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History Made for Springfield Fire Department, as First Female Firefighter Sworn In

February 24, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had.

Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at the Springfield Township Committee meeting on Tuesday. With her history-making ...

Union County COVID Test Center Changes Hours. 2 Cases of Variant in County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county announced Sunday that its COVID-19 drive-through test center at Kean University is modifying its hours this week.

The test center will be open Monday, 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. It will also be open Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. — noon. Persons who cannot make the new hours must reschedule, officials said. They can do so at this link.

Anyone who has an ...

Man Responsible for Crash that Killed East Orange Man Charged

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Earlier this week there was a fatal two-vehicle crash on the Garden State Parkway resulting in the death of an East Orange man, Christopher Meikle, 46.

Ronaldo Godwin, 43 of Newark was charged in Union County with second-degree death by auto and witness tampering for causing and attempting to orchestrate a cover-up about his involvement. 

The tragedy happened on ...

Union County Vo-Tech Superintendent Shines a Light on Students as Commissioners Support Grant Applications

UNION COUNTY, NJ — An accomplished group of Union County Vocational-Technical high school students were recognized at Thursday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting during which the board approved $12 million in grant applications in support of the school.

Students from across the county studying subjects as diverse as allied health professions, information technology, ...

‘I Never Knew This Was Possible’ Says Clark Native Joe DiMeo of Face and Hand Transplant

CLARK, NJ - In his free time, 22-year-old Clark native Joe DiMeo likes to work out, play with his dog, hang with some of his lifelong friends from town and play pool.  All of these things might seem pretty average for a man of his age, but DiMeo can be described as anything but ordinary these days.  

Lately DiMeo has been described more like a miracle of science after a ...

Contractor’s Lawsuit Could Hold up Union County’s Plans for $100M+ Gov’t Complex

ELIZABETH, NJ — A Wayne-based construction company is suing Union County and the Union County Improvement Authority with claims that the entities violated state bidding laws in seeking developers to build a new county government complex.

The complex, planned for the site of the county’s motor vehicle services division in Elizabeth, will allow the county to move all its ...

Summit Public School District Employee Arrested on Child Pornography Charge

SUMMIT, NJ - In a public statement issued to parents of Summit Public School students, Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough has disclosed that a Summit Public School District employees has been arrested by the FBI on a child pornography charge. The Morris Daily Voice is reporting the individual is Steven Brooks, 34, a Fifth Grade teacher at Washington Elementary School. TAPinto Summit has ...

Union County Commissioners Approve Pay Raises for Themselves, Department Heads

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Board of County Commissioners approved 2% pay raises for themselves, the county manager and department heads at last Thursday’s board meeting.

By an ordinance they approved unanimously, the commissioners’ salaries rose from $33,466.20 each last year to $34,135.52 each this year. On top of the raise for all commissioners, Chairman Al Mirabella’s ...

Scotch Plains Resident Wins Graeme Clark Scholarship for the Hearing Impaired

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains resident Ethan Morrobel has been named one of five national winners of the 2021 Graeme Clark Scholarships, named after a pioneer of the hearing implant industry. This scholarship is presented by Cochlear Limited, enables Cochlear recipients to further accomplish their goals through education. 

“I would not be where I am today ...

Mind Behind the Mask: Project at UCVTS Spreads Mental Health Awareness

WESTFIELD NJ — With the coronavirus pandemic highlighting mental health awareness, students attending the Union County Vocational Technical-Schools are educating their community about and advocating for better mental health.

During the early stages of the pandemic, UCVTS students attending the Academy of Allied Health Sciences founded Mind Behind the Mask, a student-run organization ...

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Put “Choose to Reuse” on your 2021 To-Do List

Union County residents who are seeking ways to help the environment this year can start by bringing reusable grocery bags to the supermarket, and skipping single-use bags.

“Switching to reusable grocery bags is a simple but effective way for everyone to help cut down on waste and litter pollution, and start getting into the ‘Choose to Reuse’ habit,” said Union County ...

History Made for Springfield Fire Department, as First Female Firefighter Sworn In

February 24, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had.

Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at the Springfield Township Committee meeting on Tuesday. With her history-making ...

Murphy Unveils $44.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

February 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient.

The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, which makes a full pension payment for the first time in more than a quarter of a ...

Free Guided Nature Walks for Seniors at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center

February 25, 2021

Popular series returns to Watchung Reservation in March; masks and social distance required for COVID-19 prevention.

Weather permitting, Union County’s free series of guided nature walks for seniors age 55 and up will resume beginning at 11:00 on Wednesday, March 3, at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in the Watchung Reservation, located at 452 New Providence Road in ...