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Saint Joseph HS to Host Open House Sunday, October 17

October 14, 2021

METUCHEN, NJ – The doors to Saint Joseph High School will open to the public on Sunday, October 17 for prospective students and their families to get an inside look at day-to-day life on campus.  The Open House runs  from 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and will provide visitors the opportunity to meet students, faculty, parents and administrators of the school.

With over 40 clubs ...

Mount Saint Mary Academy Open House Set for Sunday, October 17

WATCHUNG, NJ – Mount Saint Mary Academy is set to welcome the public to its Open House on Sunday, October 17, 2021. The Mount is an all-girls, college-prep high school and is a sponsored work of the Sisters of Mercy.  Located at Terrill Road and Route 22 in Watchung, the school occupies 84 acres.  The Open House fair style showcase will be held on the Angels of Victory ...

A Star-Spangled Night of Patriotism at ALJ Friday

October 18, 2021

CLARK, NJ - Patriotism was extra loud and clear in Clark on Friday night as the first Clark Patriots’ night event was held under Friday night Lights at Arthur L. Johnson High School.  The event, honoring veterans was hosted by Mayor Sal Bonaccorso, the Clark Town Council, Superintendent Ed Grande, the Clark Board of Education and Athletic Director Gus Kalikas.

The festivities began ...

14th Annual Fall Skateboard Clinic Grinds into Clark

CLARK, NJ – Carve, grind, deck, nose, rail and tail.  Some younger members of the community recently learned lots of new vocabulary along with tips and tricks as part of the 14th Annual Clark Recreation Fall Skateboard Clinic. 

According to Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo, the clinic is taught by semi-professional skateboarder Anton Zambell. Bernardo said Zambell is a ...

Clark's Leopold Bolona to Run Boston Marathon in Support of Autism Foundation 

CLARK, NJ – Leopold Bolona, MD, a resident of Clark, will lace up his sneakers and hit the pavement this coming Monday in the 125th Annual Boston Marathon to raise money and awareness for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. 

Bolona is a member of Dougie's Team and, to date, has raised over $8,000 for the Massachusetts-based foundation continue its efforts to ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center to Begin $26 Million Emergency Department Expansion and Modernization

October 12, 2021

Includes Upgrading Goryeb Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department

Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center announced the expansion and modernization of its Sameth Emergency Department (ED). Once design, funding and approvals are finalized, the project is expected to begin in early 2022, with an expected completion in ...

Five Tips to Prevent Internet Theft and Other Cybercrimes During Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October 2021)

RARITAN BAY, NJ – Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October 2021 #BeCyberSmart) raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across America, ensuring that everyone has the resources needed to be safer and more secure online.

In promoting Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Prove, the modern way for businesses to enable their customers to prove their identities with just a phone, ...

Save Seeds of Favorite Vegetable and Flower Plants

October 16, 2021

Experimentation is part of the fun of gardening. Saving seeds from your favorite vegetable or flower for next year’s garden or even the next generation is something you might like to try.

Keep in mind that all flowers and vegetables will not come true from seed. Hybrids and those pollinated by the wind or insects may produce offspring unlike the parent plant. The resulting surprise can ...

Karl Towns Returns Home to New Jersey, Visits St. Joseph HS

October 13, 2021

METUCHEN, NJ– Karl-Anthony Towns, made a surprise appearance at a St. Joseph High School assembly this week to accept the honor of being inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.  Towns, a member of the Class of 2014 was unable to attend the annual Hall of Fame Dinner held several days prior due to his NBA schedule. Instead, Towns arranged to visit his old stomping grounds and ...

Rahway Girls Soccer Trades Goals With Johnson but Falls in Overtime

RAHWAY, NJ — After Rahway's 2-0 loss to Johnson (7-5) in the preliminary round of the Union County tournament last weekend, the girls played Wednesday evening's rematch on its home turf like a team with nothing to lose. Alas, despite pushing the game to overtime with a dramatic end-of-second-half goal, the team fell to Johnson in sudden death with a final score of ...

Dr. Robinson Museum in Clark Joins Seasonal and Historical Activities for Four Centuries Weekend on Saturday and Sunday

October 15, 2021

CLARK, NJ  - Union Counties annual “Four Centuries in a Weekend” event includes more than 30 local historic sites after cancellations in 2020.

Union County’s annual “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County’s History,” will take place countywide Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 from noon to 5:00 p.m. each day. The weekend ...

Unforgettable Fire Wins First Episode of Clash of the Cover Bands

FANWOOD, NJ -- Unforgettable Fire, a band that pays tribute to U2's Bono (Anthony Russo), The Edge (Mick Normoyle), Adam Clayton (Fanwood's own Craig Kiell), and Larry Mullen Jr. (George Levesanos) emerged victorious in the first episode of E!'s new competition show, Clash of the Cover Bands, on Wednesday evening.

The theme of the evening was "Stadium Rockers" ...

New Jersey Date Night: Frighteningly Great Halloween Destinations

October 16, 2021

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

October brings us candy, trick-or-treaters and a great opportunity for our date to hold our hands a little tighter. Halloween is upon us and what better way to celebrate the spooky season than to visit one of New Jersey’s many Haunted Houses? From eerie hayrides to disturbing hallways, a haunted ...

There’s More Than One Way Cook a Pumpkin

Whether you’re hitting the pumpkin patch or shopping at the supermarket, you’re bound to find a bounty of pumpkins this time of year.

Ready to start cooking? Baking or steaming then pureeing your own pumpkin is a great way to get what you need for homemade pies, breads, soups and more.

Tip: Don’t use big, hollow Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins for cooking — they don’t ...

Clark Board of Education Candidates Decline Invitation to Attend Open Forum

October 19, 2021

CLARK, NJ – A meet the candidates forum designed to provide the seven residents running for the Clark Board of Education an opportunity to share their platforms and take part in an informal question and answer session has been canceled. 

Earlier this month, resident Nancy Sheridan, chair of the Clark Democratic Committee, reached out to all the candidates, inviting ...

Gubernatorial Candidate Jack Ciattarelli Visits Clark UNICO's Italian Feast

CLARK, NJ -Those attending the Clark UNICO Italian-American Feast Saturday night were joined by New Jersey  Reprublican  gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli.  The challenger could be seen wandering throughout the event chatting with constituents, laughing, taking photos and even stopping at a concession or two along the way.

Mayor Bonaccorso joined Ciattarelli during his ...

Join Community Members in Clark Reservoir Clean-Up

October 12, 2021

CLARK, NJ - Community members are invited to join the Clark Environmental Commission in a reservoir clean-up this weekend.  Participants will gather in the horseshoe driveway in front of the Clark Municipal Building at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 16.  Sunday, October 17 is the rain date.

Organizers suggest those attending wear jeans, long pants, gloves and ...

How to Dispose of Batteries in Union County, Safely

“Avoid the spark” to prevent battery fires.

In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, the Union County Board of County Commissioners encourages residents to learn how to dispose of spent household batteries properly.

According to officials, an increasing number of fires linked to improper battery disposal are occurring in waste hauling trucks, landfills and recycling ...

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Upcoming Events

Thu, October 21, 7:30 PM

Holy Trinity RC Church, Westfield

Steve Angrisano Concert

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Fri, October 22, 8:00 PM

All Saints' Episcopal Church, Scotch Plains

Rupert Wates in Concert - Singer, Songwriter, ...

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Fanwood Craft & Vintage Fair

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Free Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event for Union County Residents, October 23

October 20, 2021

Residents can safely dispose of common household chemicals and other special wastes at this event.

The Union County Board of Commissioners reminds residents that the next free Household Hazardous Waste event of 2021 will be held on Saturday, October 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Union County Vo-Tech Schools campus, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. This event will be the ...

The Many Ways to Vote in Union County. And You Don't Have to Wait Until Election Day

Pay for poll workers has increased.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Early in-person voting, electronic poll books and increased pay for poll workers are among the changes county residents can expect in the Nov. 2 election, for which voter registration closes on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

“At a time when other states are rolling back voters rights and limiting access to ballot boxes, New Jersey ...

Union County Sending Prisoners to Hudson for Substance Abuse Treatment, Reentry

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county has entered into a five-year, $2.6 million contract to send prisoners to Hudson County for substance abuse treatment and reentry program services.

The agreement with the Hudson County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was approved at the Sept. 23 Board of County Commissioners meeting for an initial period of Oct. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Saint Joseph High School Inducts the 2021 Class into its Athletics Hall of Fame

METUCHEN, NJ -- NBA superstar Karl-Anthony Towns and Brandon Bielak, a pitcher for the Houston Astros, were among the honorees for Saint Joseph High School's Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2021. The event was held at the Metuchen Golf and Country Club in Edison on Fri., Oct. 8.

The list of inductees included:

Craig Belunes ‘77 - Wrestling
Brandon ...

Saint Joseph High School Homecoming Game was held on Saturday, Oct. 9

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) welcomed alumni, family, and friends back to the campus to celebrate our third annual homecoming game.

Many Falcons returned to the flock, and their support helped that the varsity football team beat New Brunswick by score of 38-14. On the field, quarterback Christian Solino was 19-for-28 for 229 yards and 3 TDs and one INT. He ...

Let’s All Step Up to Spare Children from Gun Violence

October 20, 2021

Bring unwanted guns to Union County’s buy-back event, October 23.

by

Alexander Mirabella, Chairman, Union County Board of County Commissioners

October 2021

Our nation has come a long way since the days when gun violence was associated almost entirely with known criminals and gang-related street violence. School shootings have become so commonplace that they rarely make ...

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

Have you ever been swarmed by a bug and noticed a strange and unpleasant smell?

You probably encountered a stink bug.

Chances are, if you have a stink bug infestation, your nose will let you know and you'll want to get rid of the problem as soon as possible. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to get rid of stink bugs. 

Understanding Stink Bugs

Whether you already ...

Healthgrades Recognizes All Atlantic Health System Medical Centers for Hallmark Specialties

 

All five Atlantic Health System medical centers were honored for delivering high-quality care and superior outcomes across multiple specialties in the Healthgrades 2022 Report to the Nation, released today. Among the national and regional recognitions, Morristown Medical Center became the only hospital in the nation to achieve 2022 Specialty Excellence awards in each of the following ...

NJ Association of Counties Honors Award Recipients at Annual Ceremony

October 20, 2021

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) Executive Director John Donnadio stood on the stage in the ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City with a smile on his face as he proudly kicked off the 71st Annual NJAC Conference with a long-delayed awards ceremony to honor members and associates for their hard work.

Cape May County Commissioner E. Marie Hayes took home the ...

School Mask Mandate Opponents Rally at the State House

TRENTON, NJ -- Hundreds of New Jerseyans gathered outside the State House Annex Building in Downtown Trenton on Monday to rally against Governor Phil Murphy's executive order which mandates that school employees must receive a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Organizers intentionally planned the rally to be held on the same day that the Governor's Order took effect ...

Daughter Charged with Murdering Father and His Girlfriend in Surf City

SURF CITY — A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with double murder in Surf City. The woman charged is the daughter of the male victim, John Enders. 

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Surf City Police Chief John N. Casella, Jr., announced that Sherry Lee Heffernan, 55, of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, has been charged with two counts of Murder in the deaths of ...

How to Recycle Right in Union County

Recycling has been subject to statewide rules in New Jersey since 1987, but questions continually arise about recycling. The Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning wants to help residents learn the rules and “Recycle Right.” Here are answers to four of the most frequently asked questions we receive about recycling in Union County:

Q: What is ACCPTABLE in my curbside ...

Thoughts on Education

October 18, 2021

THOUGHTS ON EDUCATION

By WILLIAM H. MICHELSON for STATE SENATE

 DISTRICT 22 REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE IN 2021

 

It is well-known that the biggest driver behind our outrageous property taxes, and the enormous cost of living in New Jersey, is education.  This is not evenly or fairly spread; there is a wide variation in financial impact between some towns and others.  In ...