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Construction Update: Site Work Begins at New Library

September 20, 2022

UNION, NJ – Union residents will start to see some advancement in the new library project as site excavation and mobilization begins this week.

At the Aug. 23 Township Committee meeting, the township awarded the bid for construction of the new library to Dobco, Inc. of Wayne, NJ.  According to Union Business Administrator Don Travisano, the site is now being prepared for the ...

Union Residents Cool Off in the Knights Pool this Summer

UNION, NJ – It was an extraordinarily hot summer, but Union residents cooled off at the Knights of Columbus pool, which opened to residents for the first time last year.

“The township entered into an agreement for residents to use the Knights of Columbus pool during the pandemic and it was so well utilized, that it was obvious we had to continue,” said Union Business ...

Vaccines, Driver Safety Class, Trip to Musical, and More Available Through Union Senior Center

UNION, NJ – Events and happenings through the Union Senior Center were outlined at last week's Township Committee meeting by Committeewoman and Senior Department Commissioner Michele Delisfort.

“As usual, our Senior Department remains vigilant on offering vaccinations and immunizations to our senior community,” said Delisfort.  Flu vaccines will be ...

Springfield Chick-fil-A Application Testimony Delayed Again Until October

September 23, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- The application to construct a Chick-fil-A drive-thru on the current site of Barnes & Noble at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West has been delayed again.

It was announced at this week's meeting of the Springfield Board of Adjustment that there would be no testimony from the applicant before the board's next meeting on Oct. 18.

When the application ...

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Breaks Ground on $225 Million Cancer Center

September 24, 2022

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The construction of a five-story, 137,000-square-foot cancer center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) in Livingston is now underway following a groundbreaking ceremony held at the site of the $225-million project on Tuesday night.

The freestanding outpatient facility, which is scheduled for completion in 2025, will serve as the northern hub for the integrated ...

Union's Older Adults Hear of Ways to Reduce Risk of Brain Injuries

UNION, NJ - September is National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month and some of Union's older adults attended a session by a representative from the Brain Injury Alliance – New Jersey (BIANJ) who spoke to the group about reducing hazards and adapting their home and lifestyle to minimize the risk of injury.

"Union's seniors are a vital part of our community, and ...

Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

UNION, NJ - Did you know free COVID-19 at home tests are available at Union's Department of Health and Senior Center?

Residents may pick up their free at-home rapid antigen tests Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (while supplies last).  The tests are easy to use, accurate, and provide quick results.

The Union Health Department is located at 1976 Morris Avenue (use back ...

Union Fire Department to Host Annual Open House

September 23, 2022

UNION, NJ – Kicking off Fire Prevention Week (October 9 – 15), the Union Fire Department will be hosting their Annual Open House on Saturday, October 8.

The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fire Headquarters at 1 Bond Drive.

The Open House will include a smoke/safety trailer, a vehicle extrication demonstration, fire extinguisher training, a demonstration ...

High-speed Chase on Morris Ave. in Union Ends in Newark

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Earlier this month, Springfield police officers were dispatched to the area of Layng Terrace on a report of an attempted motor vehicle burglary.

On Sept. 7, three individuals fled the scene after a resident observed them entering a vehicle in a driveway. Responding officers observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description traveling at a high rate of speed on ...

Free Legal Seminar for Special Needs Families

UNION, NJ - The Union Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) is hosting a free legal seminar for special needs families.

The event, in-person and live-streamed, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Town Hall, 1976 Morris Avenue.  Topics for discussion include guardianship and trusts.  There will be a question and answer period after the presentations by James Gardland and Sandy ...

Twenty-Nine Union Students Named To Seton Hall's Spring 2022 Dean's List

September 14, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Twenty-nine students from the Township of Union were qualified for Seton Hall University's Spring 2022 Dean's list:

Madison Miranda
Hannah Bradbury 
Mojisola Adesanya 
Arthur Anigbogu 
Robert Dubon 
Jade Holmes 
Eric Pereira 
Ashley Huezo 
Jerone Pierre 
Anabelle Dunn 
Yewande ...

Football: Union Gets First Win, 21-7, Over Somerville

September 23, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ -- The Union football team scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally for a 21-7 victory over Somerville Friday night.

Somerville (1-4) took a 7-0 lead into the final quarter before the Farmers (1-3) tied it, 7-7, on a 4-yard touchdown run by Todd Francis and the extra-point kick by Ramsey Lafond with 7:45 left.

With 3:12 left, O'Malley King connected with ...

Girls Volleyball: Union Downs Summit, 2-1

UNION, NJ -- Ezinne Amadi collected 13 kills and eight blocks as the Union girls volleyball team rallied for a 13-25, 25-20, 25-22 victory over Summit on Wednesday.

Sabrina Guerbi led the Farmers (4-2) with 22 digs and had seven assists and eight service points. Ashlynn Berns piled up 35 assists to go with two kills, three blocks and three assists.

Tamia Sangalang had 11 digs, Samantha Haug ...

Girls Tennis: Union Defeats Dayton, 3-2

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- The Union girls' tennis team handed Dayton its first loss of the season, 3-2, on Tuesday.

Dayton (5-1) had defeated Union (5-3-1) earlier in the season.

FIRST SINGLES: Christina Moreira (D) def. Chinaenye Okafor, 6-0, 6-2
SECOND SINGLES: Olivia Lander (D) def. Nkechi Okafor, 6-0, 6-0
THIRD SINGLES: Kaiya Koonhow (U) def. Talia Farber, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

FIRST DOUBLES: ...

Union County Approves New Agreement With Social Services Workers

September 21, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ – County commissioners authorized a four-year agreement Thursday with Communication Workers of America Local 1080, the union representing more than 350 members working in the county’s Division of Social Services as social workers, clerks, paralegals and in other positions.

“Negotiations are about building trust and open communications, and it’s not ...

New Commission To Bring Film, TV Opportunities to Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county is re-establishing a Motion Picture and Television Advisory Committee to help field the numerous requests its offices receive from film, television and digital media studios looking to use locations throughout the county.

“We receive multiple inquiries and requests each week from film companies looking to explore Union County for locations,” ...

Union's Annual Halloween Spooktacular Set for Oct. 22

September 27, 2022

UNION, NJ - A spooky and festive day around Union is set for the township's annual Halloween Spooktacular, including Trunk-or-Treat and the All-Hallows Evening.

The events will take place on Saturday, October 22 beginning with the Big Trunk or Treat from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Jefferson School parking lot, 155 Hilton Ave., Vauxhall.  Car registration is currently open for ...

Union Prominently Featured in County's "Four Centuries in a Weekend" Event

UNION, NJ — Historic locations around the Township of Union will be featured at Union County’s “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey Through Time”, on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Four locations in Union will be featured.

The annual event is sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners and ...

Union's Annual Food Truck Fest and Inflatable Village Set for Oct. 8

UNION, NJ - Union's annual Food Truck Fest and Inflatable Village, hosted by the Union Recreation Department, will be held at Rabkin Park on Saturday, October 8, from 2 to 7 p.m.

The afternoon will include food trucks, live music, inflatables, games, a beer garden, kid shows and more.  Food trucks and entertainment will be held at the DPW parking lot. Inflatables will ...

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day

September 18, 2022

UNION, NJ – Did you know Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day?

Every eligible American voter should have the option to exercise their right to be heard at the ballot box, and National Voter Registration Day is the right day to start by getting registered. Communities across the country, in all 50 states and D.C., are planning to use National Voter Registration Day to get registered ...

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Breaks Ground on $225 Million Cancer Center

September 24, 2022

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The construction of a five-story, 137,000-square-foot cancer center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) in Livingston is now underway following a groundbreaking ceremony held at the site of the $225-million project on Tuesday night.

The freestanding outpatient facility, which is scheduled for completion in 2025, will serve as the northern hub for the integrated ...

Springfield Chick-fil-A Application Testimony Delayed Again Until October

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- The application to construct a Chick-fil-A drive-thru on the current site of Barnes & Noble at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West has been delayed again.

It was announced at this week's meeting of the Springfield Board of Adjustment that there would be no testimony from the applicant before the board's next meeting on Oct. 18.

When the application ...

Preliminary Plans for Clinton Manor Include Hyatt Hotel and Cannabis Manufacturing

UNION, NJ – Plans for a cannabis manufacturing and cultivating business and a five-story hotel received a Resolution of Support by the township administration and Township Committee at the site of the troubled Clinton Manor on Rt. 22 west at the Springfield border.

Preliminary plans for the property include a five-story Hyatt hotel in addition to a manufacturing and ...

Walkathon is a Celebration and Fundraiser to Support Individuals with Disabilities

September 13, 2022

A Walkathon tradition was a show of unity and a day of fun on Saturday to support life-changing services for people with disabilities and youth at risk.

Community Access Unlimited (CAU) celebrated the Ira Geller Walkathon on Saturday in Warinanco Park with hundreds of members, staff and supporters in attendance. CAU is based in Union County and works statewide to help integrate people ...

Harvesting Red and Green Tomatoes

September 22, 2022

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Harvesting when they are fully ripe ensures the best flavor for eating fresh, cooking, and preserving.

Visit your garden often and watch for the fruit to turn from green to fully colored. Then leave them on the plant for five to eight days. Vine-ripened tomatoes have the best flavor for using fresh or preserving.

Check plants ...

Colorful Mums for Fall Gardens and Containers

Add a burst of fresh color to the fall landscape with mums. This traditional fall flower is still a favorite of many.  These fall beauties come in a wide range of colors and provide weeks of floral beauty. Mums are great in containers, the garden, and cut flower bouquets. Fall just wouldn’t be the same without them.

When shopping for mums you may see them labeled as garden, ...

Department of Public Works Tree Giveaway

September 26, 2022

UNION, NJ - Union's Department of Public Works will be giving away trees on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Trees are given away on a first-come, first-served basis.  The giveaway will begin at 8 a.m. at the DPW facility, 1 Swanstrom Place.

 

Winning Perennials for Your Garden

After a busy summer of vacations, BBQ’s, and garden care, it is fun to turn our attention to planting. Fall is a great time to plant perennials and many garden centers are busy refreshing their supply of perennial plants. Consider including one or more of these winners when making your perennial plant selections this fall.

Hostas are an excellent choice for those shady spots in the ...

Volunteers Help Keep Union's Parks and Waterways Clean

UNION, NJ – About two hundred volunteers helped clean debris and litter from several of Union's parks and waterways on Saturday morning at the township’s annual Operation Clean Sweep and Waterway Cleanup.

“This is one of the oldest events in town,” said Department of Public Works Superintendent Louie Ulrich.  “We’ve been doing this for over 30 ...

Help from New Jersey Headed to Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Fiona

September 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is sending aid to Puerto Rico to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, September 18. The storm brought more than 20 inches of rain and heavy wind, causing major infrastructure damage and power outages to the island.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico during this devastating time," Gov. Phil ...

Chipotle to Pay New Jersey $7.75 Million to Settle Child Labor Law Violations

TRENTON, NJ — Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay the State of New Jersey a record $7.75 million to settle child labor law violations.

A 2020 New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) audit identified more than 30,000 violations that impacted minors at Chipotle locations in New Jersey. Those violations included Chipotle not abiding by limits on the number of hours ...

John Donnadio Advocates for County Government as Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of Counties

TRENTON, NJ — Sometimes, John Donnadio finds himself in 21 places at once.

As executive director of the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), he’s an advocate for county government in Trenton and works with legislators and the governor’s office. At the local level, the NJAC is a nonpartisan and bipartisan resource for leaders and administrators in all 21 counties in New ...

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Union Catholic Girls XC Team Rolls, Wischusen Opens Season With Win at Bowdoin Classic

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY -- The Union Catholic girls, ranked No. 2 in the state, blitzed the competition with a remarkable performance and Jimmy Wischusen opened his season with an impressive victory at Saturday's Bowdoin Park Classic in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.     

Junior Peyton Hollis led the charge for the UC girls in the Division 2 race with a winning time of ...

Union Catholic's Hunsinger and Crotty Attended Space Academy This Summer

Union Catholic juniors Josh Hunsinger and Jasmin Crotty attended the prestigious Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, this summer through a program with the SFIC (Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children), a partner of the Archdiocese of Newark. They  enjoyed one week of high-level educational and team-building activities, which included ...

Going Through The Mail Bag

NEW JERSEY — With a summer behind us, it seemed like a good time to regroup at TAPinto, and catch up to the more recent reader mail and comments that were piling up.

By far, the reader responses were focused on two separate stories recently written about two former Governors, Democrat Jim McGreevey and Republican Christine Todd Whitman, and what they’ve been up to since ...

Shred and Recycle Your Personal Documents in October, Free of Charge

Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to two free, secure shredding events in October, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

After October, Union County’s paper shredding program will be on winter hiatus. The series of events will resume again next spring.

“We encourage all Union County residents to use our free ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, September 27, 12:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Drop-In Blood Pressure Monitoring (Main Library)

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Tue, September 27, 6:30 PM

Interim Union Public Library location, Union

Union Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Jada Cox of Union Receives Degree at Wilkes University Summer Commencement

September 20, 2022

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Jada Cox of Union received the Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing at Wilkes University's summer commencement ceremony on Sept. 11. The University awarded nearly 300 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the event which was held in the Arnaud C. Marts Center, 274 South Franklin St. in Wilkes-Barre.

David M. Ward, senior vice president and ...

Linden High School Football Standout Dies Weeks After Injury During Game

September 24, 2022

LINDEN, NJ — The Linden community is deeply saddened by the death of a Linden High School (LHS) football running back, who sustained a traumatic brain injury in the September 9 game against Woodbridge High School.

Xavier McClain, a sophomore at LHS, died Wednesday night, according to Linden Mayor Derek Armstead.

McClain had been hospitalized and on life support since he was ...

Chabad Jewish Center of Springfield to Move into Former DMV Building on Center Street

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- The former Division of Motor Vehicles building at 34 Center St. will soon house the Chabad Jewish Center of Springfield.

The outreach organization, which is independent and is not affiliated with a synagogue or a temple, has been operating until now out of Rabbi Mendy Blesofsky's home, which has outgrown its function as his family has grown.

The building at 34 Center ...

Elizabeth Man Charged in Connection with Sunday Murder

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man was arrested and charged Sunday evening in a beating-to-death that took place early Sunday morning, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl J. Graves, and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca jointly announced.

Victor H. Rodriguez Gomez, 33, is charged with first-degree murder and two related weapons offenses in connection with ...

A Ribbon Cutting at Hannah Caldwell School's New Garden Space

September 13, 2022

UNION, NJ - A ribbon cutting ceremony took place Monday morning at the new garden space at Hannah Caldwell Elementary School, a place for fun, serenity, and companionship.

“It’s an honor for me to come here and open an area where our children, especially coming out of the pandemic, can replenish their social/emotional well-being,” said Union Mayor Manuel Figueiredo.  ...

Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services to Host Annual Golf Event at Echo Lake Country Club

September 27, 2022

UNION, N.J., September 27, 2022 – Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services will host its 2022 Golf Classic on Monday, October 3 at the Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield, N.J. The annual golf tournament raises money for recovery from mental health and substance use problems through programs and services in 10 northern New Jersey counties, from Hudson to Sussex.

“The Bridgeway Golf ...

Union Catholic's Hunsinger and Crotty Attend Space Academy

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In Union Catholic's latest installment of Feature Friday, the spotlight shines on UC juniors Josh Hunsinger and Jasmin Crotty, who each had great experiences this summer when they attended the prestigious Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama

Hunsinger and Crotty, who attended the Space Academy through a program ...

Union Catholic girls tennis team shuts out Roselle for first win of the season

ELIZABETH, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls tennis team won its first match of the season with a dominating 5-0 victory over Roselle on Friday at Warinanco Park.

The all-underclassmen Vikings won every set and dropped just one game en route to the impressive victory. 

Jessica Imbriani (first singles), Chloe Lytle (second singles), and Taryn Mitchell (third singles) all won in ...

Columns

The Garden State Parkway Murders by Christian Barth

The Garden State Parkway Murders by Christian Barth. (Wild Blue Press, 2020).

 

Memorial Day Weekend, 1969. Two college girls from Pennsylvania had spent a typical “down the shore” mini-vacation in Ocean City, NJ, a beach mecca for South Jerseyans and Philadelphians. Susan Davis and Elizabeth Perry enjoyed breakfast at the Somerset Point Diner at 5:00 a.m. before leaving ...

'The Caretaker' Builds to a Crescendo

MADISON, NJ - Leave it to Harold Printer to provide us with a soul-searching, radically uncomfortable glimpse into human frailty, clashes and what could be our lives.

This all takes place in a run down house in West London, probably in the 1960s.  It’s a bitter cold winter as well. The flat is owned by Mick (Jon Barker) who provides a place to live for his younger brother Aston ...

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating a milestone — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022.

It’s the second time the local news and digital marketing platform, which launched three years ago, passed the 1 million pageview mark in a calendar year. The other time was in 2020, the first full year it was ...

Tips for Small Businesses to Get Media Exposure

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Small business owners have faced unprecedented challenges during the last two years. Many have had to rethink their whole business model altogether. Communicating with customers and clients is more important now than it’s ever been.

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily lives. Protecting public health meant changing how many businesses ...

New Jersey is One of the Happiest States in America: New Study

September 21, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Despite research from the American Psychiatric Association that finds that 87% of Americans feel “anxious” or “very anxious" about inflation, New Jerseyans seem to be among the least worried, according to a new study by WalletHub.

 

In its analysis of 2022’s Happiest States in America, the personal-finance website ...