Union County

Assembly aims to bans microbeads

TRENTON – The General Assembly approved legislation, 72-0, on Monday to address the growing environmental concerns over beauty products containing microbeads. The bill, A-3083, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Paul Moriarty, Tim Eustace and Linda Stender, prohibits the production, manufacture, and…

Horizon executives honored as diversity leaders

Two directors for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey have been recognized as DiversityMBA Magazine’s 2014 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executives & Emerging Leaders. Maureen Martin, director of service operations, and Vincenza Cruz, director of talent acquisition, were honored…

Walk-a-thon raised $40,000 to support services

With Aretha Franklin on the public address system calling for “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” members of Community Access Unlimited (CAU), along with friends, family, volunteers, staff and donors, recently stepped off the line for the 16th Annual Ira Geller Memorial Walk-a-Thon held at…

Wardlaw-Hartridge soccer star trains at Real Madrid Academy

Diogo Ferreira of Hillside, a junior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime, a dream for any young soccer player who aspires to play at the professional level. The Wardlaw-Hartridge soccer standout was invited to…

$1.5 million unemployment fraudster lands years in state prison

TRENTON – A Georgia woman indicted in 2012 for her part in a scheme to steal $1.5 million in unemployment benefits from the State of New Jersey was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison. Monique Valentine, 35, formerly…

Fugitive arrested and returned for sex crime

ELIZABETH – A man has been returned to New Jersey after he fled the country during deliberations that resulted in a jury convicting him of sex crimes against a young boy. Union County prosecutors say 47-year-old Nikolaos Katogiritis was tracked to the Dominican Republic…

Rent on stage in Rahway

The Union County Performing Arts Center will present Rent, the update of Puccini’s La Boheme billed as ‘the musical that changed Broadway forever.’ Produced by Mystic Vision Players, at the Main Stage at UCPAC, performances are limited to two weekends,…

Rahway library hosts business seminars

The Rahway Public Library will host a series of business seminars during October and November presented by SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses, in cooperation with the Rahway Chamber of Commerce. These seminars will include such topics as: ? Starting…

Union County prisoners may face lock-up in Hudson County

Union County Manager Al Faella and Hudson County spokesperson James Kennelly separately confirmed that there have been negotiations about housing Union County jail inmates in Hudson County, a prospect that was suggested on September 11 by Tina Renna, president of…

Allegedly intoxicated mother crashed with toddler in car

LINDEN — Police have arrested Monika Hapun for allegedly driving while intoxicated with her unrestrained two-year-old son in the back seat during a three-car accident that occurred on the 600 block of East Elizabeth Avenue in Linden. Officers spoke to the…