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Crowd of Hundreds Join Student-Led Protest Against Police Brutality and Racial Injustice in Linden

June 5, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - Hundreds gathered in Linden to peacefully take the streets following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died at the hands of four Minnesota police officers on May 25.

Organized and led by Linden High School senior Andrea Dominguez and the Linden Class of 2020, the protest was filled with the chanting of "no justice, no peace”, encouraging ...

Peaceful Protest Honoring George Floyd held in Cranford’s Nomahegan Park

CRANFORD - As protests are erupting all over the nation in response to the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement extended into Cranford on Tuesday as Union County residents gathered for a peaceful protest in Nomahegan Park.

An estimated 2,000 people attended, ranging from babies in strollers to adults, and walked around the park pond while chanting powerful phrases including, ...

Powerful and Peaceful: Crowd of 1,500-Plus Gathers in Summit to Protest for Racial Equality, Justice

SUMMIT, NJ - More than 1,500 peaceful, concerned citizens from Hilltop City and surrounding towns gathered Tuesday afternoon at Summit's Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS) to show their support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement and, in the process, set a high bar for respectful, organized ...

2020 4th of July Fireworks at Nomahegan Park and all Other Union County Parks Canceled

CRANFORD - The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites:

Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July 2. 
Plainfield fireworks ...

Whoopi Goldberg to Speak to Kean University's Class of 2020 at Virtual Commencement

UNION, NJ – Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29. 

More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will attend the online event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and speeches from Martin Luther King III, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, student leaders and ...

Union Freeholders’ 2020 Budget Won't Increase County Taxes, Impact Varies by Town

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholder board approved a budget that will not increase county taxes — the first time in nearly 20 years — to ease financial pain for residents and business owners caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 2020 budget, which was unanimously passed Thursday night, promised to avoid layoffs and maintain essential county services, while having an ...

Westfield Senior Class President Lobbying Murphy for in-Person Graduation

WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite the pandemic leading to the cancellations of many large events and gatherings, Westfield High School senior Alexis Hammer is still holding out hope for an in-person graduation ceremony this year.

Hammer, the senior class president, published a letter, which she sent to Gov. Phil Murphy, on various social media platforms. The letter explains the necessity ...

Westfield Karate Teacher Shares His Coronavirus Survival Story

WESTFIELD, NJ — John Mirrione holds the world record for completing the most one-arm, one-leg pushups in 30 seconds: 42. The 55-year-old karate teacher from Westfield can now also list among his accomplishments that he has fully recovered from coronavirus.

During the last week of April, Mirrione, who is the founder/director of Harmony By Karate, began to suffer what ...

NJ Education Commissioner Named New President of Kean University

UNION, NJ – Kean University named a new president on Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Board of Trustees to fill the spot being vacated by outgoing president Dawood Farahi, who is stepping down at the end of this academic year.

Current New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet has been named the 18th leader of the University.  Repollet was ...

Celebrating a Union County Working Mom of 6 During COVID-19

EDISON, NJ - Being a working mom is hard. Being a working mom to six kids is harder. And being a working mom to six kids during a global pandemic seems impossible. But this is Dallas Austin’s life.

Austin, a native of Linden, is a Seasonal Learning Trainer at Amazon’s Edison Fulfillment Center and a mom to six kids (ages 20, 17, 16, 8, 6, and 2). At 4:30 a.m., the alarm clock rings ...

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Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Crowd of Hundreds Join Student-Led Protest Against Police Brutality and Racial Injustice in Linden

June 5, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - Hundreds gathered in Linden to peacefully take the streets following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died at the hands of four Minnesota police officers on May 25.

Organized and led by Linden High School senior Andrea Dominguez and the Linden Class of 2020, the protest was filled with the chanting of "no justice, no peace”, encouraging ...

Union Catholic Graduate Fabiana Pierre-Louis Nominated To Become First Black Woman To Serve on NJ Supreme Court

June 5, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Fabiana Pierre-Louis, a member of Union Catholic’s Class of 1998, made history on Friday when N.J. Governor Phil Murphy said he will nominate her to become New Jersey’s first black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Murphy made the landmark announcement during a new conference from Trenton.

“Today I will submit Fabiana’s name to ...

Three-Day Schedule for Free Union County COVID-19 Test Center

June 5, 2020

Effective Monday, June 8, the free Union County Covid-19 Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“As the result of a historic community effort by Union County residents to slow the spread of COVID-19, the number of requests for tests has gone down in recent ...

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TAPinto Red Bank Editor Shares Story of Virtual Art Auction to Benefit Neighbors in Need

June 5, 2020

RED BANK, NJ -- Scott Wingerter, Editor of TAPinto Red Bank, joined Host Stephanie Willoughby to share a story from his community about a local nonprofit organization who held an online art auction to raise money to feed the needy.  

Lunch Break is a Red Bank organization founded in 1983 to help underemployed people make ends meet, said Wingerter, but it has evolved into much more.

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

Three-Day Schedule for Free Union County COVID-19 Test Center

June 5, 2020

Effective Monday, June 8, the free Union County Covid-19 Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“As the result of a historic community effort by Union County residents to slow the spread of COVID-19, the number of requests for tests has gone down in recent ...

How Can We Do Better?

There are both too many things to say and nothing to say. I am horrified and yet unsurprised, I am heartbroken for my friends who fear for their children, who have to have “the talk” with their young sons. I am longing for a leader who will work to weave the country back together rather than rip us apart.

I am heartbroken by the violence that has erupted and by the predatory ...