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Somerset Patriots National Anthem Auditions Set For Saturday, March 11th

February 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots, along with Magic 98.3 FM and WCTC 1450 AM will host National Anthem Auditions on March 11 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00  p.m. at the Bridgewater Commons Mall. 

The event will be a fundraiser designed to benefit Operation Shoebox New Jersey, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to collecting donated supplies to ship care packages to U.S.

Westfield Area Chinese American Association Celebrates New Year

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area Chinese American Association celebrated Chinese New Year Sunday with a festival at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity, connecting with old friends,” Lu Qiu, treasurer of WACAA, said. “It's also great meeting new friends, to promote Chinese culture and enjoy this happiest moment of ...

Gov. Livingston High School's Guitar Club Takes Gig on the Road

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Governor Livingston High School’s Guitar Club took their gig on the road on Monday at Famous Dave's in Mountainside for their annual "Road Trip Coffee House" event.

Bob Segear, GLHS Guitar Club advisor, has been coordinating this event over the past few years as an opportunity for the students to "branch out a little bit."  The GLHS ...

Gov. Livingston High School's Guitar Club Takes Gig on the Road

February 10, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Governor Livingston High School’s Guitar Club took their gig on the road on Monday at Famous Dave's in Mountainside for their annual "Road Trip Coffee House" event.

Bob Segear, GLHS Guitar Club advisor, has been coordinating this event over the past few years as an opportunity for the students to "branch out a little bit."  The GLHS ...

Hate Symbol Found at a Westfield Elementary School

WESTFIELD, NJ — Parents and members of the community are reacting to word that a swastika was found in a bathroom at Franklin Elementary School Wednesday.

The school’s principal, Eileen Cambria, sent a letter to parents (shared with TAPinto Westfield by the district), in which she said that there was a “disturbing graffiti symbol scratched on a small section of a panel in the ...

Westfield Area YMCA to Host 2nd Annual Pizza Palooza

February 15, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Love pizza? Head to the Westfield Area YMCA’s second annual Pizza Palooza Sunday, March 5, where you can try and vote on slices from some of Westfield and Garwood best-loved pizzerias, including Buona Pizza, Di Farina, Ferraro's, Gennaro's, Randazzo’s, Rudy's,  Mama’s and La Casa. 

The event will take place from 12:30 p.m.

Podcast: Westfield Chef, Owner of Butcher Burgers C. J. Reycraft, Jr.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Join host Mike Cohen for TAPInto Westfield’s second podcast, featuring C.J. Reycraft, Jr., award-winning chef and owner Butcher Burgers in Downtown Westfield.

To listen to our previous podcast, click here.

Urban Legends Exposed: City-Dwelling Peregrine Falcons Offer a “Rare Wildlife Reality Show” in Union County

February 15, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Thanks to a new partnership between the Union County Freeholder Board and the nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, students, scientists and other wildlife enthusiasts all over the world will have more opportunities to study a pair of rare peregrine falcons that have made their nest on the roof of the historic 17-story Union County Courthouse Tower, ...

Take the Pledge to 'Spread the Word' at New Providence vs Gov. Livingston Boys Basketball Game on Tuesday, Feb. 21

February 20, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In its third year, New Providence High School students from the Character Education program have coordinated an effort to bring awareness to the national campaign 'Spread the Word to End the Word' across all New Providence schools with the hope to reach entire community.

Student leaders Katie Kinum, Brielle Carleen and Hannah Caminiti, along with committee ...

Party Dress Sale in Westfield will Benefit The Paul Jackson Fund

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Paul Jackson Fund will hold a party dress sale for teens in Westfield on Saturday, Feb. 25, featuring new and gently used dresses at bargain prices. Money raised will help provide financial support to families in crisis because of a catastrophic illness or disability.

Prices range from $15 for short dresses to $20 for gowns.

“This is a wonderful ...

Moms Helping Moms Third Annual Snow Ball Celebrates Foundation's Efforts, Impact

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Moms Helping Moms Foundation held its Third Annual 'Snow Ball' Gala at the Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains on January 28, an event which the Foundation's officials said was equal part fundraiser and celebration.

“Our goal was to put together not just another fundraiser but rather a fun-filled celebration of all we have achieved to ...

Westfield Homeowner Says Official Warned Her ‘Wall of Love’ Must Go

February 21, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A sign reading “love trumps hate” posted by homeowners Valerie Latona and David Contract on their fence on Rahway Avenue have been ripped down, spray-painted, slashed and shot with what appears to be an Airsoft gun. Now it's in its third iteration since November after damaged signs were replaced, it's accompanied by a “wall ...

Muñoz, Handlin Introduce Bill Increasing Initial Opioid Prescriptions

February 16, 2017

Assemblywomen Nancy F. Muñoz and Amy Handlin said they will introduce legislation increasing initial prescriptions for opioid medications from five to seven days. The bill is in response to legislation (A3/S3) approved by the General Assembly today that limits such prescriptions to five days. The five-day limit is part of a broader bill addressing the state’s opioid ...

Elizabethtown Gas Provides Safety Tips for Severe Winter Weather

UNION, N.J. –Elizabethtown Gas is closely monitoring forecasts of what is expected to be the most significant snowstorm of the winter season. The company is providing the following guidelines associated with natural gas meter and appliance venting safety:

Appliance Safety

Customers should never use natural gas appliances, such as ovens or the burners on a stove, to heat their ...

Mountainside's Oldest Resident Turns 103

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Edward Verlangieri turned 103 on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. He is the oldest living resident in the Borough. He was presented with balloons on his special day.

Verlangieri, an engineer by trade before retiring, was born and raised in Orange, NJ and moved to Mountainside on April 25, 1952, to be exact. He remembers this date because it was the ...

Union County Adopt-a-Park Preps for a Colorful Spring

February 11, 2017

Union County, NJ – Students from the Kean University Center for Leadership and Service spent a chilly winter morning last weekend spreading seeds and straw alongside a stream bed in Warinanco Park, in hopes of sprouting a colorful burst of native wildflowers and grasses this spring. They also removed litter and debris from the area. The “hard frost” seeding will help ensure ...

Elizabethtown Gas Provides Safety Tips for Severe Winter Weather

UNION, N.J. –Elizabethtown Gas is closely monitoring forecasts of what is expected to be the most significant snowstorm of the winter season. The company is providing the following guidelines associated with natural gas meter and appliance venting safety:

Appliance Safety

Customers should never use natural gas appliances, such as ovens or the burners on a stove, to heat their ...

Smoke Coming From Rear of Car Alerts Mountainside Police Officer to Dangerous Situation

February 21, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Monday afternoon, firefighters extinguished a car fire, after an alert officer spotted smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle.

Police gave the following account of the incident. At about 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, Patrolman Stephen King was conducting a routine patrol of Route 22 Westbound, at the footbridge, when he saw a black Subaru with NJ license plates with smoke coming ...

Mountainside Police Officers Use AED to Revive Driver Following Accident

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Police revived a woman using an automatic external defibrillator (AED) on Saturday, Feb. 18, after responding to a motor vehicle accident.

According to police, Mountainside Police Officers James Debbie III and Andrew Yasinski were dispatched to the 7-Eleven store on Mountain Avenue at about 12:41 p.m. on Feb. 18, on the report of a motor vehicle accident and a driver who ...

Hate Symbol Found at a Westfield Elementary School

WESTFIELD, NJ — Parents and members of the community are reacting to word that a swastika was found in a bathroom at Franklin Elementary School Wednesday.

The school’s principal, Eileen Cambria, sent a letter to parents (shared with TAPinto Westfield by the district), in which she said that there was a “disturbing graffiti symbol scratched on a small section of a panel in the ...

Westfield Area Chinese American Association Celebrates New Year

February 13, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area Chinese American Association celebrated Chinese New Year Sunday with a festival at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity, connecting with old friends,” Lu Qiu, treasurer of WACAA, said. “It's also great meeting new friends, to promote Chinese culture and enjoy this happiest moment of ...

Gov. Livingston Boys Basketball Coaches vs Cancer Game is set for Thursday, February 23 on Senior Night

February 21, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Coaches vs Cancer game is set for Thursday, Feb. 23 when Gov. Livingston takes on J. P. Stevens High School at 7 p.m. at home on a night to celebrate their seniors.

The Highlander seniors that will be celebrated prior to tip off include: Jason Coldon, Billy Pencek, Chas DeAngelis, Cole Schneider, Ethan Fong, Kevin Keegan and Tyler ...

Take the Pledge to 'Spread the Word' at New Providence vs Gov. Livingston Boys Basketball Game on Tuesday, Feb. 21

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In its third year, New Providence High School students from the Character Education program have coordinated an effort to bring awareness to the national campaign 'Spread the Word to End the Word' across all New Providence schools with the hope to reach entire community.

Student leaders Katie Kinum, Brielle Carleen and Hannah Caminiti, along with committee ...

Indoor Track: Aguilera, Saifi, and Vanriele are Group 2 Track Champions; Gov. Livingston Boys and Girls Teams Finish Second

TOMS RIVER, NJ - It was another exciting day at the “Bubble” with four Gov. Livingston track stars capturing the NJSIAA Group 2 championship titles.  Gov. Livingston Boys and Girls Track Teams competed in the NJSIAA Group 2 Indoor Track Championships on Saturday, February 18 at the Bennett Indoor Track Complex in Toms River, where the .  The Highlanders girls and ...

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Muñoz, Handlin Introduce Bill Increasing Initial Opioid Prescriptions

February 16, 2017

Assemblywomen Nancy F. Muñoz and Amy Handlin said they will introduce legislation increasing initial prescriptions for opioid medications from five to seven days. The bill is in response to legislation (A3/S3) approved by the General Assembly today that limits such prescriptions to five days. The five-day limit is part of a broader bill addressing the state’s opioid ...

Summer STEM Program

February 21, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – If your child loves to play with their hands, build structures, devour a computer, and learn all about STEM, sign them up for Summer STEM Institute!  A new bus route will allow residents from Sparta and surrounding areas to participate in this exciting and innovative program.  The bus will pick up and drop off from Columbia Middle School during the week ...

Who I Am in 650 Words or Less

The Common Application released their essay questions for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle this past week so we all have essays on the brain.  This always creates a flurry of something between excitement and panic as Juniors start to peruse their choices and grapple over which prompt will allow them to most effectively brag about the impressive things they’ve done in high school.  ...