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The Future is Clear: Tarot as a Hobby at GL

January 21, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Fortune-telling isn’t just for the Halloween season. One of the most universally practiced forms of fortune-telling and future forecasting is tarot. Tarot consists of a deck of cards, all with different meanings, that are placed in specific formations in order to “predict” certain outcomes. 

While tarot cards might seem too witchy for year-round ...

Weather Alert: Temperatures Plummet Causing Slippery Conditions

UNION COUNTY, NJ -  According to the Union County weather alert issued Sunday evening, temperatures will plummet through tonight well below freezing creating slippery conditions. As these temperatures fall, plenty of residual moisture and leftover standing water on area roads will freeze, or remain frozen. This will lead to areas of black ice. Anyone out driving or walking should be prepared ...

Heavy Weight Champion Damon Ippolito is Named Valairco Heating & Cooling Highlander Athlete of the Week

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Gov. Livingston senior wrestler Damon Ippolito, seeded third, pinned top-seeded Griffin Keats of Rahway at 1:57 to take the heavy weight crown at the UCT in Union last Saturday. Additionally, Ippolito was named the Outstanding Wrestler in the upper weights.

For winning the Union County Wrestling Heavy Weight Championship and being named Outstanding ...

Rutgers Student Turns Microorganisms Into Works of Art

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A doctoral student in ecology and evolution is turning microorganisms into art, and her hobby into a powerful tool for genomics studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Julia Van Etten’s Couch Microscopy Instagram page has attracted close to 18,000 followers in a year and a half, thanks to her breathtakingly detailed videos and photos of diatoms, algae, ...

Rutgers Student Turns Microorganisms Into Works of Art

January 20, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A doctoral student in ecology and evolution is turning microorganisms into art, and her hobby into a powerful tool for genomics studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Julia Van Etten’s Couch Microscopy Instagram page has attracted close to 18,000 followers in a year and a half, thanks to her breathtakingly detailed videos and photos of diatoms, algae, ...

“Art from the HEART” Exhibit at Freeholders Gallery

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present artwork from the Art from the HEART fine arts program on display at the Freeholders Gallery now until February 14. The public is invited to visit the Freeholders Gallery any time during regular business hours weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration Building, located ...

Senior Corner: Come Out and Play Bingo

Come out and play some fun filled rounds of bingo on Saturdays starting 1/19-2/9!  Sweet treats and beverages will be provided!  Prizes will be awarded to winners of each round!  We hope to see people of all ages and the cost is FREE! Starts at 12:00 Noon in the Mountainside Community Room. RSVP: Mountainside Recreation Department. 908-232-0015

Meet the Master Brewer of Untied Brewing Company, Opening in New Providence

January 15, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Untied Brewing Company is gearing up for the opening of their brewery and tasting room to the public very soon. Through meticulous planning with world and national award-winning Head Brewer, Tim Stumpf, Untied has spared no expense in making their brewery the best it can be from the very start.  

Tim Stumpf is a beer, sports and nature lover from Newark, DE with a ...

Spotlight on Business Features My Little Party Place: Celebrating 1st Anniversary with Pizza Party

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - TAPinto Spotlight on Business features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories.

This edition features My Little Party Place celebrating their 1st anniversary in their Berkeley Heights party ...

GWACC Kicks Off 2019 with Networking in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tepp Accounting Services/Tepp Financial Planning in Downtown Westfield hosted about 40 local business people Wednesday morning at the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s first open networking breakfast of 2019.

“We’re very grateful we had such a wonderful turnout. I want to give a big thank-you to the chamber,” said owner David Tepp, ...

Gov. Livingston Senior Yuki Schwab Plays Carnegie Hall

January 17, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Many Gov. Livingston students have hidden talents, whether in music, visual arts, sports, or other areas. Among these talented teenagers is Yuki Schwab, a senior at Governor Livingston, whose piano ability has taken her as far as Carnegie Hall.

As Grand Prix winner of the 15th Annual Russian Music Competition 2018, Schwab performed at Weill Recital Hall of ...

Technology Survey, Superintendent Search, Revamping Media Centers, Contract Woes Highlight Jan. 7 School Board Meeting

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Monday night's Reorganization Meeting of the school board was a long one. The public session, which began at 7:30 p.m., ended about 11:30 p.m. 

When meeting attendees arrived, they were greeted by sign-carrying members of the Berkeley Heights Education Association (BHEA) outside the school. Inside the multi-purpose room used for the meeting, more BHEA members ...

What's Too Much? Westfield Talk to Tackle Overuse of Cell Phones

Updated: 11:52 a.m. Jan. 7

The forum is called “This is Your Brain on Phones: Smartphone Overuse.”

WESTFIELD, NJ – Cell phones have become increasingly more powerful devices, with more features than some brains can handle.

This is among the topics set for discussion at an upcoming talk at the Westfield Public Library. The forum, organized by the ...

Trader Joe’s Releases 10th Annual Customer Choice Awards

January 20, 2019

WESTFIELD and NATIONAL -- Trader Joe’s, the popular supermarket featuring organic, vegan and everyday items -- and "Two-Buck Chuck" wines -- has released its 10th annual Customer Choice Awards, a list of favorite products by category. 

Overall, the top entree was Mandarin Orange Chicken, followed by Cauliflower Gnocchi and Chicken Tikka ...

Meet the Master Brewer of Untied Brewing Company, Opening in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Untied Brewing Company is gearing up for the opening of their brewery and tasting room to the public very soon. Through meticulous planning with world and national award-winning Head Brewer, Tim Stumpf, Untied has spared no expense in making their brewery the best it can be from the very start.  

Tim Stumpf is a beer, sports and nature lover from Newark, DE with a ...

Poke Bowls Come to Westfield with Opening of Orgreen

WESTFIELD, NJ — Hawaiian-inspired Poke Bowls are coming to Downtown Westfield this weekend.

Orgreen, located at 132 East Broad St., is set to begin serving on Saturday with a formal opening to be held at 11 a.m., the restaurant’s manager, Kidd Fang, said.

Poke Bowls, which are comprised of diced raw fish served over rice and vegetables, will be served at the eatery located ...

Westfield 5K to Honor 19-year-old Who Died in 2017 House Fire

January 19, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – Jake Tooley was 19 when he died in a house fire.

Since the 2017 blaze, the community has rallied around his family, which also lost their puppy in the flames that destroyed the Prospect Street home.

Sam Tooley, Jake’s now 26-year-old brother, subsequently formed the Tooley Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit founded in his brother’s honor. The ...

“Art from the HEART” Exhibit at Freeholders Gallery

January 20, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present artwork from the Art from the HEART fine arts program on display at the Freeholders Gallery now until February 14. The public is invited to visit the Freeholders Gallery any time during regular business hours weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration Building, located ...

Code Blue in Effect, Union County Looks to Add Shelter in Elizabeth

In Union County, the 2018 Point-in-Time Count Found 459 Homeless Persons

ELIZABETH, NJ – With the proposed addition of a shelter to the roster of places the homeless can go during freezing temperatures, Union County government is looking out for its homeless population.

The “Code Blue Emergency Shelter Initiative” is designed to “prevent death and injury among ...

NJ Congressman Tom Malinowski Opens Office in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Citing its centralized location, easy access to highways and proximity to the Somerville train station, New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski (D-7th) has opened a temporary district office in Somerville at 58 E. Main St. to handle constituent needs.

The flagship District Office will be located at 75-77 N Bridge St. Somerville. The facility is currently undergoing construction which ...

What's Too Much? Westfield Talk to Tackle Overuse of Cell Phones

January 9, 2019

Updated: 11:52 a.m. Jan. 7

The forum is called “This is Your Brain on Phones: Smartphone Overuse.”

WESTFIELD, NJ – Cell phones have become increasingly more powerful devices, with more features than some brains can handle.

This is among the topics set for discussion at an upcoming talk at the Westfield Public Library. The forum, organized by the ...

Excel Physical Therapy Takes Over Long-Vacant Springfield Avenue Storefront

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy (“EXCEL”), Northern New Jersey’s premier provider of orthopedic physical therapy for nearly 30 years, last week opened an office at 410 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights, NJ. This spacious, open-concept physical therapy facility moved into the storefront next to Pet Supplies Plus, which longtime residents may recall ...

Weather Alert: Temperatures Plummet Causing Slippery Conditions

January 20, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ -  According to the Union County weather alert issued Sunday evening, temperatures will plummet through tonight well below freezing creating slippery conditions. As these temperatures fall, plenty of residual moisture and leftover standing water on area roads will freeze, or remain frozen. This will lead to areas of black ice. Anyone out driving or walking should be prepared ...

Tips for Driving in Mountainside in Snow and Ice

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, about 46 percent of all crashes involving bad weather take place in the winter.

This weekend's forecast, which has precipitated New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to ...

Mountainside Council Reorganizes; Messler and Pater Sworn-in

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council held its reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8 featuring the swearing in ceremonies of Councilman Robert Messler and Councilwoman Rachel Pater for their three year terms. Additionally, the council appointed members to various borough committees and organizations. The officers for the Fire Department and the Rescue Squad were also sworn-in, as was ...

Heavy Weight Champion Damon Ippolito is Named Valairco Heating & Cooling Highlander Athlete of the Week

January 20, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Gov. Livingston senior wrestler Damon Ippolito, seeded third, pinned top-seeded Griffin Keats of Rahway at 1:57 to take the heavy weight crown at the UCT in Union last Saturday. Additionally, Ippolito was named the Outstanding Wrestler in the upper weights.

For winning the Union County Wrestling Heavy Weight Championship and being named Outstanding ...

Westfield 5K to Honor 19-year-old Who Died in 2017 House Fire

WESTFIELD, NJ – Jake Tooley was 19 when he died in a house fire.

Since the 2017 blaze, the community has rallied around his family, which also lost their puppy in the flames that destroyed the Prospect Street home.

Sam Tooley, Jake’s now 26-year-old brother, subsequently formed the Tooley Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit founded in his brother’s honor. The ...

Highlander Cheerleaders Bring Home Two Wins During Its First Competition Weekend

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston Varsity Cheerleading Squad attended and placed first in its first competition of its winter season on Saturday, Jan. 12. The sixteen member team, including four alternates, attended the competition at Hackensack High School where teams from all around New Jersey competed to represent their schools.

The Cheerleaders competed in the Cheer and Dance ...

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Family-Friendly Chocolate Festival Coming to New Jersey Jan. 27

January 19, 2019

Attention chocoholics: The Chocolate Expo is coming to the Garden State Plaza in Paramaus, NJ, on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Now in its 11th year, organizers claim that it’s America’s largest chocolate festival.

Local, regional and international vendors at the expo will offer tastings and sales of gourmet chocolates, baked goods, ...

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Mon, January 21, 9:30 AM

Main Y Gym, Westfield

Holiday Jump

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Wed, January 23, 11:30 AM

Echo lake Country Club, Westfield

GWACC 3rd Annual Legislative Panel

Business & Finance Government

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Thu, January 24, 6:00 PM

Basking Ridge Country Club, Basking Ridge

Basking Ridge Country Club Catering Hosts Wedding ...

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Fri, January 25, 9:00 AM

K Primary Care & Nutrition Center, New Providence

Try Protein Bites at K Primary Care & Nutrition ...

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

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Fri, January 25, 9:30 AM

Arbor Terrace Mountainside, Mountainside

Register Now for AARP Smart Driver Course

Education

Basking Ridge Country Club Catering Hosts Wedding Showcase, January 24

January 21, 2019

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Basking Ridge Country Club Catering is hosting a Wedding Showcase on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Basking Ridge Country Club at 185 Madisonville Road in Basking Ridge. Click here to register. 

Dr. King’s Shabbat Sermon in Springfield

January 20, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – A few days after his 34th birthday, a Baptist minister and the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was invited to deliver the Friday night Shabbat sermon to the Jewish congregation of Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield, New Jersey.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a civil rights leader in the 1960’s, was the guest speaker ...

School's Out for Summer

Don’t you wish it was summer?  I love a good snowfall as much as anyone else but all these heavy sweaters and boots are making me wish for flip flops and swimming pools.  Luckily for me I have tons of opportunities to think about summer because (believe it or not) it’s time to plan for internships, jobs, and a whole variety of summer activities.  What’s on the ...

Federal Shutdown Hits and Hurts New Jersey

January 11, 2019

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Mayors and local governing bodies don’t always agree on everything. But they know what they need to do to meet the public’s need for essential services. And every year, despite natural disasters, despite fluctuations in the economy, and despite actions taken – and not taken – by other levels of government, they adopt budgets and continue ...