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The New Providence High School Marching Band Competes In The Yamaha Cup at MetLife Stadium, Takes Home Second Place and Best Visual

October 16, 2017

RUTHERFORD, NJ - The 149 members of the 2017 New Providence Marching Band took home second place in The Yamaha Cup Invitational on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Under the direction of Band Director Michael Niedziejko and Assistant Band Director Donald Baker, the New Providence Marching Band won second place in Group 6A with a score of 85.633, and ...

Union County Historic Sites Join National Parks Stamp Program

Union County initiative triples the number of stamp locations in New Jersey overnight.

UNION COUNTY, NJ – National Parks lovers may go over the moon with the news that Union County’s historic sites are about to unveil nearly 30 unique Passport To Your National Parks cancellation stamps at Four Centuries in a Weekend.

Across the country, people will bring their Passport ...

Four Centuries Weekend at Hetfield House Features Battle of Monmouth Reenactment in Minature, More

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The weekend of October 21-22 marks Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend event. Each year, Union County celebrates its important place in history by featuring many historic sites throughout the County. The historic Hetfield House will be open for visitors on Saturday, Oct.

Suburban Chamber Goes Suburban, Set to 'Tee it Up' at Annual Golf Outing Oct. 23

October 13, 2017

UNION, NJ - Investors Bank will serve as the event's Platinum Sponsor as The Suburban Chamber of Commerce prepares to host its annual golf outing October 23 at Suburban Golf Club in Union. The Chamber represents business in Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights.

A portion of the day's proceeds will be designated to the Chamber’s Scholarship ...

Luminous Medspa and Salon Rolls Out Red Carpet at Ribbon Cutting

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The glitz! The glamour! The red carpet! The town was abuzz with excitement of the Hollywood inspired grand opening celebration of Luminous Medspa and Salon Sunday night.

"I am so happy to be here to luminize the entire town. Thank you for everybody who came," said spa owner Heather Hoffman to the large crowd before cutting the ceremonial ...

Just Chill Out: Revivify Opens Second Area Location in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The life-work affirming saying goes something like this: "choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."

In amending that course, longtime area resident Kim Bredahl added a unique, distinctly personal twist when she opened 'Revivify' in Summit eight months ago, making the adage more ...

First Grade Students Visit Salt Box Museum in New Providence

October 19, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Four first grade classes from A.W. Roberts School paid an visit to the New Providence Historical Society’s Salt Box Museum on Wednesday afternoon.

The Sale Box Museum is one of the many historic attractions that will be open to the public in Union County during the Four Centuries in a Weekend event which will be held on Saturday and Sunday. 

See a map and a ...

The New Providence High School Marching Band Competes In The Yamaha Cup at MetLife Stadium, Takes Home Second Place and Best Visual

RUTHERFORD, NJ - The 149 members of the 2017 New Providence Marching Band took home second place in The Yamaha Cup Invitational on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Under the direction of Band Director Michael Niedziejko and Assistant Band Director Donald Baker, the New Providence Marching Band won second place in Group 6A with a score of 85.633, and ...

New Providence BOE Hears AP Test and NJ Quality Accountability Presentations

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – In addition to being named a National Character Education District and having completed a successful renovation project the Board of Education (BOE) heard more good news at the board’s Thursday, Oct. 12 working session. The better AP test scores and the district’s top score on New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) were pleasing news to ...

October 17 is the election registration deadline. Here's what you need to know

October 17, 2017

NEW JERSEY - Tuesday, October 17 is the last day for voters to register for the elections on November 7.

While the gubernatorial race between Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno is the main event, there’s still a lot of action going on at the local level.

Voter registration forms are available at the New Jersey Department of State website. You can fill out the ...

Buon Appetito! Salt Brook’s 6th Grade Pasta Feast Draws Over 400 Residents For Homemade Italian Cooking

October 15, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Salt Brook cafeteria was transformed Friday night, looking more like an Italian bistro, and a packed-to-the-rafters one at that.  Decked out with traditional red and white checkered tablecloths, 400 parents and students and local residents jammed into the packed room to feast on pasta and sauce, generously made and donated by Paolo’s Kitchen.

Paolo and ...

Former Governor Whitman Honored at Great Swamp Watershed Gala Celebration

October 15, 2017

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman was the honored guest at the Great Swamp Watershed Association 2017 Gala Celebration held Thursday night at the Brooklake Country Club.

Chatham residents turned out for the fundraiser that supports the yearly budget of the association, which is "dedicated to protecting and improving the water resources of the ...

Entering Its Second Half-Century, Summit's 'Santa Claus Shop' Begins Holliday Appeal

October 17, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - The Santa Claus Shop in Summit, for its 51st year, is gearing up to serve local families in need, prepping to provide more than 400 low-income families and senior citizens from Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights -- who are referred by local social services agents -- complimentary holiday shopping. 

Santa Claus Shop guests personally ...

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark joins statewide hurricane relief effort for Puerto Rico

NEWARK, NJ - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark (HFHGN) has announced a partnership with “New Jersey for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief” (NJ4PR), created by leaders of the state's Puerto Rican community in a statewide effort to help the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

More than half a million New Jerseyans claim Puerto Rican ancestry, with ...

Four Centuries Weekend at Hetfield House Features Battle of Monmouth Reenactment in Minature, More

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The weekend of October 21-22 marks Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend event. Each year, Union County celebrates its important place in history by featuring many historic sites throughout the County. The historic Hetfield House will be open for visitors on Saturday, Oct.

Council Hears Residents’ Noise, Traffic and Commute Woes

October 19, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Noise emanating from the Berkeley Aquatics Club, speeding cars and New Jersey Transit problems were among the concerns of residents that took the microphone at the Tuesday, Oct. 10 council meeting.

Ashley Bezik, representing her High Street neighborhood, read an open letter in which she complained about the “high level of noise” emanating from the ...

After Listening to Citizen Concern About Traffic, Chatham Township Planning Board Passes Resolution to Rezone Dixiedale Farm

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Planning Board voted, 8-0, moving forward to recommend that the Chatham Township Committee adopt an amendment that will rezone the 30-plus acres known as Dixiedale Farm from single-family to multi-family housing at a meeting that drew a crowd of residents on Monday night.

Two conceptual plans on the development of Dixiedale Farm into 50 duplexes and ...

Mayor and Council Declare National Red Ribbon Week

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Red ribbons promoting a drug-free lifestyle are coming to New Providence again this year. Mayor Al Morgan read a proclamation to recognize the National Red Ribbon Campaign at the Tuesday, Oct. 10 council meeting.

“Alcohol and drug abuse in this Nation have reached epidemic stages. It is imperative that visible, unified prevention education efforts by community ...

Parent Wellness Series Begins with 'Hidden in Plain Sight' Oct. 25

October 14, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - For the third consecutive year, a consortium consisting of the Superintendents and Student Assistance Counselors (SAC) of the Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Millburn, New Providence and Summit School Districts will offer a series of programs to area families focusing on student needs.

The 'Parent Wellness Series' will again see each district host ...

Union County Brings Sensory-Friendly Performance of GALUMPHA to Rahway

RAHWAY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will bring a sensory-friendly performance featuring the visually stunning acrobatics of GALUMPHA to the stage at the Union County Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m.

All tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased through the Union County Performing Arts Center at ucpac.org or by calling the Box Office at ...

Red Ribbon Week Kicks off in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Each year, the New Providence Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse sponsors a week of activities in the community to raise consciousness about drug abuse. October 23-31 will be Red Ribbon Week in New Providence.  As you walk around town you will see red ribbons visible all around the town as the community observes Red Ribbon Week.

On October 18, the ...

Rich In History- Elizabeth Sites Share the Spotlight in County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Event

October 13, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ –Take a walk through history at Union County’s annual civic heritage event, “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County’s History” on Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 22 from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with staff and volunteers at 35 historic ...

Cops Arrest 4 After Stolen Car Crashes Through Fence in Westfield

October 15, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — UPDATED AT 12:15 p.m.

Around 7 a.m. Sunday morning, a stolen car left the roadway and crashed on the 1200 block of Central Avenue, according to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman. Four males excited the vehicle and fled on foot, he said.

Photos taken by the home's owner show that the car crashed through a fence and into the bushes.

The car was not being ...

Teacher's Aide in Montgomery Township School Charged with Sexual Assault Against Student

 

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A 35-year-old teacher's aide at A Montgomery Township school faces multiple charges in the alleged sexual assault of a 17-year-old student, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Daniel E. Fowler of Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township, has been charged with 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child, 2nd degree criminal ...

After Listening to Citizen Concern About Traffic, Chatham Township Planning Board Passes Resolution to Rezone Dixiedale Farm

October 17, 2017

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Planning Board voted, 8-0, moving forward to recommend that the Chatham Township Committee adopt an amendment that will rezone the 30-plus acres known as Dixiedale Farm from single-family to multi-family housing at a meeting that drew a crowd of residents on Monday night.

Two conceptual plans on the development of Dixiedale Farm into 50 duplexes and ...

Rich In History- Elizabeth Sites Share the Spotlight in County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Event

ELIZABETH, NJ –Take a walk through history at Union County’s annual civic heritage event, “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County’s History” on Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 22 from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with staff and volunteers at 35 historic ...

Lois Schneider Realtor Announces Formation of Robinson-Potolsky Team

SUMMIT, NJ - Diane Robinson, top producing Lois Schneider Realtor Broker-Sales Associate, and Suzette Potolsky have joined together to form the Robinson-Potolsky Team. 

"Suzette’s local real estate knowledge and client management experience are truly valuable assets when combined with Diane’s extensive skill set in strategic pricing, contract negotiations, and ...

Congregation Beth Israel Celebrates Sukkot in Scotch Plains

October 10, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Volunteers from the Men’s Club of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains built the synagogue’s Sukkah (booth) on Sunday, Oct. 1, in preparation for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

In keeping with tradition, the volunteers erected the Sukkah on the synagogue’s outdoor patio to replicate the temporary huts that their ancestors dwelled in while ...

Candlelight Vigil in New Providence Mourns Victims of Las Vegas Mass Shooting

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Residents, religious leaders, Mayor Al Morgan and members of the diversity groups of New Providence and Berkeley Heights came together on the lawn of Our Lady of Peace in New Providence for a candlelight vigil on Friday evening to share prayer, poems, words of reflection and to mourn the 58 victims of Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las ...

Candlelight Vigil Tonight for Las Vegas Victims, Gun Violence Prevention.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Interfaith Council Of New Providence and Berkeley Heights, and residents of the two communities will hold a candlelight vigil from 6:30 to 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, Oct. 6, on the front lawn of Our Lady of Peace Church.

The Vigil will honor the victims of the massacre in Las Vegas and their families and take a stand for gun violence prevention.

Everyone ...

New Providence Girls' Tennis Win 3rd Sectional Title In 4 Years

October 18, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Beneath the shadows of Highpoint Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, the New Providence Girls Tennis team defeated the Highland Park Lady Owls 5-0, claiming their third sectional title in four years.

On their journey to the Central Jersey Group I title, the Lady Pioneers beat the 4th, 1st and 2nd seeded teams, running the gauntlet en route to the championship. Although ...

Girls Soccer: GL Tops New Providence on Senior Night

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – There are 11 seniors on the Governor Livingston girl’s soccer team, and they were sent off with a bang on Tuesday night in a 5-1 win over New Providence.

GL grabbed the lead halfway through the first half off a Sami Erickson goal courtesy of a cross from the right side by Ashley Echeverry. Three minutes later, Claire Donfield brought the ball up the left ...

Boys Soccer: New Providence Pioneers Power Past Johnson Crusaders with Four-Goal Second Half

CLARK, NJ-  Two days after coming up just short in the Union County Tournament Quarterfinals, the New Providence High School Pioneers traveled on the road, looking to move closer to locking the conference championship and potential home-field advantage in the state tournament.

After being deadlocked in a scoreless game with the Arthur L. Johnson High School (Clark) Crusaders, the Pioneers ...

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Want to Take Your Business Global? New Jersey Businesses Eligible for Grant Funding

October 12, 2017

Are you a New Jersey business owner who has already realized the potential of a global market or an entrepreneur seeking to increase sales and profit by taking your business worldwide? 

The New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) has been awarded a $606,151 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help New Jersey companies gain access to ...

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 questions to advice@skindeepsalonspa.com.

 

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Dear Susan: I am interested in ...

A New Face in Politics: Lacey Rzeszowski

October 19, 2017

Maybe it’s the changing of the leaves and the cooler weather, the exciting race to the World Series, that brings to mind what Yogi Berra once said, “You can observe a lot by watching.”  The last couple of months I have been observing a new face in politics -- Lacey Rzeszowski, Democratic candidate for Assembly in our district (LD21).  What I have observed is a woman ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, October 19, 8:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Mat Pilates

Health & Wellness

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Thu, October 19, 10:00 AM

The Connection, Summit

Cardio Boot Camp Circuit

Health & Wellness

Thu, October 19, 2:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

Retired & Senior Volunteer (RSVP) Information ...

Giving Back Other

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Thu, October 19, 5:30 PM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness

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Thu, October 19, 6:30 PM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Zumba with Miguel

Health & Wellness

Thu, October 19, 7:00 PM

St. Teresa of Avila RC Church-Avila Room, Summit

Citizenship Preparation Classes

Education

Nationwide YMCA Membership is Coming in November!

October 19, 2017

YMCA Members will have access to Y Facilities across the United States

At the Summit Area YMCA, we believe that positive, lasting personal and social change can only come about when the community works together to invest in our youth, our health, and our neighbors. Strengthening the community is the foundation from which the Y was built upon. In order to provide the most meaningful impact, and ...

The Summit Area YMCA kicks off Healthy U

A state-wide program promoting healthy lifestyles for children comes to the Y!

SUMMIT, NJ   As a part of our dedication to youth development and healthy living, the Summit Area YMCA provides the Healthy U curriculum that teaches children in our communities to adapt healthy living habits that will follow them into adulthood. Healthy U, a statewide initiative introducing the award winning ...

Rape Crisis Advocates Needed

The Union County Rape Crisis Center (RCC) needs volunteer advocates to assist victims of sexual violence. The Rape Crisis Center will train volunteers during daytime sessions at the Colleen Fraser Building at the Union County complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.  Prior to training, each volunteer must come to the Rape Crisis Center for an informal interview.

“These ...

Veteran's Appreciation Day

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- NJVetsConnect will be hosting a special "Veteran's Appreciation Day" on Sunday, Nov. 5, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in honor of the upcoming Veteran's Day.  

NJ VetsConnect is a group who's mission is to bring Veteran's together in Fellowship, Camaraderie and Connection.  Led by a group of military veterans, the ...

Imagine offers Workshop on: Fostering Resilience in Grieving Children and Teens

 

Open to all members of the community, please join Imagine for a workshop on Fostering Resilience in Grieving Children, and invite your friends and family.  The workshop is ideal for parents, caregivers, social workers, teachers and therapists. CE credits are available for social workers.  The workshop will be held on October 26th from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  ...

JCP&L Reminds Customers Assistance and Service Programs are Available to Help Pay Utility Bills

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reminds customers having difficulty paying their utility bills that they may be eligible for special financial assistance or energy efficiency programs that could reduce the amount of electricity they use.

    Assistance programs available to New Jersey residents include:

Lifeline – Offers a cash grant to help people who ...

Wait. What?

Don’t you have homework to do?

 

My teenage daughter is watching TV, texting, facetiming, instagramming, listening to music, and typing on a laptop all at the same time. 

 

Don’t you have homework to do?  I have to repeat myself a little louder because she is insulated in her electronic cocoon by ear buds.

 

“I am doing homework,” ...

Grand National at Far Hills Races Will Be International Affaire

October 13, 2017

GRAND NATIONAL TAKES ON INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR

The $400,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), America’s richest steeplechase race, has attracted strong international interest, with no fewer than five overseas challengers among 12 nominees to the centerpiece of the 97th annual Far Hills Races on Saturday, Oct. 21.

One of New Jersey’s premier sporting events, the Far Hills Races will be one ...

A New Way to Approach Affordable Housing: A Statement from Council Candidates Doll and Baer Peterson

October 16, 2017

Affordable housing is a complex issue that requires communication, transparency, and inclusivity, along with dedicated leadership and coordination between many levels of our local and state governments. All too often, this issue is used as a political "hot potato" which is fueled by rhetoric, unclear narratives, and partisan politics.

As a municipality, we are currently in an ...

Meet Borough Council Candidate Jamie Baer Peterson

My husband and I moved to New Providence 20 years ago because we thought it was the perfect place to raise our kids while having access to NYC for our careers.  We have grown to deeply love this community and the friends we have made here.  I have been an active volunteer and committee chair in all the pre-schools and public schools my three children have attended. I have also ...

Keith Doll: A Call to Service

The inspiration for my campaign is rooted in my desire to affect positive change in service to the community where my wife and I have chosen to raise our family.

Since declaring my candidacy, I have been moved and motivated by the stories of all the residents I've met and spoken with along this incredible journey.

Running as a Democratic candidate for New Providence Borough Council, ...

LaZare: Trump Tax Worst Thing for District 21

For District 21, Trump's tax proposal is giving residents twenty thousand reasons to vote Democratic next month.

Trump's tax bill wants to eliminate the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction on Federal taxes. Of all the voting districts in the country, ours will be among the worst hit as residents here on average get $20,000 a year in deductions directly from SALT.

This tax ...

No More Politics as Usual

A first-time candidate running to serve in the General Assembly for the 21st District, I am, quite simply, tired of politics as usual. I believe that with the right leadership, New Jersey can be a beacon of hope amidst a volatile political and economic landscape.

Born and raised in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, I eventually settled in ...

Solving Our Gun Violence Problem at the Polls

The loss of life in Las Vegas this week was even more tragic because it was preventable. In spite of what the gun lobby would like us to believe, we can and must make this country safe from gun violence. 

In 1996, a shooting spree in a gift shop in Tasmania left 35 people dead—the most deadly mass shooting in the country’s history. In the immediate aftermath, ...