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07/25/16 12:52The eastern portion of Union County is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. tonight.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to occur in and close to the watch area. Persons within these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Exercise caution when walking, driving, or biking.

Winds at these speeds can cause flying debris, turn unsecured objects into projectiles, and cause power outages. To prepare, charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting. Always stay clear of downed power lines. If you are affected by an outage, turn off all appliances and keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage. Do not use generators indoors. If you lose power and have a disability or access needs, or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, please dial 9-1-1.
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07/20/16 16:27The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind you of the following park events this week.

Today, Wednesday, July 20 at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside
Summer Arts Festival featuring musical guest ‘Ed Palermo’s British Invasion/Beach Boys Tribute’ and yoga activity from ‘House Yoga’ of Kenilworth. Yoga is at 6:30PM and the concert starts at 7:30PM. Bring your yoga mat, and a blanket or lawn chairs.

Sunday, July 24 at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield
Shakespeare in the Park featuring the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Next Stage Ensemble performing “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare. Starts at 2:00PM. Pack a picnic and a blanket or lawn chairs.

Tuesday, July 25 at Warinanco Park in Elizabeth
Family Fun and Flix featuring the movie “The Good Dinosaur” and ‘UC Get Fit Kids’ with ‘Kids Zumba’ presented by Jessica Wojcik. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Fun starts at 7:30PM with UC Get Fit Kids activity and the movie starts at dusk.

Wednesday, July 27 at Trailside Nature and Science Center, Mountainside
Trailside’s Summer Matinee series continues with “Prismatica.” Audiences will sing, clap and rock the house down with this new laser show set to today’s positively-themed pop/rock music. Show starts at 1:30PM. Recommended for children ages 4 and up. Admission is $5.00 per person, $4/senior citizen. Tickets go on sale at 1:00PM.
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07/19/16 16:30Due to a PGA event, Oak Ridge Park in Clark, will be closed to the public from Saturday, July 23rd through Sunday, July 31st.

View our database of other County parks and park amenities at www.ucnj.org/parks
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07/18/16 21:06The storm has knocked out power to 11,752 PSE&G customers in Union County. The majority of customers are in Linden (1,845), Roselle (2,936) and Westfield (2,750). Estimated time of restoration for all by PSE&G is for tomorrow morning. Crews will first work on restoring critical zones that include hospitals, fire and police. Residents can call in an outage or downed line to PSE&G at 1-800-436-7734. Residents with special needs or requiring shelter should call their local police departments to make any arrangements.
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07/18/16 18:34Coles Ave in Mountainside has been reopened. Crews have removed the fallen tree.
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07/18/16 16:53Coles Ave btwn Ackerman Ave and Chapel Hiil Rd closed due to a fallen tree. County Rd Dept notified.
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07/18/16 16:08The County of Union is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8:00pm tonight.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to occur in and close to the watch area. Persons within these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Exercise caution when walking, driving, or biking.

Winds at these speeds can cause flying debris, turn unsecured objects into projectiles, and cause power outages. To prepare, charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting. Always stay clear of downed power lines. If you are affected by an outage, turn off all appliances and keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage. Do not use generators indoors. If you lose power and have a disability or access needs, or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, please dial 9-1-1.
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07/14/16 15:22The following advisories are in effect for Union County:


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Thunderstorm Watch Advisory - In effect until 7pm

Strong winds and heavy rain are possible. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to occur in and close to the watch area. Persons within these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Exercise caution when walking, driving, or biking.

Winds at these speeds can cause flying debris, turn unsecured objects into projectiles, and cause power outages. To prepare, charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting. Always stay clear of downed power lines. If you are affected by an outage, turn off all appliances and keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage. Do not use generators indoors. If you lose power and have a disability or access needs, or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, please dial 9-1-1.


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Heat Advisory - In effect until 8pm

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.
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07/14/16 08:31The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is inviting residents to participate in the 2016 “Choose Your Cover” program to help reduce the risk of skin cancer on Saturday, August 6.

The event will take place at the Gran Centurions Pool, 440 Madison Hill Road, Clark, on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The first 40 attendees will receive a special gift bag with skin cancer promotional materials. All attendees will also qualify to enter a drawing for a gift basket. All special gifts are provided courtesy of the Clark Township Health Department.

For more information about “Choose Your Cover” 2016, please call the Union County Office of Health Management at 908-518-5620.
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07/12/16 12:08The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind you of the following free County sponsored events this week in Union County. Learn more about these and other upcoming events at www.ucnj.org/calendar.


Today, Tuesday July 12 at Warinanco Park in Elizabeth
Family Fun and Flix featuring the movie ‘Minions’ and Kid’s CrossFit presented by ‘CrossFit Veracity of Summit’. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Fun starts at 7:30pm with the UC Get Fit Activity and movie starts at dusk.


Wednesday, July 13 at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside
Summer Arts Festival featuring musical guest ‘American Rapture’ and yoga activity featuring ‘Sunlight of the Spirit Yoga’ of Springfield. Yoga is at 6:30pm, and the concert starts at 7:30pm. Bring your yoga mat, and a blanket or lawn chairs.


Wednesday, July 13 at the Linden Public Library
Visit the ‘ASK – Aging Services Kiosk’ staffed by personnel from the Union County Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection. Staff are trained to provide accurate information on services like home delivered meals, respite care, home care, adult day care and support services for caregivers. They may also provide assistance with filling out eligibility forms and other documents. 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.


Sunday, July 17 at Meisel Park in Springfield
Shakespeare in the Park featuring the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Next Stage Ensemble performing ‘Twelfth Night’ by William Shakespeare. Starts at 2pm. Pack a picnic and a blanket or lawn chairs.


Weather related alerts to these events will be posted on www.ucnj.org and on the County’s social media channels.
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