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Union County Clerk Launches “I Voted” Art Contest for Students in Grades 5-12

January 10, 2019

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi is pleased to announce the launch of the first annual Union County Clerk “I Voted” Sticker Design Art Contest for students in grades 5-12. All Union County students in public, private and home schools are invited to participate.

“The tremendous outpouring of interest in the 2018 midterm election cycle demonstrates that today’s voters ...

Union Man Charged with Endangering 7-Year-Old who Died in Newark

January 23, 2019

UNION, NJ – A Union man has been arrested for endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the suspicious death of a 7-year old Newark boy, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. 

Authorities are investigating the death of seven-year-old Aydin Brown, a second-grade student at University Charter School in Newark.  According to the Essex County ...

Two Alarm Fire at Mill Run on Thursday

UNION, NJ – Union firefighters battled a two alarm fire at the Mill Run complex on Manor Drive Thursday afternoon.

According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, a fire was reported at about 2:45 p.m. at 1836 Manor Drive in Mill Run.  The fire involved the crawl space that extended through the floor and walls into Apartment B which was vacant and being renovated.

The fire went to a ...

Union Police Seeking Help in Grandchild in Distress Scam

UNION, NJ – Union police are investigating a “grandchild in distress” scam and seeking help.

According to Union police, a senior citizen from out of state received a phone call from a person claiming to be a lawyer.  The individual told the victim his grandson was in a car accident and had been arrested.  The lawyer informed the victim that his grandson required ...

No Name Calling Week at Battle Hill School

January 21, 2019

UNION, NJ – Battle Hill Elementary School students and staff recognized No Name Calling Week recently, spreading words that heal and not hurt.

Students from kindergarten to fourth grade participated in a creative expressions contest, where students were asked to create an art project of their choice and depict how they felt about name calling.  According to Ingrid Soares, ...

Union High School Junior Wins Second Round of National American Legion Oratorical Contest

UNION, NJ – A Union High School student was one of two students on Saturday morning to participate in the second round of the National American Legion Oratorical Contest at Union High.

Ayokunnumi (Faithful) Oluwakuyide, a junior at Union High School, competed and won against a student from the Kent Place School in Summit.  Each contestant was required to present an 8-10 minute, ...

Governor Announces Union to Receive $2m in Funding for Expanded Preschool Program

UNION, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy announced on Thursday a second round of state funding to create or expand preschool programs in 33 school districts, including Union, which is slated to receive over $2m in Preschool Education Expansion Aid (PEEA). 

Union will receive $2,293,150, the second highest award among the 33 districts in 15 counties.  The total amount of funding is ...

Track & Field: Union Catholic Girls Win 5th Straight State Relay Title in Record-Breaking Fashion

January 20, 2019

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls left no doubt that they are still the top program in the state after putting together the most dominant performance in meet history at Thursday's Non-Public A Relay Championships at the Bennett Center.

For the second straight year, the UC girls won all six races races on the track on the way to its fifth straight title as the ...

Girls Basketball: Freshman Angela Aromando Steps Up With Key Offensive Chances for Johnson Crusaders in Win over Union HS

CLARK, NJ- The Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders girls varsity basketball team returned to their home floor, looking for a rebound win after a crushing 38-37 loss to Jonathan Dayton HS in overtime. Standing in their way was the Union High School Farmers as the two teams duked it out on the court.

It got tricky for Johnson, who was called for six fouls in the opening eight minutes, ...

Boys Basketball: Union Unable to Finish Hot Start, Falls to Elizabeth, 66-44

UNION — What started out as a close and tightly-contested back-and-forth dialogue between Union and Elizabeth turned around real quickly Thursday. 

Union had its home Louis Rettino Gymnasium rocking after a scintillating start against one of the best teams in the state, but highly-touted Elizabeth took over late in the second half to reject any threat at its undefeated ...

Track and Field: Jerika Lufrano of Union Catholic Named Union County Conference Girls Athlete of The Week

January 23, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  -- Jerika Lufrano was one of the biggest stars for the Union Catholic girls track and field team when the Vikings put together the greatest performance in meet history at last Thursday's Non-Public A Relay Championships at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Lufrano, a senior distance running star, anchored two very fast winning relays to help spark the Vikings ...

Boys Basketball: Fast Start Ignites Union Catholic to Victory Over Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, N.J., -- Union Catholic put together a strong all-round team effort and got off to a fast start on the way to a 78-64 victory over Plainfield on Thursday night.

The Vikings, ranked 15th in the state, are now an impressive 10-2 overall and 2-1 in the Union County Conference's Mountain Division. 

UC made an instant statement in the first quarter by blasting out to a ...

Morristown Medical Center Decreased Readmissions by Over 10 Percent

Morristown, NJ –Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has been recognized by the New Jersey Hospital Association with the prestigious 2019 Excellence in Quality Improvement Award for its work to decrease readmission rates for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

“Morristown Medical Center has been diligently assessing and enhancing its ...

Trinitas Earns Second JCAHO Gold Seal Approval for Total Hip and Knee Replacement

January 23, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center has earned its second consecutive Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. Trinitas was the first in Union County to achieve this important designation in 2016, and underwent a rigorous on-site survey by Joint Commission experts, who evaluated compliance with ...

Narcan Training Being Offered to Union Residents

UNION, NJ – Free training to anyone interested in learning how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose using Naloxone (Narcan) is being offered at Connecticut Farms Church on Jan. 29 and Feb. 26.

In 2018, Union emergency responders deployed Narcan 65 times, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the second highest deployment in Union County.

Naloxone can ...

A helpful Guide on Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

 UNION, NJ – Today’s high is forecasted to be about 12 degrees, but it will feel like -7 degrees.  Aside from keeping yourself, your neighbors and your pets safe, the Red Cross offers the following information on preventing frozen pipes.

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, ...

Many New Exhibits and Items at the Caldwell Parsonage's Open House

January 20, 2019

UNION, NJ – Last Sunday’s visitors to the Caldwell Parsonage Historical Museum’s Open House were treated to viewing historical holiday decorations and tours of the building and barn.

The two main floors of the Caldwell Parsonage are standing exhibits with another room on the second floor is set up as a bedroom from Revolutionary times and yet another room houses rotating ...

Connecticut Farms Hosts Pinewood Derby

UNION, NJ -  For the 50th year, Connecticut Farms Boy Scouts participated in the Pinewood Derby competition on Saturday, a racing event for unpowered, unmanned miniature cars.

Fifty cars were entered and raced in the competition from six dens:  Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Arrow of Light – Boys and Arrow of Light – Girls.  The top three winners of the Grand ...

Trader Joe’s Releases 10th Annual Customer Choice Awards

January 18, 2019

WESTFIELD and NATIONAL -- Trader Joe’s, the popular supermarket featuring organic, vegan and everyday items -- and "Two-Buck Chuck" wines -- has released its 10th annual Customer Choice Awards, a list of favorite products by category. 

Overall, the top entree was Mandarin Orange Chicken, followed by Cauliflower Gnocchi and Chicken Tikka ...

Board of Adjustment Approves New Residential Unit on North Avenue

January 10, 2019

 UNION, NJ –  Union Board of Adjustment members approved plans for a new 24-unit residential project on North Avenue, home of the old University Diner near Kean University, at Wednesday night’s meeting.

Attorney Stephen Hehl, representing the applicant, 580 North Ave. Associates, LLC, said the multi-unit project is proposed on a commercially-zoned site. He said the ...

Union's Mayor Discusses the "We Care About Our Community" Initiative to Help Federal Workers

January 23, 2019

UNION, NJ – In response to the federal government shutdown, Union Mayor Michele Delisfort outlined the “We Care About Our Community” program run through the Special Improvement District at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting.

“More than 800,000 federal workers are affected by the government shutdown, and many reside right here in our community,” ...

Business Attire and Tech Drive for New Jersey Veterans

UNION, NJ - The New Jersey Veteran's Network is holding a Business Attire & Tech drive for veterans in New Jersey.  The drive has begun and continues until March 4.

The following items will be gratefully accepted:  Laptops, ipods, Mp3s, smart phones, business attire and business clothing.  Items can be dropped off to the Union VFW, 2012 High Street, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Three Kings Day Celebrated at Trinitas Regional Medical Center

ELIZABETH, NJ - Residents of the Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Programs chose gifts from under the Christmas tree at Trinitas Regional Medical Center during the ninth Annual Three Kings Day Celebration organized by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) earlier this month at Trinitas.

The day commemorates the Three Wise Men who gave the baby Jesus gifts during the height of the Christmas ...

How to Brighten Your Home with Houseplants that Bloom

January 15, 2019

Brighten your indoor décor with plants that bloom. Whether growing traditional favorites, flowering tropical plants, or annuals moved inside for winter; their colorful flowers are sure to elicit smiles and months of enjoyment. Just provide the right growing conditions and sufficient light and you will be enjoying months of indoor color.

You may have enjoyed an initial burst of color ...

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Union Little League: Trip to Cooperstown Team Tricky Tray Fundraiser

January 22, 2019

UNION, NJ - A fundraiser to benefit the Union Little League Cooperstown Team will be held on February 15 at the Kenilworth VFW.

Tickets to the tricky tray are $20 (includes one sheet of tickets, coffee and dessert).  A cash bar will be available. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.  Calling begins at 7:00 p.m.  The Kenilworth VFW is located at 33 South 21st Street, ...

Rabies Clinic Set for Feb. 23 at Union Animal Shelter

UNION, NJ – A free Rabies Clinic is being held at the Union Animal Shelter for dogs and cats on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Dog and cat licensing will also be available.  Fees for licensing are:  $13.00 sterilized or $18.00 non-sterilized. 

The free Clinic will be held at the Township Animal Shelter, 980 Jefferson Avenue (behind ...

Just “ASK”, Information about Senior Services in Union County, at Union Public Library Feb. 26

UNION, NJ – Union residents seeking information about services available for senior adults age 60 and older will have an opportunity to visit the Union Public Library on Tuesday, February 26, to speak with staff from the county’s Department of Human Services Division on Aging through ASK, the Aging Services Kiosk community outreach program.

Staff will be on hand at the Union Public ...

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Thu, January 24, 11:30 AM

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Weekly Meditation

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Thu, January 24, 2:00 PM

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International Film: "Elizabeth"

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Thu, January 24, 7:00 PM

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Friends Film Showing: "Lies I Told My Little ...

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Bedtime Storytime

Quote of the Day

January 24, 2019

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

- Thomas Alva Edison

Local Students Named to Muhlenberg College's Fall 2018 Dean's List

January 23, 2019

ALLENTOWN, PA - More than 1000 students were named to the Fall 2018 Dean's List at Muhlenberg College.

The following Union students made the list:  Stephanie Ng and Mercy Olajobi.

To earn this academic achievement, students must earn a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the term.

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a highly selective, private, four-year residential, liberal arts ...

Kya' Smith Named to ESU Fall 2018 Dean's List

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA - A total of 1,513 students have been named to the Dean's List at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) for the Fall 2018 semester of the 2018-2019 academic year, according to Joanne Bruno, J.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Kya' Smith of Union, NJ was among those recongized for academic achievements. Students eligible for ...

Union Resident Named to Fall 2018 Semester Dean's List at Dean College

FRANKLIN, MA - Dean College is pleased to announce that Keshaun Gravenhise of Union has earned a place on the Dean's List for the Fall 2018 semester.

Founded in 1865, Dean College is a private, residential college located in Franklin Massachusetts, 45 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island. Dean College offers baccalaureate degrees, associate degree programs, ...

Union High School Boy's Soccer Team Featured for December

January 16, 2019

UNION, NJ – For December’s Athlete of the Month feature, TAPinto Union is featuring Union High School’s Boys Soccer Team, with their final record of 16-0-4.

The Union High School Boys Soccer Team was 2018 Union County Champions and 2018 Conference Champions.  Here are some other of the team’s stats/information:

Lester Lembryk was chosen the 2018 Union County ...

Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Accepts Freeholder Donation

January 22, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, Vice Chairman Alexander Mirabella and Freeholders Christopher Hudak, Sergio Granados, Andrea Staten, Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded and Rebecca Williams presented a check from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to the 2019 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade General Chairwoman Jessica Cunningham, Grand Marshal ...

Union County: When do I Take out Recycling? There’s an App for Knowing That

Recycle Coach App, Homelessness Initiative, Summer Events among Topics Discussed at First Union County Freeholders Meeting of 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ – All 21 municipalities in the county have submitted information to a cell phone application that tells homeowners when to take out the recycling, the county’s public works director said.

Roll out of the cell phone application, ...

Union County Offers Assistance Guide For Federal Workers Affected by Shutdown

County also announces drop off sites for diapers and feminine hygiene products; residents encouraged to make financial contributions to Community Food Bank of NJ

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced an online assistance guide for Federal employees who are experiencing hardship due to the prolonged government shutdown.

The guide can be accessed at ...

Union High School's JROTC Drill Team Dominates at Central Regional Drill Competition

January 20, 2019

UNION, NJ – Union High School’s Army JROTC continues its dominance by placing first at the Central Regional High School Drill Competition last weekend.

The Unarmed Drill Team, named the Infantry Guard, took first place in the New Cadet Color Guard, Platoon Inspection, Platoon Regulation and Exhibition categories at the Central Region High School Drill Competition in Bayville, ...

Teacher from Roselle’s Grace Wilday School Killed in Parkway Accident

January 22, 2019

CLIFTON, NJ - A special-education teacher at Grace Wilday Junior High School in Roselle died Sunday morning in a one-car accident on the Garden State Parkway in Clifton.

According to authorities, Jessica Munoz, 30, from Rahway was traveling on the Garden State Parkway when her car slid into a guardrail and crashed into a concrete barrier.

School officials said grief counselors will be ...

Man Falls Over 70 Feet at Merida Construction Site in Roselle Park

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - A Medevac helicopter was called in to assist after a construction accident occurred at the Merida Apartment Building construction site at approximately 10:35 a.m. Saturday. 

Roselle Park Police and rescue units along with Cranford first aide, Trinitas, and Union County EMS responders were called to the 200 block of E. Westfield Ave. at the construction site where they ...

Columns

Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Tony’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (Harper and Collins, 2018)

When I was a teenager, dancing in my room to “Dancin’ Machine” by the Jackson Five or “Jungle Boogie” by Kool and the Gang, my father would, on occasion, poke his head into my room and query, “What are you listening to?” I knew that I was in for “the lecture,” how young people ...

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama (Crown Publishers, 2018)

Becoming by former First Lady, Michelle Obama, is an autobiography that exudes the grace of a woman who exemplifies everything that a female can aspire to become in today’s world. Throughout the book, Obama follows the theme that she sets out in the early chapters; the theme of “becoming.”

The chapters are organized into ...

Dr. King’s Shabbat Sermon in Springfield

January 19, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – A few days after his 34th birthday, a Baptist minister and the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was invited to deliver the Friday night Shabbat sermon to the Jewish congregation of Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield, New Jersey.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a civil rights leader in the 1960’s, was the guest speaker ...

NJ Law Banning Smoking at Public Beaches and Parks Starts Wednesday

January 18, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation signed last summer prohibiting smoking at public beaches and parks in New Jersey goes into effect Wednesday. The bill, S-2534, updates the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006.”

According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable ...

Brooklyn Restaurateurs Bring New Flavors to South Orange

January 23, 2019

Two new restaurants recently opened near each other in South Orange, NJ, both with Brooklyn roots.

Owners of the upscale American The Fox & Falcon and Latin street food specialists Miti Miti were drawn to the area first for their families, seeking more space in the New Jersey suburbs than they could find in Brooklyn. It wasn’t long before their culinary roots came ...

Family-Friendly Chocolate Festival Coming to New Jersey Jan. 27

Attention chocoholics: The Chocolate Expo is coming to the Garden State Plaza in Paramaus, NJ, on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Now in its 11th year, organizers claim that it’s America’s largest chocolate festival.

Local, regional and international vendors at the expo will offer tastings and sales of gourmet chocolates, baked goods, ...

Forget Pita: Falafel is in Everything

Falafel, that tasty vegetarian Mediterranean street food made from chickpeas, isn’t just for pitas anymore. It’s showing up in sub sandwiches, salads, chips, pizzas – even soup.

Why is it so popular?

“It’s vegetarian and a hearty add on,” said David Delinko, owner of The Salad House of Somerville, where customers can get warm pieces of ...

New Jersey Date Night: Keep the Ball Rolling

New Jersey Date Night is a new series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There are two things we can count on happening when the clock strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve. One is that a big shiny ball will fall on Times Square, signifying the beginning of a … well, new beginning. The other is that we have 365 days ahead of us with which to plan really great ...

How One Small Business Achieves Success by Empowering People with Disabilities

January 23, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- The founders of John’s Crazy Socks recently appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss their company and its incredible success. Founded in 2016, John’s Crazy Socks sells over 1900 varieties of socks, but is also driven by a social mission: to demonstrate to the world what people with disabilities can do.

John’s Crazy Socks was founded by the father ...

New Jersey Video Production Company Looks Back at Project Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

NEW JERSEY -- 2019 marks what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday, and this year, on the federal holiday that celebrates his legacy, East Main Media looks back on a very special project completed with Michele Adubato, CEO of The North Ward Center in Newark.

“The East Main Media team was honored to produce this video,” said CEO & Executive ...

East Main Media Launches the TAPinto Network’s Flagship Video Channel, TAPintoTV

LITTLE FALLS, NJ—East Main Media today announced the launch of TAPintoTV, an online video channel highlighting topics of interest in New Jersey, New York, and beyond. TAPintoTV is off the ground and has been posting content for several months, including videos featuring Emmy award-winning PBS host, Steve Adubato, coverage of the New York International Auto Show, small business success ...