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Springfield Library Appoints Bonnie Lafazan

May 20, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- The Springfield Free Public Library Board of Trustees has appointed Bonnie Lafazan as the library’s new assistant director.

Lafazan is a lifelong learner and educator, library advocate for patrons and fellow librarians, and library manager with more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, adjunct professor and librarian.

“I look forward to ...

ParkMobile App Now Available for Drivers in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- The ParkMobile app is active in parts of Springfield and will soon be implemented in Springfield parking lots and streets. 

The app is a payment system in which drivers can pay for parking using their phones. With this new system, a driver can extend their parking time without returning to their vehicle to put more money into a meter. 

Many surrounding towns ...

Scenes from the 2022 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade

UNION, NJ - After a two-year delay because of the pandemic and a two-week postponement due to rain, the 2022 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade hit the streets of Union on Saturday, in step with Irish tradition and community spirit.

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

Brendan O’Reilly Recognized by New Jersey Recreation and Park Association

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Brendan O’Reilly, the assistant director of Recreation in Springfield, received the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA) William D. Foelsch Rising Professional of the Year Award at the organization’s annual awards dinner on Tuesday, March 8.

The award recognizes a member who reflects "high professional values and has rendered outstanding ...

Springfield Community Cleanup Day Set for April 10

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- As the grass turns green and the trees begin to leaf out, it’s time for Springfield’s Community Cleanup Day.

Volunteers are welcome and needed on Sunday, April 10 beginning at 11 a.m. in Laurel, Smithfield, Alvin and Washington parks and the area surrounding the Community Gardens in Patriots Park.

The Springfield Department of Public Works and the ...

Springfield to Begin Implementing New Way to Pay for Metered Parking

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- There will be a new way for drivers to pay for metered parking in the township this spring.

The ParkMobile app will soon be implemented in Springfield parking lots and streets. 

ParkMobile is a contactless payment system in which drivers can pay for parking via their smartphones without having to deal directly with the physical meters in the lots or on the ...

Updating the Remediation of Springfield Library

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Dale Spindel, director of the Springfield Public Library, on Friday provided an update on the progress of remediation at the site.

The library has been closed for the last four months after incurring heavy water damage as the result of flooding from Tropical Storm Ida.

Springfield Township Committeeman Chris Capodice said last month that this April was a realistic ...

Tree-Lighting Ceremony Attracts Close to 1,000 in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- About 1,000 residents were on hand Wednesday evening for the first public lighting ceremony of the township Christmas tree in two years.

The Springfield community came together to light tree outside Town Hall. Last year's ceremony did not take place due to COVID restrictions.

This year, there was a live concert featuring singer and actress Taye McQueen, a ...

Halloween Road Closures Planned in Springfield; No Formal Restrictions on Celebrating

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The township has announced it will not place any restrictions on Halloween next weekend.

The police will be closing down Tooker Avenue between Mountain Avenue and Lyons Place on Halloween. Auxiliary police will be posted at both ends of the closure to monitor traffic and allow residents through.

The township reminds that all residents should be aware of ...

Springfield Library Awaits Guidance from Township on Next Steps in Flood Recovery

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Six weeks after closing due to flooding from Tropical Storm Ida, the Springfield Public Library's reopening is still indeterminate.

In a public update released Thursday, library director Dale Spindel while virtual programs are proceeding, the library itself is not ready to reopen.

"Please be assured that we are doing everything possible to move forward on ...

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Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

New Jersey Primary 2022, Another Failed Attempt at Democracy

May 13, 2022

The vote-by-mail primary ballots are distributed by the Union County Clerk’s office.  We are now participating in one more meaningless primary process across most municipalities in New Jersey.  

 

Only 20% of the primary election races across the county have a choice.  That means that in 80% of those ballots we now have, there is no selection to be ...

Bring your Household Hazardous Waste to a Free Recycling Event for Union County Residents, June 4

May 20, 2022

Union County residents can safely dispose their unwanted household chemicals, old fire extinguishers, propane tanks and other potentially hazardous items at Union County’s next free Household Hazardous Waste event on Saturday, June 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kean Hall parking lot at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township. Any Union County resident may ...

Summer Improv Class in Union for Kids 12-17

The Theater Project, a leading incubator for rising talent and a showcase for New Jersey artists, is offering a three-week Improv Workshop for kids 12-17 from July 11-29.  The workshop will meet Monday through Friday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, with a final free performance for friends and family Friday, July 28. Sessions will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Union, 1050 Jeanette Ave, in ...

Reminder: To Receive a $300 Stipend as a Union County Poll Worker, Apply Today

Union County residents who are interested in assisting voters at polling locations on Election Day this year can apply to become official poll workers. Poll workers will earn $300 for the day, starting at 5:15 a.m. through the close of the polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, June 7.

“Poll workers are there to answer questions and help voters understand how to cast their ballots.

Union County Clerk Offers Saturday Hours for Voters to Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot in Person

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that the County Clerk’s Elections Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield will be open for extended hours on Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for anyone seeking to obtain a Vote-By-Mail ballot for the 2022 Primary Election. The extended hours are offered on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed.

The Primary Election will be held on ...

Here Are the 13 Dispensaries in New Jersey Legally Selling Cannabis to the Public

May 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Starting in April, residents of New Jersey and visitors to the state 21 years and older were able to legally purchase recreational cannabis and cannabis products at 13 dispensaries statewide.

According to the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC), those 13 locations are:

North Jersey:

Apothecarium, 1865 Springfield, Avenue, ...

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The facts are clear about prostate cancer – and what you can do about it

Prostate cancer is dangerous – right? The disease remains the number one solid organ cancer diagnosis among men in the United States, with more than 248,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Yet while there can be great differences in how prostate cancer affects each patient, there’s little debate that it is important to monitor for the disease.

Urologist Naeem Rahman, MD, part of ...