Berkeley Heights Neighborhood Networking Group Meeting
Sep 14 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Berkeley Heights Neighborhood Networking Group Meeting
Elefante Music School for Performing Arts
1790 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974
Time: 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. –  Network
           8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Meeting
Members of the Neighborhood Networking Group meet
the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month at 7:30 am – 9am
at 100 Connell Drive in Berkeley Heights.

First Ever Vegan Fest to be Held in Berkeley Heights Sept. 14 – 16
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm

Submitted By Kim Diamond

On September 14 – 16, 2018, the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission (BHEC) will host its first ever Vegan Fest, with events to be held each day in different locations around Berkeley Heights. Through Vegan Fest, the BHEC hopes to raise community awareness about how a plant-based diet, mindful exercise, and individual food choices can have a positive impact on both environmental preservation and on personal health.

Vegan Fest will consist of three main events that are free and open to the public: (1) an evening of yoga and Tai Chi, (2) two educational panels focusing on health impacts and planet impacts, respectively, and (3) a Vegan Cook-off.

The first event, Evening Yoga and Tai Chi, runs from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018 (rain date of Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 2 – 4 p.m.) at The Grove Park at the Connell Center on Connell Drive in Berkeley Heights. Beginning at 6 p.m., certified yoga instructor LeeAnn Gerrato will lead an hour-long yoga session on the dias area. Immediately thereafter at 7 p.m., certified Tai Chi instructor Don Madson will lead an hour-long Tai Chi session. Everyone of all ages – from novices to masters – are invited to attend! Participants should arrive in comfortable, work-out clothing and should bring a filled water canister. Those attending the yoga session should also bring a yoga mat or towel with them. It is the BHEC’s hope that this event will encourage participants to engage in these or other practices that promote good physical health, while also awakening their focus on the mind-body-spirit connection.

For the second event, two educational panels will be held from 10 a.m. – Noon on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Berkeley Heights Town Hall on Park Avenue in Berkeley Heights. Each panel will run for approximately one hour. The first panel, the “Health Focus Panel,” will focus on why a diet rich in fruits and vegetables promotes good health. Among others, the panelists will include an oncology nutritionist from Summit Medical Group, the Wellness Director of the Summit Area YMCA, and the Director of Community Wellness of the YMCA’s Livestrong Program. The second panel, the “Planet Impacts Panel,” will focus on how a plant-based diet helps to promote environmental preservation and will feature an associate professor from the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics at Rutgers University as well as the president of

The third and final event, the Vegan Cook-off, begins at 1 p.m. in Lower Columbia Park off Hamilton Avenue in Berkeley Heights, behind Columbia Middle School. Veganism includes a diet in which no animals or animal products (including eggs and dairy products) are used. This is an opportunity for everyone – vegans and non-vegans alike – to showcase their skills at creating vegan dishes that can taste delicious. There will be two divisions – a restaurant division and a “general public” division. Each division will feature three categories – (1) appetizer, (2) main course, and (3) dessert. Prizes will be awarded to all winners. Interested contestants must pre-register and enter their dish at A blue-ribbon panel of judges, including Berkeley Heights Mayor Bob Woodruff, will determine the winning entries.

For more information about Berkeley Heights Vegan Fest, including details about each of the events above, please visit the BHEC’s Facebook page at

“Cocktails and Comedy” Benefit for Grace Counseling Center @ Rose Hall Theatre
Sep 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Grace Counseling Center serves as a non-profit mental health resource for Madison and the surrounding communities. For over 30 years we have been here to help the community deal with the challenges of life. From providing therapy to those who face depression and anxiety; to helping someone cope with the death of a loved one; to providing counseling for couples; and assisting parents in improving their relationship with their children, we are there. We provide free workshops to the community on a variety of psychological topics, all with the purpose of helping the community.

Once a year we hold a benefit to raise money so we can continue this good work. This year we are hosting “Cocktails and Comedy”, a night of laughter and fun. The Benefit will be Friday, September 14, 2018 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. It will be held at the new Rose Hall Theatre in beautiful downtown Madison at 10 Kings Rd. Tickets are $100 per person, with donations over $25 tax deductible. In lieu of a silent auction, donations toward therapy sessions for families in need are also accepted.

Tickets for the event are available by sending a check to the Grace Counseling Center at 16 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940, by contacting the center at 973-822-0707, or by email Hope to see you there!