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How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds this Halloween

October 22, 2019

Carving Jack-o’-lanterns? Save your pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack.

To get started, preheat the oven to 325°F. Scoop the seeds out of your pumpkin and place them in a colander in the sink. Separate the seeds as much as you can from any goo, then rinse them clean. Pat them dry.

On a baking sheet with sides, toss the seeds with oil to coat. Season with salt and pepper or, ...

National Parks Stamps Mark American Revolution at Union County Four Centuries in a Weekend, October 19 and 20

October 16, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - If you haven’t gotten hooked yet, this is your weekend to go stamp crazy. At national parks, monuments and historic sites across the country, there are stamps visitors collect in passports to mark their visit. Visiting many of these sites can involve traveling long distances, but not this Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, during Union County’s Four Centuries ...

Does Rutgers Pay Too Much to Fired Coaches, Athletic Directors, and Academic Administrators?

Does Rutgers pay too much to fired coaches, athletic directors, and academic administrators? 

Everyone loves a good college football game. Last season (2018), the Rutgers Scarlet Knights record in the Big Ten Conference was a dismal 1-11. And this year does not look much better. Yeah, Rutgers is in the same league with some heavy hitters like Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. But, ...

New Jersey Transit A National Disgrace?

This week’s question is a continuation of last week’s on New Jersey infrastructure issues. 

New Jersey Transit has more than 2,000 buses and more than 700 trains, and there are more than 900,000 trips taken on NJ Transit every weekday. In total, passengers ride more than 3.5 billion miles per year on the system. In the past, Governor Murphy referred to NJ Transit as a ...

New Jersey School Board Association Holds its First Sessions About LGBTQ+ Students

October 23, 2019

Atlantic City, NJ — Members of boards of education from across the state learned what they can do to support LGBTQ+ youth in their school systems from South Orange Maplewood Board of Education member Shannon Cuttle. Cuttle joined forces with Dr. Jan Kaminsky, director of education for Rainbow Health Consulting, to give the presentation at the 2019 New Jersey School Board Association ...

State’s Largest Bus Network — Bigger and Better Than Ever

In previous editions of NJ TRANSIT: Moving Forward, I outlined several major investments we have made — and are aggressively continuing to make — in equipment and personnel to provide a better experience for commuters and other riders of the nation’s largest statewide public transit system. In this and upcoming issues, I’d like to take a more in-depth look at some of ...

Update: Found! Lost Dog - Have You Seen Lulu?

October 17, 2019

Update: 7:45 p.m. Lulu's owner reports that she has been found!

ROSELLE, NJ - LULU is a Chihuahua, female, black/white/tan, 12 years old, 3.5 pounds.

Owner says she needs special care for a heart condition.  She is Microchipped! Lulu was last seen in Roselle on Thompson Ave near Third Ave, on Wednesday, October 16.  

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'Chasing Rainbows' at Paper Mill Explores Garland's Early Career

MILLBURN, NJ  - Judy Garland has made an amazing comeback, with both this charming musical at Paper Mill Playhouse and the new film starring Renee Zellweger. It’s also the anniversary of ‘The Wizard of Oz,” a film that never seems to lose its appeal. Garland’s early career is the focus of “Chasing Rainbows, The Road to Oz.”

Ruby Rakos is a sound choice ...

Union County Residents Can Get “Back to Basics” with New Recycling Video Series

October 23, 2019

Union County residents can improve on their recycling efforts and help conserve natural resources by tuning in to the new “Back to Basics” video series, now available on the free Recycle Coach app for mobile devices.

 “The Back to Basics videos provide clear, reliable instructions on how to tell which items to recycle, along with other recycling tips and ...