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Union County Seniors are Award Winners in New Jersey State Art Show

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is proud to announce that 10 Union County artists have been selected as award winners in the 56th annual New Jersey Senior Art Show. The exhibit includes works of art created by both professional and non-professional artists, ages 60 and up, from all 21 counties across the state.

“Amanda Gorman, My Favorite Poet,” by Westfield resident Elizabeth Gillin, was awarded First Place for Oil Painting by a Non-professional artist in the 2022 New Jersey Senior Art Show.

To qualify for the statewide exhibit, artists first have to participate in juried exhibits within their own counties, and receive a first-place award in their media category.

“Listen to Your Heart,” by Cranford resident Joe Manzella, was awarded First Place for Digital Art by a Non-professional artist in the 2022 New Jersey Senior Art Show.

“On behalf of the Commissioner Board, I thank everyone who participated in the Union County Senior Art Show last spring, and congratulate the awardees who are exhibiting in the statewide show. We are all enriched by the creativity and insights of the senior members of our community,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams.

The Union County awardees are:

  • Joe Manzella (Cranford) — 1st Place, Digital Art by a Non-Professional artist, for the artwork, “Listen to Your Heart”
  • Elizabeth Gillin (Westfield) — 1st Place, Oil Painting by a Non-Professional artist, for the painting, “Amanda Gorman, My Favorite Poet”
  • Sam Awad (Summit) 2nd Place, Photography by a Professional artist, for the artwork, “Pit Stop”
  • Michelle Thompson (Union) — 3rd Place, Mixed Media by a Non-Professional artist, for the artwork, “Finding Beauty in a World of Chaos”
  • Marianne O’Neill (Rahway) — Honorable Mention, Craft by a Non-Professional artist, for the artwork, “Birdhouses & Buttons”
  • Lynda Dubois-Jackson (Plainfield) — Honorable Mention, Craft by a Professional artist, for the artwork, “Grandma & Friends”
  • Joseph J. Schott (Fanwood) — Honorable Mention, Oil by a Professional artist, for the painting, “Snyder Hunt Club”
  • Barbara Uhr (Westfield) — Honorable Mention, Pastel by a Professional artist, for the artwork, “Along the Banks”
  • Carol Sussman Skalka (Springfield) — Honorable Mention, Sculpture by a Non-Professional artist, for the artwork, “Caress”
  • Kim Eckstrom (Fanwood) — Honorable Mention, Watercolor by a Professional artist, for the painting, “House with Turret”

The 2022 New Jersey Senior Art Show can be viewed online at www.njseniorarts.com/gallery/.

To see the exhibit in person, visit the main building of Meadow Lakes Senior Living, 300 Meadow Lakes, in East Windsor. The public can view the artworks, free of charge, Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm. Groups of 6 or more should contact Meadow Lakes in advance by calling 609-448-4100. Directions can be found on the Meadow Lakes website at https://meadowlakesonline.org/.

The show is on display at Meadow Lakes through Thursday, October 27.

The New Jersey Senior Art Show is a co-sponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Mercer County’s Division of Culture & Heritage, funded by the Council on the Arts with additional support from Mercer County and the New Jersey Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing and other support services, 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 Residents Can View New Flood Study Online

Residents will be invited to participate in public meetings on reducing the risk of coastal storm surge flooding.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners encourages members of the public to review a new coastal flooding study covering parts of Union County and the metropolitan New York/New Jersey area, prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The new “NY & NJ Harbor & Tributaries Focus Area Feasibility Study” is available online at nan.usace.army.mil.

As part of the flood control planning process, the USACE will hold a series of public meetings later this year.

“We strongly encourage residents, business owners and other stakeholders in Union County to review the study, prepare questions and suggestions, and participate in the public meetings once they are scheduled,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams. “This project will be the largest of its kind ever undertaken by the USACE. We anticipate that it will make a significant difference in our community, and to millions of people in the metro area.”

“The new coastal study complements our ongoing work with the USACE on flood mitigation for inland parts of Union County. These are complex projects and we thank USACE, and state and federal partners, for ensuring that we continue to make progress on these vital infrastructure improvements,” said Commissioner Bette Jane Kowalski, who met with staff from USACE and other experts to review the new report earlier this month.

The NY & NJ Harbor Study describes a “Tentatively Selected Plan” to reduce the risk of coastal storm surge by building storm surge barriers at the entrance to Arthur Kill in New Jersey and various waterways in New York, along with natural features and other measures to mitigate flooding from storm surges. Inland communities, such as those along the Passaic River, are among those expected to benefit from these projects.

The Tentatively Selected Plan also provides for minimizing impacts on environmental or cultural resources, while still meeting the goal of reducing flood risk.

The NY & NJ study is part of the USACE’s North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study. Building on lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, the Comprehensive Study is designed to assess and understand flood risks associated with climate change, and to help at-risk communities better prepare for future flood risks, based on latest scientific information available.

Links for the Comprehensive Study are available at the NY & NJ Harbor Study web page, https://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Projects-in-New-York/New-York-New-Jersey-Harbor-Tributaries-Focus-Area-Feasibility-Study/

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing and other support services, 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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Local Businesses Invited to Strategic Resilience Lunch with Panel Discussion, Oct. 4

Union County business owners and managers who are interested in learning new ways to continue growing during periods of stress are invited to attend a Strategic Resilience Lunch & Learn event hosted by the Union County Commissioner Board on Tuesday, October 4, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kean University STEM Building at 1075 Morris Avenue in Union Township.

The event will include a panel discussion on adapting to economic emergencies hosted by Commissioner Board Chair Rebecca L. Williams and featuring Kean University’s NJSBDC Regional Director, Rafael Mata.

 “We encourage the members of our local business community to come and learn from the real-life experiences of our panelists, network with their peers, and meet with agencies that can provide guidance and assistance,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams.

Representatives from the Union County Economic Development Corporation, the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers, Union College, the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will also be on hand.

The panel will consist of:

  • Charlotte Diakite (Owner, A3 Contracting)
  • Gladys Vonglahn (Owner, Gladys Cleaning Service LLC)
  • Lee Frankel (Owner, Crossroads Restaurant, Bar and Music Venue
  • Mike Kelly (Owner, Garden State Strength and Fitness)
  • Koron Barley (Owner, Headquarters Hair Studio)
  • Kevin Castor (Co-Owner, Melao’s Café and Creamery)

Lunch will be provided at the event. Pre-registration is required at ucnj.org/ucmb. Please note that a modest fee of $10.00 per person applies.

Union County’s The Lunch & Learn series is hosted through the Commissioner Board’s Union County Means Business initiative, a program of the Office of Business Development in the Union County Department of Economic Development.

Union County Means Business is supported by many partners including: UCEDC, Suburban Chamber of Commerce, Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Union Township Chamber of Commerce, Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Union College, Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce, Kean University, America’s SBDC – New Jersey and New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the Office of Business Development visit ucnj.org/department-of-economic-development or contact the Office Coordinator, Jeff Brooks, at Jeffrey.Brooks@ucnj.org or 908-659-7412.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, 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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Sample Ballots for Union County Voters Are Now Available

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that  sample ballots for the November 8 General Election can now be viewed and downloaded on the County Clerk’s elections website unioncountyvotes.com, and through Union County Votes, a free app for all mobile devices.

The County Clerk’s office in Elizabeth is located in the County Courthouse, at 2 Broad Street (access via Elizabethtown Plaza entrance on Saturday, June 4).

The County Clerk’s office is also mailing sample ballots to all registered Union County voters. The sample ballot mailings will begin on October 12.

“The website and app offer a convenient way for voters to familiarize themselves with their ballot, even before they receive their copy in the mail,” said Ms. Rajoppi.

Voters with any questions about their sample ballots can call the County Clerk’s Elections Division, 908-527-4996 or email the Elections Division at ucvote@ucnj.org.

For more information about the County Clerk’s election services visit unioncountyvotes.com or contact the Elections Division at 908-527-4996 or ucvote@ucnj.org.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing and other support services, 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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Free Scrap Metal Recycling for Union County Residents

Free drop-off sites available on October 6 and October 15.

Union County residents can bring their old or unwanted scrap metal to free recycling drop-off sites sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. Metal cabinets, wire hangers, appliances, gutters, kitchen ware and many other metal items are accepted at these sites.

“Recycling scrap metal is an important way to conserve resources, and we encourage every household to make use of this free service,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams. “These drop-off sites make it easy and convenient to clear your home and yard of unwanted metal items while helping the environment, too.”

The Union County scrap metal drop-off program operates at two sites, in Cranford and Rahway. Both sites are open to all Union County residents regardless of their home town.

Scrap metal will be accepted Thursday, October 6 and Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at two free drop-off centers:

  • Cranford:  Emergency Services Building, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard
  • Rahway: Rahway River Park (follow Park Drive, Rahway off St. Georges Avenue to service yard across from swimming pool)

The final scrap metal drop-off events of the 2022 season will take place on Thursday, November 3 and Saturday, November 19. The scrap metal recycling program goes on hiatus over the winter and will resume in the spring of 2023.

Please note that Union County’s scrap metal recycling events are drive-up only, and contact-free.

Participants must remain in their vehicles at all times.  Materials should be placed in trunk, cargo area or truck bed and be easily accessible for staff to remove.

For more information, upcoming dates and directions to all Union County recycling programs and locations, visit the Bureau of Recycling and Planning website at ucnj.org/recycle or call the Union County Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889.

To receive schedule alerts, and to stay up to date with Union County and local recycling programs, download the free Recycle Coach mobile app.

Quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities are available at The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, 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 Clerk Updates Voters on Vote-by-Mail Ballots

The County Clerk’s office in Elizabeth is located in the County Courthouse, at 2 Broad Street (access via Elizabethtown Plaza entrance on Saturday, June 4).

Ballots will be mailed to voters in bright yellow envelopes.

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that Vote by Mail Ballots are being mailed to registered voters in Union County in stages, according to Congressional District. The ballots are being sent in bright yellow envelopes to help voters avoid misplacing their ballot.

The first stage included Berkeley Heights, Clark, Fanwood, parts of Linden, Mountainside, New Providence, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, Westfield and Winfield, all of which are in CD 7, along with the balance of Linden and the Township of Union, both of which are in CD 10. Vote-by-Mail voters in these municipalities can expect to receive their ballots this week.

As a reminder, voters should look for their ballot in a bright yellow envelope.

“My office is sending the ballots out in stages to help ensure that the U.S. Postal Service can handle the increased volume in an orderly manner and deliver all of them on time, to voters in every Union County municipality,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “I strongly encourage voters to fill out and return their Vote-by-Mail ballot as soon as they receive it, to account for any unforeseen delays.”

Voters can view the updated schedule of mailings on the County Clerk’s elections website, at UnionCountyVotes.com. The schedule is also available on the County Clerk’s free mobile app, UC Votes.

Voters can choose several ways to return their Vote-by-Mail ballot as early as possible before Election Day: by Postal Service (postage is pre-paid), secure drop-off box, or hand delivery to the County Clerk’s offices or Board of Elections office.

The drop-off boxes are available on a 24/7 basis until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, when the polls close.

The Board of Elections office will be open for voters to hand deliver their vote by mail ballots until 8:00 p.m. on November 8. Voters who hand deliver their ballots to this office must sign a registry and present a valid New Jersey driver’s license or other New Jersey identification.

For more details, including the location of offices, drop-off boxes, and polling places, visit unioncountyvotes.com.

For more information about the County Clerk’s election services visit unioncountyvotes.com or contact the Elections Division at 908-527-4996 or ucvote@ucnj.org.

For more information about all County Clerk programs and services, visit online at ucnj.org/county-clerk or call 908-527-4787.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing and other support services, 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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“Four Centuries in a Weekend” Returns to Union County, Oct. 15-16

Explore more than 370 years of Union County history in two days.

Union County’s “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey Through Time” countywide history event is back this year on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 from noon to 5:00 p.m. each day. Each day is packed with special exhibits and activities at more than 30 house museums and historic sites in Union County, all open to the public free of charge.

The annual event is sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners and coordinated by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, in collaboration with staff and volunteers at the sites.

“Every year brings new insights that enrich our knowledge of the past, that inform our experience of the present, and that enable us to see more clearly into the future of our community,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams. “We encourage everyone to come and enjoy the activities and exhibits, and walk in the footsteps of those who lived here through the centuries.”

Visitors will be able to stop by a beautifully restored mansion and church, Revolutionary War burial grounds, the county’s oldest railroad station, quaint house museums, special exhibitions, and more.

Each site will provide visitors with a free Union County Passport to stamp. Visitors can also pick up free Union County History trading cards at many of the sites.

For more details, including updates and late-breaking schedule changes, visit ucnj.org/4c or contact the individual site.

The featured sites with activities this year include:

Berkeley Heights — Deserted Village of Feltville / Glenside Park

1 Cataract Hollow Rd., Berkeley Heights

908-527-4900

http://www.ucnj.org/dv

• Apple cider pressing

• Hayrides

• Walking tour led by an archaeologist (departs 2:00 pm from Masker’s Barn on Sat. and Sun.); learn about excavations that revealed the social history of certain significant periods here, through examination of physical evidence

• Activities for children: old-fashioned children’s games; quill and ink pen writing

• Campfire with marshmallow toasting

• Learn about this village’s history in multiple ways: interpretive panels, audio tour, museum displays, booklet for a self-guided tour, or an armchair tour presented by “David Felt”

• Meet costumed characters from Feltville history, including Revolutionary War soldier John Willcocks, and David Felt, who owned and developed the mill town here

• View recently completed restoration work on House #7

Most buildings and activities in the village are wheelchair-accessible via visitors’ own vehicle or golf cart, provided on site. Historic buildings and activities are spread out over a large area.

Parking available in three areas on site. Attendants will direct you as you turn onto Cataract Hollow Rd. Inform attendant of accommodations needed for people with disabilities.

Clark — Dr. William Robinson Plantation Museum

593 Madison Hill Rd., Clark

732-340-1571 

www.DrRobinsonMuseum.org

Saturday: open 11 am–4 pm and 8–10 pm *

Sunday: open 11 am – 3 pm

• Tours this 3-floor museum, a circa-1690 building

• Interactive displays outdoors and indoors

• Functioning 1919 Model T on display

• Living History program about World War II armed forces, from multiple sides and theaters of the war; learn about civilian efforts that supported troops, including a USO show. Displays include uniforms, weapons, and a signal corps tent with working equipment (Saturday evening tour: Experience the World War II encampment at night).

• Gift shop

• Herb garden featuring plants considered medicinal

1st floor of building is wheelchair-accessible. Video shown on 1st floor is a virtual tour of basement and attic levels.

Street parking available.

Cranford — Crane-Phillips House Museum

124 North Union Ave., Cranford

908-276-0082

www.cranfordhistoricalsociety.org

• Tour this Civil War-era cottage home

• “Celebrating Cranford’s Finest” exhibit commemorates the 125th anniversary of Cranford Police Dept. and the 135th anniversary of the Fire Dept. — with displays of all police officers and chiefs since 1870, beginning with Joshua Bryant; and displays about the Fire Dept. through the years. Police officers and firefighters will greet visitors. 

Museum building is wheelchair-accessible, except the 2nd floor, which can be seen by a video shown on the 1st floor.

Park in the Police Dept. lot (behind museum) or the nearby municipal lot.

Cranford — William Miller Sperry Observatory

Union College, 1033 Springfield Ave., Cranford

908-709-7000 

www.asterism.org

• Tours of Sperry Observatory will be led by members of Amateur Astronomy Inc., followed by Q&A sessions — two of the largest telescopes in the eastern United States are located here

• Observatory domes will be open, weather permitting, however telescopes are not used during daylight

• Pick up astronomy and science-related books, magazines and posters — gently used and donated for this event

Observatory classroom is wheelchair-accessible.

Sperry Observatory is located towards the back of the Union College campus, between Springfield Ave. and Gallows Hill Rd. Ample parking is available in the large lots on the college campus, including spaces near the Observatory.

Elizabeth — Boxwood Hall State Historic Site

1073 E. Jersey St., Elizabeth

908-282-7617   

https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/historic/boxwoodhall.html

• Guided tours of this 18th-century residence describe the events and people connected with this site, including George Washington — who dined here on the day he was inaugurated as our first President

• Exhibit about local history

First floor is wheelchair-accessible via the back entrance.

Parking lot behind building (via driveway between Boxwood Hall and Efficiency Inn).

Elizabeth — Elizabeth Public Library

11 S Broad St., Elizabeth

908-354-6060 

www.elizpl.org

Open Saturday only

Closed Sunday

• Historic Elizabethtown Scavenger Hunt hosted by the Library’s Local History & Special Collections Dept. — pick up the Scavenger Hunt map/brochure on site; for more information, contact the Dept. at 908-354-6060 x7220, or email afernandez@elizpl.org

• Navesink String Quartet performance at 2 pm (indoors)

Library building and restrooms are fully ADA-compliant. For the Scavenger Hunt, see the brochure to contact sites before visiting to inquire about accessibility.

Free parking on site while using the Library only. For the Scavenger Hunt, use either Bollwage Parking Garage at 37 Caldwell Place or Jefferson Ave. Parking Garage at 28-56 Jefferson Ave. (at corner of Dickinson).

Elizabeth — Nathaniel Bonnell Homestead & Belcher-Ogden Mansion

1046 East Jersey St., Elizabeth

908-581-7555

• Exterior tour about “the corner that history made”

• Picnic tables available for litter-free carry-in lunch in Belcher-Ogden back yard

Building is wheelchair accessible.

Parking lot on site.

Elizabeth — Siloam Hope First Presbyterian Church & Snyder Academy

42 Broad St., Elizabeth

908-353-2131

• Guided tours of First Presbyterian Church, the oldest English-speaking congregation in New Jersey (currently Siloam Hope First Presbyterian Church) and Snyder Academy, where Alexander Hamilton once attended school

• Self-guided tour of the restored Revolutionary-era cemetery and burial grounds, where 313+ free and enslaved African people are buried in unmarked graves

• History presentation

• Children’s games from the Revolutionary War period

• Arts and crafts for children and adults

• Historical museum at Snyder Academy features Revolutionary War artifacts, tours and audio-visual presentations about the history of this site

Church building is wheelchair-accessible via ramp at the entrance. Snyder Academy is wheelchair-accessible by elevator located on the Caldwell Ave. side (north side) of the building.

Convenient parking available at the parking garage on Caldwell Place, across from Snyder Academy. 

Fanwood — Historic Fanwood Train Station Museum

230 North Ave., Fanwood

908-322-8236 

www.fanwoodnj.org

• Museum features local history, with a focus on rail service, set in the historic Fanwood Train Station building

Hillside — Evergreen Cemetery

1137 North Broad St., Hillside 

908-352-7940

• Pick up a tour booklet at Woodruff House for a self-guided tour of this historic cemetery, replete with many elaborate funerary monuments

Hillside — Woodruff House, Eaton Store Museum & Phil Rizzuto All Sports Exhibit

111 Conant St., Hillside

908-353-8828 

www.woodruffhouse.org

Saturday: open 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday: open 12 – 4 pm

• Tours of Woodruff House (dating to 1735) and Eaton Store (dating to 1900) and their period furnishings:

• In homage to the Woodruff apple orchards, Mini Apple Festival includes the sale of fresh apples, cider, apple turnovers, apple-cider donuts and hot dogs

• Early 1900s antique car on display

• Visit the barn to see the Phil Rizzuto All Sports Exhibit of memorabilia from local baseball legend Phil Rizzuto

• Pick up a brochure with map to take a self-guided tour of nearby historic Evergreen Cemetery

Street parking available.

Kenilworth — Oswald J. Nitschke House

49 South 21 St., Kenilworth

908-276-9090

www.kenilworthhistoricalsociety.org

• Guided tours of this circa-1880 authentically furnished home and its “teaching” gardens of heirloom flowers, vegetables and herbs

• Multicultural garden-to-table demonstration

• Textile crafting demonstration

• Interactive “living history” program portrays the everyday life of a late 19th-/early 20th-century immigrant in a developing suburb

• New exhibit: “New Orange/Kenilworth — A Melting Pot of Many Cultures”

• Light refreshments

Grounds and building are wheelchair-accessible; elevator on site.

Free parking in front of building, on the street and in municipal lot across the street.

Mountainside — Deacon Andrew Hetfield House

Constitution Plaza, Watchung Ave., Mountainside

908-789-9420

www.mountainsidehistory.org/contact-us

• Tours of this house, which dates to circa 1760 and was expanded and altered over the years

• Special exhibits

• John Sileo of the Tri-State Historical Education Simulations will discuss a Revolutionary War battle that was fought nearby, with discussion augmented by a miniature diorama showing the battle’s actions with hundreds of hand-painted soldiers

• Browse and shop at the restored Levi Cory House (circa 1818) next door

Main house is not wheelchair-accessible.

Parking lot on site.

New Providence — Salt Box Museum

1350 Springfield Ave., New Providence

908-665-1034 

www.newprovidencehistorical.com

Saturday & Sunday:

• 19th-century tools exhibited outside include a restored hay wagon, laundry implements including a hand-crank ringer, foot-powered tool-sharpening wheel, and ice plow

• Tour the interior of this restored house, furnished to represent a typical mid-1800s New Jersey farmhouse, and displaying fascinating artifacts — some dating to before the American Revolution

Saturday only:

Guided Cemetery Tour (free) at New Providence Presbyterian Church, across from Salt Box at 1307 Springfield Ave., departing 1 pm and 2 pm (registration required): Learn the history of this cemetery and visit the graves of founding families and Revolutionary War soldiers on this guided 45-minute tour. Limit 20 per tour. To register and request confirmation, email NPcemeterytours@gmail.com, with name, preferred time and number of people. Meet 10 minutes before start time on the sidewalk by church parking lot. Sturdy shoes recommended, due to uneven ground.

Explore the Mason Room Archives of New Providence Historical Society: View local maps, photos, newspapers, personal journals and records in the Mason Room, located at the rear of New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Ave., New Providence.

Park on the street for Salt Box; in church lot for Presbyterian Church cemetery tour; or in the Library lot for visiting the Mason Room.

Plainfield — Drake House Museum & Historical Society of Plainfield

602 West Front St., Plainfield

908-755-5831 

www.drakehouseplainfieldnj.org

• Interior tours on rotating basis (limit 4 people per tour)

• Drake House Film Festival: a series of short videos shown on an ongoing basis (weather permitting, videos may be shown outdoors); subjects include artifacts, dance, and history; some feature drone footage.

• Information about the search for the Blue Hills Militia Post

Masks required indoors and will be available on site.

Grounds and 1st floor of building are wheelchair-accessible.

Parking lot on site; enter lot at traffic light.

Saturday only: 11 am – 3 pm

Two exhibits on view nearby at Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave.:

• “A Photographic Journey through Union County History,” photographs by Nancy Ori, on view in the Anne Louise Davis Room

• “Beef, Iron and Wine: Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century Pharmacy & Medicine in Plainfield,” an exhibit of bottles from the Historical Society of Plainfield’s collection, on view in the main lobby

Plainfield — duCret School of Art

1030 Central Ave., Plainfield

908-757-7171

www.ducret.edu

Open Saturday only

Closed Sunday

• Tours of this 1896 building, formerly the George Strong residence

• Exhibit of artworks from the school’s permanent collection

Parking lot on site.

Plainfield — Plainfield Quaker Meeting House

225 Watchung Ave., Plainfield

908-757-5736

www.plainfieldquakers.org

Open Saturday only

Closed Sunday

• Tour this historic meetinghouse, built in 1788

Building is wheelchair-accessible. Accessible parking spaces on site.

Park in lot on site or on street (meetinghouse is across from Plainfield train station).

Rahway –– African American History & Heritage Learning Center

261 Central Ave., Rahway

732-382-0541

www.ebenezeramechurch.com

Open Saturday only

Closed Sunday

• Guided tours of this site, formerly an 1800s one-room schoolhouse

• Interactive programs for children and parents/guardians

• Pop-up bookstore

• Performances and art exhibitions related to the city of Rahway, African-American culture and the world

• Storytelling and oral histories

• Community reading event

• Food trucks

• Free giveaways

Park in the church lot at 253 Central Ave. or on local streets nearby.

Rahway — Merchants & Drovers Tavern Museum

1632 St. George Ave., Rahway (corner of Westfield Ave.)

732-381-0441

www.merchantsanddrovers.org

• Tours of this museum and restored historic building — once a tavern and stagecoach stop

• Demonstration of authentic hearth cooking

• Tours of historic Rahway Cemetery, burial site of Abraham Clark, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; and of Ambo, an enslaved woman

Museum building and bathroom are wheelchair-accessible.

Parking available on grounds.

Rahway — Union County Performing Arts Center

1601 Irving St., Rahway

732-499-8226

www.ucpac.org

• Take a guided tour of this 1928 venue led by movie/theater historian and author Irv Hyatt, to include: the history of this restored theater; back stage; demonstration of the historic Wurlitzer organ with its sound effects and various connected instruments (such as drums, cymbals, xylophone); and a Projectionist with 40 years’ experience will explain the projection and movie system

Building is wheelchair-accessible. Accessible parking spaces at rear of building.

Parking available on street or behind the theatre. Or use spacious parking lot nearby at Hamilton Theater on Hamilton St.

Roselle — Abraham Clark House

101 W. 9th Ave., Roselle

732-221-7211

• Exhibits and artifacts focus on the life of Abraham Clark and the history of Roselle

Ample street parking available.

Roselle Park — Roselle Park Historical Society & Museum

9 W. Grant Ave., Roselle Park

• Exhibit exploring the history of Roselle Park — the founding families, mayors and Borough Councils through the years; with timelines about the railroads that helped develop this borough

Ground-level building entrance is wheelchair-accessible (no steps).

Free street parking available nearby, and metered parking across the street.

Scotch Plains — Frazee House

1451 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains

www.frazeehouse.org

Saturday only:

• Harvest Festival, featuring live music, food trucks, sale of pumpkins

• Children’s activities include: games, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin tossing and pumpkin patch

• Representatives will give external tours of the house restoration and describe this location’s significance on the Battle of Short Hills Historic Trail

• Video demonstration

Scotch Plains — Osborn Cannonball House Museum

1840 Front St., Scotch Plains

Weekends: 908-757-1885 

www.historicalsocietyspfnj.org

• Tour this Colonial-era house and learn about the family who lived here during the American Revolution, and what life was like for the 13 Osborn children — two of whom fought in the war

• Feature program “The 18th-Century Child at Work & Play” — Children worked hard in the 1700s, but also found time to play. Explore the collection of hands-on 18th-century toys. Play a game of quoits and 9-pin bowling.

• Make a colonial hat, then wear it for a photo-op as you pose with colonial children cut-outs

Park in the Municipal lot behind town hall or on street.

Scotch Plains — Shady Rest Country Club

820 Jerusalem Rd., Scotch Plains

908-490-1577

www.preserveshadyrest.org

• Tours this historic site, which was the first black-owned country club in the United States (ongoing tours with presentations)

• Documentary film “A Place for Us,” about the history of the Black-owned Shady Rest and about John Shippen, the first African-American professional golfer to play in the US Open

• The John Shippen Museum

• Arts and crafts for children

• FREE mini-golf

• Mini-golf putting contest — with prizes

• Light refreshments

Saturday only:

• Presentation about the history of horses and horseback-riding at The Shady Rest — plus a horse on site, and horseback-riding opportunities from 2 to 4 pm

Sunday only:

• Live jazz music performance in the Grand Ballroom by Andrew Wagner

• Thurman and Ruby Simmons will be on hand to discuss the history of John Shippen in the John Shippen Museum

Building is wheelchair-accessible. Accessible parking spaces on site.

Parking lot on site.

Springfield — Cannon Ball House/Hutchings Homestead

126 Morris Ave., Springfield

973-912-4464

www.springfieldhistoricalsociety.webs.com

• Self-guided tour of the first floor of this Colonial home that survived the Revolutionary War, featuring 18th-century artifacts in the library, parlor, dining room and colonial kitchen

• Docents from the Springfield Historical Society will answer questions

• Exhibit features the century-old, antique wedding gown of a prominent Springfield bride

• Battle of Springfield booklets, maps and 225th Anniversary memorabilia available for sale.

Saturday only:

• Members of the Brigade of the Revolution will tell stories of life as a colonial-era soldier in the days leading to the 1780 Battle of Springfield during the Revolutionary War

Entrance via rear door is just one step up, but building is not wheelchair-accessible by ramp.

Limited on-site parking; enter building via rear door.

Summit — Carter House

90 Butler Parkway, Summit

908-277-1747 

www.summitnjhistory.org  or www.summithistoricalsociety.org

• Informal tours of the circa-1741 Carter House

• Museum offers something for history lovers of all ages: period furniture and decorative items; a painting by the Hudson River School’s Worthington Whittredge; Colonia-era kitchen complete with hearth; a Franklin stove; and a library of local history

• Archives include photos, building histories, genealogy records, thousands of local obituaries, maps, postcards and more

• Retail shop offers handmade items and gifts with local themes

• Garage houses an antique fire truck and serves as a mini museum for the Summit Fire Dept.

Research room and entire archives are wheelchair-accessible via ramp from gravel parking lot; remainder of the museum is one step up.

Ample free parking on the street, or park in the gravel lot on site.

Summit — Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Ave., Summit

908-273-8787 

www.reeves-reedarboretum.org

Saturday only: open 10 am — 4 pm

Closed Sunday

• Historic public garden, education resource center, and living history museum featuring Wisner House and other outbuildings on 13.5 acres of pastoral lawns, woodland trails, a glacial bowl and historic gardens

• Free guided horticulture and history tours depart at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm from the Visitor’s Center

• History exhibit featuring photographs and artifacts from the Wisner, Reeves and Reed families

• Buildings include galleries, classroom/workshop space in the historic carriage house, and a library housing a collection of historic documents, photos and books

• Beacon Signal Fire #10, a replica of the original Revolutionary War beacon, was recently installed

• Explore the Wildflower Trail, and learn about the history of the historic daffodils here

Buildings are wheelchair-accessible. Gardens and grounds are wheelchair-accessible in some areas. Map and Guide available at Visitors Center provides details.

Park on site, across the street or in surrounding residential area (observe parking regulations).

Summit — Twin Maples

214 Springfield Ave., Summit

908-273-0301

www.twinmaplessummit.org

• Guided tours of this grand Colonial Revival estate built in 1908, with a facade resembling the White House, a lavish entry hall, a ballroom, and a ladies’ secret bath tucked beneath the staircase

Parking lot on site.

Summit — Wallace Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church

138-142 Broad St., Summit

• Tour of the church buildings and grounds, focusing on Rev. Dr. Florence S. Randolph, the activist and spiritual leader who advocated for justice, equality and equity, civil rights, and women’s suffrage

Building is wheelchair accessible.

Parking lot at rear of church. Street parking also available.

Union Township — Caldwell Parsonage

909 Caldwell Ave,. Union

908-687-7977

www.unionhistory.org or www.uniontwphistoricalsociety.webs.com

• Tours of this historic parsonage site led by student docents from Union schools

• Appearance by Rev. James Caldwell, portrayed by Meridoc Burkhardt

• New exhibit: “Hannah’s At-home Dress,” created by Gail Alterman, Costume consultant, Assistant to the FIT Textile Conservator

• New exhibit: “Local Heroes of the Revolution” created by Michael Yesenko, historian and author

• Family/children’s activities include: create a tricorn hat and/or a colonial-style bonnet; make “church” dolls; play colonial and native-American games

• Shop the vintage book sale

Building is wheelchair accessible. On-street parking and municipal lot one block away.

Union Township — Connecticut Farms Church  

888 Stuyvesant Ave., Union

908-688-3164

www.ctfarms.org

• Visit this historic church and its cemetery — congregation dates to 1730, and the original church building was burned down by the British in 1780

Union Township — Liberty Hall

1003 Morris Ave., Union

908-527-0400 

www.kean.edu

• Tour the historic Firehouse Museum, with Union Township Fire Dept. on hand

• Children’s activities

• Visitor Center offers a gift shop

The main house will not be open, due to a special event.

Visitor Center and Firehouse Museum are fully wheelchair-accessible.

On-site parking available.

Union Township — Congressman Donald M. Payne Vauxhall Meeting Center

333 Russell St., Vauxhall (Union)

908-688-2797

mvhs1860@yahoo.com

• Displays and historical information highlight the Vauxhall section of the Township of Union; presented by the Vauxhall Historical Society

Building is wheelchair accessible and fully ADA-compliant.

Parking lot is across the street from Jefferson School, which also has a parking lot.

Westfield — Miller-Cory House Museum

614 Mountain Ave., Westfield

908-232-1776

www.millercoryhouse.com

• Informal docent-led tours of this fully furnished circa-1740 farmhouse

• Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this site will showcase 18th-century cuisine with a demonstration of authentic colonial-era open-hearth cooking, using period recipes and techniques

• Herb and kitchen gardens

Park in lot or on surrounding side-streets.

Westfield — Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center

314 Mountain Ave., Westfield

908-654-1794 

www.westfieldhistoricalsociety.org

• Tour this meticulously decorated and maintained circa-1875 Italianate Victorian-era residence

• Special exhibit about the Westfield origins of Children’s Specialized Hospital

• Self-guided walking tour of the grounds includes gardens, an arboretum, and a “fairy house” hunt

Saturday only:

• Annual Westfield Historical Society AppleFest celebration held outdoors, with music and children’s games

Many activities are outdoors and wheelchair-accessible, however the building interior is not wheelchair-accessible. Interior can be seen online via a virtual tour.

Street parking available.

Four Centuries in a Weekend is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs is a division of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation. For information about all Cultural and Heritage programs, including grant opportunities, visit ucnj.org/cultural.

For information about all programs and activities in Union County parks, visit ucnj.org/parks or call 908-527-4900.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing and other support services, 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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Shred and Recycle Your Personal Documents in October, Free of Charge

Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to two free, secure shredding events in October, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

After October, Union County’s paper shredding program will be on winter hiatus. The series of events will resume again next spring.

“We encourage all Union County residents to use our free shredding program to help guard against identity theft, in addition to conserving resources,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams.

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

The dates and locations for October are:

  • Saturday, October 1: Union County Vocation-Technical School, West Hall/Police Academy parking lot, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains,
  • Saturday, October 29: Nokia, parking lot directly across from Ryder Way, 600 Mountain Avenue, New Providence

Union County’s paper shredding events are drive-up only and contact-free. Drivers must remain in their cars while staff unloads their papers. A mobile shredding truck will securely shred the papers on site.

All documents must be clean and dry. No pre-shredded paper will be accepted. Bindings, large plastic or metal clips, and other paraphernalia should be removed.

As a reminder, Union County’s paper shredding events are for sensitive, personal documents only. No businesses are allowed to participate. Magazines, junk mail and other waste paper should be recycled through a municipal recycling program.

For 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 in a handy mobile format, 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.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, 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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Save the Date: “Lunch & Learn” Event on Strategic Resilience for Local Businesses, Oct. 4

Business owners and managers in Union County are invited to attend the next Lunch & Learn event hosted by the Commissioner Board on Tuesday, October 4, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kean University STEM Building at 1075 Morris Avenue in Union Township.

The event will include a panel discussion on adapting to economic emergencies featuring Kean University’s NJSBDC Regional Director, Rafael Mata. Additional panelists will be announced shortly.

The Lunch & Learn series is hosted through the Union County Means Business initiative of the Office of Business Development in the Union County Department of Economic Development.

Lunch will be provided at the event. Pre-registration is required at ucnj.org/ucmb. Please note that a modest fee of $10.00 per person applies.

For more information about the Office of Business Development visit ucnj.org/department-of-economic-development or contact the Office Coordinator, Jeff Brooks, at Jeffrey.Brooks@ucnj.org or 908-659-7412.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, 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 Students Invited to Attend 4-H Open House

Learn about the 4-H program – meet the club leaders.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County 4-H Youth Development Program will be holding an open house for students in grades 1 through 12 on Friday, September 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. Ample free parking is available at Trailside.

Volunteer 4-H club leaders will be on hand to meet the students and talk about the 4-H program.

“The Commissioner Board is very proud to support 4-H, which helps youth in our community develop leadership and communication skills while exploring subjects that interest them,” said Commissioner Board Chair Rebecca L. Williams.

The 4-H club calendar follows the school year. For the 2022-23 school year, the available Union County 4-H clubs are Archery, Cooking, Sewing, Crafts, Service, Outdoors, Engineering, Lego Robotics, Gardening, and Variety.

More details about the clubs, including age requirements, meeting schedules and fees, is available at unioncountynj4h.com .

4-H Clubs are run by adult volunteers that have been screened and trained. Membership in clubs is open to all genders. The Union County 4-H Program is run by the Rutgers New Jersey Cooperative Extension of Union County, and is supported by the Union County Board of Commissioners, Rutgers University, the United States Department of Agriculture and the New Jersey Experiment Station.

For more information about the open house or 4-H please contact 4-H Agent James Nichnadowicz at 908-654-9854 ext. 3 or email him at jnichnadowicz@ucnj.org.

For information about all Union County Extension programs, including Master Tree Stewards, Master Gardeners and Environmental Stewards, visit ucnj.org/rce.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, 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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