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Protect Your Skin When Gardening

May 27, 2020

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and a busy time for gardening and other outdoor activities. Gardening provides many benefits but like any outdoor activity it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays.

More than 5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year and most are associated with exposure to the ultraviolet rays from the sun. And even ...

Get Maximum Yield from Minimal Garden Space

Growing on a deck or balcony is a great way to bring the garden to your backdoor. You can attract butterflies and hummingbirds into easy view and grow edibles within close reach when cooking. For some, it may be the only available space to garden.

Make the most of every square foot by growing vertically. You’ll not only save space but also create privacy, make harvesting vegetables ...

Mother’s Day Gifts Sure to Please

Each year we set aside one day to honor mothers.  And each year we struggle to find the perfect gift to show them we care.

Cut flowers are one of the most popular gifts. No dusting and maintenance required, and they are sure to generate a smile.  Behavioral research at Rutgers University found the gift of flowers had immediate and long-term benefits no matter the age of the study ...

Lush Peonies Add Beauty and Fragrance to Early Summer Gardens

Set aside a sunny spot in your garden or landscape for a few easy-care, herbaceous peonies. These traditional favorites are treasured for their bountiful early summer flowers, vigorous, shrub-like habit and amazing longevity. Peonies blend nicely with other perennials and are a good addition to both formal and informal garden designs.

The peony’s sumptuous flowers and captivating ...

Take the Hassle Out of Watering Container Gardens

Growing flowers and vegetables in containers will allow you to expand planting space, grow plants right outside your door and elevate them for easier access and maintenance.  Unlike growing in the ground, the smaller volume of soil in containers is exposed to heat and wind, so requires frequent, often daily, watering.

Don’t let this watering schedule discourage you from growing in ...

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Freeholders Offer 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 ...

Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Union County Clerk to Resume Limited In-Person Services, by Appointment Only

May 27, 2020

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that beginning on Tuesday, June 2, the County Clerk’s offices will begin in-person appointments to swear in notaries and assist persons seeking to register trade names, tax waivers and clerk’s certificates.

Everyone seeking these services in person is required to make an appointment in advance and wear a face mask at all times, in order ...

2020 4th of July Fireworks at Union County Parks Canceled

May 28, 2020

CRANFORD - The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites:

Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July 2. 
Plainfield fireworks ...

Union Freeholders’ 2020 Budget Won't Increase County Taxes, Impact Varies by Town

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholder board approved a budget that will not increase county taxes — the first time in nearly 20 years — to ease financial pain for residents and business owners caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 2020 budget, which was unanimously passed Thursday night, promised to avoid layoffs and maintain essential county services, while having an ...

Shop Owner's Facebook Live Stream Shut Down by Bernardsville Police for Violating Executive Order

May 20, 2020

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ  — The owner of a gift shop in downtown Bernardsville had her live-streamed Facebook sales demonstration from inside her store interrupted early on Tuesday evening by a borough police officer.

Katherine Hermes, owner of Country Home in Olcott Square, was displaying her merchandise in her store to a live Facebook audience when she received a knock on her door ...

Wood-Ridge Crafters Crochet Ear Savers to Help Healthcare Heroes

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -  Crafty residents in Wood-Ridge have been spending their days hand making one of the newest in-demand products in the healthcare industry: ear savers. As of May 10, the group has crafted and donated over 3,000 ear savers to hospitals, rehab centers, and nursing homes in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California.

Ear savers work by holding the ...

NJ Education Commissioner Named New President of Kean University

UNION, NJ – Kean University named a new president on Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Board of Trustees to fill the spot being vacated by outgoing president Dawood Farahi, who is stepping down at the end of this academic year.

Current New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet has been named the 18th leader of the University.  Repollet was ...

How We Return to High School Sports in New Jersey

May 24, 2020

Dear Editor:

In my decades as an educator and school administrator, I’m hard pressed to find a situation as challenging as what we face related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been painful on many levels, from the heartbreaking loss of life to the millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss. It’s been a harrowing time for everyone.

For our students, ...

How To Approach Market Volatility If You Are In Retirement or Close To It

Retirement is an important milestone that often comes after years (or decades) of careful planning. But even the most seasoned planners couldn’t have foreseen the severe market selloff that happened in March in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. The abrupt end to the 10-year bull market surprised investors of all ages who are now wondering how long it will take for their portfolios to ...

Obituaries

Apr 10, 1934 - Oct 23, 2019
Emily Bielen (nee Mazur), 85, of Clark, NJ passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.
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Clark Police Looking For Owner of Lost 'Attack' Dog Wednesday Morning

May 27, 2020

CLARK, NJ- Clark Police posted a notice to their Facebook page on Wednesday morning searching for the owners of a " 2 lb. female yorkie attack dog,"  as pictured in the cuddly photo taken in the arms of a CPD member.   

Humor aside, if anyone knows the owner of the the dog found on Meissner Way, please call the PD desk at 732-388-3434.   I appears officers ...