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Union County’s New #SmashItDontTrashIt Campaign Makes New Green Energy from Old Halloween Pumpkins

Union County residents can put their Jack o’ Lanterns to good use after Halloween by participating in Union County’s new Pumpkin Recycling Program. The pumpkins will be collected by Union County and other local governments and brought to an organic waste recycler in Elizabeth, where they will be transformed into green energy.

“The Pumpkin Recycling Program is an easy, ...

Wildlife Wednesdays Programs For 2020

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the popular, free “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will conclude its 2020 programming over the next 2 Wednesdays.

October 21st’s program “Reptiles and Gators” will feature an alligator and lizards, including a blue tongue skink and bearded dragon.  The October 28th’s Halloween-themed Insects and ...

Update: Union County Wildlife Wednesdays Program Moved to 6 PM

The Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes to remind residents that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time of 6:00 PM.

“Union County is striving to bring educational programs directly to our children that may not be accessible to everyone during these challenging times, and Wildlife ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

October 26, 2020

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

NJ Human Services Announces $44.8 Million More in Additional Food Assistance

October 29, 2020

Many NJ SNAP Recipients Will Receive Enhanced Benefits;

November Payments Will Bring Supplemental Food Assistance Payments to Nearly $346M Since March

(TRENTON) –  Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in November to help address critical food needs related to ...

The Guardian by John Grisham

The Guardians by John Grisham. (Dell, 2020)

“Duke Russell is not guilty of the unspeakable crimes for which he was convicted; nonetheless, he is scheduled to be executed for them in one hour and forty-five minutes.”

Are you hooked? I am.

When I taught Creative Writing, one of the first lessons on writing prose was, “You have to capture the reader in the first paragraph ...

Freeholder Hudak Sets Record Straight: The Union County Budget’s Impact on the City of Linden

October 30, 2020

Dear Linden Neighbors:

As your representative on the Union County Freeholder Board, it is my pleasure to facilitate collaboration between Union County and the City of Linden on projects which affect the lives of Linden residents.

During my term, I have fought to get Wheeler Park over ten million dollars in upgrades including a turf field, spray park, and planned future improvements.

Arrest Made in Fatal Shooting of Linden Man

October 30, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - A Linden man has been arrested and charged with being responsible for the fatal shooting that took place in Linden earlier this week, according to a joint press release by Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Linden Police Chief David Hart

According to officials, Ashton Barthelus, 25, has been charged with first-degree murder and two related weapons ...

2020 Elections: What Union County Residents Need to Know About Voting, When We’ll Learn Results

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Election day in Union County will look very different this year, with the election conducted primarily through vote-by-mail ballots throughout the state. Exactly who won each race may not be clear until Nov. 20, officials say. Here’s what you need to know:

What can I expect if I’m voting in-person on election day?

Most Union County residents voting ...

Linden Mayor Gives Residents COVID-19 Halloween Safety Tips

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Mayor Derek Armstead sent a message to residents providing them with Halloween safety tips just in time for the holiday. 

Read the message from Mayor Armstead below:

The City of Linden is excited for our children to enjoy Halloween! 

The following was developed with guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health. No one should participate in ...

Murphy Says He's 'Back on the Field' as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Soar

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy declared Thursday that he’s “back on the field” and ready to resume in-person events after a self-imposed quarantine.

The surge of COVID-19 cases, however, also appears to be back.

In his COVID-19 media briefing, Murphy all but declared that the long-anticipated second wave of coronavirus cases had arrived.

“(The numbers) ...

NJSIAA Contradicts Report Stating No State Wrestling Tournament

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Once again the NJSIAA has issued guidance on an upcoming sport and its championship, in direct conflict from published reports and an announcement from a sport’s coaches association.

The NJSIAA contradicted an article in northjersey.com which quoted New Jersey Wrestling Coaches Association tournament director Howie O’Neil.

According to the article, ...

A Deep Dive on Plainfield Voter Affiliation Ahead of General Election

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A tally of Plainfield's registered voters ahead of the November 3 General Election shows a rise in the number of Democrats — up 794 — since the Primary in June. Total registered voters have also increased — up 1,399 to 25,980 — with two in three (65.2%) registered as Democrats, 28% as Independents, and 5% as Republicans.

Locally, those seeking ...