Arts & Entertainment

City Gets Set for a Month of Black History Events

Credits: Bonita Stevens

ELIZABETH, NJ – Black History Month is celebrated in the city with events spanning the whole month.

This Saturday, Feb. 4, the United Youth of New Jersey and the Kean University Pan African Student Union will present an original play entitled “Black Wall Street, A True Reflection of the Sun People." The play tells the story of the Greenwood District, also known as Black Wall Street, from 1907 to 1921. Greenwood was a haven for African American business owners, doctors and influencers of the time. The play, written and directed by United Youth of New Jersey founders Charlotte and Kenneth Brown, tells the full story of men and women who made up the Greenwood District from its inception until its demise. The play will be performed from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Wilkins Theater on the campus of Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union.  For more information, visit the United Youth of New Jersey website at, or call 908-220-5279 or 908-943- 8116.        

The Elizabeth Chapter of the NAACP will be joined by  Mayor Bollwage and Councilwoman Patricia Perkins Auguste who invite residents to an African American flag raising in honor of African American History Month in front of City Hall, 50 Winfield Scott Plaza,  Monday, Feb. 6, from 4 to 5 p.m. Following this event, a Proclamation Signing Program will be held in City Council Chambers. For more information, call at 908-820-4049.

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A presentation of “The Middle Passage” will be presented by Friends of the NJ Legacy Foundation and Rev. Steph and Jubilation at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway at 5 p.m., Feb. 11. UCPAC is located at 1601 Irving Street. For more information, call 732-499-8226.

The First African American Heritage Day Parade Kick-Off Ball, a fund-raiser for the African American Heritage Day Parade takes places Feb.18, beginning at 8 p.m., at the Galloping Hill Inn, Salem Road at Five Points, Union. Formal dress is requested. For more information, contact Yolanda Eady-Perkins at 908-220-6113; Ricky Perkins, 908-370-8413; and Brenda McClinton, 732-968-1711. is Elizabeth’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @TAPElizabeth.   

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Upcoming Events

Mon, February 26, 4:30 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Black History Month Bingo

Education Food & Drink

Tue, February 27, 11:00 AM

Vauxhall Library, Vauxhall

Toddler & Pre-K Program


Wed, February 28, 11:30 AM

The Arc Kohler School, Mountainside

OPEN HOUSE at The Arc Kohler School for Students ...

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Union County Freeholders Partner in Two Upcoming Hiring Events

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The Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition and Prevention Links invite all parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and other adults from the city of ...

At Westfield High School, Student Says ‘It’s Almost Normal to Juul Here’

February 16, 2018

Editor’s note: This story about the rise in teen e-cigarette use, written by Westfield High School student Greta Frontero, originally ran in the Jan. 8 edition of WHS student newspaper Hi’s Eye.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 12th-grade Westfield High School female said she doesn’t bring her Juul to school, but will use someone else’s if the opportunity ...

Indictment Handed Down in Millburn Carjacking

February 21, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – An indictment was handed down in the November carjacking in Millburn where a 13-year old girl was allegedly grabbed by the neck and the suspect threatened to kill her. 

The 11-count state grand jury indictment charges Ahmed Anthony, 30, of Newark with conspiracy, carjacking, robbery and making terroristic threats among other charges. The conspiracy in the first-degree ...

Democratic Party Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Not Recognizing Colleen Mahr's Talents

February 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

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Colleen’s fairness and integrity is ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

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Reminder: Free Wellness Program for Union County Military Women

February 22, 2018

All Union County women with military service – veterans, active duty and reserve – are invited to join “Boots 2 Heels,” a free event designed to foster wellness and connect women with resources and guidance for empowerment. Boots 2 Heels will be held on Saturday, February 24 at the Westfield Armory, located at 500 Rahway Avenue in Westfield.

The event is free but ...