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Union Public Library Helps You Sell Your House, Start a Business, Travel, Get a Pet, and More

February 23, 2020

UNION, NJ - Union Public Library (UPL) has many programs and events planned for adults at both the Main Library (MN) and Vauxhall Branch (VH) in March. All programs are free and open to the public. 

Connect Explore Discover

Learn how to access UPL’s digital resources!  Bring your mobile device and Union Public Library card. No reservation required. Presented by UPL ...

Women's History Month Presentation by Ntozake Shange

UNION, NJ - The Vauxhall Community Group will be celebrating Women's History Month with a presentation by Ntozake Shange.

Shange is a poet, novelist, playwright and performer.  She wrote the Broadway-produced and Obie Award-winning "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf".  She has written numerous works of fiction, including ...

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with Storytime Event

UNION, NJ - Celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2) and Read Across America, a story time event is scheduled for Saturday, February 22 at Here's the Story Bookstore, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Story time is geared toward children ages 4 to 11.  Cookies and juice will be provided after story time.  Children are encouraged to wear their favorite Dr. Seuss shirt.  ...

Union Students Named to the Honors List at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus

February 23, 2020

TEANECK, NJ - Students from Union at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus, located in Teaneck, NJ, have been named to the Honors Lists for the Fall 2019 semester.

Rebecca Eugene 

Jaskirat Singh 

Shannyn Belser 

To qualify for the Honors List, a student must carry a 3.5 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0 and be enrolled in a minimum ...

Sally Straus of Union Presented with Resolution by County Freeholders

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union resident Sally Straus received a resolution from the Union County Freeholders for her dedication to her community and its residents.

Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella and Vice Chairman Angel G. Estrada presented the resolution to Straus on Thursday night.  Straus was joined by State Senator Joe Cryan and former State Senator Anthony E.

Union Students Named to the Dean's List at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus

TEANECK, NJ - Students from Union at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus, located in Teaneck, NJ have been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2019 semester.

Connie Pierre 

Alyssa Caggiano 

Phillip Caldas 

The University's Metropolitan Campus, located in the dynamic NY/NJ corridor in Teaneck, NJ, features a university atmosphere with an ...

Scotch Plains Puppies: Adoption at Plainfield Area Human Society Temporarily on Hold

February 22, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Adoption of the puppies and kittens that were taken from the Scotch Plains puppy mill is temporarily on hold for two weeks, according to the Plainfield Area Humane Society's director Elijah Brice-Middleton.

"There's a hold on them (adoptions of the animals confiscated from the house on Laurie Court and Terrill Road in Scotch Plains) for now," ...

Short Hills Mall Bomb Threat Draws Local, County and State Officials

SHORT HILLS, NJ — Earlier this afternoon, local and county police were called to the Mall at Short Hills for a Suspected bomb threat.

In a statement from the Millburn Police Department, it was announced that police responded to the Neiman Marcus at the mall over a “telephonic bomb threat.”

The statement went on to say that members of the Essex County Sheriff’s ...

Connecticut Farms School Students Rock

February 21, 2020

UNION, NJ – Jay Mitetsky, author of “Ricky, the Rock That Couldn’t Roll”, visited Connecticut Farms School on Wednesday with a lesson on friendship and kindness.

In the morning, third- and fourth-grade students met with Mitetsky for writing workshops.  “We discussed how to construct characters and plot, and how to write in rhyme.” 

“Ricky, ...

Battle Hill School Students Get a K-9 Visitor

UNION, NJ - A second-grade class at Battle Hill Elementary School received a special visitor on Tuesday when Kyla, a Union County Sheriff's K-9 Officer, and her handler, Officer E. Ramirez, stopped in.

In their social studies unit, students in Stephanie Branco's class have been learning about their community.  With Officers Ramirez and Kyla, the class discussed different ...

Battle Hill School's 'Snowflake Project' Raises Money for Children

UNION, NJ - Battle Hill Elementary School Student Council members organized a recent school-wide fundraiser called The Snowflake Project.

The fundraiser allowed the families of the Battle Hill community to decorate unique snowflakes and give a donation to The Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation.  The Student Council raised $269.00 for the long-term facility in ...

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LEDs are a Bright Idea.

No one looks good in fluorescent lighting…especially in a business or commercial space setting.

Have you ever walked into a dressing room filled with fluorescent lighting of varying degrees of brightness/coloring and just cringed at the mirror while you tried on clothing? How about walking down an empty and quiet hallway, dimly lit with flickering light bulbs that make it look straight ...

Good News In the Schools (Feb. 10 - 14)

UNION, NJ - Here's just a few things that happened in Union's schools last week:  

Upcoming events:

Pre-K Registration:  For Washington School ONLY on February 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Administration Building, 2369 Morris Avenue.

For Battle Hill School ONLY on February 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Administration Building, ...

Community Members, Family Foundation Mark American Heart Month with $2.5 Million Donation to Gagnon Cardiovascular Center Expansion

As individuals and organizations across the nation gather to raise awareness of heart disease during American Heart Month, Thomas P. and Sally Mac Mahon and Ken and Claudia Silverman have marked the occasion by giving $1.5 and $1 million, respectively, to further expand the largest cardiovascular program in the state — Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. The ...

Atlantic Health System and CentraState Healthcare System Announce Clinical Affiliation

Partnership Enhances Community Health Care Quality and Access

Atlantic Health System and CentraState Healthcare System today announced a clinical affiliation that will provide enhanced access to high-quality specialty health care services to the communities of central Jersey. The affiliation will accelerate the growth of CentraState’s oncology and neuroscience programs through linkages ...

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

Chaos: Charles Manson the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. John 

O’Neill and Dan Piepenbring  (New York: Little Brown, 2019).

It took me three weeks to read Chaos:Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. Although fascinating, with its detailed analysis of the true motives for the Manson crimes in Los Angeles, 1969, the prose was dense and a ...

'Unmasked' Takes High Energy Look at Andrew Lloyd Webber

No doubt Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most prolific composers in recent years. We’ve all heard the music of “Cats” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Evita” and a host of others. Paper Mill Playhouse honors him in this moving tribute

The show is  quite a pistache of well known, and not so well known, creations. It’s fascinating to see clips of ...

Paul McCartney is Here, There and Everywhere - In New Jersey

February 24, 2020

METUCHEN, NJ  - Strawberry Fields? Nope. Abbey Road? Wrong again. Penny Lane? Not even close.

The long and winding road inexplicably led Paul McCartney to this 2.8 square-mile borough that's home to about 14,000 people in the center of Middlesex County.

The residents who happened to be strolling down Main Street on Sunday afternoon were stunned at the sight of the former Beatle, ...

Saint Peter’s Nurse Cares For Premature Father, Son 33 Years Apart

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It’s been a whirlwind of interviews for Lissa McGowan. CNN called. Then the Washington Post. Then “Good Morning America.” On and on.

The eyes of the world have turned their loving gaze toward the Saint Peter’s University Hospital nurse since major media outlets began covering her incredible story earlier this week.

Nurse Lissa had been ...

NJ Pastry Chef to Compete in Food Network’s ‘Chopped Sweets!’

February 22, 2020

This story first appeared in TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood.

Scotch Plains resident Joe Murphy, a corporate pastry chef for the legendary restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten, founder of the Jean-Georges Restaurant Group, will compete on the Food Network program “Chopped Sweets!” on Monday, Feb. 24. The show, hosted by “Chopped!” judge and “Best Bakers in ...

8 Great Places to Celebrate National Margarita Day in New Jersey

Saturday, Feb. 22, is National Margarita Day. In honor of the holiday, we compiled a list of great places in New Jersey to imbibe one of the tasty tequila cocktails, whether you prefer yours on the rocks or frozen.

Salud!

Jose Tejas, Woodbridge and Fairfield. It doesn’t matter if you’re ordering fajitas or crawfish etouffee —  nothing goes better with a ...

New Stuffed Burger Restaurant in Springfield Promises ‘Super’ Experience

This article first appeared in TAPinto Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — On Presidents Day, Feb. 17, Super Stuffed Burgers celebrates its grand opening in Springfield. We got a sneak peak Friday afternoon when co-owners Rob Grunauer and Rey Perez spoke about their new venture.

“I am a comic book enthusiast/collector,” Grunauer said. “So the love of comics, ...

NJ Chefs to Take the Challenge at Girl Scout Cookie Cook-Off

Can’t get enough Girl Scout Cookies? Then head to the third annual Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Great Cookie Cook-off next month in Scotch Plains, where New Jersey chefs will compete to see who can best incorporate the perennial treats into dishes both sweet and savory.

The fundraiser will be held at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains on Thursday, March 12. Jackie ...

Can New Jersey Really Call Itself the Pizza Capital of the World?

New Jersey’s official state Twitter account, @NJGov, set off a “pizza war” a few days ago when — just in time for National Pizza Day — it proclaimed the Garden State the “official pizza capital of the world.”

But is it, though? Is it really?

As everyone knows, pizza got its start in Italy. In Naples, to be exact, according to food historian Ken ...

Legendary Band Leader Paul Shaffer Tells Steve Adubato How He was Inspired by Comedy Icons Early in his Career

February 19, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- Paul Shaffer is widely known as the former Musical Director of both Late Night with David Letterman and The Late Show with David Letterman, during which he was often involved in skits and the general hijinx of the production. However, as Shaffer tells Steve Adubato, he wasn’t always comfortable being gregarious and, in fact, grew up being an introverted kid until a 1972 ...

The Ancient History of Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...