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Union's Latest COVID-19 Numbers

April 9, 2021

UNION, NJ - The COVID-19 numbers for Union as reported on Thursday include an additional 67 new cases since Wednesday for a total of 6,636 confirmed positive cases.  Eighty-nine people from Union have passed away from the virus.

Statewide:

Another 3,758 new positive cases have been reported, bringing the cumulative statewide total positive results to at least ...

Murphy Announces Latest COVID Figures and Vaccination Totals

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wednesday. He said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.

"We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June 30th," ...

Murphy Announces All Individuals Ages 16+ Will be Eligible for Vaccination on April 19, Reports Latest COVID Figures

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his COVID press briefing on Monday, April 5, that all individuals ages 16+ in New Jersey will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination on April 19 – two weeks ahead of the state’s initial target of May 1.

The state’s phased vaccination roll out has successfully administered 4.7 million doses of ...

Murphy Signs Legislation Providing $15 Million in Aid to Arts and Cultural Venues

April 12, 2021

Legislation is Part of a $100 Million Relief Package for New Jersey Small Businesses

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law S-3521, which provides $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for arts and cultural venues throughout New Jersey. The bill – sponsored by Senators Joseph Lagana, Dawn Marie Addiego, and Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Linda Carter, Angela ...

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Providing $35 Million in Aid to Restaurants

ATLANTIC CITY – Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A-5444, which provides $35 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for restaurants throughout New Jersey.

The bill – sponsored by Senators Vin Gopal and Joseph Lagana and Assembly Members Vincent Mazzeo, Pedro Mejia, Christopher Tully, and Louis Greenwald – provides aid to a particularly hard hit sector of New ...

Congressman Tom Malinowski Visits Union's Fire Department, Thanking First Responders for Dedication During Pandemic

UNION, NJ – Making the rounds of his district, Congressman Tom Malinowski stopped in at Union fire headquarters on Tuesday to deliver a message of appreciation, thanks and optimism.

“I think America got a new appreciation for all of the jobs that can’t be Zoomed in,” said Malinowski to a group of Union firefighters gathered in front of the firehouse.  “You ...

Community Donates $40.3 Million to Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Expansion, Renovation

April 14, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Community members have contributed more than $40.3 million toward the critical renovation and expansion of  Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and Goryeb Children’s Hospital, significantly exceeding the initial campaign goal of $38.5 million, announced the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center.

Jennifer L. Smith, ...

New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

County Vaccination for Educators Smooth and Efficient

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Following Governor Phil Murphy's announcement that New Jersey educators and school staff were eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, the less than subtle distinction between eligibility and accessibility was raised. Now permitted to be vaccinated, would teachers and those working in schools have the means to secure appointments? Would adequate numbers of ...

Police and Fire Report: Firefighters Respond to 216 Incidents, Police Arrest 53 Over Past Two Weeks

April 14, 2021

UNION, NJ – The Union Fire Department responded to 216 incidents and the police department to 1,337 calls for service over the past two weeks, according to reports provided at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting.

Committeeman and Fire Commissioner Clifton People Jr. reported on a few of the incidents to which firefighters responded, including an incident on April 2 in which ...

Be Careful of Springtime Scams, say Union Police

UNION, NJ – Union police are warning residents that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t.

Police are alerting residents to be on the lookout for scams and con artists.  “The coming of spring typically means the potential for an increase in crimes related to scams,” read a social media post from police. Police say suspects have been known to ...

Union Man Charged in Attempted Abduction, Prosecutor Says

SUMMIT, NJ – A Vauxhall man has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, said acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.

Swift action on the part of police officers in Summit resulted in the thwarting of an attempted abduction by Shervon James, 33, over the weekend, said the Prosecutor’s Office.

The incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, when the ...

Teachers and Students at Community Access Unlimited Strive for Success During Autism Acceptance Month

April 12, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - Michael Adamowsky says he didn’t plan it, but he has found his purpose in life through teaching.

After completing his master’s degree in accounting and starting a career at Community Access Unlimited, Adamowsky found that the accounting position didn’t suit him, and he didn’t like sitting at a computer all day. He decided to become more directly ...

Vaccination Event for Educators Tues, April 6

UNION COUNTY, NJ —The Union County Board of Commissioners today announced the County will hold a mobile clinic to vaccinate educators and school personnel on Tuesday, April 6th from 1-8 p.m. at Warinanco Park in Roselle.

Any educator or school personnel wishing to receive a vaccination must pre-register now at www.ucnjvaccine.org. Teachers, all staff and school ...

Union County OKs $16.75M to Plan, Design New Government Complex in Elizabeth

April 10, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners will provide $16.75 million to the Union County Improvement Authority to plan and design a new county government complex in Elizabeth. The county is still in negotiations to select a developer for the project.

The two buildings are planned for the site of the county’s motor vehicle services division at 61-99 West Grand St. County ...

Earn Money Testing Consumer Products at SGS in Union

April 14, 2021

At SGS in Union, NJ we ask healthy individuals ages 18-70 to test consumer products like soaps, lotions, wipes, cosmetics, toiletries and sunscreens. All of our studies involve coming to our building at 2497 Vauxhall Road, Union,  for one or more visits. Participants will be paid in cash for their time and participation at the end of every study they complete. Payments vary depending on the ...

Union Catholic's Agyapong Selected For Prestigious New Jersey Scholars Program

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Yvonne Agyapong received incredible news earlier this week when she was notified that she had been chosen to attend the very prestigious New Jersey Scholars Program.     

The junior at Union Catholic was so excited that she simply couldn't contain herself.

"I was paralyzed for a moment, and then I screamed so much that my mom came out to check ...

CT Lung Cancer Screenings at Trinitas Saves Lives

Trinitas Regional Medical Center offers a screening program to help identify lung cancer in its early stages. The low-dose, non-invasive CT scan takes about 30 seconds to complete before the test is reviewed by a board certified radiologist, a report is written and the results are sent to your doctor.

 

Gary S. Horan, President & CEO, FACHE, says, “More people die of lung ...

Union's Harmony Dance Ensemble Takes Home Top Awards from Weekend Competition

April 14, 2021

UNION, NJ – Dancers from Union’s Harmony Dance Ensemble took home “High Platinum” scores and a regional win at last weekend’s StepUp2Dance Competition in Millstone.

“After all competitions were canceled last year due to COVID-19, the team came back in full force,” said DeeDee Mayland Woodard (Miss DeeDee), Artistic Director and owner of Harmony Dance ...

Artists and Crafters Set for Saturday's Town Wide "Craft Crawl" (Map Included)

UNION, NJ - Twenty-two crafters and artists from around Union have signed on to display and sell their handmade items at Saturday's Craft Crawl.

 

The Craft Crawl is set for Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Event founders Jennifer España and Wanda España have created a map, showing the address and specialty of each artist.  Click HERE for ...

Free Drive-Up Screening of “The Croods – A New Age”

Event at UC Vo-Tech in Scotch Plains; COVID-19 safety rules apply

UNION COUNTY, NJ -  A free Drive-Up screening of “The Croods – A New Age” will be held at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Campus, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains on Friday, April 23. Parking begins at 7:00 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk. The rain date for this event ...

Union County Clerk Will Livestream April 16 Ballot Drawing on Facebook

April 8, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announced the ballot position drawing for the June 8, 2021 Primary Election will be live-streamed on Facebook.  The drawing will be held on Friday, April 16 at 3 p.m. as designated by law. A link will be posted prior to the drawing.

“My office will continue to make use of the technology at hand to ensure that the ...

Who’s Running in Union’s Township Committee, Senate and Assembly Primary?

UNION, NJ – The deadline for filing candidates for the two, three-year terms for Township Committee spots and the Legislative District 20 senate and assembly seats was Monday at 4 p.m.

Candidates for Democratic Municipal Committee:

Incumbent (Union Mayor) Michele Delisfort

Incumbent Manuel Figueiredo

Antoinette Dukes

State Senate/Assembly:

Incumbent State Senator Joseph ...

In-Person Early Voting Now Law in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ – A new law signed by Governor Phil Murphy on Tuesday will give voters more opportunities to cast their ballots at their convenience, through early, in-person voting starting with the 2021 primary election. 

“While other states are looking to find ways to keep their citizens from voting, we have consistently worked to ensure that the voices of the people ...

Elizabeth Native Powers Up PSEG Nuclear Plants for Newark, All New Jersey

April 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day power New Jersey.

"She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Her reaction was 'You should try for ...

Union Public Library Tip of the Week: Great Business Resources Available

UNION, NJ - Whether you are a business owner, job seeker, or entrepreneur, the Union Public Library has great online resources free with your library card. 

You can access contacts and other insider information for 61 million businesses by location and industries through Data Axle Reference, choose from more than 1,000 business publications ...

Multiple Unanswered Safety Violations Shuts Down Union Business

UNION, NJ – A Union business was ordered closed last week for multiple unanswered safety violations, according to court documents.

The business, known as Enterprise Realty Associates at 601 Lehigh Avenue, was shuttered on March 30 when the township sought a court decree to enforce the closing of, and business operations at, the site. 

According to the township’s complaint, ...

GoFundMe Fundraising Campaign Established for Victims of Hillside Homicide

April 8, 2021

HILLSIDE, NJ - A GoFundMe fundraising campaign has been established for two women who were found murdered on Tuesday.  Funds are being sought for the funeral expenses of Karen and Wanita, who both leave behind children. 

To join the effort, click here.

To read the original story, click here.

 

 

 

CASA Names Victoria Utoh of Union its April Spotlight Volunteer

As an educator in multiple capacities for the entirety of Victoria Utoh’s career, advocacy has become second nature. “I am naturally an advocate by personality, but I was drawn to CASA because children are one of the most vulnerable groups – specifically foster children – and felt I just had to help.” Currently working with international and graduate students at ...

Trinitas Health Foundation’s “Here Comes the Sun” Gala Set for May 6

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Trinitas Health Foundation will host its Annual Gala on Thursday, May 6 recognizing Fedway Associates, Inc. and Infineum USA L.P. This year, Fedway will be honored with the Celebrating Philanthropy Award and Infineum will be honored with the Humanitarian Award. Both companies have been very generous supporters of Trinitas for many years and did not let the pandemic dampen ...

Grow Stevia – Nature’s Sweetener

April 11, 2021

Sweeten your meals by growing your own sugar substitute in gardens or containers. Stevia is nature’s own sweetener that can be snacked upon fresh or added to soups, sauces, or beverages.

Wait for warm nights and the danger of frost to pass before planting stevia outdoors.  It is a perennial in USDA zones 8 and warmer, but those gardening in colder areas must grow stevia ...

Care for Spring Flowering Bulbs

Bright yellow daffodils, colorful tulips and fragrant hyacinths brighten our spring gardens. Give them the care they need to extend their spring display and keep them coming back for years.

Hybrid tulips and hyacinths are short-lived stars of the spring garden. They bloom profusely the first spring, but the number of flowers decline each year. You may want to treat these like annuals, ...

Earth Day at Union County’s Trailside Center

April 14, 2021

Masks are required and must be worn by all participants, and social distancing guidelines must be observed.

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Residents of all ages are invited to meet live animals, celebrate wildlife and embrace environmental conservation at a fun and educational event in honor of Earth Day at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center, located in the Watchung Reservation at ...

Help Keep the Spotted Lanternfly out of Union County, Ask Officials

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County officials are asking residents and visitors for help this spring:  destroy the spotted lanternfly and its eggs, too. It is important to act at now, they say, because the eggs of the spotted lanternfly typically hatch from late April to early May.

“The spotted lanternfly is a new pest that threatens our efforts to preserve native habitat in our public ...

Free Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event in Scotch Plains for Union County Residents, April 10

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County will host its next Household Hazardous Waste recycling event on Saturday, April 10, at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Campus (1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains), from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Any Union County resident may participate.

Union County’s Household Hazardous Waste events are contact-free. Participants remain in their ...

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Union Public Library's Tip of the Week: Mobile App -- Does this work?

April 14, 2021

UNION, NJ - The Union Public Library has a new  UPL-NJ Mobile App that enables patrons to check out library materials using their phones or tablets.

Cardholders can scan an item’s barcode with their phone and instantly check it out to their library account.You can also search the catalog, reserve items, and manage your Union Public Library account.  As an added bonus, ...

Three COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions for April

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Three emergency food distribution events for Union County residents will be held in April to aid those affected by COVID-19.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth - Walk-up only
Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 8:00 a.m. – Union County Vocational Technical School in Scotch Plains - Drive-up only
Tuesday, April ...

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Thu, April 15, 11:30 AM

Virtual Meeting, Union

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Thu, April 15, 6:00 PM

Virtual Meeting, Union

Beginners Flow Yoga

Union National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities

April 13, 2021

LATHAM, NY - Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Kirk Moon from Union and assigned to the 222nd Military Police Company received a promotion to the rank of staff sergeant on March 3, 2021.

Army ...

Prescilia Isedeh Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE, LA - Prescilia Isedeh of Union was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Isedeh was initiated at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Isedeh is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.

USciences Students from Union Named To Fall 2020 Dean's List

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Two students from Union have been named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at University of the Sciences. Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a "C" and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the Fall of 2020.

Muskan Singh 

Nicole Tababa 

University of the ...

Jefferson Elementary School Vendor Fair

April 12, 2021

UNION, NJ - Jefferson Elementary School will be hosting a Vendor Fair on Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school parking lot at 155 Hilton Avenue, Vauxhall.

Vendors are still being sought.  Cost per space is $20 (bring your own table).  The cost to rent a table and two chairs is an additional $5.

To rent space, email martinez0512@msn.com.

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My name is Ivana Lorena Brito and I have the honor and privilege of being a member of the National Honors Society.

My whole life has revolved around school; I was the student who showed up an hour before homeroom to get extra help from teachers and leave school earliest 6 o’clock due to extracurricular activities.  Now that I am sanctioned to remote learning, my whole life has ...

Atlantic Health System Marks 13th Consecutive Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

In a year like no other, Atlantic Health System has overcome unprecedented challenges to deliver innovative, high-quality care while maintaining an award-winning workplace. For the 13th consecutive year, the integrated care delivery system has once again been named to Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number ...

The Persian Always Meows Twice

The Persian Always Meows Twice: A Cat Groomer Mystery by Eileen Watkins.        (available on Amazon).

 

        Cassie McGlone needs to start over, escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend, and establish a business of her own. An independent woman, Cassie moves to Chadwick, New Jersey (a fictional town somewhere near Morristown) ...

TAPinto TV Wins Twice at Garden State Film Festival

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto TV, a medium-based franchise owned by East Main Media’s Brian Brodeur, won two Garden State Film Festival Awards.

The franchise’s “HomeGrown” series won awards for Best Television Show and Best Original Score from a Television Show.

“HomeGrown” is a series produced by East Main Media that follows host Stephanie Willoughby as ...

Post-Pandemic Marketing

Small business owners have a lot to think about, but navigating a global pandemic was likely not chief among their worries. Now that we are close to the end of one, local businesses are facing a host of challenges. Communicating effectively with customers and clients has never been more important. 

What changed in the pandemic?

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily ...

Local Family Seeking Help Getting Their Daughter with Genetic Disorder a Service Dog

April 13, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The Breden family - parents Elizabeth and Lief and twin daughters, Kelly and Sabrina -- are asking the community for support, so that Kelly can maintain her independence’s currently challenged by an extremely rare genetic disorder.  As a family who would do anything for their loved one, they started a Go Fund Me campaign that they say will go ...

East Brunswick's Chris Quaglin is Arrested for Assault for January 6 Insurrection at US Capitol

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Christopher Joseph Quaglin of East Brunswick, NJ  has been arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Quaglin faces charges that include Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers or Employees; Civil Disorder; and Obstruction of an ...

New Jersey Date Night: The Best Brunch Spots

April 11, 2021

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

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time ...

NJ Restaurants to Customers: Don’t be a No-Show, Especially Now

NEW JERSEY — No-shows have always been an issue for restaurants, but with pandemic restrictions limiting seating, these days the effects can be devastating.

Restaurant owners have a plea for patrons who can’t make their reservations: Just call and cancel.

“In previous years, busy days for us were a logistics challenge,” said Chris Migton, executive chef at Chez ...

Pet Adoption Weekend at the Union Animal Shelter, May 1 and 2

April 15, 2021

UNION, NJ - Help a dog, cat, puppy or kitten find their fur-ever home.

The Township of Union and the Union Animal Shelter will be hosting a pet adoption weekend on Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event will be held in the front parking lot of Town Hall.

Monetary donations as well as toys and unopened food are welcomed.  Dogs, cats, puppies and ...

Prancer: The Best Pet Adoption Request Ever?

MIDDLETOWN, NJ -  This a story about Prancer. He's a bit angry. However, he needs a little love, and maybe it's going to come from you. Regardless, Prancer is helping the great work at The Second Chance Pet Adoption League - they are a place to check out, so you can rescue a furry friend. You can find them right here on Facebook Groups.

This story and is sure to ...

International Barbershop Quartet Day: Music Director Deke Sharon and New Jersey's Gimme Four

April 11, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- In honor of International Barbershop Quartet Day, TAPintoTV looks back at our conversations with Will Downey, member of New Jersey's #1 barbershop quartet, Gimme Four, and award-winning Musical Director and Producer, Deke Sharon.

Gimme Four is an International Semifinalist barbershop quartet based in Caldwell, New Jersey. Group members Paul Franek, Dave Ammirata, Will ...