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U.S. News & World Report Issues its Ratings for Jonathan Dayton High School

May 3, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — When U.S. News & World Report, considered the “global authority in education rankings,” unveiled the 2021 Best High Schools ranking last week, Jonathan Dayton High School was named No. 116 in New Jersey.

Its overall scorecard grade according to the study is 84.11. Dayton ranked eighth among Union County public schools. Elizabeth was No. 1 in Union County ...

Springfield Fifth-Graders Among Union County Arbor Day Poetry Contest Winners

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners and the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board recently announced the winners in the annual Arbor Day Poetry Contest last week.

Two fifth-graders from Springfield were among those receiving recognition.

Taylor Tripet of Thelma Sandmeier Elementary School in Springfield took first place among all fifth-grade entrants ...

Springfield BOE’s 2021-2022 Budget to Include FMG Media Center Renovation

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Springfield Board of Education (BOE) discussed the proposed school budget for the 2021-2022 school year at Monday night’s meeting, which highlighted new learning resources and upcoming facility projects, including a complete renovation of the Florence M. Gaudineer Middle School (FMG) library/media center. 

The district’s proposed operating ...

Learn How Much Local School Superintendents Earned in 2020-21

NEW JERSEY — In the year of coronavirus, school district superintendent salaries increased 2.9% statewide to a median cost of $174,689, up from $169,689 the year before, recently released state Education Department data show.

Springfield Schools Superintendent Rachel Goldberg is making $198,000 in 2020-21, and that will increase to $212,000 next school year.

The ...

Springfield Schools Pre-K Through Grade 5 to Return to Five-Day School Week Next Month

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Springfield Schools’ Superintendent Rachel Goldberg announced at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting that the district plans to return to five days of in-person learning for most students on May 3. 

Starting next month, students in grade pre-k through fifth grade will return to five-days-a-week in-person instruction. Grades 6-12 will remain on a ...

Vaccination Event for Educators Tuesday, April 6 in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ----The Union County Board of Commissioners today announced the County will hold a mobile clinic to vaccinate educators and school personnel on Tuesday, April 6 from 1-8 p.m. at Warinanco Park in Roselle.

Any educator or school personnel wishing to receive a vaccination must pre-register now at www.ucnjvaccine.org. Teachers, all staff and school ...

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Voter Registration Deadline for 2021 Gubernatorial Primary is May 18

May 7, 2021

The Union County Board of Elections reminds residents that Tuesday, May 18 is the deadline for voter registration for the 2021 Primary Election. Voters who are registered in the Democratic and Republican parties will be able to vote in the Primary Election to choose their party’s nominee to run for Governor in the General Election, in addition to voting on local candidates.

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Register to Vote by Tuesday, May 18 to Participate in the 2021 Primary Election

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds Union County residents who are not registered to vote that they have until Tuesday, May 18 to register in time to vote in the upcoming Primary Election on Tuesday, June 5.

“We encourage all eligible residents to participate in every election, and the 2021 Primary Election is especially important because voters who are registered in the Democratic ...

Union County Presents Free "Shadows of the 60's" Drive-In Concert

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce that the Motown tribute band Shadows of the 60’s will headline a free, live drive-in concert at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The event is free, but registration is required online in advance to reserve a spot. Reservations will be available on a first come, first serve basis ...

Union County Holds Free Document-Shredding Event, May 15

COVID-19 safety rules apply; event is open to all Union County residents.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that the next mobile paper shredding event of 2021 will be held in New Providence on Saturday, May 15 for free, secure shredding of personal and confidential documents.

“Union County’s mobile document shredding service helps residents fight ...

Somerset Patriots Owner Steve Kalafer, 71, Dies; Philanthropist, Businessman, Friend to All

April 22, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Steve Kalafer, who as a young man parlayed a one-car showroom into one of New Jersey’s largest automobile groups; was the founder and owner of the Somerset Patriots baseball team, a prolific filmmaker, real estate developer, community activist and philanthropist, has died from cancer at the age of 71.

A devout family man, he is survived by his wife, Suzanne; two sons ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Community Conversations: Vaccine Updates and Variant Testing

Approximately 4 million people in New Jersey have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine! On the next Community Conversation, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, and Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, discuss New Jersey’s new eligibility guidelines and Atlantic Health System’s vaccine program along with the ability to rapidly screen ...