Cranford Calendar

May
21
Tue
2019
The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community @ McManus School Auditorium
May 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community @ McManus School Auditorium | Linden | New Jersey | United States

The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community

Union County residents can learn about the local impacts of the national opioid crisis first-hand from representatives of the Union County Prosecutor, Sheriff, Police Division and other professionals by attending a free public meeting hosted by the Public Safety Committee of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders titled, The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McManus School auditorium, at 300 Edgewood Road in Linden. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required.

“Opioid abuse impacts the entire community, and that is why we are providing the public with an open discussion about the scope and nature of opioid abuse in Union County, and an assessment of the tools that are available to fight it,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “I encourage all concerned citizens to come and learn how public resources are deployed to fight this epidemic.”

“Although the most recent numbers are encouraging, now is the time to bear down and get to the root of the crisis,” said Freeholder Christopher Hudak, who is the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee. “We are looking forward to hearing from professionals on the front lines of the battle against opioid abuse, and sharing this information with the public.”

The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community will include:

  • Overview of facts and trends about the opioid epidemic in Union County
  • Details about the County Prosecutor’s Operation Helping Hands program and CLEAR, a collaborative program including the Union County Department of Public Safety, the Office of the Union County Sheriff, the nonprofit organization Prevention Links, and the Union County Department of Human Services
  • Prevention Links presentation on prevention, treatment and recovery featuring personal stories and Recovery Coaches
  • Information on Naloxone lifesaving assistance presented by First Responders
  • Office of the Union County Sheriff K-9 demonstration and discussion about the impact of fentanyl on drug detection
  • Discussion of statewide efforts to combat the opioid epidemic by representatives from the New Jersey Department of Health and Department of Human Services

A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

For more information contact Karen Dinsmore, Assistant Director, Union County Department of Human Services, [email protected] or 908-527-4809.

May
25
Sat
2019
FREEHOLDERS TO CUT RIBBON ON NEW SPRAY PARK AT WHEELER PARK @ Wheeler Park
May 25 @ 1:00 pm
FREEHOLDERS TO CUT RIBBON ON NEW SPRAY PARK AT WHEELER PARK @ Wheeler Park | Linden | New Jersey | United States

The Union County Freeholder Board proudly invites families and residents to the grand opening of the Wheeler Park Spray Park—the largest of its kind in the County system—in Linden on Saturday, May 25th.

Doors are open from 11 a.m-7 p.m., and admission is free to the state-of-the-art facility. The Freeholders will hold a ribbon cutting marking the opening of the Spray Park at 1 p.m. All residents are invited to attend. In the event of a postponement due to weather, the ribbon cutting will be held the next day, Sunday, May 26th, at 1 p.m.

Wheeler Park is located at Route 1 and 9 between South Wood Avenue and South Stiles Street. Parking for the spray park is off W. Stimpson Avenue. Hours for the spray park are:  Monday-Friday: 12-6 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, holidays 11a.m.-7 p.m.

Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski stated:

“With the opening of the spray park, the Freeholder Board has completed yet another step in a process that is not only renovating our parks system but also providing more recreational opportunities for our residents,” Kowalski said. “The Wheeler Park Spray Park is an impressive facility that generations of our residents will enjoy.”

Freeholder Christopher Hudak, a resident of  Linden who championed the project, said:

“We have built what will become a countywide attraction for our families to enjoy.  This Freeholder Board has continued to make upgrades to Wheeler Park, transforming it into one of the County’s best recreational facilities. We are looking forward to marking a great day for Linden and the County of Union as a whole.”

The spray park, which is the largest of eight spray facilities the County maintains in its parks system,  contains 33 above ground attractions, including water cannons, a full-size dragon, slides, fake palm trees, dump buckets, a psychedelic spray bus, and a multi-function pirate ship and surf shack.

The spray park encompasses 11,000 square feet of the total 49,000 square foot area, and also contains picnic tables, ample space for lounging, gazebos for shade, artificial turf areas, and plenty of free-play space.

A new 24,000 square foot building, which replaces the old Wheeler Pool building, contains lockers, bathrooms, changing space, vending machines and mechanical and electrical facilities.

An entrance and ticketing building near the parking lot will house nurse and lifeguard quarters. The Spray Park was designed by USA Architects and constructed by Billy Contracting and Restoration Inc. of Pine Brook, NJ.

As Freeholder Hudak noted, the spray park announcement is among the latest in a series of high-profile improvements at the park in recent years, including the opening of a new skate park, new softball and soccer turf fields with lights, and a new playground.  The park was also enabled for Wi-Fi in 2014.

Wheeler Park was developed in 1925 by the Union County Park Commission and was designed by the Olmsted Brothers, the noted engineering firm that designed a series of historic landmark parks in urban areas. Their list of projects includes Central Park in New York City and ten others in the Union County parks system.

Jun
1
Sat
2019
Mobile Paper Shredding Event @ Union County College Cranford Campus
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mobile Paper Shredding Event @ Union County College Cranford Campus | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Union County will host two Mobile Paper Shredding Events in June; the first on Saturday, June 1st at Union County College Cranford Campus located on Springfield Avenue (in the back parking lot by the planetarium) and then on Wednesday, June 12 at Clark Public Works located at 315 Westfield Avenue in Clark.  Both events will run from 9 am to 1 pm or until the truck(s) get filled.  Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding.  Please DO NOT bring material that is already shredded.

Please visit www.ucnj.org/recycling for more information or directions.

Jun
6
Thu
2019
Scrap Metal Recycling
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Scrap Metal Recycling @ Clark | New Jersey | United States

Union County’s Scrap Metal Recycling program also continues in June.  The events are the first Thursday and Third Saturday of each month.  This month the collections will be on Thursday, June 6th and Saturday, June 15th.    There are two (2) locations in Union County for residents to drop off their metal for recycling, one in Cranford and Rahway.  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.

Visit http://ucnj.org/recycling/scrap-metal/ for locations and details.

Please visit www.ucnj.org/recycling for more information or directions.

Jun
8
Sat
2019
Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Program @ Union County College
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Program @ Union County College | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

On Saturday, June 8th, there will be a Household Hazardous Waste Program at Union County College located on Springfield Avenue in Cranford.  The event will be held from 9 am to 2 pm.  Items for drop off include old pesticides & herbicides, pool chemicals, gasoline, oil-based paints, and deck stain.  Latex Paint (wall paint) is NOT ACCEPTED.  It should be dried out and discarded in with your regular garbage.

Please visit www.ucnj.org/recycling for more information or directions.

Jun
12
Wed
2019
Mobile Paper Shredding Event @ Clark Public Works
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mobile Paper Shredding Event @ Clark Public Works | Clark | New Jersey | United States

Union County will host two Mobile Paper Shredding Events in June; the first on Saturday, June 1st at Union County College Cranford Campus located on Springfield Avenue (in the back parking lot by the planetarium) and then on Wednesday, June 12 at Clark Public Works located at 315 Westfield Avenue in Clark.  Both events will run from 9 am to 1 pm or until the truck(s) get filled.  Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding.  Please DO NOT bring material that is already shredded.

Please visit www.ucnj.org/recycling for more information or directions.

Scrap Metal Recycling
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Scrap Metal Recycling @ Clark | New Jersey | United States

Union County’s Scrap Metal Recycling program also continues in June.  The events are the first Thursday and Third Saturday of each month.  This month the collections will be on Thursday, June 6th and Saturday, June 15th.    There are two (2) locations in Union County for residents to drop off their metal for recycling, one in Cranford and Rahway.  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.

Visit http://ucnj.org/recycling/scrap-metal/ for locations and details.

Please visit www.ucnj.org/recycling for more information or directions.

Jun
15
Sat
2019
Scrap Metal Recycling
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Scrap Metal Recycling @ Clark | New Jersey | United States

Union County’s Scrap Metal Recycling program also continues in June.  The events are the first Thursday and Third Saturday of each month.  This month the collections will be on Thursday, June 6th and Saturday, June 15th.    There are two (2) locations in Union County for residents to drop off their metal for recycling, one in Cranford and Rahway.  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.

Visit http://ucnj.org/recycling/scrap-metal/ for locations and details.

Please visit www.ucnj.org/recycling for more information or directions.

Jun
29
Sat
2019
Mobile Paper Shredding Event @ Various Locations - See Event
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mobile Paper Shredding Event @ Various Locations - See Event

Union County will host one more Mobile Paper Shredding Event in June; the event will be on Saturday, June 29 at the Union County Vo-Tech School located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.  Union County will continue their Mobile Paper Shredding Program in July with events on Thursday, July 11th in Rahway River Park located off St. Georges Avenue in Rahway, and on Saturday, July 20th at the old Bristol Myers complex located at 1350 Liberty Avenue in Hillside.  All events will run from 9 am to 1 pm or until the truck(s) get filled and there is a limit of four (4) bags or boxes of confidential documents per car.  Please DO NOT bring material that is already shredded.

Jul
11
Thu
2019
Mobile Paper Shredding Event @ Various Locations - See Event
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mobile Paper Shredding Event @ Various Locations - See Event

Union County will host one more Mobile Paper Shredding Event in June; the event will be on Saturday, June 29 at the Union County Vo-Tech School located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.  Union County will continue their Mobile Paper Shredding Program in July with events on Thursday, July 11th in Rahway River Park located off St. Georges Avenue in Rahway, and on Saturday, July 20th at the old Bristol Myers complex located at 1350 Liberty Avenue in Hillside.  All events will run from 9 am to 1 pm or until the truck(s) get filled and there is a limit of four (4) bags or boxes of confidential documents per car.  Please DO NOT bring material that is already shredded.

Jul
20
Sat
2019
Mobile Paper Shredding Event @ Various Locations - See Event
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mobile Paper Shredding Event @ Various Locations - See Event

Union County will host one more Mobile Paper Shredding Event in June; the event will be on Saturday, June 29 at the Union County Vo-Tech School located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.  Union County will continue their Mobile Paper Shredding Program in July with events on Thursday, July 11th in Rahway River Park located off St. Georges Avenue in Rahway, and on Saturday, July 20th at the old Bristol Myers complex located at 1350 Liberty Avenue in Hillside.  All events will run from 9 am to 1 pm or until the truck(s) get filled and there is a limit of four (4) bags or boxes of confidential documents per car.  Please DO NOT bring material that is already shredded.

Aug
3
Sat
2019
Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event @ Union County Vo Tech School
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event @ Union County Vo Tech School | Scotch Plains | New Jersey | United States

Our next household hazardous waste event is scheduled for Saturday, August 3, 2019, from 9 am to 2 pm at the Union County Vo Tech School located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.  Items for drop off include old pesticides & herbicides, pool chemicals, gasoline, oil-based paints, and deck stain.  Latex Paint (wall paint) is NOT ACCEPTED.  It should be dried out and discarded in with your regular garbage.  Car Tires will also be collected at this event.

Sep
7
Sat
2019
Jeff Torborg Youth Baseball Field Dedication @ Echo Lake Park
Sep 7 @ 1:00 pm
Jeff Torborg Youth Baseball Field Dedication @ Echo Lake Park | Mountainside | New Jersey | United States

The Union County Freeholder Board will hold a dedication and ribbon-cutting for the Jeff Torborg youth baseball field on Saturday, Sept. 7th 1 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. All are welcome to attend.

Torborg, a Westfield native who also lived in Mountainside for 30 years, managed five Major League Baseball teams—the Indians, White Sox, Mets, Expos, and Marlins–after a 10-year baseball career as a catcher for the Dodgers and Angels. He also coached the Yankees for ten years.

Torborg was also an All-State catcher for Westfield High School and an All-American catcher at Rutgers University. Torborg will be on hand for the dedication with his wife, Suzi, and family members. Representatives from Major League Baseball are also expected to be on hand.

Oct
1
Tue
2019
Union County Non-Profits Invited to Free ADA Workshop @ Warinanco Park
Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Union County Non-Profits Invited to Free ADA Workshop @ Warinanco Park | Roselle | New Jersey | United States

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites non-profit organizations in Union County to attend a free workshop on compliance with accessibility and inclusion guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The workshop, titled “Inclusivity, Accessibility, and the ADA,” will take place on Tuesday, October 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Warinanco Sports Center, located at 1 Park Drive in Warinanco Park, Roselle.

The workshop is hosted by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. It is open to all arts and history organizations, especially those receiving grants through Union County’s HEART, Local Arts Program, and History Grant initiatives. Other non-profit organizations may also attend.

“The ADA was a landmark piece of legislation when it was signed into law in 1990, and there are still many opportunities to make progress on its mandate for inclusion and accessibility,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “The Freeholder Board is very proud to offer this educational resource to our grant awardees and other non-profits.”

“Inclusivity, Accessibility, and the ADA” features a panel discussion including:

  • Robert Carr, former Director of Programs and Services/ADA Coordinator for the New Jersey Theatre Alliance
  • Sean Dineen, Chairman of the Union County Board on the Disables and Doctor of Letters in Counterinsurgency and Disability Inclusion, Drew University 2017
  • Kevin Illing, Chairman of the Union County Paratransit System Board

The event is free but online pre-registration is required through the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation, at ucnj.org/parks-recreation.

For more information about the event call 908-558-2550.

Oct
10
Thu
2019
2019 Mollys Maguire’s Golf Outing @ Ash Brook Golf Course
Oct 10 @ 11:00 am
2019 Mollys Maguire's Golf Outing @ Ash Brook Golf Course | Scotch Plains | New Jersey | United States

Join us Thursday, October 10th for our Annual Golf Outing

Ash Brook Golf Course

11:00 AM Lunch / 12:30 Shotgun Start

Dinner and 3-hour Open Bar at Molly’s

Golf Giveaways and Prizes!

$185 per player

RSVP to John McPartlan and reserve your spot:

[email protected]

Union County’s best golf outing! Come out to help support our St. Patrick’s Parade!

The Molly Maguire’s team

Oct
18
Fri
2019
Free performance of the renowned play, The Colored Museum @ Union County Performing Arts Center
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm
Free performance of the renowned play, The Colored Museum @ Union County Performing Arts Center | Rahway | New Jersey | United States

Free performance of the renowned play, The Colored Museum, on Friday, October 18th beginning at 8:00 p.m. at The Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway.

The Colored Museum was written in 1986 by George C. Wolfe. It provides a window into the struggles and resilience of African Americans through 11 vignettes, each focusing on a different “exhibit” bringing forth themes of racism, stereotypes, and African American cultural identity, enabling the audience to reexamine the history of African Americans.

Admission to this event is free, however all seats are ticketed and reserved. Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis. To receive tickets and for more information contact the Union County Performing Arts Center box office at 732-499-8226 or visit www.ucpac.org.

To view the full press release click here

Oct
23
Wed
2019
Union County Women’s Health Fair @ Liberty Hall Center
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Free Women’s Health Fair on Wednesday, October 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in the Atrium at Liberty Hall Center, 1085 Morris Avenue, in Union Township. The event is sponsored in partnership with Atlantic Health System/Overlook Medical Center.
The event includes free health screenings and giveaways, and a panel discussion featuring leading female physicians in breast surgery, neurology, OBGYN, cardiology, primary care, colorectal surgery, and gynecological oncology.
The Women’s Health Fair is free but pre-registration is required at ucnj.org/women.
Oct
28
Mon
2019
‘Open for Business – Open for Everyone: Diversity and Inclusion Symposium’ @ Hamilton Stage
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
‘Open for Business – Open for Everyone: Diversity and Inclusion Symposium’ @ Hamilton Stage | Rahway | New Jersey | United States

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites business owners, managers and entrepreneurs to participate in the first Open for Business – Open for Everyone: Diversity and Inclusion Symposium scheduled for Monday, October 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway.

Seating is limited for the free symposium, and registration is required online at ucnj.org/lgbtq.

“The Freeholder Board is proud to offer programs that increase job creation and support business development for all people,” said, Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “The culture of equality creates trust, innovation and results in business growth.”

The free full-day symposium will focus on internal policies and practices to create an inclusive working environment for employees, LGBTQ+ 101 cultural competency training, understanding New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD), and best practices for being open for business to serve all people.

The scheduled panelists and speakers represent New Jersey government, corporate sector, small business, and workplace diversity.  Guests will have an opportunity to engage in important discussions with experts in their respective fields to foster a diverse, inclusive, accepting, welcoming space for employees and customers.

“The Diversity and Inclusion Symposium empowers business owners, managers and entrepreneurs to learn strategies that attract LGBTQ employees and customers to help meet their business goals,” said Freeholder Rebecca Williams, liaison to the Union County LGBTQ Ad Hoc Committee. “There is a cost to businesses when employees have to hide in plain sight. There is also a realized loss when customers are uncertain if they’ll be served by a business. This symposium offers participants an opportunity to join the equality movement and empowers you to be visibly open for business for all people.”

Organized by the Office of LGBTQ Affairs in partnership with Union County Means Business, the Office of Business Development, and UCEDC, the mission of the symposium is to realize the value of being open for business and open for everyone.

UCEDC is a private, non-profit economic development corporation, dedicated to boosting local economies and strengthening communities through business development and job creation.

Union County Means Business, administered by the Office of Business Development under the Department of Economic Development, is an economic development initiative of the Freeholder Board with the support of community partners.

Union County’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, under the Department of Economic Development, was established by the Freeholder Board in 2018 and is the first and only county government office of its kind in the State of New Jersey.

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs provides a platform for leadership and collaboration to support equality, and serves as a catalyst for advocacy, awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals.

For more information about the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, contact Danni Newbury, Coordinator, at 908-527-4742 or [email protected] or visit ucnj.org/LGBTQ.

Nov
2
Sat
2019
The Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show  @ Trailside Nature and Science Center
Nov 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show  @ Trailside Nature and Science Center | Mountainside | New Jersey | United States

Union County residents and visitors are invited to explore the fascinating world of rocks, minerals, fossils, gems and jewelry at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 from noon to 5:00 p.m. on both days. Admission to the event is free.

The Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show presents an excellent opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about the world of rocks and gems through the many exhibits and displays,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “Whether you’re a geology enthusiast or simply have a casual interest, this event offers something for everyone.”

Geologists young and old can enjoy a wide variety of specimens on display for free and purchase items for sale. Children can purchase geodes, arrowheads and fluorescent minerals, while adults may enjoy the jewelry, fine gems and collector-grade pieces.

Sponsored jointly with the New Jersey Mineralogical Society and the New Jersey Lapidary Society, the Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will host more than 20 vendors selling minerals, rocks, gemstones, jewelry, sea shells and fossils from around the world.

For more information about the Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show or other programs offered this fall at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Nov
3
Sun
2019
The Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show  @ Trailside Nature and Science Center
Nov 3 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show  @ Trailside Nature and Science Center | Mountainside | New Jersey | United States

Union County residents and visitors are invited to explore the fascinating world of rocks, minerals, fossils, gems and jewelry at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 from noon to 5:00 p.m. on both days. Admission to the event is free.

The Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show presents an excellent opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about the world of rocks and gems through the many exhibits and displays,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “Whether you’re a geology enthusiast or simply have a casual interest, this event offers something for everyone.”

Geologists young and old can enjoy a wide variety of specimens on display for free and purchase items for sale. Children can purchase geodes, arrowheads and fluorescent minerals, while adults may enjoy the jewelry, fine gems and collector-grade pieces.

Sponsored jointly with the New Jersey Mineralogical Society and the New Jersey Lapidary Society, the Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will host more than 20 vendors selling minerals, rocks, gemstones, jewelry, sea shells and fossils from around the world.

For more information about the Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show or other programs offered this fall at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.