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Four Centuries Weekend at Hetfield House to Feature Battle of Spanktown Reenactment in Miniature, and Display of Fitz Randolph Artifacts

October 10, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The weekend of October 20-21 marks Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend event. Each year, Union County celebrates its important place in history by featuring many historic sites throughout the County. The historic Hetfield House will be open for visitors on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21 from 12-5pm.

During Saturday and Sunday, back by popular ...

Four Centuries in a Weekend Draws Visitors to Littell-Lord Farmstead

October 21, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Not long after the doors opened at the Littell-Lord Farmstead on Horseshoe Road on Saturday, the Rizzo family from Kenilworth dropped by. They were the first visitors to the Farmstead during the two-day Four Centuries in a Weekend event being held throughout Union County. 

The Littell-Lord Farmstead is only one of the almost three dozen sites open from ...

Governor Livingston Bids Farewell to Mrs. Rattner

When students in Berkeley Heights hear the phone ring on an early winter morning, they immediately wait to hear a voice on the other end declaring a “Snow Day”. For as long as students can remember, this voice has belonged to Berkeley Heights Superintendent Judith Rattner. As Superintendent, Rattner has overseen the Berkeley Heights School District for the past thirteen years. Prior ...

Berkeley Heights School Board Looks at Student Achievement by the Numbers

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Twice a year the school board hears the NJ Student Achievement and School Performance Report. It helps the district answer the question, “If we say we are a high performing district, how do we know?”

On Sept. 27, the board heard from Assistant Superintendent Scott McKinney and a group of educators as they dissected the most recent statistics on how ...

Get to know Mountainside Borough Council Candidate Ileana Montes (D): Week 3 Question

October 16, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Each week leading to the November 6 election, the candidates running for Mountainside Borough Council have the opportunity to answer question(s) that will be run in a series by TAPinto Mountainside.

The following answer is from Democratic Candidate for Borough Council Ileana Montes for Week 3.

Question:  How would you ...

Get to know Mountainside Borough Council Candidate Anjali Mehrotra (D): Week 3 Question

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Each week leading to the November 6 election, the candidates running for Mountainside Borough Council have the opportunity to answer question(s) that will be run in a series by TAPinto Mountainside.

The following answer is from Democratic Candidate for Borough Council Anjali Mehrotra (D) for Week 3.

Question: How ...

Mountainside Borough Council Candidates Discuss the Issues at LWV Forum

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Incumbent Robert Messler (R) and newly appointed councilwoman Rachel Pater (R), faced off with the two Democratic Candidates for Mountainside Borough Council, Anjali Mehtrotra and Ileana Montes, at the debate facilitated by the League of Women Voters on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Borough Hall. The well attended debate was moderated by Susan Ferris Rights ...

Friday, Oct. 12 Is National Gumbo Day

October 10, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- A zesty stew-like dish is in the spotlight on National Gumbo Day, observed annually on October 12.

According to NationalCalendar.com, gumbo originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. The dish typically consists of a stock flavored with Cajun spices, meat or shellfish, okra, filé powder (a thickener), ...

Bring Your Household Hazardous Waste to Free Recycling Event in New Providence, October 27

October 15, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering a simple, easy way for everyone to pitch in and help improve the environment. Residents can safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other special waste by bringing these items to a free Household Hazardous Waste recycling event on Saturday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Nokia campus, located at 600 Mountain Avenue ...

Westfield Conservation Center Taking More Items for Recycling, Reuse, Including Toys for Kids in Need

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield unveiled new recycling opportunities at its conservation center Wednesday, including a partnership with Second Chance Toys, which collects plastic toys, cleans them and gives them local to organizations that serve children in need.

New sheds, paid for with a grant from Union County, allow county residents to drop off the following items to be ...

Peak Medical in Berkeley Heights Celebrates the Grand Re-Opening of its Expanded Facility

October 21, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Peak Medical held its Grand Re-Opening event on Saturday. While the expanded facility has been open for business throughout, Saturday was the official celebration.

Residents of the township and surrounding communities stopped in and took tours of the facility which has been remodeled to include treatment rooms for massage therapy, Cool/Sculpting, Acupuncture, physical ...

Lavallette Beach Unveils Brendan Tevlin Memorial Playground

LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years after he was fatally shot in West Orange.

Firefighters and other volunteers from across the ...

Round 2 for Valairco Cares Charitable Give Away: Valairco Heating & Cooling Celebrates 50 Years with Nonprofit Giveaway Contest; October 31 Nomination Deadline Approaching

MANVILLE, NJ - Valairco is celebrating 50 years and is giving back by donating $500 to a nonprofit or charity based on the desire of its customers, friends and interested parties. Valairco will be donating to four different charities or nonprofits approximately every three months during their 50th year celebration.  

Anyone can nominate a ...

Mayor Provides Lawsuit Update; Litigation Cost, Strategy Questioned

October 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The lawsuit against the borough by several Police Department employees continues to rock the council meetings. Mayor Paul Mirabelli gave an update in the form of a written statement regarding the ongoing lawsuit at the Tuesday, Oct. 16 council meeting. Meanwhile, the cost of the litigation as well as the borough’s strategy for dealing with the lawsuit was questioned ...

Lot 7: Downtown Westfield’s Top 98 Free Parking Spots, For Now

WESTFIELD, NJ – Visitors to the downtown have 98 free parking spaces accessible to them, at least for now.

The long-awaited reconstruction of a Parking Lot 7, at the intersection of Central and Lenox avenues, is nearly complete and the lot is open, the municipality announced Wednesday.

The work expands the parking lot’s capacity by 12 spaces, bringing it from 86 to 98 spaces, ...

Borough Council Recognizes 8U Mountainside Youth Baseball Champions

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council celebrated the Mountainside Youth Baseball 8U team which captured the District, Regional and State Championship titles this season. Mayor Paul Mirabelli read a proclamation in the team’s honor at the Tuesday, Oct. 16 council meeting.

The Mountainside Baseball Association (MBA) sponsors youth baseball programs and provides boys with the ...

Peak Medical in Berkeley Heights Celebrates the Grand Re-Opening of its Expanded Facility

October 21, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Peak Medical held its Grand Re-Opening event on Saturday. While the expanded facility has been open for business throughout, Saturday was the official celebration.

Residents of the township and surrounding communities stopped in and took tours of the facility which has been remodeled to include treatment rooms for massage therapy, Cool/Sculpting, Acupuncture, physical ...

Mayor Provides Lawsuit Update; Litigation Cost, Strategy Questioned

October 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The lawsuit against the borough by several Police Department employees continues to rock the council meetings. Mayor Paul Mirabelli gave an update in the form of a written statement regarding the ongoing lawsuit at the Tuesday, Oct. 16 council meeting. Meanwhile, the cost of the litigation as well as the borough’s strategy for dealing with the lawsuit was questioned ...

Vulgar, Racist and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray-Painted onto Scotch Plains Fanwood High School

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began. 

Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly over social media, and members of the Jewish community were quick to condemn the ...

Barking Dog Saves Five from Fire at Putnam Avenue Home in Berkeley Heights

October 18, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ —  A barking dog sounded his own alarm shortly after midnight Thursday morning, alerting five sleeping people of trouble, as a fire swept through the first floor of their Putnam Avenue home.

All five escaped and were able to call 911 for help.

Deputy Chief Jim Hopkins gave the following account of the incident.

At 12:18 a.m., the Police ...

Hit-And-Run Reported Near Holy Trinity School in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Police are looking into a potential hit-and-run involving a 17-year-old struck in a crosswalk near Holy Trinity School on Monday.

The youth was not injured in the morning incident during which the driver of a Jeep SUV gave the signal for the teenager to cross, but then struck the youth’s backpack as she was exiting a parking lot on Watterson Street near Rahway ...

Despite Rain, Sun Shines Down on Mountainside Runners

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” Roger Miller  

It might have been raining in Mountainside (again), but like Mayor Paul Mirabelli said in his opening statement at the Borough’s annual Cop Trot, “The sun is still shining on Mountainside.” 

More than 100 runners completed the 5K course on Saturday, orchestrated by members ...

Congregation Beth Israel to Hold Tot Shabbat Services

October 8, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold Tot Shabbat services on designated Friday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the year. 

These interactive services are especially designed for young children, ages 0 – 5 years old, along with their families. Tot Shabbat services, which are free and open to the community, celebrate Shabbat ...

Gov. Livingston Linebackers Jake Pencek, Drew Rittman, Chris Bruno Named Delicious Heights Highlander Athletes of the Week

October 19, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - As the clock was winding down in Gov. Livingston's 28-12 win over former rival Scotch Plains-Fanwood, it was obvious to all that the Highlander defense had turned in their most impressive performance of the season. Leading 21-0 with just under five minutes left in the game it looked like Gov. Livingston was about to pitch their first shut out in 10 years, but ...

Cross Country:  The Highlander Boys and Girls Teams Embarked on Their Championship Season with Solid Performances at County Conferences

OAK RIDGE PARK, NJ - Governor Livingston Boys and Girls Cross Country teams competed at the Union County Conference Championships on Tuesday, October 16 in Clark.  

There were three varsity conference divisions per gender:  Mountain, Valley and Watchung.  The GL girls varsity team was assigned to the Watchung Conference to race against Scotch Plains, Summit, Union Catholic ...

Field Hockey: Gov. Livingston Battles to 0-0 Tie Against Cranford

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Once again, the defense of the Governor Livingston High field hockey team shined through.

For the ninth time this season the Lady Highlanders did not surrender a goal while playing to a 0-0 tie against Cranford on Wednesday afternoon in Berkeley Heights.

The result marked the third time this season that Gov. Livingston has played a scoreless contest against an ...

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3 Ways to Attain a Stunning New Look for the Season

As you pack away summer dresses and tank tops until next year, you may begin longing for an aesthetic update. It’s common to want to try new looks at the start of each season. Whether you choose a new hairstyle or get a facial, even seemingly small changes can give you a confidence boost. The following guide offers just a few easy options to consider.

How to Transform Your Look ...

What You Need to Know About Salt Therapy

Salt therapy has become one of the most sought-after spa services in recent years. From reducing sinus symptoms to stress, the holistic, relaxing treatment provides a number of benefits for people from all walks of life. To learn more about the trendy treatment, here’s a convenient guide.

FAQ About Salt Therapy

What is salt therapy?

This holistic, noninvasive ...

5 Reasons Men Need Spa Days Too

Spa days have unnecessarily been labelled as a “girls only” activity for years. But recently, more men have broken past the stereotype and embrace being pampered. Everyone deserves to treat themselves, and men are no exception! Here are some of the many spa services that are perfectly suited for men.

Top 5 Spa Services for Men

1. Relax With a Massage

Whether you ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, October 21, 10:30 AM

First United Methodist Church Westfield, Westfield

FUMC Westfield Pumpkin Patch

Other

Sun, October 21, 12:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Four Centuries in a Weekend

Other

Sun, October 21, 12:00 PM

Twin Maples, Summit

Free House Tours of Twin Maples

Home & Garden

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Sun, October 21, 3:00 PM

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Berkeley Heights

Wharton Institute Fall Faculty Concert

Arts & Entertainment

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Sun, October 21, 3:00 PM

Congregation Beth Hatikvah, Summit

Cafe Q, Meeting Place for LGBTQ Teens

Arts & Entertainment

Intruder Sends Union County Vo-Tech Schools on Lockdown Friday; Students Got Threatening Texts, Authorities Say

October 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The five schools that comprise the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (UCVTS) campus went into lockdown for about two hours on Friday afternoon when an unidentified individual who admitted carrying a pocket knife entered the complex. 

Located on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, the VoTech school district is comprised of Academy for Allied Health ...

Meadowlands And SBOANJ At Odds Over 2019 Race Date Request

October 15, 2018

A bill that would provide $20 million to boost purses sits in committee

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Meadowlands announced it would apply for 68 live racing dates for the 2019 and the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association is not happy about it.

The track must submit its date requests to the New Jersey Racing Commission by Oct. 15. The track was granted 90 days of racing ...

Union County College 85th Anniversary Celebration

October 21, 2018

Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and Freeholder Angel G. Estrada joined Union County College President Dr. Margaret McMenamin, New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis, State Senator Nicholas Scutari, Chairman of the Union County College Board of Trustees Victor Richel, Union County Manager Ed Oatman, alumni and students at the Union County College ...

Tangents…Life’s Many Connections Through the Lens of Psychology

October 15, 2018

Welcome to my new column, Tangents.  The word tangent can have a variety of meanings, for example, in geometry a tangent refers to "a straight line or plane that touches a curve or curved surface at a point, but if extended does not cross it at that point." Leibniz defined it as the line through a pair of infinitely close points on the curve, but for this column, I will use the ...

Order of Operations

As we trudge through submission season this year I’ve found some questions that have surprised me.  Those of us shepherding families through their college applications, myself included, can mistakenly start “talking shop” with the assumption that parents and students are following along.  Acronyms start flying around and we get into our groove, not realizing ...