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Additional Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Roselle Park, September 29

September 11, 2021


ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Union County Board of County Commissioners informs residents that there will be additional free COVID-19 vaccines and testing available at convenient pop-up clinics throughout the County during the month of September. The upcoming clinics will be held in Westfield, Rahway, Scotch Plains, and Roselle Park.

Third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for ...

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Wednesday Afternoon into the Evening

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A flash flood watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The flash flood watch is in effect for portions of northeast New Jersey and southeast New York, including the following areas, in northeast New Jersey: Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Western Bergen, ...

Roselle Public Library Launches Fall 2021 Programs

September 18, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle Public Library has announced a variety of daily programs for the fall, geared towards kids of all ages.

Programs will be offered both virtually and outside, Monday through Friday. Mondays kick off with a virtual Knitting/Crocheting at 5 p.m. Tuesdays feature outdoor Storytime Crafts at 3:30 p.m., and Wednesdays offer virtual Pajama Storytime at 7 p.m. Thursdays will ...

Polk Students Receive Backpacks from Congressman Payne and International WeLoveU Foundation

ROSELLE, NJ - Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School students are starting the school year off right, thanks to a donation of 350 backpacks from the International WeLoveU Foundation and Congressman Donald Payne Jr. (D-10). 

Payne and WeLoveU joined the Polk School community on September 9 for a special book bag giveaway, held in the school’s gym at 1100 Warren ...

Roselle Public Schools Celebrate the Return to the Classroom

ROSELLE, NJ - Roselle Public Schools celebrated the first day of school as it welcomed back masked students on September 7.

After students spent up to fifteen months out of the classroom because of the pandemic, schools throughout the district featured balloons, lively music and photo stations for everyone to enjoy. Washington Elementary School went all-out with a big “Welcome ...

FEMA Has Opened a Disaster Relief Center in Union County. Everything You Need to Know About FEMA Aid.

September 17, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Elizabeth on Thursday, September 16. The DRC is located at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center on 618 Salem Avenue. The building is a Quonset hut, adjacent to one of the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth’s buildings: the O’Donnell-Dempsey ...

Roselle and Roselle Park Officials Hold Post-Storm Ida and Infrastructure Discussion with Congressman Donald Payne Jr.

ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Roselle and Roselle Park officials met with Congressman Donald Payne Jr. on September 9 via Zoom to discuss Post-Storm Ida support, FEMA, and infrastructure needs for both Boroughs.

“We appreciate Congressman Payne, Senator Cryan and all that joined this call to discuss the impact of Tropical Storm Ida on both Boroughs,” said Roselle Mayor Donald Shaw.

Union County Added to FEMA Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Ida

ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Four New Jersey counties — Union, Essex, Hudson and Mercer — were added Friday to the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declaration to provide individuals who were impacted by Hurricane Ida with assistance. This is in addition to the six counties that were initially included in the declaration by FEMA, and public assistance that was granted ...

Roselle Park Mourns Passing of Retired Roselle Park Police Captain Manuel (Manny) Jimenez

September 7, 2021

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Roselle Park Police Department announced on Tuesday that retired Roselle Park Police Captain Manuel (Manny) Jimenez passed away after a long courageous battle. Jimenez volunteered at the 9/11 World Trade Center site and developed illnesses attributed to that service.

Jimenez began his law enforcement career in 1992 and retired after twenty-eight years of service. He ...

Union County Residents Can Now Get FEMA Aid for Ida Damage (Updated)

September 10, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Union County was added Friday to a disaster declaration that enables the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide individual assistance* to people impacted by Tropical Storm Ida.

PREVIOUSLY: Westfield Businesses, Homeowners Wait on Feds for Ida Aid

Though across Union County Ida left five people dead and numerous others displaced by ...

New Hire-on-the-Spot Job Fair in Roselle for Union County Residents, September 22

ROSELLE, NJ - Job seekers and employers may find the perfect match at the next hire-on-the-spot job fair sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, September 22, at the Warinanco Sports Center in Union County’s Warinanco Park, located at 1 Park Drive in Roselle. The job fair will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

FedEx, ...

Melvin Claudio of Roselle Park Nominated for USA Football’s Heart of a Giant Award

September 16, 2021

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The 2021 USA Football Heart of a Giant Award announced their second set of outstanding Tri-State area high school football player nominees open for voting, including Roselle Park's Melvin Claudio. Melvin was nominated by his coaches for his commitment, teamwork, will, character and dedication.  

Melvin is described as caring, mature, and resilient. Melvin ...

Roselle Falls to Spotswood in Overtime in Boys Varsity Soccer

ROSELLE, NJ - Sean Illenye scored the overtime winner for the Spotswood High School boys varsity soccer team on Monday to give the Chargers a 2-1 victory over Roselle High School. Illenye scored on a corner from Aiden Scher with three minutes remaining in the second overtime of the game. Aiden Collins put Spotswood on the scoreboard in the first half, giving the Chargers a 1-0 lead at the ...

Community Access Unlimited Golf Outing to Benefit Services for People with Disabilities and Youth at Risk, September 27

September 17, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - Golfers will tee up to boost services for people with disabilities and youth at risk in New Jersey at the Community Access Unlimited Annual Golf Classic on Monday, September 27.

CAU is thrilled to welcome supporters in person at Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston. The event starts at 8 a.m. Attendees will also enjoy a cocktail reception and silent ...

Rolling Thunder’s Ride for Freedom XXV to take Place September 19 in Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ - The Union County Board of County Commissioners would like to invite all residents to Ride for Freedom XXV, hosted by Rolling Thunder Inc.®, New Jersey Chapter 2 on September 19.  

Departing from Warinanco Park on to St. George’s Avenue in Roselle, kickstands will go up and the motorcycle rides will begin at 11:30 a.m. sharp.

“The ...

Golf Outing September 27 to Benefit Services for People with Disabilities, Youth at Risk

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Golfers will tee up to boost services for people with disabilities and youth at risk in New Jersey at the Community Access Unlimited Annual Golf Classic on Sept. 27.

CAU is thrilled to welcome supporters in person at Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston. The event starts at 8 a.m. Attendees will also enjoy a cocktail reception and silent auction with ...

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How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

Morristown Medical Center Surgeons 1st in U.S. to Use Minimally Invasive Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) With Advanced Imaging for Flexible Scoliosis Correction

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center fellowship-trained scoliosis surgeon Jason E. Lowenstein, MD, leads the only surgical team in New Jersey to use a new, FDA-approved tethering system for minimally invasive scoliosis surgery that provides for flexible spinal deformity correction and faster healing. The team is also the first in the nation to use a new type of portable CT ...

Protect Yourself During Flu Season -- Get Your 2021 Flu Shot for Free!

September 19, 2021

Free Flu shots available for Union County residents, starting Sept. 23.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners encourages all residents to get their seasonal flu shot as soon as possible this year. Free flu shots will be dispensed at clinics run by the Office of Health Management at locations throughout Union County beginning on Thursday, September 23. Persons with health insurance are ...

Work on $1.45M Union County Gov’t Complex To Continue as Lawsuit Stalls 2nd Phase (Updated)

September 13, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state appellate court ruling is allowing the previously halted first phase of construction on a new $145 million government complex in Elizabeth to proceed, but the next phase is on pause amid a Wayne-based company’s lawsuit claiming the county skirted New Jersey’s public bidding laws.

An attorney for the Union County Improvement Authority said ...

President Biden Approves NJ's Emergency Declaration, Will Tour Areas Hit Hard by Tropical Storm Ida on Tuesday

September 5, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- President Biden has approved New Jersey's Emergency Declaration and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local response efforts due to the conditions resulting from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. 
According to a White House press release, this action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, to coordinate all ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

September 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ---TAPintoTV spoke with Jared Taillefer, the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Rev David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Destiny McFarlane, the Tutorial Manager of the Newark Unites Program, about the Newark Unites Tutoring Program which launches this week.

The Newark Unites Tutoring Center provides free, high dosage tutoring and academic support ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

From Terrorist Attacks to Floods, Firefighters Union President Reflects on 20 Years Since 9/11

September 10, 2021

September 11, 2001 was sunny with a bright blue sky. It was a Tuesday.  

I was a rookie Firefighter who reported to work that morning. We had just received delivery of our new Squad and all personnel were at Station 2 training on the new apparatus. Being the rookie I was sent to pick up bagels for my tour. While driving back the music on the radio was interrupted by a news flash that ...

The Series of The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2016)

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2017)

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2018)

Anne of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2019)

Katheryn Howard: The Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2020)

Katherine Parr: the Sixth ...

'Year One' Captures Tensions of a Changing Society

UNION, NJ - After two years of closure, Premiere Stages on the campus of Kean University has re-opened with a stirring production of Erik Gernand’s play, “Year One.”

The time is 1933, the place, a city in Germany.  As Germany rebuilds after the devastation of World War I, a close-knit family is caught up in the possibilities of new life under the Weimar Republic. The ...

Movement, Meditation, and Nature: 5 Tips to Alleviate Stress

Stress has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. It can cause various physical ailments like headaches, stomachaches, tight muscles, fatigue, and even high blood pressure. Mentally, stress can make it difficult to concentrate or create memory problems.

But in our busy society run by the pressure of work, family, and the need to do more, how do we alleviate stress?

There are ...

Fall Flavors: Cooking With the Season’s Bounty

With spring and summer on their way out, it’s time to start looking ahead to fall, and one of the best parts of this time of year is cooking with all the great seasonal fruits and vegetables that thrive in these cooler months.

If you’re unsure what’s in season in September or don’t know what to do with the piles of produce-lining grocery store shelves, look no further.

How to Ensure Your Furnace Is Ready for Winter’s Cold Nights

The cooler nights of September are the perfect reminder to get your furnace ready for the long winter ahead. Any work on HVAC can be intimidating, and professionals should handle most tasks, but there are steps you can take to keep the heat on this winter.

We’ll look at some ways to prep your furnace for winter and the situations that call for expert help. With some preventive ...

Prep Your Home for Winter With These Easy Fall Tasks

There’s nothing quite like the weather in autumn. With the heat of summer finally breaking, it’s time to start enjoying more time outdoors and keep the windows open. With favorable weather, it’s easy to forget the cold and dark nights of winter looming ahead.

Luckily, there are several steps you can take during the fall to help prepare your home for the harsh conditions of ...

Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

Say Goodbye to Summer With a Blowout Bash

As summer wraps up, it’s tempting to transition to cozy fall gatherings right away, but don’t move too quickly! Having a “goodbye summer” party is a great way to celebrate the last fresh, vibrant colors, sounds, and flavors of summer with your friends and family. So pull out the last of your summer décor and try these tips for making the most of your final summer ...