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Mountainside Town Wide Garage Sale Set for Saturday, Sept. 15

August 11, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Mark your calendars for the Mountainside Town Wide Garage Sale on September 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a rain date of September 16.

Maps are available the day of the event at the Mountainside Library at 1 Constitution Plaza in Mountainside or on Facebook (Search Mountainside Newcomers Events).

Direct questions to mtsdnewcomers@gmail.com.

Union County’s First Sensory Friendly Trail at Watchung Reservation is Officially Open

August 20, 2018

 

 

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The ribbon is cut, opening The Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail, the first of its kind in the county, and the most extensive such trail in the nation. 

The sensory trail is a 0.3 mile loop with a central gazebo.  Interpretive signage on the trail includes two talking kiosks highlighting the natural and human history of the ...

Five-year Strategic Plan Update Shows Technology Benefits Berkeley Heights Students, Teachers, and Schools

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Technology is making a significant and positive difference in the schools and on how the district communicates with parents and students. That’s the gist of the Five Year Strategic Plan Update presented to residents and the board at its Aug. 16 school board meeting.

The presentation was made by District Technology Coordinator Mike Skara and ...

School Administrators to Investigate Offering Full Day Kindergarten in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Don’t expect there to be a full day Kindergarten (FDK) offered in September 2019, but 2020 or later it could happen … or not.

Board President Doug Reinstein brought up the topic during “new business,” at the Thursday, Aug. 16, meeting of the Board of Education. 

Reinstein acknowledged the board had talked about FDK in 2014, but ...

Magic on the Menu: Prestige Diner Features Family Friendly Entertainment

August 9, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In an effort to uphold their mantra of providing their patrons a family friendly environment, Prestige Diner provided its customers with live entertainment Wednesday night, in the form of The Magician Simon Mandal. 

The internationally known New Jersey native illusionist stopped by the restaurant during dinner hours, performing various ...

Sensory Friendly Trail at Watchung Reservation Official Ribbon Cutting is Monday, Aug. 20

August 18, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A festive ribbon cutting will mark the first-ever Sensory Trail at the Watchung Reservation and in the county.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, at the head of the trail, behind the Trailside Nature and Science Center. The trail will be open and accessible to all and allow residents to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings at the Trailside ...

The Brooke Healey Foundation: Making Something Positive Out of Something Devastating

August 15, 2018

The Brooke Healey Foundation Caring 'Til It's Cured #DIPG

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Brooke Healey Foundation is hosting their 5th annual Golf Outing on Monday, August 20 at Royce Brook Country Club in Hillsborough. This event has been held in honor of five year old Brooke, daughter of Stefani and Stephen Healey, who succumbed to DIPG, an inoperable and rapidly ...

After Losing Son, Westfield Couple Creates Charity to Help Grieving Parents

WESTFIELD, NJ — “On every ultrasound we had throughout the pregnancy, my son’s face was always hidden by his hands,” Francine Magrone wrote on her website, WalkinSunshineCharity.org. “The technicians would tease me and say he was camera shy.”

Francine was 30 weeks pregnant when she noticed that her baby’s movements had slowed. 

“Well ...

Union County’s First Sensory Friendly Trail at Watchung Reservation is Officially Open

August 20, 2018

 

 

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The ribbon is cut, opening The Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail, the first of its kind in the county, and the most extensive such trail in the nation. 

The sensory trail is a 0.3 mile loop with a central gazebo.  Interpretive signage on the trail includes two talking kiosks highlighting the natural and human history of the ...

Sensory Friendly Trail at Watchung Reservation Official Ribbon Cutting is Monday, Aug. 20

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A festive ribbon cutting will mark the first-ever Sensory Trail at the Watchung Reservation and in the county.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, at the head of the trail, behind the Trailside Nature and Science Center. The trail will be open and accessible to all and allow residents to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings at the Trailside ...

Westfield’s Mayor Speaks About Issues at Police Department

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about the Westfield Police Department during her update at Tuesday night’s town council meeting, saying that a car crash involving a police captain's daughter and the abrupt retirement of Chief David Wayman on Aug. 1 were unrelated, and that an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office into ...

The Brooke Healey Foundation: Making Something Positive Out of Something Devastating

August 15, 2018

The Brooke Healey Foundation Caring 'Til It's Cured #DIPG

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Brooke Healey Foundation is hosting their 5th annual Golf Outing on Monday, August 20 at Royce Brook Country Club in Hillsborough. This event has been held in honor of five year old Brooke, daughter of Stefani and Stephen Healey, who succumbed to DIPG, an inoperable and rapidly ...

Dianne Grossman, Mallory's Mom & Founder of Mallory's Army, to Speak in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Mallory Rose Grossman, a girl from Rockaway, NJ, took her own life last June at the age of 12. Following this tragedy, her parents, Dianne and Seth Grossman, started a charitable foundation called Mallory’s Army. Its mission is to change behavior, provide education to parents and create enrichment programs for schools to put a solution ...

Westfield’s Mayor Speaks About Issues at Police Department

August 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about the Westfield Police Department during her update at Tuesday night’s town council meeting, saying that a car crash involving a police captain's daughter and the abrupt retirement of Chief David Wayman on Aug. 1 were unrelated, and that an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office into ...

Westfield Woman Questions Why Cop’s Daughter Got No Ticket After Crash

WESTFIELD, NJ — Ashley Redding was just making a quick run to CVS the night of Jan. 28, 2018. She said told her husband, Quinton Redding, and their three young children that she’d be right back. Instead, she ended up at the hospital.

Redding was driving on Central Avenue when another car, driven by a minor with five other minors in the car, attempted to turn left into the ...

Union County Narcotics Investigation Yields Seizure of Two Kilos of Heroin

UNION COUNTY, NJ – An Indianapolis man traveling through Union County by way of Pennsylvania was arrested in the parking lot of a store on Route 22 in Union after an investigation led to a search of the vehicle, resulting in the seizure of two kilograms of heroin late last week, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

Noel Ramiro Hernandez of Indianapolis, Indiana is ...

Westfield’s Mayor Speaks About Issues at Police Department

August 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about the Westfield Police Department during her update at Tuesday night’s town council meeting, saying that a car crash involving a police captain's daughter and the abrupt retirement of Chief David Wayman on Aug. 1 were unrelated, and that an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office into ...

Driver Turns Himself in After Fleeing Early Morning Crash on Route 22

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – A one-car crash on Route 22 West and Central Avenue sent a fire hydrant flying in the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 10.

Following a preliminary investigation, Mountainside Police report at about 3:43 a.m., the driver of a 2003 Nissan Altima lost control of the car while it was traveling at a very high rate of speed around a slight curve. The vehicle then left the ...

Mountainside Under Flash Flood Warning Saturday Morning

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The area is under a flash flood warning until 9:15 a.m., the National Weather Service announced at 7:13 a.m. Saturday morning.

Thunderstorms are producing heavy rain.

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Excel Basketball Camp in New Providence Brings Tradition of Excellence

August 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Excel Basketball Camp recently completed its 38th year in New Providence offering a series of "instructional camps geared to provide instruction in basketball fundamentals to boys and girls in grades one through 12."

Since 1981, Excel has been a summer basketball tradition as thousands of boys and girls have learned the game and essential lifeskill ...

Local Sports Writing Legend Art Polakowski Still Stands as Chatham's Most Knowledgable Sports Historian

A two-sentence response to newspaper ad led to a remarkable 44-year career of covering high school sports in Chatham and the surrounding areas for Art Polakowski.

Helen Vance Levenson, the founder of the Independent Press had published the ad for a part-time sports reporter and the Chatham Township resident, a computer programmer at the time, responded.

"I saw the ad and had no ...

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Dear Susan: Beauty Tips from a Beauty Expert, Summer Edition

SUSAN BARBAGLIA, owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa in New Providence, offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise as a leader in the beauty industry. With over thirty years experience in skin care, Susan can answer your most challenging beauty questions. Email your ...

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Wed, August 22, 5:30 PM

Arbor Terrace Mountainside, Mountainside

Learn 'How to Live Younger’ Beginning Aug. 22

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Thu, August 23, 1:30 PM

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Clark Community Blood Drive - Donors will get a ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Mon, August 27, 7:30 PM

The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood

Auditions for 'The Game's Afoot' at the Strollers

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, September 6, 6:00 PM

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Union

41st Annual Greek Festival

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Sat, September 8, 11:00 AM

St. Paul's Calvary United Church of God, Union

Community Day & Health Fair

Health & Wellness

Sun, September 9, 10:00 AM

Echo Park Lake, at the lower lake, near the Gazebo , Mountainside

Go Fishing for a Cure for Alzheimer’s on ...

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Despite Newark's Sanctuary City Status, Undocumented City Resident Turned Over to ICE

August 11, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Daniel Castro put his head on the water bottle he clutched between his shackled hands as he sat on an airplane bound for detention centers, first in Nebraska then Louisiana. He resigned himself to the sobering fact he was being deported back to Nicaragua.

What worried him more than his return to the place he fled as a young teenager to escape poverty and political fighting, was ...

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Announces Open Enrollment for CAFÉ Choir

August 21, 2018

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) has opened enrollment for its CAFÉ (Creative Aging for Everyone) Choir, a 12-week choral program for adults ages 55 and better that explores musical themes (e.g., Jazz, Rock, Great American Songbook, Classical) chosen by the participants.

The program will provide opportunities for intergenerational arts engagement and exchange with ...

It's Out of Our Hands

No surprise, the entire college process is big business.  There are testing giants with a choke hold evaluating students and the thousands of test prep companies and tutors to help you boost your scores.  A quick Amazon search will result in hundreds of books about writing your essay, and how to find the school that’s right for you.  And of course the colleges themselves ...

Vote for Tom Malinowski

August 21, 2018

To The Editor,

Leonard Lance represents what’s wrong with Washington, Tom Malinowski represents what’s right. Lance votes against the interests of his constituents, especially when it comes to healthcare.

Leonard Lance has attacked affordable health care ever since he got to Congress. Lance voted 19 times to repeal the ACA and voted another 45 times to repeal important parts of ...