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Loss of Human Rights Activist Felt Across Union County

May 5, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ -  Human rights leader Janice Caren Lilien, age 71, died peacefully in her home on May 3 after a long battle with lymphoma. She was a very active citizen of Union County, holding multiple leadership roles with human service organizations, according to her obituary posted by The Star-Ledger. 

Lilien served as the CEO for the Girl Scouts of Greater Essex and ...

Celebrate Earth Day With Live Animals, Art and More at Trailside Center

CLARK, NJ – Those looking to celebrate Earth Day outdoors can enjoy a variety of events including live animal and recycled art experiences at the Union County Trailside Nature and Science Center this year. 

The Earth Day celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  According to Union County officials the outdoor educational event will provide ...

Teachers and Students at Community Access Unlimited Strive for Success During Autism Acceptance Month

ELIZABETH, NJ - Michael Adamowsky says he didn’t plan it, but he has found his purpose in life through teaching.

After completing his master’s degree in accounting and starting a career at Community Access Unlimited, Adamowsky found that the accounting position didn’t suit him, and he didn’t like sitting at a computer all day. He decided to become more directly ...

Victims Identified: Double Murder in Hillside Linked to Suicide in Union

UNION, NJ – The deaths of two women in Hillside are believed to be connected to a death in Union, said acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo on Wednesday.

As reported by TAPinto Union early Wednesday morning, the case began at about 2:30 Monday morning when Union police officers discovered a suspicious car parked in the lot behind Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 1755 Morris ...

Union County Mobile COVID-19 Units Bring Vaccines to Seniors in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union County Mobile COVID-19 vaccine units brought vaccine supplies to seniors at Scotch Plains Senior Housing and St. John's Baptist Church in Scotch Plains as part of ongoing efforts throughout the state to increase the vaccination rate, particularly among vulnerable populations.

Pastor Shawn Wallace and his wife, Carita, of St. John's Baptist Church ...

Musicians Partner to Support Community Access Unlimited March 22-27

ELIZABETH, NJ - From pop to blues and rap to jazz, there’s something for everyone at a virtual concert fundraiser for Community Access Unlimited this week, March 22-27.

Banding Together features musical performances at 7 p.m. nightly on the CAU Facebook page. All proceeds will support programs at CAU, a Union County-based, statewide nonprofit that works to integrate ...

Hillside's Kyle Lofton Earns His Place on the Big Stage

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Small schools playing on the biggest stage college basketball has to offer make for the best stories. 

The players who make up those teams make those stories even better. 

The smallest school in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, St. Bonaventure University, has a men’s basketball program with plenty of underdogs and once-overlooked players up and ...

Police Examining Security Footage After Gunfire at Mall in Elizabeth Saturday

ELIZABETH, NJ — Police are reviewing security footage after a shooting at The Mills at Jersey Gardens sent people running Saturday afternoon.

The shooting happened outside the Saks Fifth Avenue store and the suspect fled in a vehicle, city spokeswoman Kelly Martins said. Nobody was hurt, she said.

“It is under investigation, and police are reviewing video footage,” Martins ...

People with Disabilities Continue Advocacy Fight During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

ELIZABETH, NJ - March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, now also recognized in New Jersey in 2021 with a proclamation from Governor Phil Murphy.

Advocates at Community Access Unlimited are reminding the community that people with disabilities continue to fight for accessibility and inclusion in our country. CAU is a Union County-based, statewide nonprofit that works ...

Search Is On For Union County Man Charged In Fatal Shooting of Newark Woman

NEWARK, NJ — A Union Township man is currently being sought by police after being charged with fatally shooting a Newark woman, Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo announced on Monday. 

Jamar I. Webber, 20, is charged with first-degree murder and two related weapons offenses in connection with the death of his 19-year-old girlfriend, Malikah Taylor of Newark, authorities ...


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Building Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Programming in Schools

April 21, 2021

In March, my home state of New Jersey signed into law the Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Verrelli Bill requiring schools to include diversity and inclusion (DNI) instruction into their curriculums. When I read that news I was first ecstatic.  I love social justice!  I live and breathe diversity and inclusion.  Preparing students to become leaders who can live and effect change in ...

Union County Clerk Encourages Voters to Use One-Stop Vote-by-Mail Service

April 29, 2021

Vote-by-Mail applications can be picked up in person at the Union County Clerk’s offices in Westfield and Elizabeth.

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds residents that the County Clerk’s offices in Westfield and Elizabeth are available to voters for “One-Stop” Vote-by-Mail service. Eligible voters can pick up an application for a Vote-by-Mail ballot, receive their ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)


My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

Linden Police Department's Youth Police Academy Set to Return This July

May 5, 2021

LINDEN, NJ - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Linden Police Department's Youth Academy was unable to resume in 2020 but announced that it will be returning this July.

The academy will begin Monday, July 12 and conclude on Friday, July 16 and is for students graduating grades 6-8 this school year.

Registration will be available in the coming weeks, but space is limited.

For ...

Loss of Human Rights Activist Felt Across Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ -  Human rights leader Janice Caren Lilien, age 71, died peacefully in her home on May 3 after a long battle with lymphoma. She was a very active citizen of Union County, holding multiple leadership roles with human service organizations, according to her obituary posted by The Star-Ledger. 

Lilien served as the CEO for the Girl Scouts of Greater Essex and ...

Advocates Call on Justice Department to Investigate Union County Jail Closure

UNION COUNTY, NJ — While Union County enters into a five-year agreement to send the inmates from the county jail in Elizabeth to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, Elizabeth-based activist Salaam Ismial says the fight to challenge the move is not over.

His organization, the National United Youth Council Inc., submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and Civil ...

Citing Downward Trending Numbers, Murphy Eases More Restrictions on Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the outdoor ...

New Jersey Residents Can Now Get a "Shot and a Beer"

NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey is launcing a "Shot and a Beer" program, encouraging eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated.

Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer. The following are restaurants and brewing companies are ...

Linden Firefighter Raises Awareness About Organ and Tissue Donation

LINDEN, NJ - A Linden Firefighter is sharing his personal heart transplant story to help raise awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation.

Aware of his family's history with heart disease, Mathew Pribish decided to take the first step and check out the condition of his heart before it was too late.  During one of his routine check-ups, Pribish was told that he had a ...