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Union County Settles Attorney Fee Dispute in Landmark Public Records Case

July 21, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county has approved a $140,000 settlement for attorney fees in a landmark public records case that made certain police internal affairs files accessible to the public.

The board of county commissioners approved the settlement Thursday in the nearly three-year-long court battle through which retired police officer Richard Rivera secured the release of internal ...

Improvement Authority to Lead $20M in Facility Upgrades at Union College

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union College is slated to get $20 million in improvements to its outdated physical education facility in Cranford as part of a project it has partnered with the Union County Improvement Authority on to complete.

The Authority’s board of commissioners last week approved a shared services agreement with the college under which the Authority ...

After Latest Setback in Court, Union County May Seek ‘Alternative’ to Build its Complex

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state Superior Court decision upholding a stay on construction of a county government complex is prompting the project’s redevelopment entity to consider a fresh start on the project, which has been planned since 2020 and would cost more than $120 million.

The county plans to consolidate its office buildings on the site of its defunct motor vehicle ...

Union County OKs $95K to Settle Suit Claiming Prisoner Denied Prayer, Harassed

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners has authorized $95,000 to resolve claims that a prisoner at the county’s since closed jail was kept from exercising his faith and harassed because of his Muslim religion.

Last week, the commissioners approved the settlement on the advice of the county counsel, who disputed the claims lodged in the complaint and ...

Union County Responds to Hateful Comments on Pride Event Facebook Post

UNION COUNTY, NJ — An event marking Pride Month and the opening of Tëmike Park, the county’s new inclusive playground and park area within Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, was subject to dozens of offensive comments on the county’s Facebook page.

The offending comments, which were initially hidden, will now remain visible as the county works on policy ...

Williams Nursery Land Will Not be Union County Open Space. Here’s Why

UNION COUNTY — The closing of the 102-year-old Williams Nursery in Westfield will not provide more green space to the county, but a vacant property in Berkeley Heights, which the county is buying with open space monies, will.

In Westfield, Williams Nursery, the beloved garden center on 6.61 acres, is slated to close on July 3.

In Berkeley Heights, a 1.35-acre property ...

Ultrarunner Shan Riggs Stops in Union County during Quest to Conquer the East Coast Greenway

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Ultrarunner Shan Riggs is attempting to be the first-known person to run the East Coast Greenway, the 3,000-mile walking and biking route that extends from Florida to Maine. He has already covered more than two-thirds of the miles, supported by his partner Joshuaine (Josh) Grant, who follows on her bicycle towing their supplies. The pair started in Key West, FL, on April ...

Union County Accepts $4M State Grant to Dredge Its Largest Water Body

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county is one step further along in its cleanup of the 150-acre Clark Reservoir — the largest water body in the county.

Last week, the board of county commissioners formally accepted a $4 million grant that will fund the dredging and environmental remediation of the reservoir in what is the third phase of a years-long project to rehabilitate the ...

Union County Deer Hunt: 229 Deer Harvested in 2021-22 Cull

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Hunters culled 229 deer during Union County’s annual deer hunt this past fall and winter, according to a county spokesperson.

The most deer, 55, were harvested from the Watchung Reservation, county spokesperson Tina Casey told TAPinto on Wednesday. Hunts in three Plainfield parks yielded 21 deer during the winter cull but none in the fall, Casey ...

Rahway's Dr. Patricia Camp Named Union County Superintendent of the Year

RAHWAY, NJ — Dr. Patricia Camp, the superintendent of the Rahway Public Schools, has just been named the Union County Superintendent of the Year. The announcement was made on Tuesday evening at the Rahway Board of Education meeting.

Camp told TAPinto Rahway that she initially received the news at her regular roundtable meeting of Union County Superintendents on May 6.

"I was very ...

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Kean University’s T. Itunu Balogun Named to 2022 Emerging Education Leaders Program

August 11, 2022

Kean University Deputy Chief of Staff T. Itunu Balogun has been named an Emerging Leader by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and will be participating in the organization’s Emerging Leaders Program.

Balogun, who works in the office of Kean President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D., is one of 36 mid-career academic and administrative leaders from across the ...

Union County Settles Attorney Fee Dispute in Landmark Public Records Case

July 21, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county has approved a $140,000 settlement for attorney fees in a landmark public records case that made certain police internal affairs files accessible to the public.

The board of county commissioners approved the settlement Thursday in the nearly three-year-long court battle through which retired police officer Richard Rivera secured the release of internal ...

Improvement Authority to Lead $20M in Facility Upgrades at Union College

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union College is slated to get $20 million in improvements to its outdated physical education facility in Cranford as part of a project it has partnered with the Union County Improvement Authority on to complete.

The Authority’s board of commissioners last week approved a shared services agreement with the college under which the Authority ...

New Monkeypox Vaccine Sites Announced in New Jersey

August 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has announced five new monkeypox vaccination sites in Hudson, Middlesex, Morris and Passaic counties. The locations are for residents without a confirmed exposure who think they may have been exposed or are at a high risk for having been exposed to the virus.

There are 293 confirmed or probable monkeypox cases in New Jersey, as of August ...

COVID-19 Test Mandate Ends for Unvaccinated Teachers, Child Care Workers & State Workers in New Jersey

August 15, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday lifting requirements that school employees, child care workers and state employees who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 must undergo regular testing.

Executive Order 302 applies to school districts and child care settings immediately and to state contractors as of September 1, 2022.

The decision follows updates ...