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Union County to Host Hispanic Media Connection on October 12

Panel Discussion about Union County, the Hispanic Community and careers in television and media to be held at Kean University

The Union County Board of County Commissioners through the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs invites residents to the panel discussion, Hispanic Media Connection, on Wednesday, October 12 at Kean University located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township. The event will take place in the North Avenue Academic Building. Light refreshments will be served at a 6:00 p.m. reception preceding the panel discussion, which is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. The event is free to attend.

This event is a joint collaboration between the County of Union, Kean University and Telemundo 47. The Hispanic Media Connection panel discussion is part of Union County’s Hispanic Heritage Month Program.

Hispanic Media Connection will be a great opportunity for insight on the many facets of Spanish language media and how they come together to serve the Hispanic community,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “We look forward to a great panel discussion and encourage all residents to attend.”

The panel will be comprised of four representatives from the Telemundo 47 world, with insights from different vantage points of the Hispanic Media industry:

  • Host/Panelist: Allan Villafana, Telemundo 47 News Anchor
  • Panelist: Rosa Garriga, Telemundo 47 Senior Financial Analyst and Linden resident
  • Panelist: Ana Abreu, Telemundo 47 Human Resources Manager and Elizabeth resident
  • Panelist: Maria Vargas-Pion, Telemundo Network Correspondent and Kean University Graduate

“The composition of this panel including county residents, a Kean University graduate and all being Telemundo 47 personnel is reflective of the synergy between Union County, Kean University and Telemundo 47,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados. “The service provided by media outlets like Telemundo 47 is a vital part of the daily lives of so many Spanish speaking residents, and the information provided during this panel will be useful in analyzing how Spanish speaking media outlets continue to evolve and serve our communities.”

During the panel, which will be followed by a Q&A session, the following discussion topics will be addressed:

  • History of Telemundo 47 in Union County and across Northern NJ
  • Impact of Telemundo 47 and Telemundo Network on you
  • Comparison to media in native countries – and local Hispanic communities
  • Careers in media – now and in the future

“The Hispanic community in Union County is growing and Telemundo 47 and other Spanish language media outlets make sure that these residents are continuously informed of local and global happenings that affect them,” said Commissioner Lourdes Leon. “This panel is a small sample of the talent that contributes to the success of foreign language media right here in our own backyard.”

Allan Villafaña is originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Villafaña graduated from The Ohio State University where he majored in Journalism. He joined Telemundo 47 in 2012. He currently serves as news anchor for Noticiero 47 Telemundo Primera Edición (Telemundo 47 News First Edition), as well as Noticiero 47 Telemundo Al Mediodía (Telemundo 47 News at Noon). He joined Telemundo 47 in 2012. Villafaña has received numerous professional awards and nominations throughout his career. A member of the New York Chapter’s National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Villafaña was awarded the “Excellence in Journalism Award” by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Rosa Garriga is a 31 year veteran of NBC/Telemundo who currently serves as Senior Financial Analyst for both NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47.  A native of Cuba and a 43 year resident of Union County living mainly in Elizabeth and now currently in Rahway, Garriga has worked with Telemundo 47 for several decades and currently manages all accounts payable for the sister stations.  She has an Accounting Certificate from New York University and she began her career with NBC/Telemundo in 1981 as a Sales Assistant.

Ana Abreu is the Human Resources Manager for Telemundo 47.  In this role, she also works closely with sister station WNBC and manages benefits, labor relations and employee engagement for nearly 350 employees.  She joined Telemundo 47 in 2018 and was promoted into her current role in 2021.  A native of the Dominican Republic and a 20-year resident of Elizabeth, Abreu is a graduate of Rutgers University.

María Vargas-Pion is a national Emmy Award-Winning journalist and news correspondent at Hoy Día, Telemundo Network in New York’s Bureau. Over her twelve years as a journalist, she had worked as a news reporter at local stations, Telemundo 47 New York and Telemundo 62 in Philadelphia. She started her career as a production assistant at CNN/Headlines News at the Nancy Grace Show. María Vargas-Pion graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kean University with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Film with a second major in Spanish. She was born in the Dominican Republic and lived a few years in Venezuela, from where she immigrated to the United States. Currently, María resides in New Jersey.

Hispanic Media Connection is made possible in part by funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the NJ Department of State. For more information regarding the Hispanic Heritage month and related events, please visit: https://ucnj.org/hhm22/ or contact Judith Guest, Community Engagement & Diversity Coordinator, by email at judith.guest@ucnj.org or by phone at (908) 527-4388.

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County of Union to Hold 14th Annual Columbus Day Flag Raising, October 7th

The Board of County Commissioners invites residents to Union County’s 14th Annual Columbus Day Flag Raising event. The ceremony will take place Friday, October 7th, at 1:00 p.m., on the steps of the historic Union County Courthouse, located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth.

“We are proud of the achievements of Italian Americans who have made amazing contributions in all facets of our daily lives,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams, who is emceeing the program. “We will once again recognize the hard work and dedication of Italian-Americans across our great nation and especially within Union County.”

Colleen Gialanella, Principal of the Union County Academy for Information Technology, will be the Keynote Speaker at the flag raising, where she will also receive a resolution from the Board of County Commissioners.

“As a Commissioner of Italian descent, it is always a great honor to see the Italian flag flown over the County seat as we commemorate Columbus Day,” said Commissioner Alexander Mirabella. “We welcome all residents to join us in celebrating Italian American pride on October 7.”

The nation’s largest Italian American Service Organization, UNICO will be represented at the ceremony. UNICO operates nationally and through local chapters and their members engage in promoting and defending Italian culture and heritage, as well as providing scholarships, engaging in community service and other philanthropic endeavors. Members from UNICO National, UNICO District X, Westfield UNICO, Clark UNICO and Kenilworth UNICO are all confirmed to attend and participate in the ceremony.

The Italian American Police Society of New Jersey will also be represented by President William Schievella.

“Individuals like Ms. Gialanella and organizations like UNICO and the IAPS work tirelessly to stay connected to their Italian roots on a daily basis,” said Commissioner Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “It is a pleasure to have them with us as we celebrate.”

Italian-style refreshments and pastries will be served at the conclusion of the program.

Paid parking is available in the Midtown area at the J. Christian Bollwage Parking deck at Elizabethtown Plaza and Caldwell Place. A second deck is Elizabeth’s Parking Deck No. 6 on Jefferson Avenue and Dickinson Street—the entrance is on Dickinson Street.

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Union County Meals on Wheels Program Operates Temporarily from New Location

Repurposing of previously closed jail facility has given vital County food program continued capacity for operations

The Union County Board of County Commissioners informs residents that the “Meals on Wheels” program has been operational since the Spring of 2022, using the mostly vacant Union County Jail facility, located in Elizabeth.

Hurricane IDA heavily impacted Union County and the Meals on Wheels facility in Linden was flooded. The County of Union decided the best option was to use the now mostly vacant Union County Jail. The facility had recently been closed in 2021, saving tens of millions in taxpayer dollars.

“Repurposing the County Jail’s kitchen gave Meals on Wheels the tools, space and capacity to meet the needs of the program,” said County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “It has a full kitchen, big enough to produce, pack and prepare the meals for delivery and is equipped with elevators and lifts as well as a loading area for the vehicles picking up the meals.”

Currently a fleet of 23 vehicles delivers 1200 meals to elder residents in needs. Meals on Wheels is by far the largest program within the Department of Human Services, servicing the most people on a daily basis.

“There is a nutrition element to this, but there is also the critical element of the in-person and face to face delivery which for some people may be their only contact with someone throughout the day,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados, who serves as Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Council. “This ensures that all those benefitting from Meals on Wheels get the nutrition they need.”

“Since moving to the jail facility, this program logistically produces its daily meals at a high rate – and continues to run efficiently and effectively,” said Debbie-Ann Anderson, Director of the Union County Department of Human Services.

If you or a senior you know needs nutritious meals delivered, please contact Meals on Wheels at 908-486-5100.

To contact the Union County Department of Human Services, residents can use the online contact form at ucnj.org/dhs, email the DHS Action Line at DHSaction@ucnj.org, or call 908-527-4847.

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Union County to Hold Annual Pulaski Day Flag Raising, September 30

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites residents to the   Annual Pulaski Day Flag Raising on Friday, September 30, at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Union County Court House, located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth. The event is free and all residents are invited to attend.

“Union County is home to many Polish-Americans,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams. “The Commissioner Board is proud to once again acknowledge the contributions of this very active and hard-working community to our county over the years, by flying the Polish Flag over the County Seat.”

The event is being co-sponsored by the General Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee of St. Theresa from Linden. The program will include remarks by Union County Commissioner, Bette Jane Kowalski as well former NJ State Senator, Raymond J. Lesniak and Linden City Council President, Michelle Yamakaitis. The Grand Marshall of the 2022 Linden Contingency for the local General Pulaski Memorial Parade, Chief of Police for the City of Linden, Chief David Hart will be recognized during the ceremony.

Also slated to be present and recognized at the flag raising ceremony are: the President of the Linden Contigency, Agnieszka Czajkowska, as well as Sophie Kotulski (Miss Polonia 2022/2023), Marcelina Somaradzka (Junior Miss Polonia 2022/2023) and Milena Glab (Little Miss Polonia 2022/2023). Marcelina Domaradzka will perform the national anthems of the United States and Poland.

“We have a diverse fabric of ethnicities and the Polish-American community has a long history of maintaining and honoring their roots within Union County,” said Commissioner Vice-Chair, Christopher Hudak. “I invite all residents from the County of Union to attend the Union County Pulaski Flag Raising. As a Commissioner of Polish descent, I am especially proud of the accomplishments of the Polish-American community across the country and especially within Union County.”

“It is with great happiness that we can again be together in person to recognize and celebrate the Polish-American Community here in Union County,” said Commissioner Bette Jane Kowalski. “The Commissioner Board extended its warmest wishes to all Polish-Americans as they celebrate Pulaski Day in the coming days at various events.”

The Polish-American Community will be celebrating what has come to be known as “Pulaski Day” throughout late September and early October. With various celebrations in several municipalities, the festivities culminate in a parade down 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The Pulaski Day parade was first held in 1937 and is one of the oldest ethnic parades in New York.

The flag-raising will include refreshments and food.

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Union County Presents “Encanto” in Roselle, September 23

Free outdoor movie screening as part of Hispanic Heritage Month

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites residents to a free screening of the Oscar winning film, “Encanto” on September 23 at Warinanco Park, located at 1 Park Drive in Roselle. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free for all to attend and no registration is required. Free popcorn will be provided and there will be ice cream available for purchase.

“The County Commissioners are pleased to provide an opportunity for Union County families to come together for a fun evening as part of our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams. “We hope to see residents of all ages come out and enjoy Encanto.”

Encanto is a 2021 American computer-animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Its soundtrack went viral and reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and UK Compilation Albums charts. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” topped both the US Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart for multiple weeks. The film was nominated for three awards at the 94th Academy Awards, winning Best Animated Feature

Encanto follows a multigenerational Colombian family, the Madrigals, led by matriarch Abuela Alma whose children and grandchildren receive magical gifts from a miracle that helps them serve the people in their rural community called the Encanto. When Mirabel, Alma’s granddaughter and the only family member with no special gift, learns that the family is losing their magic, she sets out to find out what is happening, and save her family and their magical house.

Residents are encouraged to bring their own snacks and chairs or blankets.

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Union County Hosts Hispanic Cultural Day, September 17

Free event in Roselle as part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites residents to the Cultural Day celebration on Saturday, September 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will take place at Warinanco Park Sports Center, located at 1 Park Drive in Roselle. Attendance is free and all are welcome to attend.

“Cultural Day is one of many events scheduled throughout the County’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month,” said County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “We hope to see everyone come out and enjoy the various cultural offerings on hand as we all celebrate the diversity of our Hispanic community.”

The event will include several dance and musical performances ranging from salsa, to folkloric dance to Latin guitar music. Food trucks from The Garden Restaurant and The Lomo will also serve up authentic Hispanic cuisine.

“Our Union County Hispanic Cultural Day will provide an afternoon of activities for residents of all ethnicities with a look into some of the rich cultural music, dances and food that embody Hispanic community,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados. “I invite everyone to join us as we showcase these festivities for all to see.”

Resource tables from various partners will be set up during the event for attendees. Residents will be able to consult with agencies such as: Union County Youth Services, the Board of Elections, the Puerto Rican Alliance of Elizabeth, The Latino-American Chamber of Commerce and more.

 “As a Commissioner and as a Cuban-American, it brings me great pride to recognize the rich Hispanic culture right here in Union County,” said Commissioner Lourdes Leon.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 15. On September 15, the Hispanic Heritage Flag Raising marks the start of the month-long celebration. Cultural Day is the second in a series of events scheduled throughout the month that also includes:

  • September 23, 6:30 p.m. – Movie Night: Encanto – Warinanco Park, Roselle
  • October 12, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Panel: History of Union County’s Hispanic Media Connection – Kean University North Avenue Academic Building (Corner of Morris and North Aves.)
  • October 14, 7:00 p.m. – Drive-Up Movie: Encanto – (Salsa Lessons @ 7:00 p.m. & Movie @ 8:00 p.m.) – Plainfield High School, 950 Park Ave., Plainfield.
  • October 15, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Family Fun Day – Rahway River Park, Parkway Drive (Next to Ulrich Memorial Pool)

For more information regarding the Hispanic Heritage month and related events, please visit: https://ucnj.org/hhm22/ or contact Judith Guest, Community Engagement & Diversity Coordinator, by email at judith.guest@ucnj.org or by phone at (908) 527-4388.

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Union County to Host “Brunch and Boost 2022” on September 30

 A Special Health Event Available to Residents Ages 60+ in Union Township

The Union County Department of Human Services and the Division on Aging invite residents ages 60 and older to “Brunch and Boost 2022”. This special event geared towards Union County’s senior residents will take place on Friday, September 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Union Township Senior Center, located at 652 Rahway Avenue in Union Township.

“Union County wants to provide access to healthy habits and proactive health care,” said County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Brunch and Boost 2022 provides an excellent opportunity for our senior community to socialize and connect with local community partners. We encourage all eligible residents to come out and benefit from the vaccinations, health screenings and other offerings at this event.”

This event is free to attend and no registration is necessary.  Attendees will have access to the following, free of charge:

  • The latest COVID-19 vaccines & boosters (ID Required)
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Access to community programs and vendors providing information and connections to home care and legal services, home maintenance programs, etc.
  • An indoor brunch buffet
  • Special giveaways and raffles

For more information about “Brunch and Boost 2022”, contact the toll free number, 888-280-8226.

The Union County Division on Aging is tasked with connecting State, County and local government communities and residents through advocacy and innovation. It is the recognized lead agency for ADRC (Aging & Disability Resource Connection), the statewide system that coordinates access to services, care management and support services for older adults and the disabled. The office is part of Union County’s Department of Human Services and is responsible for leading the charge in providing information, referral and assistance to older adults, their caregivers, provider agencies and the general public who are in need of services and support. For more information, visit: or visit: ucnj.org/dhs/aging/.

To contact the Union County Department of Human Services, residents can use the online contact form at ucnj.org/dhs, email the DHS Action Line at DHSaction@ucnj.org, or call 908-527-4847.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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Union County to Hold Annual Hispanic Heritage Flag Raising on September 15th

Flag Raising to kick off a month-long series of events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage throughout Union County

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites residents to attend the Annual Union County Hispanic Heritage Flag Raising Ceremony on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 5:00 p.m., on the steps of the Union County Courthouse, located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth. The event is free for all to attend.

“We are proud to once again raise the Hispanic Heritage flag at the County Courthouse,” said County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams. “Union County is one of the most diverse in New Jersey and this is our way of recognizing the Hispanic community living and working in Union County and we are proud to be one of the most inclusive counties in New Jersey and we will continue to work to promote unity.”

“Approximately one-third of Union County residents are of Hispanic origin. Being of Salvadorian descent, I am proud to be one of the many constituents that make Union County a more diverse place to live,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados. “Since the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration’s inception in 2018, it has been a symbol that recognizes and celebrates the many contributions Latinos have made throughout history. Being under one flag, unites all of the Hispanic cultures together and also gives residents of Union County of all races and ethnicities a chance to come together and learn about our rich heritages. I look forward to joining our neighbors in all of the County’s month-long festivities.”

“As a Cuban-American, I am proud to serve in a County with such a strong Hispanic presence,” said Commissioner Lourdes Leon. “There are over 20,000 Hispanic residents in Union County alone who contribute to our growth and development and for the next four weeks, we will showcase the diversity, talent and cultures that make up our neighborhoods. I am excited to celebrate with everyone and honor the Hispanic community.”

The program for the event will include remarks from guest speaker Diana Calle, Director of the Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs (OPDSN). Ms. Calle also serves the Hispanic community as Vice President of LUPE Fund, Inc. – a non-profit organization with the mission to educate, empower, and engage Latinas in the State of New Jersey. She has been an active member since she received the LUPE Young Latina Leadership Scholarship in 2011.

“The most recent census confirmed that Hispanic Americans are making an impact in NJ,” said Diana Calle. “I am proud to be a Hispanic member of the community, not only in holding a leadership role within the Union County administration, but as the guest speaker at the Hispanic Heritage Flag Raising. I would like to thank the County for honoring my heritage along with the heritage of hundreds of thousands of other residents like me…in a place I call home.”

The flag raising is the first in a series of scheduled events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. The full schedule of events includes:

  • September 15, 5:00 p.m. – Hispanic Heritage Flag Raising – Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth
  • September 17, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Cultural Day – Warinanco Park Sports Center, Roselle
  • September 23, 6:30 p.m. – Movie Night: Encanto – Warinanco Park, Roselle
  • October 12, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Panel: History of Union County’s Hispanic Media Connection – Kean University North Avenue Academic Building (Corner of Morris and North Aves.)
  • October 14, 7:00 p.m. – Drive-Up Movie: Encanto – (Salsa Lessons @ 7:00 p.m. & Movie @ 8:00 p.m.) – Plainfield High School, 950 Park Ave., Plainfield.
  • October 15, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Family Fun Day – Rahway River Park, Parkway Drive (Next to Ulrich Memorial Pool)

For movie events, residents are advised to bring their own blankets and chairs.

For more information regarding the Hispanic Heritage month and related events, please visit: https://ucnj.org/hhm22/ or contact Judith Guest, Community Engagement & Diversity Coordinator, by email at judith.guest@ucnj.org or by phone at (908) 527-4388.

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Union County Recognizes National Recovery Month throughout September

“Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community”

The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that September is National Recovery Month. To celebrate the strides made by those living in recovery and to raise awareness, the Office on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse (OBHSA) acknowledges the focus and re-adoption of the 2021 theme by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).

The 2022 National Recovery Month theme, Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community, emphasizes that resilience in the path to recovery is possible for all, with the strength and support of a thriving and educated community.

“The Commissioner Board is committed to empowering those around us by providing education about the various options for treatment and services available within Union County,” said County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Treatment is effective and people can and do recover. We encourage residents to seek assistance if they need to address behavioral health or substance abuse issues.”

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), which started in 1989, is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible.

Along with the Union County Board of County Commissioners, OBHSA will join the NAADAC, in declaring September 20, 2022 as National Addiction Professionals Day. Started by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals in 1992, the day was established to acknowledge and celebrate the dedication that addiction professionals provide to supporting our fellow residents to recovery.

If you or someone you know needs assistance with a substance abuse disorder, call the central line for NJ residents at 1-844-732-2465. It is available 24/7, and offers free, confidential, and live assistance. The trained staff will provide screening and quickly identify the caller’s needs to connect them to local treatment providers.

The OBHSA is a part of the Department of Human Services and is available provide resources to address well-being. For specific information about services for Mental Health, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, or prevention efforts, please visit: https://ucnj.org/dhs/individual-and-family-services/.

To contact the Union County Department of Human Services, residents can use the online contact form at ucnj.org/dhs, email the DHS Action Line at DHSaction@ucnj.org, or call the Action Line at 888-558-2288.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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Union County to Observe POW/MIA Remembrance Day on Sept. 16

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites all residents and visitors to attend the commemoration of POW/MIA Remembrance Day on the steps of the historic Union County Courthouse at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth on Friday, September 16. The ceremony will start promptly at 11:00 a.m.

“We are proud to honor those men and women who were prisoners of war, and those who are still listed as missing in action,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams. “The Board of County Commissioners will continue to remember the sacrifices made by those in our armed forces as well as their families.”

The ceremony features Commissioner Alexander Mirabella, Liaison to the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, as the master of ceremonies and an invocation led by Union County Commander, VFW Bobby Jeans.

The guest speaker will be United States Air Force Sergeant Ernesto M. Hernandez. The National Anthem and God Bless America will be performed by Kimberly Pierre.

The presentation of colors will be performed by Honor Guards from the Union County Sheriff Office, Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Elizabeth Police and Fire Honor Guard.

The ceremony will include a rifle salute, TAPS performed by Alfredo Beltran and will conclude with the Retirement of the Colors.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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