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Mountainside's Beechwood School Celebrates New Playground with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Funded through Union County Matching Grant

May 21, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Beechwood School celebrated their new playgrounds with a ribbon cutting on Monday, May 20th thanks to two generous grants from the Board of Union County Chosen Freeholders, and funds from other community/school organizations.

The first grant, the Kids Recreation Trust, was for $30,000 with matching monies provided by the PTO, the Mountainside Education Foundation (MEF), ...

Founder of North Plainfield’s Moms Helping Moms Foundation Receives Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award

MAHWAH, NJ — Unsung heroes from throughout New Jersey earned recognition for their compassion and concern for others as part of the 23rd Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award ceremony at Ramapo College on May 3, and North Plainfield based Moms Helping Moms Foundation was awarded one of the $7,500 cash prizes for Bridget Cutler's outstanding contribution and ...

Hanratty from the Deerfield Middle School Wins 1st Place in Arbor Day Poetry Contest

Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholder Andrea Staten congratulate Kelly Hanratty from the Deerfield Middle School in Mountainside on winning First place in the eighth grade category of the 2019 Union County Arbor Day “Young Writers of Union County” poetry contest.

All contestants ranging from grade 4 through grade 8 prepared an original work in an effort ...

Berkeley Heights PAL 8th Grade Boys Lacrosse Advance in NJJL Play-Off

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights PAL 8th grade boys lacrosse team beat Lyndhurst by a score of 14-7 on Saturday, May 18 to advance to the semifinals of the North Jersey Junior Lacrosse League (NJJLL) A Flight at Snyder Field.  

Cheered on by players from the younger lacrosse teams, the 8th grade team is the first team playing under the “Berkeley Heights” banner to ...

Hanratty from the Deerfield Middle School Wins 1st Place in Arbor Day Poetry Contest

May 20, 2019

Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholder Andrea Staten congratulate Kelly Hanratty from the Deerfield Middle School in Mountainside on winning First place in the eighth grade category of the 2019 Union County Arbor Day “Young Writers of Union County” poetry contest.

All contestants ranging from grade 4 through grade 8 prepared an original work in an effort ...

Downtown Will Come Alive with Inaugural Berkeley Heights Block Party, June 9

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Thousands are expected to flock to Springfield Avenue in downtown Berkeley Heights from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 for the inaugural Berkeley Heights Block Party. The event showcases the best of the town, with activities, food, music and crafts for the entire family.

The Summer Block Party is presented by Primrose School of Berkeley Heights and ...

Sopranos prequel brings 1967 Newark back to life

The plethora of pork pie hats and classic black-and-white cop cars, captured by camera crews, not only told onlookers that the scene had changed on Branford Place in downtown Newark.

It also showed them that time was reversed to the city's turbulent 1960s, as Hollywood magic made a cinematic fever dream real. 

Several blocks are serving this week as the set for the upcoming film ...

Downtown Will Come Alive with Inaugural Berkeley Heights Block Party, June 9

May 20, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Thousands are expected to flock to Springfield Avenue in downtown Berkeley Heights from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 for the inaugural Berkeley Heights Block Party. The event showcases the best of the town, with activities, food, music and crafts for the entire family.

The Summer Block Party is presented by Primrose School of Berkeley Heights and ...

VIDEO: Rep. Tom Malinowski (NJ, D-7) Takes to House Floor in Washington to Advocate for One-Seat Rides on Raritan Valley Line

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ, D-7) spoke on the House Floor in Washington on Wednesday, May 15, to highlight the lack of one-seat ride access on NJ TRANSIT's Raritan Valley Line into New York City. (Video below.)

Madam Speaker, today I rise to highlight the struggle that rail commuters in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District face each day.

Public ...

Cathy Engelbert, of Berkeley Heights, Named WNBA Commissioner

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Mountainside's Beechwood School Celebrates New Playground with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Funded through Union County Matching Grant

May 21, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Beechwood School celebrated their new playgrounds with a ribbon cutting on Monday, May 20th thanks to two generous grants from the Board of Union County Chosen Freeholders, and funds from other community/school organizations.

The first grant, the Kids Recreation Trust, was for $30,000 with matching monies provided by the PTO, the Mountainside Education Foundation (MEF), ...

Hanratty from the Deerfield Middle School Wins 1st Place in Arbor Day Poetry Contest

Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholder Andrea Staten congratulate Kelly Hanratty from the Deerfield Middle School in Mountainside on winning First place in the eighth grade category of the 2019 Union County Arbor Day “Young Writers of Union County” poetry contest.

All contestants ranging from grade 4 through grade 8 prepared an original work in an effort ...

Berkeley Heights Board of Education Honors Teachers of the Year, Retirees

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Last week, the Board of Education honored its Educators of the Year at a special meeting held in Governor Livingston High School auditorium. Each of the teachers had already received balloons and a bouquet earlier in the spring during a surprise visit to each teacher's classroom to announce they had been named their building's Educator of the Year.

Thursday ...

Fanwood Political Flier Reprints TAPintoSPF Story Without Permission; TAPinto Does Not Endorse Political Candidates

May 17, 2019

FANWOOD, NJ -- A political flier has been distributed door-to-door in Fanwood that republishes a TAPintoSPF.net interview of Freeholder Al Mirabella and his wife, Phyllis, without permission and appears to imply that TAPinto endorses Column A candidates. 

The flier was forwarded to TAPintoSPF by a resident of Maclennan Place in Fanwood who inquired whether TAPintoSPF had printed ...

Pop-Up Diner Theatre Coming to Summit May 21

May 16, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ - The second annual Jersey Diner Theatre series is again making a stop in the Hilltop City, with a pop-up performance at Summit's Broadway Diner on May 21, from 7 - 9 p.m. Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre members will perform live while patrons enjoy their meals.

Discover Jersey Arts (DJA) presents the event as part of the Jersey Diner ...

Let’s Get Sipping at the Pour Into Summer Wine Festival

Come for a wine-derful time. Leave grapefully happy. 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ —Get ready to “Sip. Savor. Celebrate” at the Pour Into Summer Wine Festival taking place June 8 and 9 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at The Mt Carmel Society in Berkeley Heights. Come wine down with some of New Jersey’s best wineries as they kick off the summer season in ...

Beer in Westfield: Microbrewery ‘Proud to be Loud’ Coming to Town

WESTFIELD, NJ — There’s a brewery in the hopper for this town.

The Planning Board on Monday approved Lions Roar Brewing Company’s application to build a microbrewery at 515-523 South Avenue West, the board’s secretary, Linda Jacus, said.

A website for the company states the following: “A neighborhood brewery coming to Westfield, NJ.”

A Twitter page for ...

Mountainside's Beechwood School Celebrates New Playground with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Funded through Union County Matching Grant

May 21, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Beechwood School celebrated their new playgrounds with a ribbon cutting on Monday, May 20th thanks to two generous grants from the Board of Union County Chosen Freeholders, and funds from other community/school organizations.

The first grant, the Kids Recreation Trust, was for $30,000 with matching monies provided by the PTO, the Mountainside Education Foundation (MEF), ...

Founder of North Plainfield’s Moms Helping Moms Foundation Receives Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award

MAHWAH, NJ — Unsung heroes from throughout New Jersey earned recognition for their compassion and concern for others as part of the 23rd Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award ceremony at Ramapo College on May 3, and North Plainfield based Moms Helping Moms Foundation was awarded one of the $7,500 cash prizes for Bridget Cutler's outstanding contribution and ...

Valairco Heating and Cooling Continues Charity Program Donating $500 Each Quarter

MANVILLE, NJ - During the course of the last year, Valairco Heating & Cooling has made a $500 donation each quarter to a charity or nonprofit from nominations by their customers, friends and the general public.

The most recent winner is Leah’s Lemonade, who is a 9-year-old young lady who has been raising money for the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad -- ...

Mountainside's Beechwood School Celebrates New Playground with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Funded through Union County Matching Grant

May 21, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Beechwood School celebrated their new playgrounds with a ribbon cutting on Monday, May 20th thanks to two generous grants from the Board of Union County Chosen Freeholders, and funds from other community/school organizations.

The first grant, the Kids Recreation Trust, was for $30,000 with matching monies provided by the PTO, the Mountainside Education Foundation (MEF), ...

Union County Freeholders Call for NJ Transit Reforms, Boost in State Funding

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Freeholder Board is supporting reforms at NJ Transit and a proposed increase in funding for the state's transportation agency.

On Thursday night, the freeholder board unanimously approved a resolution “supporting an increase in funding for NJ Transit in this year’s New Jersey State budget to implement both the recommendations ...

Union County Freeholders Seek Investigation of Power Line Upgrades

ELIZABETH, NJ – Residents from Cranford and Westfield turned out in strong numbers at the Union County Freeholders meeting Thursday night to lobby against a plan for taller utility poles and more powerful electric lines slated for the two municipalities.

The concerned residents filled the room, and about 25 of them spoke to the board at length on their opposition to the plan before the ...

Berkeley Heights PAL 8th Grade Boys Lacrosse Advance in NJJL Play-Off

May 20, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights PAL 8th grade boys lacrosse team beat Lyndhurst by a score of 14-7 on Saturday, May 18 to advance to the semifinals of the North Jersey Junior Lacrosse League (NJJLL) A Flight at Snyder Field.  

Cheered on by players from the younger lacrosse teams, the 8th grade team is the first team playing under the “Berkeley Heights” banner to ...

Heights Heat PAL U8 Softball Tournament Honors Annie Young; Retires #19

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This year's Heights Heat PAL U8 softball tournament held a larger meaning than naming the spring season's champion. This Sunday's tournament was played in honor of Annie Young, who recently passed away on May 4, 2019. 

The six teams competing in the tournament lined the field holding signs and some wore specially made #19 jerseys in ...

Gov. Livingston  Knocks Off New Providence and Pequannock Before State Playoffs  Begin  Monday Against Rumson

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Gov. Livingston Highlander baseball team  wrapped up an impressive 18-4 regular season with an 11-1 mercy  win over Pequannock, Saturday afternoon at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. Sophomore Michael Shaffer (2-1) tossed a  6 inning 2 hitter and the Highlander offense broke out of a mini slump scoring 9 runs in the last two innings to break open a ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Ice Cream, You Smile

May 18, 2019

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

Frankie and Annette went on one, as did Gidget and Moondoggie. Archie was known to enjoy one with Betty and sometimes with Veronica, too.  Even Samantha and both Darrins got into the act. If we take a page from the retro dating handbook, you might just want to join the crowd and take your sweetie on ...

Foxes Herald Nature’s Resurgence in Suburban New Jersey

For most of my life the only time I saw a red fox it was probably a raccoon. They have those same glow-in-the-headlights silvery eyes.

But a few years ago, I began to see a once-rare piece of roadkill with greater frequency. No matter how flattened the rest of the fox was, it’s bushy-tail would blow around in the highway draft of cars and trucks as they raced past.

I assumed the ...

Dear Susan: Beauty Tips from a Beauty Expert, Father's Day 2019

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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Malinowski Makes Case for One-Seat Ride on House Floor

May 16, 2019

WASHINGTON - New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7th) spoke on the House Floor Wednesday to highlight the lack of one-seat ride access on the Raritan Valley Line into New York City.

Here are his remarks:

“Madam Speaker, today I rise to highlight the struggle that rail commuters in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District face each day.

Public transportation is vital to my state, ...

86th Annual Spring Troop Show Highlights Local Riders

May 21, 2019

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites everyone to come out to Union County’s Watchung Stable, located in the Watchung Reservation in Mountainside, and enjoy the 86th Annual Spring Troop Show beginning on Friday, May 24.

“The equestrian arts have been a Union County tradition since 1933, and the Freeholder Board is very proud to continue Watchung Stable as an ...