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Union Mayor Named Mayor of the Year by Gateway Chamber of Commerce

April 22, 2021

UNION, NJ – Union’s mayor took home the 2021 Mayor of the Year Award today, presented at the 31st Annual Mayor’s Celebration event hosted by the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Michele Delisfort was nominated for Mayor of the Year along with three other area mayors:  Garwood’s Sara Todisco, Mayor of Hillside Dahlia Vertreese, and Kenilworth’s ...

Ribbon Cutting at H & H Laundromat

UNION, NJ - A family-owned new business in town held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday.

H & H Laundromat, located at 1331A Magie Avenue, is owned and operated by Union resident David Hill.  Hill said he and his family moved to Union eight years ago.  They also own a laundromat in East Orange.  

"I am happy that not only do we have residents ...

Elizabeth Native Powers Up PSEG Nuclear Plants for Newark, All New Jersey

NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day power New Jersey.

"She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Her reaction was 'You should try for ...

Union Public Library Tip of the Week: Great Business Resources Available

UNION, NJ - Whether you are a business owner, job seeker, or entrepreneur, the Union Public Library has great online resources free with your library card. 

You can access contacts and other insider information for 61 million businesses by location and industries through Data Axle Reference, choose from more than 1,000 business publications ...

Multiple Unanswered Safety Violations Shuts Down Union Business

UNION, NJ – A Union business was ordered closed last week for multiple unanswered safety violations, according to court documents.

The business, known as Enterprise Realty Associates at 601 Lehigh Avenue, was shuttered on March 30 when the township sought a court decree to enforce the closing of, and business operations at, the site. 

According to the township’s complaint, ...

Micro-Businesses Can Benefit from New $25 Million Relief Package to Help Firms of 5 of Fewer Employees

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy today signed into law S-3523, which provides $25 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for small businesses throughout New Jersey. The bill provides a lifeline to microbusinesses with five or fewer employees. The bill is part of a five-bill, $100 million relief effort aimed at helping the state’s economy recover from the year-long ...

New Jersey Is 2021’s State with the 7th Highest Tax Burden: Study

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the seventh highest state with the overall tax burden with a 9.98% overall state tax according to personal finance website WalletHub’s  2021 Tax Burden by State report. Nearby New York was the highest taxed state in the nation.

What accounts for New Jersey's top 10 ranking? Property taxes.

"New Jersey has the third highest ...

Plans for New Daycare Center on Vauxhall Road Gets Approval by Board of Adjustment

UNION, NJ – Approval for a daycare center on Vauxhall Road received approval at a recent Board of Adjustment meeting.

The property, at 2936 Vauxhall Road, is across from the Millburn Village Shopping Center, between Valley Street and Millburn Avenue.  The development of a Primrose Schools childcare center was reviewed by board members and the public at the March ...

Ribbon Cutting at EVLV, Union's Sports Performance and Fitness Center

UNION, NJ - One of Union's newest businesses, EVLV, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday with owners Melissa and Bryan Goncalves, Township Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo, and township officials.

Brother and sister Melissa and Bryan, both Union High School graduates, opened the fitness and soccer facility last fall.  

"What a great day in the Township of ...

Union Center's "Luck of the Irish" Specials

UNION, NJ – Union residents and visitors are welcomed to experience the "Luck of the Irish" next week during a special St. Patrick's Day promotion in Union Center. 

Union’s Special Improvement District (SID) is sponsoring the St. Patrick’s Day “Luck of the Irish” promotion with participating shops from March 13 – 19.  When ...

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Free Scrap Metal Recycling on Thursday, May 6 and Saturday, May 15

May 2, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County’s free scrap metal recycling drop-off program continues in May. A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, will be accepted at two countywide collection sites in Cranford and Rahway every month from April to November.

Scrap metal drop-off will be accepted Thursday, May 6 and Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to ...

What's Going on in Union This Weekend

UNION, NJ - There’s a lot going on around town this weekend.  Check it out:

Saturday, May 1

Coffee, cake and a chat with a Union police officer

Cioffi’s Restaurant
929 Stuyvesant Avenue
9 to 11 a.m.
Details available HERE

Jefferson Elementary School Vendor Fair

Jefferson School playground

Over 20 vendors -- crafters, bow makers, jewelry, ...

COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions for May

Union County, NJ — Emergency food distribution events for Union County residents affected by COVID-19 will be held in May, including one at Kean University.

The distribution events (open to all Union County residents) are:

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

·         Kean University in ...

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Beginners Flow Yoga

Hanna Yoselevich Named to Elmira College Dean's List for Winter 2021 Term

April 29, 2021

ELMIRA, NY - Hanna Yoselevich of Union has been named to the Elmira College Dean's List for the Winter 2021 Term. Full-time undergraduate students registered for at least 12 computable credit hours and earning a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher at the end of Term I or Term II are placed on the Dean's List at the College.

Founded in 1855, Elmira College is a private, ...

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Inducts New Members from Union

BATON ROUGE, LA - The following people recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Madison Leigh and Martina Marrocchini, both at Kean University

They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each ...

Elizabeth School Nurse Wins Union County School Nurse of the Year

May 5, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - The first person from Elizabeth has been awarded the School Nurse of the year by Union County School Nurses Association (UCSNA). 

Marie Verdon Noonan has worked as a registered nurse with the Elizabeth Board of Education for the last 18 years, but her job has not been easy with the COVID-19 Pandemic. She stepped up and volunteered as a contact tracer for the City of ...

Essex County Ends Contract with ICE, ‘Zero’ Detainees Will be Left by August

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County is ending its contract to house federal immigration detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials announced.

The move to eliminate ICE detainees from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark came after it entered into a Memorandum of Agreement last week with Union County to house inmates from Union. Starting Aug. 23, there will ...

Bear Spotted in Kenilworth Friday

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Kenilworth Police Department advised the public Friday morning not to approach a bear that had been spotted in the area of North 9th Street and the Boulevard. Please see their recent announcement.

Animal Incident: Be advised there has been a black bear spotted near Boulevard and North 9th St. Please do not approach the animal. Keep your pets and children ...

Tickets Now Available for Kawameeh Middle School PTA's "Spring Fling"

May 5, 2021

UNION, NJ – Kawameeh Middle School PTA will be hosting a “Spring Fling” Facebook Live Tricky Tray on Saturday, May 22.

Tickets are now on sale.  Ticket drop will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (during assigned time).  Winner pick-up will be between 8 and 10 p.m.

Admission is $15 and includes entrance and 1 Level One Sheet.  Drawing begins at 7 p.m. and ...

Hannah Caldwell School Hallways Filled With Kindness

UNION, NJ – “Kindness” is the mood all around Hannah Caldwell Elementary School, and its hallways are filled with artwork depicting it.

Hannah Caldwell’s student council representatives recently worked on filling the school’s hallways with creative, colorful posters filled with positivity. 

Under the direction of Principal Kathryn DiGiovanni and student ...

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Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)

 

My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Building Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Programming in Schools

May 2, 2021

In March, my home state of New Jersey signed into law the Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Verrelli Bill requiring schools to include diversity and inclusion (DNI) instruction into their curriculums. When I read that news I was first ecstatic.  I love social justice!  I live and breathe diversity and inclusion.  Preparing students to become leaders who can live and effect change in ...

Suspended Stafford School Nurse Has a Passion to "Unmask the Children"

April 29, 2021

STAFFORD — A local, Stafford Township School District nurse found it extremely hard to witness children wearing masks all day long in school. Her conviction became too strong to continue to keep quiet on the matter. 

When she decided to do something about it, she got suspended from her job in the Stafford School district. 

Nurse Erin Pein has been ...

NJ has America’s Best Pizza, Food & Wine Says. But You Already Knew That

May 2, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Food & Wine magazine made waves this week when it declared New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in America and proclaimed that New York is No. 3. In the No. 2 spot? Connecticut.

You can read the article, in which the author recommends “The Best Pizza in Every State,” here.

MORE: Pizza in High Demand During Pandemic, NJ Restaurant Owners Say

New Yorkers ...

New Jersey Date Night: Spice Things Up with Asian Cuisines

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There comes a time in every relationship when a little something extra is needed. It’s not that the spark is gone nor is the relationship in any sort of trouble … it just needs a little spicing up. The same thing can be said for your date nights.

Ready to try something new? Flavorful, ...

NJ Dentist and his Pit Bull Therapy Dog Give Back to Local Community

April 28, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- While Joseph DalBon, DMD, may be best known as a top-notch local dentist at the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, he is also the proud owner of a therapy dog. Dr. DalBon spoke with TAPintoTV about his Pit Bull puppy, Olivia, the services she provides to others in the community, and how he came to recognize her unique talents.

DalBon realized Olivia was ...