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Seton Hall Pirates Play Wofford Terriers Tonight in First Round of March Madness Tourney

March 21, 2019

The Seton Hall Pirates No. 10 take on the Wofford Terriers No. 7 tonight in the first round of the March Madness Tournament.

Game time begins at 9:40 p.m. on CBS. The teams will face each other at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., in the Midwest Division.

There are three things to know about tonight’s game, the Seton Hall Pirates report.

One: The Terriers have ...

Mountainside Police Respond to Attempted Burglary

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - On March 16, at 8:05pm Mountainside Police responded to a report of an attempted burglary to an unoccupied home on Pembrook Rd. Two male actors with their faces covered attempted to gain entry to the home by forcing the locked front door. Both actors immediately fled the scene when confronted without gaining entry to the home and after the homeowner remotely set off the alarm ...

Gym Classes at Governor Livingston

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- After challenging their intellectual capabilities in the classroom, students are excited to exercise their athletic prowess in gym.

At Governor Livingston, there are three options for gym classes: weightlifting, team sports, and fitness. At the start of each marking period, students choose which class they want to join. If they do not like the class, however, they ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Encourage Towns to Pass Resolutions Calling for Restoration of Direct Train Service to NYC

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council has passed a resolution calling on Governor Murphy, DOT Commissioner Guteirrez-Scaccetti, and State Senators to restore the off-peak direct "one-seat ride" service into New York City along NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line (RVL).

 

Service was suspended on RVL, Atlantic City and Princeton Lines in 2018. The other lines have ...

TV Pilot to Film in Downtown Westfield Thursday

March 21, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — An empty storefront on Elm Street will be transformed into a police station for the pilot of an NBC television show Thursday, town officials said.

The cast and crew for the show “Emergence” will be filming in the downtown from 2 p.m. Thursday until 2 a.m. Friday, the Downtown Westfield Corporation announced.

"It was our past Chairman Dominick Verdic, ...

An Artist At GL: Mrs. Thedinga

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Most Governor Livingston students know Debora Thedinga as one of the interpreters for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at GL. However, Thedinga is also an artist - with a not so hidden talent for painting.

When Thedinga first stumbled upon art during her childhood, she loved it. She majored in fine art in college, but never considered painting. However, once she ...

GL Hilltop Players Present 'Chicago: High School Edition'

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Governor Livingston High School Hilltop Players proudly present 'Chicago: High School Edition.' Performance dates are:  Thursday, March 28 (7:30 p.m. – ASL interpreted performance); Friday, March 29 (7:30 p.m.); and Saturday, March 30 (2:00 & 7:30 p.m.) in the Kenneth Stiefel Theatre at Governor Livingston High School.

When being a ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Encourage Towns to Pass Resolutions Calling for Restoration of Direct Train Service to NYC

March 21, 2019

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council has passed a resolution calling on Governor Murphy, DOT Commissioner Guteirrez-Scaccetti, and State Senators to restore the off-peak direct "one-seat ride" service into New York City along NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line (RVL).

 

Service was suspended on RVL, Atlantic City and Princeton Lines in 2018. The other lines have ...

Mayors of More Than 30 Towns Meet to Discuss Service on Raritan Valley Line Trains

RARITAN VALLEY, NJ -- Mayors of towns along the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) met to discuss NJ Transit’s response to three issues facing commuters on that line and how best to advocate for their residents. RVL Mayors Alliance is working to get a same platform transfer in Newark, return of the off-peak midtown direct trains and ultimately, direct trains during peak commuter hours and on ...

TAPinto Announces Former Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation President and CEO Chris Daggett as Advisor

Former President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Chris Daggett, will join TAPinto.net as an advisor. Mr. Daggett will bring over three decades of public, private and nonprofit sector leadership experience to help build on TAPinto’s success in expanding local news coverage through over 80 local franchises.

“Local news is critical to the health of our communities and ...

Radio Personality Joe Nolan Returns to Alma Mater, Holy Trinity School in Westfield

March 21, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Veteran radio traffic reporter and longtime Westfield resident Joe Nolan returned to Holy Trinity School to cut the ribbon at the new gym on Wednesday, March 20, and shared stories of his experience with current students.

Nolan, a member of the high school class of 1976, the last class to graduate when Holy Trinity still ran a high school program, toured his alma ...

Two Options for Full Day Kindergarten Presented to Berkeley Heights School Board

    

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Full Day Kindergarten is no longer just an idea – “as many as 94 percent of all school districts in the state” offer some form of Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) option. Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains and Mountainside all do said Interim Superintendent of Schools Richard Noonan.

He introduced a presentation on FDK at ...

Berkeley Heights School Board Introduces $51 M Budget; School Taxes to Rise 2.63%

 

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Residents saw the tentative budget for the 2019-202 school year last week. The $51,039,288 budget is $1,302,387 higher than the previous year’s budget.

For the owner of the average home in the township, the school tax portion of their property tax bill will go up $189 this year, the equivalent of $15.75 a month, according to Business ...

Deadline for Filing Primary Petitions with Union County Clerk Is April 1

March 14, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The deadline for filing a petition to run in a June Primary Election is Monday, April 1, 2019. Candidates who are interested, should register with the Union County Clerk's Office. 

Voters who wish to apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot can do so at two locations:

Office of the Union County Clerk 
Union County Courthouse - Election Division 
2 Broad ...

Union County Board of Elections Seeks Bilingual Poll Workers

The Union County Board of Elections is actively seeking bilingual poll workers who are eager to help the community exercise their right to vote.

Poll workers are paid $200 to work from 5:15am to 8:15pm on Election Day and must be available to work both the June Primary Election and November General Election during the year.

Poll workers must be 18 years of age, a registered voter in and a ...

Taste & Vote for Your Favorite Pie at Westfield Area YMCA’s Pizza Palooza

March 20, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Think you know who makes the best pizza in town? Put your favorites to the test and give some new places a try at the Westfield Area YMCA’s 4th Annual Pizza Palooza on Sunday.

“Pizza Palooza is a great family-fun way to support the Y’s financial assistance program,” said Sharon London,  assistant aquatic director and ...

Groupon Makes Good on Deal for Shuttered Westfield Restaurant

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Italian restaurant on Elm Street announced its final closure last Tuesday, but seven days later, Groupon hadn’t gotten the message.

As of Tuesday morning, the e-commerce marketplace was still selling Groupon deals to the restaurant. The deal: $33 for $50 worth of food, marked down from an initial offering of $35, the website stated.

By Tuesday afternoon, and ...

FCC's “Souper Sunday” explores our environment

March 8, 2019

On Sunday, March 10, First Congregational Church of Westfield, 125 Elmer Street, will sponsor its annual “Souper Sunday” event to its congregation and the public, following the morning’s worship service.

We are all aware that our environment and climate change are major issues globally. Many of us understand that we can “think globally and act locally,” yet we may ...

Taste & Vote for Your Favorite Pie at Westfield Area YMCA’s Pizza Palooza

March 20, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Think you know who makes the best pizza in town? Put your favorites to the test and give some new places a try at the Westfield Area YMCA’s 4th Annual Pizza Palooza on Sunday.

“Pizza Palooza is a great family-fun way to support the Y’s financial assistance program,” said Sharon London,  assistant aquatic director and ...

Mountainside Lt. Giannuzzi Among Local Law Enforcement Officials Joining SAGE to Deliver 'Meals on Wheels'

SUMMIT, NJ - As they are across the nation during the month of March, local officials -- including Lieutenant Joseph Giannuzzi of Mountainside are taking part in the 'Meals on Wheels America' campaign, raising awareness for isolation and poor nutrition among older Americans.

Joining Giannuzzi were four area Police Chiefs - Anthony Buccelli of New Providence, John ...

Mary Robinson, Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, Honored as CNN Hero

Mountainside and Newark, NJ – Mary Robinson, Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, is now featured on the global networks of CNN and CNN.com as a CNN Hero. Imagine, a grief support center for children and families, is beyond thrilled that Mary is being honored in this way – and that the importance of Imagine’s mission will enjoy greater reach ...

Mountainside Council Introduces the 2019 Budget

March 21, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council introduced its 2019 municipal budget at the Tuesday, March 19 meeting. The council also approved 2019 additional temporary budget appropriations as well as a temporary capital budget. Additionally, the council had a second reading and public hearing on the bond issuance ordinance.

This year’s budget is increasing approximately by $150,000 ...

Union Freeholders: Poll Workers Sought, United Youth Presents, Augie Eosso Awardee

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Elections is seeking bilingual election poll workers for this year’s primary and general election.

Freeholder Christopher Hudak explained the position requirements during Thursday night’s freeholder board meeting. Applicants must live and be registered to vote in Union County, Hudak said.

There is a payment of $200 a day for both ...

County Manager’s Political PR Side Work a Non-Issue For Union Freeholders

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Freeholders this week disputed allegations that the county manager’s work with a political consulting firm promoting local candidates presents a conflict of interest with his government duties.

The freeholders had named Edward Oatman to the position of county manager in January of last year. Oatman earned a $150,800 salary from the county in 2018, ...

Pitch in for Earth Month: Bring your Household Hazardous Waste to Free Recycling Event in Scotch Plains, April 6

March 20, 2019

Bonus: “Mercury Bounty”$5.00 gift card for residents turning in mercury thermostats

UNION COUNTY, NJ – As Earth Month approaches, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering a simple, easy way for residents 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 ...

Celebrate the Environmental Heroes of Your Community this Spring

Nominations are still open for the annual Union County Environmental Hero awards. Each year, the Environmental Hero program recognizes local citizens, businesses and organizations that inspire, motivate, and act to help preserve and protect natural resources in Union County and beyond.

The Environmental Hero program is a partnership between the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the ...

New Grief Support Center to Open in Newark

March 20, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- Imagine Newark, a new grief support center in Newark, NJ, will open its doors in April 2019. The new center provides free year-round peer grief support programs for children and teens aged 3-18, and young adults aged 18-30, who are coping with loss due to the death of a parent, brother, sister, or other important person in their lives. The program also provides separate support ...

Mary Robinson, Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, Honored as CNN Hero

Mountainside and Newark, NJ – Mary Robinson, Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, is now featured on the global networks of CNN and CNN.com as a CNN Hero. Imagine, a grief support center for children and families, is beyond thrilled that Mary is being honored in this way – and that the importance of Imagine’s mission will enjoy greater reach ...

Girls on the Run Chapters in Need of Coaches

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Girls on the Run (GOTR) of New Jersey East is currently seeking volunteers to empower girls through running for the spring 2019 season at various locations throughout the area.

GOTR is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and ...

Rake & Hoe Juniors Make Miniature Gardens for State Flower Show

March 13, 2019

Junior members of the Rake & Hoe Garden Club of Westfield met Feb. 27 to make Miniature Gardens for submission to the New Jersey State Flower Show to be held in April. The garden designs are based on a favorite children's book or fairytale. The books that were chosen were: Where the Wild Things Are, The Secret Garden; Mulan; The Little Mermaid; Rapunzel; Snow White; Alice in ...

Man Charged With Manslaughter in Hit-and-Run That Led to Fanwood Resident Meghan Crilly's Death

March 20, 2019

LINDEN, NJ -- A Linden man is in custody and charged with multiple serious crimes in connection with the hit-and-run killing of  a pedestrian on Jan. 20, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced at a press conference held Wednesday afternoon. 

Ibn Collins, 39, is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, ...

Mountainside Police Respond to Attempted Burglary

March 21, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - On March 16, at 8:05pm Mountainside Police responded to a report of an attempted burglary to an unoccupied home on Pembrook Rd. Two male actors with their faces covered attempted to gain entry to the home by forcing the locked front door. Both actors immediately fled the scene when confronted without gaining entry to the home and after the homeowner remotely set off the alarm ...

Man Charged With Manslaughter in Hit-and-Run That Led to Fanwood Resident Meghan Crilly's Death

LINDEN, NJ -- A Linden man is in custody and charged with multiple serious crimes in connection with the hit-and-run killing of  a pedestrian on Jan. 20, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced at a press conference held Wednesday afternoon. 

Ibn Collins, 39, is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, ...

NJSP Conducts Fatal Investigation from Sunday Morning Fatal Crash on 78 in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - New Jersey State Police are conducting a fatal investigation at the scene of a one car accident Sunday morning on I 78 east bound at mile marker 43.2. 

The Berkeley Heights Fire Department was dispatched at 5:01 a.m., said Deputy Chief Jim Hopkins. Members from Rescue 1 used the Jaws of Life on two patients trapped in vehicle.  It was reported the passenger was ...

Radio Personality Joe Nolan Returns to Alma Mater, Holy Trinity School in Westfield

March 21, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Veteran radio traffic reporter and longtime Westfield resident Joe Nolan returned to Holy Trinity School to cut the ribbon at the new gym on Wednesday, March 20, and shared stories of his experience with current students.

Nolan, a member of the high school class of 1976, the last class to graduate when Holy Trinity still ran a high school program, toured his alma ...

Former NJ Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Shot Dead, Authorities Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 70-year-old man who served as a priest in Westfield and was later accused of sex abuse was found shot dead at his home in Nevada, authorities said.

Officers found John Capparelli with a gunshot wound to his neck at his residence in Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Clark County Coroner-Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on ...

FCC's “Souper Sunday” explores our environment

On Sunday, March 10, First Congregational Church of Westfield, 125 Elmer Street, will sponsor its annual “Souper Sunday” event to its congregation and the public, following the morning’s worship service.

We are all aware that our environment and climate change are major issues globally. Many of us understand that we can “think globally and act locally,” yet we may ...

Seton Hall Pirates Play Wofford Terriers Tonight in First Round of March Madness Tourney

March 21, 2019

The Seton Hall Pirates No. 10 take on the Wofford Terriers No. 7 tonight in the first round of the March Madness Tournament.

Game time begins at 9:40 p.m. on CBS. The teams will face each other at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., in the Midwest Division.

There are three things to know about tonight’s game, the Seton Hall Pirates report.

One: The Terriers have ...

GL High School Girls Swim Team Honored by Berkeley Heights School Board

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  The Board of Education honored the Governor Livingston Girls Varsity Swim Team at its March 14 meeting. The team won the Central Jersey Group C Championship for the third time in a row.

Head Coach David Closs said the team won in “epic fashion. It came down to the very last relay and was touch and go for the last four hundred yards,” with the ...

GL Girls JV Basketball Team Honored as 2019 Union County Tournament Champs by School Board

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Thursday, March 14, may go down in Governor Livingston High School sports history -- the Berkeley Heights Board of Education honored two teams and one individual athlete at the beginning of its meeting. What made this special was every athlete being honored was a young woman.

The last group to be honored was the GL Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Team, which ...

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In Westfield, NJ, a Dream to Help People Live Better Through Food at Fettle + Fare

March 17, 2019

Opening a new restaurant is rarely an easy task, and for Fettle + Fare owner Amanda Vargas, who has multiple sclerosis and is legally blind, the journey to create her shop in Westfield, NJ, was extra challenging. 

It was here that she created a space that is more to her than a place to find tasty, nutritious food. It’s a symbol of growth and helping others ...

For Parents Like Me, Pot Legalization in New Jersey is a Dilemma

I like Gov. Phil Murphy, but he's making a liar out of me. Me and millions of parents. For a couple of generations now, mothers and fathers have been warning children about the dangers of pot smoking. Now the governor comes along and tells them there is no Santa Claus.

I’ve been warning my children about pot for 20 years. That’s not exaggeration. It started when my ...

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Cardio Fundraising Class at THE MAX Challenge of ...

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Pitch in for Earth Month: Bring your Household Hazardous Waste to Free Recycling Event in Scotch Plains, April 6

March 20, 2019

Bonus: “Mercury Bounty”$5.00 gift card for residents turning in mercury thermostats

UNION COUNTY, NJ – As Earth Month approaches, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering a simple, easy way for residents 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 ...

The Joy of Backyard Birdfeeding

March 21, 2019

Please join the Hanson Park Conservancy on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 PM at the Cranford Community Center for the presentation, “The Joy of Backyard Bird Feeding.” Pete Axelrod from Wild Birds Unlimited of Scotch Plains will discuss how attracting birds is a great way to bring us closer to nature while offering hours of enjoyment.  This program familiarizes participants with using ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update

March 10, 2019

STAFFORD - We are several days into March, and the month sure has roared in like a lion. The water temperatures have remained low and need to see an increase of several degrees before the striped bass become active.

The big news of the past few days has been the revelation that the New Jersey summer flounder regulations have been pretty much set. I understand that there is still one ...

Scandal!

Being the mom of two little ones I must admit writing this monthly column, while being something I thoroughly enjoy, often ends up getting done last minute.  Month after month I find myself racking my brain for something to write about two days before I need to submit.  Silver lining time: earlier this week news broke of the college admissions cheating scandal and suddenly my ...

What is the Berkeley Heights Board of Education Doing?

March 20, 2019

Dear Editor,

It’s been over eight months since the Berkeley Heights teacher contract has expired. Many students came to voice their concerns about the teacher contract at the Board of Education meeting on March 14. The Board’s response to the students who spoke, myself included, made us question their leadership.

One main student concern is acquiring teacher recommendations. We ...