robert Verry as Hearing Officer and appointed Zanny Lopez as Deputy Court Administrator at its Tuesday, Sept. 4 working session.

Borough Attorney John Post noted that Verry, “a well-qualified individual,” has been employed in this capacity in the past as well. Verry has provided law enforcement consulting ...

First Responders Treated to a Barbecue at Arbor Terrace Mountainside on September 12

September 12, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Who doesn’t like a free lunch? The offer to participate in the “BBQ for Badges” at Arbor Terrace Mountainside went out to first responders throughout the area a few weeks ago and, as expected, police officers, firefighters and EMTs dropped in from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

And, no one should be surprised that each group that spoke to ...

Children, Parents Help Celebrate 35 Years of My Gym at Fall Open House

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – On Saturday, My Gym New Providence was filled with children of all ages, from just a few months old, to 10 years of age, parents, instructors, giggles, guffaws, smiles and laughter.

The occasion was the annual My Gym Open House – an event that encourages parents to come in and see for themselves the many activities and courses offered to children, how the staff ...

Pedestrian In Critical Condition After Being Struck on Route 22 Early Sunday Morning

September 13, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – A 24-year-old Mountainside resident is in critical condition at University Medical Center in Newark after being struck by a vehicle while walking on Route 22 in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 9.

Police gave the following account of the incident:

At about 1:09 a.m. Sunday, a 24-year-old Mountainside resident was walking along Route 22 East, near the ...

First Responders Treated to a Barbecue at Arbor Terrace Mountainside on September 12

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Who doesn’t like a free lunch? The offer to participate in the “BBQ for Badges” at Arbor Terrace Mountainside went out to first responders throughout the area a few weeks ago and, as expected, police officers, firefighters and EMTs dropped in from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

And, no one should be surprised that each group that spoke to ...

Seton Hall Student Who Died on Tuesday Identified as Julian M. Mislavsky of Morristown

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Seton Hall University student who died from injuries sustained when he fell from the campus' parking deck on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Julian M. Mislavsky in a letter to the Seton Hall community from Interim President Mary J. Meehan.

Mislavsky was a senior at Seton Hall and was from Morristown, stated Meehan. 

"We will have ...

Boys Soccer: Ethan Proper's Goal Not Enough for Gov. Livingston in 3-1 Loss to Summit

September 18, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Gov. Livingston lost a 3-1 battle in Monday's torrential rain to neighboring rival Summit Hilltoppers in Summit.

The game was evenly matched during the first half as the players battled each other and the elements, but Summit grabbed the advantage with a goal a minute before halftime.

The second half was again a hard-fought affair and GL equalized through a fine ...

Girls Soccer: Lady Highlanders Rollover Oak Knoll 4-0

CHATHAM, NJ - While its season is still in the early stages, the Governor Livingston girls soccer team made a statement with its 4-0 road victory over Oak Knoll on Monday afternoon in Chatham.

"It was the most complete game we've played so far this year," said Gov. Livingston head coach Mike Roof. "It was one of our biggest tests and we ...

Field Hockey Spark Plug Isabel Kepner Named Delicious Heights Highlander Athlete of the Week

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - With 38 seconds left in 7 v 7  overtime, Gov. Livingston senior Isabel "Izzy” Kepner  knocked in the game winning goal to give the Lady Highlanders a hard earned 4-3 season opening victory against Union County conference rival Westfield.  Kepner’s game winner, which was assisted by fellow seniors Audrey Cardone and ...

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Lawmakers Question State Education Commissioner on Rush to Phase Out PARCC

September 18, 2018

TRENTON, NJ— Lawmakers on a joint Senate-Assembly education committee expressed concerns and questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s rush to phase out a statewide standardized exam, calling for meetings to be held and more data to be provided.

State education commissioner Lamont Repollet appeared before a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees on Monday to testify ...

Registration Open for BHEF Fall Festival and Color Run on Sunday, Sept. 30

September 20, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There’s still time to register for the Berkeley Heights Ed Foundation Fall Festival and Color Run on Sunday, September 30th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The main events of the day will be a kiddie color dash for ages 1-5 at 11:30 a.m. and a family 1.5 mile color run for all ages at 12:00 pm followed by a DJ Dance party. There will be ...

Union County Set to Introduce Bow Hunting in Watchung Reservation and Across the County

September 10, 2018

Under new management, the decades-long Union County Deer Management Program now includes archery. Previously confined to only shotguns on several Mondays in January and February, the added archery component is slated to begin October 1 when up to 40 bowhunters will be granted access at six locations every weekday through December 31. Fourteen archers will be permitted at one time in Watchung ...

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I got a call today from the anxious parent of a sixth grader who wanted some guidance on how to best help his student position herself for success in college.  What classes should she take now? Would it be worth it to investigate private school? When is it too early to start looking at college campuses?

While thinking college with a 12-year-old may seem crazy to some, any parent reading ...

New Jersey the Land of So Many Towns- and Taxes

September 14, 2018

One state, twenty one counties, five hundred and sixty-six municipalities and six hundred and twenty one school districts. Government and bureaucracy at every level.

Maybe, in a Jersey kind of way it all makes sense.

The reasons for this abundance of towns and school districts- and the relentless property tax problem that comes with them-are as varied as the landscape. Some communities grew ...