Help Keep Union County Parks Litter Free: Avoid Single-Use Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Commissioners encourages Union County residents to help keep County parks free of litter, by reducing their use of single-use plastic bags and other disposable plastic items.

“Spring is in sight and visitors will be returning to the County parks and we are asking everyone to pitch in and help preserve the environment in our green spaces.  Plastic bags and ...

Union County Board of County Commissioners Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of County Commissioners urges residents to download the Recycle Coach App 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 ...

Water Main and Service Line Work to Begin on Biscayne Boulevard This Week

March 7, 2021

CAMDEN, NJ – About 1,800 feet of aging water main will be replaced in Union this week.

According to New Jersey American Water, they will upgrade the aging 6-inch cast iron water lines with new 8-inch ductile iron main along the entire length of Biscayne Boulevard.  The project includes replacing two fire hydrants and 46 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route.  ...

COVID-19 Remembrance Ceremony

UNION, NJ - The Township of Union will host an event to honor the Union residents lost to the coronavirus with a COVID-19.  The Remembrance Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 24, beginning at 6 p.m. in front of Town Hall.

Attend the event in person or via their Facebook page.

Active Community Member and Longtime Resident George Petkov Passes Away

UNION, NJ – Longtime Union resident George Petkov, 82, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 28.

Petkov was born in Newark on July 26, 1938, to Daniel and Dora Budishin Petkov, according to the Galante Funeral Home website.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Potter Petkov, and by his two daughters and their spouses: Danielle and Matt McLean, Nicole and James Leavy.

Union Students Named to the University of Hartford President's Honors List

March 7, 2021

WEST HARTFORD, CT - The University of Hartford congratulates the students who have been named to the President's Honors List for Fall 2020.

The President's Honors List is made up of an extremely select group of students who earned a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in the semester.

Brianna McNair 

Kelly Severini 

Spread across seven dynamic schools and colleges, ...

Six Students from Union Named to URI's Fall 2020 Dean's List

KINGSTON, RI - The University of Rhode Island announced the Fall 2020 Dean's List, which includes six students from Union.  The following students from Union were named to Dean's List:

Emma Dasilva 

Zach Jones 

Candace Kharitonov 

Matt Pavick 

Erica Robles

Connor Thompson 

To be included on the Dean's List, full-time students ...

Kaylana Lee Chow Makes Fall 2020 Dean's List at Adelphi University in New York

GARDEN CITY, NY - Kaylana Lee Chow of Union has been named to Adelphi University's fall 2020 Dean's List.

Lee Chow was among a select group of outstanding students recognized by Adelphi's deans of Arts and Sciences, Education and Health Science, Business, Nursing and Public Health, Social Work and Psychology for superior academic performance. The list comprises full-time ...

History Made for Springfield Fire Department, as First Female Firefighter Sworn In

February 27, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had.

Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at the Springfield Township Committee meeting on Tuesday. With her history-making ...

Lost Tool Found in Forgotten Irvington Well

The unearthing of a more than 140-year-old well by PSE&G crews working in Irvington generated a buzz in a neighborhood that has endured months of COVID-19 restrictions and revealed a vital piece of the town’s past as a farming hub.

In early December, after two years of upgrading pipes throughout Irvington as part of PSE&G’s Gas System Modernization Program, the three-person ...

Burnet Middle School Esports Players Headed into Rocket League Tournament Wednesday Afternoon

March 2, 2021

UNION, NJ – With a perfect season, Esports program participants from Burnet Middle School are headed into 'battle' at the final Rocket League tournament on Wednesday....and all of Union is invited to watch and cheer them on.

The team, called the BMS Barbarians, went into the playoffs with a 9-0 record.  Heading into the finals, the Barbarians have a perfect 12-0 ...

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My Virtual Experience: What a Change!

My name is Victoria Jasmine Gaona, and I love art, music, and helping others. My family is from Brazil and Ecuador, which means I am trilingual. I am a proud member of the National Honor Society, Peer Ambassadors, the Drill Team of JROTC, and Key Club. Even though I love to work hard and work great with others, I am actually a very shy person. I push through my fears, so I can continue to prosper ...

Virtual School Isn't All Bad

Hi, my name is Jaiden Burke. I’ve had a lifelong passion for cars and a more recent one for computers. I spend a lot of time either programming or spending free time working on my car which I have bought and fixed myself. Due to having these very different passions, I haven’t yet decided what my career goal would be. I am split between a race engineer or a datacenter ...

As a Parent, Failure is … an Option

The tagline for the 1995 Tom Hanks movie Apollo 13 (slightly overrated, in my humble opinion) included the phrase, “Failure is not an option.”  That may certainly have been true for the Apollo crew, as failure likely meant death.  However, the phrase has sadly been used in situations that it should not, especially when it comes to parenting.  I cannot tell you how many ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers Named Among World’s Best Hospitals and Best Hospitals for Infection Prevention by Newsweek

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center have been named among the World’s Best Hospitals by Newsweek for the third consecutive year of the publication’s ranking. In addition, both Morristown and Overlook are ranked among the Best Hospitals for Infection Prevention in 2021.

The World’s Best Hospitals 2021 ranking is based on ...

Hungry Girl: Fast and Easy by Lisa Lillien

Hungry Girl: Fast & Easy-All Natural Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less by Lisa Lillien (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2021)

 

Lisa Lillien is a good friend of mine. Oh, I have met her only once in person at a book signing at Wegman’s in Woodbridge, NJ, but I get an e-mail from her every week day from hungrygirl.com. I feel like I know Lisa well because she thinks like I ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisees: Elizabeth Meyers and Steve Lenox from TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The TAPinto Featured Franchisees for March 2021 are Steve Lenox and Elizabeth Meyers from TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville. 

Neither Lenox nor Meyers are new to the TAPinto community. 

TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville was the third site Lenox launched, after previously opening TAPinto Paterson and TAPinto Bayonne. Lenox was awarded TAPinto’s 2021 Highest Honor ...

‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

There’s a famous saying that “All politics Is local.” As politics has become nationalized and even local candidates are now being forced to follow or defend the pronouncements of the national political parties, the adage is seemingly less accurate.  Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused the news industry to be turned on its head as all news is becoming local.

For instance, when ...

10 Easy Tricks for Making the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

March 6, 2021

For a quick and easy lunch or weeknight dinner, grilled cheese has it all — easy, cheesy, gooey comfort food at its finest. Press it in a sandwich press or indoor grill, toast it in a hot pan or pop it into the oven and it’s ready in minutes.

But don’t stop there. Level up your sandwich-making game with these tips for making the best grilled cheese ever:

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As Food Delivery Booms, More Ghost Kitchens Emerge in NJ

NEW JERSEY — Delivery has become our new best friend over the past year. With the pandemic almost a year old and numerous delivery services at our fingertips, the idea of having food come to you (instead of the other way around) has become commonplace.

After the initial shock and shut downs of the pandemic, New Jersey restaurants were put through the wringer with ...

Healthcare Distribution Expert Provides Insight Into National Vaccination Effort

March 6, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with Patrick Kelly, the Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, about COVID-19 vaccine distribution both across the country and in New Jersey, including the recently-approved Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine.

The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) is the ...