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Somerset Patriots National Anthem Auditions Set For Saturday, March 11th

February 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots, along with Magic 98.3 FM and WCTC 1450 AM will host National Anthem Auditions on March 11 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00  p.m. at the Bridgewater Commons Mall. 

The event will be a fundraiser designed to benefit Operation Shoebox New Jersey, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to collecting donated supplies to ship care packages to U.S.

Phil Sapienza of Berkeley Heights Turns 101

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Phil Sapienza, of Berkeley Heights, celebrated his 101st birthday at the local McDonald's on Springfield Avenue. For this active centenarian, this is a regular outing. Not only does Phil have a sharp mind and good looks, he continues to be very active going out four nights a week --- and drives himself to each engagement.

As a corporal in the U.S. Army, ...

New Providence Celebrates the Chinese New Year With a Huge Turnout: The Year of the Rooster has Begun

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Ringing in the Chinese New Year is now officially a tradition at the DeCorso Center as the New Providence Diversity Committee and the New Providence Chinese Community (NPCC) held it’s third annual celebration on Sunday.  

The event, organized by Jane Xu along with the New Providence Diversity Committee, attracted nearly 300 community members. The ...

Mayors Speak of State of their Towns at Suburban Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

February 7, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce monthly First Friday networking breakfast featured a Mayors' Roundtable at the Grand Summit Hotel last Friday. Summit Mayor Nora Radest and New Providence Mayor Al Morgan were in attendance and shared their review of the state of their towns to the room full of chamber members.  

Mayor Morgan ...

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 ...

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

February 15, 2017

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, ...

Moms Helping Moms Third Annual Snow Ball Celebrates Foundation's Efforts, Impact

February 16, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Moms Helping Moms Foundation held its Third Annual 'Snow Ball' Gala at the Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains on January 28, an event which the Foundation's officials said was equal part fundraiser and celebration.

“Our goal was to put together not just another fundraiser but rather a fun-filled celebration of all we have achieved to ...

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

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 ...

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, ...

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

February 17, 2017

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 ...

Council Stalls Abandoned Vehicle Ordinance Introduction

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council postponed the introduction of the Abandoned Vehicle Ordinance at its Wednesday, Feb. 15 meeting. Further amendments to the ordinance language are needed, the council decided. The council will also have the police department evaluate the enforceability of the draft ordinance.

The council is aware that an abandoned vehicle can be an eyesore in the ...

Mayors Speak of State of their Towns at Suburban Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

SUMMIT, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce monthly First Friday networking breakfast featured a Mayors' Roundtable at the Grand Summit Hotel last Friday. Summit Mayor Nora Radest and New Providence Mayor Al Morgan were in attendance and shared their review of the state of their towns to the room full of chamber members.  

Mayor Morgan ...

Muñoz, Handlin Introduce Bill Increasing Initial Opioid Prescriptions

February 16, 2017

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 ...

Grand Opening of 17th Our House, Inc. Group Home Set For Feb. 16

LIVINGSTON, NJ - On Thursday, Feb. 16th, Our House, Inc. will open its 17th group home for adults with disabilities and celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the home.

Located on a beautiful, quiet, residential street in Livingston, the new ADA compliant four bedroom, two bath ranch will be home to four adults with developmental disabilities. With 24 hour on ...

Chatham Mom Continues Her "Cycle for Survival" to Battle Rare Cancers

CHATHAM, NJ - Kelly Leach once ran a marathon with a cancerous tumor in her body without even knowing it.

The Chatham Township mother of two now participates in a "marathon" of fundraising events to fight rare cancer diseases with a nationwide team who "Cycle for Survival," benefiting the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Last year, Leach's spin team ...

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

February 11, 2017

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 ...

Union County Manager Names Chris Debbie Police Chief

UNION COUNTY -- County Manager Alfred J. Faella today announced he has appointed James Christopher Debbie, a 29-year veteran of the County Police Division, as its Police Chief.

Debbie becomes the County’s 10th Police Chief in the Police Division’s history, and has served as the Officer in Charge since 2015. He will be responsible for supervising a police force of 73 sworn officers ...

Kinum and Zeto Lead New Providence Past Gov. Livingston in UCT Quarterfinals

February 18, 2017

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RAHWAY, NJ -  In the quarterfinal round of the Union County Tournament, the second-seeded New Providence Pioneers girls basketball team defeated archrival and tenth-seeded Governor Livingston, 49-20.

Senior guards Katie Kinum and Sarah Zeto paced the Pioneers with 22 and 12 points, respectively. Senior Hannah Caminiti chipped in with seven of her own.

Senior Lindsay ...

8 New Providence Wrestlers Qualify to Compete in District Tournament

MILLBURN, NJ - The seeds have been released for the District 16 Wrestling Tournament at Millburn High School on Saturday. First round starts at 9:30 a.m. with the finals tentatively set to begin at 6:30 p.m. With 10 teams in the tournament, the Pioneers have qualified in 8 weight classes.

Most schools in the state qualify for the district tournament regardless of the ...

Girls Basketball: New Providence Defeats Linden to Advance to UCT Quarterfinals

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence basketball team advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Union County Tournament with a 60-27 victory over Linden Tuesday night.

No. 2 seed New Providence (18-4) outscored the 15-seeded Raiders in every quarter, opening with an 11-6 effort and building a 30-8 lead by halftime.

Senior guard Katie Kinum finished ...

SoJo Spa Club Opens in Edgewater

February 5, 2017

EDGEWATER, NJ – There is a new relaxation destination in Northern New Jersey.  SoJo Spa Club opened its doors on Friday in Edgewater featuring a rooftop infinity pool,170-foot- long foot massage path, an outdoor hydrotherapy pool, 10 unique sauna and therapy rooms and a variety of outdoor hot tubs. The eight-story spa club/hotel also devotes an entire floor to family-friendly ...

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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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Public Invited to Spot a “Mesmerizing” Bird in Union County Parks

February 19, 2017

Bird watchers and nature fans of all kinds can try their hand at spotting an unusual and elusive bird in Union County parks next month, during the annual “Woodcock Walk.” The free event will be held in the Watchung Reservation on March 14, and in Lenape Park on March 22. Both events begin at 6:15 p.m.

“Among other distinctive traits the American Woodcock is known as harbinger ...

It’s a wrap for Moms Helping Moms 3rd Annual Snow Ball

The Moms Helping Moms Foundation held its 3rd Annual Snow Ball Gala on Saturday, January 28th at the Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, NJ.  Moms Helping Moms provides low income families with baby essentials like diapers, wipes, and clothing.  The Foundation partners with social workers and other local organizations in New Jersey to assist thousands of ...

Intergenerational Mentoring Program Launches at the Berkeley Heights YMCA

The Berkeley Heights YMCA is proud to be launching an Intergenerational Mentoring Program. This six-week pilot program brings high school teens and seniors together to share experiences and expertise with each other.  As a group, they will brainstorm and complete a community project together as well. This mentoring program will be led by an experienced group facilitator who will guide the ...

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” ...

Making Memories with Style: Girls Prepare for Daddy Daughter Dance

Lots of activity at Skin Deep Salon and Spa Friday evening as Salt Brook school girls prepared for a glamorous night of dancing at the Father/Daughter dance. Curls, undoes, braids and manicures were on tap, while moms enjoyed complimentary champagne and massages. A lovely evening for everyone!

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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 ...

George Street’s ‘American Son’ Stirs Raw Emotions in Complex, Provocative Drama

Anyone who has the opportunity to head to George Street Playhouse will be stunned, shaken and haunted by “American Son,” this beautifully written play by Christopher Demos-Brown. 

Directed by David Saint with a distinct sense of the heartache and emotion that takes place, it is superbly performed by four fine actors.

Suzzanne Douglas is familiar to George Street audiences ...

Union County Manager Names Chris Debbie Police Chief

February 7, 2017

UNION COUNTY -- County Manager Alfred J. Faella today announced he has appointed James Christopher Debbie, a 29-year veteran of the County Police Division, as its Police Chief.

Debbie becomes the County’s 10th Police Chief in the Police Division’s history, and has served as the Officer in Charge since 2015. He will be responsible for supervising a police force of 73 sworn officers ...

Muñoz, Handlin Introduce Bill Increasing Initial Opioid Prescriptions

February 16, 2017

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 ...

An Invitation to a Special Event

February 6, 2017

Our Lady of Peace Church, New Providence invites ALL to a special Lenten presentation of "The Way of the Cross" by the Franciscan Mystery Players on March 3, 2017 at 8 pm.

This prayerful experience uses special lighting, a stirring soundtrack, pantomime actions and inspirational narration to portray the Stations of the Cross in a manner that invites each viewer to ...