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Face Mask Giveaway Behind Union Town Hall, Beginning Monday

May 29, 2020

UNION, NJ – The Township of Union will be giving away free face masks starting Monday, June 1, until Friday, June 5.

The drive-through giveaway for Union residents will run from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. each day, while supplies last.  Face masks can be obtained by driving to the back parking lot at Town Hall, 1976 Morris Avenue.

Once in the parking lot, remain in your ...

Trinitas Regional Medical Center Reopens Elective Surgery

ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center CEO Gary S. Horan, FACHE, announced today the resumption of a number of elective procedures at its Elizabeth facility. “Today we take a big step toward normalcy with the reopening of elective surgery, endoscopy, cardiac catheterization, interventional radiology and other procedures,” he said, adding, “Each day the number of ...

Don't Forget: Proper Hand Washing is Important in Fight Against COVID-19

UNION, NJ – COVID-19-related cases in Union have reached 1,711, with 67 deaths, as reported on Tuesday.  That’s an increase of 12 positive cases since Friday, with no additional deaths reports.  In New Jersey there are 155,764 positive cases with 11,191 deaths.  In Union County, there are at least 15,293 confirmed cases and 1,030 deaths.

In addition to wearing face ...

County to Distribute 100,000 Surgical Masks to Municipalities; Union to Hold Face Mask Giveaway in Coming Days

UNION COUNTY, NJ – One-hundred thousand face masks will be distributed to Union County’s 21 municipalities as part of “Mask Up UC,” a countywide public safety campaign to encourage all county residents to wear face masks and safeguard themselves and others from potential exposure to COVID-19, Union County Freeholders announced.

The details are currently being worked as ...

May 25 COVID-19: Statistical Comparison with US War Casualties

UNION, NJ - Efforts to control and push back against the COVID-19 pandemic have been described as a "battle" or "war" with health care workers and first responders likened to :"warriors" on the "front lines."

From governors and lawmakers to clergy and CEOs, health officials, first responders and others, the words associated with epic confrontations ...

Local Grocery Stores Issue Recall on Healthy Choice Power Bowls

SUSSEX, NJ – Supermarkets Stop and Shop and Weis Markets have issued recalls on Healthy Choice Power Bowl 9.5 ounce Chicken Feta and Farro.  The United States Department of Agriculture have issues a warning that expands on a recall issued on April 10, 2020.

Conagra Brands, Inc. or Russellville, Arkansas and Marshall, Missouri recalled approximately 276,872 pounds of not ready to eat ...

Saint Peter's, Other Hospitals Seeing Rise in Coronavirus-related Illness in Children

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – An illness related to COVID-19 is increasingly affecting children and forcing the medical community to re-examine what it thought it knew about the coronavirus, according to a Saint Peter’s University Hospital expert.

Dr. Jonna Siva, a pediatric intensivist at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s, said he and his staff have recently treated six ...

Elizabeth Police Department and PBA Local #4 Provide Morale Booster for Trinitas Regional Medical Center Staff

ELIZABETH, NJ - Members of the Elizabeth Police Department/PBA Local #4 visited the main campus of Trinitas Regional Medical Center on Wednesday to salute the staff with their color guard and a parade of dozens of police vehicles.  

As part of their visit they brought refreshments for the Trinitas staff.  

Trinitas CEO Gary S. Horan said, “We are very appreciative, ...

Overlook Discharges 700th COVID-19 Patient to Recovery

SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center in Summit, part of Atlantic Health System, announced today that it discharged its 700th patient treated for COVID-19 -- a woman from the Township of Union -- back to recovery last week.

The efforts of Atlantic Health System and its team members on the front lines of healthcare, the embrace of precautions such as social distancing by ...

Governor’s Daily Briefing: The Numbers are Dropping

TRENTON, NJ – The graphs shown on NJ Governor Phil Murphy’s May 11 COVID-19 press briefing are all pointing in the right direction.  As he usually does, Murphy went through several points of data, adding his own commentary.  We will summarize them for you here.

Murphy did not hold briefings over the weekend, so the information he shared were numbers reported today with ...

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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 ...

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

May 30, 2020

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 ...

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 ...

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.  ...

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Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs.

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 ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

May 28, 2020

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

May 29, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...

Hoboken Gift Shop Turns to Technology to Continue Serving Customers During the Pandemic

HOBOKEN, NJ -- As part of our small business spotlight series, HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Meghan Lavelle, Owner of Washington General, to see how the store is faring during the pandemic. Washington General was featured in Part One of our HomeGrown: Hoboken episode, which aired on TAPintoTV last June. 

“It’s been a whirlwind for sure,” said Lavelle.

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

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 ...