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Union's Juneteenth Arts Festival set for June 18

May 19, 2022

UNION, NJ - The Township of Union and KB Events will be hosting its Juneteenth Arts Festival, a celebration of freedom, on Saturday, June 18.

The event is free and will include live music, with performances by Viola Sykes, Legend-Aly-Us, TikTok star LILC4LIVE, and local artists.  Food trucks, art vendors and more will also be present.  The event is hosted by Roxanne Shante with music ...

"Roses in Stereo" to Perform for Charity at Union Columbian Club

UNION, NJ - The Columbian Club of Union is hosting a summer long concert series "Summer of Charity".

The first event is Sunday, May 29 from 7 to 10 p.m., hosting Union's own "Roses in Stereo", with music of the 70', 80's and 90's.

All proceeds from the summer events will be donated to Guardian Angels, a non-profit organization ...

Movies Under the Stars

UNION, NJ - Which movie will it be?  The Township of Union Recreation Department is asking residents to pick the June 10 'Movie Under the Stars'.  The movie with the most votes will be shown on Friday, June 10 at Rabkin Park. One vote per person. Residents can cast their vote online by June 1 for:

Space Jam
Sing 2

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POSTPONED! Union's Food Truck Fest and Inflatable Village

UNION, NJ - Union's 2022 Food Truck Fest and Inflatable Village event, set for Saturday, May 7, has been postponed due to the forecast of rain and high winds.  The new date for the event is Saturday, October 8, 2022 at Rabkin Park.

The event features a variety of food trucks, inflatables, and game trailers will be at the event as well as a mechanical live music, and a beer ...

Community Game Day Set for May 27

UNION, NJ - Looking for a fun way to kickoff Memorial Day Weekend?

Children and families are invited to meet and play games with some of the esteemed veterans who will also be attending Community Game Day at Rabkin Park. Intergenerational play is good for both kids and adults to gain valuable social experiences that can improve both mental and physical health. 

Community Game Day is ...

Union Municipal Band Special Fundraising Concert

UNION, NJ - Union's Municipal Band, under the direction of Howard Toplansky, will present their Spring concert on Monday, May 16.  The concert, "The Best of 2022" will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Union Municipal Band will feature selections that include "Hosts of Freedom", "Meditation and Festiva", "Windmills of Your Mind", "Estrellita", ...

Geocachers Hosting Saturday Clean-Up at Irene Hoppe Park

UNION, NJ - Geocachers from Northern and Central Jersey will participate in a cleanup of Irene Hoppe Park on Saturday, April 30 and are looking for volunteers.

The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.  Irene Hoppe Park is located at 1025 Galloping Hill Road.  Bagels will be served.  Garbage bags and gloves will be provided.

Irene Hoppe Park, which has a creek that runs ...

Comedy Night with the UPD

UNION, NJ - Need a chuckle?  

Union's local men and women of law enforcement will be hosting a Comedy Night on Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. in the Union High School auditorium.  The event will feature emcee former NYPD officer Mark DeMayo and Pretty Rikki, Wil Sylvince, Ruperto Vanderpool, and UPD's own DJ Danny T.

All proceeds from the event will go toward the Union ...

Union Craft Crawl Featured Artists: Jormiel and Joy Alfonso

UNION, NJ – Meet Jormiel and Joy Alfonso, featured artists in an ongoing series about local artists and crafters participating in Union’s upcoming Craft Crawl.

The Alfonsos, who have lived in Union for 11 years, said they got involved with their craft because they always seemed to have a hard time thinking of gifts for family and friends. “We wanted gifts that are ...

On-Demand "DYOB" (Deliver Your Own Bottle) Service Now Available in Union

UNION, NJ – Patrons of select BYOB Union restaurants can now enjoy beer, wine, and champagne, delivered directly to them at the restaurant by a local liquor store.

“We currently have 12 participating locations and soon hope to expand to more locations within the next year,” said Fatimah Raymond, Union Center SID Director. “We’re excited to have the ability to ...



May 2, 2022

(Millburn, NJ, May 2, 2022)– As one of the nation’s leading professional theaters and recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stotts-Managing Director) has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows to Broadway. Since their inception in 1996, ...


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NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

African American Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBH Transaction with St. Peters

New Brunswick, NJ – Access to quality medical care in New Jersey is vital to underserved populations. That's why the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (“AACCNJ”) announced its support for the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, which will lead to the creation of New ...

RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

Tamika Williams Named to SNHU Dean's List

May 19, 2022

MANCHESTER, NH - Tamika Williams of Union has been named to Southern New Hampshire University's Winter 2022 Dean's List.

Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.500 to 3.699 are named to the Dean's List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits; undergraduate day students must earn 12 credits in the fall or spring semester, ...

Jared Williams Initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa

LEXINGTON, VA - Jared Williams, a native of Union, was recently initiated into the The College of New Jersey Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. The Society welcomed 1,971 new initiates from 78 universities during April 2022.

Students initiated into the Society must be sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate/professional students in the top 35% of their ...

Union High Grad to Receive Master's Degree

UNION, NJ - A 2015 Union High School graduate, Taylor Whitaker-Lake, will receive her Master’s of Arts in Speech Language Pathology on May 17 from Nathan Weiss Graduate College, the graduate college of Kean University  

Taylor is an alumni of Hampton University were she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA degree. 

Woman Barricaded with Firearm in Meadowbrook Court Residence in Summit; SWAT Unit on Scene

May 18, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ - An "emotionally disturbed adult" has barricaded themselves in a residence on Meadowbrook Court in Summit. Sources have confirmed to TAPinto Summit that the individual is a female and is in possession of a firearm. Summit Police have ordered residents in the nearby area to shelter in place and a safety perimeter has been established.

A crisis response negotiator is ...

Chick-fil-A Grilled Over Plans for Route 22 Restaurant by Springfield Planning Board

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The application to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant on the site of the current Barnes & Noble bookstore on the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West has been carried to the next Springfield Board of Adjustment meeting on June 21.

On April 27, the board heard more testimony from representatives of the applicant, who intends to have the Barnes & Noble ...

Union High School Crowns Mr. UHS

May 18, 2022

UNION, NJ – Union High School crowned a new Mr. UHS Friday night when eight seniors competed for the coveted title.

During the competition, the young men introduced their personality, played games, competed in a talent portion, modeled formal wear, and participated in a question and answer session, said Cheryl Fiske, Union High School math teacher and Senior Class ...

Law Student and UHS Grad Visits School to Encourage Students

UNION, NJ –- A 2017 Union High School graduate came back to “pay it forward”, encourage students to work hard and demonstrate that success is possible.

Mercedes Subhani visited her former junior AP Literature teacher, Sandra Mangarella, and talked with Mangarella’s honor and AP students to help them understand success is within reach.   Currently a second year ...

Union County Recognizes Community Action Month

May 19, 2022

The Union County Board of County Commissioners have determined that the County of Union will observe May 2022 as National Community Action Month.  Throughout the month of May, Union County will work in partnership with Community Action Agencies across the country to host events and activities.

“Community Action Agencies have enhanced the lives of hundreds of people in Union County ...

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Union County to Receive 2022 NACo Achievement Award for First Proprietary County-Run COVID-19 Lab in the Nation

Union County will receive a 2022 NACo Achievement Award, acknowledging the groundbreaking partnership between the County and Kean University, forming the first proprietary, County and academic run COVID-19 testing lab in the nation. NACo – the National Association of Counties – has awarded Union County with three 2022 Achievement Awards in total.

“Since the onset of ...

Free Webinar: Mental Health 101

In a resolution passed last week at the Union County Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners designated May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition of this month, the Department of Human Service’s Office on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse in partnership with Atlantic Health System will host a free webinar titled, “Mental Health 101: How Do We ...


Facing the unknown – What parents can tell kids when answers fail

A wise therapist once told me, “David, no matter how much you think you can, no one can predict the future. So stop trying and making yourself crazy in the process.” Excellent advice, especially considering my future predictions tend to veer into sometimes frightening territory.

Predictions are like opinions, everyone has one. When I signed on for parenthood, I tried to anticipate ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Reach Another Record High

May 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Gas prices in New Jersey have reached another all-time high.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded reached $4.72 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. That's up seven cents from the day before, 23 cents from last week and nearly 70 cents from last month. Those figures are according to AAA.

The Newark and Trenton areas are paying the most statewide, according ...

Remains of Pastor Found in Episcopal Church Basement After 186 Years 

St. Mark's Episcopal Church in West Orange opened in 1828 and remained as an active congregation until it closed in 2004. After the church closed it saw only occasional use as a rental property for small fellowships. Over the years however financial resources were lacking to maintain the church, and it fell into a state of further disrepair and neglect. By spring 2015 diocesan trustees had ...