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Freeholders Honor Elizabeth Police Officers Who Rescued Boy Struck By Train

July 22, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two city police officers who rescued a 13-year-old boy struck by a freight train were honored Thursday night by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Elizabeth Police Officers Eric Santiago Gora and Luciano Nicolas Porto responded to Franklin Street on May 11 to find the boy going into shock with an amputated leg.

“We have to also acknowledge that there are ...

Roselle Council Vote Stops Mayor From Continuing to Speak at Meeting

ROSELLE, NJ - Residents who speak during the public comments section at council meetings are familiar with the sound of a buzzer indicating that their allotted three to six minutes to talk are over.

But Mayor Christine Dansereau was surprised to hear that sound at last night's council meeting while she gave her closing comments.

“What was that?” Dansereau asked as the buzzer ...

New Union County Transit Map Available

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Getting around Union County is about to become, thanks to a new map offered by the Union County Freeholders showing train and bus routes and other information. The free map is available in traditional hard copy and by download.

“When all the routes are laid out in one integrated format it is easier to plan trips and take full advantage of ...

'No Questions Asked' Gun Buyback Program to be Held July 28-29

July 24, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ - County officials are encouraging local residents to consider participating this week in a state-run gun buyback program in Newark, Camden and Trenton.

New Jersey residents can turn in up to three firearms -- no questions asked -- and receive cash payouts of up to $200 per firearm, the Union County Prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The event will run from ...

Helicopter Lands in Baseball Field to Airlift Person Injured in Motorcycle Accident

ELIZABETH, NJ - A medevac helicopter landed in a baseball field behind Mattano Park today to airlift a person injured in an accident reportedly involving a motorcycle today.

Elizabeth police cleared the baseball field on Clifton Street between Arnett and Atlantic streets, where multiple EMS, police patrols and fire engines were present around noon.

Police blocked off a portion of Cole Place ...

Freeholders Honor Elizabeth Police Officers Who Rescued Boy Struck By Train

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two city police officers who rescued a 13-year-old boy struck by a freight train were honored Thursday night by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Elizabeth Police Officers Eric Santiago Gora and Luciano Nicolas Porto responded to Franklin Street on May 11 to find the boy going into shock with an amputated leg.

“We have to also acknowledge that there are ...

Union County Sheriff's Office Earns Accreditation for 3rd Consecutive Time

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two Union County Sheriff’s officers were doing an eviction yesterday in Union Township, when they saw the house’s gas meter "spinning like a top" and candles left lit in the home, said Union County Sheriff Joseph Cyran.

“They do what they need to do, what we trained them to do, making sure emergency personnel responds quickly,” Cryan said ...

Motorcycle Driver Wanted for Eluding Police in Roselle Park and Elizabeth

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Roselle Park Police are looking for help to identify the driver of a motorcycle that eluded them and put numerous drivers at risk. 

According to police, at approximately 12:15 pm on Tuesday, July 18, officers attempted to pull the driver over due to the motorcycle not having a visible registration (license plate). Police say, the driver ignored the marked patrol ...

Roselle Man Charged in Multi-Vehicle Crash That Killed 2, Police Say

QUEENS, NY - A 33-year-old Roselle man was arrested and charged in connection with a crash on the Grand Central Parkway yesterday that killed two passengers who were in the car with him, NYPD police today. 

Andrew Shakespeare, of Roselle, was driving with four passengers in his SUV at about 6:30 a.m. yesterday when his vehicle caused a chain reaction with three other cars on the ...

(Updated) Snapple Bowl All-Star Game Comes Down to Final Quarter with Union County Win 27-14

July 21, 2017

UNION, NJ – Union County rallied in the final minutes of the storm-interrupted game to beat Middlesex County 27-14 in the 24th annual Snapple Bowl played Thursday at Kean University’s Alumni Stadium. 

The first half of this game was pretty quiet with only one score.  Union County took a 7-0 lead on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Roselle quarterback Gerald ...

2nd Annual Food Truck Fest Comes to Port Newark Tomorrow

July 18, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) will throw its second annual Food Truck Fest at Port Newark tomorrow to raise funds for the nonprofit organization.

The festivities kick off at the Port Newark International Seafarers Center and will run from 3 to 7 p.m. Five food trucks will participate in the event and will include Oink & Moo BBQ, Mexi Flip Taco Truck, ...

12th Annual Health Fair & Cookout to Feature Free Medical Screenings, Hayrides

ELIZABETH, NJ - The 12th Annual Fifth Ward Health Fair and Cookout at Jefferson Park this Saturday will feature free food, hayrides, health screenings, music and more.

Fifth Ward Councilman William Gallman, Jr. organized this year’s event, which will run from noon to 6 p.m.

“It’ll be a fun-filled day,” Gallman said in a phone interview today.

'Family Fun & Flix' in Warinanco Park Returns July 18

ROSELLE, NJ - An annual “Family Fun & Flix” event will kick off another season on July 18 at Warinanco Park, serving up free movies and other activities for families and children.   

The weekly event will first feature the movie “Storks,” an animated children’s comedy. Activities for children will be offered at 7:30 p.m. before each movie through ...

Veteran Chef Joseph Mattos Joins The Fanwood Grille

July 21, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ – Customers are welcomed to a mouthwatering aroma the moment they walk into the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., downtown Fanwood). In the morning, bacon and eggs fill the air. Around noon, the smell of sizzling burgers attract hungry customers

The grille's menu features traditional breakfast foods, including omelets, pancakes, and the ever-popular ...

Groundwork Elizabeth Receives $200K Grant for New Youth Health Initiative

July 21, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - A non-profit organization that supports healthy and environmentally-friendly projects in the city was one of 10 groups in the state to receive a $200,000 grant.

Groundwork Elizabeth plans to use the grant to select 20 city residents from the ages of 14 to 21 over a period of about 3 years to brainstorm, train and develop a community event addressing a health challenge in the ...

(Updated) Snapple Bowl All-Star Game Comes Down to Final Quarter with Union County Win 27-14

July 21, 2017

UNION, NJ – Union County rallied in the final minutes of the storm-interrupted game to beat Middlesex County 27-14 in the 24th annual Snapple Bowl played Thursday at Kean University’s Alumni Stadium. 

The first half of this game was pretty quiet with only one score.  Union County took a 7-0 lead on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Roselle quarterback Gerald ...

Retired Firefighter Shares Journey of Building Playgrounds in the Wake of Tragedy

ELIZABETH, NJ - A retired Elizabeth firefighter who experienced kindness from school children in Mississippi paid it forward in a big way: by building 26 playgrounds dedicated to Sandy Hook shooting victims.

Bill Lavin, former Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association president, spoke at the Elizabeth Main Branch Library last Wednesday to tell the story of his non-profit ...

Elizabeth Firefighters Jump In to Fix Kids' Bicycles

ELIZABETH, NJ - The city’s fire department responded to a little different call of duty earlier this week.

When a group of kids stopped by Ladder 1 Engine 7 at 411 Irvington Ave. looking for assistance with their bikes, members of the fire department jumped in to help.

“That particular event happened [three] days ago, but it usually happens quite often,” Fireman's ...

Five Local People with Disabilities Achieve CPR Certification

July 21, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - When Lyman Thompson worked for Roselle Park, he saw a lot of people needing help. Then one day, he was one of those people.

"I had a heart attack five years ago," Thompson said. "I flat lined and one of my coworkers brought me back with CPR. That inspired me to take the training myself."

Thompson, a person with developmental disabilities and member of ...

Groundwork Elizabeth Receives $200K Grant for New Youth Health Initiative

ELIZABETH, NJ - A non-profit organization that supports healthy and environmentally-friendly projects in the city was one of 10 groups in the state to receive a $200,000 grant.

Groundwork Elizabeth plans to use the grant to select 20 city residents from the ages of 14 to 21 over a period of about 3 years to brainstorm, train and develop a community event addressing a health challenge in the ...

TAPinto Travels Weekend Event Suggestions

July 20, 2017

With very little rain in the forecast, Northern New Jersey’s weather will be perfect for the many outdoor events taking place this weekend. All of the events featured this week are family friendly with low to no cost admission prices.

Food Truck Festival at the Hermitage

If you have yet to visit Bergen County’s famed Gothic revival museum, you must make it a point to tour the ...

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Freeholders Honor Elizabeth Police Officers Who Rescued Boy Struck By Train

July 22, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two city police officers who rescued a 13-year-old boy struck by a freight train were honored Thursday night by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Elizabeth Police Officers Eric Santiago Gora and Luciano Nicolas Porto responded to Franklin Street on May 11 to find the boy going into shock with an amputated leg.

“We have to also acknowledge that there are ...

Union County College Foundation to Raise Funds for “Close the Gap” Campaign

July 16, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ -- The Union County College Foundation will host its 2nd Annual “Close the Gap” Cocktail Reception on July 19 in the Victor M. Richel Student Commons on the Cranford campus. The campaign supports the UCC's strategic initiative to help shrink the growing achievement gap that exists for African American students and will also provide financial assistance to ...

Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co., 2013)

 

As a student of history, I don't know why I thought that reading Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard would be any more satisfying than their previous two publications, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy. Having now finished the rapid read, I would put the O'Reilly/Dugard books in ...

'Skeleton Crew' hits home

UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages, in its quest for new, richly layered plays, is now presenting “Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morrisseau.

The playwright had her play “Follow Me to Nellie’s” work shopped at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut several years ago. That was followed by s fine production at the Kean University ...