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Union Fire Department Responds and Adapts to Change While Keeping Residents Safe

May 20, 2020

UNION, NJ – The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, of every age, and in every walk of life.  And people have had to invent new ways of doing business and staying safe. That goes for frontline workers more than many.  Union firefighters are among those who have adapted to these changes while keeping the community they serve safe.

Firefighters have ...

Union Firefighters Respond to Warehouse Fire Early Tuesday Morning

UNION, NJ – Union firefighters responded to a fire at a large manufacturing warehouse early Tuesday morning.

A fire alarm at 3:22 a.m. alerted firefighters to the incident at 2 Milltown Court, said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio.  Upon arrival, firefighters found fire showing from a first floor window.  He said the fire was extinguished and the building was searched, although the ...

Saturday Night Car Fire on Route 78 in Union

UNION, NJ – A car engulfed in flames sent Union firefighters to Route 78 at about 6:00 Saturday evening.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the vehicle on the shoulder of the highway with an engine compartment fire extending to the interior of the car.  The fire was extinguished by firefighters and the scene was turned over to New Jersey State Police and the Department of ...

Man Refuses to Wear Face Mask in Union Liquor Store; Intentionally Strikes Employees in Parking Lot, Police Say

UNION, NJ – A man, kicked out of a Union liquor store for not wearing a face mask, is being sought for striking two employees with a U-Haul truck in retaliation, Union police say.

A 9-1-1 call was received by police Wednesday night at about 8:00 from an employee at Aarti’s Liquors at 1675 Route 22 West.  Upon arrival, officers found two injured employees in the parking ...

Union Police Officer Wins Battle Against COVID-19 and Gets a Hero's Welcome Home

UNION, NJ – Philip Pugliese, a patrolman of 23 years with the Union Police Department, received a hero’s welcome on Saturday when he returned home from the hospital after a long, extensive, terrifying, but ultimately successful, battle against COVID-19.

“I put out an email to let people know Phil would be going home,” said PBA Local Union 69 President, Union ...

Union County Prosecutor Announces Arrest of Suspect in Springfield Bank Robbery

ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County Prosecutors announced the arrest of a suspect this afternoon in connection with last month's robbery at a Bank of America on Morris Avenue in Springfield. Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Springfield Police Chief John Cook jointly announced the arrest today.

David R. Vaughan, 69, of Newark is charged by prosecutors with first-degree ...

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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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

SpaceX Launches New Era of Manned Space Flight at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

May 31, 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA -- Today, SpaceX launched a manned flight into space from Kennedy Space Center. To commemorate the event, we take a look back at our post from last year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, which originated, like today's flight, from Kennedy Space Center. The center just reopened its doors to the public on May 28, 2020.  

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

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.