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Savage Takes First Prize in 'After Hours' Chili Cookoff

February 25, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The "After Hours" group held its 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff on Thursday night at the DeCorso Building, on National Chili Day, to determine the best chili New Providence had to offer. This year’s winners were, 1st place Michael Savage for his beef chili; 2nd place Anita Torsiello for her beef chili; and 3rd place Karen Jenshoej for her chicken chili. 1st, 2nd, ...

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

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.

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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 BOE Hears HIB Report, Names New Middle School Principal

February 25, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Scott Hough, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, provided the semi-annual HIB (Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying) report covering the period of Sep. 1 – Dec. 31, 2016 at the Thursday, Feb. 23 Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The board also named Karin Kidd as the Middle School Principal starting July 1, 2017. 

According to Hough, there were ...

New Providence BOE Hears Curriculum Report

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Ann Marie Inzano, Interim Director of the Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision, opened the district curriculum report presentation at the Thursday, Feb. 23 Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

In her opening remarks Inzano commended the New Providence School community - its amazing staff, wonderful students and supportive parents – for the “wonderful ...

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 ...

Savage Takes First Prize in 'After Hours' Chili Cookoff

February 25, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The "After Hours" group held its 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff on Thursday night at the DeCorso Building, on National Chili Day, to determine the best chili New Providence had to offer. This year’s winners were, 1st place Michael Savage for his beef chili; 2nd place Anita Torsiello for her beef chili; and 3rd place Karen Jenshoej for her chicken chili. 1st, 2nd, ...

'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.

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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, ...

Berkeley Heights to Honor its Hometown Heroes

February 24, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Members of the Memorial Park Renewal Committee are preparing a new way to honor veterans and serving members of the military -- banners honoring both veterans and those currently serving.

Committee member Gay Hollowell unfurled a Hometown Hero banner at the Feb. 21 Township Council meeting. The banners are the next step in "Operation We Remember," which seeks ...

Check, Please - Summit YMCA Receives Donation from Piattino: A Neighborhood Bistro

Steve Baliva Vice President of Operations for 40NORTH Restaurant Group, owner and operator of Summit's newest dining destination -- Piattino: A Neighborhood Bistro -- recently presented a check to Summit Area YMCA CEO and President Paul Kieltyka.

The $3,425 donation came from a series of pre-opening training events at Piattino, located at 67 Union Place, where ...

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

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 ...

Increasing Tax Ratables Easing Borough’s Budget Process

February 23, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – We have “a very nice situation,” Councilman Michael Gennaro told the council at the recent meeting as he lifted the vail on the borough’s upcoming budget. He referred to the fact that there has been “significant increases” to the borough’s tax ratables this year, similarly as last year.

There is not the same degree of ...

Council Discusses Facility Usage Refunds and Policies

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.

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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 ...

Helicopter Crashes Behind Apartments in Chatham; Pilot, Passeger Survive

February 25, 2017

CHATHAM, NJ - A helicopter made a crash landing behind the Suburban Court apartment complex at 525 Main St. in Chatham on Friday evening, landing between the parking garages.

The crash occurred 6:20 p.m. and the pilot reportedly walked away from the accident while a passenger was taken to the hospital with lower back pain.

"At approximately 6:20 tonight, we had a helicopter ...

New Providence Police Blotter. Feb. 24, 2017

On February 17, 2017, Patrolman David Rodriguez stopped Skylar Milner, age 25 of Hillside, NJ, for operating a motor vehicle with an expired registration.  During the course of the vehicle stop, Ptlm. Rodriguez detected the scent of a controlled dangerous substance coming from inside the vehicle.  Upon questioning the driver and passenger, Hassan Frazier, age 27 of Newark, Officers ...

Summit Man Charged After Warrant Found

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.

Funeral Mass Set for Dr. John Bonacci, Former Berkeley Heights Councilman

February 23, 2017

Dr. John Carl Bonacci, 81, of Murray Hill, NJ passed away with his family by his side on February 20, 2017.

Visiting will be held in Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights on Friday, Feb. 24th from 4-8 PM. The Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Little Flower in Berkely Heights, NJ on Saturday, February 25 at 10 AM. Entombment to follow at St.

Girls Basketball: Pioneers Go Cold Against Westfield in County Semifinals

February 24, 2017

RAHWAY, NJ - In the semifinals of the Union County Tournament, the  second-seed New Providence Pioneers girls basketball team fell to third-seeded Westfield, 38-33. The Blue Devils advanced to the Finals where they’ll face the Patrick School, the tournament’s top overall seed.

Grace Elliott and Molly Ryan paced Westfield with 14 points apiece Katie Kinum’s 13 ...

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

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, ...

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February 26, 2017

The TAPinto New Providence writing staff and I have been busy this past year growing our relationships with many Borough leaders including government officials, school administrators,  police and fire department officials, community organizations, as well as the business community -- gaining access to events and newsworthy information to share with you.

While ...

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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Family Promise Launches 'Pets with a Promise'

February 26, 2017

Summit-based Family Promise, the nation’s leading nonprofit helping families experiencing homelessness, is proud to announce the launch of Pets with a Promise, which provides direct funding for Family Promise Affiliates nationwide for a variety of services, allowing families to keep their pets while working towards independence in the program.  

The program launched with the ...

Flapjack Breakfast Fundraiser Sponsored by Westfield UNICO will Support Veterans and Military

UNICO of Westfield is proud to sponsor a Flapjack Fundraiser to benefit our veterans and active military through Bonds of Courage. Bonds of Courage is a non-profit public charity that provides a network of support services to troops, veterans and military families. The services provided include job, health, family and finances.

The event will be held at Applebee's, 1255 Raritan Road, ...

Caring Contact Names Janet Sarkos of Westfield Executive Director

Caring Contact, the Westfield-based crisis hotline and listening community, has named Janet Sarkos of Westfield as executive director. She had been serving as interim executive director.

Most recently, Sarkos was the chief operating officer of Chervo USA, an Italian golf clothing brand, and her broader professional experience includes marketing and public relations consulting. She also has ...

FREE 6 Week Transformation Training Giveaway at GFP: Registration Deadline Monday, Feb. 27

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - We just may be crazy–we’re giving away SIX FREE WEEKS of the best training, education, and transformational fitness & fat loss mentorship on the planet and we want YOU to enter to be a part of it!

YES, this is the exact same program that introduced Cathy Balsamo, now down over 60 pounds, to us–and you could be next!

Here are all the details for ...

Moody's Assigns Aaa Bond Rating To Union County, Outlook Stable

ELIZABETH, NJ--- Citing the County's continued economic strength and manageable debt levels,  Moody's has assigned Aaa bond rating to Union County-the highest attainable.

This rating affirms the County's strong financial standing, with Moody's citing Union County as having "a very strong management team that has pushed hard to turn around the County's ...

Summit Area YMCA Offering Youth Ninja Warrior Classes

Join us this spring for a brand new type of fitness class where kids will crawl, jump, run, climb, lift and roll. Using lots of fun (and safe) tools such as tunnels, hoops, medicine balls, mats, agility ladders and cones, your aspiring ninja warrior will learn skills, balance, agility, and fitness! Exert that energy and become a ninja warrior! Classes run in separate 8 week sessions at both 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.  ...

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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 Seeks Input on Mountain Biking

February 24, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The Union County Department of Parks & Recreation will host a meeting to present a Trails Master Plan that has been developed for the Watchung Reservation.  This plan will create new trails and open part of the Watchung Reservation to mountain biking.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Trailside Nature & Science ...

Rep. Lance Answers Questions on Trump's Border Wall, Education and the Free Press

February 24, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the third in our series reporting on Rep. Leonard Lance’s Town Hall, which he held Wednesday evening at Raritan Valley Community College. The first installment reported on the protestors outside of the Town Hall, and Lance’s responses to questions about the Affordable Care Act and funding Planned Parenthood. The second installment covered the issues of ...