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Sort Your Stuff This Summer

May 21, 2019

UNION, NJ - Looking to get organized?

Presented by Jamie Novak, organizing humorist and author of "Keep This, Toss That", come learn simple organizing tricks for key areas of your home, including collectibles, closets and clothes.

Enjoy a laugh (or two) and learn the secret of 10 & 10 organizing. No more saying “Where did I put that?” or “I’ve been ...

Union's First Pride Flag Raising Ceremony Set for June 1

UNION, NJ – An inaugural Pride Flag Raising Ceremony -- kicking off Pride Month, which encourages and promotes diversity, tolerance, and inclusiveness -- will be held on the steps of Town Hall on Saturday, June 1.

"I am proud to see the Township of Union taking a step forward in accepting all members of our community. We believe that it is overdue to recognize the LGBTQ ...

Union Senior Center to Host Picnic to Celebrate Older Americans Act Month

UNION, NJ - The Union Senior Center will celebrate Older Americans Act Month with a free senior picnic on Friday, May 31 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.  "Let's recognize and engage with our older adults that play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks, and lives," said a post from the Senior Center.

The Union Senior Center is located at 968 Bonnel ...

Your Retirement Income. Will You Have Enough?

Do you think you'll have enough money saved when you retire? You may be surprised as to how little Social Security can offer you. Many factors including rising life expectancy and health insurance fees mean additional costs that many are unprepared for. Are you saving enough?

Joseph Miranda Graduates from Emerson College in Boston

May 19, 2019

BOSTON, MA - Joseph Miranda from Union recently graduated from Emerson College, receiving a BA degree in Producing and Marketing for the Stage on Sunday, May 12.

Emerson College awarded more than 970 undergraduate degrees and on Saturday, May 11, awarded nearly 300 graduate degrees during the College's Commencement ceremonies.

Award-winning journalist, speaker, and author ...

Taylor Whitaker-Lake Graduates Magna Cum Laude from Hampton University

HAMPTON, VA - Taylor Whitaker-Lake of Union graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hampton University on May 12, 2019.

Whitaker-Lake has been accepted into Kean University to begin the necessary course requirements that will enable her to pursue her goal of becoming a Speech Pathologist. She graduated from Union High 2015. 

Isaac Kalema of Union Recognized for Service at NYIT

OLD WESTBURY, NY - Isaac Kalema of Union, an architecture major in New York Institute of Technology's Class of 2019, has been granted NYIT's award for Student Government Association Senator of the Year. Senators are crucial to the success of NYIT's clubs and organizations, and this award honors a leader who has shown how passionate they are about the club they ...

Union High School's April Female Athlete of the Month: Arielle Roman

May 16, 2019

UNION, NJ – Union High School softball player Arielle Roman has been selected TAPinto Union’s April Female Athlete of the Month.

Roman, a senior, has a hitting average of .596, with 4 homeruns and 22 RBIs.  She reached a 100 hit milestone on April 10, with a homerun.

What’s your favorite part of being a high school athlete?

My favorite part of being a high school ...

Union High School's April Male Athlete of the Month: Justin Novoa

UNION, NJ – Union High School volleyball player Justin Novoa has been selected TAPinto Union’s April Male Athlete of the Month.

On the court, Novoa has 12 kills, 27 blocks, 35 digs, 339 assists, 96 service points and 24 aces.  He has a 4.4 GPA.

What’s your favorite part of being a high school athlete?

My favorite part about being a high school athlete is meeting ...

How Union County is Battling Opioid Epidemic After 133 Overdose Deaths in 2018

May 23, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ — In 2018, 133 Union County residents died of an opioid overdose, approximately double the number of people who died from a drug overdose in 2015, according to county data.

Several county initiatives, including Operation Helping Hand and the CLEAR Program, are designed to reduce the impact of the opioid epidemic. These and other county programs were detailed in ...

Freeholders Cut Ribbon on $9 Million Ashbrook Golf Course in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union County Freeholders joined with Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, golfers, KemperSports and other elected officials on Thursday to cut the ribbon on the new state-of-the-art Ash Brook Golf Course Clubhouse, which will open to the public in a few weeks.

The new, 21,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, which cost an estimated $9 million to build, has plenty to ...

Union County Freeholders Call for NJ Transit Reforms, Boost in State Funding

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Freeholder Board is supporting reforms at NJ Transit and a proposed increase in funding for the state's transportation agency.

On Thursday night, the freeholder board unanimously approved a resolution “supporting an increase in funding for NJ Transit in this year’s New Jersey State budget to implement both the recommendations ...

Four of Union's Elementary Schools Battle it Out for Charity

May 24, 2019

UNION, NJ – It was a [friendly] battle among Union’s elementary school staff members last week when staff members, students, and parents came together for a volleyball tournament to raise money for the Valerie Fund.

Staff from Battle Hill, Connecticut Farms, Hannah Caldwell and Washington Elementary Schools met in the Union High School gymnasium for the fun-filled evening that ...

Union's 4th and 5th Graders Show Determination at Track and Field Meet

UNION, NJ - The rains stopped and the clouds parted just in time for the fourth and fifth grade boy and girls track and field meet at Union High School's fields.

"There are no losers here today," said Director of Athletics Linda Ionta.  "It's going to be a great day."  Ionta said the event began about 50 years ago, in the early 60s, by Neal Keller, then ...

Battle Hill School Students: Union's Youngest Gardeners

UNION, NJ – Battle Hill Elementary School was among the Union County schools to be awarded a garden grant through the Union County Kids Dig In! school garden grant program.  A total of 82 garden projects in 16 municipalities were awarded. 

“We applied for a composter, an irrigation system, and a bed refresh,” said Battle Hill third grade teacher Patricia ...

Hannah Caldwell Students Get Hands-On Presentation About Insects

UNION, NJ - Hannah Caldwell School students received a special visitor last week when Maria Carrasco from the Prospect Park Alliance in Brooklyn, NY, visited pre-K classes to provide students with a hands-on presentation on insects.

As part of the Pre-K Creative Curriculum Program, Carrasco’s presentation allowed students to explore a variety of different types of insects.  She ...

SUV Crashes Into Roselle 7-11

May 24, 2019

ROSELLE, NJ - Police and Fire Units responded to a report of a vehicle crashing into the 7-11 on St. Georges Avenue and Chestnut Street late Thursday evening at approximately 11:20 p.m.

Upon arrival, Police found an SUV inside of the store. The owner of the vehicle a woman from Elizabeth said that she had recently had service done on the SUV and that it would not stop. 

There were no ...

Annual Kenilworth Street Fair and Car Show

KENILWORTH, NJ - May 19, the Borough of Kenilworth will host the Annual Kenilworth Street Fair and Car Show. The event will be held along the Boulevard from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. between 14th Street and 24th Street.  This will be the fourth year the fair will be held in the spring. Originally it was in the fall.

There will be plenty of opportunity for shopping for crafts ...

Springfield Township Committee Unanimously Approves Former Saks Property Redevelopment Plan

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Enthusiastic support from Springfield’s Township Committee led to a consensus on the redevelopment plan for Block 101, Lots 1, 24,45 and 46, or commonly known as the “Saks” property. The five-member committee voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of a proposed plan to build a four-story apartment complex that will include 223 residential ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 27

Summary: On this week’s AtlantiCast, meet the nurse who saves lives - even while on vacation, Newsweek names some Atlantic Health System medical centers among the world’s best, find out which vitamin can help protect your child’s bones and pets bring more than smiles to patients, hear the results of a surprising new study!


A Merciless Mother's Day: All Hell Breaks Loose on "Game of Thrones"

For the first time in eight seasons, I am torn as I embark on my second-to-last “Game of Thrones” recap and review.

In honor of all those we lost on Sunday and for the sake of maintaining loyalty to the characters whom I have devoted so much time and energy to over the last several years, I’m going to do my best to keep my opinions on the quality of the writing at bay for the ...

‘Skylight’ Takes Emotional Leap for Two Mismatched Lovers

PRINCETON, NJ – Kyra is living on the edge in an upstairs flat in north-west London. When her former employer, and lover, Tom, comes to see her, he is horrified that she will put up with such a sad, paint-peeling habitat.

But we learn, in David Hare’s fascinating “Skylight,” she is making a statement as well as finding fulfillment in teaching poor children in a rundown ...

How to Make Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam in Your Microwave

May 22, 2019

Strawberries and rhubarb are one of our favorite springtime combinations. Use them here to make a quick and easy spread.

This recipe makes a small batch — enough for two 8-oz. jars. If you keep them in your refrigerator, there’s no need to process them.

Microwave Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

2 cups fresh strawberries cut into ¼-inch slices

½ cup rhubarb chopped ...

New Jersey Date Night: Ice Cream, You Smile

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Frankie and Annette went on one, as did Gidget and Moondoggie. Archie was known to enjoy one with Betty and sometimes with Veronica, too.  Even Samantha and both Darrins got into the act. If we take a page from the retro dating handbook, you might just want to join the crowd and take your sweetie on ...

NJ Seafood Festival to Dock in Downtown Belmar this Weekend

This story first ran on TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como.

The New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar is certainly living up to its name, as the three-day event rolls into the borough’s downtown district this weekend.

From May 17 through May 19, a host of Belmar restaurants will offer a bounty of palate-pleasing selections from the sea at the festival’s new venue — the Pyanoe Plaza ...

Music & Food Festival in Fanwood this Weekend Aims to ‘Smash Kids Cancer’

High School sophomore Elizabeth Chin knows first-hand how pediatric cancer affects families. Her brother, Connor, was diagnosed with bone cancer two and a half years ago. Connor was successfully treated by Memorial Sloan Kettering and is enjoying life as an eighth grader. 

Elizabeth is leading up Smash Kids Cancer, a Music and Food Fest at LaGrande Park in Fanwood, which will take place ...

Ramp it up: Making the Most of the Wild Leek’s Short Season in NJ

If you’ve never tasted a ramp before, it might be hard to understand why chefs and foodies get so excited about this wild member of the onion family. Part of the appeal is their incredibly short season — just a few weeks. If you see some at the farmer’s market, grab them now, because they may not be back next time.

Ramps — sometimes called wild leeks — look a lot ...

Steve Adubato Talks with HGTV Stars, The Cousins, About their New Children's Book

May 22, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- Remodeling experts and HGTV stars, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, were guests on One-on-One with Steve Adubato, sharing their latest projects as well as guidance for homeowners with the itch to renovate.

“The biggest thing you can do is plan,” advised John Colaneri. “Contractors in general have not been great at communication, and the crux of the entire ...

New World Pizza Brings Together Fresh Ingredients and Family at Franklin Food Truck Festival

FRANKLIN, NJ - Benefiting Franklin High School's Project Graduation, the 2nd Annual Franklin Food Truck Festival featured craft and food truck vendors from across the state.

"We have great vendors like New World Pizza. They have the best pizza in Somerset County, New Jersey, because they make it right on the spot - this is not heated up in a microwave!" said MacCafee ...

Mayor Ravi Bhalla Speaks About Hoboken’s Past and Present at the 25th Annual Arts & Music Festival

HOBOKEN, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with Hoboken Mayor, Ravi Bhalla, at the 25th Annual Spring Arts and Music Festival, held on Washington Street. Over 300 artists and vendors along with three stages of music were on hand to entertain the crowd.

“It’s a time-honored tradition in Hoboken,” said Mayor Bhalla, “where the community comes together.”

Alongside the ...