House adopts measure to mitigate Rahway River flooding

House adopts measure to mitigate Rahway River flooding

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Efforts to abate flooding from the East Branch of the Rahway River are back on, following a Dec. 8 vote from Congress that approved funding for a renewal of the Rahway River flood abatement study. The bill, S1811, also called the “Water Resources Development Act of 2020,” contains provisions for several […]

AG, DEP commissioner announce 7 new lawsuits targeting polluters, including in Union

UNION, NJ — Acting to protect New Jersey communities and hold polluters financially accountable for harm they caused to the environment, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe announced the filing of seven new lawsuits centered on contamination that tainted drinking water supplies and created other threats to public safety […]

Kean University public relations students take on clients

Kean University public relations students take on clients

UNION, NJ — Kean University students are creating public relations campaigns for clients in business, the arts and more, as a way to build career skills and develop professional networks through their classwork. The Public Relations Campaigns course, taught by Jeremiah Sullivan, executive director of the School of Communication, Media and Journalism, also gives students […]

Park renamed after historic town figure in ceremony

Park renamed after historic town figure in ceremony

UNION, NJ — Dignitaries gathered to honor a historic Union Township figure when Columbus Park on Morris Avenue in Union, across from Town Hall, was renamed Anthony E. Russo Park at a dedication ceremony on Monday, Dec. 7. A plaque was unveiled during the ceremony. According to Union Township public information officer Natalie DaSilva, former […]

A caring block in Union

A caring block in Union

UNION, NJ — Donna Neglia, who is currently doing COVID-19 contact tracing with the board of health, sent a flyer to the 30 families on her block, the 200 block of Forest Drive South in Union, asking for donations for the town’s food pantry. She was overwhelmed by the positive response, collecting the food pictured […]

Murphy administration announces $161 million in grants to 543 municipalities

UNION COUNTY, NJ — On Nov. 18, Gov. Phil Murphy announced $161.25 million in municipal aid grants, with 543 cities and towns across the state receiving funds to advance road, bridge, safety and quality-of-life improvements, demonstrating the state Department of Transportation’s commitment to communities. The competitive municipal aid grant program attracted 635 applications from 549 […]

Pastor recognized by township for accomplishments

Pastor recognized by township for accomplishments

UNION, NJ — The Rev. Russell Charles Block, a 90-year-old resident of Union County, was recognized on Thursday, Nov. 12, with a township of Union proclamation recognizing his contributions to the community’s social progress during the civil rights era. That social progress earned the township the National Civic League’s All-America City award in 1977. “I […]

Kean University students are Ballot Bowl champs

Kean University students are Ballot Bowl champs

UNION, NJ — Kean University student voter registration efforts were among the most successful in the state this year. The university won top honors in the New Jersey secretary of state’s 2020 Ballot Bowl. Kean took first place in Conference Two of the annual statewide, nonpartisan voter-registration competition, led by students and for students, registering […]

Union salutes veterans in ceremony

Union salutes veterans in ceremony

UNION, NJ — While the pandemic has nixed many annual events in the township, the country and the world, Union officials knew how important it was to still hold a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11. Gathering in Thomas Mahoney Military Park on Chestnut Street, elected officials, veterans and community members thanked our nation’s past […]