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Union Firefighting Recruits Tackle First Live Burn

April 20, 2018

UNION, NJ – Union’s newest Fire Department recruits received real world training last week at their first ‘live burn’, where they faced a building fire at the Union County Fire Training Academy in Linden. 

“This live burn portion of the recruits’ training enables them to get into some live situations with an active fire with some of our more seasoned ...

Union Announces Roads Slated for Improvement

UNION, NJ – Roadwork in Union is set to begin with more than 80 roads targeted for improvement.

Among the initiatives Mayor Suzette Cavadas spoke about during her New Year’s swearing in was a “continued commitment to roads and infrastructure.”

“One of the most important duties carried out by the Department of Public Works is ensuring the safety and quality of ...

Township Adopts 2018 Municipal Budget

UNION, NJ –Municipal taxes for the owner of an average house in Union will increase by about $50 under a new budget adopted at last week’s Township Committee meeting.

“I think it’s important to mention that this budget is based on the commitment of the Township Committee to promote the highest quality of life for all of our residents by providing a physically sound and ...

Another Car Smashes into CVS on Morris Avenue

April 21, 2018

UNION, NJ – For the third time in the past year, a car hit the CVS building at 2287 Morris Avenue at the corner of Commerce Ave.

Union firefighters responded to a call at the CVS at about 12:50 p.m. Thursday.  According to Fire Chief Mike Scanio, a car had struck the building. The Union Fire Department Special Operations Team along with a township construction official did ...

Union Firefighting Recruits Tackle First Live Burn

UNION, NJ – Union’s newest Fire Department recruits received real world training last week at their first ‘live burn’, where they faced a building fire at the Union County Fire Training Academy in Linden. 

“This live burn portion of the recruits’ training enables them to get into some live situations with an active fire with some of our more seasoned ...

Union Police Arrest Spa Workers for Prostitution

UNION, NJ – Union police arrested a man and four women in connection with a prostitution business at a local spa on Morris Avenue.

In September 2017, Union police made arrests at the Birchwood Oils – Essential Oil Rub Treatments -  when they discovered it to be a place of prostitution. 

According to police, they continued to monitor the location and discovered that the ...

Union Talent Front and Center at Chatham Playhouse's Production of "Grease"

April 19, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ – Union will be well represented in the Chatham Playhouse’s upcoming performance of “Grease”, the 96th season for the Chatham Community Players. 

Union High School’s James Mosser is the director and Jennifer Williams the choreographer.  "Grease is probably one of the most recognizable musicals of all time and it is so exciting to bring ...

What is Special Services?

UNION, NJ - The Union Special Education Parent Advisory Group will host a meeting when Union school district representative will share information and updates about the Township of Union School District Special Education Department and related services.

Representatives scheduled to attend include Kim Conti, Director of Special Services, and Joseph Seugling and Latesha Jenkins, ...

Students at Burnet Middle School Honor African American History With Special Museum

UNION, NJ – A museum exhibition entitled “Black History is American History” detailing the 400-year history of African American contributions to American society was held recently at Burnet Middle School.

Social studies teachers Allison Sheahen, Joseph Costello, Thomas O’Reilly and Thomas Scarano had their students research, design, and present the exhibition.
The ...

Baseball: Dren Gojac, Anthony Farinha Fuel Union Farmers Offense in Comeback Win over Johnson Crusaders

April 15, 2018

UNION, NJ-  The Union High School Farmers varsity baseball team trailed in a close game and couldn’t quite solve Arthur L. Johnson High School freshman starting pitcher Kyle Adorno for most of the game. All of that changed in a matter of four batters in the order as the game shifted to the bottom of the fifth inning.

Union senior starting pitcher Brandon Bedlivy got through the ...

Softball: Dayton Wins 5-1 as Cataldo One Hits Union

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Union Farmers faced a one-hitter against Dayton, when Dayton's freshman Nicole Cataldo and her teammates supported her by knocking in five runs.

Dayton jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on freshman Kaya Mahy’s first home run on the game.  Union tied the game 1-1 in the top of the second inning.

In the fourth inning, Dayton added three runs on ...

Adult Softball League

UNION, NJ - Registration is currently open for experienced and novice softball players for the men's and women's leagues.

Call the Union Recreation Department at 908.686.4200 for details.

Due to Popular Demand, Union County Offers More CPR Classes

April 20, 2018

UNION, NJ -  Due to popular demand, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced, two additional CPR training classes have been added in May. Three sessions were previously scheduled in April and are already fully booked.

All classes are open to the general public.

“I encourage all Union County residents to learn basic first aid and emergency response ...

Start Weight Loss Journey with Signature Weight Loss Program; 3-4-5 12 On 12 Off Mindful Nutrition Plan

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - K Primary Care and Medical Nutrition Center launches a signature medical weight loss program that follows well established nutrition guidelines and includes restricted as well as mindful eating. 

"As an Internist with over ten years of experience in weight management, I believe we are what we eat and counting calories is essential for weight loss," said ...

Party Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Of The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Strains of “Happy Birthday” filled the atrium recently at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center.  The occasion was the kick-off party to a month’s long celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the center.

Even before the song rang out, music filled the atrium, as it has for the past 17 years from 9 a.m. to noon ...

Union Talent Front and Center at Chatham Playhouse's Production of "Grease"

April 19, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ – Union will be well represented in the Chatham Playhouse’s upcoming performance of “Grease”, the 96th season for the Chatham Community Players. 

Union High School’s James Mosser is the director and Jennifer Williams the choreographer.  "Grease is probably one of the most recognizable musicals of all time and it is so exciting to bring ...

Free Living History Event Showcases World War I Centennial

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors to experience battlefield life as a World War I American Salvation Army volunteer, featuring Ms. Laurie MacDonald-Gaulke, actress and storyteller, in a special free presentation of “Doughnuts for Doughboys: A Salvation Army Lassie in France.”

Doughnuts for Doughboys takes place on Tuesday, April 25 at ...

Union Municipal Band Offers Free Concerts this Spring and Summer

UNION, NJ - The Union Municipal Band, under the direction of Howard Toplansky, will present a free concert on Monday evening, April 23 at the Hannah Caldwell School Auditorium, 1120 Commerce Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. 

The concert will feature music from Broadway, concert classics and traditional band music.  The program will include: Freischuetz Quickstep, The Mill on the Rock ...

Township Discusses Plans for Phase II of the Stuyvesant Streetscape Project

April 13, 2018

UNION, NJ – Business owners, residents and township officials attended a Phase II Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape informational session on Tuesday morning, sponsored by the Special Improvement District and hosted by BCB Bank.

Plans are in place to update and reconstruct the sidewalks along Stuyvesant Avenue, from Morris Avenue to the Union cannon near Elmwood in Phase II of the Stuyvesant ...

Overlook Named 'Employer of the Year' by NJ APSE

SUMMIT, NJ - Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center received the Employer of the Year Award from the New Jersey chapter of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (NJ APSE) during the Facing the Future 26 Conference on transition and employment. The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) is the only national organization with an exclusive ...

Battle Hill Students Turn an Idea into a Charitable Business

UNION, NJ – At Battle Hill Elementary School’s recent Vendor Night, fourth grade Gifted & Talented students had an opportunity to preview the business project they created in preparation for the upcoming district-wide fourth-grade Young Entrepreneur Challenge.

“It all started with a piece of paper,” said Ava Soares, one of the Gifted & Talented students. She and ...

Union Man Arraigned in $2 Million Fraudulent Check Scheme

April 19, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – A Union man was one of two men arraigned Tuesday for their alleged roles in a phony check scheme that stole over $2 million in merchandise from multiple home-improvement stores throughout the country, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. 

Lessie Dickerson III, 33, of Union, and John Muyeka, 42, of Sayreville, are charged by indictment with one count of conspiracy ...

Asst. Prosecutor in Wyckoff Murder Trial Receives Union County Prosecutor's Office Gladiator Award

ELIZABETH, NJ – Scott Peterson, assistant prosecutor in the trial for April Wyckoff’s murder, was honored as part of the county prosecutor’s office’s National Crimes Victims’ Rights Week.

Peterson was honored along with Ted Merced, a veteran detective, and Azucena “Susie” Arias, a victim/witness advocate who handles sensitive matters, according to a ...

Union Rotary Continues Tradition of Handing Out New Dictionaries to Third Graders

April 18, 2018

UNION, NJ – For over 10 years, the Rotary Club of Union has given a new dictionary to every third grader in Union schools.

Union Rotary member Norman Wooley said they have given out over 600 dictionaries this year, “and we’re not done yet.”

According to the Rotary, the mission of the Rotary Dictionary Project is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active ...

Union Rotary Meet and Greet

UNION, NJ – A Union Rotary meet and greet, an opportunity for prospective new members to take a look at what the Union Rotary is all about, took place last week at BCB Community Bank.

“The purpose of this evening is to learn about Rotary,” said Rotary member Norman Wooley, “where impact starts with our members – people like you who see a world where people unite ...

Thank You, St. Joseph's Volunteers

Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (http://www.sjeliz.org).  Whether you make a sandwich, collect toiletries, tutor in the job program, make soup, wrap Christmas gifts, donate food, ...

Shade Gardening Beyond Hostas

April 14, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A shady spot provides welcome relief from the summer heat; but it can make growing a beautiful garden a bit more challenging. Take heart, your landscape may receive more sunlight than you suspect and if not, there are quite a few shade-tolerant plants you can grow.

Evaluating the sun and shade patterns throughout the day, season, and year is a good place to start.

Countywide Free Scrap Metal Recycling Event to be Held in Rahway and Cranford

April 12, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A free Countywide scrap metal recycling event is scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 21 in Rahway and Cranford.  

A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, are included in the program.

“This countywide program helps to fill a service gap in some Union County municipalities that currently have no pickup for scrap ...

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Friends of the Union Library Plan Trip to Longwood Gardens

April 19, 2018

UNION, NJ - The Friends of the Union Public Library and BCB Community Bank have planned a trip to Longwood Gardens for Sunday, May 20.

The $50.00 fee includes bus trip, entrance to gardens, and snacks.  RSVP by May 1.  The bus leaves the Library municipal lot on Morris Avenue at 9:00 a.m. and returns at 6:00 p.m.

Checks can be made payable to 'Friends of the Union Public ...

Second Annual "Spring into the Arts"

UNION, NJ - The Second Annual "Spring into the Arts" festival will take place this Sunday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., sponsored by Photography by Rebimbas.

The event will feature local businesses, artists, music, dance and many activities, including pottery, jewelry, big band classics.  For more information, call 908-851-2701.  The event takes place in the area ...

Karate at the Union Public Library

UNION, NJ - Sensei Andrew Crescenzo from USA Karate from USA Karate & Fitness will be teaching a four-week series of 30 minute karate classes.  All levels welcome.

Classes run from Saturday, April 21 through Saturday, May 12.  Ages 3-6:  12:00 p.m.  Ages 7-11:  12:30 p.m.

Registration is required.  Email emacleod@uplnj.org for more information.

Upcoming Events

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Sat, April 21, 9:00 AM

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Second Annual Waterway Cleanup

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Sat, April 21, 12:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Karate

Education Sports

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Sat, April 21, 2:00 PM

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Family M.E.S.S.

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Sun, April 22, 9:00 AM

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Second Annual Spring into the Arts

Favour Garuba of Union nitiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

April 21, 2018

BATON ROUGE, LA - Favour Garuba of Union was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Garuba was initiated at Caldwell University.

Garuba is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by ...

Vauxhall's John Jenkins Passes Away

UNION, NJ -  John Jenkins, a Newark native and resident of Vauxhall, passed away on April 12.  Jenkins was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and community member.

Jenkins was the devoted husband of Wimphrey (Williams) Jenkins; the beloved father of Jay (Vicki), Jerraune (Teressa), Jermel and Jeoffrey Jenkins; the grandfather of Monique, Jai (Leslie), Jazmyne, Jermel ...

Plainfield's Assemblyman Jerry Green Is Dead at Age 79

April 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) has died at age 79, according to an email to TAPinto Plainfield from Councilwoman-at-Large Rebecca Williams. (Williams also shared the information on her Facebook page.)

On Jan. 24, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) resigned as Chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee "to focus his energy on recovering from an ...

CFESPTA Tricky Tray Set for May 18

April 17, 2018

UNION, NJ - The 5th annual Tricky Tray at Connecticut Farms Elementary School will be held on Friday May 18.

Door open for the CFESPTA Red, White and Blue Tricky Tray at 5:00 p.m.  Calling begins at 7:00.  Contact Kathy McGee (908) 377-1164 or email kathymcgee74@gmail.com for additional information.

Union's First United Poetry Slam

UNION, NJ - Poets and performers from Kawameeh and Burnet Middle Schools and Union High School will get together to perform at the United Poetry Slam on Friday, May 11 at the high school.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Red Cross.  There is a suggested donation of $1.  The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

Unveiled Sunday: Springfield's Meckes Street Renamed Reverend Clarence E. Alston Way

April 17, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Reverend Alston lead the congregation at Antioch Baptist Church for 53 years. He died October 8, 2017. According to the Proclamation issued by the Township of Springfield, he attended the Union public schools and earned his degree from Trinity Bible College in Indiana. Reverend Alston was ordained November 1964. He presided over the building of the Church and several ...

Cranford Man Dies After Wrong-Way Crash on Route 9

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – A Cranford man died after his car collided with another vehicle on Route 9 on Sunday.

Thomas McHugh, 88, was driving north in the southbound fast lane on Route 9, where he crashed head-on into another vehicle. On impact, one of the cars caught fire, according to Sgt. Jim Chessere of the Woodbridge Police Department.

 McHugh was taken from the scene to Robert ...

YESTERcades Opens in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — A crowd of families lined up outside of YESTERcades in Downtown Westfield Friday night to be the first to play Pac-Man, Street Fighter, Space Invaders and other classic video and arcade games.

Located at 151 East Broad St. (formerly City Sports), it’s is the company’s third location.

YESTERcades describes itself as gaming experience straight out of the ...

How to Report Potholes in Union County

April 21, 2018

With the winter weather finally winding down, potholes are a frequent issue for drivers. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like you to know there are resources you can use to report them to the proper agency.

"We certainly encourage drivers and commuters to report any pothole they encounter on roads throughout Union County to the responsible authority," said ...

Union County Freeholder Board Reminds Seniors on New Medicare Cards

Union County, NJ – In recognition of May as Older Americans Month, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds Union County’s senior adults that they will receive new Medicare cards from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this summer.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is the federal agency that runs the Medicare program. It is a branch ...

Free Living History Event Showcases World War I Centennial

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors to experience battlefield life as a World War I American Salvation Army volunteer, featuring Ms. Laurie MacDonald-Gaulke, actress and storyteller, in a special free presentation of “Doughnuts for Doughboys: A Salvation Army Lassie in France.”

Doughnuts for Doughboys takes place on Tuesday, April 25 at ...

Senator Menendez Speaks at Union County College about College Affordability

ELIZABETH – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez visited Union County College’s Elizabeth campus on April 13 to speak about issues surrounding college affordability. He has been an advocate for affordable higher education in New Jersey for many years and recently co-sponsored the America’s College Promise Act which would offer free tuition at community colleges throughout the ...

Columns

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

What Union is Reading: Month ending March 2018

April 10, 2018

It is often said that you can tell a lot about a person by what they read but can you tell as much about a community by what they read? Take a look and see what you think. The top five circulated print books in six categories for the Union Public Library in March 2018 follows. The top circulated digital books from RBdigital make up the seventh category, download the app today and start borrowing ...

Letters to the Editor

Thank You, St. Joseph's Volunteers

April 16, 2018

Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (http://www.sjeliz.org).  Whether you make a sandwich, collect toiletries, tutor in the job program, make soup, wrap Christmas gifts, donate food, ...