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FEMA Has Opened a Disaster Relief Center in Union County. Everything You Need to Know About FEMA Aid.

September 16, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Elizabeth on Thursday, September 16. The DRC is located at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center on 618 Salem Avenue. The building is a Quonset hut, adjacent to one of the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth’s buildings: the O’Donnell-Dempsey ...

Work on $1.45M Union County Gov’t Complex To Continue as Lawsuit Stalls 2nd Phase

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state appellate court ruling is allowing the previously halted first phase of construction on a new $145 million government complex in Elizabeth to proceed, but the next phase is on pause amid a Wayne-based company’s lawsuit claiming the county skirted New Jersey’s public bidding laws.

An attorney for the Union County Improvement Authority said ...

Arrest Made in Wednesday's Fatal Shooting of Delivery Driver in Plainfield

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A 26-year-old Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with the fatal shooting of a delivery driver subcontracted by Amazon that took place on the 200 block of Garfield Avenue in Plainfield on Wednesday. Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Plainfield Police Department Officer–in-Charge Captain David M. Guarino announced the arrest on Friday ...

Union County Responds To Storm Ida: Shelter, Rescues and Infrastructure Planning

UNION COUNTY, NJ — At least five county residents died as the remnants of Hurricane Ida brought massive amounts of flash flooding to the northeast region Wednesday night to Thursday.

As of Friday morning, 25 deaths have been reported across the state and Gov. Phil Murphy, who declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, said six more people are still missing. 

A ...

Fixfest: Repair Café Event Set for Summit's Christ Church, Sept. 18

SUMMIT, NJ - Union County’s only Repair Café Event will be held at Summit's Christ Church on September 18. from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Community members can bring their beloved, but broken, items to be fixed at no charge, with planned repair services available including jewelry, sewing / textiles, lamps, wooden items, electronics and bicycles.

This event is free ...

Historical Society Leader Asks Union County to Keep Park Parcel With Native Burial Grounds

UNION COUNTY, NJ — To Plainfield resident Nancy Piwowar, a 15-acre section of Green Brook Park is a sacred corner of the city.

While county residents await an outcome to negotiations with Somerset County over the lease of this land, Piwowar advocated for its preservation at Thursday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Piwowar, who is president of the Historical Society of ...

New Jersey Ranks 17th in Nation for Community College Systems: WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey ranked inside the top 20 for states with the best community college systems in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list State's With Best & Worst Community-College Systems.

Hawaii ranked as the state with the best community college system, followed by No. 2 Wyoming, and No. 3 Washington.  Among nearby states were ...

"It Was the Other Way Around All the Time": Photo Gallery Shows Love of Baseball and History

RAHWAY, NJ — TAPinto Rahway had a great time attending Baseball History Day on Saturday, August 7, in Rahway Park. We extend a thanks to husband and wife Chris Tonstad and Michelle McTamney for informing us of the event and for all their work in putting it together, along with the Elizabeth Resolutes and the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum. It was truly our pleasure ...

Union Catholic Legend Sydney McLaughlin Wins Second Olympic Gold Medal

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Sydney McLaughlin, a 2017 graduate of Union Catholic High School, has gone from “Syd The Kid’’ to "The Golden Girl.''

McLaughlin was known as “Syd The Kid’’ when she became the youngest person since 1972 to compete for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team when she made the semifinals of the 400 hurdles in Rio in ...

Union County Deer Hunt: Bow Hunts Will Return to 14 Towns in 2021-22

Hunters bagged 270 deer during the 2020-21 season, the county said.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s annual deer hunt is set to take place this coming fall and winter in 14 municipalities for a cost not to exceed $20,090.

Up to 60 volunteer hunters selected by the county will use crossbows to thin herds of white-tailed deer in the deer management program the Union ...


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How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

FEMA Has Opened a Disaster Relief Center in Union County. Everything You Need to Know About FEMA Aid.

September 16, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Elizabeth on Thursday, September 16. The DRC is located at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center on 618 Salem Avenue. The building is a Quonset hut, adjacent to one of the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth’s buildings: the O’Donnell-Dempsey ...

President Biden Approves NJ's Emergency Declaration, Will Tour Areas Hit Hard by Tropical Storm Ida on Tuesda

September 5, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- President Biden has approved New Jersey's Emergency Declaration and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local response efforts due to the conditions resulting from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. 
According to a White House press release, this action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, to coordinate all ...

Union County 4-H Welcomes Students to Explore Arts, Technology, Sports, Civics and More

September 17, 2021

The 4-H program encourages students in grades 1-12 to explore their interests and share their knowledge.

Union County 4-H Clubs are gearing up for a new season, and students in grades 1-12 are invited to join the fun. Students and their families are welcomed to attend the 4-H Club Open House on Saturday, September 25 to meet this year’s 4-H club leaders and learn more about the topics ...

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Movement, Meditation, and Nature: 5 Tips to Alleviate Stress

Stress has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. It can cause various physical ailments like headaches, stomachaches, tight muscles, fatigue, and even high blood pressure. Mentally, stress can make it difficult to concentrate or create memory problems.

But in our busy society run by the pressure of work, family, and the need to do more, how do we alleviate stress?

There are ...

Fall Flavors: Cooking With the Season’s Bounty

With spring and summer on their way out, it’s time to start looking ahead to fall, and one of the best parts of this time of year is cooking with all the great seasonal fruits and vegetables that thrive in these cooler months.

If you’re unsure what’s in season in September or don’t know what to do with the piles of produce-lining grocery store shelves, look no further.

Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

Say Goodbye to Summer With a Blowout Bash

As summer wraps up, it’s tempting to transition to cozy fall gatherings right away, but don’t move too quickly! Having a “goodbye summer” party is a great way to celebrate the last fresh, vibrant colors, sounds, and flavors of summer with your friends and family. So pull out the last of your summer décor and try these tips for making the most of your final summer ...

7 Tips for Creating a Lasting Fitness Plan

Now that the bulk of the pandemic is behind us, many are looking for ways to get back in their old fitness routine or start a new one. Whether you’re back at the gym or in your home fitness center, here are seven tips for creating a new routine you’ll actually stick to!

Start Slow

When starting a fitness routine, many people make the mistake of taking on more than they are ...

5 Tasty, Healthy Food and Wine Pairings

Light salad or grilled salmon make for delicious dishes perfect for the warm evenings of summer. Plus, those long summer days leave even more time for designing the ideal dinner. The hardest part may not be collecting the recipes or the cooking—and definitely not the eating—but rather finding the perfect wine to drink along with it!

If you’re looking to wow a partner, family, ...

How to Ensure Your Furnace Is Ready for Winter’s Cold Nights

The cooler nights of September are the perfect reminder to get your furnace ready for the long winter ahead. Any work on HVAC can be intimidating, and professionals should handle most tasks, but there are steps you can take to keep the heat on this winter.

We’ll look at some ways to prep your furnace for winter and the situations that call for expert help. With some preventive ...

Prep Your Home for Winter With These Easy Fall Tasks

There’s nothing quite like the weather in autumn. With the heat of summer finally breaking, it’s time to start enjoying more time outdoors and keep the windows open. With favorable weather, it’s easy to forget the cold and dark nights of winter looming ahead.

Luckily, there are several steps you can take during the fall to help prepare your home for the harsh conditions of ...

From Terrorist Attacks to Floods, Firefighters Union President Reflects on 20 Years Since 9/11

September 10, 2021

September 11, 2001 was sunny with a bright blue sky. It was a Tuesday.  

I was a rookie Firefighter who reported to work that morning. We had just received delivery of our new Squad and all personnel were at Station 2 training on the new apparatus. Being the rookie I was sent to pick up bagels for my tour. While driving back the music on the radio was interrupted by a news flash that ...