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

May 19, 2019

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 ...

Get Smart -- Not Scared: Tips for Internet Privacy at Union Public Library

Internet privacy and scams are increasing.  According to a Harris Poll, nearly 60 million Americans were affected by identity theft in 2018 compared to nearly 15 million in 2017. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reported that people lost $30 million to phishing schemes in just one year. You can’t escape the news but you can do something about it. 

Don’t get ...

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 Interdisciplinary 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 Soledad O'Brien ...

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 ...

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

May 20, 2019

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 ...

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 ...

Union County Freeholders Seek Investigation of Power Line Upgrades

ELIZABETH, NJ – Residents of Cranford and Westfield turned out in strong numbers at the Union County Freeholders meeting Thursday night to lobby against a plan for taller utility poles and more powerful electric lines slated for their municipalities, something the county officials are calling for an "investigation" of. PSE&G has said, however, it must make the ...

Battle Hill School Students: Union's Youngest Gardeners

May 17, 2019

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 ...

Jefferson Students Honor the American Legion Through Coloring Contest

UNION, NJ – A Jefferson School student was awarded first place in the Union County American Legion’s annual coloring contest.

Taylor Demas won first place among Jefferson School students in the annual contest, moving her to the County level, where she was also awarded first place.  Alina Vannoni took second place at Jefferson School and Rebecca Gonzalez took third ...

Annual Kenilworth Street Fair and Car Show

May 14, 2019

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 ...

Newark Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Shooting of 21 Year Old from Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ - A Newark man has admitted to being responsible for a fatal shooting that took place in Roselle a little more than two years ago, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport.

During a Monday court hearing before state Superior Court Judge Lisa Miralles Walsh, 28-year-old Nathaniel Price plead guilty to a charge of first-degree aggravated manslaughter and two ...

Columns

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 ...

10% Happier by Dan Harris

10% Percent Happier by Dan Harris (Harper Collins, 2014)

 

My beloved sister-in-law, Betty Lenart, passed away last year. She faced death with a unique serenity, deeply dedicated to her Catholic faith. Each year Betty would go on a religious retreat, often located at the Jersey shore, where she would spend several days in silent meditation.  Sometimes I admit, I thought she was ...

‘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 ...

What a Special Needs Mom Wants for Mother's Day

May 9, 2019

Mother’s Day is kind of a misnomer, especially if you are the mom of a special needs child. The cards and presents last about 30 seconds, no one knows how to make pancakes, your “day off” is only until about 11:00 when you have to go downstairs and clean up the disaster in the kitchen and the rest of the day is spent with the same whining, crying and calling “Mommy, ...

Sopranos prequel brings 1967 Newark back to life

May 9, 2019

The plethora of pork pie hats and classic black-and-white cop cars, captured by camera crews, not only told onlookers that the scene had changed on Branford Place in downtown Newark.

It also showed them that time was reversed to the city's turbulent 1960s, as Hollywood magic made a cinematic fever dream real. 

Several blocks are serving this week as the set for the upcoming film ...

Two Dogs Seek Forever Homes

May 7, 2019

UNION, NJ - The Union Animal Shelter is seeking rescue for two dogs recently found together.

The dogs were found a few weeks ago.  One is a middle-aged female husky.  "She is a sweet girl".  The other, a malamute, is an older male.  "The shelter is no place for a senior dog".

The Union Animal Shelter is located at 980 Jefferson Ave. (Rt ...

New Jersey Date Night: Ice Cream, You Smile

May 18, 2019

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 ...

Cinnaholic Finds a Sweet Spot in Westfield, Opening its First NJ Franchise

This article first ran on TAPinto Westfield.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A former Wall Street banker who is starting a new venture here anticipates a sweet return on his investment.

Vikas Mittal of Hoboken is set to open a vegan bakery in Westfield on Friday. It is Cinnaholic’s first franchise in New Jersey.

“Everything in our bakery here is 100 percent ...

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

May 20, 2019

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 ...

Watch New Episode of TAPintoTV’s Original Series, HomeGrown: Clinton, NJ - Part 2

CLINTON, NJ -- After the debut of Part 1 of the premiere episode last week, TAPintoTV airs Part 2 of HomeGrown: Clinton, NJ on Friday, May 17. HomeGrown visits local towns across New Jersey to discover the stories and people that make each community special.

Host Stephanie Willoughby continues speaking with residents and small business owners in Clinton to learn more about this dynamic small ...

Mustard Seed Communities Provide Support for Orphaned Children with Disabilities Around the World

CLIFTON, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Michelle Graham Shines at the 11th Annual Mustard Seed Gala to learn more about the Mustard Seed Community in the Dominican Republic. Shines, the Director of International Programs at Mustard Seed Communities, shared the history, mission and vision of the organization, which supports orphaned children with both physical and mental disabilities.

Mustard Seed ...