Union hosts Asian American and Pacific Islander Food and Music Festival

Union hosts Asian American and Pacific Islander Food and Music Festival

UNION, NJ — The second Asian American and Pacific Islander Food and Music Festival was hosted recently on Stuyvesant Avenue in Union. Hundreds of attendees gathered to celebrate Union’s local AAPI community. Ian Ali of Lifetime Entertainment has been a DJ for 25 years. He played a mixture of tunes in between performances. He said […]

Urban League of Union County hosts annual meeting at Kean

Urban League of Union County hosts annual meeting at Kean

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Urban League of Union County recently had its annual meeting in the STEM Building at Kean University. Founded in Elizabeth in 1944, the league is approaching its 80th anniversary. Its mission is to “assist African Americans and other minority group members in the achievement of social and economic equality.” Attendees […]

New YMCA hosts an open house celebration

New YMCA hosts an open house celebration

CRANFORD — Carnival games, arts and crafts, refreshments and prizes were offered at the YMCA’s Open House event recently. The Westfield Area YMCA and the township of Cranford partnered to renovate the former Cranford Pool and Fitness Center into the Cranford YMCA. It’s located at 401 Centennial Ave. Significant improvements include new pool filtration, chemical […]

Springfield Food Truck Festival is a hit on a sunny afternoon

Springfield Food Truck Festival is a hit on a sunny afternoon

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — More than 10 food trucks, vendors, a beer and wine garden and live entertainment by The Characters made for an excellent afternoon. The Springfield Food Truck Festival recently celebrated its fourth year in the Springfield Community Parking Lot. It was presented by the Springfield Rotary Club, and its president, Lloyd Grossman, said, […]

1960s Billboard hitmakers got their start in Linden

1960s Billboard hitmakers got their start in Linden

LINDEN, NJ — During 1967, 1910 Fruitgum Company’s first hit single, “Simon Says,” reached No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Other singles followed, including “1, 2, 3, Red Light,” “Goody, Goody Gumdrops” and “Indian Giver” — which was later covered by both Joan Jett and The Ramones. And Talking Heads covered “1, […]

Cannabis dispensary celebrates its grand opening

Cannabis dispensary celebrates its grand opening

ROSELLE, NJ — Joyleaf Recreational Weed Dispensary celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, Feb. 29. In attendance were Councilwoman-at-Large Denise Wilkerson; Samantha Carpio, director of Economic Development for Roselle; and Renaee Smith, president of the Roselle Chamber of Commerce. Located at 711 E. First Ave. in Roselle, Joyleaf had a soft opening in December. Founder […]