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Hikers Meet Mountain Bikers in Public Comment at Union County Freeholders Meeting on March 23

March 24, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders regular meeting on March 23rd attracted a large crowd who were there to comment on the county’s plan to allow mountain bikes in Watchung Reservation.

Chairman Bruce Bergen gave a short statement before allowing anyone to speak, indicating that in February 2016, the board had adopted a Trails Master Plan to bring up to seven miles of dual use ...

Union Receives New Van for "Seniors in Motion"

UNION, NJ – The Union County “Seniors in Motion” initiative presented the Township of Union with a new van that will provide free transport for senior citizens.

Union County Freeholders Christopher Hudak and Vernell Wright presented Mayor Suzette Cavadas, Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio, Committeemen Clifton People, Jr. and Manuel Figueiredo and Supervisor of Senior Citizens ...

Township Hears Resident's Concerns; Nixes Plans for Trails in Kennedy Reservation

UNION, NJ – In advance of the second community meeting to discuss the Kennedy Reservation proposal, Tapinto Union has learned the Township will not be moving ahead with plans to add walking and bike trails and a dog park within the Reservation.

“The purpose of the first community meeting was to listen to and hear our resident’s concerns,” said Township of Union Mayor ...

Man Takes Child Hostage in Elizabeth

March 26, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ – A man was taken into custody by Elizabeth police at approximately 3:45 pm Saturday after a hostage situation developed at 9 am.

The incident occurred at Mravlag Manor when the man reportedly took a 6-year-old child as hostage in what was believed to be a domestic dispute.

The man, who refused to leave the apartment, was believed to be armed and a SWAT team ...

Union Man Charged with Bias Crimes

UNION, NJ - A Township of  Union man has been arrested and charged with bias crimes in connection with harassing comments and threats he made against a pair of neighbors earlier this month, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Union Police Director Daniel Zieser jointly announced Wednesday.

Glenn Miller, 59, of Kimberly Road, is charged with third-degree making terroristic ...

Pedestrian Hit by Bus on Route 22 Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Police and EMS responded this afternoon to a pedestrian who "was struck in front of the movie theater" on eastbound Route 22. 

According to the initial report from Breaking News Network (BNN), the pedestrian was hit by a bus and possibly "pinned under the bus." The report was received just before 4:30 p.m.

Two more reports from ...

Battle Hill Students Learn About 'What's Out There'

March 26, 2017

UNION, NJ – Students at Battle Hill Elementary School learned “what’s out there” this week when Matthew Meyer presented a planetarium experience in his Starlab Portable Planetarium System.

Meyer’s, a Union resident and prior educator, said his goal is to generate interest so kids take the initiative to read about planets, stars, moons and Greek mythology.  ...

Author Kwame Alexander Visits Union High School

UNION, NJ – Kwame Alexander, a New York Times Bestselling author and winner of the Newbery Award, visited Union High School earlier this month.

Alexander has over 24 published books, including poetry, novels in verse, and children’s books.  He found ways to weave his personal stories throughout what became a poetic conversation with students and staff.  He captivated ...

Mayors Award Presented to Wrestler Kyjuan Hutchins

UNION, NJ – Union High School wrestler Kyjuan Hutchins was honored with a Mayor’s Award at this week’s Township Committee meeting for achieving 100 match wins at the Regional finals by beating a Cranford wrestler 3-1.

Mayor Suzette Cavadas said Hutchins started wrestling when he was 10 years ago.  She said Hutchins’ football coach told his parents wrestling was a ...

Mayors Award Presented to Wrestler Kyjuan Hutchins

March 24, 2017

UNION, NJ – Union High School wrestler Kyjuan Hutchins was honored with a Mayor’s Award at this week’s Township Committee meeting for achieving 100 match wins at the Regional finals by beating a Cranford wrestler 3-1.

Mayor Suzette Cavadas said Hutchins started wrestling when he was 10 years ago.  She said Hutchins’ football coach told his parents wrestling was a ...

Staff at Battle Hill School to Take On Staff at Washington School in Benefit Volleyball Event

UNION, NJ – The staff of two local schools will clash on Friday, March 24, when Battle Hill Elementary School takes on Washington Elementary School in a series of volleyball games to benefit the Heavenly Hats Foundation.

The event will host five games.  The best of the five games wins the six-foot trophy, to be held in the school of the winning team until the rematch next ...

Overlook Hosts Facebook Live Event Answering Questions Regarding Weight Loss Surgery

March 24, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - Ever wonder when someone should consider weight loss surgery? How much weight a person can expect to lose? Or what the health benefits are?

Visit Overlook Medical Center’s Facebook page March 24 at 2 p.m. (EST) for a Facebook Live event in which Ajay Goyal, MD, medical director of Overlook’s bariatric surgery program, will answer these and other ...

Morristown Children’s Hospital First Hospital in New Jersey to Administer Newly Approved Treatment for Rare Genetic Disease

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, was the first hospital in the state to administer nusinersen, a newly approved medication to a patient with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare and sometimes fatal genetic disease that causes progressive loss of muscle strength and movement.

Because of the demand for the ...

Stay Safe With Snow Shoveling Tips

UNION, NJ - Mother Nature is fickle as always and Stella may not be dumping as much snow as many forecasters anticipated. However, there will still be shoveling to do when the storm ends.

Snow shoveling is hard work and every winter there are always stories of injuries and heart attacks. So, how can residents avoid the dangers of snow ...

2017 Municipal Band Concerts

March 26, 2017

UNION, NJ – The Township of Union Municipal Band, under the direction of Howard Toplansky, features a variety of selections and instruments and classic band and orchestra music.

The Municipal Band will be playing on April 24 (Hannah Caldwell School), May 22 (Hannah Caldwell School), July 10 (Putnam Manor) and July 17 (Erhart Gardens).

All performances are at 7:30 p.m.

The Band ...

Rich Kubicz & Friends at Salem Roadhouse Cafe

Rich Kubicz & Damn The Torpedoes
with special guest performers
to Play Northern New Jersey’s
Most Intimate Coffeehouse

Union, NJ, March 21, 2017 — The SALEM ROADHOUSE CAFÉ proudly presents Rich Kubicz & Friends on Saturday, 8 April, 2017. Doors open 7:00PM. The show starts at 7:30 P.M.
Admission is $20.00/$10.00 for students with ID.

Rich Kubicz is no stranger ...

Local UNICO Chapters Celebrate Saint Joseph's Day With Traditional Feast

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Local Chapters of UNICO, an Italian-American service organization, came together to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day, a treasured Italian custom, on Tuesday at Costa’s Restaurant.  More than 80 members of the organization’s District X enjoyed a traditional feast.

According to CatholicCulture.org, the Feast of St. Joseph is held to commemorate the end of a ...

Springfield Downtown Development Expected to Start by July 2017

March 23, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – At Tuesday’s Springfield BID (Business Improvement District) meeting, members learned the proposed redevelopment of the lots known as the Century 21 office will likely commence by July 2017 as will the redevelopment of the Church Mall.  The larger project involving the Gomes Property will take longer because of the need to first get permission to do “bump ...

Residents Voice Concern Over Traffic/Parking for New Vauxhall Development

UNION, NJ – Over 50 Vauxhall residents attended a second community meeting Monday night to review development plans for the old Hawk’s Tavern site at 2140 Springfield Road in the Vauxhall section of Union.

“Some of our neighbors have requested that we hold another meeting because they have some things on their mind and have questions,” said meeting organizer Bertha ...

TAPinto CEO Shapiro goes “One on One” with Steve Adubato

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro appeared on “One on One” with Steve Adubato Thursday night and answered questions about the role of hyperlocal online news media.

The interview was broadcast on WNYY, NJTV and WNET. Adubato closed by saying that “Michael Shapiro, he is on the cutting edge of media.“

Shapiro answered a wide-range of questions about ...

Plainfield Man Admits to Killing Infant Son     

March 16, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- A Plainfield man has admitted to killing his infant son nearly four years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday. Michael Bell, 39, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single count of aggravated manslaughter.

On May 10, 2013, Plainfield Police Division patrol units traveled to Bell’s home on Lee Place to find 4-month-old Zion Bell ...

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln Announces Maplecrest Moves Charities

March 26, 2017

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln Announces Maplecrest Moves Charities

Shifts Gears on Charitable Giving to Provide Transportation Logistics for Non-Profits in Northern New Jersey

In a new twist on charitable giving, local auto dealership Maplecrest Ford Lincoln of Union, has retrofitted a 2016 Ford Transit with reinforced flooring and siding, designed cool graphics and created Maplecrest Moves ...

ASPCA to Benefit from Battle Hill's Snowman Fundraiser

UNION, NJ – The ASPCA will be the beneficiary of $2,263 raised by Battle Hill Elementary School students from proceeds of their recent “Do you want to build a snowman” fundraiser.

The fundraiser, which ran from January 9 through March 10, saw students pool their donations as a class to decide which accessories they could ‘purchase’ for their snowman.  Each ...

Scholarships available for Nursing Students

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County high school students interested in attending nursing programs ( AD/ Diploma or BSN programs) in the Fall of 2017 are elible to apply for a scholarship from the Union County School Nurse Association (UCSNA).  Interested persons should speak with their guidance counselors to obtain an application.  Information has been sent to all Union County ...

Family Gardening Provides More Than a Bountiful Harvest

March 16, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Gardeners know digging, planting, harvesting and even viewing a garden is good for the mind, body and spirit. It improves strength and flexibility, lowers blood pressure and elevates our mood. And this is true for all members of the family from the very young to the more seasoned.

Plan on sharing these benefits with yours or a friend’s children, grandchildren, ...

Blizzard Predicted to Come Our Way

March 13, 2017

UNION, NJ – We've all heard it already: Winter isn’t through with us yet.

According to National Weather Service, Union is in the path of a blizzard scheduled to begin early Tuesday morning and continue throughout the day into evening with predicted accumulations of 12 to 18 inches with winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph. Wind chills values are expected to fall ...

Recycle Unwanted Electronic Equipment at E-cycling Event in Scotch Plains, April 29th

March 26, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The County of Union will sponsor a recycling event for electronic equipment on Saturday, April 29.  County residents can get rid of unwanted computers, televisions and other electronic equipment in an environmentally proper manner.

The special E-cycling event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the campus of Union County Vo-Tech Schools located at 1776 Raritan ...

Union County’s Mobile Paper Shredding Program Will Visit Scotch Plains, April 1st

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will host its first paper shredding event of 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 at the Union County Vocational Technical Schools campus at 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. 

The event will conclude before 1:00 p.m. if the shredding trucks reach capacity.in Scotch ...

Hikers Meet Mountain Bikers in Public Comment at Union County Freeholders Meeting on March 23

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders regular meeting on March 23rd attracted a large crowd who were there to comment on the county’s plan to allow mountain bikes in Watchung Reservation.

Chairman Bruce Bergen gave a short statement before allowing anyone to speak, indicating that in February 2016, the board had adopted a Trails Master Plan to bring up to seven miles of dual use ...

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2017 Municipal Band Concerts

March 26, 2017

UNION, NJ – The Township of Union Municipal Band, under the direction of Howard Toplansky, features a variety of selections and instruments and classic band and orchestra music.

The Municipal Band will be playing on April 24 (Hannah Caldwell School), May 22 (Hannah Caldwell School), July 10 (Putnam Manor) and July 17 (Erhart Gardens).

All performances are at 7:30 p.m.

The Band ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, March 27, 3:30 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Lego in the Library

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Mon, March 27, 6:00 PM

Vauxhall Public Library, union

Hilton Readers Book Discussion Group: "Glory Over ...

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Mon, March 27, 8:00 PM

Town Hall, Union

Township of Union's Celebrating Women Series: ...

Union's Newest Eagle Scout: Christian Glaser

March 20, 2017

UNION, NJ-   Christian Glaser became an Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor held with Boy Scout Troop 68 on Sunday at the Union Elks Lodge.

Glaser, in scouting since the first grade, cleared the backyard and added benches at the historic Caldwell Parsonage for his Eagle Scout project.  “The project took four weeks from clean-up of the brush to building the new ...

Man Takes Child Hostage in Elizabeth

March 26, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ – A man was taken into custody by Elizabeth police at approximately 3:45 pm Saturday after a hostage situation developed at 9 am.

The incident occurred at Mravlag Manor when the man reportedly took a 6-year-old child as hostage in what was believed to be a domestic dispute.

The man, who refused to leave the apartment, was believed to be armed and a SWAT team ...

Gubernatorial Candidate Ciattarelli Gets a Win at the Union County Republican Convention

Union, NJ - Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli won the endorsement of the Union County GDP for governor at the Union County Republican Convention.  He received 113 votes to Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno's 92 votes.  Both candidates arrived before “gavel down” and did their best to meet as many of the voters as possible.  No other gubernatorial candidate’s name ...

Ribbon is Cut at New Jersey Veterans Network New Offices

UNION, NJ – A ribbon-cutting took place Monday evening to launch the opening of the New Jersey Veterans Network (NJVN) office inside the Union American Legion. The mission of the NJVN is to help New Jersey veterans and their families enjoy a sustainable quality of life by creating a network of community veteran liaisons to connect veterans with resources and programs designed to meet their ...

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln Announces Maplecrest Moves Charities

March 26, 2017

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln Announces Maplecrest Moves Charities

Shifts Gears on Charitable Giving to Provide Transportation Logistics for Non-Profits in Northern New Jersey

In a new twist on charitable giving, local auto dealership Maplecrest Ford Lincoln of Union, has retrofitted a 2016 Ford Transit with reinforced flooring and siding, designed cool graphics and created Maplecrest Moves ...

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Atlantic Health System Joins American Cancer Society in Fight Against Colorectal Cancer

Atlantic Health System (AHS), a leading health care delivery network, announced today the organization’s commitment to increase colorectal cancer screening in New Jersey by joining "80 percent by 2018" - a national effort of the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease. 

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women.

Without Mercy by Jefferson Bass

Without Mercy: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass (Harper Collins, 2016)

In James Patterson's Master Class, an online course which I recommend highly to aspiring authors, Patterson talks about the validity of writing with a partner. Patterson notes several well respected creative teams like Lennon and McCartney, Simon and Garfunkle, and explains that combining the creative juices of two ...

Murder on the Orient Express

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ streams along in sizzling suspense

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” has received a terrific stage adaptation by Ken Ludwig. He’s taken a few liberties with the numerous characters, but has tightened the story line so that it all works seamlessly.

Ludwig ...

Tyson Looking for Forever Home

March 15, 2017

UNION, NJ - Check out super handsome Tyson at the Union Animal Shelter. 

 

Tyson is a boxer mix of about 4 to 6 years old who loves to run and go on long walks. He loves big bones to chew and enjoys playing tug of war. Tyson knows a few commands and takes his treats gently. He gets along with other dogs and seems okay with cats. He has been at the shelter looking ...

Nutley Health Department launches 'Operation Anne' Bone Marrow Registry Drive

March 20, 2017

NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Township Health Department has scheduled a Bone Marrow Registry Drive for Tuesday March 28 at the Department of Public Affairs. The drive, 'Operation Anne.' is named for Nutley resident Anne Rotonda who battling AML – Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers told TAPinto Nutley that "Anne is one of America's greatest heroes.

Spring Cleaning of the Mind and Body

March 17, 2017

Now that spring is almost here, it’s time to get the house clean and ready to welcome friends and family again. It’s time to think of color, sunshine, hiking with the kids, wearing bright colored outfits and sipping some lemonade. Just as you spring clean your house, you can spring clean your mind and body and here are some suggestions.


Meditate mindfully - Mindfulness ...

Letters to the Editor

Westfield Reader: 'Lance is Not up to the Tough Job of Leading'

March 15, 2017

When over 2,000 of us showed up to Congressman Leonard Lance's town hall meetings last month, we wanted to ensure a robust, honest, polite but forceful discussion of the issues, most notably ACA repeal, the travel ban, investigations into ties between Russia and the Trump administration and the troublesome treatment of the press.  There was much to discuss and a limited amount of time in ...