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Kean Univ. Admits Union Students into New Kean Scholar Academy

May 12, 2021

UNION, N.J. — Four Union students are a part of the first group of scholars accepted into the Kean Scholar Academy dual-enrollment program.

Kean University President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D., joined the Academy team last week in welcoming students who were selected to be part of the first cohort starting classes this summer.

“These students are trailblazers that are ...

Former Union High School Principal Back on Payroll; Paid Almost $375k Since Put on Administrative Leave

UNION, NJ – Corey Lowery, former Union High School principal, is back on payroll, more than two-and-a-half years after being placed on paid administrative leave and a year after accepting a full-time job as head coach of the men’s basketball team at Lincoln University.

According to Board of Education payroll records, in 2020 Lowery received compensation in the amount of ...

Honor Roll Recognition for Union High School

UNION, NJ - Union High School has recognized the strong commitment to academic excellence shared by many of their students, and their Honor Roll Recognition program is designed to celebrate the efforts of these students. 

Students that receive First Honor Roll recognition have received no less than an A in any of their classes. Second Honor Roll recipients have maintained all ...

Kean Univ. to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Students Returning in Fall 2021

UNION, NJ – All Kean University students must receive the COVID-19 vaccine before the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester, according to a message on their website from University President Lamont O. Repollet.

By August 31, 2021, all Kean students must submit a vaccination record to the University that shows they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Repollet said the vast ...

Union's Education Association Recognizes and Supports Asian American Pacific Islander Community

UNION, NJ – May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and members of the Township of Union Public Schools want to raise the voices, recognize, celebrate and openly support all members of the AAPI community.

The Union Township Education Association (UTEA) Social Justice Committee has been working alongside Acting Superintendent Gerry Benaquista planning action steps for ...

Union School Board Close to Naming New Superintendent

UNION, NJ – The process of searching for, identifying and interviewing candidates for the position of Union schools superintendent is complete and an offer has been made, said Board of Education President Ronnie McDowell.

As to the candidate’s identity, McDowell said, “an announcement will be forthcoming after an offer-contract has been agreed to and accepted.”  ...

In Midst of Hiring a New Union Schools Superintendent, Learn How Much School Superintendents Earned in 2020-21

Scroll below the story for the full table of superintendents’ pay in 2020-21.

UNION, NJ — In the year of coronavirus the median school district’s superintendent salary across the state rose by 2.9% to $174,689, up from $169,689 the year before, recently released state Education Department data shows.

Highest Pay. The highest-listed salary statewide comes from ...

A Chance to Make Up a Little for Last Year: Union High's Class of 2020 Students Get a Yearbook Signing Party

UNION, NJ – Students from Union High School’s Class of 2020 missed out on many traditional, customary activities usually associated with their last year of school.

Because of the pandemic, last year’s seniors were not able to go on a senior trip, get to dress up and attend their senior prom, get together with friends and classmates for a senior breakfast/yearbook ...

Union Catholic Announces Honor Roll For Third Marking Period of 2020-21 School Year

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Union Catholic High School has announced its Honor Roll for the third marking period of the 2020-21 school year. The students are listed below by grade and are listed alphabetically.

First Honor Roll

Seniors

Benjamin Abood
Isabela Allen
Allyson Almeida
Sara Alves
Seongjun An
Alina Antonucci
Sabrina Araujo
Thomas Armstrong
Samina Aziz
Zachary ...

Teachers and Students at Community Access Unlimited Strive for Success During Autism Acceptance Month

ELIZABETH, NJ - Michael Adamowsky says he didn’t plan it, but he has found his purpose in life through teaching.

After completing his master’s degree in accounting and starting a career at Community Access Unlimited, Adamowsky found that the accounting position didn’t suit him, and he didn’t like sitting at a computer all day. He decided to become more directly ...

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Happening This Weekend in Union

May 7, 2021

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

Saturday, May 8

Connecticut Farms Elementary School Plant Sale

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mother's Day specials:  bedding, flats, annuals, vegetables, herbs
875 Stuyvesant Avenue

Concert to Benefit Union's Memorial Day Parade

Doors open at 2 p.m.; band begins at 3 p.m.
Tickets are ...

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

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, ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, May 12, 7:30 PM

Virtual Meeting, Union

Board of Adjustment Meeting

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Thu, May 13, 11:30 AM

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Briana Young Among those to Graduate from East Stroudsburg University

May 9, 2021

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA - A total of 979 students will receive degrees from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania at four separate commencement ceremonies for each of the university colleges on May 7 and May 8. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ceremonies will take place at Eiler-Martin Stadium in order to follow CDC guidelines and social distancing. Briana Young, from Union is among ...

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

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, ...

Taking on Delicate Job, Woman Looks to Care for Ailing ‘Mama Fox’ in Westfield

May 8, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — An ailing mother fox spotted in Westfield’s First Ward is in for a treat along with some treatment for its mange, a resident of Stanley Oval said Friday.

Susana MacLean told TAPinto Westfield she found the red fox on the grounds of her home and noticed its severe mange. Sarcoptic mange is a contagious skin condition that causes severe itching from mites.

“I ...

Elizabeth School Nurse Wins Union County School Nurse of the Year

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 ...

Hannah Caldwell School PTA "Spring Marketplace" a Big Success

May 12, 2021

UNION, NJ – Hannah Caldwell School PTA’s first vendor fair, “Spring Marketplace”, showcased the talents of over 30 local vendors.

The event helped fundraise for end of year events, said PTA president Deanna Chase.  “We couldn’t have picked a better day for it.  With DJ Dre playing the most upbeat music, the sun and the town came out to support our ...

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

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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One for the Books

My name is Maria Silva. I am a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Interact Club, and the cross-country team at Union High School. I am all about positivity and being kind! Some things I enjoy doing are running, going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, and giving back to the community. Ever since I was part of the National Junior Honor Society in middle school, it ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

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 ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

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 ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

May 8, 2021

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

More Breweries Join NJ’s ‘Shot and a Beer’ Program to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

NEW JERSEY — Need another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccine? Now you can get free beer at more than 30 New Jersey breweries just for getting your shot during the month of May.

The number of breweries participating in New Jersey's “Shot and a Beer” program, which began this month in partnership with the Brewer's Guild of New Jersey, the Governor's ...

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 ...