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Fantastic Fin-ish: McCormick Bucket with 3.2 Seconds Left Caps Summit H.S. Boys Basketball's Comeback Victory Over Chatham, 60-58

December 18, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - For major chunks of the Summit High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team's game versus Chatham, the Hilltoppers were like that bear cub in the recent viral video -- trying to climb a snowy bank, repeatedly almost making up to the 'Mama Bear' but losing its grip and sliding agonizingly back down the steep slope.

At times the video was tough to watch but, ...

Oak Knoll Hosts 'Create-Your-Own-Ornament' Workshop Dec. 15

December 12, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Before Hilltop City residents fill the very last spot on their tree this holiday season, they may want to leave a space open for a customized creation of their child's own making.

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child will host a 'Create-Your-Own Christmas Ornament' Workshop in Summit on December 15, from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. (9:15 a.m. check-in).

The event will ...

'Christmas Time in the Eternal City' Holiday Spectacular Show Staged in Summit Dec. 15

SUMMIT, NJ -  Featuring more than 150 singers from Union, Morris and Essex Counties, soloists, orchestra and Santa -- all under the baton of Candace Wicke the 'Christmas Time in the Eternal City' holiday show spectacular will be presented on December 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawton C Johnson Summit Middle School Auditorium.

A production of the ...

District to Add FDK Classes as Tuition-Based Program, Lottery Process Draws Continued Criticism

December 17, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Summit Superintendent of Schools June Chang’s decision to add more post-lottery sections of Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK), and discussion on the lottery itself, along with more comments on the hate symbols and words that were found in two Summit school bathrooms, made up the lion's share of the discussion at the December Board of Education meeting.

SEF Details Record-Setting Amount of Fall Grants

SUMMIT, NJ - Fifty-six Fall '18 grants, totaling more than $257,000, were awarded to the Summit Public Schools by the Summit Education Foundation, an amount that marks -- according to the SEF -- its largest fall grant cycle ever.

Since its founding in 1986, the SEF has awarded grants exceeding $6.68 million.

Grants were awarded across all grade levels in the ...

Fantastic Fin-ish: McCormick Bucket with 3.2 Seconds Left Caps Summit H.S. Boys Basketball's Comeback Victory Over Chatham, 60-58

December 18, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - For major chunks of the Summit High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team's game versus Chatham, the Hilltoppers were like that bear cub in the recent viral video -- trying to climb a snowy bank, repeatedly almost making up to the 'Mama Bear' but losing its grip and sliding agonizingly back down the steep slope.

At times the video was tough to watch but, ...

Yorio, Lawlor and Team 'D' Lift Summit H.S. Girls Basketball Over Elizabeth, 48-31

ELIZABETH, NJ - Entering a cauldron-like environment and emerging with a high-quality 'W', the Summit High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team defeated Elizabeth 48-31 in their season opener. Sophomore Annabella Yorio had 12 points and seven rebounds and freshman Olivia Lawlor contributed eight points and 12 massive 'boards.

The Hilltoppers were ready to rock ...

Summit Area YMCA's 'Lunar New Year Festival' High School Art Contest Now Accepting Submissions

December 16, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Area YMCA (SAYMCA) and the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council (BHDC) have once again partnered to bring the 'Lunar New Year Festival' to the community. This year -- in addition to performances, arts and crafts, amazing food and more --  the SAYMCA and BHDC 'Lunar New Year Festival' committee has announced a 'Lunar New Year ...

Summit's Connection Hosts Free Commercial Contemporary Dance Workshop Dec. 16

SUMMIT, NJ - The Connection will present a free Commercial Contemporary dance workshop with Rachel Hettinger, the Artistic Director of 'metaphors&similesDANCE' -- a New York City-based contemporary dance company -- on Sunday, December 16, from 2 - 3:15 p.m.

Commercial Contemporary is an expressive dance style that fuses movement from more ...

No Ordinary Folk: 'Better Angels' Music Tour Makes Stop at Summit's Beacon UU Dec. 12

December 9, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Garden State folksinger Andy Roth has partnered with Nashville-based fiddler Sage Snider for a concert tour to spread the message of 'Better Angels', a not-for-profit organization that is working to overcome the nation’s current 'red / blue' political divide through respectful civic discourse.

The tour will make a stop ...

Seasonal Songbirds

December 17, 2018

Summit residents Martha White and Susan Haig recently performed a holiday concert for SAGE Eldercare Spend-A-Day participants and staff. With Haig on piano and White singing, everyone enjoyed a fun afternoon listening to holiday favorites.

SAGE’s Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center provides seniors with structured social, physical and cognitive activities, meals planned by a ...

Getting Carded

Summit resident Alicia Broughel happily holds the $500 Summit VISA Gift Card she claimed as the Grand Prize Winner in Summit Downtown, Inc.'s 'Shop Summit Passport' contest.

The card, accepted at more than 100 participating Summit businesses, is sure to come in handy as she does her holiday shopping. Ten other lucky individuals also each won $100 ...

Sunnier Days: Sesame Street Partners with Summit's Family Promise, Produces Digital Resources for Homeless Advocates and Caregivers

December 16, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - A collaboration with Summit-based national nonprofit Family Promise and a few other friends has resulted in Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC), a program of Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that produces Sesame Street, creating a suite of online resources to help Family Promise and other providers better serve children experiencing homelessness.

When they ...

Summit's Vicky Demuth Among Six 'Exemplary' Women Honored with Scouts' 'Tribute to Women' Award

CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ - Vicky Demuth of Summit was one of six local women honored by the Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council, at its 18th Annual 'Tribute to Women' awards luncheon. Demuth was joined by fellow honorees Susan Head (Florham Park), Linda S. Habgood (Westfield; mother and son accepting award), Alexandra Picozzi (New Vernon), Nancy ...

New Firehouse $11.8 Million X-Factor as City Reviews Preliminary 2019 Capital Budget

December 17, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - While the result of the 'public' part of the Summit Common Council’s December 12 public workshop meeting on the preliminary 2019 capital budget was big-time debatable -- there were but two persons in attendance who were not required to actually be there for the meeting -- the fact that the meeting to review a preliminary 2019 capital budget ...

High Street Closed During Daytime Hours Dec. 12-14

SUMMIT, NJ - A bridge is closing near Summit High School, but Summit residents can take solace that in the fact that pending shuttering will only last three days and that the bridge in question is on High Street and not Morris Avenue.

High Street -- between Kent Place Boulevard and Beekman Road -- will be closed from between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on December 12-14 for ...

Holidays in Full Bloom as Summit Garden Club Visits SAGE Spend-A-Day

December 6, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ -Volunteers from the Summit Garden Club visited SAGE Eldercare on December 6, spending the morning with participants of the Spend-A-Day Adult Day Medical Health Center.

The volunteers and Spend-A-Day clients worked together to create beautiful holiday bouquets. Everyone had a great time and appreciated the holiday joy the Garden Club brought with them.

SAGE Eldercare has, ...

Union County High Schools Eligible for New 'UC Night at the Theatre' Grants

December 6, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is launching a new 'UC Night at the Theatre' grant program for high schools, an initiative to help cover the costs of high school theatre productions and provide arts enrichment for the community at large.

“High school students have an incredible depth of talent to share, and high school theatre provides ...

Summit High School Students Gain Inspiration, Explore Career Opportunities at Novartis 'Disability Mentoring Day'

EAT HANOVER, NJ - An estimated 100 students from 14 New Jersey schools -- including a group from Summit High School -- recently participated in Novartis' 11th annual 'Disability Mentoring Day'. The “I CAN” theme was incorporated into onsite activities, designed to increase confidence and help inspire the students for their future career ...

Lakeland Bank's Custer, Surovich Each Receive NJ Bankers' 'Emerging Leader Rising Star Award'

December 6, 2018

OAK RIDGE, NJ - Lakeland Bank's Max Custer, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, and Robert Surovich, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer have been named recipients of the NJ Bankers Emerging Leader Rising Star Award. Custer and Surovich were selected by NJ Bankers independent judges to receive this award for exhibiting the characteristics of true ...

Twelve Months of AHa! Moments: Atlantic Health System’s Innovation Center Celebrates Strong First Year

December 16, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - A year ago, Atlantic Health System -- parent of Summit's Overlook Medical Center -- launched Atlantic Health Advancements, or AHa!, an  innovation center and idea incubator designed to inspire Atlantic Health System’s team of more than 16,500 employees and 4,800 physicians to generate ideas that will enhance care delivery and improve ...

Connection Karate Instructor Chris Goedecke Marks Half a Century of Experience

SUMMIT, NJ - Just over five decades ago -- On December 12, 1968 -- a then-gangly teenager stepped up onto a raised, padded training platform to experience his first formal karate class at the Bank Street School, a pioneering karate dojo in Summit.

“It was love at first kick” says master karate teacher Chris Goedecke, or Shifu Hayashi as many of ...

Summit P.D. Implements Impaired Driving Crackdown Through New Year's Day

December 7, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Beginning today through New Year's Day 2019, The Summit Police Department will be participating in 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over', a year-end, statewide crackdown on impaired driving and an initiative that encourages law enforcement agencies to raise public awareness about the dangers of alcohol-impaired driving through highly-visible enforcement ...

Union County's Free 2019 Election Date Calendar Now Available

December 9, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The free 2019 Union County 'Arts & Sciences in Union County' Election Date Calendar -- providing all important dates and deadlines for the 2019 election cycle, along with full page illustrations highlighting history-making people, places and milestones in Union County -- in now available.

Astrophysicist Carl Sagan is one of the notable persons ...

Summit Synagogues Join Faith Lutheran's Twelfth Anniversary Menorah Lighting

December 14, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On December 6, the fifth of the eight days of Hanukkah, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence and the three synagogues of Summit — Temple Sinai, Congregation Ohr Shalom - Summit Jewish Community Center and Congregation Beth Hatikvah — lit the fifth candle of the Menorah on the lawn of Faith Lutheran Church, marking the twelfth ...

St. John's Church in Summit Hosts 'Advent Lessons & Carols' Service Dec. 2

SUMMIT, NJ - St. John’s Lutheran Church in Summit will offer its annual 'Advent Lessons & Carols' service December 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. All are welcome to attend and professional child-care is available.

The Adult Choir, Drum Ensemble, Kirsten Russler - violin, and Pattie Gould - cello will offer music ...

Summit's Jake Gittleman Leads Way as Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit JCC Collects Plastic Bags and Film

December 12, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Area GreenFaith Circle's 'Bags to Benches' Plastic Film Recycling campaign is entering a new phase. United Methodist Church of Summit has successfully collected over 500 lbs. of plastic bags and plastic film in two months and now, the public collection site has shifted to Congregation Ohr Shalom – Summit JCC, where Jake Gittleman -- ...

Atlantic Health System Receives 2018 Sustainable Business Leadership Award

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Atlantic Health System has been presented with the Sustainable Business Leadership Award by Sustainable Jersey, an accolade which recognizes companies in New Jersey that support the Sustainable Jersey mission and demonstrate a significant commitment to sustainability. The Award was presented at Sustainable Jersey’s Annual Awards event which took place at ...

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Day of Unity and Kindness from the Perspective of an SHS Student

December 13, 2018

Hi all, I’m a junior at SHS and thought it might be interesting to have a student’s perspective of everything going on. Parents, teachers, and the town council have all spoken out but I wanted to offer my two cents as well. Hopefully this will help reassure you that the overwhelming majority of summit students are good people, and that we are working our hardest to foster an ...

SAI Steering Committee Statement on Hate

When Summit Area Indivisible was formed in early part of 2017, we made it a clear priority to represent inclusion and diversity.  We stated what we were for (maintaining the US as the beacon of opportunity, stability, force for humanitarian efforts and peace.  We stand for inclusion) and what we were against (authoritarianism, corruption, racism, hatred of ...

Upcoming Events


Wed, December 19, 7:30 PM

The Connection, Summit

Free 'Health and Wellness in College' Workshop

Health & Wellness


Sat, December 22, 1:00 PM

Summit Downtown, Summit

Carolers & Carriages



Sun, December 23, 11:30 AM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Christmas Caroling

Giving Back

Summit Fire Department Blotter

09/19/2018  6:41 pm - FD dispatched to BALTUSROL ROAD for a reported car fire On arrival met with driver who informed FD his front passenger side brake was on fire.  Upon investigating found an     over- heated break drum but no fire.  Drum and brake assembly was cooled with water until no heat, steam, or smoke was present.  County PD arrived and called for ...

Summit Police Blotter

December 15, 2018

• 11/13 - Anthony Abenante, 62, of Jersey City was arrested and charged with three counts of the theft of services, hindering prosecution, disorderly conduct and contempt of court from Millburn Township, Hoboken and Newark. Mr. Abenante was processed and custody was turned over to Millburn Police Department.

• 11/28 - Albert Israel, 53, of Irvington was arrested on a contempt of ...

Summit EMS Response Report - November, 2018

During November, members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Answered 164 9-1-1 emergency calls.  These included 98 medical emergencies; 19 motor vehicle accidents, including 1 with an entrapped occupant; 6 traumatic injuries; 19 falls, 1 pedestrian struck by an automobile, 5 reports of poisoning, 3 medical alarm activations; 2 expectant mothers in labor; 1 stand-by at a fire scene; and ...

Interfaith Offering Benefits Chatham Emergency Squad

December 15, 2018

On November 20th, the Chatham Interfaith Council held an ecumenical worship service timed to be just before Thanksgiving. This annual event brings together Chatham residents of many denominations to worship and give thanks. This year and for the last several years, the collection from the offering has been donated to the Chatham Emergency Squad.

The Chatham Interfaith Council is a group of ...

'5 Financial Must-Dos Before Year-End': Point View's Next Free Webinar Set for Dec. 19

The year is coming to an end. Make sure you have completed these 5 tasks to bolster your financial goals and objectives.

Join Point View Wealth Management's David Dietze, JD, CFA, CFP, Claire Toth, JD, MLT, CFP, and John Petrides, MBA, on December 19, beginning at 3 p.m., for a live webinar where will they discuss important action steps.

Click here to ...

How To Pay For Long Term Care -- And How Not To

Want to terrify yourself? Read statistics about aging and long term care. Today, about 6.3 million Americans need long term care.  That number is expected to increase to 15 million by 2050. Scarier still is that few individuals have the resources to pay for the necessary care. That’s why 83 percent of all care is provided by family members or friends. Unsurprisingly, 75 ...

Protection for Life


My name is Glenn Potolsky, owner of Potolsky Financial Group, Inc., a full-service provider of Insurance and Investment products. We provide personalized service and value-added risk management solutions for you, your family, and your business.

We take a highly comprehensive holistic approach to assessing and managing your risk profile. Initially, we aim to set an ...

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An end of year planning opportunity: Donor-Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund (“DAF”) is a separately funded or account that is maintained and operated by a §501(c)(3) organization, which is referred to as a sponsoring organization; consider it a charitable investment account. Once a donor makes a contribution, the sponsoring organization has legal control over it.

DIY Dryer

As part of my continuing education series on things I know nothing about but will explain anyway, I think it is time to tackle dryer repair.

As we all know, a dryer is a big heavy metal thing with buttons and knobs that dries clothes.  This is not to be confused with a washing machine which is also a big heavy metal thing with buttons and knobs that washes clothes.  It is easy to ...