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06/24/16 16:53Friday, June 24 – The Summer Arts Festival will kick-off at Echo Lake Park with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will perform musical selections from various classic film soundtracks as well as pieces from Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven & Rossini.

The concert will start at 7:30 pm preceded at 6:30 pm by UC Get Fit Community Yoga. FREE admission.

Wednesday, June 29 – Wednesday Matinee “Grand Falloons” – Children will enjoy magic, juggling and exciting circus fun as Professor W. takes them on a unique and lively exploration of our earth. Trailside Nature & Science Center, Mountainside, starting at 1:30pm Tickets go on sale at 1:00pm - $5 per person / $4 per senior citizen Call (908)789-3670 for more details.

Group Archery Safety Lessons are offered by Union County’s Department of Parks and Recreation for people age 9 and over who want to learn the basics of the sport. Equipment is included in the $20, two hour lesson held at the Oak Ridge Park Archery Range in Clark.

After successful completion of the course, participants are eligible to purchase Archery Range ID cards enabling them to use the range on their own. Pre-registration is mandatory. Classes are available Wednesday 7/6 at 6:00 pm, and Saturday 7/9 at 10:0 am, and Saturday 7/16 at 10:00 am.

For information call (908)527-4900 or (908)654-9805 or visit for on-line registration.
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06/24/16 15:47North Ave Closed in the area of the Garwood Westfield town line due downed power lines. Expect delays through the evening. Plan alternate route.
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06/23/16 14:10The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders are pleased to announce the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will kick off the 56th annual Summer Arts Festival Concert Series at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside on Friday June 24th at 7:30 p.m.

The Orchestra will perform musical selections from "Ghostbusters,” “Star Wars,” “The Godfather: Part III,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Moulin Rouge,” and “Batman” as well as pieces from Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, and Rossini.

The show is free, and visitors are urged to pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments and snacks will also be available from vendors. As with all festival concerts throughout the Summer, attendees can also participate in Union County Get Fit Yoga program beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring a mat or beach towel and participate in the healthy activities for the entire family. In the event of rain, the concert (only) will be held on the same date and time at the Wilkins Theatre at Kean University in Union.

The NJSO presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events throughout the state. For more information about the NJSO, please go to


The other free concerts in the Union County Summer Arts Festival series are scheduled for Wednesday nights throughout July in Echo Lake and then in August at Oak Ridge Park in Clark:

Echo Lake Park in Mountainside
June 24th New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
July 6th Tusk – Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
July 13th American Rapture
July 20th Ed Palermo’s British Invasion/Beach Boys Tribute
July 27th Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens – Confessions of a Rock Star

Oak Ridge Park in Clark
August 3rd Black Dog – Tribute to Led Zeppelin
August 10th Dead On Live – Grateful Dead Tribute Band
August 17th Hey Bulldog – Music of The Beatles
August 24th N.Y. State of Mind – Billy Joel Tribute
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06/20/16 11:17The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind you of the Mobile Paper Shredding Event coming up on Sunday, June 26th from 9 am to 1 pm at the Union County Vo-Tech located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding.

Please visit for more information or directions.
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06/08/16 12:03The Garwood Police present "Be Smart For Kids - Gun Safety in the Home" Thursday June 9 7-8pm at the Garwood Fire House. All welcome. Go to for more info
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06/05/16 16:50The greater Union County area remains in a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Showers and thunderstorms could produce high winds, heavy rain with flash flooding possible. The Freeholder Board urges you to take proper precaution if driving, or in low-lying areas.
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06/04/16 18:04Garwood Rocks Street Fair Sunday 6-5-16. Rain or shine event. No parking on Center St. Sunday between 7:30am to 6pm
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06/04/16 14:00Garwood Rocks Street Fair Sunday 6-5-16. Rain or shine event. No parking on Center St. Sunday between 07:30am to 6pm.
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06/03/16 16:03New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced that lanes on Route 1 & 9 northbound in Elizabeth would be closed overnight to allow PSE&G to install two manholes.

From 7:00 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 3 through 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 6, contractor, JF Creamer and Sons will close the shoulder, the right lane and the center lane on Route 1 & 9 northbound in Elizabeth from Elizabeth Avenue to Spring Street - mile 44.14 to MP 45.44. The closure will allow for the installation of two underground electric manholes.

Variable message signs and lane closure signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of all traffic pattern changes associated with the deck replacement project. Throughout the project, NJDOT will provide information before upcoming road closures.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.
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05/31/16 10:35The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind you of several free recycling events coming up this month.

Union County’s Scrap Metal Recycling continues in June with events on the first Thursday (June 2nd ) and Third Saturday (June 18th) of each month. There are three (3) locations in Union County for residents to drop off their metal for recycling, one in Cranford, Rahway and Westfield. All locations will be open from 9 am to 12 pm. Residents can drop off old appliances, microwaves, air conditioners, and metal lawn furniture to name a few.

Union County will host three (3) Mobile Paper Shredding Events in June from 9 am to 1 pm. The first is on Saturday, June 4th at Union County College located on Springfield Avenue in Cranford; the 2nd will be Wednesday June 8th at Clark DPW located at 315 Westfield Avenue and the third be on Sunday June 26th at the Union County Votech located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding.

Union County will also host a Household Hazardous Waste Event on Saturday June 11th from 9 am to 2 pm at Union County College on Springfield Avenue in Cranford. Car tires will also be accepted (maximum of 8 tires).

Please visit for more information or directions.
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