Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Union County Freeholder looks ahead to new year.
Between the global economic meltdown of 2008 and a series of natural disasters culminating in Hurricane Sandy, Union County has seen its share of crises over the past four years. We have also been touched by the sorrows borne by communities not so very far away; here in New Jersey, the devastation of shore towns by the storm, and in Newtown, Connecticut, a human tragedy from which no real recovery is ever possible. While our hearts and minds reach out in sympathy, we can also look inward and prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead. And as this year comes to a close, there is cause for renewed hope in the future. One cause for optimism has been the growth of new relationships all across the spectrum of our community. In this regard, …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
County Official looks forward in letter to the editor.
This has been an extraordinary time in Union County history, and we’ve seen some extraordinary things. We’ve seen the worst of the damage and destruction that a powerful storm can bring, first with Hurricane Sandy and then with the nor’easter Athena. We’ve also seen the best of human nature, as Union County residents pulled together to keep each other safe at the height of the danger. So many people have been involved in the response and recovery that it’s impossible to thank them all, so I’d just like to say that as a lifelong resident of Union County I could not be more proud to say that this place is my home. We’re not out of the woods yet. Tragically, two deaths in Union County have been attributed to the storm, and people are still …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Union County Freeholder chair asks all residents to commemorate Memorial Day by connecting with U.S. Military veterans.
As Memorial Day approaches, our thoughts naturally turn to the sacrifices that have been made by Union County residents while serving in the U.S. military. Each year on this day, thousands of Union County residents from all walks of life, including my colleagues on the Freeholder Board and many County employees, join in commemorative ceremonies and activities to keep the memory of the deceased alive in our hearts. One of Union County’s long-running traditions is the distribution of tens of thousands of American flags to veterans’ groups and civic organizations like the Boy Scouts. Members of these groups fan out across the cemeteries of Union County each Memorial Day to ensure that every veteran’s grave is visited, recognized and honored. …
Friday, April 13, 2012
With a mild winter and dry spring, Alexander Mirabella, Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, shares how residents can do their part in preventing forest fires.
Friday, April 13, 2012
As residents of an urban area, we in Union County are used to thinking about fire prevention in terms of our homes and other buildings. However, an extremely mild winter and dry spring have come together to underscore the importance of preventing forest fires in our public parks and nature preserves, too. Last month a small brush fire cropped up in Cranford, an unusual occurrence for Union County. Fire risk warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service and the New Jersey Forest Service, and major blazes have broken out elsewhere in the state, as well as nearby in Staten Island. The situation has added a new layer of complexity to the job faced by our career and volunteer fire fighters. I know they will rise to meet this new …