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Peaceful Protest Honoring George Floyd held in Cranford’s Nomahegan Park

June 4, 2020

CRANFORD - As protests are erupting all over the nation in response to the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement extended into Cranford on Tuesday as Union County residents gathered for a peaceful protest in Nomahegan Park.

An estimated 2,000 people attended, ranging from babies in strollers to adults, and walked around the park pond while chanting powerful phrases including, ...

Fourth of July Fireworks at Union County Parks Canceled

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Union County Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in county parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19. 

The following displays are canceled:

Plainfield fireworks scheduled to take place in Cedar Brook Park on July 4.
Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July ...

Union County Parks to Re-Open on Limited Basis with Social Distancing, May 2

UNION COUNTY, NJ –

Gov. Phil Murphy issued a decision Wednesday to re-open parks beginning at dawn on Saturday, May 2, for limited and passive activities only.  Union County authorities have announced county parks will also partially re-open.  The County’s two golf courses will open next week, after routine maintenance is conducted.

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Union County Freeholders Using Surplus for Tax Relief in 2020 Spending Plan

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County freeholders have introduced a $614.918 million spending plan that maintains the tax levy at $367.295 — the same as it was last year.

The freeholders introduced the budget by a unanimous vote Thursday and also discussed federal funding the county has obtained under the CARES Act. Finance Director Bibi Taylor said the ...

New Guidelines for COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county-run COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University has implemented a new “telehealth” procedure for people seeking a COVID-19 test, the county announced Monday.

Now Union County residents, as well as all first responders and health workers working in the county regardless of residence, can report symptoms and schedule testing by ...

Protect against Fraud and Fakery during the COVID-19 Outbreak

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Residents are being advised that scam artists, fraudsters and price gougers are working overtime during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has handed scammers a golden opportunity to line their own pockets,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We can all protect ourselves, and each other, by staying informed and ...

Cranford Teacher Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Superintendent Says

CRANFORD, NJ — Cranford Public School Superintendent Dr. Scott Rubin announced Wednesday morning that an individual who lives in another community, but is a teacher in the Cranford Public School System, has tested positive for COVID-19.

In accordance with privacy laws, the Health Department is unable to release any personally identifiable information about this patient, including which ...

Girl Connected Documentary Cancelled

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The free screening of the documentary Girl Connected has been cancelled.

The screening was a project of the Union County Office of Community Engagement and Diversity, and the Union County Office on Women, who said in consideration of the potential spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in New Jersey, the event has been cancelled. The event was originally scheduled for Thursday, ...

Union County Improvement Authority Elects New Leadership

UNION COUNTY, NJ – At their Feb. 5 reorganization meeting, the Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA) Board of Directors elected Sebastian D’Elia chairperson reorganization meeting.  D’Elia is currently Communications Director for the County of Union. 

Also elected were Vice Chairman Scott Huff, Secretary Andrea Mojica, and Treasurer John Salerno.

According to ...

Union County Departmental Budget Hearing Dates Announced

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Fiscal Committee of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced a set of three open public hearings in March for the review of the 2020 Executive Budget.

All three hearings will begin at 6 p.m. and are as follows:

Wednesday, March 4: Department of Human Services; Department of Parks and Recreation; Sheriff’s Office; and the Election ...

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Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

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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 ...

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 ...

Nia Brown Named a Presidential Scholar at Clarkson University

June 3, 2020

POTSDAM, NY - Nia Brown of Union, a freshman majoring in biology, was named a Presidential Scholar for the spring 2020 semester at Clarkson University.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development ...

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

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 ...

Pizza Drive-Thru Giveaway for Connecticut Farms School Students and Staff

June 4, 2020

UNION, NJ - A pizza party (of sorts) is coming to Connecticut Farms School for school families and staff next week.

Connecticut Farms School PTA will be supplying each school family and staff members with a free pizza from Cioffi's with funds from the PTA Scholastic Book Drive.

The drive-through pizza giveaway will take place Wednesday, June 10.  To ease traffic, organizers are ...

Union Celebrates its Senior Athletes

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 Conversation: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe This Summer

Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health at Atlantic Health System sat down recently for a Facebook Live where he shared some important information for parents about what they need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

 

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.

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, ...

Open Letter from Current and Past Board of Education Members of Color to District Administration and School Community

June 4, 2020

The black community, already disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, now is struggling through hurt and trauma caused by the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. To be clear, these deaths, whether at the hands of a disease or a police officer, are further evidence of systemic and institutional racism. Racism in our criminal justice system, our health care ...

Choose Kindness Over Hate

As a community activist, volunteer soccer coach, father of two boys, mentor to many children I would like to ask all Unionites to keep spreading kindness and love. Let's be the example this country needs right now. I choose kindness over hate, I choose unity over injustice, I seek to understand rather than condemn, I choose family values, I bet on the goodness there is in the majority of the ...

TAPinto Camden Editor Talks about Peaceful Protest for George Floyd that brought City into National Spotlight

June 4, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ -- Steven Rodas, Editor of TAPinto Camden, spoke with Stephanie Willoughby about the recent protest held here in solidarity with George Floyd that has put the city in the national spotlight for both its peaceful nature and police participation. 

Hundreds gathered in downtown Camden on Saturday, May 30, but what made this protest stand out from the thousands of other ...

Clinton NJ Vegan Café Pays it Forward by Preparing Meals for the Community & Essential Workers

CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic. 

Stone described Grounded for Life as a plant-based restaurant “borne from a need to bring healthy and compassionate food, ...

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

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 ...