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Books and More: Roselle Library Events for March 18, through March 23

March 18, 2019

ROSELLE, NJ – Do you know what’s happening this week at the Roselle Library? There’s a lot to check out and its not just books, so check out this list of events for the week of March 18, through March 23.

Monday-March 18th-Adelante Alliance:  Ana Rodriguez with Secondary 10 a.m. - Noon.  (Adult Education Program) This offers bilingual secondary education for ...

Edison-Dunellen and Roselle Park School Robotics Teams Learn at Workshop

EDISON, NJ -- During the weekend of March 9-10, Middle School Robotics Club members Andrew Kojima of Edison, Cian Nicholls of Dunellen, and Arya Chhabra of Roselle Park attended a Botball robotics workshop with Noreen Jafri, Middle School science and math teacher, and Marc Spivak, Director of Technology and Innovation, in New York City.  

The students refined their ...

Union County Celebrates Arbor Day 2019 with Free Trees for Schools

UNION COUNTY, NJ - In recognition of Arbor Day 2019, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is once again partnering with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board to provide free trees for local schools.

“The tree giveaway has always received an enthusiastic response from schools in Union County. We are very proud to support teachers in their efforts to provide a valuable ...

County Manager’s Political PR Side Work a Non-Issue For Union Freeholders

March 18, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Freeholders this week disputed allegations that the county manager’s work with a political consulting firm promoting local candidates presents a conflict of interest with his government duties.

The freeholders had named Edward Oatman to the position of county manager in January of last year. Oatman earned a $150,800 salary from the county in 2018, ...

The Borough of Roselle Launches a New and Improved Community Website

ROSELLE, NJ - Borough officials announced this week the launch of the new and improved Borough website. The new site is packed full of information giving residents everything they need to know in an easier to read format that includes an improved community calendar that is up-to-date with events, and overall ease of use and search functions.

The site features easy to find links to access forms ...

Concerns Over Ryan Property Lease Termination Plague Roselle Park Council Meeting

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Roselle Park Council tabled a resolution to terminate a contract providing commuter parking at a lot next to the New Jersey Transit train station following a lengthy discussion at Thursday’s night's Council meeting.

Residents say for years they have parked at the Ryan Property lot located in the area along West Lincoln Avenue next to the New Jersey Transit ...

Former Westfield Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Shot Dead, Authorities Say

March 12, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 70-year-old man who served as a priest in the town and was later accused of sex abuse was found shot dead at his home in Nevada, authorities said.

Officers found John Capparelli with a gunshot wound to his neck at his residence in Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Clark County Coroner-Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on ...

Roselle Police Dept. Holds Jr. Police Academy Graduation

ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle Police Departments 9th Junior Police Academy (JPA), class of 2019 graduated on Wednesday night with a ceremony at Costa’s Resturant in Roselle Park.

The Junior Police Academy class 11-week course came to an end with family members looking on as the cadets received their recognition. 

The cadets, all high school students, experienced what it's ...

Scenes from the 2019 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 18, 2019

UNION, NJ - As the sun played hide and seek with the clouds on Saturday, the The 2019 Union County St. Patrick's Day ParadeThe 2019 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade marched down Morris and Stuyvesant Avenues — in step with Irish tradition and community spirit.

Thousands of visitors converged to enjoy the bands, bagpipers, fire trucks, floats and dozens of ...

VIDEO: Scenes from the Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Amid pipe bands, Boy Scouts, seeing-eye puppies and leprechauns on stilts, if was a member of the Irish order of the Sisters of Mercy, Union Catholic principal Sister Percylee Hart, who was the toast of the town (and the county) at the 23rd annual Union Catholic St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. 

Sister Percylee led a large contingent of ...

Scotch Plains Actor-Filmmaker Garry Pastore to Host Screening of Acclaimed Film 'Destressed'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Actor/filmmaker Garry Pastore will celebrate the 5th anniversary of his award-winning independent film Destressed with a screening and panel discussion of the documentary on Thursday, March 28, at the historic Dunellen Theatre (458 North Ave, Dunellen, NJ).

Pastore is expected to be joined by cinematographer/film editor Fokke Baarssen, who co-produced the ...

Mayors of More Than 30 Towns Meet to Discuss Service on Raritan Valley Line Trains

March 12, 2019

RARITAN VALLEY, NJ -- Mayors of towns along the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) met to discuss NJ Transit’s response to three issues facing commuters on that line and how best to advocate for their residents. RVL Mayors Alliance is working to get a same platform transfer in Newark, return of the off-peak midtown direct trains and ultimately, direct trains during peak commuter hours and on ...

TAPinto Announces Former Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation President and CEO Chris Daggett as Advisor

Former President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Chris Daggett, will join TAPinto.net as an advisor. Mr. Daggett will bring over three decades of public, private and nonprofit sector leadership experience to help build on TAPinto’s success in expanding local news coverage through over 80 local franchises.

“Local news is critical to the health of our communities and ...

Union County College Women’s Basketball Team Qualifies for National Championship

March 14, 2019

CRANFORD –The Union County College Women’s Basketball Team is heading to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament from March 19 to 23, 2019 in Harrison, Arkansas. On March 10, the team competed in the NJCAA Women’s Basketball District N Championship Tournament defeating Lackawanna College by a ...

Union County College Soccer Player Lauren Buchanan Receives “Woman of the Year” Award

CRANFORD – Union County College scholar-athlete, Lauren Buchanan, of Union, received the “Woman of the Year” Award at the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, held at Seton Hall University on Feb. 4. As the goalie for the College’s soccer team, her performance on the field strongly contributed to the team qualifying for the 2018 National Junior College Athletic ...

Deadline for Filing Primary Petitions with Union County Clerk Is April 1

March 16, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The deadline for filing a petition to run in a June Primary Election is Monday, April 1, 2019. Candidates who are interested, should register with the Union County Clerk's Office. 

Voters who wish to apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot can do so at two locations:

Office of the Union County Clerk 
Union County Courthouse - Election Division 
2 Broad ...

Union County’s Mobile Document-Shredding Events Kick Off March 30

March 15, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County's first mobile paper-shredding events of 2019 will be on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 in Scotch Plains. These events are free and open to all Union County residents.

“Union County’s mobile document-shredding events help residents fight identity theft by providing a convenient way to shred confidential documents,” ...

The Parents Club is Coming to Roselle - El Club de Padres viene a Roselle

March 15, 2019

ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition has announced the start of a new “Parents Club” in Roselle. The club will bring parents together to meet and discuss parenting issues.

This club will be an ongoing monthly meeting for parents to meet and discuss with other different issues and ways as parents to deal with them. 

The first meeting is set for ...

Local People with Developmental Disabilities Advocate for Change During Month of Awareness

ELIZABETH, NJ - People with developmental disabilities are on a mission. In the fall of 2010, the federal government officially eliminated the words “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded individual” from the federal registry, replacing them with “intellectual disability” and “individual with an intellectual disability.” People with ...

Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition Turns 30

ROSELLE, NJ – The Borough of Roselle is Celebrating the Birthday of the Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition (REHPC), as it celebrates 30 years of "Ongoing Work Toward Creating a Drug-Free Community".

The (REHPC) was created to inform, connect and bring awareness to youth and families regarding substance abuse issues impacting borough neighborhoods.

The ...

Roselle Park to Host First Annual Health Fair

March 15, 2019

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Borough of Roselle Park in partnership with Lions Club MD16, the Union County Office of Health Management, Regional Chronic Disease Coalition of Middlesex & Union Counties and Union County CEED through Hoboken Family Planning Will be hosting the First Annual Community Health Fair. 

The health fair will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at the ...

Trinitas Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center

ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center recently announced that it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval(r) and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center. The Gold Seal of Approval(r) and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective ...

Local People with Developmental Disabilities Advocate for Change During Month of Awareness

ELIZABETH, NJ - People with developmental disabilities are on a mission. In the fall of 2010, the federal government officially eliminated the words “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded individual” from the federal registry, replacing them with “intellectual disability” and “individual with an intellectual disability.” People with ...

Spot the New Falcon in Town on the Falcon Cam

March 17, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - As the courtship season begins for peregrine falcons, residents of all ages and visitors from all over the world can observe and study one of the fastest animals on earth by, tuning in to the Union County Falcon Cam.

“The Falcon Cam is a great opportunity for residents of all ages to experience and learn about peregrine falcons up close,” said Freeholder Chair Bette ...

From Garden to Bouquet – Growing Your Own Cut Flowers

ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Keep your flower vases filled all summer long with beautiful blossoms picked right from your own garden and containers. Growing seeds, plants, and tender bulbs that can double as cut flowers makes it easy to create casual, fresh-cut bouquets for your dinner table, guest room or to share with family and friends.

For early spring flowers, look to spring-blooming bulbs ...

Schools Invited to Apply for 2019 Union County Kids Dig In Garden Grants

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Schools with students in grades pre-K through 12 are eligible to apply once again for the Union County Kids Dig In grant for 2019. The program is designed to help schools provide enriching educational experiences while encouraging students to give back to the Union County community through donations of fresh produce. The grants are funded through the Union County Open Space, ...

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In Westfield, NJ, a Dream to Help People Live Better Through Food at Fettle + Fare

March 17, 2019

Opening a new restaurant is rarely an easy task, and for Fettle + Fare owner Amanda Vargas, who has multiple sclerosis and is legally blind, the journey to create her shop in Westfield, NJ, was extra challenging. 

It was here that she created a space that is more to her than a place to find tasty, nutritious food. It’s a symbol of growth and helping others ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, March 18, 6:00 PM

Colleen Fraser (County Clerk) Building, Westfield

CASA of Union County Information Session

Giving Back

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Fri, March 22, 6:30 PM

The Grove, Cedar Grove

HOPE STARTS HERE: The 2019 Komen North Jersey ...

Giving Back

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Sat, March 23, 10:00 AM

Lower Chiego Hall, Roselle Park

Blood Drive

Giving Back

Whats’ Happening Roselle - Events and News Happening Around the Borough

March 17, 2019

ROSELLE, NJ – Here is what’s happening in and around Roselle this upcoming week and other important information.  

The 2019 Roselle Community Resource Guide is Arriving This Month

It’s that time of year for the latest edition of the Roselle Community Resource Guide to be available, at no cost, to Roselle residents. The guide is filled with everything residents need to ...

The Parents Club is Coming to Roselle - El Club de Padres viene a Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition has announced the start of a new “Parents Club” in Roselle. The club will bring parents together to meet and discuss parenting issues.

This club will be an ongoing monthly meeting for parents to meet and discuss with other different issues and ways as parents to deal with them. 

The first meeting is set for ...

Roselle Park to Host First Annual Health Fair

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Borough of Roselle Park in partnership with Lions Club MD16, the Union County Office of Health Management, Regional Chronic Disease Coalition of Middlesex & Union Counties and Union County CEED through Hoboken Family Planning Will be hosting the First Annual Community Health Fair. 

The health fair will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at the ...

Roselle Active Seniors are Having a Baby Shower and You are Invited!

ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle Active Seniors are holding a “Fundraiser Baby Shower” and everyone is invited! The event is to gather badly needed supplies to benefit the babies at Raphael’s Life House in Elizabeth.

Raphael’s Life House is a mother-child program, created to help homeless, and pregnant young women, secure a brighter and more stable future for themselves ...

Daylight Savings Time Begins this Weekend - Remember to Turn Your Clocks Forward

ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The winter months are about to come to an end. Signs of Spring is just around the corner when Daylight Savings Time begins. 

A reminder to everyone to turn your clocks forward one hour tonight when you go to bed. Daylight Savings time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. 

While many will dread losing that hour of sleep, that extra hour of daylight ...

Books and More: Roselle Library Events for March 5, through March 8

ROSELLE, NJ – Do you know what’s happening this week at the Roselle Library? There’s a lot to check out and its not just books, so check out this list of events for the week of March 5, through March 8.

Tuesday S.T.E.A.M: 3:30 p.m.to 4:30 p.m. - Have fun at our Potions Lab- grades K-5.

Wednesday  Culinary Literacy: 3:30 p.m.to 4:30 p.m - Wrap It Up- ...

Union Freeholders: Poll Workers Sought, United Youth Presents, Augie Eosso Awardee

March 18, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Elections is seeking bilingual election poll workers for this year’s primary and general election.

Freeholder Christopher Hudak explained the position requirements during Thursday night’s freeholder board meeting. Applicants must live and be registered to vote in Union County, Hudak said.

There is a payment of $200 a day for both ...

Former Westfield Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Shot Dead, Authorities Say

March 12, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 70-year-old man who served as a priest in the town and was later accused of sex abuse was found shot dead at his home in Nevada, authorities said.

Officers found John Capparelli with a gunshot wound to his neck at his residence in Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Clark County Coroner-Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on ...

Union County Offers Guidance on New Careers in the Supply Chain and Pharmaceutical Industries

March 18, 2019

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that there will be two dates and locations for information sessions for supply chain management and pharmacy technician training through the Union County Workforce Innovation Business Center.

“Through the Union County Workforce Innovation Business Center, our goal is to bridge the gap between employers and residents ...

For Parents Like Me, Pot Legalization in New Jersey is a Dilemma

I like Gov. Phil Murphy, but he's making a liar out of me. Me and millions of parents. For a couple of generations now, mothers and fathers have been warning children about the dangers of pot smoking. Now the governor comes along and tells them there is no Santa Claus.

I’ve been warning my children about pot for 20 years. That’s not exaggeration. It started when my ...

From a Backyard in Elizabeth, Chatham Man Shoots for the Stars

Luis Da Silva, Jr., says he got his start in a “two by four” backyard in Elizabeth, where he would spend hours with just a basketball. 

“It was a rough neighborhood and my mother didn’t want me down at the basketball courts,” Da Silva said.

In those lonely hours of dribbling and inventing basketball tricks, Da Silva learned to command the giant orange orb ...

NJSpotlight and NJTV: Perfect Together

NJ Spotlight, an online news site dedicated to covering state government and doing in-depth analysis of public policy and its aftershocks, has been acquired by WNET, the Public Broadcasting Service operator of NJTV.

Together, NJ Spotlight and NJTV, will form a multi-platform news service covering the serious business of New Jersey, which has always been a television outlier for New York and ...