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Union County News

January 28, 2023

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Responding to an increase in the unhoused population, Union County officials approved an Elizabeth church as a warming center as more information is collected on those living without homes within county borders. There have been more than 55 “Code Blue'' nights in the county ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — County commissioners perform their duties as elected officials in addition to their main jobs, but describe their responsibilities as beyond “part-time.” The nine commissioners who currently serve are paid $35,515 or more for performing the duties of the role they take on in ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — Of the nine original locations set aside for the Union County Veterans Parking program, only one was in Rahway, in the Memorial Grove Area of Rahway River Park. Now, at the start of 2023, the county has added five new locations, four of which are located in Rahway. The Union County ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The governor swore in newly elected and appointed county commissioners at Tuesday's reorganization meeting attended by distinguished guests at Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth. Gov. Phil Murphy contrasted the reorganization with “the fiasco in Washington” before swearing ...

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UNION COUNTY NJ — The Board of County Commissioners joined the chorus of officials calling for the resignation of Clark Township’s mayor and top-ranking police brass following the release of recordings on which the mayor is heard going on a racist tirade. A state Superior Court judge found the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county is a bright spot for women’s representation in politics during a year when such representation “remains fundamentally stalled in New Jersey counties,” a report by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) shows. CAWP, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Nurses working at Cornerstone Behavioral Health Hospital in Berkeley Heights secured wage increases, a healthcare premium freeze, and language that could protect their jobs in case the facility is sold in a new contract with the county. The county sold the facility, formerly ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — As all that Styrofoam, cardboard, and bubble wrap begin to pile up, we want to remind our readers that there are free recycling options throughout Union County. Styrofoam recycling is available in nine municipalities in Union County. Visit ucnj.org/recycling/styrofoam for a list of ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — This year's Union County Homeless Persons Memorial Vigil took place on Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church in Rahway. It came amid rising homelessness in the county and the state – a result of the pandemic and an end to the moratorium on evictions. It was organized and sponsored by ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — With the goal of preventing fatalities and serious injuries on roadways including the Route 28 corridor, the county and city of Elizabeth are applying for about $1.1 million in federal funding. Union County is the lead agency on a joint Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county manager has appointed the administrator of Union County’s Office of Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund as the county's newest director of Parks and Recreation.  Victoria Durbin Drake, who was welcomed as parks director at Thursday’s Board of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County includes the second-largest percentage of homeless individuals in the state, after Essex County. Organizers of a very special upcoming event seek to shed light on this fact, along with the issue of homelessness in New Jersey more generally. On Thursday, December ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county manager and finance director have filed a civil lawsuit seeking to restrain the wife of a terminated Union County Improvement Authority official and all associated with her from making “false and defamatory” statements about the government officials. An attorney for ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The County Board of Commissioners has proposed pay hikes for both its membership and top county administrators in a measure scheduled for a final vote at the next board meeting. If the measure is approved, salaries will rise for the fourth consecutive year in January 2023. The ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A supervisor accused of sexual harassment in 2018 remains employed in Union County’s social services division three years after the county paid out $395,000 to settle a social worker’s claims against him. Arvind Arneja’s accuser, former county social worker Cynthia Pisino, ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A new law which bans the carrying of concealed guns on county property hit home in a profound way for Commissioner Angela Garretson, who was recently disturbed by reports of a gunman in walking distance from her home in Hillside. “It was very frightening to be aware that there ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — In four months, the county has spent at least $12,231.45 and authorized up to $45,000 to defend itself against an investigation from a state agency that routes out fraud, waste and abuse, records obtained by TAPinto show. Heavily redacted legal invoices provided through a ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners has announced that county officials, in collaboration with local senators, mayors, and other officials, are exploring avenues to best address transportation and mobility on county roads. Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi is providing voters with two new videos that explain voting procedures for the 2022 midterm elections. Election Day 2022 is Tuesday, November 8. “Voters have the ability to choose between different ways to cast their ballot. These videos are ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Community Access Unlimited of Elizabeth and the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council held their 8th Annual Union County Day of Prayer, the first such gathering staged in a Jewish house of worship, Thursday at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield. Dubbed an "interfaith ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — County officials have not clarified why the commissioner board approved up to $45,000 for the services of a law firm that represents entities in “government enforcement actions” among its other services, after being asked by a resident at the last week’s meeting and receiving a ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — The top-seeded Westfield boys varsity soccer team defeated second-seeded Elizabeth Saturday evening, 1-0, at Arthur L. Johnson High School, to win the Union County championship. The win gives Westfield its second county title in a row. The Westfield Blue Devils are coached by Eric ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — It was an exciting one at Arthur L. Johnson High School Saturday evening, as the undefeated, top-seeded Westfield girls varsity soccer team beat second-seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood (SPF) in penalty kicks Saturday evening for the Union County title. Westfield was coached by Alex ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Would it be totally crazy to call a sporting event, at once, exciting and predictable? Well, maybe not always. Because, on the one hand, no one would call the finals of the Union County girls varsity volleyball, held at Kean University's Harwood Arena and featuring Westfield vs.

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RAHWAY, NJ — The City of Rahway has recently been awarded two Union County grants. The first, offered by the Union County Board of County Commissioners, is intended for improvements to recreation resources for children and is administered through the Kids Recreation Trust Fund. The second, part of ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A program coordinated by the Union County Department of Human Services that provides access to clean showers, laundry services and bathroom facilities to individuals in need throughout the county will return to the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Plainfield on Saturday, Oct.

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RAHWAY, NJ — It was déjà vu all over . . . well, you know the line, as Westfield defeated Summit, 1-0, in the semifinals of the Union County soccer tournament on Sunday. But, no, it wasn't the boys this time, whose matchup on Saturday we've described in exactly the same way. The top-seeded ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — It was a set of two exciting Union County boys soccer semifinal matches on Saturday night on the turf at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, as first-seeded Westfield defeated Summit, 1-0, and second-seeded Elizabeth defeated Governor Livingston, 4-0. The two victors will now ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county contains the second-highest percentage of the state’s unhoused population, according to a report that helps determine federal funding to programs for people experiencing homelessness. Union County's social services director anticipates more resources will be provided ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Union County Sheriff Peter Corvelli, in partnership with the Union County Board of County Commissioners, launched a county-wide community initiative designed to assist in making Union County a safer place to live, work, and visit. Known as ...

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