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Whoopi Goldberg to Speak to Kean University's Class of 2020 at Virtual Commencement

May 26, 2020

UNION, NJ – Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29. 

More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will be celebrated at the event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and speeches from Martin Luther King III, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, student leaders and ...

Murphy Offers Ray of Hope for Those Wanting In-Person School Commencement Ceremonies

TRENTON, NJ - After New Jersey state officials recently told residents that in-person commencement ceremonies were not in the cards due to the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy offered a ray of hope to those hoping that actual in-person graduation events could happen at some point in the coming summer months.

Near the conclusion of his daily New Jersey ...

Union 2020-2021 School Calendar Released; First Day - Sept. 3

UNION, NJ – The 2020 - 2021 Township of Union School calendar has been released. 

According to the calendar posted to the township schools’ social media pages, school is set to begin Thursday, September 3.  School will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor Day.  The last day of school and high school graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, 2021. 

There ...

Twenty-Five Union Teachers Get Layoff Notices

UNION, NJ – Twenty-five Union teachers received letters of non-renewal on Friday, in an effort by the district to fill the budget gap presented at the April 30 budget hearing.

Union school Superintendent Gregory Tatum discussed the layoffs during his appearance at the township’s weekly COVID-19-related Facebook Live Question and Answer forum on Friday, with Mayor Michele Delisfort, ...

Union Superintendent Addresses Grading Concerns in Letter to School Community

UNION, NJ – In a letter to the school community Friday afternoon, Superintendent Gregory Tatum provided an update on the grading policy he discussed in a previous correspondence.

In that correspondence last Friday, Tatum said the following grading procedures would become effective immediately:  All students in grades K-8 will be assessed on either meeting grade level standards ...

Union School District Paid $270k to High School Principal on Leave

UNION, NJ - Corey Lowery received nearly $270,000 in salary while on paid administrative leave as Union High School principal, payroll records show.

According to records, Lowery’s gross wages from September 2018 through April 2020 were $269,499.82.  The total does not include benefit compensation.  Since being placed on paid administrative leave in September 2018, Lowery has ...

Parent of High School Student Starts Petition: NJ Seniors Deserve a Proper Graduation Ceremony

NEW JERSEY -- As graduation day approaches for high school seniors across the Garden State, one parent has started a petition on Change.org calling on Governor Murphy to "find a creative way for the class of 2020 to graduate in a traditional matter."

Petition organizer Lisa Gyongyosi believes it is "unreasonable for you to ban all graduation ceremonies other than virtual ...

Planting, Cleaning and Scanvenger Hunt Made for a Fun Virutal Earth Day for St. John the Apostle Students

CLARK, NJ – Second graders at St. John the Apostle School participated in an Earth Day scavenger hunt. During the event, students learned about different ways to help protect the environment.

The lesson included the 3 R’s of conservation; reduce, reuse, and recycle.   It also reviewed that pollution not only makes it dirty, but also harms the Earth.

Students in Ms.

NJ Education Commissioner Named New President of Kean University

UNION, NJ – Kean University named a new president on Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Board of Trustees to fill the spot being vacated by outgoing president Dawood Farahi, who is stepping down at the end of this academic year.

Current New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet has been named the 18th leader of the University.  Repollet was ...

Superintendent to Recommend Using Snow Days and Moving Up Last Day of School

UNION, NJ – Union’s superintendent of schools will recommend to the Board of Education at their next meeting to conclude the school year on Thursday, June 18, four days ahead of schedule by using the four remaining snow days.

In a letter to the community on Friday, Superintendent Gregory Tatum said he will make the recommendation at the Board’s May 19 meeting.

In the ...

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Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 20, 2020

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Freeholders Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Commissioner of Education to Attend Union's Weekly Facebook Live Q&A

May 27, 2020

UNION, NJ - Union's weekly Facebook Live Q&A with Senator Joseph Cryan, Mayor Delisfort, Health Officer, Marconi Gapas, and Special Guest New Jersey's Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet will take place Friday at 3:00 p.m.

Residents can tune in by following the Township on Facebook @twpunionnj and click on the live stream. Viewers may log in and ask us ...

Memorial Day in Union: Honoring Fallen Heroes and Re-Dedicating Veterans Memorial Honor Roll Park

UNION, NJ – An abbreviated Memorial Day program to honor fallen heroes, and a ceremony to re-dedicate the refurbished Veterans Memorial Honor Roll Park, took place Monday morning at the park, located on Stuyvesant and Wewanna Avenues.

“In light of the current pandemic, this year’s parade, honoring the men and women of our armed forces who fought and died ...

Honoring Fallen Veterans on Memorial Day with National Anthem

UNION, NJ – A small gathering of veterans, fire responders and township officials came together on Memorial Day at Veteran’s Honor Role and Memorial Park to honor fallen veterans.  Around the state this morning at 10:00, people socially distanced and sang the national anthem in tribute to fallen veterans.

“We’re here today to honor fallen soldiers,” said ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, May 28, 4:00 PM

Virtual Meeting, Union

Adult Book Chat

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Fri, May 29, 6:00 PM

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Mickeala Bland Receives CashCourse Scholarship

May 28, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Mickeala Bland of Union has been chosen to receive a $500 CashCourse Scholarship. Bland is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Montclair State University.

The CashCourse scholarship, open to all students, required students to complete a series of modules about financial literacy. Bland was one of three students chosen at random who were awarded the $500 ...

Joseph Skinner Graduates From College of the Holy Cross

WORCESTER, MA - Joseph Skinner, of Union, received a bachelor of arts degree Magna Cum Laude from College of the Holy Cross on May 22, 2020.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, Holy Cross hosted a virtual celebration for its Class of 2020, featuring a special message from Holy Cross alumnus Dr. Anthony Fauci '62, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious ...

Meha Patel Graduates from Lincoln Memorial University

HARROGATE, TN - Meha Patel, of Union, graduated from Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) at the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Patel earned a(n) Master of Science in Anatomical Sciences degree. LMU's Spring 2020 semester was completed online and graduation ceremonies were canceled due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community ...

Mountain Avenue in Springfield Set for Closures During County Repaving Process

May 18, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — As part of a roadwork project, Union County will be performing milling and paving on Mountain Avenue from Briar Hill Circle to Caldwell Place, resulting in road closures for the next several days.

The responsibility of paving Mountain Avenue falls to the county, because the street is a county roadway. County officials are anticipating that the work ...

Union Celebrates its Senior Athletes

May 23, 2020

UNION, NJ – As students and their families sat in and around their cars in the parking lot, Union High School’s Athletic Department celebrated senior athletes Wednesday night with a firework display on the field.

“I know this is not the way we planned it, but as strong athletes we deal the cards we’re dealt,” said Union Athletic Director Linda Ionta.  ...

Hannah Caldwell School Teacher Sings for her Students

UNION, NJ – A third-grade Hannah Caldwell Elementary School teacher wanted to write a song for her students, letting them know “we are all trying our best to navigate through these strange times. In all of this madness, one thing remains the same – we care.”

Angela Saavedra, who co-teachers a third grade class with Linda Regal, said the song was inspired after many ...

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Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)

 

A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...

Overwhelming Response for Belmar Beach Badge Sales

May 16, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — A swell of people, stretching blocks along Belmar's boardwalk, turned out to buy seasonal beach badges on the first day of sales at Taylor Pavilion.

Advance badge sales will continue daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days of week, as beaches will officially open on Memorial Day weekend — under capacity and social distancing restrictions that will be ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

NJ Bars Still Closed, but Now You Can Get That Cocktail to Go

NEW JERSEY — Bars and restaurants with liquor licenses in the Garden State have been able to sell alcohol in its original containers during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy before the weekend, they can sell mixed drinks for pick up and delivery, too.

Craft distilleries, which operate under a different kind of license, can also sell ...

New Jersey Date Night: Virtual Experiences Bring the World to You

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

If April showers bring May flowers, what does May bring? If you guessed more social distancing, you win!  Fortunately, there are some amazing people who use technology to bring all the fun of a night out to you. 

With live streaming and video conferencing, we can still feel a connection ...

Memorial Day: A Time to Honor Those Who Have Served and Those Presently Serving to Protect Our Lives

May 24, 2020

Monday is Memorial Day. A time we have the opportunity and the responsibility to remember the sacrifices of the many men and women, throughout the decades who served and serve in any capacity through the various branches of the United States military.

This year it is equally important that we honor those who served and presently serve valiantly to protect our lives during this pandemic. Many ...

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...

NJ Business Leader Discusses the Importance of Community and Client Engagement During the Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently spoke with Marcella Gencarelli, Entrepreneur and Business Leader, about her experience heading up several professional organizations in New Jersey. She shared her perspective on what small businesses are looking for as they learn to navigate a new way of working during the pandemic.  

Currently, Gencarelli is the Vice President and Manager of ...

The History of Memorial Day and How it Became the Start of Summer

Memorial Day, as the name implies, was established to create a day of remembrance to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Civil War. Our culture today, however, associates the holiday with the start of summer activities, like barbecues and going to the beach. How did this once somber holiday become the signal of summer? 

After the Civil War ended in the spring of ...