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Union County College Appoints New Dean of Elizabeth Campus

July 5, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ  – Dr. Lester Sandres Rapalo has been appointed to serve as the Dean of the  Elizabeth Campus of Union County College effective July 1. Dr. Rapalo joined Union County College’s administration in 2015 as Dean of the Social Sciences/Business/History Division.

As Dean of Elizabeth Campus, Dr. Rapalo will oversee 12 College departments located in the ...

The City of Elizabeth Swears in Eighteen New Police Officers

July 13, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ- The City of Elizabeth increased the ranks at the police department when they swore in eighteen new Police Officers at a ceremony in City Hall Council Chambers on Thursday morning. 

The new recruits were welcomed by Mayor J. Christian Bollwage; Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste; Councilman Carlos Torres; Councilman Kevin Kiniery; Councilman William Gallman, Jr.; ...

The City of Elizabeth Swears in Eighteen New Police Officers

July 13, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ- The City of Elizabeth increased the ranks at the police department when they swore in eighteen new Police Officers at a ceremony in City Hall Council Chambers on Thursday morning. 

The new recruits were welcomed by Mayor J. Christian Bollwage; Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste; Councilman Carlos Torres; Councilman Kevin Kiniery; Councilman William Gallman, Jr.; ...

Firefighters from Five Departments Respond to Two-Alarm Rahway Fire at 1645 Irving Street

RAHWAY, NJ - Firefighters from Rahway, Linden, Cranford, Roselle and Elizabeth converged on a two-alarm fire at 1645 Irving Street in Rahway on Thursday afternoon.

Union County EMS and Union County fire investigators also responded to the call at the two-story building.

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Elizabeth Man Charged with Sexual Assault of a Local Girl and Pending Charges Involving a Teen Male

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man arrested earlier this week is accused of the repeated sexual assault of a local girl when she was between the ages of 5 and 8, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

Alejandro Londono, 54, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. 

An ...

Police Searching for Man Accused of Robbing Air National Guardsman in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ - Police are looking for a man who they say allegedly robbed an off-duty law enforcement representative at gunpoint early Sunday in Elizabeth, prompting an exchange of gunfire between the two says, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas Jr.

According to Authorities, shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, July 8, Elizabeth Police responded to the area of Mary Street and ...

Video: Mail Truck Careens into Warinanco Park Pond

ELIZABETH/ROSELLE/LINDEN, NJ - Police, Fire, and Rescue units responded to a U.S. Mail truck that drove head-on into the pond in Warinanco Park on Thursday afternoon. 

Sometime after 2 p.m. responders were called to the scene to find the mail truck in the water. A park worker said that while he did not see the truck go into the water, he did arrive just in time to see who he believed to ...

Elizabeth Firefighters Assist with Fire at Apartment Building During Tuesday Afternoon Storm in Roselle

ROSELLE NJ - Firefighters from Elizabeth all over the area responded to a fire that broke out on the 200 block of West First Avenue in Roselle on Tuesday afternoon.

The fire started during the sudden rainstorm that hit the area around 2 p.m. Firefighters from Linden, Elizabeth, Rahway and Union County EMS were on scene to assist the Roselle Fire department with the fire at a multi-family ...

17 Fascinating Facts About Rutgers Athletics

July 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For all the critics of the athletics program at New Jersey’s largest public university, there are more than a dozen reasons to cheer for successes of the sports programs and teams on the playing fields, in classrooms and beyond.

Here are 17 on the field and off the field things this took place this past academic year at Rutgers University:

1. Rutgers had four ...

Union County College Track and Field Team Compete in NJCAA Division III Championship

CRANFORD – Student-athletes on the Union County College women’s and men’s track and field teams competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship from May 10-12,  at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York.

For the women’s team, Chisom Chinedu place 2nd in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles. Tochi ...

Heading Back Home: Phil Colicchio Returns to Hometown Elizabeth HS, Leaves Linden with Remarkable Legacy

LINDEN/ELIZABETH, NJ-  Phil Colicchio turned Linden into a powerhouse program throughout his tenure at the helm of the varsity basketball team in his 21 seasons as head coach at the school located on 121 West St. Georges Avenue, competing with the best programs in the state of New Jersey.

That run officially came to an end on Thursday evening. Colicchio was approved as the new head boys ...

5th Annual Roselle House Music Festival Opens this Weekend in Warinanco Park

July 10, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ -  The 5th Annual Roselle House Music Festival opens on Saturday, July 14 in Warinanco Park for a two-day dance music party.

Guest DJ’s from all over the area will be playing house music over the two-day span from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. The event will also feature food and product vendors, along with lots of music!

The event is sponsored by the Borough of ...

Unique Troupe of Actors Thrills Audience with Production of "Annie, Jr."

RAHWAY, NJ - Nearly one thousand attendees were thrilled with a very special production of "Annie, Jr." staged by the CAU Community Players, a troupe of actors both with and without developmental disabilities performed at the Rahway High School Center for Performing Arts June 29-July 1.

Formed in 2012, the CAU Community Players empowers members with disabilities to perform alongside ...

Happy Independence Day from TAPinto Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ - Wishing all of our readers a Happy and safe Independence Day! 

Enjoy the “Fireworks Spectacular” video shot from Roselle Park last weekend.

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Hiring Event - 100 New Hospitality Positions Available for County Residents

July 7, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that the Peopleready staffing firm will use the County’s Workforce Innovation Business Center to hold a hiring event for 100 full-time hospitality positions.

The positions include housekeepers, room attendants, cooks, prep cooks, banquet servers, bartenders, janitors, dishwashers, event set up and breakdown and ...

New Restaurant Buys ‘Pocketed’ Westfield Liquor License

July 11, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved the transfer of a liquor license to Westfield Hospitality LLC for its Westfield Fish & Brew Company during the council's meeting Tuesday night. The license had been bought from Jeffrey’s when it closed in 2014 and remained unused, or “pocketed,” by that owner until now.

Though the restaurant does not ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Sexual Assault of a Local Girl and Pending Charges Involving a Teen Male

July 12, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man arrested earlier this week is accused of the repeated sexual assault of a local girl when she was between the ages of 5 and 8, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

Alejandro Londono, 54, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. 

An ...

Jury Convicts Elizabeth Man for Killing Wife and Dumping Her Body in an Abandoned Home

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man has been convicted of killing his wife in their home and dumping her body in an abandoned house 10 miles away, and repeatedly lying to investigators about what took place as they worked to solve the crime, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

After jury deliberations taking place over the course of four days and a trial before state Superior ...

Union County’s Free Paper-Shredding Events Will Visit Rahway and Hillside in July

July 5, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Reminder to all residents the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced two free mobile paper-shredding events for personal documents in July.

“Union County’s mobile paper-shredding events help residents to protect themselves from identity theft by proving a convenient, secure way to dispose of sensitive or confidential documents,” said ...

“Teens for Teens” Donate Funds for Residents of the Adolescent Psychiatry Specialty Program at Trinitas

July 11, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Members of Teens for Teens of Union County recently donated $26,000 to provide new furnishings for patient rooms for the teens that live at New Point Specialty, the adolescent psychiatry program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. 

The donation was presented in the form of a check at Trinitas' 12th annual Academic Awards Program in June. The New Point Specialty is a ...

Unique Troupe of Actors Thrills Audience with Production of "Annie, Jr."

RAHWAY, NJ - Nearly one thousand attendees were thrilled with a very special production of "Annie, Jr." staged by the CAU Community Players, a troupe of actors both with and without developmental disabilities performed at the Rahway High School Center for Performing Arts June 29-July 1.

Formed in 2012, the CAU Community Players empowers members with disabilities to perform alongside ...

Independent City Life Experience Training Event for Youth Coming to Elizabeth July 21

ELIZABETH, N J - Community Access Unlimited (CAU) will host its annual Independent City life experience training event for youth Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Elizabeth headquarters at 80 West Grand Street. The event is open to youth aged 13 and older at no cost.

Independent City is a replicated community set up in CAU's auditorium consisting of simulated banks, apartment ...

Air Quality Alert Issued for Northern New Jersey until 11 p.m. July 10

July 10, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - On sunny and hot days, heat and sunlight react with hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides emitted by internal combustion engines like automobiles, trucks and gasoline powered lawn equipment. These mix to form a ground-level layer of ozone.

The National Weather Service issued an air quality alert for Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Union and Hudson counties in New Jersey until ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

July 13, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...

Exchange Place and WTC PATH Stations to Close For Weekend Track Maintenance

JERSEY CITY, NJ - At least they waited until after the Fourth of July fireworks were over before starting. Important information for rail commuters.

PATH stations at Exchange Place and the World Trade Center (WTC) will close at 11:59 p.m. this Friday, July 6, and remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday, July 9, to allow crews to transition to a new signal ...

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Exchange Place and WTC PATH Stations to Close For Weekend Track Maintenance

July 5, 2018

JERSEY CITY, NJ - At least they waited until after the Fourth of July fireworks were over before starting. Important information for rail commuters.

PATH stations at Exchange Place and the World Trade Center (WTC) will close at 11:59 p.m. this Friday, July 6, and remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday, July 9, to allow crews to transition to a new signal ...

Roselle Man Charged with Multiple Counts of Animal Cruelty After Search Finds Over 40 Dogs Living in Squalor

July 11, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - Charges have been filed on the Roselle man found with more than 40 dogs living in severely unsanitary and inhumane living conditions in his home last month said acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

Authorities say, Evelio J. Calderon, 40, is charged with than 30 criminal offenses that include two 3rd-degree animal cruelty offenses, 14 counts of 4th-degree animal ...

Presbyterian Church Steeple, a Roxbury Landmark, Gets Overdue Attention

July 11, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - The long-sought restoration of the iconic, but decaying steeple atop the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna is underway.

Using a massive hydraulic boom lift, workers from Main Street Custom Homes and Remodeling of Succasunna, got a close-up look today at the 165-year-old structure. The company, headquartered a few doors away, is volunteering the project management ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

Union County Students Invited to Experience a Unique Silent Party

July 13, 2018

Students ages 12 to 16 are invited to “Youth Chella,” a silent party scheduled for Friday, August 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Union County’s Watchung Reservation at the Trailside Nature and Science Center, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

Admission and refreshments are free with the donation of a snack item. The donations will be provided to students ...