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Teens Spruce up Union County’s “Floating Wetlands” in Watchung Reservation

November 12, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A group of student volunteers took to the water to help pitch in for the environment. As part of Union County’s Adopt-a-Park Program, earlier this fall the group rowed out to spruce up a “floating wetlands” demonstration project at Surprise Lake in the county’s Watchung Reservation, and they also helped repair a section of trail.

“The wetlands ...

Learn How to Defend Against Cyber Bullies

Springfield, N.J.--With the continued rise of social media, an alarming number of children and teens are targets of online bullying. To learn more about cyberbullying tactics and how to fight back against them, parents and caregivers are invited to attend “Bullying & Our Children,” a free public discussion.

This special presentation will be held on Monday, November 27, from ...

Free Citizenship Test Prep Classes at Union Public Library

Union, N.J.--The Union Public Library in partnership with Jewish Vocational Service will be offering free classes to help legal permanent residents prepare and apply for U.S. citizenship. The curriculum will focus on all aspects of the citizenship exam and interview, as well as legal assistance in completing the N-400 Application for Naturalization.

The Union Public Library will hold exam ...

Redesigned Elizabeth Train Station on Hold-Mayor Says Fire NJ Transit Executives

November 10, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ—The Governor-Elect already has a decision to make on his first day in office.

Mayor J. Christian Bollwage is calling upon the Governor-Elect to remove the New Jersey Transit Executive Team of their positions and appoint pro-active, capable individuals, who are in favor of rail improvements. The Mayor has requested that this action be taken in response to New Jersey ...

Three Defendants Sentenced to Nearly 70 Years for Violent Scrap Metal Yard Robbery

November 20, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ-- Three defendants that were charged in connection with a violent 2014 robbery of an Elizabeth scrap metal yard have been sentenced to a total of nearly 70 years in prison, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas Isenhour announced today.

State Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch on Friday sentenced Rafael Clemmons, 30, of Irvington to 25 years in state prison while Steven Chambers, ...

Roselle Park Tutor/Substitute Teacher Arrested and Charged with Inappropriately Touching an Elizabeth Teenager

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - A Roselle Park Tutor/Substitute Teacher, Nestor Saavedra, 49, was arrested and charged with inappropriately touching an Elizabeth teenager, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour.

Authorities say, after an investigation led by Roselle Park Police Detective John Deegan, revealed that Saavedra was tutoring the victim in his Roselle Park home when ...

Elizabeth School Board Member Charged with DUI

LINDEN, NJ— A member of the Elizabeth school board was charged with driving under the influence, after crashing into another vehicle in Linden last month.

On Oct. 15, police responded to a report of an accident at the intersection of South Park Avenue and Route 1. According to Linden police, Daniel Nina, a school board member, and an Elizabeth firefighter was making a turn onto South ...

Police Investigating Daytime Shooting in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ--Police are investigating a daytime shooting on Wednesday that sent at least one person to the hospital in Elizabeth with gunshot wounds.

According to initial reports, police responded to a call for shots fired at Elizabeth Avenue and 5th Street shortly before 11 a.m.

At the scene, police discovered a person suffering from a gunshot wound.

Authorities say that they ...

Violent Overnight Crash in Elizabeth, Victim Air-Lifted to Hospital

ELIZABETH, N.J.—An overnight crash involving a car and a Shop Rite tractor-trailer is under investigation by the Elizabeth Police Department.

According to reports, the forceful accident happened shortly before 2:15 a.m. in the 500 block of Dowd Avenue. When emergency responders arrived at the scene, crews found the truck and the car fully engulfed in flames.

The injured driver of the ...

Authorities Seeking Information on Vehicle of Interest in Elizabeth Double Homicide

Elizabeth, N.J.--Investigators have identified a vehicle believed to have been used in the fatal shooting of two women in Elizabeth shortly after midnight last Wednesday near Jackson Park, and assistance from the public is being requested to determine its connection to the person or persons responsible for the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas Isenhour announced Thursday.  

The ...

Football: Westfield Holds Off Elizabeth, 13-6, Advances to 3rd-Straight State Final

November 19, 2017

WESTFIELD — As the sun briefly broke through the clouds and rain, Westfield finally received the statement play it needed to pull away from a feisty Elizabeth team. Westfield’s offensive line gave Juandre House the space to run for a 57-yard touchdown, and the Blue Devils — now winners of 35 straight — never looked back. 

House rushed for a total of 114 yards, and ...

Minutemen Go Head-to-Head with Westfield in North Jersey Semifinals

ELIZABETH, NJ--In the sports world, this time of year can mean only one thing, football. This year, the Elizabeth Minutemen are set for the big game.

The Minutemen will play Westfield on Saturday, November 18, at 1 p.m. Back in October, in an earlier regular season clash, Westfield beat Elizabeth, 13-6.

Elizabeth has had a back and forth season but the 26-7 victory over East Orange last ...

Elizabeth Crushes East Orange in 26-7 Victory in Playoffs

ELIZABETH, N.J.—The Elizabeth Minutemen crushed the East Orange Jaguars in the first round of the NJSIAA/Wilson Sporting Goods North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 playoffs. 

A blistering pass rush offensive and a solid running game allowed the Minutemen to overcome a slow start and some missteps and take a 26-7 victory over the Jaguars.

Israel Santana, the Elizabeth junior ...

Elizabeth Football and Cheer Program Seeks Community Support to Raise Funds for 2017 National Cheer & Dance Competition

November 19, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ—A local, long-standing program in Elizabeth has the opportunity to compete in the 2017 National Cheer & Dance Competition in Orlando and they are seeking donations from the community to make it happen.

The Football and Cheer Program is a part of PAL (Police Athletic League). Elizabeth PAL was started in 1947 by a group of caring police officers that wanted to make a ...

Tree-Lighting Ceremony to Kick-Off Holiday Festivities -Santa Comes to Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, N.J.--It’s that time of the year, twinkling lights, festive decorations and a chance to visit with the most important guy in a red suit you’ll ever meet.

The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) has announced the lineup of holiday events on Elizabeth Avenue this season starting with the Official Tree-Lighting Ceremony at Union Square Plaza on Tuesday, November 28 from ...

Elizabeth Community Leaders Honored at Snyder Academy Awards

ELIZABETH, NJ - Five Union County residents were recognized for outstanding contributions in social services, the arts, economic development, education and history at the Snyder Academy Awards held on November 2 at the Snyder Academy in Elizabeth.  

“Each of our award recipients has contributed to the richness of the Elizabeth community in his or her own unique way,” ...

Community Foodbank of New Jersey Wants to Talk Turkey

November 19, 2017

HILLSIDE, NJ – Close to 300,000 New Jersey children faces hunger every day. Many of their families don’t have the means to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, stuffing and all. To ensure food-insecure people across the state have what they need to share a holiday meal, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey has been purchasing thousands of turkeys and will gather ...

Three Defendants Sentenced to Nearly 70 Years for Violent Scrap Metal Yard Robbery

November 20, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ-- Three defendants that were charged in connection with a violent 2014 robbery of an Elizabeth scrap metal yard have been sentenced to a total of nearly 70 years in prison, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas Isenhour announced today.

State Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch on Friday sentenced Rafael Clemmons, 30, of Irvington to 25 years in state prison while Steven Chambers, ...

Elizabeth School Board Member Charged with DUI

LINDEN, NJ— A member of the Elizabeth school board was charged with driving under the influence, after crashing into another vehicle in Linden last month.

On Oct. 15, police responded to a report of an accident at the intersection of South Park Avenue and Route 1. According to Linden police, Daniel Nina, a school board member, and an Elizabeth firefighter was making a turn onto South ...

Violent Overnight Crash in Elizabeth, Victim Air-Lifted to Hospital

ELIZABETH, N.J.—An overnight crash involving a car and a Shop Rite tractor-trailer is under investigation by the Elizabeth Police Department.

According to reports, the forceful accident happened shortly before 2:15 a.m. in the 500 block of Dowd Avenue. When emergency responders arrived at the scene, crews found the truck and the car fully engulfed in flames.

The injured driver of the ...

Coalition-Led Ballot Question Approved, Safeguarding Pollution Settlements

November 10, 2017

NEWARK, NJ -  Voters provided permanent relief to communities harmed by industrial pollution on Tuesday by approving an environmental coalition-led ballot question that prevents money earmarked for environmental restoration from being raided by Trenton lawmakers.

The measure was declared passed with 69 percent support.

“By approving Ballot Question 2, voters created a ...

Murphy convincingly wins NJ governor's campaign that began in Newark

Asbury Park, N.J.--The Rev. Ronald Slaughter, pastor of St. James AME Church in Newark, said it best for Democrats in the state's largest city, and around the state of New Jersey, as the winning vote totals rolled in for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy. 

"My prayers have been answered," said Slaughter on Tuesday night inside the Asbury Park ...

Election 2017 in Elizabeth-The Voters Have Decided

Elizabeth, NJ--Voters throughout the state went to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots for candidates wanting to succeed Gov. Chris Christie, and with the rain, turnout was brisk earlier today.

In most of the state's 40 districts Senate and Assembly candidates ran uncontested, voters in Elizabeth have cast their votes for the General Assembly 20th Legislative District, Senator  ...

Teens Spruce up Union County’s “Floating Wetlands” in Watchung Reservation

November 12, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A group of student volunteers took to the water to help pitch in for the environment. As part of Union County’s Adopt-a-Park Program, earlier this fall the group rowed out to spruce up a “floating wetlands” demonstration project at Surprise Lake in the county’s Watchung Reservation, and they also helped repair a section of trail.

“The wetlands ...

Coalition-Led Ballot Question Approved, Safeguarding Pollution Settlements

NEWARK, NJ -  Voters provided permanent relief to communities harmed by industrial pollution on Tuesday by approving an environmental coalition-led ballot question that prevents money earmarked for environmental restoration from being raided by Trenton lawmakers.

The measure was declared passed with 69 percent support.

“By approving Ballot Question 2, voters created a ...

To Help Reduce Risk of Lyme Disease, Union County Advises “Plant This, Not That”

Union County, NJ--Japanese barberry is a common shrub that could be playing a role in the spread of Lyme disease, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. By planting native shrubs instead of Japanese barberry, property owners can help reduce the risk -- and create a more healthful habitat for butterflies and other pollinators, too.

“Union County residents can take action to ...

Local Humanitarians Partner with Community Food Bank of New Jersey to Distribute Turkeys to Those in Need in Elizabeth

November 20, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ--When James Carey, the Director of Social Services for the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center Inc., received a phone call from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey informing him they were donating 200 turkeys to his agency, he replied, "I'm going to distribute the turkeys to all the parents and staff members at the Early Childhood School and whatever's left over, ...

Community Foodbank of New Jersey Wants to Talk Turkey

HILLSIDE, NJ – Close to 300,000 New Jersey children faces hunger every day. Many of their families don’t have the means to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, stuffing and all. To ensure food-insecure people across the state have what they need to share a holiday meal, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey has been purchasing thousands of turkeys and will gather ...

Help "Check Out" Hunger-Elizabeth Library to Accept Donations During Holiday Food Drive

ELIZABETH, NJ--Help check out hunger this holiday season with donations to a Food Drive being sponsored by the Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC).

From Monday, Nov. 27 to Monday, Dec. 18, the Elizabeth Public Library will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the New Jersey Community Food Bank and other local food pantries. Collection bins will be ...

Girls on the Run to Celebrate Their Limitless Potential at Florham Park PBA Turkey Trot on November 18

November 16, 2017

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Nearly 600 girls who are participating in Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole programs this fall at schools and parks across Essex, Morris, and Union Counties will run in the Florham Park PBA Turkey Trot 5K on Saturday, November 18. The 5K run starts at 10 a.m and will take place at the Holy Family Church, 1 Lloyd Avenue, Florham Park.

During the 10-week fall ...

Trinitas Participates in Ground-Breaking Study-Can Weight Loss Actually Prevent Cancer from Returning?

ELIZABETH, NJ—If you know anyone who is overweight and has been diagnosed with stage two or three breast cancer, a new study being undertaken at Trinitas Regional Medical Center could provide important answers about weight loss and how it relates to the disease.

Trinitas is participating in a potentially ground-breaking study that looks at the impact of weight loss on breast cancer ...

Union Family Meets Recipient of Son's Donated Heart

UNION, NJ – Joey Burlew was just 28-years old when he died suddenly in March 2016.  Jeffrey Blomkvist was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at 40-years old and placed on a donor list in 2014.

On March 7, 2016, Blomkvist received Burlew’s heart during a transplant procedure at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. 

This Sunday, in an emotional meeting, ...

Teens Spruce up Union County’s “Floating Wetlands” in Watchung Reservation

November 12, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A group of student volunteers took to the water to help pitch in for the environment. As part of Union County’s Adopt-a-Park Program, earlier this fall the group rowed out to spruce up a “floating wetlands” demonstration project at Surprise Lake in the county’s Watchung Reservation, and they also helped repair a section of trail.

“The wetlands ...

DEP Helps Groundwork Elizabeth Prepare Gardens- Grows Healthy Produce for Residents

Elizabeth, N.J.--Deputy Commissioner David Glass joined 52 DEP employees to harvest vegetables, tidy gardens, and spread mulch as part of a volunteer effort undertaken in partnership with Groundwork Elizabeth to prepare community garden plots in the City of Elizabeth, Union County.

The group gathered Friday, October 27 to prepare individual gardens at the Elmora Community Garden behind the ...

To Help Reduce Risk of Lyme Disease, Union County Advises “Plant This, Not That”

Union County, NJ--Japanese barberry is a common shrub that could be playing a role in the spread of Lyme disease, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. By planting native shrubs instead of Japanese barberry, property owners can help reduce the risk -- and create a more healthful habitat for butterflies and other pollinators, too.

“Union County residents can take action to ...

Hillsborough: Landmark Water Tower Along Route 206 Torn Down and Dismantled

November 11, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Looming over the former GSA complex along Route 206 since World War II, the water storage tower had grown obsolete years ago.

It had always been a roost for pigeons, hawks and other birds of prey, affording an expansive view of the township, nearby Manville and beyond. In more recent years, it had sprouted an odd assortment of satellite dishes and repeaters used by ...

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Sat, November 25, 10:00 AM

Roselle Park Knights of Columbus #3240 at the Church of the Assumption, Roselle Park

Blood Drive in Roselle Park

Sun, November 26, 3:00 PM

The Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown, Elizabeth

Actors Shakespeare Company presents A Christmas ...

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, November 28, 5:00 PM

Center for Hope Hospice, administration building, Scotch Plains

“VA Benefits for Long Term Care” -- CEU seminar ...

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Local Humanitarians Partner with Community Food Bank of New Jersey to Distribute Turkeys to Those in Need in Elizabeth

November 20, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ--When James Carey, the Director of Social Services for the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center Inc., received a phone call from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey informing him they were donating 200 turkeys to his agency, he replied, "I'm going to distribute the turkeys to all the parents and staff members at the Early Childhood School and whatever's left over, ...

Elizabeth Football and Cheer Program Seeks Community Support to Raise Funds for 2017 National Cheer & Dance Competition

ELIZABETH, NJ—A local, long-standing program in Elizabeth has the opportunity to compete in the 2017 National Cheer & Dance Competition in Orlando and they are seeking donations from the community to make it happen.

The Football and Cheer Program is a part of PAL (Police Athletic League). Elizabeth PAL was started in 1947 by a group of caring police officers that wanted to make a ...

Tree-Lighting Ceremony to Kick-Off Holiday Festivities -Santa Comes to Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, N.J.--It’s that time of the year, twinkling lights, festive decorations and a chance to visit with the most important guy in a red suit you’ll ever meet.

The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) has announced the lineup of holiday events on Elizabeth Avenue this season starting with the Official Tree-Lighting Ceremony at Union Square Plaza on Tuesday, November 28 from ...

Learn How to Defend Against Cyber Bullies

Springfield, N.J.--With the continued rise of social media, an alarming number of children and teens are targets of online bullying. To learn more about cyberbullying tactics and how to fight back against them, parents and caregivers are invited to attend “Bullying & Our Children,” a free public discussion.

This special presentation will be held on Monday, November 27, from ...

Trinitas Regional Medical Center Seeks Level II Trauma Center Designation

Elizabeth, N.J.--Trinitas Regional Medical Center is seeking formal Level II Trauma Center designation in response to the first official trauma call by the New Jersey Department of Health DOH in nearly 20 years.  The Medical Center will submit its application to the DOH this week.

According to Gary S. Horan, FACHE, Trinitas President & CEO, the state of New Jersey has an excellent ...

Redesigned Elizabeth Train Station on Hold-Mayor Says Fire NJ Transit Executives

November 10, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ—The Governor-Elect already has a decision to make on his first day in office.

Mayor J. Christian Bollwage is calling upon the Governor-Elect to remove the New Jersey Transit Executive Team of their positions and appoint pro-active, capable individuals, who are in favor of rail improvements. The Mayor has requested that this action be taken in response to New Jersey ...

Fanwood Police Officer with Law Enforcement Team in Puerto Rico Finds Misery and Optimism

November 11, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Like many other visitors to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, Fanwood Police Officer Elliott Bernard says the images seen on TV and online simply don’t capture the enormity of the damage, even two months after the storm. Roads with giant fissures, downed utility poles, epic food and water shortages and the lack of power make day to day life exhausting.

“Every day, you ...

Greater Union County United Way Participates in Giving Tuesday Campaign

November 20, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ – On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, United Way of Greater Union County will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, encouraging generosity and philanthropy around the world.

United Way of Greater Union County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, focuses on providing critical resources to children and ...

The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman (St. Martins Griffin, 2016)

 

Author Lynda Cohen Loigman states, “The Two-Family House is a story I thought about for at least ten years before I ever wrote a word. I spent countless hours over a full decade thinking about how Rose, Helen, Abe, and Mort would behave in difficult situations, and how they would feel when faced with ...

Sustained, Severe Cuts Equal Setbacks at NJ Department of Environmental Protection

November 8, 2017

Trenton, N.J.--Long-term budget and staff cuts have severely impacted the ability of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to carry out critical work to protect New Jersey’s environment and residents. This has serious implications for wildlife, public health, and our economy. DEP is charged with managing and protecting the State’s environment and natural ...