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Union County Baseball Hall of Fame to Induct New Members

Roy White to speak at Union County NJ Baseball Association
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Guest Speaker: Roy White, Former New York Yankees Outfielder and Coach           

The Union County Baseball Association will induct four new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame and honor local student athletes for their achievements in 2014 during award ceremonies on Sunday afternoon, February 8.

The 79th Annual Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner on Feb. 8th begins at 1:00 p.m. at the L’Affaire Banquet Center, 1099 Route 22 East, in Mountainside. The dinner is sponsored by the Union County Baseball Association, in cooperation with the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.

During the afternoon awards ceremonies, the UCBA will induct four new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame: Jorge Comas of Elizabeth, Barry Kaverick of Kenilworth, Richard McCormack of Elizabeth, and Jack Shaw of Roselle Park.

Roy White, former New York Yankees All-Star outfielder and two-time World Series champion, will be the special guest speaker. White played his entire Major League career with the Yankees from 1965 through 1979, compiling a .271 career batting average and a .360 on-base percentage. An excellent defensive player, he led American League left fielders in fielding percentage for four consecutive seasons.

Tickets for the dinner are $45 each. Proceeds will help fund the Union County Summer Youth Baseball League for youngsters 8 to 15 years, and the Fall Teen League.

Since 1937, the Hot Stove League Dinner has been the primary fund-raising effort for the Union County Baseball Association’s summer and fall programs. Over the years, the awards dinner has honored many local and national baseball luminaries – including Phil Rizzuto of Hillside, Don Newcombe of Elizabeth, Joe Collins of Union, Jeff Torborg of Mountainside, Willie Wilson of Summit, and Elliott Maddox of Union.

Tickets for the 79th Annual Union County Baseball Association Hot Stove League Dinner on Feb. 8th are available from the Union County Baseball Association by visiting For more information, please call Jim Iozzi at 908-917-2523.

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders Honors 2014 Chairman Christopher Hudak

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored their outgoing Chairman Christopher Hudak for an outstanding year at the helm of County Government with a plaque in honor of his “Strong Government and Strong Services” Chairman’s initiatives for 2014. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

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Commending JFK Medical Center and Staff

Plainfield Health Connection

Union County Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak (right) and (from left) Freeholders Bruce Bergen and Linda Carter present resolutions to Advanced Practice Nurse Beryl Sowah of JFK Medical Center’s Plainfield Health Connection program and program graduates Viola Woods and Angel Torres, and social worker Wilselin Geronimo commending JFK Medical Center and the staff involved in making Plainfield Health Connection such a great success.

The program’s mission is to improve the health of the uninsured and underinsured residents in the greater Plainfield community and reduce healthcare costs through innovative community healthcare with a goal of reducing avoidable utilization of high-cost hospital and emergency department services.

(Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

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Menorah Lighting in Phil Rizzuto Park

Menorah Lighting in Phil Rizzuto Park, Union County NJ

Marking the beginning of Chanukah, Union County Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak, Freeholders Bruce Bergen and Sergio Granados, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, County Manager Alfred Faella and other county officials gathered with Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky and additional representatives from Bris Avrohom of Hillside to light the menorah in Phil Rizzuto Park in Elizabeth. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

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Carol Jaskula Retires from Union County after 39 Years

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders expressed its sincere appreciation to Carol Jaskula (center) of Roselle for her 39 years of dedicated service to Union County government and its residents, and congratulated her on her retirement. Carol served as a senior receptionist in the Department of Human Services. The Board also recognized her service dog Vader. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)


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Union County Considers Contract To Provide Beds At Detention Center For Hudson County Juvenile Detainees

Contract could bring more than $2.1 million in annual revenues to County

LINDEN, NJ— The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will vote on a measure that could clear the way for the County of Union to accept juvenile detention detainees from Hudson County into the County’s Detention Center in Linden.  Approval of the measure next Thursday would clear the way to finalize a two-year contract that could bring $2.1 million annually in additional revenues to Union County.

Under the proposed terms of the contract, Hudson County would pay Union County $230 per day per juvenile detainee over the first year and $240 per day during the second year.  The contract would guarantee that at least 20 juveniles be housed at the Union County facility. Hudson County, on the other end, would realize as much as $5 million in savings from shipping detainees to the Union County Juvenile Detention Center in Linden.

“This is an example of good governmental policy that would maximize the revenue potential of an asset the County has in our newer Juvenile Detention Center,” Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak said.  “We are optimistic a final arrangement will be worked out soon.”

In March, 2008, Union County replaced its former thirty-four bed detention facility with a state of the art, 76-bed, 70,000 square foot facility.  While the facility is first and foremost a secure detention center, its overarching theme is to promote the concept of normative justice where secure detention is viewed as an opportunity to change behavior in a way that will benefit the offender, family and the community at-large.

In another measure that raises revenue, Union County announced in 2009  it had executed a contract—that is still ongoing–with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DH&H) to provide 10 beds at its Juvenile Detention Center.  The contract generates more than $1 million in annual revenues to County coffers.  The children held in the detention center under this agreement have been involved in the juvenile justice system and have left their country of origin for multiple reasons such as to rejoin family members already in the U.S., to escape abusive family relationships, fleeing political or religious persecution or to find work to support their families in their country of origin.

Through its Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services (DUCS), the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is responsible for providing a safe and appropriate environment from the time these children are placed in custody, reunified with family members or sponsors in the U.S. or until they are removed to their country of origin by the Department of Homeland Security.


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Gala for Miss Italy – The embrace of riberesi Clarissa

Miss Italy honored in Union County, NJ

Gala for Miss Italy – The embrace of riberesi Clarissa

Miss Italy honored in Union County, NJ
(Left to Right) Freeholder Sergio Granados, Freeholder Angel G. Estrada, Miss Italia Clarissa Marchese and host of the event Liborio Firetto at the Renaissance Hotel in Elizabeth during the Miss Italia Gala on Monday.

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Last but not least, at the conclusion of the trip in Canada and New York, Miss Clarissa Italy Marchese received Monday night at the Renaissance Hotel in Elizabeth, New Jersey the collective embrace of his countrymen of Ribera that abound in the Garden State.

With tricolor sash of Miss Italy, Clarissa has made its entry in the hall to applause, wearing a long dress in light blue with the crown of queen, surrounded by a group of diligent children who have competed to deliver flowers.

To receive the eleventh Sicilian to win the title of Miss Italy, his fellow citizens residing in and around Elizabeth have even prepared an ad hoc committee that organized the gala in his honor.

The evening was attended by members and families of Ribera Italian American Cultural Center, in addition to guests including Mayor Elizabeth Christian Bollwage, the president of the city council and the mayor Manuel Grova Ribera Carmelo Pace and the chairman of the Cultural Center of Elizabeth Stefano Bongiovi.

“I am excited at the welcome gala in my honor, after many visits and institutional meetings” said Clarissa, demand among its friends overseas who know the mother Marisa Fidanza present at the event, was born and raised in Elizabeth, before returning to live in Ribera.

Twenty years, a gorgeous smile, a typical Mediterranean beauty, hair and brown eyes, 1.78 meters high, Clarissa was crowned in Jesolo and has expressed a desire to cross the ocean and go to visit as an “ambassador good will “to raise awareness of global issues such as poverty and disease.

“I countrymen in Ribera Ribera in Italy and in America” ​​began the mayor Peace. “I do not know where they are more, I can definitely say that the most affectionate, those who want more good, not to me but to the city of Ribera, are citizens who are in America.”

Carmelo Pace told to America Today his experience among riberesi here during the frequent visits.

“Tale experiences, emotions and affection that come to me as mayor, not because my name is Carmelo Pace, but because I represent the city and the citizens who live in Ribera who have not experienced these emotions can not understand, even through my words, through the images. You straordinatrio, is something exceptional bond that still exists between citizens ribanesi in America and hometown. “

And while the younger generation Italian-American running in search of their roots, history and culture, the mayor expressed his hope that the relationship that joins the Atlantic remains solid.

“I hope that this research and the relationship can continue over time.”

Then, speaking in particular of those abroad, Pace added: “The love even more the citizens of Ribera and not only in words. I riberesi overseas have been extremely generous in building our orphanage and for many years have contributed its maintenance. Every day there are demonstrations of affection and solidarity with the neediest citizens who live in Ribera “.

Will be celebrated oranges dell’agrigentino that nourish the future queens for the title of Miss: last year another girl Ribera had come second, this year has risen to Olympus Clarissa Marquis.

“This year we were lucky with the most beautiful in Italy. Now – added the mayor kidding – there is a scientific explanation: it means that oranges of Ribera they become beautiful girls and ouncil at all.”

Liborio Firetto did the honors by completing the evening’s program with professional make.

“It is the first time that I happen to present Miss Italy and I’m very proud. They are thoroughbreds riberese” Firetto assured that the question of whether they are more numerous here in Italy or his fellow citizens, he replied “half are here, many maintain Italian citizenship. “

Foil drew a little picture of the desire of exciting new generations to discover the origins through return trips and the Italian language.

“I have two sons who are so proud, went to Italy and again, especially when they were younger and wanted impapare the Italian language because they wanted to interact with friends, family and anyone who met”.

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Assemblyman Green Partners with Union County to put together Discussion Panel to Explore Increased Outreach between Law Enforcement and Minority Communities

UNION COUNTY, NJ—In light of the recent developments in Ferguson, Mo. and Staten Island, NY, Assemblyman Jerry Green announced he would partner with the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to put together an informal panel of government, community and professional leaders in an effort to improve outreach between law enforcement and the County’s minority populations.

Green, who initiated the panel, noted he is also in the process of reaching out to past and present law enforcement officials, as well as setting up a meeting with the State Police Benevolent Association.

“I bring state resources to the discussion which would assist in providing a comprehensive list of ideas,” Green said. “As a legislator, I also stand prepared to draft any measures that would be needed as well from the state perspective.”

Green reached out to the Freeholder Board to participate in the effort.

“This is an appropriate time to talk about relations between law enforcement entities and the communities they police,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “We are happy to facilitate this panel, and look forward to providing ideas and discussing new services that may be needed.”

The County has the resources of the County Police, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, the Police Academy, the Department of Human Services, and various youth outreach programs already in place.

Green said his panel is in formation, with the intent of holding internal discussions within the next few weeks.

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders adds their support to a community theatre production of:

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Union County, NJ – This weekend, Rahway will be the scene of an epic collision of the worlds of Charles Dickens and Dr. Seuss in the family-fun comedy A Seussified Christmas Carol. Presented by Fearless Productions and sponsored in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the City of Rahway, Liberty Harley-Davidson & Buell and The Waiting Room, this whacky and wonderful play by Peter Bloedel will take the stage at the Union County Performing Arts Center this weekend for three performances only – Saturday, December 13 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds from the performances will benefit The Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

“The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to support access to local live community theatre for families throughout Union County,” said Freeholder Vice-Chairman Mohamed Jalloh. “It is because of the capacity for impact that the arts have on people – individually and collectively – that the Freeholder Board is committed to supporting the arts in Union County.”

A Seussified Christmas Carol is a whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story delivered as wacky rhyming couplets in the spirit of classic Dr. Seuss. With zoot-fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is just what the doctor (Seuss) ordered!

Don’t miss your chance to experience this wacky twist of a holiday tale that will entertain the whole family on a “seussmic” scale!

Performances of A Seussified Christmas Carol are this weekend Saturday, December 13 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are just $15 general admission and can be purchased online at or call the UCPAC box office at 732-499-8226. Student and senior tickets are available for just $10 at the box office only with ID.

Bring the entire family to experience the whimsical telling of the classic tale of Scrooge and the spirit of Christmas on the Mainstage at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway.

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Freeholders, Municipal Officials, and Community Leaders Mark Dedication of Warinanco Park Track and Field

Warinanco Track and Field, Union County NJ
Members of the Roselle High School Band prepare to run through a banner in celebration of the new field, cheered on by local officials and members of the Freeholder Board. (photo: James Lowney/County of Union)

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, joined by elected officials and community leaders from the Borough of Roselle, the City of Elizabeth and the City of Linden, yesterday marked the dedication of the new Warinanco Park Track and Field with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The new Track and Field is home to:

  • a new and improved eight-lane running track;
  • multi-use turf field for soccer, football and track;
  • field lighting, new bleachers with ADA features, stadium concession and lavatories.

Paid for through capital project funds from the Department of Parks and Recreation, the total cost of the upgrade to the track and field facility is a little more than $4 million.

“The upgrades to the Warinanco Park Track and Field are a significant step toward the Freeholder Board’s commitment to ensure that our public facilities provide Union County residents with modern, up-to-date resources for recreation,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak, who announced the upgrades earlier this year as part of his Chairman’s “Turf and Build” initiative for 2014.

The ribbon-cutting event featured speeches from Mayor Jamel Holley of Roselle, and Mayor J. Christian Bollwage of Elizabeth – each highlighting the significance for their community of the upgrades to the athletic field.

Rev. Reginald W. Atkins, president of the Roselle Board of Education, was joined by Roselle student athletes and band members to conclude the ceremony with a grand entrance onto the track and field running through an official Warinanco Park Track and Field banner.

“Generations of Union County residents have enjoyed the many unique features of this iconic park. This is a place where memories are made,” said Chairman Hudak. “Today we celebrate the beginning of many new memories for all who come to visit the track and field at Warinanco Park.”

Located in the City of Elizabeth and the Borough of Roselle, and boarders the City of Linden, Warinanco Park, which opened in the mid 1920s, comprises 205 acres of developed park land and was originally designed by the Olmsted Firm.

Beginning in 1857 with the design for Central Park in New York City, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), his sons and successor firm created designs for more than 6,000 landscapes across North America, including many of the world’s most important parks.

While it is deceivingly smaller in size, the classic Olmstead design of the park with its distinctive features makes it appear as if it is actually much larger. Warinanco Park offers many different attractions in four distinct areas, where for the past 90 years or so, residents have made memories every day.  The four areas of the park are: the Central Park area, the boathouse playground area, the skating center, and the track area.

Some other  popular attractions in the park include  the Chatfield Gardens; the park’s Great Walk area; tennis courts; ball fields; par-course fitness route; spray park and playground.  In the Spring, the park is noted for its colorful blooms of Cherry Blossom, Dogwood trees and Azaleas.

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