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New Providence Baseball Team Receives Team Academic Excellence Award from American Baseball Coaches Association

August 11, 2022

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence was the only public high school in New Jersey to receive the 2021-22 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association.

More than 670 member college and high school programs from across the country received the 2021-22 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. Teams from every level of college and high school ...

15-Year-Old Sophomore Girls Join Chatham Football Team for 2022 Season; Co-Captain Gio Del Re: 'I have no problem with it'

CHATHAM, NJ -- Two 15-year-old sophomore girls - Nerissa Sime-Zuluaga and Maya Abawi - have joined the Chatham High football team for the 2022 season.

"We don't offer girls football, so everyone is welcome to join our program," Evan Picariello, Chatham head coach, said. "When Maya and Nerissa approached me about joining the team they were pretty dedicated in the weight ...

Sen. Joseph Lagana Discusses School Safety Legislation, Says Students Must Be Protected

PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school.

"I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three kids."

When he takes his daughters — who are headed into ...

New Jersey's Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs Receive $10 Million in Funding

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are getting a big financial boost.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Monday the programs, which help and support victims of violence, will receive $10 million in federal American Recovery Plan (ARP) funds.

“The Paterson Healing Collective is pleased to ...

The Brooke Healey Foundation Casino Night Raises Record $285,000; Funding Pediatric Cancer Research

SOMERSET, NJ - The Brooke Healey Foundation held their seventh Annual Casino Night Gala in May at the Somerset Palace raising $285,000 for pediatric cancer research. The guests enjoyed their hand at black jack, rolling the dice, and roulette -- but their focus was on raising funds for DIPG and Pediatric Cancer Research. 

Brooke, the daughter of Stephani and Steve Healey, ...

New Providence Community Pool Celebrates 60th Anniversary

August 8, 2022

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In celebration of the New Providence Pool's 60th anniversary, the New Providence Memorial Library hosted pool co-founders and local author, Bert Abbazia, who shared his experiences on the founding of the New Providence Community Pool, and talked about his book "The Creation of the New Providence Community Pool” to a packed room of ...

Filming for Movie "Insidious 5" Will Stage Funeral Scene in Chatham's Fair Mount Cemetery this Month

CHATHAM, NJ -- Fair Mount Cemetery in Chatham will be the setting when a funeral scene for "Insidious 5" is set to be filmed this month.

According to Janice Piccolo, director of Chatham Community Services, the movie makers have filled out the necessary paperwork to film at the Fair Mount Cemetery from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Sony Pictures will also use ...

Friends of New Providence Memorial Library Exhibit Works of Julie Harris

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Friends of the New Providence Memorial Library present the works of Julie Harris in the Conti Family Community Room and the front reading area.

Harris' most recent works focus on clothing as art objects, some even formed from handmade paper, creating an interplay of juxtaposed images and objects that are printed or sewn into the clothing.

Harris creates ...

Minuteman Press Westfield Wins Top Marketing Award at World Expo 2022

August 1, 2022

Westfield, NJ – Minuteman Press Westfield, which is owned and operated by Father and Son team Jim and Seamus Mooney, won the Top Marketing Award at the Minuteman Press International World Expo 2022.  Bringing together Minuteman Press franchise owners with vendors, special guest speakers, and staff, the Minuteman Press World Expo was held at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas, from ...

Stop & Shop in Berkeley Heights Unveils Remodeled Store and Donates Nearly $125,000 to Community Food Bank of NJ

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Stop & Shop in Berkeley Heights celebrated its newly remodeled store with a ribbon cutting on Friday, as well as presented a check for nearly $125,000 to Community Food Bank of NJ.

Some highlights of the remodeled store include: expanded and remodeled produce department offering myriad ways to eat healthy; organic and natural products integrated within ...

LISTEN and WATCH: Dietze Discusses Market Outlook, Investment Strategy on Bloomberg, TD Ameritrade Networks

David Dietze, Peapack Private Wealth Management's Managing Principal and Senior Portfolio Strategist, spoke live on Bloomberg with Matt Miller and Paul Sweeney - the Topic: What’s the market outlook given the forecast of rising interest rates!

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Then, he spoke live to Nicole Petallides on the TD Ameritrade network on the following ...

MUJC Cuts the Ribbon at Warren’s Developmental Learning Center

August 8, 2022

WARREN, NJ — What started with a generous donation, an idea, and an immediate response of,” let’s do it!,” turned into a state of the art E-Sports arena at the Morris Union Jointure Commission’s (MUJC) Developmental Learning Center(DLC) in Warren. 

And on Wednesday, the ribbon was officially cut to open the arena.

The donation came from Robert “ ...

Pioneer Drive New Traffic Pattern Starts Mon., Aug. 8

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Please be advised that the traffic pattern on Pioneer Drive and Balcom Road will change effective August 8, 2022. The Police Department will locate message boards in the area to alert drivers of the changes and will have additional personnel on site when school is back in session.

Click link to see Traffic Pattern Change Packet for an aerial map of the changes and a ...

Chatham Mom's 'Establishment' Case vs Chatham School District is 'Vacated' by Appellate Court; Sent Back to Lower Court

CHATHAM, NJ -- What started out as public commentary in 2017 by two parents at a Chatham Board of Education meeting about the emphasis on Islam in a 7th Grade World Cultures and Geography Class is still being deliberated today in the courts in relation to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Chatham mother Libby Hilsenrath, on behalf of her minor son, sued the School ...

New Providence Baseball Team Receives Team Academic Excellence Award from American Baseball Coaches Association

August 11, 2022

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence was the only public high school in New Jersey to receive the 2021-22 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association.

More than 670 member college and high school programs from across the country received the 2021-22 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. Teams from every level of college and high school ...

15-Year-Old Sophomore Girls Join Chatham Football Team for 2022 Season; Co-Captain Gio Del Re: 'I have no problem with it'

CHATHAM, NJ -- Two 15-year-old sophomore girls - Nerissa Sime-Zuluaga and Maya Abawi - have joined the Chatham High football team for the 2022 season.

"We don't offer girls football, so everyone is welcome to join our program," Evan Picariello, Chatham head coach, said. "When Maya and Nerissa approached me about joining the team they were pretty dedicated in the weight ...

MUJC Cuts the Ribbon at Warren’s Developmental Learning Center

WARREN, NJ — What started with a generous donation, an idea, and an immediate response of,” let’s do it!,” turned into a state of the art E-Sports arena at the Morris Union Jointure Commission’s (MUJC) Developmental Learning Center(DLC) in Warren. 

And on Wednesday, the ribbon was officially cut to open the arena.

The donation came from Robert “ ...

Bubble Tea & Beyond: Gong Cha Brings Trendy Taiwanese Beverages to Westfield

August 1, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — With creative chilled beverages including layered strawberry matcha lattes, dirty brown sugar milk tea, Thai tea lattes, peach slushies, lychee oolong iced tea and Earl Grey milk tea with three Js (pearls, pudding and herbal jelly), one thing about Gong Cha is clear: This ain’t your grandma’s iced tea.

A grand opening signaled the arrival of the latest ...

NJ Monthly Readers Choose Prestige Diner as Best Diner for Third Consecutive Year

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s 39th Annual Restaurant Poll revealed their list of the best restaurants in New Jersey as decided by readers and critics alike across 45 categories. 

Prestige Diner in New Providence received the best diner for the North region for the third consecutive year.  The voting took place in February and the winners received the ...

Chimney Rock Inn Has New Name: Vintage Tavern

GILLETTE, NJ - There was recently a lot of chatter about Chimney Rock Inn changing the name of their Gillette location to Vintage Tavern. 

TAPinto was in touch with a spokesperson for Chimney Rock Inn, who has locations in Bound Brook, Flemington, and Gillette. They confirmed that ownership remains the same and only the Gillette location has changed their ...

The Brooke Healey Foundation Casino Night Raises Record $285,000; Funding Pediatric Cancer Research

August 8, 2022

SOMERSET, NJ - The Brooke Healey Foundation held their seventh Annual Casino Night Gala in May at the Somerset Palace raising $285,000 for pediatric cancer research. The guests enjoyed their hand at black jack, rolling the dice, and roulette -- but their focus was on raising funds for DIPG and Pediatric Cancer Research. 

Brooke, the daughter of Stephani and Steve Healey, ...

Millburn High School Rising Senior Films Documentary of the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis in Poland

While the rest of us watched our televisions in horror as Russian troops invaded Ukraine, 17-year-old Millburn High School student Peter Ren booked an airplane flight to Poland to document Ukrainian refugees as they entered Poland. His film, The Cost of War, is an eyewitness account of Ukrainians at the Przemyśl train station, where 10,000 to 20,000 Ukrainians arrived ...

Pioneer Drive New Traffic Pattern Starts Mon., Aug. 8

August 5, 2022

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Please be advised that the traffic pattern on Pioneer Drive and Balcom Road will change effective August 8, 2022. The Police Department will locate message boards in the area to alert drivers of the changes and will have additional personnel on site when school is back in session.

Click link to see Traffic Pattern Change Packet for an aerial map of the changes and a ...

James Testa Named Part-Time Chief Financial Officer of the Borough

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Business Administrator of the New Providence School District, James Testa, will now wear another hat as the Part-time Chief Financial Officer for the borough. The Borough Council approved his appointment at its Tuesday, July 19 meeting.

Testa was appointed for a four-year term ending December 31, 2025. He will receive a salary of $800.00 per week. However, the salary ...

New Providence Council Approves High School/Middle School Traffic Changes

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council approved the ordinance to change traffic patterns on local roads in and out of the high school/middle school at its July 19 meeting. The changes include left and right turn lanes, as well as one-way traffic on Balcom Street and Pioneer Drive in order to ease traffic congestion near the school building. Mayor Al Morgan cited the safety of the students ...

Lawsuit Claims Union County Police ‘Old Boys Club’ Members Get Pass on Misconduct

August 7, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Police Department contains an “Old Boys Club” whose white, male members police Chief J. Chris Debbie allows to violate laws, a lawsuit brought by Sgt. Homero Almanzar against the department claims.

Almanzar, a retired U.S. Army disabled combat veteran described as Hispanic/Latino, is experiencing “a significant disparity” in ...

Taxpayer ‘Entitled’ to Summary Judgment in Union County Gov’t Complex Case, Judge Says

ELIZABETH, NJ — Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Walsh appears poised to grant a permanent injunction on the construction of a Union County government complex estimated to cost upwards of $120 million.

At a hearing for motion of summary judgment on the case brought by taxpayer Jose R. Jimenez Jr., attorney Greg Trif argued for permanent restraints on the project while attorneys Kevin J.

The Brooke Healey Foundation Casino Night Raises Record $285,000; Funding Pediatric Cancer Research

August 8, 2022

SOMERSET, NJ - The Brooke Healey Foundation held their seventh Annual Casino Night Gala in May at the Somerset Palace raising $285,000 for pediatric cancer research. The guests enjoyed their hand at black jack, rolling the dice, and roulette -- but their focus was on raising funds for DIPG and Pediatric Cancer Research. 

Brooke, the daughter of Stephani and Steve Healey, ...

'It's All About the Residents' at Lantern Hill

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was recently named associate executive director at Lantern Hill, an Erickson Senior Living community in New Providence, N.J., has been with Erickson for 12 years. As he has held many roles in his Erickson career, he always remembers where he started - as an intern.

He recalls that he was originally drawn to Erickson Senior Living's mission of ...

Westfield Health Officer on Monkeypox: 14 Cases in Union County, 175 in NJ

WESTFIELD, NJ — When the director of the Westfield Regional Health Department updated the local Board of Health on monkeypox cases Monday, there were 13 confirmed and probable cases in Union County and 155 cases statewide.

By Wednesday, those numbers had risen to 14 cases in Union County and 175 across New Jersey with the majority clustered in northern counties, according to the state ...

Chatham Mom's 'Establishment' Case vs Chatham School District is 'Vacated' by Appellate Court; Sent Back to Lower Court

August 4, 2022

CHATHAM, NJ -- What started out as public commentary in 2017 by two parents at a Chatham Board of Education meeting about the emphasis on Islam in a 7th Grade World Cultures and Geography Class is still being deliberated today in the courts in relation to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Chatham mother Libby Hilsenrath, on behalf of her minor son, sued the School ...

Summit Resident Stabbed Multiple Times During Sunday Night Altercation; Suspect Arrested After Brief Chase on Foot

August 8, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ - A 26-year-old Summit man is currently listed in critical condition after suffering multiple stab wounds during an altercation Sunday night, according to the Summit Police Department. The suspect was later captured and arrested after a brief foot chase.

The Summit Police Department, responding at 11:20 p.m. Sunday night (Aug. 7) to a report of a fight in ...

Pioneer Drive New Traffic Pattern Starts Mon., Aug. 8

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Please be advised that the traffic pattern on Pioneer Drive and Balcom Road will change effective August 8, 2022. The Police Department will locate message boards in the area to alert drivers of the changes and will have additional personnel on site when school is back in session.

Click link to see Traffic Pattern Change Packet for an aerial map of the changes and a ...

It May Feel as Hot as 104 Degrees Thursday, Weather Service Says

UNION COUNTY, NJ — With heat index values projected between 95 and 104 degrees Thursday, the National Weather Service has issued both a heat advisory and an air quality alert for the region.

The heat advisory remains in effect from 11 a.m. Thursday to 8 p.m. Friday, and the air quality alert remains in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, according to the Weather Service. The ...

'It's All About the Residents' at Lantern Hill

August 4, 2022

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was recently named associate executive director at Lantern Hill, an Erickson Senior Living community in New Providence, N.J., has been with Erickson for 12 years. As he has held many roles in his Erickson career, he always remembers where he started - as an intern.

He recalls that he was originally drawn to Erickson Senior Living's mission of ...

Joe Eberle Named to "America's Best Real Estate Professionals" by Real Trends

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - This month, local Weichert Realtors agent Joe Eberle was named to "America's Best Real Estate Professionals" by industry leaders Real Trends and Tom Ferry.

A recent Zillow review sums up Eberle's professional core values of hard work, service and ethics. "We recently had the pleasure of working with Joe for the sale of our home. Start to ...

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parade Travels Through Berkeley Heights Neighborhoods

July 17, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel kicked off Saturday morning with the annual parade and mass.

The members lined up across from the Church of the Little Flower and the procession traveled through the neighborhoods following the normal route through town led by parade grand marshal Anthony Delia. The spectators along the route handed donations ...

Early Morning "Bombs" On July 16 is a Tradition in Berkeley Heights for Feast of Mount Carmel

Editor's Note: Originally Published July 16, 2014 -- Republishing for the newcomers to Berkeley Heights. 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Hearing early morning "bombs" on July 16 is reason to celebrate -- for it's a "national holiday" in Berkeley Heights. This is a tradition of the Feast of Mount Carmel that has been carried on for generations by the members and ...

Sen. Joseph Lagana Discusses School Safety Legislation, Says Students Must Be Protected

August 10, 2022

PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school.

"I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three kids."

When he takes his daughters — who are headed into ...

New Jersey's Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs Receive $10 Million in Funding

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are getting a big financial boost.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Monday the programs, which help and support victims of violence, will receive $10 million in federal American Recovery Plan (ARP) funds.

“The Paterson Healing Collective is pleased to ...

State Parole Board Chairman Talks About New Grant to Help Offenders with Substance Use Disorder

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's State Parole Board is teaming up with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care to help offenders struggling with substance use disorder, both before and after their release.

"We're confident that this is something that could be life-changing to a lot of people," State Parole Board Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. told TAPinto.

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WATCH: Peapack Private Wealth Management's Dietze is Neutral Now, Bullish Long-Term

August 10, 2022

Peapack Private Wealth Management Managing Principal and Senior Portfolio Strategist David Dietze joined TD Ameritrade for a live interview.  Topic: Can the markets’ advance continue following a stellar July and, if so, what should you buy now!

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TAPinto South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen Named Grand Marshal of Labor Day Parade

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — When Darlene Tedesco-Cullen received a call from South Plainfield Councilwoman Christine Faustini to talk about the borough's annual Labor Day parade, Tedesco-Cullen thought she knew what it was about.

"Usually I help judge the floats, so I figured she was going to ask me if I was going to be around Labor Day to judge again," Tedesco-Cullen, the ...

Avoid Heat Exhaustion this Summer

Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death. 

Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health System sports ...

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State Urges Residents and Businesses to Conserve Water as New Jersey Enters Drought Watch

August 9, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Due to ongoing hot and dry conditions, New Jersey is under a drought watch as of Tuesday. The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking residents and businesses to conserve water.

New Jersey has a three-stage drought advisory system. A drought watch is the first step. DEP says it's to encourage voluntary conservation measures, and, if ...