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Union Catholic Students Set Guinness World Record for the Most People Simultaneously Watering Plants

April 24, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- More than 50 members of the Union Catholic Community helped set a World Record for the most people simultaneously watering plants on Friday. Union Catholic is now the home of two world record holders.

Last summer, Sydney McLaughlin (UC Class of 2017), broke the world record in the 400-meter hurdles when she won the gold medal in that event at the Olympic Games in ...

More than Knowledge will be Sprouting from Cranford Library

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford librarians will soon be cultivating a new kind of collection at the Walnut Avenue building.

Cranford Library was awarded $1,000 to establish a Native Seed Library for Union County from New Jersey American Water. 

New Jersey American Water awarded a total of $41,000 as part of its 2022 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients are "five distinguished ...

How to Stop Spotted Lanternflies From Hatching in Union County This Spring

UNION COUNTY, NJ — It’s time to destroy the egg masses that spotted lanternflies laid on tree trunks, lawn furniture and other outdoor surfaces this past fall to prevent the pests from doing damage to the county’s plants and crops this spring.

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive pest that can weaken trees, damage ornamental plants and destroy fruit trees, hops, grape vines ...

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Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

May 2, 2022

PRESS RELEASE - On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not ...

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RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Seniors Earn GMC Sportsmanship Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Athletes and teams from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison often receive recognition for outstanding sportsmanship. Earlier this spring, W+H seniors Zain Zaidi of Edison and Izabel Korycki of Colonia represented the school at the 21st Annual Greater Middlesex Conference Sportsmanship Banquet.

Zain and Izabel were selected as the W+H recipients and honored along with ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Repeat as Sectional Golf Champions

EDISON, NJ -- The girls’ golf team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison continued its march to perfection by repeating as Central Jersey sectional champions Monday at Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club.

W+H defeated runner-up Bridgewater-Raritan by 24 strokes in the sectionals. Sophomores Sarah Shao of Green Brook and Claire Lu of Edison each shot 77 to finish tied for third ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Receives RPI Medal

EDISON, NJ -- Sarah Honan, Co-Director of College Counseling at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, presented the RPI Medal to Loveleen Sindhar of Carteret at the Upper School meeting this week. 

RPI Medal recipients must be ranked within the top 10 percent of their class, excel in advanced math and science courses, have completed chemistry, biology, lab-based physics, and at ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Provide Wonderful Music at Spring Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided a wonderful 90 minutes of musical entertainment at last Thursday’s Upper School Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Four ensembles performed a variety of complex pieces, many of which featured vocal and instrumental solos.

The Concert Band and Jazz Band played flawlessly under the direction of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Seniors Share Research in Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- Twenty-three seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison recently shared their research and findings on a variety of pertinent topics in Capstone presentations in the Oakwood Room. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research and a presentation in front of students and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Inducted Into World Language Honor Societies

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its annual World Language Honor Societies induction ceremony on April 28 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Parents, faculty and friends joined in the festivities, which began with a breakfast in the PAC lobby.

Hua Liu, World Language Department Chair, delivered the welcome, which was followed by the Introduction to the Honor ...

Cranford High Awarded Grant to Grow its Digital Journalism Program

May 13, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford High School is among 22 statewide recipients of the second round of grants awarded by the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium (NJCIC). They are the first in Union County and the first public school to be awarded the grant.

“All of our grant recipients have innovative projects that will grow access to local news and information across New Jersey," NJCIC ...

Daffodils and Art Honor Holocaust Victims at Cranford Community Day of Remembrance

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford's Eleventh Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day returned in person this year to honor the memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The commemoration is a combined effort from the Cranford Clergy Council, Cranford Interfaith Human Relations Committee, St. Michael's School and Cranford Public Schools. 

“It is really illustrative of ...

Union County College Student Mark Farag Selected as Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Recipient

May 12, 2022

PRESS RELEASE - Union County College student Mark Farag, of Elizabeth, has been selected as one of 100 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This prestigious award will provide Farag with up to $55,000 a year to complete his bachelor’s degree.

Farag is majoring in Engineering and has a 3.92 GPA. During part of his time at Union College, Farag ...

Union County Approves 2022 Budget. See Tax Impact in Your Town

May 13, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners following a public hearing Thursday adopted a $​​513.7 million budget, which does not increase the county-wide tax levy.

While the spending plan comes with an average tax decrease of $28 for county homeowners, the impact varies by municipality with the average homeowner in Union County slated to pay $2,066 in county taxes this year. In ...

Thick Smoke From Tuesday Fifth-Alarm Fire at Elizabeth Waste Management Facility Seen Across North Jersey, NYC

ELIZABETH, NJ - A Fifth-Alarm Fire at the Waste Management facility on Julia Street Tuesday sent thick smoke throughout North Jersey and could even be viewed in New York City. 

The City of Elizabeth reports receiving a phone call about the fire at approximately 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. The fire is believed to be started by machinery at the plant. 

The homes surrounding the plant were ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Three Cranford Burglaries

CRANFORD, NJ - An Elizabeth man was taken into custody on May 5, 2022 for multiple burglary charges, including three separate business burglaries in Cranford, Cranford Police Department announced in a press release earlier today.

Antoni Kuhl, 52 of Elizabeth, was arrested on three counts of third degree burglary, two counts of third degree theft and three counts of fourth degrree criminal ...

Facing the unknown – What parents can tell kids when answers fail

A wise therapist once told me, “David, no matter how much you think you can, no one can predict the future. So stop trying and making yourself crazy in the process.” Excellent advice, especially considering my future predictions tend to veer into sometimes frightening territory.

Predictions are like opinions, everyone has one. When I signed on for parenthood, I tried to anticipate ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

TAPinto Publisher Bobbie Peer Receives Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to Women Award

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Bobbie Peer is a business owner, a networker, a marketer and a survivor.

"I am a single mother and I made it," Peer said. "I work hard, I'm passionate about what I do and I form relationships. I am a success."

Peer, the publisher of five TAPinto sites, recently received a Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Future of Local News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on the "What Works - The Future of Local News" Podcast from Northeastern University’s School of Journalism.

Shapiro talked about how TAPinto was formed, the current successes the company is seeing and plans for the future.

You can hear the discussion here.

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TAPinto Newark Journalist Selected for CivicStory Fellowship

NEWARK, NJ — Tom Wiedmann's love for journalism began during his younger years with a soundtrack of metal and rock and roll during road trips with his dad.

He just didn't know it at the time.

"I had a steady diet of ACDC, Rolling Stones, Ramones, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and all that stuff," Wiedmann said. "So I became somewhat of a music nerd growing ...