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Union's Property Tax Reward Program Adds Merchants

August 10, 2017

UNION, NJ – New merchants continue to be added to the Union Property Tax Reward Program (PTRP), an initiative of the township and the Special Improvement District, launched over a year ago.

Under the PTRP, homeowners shopping at local participating merchants, receive rebates from sales and services in the form of property tax credits.  The more homeowners shop in town, the more ...

Here's How Some Veterans Can Participate in New Free Parking Meter Program

UNION COUNTY, NJ  - The County Clerk's office can help disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients in the county obtain documents to participate in a new statewide program that exempts them from paying at parking meters.

County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi said veterans' identification cards and copies of DD-214 honorable discharge forms can be obtained for free at her office, ...

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi Presents NJ Notary Training Seminar

Union County,  NJ -- Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi will host a Notary Training Seminar for New Jersey Notaries Public at the John H. Stamler Police Academy at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains on Friday, September 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Union County Surrogate James LaCorte, Esq. will present the legal aspects of the Notaries Public. County Clerk Rajoppi will outline the ...

Union Police Respond to Overturned Car on Rt. 22

August 15, 2017

UNION, NJ – Union police responded to an overturned car on Route 22 near the Union Plaza Diner Tuesday morning

According to police, at about 8:45 Tuesday morning, a Union policeman observed a 2005 Nissan drive off the road at 2466 Route 22 and overturn. The female driver was trapped in the vehicle and was extricated by Union firefighters.  The driver of the car was transported ...

Union Police and Residents Featured in Upcoming Public Safety Commercial

UNION, NJ – Members of Union’s police department and local residents got together recently to participate in a traffic safety commercial, reviewing the issues of speeding and distracted driving.

“Our officers feel that speeding and distracted driving are major problems in our community,” said Union Sgt. Michael Boll.  “We hope to shed some light on these ...

A Great 'Night Out' Sponsored by Union Police

UNION, NJ - National Night Out drew hundreds of residents to police headquarters Tuesday evening for music, games, food and the ever-popular Dunk-a-Cop.

Hosted by the Township of Union Police, with members of the Fire Department and Rescue Squad, National Night Out seeks to promote positive relations between the community and police agencies.

"This is another great night for township ...

Board of Education Approves Expenditures for High School

August 13, 2017

UNION, NJ – The Board of Education held a special meeting on Thursday to approve two resolutions from the Fiscal Planning Committee.

In anticipation, former Board of Education member and current Board candidate Steven Le sought an injunction in Superior Court with Assignment Judge Karen Cassidy to prevent the Board from spending the capital reserve monies.  Le’s argument ...

Young Inventors and Engineers Soar at Camp Invention

UNION, NJ – Jefferson School hosted some young inventors and explorers this summer at Camp Invention.

Under the direction of Union teacher and Camp Invention Director Mary Ellen Patricco, the camp helped cultivate the ideas critical to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by encouraging exploration and curiosity through hands-on activities.

“The kids here see that ...

Union Coaches Keep Vigilant During the Hot Summer Days of Preseason Practice

UNION, NJ – Union High School athletic coaches are acutely aware of the risk of heat-related illnesses and deaths as athletes began showing up for practice this week.

“We are proactive in informing both parents and athletes about the risks involved with heat issues,” said Athletic Director Linda Ionta.  “Our athletic trainer and coaches work together to make ...

Springfield’s Anthony Cioffi No. 37 with the Oakland Raiders Gets His First Shot at the Big Time Tonight

August 12, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ - Anthony Cioffi, the four-year defensive back out of Rutgers and Jonathan Dayton High School alum, will participate in his first game action of the year as the Oakland Raiders visit the Arizona Cardinals in the first preseason game for both teams at 10 p.m. ET.

For live cut-ins of the game, tune into the NFL Network on your local cable system and follow www.raiders.com for the ...

Baltusrol Assistant Pro Beach Completes Second Round, Misses Cut at PGA Championship Friday

CHARLOTTE, NC -The first career major championship for Alex Beach was short-lived, but the experience and memory will live on.

The 27-year-old Beach, an assistant PGA professional at Baltusrol Golf Club (site of last year’s final major) shot a 9-over-par 80 (40-40) after second round play of the PGA Championship Friday at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Highlight of ...

Union Coaches Keep Vigilant During the Hot Summer Days of Preseason Practice

UNION, NJ – Union High School athletic coaches are acutely aware of the risk of heat-related illnesses and deaths as athletes began showing up for practice this week.

“We are proactive in informing both parents and athletes about the risks involved with heat issues,” said Athletic Director Linda Ionta.  “Our athletic trainer and coaches work together to make ...

'High-Performing' Overlook Medical Center Rises in US News and World Reports 'Best Hospitals' Rankings

August 14, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center in Summit has been recognized as a high-performing hospital in Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Diabetes and Endocrinology in US News and World Reports' 2017-18 "Best Hospitals" Rankings. Overlook’s rankings made a jump in New Jersey, breaking the top 10 to occupy the eighth spot -- up from 13th last year -- and regionally, ...

U.S. News Announces 2017-18 Best Hospitals in New Jersey and Nationally

NEW JERSEY -- U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of Best Hospitals in the U.S. and in each state. According to the magazine, the analysis reviews hospitals' performance in clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on factors including survival, patient safety, and nurse staffing, among others. The rankings also looked at treatment of specialties ...

Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Union

UNION, NJ - The rain is expected to continue today, with rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches and multiple rounds of heavy rainfall into tonight.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for our area from noon into the late night hours, with heavy rain and flooding possible.  

Plan your evening commute to avoid roads that are prone to flooding.

 

 

Save the Dates: Historical Society Hosts October Events

August 15, 2017

On Saturday, October 14, members of NJ Paranormal will present findings from their August 19 investigation of the Caldwell Parsonage, 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union, and the adjacent Tool Museum.  Then they will lead a group investigation of the premises.  Session 1 will be held from 6:30 to 8 pm, and Session 2 from 8:30 to 10 pm.  Attendance will be limited to ...

Clark’s Ren Thomas is Making it in the World of Hip Hop and Now Reality TV

CLARK, NJ – People living in suburbia don’t expect one of their own to make it as a hip-hop artist.  Rappers don’t expect someone born and raised in a small suburban New Jersey town like Clark to have what it takes.  Hip-hop MC Ren Thomas is proving them all wrong.

“I fell in love with hip-hop when I was about 8 or 9,” says Thomas.  His older cousin ...

AUDITIONS SET FOR YOUTH & ADULT CHOIRS

UNION, NJ -The Celebration Singers of Cranford adult and youth choirs are scheduling auditions for the Fall 2017 season. For the Adult Choirs (Ages 18 +), auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 29th. For the youth Choirs (Children’s Choir ages 9-12 and Middle C’s ages 14-18(, auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 5th. Auditions are by appointment only. Please email us at ...

Union Board of Education Ballot Positions Announced

August 14, 2017

UNION, NJ - The ballot positions for Township of Union Board of Education seats have been determined.  There are nine candidates vying for three three-year seats.  Ballot positions are as follows:

1. Misael Guzman

2. Linda Richardson

3. Vito Nufrio*

4. Robert White

5. Sharon Sherry Higgins

6. Steven Le

7. Nancy Zuena*

8. Michelle Schulz

9. Ronnie ...

Ballot Positions Drawn for Township Committee Seat

UNION, NJ – The Union County Clerk has drawn the ballot positions for the Township of Union’s Committee seat for the 2017 election.

There is one seat up for Township Committee: Incumbent and Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio. The ballot draws are:

     Column A – Democrat:    Joseph Florio

     Column B – ...

Get Vote-by-Mail Ballots on Time By Registering Now, County Clerk Says

UNION COUNTY, NJ - College students and others who plan to be out of state are being encouraged by the County Clerk to apply now for a vote-by-mail ballot.

“Exercising the right to vote is always important, and in this election cycle New Jersey voters will decide on a new Governor for the first time in eight years,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi in a statement. “Make ...

Six Farmers’ Market Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

August 2, 2017

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - One of the best things about Summer is the plethora of Farmers’ Markets that pop up around the country. Farmers’ Markets have evolved from being a local “grocery store” to a community center where friends gather and catch up all while gathering local produce and food items. At many markets people bring the entire family and enjoy some of their discoveries ...

Jazz Thursday at the Union Farmers Market: This Week Featuring The Jay Rodriquez Quintet

UNION, NJ – Jazz Thursday at the Union Farmers Market this week will feature Jay Rodriguez Quintet, a Grammy nominated saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, film composer, producer, and arranger.

The Jay Rodriquez Quintet has performed with the likes of Celia Cruz, Vincent Pacheco, Jose “El Canario” Alberto, Candido, Eddie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaria, Irakere and more in the ...

ConnectOne Bank Continues Commitment to Community

August 15, 2017

UNION, NJ – ConnectOne Bank considers itself a part of the local community.  In fact, said bank Chairman and CEO Frank Sorrentino, “supporting the community is our core function and we make sure to connect in ways that we hope make a difference.”

The Union branches of ConnectOne Bank have sponsored numerous events throughout town including Union Little League, the Winter ...

We're Hiring - Join the TAPinto Writing and Sales Team

ELIZABETH, NJ - TAPinto is expanding and we are looking for talented people to join our team. We currently have a few positions open in the Elizabeth area for writers, and sales professionals. 

Writers must have a degree, experience writing for news media and knowledge of AP Style. Bilingual is a Plus. 

Sales professionals must be energetic with at least two years of business ...

Union's Property Tax Reward Program Adds Merchants

UNION, NJ – New merchants continue to be added to the Union Property Tax Reward Program (PTRP), an initiative of the township and the Special Improvement District, launched over a year ago.

Under the PTRP, homeowners shopping at local participating merchants, receive rebates from sales and services in the form of property tax credits.  The more homeowners shop in town, the more ...

Top Leaders of Heroin Mills Plead Guilty

August 15, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ –  The top two leaders of a criminal enterprise caught with millions of dollars’ worth of heroin and two fully functional, high-volume heroin mills operating in Union and Linden nearly three years ago have pleaded guilty in the case, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced.

William Camino, 38, and his second-in-command, Yakin “Yaya” ...

Union Man Sentenced for Leading Elaborate Scheme to Steal Nearly $1 Million

TRENTON, NJ – A Union man was sentenced to state prison today for leading an elaborate identify theft and mortgage fraud scheme in which he and his co-defendants stole nearly $1 million from various lenders, according to Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino.

Artis Hunter, 50, the alleged ringleader, was sentenced to ten years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Benjamin S. Bucca ...

Citizens of Union, Kenilworth and Cranford File Lawsuit Against Township of Union

UNION, NJ – An action group formed by residents of Union, Kenilworth and Cranford have filed a lawsuit against the Township of Union regarding the shooting range for police officers located near the Home Depot and Union Township Animal Shelter on Route 22.

The action group, Union Kenilworth Cranford Concerned Citizens (UKCCC) filed the lawsuit for maintaining a nuisance, citing the ...

Annual Fundraising Event to Help Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless

August 15, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - Transportation industry professionals will gather in October to network and raise funds for Bernice’s Place, an after-school program that helps children struggling with homelessness.

The sixth annual Transportation, Logistics and Distribution (TLD) Recognition Breakfast on Oct. 4 will also honor local business leaders who are dedicated to ending homelessness in their ...

Union Community Garden Benefits from Eagle Scout Project

UNION, NJ – When gardeners at Union’s Community Garden need a break after tending to their plants or flowers, they now have a spot to relax and even catch up on some gardening news.

For his Eagle Scout project, Roman Mioduszewski built a garden library for the Union Community Garden, now tucked away in a shady corner of the garden.

Mioduszewski, 17, said he contacted the ...

Trinitas Golf & Spa Day Set for September 25

Whether you are enjoying a day on the links or relaxing at the spa, Trinitas Health Foundation’s Annual Golf Classic and Spa Day is guaranteed to be an unforgettable day. On Monday, September 25th, the golf outing will return to Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield, New Jersey. If you’d like to skip the links, please join us for a relaxing spa day at Skin Deep Salon and Spa in New ...

Union Community Garden Benefits from Eagle Scout Project

August 14, 2017

UNION, NJ – When gardeners at Union’s Community Garden need a break after tending to their plants or flowers, they now have a spot to relax and even catch up on some gardening news.

For his Eagle Scout project, Roman Mioduszewski built a garden library for the Union Community Garden, now tucked away in a shady corner of the garden.

Mioduszewski, 17, said he contacted the ...

Enjoy an Attractive and Convenient Composting Station

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Make recycling green debris into compost convenient and attractive. Create a space you and your neighbors will appreciate. And locate composting in a convenient area that is easy to access and manage, so you are more likely to do it.

You’ll quickly recoup your initial investment of time and money.  Spend less time hauling the materials to the recycling center ...

Local Realtor Jinet Ventura Earns Senior Real Estate Specialist Designation

August 9, 2017

Union, NJ – Buying or selling a home is hard enough.  But if you're a senior, your needs and goals can be quite unique.

Local realtor Jinet Ventura, with Century 21 POGO Realtors, has earned the nationally recognized Seniors Real Estate Specialist® designation from the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of ...

Hillsborough: Learn More About Fluttering Beauties of Summer at Duke Farms

August 2, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – August is Butterfly Month at Duke Farms, with several educational programs and field trips scheduled throughout the month.

Binoculars are recommended.

“Ask anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors, and they are unlikely to tell you that August is their favorite month of the year.  The eighth month gets a bad rap for being hot and muggy, with only an ...

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The Week Ahead in Union

August 14, 2017

UNION, NJ - Happenings in Union this week:

Monday, 8/14

•Lego Summer Camp: Intro to STEM, 9:00 a.m., Union Recreation Department

•Shoprite Kid Cuisnie, 11:00 a.m., Union Public Library

•Tech Support, 1:00 p.m., Union Public Library

•Build a Better World: "Adult DIY: Homemade Wreath", 1:30 p.m., Vauxhall Public Library

•Lego Club: A-Maze-ing!, ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, August 16, 10:30 AM

Union Public Library, Union

Babies in the Library

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Wed, August 16, 2:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Teen Cuisine: Sandwich Bag Ice Cream

Education Health & Wellness

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Wed, August 16, 4:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Adult Board Games at the Union Public Library

Roselle Resident Questions Land Lease for Mind and Body Complex

August 12, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - A Roselle resident says that the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders guaranteed $59 million in bonds for a project that may not have a proper land lease.

Anthony Esposito, who formerly served on the Roselle Board of Education, has retained a lawyer who is preparing to challenge what he says are financial issues in the land lease for the Roselle Mind and Body Complex. The ...

Here's How Some Veterans Can Participate in New Free Parking Meter Program

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The County Clerk's office can help disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients in the county obtain documents to participate in a new statewide program that exempts them from paying at parking meters.

County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi said veterans' identification cards and copies of DD-214 honorable discharge forms can be obtained for free at her office, ...

Public Assistance Sought in Locating Child Sex Assault Suspect

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Investigators are requesting assistance from the public in locating Walter Sosa, a Plainfield man wanted for the aggravated sexual assault of a child, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Sosa, 33, a registered sex offender in neighboring Somerset County, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual ...

NJ Criminal Justice Reform

August 15, 2017

Find out about the new NJ Bail Reform/Speedy Trial Law , at the Union Public Library on Monday, September 11 from 6:30-7:30pm. 

On January 1, 2017 the NJ bail reform/speed trial law (L. 2014,c.31), went into effect. This new law represents one of the most dramatic changes to our criminal justic system in many years. New Jersey has shifted from a system in which a defendant's pretrial ...

Lunch Box Hacks

Union Public Library and Take it To the Max presents: Lunch Box Hacks. Learn tips and tricks to prepare healthy lunches for yourself and your family. There are two dates for your convenience: Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30pm, or Wednesday, September 13 at 12:30pm. Please register in advance for either session by calling (908) 851-5450 x2.

Just in time for Back to School!

The Union Public ...

AUDITIONS SET FOR YOUTH & ADULT CHOIRS

UNION, NJ -The Celebration Singers of Cranford adult and youth choirs are scheduling auditions for the Fall 2017 season. For the Adult Choirs (Ages 18 +), auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 29th. For the youth Choirs (Children’s Choir ages 9-12 and Middle C’s ages 14-18(, auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 5th. Auditions are by appointment only. Please email us at ...

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Revelations and Reunions Cause Ripples on Game of Thrones

In comparison to last Sunday’s mid-season episode, this week’s “Game of Thrones” was somewhat anticlimactic—but even still, there was never a dull moment.

Jon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Although Sam ignored Gilly’s ramblings, she discovered a crucial fact among his growing pile of books: High Septon Maynard, under the Mad King’s reign, ...

Pancake is Looking for Forever Home

August 15, 2017

UNION, NJ - Say Hi to Pancake.

Pancake was found in a resident's backyard.  According to the Union Animal Shelter, he was most likely let go by his previous owner. The shelter is looking for his forever home.

The Union Animal Shelter is located at 980 Jefferson Avenue (behind Rt. 22 Home Depot).  They can be reached at 908-851-5230 ...

Important Reminder About Digging on Beach

August 9, 2017

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Long Beach Township Beach Patrol issued a note of warning on their Facebook page about digging large holes and ditches in the sand while visiting the shore.

 "You're here to relax and kick back,  leave the ditch digging to the pros. Usually out of view of lifeguards, we find a wild number of these projects when we are patrolling the ...

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