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Gov. Livingston Class of 2020 Outdoor, In-person Graduation is a GO!

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced yesterday, outdoor graduations will be allowed after July 6, 2020.

"With the Governor’s announcement that outdoor graduations can now take place after July 6th, our GL administrative team is busy planning for an outdoor event that week," said Berkeley Heights BOE President Doug Reinstein. "We are excited that ...

Whoopi Goldberg to Speak to Kean University's Class of 2020 at Virtual Commencement

UNION, NJ – Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29. 

More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will attend the online event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and speeches from Martin Luther King III, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, student leaders and ...

NJ Graduations Can Start July 6. Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing.

NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as ...

Township Partners with Gov. Livingston and BOE to Honor Graduating Seniors

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—The Township of Berkeley Heights, in partnership with the Governor Livingston High School administration and the Board of Education, will help honor graduating seniors this June. The Township Department of Public Works will hang banners featuring seniors’ photos, school and Class of 2020 along well-trafficked Township roadways.

“There are over 270 senior ...

Murphy Offers Ray of Hope for Those Wanting In-Person School Commencement Ceremonies

TRENTON, NJ - After New Jersey state officials recently told residents that in-person commencement ceremonies were not in the cards due to the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy offered a ray of hope to those hoping that actual in-person graduation events could happen at some point in the coming summer months.

Near the conclusion of his daily New Jersey ...

Parent of High School Student Starts Petition: NJ Seniors Deserve a Proper Graduation Ceremony

NEW JERSEY -- As graduation day approaches for high school seniors across the Garden State, one parent has started a petition on Change.org calling on Governor Murphy to "find a creative way for the class of 2020 to graduate in a traditional matter."

Petition organizer Lisa Gyongyosi believes it is "unreasonable for you to ban all graduation ceremonies other than virtual ...

NJ Education Commissioner Named New President of Kean University

UNION, NJ – Kean University named a new president on Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Board of Trustees to fill the spot being vacated by outgoing president Dawood Farahi, who is stepping down at the end of this academic year.

Current New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet has been named the 18th leader of the University.  Repollet was ...

NJ State Police, Dept. of Education Advise School Boards That HS Graduation Ceremonies, Parades Violate 'State at Home' Orders

NEW JERSEY -- While school districts across the state have been planning alternatives to traditional high school graduation ceremonies, any plans that school districts had in the works appear to violate Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No.107, which directs New Jersey residents to stay at home and prohibits public gatherings.

In a letter to school administrators, NJ State Police Colonel ...

A Look Into the New Intro to ABA Course at Gov. Livingston

Governor Livingston introduced a new course this year: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education. Students who take this elective can expect to learn how to work with people with disabilities, about the principles of ABA and the fundamentals of educational and behavioral psychology. 

Nicole Sacci, special education and ABA teacher, is the instructor of this ...

Local Family Surprises College Graduate with Celebration Parade

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The COVID-19 pandemic and the need to be socially distant has really put a damper on typically well-celebrated milestones. So far we have seen birthday parades and visits from parish leaders on children’s First Holy Communion dates on social media.  As we all try to make lemonade out of lemons, you may find yourself wondering, what could be next?  College ...

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Graduation Photo Opportunity at Twin Maples The Fortnightly Club of Summit invites graduates to take their photos at Twin Maples

May 23, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - Congratulations Class of 2020! The Fortnightly Club of Summit invites area graduates to take their snapshots under the banner at historic Twin Maples estate located at 214 Springfield Avenue in Summit, New Jersey.

This photo opportunity is free and open to students from any grade, high school or college around the Summit area. Graduates may pose with family or pets outside on ...

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Freeholders Offer 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 ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

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Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

May 27, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

Union County Receives 600 Donated Trees from the Christmas Tree Shops

June 2, 2020

The County of Union has received a donation of 600 live arborvitae trees from the Christmas Tree Shops to be distributed throughout county parks and other areas.

“The Freeholder Board would like to thank the Christmas Tree Shops for their generous donation of arborvitae trees,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “These trees are beneficial to residents, the ...

It's Time, Governor Murphy

May 27, 2020

It's Time Governor Murphy

Governor, it's time. It's time to step up and out of the box. It's time to be bold but more importantly it's time to be empathetic, sensitive and reasonable. There has been much talk about listening to the data and science and about letting the data and science guide us through this public health crisis. Well, it's time to really listen.

If ...