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Union Schools to Receive Over $2M in Preschool Aid

October 18, 2018

UNION, NJ – Union’s school district is set to receive over $2 million in additional funding for expansion of the preschool program.

Union school's Superintendent Gregory Tatum announced the Preschool Education Expansion Aid at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.  “I’m happy to announce that the Union Board of Education has received a grant for ...

Union Public Library to Undergo Major Renovation: Seeking Public's Input

UNION, NJ – The Union Public Library is in the planning stages for their upcoming renovation and they are looking for the public’s opinion on what the new library should look like.

Open meetings are scheduled for public input as follows:

Adult users:  Friday, Oct. 12, 1:00 – 2:00 ...

Union Police Department Joins Elite Group of Law Enforcement Agencies with Re-Accreditation

UNION, NJ – The Union Police Department was honored and recognized for achieving re-accreditation by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police at Tuesday night’s Township Committee Meeting.

There are over 560 law enforcement agencies in New Jersey eligible to apply for accreditation, said Harry Delgato, NJSACOP Accreditation Program Director, who presented the ...

One Suspect Nabbed, One on the Loose After Home Depot Robbery

October 17, 2018

UNION, NJ – A shoplifting incident at the Home Depot on Route 22 turned into a wild foot pursuit and search for an armed suspect through the swamp and woods near Kawameeh Middle School Tuesday evening.  The search required the assistance of a Union County K-9 unit, the County Police and a State Police helicopter team.

Union police report that at just after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, two ...

Helicopter Assists in Search for Carjacking Suspect

UNION, NJ – Union police are searching for a suspect in a shoplifting and subsequent carjacking incident Tuesday evening in the wetlands area near Kawameeh Middle School.

Although information is preliminary, according to a township official, a carjacking occurred after a shoplifting incident at a local retail store.  One individual was apprehended by police, but a ...

Union Firefighters Visit Senior Center to Discuss Fire Safety

UNION, NJ - Union firefighters paid a visit to the Union Senior Center on Monday, wrapping up Fire Prevention Week with a discussion about fire safety.

Firefighters from Engine Company 1 and Fire Commissioner Manuel Figueiredo stopped by the Senior Center to discuss the importance of having not only smoke detectors, but a carbon monoxide detector and the "File of Life" ...

Union Schools to Receive Over $2M in Preschool Aid

October 18, 2018

UNION, NJ – Union’s school district is set to receive over $2 million in additional funding for expansion of the preschool program.

Union school's Superintendent Gregory Tatum announced the Preschool Education Expansion Aid at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.  “I’m happy to announce that the Union Board of Education has received a grant for ...

Union High School's College and Career Night

UNION, NJ - More than 90 representatives from colleges and universities, vocational and technical schools, business and career schools, and the military will be available at College and Career Night on Wednesday, October 24, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

There will be an optional session for parents on financial aid from 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

The event will be held in the Union High School ...

Young Union Filmmaker Wins Best Film at Festival

UNION, NJ – Union resident Amanda Chiappetta’s very first film, “Stand as One” came in first place in the Overall Audience Award category  at the recent “FilmYoungFest” festival in Atlantic Highlands.

“At the festival, I thought to myself, ‘there is some really good competition here.  I’m just happy to be among them’”, ...

Reminder: Turn In Unwanted Guns at Union County Gun Buyback Event

October 18, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that they can anonymously turn in unwanted guns in their possession at either of two locations on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The two locations are the Macedonia Baptist Church at 1251 Fairmount Avenue in Elizabeth and the Visions of God Family Worship Church at 350 Leland Avenue in Plainfield.

Residents ...

Union County College 85th Anniversary Celebration

Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and Freeholder Angel G. Estrada joined Union County College President Dr. Margaret McMenamin, New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis, State Senator Nicholas Scutari, Chairman of the Union County College Board of Trustees Victor Richel, Union County Manager Ed Oatman, alumni and students at the Union County College ...

Bring Your Household Hazardous Waste to Free Recycling Event in New Providence, October 27

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering a simple, easy way for everyone to pitch in and help improve the environment. Residents can safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other special waste by bringing these items to a free Household Hazardous Waste recycling event on Saturday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Nokia campus, located at 600 Mountain Avenue ...

Union Farmers Have Another Big Week, Defeating Hunterdon Central, 28-10.

October 14, 2018

FLEMINGTON — Another week, another win for Union. 

Behind a balanced offensive attack, Union extended its winning streak to five games Friday night as the Farmers defeated Hunterdon Central, 28-10. 

Andrew Sanborn threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns — hitting with Jacqu’e Cook and Ahmirr Robinson on TD passes — and also rushed for a five-yard score to ...

Registration Still Open for Travel Basketball League

UNION, NJ - The Township of Union Recreation Department Travel Basketball season runs from December through March.   The league will hold weekday and weekend games and practices.

Registration is open until October 19, with a late registration night set for Tuesday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Practice begins the week of November 5.  There is a $200 fee for those who make the ...

Football: Sanborn, Cook, Carter Lead Union Past Westfield, 21-7

UNION — Each week, the pedigree of Union’s opponents increases, and each time, the Farmers just keep rising to the challenge.  

Union was coming off wins over defending sectional finalists Phillipsburg and South Brunswick on consecutive weeks heading into Friday night’s game against three-time defending state champion Westfield, and the Farmers just kept ...

New Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center Opens on Chestnut Street

October 17, 2018

UNION, NJ – A grand opening celebration was held on Monday welcoming Union Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center to their new home on Chestnut Street in Union.

Santiago Centurion is the Medical Director and a board-certified dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and Mohs surgeon.   “We are so excited to come to Union," he said.  "I grew up in the area ...

More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents

 

UNION, NJ - The Township of Union Public Schools will present "More than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents" program.

Parents will learn to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation with their child, and him or her help.

The event will take place on October 18 in the Union High School library, 2350 N. Third Street and ...

Medical Marijuana Facility Coming to Union

UNION, NJ – A medical marijuana facility to be located on Route 22 in Union was unanimously approved by the Planning Board at a recent meeting.

Compassionate Care Research Institute, LLC, doing business as Garden State Dispensary, will be located at 2536 Route 22 East.  According to testimony at the Planning Board meeting, Compassionate Care’s Woodbridge site is currently one ...

Friends of the Library Film Showing: "American Carny: True Tales from the Circus Sideshow"

October 14, 2018

UNION, NJ - The film documentary, "American Carny:  True Tales from the Circus Sideshow" tells the story of the world of circus freaks, fire eaters, human blockheads, magicians, contortionists, professional lunatics, and much, much more.

There will be complimentary refreshments at Dava Latin Fusion Restaurant, in Union Center at 1020 Stuyvesant Avenue, where ...

Union to Celebrate "Four Centuries in a Weekend"

UNION, NJ - The Caldwell Parsonage, 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union, will participate in Union County's “Four Centuries in a Weekend:  A Journey through Union County’s History” Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 (12:00 – 5:00 p.m. both days).  

The Parsonage is depicted on the seal of the County of Union and is a National Parks site; an NPS ...

Young Union Filmmaker Wins Best Film at Festival

UNION, NJ – Union resident Amanda Chiappetta’s very first film, “Stand as One” came in first place in the Overall Audience Award category  at the recent “FilmYoungFest” festival in Atlantic Highlands.

“At the festival, I thought to myself, ‘there is some really good competition here.  I’m just happy to be among them’”, ...

Rev. Samuel Wright, Jr. Seeking Election to Township of Union Board of Education

October 10, 2018

(Editor’s Note: Elections for the Township of Union Board of Education will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6. This year, three candidates are vying for three open seats. TAPinto Union will be running profiles on each candidate.   Candidate profiles are being published in the order in which they were submitted.)

UNION, NJ - Reverend Samuel M. Wright, Jr. has been a resident of ...

Steven Le Seeking Election to Township of Union Board of Education

(Editor’s Note: Elections for the Township of Union Board of Education will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6. This year, three candidates are vying for three open seats. TAPinto Union will be running profiles on each candidate.   Candidate profiles are being published in the order in which they were submitted.)

UNION, NJ – Steven Le has been a resident of Union for 27 ...

Today's Union Farmers Market Cancelled

October 11, 2018

UNION, NJ - The Union Farmers Market, scheduled for every Thursday afternoon from June through October, has been canceled today due to the approaching hurricane and rainy weather.

The Market will resume next Thursday with TreeLicious Orchards & Just Made Bakery and many more vendors.

Monday: Grand Opening of Union Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center

October 13, 2018

UNION, NJ - A grand opening of Union Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center will take place Monday, October 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

All are welcomed to 440 Chestnut Street, Union -- near the Five Points area.  For information, call 732-679-6300

Union Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center treats all ages and skin conditions --  acne, ...

Plans in Place for Burlington Coat Factory Move to Vacant Toys R Us Store

UNION, NJ – The Union Planning Board heard a request Thursday night for a minor site variance for a change to the vacant Toys R Us building on Morris Avenue.

Lease negotiations are currently underway for the 48,000 sq. ft. store at 1701 Morris Avenue to become the future home of a Burlington Coat Factory store.  The location is in the Lowe's Shopping Center, home to Toys R ...

Vulgar, Racist and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray-Painted onto Scotch Plains Fanwood High School

October 7, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began. 

Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly over social media, and members of the Jewish community were quick to condemn the ...

With Fundraiser, Westfield Community Rallies Around Family of Mom, 46, Taken By Cancer

October 18, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – With four children and a husband who coaches youth athletics, Jeannie Dillon cheered on local youth sports teams religiously on weekend mornings, her older sister said.

As can happen in youth sports, parents would sometimes become overly engaged, but Dillon had a way to quell the crowd, the sister, Anne Dillon, said on Tuesday.

“In the middle of some of ...

Lavallette Beach Unveils Brendan Tevlin Memorial Playground

LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years after he was fatally shot in West Orange.

Firefighters and other volunteers from across the ...

Battle Hill School Students and Parents Accept Rachel's Challenge

UNION, NJ – Rachel Joy Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. 

Last week, Battle Hill School students heard from her uncle, Larry Scott, about kindness and about making a difference to help make school a better place.  The Columbine tragedy was not mentioned to the elementary school students, but Rachel’s message of ...

Plan and Plant this Fall for Three Months of Spring Color

October 18, 2018

It’s time to think spring and get busy planning and planting for months of colorful blooms.

The key to getting a continuous parade of spring flowers is to plant bulbs that bloom at different times. Include some early, mid and late spring bloomers. You’ll enjoy the burst of color and sustained beauty that spring-flowering bulbs can provide.

Enlist some help in planning your ...

Westfield Conservation Center Taking More Items for Recycling, Reuse, Including Toys for Kids in Need

October 5, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield unveiled new recycling opportunities at its conservation center Wednesday, including a partnership with Second Chance Toys, which collects plastic toys, cleans them and gives them local to organizations that serve children in need.

New sheds, paid for with a grant from Union County, allow county residents to drop off the following items to be ...

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Union High School's College and Career Night

October 17, 2018

UNION, NJ - More than 90 representatives from colleges and universities, vocational and technical schools, business and career schools, and the military will be available at College and Career Night on Wednesday, October 24, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

There will be an optional session for parents on financial aid from 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

The event will be held in the Union High School ...

More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents

 

UNION, NJ - The Township of Union Public Schools will present "More than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents" program.

Parents will learn to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation with their child, and him or her help.

The event will take place on October 18 in the Union High School library, 2350 N. Third Street and ...

Union Public Library Announces Small Business Boot Camp: A Series of Informative Events for Local Small Business Owners

UNION, N.J. – The Union Public Library (UPL) invites you to attend Small Business Boot Camp, a series of informative events, in November, to help you expand and grow your small business. Below is the upcoming schedule of events:

 

 Women's Entrepreneurial Information Session, Government Contracts Wednesday, November 14 from 1:00 —2:00 p.m.

Presented by the ...

Union High School's September Female Athlete of the Month: Jasmine Jourdian

October 12, 2018

UNION, NJ – Union High School gymnast Jasmine Jourdian has been selected TAPinto Union’s September Female Athlete of the Month.

Jourdian placed sixth on bars at the Cougar classic and qualified as an All Around for State Sectionals.  She placed first All Around in four meets this year.

What’s your favorite part of being a high school athlete?

I just don't go to ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, October 18, 3:00 PM

In Front of Town Hall, Union

Union Farmers Market

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Thu, October 18, 4:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Alphabet Soup Storytime: Stretchy Stories

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Thu, October 18, 7:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Off the Shelf Book Discussion: "A Warrior of the ...

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Fri, October 19, 10:30 AM

Union Public Library, Union

Toddler Tales Storytime

Cyriacus Ibezim Inducted into the American International College Athletic Director's 3.0 Club

October 7, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Cyriacus Ibezim, of Union, majoring in Biochemistry, has been inducted into the American International College (AIC) Athletic Director's 3.0 Club. The Athletic Director's 3.0 Club recognizes the student in student-athlete by celebrating academic achievement with the overarching goal that young men and women are recognized as academic role models and serve as an ...

Off-Duty Hillside Police Officer Dies in Linden Crash

October 15, 2018

LINDEN, NJ - A motor vehicle crash on Route 1 Monday morning took the life of an off-duty Hillside Police officer, according to authorities.

Just after 2:15 a.m. a car traveling north on W. Edgar Road (Route 1) collided with a tractor heading north at Pleasant Avenue

The two occupants of the car were both taken to Newark University Hospital with serious injuries. One.  ...

Backup Has Arrived! Says Roselle Park Officers to One of their Own Who Received a DoubleCancer Diagnosis

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Roselle Park Police Department is asking for help for one of their officers who received two cancer diagnoses in a little over a one month period. 

One of the worst things a person can hear are the words, “you have cancer”. To hear a month later that you have yet a second cancer is unthinkable, unbearable and one could say heartbreaking.

Connecticut Farms School's Hispanic Club Studies Ojo de Dios

October 15, 2018

UNION, NJ – Fourth grade Hispanic Heritage Club members at Connecticut Farms School had an opportunity on Thursday to learn about and make Ojo de Dios (Eye of God), a spiritual object made by weaving a design out of yarn upon a wooden cross. 

Spanish teacher and Hispanic Heritage Club leader Gina Lisa-Fernandez said the students learned that the Ojo de Dios represents love, life, ...

Union Resident / Union Catholic Student Chosen "Artist of the Week''

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. – A Union resident was recognized at Union Catholic School on Thursday for being named “Artist of the Week” for a piece of artwork that was published to Union Catholic's Artsonia homepage, an on-line art gallery.

Victoria Pastore, a senior, received 832 votes from website visitors to win the 10-12 grade category for the contest conducted by ...

Traffic Woes for Route 22 East Travelers Wednesday Afternoon

October 17, 2018

UNION, NJ - A tractor trailer accident on Route 22 eastbound in Hillside caused big traffic delays Wednesday afternoon.

The truck crashed into a barrier under an overpass in Hillside.  The accident happened at about 2:00 p.m.  There were no reports of injuries.

 

Home Invasion and Sexual Assault Under Investigation in Maplewood; Suspect At Large

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosector's Office Special Victims Unit and the Maplewood Police Department are investigating the home invasion and sexual assault of a woman on Tuesday in Maplewood, according to a press release on Wednesday from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Maplewood Police Chief Police Chief Jim DeVaul.

The woman, age 24,  first ...

Vulgar, Racist and Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spray-Painted onto Scotch Plains Fanwood High School

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began. 

Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly over social media, and members of the Jewish community were quick to condemn the ...

Elizabeth Police Find Body Near Local Park

ELIZABETH, NJ - Elizabeth Police responded to an area near Mattano Park around 11 a.m. Friday morning and found a body according to the Breaking News Network (BNN). 

Union County Homicide and Sheriffs Office was also called to the scene and it was reported by BNN that the body was stuck in the mud, making it hard for authorities to retrieve.

The Union County Prosecutors Office has ...

Chick-fil-A Unconfirmed as Tenant for Sears Site at Route 22 and Terrill Road

WATCHUNG, NJ -- Chick-fil-A restaurant would not confirm reports that it would open a new location at the shopping center being built at the former Sears at the intersection of Route 22 and Terrill Road.

“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service," said Jackie Jags, a spokesperson ...

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AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 21

On this week’s AtlantiCast, see who has the cleanest hands in health care, find out how Atlantic Health System is training the next generation of health care professionals, Overlook Medical Center joins the robot revolution and much more!

 

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Anchor Books, 2013)

 

Crazy Rich _________________. Fill in the blank with almost any ethnicity on the face of the earth, and the story will probably be similar from culture to culture. At the economic apex of every society one can expect to have the wealthiest, most self-indulgent, controlling people. When taken from that point of view, even though ...

'Other Desert Cities' unfolds with family secrets

‘Other Desert Cities’ unfolds with family secrets at Chatham Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

CHATHAM, NJ – “Other Desert Cities,” the stirring drama by Jon Robin Baitz, revolves around a family’s loyalties and deceptions in a tony Palm Springs household. “Other Desert Cities” refers to the signs along the exit ramps on the California freeway.

The ...

‘The Color Purple’ flashes by with verve at Paper Mill

‘The Color Purple’ flashes by with verve at Paper Mill

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – This Tony-award winning musical caught audiences up in its stunning story of African American life in the deep south over a 40 year period, from 1909 until 1949.

Based in the novel by Alice Walker and a screen adaptation several years ago, the story centers on Celie (Adrianna Hicks), who ...

Local Reporter Killed While Walking on Route 10 in Randolph

October 15, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ - Lindsay Ireland, a reporter who worked for several TAPinto.net sites and the Daily Record, died early Oct. 14 after being struck by a vehicle in Randolph, police said.

The incident took place on Route 10 in the early morning, said Randolph police  Lt. Christopher Guiliani said that the Ireland,  26, of Randolph, was struck and killed by Victor Retana, 30, ...

Lavallette Beach Unveils Brendan Tevlin Memorial Playground

LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years after he was fatally shot in West Orange.

Firefighters and other volunteers from across the ...

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