Union County News

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY, NJ — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally.  In Union County, the price at the pump has hit ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders.  At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 ...

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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 ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County is ending its contract to house federal immigration detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials announced. The move to eliminate ICE detainees from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark came after it entered into a Memorandum of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will be borrowing up to $120 million for the planning, design and building of a new county government complex in Elizabeth. Officials have said the new complex at 61-99 West Grand St. will save money on rent the county pays for existing office space, but legal ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado informs voters of the polling place and drop box locations for the 2021 Primary Election day, which will be held on Tuesday, June 8. “Many of the polling locations closed last year due to the COVID pandemic, will be ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark. The county is entering into a ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark. The county is entering into a ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Don’t be alarmed if you start hearing piercing sounds and seeing the brown shells of insect bodies on the ground next month. JD Stamler, a park naturalist at the Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside, said some of the periodical cicadas in Brood X will emerge ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, Union County residents of all ages are invited to participate in Paint in the Park, on Tuesday, April 27, at Mattano Park, located at 360-484 Fifth Avenue in Elizabeth. This event is completely free and is sponsored by The Union ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ-- The Seventh Annual Union County C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Action, Response, Education, Safety) Domestic Violence Symposium is scheduled to take place later this week, and those working in fields dedicated to serving victims are being encouraged to register and learn from a host of ...

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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.  ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s COVID-19 vaccination team is discussing what changes will be necessary to continue its mobile vaccination program now that use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused statewide. On Tuesday, the state Health Department directed all vaccination ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Following Governor Phil Murphy's announcement that New Jersey educators and school staff were eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, the less than subtle distinction between eligibility and accessibility was raised. Now permitted to be vaccinated, would teachers and those ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Plus she got a sticker and a cupcake, to boot. Lela Ingram, 65, a Woodbridge resident and parishioner at Summit's Wallace Chapel AME Zion Church, received the milestone 25,000th COVID-19 vaccination administered at the Summit Community Center (SCC). In partnership with the City of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners will provide $16.75 million to the Union County Improvement Authority to plan and design a new county government complex in Elizabeth. The county is still in negotiations to select a developer for the project. The two buildings are planned for ...

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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 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners are set to hold three emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in April to aid those affected by COVID-19. The food distributions are open to all Union County residents. Food will be distributed on a ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of Commissioners will host an interactive online discussion of grief and loss as experienced by women, titled Grief and Loss. The program will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, April 15, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Grief and Loss is presented by the Board ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County will host its next Household Hazardous Waste recycling event on Saturday, April 10, at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Campus (1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains), from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Any Union County resident may participate. Union ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Thursday, 4.3 million COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered in New Jersey and 1.6 million people have been fully vaccinated, according to the state health department. The doses are being administered statewide through hospitals, pharmacies, community health ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - In celebration of Autism Acceptance Month this April, the Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce a series of inclusive programs hosted by the Union County Department of Human Services’ Office for Persons with Disabilities & Special ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Law enforcement officials need to listen to the voices of young people to effectively respond to and prevent hate crimes and incidents of bias among youth, community leaders said at a roundtable with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office earlier this month. The Honorable Leland ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of County Commissioners announces “a weekend of shredding” to kick off the first mobile paper shredding programs of 2021.   Free shredding of personal and confidential documents will be available on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28. “Union ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — With spring around the corner, it’s time to enjoy the county’s parks and tell officials what you think would make these open spaces better.  The Union County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking feedback by April 1 on the master plan that will guide the county’s ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — People eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19 should get whatever vaccine they can as soon as possible, doctors and health officials said at a virtual forum co-hosted by the Westfield Regional Health Department and Overlook Family Practice Tuesday.  As of Wednesday, the ...

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NEW JERSEY — The state Department of Health Commissioner says her office has learned of residents canceling their two-shot Moderna or Pfizer vaccine appointments in order to stand by for a Johnson & Johnson shot, which requires just one shot. Commissioner Judy Persichilli advised against it ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Lifelong Fanwood resident and the catering genius behind Savory Selections in downtown Scotch Plains has made it to the semi-final round of the Favorite Chef competition.  Chefs from around the globe are competing in this online competition to be named the world's ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A contractor’s lawsuit claiming Union County violated state bidding laws is not stopping plans for a new government complex on the site of the county’s motor vehicle services division in Elizabeth from moving forward. After a hearing on Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Thomas J.

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — It has been almost a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and the Union County Board of Commissioners is still addressing the virus' lasting impacts. At Thursday’s board of commissioners meeting, officials discussed the timeline for the ...

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