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Summit High School Track and Field Concludes Banner Year with Successful Journey to Nationals

June 18, 2019

GREENSBORO, NC - Reaching the end of a long, memorable and successful season, the Summit High School Track and Field Team sent 23 competitors to the New Balance Nationals at North Carolina A&T State University. Like the team has all season, the Hilltoppers at 'Nats delivered some stellar performances, earning eight medals while delivering six season-best performances and setting one ...

Summit School District to Hire Three for District Office, Middle School Roles

June 17, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ - Superintendent of Schools June Chang has recommended the hiring of three individuals to fill the same number of vacancies in the District's central office and Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. Robert Gardella, Tanya Lopez and Laura Muller have been selected to fill the District's Human Resources Director, Assistant Director of Education and middle school Assistant ...

Summit Board of Education Celebrates Retirees and Current Teachers, Thanks Community Partners

SUMMIT, NJ - The final Board of Education meeting of the 2018-19 school year was filled with accolades, as retiring staff members and teachers were recognized, 'Teachers of the Year' honored, and community organizations that support the schools appreciated.    

Superintendent June Chang, at what he called “one of his favorite meetings of the ...

Summit High School Track and Field Concludes Banner Year with Successful Journey to Nationals

June 18, 2019

GREENSBORO, NC - Reaching the end of a long, memorable and successful season, the Summit High School Track and Field Team sent 23 competitors to the New Balance Nationals at North Carolina A&T State University. Like the team has all season, the Hilltoppers at 'Nats delivered some stellar performances, earning eight medals while delivering six season-best performances and setting one ...

Double Vision: Hilltopper Boys and Girls Track and Field Relay Teams Both Medal at 'Meet of Champions'

COLUMBUS, NJ - Both Summit High School Boys and Girls Track and Field 4x800's Relay Team -- each competitor runs two laps --  earned medals at the New Jersey 'Meet of Champions' (MOC) at North Burlington County Regional High School.

Girls finished seventh overall  - 9:38.18 sophomore Katya Wardle (2.23.5*), sophomore Caroline Moy ...

Hooray for Bollywood: Connection Offers Free Dance Workshop June 23

June 17, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ - Led by Hemadri Saxena, The Connection will host a free 'Bollywood Dance Workshop' on Sunday, June 23, from 3 - 4:40 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and explore the distinctively upbeat and funky Bollywood Dance -- a mixture of belly dancing, Kathak, Indian Folk, and jazz dance -- popularized by India’s film ...

Reeves-Reed Arboretum's Summer Concerts Begin June 26; Series Backed by Multi-Year Commitment from Sotheby's Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - Reeves-Reed Arboretum will offer three evenings of site-specific dance performance along with a special performance of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus as part of the 'Sounds of a Summer Night Concert Series' beginning June 26. The Series will be presented by the Summit regional office of Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty, which has made a three-year ...

Faces of Leadership

June 18, 2019

Bracketed by League of Women Voters (LWV) of Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit Co-Presidents Susan Ferris-Rights and Pat Dolan, Summit High School's Ariel Shultz, Governor Livingston High School's Emily Scheibe, and New Providence High School's Katherine Hearn commemorate Citizenship Awards that were presented by the LWV to each of the honorees.

The Awards ...

Fresh Mesh

Ellen Hochberger and Kathy Clingan of the Summit Garden Club (SGC) display the mesh produce bags the SGC began handing out last weekend at the Summit Farmers Market.

The eco-conscious concept stemmed from the Market's recently-introduced mandate to eliminate the use of plastic bags there, with the SGC seeding the marketplace with reusable, washable sacks for customers to ...

'Seasons of Hope' Breakfast Raises Funds, Awareness for Imagine’s Grief Support Programs

June 18, 2019

KENILWORTH, NJ - More than 300 guests attended the eighth annual 'Seasons of Hope' breakfast at the Galloping Hill Golf Course, an event which benefits Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, a grief support nonprofit serving New Jersey children and their families.

"I believe the world is driven by unresolved grief,” said Mary Robinson, Imagine’s founder ...

Sixty-Five Year Volunteer Jean Hughes Honored as Junior League of Summit's 'Sustainer of the Year'

SUMMIT, NJ - Jean Hughes, who has dedicated more than six decades of volunteer service to The Junior League of Summit (JLS) and the Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, has been named the recipient of the JLS Sustainer of the Year Award, an honor that was recently bestowed upon her at the Junior League of Summit Annual Dinner.

The JLS is a nonprofit, charitable, and educational ...

Summit Common Council Hears Fire Headquarters Project Update

June 11, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ - In a rare Wednesday night meeting -- pushed back from its traditional Tuesday slot due to the Primary Election held the day prior -- the Summit Common Council received an update on the design for the proposed new Summit Fire Department Headquarters as part of a relatively brief, 70-minute June 5 meeting.

The update comes just less than one year after ...

Summit's Christine Galiardo Among Volunteers Honored at Annual Meeting as SAGE Eldercare Celebrates 65th Anniversary

June 17, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ - SAGE Eldercare recently honored four volunteers -- Summit's Christine Galiardo, Marie Francois of Elizabeth, Cynthia Orsini of Florham Park and Kaitlyn Szot of Chatham -- at its annual meeting hosted on the Morris Avenue campus of Celgene. Approximately 300 volunteers annually assist the services and programs at SAGE, which itself was started by ...

'Communicating with Alzheimer's' Program Set for June 18 at SAGE

SUMMIT, NJ - SAGE Eldercare and the Alzheimer's Association will host a program dedicated to 'Communicating with Alzheimer's Disease' on June 18, 2 - 3 p.m.

Attendees will learn about the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease and hear ways that they can decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, responding ...

Summit High School's 'Pippin' Claims Five 'Rising Star Awards'

June 10, 2019

MILLBURN, NJ - Summit High School's spring musical production of 'Pippin' has earned five Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards. Sophie Li earned the Student Achievement Award for Stage Management, vocal director Dan King and orchestra director Steve Rapp each earned Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Orchestra, and Outstanding Chorus, ...

Limited Spots Remain for Summit Public Schools' Summer FLASH Programs

SUMMIT, NJ - The end of the 2018-19 school year is fast approaching and summer break is right around the corner, which means that the Summit Public Schools' FLASH program is soon to begin. A limited number of spots remain for all three FLASH programs: FLASH Jr., FLASH 4-8 and FLASH Sports Academy.

FLASH Jr. and FLASH 4-8 each run from July 1-25, and ...

Continuing its Commitment to Customers and Community, Lakeland Bank Celebrates 50th Anniversary

May 24, 2019

OAK RIDGE, NJ - A half-century after opening its doors for business in Newfoundland, NJ, Lakeland Bank -- a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI) with more than $6 billion in total assets -- is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a series of activities centered around the two pillars of its business philosophy and success: customers and ...

State of NJ Offers Free Naloxone Via Select Area Pharmacies June 18

June 13, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - The State of New Jersey will providing Naloxone for free at participating pharmacies on June 18, with no prescription, payment or insurance required. Naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdoses and save lives, will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit one per person.

Naloxone is sold under the brand name Narcan, among ...

RAPID Imaging Platform at Atlantic Health System Neuroscience Expands Options for Speedy Stroke Treatment

SUMMIT, NJ - According to the Centers for Disease Control an Prevention, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke with about 610,000 of those incidents being first or new strokes.

When a person suffers a stroke, time is of the essence -- every minute ...

Summit's Sam Awad Among County Employee Art Contest Award Winners; Select Prized Works Form New Exhibit

June 8, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - A selection of prize-winning art work by Union County employees and their family members is now on display through July 9 in the Freeholders Gallery, located on the sixth floor of the Union County Administration Building. The gallery is open weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The exhibit presents 16 pieces from among the 149 creations judged at ...

Fitzgerald's 'Cosmic Landscape Revelations' on Display at Summit Arboretum Beginning June 10

SUMMIT, NJ - Opening June 10, 'Karen Fitzgerald 360⁰: Cosmic Landscape Revelations', featuring large-scale, gilded tondo oil paintings alongside watercolor landscapes as seen through a looking glass, is latest art installation at Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

The exhibition showcase Fitzgerald's unique vision and style, with the artist's sense of wonder and the witnessing of ...

Mountain Valley Emergency Communications Center Names Griffin 'Telecommunicator of The Year', Announces Annual Commendations and Awards

June 12, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Communications Supervisor William Griffin has been named the Mountain Valley Emergency Communications Center's (MVECC) 2018 Telecommunicator of the Year. The Shared Dispatch Center Management Board and Emergency Communications Executive Director Scott W. Ruf annually recognizes the dedicated service of Public Safety Dispatchers.

The MVECC serves ...

Junior Summit EMS Volunteers Participate in Simulated Mass Casualty Drill

SUMMIT, NJ - Nearly two dozen junior members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad recently took part in a simulated mass casualty exercise at the Squad's headquarters located at 1000 Summit Avenue. The planned drill was designed to challenge the proficiency achieved by the junior squad members during their residency training.

Responding in teams to a simulated explosion ...

Primary Election Numbers Show Minuscule Summit Turnout

June 4, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ - With every Summit local race being uncontested, just seven percent -- 1,121 individuals to be precise -- of Hilltop City residents made their way to the polls for the June Primary election. The turnout number is less than half of the low 16 percent that voted in June of 2018.

The unofficial, key entry results show:

Mayor of Summit

Nora G. Radest (D) - 715

Summit ...

UMC Summit's 'Chalkboard Conversations' Resume in June

June 3, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ - It began six years ago with a simple question: “What brings you joy?”

That phrase was the very first question on the very first week of the very first year of the United Methodist Church of Summit's  Chalkboard ministry., which will -- in the last week of June -- mark its sixth year of community activity.

The Church will once again ...

Help Stem the Tide of Invasive Vegetation at County's Free Plant Swap June 6

May 29, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Ready to turn over a new leaf?

Green Thumbers are invited to the Union County Demonstration Garden on June 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,, for a 'Native Plant Swap and Shop' event at the Union County Demonstration Garden. There, gardeners can -- free of charge -- trade an invasive plant from their yard for a colorful native plant.

Attendees ...

Free Area Household Hazardous Waste, Mobile Document-Shredding Events Offered Jun 8, 12

June 2, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - Residents can safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other chemical wastes by bringing these items to the next Household Hazardous Waste recycling event Saturday June 8 -- rain or shine -- from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Union County College Cranford Campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue

In addition, County's will host a mobile ...

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The Benefit of Affordable Housing Does Not Outweigh the Safety of Current Residents

June 17, 2019

I have been a resident of Summit and Ashwood Court for over 31 years. Moreover, four generations of my family currently live on the Court.

On June 13, 2019, the Zoning Board of Summit on a previously passed ordinance of the Common Council, committed a grave injustice to the residents of this neighborhood. Both bodies chose to destroy an existing, stable neighborhood by requiring ...

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Summit Fire Department Blotter

2/19/2019 8:50 PM -- FD responded to KAREN WAY for a report of smoke in a structure caused by a malfunctioning fireplace.  Millburn FD responded automatic aid.  Upon arrival smoke was showing on all three floors; however no fire was visible.  The flue to the fireplace was open and pulling a draft, synthetic fireplace logs were removed and soaked with water outside.  ...

Summit Police Blotter

May 21, 2019

5/5 - At 1624 hours a report was taken for a theft of tools from a Springfield Avenue apartment. The victim reported the incident occurred sometime between 4/19 and 5/3. Taken from the apartment were one (1) Husky Lock Nut Wrench, one (1) Husky Basin Wrench, one (1) Bosch Drill Bit Set and one (1) Diablo Saw. The total value of the stolen items at the time of the report was approximately ...

Summit EMS Response Report - May, 2019

During the month of May, members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad responded to 158  9-1-1 emergency calls. These included 86 medical emergencies; 11 motor vehicle accidents, including 1 vehicle that struck a utility pole 10 traumatic injuries; 3 pedestrians struck by a vehicle; 10 falls; 9 reports of poisoning; 2 allergic reactions; 5 medical alarm activations; 2 women in labor.

Video: Dietze Says Not The Right Time to Test Drive Tesla Stock

June 18, 2019

Is now the time to jump into Tesla stock? What other bargains are in the market despite the threat of massive new tariffs on Chinese imports?  Point View Wealth Manageent Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist David Dietze discusses live on CNBC:

For over 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families ...

BAYADA Home Health Care provides Live-In Care Services

Since 1975 Bayada Home Health Care has been providing care with Compassion, Excellence and Reliability — The BAYADA Way. One of BAYADA’s specialty practices is providing Live in Home Health Care.  Live-In home health care services are a comforting and cost-effective solution for ongoing personal care and support that helps people live safely at home with comfort, ...

“Wings over New Jersey” columnist Jack Elliott Memorialized Sunday

My walk to high school in Summit each day took me past a large brick compound called the New England Village Garden Apartments.  The buildings were rectangular and, except for white Colonial door mantels, they were otherwise nondescript.

The village was filled with older people, who wanted to stay in town after unloading their homes. Each day, kids like me would walk by, oblivious to the ...

Trade Wars One Year Later

Trade wars continue. The US recently ratcheted up the tax rate on $200bil of Chinese imports from 10% to 25%. The Chinese have retaliated by increasing the tax rate on $60bil of US goods from 5-10% up to 20-25%. Those industries already feeling the impact can expect more pressure on their profitability. Stock market indices have responded by selling off 4% from their recent peak.

Now ...

What is genetic testing for breast cancer? And do I need it?

Ever since Angelina Jolie announced that she had tested positive for a BRCA mutation, indicating a genetic predisposition for breast cancer, there has been increased public awareness of the role that genetic mutations play in assessing and managing the risk of breast cancer.

One of the most common questions my patients ask me is, “Do I need genetic testing?”

Most patients tend ...

Are You Ready For Your Child to Go to College?

If your son or daughter is turning 18, here are a few things you need to know:

If you have an UGMA/UTMA savings account for your child, did you know those assets are his/her legal property and once that instrument matures (most often 21 years old or 18, if you designated that at time of account creation), those assets are at your child’s disposal with no restrictions or ...

The Last Word

I recently had to write an obituary. For my dad.

He was 92, sharp, and living in his own home. But he was succumbing to age. His knees were bad and he had trouble breathing so he hobbled when he walked and had to stop every ten steps or so to catch his breath. He was a strong man whose strength was being directed to the simple act of living.

He was at a peaceful place in his life where he ...