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Union County Commissioners Defend One of Their Own in Race For Surrogate

May 1, 2022

ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County commissioners defended the qualifications of Vice Commissioner Chair Christopher Hudak in his race for county surrogate after a resident speaking at Thursday’s board meeting demanded Hudak withdraw his candidacy.

Surrogates administer the legal process which takes place after residents of a county die individually owning assets in New Jersey. They also ...

County Awards Union $98k with Infrastructure Grant

 UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Township of Union was awarded $98,000 by the Union County Board of County Commissioners for the 2022 Union County Infrastructure and Municipal Aid grant program at their Thursday meeting. The Commissioners awarded a total of $1,500,000.00 to the County’s twenty-one municipalities.

“As one of the largest counties in the state, keeping the vitality ...

Westfield Police Monitor Bear Resting in Tree. Subsequent Sightings in Nearby Towns

WESTFIELD, NJ — Sightings of a black bear that was apparently resting in a tree in Westfield Thursday night continue in the area.

Town resident Justin Drazin told TAPinto Westfield he was on his way home from work when he saw the bear "mostly sleeping" up in a tree at the corner of Alden and Bradford avenues around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“I saw two Westfield ...

Local Group Celebrates Plainfield's Olmsted Roots on His 200th Birthday Anniversary

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The 200th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted's birth on April 26 is being celebrated in 2022, and the National Association for Olmsted Parks invites you join the party. Olmsted is credited with creating the landscape architecture profession, and his famous designs include sites like New York City's Central Park and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. But did you ...

Union County Vo-Tech Lockdown Lifted After Threat Made on Social Media, Authorities Say

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A lockdown at Union County Vocational - Technical High School Tuesday morning has been lifted, the school said.

In a message to parents, school officials said the students are safe.

“All students are safe and have returned to class schedules. More information will be sent later in the day,” the message said.

A spokesperson for Union County law ...

Whistleblower Who Recorded Clark Mayor’s Racist Remarks Suing Prosecutor’s Office

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Antonio Manata, a whistleblower who recorded the mayor of Clark Township making racist and sexist remarks, filed a federal lawsuit against the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Thursday claiming the office is retaliating against him for bringing the comments to light.

While serving as a lieutenant in the Clark Police Department, Manata secretly recorded Clark ...

Union County Commissioners Call for Clark Mayor’s Resignation, Saying His Remarks Make Him Unfit to Lead

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Commissioners released a statement Friday calling on Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso and Public Safety officials to resign. The statement said the commissioners stand with the people in the community who are also calling for the immediate resignations after audio recordings were published by NJ.com this week.

NJ.com reported that Clark Township paid over ...

Union County Sheriff’s Office Violated Whistleblower Act, Terminated Sergeant Claims

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A former sergeant at the Union County Sheriff’s Office claims the agency violated a state whistleblower law when it terminated her after she reported discriminatory behavior by other officers, including differential treatment toward an African American transgender woman.

Beverly Figueroa, of Westfield, was terminated from her position at the county ...

Union County: Want to Change Your Party Affiliation? You’ve Got Until April 13

UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you want to change your political party affiliation before the primary election, you’ve got until April 13 to do so.

The Union County Board of Elections this week reminded residents that if they want to participate in their new party’s Primary Election June 7, then they must change their party by April 13.

“Voters often do not realize that the ...

Union County Hosting Donation Drive for People of Ukraine

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has uprooted families, injured citizens, and left thousands of Ukrainian refugees without access to basic necessities. Over 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled their homes, many leaving behind necessary supplies. To support individuals in need, the Union County Board of County Commissioners and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office have ...


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RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

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Union High Grad to Receive Master's Degree

May 15, 2022

UNION, NJ - A 2015 Union High School graduate, Taylor Whitaker-Lake, will receive her Master’s of Arts in Speech Language Pathology on May 17 from Nathan Weiss Graduate College, the graduate college of Kean University  

Taylor is an alumni of Hampton University were she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA degree. 

Chick-fil-A Grilled Over Plans for Route 22 Restaurant by Springfield Planning Board

May 9, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The application to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant on the site of the current Barnes & Noble bookstore on the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West has been carried to the next Springfield Board of Adjustment meeting on June 21.

On April 27, the board heard more testimony from representatives of the applicant, who intends to have the Barnes & Noble ...

Law Student and UHS Grad Visits School to Encourage Students

May 16, 2022

UNION, NJ –- A 2017 Union High School graduate came back to “pay it forward”, encourage students to work hard and demonstrate that success is possible.

Mercedes Subhani visited her former junior AP Literature teacher, Sandra Mangarella, and talked with Mangarella’s honor and AP students to help them understand success is within reach.   Currently a second year ...

Miss USA Visits Union High School

UNION, NJ – Miss USA discussed the importance of confidence, among other important topics, when she visited students and teachers at Union High School on Monday.

Elle Smith, 23, who became Miss USA in November 2021, has partnered with Smile Train to raise funds for children with clefts globally.  This year, Smile Train is hosting a “Teacher Appreciation Tour” to ...

Free Webinar: Mental Health 101

May 16, 2022

In a resolution passed last week at the Union County Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners designated May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition of this month, the Department of Human Service’s Office on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse in partnership with Atlantic Health System will host a free webinar titled, “Mental Health 101: How Do We ...

Reminder: To Receive a $300 Stipend as a Union County Poll Worker, Apply Today

Union County residents who are interested in assisting voters at polling locations on Election Day this year can apply to become official poll workers. Poll workers will earn $300 for the day, starting at 5:15 a.m. through the close of the polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, June 7.

“Poll workers are there to answer questions and help voters understand how to cast their ballots.

The Comeback Kid: Jimmy Wischusen Returns to Track, Helps Union Catholic Capture Prestigious Title

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic sophomore distance running star Jimmy Wischusen, who hadn't raced since Jan. 8 because of a hip impingement, made his eagerly awaited return last Friday and delivered in a big way. He ran a strong leadoff leg to help ignite Union Catholic to victory in the Distance Medley Relay Championship of America at the 126th Penn Relays at historic Franklin ...

Union County College Student Mark Farag Selected as Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Recipient

Union County College student Mark Farag, of Elizabeth, has been selected as one of 100 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This prestigious award will provide Farag with up to $55,000 a year to complete his bachelor’s degree.

Farag is majoring in Engineering and has a 3.92 GPA. During part of his time at Union College, Farag has served as the ...


Facing the unknown – What parents can tell kids when answers fail

A wise therapist once told me, “David, no matter how much you think you can, no one can predict the future. So stop trying and making yourself crazy in the process.” Excellent advice, especially considering my future predictions tend to veer into sometimes frightening territory.

Predictions are like opinions, everyone has one. When I signed on for parenthood, I tried to anticipate ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

TAPinto Publisher Bobbie Peer Receives Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to Women Award

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Bobbie Peer is a business owner, a networker, a marketer and a survivor.

"I am a single mother and I made it," Peer said. "I work hard, I'm passionate about what I do and I form relationships. I am a success."

Peer, the publisher of five TAPinto sites, recently received a Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to ...

Remains of Pastor Found in Episcopal Church Basement After 186 Years 

May 10, 2022

St. Mark's Episcopal Church in West Orange opened in 1828 and remained as an active congregation until it closed in 2004. After the church closed it saw only occasional use as a rental property for small fellowships. Over the years however financial resources were lacking to maintain the church, and it fell into a state of further disrepair and neglect. By spring 2015 diocesan trustees had ...