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Union County Police PBA Local #73 at Opening Day for the Kenilworth Little League

On Saturday, April 13th, the Union County Police PBA Local #73 participated in the opening day parade and ceremony for the Kenilworth Little League. Members of the PBA #73 provided traffic control and police escorts for the young athletes as they marched down the Boulevard and North 14th Street.

The PBA #73 donated funds to the Kenilworth Little League, an organization that not only teaches kids how to play baseball but how to grow up to learn the value of teamwork, dedication, perseverance and hard work. Local #73 member Dino Capra is not only the coach of the minors-level White Sox team but also an instructor at the baseball clinics, sponsored by the league, helping kids hone their batting and fielding skills.

Capra also serves on the executive board of the Kenilworth Little League, which recently constructed a new batting cage building. During the ceremony, league officials extended heartfelt gratitude to the late John Malcolm Jr., who was instrumental in having the new batting cage building constructed.

The PBA #73’s donation will assist the league with field maintenance costs, umpire expenses and the acquisition of new baseball equipment.

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Fiscal Affairs Committee Meeting

Under the terms of the “Open Public Meetings Act P.L. 1975, C. 231, please be advised that the Fiscal Affairs Committee of the Union County Board of County Commissioners will be hosting a Special Meeting on the 2024 County Budget on Wednesday, March 27, 2024.

Please be advised that the Fiscal Affairs Committee Special Meeting on the 2024 County Budget will be held in the Commissioner Meeting Room within the Administration Building, 6th floor, located at 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth New Jersey, 07207 and will commence at 5:00PM.  Please be further advised, the purpose of said meeting of the Fiscal Affairs Committee is to hear and review the proposed 2024 budgets of various County departments.

Please be advised, this meeting of the Fiscal Affairs Committee is not a Regular Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, and as such, no action will be taken.  While open to the public, there is no opportunity for public comment at this Special Meeting of the Fiscal Affairs Committee.  The time and place for public comments on the 2024 County Budget will be provided during the official Public Hearing on the 2024 Union County Budget, which will be announced at time of the budget introduction in accordance with the law.

Submission Date: March 19, 2024

James E. Pellettiere, Clerk of the Board

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Union County presents: “Overcoming Alcohol In 2024” A Virtual Learning Session, April 11th

In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, the Union County Board of County Commissioners and the Department of Human Services have partnered with Atlantic Health System in presenting “Overcoming Alcohol in 2024,” a virtual webinar being held via Zoom on Thursday, April 11th from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The live discussion regarding the impact of alcohol addiction on the family and the individual will be hosted by Medical Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Unit at Overlook Medical Center, Dr. James Sherer. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. Visit https://ucnj.org/aam to register.

“Enhancing the well-being of all residents lies at the core of our county’s mission to cultivate a stronger, more supportive, and empathetic community. In alignment with this commitment, we partnered with Atlantic Health Systems to present an informative class for your convenience in the comfort and privacy of your own home,” said Commissioner Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “Acknowledging the sensitivity and challenges associated with alcohol addiction, we emphasize that you are not alone, and there are available resources to support you in overcoming this challenge.”

Join us for a discussion on identifying the signs of alcohol addiction, also known as “Alcohol Use Disorder” in the mental health field. You will also learn valuable tips on approaching loved ones struggling with this disorder and the different treatment options available. A better understanding of these options can make a significant difference in achieving a successful recovery and avoiding relapses.

According to data from the 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 29.5 million individuals aged 12 and above reported experiencing alcohol addiction in the United States within the past year. In the 2022 NJ Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Substance Abuse overview, it was reported that 37% of Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions for Union County residents identified alcohol as their primary drug. Alcoholism is a progressive disorder, as the dependency on alcohol increases over time and can lead to severe health problems and loss of control.

“We acknowledge that the impact of alcohol misuse is not only on individuals, but also on their loved ones,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados, Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Council. “This virtual seminar is an additional way that Union County provides support to our residents who may need it. I would like to invite you or anyone you know that may be facing this challenge, to register for this free webinar. Through the provision of appropriate tools and support, we can collaboratively contribute to building a healthier and happier community.”

A national helpline run by the Council on Substance Abuse – National Council on Alcoholism is available to the public at 800-662-HELP (4357) to provide free, confidential referrals and information on a 24/7, 365-day-a-year basis.

For more information about the 2024 Alcohol Awareness campaign in Union County, contact Gene Tavera, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinator, Division of Individual & Family Support Services, Office on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse, in the Union County Department of Human Services, at gene.tavera@ucnj.org or 908-527-4844.

To learn more about events and programs offered through the Department of Human Services, visit ucnj.org/dhs.

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New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Mobile Unit Visiting Union County

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The New Jersey MVC will be visiting the following locations in Union County. Appointments are required. Click here to make an appointment online.

  • Cranford – 3/19 and 3/21
  • Union – Kean Univ – 4/2
  • Roselle Park – 3/18
  • Scotch Plains – 4/12
  • Westfield – 4/8
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Union County Prosecutor’s Office and Kean University to Host Multi-Agency Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair, with Agency Recruitment Spanning Six States

Nearly 100 federal, state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies from six states will come together to participate in a joint recruitment event on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Kean University’s Harwood Arena, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey.

In early 2023, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, partnering with Kean University, hosted a similar law enforcement recruitment event that held over 50 agencies, and saw over 1,000 participants, and resulted in hundreds of hires at various agencies around the state. The full extent of the recruitment event’s success is unmeasurable, as agency hires are still being seen. This year’s event is slated to host over 100 participating law enforcement agencies looking to recruit the next generation of officers.

“The Union County Prosecutor’s Office is pleased to once again partner with Kean University for the Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair,” Union County Prosecutor William Daniel stated. “This is more than just recruitment; it is an opportunity to build a police force that truly reflects the communities we serve. Whether you’re a recent graduate, a seasoned professional, or someone considering a career shift, come explore the many paths available in law enforcement.”

 “Law enforcement is evolving. We’re seeking passionate individuals from all backgrounds who are committed to building trust and respect with the communities they serve. This recruitment fair is your chance to connect with different agencies, learn about their unique missions, and discover how your skills and experiences can contribute to a more equitable future”, Union County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives Dr. Harvey Barnwell states. “The fair is open to everyone interested in a career in law enforcement, regardless of experience or education level. Come explore your options, ask questions, and start your journey towards a meaningful career that makes a positive impact.”

Kean University President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D., said he is proud to partner with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office on this important event.

“This partnership with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office is one way Kean University serves as an anchor institution for the region, supporting programs that benefit our neighboring communities,” Repollet said. “The University has an outstanding criminal justice program, and our many graduates are serving at all levels of law enforcement with distinction. This recruitment fair is an excellent opportunity for Kean’s students and members of the community to find meaningful careers in public service.”

“Choosing a career in law enforcement provides a meaningful way for our residents to positively impact their community, while also enjoying fair compensation and benefits,” said Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “Following the success of last year’s event with a substantial turnout, the continued demand for officers emphasizes the importance of such events. This joint recruitment event offers residents a valuable opportunity to explore different agencies, find their fit, and consider the diverse possibilities within law enforcement. I encourage all potential candidates to attend and explore the rewarding aspects this profession can provide.”

“This recruitment fair will give everyone interested in a career in law enforcement the opportunity to learn more about this career path,” said Senate President Nick Scutari. “The many agencies participating will offer job opportunities to join in the new generation of officers with good jobs that provide a vital public service to our communities.”

Senator Joseph Cryan emphasized his support for those interested in a career in law enforcement. “As a former Union County Sheriff, I am proud of the professionalism that exists among our local law enforcement officials. Any young individual seeking a rewarding career in public service would be well-served to explore their interests at the Union County Prosecutors Office Recruitment Fair.”

“The upcoming recruitment fair provides a unique opportunity for those interested in a career in law enforcement to discover available opportunities to protect and serve our community,” said Senator Jon Bramnick. “Becoming a law enforcement officer is a tremendous responsibility with making a positive impact on our communities, and I highly encourage anyone with an interest in the field to attend.”

Law enforcement partners from federal, state, county, and municipal agencies will be in attendance. Applicants are encouraged to dress professionally and bring their resumes.

Agencies that will be in attendance include: United States Secret Service – Newark Field Office, Pentagon Force Protection, Office of Homeland Security Investigations, FBI – Newark Field Office, ATF – Newark, DEA, IRS, Federal Air Marshal Service, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Essex County Corrections, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Prince William County Police, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, John Stamler Police Academy, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey State Parole Board, New Jersey State Human Services Police, New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness, New Jersey & New York Port Authority Police, New York State Department of Corrections & Community Supervision, New York State Police, Division on NJ Civil Rights, NJ Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey Transit Police, Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department, Rutgers Police Department,  Princeton University Police, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJIT Police Department, Monmouth University Police Department,  Kean University Police Department, Delaware State Police, Delaware Department of Corrections, Clark Police Department, New Providence Police Department, Berkeley Heights Police Department, Linden Police Department, Union Police Department, North Wildwood Police Department, Roselle Police Department, Westfield Police Department, Rahway Police Department, Hillside Police Department, Union County Police Department, Kenilworth Police Department, Roselle Park Police Department, Scotch Plains Police Department, West Orange Police Department, Millburn Police Department, Newark Police Department, South Brunswick Police Department, Avalon Police Department, Jackson Police Department, Pennsauken Police Department, Sea Isle City Police Department, Hillsborough Police Department, Sea Girt Police Department, Franklin Township Police Department, South Orange Police Department, Rochester Police Department, Hoboken Police Department, Plainfield Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Irvington Police Department, Maplewood Police Department, Orange Police Department, Fort Lee Police Department, East Orange Police Department, Little Falls Police Department, Sayreville Police Department, Summit Police Department, Jersey City Police Department, Alexandria Police Department – VA, and New York Police Department.

In addition, individuals seeking a career as assistant prosecutors, lab technicians, administrators, and clerks will have the opportunity to discuss those careers and be advised of the process necessary to pursue those positions.

The Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair is jointly hosted by Kean University and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, and with the support of the Union County Board of County Commissioners, New Jersey Senate President Nicholas Scutari, New Jersey Senators Joseph Cryan and Jon Bramnick, Elizabeth Branch NAACP President Shawn McClain, and New Jersey NOBLE President Jiles Ship.

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Union County’s Social Services Division Employee Wins 2023 CWA Worker of the Year Award

The Union County Board of County Commissioners and the Department of Human Services would like to extend warm congratulations to Union County employee Ms. Shioban Dominguez for being selected by the NJ Child Support Council with the 2023 County Welfare Agency (CWA) Worker of the Year Award. Ms. Dominguez was presented the award on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at the Annual NJ CS Conference Luncheon, in the presence of colleagues, family, and friends.

“The Union County Commissioners and I extend our congratulations to Ms. Shioban Dominguez for her extraordinary work that has proven invaluable to the Union County community,” said Commissioner Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “Her efforts and assistance to the Human Services Department in collaborating with clients, co-workers, and our residents have greatly enhanced the department’s quality, and her inspiring work ethic promises a continued positive impact in the future.”

Shioban Dominguez has been an invaluable asset to the Child Support and Paternity (CSP) Unit at Union County since she joined in 2011. She was specifically selected to work in the CSP Unit’s UIFSA-IVD Intergovernmental Unit due to her exceptional skills and qualities, which made her the perfect candidate for the role. Shioban has consistently demonstrated excellent performance throughout her tenure, showcasing her ability to learn and adapt to process changes and work responsibilities. Notably, she has gone above and beyond in her duties, providing exceptional guidance to clients during intricate processes and taking on additional responsibilities during busy or short-staffed periods. Her team members and supervisors have described her as a team player, motivated and caring, and a person who consistently brings insightful suggestions in an effort to improve the department and better assist the families of Union County.

“Ms. Dominguez’s well-deserved recognition as the NJ Child Support Council’s 2023 County Welfare Agency Worker of the Year reflects her dedication and exceptional contributions to our Union County community,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados, Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Council. “Her commitment, adaptability, and genuine care for our residents make her a true asset to our Social Services team and the Union County Board of County Commissioners congratulates her and takes great pride in her achievements.”

Union County’s Social Services Division recognizes the importance of providing the necessary financial and emotional support to custodial parents through the Child Support and Paternity Unit. Their efforts are geared towards promoting the productivity and well-being of children and families, thereby contributing to the overall development of our society.

The Social Services Division is a branch of the Union County Department of Human Services. The Department employs over 700 people and serves more than half of the country’s population.

To learn more about the Department of Human Services, visit ucnj.org/dhs.

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Union County’s Popular “Weekend of Shredding” Returns in 2024 to Kick Off Recycling Season

The Union County Board of County Commissioners would like announce that Union County’s “Weekend of Shredding” will kick off the 2024 shredding season on Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th.  

“We are thrilled to bring back Union County’s ‘Weekend of Shredding’ for 2024, providing a valuable service for residents to securely dispose of sensitive documents,” said Commissioner Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “This initiative not only aids in decluttering homes but contributes to our collective efforts in making Union County a cleaner and more environmentally conscious place to live. I hope everyone will join us and continue to work together for a greener future.”

The two events will take place on the campus of the Union County Vocational Technical School, which is located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. Both events will take place in the West Hall (Police Academy) lot.  There will be ample signage at both events to direct residents to the shredding site.

Each shredding event begins at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude promptly at 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, but may finish earlier if the shredding trucks fill up to capacity.

Participants are reminded pre-shredded, damp, or wet paper will not be accepted. Bindings, large plastic or metal clips, and other paraphernalia should be removed prior to arrival at the shredding site.

These events are drive-up only and contact-free. Residents must remain in their cars while staff unloads their papers, which are shredded on site in a mobile shredding truck.

Union County’s free shedding events are intended for personal, sensitive documents only. Residents can recycle magazines, junk mail and other waste paper with their municipal recycling program. For information, contact the https://ucnj.org/recycling/municipal-recycling-coordinators/.  The shredding events are for residentially generated paper only.  Businesses and business documents will not be accepted for shredding at the events.  If there is a business that needs guidance on how to shred documents, they can contact the Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning via the online form at  ucnj.org/recycle.

For the complete 2024 paper shredding schedule and information on all recycling programs hosted by Union County, visit ucnj.org/recycle or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889. For the latest news and updates on all municipal and countywide recycling programs in Union County, download the free Recycle Coach app. More information is available at ucnj.org/recycling/recycle-coach-app.

Quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities are available at ucnj.org/green-connection. The mobile paper shredding program is paid for through Recycling Enhancement Act Grant funds, which are applied for by Union County and received from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

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Public Notice of Hearing on District Solid Waste Management Plan Amendment

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Public Hearing will be held by the Union County Board of County Commissioners on March 13, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioner Meeting Room on the 6th Floor of the Administration Building located at 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07207, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 (the “Open Public Meetings Act”), for the purpose of hearing persons interested in, or who are affected by, the Board of County Commissioners’ consideration of an Ordinance Amending the Union County District Solid Waste Management Plan described below.  The Plan Amendment that is the subject of the Public Hearing has been prepared in accordance with the Solid Waste Management Act (N.J.S.A. 13:1E-1 et seq.). 

The purpose of the Plan Amendment is to:

(1) INCLUDE THE WASTE MANAGEMENT OF NEW JERSEY, INC. FACILITIES IN ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY, AS THE COUNTY’S DESIGNATED FACILITIES TO WHICH SOLID WASTE TYPES 13, 13C, 23 AND 27 ARE TO BE DIRECTED FOR DISPOSAL, (2) INCORPORATE THE SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICES AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN THE UNION COUNTY UTILITIES AUTHORITY AND WASTE MANAGEMENT OF NEW JERSEY, INC. FOR THE PROVISION OF DISPOSAL SERVICES FOR SOLID WASTE TYPES 13, 13C, 23 AND 27, AND (3) DIRECT ALL SOLID WASTE TYPES 13, 13C, 23 AND 27 TO THE WASTE MANAGEMENT OF NEW JERSEY, INC. FACILITIES IN ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY FOR DISPOSAL, PURSUANT TO REGULATORY WASTE FLOW CONTROL.

The facilities which are the subject of this Plan Amendment are Waste Management of New Jersey, Inc.’s, Front Street Transfer Station, located at 625-647 S. Front Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07202 (Block 763, Lot 1; Block 763.01, Lot 1; Block 757, Lots 2 and 3).

The name and address of the Union County District Solid Waste Coordinator is Linda Stender, Acting Executive Director c/o Union County Utilities Authority, 1499 Routes 1&9 North, Rahway, New Jersey.

A copy of the Plan Amendment is available for public inspection at the offices of the Union County Utilities Authority, 1499 Routes 1 & 9 North, Rahway, New Jersey, and at the office of the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, located at 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07207, during regular business hours.

In addition, a link to the Plan Amendment and related documents are available for review on the official website of the Union County Utilities Authority at: http://www.unioncountyutilitiesauthority.org/ucswmp/. Contact James E. Pellettiere at 908-527-4140, or Lisa DaSilva at 732-382-9400, should there be any problem with accessing the link or the documents.

James E. Pellettiere, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, Union County.

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Due to impending inclement weather on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, the Union Vicinage will be closed for in-person filings and proceedings. Remote proceedings will continue as scheduled. All employees are to work remotely as per their schedule.