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Westfield International Film Festival Kicks Off at James Ward Mansion

September 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The four-day Westfield International Film Festival kicked off Thursday evening at the James Ward Mansion downtown.

Attendees enjoyed cocktails and appetizers provided by Westfield vendors before sitting down to view the first series of short film screenings.

“I think it’s going fantastic,” said Founder and Executive Director Gina Rodriguez.

Luminous Hosts First Carrot Cake Off Event in New Providence 

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 ...

Police: Crossing Guard OK after Westfield Hit-And-Run

September 22, 2018

Thursday's pedestrian-involved crash is the third such incident to happen at the intersection since 2012.

WESTFIELD, NJ – A crossing guard hit by a car near Edison Intermediate School escaped serious injury Thursday morning in what has been a series of pedestrian-involved crashes at the intersection.

The driver of a black sedan ignored the guard’s signal to stop at ...

Lawmakers Question State Education Commissioner on Rush to Phase Out PARCC

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” ...

Mountainside Council Appoints Rachel Pater to Serve Wendy Fech-Caccamo’s Term

September 21, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council appointed Rachel Pater to serve Councilwoman Wendy Fech-Caccamo’s remaining term at its Tuesday, Sep. 18 meeting. Pater also stepped in to run for Fech-Caccamo’s council seat in the upcoming elections.

Fech-Caccamo resigned from the council due to health reasons. She had earlier withdrawn her candidacy from the upcoming council ...

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 ...

First Madison Town-Wide Yard Sale Set For October 13

September 23, 2018

MADISON, NJ - As a follow up to its successful Town Swap, the Madison Environmental Commission is encouraging residents to go green by hosting individual yard sales on one common date at one common time: Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..

“If everyone in town plans a yard sale on the same Saturday, it will be a fun town-wide event and a great way to shop for bargains,” says ...

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

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 ...

Berkeley Heights’ Residents Slam Dunk the Junk

September 25, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Cool  weather, bright blue skies with the sun peeking out from the clouds provided the perfect day for the Suburban Chamber of Commerce's annual Slam Dunk the Junk event on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Hundreds of folks from around town gathered outside the library in the parking lot on Hamilton Avenue to participate in Clean Communities Clean Up Day. The event, which ...

Community Helps Stuff-the-Truck with Diapers for Low-Income Families!

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – On Saturday, Sept. 15, Moms Helping Moms Foundation held a fun, kid-friendly Stuff-the-Truck diaper drive at the New Providence Community Pool in honor of Diaper Need Awareness Week. The event, sponsored by North Plainfield Nissan, was a huge success with community members donating 8,200 diapers for low-income families.

The Mayor of New Providence, Al Morgan, ...

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

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 ...

Council Names a New Hearing Officer; Police Department Debacle Continues to Rattle the Town

September 22, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council substituted David Paris for Robert Verry as the Hearing Officer for disciplinary charges of certain members of the Mountainside Police Department at its Tuesday, Sep. 18 meeting.

The council had appointed retired Police Chief Robert Verry as hearing officer to conduct a disciplinary hearing regarding Lt. Thomas Murphy at the Sep. 4 council work ...

Mountainside Council Appoints Rachel Pater to Serve Wendy Fech-Caccamo’s Term

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council appointed Rachel Pater to serve Councilwoman Wendy Fech-Caccamo’s remaining term at its Tuesday, Sep. 18 meeting. Pater also stepped in to run for Fech-Caccamo’s council seat in the upcoming elections.

Fech-Caccamo resigned from the council due to health reasons. She had earlier withdrawn her candidacy from the upcoming council ...

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 ...

Police: Crossing Guard OK after Westfield Hit-And-Run

September 22, 2018

Thursday's pedestrian-involved crash is the third such incident to happen at the intersection since 2012.

WESTFIELD, NJ – A crossing guard hit by a car near Edison Intermediate School escaped serious injury Thursday morning in what has been a series of pedestrian-involved crashes at the intersection.

The driver of a black sedan ignored the guard’s signal to stop at ...

Assault Reported at Runnells -- Injuries Unknown

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ --  Breaking News Network, (BNN) reports four victims of an assault at Runnells Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare have been transported.

The first report indicated there were "multiple assault victims," at the "Cornerstone West" unit in the rehab facility located at 40 Watchung Way. Cornerstone is the Behavioral Health Hospital of ...

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

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 ...

Boys Soccer: A Proper Victory for Gov. Livingston, Ends 3 Game Losing Streak

September 24, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Ethan Proper was feeling the frustration after three consecutive setbacks, but on Monday he helped ignite the Gov. Livingston attack that put the club back on the winning path.

The elusive sophomore finished with a goal and an assist and Connor Bigelow came through with 10 second half saves to lift the Highlanders to a 5-1 decision over Johnson in Berkeley ...

Girls Soccer: Gov. Livingston Tops Dayton for Fifth Straight Win (Photo Gallery)

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston sophomore Kaylee Vreeland led the 5-1 Lady Highlanders with two goals and an assist in the 3-0 victory over Dayton on Saturday. 

Freshman Allie Post notched a goal and an assist and senior Catalina Abusada recorded an assist in the win. Junior goalie Sarah Foy recorded one save.

Dayton goalie Jordan Sievert recorded 8 saves in the ...

Schmidt 3 TD’S, Highlander Defense  Powers Gov. Livingston to 32-16 Win over North Plainfield (Photo Gallery)

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston sophomore  back Jayson Schmidt  ran for three scores and senior defensive back Noah Truncale broke open a close game with a fourth quarter pick six as the home team Highlanders defeated North Plainfield 32-16, Friday night in Berkeley Heights.

Schmidt who racked up  211 yards on 20 carries brought the over flowing "Friday ...

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Rutgers President Barchi Staying 2 More Years

September 23, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has agreed to continue in that position for two more years, university officials said.

Members of the university board of governors asked him to remain at least two more years, and he agreed, officials said.

“Bob Barchi has been a remarkable leader for Rutgers,” board president Sandy Stewart said.  He said ...

GL Interact Club helps Slam Dunk the Junk

September 25, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School's Interact Club participated in the annual Berkeley Heights Clean-Up Day on Saturday, September 22, with a great turnout of 30 members.

This early show of support by students who volunteered to come out on a Saturday morning was a terrific way to start the new year and demonstrates the club's commitment to community ...

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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 ...