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How Union County is Battling Opioid Epidemic After 133 Overdose Deaths in 2018

May 25, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ — In 2018, 133 Union County residents died of an opioid overdose, approximately double the number of people who died from a drug overdose in 2015, according to county data.

Several county initiatives, including Operation Helping Hand and the CLEAR Program, are designed to reduce the impact of the opioid epidemic. These and other county programs were detailed in ...

Scotch Plains Man Found Dead in Apartment; Homicide Task Force Called in

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police responded to a report of a deceased adult male at an apartment on the 500 block of Park Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, May 21. 

"We couldn't come to any conclusions to the cause of death, so we called in the Union County Homicide Division to assist with the Union County Prosecutor's office," said Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted ...

New Grocery Store Coming to Downtown Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- For the first time since the A&P closed in 2015, Fanwood residents will again be able to get their groceries close to home.

Mayor Colleen Mahr has announced that a small scale grocery store will be opening in the heart of downtown Fanwood in August. Fanwood Larder, will open in a portion of the space once occupied by Bath Connection on South Martine ...

Union County Freeholders Call for NJ Transit Reforms, Boost in State Funding

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Freeholder Board is supporting reforms at NJ Transit and a proposed increase in funding for the state's transportation agency.

On Thursday night, the freeholder board unanimously approved a resolution “supporting an increase in funding for NJ Transit in this year’s New Jersey State budget to implement both the recommendations ...

Postal Worker in Union Dumps Mail; Abandons Truck

UNION, NJ – A United States Post Office employee dumped mail and abandoned a mail truck in Union two weekends ago, according to Union police.

On Saturday, May 4, at about 7:30 p.m., police received a call from a Union resident, who said he observed, via a remote camera, a mail carrier dump mail into his recycling bin.  The officer who responded to the home confirmed that mail ...

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