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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.

Food Distribution Event – Saturday, November 7th, 9am

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey are providing this drive through only food distribution event to all Union County residents affected by COVID-19 on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 9am.

Location

Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union NJ 07083

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 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.

Food Distribution Event – Saturday, October 31st, 9am

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 Saturday, October 31st at 9am.

Location

Warinanco Park at 1 Park Drive, Roselle, NJ 07203

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 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.

Free Flu Shot Information

The Freeholder Board announced updated dates and locations for upcoming flu shot drives throughout Union County in October and November. The County is offering a series of free flu shot drives in local communities to help ensure that everyone has access to a free seasonal flu vaccine at a convenient location, especially residents who have no health insurance.

The free flu shot drive is open to Union County residents age four and up. Appointments are required and residents can schedule their appointment by visiting ucnj.org/flu or calling 908-518-4307. Masks are required for residents who attend to receive a flu shot. Temperatures will be taken when arriving.

“Public health experts are concerned that our medical resources will be overwhelmed if a seasonal flu outbreak combines with the COVID-19 crisis,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “If you have never gotten a seasonal flu shot before, now is the time to do it. Let’s all do our part to help our Union County family stay safe during the flu season.”

Protection against seasonal flu is more important than ever before due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Persons who have a fever, coughing, sneezing, or other signs of illness will not be admitted to a flu drive site. Residents who are experiencing symptoms of illness should check with their doctor. Persons with health insurance are advised to visit their local pharmacy or doctor’s office to receive the flu shot.

The following dates have been scheduled for the Union County flu shot drive. Each event will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Participation is on a walk-up basis, first come first served:

  • October 29 – Westfield (Union County Public Safety Building, 300 North Ave East)
  • November 5 – Summit (Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Avenue)
  • November 12 – Linden (St. Theresa Church, 131 E Edgar Road)
  • November 19 – Rahway (Rahway Recreation Center, 275 East Milton Avenue)

For additional updates visit the “Upcoming Flu Drives” page on the County website.

Please note that the Union County flu shot drive is for seasonal flu vaccines only. There is no vaccine available for the COVID-19 virus at this time.

The Union County Flu Shot Drive is administered by the Union County Office of Health Management in the Department of Public Safety, the Visiting Nurse Association, and volunteers from the Union County Medical Reserve Corps. The Medical Reserve Corps accepts volunteers with a variety of skills both in and out of the medical profession.