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Share Your Love of Gardening with the Union County Community

Have you ever wanted to take your gardening hobby to the next level? Here is your chance. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County will train and certify you as part of their Master Gardener Program. Refine your gardening skills and channel your inner green thumb by applying for this program by Aug. 31.

“If you are looking for expert guidance on community, school, and home gardening, I encourage you to consider participating in the Master Gardeners program,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen. “The Master Gardeners program offers a fun and exciting experience to share your passion for gardening and help build a stronger Union County.”

Almost 900 Union County residents have become certified Master Gardener volunteers since the program began 30 years ago.

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The volunteers plan and run community service projects throughout Union County.

The centerpiece of the Master Gardeners community service efforts is the Union County Demonstration Garden, an elaborate complex that provides a platform for the group’s educational programs, summer camp visits and many other projects and services. It includes a large vegetable garden that yields thousands of pounds of fresh produce for donation to local food pantries.

Once accepted into the Master Gardener program, trainees commit to attending class every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning in early October and ending next May.

The training course is taught by Rutgers University faculty. It includes basic botany, entomology, flower gardening, integrated pest management, pesticide safety, plant pathology, soil testing and fertilizers, tree maintenance, turf management, vegetable gardening and wildlife management.

As part of the training requirement, participants provide 60 hours of volunteer service working in with one of the Master Gardeners gardening committees. Successful graduates become Certified Rutgers Master Gardeners upon completion of their volunteer commitment, which may be fulfilled within a 12-18 month period.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County is funded in part by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Master Gardner classroom session will be held at the Extension offices at the Colleen Fraser Building in the county services complex in Westfield, at 300 North Avenue East.

The Freeholders Board supports the extension with funding for administrative support and office space, and for special projects. The Demonstration Garden is located on County property in the Watchung Reservation, by the Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside.

To become a Certified Rutgers Master Gardener and request an application, email Judi Laganga at jlaganga@ucnj.org or call the Extension at 908-654-9854 (ext. 2).

Applications are due to the Extension Office by August 31. A materials fee of $200 is payable upon acceptance into the program.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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The Week Ahead in Union

October 23, 2017

UNION, NJ - Happenings in Union this week:

Monday, 10/23

•Lego Club, 3:30 p.m., Union Public Library

•ShopRite Kid Cuisine, 4:00 p.m., Union Public Library

•Hilton Readers Book Discussion Group: "Never Caught" by Erica Dunbar, 6:00 p.m., Vauxhall Public Library

-Township Committee Candidate Debate, 7:00 p.m., Town Hall

Tuesday, 10/24

•Tai Chi - ...

Aging Services Kiosk Available at Union Public Library on Oct. 24

Union County, NJ -- Union residents seeking information about services for seniors age 60 and older can visit the Aging Services Kiosk (ASK) event on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Avenue, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Experienced staff from the county’s Department of Human Services, Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection, will be available to ...

Empowerment Through Mental Health Awareness Discussion

UNION, NJ - The Human Relations Commission is hosting "Empowerment Through Mental Health Awareness," an evening discussion on suicide prevention on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public and will be held in Town Hall, Bonnel Room, 2nd floor.

 

September's Athletes of the Month: Andrea Santiago and Andre Vieira

October 18, 2017

UNION, NJ - Congratulations again to Andre Vieira and Andrea Santiago, Union High School's Athletes of the Month for September.

Vieira, a junior, is on the boys soccer team and scored two goals in September.

Santiago is a senior on the girls soccer team and scored one goal and two assists in September.  She is ranked fifth in her class and has a 4.65 grade point average.

Union High School's September Male Athlete of the Month: Andre Vieira

UNION, NJ – Andre Vieira has been chosen Union High School’s September Male Athlete of the Month, sponsored by Service Professionals.

Vieira, a junior, is on the boys soccer team and scored two goals in September.

What is your favorite part of being a high school athlete?

My favorite part of being an athlete is that I get to share the experience with my friends and share the ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, October 23, 3:30 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Lego Club

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Mon, October 23, 4:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

ShopRite Kid Cuisine

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Mon, October 23, 6:00 PM

Vauxhall Public Library, Vauxhall

Hilton Readers Book Discussion Group: "Never ...

Arts & Entertainment

Retired Union Business Administrator Frank Bradley Passes Away

October 18, 2017

Francis J Bradley, age 71, passed away at Applewood Estates in Freehold, on Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Funeral Mass will be in St. Michael Church in Union on Thursday at 10:15 am. Cremation will be held privately. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4-8 PM at the Galante Funeral Home 2800 Morris Ave. Union.

Francis was born on August 19, 1946 in Newark to Francis and ...

Katarina Lopes: Class of 2021 at Loyola University Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD - Katarina Lopes, from Union, is now a member of the class of 2021 at Loyola University Maryland.

As first-year students embark on their college experience, they will all take part in Loyola's living learning program, Messina. The common text for Messina is Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. The book, a compelling first-hand account of a lawyer who defends the poor and ...

Union Resident and Amy Veteran Jake Fernandez Honored

UNION, NJ - Union resident and Army veteran Jake Fernandez was one of the honorees at the "Salute the Troops" ceremony in Springfield earlier this moth.

 

Hosted by the New Jersey Veterans Network and the Union County Freeholders, the event honored one veteran from each Union County municipality  for their outstanding military service.

 

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New Union County “Level the Playing Field” Grants Aim to Improve Playground Access for Children and Families

October 22, 2017

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced “Level the Playing Field,” a new grant program that provides funding for local playground upgrades that enable children with disabilities to enjoy healthy outdoor activities with their families, friends, and neighbors.

All 21 municipalities in Union County are eligible to apply for the program, which will provide a total of ...

Lawsuits Over Westfield’s ‘Watcher’ House Dismissed, Report Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — A Superior Court Judge dismissed the civil lawsuit against the former owners of 657 Boulevard, now infamously known as “the Watcher” house, on Wednesday, according to a report on NJ.com. According to that story, the judge said she dismissed three counts of fraud because there was no evidence the former owners intentionally hid a letter from “the ...

Cops Arrest 4 After Stolen Car Crashes Through Fence in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — UPDATED AT 12:15 p.m.

Around 7 a.m. Sunday morning, a stolen car left the roadway and crashed on the 1200 block of Central Avenue, according to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman. Four males excited the vehicle and fled on foot, he said.

Photos taken by the home's owner show that the car crashed through a fence and into the bushes.

The car was not being ...

Union Chamber October Networking Event

October 21, 2017

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Revolutionary War Historian to Speak at Four Centuries Event

Revolutionary War historian and author Robert Mayers will be the guest speaker at Union County’s Four Centuries In A Weekend at the Deserted Village on Sunday, October 22.

Mayers, who plans to discuss Gen. George Washington’s troop movements in the Watchung Mountains, among other topics, will speak at 1 p.m. at Masker’s Barn.  His talk will be followed by a question and ...

Train through Time Rolls on Four Centuries In A Weekend

Bring the kids, bring a friend, because once again it’s that time to ride the rails into history.

On October 21 and 22, Union County celebrates Four Centuries In A Weekend, when historic sites and museums across the County open their doors to the public, free of charge.

Many of the sites are within walking distance of the train stations across the County, with some sites offering ...

Union County Same-Sex Married Residents Seek Second-Parent Adoption to Gain Parental Rights

In September, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented the first Union County LGBTQ Pride event in recent history. Dozens of families shared their stories with event organizers and elected officials at Union County’s Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic, an event organized to celebrate diversity and marriage equality. On Friday, October 13, Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen, ...

Columns

'Barefoot in the Park' take frothy look at newlyweds

‘Barefoot in the Park’ takes a frothy look at young newlyweds

By Liz Keill

CHATHAM, NJ – The Chatham Players has opened its 96th season with an early Neil Simon favorite, “Barefoot in the Park.”

Originally on Broadway in 1963 with Elizabeth Ashley and Robert Redford, the play became a popular movie with Redford and Jane Fonda.

In Chatham, we have Crystal ...

"A Beautiful Mind" Nobel Prize Winner is Honored by New Jersey Congressional Representatives

October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) announced passage of her bill in the House to name a Princeton post office after scholar and pioneer, Dr. John F. Nash, Jr.  He is the only person to be awarded both the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the Abel Prize in Economics.

“Dr. John F. Nash, Jr. serves as a national ...

Want to Take Your Business Global? New Jersey Businesses Eligible for Grant Funding

October 15, 2017

Are you a New Jersey business owner who has already realized the potential of a global market or an entrepreneur seeking to increase sales and profit by taking your business worldwide? 

The New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) has been awarded a $606,151 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help New Jersey companies gain access to ...

Letters to the Editor

A Call for All Library Supporters to Vote "Yes" on Nov. 7

October 21, 2017

Dear Editor:

As a New Jersey resident and strong supporter of our local library, I urge all New Jersey citizens to vote “YES” on Tuesday, November 7 for the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, supporting libraries across NJ. 

Libraries are increasingly becoming the social hubs of our communities.This act  authorizes New Jersey to issue ...

Letter to the Editor: Endorsement of Joe Florio for Township Committee

This is a letter explaining why I endorse Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio for Township Committee for the Township of Union, New Jersey.  Simply put – he is the best.

I have lived in our wonderful town for close to 20 years.  Throughout my years here, my family and I have directly benefited from the good that Deputy Mayor Florio has done. 

For example, one of my children is ...