Rise TV stars surprise Union High School students

Rise TV stars surprise Union High School students

UNION, NJ — Union High School theater students recently had a double whammy of a surprise: a $10,000 grant from NBC for the school’s theater department and the chance to meet stars from the network’s new show, “Rise.” The theater department was one of 50 in the nation to receive NBC’s R.I.S.E. America grant, created […]

Union students join national gun walkout

Union students join national gun walkout

UNION, NJ — Hundreds of Union High School students marched to town hall as part of a nationwide demonstration against gun violence in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., shooting that left 17 dead last month. Students stood on the high school football field around 10 a.m. on March 14 for 17 minutes of silence […]

Volunteer group marks 10th year of donation program

Volunteer group marks 10th year of donation program

UNION, NJ — Not even a nor’easter that slammed the area on March 2 could stop Kean-based volunteers from gathering over a thousand peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to disperse to those in need across the state. Be the Change, a community service group that was created by a Kean health professor, has been distributing […]

Union stages first cyberbullying forum certification session

UNION, NJ — The township was to hold the first educational session of its new Bully-Free Zone Cyberbullying Program on March 1, with a documentary on the topic and presentations from local and state officials. Mayor Suzette Cavadas unveiled the program during her reorganization address in January. The township is to bestow certifications to independently […]

UNION FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Kiara Powell, senior, bowling Kiara has been an outstanding bowler since day one. With a season high game of 279, a season high series of 694 and a season average of 206, she led Union High School to the Section 2 Group D 4 state championship. She also won the Union County individual title. She […]

UNION MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Tahkwan Ingraham, senior, indoor track, sprinter Tahkwan is a versatile athlete, able to run anything from the 100 all the way up to the 400 intermediate hurdles, including relays. At the Varsity Classic he ran 24.4 in the 200 to place fourth in NYC. He is also moving on to the state group meet in […]

Vauxhall crash sends six to hospital

Vauxhall crash sends six to hospital

UNION, NJ — A Hillside man driving an SUV containing another adult and four children crashed into a house at the corner of Vauxhall Road and Cedar Avenue in Union on Feb. 9, leaving all six injured and tying up traffic on the thoroughfare for hours, according to police. The vehicle, driven by Joseph Cajuste, […]

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 […]

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