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Governor Livingston Hilltop Players Production of 'Suite Surrender' Nominated for Six Theatre Awards

May 21, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Suite Surrender, Governor Livingston High School’s fall drama received nominations for six Montclair State University Theatre Awards.

Equally as exciting, the production won Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew during the awards ceremony on May 14.

The comedy was nominated for:

- Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew;

- Outstanding Achievement in ...

Westfield Audience Cheers for NJ Festival Orchestra’s Season Finale

WESTFIELD, NJ —  The New Jersey Festival Orchestra presented its season finale,  In London Town, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield Saturday night. It was auspicious timing, as the royal wedding had taken place in England just that morning.

“We were so happy when Prince Harry and his bride picked our finale date,” Linda Doyle, executive director of the NJFO ...

Video: Friends of the NJ Festival Orchestra Present 37th Tour of Notable Homes in Westfield

WESTFIELD — Despite rainy weather, participants showed up by the carload to visit some of Westfield’s most distinctive properties featured on this year’s Tour of Notable Homes, presented by the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, on Saturday.

“It’s a much better turnout despite the weather,” said tour co-chair Michele Pierce. “The legacy ...

Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce Appoints Four New Board Members

May 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) at its Board of Director meeting held in May elected four new members to a two-year term of office: Ron Bansky, Paul Mecca, Matthew Pejkovic and Marta Alexandre. 

Ron Bansky of Ron Bansky & Associates, Allstate Insurance, specializes in auto, home, business, and life insurance and, in addition to ...

Berkeley Heights School Board Celebrates Educators of the Year, Honors Retiring Employees

May 22, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Recently the School Board honored the 2018 Educators of the Year and district retirees with a reception at Governor Livingston High School. 

Each teacher was invited up to the stage by School Superintendent Judith Rattner, who provided a brief history of the teacher's time before joining the district and while in the district, then read comments from the ...

Different is not Deficient, says Eighth Grader to Warren Township Board of Education

 

WARREN, NJ - Different is not synonymous with deficient and autism does not need to be cured, a Warren Middle School student told the Warren Township Board of Education at its meeting on Monday, May 21.

 

Johannes Wellerding, an eighth grade student at Warren Middle School, took the opportunity for public commentary at Monday night’s Board of Education ...

Governor Livingston Hilltop Players Production of 'Suite Surrender' Nominated for Six Theatre Awards

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Suite Surrender, Governor Livingston High School’s fall drama received nominations for six Montclair State University Theatre Awards.

Equally as exciting, the production won Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew during the awards ceremony on May 14.

The comedy was nominated for:

- Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew;

- Outstanding Achievement in ...

Teen Teaches 99-Year-Old WWll Veteran To Use A Smart Phone

May 23, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ –  Sitting and speaking with Hayward Wheaton at his home in Scotch Plains is like taking a step back in history. On October 30 Hayward will turn 100, and is hoping to celebrate with a small party and a big chocolate cake.

Originally from Jersey City, Hayward can remember when he made $60 a month working as an elevator operator, when the mailman came twice a day (stamps ...

Wiffle Ball Tournament in Westfield Friday to Benefit Camp for Kids with Cancer

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 8th Annual Sister Pat’s Kids Camp Wiffle Ball Tournament will take place place this Friday, May 25, at 3 p.m. at Tamaques Park.

Money from the tournament, which run by Westfield High School students, will go to Sister Pat’s week-long summer camp in Esopus, NY, where kids suffering from cancer and other blood disorders from New York Presbyterian Hospital go ...

Uniacke Named Bridges Outreach Executive Director as Bhatt, Tulloch Announce Retirement

SUMMIT, NJ - Bridges Outreach, Inc. Executive Director Lois Bhatt and Deputy Executive Director Bethany Tulloch have announced their retirement and, effective May 29, Richard J. Uniacke will begin his tenure as the Summit-based nonprofit's new Executive Director.

Uniacke, who will become just the organization's third executive director in three decades, was ...

Berkeley Heights Planning Board OKs Stratton House, with Conditions, at Former King's Site

May 19, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – After more than three hours of testimony and discussion, Planning Board members voted unanimously to approve a resolution, with conditions, to the redevelopment of the former King’s site at 343 Springfield Ave. It is the first of several projects linked to the settlement of the township’s affordable housing obligation that will be coming before the board ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

Mountainside Council Approves 2018 Budget; Tax Increase Less than $20 for an Average House

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The council approved the borough’s 2018 budget at its Tuesday, May 15 meeting. Mayor Paul Mirabelli highlighted some increases and decreases in this year’s budget which features total appropriations of $8,775,292.95 for municipal purposes.

The overall budget increased by $60,000 compared to $167,842 last year. For the average borough home assessed $163,735 ...

Red Cross Calls for Summer Blood Donations to Prevent Shortage

May 22, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The American Red Cross is counting on volunteer donors to give blood and help ensure patient needs can be met this summer.

 

Around Memorial Day, the Red Cross sees a steep decline in blood donations. Busy summer schedules, vacations and school breaks also cause a drop in donations. Accidents and medical emergencies don’t take a summer break – patients ...

Women Business Owners Collaborate in New Providence to Host Series of Free Group Counseling Sessions for Women of Divorce

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Tara Colandrea, owner of Kindness Counts Therapy in Westfield, and a member of Divorce Dynasty - a female powerhouse group of professional women including therapists, lawyers, and realtors, who are each a champion of their respective roles in the divorce process for this series -- recently held her first of an 8 week series of free group ...

Mountainside Active Retirees Lend the Borough a Hand by Collating Newsletters

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – It appears the Mountainside Active Retirees (MAR) have collated their last newsletter for borough’s recreation department.

For many years, the newsletter arrived in mailboxes four times a year with information on upcoming recreation and senior activities in the town. The last issue contained information on pool and soccer registration, yoga, fitness, art classes, ...

Mountainside Restoration Committee Estate Sale Fund-raiser Slated for May 18, 19

May 14, 2018

 

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Mountainside Restoration Committee’s MRC Estate Sales division will be conducting an Estate Sale to raise funds for the maintenance and restoration of the historic Deacon Andrew Hetfield House and The Levi Cory House. The estate sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 18 & 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  at 296 Meetinghouse ...

Video: Friends of the NJ Festival Orchestra Present 37th Tour of Notable Homes in Westfield

WESTFIELD — Despite rainy weather, participants showed up by the carload to visit some of Westfield’s most distinctive properties featured on this year’s Tour of Notable Homes, presented by the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, on Saturday.

“It’s a much better turnout despite the weather,” said tour co-chair Michele Pierce. “The legacy ...

Investment Adviser and Springfield Resident Arrested for Stealing Millions from Clients

May 23, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – A former broker and investment adviser Gary Basralian, 70, of Springfield, New Jersey was arrested today, Wednesday, for allegedly stealing more than $2.1 million from two clients in order to pay for personal expenses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Basralian is charged by complaint with two counts of wire fraud and one count of investment adviser fraud. He was ...

Sex Toys, Gay Jokes, Nepotism, Frat-Boy Pranks; Mountainside P.D. Out of Control says Lawsuit

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – In a 46-page complaint packed with allegations of harassment involving sex toys, official misconduct, nepotism, hazing, double-dipping and other egregious behavior, five Mountainside police officers and a female employee are suing the borough in state Superior Court.
The complaint, filed by officers Jeffrey Stinner, Christopher Feighner, Richard Latargia, Thomas ...

Five Police Officers and One Employee of Mountainside Police Department File a Lawsuit

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Five Mountainside Police Officers and one employee filed a lawsuit against the borough in the Superior Court of New Jersey on May 11, 2018. The borough announced the lawsuit and provided background information regarding the issue on a statement posted on the borough’s website.

Mountainside PBA attorney, Leonard C. Schiro had requested a meeting with ...

Video Shows Woman Ripping Off Tip Jar at Westfield YESTERcades, Manager Says

May 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Footage from security cameras at YESTERcades of Westfield shows a woman stealing the new game fund/employee tip jar from the counter at 2:10 a.m. (closing time) Sunday morning, according to manager Fred Logue, who shared screenshots of the video.

There was probably about $70 in the jar at the time, according to Logue, who said he reported the theft to Westfield ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

Cyclist Hit by Pickup Truck in Westfield Tuesday Morning

WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman riding a bicycle was struck by a pickup truck at the corner of North Chestnut Street and Kimball Avenue Tuesday morning around 10 a.m.

A neighbor who was inside his house at the time said he heard a woman scream loudly. He ran outside, saw that she’d been hit and called 9-1-1, he said.

Police responded in under a minute, he said, and soon the ...

Berkeley Heights Planning Board OKs Stratton House, with Conditions, at Former King's Site

May 19, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – After more than three hours of testimony and discussion, Planning Board members voted unanimously to approve a resolution, with conditions, to the redevelopment of the former King’s site at 343 Springfield Ave. It is the first of several projects linked to the settlement of the township’s affordable housing obligation that will be coming before the board ...

Mountainside Council Honors Reverend Christopher Belden

May 17, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – At the Tuesday, May 15 meeting the Borough Council recognized Reverend Christopher Belden as he is set to retire. Mayor Paul Mirabelli read a proclamation in the honor of “a very deserving citizen of Mountainside,” Dr. Belden, who is retiring after 32 years at the Mountainside Presbyterian Church.

Belden came to Mountainside in 1986. He has always ...

Berkeley Heights 6th Grade Lacrosse Connects for 10-2 Victory at Cranford Tournament

May 24, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ - The Berkeley Heights 6th grade lacrosse team competed in the Cranford Tournament last Sunday and captured their first season win by defeating the Renegades, 10-2, in the third and last game of the day. This newly formed team also played hard against New Providence and Scotch Plains earlier in the tournament. 

"We had a short bench with only 14 ...

Baseball: McCulloch, Hulburt, Lead Gov. Livingston to Playoff Win over Carteret, Battle with South Plainfield Up Next

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tyler McCulloch hit a grand slam and Liam Hulburt pitched five shutout innings as the top seed Gov. Livingston eliminated 16th seed Carteret in the opening round of the Central Jersey, Group II playoffs, Monday in Berkeley Heights.

The Highlanders jumped out to a 4-0 first inning lead and put up five more on McCulloch’s (2-4, HR) slam and a solo ...

Wiffle Ball Tournament in Westfield Friday to Benefit Camp for Kids with Cancer

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 8th Annual Sister Pat’s Kids Camp Wiffle Ball Tournament will take place place this Friday, May 25, at 3 p.m. at Tamaques Park.

Money from the tournament, which run by Westfield High School students, will go to Sister Pat’s week-long summer camp in Esopus, NY, where kids suffering from cancer and other blood disorders from New York Presbyterian Hospital go ...

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Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

May 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

Amazon’s Career Choice program wins “Community Excellence” award

May 23, 2018

EDISON, NJ - Amazon’s Career Choice program recently received the “Community Excellence” award from the New Jersey Community College Consortium for its impact on the local community.

Steven Johnson, Amazon’s Director for Associate Development, was on hand to accept the award and lead a panel discussion on how the program provides trained, motivated employees for ...

The Evaluation of the College Search

It’s is a bizarre time of year as a college counselor as I find myself at both the beginning and end of this process.  Sophomores and juniors are excitedly and idealistically starting to consider what will be important to them in a school.  At the same time, while only separated by a year or two, my seniors have all committed within the past month to a school and have spent the ...

How the Holi Color Festival Came to Summit; Event Planner Shares Her Story

May 21, 2018

Back in India, Holi was a holiday observed by almost all states. The holiday would be declared at all educational institutes and offices. It's a two day spring festival also known as the festival of colors. The festival signifies the victory of good over bad, the arrival of spring with the fragrance of flowers in the air and aura of warmth and happiness.

Holi festival is the time ...