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Westfield Native Andrew McCarthy Talks About His New Book, 'Pretty in Pink' & Coming Home

April 27, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – Though he may best be known as Blane McDonough from the John Hughes classic “Pretty in Pink,” actor/director/writer Andrew McCarthy is, as he says, always moving onward.

McCarthy, 54, recently released his first young adult novel, “Just Fly Away.” The novel tells the story of Lucy, a 15-year-old girl who discovers her father had an affair eight ...

New Grants Bring another Year of Art, Music, Dance, Film and Theatre to Union County

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that 34 Union County arts organizations will receive a total of $64,000 in grants from the Union County Local Arts Grant Program for the funding year 2017.

“This new round of funding demonstrates that our local arts community has earned a reputation for delivering programs that make significant contributions to the ...

Mountainside Historic Preservation Committee Receives County History Grant

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Mountainside Historical Preservation Committee was awarded a $1,000 grant that will be used for monthly costs, including phone, insurance and cleaning artifacts, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced on Thursday. 

The grant is one of 16 awarded through the 2017 Union County History Grants Program, made possible from the New Jersey Historical ...

Amazing Lash Studio Opens in Downtown Westfield

April 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Amazing Lash Studio celebrated its grand opening  at 225 East Broad St. in Downtown Westfield recently by holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Downtown Westfield Corporation, the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Councilman Sam Della Fera.

Owners Dana and Sam Vranicar spoke about their membership-based model for lash extensions recently at a ...

U.S. News & World Report Leaves Gov. Livingston High School Off ‘Best Schools’ List

April 27, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School did not receive a ranking according to new rankings published by U.S. News and World Report. The magazine determines rankings based on school's performance on state-required tests and how well the high schools prepare students for college.

"U.S. News uses a methodology very different from some of the ...

Governor Livingston Honors Journalism Students

Governor Livingston High School recently inducted six students into Quill and Scroll, the International Honor Society for high school journalists. Quill and Scroll includes over 14,000 schools in the United States and countries around the world. The honor society was founded at the University of Iowa in 1926, by a group of journalism teachers who wished to recognize and reward worthy high school ...

Get the Facts Before the Prom to Keep Your Child Safe; Gov. Livingston High School Hosts Parent Presentation

Prom Weekend Is Coming! Get the facts...BEFORE...the prom to keep your child SAFE!

Bob Segear, Student Assistance Counselor at Gov. Livingston is hosting a  presentation on  Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the GLHS Cafeteria.

Every Spring thousands of New Jersey high school students attend their school proms. Afterwards, many students head to the New Jersey ...

Vote-By-Mail Ballots Available May 1

April 25, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Vote-By-Mail ballots will be available beginning on Monday, May 1, for the 2017 Primary Election, to be held on Tuesday, June 6, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announced April25.

“New Jersey will select its first new governor in eight years this November, and the June 6 Primary Election is a critical step in that process,” said Rajoppi. “Vote-By-Mail ...

Tapinto Hillsborough Editor Rod Hirsch Moderates Democratic Gubernatorial Forum April 26

FLEMINGTON, NJ - A special gubernatorial forum will be held Wednesday at Stangl Stage, which is located at 2 Stangl Road.

Featured will be candidates for governor running for the state Democratic Party nomination in the June 6 primary.

The moderator will be award-winning veteran journalist Rod Hirsch, a Pulitzer Prize nominee with more than 40 years experience. He is the owner and editor of ...

Former Long Hill Township Mayor Gina Genovese to Run for Governor, Property Tax Reform at Center of Campaign

Former Mayor Gina Genovese, an experienced property-tax reform advocate, lifelong New Jerseyan, and longtime business owner announced on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, that she is running for governor of New Jersey.  

“I am running for governor to speak to and represent the over 50 percent of residents struggling to pay their property taxes. I am running for governor this year to force ...

Hoofin' It: Kentucky Derby-Themed Party May 6 Benefits The Connection Scholarship Fund

April 23, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ – The unique day of the year when elaborate headwear and Mint Juleps are all the rage will serve as the thematic inspiration when The Connection hosts its Kentucky Derby Party at exactly at the same time as the actual "Run for the Roses" at Churchill Downs occurs - Saturday, May 6, from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Canoe Brook Country Club.

All proceeds from ...

Rockin for Autism Music Festival on April 29 Will Be a Food Fest, Too

FANWOOD, NJ -- To commemorate Autism Awareness Month, and raise awareness of and funds for autism related services, Fanwood will host the second annual Rockin’ For Autism on Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at LaGrande Park (Rain date April 30). 

This year's event features a wide variety of food and beverage vendors, each of which will donate ...

Bear Breaks Into Beehives in Mountainside Yard - Twice

April 27, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Bear sightings in New Jersey in the spring are pretty common, but what do you do when the bear drops by your yard and turns over your beehives?

If you are in the know or the beehives belong to Mickey the Beekeeper, you call him. Last year the local, third-generation beekeeper rescued 10,000 bees who were swarming. 

Three weeks ago, he helped a Mountainside ...

End of a (Very Long) Era; Basking Ridge's Old Oak Coming Down

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - This may be the first spring in 600 years that the Basking Ridge old white oak hasn't budded. 

In fact, the removal of the tree - the symbol of Bernards Township, the sentinel of the Presbyterian Church's historic cemetery, and the namesake of the nearby Oak Street School - began on Monday morning. A portion of East Oak Street directly in front of the church ...

Governor Livingston Interact Club Participates in Beach Sweep on Earth Day

SANDY HOOK, NJ - Governor Livingston Interact students participated in the 2017 annual Beach Sweep event on Earth Day,  April 22. Sponsored by Clean Ocean Action, an environmental organization that works to ensure environmental responsibility the cleanup first started in 1985 at Sandy Hook with 75 volunteers. Students picked-up garbage and collected recyclables to help COA target ...

Konica Minolta Supports American Red Cross Giving Day to Improve the Health and Wellness of Families

April 26, 2017

FAIRFIELD, NJ – Today, Wednesday, April 26 is American Red Cross 2017 Giving Day and Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc. has stepped forward as a community supporter. 

Red Cross Giving Day is a one-day event on Wednesday, April 26, designed to rally people in New Jersey and nationwide to support the Red Cross as it meets its critical and lifesaving mission of helping ...

Greta’s Run 5K Honors Memory of Westfield Teen, Raises Money to Help People with Special Needs

WESTFIELD, NJ — Almost 1,000 people participated in the fourth annual Greta’s Run in Westfield Sunday. The 5K run, walk, roll and fundraiser for people of all abilities is held in memory of Greta Schoenemann, a Westfield High School student who died 2002 after a large tree branch fell on her during lunch.

“Greta was a beautiful person inside and out,” Greta’s ...

Boys Lacrosse: Gov. Livingston Highlanders Honor Wounded Warriors with 17-8 Win Over Wildcats

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ ­– Rain pounded down on the turf field at Governor Livingston High School on Saturday afternoon. The weather, however, did not dampen the support that the Highlanders had for the Wounded Warriors Project. This game, the team wore red, white and blue camouflage jerseys in honor of the occasion, donated by the booster club. According to woundedwarriorproject.com, the ...

Leaders Meet to Protest Proposed Elimination of Community Development Block Grants

April 25, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ – Sheriff Joseph Cryan looked out from the podium at Saint Joseph’s Social Service Center on Division Street and declared, “The budget isn’t about the numbers. It’s about the people.”

The budget Cryan, who is currently running for state senator, is referring to is the proposed federal budget where President Trump is seeking to slash funding for ...

New Grants Bring another Year of Art, Music, Dance, Film and Theatre to Union County

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that 34 Union County arts organizations will receive a total of $64,000 in grants from the Union County Local Arts Grant Program for the funding year 2017.

“This new round of funding demonstrates that our local arts community has earned a reputation for delivering programs that make significant contributions to the ...

Union County Freeholders Meetings Rescheduled After Last Week’s Water Main Break

ELIZABETH, NJ — After last week’s cancelation due to a water main break, the regular meeting of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will be held this Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m., the county of Union announced Monday. The following Thursday, April 27, will then be a double meeting (agenda meeting and regular meeting).

Proposed resolution 2017-329 regarding the Watchung ...

End of a (Very Long) Era; Basking Ridge's Old Oak Coming Down

April 25, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - This may be the first spring in 600 years that the Basking Ridge old white oak hasn't budded. 

In fact, the removal of the tree - the symbol of Bernards Township, the sentinel of the Presbyterian Church's historic cemetery, and the namesake of the nearby Oak Street School - began on Monday morning. A portion of East Oak Street directly in front of the church ...

Greta’s Run 5K Honors Memory of Westfield Teen, Raises Money to Help People with Special Needs

WESTFIELD, NJ — Almost 1,000 people participated in the fourth annual Greta’s Run in Westfield Sunday. The 5K run, walk, roll and fundraiser for people of all abilities is held in memory of Greta Schoenemann, a Westfield High School student who died 2002 after a large tree branch fell on her during lunch.

“Greta was a beautiful person inside and out,” Greta’s ...

Get the Facts Before the Prom to Keep Your Child Safe; Gov. Livingston High School Hosts Parent Presentation

Prom Weekend Is Coming! Get the facts...BEFORE...the prom to keep your child SAFE!

Bob Segear, Student Assistance Counselor at Gov. Livingston is hosting a  presentation on  Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the GLHS Cafeteria.

Every Spring thousands of New Jersey high school students attend their school proms. Afterwards, many students head to the New Jersey ...

Newark Man Convicted of All Counts in 2014 Westfield Carjacking

April 27, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ — A Union County jury has returned guilty verdicts against the man responsible for an afternoon carjacking on Minisink Way in 2014, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Lamar Randleman, 28, of Newark was convicted on charges of first-degree carjacking and third-degree theft following a two-and-a-half-week trial before state Superior ...

Legal Battle Over Westfield Stop & Shop Expansion Moves Forward

WESTFIELD, NJ — A years-long legal battle over the proposed expansion of Downtown Westfield’s Stop & Shop could be over by September, town attorney Russell Finestein told the Westfield Town Council during this week’s conference meeting.

A superior court judge’s decision in the summer of 2015 to dismiss the case against the expansion was appealed that ...

Cops: Serial Burglar Arrested in Westfield was About to Strike Again

April 27, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Jon Rincom of Roselle was looking to burglarize a home in Westfield April 12 when cops arrested him and charged him in connection with two past Westfield home burglaries, according to Westfield Police.

Plainclothes officers in undercover cars were monitoring the area proactively under the direction of Westfield Police Chief David Wayman, according to Sgt.

End of a (Very Long) Era; Basking Ridge's Old Oak Coming Down

April 25, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - This may be the first spring in 600 years that the Basking Ridge old white oak hasn't budded. 

In fact, the removal of the tree - the symbol of Bernards Township, the sentinel of the Presbyterian Church's historic cemetery, and the namesake of the nearby Oak Street School - began on Monday morning. A portion of East Oak Street directly in front of the church ...

Cardinal to Hold Mass, Town Hall at St. James the Apostle

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Joseph Cardinal Tobin, newly installed Archbishop of Newark, will celebrate a mass of the deanery for the six parishes of Deanery 22 on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., at St. James the Apostle Church, 45 South Springfield Ave Springfield. In addition to St. James, St. Rose of Lima in Short Hills, Our Lady of Peace in New Providence, Our Lady of Lourdes in Mountainside, Little ...

Registration Open for Highlander Girls Volleyball Camp

April 28, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. - Governor Livingston Varsity Volleyball Coach Dana Hilaire is offering a camp which is open to residents and non-residents of all skill levels. The camp will be held from June 26-30 at Governor Livingston High School.

Session 1, for girls entering grades 6 to 8 in the fall, will be held from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Session 2, for girls entering grades ...

Registration Open for Highlander Basketball Camp for July 24-28 Camp

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The 2017 Highlander Basketball Camp is accepting registrations for boys basketball players entering grades 3 to 9.

Camp Director Chris Loeffler, Head Boys Basketball Coach at Gov. Livingston , will direct the five-day program which will teach young players fundamentals of Basketball appropriate to the age of the campers to give ...

Registration is Open for Grapplers Wrestling Camp

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ. - The Grapplers Wrestling Camp is accepting registrations for kids ages 7 to 14.

Directed by Rick Ortega, head coach of the Governor Livingston Wrestling program, the camp will be held from July 10 through 13, from  8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  at Governor Livingston High School.

Grapplers wrestling Camp is designed for ...

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Debate Over Bike Trails in Watchung Reservation Continue at Union County Freeholders Meeting

April 21, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ — Debate about the possible addition of trails for mountain biking in Watchung Reservation continued at Thursday night’s Union County Freeholders meeting. The county had asked for input regarding the trails in February, which sparked an outpouring of people into the subsequent board meetings.

A resolution regarding mountain biking had appeared on the agenda for ...

Moms Helping Moms Foundation Holds Mother's Day 'Dollars for Diapers' Campaign

April 27, 2017

Give the gift of giving this Mother’s Day and join Moms Helping Moms (MHM) in our fight to lessen the burden for New Jersey Moms who struggle to provide diapers for their children. Diaper need is the challenge to provide babies with clean, dry diapers. For some, purchasing diapers for a baby can be huge cost and ...

Take Your Child to Work Day: Viventium Edition

April 26, 2017

Kids say the funniest things, don’t they?  In honor of Take Your Child to Work Day, we asked some of our employees’ kids about Viventium, human capital management, and what it’s like to work in an office. We were hoping they might have some good payroll and HR insights…and we were not disappointed with their answers!  Check out what our kids had to say about the ...

Who’s Writing This Anyway?

I love writing this column every month and sharing some helpful college admissions tips and tricks, but maybe you are saying, “Who is this lady who says she knows so much about college stuff?  What exactly would I hire her to do?”  Seems like it’s time for me to define “College Consultant” and explain how I help families with this process.

Briefly, I ...

Election Sloganeering

April 24, 2017

November seems like a long way off, but is it possible to at least hear more substantive ideas instead of recycling campaign rhetoric? Presenting a litany of a city's or state's problems (and virtues) without offering any real solutions, improvements or original ideas is somewhat embarrassing. "Keep our schools great." What does that mean?

"We need to keep taxes ...