Suit Settlement, Bridges, Special Needs Care: What Union County Freeholders OK’d Thursday

November 17, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholders on Thursday approved a jail guard's settlement, assistance for caregivers of special needs children and authorized grant applications for building bridges.

Here are some key takeaways from the freeholder board's meeting:

Lawsuit Settlement: The freeholders settled a lawsuit for $80,000, from a case involving a jail guard, ...

Union County Among Last in NJ Still Tallying Ballots, Clerk Says

UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you filled out a paper ballot at a polling place in Union County, your vote will be counted — starting Monday, the administrator of the Board of Elections said.

Elections workers will begin counting the paper ballots, also called provisional ballots, cast at polling places beginning Monday — 13 days after election day — at which time they will ...

‘At Least’ 10 High School COVID Cases Traced to Mountainside House Party, Boro Says

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — A house party in Mountainside has led to “at least” 10 Governor Livingston High School students testing positive for COVID-19, authorities said.

Mayor Paul Mirabelli in a post to the borough’s Facebook page Friday reported the information provided by Westfield Regional Health Department Director Megan Avallone and encouraged parents to ...

Union County Freeholders Remind Residents of Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Union County’s New #SmashItDontTrashIt Campaign Makes New Green Energy from Old Halloween Pumpkins

Union County residents can put their Jack o’ Lanterns to good use after Halloween by participating in Union County’s new Pumpkin Recycling Program. The pumpkins will be collected by Union County and other local governments and brought to an organic waste recycler in Elizabeth, where they will be transformed into green energy.

“The Pumpkin Recycling Program is an easy, ...

Community Conversations: Healthy Holiday Decisions

The seasons of gratitude and giving can also come with some real dietary challenges. On this Community Conversation, Dr. Elkin Nunez, director of endocrinology at Atlantic Health System's Morristown Medical Center, will share some important tips to help those with diabetes make healthy holiday decisions.

 

World AIDS Day with Live Stream Musical Theatre Concert to Support the Work of Hyacinth AIDS Foundation

November 24, 2020

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to sponsor No Day But Today, a musical theatre concert honoring the mission of World AIDS Day. The live stream virtual performance, produced by the Union County Performing Arts Center to support the work of Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, is scheduled for Saturday, December 19 at 7:00 PM.

Virtual tickets are $20 per streaming device, available ...

Newark Imposes New Restrictions As COVID-19 Infection Rate Climbs to 19%

November 11, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The city’s COVID-19 cases are approaching peak numbers, leading Mayor Ras Baraka to issue a new executive order with more stringent health and safety restrictions than those announced in October. 

Baraka took to Facebook Live on Monday to tell Newarkers that the city’s infection rate has shot up from 11% to 19% in just two weeks. Of the 689 new cases ...

New Jersey Teacher Pens Children's Book on Adoption and Her Family's Journey

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Across the United States, November is recognized in the United States as National Adoption Month. For one New Jersey Middle School teacher, Dana Regan, this especially hits home, as she wrote a children’s book, Amarylli’s Bunny: Where is She Now?, about her adopted daughter Amarylli, or “Rylli”, and her stuffed bunny.

Regan’s ...

Join the NJ Liquor License Reform Alliance to Boost Our Economy

November 14, 2020

Dear Editor:

It’s no secret that New Jersey has some of the most archaic liquor license laws in the nation. Our liquor license laws (over 60 years old) are holding back our state economy and efforts to revitalize downtowns across our state. Utah is the only other state that has liquor license laws like New Jersey.  

The current liquor license formula caps liquor licenses based on ...