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Clark Mayor Addresses Plainfield City Council After Basketball Puppet Incident

Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso speaks to the Plainfield City Council after Saturday's incident at A.L. Johnson H.S.
Councilman Charles McCrae with oath administered by Courtney L. Smith Credits: Jennifer Popper
Councilman Charles McCrae Credits: Jennifer Popper
Councilwoman Rebecca Williams being sworn in by Mayor Adrian Mapp Credits: Jennifer Popper
Councilwoman Rebecca Williams and Mayor Adrian Mapp Credits: Jennifer Popper
Councilwoman Rebecca Williams being sworn in as City Council President Credits: Jennifer Popper
Councilman Barry Goode being sworn in as 2017 Chairperson, Committee of the Whole Credits: Jennifer Popper
Joylette Mills-Ransome sworn in to fill the 2nd and 3rd Ward City Council vacancy Credits: Jennifer Popper

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso appeared at a Plainfield City Council meeting Monday night to address the incident that occurred before a varsity girls basketball game between A.L. Johnson High School and Plainfield High School on Saturday morning.

A black puppet, hanging by a string looped around its neck and hand, a basketball attached to one end, greeted players from the Plainfield High School girls basketball team when they arrived at Johnson High School Saturday morning.

Bonaccorso offered an apology to the residents and school district of Plainfield, and said he did not know if what took place had been done with malicious intent. He said that it is being investigated by a number of authorities. 

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In a statement issued after Saturday's incident, Clark Superintendent of Schools Edward Grande said,  “The Clark Board Education and the Clark Community does not condone any demonstrations of intolerance. The Board will promptly and thoroughly investigate this matter to determine what occurred following the basketball game on January 7th and will take remedial action as necessary. It is premature to make any further statements until such time as the investigation is completed. Good sportsmanship and respect of fellow and opponent teammates has and will always continue to be an integral part of Crusader Athletics.”

Plainfield's own Superintendent of Schools Anna Belin-Pyles issued a statement about taking decisive action on behalf of the student athletes and the district.

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Family Promise Launches 'Pets with a Promise'

February 26, 2017

Summit-based Family Promise, the nation’s leading nonprofit helping families experiencing homelessness, is proud to announce the launch of Pets with a Promise, which provides direct funding for Family Promise Affiliates nationwide for a variety of services, allowing families to keep their pets while working towards independence in the program.  

The program launched with the ...

Flapjack Breakfast Fundraiser Sponsored by Westfield UNICO will Support Veterans and Military

UNICO of Westfield is proud to sponsor a Flapjack Fundraiser to benefit our veterans and active military through Bonds of Courage. Bonds of Courage is a non-profit public charity that provides a network of support services to troops, veterans and military families. The services provided include job, health, family and finances.

The event will be held at Applebee's, 1255 Raritan Road, ...

Caring Contact Names Janet Sarkos of Westfield Executive Director

Caring Contact, the Westfield-based crisis hotline and listening community, has named Janet Sarkos of Westfield as executive director. She had been serving as interim executive director.

Most recently, Sarkos was the chief operating officer of Chervo USA, an Italian golf clothing brand, and her broader professional experience includes marketing and public relations consulting. She also has ...

Dine Out Westfield Feb. 26-March 9

It's time to eat & drink! The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) is pleased to sponsor Dine Out Westfield February 26 through March 09, 2017. Over w0restaurants are participating this winter to offer wonderful menus at affordable prices. Restaurants are offering two and three-course prix-fixe menus specially priced for lunch and/or dinner, many with wine pairing options. Tax, ...

'Great Swamp Experience' Permanent Exhibit Opened This Week At EEC Ribbon Cutting in Basking Ridge

February 20, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Ever since the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was established by an act of US Congress in 1960 after a group of local activitists rallied to protect the land from development, the native habitat for hundreds of species of birds and other plants and living creatures has been also been a living classroom for learning about the environment.

Free permanent ...

Union County Seeks Input on Mountain Biking

February 24, 2017

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The Union County Department of Parks & Recreation will host a meeting to present a Trails Master Plan that has been developed for the Watchung Reservation.  This plan will create new trails and open part of the Watchung Reservation to mountain biking.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Trailside Nature & Science ...

Rep. Lance Answers Questions on Trump's Border Wall, Education and the Free Press

February 24, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the third in our series reporting on Rep. Leonard Lance’s Town Hall, which he held Wednesday evening at Raritan Valley Community College. The first installment reported on the protestors outside of the Town Hall, and Lance’s responses to questions about the Affordable Care Act and funding Planned Parenthood. The second installment covered the issues of ...

Who I Am in 650 Words or Less

The Common Application released their essay questions for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle this past week so we all have essays on the brain.  This always creates a flurry of something between excitement and panic as Juniors start to peruse their choices and grapple over which prompt will allow them to most effectively brag about the impressive things they’ve done in high school.  ...

Jump In….for Better Health!

One of the ways to get cardiovascular exercise is through rebounding….a form of exercise using a mini trampoline that you should know about. In addition to building muscular strength, rebounding is extremely gentle on bones and joints because you’re bouncing on a surface that “gives,” so there’s no solid ground to create a hard impact every time you land. And ...

Mayor's Round Table Discusses Redevelopment, YMCA

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor's Round Table is a monthly show hosted by Dr. Donald DeFabio, who sits with Mayor Robert Woodruff to talk about current issues that affect the township as well as answer questions submitted by citizens. 

Included in this episode, Mayor Woodruff provides an update on Redevelopment and the Berkeley Heights YMCA/Community Pool proposal. 

Time ...

Cholesterol, Heart Disease and Current Research

Statistically, 50% of people seen in the emergency room with a heart attack have “normal” cholesterol levels. That’s right- normal cholesterol levels! Let’s look at the all the indicators in your cholesterol “number” to find out how this could possibly happen.

First, prevention of cardiovascular disease it is not as simple lowering your cholesterol levels to ...

6 Week Free Gabriele Fitness Challenge Giveaway: Get in while you can!

We're doing it again! We're giving away SIX weeks of our total transformation, kitchen sink training package to FOUR lucky locals! 

The page is OPEN, you can enter here: http://gabrielefitness.com/giveaways/sweepstakes/ (you can bookmark the page ;) 

Or click the link below and enter to win your six week transformation training! Remember, you're going to ...

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