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35th Annual Union County Harvest Festival Takes Place Sunday, September 25

September 19, 2016

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The air will soon turn cool, and it will be time for 35th Annual Harvest Festival Sunday, September 25, at Trailside Nature and Science Center, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks & Recreation, the Harvest Festival is a celebration of ...

Former Brayton School Teacher and Nurse, Oak Knoll Alumna Enjoying Second Career as Children's Author

SUMMIT, NJ - Oak Knoll School alumna Patricia Richel, Class of ’55, has published her second book earlier this month about a one-legged seagull name “Patsy.” Richel, a former school nurse and teacher at Brayton Elementary School in Summit, began telling stories of the fictional seagull at her granddaughter’s school, where she had begun volunteering after her ...

Jazz Musicians Take Center Stage in Somerville Sunday as 3-Day Music Fest Concludes

SOMERVILLE, NJ -The Central Jersey Jazz Festival wraps up Sunday with continual performances on East Main Street adjacent to the Somerset County Courthouse Green from 1-6 p.m.

The signature event, originally known as the Somerville Jazz Festival, has grown over the past several years to include performances on by jazz musicians over three days including Flemington on Friday night and New ...

Bowcraft Sends Email Announcing 2017 Schedule, Scotch Plains Zoning Board Will Still Meet on Property's Housing Site Plan on Mon, Sept. 26

September 20, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Thousands of area children will be relieved to hear that Bowcraft Amusement Park on Route 22 West in Scotch Plains will operate this fall and plans to re-open for the 2017 season. The amusement park operators sent a widely circulated email to their customer base to dispel the perception that Bowcraft's final days were imminent.

To Our Valued ...

TMC's Boutique has Festive Grand Opening in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TMC's Boutique celebrated its grand opening on Saturday. After six successful years in Stirling, TMC recently relocated to 1259 Springfield Avenue in New Providence, in the heart of the town’s bustling business district. At 2 p.m., owner Linda Tribuna along with her family and Councilman Robert T. Robinson performed the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

Property Sales Jump in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Home sales are in the county are soaring according to Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, who announced that her office recorded almost 8,200 deeds for residential and commercial properties through the first eight months of this year, putting Union County on track to record a total of more than 12,000 deeds in 2016 – the most since the global financial crisis of ...

New Providence BOE $15.9 M Referendum Based on Need: Vote Set for September 27

September 21, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Budget referendums do not come to vote very often in New Providence, and when they do, leaders have made certain to educate their citizens to make informed decisions when they go to the polls next Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The New Providence Board of Education (BOE) has distributed materials and scheduled community open ...

Former Brayton School Teacher and Nurse, Oak Knoll Alumna Enjoying Second Career as Children's Author

SUMMIT, NJ - Oak Knoll School alumna Patricia Richel, Class of ’55, has published her second book earlier this month about a one-legged seagull name “Patsy.” Richel, a former school nurse and teacher at Brayton Elementary School in Summit, began telling stories of the fictional seagull at her granddaughter’s school, where she had begun volunteering after her ...

Union County Offers Free Program to Help Children Succeed in School

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that a series of free sessions titled “Helping your Child Succeed in School” is available for parents to help their children build essential skills that lead to a fulfilling academic experience.

“The beginning of a new school year is the perfect time for parents to help their children establish productive ...

"Views, Votes and Trends in Presidential Politics"

September 26, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ - In a program entitled, "Views, Votes and Trends in Presidential Politics," The League of Women Voters of Summit, Berkeley Heights, and New Providence will present Dr. Krista Jenkins, PhD, Professor of Political Science at Fairleigh Dickson University (FDU) and Executive Director of PublicMind, FDU's survey research center which ...

"Views, Votes and Trends in Presidential Politics"

SUMMIT, NJ - In a program entitled, "Views, Votes and Trends in Presidential Politics," The League of Women Voters of Summit, Berkeley Heights, and New Providence will present Dr. Krista Jenkins, PhD, Professor of Political Science at Fairleigh Dickson University (FDU) and Executive Director of PublicMind, FDU's survey research center which ...

Dr. Krista Jenkins Speaks About 'Views, Votes and Trends in Presidential Politics' at League of Women Voters Meeting

SUMMIT, NJ - The League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence & Summit will be hosting Krista Jenkins, Ph.D at their meeting held on Tuesday, September 27. The title of her presentation is "Views, Votes and Trends in Presidential Politics." Dr. Jenkins is a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she also directs FDU's ...

Towering Oak Tree that Has Been Basking Ridge Landmark for Centuries has Died

September 19, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The majestic white oak tree that has been Basking Ridge's primary landmark since before the town was even established in 1760 has died this summer. The Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church must now address how to cut back the limbs of the 600-year-old giant for safety's sake, and at the same time preserve the beloved tree's dignity, said Rev.

Fallen Trees Affect Passaic River Flow in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Fallen trees in the Passaic River may not only affect the flow of the river, but could potentially exacerbate flooding on the riverside properties. But who should be cleaning up the river?

According to Councilman Jim Madden there are a number of trees that “have lost their rooting and are falling into the Passaic River.” The fallen trees are impeding the ...

Summit Speech School Receives Top Award from Sue Adler Team 100th Home Sale Charity Program

September 24, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Summit Speech School secured the top contribution of $10,000 from the Sue Adler Team 100th Home Sale Charity Program. The School will use the funds towards its programs and services that benefit children and families impacted by hearing loss.

In 2016, the Sue Adler Team launched its 100th Home Sale Charity Program, agreeing to donate $20,000 upon the closing of their 100th ...

Ridge High School Teen Bikes 100 Miles for MS

BASKING RIDGE,NJ- Ryan Amalfitano, who turns 15 this weekend, plans to ride his bicycle 100 miles in two days.  He won't be alone ‑ he and his father, Chris Amalfitano, chair of the emergency department at Overlook Medical Center, are part of Team Atlantic Health System which is taking part in Bike MS, a nationwide fund-raising effort on Sept.17 and 18.

Their team and at least ...

Business Leaders Steer the First Annual Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk

ROSELAND, NJ — The first-annual Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk, combining three former walks (Essex County, Morris County and Union County) into one mega walk, will be held at the ADP Corporate Headquarters on Sunday, Oct. 23 in Roseland. 

The funds raised at the Heart Walk support putting up-to-the-minute research into doctors’ hands so that they can better prevent ...

Fallen Trees Affect Passaic River Flow in New Providence

September 16, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Fallen trees in the Passaic River may not only affect the flow of the river, but could potentially exacerbate flooding on the riverside properties. But who should be cleaning up the river?

According to Councilman Jim Madden there are a number of trees that “have lost their rooting and are falling into the Passaic River.” The fallen trees are impeding the ...

Scotch Plains Planning Board to Discuss Bowcraft Property Development at Mon, Sept. 26 Meeting

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Planning Board will consider an application at its Monday, Sept. 26, meeting at 7:30 p.m. to construct 190 apartments and 10 townhomes on the Bowcraft Amusement Park property (2545 Route 22 West, Scotch Plains). The proposed development reportedly would include 40 affordable housing units (which would help Scotch ...

Council Weighs Enforcing Borough Rules in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Follow the rules or else… The Borough Council discussed how to enforce some rules and regulations at its Monday, Sept. 12 meeting.

Councilman Gary Kapner explained that there are 24 abandoned vehicles in the borough. Building Official Keith Lynch typically sends notices to those violating the borough codes. However, there are not enough resources in the ...

6 Week Gabriele Fitness & Performance Transformation Package Changes Lives

September 26, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gabriele Fitness & Performance (GFP) in Berkeley Heights is giving away (4) six week Total Transformation Training Packages. 

GFP trainers work with you one-on-one and track your progress every step of the way and use your story to help more people experience the transformational results and experience you’ll be getting in just 6 ...

Pathways Hosts Reception for 9th Annual 'Art In Autumn' Show Sept. 22

SUMMIT, NJ - The 9th annual “Art in Autumn," an exhibit honoring women cancer survivors, will again be hosted by Pathways, a program of The Connection.. A public wine and cheese reception September 22, from 6:30 - 8 p.m., will kick off the event, with artists available for conversation.

Thirty-four 34 pieces of artwork, created by both novice and ...

Union County Offers Training Opportunity to be a Home Health Aide

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Residents interested in becoming certified home health aides can apply to the training program that begins October 31 and runs to November 23, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced.

For the next Certified Home Health Aide Training program, pre-enrollment interviews are required and are being conducted in September. Persons interested in the ...

Property Sales Jump in Union County

September 14, 2016

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Home sales are in the county are soaring according to Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, who announced that her office recorded almost 8,200 deeds for residential and commercial properties through the first eight months of this year, putting Union County on track to record a total of more than 12,000 deeds in 2016 – the most since the global financial crisis of ...

Hermine Moves Northward, Forecast Calls for Wet, Windy Holiday Weekend

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Although the current, projected track sees the storm heading in a northeasterly direction away from the coast and out to sea, Tropical Storm Hermine looks set to throw a wet, windy blanket over Union County Labor Day weekend, and could prove dangerous to area beach communities. The current forecast shows rain developing Sunday, accompanied by sustained winds in excess ...

'This is What Democracy Looks Like': Large Crowd Assembles for 'Black Lives Matter' March Through Summit

September 26, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ - The ongoing conversation about -- and struggle with -- the issue of race in America took to the streets of Downtown Summit as an estimated 400 - 500 people gathered for a 'Black Lives Matter' march through the Hilltop City.

The event was organized by a 20-member 'Black Lives Matter' team, led by Claudia Cohen from the Unitarian Church in Summit and ...

Two Suspicious Packages Dropped at Morristown Starbucks Monday Afternoon

MORRISTOWN, NJ - A man walked in and dropped two suspicious packages at the Starbucks located at 40 West Park Place at the corner of Market in Morristown this afternoon.  Authorities quickly closed down Maple Street and Market Street.

"A male walked into Starbucks and stated "Don't worry there are no bombs in here" and dropped ...

Breaking: One and Only Bombing Suspect Shot, Captured, Authorities Say

LINDEN, NJ — An Elizabeth man sought in connection with the bombing of New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood over the weekend has been captured in Linden, according to multiple reports. One police officer was reportedly shot. His condition is not yet known.

Another officer may have been injured as well, according to reports.

The suspect, Ahmad khan Rahami, is 28-year-old ...

Summit Speech School Receives Top Award from Sue Adler Team 100th Home Sale Charity Program

September 24, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Summit Speech School secured the top contribution of $10,000 from the Sue Adler Team 100th Home Sale Charity Program. The School will use the funds towards its programs and services that benefit children and families impacted by hearing loss.

In 2016, the Sue Adler Team launched its 100th Home Sale Charity Program, agreeing to donate $20,000 upon the closing of their 100th ...

Scotch Plains Planning Board to Discuss Bowcraft Property Development at Mon, Sept. 26 Meeting

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Planning Board will consider an application at its Monday, Sept. 26, meeting at 7:30 p.m. to construct 190 apartments and 10 townhomes on the Bowcraft Amusement Park property (2545 Route 22 West, Scotch Plains). The proposed development reportedly would include 40 affordable housing units (which would help Scotch ...

Towering Oak Tree that Has Been Basking Ridge Landmark for Centuries has Died

September 19, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The majestic white oak tree that has been Basking Ridge's primary landmark since before the town was even established in 1760 has died this summer. The Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church must now address how to cut back the limbs of the 600-year-old giant for safety's sake, and at the same time preserve the beloved tree's dignity, said Rev.

Summit's Unitarian, Fountain Baptist Churches to Raise Black Lives Matter Banners, Plan March Down Springfield Avenue Sept. 25

SUMMIT, NJ - The Unitarian Church in Summit (UCS) will raise a Black Lives Matter banner on the front of its building, in partnership with Fountain Baptist Church, at 5 p.m. Sunday, September 25. 

Before the unveiling, the group intends to march down Springfield Avenue, pending approval by the Summit Common Council -- the issue is on the Council's September ...

Interfaith Prayer Service Honors 9/11 Anniversary

SHORT HILLS, NJ – Community Congregational Church in Short Hills hosted an interfaith prayer service and brunch on Sunday along with members of Congregation B’nai Israel bringing together community and religious leaders to mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. 

A heavy air hung inside the church as the pews filled with somber faces from all faiths reflecting ...

New Providence Girls Volleyball Pulls Away and Takes Control for Victory over Governor Livingston

September 24, 2016

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - It took a little while for the New Providence girls volleyball team to really hit their stride, but once they did they were untouchable, pulling away to take their match over Governor Livingston in straight sets at New Providence High School on Friday.

The Pioneers (7-2) took both sets convincingly (25-15, 25-10) over the Highlanders (3-2). They closed the first set ...

Last-Minute Goal Pushes New Providence Girls Soccer to First Win of the Season 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - It took 79 minutes for the only goal of the game to get into the back of the net, but it was senior forward Rachel Trackim who found the back of the net with less than 30 seconds to go to give the New Providence Girls Soccer Team the 1-0 win over Union Catholic on Thursday at Lieder Field, securing the Pioneers' first victory. 

In a game where each team was ...

Football: New Providence Pioneers Fall to 0-2 After Loss to Hillside

HILLSIDE, NJ - On Saturday afternoon, the New Providence Pioneers fell to the Hillside Comets, 37-16. With the loss, the Pioneers fell to 0-2 while the Comets improved to 1-1.

It was a monster day for Hillside quarterback Kevin Miller as the senior rushed for two scores and passed for another pair. Receivers Siraj Abdul-Malik and Nasir Johnson were the recipients of Miller’s ...

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Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans.  I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell.  Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn't the jeans – maybe it was ...

New Providence Bond Referendum: Why Vote YES

September 13, 2016

A vote will be held on Tuesday, September 27 for a $15.9 million bond referendum for the New Providence School District. This vote is extremely important for our children and the community as a whole – the referendum is the only way to raise the money needed for vital improvements. It’s just as important for those without children in the schools, as a strong school system will keep ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, September 27, 10:00 AM

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit

Blue Water Art Exhibit at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Arts & Entertainment

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Tue, September 27, 11:00 AM

DeCorso Community Center, New Providence

Maintaining & Improving Senior Health - ...

Education Health & Wellness

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Tue, September 27, 4:00 PM

Murray Hill Inn, New Providence

Early Bird Special at Moe's Bistro; Monday ...

Food & Drink

American Red Cross Blood Drive at The Presbyterian Church New Providence

September 23, 2016

The Presbyterian Church at New Providence is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive, Friday October 14, 2016, 2:30PM-7:30PM, 1307 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974.

DID YOU KNOW?

One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
Someone needs blood every two seconds.
38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less ...

JCP&L Continues Tree Trimming to Enhance System Reliability

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) forestry contractors are scheduled to trim trees in more than 60 municipalities over the next two months as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment to help protect against tree-related outages.     

Since the beginning of the year, work has been completed on more than 2,000 ...

Consumers’ Perception of U.S. Housing Gains Ground; Boomers Make Noise While Millennials Exercise Patience in Quest for Homes

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties today released results of its latest Homeowner Sentiment Survey indicating that current and prospective homeowners remain optimistic about the current state of the U.S. real estate market. Respondents cite higher home values, ...

‘Bathing in Moonlight’ Recalls 1950s Cuba

PRINCETON, NJ – Although this  play by Nilo Cruz is set in 2015, reflecting both Cuba and Miami, the theme is closer to struggles at least 30 years earlier. 

A priest who falls in love would more likely become an Episcopalian or even a Unitarian. So this dichotomy makes the whole premise less than believable. It’s really “The Thornbirds” revisited.
Raul ...

35th Annual Union County Harvest Festival Takes Place Sunday, September 25

September 19, 2016

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The air will soon turn cool, and it will be time for 35th Annual Harvest Festival Sunday, September 25, at Trailside Nature and Science Center, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks & Recreation, the Harvest Festival is a celebration of ...

Breaking: Mayor Says Clark Cops Shot Man Wielding Machete

September 20, 2016

CLARK, NJ—  A man who threatened people with a machete-type knife was hospitalized Tuesday night after he was shot by Clark police, according to Mayor Sal Bonaccorso.

The man, a resident of the Hillcrest Apartments, went after a female citizen with the knife, Bonaccorso said. Three other men saw it and tried to intervene, he said.

When Clark police officers arrived, an ...