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Space Available at Union County Regional Shelter

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents without heat or electricity that they can warm up, charge their electronic devices and get meals at the Union County Regional Shelter, at 220 Walnut Street in Cranford. The shelter is expected to remain open through to the end of the day on Wednesday, November 7 and space is available for overnight stays.

Residents planning to stay overnight are advised to contact the shelter in advance by calling the Cranford Police Department, at 908-272-2222.

“Though some parts of Union County are getting back to normal, many of our friends and neighbors are still coping without the basic comforts of life,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “If you need a warm place in which to relax and get some rest, please don’t hesitate to use the County Regional Shelter, or any local shelter in your community.”

Residents can contact the Red Cross or their municipal offices to inquire about other local public shelters.

Mirabella also reminded County residents using generators, open fireplaces or candles at home to exercise extreme caution to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards.

With supplies of gasoline continuing to run short, residents are asked to buy gas only when needed and to limit non-essential driving.

“More stations are getting power and new supplies are coming into our region, so if we can all be patient for just a few more days we’ll be able to cut down on those long lines,” said Mirabella.

Drivers can conserve gas and boost their mileage significantly by observing the posted speed limit, avoiding sudden stops and starts, and refraining from changing lanes unless necessary.

Another effective tactic for saving gas is to shut off the engine instead of letting it idle while waiting in line, whether at a gas station or any other drive-through service. After just a few seconds, most cars burn as much gas as it would take to restart the engine.

In ten minutes of idling, a typical car could drive for about five miles.

Additional information from the Freeholder Board includes a reminder that the County Clerk has extended early voting (Vote-by-Mail) hours to include Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and up to 3:00 Monday at the Clerk’s offices at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth and 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.

Residents using this service will be able to get a ballot, fill it out and cast it at the Clerk’s offices. There is no need to mail it.

Residents who do not vote early can vote as usual at their polling place on Tuesday, November 6. Generators will be used in any areas where power has not yet been restored.

If you have any questions about early voting or if you need to find your polling place, call the County Clerk at 908-527-4787 or visit

For more updates and information about Union County services, visit

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