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Wrestling: New Providence Senior Owen Smith Crowned Region 4 Champion with Timely Reversal

February 25, 2018

UNION, NJ - New Providence senior Owen Smith, the No. 1 seed, saved his winning move to the last eight seconds of the match to defeat No. 2 seed Rob Saum of Watchung Hills in a 2-1 decision to take the Region 4 title in the 152 lb. weight class.

In this low scoring bout, Saum was first to score an escape point 20 seconds into the second period.

The match ...

Springfield Acupuncturist Charged with Sexual Assault of Patient

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Springfield Police Chief John Cook jointly announced Friday that Edward Raskin, 55, of Chatham Township, Morris County was charged with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.

Raskin is a Springfield-based acupuncturist and was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a patient in his ...

Scotch Plains Filmmaker Selected for Garden State Film Festival

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Chris Neptune's Magic, directed by Scotch Plains resident Adam Chinoy, will screen at the 2018 Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park on Saturday, March 24, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Berkeley Hotel Kingsley Ballroom. The 16th annual film festival runs from March 22-25, 2018.

Chinoy, who turns 35 in May, describes ...

Riding With HEART's Stanley To Be Inducted Into Animal Hall of Fame

ALEXANDRIA TWP., N.J. — “Dr. Livingstone” or Stanley as he is better known, will be inducted into the New Jersey Animal Hall of Fame at ceremonies on March 11,

Stanley is a 24-year-old, 16.2-hand tall Dutch Warmblood therapy horse.

Every year, the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) honors the human-animal bond by recognizing special animals that have made a ...

22nd Annual Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Steps Off March 10

UNION, NJ—Twenty-one years after the first Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off on Morris Avenue the tradition continues on Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. sharp with thousands of marchers and spectators gathering to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland.

This year’s Grand Marshal, John McPartlan of Scotch Plains, will lead the march of bagpipe and ...

Curriculum and Instruction Report Presented at the New Providence BOE meeting

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Jay Richter, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision, provided the Board of Education (BOE) with a presentation on the current curriculum as well as future curriculum trends at the Thursday, Feb. 22 BOE meeting.

The interactive presentation, including power point, video clips, and student demonstrations, was put together jointly by the department heads ...

Scotch Plains Filmmaker Selected for Garden State Film Festival

February 25, 2018

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Chris Neptune's Magic, directed by Scotch Plains resident Adam Chinoy, will screen at the 2018 Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park on Saturday, March 24, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Berkeley Hotel Kingsley Ballroom. The 16th annual film festival runs from March 22-25, 2018.

Chinoy, who turns 35 in May, describes ...

22nd Annual Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Steps Off March 10

UNION, NJ—Twenty-one years after the first Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off on Morris Avenue the tradition continues on Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. sharp with thousands of marchers and spectators gathering to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland.

This year’s Grand Marshal, John McPartlan of Scotch Plains, will lead the march of bagpipe and ...

Junior League of Summit Trivia Night Raises $15,000

 

SUMMIT, NJ — The Junior League of Summit hosted its third annual trivia night fundraiser on Saturday February 10th at Chatham Fish & Game. The sold-out event was wildly successful, raising nearly $15,000, which will directly benefit the community through grants, scholarships, and projects, including our current community outreach program GRACE which is helping to alleviate ...

Chatham Township Committee Introduces Ordinance to Ban Marijuana Cultivation, Retail Stores in 4-1 Vote

February 23, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - At the urging of Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter, the township committee voted, 4-1, to introduce a "use" ordinance that would ban the sale and cultivation of marijuana at its regular meeting on Thursday.

Committee member Michael Kelly cast the no vote, stating that the ordinance "seems cumbersome and unnecessary" at this time, noting that the state is ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

Curriculum and Instruction Report Presented at the New Providence BOE meeting

February 24, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Jay Richter, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision, provided the Board of Education (BOE) with a presentation on the current curriculum as well as future curriculum trends at the Thursday, Feb. 22 BOE meeting.

The interactive presentation, including power point, video clips, and student demonstrations, was put together jointly by the department heads ...

New Providence BOE Addresses Students’ Safety and School Security

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Board President Adam Smith took a moment to reflect on the recent school shooting in Florida in order to address safety concerns at the Thursday, Feb. 22 Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

Smith noted that the board is “deeply saddened” by the Florida incident. The recent shooting has created a lot of social media chatter. This board and the school ...

Edison School in Westfield Safe After Lockdown Wednesday Morning, Superintendent Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — Students and staff at Edison Intermediate School are going back to their routines after a brief lockdown Wednesday morning, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan said in an email to parents Wednesday afternoon.

“Edison students and staff are safe. Westfield Police are investigating a reported incident,” Dolan wrote. “A brief lockdown was initially ...

Senator Nick Scutari Wins Union County Democratic Committee Vote

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ - The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari came away with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

Judge Rules in Favor of Open Ballot in UCDC Chair Election: A Win for Nick Scutari

ELIZABETH, NJ -- Just one day before the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) convention to elect a new County chair, Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis ruled in favor of State Senator Nick Scutari, who made the case that UCDC bylaws call for an open ballot.

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the acting Chair of the party, advocated the use of voting machines when committee members ...

After 47 Years of Operation, Jade Isle Set to Close Its Doors in Scotch Plains

February 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The iconic Jade Isle Restaurant located at the corner of Terrill Road and Second Street in Scotch Plains will close its doors forever after its last day on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. A phone call to the restaurant on Saturday confirmed that the Jade Isle's long history would come to an end tomorrow.

Jade Isle has served a menu of traditional Chinese and Polynesian dishes ...

New Providence Lions Club Presents the ‘Melvin Jones Fellowship Award’

February 22, 2018

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Tom Montrone and Brian Geoffroy recently were named the recipients of the “Melvin Jones Fellowship Award” from the New Providence Lions Club.

This award is the highest form of recognition and embodies outstanding humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.

A recipient of this award becomes model of exemplary service ...

Starting to Reinvigorate ‘The Square’ by Celebrating Springfield’s Rich Black History

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Square is a neighborhood near the Antioch Baptist Church in Springfield.  For many years it was a predominantly African American neighborhood, but in recent decades it has diversified. 

Not forgetting and gaining an appreciation of that Springfield community’s history and its people is what the event “Welcome to The Square:  Celebrating ...

Junior League of Summit Trivia Night Raises $15,000

 

SUMMIT, NJ — The Junior League of Summit hosted its third annual trivia night fundraiser on Saturday February 10th at Chatham Fish & Game. The sold-out event was wildly successful, raising nearly $15,000, which will directly benefit the community through grants, scholarships, and projects, including our current community outreach program GRACE which is helping to alleviate ...

Chatham Township Committee Introduces Ordinance to Ban Marijuana Cultivation, Retail Stores in 4-1 Vote

February 23, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - At the urging of Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter, the township committee voted, 4-1, to introduce a "use" ordinance that would ban the sale and cultivation of marijuana at its regular meeting on Thursday.

Committee member Michael Kelly cast the no vote, stating that the ordinance "seems cumbersome and unnecessary" at this time, noting that the state is ...

Senator Nick Scutari Wins Union County Democratic Committee Vote

CLARK, NJ - The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari came away with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

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 ...

Luminous MedSpa Appears in Food and Fun Segment on News 12

February 20, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  Luminous MedSpa and Salon in New Providence was recently featured in a "Food and Fun" segment on News 12. The "Food and Fun" segment highlights places around the state that have something unique to offer, said Marisa Brahney, News 12 reporter. She came in for a "slice of luxe" that everyday moms enjoy when they ...

Overlook Medical Center Awarded Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission

SUMMIT, NJ -  Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, recently earned the Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission, a certification program which recognizes hospitals that are committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.

Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year ...

Breaking News: Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that one student has died from Influenza (Flu).

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,”  Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. The Superintendents letter is ...

Chatham Township Committee Introduces Ordinance to Ban Marijuana Cultivation, Retail Stores in 4-1 Vote

February 23, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - At the urging of Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter, the township committee voted, 4-1, to introduce a "use" ordinance that would ban the sale and cultivation of marijuana at its regular meeting on Thursday.

Committee member Michael Kelly cast the no vote, stating that the ordinance "seems cumbersome and unnecessary" at this time, noting that the state is ...

Riding With HEART's Stanley To Be Inducted Into Animal Hall of Fame

February 25, 2018

ALEXANDRIA TWP., N.J. — “Dr. Livingstone” or Stanley as he is better known, will be inducted into the New Jersey Animal Hall of Fame at ceremonies on March 11,

Stanley is a 24-year-old, 16.2-hand tall Dutch Warmblood therapy horse.

Every year, the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) honors the human-animal bond by recognizing special animals that have made a ...

Obituaries

- Feb 22, 2018
Katherine P. “Kay” Valenti (nee Dana) of Watchung, NJ, formerly of Berkeley Hts., NJ ...
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Springfield Acupuncturist Charged with Sexual Assault of Patient

February 25, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Springfield Police Chief John Cook jointly announced Friday that Edward Raskin, 55, of Chatham Township, Morris County was charged with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.

Raskin is a Springfield-based acupuncturist and was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a patient in his ...

Berkeley Heights Police Department Responds to Possible School Threat Incident

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Police Department has provided the following statement with regard to today's response to the "false social media threat" as previously reported by TAPinto Berkeley Heights. 

"Today, February 23rd 2018, the Berkeley Heights Police Department was made aware of an anonymous school threat that has been circulating via social ...

Berkeley Heights School Placed on Lock Down Following False Social Media Threat

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston High School and Columbia Middle School went into shelter in place following a false report of a threat Friday morning.

Superintendent of schools Judy Rattner confirmed that the threat involved a school district in New Mexico and the Berkeley Heights school district is safe. "The student that initiated the threat is ...

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 ...

Faith Lutheran Served Up Annual Shrove Tuesday Supper; Offers Two Wednesday Services Throughout Lent

February 22, 2018

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – On the evening before Ash Wednesday, members of Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence shared in a traditional Shrove Tuesday supper of pancakes, ham and berries.

Shrove Tuesday derives its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians undertook many years ago.  In shriving, Christians confess their sins and receive absolution for the sins.  ...

Wrestling: New Providence Senior Owen Smith Crowned Region 4 Champion with Timely Reversal

February 25, 2018

UNION, NJ - New Providence senior Owen Smith, the No. 1 seed, saved his winning move to the last eight seconds of the match to defeat No. 2 seed Rob Saum of Watchung Hills in a 2-1 decision to take the Region 4 title in the 152 lb. weight class.

In this low scoring bout, Saum was first to score an escape point 20 seconds into the second period.

The match ...

New Providence PAL Basketball Playoffs Kickoff with Three Home Games this Sunday

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence PAL basketball program wound down their regular season last week. Five Pioneers teams have earned high seeds for the Jersey Basketball Association Playoffs, including the fourth grade boys and sixth grade girls who earned first round byes. This Sunday, February 25, three teams will have home games at NPHS and all could use a home court advantage with ...

New Providence Pioneers Girls Varsity Basketball Honors Seniors in Pregame Ceremony

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ-  The New Providence High School Pioneers girls varsity basketball team honored their 2017-18 senior players before taking to the floor for their game against their crosstown rival, the Governor Livingston High School Highlanders.

Seniors Elizabeth Parker and Iris Kaloshi were recognized prior to the game for their hard work and dedication over their high school ...

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Big Bird is The Word: Summit's Congregation Beth Hatikvah Hosts 'It's a Muppet Purim' March 3

February 25, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - 'The Muppets' travel to Persia in Congregation Beth Hatikvah’s zaniest version yet of the Purim story, to be staged Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. The original book by Steve Kaflowitz of New Providence features parodies of familiar Sesame Street tunes and pop favorites paired with plenty of slapstick and general silliness. 

The show is appropriate ...

March 8 Salon Series More Than Just Music

BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) sat down recently with faculty member Matthew Van Dongen to talk about his upcoming performance on the 2017-2018 Salon Series featuring an evening of contemporary and original works for guitar. In addition to works by 20th century Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo including Tiento antiguo, Un tiempo fue Italica famosa, and ...

Scotch Plains Public Library Presents, “The Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg: Traditional Celtic Tales”

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Storyteller David Emerson will retell the colorful and ancient tales of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall in a presentation on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. that will “warm, tickle, or chill the heart” at the Scotch Plains Library. This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Registration is recommended.

David Emerson of History on ...

Imagine Offers Bullies to Buddies Workshop

 

On March 8th from 6:30-8:00, Imagine, a Center for Coping with Loss is offering a Bullies to Buddies workshop and training presented by Imagine Clinical Training Director, Connie Palmer, LCSW, Certified Bullies to Buddies Trainer.  Bullying is a challenge for many students, but grieving children and youth are more likely to be bullied or become a bully.  The Bullies to Buddies ...

Colleen Mahr Has Paid Her Dues, Earned Peoples’ Trust, and Left a Track Record of Success

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

Mahr, who as Mayor of Fanwood for 15 years has worked closely with Scotch Plains ...

We Need More Women Like Colleen Mahr in Municipal, County and State Government

Dear Editor:

I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me.

I was a first time candidate wanting to make a difference in my hometown of Scotch Plains, when Mayor Mahr of neighboring Fanwood stepped in to help me campaign and win my election to be Councilwoman three years ago.

Local Advisor Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Roth IRA

February 23, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Roth IRA. First made available to American investors in 1998, a Roth IRA is an individual retirement account that is funded with after-tax dollars and provides tax-free growth and income for retirement.

In honor of this significant milestone, Walter Pardo, CEO/Certified Wealth Strategist at Wealth ...

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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Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

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Camp Riverbend, Warren

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The Connection, Summit

Rockette Style Workshop Series

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Zumba meets Bolly DaZz

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Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

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I've Always Wanted to be a Doctor...Or an English Teacher

Think about the impossibility of the task we lay in front of high school students.  In addition to getting good grades, filling up a resume, finding the right colleges and writing countless admissions essays they also need to decide on their life’s passion at 17 years old...or do they?

As a college admissions representative the first question most students would ask me was whether ...