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Freeholders Discuss Minimum Wage Increase, Proposed NJ Transit Improvements, New Voting Machines in Union County

February 16, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Board of Chosen Freeholders discussed several developments taking place in Union County during their regular meeting Thursday night.

NJ State Minimum Wage Increase

As previously reported, Governor Phil Murphy recently signed legislation in Elizabeth raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“This is a great thing. Many New Jersey residents struggle ...

Springfield Township Committee Appoints New Township Administrator

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - At Tuesday's meeting, The Springfield Township Committee publicly announced that John T. Bussiculo would be appointed as the new township administrator starting Feb. 13.

Bussiculo, who lives in Berkely Heights, New Jersey was among the candidates interviewed for the position, and according to the committee members, possessed skills that made him the most ...

Springfield Residents Can Register for No-Knock list

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Township Clerk’s Office maintains a “No Knock List” in accordance with the state statues and township ordinances. However, if a resident registered over five years ago, they must reregistered to be added to the Springfield “No Knock List.” Registrations expires every five calendar years following the end of the calendar year of registration ...

Springfield Schools Closed for Presidents Day

February 15, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In an email to parents, all principals in the Springfield School District reminded parents that schools will be closed on Monday.

The closure comes as a result of the Presidents Day holiday. Following the holiday observance, regular school hours will resume the following day. If parents want to follow along with updates from the Springfield School District, the process ...

Families Fuming After Union County Vo-Tech Teacher Fired

UNION COUNTY – About 40 students at Union County Vocational-Technical High School in Scotch Plains have been diverted from their regular program of study following the firing of the school’s electrical engineering teacher after a classroom dispute with a student.

After families rallied in front of the school this week, the school’s principal, Lisa Tauscher, told parents ...

Springfield School District Nominates Sandmeier Elementary School Teacher for Educator of the Year

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Springfield Public School District nominated one outstanding teacher from each of the five schools and a school nurse in the district to the Governor's Educator of the Year Program.

The New Jersey Teacher of the Year Program and the Governor's Teacher/Educational Services Professionals Recognition Program were  recently integrated into the ...

Springfield Girls Basketball Loses Battle With Kent Place in County Tournament

February 14, 2019

SUMMIT, N.J. – The Dayton girls basketball team had a short and crazy stay in the Union County Tournament.

Senior Eleanor Alix scored a game-high 22 points, hitting four 3-pointers, and senior Maggie Russell added 17 points with 16 rebounds to lead fifth-seeded Kent Place to a 65-47 victory over 12th-seeded Dayton Wednesday in the first round of the Union County Tournament in ...

Springfield Boys Basketball Upends Koinonia to Sweep Season Series

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The home streak lives on for the Bulldogs.

Junior guard DJ Alicea continued his offensive onslaught Wednesday night scoring a game-high 27 points and senior forward Eugene Atkinson added 12 to propel Dayton to a 65-52 victory over Koinonia in Springfield.

Dayton (14-5) has won four of its last five games and remains perfect at home with an 11-0 mark.

Senior ...

Springfield Netties Finish Season Strong, Head for Playoffs

COLONIA, NJ - After jumping out to a 10-0 start in league play, the Springfield Netties did battle against another undefeated team in 12-0 Colonia.

Despite only trailing at the half by a score of 10-5, an 18-point third quarter from Colonia sank the Netties and handed them their first loss of the season. In the contest, Amiel Dillard led Springfield with six points and nine ...

Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Fatal Hit-And-Run, Attempted Cover-Up

February 9, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Middlesex County man who struck and killed a female pedestrian in Linden in 2017 before attempting to cover up the crime has been sentenced to seven years in state prison, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday.

State Superior Court Judge Lisa Miralles Walsh imposed the sentence on Michael Nicholson, 52, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, who ...

How Union County Supports Immigrants, Residents 60 and Up

ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County officials are considering initiatives designed to benefit immigrants and residents 60 and older.

There are around 2 million immigrants in New Jersey, comprising just over one-fifth of the state’s population, the most recent Census Bureau estimates available show. We Are One New Jersey helps some of these immigrants navigate the American ...

Union Freeholders Hope to Help Stamp out Stigma of HIV/AIDS

ELIZABETH, NJ — Black people comprised just 21 percent of Union County’s residents in 2017 but 53 percent of its residents diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in that year, a trend similar to that seen across the state and nation, the data show.

Recognizing “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,” the Union County Freeholder Board on Thursday presented awards to three Union ...

World War One Exhibit Running at Springfield Library Through Spring 2019

February 16, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - For history buffs in town, the Springfield Public Library offers an absolute gem hidden in plain sight.

The Donald B. Palmer Museum is home to the collection of its namesake. Palmer, who was a long-time Springfield resident and eccentric collector acquired various firearms, pieces of farming equipment, daily items and more. Thanks to the extensive amount of items, the ...

Springfield Library Hosts Retrospective Presentation on 1969

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - To kick off the 50th anniversary celebration of the opening of the current building of the Springfield Public Library, which opened on Feb. 24, 1969, journalist, radio commentator, and podcaster Evan Weiner gave a presentation called “Looking Back 50 Years: the Exceptional Events of 1969” in the Donald B. Palmer Museum section of the library.

Before he took ...

Springfield Schools Closing in Response to Winter Storm

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In accordance with the state of emergency declared by governor Phil Murphy, the Springfield School district will be closed tomorrow.

The announcement was made earlier this evening by email chain from the principals of the schools in town. Parent teacher conferences that were scheduled for tomorrow have been postponed to Wendesday, feb. 13. If the inclement weather ...

Vital Voices Revitalize 60s British Rock: “My Very Own British Invasion” World Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn

February 15, 2019

MILLBURN, NJ — If you go see “My Very Own British Invasion” without even knowing what it’s about, here’s the thing: the core message literally broadcasts itself on the theater’s sound system as you take your seats in a mélange of hits from the 1960s British Invasion rock bands.

Iconic music transcends time and space.

Paper Mill Playhouse’s ...

Springfield Library Hosts Dual Program on Black History, Harlem Renaissance Jazz

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -  The celebration of black history month in town continues to roll on. This past Sunday, the Springfield Public Library hosted a two part program in conjunction with the Antioch Baptist Church to commemorate black history and the story of jazz during the Harlem Renaissance.

 The first portion of the program, hosted by the baptist church featured presentations on ...

Short Hills Conductor to Lead Beethoven's 9th at Carnegie Hall

SHORT HILLS, NJ - Singapore-born American conductor, George Mathew, founder and Artistic Director of Music for Life International, has emerged as one of the leading forces in the classical music world bringing symphonic music to focus on global humanitarian issues and crises at the beginning of the 21st Century. In recent seasons, he has appeared in the US, Australia, Jordan, India, Panama, ...

Three Springfield Firefighters Promoted by Resolution at Township Committee Meeting

February 15, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - At Tuesday's township committee meeting, three resolutions were passed that saw Springfield firefighters progress in their ranks.

Firefighter James Ellmer finished his year as a probationary firefighter and was granted the rank of ninth class firefighter. He was joined by Joseph Cowper, who progressed from eight class firefighter to seventh class firefighter.

Of ...

Prosecutor: Westfield Man Had Over 4,000 Child Pornography Files

WESTFIELD, NJ – Authorities have recovered more than 4,000 files depicting children in sexual acts from a local man’s electronics, the Union County Prosecutor said Wednesday.

Officers arrested Gregory L. Brown at his home in the 300 block of John Street Wednesday morning and charged him with first-degree possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute, second-degree ...

Two Perth Amboy Men Arrested in Springfield Burglary Attempt

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Per the Springfield Police Department, below is the blotter for the second half of the month of January.

On Jan. 16, officers were detailed to a Morris Avenue business on a report of a disorderly person. The suspect, a 47-year-old East Orange man, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to turn over a ...

Register Early for your Access Badge and Avoid the Lines! Learn the Latest About Real Estate All in One Place - the SWK Home Expo in Short Hills!

February 7, 2019

SHORT HILLS, NJ - Momentum is building for the Simon Westfall-Kwong Real Estate Group of Keller Williams’ Home Expo taking place this Sunday, February 10 from 10:30 to 1:30 at the Short Hills Hilton!  

30 exhibitors will provide information about various needs and services connected to real estate and some fantastic speakers will be covering a variety of topics of interest ...

SWK Real Estate Group Hosts FREE Home Expo at Short Hills Hilton

SHORT HILLS, NJ - The SWK Real Estate Group of Keller Williams, based out of Short Hills, is hosting an inaugural Home Expo as the home buying and selling season begins to ramp up. Exhibitors from a broad range of businesses geared to serve home buyers and sellers will all be in one place to provide their expertise to attendees. 

Get answers to questions like financing, best ...

Short Hills Real Estate Firm to Host Home Expo in February

SHORT HILLS, NJ - The Simon Westfall-Kwong Real Estate Group of Keller Williams is proud to present the SWK Home Expo 2019 at the Short Hills Hilton on Feb 10th from 10:30 to 1:30 pm.

Please join us to meet up to 28 home services vendors -- painters, contractors, attorneys, interior designers, home inspectors and more. Also, there's 6 special seminars with experts providing ...

Downtown Springfield Redevelopment Prepares for Demolition

January 28, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – When the walls go up the building will eventually come down. The area on either side of the Lyons Building between Center Street and Caldwell Place is preparing for upcoming demolition tentatively scheduled for early spring.

The first debris barrier wall was erected on east side of Caldwell Place starting at the corner of Morris Avenue continuing along the street to 19 ...

Gov. Murphy: Minimum Wage to Increase to $15 by 2024 (VIDEO)

February 7, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ – New Jersey residents are on their way to making $15 per hour at work.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Monday that will gradually raise the states’ minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.

“For far too long, too many of our fellow New Jerseyans have been struggling to survive on wages that have not kept up with the cost of living,” Murphy ...

Murphy Administration Committed to Ending the HIV Epidemic

TRENTON, NJ – The Murphy Administration on Tuesday said New Jersey is ahead of federal efforts to halt the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), having already set a 2025 eradication deadline and implemented several prevention and treatment programs. President Trump is expected to announce a 2030 deadline during his State-of-the-Union address.

Although welcoming any ...

Gov. Murphy: Minimum Wage to Increase to $15 by 2024 (VIDEO)

ELIZABETH, NJ – New Jersey residents are on their way to making $15 per hour at work.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Monday that will gradually raise the states’ minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.

“For far too long, too many of our fellow New Jerseyans have been struggling to survive on wages that have not kept up with the cost of living,” Murphy ...

Springfield Teen Stands in Cold, Raising Money to Fight Cancer

February 11, 2019

SPPRINGFIELD, NJ – Cancer patients don't stop because they're tired, and for one night, neither will Allison Klein's team.

Braving the below freezing temperatures on Sunday morning, Klein held a can to collect donations from patrons as they visited Bagel Supreme on Mountain Avenue. A freshman from Springfield attending Union County ...

Springfield Volunteer Recognized for Work With Mental Health Organization

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Volunteer Sandy Harris was honored at the Springfield Offices of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) early last month on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Harris was recognized for updating a statewide online database called the New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse.  She also conducted a large ourtreach to ...

Springfield Girl Scout McTernan Presents for Chance at Gold Award

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Yesterday afternoon, Springfield resident Caitlynn McTernan donated a variety of adaptive technology and learning apps to the Springfield Free Public Library as part of a final push for a major award.

McTernan's service project was part of her run towards a Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is roughly equivalent to an Eagle Scout classification in the Boy ...

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Time For McConnell To End The Shutdown

January 22, 2019

Nobody, including Trump’s most ardent supporters, would really care if Trump ever built his stupid wall or not. His base supports him for reasons that are not necessarily policy concerns, but rather out of an irrational sycophantic allegiance to an individual whom they consider to be some anointed deity. So, who is really to blame for this reckless shutdown and why is it happening at ...

GHOST the Musical comes to UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage

February 16, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ - This March, GHOST the Musical will be opening at Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage in Rahway, NJ. GHOST the Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Longtime couple Sam and Molly are happily in love and living together in Brooklyn. One night, while walking back to their apartment, they are mugged at gunpoint, leaving Sam murdered on a ...

Union County Education Association Hosts 'Read Across America' in Springfield

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Children of all ages are invited to the Union County Education Association ( UCEA) Read Across America event .   Read Across America is a national event to promote reading to every child in every community.   It is celebrated in conjunction with the famous children’s author, Dr. Seuss’ birthday in early March.

The UCEA will hold ...

Springfield Unity Project to Host First Public Meeting on March 7

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - On Thursday, March 7, 2019, The Springfield Unity Project (SUP) will host their first public meeting “What’s SUP?” at The Chisholm Community Center at 7:30 p.m.

The goal of the meeting is to introduce the larger community to SUP, a grassroots organization which hopes to foster a deeper and more meaningful understanding amongst Springfield’s diverse ...

3rd Annual Union County Means Business Networking Breakfast-Register Now

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to welcome internationally known corporate trainer Lena Cohen as featured speaker at the third annual Union County Means Business Networking Breakfast, “Building Better Business Relationships.”

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 20 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Kean University STEM Building, 1075 ...

Gov. Murphy: Minimum Wage to Increase to $15 by 2024 (VIDEO)

February 7, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ – New Jersey residents are on their way to making $15 per hour at work.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Monday that will gradually raise the states’ minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.

“For far too long, too many of our fellow New Jerseyans have been struggling to survive on wages that have not kept up with the cost of living,” Murphy ...

Murphy Administration Committed to Ending the HIV Epidemic

TRENTON, NJ – The Murphy Administration on Tuesday said New Jersey is ahead of federal efforts to halt the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), having already set a 2025 eradication deadline and implemented several prevention and treatment programs. President Trump is expected to announce a 2030 deadline during his State-of-the-Union address.

Although welcoming any ...

Gov. Murphy: Minimum Wage to Increase to $15 by 2024 (VIDEO)

ELIZABETH, NJ – New Jersey residents are on their way to making $15 per hour at work.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Monday that will gradually raise the states’ minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.

“For far too long, too many of our fellow New Jerseyans have been struggling to survive on wages that have not kept up with the cost of living,” Murphy ...

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Sun, February 17, 2:00 PM

Cannon Ball House - Springfield Historical Society, Springfield

Washington's Letter on Display

Arts & Entertainment

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Mon, February 18, 9:00 AM

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, Short Hills

Winter Break Camp at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

Education Green Other

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Tue, February 19, 9:00 AM

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, Short Hills

Winter Break Camp at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

Education Green Other

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Wed, February 20, 9:00 AM

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, Short Hills

Winter Break Camp at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

Education Green Other