Arts & Entertainment

Sunny Weather Brings Out Thousands to Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

bfedd5923076f12e516a_fd8e116893455ea50896_st_pat_s_parade_1.jpg
2016 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
fa4d70be969c19943a62_693b28b944262bb301f5_st._pat_s_parade_16.jpg
00ab359540c7eea941ee_fea91786a52ac09ae12d_st._pat_s_parade_8.jpg
da97694868263e537030_f3e4601478f7f1c17c99_st._pat_s_parade_14.jpg
Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan, Ambassador Phil Murphy, Union Mayor Manuel Figueiredo, Monsignor Hugh O'Donnell, Essex Freeholder Brendan Gill and Assemblyman Jamel Holley.
cc13c0f46cd771635cd4_a17d765a94636534db56_st._pat_s_parade_17.jpg
f5e369bef870bf5e03b4_d3b339be58982f70b0dd_st._pat_s_parade_18.jpg
Freeholders Bruce Bergen, Chris Hudak, Linda Carter, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, and Freeholders Bette Jean Kowalski and Vernell Wright.
b3c04c1dac018198a50b_e0fc8d5467fad8a489fe_st._pat_s_parade_13.jpg
5a917dbb14fe1962316a_36d2332f21b185899328_ba15f391cb01132985bc_st._pat_s_parade_12.jpg
Union County Sheriff's Officers
6ab1cb93a9cc4f8c85b5_b5561be2ad494669c922_st._pat_s_parade_11.jpg
Rockland County, NY, Pipe and Drum Band
4bdb04e08bc818039dfc_4e22f03869e44ad691d6_st._pat_s_parade_10.jpg
Union Catholic High School students carry county banners of Ireland
9820c71ab70a18020040_32131dd9e39794aa69e8_st._pat_s_parade_4.jpg
2016 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
0c54f3f9147c2e6c8bc2_229797ea586bd2d83fb2_st._pat_s_parade_7.jpg
5114348a8541b0ddccee_e75eead113bd4913e981_st._pat_s_parade_5.jpg
New Jersey State Troopers Blue and Gold Pipe Band
878d7235d2699fbd9137_02628e46029d3eec65af_st._pat_s_parade_2.jpg
2016 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
8530db2ecfb0354ac6c6_60bcb8068a1a1b2589c9_st._pat_s_parade_3.jpg
2016 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
bfedd5923076f12e516a_fd8e116893455ea50896_st_pat_s_parade_1.jpg

UNION, NJ – Marchers took to the streets on a spring-like day for the 20th anniversary of the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Thousands came out and lined the streets to watch as numerous pipe and drum bands, police associations, fireman, civic organizations, Irish dancers and hundreds of other marched up Morris and Stuyvesant avenues to the sounds of bagpipers and high school bands. 

Among the dignitaries in attendance at the parade were U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy, State Senators Raymond Lesniak and Nicholas Scutari, Assemblyman Jamel Holley and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan, and Union County Freeholders Bruce Bergen, Linda Carter, Vernell Wright, Bette Jean Kowalski and Chris Hudak.

Also at the parade were former Governor James McGreevey and Union County Surrogate James LaCorte, Roselle Park Mayor Carl Hokanson, Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson, Springfield Mayor Jerry Fernandez and Union’s Mayor Manuel Figueiredo.

Sign Up for E-News

The day began with the customary mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Elizabeth followed by a reception there and a procession of vehicles to the parade grandstand in Union. 

As they do each year, a large contingent of state troopers marched with their band, “The Blue and Gold," in honor of deceased trooper and Union County resident Thomas Hanratty. This year, the troopers marched in honor of Trooper Sean Cullen, a native of Dublin, Ireland, who was killed in a motor vehicle accident while on duty earlier this week.  At the parade grandstand, Trooper Cullen was honored with a New Jersey State Police helicopter fly-over and a moment of silence followed by words of remembrance and reflection by Father John McCrone.

This year's Grand Marshal Frank McGovern, with his many aides, led the parade. General Chairwoman Kerry Ricci said, “We had a spectacular day. It was fantastic to see so many families lining the streets to share in our celebration. Thank you to all those who worked so hard to make our Parade happen, especially all of our sponsors, the Township of Union, and Union County.  We can't wait to do it all again next year!”

Ricci continued, "Adjutant Jessica Cunningham did an amazing job coordinating the Parade to get it on the street. We're all so proud of her."

See parade video at:  https://vimeo.com/158826229?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Roselle/Roselle Park

Roselle Park to Host Annual Senior Citizens Indoor Summer Picnic  

July 19, 2018

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Mayor Carl Hokanson and the Borough Council invites senior citizens to the annual Senior Citizens Indoor Summer Picnic on Saturday, July 21, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Casano Community Center, 314 Chestnut Street, Roselle Park NJ 07204

The annual event hosted by the Borough of Roselle Park features a 50/50 raffle, refreshments, and Extreme Bingo. Extreme bingo ...

Roselle to Hold Community Unity Peace Tour Festival

ROSELLE, NJ - The Bud Simmons Pine Street Park will be the site of the Community Unity Peace Tour Festival, an event to say No to Drugs and Violence this coming weekend.

The event is open to all residents this Saturday, July 21, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Music will be provided by local D.J’s, along with other entertainment, free hot dogs and soda, motivational speakers, display tables, ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory Through 6 p.m. Tuesday July 17

NEW YORK, NY, - The National Weather Service issued a 'Heat Advisory' this morning for Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union and Hudson Counties in New Jersey. The heat advisory will remain in effect from noon Monday July 16 until 6 p.m. Tuesday July 17.

Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at- risk population who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with the Killing of One Woman and Attempted Killing of Another Woman

July 17, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Arlie Rodriguez, 46, of Elizabeth, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder of two Elizabeth women in 2013, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

 At approximately 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2013, Elizabeth Police responded to the 100 block of Madison Avenue in Elizabeth on a report of an assault, said Union County ...

Cranford Jaycees Annual Golf Outing Raises Money For Community

July 18, 2018

CRANFORD - The Township of Cranford Junior Chamber of Commerce (“Jaycees”) held their 12th Annual Golf Outing on Friday, June 22, 2018, at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth. The outing raised $8,000.00 which will benefit two worthy community organizations, the Cranford Baseball and Softball League Inc. and the Union County Educational Services Commission ...

"Tired of cronyism? Yeah, us too!"

July 19, 2018

The Union County Freeholders’ decision to appoint State Senator and newly-elected Union County Democratic Chairman, Nick Scutari’s chief of staff, Ed Oatman as County Manager smelled of corruption from the start. To place a political consultant like Oatman in the role of overseeing 2,800 employees and running the day-to-day operations of the $500 million county budget suggests ...

Union County Hosts Events and Programs for Special Needs Residents

July 19, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce a series of programs and events throughout the summer and fall for residents with special needs and their families, coordinated through the new Office for People with Special Needs in collaboration with community partners.

“Union County is committed to providing every resident with more opportunities to enjoy activities ...

Dog Found in East 5th Ave. Section of Roselle

July 12, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - A dog has been found in the area of the 400 block of East 5th Ave. in Roselle. The dog looks to possibly be a Chinese Crested is also called a Powder Puff. It also has an Elizabethan Collar on it. 

The dog was picked up by police and is currently at the Roselle Police Department. 

TAPintoRoselle.net is Roselle’s official electronic news source! To get your free ...

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little (Dog Ear Publishing, 2015)

 

Rich Little is a national treasure; a living encyclopedia of movie stars, comedians, and former presidents all wrapped into one dynamic package. Recently, my husband and I had the good fortune to see Little perform at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, where he has been doing his uncanny ...

Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)

 

If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...