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Union's Rev. Dr. LL DuBreuil to be Honored as Woman of the Year

February 24, 2017

UNION, NJ – Rev. Dr. LL DuBreuil is to be honored as “Woman of the Year” as part of Union’s Women’s History Month Kickoff event on March 8.

“Rev. DuBreuil is a shining example of leadership, compassion, unity and womanhood,” said Mayor Suzette Cavadas. “She is a champion of people’s rights and has left an undeniable impact on our community ...

Protesters Rally in at Congressman Lance’s Westfield Office Against Trump’s Immigration Policies

WESTFIELD, NJ — About 50 people gathered in front of Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office for 45 minutes Thursday to protest President Trump’s immigration policies. Among them were members of immigrants’ rights organization Make the Road, Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau and New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca.

Demonstrators chanted “No hate, no ...

Lance Responds to Questions on Russia, Impeachment, Environment at Town Hall

BRANCHBURG, NJ – There was so much interest in Rep. Leonard Lance’s Town Hall yesterday that a second one has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday.

Lance said Raritan Valley Community College’s Nash Theater was chosen for each event because it’s the largest venue in his district. Saturday’s Town hall will be Lance’s 42nd such meeting since being elected to ...

Motorcyclist Killed in Chestnut Street Accident Identified as Union Man

February 26, 2017

UNION, NJ – Police have identified the motorcyclist killed Saturday night on Chestnut Street as Paulo a. Borges of Union.

Union police responded to the fatal crash near the intersection of Fairway Drive at 5:47 p.m. 

According to police, a 2011 Lincoln MKZ, operated by 44-year old Emrique Martinez of Union, was making a left turn from Chestnut Street north onto Fairway Drive when ...

Fatal Motorcycle Accident on Chestnut Street

UNION, NJ - A fatal motorcycle accident occurred Saturday evening at 5:45 p.m. on Chestnut Street near Fairway Drive.

According to police, the motorcyclist was transferred to Newark Beth Israel where he was pronounced dead.  Multiple police, fire and EMS units were on scene.  The accident occurred when the motorcycle, traveling south on Chestnut Street, ran into the side of a ...

Route 22 West Closed in the Vicinity of Summit Road

Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:16 p.m. MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The Mountainside Police Department have reported access to Overlook Hospital from Route 22 is inaccessible due to an accident involving a vehicle and utility pole. East bound lanes have reopened, west bound lanes remain closed in the vicinity of US 22 and Summit Road while PSE&G works to ...

Meet the Leaders: Township of Union Board of Education President Ron McDowell

February 23, 2017

UNION, NJ – Each week, Tapinto Union will be running a series called “Meet the Leaders”.  The objective is to provide our readers an opportunity to hear from Township leaders in government, public safety, education, houses of worship and other areas, regarding Union’s present and future outlook.  

Each leader was asked to share a little information ...

Canadian Actress Emily Hampshire Visits Union High School

UNION, NJ - Award-winning Canadian film and television actress Emily Hampshire visited Union High School last week.

Hampshire stopped in to Mr. Mosser’s Advanced Musical Theatre Class offering her insight into the film and television industry and shared her story of how she made her dream become a reality. Starting at an early age, Hampshire focused on her goals, she said.

Union High School Students Compete in American Legion Oratorical Contest

UNION, NJ – Union High School student Sienna Buccu won the first two rounds of the American Legion Oratorical contest, sponsored by UHS, on December 3, 2016 and February 4, 2017.

This national speech contest, which was created to help develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution among high school students, consists of an 8-10 minute memorized speech on the United ...

Union Wrestler Zuena Earns Trip to State Finals

February 25, 2017

UNION, NJ – Union High School wrestler Nick Zuena has earned a trip to the State Wrestling Championships next weekend in Atlantic City.

Zuena, a 152-pound wrestler, finished second in the regional finals held at Union High School on Saturday.  He lost via decision to Seton Hall Prep’s T.J. Calas, 5-0. 

Zuena and wrestlers from throughout New Jersey will compete in the ...

This Week UHS Basketball Highlights

 

WOODBRIDGE, NJ - Nneka Moneme scored 17 points to lead Union's Girl's Basketball to a 48-33 win over Woodbridge. 

Woodbridge trailed by three at the half, but Union outscored it 20-10 in the third quarter to take a 13-point lead into the fourth. Krizia Aponte added nine points for Union.

Brooke Timinski led Woodbridge with 20 points, including six 3-pointers.

Boys Basketball: Union High School Wins Against Franklin

UNION, NJ - Justin Beckett scored 12 points with four 3-pointers and Ryan Dolce added 12 with two 3-pointers to lead Union to a 68-51 victory over Franklin at  Franklin.  

Jon Green had 10 points with five rebounds and three steals for Union, which led 35-21 at halftime.

Overlook Medical Center in Summit Named Among 'America's 100 Best Hospitals' by Healthgrades

February 22, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ -- Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, has been recognized as one of ‘America’s 100 Best Hospitals’ for clinical excellence by consumer rankings group Healthgrades. The designation places Overlook in the top 2 percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical performance.

“As health care becomes ever more focused on value, the national ...

"Garrett's Gift" Entertains and Educates

February 25, 2017

UNION, NJ – A screening of the animated film “Garrett’s Gift”, part of the Township’s Black History Month Film Festival celebration and sponsored by the Union Public Library, took place last week at the Vauxhall Public Library.

“Garrett’s Gift” recounts the story of inventor Garrett Morgan and the origins of his idea for the traffic light.  ...

Celebrating Black History Month, Free Screening of "Hidden Figures" Draws Over 700

UNION, NJ – Lines stretched out of the theater and down the block Tuesday night with folks awaiting the free screening of “Hidden Figures” at the Union Theater, a continuation of the Township’s Black History Month celebrations.

More than 700 people attended the free screening and every theater was filled to capacity.

“My colleagues and I were determined to ...

Canadian Actress Emily Hampshire Visits Union High School

UNION, NJ - Award-winning Canadian film and television actress Emily Hampshire visited Union High School last week.

Hampshire stopped in to Mr. Mosser’s Advanced Musical Theatre Class offering her insight into the film and television industry and shared her story of how she made her dream become a reality. Starting at an early age, Hampshire focused on her goals, she said.

Springfield’s West 22 Diner Closes – “Thanks to Our Patrons for Eight and a Half Great Years”

February 25, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - West 22 Diner owner Alex Manolakis managed the diner for the last eight and a half years.  It just closed.

In the past year, he was approached by Darden Foods, parent company to Longhorn Steak House.  They told him they wanted to build a new restaurant on the diner’s location.  He believes a new restaurant with fresh landscaping will be betterment to the ...

The Hilton Garden Inn Springfield is Open

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Hilton Gardens Inn is officially open. The lobby is contemporary and inviting. Room rates range from $149-$189 for a standard room. Suites are available including a three room bridal suite. No guests had been booked for the first night yet but the staff is ready.

The Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield at 304 Rt. 22 West.  Here are two more pictures to give you a ...

Sneak Preview: Hilton Garden Inn Springfield to Open Later Today

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield at 304 Rt. 22 West is expected to open at 2 p.m. today.  Here are four pictures to give you a sneak preview of what to expect. 

There are over 686 Hilton Garden Inns worldwide.  The website says it is “…the upscale, yet affordable hotel brand”.  There are 21 new locations and 22 upcoming hotels ...

Union Resident Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

February 23, 2017

UNION, NJ – A Township of Union man has been charged with possessing and distributing hundreds of computer files depicting child pornography, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

A Union County grand jury has returned a three-count indictment against Jadir Souza, 62.  Souza is charged with second-degree distribution of child pornography, second-degree ...

Mother Seton Regional High School….a Beacon of Hope

February 16, 2017

CLARK, NJ - Students from Mother Seton Regional High School have organized a school team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraising event which will be held on June 3 at Rahway Park.

Voting on a school wide ballot, the students named their team “Setters for Survival” as a tribute to the Irish Setter, the breed which has been the long time mascot for the ...

Green Acres Park Development Project Discussed at Township Committee Meeting

February 15, 2017

UNION, NJ – A public hearing was held at Tuesdays Township Committee meeting to address the grant application for the NJDEP Green Acres Land Acquisition and Park Development project.

Joe Venezia, Township Engineer, said, “the Township is applying for Green Acres funds for the Green Lane Park.  The purpose of this hearing is to explain this project to the ...

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Part of Elmwood Avenue to be Closed Thursday

February 22, 2017

UNION, NJ – Elmwood Avenue, from Caldwell to Morris Avenues, will be closed from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, according to a social media post from the Township of Union Police.

The closure is due to DPW tree work.  Police recommend planning an alternate route to avoid traffic delays during this time.

 

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Mon, February 27, 6:00 PM

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Hilton Readers Book Discussion Group: "Every ...

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Mon, February 27, 7:00 PM

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225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights

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Tue, February 28, 9:00 AM

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Informational Networking Session on Union ...

Former Resident and UHS Grad Jessica M. Petti Passes Away

February 25, 2017

UNION, NJ - Jessica M. Petti (nee Piano) 31, of East Hanover, formerly of Union, passed away on Friday February 24, at home surrounded by her loving family.

The funeral will be conducted from the Galante Funeral Home 2800 Morris  Avenue in Union, on Monday at 9 AM. The funeral Mass will be at St. Rose of Lima Church  at 11 AM. The interment will follow in Gate of Heaven ...

Union County Prosecutor's Office Seeks Public’s Assistance in 2016 Rahway Homicide

February 25, 2017

Police are  still looking for answers in the shooting death of a Rahway sneaker store owner, killed a year ago Sunday in his own store. Authorities are again requesting assistance from the public in an effort to solve the homicide of 21-year-old Jamal Gaines, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

The Union County Crime Stoppers are offing  a reward of up to ...

Massena, Union County College’s Men’s Basketball Star, Surpasses 1000 Career Points

CRANFORD - Chinua “Chewy” Massena, a sophomore guard from Bloomfield and a vital member of Union County College’s Men’s Basketball team, surpassed his 1000 career point total during the Feb. 2 game against Passaic County College. In addition to this significant achievement, he is currently leading the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III in scoring, ...

Protesters Rally in at Congressman Lance’s Westfield Office Against Trump’s Immigration Policies

WESTFIELD, NJ — About 50 people gathered in front of Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office for 45 minutes Thursday to protest President Trump’s immigration policies. Among them were members of immigrants’ rights organization Make the Road, Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau and New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca.

Demonstrators chanted “No hate, no ...

Township of Union Education Foundation Sponsoring Raffle

February 25, 2017

UNION, NJ - The Township of Union Education Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to raise funds to sponsor innovative and educational programs in Union’s public schools, is sponsoring a raffle.

The cost of a ticket is $5.  The First Prize is an iPad Mini – a $400 value.  Second Prize is “A Gift Certificates Basket” containing Gift ...

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I Loved Her at the Movies by Robert J. Wagner and Scott Eyman

I Loved Her at the Movies: Memories of Hollywood’s Legendary Actresses by Robert J. Wagner with Scott Eyman (Viking, 2016)

 

I Loved Her at the Movies, by veteran actor Robert J. Wagner, begins with his first encounter with a major screen star, Norma Shearer. At the age of eight, Wagner was a school mate of Irving Thalberg, Jr., Shearer’s son. One notable weekend Thalberg ...

‘Shipwrecked’ Rollicks Along at Dreamcatcher Theatre

SUMMIT, NJ – You may be in for a high seas adventure if you visit “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself).”

This 90-minute play by Donald Margulies has plenty to keep you entranced. Margulies has won just about every theatre award possible for such plays as “Time Stands Still” and “Dinner with ...

Georgie Loves Everyone...and Playing Fetch

February 17, 2017

Georgie is a sweet and playful 8-9 year old mix, about 40 pounds. Georgie is very well behaved and loves everyone. He LOVES playing fetch and is a master at the game. He will play for hours on end. Georgie also knows his commands and is good with other dogs and cats. 

 

Georgie was found as a stray. He was hit by a car and had a huge gash on his forehead. He also had head trauma ...

Anti-Latino, Anti-Muslim Posters Found at Rutgers

February 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Shortly after an anti-Muslim poster was found at Rutgers University this week, school officials reported this morning the discovery of an anti-Latino poster on campus.

The anti-Muslim handbill called for a “Muslim-free America” and was posted Monday at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, which offers prayer space for Muslim students, according to a Rutgers ...

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