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Sat, April 21, 9:00 AM

Department of Public Works, Union

Second Annual Waterway Cleanup

Add to My Calendar 04/21/2018 9:00am 04/21/2018 1:00pm America/New_York Second Annual Waterway Cleanup

The Mayor and Committee of the Township of Union invite residents to participate in the Township of Union's 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration, on Saturday April 21st, featuring a day-long series of events to entertain, educate and more importantly- keep Union clean!

The event will feature:

- A Waterway cleanup- Check-in at the Township of Union Department of Public Works, beginning at ...

1 Swanstrom Place Union, NJ
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Sat, April 21, 12:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Karate

Education Sports

Add to My Calendar 04/21/2018 12:00pm 04/21/2018 1:00pm America/New_York Karate

Sensei Andrew Crescenzo from USA Karate & Fitness will be teaching a 4-week series of 30-minute karate sampler classes. All levels welcome! The 12:00PM class is 3-6 year-olds and the 12:30PM class is for 7-11 year-olds.

1980 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083
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Sat, April 21, 2:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Family M.E.S.S.

Arts & Entertainment Education

Add to My Calendar 04/21/2018 2:00pm 04/21/2018 3:00pm America/New_York Family M.E.S.S.

Families learn together through play in this STEM-based early literacy program. Ages 2+; Registration opens on 4/7: 908-851-5450 x3

1980 Morris Ave. Union, NJ 07083
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Sun, April 22, 9:00 AM

Union

Second Annual Spring into the Arts

Add to My Calendar 04/22/2018 9:00am 04/22/2018 5:00pm America/New_York Second Annual Spring into the Arts

1000 Azalea Road and 1477 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083-7589
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Sun, April 22, 3:00 PM

Vauxhall Meeting Room, Union

National Council Negro Women Open House Meet & ...

Add to My Calendar 04/22/2018 3:00pm 04/22/2018 6:00pm America/New_York National Council Negro Women Open House Meet & Greet

For more information contact Deborah Cross-Walker at 908-884-0687 or njdival@gmail.com.

All are welcome.

333 Russell Street (at Hilton Avenue) Union, NJ
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Mon, April 23, 6:00 PM

Vauxhall Public Library, Vauxhall

Hilton Readers Book Discussion: "Small Great ...

Arts & Entertainment

Add to My Calendar 04/23/2018 6:00pm 04/23/2018 7:00pm America/New_York Hilton Readers Book Discussion: "Small Great Things"

This month's selection is "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult

123 Hilton Ave Vauxhall, NJ 07088
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Mon, April 23, 6:00 PM

O Lagar Restaurant , Union

2nd Annual Jazz'd Up For Autism Fundraiser

Arts & Entertainment

Add to My Calendar 04/23/2018 6:00pm 04/23/2018 9:00pm America/New_York 2nd Annual Jazz'd Up For Autism Fundraiser

Here in the Township of Union we celebrate Autism Awareness Month every year and last year, for the first time, the ADA Committee hosted their “Jazzed up for Autism” event- an event combining awareness with food, music, and community. Tickets can be purchased directly at O’Lagar Restaurant.

1252 Stuyvesant Ave Union, NJ 07083 Union, NJ 07083
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Mon, April 23, 6:30 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Financial Wellness 101

Education

Add to My Calendar 04/23/2018 6:30pm 04/23/2018 8:30pm America/New_York Financial Wellness 101


1980 Morris Ave. Union, NJ 07083
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Mon, April 23, 7:00 PM

Hannah Caldwell School, Union

Union Municipal Band

Add to My Calendar 04/23/2018 7:00pm 04/23/2018 8:30pm America/New_York Union Municipal Band

1120 Commerce Street Union, NJ 07083
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Tue, April 24, 11:00 AM

Vauxhall Library, Vauxhall

Toddler & Pre-K Program

Education

Add to My Calendar 04/24/2018 11:00am America/New_York Toddler & Pre-K Program

Interactive storytimes, crafts, and more for young children and their parents/guardians.

4/3: Pre-K Story & Craft: National Gardening Month
4/10: Pre-K Interactive Learning Time: Puzzles, coloring, memory & other fun activities
4/17: Pre-K Music & Movement
4/24: Pre-K STEM Storytime: Earth Day

123 Hilton Avenue Vauxhall, NJ 07088
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Tue, April 24, 11:00 AM

Vauxhall Public Library, Vauxhall

Pre-K STEM Storytime: “Earth Day”

Arts & Entertainment

Add to My Calendar 04/24/2018 11:00am 04/24/2018 11:30am America/New_York Pre-K STEM Storytime: “Earth Day”

Interactive storytimes, crafts, and more for young children and their parents/guardians. Registration required: 908-851-5451

123 Hilton Ave Vauxhall, NJ 07083
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Tue, April 24, 4:30 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Crazy 8s Math Club

Education

Add to My Calendar 04/24/2018 4:30pm America/New_York Crazy 8s Math Club

Join Bedtime Math's Crazy 8s Math Club where you'll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess...it's a totally new kind of math club! Please note that this is an 8-week program.
Tuesdays at 4:30PM: 3rd-5th Grades (4/17-6/5)
Thursday at 4:30PM: K-2nd Grades (4/19-6/7)

1980 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083
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Wed, April 25, 10:30 AM

Union Public Library, Union

Babies in the Library

Education

Add to My Calendar 04/25/2018 10:30am America/New_York Babies in the Library

Spend this special time with baby singing songs & rhymes, listening to stories,
followed by free play & socialization. Designed for newborns-18 months.

1980 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083
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Wed, April 25, 1:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Qello Film Concert: Norah Jones

Arts & Entertainment

Add to My Calendar 04/25/2018 1:00pm 04/25/2018 2:00pm America/New_York Qello Film Concert: Norah Jones

Norah Jones

1980 Morris Ave. Union, NJ 07083
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Wed, April 25, 4:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

ShopRite Kids Cuisine

Education Food & Drink

Add to My Calendar 04/25/2018 4:00pm 04/25/2018 4:45pm America/New_York ShopRite Kids Cuisine

Learn about nutrition and make some delicious & easy snacks with our visiting ShopRite Registered Dietitian! For ages 6-12.

1980 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083
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Thu, April 26, 4:30 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Crazy 8s Math Club

Education

Add to My Calendar 04/26/2018 4:30pm America/New_York Crazy 8s Math Club

Join Bedtime Math's Crazy 8s Math Club where you'll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess...it's a totally new kind of math club! Please note that this is an 8-week program.
Tuesdays at 4:30PM: 3rd-5th Grades (4/17-6/5)
Thursday at 4:30PM: K-2nd Grades (4/19-6/7)

1980 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083
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Thu, April 26, 6:00 PM

Kawameeh Middle School, Union

What is Special Services?

Add to My Calendar 04/26/2018 6:00pm 04/26/2018 8:00pm America/New_York What is Special Services?

UNION, NJ - The Union Special Education Parent Advisory Group will host a meeting when Union school district representative will share information and updates about the Township of Union School District Special Education Department and related services.

Representatives scheduled to attend include Kim Conti, Director of Special Services, and Joseph Seugling and Latesha Jenkins, Supervisors of ...

490 David Terrace Union, NJ
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Fri, April 27, 10:30 AM

Union Public Library, Union

Toddler Time

Education

Add to My Calendar 04/27/2018 10:30am America/New_York Toddler Time

Enjoy stories, singing, and movement, following a different theme each week. Designed for 18 month olds-3 year olds.

1980 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083
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Fri, April 27, 3:30 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Add to My Calendar 04/27/2018 3:30pm 04/27/2018 4:30pm America/New_York Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting

Help make UPL a better place for YOU! Let us know which books, movies, music, and programs you want to see, and earn community service hours by attending TAB meetings! For ages 13+.

1980 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083

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Friends of the Union Library Plan Trip to Longwood Gardens

April 19, 2018

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 ...

Karate at the Union Public Library

UNION, NJ - Sensei Andrew Crescenzo from USA Karate from USA Karate & Fitness will be teaching a four-week series of 30 minute karate classes.  All levels welcome.

Classes run from Saturday, April 21 through Saturday, May 12.  Ages 3-6:  12:00 p.m.  Ages 7-11:  12:30 p.m.

Registration is required.  Email emacleod@uplnj.org for more information.

Vauxhall's John Jenkins Passes Away

April 18, 2018

UNION, NJ -  John Jenkins, a Newark native and resident of Vauxhall, passed away on April 12.  Jenkins was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and community member.

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.

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

April 17, 2018

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

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – A Cranford man died after his car collided with another vehicle on Route 9 on Sunday.

Thomas McHugh, 88, was driving north in the southbound fast lane on Route 9, where he crashed head-on into another vehicle. On impact, one of the cars caught fire, according to Sgt. Jim Chessere of the Woodbridge Police Department.

 McHugh was taken from the scene to Robert ...

YESTERcades Opens in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — A crowd of families lined up outside of YESTERcades in Downtown Westfield Friday night to be the first to play Pac-Man, Street Fighter, Space Invaders and other classic video and arcade games.

Located at 151 East Broad St. (formerly City Sports), it’s is the company’s third location.

YESTERcades describes itself as gaming experience straight out of the ...

How to Report Potholes in Union County

April 21, 2018

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 ...

Union County Freeholder Board Reminds Seniors on New Medicare Cards

Union County, NJ – In recognition of May as Older Americans Month, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds Union County’s senior adults that they will receive new Medicare cards from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this summer.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is the federal agency that runs the Medicare program. It is a branch ...

Free Living History Event Showcases World War I Centennial

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors to experience battlefield life as a World War I American Salvation Army volunteer, featuring Ms. Laurie MacDonald-Gaulke, actress and storyteller, in a special free presentation of “Doughnuts for Doughboys: A Salvation Army Lassie in France.”

Doughnuts for Doughboys takes place on Tuesday, April 25 at ...

Senator Menendez Speaks at Union County College about College Affordability

ELIZABETH – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez visited Union County College’s Elizabeth campus on April 13 to speak about issues surrounding college affordability. He has been an advocate for affordable higher education in New Jersey for many years and recently co-sponsored the America’s College Promise Act which would offer free tuition at community colleges throughout the ...

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

The Truth About My Reading

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

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

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 ...

Letters to the Editor

Thank You, St. Joseph's Volunteers

April 16, 2018

Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (http://www.sjeliz.org).  Whether you make a sandwich, collect toiletries, tutor in the job program, make soup, wrap Christmas gifts, donate food, ...