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Westfield Health Department Sees Spike in Flu Cases, Offers Vaccines & Advice

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — In line with both statewide and nationwide data, Westfield and the surrounding area is seeing an increase in confirmed flu cases, according to the Westfield Regional Health Department.

“It’s here. It’s in New Jersey. It’s in all of our towns,” said Laura Scanlon, the public health nursing supervisor at the Westfield Regional ...

Online Retailer Amazon Rejects Somerville as Potential Location for Massive “HQ2”

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Amazon released its short list of  20 potential sites to build a massive east coast headquarters Thursday, disappointing more than 200 other cities and smaller towns that had salivated over the prospect of 50,000 new jobs and billions of dollars in associated economic benefits – including Somerville.

The 20 finalists include the city of Newark; a total of 238 ...

Killean Cut Kid Is Fully Recovered, Ready For New Home

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Killean Cut Kid, now a 13-year-old gelding, the son of Mach Three who earned $315,239 in his career, is ready for a home nearly six months after he was found in a Louisiana kill pen. 

It was noted on Facebook, by the owner that the horse was deceased. Kid was helped by a volunteer group on Facebook, Save Our Standardbreds From Slaughter (SOSS), and ...

Rutgers Equestrian Team Coach Elected As IHSA Second Vice President

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) held their annual board meeting in Orlando, Florida, Jan. 3-6. The 55-member board met in general session and in individual committees during the three-day event.

Kelly Francfort Named Second Vice President

Kelly Francfort, coach of the Rutgers team, chair of IHSA Zone 3 and the public relations committee, was named ...

New Providence Girls' Basketball Fall To Oak Knoll

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After seven consecutive losses, the Lady Pioneers were looking to start their first winning streak of the year when they took on Oak Knoll Thursday afternoon, however they were unable to hold onto a lead as they fell to their neighbors from Summit, 37-32.

A dominant second quarter that saw the home team shut out the visiting Royals gave New Providence a 17-11 ...

Raccoon Attacks Hillsborough Woman and Dog Outside Residence

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - A raccoon attacked a 63-year-old woman and her dog a few steps outside the front door of her residence Tuesday morning, according to police.

Irene Rothschild told police she had walked out the front door of her home at 424 Bigley Road with her dog around 11 a.m. when the raccoon attacked, biting and scratching the dog.

Neighbors on social media say Rothschild went ...

Actor Frederick Morsell Returns to Columbia Middle School in Berkeley Heights

January 17, 2018

On Thursday, January 11, acclaimed actor Frederick Morsell returned to Columbia Middle School in Berkeley Heights to perform his one-man show, “Presenting “Frederick Douglass: the Early Years.” Mr. Morsell has been visiting the school annually since 1988 to present his show to the eight-graders.

He gave a powerful performance as Douglass as an adult, looking back on his ...

Annabella Mack of New Providence will Perform in ‘The Wiz'

MAPLEWOOD,  NJ, - Annabella Mack of New Providence will help bring the production of "The Wiz" alive when it opens on Jan. 19. 

Front and Center for Performing Arts proudly presents, "The Wiz” by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Music and lyrics by Charles Brown and a book by William F. Brown from the story “The ...

Video and Photos from ‘You Gotta Have Art Cabaret 2018,' A Benefit for NP Public Art

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Music, dancing, a play, food, drink and a silent auction made going out on a frigid evening well worth the effort. 

The event was NP Public Art’s third annual fundraiser, “You Gotta Have Art Cabaret 2018,” which took place on Saturday, Jan. 6, at the DeCorso Center.

The evening’s entertainment began with a ...

Online Retailer Amazon Rejects Somerville as Potential Location for Massive “HQ2”

January 19, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Amazon released its short list of  20 potential sites to build a massive east coast headquarters Thursday, disappointing more than 200 other cities and smaller towns that had salivated over the prospect of 50,000 new jobs and billions of dollars in associated economic benefits – including Somerville.

The 20 finalists include the city of Newark; a total of 238 ...

Facebook Changes Its News Feed; How You Can Get Your Local News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear. 

This will be frustrating for people who use Facebook to find news and information relevant to them, said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. 

“Relegating legitimate news publishers and ...

Actor Frederick Morsell Returns to Columbia Middle School in Berkeley Heights

January 17, 2018

On Thursday, January 11, acclaimed actor Frederick Morsell returned to Columbia Middle School in Berkeley Heights to perform his one-man show, “Presenting “Frederick Douglass: the Early Years.” Mr. Morsell has been visiting the school annually since 1988 to present his show to the eight-graders.

He gave a powerful performance as Douglass as an adult, looking back on his ...

How One Paterson Teacher Sparked an Education Revolution

PATERSON, NJ- For nearly six decades, Ms. Jane Silverstein has brought her special brand of teaching to the Paterson Public School system. As a teacher, Chair of the Science Department, and founder of the STEM Academy at JFK, she has left a distinct mark on the lives of thousands of students. But, according to some within the school, her work has had a much more far-reaching effect. 

To ...

New Providence BOE Reorganizes; Krauss and Misiukiewicz Sworn in

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Board of Education (BOE) held its Reorganization meeting on Monday, Jan. 8. The first item on the agenda was the swearing in of re-elected board members Ira Krauss and Mary Misiukiewicz. The board unanimously named Adam Smith and William Dibble to continue on as President and Vice President of the BOE respectively.

Smith announced the new committee assignments.

Delicious Heights Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary With "Throwback" Menu Items; Vote For Your Favorites

January 14, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In celebration of Delicious Heights' 10 year anniversary at their Berkeley Heights location, they will include "Throwback" favorites in their February menu at 2007 pricing.  Help them celebrate by selecting your favorite items to be included in the "Throwback" menu. Click here to vote for your favorite salad, appetizer, ...

Tu B’Shvat Seder Celebration Set for Jan. 28 at Temple Sinai

 

SUMMIT, NJ - Temple Sinai will celebrate Tu B’Shvat, an ancient festival, reminding everyone of their sacred duty to renew the promise of Earth and all its bounty.

Sharing wine, fruits and song, the group will participate in a beautiful seder, after which there will be a pot-luck vegetarian dinner.  Everyone who attends is asked to contribute a dish for all to share.

Photos, Videos From the Joint Diversity Groups' 'MLK Celebration Jam' at the Annex

January 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The New Providence Diversity Committee and Berkeley Heights Diversity Council and the New Providence Presbyterian Church held a “MLK Celebration Jam” at the Annex on Monday, Jan. 15.

The family-friendly event drew an enthusiastic crowd of residents of both communities – adults and children – who enjoyed music, poetry readings, and reflections ...

New Providence Resident Receives Scholarship from NJ Chinese Festival Organization

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence resident Annie Zhou, a student at Yale University, received a scholarship from the New Jersey Chinese Festival organization on Dec. 28.

The group marked 2017 as their fourth year giving the scholarships, said festival chair and Montville resident Margaret Lam. Ten students were honored with the freshman scholarship, plus two scholarships for ...

Summit Area YMCA Hosts Series of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Area YMCA is encouraging the community to get involved—in large or small ways --  to honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15, helping to further improve where folks live, work and play through a day of justice, equality and service to others.

The Summit YMCA, the Berkeley Heights YMCA and The Learning Circle YMCA will ...

Bramnick to Media: Stop Chasing Ratings and Start Searching for the Facts

January 10, 2018

TRENTON NJ - Republican Leader Jon Bramnick used his address at the opening of the 218th General Assembly to sound a call to leaders, to the media and to the public for greater civility in New Jersey's public discourse.  The Republican Leader's comments were particularly pointed where journalists, President Trump and digital warriors were ...

Union County Manager Faella Announces His Retirement Effective March 1

 

ELIZABETH, NJ---Mountainside resident and Union County Manager Alfred J. Faella, the County’s top-appointed executive responsible for the day-to-day operations of a government that provides services to more than half a million residents, has announced his retirement effective March 1st.

Faella, 62, announces his retirement after a career spanning 25 years in City, State ...

2nd Annual Women’s March in Westfield Planned for Jan. 20

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Second Annual Women’s March in Westfield is planned for Jan. 20, organizers have announced.

“Our chief purpose in having the march in town again this year is to inspire and empower our children, to teach them to have a voice and to use it to inspire change,” said Jessica Golden Cortes, who is organizing the event with Lee McDermott Schaefer. Both are ...

Westfield Health Department Sees Spike in Flu Cases, Offers Vaccines & Advice

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — In line with both statewide and nationwide data, Westfield and the surrounding area is seeing an increase in confirmed flu cases, according to the Westfield Regional Health Department.

“It’s here. It’s in New Jersey. It’s in all of our towns,” said Laura Scanlon, the public health nursing supervisor at the Westfield Regional ...

Raccoon Attacks Hillsborough Woman and Dog Outside Residence

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - A raccoon attacked a 63-year-old woman and her dog a few steps outside the front door of her residence Tuesday morning, according to police.

Irene Rothschild told police she had walked out the front door of her home at 424 Bigley Road with her dog around 11 a.m. when the raccoon attacked, biting and scratching the dog.

Neighbors on social media say Rothschild went ...

eMedical Urgent Care in Berkeley Heights Offers Free Flu Shots While Supplies Last

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ –  eMedical Urgent Care has free flu shots available while supplies last at their office located at 369 Springfield Ave. in Berkeley Heights. 

The urgent care center has celebrated 30 years in Berkeley Heights and completed a renovation project that updated every room in the office, modernized equipment and improved patient comfort and ...

Killean Cut Kid Is Fully Recovered, Ready For New Home

January 19, 2018

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Killean Cut Kid, now a 13-year-old gelding, the son of Mach Three who earned $315,239 in his career, is ready for a home nearly six months after he was found in a Louisiana kill pen. 

It was noted on Facebook, by the owner that the horse was deceased. Kid was helped by a volunteer group on Facebook, Save Our Standardbreds From Slaughter (SOSS), and ...

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Frank Bottone died on Nov. 9, 2017, in the hospice unit of St. Barnabas Hospital, following a ...
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Raccoon Attacks Hillsborough Woman and Dog Outside Residence

January 18, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - A raccoon attacked a 63-year-old woman and her dog a few steps outside the front door of her residence Tuesday morning, according to police.

Irene Rothschild told police she had walked out the front door of her home at 424 Bigley Road with her dog around 11 a.m. when the raccoon attacked, biting and scratching the dog.

Neighbors on social media say Rothschild went ...

New Providence Police Arrest Four, Recover Two Stolen Cars

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Police responding to a call from a homeowner before sunrise this morning arrested three men and a juvenile. They were charged with various crimes, including joy riding, hindering apprehension, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief, all stemming from the alleged theft of two cars.

The New Providence Police gave the following account of the ...

Glenside Road Continues to be Closed as PSE&G Works to Stop Gas Leak

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Work continues today to repair a gas leak at the intersection of Mountain Avenue, Glenside Road and South Street, said Berkeley Heights Deputy Fire Chief Jim Hopkins. Initial reports that there were evacuations were incorrect.

As of about noon, PSE&G was working on repairing a valve box on Mountainside at Glenside, and "the problem seems to be ...

Photos, Videos From the Joint Diversity Groups' 'MLK Celebration Jam' at the Annex

January 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The New Providence Diversity Committee and Berkeley Heights Diversity Council and the New Providence Presbyterian Church held a “MLK Celebration Jam” at the Annex on Monday, Jan. 15.

The family-friendly event drew an enthusiastic crowd of residents of both communities – adults and children – who enjoyed music, poetry readings, and reflections ...

Tu B’Shvat Seder Celebration Set for Jan. 28 at Temple Sinai

 

SUMMIT, NJ - Temple Sinai will celebrate Tu B’Shvat, an ancient festival, reminding everyone of their sacred duty to renew the promise of Earth and all its bounty.

Sharing wine, fruits and song, the group will participate in a beautiful seder, after which there will be a pot-luck vegetarian dinner.  Everyone who attends is asked to contribute a dish for all to share.

Eleventh Anniversary of Menorah Lighting Marked at Faith Lutheran Church, New Providence

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, the eighth day of Hanukkah, members of four congregations celebrated the lighting of the eighth candle of the Menorah on the lawn of Faith Lutheran.  

The evening marked the eleventh consecutive year Faith and the three synagogues of Summit, Temple Sinai, Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center ...

New Providence Girls' Basketball Fall To Oak Knoll

January 19, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After seven consecutive losses, the Lady Pioneers were looking to start their first winning streak of the year when they took on Oak Knoll Thursday afternoon, however they were unable to hold onto a lead as they fell to their neighbors from Summit, 37-32.

A dominant second quarter that saw the home team shut out the visiting Royals gave New Providence a 17-11 ...

Report: Gov. Christie Won’t Sign Cooperative High School Sports Bill Before Leaving Office

TRENTON, N.J. – The proposed bill to allow school districts with multiple high schools to “co-op” in all sports based on participation or financial issues will not be signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie will “pocket veto” the bill, by placing it on an “action not taken list” prior to leaving office on Tuesday, according to a report by Greg ...

Wrestling: Owen Smith Captures Title at Union County Championships

UNION, NJ - New Providence senior Owen Smith won the Union County title in the 160 lb. weight class on Saturday at Union High School. Smith defeated Westfield's Isaiah Reese in a 3-0 decision to capture his first county title. Junior Joey Delia placed fourth in the 182 lb. weight class.

Smith recorded two pins to reach the finals. First he took down Zach Fleischmann of ...

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The Role of Meal Replacements in Weight Loss

January 15, 2018

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in other developed and developing countries. The prevalence of obesity is increasing not only in adults, but also in children and adolescents. We all know that obesity is a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses, most importantly heart disease and diabetes, but also cancer and osteoarthritis, liver and kidney disease, ...

Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters Annual Winter Show Set

January 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters annual Winter Train show at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, on Milltown Road, is being held Jan. 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12 years old. Children under the age of 2 years old are free. Admission pays for entry to all areas of the show. The ...

An Amazing Summer Camp Experience Begins at the Summit Area YMCA!

With single-digit temperatures and snow on the ground, it’s encouraging to know that sunny, warm days lie ahead. Summer and Summer Camp at the Summit Area YMCA will be here before you know it! At the Y we strive to ensure your child has the best summer camp experience ever!

With over 50 camp choices for children ages 3 – 17, the Summit Area YMCA offers a wide variety of camp ...

Sensory Friendly Theatre Welcomes Champions of Magic this Sunday, Jan. 21

The Sensory Friendly Theatre series is hosting a special performance of the world class illusionists, Champions of Magic this Sunday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street in Rahway. The series is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“Sensory Friendly Theatre offers a welcoming, non-judgmental space for children with ...

Lantern Hill Names Allison Eckhardt as Director of Finance

Lantern Hill, a distinctive Erickson Living retirement community in New Providence, New Jersey, recently named Allison Eckhardt as director of finance. She is replacing Theresa Palladino, who recently transitioned to her new role as director of finance at Windsor Run, a new Erickson Living community in Matthews, North Carolina, scheduled to open in May 2018.

Eckhardt brings over ten years of ...

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Theater Arts Performances January 19 – February 2

BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) will present six drama and musical theater performances January 19 through February 2 in its black box theater located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call 908-790-0700 or visit www.whartonarts.org.

Musical Theater Arts students will perform ...

Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood and platelet donations during National Blood Donor Month

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet ...

One Dead in Kenilworth House Fire Monday Evening

January 9, 2018

KENILWORTH, NJ – A 68-year-old women was killed in a fire at a Kenilworth home on Monday night, Detective Sergeant Jim Grady of the Kenilworth Police Department said.

The name of the victim is being held pending an autopsy, he said.

The fire was reported in a two-level home in the 200 block of North 9th Street. The downstairs resident reported the fire at approximately 6 p.m. after ...

Union County Manager Faella Announces His Retirement Effective March 1

January 9, 2018

 

ELIZABETH, NJ---Mountainside resident and Union County Manager Alfred J. Faella, the County’s top-appointed executive responsible for the day-to-day operations of a government that provides services to more than half a million residents, has announced his retirement effective March 1st.

Faella, 62, announces his retirement after a career spanning 25 years in City, State ...

Dog Dies After Being Left at PetSmart; SPCA and Family Seek Answers

January 6, 2018

RARITAN TWP., NJ – This is a story about Scruffles and it is not a happy one.

Scruffles was an 8-year-old bulldog, a pet loved by Danielle DiNapoli and her family. Their story has gone viral on Facebook with more than 14,000 shares and nearly 10,000 comments, leading DiNapoli to create a “Justice for Scruffles” Facebook page.

DiNapoli said she just wants answers. She ...

NJSIAA: Bills Grant Super Powers to 20 Schools; Upcoming Vote Puts Kids at Risk

January 5, 2018

As a 100-year-old, independent, private, and voluntary non-profit association serving the needs of 435 public and non-public high schools and nearly 300,000 student athletes, we have an unwavering commitment to promoting and protecting education-based interscholastic athletics. At our core, we are committed to ensuring a safe and competitive environment, while also enhancing the educational ...

Mayor's Message: A Banner Year for New Providence

It has been another banner year for New Providence. Despite the many challenges faced, we had a record number of accomplishments this year. As promised, we have focused and promoted community at every turn, welcoming many new friends and neighbors to our beautiful borough including our new residents at Lantern Hill.  We have helped foster inclusivity and promote our pioneer spirit of ...

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Rewind to August.  The car was anxiously packed, summer reading was done (does the movie count?), and it was time to start the journey to campus.  There had been so much anticipation for this moment and you excitedly thought about what your first few days on campus would be like.  Maybe they were everything you thought they would be, maybe not.  Maybe somewhere along the way ...