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Union's Chamber of Commerce Elects New Officers

May 5, 2022

UNION, NJ - The Union Township Chamber of Commerce has elected its slate of officers and installed new Directors.  

Elected each year, officers have ultimate responsibility for chamber operations, policy, and overall direction, said James Masterson, the Chamber's CEO. They also oversee and support proposed activities, events and projects that best serve the interests of ...

Mayor Figueiredo Speaks to Union Business Leaders at Chamber Event

UNION, NJ – Union’s mayor spoke with township business leaders last week at the Chamber of Commerce's annual ‘Meet the Mayor’ event, hosted by ConnectOne Bank.

Giving a business community an update of infrastructure projects in the township, Mayor Manuel Figueiredo said improvements include widening Route 22 to provide auxiliary lanes, streamlining ramp movements, ...

Union Entrepreneur Shares Experiences with Students, Other Entrepreneurs

UNION, NJ – Students and entrepreneurs heard from a Union businesswoman recently when she shared her experiences and expertise in a Kean University class recently.

Gladys Vonglahn of Gladys' Cleaning Service spoke with Kean University entrepreneurship students at the school and via Zoom to members of the local Union entrepreneur network 1Million Cups,a free service ...

Planned Chick-fil-A on Barnes & Noble Site Raises Outcry from Some Springfield Residents

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- During its first meeting since January, the Springfield Board of Adjustment Tuesday night heard from a traffic engineer on plans to replace the Barnes & Noble at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West with a Chick-fil-A later this year.

Several Hillside Avenue residents also came forth during the public comments portion at the end of the meeting to voice their ...

Union Whole Foods Market Identifies As a Millburn Store

UNION, NJ – “Welcome to Millburn Whole Foods Market” and “Thank you for shopping Millburn Whole Foods Market” are two large signs on display as you enter and leave the Whole Foods Market on Springfield Avenue. 

The issue?  The Whole Foods on Springfield Avenue is located wholly in Vauxhall, a large and historic part of the Township of Union.  So why ...


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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 ...

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Union High Grad to Receive Master's Degree

May 15, 2022

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. 

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

May 9, 2022

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 ...

Law Student and UHS Grad Visits School to Encourage Students

May 16, 2022

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 ...

Miss USA Visits Union High School

UNION, NJ – Miss USA discussed the importance of confidence, among other important topics, when she visited students and teachers at Union High School on Monday.

Elle Smith, 23, who became Miss USA in November 2021, has partnered with Smile Train to raise funds for children with clefts globally.  This year, Smile Train is hosting a “Teacher Appreciation Tour” to ...

Free Webinar: Mental Health 101

May 16, 2022

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 ...

Reminder: To Receive a $300 Stipend as a Union County Poll Worker, Apply Today

Union County residents who are interested in assisting voters at polling locations on Election Day this year can apply to become official poll workers. Poll workers will earn $300 for the day, starting at 5:15 a.m. through the close of the polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, June 7.

“Poll workers are there to answer questions and help voters understand how to cast their ballots.

The Comeback Kid: Jimmy Wischusen Returns to Track, Helps Union Catholic Capture Prestigious Title

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic sophomore distance running star Jimmy Wischusen, who hadn't raced since Jan. 8 because of a hip impingement, made his eagerly awaited return last Friday and delivered in a big way. He ran a strong leadoff leg to help ignite Union Catholic to victory in the Distance Medley Relay Championship of America at the 126th Penn Relays at historic Franklin ...

Union County College Student Mark Farag Selected as Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Recipient

Union County College student Mark Farag, of Elizabeth, has been selected as one of 100 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This prestigious award will provide Farag with up to $55,000 a year to complete his bachelor’s degree.

Farag is majoring in Engineering and has a 3.92 GPA. During part of his time at Union College, Farag has served as the ...


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 ...

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 ...

TAPinto Publisher Bobbie Peer Receives Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to Women Award

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Bobbie Peer is a business owner, a networker, a marketer and a survivor.

"I am a single mother and I made it," Peer said. "I work hard, I'm passionate about what I do and I form relationships. I am a success."

Peer, the publisher of five TAPinto sites, recently received a Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to ...

Remains of Pastor Found in Episcopal Church Basement After 186 Years 

May 10, 2022

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 ...