Union teacher incorporates meditations into kids’ book

Union teacher incorporates meditations into kids’ book

UNION, NJ — A Franklin Elementary School teacher said she had many of the same experiences growing up in town as the character in her self-published children’s book. “You kind of grow up thinking you’re not good not enough,” said Nikki Gangemi, who now coaches others to combat those feelings with yoga and meditation. “That’s […]

Opioid antidote becoming more common at local schools

Opioid antidote becoming more common at local schools

UNION, NJ — Schools around the county are carrying doses of a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose since teen deaths from drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers have seen a spike in recent years. Nurses at the middle and high schools in Westfield have been carrying Narcan, a brand name version […]

UNION MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

UNION MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Derryen Whyte — Senior, Basketball Forward Derryen is in the midst of a breakout senior season. Through nine games he had averaged 16.4 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals per game. He has generated a lot of college interest with his productive summer and hot start to the season. Additionally, he also was named […]

UNION FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

UNION FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Shylehn Ebuenga-Smith — Junior, Track — Sprints/Relay Shylehn is a hard worker and runs on the 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams, and anything I need. Shylenn has PR’d in all of her races and doing a great job coming off an injury-plagued sophomore year. I am so thankful she’s healthy. — Union girls indoor track coach […]

Union resident leads choir to UCPAC despite stroke

Union resident leads choir to UCPAC despite stroke

NEWARK, NJ — The Rev. Stefanie Minatee sat in a front row pew at the Greater Abyssinian Baptist Church in Newark, instructing a gospel choir of about 40 to start from the top. “One and two and three and four and,” she counted off, as the drummer followed her lead. Minatee wasn’t standing in front […]

State plans to rework Route 22, Morris Avenue, GSP crossings

State plans to rework Route 22, Morris Avenue, GSP crossings

UNION, NJ — At least three houses in the township may be impacted by a proposed interchange-improvement project set to start in 2020 at the intersection of U.S. Route 22, Morris Avenue and the Garden State Parkway. The Route 22, N.J. Route 82 and Garden State Parkway Interchange Improvement Project will include several changes, including […]

Elderly Union woman found safe after frantic search

Elderly Union woman found safe after frantic search

UNION, NJ — A 74-year-old township woman was found safe, though ill, in a New York hospital Monday, Jan. 15, three days after co-workers began frantically searching for her after she failed to arrive at her office Friday, Jan. 12, authorities said. Mary Ann Clark was on her way to work in New York City […]

Union teacher dismissed over homosexuality posts reaches deal

UNION, NJ — A former Union High School teacher who posted comments critical of homosexuality on her personal Facebook page in 2011 has agreed to have her teaching certificates suspended for three years. Jenye Knox, who goes by the nickname “Viki,” posted comments that condemned a school display promoting tolerance during LGBT History Month. In […]

Union’s Online forum certification plan spurs questions

Union’s Online forum certification plan spurs questions

UNION, NJ — A proposal to certify online discussion groups by Union officials appears to have intensified a rift between the moderator of a popular internet forum for residents and the township administration. Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas suggested the certification program in her 2018 reorganization meeting address on Jan. 2, in an effort to target social […]

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