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Cardinal Tobin Announces Three Phase Reopening Plan of Catholic Churches

May 18, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, has announced a three-phase gradual reopening process for churches throughout the Archdiocese to ensure the health and well-being of clergy and faithful. 

Phase One allows for the reopening of churches in the Archdiocese for private prayer only on Sunday, and, following all public health guidelines, once ...

Springfield Congregation Experiences Anti-Semitic "Zoom-Bombing" During Virtual Shabbat Service

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A regular digital Shabbat Service for members of congregation Sha'arey Shalom in Springfield was interrupted yesterday evening with racist and anti-semitic pictures and remarks, in a type of attack commonly known as "Zoom-Bombing."

Since COVID-19 necessitated the move to a digital communication world, "Zoom-Bombing" has seen an increase in ...

Saint James the Apostle Church in Springfield to Live Stream Holy Week Services

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Due to social distancing, Saint James the Apostle Church in Springfield will be live-streaming Holy Week services and masses. "There is no question that these are different and difficult times. In spite of all of these problems, we must remain vigilant in our care for ourselves, our families, and our concern for each other," said the church's pastor, ...

First Baptist Church Presents Donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

UNION, NJ – First Baptist Church of Vauxhall presented a donation on Sunday, February 23, to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through a recent fundraising project.

First Baptist Trustee Donnie Days coordinated the donation drive with St. Jude.  “As Trustees, we find a worthwhile project each year,” said Days.  “Last year, we researched St. Jude, ...

UC Principal Sister Percylee Hart Will Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Union County Commission on the Status of Women

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, the Principal of Union Catholic for the last 40 years, has been chosen as the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women. Sister Percylee will be honored at the 28th annual Women of Excellence Gala Awards Dinner at the Gran Centurions in Clark on March 27.

Sara Todisco, the Chair for ...

New Year Kick-Off Celebration at Oasis-Union

UNION, NJ - Get off to a great start in 2020 with a NEW YEAR KICK-OFF CELEBRATION SERVICE on Saturday, January 4 at 5:30 p.m.   

BLUEPRINT MESSAGE SERIES:  A BLUEPRINT plan is absolutely necessary to build a house the right way. How much more important do we need "blueprints" for ourselves, careers and families to be successful in life. This message ...

Union Menorah Lighting

UNION, NJ – A public lighting of the Menorah took place on Monday, the second day of Chanukah, in front of the Union Public Library with Rabbi Avremy Kanelsky of Bris Avrohom, residents and township officials.

Mayor Delisfort, along with Deputy Mayor Florio and Committeeman Figueiredo, presented Rabbi Kanelsky with a proclamation, proclaiming the annual Menorah Lighting in ...

Annual Community Thanksgiving Service

UNION, NJ - The United Clergy of Vauxhall and Vicinity will be hosting an Annual Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 24 at 3:45 p.m.

The service will be held at St. Paul's Calvary United Church of God, 2780 Vauxhall Road, Bishop Claude L. Campbell, Pastor.  All are welcome.  Music will be provided by The Vauxhall Community Choir.

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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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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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.

Community Conversations: Keeping Kids Health & Safe this Summer

Join Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Medical Director for Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, for a Facebook Live where he will answer your questions about what parents need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

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, ...

New Jersey Prosecutors Issue Statement on George Floyd Death

June 1, 2020

Message from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

The images of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis are deeply disturbing.  Mr. Floyd’s death is being investigated not only by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis, but by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division, as it should be.

As ...

Memorial Day: A Time to Honor Those Who Have Served and Those Presently Serving to Protect Our Lives

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 ...

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

June 2, 2020

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 ...

Berkeley Heights Restaurant Creates Mobile Market to Serve their Community During the Pandemic

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Host Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Ralph Acquaviva, Owner of Delicious Heights, a restaurant/bar/takeout establishment, to see how he has managed his business during the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about the initiatives he has established to continue meeting his customers’ needs.

“My dream was always to open up a restaurant,” said Acquaviva.

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

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.  

In ...