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Registration Open for Two of Union's Upcoming Halloween Events

September 22, 2021

UNION, NJ - Registration is still open for two of Union's Halloween events.

The Union Recreation Department is accepting registration for two themed contests for children and their families:  the Halloween Window Painting Contest and the Halloween Scarecrow Contest. 

Halloween Window Painting Contest

Open to grades 5 – 12
Supplies available beginning Oct.

Empanadas and Lemonade with Union Police

UNION, NJ - Union police are continuing their community events with an upcoming "Empanadas and Lemonade event" on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Union's Community Policing Bureau has held events featuring ice cream, coffee and cake, and pretzels all around town for youth and adults.  The Empanadas and Lemonade event will be held at Gusto Y Sabor, 2022c Morris Avenue) from 5 to 7 ...

Blowout Book Sale at Union Public Library

UNION, NJ - The Friends of the Union Public Library are holding a blowout book sale.  Everything must go!

There's something for everyone including fiction, nonfiction, DVD’s, CD's and audiobooks. The holidays are coming and these make great gifts.

Sale dates are Thursday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, October 2 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  The sale will take place ...

FEMA Has Opened a Disaster Relief Center in Elizabeth for Union County Residents. Everything You Need to Know About FEMA Aid.

September 16, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Elizabeth on Thursday, September 16. The DRC is located at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center on 618 Salem Avenue. The building is a Quonset hut, adjacent to one of the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth’s buildings: the O’Donnell-Dempsey ...

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

September 14, 2021

UNION, NJ - A COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Union's municipal building (back entrance), 1976 Morris Ave.

Walk-ins are welcome.  The clinic will be providing the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines only.  Those receiving the vaccine must be 18 years of age or older.  For more information, contact the Union Health ...

Union Police Donate Life Saving Equipment to School District

September 26, 2021

UNION, NJ – Union police officers and personnel paid a visit to Union High School on Thursday with a special delivery of potentially life-saving equipment for the district.

Sgt. Joe Sauer, head of the Union Police Department’s Community Policing Bureau, said the department recently received additional AED (automated external defibrillator) equipment.  He said some surplus was ...

14-Month-Old Falls into Manhole in Kawameeh Park Thursday Morning, Police Say

UNION, NJ – A young child fell into an exposed manhole Thursday morning while playing with his mother in a county park in Union, police said.

At about 10:45 a.m., the 14-month-old child was playing with his mother in Kawameeh Park when he fell into a manhole, said Union Business Administrator Don Travisano.  The child fell approximately 7 feet into two feet of sewage water.  ...

Police and Fire Report: Firefighters Respond to 424 Incidents, Police Arrest 64 Over Past Two Weeks

UNION, NJ – The Union Fire Department responded to 424 incidents in the last two weeks, 224 which were directly related to incidents surrounding Tropical Storm Ida, according to reports provided at last Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting.

Committeeman and Fire Commissioner Clifton People Jr. reported on a few of the incidents firefighters responded to as a result of ...

Twenty-Six Union Students Named to SHU's Spring 2021 Dean's List

September 23, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Seton Hall University has announced the following students from Union who qualified for the Spring 2021 Dean's list:

Robert Adelson 
Mojisola Adesanya 
Catherine Gail Akiat 
Jared Alvarez 
Chelsea Alves
Kassandra Antao 
Erika David 
Robert Dubon 
Nicolas Fernandes 
Matthew Green 
Ryan ...

Scenes from Union's 10th Annual Mayor's Day 5K

September 27, 2021

UNION, NJ – It was a gorgeous autumn morning for runners, walkers, and spectators for the kick-off of Union’s 10th Annual Mayor’s Day 5k Race at Union High School Sunday morning.

“This is our 10th year, and we have surpassed 300 runners this morning,” said Township of Union Chamber of Commerce Executive Director James Masterson.  Thanking the event ...

Beginning Soon: Free Clinic for New Twirlers

UNION, NJ - Union High School is one of the last few schools in the state to have a traditional baton twirling team. 

Coach Nicole Placca said she runs a free district-wide clinic several times a year to help maintain awareness of the sport. "Lessons are custom fit, so the focus is on individuality and embracing that success is different for every one," she said.

Students, ...

HS Football: Group 5 Football Rating Released, Union 7th

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The NJSIAA, through its partnership with Gridiron New Jersey, has released the first set of rankings for the 2021 high school football season.  

Union, who has won two of their first three games, is ranked 14th. 


Power ...

Union Catholic's Michael Mahaffey Making Big Impact In Classroom And Community

September 25, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In Union Catholic's latest installment of Feature Friday, the spotlight shines on junior Michael Mahaffey.

Mahaffey, who lives in Scotch Plains, is very close to completing his Eagle Scout Project, he's a two-sport athlete, a Student Ambassador, an Honor Roll student at Union Catholic, and last year he advanced to the Grand Nationals in Declamation ...

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Family Movie Night in Plainfield on October 1st

Free double feature drive up movie event, presented by Union County’s Board of County Commissioners and in partnership with Plainfield Public Schools.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners would like to invite all residents to a double feature drive up movie event on October 1st featuring Ferdinand and In the Heights in Plainfield High School’s ...

September 27 Application Deadline Approaching for Rental Assistance for Tenants in Union County Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that the deadline for residents to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is Monday, September 27. The ERAP program will provide financial relief for Union County residents unable to meet their rental obligations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new Emergency Rental Assistance Program, eligible tenants can ...

Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk Brings Free Family Activities to Nomahegan Park

Union County, NJ – Union County’s 23rd annual Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk hosted by local non-profit, Prevention Links, features a full slate of free children’s activities, all in the cause of raising awareness about preventing drug and alcohol misuse. This year’s Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Walk will be held on Saturday, October 16th at Nomahegan Park in ...

Union Elks to Host Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show

September 26, 2021

UNION,NJ - The Union Elks Lodge 1583 will host their 31st Annual Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show on Sunday, Oct. 10.

Presented by the Union Elks 1583 Special Children's Committee, the event will feature music by Hot Rod Mike, contests, door prizes, trophies and more.  The Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 10.  The raindate is Sunday, Oct. 17.

The ...

LoFi Chill with Vibes & Hues (A Paint and Chill Experience)

UNION, NJ - A relaxed paint and chill experience will be held at the Vauxhall Meeting Center on Oct. 9.

Millions of music listeners have turned to lo-fi music to relax, study, and de-stress.  Vibes & Hues uses that energy to create the ultimate chillwave.  

The Oct. 9 session will begin at 6 p.m.  Other upcoming sessions include Oct. 23 (Motown Hits), Nov. 13 ...

Union's Craft Crawl Featured Artist: Berta Ditillo

UNION, NJ – Meet jewelry artist Berta Ditillo, the first featured artist in a continuing series about local artists and crafters participating in Union’s upcoming Craft Crawl.

The two-day Craft Crawl will be held Friday, Nov. 26 (Black Friday) and Saturday, Nov. 27 (Small Business Saturday). The crawl is a town-wide event, founded by Union resident's Wanda ...

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. How to Register to Vote in Union County

September 27, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — With New Jersey general elections around the corner, the deadline to register to vote is drawing near. Luckily, Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. 

According to, the holiday was founded in 2012 as a way to celebrate democracy. The website states that approximately 4.5 million people have registered to vote on the holiday ...

Sample Ballots for Union County Are Now Available Online

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Sample ballots for the November 2 General Election are now available.  The ballot for the Township of Union can be found HERE.  All county ballots can be viewed and downloaded on the County Clerk’s elections website, and through Union County Votes, a free app for all mobile devices.

The Township of Union Ballot contains the following ...

Union's In-Person Voting Location is One of Seven in the County

Union County, NJ – Seven locations, included one in Union, have been selected for those wishing to cast their vote early in person for the 2021 General Election.  Any registered, Union County voter can use any of these sites to vote in-person, by machine from Saturday, October 23 through Sunday, October 31.

The Union location, recently relocated, is:

Township of Union Senior ...

Union Restaurant Owner Named 2021 Hispanic of the Year Award at Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration

September 20, 2021

UNION, NJ – The cultures, traditions and diversity of the Hispanic community was celebrated in Union Friday night with hundreds of people enjoying music, food and fun.

At the event, the 2021 Hispanic of the Year Award was presented to El Gordo Restaurant owner Lizeth Morales. 

About Morales, Mayor Michele Delisfort said:

Lizeth was inspired by her Peruvian parents and their ...

Union Man Admits to Illegally Obtaining $450,000 in Unemployment Insurance

September 21, 2021

NEWARK, N.J. – A Union man admitted that he illegally obtained more than $450,000 in unemployment insurance benefits, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Maurice Mills, 29, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti to an information charging him with wire fraud.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in ...

Scenes from Union's 10th Annual Mayor's Day 5K

September 27, 2021

UNION, NJ – It was a gorgeous autumn morning for runners, walkers, and spectators for the kick-off of Union’s 10th Annual Mayor’s Day 5k Race at Union High School Sunday morning.

“This is our 10th year, and we have surpassed 300 runners this morning,” said Township of Union Chamber of Commerce Executive Director James Masterson.  Thanking the event ...

Union Police Donate Life Saving Equipment to School District

UNION, NJ – Union police officers and personnel paid a visit to Union High School on Thursday with a special delivery of potentially life-saving equipment for the district.

Sgt. Joe Sauer, head of the Union Police Department’s Community Policing Bureau, said the department recently received additional AED (automated external defibrillator) equipment.  He said some surplus was ...

Union Native Receives Governors Jefferson Award for Feeding the Hungry/Housing the Homeless

UNION, NJ – A Union native and his wife recently received the prestigious New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Award as the 2020 medalist in the category of Feeding the Hungry/Housing the Homeless.

Union High School graduate Reggie Anderson and his wife Yvette Anderson continue to make a difference throughout New Jersey by feeding families, seniors, homeless, special needs, ...

Fall Landscape Care to Keep Plants and Pollinators Healthy

September 21, 2021

As the weather and gardens transition from summer to fall, it is time to adjust your maintenance practices ensuring the health, longevity, and beauty of your landscape.  Proper fall care will increase winter survival, support pollinators, and reduce your future workload.

Continue watering as needed. This is especially important for new plantings and moisture-loving plants. Don’t ...

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Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

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Tue, September 28, 6:30 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Library Board Meeting


Tue, September 28, 7:30 PM


Township Committee Meeting


SNHU Announces Summer 2021 President's List

September 17, 2021

MANCHESTER, NH -  Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following students from Union on being named to the summer 2021 President's List.

Full-time students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above are named to the President's List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits; undergraduate day students must earn 12 credits in ...

Hannah Caldwell Teachers and Staff Get Some Tasty Treats as a 'Thank You'

September 27, 2021

UNION, NJ - Hannah Caldwell Elementary School was chosen as the winner of the “cheers to classrooms” sponsored by Wawa, said Hannah Caldwell PTA President Deanna Chase.

Teachers and staff at Hannah Caldwell were surprised last week with coffee and heart-shaped apple filled donuts to start their week and as a way to say thank you for their hard work.

“The PTA is so grateful ...

This Week: Students in Classrooms Without Air Conditioning Encouraged to Take Mask Breaks

UNION, NJ – It’s forecasted to be hot Wednesday and beyond this week, and Union schools superintendent said he will monitor how students are coping with mandated mask wearing.

In an email to parents on Tuesday, Dr. Scott Taylor said he has encouraged teachers in classrooms without air conditioning to have students take frequent mask breaks. 

“It’s ...


Community Conversations: Back to School

Children have headed back into the classroom, so be sure to check out this Community Conversation with pediatrician Walter Rosenfeld, MD, chair of Pediatrics at Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, who shares what parents need to know as their kids return to in-person learning, how we’re helping make schools safer and the ...

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Anthony Manochio Sr., of Union, passed away suddenly on Saturday July 3. Anthony was born on ...
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10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Grandparent’s Day With Loved Ones

Grandparent’s Day is on Sept. 12, and it’s the perfect time to start planning a celebration! Although Mother’s Day and Father’s Day tend to get the most attention, taking time to show appreciation for grandparents is an important way to acknowledge the pivotal role they play in our lives. Here are 10 easy ways to show the grandparents in your life just how much you ...

Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

Elevate Your Space with These 10 Quick Decorating Ideas

Feeling like your home’s interior decorating needs an upgrade, but not ready to commit a lot of time and money? There are plenty of simple additions or replacements that make a significant impact on the look and feel of the most-used rooms in your house.

Here’s a list of inexpensive items you can use to elevate your indoor space and tips on how they affect your home’s ...

How to Ensure Your Furnace Is Ready for Winter’s Cold Nights

The cooler nights of September are the perfect reminder to get your furnace ready for the long winter ahead. Any work on HVAC can be intimidating, and professionals should handle most tasks, but there are steps you can take to keep the heat on this winter.

We’ll look at some ways to prep your furnace for winter and the situations that call for expert help. With some preventive ...

Must-Have Products to Build Your Basic Skincare Routine

There are literally hundreds of products available when it comes to skincare, and choosing what to use (and when) can feel overwhelming. The good news? There’s nothing wrong with beginning a small, simple skincare routine without feeling pressured to include all of the newest products. Ultimately, the best skincare routine is one that you’ll actually stick with, so choose the products ...

7 Tips for Creating a Lasting Fitness Plan

Now that the bulk of the pandemic is behind us, many are looking for ways to get back in their old fitness routine or start a new one. Whether you’re back at the gym or in your home fitness center, here are seven tips for creating a new routine you’ll actually stick to!

Start Slow

When starting a fitness routine, many people make the mistake of taking on more than they are ...

Easy Fall Cocktails to Celebrate the Start of the Season

September 25, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The air is turning cooler, the days are getting shorter and pumpkin spice is everywhere. Now’s the time to get into the autumn spirit with these easy cool-weather cocktails you can make at home.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian: Over ice, combine 2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur, 1 oz. coffee liqueur and 1 oz. cream.

Maple Old Fashioned: In a ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

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

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

NJ Stand-Up Comedian Discusses Vaccine Mandate and COVID-19 Safety

September 24, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur spoke with comedian John Poveromo about vaccinations and their role in stand-up comedy venues. Vaccine mandates have been making headlines recently in the stand-up comedy world, with Saturday Night Live alumni Jim Breuer making a statement against vaccine mandates at performance spaces. But Poveromo takes the opposite ...