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The County of Union is comprised of 21 municipalities in New Jersey.

From the County of Union to you, your family and friends, have a Happy Thanksgiving! ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday, Union County Commissioner Sergio Granados joined The Union County Department of Human Services to spread Holiday cheer by providing Holiday meals to families within the Prevention Links location in Elizabeth. Thank you to all the staff from Prevention links. ... See MoreSee Less
Look out for us in Billions Season 7 Episode 2; today Paul Giamatti and crew came by to film at the Union County Jail, which has not housed inmates since mid-2021. Now it’s used for temporary processing, making fresh food daily for our Meals on Wheels program, and cool projects like this! ... See MoreSee Less
Commissioner James E. Baker, Jr. honored the Rahway American Legion Post 5 for adopting the World War II Memorial in Rahway River Park during a visit to the site last weekend. As participants in Union County's Adopt-A-Park program, American Legion Post 5 will undertake the maintenance and upkeep of the memorial to promote neighborhood and community involvement. Special thank you to the American Legion Post 5 1st Vice Commander/Membership Chairman Larry Platt, as well as Rahway Councilmembers Dave Brown of the 4th Ward and Michael Cox of the 2nd Ward for engaging with and supporting this program.Individuals, civic organizations and employer groups are welcome to participate in the Adopt-a-Park program. For more information visit the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation at ucnj.org/parks-recreation/adopt-a-trail-adopt-a-park/ ... See MoreSee Less
Over the weekend, Commissioner James Baker assisted Ebenezer AME Church in Rahway in distributing turkeys and other goods for Thanksgiving. Thank you to Pastor Marti Robinson for hosting this gracious event. ... See MoreSee Less
Today the County gave out more than 3,000 meals’ worth of turkeys, hams, and fresh produce as part of our holiday emergency food distribution for residents in need. Special thanks to all the volunteers (over 100 of you!) who came out to join Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams, Union County Commissioner Sergio Granados, Union County Commissioner Lourdes Leon, Commissioners Chris Hudak and Al Mirabella, Assemblywoman Linda S. Carter, Union County Prosecutor William Daniel, our County Manager, Ed Oatman, and our Deputy County Manager, Amy Wagner. From the bottom of our hearts please know that we appreciate you getting up before sunrise and standing out in the freezing cold. You’ve made someone’s Thanksgiving special. ... See MoreSee Less
Travel may be hazardous in parts of New Jersey later today. The National Weather Service is anticipating snow squalls in our area, mainly between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.Please stay tuned to the weather news for local conditions and exercise caution during the evening commute. ... See MoreSee Less
Join the Union County Board of County Commissioners and the Department of Human Services in spreading Holiday magic this year by donating new toys to the children in need! Visit our Amazon Wish List (amzn.to/3r40RnE) to send toys directly to our UC Holiday Workshop or drop off the toys to our Union County Administration Building Lobby located at 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth NJ. Please note, only new items will be accepted.For more information contact: Nathalie Hernandez by email at nahernandez@ucnj.org ... See MoreSee Less
Seniors and their caregivers can come to any one of Union County’s ASK community events in December, to meet in person with professional staff for expert guidance on senior programs and resources. Help with filling out forms is also provided.Bilingual staff will be present at two of the events to offer assistance in Spanish.“The ASK program is a friendly, convenient way to find out about helpful programs and services, in the familiar environment of your local public library,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams. ASK stands for Aging Services Kiosk, a program of the Union County Department of Human Services through the Division on Aging and Disability Resources, serving seniors age 60-plus and their caregivers.Staff at the ASK events can help seniors and care givers connect with a variety of services including home delivered meals, respite care, home care, adult day care and support services for caregivers.Any Union County senior or care giver can visit any ASK event, regardless of their hometown. No appointment or pre-registration is needed.The upcoming events are as follows:Thursday, December 1Union Public Library1060 Stuyvesant AvenueUnion, 0708310:00 – 12:00Monday, December 5 (bilingual staff will be present at this event)Westfield Memorial Public Library550 E. Broad StreetWestfield, 0709010:00 – 12:00Monday, December 12Clark Public Library303 Westfield AvenueClark, 0706610:00 – 12:00Wednesday, December 14 (bilingual staff will be present at this event)Elizabeth Public Library – Main11 S. Broad Street Elizabeth, 0720212:00 – 2:00To check for other upcoming ASK events, call the Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection 1-888-280-8226 toll free or visit the Division online at ucnj.org/dhs/aging. ASK updates are also posted on Union County’s social media channels and are frequently carried by local media, both print and digital.The goal of the Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection is to promote wellness, independence, dignity and choice for seniors and their families, in accordance with a statewide initiative adopted by Union County in 2012. It is one of 622 “Area Agencies on Aging” nationwide established under the federal Older Americans Act. View this press release on the Union County website: wp.me/p4sLwl-qcA ... See MoreSee Less
Union County’s Oak Ridge Park in Clark is home to six new American Dogwood trees, a native species valued as forage for songbirds and other wildlife.The trees were provided by the Union County Commissioner Board and were planted by County staff with help from the Rutgers University Collegiate 4-H Club. 4-H volunteer Greg Bikofsky of Cranford will also help with ongoing care of the trees. The Commissioner Board thanks all the 4-H volunteers and Bartell’s Farm and Garden Supply of Clark, which donated soil amendments for the project.To learn more about 4-H volunteer activities in Union County, contact 4-H Agent James Nichandowicz at 908-654-9854 (ext. 3) or jnichnadowicz@ucnj.org.View this press release on the Union County website: wp.me/p4sLwl-qce ... See MoreSee Less
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of trash generated by American households can jump an average of 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Union County residents can help reduce excess waste at home by exploring new opportunities to conserve resources.“Cutting down on waste at the source is important, and we also want to make sure that our residents are aware of new recycling programs that help make a difference,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams.The additional waste related to holiday season activity adds up to 25 million extra tons of trash either heading to landfills or burned in incinerators each year in the U.S.Union County residents can help cut down that number with these four strategies: 1. Keep Up to Date with Local Recycling: Union County has launched a new plastic film recycling program with municipal partners. Now every resident can recycle bubble wrap, plastic mailing envelopes and several other kinds of plastic film that often enter the home during the holiday season. Please note that all plastic film must be clean and dry.Another common holiday shipping material is block-type Styrofoam. Many municipalities in Union County provide a drop-off Styrofoam bin for their residents. Please note that only block-type Styrofoam is accepted.For more details about plastic film, Styrofoam and other recycling programs in Union County, and to find your local recycling coordinator, visit ucnj.org/recycle.2. Reduce Pumpkin Waste: Last year, Union County residents saved five tons of pumpkins from the waste stream by bringing their Jack o’ Lanterns to the County’s new pumpkin recycling program. The pumpkins are processed locally to make renewable biogas. This year’s pumpkin recycling program is up and running until Monday, November 28. For more details visit ucnj.org/recycle. 3. Compost Holiday Food Waste: Fruit and vegetable scraps, decorative gourds, and other plant-based holiday decorations also account for the big jump in the household waste stream over the holidays. Residents with access to a yard can start a home compost pile to convert these items into a natural, nutrient-rich soil enhancer for their garden beds. For details visit Union County’s community outreach partner, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, at ucnj.org/rce.Residents without a yard can contact their local recycling coordinator or environmental commission to see if a community garden or other local drop-off composting site is available. A list of municipal environmental commissions and green teams is available at on the Union County website at ucnj.org/green-connection.4. Reuse the Reusable Bags: A new state law has helped to stem the tide of single-use plastic bags, but some residents are now finding themselves overwhelmed with excess reusable bags from delivery services, e-commerce sites and other retailers. Excess clean, dry bags can be offered to a local food bank or other charity. Some farmer’s markets also provide space for a free take a bag/leave a bag table.Another way to avoid accumulating a pile of bags at home is to shop locally and bring your own bags.Experts from Union County’s Bureau of Recycling and Planning are available to present recycling information to schools, community groups and other organizations. To schedule a program contact Heather Miara, heather.miara@ucnj.org.The free Recycle Coach mobile app provides a handy way to find out what items are included in curbside recycling programs and drop-off sites in Union County. The app provides up to date information on both countywide and local recycling programs. For more information and updates on all Union County recycling programs and locations, visit the Bureau of Recycling and Planning website at ucnj.org/recycle.Quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities are available at The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.View this press release on the Union County website: wp.me/p4sLwl-qcb ... See MoreSee Less
This morning, Commissioner Bette Jane Kowalski attended a ribbon cutting event for the new Terminal A at Newark Liberty Airport. Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Nicholas Scutari and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka were among the elected officials who spoke at the event along with First Lady Tammy Murphy and representatives from the Port Authority, labor unions and the project developer.The new terminal features original artwork reflecting the diversity of the communities around the airport.Commissioner Kowalski is pictured here with Tim McConway of Steamfitters Local 475.More details about the new Terminal A, including lists of the artwork and concessions, are available at nj.gov/governor/news/news/562022/approved/20221114b.shtml ... See MoreSee Less

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Yesterday, Union County Commissioner Sergio Granados joined The Union County Department of Human Services to spread Holiday cheer by providing Holiday meals to families within the Prevention Links location in Elizabeth. Thank you to all the staff from Prevention links.

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Over the weekend, Commissioner James Baker assisted Ebenezer AME Church in Rahway in distributing turkeys and other goods for Thanksgiving. Thank you to Pastor Marti Robinson for hosting this gracious event.

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Travel may be hazardous in parts of New Jersey later today. The National Weather Service is anticipating snow squalls in our area, mainly between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Please stay tuned to the weather news for local conditions and exercise caution during the evening commute.

Join the Board of County Commissioners and the Dept of Human Services in spreading Holiday magic by donating new toys to the children in need! Visit our Amazon Wish List (https://amzn.to/3r40RnE) or contact Nathalie Hernandez by email at nahernandez@ucnj.org for more info.

Seniors and their caregivers can come to any Union County ASK event on Dec. 1st, 5th, 12th or 14th to meet with professional staff for guidance on senior resources. Bilingual staff will be present on the 5th and 14th to offer help in Spanish. Details: https://wp.me/p4sLwl-qcA

Union County’s Oak Ridge Park in Clark has 6 new American Dogwood trees, a native species valued as forage for songbirds and other wildlife. 4-H volunteers, helped County staff with the new tree planting project. Details: https://wp.me/p4sLwl-qce

Union County residents can help reduce excess waste during the holiday season and explore new opportunities to conserve resources. More details on the Union County website: https://wp.me/p4sLwl-qcb

This morning, Commissioner Bette Jane Kowalski attended a ribbon cutting event for the new Terminal A at Newark Liberty Airport. More details about the new Terminal A, including lists of the artwork, concessions and other amenities, are available at https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562022/approved/20221114b.shtml

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