Week in Review: GLTV, Softball Loss, New Teachers
Here's the top news from Berkeley Heights, Mountainside and New Providence this week.
Relay For Life of Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, New Providence, and Summit is pulling out all the stops for this year’s event, which will take place at Governor Livingston High School from 3 p.m. on June 2 to 7 a.m. on June 3. Each year gets bigger and better, and this year is no exception. While during every Relay, participants enjoy food they bring and some they order in or purchase from other teams, this year event planners have a new feature: a food court! Before and during the event, vendors from around the community will be on-site selling, and in some cases giving, food and beverages to attendees. Percentages of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Looking for others things to do in Berkeley Heights, Mountainside or New Providence this weekend? Several events and activities will be taking place in those communities and around the county, including Healthy Kids Day in Berkeley Heights, "Get Acquainted" Tennis Clinic & Round Robin in New Providence and a Wine Tasting/Taste of the Town in Mountainside. Check out the details here.
The future of television is taking shape in our midst. At Governor Livingston High School, a bunch of students and two adult advisers are producing a boatload of programming in the high school television studio. 'GLTV' is a local access television station that they run. It serves the communities of Berkeley Heights and Mountainside (watch it on Comcast 34, Fios 47 or on the website). Adviser and television production teacher Joe Voorhees and Ken Stiefel oversee the technical aspects of the station and assist the students during live shoots. But the students do the lion's share of the work, tallying 40 shoots and more than 200 hours of on-set time each year. They setup, shoot, break down and edit everything seen on GLTV. GLTV currently shoots regular and semi-regular shows in addition to sports, concerts, plays and special events — such as graduation. The students have the ability to do multi-camera shoots in house or on location with a remote truck. Yes, GLTV has a remote truck.
The New Providence Varsity Softball team continued to make many strides this season. But the 2012 campaign came to an end Thursday, as the Pioneers fell 7-0 to Whippany Park in the semifinal round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament in Whippany. New Providence was shutout for the second time this spring, entering the game having won 12 of 13 games. The team finished the season with a 15-6 mark.
The New Providence School District will have at least eight new teachers walking through the district after the Board of Education approved the first round of hiring to replace retirees and to fill in new positions on Tuesday night. Superintendent of Schools David Miceli said the district received between 800 and 900 applications for teaching positions. After an extensive interview process, he believes the district has top-notch teachers to provide the best for the students. Conor Barry, one of the graduating seniors and the board's student representative, was awarded for a project he did with sixth grader Patrick Trezza. Trezza met with Barry to raise autism awareness in the district. Along with Barry and Trezza, the district awarded 10 other students for their accomplishments in state-wide competitions.
New Providence Borough Council unanimously adopted an ordinance Tuesday night that will appropriate more than $2.4 million for capital improvements throughout the borough this year. Borough Council allocated funds for capital improvement projects in the 2012 Municipal Budget, which was adopted at the end of March. The borough's down payment for all projects totals $122,075.
On May 17, Patrolman Andrew Diamond and Detective Donald Sretenovic, of the New Providence Police Department, arrested Paul L. Lowe, age 29 of Rahway, for Theft of Movable Property. The arrest occurred after Mr. Lowe allegedly stole an Apple iPhone from a local Delicatessen. Officers were able to track the movement of the iPhone using the GPS function after the actor fled on an eastbound train and arrested Lowe in East Orange after found with the phone in his possession.
Six properties were sold in New Providence and Berkeley Heights this week. 5 Holly Mews in Berkeley Heights, a colonial home with 5 bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms, sold for $1,255,000. No homes were sold in Mountainside.