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Township Introduces Recycle Coach App

September 19, 2018

UNION, NJ – Do you sometimes determine the weekly recycle schedule by looking out your window to see what your neighbors have put out? 

The Township is introducing a new app to help residents become better recyclers. 

The Recycle Coach app provides recycling information in a “clear and concise manner to improve recycling rates as well as successfully ...

Marijuana Legalization Debate Scheduled for Sept. 24

UNION, NJ – A debate on the topic of Marijuana Legalization for recreational use, hosted by the Regular Democratic Club of Union, will be held on Monday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The debate will feature Bill Caruso of NJ United for Marijuana Reform in favor and Stephen Reid, Executive Director of NJ Responsible Approaches to Marijuana Policy against.

The speakers will begin with ...

Union Youth Receives Congressional Award

SUMMIT NJ — A Union resident was among 92 New Jersey youth who were awarded a Congressional Award at the 2018 New Jersey Congressional Award Ceremony, hosted by U.S. Representative Leonard Lance (NJ-07).

The statewide ceremony recognized New Jersey youth with The Congressional Award Bronze, Silver, or Gold Medal. Roger Sweet of Union received a Bronze ...

Parts of Liberty Avenue Closed Due to Transformer Fire

September 18, 2018

UNION, NJ - Union firefighters responded to a downed wire Tuesday afternoon just before 2:00.

According to Fire Chief Mike Scanio, secondary wires came down on Liberty Avenue and Carol Road, the result of a transformer fire.

Firefighters and police secured the area around the wires prohibiting vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

PSEG is on the scene making ...

New Gear Coming to Union Firefighters

UNION, NJ – Union firefighters will soon be getting new personal protective gear via a recent grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, firefighter's protective gear -- coats, pants and gloves -- have about a 10-year lifespan. 

Scanio and Battalion Chief Gregory Ricciardi said the Firehouse Subs ...

Police Identify Union Man as Pedestrian Struck and Killed on Route 22 Monday Night

UNION, NJ – A Union man was killed Monday night as he attempted to cross eastbound lanes of Route 22 near the intersection of Greeley Avenue South, according to police.

Noor Hussain suffered numerous injuries as a result of the accident.  He was transported to University Hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.  No age for Hussain was available.  Police say ...

Union High School History Club Receives Recognition at School Board Meeting

September 20, 2018

UNION, NJ – Members of the Union High School History Club were recognized at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting and accepted a New Jersey State Resolution, celebrating their accomplishments and contributions.

History Club President Emily Nunez, Vice President Ayokunnumi Oluwakuyide and Secretary Jane Oyem, along with Club advisor, Union High School Social Studies teacher ...

Superintendent Says Lowery Still Principal at Union High School

UNION, NJ - Amid rumors and speculation about the status of Corey Lowery, principal of Union High School, Superintendent Gregory Tatum assured the public at the Tuesday night Board of Education meeting that Lowery is still at the helm of the school.  It's been reported that Lowery has not been present since the first week of school.

“Mr. Tatum,” said one ...

Lawmakers Question State Education Commissioner on Rush to Phase Out PARCC

TRENTON, NJ— Lawmakers on a joint Senate-Assembly education committee expressed concerns and questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s rush to phase out a statewide standardized exam, calling for meetings to be held and more data to be provided.

State education commissioner Lamont Repollet appeared before a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees on Monday to testify ...

“Strike Force” Volunteers to Foil Invasive Plants in Union County Park

September 19, 2018

Union County, NJ – Union County residents interested helping to conserve local nature habitats can join the County’s new volunteer Watchung Reservation Invasive Plant Strike Force.

“Our Strike Force volunteers will help create a more welcoming, healthy habitat for native wildlife including birds, butterflies and other valuable pollinators,” said Freeholder Chairman ...

Westfield Veterinary Group Opens Ultramodern Animal Hospital in Union

24/7 Emergency Services Fill Large Void in the Region

Union, NJ –  After years of dreaming, planning, and building, Westfield Veterinary Group is proud to announce it has officially opened a second New Jersey hospital, located at 1325 Morris Avenue in Union.

Over 30 years ago, Richard W. Maus, DVM, Owner and Medical Director, purchased the original, primary care practice at 562 ...

Community Gardeners Launch Fall Planting Season in Union County with Unique “Senior Bed”

Seniors at the Peterstown Community Center in Elizabeth celebrated the delivery of a new waist-high “senior” garden bed earlier this week, with the help of Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, Groundwork Elizabeth Executive Director Jonathan Phillips and others. The new bed was funded through a grant from the Union County Means Green Community ...

A Call for Nominations for 2019 Union County Human Relations Commission Unity Achievement Awards

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Nominations are currently being sought for the prestigious 2019 Unity Achievement Awards, presented each year by the Union County Human Relations Commission (UCHRC) to individuals, organizations, and businesses that have distinguished themselves in the areas of volunteerism, public service, and the promotion of human rights. 

Simply put, the Awards honor ordinary people ...

Boys Soccer: Union Plays to 0-0 Draw With Summit, Remains Unbeaten

September 20, 2018

UNION — Union is off to its best start in years, and while it couldn’t pick up its fifth straight win to start the season Tuesday, the Farmers still showed substantial improvement. 

Playing 100 minutes without decision, Union and Summit battled to a nil-nil draw on a soggy afternoon at Volunteer Field Tuesday afternoon. Union is now 4-0-1 on the season after going winless ...

Girls Soccer: 'The Two Kaylas' Lead Union to 3-2 2OT Victory Over Randolph, Starting Demanding Stretch

UNION — As Union enters a season-defining stretch comprised of an absolutely unrelenting schedule over the next two weeks, it was important for the Farmers to start off on the right note Monday. 

 

It didn’t come easily for Union in a 95-minute back-and-fourth bout in which the Farmers endured a ferocious Randolph rally, questionable officiating, and ambient ...

Football: Sanborn Throws 4 TDs, Union Scores 6 TDs in 1st Half, Defeats Plainfield, 42-14

PLAINFIELD — When Union’s offense performs up to full capacity, the Farmers are easily one of the most dangerous teams in the state.

 

On Saturday, they were just that.

 

Quarterback Andrew Sanborn played only one half and went off for four touchdown passes on 108 yards while completing 10-of-11 passes to lead Union past Plainfield, 42-12 — though it was ...

Heart Pillows Donated to Trinitas Radiation Oncology Department by Seniors from Atria Senior Living Center in Cranford

September 8, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Staff, and residents of the Atria Senior Living Center in Cranford made a special road trip to the Radiation Oncology Center at Trinitas Regional Medical Center on September 6. The visit had a purpose, to deliver 27 handcrafted heart pillows to be donated to patients undergoing Radiation treatments at Trinitas.

Jaye Shear the Engage Life Director from Atria was joined by ...

Trinitas Regional Medical Center to Present Health & Harmony 2018

LINDEN, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center says that music is good for the mind, body, and soul. They will be presenting Health & Harmony 2018, a health fair like no other featuring live dance, Motown, R&B and the rock music of Avenue G, and the "Total Experience”.

The event is being held this Saturday, September 8, at Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade, 400 Wood Ave. in ...

2018 Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Salsa Explosion

September 20, 2018

UNION, NJ - The Township of Union will be hosting a 2018 Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Salsa Explosion - on Sunday, October 21.

The celebration will feature Orquesta Clave Y Sabor, Group MK DanceStudio; DJ Lenin in the Mix and The Group Otto Show.  Food vendors will include Gusto Y Sabor Colombiano, El Lechon De Negron and the Mexi Boys. 

The event will be held in the ...

Scenes from Union's Great Inflatable Race

UNION, NJ – Over 1,000 enthusiastic participants took part in Union’s first Great Inflatable Race on Saturday morning at Union High School.

Kicking off at 9:00 a.m., the event, a partnership between the Township and Union High School and sponsored by PSE&G, featured a fun-run through six inflatable obstacles, spread out over the Union High School football fields and into Rabkin ...

Coming Soon: Second Annual National Arts Month Celebration

UNION, NJ - Save the date for local art and culture in the heart of Union Center.

Union's Cultural Arts Board is hosting the "Annual National Arts Month Celebration" on Saturday, October 13 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.   

There will be activities and workshops like paint and sip and a candle making class and various works of art ranging from photography and ...

League of Women Voters to Conduct Voter Registration

September 14, 2018

UNION, NJ - Members of the League of Women Voters of the Union Area will register new voters on National Voter Registration Day, September 25, at the Union Public Library.

Young people now can register at age 17, making them eligible to vote when they reach 18 without further action.

Voter Registration Day is observed nationally in an effort to make sure that every American citizen is ...

Union Public Library to host National Voter Registration Day

UNION, NJ - Union residents are invited to stop by the Union Public Library on Tuesday, September 25 and register to vote.

The goal for the 2018 National Voter Registration Day is to increase participation by encouraging Americans to register to vote and come out to the polls this November.

Representatives will be at the Main Library (10:30 a.m. -8:00 p.m.) and Vauxhall Branch (10:00 a.m. - ...

Union Baker to Appear on Television Bake-Off Show, "Bake It Like Buddy"

September 7, 2018

UNION, NJ - When Juan Fernando Lopez came to the United States from Honduras, he never dreamed that someday he’d own a renowned, successful bakery.  And he never could have imagined that one day he would be a contestant on a television bake-off show.

But Lopez, owner of Conca D’Oro Pastry Shop on Stuyvesant Avenue, did just that -- and more.  Lopez will appear on ...

Union Ranked #43rd Best Place to Live in America

September 18, 2018

UNION, NJ – Union has been selected as the 43rd Best Places to Live in America, according to MONEY.com.

The ranking lists Union’s diversity among its essential traits.  “A majority-minority community, Union counts among its tongues Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and French Creole.  The cultural mix manifests in the town’s lineup of holiday ...

Union Baker to Appear on Television Bake-Off Show, "Bake It Like Buddy"

UNION, NJ - When Juan Fernando Lopez came to the United States from Honduras, he never dreamed that someday he’d own a renowned, successful bakery.  And he never could have imagined that one day he would be a contestant on a television bake-off show.

But Lopez, owner of Conca D’Oro Pastry Shop on Stuyvesant Avenue, did just that -- and more.  Lopez will appear on ...

Union Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud

September 11, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – A Union man today admitted to accessing his former employer’s computer network and deleting files, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

David Campos, 60, a former information technology employee, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court to an information charging him with fraud and related activity in connection with ...

Union Township-Based Tax Preparer Charged with Stealing from Three Victim Clients

UNION, NJ – An investigation that originated in the Union Police Department last year has resulted in charges against a Maryland man for stealing more than $17,000 from three different clients over the course of less than a year.

Acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Union Police Director Daniel Zieser jointly announced Thursday that Joseph K. Batts, 49, of Elkridge, ...

Union Elks 29th Annual Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show Set for Oct 14

September 19, 2018

UNION, NJ - The Union Elks Lodge #1583 will be hosting their 29th Annual Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show on Sunday, October 14.

The event will be held at the lodge at 281 Chestnut Street from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The event, presented by the Union Elks Special Children's Committee, will include a car and bike show, trophies, music by Hot Rob Mike, and door prizes.  All proceeds ...

Golden Rule Craftsman Club Presents Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance

UNION, NJ - The Golden Rule Craftsman Club, Inc. of Vauxhall presents its annual scholarship dinner dance honoring Worshipful Brother Christopher Bruton.

The event will be held on Friday, October 26, from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at Pantagis Renaissance, 250 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains.  There will be hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dancing and an open bar.  $90.00 donation.

For ...

Heart Pillows Donated to Trinitas Radiation Oncology Department by Seniors from Atria Senior Living Center in Cranford

ELIZABETH, NJ - Staff, and residents of the Atria Senior Living Center in Cranford made a special road trip to the Radiation Oncology Center at Trinitas Regional Medical Center on September 6. The visit had a purpose, to deliver 27 handcrafted heart pillows to be donated to patients undergoing Radiation treatments at Trinitas.

Jaye Shear the Engage Life Director from Atria was joined by ...

Township Introduces Recycle Coach App

September 19, 2018

UNION, NJ – Do you sometimes determine the weekly recycle schedule by looking out your window to see what your neighbors have put out? 

The Township is introducing a new app to help residents become better recyclers. 

The Recycle Coach app provides recycling information in a “clear and concise manner to improve recycling rates as well as successfully ...

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2018 Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Salsa Explosion

September 20, 2018

UNION, NJ - The Township of Union will be hosting a 2018 Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Salsa Explosion - on Sunday, October 21.

The celebration will feature Orquesta Clave Y Sabor, Group MK DanceStudio; DJ Lenin in the Mix and The Group Otto Show.  Food vendors will include Gusto Y Sabor Colombiano, El Lechon De Negron and the Mexi Boys. 

The event will be held in the ...

Union Elks 29th Annual Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show Set for Oct 14

UNION, NJ - The Union Elks Lodge #1583 will be hosting their 29th Annual Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show on Sunday, October 14.

The event will be held at the lodge at 281 Chestnut Street from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The event, presented by the Union Elks Special Children's Committee, will include a car and bike show, trophies, music by Hot Rob Mike, and door prizes.  All proceeds ...

Union Ranked #43rd Best Place to Live in America

UNION, NJ – Union has been selected as the 43rd Best Places to Live in America, according to MONEY.com.

The ranking lists Union’s diversity among its essential traits.  “A majority-minority community, Union counts among its tongues Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and French Creole.  The cultural mix manifests in the town’s lineup of holiday ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, September 20, 3:00 PM

In Front of Town Hall, Union

Union Farmers Market

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Thu, September 20, 4:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Alphabet Soup Storytime + Craft

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Thu, September 20, 7:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Off the Shelf Book Group: ""The Two-Family House"

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Fri, September 21, 10:30 AM

Union Public Library, Union

Toddler Tales Storytime

Chauncei C Walker of Union enrolls in Clemson University

September 19, 2018

CLEMSON, SC - Chauncei C Walker of Union enrolled in Clemson University for the fall 2018 semester.

Walker's major is Undeclared.

Ranked No. 24 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered ...

Four Arrested in Aug. 23 Millburn Medical Center Robbery

September 12, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ — Millburn Police confirmed the arrest of four people involved in the armed robbery of the Associates in Primary Care P.A. offices that took place on August 23, 2018.

According to The Millburn Police Department Tommy Ware, 58, Terrell Keeling, 43, Terrence Worthy, 51, and Jessica Greene, 29, all  from Newark, have been charged ...

Narcotics Officers and FBI Shut Down Heroin Mills in Elizabeth and Plainfield - 19 Arrests and Nets $100,000 in Heroin

ELIZABETH/PLAINFIELD, NJ - 19 arrests, and the seizure of thousands of doses of heroin, and the dismantling of two heroin mills operating in Elizabeth and Plainfield was made by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Narcotics Strike Force and the FBI Newark Hybrid Task Force, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan who made the announcement on Tuesday ...

Introducing BOE Candidate: Reverend Samuel M. Wright, Jr. (4-1), Save Our Schools Team

September 17, 2018

My name is Samuel M. Wright, Jr., and I am a pastor, teacher, preacher, praise leader, musician, and motivational speaker.  I’ve been married to my ministry partner, Patricia F. Wright, since 2004.  We have five children: Phillip, Stephen, Jessica, Fernon, and Jennifer.  We also have five grandchildren: Aniya, Cayla, Lucas, Golden, Devyn, and Myles.

In October 2000, I was ...

Introducing BOE Candidate: Michelle Schulz (4-2), Save Our Schools Team

My name is Michelle Schulz, and I’ve been a resident of Vauxhall for over 20 years.  I’ve been married to Jack, who works for Union County as Supervisor of Park Maintenance Services, for 13 years.  We have six children - Michael, Dominick, Jacqueline, Jonathan, Amanda, and Brandon - all products of the Township of Union Public Schools.   Michael graduated in 2009 ...

Candidates Announce Team for BOE Election

UNION, NJ  - For the upcoming 2018 Board of Education election, three independent Township of Union residents have joined together to run for the three available seats on the Board. Ronnie McDowell, Kalisha Morgan and Kim Ruiz will campaign together for the November 6th election.

Ronnie McDowell is a former Board member who served as its president in 2017.

Kalisha Morgan, ...

Columns

7 Warning Signs of Thyroid Cancer

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, and James J.S. Chen, M.D., FACHE, director of Atlantic Medical Group’s Thyroid Center at Summit and endocrinologist at Overlook Medical Center, believes it is critical that everyone know the warning signs of thyroid cancer.

“The most common form of thyroid cancer, papillary cancer, has a very high cure rate if detected early,” ...

The Clean 20 by Ian K. Smith, M.D.

The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation  by Ian K. Smith, M.D. (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)

 

Dr. Ian K. Smith has written a delightful and easy to digest new book, The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation. Unlike many diet books that are mired in technical language that become not only a bore but a chore to read, Smith’s writing style is not ...

'Age of Innocence' captures Wharton's 1870s New York

‘Age of Innocence’ captures Wharton’s 1870’s New York

By LIZ KEILL

PRINCETON, NJ – Leave it to author Edith Wharton to decode the lives of staid, wealthy New Yorkers as she does so hauntingly in her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Age of Innocence.”

Douglas McGrath adapted the novel for a stirring, 95-minute production at the McCarter Theatre ...

'Brick City' takes on high school angst

‘Brick City’ takes journey through high school angst

By LIZ KEILL

UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages at Kean University presents a new play by Nicole Pandolfo. “Brick City” is an exploration of two seniors in high school and their search for meaningful lives, while their teacher/mentor, Veronica, is also turning her life around.

There are a number of loose ends in ...

What Union Is Reading: Month Ending August 2018

September 7, 2018

As this particularly hot and humid summer winds down, I hope everyone had a chance to read/listen to some good books. We can all look forward to the many new titles that are published in the fall and hopefully to some cooler days ahead.

Many new books have topped the list in August. An interesting observation, one thing all the top borrowed books in Adult non-fiction have in common is… ...

Parkway’s Exact Change Lanes to Disappear from Major Toll Plazas Before End of Year

September 16, 2018

BARNEGAT, NJ — Exact change lanes on the Garden State Parkway’s major toll plazas are soon to be a memory. But they will remain at all but one of the toll road’s 23 entrance and exit ramps.

The automatic coin machines at all 11 “mainland barrier” plazas, including Asbury Park in Monmouth County and Toms River and Barnegat in Ocean County, will be removed and ...

Seton Hall Student Who Died on Tuesday Identified as Julian M. Mislavsky of Morristown

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Seton Hall University student who died from injuries sustained when he fell off of the campus' parking deck on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Julian M. Mislavsky in a letter to the Seton Hall community from Interim President Mary J. Meehan.

Mislavsky was a senior at Seton Hall and was from Morristown, stated Meehan. 

"We will have a ...

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