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April 27, 2021

Can you spot the new arrival? In a nest high atop the historic Union County Courthouse Tower in midtown Elizabeth, this magnificent peregrine falcon parent is hiding a newly hatched baby bird under her feathers. The egg hatched at 7:40 Tuesday morning, and three more eggs are expected to ...

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UNION, NJ - Volunteers helped clean debris and litter from three of Union's waterways on Saturday morning at the fourth annual Waterway Cleanup event. "This is a good way to get the community involved in helping keep our waterways clean," said Department of Public Works Director Louie Ulrich.  ...

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UNION, NJ - Members of the Vauxhall Community Garden hosted about 35 young men from around New Jersey teaching them gardening basics, including how to plant and grow their own vegetables.   Robert White, one of the facilitators of the Community Garden, said the gardening lesson included how to ...

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Via Groundwork Elizabeth:​ In 1962, Rachel Carson wrote “Silent Spring,” a book which raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and the inextricable links between pollution and public health. Not long after, in 1970, Earth Day was established as a formal way of ...

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Masks are required and must be worn by all participants, and social distancing guidelines must be observed. UNION COUNTY, NJ - Residents of all ages are invited to meet live animals, celebrate wildlife and embrace environmental conservation at a fun and educational event in honor of Earth Day at ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County officials are asking residents and visitors for help this spring:  destroy the spotted lanternfly and its eggs, too. It is important to act at now, they say, because the eggs of the spotted lanternfly typically hatch from late April to early May. “The spotted ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County will host its next Household Hazardous Waste recycling event on Saturday, April 10, at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Campus (1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains), from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Any Union County resident may participate. Union ...

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UNION, NJ - Union's annual waterway cleanup event, set for Saturday, April 17, beginning at 8 a.m., will take place at three local parks. On cleanup day, volunteers are asked to head to the park of their choice.  There will be no sign up/registration tent at the Department of Public Works as in ...

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Work is under way on a new 10-year Master Plan for the public parks and cultural programs of Union County, and the Board of Commissioners is seeking participation from members of the public. The Union County parks system is managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation, which includes the ...

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TRENTON, NJ -  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released the current fall foliage map for the Garden State and things are starting to look colorful. We'll share the updated maps as they become available so you can head out into our favorite state and enjoy the great outdoors.

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UNION, NJ – The installation of two free electrical vehicle charging stations in the parking lot of a Route 22 shopping center was discussed at Wednesday night’s Board of Adjustment meeting. Union’s Board of Adjustment members heard testimony from representatives of Volta Charging, LLC ...

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Union County, NJ – Local residents can now enjoy a ¼-mile trail that winds along Trotters Branch, a stream that runs through the forested western section of Union County’s Phil Rizzuto Park in Union and empties into the Elizabeth River. Phil Rizzuto Park is located at the intersection of North ...

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UNION, NJ – A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Phil Rizutto Park at the Trotters Brand of the Elizabeth River Nature Trail is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 12:30 p.m. Phil Rizutto is located in Union on the Elizabeth border at the corner of Morris and North Avenues.  The Nature ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County residents who are looking for ways to help the environment are advised to be on the lookout for the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species that can destroy native trees like the black walnut, red maple, silver maple, and river birch. The spotted lanternfly is also ...

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UNION, NJ – The Vauxhall Community Garden’s Food Pantry hosted a food giveaway on Saturday. Robert White, one of the facilitators of the Community Garden, said the garden is in its third year.  He said it was founded by the Golden Rule Lodge and Chapter with a grant from the AtlanticHealth ...

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UNION, NJ – A 300-year old oak tree continues it's long run in the property behind Union's town hall. Dean Talcatt, Master Tree Steward from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, and members of his team were in Union to complete the identification of the tree behind the municipal ...

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UNION, NJ - Not since Hale-Bopp in 1997 has a comet been so visible to Northern Hemisphere viewers. Comet NEOWISE, discovered by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, was found only last March as it began to enter the inner solar system. The icy interloper swung around ...

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UNION, NJ – The county-run John S. Zimmerman Recreational Area, located on Morris Avenue near Lehigh Avenue, recently received some much-needed renovations and updating, including the planting of about 135 evergreen trees along the Morris Avenue border. But by July 4, it was clear most of the ...

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UNION, NJ - Heavy rain showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Union, beginning after 10:00 a.m. and continuing through Friday evening. According to the National Weather Service, a total of 1 to 3 inches of rainfall is expected, with possible gusty winds.   Torrential rainfall within a ...

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UNION, NJ - A ribbon cutting at Zimmerman Park in Union took place on Friday celebrating the park's various improvements. According to Union County authorities, improvements to the county park include a new walking trail that goes around the perimeter (3/4 of a mile) of the park, new trees ...

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UNION, NJ - If you like the outdoors, Union Public Library (UPL) is (virtually) the place to be. As part of their Summer Reading Kick-Off, UPL will celebrate with two outdoor programs in June and more to come in July and August.  These programs are free and open to the public and can be accessed by ...

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