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Panic Buying Gasoline After Oil Pipeline Cyberattack Leads to Price Increases. See How Union County Compares to National Averages.

May 12, 2021

ELIZABETH, 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 $3.035 as of May 12. This is part of a national trend in high gas prices ...

Union County to Close Jail Despite Opposition from Local Leaders

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 five-year memorandum with Essex County, which has an option for renewal. This merger will ...

Union County Commissioners Set to Host Three COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions for April

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 first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required.

The events will take place ...

Chester Holmes Humanitarian Award Winner from Roselle to be Honored at Black History Month Event on Sunday

ROSELLE, NJ - Rene H. Rasheed of Roselle has received Union County’s 9th annual Chester Holmes Humanitarian award honoring those who exemplify the spirit of community service.  Rasheed, owner of Rene's Fashion Designs Boutique, has lived in Roselle for 38 years and has run her boutique for more than 20 years while garnering numerous accolades for her civic ...

Rescheduled Emergency Food Distribution on Feb. 2 in Plainfield

Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis; Union County residents only.

The Board of County Commissioners has rescheduled an emergency food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by COVID-19 that was originally scheduled for Jan. 26. The new date is Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Gerald B. Green Plaza located at 200 W. 2nd Street in Plainfield.

The food ...

COVID-19: Union County to Start Vaccinating Eligible Healthcare Workers Thursday

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will begin vaccinating healthcare workers Thursday, officials said.

Health care personnel eligible under the state’s guidelines to receive the vaccine must make their appointments through the county’s registration webpage starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, officials said in a press release.

“As more supplies become available, we will announce ...

Al Mirabella Set to Serve 2nd Year as Union County Commissioner (Freeholder) Chair

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Union County Commissioner (formerly called Freeholder) Chair Al Mirabella, who also serves as the Scotch Plains Township Manager, is set to continue a second year in a row as Chair when County government hold its annual reorganization on Sunday, January 3rd, according to a county press release issued on Dec. 24. 

The installation ceremony and the ...

Four Centuries in a Weekend Event Canceled

UNION COUNTY, NJ — COVID-19 has shut down another event. The annual Four Centuries in a Weekend celebration in October, has been canceled, the County of Union announced Wednesday.

“The safety of staff, volunteers, and our residents is of the utmost importance and our highest priority,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Freeholder Board and the ...

Union County Freeholder Vice Chair Estrada Announces Retirement Effective Sept. 1

Estrada was first Latino elected to the Board; concludes more than 20 years as Freeholder

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Angel G. Estrada, the first Latino elected to the Board in 1999, today announced his retirement from office effective Sept. 1. 

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the residents of Union County, and to have helped ...

Union County Prosecutor’s Office Assumes Control of Clark Police Department

TRENTON – The Clark Police Department is now under the control of the Union County  Prosecutor's Office as they perform an investigation into "credible allegations of misconduct," according to a joint statement from Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.

The UCPO will assume control of all law enforcement and internal ...

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Select Allen Swanson as Democratic Candidate for New Providence Council

May 16, 2021

For the second year in a row the New Providence Republicans may be able to run for Council without an opposing Democratic candidate.  This is not good for many reasons.  The most significant being the ability of the Republicans to remain in office without addressing a single issue regarding their performance as our representatives.  Our elections are intended to provide a ...

Atlantic Medical Group opens new office for pediatric, family medicine in Scotch Plains

May 17, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Atlantic Medical Group, Atlantic Health System’s network of physicians, today opened a new office location in Scotch Plains, bringing together some of the network’s local board-certified providers in pediatric and primary care under one roof.

Atlantic Medical Group’s Pediatrics at Scotch Plains and Family Medicine at Scotch Plains offer a ...

Union County to Offer COVID-19 Vaccines at Emergency Food Distribution Events

Residents will have opportunity to be vaccinated at upcoming events in Roselle and Scotch Plains.

The Union County Board of Commissioners announces that COVID-19 vaccines will be offered at two upcoming emergency food distribution events for residents impacted by the pandemic. 

Vaccines will be offered at the next two scheduled events:

Tuesday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. - Warinanco ...

Union County Voters Have More Options for Casting a Ballot in the 2021 Primary Election

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises Union County voters that COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are being lifted. Many more polling places will be open for in-person voting for the 2021 Primary Election on Tuesday, June 8 compared to last year.

“Many voters prefer to cast their ballot by voting machine in person, and others prefer to vote by mail. With the lifting of pandemic ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

Look past these life insurance myths

May 7, 2021

Most people recognize the need for life insurance – but many of them still don’t have it.

Why?

People offer a variety of rationales for remaining uninsured. But these reasons may just be myths. Here are a few of them:

“I’m single (or married with no children), so I don’t need life insurance.” Even if you’re single, you may still have ...

Women’s Mental Health Hit Hardest during COVID Pandemic

We have all been adjusting to the reality that COVID is an infectious disease, but we now know that it is also a profound chronic stressor with serious implications for mental health. These stressors are impacting mental health for all of us, but women, and especially women of color, have been hit the hardest.

Recent studies have shown that one in ten women have had to quit a job due to a ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Legal Pot Business Could Bring Westfield Tax Revenue, But Some Smell Trouble

May 16, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — If the majority public sentiment voiced by residents at Thursday’s listening session of the Westfield Cannabis Commission is any indicator of what the town council will decide, the possibility of Westfield-based marijuana businesses could be snuffed out or severely limited.

The cannabis commission heard from a bevy of residents opposed to allowing legal marijuana ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...