Union County Freeholders Vote Not to Approve Mountain Biking Trails in Watchung Reservation

May 19, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted not to approve mountain biking trails proposed in the Watchung Reservation Master Plan at Thursday night’s meeting. The passing of Resolution 2017-412 effectively put an end to a months-long debate by county residents about the merits and hazards of creating mountain biking trails in the Watchung ...

Residents, Pro-Bikers Clash on Watchung Reservation Mountain Biking Proposal

SCOTCH PLAINS – Dozens of local residents from different parts of Union County – mainly along the Watchung Reservation – turned out for a special discussion on Tuesday, May 2, at the Scotch Plains Council meeting to mostly voice their opposition against the county’s proposal to add 13.5 miles of mountain bike trails throughout the 2,000+ acre park. Union County Parks & ...

Union County Freeholder Board Awards “UC Means Green” Community Garden Grants

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Seven Elizabeth locations were chosen to receive a 2017 Union County Means Green Community Garden Grant, awarded by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The gardens will provide donations of fresh produce to those in need as well as education, recreation, civic service and social opportunities for gardeners and their communities.

The new round of funding follows ...

2017 Union County Arbor Day Poetry Contest Winners

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski present resolutions to the winners of the 2017 Union County Arbor Day Poetry Contest.

The contest was open to students from 4th through 8th grade from schools throughout Union County. The winners were selected by a group of volunteer judges. This event is sponsored by the Union County Board ...

City Engineer Explains Ambitious Flooding Resolution Project At Estuary Day

ELIZABETH, NJ – Flooding may be a thing of the past for residents in the Sixth and Trumbull Street neighborhood when the city installs a huge underground tank to catch rain water overflow, said city engineer Dan Loomis in a presentation during the Annual Estuary Day at the Peterstown Community Center, April 28.

The tank will be 200 feet wide and 300 feet long with a capacity of two ...

Plainfield Shade Tree Commission Celebrates Arbor Day

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The sun peaked out just in time for the City of Plainfield’s Arbor Day celebration on the steps of the Plainfield YMCA, the 2017 recipient of this year’s plantings.  The celebration began at 11:00 am, with opening remarks and a reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation by Plainfield’s Mayor Adrian O. Mapp.

In addition to many residents and pre-school ...

Plainfield 2017 Arbor Day Celebration

PLAINFIELD, NJ - A celebration of trees will take place at Plainfield's City Hall on April 28th.  Arbor Day, celebrated on the last Friday of April, was first observed in 1872 in Nebraska, an idea originated by Julius Sterling Morton of Detroit.

Here in Plainfield, the Shade Tree Commission invites residents to its 2017 celebration at 11:00 am.  This year's Arbor Day planting ...

Debate Over Bike Trails in Watchung Reservation Continues at Union County Freeholders Meeting

ELIZABETH, NJ — Debate about the possible addition of trails for mountain biking in Watchung Reservation continued at Thursday night’s Union County Freeholders meeting. The county had asked for input regarding the trails in February, which sparked an outpouring of people into the subsequent board meetings.

A resolution regarding mountain biking had appeared on the agenda for ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge School Hosts Clean Water Action Conference

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison hosted a Clean Water Action’s 31st annual conference on April 8. This annual event brings together over 200 residents, organizational leaders, scientists, policymakers, teachers and students who are focused on protecting water and creating more resilient and healthy communities.

W-H teachers Katherine Heiss of Red Bank and Donna ...

Union County Freeholder Meeting on April 13 Canceled

ELIZABETH - The Union County Freeholders meeting that was scheduled for tonight has been canceled.  An email has been sent out by the county, and it is noted on the website. 

Due to potential health and public safety issues caused by a water main break on Elizabethtown Plaza in Elizabeth, tonight’s Union County Freeholder meeting has been canceled. The rescheduled date will be ...

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Students Make a New Home for New Trees

May 10, 2017

Members of the Union County 4-H Variety Club display the dogwood sapling they planted at the County’s Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield last month to mark Arbor Day 2017.

In all, two dozen 4-H students took part in the event. They planted 5 new trees and spread protective mulch around others.

The trees were provided by the Freeholder Board and County personnel assisted in digging the ...