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Elizabeth Welcomes New Elementary School

September 10, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ – Delivering educational facilities in New Jersey, the New Jersey Schools Development Authority has announced five new or renovated schools this year. These renovated or new buildings will provide more than 3,100 additional seats for students across the state.

The new Halloran PS 22 Elementary School is a four-story building designed to educate about 890 students and ...

Live Birds of Prey Event Brings Nature Up Close in Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ--A special free program that brings regional birds of prey up close and personal will be held at Trailside Nature and Science Center on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to view a live bald eagle, peregrine falcon and osprey in a way you may never have the chance to in your everyday ...

Elizabeth Man Admits Distributing Child Pornography

September 18, 2017

ELIZABETH, N.J.– An Elizabeth man today admitted he used his home computer to distribute sexually explicit videos and images of children, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Thomas J. Leonard, 35, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federal court, charging him with one count of distributing child ...

Seniors and Caregivers Invited to Discuss Service Needs for Union County

ELIZABETH, NJ-A public meeting will be held on Monday, September 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the O’Donnell-Dempsey Senior Center, 622 Salem Avenue in Elizabeth. Caregivers and seniors are invited to attend, participate and express their views on the service needs of seniors.

“This public hearing is a good opportunity for residents to request services in areas such as caregiver support, ...

Union County Prosecutor Heads to PSEG, Isenhour Steps Into Position

ELIZABETH, NJ — After more than four years of service, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park is heading to work for PSEG, she announced recently. Appointed to take the position is Thomas K. Isenhour, a 33-year veteran of the office. He formerly served as first assistant prosecutor under Park.

“With over three decades of experience prosecuting defendants and supervising ...

Elizabeth Man Admits Distributing Child Pornography

September 18, 2017

ELIZABETH, N.J.– An Elizabeth man today admitted he used his home computer to distribute sexually explicit videos and images of children, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Thomas J. Leonard, 35, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federal court, charging him with one count of distributing child ...

Elizabeth Police Officer Charged with Health Insurance Fraud

ELIZABETH, NJ-An Elizabeth police officer has been charged with illegally collecting thousands of dollars in insurance benefits, authorities said.

Alana Velazquez, 39, of Rahway, who has served on the force since 2010, is being charged with second-degree insurance fraud, third-degree theft by deception, and three counts of forgery-related crimes.

She is accused of receiving disability ...

Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ -- A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle this morning in Elizabeth, authorities said.

The victim was hit on York Street around 6:20 a.m. and pronounced dead at the scene, Elizabeth police Captain Andrew King said. 

The driver of the vehicle stopped, King said. No charges have been filed in the incident.

Police are not releasing the identity of the ...

Elizabeth Police Release Surveillance Video in Daring Daylight Robbery

ELIZABETH, N.J. – The armed robbery at a jewelry store at the Mills at Jersey Gardens Mall last week was caught on store surveillance video. Police have released the video of four suspects as they entered the Jewelers on Fifth store with weapons drawn September 5th at around 10 a.m., Elizabeth Police said.

The four suspects escaped through the Burlington Coat Factory store, but not ...

Body Found in Ursino Park

UNION, NJ – Union County Sheriff officers and County police are investigating the discovery of a body in Ursino Park.

According to police authorities, a dog walker contacted police Tuesday evening upon the discovery of a male body in the park. A county park, Ursino Park borders Union, Elizabeth and Hillside. Ursino Park is located near the intersection of Morris and North ...

Two Elizabeth Men Sentenced to 27 Years in Robbery Turned Murder Case

ELIZABETH, NJ--Two men that were charged in an attempted robbery nearly three years ago in Elizabeth that resulted in the death of a Brooklyn man have been sentenced to 27 years in prison each, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

Ali Garner, 31 and Keon Lewis, 32, both of Elizabeth, will not have the possibility of parole until they serve at least 85 percent of their ...

Elizabeth to Celebrate Annual African American Heritage Day with Parade

September 6, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - The African American Heritage Day Parade Committee has announced this years Annual African American Heritage Day parade will be held on Sunday, September 10, at 2 p.m. 

Residents of Elizabeth and surrounding cities are invited to this event. The parade will begin at Union Square (Elizabeth Avenue and New Point Road).  The procession will proceed up Elizabeth Avenue to ...

Seniors and Caregivers Invited to Discuss Service Needs for Union County

September 18, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ-A public meeting will be held on Monday, September 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the O’Donnell-Dempsey Senior Center, 622 Salem Avenue in Elizabeth. Caregivers and seniors are invited to attend, participate and express their views on the service needs of seniors.

“This public hearing is a good opportunity for residents to request services in areas such as caregiver support, ...

Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Pack into the Union County Means Business Expo

ROSELLE, NJ - Business owners and entrepreneurs from all over Union County came out on Tuesday evening to the Union County Means Business Expo. 

The annual event held this year at the new Warinanco Park Sports Center in Roselle, drew a large crowd as many organizations and business owners displayed their products and services.

Union County Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski, Linda Carter, ...

September is Hunger Action Month-Raising Awareness About Hunger in America

September 15, 2017

HILLSIDE, NJ – The Community FoodBank of New Jersey along with Feeding America® nationwide network of food banks combine forces in an effort to end hunger. During the month of September, Hunger Action Month, these organizations are mobilizing the public to raise awareness, take action and to face the reality of hunger.

42 million Americans, including 1 million New Jersey ...

Elizabeth Man Admits Distributing Child Pornography

September 18, 2017

ELIZABETH, N.J.– An Elizabeth man today admitted he used his home computer to distribute sexually explicit videos and images of children, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Thomas J. Leonard, 35, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federal court, charging him with one count of distributing child ...

New Law in Effect Changes the Way New Jersey Residents Use Car Seats

TRENTON, NJ – New legislation went into effect September 1 that has changed the rules about using infant and child car seats in New Jersey.

The law went into effect September 1 and includes new regulations that require children under the age of two and 30 pounds must be in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness.  Older children must remain in a booster seat until they are ...

Elizabeth Police Officer Charged with Health Insurance Fraud

ELIZABETH, NJ-An Elizabeth police officer has been charged with illegally collecting thousands of dollars in insurance benefits, authorities said.

Alana Velazquez, 39, of Rahway, who has served on the force since 2010, is being charged with second-degree insurance fraud, third-degree theft by deception, and three counts of forgery-related crimes.

She is accused of receiving disability ...

Volunteer Opportunities Exist for 55+-RSVP Information Sessions

September 16, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ-The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Union County will hold two information sessions for all adults 55 and older in Union County.

Opportunities exist throughout the county for volunteers in friendly visiting, community gardens and school-age tutoring and more.

The information sessions will take place at Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, a non-sectarian ...

2017 Annual Happy Hour-Assemblywoman Quijano's Back to School Kick-Off

ELIZABETH, NJ-Assemblywoman Annette Quijano is hosting her 2017 Annual Happy Hour Back to School Kick-Off.

The event collects school supplies for the at-risk and homeless children of the Children's Program at Bernice’s Place.  The event will take place on Wednesday, September 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Coalition to House the Homeless, ...

September is Hunger Action Month-Raising Awareness About Hunger in America

HILLSIDE, NJ – The Community FoodBank of New Jersey along with Feeding America® nationwide network of food banks combine forces in an effort to end hunger. During the month of September, Hunger Action Month, these organizations are mobilizing the public to raise awareness, take action and to face the reality of hunger.

42 million Americans, including 1 million New Jersey ...

Seniors and Caregivers Invited to Discuss Service Needs for Union County

September 18, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ-A public meeting will be held on Monday, September 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the O’Donnell-Dempsey Senior Center, 622 Salem Avenue in Elizabeth. Caregivers and seniors are invited to attend, participate and express their views on the service needs of seniors.

“This public hearing is a good opportunity for residents to request services in areas such as caregiver support, ...

Volunteer Opportunities Exist for 55+-RSVP Information Sessions

ELIZABETH, NJ-The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Union County will hold two information sessions for all adults 55 and older in Union County.

Opportunities exist throughout the county for volunteers in friendly visiting, community gardens and school-age tutoring and more.

The information sessions will take place at Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, a non-sectarian ...

New Law in Effect Changes the Way New Jersey Residents Use Car Seats

TRENTON, NJ – New legislation went into effect September 1 that has changed the rules about using infant and child car seats in New Jersey.

The law went into effect September 1 and includes new regulations that require children under the age of two and 30 pounds must be in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness.  Older children must remain in a booster seat until they are ...

Live Birds of Prey Event Brings Nature Up Close in Mountainside

September 9, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ--A special free program that brings regional birds of prey up close and personal will be held at Trailside Nature and Science Center on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to view a live bald eagle, peregrine falcon and osprey in a way you may never have the chance to in your everyday ...

Union County First To Take “Stand Up for the Other” Pledge

September 15, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ-Union County is the first in New Jersey to take the “Stand Up for the Other” pledge. The pledge calls people to action and to challenge bigotry in all its forms.

Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and the Freeholder Board announced that they welcomed Dr. Mohammad Ali Chaudry of the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition to share the "Stand Up for the ...

Day of Remembrance Ceremony-Honoring Our POW/MIAs

Elizabeth, NJ – A Day of Remembrance to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action will be held Friday, September 15, at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony is being held at the plaza in front of the Union County Courthouse.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites all residents and visitors to gather with veterans and their families to join in the POW/MIA Remembrance ...

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Wed, September 20, 5:30 PM

St. Joseph's Church, Elizabeth

2017 Annual Happy Hour Back to School Kick-Off, ...

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Sun, September 24, 11:00 AM

Trailside Nature and Science Center , Mountainside

36th Annual Harvest Festival at Trailside, Sept.

Arts & Entertainment

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Thu, September 28, 6:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Naturalization/Citizenship Information Session

Community Calendar Education

Volunteer Opportunities Exist for 55+-RSVP Information Sessions

September 16, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ-The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Union County will hold two information sessions for all adults 55 and older in Union County.

Opportunities exist throughout the county for volunteers in friendly visiting, community gardens and school-age tutoring and more.

The information sessions will take place at Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, a non-sectarian ...

Union County First To Take “Stand Up for the Other” Pledge

ELIZABETH, NJ-Union County is the first in New Jersey to take the “Stand Up for the Other” pledge. The pledge calls people to action and to challenge bigotry in all its forms.

Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and the Freeholder Board announced that they welcomed Dr. Mohammad Ali Chaudry of the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition to share the "Stand Up for the ...

New Law in Effect Changes the Way New Jersey Residents Use Car Seats

TRENTON, NJ – New legislation went into effect September 1 that has changed the rules about using infant and child car seats in New Jersey.

The law went into effect September 1 and includes new regulations that require children under the age of two and 30 pounds must be in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness.  Older children must remain in a booster seat until they are ...

Trinitas Regional Medical Center Unveils the New Gary S. Horan Emergency Department

ELIZABETH, NJ – In an opening ceremony held last evening at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, a brand new and expanded $18.7 million dollar Emergency Department was unveiled.

The new emergency department was named for Trinitas President and CEO Gary S. Horan to pay tribute to his decades of leadership in the healthcare field. FACHE, (Fellow of the American College ...

Union County Prosecutor Heads to PSEG, Isenhour Steps Into Position

ELIZABETH, NJ — After more than four years of service, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park is heading to work for PSEG, she announced recently. Appointed to take the position is Thomas K. Isenhour, a 33-year veteran of the office. He formerly served as first assistant prosecutor under Park.

“With over three decades of experience prosecuting defendants and supervising ...

Honoring and Remembrance-9/11 Event in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH-Tomorrow will mark the sixteenth anniversary of the attacks. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

Six Elizabeth residents were lost that day, Arcelia Castillo, Carlos Da Costa, Colleen Fraser, Margaret Lewis, ...

Elizabeth Man Admits Distributing Child Pornography

September 18, 2017

ELIZABETH, N.J.– An Elizabeth man today admitted he used his home computer to distribute sexually explicit videos and images of children, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Thomas J. Leonard, 35, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federal court, charging him with one count of distributing child ...

Elizabeth Man Admits Distributing Child Pornography

September 18, 2017

ELIZABETH, N.J.– An Elizabeth man today admitted he used his home computer to distribute sexually explicit videos and images of children, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Thomas J. Leonard, 35, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federal court, charging him with one count of distributing child ...

2017 Annual Happy Hour Back to School Kick-Off, Hosted by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano

September 15, 2017

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano is hosting her 2017 Annual Happy Hour Back to School Kick-Off. The goal of the event is to collect school supplies for the homeless and at-risk children of the Children's Program at Bernice’s Place, a program of the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. A list of needed school supplies can be found in the event ...

The Lost Girls by Heather Young

The Lost Girls by Heather Young (Harper Collins, 2016)

 

Heather Young, in her debut novel, The Lost Girls, has proven her talent as a word weaver. She acknowledges in the afterword that this book took her a long time to write, and as one reads the stunning prose, it is obvious that Young was focused on making every word count. The result of her labor is a magnificent, beautifully told ...

Sam Shepard's 'Simpatico' takes off

Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” has a forceful workout at McCarter Theatre.

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – If you’re at all familiar with the works of Sam Shepard, you know that he writes about gritty, unforgiving characters in what appear to be hopeless situations.

In “Simpatico,” we learn that Vinnie and Carter are former partners in a race horse ...