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Union High School Senior Receives Scholarship from Shake A Paw

June 3, 2020

UNION, NJ – Union High School senior Mya-Nicole Brooks received a $750 scholarship from Shake a Paw to help her pursue her animal science studies at Rutgers University next fall.

“Mya-Nicole was an easy candidate to select for the scholarship,” said Jeff Morton, President, Shake A Paw.  “Her academics were excellent, she had participated in several animal related ...

Non-Perishable Food Giveaway Thursday

UNION, NJ – A non-perishable food giveaway will be held on Thursday, June 4 in the parking lot of Victory Cathedral on Tucker Avenue, hosted by Christ Devine Healings and Deliverance Ministry.

The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Christ Devine Healings and Deliverance Ministry has donated non-perishable food to distribute to the community.

 

Portuguese American Civic Association to Hold Food Donation Event on Saturday

UNION, NJ - A food donation event, sponsored and hosted by the Portuguese American Civic Association of Union (PACA) will be held Saturday, May 30, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m

According to PACA, over the last few weeks, they have donated 100 bags of food, containing a week's worth of groceries.  Saturday's event will be held at the Knights of Columbus, 1034 Jeanette ...

Take What You Need; Donate What You Can: Union Resident Starts a Community Table

UNION, NJ – A pop-up Community Table on Stuyvesant Avenue has been the scene of much activity since the pandemic hit this area as residents from Union and surrounding neighborhoods stop by to drop off or pick up much-needed pantry items.

Holly Schneider said the Community Table began as a ‘Clappy Hour’, where she stood outside and encouraged drivers to honk their horns as ...

570 Boxes of Food Given Away at Saturday's Drive-Thru Food Pantry in Vauxhall

UNION, NJ – About 50 volunteers were on hand Saturday morning to help distribute about 570 boxes of fruits, vegetables, breads, salads, wraps and desserts – enough food for a family of four for a week -- via a drive-thru pantry at Jefferson School.

The food items were purchased from monetary donations received through collection efforts by MTN Organization, Inc.  MTN, founded ...

Union Athletics Raises $1,300 for Food Pantry

UNION, NJ – A fundraiser coordinated by the Union Athletic Department raised over $1,300 for the Union Food Pantry earlier this month.

Union Athletic Director Linda Ionta said she had just finished reading an article about the Union Food Pantry when a vendor asked her if she was interested in initiating a fundraiser.  “I thought the community has really come out and supported ...

Food Pantry Set for Jefferson School, May 23

UNION, NJ - MTN's food pantry will be at Jefferson School on Saturday, May 23, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

The pantry will be a drive-thru only with no contact. Patrons will drive through, keeping all windows rolled up, popping only their trunks. Volunteers will place a box of food in the trunk and once the trunk is closed cars will be directed out of the parking lot.

Each box will ...

Donuts and Coffee Sent to Frontline Workers at Trinitas Medical Center

ELIZABETH, NJ – Trinitas Regional Medical Center employees were treated to gallons of coffee and dozens of fresh donuts Tuesday morning from Dunkin' Donuts owner Vik Arora.  

“A lot of healthcare employees are under stress, and I feel we can bring them a little happiness with coffee and donuts,” said Vik Arora. 

“Trinitas employees are so ...

Friends Since Battle Hill School, One Says Thanks to Another, a Nurse

UNION, NJ – Alyssa and Alyiah have been friends since their Battle Hill School days.  Now, Alyiah Melton, a nurse working at Trinitas, is helping those in need and Alyssa Inghilleri wanted to say thanks.

Inghilleri asked her mother Patty, owner of Café Z restaurant, if they could send Melton and her coworkers lunch.  “We got in early, got some wraps, panninis and ...

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Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

“Union County ...

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 ...

We Stand in Solidarity, Social Distance Candlelight Vigil

June 2, 2020

UNION, NJ - A candlelight vigil -- a night of union, hope and justice in memory of George Floyd -- is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3 on the steps of Town Hall.

Hosted by the township's Human Relations Commission, the program begins at 7:00 p.m.  The candlelight vigil begins at 7:30. 

Union's town hall is located at 1976 Morris Avenue.

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

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 ...

Nia Brown Named a Presidential Scholar at Clarkson University

June 3, 2020

POTSDAM, NY - Nia Brown of Union, a freshman majoring in biology, was named a Presidential Scholar for the spring 2020 semester at Clarkson University.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development ...

Two Union Students Named To USciences Fall 2019 Dean's List

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The following students from Union have been named to the Fall 2019 Dean's List at University of the Sciences. Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a "C" and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the fall of 2019.

Muskan Singh 

Nicole Tababa 

University ...

Mickeala Bland Receives CashCourse Scholarship

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 ...

Pizza Drive-Thru Giveaway for Connecticut Farms School Students and Staff

June 4, 2020

UNION, NJ - A pizza party (of sorts) is coming to Connecticut Farms School for school families and staff next week.

Organized by computer teacher Mrs. Lam, Connecticut Farms School teachers will be handing out a free pizza to school families and staff from Cioffi's with funds from the school's Read-a-Thon and PTA.  

The drive-through pizza giveaway will take place ...

Union Celebrates its Senior Athletes

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.  ...

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Community Conversation: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe This Summer

Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health at Atlantic Health System sat down recently for a Facebook Live where he shared some important information for parents about what they need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

 

Community Conversations: Guiding Patients with Cancer

Join Eric Whitman, MD, medical director of Cancer Care for Atlantic Health System, for a Facebook Live where he will share guidance for patients with cancer as we coexist with COVID-19.

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 ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

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

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

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

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, ...

Open Letter from Current and Past Board of Education Members of Color to District Administration and School Community

June 4, 2020

The black community, already disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, now is struggling through hurt and trauma caused by the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. To be clear, these deaths, whether at the hands of a disease or a police officer, are further evidence of systemic and institutional racism. Racism in our criminal justice system, our health care ...

Choose Kindness Over Hate

As a community activist, volunteer soccer coach, father of two boys, mentor to many children I would like to ask all Unionites to keep spreading kindness and love. Let's be the example this country needs right now. I choose kindness over hate, I choose unity over injustice, I seek to understand rather than condemn, I choose family values, I bet on the goodness there is in the majority of the ...

TAPinto Camden Editor Talks about Peaceful Protest for George Floyd that brought City into National Spotlight

June 4, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ -- Steven Rodas, Editor of TAPinto Camden, spoke with Stephanie Willoughby about the recent protest held here in solidarity with George Floyd that has put the city in the national spotlight for both its peaceful nature and police participation. 

Hundreds gathered in downtown Camden on Saturday, May 30, but what made this protest stand out from the thousands of other ...

Clinton NJ Vegan Café Pays it Forward by Preparing Meals for the Community & Essential Workers

CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic. 

Stone described Grounded for Life as a plant-based restaurant “borne from a need to bring healthy and compassionate food, ...

Rutherford, NJ Bakery Brings Smiles and Support to their Community During the Pandemic

RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Renee Faris, Chef & Owner of Erie Coffee Shop & Bakery, about her small business in town and how life and work has changed for her during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the coronavirus outbreak began to take hold in New Jersey, at first Faris set limits as to how many people could be in the bakery, but eventually wound up closing altogether ...