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Police Seek Help in Recovering Missing Wallet

October 16, 2017

UNION, NJ – Union police are requesting the public’s help in recovering a customer’s wallet left at The Koki Buffet.

According to a Facebook post from Union police, a man inadvertently left his wallet on the counter at the Koki Buffet, located at 1350 Galloping Hill Road on Saturday.  When he returned a few minutes later to retrieve it, it was gone.

Police say ...

UNICO Honors Union Fire Chief Scanio and Union Police Officer Cavallo

UNION, NJ – Union Fire Chief Michael Scanio and Union police officer Anthony Cavallo were the honorees Saturday night at Union’s UNICO Humanitarian Dinner.

Township Committee members, Union County Freeholder Vernell Wright, Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan and UNICO National President Tom Vaughan were among those celebrating the 37th Richard J. Galante, Sr. Humanitarian Award ...

Dedication of Union's New Ambulance

UNION, NJ – A dedication and blessing for Union’s newest ambulance took place on Thursday at fire headquarters.

“It gives me great pride to stand before this fine piece of equipment and know that it will be put to use by the most capable and qualified individuals,” said Committeewoman and Fire Commissioner Michele Delisfort.  “Today I can think of nothing ...

Diamond Circle Club Members Reconnect at Fall Luncheon

October 17, 2017

UNION, NJ – Diamond Circle Club members had an opportunity on Saturday to reconnect and catch up at their fall luncheon at Suburban Country Club.

According to club president Joe Canarelli, the luncheons are a way for members to meet twice a year, renew old friendships, and hear about what’s going on in their lives.  “It helps people stay in touch.  ...

Connecticut Farms Hispanic Heritage Club Kicks Off With Guatemalan Worry Dolls

UNION, NJ – In the first of three Hispanic Heritage Club sessions, third and fourth grade students at Connecticut Farms School learned about and made Guatemalan Worry Dolls.

The Club, running for three sessions after school during Hispanic Heritage Month, concentrates on helping students share knowledge and experiences about countries where Spanish is spoken. 

Run by Spanish ...

Livingston Students Connect with Family and Friends Through Writing

UNION, NJ – Students at Livingston Elementary School learned about making connections recently when they wrote letters to family and friends about their goals for the year.

As part of the third grade curriculum for Language Arts/Social Studies, students in Mrs. Denner’s and Mrs. D’Agostino’s classes chose someone special in their lives to write a letter to about their ...

Union Girls Defeat Union Catholic in Quarter Finals

October 15, 2017

UNION, NJ - Union brought their A-game yesterday against Union Catholic, 1-0, to advance to the semi finals.

 

Both teams fought hard, and the game remained scoreless in the first half.  

 

Kayla Lima scored the winning goal for Union with Tamia Howell assisting.

 

Goalkeeper Caitlyn Finnerty had five saves for Union, while Izzy DiDario fought ...

Football: Missed Late Extra Point Caps Off Union Farmers Heartbreaking Loss to Franklin HS

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ-  The Union High School Farmers varsity football team continued to hang on in a game that featured a scoreless first half and fought, despite trailing at a few points of the second half.

Following a Union punt with 6:15 left in the fourth quarter, Franklin got the ball at the Union 41-yard line and with the Warriors facing third-down-and-14 from the Farmers 45-yard ...

Girls Soccer: Union Keeps Up the Momentum to Beat Oak Knoll, 4-0

UNION, NJ - Union girls soccer was on fire Thursday, defeating Oak Knoll, 4-0, at home.

Kayla Lima scored three times for Union, while Kelly Severini scored one goal. Karen Vera and Kayla Miller-People provided two assists each.

Goalkeeper Caitlyn Finnerty had four saves for Union, while Katie Lawler had six for Oak Knoll.

Union will be playing again on Saturday at 11 ...

Atlantic Health's #AskHer Campaign Promotes Annual Mammograms During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 17, 2017

MORRISTOWN, NJ - In addition to asking the women in your life what's for dinner? Can you drop me at practice? Or how was your day? Ask her...... Have you scheduled your mammogram?

In 2017, 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the United States, according to Atlantic Health System. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month,  the ...

Discussion: Ending the Heroin/Opioid Epidemic

UNION, NJ - A panel discussion is set to discuss 'Ending the Heroin/Opioid Epidemic' for Monday, Oct. 30 at Town Hall.

The panel will provide an update on the national opioid and heroin epidemic and where Union falls and will provide citizens ways on discussing drug abuse with children and loved ones.  The panelists will share resources, services and solutions to concerned ...

Life Takes Flight: Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at Summit's Overlook Medical Center Receives 100th Patient Via Air Transfer

SUMMIT, NJ - The helipad at Overlook Medical Center, designated for hospital-to-hospital transport of critically ill neuroscience patients, has enabled the Atlantic Health System hospital to receive, on October 7, its 100th patient by air transfer.

Since the helipad opened on Overlook;s roof November 28, 2016, 100 critically ill neuroscience patients have been transferred ...

Union County Brings Sensory-Friendly Performance of GALUMPHA to Rahway

October 15, 2017

RAHWAY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will bring a sensory-friendly performance featuring the visually stunning acrobatics of GALUMPHA to the stage at the Union County Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m.

All tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased through the Union County Performing Arts Center at ucpac.org or by calling the Box Office at ...

Scenes from Union's Autumn Festival

UNION, NJ – Hundreds participated in Union’s Autumn Festival on Saturday in Union Center.

Hosted by Union’s Special Improvement District (SID), the festival featured a brewery and cigar station, music, vendors and food.  For the kids, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon art and pumpkin decorating was available.

An ice cream eating contest, sponsored by the ...

Rich In History - Union Sites Share Spotlight in County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Event

UNION, NJ –Take a walk through history at Union County’s annual civic heritage event, “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County’s History” on Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 22 from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with staff and volunteers at 35 historic sites, ...

Township Committee Candidates to Participate in Forum

October 11, 2017

UNION, NJ - The League of Women Voters will sponsor a forum for Union Township Committee at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Union Township Municipal Building, 1976 Morris Avenue.

 The evening will start with a two-minute opening presentation in which candidates are asked to give biographical information and their position on what they consider  the most import issues in the election. They ...

Job Fair: Over Thirty Retailers Looking for Seasonal Help

October 11, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ--Over thirty retailers will be participating in a job fair on Friday, October 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Mills at Jersey Gardens in the Center Court.

Participating retailers will be hiring for multiple positions, a majority of those positions will be seasonal and part-time employees to help during its busy holiday season. For most retailers, the holiday shopping ...

LongHorn Steak House Set to Open in Springfield in Late October

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Darden Group’s LongHorn Steakhouse is having the finishing touches completed for a planned opening date of October 31 for its Springfield location.  A sign out front has a website listed to apply online for jobs. The website is www.LongHornSteakhouse.com/Careers.

This chain began in 1981 in Atlanta Georgia with one man’s passion for the perfect steak. It ...

Department of Justice: ISIS Sympathizer Arrested in Cranford, Plotting the "Next 9/11" with Two Accomplices

October 9, 2017

NEW YORK, NY – The Department of Justice released details of a thwarted terror plot to attack New York City during the summer of 2016 on Friday.

Three men, who were arrested in 2016 and 2017, planned to detonate bombs in Times Square and the New York City subway system and shoot civilians at concert venues in support of ISIS, according to the Department of Justice.

The three arrested ...

Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalksi to be honored by Community Access Unlimited Nov. 2

October 16, 2017

ELIZABETH--Community Access Unlimited (CAU) will be honoring Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski and Kevin Casey, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, at its Annual Gala Dinner Dance, being held Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott.

CAU is a statewide Elizabeth-based nonprofit providing support programs and ...

Annual Union County Youth Services Networking Conference Scheduled for Oct. 25 in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH--The 5th Annual Union County Youth Services Networking Conference will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Community Access Unlimited (CAU) at 80 West Grand Street in Elizabeth.

The annual networking conference is open to any Union County professional or organization working within the child services sector and offers attendees the opportunity to meet and ...

Keep Orchids Beautiful and Blooming

October 5, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Lift your spirits, enliven your indoor décor or give the gift of beautiful blooming orchids.  You’ll enjoy these exotic blossoms for months with just minimal care – once you know what to do.  

Start with a healthy flowering plant.  The phalaenopsis or moth orchid is the most widely available and easiest to grow. It’s similar to ...

Dedication of Union's New Ambulance

October 13, 2017

UNION, NJ – A dedication and blessing for Union’s newest ambulance took place on Thursday at fire headquarters.

“It gives me great pride to stand before this fine piece of equipment and know that it will be put to use by the most capable and qualified individuals,” said Committeewoman and Fire Commissioner Michele Delisfort.  “Today I can think of nothing ...

Union Comes Together in Vigil for Las Vegas Victims

UNION, NJ – A candlelight vigil was held Friday evening outside Town Hall in remembrance of the victims of the rent Las Vegas shooting.

“I stand here before you quite speechless,” said Mayor Suzette Cavadas.  “From natural disasters to international conflicts and now this, the worst mass shooting in the United States’ history.  Across the nation people ...

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Empowerment Through Mental Health Awareness Discussion

October 17, 2017

UNION, NJ - The Human Relations Commission is hosting "Empowerment Through Mental Health Awareness," an evening discussion on suicide prevention on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public and will be held in Town Hall, Bonnel Room, 2nd floor.

 

Chanel Missing from Battle Hill Section

UNION, NJ - Chanel has been missing since after 9:00 Monday night.

She lives on Meeker Road in the Battle HIll section of Union.  Chanel, 10 years old, is very small and timid.  According to the owner's cousin, Union police have been contacted.  Chanel does have tags. 

 

Kawameeh Middle School PTA Clothing Drive

UNION, NJ - The Kawameeh Middle School PTA will be hosting a clothing drive on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Items being accepted are:  wearable and usable clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, linens, stuffed animals, hard toys.

The Kawameeh Middle School PTA will receive a donation for the total poundage that is collected.  Please put clothing items in well ...

Union High School's September Male Athlete of the Month: Andre Vieira

October 12, 2017

UNION, NJ – Andre Vieira has been chosen Union High School’s September Male Athlete of the Month, sponsored by Service Professionals.

Vieira, a junior, is on the boys soccer team and scored two goals in September.

What is your favorite part of being a high school athlete?

My favorite part of being an athlete is that I get to share the experience with my friends and share the ...

Union High School's September Female Athlete of the Month: Andrea Santiago

UNION, NJ – Andrea Santiago has been chosen Union High School’s September Female Athlete of the Month, sponsored by Service Professionals.

Santiago is a senior on the girls soccer team and scored one goal and two assists in September.  She is ranked fifth in her class and has a 4.65 grade point average.

What is your favorite part of being a high school athlete?

There are ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, October 17, 11:00 AM

Union Public Library, Union

Pre-K "Game Time"

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Tue, October 17, 12:30 PM

Vauxhall Public Library, Vauxhall

Tai Chi - Free Exercise Program For Mature Adults

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Tue, October 17, 2:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Tuesday at 2 Movie: "Maudie" (2016)

Arts & Entertainment

Katarina Lopes: Class of 2021 at Loyola University Maryland

October 17, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD - Katarina Lopes, from Union, is now a member of the class of 2021 at Loyola University Maryland.

As first-year students embark on their college experience, they will all take part in Loyola's living learning program, Messina. The common text for Messina is Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. The book, a compelling first-hand account of a lawyer who defends the poor and ...

Union Resident and Amy Veteran Jake Fernandez Honored

UNION, NJ - Union resident and Army veteran Jake Fernandez was one of the honorees at the "Salute the Troops" ceremony in Springfield earlier this moth.

 

Hosted by the New Jersey Veterans Network and the Union County Freeholders, the event honored one veteran from each Union County municipality  for their outstanding military service.

 

Staff Sgt.

Cops Arrest 4 After Stolen Car Crashes Through Fence in Westfield

October 15, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — UPDATED AT 12:15 p.m.

Around 7 a.m. Sunday morning, a stolen car left the roadway and crashed on the 1200 block of Central Avenue, according to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman. Four males excited the vehicle and fled on foot, he said.

Photos taken by the home's owner show that the car crashed through a fence and into the bushes.

The car was not being ...

Rich In History - Union Sites Share Spotlight in County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Event

UNION, NJ –Take a walk through history at Union County’s annual civic heritage event, “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County’s History” on Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 22 from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with staff and volunteers at 35 historic sites, ...

Groundbreaking at $8.9 Million Ashbrook Golf Course Clubhouse in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --The Union County Freeholder Board today held a groundbreaking in Scotch Plains for the new $8.9 million Ash Brook Golf Course Clubhouse  that is anticipated to open in September 2018.

Once constructed, the new 21,000 sq. ft. building will house a full-service restaurant with terrace (capacity: 120 people), a full retail pro shop, administrative ...

Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalksi to be honored by Community Access Unlimited Nov. 2

October 16, 2017

ELIZABETH--Community Access Unlimited (CAU) will be honoring Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski and Kevin Casey, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, at its Annual Gala Dinner Dance, being held Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott.

CAU is a statewide Elizabeth-based nonprofit providing support programs and ...

Union County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums Hosting 17th Annual Pub Night

Union County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums will host its 17th annual Pub Night on Friday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kenilworth Veterans Center located at 33 South 21st Street in Kenilworth, NJ 07033.

 

The band’s Pub Night will be a celebration of Celtic music with a powerful performance by the Union County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums and entertainment by Bloody ...

Dracula The Radio Drama Comes to Union Center

UNION, NJ - Pop Up Theater -- performances in unexpected places -- continues in Union’s Downtown Center when The Theater Project presents the radio drama DRACULA in a cleverly converted annex at Union’s Unity Bank. The Theater Project will recreate the Lux Radio Theater circa 1932 where 8 actors, a musician and one extremely overworked sound technician – all that thunder and ...

Lantern Cemetery Tour of Aging Tombstones on Tap  -- If You Dare

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ If your love of history is stronger than your fear of zombies, then mark Saturday, Oct. 21, in your calendar.

As part of the Four Centuries in a Weekend history event, the Rev. Chaz Hutchison, pastor of the Scotch Plains Baptist Church, will lead a lantern tour of one of the oldest cemeteries in the area. The tour starts at 5:30 p.m. and will run approximately one ...

Columns

Family Health

Second Opinion on Breast Cancer Program Offers Peace of Mind

A breast cancer diagnosis can change a person’s life. And during such devastating news, the sheer amount of information regarding treatment and follow-up care can quickly become overwhelming. However, patients are not alone in this fight. Atlantic Health System’s Breast Cancer Second Opinion Program at Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Overlook Medical Center, is helping provide peace of ...

'The Honeymooners' smart, snappy production

Smart, sassy production of ‘The Honeymooners’ takes off at Paper Mill

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – “And away we go” indeed. The creative team at the Paper Mill Playhouse has taken the seeds of “The Honeymooners” from 1950’s television and turned it into a smart, snappy musical.

Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton are still up to their get-rich-quick ...

"A Beautiful Mind" Nobel Prize Winner is Honored by New Jersey Congressional Representatives

October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) announced passage of her bill in the House to name a Princeton post office after scholar and pioneer, Dr. John F. Nash, Jr.  He is the only person to be awarded both the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the Abel Prize in Economics.

“Dr. John F. Nash, Jr. serves as a national ...

Want to Take Your Business Global? New Jersey Businesses Eligible for Grant Funding

October 15, 2017

Are you a New Jersey business owner who has already realized the potential of a global market or an entrepreneur seeking to increase sales and profit by taking your business worldwide? 

The New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) has been awarded a $606,151 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help New Jersey companies gain access to ...

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Endorsement of Joe Florio for Township Committee

October 17, 2017

This is a letter explaining why I endorse Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio for Township Committee for the Township of Union, New Jersey.  Simply put – he is the best.

I have lived in our wonderful town for close to 20 years.  Throughout my years here, my family and I have directly benefited from the good that Deputy Mayor Florio has done. 

For example, one of my children is ...

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dear Editor,

For years, I could never understand why each October we marked Dyslexia Awareness Month as a federal event, but not a state event. 

As a member of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA), I am aware our association has dedicated considerable resources to educating our elected leaders in Trenton about the importance of this designation. I am pleased ...