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Summit Police Detective Christopher Medina Promoted to Rank of Sergeant

September 26, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Detective Christopher Medina, who began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Summit Police Department, has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Medina grew up in New Providence where he was an active member in the community, obtaining his Eagle Scout recognition before graduating from Oratory Prep High School before going on to ...

Summit Adds 21 COVID-19 Cases in Past Week

September 24, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit has been notified by the Westfield Regional Health Department (WRHD) that 21 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Summit from September 17-23. There have now been 89 cases confirmed in Summit this month, and 2,042 since the onset of the pandemic.

Relative to the most recent cases, the WRHD reports the following age breakdown:

Two ...

County Offers Free Flu Shots Beginning Sept. 23

ELIZABETH, NJ - Free flu shots will be available for Union County residents starting September 23, dispensed at clinics run by the Office of Health Management at locations throughout Union County.

The free flu shot clinics are open to all Union County adults and children ages nine and up, and children ages four years through eight years can also use Union County’s free flu shot ...

Summit Passes 2,000 COVID-19 Case-Mark Since Pandemic Began; Twenty-Seven New Positives Reported

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit has now surpassed the 2,000-case mark since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with the Westfield Regional Health Department reporting 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Summit from September 10 - 16. There have now been 68 cases confirmed in the month of September and 2,021 since the onset of the pandemic.

Relative to the most recent cases, the WRHD reports the ...

Summit Superintendent: Roughly 90 Percent of District Staff Fully Vaccinated

September 13, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Roughly 90% of the Summit Public School District's staff members are fully-vaccinated, according to Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough who, speaking at the September 9 Summit Board of Education meeting, also said that the District is working with local healthcare providers to comply with Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Order that all unvaccinated staff members ...

Fortnightly Club of Summit Awards 2021 Scholarships to Trio of Hilltoppers

SUMMIT, NJ - Three Summit High School Class of 2021 graduates -- Meghan Tarashuk, Disha Pal, and Pascale Simmons -- are the recipients of Fortnightly Club of Summit scholarships.

Tarashuk was awarded The Manley-Winser Scholarship, a new scholarship open to any female Summit resident who will be attending a 2-year college, 4-year college, professional, technical or trade ...

Pebble Players Youth Theater Hosts 'Oliver, Jr.' Auditions Oct. 4-5

September 26, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Pebble Players Youth Repertory Theater will be hold auditions for Oliver, Jr. on October 4 and 5,  from 4 - 8 p.m. each day. Kids ages 9-16 may audition, with all auditions need to be made by appointment.

To learn more, contact or visit

As described by, Oliver, Jr. -- which is based on ...

Summit Park Line Receives $30,000 Rail Trail Conservancy Grant

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Park Line Foundation has received an unsolicited, $30,000 grant from the national Rail Trail Conservancy (RTC) organization. The funds are intended to support the construction of the linear park and placement of a pedestrian bridge linking two sections of the Park Line over Morris Avenue.

The grant comes through RTC's 'Trail ...

Summit H.S. Football Gets Right Back in Win Column, Runs Past South Plainfield, 44-7

September 26, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Just over a week ago, after a suffering humbling and heavy defeat at Cranford, Summit Head Coach Kevin Kostibos spoke of the need to go "back to the drawing board." For those without a super-secret Hilltopper decoder ring, 'drawing board' appears to translate into 'basics'.

'Basics', in Summit Football-speak, means be physical and ...

Road Warriors: Summit H.S. Boys Soccer Stays Hot, Wins at SP-F 2-1

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Junior Gabe Malik scored twice, including the match-winner in the 70th minute, as the Summit High School Boys Varsity Soccer Team knocked off a second straight perennial power by winning 2-1 at Scotch Plains-Fanwood. 

The victory, Summit's second-consecutive road triumph and fourth triumph on the trot, lifts the Maroon and White's season mark to ...

Golden Moment

September 23, 2021

The Summit High School Girls Volleyball Team and members of the Rahway High School Girls Volleyball Team show their solidarity -- and their golden laces -- during the teams' recent ''Go4TheGoal' match at the Main Gym.

All the student athletes, from teams on three levels (Freshman, JV and Varsity), wore the golden laces to honor the children and the ...

Summit's Anthony Campanelli Among New Warren Township Police Officers

September 24, 2021

WARREN, NJ —- Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane introduced two new members of the Warren Township Police Department at Thursday night’s meeting of the Warren Township Committee. 

Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow officers, Cody Silverman and Anthony Campanelli were sworn in to the Warren Township Police Department.

“I want to congratulate these ...

Summit Common Council Awards $15 Million+ Firehouse Construction Contract

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit took the next step towards a new fire station as the Common Council awarded a $15,017,650 construction bid to Wayne-based Brahma Construction Corp. during a lightly-attended meeting September 21.

Susan Hairston, Ward One Council Member, moved the Safety & Health resolution awarding the bid, which includes radiant floor heat and a standing ...

Mary Cummins Joins Other Fellow First Foundation Board of Directors

September 21, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Mary Sheehan Cummins, longtime Summit resident and the owner of Marigolds, has joined the Other Fellow First Foundation's Board of Directors, Foundation President Jordan Glatt announced. She joins a Board which includes Co-Founder Jim Greberis, Co-Founder and Chairman Brett Haire, Neale Trangucci, Courtney Zanelli, Jamie Haire and David ...

Local Baby Supply and Diaper Bank Hosts Collection Event Sept. 25

WARREN, NJ - In recognition of 'National Diaper Need Awareness Week' (DNAW), area baby supply and diaper bank Moms Helping Moms Foundation (MHM) will host a drive-thru diaper donation collection event on September 25, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., at New Providence Presbyterian Church.

Participants are asked to donate new packages of diapers, baby wipes, and baby hygiene ...

Trailside's Free Guided Nature Walks for Seniors are Back Starting Oct. 8

September 22, 2021

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Seniors age 55 and up can once again participate in a series of free, guided walks at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside this fall. The series will take place every Friday, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., beginning October 8.

Each walk is led by a Trailside naturalist and highlights a different topic, including 'Reptile Ramble', 'Migratory ...

SAGE Offers Medicare Open Enrollment Counseling, Hosts 'Medicare and You' Programs

SUMMIT, NJ - SAGE Eldercare’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselors are available at no charge to discuss Medicare plans and options for 2021 Open Enrollment, which is set for October 15 - December 7.

During this period, SAGE will host a Zoom webinar every Wednesday morning, from 10 - 11:30 a.m., and Thursday evening, ...

Vivid Stage Presents World Premiere of 'Portrait of Widow Kinski', Sept. 30 - Oct. 10

September 22, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Sara Jean Accuardi's Portrait of the Widow Kinski will receive its world premiere at Vivid Stage. The production will be presented beginning September 30 and continue through October 10 at the theatre at Oakes Center.

All audience members will be asked to show proof of vaccination at the box office.

Portrait of the Widow Kinski has received several ...

Five Summit High School Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

September 15, 2021

EVANSTON, IL - Five Summit High School students -- Jeremiah Cohn, Madeline Demm, Ana Estupinan, Jessica Luo and Rebecca Romano -- are among the 16,000 national Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced.

Also named a semifinalist was Emma Chan of Kent Place School.

The ...

Eight Summit Businesses Recognized as 'Union County Small Business Community Champions'

September 16, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - Eight Summit businesses are included in the more than 100 businesses in all 21 Union County municipalities nominated for recognition in the 'Union County Small Business Community Champion' program.

The eight businesses are: Badawang Art & Your Inner Tranquilty, Serra Restaurant, The UPS Store, Batavia Cafe, Brownie Points Bakery, Summit True Value Hardware, ...

Summit Police Detective Christopher Medina Promoted to Rank of Sergeant

September 26, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Detective Christopher Medina, who began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Summit Police Department, has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Medina grew up in New Providence where he was an active member in the community, obtaining his Eagle Scout recognition before graduating from Oratory Prep High School before going on to ...

Summit's Anthony Campanelli Among New Warren Township Police Officers

WARREN, NJ —- Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane introduced two new members of the Warren Township Police Department at Thursday night’s meeting of the Warren Township Committee. 

Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow officers, Cody Silverman and Anthony Campanelli were sworn in to the Warren Township Police Department.

“I want to congratulate these ...

General Election Sample Ballots Now Available Online

September 23, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - Sample ballots for the November 2 General Election can be viewed and downloaded on the County Clerk’s elections website located at, and through Union County Votes, a free app for all mobile devices.

Gubernatorial candidate statements are also available through the website and app, in English and Spanish, as is information on early voting ...

Summit Council Candidates Share Platforms, Positions on Issues at LWV-Sponsored Forum

SUMMIT, NJ - Seven candidates seeking seats on City of Summit Common Council participated in a virtual Candidates' Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Summit. Technical problems prevented the Forum from being broadcast live on September 9, however the video feed was posted online the following day.

The session was moderated ...

September Shred: Two Opportunities to Dispose Personal Documents, Sept. 18 and 24

September 16, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Union County will host secure paper shredding events on September 18 and 24, with County residents able bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to be disposed of and recycled for free.

The September 18 event will be held at the Union County College campus on Springfield Avenue in Cranford. For GPS purposes, those planning to attend are instructed to use ...

Recycle Household Hazardous Waste at Area Event, Sept. 12

ELIZABETH, NJ - Residents can rid their homes dangerous chemicals in a safe and environmentally-conscious way when Union County hosts its next free Household Hazardous Waste drop-off recycling event September 12, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Union County College's main campus.

Many unwanted -- and potentially harmful -- chemicals can lurk around homes and yards, creating ...

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In Local Politics, Party Really Does Matter

September 23, 2021

The oft-heard refrain of “there is no Democratic or Republican way to fix a pothole” used to ring true. Small-town politics, with their hyperlocal focus, were mostly immune from the vagaries and controversies of national party platforms, focusing instead on innocuous but still important issues (like the aforementioned potholes). 

With the arrival of Trumpism, however, the ...

I Support Steve Spurr for the At-Large Council Seat

Over many years I have had the privilege of serving on the Union County College’s Board of Trustees, delivering meals for SAGE’s Meals on Wheels program as well as distributing food for the Loaves and Fishes Food pantry at Saint Teresa of Avila church, and leading the Summit Housing Authority (SHA) as its chairwoman. The SHA directly oversees three affordable housing properties ...

Minegar, Vartan, and Little: What you can expect from us

September 24, 2021

We’re a little over 6 weeks away from Election Day, November 2. Vote-by-mail ballots are likely to be in mailboxes soon, we have the opportunity for early voting this year, and we’re entering what is sometimes referred to as “silly season” when you get bombarded with communication from candidates up and down the ballot. 

We want to put those communications in ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, September 28, 11:00 AM

Gerald B. Green Plaza, Plainfield

Emergency Food Distribution Event

Food & Drink


Thu, September 30

Kendra Scott at The Mall at Short Hills, Short Hills

Kendra Scott Jewelry Happy Hour & Shopping Event ...

Giving Back


Thu, September 30, 8:00 PM

Oakes Center , Summit

Portrait of the Widow Kinski by Sara Jean ...

Arts & Entertainment

Summit Fire Department Blotter - July, 2021

In the month of July the Summit Fire Department responded to 233 calls for service, including: 

7/4/21 9:59PM: Automatic aid response for a reported structure fire in Springfield, NJ. Summit units  assisted on scene with overhaul. A modified signal 11 of off duty personnel was transmitted for station coverage while units operated out of town. 

7/6/21 11:59PM: Responded ...

Summit Police Blotter

September 8, 2021

8/3/2021— at 1842 hours a report was taken for a theft of a package located at a Park Avenue residence. The victim reported the incident occurred on 8/2/2021. The stolen package was valued at  $160.00 at the time of the theft.  

8/3/2021— at 1120 hours a report was taken for a theft of an unsecured vehicle from a Glendale Road  residence. The victim reported the ...

Imagine Welcomes Lindsay Schambach as New Executive Director

September 26, 2021

It is with much enthusiasm that we announce the hiring of Lindsay Schambach as the Executive Director of Imagine. After a national search, many hours dedicated by our search committee, and oversight by our board of directors, we found our next Executive Director from here in our Imagine Community. We are excited about all that Lindsay will bring to Imagine.

Lindsay comes to Imagine with ...

Community FoodBank of New Jersey Spearheads First-Ever #GreatBigDiaperDrive

HILLSIDE - To address diaper need throughout the state, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) will hold its inaugural #GreatBigDiaperDrive in honor of National Diaper Need Awareness Week, occurring from September 27 through October 3. Leading the campaign are CFBNJ’s Emerging Leaders Board and Women ...

Summit Real Estate Report - August, 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 August 2021.

Active Listings: ...

Raising Investment Savvy Teenagers

Parents confront many challenges during the tween and early teen years.  As a result, educating our children about investing often falls through the cracks.  While our children have watched us interact with money throughout their young lives, the examples have been more transactional.  They have learned how to pay for groceries, distinguish different dollar bill denominations, and ...

Community Conversations: Back to School

Children have headed back into the classroom, so be sure to check out this Community Conversation with pediatrician Walter Rosenfeld, MD, chair of Pediatrics at Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, who shares what parents need to know as their kids return to in-person learning, how we’re helping make schools safer and the ...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Alcohol Abuse & Recovery

In April 2020, the United States and the rest of the world shut down to stay safe from COVID-19.  Shelter at home orders were instituted and allowed residents only to conduct essential activities.  States relaxed alcohol laws to support businesses and restaurants.  Adults were able to order alcohol for curbside pick up and home delivery.  Liquor stores in some states were ...

This Is How Family Became One Designer's Secret to Success

In many ways, preeminent NJ design group CWI.DESIGN is a family business—passed down from mother to daughter, run by wife and husband. But Rachel Kapner's path to becoming its president and principal designer took some unexpected turns along the way. And it required loved ones to trust her ability to get the job done.

Changing Course from Fashion to Interior Design

"I ...

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Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

Finding the Sweeter Side of Unprecedented Times

In March of 2020, life decided to hand lemons to students across the country and beyond, leaving millions of us in a scramble; we searched far and wide for ingredients needed to make lemonade out of an unforeseen scenario. For most of us, whether we were in the second grade, secondary school, or beyond, the remedy to our anxieties was simple: distraction. Perhaps the first few weeks of quarantine ...

5 Proven Tips To Use Email For Marketing Your Holiday Promotions

You have created a killer holiday promotion -- now it’s time to let people know about it! Email for marketing is the perfect vehicle for your message, but, like all vehicles, you have to know how to drive it.

Sending an email is easy, right? You’ve probably sent or received one within the last 10 minutes. But sending out a promotional message along with millions of other companies ...

Transitioning A Side Hustle Into A Successful Business: A Detailed Guide

Currently, over 70 million Americans have a side hustle. That's approximately 45% of the working population. 

Starting a side hustle has many benefits, as you can earn extra income, develop new skills, become a small business owner and quit your day job. 

But how do you transition your side hustle into a full business? This article will cover eight steps you need to follow to ...

The Art of (Interrupting) Conversation

A person with bad manners is one who tries to interrupt when you’re talking or talk when you are interrupting.
- Cartoon in Esquire Magazine

I recently received a random text message from an acquaintance of mine. I was in the middle of an important conversation with my wife when my phone started buzzing in my pocket, disrupting my train of thought which, if I could remember any of it, ...