ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Elections is seeking bilingual election poll workers for this year’s primary and general election.

Freeholder Christopher Hudak explained the position requirements during Thursday night’s freeholder board meeting. Applicants must live and be registered to vote in Union County, Hudak said.

There is a payment of $200 a day for both the primary in June and the general election in November, and poll workers must attend a training seminar prior to beginning work, he said. More information on the opportunity can be found on the county website.

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United Youth Presentation

Charlotte Brown of the United Youth of New Jersey gave a presentation to the board. For the past 26 years, UYNJ has been “motivating and educating our community with powerful play productions,” Brown said.

UYNJ works with at-risk youth at the Mickey Walker Community Center in Elizabeth.

In February, UYNJ put on its most recent play, titled “Harlem Renaissance: Another Black Wall Street.” The organization is writing its next play, titled “The Door of No Return,” Brown said.

The Union County freeholders had supported the play with the award of a $2,500 grant in 2018, one among 63 grants awarded for the county's History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands grant program, known as HEART.

UYNJ has also been partnered with a school in Ghana for the past eight years and hold sessions to benefit senior citizens in the community, Brown said.

“Education is our priority,” Brown said. “We are very proud to say the members of UYNJ, academically, are doing extremely well.”

Augie Eosso Awardee

The board presented a resolution to William Dunscombe, who received the Augie Eosso Award from the National Junior College Athletic Association.

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Dunscombe is a Union County College Associate Professor of Biology and the Head Golf Coach. He has worked students and student-athletes at Union County College for 50 years.

“I just want to say thank you for your service,” said Freeholder Sergio Granados, who presented the resolution. “Thank you for helping the young individuals move forward, and being a true role model for them.”

The Augie Eosso award is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the NJCAA, according to Granados.

“Thank you to all of the freeholders for your unwavering emotional and financial support for union county college’s students, our student-athletes, and our college’s commitment to transforming this community one graduate at a time,” Dunscombe replied.

Dunscombe has guided the college’s golf team to 500 team wins, Granados said. Four students who were previously on the golf team have gone on to become professional golfers, he said.

Dunscombe received the fifth annual Augie Eosso award at a ceremony last October. More information about the award and previous winners can be found on the NJCAA website.

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