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Joe Apfelbaum Tells Ellen Volpe How to Go From Frustration to MOJOvation on Opportunity Calls

November 23, 2020

LONG ISLAND, NY -- Ellen Volpe, President of American Business Associates, spoke with Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union, on a recent episode of Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Apfelbaum’s position as CEO of an internet-based marketing company is only one of his many roles. “Joe is a business mentor, leader, direct marketing guru, extraordinary networker, educator, ...

Gov. Murphy Addresses Verbal Confrontation During Family Outing in Red Bank

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

Area Teen Brings Thanksgiving Meals to Families Battling Homelessness

ELIZABETH, NJ - As a way of giving thanks and giving back, area teen Sebastian Nativo is helping to ensure that 16 families have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious mean this Thanksgiving holiday.

Working with Family Promise Union County in Elizabeth, The seventh grader from Rahway has been collecting donations to fill holiday boxes with a cornucopia of ingredients to prepare a ...

7 Gov. Livingston High School Students Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program

November 22, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- The National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSQT) has announced its Class of 2021 commended students, recognizing seven Governor Livingston seniors: Matthew Chin, Caitlin Dougherty, Zachary Glenn, Desmond Lam, Aidan Pine, Joshua Vaidman, and Richard Wetterer.

Each year about 50,000 students across the country earn the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores. 34,000 of ...

Poll Finds Mixed Views on Remote Learning in New Jersey

A new statewide poll found that New Jersey families want a better remote education experience for their children who have been forced to forego in-person learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group on behalf of JerseyCAN and the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, also identified stark racial and income disparities in access to the ...

Berkeley Heights Board of Education Discusses Student Challenges Surrounding Virtual Learning

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — Education sure isn’t easy during a pandemic. The Coronavirus crisis has resulted in unprecedented challenges for educators, students and parents alike.

Just last Saturday, Nov. 14, Berkeley Heights Superintendent of Schools Melisa Varley announced Governor Livingston High School would be all virtual until Dec. 7. In the same announcement, Varley noted the ...

Kean Concedes 7th Congressional District Election to Malinowski

November 19, 2020

State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. has conceded the 7th Congressional District election to Democratic incumbent Tom Malinowski, who will be sworn to a second term in the House of Representatives in January, 2021.

Down by more than 11 percent on Election Night, Kean and his supporters held out hope as the margin narrowed over the past two weeks as the paper ballots were counted by election officials in ...

Young and Cianciulli Unofficial Winners of Berkeley Heights School Board Elections

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Joy Young and Robert Cianciulli are the unofficial winners of two seats on the Board of Education (BOE). When the county first posted results on Nov. 3, Young and Cianciulli led in the five-candidate race. They maintained their lead throughout, following a robust campaign season.  

Young and Cianciulli will fill the seats of Dr. Gerard Crisonino and Bill ...

Differing Narratives Emerge on Restaurant Group's Handling of Summit Roots Steakhouse COVID-19 Outbreak

November 14, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - Harvest Restaurant Group of Morris Plains -- which operates 14 dining establishments in New Jersey, including Roots Steakhouse in Summit -- is getting grilled on social media over the way some claim it has handled a COVID-19 outbreak that caused the two-week closure of four of their restaurants. Shuttered for a fortnight are Roots Steakhouse and the ...

Roots Customers During 10-Day November Window Advised to Get Tested for COVID-19

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit and the Westfield Regional Health Department have issued the following guidance regarding the COVID-19 outbreak at Roots Steakhouse in Summit. Multiple employees at the restaurant have tested positive for the virus and the establishment closed on November 12. The City confirmed that the restaurant will remain closed for two weeks.

According to the ...

Delicious Heights Closes Temporarily After Employee Tests Positive for Covid-19

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Delicious Heights in Berkeley Heights is closed for business for an undetermined period of time beginning today because an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The restaurant let its patrons know of the closing by posting a message on Facebook.

The employee "was in close contact with a person outside of the restaurant who tested positive for ...

Area Teen Brings Thanksgiving Meals to Families Battling Homelessness

November 23, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - As a way of giving thanks and giving back, area teen Sebastian Nativo is helping to ensure that 16 families have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious mean this Thanksgiving holiday.

Working with Family Promise Union County in Elizabeth, The seventh grader from Rahway has been collecting donations to fill holiday boxes with a cornucopia of ingredients to prepare a ...

The Liberty Group Holds 1st Annual Coat Drive to Benefit Howard's Mission

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Liberty Group, celebrating their 100th year in business, is holding their 1st Annual Coat Drive from December 1 through December 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drop off bins are located at the front entrance of their 50 Industrial Road, Berkeley Heights headquarters.

Let's give a helping hand to those in need!

Before the New Year, The Liberty Group will send all ...

Fanwood's Famous Christmas House Brings Joy, Raises $ for NJ Institute for Disabilities

FANWOOD, NJ – Despite the 70-degree weather earlier this week, Greg Roser was preparing for the holiday season.

"Fanwood's Famous Christmas House" display at 83 Paterson Rd is evolving and is more than 50% complete. Roser undertakes the annual fundraising effort as  memorial to Rosemary "Rosie" Merced, a former co-worker who died from cancer earlier ...

Gov. Murphy Addresses Verbal Confrontation During Family Outing in Red Bank

November 23, 2020

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

BREAKING: Governor Murphy Retightens Restrictions on Gatherings

NEW JERSEY-  Due to the increase spread of Covid-19, Governor Murphy has signed an Executive Order retightening restrictions on gatherings.

Effective Tuesday, November 17, indoor gatherings limited to a maximum of 10 people.
Effective Monday, November 23, outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 150 people.

According to Murphy, religious services, celebrations, weddings ...

'We Are in the Midst of a War': Murphy Announces Further COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses Possible

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that he will sign an Executive Order giving municipalities and counties the option to regulate the operating hours of non-essential businesses after 8:00 p.m. He noted that often, as the night progresses, people let their guard down (when it comes to masks and social distancing),

“Our surgical approach empowers local officials to take ...

Summit Robotics Lab Co-Founder Charged with Sexual Crimes Against Three Students

November 19, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Christopher P. Marbaix, co-founder of a Summit-based robotics laboratory 'Robot Revolution', has been charged with sexual crimes against three students who attended classes there, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Summit Police Chief Andrew Bartolotti jointly announced Thursday. 

Marbaix, 59, is charged with two counts of second-degree ...

'BH Unfiltered' Joins Forces With GLHS Students Activism Club With Goals of Social Justice and Education

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- After the Berkeley Heights ‘March for Black Lives’ protest in June, following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, members of the community came together to form “BH Unfiltered,” a group committed to racial justice and spreading understanding through the community. 

Originally founded by all Governor ...

Girls Soccer: Freer & Post Lead Gov. Livingston to 6-1 Victory in Season Finale

November 21, 2020

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — It turned out to be a nice finishing touch on a frustrating fall season for the Gov. Livingston girls’ soccer team today.

After being denied from advancing in the Union County Tournament and participating in the NJSIAA post season due to a Covid quarantine, the Lady Highlanders were able to take to the ...

Gov. Livingston's Samantha Erickson Signs to Play Soccer at Fairfield University

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On National Signing Day, Samantha "Sami" Erickson signed to play soccer with Fairfield University with her family and Gov. Livingston girls' head soccer coach Mike Roof by her side.

Playing Division 1 soccer has been a dream for Erickson, and once she experienced Stag culture for a day, she knew Fairfield was the perfect fit.

Coach Roof is confident ...

Thanksgiving Day Football Game Details and Status

NEW PROVIDENCE/BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Athletic Departments of Governor Livingston High School and New Providence High School would like to update our community on our upcoming Thanksgiving football game.

During the 2019-2020 school year, both Athletic Departments and Administrations met to discuss the status of the game for the coming season(s). Both districts agreed to move ...

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Union County Freeholders Remind Residents of Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Union County’s New #SmashItDontTrashIt Campaign Makes New Green Energy from Old Halloween Pumpkins

Union County residents can put their Jack o’ Lanterns to good use after Halloween by participating in Union County’s new Pumpkin Recycling Program. The pumpkins will be collected by Union County and other local governments and brought to an organic waste recycler in Elizabeth, where they will be transformed into green energy.

“The Pumpkin Recycling Program is an easy, ...

NJ Restaurants Look to ‘Bubbles’ to Stay Afloat This Winter

November 22, 2020

In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles.

Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an essential part of their business plan, as indoor dining is currently capped at 12 ...

Union County Freeholders, Union County Improvement Authority Cut Ribbon on New Oak Ridge Park Athletic Field

November 23, 2020

New field includes top-notch Olympic running track, soccer and lacrosse field, field house with lockers and concession, bleachers, press box and track and field amenities

The Union County Freeholders today joined with members of the Union County Improvement Authority, Union County College, Clark residents and officials today in cutting the ribbon at the new Oak Ridge Park Athletic ...

Thank you from St. Joseph Social Service Center

November 23, 2020

Beloved neighbors, you have done it again. We are beyond thankful to all of you.  Thanks to your generosity, our food pantry has been stocked and restocked over and over with donations from all our neighboring communities, and we have been able to share that food with over 700 households this week.  Please know that every item and every dollar that you donate is even more ...