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Plainfield's Assemblyman Jerry Green Is Dead at Age 79

April 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) has died at age 79, according to an email to TAPinto Plainfield from Councilwoman-at-Large Rebecca Williams. (Williams also shared the information on her Facebook page.)

On Jan. 24, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) resigned as Chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee "to focus his energy on recovering from an ...

Elizabeth Police Officer Indicted in Fatal Motorcycle Crash that Killed an Elizabeth Man

April 22, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - An off-duty Elizabeth police officer was indicted on Friday in the fatal collision with a motorcycle causing the death of an Elizabeth man on October 31, 2017. 

Elizabeth Police Officer Romulo Meneses-Alvarez, 30, was indicted for one count of vehicular homicide in the second degree, one count of vehicular homicide within 1,000 feet of school property in the first degree, ...

Elizabeth Man Sentenced to 115 Months in Prison for Multiple Bank Robberies

NEWARK, NJ - An Elizabeth man was sentenced on Thursday to 115 months in prison for robbing four banks in three states that included New Jersey, Maryland, and New York in January 2017, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Israel Cosme, 36, from Elizabeth, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas after being charged with four counts of bank robbery. Judge Salas ...

Paint by the Pond Event to be Held at Warinanco Park

April 24, 2018

ROSELLE/ELIZABETH, NJ - Children ages 4 to 12 years old are invited by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to participate in the third annual Paint by the Pond”. A project that teaches families about the importance of recycling while encouraging children to paint on cardboard, creating art from materials usually thrown away.

There will also be miniature houses made with the ...

Union County Senior Art Exhibit Now Accepting Applications from Artists Age 60 and Older

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Senior residents of Union County, age 60 or older, can register now for the Union County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit. 

Qualifying works of art will be on display at the Atrium of Liberty Hall Center at 1085 Morris Avenue in Union from May 29 to July 9, and the artists will be guests at a special reception at the Atrium on Wednesday, June 6.  The deadline to ...

James Caldwell: The Fighting Parson to be staged May 6 in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ - The British called him the "High Priest of the Revolution," and he returns to life at the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth as reenactor Meridoc Burkhardt portrays "James Caldwell: the Fighting Parson.” 

This presentation to be held on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. dramatically portrays the Patriot and Presbyterian minister to share the legacy of ...

Community Access Unlimited Honors Community Partners at 2018 Awards Dinner

April 21, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Community Access Unlimited (CAU) recently honored a number of key community partners at the agency's 2018 Awards Night Celebration, held April 12 at its headquarters in Elizabeth.

Community Access Unlimited is a statewide Union County-based nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as at-risk youth to enable them to live ...

Riedel Wine Tasting Event to Benefit the Boy Scouts of America Programs

April 16, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Boy Scouts of America and volunteer co-chairs, Dawn and Rich Buchanan of Fanwood will host a Riedel Wine Tasting on Tuesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Masker's Barn located in the Watchung Reservation in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

Guests will enjoy great wines using Riedel wine glasses, learn more about wines, how to pour them, the effect wine glasses have and how to ...

Elizabeth Police Officer Indicted in Fatal Motorcycle Crash that Killed an Elizabeth Man

April 22, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - An off-duty Elizabeth police officer was indicted on Friday in the fatal collision with a motorcycle causing the death of an Elizabeth man on October 31, 2017. 

Elizabeth Police Officer Romulo Meneses-Alvarez, 30, was indicted for one count of vehicular homicide in the second degree, one count of vehicular homicide within 1,000 feet of school property in the first degree, ...

Elizabeth Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Distributing Child Pornography on Internet

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted for using file-sharing software to share child pornography from his computer devices, which contained approximately 2,900 images and videos of child pornography.  

Jerrel D. Harris, 32, of Elizabeth was sentenced to eight years in state prison, including five years of parole ...

Four Middlesex Relatives Indicted for Shooting Outside of Elizabeth Restaurant

ELIZABETH, NJ - A grand jury has indicted four relatives all from Middlesex County in connection with a late-night fatal shooting outside an Elizabeth restaurant earlier this year. 

According to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan, the jury indicted Tyquan Fuqua, 23, and Almalik Fuqua, 27, both of New Brunswick, as well as Allan Blackburn, 29, and Derek Fuqua, 40, both of ...

Paint by the Pond Event to be Held at Warinanco Park

April 24, 2018

ROSELLE/ELIZABETH, NJ - Children ages 4 to 12 years old are invited by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to participate in the third annual Paint by the Pond”. A project that teaches families about the importance of recycling while encouraging children to paint on cardboard, creating art from materials usually thrown away.

There will also be miniature houses made with the ...

Countywide Free Scrap Metal Recycling Event to be Held in Rahway and Cranford

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A free Countywide scrap metal recycling event is scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 21 in Rahway and Cranford.  

A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, are included in the program.

“This countywide program helps to fill a service gap in some Union County municipalities that currently have no pickup for scrap ...

Trinitas Health Foundation Gala Set for May 10 - Healthcare Foundation of NJ this Year’s Honoree

April 23, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Trinitas Health Foundation will host its annual Gala with the theme “Peace of Mind” on Thursday, May 10.  The Healthcare Foundation of NJ will be honored with this year's “Humanitarian Award” and proceeds will benefit Behavioral Health patients.

The Gala will be held at the Venetian in Garfield and will offer a cocktail hour, dinner, and ...

Community Access Unlimited Honors Community Partners at 2018 Awards Dinner

ELIZABETH, NJ - Community Access Unlimited (CAU) recently honored a number of key community partners at the agency's 2018 Awards Night Celebration, held April 12 at its headquarters in Elizabeth.

Community Access Unlimited is a statewide Union County-based nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as at-risk youth to enable them to live ...

Riedel Wine Tasting Event to Benefit the Boy Scouts of America Programs

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Boy Scouts of America and volunteer co-chairs, Dawn and Rich Buchanan of Fanwood will host a Riedel Wine Tasting on Tuesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Masker's Barn located in the Watchung Reservation in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

Guests will enjoy great wines using Riedel wine glasses, learn more about wines, how to pour them, the effect wine glasses have and how to ...

Trinitas Health Foundation Gala Set for May 10 - Healthcare Foundation of NJ this Year’s Honoree

April 23, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Trinitas Health Foundation will host its annual Gala with the theme “Peace of Mind” on Thursday, May 10.  The Healthcare Foundation of NJ will be honored with this year's “Humanitarian Award” and proceeds will benefit Behavioral Health patients.

The Gala will be held at the Venetian in Garfield and will offer a cocktail hour, dinner, and ...

Community Access Unlimited Honors Community Partners at 2018 Awards Dinner

ELIZABETH, NJ - Community Access Unlimited (CAU) recently honored a number of key community partners at the agency's 2018 Awards Night Celebration, held April 12 at its headquarters in Elizabeth.

Community Access Unlimited is a statewide Union County-based nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as at-risk youth to enable them to live ...

Due to Popular Demand, Union County Offers More CPR Classes

ROSELLE PARK, NJ -  Due to popular demand, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced, two additional CPR training classes have been added in May. Three sessions were previously scheduled in April and are already fully booked.

All classes are open to the general public.

“I encourage all Union County residents to learn basic first aid and emergency ...

Travels Jersey Shore Seal Sighting on Spring Lake Beach

April 23, 2018

SPRING LAKE, NJ — Another seal came ashore — this time at the jetty on the south end of Spring Lake's beach.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski was walking the beachfront when she spotted this seal at about 3 p.m. on April 18 and took these real-time animated photos. It’s not known whether it returned to the ocean.

On April 12, a harp seal made its way onto Belmar's Fifth ...

Travels Spotlight - New Brunswick Ciclovia opens 2018 Season

NEW BRUNSWICK  – New Brunswick Ciclovia will open its 2018 season on Sunday, April 22 for another fun day of open streets and active living for all. 

Now in its fifth year, New Brunswick Ciclovia is a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community building by opening our streets and offering programming for all to enjoy. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more ...

Travels Update - Long Beach Island Summer Shuttle No Longer A Free Ride

BRANT BEACH - The Long Beach Island Shuttle, an extremely popular service for visitors and residents of Long Beach Island, will have a fee for the first time beginning Memorial Day weekend. 

The Long Beach Township Board of Commissioners made the announcement at their meeting on Monday, April 9. 

Here is the overview on the fees:

One-way shuttle rides from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cranford's Kurt Steiner, a Holocaust Survivor, tells Life Story as 106th Birthday Draws Near

April 24, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – In a quaint white house near the border of Cranford and Garwood, 105-year-old Kurt Steiner sat at his dining room table, surrounded by cabinets that held his collection of Viennese glass and antique Limoge plates. At his table, he had his carefully taped together passport and exit papers from Vienna, Austria, stamped with a large “J” and “Jude,” the ...

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Lifelong Elizabeth and Elizabeth Police to Hold  “Walking Safety ” Event

April 18, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Lifelong Elizabeth Program, under Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, will be holding another “Walking Safety Presentation” for Elizabeth residents on Thursday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to Noon, at the Elizabeth Public Library at 11 South Broad Street.

Elizabeth Police Department Sergeant Brian Clancy will provide participants with tips on walking safely and the ...

Countywide Free Scrap Metal Recycling Event to be Held in Rahway and Cranford

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A free Countywide scrap metal recycling event is scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 21 in Rahway and Cranford.  

A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, are included in the program.

“This countywide program helps to fill a service gap in some Union County municipalities that currently have no pickup for scrap ...

Westfield Firefighters Extinguish Small Blaze at Rock 'n' Joe's

April 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ - A small electrical fire started around noon at Rock 'n' Joe's on Prospect Street on Saturday.

According to Deputy Chief Anthony Tiller, the fire was caused by an electrical shortage in wires in the ceiling, sending smoke into the neighboring businesses on both sides.

“It created a smoke condition," Tiller said. "Once we located the fire, we ...

Nightmare Commute for Raritan Valley Line Commuters Monday

April 17, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Raritan Valley Line commuters spent more than three hours trying to make their way home from New York City on Monday following the breakdown of a train near Union Station during rush hour.

At 9:47 p.m., NJT tweeted:

Raritan Valley Line westbound train service is operating on or close to schedule following an earlier disabled NJ Transit train near Union ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 22, 2018

After Bruce Paterson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. The April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude that ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Union County College to Begin Esports Program in the Fall of 2018

April 24, 2018

CRANFORD - Union County College will become one of 63 schools nationwide, and the first county college in New Jersey, to offer a coed intercollegiate esports program, also known as Electronic Sports. Esports is a multi-player video game program that competes with colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The Union County College Esports teams could compete against two and ...