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Union Asks Residents for Opinion on Township Parks

July 20, 2018

UNION, NJ – The Township of Union is currently in the process of creating a Parks Masterplan and is looking for feedback from residents.

According to a social media post, the Township is looking for feedback “in order to make our recreation areas the best they can be.” 

The survey asks residents what Union parks they frequent, how often and the usual time of day of ...

Replacement of Route 22 / Chestnut Street Bridge Discussed

UNION, NJ – A public hearing regarding reforestation efforts surrounding the planned replacement of the Route 22 bridge over Chestnut Street was held at Town Hall Tuesday evening hosted by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and Arora and Associates Consulting Engineers.

The bridge is slated to be replaced beginning sometime in 2019, said Director, Environmental Services from ...

Public Hearing Set to Review Specific Preparation for Replacement of Route 22 Bridge

UNION, NJ – A public hearing is set for Tuesday, July 17, to discuss specific proposed preparation for the replacement of the Route 22 bridge over Chestnut Street.

In their public notice, the New Jersey Department of Transportation said the proposed construction includes a permanent utility easement located within the Veterans Memorial Park, along Route 22 West between Wewanna Avenue and ...

Union Police Pursuit Ends in Crash in Irvington

July 16, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – Union police were involved in an early morning vehicle pursuit that ended in a crash and serious injuries to two juveniles in Irvington on Monday.

According to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is in the early stages of investigating the police pursuit that has resulted in two juveniles sustaining serious ...

Union to Celebrate National Night Out on August 7

UNION, NJ  – Union is again gearing up for its annual National Night Out Against Crime event at police headquarters on Tuesday, August 7.

"This is a great annual event that brings the community together to meet and interact with the men and women who protect and serve them," said Mayor Suzette Cavadas. “Events like these play a critical role in bridging the gap ...

Nine New Officers Join the Union Police Department

UNION, NJ – Nine new officers who will join the ranks of the Union Police Department were sworn into office on Thursday.

The new officers are:

Christine M. Mirao

Michael J. Beaty

Elijah K. Carter

Kenneth T. Kruse

Wilson Limage

James K. Tyler

Patryk Dawidczyk

Shannon C. Thomas

Philip Patten

“The Township Committee values the safety of our residents and ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

July 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors today approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and ...

Great Inflatable Race and Food Truck Festival Set for September 15

UNION, NJ – The Great Inflatable Race and Food Truck Festival, rained out when originally scheduled for May 12, is set to return on Saturday, September 15, at Union High School and Rabkin Park.

The event, a partnership between the Township and Union High School and sponsored by PSE&G, will feature a fun-run featuring inflatable obstacles, live entertainment, a food truck ...

US Junior Amateur: Two Top 10 Seeds Remain, Top-seed Kelly Chinn Out in Round of 32

July 20, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - What a difference a day makes.

Thursday’s round of 32, 16 scores

Friday’s quarterfinal matchups
(Quarterfinal winners advance to the afternoon semifinals, starting at 12:18 p.m. EDT)

After the top nine and 13 of the first 14 seeds advanced to the round of 32 Wednesday, chaos ensued on Thursday at the 71st U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on another ...

Football: Ifewekwune, Martin Shine for Union County in Snapple Bowl

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — There weren’t many bright sports for Union County in Thursday’s Snapple Bowl. The offensive play of a pair of Union High School’s graduated senior All-Stars, however, was one of them. 

Wideout Chuck Ifewekwune accounted for his team’s only score and fellow playmaker Andy Martin came up with 35 total yards of offense in Union County’s ...

US Junior Amateur: Top Nine Seeds Advance, Led by Top-seed Kelly Chinn, to Round of 32

Wednesday’s playoff, round of 64 Scores

Thursday’s round of 32 matchups
(Round of 32 winners advance to the round of 16, starting at 1:15 p.m. EDT)

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - After an early morning eight-player playoff to decide the final three spots of match play later in the afternoon, top-seed Kelly Chinn of Great Falls, Va., led the way for the top nine seeds to advance after the ...

Union: Flash Flood Watch Today

July 17, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for this area from 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through 12:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Thunderstorms producing heavy rain could result in flash flooding across along and near the Interstate 95 corridor in New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania, according to the NWS. 

One to two inches of rain is expected, though locally ...

Natural Pain Relief is as Close as Your Garden

Busy schedules, over indulging, and strenuous summer activities can lead to sore muscles, indigestion and headaches. When searching for pain relief, look no further than your own garden or your local farmer’s market. These five foods fresh from the garden – or pot – are packed with super pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory power.

Mint
Infuse mint into your tea or ice water ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory for Union and Most of New Jersey

NEW YORK, NY, - The National Weather Service issued a 'Heat Advisory' Monday morning for most of New Jersey from noon Monday, July 16 until 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 17.

Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at- risk population who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.

According to the ...

Richie Olivera at the Union's Farmers Market Thursday

July 19, 2018

UNION, NJ – This week’s Union Farmers Market features the Latin flare of Richie Olivera.

Olivera was 12-years-old when he began to play quenas and zamponas at a music program in Lima. The love for music he developed then led him to perform with experienced musicians in the community and eventually form his own group with his brother and other friends. They started as street ...

Great Inflatable Race and Food Truck Festival Set for September 15

UNION, NJ – The Great Inflatable Race and Food Truck Festival, rained out when originally scheduled for May 12, is set to return on Saturday, September 15, at Union High School and Rabkin Park.

The event, a partnership between the Township and Union High School and sponsored by PSE&G, will feature a fun-run featuring inflatable obstacles, live entertainment, a food truck ...

Union Artist Displays the World Through Entryways

UNION, NJ – The artwork of a Union native, ‘The World through Entryways’, is currently on display at the Les Malamut Art Gallery in the Union Public Library.

Ada Bednarz, a Union High School graduate, is a self-taught travel photojournalist.  She focuses primarily on photographing places and people around the world. 

“I started in college when I ...

Richie Olivera at the Union's Farmers Market Thursday

July 19, 2018

UNION, NJ – This week’s Union Farmers Market features the Latin flare of Richie Olivera.

Olivera was 12-years-old when he began to play quenas and zamponas at a music program in Lima. The love for music he developed then led him to perform with experienced musicians in the community and eventually form his own group with his brother and other friends. They started as street ...

Fast Food Joints Should Give Workers Freedom to Move Ahead, says State

TRENTON, NJ - Fast food restaurant owners in Union and elsewhere are being asked by the state to provide information about their use of employee non-compete or “no poach” agreements, documents that "can restrict the ability of workers to obtain a better-paying job with another franchise," according to the state Attorney General's Office.

In a statement, the ...

Fast Food Joints Should Give Workers Freedom to Move Ahead, says State

July 11, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - Fast food restaurant owners in Union and elsewhere are being asked by the state to provide information about their use of employee non-compete or “no poach” agreements, documents that "can restrict the ability of workers to obtain a better-paying job with another franchise," according to the state Attorney General's Office.

In a statement, the ...

Union Man Awaits Setencing for Role in Income Tax Fraud

July 14, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – A Georgia man admitted to conspiring to defraud the United States by filing false income tax returns and a Union man has previously pleaded guilty to his role in the fraud and awaits sentencing.

Damien Askew, 39, of Union pleaded guilty in June 2017 to conspiracy to defraud the IRS and filing a false federal personal income tax return.  Another member of the ...

“Teens for Teens” Donate Funds for Residents of the Adolescent Psychiatry Specialty Program at Trinitas

July 20, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Members of Teens for Teens of Union County recently donated $26,000 to provide new furnishings for patient rooms for the teens that live at New Point Specialty, the adolescent psychiatry program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. 

The donation was presented in the form of a check at Trinitas' 12th annual Academic Awards Program in June. The New Point Specialty is a ...

Vauxhall Community Cookout at First Baptist Church

UNION, NJ - The Concerned Citizens of Vauxhall Association in partnership with the First Baptist Church hosted a community cookout on Saturday, bringing community together.   

Kim Eason President of the Concerned Citizens of Vauxhall Association said, “this is an opportunity for folks to come out and celebrate family, give back to the community, and to share some ...

Union Knights of Columbus Present Shield Awards

UNION, NJ – A Union police officer, a fireman, an EMT, teachers, and a senior citizen were honored recently at the Annual Shield Award ceremony at the Union Knights of Columbus.

The Shield Awards ceremony honors Union service personnel and recognizes Council members who display steadfast involvement, dedication and commitment.  Knights of the Month and the Knight and Columbian of ...

Natural Pain Relief is as Close as Your Garden

July 17, 2018

Busy schedules, over indulging, and strenuous summer activities can lead to sore muscles, indigestion and headaches. When searching for pain relief, look no further than your own garden or your local farmer’s market. These five foods fresh from the garden – or pot – are packed with super pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory power.

Mint
Infuse mint into your tea or ice water ...

3rd Annual Meadowlands BBQ Battle a Smokin’ Success

July 19, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Seven competitors battled it out at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment's 3rd Annual BBQ Battle on Saturday, July 14, all vying for $2,000 in prizes and most importantly, bragging rights. 

The BBQ categories of best Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, and Pulled Pork, came with a $500 prize to the winner of each category. A panel of five judges conducted a blind ...

Monmouth County: Haskell Invitations Out, Triple Crown Champion, Justify Is Not On The List

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Forty-four 3-year-olds were extended invitations to the $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational on Sunday, July 29, at Monmouth Park. Triple Crown winner, Justify is not on the list.

On July 10, Justify’s connections announced that the colt’s training was put on hold with Trainer Bob Baffert saying there was intermittent swelling in one ...

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The Science of Sound

July 18, 2018

 

UNION, NJ - Would your child like to learn about the science of sound?

The Union Library, in collaboration with Mad Science of West NJ, is hosting a program for kids, ages 6 through 12, who will learn about sound waves and create their own rainstorm, complete with rain, thunder and lightening.

The event will be held on  July 23, at 6:00 p.m.  Registration is ...

Rec on Wheels Cancelled for Tuesday Due to Heavy Rains

 

UNION, NJ - Due to inclement weather, the Rec on Wheels event scheduled for Tuesday at Joe Collins Park is canceled. 

The program will resume on Wednesday, July 18 at Sgt. Herbet Davis Park located at 940 Arcadia Place, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., with a variety of outdoor games and activities.

Union Rec to Host Instructional Co-Ed Basketball Clinic

UNION, NJ - The Union Recreation Department will host an instructional, co-ed basketball clinic Wednesday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Davis Park, 940 Arcadia Place.

The clinic, featuring fun drills and games, will run from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for participants in third- through fifth-grade and 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

Participants must be Union ...

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Come Make a Beaded Wind Chime

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Crafty Adults: Beaded Wind Chimes

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Family Link REIC Presentation: Child Development

Union's Mayor Talks About Streetscapes

The Township Committee and I are excited to announce that the second phase of the Streetscape Project has begun.  After the successful completion of phase one that yielded great results, we have already seen an increase in foot traffic, which is essential in jump-starting Union Center and bringing in the higher caliber retailers that residents are looking for in the Center.

Following the ...

Two Union Students Graduate from the University of Rhode Island

July 19, 2018

KINGSTON, RI - At the University of Rhode Island's 132nd Commencement on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, 2018, about 3,300 undergraduate and 750 graduate students became the University's newest alumni.

From Union, Krystyna A Krupinski received Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies Bachelor of Science, Mathematics Magna Cum Laude, and Lisa Williams received Bachelor of ...

Roselle Man Charged in Animal Cruelty Case      

July 11, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Roselle man found with more than 40 dogs living in severely unsanitary and inhumane living conditions in his home last month has been charged with more than 30 criminal offenses, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Wednesday.

Evelio J. Calderon, 40, is charged with two 3rd-degree animal cruelty offenses, 14 counts of 4th-degree animal ...

Rahway Mayor Giacobbe to Attend Grand Opening of First Wawa Store in Rahway; Free Coffee Offered Through July 16

RAHWAY, NJ - Rahway Mayor Raymond A. Giacobbe will be on hand to cut the ribbon at 10 a.m. Thursday. July 12, for the new Wawa store's grand opening at 280 St. Georges Avenue in Rahway.

The 24-hour Wawa store will officially open at 8 a.m. on Thursday, with the grand opening ceremonies to follow. Free coffee will be offered at the store through July 16. Wally Goose, the ...

Former Linden Police Chief to be Appointed as Union County Undersheriff

LINDEN, NJ - Former Linden Police Chief Jonathan Parham is set to be sworn in as a Union County Undersheriff, this Friday.

As a member of the Linden Police Department for nearly 25 years, Parham has served in each rank from Officer to Captain before his promotion to Chief in September of 2016. 

During his first month as Chief, Parham along with other Linden Police ...

Traffic Advisory: Accident on GSP South Causes Closure Near Clark Circle

July 17, 2018

CLARK, NJ - A multi-vehicle accident on the southbound Garden State Parkway shortly beyond exit 135 has been causing major delays on the roadway.  Clark Police issued a warning that the southbound entrance to the parkway is closed at the Clark Circle due to an accident investigation taking place on the parkway at this time.  Motorists are advised to avoid the area.  ...

Westfield to Hold 3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ Celebrating Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

15th Annual Maplewoodstock is this Weekend: July 14 and July 15

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The 15th Annual Maplewoodstock Music and Arts Festival, a free, two-day, live music and arts event, will be held this Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, from noon until 10 p.m. each day in Memorial Park.   

The 23 bands performing were selected from a record-high 109 applicants in 2018, who radiate from Maplewood/South Orange to other musical ...

“Family Fun & Flix” in Warinanco Park Tuesday, July 24 Featuring “Peter Rabbit"

July 20, 2018

Family Fun & Flix, a free summer entertainment and film series presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Union County Department of Parks and Recreation, continues on Tuesday, July 24 with the presentation of “Peter Rabbit” at Warinanco Park, on the border of Elizabeth and Roselle. 

As part of the evening’s events, UC Get Fit, a health initiative ...

Shakespeare in the Park Returns to Union County Sunday, July 22

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the return of Shakespeare in the Park this weekend. The performance will be presented on Sunday, July 22 at 12:30 p.m. at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The Shrew Mechanicals Troupe from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present an hour long performance of “Shakespeare Gumbo,” a stirring collection of ...

Step Up and Build a Stronger Union County

Union County residents who are seeking a meaningful, high-impact way to volunteer in their community can sign up as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties.

The organization is currently seeking volunteer mentors for its best-known program, Community Based Mentoring. The program involves individual mentoring with a local child or teen, age 6 to 18, with a ...

Union County Hosts Events and Programs for Special Needs Residents

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce a series of programs and events throughout the summer and fall for residents with special needs and their families, coordinated through the new Office for People with Special Needs in collaboration with community partners.

“Union County is committed to providing every resident with more opportunities to enjoy activities ...

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AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.

 

 

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little (Dog Ear Publishing, 2015)

 

Rich Little is a national treasure; a living encyclopedia of movie stars, comedians, and former presidents all wrapped into one dynamic package. Recently, my husband and I had the good fortune to see Little perform at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, where he has been doing his uncanny ...

Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)

 

If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...

Residents Taking Action Against White Supremacist Fliers Found Around Morristown and Other Local Areas

July 18, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Residents of Morristown, Somerville, Bridgewater and surrounding communities are mobilizing for action after they found posters around town promoting Identity Evropa, which the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has labeled a white supremacist group.

According to Bridgewater resident Stacey Friedlander, a member of the “Not In Our Town – Bridgewater/Raritan” ...

Body Pulled From Delaware River

KINGWOOD, NJ – First responders were on the scene at the Delaware River and pulling the body of a man from the water Friday.

“The worst has happened,” said Greg Crance, who owns Delaware River Tubing, a popular nearby tubing, rafting, kayaking  and canoeing outfitter on the river.

However, the victim is not one of his customers, Crance said.

The body was ...

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