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05/24/16 10:54The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like you to know that Trailside summer camps & family programs are still available. Pick up a summer brochure at Trailside or visit Summer camps still available include 1st & 2nd grade, 3rd & 4th grade, and 5th & 6th grade. Family programs still available include Family Fridays, evening programs, campfires and overnight campouts. Register in-person from 12:00PM to 4:45PM daily at Trailside or register on-line at
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05/23/16 12:56The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces that the next mobile paper-shredding program for personal, confidential documents will visit Cranford on Saturday, June 4.

The June 4th shredding event will take place at the Union County College campus in Cranford, on Springfield Avenue opposite Nomahegan Park. NEXCUT Shredding of Elizabeth will be shredding personal documents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. The event will end before 1 p.m. if the shredding truck reaches capacity.

All Union County residents are eligible to use the paper-shredding service. In an effort to accommodate everyone, there is a limit of four, 10-pound bags or boxes per person. This is a garbage-free event so please bring your documents in paper bags if at all possible. Plastic bags and boxes will be returned. Please remove plastic binders and paperclips. Paper that is wet/damp will not be accepted. Residents should continue to recycle non-confidential papers and magazines with their municipal recycling program.

Documents are put into 96-gallon containers provided by the shredding company. The items are then dumped onto a conveyor belt and shredded on site. Participants are welcome to view the shredding process via a closed-circuit television. The shredded documents are then recycled, shipped to paper mills and used as pulp. The next shredding event will take place on Wednesday, June 8, at the Clark Public Works facility, 315 Westfield Ave. in Clark.

The mobile shredding program is paid for through New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Recycling Enhancement Act Grant Funds. For more information about future events or directions please call the Recycling Hotline at 908-654-9889 or visit us online at .
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05/20/16 17:03Please be aware many people have received phone calls from someone claiming to work for the IRS. Do not give them any personal information or payment this is a phone scam. There has been an increase in this activity over the past 2 days
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05/20/16 16:56Please be aware many people have received phone calls from someone claiming to work for the IRS. Do not give them any personal information or payment this is a phone scam. There has been an increase in this activity over the past 2 days
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05/18/16 11:14Garwood Local Ordinance 15-18 restricts parking on side streets. This will effect commuters parking in Garwood. Enforcement to begin 6-1-16 with summons. Warnings will begin immediately. go to for more info.
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05/18/16 09:29Be sure to register for the May 25th Union County Women Means Business - Register online now at

Enjoy networking, interactive and educational seminars, sit-down lunch, snacks, cocktail hour, raffles and prizes featuring two round-trip international airline tickets.

Every participant receives an exclusive gift bag with items showcasing our local sponsors and businesses.
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05/13/16 11:55The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders are pleased to announce that the annual Rhythm and Blues by the Brook free outdoor music festival will kick off the Summer season at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield on Saturday, June 4th with an exciting lineup of entertainment, featuring Sister Sledge, whose hit song “We Are Family,” became a worldwide anthem at the end of the ‘70s.
The event runs from noon to 6 p.m., and also features the high-energy dance music of C&C Music Factory (“Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)", "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)", "Things That Make You Go Hmmm"), the Grammy Award-winning R&B act, Blackstreet (“No Diggity”), and guitar-inspired blues act, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials.
Rhythm and Blues by the Brook features free activities for young children, including inflatable rides, a petting zoo, and pony rides. The children’s area will open at 12:00 noon and close at 4:30 p.m., when the main act takes the stage.
Returning to Rhythm and Blues by the Brook is the G-Wiz Classic & Exotic Automotive SuperShow, located near the basketball court across from the concert area.
Food vendors will be on site, and a number of picnic tables will be conveniently located under a tent in the concert “outfield.” Concert-goers are also welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

 Persons with disabilities: Designated parking is available inside the park.
 Walking and biking: Visitors are encouraged to walk or bike. Cyclists, please wear a helmet and bring a bike lock.
 Mass transit: The concert area at Cedar Brook Park is approximately 1.5 miles from the NJ Transit train station in downtown Plainfield. For more transit information, visit:
 Driving: To find Cedar Brook Park on Google Maps, search under “Park Avenue and Cedar Brook Park Drive, Plainfield NJ.”
 Parking: Please be prepared to park several blocks away and walk to the park.
 Seating: Visitors may bring blankets and folding chairs. Small tents and canopies are permitted in an area marked with a white line outside of the central viewing area.
 Sun Safety: Bring plenty of sun block and wear a sun hat. Visitors may bring umbrellas. A limited number of shaded picnic tables are available. Bug spray is also recommended.
 Food and Water: A wide variety of food vendors will be on site. Visitors may also bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks (County policy prohibits alcoholic beverages in the park). Grilling is permitted outside of the central viewing area.
 Pets: A large crowd is expected, so with the exception of service animals, please leave pets at home.
 Recycling: Please make use of the recycling containers placed around and inside the concert area.
 Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in County parks.
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05/12/16 12:39Yoga Classes at Trailside
Saturdays, May 14, 21, 28
10:00 - 11:00 AM, Walk-Ins Welcome

Join Yoga teacher Noelle Strid for Yoga in the Watchung Reservation every Saturday in May (May 14, 21, and 28) to connect with the beauty of spring. Class will be outside weather permitting. An indoor location will be provided in case of inclement weather.

Ms. Strid has a background in ecological studies and she incorporates her passion for the natural world into her classes, creating a safe and nurturing space. This class will help create a deeper connection with nature by embracing the outdoor elements, learning breathing techniques and practicing Hatha style yoga. All levels are welcome. Please bring a mat.

For: Adults ages 18 and older. Trailside Nature & Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ 07092. For more information, call 908-789-3670. Fee: $10/Union County Resident, $12/Non-resident.
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05/10/16 14:06The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invite you to attend the Annual Master Gardener's Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale this Sunday from 12-4 p.m. at the Trailside Nature and Science Center at the Watchung Reservation in Mountainside. Admission is free. For more information, please go to
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05/02/16 14:38The 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 May with events on the first Thursday (May 5th ) and Third Saturday (May 21st) 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 a Mobile Paper Shredding Event on May 14th from 9 am to 1 pm at Alcatel Lucent Technologies located at 600 Mountain Avenue in New Providence. Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding.

Union County will host a Computer and Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday May 21st April from 9 am to 1 pm at Alcatel Lucent Technologies located at 600 Mountain Avenue in New Providence. Residents can bring computers, televisions, monitors, laptops, fax machines, DVD/VCR players, printers and tablets. No other items will be accepted.

Please visit for more information or directions.
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