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Join Union County’s 1st Annual Autism Walk at Mattano Park in Elizabeth, April 28


As part of Autism Awareness Month, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Office for People with Special Needs invites residents to come out and participate in Union County’s 1st Annual Walk for Autism Awareness and Spring Carnival.

The event features entertainment, food and prizes and will take place at the County’s Mattano Park in Elizabeth. It will be held on April 28, rain or shine. Registration for the walk begins at 11:00 a.m. and the walk starts at 12:00 p.m.

“In the State of New Jersey alone, one in forty-one school age children are diagnosed with autism,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “This walk is a great opportunity for Union County to raise awareness and provide important informational resources for those impacted by autism and their supporters. I am looking forward to spending this fun, activity-filled day with local advocates, parents and children while shedding light on the autism community.”

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In other efforts to raise awareness, banners in recognition of National Autism Month are on display in the lobby of the Union County Administration Building. Throughout the month of April, blue lights will illuminate many homes, landmarks and several county buildings to encourage awareness, support and inclusion for people with autism.

“The Freeholder Board is happy to support and raise awareness for those in our community with autism. The Office for People with Special Needs provides opportunities for residents living with special needs including physical, cognitive and developmental challenges to promote inclusion and full access to community enjoyment,” said Freeholder Alexander Mirabella.

For more details about the Walk for Autism Awareness, and for more information about all programs for special needs youth and families, contact the Office for Special Needs Coordinator Manuel Ramirez at 908-527-4781 or Assistant Coordinator Nicole DeAugustine at 908-527-4916.

For all Union County recreational programs and activities, visit Online registration for all programs is available at

For all Union County programs and services visit, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email or use the online Contact Form.

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Plainfield's Assemblyman Jerry Green Is Dead at Age 79

April 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) has died at age 79, according to an email to TAPinto Plainfield from Councilwoman-at-Large Rebecca Williams. (Williams also shared the information on her Facebook page.)

On Jan. 24, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) resigned as Chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee "to focus his energy on recovering from an ...

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Former Gov. Florio, Gun Violence Activists, Offer Blueprint

April 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Former Gov. James Florio recalls a curious detail about his 1974 Congressional run in New Jersey’s 1st Legislative District: He had the support of the National Rifle Association. 

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Thank You, St. Joseph's Volunteers

April 16, 2018

Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (  Whether you make a sandwich, collect toiletries, tutor in the job program, make soup, wrap Christmas gifts, donate food, ...

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Orphan fundraiser at Trinity Cranford Sunday April 29th 11:30AM

April 20, 2018

Trinity Cranford Episcopal Church is hosting a charity bake sale fundraiser on Sunday April 29, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM in Sherlock Hall at Trinity Church, 119 Forest Avenue, Cranford, NJ. "Proceeds will benefit The Good Shepherd Home for Children in Cameroon that cares for orphaned children." said Marion Nechuta, Trinity's Outreach Team Leader. "We are happy to help ...