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Union Residents Answer "Yes" To Ballot Questions

November 7, 2018

UNION, NJ – Union residents headed to the polls on Tuesday to elect candidates to the school board, Township Committee, Union County Freeholder Board, U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Senate.

Click here for unofficial results of those elections.  Also on the ballot were two questions: one a state-level question for approval of a $500 million bond issuance for schools, and another to ...

Union Election Results: And The Winners Are......

UNION, NJ – The unofficial results of the local, county and state races for the Township of Union are in.   The winners are:

Local:

     Township Committee

Democratic incumbent Township Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo and Democratic incumbent Committeewoman Michele Delisfort won their Committee seat tonight against Republicans Justin Verzosa and ...

November Snowstorm Causes Epic Traffic in Union and Across State

November 16, 2018

UNION, NJ - Thursday's autumn snowstorm hit much harder than weather forecasts predicted, and Union, like towns all across the state, had to deal with gridlock, accidents and disabled vehicles.  Union got over four inches of snow, at least twice what was originally expected.

The storm had Union handling dozens of reports of motor vehicle accidents and disabled cars.  Union ...

Union Police Seek Help in Locating Missing Woman

UNION, NJ - Union police are asking the public for help in finding a missing person.

According to a social media post from Union police, the woman came to police headquarters yesterday during the snow storm trying to get help getting home.  Police indicate that "she wandered away because it took hours for her ride to arrive in the storm."

Police say the woman has health ...

Lockdown at Union High School Monday Morning

UNION, NJ – A Union High School student suspected of having a weapon caused a lockdown at the school Monday morning.

According to a voice message sent out at just after 1:00 p.m. by Althea Bossard, Acting Principal of Union High School, at 9:30 Monday morning “the building went into a lockdown and the police and the Board of Education was notified at that time.”

In the ...

Signing Day for Three Union High School Athletes

November 15, 2018

UNION, NJ – Three Union High School scholarship athletes signed letters of intent with colleges and universities on Wednesday morning in the high school library.

“We are very proud of these students, academically and athletically,” said Athletic Director Linda Ionta.  “These students worked hard and I’m grateful for the family and friends who are here for ...

Lockdown at Union High School Monday Morning

UNION, NJ – A Union High School student suspected of having a weapon caused a lockdown at the school Monday morning.

According to a voice message sent out at just after 1:00 p.m. by Althea Bossard, Acting Principal of Union High School, at 9:30 Monday morning “the building went into a lockdown and the police and the Board of Education was notified at that time.”

In the ...

Project SEARCH at Overlook Medical Center Holds Open House Dec. 12

SUMMIT, NJ - The Project SEARCH program at Overlook Medical Center which, since launching in 2016, has seen 15 out of 18 interns securing competitive employment in the community, will be hosting an open house event for prospective students and families on December 12, from 7 - 8:30 p.m, at the hospital.

Recently, TAPinto Union published a feature story ...

Signing Day for Three Union High School Athletes

November 15, 2018

UNION, NJ – Three Union High School scholarship athletes signed letters of intent with colleges and universities on Wednesday morning in the high school library.

“We are very proud of these students, academically and athletically,” said Athletic Director Linda Ionta.  “These students worked hard and I’m grateful for the family and friends who are here for ...

Get Outside with the Freewalkers on 'Take A Hike Day'

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The American Hiking Society established Take A Hike Day, each year falling on Nov. 17, as a way to encourage families and individuals to get outside, and to connect with nature. 

Freewalkers, a non-profit walking group, is challenging people to collectively hike 1,000 miles or more this Saturday to observe Take A Hike Day, and you're invited.

Locally, Freewalkers ...

Football: Union's Season Ends in Loss, 46-6, to Union City in Sectional Semis

UNION CITY — The green glow of MetLife Stadium illuminated the sky in the not-to-distant background as Union head coach Lou Grasso addressed his team for one final time. It was a painful moment for the Farmers Friday night; more painful when considering that they won’t get a chance to play for a championship there at MetLife, which sits just beneath Union City’s Roosevelt ...

Giving Back, Giving Strength

November 18, 2018

For more than 30 years, Union County residents have gained personal growth through community service as volunteers with the Union County Rape Crisis Center. New volunteers are welcome to join now and receive a free training course that qualifies them to serve with the Rape Crisis Center as confidential advocates for victims of sexual violence.

The Rape Crisis Center began in 1984 as a ...

Freeholders to Cut Ribbon at the New Warinanco Dog Park

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites County residents to the opening of the Warinanco Dog Park on Saturday December 8th at 1:00 pm. The new dog park is located behind the Warinanco Sports Center located at 1 Park Drive in Warinanco Park, Roselle. The opening is free for county residents along with their dogs to attend.

“This new dog park in ...

Union County College Names New Members to Its Board of Trustees and Board of Governors

CRANFORD – At the September 25, 2018 Joint Meeting of the Union County College Boards of Trustees and Governors, two new members were sworn in. Miguel A. Merino, of Elizabeth, will serve as a new Trustee. Edward J. Chrystal, Jr., of Scotch Plains, will serve as a new Governor. Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel welcomed Mr. Merino and Mr. Chrystal to the meeting ...

Caring Contact to Offer Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Caring Contact, a crisis hotline that serves Northern and Central New Jersey, will be offering Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) in Mountainside on Dec. 1 and 2.  ASIST is an internationally acclaimed two-day interactive training program in suicide first-aid designed to provide trainees with the hands-on skills to intervene in the case of suicide. ASIST ...

Just “ASK” for Information about Senior Services

November 16, 2018

UNION, NJ - Union residents seeking information about services available for senior adults age 60 and older can visit the Union Public Library on Tuesday, November 27, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Staff from the county’s Department of Human Services, Division on Aging will be available to speak with residents. 

“The purpose of ASK is to help residents obtain government ...

Wintery Mess Expected in Union Thursday

UNION, NJ - Union is under a winter weather advisory from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m.   Mixed precipitation expected.

Total snow accumulations of up to two inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions will impact the evening commute. 

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or ...

Reminder to Union Pet Owners - NJ State Law Says Pets Must Have Proper Shelter in Freezing Temperatures

ELIZABETH, NJ - Weather forecasters are calling for freezing temperatures overnight tonight and into Thursday. Freezing temperatures can be very dangerous to pets.

NJ State Law states that dogs cannot be outside if temperatures are below 32 degrees without proper shelter (insulated, elevated, heated). Keep your pets safe and avoid getting a fine by bringing your ...

Ever Wanted to Own Your Own Amusement Park? Bowcraft Rides Are for Sale

November 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Ever wanted to own your own amusement park like Michael Jackson? Now you can, and your don't have to wait on line for tickets!

Bowcraft, the scene of countless local children's birthday parties and decades of summer fun in Union County, has closed forever, but thanks to an online liquidation sale, you can purchase rides such as the Galleon, the Scrambler or ...

Union Rotary Hosts its 9th Automobilia Event to Benefit Union Child and Homeless Veterans

UNION, NJ – The Rotary Club of Union held its 9th Annual Automobilia Night, the Rotary’s major fundraising event, Friday evening, as guests marveled at the private collection of automobiles, bicycles, games, and thousands of other items of memorabilia.  The evening was hosted by the Rotary Club and the Rotaract Club of Kean University. 

Herb Singe, one of the ...

Union Girl Scouts Spend an Evening at the Caldwell Parsonage

UNION, NJ – Girl scouts from Union Troop 40024 spent some time recently in the Revolutionary Room of the Caldwell Parsonage.

During the evening, scouts learned about and worked on dream catchers, with materials and instruction provided by Joan Permison, an adjunct professor of art at Kean University.  Permison discussed the Native American tradition of parents placing the dream ...

Battle Hill School Elects Student Leaders

November 8, 2018

UNION, NJ - Fourth grade students at Battle Hill Elementary School recently had the chance to get involved in the political process by way of the Student Council.  Students had the opportunity to run for President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Student Council, at the fourth grade level, is an introduction to student government, community involvement, and ...

Union Residents Answer "Yes" To Ballot Questions

UNION, NJ – Union residents headed to the polls on Tuesday to elect candidates to the school board, Township Committee, Union County Freeholder Board, U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Senate.

Click here for unofficial results of those elections.  Also on the ballot were two questions: one a state-level question for approval of a $500 million bond issuance for schools, and another to ...

Union Election Results: And The Winners Are......

UNION, NJ – The unofficial results of the local, county and state races for the Township of Union are in.   The winners are:

Local:

     Township Committee

Democratic incumbent Township Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo and Democratic incumbent Committeewoman Michele Delisfort won their Committee seat tonight against Republicans Justin Verzosa and ...

Kids in the Kitchen

November 15, 2018

UNION, NJ - The Union Public Library will be hosting a "Kids in the Kitchen" event for kids ages 6-12.

The new cookbook club, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:00, asks kids to make a recipe from one of their featured holiday cookbooks and bring to share.  Cookbooks will be available to check out from the library at the Children's Circulation Desk.  The Union Public ...

Lawsuit Contains Explosive Allegations Against School Leadership

November 6, 2018

UNION, NJ – An explosive lawsuit, naming the Union High School principal and members of the administration as defendants, was filed late last week on behalf of Union’s Director of Athletics alleging harassment and discrimination.

Township of Union Schools Athletic Director Linda Ionta, a Union school district employee for 29 years, filed suit last week against Union High School ...

Union Rotary Hosts its 9th Automobilia Event to Benefit Union Child and Homeless Veterans

November 17, 2018

UNION, NJ – The Rotary Club of Union held its 9th Annual Automobilia Night, the Rotary’s major fundraising event, Friday evening, as guests marveled at the private collection of automobiles, bicycles, games, and thousands of other items of memorabilia.  The evening was hosted by the Rotary Club and the Rotaract Club of Kean University. 

Herb Singe, one of the ...

Battle Hill School Students Make PB&J Sandwiches for the Homeless

UNION, NJ - Battle Hill School students and parents pitched in Tuesday night to make sandwiches for the homeless and those in need.

Alex Rankin and Stacey Callahan from “Be the Change” helped coordinate the sandwich-making effort.  “Be the Change” is a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Norma Bowe, a professor at Kean University.  Rankin said the group ...

Caring Contact to Offer Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Caring Contact, a crisis hotline that serves Northern and Central New Jersey, will be offering Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) in Mountainside on Dec. 1 and 2.  ASIST is an internationally acclaimed two-day interactive training program in suicide first-aid designed to provide trainees with the hands-on skills to intervene in the case of suicide. ASIST ...

Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving

November 12, 2018

Make gift giving easy with unique green gifts that provide weeks and in some cases months and years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift that’s ideal for everyone, especially that person on your list who has everything.

Gardeners as well as practical family members and friends will enjoy the dual purpose the Christmas rose (Hellebore) provides. This ...

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The Week Ahead in Union

November 18, 2018

UNION, NJ - Happenings in and around Union this week:

MONDAY, 11/19:

Social Media Marketing Workshop, Vauxhall Public Library, 1:00 p.m.
The Odessa Klezmer Band, Free Concert, Elizabeth Public Library, 2:00 p.m.
Master Class:  Tap Workshop with Karen Callaway Williams, Free Workshop, The Connection. Summit, 2:00 p.m.
Construction Zone, Union Public Library, 3:30 p.m.
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Just “ASK” for Information about Senior Services

UNION, NJ - Union residents seeking information about services available for senior adults age 60 and older can visit the Union Public Library on Tuesday, November 27, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Staff from the county’s Department of Human Services, Division on Aging will be available to speak with residents. 

“The purpose of ASK is to help residents obtain government ...

Kids in the Kitchen

UNION, NJ - The Union Public Library will be hosting a "Kids in the Kitchen" event for kids ages 6-12.

The new cookbook club, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:00, asks kids to make a recipe from one of their featured holiday cookbooks and bring to share.  Cookbooks will be available to check out from the library at the Children's Circulation Desk.  The Union Public ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, November 19, 1:00 PM

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Social Media Marketing Workshop

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Mon, November 19, 3:30 PM

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Construction Zone

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Mon, November 19, 4:15 PM

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Read to Waldi

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Tue, November 20, 11:00 AM

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Pre-K STEM Story & Craft: "Thanksgiving"

Retired Union Police Lieutenant Dilginis Passes Away

November 9, 2018

UNION, NJ – Retired Union Police Detective Lieutenant Joseph W. Dilginis passed away on Monday, Nov. 5.

According to a social media post from the Union Police Department, Dilginis, 61, spent his career with the Union Police, but “above all else he was a loving husband and father.  Everyone knew him as a family man who truly was a good person, selfless, and caring with a great ...

Students from Union Make University of Sciences' Dean's List

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Two Union students have been named to the summer 2018 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 summer of 2018.

Union's Justin George and Mark Pierre were among those ...

Union Resident Celebrates 103rd Birthday

UNION, NJ – A 90-year resident of Union, surrounded by family members, enjoyed a celebration his 103rd birthday on Sunday.

Robert D. Wenz, was born in 1915, and has lived in Union for over 90 years.  Wenz graduated from Union High School, where was on the wrestling team and played the violin in the orchestra.  He and his father built the home in which he still lives on Bergen ...

Woman Dies After Vehicle is hit by NJ Transit Train in New Providence; Snow Storm Wreaks Havoc on Roadways

November 15, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A vehicle traveling on Union Avenue was struck by the NJ Transit Gladstone Line train at the intersection of Union and Rose avenues in New Providence on Thursday evening around 6 p.m. after leaving the Murray Hill Station.

The female driver was brought to Morristown Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to reports by NJTPD.  The identity of ...

Battle Hill School Students Make PB&J Sandwiches for the Homeless

November 16, 2018

UNION, NJ - Battle Hill School students and parents pitched in Tuesday night to make sandwiches for the homeless and those in need.

Alex Rankin and Stacey Callahan from “Be the Change” helped coordinate the sandwich-making effort.  “Be the Change” is a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Norma Bowe, a professor at Kean University.  Rankin said the group ...

Arrested OAS Faculty Member Said He Would "Shoot up the Place"

November 9, 2018

CRANFORD - In a report obtained by TAPinto Cranford from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, some disturbing details on the arrest of Orange Avenue School faculty member Matthew Acosta, 33, of Kenilworth, have been released. 

Certain portions have been partially redacted to omit personal identifying information. Detectives wrote in the ...

Roselle Police Respond to Sunday Evening Shooting

ROSELLE, NJ - Police responded to the 400 block of East 2nd. Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Sunday evening for a report of a shooting.

According to authorities, one male had been shot and was transported to University Hospital and was reported to be in stable condition. No other details on the shooter were available at the time, as police were still investigating the incident. 

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AtlantiCast: Episode 22

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn how Atlantic Health System is accelerating the pace of medical breakthroughs in the fight against cancer, AHS and the New York Jets make a crucial catch, meet New Jersey’s only cardiac “Shock Team,” find out some key warning signs to know if you have Thyroid Cancer and much more!

 

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Morristown Medical Center Becomes First Hospital to Implement BEACON Advanced Energy Laser System

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has become the first hospital to implement the BEACON Advanced Energy Laser System, a unique tissue-sparing, CO2 laser-driven system which enables physicians to conduct complex surgeries in space-restricted areas of the body with greater accuracy and precision than ever before.

While flexible fiber-based CO2 surgery has long ...

The Real Lolita: the Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman (Harper Collins, 2018)

Who would have thought that the “nymphet” of Humbert Humbert’s perverted fantasies in the famous Vladimir Nabokov novel, Lolita, published in the United States in 1958, was influenced greatly by an infamous kidnapping case that took place in Camden, ...

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine, 2013)

Jodi Picoult is the Law and Order author of our times. She uses stories “ripped from the headlines” as seeds for her plotlines and, thus, presents readers with a framework in which to discuss important societal issues, such as school shootings, teen suicides, and organ transplants. Picoult’s writing is compelling, and many of ...

Tanner is Looking for a New Home

November 11, 2018

UNION, NJ - The Union Animal Shelter has a new resident -- they named him Tanner (the shelter does not know his former name).

Tanner arrived a couple of weeks ago and he is still getting used to his new environment.  According to a social media post from the Union Animal Shelter, Tanner, who "is finding himself with no home and no family to call his own," shows a ...

Election Wrap-Up: Committeewoman Michele Delisfort Thanks Residents for Support

November 10, 2018

I am deeply moved by the expression of confidence from the 13000+ voters that supported me, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am immensely grateful to the family, friends, and loyal supporters who so generously contributed their time and effort to our campaign during this election season.

Being an effective Committee Member involves listening to constituents, building consensus, ...

McDowell, Morgan and Ruiz Proud and Humbled to Win Seats on Board of Education

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018, residents of Union voted to decide the fate of three seats for Township of Union Board of Education. Committee to Elect McDowell, Morgan and Ruiz is excited to announce that we are proud and humbled to receive the overwhelming support from the residents of our community and win the three open seats on the Board of Education.

 

We are thankful ...

NeedQuest Hosts Thera-Palooza Special Needs Event for Families and Providers

November 13, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Thera-Palooza, a special needs therapy fair, was held here recently at the Hilton Garden Inn. 

“Thera-Palooza is an experiential event for families with loved ones with special needs,” said Leslie Crowe, the founder of NeedQuest, a local directory of special needs resources, and the organizer of Thera-Palooza. “At this event, we are bringing ...