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GWACC Fundraiser will Fund Scholarships for Business Degrees

December 17, 2017

 

WESTFIELD. NJ, - GWACC Foundation (Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation) is sponsoring a fundraiser with Hypnosis Hijinks!, a special evening of entertainment with comedian hypnotist HypnoMarc on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Cranford Dramatic Club, 78 Winans Ave., Cranford.  This event will benefit the Foundation in supporting its ...

Don't Miss These Garden State Holiday Light Delights

NEW JERSEY - There are so many fun, family-friendly holiday activities it’s hard to pack them all in. However, if you’re looking for something simple that’s a throwback to your own childhood, make time to see these fabulous light displays that really get folks in the holiday mood.

Jenkinson’s Sea of Lights - Summer isn’t the only time to hit the boardwalk in ...

NJ Intergenerational Orchestra's Annual Family Holiday Concert on Dec. 17

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) will continue its 2017-2018 season with its annual Family Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec.17. The concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. at New Providence High School, and will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles and special guests. Admission is free, but donations gratefully ...

JCP&L and Verizon Replacing Double Wood Poles on Morris Avenue in Springfield

December 14, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The construction activity you may have noticed on Morris Avenue before Mountain Avenue is part of a beautification project to move unsightly double utility poles. According to Township Administrator Ziad Shehady, two dozen double wood poles are in the process of being replaced.

Utility companies will often replace a pole that is jeopardy with a twin pole that is attached. It ...

Rutgers to raise minimum wage to $11 an hour for student workers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will be raising the campus-wide minimum wage to $11 an hour, university president Robert Barchi announced in a campus-wide email on December 11.

The move comes as a partial victory for the local labor rights group, Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops​ (RUSAS)​, wh​ich ha​s​ been campaigning for a $15 minimum wage.

Right now, the ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Another Year

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — About 90 local leaders and business people attended the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s holiday party Wednesday night at Shackamaxon Country Cub.

“It’s always a pleasure to welcome our members to a great holiday celebration with good food and music and a good time,” GWACC Executive Director Gene Jannotti said. “We thank all ...

Award Winning Highlander Marching Band Honors Seniors after Successful Season

December 17, 2017

Editor's note: Photo credits to AnnMarie Stecher.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This past season, the award winning Gov. Livingston Highlander Marching Band performed a show titled ”Outside the Bachs," that earned top ranking after their rigorous fall schedule.

Prior to the Thanksgiving Day game, the band honored their seniors along with their parents as they stepped ...

Union County College’s Board Member Zimmermann Named to NJCCC Executive Committee

Union County College is pleased to announce that Mary M. Zimmermann, former Chair of the Union County College Foundation Board and member of the College’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, was elected to the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges on Nov. 20, 2017.

The members of the Executive Committee represent the New Jersey Council of County Colleges ...

Mountainside Teacher’s Donors Choose Pottery Wheel Funded through Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

 

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - On November 8 Deerfield Art teacher, Victoria Tiscia, received a surprising email from Donors Choose, a crowd funding organization specifically geared to support classroom projects. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided the final matching money to complete her request to fund a pottery wheel for the Deerfield art program. Mrs.Tiscia received a ...

Judge Rules that Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now, Starting Friday

December 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

The 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count Starts This Week

December 12, 2017

 

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - This year’s Christmas Bird Count is about to begin—and the data you report has a real and measurable effect on the course of conservation. 

One of Audubon’s signature programs, the CBC has collected more than a century’s worth of community observations that provide a foundation for large-scale conservation action. When the American ...

Springfield Rotary Rises Against Hunger

December 17, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The gym in the Chisholm Center was empty around 4:00 p.m. Thursday when members of Springfield’s Rotary, Union's Rotary and Dave from Rise Against Hunger arrived.  Soon after the long tables were arranged in a way that allowed the assembly of 30,000 meals to be sent overseas to those in need. 

By 6:30 p.m. many more volunteers including students and ...

"Wreaths Across America" Convoy Stops in Manville on Way to Arlington National Cemetery

MANVILLE, NJ  - What has become known as the world's largest veterans' parade will pause for a ceremony at Manville High School on Wednesday, Dec. 13 as the Wreaths Across America 18-truck convoy heads to Arlington National Cemetery for the annual wreath-laying on the graves of US veterans.

The convoy is expected to arrive around 9 a.m., driving down Finderne Avenue across the Van ...

Gov. Livingston Athletic Community Gives Back to Support Fellow Highlander Diagnosed with Cancer

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It didn't take long for the Gov. Livingston community to step in to help the Coyle family, who was going through a difficult time this past fall when their son William, a sophomore at Gov. Livingston High School, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in August.

William is a member of the cross county team and brother to GL girls varsity senior ...

Residents, Patrons Raise Traffic and Noise Concerns

December 6, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Traffic safety issues once again brought a number of residents and parents whose children attend the Indigo Gymnastics Center to the Monday, Dec. 4 council meeting. This time the cause of alarm is that a new company with potential truck traffic is planning to move in the 705 Central Avenue Location. Both the Summit Speech School and the Indigo Gymnastic Center ...

Tax Bill Protesters Gathered in Westfield Find Congressman Lance in Agreement

WESTFIELD, NJ — A “flash protest” against the tax bill, organized by Action Together New Jersey, brought dozens of people to Republican Congressman Leonard Lance’s office in Westfield Monday. It was one of several simultaneous protests held across the state.

Lance voted “no” to the bill, and said in a statement Nov. 16, “I believe tax reform should ...

Local Physician Discusses Menopause Management

December 14, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Dr. Kavita Kewalramani of K Primary Care and Medical Weight Loss Center recently held a small group discussion open to the public about managing the symptoms of all stages of Menopause.

Dr. K discussed the symptoms and stages of menopause, which is a process that generally occurs over a four-year period and this is called peri-menopause. The depletion of ...

Local Mom Overcomes Gym Intimidation at Body Restoration; Box Gym Isn't for Everyone

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Do you feel like you're not fit enough to go to the gym? Do you fear judgment by others  --  or do you just feel like you don't belong at the gym? 

Elisa Probst, a local mother of three, found herself at the point where she needed to do something about her weight. "I have done just about everything," she said ...

Union County College to Host Healthcare Job Fair on Dec. 13

PLAINFIELD, NJ – If you are interested in working in the healthcare field, visit Union County College’s Plainfield Campus (232 East Second St.) on Dec. 13, 2017.

A Healthcare Job Fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in UCC's Logos Building. This employment opportunity is being hosted by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training ...

Judge Rules that Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now, Starting Friday

December 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

Senate Bill Would End NJSPCA's Powers To Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws

A bill that would remove the law enforcement powers of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) will be up for a vote on Dec. 14 before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Bill S3558, sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union County, would call for the creation of a county prosecutor animal cruelty task force in each county, and for ...

Interfaith Candlelight Vigil in Summit Dec. 13 to Remember Lives Lost, Call for Greater Gun Violence Prevention

SUMMIT, NJ - On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, congregations in the Summit community will partner to hold a candlelight vigil calling for gun violence prevention. The public event will be held December 13, beginning at 6 p.m., at Congregation Ohr Shalom in Summit.

The vigil commemorates the lives lost on December 14, 2012, when a gunman ...

Berkeley Heights Police Looking into Possible Luring Incident Involving 12-Year Old Girl

December 13, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – A possible child-luring incident occurred near Columbia Middle School on Wednesday morning. A 12-year old girl was approached by an unknown man on the Columbia Avenue cul-de-sac at approximately 8 a.m. The man was driving a black Nissan-type vehicle bearing unknown NJ license plates, said a statement by the Berkeley Heights Police ...

ConRail Working on Track Clean Up Following Friday's Derailment in Union; Train Service Still Suspended

UNION, NJ – No hazardous material was involved in the freight train derailment Friday afternoon in Union.

“There’s severe damage to the tracks,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio at a press conference Friday evening.  “There’s multiple piles of cars at different locations up and down the span of the tracks from the Roselle Park line all the way through ...

Freight Train Derailment in Union

UNION, NJ - A freight train derailed in Union at about 2:15 p.m. this afternoon.

Preliminary details indicate that the train derailed past the Union Train Station.  According to Township of Union Business Administrator, the freight train contained 141 cars.  Eight were involved in the derailment.  Information on the contents of the freight cars are not yet ...

JCP&L and Verizon Replacing Double Wood Poles on Morris Avenue in Springfield

December 14, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The construction activity you may have noticed on Morris Avenue before Mountain Avenue is part of a beautification project to move unsightly double utility poles. According to Township Administrator Ziad Shehady, two dozen double wood poles are in the process of being replaced.

Utility companies will often replace a pole that is jeopardy with a twin pole that is attached. It ...

Menorah Lighting in Mountainside Draws Biggest Crowd Ever

December 17, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Sunday evening a crowd gathered on the lawn at the municipal complex to take part in the lighting of the Menorah in celebration of Hanukkah.

This was the second year that Rabbi Levi Block from the Union County Torah Center held the Menorah Lighting event in Mountainside. Last year about 20 people attended. This year more than 90 people of all ages attended. There were so ...

First Congregational Church of Westfield Celebrates Newly Restored Hall

WESTFIELD, NJ - First Congregational Church of Westfield is celebrating a gift of its own this Christmas: A newly restored parish house.  Hidden from view for more than 40 years, the hall’s window wall and skylight are once again exposed, filling the room with natural light on three sides and from above. The soaring space, warmed by dark wood trim, forms the heart ...

Interfaith Candlelight Vigil in Summit Dec. 13 to Remember Lives Lost, Call for Greater Gun Violence Prevention

SUMMIT, NJ - On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, congregations in the Summit community will partner to hold a candlelight vigil calling for gun violence prevention. The public event will be held December 13, beginning at 6 p.m., at Congregation Ohr Shalom in Summit.

The vigil commemorates the lives lost on December 14, 2012, when a gunman ...

PAL Runners Received All American Honors at Cross Country Nationals

December 17, 2017

An exciting weekend at the National Cross Country Championships on Saturday 12/2 at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. Berkeley Heights PAL WolfPacks competed and measured themselves nationally. Over 1200 runners from across the nation represented their state. The meet was well organized and ran flawlessly. The PAL runners wrapped up their final meet of the season and peaked at ...

Gov. Livingston Runs by Roselle with Big 4th Quarter for 56-50 Win

ROSELLE, NJ - The Gov. Livingston Highlanders exploded for 23 fourth quarter points to surge past the Roselle Rams for a 56-50 victory Friday night in Roselle.

Junior Matt Faller, playing in his first game at Gov. Livingston, scored a game high 21 points,including 15 in the second half as the Highlanders overcame a 9 point third quarter deficit to earn the win in the ...

Girls Basketball: Gov. Livingston Falls to Scotch Plains-Fanwood in Home Opener

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- After a strong first quarter, it seemed as though Gov. Livingston would be able to hold its own against their imposing divisional rival Scotch Plains-Fanwood. However, with their experience and size, the Raiders were ultimately able to wear down the Highlanders in the second half, resulting in a 47-27 sweep. Gov. Livingston looks to internalize the lessons they ...

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Sun, December 17

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

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Sun, December 17, 3:00 PM

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ConRail Working on Track Clean Up Following Friday's Derailment in Union; Train Service Still Suspended

December 9, 2017

UNION, NJ – No hazardous material was involved in the freight train derailment Friday afternoon in Union.

“There’s severe damage to the tracks,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio at a press conference Friday evening.  “There’s multiple piles of cars at different locations up and down the span of the tracks from the Roselle Park line all the way through ...

Rutgers to raise minimum wage to $11 an hour for student workers

December 12, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will be raising the campus-wide minimum wage to $11 an hour, university president Robert Barchi announced in a campus-wide email on December 11.

The move comes as a partial victory for the local labor rights group, Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops​ (RUSAS)​, wh​ich ha​s​ been campaigning for a $15 minimum wage.

Right now, the ...

Local nonprofit members celebrate the 25 days of Christmas

December 17, 2017

The nonprofit Community Access Unlimited (CAU) is celebrating the 25 days of Christmas by posting on its Facebook page Christmas memories and feelings from its members with disabilities. Each day another posting shares the thoughts of a different member.

“Christmas is my favorite holiday because my family gets together and we talk to one another," Mary Kurnos said.

Your Doctor in Sickness and in Health

December 11, 2017

About 3 years ago, around the time healthcare was saying its last goodbyes to solo practitioners, I decided to plunge into the world of private practice and one morning announced to my family, “I am starting a new primary care solo practice.” I am an Internist of Asian Indian origin and I graduated from residency about twenty years ago. To say that my family was bewildered is an ...