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Governor Livingston's First Ever Culture Walk

May 10, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Governor Livingston hosted its first Culture Walk April 21, featuring live music, cultural foods and desserts, and information on different cultures celebrated by the students who attend the school.

The sidewalk in front of the school was lined with tables that were run by students who represented individual cultures, religions and ethnicities. Each table provided general ...

From the Field to the Stage, Holliday Woodard

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Early one morning senior Holliday Woodard was sitting in math class when she heard her name over the loudspeaker. There was an announcement that Woodard had been awarded Student of the Month. While the entire class erupted into cheers, Woodard said, “I had no idea what was going on.”

But Woodard actually has a lot going on. She is an all-around student who ...

Who’s on the Hill: Riley Amato

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Riley Amato, junior, is a varsity tennis player for Governor Livingston High School and plays on the lacrosse team in the spring season. In school, she is a member of the Student Movement Against Cancer and Interact.  Outside of school, her hobbies include singing and playing the ukulele. 

Q: Do you have any siblings?

Yes, I have two. Their names are Tyler ...

Timothy Ryan Discussion on His Experience with Heroin Addiction

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- TREND and Student Ambassadors partnered to bring Timothy J. Ryan, a former heroin addict who grew up in Berkeley Heights, to Governor Livingston March 24 to share his story about battling addiction and how it inspired him to write his memoir Chronic Junkie.

The Mountainside Municipal Alliance funded the event by providing 25 free copies of Ryan’s memoir to staff and ...

Who’s On the Hill: Gianna Ciccimarra

Gianna Ciccimarra is a senior basketball, soccer, and lacrosse player. She has played at the varsity level for all three sports since her freshman year. Ciccimarra has been known as a standout athlete, with many accomplishments in all sports throughout her years at Governor Livingston. Ciccimarra also works hard off the court, as she is currently taking many Advanced Placement classes and hopes ...

Final Girls: Gothic Horror Punk Bank

Picture the Ramones, Green Day, Sex Pistols, Dropkick Murphys. Now throw in more morbid imagery, dark themes and an all-girl band. Senior Bryanna Mendez and a group of girls from around the tristate area have their own take on punk rock and are ready rock goth style. 

Mendez’s interest in music began as soon as she could talk. She began playing bass in third grade and then ...

Twitter Poll Gets Students Thinking: Which are there more of in the world? Doors or Wheels? 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- When a recent Twitter poll posed the question of whether there were more doors or wheels in the world, the Internet and students alike took interest in this pointless and unsolvable debate.

After having a discussion with his friends, Twitter user Ryan Nixon posed this question which received 223,347 votes. 53.6% of respondents were in favor of there being more wheels in ...

Staycation this Spring Break with “People We Meet On Vacation” 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Think of warm beaches, midnight walks through the streetlight- lined streets of Greece, and biking through the cobblestoned streets of Italy with your best friend of 10 years. That is just a peek into “People We Meet on Vacation,” the New York Times Bestseller by Emily Henry.

It is not often that I pick up a book and want to continue reading it. In fact, ...

Step into the Sports Zone

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Looking for a way to highlight the athletes and sports at Governor Livingston High School, student athletes John Schmidt, Kyle Bade and Jonathan Schmidt, who are all juniors, have teamed up to create a new sports media club, GL Sports Zone. 

The goal of the club, advised by teachers and coaches Kevin Fontana and Erin Lanigan, is to help increase school spirit at ...

Kramer’s 100th Point, Another Reason for Governor Livingston Ice Hockey to Celebrate 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- While Governor Livingston Hockey celebrates its recent state championship win against Morris Knolls, the team had another reason to celebrate earlier in the season when junior Captain Brian Kramer eclipsed his 100th point on an assist from freshman Alec Nasserdine against Southern.

Kramer’s success does not come without hard work. Kramer, who has played hockey since ...

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Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, May 21, 10:00 AM

Marina Waterfront Park, Carteret

Sea Scout Open House

Arts & Entertainment Education Other

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Sun, May 22, 9:00 AM

Westfield

Greta's Run for Imagine

Giving Back

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Wed, May 25, 12:00 AM

Mountainside

Recycling

Government

Today is the 77th Anniversary of V-E Day (And Rahway has a Brief Cameo Back Then Too)

May 9, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — On Monday, May 7, 1945, Germany formally offered an unconditional surrender to the Allies, ending World War II in Europe. The following day, May 8, Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day), became the official recognition of the German surrender, especially in the United Kingdom, Western Europe, and North America. England's Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Reach Another Record High

May 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Gas prices in New Jersey have reached another all-time high.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded reached $4.72 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. That's up seven cents from the day before, 23 cents from last week and nearly 70 cents from last month. Those figures are according to AAA.

The Newark and Trenton areas are paying the most statewide, according ...

Union County Clerk Offers Saturday Hours for Voters to Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot in Person

May 18, 2022

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that the County Clerk’s Elections Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield will be open for extended hours on Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for anyone seeking to obtain a Vote-By-Mail ballot for the 2022 Primary Election. The extended hours are offered on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed.

The Primary Election will be held on ...

3 Key Reasons you Need B. Lewis Properties to Sell Your Home

May 11, 2022

Setting the Stage for Success

While your home may be perfect for your family... it's not perfect for everyone. As an independent professional I will be able to advise you on what small (or large) changes need to be made to appeal to the most buyer, to get you the most offers, and the highest price. 

In the pictures here you can see that while the property owner enjoyed her many ...

The Berkeley Heights Public School 2022 Budget Controversy: Synopsis

May 13, 2022

It's been some time since I've updated this site with an article. We've been trying to provide information to the public while at the same time working to prevent the Superintendent and the BOE from making some unfortunate decisions. As a result, we've been more active on social media. Over the next few months, I plan to record everything that's transpired this year since ...