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Caldwell Parsonage Joins National Parks Stamp Program

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Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski presents Barbara La Mort with the Caldwell Parsonage's National Park Service stamp, which will be first used on 4 Centuries in a Weekend, October 21-22. Credits: Gabriel Gluck
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          National Parks lovers will be thrilled to know that Union County’s historic sites, including the Caldwell Parsonage in Union, have almost 30 new "Passport To Your National Parks" cancellation stamps for Four Centuries in a Weekend--October 21 and October 22.

          Union County is part of the National Park Service's’ Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage area, which acknowledges the role our state played in the American Revolution.  Needless to say, there are many significant Revolutionary era sites in our county.  Each now has its own unique stamp, recognizing its inclusion in the Crossroads of the Revolution NHA.

“It's a great feeling to help our local historical societies promote their sites,” said Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski at a recent Four Centuries meeting, where she helped distribute the new stamps.

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“We know that people travel to certain sites, in part, to add more stamps to their Passports,” Kowalski added, noting there have already been inquiries from Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, as word about the new stamps has started to get out.

“The Passport stamps, along with our new History Trading Card series, will encourage visitors to see more sites and gain a deeper appreciation of just how rich our history really is,” she said.

Several sites will have two stamps because of their locations.  For example, the Caldwell Parsonage in Union is a historic site in its own right--and is commemorated on the Union County seal--and also has a stamp for its connection to the Battle of Connecticut Farms.

For more information about Four Centuries in a Weekend and exact addresses for the various sites, go to:  ucnj.org/4C.

The new stamp program was coordinated by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and funded by Union County.  OCHA will continue to provide the free "Union County Across the Centuries" passports at all the county historic sites.  However, those interested in purchasing a national passport can go to: eparks.com/store/category/30/278/Passport.

Launched by Eastern National in 1986, the "Passport To Your National Parks" program consists of a guidebook that highlights the national parks and provides spaces for dated ink “cancellation” stamps that let visitors commemorate their trips to each site.  More information on the program is available at: easternnational.org/what-we-do/passport.

To learn more about the Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs. visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation/cultural-heritage-affairs.

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UNION, NJ - Happenings in Union this week:

Monday, 4/23

Light It Up Blue, 8:30 a.m., Town Wide Event
Union Township Active Retirees (Monday Club), 9:00 a.m., Senior Center
Construction Zone, 3:15 p.m., Union Public Library
Career Coach, 6:00 p.m., Vauxhall Public Library
Hilton Readers Book Discussion: "Small Great Things”, 6:00 p.m., Vauxhall Public Library
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Friends of the Union Library Plan Trip to Longwood Gardens

UNION, NJ - The Friends of the Union Public Library and BCB Community Bank have planned a trip to Longwood Gardens for Sunday, May 20.

The $50.00 fee includes bus trip, entrance to gardens, and snacks.  RSVP by May 1.  The bus leaves the Library municipal lot on Morris Avenue at 9:00 a.m. and returns at 6:00 p.m.

Checks can be made payable to 'Friends of the Union Public ...

Second Annual "Spring into the Arts"

UNION, NJ - The Second Annual "Spring into the Arts" festival will take place this Sunday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., sponsored by Photography by Rebimbas.

The event will feature local businesses, artists, music, dance and many activities, including pottery, jewelry, big band classics.  For more information, call 908-851-2701.  The event takes place in the area ...

Union High School: March Team of the Month

April 23, 2018

UNION, NJ - Each month Tapinto Union features a male and female Union High School Athlete of the Month.  For March, a team accomplishment is being recognized:   The Union High School Bowling Team.

Team accomplishments:

Second Place -  Warren Wheeler Tournament
Second Place - County tournament
First Place - North 2 Group 4 State ...

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Mon, April 23, 6:00 PM

Vauxhall Public Library, Vauxhall

Hilton Readers Book Discussion: "Small Great ...

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Mon, April 23, 6:00 PM

O Lagar Restaurant , Union

2nd Annual Jazz'd Up For Autism Fundraiser

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Mon, April 23, 6:30 PM

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Mon, April 23, 7:00 PM

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Union Municipal Band

Favour Garuba of Union nitiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

April 21, 2018

BATON ROUGE, LA - Favour Garuba 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. Garuba was initiated at Caldwell University.

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Vauxhall's John Jenkins Passes Away

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Jenkins was the devoted husband of Wimphrey (Williams) Jenkins; the beloved father of Jay (Vicki), Jerraune (Teressa), Jermel and Jeoffrey Jenkins; the grandfather of Monique, Jai (Leslie), Jazmyne, Jermel ...

Plainfield's Assemblyman Jerry Green Is Dead at Age 79

April 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) has died at age 79, according to an email to TAPinto Plainfield from Councilwoman-at-Large Rebecca Williams. (Williams also shared the information on her Facebook page.)

On Jan. 24, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) resigned as Chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee "to focus his energy on recovering from an ...

CFESPTA Tricky Tray Set for May 18

April 17, 2018

UNION, NJ - The 5th annual Tricky Tray at Connecticut Farms Elementary School will be held on Friday May 18.

Door open for the CFESPTA Red, White and Blue Tricky Tray at 5:00 p.m.  Calling begins at 7:00.  Contact Kathy McGee (908) 377-1164 or email kathymcgee74@gmail.com for additional information.

Union's First United Poetry Slam

UNION, NJ - Poets and performers from Kawameeh and Burnet Middle Schools and Union High School will get together to perform at the United Poetry Slam on Friday, May 11 at the high school.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Red Cross.  There is a suggested donation of $1.  The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

Student Led #Rally4 Action to Protest Gun Violence Held Friday in Springfield

April 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Fueled partially by their disappointment that students were not allowed to leave school for the nationwide student protest last month, student leaders planned a rally Friday on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado. At 4:30 p.m., students, parents, families, community members met at Chisholm Community Center to register voters, make ...

Unveiled Sunday: Springfield's Meckes Street Renamed Reverend Clarence E. Alston Way

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Reverend Alston lead the congregation at Antioch Baptist Church for 53 years. He died October 8, 2017. According to the Proclamation issued by the Township of Springfield, he attended the Union public schools and earned his degree from Trinity Bible College in Indiana. Reverend Alston was ordained November 1964. He presided over the building of the Church and several ...

Cranford Man Dies After Wrong-Way Crash on Route 9

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"Get Outdoors with Family & Friends" at Trailside Wild Earth Fest, April 29

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite visitors of all ages to meet live animals, celebrate wildlife, learn about environmental conservation and try some outdoor skills at the annual Wild Earth Fest.     You won’t want to miss this exciting and educational event hosted by Trailside ...

Union Catholic's Surles and Trower Sign National Letters of Intent

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Two members of Union Catholic's Class of 2018 gathered with their families, classmates, coaches and school administrators for a special ceremony in the main lobby on Thursday morning to sign their National Letters of Intent.

Goldera Surles signed to bowl at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N., and Connor Trower signed to play baseball at Elmira College in ...

Touch a Truck Event to Take Place Sunday, April 29 at the Loop in Watchung Reservation

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ—The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite families with children of all ages and adults alike to climb aboard a variety of public safety vehicles at this year’s “Touch A Truck” event on Sunday afternoon, April 29. The event will run from 11:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., weather permitting in the ...

How to Report Potholes in Union County

With the winter weather finally winding down, potholes are a frequent issue for drivers. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like you to know there are resources you can use to report them to the proper agency.

"We certainly encourage drivers and commuters to report any pothole they encounter on roads throughout Union County to the responsible authority," said ...

Columns

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

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I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

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What Union is Reading: Month ending March 2018

April 10, 2018

It is often said that you can tell a lot about a person by what they read but can you tell as much about a community by what they read? Take a look and see what you think. The top five circulated print books in six categories for the Union Public Library in March 2018 follows. The top circulated digital books from RBdigital make up the seventh category, download the app today and start borrowing ...

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Politics IS Government in Union County

April 22, 2018

After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. A the the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude ...

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