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Four Centuries Weekend at Hetfield House to Feature Battle of Spanktown Reenactment in Miniature, and Display of Fitz Randolph Artifacts

October 10, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The weekend of October 20-21 marks Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend event. Each year, Union County celebrates its important place in history by featuring many historic sites throughout the County. The historic Hetfield House will be open for visitors on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21 from 12-5pm.

During Saturday and Sunday, back by popular ...

Gov. Livingston Hilltop Players Announce Fall Play

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston fall play was announced on Monday, September 17, and, in case you missed it, it’s Little Women!

Little Women, a novel written by Louisa May Alcott, tells the story of four sisters and their mother living a Christian life during the 19th century. The main subject of the play is family, as the characters embark on a series of adventures ...

Eventful Weekend Planned for Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Mayor Paul Mirabelli announced a busy mid-October weekend with multiple community events taking place on Oct. 12-13 at the Tuesday, Oct. 2 Borough Council work session.

The fall Pickleball tournament is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12 at the Mountainside tennis courts. The optional learn to play clinic will take place at 5:00-5:45 pm. The tournament featuring multiple ...

Fanwood Mayor Mahr Addresses Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development

October 6, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr was a featured panelist at the recent Governor’s Conference of Housing and Economic Development in Atlantic City. Mayor Mahr shared Fanwood’s success in attracting investment, new business and more housing options.

The conference was organized to showcase how communities can and should work across boundaries to develop partnerships that ...

Governor Livingston Bids Farewell to Mrs. Rattner

October 16, 2018

When students in Berkeley Heights hear the phone ring on an early winter morning, they immediately wait to hear a voice on the other end declaring a “Snow Day”. For as long as students can remember, this voice has belonged to Berkeley Heights Superintendent Judith Rattner. As Superintendent, Rattner has overseen the Berkeley Heights School District for the past thirteen years. Prior ...

Berkeley Heights School Board Looks at Student Achievement by the Numbers

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Twice a year the school board hears the NJ Student Achievement and School Performance Report. It helps the district answer the question, “If we say we are a high performing district, how do we know?”

On Sept. 27, the board heard from Assistant Superintendent Scott McKinney and a group of educators as they dissected the most recent statistics on how ...

Tributes from BH Ed Foundation, BHPTO, Staff, Board Mark Superintendent Rattner’s Final Board Meeting

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ –  Tributes to retiring Superintendent Judith Rattner were among the first items on the Board of Education’s agenda on Oct. 11.

There were flowers, a gift bag, and a plaque, an engraved sculpture, all preceded by brief speeches filled with memories, laughter, a few statistics, more than one “Thank you” and tears – from many of the ...

Get to know Mountainside Borough Council Candidate Ileana Montes (D): Week 3 Question

October 16, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Each week leading to the November 6 election, the candidates running for Mountainside Borough Council have the opportunity to answer question(s) that will be run in a series by TAPinto Mountainside.

The following answer is from Democratic Candidate for Borough Council Ileana Montes for Week 3.

Question:  How would you ...

Get to know Mountainside Borough Council Candidate Anjali Mehrotra (D): Week 3 Question

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Each week leading to the November 6 election, the candidates running for Mountainside Borough Council have the opportunity to answer question(s) that will be run in a series by TAPinto Mountainside.

The following answer is from Democratic Candidate for Borough Council Anjali Mehrotra (D) for Week 3.

Question: How ...

Mountainside Borough Council Candidates Discuss the Issues at LWV Forum

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Incumbent Robert Messler (R) and newly appointed councilwoman Rachel Pater (R), faced off with the two Democratic Candidates for Mountainside Borough Council, Anjali Mehtrotra and Ileana Montes, at the debate facilitated by the League of Women Voters on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Borough Hall. The well attended debate was moderated by Susan Ferris Rights ...

Friday, Oct. 12 Is National Gumbo Day

October 10, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- A zesty stew-like dish is in the spotlight on National Gumbo Day, observed annually on October 12.

According to NationalCalendar.com, gumbo originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. The dish typically consists of a stock flavored with Cajun spices, meat or shellfish, okra, filé powder (a thickener), ...

Chick-fil-A Unconfirmed as Tenant for Sears Site at Route 22 and Terrill Road

WATCHUNG, NJ -- Chick-fil-A restaurant would not confirm reports that it would open a new location at the shopping center being built at the former Sears at the intersection of Route 22 and Terrill Road.

“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service," said Jackie Jags, a spokesperson ...

Bring Your Household Hazardous Waste to Free Recycling Event in New Providence, October 27

October 15, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering a simple, easy way for everyone to pitch in and help improve the environment. Residents can safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other special waste by bringing these items to a free Household Hazardous Waste recycling event on Saturday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Nokia campus, located at 600 Mountain Avenue ...

Westfield Conservation Center Taking More Items for Recycling, Reuse, Including Toys for Kids in Need

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield unveiled new recycling opportunities at its conservation center Wednesday, including a partnership with Second Chance Toys, which collects plastic toys, cleans them and gives them local to organizations that serve children in need.

New sheds, paid for with a grant from Union County, allow county residents to drop off the following items to be ...

Lavallette Beach Unveils Brendan Tevlin Memorial Playground

October 14, 2018

LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years after he was fatally shot in West Orange.

Firefighters and other volunteers from across the ...

Round 2 for Valairco Cares Charitable Give Away: Valairco Heating & Cooling Celebrates 50 Years with Nonprofit Giveaway Contest; October 31 Nomination Deadline Approaching

MANVILLE, NJ - Valairco is celebrating 50 years and is giving back by donating $500 to a nonprofit or charity based on the desire of its customers, friends and interested parties. Valairco will be donating to four different charities or nonprofits approximately every three months during their 50th year celebration.  

Anyone can nominate a ...

Grand Opening at Arbor Terrace Mountainside was Indeed Grand

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Grand Opening celebration of Arbor Terrace Mountainside not only met expectations, it exceeded most people's.

It drew hundreds of people – including Mayor Paul Mirabelli, members of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, Arbor Terrace “home office” executives, and others who helped turn Arbor Terrace Mountainside from a dream into a ...

Berkeley Heights Police, School District Receive COPS Grant to Increase School Security

October 4, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) personally delivered a $297,673 grant from the Department of Justice Congressman office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), to Berkeley Heights on Thursday afternoon.The grant will fund training of staff and students on security measures and add security enhancements to the district’s schools.

Attending the ...

Eventful Weekend Planned for Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Mayor Paul Mirabelli announced a busy mid-October weekend with multiple community events taking place on Oct. 12-13 at the Tuesday, Oct. 2 Borough Council work session.

The fall Pickleball tournament is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12 at the Mountainside tennis courts. The optional learn to play clinic will take place at 5:00-5:45 pm. The tournament featuring multiple ...

Passenger Who Flew to Newark Could Have Exposed Others to Measles: Health Officials

October 4, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health said any person who was in Newark Liberty International Airport on Sept. 28, 2018, between 5:30 and 10:30 a.m. may have been exposed to measles.

Someone flying from Tel Aviv in Israel had the highly contagious infection and arrived in Terminal B at the airport, the department said. The person, whose name was not released, may have traveled ...

Mallory's Army Invades New Providence to 'Blue Out Bullying'

United together in the fight against bullying...Don't just teach kindness...Be kindness. ~ Mallory's Army Foundation

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Dianne Grossman spoke to nearly 100 parents and educators that filled the conference room at New Jersey Sharing Network last Thursday to educate them and take a stand on the fight against bullying. 

Grossman is the mother of 12 ...

Vulgar, Racist and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray-Painted onto Scotch Plains Fanwood High School

October 7, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began. 

Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly over social media, and members of the Jewish community were quick to condemn the ...

Hit-And-Run Reported Near Holy Trinity School in Westfield

October 16, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Police are looking into a potential hit-and-run involving a 17-year-old struck in a crosswalk near Holy Trinity School on Monday.

The youth was not injured in the morning incident during which the driver of a Jeep SUV gave the signal for the teenager to cross, but then struck the youth’s backpack as she was exiting a parking lot on Watterson Street near Rahway ...

Despite Rain, Sun Shines Down on Mountainside Runners

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” Roger Miller  

It might have been raining in Mountainside (again), but like Mayor Paul Mirabelli said in his opening statement at the Borough’s annual Cop Trot, “The sun is still shining on Mountainside.” 

More than 100 runners completed the 5K course on Saturday, orchestrated by members ...

Berkeley Heights Police, School District Receive COPS Grant to Increase School Security

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) personally delivered a $297,673 grant from the Department of Justice Congressman office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), to Berkeley Heights on Thursday afternoon.The grant will fund training of staff and students on security measures and add security enhancements to the district’s schools.

Attending the ...

Congregation Beth Israel to Hold Tot Shabbat Services

October 8, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold Tot Shabbat services on designated Friday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the year. 

These interactive services are especially designed for young children, ages 0 – 5 years old, along with their families. Tot Shabbat services, which are free and open to the community, celebrate Shabbat ...

Pencek, Rittman, Richel Lead the Way in Gov. Livingston’s 28-12 Senior Day Victory Over Scotch Plains

October 15, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Gov. Livingston football team celebrated Senior Day in style with a convincing 28-12 win over neighboring Scotch Plains-Fanwood Saturday afternoon in Berkeley Heights. It was the Gov. Livingston seniors who fittingly led the way as the Highlanders' win kept their quest for a winning campaign and a post season perth alive as they evened their season mark at ...

Girls Volleyball: Gov. Livingston Finishes Big Week with 2-1 Victory Over Union, Blanks Cranford

UNION, NJ - Governor Livingston Girls Volleyball  defeated Union High School, a UCC volleyball powerhouse, 2-1, on Wednesday in front of the home crowd. After losing to them earlier in the season, the girls were pumped up for a challenge.  

Union competes in in the higher section of the Union County Conference with a 16-4 record on the season, while Gov. Livingston ...

Gov. Livingston Football  Will Honor Seniors before Pivotal Match Up with Scotch Plains on Saturday

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Gov. Livingston Highlander football team will honor 21 senior players and their families prior to a critical face off with the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders on Saturday afternoon in Berkeley Heights.

The Senior Day ceremony will begin half hour before the slated 1:30 pm kickoff and will also recognize graduating Highlander band members, ...

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What You Need to Know About Salt Therapy

Salt therapy has become one of the most sought-after spa services in recent years. From reducing sinus symptoms to stress, the holistic, relaxing treatment provides a number of benefits for people from all walks of life. To learn more about the trendy treatment, here’s a convenient guide.

FAQ About Salt Therapy

What is salt therapy?

This holistic, noninvasive ...

5 Reasons Men Need Spa Days Too

Spa days have unnecessarily been labelled as a “girls only” activity for years. But recently, more men have broken past the stereotype and embrace being pampered. Everyone deserves to treat themselves, and men are no exception! Here are some of the many spa services that are perfectly suited for men.

Top 5 Spa Services for Men

1. Relax With a Massage

Whether you ...

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Meadowlands And SBOANJ At Odds Over 2019 Race Date Request

October 15, 2018

A bill that would provide $20 million to boost purses sits in committee

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Meadowlands announced it would apply for 68 live racing dates for the 2019 and the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association is not happy about it.

The track must submit its date requests to the New Jersey Racing Commission by Oct. 15. The track was granted 90 days of racing ...

Sample Ballots for Union County Voters Now Available Online

October 16, 2018

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds voters that they can view and download sample ballots for all 21 municipalities on the County Clerk’s new elections website unioncountyvotes.com, and through the Union County Votes app, a free download for all mobile devices.

“The website and app offer a convenient way for voters to familiarize themselves with their ballot, even before they ...

Tangents…Life’s Many Connections Through the Lens of Psychology

October 15, 2018

Welcome to my new column, Tangents.  The word tangent can have a variety of meanings, for example, in geometry a tangent refers to "a straight line or plane that touches a curve or curved surface at a point, but if extended does not cross it at that point." Leibniz defined it as the line through a pair of infinitely close points on the curve, but for this column, I will use the ...

Order of Operations

As we trudge through submission season this year I’ve found some questions that have surprised me.  Those of us shepherding families through their college applications, myself included, can mistakenly start “talking shop” with the assumption that parents and students are following along.  Acronyms start flying around and we get into our groove, not realizing ...