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Union Gets $10K Recycling Enhancement Grant from Union County

June 21, 2018

UNION, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced Monday that Union is getting a $10,000 Recycling Enhancement Grant. The grant program, which aims at improving local recycling rates, is administered by Union County with funding from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Fifteen municipalities received a total of $134,600 in Recycling ...

Mayor Presents Proclamation for Gun Violence Awareness Day

UNION, NJ – In an emotional presentation at Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting, Mayor Suzette Cavadas presented a proclamation designating June 1 ‘Gun Violence Awareness Day’.

“This is really close to my heart,” said Cavadas.  She said Americans are twenty-five times more likely to be killed with guns than people in other developed countries.  ...

Union High School Twirlers Receive Mayor's Award

UNION, NJ – The Union High School Twirling Team received a Mayor’s Award at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting for their continued accomplishments and statewide success.

Committeewoman Michele Delisfort said the Union High School Twirling Team is only one of eight schools in New Jersey that still acknowledges baton twirling, “let alone a full twirling ...

Fire at Union's Oldest Home

June 22, 2018

UNION, NJ – A fire broke out in Union’s oldest home late Thursday night.

Firefighters responded to a fire at 1835 Vauxhall Road at approximately 11:20 Thursday night, said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio.  Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire and smoke coming from the attic of the home.

Parts of the home were built in the early 1700s, and the home is currently for ...

Updated Information About Tuesday's Union High School Incident

UNION, NJ – Police have provided additional information about the incident that caused Union High School administration to direct all students through the main entrance of the school on Tuesday morning, triggering concern and speculation.

According to Union Police Captain Robert Perez, a Union High School senior had an argument in one of his classes on Monday.  The student ...

Threat Changes Morning Routine at Union High School

UNION, NJ – A robocall to Union High School parents Monday evening, informing them that students must enter only through the main entrance of the school on Tuesday, caused conjecture and concern.  

No reason for the change in process was provided on the call, but Union police say a threat was initiated by a high school senior.  The type of threat was not ...

A Special Student Gets Special Recognition at School Board Meeting

June 22, 2018

UNION, NJ – High school senior Jalen Boyd has faced some challenges during his academic career.  But, he’s also had great successes and exceeded many of goals and expectations.

Boyd was honored Tuesday night with a Certificate of Recognition at Union’s Board of Education Meeting. 

According to Sarah McCulloh, Union High School Transition Coordinator, Boyd, ...

Four Union High School Student Athletes Headed to Caldwell University; Bloomfield College

UNION, NJ – Four more Union High School scholarship track and field athletes signed letters of intent last week -- one headed to Bloomfield College and three to Caldwell University.

“We’re always proud of all of our student athletes for achieving both their academic and athletic goals,” said UHS Athletic Director Linda Ionta. 

Headed to Bloomfield College in the ...

Updated Information About Tuesday's Union High School Incident

UNION, NJ – Police have provided additional information about the incident that caused Union High School administration to direct all students through the main entrance of the school on Tuesday morning, triggering concern and speculation.

According to Union Police Captain Robert Perez, a Union High School senior had an argument in one of his classes on Monday.  The student ...

Four Union High School Student Athletes Headed to Caldwell University; Bloomfield College

June 20, 2018

UNION, NJ – Four more Union High School scholarship track and field athletes signed letters of intent last week -- one headed to Bloomfield College and three to Caldwell University.

“We’re always proud of all of our student athletes for achieving both their academic and athletic goals,” said UHS Athletic Director Linda Ionta. 

Headed to Bloomfield College in the ...

Union High School Twirlers Receive Mayor's Award

UNION, NJ – The Union High School Twirling Team received a Mayor’s Award at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting for their continued accomplishments and statewide success.

Committeewoman Michele Delisfort said the Union High School Twirling Team is only one of eight schools in New Jersey that still acknowledges baton twirling, “let alone a full twirling ...

Scholar Athletes Caitlyn Finnerty and Jonathan Mobisa Receive Honors at Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference

UNION, NJ – Union High School scholar-athletes Jonathan Mobisa and Caitlyn Finnerty were recently honored at the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference for their exemplary academic and athletic accomplishments.

Each year the Conference recognizes two seniors from each high school for their outstanding accomplishments.

Mobisa will be attending the NJIT majoring in ...

Charges Pending Against Roselle Man Found with More than 40 Dogs Living in Squalor

June 20, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - A Roselle man will be charged with multiple criminal offenses after more than 40 dogs were discovered living in severely unsanitary and inhumane living conditions in his home last week, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

According to the authorities, members of those two agencies, the ...

Even Warm Weather Can be Deadly to Pets in Cars

UNION, NJ - Leaving pets locked in cars is never safe.  But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, on a warm day, the temperature in a car can exceed 120° in a matter of minutes—even with the windows partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation.

Even when ...

Overlook President Lieber Joins Imagine Leadership Council

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Alan Lieber, President of Overlook Medical Center, has joined the Leadership Council of Imagine, a Center for Coping with Loss, the Mountainside-based nonprofit that offers free, year-round peer grief support for children, young adults and parents / guardians who have had a parent, sibling or child die, as well as support groups for caregivers of an adult or ...

Video: Union County Celebrates Pride Month with CommUNITY PRIDE Day Picnic

June 18, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ - Parents, children, friends, and all family members came out on Saturday afternoon to Rahway River Park for the Union County CommUNITY PRIDE Day Picnic.

The family-friendly celebration hosted by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, was a day of fun activities of arts and crafts, family lawn games, inflatable bounce houses, playground fun and more, along with music by the ...

Beatles Lecture @ Union Public Library

The Union Public Library will be hosting an interactive lecture about the early years of the Beatles on Monday, July 9th at 6:30 p.m as part of its “Libraries Rock!” summer series.  Presenter Paul Groom, who lived the first 17 years of his life in Liverpool, England and went to some of the same schools as the Beatles, will discuss the lesser known Beatles story about their days ...

“Back in Time” Offers Enriching Experience for Union County Residents with Special Needs

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs hosted its first “Back in Time” history program last week at the Deserted Village of Feltville in the Watchung Reservation. The new program aims to provide an interactive learning opportunity for County residents including those with disabilities and special needs.

“The Freeholder Board is proud to support our parks, ...

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration Held for BCB Bank's Maplewood Branch

June 22, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - BCB Bank Maplewood held its grand opening on Saturday, June 16, with a ribbon cutting and celebration open to the community that included a bouncy house for kids and plenty of refreshments for all.

Thomas Coughlin, CEO and President of BCB Bank, welcomed everyone and shared with the crowd that he was glad the grand opening was finally happening, as it had been ...

Fate of Westfield's Lord & Taylor Unknown as Company Pledges to Close Up to 10 Locations

WESTFIELD, NJ – Lord & Taylor recently announced that it will close several its brick-and-mortar locations, including the flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. 

TAPinto Westfield reached out to Lord & Taylor’s corporate headquarters with questions about the fate of the town's freestanding Lord & Taylor department store.  

“To better ...

Newark Cop Convicted of Reckless Manslaughter for 2016 Fatal Shooting Outside Union Bar

June 20, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ – A Newark police officer was convicted of reckless manslaughter in the death of a man outside Paddy’s Place in Union in May 2016, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Wednesday.

The officer, Joseph Macchia, 37, was convicted of fatally shooting 37-year-old Michael Gaffney of Piscataway following an argument and fight at Paddy’s ...

Union School Board Settles with Ex-Teacher for $132,500

UNION, NJ – Former Union High School teacher Jenye Viki Knox, who resigned six years ago, settled her lawsuit against the district for $132,500 on June 5.

The settlement awards Knox $132,500:  $24,500 for back wages, $63,833.33 for claims of emotional distress and $44,166.67 for attorney's fees and costs.

Knox was forced to resign in 2011 after she posted on her personal ...

A Tree is Planted in Rotary Park

June 21, 2018

UNION, NJ – The Rotary Club of Union meet recently at Rotary Park, ‘near the Union Cannon’ to plant a tree and dedicate a plaque.  The tree planting is supports Rotary International’s President Ian Riseley’s “Plant a Tree Initiative”. 

According to the Rotary International website, rotaries have already far surpassed the original goal of 1.2 ...

Annual Day of Action

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Anyone looking for a volunteer opportunity is invited to join Union County Has Heart, a volunteer group sponsored by the Union County Freeholder Board, on June 22 for an evening of giving back to the community through the care of a local MicroFarm with Groundwork Elizabeth.

All are welcome.  For more information, please click on the flier below and if ...

Union Rotary Honors Union High School Orators

UNION, NJ - Three Union High School students, finalists in the Marvin Orella Speech Contest, were honored at the Union Rotary’s Annual Eloquence Soiree last week.

The Rotary Club of Union honored Union High School's winners of the Marvin Orella Speech Contest, celebrating its 21st year.  The contest has given out over $100,000 in scholarships since its inception in ...

Celebrate 2018 with Four Garden Honorees

June 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - It’s a year-long celebration of flavor and beauty as we honor and grow the beet, coreopsis, calibrachoa and tulip. The National Garden Bureau (NGB) has declared 2018 the year of these garden mainstays. This non-profit’s goal is to inspire you to grow these and more plants in your gardens at home and work.

The celebration starts with the tulip, a symbol of ...

Honey Bees Found in Dumpster Relocated

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The County found themselves in a sticky situation last week when a swarm of honey bees were discovered at a construction dumpster at the County Administration building.

A social media post by the County said a pair of beekeepers from the nonprofit organization Groundwork Elizabeth came to the scene on Friday, and the bees were relocated to the Elmora Public Library, as ...

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Construction Update on Vauxhall Ave. Bridge, Chestnut St. Bridge and Morris Avenue Work

June 19, 2018

UNION, NJ – A CodeRed alert about road construction, the resulting congestion, and what can be expected, was sent to residents Tuesday morning.

The message said the work on these state roads is being performed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.  The message outlined the following work scheduled for June and July:

The Vauxhall Bridge over Route 22.  Work ...

The Week Ahead in Union

UNION, NJ - Happenings in Union this week:

Monday, 6/18

Union Township Active Retirees (Monday Club), 10:00 a.m., Senior Center
Adult Coloring, 1:15 p.m., Vauxhall Public Library
Construction Zone, 3:30 p.m., Union Public Library
Read to Waldi, 4:15 p.m., Union Public Library
Connect, Explore & Discover Digital Resources, 7:00 p.m., Union Public Library

Tuesday, ...

The Week Ahead in Union

UNION, NJ - Happenings in Union this week:

Monday, 6/11

Union Township Active Retirees (Monday Club), 10:00 a.m., Senior Center
Adult Prize Bingo, 1:15 p.m., Vauxhall Public Library
Construction Zone, 3:30 p.m., Union Public Library
Career Coach, 6:00 p.m., Vauxhall Public Library
Donuts with Your Dude,6:00 p.m., Vauxhall Public Library

Tuesday, 6/12

Senior Citizens ...

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Fri, June 22, 12:00 PM

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Drop in Craft Friday

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Fri, June 22, 7:30 PM

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Mon, June 25, 1:00 PM

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Let's Create Rock Art

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Taylor Heggins Named to Spring 2018 Dean's List at American International College

June 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Taylor Heggins, of Union, has been named to the Spring 2018 Dean's List at American International College (AIC) in Springfield, MA. Dean's List students are full-time students with a grade point average between 3.3 and 4.0.Heggins is majoring in Health Science at AIC.

Founded in 1885, American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational, doctoral granting ...

Union Residents Make Dean's List at the University of Delaware

NEWARK, DE - Students from Union have been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2018 semester:

Natalie Caggiano 

Julia Hayes 

Steven Medina 

Maria Rocha 

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

 

Kayla Douberley Graduates Elmira College

ELMIRA, NY - Kayla Douberley of Union was among the graduates celebrated at the 160th Elmira College Commencement on Saturday, June 2. The exercises, held at the Murray Athletic Center, Pine Valley, included 270 undergraduate and 27 graduate students.

Members of the 2018 Elmira College graduating class were recognized with multiple honors and prizes, including induction into Phi Beta Kappa, ...

Video: Union County Celebrates Pride Month with CommUNITY PRIDE Day Picnic

June 18, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ - Parents, children, friends, and all family members came out on Saturday afternoon to Rahway River Park for the Union County CommUNITY PRIDE Day Picnic.

The family-friendly celebration hosted by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, was a day of fun activities of arts and crafts, family lawn games, inflatable bounce houses, playground fun and more, along with music by the ...

Honey Bees Found in Dumpster Relocated

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The County found themselves in a sticky situation last week when a swarm of honey bees were discovered at a construction dumpster at the County Administration building.

A social media post by the County said a pair of beekeepers from the nonprofit organization Groundwork Elizabeth came to the scene on Friday, and the bees were relocated to the Elmora Public Library, as ...

Union Catholic Grad, Olympian Sydney McLaughlin Wins NCAA Title, Announces She's Going Pro

EUGENE, OREGON — College freshman phenom Sydney McLaughlin, who graduated from Union Catholic last year, won the women's 400-meter hurdles for the University of Kentucky at the NCAA Championships on Saturday at Hayward Field, and then announced after the meet that she's turning pro.

McLaughlin, a U.S. Olympian in the 400 hurdles in 2016, completed one of the ...

Boundless Talent on Display at Hannah Caldwell School

June 15, 2018

UNION, NJ –Talent was on full display last week as over 40 students participated in Hannah Caldwell School’s Talent Show, with singing, dancing, musical instrument performances, and even a comedian.

“This is a special performance because the children are in control.  All of the acts in the show were prepared outside of school by the students,” said music teacher ...

Battle Hill and Hannah Caldwell Students Celebrate Reading Accomplishments

UNION, NJ – Young readers in Hannah Caldwell and Battle Hill Elementary Schools enjoyed the fruits of their labor on Wednesday when they celebrated their accomplishments in this year's Olympic Reading Programs.

Librarian Karen Franciosa said, “I couldn't be more proud of the students who worked diligently throughout the year to accomplish their personal reading ...

Linden Man Arrested After Explosion in Cranford

June 22, 2018

CRANFORD - On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. the Cranford Police Department received
information that an explosion was heard in the area of Raritan Road and Summit Terrace. Through
a joint investigation with the Union County Prosecutor's Office and Linden Police Department, the
Cranford Police Department Detective Bureau identified a suspect through surveillance video ...

Cranford High Student Competes at U.S. Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifier

SCOTCH PLAINS - Cranford soon-to-be senior Johnny Bush took his shot to qualify for a USGA championship on Wednesday.

Bush shot a 6-over-par 76 (38-38) to finish in a five-way tie for 21st place in a U.S. Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifier at the par 70, 6,558-yard Shackamaxon Country Club in nearby Scotch Plains.

65 golfers, including 54 from the Garden State, took a ...

Charges Pending Against Roselle Man Found with More than 40 Dogs Living in Squalor

ROSELLE, NJ - A Roselle man will be charged with multiple criminal offenses after more than 40 dogs were discovered living in severely unsanitary and inhumane living conditions in his home last week, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

According to the authorities, members of those two agencies, the ...

Westfield High School Sophomore Dies; Counselors on Hand at School

WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.

“Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death of Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High ...

Mountainside Officials: We Knew Nothing About Allegations Until Lawsuit was Filed

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The mayor and council of Mountainside have gone on record stating they had no knowledge of the incidents alleged in the lawsuit filed on May 11 against the borough “until the filing of the lawsuit.”

The borough has also “retained former New Jersey State Police Superintendent Joseph Santiago” to help restore public trust in the department, ...

June 22 Concert Moved Indoors Due to Weather Forecast

June 22, 2018

Due to the weather forecast, tonight’s concert originally located at Echo Lake Park is now MOVED INDOORS to the Main Stage of the Union County Performing Arts Center, at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway.

Come an enjoy an evening with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at this beautifully restored 1920's era former vaudeville hall. Concert begins at 7:30 sharp (sorry, no yoga ...

Reminder: Eligible Seniors Can Receive $25 in Free Vouchers for Farmer’s Markets, Starting June 25

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds income-eligible senior residents age 60 and over that they can apply for a total of $25 in free vouchers to purchase fresh produce. The vouchers may be used only at Farmer’s Markets in Union County that display a yellow and black WIC sign.

“Farmer’s Markets are a feature of community life throughout Union County in the ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that plastic bags and other excluded items cannot be recycled through their local curbside pick-up programs.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate compared to other counties in our state, and we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Every ...

Union County’s Free Summer Arts Concert Series Launches this Friday, June 22

Union County, NJ – The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra kicks off Union County’s 57th annual Summer Arts Festival series of free outdoor concerts sponsored by the Freeholder Board with an evening of Broadway favorites, beloved opera overtures and more on Friday June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

Attendees are also invited to bring a mat ...

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AtlantiCast Episode 17

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

'Half Time' delivers with sterling cast

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other talents.

The musical centers on an effort to have seniors perform a dance number during ...

'Half Time' lights up Paper Mill stage

‘Half Time’ turns the tables on aging in gleeful production

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other ...

Could Monmouth Park's Haskell Invitational Be on Justify's Agenda?

June 13, 2018

ELMONT, NY — Triple Crown winner Justify came out of his stall to meet the media bright and bouncing on the morning after his gate-to-wire win in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes.

When asked to assess his colt's win, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert reported, “We were watching replays of the race. He could have gone around again.”

The brilliantly colored ...

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