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Horseback Riders Earn Varsity Letters at Gov. Livingston

February 15, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- While some students take part in in-school sports at Governor Livingston, others have developed a hobby in horseback riding. Many girls who are pursuing this hobby ride English style, and have been competing for many years and practicing on teams. However, most started off simply with a love for animals. Horseback riding has gained popularity throughout the years. Horses can ...

Plainfield Filmmaker goes International with Selection to Toronto Black Film Fest

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield native Lamar Mackson has had a long history in the film and entertainment industry, but recently his short film “White Pickett Fence” has landed him in the international spotlight with its selection to the Toronto Black Film Festival.

The film has already won Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Short, and Honorable Mention for Best Actress, ...

Skin Deep Salon and Spa Holds Event in Support of NP PBA 132

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Skin Deep Salon and Spa Goes Blue! Join them on Sunday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for spa treatments, silent auction, food, refreshments and fun. The event benefits the New Providence PBA 132 in their effort to raise money in support of families of fallen police officers during "Police Week 2019" in Washington D.C. 

The New Providence ...

Gov. Livingston Students Honored by Zoned Academy for Signing to Play Baseball in College

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Zoned Sports Academy, in Bridgewater, held its annual signing day Feb. 7, honoring its baseball and softball players, including two from Gov. Livingston, who have committed to playing in college next year.

Drew Compton, of Governor Livingston High School – Georgia Tech University
John Grill, of Governor Livingston High School – Washington College

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Plainfield Filmmaker goes International with Selection to Toronto Black Film Fest

February 15, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield native Lamar Mackson has had a long history in the film and entertainment industry, but recently his short film “White Pickett Fence” has landed him in the international spotlight with its selection to the Toronto Black Film Festival.

The film has already won Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Short, and Honorable Mention for Best Actress, ...

Jazz Legend to Perform During Hetfield House Downton Abbey Event

 

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – John Bucher, a 25-year member of the Woody Allen Jazz Band who performed at New York City’s Michael’s Pub, will attend the Downton Abbey Cocktail Party scheduled for 7:00-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22  at the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House. Bucher, a resident of Mountainside, is acclaimed as one of the best Jazz Cornet players of his time. He has ...

Local Businesses Connect at Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

February 5, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Business Energy, a flexible and collaborative work space in Downtown Westfield, hosted a networking breakfast for the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning, where more than 40 local business people had the opportunity to connect.

GWACC Executive Director Gene Jannotti thanked Business Energy owners Steve Silverman, Matt Jarecki and Beth ...

Berkeley Heights Board of Education Public Notice: Revisions to 2019 Schedule of BOE Meetings

February 13, 2019

BE IT RESOLVED that the Berkeley Heights Board of Education adopt the following addition to the schedule of meetings and that a copy of said schedule be posted at the Town Hall, the Public Library and the Administration Building. Adopted by the Berkeley Heights Board of Education on February 7, 2019.

Click here for revised schedule of meetings.

Families Fuming After Union County Vo-Tech Teacher Fired

UNION COUNTY – About 40 students at Union County Vocational-Technical High School in Scotch Plains have been diverted from their regular program of study following the firing of the school’s electrical engineering teacher after a classroom dispute with a student.

After families rallied in front of the school this week, the school’s principal, Lisa Tauscher, told parents ...

Mountainside Public Schools Two Hour Delay on Wednesday, Feb. 13

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The Mountainside School District will have a two hour delayed opening Tuesday, February 13th due to anticipated weather conditions.  GL students will also have a delayed opening. Buses for all students, including vocational students, will arrive two hours later than normal time. Any decision to close will be made by 7:45 AM. 

Skin Deep Salon and Spa Holds Event in Support of NP PBA 132

February 15, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Skin Deep Salon and Spa Goes Blue! Join them on Sunday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for spa treatments, silent auction, food, refreshments and fun. The event benefits the New Providence PBA 132 in their effort to raise money in support of families of fallen police officers during "Police Week 2019" in Washington D.C. 

The New Providence ...

Springfield Teen Stands in Cold, Raising Money to Fight Cancer

SPPRINGFIELD, NJ – Cancer patients don't stop because they're tired, and for one night, neither will Allison Klein's team.

Braving the below freezing temperatures on Sunday morning, Klein held a can to collect donations from patrons as they visited Bagel Supreme on Mountain Avenue. A freshman from Springfield attending Union County ...

Jazz Legend to Perform During Hetfield House Downton Abbey Event

 

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – John Bucher, a 25-year member of the Woody Allen Jazz Band who performed at New York City’s Michael’s Pub, will attend the Downton Abbey Cocktail Party scheduled for 7:00-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22  at the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House. Bucher, a resident of Mountainside, is acclaimed as one of the best Jazz Cornet players of his time. He has ...

VIDEO: Conflict of Interest Discussion Continues at Berkeley Heights Council Meeting

February 8, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Council members continued their debate on whether a ‘third party’ legal opinion is needed to determine whether the township attorney and a council member have a conflict of interest when it comes to deciding matters involving Union County.

On Feb. 6, Mayor Angie Devanney, in response to questions submitted to her by TAPinto Berkeley Heights, said the firm of ...

Mountainside Capital Budget Forming Up

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council discussed the 2019 temporary capital budget at its Tuesday, Feb. 5 working session. The borough is planning to approve the capital budget earlier this year than during previous years due to the bond sale schedule. The temporary capital budget has to be introduced in February and approved in March, so that the amount can be included in the May 1 ...

Gov. Murphy: Minimum Wage to Increase to $15 by 2024 (VIDEO)

ELIZABETH, NJ – New Jersey residents are on their way to making $15 per hour at work.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Monday that will gradually raise the states’ minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.

“For far too long, too many of our fellow New Jerseyans have been struggling to survive on wages that have not kept up with the cost of living,” Murphy ...

Rutgers University Student Diagnosed With Meningitis

February 8, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Rutgers University student has been diagnosed with meningitis, and the university has sent a message to other students about steps to take as a precaution.

The student with the disease was hospitalized Monday is receiving treatment and is recovering, Dr. Melodee Lasky, University Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness said in an email sent to students on ...

Rutgers University Student Diagnosed With Meningitis

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Rutgers University student has been diagnosed with meningitis, and the university has sent a message to other students about steps to take as a precaution.

The student with the disease, who was hospitalized Monday, is receiving treatment and is recovering, Dr. Melodee Lasky, University Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness said in an email sent to students on ...

Berkeley Heights Police Department Update On Child-Luring Incident

February 14, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Investigations Divisiton conducted an investigation into yesterday's possible child-luring incident by Gov. Livingston. 

The investigation identified the subject vehicle and the 19-year-old male operator.  It was determined that the involved party was in the area for a local delivery at the time of the contact with the student. "At ...

Berkeley Heights Police Investigate Possible Child Luring Incident by Gov. Livingston High School

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Today, February 13th 2019, at exactly 3:25 pm, a possible child-luring incident occurred near Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights. A 15-year old female Governor Livingston student was approached near the intersection of Mercer Road and Watchung Boulevard directly across from the main entrance driveway to Governor Livingston High School.

A large, white ...

Prosecutor: Westfield Man Had Over 4,000 Child Pornography Files

WESTFIELD, NJ – Authorities have recovered more than 4,000 files depicting children in sexual acts from a local man’s electronics, the Union County Prosecutor said Wednesday.

Officers arrested Gregory L. Brown at his home in the 300 block of John Street Wednesday morning and charged him with first-degree possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute, second-degree ...

Union Catholic Principal installed as 2019 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal at IHM Mass

February 11, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, was installed as the 2019 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal during the Investiture Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary on Saturday. A reception for the Grand Marshal followed at Shackamaxon Country Club.

Sister Percylee has spearheaded every major advance that Union Catholic has made since 1980 ...

Fanwood Resident Struck by Vehicle in Linden Dies from Injuries

FANWOOD, NJ -- The community is mourning the loss of Meghan Crilly, who succumbed to injuries from a hit-and-run accident in Linden last week. The sad news was announced on the GoFundMe page that had been set up to help the Fanwood resident's family with medical expenses.

 

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform everyone that Meghan has succumbed to her injuries. Her ...

Horseback Riders Earn Varsity Letters at Gov. Livingston

February 15, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- While some students take part in in-school sports at Governor Livingston, others have developed a hobby in horseback riding. Many girls who are pursuing this hobby ride English style, and have been competing for many years and practicing on teams. However, most started off simply with a love for animals. Horseback riding has gained popularity throughout the years. Horses can ...

Gov. Livingston Students Honored by Zoned Academy for Signing to Play Baseball in College

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Zoned Sports Academy, in Bridgewater, held its annual signing day Feb. 7, honoring its baseball and softball players, including two from Gov. Livingston, who have committed to playing in college next year.

Drew Compton, of Governor Livingston High School – Georgia Tech University
John Grill, of Governor Livingston High School – Washington College

About ...

Girls Basketball: Gov. Livingston Slips By Union Catholic 38-32 to Advance in Union County Tournament

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Paige Phillips hit a clutch 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to give Gov. Livingston the lead and Skylar Dowling tacked on four free throws to clinch a 38-32 first round Union County Tournament victory  over Union Catholic Thursday in Berkeley Heights. Union Catholic had taken a 32-31 lead with less than two minutes to play before Phillips delivered ...

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‘Cooked & Uncorked’ Festival to Showcase NJ Firefighters’ Culinary Talents

February 11, 2019

These firefighters don’t just put out flames — they use them to make duck confit-stuffed ravioli with bacon and English pea puree. That’s how South Orange Local 24 won the gourmet category during last year’s Cooked & Uncorked food and wine festival, which is coming up for the 9th time this month on Feb. 25 in Edison, NJ.

Hosted by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual ...

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Fri, February 15, 6:00 PM

VFW Post 6259, Berkeley Heights

Berkeley Heights VFW Post 6259 Pasta Dinner

Food & Drink Giving Back

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Sat, February 16, 11:30 AM

Clarence Dillon Public Library, Bedminster

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Business & Finance

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Sun, February 17, 1:00 PM

Renaissance Church, Ren Students Space, Summit

GriefShare Support Group

Health & Wellness Religions And Spirituality

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Sun, February 17, 1:00 PM

Renaissance Church, Summit

DivorceCare Support Group

Health & Wellness Religions And Spirituality

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Sun, February 17, 2:00 PM

Cannon Ball House - Springfield Historical Society, Springfield

Washington's Letter on Display

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How Union County Supports Immigrants, Residents 60 and Up

February 8, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County officials are considering initiatives designed to benefit immigrants and residents 60 and older.

There are around 2 million immigrants in New Jersey, comprising just over one-fifth of the state’s population, the most recent Census Bureau estimates available show. We Are One New Jersey helps some of these immigrants navigate the American ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Supports Gateway Project, Pushes for Restoring One-Seat Rides on NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line

February 11, 2019

NEW JERSEY – The leaders of the Build Gateway Now Coalition announced this week that the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) Mayors Alliance to the Coalition, a bipartisan group formed in 2018 that consists of 30 mayors representing more than 23,500 daily commuters along the RVL, spanning four counties in New Jersey, have joined the coalition.

“We are thrilled to welcome the RVL ...

Become a Caring Contact Crisis Hotline Volunteer Listener: Training Begins March 12

February 15, 2019

Have you ever been told you are a good listener? Do you have a yearning to really make a difference?  

Caring Contact will be offering its 95th Volunteer Training Class, March 12 through June 18. Training will run once a week from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., plus one full weekend, June 8 and 9, and will be held at the Temple Beth Or, 111 Valley Road, Clark, NJ.

Participants ...

Is SEO still relevant in 2019? It Should Be Part of Your Online Marketing Strategy

February 8, 2019

The answer is an resounding yes, SEO is alive and well and Google's search engines still reward you or penalize you for it.  Let me repeat that SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION is alive and well.

Google alone processes on average over 40 thousand search queries per second, making it over 3.5 billion in a single day.   That alone should tell you that the SEO game is as important ...

I Want You to Want Me

Happy Valentine’s Day college searchers!  I often tell families that finding the right school is like falling in love.  Students sometimes experience a gut feeling the first time they walk on the right campus and, if they’re lucky, are courted by the college with an enthusiastic offer of admission with generous scholarships.  A perfect match.

I wish it happened that ...

Wants are Not Needs; It's Time to Settle the Contract

February 11, 2019

Speaking as a teacher and a taxpayer...

Our 76th United States Secretary of the Treasury, Jacob Lew stated, “The budget is not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations.”

I know budgeting for a school district, just like budgeting for a town, or budgeting for a family is difficult.

Needs and wants must be analyzed and decisions must be ...