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Mentor and Respected Community Member Paul R. Hayes Passes Away

May 12, 2022

UNION, NJ – An institution and icon in the Vauxhall community, and later in the East Orange area, Paul R. Hayes passed away on May 4.

Hayes was born and raised in the Vauxhall section of Union.  He attended Winston-Salem State University, where he was inducted into the Clarence (Big House) Gaines Hall of Fame for baseball.  While his full-time job was as a senior counselor ...

Union's Memorial Day Parade

UNION, NJ - Union's annual Memorial Day Parade, hosted by the Township of Union Veterans' Alliance, is set for Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m.  A reenactment and memorial program will be held at Honor Roll Park beginning at noon.

Union's Memorial Day Parade commemorates the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the military.  The parade includes vintage cars, ...

Stuyvesant Avenue in Union Center to be Closed Tuesday

UNION, NJ - Stuyvesant Avenue northbound, from Morris Avenue to Axon Street, will be closed on Tuesday for emergency electrical work.

PSE&G crews will be working in the Union Center area from 9 a.m. to 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.   Emergency underground wire repair from Sunday night’s fire/water damage is required, according to a township CODERED message.

 Questions can be ...

Union's Bike Rodeo Set for May 21

UNION, NJ - Union's 2022 Bike Rodeo (bike, walk, skate) will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 8 to 11 a.m.

Bring your bikes to the start of the event behind Town Hall (1976 Morris Avenue).  Union police will be handing out free helmets, giveaway bags, water bottles and more.  The ride follows a traffic-free route. Activity and snack stations will be available throughout ...

Fundraiser to Support the Friends of the Union Public Library

UNION, NJ - The Friends of the Union Public Library are hosting a fundraiser to support the Library on May 25, 4:30 to 9 p.m., at Tiff's Burger and Ale House at 1637 Vauxhall Road.

Ten percent of all proceeds support the work of The Friends. Who are The Friends and what do they do? The Friends is a group of volunteers who support the Union Library in its effort to encourage ...

You, Me, and a Cup of Tea - A Mother's Day Celebration and Fundraiser

UNION, NJ - Tickets are currently available for the township's upcoming, "You, Me and a Cup of Tea" Mother's Day Celebration & Fundraiser on Sunday, May 15.

Participants will enjoy an afternoon of tea, scones, pastries, and more as they mingle, have fun and enjoy tours of the Liberty Hall Museum and Gardens.  The dress code is classy, bold, smart ...

Union Rotary Club's Eloquence Soiree Set for June 8

UNION, NJ - The Rotary Club of Union has announced the return of the Eloquence Soiree. The Soiree will be celebrated Wednesday, June 8, at The Galloping Hill Caterers beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Rotary Excellence in Education Award will be presented to Jill Hall, Student Assistance Counselor of Union High School, and the Nurses of the schools for their work throughout the pandemic. In ...

Union High School PTA Clothing Drive, May 7

UNION, NJ - The Union High School PTA is hosting a clothing drive on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Items can be dropped off near the front entrance.  

The PTA is collecting:

Wearable and usable clothing
Shoes (need to be in a separate bag)
Belts
Handbags
Linens
Stuffed animals
Small toys
Bikes and scooters

The Union High School PTA will ...

Union Reads 2022

UNION, NJ - The Union Township Education Association (UTEA) is hosting a free family-friendly event, "Union Reads 2022" on Friday, May 13.

Activities for students will include story telling, arts and crafts, and snacks.  Each student will receive a book and knapsack. The event is open to Union students grades K-5.

The event will take place at the Union High School practice ...

Union to Install Speed Signs as Part of Mayor's S.P.E.E.D. 2022 Initiative

UNION, NJ - The first of many new speed signs was installed on Whitewood Road, near Washington School, to remind motorists to slow down, township officials said.

The speed signs are part of Mayor Manuel Figueiredo’s aggressive public safety road initiative called S.P.E.E.D. 2022. The speed signs, along with new pedestrian signage and crosswalk lines throughout town, are directed toward ...

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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 ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, May 17, 7:00 PM

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Union Board of Education Regular Meeting

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Sun, May 22, 9:00 AM

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Greta's Run for Imagine

Giving Back

Jared Williams Initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa

May 17, 2022

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. 

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 ...

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

May 17, 2022

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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...