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Man Charged With Manslaughter in Hit-and-Run That Led to Fanwood Resident Meghan Crilly's Death

March 20, 2019

LINDEN, NJ -- A Linden man is in custody and charged with multiple serious crimes in connection with the hit-and-run killing of  a pedestrian on Jan. 20, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced at a press conference held Wednesday afternoon. 

Ibn Collins, 39, is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, ...

Affordable Housing Mandate - a Cause for Frustration and Concern for New Providence Residents

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council held a special meeting regarding the affordable housing settlement on Monday, March 18, and New Providence residents took the opportunity to ask questions, vent their frustration and express their concerns regarding the impact of the upcoming zoning changes. In additions to the council members, Borough Attorney Steven Kunzman and Planner McKinley ...

Watchung's Cinemark Theater Opening Soon, Shoppes at Watchung Under Construction

WATCHUNG, NJ - One more month. Cinemark Holdings has announced that the tentative grand opening of its newest movie theater, Cinemark Watchung and XD (1670 Route 22 East, Watchung) is expected to be in one month, at the start of spring break,  April 19.

Chick-Fil-A, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, Ulta Beauty, Sierra Trading Post, and Home Sense have announced they are also opening at ...

Drop by the New Providence Library for New Jersey Makers Day on Saturday, March 23

The maker movement in the United States isn’t just a hobby; it’s having a significant impact on school curriculum development and growing local economies. To celebrate making and maker culture, residents throughout New Jersey will come together on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, 2019 in libraries, schools, museums, colleges, makerspaces, businesses and other ...

New Providence Wrestlers Delia and ElMahroukey to Compete in All-Star Charity Event

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - New providence wrestlers Joe Delia and Nadeem ElMahroukey will wrestle Wednesday, March 20 at Roselle Park High School in what is billed as the Union County All Stars vs Essex County All Stars duel meet. All proceeds for this event will benefit the Navy Seal Foundation. 

Delia enters the meet with a 36 and 6 record as a three time Union County All ...

New Providence Business Owners Provide Tips to Teens Seeking Employment

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Just in time for summer employment opportunities, a full room of teens and parents turned out for the Teen Job-Hunting panel discussion on Monday, March 11 hosted by New Providence Memorial Library.

Library Associate Stacey Maisch pooled 10 New Providence business owners and human resource specialists to engage in conversation about local job ...

Watchung's Cinemark Theater Opening Soon, Shoppes at Watchung Under Construction

March 20, 2019

WATCHUNG, NJ - One more month. Cinemark Holdings has announced that the tentative grand opening of its newest movie theater, Cinemark Watchung and XD (1670 Route 22 East, Watchung) is expected to be in one month, at the start of spring break,  April 19.

Chick-Fil-A, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, Ulta Beauty, Sierra Trading Post, and Home Sense have announced they are also opening at ...

Drop by the New Providence Library for New Jersey Makers Day on Saturday, March 23

The maker movement in the United States isn’t just a hobby; it’s having a significant impact on school curriculum development and growing local economies. To celebrate making and maker culture, residents throughout New Jersey will come together on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, 2019 in libraries, schools, museums, colleges, makerspaces, businesses and other ...

Scenes from the Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Amid pipe bands, Boy Scouts, seeing-eye puppies and leprechauns on stilts, if was a member of the Irish order of the Sisters of Mercy, Union Catholic principal Sister Percylee Hart, who was the toast of the town (and the county) at the 23rd annual Union Catholic St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. 

Sister Percylee led a large contingent of ...

New Providence Business Owners Provide Tips to Teens Seeking Employment

March 19, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Just in time for summer employment opportunities, a full room of teens and parents turned out for the Teen Job-Hunting panel discussion on Monday, March 11 hosted by New Providence Memorial Library.

Library Associate Stacey Maisch pooled 10 New Providence business owners and human resource specialists to engage in conversation about local job ...

Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy celebrated the opening of its 14th office with a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday, March 14 at their 4,550 square foot facility in Berkeley Heights.

Excel treats sprains and strains to the most complex surgical cases, bringing the same level of expertise, experience and care to all of their patients, ranging from ...

Suburban Chamber of Commerce Announces 2019 Award Honorees of Annual Awards Dinner

SUMMIT, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of the 2019 Chamber of Commerce Awards, which will be presented April 3 at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner, "Tying the Communities Together," at the Grand Summit Hotel.   

The following are award winners:

Silver Service Award – Jack Cooper

This award ...

Counseling and Student Assistance Programs Presentation Heard at the BOE

March 18, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – New thinking regarding counseling and student assistance is taking hold in the New Providence School District. Jillian Shadis, Director of School Counseling, gave a presentation of the new approach to counseling and students assistance programs at the Thursday, March 14 meeting.

Shadis explained that the new thinking of counseling focuses on students’ academic, ...

New Providence BOE Approves 2019-2020 Tentative Budget; Hires Demographer

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Board of Education (BOE) approved its 2019-2020 tentative budget at the Thursday, March 14 meeting. The proposed budget is now heading to the office of the County Superintendent for approval. The budget hearing will take place at the April 25 BOE meeting. Additionally, the BOE hired a demographer to help the district to forecast potential enrollment increases due to ...

New Providence Education Foundation Gifts $75,000+ to Schools

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – It has been a good week in New Providence, Board President Adam Smith said at the Thursday, March 14 Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The district’s spring musical Chicago was a successful Broadway style production and the boys basketball team won the state championship. The New Providence Education Foundation delivered yet another piece of good news to ...

Deadline for Filing Primary Petitions with Union County Clerk Is April 1

March 14, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The deadline for filing a petition to run in a June Primary Election is Monday, April 1, 2019. Candidates who are interested, should register with the Union County Clerk's Office. 

Voters who wish to apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot can do so at two locations:

Office of the Union County Clerk 
Union County Courthouse - Election Division 
2 Broad ...

Taste of Madison Announces Food and Drink Participants For March 18 Fundraiser Event 

March 13, 2019

MADISON, NJ - Twenty-five outstanding local providers of fine food and drink will be offering samples of their best at the 2019 Taste of Madison on Monday, March 18. Tickets are on sale now.

 

Celebrating its eighteenth anniversary, the Taste of Madison is the warm and welcoming wintertime extravaganza that benefits several local non-profit causes in Madison, organizers ...

Goodman's Deli in Berkeley Heights is Ready to Serve its Famous Corned Beef on St. Patrick's Day

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Planning on how and where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Goodman's Deli just might be the perfect place. Beginning Thursday, March 14, through Sunday, March 17, corned beef will be the star at the deli. 

Whether you want to start your day with corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast, or have a hearty corned beef on rye sandwich for lunch, or ...

Theresa’s Restaurant in Westfield Shuts After 25 Years

WESTFIELD, NJ -- An Italian restaurant on Elm Street that has been a fixture in Westfield for 25 years is closed forever, its owner said.

The owner of Theresa’s Restaurant, Robert Scalera, in a letter shared by Downtown Westfield Corporation Tuesday, said he is closing the restaurant and moving on to another business opportunity. Two other downtown restaurants owned by ...

New Providence Police Chief Buccelli Among Local Law Enforcement Officials Joining SAGE to Deliver 'Meals on Wheels'

March 19, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ - As they are across the nation during the month of March, local officials -- including New Providence Police Chief Anthony Buccelli -- are taking part in the 'Meals on Wheels America' campaign, raising awareness for isolation and poor nutrition among older Americans.

Joining Buccelli are three other area Police Chiefs and one Lieutenant, who ...

Mary Robinson, Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, Honored as CNN Hero

Mountainside and Newark, NJ – Mary Robinson, Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, is now featured on the global networks of CNN and CNN.com as a CNN Hero. Imagine, a grief support center for children and families, is beyond thrilled that Mary is being honored in this way – and that the importance of Imagine’s mission will enjoy greater reach ...

Affordable Housing Mandate - a Cause for Frustration and Concern for New Providence Residents

March 20, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council held a special meeting regarding the affordable housing settlement on Monday, March 18, and New Providence residents took the opportunity to ask questions, vent their frustration and express their concerns regarding the impact of the upcoming zoning changes. In additions to the council members, Borough Attorney Steven Kunzman and Planner McKinley ...

Union Freeholders: Poll Workers Sought, United Youth Presents, Augie Eosso Awardee

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Elections is seeking bilingual election poll workers for this year’s primary and general election.

Freeholder Christopher Hudak explained the position requirements during Thursday night’s freeholder board meeting. Applicants must live and be registered to vote in Union County, Hudak said.

There is a payment of $200 a day for both ...

County Manager’s Political PR Side Work a Non-Issue For Union Freeholders

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Freeholders this week disputed allegations that the county manager’s work with a political consulting firm promoting local candidates presents a conflict of interest with his government duties.

The freeholders had named Edward Oatman to the position of county manager in January of last year. Oatman earned a $150,800 salary from the county in 2018, ...

Mary Robinson, Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, Honored as CNN Hero

March 18, 2019

Mountainside and Newark, NJ – Mary Robinson, Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, is now featured on the global networks of CNN and CNN.com as a CNN Hero. Imagine, a grief support center for children and families, is beyond thrilled that Mary is being honored in this way – and that the importance of Imagine’s mission will enjoy greater reach ...

Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy celebrated the opening of its 14th office with a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday, March 14 at their 4,550 square foot facility in Berkeley Heights.

Excel treats sprains and strains to the most complex surgical cases, bringing the same level of expertise, experience and care to all of their patients, ranging from ...

Overlook Celebrates 'National Hospitalist Day'

SUMMIT, NJ - Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center recently celebrated the nation's first 'National Hospitalist Day', which recognizes the talented, dedicated 'hospitalists' -- a term that refers to physicians whose practice emphasizes providing care for hospitalized patients.

'Hospitalists' focus on the unique aspects of a ...

Mirabella Family Comes 'Home to Rome' on HGTV

February 23, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood resident Al Mirabella's search for an apartment in the Eternal City aired on HGTV's hit show, "House Hunters", on Wednesday, Feb. 20. 

The show documents the journey of Scotch Plains Township Manager and Union County Freeholder Mirabella, along with his wife, Phyllis, and son, Alex, as they visit daughter Mikayla, who is ...

Man Charged With Manslaughter in Hit-and-Run That Led to Fanwood Resident Meghan Crilly's Death

March 20, 2019

LINDEN, NJ -- A Linden man is in custody and charged with multiple serious crimes in connection with the hit-and-run killing of  a pedestrian on Jan. 20, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced at a press conference held Wednesday afternoon. 

Ibn Collins, 39, is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, ...

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Man Charged With Manslaughter in Hit-and-Run That Led to Fanwood Resident Meghan Crilly's Death

March 20, 2019

LINDEN, NJ -- A Linden man is in custody and charged with multiple serious crimes in connection with the hit-and-run killing of  a pedestrian on Jan. 20, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced at a press conference held Wednesday afternoon. 

Ibn Collins, 39, is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, ...

New Providence PBA Local #132 Wants to "Egg" Your House

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On the evening of Saturday, April 20, have a cop hop on over and “egg” your house. You and your children will wake up on Easter to a yard covered with two dozen candy-filled plastic eggs.

Cost to have two dozen candy-filled eggs delivered is $20. All proceeds will benefit New Providence PBA Local #132 and the Community Service Association.

Random ...

NJSP Conducts Fatal Investigation from Sunday Morning Fatal Crash on 78 in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - New Jersey State Police are conducting a fatal investigation at the scene of a one car accident Sunday morning on I 78 east bound at mile marker 43.2. 

The Berkeley Heights Fire Department was dispatched at 5:01 a.m., said Deputy Chief Jim Hopkins. Members from Rescue 1 used the Jaws of Life on two patients trapped in vehicle.  It was reported the passenger was ...

Affordable Housing Mandate - a Cause for Frustration and Concern for New Providence Residents

March 20, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council held a special meeting regarding the affordable housing settlement on Monday, March 18, and New Providence residents took the opportunity to ask questions, vent their frustration and express their concerns regarding the impact of the upcoming zoning changes. In additions to the council members, Borough Attorney Steven Kunzman and Planner McKinley ...

Watchung's Cinemark Theater Opening Soon, Shoppes at Watchung Under Construction

WATCHUNG, NJ - One more month. Cinemark Holdings has announced that the tentative grand opening of its newest movie theater, Cinemark Watchung and XD (1670 Route 22 East, Watchung) is expected to be in one month, at the start of spring break,  April 19.

Chick-Fil-A, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, Ulta Beauty, Sierra Trading Post, and Home Sense have announced they are also opening at ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Business features Joe Eberle, Weichert Realtors

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - As a 26-year resident of New Providence, Joe Eberle knows the pulse of the borough.

As a top producing agent with Weichert Realtors, he earned 2017 and 2018 Circle of Excellence Sales Awards from the New Jersey Association of Realtors. During the past two plus years, Eberle has sold over $13 M in homes in New Providence ...

Shrove Tuesday Supper & Wednesday Lenten Services at Faith Lutheran

March 13, 2019

 

On the evening before Ash Wednesday, March 5, members of Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence shared in a traditional Shrove Tuesday Supper of pancakes, ham and berries, at tables covered in typical Mardi Gras colors and decorations.

Shrove Tuesday derives its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians undertook many years ago. In shriving, Christians confess their sins and ...

Former NJ Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Shot Dead, Authorities Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 70-year-old man who served as a priest in Westfield and was later accused of sex abuse was found shot dead at his home in Nevada, authorities said.

Officers found John Capparelli with a gunshot wound to his neck at his residence in Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Clark County Coroner-Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on ...

Incarceration Reform Advocate Evie Litwok Speaks at CBH's Social Shabbat Service Mar. 8

SUMMIT, NJ - Evie Litwok will speak as part of Congregation Beth Hatikvah's monthly 'Social Shabbat Service' on Friday, March 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Litwok was 60 years old when she went to prison.

Her experiences there as a gay, Jewish woman inspired her work as founder and director of Witness to Mass Incarceration, an advocacy group seeking alternatives to ...

New Providence Wrestlers Delia and ElMahroukey to Compete in All-Star Charity Event

March 19, 2019

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - New providence wrestlers Joe Delia and Nadeem ElMahroukey will wrestle Wednesday, March 20 at Roselle Park High School in what is billed as the Union County All Stars vs Essex County All Stars duel meet. All proceeds for this event will benefit the Navy Seal Foundation. 

Delia enters the meet with a 36 and 6 record as a three time Union County All ...

New Providence Boys Basketball Wins Group 1 Championship Defeating Burlington City, 66-56

PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Athletic Department at New Providence High will need to make more room in the school trophy case.

Just five days after winning its first sectional title in 20 years, the Pioneers doubled down by claiming its first state title in the same time span as it posted a 66-56 victory over Burlington City and claimed the NJSIAA Group 1 crown on Sunday night a the Rutgers Athletic ...

Boys Basketball: New Providence Plays Burlington City in Group 1 Finals; Purchase Tickets Online

PISCATAWAY, NJ - New Providence will face Burlington City in the NJSIAA Group 1 Boys Basketball State Championship game on Sunday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Rutgers University RAC Arena at 83 Rockefeller Road in Piscataway.

Click here to purchase Adult tickets for $12.  All interested fans have to do is select "New Providence" to purchase tickets as part of the assigned seat ...

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In Westfield, NJ, a Dream to Help People Live Better Through Food at Fettle + Fare

March 17, 2019

Opening a new restaurant is rarely an easy task, and for Fettle + Fare owner Amanda Vargas, who has multiple sclerosis and is legally blind, the journey to create her shop in Westfield, NJ, was extra challenging. 

It was here that she created a space that is more to her than a place to find tasty, nutritious food. It’s a symbol of growth and helping others ...

For Parents Like Me, Pot Legalization in New Jersey is a Dilemma

I like Gov. Phil Murphy, but he's making a liar out of me. Me and millions of parents. For a couple of generations now, mothers and fathers have been warning children about the dangers of pot smoking. Now the governor comes along and tells them there is no Santa Claus.

I’ve been warning my children about pot for 20 years. That’s not exaggeration. It started when my ...

From a Backyard in Elizabeth, Chatham Man Shoots for the Stars

Luis Da Silva, Jr., says he got his start in a “two by four” backyard in Elizabeth, where he would spend hours with just a basketball. 

“It was a rough neighborhood and my mother didn’t want me down at the basketball courts,” Da Silva said.

In those lonely hours of dribbling and inventing basketball tricks, Da Silva learned to command the giant orange orb ...

A.J. Perri Earns Commerce & Industry Association of NJ’s “Companies That Care” Award

March 20, 2019

A.J. Perri Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, LLC has been recognized by The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) as a 2019 “Companies That Care” award recipient. CIANJ praised the A.J. Perri Cares Program, an outreach that has helped over a dozen New Jersey military/veterans and their families, providing them with air conditioning, heating and indoor air quality system ...

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Begins April 9

Starting this April, a new 12 week session of the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program begins at the Berkeley Heights YMCA, a branch of the Summit Area YMCA. The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program is a physical and wellness program that helps patients recovering from cancer treatment to rebuild and regain strength, endurance, flexibility, confidence, self-esteem and more. Available at both the ...

Video: Point View's Petrides Says Market Taking Global Issues in Stride

The markets are taking global macro issues in stride, should investors be worried? Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, appeared live on Yahoo Finance discussing China and Brexit:

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

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

March 10, 2019

STAFFORD - We are several days into March, and the month sure has roared in like a lion. The water temperatures have remained low and need to see an increase of several degrees before the striped bass become active.

The big news of the past few days has been the revelation that the New Jersey summer flounder regulations have been pretty much set. I understand that there is still one ...

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Being the mom of two little ones I must admit writing this monthly column, while being something I thoroughly enjoy, often ends up getting done last minute.  Month after month I find myself racking my brain for something to write about two days before I need to submit.  Silver lining time: earlier this week news broke of the college admissions cheating scandal and suddenly my ...

1099 Forms

1099 Forms
Explaining these ubiquitous forms and their uses.

Provided by Walter Pardo, CWS®, PPC™

CEO/Certified Wealth Strategist

What is a 1099 form? This is a record of payment from an individual or entity, showing a payment, generated for your records. The individual/entity sends a copy to both the payee as well as the I.R.S.1

Who might be sending 1099s? Clients send ...