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TAPinto CEO Shapiro goes “One on One” with Steve Adubato

March 18, 2017

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro appeared on “One on One” with Steve Adubato Thursday night and answered questions about the role of hyperlocal online news media.

The interview was broadcast on WNYY, NJTV and WNET. Adubato closed by saying that “Michael Shapiro, he is on the cutting edge of media.“

Shapiro answered a wide-range of questions about ...

Suburban Chamber Honors Finest at 7th Annual Awards Dinner: Celebrating 100 Years in the Community

March 26, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ -  The Suburban Chamber of Commerce, in their 100th year in the community, held its Seventh Annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 22 at The Grand Summit Hotel where service awards were presented in seven categories.  

Over 200 guests attended the event which was filled with good cheer and ...

Suburban Chamber of Commerce Dons the Green at Friday's Monthly Networking Breakfast; Mayor Provides Redevelopment Update

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly networking breakfast on Friday with over 60 attendees filling the public room of the Berkeley Heights Town Hall.

The local businesses were greeted with the sound of traditional Irish music from musicians from the Gov. Livingston Highlander Marching Band. The large crowd enjoyed a special breakfast ...

Bill’s Army & Navy Store Closes after 45 Years

SHORT HILLS, NJ - The parking lot is empty and the store is locked. A notice appeared in the front window this week, “Please be advised that Benjamin A. Stanziale Jr., Esq. has been appointed Trustee of Bill’s of Millburn, Inc. d/b/a Bill’s Army & Navy Store.  It further states “These premises and Contents therein are subject to the Jurisdiction of the United ...

AWR Elementary School Holds Its 33rd Annual STEM Fair

March 24, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The 33rd Annual STEM Fair was held last Thursday evening at Allen W. Roberts Elementary School. It was a big turnout for the annual event, pushed off one day following the blizzard last week, with 268 children showcasing 139 science projects. It was an exciting showing of the innovative thinking and originality of the third through sixth graders at AWR.

This is the second ...

New Providence BOE Submits Budget to State; Discusses RICE Notices

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Board of Education (BOE) approved the tentative budget for the 2017-2018 school year to be submitted to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools at its Thursday, March 16 meeting. The board also discussed implications of the so called RICE notice requirements.

Board Member Ira Krauss explained the budget process which started in November with all principals ...

New Providence BOE Working on Transgender Policy

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Board of Education (BOE) tackled the “tricky” issue of formulating a district policy for transgender students at its Thursday, March 16 meeting. According to Scott Hough, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, the policy draft is modeled based on the state law and other school districts policies.

Board President Adam Smith opened the ...

Gubernatorial Candidate Ciattarelli Gets a Win at the Union County Republican Convention

March 23, 2017

UNION, NJ - Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli won the endorsement of the Union County GOP for governor at the Union County Republican Convention.  He received 113 votes to Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno's 92 votes.  Both candidates arrived before “gavel down” and did their best to meet as many of the voters as possible.  No other gubernatorial ...

Students Statewide Join Together for New Jersey Clean Communities Council’s Annual Environmental Exchange

March 26, 2017

There was plenty of time for serious discussion about discarded plastic bags in public parks, about trash in urban waterways and ways to ensure school buildings recycle as much paper as possible.

And the annual Environmental Exchange included plenty of hands-on opportunities for 130 students from across the state to pick up litter, participate in scavenger hunts and learn ways in which they ...

Hikers Meet Mountain Bikers in Public Comment at Union County Freeholders Meeting on March 23

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders regular meeting on March 23rd attracted a large crowd who were there to comment on the county’s plan to allow mountain bikes in Watchung Reservation. 

Chairman Bruce Bergen gave a short statement before allowing anyone to speak, indicating that in February 2016, the board had adopted a Trails Master Plan to bring up to seven miles of dual ...

Union County’s Mobile Document-Shredding Program Will Visit Scotch Plains

Elizabeth, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces that its next mobile paper-shredding program for personal documents will be available on Saturday, April 1st in Scotch Plains.

“Union County’s mobile document-shredding service helps residents fight identity theft by providing a convenient way to shred your confidential documents,” said Freeholder ...

Summit Speech School Celebrates its Roots at Annual 'Spring Benefit' Apr. 4

March 26, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Summit Speech School, which teaches deaf and hard of hearing children to listen and speak for themselves, so they can succeed as part of the hearing world, will host its 27th Annual 'Spring Benefit' April 4.

The 'Spring Benefit' is actually two events in one day, with a 10 a.m. luncheon presentation and 6 p.m. dinner party, both of which will be ...

Hikers Meet Mountain Bikers in Public Comment at Union County Freeholders Meeting on March 23

March 24, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders regular meeting on March 23rd attracted a large crowd who were there to comment on the county’s plan to allow mountain bikes in Watchung Reservation. 

Chairman Bruce Bergen gave a short statement before allowing anyone to speak, indicating that in February 2016, the board had adopted a Trails Master Plan to bring up to seven miles of dual ...

DCA to Host Housing Resource Fair in Union County for Sandy-Impacted Residents

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) today announced a free Housing Resource Fair will be held Thursday, March 23, 2017, in the City of Elizabeth, Union County, to provide Sandy-impacted residents with information about helpful housing resources. While applications for grant funds and housing vouchers are no longer being accepted, resources such ...

New Providence Democrats Hold First Meeting

NEW PROVIDENCE - On March 16th, some 40-plus New Providence residents convened at the town’s Borough Hall for the first New Providence Democrats meeting. Among those in attendance were Democratic senate candidate, Jill LaZare, and assembly candidates David Barnett and Lacey Rzeszowski. Nick Fixmer, the executive director of the Union County ...

Family Reuintes with Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad Friday Night Crew, One Week After Special Delivery

March 18, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Windt family made a visit to the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad to bring celebratory cup cakes to the Friday Night Crew that helped to deliver their daughter at their home last Friday, March 10.

When Angela Windt went into labor two weeks early, she realized her contractions were progressing too quickly and she wasn't going to make it to the ...

Mom Delivers Healthy Baby Girl at Home Thanks to Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad; Mom and Baby Doing Great

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Angela and Paul Windt and big sister Alexa (5 1/2 years old) welcomed baby Ava at their Berkeley Heights' home Friday night -- not as planned.

Angela, who works as a pharmaceutical consultant, was 38 weeks pregnant with her second baby -- when her water broke and the contractions came two to three minutes apart. She knew she wasn't going to make it to the ...

New Providence Police Blotter for March 21: Fictitious Plates, Careless Driving, and Motor Vehicle Infractions Lead to Charges

March 22, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On March 11, 2017 at approximately 2:45 a.m., Sgt. Sretenovic attempted to stop a vehicle on Union Avenue displaying fictitious plates.  

Once the vehicle was stopped, approaching Officers detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the inside of the vehicle.  Officers questioned the driver and passengers during the investigation and ...

Pedestrian Struck by Bus in Mountainside was from North Plainfield

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The Mountainside Police Department is investigating a crash in which a pedestrian, identified as German Rivas of North Plainfield, was struck by a NJ Transit bus on Tuesday March 21, 2017 at 4:25 p.m.

According to a press release from the department, the crash occurred on Route 22 East in front of the AMC Movie Theater.

Initial reports indicated that the pedestrian walked ...

Pedestrian Hit by Bus on Route 22 Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Police and EMS responded this afternoon to a pedestrian who "was struck in front of the movie theater" on eastbound Route 22. 

According to the initial report from Breaking News Network (BNN), the pedestrian was hit by a bus and possibly "pinned under the bus." The report was received just before 4:30 p.m.

Two more reports from ...

Khurram Dara Speaks on Islamic Law at Congregation Beth Hatkivah Mar. 25

March 21, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - Khurram Dara, author of Contracting Fear: Islamic Law in the Middle East and Middle America, will address the topic of Sharia law, what it calls for and what threat, if any, it poses to the U.S. in a talk at Congregation Beth Hatikvah on March 25 beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Dara, an attorney whose views are often sought out by the Op-Ed pages of major newspapers as well as ...

Little Flower and Faith Lutheran Host Program in Recognition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Little Flower Roman Catholic Church of Berkeley Heights and Faith Lutheran Church of New Providence hosted a program at Little Flower regarding the extraordinary and dynamic life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Sunday. 

Dr. Katie Day, author and professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia, presented the program of Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor, ...

Nineteen YMCA Summit Seals Athletes Qualifying for Nationals

March 22, 2017

LANCASTER, PA - Nineteen YMCA swimmers, members of the 'Summit Seals', -- including nine seniors and 10 underclassmen -- qualified for the YMCA Nationals and will compete in 40 individual and eight relay events.

With the largest Summit YMCA Swim team ever, a grand total of 19 national athletes qualify for over 40 individual events and 8 relays at the YMCA Nationals. There were a ...

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Red Cross and Partners Save 18 Lives in New Jersey Through Home Fire Campaign

March 22, 2017

When a fire broke out in the Milord family’s Orange, New Jersey home, free smoke alarms installed by the American Red Cross and partners through the Home Fire Campaign alerted the family to the danger, giving them enough time to safely escape the blaze.

In the early morning hours of November 8, 2016, as the Milord family slept, a fire was quietly burning in the basement of their ...

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 ...

Don’t Mistake Leonard Lance’s Alleged ‘No’ Vote for Progress

March 17, 2017

After two disastrous town halls and constant protestors at his local offices, Congressman Leonard Lance has suddenly reversed course and announced that he would vote against the so-called Affordable Health Care Act. Sounds great, right? Well, no. It’s not quite that simple, and this deceptive statement should not mollify anyone who truly opposes the AHCA. 

Let’s take a step ...

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A One Night Jazz Festival To Benefit St. Joseph's Social Service Center

March 26, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Fans of Jazz and music enthusiasts everywhere will enjoy “A One Night Jazz Festival,” featuring eight jazz artists, many with worldwide jazz reputations, Saturday, April 29, at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains.

The event supports the work of St. Joseph’s Social Service Center, a non-profit organization that serves the materially poor and ...

Westfield Interfaith Coalition for Refugee Family Support Presents Screening of 'After Spring'

On March 30, 2017, the Westfield Interfaith Coalition for Refugee Family Support will host a screening of the Jon Stewart-executive produced documentary, "After Spring." The Kickerstarter-funded documentary is set in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, a United Nations-sponsored Syrian refugee camp located in northern Jordan near the Syrian border. The film ...

Continuing Care Neighborhood Opens at Lantern Hill Retirement Community

Lantern Hill, a distinctive Erickson Living community in New Providence, N.J., opened its continuing care neighborhood, Woodland Pointe, this month. In addition to independent living, Lantern Hill specialized services and care will include sub-acute rehabilitation, assisted living, memory care, and nursing care.

Woodland Pointe features 17 private, one-bedroom assisted living apartment homes, ...

The New American-Israeli Relationship: Crisis or Opportunity?

Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit JCC invites the public to AN EVENING WITH YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:15 pm. Yossi Klein Halevi, a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem will present: “THE NEW AMERICAN ISRAELI RELATIONSHIP: CRISIS OR OPPORTUNITY?”  He will discuss the new administration and how American Israel relations will be affected.

Lance Statement on the American Health Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement after the vote on the American Health Care Act was canceled:

“Greater choice and competition will be the free-market forces that lower health care costs for all Americans.  The legislation Congress was considering this week missed that mark and did not meet my goals for an Obamacare replacement ...

Celgene Exec Nadim Ahmed Selected to Family Promise National Board of Directors

SUMMIT, NJ - Nadim Ahmed, currently President, Worldwide Markets for Celgene Corporation, has been elected to the National Board of Directors of Family Promise which, like Celegen, is headquartered in Summit.

“I am very honored to be joining the Family Promise Board, an organization that has taken on the challenge of homelessness on behalf of the most vulnerable ...

What’s in a Name

Why are we all willing to pay more for name brand items in the store when we know the generic is the same thing?  Is it our history with certain items; foods that we’ve been eating since we were kids?  Is it a catchy jingle or hilarious TV commercial?  I’ll admit, some generic brands just don’t measure up but for the most part it’s our prejudices at play ...

The Floor Plan

There's an App for That - Cove's Digital 'Stainfighter'

Clean-Up on Aisle...!

We have all been there, spills happen and are a fact of life.

Don't distress ... You don't need a 'bat phone', signal for The Green Hornet, or check the cloak closet to see if Clark Kent is changing into his tights and cape as he morphs into his alter-ego.

When a 'Stain Emergency' occurs, the Cove Carpet One Floor ...

Snow Blows

There is nothing quite so blissful as a snow day.  

 

The quiet beauty of gently falling flakes swiftly accumulating on the trees and lawns and roadways preventing any sort of travel to work.   Those two magic words:  School Closure.  Knowing that all there is to do is look out the window from your warm house and watch the clean cold blanket of winter stop all ...

Murder on the Orient Express

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ streams along in sizzling suspense

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” has received a terrific stage adaptation by Ken Ludwig. He’s taken a few liberties with the numerous characters, but has tightened the story line so that it all works seamlessly.

Ludwig ...

Bill’s Army & Navy Store Closes after 45 Years

March 19, 2017

SHORT HILLS, NJ - The parking lot is empty and the store is locked. A notice appeared in the front window this week, “Please be advised that Benjamin A. Stanziale Jr., Esq. has been appointed Trustee of Bill’s of Millburn, Inc. d/b/a Bill’s Army & Navy Store.  It further states “These premises and Contents therein are subject to the Jurisdiction of the United ...