Award-Winning Educators Westfield High School Names

Language arts teacher John Cheddar, social studies teacher Gregory Bowers, music teacher Craig Stanton, and language arts/journalism teacher Shawn McDonald were honored by the Westfield High School community with awards of excellence. Pictured here with WHS principal Mary Asfendis (left). Four teachers have been honored by the Westfield High School community with awards of excellence. WHS principal Mary Asfendis announced the award winners during morning announcements on May 6. Four teachers have been honored by the Westfield High School community with awards of excellence. WHS principal Mary...

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Family Fun Night in Downtown Summit Families just want to have fun!

And did they ever at last Thursday’s annual Family Fun Night (FNN) held in Summit. Hosted by Summit Downtown (SDI), FNN was back and better than ever, with a carnival-themed kid zone transforming Beechwood Road and Bank Street. Local neighbors and residents from nearby communities shared a fun-filled evening that featured an exciting lineup of activities and entertainment. As part of the attraction, all activities were free and included promotions and interactions from many of downtown Summit’s family-friendly businesses. ...

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Michelle Petrow Named Governor’s Teacher of the Year and Mary Markowski Named Educational Services Professional of the Year For Brookside Place School 2023 – 2024

Michelle Petrow has been named the Governor’s Teacher of the Year for Brookside Place School (BPS) and Mary Markowski has been named the Educational Services Professional of the Year for BPS as part of the 2023-2024 Governor’s Teacher/Educational Services Professional Recognition Program. “I feel humbled and honored to have been selected when I work in a building of truly outstanding educators,” said Ms. Petrow. Ms. Petrow has been teaching for 20 years, the last seven of those as a second-grade teacher. “I love spending my day with children, each and every day is a new adventure,” added Ms....

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Summit’s Santa Claus Shop Prepares To Help Deliver A Joyous Holiday To Locals In Need

For the 57th consecutive year, the Santa Claus Shop will open its doors to area families to provide complementary holiday shopping. The Shop serves more than 400 low-income families and senior citizens from Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights and other local communities. This year’s Santa Claus Shop will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue in Summit. Families will be offered shopping hours by invitation only during the first week of December. The Santa Claus Shop is chaired by Summit residents, Michelle Kalmanson, Alison MacMillan, Katie Orr and Elizabeth Somerlot...

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It’s Fall, Y’all… Time to Celebrate!

Now that summer is a thing of the past, it’s time to celebrate the autumn season upon us. The leaves are changing, there’s a crispness in the air, and fun festivals await at Reeves-Reed Arboretum! The non-profit public garden located in Summit will kick off the season with CELEBRATE FALL on Sunday, October 15 from 11 am to 3 pm. This family-friendly fair will feature fall-themed games, crafts and activities for the kids, photo opportunities throughout the beautiful gardens and woodlands, a spooky Halloween trail, pumpkins, music, an art exhibit, market vendors, festive food, and adorable goats...

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Summit Street Sounds Runs through this Month

Summit Downtown, Inc. (SDI) is excited to be hosting Summit Street Sounds for 2023 with a great line-up of new and past favorites! Downtown Summit will be alive with music from 5-8pm every Thursday and Friday night in June & July. We are proud to announce that over 45 musicians will be playing on the streets. Enjoy a meal at one of Summit’s many outdoor cafes, listen to some great live music, and shop at the downtown businesses, some of which will be open late. Be sure to visit the Promenade on Springfield Avenue, filled with tables and chairs for outdoor dining and enjoying the music. Exciting...

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Summit Park Line Is Open!

Your name(s): Dr. Robert Rubino / Debra Karrat Organization: Summit Park Line Foundation, Inc. Location: Summit, NJ Contact Information: Debra Karrat: Can you provide a bit of history about the bridge?  When and how did this all begin? In 2014 when Dr. Robert Rubino was Summit Council President, he was on his way to Overlook Hospital on Springfield Ave on a winter morning and saw the sun rising over the Manhattan skyline and thought how great it would be for the public to have a clear view of NYC. This led him to find the abandoned 1.2-mile stretch of rail land next to the...

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Meet John Szeles Szeles Construction

Name: John Szeles Family names: Gina (wife and mom), Ava (16), Anthony (15), Domenic (12) Company name: Szeles Construction LLC Your position: Owner Website: Phone number: 908-917-4566 Location: Cranford, New Jersey How long have you lived in Cranford? Tell us about your family: We’ve Lived in Cranford for 15 years. My wife Gina of 19 years has lived in Cranford most of her life. She left her job of 26 years a year ago to be a full time mom to our daughter Ava 16, Anthony 15, Domenic 12 and of course our beloved cat Shannon. What do you like best about the local area?...

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