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Union County’s COVID-19 Testing Program

The Freeholder Board informs all residents of upcoming dates and schedule changes for Union County’s COVID-19 testing program. The Union County Mobile Test Unit has scheduled additional visits to local communities to provide free COVID-19 saliva tests for residents during the month of December. No car is required. All sites are available on a walk-up basis.

Also, the Kean University COVID-19 Drive-In Testing site will operate Monday through Wednesday, 9am to 4pm during the weeks of December 21st and December 28th during the Holidays.

“Testing has been a cornerstone in our fight against COVID-19 and we encourage all Union County residents to use this free, convenient service,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Even if you have no symptoms of illness, it is important to get tested if you feel that you may have been exposed to the virus by someone else, or are at risk of exposing others.”

Any County resident can use any of the walk-up sites. Masks and social distance are required at all times.

The following municipalities are scheduled for December (note: the Mobile Test Unit will administer the saliva test at all of these locations):

  • Mountainside – December 8, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Mountainside Fire Station, 210 New Providence Road
  • Plainfield – December 10, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Milt Campbell Field, East 3rd Street
  • Hillside – December 12, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Conant Park, 320 Conant Street
  • Rahway – December 15, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Friendship Baptist Church. 809  East Hazelwood Avenue
  • Fanwood – December 15, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fanwood Train Station, 256 South Avenue
  • Berkeley Heights – December 17, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Church of the Little Flower, 290 Plainfield Avenue

For more details and to view the most updated schedule online click here, or call 908-214-7107 for assistance.

The Mobile Test Unit is available on request to visit local communities to provide tests for the general public. The Mobile Test Unit also visits locations such as senior residence buildings to provide on-site testing for vulnerable populations and other groups.

Municipal governments, non-profit organizations and community groups can request a visit by calling the Union County Office of Emergency Management at 908-654-9881.

Residents are urged to continue observing precautions against spreading the virus, including wearing a face mask, maintaining social distance, and washing hands frequently.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for using the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and a list of locations for walk-up tests, click here.

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health.

“The Company Men” Free Holiday Drive-In Concert Sponsored by the Freeholder Board Rescheduled to Sunday, December 6, at 6pm

Union County, NJ – Due to anticipated inclement weather on December 5, the upcoming “The Company Men” free holiday drive-in concert sponsored by the Freeholder Board has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m. Tickets held for the December 5 show will be honored on December 6.

The concert will take place at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

In accordance with COVID-19 prevention rules, all tickets have been reserved on a first-come, first served basis. However, a limited number of spots may become available on a waiting-list basis. To reserve a spot on the waiting list, click here.

The Company Men, who describe themselves on their website as a “Modern Day Rat Pack,” are a nationally acclaimed vocal, pop music quartet who performs a mix of current Top 40 hits with classics of the last 60 years, with a special twist. They have appeared onstage with Mariah Carey, Billy Idol, Chaka Khan and others.

The band’s “Holiday Show” will feature classic songs such as Happy Holidays, Jingle Bell Rock, White Christmas, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Winter Wonderland, and much more. Their performances are family-friendly and have been praised as huge hit with multi-generational crowds, according to their website.

This event will run in compliance with state COVID-19 orders, regarding social distancing and other protocols. Attendees must bring their own snacks and drinks. There will not be any food or drink available for purchase.

To help promote social distancing, no walk-ups, bikes or chairs are permitted. Vehicles will be arranged at least 6 feet apart with adequate social distancing. Port-o-johns and wash stations will be available. Masks will be required when using the port-o-johns.

Attendees must stay in their vehicles (unless they need to use the port-o-johns). Those who are attending can bring their own food, and non-alcoholic drink. Alcohol is prohibited.

Further details will be available to residents upon reserving tickets. 

2019 Senior Freeze – Deadline Extended!

Did you know relief is available to FREEZE your property taxes? Don’t miss out.

This was a turbulent year. If you forgot to apply for the Senior Freeze property tax reimbursement, don’t worry. The filling deadline for 2019 Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) applications has been extended to December 31, 2020. The original deadline was November 2, 2020. With questions, please call the Property Tax Reimbursement Hotline at 1-800-882-6597. Take advantage of the extra time to get the relief you deserve!

Check for eligibility here.

Food Distribution Event on Saturday, December 5th, 9am Has Been Changed to Sunday, December 6th, 9am

Important Update! The Food Distribution event that was scheduled for this Saturday, December 5th has been moved to Sunday, December 6th at Warinanco Park (Skating Rink)  in Roselle by the Park Avenue entrance.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Village Super Market of Springfield Township, New Jersey are providing this drive through and walk-up food distribution event to all Union County residents affected by COVID-19 on Sunday, December 6th at 9am.

Location

Warinanco Park at 1 Park Drive, Roselle, NJ 07203 (Skating Rink)

Event Details

  • First 2,000 vehicles will receive shelf-safe food and fresh produce on a first come, first served basis
  • One food distribution per vehicle, while supplies last
  • Please make sure to clear out the vehicle’s trunk prior to arrival to make room for food bags
  • Bring one (1) proof of NJ residency, such as a utility bill, driver’s license, ID card, etc.
  • Event will take place rain or shine.

Click here to view and/or download the original event flyer in English and Spanish. With any questions, or for more information, please email the DHS Action Line or call them at 908 558 2288.

COVID-19 Walkup Testing @ Wheeler Park on Thursday, November 19th

The Union County COVID-19 Mobile Test Unit is now visiting various community locations to provide free tests for Union County residents. The Union County COVID-19 Mobile Test Unit has conducted more than 2,000 tests to date and is staffed by health professionals with the Union County Division of Health.

Linden – Wheeler Park; Splash Park Parking Lot, 234 West Stimpson Avenue

  • No appointment.
  • Registration done on-site with smartphone or tablet.
  • Mask required.
  • No food, drink, smoking or chewing gum 30 minutes prior.
  • Results within 72 hours.

New Jersey American Water – Virtual Information Session

New Jersey American Water is hosting a virtual information session for customers about its payment assistance programs on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Representatives from New Jersey American Water and the company’s H2O Help to Others program administrator, New Jersey Shares, will provide information about payment arrangements and budget billing, and H2O Program eligibility requirements and benefits. A demonstration of the application process will also be shown, as well as answers to commonly asked questions. Participants will also be able to ask questions live during the event.

To access the live session, click here a few minutes prior to the event. There will not be a special login to join the meeting, but attendees may be prompted to download the free Microsoft Teams app when clicking the link to join the meeting. More information can be found on the “Bill Paying Assistance” page of the company’s website.

  • Click here to download the informational flyer about this event.
  • Click here to download the press release about this event.

Union County Flu Shot Drive in Linden

Union County is holding a flu shot drive in Linden on Thursday, November 12th from 4pm to 7pm at St Theresa Church (131 East Edgar Road) to help ensure that everyone has access to a free seasonal flu vaccine at a convenient location, especially residents who have no health insurance.

Protection against seasonal flu is more important than ever before due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Pre-registration is required. County residents can attend any of our upcoming flu drives. View schedule and register here.

Beware of Unemployment Scams & Fraud!

The State of New Jersey’s Cybersecurity and Communication Integration Cell (NJCCIC) recently highlighted a cyber threat involving unemployment scams and fraud. In particular, the NJCCIC has received reports over the last several weeks detailing this insurance fraud and referencing emails claiming to be related to NJ unemployment with a COVID-19 lure, sense of urgency, and promise of financial assistance.

Please look out for suspicious activities and offer guidance on how to protect your personal identifiable information (PII) as received from a July Press Release from the FBI.

The FBI advises the public to be on the lookout for the following suspicious activities:

  • Receiving communications regarding unemployment insurance forms when you have not applied for unemployment benefits
  • Unauthorized transactions on your bank or credit card statements related to unemployment benefits
  • Any fees involved in filing or qualifying for unemployment insurance
  • Unsolicited inquires related to unemployment benefits
  • Fictitious websites and social media pages mimicking those of government agencies

Protection Tips:

  • Be wary of telephone calls and text messages, letters, websites, or emails that require you to provide your personal information or other sensitive information, especially birth dates and Social Security numbers. Be cautious with attachments and embedded links within email, especially from an unknown email sender.
  • Make yourself aware of methods fraudsters are using to obtain PII and how to combat them by following security tips issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, including:
  • Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks
  • Protecting Against Malicious Code
  • Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft
  • Monitor your bank accounts on a regular basis and request your credit report at least once a year to look for any fraudulent activity. If you believe you are a victim, review your credit report more frequently.
  • Immediately report unauthorized transactions to your financial institution or credit card provider.

If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft related to fraudulent unemployment insurance claims, report the fraud to:

Virtual Hiring Event

Workforce Innovation Business Center (WIBC) is hosting a virtual hiring event that will take place on November 17th, 18th and 19th with Remarkable Foods.   

Remarkable Foods Inc is opening a new location in Union County. Opportunities exist for Inbound/Outbound Warehouse Associates, Chef-on-the-Road Driver, Sanitation Associates, Prep Cook, and Assembly Position.

Pre-registration is required. If you have any questions, please call the WIBC at 908-965-2992.