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Musicians with Disabilities Join Kean University Music Majors to Make Beautiful Music

January 16, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - The stage at the Wilkins Theater at Kean University was ablaze last week with the energy and Day-Glo tee-shirts of musicians with disabilities from Community Access Unlimited and university music majors at the group's fourth annual collaborative concert.

CAU is a Union County-based, statewide nonprofit that strives to integrate people with disabilities and at-risk youth ...

Roselle Councilman Fortuna Has Set His Eyes on “The Arts” for Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ - What is your definition of the Arts? When you ask some people, the first thing that comes to mind is paintings, crafts, and other hands-on types of works. Others will say it's beautiful music. But what about Film Making? Yes, that is art too!

Roselle’s newest Councilman John Fortuna is one who takes the "Arts” very seriously and looks to bring some focus ...

UPDATE: Elizabeth Fire Department Called to Elementary School for Elevated Carbon Monoxide Levels

January 22, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - UPDATED: 1:19 pm.

Statement of Elizabeth Schools Spokesman Pat Politano  "The Elizabeth Fire Department responded to an alarm caused by a slight increase in carbon monoxide levels at one if the city's elementary schools this morning.  "The alarm was triggered due to a malfunctioning exhaust fan in the boiler room at Touisaint L'ouverture-Marquis de ...

New Elizabeth Board of Education Members Take Office

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth Board of Education reorganized this week with veteran member Stephanie Goncalves chosen as President for 2019.

Charlene Bathelus was sworn to a new term on the board and newcomer Iliana Chevres was sworn to her first term. Bathelus and Chevres were elected in November. Nathalie Hernandez took the oath of office after being appointed by the board to fill a vacancy.

Union County Clerk Launches “I Voted” Art Contest for Students in Grades 5-12

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi has announced the launch of the first annual Union County Clerk “I Voted” Sticker Design Art Contest for students in grades 5-12. All Union County students in public, private and home schools are invited to participate.

“The tremendous outpouring of interest in the 2018 midterm election cycle demonstrates that ...

February SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early

January 14, 2019

TRENTON, NJ—SNAP recipients in New Jersey will be receiving their February benefits early because of the continued federal government shutdown.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services announced today that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who received a SNAP benefit in January and were scheduled to receive the benefit again in February will receive them on ...

UPDATE: Elizabeth Fire Department Called to Elementary School for Elevated Carbon Monoxide Levels

January 22, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - UPDATED: 1:19 pm.

Statement of Elizabeth Schools Spokesman Pat Politano  "The Elizabeth Fire Department responded to an alarm caused by a slight increase in carbon monoxide levels at one if the city's elementary schools this morning.  "The alarm was triggered due to a malfunctioning exhaust fan in the boiler room at Touisaint L'ouverture-Marquis de ...

Two Alarm Fire at Mill Run on Thursday

UNION, NJ – Union firefighters battled a two alarm fire at the Mill Run complex on Manor Drive Thursday afternoon.

According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, a fire was reported at about 2:45 p.m. at 1836 Manor Drive in Mill Run.  The fire involved the crawl space that extended through the floor and walls into Apartment B which was vacant and being renovated.

The fire went to a ...

Elizabeth Man Wanted for Hit-and-Run in Newark

NEWARK, NJ - Police are looking for an Elizabeth man that was involved in a hit and run that occurred in Newark. 

According to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, Police are looking for Nester Marin-Romaldo, 35, of Elizabeth for a hit-and-run that resulted in serious injuries to two female pedestrians as they were ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide in Death of Union Daughter

UNION, NJ – An Elizabeth man has been arrested for vehicular homicide in the death of his daughter from Union as a result of a fatal crash that killed that daughter and seriously injured another daughter, according to a State Police social media post.

State Police say Madelynn Rizzo, 9, of Union was killed on Sunday, November, 25, when her father, Marcelo Rizzo, driving a Ford Focus on ...

Sudden Fire Takes Place at Linden Municipal Garage

LINDEN, NJ - Elizabeth Firefighters were called in to assist at a fire that broke out at the Linden municipal garage that sent Linden Fire department along with firefighters from nearby towns into action.

According to the Breaking News Network, at approximately 4:10 p.m., fire officials were contacted after reports of heavy fire conditions at the property located at 1901 Lower Road, ...

Union County Prosecutors Release Information and Map of Naloxone (Narcan) Use for 2018

ELIZABETH/ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Union County Prosecutors Office released their final police-administered Naloxone (Narcan) deployment map of 2018.

According to a map that was released, there were 307 incidents where Narcan had to be used in Union County this past year. The map also shows that there were 114 O.D. fatalities in 2018. 

According to the Union County ...

Community Access Unlimited Founder to Step Down from Executive Directorship

January 23, 2019

Sidney Blanchard, one of NJ’s most influential nonprofit change-makers, returns to his community activist roots.

ELIZABETH, NJ - In the 40 years since Sid Blanchard put down his state social work career to launch Community Access Unlimited (CAU), he has secured his place as a founding father of the movement to achieve civil rights for individuals with developmental disabilities. Now, ...

Elizabeth Man Receives 30 year Sentence for Aggravated Manslaughter in Parking Lot Road-rage Case

January 14, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man revived a sentenced of 30 years in state prison for repeatedly assaulting a livery driver and backing into him with his vehicle following an argument over a dinged car door in the parking lot of a local strip mall a year and a half ago, causing the injuries that resulted in his death, said acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan onFriday.

State ...

Trader Joe’s Releases 10th Annual Customer Choice Awards

January 18, 2019

WESTFIELD and NATIONAL -- Trader Joe’s, the popular supermarket featuring organic, vegan and everyday items -- and "Two-Buck Chuck" wines -- has released its 10th annual Customer Choice Awards, a list of favorite products by category. 

Overall, the top entree was Mandarin Orange Chicken, followed by Cauliflower Gnocchi and Chicken Tikka ...

Union County Clerk Launches “I Voted” Art Contest for Students in Grades 5-12

January 9, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi has announced the launch of the first annual Union County Clerk “I Voted” Sticker Design Art Contest for students in grades 5-12. All Union County students in public, private and home schools are invited to participate.

“The tremendous outpouring of interest in the 2018 midterm election cycle demonstrates that ...

Arthur L. Johnson HS Holds 5th Annual Crusader Classic Shot Put Meet

January 13, 2019

CLARK, NJ - The 5th Annual Crusader Classic Shot Put Meet was held on Thursday, January 11, at Arthur L. Johnson High School. Throwers from all over Union County and the State of New Jersey participated in the event in preparation for the upcoming NJSIAA Championships.

The meet featured twelve schools and was organized and orchestrated by ALJ Assistant Track and Field Coach Anthony ...

Boys Swimming: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Dominates Elizabeth, 120-50

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys varsity swim team had a runaway victory at Elizabeth on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.

Alan Shao won the sprint events (50 and 100 Freestyle), while Ethan Morrobel took both the distance events (200 and 500 Freestyle). Daniel Donaldson had a big day, leading off the winning Medley Relay team and swimming in the 400 Freestyle Relay, which came in ...

Community Access Unlimited Founder to Step Down from Executive Directorship

January 23, 2019

Sidney Blanchard, one of NJ’s most influential nonprofit change-makers, returns to his community activist roots.

ELIZABETH, NJ - In the 40 years since Sid Blanchard put down his state social work career to launch Community Access Unlimited (CAU), he has secured his place as a founding father of the movement to achieve civil rights for individuals with developmental disabilities. Now, ...

Three Kings Day Celebrated at Trinitas Regional Medical Center

ELIZABETH, NJ - Residents of the Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Programs chose gifts from under the Christmas tree at Trinitas Regional Medical Center during the ninth Annual Three Kings Day Celebration organized by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) earlier this month at Trinitas.

The day commemorates the Three Wise Men who gave the baby Jesus gifts during the height of the Christmas ...

Musicians with Disabilities Join Kean University Music Majors to Make Beautiful Music

ELIZABETH, NJ - The stage at the Wilkins Theater at Kean University was ablaze last week with the energy and Day-Glo tee-shirts of musicians with disabilities from Community Access Unlimited and university music majors at the group's fourth annual collaborative concert.

CAU is a Union County-based, statewide nonprofit that strives to integrate people with disabilities and at-risk youth ...

Trinitas Earns Second JCAHO Gold Seal Approval for Total Hip and Knee Replacement

January 22, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center has earned its second consecutive Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. Trinitas was the first in Union County to achieve this important designation in 2016, and underwent a rigorous on-site survey by Joint Commission experts, who evaluated compliance with ...

Trinitas School of Nursing - Class of January 2019 Graduates 112 Students

ELIZABETH/CRANFORD, NJ – One hundred and twelve students received their nursing diplomas at the Trinitas School of Nursing’s 161st Convocation Ceremony held at St. Michael’s Church in Cranford. 

Surrounded by family, friends, and staff that supported their efforts every step of the way, 99 women and 13 men accepted their pins and diplomas. They also became ...

Union County Prosecutors Release Information and Map of Naloxone (Narcan) Use for 2018

ELIZABETH/ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Union County Prosecutors Office released their final police-administered Naloxone (Narcan) deployment map of 2018.

According to a map that was released, there were 307 incidents where Narcan had to be used in Union County this past year. The map also shows that there were 114 O.D. fatalities in 2018. 

According to the Union County ...

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Brooklyn Restaurateurs Bring New Flavors to South Orange

January 23, 2019

Two new restaurants recently opened near each other in South Orange, NJ, both with Brooklyn roots.

Owners of the upscale American The Fox & Falcon and Latin street food specialists Miti Miti were drawn to the area first for their families, seeking more space in the New Jersey suburbs than they could find in Brooklyn. It wasn’t long before their culinary roots came ...

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Sat, January 26, 10:00 AM

Striker Realty - Rahway Office , Rahway

First-Time Homebuyer Seminar

Health & Wellness Home & Garden

Tue, January 29, 6:00 PM

The Colleen Fraser (County Clerk) Building, Westfield

CASA of Union County Information Session

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Sat, February 2, 3:00 PM

Ritz Theater, Elizabeth

Harlem Renaissance: Another Black Wall Street

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What’s Happening Elizabeth: Events for the week of January 21 through January 27

January 20, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - Here’s what’s happening for the week of January 21 through January 27. Be sure to check out the TAPinto calendar for other local events.

MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019

REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY 

City Hall will be closed in observance of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., ECUMENICAL SERVICE

(10:00 ...

Beat the Winter Doldrums with An Afternoon of Exciting Basketball at Hoops to End Homelessness January 19

ELIZABETH, NJ – Swish, Slam, Dunk … the 25th Annual Hoops to End Homelessness Charity Basketball Games is coming Saturday, January 19, beginning at 3 p.m. to Dunn Sports Center on Pearl Street in Elizabeth, to benefit the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, the nonprofit established 37 years ago to serve the needs of the homeless and the near homeless.

This ...

February SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early

TRENTON, NJ—SNAP recipients in New Jersey will be receiving their February benefits early because of the continued federal government shutdown.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services announced today that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who received a SNAP benefit in January and were scheduled to receive the benefit again in February will receive them on ...

What’s Happening Elizabeth: Events for the week of January 14 through January 20

ELIZABETH, NJ - Here’s what’s happening for the week of January 14 through January 20. Be sure to check out the TAPinto calendar for other local events.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2019

GREATER ELIZABETH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCH MEETING

(Noon to 2:00 p.m., Renaissance Hotel, 1000 Spring Street, Rt. 1 & 9, Elizabeth) - Mayor Bollwage will deliver the 2019 State of the City ...

Union County: When do I Take out Recycling? There’s an App for Knowing That

January 22, 2019

Recycle Coach App, Homelessness Initiative, Summer Events among Topics Discussed at First Union County Freeholders Meeting of 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ – All 21 municipalities in the county have submitted information to a cell phone application that tells homeowners when to take out the recycling, the county’s public works director said.

Roll out of the cell phone application, ...

Body of 76-Year-Old Woman Found in Short Hills

January 9, 2019

SHORT HILLS, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutors Office confirmed to TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills earlier today that a body of a 76-year-old woman was found near the intersection of Woodland and Chatham Road in Short Hills. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this time investigators are uncertain as to the cause of death and her name will be released upon notification to her next of ...

Federal Shutdown Hits and Hurts New Jersey

January 13, 2019

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Mayors and local governing bodies don’t always agree on everything. But they know what they need to do to meet the public’s need for essential services. And every year, despite natural disasters, despite fluctuations in the economy, and despite actions taken – and not taken – by other levels of government, they adopt budgets and continue ...

Address Yourself: Working Together To Create Sustainable Homeownership

January 19, 2019

Low-middle income families and individuals are entering into a deeply challenging housing market. The path to homeownership has never seemed so daunting and financially complicated! It is no surprise, then, that many families choose to rent rather than slog their way through the mortgage process for an uncertain goal. The dream of one day owning a home seems to many an improbable ...