Pair of animal lovers raise money for pet identification

UNION, NJ — Police will be able to reunite furry friends with their owners faster than ever before, thanks to two local animal-lovers and donations from residents. Gale Petrecca and Karen Loessel raised more than $300 from a GoFundMe internet campaign needed to purchase a microchip scanner March 29, and within two hours, enough money […]

Union to contract for paraprofessionals in new budget

Union to contract for paraprofessionals in new budget

UNION, NJ — Paraprofessionals with six years of employment or less with the school district could be hired through staff services starting next year, administrators revealed at the April 30 Board of Education budget hearing. Of the 156 paraprofessionals in the district, 91 would be affected by the change. The more than $137 million budget, […]

Town mourns death of active, personable UHS student

Town mourns death of active, personable UHS student

UNION, NJ — Anthony Steitz was not your typical 17-year-old young man. Through his volunteer work, he collected money for Puerto Rico after the recent hurricanes, helped compile backpacks full of supplies for hurricane victims in Texas and Florida, and he even collected suits for disabled veterans. Steitz had a drive to help people that […]

UNION MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Zach Fernandez, Senior, Baseball Zach is a four year starter for the Union High School Baseball Program. During his tenure at Union High School, Zach has been a model student-athlete and is extremely committed and determined to improve on the baseball field and in the classroom. During his senior season, Zach has been proven to […]

UNION FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

UNION FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Alyssa Thomas, Junior, Softball Alyssa Thomas is a junior pitcher that has been starting varsity for the past two years. She averages 12 strikeouts per game with a record of 3-2. As much as Alyssa wants to pitch well, she wants to hit well too. She is batting .409 in the seven games that she […]

Union schools seek bids for a new food service

Union schools seek bids for a new food service

UNION, NJ — The school district has requested bids from food service providers that could change its meal service after recent surveys showed that both parents and students were dissatisfied with the district’s current offerings. According to the request for proposals put out by the district late last month, all proposals from providers must be […]

Drones included in $99M Union budget

Drones included in $99M Union budget

UNION, NJ — The Township Committee has approved a $99 million budget which includes an average tax increase of $47 per average home and $35,000 for the Union Police Department to purchase aerial drones. Union would become at least the second town in the county to obtain the drones. There will be three purchased, one […]

Emergency crews rescue driver from Parkway crash

Emergency crews rescue driver from Parkway crash

UNION, NJ — Fire and emergency crews work for 15 minutes to extricate the driver from a sport utility vehicle that crashed at the Union Toll Plaza on the Garden State Parkway during morning rush hour Monday, April 15. The vehicle hit the toll booth barrier, flipped onto the driver side and came to rest […]

Planning Board OKs remake of motor lodge, Chuck E. Cheese site

Planning Board OKs remake of motor lodge, Chuck E. Cheese site

UNION, NJ — The local Planning Board unanimously approved site plans at its March 28 meeting to turn a 6.5-acre property along U.S. Route 22 that includes the Garden State Motor Lodge and Chuck E. Cheese into one with a Wawa, Fairfield Inn and fast food restaurant. The property was declared “in need of redevelopment” […]

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