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Union Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Five Cultural Events

September 21, 2018

UNION, NJ – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Union Public Library.

Check out these events:

Bite Club Latin Flavor, Monday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Chat with fellow foodies about Latin food.  Advance registration required, call 908-851-5450 x 3 or email Emily at emacleod@uplnj.org.  (Main Library)

International Film:  Volver, Thursday, September ...

Township Introduces Recycle Coach App

UNION, NJ – Do you sometimes determine the weekly recycle schedule by looking out your window to see what your neighbors have put out? 

The Township is introducing a new app to help residents become better recyclers. 

The Recycle Coach app provides recycling information in a “clear and concise manner to improve recycling rates as well as successfully ...

Marijuana Legalization Debate Scheduled for Sept. 24

UNION, NJ – A debate on the topic of Marijuana Legalization for recreational use, hosted by the Regular Democratic Club of Union, will be held on Monday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The debate will feature Bill Caruso of NJ United for Marijuana Reform in favor and Stephen Reid, Executive Director of NJ Responsible Approaches to Marijuana Policy against.

The speakers will begin with ...

Parts of Liberty Avenue Closed Due to Transformer Fire

September 18, 2018

UNION, NJ - Union firefighters responded to a downed wire Tuesday afternoon just before 2:00.

According to Fire Chief Mike Scanio, secondary wires came down on Liberty Avenue and Carol Road, the result of a transformer fire.

Firefighters and police secured the area around the wires prohibiting vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

PSEG is on the scene making ...

New Gear Coming to Union Firefighters

UNION, NJ – Union firefighters will soon be getting new personal protective gear via a recent grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, firefighter's protective gear -- coats, pants and gloves -- have about a 10-year lifespan. 

Scanio and Battalion Chief Gregory Ricciardi said the Firehouse Subs ...

Police Identify Union Man as Pedestrian Struck and Killed on Route 22 Monday Night

UNION, NJ – A Union man was killed Monday night as he attempted to cross eastbound lanes of Route 22 near the intersection of Greeley Avenue South, according to police.

Noor Hussain suffered numerous injuries as a result of the accident.  He was transported to University Hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.  No age for Hussain was available.  Police say ...

UHS Principal Lowery on Administrative Leave Since Sept. 13, says Superintendent

September 21, 2018

UNION, NJ – Parents of Union High School students were notified via an email from Superintendent Gregory Tatum Friday afternoon that Principal Corey Lowery began an administrative leave on September 13.

When asked directly about Lowery's status at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting, Tatum said “currently the principal of Union High School is Mr.

Burnet vs. Kawameeh Rumble Set for Saturday

UNION, NJ – The players are ready.  The field is primed  And the weather is going to be perfect for the 6th Annual Burnet vs. Kawameeh Alumni Softball Rumble set for this weekend.

The friendly rivalry between Kawameeh and Burnet Middle School alumni has heated up over the years.  Kawameeh’s team has won the rumble the last four years.  Held at Biertuempfel ...

Union High School History Club Receives Recognition at School Board Meeting

UNION, NJ – Members of the Union High School History Club were recognized at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting and accepted a New Jersey State Resolution, celebrating their accomplishments and contributions.

History Club President Emily Nunez, Vice President Ayokunnumi Oluwakuyide and Secretary Jane Oyem, along with Club advisor, Union High School Social Studies teacher ...

Union County to Host GLAAD LGBTQ Accelerating Acceptance Training Courses

September 24, 2018

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to host GLAAD Media Institute’s LGBTQ accelerating acceptance training courses free for anyone who wants to build the core skills and techniques that influence positive cultural change.

Presented in collaboration with Union County’s Office of LGBTQ Services, GLAAD Media Institute will bring two of their ...

Child Safety Seat Check Available to Union County Residents

Union County, NJ – With Child Passenger Safety Week upcoming, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to visit the County’s Child Safety Seat Inspection Center located at the Garwood Rescue Squad at 401 2nd Avenue. Child Passenger Safety Week runs from September 23rd through September 29th.

“We are happy to offer this service to our residents where ...

“Strike Force” Volunteers to Foil Invasive Plants in Union County Park

Union County, NJ – Union County residents interested helping to conserve local nature habitats can join the County’s new volunteer Watchung Reservation Invasive Plant Strike Force.

“Our Strike Force volunteers will help create a more welcoming, healthy habitat for native wildlife including birds, butterflies and other valuable pollinators,” said Freeholder Chairman ...

Westfield Veterinary Group Opens Ultramodern Animal Hospital in Union

24/7 Emergency Services Fill Large Void in the Region

Union, NJ –  After years of dreaming, planning, and building, Westfield Veterinary Group is proud to announce it has officially opened a second New Jersey hospital, located at 1325 Morris Avenue in Union.

Over 30 years ago, Richard W. Maus, DVM, Owner and Medical Director, purchased the original, primary care practice at 562 ...

Football: Union Shocks State, Overtakes Phillipsburg, 34-24, in Final 18 Seconds

September 22, 2018

PHILLIPSBURG -- Union knew it had something special coming into the season. But before Friday night, not many else around the state were aware of its potential.

After Friday, the Farmers’ bandwagon is going to start filling up fast. 

In one of the most exhilarating, shocking, and downright incredible game of the New Jersey high school football season so far, Union invaded ...

Boys Soccer: Union Plays to 0-0 Draw With Summit, Remains Unbeaten

UNION — Union is off to its best start in years, and while it couldn’t pick up its fifth straight win to start the season Tuesday, the Farmers still showed substantial improvement. 

Playing 100 minutes without decision, Union and Summit battled to a nil-nil draw on a soggy afternoon at Volunteer Field Tuesday afternoon. Union is now 4-0-1 on the season after going winless ...

Girls Soccer: 'The Two Kaylas' Lead Union to 3-2 2OT Victory Over Randolph, Starting Demanding Stretch

UNION — As Union enters a season-defining stretch comprised of an absolutely unrelenting schedule over the next two weeks, it was important for the Farmers to start off on the right note Monday. 

 

It didn’t come easily for Union in a 95-minute back-and-fourth bout in which the Farmers endured a ferocious Randolph rally, questionable officiating, and ambient ...

Union History Comes Alive During “Four Centuries in a Weekend”

September 24, 2018

UNION, NJ – Union’s Caldwell Parsonage, Connecticut Farms Church and the Liberty Hall Museum are all featured as part of Union County’s “Four Centuries in a Weekend:  A Journey through Union County’s History.”

The Caldwell Parsonage, at 909 Caldwell Avenue, is an American Revolutionary site that will feature a re-enactor portraying the ...

Union Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Five Cultural Events

UNION, NJ – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Union Public Library.

Check out these events:

Bite Club Latin Flavor, Monday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Chat with fellow foodies about Latin food.  Advance registration required, call 908-851-5450 x 3 or email Emily at emacleod@uplnj.org.  (Main Library)

International Film:  Volver, Thursday, September ...

Burnet vs. Kawameeh Rumble Set for Saturday

UNION, NJ – The players are ready.  The field is primed  And the weather is going to be perfect for the 6th Annual Burnet vs. Kawameeh Alumni Softball Rumble set for this weekend.

The friendly rivalry between Kawameeh and Burnet Middle School alumni has heated up over the years.  Kawameeh’s team has won the rumble the last four years.  Held at Biertuempfel ...

League of Women Voters to Conduct Voter Registration

September 14, 2018

UNION, NJ - Members of the League of Women Voters of the Union Area will register new voters on National Voter Registration Day, September 25, at the Union Public Library.

Young people now can register at age 17, making them eligible to vote when they reach 18 without further action.

Voter Registration Day is observed nationally in an effort to make sure that every American citizen is ...

Union Public Library to host National Voter Registration Day

UNION, NJ - Union residents are invited to stop by the Union Public Library on Tuesday, September 25 and register to vote.

The goal for the 2018 National Voter Registration Day is to increase participation by encouraging Americans to register to vote and come out to the polls this November.

Representatives will be at the Main Library (10:30 a.m. -8:00 p.m.) and Vauxhall Branch (10:00 a.m. - ...

Union Ranked #43rd Best Place to Live in America

September 18, 2018

UNION, NJ – Union has been selected as the 43rd Best Places to Live in America, according to MONEY.com.

The ranking lists Union’s diversity among its essential traits.  “A majority-minority community, Union counts among its tongues Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and French Creole.  The cultural mix manifests in the town’s lineup of holiday ...

Union Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud

September 11, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – A Union man today admitted to accessing his former employer’s computer network and deleting files, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

David Campos, 60, a former information technology employee, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court to an information charging him with fraud and related activity in connection with ...

Union Elks 29th Annual Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show Set for Oct 14

September 19, 2018

UNION, NJ - The Union Elks Lodge #1583 will be hosting their 29th Annual Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show on Sunday, October 14.

The event will be held at the lodge at 281 Chestnut Street from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The event, presented by the Union Elks Special Children's Committee, will include a car and bike show, trophies, music by Hot Rob Mike, and door prizes.  All proceeds ...

Golden Rule Craftsman Club Presents Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance

UNION, NJ - The Golden Rule Craftsman Club, Inc. of Vauxhall presents its annual scholarship dinner dance honoring Worshipful Brother Christopher Bruton.

The event will be held on Friday, October 26, from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at Pantagis Renaissance, 250 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains.  There will be hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dancing and an open bar.  $90.00 donation.

For ...

Colorful Vines and Groundcovers for the Fall Garden

September 21, 2018

Create a colorful and fragrant fall finale in your garden with groundcovers and vines. Blanket the earth with hardy groundcovers that add seasonal interest. Then direct your eye skyward with vines climbing on trellises, fences and arbors.

Add a cloud of fragrant beauty with the white flowers of sweet autumn clematis. This vigorous vine quickly covers arbors and trellises, providing a colorful ...

Township Introduces Recycle Coach App

September 19, 2018

UNION, NJ – Do you sometimes determine the weekly recycle schedule by looking out your window to see what your neighbors have put out? 

The Township is introducing a new app to help residents become better recyclers. 

The Recycle Coach app provides recycling information in a “clear and concise manner to improve recycling rates as well as successfully ...

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The Week Ahead in Union

September 24, 2018

UNION, NJ - Happenings in Union this week:

Monday, 9/24

Union Township Active Retirees (Monday Club), 10:00 a.m., Senior Center
Chair Yoga Session Kick-Off, 12:00 p.m., Senior Center
Construction Zone, 3:30 p.m., Union Public Library
Read to Waldi, 4:30 p.m., Union Public Library
Hilton Readers Book Discussion Group: “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly, 6:00 p.m., ...

2018 Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Salsa Explosion

UNION, NJ - The Township of Union will be hosting a 2018 Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Salsa Explosion - on Sunday, October 21.

The celebration will feature Orquesta Clave Y Sabor, Group MK DanceStudio; DJ Lenin in the Mix and The Group Otto Show.  Food vendors will include Gusto Y Sabor Colombiano, El Lechon De Negron and the Mexi Boys. 

The event will be held in the ...

Union Elks 29th Annual Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show Set for Oct 14

UNION, NJ - The Union Elks Lodge #1583 will be hosting their 29th Annual Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show on Sunday, October 14.

The event will be held at the lodge at 281 Chestnut Street from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The event, presented by the Union Elks Special Children's Committee, will include a car and bike show, trophies, music by Hot Rob Mike, and door prizes.  All proceeds ...

Upcoming Events

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Chair Yoga

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Mon, September 24, 3:30 PM

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Construction Zone

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Mon, September 24, 4:30 PM

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Read to Waldi

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Mon, September 24, 6:00 PM

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Hilton Readers Book Discussion Group: "Lilac ...

Chauncei C Walker of Union enrolls in Clemson University

September 19, 2018

CLEMSON, SC - Chauncei C Walker of Union enrolled in Clemson University for the fall 2018 semester.

Walker's major is Undeclared.

Ranked No. 24 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered ...

Union History Comes Alive During “Four Centuries in a Weekend”

September 24, 2018

UNION, NJ – Union’s Caldwell Parsonage, Connecticut Farms Church and the Liberty Hall Museum are all featured as part of Union County’s “Four Centuries in a Weekend:  A Journey through Union County’s History.”

The Caldwell Parsonage, at 909 Caldwell Avenue, is an American Revolutionary site that will feature a re-enactor portraying the ...

Four Arrested in Aug. 23 Millburn Medical Center Robbery

September 12, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ — Millburn Police confirmed the arrest of four people involved in the armed robbery of the Associates in Primary Care P.A. offices that took place on August 23, 2018.

According to The Millburn Police Department Tommy Ware, 58, Terrell Keeling, 43, Terrence Worthy, 51, and Jessica Greene, 29, all  from Newark, have been charged ...

Narcotics Officers and FBI Shut Down Heroin Mills in Elizabeth and Plainfield - 19 Arrests and Nets $100,000 in Heroin

ELIZABETH/PLAINFIELD, NJ - 19 arrests, and the seizure of thousands of doses of heroin, and the dismantling of two heroin mills operating in Elizabeth and Plainfield was made by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Narcotics Strike Force and the FBI Newark Hybrid Task Force, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan who made the announcement on Tuesday ...

Introducing BOE Candidate: Steven Le (4-3), Save Our Schools Team

September 24, 2018

My name is Steven Le, and I’ve been a resident of Union for 27 years.  I am the son of two refugees who escaped Vietnam in 1979 and were sponsored by Holy Spirit Church to come to the United States.  After I was born, my family bought a house in Union and resided here ever since.  I myself am now a homeowner in the Washington/Five Points area.

I’m a proud product of ...

Introducing BOE Candidate: Reverend Samuel M. Wright, Jr. (4-1), Save Our Schools Team

My name is Samuel M. Wright, Jr., and I am a pastor, teacher, preacher, praise leader, musician, and motivational speaker.  I’ve been married to my ministry partner, Patricia F. Wright, since 2004.  We have five children: Phillip, Stephen, Jessica, Fernon, and Jennifer.  We also have five grandchildren: Aniya, Cayla, Lucas, Golden, Devyn, and Myles.

In October 2000, I was ...

Introducing BOE Candidate: Michelle Schulz (4-2), Save Our Schools Team

My name is Michelle Schulz, and I’ve been a resident of Vauxhall for over 20 years.  I’ve been married to Jack, who works for Union County as Supervisor of Park Maintenance Services, for 13 years.  We have six children - Michael, Dominick, Jacqueline, Jonathan, Amanda, and Brandon - all products of the Township of Union Public Schools.   Michael graduated in 2009 ...

Candidates Announce Team for BOE Election

UNION, NJ  - For the upcoming 2018 Board of Education election, three independent Township of Union residents have joined together to run for the three available seats on the Board. Ronnie McDowell, Kalisha Morgan and Kim Ruiz will campaign together for the November 6th election.

Ronnie McDowell is a former Board member who served as its president in 2017.

Kalisha Morgan, ...

Columns

7 Warning Signs of Thyroid Cancer

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, and James J.S. Chen, M.D., FACHE, director of Atlantic Medical Group’s Thyroid Center at Summit and endocrinologist at Overlook Medical Center, believes it is critical that everyone know the warning signs of thyroid cancer.

“The most common form of thyroid cancer, papillary cancer, has a very high cure rate if detected early,” ...

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin (Bantam, 2016)

 

Just a few months ago I published a Retro-Review of In Cold Blood, written by one of the greatest 20 century American authors, Truman Capote. For those of us who remember seeing the more than eccentric writer, who was chased by the demons of self-loathing his entire life, on late night television in the 1960s and 70s, ...

The Clean 20 by Ian K. Smith, M.D.

The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation  by Ian K. Smith, M.D. (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)

 

Dr. Ian K. Smith has written a delightful and easy to digest new book, The Clean 20: 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation. Unlike many diet books that are mired in technical language that become not only a bore but a chore to read, Smith’s writing style is not ...

'Age of Innocence' captures Wharton's 1870s New York

‘Age of Innocence’ captures Wharton’s 1870’s New York

By LIZ KEILL

PRINCETON, NJ – Leave it to author Edith Wharton to decode the lives of staid, wealthy New Yorkers as she does so hauntingly in her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Age of Innocence.”

Douglas McGrath adapted the novel for a stirring, 95-minute production at the McCarter Theatre ...

'Brick City' takes on high school angst

‘Brick City’ takes journey through high school angst

By LIZ KEILL

UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages at Kean University presents a new play by Nicole Pandolfo. “Brick City” is an exploration of two seniors in high school and their search for meaningful lives, while their teacher/mentor, Veronica, is also turning her life around.

There are a number of loose ends in ...

Parkway’s Exact Change Lanes to Disappear from Major Toll Plazas Before End of Year

September 16, 2018

BARNEGAT, NJ — Exact change lanes on the Garden State Parkway’s major toll plazas are soon to be a memory. But they will remain at all but one of the toll road’s 23 entrance and exit ramps.

The automatic coin machines at all 11 “mainland barrier” plazas, including Asbury Park in Monmouth County and Toms River and Barnegat in Ocean County, will be removed and ...

Seton Hall Student Who Died on Tuesday Identified as Julian M. Mislavsky of Morristown

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Seton Hall University student who died from injuries sustained when he fell off of the campus' parking deck on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Julian M. Mislavsky in a letter to the Seton Hall community from Interim President Mary J. Meehan.

Mislavsky was a senior at Seton Hall and was from Morristown, stated Meehan. 

"We will have a ...

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