Press Release

For Immediate Release: February 10, 2011

Union County Website Gets User-Friendly News and Information Upgrades

New video page, events calendar and recycling schedule are included

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce new upgrades to the Union County website, designed to increase public access to County services. The upgrades include a new video page, events calendar, and recycling schedule.

The Union County website address is https://ucnj.org.

“The Internet plays a crucial role in 21st century governance,” said Freeholder Chairman Deborah P. Scanlon. “We want to make sure that the Union County website continues to be an up-to-date, user-friendly tool for accessing information about County services and programs, and for engaging the public in civic matters.”

One feature of the upgrade is a new video page in a clear, easy-to-use format. It includes current and archived editions of Freeholder Forum and Vintage Views, two programs which enable viewers to keep up with current events and policy discussions. The shows are also broadcast on local community access cable TV channels.

The new video page also includes a series on County events and programs produced by the Office of Public Information, including:

* Grand opening of the Vo-Tech Schools Academy for Performing Arts
* Remarks of Freeholder Chairman Deborah P. Scanlon at the 2011 County Re-Organization Meeting
* TaylorMade Day at Galloping Hills Golf Course
* Columbus Day Flag Raising Ceremony
* Grand opening of Snyder Avenue Park in Berkeley Heights
* Highlights of the 2010 MusicFest
* Distribution of Recycling Enhancement Grants to municipalities

“People respond to different media in different ways, and we feel that these visual images can reach many Union County residents who might otherwise not be aware of new services, policies, and programs,” said Freeholder Scanlon. “The video page is an important addition to our extensive print and online media outreach.”

The new video page can be accessed through the “Video Channel” icon on the home page, or visithttps://ucnj.org/videochannel/.

Another new feature of the website is a new Events Calendar for Union County parks and recreation facilities, redesigned for clarity and readability. The calendar features popular programs that are used by thousands of County residents each year, including MusicFest, which last year attracted 80,000 fans along with hundreds of vendors and their employees.

The new events calendar can be accessed through the “Programs & Special Events” icon on the home page, or visit https://ucnj.org/parkeventssite/.

Union County’s free recycling events also attract a significant number of users each year. The Recycling Schedule has been redesigned so visitors to the website can see all of the events by scrolling down a single page. The popular program includes free personal paper shredding along with free disposal services for electronics, automobile tires, and other household items that involve hazardous substances.

The new recycling schedule can be accessed through the “Community” link at the top of the home page, or go to https://ucnj.org/community/recycling.

The new website was first launched in September 2010. Additional upgrades and features are being added on an ongoing basis.

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