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Colón Elected President, Two New Members Join as Summit Board of Education Reorganizes

May 15, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Board of Education met on May 12, with the business of reorganizing for the upcoming school year just one item on a jam-packed agenda. The resulting meeting clocked in at nearly three hours.

Board Secretary Derek Jess called the meeting to order and swore in two new board members. Joining the board are Dr. Joseph Porac and Kelly Stanton, who replace Chris ...

Esther Loor Named Franklin Elementary Principal

SUMMIT, NJ - Esther Loor has been selected as the next principal of Franklin Elementary School. After the Summit Board of Education formally approves her selection at its upcoming meeting on May 12, Loor will begin her role on August 1. She replaces current Franklin Principal Janice Tierney, whose retirement was announced in March.

"I am honored to ...

Summit High School Moves Up One Spot in U.S. News & World Report's State School Rankings

WASHINGTON, DC - Summit High School has moved up one spot -- to 16th in the state of New Jersey -- in the latest U.S. News & World Report 'Best High Schools' Rankings. Nationally, U.S. News ranks Summit High School 363rd and 147th in STEM.

In 2021, U.S. News slotted Summit 17th in New Jersey, 442nd nationally, and 89th in STEM.

The rankings evaluate more than ...

Summit Board of Education STEAMs Toward Proposed Program of Bond-Funded Projects

SUMMIT, NJ - While it may have been tempestuous outside, it was calm inside at the April 7 meeting of the Summit Board of Education, which lasted just over an hour. It was the final meeting for Board President Chris Bonner and Member Vanessa Primack, both of whom are completing their second three-year term.

Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough and Business Administrator Derek Jess kicked ...


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Summit's Common Council: 0 for 2

May 6, 2022

First, Council is considering a 480' long 65' high monstrous building on Broad Street to replace Summit's existing Fire House. Then, at the meeting on May 3, Council voted to create a Pedestrian Mall closing Maple Street to traffic from Union Place to Springfield Avenue and Springfield Avenue to Deforest Avenue, 

Here are the facts concerning the closing of Maple ...

Broad Street West Would Invite 'Me, Too' Developers

Here is the story of 47 Maple Street in Summit. 47 Maple Street is the large building on Maple Street where Union Place dead-ends into it, at the railroad cut opposite the Post Office on the other side of the cut. My friend Richard Poole sat on the Zoning Board of Adjustment a long time ago, when the building at Number 47 did not yet exist – but the five-story parking garage behind it ...

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Summit Police Blotter

May 16, 2022

5/9/2022 — At 1359 hours a report was taken for a theft of a motor vehicle located at a Briant Parkway residence. The victim discovered a Blue 2022 Mercedes Benz S500 was taken from the driveway after being left unattended for approximately 25 minutes, unlocked and with the key fob inside. The estimated value of the vehicle is $120,000.

5/10/2022 — Eric Sorensen, 54, of Summit was ...

Union County College Recognized as REACH Reward Recipient from Phi Theta Kappa

May 16, 2022

Union County College is honored to be named a 2022 REACH Chapter from Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for students attending two-year colleges. The organization recognizes students with high academic achievement at associate degree-granting colleges, and membership is by invitation only. The Iota Xi Chapter of PTK at Union is incredibly active on campus, with 250 to 300 ...

Free Webinar: Mental Health 101

In a resolution passed last week at the Union County Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners designated May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition of this month, the Department of Human Service’s Office on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse in partnership with Atlantic Health System will host a free webinar titled, “Mental Health 101: How Do We ...

Summit Real Estate Report - March, 2022

Prominent Properties 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 March 2022.

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Facing the unknown – What parents can tell kids when answers fail

A wise therapist once told me, “David, no matter how much you think you can, no one can predict the future. So stop trying and making yourself crazy in the process.” Excellent advice, especially considering my future predictions tend to veer into sometimes frightening territory.

Predictions are like opinions, everyone has one. When I signed on for parenthood, I tried to anticipate ...

Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

Mount St. Mary Class of 2022 Future Athletic Plans Revealed

On the morning of May 12, Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung revealed the names of additional Class of 2022 student-athletes who have expressed their intent to further their athletic careers at the collegiate level. The following students were honored by Denise Materia, Director of Athletics and Assistant Directress (Student Life), S. Lisa D. Gambacorto, RSM, Ed.S. (Directress) in Mother Mary ...

Mental Burden That Arose from COVID-19 Continues to Impact Teens

While schools are now in person, the mask mandate has lifted, and COVID-19 cases have significantly dropped, shouldn't teens be back to normal?

Maybe not. 

It’s no secret that around the world the pandemic has taken a toll on people of every age. Quarantine was especially challenging due to the constant isolation and uncertainty. As socializing is critical for high schoolers, ...

Just a Second

May 20th is World Metrology Day.

I am counting down the hours on an atomic clock which is accurate to 1 second in 10 million years.

Metrology is the scientific development of systems of measure. Unlike Meteorology, the study of weather, you don’t have to be chipper and TV good looking to study Metrology. You do have to have geekish tendencies and more degrees than a thermometer, ...

Agent Spotlight: Kelly & Con Hartnett

Kelly and Con Hartnett, Sales Associates in the Livingston office, are a real estate power couple, ranking among the Top 2% of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices agents, nationwide. Kelly is an expert on the North Jersey market and one of BHHSNJ’s Certified Relocation Specialists. Whether you’re moving from the town over or crossing a few time zones, Kelly can guide you to your home of ...