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Fraud in Westfield: Police Warn Businesses to Lookout for Phony Fire Inspector

June 25, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – Police are warning local businesses to be on the lookout for a man impersonating a fire protection inspector from a fake company he calls “Metro Fire Prevention.”

The man offers to inspect and service fire extinguishers for a fee, Police Chief Chris Battiloro said in a statement Monday. The man visited two local businesses during the late morning hours on ...

AP Classes and Exams at Governor Livingston

For the past school year, Governor Livingston students have been working hard in their Advanced Placement classes. From May 6th to May 17th, they took their AP exams.

The Advanced Placement program is run by the College Board. This program offers a variety of AP classes that prepare students for college-level material. In May, students took an AP exam to receive a score between 1 and 5. A ...

Gov. Livingston Celebrates Class of 2019 at 59th Commencement Ceremony

Editor's note: Email photos of graduates to bpeer@tapinto.net to be included in photo gallery.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The traditional skirl of bagpipes could be heard playing "Highland Cathedral" as the 239 graduating seniors lined up for the procession into Davis Hall Auditorium for the 59th Commencement Ceremony for Gov. Livingston High School's Class of ...

NJ Pizzeria Hopes to Break Record with Enormous Flag Pizza

This story first ran on TAPinto Westfield.

The pizza slices served at Westfield's train station Saturday night were not from your average pie.

Burim Regjaj and his staff at Outta Hand Pizza assembled and baked the 9-foot by 4-foot Sicilian pizza showing the red, white and blue of the American flag for Westfield’s “Summer Movie Night Kickoff” festivities. The event drew ...

Steven Knapp Signs Copies of 'The Bones Of Saint Pierre'

June 20, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Summer arrives tomorrow, Friday, June 21, so it’s time to stock up on “beach books.” How about a book inspired by a very vivid dream involving museums, the French catacombs, art treasures and spies in pre-World War II France?

Former Berkeley Heights resident Steven Knapp dreamt such a dream and the result is his first book, “The Bones of ...

AMC Mountainside 10 Theatre on Route 22 Temporarily Closed

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- A small fire in a popcorn machine at the AMC Mountainside 10 on Monday night has led to the temporary closure of the theatre, according to Bryan Villarroel, the manager on duty at the theatre.

He said since there was a fire involved, they “can’t open up the building to the public until the fire department and the health inspector can approve that it’s ...

Fun Ways To Celebrate Dad For Father's Day

NEW JERSEY - It took a while for Father's Day to be embraced by the nation. Father's Day did not become a thing until 1972.

Moms, on the other hand, had a day designated in their honor 58 years earlier. It took a bit, but eventually, Father's Day was set for the third Sunday in June. Father's Day is June 16 and there are an abundant of fun, family-friendly ways to celebrate dad ...

Fraud in Westfield: Police Warn Businesses to Lookout for Phony Fire Inspector

June 25, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – Police are warning local businesses to be on the lookout for a man impersonating a fire protection inspector from a fake company he calls “Metro Fire Prevention.”

The man offers to inspect and service fire extinguishers for a fee, Police Chief Chris Battiloro said in a statement Monday. The man visited two local businesses during the late morning hours on ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Urges Commuters to Get Involved

RARITAN VALLEY LINE, NJ -- The Raritan Valley Line (RVL) Mayors Alliance is urging NJ TRANSIT commuters to contact New Jersey State Legislators and demand same platform transfers and the restoration of one-seat riders on the rail company's Raritan Valley line. 

The mayors are proposing that NJ TRANSIT should:

Within 6 months restore off-peak direct one-seat rail ...

Gov. Livingston Celebrates Class of 2019 at 59th Commencement Ceremony

June 24, 2019

Editor's note: Email photos of graduates to bpeer@tapinto.net to be included in photo gallery.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The traditional skirl of bagpipes could be heard playing "Highland Cathedral" as the 239 graduating seniors lined up for the procession into Davis Hall Auditorium for the 59th Commencement Ceremony for Gov. Livingston High School's Class of ...

Armed Man had Been in Westfield School to See ‘Romantic’ Partner, Records Show

“He was there because a friend offered help to him: in the form of money or a place to stay,” Thomas J. Wilkie's brother said.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Delaware man arrested on gun charges in the parking lot of Tamaques Elementary School last week is alleged to have used a school telephone to call a teacher he has a “romantic” relationship with, documents released ...

Victoria Vanriele Named Gatorade NJ Girls Track & Field Player of the Year for Second Consecutive Year

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School’s Victoria Vanriele was named Gatorade New Jersey Girls Track & Field Player of the Year, which recognizes "the most outstanding high school athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character." This is the second consecutive year Vanriele has been honored with this ...

Scutari Retains Union County Democratic Chairmanship

June 12, 2019

UNION, NJ -- Despite the contentiousness of the June 4 Primary in several municipalities across Union County, when it came time to select the county's Democratic Chair no one challenged State Senator Nick Scutari for the top position at Kean University on Tuesday, June 11. 

Political experts had predicted a possible challenge from Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, who did not publicly ...

Cuisine from Across Continents Coalesces at Innovasian Taco in Westfield

June 15, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – China and Latin America are not exactly close to each other, but a restaurant here has brought flavors from the two continents together.

Innovasian Taco, prominently located at the corner of Central Avenue and Quimby Street, is open for fast and casual dining.

“We offer innovative Latin and Asian bites,” said Aldo Ortega, manager of the restaurant.

Miller-Cory House Museum Garden Dedication

June 24, 2019

In late 2016, the Miller-Cory House Museum, 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, received a surprising telephone call. Mr. Hal Struck and Ms. Sharon Sullivan, brother and sister from California, wished to arrange a tour during their visit to the east coast. Mr. Struck and Ms. Sullivan had discovered a very special connection to the museum through extensive research on their family tree. Samuel ...

Relayers Continue the Fight for a Cure: 'We are here today so our children and our children’s children won’t have to endure what we have endured.'

Click here to view additional event photos.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It was a picture perfect evening for the hundreds of relayers and guests to walk the track at Gov. Livingston High School for the annual Relay for Life on Saturday, June 15. While participation was down, the spirit of the event was soaring high to continue the fight to end cancer. The Relay for ...

Miller-Cory House Museum Garden Dedication

In late 2016, the Miller-Cory House Museum, 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, received a surprising telephone call. Mr. Hal Struck and Ms. Sharon Sullivan, brother and sister from California, wished to arrange a tour during their visit to the east coast. Mr. Struck and Ms. Sullivan had discovered a very special connection to the museum through extensive research on their family tree. Samuel ...

Mountainside Council Recognizes June as LGBTQ Pride Month; Rainbow Flag Raising Scheduled for June 28

June 21, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council passed a proclamation celebrating June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) “Pride Month” at its Tuesday, June 18 meeting. Mayor Paul Mirabelli read the proclamation and invited Mountainside residents to attend the rainbow flag raising on June 28 at noon at the Municipal Building.

“Mountainside joins the County ...

Governor Murphy Discusses Gun Violence at Westfield Forum

WESTFIELD, NJ —Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle opened a press conference on gun violence by speaking about her late father, a soldier killed during the Vietnam War who "defended our right to live and would agree that common sense gun laws keep with the intent of the Second Amendment."

"I’ve heard you talk about your dad before, but never in this ...

Armed Man had Been in Westfield School to See ‘Romantic’ Partner, Records Show

“He was there because a friend offered help to him: in the form of money or a place to stay,” Thomas J. Wilkie's brother said.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Delaware man arrested on gun charges in the parking lot of Tamaques Elementary School last week is alleged to have used a school telephone to call a teacher he has a “romantic” relationship with, documents released ...

Everyone Can “Bite Back” against Mosquitoes in Union County

June 24, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ - As summer begins in earnest, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders asks residents, businesses and visitors alike to help reduce the mosquito population.

“Mosquito control is something that everyone can help with, and it makes a big difference,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “Aside from being itchy and annoying, mosquito bites can spread ...

Pride Flag Rises in Front of Town Hall, Will Remain for the Month of June

CRANFORD - At Tuesday night's Township Committee Meeting, the Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring June as Pride Month. 

Ms. Ms. Nikki Savino Mulcahy of Cranford High School and the Cranford High School Diversity Council presented Mayor Patrick Giblin a Pride Flag which he said he would give to the Department of Public Works to hang in front of Town Hall Wednesday ...

Over 16,000 Naloxone Packs to Reverse Opioid Overdoses Distributed Tuesday

June 22, 2019

TRENTON, NJ – According to New Jersey's Department of Human Services, this past Tuesday was the largest single-day public distribution of naloxone in the country, with 16,000 packs of the drug, commonly known as Narcan, distributed.

The effort was part of the department's initiative to provide naloxone for free and anonymously at pharmacies throughout New Jersey.

Each ...

Relayers Continue the Fight for a Cure: 'We are here today so our children and our children’s children won’t have to endure what we have endured.'

Click here to view additional event photos.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It was a picture perfect evening for the hundreds of relayers and guests to walk the track at Gov. Livingston High School for the annual Relay for Life on Saturday, June 15. While participation was down, the spirit of the event was soaring high to continue the fight to end cancer. The Relay for ...

NJ Couple Marries in Morristown Hospital 30 Seconds Before Baby is Born

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Michael Gallardo and Marie Margaritondo of Westfield, New Jersey, had an intimate wedding planned weeks before the birth of their first son. But baby Michael Preston, had other ideas.

After her water broke three weeks early, Marie was rushed to Morristown Medical Center in Morristown. Not wanting to list Michael as “fiancé” on the baby’s birth ...

Everyone Can “Bite Back” against Mosquitoes in Union County

June 24, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ - As summer begins in earnest, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders asks residents, businesses and visitors alike to help reduce the mosquito population.

“Mosquito control is something that everyone can help with, and it makes a big difference,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “Aside from being itchy and annoying, mosquito bites can spread ...

Miller-Cory House Museum Garden Dedication

In late 2016, the Miller-Cory House Museum, 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, received a surprising telephone call. Mr. Hal Struck and Ms. Sharon Sullivan, brother and sister from California, wished to arrange a tour during their visit to the east coast. Mr. Struck and Ms. Sullivan had discovered a very special connection to the museum through extensive research on their family tree. Samuel ...

Westfield Man Admits to Embezzling $66,499 from Greek Orthodox Church

June 21, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield man who admitted to embezzling more than $60,000 from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America could face up to two decades in prison, federal authorities announced.

George Papadakos, 52, of Westfield, the former finance director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud Wednesday, which carries a maximum ...

Additional Charge Filed Against Man Arrested Outside School in Westfield Last Week

 

WESTFIELD, NJ –  An additional charge of third-degree possession of a firearm in or upon the grounds of an educational institution has been filed against the man who came to an elementary school in Westfield last Thursday afternoon armed with a handgun and hollow point bullets, the Union County Prosecutor's office said Monday.

As reported last week, a tip from police ...

Fraud in Westfield: Police Warn Businesses to Lookout for Phony Fire Inspector

June 25, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – Police are warning local businesses to be on the lookout for a man impersonating a fire protection inspector from a fake company he calls “Metro Fire Prevention.”

The man offers to inspect and service fire extinguishers for a fee, Police Chief Chris Battiloro said in a statement Monday. The man visited two local businesses during the late morning hours on ...

Alcohol Awareness message for Prom & Graduation: BE SAFE 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Police Department along with the Governor Livingston High School TREND program and working together encourage parents not to host underage drinking parties. 

Berkeley Heights Police Department’s School Resource Officer Ed Gaffney and Bob Segear, Student Assistance Counselor for the school district are spearheading this alcohol ...

AMC Mountainside 10 Theatre on Route 22 Temporarily Closed

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- A small fire in a popcorn machine at the AMC Mountainside 10 on Monday night has led to the temporary closure of the theatre, according to Bryan Villarroel, the manager on duty at the theatre.

He said since there was a fire involved, they “can’t open up the building to the public until the fire department and the health inspector can approve that it’s ...

Victoria Vanriele Named Gatorade NJ Girls Track & Field Player of the Year for Second Consecutive Year

June 20, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School’s Victoria Vanriele was named Gatorade New Jersey Girls Track & Field Player of the Year, which recognizes "the most outstanding high school athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character." This is the second consecutive year Vanriele has been honored with this ...

Crafty Closer Joey DeFeo Named Valairco Heating and Cooling Highlander Athlete of the Week

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On April 2nd, senior lefty Joey DeFeo opened the season for the Gov. Livingston baseball team as the starting pitcher for the Highlanders. In that game, DeFeo's first varsity start, he was outstanding going six innings while giving up just two earned runs in the Highlanders 8-2 win. Little did DeFeo know that would be his last and only start as Coach ...

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Enjoy Golf Clinic at Basking Ridge Country Club

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Gov. Livingston High School deaf and hard of hearing students were invited to Basking Ridge Country Club on a beautiful May day to participate in a golf clinic. The clinic was led by Sue Delaney, Head PGA Professional at Basking Ridge Country Club, and her daughter, Jennifer. 

Jennifer, who has taken American Sign Language courses, heard about the Deaf and ...

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NJ Pizzeria Hopes to Break Record with Enormous Flag Pizza

June 24, 2019

This story first ran on TAPinto Westfield.

The pizza slices served at Westfield's train station Saturday night were not from your average pie.

Burim Regjaj and his staff at Outta Hand Pizza assembled and baked the 9-foot by 4-foot Sicilian pizza showing the red, white and blue of the American flag for Westfield’s “Summer Movie Night Kickoff” festivities. The event drew ...

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Tue, June 25, 6:00 PM

Colleen Fraser (County Clerk) Building, Westfield

CASA of Union County Information Session

Giving Back

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Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Preview of PBS Chasing the Moon

Arts & Entertainment Education

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VicFest 2019, a Truck, Auto & Bike Extravaganza

Arts & Entertainment

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Mt. Carmel Field Heights , Berkeley Heights

VicFest 2019, a Truck, Auto & Bike Extravaganza

Arts & Entertainment

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Mt. Carmel Field Heights , Berkeley Heights

VicFest 2019, a Truck, Auto & Bike Extravaganza

Arts & Entertainment

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Mt. Carmel Field, , Berkeley Heights

VicFest 2019, an Auto, Truck Bike Extravaganza

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink Giving Back

Everyone Can “Bite Back” against Mosquitoes in Union County

June 24, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ - As summer begins in earnest, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders asks residents, businesses and visitors alike to help reduce the mosquito population.

“Mosquito control is something that everyone can help with, and it makes a big difference,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “Aside from being itchy and annoying, mosquito bites can spread ...

There are Still Some Open Spots at the YW Ballers Summer Camp, for Kids ages 5-17 but They are Going Fast!

June 25, 2019

​If your child is serious about basketball, they are in luck because Young World Ballers (YW Ballers), which until recently, has been the best-kept secret in the area, has a few slots left in its comprehensive, competitive and affordable, indoor, co-ed summer camp program for kids ages 5-17. The camp runs from July 8 – August 16, at the Community Center, which is located at ...

Excitement in Newark as New Jersey Devils Prepare for 2019 First Overall Pick

June 21, 2019

With the first overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the New Jersey Devils could select one of two young players who have been coined as “generational” talents by analysts and scouts across the league. Making this decision all the more exciting is that the second overall pick in this year’s draft belongs to the Devils’ rivals across the Hudson in the New York Rangers.

Sorry Board of Education It’s just too late now

June 11, 2019

The ongoing teachers contract dispute with the Berkeley Heights Board of Education has produced some very unfortunate feelings in our community. Among these are anger, hostility, resentment and a general sense of playing hard ball. But perhaps the most traumatic consequence of the staunch stance by the Board is the general feeling of a lack of respect for teachers by the Board. Regardless of if ...