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Outstanding Citizens Honored at the Boy Scouts of America 2016 Union Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner

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L to R: Sheriff Joseph Cryan, Sergeant Russell Gottlick, William Nierstedt, Gene Jannotti, Chris Boyle and Timothy Boyle
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Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council honored local citizens at the annual Boy Scouts of America Union Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner to be on the evening of Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at The Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains. This year’s honorees were Christopher and Timothy Boyle, Sheriff Joseph Cryan, Sergeant Russell Gottlick, Gene Jannotti and Bill Nierstedt.

The event recognized six outstanding citizens for their community service, as evidenced by their leadership and interests within the Union County community, and for their embodiment of the values of the century old Scout Oath and Law in their personal and professional lives. The event chair person was Merritt Duffy, President, B.B. Miller & Co.

Christopher and Timothy Boyle are Westfield natives that have owned 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro in Westfield since 2001. 16 Prospect hosts annual benefits for Brendon’s Meadows Animal Rescue, The Center for Hope, Bonds of Courage which helps veterans and their families and S., Joseph’s Food Bank.

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Sheriff Joseph Cryan was sworn in as sheriff on January 1,2015. Prior to being elected sheriff, he served as administrative undersheriff for eleven years to long time Sheriff Ralph Froehlich. He was vice chairman and chairman of the Democratic State Committee, and also currently serves as chairman of the township of Union Democratic Municipal committee. The sheriff was also the first general chairman of the Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade committee and is the standard bearer of the Cryan Association, an Irish-American civic charitable civic organization.

Sergeant Russell Gottlick has been a police officer with the Plainfield Police Division since 1993, and was promoted to Sergeant in 2013.  Sergeant Gottlick has been assigned to the Plainfield Police Division’s Patrol, Service, Narcotics and Administrative Bureaus.  Since 1994, Sgt. Gottlick has volunteered as Lead Instructor for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management’s four-month-long Auxiliary Recruit Training Program at the John H. Stamler Police Academy, and for the past 10 years, for the SLEO Class 1 recruits. 

Gene Jannotti Gene is the Executive Director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC), which serves Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, and Westfield. He has grown the Chamber from 280 members to 500 in just 22 months and has expanded its reach and activities. Gene has co-produced two “Dancing with the Stars” charity events for Children’s Specialized Hospital, raising over $80,000. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Union County Performing Art Center and the Trinitas Hospital Foundation.  Gene has been a member of the Livingston Masonic Lodge for 25 years and is the Chairman of their Board of Trustees.  

Bill Nierstedt is the Director of Planning for the City of Plainfield. He is the Administrative Officer for the City Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and Historic Preservation Commission. He is also the City Zoning Officer. Major responsibilities include the preparation of the City Master Plan, Land Use (Zoning) Ordinance, and review of every development proposed in the City of Plainfield. Bill is an Eagle Scout, achieving the rank in 1973.

Union County is a part of the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America which serves over 16,000 youth in over 400 Scouting units in communities throughout Union, Middlesex, Somerset, Sussex and Morris Counties.

For more information on Scouting, contact Jennifer Volz, Sr. Development Director, at 973-765-9322 ext. 249 and/or jennifer.volz@scouting.org

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Union High School's January Female Athlete of the Month: Kiara Powell

February 13, 2018

UNION, NJ – Union High School senior Kiara Powell has been selected January’s Female Athlete of the Month, sponsored by Service Professionals.

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Union High School's January Male Athlete of the Month: Kai Legband

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The acknowledgement, recognition, and respect I receive from everyone and ...

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Mon, February 19

The Gateway Family YMCA, Union

YMCA Open House

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Tue, February 20, 11:00 AM

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Pre-K Interactive Learning Time: “Puzzles, ...

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Tue, February 20, 12:30 PM

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Twenty-Eight Union Students Named to Seton Hall Dean's List

February 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - News from Seton Hall University:  

The following Union students have been named to the Fall 2017 Dean's List at Seton Hall University:

Radjanie Antoine

Hamza Ashraf

Jonathan Barcelos

Christopher Arnold Blaza

Meaghan Caulfield

Lauren Colandro

Kevin Cordova

Kristine Demagajes

Lianne Joseph

Monique Krakowski

Austin ...

Kayla Douberley Inducted into the Iota Iota Iota National Honor Society

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The induction ceremony recognized students who have excelled academically in gender and women's studies, and fostered feminist scholarship, promoted personal ...

Kristen Lian earns Dean's List Honors at Saint Joseph's University

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Kristen Lian, of Union earned Dean's List honors at Saint Joseph's University for the Fall 2017 semester. Lian studies Communication Studies in the University's College of Arts and Sciences. Students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above, a B or greater in all their classes, and complete at least 15 credits to earn Dean's List status for a ...

Rahway's Rayford Charged with Distributing Fentanyl-laced Crack Cocaine that Killed 3 Rahway Residents

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RAHWAY, NJ - George Rayford, 38 of Rahway, has been arrested and charged with distributing crack cocaine that led to the death of three people and sent others to the hospital, it was announced Friday by Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

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24th Annual Hoops to End Homelessness Basketball Classic Raises Much Needed Funds for Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless

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Suspect in Newark Homicide Apparently Shoots Self After Vehicle Chase Ends in Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - A suspect in a shooting that claimed the life of a Newark woman apparently shot himself after a police pursuit ended in the vicinity of Overlook Medical Center in Summit.

According to abc7ny,com, the woman -- 28-year-old Tiffany Wilson -- was discovered deceased in a vehicle in Newark, and a dark-colored Sport Utility Vehicle was seen speeding away from the scene.

2018 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Honorees

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, Vice Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholder Alexander Mirabella presented resolutions to the 2018 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal John McPartlan, General Chairwoman Kathleen M. Holmes and Parade Adjutant Pam Joyce congratulating them on the 22nd annual parade.

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Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number 74 in its tenth consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

 

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Union County Partners in Upcoming Hiring Events

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Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

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What Union is Reading: January 2018

February 13, 2018

It is 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 fiction and non-fiction books at the Union Public Library for January 2018 were:

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1.     Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben 

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Millburn Volleyball Coach Arrested on Charges of Sexual Contact with a Minor

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Smithereens Bandmates Reunite and Play Show Honoring Scotch Plains Music Legend Pat DiNizio

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ICUC Dr. Wail Rasheed Reacting to Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

If we were to count the number of lives lost to violence, crime, mass shootings or terror attacks in the US this past year alone, clearly the sacredness of life has no value to the ruthless perpetrators, for all of them are doing the same thing; taking away a God given right from people, the right to exist.

The diverse religious communities in the US must stand strong in denouncing ...