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New Jersey State Parks Announce Memorial Day Beach and Lifeguard Hours

May 24, 2022

Memorial Day Weekend Lifeguard Schedule Island Beach State Park will be staffed with lifeguards from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend. Swimming is only permitted in designated swim areas when lifeguards on are duty.

Additional Swim Areas Opening in June 

The following lakefront swim areas are anticipated to open for swimming in ...

VIDEO: Active Shooter Simulation in Jersey City, Bordentown City Plant Could Grow into Marijuana Business, 'Greta's Run' in Westfield Returns and Montville Softball Wins County Title

NEW JERSEY - First responders in Jersey City hold an active shooter drill. Plus, the former Ocean Spray plant in Bordentown City could become home to a mariujana business. And, the Montville softball team wins its first county title. Also "'Greta's Run" memorial 5k returns to Westfield, which helps raise money for local charities. 

TAPinto's ...

New Jersey Republicans Propose Bills to Immediately Reimburse Thousands of Dollars in Surplus Money to Taxpayers

NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate?

The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over collections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue ...

Union County’s Rhythm & Blues by the Brook Outdoor Music Festival Returns to Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Rhythm & Blues by the Brook, a full afternoon of free music and activities at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, returns on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 6:00 p.m. to kick off summer.

“We are delighted to bring Rhythm & Blues by the Brook back to Union County this year,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Cedar Brook Park is ...

Baseball: New Providence Falls to Dayton, 4-3, in Union County Tournament Semifinal

UNION, NJ -- The last time James Pazdera took the mound for the New Providence baseball team against Dayton of Springfield 11 months ago, his team got him five runs in the first inning of an elimination game, and Pazdera took it from there.

Pazdera pitched a no-hitter in that game in the Section 2, Group 1 semifinals. Tommy DeSarno of Dayton was on the losing end after the Pioneers' ...

Participate in Relay for Life, Saturday, May 21 at The Park

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Join Relay for Life and Walk for a Cure on Saturday, May 21, 2022 beginning at 12 noon until midnight at the track in the Grove at The Park located at 200 Connell Drive in Berkeley Heights. 

General Information
• This is a family-friendly event, open to the whole community. We have something for everyone!
• Survivor Brunch starts at 11a.m.
• ...

New Jersey State Parks Announce Memorial Day Beach and Lifeguard Hours

May 24, 2022

Memorial Day Weekend Lifeguard Schedule Island Beach State Park will be staffed with lifeguards from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend. Swimming is only permitted in designated swim areas when lifeguards on are duty.

Additional Swim Areas Opening in June 

The following lakefront swim areas are anticipated to open for swimming in ...

Union County’s Rhythm & Blues by the Brook Outdoor Music Festival Returns to Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Rhythm & Blues by the Brook, a full afternoon of free music and activities at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, returns on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 6:00 p.m. to kick off summer.

“We are delighted to bring Rhythm & Blues by the Brook back to Union County this year,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Cedar Brook Park is ...

New Providence Second Historical Marker Placed

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Historical Society placed the second historic marker in town. This marker has been installed in front of the former Academy School building and Borough Hall, and is currently leased by Peapack Private Wealth Management. Placed on April 30th by the Department of Works (DPW), it is the first in the town to include photos on both sides of the marker.

On one ...

Bubbakoo's Burritos Celebrates Grand Opening in Berkeley Heights, Wednesday, May 18

May 16, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Bubbakoo's Burritos, a Mexican chain restaurant, will be celebrating their grand opening in Berkeley Heights on Thursday, May 18 with ribbon cutting, raffle, and free swag. Bubbakoo's is known for their fresh, high quality, made-to-order, and affordable meals serving tacos, burritos, and bowls. 

The menu allows you to customize your meal with ...

John Elliott of CBS News Visits New Providence for #ShopLocalSaturday

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A buzz was around the borough that John Elliot of CBS News has been sited throughout town.

We caught up with Elliott at the Our House, Our Run event when he told TAPinto that he has been a longtime supporter and volunteer of Our House, and he was in town supporting the CBS News #BetterTogether Campaign and was participating in the ...

Rahway's Dr. Patricia Camp Named Union County Superintendent of the Year

May 19, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — Dr. Patricia Camp, the superintendent of the Rahway Public Schools, has just been named the Union County Superintendent of the Year. The announcement was made on Tuesday evening at the Rahway Board of Education meeting.

Camp told TAPinto Rahway that she initially received the news at her regular roundtable meeting of Union County Superintendents on May 6.

"I was very ...

New Providence Public School District Announces Early Dismissal Monday Due to Severe Weather Forecast

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence Public Schools released an email to the families notifying of early dismissal at 1 p.m. on Monday due to extreme weather forecast. All afternoon activities have been cancelled. Visit school website for details. 

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Severe Storms May Bring Strong Winds, Hail Monday Afternoon

Learn what to do if there is a ...

Salt Brook School holds LEAD Graduation

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Fifth grade students at Salt Brook School recently held their L.E.A.D graduation.  LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) is a program sponsored by the New Providence Police Department and is committed to protecting our youth and community from the proliferation of drugs, drug related crimes, peer to peer/cyberbullying and violence.

At the conclusion of the 10-week ...

Baseball: New Providence Falls to Dayton, 4-3, in Union County Tournament Semifinal

May 21, 2022

UNION, NJ -- The last time James Pazdera took the mound for the New Providence baseball team against Dayton of Springfield 11 months ago, his team got him five runs in the first inning of an elimination game, and Pazdera took it from there.

Pazdera pitched a no-hitter in that game in the Section 2, Group 1 semifinals. Tommy DeSarno of Dayton was on the losing end after the Pioneers' ...

Boys Track and Field Athlete Van Lawler is the Joe Eberle Weichert Realtors Pioneer Athlete of the Week

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- As a swimmer during the winter season, New Providence boys track and field athlete Van Lawler entered the spring track season without the same level of physical preparation that some of the school's indoor track participants had.

It hasn't seemed to hurt Lawler, though.

He recently won the Union County Conference Mountain Division pole vault championship with a ...

Boys Lacrosse: New Providence Drops Lower Cape May in States, 12-4

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- The New Providence boys lacrosse team advanced in the opening round of the NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 1 state tournament with a 12-4 victory over Lower Cape May on Wednesday.

Owen Forbes was the leading point scorer for New Providence (14-4) with two goals and four assists, and Jackson Zarinko paced the Pioneers in goals with three.

Charlie Barth and TJ Munn connected ...

Bubbakoo's Burritos Celebrates Grand Opening in Berkeley Heights, Wednesday, May 18

May 16, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Bubbakoo's Burritos, a Mexican chain restaurant, will be celebrating their grand opening in Berkeley Heights on Thursday, May 18 with ribbon cutting, raffle, and free swag. Bubbakoo's is known for their fresh, high quality, made-to-order, and affordable meals serving tacos, burritos, and bowls. 

The menu allows you to customize your meal with ...

WITH Grace Initiative Partners with Prestige Diner to Benefit Childhood Cancer Research

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The WITH Grace Initiative and Prestige Diner & Restaurant located at 1318 Springfield Ave. in New Providence have teamed up to support childhood cancer warriors, their families, and research for the second annual Dine Out WITH Grace Event. Share good food for a good cause on Wednesday, May 19th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Prestige Diner is generously offering their patio ...

Rainy Morning Didn't Dampen the Success of New Providence Trout Derby (Photo Gallery)

May 8, 2022

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Although it was an unseasonably cold and rainy May morning, families came out to kick off fishing season and rekindle the sport of fishing. Experience wasn't necessary -- the event provides the opportunity for first-time anglers to experience the sport and have fun.

The derby is co-sponsored by the New Providence PBA Local 132 and the Recreation Department. The ...

FirstEnergy Set to Plant 20,000 Trees in 2022

In support of its continued commitment to the environment and support of the communities it serves, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) has set a goal to plant 20,000 trees throughout its service territory in 2022. About 10,000 of the trees will be planted over the next two weeks during events surrounding Earth Day and Arbor Day. The plan follows a successful 2021 in which the company far exceeded its ...

The Bag Ban is Starting Wednesday, May 4. What Does That Mean for New Providence Residents?

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Starting Wednesday all New Jersey retail stores, grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurant take-out locations will no longer be providing single-use plastic bags or polystyrene foam foodservice products. Often called the “Bag Ban” by state officials and local governments, the ban of these products may affect the everyday life of New ...

Participate in Relay for Life, Saturday, May 21 at The Park

May 20, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Join Relay for Life and Walk for a Cure on Saturday, May 21, 2022 beginning at 12 noon until midnight at the track in the Grove at The Park located at 200 Connell Drive in Berkeley Heights. 

General Information
• This is a family-friendly event, open to the whole community. We have something for everyone!
• Survivor Brunch starts at 11a.m.
• ...

KW Red Day of Giving Brings 'Hope Inspired' Decor to Family Connections

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Each year, since 2009, Keller Williams (KW), from the US and Canada to their family abroad, participates in RED Day, a day to "renew, energize, and donate" -- giving back to the communities they serve.

KW Premier Properties RED Day initiative was called "Project Hope" with a goal of raising $10,000 to bring new ...

New Providence Second Historical Marker Placed

May 18, 2022

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Historical Society placed the second historic marker in town. This marker has been installed in front of the former Academy School building and Borough Hall, and is currently leased by Peapack Private Wealth Management. Placed on April 30th by the Department of Works (DPW), it is the first in the town to include photos on both sides of the marker.

On one ...

Governor Murphy Visits Hackensack, Announces American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program at HFD

HACKENSACK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy visited the Hackensack Fire Department Monday morning to announce the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program. The grant will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning and sanitation equipment, according to a news release from the Governor's office. 

“Confronted by new ...

New Providence Council Introduces Bond Ordinance for Capital Improvements

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council introduced a $2.7 million bond ordinance to partially finance various capital improvement projects at its Tuesday, May 10 meeting. “We had a very robust capital review process this year,” Councilman Peter DeSarno said.

The bond ordinance will provide funding for various capital improvements. The ordinance appropriates a total of ...

Union County’s Rhythm & Blues by the Brook Outdoor Music Festival Returns to Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield

May 21, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Rhythm & Blues by the Brook, a full afternoon of free music and activities at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, returns on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 6:00 p.m. to kick off summer.

“We are delighted to bring Rhythm & Blues by the Brook back to Union County this year,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Cedar Brook Park is ...

Area Under Heat Advisory Saturday; Tips to Stay Cool and Safe

May 20, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The heat is on.

With temperatures expected to soar, Westfield will be under a heat advisory Saturday from noon until 8 p.m., the National Weather Service said.

Heat index values of up to 100 degrees are expected, it said.

The National Weather Service offers the following tips to beat the heat:

Slow down: Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous ...

New Providence Council Approves a New Mental Health Committee; Freecyclefest

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council appointed a new committee – The New Providence Mental Health Advocacy and Education Committee – at its Tuesday, May 10 meeting. The council also approved a Freecyclefest Event to be held on Sep. 17, 2022.

The Mental Health Advocacy Committee has been spearheaded by Council President Nadine Geoffroy and Councilwoman Lisa McKnight along ...

Overlook Medical Center looks “Ahead” to hospital’s future at campaign kickoff

SUMMIT, NJ – The Overlook Foundation, the non-profit, private organization that supports Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center, kicked off a public campaign to raise funds for a multi-phase expansion and enhancement project that will transform the hospital, positioning it for future excellence.

The campaign, Overlook Ahead, will help to financially support the ...

Obituaries

- Oct 2, 2021
It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Joseph P. Gabriele, 77, of New Providence, ...
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Summit F.D.: One Reported Fatality in Route 24 Crash That Involved Tractor Trailer, Five Vehicles

May 20, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ - One person has died, and another victim was flown by Medevac helicopter to an area trauma center after a mid-afternoon crash on Eastbound Route 24 near Milemarker 9, according to the City of Summit Fire Department (SFD).

The SFD, at approximately 2 p.m. today, responded to a report of a multiple vehicle accident on Route 24 East near Milemarker 9.

Major Accident Results in Closure of Eastbound Route 24 at Milemarker 9

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit Police Department (SPD) has notified residents that Eastbound Route 24 is closed "for the next several hours" due to a major accident that involved a tractor trailer and an unknown number of vehicles which occurred just after 2 p.m. at Milemarker 9.

The full SPD Nixle message, sent at 3:23 p.m., states:

"SUMMIT POLICE DEPT: ...

UPDATE: Meadowbrook Court Incident Resolved Safely; Summit Police Say Victim Has Been Taken to Hospital

SUMMIT, NJ - The tense afternoon situation that involved a woman barricading herself inside a Meadowbrook Court residence with a firearm today has been resolved safely.

A Summit Police Department Nixle Alert at 3:53 p.m. stated, "Situation on Meadowbrook Court is now resolved. Victim is being transported to hospital. No injuries."

“I am pleased with the professional response ...

KW Red Day of Giving Brings 'Hope Inspired' Decor to Family Connections

May 17, 2022

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Each year, since 2009, Keller Williams (KW), from the US and Canada to their family abroad, participates in RED Day, a day to "renew, energize, and donate" -- giving back to the communities they serve.

KW Premier Properties RED Day initiative was called "Project Hope" with a goal of raising $10,000 to bring new ...

Church of the Little Flower Holds Dedication for Memorial Prayer Garden (Photo Gallery)

May 16, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Several parishioners gathered after 11:30 a.m. mass on Sunday for the Dedication of the Memorial Prayer Garden at the Church of the Little Flower. 

"This is the crowning glory of our project," said Reverend Andrew Prachar. "And I hope that all of you will get the opportunity to come in and sit, to walk -- come in and do the rosary in here ...

Ecumenical Good Friday Service for the Community Held at Faith Lutheran

 

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On Good Friday, April 15, at 12 noon, the Clergy Association of New Providence and Berkeley Heights conducted an ecumenical service for the community at Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street, New Providence.

 

The clergy leading the service were Rev. Jane McCready of Faith Lutheran and Rev. Victor Franco of the New Providence United Methodist ...

VIDEO: Active Shooter Simulation in Jersey City, Bordentown City Plant Could Grow into Marijuana Business, 'Greta's Run' in Westfield Returns and Montville Softball Wins County Title

May 23, 2022

NEW JERSEY - First responders in Jersey City hold an active shooter drill. Plus, the former Ocean Spray plant in Bordentown City could become home to a mariujana business. And, the Montville softball team wins its first county title. Also "'Greta's Run" memorial 5k returns to Westfield, which helps raise money for local charities. 

TAPinto's ...

VIDEO: Hasbrouck Heights Scouts Clean the Community, Scholarships Awarded in South Plainfield, Rahway Educator Honored and Westfield Boy Scout Proposes Life-Saving Station

NEW JERSEY - The Girl and Boy Scouts of Hasbrouck Heights join together to clean their community. Plus, several Girl Scouts in South Plainfield receive scholarships. Also, a Rahway superintendent is honored. And a Westfield Boy Scout proposes a life-saving station near a local pond.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you ...

VIDEO: Film and TV Studio Proposed for Newark, Paterson Resident Leads Community Clean-up, Affordable Housing Opens in Elizabeth and Roxbury Student Habitat Home Transferred

NEW JERSEY - A $125 million dollar film and TV complex proposed in Newark. Plus, a Paterson native leads effort to clean up hometown. And, a house built by Roxbury students is transferred to a new lot while an affordable housing complex opens in Elizabeth. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland ...

New Jersey Republicans Propose Bills to Immediately Reimburse Thousands of Dollars in Surplus Money to Taxpayers

May 23, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate?

The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over collections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue ...

Assemblywomen Introduce Bill Package Tightening Punishment for Car Thieves

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to State Police. 

A similar incident occurred a few days later in Holmdel, ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Police Licensing Proposal Aiming to Build Community Trust

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training Commission (PTC) in order to be employed in the ...

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Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

Agent Spotlight: Teresa Maegerlein

Teresa Maegerlein, Broker-Associate in the Morristown office, is dedicated to getting her clients results! Her career in real estate began in 2004. Before getting into real estate, Teresa worked on Wall Street and her financial background has proven invaluable in her current work. As useful as her hard-earned savvy has been, she knows that the most important skill for a successful business is ...

Is a “Perfect Divorce” a Realistic Goal?

A “perfect divorce” unfolds in a manner that ends the marriage in a healthy and productive way and minimizes the damage for all involved. Be mindful that issues can not only impact finances and custody and parenting time but also may include struggles with depression, self-esteem, and feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Ensure That a Divorce Is What You Want

Be sure that you ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Present Middle School Art Show

EDISON, NJ --Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison created a wonderful array of art to display at last week’s first in-person Middle School Art Show since 2019. 

Miss Tanda Tucker’s students presented a variety of works, including Illuminate Letters, Zentangle Shadow Portraits, Quote 1/2 Portrait Paintings, Cubist Self-Portraits, ...

New Jersey Primary 2022, Once Again the Competition is Limited

May 20, 2022

The vote-by-mail primary ballots are distributed by the Union County Clerk’s office.  Once again, as in most years, there are very few selections available on the ballots.  New Jersey has a semi-closed primary system.  This means that a voter generally must be registered with a party to vote in that party’s primary.  An unaffiliated voter can ...

Reminder: Union County to Host Pepsi Job Fair, May 24

May 24, 2022

Union County informs job-seeking residents that on Tuesday, May 24, a PepsiCo job fair sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners on will take place at the Warinanco Sports Center in Union County’s Warinanco Park, located at 1 Park Drive in Roselle. The job fair will begin at 10:00 a.m. and pre-registration is required.

PepsiCo will be hiring for 4 main ...

Bring your Household Hazardous Waste to a Free Recycling Event for Union County Residents, June 4

Union County residents can safely dispose their unwanted household chemicals, old fire extinguishers, propane tanks and other potentially hazardous items at Union County’s next free Household Hazardous Waste event on Saturday, June 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kean Hall parking lot at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township. Any Union County resident may ...

Atlantic Health System Welcomes Chief Clinical Officer

Atlantic Health System is pleased to announce the arrival of Suja Mathew, MD, FACP, as the system’s new Executive Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer. With decades of experience in clinical leadership and physician development, Dr. Mathew will work collaboratively to deliver innovative and high-quality care for patients across the region.

Working directly with Atlantic Health ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

3 Key Reasons you Need B. Lewis Properties to Sell Your Home

May 11, 2022

Setting the Stage for Success

While your home may be perfect for your family... it's not perfect for everyone. As an independent professional I will be able to advise you on what small (or large) changes need to be made to appeal to the most buyer, to get you the most offers, and the highest price. 

In the pictures here you can see that while the property owner enjoyed her many ...

Community Conversations: Stepping into Summer!

Warmer weather is here, and for many people that means exercising outside, playing sports and enjoying family time. But if your winter was a quiet one, returning to activity too quickly can lead to injuries. So how can you tell the difference between a sprained ankle and something that requires a trip to a specialist? In this Community Conversation, James C. Wittig, MD, Chairman of the Department ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 19, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...