Former Union ShopRite site will have new tenant

Former Union ShopRite site will have new tenant

UNION, NJ — The former ShopRite property at the intersection of Morris and Liberty Avenues will be home to a new chain thrift store in the fall. The vacant building, located at 2661 Morris Avenue, has been empty since 2014. When Mayor Michele Delisfort took office in January, she said filling the long-term commercial vacancy […]

UNION GIRL ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

UNION GIRL ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Gabby Martinez, bowling, freshman “Gabriela, better known as Gabby, is a freshman member of the varsity bowling team. Bowling in a boys division can be tough for some, but Gabby, although young, displays great poise and carries herself strong on the lanes. She has made some great strides this year starting out with a 113 […]

UNION BOY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

UNION BOY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Kevin Oliveira, bowling, senior “Kevin is a senior member of the varsity bowling team, as well as the team captain. He began bowling in his sophomore year and was self taught simply by observing others and watching YouTube videos. In the three years I have had the pleasure of coaching him, Kevin has had some […]

‘Scandal’ inspiration Judy Smith regales Kean audience

‘Scandal’ inspiration Judy Smith regales Kean audience

UNION, NJ — Judy Smith, A former White House deputy press secretary and self-described “crisis manager” who inspired ABC’s seven-season political drama “Scandal,” recalled her “worst internship ever” to an audience composed of mostly students at Kean University on Feb. 6. At the time, Smith was a law clerk for federal district Judge Barrington Parker […]

At 97, Union World War II vet recalls a devastated Europe

At 97, Union World War II vet recalls a devastated Europe

UNION, NJ — Carl Laggren, a Union resident for more than 50 years, vividly recalls entering Berlin in the summer 1961. As he looked around, he saw dozens and dozens of destroyed buildings and a city that was in total disarray. “I went to the city and just saw an immense amount of destruction,” Laggren […]

Union theater to make updates after mayor sends letter

Union theater to make updates after mayor sends letter

UNION, NJ — The movie theater in Union Center will be upgraded after Mayor Michele Delisfort chastised its owners, calling the establishment an “eyesore” and a “blight” on the downtown area in a Jan. 28 letter. “We’re working diligently with the town to bring everything up to standards,” Peter Kafash, chief financial officer of Empire […]

Union OKs variances for five-story apartment building

Union OKs variances for five-story apartment building

UNION, NJ — Zoning Board members have approved several variances to advance a proposal that would replace the Garden Buffet restaurant on Morris Avenue with a five-story apartment building and new restaurant at street level. Board members approved variances for setbacks, parking and paved surface area by a 7-1 vote at their Jan. 23 meeting, […]

Plan to redevelop Chuck E. Cheese site gets preliminary OK

Plan to redevelop Chuck E. Cheese site gets preliminary OK

UNION, NJ — The Planning Board unanimously voted Jan. 24 to send redevelopment plans to the Township Committee that would 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 Wendy’s, Wawa and Fairfield Inn. A vacant service station and an office […]

UNION FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

UNION FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Krizia Aponte, senior, girls basketball “Krizia has been a member of the Union girls’ basketball program since her freshman year. She has steadily improved her points and rebounding totals and is currently one of our leaders in both categories. Her hard work over the past summer has resulted in a noticeable improvement with her skills […]

PSE&G work, Union road program to remove numerous trees

PSE&G work, Union road program to remove numerous trees

UNION, NJ — Township residents will soon see a significant number of trees removed from along sidewalks and roads under PSE&G’s electrical upgrade program and the municipality’s 2019 road program. PSE&G has proposed routes for connecting the three electrical substations in the township using aboveground and buried 69 kilovolt power lines; the initial phase involves […]

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