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NJ Company Makes Gourmet Popcorn with a Purpose — Employing Adults with Autism

February 23, 2019

All day long, the sound of popping kernels fills the Piscataway, NJ facility.

One employee fills a machine with ingredients. Another scoops popcorn into a bag, sealing it shut to keep it fresh.

About 50 employees — some on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities — come together each day at the Popcorn for the People facility to make ...

NPHS Basketball Event Spreads Awareness to Stop the "R" Word

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Athletes from the Shining Stars Network played to a sold out crowd during half-time of the New Providence vs Gov. Livingston boys basketball game Tuesday night. The gritty rivalry between the two schools was put aside as members of both varsity teams stood on the sidelines cheering on the "Shining Stars" as they hit their shots ...

Lenny Dykstra, Associates Defrauded Clark-based Nonprofit, Lawsuit Says

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with further information. A prior version of this story did not make clear the status of Gran Centurions Hall. The catering hall remains open. Business is uninterrupted.

CLARK, NJ – A fraudulent attempt to convert a private pool club and banquet hall into housing has been tied to embattled former professional baseball ...

Three New Providence Girls Head to Nationals with Synchroettes Skating Team

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - At Tuesday’s Annual Synchroettes National Send-Off Exhibition, hundreds of friends and family cheered for all three national-level teams who qualified for the 2019 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Three of the skaters in the Synchroettes organization, based out of the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange are from New Providence. Amelie Chan and Melody Xu ...

Union County Prosecutors Office Present Local Animal Rescuer with Two Certificates of Appreciation

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A local animal rescuer was awarded at a luncheon this week with two Certificates of Appreciation from the Union County Prosecutors Office.

Darcy Del Castillo received two Certificate’s of Appreciation from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, one for her work as Elizabeth Animal Shelter Rescue Coordinator and Animal Evaluator, and also for her non-profit ...

Union County Covering Costs of PD Lieutenant's Defense in Civil Rights Suit

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Freeholder Board this week approved $20,000 to pay for a former Union County Police Department lieutenant’s representation a lawsuit in which he is accused of improperly administering a polygraph test, leading to the false conviction of a city man in 2008.

That man, Emmanuel Mervilus, was wrongly convicted of first-degree robbery and aggravated ...

NPHS Presents "Chicago: High School Edition" March 8 and 9! Tickets on sale now!

February 19, 2019

Don’t miss NPHS’ production of Chicago: High School Edition.  Tickets are now on sale!

On March 8 and 9 you may pull up a seat and forget what you think you know about Broadway musicals.  At this show there will be no damsels in distress, no handsome fellas with gumption and grit, not even a tough old gal with a heart of gold.  No, Chicago is about as far away from ...

New Providence High School Presents "Chicago: High School Edition" March 8 and 9!

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A jazzy ironic look at the culture of violence and corruption in Chicago in the 1920s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail and the media frenzy surrounding a circus murder trial.  This Broadway classic has been tailored to a high school cast and the dancing and music will leave you breathless. 

Tickets ...

Win Big This Weekend at Braunschweiger Jewelers

This Sunday, you can still win big even if your team is out! Back by popular demand, Braunschweiger’s Super Sale is making a comeback on February 3rd, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

This Sunday, Braunschweiger will be having special discounts that offer up to 50% off select merchandise! So, if you’re in need for something for your sweetheart, stop in before ...

Video: Point View's Petrides Says All But One of Bear Market's 'Dominoes' Have Tumbled Down

February 14, 2019

Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, live on TD Ameritrade Network discussing sector rotation in today's market:

tdameritradenetwork.com/video

For over 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management services and comprehensive ...

Lantern Hill Welcomes New Executive Director

Craig Karczmer brings over 20 years of experience managing senior living communities to the premier New Providence retirement community.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Craig Karczmer has been named the new executive director of Lantern Hill, an Erickson Living developed and managed retirement community in New Providence, New Jersey, effective January 7.

In his new role, he ...

Long-time Hotel Manager and Community Leader, Kerry Lee, Honored for his Years of Service to New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Kerry Lee was honored and celebrated for his over three decades of service to New Providence at a recent dinner at Moe's Bistro.

Lee recently left the Best Western Murray Hill Inn after a 30 plus year career as the General Manager. "I haven't left the family, I only left the building," said Lee, who plans to remain active in New Providence as a ...

NPHS Basketball Event Spreads Awareness to Stop the "R" Word

February 23, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Athletes from the Shining Stars Network played to a sold out crowd during half-time of the New Providence vs Gov. Livingston boys basketball game Tuesday night. The gritty rivalry between the two schools was put aside as members of both varsity teams stood on the sidelines cheering on the "Shining Stars" as they hit their shots ...

Students Start Online Petition to Have UCVTS Electrical Technology Teacher Reinstated

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Students dismayed by the dismissal of Union County Vo-Tech's electrical technology teacher, Daniel Burns, have started an online petition calling for his reinstatement.

Let us have our education back! 

Over three weeks ago an in-class incident between a teacher and a disruptive disrespectful student has resulted in the teacher's dismissal.  The ...

New Providence Schools to Open with 2 Hour Delay Thursday, February 21

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence Public Schools will open subject to a two hour delay, Thursday, February 21 due to anticipated road conditions.

In addition, the New Providence Recreation reported: the following recreation classes will not be running this morning:

Adult - Early AM Fitness Challenge
Youth - Little Painter’s/Gym Fun
Youth - Science of ...

You're Invited to 'Inaugural Keg Tap' Event at Prestige Diner, Friday, Feb. 22

February 21, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -   Join Prestige Diner and Untied Brewing Company to celebrate the Inaugural  "Keg Tap" of Pioneer Ale at the diner on Friday, February 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.  The fesitvities celebrates two local businesses showcasing the best of "shopping local." This is another example of what makes New Providence special ...

Reserve Now for American Legion’s Annual Sweetheart Dinner

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - American Legion Post 433 invites area residents to its Annual Sweetheart Meatloaf Dinner Fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 8,from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Post will be serving up a variety of Meatloaves (Brown Gravy, Italian, Mexican, Mushroom and Salmon), Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Succotash, Cornbread, Salad, Italian bread, Soft Drinks, Coffee, Tea, and ...

New Providence CSA To Host 6th Annual Pasta Dinner & Basket Raffle, Sunday, Feb. 24

The Community Service Association of New Providence (CSA), together with the New Providence Lions Club, will host its 6th Annual Pasta Dinner & Basket Raffle on Sunday, February 24, 2019. This fun, family-friendly event will take place at the DeCorso Community Center, 15 East Fourth Street, New Providence, NJ. Pasta and dessert will be served from 3pm-7pm. Tickets are $12 per person; children ...

New Providence Boy Scout Troop 63 Wins 2019 Klondike Derby

February 3, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - On a cold Saturday morning, 9 young men from New Providence Boy Scout Troop 63 gathered at the Watchung Reservation to compete in the annual Patriots' Path Council, Watchung Mountain District Klondike Derby. 

On Saturday, January 26, 2019, the young men from Troop 63 braved temperatures in the teens to compete in a timed 1.5 mile course where the boys had to ...

NPHS Basketball Event Spreads Awareness to Stop the "R" Word

February 23, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Athletes from the Shining Stars Network played to a sold out crowd during half-time of the New Providence vs Gov. Livingston boys basketball game Tuesday night. The gritty rivalry between the two schools was put aside as members of both varsity teams stood on the sidelines cheering on the "Shining Stars" as they hit their shots ...

Union County Prosecutors Office Present Local Animal Rescuer with Two Certificates of Appreciation

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A local animal rescuer was awarded at a luncheon this week with two Certificates of Appreciation from the Union County Prosecutors Office.

Darcy Del Castillo received two Certificate’s of Appreciation from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, one for her work as Elizabeth Animal Shelter Rescue Coordinator and Animal Evaluator, and also for her non-profit ...

NPHS Athletic Booster Club Honors Jim Madden with Bo Cattano Award for Service

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Jim Madden was honored by the NPHS Athletic Booster Club, along with the Cattano family, with the Bo Cattano Award for Service Tuesday night prior to the NPHS boys basketball game vs. Governor Livingston.  

 

"The Bo Cattano award was established in an effort to recognize outstanding citizens in our community who make an impact on our children, and ...

Malinowski Invites 7th Dist. Residents to Roundtable in Westfield Saturday on Loss of SALT Tax Deduction

February 22, 2019

 
SOMERVILLE, NJ - With tax season upon us, and residents of New Jersey's 7th Congressional District feeling the sting of lower than expected tax refunds, Congress is poised to take action, according to Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7th.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, Malinowski, whose district office is located in Somerville, will tour the district to hear from local residents on the loss of ...

Bill to Establish Panel to Facilitate Gateway Construction Projects Approved by Assembly Panel

TRENTON, NJ  – Setting the project guidelines in conjunction with the state of New York, legislation creating the Gateway Development Commission -- sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and the Assembly Transportation Chair Daniel Benson -- cleared its first legislative hurdle Thursday.

“The Hudson Tunnel Project is arguably the most important project that will ...

Freeholders Discuss Minimum Wage Increase, Proposed NJ Transit Improvements, New Voting Machines in Union County

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Board of Chosen Freeholders discussed several developments taking place in Union County during their regular meeting Thursday night.

NJ State Minimum Wage Increase

As previously reported, Governor Phil Murphy recently signed legislation in Elizabeth raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“This is a great thing. Many New Jersey residents struggle ...

eMedical Urgent Care in Berkeley Heights Offers Free Flu Shots

February 18, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ –  eMedical Urgent Care is offering free flu shots whiles supplies last in our Berkeley Heights office.

“Timely vaccinations are an important step in protecting your and your family’s health,” said Jane Sennett, DO, medical director of eMedical Urgent Care. “Our office is committed to providing quick, ...

Connection Hosts American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Classes Starting Feb. 20

SUMMIT, NJ - The Connection will be the site of American Red Cross classes for current and aspiring lifeguards in February and March. 

For current Lifeguards -- or those whose certifications have lapsed within the last 30 days -- there will be a Lifeguard Recertification class held Wednesday, February 20 through Friday, February 22 from 6 - 10 p.m. Participants must attend all ...

Lantern Hill Hosts “Ready, Set, Move” Event Discussion focused on best time to sell, how to price, and more

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On January 17, Lantern Hill, an Erickson Living developed and managed retirement community in New Providence, New Jersey, held a “Ready, Set, Move” event on campus with Lantern Hill’s Personal Moving Consultant Jennifer Kohan, real estate experts, and senior move managers. More than 60 reservists and priority list members attended the ...

Lenny Dykstra, Associates Defrauded Clark-based Nonprofit, Lawsuit Says

February 23, 2019

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with further information. A prior version of this story did not make clear the status of Gran Centurions Hall. The catering hall remains open. Business is uninterrupted.

CLARK, NJ – A fraudulent attempt to convert a private pool club and banquet hall into housing has been tied to embattled former professional baseball ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

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New Providence Police Department Seeks Help Identifying Burglary Suspects

February 20, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Police Department is currently investigating four home burglaries that have occurred over the past year that we believe are linked to the celebration of Chinese New Year.  In all instances, there was forced entry into the residences. In one of the burglaries, the homeowner provided images from inside the residence of the person we believe to ...

Chatham Borough Police: St. Patrick School Evacuated Due to Suspicious Package; Firearm Ammunition Mistakenly Delivered

CHATHAM, NJ - On February 19, 2019, Officers responded to St. Patrick’s School to investigate the discovery of a suspicious package. The children were sheltered in place and upon the arrival of the police, evacuated to an alternate location.

The package, a factory sealed box containing firearm ammunition, was among a pallet of school traffic safety equipment delivered on ...

Students Offer Homemade, Heartfelt Thanks to Crossing Guards on Valentine's Day

 

 

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Valentine's Day is the perfect day to thank the special people in everyone's life. In New Providence and Berkeley Heights, students created their own valentines to thank the crossing guards for looking out for them as they walk to school.

Elementary schools in both towns held a Valentine's Walk to School Day today, Thursday, Feb.

Lantern Hill Hosts “Ready, Set, Move” Event Discussion focused on best time to sell, how to price, and more

February 13, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On January 17, Lantern Hill, an Erickson Living developed and managed retirement community in New Providence, New Jersey, held a “Ready, Set, Move” event on campus with Lantern Hill’s Personal Moving Consultant Jennifer Kohan, real estate experts, and senior move managers. More than 60 reservists and priority list members attended the ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

February 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

Union Catholic Principal installed as 2019 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal at IHM Mass

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, was installed as the 2019 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal during the Investiture Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary on Saturday. A reception for the Grand Marshal followed at Shackamaxon Country Club.

Sister Percylee has spearheaded every major advance that Union Catholic has made since 1980 ...

Fanwood Resident Struck by Vehicle in Linden Dies from Injuries

FANWOOD, NJ -- The community is mourning the loss of Meghan Crilly, who succumbed to injuries from a hit-and-run accident in Linden last week. The sad news was announced on the GoFundMe page that had been set up to help the Fanwood resident's family with medical expenses.

 

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform everyone that Meghan has succumbed to her injuries. Her ...

NPHS Basketball Event Spreads Awareness to Stop the "R" Word

February 23, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Athletes from the Shining Stars Network played to a sold out crowd during half-time of the New Providence vs Gov. Livingston boys basketball game Tuesday night. The gritty rivalry between the two schools was put aside as members of both varsity teams stood on the sidelines cheering on the "Shining Stars" as they hit their shots ...

Three New Providence Girls Head to Nationals with Synchroettes Skating Team

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - At Tuesday’s Annual Synchroettes National Send-Off Exhibition, hundreds of friends and family cheered for all three national-level teams who qualified for the 2019 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Three of the skaters in the Synchroettes organization, based out of the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange are from New Providence. Amelie Chan and Melody Xu ...

Girls Basketball: Westfield Knocks off Roselle Catholic, 60-46, in Union County Semis

CLARK, NJ – Westfield spent the better part of the second quarter putting on a clinic in the fundamentals of a perfectly executed team basketball.

But after the Blue Devils had built a 17-point lead, a foul-plagued third quarter seemed like it might never end for the Westfield girls.

After third-seeded Roselle Catholic threw a second-half scare into second-seeded Westfield, the Blue ...

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NJ Company Makes Gourmet Popcorn with a Purpose — Employing Adults with Autism

February 23, 2019

All day long, the sound of popping kernels fills the Piscataway, NJ facility.

One employee fills a machine with ingredients. Another scoops popcorn into a bag, sealing it shut to keep it fresh.

About 50 employees — some on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities — come together each day at the Popcorn for the People facility to make ...

Video: Point View's Petrides Says 'Calm' Market Awaiting Outcome of China Tariff Talks

February 23, 2019

Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, live on CNBC's Closing Bell discussing the market reaction to the Fed Minutes, China Tariffs, and the direction of the yield curve:

https://www.cnbc.com/video

For over 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing ...

Lenten Services Planned at Faith Lutheran

 

On Ash Wednesday, March 6, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence will begin the Lenten Season, a period of repentance and renewal, with three Eucharistic services.  A Spoken Eucharist, with the optional Imposition of Ashes, will occur at 6:45 a.m. and again at 12 noon. Each of the two liturgies is about 30 minutes in length.  A fully sung Eucharist, with the optional ...

Prepare to Pass the PMP® Exam with an Exam Preparation Class at Union County College

CRANFORD – Establish yourself as a globally-recognized project manager by earning the most sought-after credential in the profession, Project Management Professional (PMP)®. PMP certification is a proven way to enhance your resume, elevate your career potential, and boost your earnings. If you’re ready to earn your PMP certification, the Office of Continuing Education’s PMP ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, February 23, 8:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness

Sat, February 23, 9:00 AM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary -- Wayrick Wildlife Art Gallery, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Education Green

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Sat, February 23, 9:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Alignment Based Vinyasa Yoga

Health & Wellness

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Sat, February 23, 10:00 AM

Warren

Camp Riverbend’s “Safari” Open House

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Sat, February 23, 11:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Zumba

Health & Wellness

Sat, February 23, 12:00 PM

Chatham Fish and Game, Chatham

Junior League Trivia Night

Arts & Entertainment

Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance Supports Gateway Project, Pushes for Restoring One-Seat Rides on NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line

February 11, 2019

NEW JERSEY – The leaders of the Build Gateway Now Coalition announced this week that the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) Mayors Alliance to the Coalition, a bipartisan group formed in 2018 that consists of 30 mayors representing more than 23,500 daily commuters along the RVL, spanning four counties in New Jersey, have joined the coalition.

“We are thrilled to welcome the RVL ...

Union County Covering Costs of PD Lieutenant's Defense in Civil Rights Suit

February 22, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Freeholder Board this week approved $20,000 to pay for a former Union County Police Department lieutenant’s representation a lawsuit in which he is accused of improperly administering a polygraph test, leading to the false conviction of a city man in 2008.

That man, Emmanuel Mervilus, was wrongly convicted of first-degree robbery and aggravated ...

NJ Senate President Tours ‘Maker Space’ at Union County Vo-Tech’s Magnet High School

February 19, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney visited Union County Vo-Tech campus on Wednesday to to the critical importance of the vocational-technical education bond act approved by voters last November in spurring economic growth, creating access to high-paying jobs and meeting the needs of New Jersey’s leading business sectors.

 

Students from the ...

I Want You to Want Me

Happy Valentine’s Day college searchers!  I often tell families that finding the right school is like falling in love.  Students sometimes experience a gut feeling the first time they walk on the right campus and, if they’re lucky, are courted by the college with an enthusiastic offer of admission with generous scholarships.  A perfect match.

I wish it happened that ...

Beneficiary Form Checklist 2019

Did you know that your designated beneficiary forms will trump any other estate planning documents you may have established? Maintaining current, accurate designated beneficiary forms may seem like an obvious task to complete as you plan for the future, but it is often also one of the most overlooked. Failing to properly update these forms can compromise the legacy you worked so hard to ...