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WolfPack Runners Receive All American Honors at Cross Country Nationals

December 18, 2017

CHARLOTTE, NC - The Berkeley Heights PAL WolfPacks competed and measured themselves nationally when they competed at the  National Cross Country Championships on Saturday, December 2 at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. Two WolfPacks runners -- Louis Abbey, age 8, and Tom Hunt, age 11,  received All American Honors by placing in the top 8. They were ...

Heading South for the Holidays? Check Out Rare Pygmy Hippo Born At Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

TAMPA, FL, - An endangered pygmy hippopotamus was born in the early morning on Dec. 1, 2017 atTampa's Lowry Park Zoo to experienced mother Zsa Zsa. The gender and name of the nine pound baby will be revealed in the future.

Pygmy hippos are smaller than their Nile hippo relative. Unlike the more common river hippo which live in large pods in rivers throughout much of ...

Girls Basketball: Kaitlyn Cumiskey, Alyssa Nook Lead New Providence Pioneers Past Johnson Crusaders in Home Opener

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ-  The New Providence High School Pioneers came into their home opener with an entirely different look after losing a core set of players to graduation last year. As the afternoon went along, they overcame a slow start in the opening minutes to take control of the game and defeat the Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders by a final score of 41-30 Saturday afternoon in New ...

11 Year Old Sara Djibatche of New Providence Wins Medal at National Jr. Olympic Cross Country Championships

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Sara Djibatche, 11 year old sixth grader at Allen W. Roberts School in New Providence, recently won a medal at the National Jr. Olympic Cross Country Championships in Charlotte, NC. She earned a medal in the 3K race in a personal best time of 12:17.

Sara qualified for the National Championships by placing in the top 30 individual runners at the ...

Boys Basketball: Johnson Crusaders Hold Off New Providence in Second Half to Win Home Opener

CLARK, NJ- After a sluggish performance in the first half, the Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders boys varsity basketball team hit the reset button at halftime and came back to win 68-58 against their conference opponent, the New Providence High School Pioneers.

The Crusaders, who finished last year with a 22-5 record and an appearance in the NJSIAA Central, Group 2 State Sectional ...

Wrestling: Morristown Defeats New Providence in Season Opener

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Pioneers recorded four pins in the 54-27 loss in their season opener against Morristown on Friday.

 

Morristown won nine of the 14 bouts [six pins and three forfeits] as they moved to 1-0 in the early goings. The match marked the head coaching debut of Casey Flynn, a 2008 Morristown graduate and alumnus of the program.

 

The ...

Don't Miss These Garden State Holiday Light Delights

December 11, 2017

NEW JERSEY - There are so many fun, family-friendly holiday activities it’s hard to pack them all in. However, if you’re looking for something simple that’s a throwback to your own childhood, make time to see these fabulous light displays that really get folks in the holiday mood.

Jenkinson’s Sea of Lights - Summer isn’t the only time to hit the boardwalk in ...

Santa Claus Is Big Hit at the New Providence Firehouse

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Though the weather outside was frightful this Saturday afternoon, the New Providence Firehouse was toasty and warm, decked out for the holiday season and filled with children and parents waiting to have a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and ask for the gifts they are wishing for this year. There were cookies and hot cocoa and coffee, all provided by the New Providence ...

NJ Intergenerational Orchestra's Annual Family Holiday Concert on Dec. 17

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) will continue its 2017-2018 season with its annual Family Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec.17. The concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. at New Providence High School, and will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles and special guests. Admission is free, but donations gratefully ...

Lantern Hill Residents Donate More Than $68,000 to Staff Appreciation Fund

December 14, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Residents of Lantern Hill, a distinctive Erickson Living retirement community in New Providence raised more than $68,000 for the community’s Staff Appreciation Fund. The annual campaign is organized each year as a way for the residents to say “thank you” to non-management hourly employees who provide a variety of resident services at the ...

Rutgers to raise minimum wage to $11 an hour for student workers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will be raising the campus-wide minimum wage to $11 an hour, university president Robert Barchi announced in a campus-wide email on December 11.

The move comes as a partial victory for the local labor rights group, Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops​ (RUSAS)​, wh​ich ha​s​ been campaigning for a $15 minimum wage.

Right now, the ...

Suburban Chamber of Commerce Installs New Officers and Board at Holiday Party

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce elected its 2018 Board of Directors and Officers at its annual holiday party on Wednesday evening at CWI.design in New Providence. 

Outgoing Chair Mike Shapiro, founder and CEO of TAPinto, thanked the 2017 Directors and Officers for their service and the Chamber membership for their support.  He discussed a series ...

Union County College’s Board Member Zimmermann Named to NJCCC Executive Committee

December 15, 2017

Union County College is pleased to announce that Mary M. Zimmermann, former Chair of the Union County College Foundation Board and member of the College’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, was elected to the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges on Nov. 20, 2017.

The members of the Executive Committee represent the New Jersey Council of County Colleges ...

New Providence BOE Closes the Year with a Video Presentation of Renovated Facilities, Audit Report

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – At its final regular meeting for the calendar year the Board of Education (BOE) viewed a video presentation of its renovated facilities and heard an annual audit report.

Superintendent David Miceli explained at the Thursday, Dec. 14 meeting that many community groups have had the opportunity to tour the renovated schools this fall. In order to make the viewing of the ...

A Night of Conversation - Substance Use and Our Community: Parent Prevention Intervention

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Alliance in partnership with the New Providence Police Department hosted a Drug Awareness program at the high school on Monday as part of an ongoing series to educate the community and open discussion of the growing opioid and heroin epidemic. 

As previously reported by TAPinto, drug addiction has no boundaries and ...

Judge Rules that Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now, Starting Friday

December 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

American Legion's Tastiest Holiday Tradition Offers Classic Home-Baked Favorite Cookies by the Thousands

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence American Legion Post 433 annual Cookie Walk, in its ninth year, is always one of the tastiest of holiday events drawing a large crowd on a snowy Saturday afternoon. The guests chose cookies from the wide selection of home-baked favorites. Proceeds benefit  the Christopher B. Cosgrove III USMC Memorial Fund which help to pay for necessary ...

Cookie Palooza: Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies by Debbie Mikijanic

Ingredients

¾ c margarine, softened
​​​½ teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar​​​
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg
​​​​​½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup molasses​​​​½ ground ginger
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour​​
2 teaspoons baking soda
​​½ cup white sugar for rolling

In a medium bowl, mix ...

The 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count Starts This Week

December 12, 2017

 

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - This year’s Christmas Bird Count is about to begin—and the data you report has a real and measurable effect on the course of conservation. 

One of Audubon’s signature programs, the CBC has collected more than a century’s worth of community observations that provide a foundation for large-scale conservation action. When the American ...

Lantern Hill Residents Donate More Than $68,000 to Staff Appreciation Fund

December 14, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Residents of Lantern Hill, a distinctive Erickson Living retirement community in New Providence raised more than $68,000 for the community’s Staff Appreciation Fund. The annual campaign is organized each year as a way for the residents to say “thank you” to non-management hourly employees who provide a variety of resident services at the ...

New Providence PBA Holds a Community Blood Drive on Friday, Walk-ins Welcome

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence PBA Local 132 is hosting a Community Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15, at the Police Department, 360 Elkwood Ave. 

Give the gift of life this holiday season! To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-933-2566, or follow the link  to sign up on line. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Please bring ID with a signature or photo and your ...

American Legion's Tastiest Holiday Tradition Offers Classic Home-Baked Favorite Cookies by the Thousands

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence American Legion Post 433 annual Cookie Walk, in its ninth year, is always one of the tastiest of holiday events drawing a large crowd on a snowy Saturday afternoon. The guests chose cookies from the wide selection of home-baked favorites. Proceeds benefit  the Christopher B. Cosgrove III USMC Memorial Fund which help to pay for necessary ...

Chatham Township Committee Adopts Multi-Family Zoning for Dixiedale; Planner says Riverside Entrance "Impossible"

December 15, 2017

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee unanimously adopted an ordinance to rezone the 30.8 Dixiedale Farm property from single-family to multi-family zoning, setting the stage for a 54-unit townhouse development on Thursday at the regular meeting of the Chatham Township Committee.

The rezoning is linked to the developer building 24 Affordable Housing units near the Skate Park on ...

Chatham Township Residents Convince Committee to "Kill" Bear Hunt Amendment in 3-2 Vote

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township residents came out to vehemently oppose an amendment that could have led to bear hunting in specific areas, convincing the Chatham Township Committee to reject the adoption of the measure, 3-2, on Thursday night.

In the longest, and, perhaps, the most contentious Chatham Township Committee meeting of the year, the township committee wrapped up its business ...

Shared Service Agreement Adds Summit to New Providence Court System

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council authorized a Shared Service Agreement with Summit regarding the operation of a shared municipal court at its Monday, Dec. 4 meeting. Councilman Robert Munoz explained that New Providence and Berkeley Heights already have a joint court agreement. Summit will be added to the system as of December 2017.

The council also appointed Jessie Parisi as the ...

A Night of Conversation - Substance Use and Our Community: Parent Prevention Intervention

December 14, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Alliance in partnership with the New Providence Police Department hosted a Drug Awareness program at the high school on Monday as part of an ongoing series to educate the community and open discussion of the growing opioid and heroin epidemic. 

As previously reported by TAPinto, drug addiction has no boundaries and ...

Local Physician Discusses Menopause Management

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Dr. Kavita Kewalramani of K Primary Care and Medical Weight Loss Center recently held a small group discussion open to the public about managing the symptoms of all stages of Menopause.

Dr. K discussed the symptoms and stages of menopause, which is a process that generally occurs over a four-year period and this is called peri-menopause. The depletion of ...

Local Mom Overcomes Gym Intimidation at Body Restoration; Box Gym Isn't for Everyone

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Do you feel like you're not fit enough to go to the gym? Do you fear judgment by others  --  or do you just feel like you don't belong at the gym? 

Elisa Probst, a local mother of three, found herself at the point where she needed to do something about her weight. "I have done just about everything," she said ...

Senate Bill Would End NJSPCA's Powers To Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws

December 12, 2017

A bill that would remove the law enforcement powers of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) will be up for a vote on Dec. 14 before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Bill S3558, sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union County, would call for the creation of a county prosecutor animal cruelty task force in each county, and for ...

Judge Rules that Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now, Starting Friday

December 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

Senate Bill Would End NJSPCA's Powers To Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws

A bill that would remove the law enforcement powers of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) will be up for a vote on Dec. 14 before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Bill S3558, sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union County, would call for the creation of a county prosecutor animal cruelty task force in each county, and for ...

Obituaries

Frank Bottone died on Nov. 9, 2017, in the hospice unit of St. Barnabas Hospital, following a ...
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A Night of Conversation - Substance Use and Our Community: Parent Prevention Intervention

December 14, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Alliance in partnership with the New Providence Police Department hosted a Drug Awareness program at the high school on Monday as part of an ongoing series to educate the community and open discussion of the growing opioid and heroin epidemic. 

As previously reported by TAPinto, drug addiction has no boundaries and ...

Berkeley Heights Police Looking into Possible Luring Incident Involving 12-Year Old Girl

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – A possible child-luring incident occurred near Columbia Middle School on Wednesday morning. A 12-year old girl was approached by an unknown man on the Columbia Avenue cul-de-sac at approximately 8 a.m. The man was driving a black Nissan-type vehicle bearing unknown NJ license plates, said a statement by the Berkeley Heights Police ...

New Providence Police Warn Of Spike in Car Burglaries, Auto Thefts in area

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Police Warn that they are seeing a spike in motor vehicle burglaries and auto thefts in the surrounding areas of late.  Please be vigilant about locking your cars and bringing the keys in your house.  Also, if you have anything of value in your car, bring it in the house with you. 

The Police Blotter For Dec. 8 includes the following ...

Chatham Township Committee Adopts Multi-Family Zoning for Dixiedale; Planner says Riverside Entrance "Impossible"

December 15, 2017

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee unanimously adopted an ordinance to rezone the 30.8 Dixiedale Farm property from single-family to multi-family zoning, setting the stage for a 54-unit townhouse development on Thursday at the regular meeting of the Chatham Township Committee.

The rezoning is linked to the developer building 24 Affordable Housing units near the Skate Park on ...

Faith Lutheran Church Hosts Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service of New Providence, Berkeley Heights

December 15, 2017

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. - The eleventh annual New Providence-Berkeley Heights Interfaith Thanksgiving Service occurred on Monday evening, Nov. 20, at Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence.

The participating worship communities were the Baha’is of New Providence, Bridgewater Gurudwara-Garden State Sikh Association, Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center, Faith ...

$37,500 of Food Collected for the Needy by Boy Scouts, Then Delivered by Faith Lutheran Church Volunteers

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On Saturday, Nov. 18, eighty-three members of Faith Lutheran Church and thirty-seven members of the New Providence community gathered at Faith to sort and pack $37,500 of canned and packaged food for the needy.  The food filled 743 boxes. 

During the prior weekend Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts distributed bags to the doorsteps of the ...

Interfaith Candlelight Vigil in Summit Dec. 13 to Remember Lives Lost, Call for Greater Gun Violence Prevention

SUMMIT, NJ - On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, congregations in the Summit community will partner to hold a candlelight vigil calling for gun violence prevention. The public event will be held December 13, beginning at 6 p.m., at Congregation Ohr Shalom in Summit.

The vigil commemorates the lives lost on December 14, 2012, when a gunman ...

WolfPack Runners Receive All American Honors at Cross Country Nationals

December 18, 2017

CHARLOTTE, NC - The Berkeley Heights PAL WolfPacks competed and measured themselves nationally when they competed at the  National Cross Country Championships on Saturday, December 2 at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. Two WolfPacks runners -- Louis Abbey, age 8, and Tom Hunt, age 11,  received All American Honors by placing in the top 8. They were ...

Girls Basketball: Kaitlyn Cumiskey, Alyssa Nook Lead New Providence Pioneers Past Johnson Crusaders in Home Opener

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ-  The New Providence High School Pioneers came into their home opener with an entirely different look after losing a core set of players to graduation last year. As the afternoon went along, they overcame a slow start in the opening minutes to take control of the game and defeat the Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders by a final score of 41-30 Saturday afternoon in New ...

11 Year Old Sara Djibatche of New Providence Wins Medal at National Jr. Olympic Cross Country Championships

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Sara Djibatche, 11 year old sixth grader at Allen W. Roberts School in New Providence, recently won a medal at the National Jr. Olympic Cross Country Championships in Charlotte, NC. She earned a medal in the 3K race in a personal best time of 12:17.

Sara qualified for the National Championships by placing in the top 30 individual runners at the ...

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Your Doctor in Sickness and in Health

December 11, 2017

About 3 years ago, around the time healthcare was saying its last goodbyes to solo practitioners, I decided to plunge into the world of private practice and one morning announced to my family, “I am starting a new primary care solo practice.” I am an Internist of Asian Indian origin and I graduated from residency about twenty years ago. To say that my family was bewildered is an ...

Summit Medical Group Foundation to host open house for students interested in health care careers

December 17, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ  –  Summit Medical Group Foundation welcomes students ages 17 to 20 to attend an open house for the Exploring program. This is an exciting opportunity for local residents and their parents. Please join members of Summit Medical Group Foundation on Wednesday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Summit Medical Group Berkeley Heights Campus, 1 Diamond Hill Rd, Berkeley ...

Local nonprofit members celebrate the 25 days of Christmas

The nonprofit Community Access Unlimited (CAU) is celebrating the 25 days of Christmas by posting on its Facebook page Christmas memories and feelings from its members with disabilities. Each day another posting shares the thoughts of a different member.

“Christmas is my favorite holiday because my family gets together and we talk to one another," Mary Kurnos said.

Drive for Autism Foundation Distributes Grants Totaling $40,000 to Programs Providing Education/Social Services to Individuals with Autism

The Drive for Autism Foundation has distributed $40,000 in the form of eight grants to school-based programs providing education and training to individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Each program received funds based on a “wish list”.

The Drive for Autism foundation holds an annual golf outing each September, as well as several other smaller fund raising events ...

My Gym's Winter Fun Days Camp Runs December 26 to 29

Let’s make memories at My Gym’s Winter Fun Days.  Perfect for children ages 3 to 9 years. At our 3 hour drop-off “mini-camp”, children will participate in games, relays, dances, non-competitive gymnastics, arts & crafts and so much more.  Registration required.  For times and to enroll, call or visit us online.  ...

Musicians with Disabilities and Kean University Music Majors to Host Collaborative Concert Jan. 5

UNION COUNTY, NJ--Musicians with developmental disabilities and Kean University music majors will host a collaborative concert Jan. 5 at the Wilkins Theater at Kean University beginning at 7:30 p.m. About 25 members of the Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) for adults with disabilities will be joined by about 20 Kean music majors. Choirs from middle schools in Elizabeth, Rahway, Roselle Park ...

Freight Train Derailment in Union

December 8, 2017

UNION, NJ - A freight train derailed in Union at about 2:15 p.m. this afternoon.

Preliminary details indicate that the train derailed past the Union Train Station.  According to Township of Union Business Administrator, the freight train contained 141 cars.  Eight were involved in the derailment.  Information on the contents of the freight cars are not yet ...

ConRail Working on Track Clean Up Following Friday's Derailment in Union; Train Service Still Suspended

December 9, 2017

UNION, NJ – No hazardous material was involved in the freight train derailment Friday afternoon in Union.

“There’s severe damage to the tracks,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio at a press conference Friday evening.  “There’s multiple piles of cars at different locations up and down the span of the tracks from the Roselle Park line all the way through ...

Rutgers to raise minimum wage to $11 an hour for student workers

December 12, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University will be raising the campus-wide minimum wage to $11 an hour, university president Robert Barchi announced in a campus-wide email on December 11.

The move comes as a partial victory for the local labor rights group, Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops​ (RUSAS)​, wh​ich ha​s​ been campaigning for a $15 minimum wage.

Right now, the ...

Dear Susan: Beauty Tips from a Beauty Expert

SUSAN BARBAGLIA, owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa in New Providence, offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise as a leader in the beauty industry. With over thirty years experience in skin care, Susan can answer your most challenging beauty questions. Email your ...

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Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

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The Mommy's Review - Coco

Corre, no camines (that’s “run, don’t walk!”) to see Coco, the newest animated feature film from Pixar Animation Studios/Disney. This beautiful movie is something that families will cherish seeing together. Like Moana last year, I took my family (ages 7 to 70+) to see Coco over Thanksgiving weekend, and everyone was delighted by the splendor of this wonderful cinematic ...