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Jury Awards $355,000 to Retired Union Police Officer

April 26, 2017

UNION, NJ – A retired Union Township police officer was awarded $355,000 after a jury returned a verdict against the township on one claim arising under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination based on gender.  The jury concluded that township officials discriminated against her by denying her lifetime benefits upon her retirement.

MaryAnne Cosimano, Union’s first female ...

Township Hosts a Discussion on Child Abuse and Awareness

UNION, NJ – A conversation on keeping children and families safe took place at Union Town Hall on Monday evening hosted by the Township’s Prevention on Child Abuse Committee.

Panelists John Esmerado from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Araceli Galvis from the New Jersey Child Assault Prevention Program, and Latisha Graham and Shauna Murphy from Child Protection and ...

Union Resident Becomes President of Union County Young Democrats

UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Young Democrats reorganized in an event on Tuesday evening that brought out an unprecedented number of young people from the far reaches of Union County. As part of the meeting, Union resident Maria Del Cid-Kosso was voted in as the new president of the organization.

“In times where issues of racism, sexism and gender parity are being highlighted ...

Breaking: Suspect Flees Officers Serving Warrant

April 26, 2017

KENILWORTH, NJ – According to the Breaking News Network, Kenilworth Schools are on lockdown due to a male who fled the county sheriff officers while serving a warrant at 9:16 a.m.

However, Dispatcher Castle at the Kenilworth Police Department said it was not a lockdown.

“It wasn’t a lockdown,” she said. “They were just keeping the students inside while an ...

Jury Awards $355,000 to Retired Union Police Officer

UNION, NJ – A retired Union Township police officer was awarded $355,000 after a jury returned a verdict against the township on one claim arising under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination based on gender.  The jury concluded that township officials discriminated against her by denying her lifetime benefits upon her retirement.

MaryAnne Cosimano, Union’s first female ...

Carjacking in Maplewood on Sunday, Police Report

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a carjacking on Springfield Ave. at about 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, according to a release from Maplewood police.

A man parked his vehicle at Express Laundry World (1443 Springfield Ave.), and left the vehicle running, stated the release.

When he came back to the vehicle, he saw a man inside of the car, and was unable to open the car door despite trying ...

Matter Matters at Connecticut Farms School

April 25, 2017

Union, NJ - Second grade students at Connecticut Farms Elementary were introduced to the concept of matter as observed in everyday life.  Matter is any substance that has mass and takes up space.  Through daily lessons and experiments, students learned the properties of matter and how matter is all around us.

At the conclusion of the unit, second grade teacher Annette Blanco ...

Burnet Middle School to Host Clothing Drive on Saturday, April 29

Union, NJ - Burnet Middle School's PBSIS Team is hosting a clothing drive on Saturday, April 29, from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Burnet Middle School parking lot, 1000 Caldwell Avenue.

They are looking for well-tied garbage bags with the following:

·  Clothing –(All types, seasons and sizes)

·  Sneakers and shoes (all ...

Union High School Grad to Study Volcanos in Hawaii

UNION, NJ – Imani Guest, a 2014 Union High School graduate, has been selected to work with one of the world’s top volcanologists during a summer internship in Hawaii.

Guest, a junior at Rider University majoring in geoscience with a minor in philosophy, will be studying with Dr. Michael Garcia at the University of Hawaii from June 5 to August 4.  Guest was one of 10 students ...

Union Graduates Shine at IAAF World Relays

April 26, 2017

UNION, NJ - Two Union High School graduates competed for Team Nigeria in the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas last weekend.

Both Ugonna Ndu, class of 2009, and Jennifer Edobi, class of 2014, ran in Team Nigeria’s 4 x 400.  The team won their heat on Saturday night and qualified for the final on Sunday night, where they finished fifth, and qualified for the World Championships this ...

Chewy Massena Named 1st Team All-American and Selected for the NJCAA Coaches Association All-Star Game

CRANFORD - On April 29, Chinua “Chewy” Massena, will proudly be representing Union County College and Region XIX at the NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association 2017 All-Star Men's Basketball Game.

The Coaches Association has chosen Chewy as one of the top NJCAA basketball sophomores in the nation. This is a tremendous honor to be hand selected as one of the 24 athletes ...

Registration Open for the Union Farmer Soccer Academy Summer Camp

UNION, NJ – Registration is open for the Union Farmer Soccer Academy Summer Camp, which will be held June 26 – June 30 at Union High School

The camp is for boys and girls 4 to 18 years old. Visit ufsocceracademy.com for more info and online discounts.

According to the Union Farmer Soccer Academy website, “Our goal at Union Farmer Soccer Academy Summer Camp is to ...

Township Hosts a Discussion on Child Abuse and Awareness

April 25, 2017

UNION, NJ – A conversation on keeping children and families safe took place at Union Town Hall on Monday evening hosted by the Township’s Prevention on Child Abuse Committee.

Panelists John Esmerado from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Araceli Galvis from the New Jersey Child Assault Prevention Program, and Latisha Graham and Shauna Murphy from Child Protection and ...

MAX Challenge 'Day of Giving' Benefits Susan G. Komen Foundation

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A crowd came out to the MAX Challenge of New Providence and Springfield-Union "Day of Giving" mini Olympics ready to put their fitness and completive edge to the test when they participated in some good old-fashioned fun and games for a cause on Saturday at the Playground Loop at the Watchung Reservation. Win or lose, the participants enjoyed the ...

The Loss of a Pet and How You and Your Child Can Cope

Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support and unconditional love.  If you understand this connection between human and animal, then you understand that coping with loss and grief of a pet is no different than when a person you love dies.  It’s natural for family and friends to express sorrow for your loss for a human, unfortunately, many people do not understand ...

Westfield Native Andrew McCarthy Talks About His New Book, ‘Pretty in Pink’ & Coming Home

April 26, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – Though he may best be known as Blane McDonough from the John Hughes classic “Pretty in Pink,” actor/director/writer Andrew McCarthy is, as he says, always moving onward.

McCarthy, 54, recently released his first young adult novel, “Just Fly Away.” The novel tells the story of Lucy, a 15-year-old girl who discovers her father had an affair eight ...

Local Artists and Vendors Featured at Spring Arts Festival

UNION, NJ – An outdoor arts event took place on Sunday, off of Morris Avenue on Azalea Road.

Event organizer Manny Rebimbas said, “I thought we could just hold an event where people can come out, appreciate art, and slow down a little bit.  We should all stop for a minute and see the beauty in the neighborhood.”

Various local artists and vendors attended the event, ...

Earth Day Celebration at the Vauxhall Public Library

UNION, NJ - The Vauxhall Branch of the Union Public Library went green on Thursday in celebration of Earth Day 2017.

"Dr. Seuss wanted his young readers to be knowledgeable, curious, and thoughtful about the world around them,” said Vauxhall Branch Library Manager Erica Bell.  “That’s why the Lorax is an excellent and easy way to start the conversation in your home ...

Sold Out Taste of Union Event Benefits Lacerda Family

April 21, 2017

UNION, NJ – Mike and Chrissy Lacerda were amazed and incredibly grateful to see the turnout at the Tenth Annual Taste of Union event on Thursday night at the Knights of Columbus

“I’m overwhelmed,” said Mike Lacerda.  “I am so very thankful.  So many people came to support us.  I can’t believe the turnout.”

Mike Lacerda suffered a ...

Battle Hill to Host Pasta Dinner for Memorial Scholarships

UNION, NJ – The Battle Hill Elementary School staff will be hosting its third annual pasta dinner benefiting the memorial scholarships in memory of Jason Lopes and Crystal Scretchen.

Lopes and Scretchen passed away suddenly in the winter of 2014/2015.  Lopes, a former Battle Hill student, was a junior at Union High School when he died.  Scretchen was a long time teacher ...

Essex County Jury Convicts Man on All Counts in 2013 Killing of Union Man

April 25, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – Following a 5-day trial before the Honorable James W. Donahue, Judge of the Superior Court, a Newark man, Zakariyya Ahmad, 20, has been convicted of killing Joseph Flagg, 41, of Union, announced Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray.

Flagg was the owner of Zakiyyah’s Café, located at 282 Chancellor Avenue in Newark.  He was fatally shot when ...

Judge Denies Change of Venue for Bombing Suspect

ELIZABETH, NJ – Superior court Judge Karen Cassidy has denied a change of venue for terror suspect Ahmad Khan Rahimi of Elizabeth. No trial date has been set.

Rahimi is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a handgun, one count of possession of a firearm to be used unlawfully against a police officer, and four counts of attempted murder of several police officers.

In ...

Union County College Foundation to Establish Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund

April 24, 2017

CRANFORD – One of the new campaigns for the Union County College Foundation is to establish the Union County College Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund. Once endowed, this scholarship will provide financial support for active and retired police officers and their children.

Police officers are a vital part of the safety and well-being of the towns of Union County. The College is the top ...

MAX Challenge 'Day of Giving' Benefits Susan G. Komen Foundation

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A crowd came out to the MAX Challenge of New Providence and Springfield-Union "Day of Giving" mini Olympics ready to put their fitness and completive edge to the test when they participated in some good old-fashioned fun and games for a cause on Saturday at the Playground Loop at the Watchung Reservation. Win or lose, the participants enjoyed the ...

Burnet Middle School to Host Clothing Drive on Saturday, April 29

Union, NJ - Burnet Middle School's PBSIS Team is hosting a clothing drive on Saturday, April 29, from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Burnet Middle School parking lot, 1000 Caldwell Avenue.

They are looking for well-tied garbage bags with the following:

·  Clothing –(All types, seasons and sizes)

·  Sneakers and shoes (all ...

Grow Your Own Tropical Paradise in a Container or Garden

April 24, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Add an exciting new look to your garden, poolside, patio or deck with elephant ears.  These easy tropical plants have tall stems and giant leaves that measure up to two feet across. You can use them to create an instant focal point in the garden, screen an unwanted view, or extend a bold welcome at the front door.

Elephant ears can be grown in containers as well as ...

NJ State Bicycle Championships Event Returns to Plainfield

April 23, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey State Bicycle Championships will return to Plainfield's Queen City for a second year, with races on Sunday, May 7th that leave from City Hall.

All levels can participate, from professional cyclists to amateur riders.  A public safety challenge will include Plainfield police, firemen and other public safety officials, and juniors and kids will be able to ...

No Saturday Plans! Check out a Nat Geo Photographer in His Natural Setting

So it is Saturday morning, your exhausted and you still want to take your family to something fun this weekend.  

Well, we think a visit to the Paul Nicklen Art Gallery in Soho is a must do.

Why you ask?  Well for starters he is the National Geographic photographer responsible for almost every Polar Bear and Penguin photo you can recall...or perhaps is on your screen saver ...

Weekend Ideas for April 22 - 23

One of the most notable dates coming up this weekend is globally celebrated Earth Day. Many communities will be putting together celebrations on Saturday to recognize the importance of taking care of our planet. Many of the festivals are free of charge and open to the general public.

10th Annual Earth Day Celebration

Centenary University in Hackettstown is hosting its yearly Earth Day event ...

Deron School of New Jersey Among "Union County Kids Dig In!" Grant Recipients

April 25, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ — For the first time ever, The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced it has awarded “Union County Kids Dig In!” grants to 32 schools in 12 County municipalities. The grant assistance covers establishing/building of gardens, garden boxes and/or tools and equipment. It is aimed at educating students about gardening and fostering the growth and ...

Environmental Group Awards Overlook Medical Center for Practice Excellence, Achievements

SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center in Summit, part of Atlantic Health System, has been recognized for environmental excellence with two awards from Practice Greenhealth, a national organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.

Practice Greenhealth is a Reston, VA-based non-profit founded on the principles of positive environmental stewardship and ...

Union Celebrates Earth Day 2017, Featuring Waterway Cleanup

UNION, NJ – Union’s first annual Earth Day Celebration, featuring a waterway cleanup, touch a truck event and a shade tree seedling giveaway, occurred on Saturday all around town.

The main event of the day featured the waterway cleanup of tributaries the feed into the Rahway River.   “We will be cleaning three waterway areas in Union,” said DPW Superintendent ...

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Livingston Elementary School PTA's Cinco de Mayo Tricky Tray

April 26, 2017

UNION, NJ - Come out for an enjoyable evening at the Cinco de Mayo Tricky Tray on Friday, May 5, hosted by The Livingston Elementary School PTA. 

The event takes place at the Knights of Columbus, 1034 Jeannette Ave in Union.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a $20 admission fee that includes one sheet of Tier 1 tickets, dessert, and coffee.  A cash bar is available and you are ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, April 27, 12:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Lunchtime Meditation

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Thu, April 27, 2:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Foreign Film Thursday: "Amelie"

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Thu, April 27, 4:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Kids Knitting

Obituary: James J. Kielwasser

April 20, 2017

UNION, NJ - James J. Kielwasser II, 43, of Bridgewater passed away on Tuesday, April 18.

The funeral Mass will be at St. Michael's Church, 1212 Kelly Street (corner of Vauxhall Road), Union, on Monday April 24, at 10:15 a.m.  Cremation will be held privately.  Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Galante Funeral Home, 2800 Morris Avenue.

Born in ...

Deron School of New Jersey Among "Union County Kids Dig In!" Grant Recipients

April 25, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ — For the first time ever, The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced it has awarded “Union County Kids Dig In!” grants to 32 schools in 12 County municipalities. The grant assistance covers establishing/building of gardens, garden boxes and/or tools and equipment. It is aimed at educating students about gardening and fostering the growth and ...

Rumors of Poisoned Animals Spread After Two Dead Deer Were Found in Kenilworth

KENILWORTH, NJ- Rumors of poisoned animals are spreading after a post in the Union County Lost Pets Facebook Group showed a photo of two dead deer on a Kenilworth street. The resident who posted the photo also claimed that there was a dead cat in the same area.

According to comments on the Facebook page, the animals were found on Michigan Avenue and the deer show no major signs of ...

Debate Over Bike Trails in Watchung Reservation Continue at Union County Freeholders Meeting

ELIZABETH, NJ — Debate about the possible addition of trails for mountain biking in Watchung Reservation continued at Thursday night’s Union County Freeholders meeting. The county had asked for input regarding the trails in February, which sparked an outpouring of people into the subsequent board meetings.

A resolution regarding mountain biking had appeared on the agenda for ...

Distressed Homeowners Can Find Guidance at Free Foreclosure Presentation

April 26, 2017

Union County, NJ — Property owners currently in foreclosure and those trying to avoid it, are invited to attend a free educational presentation, “Foreclosure: Moving From Fear To Positive Action.  Panel members representing state and county agencies will provide information and guidance to these homeowners, including identifying freestate and county resources that are available ...

Columns

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca (St. Martin's Press, 2016)

At the turn of the 20th century, the thrilling, fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, had captured the imaginations of both British and American readers. In those days, when sleuthing as a career was a relatively new venture, the idea of a woman detective was preposterous.

Grace Humiston, who ...

Tragedy on the Tracks East of Millburn Train Station

April 13, 2017

MILLBURN, NJ - The nightly calm was shattered Tuesday evening as a New Jersey Transit train collided with an individual on the tracks just east of the Millburn Train Station at Wyoming Avenue. 

At approximately 10:22 p.m., train 6676 on the Morris-Essex line operating as a Midtown Direct traveling from Dover to New York Penn Station hit a trespasser on the tracks, a representative ...

Forgotten Soldiers: Why Congress Must Authorize an Emergency Expansion of the Afghan SIV Program

April 25, 2017

Congressional inaction to authorize visas for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program has recently resulted in America breaking its promise of safety to thousands of Afghan interpreters and aides who risked their lives to assist US troops and diplomates. Such short-sighted policy undermines both our moral and national security imperatives.  It is morally reprehensible to abandon already ...

Letters to the Editor

Election Sloganeering

April 23, 2017

November seems like a long way off, but is it possible to at least hear more substantive ideas instead of recycling campaign rhetoric? Presenting a litany of a city's or state's problems (and virtues) without offering any real solutions, improvements or original ideas is somewhat embarrassing. "Keep our schools great." What does that mean?

"We need to keep taxes ...