Arboretum welcomes back goats for annual Celebrate Fall festival

SUMMIT, NJ — Throughout the past year, from when the leaves first started falling until long after they’d grown back, staff members at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum were bombarded with the same, recurring question: Are the goats coming back? The short is answer is yes. A herd of highly popular eco-goats, now at 20 strong, will […]

Art project is a continuous work in progress

Union County Teacher of the Year looks to share grant project

KENILWORTH, NJ — Resting at one end of David Brearley Middle-High School, where there used to be patches of dead grass, is a serene pond and garden, built in the memory of a former student. Elsewhere on school grounds there’s a freshly finished greenhouse, which doubles as an outdoor classroom for science teachers. It’s a […]

Body cameras coming to Union County

Prosecutor says 550 police officers in eight towns will have body cameras by late October

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Citing public transparency, community relations and increased accountability in a press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 15, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office announced that it has partnered with eight local municipalities to kickstart the Body Camera Pilot Program. One third of all uniformed police officers in the county, or 550 officers from those […]

Linden super has ‘Eye of the Tiger’

Superintendent dances with students in flash mob to kick off 2015-16 school year

LINDEN, NJ  — For the first time ever, all staff members of the Linden Public School system gathered in the same building on Friday, Sept. 4, to celebrate the beginning of the school year and the district’s vision for the future. Teachers, aides, secretaries, custodians, administrators and others crowded into the bleachers of the Linden […]

Ride for Freedom to bring the ‘Thunder’

Motorcycle rally raises awareness for POW, MIA soldiers from all wars

UNION COUNTY, NJ — When the steady rumble of an expected 5,000 motorcycles — many of them outfitted with American flags and other patriotic symbols — envelopes Roselle’s Warinanco Park on Sunday, Sept. 20, it will mark the beginning of this year’s Ride for Freedom, a day-long ceremony that honors missing American soldiers going back to […]

UCC holds ‘Girls Gone Wired’ STEM program

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Two dozen aspiring programmers came together at Union County College on Thursday, Aug. 27, for the first-ever edition of “Girls Gone Wired,” a free, interactive class that promoted women’s participation in computer programming. One of the most valuable skills in today’s job market, according to “Girls Gone Wired” co-instructor Beth Ritter Guth, […]

Public hearing to be held on Rahway River Park upgrades

RAHWAY, NJ — The City of Rahway and Union County are proposing to renovate the track and field at Rahway River Park, which borders Rahway and Clark, pending approval from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. But before the project can get the green light, local residents can have their say during a public […]

Local ‘Wiz’ kid takes yellow brick road

Rahway High School 2015 graduate to play Dorothy in upcoming NBC live event

RAHWAY, NJ — Rahway’s Shanice Williams only has high school productions on her theater resume — “West Side Story,” “Seussical” and a handful of other shows, both extracurricular and curricular. But the 18-year-old New Jersey native, just one year removed from graduating from Rahway High School, is set to star in a national TV program that […]

Plainfield is fourth to take part in ‘Art Outside the Box’

Artists interested in submitting artwork for Plainfield location have until Aug. 24

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces Plainfield as the fourth municipality to participate in the County’s first Art Outside The Box public art project. Art Outside The Box is a new countywide project created to support Union County visual artists by offering a nontraditional exhibition opportunity that broadens and […]

Warinanco Park blossoms with wildflowers

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Nearly 10 years ago, Union County workers and volunteers began planting native wildflowers around the lake at Warinanco Park in Roselle. Today, the lawn has become a colorful wildflower meadow and a thriving nature habitat that provides nectar, seeds and fruits that nourish birds, butterflies, moths, bees and other valuable pollinators. […]

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