Press Releases

June 5, 2020

Effective Monday, June 8, the free Union County Covid-19 Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “As the result of a historic community effort by Union County residents ...

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Trained Counselors Connect Callers to Treatment  June 4, 2020 (TRENTON) – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson reminded residents struggling with substance use that they can call 1-844-ReachNJ to speak with live trained counselors ready to offer assistance 24 hours a day, 7 ...

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Graduation Ceremony for PAAAS will be streamed at 9:00 a.m. and for PHS at 1:00 p.m. PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public School District has announced plans to hold virtual graduation exercises for the first time ever due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will ...

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Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises voters that they have several options for returning their Vote-by-Mail ballots. Voters can return their ballots by U.S. Postal Service, bring them to the County Clerk’s offices or Board of Elections Office, or drop them off at specially designated ballot ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — In a letter to parents, the Plainfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Diana Mitchell urges parents to fill out the survey issued yesterday by the New Jersey Department of Education. The survey is related to the opening of schools for the 2020-2021 School Year. The survey in ...

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The League of Women Voters of the Plainfield Area will host a Zoom webinar on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, for City Council candidates to answer questions from the public. This is the first virtual event the league has hosted in its 100-year history, which it celebrated in May. As a nonpartisan ...

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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 ...

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CRANFORD – In March 2020, as the impact of COVID-19 became imminent, Union County College, in partnership with the Union County College Foundation, established a COVID-19 Student Emergency Relief Fund. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, over half of the students at Union County College reported ...

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Union County is first in New Jersey to offer new “Virtual One-Stop” employment service As of Monday, June 1, job seekers in Union County can use the new “Union County Works” website at ucajc.org to find job openings, job training and education opportunities, help creating resumes, and more. It ...

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Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds residents that her office has begun mailing Vote-by-Mail ballots to all registered Democratic and Republican voters in Union County. Unaffiliated voters who have already applied for a Vote-by-Mail ballot will also receive their ballots in the coming ...

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CRANFORD – Union County College has added the artificial intelligence (AI) technology program Packback to the software tools available for faculty use to spark curiosity and creativity among students. The new technology will lead to improved student engagement and academic outcomes in their online ...

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The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra is proud to present a four-class series titled the Evolution of Music. Artistic Director Warren Cohen will begin by discussing the development of instruments and the progression of music notation starting from 1000 AD. How precise is music notation? In ...

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Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado reminds residents that the voter registration deadline is Tuesday, June 16, to participate in the July 7 Primary Election. “If you are eligible to vote in Union County but not yet registered, please take a few minutes to apply before ...

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On Thursday, May 28, 2020, Fr. John Paladino, Pastor of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church, announced that a new Principal would be appointed to lead St. Bartholomew Academy. After serving as Principal for twelve years, Sister Elizabeth Calello, MPF, has decided to retire. Fr. Paladino said ...

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NEW JERSEY - The images of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis are deeply disturbing.  Mr. Floyd’s death is being investigated not only by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis, but by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division, as it ...

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Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announced that beginning on Tuesday, June 2, the County Clerk’s offices will begin in-person appointments to swear in notaries and assist persons seeking to register trade names, tax waivers and clerk’s certificates. Everyone seeking these services in person is ...

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$5k and $2k Grants Available; Emergency Child Care Assistance Program to Continue through June 30th TRENTON — New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced Friday the immediate availability of up to $20 million in grants to assist child care centers and youth camps in meeting ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - Following overnight protests and violence in the wake of the death of George Floyd as a result of excessive police force in Minneapolis, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) issued the following statement: “Every single person, in Minneapolis and well beyond, who has taken to the ...

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The Plainfield Special Improvement District is 𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐍𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐈𝐧 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐎𝐟 𝐍𝐞𝐞𝐝 As Plainfield's small businesses have suffered negative financial impacts related to COVID-19, the Plainfield Special Improvement District has taken the initiative to offer some relief by providing ...

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As Economic Impact Payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that some payments are being sent by prepaid debit card. The debit cards arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.”  Nearly 4 million people are being ...

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The League of Women Voters of the Plainfield Area will host a forum on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, for candidates running for Plainfield City Council in the July 7 primary election. The purpose of the forum is to enable voters to hear the candidates discuss why they’re running and which issues matter ...

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Community Gardeners looking to upgrade their gardening abilities can learn skills for managing their gardens so that they flourish with the help of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. A series of Community Garden Lunch and Learn webinars will be offered beginning on Wednesday, May 27 through ...

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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers today about several online tools available to help them get the tax information they need as the IRS has limited operations due to the coronavirus.   More taxpayers are using IRS.gov than ever before; as of May 8, the agency’s website ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is honoring graduates throughout Union County with banners at selected County parks and County roads. In addition, students can use the #UCGraduate hash tag to share graduation photos, which will be collected in a collage and posted on the County ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ -- Brothers Daniel and David Preuss-Lopes, Boy Scouts from Holy Trinity School, have put their 3D printer to good use. The scouts have been busy at home building face shields and ear comfort straps for first responders, police, medical staff, and others in the community. Daniel, ...

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Gardening enthusiasts can now reap the many benefits of growing their own plants with the help of a new home, lawn, and garden resource website from Rutgers University, through the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES). “The new NJAES website is a valuable resource for ...

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(TRENTON) –  New Jerseyans enrolled in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use their benefits to order groceries online starting next week.  Online shopping will be available through Amazon and participating Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers. NJ ...

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NJ Human Services Issues Guidance Making Clear Long-Term Care Facility Residents Are Entitled to Their Checks (TRENTON) — Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today released guidance making clear that individuals with Medicaid coverage who reside in long-term care facilities ...

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Holy Trinity School's Lunch and Learn Zoom Sessions 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. What sets us apart? Small class sizes and differentiated learning in math, English and literature give all students the personalized attention they need to thrive. And with religious instruction as part of the program, ...

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering a simple, easy way for residents to safely and properly dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other chemical wastes. The next free Household Hazardous Waste recycling event will be held on Saturday, June 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., ...

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