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Governor Livingston falls to Bernards 42-7 in Annual Friday Night Lights Game

September 18, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- The Bernards High School Mountaineers went on the road Friday night against a spirited Highlander crowd to pick up the win, 42-7, thanks to a strong passing performance. 

After a year off due to COVID-19 crowd-size regulations, Friday Night Lights was back on at Governor Livingston, and the energy didn’t skip a beat. Students began the festivities by painting ...

Richter, Frank, and Marinko Lead Gov. Livingston Cross Country to Sweeps of Run the Highlands Meet

WEST MILFORD, NJ - The Governor Livingston Cross Country teams visited the West Milford Highlanders on Saturday for their second annual Run the Highlands meet and proved to be the faster Highlanders. The boys and girls varsity teams both took the win for a GLXC sweep. 

Competing for the varsity boys' team were third and fifth place finishers Joe Frank and Chris Marinko, ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

BH5K: 'Run for Keith' This Sunday

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights 24th annual 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk is returning on Sunday, September 19 after being canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for "easy registration."

The Berkeley Heights Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk was established in 1996 to help lend support to non-profit organizations.

Stars of 'Driving Miss Daisy' Thrilled to Return to Live Shows

September 13, 2021

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The live theater drought ends Saturday, Sept. 18, when the curtain rises on the comedy-drama play Driving Miss Daisy at The Ann Sieminski Theater at Fellowship Village. For the stars of the production, Sheree Wilson and Clarence Gilyard, it will be the first time they’ve performed Driving Miss Daisy since early 2020, and their excitement to be back on the ...

Magical Mash-Up 'Arts+Cars' Returns to Streets of Downtown Summit Sept. 19

SUMMIT, NJ - 'Arts + Cars' -- the magical mash-up that combines a juried art show and an arts and crafts emporium with a classic car show -- returns September 19, as the Summit Downtown, Inc. (SDI) and the Hilltop City prepare to host the first large-scale outdoor event since 2019.

Organized cooperatively by the Summit Police Athletic League (PAL), SDI, ...

Union County Residents Can Now Get FEMA Aid for Ida Damage (Updated)

September 10, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Union County was added Friday to a disaster declaration that enables the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide individual assistance* to people impacted by Tropical Storm Ida.

PREVIOUSLY: Westfield Businesses, Homeowners Wait on Feds for Ida Aid

Though across Union County Ida left five people dead and numerous others displaced by ...

Who Do We Thank For Labor Day?

NJ - While everyone takes for granted that the first Monday in Sept. is Labor Day, not many people know who to thank for this extra day off from work. And, to make matters worse, there are two men with similar names credited with proposing the holiday for workers— Peter McGuire, a carpenter and Matthew Maguire, a machinist from Paterson, NJ.

History of Labor Day

According to the ...

Introducing Wonder to Mountainside

September 13, 2021

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Wonder, the new, app-based food service that combines the convenience of delivery and the quality of dine-in, has been testing its program in parts of Westfield since 2020.  Now, Wonder is proud to announce it has expanded its service to Mountainside.

Redefining the in-home dining experience, Wonder offers delicious, high-quality dishes that are cooked on Wonder’s ...

BH5K: 'Run for Keith' This Sunday

September 17, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights 24th annual 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk is returning on Sunday, September 19 after being canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for "easy registration."

The Berkeley Heights Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk was established in 1996 to help lend support to non-profit organizations.

NJ Sharing Network 5K: Smiles, Hugs, and Celebration of Life

To Honor, To Remember, To Give Hope.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Over 180 teams, thousands of walkers, runners and spectators came out on Sunday to participate in the 11th annual NJ Sharing Network 5K Celebration of Life Walk and USATF Race in New Providence raising over $880,000 to date. Fundraising continues through September 30, and contributions can be made by ...

NJ Sharing Network’s 5K Celebration of Life Set for September 12 In-Person at New Providence Headquarters

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – NJ Sharing Network’s 5K Celebration of Life Walk and USATF Certified Race will be held in-person on Sunday, September 12, at the organization’s headquarters at 691 Central Avenue in New Providence, NJ. The event, which is sponsored by Hackensack Meridian Health and Pfizer, will bring together walkers, runners and volunteers to honor those who gave ...

FEMA Has Opened a Disaster Relief Center in Elizabeth. Everything You Need to Know About FEMA Aid.

September 17, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Elizabeth on Thursday, September 16. The DRC is located at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center on 618 Salem Avenue. The building is a Quonset hut, adjacent to one of the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth’s buildings: the O’Donnell-Dempsey ...

Union County Residents Can Now Get FEMA Aid for Ida Damage (Updated)

WESTFIELD, NJ — Union County was added Friday to a disaster declaration that enables the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide individual assistance* to people impacted by Tropical Storm Ida.

PREVIOUSLY: Westfield Businesses, Homeowners Wait on Feds for Ida Aid

Though across Union County Ida left five people dead and numerous others displaced by ...

Union County isn’t in President Biden’s Disaster Declaration. What does that mean?

ELIZABETH, NJ — On September 6, President Biden approved Governor Murphy’s disaster declaration and approved federal funding to be used in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset counties. Noticeably, many counties that suffered from Tropical Storm Ida, including Union County, are not currently on the list. What does that mean? 

According to a ...

Items Sought for Garage Sale at Mountainside's Historic Hetfield House

September 5, 2021

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Mountainside Historic Committee will sponsor a yard/garage sale as a fund-raiser sale on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17 and 18 (9 am – 4 pm). The Saturday sale will be in conjunction with the Mountainside Newcomers Town-Wide Garage Sale. This is a huge sale for the Historic Committee which raises funds for the restoration and maintenance of the historic Hetfield ...

Thieves Steal Catalytic Converters from Cars in Scotch Plains

September 16, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains police department's most recent blotter was filled with multiple reports of thefts of catalytic converters from cars locally. 

On Saturday, Sept. 11, thefts of catalytic converters were reported on the 200 block of Willow Ave. and on Elm Court. On Sept. 13, a resident on Hunter Ave. also reported the theft of a catalytic converter. All of ...

Student Hit by Vehicle in Scotch Plains Taken by Helicopter from High School

SCOTCH PLAINS — A student walking across Westfield Avenue in between Westfield Road and Evergreen Boulevard was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured Monday afternoon shortly before 3 p.m., according to witnesses.

According to several eyewitnesses at the scene, the boy was conscious when emergency responders arrived. 

The student was taken by ...

Arrest Made in Wednesday's Fatal Shooting of Delivery Driver in Plainfield

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A 26-year-old Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with the fatal shooting of a delivery driver subcontracted by Amazon that took place on the 200 block of Garfield Avenue in Plainfield on Wednesday. Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Plainfield Police Department Officer–in-Charge Captain David M. Guarino announced the arrest on Friday ...

Governor Livingston falls to Bernards 42-7 in Annual Friday Night Lights Game

September 18, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- The Bernards High School Mountaineers went on the road Friday night against a spirited Highlander crowd to pick up the win, 42-7, thanks to a strong passing performance. 

After a year off due to COVID-19 crowd-size regulations, Friday Night Lights was back on at Governor Livingston, and the energy didn’t skip a beat. Students began the festivities by painting ...

Richter, Frank, and Marinko Lead Gov. Livingston Cross Country to Sweeps of Run the Highlands Meet

WEST MILFORD, NJ - The Governor Livingston Cross Country teams visited the West Milford Highlanders on Saturday for their second annual Run the Highlands meet and proved to be the faster Highlanders. The boys and girls varsity teams both took the win for a GLXC sweep. 

Competing for the varsity boys' team were third and fifth place finishers Joe Frank and Chris Marinko, ...

Can You Dig It? Undefeated Gov. Livingston Faces Johnson on Friday

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The Gov. Livingston girls’ volleyball team has exhibited a nice team-wide balance thus far in 2021, and that equilibrium has fueled the team to an unbeaten streak in the opening week.

Junior Victoria Carrico finished with 12 assists, freshman Eva Sottosanti added five kills and two digs, Avery Saturnia contributed four kills and three digs and ...

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How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

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'Let's Roll' - New Jersey Resident Todd Beamer Helped to Retake United Flight 93 on September 11th, 2001

September 10, 2021

CRANBURY, NJ -  On September 11th, 2001 a Cranbury resident was one of the many brave passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 who tried to take control of the hijacked plane and crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Todd Beamer had lived in Cranbury for a year with his wife and two children before being killed in the crash.

Beamer was born in Flint, Michigan in 1968. He graduated ...

Tesla String Quartet will perform at St. Paul’s, Westfield on Sunday, September 26

September 18, 2021

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield will launch its 2021-22 Steeple Concerts series with a performance by the prestigious Tesla String Quartet (TSQ). On Sunday, September 26 at 5:00 p.m., the concert-starved public is cordially invited to attend this first Steeple Concert of the season at the church, 414 East Broad Street, near Euclid Avenue, in Westfield.  Parking at the church ...

From Terrorist Attacks to Floods, Firefighters Union President Reflects on 20 Years Since 9/11

September 10, 2021

September 11, 2001 was sunny with a bright blue sky. It was a Tuesday.  

I was a rookie Firefighter who reported to work that morning. We had just received delivery of our new Squad and all personnel were at Station 2 training on the new apparatus. Being the rookie I was sent to pick up bagels for my tour. While driving back the music on the radio was interrupted by a news flash that ...

Questions about the Road to Recovery – BHPS plan

September 10, 2021

September 9th, BoE meeting left more questions than answers and a sense that their priorities are somehow misaligned.

The public was presented with a plan to address gaps in education lost during the pandemic.  This plan focused on testing but did not provide a concrete timeline. We were left with a basic premise that it takes time to assess and remediate.  As much as these things ...