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Grow Edamame for Better Health and Nutrition

May 8, 2021

Add a bit of fiber to your garden and diet.  Consider growing edamame (edible soybeans) in this year’s garden.

Soybeans help promote overall health reducing the risk of high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.  Plus, the high fiber in soy helps fight colon and some other cancers.

Edamame is an ancient Asian vegetable and is often eaten right from ...

Dress Up the Landscape with Spring Flowering Shrubs

Add a burst of color to the start of the garden season with spring flowering shrubs. Small or large, these beauties add color, support pollinators, and help attract birds to the landscape.

Make room in mixed borders and gardens for these spring bloomers. Use varieties with slightly different bloom times to create continuous color throughout the spring. Complement these with spring ...

Planting Tips for Growing Success

Increase your growing success by giving your transplants a good start with a few simple planting techniques. Preparing them for the transition outdoors and planting properly will help you grow your best garden yet.

Transplants started indoors from seed or purchased at a local garden center or greenhouse need time to prepare for their outdoor home. Gradually toughen them up with a procedure ...

Cool and Refreshing – Cucumbers

Add a cool refreshing twist to your meals, beverages, appetizers, and snacks with cucumbers.  These popular vegetables are grown worldwide, adding anti-inflammatory vitamin K, vitamins C, B-5 and more to your meals. Take it a step further by using your own fresh-from-the-garden cucumbers.

Grow cucumbers sprawled on the ground or in a container on your patio, balcony, or deck.  Save ...

This Earth Day, Help Keep the Spotted Lanternfly out of Union County

Invasive insect threatens native trees and plants, and can destroy valuable crops.

A different kind of Earth Day project is available in April to all Union County residents and visitors this spring: help destroy the spotted lanternfly and its eggs, too. It is important to act at now, because the eggs of the spotted lanternfly typically hatch from late April to early May.

Earth Day 2021 will ...

Grow Stevia – Nature’s Sweetener

Sweeten your meals by growing your own sugar substitute in gardens or containers. Stevia is nature’s own sweetener that can be snacked upon fresh or added to soups, sauces, or beverages.

Wait for warm nights and the danger of frost to pass before planting stevia outdoors.  It is a perennial in USDA zones 8 and warmer, but those gardening in colder areas must grow stevia ...

Care for Spring Flowering Bulbs

Bright yellow daffodils, colorful tulips and fragrant hyacinths brighten our spring gardens. Give them the care they need to extend their spring display and keep them coming back for years.

Hybrid tulips and hyacinths are short-lived stars of the spring garden. They bloom profusely the first spring, but the number of flowers decline each year. You may want to treat these like annuals, ...

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Union County Expanding Regional Dispatch Center

May 8, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders. 

At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 million contract to H&S Construction and Mechanical Inc., of Elizabeth, for ...

Advocates Call on Justice Department to Investigate Union County Jail Closure

UNION COUNTY, NJ — While Union County enters into a five-year agreement to send the inmates from the county jail in Elizabeth to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, Elizabeth-based activist Salaam Ismial says the fight to challenge the move is not over.

His organization, the National United Youth Council Inc., submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and Civil ...

Loss of Human Rights Activist Janice Caren Lilien Felt Across Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ -  Human rights leader Janice Caren Lilien, age 71, died peacefully in her home on May 3 after a long battle with lymphoma. She was a very active citizen of Union County, holding multiple leadership roles with human service organizations, according to her obituary posted by The Star-Ledger. 

Lilien served as the CEO for the Girl Scouts of Greater Essex and ...

Baseball: Tomalavage Drives In Four Runs To Help Lead Union Catholic To Victory Over Oratory

May 12, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- CJ Tomalavage homered, tripled, and knocked in four runs to help lead the Union Catholic baseball team to a 12-9 victory over Oratory on Tuesday.

Tomalavage belted a three-run homer in the third inning to give UC a 6-1 lead, and the Vikings plated five runs in the sixth inning to extend its lead to 12-5.

Tommy Armstrong and Elijah Walker each drove in two runs for ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Protesters Unable to Save Suspended Stafford School Nurse’s Job

May 12, 2021

STAFFORD, NJ - Authorities estimate that a group of between 300-350 people gathered yesterday in support of Erin Pein, a suspended Stafford Township school nurse. Pein acknowledged she was one of three individuals whose contract was not renewed when the Board of Education came back from closed session last night.

“I am still suspended without pay,” shared Pein. “I am a member ...

Police Investigating Report of Attempted Sexual Assault on Glenside Ave.

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit reports that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unknown actor posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania.

The driver, described as a white male with a beard, reportedly exited Rt. 78, stopping on Glenside Avenue. The victim was able to escape from the vehicle ...

Somerset Patriots Owner Steve Kalafer, 71, Dies; Philanthropist, Businessman, Friend to All

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Steve Kalafer, who as a young man parlayed a one-car showroom into one of New Jersey’s largest automobile groups; was the founder and owner of the Somerset Patriots baseball team, a prolific filmmaker, real estate developer, community activist and philanthropist, has died from cancer at the age of 71.

A devout family man, he is survived by his wife, Suzanne; two sons ...

Reflecting on my First Four Months in Office

May 5, 2021

I am just as excited today as I was in late November when I learned my election to the Garwood Borough Council was certified by the Board of Elections.  I bring this excitement to every meeting and assignment!

This year I am serving as Chair of the Building & Grounds Committee, which to the outside observer may seem like an easy job.  I quickly learned this was not the ...

Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...