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Roselle Park Police Officer Involved in Crash Fatally Shoots Himself Sunday

January 20, 2020

MATAWAN, NJ — An off-duty Roselle Park police officer fatally shot himself in the head after being involved in a crash in Matawan Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

It is with tremendous sadness that Police Chief Daniel J. McCaffery announces the passing of Roselle Park Police Officer Edward Nortrup. Patrolman Nortrup was a 13-year veteran of the Roselle Park Police ...

Lawsuit: Sergeant Harassed Union County Corrections Officer, Asked her to ‘Test a Mattress With Me’

ELIZABETH, NJ — A female corrections officer working at the Union County Jail has lodged a lawsuit claiming her supervisor made daily sexual overtures to her, and the county retaliated when she complained of sexual harassment.

The lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Elizabeth Dec. 3 claims that Sgt. Christopher Smidt, of Colonia, sexually harassed Officer Monique Hall on a daily basis in ...

Union County Freeholders Take Action Against “Heartless” Homeless Relocation Policy

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County freeholder board has taken action against New York City’s Special One-Time Assistance (SOTA) policy, which has relocated several homeless families from the city to several Union County municipalities.

At their meeting Thursday night, the freeholders passed the following resolution:

“A Resolution urging New Jersey State Attorney General ...

Election 2019: Incumbents Kowalski, Granados, Williams Re-elected to Union County Freeholder Board

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, Freeholder Sergio Granados, and Freeholder Rebecca Williams have been re-elected to the county’s Board of Chosen Freeholders, official election results show. All three freeholders will serve three-year terms beginning in 2020.

A total of five candidates ran for three seats on the freeholder board. The three democratic ...

Union County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Funding to Replace Two K-9 Officers

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of recruiting two new officers – with four legs each.

The two canines would join the office’s K-9 Search & Rescue Unit, which works with various law enforcement agencies both inside and outside the county.

“The K-9 Search & Rescue Unit’s assignments include searching buildings, ...

Enjoy a Family-Friendly Stroll Through Echo Lake Park

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — On Sunday, Nov. 3, you can join other families in a special walking event called "Stroll & Roll" that celebrates the natural beauty of public parks and trails. The FreeWalkers, a non-profit dedicated to getting everyone walking, is hosting a special "family walk" that begins in Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.  Meet by the gazebo starting ...

Union County Freeholders Approve Funding for Crisis Intervention Training Program

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholder board has authorized funding for the county’s Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program, which trains law enforcement and mental health professionals to effectively interact with and assist individuals in crisis.

“It’s practical training for both law enforcement personnel, as well as mental health professionals,” said Acting ...

Mountainside Among Union County Municipalities to Receive Share of $1.4 Million Open Space Trust Fund Grants

UNION COUNTY, NJ — All 21 municipalities have received grant money from the Union County Open Space, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. Freeholder Sergio Granados and Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski presented officials from each municipality with their award during the freeholder board meeting Thursday night.

A total of $1.4 million in grants were split among the ...

“Reel in and Recycle” to Reduce Litter in Local Waterways

The mild fall weather continues to attract anglers to lakes and ponds in Union County parks, and now they have a convenient way to safely dispose of used fishing line. Specially designed “Reel in and Recycle” bins are now located at several popular fishing spots throughout the County parks system.

The new bins are part of an effort to reduce litter in local waterways. They are ...

Union County Volunteers Bring Tree Education Program to 4th Grade Classrooms

Union County educators looking for a fun activity for their students can sign up for a special presentation by the volunteer 4-H Master Tree Stewards of Union County.

Now in its 25th year, the Tree Steward program provides fourth grade classes across the county with an hour-long interactive lesson on tree biology, tree products, tree care, and tree appreciation.

“The Master Tree ...

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Freeholders Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

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Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

May 27, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

Union County Receives 600 Donated Trees from the Christmas Tree Shops

June 2, 2020

The County of Union has received a donation of 600 live arborvitae trees from the Christmas Tree Shops to be distributed throughout county parks and other areas.

“The Freeholder Board would like to thank the Christmas Tree Shops for their generous donation of arborvitae trees,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “These trees are beneficial to residents, the ...

It's Time, Governor Murphy

May 27, 2020

It's Time Governor Murphy

Governor, it's time. It's time to step up and out of the box. It's time to be bold but more importantly it's time to be empathetic, sensitive and reasonable. There has been much talk about listening to the data and science and about letting the data and science guide us through this public health crisis. Well, it's time to really listen.

If ...