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Oak Knoll Names Jennifer Landis New Head of School

June 23, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ,- Jennifer G. Landis, currently Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child's Associate Head of School, will become Head of School effective July 1. Landis will succeed Timothy J. Saburn, who is retiring, and will become the sixth official Head in the school's 97-year history.

Landis served as Oak Knoll’s Upper School Division Head for six years after joining the ...

State Grant to Boost County's Vaccination Efforts Where Immunizations Lagging

June 13, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County will use $450,000 in state funding to expand COVID-19 vaccine programs in Roselle, Plainfield and other areas with low vaccination rates, officials said this week.

The Union County Board of Commissioners on June 10 modified its 2021 budget to accept the state health department grants.

“The County needs to instill trust and raise vaccination rates for ...

Union County Vaccinations by Town: See How Summit Compares

TRENTON, NJ - The City of Summit has the highest vaccination rate in Union County, with 71% of its population having received at least one dose. As of Friday, just over half of all Union County residents have been immunized with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but where one lives plays a significant role in how well vaccinated the community is, state figures show.

While the rate ...

Summit Reports Lowest Monthly COVID Case Count Since September 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - Reverting to a level that is actually lower than the monthly case total reported a year ago, the City of Summit reported that the Westfield Regional Health Department (WRHD) confirmed 25 cases of COVID-19 in Summit during the month of May.

The May 2021 case total is 24% lower than the 33 cases confirmed in May 2020 and represents an 82% drop from ...

Oak Knoll Names Jennifer Landis New Head of School

June 23, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ,- Jennifer G. Landis, currently Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child's Associate Head of School, will become Head of School effective July 1. Landis will succeed Timothy J. Saburn, who is retiring, and will become the sixth official Head in the school's 97-year history.

Landis served as Oak Knoll’s Upper School Division Head for six years after joining the ...

Summit Educational Foundation Presents Carolyn Kiley with Nora Radest Award

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Educational Foundation (SEF) has honored Carolyn Kiley with the 2021 Nora Radest Award. The Award was established in 2013 to "recognize a teacher or administrator who has submitted grants through the SEF process and, in so doing, has greatly enriched the classroom environment and served as a role model to others in the District."

Kiley, since ...

Summit Film Society Hosts Screening of MINARI at Oakes Center, June 23

June 22, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - For the first time in more than a year, The Film Society of Summit will offer a live matinée screening, showing the acclaimed film MINARI on June 23, beginning at 11 a.m., at the Oakes Center in Summit. Jess Kim, founder of Jess Bakeshop in Livingston, will lead a post-screening discussion, sharing her own 'American Dream' story.

Directed by Less Isaac Chung ...

Five Summit Troop 67 Scouts Earn Eagle Rank

SUMMIT, NJ - Five members of Summit Scout Troop 67 have been honored in a joint Eagle Court of Honor ceremony. The event, held at a private home in Summit saw Summit Mayor Nora Radest, Summit Common Council President Marjorie Fox, and Ward 2 Common Council Member Greg Vartan in attendance.

The Scouts who achieved the Eagle Rank include:

Bryan Fok - Whose Eagle ...

Summit Arboretum's Summer Concert Series Begins June 16

June 13, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Reeves-Reed Arboretum will again host its 'Sounds of a Summer Night' Summit concert series, with performances beginning June 16 in the Yon and Francie Cho Garden Amphitheater. Concert attendees are welcome to bring their blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets to the shows and celebrate the return of the series.

This 2021 line-up includes:

June 16 - ...

Their Day in The Sun

June 16, 2021

The 314 members of Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School's Class of 2021 gather on the stadium field at Tatlock Park for Eighth Grade Graduation, basking in the warm sunlight of the day, the memories and experiences they shared at the Morris Avenue campus, and the shared excitement of their journey ahead,

Parents, family and friends packed the stands on both sides of the field and heard ...

Good Deeds

Two members of Summit Scout Troop 67 lead the children's arts & crafts activities at Good Grief's annual 5K Run & Walk on at Giralda Farms. Members of Summit's BSA Troop 67 served as volunteers for the event, with one of the Troop's fellow Scouts leading the top fundraising team and raising more than $25,000.

More than 800 ...

Central Church's Willis Mission Endowment Fund Grant Supports Connection Programs for Seniors, Adults with Special Needs

June 21, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Central Presbyterian Church in Summit’s Lena Willis Mission Endowment Fund has awarded The Connection a $20,000 grant to help fund programs for seniors and for adults with special needs.

The support will help The Connection continue to build upon its long history of offering unique fitness, wellness, and aquatic programs which meet the needs and desires of ...

'Keys 2 Success' Receives Grant from Hamilton Creator's Merchandise Enterprise

NEWARK, NJ - Jee-Hoon Krska thought the phone call might be a hoax, or a joke of some kind.

So, before returning it, she did a little online research. The voice message left said that the callers were Luis Miranda and Luis Crespo of TeeRico. The callers seemed to know about 'Keys 2 Success', the organization that Krska founded to teach classical piano to children in ...

Bristol Myers Squibb Noise Issue Complaints, Leaf Blower Ban Dialogue Continue to Swirl at Summit Common Council's Second June Meeting

June 20, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Seats in the City Hall chambers were at a premium as the Summit Common Council held a rare Monday Night meeting, the gathering moved up a day to avoid a conflict with Middle School graduation. Many in attendance seats were landscapers waiting for a chance to be heard relative to the current gas-powered leaf blower ban.

The first order of the evening was a presentation ...

Summit Common Council Agenda Preview - June 14

The next Common Council meeting will be held on Monday, June 14 at 7:30 PM. The meeting will be held in Council Chamber at City Hall and members of the public will be able to attend the meeting in person. Masks are required in the Council Chamber and extra seating will be available in the lobby to allow for social distancing. 

Every Common Council meeting is broadcast live ...

SPARC Presents Scholarship Awards to Seventeen Class of '21 Hilltoppers

June 11, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Seventeen members of the Summit High School Class of 2021 have been awarded a total of $7,600 in scholarship monies by the Summit Performing Arts Resource Committee (SPARC).

Since 1996, SPARC has been the primary source of outside funding for the performing arts programs in the Summit Public Schools, supporting theater productions at the elementary, ...

County to Honor 'Small Business Champions'; Nomination Process Now Open

June 2, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - Small businesses in Union County will be recognized for their contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic through the County's 'Small Business Champions' program. Nominations of local businesses are now being accepted.

Any member of the Union County community can nominate an eligible small business in their community to be recognized as a Union County 'Small ...

Suburban Chamber Launches Online Jobs Board for Businesses Hiring and Job Seekers

SUMMIT, NJ - Responding to requests from those seeking employment and businesses looking to hire, The Suburban Chamber of Commerce has launched a free online job posting page at Job listings feature space for a job description and can be searched by candidates who will then contact the poster directly.

The Suburban Chamber of Commerce ...

Summit Rowers Shine at Youth Nationals, Bring Three Silver Medals Back to Hilltop City

June 22, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Seven Summit residents -- part of a 30-member contingent from area club Row New Jersey -- competed in the US Rowing Youth National Championship at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, FL. In total, 190 teams from across the country took part in youth rowing's most elite competition.

Row New Jersey had two boys crews and one girls crew qualify for the Division A Finals, putting ...

Despite Furious Comeback, Summit H.S. Boys Lacrosse Falls to Don Bosco Prep in TOC Final, 11-7

SUMMIT, NJ - Down 6-1 to the number-one ranked team in the state late in the third quarter, the Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team fired five goals in a span of 4:34 to tie the game, but the spectacular comeback did not yield a spectacular result, as Don Bosco Prep would find the back of the net four consecutive times thereafter and went on to defeat the Hilltoppers 11-7 in ...

Summit P.D. Report Bear Sighting

June 21, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - A Nixle alert sent at 8:04 p.m. by the Summit Police Department has detailed a bear sighting in Summit.

The message reported a bear was seen on Mountain Avenue and Oak Ridge Avenue. Officers are monitoring its location.

According to a previously-issued safety tips from the City of Summit, the best way to prevent bears from becoming a nuisance to ...

Summit Police Investigating Waldron Avenue Home Burglary

SUMMIT, NJ - Entering through an unlocked rear window, thieves burglarized a home on Waldron Avenue during the evening of June 18, according to the Summit Police Department.

The unknown actors entered the residence sometime between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. and removed several high-end valuables. The home was unoccupied during the incident.

Summit Police Detectives are asking residents on Waldron ...

Summit's Robert Weck, Steven Spurr Garner Sufficient Write-In Votes to Qualify for November Ballot

June 9, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Republicans Robert Weck and Steven Spurr have both qualified for the November General Election ballot, having received significantly more than the minimum number of write-in votes needed to earn their party's nomination for Summit Common Council seats in Ward 1 and at-Large, respectively.

Weck had previously announced his intention to pursue the Ward 1 ...

Write-In Votes Add Spice to Summit Primary Election Results

SUMMIT, NJ - In an uncontested primary, intrigue can be hard to come by.

Such was the case in the Hilltop City, where the only anticipated open-ended issue was the 10 write-in votes needed for former Summit Chief of Police Robert Weck to gain the Republican nomination for Summit Common Council, Ward 1.

Per unofficial vote totals released by Union County, and despite a low ...

St Teresa of Avila Announces Summer Schedule, Details New Safety Guidelines

May 28, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - St Teresa of Avila Parish has detailed its 2021 Summer Schedule, which begins May 30 and continues through September 5.

The schedule -- and resulting time changes -- includes:

Daily Mass: Monday-Friday - 7am (In Church & Available via Livestream on STA's Website, Facebook & YouTube)
Saturday Morning Mass: 8:30am (In Church & Available via ...

County Residents' Next Chance to Shred Set for June 26

June 18, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - The next County-sponsored free, secure mobile paper shredding event will be held in Union County Vocational-Technical School in Scotch Plains on June 26, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The event may conclude earlier if trucks reach capacity.

Union County’s paper shredding events see documents put into 96-gallon containers provided by the shredding company, lifted ...

Summit Free Market Returns June 12


SUMMIT, NJ - The next Summit Free Market will be held June 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at its home on the grounds of the Municipal Transfer Station. Item drop off and shopping will be by appointment only. Summit residents will be able to sign up for a 30-minute time slot beginning at noon on Monday, June 7 by visiting

Masks will be ...

Former Summit Middle School Drama Teacher, Theater Director Charged with Sexual Contact with a Student

June 21, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - Ronald Wells, 69, who was employed by the Summit Public School District for nearly 25 years as a theater teacher at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School prior to retiring on June 30, 2018, has been arrested and charged with committing criminal offenses of a sexual nature against a student while on school grounds several years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor ...

Lois Schneider Realtor's Cynthia Baker Again Named to REAL Trends Best Real Estate Professionals List

June 21, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Cynthia Baker of Lois Schneider Realtor was named fifth in the state of New Jersey for her record-breaking individual production volume as a part of "America’s Best Real Estate Professionals," the newly-issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends.

Baker continues to rank number-one in Summit with $74 million in production in 2020 and a total ...

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Steven Spurr is Ready to Serve

June 21, 2021

Dear Editor,

The June 18 letter from the Assistant Treasurer of the Summit Municipal Democratic Committee criticizing Steven Spurr’s decision to run for Council-At-Large stems from clear disappointment that his candidate now has formidable opposition.

As a new Republican Municipal Chair, Steven Spurr transformed a stodgy party into a young and dynamic party now fielding a full slate ...

Truth Matters

After living for the last four-plus years in a country besieged by the plague of “alternative facts” and witnessing all the destruction it has caused, it’s upsetting to see that trend continue, even today, right here at home in Summit. 

These false narratives need to be stopped in their tracks before they do long-lasting destruction to our community. First, there is this ...

Focused on Summit

June 21, 2021

Hello Summit Friends & Neighbors,

My name is David Fosgate, and I am running as a candidate in Ward 2 for Summit Common Council.

My wife Jenny and I moved back to her hometown of Summit six years ago to raise our three wonderful teenage daughters. During that time, we have immersed ourselves in the Summit community and public schools, volunteering our time to Summit non-profits, ...

Spurr Runs With a Plan to Keep Summit on Top

Eleven years ago, I bought my first home in Summit. Not long thereafter, my wife, Melissa, and I celebrated our engagement at Fiorino's and were married in the Mayor's office at City Hall. We have since welcomed two daughters to our family and are now bracing for September when our older daughter starts kindergarten. We love this town and because Summit is home, we are committed to doing ...

Summit Fire Department Blotter - April, 2021

Summit Fire Department responded to a total of 135 incidents in the month of April 2021, including: 

04/03/21 at 9:48 PM. FD responded to a Beechwood Road address for an odor of burning indoors. On arrival a check of the interior was conducted by FD. FD confirmed a burning odor coming from the basement. An exterior check of the home discovered a mulch fire adjacent to the front porch of ...

Summit Police Blotter

June 2, 2021

5/3/2021— Peter Hedley, 42, of Summit was arrested and charged with simple assault. Mr. Hedley was processed and released with a pending court date.  

5/8/2021— Erika Gonzalez, 31, of Summit was arrested and charged with simple assault. Ms. Gonzalez was processed and released with a pending court date. 

5/11/2021— Warris Adenuga, 25, of Newark was ...

Summit EMS Report - May, 2021

Summit’s EMS Volunteers answered 161 emergency calls in May.  These included 96 medical emergencies: 24 falls; 10 motor vehicle accidents, including two cars into a pole or tree, and one into a building; 15 traumatic injuries; two cases of overdose or poisoning; nine responses to a medical alarm, and one response to an animal bite. Squad Volunteers also provided two 'lift ...

9 Tips for How to Get Ready for Holi on the Green this Saturday

June 23, 2021

Join the Summit YMCA on Saturday, June 26 from 9:00-11:00 AM to celebrate Holi at the Summit Village Green! White attire recommended!

Holi is a traditional Indian festival that signifies the victory of good over evil and beauty of spring! Everyone is encouraged to participate in this free, fun and joyous outdoor color throwing festival with music, dancing, ...

'How to Outsmart Yourself': Peapack Private Wealth's Next Webinar Set for June 25

'How to Outsmart Yourself' - Peapack Private Wealth Management's Donna St.Amant and Claire Toth will discuss behavioral finance—learn why we make irrational investment decisions and how you can retrain your brain to avoid them. Join us for this live webinar and Q+A on Friday, June 25th at 11am ET.

Register today:

With Trust and ...

Summit Real Estate Report - May, 2021

Prominent Property Sotheby's International Realty's regional Summit office provides an inside look at the Summit real estate market, utilizing Garden State Multiple Listing Service statistics illustrating the numbers and trends that tell the story.

This edition of the Summit Real Estate Report details information from May 2021.

Active Listings: 46 ...

Bitcoin: Digital Tulips or Financial Innovation?

In the fall of 2017, not many people had heard of Bitcoin. Months later, after an historic boom and bust, most every investor was aware of this new “cryptocurrency,” but many were still unsure what it was – and even more viewed it as uninvestable. Fast forward three years, and we’ve seen the resurgence of this digital currency, its extremely speculative ...

Sadness in Dads: It’s a Bigger Problem Than You Think

Did you know that approximately 1 in 7 mothers suffers from a postpartum mental illness, such as postpartum depression (PPD)?

Did you know that approximately 1 in 10 dads suffers the same thing?

And did you know that, if mom is suffering from PPD, 50% of their partners likely will as well?

The Monday after Father’s Day has, for the last few years, been christened International ...

How to Create the Perfect Relationship with Your Designer

How do you build a rewarding relationship with your interior designer? CWI.DESIGN principal designer Rachel Kapner knows all about it. "Making a happy client is really what I feed off of," she shares."If I have a new client, I'll know if it's a client for life: whether it's one house, moving to another house, a second home, third home, wherever. I'll feel confident ...

And They're Off

The other day China fired three astronauts into space. This occurred just as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced that he too was shooting himself into outer space.

This got me thinking, how did we get here and where exactly are we going?

So today, as a public service, I give to you:

A Brief History of the Race in Space

October, 1957. The manmade satellite, Sputnik 1, sends the very ...