As pandemic shuts down places of worship, faith communities build new connections

As pandemic shuts down places of worship, faith communities build new connections

UNION COUNTY, NJ — On March 13, as New Jersey confirmed 50 cases of coronavirus and universities canceled their in-person classes, Masjid Darul Islam, a mosque in Elizabeth, kept its doors open for the weekly Friday prayer. Roughly 700 congregants attended. A week later, on March 20 — after the state’s confirmed cases had risen […]

Cranford PD steps up its communication efforts

Cranford PD steps up its communication efforts

CRANFORD — More than ever, residents are looking to their leaders for reassurance. Whether there are leaders who possess the power to implement laws or community leaders who can limit crime during this time, law enforcement in multiple cities has stepped up to reassure residents of some order and give them a sense of community. […]

Premiere Stages unveils ‘The Power of the Pen’ playwriting competition

Premiere Stages unveils ‘The Power of the Pen’ playwriting competition

UNION, NJ — It’s time for writers to get creative, turning frustrations with the unfortunate circumstances of COVID-19 into something beautiful. Premiere Stages, the professional theater company in residence at Kean University, has unveiled a new initiative for writers who are willing to think outside the box. The Premiere Senior Endeavor Awards, a new playwriting […]

Number of COVID cases in Union County continues to rise

Number of COVID cases in Union County continues to rise

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As New Jersey continues its statewide lockdown to stem the tide of the novel coronavirus, the state continues to see more and more confirmed COVID-19 cases and COVID-related deaths. As of April 14, according to statistics from the state, New Jersey has had 68,824 confirmed cases and 2,805 deaths. All in […]

Summit candidates to face off for council seat in Nov.

Summit candidates to face off for council seat in Nov.

SUMMIT — Summit is looking to have a real ballot battle on its hands. Vying for the Ward 1 seat are Democratic candidate Susan Hairston and Republican candidate Eileen Kelly. Both women were asked a series of questions regarding their candidacy and each gave LocalSource some insight as to why she should be selected as […]

Remote learning becomes new normal for Union County students

County teachers adapt to ensure school continues

Remote learning becomes new normal for Union County students

UNION COUNTY — With COVID-19 cases in New Jersey continuing to rise and the effects of the coronavirus sweeping the nation, the pandemic has altered all lives in recent weeks. To prevent the spread of disease, schools across the nation have closed their doors until further notice, forcing students of all ages, as well as […]

Cranford discusses COVID-19 precautions in meeting

Cranford discusses COVID-19 precautions in meeting

CRANFORD — Among the many topics discussed during Monday night’s Cranford Township Committee Workshop meeting via Facebook Live, one is clearly the most relevant today. Committee members welcomed guest speaker Lt. Matthew Lubin, emergency management coordinator of the Cranford Fire Department, who spoke regarding the public health crisis of the COVID-19 outbreak. Lubin was able […]

CAU tackles inclusion at community and state levels

CAU tackles inclusion at community and state levels

ELIZABETH, NJ — March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and members of the New American Movement for People with Disabilities, NAM, are adamant proponents of inclusion. In NAM’s crusade to help people with disabilities live without limitations, the group is involved in pending legislation in Trenton, voter registration, the 2020 census and general rights advocacy. […]