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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.

Local Artist, Debora Thedinga, has Solo Show at the New Providence Memorial Library

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Nature has inspired some of the world’s most famous artists of all backgrounds, from Claude Monet and Winslow Homer to John Singer Sargent. Some of their best-known paintings try to capture the beauty and power of nature. Debora Thedinga, a painter based in Berkeley Heights, does the same every time she heads outside to try to capture the world around her.

“I ...

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

August 11, 2018

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 ...

Hold that Acceptance Letter: Rutgers University Degrees Now Offered at Brookdale in Lincroft

Cutting Edge Partnership is Moving to Lincroft

LINCROFT, NJ – The educational landscape just shifted in Monmouth County as Rutgers University and Brookdale Community College launches a truly innovative partnership. 

According to the partnership, this fall, area students will be able to earn Rutgers University bachelor’s degrees at Brookdale Community College’s ...

Berkeley Heights Superintendent Judith Rattner Announces Retirement

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Judith A. Rattner, Superintendent of the Berkeley Heights Public Schools since 2005, has announced her intention to retire from her position effective December 1, 2018.

Rattner began her employment in the Berkeley Heights School District in August 2000, when she was appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent. She assumed the role of the District's ...

Only One Person Files for Two Vacant School Board Seats in Mountainside

August 1, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Only one person has filed to run for two open seats on the Mountainside Board of Education -- Candice Schiano, who lives on Summit Road.

Board members Kate Motz and Jeane Parker, whose terms expire in 2018, did not file.  Parker represents Mountainside on the Berkeley Heights Board of Educaton.

The two were appointed to the board in October 2011, to fill two ...

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 ...

Delicious Heights Offers Weekly Events and Promotions in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Delicious Heights in Berkeley Heights gives many reasons why they are the go-to neighborhood restaurants offering fantastic daily specials.

Whether you’re bringing your family to kids’ night on Tuesday or enjoying Whiskey and Wine Wednesday, Martini and Beer Thursday, you’ll enjoy great food and an outstanding experience. Happy ...

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

August 8, 2018

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 ...

Five Eagle Scouts Honored from Berkeley Heights Troop 368

BRRKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Five members of Boy Scout Troop 368 were honored on Sunday for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Mason Boenning, Jimmy Pitingolo, Louis Pitingolo, Luke Sylvester and Austin Wang were recognized in a Court of Honor at the Presbyterian Church of Westfield.

Congressman Leonard Lance was on hand to recognize the Scouts for their achievement, presenting each ...

Mountainside Awarded a Union County Library Grant

August 10, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The borough is one of 20 Union County municipalities to be awarded a Union County Library Grant of $3,750. 

The grants are designed to assist public libraries with funding that enriches and supports children’s programming. This year’s awards will cover the cost of children’s programming including Mad Science and other STEM topics, as well as arts ...

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

August 11, 2018

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

August 8, 2018

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 ...

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

August 11, 2018

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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One Hospitalized, Traffic Tied up After Serious Crash on Route 22 West in Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Another bad accident sent one person to the hospital and tied up traffic on Route 22 today.

Mountainside Police gave the following account of the crash.

At 11:43 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, Mountainside Police were called to respond to the area of Route 22 West, between the  intersection of New Providence and Pembrook roads for a serious motor vehicle ...

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 ...

Ryan Davis Wins 116th Met Amateur Championship

PARAMUS, NJ – Ryan Davis of Berkeley Heights and a rising junior at Penn State University won the 116th Met Amateur Championship, Sunday at Arcola Country Club in Paramus, posting a 2-and-1 victory over Christian Cavaliere of Mahopac to claim the MGA’s oldest title in his first-ever appearance in the event.

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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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Sat, August 18, 9:00 AM

Emergency Services Building, Cranford

Scrap Metal Recycling To Take Place on Aug. 18 in ...

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Mon, August 20, 9:00 AM

Renaissance Church, Summit

Summer Jam

Education Religions And Spirituality

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Thu, August 23, 1:30 PM

Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, Clark

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

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Wed, September 12, 7:00 PM

Kean University, STEM Building auditorium, Union Township.

Free Documentary: 'Making a Killing: Guns, Greed ...

Education Government

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 ...

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

August 14, 2018

An official ribbon cutting by members of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will mark the opening of 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 ...