Fatal shooting in Union under investigation

UNION, NJ — The investigation is still ongoing in the fatal shooting of a Piscataway man outside of Paddy’s Place in Union almost two weeks ago. Michael Gaffney, 37, was fatally shot by an off-duty Newark police officer after an altercation at the bar, acting Union County prosecutor Grace Park said in a statement. The deadly […]

Les Malamut Art Gallery celebrates area artists

UNION, NJ  — It is a gem right in the heart of Union, a celebration of art and artists. Located on the lower level of Union’s public library, the Les Malamut Art Gallery was created by art enthusiasts Lester and Shirley Malamut, longtime Union residents who felt an appropriate venue was needed to showcase local and […]

Education Foundation helps students

Education Foundation helps students

UNION, NJ — The spring reception for the Township of Union Education Foundation honoring grant recipients for 2015-16 and 2016-17 was held yesterday at the Knight of Columbus. Grants awarded provide children from primary grades through high school with educational programming and materials for subjects including science, writing, computers and music. The foundation, whose mission is […]

Assembly approves bill to combat foreclosure crisis

UNION COUNTY, NJ — With New Jersey having the one of the highest rate of foreclosures in the nation in 2015, legislation codifying the state’s Foreclosure Mediation Program into law comes at a pivotal time. The bill, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, Jerry Green, Jamel Holley and Elizabeth Muoio will help reduce the staggering number […]

Union celebrates Haitian Flag Day

Building a welcoming home, celebrating diversity in Union and surrounding area

UNION, NJ — Union celebrated Haitian Flag Day yesterday with a flag raising ceremony at town hall. The newly formed Haitian American Civic Association co-hosted the event as leaders and members of the community came to honor the rich heritage of Haiti and the history of its flag. The Haitian flag has long been a symbol […]

Crackdown on ‘upskirting’

UNION COUNTY, NJ — New legislation criminalizing ‘upskirting’ — the act of secretly photographing or recording under a person’s clothing — was signed into law last week by the state’s assembly and will fall under New Jersey’s invasion of privacy laws. The new law, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Annette Quijano, Benjie […]

Audit finds three public colleges rely on mandatory fees

UNION COUNTY, NJ — An audit of three state colleges and universities by the office of the state comptroller found that mandatory fees account for approximately one-third of the cost of attending undergraduate school. Despite the heavy reliance on such fees, none of the three schools had established written policies or procedures to govern how mandatory […]

Islamic Center of Union County opens its doors

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Islamic Center of Union County hosted its first Meet and Greet on May 1. The event, “A Bridge to Meet and Greet your Muslim Neighbors,” drew about 200 people from the community. Union Mayor Manuel Figueiredo, along with Committee members Joseph Florio and Michele Delisfort, Sheriff Joseph Cryan, and Union County […]

Ronnie Brangman, BGCUC Youth of the Year

UNION, NJ — Being named Union Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year is quite an honor. Just ask Ronnie Brangman, the recipient of this prestigious award. Brangman, 16, competed with six other candidates from Union County for the title, which was announced at the club’s annual awards dinner in April. Brangman, who is a […]

New measures for lead remediation in schools

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As revelations of a full-blown lead crisis continue to sweep across New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie has mandated new regulatory measures to address elevated lead levels in school water systems, along with new legislation introduced by senate democrats that would strengthen the government’s role in lead remediation. Christie’s lead remediation plan comes […]

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