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Union County’s ‘ASK’ Services Kiosk Continues to Serve the Senior Community With Five New Dates in August

The Union County Board of County Commissioners encourages seniors and their caregivers to visit their local ‘ASK’ services kiosk this August. These services provide an opportunity for attendees to meet with experienced professionals who can offer expert guidance on senior programs and resources and help with form completion. Bilingual staff will be available at several events to offer support in Spanish.

“At our ‘ASK’ kiosks, our friendly and professional staff is dedicated to providing the latest information to our senior community, ensuring they are aware of helpful programs and services they might otherwise miss out on,” said Union County Commissioner Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “No appointment or registration is necessary. Simply visit an ASK kiosk at your local library on the provided dates and get connected to the latest community services and programs available to you.”

ASK, short for Aging Services Kiosk, is a program within the Union County Department of Human Services, specifically operated by the Division on Aging. It offers adults aged 60 and older, along with their caregivers, a friendly and convenient avenue to discover valuable programs and services and speak individually with a Division on Aging professional.

Staff at the ASK kiosks can help older adults and caregivers connect with various services, including home-delivered meals, respite care, home care, adult day care, and support services for caregivers. Any Union County senior or caregiver can visit any ASK kiosk, regardless of their hometown.  No appointment or pre-registration is needed. Below are the upcoming ASK events in August:

Wednesday, August 7th
Roselle Library
129 Chestnut Street, Roselle
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuesday, August 13th
(Bilingual staff is available)
Cranford Public Library
224 Walnut Avenue, Cranford
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuesday, August 20th
(Bilingual staff is available)
Elizabeth Public Library – Main
11 South Broad Street, Elizabeth
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Thursday, August 22nd
Westfield Memorial Library
550 East Broad Street, Westfield
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Wednesday, August 28th
(Bilingual staff is available)
Garwood Public Library
411 Third Avenue, Garwood
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

“We are committed to ensuring that our seniors and their caregivers have the information and assistance they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives,” said Commissioner Vice-Chairwoman Lourdes Leon, who is also Liaison to the Advisory Council on Aging. “Our Office on Aging continues to hold programs like this because our senior community deserves easy access to the resources they deserve. I encourage everyone to take advantage of these services.”

For more information about the ASK events and any other services for seniors in Union County, contact the Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 1-888-280-8226 toll-free or visit online at ucnj.org/dhs/aging.

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Join the Master Trees Stewards of Union County

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites residents who are looking for a fun and rewarding civic service project to join the 4-H Master Tree Steward program and learn how to “speak for the trees.” Master Tree Stewards are community volunteers who visit 4th grade classrooms each spring to present an interactive lesson on trees. No experience is needed. All training and classroom materials are provided by the Master Tree Steward program.

“Our Master Tree Stewards provide students with enriching educational experiences and important messages about trees and the environment. It’s a lesson about appreciation and stewardship that young people can carry into adulthood, benefitting our community and the world beyond for years to come,” said Union County Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded.

Each fall, the Master Tree Steward program offers a series of training sessions, consisting mainly of guided walks in nearby parks and nature reserves. Easy reading assignments, indoor classes, a simple project are also part of the program. The entire program, including a tree identification guide, is covered by a $25.00 administrative fee.

Applicants who complete the series obtain a Master Tree Steward certificate and are qualified to teach lessons about trees to 4th grade classrooms in the spring. The program provides a complete lesson plan along with posters, seeds and other supplies. Master Tree Stewards can also organize additional projects, such as the educational “Tree Trails” in Union County parks. A list of Tree Trails in Union County parks is available here.

The 2024 fall training series will meet every Wednesday from September 4th to December 11th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except for any holiday that falls on a Wednesday. The 4th grade classroom visit schedule takes place on Wednesdays from January to June. Certified Master Tree Stewards are requested to choose 6 dates for their visits. Each visit takes approximately one hour, typically from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

To apply, or for more information please contact Union County 4-H Youth Development at James Nichnadowicz at 908-654-9854 (ext.3), or jnichnadowicz@ucnj.org.

The Master Tree Steward program is run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, as part of a statewide program under the umbrella of the Rutgers New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station. For information on all Extension programs in Union County, including Master Gardeners, Environmental Stewards and 4-H clubs for youth, visit www.ucnj.org/rce. For quick links to all environmental programs and activities in Union County, visit The Green Connection, www.ucnj.org/green-connect.

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Union County Means Business Expo Returns on September 12th at Warinanco Sports Center

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is excited to announce the return of the Union County Means Business Expo on Thursday, September 12th, at the Warinanco Sports Center in Roselle, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. Established in 2016, the program was designed to help local businesses and entrepreneurs build their networks and create new opportunities to help make the most effective possible impact when it comes to outreach and economic growth.

“Giving our local entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their innovations contributes to more job opportunities,” said Union County Commissioner Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “Residents will also be able to connect with potential business partners and resources, giving way to new collaborations and expanded networks. We are so happy to offer this valuable event to all our county entrepreneurs, business owners, and community members.” 

The Expo is open to attendees at no cost, making it an accessible and valuable event for the entire business community. This highly anticipated event is designed to support local businesses and entrepreneurs by providing a dynamic platform to build networks, grow brands, and explore new business opportunities in a modern and stylish environment.

Attendees can enjoy a complimentary tasting of the exquisite menu offered at the Warinanco Sports Center, connect with other local business owners, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders to share ideas, foster partnerships, and expand their business network. Vendor and exhibitor tables are available for a fee of $100.00, and all vendors must register by September 5. All participating vendors will receive a color advertisement in the Expo program and 10 VIP tickets for an exclusive raffle. To secure your spot, visit http://www.ucnj.org/ucmb

Union County Means Business is an economic development initiative of the Union County Board of County Commissioners, proudly supported by community partners including the UCEDC (Union County Economic Development Corporation), the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, the Suburban Chamber of Commerce, Kean University, Union College of Union County, NJ, Union Township Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Union County.

For more information about the Union County Means Business Expo, visit http://www.ucnj.org/ucmb or contact Jeff Brooks, Coordinator for Business Development, at 908-659-7412 or jeffrey.brooks@ucnj.org.

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Mosquito Spraying Thursday, July 18th

Please be advised, Union County Mosquito Control will be spraying for mosquitoes Thursday Evening, July 18, 2024, between the hours of 6:00PM to 11:00PM (Weather Permitting). Check below for a list of areas to be sprayed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Union County Office of Mosquito Control at 908-654-9834 or 908-654-9835.

Cities

  • Berkeley Hts. – Grant St. Area, River Rd., Emerson La. Area, Hilltop Av., Archer Ln., River Rd., Summit Ln.
  • Clark – Riverside Dr. Area
  • Cranford – Kenilworth Blvd., County Police service yard
  • Hillside – Westminster Area, John St., Cornell Pl., Harvard Av. Area
  • Fanwood – Cray Ter., Hunter Av. Area, Terrill Rd., Vinton Ct., Willoughby Rd., Fanwood D.P.W.
  • Kenilworth – 19th St., Lafayette Av., Dorset Dr., Epping Dr.
  • Linden– Tremley Pt. Area, Smith St., Miner Ter. Area
  • New Providence – Gales Dr. Area, Charnwood Rd., Ridgewood Av., Runnymede Pkwy.
  • Plainfield–  E. Front St., Leland Av., E. 2nd St., Hillcrest Av., St. Marks Pl., E. 3rd St., Terrill Rd., St. Nicholas Blvd.,  Cushing Rd., Knollwood Ct., Cushing Pl., Columbia Av Area
  • Rahway – Elston St., Randolph Ave., New Brunswick Av., Kline Pl.
  • Roselle – Wooded Area on Chandler Av., Jouet St., Harrison Av., Pine St. path by RXR, Westbrook Condo’s, 1st Av. RXR tracks behind CVS
  • Scotch Plains– South Ave., North Ave., Hetfield Ave., Martine Extension, UC DPW yard
  • Springfield – Marion Av., Warner Av., Perry Pl., Alvin Ter., Woodside Rd., Cottage Ln., S. Springfield Av., Oakland Av., Waverly Av.
  • Summit – Kent Pl. (Summit Recycling Center)
  • Union – Francis Ct., Reinhold Ter., Whitewood Rd., Pitcher Ter., Wilshire Dr. Area, Hickory Rd., Liberty Av., Ridge Dr., Rahway Av.

County Parks

  • Rahway – Rahway Park

City Parks

  • Plainfield – Milt Campbell
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Eligible Union County Seniors can apply for Farmers Market Vouchers

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is excited to announce that Farmers Market vouchers are available for eligible Union County seniors. Each eligible senior can obtain a $50 e-benefit card to purchase “Jersey Fresh” fruits, vegetables, and herbs at participating Farmers Markets.

“Our seniors deserve access to fresh, nutritious food, and this program ensures that those in need can enjoy the benefits of our local farmers’ harvests,” said Commissioner Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “It is a wonderful opportunity to promote health and well-being in our community.”

To be eligible, seniors must be age 60 and older. A single person’s annual income cannot exceed $2,322 per month, and a married couple’s combined income may not exceed $3,152 per month.

Eligible seniors can apply by calling the Union County Division on Aging at 908-527-4870 or 888-280-8226, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A limited number of vouchers are available, and applications will be evaluated on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

“Programs like this are essential for our aging population,” said Commissioner Vice-Chairwoman Lourdes Leon, who also serves as Liaison to the Advisory Council on Aging. “They not only provide financial support but also encourage healthy eating habits and community engagement, which are vital for maintaining a high quality of life for our seniors.”

For more information about the Farmers’ Market nutrition program, or any services provided by the Division on Aging and Disability Resource in the Union County Department of Human Services, call 1-888-280-8226, or visit online at www.ucnj.org/dhs/aging.

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Union County Mosquito Control will be spraying for Mosquitoes Thursday Evening, July 11, 2024

Please be advised, Union County Mosquito Control will be spraying for mosquitoes Thursday Evening, July 11, 2024, between the hours of 6:00PM to 11:00PM (Weather Permitting). Check below for a list of areas to be sprayed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Union County Office of Mosquito Control at 908-654-9834 or 908-654-9835.

  • Berkeley Heights – Grant St., Garfield St., Mt. Carmel Area, Emerson La. Area, Hilltop Av., Archer Ln.
  • Clark – Emerald Pl., King St., Miller Av., Riverside Dr.
  • Elizabeth – Essex/Union Joint Meeting, Front St.,
  • Fanwood – Cray Ter., Hunter Av. Area, Russel Rd., Terrill Rd., Vinton Ct., Willoughby Rd.
  • Linden – Tremley Pt. Area, Bradford Ave., Lexington Ave., Marion Ave., Fuller Rd.
  • Plainfield – Berkeley Ter., E. Front St., Milton Pl., Raymond Ave. Area, Leland Av., Emerson Av., Sumner Av., E. 2nd St., Hillcrest Av., St. Marks Pl., Reeves Ter., E. 3rd St., Carlisle Ter., Pine view Ter., Wiley Av., Alden Pl., McCrea Pl., Terrill Rd., St. Nicholas Blvd., Seneca Pl., Harvey Pl., George St., Worth Dr., Houston St., Jefferson Av., 1st St., Myrtle Av. Cushing Rd., Knollwood Ct., Cushing Pl., Terrpll Rd.
  • Rahway – Elston St., Randolph Ave., Leesville Av. Area, Egolf Dr., Linden Ave., Donald Ave. Area, Whittier St., Koenig Pl., Knapp Dr., Stone St., Kline Pl., Richard Blvd. Walking path between Elizabeth Av. And Whittier St.
  • Roselle – Wooded Area on Chandler Av., Jouet St., Harrison Av., 8th Av. between Walnut St. and Spruce St.
  • Scotch Plains – Frank St., South Ave., North Ave., Hetfield Ave., Short Hills Ln., Ravenswood Ln. Swans Mill Ln., Fox Hill Ln., Wedgewood Rd., Round Hill Rd., Cherry Blossem Ln. Country Club Ln., Martine Extension, UC DPW yard
  • Summit – Kent Pl. (Summit Recycling Center)
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Mosquito Spraying Thursday evening, June 27, 2024

Please be advised, Union County Mosquito Controlwill be spraying for Adult mosquitoes Thursday Evening, June 27, 2024, between the hours of  6:00PM to 11:00PM (Weather Permitting). Check below for a list of areas to be sprayed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Union County Office of Mosquito Control at 908-654-9834 or 908-654-9835.

Berkeley Hts. – Grant St., Garfield St., Mt. Carmel Area, Nancy Pl., Camptown Dr., Kuntz Ave., Industrial Rd., River Rd. Area behind little flower church,

Clark – Cook St., Nassau St., Prospect St. Area

Elizabeth – Essex/Union Joint Meeting, Front St.,

Fanwood – Oat Ct., Elm Ave., Patterson Rd.

Hillside – Cornell Pl., Harvard Ave. Area

Kenilworth – Dorset Dr., Area, Lafayette Ave., 

Linden – Tremley Pt. Area, Range Rd., Bradford Ave., Lexington Ave., Marion Ave., Cleveland Ave.

Mountainside – Skytop Dr., Coles Ave., Tracy Dr., New Providence Rd.

New Providence – Gales Dr., 5th St., Bradford St., 4th St., 2nd St., Livingston Ave., Marion Ave.

Plainfield – Arlington Ave., Rose St.,

Rahway – Elston St., Randolph Ave., Egolf Dr., Linden Ave., Donald Ave. Area, W. Hazelwood Ave., Jaques Ave.

Scotch Plains – Karen Ct., Frank St., South Ave., North Ave., Hetfield Ave., UC DPW yard

Springfield – Marion Ave., Warner Ave.

Summit – Kent Pl. (Summit Recycling Center)

Union – Hickory Rd., Liberty Ave., Locust Dr., Pinewood Rd., Rahway Rd., Brighton St., Gifford Ct.

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Mosquito Control Spraying Thursday, June 20th

Please be advised, Union County Mosquito Control will be spraying for mosquitoes Thursday Evening, June 20, 2024, between the hours of  6:00PM to 11:00PM (Weather Permitting). Check below for a list of areas to be sprayed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Union County Office of Mosquito Control at 908-654-9834 or 908-654-9835.

  • Berkeley Hts. – Grant St., Garfield St., Mt. Carmel Area, Bolton Blvd., Nancy Pl., Camptown Dr., Kuntz Ave., Industrial Rd.
  • Clark – Emerald Pl., Riverside Dr., King St., Bartel Pl., Cook St., Nassau St., Prospect St. Area
  • Elizabeth – Essex/Union Joint Meeting, Front St.
  • Hillside – Aldine St. Area, Munn St. Area, Cornell Pl., Harvard Ave. Area
  • Kenilworth – Dorset Dr., Area, Water Co. Rd.,
  • Linden – Tremley Pt. Area, Range Rd.
  • New Providence – Charnwood Rd., Runnymede Pkwy., Gordon Pl., Gales Dr., 5th St., Bradford St., 4th St., 2nd St., Union Ave., Lancelot Dr., Arthurst Ct.
  • Plainfield– Cushing Rd., Knollwood Ct.
  • Rahway – Elston St., Randolph Ave.
  • Roselle Park – walking path between Chestnut St. and Galloping Hill Rd.
  • Scotch Plains– Country Club La., Martine Extension, UC DPW yard
  • Summit – Kent Pl. (Summit Recycling Center)
  • Union – Hickory Rd., Liberty Ave., Rahway Rd., Vaux Hall Rd.
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Find your Local Cooling Centers

Elizabeth         

  • Fred Erxleben Rec. Center
    • 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM
    • 513 Richmond St.
  • Mickey Walker Rec. Center
    • 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM
    • 860 Anna St.
  • Peterson Community Center
    • 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM
    • 418 Palmer St.

Hillside

  • Hillside Community Center
    • 8 AM – 8 PM
    • 274 Hillside Avenue

Linden

  • Linden Public Library
    • Monday – Wednesday
    • 9:00 AM – 9 PM
    • 31 East Henry Street
  • John T. Gregorio Recreation Center
    • Monday – Friday
    • 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    • 330 Helen Street
  • Linden Multi-Purpose Center
    • Monday – Friday
    • 9 AM – 8 PM
    • 1025 John Street

New Providence

  • DeCorso Community Center – Card Room
    • June 19 – June 21
    • 10 AM – 6 PM
    • 15 East Fourth St.

Plainfield

  • Senior Center
    • June 18 – June 21
    • 8 AM – 8 PM
    • Corner of 400 East Front and Church St.

Roselle

  • Amalfe Community Center
    • 1268 Shaffer Avenue

Roselle Park

  • Casano Community Center
    • June 20 – June 21
    • 10 AM – 9 PM
    • 314 Chestnut St.

Scotch Plains

  • Tuesday June 18, 2024,
    • Municipal Building Courtroom
      • 9:00am to 4:00pm
    • Scotch Plains Public Library,
      • 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday June 19, 2024
    • Municipal Building Courtroom
      • 9:00am to 5:30pm
    • Library is closed
  • Thursday June 20, 2024
    • Municipal Building
      • 9:00am to 1:00pm
    • Library
      • 9:30am to 9:00pm
  • Friday June 21, 2024
    • Library
      • 9:30 – 5:00pm
  • Saturday June 22, 2024
    • Library
      • 9:30am – 5:00pm

Springfield

  • Chisholm Community Center
    • Wednesday, June 19, 2024
      • 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM
    • Thursday, June 20, 2024
      • 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
    • Friday, June 21, 2024
      • 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • 100 South Springfield Avenue (corner of Shunpike Road)

Summit

  • Summit Community Center
    • Friday only
    • 9 AM – 8 PM
    • 100 Morris Avenue
  • Summit Free Public Library
    • 9 AM – 9 PM
    • 75 Maple St
  • Summit Police Department lobby
    • 8 AM – 8 PM
    • 512 Springfield Ave

Westfield

  • Memorial Library
    • 550 E Broad St
    • Monday through Friday 9:30 am – 8:30 pm
    • Friday and Saturday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
    • Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm