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Governor Livingston Students, Teachers Gear Up for 2017 Senior Prom Fashion Show and Basket Raffle

February 21, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Everyone is welcome to attend the Governor Livingston Senior Prom Fashion Show on Friday, March 3. 

Students from the class of 2017, joined by members of the GL staff, will model today’s hottest prom dresses and tuxedos. Macy’s will showcase the latest trends in prom dresses, while Adam’s Fine Clothing and Macy’s will provide the latest ...

'Great Swamp Experience' Permanent Exhibit Opened This Week At EEC Ribbon Cutting in Basking Ridge

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Ever since the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was established by an act of US Congress in 1960 after a group of local activitists rallied to protect the land from development, the native habitat for hundreds of species of birds and other plants and living creatures has been also been a living classroom for learning about the environment.

Free permanent ...

New Providence Historic Society's 'History Talks' Series Draws Overflow Crowd; Bell Labs Archivist Highlights Notable Inventions

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Historical Society held their first of a series of 'History Talks' session on Thursday February 16, at the New Providence Memorial Library to an overflow crowd. 

Linda Kale, President of the Historical Society, was hopeful and expected 30 attendees, but when she opened the doors to the public, an incredible amount of people began to ...

New Providence Historic Society's 'History Talks' Series Draws Overflow Crowd; Bell Labs Archivist Highlights Notable Inventions

February 19, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Historical Society held their first of a series of 'History Talks' session on Thursday February 16, at the New Providence Memorial Library to an overflow crowd. 

Linda Kale, President of the Historical Society, was hopeful and expected 30 attendees, but when she opened the doors to the public, an incredible amount of people began to ...

New Providence 7th grader Om Desai & his friends are recognized by Davidson Institute of G&T for community service

February 16, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Seventh grade students Om Desai of New Providence Middle School & his friends Gyan Ghoda & Siddhant Desai, as a part of Team AIRO, are recognized as 2017 MaPD (Making a Positive Difference) by Davidson Institute of Gifted & Talented for the community activities that they have been doing. They have been teaching younger kids STEM related subjects and mentoring ...

'Great Swamp Experience' Permanent Exhibit Opened This Week At EEC Ribbon Cutting in Basking Ridge

February 20, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Ever since the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was established by an act of US Congress in 1960 after a group of local activitists rallied to protect the land from development, the native habitat for hundreds of species of birds and other plants and living creatures has been also been a living classroom for learning about the environment.

Free permanent ...

Urban Legends Exposed: City-Dwelling Peregrine Falcons Offer a “Rare Wildlife Reality Show” in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Thanks to a new partnership between the Union County Freeholder Board and the nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, students, scientists and other wildlife enthusiasts all over the world will have more opportunities to study a pair of rare peregrine falcons that have made their nest on the roof of the historic 17-story Union County Courthouse Tower, ...

Governor Livingston Students, Teachers Gear Up for 2017 Senior Prom Fashion Show and Basket Raffle

February 21, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Everyone is welcome to attend the Governor Livingston Senior Prom Fashion Show on Friday, March 3. 

Students from the class of 2017, joined by members of the GL staff, will model today’s hottest prom dresses and tuxedos. Macy’s will showcase the latest trends in prom dresses, while Adam’s Fine Clothing and Macy’s will provide the latest ...

Rutgers Football Players Assist at Operation Shoebox New Jersey Packing

MANVILLE, NJ  - More than 300 volunteers helped Operation Shoebox New Jersey commemorate its 12th anniversary Saturday by packing  1.200 personal care packages that will be shipped to United States military personnel stationed around the world.

Several members of the Rutgers football team came to help, as did several other groups, including the Boy Scouts, Troop 193; Girl Scouts, a ...

Take the Pledge to 'Spread the Word' at New Providence vs Gov. Livingston Boys Basketball Game on Tuesday, Feb. 21

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In its third year, New Providence High School students from the Character Education program have coordinated an effort to bring awareness to the national campaign 'Spread the Word to End the Word' across all New Providence schools with the hope to reach entire community.

Student leaders Katie Kinum, Brielle Carleen and Hannah Caminiti, along with committee ...

Council Discusses Facility Usage Refunds and Policies

February 21, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council discussed facility usage refunds and some policy and procedural issues when outside entities utilize borough owned facilities for various events at its Wednesday, Feb. 15 meeting. 

The discussion was prompted by a refund request by David Snyder, who had rented a borough field to run a for-profit Monday through Friday soccer camp ...

'Great Swamp Experience' Permanent Exhibit Opened This Week At EEC Ribbon Cutting in Basking Ridge

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Ever since the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was established by an act of US Congress in 1960 after a group of local activitists rallied to protect the land from development, the native habitat for hundreds of species of birds and other plants and living creatures has been also been a living classroom for learning about the environment.

Free permanent ...

Chatham's Lafayette Avenue Could be Shut Down for Water Main Replacement

CHATHAM, NJ - While school is closed next week, NJ American Water Co. will try to complete as much work as possible in replacing the water main on Lafayette Avenue in the township, which could result in a complete closure of the road, according to Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly.

"They want to close it altogether for the week school is out," Hennelly said. "We ...

At Body Restoration, Exercise is the New Prescription

February 22, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - For the fitness-phobic who are intimidated by big groups in big classes or the rows of machines that they’re unsure how to operate, not far from the center of town in Berkeley Heights might be the beginning of your path to a better quality of life. Just recently opened, Body Restoration is a warm and welcoming new fitness studio with a compassionate owner who wants to ...

Muñoz, Handlin Introduce Bill Increasing Initial Opioid Prescriptions

Assemblywomen Nancy F. Muñoz and Amy Handlin said they will introduce legislation increasing initial prescriptions for opioid medications from five to seven days. The bill is in response to legislation (A3/S3) approved by the General Assembly today that limits such prescriptions to five days. The five-day limit is part of a broader bill addressing the state’s opioid ...

Lost Dog - Luna

February 20, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS/NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Luna, a black and white Border Collie, has been missing from its New Providence home since Monday morning. There have been various sightings, most recently in the vicinity of Lawrence Drive in Berkeley Heights.

Luna is newly adopted and used to be named "Shady." She was first seen around 10:30 a.m. behind the New Providence Presbyterian ...

Union County Adopt-a-Park Preps for a Colorful Spring

Union County, NJ – Students from the Kean University Center for Leadership and Service spent a chilly winter morning last weekend spreading seeds and straw alongside a stream bed in Warinanco Park, in hopes of sprouting a colorful burst of native wildflowers and grasses this spring. They also removed litter and debris from the area. The “hard frost” seeding will help ensure ...

Summit Man Charged After Warrant Found

February 17, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On February 13, 2017, Patrolman TJ Hoppe arrested Sebastian Recio, age 22 of Summit on an active warrant from the Municipal Court of Secaucus and for Possession of drug paraphernalia, following a motor vehicle stop.  

A check of Mr. Recio’s driving credentials revealed that his license was suspended and the outstanding warrant.

Chatham's Lafayette Avenue Could be Shut Down for Water Main Replacement

CHATHAM, NJ - While school is closed next week, NJ American Water Co. will try to complete as much work as possible in replacing the water main on Lafayette Avenue in the township, which could result in a complete closure of the road, according to Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly.

"They want to close it altogether for the week school is out," Hennelly said. "We ...

Boys Basketball: Gov. Livingston Last Second 3 Spoils Senior Night for New Providence; Win for Character Education

February 22, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - It was an exciting finish, to one of the biggest games of the year, Gov. Livingston Highlanders defeated the New Providence Pioneers, in a game where the Pioneers were in control for most of the game.

It happened in dramatic fashion, as the Highlanders clawed their way back from a sizeable deficit in the first quarter to defeat the Pioneers 59-58, with a game winning ...

Massena, Union County College’s Men’s Basketball Star, Surpasses 1000 Career Points

CRANFORD - Chinua “Chewy” Massena, a sophomore guard from Bloomfield and a vital member of Union County College’s Men’s Basketball team, surpassed his 1000 career point total during the Feb. 2 game against Passaic County College. In addition to this significant achievement, he is currently leading the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III in scoring, ...

Take the Pledge to 'Spread the Word' at New Providence vs Gov. Livingston Boys Basketball Game on Tuesday, Feb. 21

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In its third year, New Providence High School students from the Character Education program have coordinated an effort to bring awareness to the national campaign 'Spread the Word to End the Word' across all New Providence schools with the hope to reach entire community.

Student leaders Katie Kinum, Brielle Carleen and Hannah Caminiti, along with committee ...

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February 22, 2017

                       Debbie Curley-Reid's Real Estate Report

News You Can Use...February 22nd 2017

 

Everyone is not waiting for the timing of the traditional Spring Market to list their home for sale!  In the past 6 weeks since 1/1/2017 we have seen 214 new listings come to market for our local communities ...

Jump In….for Better Health!

One of the ways to get cardiovascular exercise is through rebounding….a form of exercise using a mini trampoline that you should know about. In addition to building muscular strength, rebounding is extremely gentle on bones and joints because you’re bouncing on a surface that “gives,” so there’s no solid ground to create a hard impact every time you land. And ...

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Thu, February 23, 10:00 AM

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Open House at the Berkeley Heights YMCA Child ...

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Thu, February 23, 12:00 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Touch Tennis

Health & Wellness

Thu, February 23, 12:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Overlook Auxiliary Twig #10 Hosts Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness

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Thu, February 23, 12:30 PM

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Learn How To Navigate TAPinto From The ...

Business & Finance Education

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Thu, February 23, 3:00 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Basketball Skills & Drills

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Thu, February 23, 7:30 PM

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Adult Jazz Dancing Lessons

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Celebrate National Chili Day with Tasty Chili Recipe from Lantern Hill Signature Dining

February 22, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Looking for a tasty chili recipe for National Chili Day, February 23? Lantern Hill Director of Dining Jason Fernandi shares his recipe below. Fernandi oversees Lantern Hill’s on-site dining venues and signature dining program which includes restaurant style dining, from scratch cooking, intimate dining venues, daily menu options, in the moment cooking, and chef ...

Find Out About 'Friends of 6259' at Berkeley Heights VFW on March 1

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Residents of Berkeley Heights and neighboring towns are invited to attend the initial information meeting about "Friends of 6259" at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, at 15 Locust Ave., Berkeley Heights.

The group, which has yet to be formed, will provide assistance to the local VFW Post 6259 in many areas, including:  
* Programs and activities for ...

Summer STEM Program

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – If your child loves to play with their hands, build structures, devour a computer, and learn all about STEM, sign them up for Summer STEM Institute!  A new bus route will allow residents from Sparta and surrounding areas to participate in this exciting and innovative program.  The bus will pick up and drop off from Columbia Middle School during the week ...

Summit Area YMCA Offers New Special Needs Classes

As a cause-driven organization focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Summit Area YMCA is proud to offer quality programming designed to improve the foundations of the community inclusive of all backgrounds and abilities. The Y’s Special Needs Programs help individuals gain confidence, promote independence, socialize with others, as well as nurture a ...

The Dilemma of Choosing Paint Colors

If you’re buying a new home, you’re probably planning on painting almost every room in your new house because you want to make it your own. But if you’ve never done this before, you will soon find out that it’s much harder than you think. If you have painted before, and made  a big mistake ending up with a color you hate, you’re probably gun-shy now and afraid ...

Crisis listening line to offer suicide prevention training and volunteering opportunities

Are you a good listener? Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone in crisis? 

Crisis listening line Caring Contact will be offering Excellence in Listening training beginning March 20 at the First Baptist Church at 170 Elm Street in Westfield. Classes run for three hours one night a week, plus one full weekend, ending June 12.

This award-winning training enables ...

Who I Am in 650 Words or Less

The Common Application released their essay questions for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle this past week so we all have essays on the brain.  This always creates a flurry of something between excitement and panic as Juniors start to peruse their choices and grapple over which prompt will allow them to most effectively brag about the impressive things they’ve done in high school.  ...

Real Estate News You Can Use

INVENTORY…INVENTORY…INVENTORY!!!  Where is it??  The 2016 recap of sales statistics for our local communities indicated inventories were at close to historical lows for many towns.  Well, here is what has happened in the past month and where we stand today.  The weather has been mild thus far which is prompting a steady and growing “Spring Market” ...

6 Week Free Gabriele Fitness Challenge Giveaway: Get in while you can!

We're doing it again! We're giving away SIX weeks of our total transformation, kitchen sink training package to FOUR lucky locals! 

The page is OPEN, you can enter here: http://gabrielefitness.com/giveaways/sweepstakes/ (you can bookmark the page ;) 

Or click the link below and enter to win your six week transformation training! Remember, you're going to ...

A Heartbreak Kid

It hurts.

 

She was sobbing pretty hard when she said it, so it came out more as a halting stutter.  It hu . . . hu . . . hu . . . rts. 

 

My arms were wrapped around her and her head was buried in my shoulder as she cried.  She was just a little girl the last time I comforted her like this.  Now she is a young woman.  

 

With a broken ...

‘Shipwrecked’ Rollicks Along at Dreamcatcher Theatre

SUMMIT, NJ – You may be in for a high seas adventure if you visit “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself).”

This 90-minute play by Donald Margulies has plenty to keep you entranced. Margulies has won just about every theatre award possible for such plays as “Time Stands Still” and “Dinner with ...

Union County Departmental Budget Hearing Dates Announced for 2017

February 22, 2017

ELIZABETH-The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced a set of open public hearing dates in February and March for the review of the soon-to-be released 2017 Executive Budget.

The hearings all begin at 5 p.m and the dates are:

* Tuesday, Feb.28th:  Galloping Hill Clubhouse,  Kenilworth---Engineering, Public Works and Facilities; Human Services; Parks and ...

Rutgers Football Players Assist at Operation Shoebox New Jersey Packing

February 20, 2017

MANVILLE, NJ  - More than 300 volunteers helped Operation Shoebox New Jersey commemorate its 12th anniversary Saturday by packing  1.200 personal care packages that will be shipped to United States military personnel stationed around the world.

Several members of the Rutgers football team came to help, as did several other groups, including the Boy Scouts, Troop 193; Girl Scouts, a ...