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Union County Extends Contract for Inmate Substance Abuse Program

June 16, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union County is taking steps to help its residents receive treatment for substance abuse, including by continuing substance abuse treatment for inmates at the Union County Jail.

The county saw a total 3,365 admissions to substance abuse treatment facilities in 2016, with 2,581 Union County residents seeking treatment for substance abuse at least once, according to ...

New Jersey Date Night: Asbury Park is the Shore Thing

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Summer is (unofficially) here and couples in New Jersey find themselves with the urge to see something experience something new. The yearning to get away is strong, but the desire to keep it close is even stronger.

Luckily for us, taking a road trip is easy in our state. With so many unique towns with so ...

Troop 63 Inducts 4 Eagle Scouts

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On Sunday June 2, 2019, New Providence Boy Scout Troop 63 inducted 4 new Eagle Scouts at the New Providence Presbyterian Church.  Master of Ceremonies, Zach Pereira, moderated the program which included an invocation by Jeff Ebert, Lead Pastor at NPPC.  The four Eagle Scouts inducted were Michael Cardone, Jonathan Lee, Alex Pereira, and Guhan Venkatesan.

Salt Brook Elementary School Hosts Library Media Bonanza and Art Show

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence School District’s Salt Brook Elementary School held their fourth annual Library Media Bonanza on Tuesday, May 21st.  Media Specialist Michelle Demich and Technology Integration Specialist Julie Spoerl created a fun-filled family night highlighting literacy and technology.  Students in grades K-6 and their parents were invited to experience a ...

Prosecutor IDs Armed Man Arrested on School Grounds in Westfield Thursday

WESTFIELD, NJ – A tip from police in Delaware helped authorities to arrest a man who came to the grounds of an elementary school in Westfield Thursday afternoon armed with a handgun and hollow point bullets, the Union County Prosecutor said Friday.

Thomas J. Wilkie, 46, of Bear, Delaware, was arrested outside of Tamaques Elementary School after classes had let out for the day, acting ...

Forty-Four Bridges in Union County Being Repaired & More from Freeholders

ELIZABETH, NJ – A total of 44 bridges are set to be repaired in Union County.

If approved by the freeholder board, the county will hire T.R. Weniger Inc., of Piscataway, to repair all bridges that are part of the 2018 Bridge Improvement Program. Bridges in the program were chosen based on state criteria.

“The state comes out every couple of years, does an inspection on all of ...

First Ever Summer Wine Festival in Berkeley Heights is a Weekend Affair (Photo Gallery)

June 8, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A steady crowd poured into Mt. Carmel Fairgrounds on Saturday for the first ever Pour into Summer Wine Festival in Berkeley Heights. Guests enjoyed day one of the two-day festival that features over 150 different wines from 10 local New Jersey wineries.  

Gates are open noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. Attendees over 21 will be able to taste ...

Strings with Benefits Uses Arts to Promote Mental Health Awareness

FANWOOD, NJ -- “I love artsy communities, and I feel like our town lacks that," says artist/entrepreneur Lisa Cyckowski. "Technology, you know, is something we can’t stop from happening, but I feel like we’re leaving those other things behind. I wanted to bring more art to the community.”

Lisa Cyckowski is an artist from Fanwood, NJ, with a passion for ...

This Weekend's LBI Area Entertainment Lineup Presented by the Tide Table Group

LONG BEACH ISLAND - June is here on Saturday.  Below is a lislt of the entertainment on LBI this weekend.  Don't forget to check out the Hop Sauce Festival in Beach Haven on Saturday. 

The Tide Table Group of Restaurants is our Presenting Sponsor for our 2019 summer entertainment guide. 

Bird and Betty's: Site of former Ketch in Beach Haven

Friday, May ...

B.I.G. Week Ahead: Seventh Annual Expo for Area Women-Owned Businesses Set for June 13

June 9, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ - Free and open to the public, the B.I.G. Expo of Products and Services is on the horizon, with the seventh annual showcase of women-owned businesses set for June 13, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.,  at Twin Maples.

Complimentary refreshments will be served by two of local B.I.G. Chapter members -- Paula Gregorio Vieira who, along with her husband, owns Paolo's ...

Goddard School of Long Hill Celebrates with Grand Opening Festivities and Ribbon Cutting, Saturday, June 15

GILLETTE, NJ - Goddard School of Long Hill Township invites the community to celebrate with them at their Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

"Bring your friends and family to come out and enjoy a morning of indoor and outdoor fun at the brand new Goddard School of Long Hill Township," said Sumarah Ahmad, owner of Goddard School of ...

Summit Prep Celebrates Grand Opening in Bernardsville with Ribbon Cutting

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - Summit Prep celebrated the opening of their second location on Friday with a ribbon cutting and open house in Bernardsville. 

Summit Prep owners David Blobaum and Eva Addae, Geri Yurkon (Summit Prep Director of Operations) and Crystal Zamot (Summit Prep Account Manager) were joined by William Fischer, President of the Bernardsville Chamber, and Chamber board ...

Salt Brook Elementary School Hosts Library Media Bonanza and Art Show

June 15, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence School District’s Salt Brook Elementary School held their fourth annual Library Media Bonanza on Tuesday, May 21st.  Media Specialist Michelle Demich and Technology Integration Specialist Julie Spoerl created a fun-filled family night highlighting literacy and technology.  Students in grades K-6 and their parents were invited to experience a ...

Prosecutor IDs Armed Man Arrested on School Grounds in Westfield Thursday

WESTFIELD, NJ – A tip from police in Delaware helped authorities to arrest a man who came to the grounds of an elementary school in Westfield Thursday afternoon armed with a handgun and hollow point bullets, the Union County Prosecutor said Friday.

Thomas J. Wilkie, 46, of Bear, Delaware, was arrested outside of Tamaques Elementary School after classes had let out for the day, acting ...

New Providence Prom: Seniors Enjoy Their Night at the Prom

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On Friday night,  prom frenzy reached its peak as the New Providence High School Senior Prom was held at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park.

Promposals and preparations are done and it was time to enjoy a night of pictures, dancing, and most importantly, making memories before everyone embarks on the next chapter in their lives.

For many parents, the ...

Scutari Retains Union County Democratic Chairmanship

June 12, 2019

UNION, NJ -- Despite the contentiousness of the June 4 Primary in several municipalities across Union County, when it came time to select the county's Democratic Chair no one challenged State Senator Nick Scutari for the top position at Kean University on Tuesday, June 11. 

Political experts had predicted a possible challenge from Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, who did not publicly ...

First Ever Summer Wine Festival in Berkeley Heights is a Weekend Affair (Photo Gallery)

June 8, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A steady crowd poured into Mt. Carmel Fairgrounds on Saturday for the first ever Pour into Summer Wine Festival in Berkeley Heights. Guests enjoyed day one of the two-day festival that features over 150 different wines from 10 local New Jersey wineries.  

Gates are open noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. Attendees over 21 will be able to taste ...

This Weekend's LBI Area Entertainment Lineup Presented by the Tide Table Group

LONG BEACH ISLAND - June is here on Saturday.  Below is a lislt of the entertainment on LBI this weekend.  Don't forget to check out the Hop Sauce Festival in Beach Haven on Saturday. 

The Tide Table Group of Restaurants is our Presenting Sponsor for our 2019 summer entertainment guide. 

Bird and Betty's: Site of former Ketch in Beach Haven

Friday, May ...

Memorial Day Weekend LBI Area Entertainment Lineup Presented by the Tide Table Group

LONG BEACH ISLAND - It is Memorial Day weekend!  The official kickoff to the 2019 summer season.

The Tide Table Group of Restaurants is our Presenting Sponsor for our 2019 summer entertainment guide. 

Old Causeway Steak and Oyster House: 1201 E. Bay Avenue in Manahawkin

Friday 10 p.m:   Rock Lobsters
Saturday 10 p.m:   Sneak Attack
Sunday 10 p.m. The ...

Troop 63 Inducts 4 Eagle Scouts

June 15, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On Sunday June 2, 2019, New Providence Boy Scout Troop 63 inducted 4 new Eagle Scouts at the New Providence Presbyterian Church.  Master of Ceremonies, Zach Pereira, moderated the program which included an invocation by Jeff Ebert, Lead Pastor at NPPC.  The four Eagle Scouts inducted were Michael Cardone, Jonathan Lee, Alex Pereira, and Guhan Venkatesan.

SAGE Eldercare Honors Volunteers at Annual Meeting Celebrating 65 Years

SUMMIT, NJ –SAGE Eldercare recently honored four volunteers at their annual meeting, hosted by Celgene at their Morris Avenue facility. 

Approximately 300 volunteers assist annually with services and programs offered at SAGE, which was started by a group of volunteers in the 1950’s and continues to thrive 65 years later due to its continuous volunteer support.  “We ...

Union County Extends Contract for Inmate Substance Abuse Program

June 16, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union County is taking steps to help its residents receive treatment for substance abuse, including by continuing substance abuse treatment for inmates at the Union County Jail.

The county saw a total 3,365 admissions to substance abuse treatment facilities in 2016, with 2,581 Union County residents seeking treatment for substance abuse at least once, according to ...

Forty-Four Bridges in Union County Being Repaired & More from Freeholders

ELIZABETH, NJ – A total of 44 bridges are set to be repaired in Union County.

If approved by the freeholder board, the county will hire T.R. Weniger Inc., of Piscataway, to repair all bridges that are part of the 2018 Bridge Improvement Program. Bridges in the program were chosen based on state criteria.

“The state comes out every couple of years, does an inspection on all of ...

New Providence Receives Grant Funds for Safe Routes for School Program; Council Discusses Recreational Facilities

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – At the Monday, June 10 council meeting Mayor Al Morgan announced that the borough has received a $430,000 grant for the Safe Routes for School program from the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The council also discussed the condition of the municipal tennis courts as well as the recent upgrades to the basketball courts.

Morgan gave kudos to the borough ...

Pride Flag Rises in Front of Town Hall, Will Remain for the Month of June

June 14, 2019

CRANFORD - At Tuesday night's Township Committee Meeting, the Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring June as Pride Month. 

Ms. Ms. Nikki Savino Mulcahy of Cranford High School and the Cranford High School Diversity Council presented Mayor Patrick Giblin a Pride Flag which he said he would give to the Department of Public Works to hang in front of Town Hall Wednesday ...

Video: A Rainbow Flag Flies High Once Again at the Union County Courthouse in Support of LGBTQ Pride Month

ELIZABETH, NJ - The rainbow flag, a symbol of pride and independence, flies high once again at the Union County Courthouse in recognition of June as LGBTQ Pride Month. 

On Friday afternoon Union County Freeholders Rebecca Williams and Sergio Granados joined Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator Danni Newbury and local elected officials at the second annual Union County ...

SAGE Eldercare Honors Volunteers at Annual Meeting Celebrating 65 Years

June 14, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ –SAGE Eldercare recently honored four volunteers at their annual meeting, hosted by Celgene at their Morris Avenue facility. 

Approximately 300 volunteers assist annually with services and programs offered at SAGE, which was started by a group of volunteers in the 1950’s and continues to thrive 65 years later due to its continuous volunteer support.  “We ...

Atlantic Health System Team Members Graduate from Career Readiness Program

Atlantic Health System recently celebrated an inspiring group of team members who graduated from the health care system’s Career Readiness Program, a unique partnership with County College of Morris (CCM) that provides team members college credits and lessons on computer basics, workplace communications, and life management skills to provide a solid foundation in the healthcare industry.

Golden Buzzer Time: First Ever 'Atlantic Has Talent' Draws a Crowd

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Showcasing the talents of team members in a fun and entertaining way, Atlantic Health System hosted its first-ever 'Atlantic's Got Talent' event at The College of St. Elizabeth. Twelve finalists treated the audience to vocals, instrumentals, dance performances, an original poetry recitation and stand-up comedy.

First, second and third place winners received ...

National Weather Service Issues Tornado Warning

May 28, 2019

WARREN, NJ - The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning until 10 pm in our area. 

Ten counties were placed under a tornado watch on Tuesday afternoon. 

 

“Take cover now,” the weather service said. “Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile ...

Obituaries

Dec 30, 1954 - May 24, 2019
Kenneth J. Flockhart, 64, of New Providence, New Jersey passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019 at ...
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Prosecutor IDs Armed Man Arrested on School Grounds in Westfield Thursday

June 15, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – A tip from police in Delaware helped authorities to arrest a man who came to the grounds of an elementary school in Westfield Thursday afternoon armed with a handgun and hollow point bullets, the Union County Prosecutor said Friday.

Thomas J. Wilkie, 46, of Bear, Delaware, was arrested outside of Tamaques Elementary School after classes had let out for the day, acting ...

Armed Man Arrested Outside of a School in Westfield, Police Say

Updated at 8:56 p.m. June 13

WESTFIELD, NJ – Authorities placed Tamaques Elementary School in Westfield on lockdown for a brief time Thursday afternoon as police arrested an armed man who was waiting in the parking lot, police said. 

The incident took place around 4 p.m., after school dismissal. 

Police Chief Chris Battiloro said in a statement that officers ...

Linden Man Charged in Union Officer-Involved Shooting in Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A Linden man is in custody and facing multiple criminal charges after a vehicular chase and foot pursuit ended in a Union officer-involved shooting Friday afternoon.

Lester Krek, 32, is charged with second-degree disarming a police officer, second-degree eluding police, and third-degree resisting arrest, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced ...

Church of the Little Flower Offers Men's Support Group; Coping with Death, Healing for Men

June 5, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Church of the Little Flower offers a three session men’s support group journey on Loss, Grief and Healing. 

Monday Evenings: 7-8:30 PM

 June 10, June 17, June 24

Bernauer Parish Center of the Church of the Little Flower
Upper Level Multipurpose Room, 290 Plainfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ

Registration REQUIRED and is Free of ...

Berkeley Aquatic Club Celebrates the Life of its Founder; Unveils Naming of Jim Wood Memorial Pool

It is the loss of a man who stamped both the floor of his pool and the surrounding community with a reminder of values key and fleeting: Accountability, Perseverance, Commitment, Integrity, Humility, Courage, Respect, and Pride.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Jim Wood, the founder of Berkeley Aquatic Club Center of Excellence, was honored on Saturday with the unveiling of the Jim Wood Memorial Pool ...

Kenneth Flockhart of New Providence Passes Away at Age 64

Kenneth J. Flockhart, 64, of New Providence, New Jersey passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019 at Overlook Hospital surrounded by his family.

Ken was born on December 30, 1954 in Newark, New Jersey. He was raised in Springfield and then later moved to New Providence. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John and Catherine (nee Wyzykoski) Flockhart.

In his earlier years, he ...

Christian Cadmus is Named Joe Eberle Weichert Realtors Pioneer Athlete of the Week

June 14, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - This has been a breakout season for New Providence track star Christian Cadmus. He captured first place results in four events at the NJSIAA Sectional Group 1 North 2 Championships to help his team to capture the Sectional Championship.

Cadmus took first place in three individual events including the 800 meter run with a time of 2:01.77, 1600 meter run with ...

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Enjoy Golf Clinic at Basking Ridge Country Club

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Gov. Livingston High School deaf and hard of hearing students were invited to Basking Ridge Country Club on a beautiful May day to participate in a golf clinic. The clinic was led by Sue Delaney, Head PGA Professional at Basking Ridge Country Club, and her daughter, Jennifer. 

Jennifer, who has taken American Sign Language courses, heard about the Deaf and ...

Courts In Session

Honoring longtime local area tennis player and coach Dick Walther, the Summit and New Providence Tennis Associations recently competed for the eighth annual Walther Cup, a friendly tournament featuring a total of 33 matches involving singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Walther co-founded both tennis groups, which organize activities on the public courts for players of all ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Asbury Park is the Shore Thing

June 15, 2019

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Summer is (unofficially) here and couples in New Jersey find themselves with the urge to see something experience something new. The yearning to get away is strong, but the desire to keep it close is even stronger.

Luckily for us, taking a road trip is easy in our state. With so many unique towns with so ...

“Wings over New Jersey” columnist Jack Elliott Memorialized Sunday

My walk to high school in Summit each day took me past a large brick compound called the New England Village Garden Apartments.  The buildings were rectangular and, except for white Colonial door mantels, they were otherwise nondescript.

The village was filled with older people, who wanted to stay in town after unloading their homes. Each day, kids like me would walk by, oblivious to the ...

Despite Gilded-Age Mansion in Elizabeth, the Sisters of St. Walburga Live Modestly

The mansion on North Broad Street in Elizabeth is out of the Gilded Age, the classic kind you see on Bernardsville Mountain, tucked away in Short Hills or on the Watchung ridge roads of Upper Montclair.

Its architect, C.H.P. Gilbert, built some of the grandest townhomes on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Park Slope in Brooklyn, for the turn-of-the-last century’s wealthiest elite, ...

To our town, Thank You!

June 7, 2019

A MESSAGE FROM MICHELE MATSIKOUDIS AND ROBERT MUNOZ:

THANK YOU!

Those two words don’t really seem to be a sufficient acknowledgment for the support you have given us throughout this Primary.  This Primary victory would not have been possible without the help of so many people; it was a community wide effort.  An effort that we did not take for granted.  From the voters ...

A Message of Thanks and a Call for Unity

Thank you so much for all of your love and support. I have never felt more connected to our community than I do right now. This campaign has been a wonderful journey. We made new friends, shared some really great ideas, and came together for the betterment of our community. I feel so blessed for this opportunity, and am so honored by the support and encouragement I received during the campaign, ...

Imagine Leadership Council Meets for Annual Meeting

June 15, 2019

Imagine Leadership Council Members assemble for their annual meeting Friday morning, April 26th at Imagine. These community leaders lend their expertise and support to Imagine’s mission and play a key role in our success. Pictured L-R John Toriello, Imagine Board Chair, Westfield; Jordan Glatt, Summit; Keith S. Hertell, Westfield; Assemblyman Jon Bramnick; Senator Tom Kean; Barbara Neal, ...

4 Ways Preschool is More Than Just Babysitting

At the Summit Area YMCA, childcare and early education programs like the Preschool program and the Busy Bees Preschool Summer Camp have a creative curriculum that will help children to learn, grow and thrive by exploring and discovering their true potential. As summer comes closer, Busy Bees Summer Camp is a great way for Preschoolers to enjoy the summer in a fun camp environment with weekly ...

Video: Point View's Petrides Says Gold Position Hedges Against 'Black Swan Event'

Should you invest in gold today? Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, appeared live on CNBC's Trading Nation debating this topic

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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 ...

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Pride Flag Rises in Front of Town Hall, Will Remain for the Month of June

June 14, 2019

CRANFORD - At Tuesday night's Township Committee Meeting, the Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring June as Pride Month. 

Ms. Ms. Nikki Savino Mulcahy of Cranford High School and the Cranford High School Diversity Council presented Mayor Patrick Giblin a Pride Flag which he said he would give to the Department of Public Works to hang in front of Town Hall Wednesday ...

Lafayette Students Petition Chatham Township Committee to Save Skate Park; Three Potential Relocation Sites for Skate Park

June 14, 2019

CHATHAM, NJ - Lafayette School friends Arjun Purani and Sam Kelliher came armed with 580 signatures on a petition and spoke during public commentary to make a case for saving the Skate Park at the Chatham Township Committee meeting held on Thursday night.

The Skate Park, located on Southern Boulevard, is scheduled to be removed to make way for 24 Affordable Housing Units. In ...

Contributing to a HSA

The increasing costs of healthcare is one of the top concerns among Americans today. One option to consider to help pay for these costs is to take advantage of tax-advantaged savings specifically for health expenses through a Health Savings Account (HSA). HSAs offer three different tax advantages: 

Contributions are deductible
Earnings are tax-deferred while in the HSA, ...