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'Family Fun Night' Concert Series Continues as Cindy Gelormini Draws Crowd in New Providence

July 24, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Cindy Gelormini took center stage in the gazebo at Centennial Park for the second of four summer concerts in the "Family Fun Nights" Series last Thursday. 

Gelormini swooned the crowd along with the back up of Joe DeVico and his rhythm and blues horn section playing hits by Frankie Valley, the Duprees, Sinatra along with recent ...

Union County Supports Anti-Fraud Toolkit to Protect Seniors

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County residents, especially seniors, now have a new weapon against fraud and scams with the Anti-Fraud Toolkit, an online information hub created by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, the Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced.

The Toolkit includes an email alert network for sharing up-to-date news about the latest fraud incidents in New Jersey, ...

News 12 New Jersey 'On the Road in Chatham' Hits Main Street

CHATHAM, NJ - Patrons cooling off inside Charley's Aunt on South Passaic Avenue in Chatham looked up from their beverages to see some very familiar scenes on the elevated TVs on Friday.

Just a few feet from the front door of the well-known Chatham establishment was the setting for News 12 New Jersey's "On the Road" series, which featured downtown Chatham Borough.

Residents ...

New Providence Grads Help Union Win Snapple Bowl All-Star Football Game

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – The electric atmosphere of the fourth quarter during Thursday’s 23rd annual Snapple Bowl made up for the lackadaisical first three, as the Union All-Stars broke a scoreless tie with two late touchdowns to beat Middlesex, 13-7, at Woodbridge’s Nicholas A. Priscoe Stadium.

Elizabeth quarterback Ja’Quill Burch led both Union scoring drives. The future ...

'Family Fun Night' Concert Series Continues as Cindy Gelormini Draws Crowd in New Providence

July 24, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Cindy Gelormini took center stage in the gazebo at Centennial Park for the second of four summer concerts in the "Family Fun Nights" Series last Thursday. 

Gelormini swooned the crowd along with the back up of Joe DeVico and his rhythm and blues horn section playing hits by Frankie Valley, the Duprees, Sinatra along with recent ...

Bring the Family to New Providence National Night Out On Tuesday, August 2

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Police Department, Fire Department, EMS and Lions Club are hosting National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2 in Centennial Park from 6 to 9 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to join the New Providence Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Lions Club as they host National Night Out, an event that showcases the importance of ...

Happy Feet: The Connection Celebrates National Dance Day July 30

SUMMIT, NJ - The Connection for Women and Families is is offering a day of dance for all ages July 30 to celebrate "National Dance Day," launched in 2010 by So You Think You Can Dance co-creator -- and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president -- Nigel Lythgoe.

National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July, and is the centerpiece of ...

News 12 New Jersey 'On the Road in Chatham' Hits Main Street

July 23, 2016

CHATHAM, NJ - Patrons cooling off inside Charley's Aunt on South Passaic Avenue in Chatham looked up from their beverages to see some very familiar scenes on the elevated TVs on Friday.

Just a few feet from the front door of the well-known Chatham establishment was the setting for News 12 New Jersey's "On the Road" series, which featured downtown Chatham Borough.

Residents ...

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Eighty Job Opportunities for Union County Residents

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Credit Pros and OTG Management have a total of 80 positions to fill in Union County. The County’s Workforce Innovation Business Center is providing facilities for the two companies to screen and hire job seekers, announced the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The WIB Center is located at the Mills at Jersey Gardens, 651 Kapkowski Road in Elizabeth.

Credit ...

Senior at NPHS Tutors Syrian Refugee Families and Learns a Life Lesson

July 17, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Shaden Awad, a rising senior at New Providence High School, was reading about Syrian refugee families who had fled the horrors in their homeland and were settling in Elizabeth, New Jersey and knew she had to get involved. “I read about the war in the news and tried to comprehend the horrors that many individuals, who before the war were just like you and me, were forced ...

New Providence Middle School Students Win at National Technology Students Association Conference in Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN - New Providence Middle School students participated in the national competition of TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) on June 29-30.  The five member team won a 3rd place trophy for the problem solving competition and placed top ten in all other categories including "Best in Nation." 

The national competition consisted of ...

Get Ready to Walk in Alexander Hamilton’s Footsteps as City Celebrates Hamilton 2016

ELIZABETH, NJ – The city is getting ready to celebrate the memory and achievements of one of its most famous sons, Alexander Hamilton, with two days of events, July 7 and 8.

CelebrateHAMILTON, held by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, begins Thursday, July 7, with the "Young Immigrant Hamilton” tour, exploring historic sites associated with Alexander Hamilton's ...

Central Jersey Group Attends Gun Violence ‘Speak Out’ In Washington D.C.

July 16, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I know first-hand about gun violence and the lasting impact it can have on a family, community, and even a nation,” Trenton resident Regina Thompson-Jenkins said to a crowd of several thousand people gathered on the western lawn of the U.S. Capitol Thursday evening to “Speak Out” against gun violence.

Jenkins was one of around 60 people from ...

Time to File: School Board Candidate Petitions Due July 25

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Those seeking a seat on the Clark Board of Education must file a candidate petition on or before July 25, 2016. Three seats are open and each is for a three-year term.

“Candidates still have ample time to file, but with summer vacations under way the days can slip by quickly,” Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi said. “If you would like to be ...

Madison's Healthy Italia Thanks the Business Community in Town

July 22, 2016

MADISON, NJ - A few short months after Healthy Italia's grand opening at 55 Main Street in Madison the imported Italian specialty food market and cooking school held an open house this week to thank fellow Madison business owners for all of their support since opening.

 

The retail store which opened in March and the much anticipated cooking school that started ...

Chef Laird Holds "Beat Bobby Flay" Viewing Party at Chatham's Seranade

CHATHAM, NJ -  It took Chef James Laird nearly 20 years of cooking at Restaurant Serenade in Chatham to get his "15 minutes of fame."

Laird held a viewing party for family, friends and patrons at Serenade for his appearance on "Beat Bobby Flay," which aired on the Food Network 10 p.m. Thursday night.

Laird cooked with confidence during the show, ...

Murray Hill Inn Gets a Nod for Liquor License

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The second time is the charm! The council unanimously approved a resolution to grant a liquor license to the Murray Hill Inn at its Monday, July 11 meeting.

The council held a special hearing on June 22 for the Murray Hill Inn liquor license application. This marked the second time the establishment sought a license.

The council discussed the application at its ...

Jonathan Romeo and Eagle Scout Team Install Community Garden in New Providence

June 27, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The soon to be unveiled New Providence Community Garden was installed Saturday near the New Providence Tennis Courts on Springfield Avenue.  

A project initiated by the New Providence Sustainability Committee received funding from BASF as well as a Union County Means Green Community Garden Grant that will match up to ...

Trailside’s Summer Wednesday Matinee Series Sizzles With Scientific Fun June 29 to August 10

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Mark your calendars: the popular Wednesday Matinee Series at Trailside Nature & Science Center begins on June 29 and continues through August 10. This family entertainment series starts at 1:30 p.m. each week and runs approximately 45 minutes. All shows are recommended for children ages 4 and up. Admission is $5.00 per person; $4/senior citizen and tickets go on sale ...

"Bar Night for Brendan Tevlin" Raises $2000 Toward Third Annual Lacrosse Festival

July 23, 2016

FAIRFIELD, NJ — A “Bar Night for Brendan” held at Thatcher McGhee’s Irish Pub in Fairfield on Wednesday raised $2,000 toward the third annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival being held on July 30 in West Orange in honor of the Livingston resident who lost his life to a shooting in 2014.

On Monday and Tuesday, the restaurant hosted all-day “Dine and ...

Senior at NPHS Tutors Syrian Refugee Families and Learns a Life Lesson

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Shaden Awad, a rising senior at New Providence High School, was reading about Syrian refugee families who had fled the horrors in their homeland and were settling in Elizabeth, New Jersey and knew she had to get involved. “I read about the war in the news and tried to comprehend the horrors that many individuals, who before the war were just like you and me, were forced ...

Patriots’ Players Take The Shirts Off Their Backs on July 3rd to Support US Troops Deployed Overseas

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Somerset Patriots ballplayers will take the shirts off their backs to help support US troops deployed overseas following their July 3rd game against the Bridgeport Bluefish.

Operation Shoebox New Jersey will sell chances for fans to win the specially-designed patriotic game-used uniforms during the Patriots Sunday game at TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater. Gates open ...

Union County Supports Anti-Fraud Toolkit to Protect Seniors

July 24, 2016

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County residents, especially seniors, now have a new weapon against fraud and scams with the Anti-Fraud Toolkit, an online information hub created by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, the Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced.

The Toolkit includes an email alert network for sharing up-to-date news about the latest fraud incidents in New Jersey, ...

Central Jersey Group Attends Gun Violence ‘Speak Out’ In Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I know first-hand about gun violence and the lasting impact it can have on a family, community, and even a nation,” Trenton resident Regina Thompson-Jenkins said to a crowd of several thousand people gathered on the western lawn of the U.S. Capitol Thursday evening to “Speak Out” against gun violence.

Jenkins was one of around 60 people from ...

Oakwood Park Renovation Project Moves Forward

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council unanimously took another step forward in regards to the Oakwood Park renovation project at its Monday, July 11 meeting. The council unanimously approved a contract with the lowest bidder, Dakota Excavating Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $1,297,000.

Councilman Jim Madden was pleased with the winning bid for two reasons. Firstly, the price of ...

Visit the Mobile “ASK” Program for Information on Senior Services

July 11, 2016

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County residents in need of services for seniors age 60 and older can get information quickly and conveniently by using ASK, Union County’s new mobile Aging Services Kiosk. ASK launched in May and so far the program has visited 10 public sites, including libraries and community centers. Another six locations have been scheduled for July.

“ASK brings our ...

Local Counselor Awarded for Work with Opiate Addiction

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence counselor, Thomas Dwyer, founder of the Gateway Center for Counseling and Recovery was honored with the Spotlight of Service Excellence Award, by the Mental Health Association of New Jersey (MHANJ) at their annual Evening of Excellence gala, on June 21, 2016, at the Galloping Hill Caterers. The award is given to those service addiction providers who have ...

Union County Distributes Free Farmers Market Vouchers for Seniors

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Income eligible seniors age 60 and above can obtain free vouchers totaling $25.00 to purchase “Jersey Fresh” fruits, vegetables and herbs at designated Farmers Markets in July, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced.

Seniors age 60 and older are eligible for the program if their annual income does not exceed $21,978 for a single person or ...

Have you seen GRANT? Black Cockapoo Missing

July 21, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This dog named GRANT was last seen earlier Thursday at Barbie's Pet Grooming located at 540 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The black Cockapoo does not have his collar on. 

The dog escaped a fenced in area at groomer's when gate was accidently left open. Grant was last seen in the neighborhood behind Enrite on ...

Helicopters Used to Conduct Forestry Inspections in JCP&L Transmission Line Corridors

NEW JERSEY - Foresters from Jersey Central Power & Light Company (JCP&L) will take to the sky to conduct helicopter inspections of transmission lines beginning July 1 as part of the company’s annual vegetation management program.  

The patrols are scheduled through July 5, weather permitting.  Local law enforcement agencies will be notified before inspections take ...

Bring the Family to New Providence National Night Out On Tuesday, August 2

July 22, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Police Department, Fire Department, EMS and Lions Club are hosting National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2 in Centennial Park from 6 to 9 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to join the New Providence Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Lions Club as they host National Night Out, an event that showcases the importance of ...

Jersey City P.D. Arrest Suspect in Summit Bank Robbery

SUMMIT, NJ - A 37 year-old Jersey City man, connected to three bank robberies -- including Summit Wells Fargo Bank on July 20 -- was arrested by the Jersey City Police and charged with robbery.

John Walsh, of Bright Street, allegedly was involved in three separate robberies, one in Jersey City July 15, one successive robberies in Summit and Maplewood on July 20.

According to the Jersey City ...

58 Year Old Basking Ridge Woman Critically Injured After Being Struck by Vehicle on Plainfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A 58 year old Basking Ridge woman has been critically injured after being struck by a vehicle on Plainfield Avenue and Bolton Boulevard Wednesday evening at approximately 9:05 p.m.

She was taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital due to her injuries and was last reported to be in critical condition. The driver of the vehicle is a 52-year old male and is ...

Berkshire Hathaway Gives Away Trek Bike at Street Fair

July 17, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties - New Providence office participated in the Berkeley Heights Street Fair.  In addition to handing out over 700 sport packs a raffle was held for a Trek Mountain Bike with a retail value of $400.  Jeff Turner of Clark was the winner of the bicycle. 

"BHHS NJ Properties is always proud to be involved ...

New Providence Grads Help Union Win Snapple Bowl All-Star Football Game

July 23, 2016

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – The electric atmosphere of the fourth quarter during Thursday’s 23rd annual Snapple Bowl made up for the lackadaisical first three, as the Union All-Stars broke a scoreless tie with two late touchdowns to beat Middlesex, 13-7, at Woodbridge’s Nicholas A. Priscoe Stadium.

Elizabeth quarterback Ja’Quill Burch led both Union scoring drives. The future ...

Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza Planned for July 27

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Thousands are expected to participate in Downtown Westfield’s 15th annual 5K & Pizza Extravaganza next Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. Organized by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, the “Pizza Run” attracted more than 2,400 runners and thousands of spectators last year.

After the race, pizza, beverages and desserts will be provided ...

Local Baseball Players Participate in First Ever NPGL All-Star Games

UNION COUNTY, NJ --  The New Providence Green and Gold League held their first ever All-Star Games  (8U to 14U) on baseball fields in several towns throughout Union County on Saturday.

Below is the list of players from Berkeley Heights, Mountainside and New Providence who were selected to the teams.

8u Green American        

Denny ...

Excellence in Listening Training Union County September 12

July 23, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Caring and Crisis Hotline Caring Contact will be offering Excellence in Listening training beginning September 12 at the RWJ Rahway Fitness and Wellness Center at 2120 Lamberts Mill Road in Scotch Plains, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The training program meets once weekly for 13 weeks, including one two-day weekend session.

Through the training, volunteers receive 52 hours of ...

"Chatham Citizens" Raise Glasses and Funds at Twin Elephant to Fight Pilgrim Oil Pipeline

July 20, 2016

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham residents raised their glasses and opened their wallets at the Twin Elephant Brewing Company on Thursday night during a fundraiser geared toward stopping Pilgrim from building a crude oil pipeline through Chatham Borough and Chatham Township.

Members of Chatham Citizens Opposing the Oil Pipeline are taking a pro-active approach to protect ...

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When Smart Women Watch Stupid Television

“Hey honey, what time...” began my husband.

“Sssh, not now.” I replied.  “My show is on!” He glanced at the TV to see what I was watching, shook his head, and left the room muttering something sarcastic that sounded like, "Wow, I really hope she says yes to the dress."

It was true.  I had a stupid TV obsession.  I like ...

Tuesday is PASTA Night at Moe's Bistro in New Providence

Tuesday is PASTA Night at Moe’s Bistro

Come on in and order any pasta off our menu for only $20.00. Check out our website for additional pasta specials too!  
See you Tuesday!
 

How Dare You?

July 18, 2016

 I want to start off by asking the question "How dare you?"  To the writers, reporters, social media junkies, and anybody else out there putting their own spin on the topics we face in our country today, how dare you?  You are in a position to educate and inspire, and instead you choose to cloud the minds of our citizens and enrage them.  Rather than reporting fact ...

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Open for Summit Area YMCA Fall Youth Soccer League

July 24, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ - Join our Fall Youth Soccer League! Our League will build your child’s endurance, soccer skills and love for the game. The Youth Soccer League of the Summit Area YMCA is a noncompetitive, co-ed youth sports program designed to teach kids age 3 – 8 years old the basics of soccer while building confidence, developing team building skills, expending youthful energy in a ...

Un-Common Applications

Anyone else starting to feel like these application conglomerates are getting out of hand?  Let’s look at the major players:


Common Application: The OG consolidated application and still the biggest player on the board.  They’ve added an account rollover feature this year to allow Juniors and younger to make accounts they can continue to use Senior ...

Pokémon Politics Go!

As a rule I stay away from popular fads.  Politics included.

 

I find my views on the latest crazy trends that are sweeping the nation are usually wrong and completely out of touch with reality.  

 

For example, for years I have been predicting the imminent demise of cell phones and the internet.

 

Which is why it seems only appropriate that I expound on ...

The Mommy's Review - Last Chance for Neverland

The remarkable Broadway musical Finding Neverland will sadly play its last performance on August 21, but that still gives you a few weeks to try and see it this summer! I'm glad I recently had the chance to enjoy this show with my family, because it truly is a delight.

Finding Neverland tells the story of Scottish writer J. M. Barrie's inspiration for Peter Pan. A successful but now ...

Youth Baseball the way it should be

July 19, 2016

This past weekend, The New Providence Green and Gold League held their first ever All Star Game.  Games were held in Union, Westfield and Warren.

At first we (NPGL Board) thought it was an “Old Fashioned” idea and with youth baseball going the way of highly competitive tournaments -- we didn’t think there would be too much interest.  Teams would rather keep the ...