Union Top Stories

July 2, 2020

UNION, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy came to Union High School on Wednesday afternoon to sign the New Jersey Education Association’s (NJEA) long-sought Teacher Health Care Benefits Reform Bill. Murphy, who had pledged support for Ch. 78 relief during his campaign and had called for it publicly ...

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UNION, NJ -  Jane Oyem will serve as Union High School's Class of 2020 Salutatorian as students participated in their virtual graduation last week and will hold an in-person celebration on July 8. Of her high school experiences, Oyem said, “they consisted of me hanging out with friends, talking ...

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UNION, NJ – Long-time colleagues, friends and family gathered around the steps of Union’s Police station to say goodbye to Captain Christopher Donnelly, who had his last walkout Tuesday morning. “Today, the Union Police Department is honored to salute a man who dedicated over twenty-six years of ...

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UNION, NJ – Union High School Class of 2020 participated in their virtual graduation last week and will hold an in-person celebration on July 8.  Accomplished, dedicated and assiduous senior Arthanious Shafik has served as this year's Valedictorian. Shafik said he had the opportunity to ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on July 2, Governor Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that he will delay the reopening. “After coronavirus spikes in other states driven by, in part, the return of indoor ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The County Clerk’s offices in Elizabeth and Westfield will be open for additional hours in advance of the July 7 Primary, for voters in need of guidance with Vote-by-Mail ballots and other aspects of the election. Both offices will also remain open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday ...

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UNION, NJ – At a time when things seem so unpredictable, the Battle Hill School family came together to display empathy, tolerance and acceptance. “At a time when things seem to be so unpredictable, and people young and old, throughout our nation are finding it difficult to understand each ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union residents who wish to drop off their Vote-by Mail ballot can deposit it in a drop-off box at the rear entrance of the Union Municipal Building, 1976 Morris Avenue. There are five official ballot drop-off boxes in Union County, installed and overseen by the Union County ...

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UNION, NJ – The 138th Commencement Ceremony for Union High School took place, virtually, Wednesday evening.  Shown on TV34 beginning at 6:30, prerecorded speeches were presented and the names of the 561 graduating seniors read.  Class of 2020 members picked up their caps, gowns and diplomas earlier ...

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UNION, NJ - Union High School Class of 2020 students picked up their caps, gowns, diplomas and special gifts at the school on Wednesday and were greeted in a clap-out to music and cheers from their district and school administrators, Senior Class advisors and members of the Union High School ...

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UNION, NJ - The results are in.  Union residents have voted on their choice for drive-in movies over the July 4th weekend. Friday, July 3 - "Knives Out" (PG-13) Saturday, July 4 - "The Lion King" (PG) Sunday, July 5 - "Space Jam" (PG) The event is for Union residents only with a limit ...

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UNION, NJ – Months before a young Union couple’s June 13 wedding date approached, they nervously watched as restrictions were put into place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After much thought, the couple made the difficult decision to postpone their celebration. After eight years of dating, ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The July 7 Primary Election is being conducted primarily through by Vote-by-Mail, by order of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Voters may send their ballots to the Board of Elections by U.S. mail. Each ballot comes with ...

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UNION, NJ – Battle Hill Elementary School fourth grade students excitedly received their diplomas and gathered (socially distanced) for a class photo at Thursday’s drive-up graduation ceremony at the school. “We are very happy to be able to do this for our kids,” said Battle Hill School ...

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UNION, NJ – A long-time Vauxhall family continues to be proud of the five brothers who served their country in the military during World War II. Walter Mathews, who turns 95 on June 20,  is the last surviving Mathews brother. He is proud of the vital roles he and his brothers Robert, Richard, ...

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UNION, NJ – Hannah Caldwell Elementary School fourth grade students participated in a non-traditional graduation ceremony on Wednesday in keeping with strict guidelines for safety during COVID-19. “This school year was quite challenging and surreal,” said fourth grade teacher Andrea Vaynberg.  ...

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UNION, NJ – Union Center is kicking off its reopening with free breakfast, fitness classes, outdoor dining and more beginning Thursday, June 18.  Stuyvesant Avenue, from Vauxhall Road to the cannon at Johnson Place will be shut to vehicular traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and ...

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UNION, NJ – Union High School senior Brian Kwarteng is among the 354 New Jersey high school student-athletes to receive a certificate of recognition from the 27th Annual Scholar-Athlete Award initiative of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).  Each NJSIAA member ...

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UNION, NJ – Union High School will honor the Class of 2020 in a virtual tribute on Wednesday, June 24, and three split session in-person commencements on Wednesday, July 8. Last month, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that in-person outdoor graduation ceremonies will be allowed, beginning July 3 and, ...

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UNION, NJ - Union's first responders answered a call of a suspicious package in front of a business on Morris Avenue Monday morning. Union police and firefighters and the Union County Bomb Squad answered the call to investigate the unattended package in front of 2137 Morris Avenue.  The package ...

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UNION, NJ - The Union Recreation Department, Mayor Michele Delisfort and the Township Committee are bring back the big screen with drive-in movies for the township's Fourth of July weekend. Movies will be shown Friday, July 3, Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5. This event is for Union ...

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UNION, NJ – Union’s mom and pop shops are eager to get back to business with the reopening of Union Center and other business district. “Many restaurants and businesses throughout the state, county, and township have struggled to stay afloat,” said Mayor Michele Delisfort. “Our local businesses ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Shortly before Covid-19 emerged, took hold and shelter-in-place orders were ordered, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County trained 18 volunteers to serve as child advocates for youth removed from home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. It is the only ...

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UNION, NJ – Union High School volleyball player and senior Andres Amador will be attending New Jersey City University (NJCU) in the fall to study biology. Leaving Union High School will be very difficult, Amador said.  “I feel as though I have made great and amazing bonds with other students as ...

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UNION, NJ – A pizza for every student, teacher and staff member at Connecticut Farms Elementary School was handed out Wednesday evening as cars filled with school families wove through the parking lot to their cheering teachers. Over 400 pizzas from Cioffi’s Restaurant were given out to each ...

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UNION, NJ - Responding to a call Wednesday morning at 11:00, Union firefighters found a pile of garbage in flames in a parking lot on Chestnut Street. According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, the driver of the garbage truck dumped the burning garbage in the parking lot of the Wine Depot at 457 ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Nine Union residents were among the seventy-nine students who received their nursing diplomas from the Trinitas School of Nursing for what would have been the 162nd Convocation Ceremony on May 28, 2020. Union residents graduating were:  Elijah M. Alviola, Micol J. Clarke, ...

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UNION, NJ – An erratic man in a home on Arnet Avenue Monday evening was the cause of the standoff with Union police and the Union County SWAT team, police say. At about 7:00 p.m., Union police received a 9-1-1 call from a resident of Arnet Avenue reporting a family member acting in an erratic ...

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UNION, NJ – A student-led peaceful protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, spurred by the death of George Floyd, took place Monday afternoon in Union. Hundreds of protesters gathered on Jeanette Avenue and marched up Morris Avenue to town hall for passionate and inspirational ...

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UNION, NJ – Members of the Union Blaze 10U travel baseball team have really missed playing ball and are ready to get back to work.  “The quarantine didn’t stop me from doing what I need to do in life,” said little leaguer Mark Womack, #1.  “It has made me stronger and more ready to play.”  ...

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