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Sharing of Traditions: New Providence Lunar New Year Celebration Brings in Year of the Dog

February 17, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A large crowd filled the DeCorso Community Center in New Providence to celebrate the Spring Festival on Sunday, February 11.

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is celebrated by many places in Asia and is one of their biggest holidays. It commemorates the beginning of a New Year and of Spring and is based around the ...

New Law Requires Amateur Sports Organizations To Report Sexual Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. — . – Senate Bill 534, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law on Jan. 14, 2018, effective immediately.

The bill imposes a duty on amateur sports organizations, including US Equestrian and its members, to report suspected sex-abuse to local or federal law enforcement or to a ...

Traffic Calming Measures Planned for Union Avenue in New Providence; Brighter Lights throughout the Borough

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Last month a Union Avenue couple came to the council meeting to voice their concerns regarding traffic safety at the Union Avenue and Kline Boulevard intersection. The Borough Council discussed a few options to “calm” the traffic on that dangerous bend at its Monday, Feb. 12 meeting.

The residents had suggested that warning arrows could alert ...

New Providence Council Discusses Downtown Ordinance; Parking Remains an Issue

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Planning Board has been working on the downtown design plan for some time. The council discussed the proposed downtown ordinance at its Monday, Feb. 12 meeting.

Councilman Gary Kapner explained that the proposed ordinance brings the downtown design standards in line with the zoning rules. The proposed ordinance includes the concepts and ideas of the downtown ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number 74 in its tenth consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey ...

Boys Basketball: New Providence County Tournament Run Ends Falling to SPF, 56-41, Behind Raiders' Stellar Defense

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ- It was a heartbreaker on Valentine's Day for the Pioneers. The New Providence boys basketball team was eliminated in the second round of the county tournament with a 56-41 loss to Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

In order to gain revenge on offensive juggernaut New Providence Wednesday night, Scotch Plains-Fanwood needed to play flawless defense, distribute the ...

Sharing of Traditions: New Providence Lunar New Year Celebration Brings in Year of the Dog

February 17, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A large crowd filled the DeCorso Community Center in New Providence to celebrate the Spring Festival on Sunday, February 11.

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is celebrated by many places in Asia and is one of their biggest holidays. It commemorates the beginning of a New Year and of Spring and is based around the ...

Smithereens Bandmates Reunite and Play Show Honoring Scotch Plains Music Legend Pat DiNizio

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two of the founding members of the Smithereens reunited at New Brunswick's Court Tavern on Saturday, Feb. 3, to pay tribute to the late Pat DiNizio, the band’s lead singer, who died in December.

The concert, titled “Blood & Roses: The Court Tavern Memorial Tribute to Pat DiNizio,” featured 15 of the alternative band’s hits from over the ...

Getting to Know Sydney Chan; New Providence Middle School Student Tours the Country With 'The King and I'

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - There’s no business like show business for 13-year-old Sydney Chan, a New Providence Middle School student, who landed a role in the National Touring Company of The King and I. This is her third tour with a Broadway production; Chan toured in 2015 and 2016 with A Christmas Story. She is enjoying life on the road as part of the big touring company. “The best ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

February 16, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number 74 in its tenth consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

Third Annual Long Beach Island Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 31

SURF CITY, NJ - Need a job this summer? Look no further. Shore Fire Grille again has teamed up with local businesses in the area for a special summer 2018 Job Fair event. 

The Third Annual LBI Job Fair will take place Saturday, March 31.  pril 15.  Employers will be looking to hire help for the summer season on busy Long Beach Island.  The event will be held at the ...

New Providence Crossing Guards Feel the Love on Valentine's Day

February 14, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The hard-working crossing guards were feeling the love today in New Providence. They are up early and on this chilly morning, by 7:30 a.m., they were already waiting for their little charges to come walking or running towards the elementary school.

Near Allen Roberts School, Kelly Wolfe and Mary Ruggerio were crossing the students as they always do, but today they were ...

Alliance Latino Youth Leadership Conference Set for Feb. 23

MADISON, NJ - More than 100 students -- from Summit, Madison, Long Hill, New Providence and other neighboring communities, are already set to attend the Fourth Annual Alliance Latino Youth Leadership conference, which will be held February 23, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison.

The conference is open to all high school students of Latino heritage and ...

Getting to Know Sydney Chan; New Providence Middle School Student Tours the Country With 'The King and I'

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - There’s no business like show business for 13-year-old Sydney Chan, a New Providence Middle School student, who landed a role in the National Touring Company of The King and I. This is her third tour with a Broadway production; Chan toured in 2015 and 2016 with A Christmas Story. She is enjoying life on the road as part of the big touring company. “The best ...

Bob Hugin Announces GOP Candidacy for the U.S. Senate at Springfield Elk's Club

February 14, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Elks Club in Springfield on Tuesday was the setting for Bob Hugin of Summit to announce his candidacy as a Republican for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Bob Menendez.

The former CEO and Chairman of Celegene, Hugin resigned from the company on February 5 as executive chairman.  The crowd of over 100 was largely ...

Mahr Calls for Voting Machines at Union County Democratic Committee Meeting on Feb. 21

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Acting Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC), Colleen Mahr, is calling for the use of voting machines at the February 21 county committee meeting that will determine the next Chair of the UCDC. 

The February 21 meeting will begin at 7:00 and take place at the Grand Centurion in Clark. Mahr is the Acting Chair of the County Committee and ...

How did you meet?: It's Your Turn to Tell Us Your Story for Chance to Win a "Valentine Special" Dinner for Two

February 5, 2018

Do you have a cute story of how you met your significant other? Share your story and if you tell it well, you may win a "Valentine Special" dinner for two at Prestige Diner in New Providence. Enjoy any of our Valentine-inspired dishes, such Shrimp Bisque, Bacon-wrapped Scallops, Steak Valentino, Lobster Ravioli or Pan-Seared Tilapia Vera Cruz, along with your choice of a ...

Traffic Calming Measures Planned for Union Avenue in New Providence; Brighter Lights throughout the Borough

February 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Last month a Union Avenue couple came to the council meeting to voice their concerns regarding traffic safety at the Union Avenue and Kline Boulevard intersection. The Borough Council discussed a few options to “calm” the traffic on that dangerous bend at its Monday, Feb. 12 meeting.

The residents had suggested that warning arrows could alert ...

New Providence Council Discusses Downtown Ordinance; Parking Remains an Issue

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Planning Board has been working on the downtown design plan for some time. The council discussed the proposed downtown ordinance at its Monday, Feb. 12 meeting.

Councilman Gary Kapner explained that the proposed ordinance brings the downtown design standards in line with the zoning rules. The proposed ordinance includes the concepts and ideas of the downtown ...

New Providence 2018 Municipal Budget Shaping up

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The borough is still working on the current year’s budget, but preliminary information on the budget figures were revealed at Monday's council meeting. Councilman Michael Gennaro said that the Budget Committee, which includes himself, Mayor Al Morgan and Councilwoman Nadine Geoffroy, had a “very constructive meeting” ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

February 16, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number 74 in its tenth consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey ...

Everyone Loves a Serenade at Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Valentine's Day, Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights had a special celebration with a singer that entertained and serenaded the residents with songs of love, family and "boogie-woogie" blues. 

At times, the rhythm of the music got residents moving and tapping their hands on their laps and a few stood up to dance. Music ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

New Law Requires Amateur Sports Organizations To Report Sexual Abuse

February 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — . – Senate Bill 534, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law on Jan. 14, 2018, effective immediately.

The bill imposes a duty on amateur sports organizations, including US Equestrian and its members, to report suspected sex-abuse to local or federal law enforcement or to a ...

Former US Postal Service Employee from Rahway Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Deliver Narcotics Packages

February 13, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ - Leonard Gresham, a 50-year-old Rahway resident, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to intercepting and delivering packages containing illegal narcotics in exchange for cash bribes, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpentino.

Gresham pleaded guilty U.S. District Judge Esther D. Salas in Newark federal court, where he was charged with one count of ...

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Overnight Carjacking at the Scotchwood Diner on Rte. 22 in Scotch Plains

February 14, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Police are searching for the suspects who carjacked a vehicle in the parking lot of the Scotchwood Diner (1928 Route 22) in Scotch Plains just before 1:00 a.m. today, according to Breaking News Network (BNN).

Police arrived and were told that two male suspects, who reportedly did not display a weapon, took a white Toyota Camry from the victim and then sped away ...

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

New Providence Police Make Multiple Arrests for Driving With a Suspended License, Mariuana Possession and More

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Police reported they made multiple arrests for driving while suspended and outstanding warrants, as well as possession of marijuana, during the past two weeks. The department is also seeking information related to a stolen Bobcat fork lift and trailer, 

01/24- Patrolman Joseph DiParisi arrested Amanda Brown, 21, of Garwood for possession of ...

Chatham Borough Council Moves Forward with Post Office Plaza Redevelopment; Public Meeting March 20 in Boro Hall

February 13, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Borough Council voted 4-0 to designate Post Office Plaza as "an area in need of redevelopment," allowing for plans to move forward on Monday at the regular meeting of the council.

Voting in favor of the resolution were council president Len Resto, and council members Peter Hoffman, Bob Weber and Thad Kobylarz. Council members James Collander and Vicki ...

Six Arrested, Including Clergy, at ‘Clean Dream’ Sit-In at Congressman Lance’s Westfield Office

February 6, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six protesters, including four clergy members, who were  holding a sit-in at Congressman Leonard Lance’s office in Westfield to support “Dreamers” were arrested Monday, according to Westfield police.

The Rev. Ann Ralosky and Rev. John Rogers of First Congregational Church in Montclair, Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of B’nai Keshet in Montclair, ...

Boys Basketball: New Providence County Tournament Run Ends Falling to SPF, 56-41, Behind Raiders' Stellar Defense

February 15, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ- It was a heartbreaker on Valentine's Day for the Pioneers. The New Providence boys basketball team was eliminated in the second round of the county tournament with a 56-41 loss to Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

In order to gain revenge on offensive juggernaut New Providence Wednesday night, Scotch Plains-Fanwood needed to play flawless defense, distribute the ...

Boys Basketball: Meyers' Last Second Heroics Secures New Providence Victory Over Morristown Beard

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ- Up by a single point with a minute left, New Providence's Greg Meyers was locked in a stare down with a Crimson player. With the ball secured underarm, Morristown Beard stood statuesque in the dying moments of the game.

The crowd booed as the clock ran down, and with 15 seconds left, the Crimson's final gambit began. They moved the ball down low, but New Providence ...

Pioneers Make Strong Statement In County Tournament’s First Round

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In the first round of the Union County Tournament, the New Providence Pioneers boys basketball team defeated the Hillside Comets, 89-72. Saturday’s game was perhaps the Pioneers’ best offensive showing of the season as the team improved to 18-3 and captured its ninth conference victory of the season.

 The Pioneers were gelling offensively from ...

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Register Now to Save! Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA Early Bird Registration until February 28

February 17, 2018

With summer just around the corner, it will be hard not to look out the window and dream of warmer days and cool, crystal clear pools that are ready for swimming and splashing. With the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA early bird registration currently open, signing up sooner will save money and give you something to look forward to once the summer sun hits! Since 1964, the Berkeley ...

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Will Meet on Tues, Feb. 20, at LaGrande Park Building

FANWOOD, NJ -- Following the mass shooting in Florida this week, the Union County Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the LaGrande Park Building  in Fanwood.

"Every life cut short by gun violence -- that somehow becomes a statistic -- is tucked away in our hearts, never to be lost," wrote Patti ...

New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces Bring A Buddy Week March 4-8

NEW PROVIDENCE—New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) invites young musicians in grades 3-11 to attend open rehearsals for Bring A Buddy Week, March 4-8 at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. Participating students will observe the first half of a rehearsal. Students can visit any ensemble based on their grade and experience level. Students who do not have a friend in an ensemble can still ...

Summit's Beacon UU Hosts 'Blessing of the Animals' Service Feb. 18

SUMMIT, NJ - Community members and their household pets are invited to Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Beacon UU) for a 'Blessing of the Animals' service on February 18, beginning at 11:15 a.m.

“All beloved creatures are welcome—from the pet snail to the family dog,” said Reverend Robin Tanner, minister of worship and outreach.

Assistance Programs Available for JCP&L Customers to Help with Winter Heating Bills

As the cold weather continues, financial assistance programs are available for Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers who need help with winter heating bills.

Assistance to qualifying JCP&L customers is available through the Lifeline, Universal Service Fund (USF), Weatherization, Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) and New Jersey SHARES programs.

Lifeline ...

Letter to NP Mayor and Council

February 17, 2018

I am writing to express my dismay at the New Providence Council’s actions at its February 12th meeting. The council voted to allow up to three council members (up from 2) to attend committee meetings. Because of Sunshine Laws no more than three can attend a meeting.  In my opion, the objective was to squeeze-out Mayor Morgan from committee meetings.  Without going into ...

Letter to New Providence Borough Council

Dear Council Member-

I attended the Borough Council meeting on Feb 12, 2018.  I brought my 2 young children to this meeting to see democracy in action in our new hometown but I was left speechless. 

It was an obvious display of overreach by the Borough Council.  It absolutely makes no sense at all that the Council wants Three Council Members to attend every Volunteer ...

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

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