April 23, 2007

CONTACT: Seb D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

150th anniversary

Union County's 150th Anniversary Celebration
Begins with Planting of White Oak
in Nomahegan Park, May 1

CRANFORD, NJ – To begin the celebration of Union County's 150th Anniversary, Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, members of the Union County 150th Anniversary Committee, and Park staff will plant a North American White Oak tree in Nomahegan Park. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at the park, located off Springfield Avenue in Cranford, opposite Union County College.

The North American White Oak is Union County’s official tree.

“The White Oak is an inspiring symbol of the energy and creativity of Union County,” said Chairwoman Kowalski. “We are planting a young tree that will grow into a beautiful reminder of our county's anniversary and the great things that have been accomplished here. We have a government that we can be proud of. Our park system is one of our outstanding features, designed by the Olmsteds, and this is a perfect spot to mark the founding of Union County.”

“And very soon, on Saturday afternoon, May 19, we will return to Nomahegan Park for a festival of games and live music and family-oriented activities to continue the fun. It is free of charge, and all are welcome. Please join us for the festivities!”

For more information about Union County's 150th Anniversary celebration, please see the Union County web site: or call the Freeholder office at (908) 527-4100.