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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 ...

Union County Freeholders Using Surplus for Tax Relief in 2020 Spending Plan

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County freeholders have introduced a $614.918 million spending plan that maintains the tax levy at $367.295 — the same as it was last year.

The freeholders introduced the budget by a unanimous vote Thursday and also discussed federal funding the county has obtained under the CARES Act. Finance Director Bibi Taylor said the ...

Coronavirus: New Hours for Union County Covid-19 Drive-Through Test Center

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Covid-19 Drive Thru Test Center will have new hours begining on Monday, the county announced. The facility at Kean University will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The drive-through testing center is available to Union County residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. First ...

'Essential', Spaced-Out Summit Farmers Market Set to Debut May 10

SUMMIT, NJ - Calling it "essential for both farmers and participating businesses and residents during the coronavirus crisis," Summit Mayor Nora Radest personally reached out to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s office to gain approval to open the Summit Farmers Market. According to the Mayor, not only did the governor’s office approve the request, it highly ...

Union County to Present 2020 Budget Thursday Amid Coronavirus Crunch

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Freeholders are anticipated to introduce a 2020 spending plan Thursday that keeps taxes flat and avoids layoffs, the county announced.

Freeholder Fiscal Committee Chairman Sergio Granados said his committee found a middle ground that funds the county’s response to coronavirus and avoids staffing cuts while creating a “zero percent ...

Union County's COVID-19 Test Site Volunteers Get a Big Thank You from First Responders

UNION, NJ – Union County first responders wanted to show their appreciation for the work being done at the county-run COVID-19 test site at Kean University, and a drive-by parade, with fire engine and emergency vehicle sirens blaring, fit the bill.

As of April 16, the site has tested close to 8,100 Union County residents, emergency responders and medical personnel from more ...

Kean University Working on Plans for Virtual Graduation Ceremony

UNION, NJ – In a letter to graduating students, Kean University’s President said they have a team of people developing a virtual commencement plan.

The letter from President Dawood Farahi said the virtual ceremony will not only include the “speeches and performances that are typically part of our commencement ceremonies, it will include the chance for each of you to shine ...

Hillside Democratic Chairman Anthony Salters Charged With Filing False Tax Return

HILLSIDE, NJ - Hillside Democratic Committee Chairman Anthony Salters was charged today with allegedly filing a false tax return for tax year 2013, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Salters, 57, of Hillside, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with subscribing to a false tax return. A summons was issued for Salters to appear in Newark federal court at a time to be scheduled by U.S.

Winds, T-Storms Predicted for Clark Thursday Afternoon, Weather Service Says

CLARK, NJ — Fast winds and a severe thunderstorm are anticipated Thursday afternoon, the Weather Service said.

At 12:28 p.m., the National Weather service issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 4 p.m. and a wind advisory in effect until 8 p.m.

Forecasters predict winds from the west of 15 to 25 mph with gusts of up to 45 mph, the hazardous weather outlook ...

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Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

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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 ...

Community Conversation: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe This Summer

Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health at Atlantic Health System sat down recently for a Facebook Live where he shared some important information for parents about what they need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

 

American Legion Post 5 Family Hosting Community Food Drive

June 3, 2020

FOOD DRIVE June 6th   
Drop off time 10 to 2
Back parking lot of
American Legion Post 5
581 Maple Avenue
Rahway, NJ 07065

If you would like to make a monetary donation please make checks out to 
Rahway Food For Friends
You can drop them off day of food drive or you can mail them to the American Legion Post 5 at
The address listed above. 

Please feel free to call ...

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 ...

Powerful and Peaceful: Crowd of 1,500-Plus Gathers in Summit to Protest for Racial Equality, Justice

June 2, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - More than 1,500 peaceful, concerned citizens from Hilltop City and surrounding towns gathered Tuesday afternoon at Summit's Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS) to show their support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement and, in the process, set a high bar for respectful, organized ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!”

And hundreds responded, "No peace!"

Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd.

Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

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

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 ...

Letter to the Editor Praises Clark Police Chief Matos

June 2, 2020

Once more, Pedro Matos steps to the front.

 

Chief Matos' letter ,re the "murder" of George Floyd, 

speaks not just to the excellence and transparency of the Clark Police.

 

It speaks to the utter humility of this man.

It speaks to what he is willing to take on in this calamitous moment.

It speaks to his love of Clark.

 

Pedro:  ...

I photographed a George Floyd protest in Newark. This is what I Witnessed.

June 2, 2020

Daniel Han is a freelance journalist, Westfield High School Graduate of 2019 and freshman studying journalism at Rutgers University.

I entered Newark, N.J. on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the George Floyd protests, but was also nervous. Footage of Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia ...

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 ...