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New Providence Board of Education Announces Vacancy, Board Position Effective Immediately

June 3, 2020

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Board of Education announces a vacancy for a Board position effective immediately. The individual selected will serve as a member of the Board of Education from the date of appointment through December 31, 2020. The position will stand for election on November 3, 2020.

Interested individuals must be a resident of New Providence for at least one (1) ...

St. Bartholomew Academy in Scotch Plains Announces New Principal as Sister Elizabeth Calello Retires

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After serving as principal of St. Bartholomew Academy for the past 12 years, Sister Elizabeth Calello, MPF, has decided to retire.

“Sister came to me earlier this year expressing that she was planning to retire. While I am sad to see Sister leave, I know the love and dedication that she has put into the school," Fr. John Paladino, pastor of ...

New Providence Students In-Person Graduations Planned for Early July

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Superintendent David Miceli had some good news to deliver at the Thursday, May 28 telephonic Board of Education (BOE) Meeting. Firstly, Governor Phil Murphy had recently announced that in-person high school graduations will be allowed after July 6. Secondly, it doesn’t look like the district’s state aid for the 2020-2021 school year is significantly affected ...

Whoopi Goldberg to Speak to Kean University's Class of 2020 at Virtual Commencement

UNION, NJ – Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29. 

More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will attend the online event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and speeches from Martin Luther King III, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, student leaders and ...

NPHS Class of 2020 Hope for an Outdoor Graduation is Alive

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Letters have been written to Gov. Phil Murphy by Mayor Al Morgan, as well as from many others dignitaries, parents and students from across the state asking for the Governor to allow in person graduations for the Class of 2020.  

In Mayor Al Morgan's letter, he stated New Providence High School's graduating seniors have been enduring so much, ...

NJ Graduations Can Start July 6. Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing.

NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as ...

Westfield Senior Class President Lobbying Murphy for in-Person Graduation

WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite the pandemic leading to the cancellations of many large events and gatherings, Westfield High School senior Alexis Hammer is still holding out hope for an in-person graduation ceremony this year.

Hammer, the senior class president, published a letter, which she sent to Gov. Phil Murphy, on various social media platforms. The letter explains the necessity ...

Class of 2020: Non-NPHS Graduates to be Honored with Banners in Downtown New Providence;  Order by Tuesday, May 26

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Don’t miss out on ordering a banner for your non-New Providence High School (class of 2020) graduate.  Hometown Pride is going all out - don’t miss it!

There is an opportunity to purchase a banner for each New Providence graduate to be hung in downtown New Providence. Each banner will cost $40.  Ordering and payment is directly through the ...

Academy of Our Lady Of Peace in New Providence Saved and Will Remain Open

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After the school petitioned The Archdiocese of Newark to keep their school open, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New Providence will remain open. 

In a press release issued by the Archdiocese of Newark on May 7, 2020, they announced the consolidation and closure of 10 Catholic Schools in the region, including The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New ...

Murphy Offers Ray of Hope for Those Wanting In-Person School Commencement Ceremonies

TRENTON, NJ - After New Jersey state officials recently told residents that in-person commencement ceremonies were not in the cards due to the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy offered a ray of hope to those hoping that actual in-person graduation events could happen at some point in the coming summer months.

Near the conclusion of his daily New Jersey ...

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Union County College Embraces AI Technology with Packback for Increased Student Engagement Online

June 3, 2020

CRANFORD – Union County College has added the artificial intelligence (AI) technology program Packback to the software tools available for faculty use to spark curiosity and creativity among students. The new technology will lead to improved student engagement and academic outcomes in their online courses. Packback is an inquiry-based discussion platform that will enable students in various ...

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Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

An Open Letter to Senator Kean, Assemblwoman Munoz, Assemblyman Bramnick

June 1, 2020

The killing of George Floyd is the most recent in a long line of senseless, brutal murders of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement. It is part of an ongoing moral failure by Americans to correct systemic racism that has eroded the foundation of our society.   We must act now not only to protect those among us who are most vulnerable but to make them less vulnerable.  We ...

Three-Day Schedule for Free Union County COVID-19 Test Center

June 5, 2020

Effective Monday, June 8, the free Union County Covid-19 Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“As the result of a historic community effort by Union County residents to slow the spread of COVID-19, the number of requests for tests has gone down in recent ...

Free Virtual Contemporary/Modern Dance Masterclass on June 5

Dancers of all skill levels (ages 10+) are invited to tune in virtually on Zoom to learn from professional dance artist and New Jersey-based choreographer, Donna Scro Samori, for a free Modern/Contemporary Masterclass on Friday, June 5 from 10:00-11:00am.

Donna Scro Samori has toured professionally as a dance artist for over twenty years. She received a 2008 Fellowship from New Jersey State ...

Community Conversation: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe This Summer

Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health at Atlantic Health System sat down recently for a Facebook Live where he shared some important information for parents about what they need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

 

Community Conversations: Guiding Patients with Cancer

Join Eric Whitman, MD, medical director of Cancer Care for Atlantic Health System, for a Facebook Live where he will share guidance for patients with cancer as we coexist with COVID-19.

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Fri, June 5, 9:30 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

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Fri, June 5, 10:30 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Pilates Reformer

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Fri, June 5, 7:00 PM

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Berkeley Heights

Explorations in Musical Theater: Seussical Kids

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Sat, June 6, 8:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

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Sat, June 6, 9:00 AM

Providence Health & Fitness, New Providence

Alignment Based Vinyasa

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Sat, June 6, 9:00 AM

New Providence

Free Sapling Giveaway

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Sat, June 6, 10:00 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Blood Drive at the Berkeley Heights YMCA

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Sat, June 6, 10:00 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Blood Drive at the Berkeley Heights YMCA June 6

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2020 4th of July Fireworks at Nomahegan Park and all Other Union County Parks Canceled

May 27, 2020

CRANFORD - The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites:

Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July 2. 
Plainfield fireworks ...

Calculating an IRD Deduction

Have you recently inherited a loved one’s retirement assets? If so, you should know that there is an income tax deduction available to you called the income in respect of a decedent, or IRD, deduction. When certain inherited assets are hit with both federal estate and income taxes, this deduction can help offset the impact. Taking the time to ensure you correctly utilize this tax break can ...

Using IRAs to Help Children

Did you know there is no minimum age for having an IRA? As long as your child has earned income, you can open an account in their name. Whether they contribute to the IRA with their own money from working or a gift from you, the power of compound interest can help them get a significant head start on a secure financial future.

To learn more, click here to download “Using IRAs to Help ...