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Union Student Participates in American Legion Jersey Boys State

June 25, 2017

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Union resident Kevin Keegan, sponsored by Legion Post #107, was among the participants this week at the 72nd session of American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS) at Rider University.

A “who’s who” slate of current and former New Jersey leaders is set to speak, including U.S. Senators Cory Booker (ALJBS ’86) and Bob Menendez (ALJBS ...

Planning Board Approves Stuyvesant Ave./Bonnel Court Redevelopment

UNION, NJ – The proposed project for a mixed retail-residential development in Union Center by American Landmark Developers, Inc., with buildings on Stuyvesant Avenue and Bonnel Court, were reviewed at the township’s Planning Board meeting Thursday night.

The plans call for a retail/residential building on Stuyvesant Avenue, in the area of the current Terminal Mills building, and a ...

Lance Announces Appointments of Two Union Students to U.S. Service Academies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) announced that two Union students are among the Seventh Congressional District students nominated and appointed into the United States Service Academics.

Lance and a board of local veterans reviewed applications for nomination to the five Service Academies of the United States: The Air Force Academy (USAFA), Naval Academy (USNA), ...

Union Police Honor Retiring Sgt. Brochu with Walkout Salute

June 28, 2017

UNION, NJ – Members of the Union Police and Fire Departments, emergency medical personnel, family and friends honored Sgt. Chantel Brochu  on her retirement with a walkout salute on Tuesday morning at Police Headquarters.

Brochu is retiring from the Union Police after 26 ½ years of service.  She began her career as a telecommunications operator in 199 and was sworn in as ...

Union Police Arrest Irvington Man in Work Van Thefts

UNION, NJ – The investigation into the recent rash of motor vehicle thefts, beginning in November 2016 and specifically targeting work-type trucks and tools, has resulted in the arrest of an Irvington man.

Detectives arrested Yusef Dunbar, 44, at his home on Westervelt Place in Irvington.  He has been charged with 2nd degree theft and conspiracy.

Police discovered a common ...

National Night Out Set for Aug. 1 at Union Police Headquarters

UNION, NJ – The township has announced that Union’s National Night Out Against Crime celebration will be held on Tuesday, August 1, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Union Police Headquarters on Caldwell Avenue.

The festivities include a community picnic, tours of police headquarters, games, music, and family activities.

“This is an excellent opportunity for members of the ...

Union High School Class of 2017 Graduates

June 24, 2017

UNION, NJ — Threatening weather necessitated the Union High School graduation ceremonies to move inside to the high school gym, but did not diminish the excitement and enthusiasm of the graduates.

“Even though we still have a long road ahead of us,” said Andre Marques, Class of 2017 Salutatorian, “as many of us pursue further education and all of us enter the real, ...

Livingston School Students Fill Hundreds of Backpacks for Veterans

UNION, NJ – Livingston School students gave back in a big way recently when they packed more than 250 backpacks for homeless veterans.

The backpacks were collected by Operation Rebound’s Racing Team before their 21-Hour Ruck March.

The  march, to bring awareness to veteran suicide and PTSD, started on June 16 at 4 p.m. and ended the next day ended at 2 p.m. on the ...

Kawameeh Student Flies High on Winning Essay Contest

UNION, NJ – Kawameeh seventh grader Guy Francis took a short trip in a 75-foot tall tethered hot air balloon on Tuesday at Kawameeh Middle School in celebration of his grand prize win in the 14th annual PNC Bank “American Patriot Essay Contest”.

For the first time in the contest’s history, the first- and second-place finishers are from the same school as Judd Espejo, ...

Union County Freeholders Approve Agreements on Oak Ridge Park Recreation Facilities, But Some Residents Object to Recreation Project Expansions

June 24, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ—An amended shared services agreement with the Union County Improvement Authority and a use and maintenance agreement with Union County College, both having to do with the Oak Ridge Park Project, were unanimously approved by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Thursday.

According to Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen of Springfield, the agreements would further ...

Cancer Patient Says Tumor Shrunk with New TrueBeam at Morristown Medical Center

June 22, 2017

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The latest piece of high precision radiotherapy equipment to treat cancer at Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, the TrueBeam system, went into service on May 8. Ben Christener, who has small cell lung cancer, was one of the first two patients to be treated.

Christener’s cancer was discovered after a CT Scan showed a mass ...

Vauxhall Community Health Fair Provides Screenings and Services to Residents

UNION, NJ – A Vauxhall Community Health Fair took place on Saturday at the Golden Rule Lodge #24 and Golden Rule Chapter #50 with free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings and resources to help residents achieve their health and wellness goals.

Blake Johnson from Congressman Payne’s office said, “through the North Jersey Health Collaborative, we are happy to bring ...

Trinitas Comprehensive Caner Center Host Annual “Survivors Day”

ELIZABETH, NJ – Cancer survivors, family and friends mingled with their care givers and physicians while celebrating “Survivors Day”. The annual event, held every June in the Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center located at 225 Williamson Street in Elizabeth mixes food, prizes, friendship and camaraderie between staff and those that have battled cancer or blood related ...

Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore

June 28, 2017

At 7 pm on Monday, July 10, the Union Township Historical Society will host author and historian, Rick Geffken, at the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Avenue, Union. Mr. Geffken will present "Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore," based on his new book of the same title. Refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase and signing. Admission is free. For ...

Bodnar Auctions Hosts “Lifestyles of the Rich and Fulfilling the Dream Sale”

EDISON, NJ - “Lifestyles of the Rich . . . and Fulfilling the Dream Sale," a private estate auction by Bodnar Auctions, will feature the entire contents of a prominent couple’s home in Warren County.

“Everything was the best of the best,” Bodnar said.

The couple accumulated their wealth breeding and racing horses , living on a 160-acre farm in Asbury, ...

Line-Up for Jazz Thursdays at Union Farmers Market

UNION, NJ – Hosted by Union’s Special Improvement District (SID), Jazz Thursdays at the Union Farmers Market kicks off four months’ of jazz in Union Center beginning opening day, June 22, with VMusic.

Performing on opening day at 4:00 p.m., VMusic is made up of several accomplished musicians who have toured, recorded and produced Jazz, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Funk and Pop ...

Union Farmers' Market Gets Under Way with Vendors, Food and Music

June 23, 2017

UNION, NJ - Mayor Suzette Cavadas and the Township Committee held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the 2017 Union Farmers’ Market on Thursday. The market will be held in the front parking lot of the Township of Union Municipal Building at 1976 Morris Ave. from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday until Sept. 28.

“We are so excited to continue this platform of ...

A New Summer Classic: Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Strawberry fever may go to your head and suddenly find yourself with berries than you know what to do with at the moment. There is a good chance that some at the bottom of the carton will be a little less camera ready than the ones up top. They are still tasty and juicy but not pretty. A gorgeous local berry is a terrible thing to waste. When that happens make a batch of strawberry basil ...

Passport to a Culinary Adventure Part of Jazz Thursdays at Union Farmers Market

UNION, NJ – “Jazz Thursdays” are coming to the Union Farmers Market, beginning opening day, June 22.  

In conjunction with the Farmers Market and Jazz Thursdays, Union's Special Improvement District (SID) has created a “flavor-filled journey” with a ‘Passport to a Culinary Adventure in Union Center’ program with participating local downtown ...

Planning Board Approves Stuyvesant Ave./Bonnel Court Redevelopment

June 23, 2017

UNION, NJ – The proposed project for a mixed retail-residential development in Union Center by American Landmark Developers, Inc., with buildings on Stuyvesant Avenue and Bonnel Court, were reviewed at the township’s Planning Board meeting Thursday night.

The plans call for a retail/residential building on Stuyvesant Avenue, in the area of the current Terminal Mills building, and a ...

The Max Challenge of Union/Springfield: A Daily Dose of Fitness, Nutrition, Motivation and Inspiration

UNION, NJ – The Max Challenge of Union/Springfield is more than fitness classes.  It’s more than a nutritional program.  Yes, it’s a 10-week challenge the combines fitness and nutrition.  But it’s more than that.  It’s accountability.  It’s motivation.  It’s success.

"At The Max Challenge we provide a culture ...

Norma's Flowers Opens in Union Center

UNION, NJ – A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Saturday afternoon at Norma’s Flowers, Union Center’s newest business.

Owners Norma Maldonado and her son Israel opened the store about four weeks ago.  “I worked at a florist in Newark for over 20 years,” said Norma.  “My son encouraged me to open my own store and I’m excited we are ...

Springfield Man Charged In Microcap Stock Manipulation Scheme

June 21, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced that the owner of a purported business consulting firm was arrested today for operating a $1.1 million scheme that artificially inflated the stock price of a publicly traded company he controlled.

According to the announcement, Springfield resident, James Farinella, 46, is charged with one count of securities fraud.  ...

Union Woman One of Three Nursing Home Aides Accused of Physically Abusing Patients

TRENTON, NJ – A Union woman is among three certified nurse aides accused of physically abusing patients in the residential care facilities where they worked, according to Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP).

Cairy Chrisphonte, 54, of Union, Debra L. Matela, 44, of Turnersville, and Danny Brown, 55, of Easton, Pa., are the latest ...

Livingston School Students Fill Hundreds of Backpacks for Veterans

June 22, 2017

UNION, NJ – Livingston School students gave back in a big way recently when they packed more than 250 backpacks for homeless veterans.

The backpacks were collected by Operation Rebound’s Racing Team before their 21-Hour Ruck March.

The  march, to bring awareness to veteran suicide and PTSD, started on June 16 at 4 p.m. and ended the next day ended at 2 p.m. on the ...

Kind Gift to WWII Veteran

UNION, NJ - Jamie Jamison started making quilts to give away to veterans in 2010.  

“I got idea when I saw the family of a fallen soldier get handed a flag," said Jamison.  "I thought it would be nice to give something to returning veterans.”     

Jamison reached out to Union's Mayor Suzette Cavadas and VFW ...

Work in Concert with Nature to Manage Garden Pests and Mosquitoes in the Landscape

June 21, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A garden filled with flowers, birds, bees and butterflies is a sight to behold. These winged beauties add color, sound and motion to our gardens. Plus, they help maximize a garden’s productivity by pollinating plants and managing plant-damaging pests.

But what about those unwanted visitors to the garden? The aphids, mites and cabbage worms that feed upon our plants ...

'Surf the Sidewalk' in Surf City Opens This Saturday

June 16, 2017

SURF CITY, NJ - The newly formed Surf City Business Cooperative will kick off a special event that will be held throughout the summer called “Surf The Sidewalk."  The initial event will be this Saturday, June 17.

The cooperative will hold the event every Friday through December. The group seeks to promote and stimulate tourism and commerce in Surf City. The group has great ...

Travel Ideas for Father's Day Weekend

TAPinto Travels

Father’s Day is Sunday and North Jersey is brimming with activities designed to honor all of the dads in our lives. Dad is guaranteed to love spending time with his family at any one of the area’s many festivals and fairs this coming weekend.

Tri-County Fair

Bring Dad to the fair this weekend and enjoy rides, carnival games, live music, and ...

Union Students Participate in 4-H Public Speaking Contest

June 20, 2017

Union County, NJ – Three Union students in the Union County 4-H program were among those who participated in the annual statewide 4-H Public Speaking Contest at Rutgers University in New Brunswick last Saturday.

Ayomiposi Oluwakuyide, Issac Oluwakuyide, and Kyle Grant were among those students who spoke at length on a topic of their choice and were recognized with “Very ...

Second Chance to See the Documentary “The Modest Beekeeper” at Springfield Free Public Library Wednesda

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – In March, the Springfield Free Public Library held the world premier of a Springfield produced documentary about a Springfield resident's passion - beekeeping.  On Wednesday, Springfield residents will get a section chance to watch "The Modest Beekeeper" and meet the film's producer Amefika Gray.

The documentary happened because two Springfield ...

Muslims Celebrate End of Ramadan at Rabkin Park

June 27, 2017

UNION, NJ – Over 3,000 Muslim worshipers gathered for the annual Eid prayer celebration in Rabkin Park on Sunday morning.

Signaling the end of Ramadan, a period of fasting and reflection, Eid-a-fitr is a festive, worldwide celebration in Islam.  

The field at Rabkin Park was filled with a symphony of languages and cultures from the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the United State ...

New Pastor Joins Townley Presbyterian

UNION, NJ – Townley Presbyterian Church has a new pastor.

At a special congregational meeting on Sunday, June 11, after nearly a yearlong pastor search, Townley Presbyterian Church unanimously voted to welcome Pastor Ronald Thompson as its new pastor. 

Pastor Thompson is a native of and resides in Union County.  He and his wife, Vyonnia, are celebrating 37 years of marriage ...

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National Night Out Set for Aug. 1 at Union Police Headquarters

June 27, 2017

UNION, NJ – The township has announced that Union’s National Night Out Against Crime celebration will be held on Tuesday, August 1, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Union Police Headquarters on Caldwell Avenue.

The festivities include a community picnic, tours of police headquarters, games, music, and family activities.

“This is an excellent opportunity for members of the ...

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Jordan Moass Makes University at Albany Dean's List

June 28, 2017

ALBANY, NY - Jordan Moass of Union has been named to Spring 2017 Dean's List at the University at Albany.

The University at Albany congratulates more than 3,400 students who were named to the Spring 2017 Dean's List. Jordan Moass of Union, NJ (07083) is included on the Dean's List for this semester. Students named to the Dean's List earned at least a 3.5 GPA.

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Union County Freeholders Approve Agreements on Oak Ridge Park Recreation Facilities, But Some Residents Object to Recreation Project Expansions

June 24, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ—An amended shared services agreement with the Union County Improvement Authority and a use and maintenance agreement with Union County College, both having to do with the Oak Ridge Park Project, were unanimously approved by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Thursday.

According to Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen of Springfield, the agreements would further ...

Two Dead After Car Goes Off GSP into Rahway River

CLARK, NJ — Two people are dead after one-car crash on the Garden State Parkway Friday morning around 10:45 a.m. The names of the victims have not been released.

“The vehicle went off the road on the right-hand side and was submerged in water. The right two lanes of the parkway are closed for investigation and will be for some time,” Lieutenant Schafer of the ...

Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore

June 28, 2017

At 7 pm on Monday, July 10, the Union Township Historical Society will host author and historian, Rick Geffken, at the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Avenue, Union. Mr. Geffken will present "Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore," based on his new book of the same title. Refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase and signing. Admission is free. For ...

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Books for Life: 8 Books to Make You Smile

Listening to a TED talk recently, the presenter spoke about our “to do” lists. Americans have something like 150 undone tasks at any given time. That list is what we think about 50-80% of the time and it makes us anxious, unhappy and sick. Among other things, the speaker recommended practicing gratitude. This is incredibly beneficial, one should be grateful.

There are other ...

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