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Union County Adopt-a-Park Preps for a Colorful Spring in Warinanco Park

Credits: ucnj.org
Credits: ucnj.org
Credits: ucnj.org

ROSELLE, NJ – Students from the Kean University Center for Leadership and Service spent a chilly winter morning recently spreading seeds and straw alongside a stream bed in Warinanco Park, located in Roselle and Elizabeth, in hopes of sprouting a colorful burst of native wildflowers and grasses this spring.

They also removed litter and debris from the area. The “hard frost” seeding will help ensure that the seeds germinate properly when temperatures warm up, resulting in a lush, healthy habitat for butterflies and other pollinators.

The Kean group is a regular participant in the Union County Adopt-a-Park program. Any individual or group is welcome to join Adopt-a-Park. For more information call the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-789-3683 or visit online at ucnj.org/parks.

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CPR Certification Classes Being Offered by Roselle Park Police

July 21, 2017

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - On July 15, Roselle Park Police Officer William Hannon offered CPR training for members of the community Methodist Church and Mayor Carl Hokanson . 

The Roselle Park Police department is offering this service to all residents in its continuing effort to reach out to the community they serve.  

There will be a small cost (just to cover materials for training from ...

(Update) FOUND!! Reward Being Offered for Lost Dog in Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ - ( Update) The animal has been reunited with its owner!

A reward if being offered for a dog that was lost in the area of 3rd Ave. in Roselle. She is a sweet, white, Mini Schnauzer that answers to Gabbanna. She was wearing a pink collar, has no tags but is microchipped. 

If found please contact owner at 908-415-8662.

Roselle’s “Battle of the Badges” Softball Game Set for Sunday

ROSELLE, NJ - It that time again for the “Battle of the Badges” in the Battalion Chief Johnny Lynn Annual Softball Game.

The event will take place at the softball field at Roselle Catholic on Raritan Rd. on Sunday, July 23, at 10 a.m. 

Come out to support Roselle's Bravest as they take on Roselle's Finest and find out which department will take home the trophy ...

Roselle Park to Host Annual Indoor Senior Citizens Picnic

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Senior citizens of Roselle Park are invited to attend the annual “Senior Picnic” on Sunday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Casano Community Center, located at 314 Chestnut Street.

The event hosted by Mayor Carl Hokanson and Council, will feature free food and live entertainment by the Bruce Riccitelli Band. 

Free bus pickup will be provided for ...

Freeholders Honor Elizabeth Police Officers Who Rescued Boy Struck By Train

July 23, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two city police officers who rescued a 13-year-old boy struck by a freight train were honored Thursday night by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Elizabeth Police Officers Eric Santiago Gora and Luciano Nicolas Porto responded to Franklin Street on May 11 to find the boy going into shock with an amputated leg.

“We have to also acknowledge that there are ...

Call to Duty for Somerville Firefighters: A Visit to NJ Firemen's Home

July 22, 2017

otherBOONTON, NJ - The call to duty Saturday for 50 Somerville volunteer firefighters wasn’t about responding to an alarm or a training drill. It was driving the half hour to the New Jersey Firemen’s Home here to host a memorable outing for those who served before them.

A caravan of Somerville’s “bravest” gave up a good portion of their day to hold a barbecue ...

Roselle Park Police Blotter - July 16, thru July 19, 2017

July 20, 2017

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Sunday July 16, 2017, Ptl. Kyle Snyder conducted a traffic stop on a 4 door Honda that failed to stop at the red light. 

The passenger, Kason Taylor, age 24, of Maplewood was charged with 2C:29-3B(4) Hindering Apprehension for providing a false name (Layshawn Williams), date of birth and social security number to officers. Upon discovery of his true identity it was ...

Roselle Park Police Blotter - July 6 thru July 11, 2017

ROSELLE PARK, NJ -  July 6, 2017 at approximately 10:31 p.m., Ptl. Dean Khallaf conducted a traffic stop with a 2006 Nissan on W. Lincoln Ave after a license plate inquiry revealed the registered owner to have an active warrant for her arrest.

The driver, Latesa R. Pannell, age 26 from Roselle Park was placed under arrest for outstanding warrants out of Linden, Roselle Park and Union ...

Become Part of a Community of Volunteers in Union County - Training Begins August 15

July 21, 2017

Union County, NJ – Union County is offering a free training course for persons interested in volunteering with the Union County Rape Crisis Center. Specialized training is available to become part of a volunteer community of trained advocates who provide crisis and support services to victims of sexual violence and their significant others.

The Rape Crisis Center has been offering ...

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'Skeleton Crew' hits home

UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages, in its quest for new, richly layered plays, is now presenting “Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morrisseau.

The playwright had her play “Follow Me to Nellie’s” work shopped at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut several years ago. That was followed by s fine production at the Kean University ...