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Union County Announces Covid-19 Vaccination Outreach Plan to Boost Numbers

May 12, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - In an effort to ensure that as many county residents are vaccinated as possible, the Union County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday announced a door-to-door campaign aimed at reaching the unvaccinated that will begin at the end of May throughout the County. 

The announcement is part of a comprehensive outreach plan that involves a transition to a new pre-registration ...

COVID's Downward Trend Continues: Summer Camps to Open, Murphy Hints at More Easing of Restrictions

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID press briefing Wednesday announced that he would sign an Executive Order allowing for summer camps – both day camps and sleep away camps – to open for the upcoming season. The governor says that he is pleased with the way COVID numbers are trending downwards, which enables things to open up as the summer ...

Murphy Echoes Revised CDC Guidance on Masking

NEW JERSEY -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revised its masking guidance for fully vaccinated Americans on Tuesday, April 27. The new public health recommendations outlined instances in which fully vaccinated individuals can forgo wearing a mask. This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by the FDA: Pfizer-BioNTech, ...

New Jersey Loosens Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing Monday afternoon that effective May 10, indoor room capacities for private catered events -- including weddings and school proms, political events, funerals, memorial services, and performances -- will increase to 50% with a maximum of 250 individuals.

He also announced the easing of the following ...

Murphy: Vaccine Progress Continues

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported during his COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, April 21, that 6.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state and that nearly 2.6 million New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated.

"We continue to make tremendous progress in getting our senior population vaccinated: 83% of those ages 65-79 have received at least vaccine dose 76% of those 80+ ...

Union County Vaccine Guide: What You Need to Know (April 19, 2021)

UNION COUNTY, NJ — With eligibility expanded to anyone 16 and older starting Monday, the state inched closer to its goal of getting 70% of New Jersey’s eligible adults vaccinated — that is 4.7 million people — by the beginning of the summer.

The number of people statewide vaccinated with at least one dose rose to just over 3.8 million with just over 2.5 million, or ...

New Jersey Opens Vaccinations to Residents Ages 16+

NEW JERSEY -- As of today, New Jersey residents ages 16 and up are now eligible to get vaccinated. 

"Today, everyone who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey, ages 16+, is now eligible to be vaccinated" Gov. Phil Murphy said during his COVID press briefing in Trenton on Monday afternoon. "At this time, those ages 16 and 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be ...

Overlook Medical Center Discharges Its 2,000th COVID Inpatient

SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center in Summit has discharged its 2,000th inpatient treated for COVID-19 back to recovery, the milestone coming more than a year into the global pandemic and just days after the Hospital, part of Atlantic Health System, marked the 25,000th dose of COVID-19 vaccine administered at the Summit Community Center, where Overlook has been operating a ...

Union County Says It’s Ready if Johnson & Johnson Shots Unavailable in Long-Term

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s COVID-19 vaccination team is discussing what changes will be necessary to continue its mobile vaccination program now that use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused statewide.

On Tuesday, the state Health Department directed all vaccination sites in the New Jersey to cancel or delay appointments for the Johnson ...

'No One Who Has Received the J&J Vaccine Should Panic or Worry': Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- Despite the side effects reported impacting some young women who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, Gov. Phil Murphy said that "no one who has received the J&J vaccine should panic or worry."  The governor tried to quell fears as the CDC and FDA called for a pause in the distribution of J&J vaccine "out of an abundance of ...

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Union County to Hold Additional COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions in May

May 9, 2021

The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents of the emergency food distribution events for Union County residents May to aid those affected by COVID-19.

These will include:

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

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Police Investigating Report of Attempted Sexual Assault on Glenside Ave. in Summit

May 12, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit reports that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unknown actor posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania.

The driver, described as a white male with a beard, reportedly exited Rt. 78, stopping on Glenside Avenue. The victim was able to escape from the vehicle ...

New Jersey Residents Can Now Get a "Shot and a Beer"

May 3, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey is launcing a "Shot and a Beer" program, encouraging eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated.

Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer. The following are restaurants and brewing companies are ...

Union County Presents Free "Shadows of the 60's" Drive-In Concert

May 12, 2021

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce that the Motown tribute band Shadows of the 60’s will headline a free, live drive-in concert at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The event is free, but registration is required online in advance to reserve a spot. Reservations will be available on a first come, first serve basis ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Building Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Programming in Schools

April 21, 2021

In March, my home state of New Jersey signed into law the Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Verrelli Bill requiring schools to include diversity and inclusion (DNI) instruction into their curriculums. When I read that news I was first ecstatic.  I love social justice!  I live and breathe diversity and inclusion.  Preparing students to become leaders who can live and effect change in ...

Rebuilding the Arts Will Help Heal Us

Our culture and society has been under attack now for over a year. One of the basic aspects of what makes us Americans, what makes us human, what connects us to each other has been taken away. It has been assaulted by a virus, and eroded by the needed response to it. Our shared communal experiences of singing and dancing together at a concert; seeing a story magically set to song before our eyes ...

New Ways to Celebrate Earth Day, Every Day in Union County

By Alexander Mirabella

Chairman, Union County Board of Commissioners

April 2021

As Earth Day approaches, many Union County residents and visitors look for ways in which to commemorate the event.

Picking up litter, planting trees, and producing educational programs are among the many traditional Earth Day activities supported by the Board of Commissioners.

We also recognize that our ...