Union County News

May 26, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Freeholders Infrastructure Grant program will fund various projects throughout the County, including parks, sewage drainage, road resurfacing and signage. In all, the Freeholders made awards to 21 municipalities as part of the sixth annual Union County ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Homebound senior citizens in Union County continue to be served during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Meals on Wheels program. The program is funded through the Union County Department of Human Services Division on Aging. “Eligible seniors have continued to receive ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County issued a notice Tuesday indicating that all Union County parks will be closed until further notice, effective 8 p.m. on April 7. This comes on the heels of Gov. Phil Murphy closing all State and County parks through Executive Order 118. RELATED: Murphy Orders ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders are hosting a Special Meeting on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.  Due to the public health emergency occasioned by the COVID-19 virus, this meeting is being conducted via Facebook Live on the County of Union Facebook page, or watch it ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County announced that Julienne Cherry of Plainfield will become the new Executive Director. The organization recruits, trains, supervises and supports community volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned Union County ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Save the dates.  The County of Union's Division of Youth Services will present Healthy Eating and Time Management classes, family-friendly cooking lessons at the Plainfield Performing Arts Center (PPAC) at no cost. According to the county website, "the mission of the Union ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - Forty-seven graduates of the John H. Stamler Police Academy, including 21 who have now joined the Jersey City Police Department, took their oaths of honor during the commencement ceremony for the Academy’s 121st class, held last week at the Union County Performing Arts Center in ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county is working to find additional ways to assist its growing homeless population, following the relocation of over 50 homeless families from New York City as part of the city’s Special One-Time Assistance (SOTA) policy. “Because there is an increased need regarding the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County freeholder board met December 19 for its final meeting of the year. Standing with Jersey City A moment of silence was held at the start of the meeting to honor the victims of this month’s Jersey City Shooting. Four people, including Jersey City Detective ...

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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 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s freeholder board Thursday night approved funding for an organization that works to combat opioid abuse, new equipment and training for firefighters, and healthcare and anger management training services for incarcerated adults. Prevention Links Receives Additional ...

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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 ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County freeholder board approved several resolutions during their meeting Nov. 14, including the addition of two canine officers to the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. The board also discussed an award nomination for Union County College, county initiatives for veterans, and a ...

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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 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The remaining resurfacing work scheduled to be done on county roadways this year may be postponed until next spring due to weather conditions. “We might have to push anything left until the Spring of 2020,” said Director Joseph Graziano of the county’s engineering department, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Since 2001, the Ryan Patrick Faella Foundation has raised more than $125,000 for scholarships and youth activities. The foundation, which “facilitate[s] resources to support and enhance academic, athletic, [and] altruistic opportunities for young people” according to its ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Two county officials have retired after working in the county for nearly 30 years.  Chief of Detectives Vincent Gagliardi and Assistant Prosecutor John Esmerado have both retired from their positions at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, and were honored for their service to the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Prosecutor’s Office is requesting funding to purchase new laboratory equipment, which the office would use to address a five-year backlog of rape kits. “We’re addressing a five-year backlog that the state has mandated, but we were ahead of the mandate,” said the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – Half of the county’s school districts will be open during the general election next month, and most will be open during next year’s primary in June.  At its Oct. 3 meeting, the freeholder board discussed the security of the schools that will remain open while being used as ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County is providing additional funding for deer carcass removal services following a spike in deer roadway deaths.  A total of 517 deer have been removed from roadways in the county between February 2018 and September of this year, according to Ron Zuber, the county’s Parks ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Elmora Troopers Little League Team received special recognition at Thursday night’s Freeholders meeting. Each player, along with coaches Jairo Labrador and Sal Garcia, received a resolution and medals commending their success. “You guys were heard when we were in ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – In 2018, 133 people in Union County died as a result of a drug overdose, 122 of which were attributed to opioids, county data shows. County officials are seeing an increased need for postmortem laboratory testing due to the opioid epidemic. The county’s Department of Public ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – A Union County service offers treatment referrals, education, and other support services for those found driving while intoxicated. The Union County Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) served a total of 851 people in 2018, all of whom were charged and/or convicted of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – The county is providing additional training seminars for new voting machines ahead of the general election. During the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders board meeting Thursday night, Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado explained how the county is working to ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union County remains committed to fighting the opioid epidemic with programs like Operation Helping Hand. A county initiative that offers treatment to individuals arrested for opioid possession, Operation Helping Hand has offered help to 250 people over the last two years, ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will welcome Plainfield's own 'Hidden Figure,' Mrs. Marion Johnson, to the Roy Smith Theater at Union County College's Cranford campus where she will be keynoting a free screening of the movie “Hidden Figures” and a short question and ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that the annual Farmers’ Market voucher program for seniors will begin again this summer. Starting on June 27, income eligible adults age 60 and up can receive a total of $25 in free vouchers to purchase “Jersey Fresh” ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events that we know about. MONDAY Wear Your Own Planet at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Avenue, from 4 to 5 p.m. Come and make your own ...

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