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Tinsel Town: Snowflake Stroll, Santa's Visit, Horse & Buggy Rides All Part of Summit's Holiday Celebrations

The elf will leave the shelf and roam the streets of Summit, handing out 'Snowflake Dollars'.
November 26 is 'Small Business Saturday'. Credits:
Journey back in time with a free Horse and Carriage ride through downtown.

SUMMIT, NJ - There's less than two weeks to go before Thanksgiving, which means the holiday season is about to officially begin, and the City of Summit will have several events and activities designed to put Hilltop City residents and visitors in the festive spirit.

November 26 - Small Business Saturday

A national initiative designed to promote the benefits of supporting local businesses, 'Small Business Saturday' encourages folks to take a pass on the zaniness of 'Black Friday' and 'shop small' the day after. Parking downtown will be free November 24 - 27, and many downtown businesses will feature special promotions and sales for the day. Summit Downtown, Inc. will have a table at 408 Springfield Avenue -- the former Staples location between lululemon and 2nd Time Around -- where shoppers can draw a card, and the prize noted on win the card. Prizes range from tote bags to downtown gift certificates.

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December 2, 6 - 9 p.m. - Summit Snowflake Stroll

The fact that an elf will be walking downtown handing out 'snowflake dollars' -- which can be spent like cash as downtown businesses -- should be enough to bring folks out for a fun Friday, but there is more to the 'Summit Snowflake Stroll'.

Special offers from downtown businesses, hot chocolate, a photo booth and complimentary gift wrapping at the Summit Educational Foundation-sponsored Hospitality Center (408 Springfield Avenue), and free babysitting at the Summit Area YMCA (registration required), from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m., are all part of the event. and dinner out a downtown restaurant!   

December 3, 5:30 - 7:30 - Santa's Arrival and Tree Lighting

He knows when you've been bad or good, and he is coming to the 07901 to once again help light the 'Town Tree' on the Village Green. The Summit Area YMCA is organizing the popular combination of Santa's arrival, where he will greet girls and boys before joining Mayor Nora Radest to light the holiday tree.

December 3, 10 and 16 - Holiday Horse and Carriage Rides

Take a break from your holiday shopping, journey back in time and enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown, taking in the holiday window displays, lights, and decorations. Boarding for the rides will be conducted at Lyric Park, located at the corner of Bank Street and Beechwood Road

Date and Times:

December 3, 6 - 8 p.m.
December 10, 1 - 4 p.m.
December 16, 7 - 9 p.m.

Enjoy a weekend in downtown Summit and support local businesses this holiday season!  Special thanks to Regal Bank for sponsoring the Horse & Carriage Rides on December 16.

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Register Now to Save! Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA Early Bird Registration until February 28

February 17, 2018

With summer just around the corner, it will be hard not to look out the window and dream of warmer days and cool, crystal clear pools that are ready for swimming and splashing. With the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA early bird registration currently open, signing up sooner will save money and give you something to look forward to once the summer sun hits! Since 1964, the Berkeley ...

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Will Meet on Tues, Feb. 20, at LaGrande Park Building

FANWOOD, NJ -- Following the mass shooting in Florida this week, the Union County Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the LaGrande Park Building  in Fanwood.

"Every life cut short by gun violence -- that somehow becomes a statistic -- is tucked away in our hearts, never to be lost," wrote Patti ...

New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces Bring A Buddy Week March 4-8

NEW PROVIDENCE—New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) invites young musicians in grades 3-11 to attend open rehearsals for Bring A Buddy Week, March 4-8 at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. Participating students will observe the first half of a rehearsal. Students can visit any ensemble based on their grade and experience level. Students who do not have a friend in an ensemble can still ...

Summit's Beacon UU Hosts 'Blessing of the Animals' Service Feb. 18

SUMMIT, NJ - Community members and their household pets are invited to Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Beacon UU) for a 'Blessing of the Animals' service on February 18, beginning at 11:15 a.m.

“All beloved creatures are welcome—from the pet snail to the family dog,” said Reverend Robin Tanner, minister of worship and outreach.

Assistance Programs Available for JCP&L Customers to Help with Winter Heating Bills

As the cold weather continues, financial assistance programs are available for Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers who need help with winter heating bills.

Assistance to qualifying JCP&L customers is available through the Lifeline, Universal Service Fund (USF), Weatherization, Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) and New Jersey SHARES programs.

Lifeline ...

Letter to NP Mayor and Council

February 17, 2018

I am writing to express my dismay at the New Providence Council’s actions at its February 12th meeting. The council voted to allow up to three council members (up from 2) to attend committee meetings. Because of Sunshine Laws no more than three can attend a meeting.  In my opion, the objective was to squeeze-out Mayor Morgan from committee meetings.  Without going into ...

Letter to New Providence Borough Council

Dear Council Member-

I attended the Borough Council meeting on Feb 12, 2018.  I brought my 2 young children to this meeting to see democracy in action in our new hometown but I was left speechless. 

It was an obvious display of overreach by the Borough Council.  It absolutely makes no sense at all that the Council wants Three Council Members to attend every Volunteer ...

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

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