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Roselle Park Police Officer Involved in Crash Fatally Shoots Himself Sunday

January 20, 2020

MATAWAN, NJ — An off-duty Roselle Park police officer fatally shot himself in the head after being involved in a crash in Matawan Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

It is with tremendous sadness that Police Chief Daniel J. McCaffery announces the passing of Roselle Park Police Officer Edward Nortrup. Patrolman Nortrup was a 13-year veteran of the Roselle Park Police ...

Lawsuit: Sergeant Harassed Union County Corrections Officer, Asked her to ‘Test a Mattress With Me’

ELIZABETH, NJ — A female corrections officer working at the Union County Jail has lodged a lawsuit claiming her supervisor made daily sexual overtures to her, and the county retaliated when she complained of sexual harassment.

The lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Elizabeth Dec. 3 claims that Sgt. Christopher Smidt, of Colonia, sexually harassed Officer Monique Hall on a daily basis in ...

Union County Freeholders Take Action Against “Heartless” Homeless Relocation Policy

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County freeholder board has taken action against New York City’s Special One-Time Assistance (SOTA) policy, which has relocated several homeless families from the city to several Union County municipalities.

At their meeting Thursday night, the freeholders passed the following resolution:

“A Resolution urging New Jersey State Attorney General ...

Election 2019: Incumbents Kowalski, Granados, Williams Re-elected to Union County Freeholder Board

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, Freeholder Sergio Granados, and Freeholder Rebecca Williams have been re-elected to the county’s Board of Chosen Freeholders, official election results show. All three freeholders will serve three-year terms beginning in 2020.

A total of five candidates ran for three seats on the freeholder board. The three democratic ...

Union County's Ponderosa Park Improvements Include New Turf Fields

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, Vice Chair Al Mirabella, and Freeholders Rebecca Williams and Andrea Staten joined Union County Deputy County Manager Amy Wagner, Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Township officials and student athletes at the opening of the new turf fields at Union County’s Ponderosa Park in Scotch Plains.

The two multi-use ...

Roselle Man, 30, Charged in Linden Arson Spree, Authorities Say

LINDEN, NJ – A Roselle man is in custody and charged in connection with a string of arsons committed on a single night last week in Linden, authorities said Thursday.

Marcus D. Wise, 30, of Roselle, is charged with two counts of second-degree aggravated arson, two counts of third-degree arson and single counts of second-degree attempted aggravated arson, third-degree burglary and ...

This Union County 911 Operator Birthed a Baby – by Telephone

UNION COUNTY, NJ – When one of Union County’s newest residents was ready to come into the world earlier than expected, Joy Allen knew just what she had to do.

Allen, a 911 telecommunicator who answers calls at the county’s dispatch center, guided the parents-to-be through a home birth from the other end of a phone line. Allen was honored for her efforts during last week's ...

Everyone Can “Bite Back” against Mosquitoes in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ - As summer begins in earnest, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders asks residents, businesses and visitors alike to help reduce the mosquito population.

“Mosquito control is something that everyone can help with, and it makes a big difference,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “Aside from being itchy and annoying, mosquito bites can spread ...

Linden Man Charged in Union Officer-Involved Shooting in Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A Linden man is in custody and facing multiple criminal charges after a vehicular chase and foot pursuit ended in a Union officer-involved shooting Friday afternoon.

Lester Krek, 32, is charged with second-degree disarming a police officer, second-degree eluding police, and third-degree resisting arrest, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced ...

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Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Mayor's Corner - Quarantine Edition June 2020

It’s been a few months, and I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. As we transition into Phase Two of the Governor’s Plan to reopen New Jersey, Berkeley Heights is a bustle with activity, too. This article is a bit long, but there is a need to communicate a lot of important information to our residents. 

But first, I want to acknowledge what our nation is facing in ...

It Isn't Automatically Racism

June 5, 2020

The police murder of George Floyd by a police officer in MN is something we all seem to agree on was an abomination and an example of wanton criminal police brutality. Nothing can bring back George Floyd who was allegedly being arrested for trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill or some such. He certainly didn’t deserve to die for it.

Much of the hype seems to want to make this a racist ...

Berkeley Heights Superintendent of Schools Writes Letter in Grief of Death of George Floyd Death

Dear Families and Staff,

 I write to you today in grief and pain. I grieve at the death of George Floyd, and so many others due to the color of their skin. I grieve for our country, as violence tears our cities and communities apart. I am in pain talking to my daughters as we watch the news: a man shot while jogging; a woman in central park demonstrating the ugliness of racism in action, ...

An Open Letter to Senator Kean, Assemblwoman Munoz, Assemblyman Bramnick

The killing of George Floyd is the most recent in a long line of senseless, brutal murders of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement. It is part of an ongoing moral failure by Americans to correct systemic racism that has eroded the foundation of our society.   We must act now not only to protect those among us who are most vulnerable but to make them less vulnerable.  We ...

844-ReachNJ Available 24 hours a Day to Help New Jersey Residents with Substance Use Disorders

June 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson reminded residents struggling with substance use that they can call 1-844-ReachNJ to speak with live trained counselors ready to offer assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“We want to remind people struggling with addiction and substance use issues that you are not alone,” ...

How to Return a Vote-by-Mail Ballot in Union County

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises voters that they have several options for returning their Vote-by-Mail ballots. Voters can return their ballots by U.S. Postal Service, bring them to the County Clerk’s offices or Board of Elections Office, or drop them off at specially designated ballot boxes.

Voters choosing to bring their ballots to the County Clerk’s offices can visit ...

Union County Family Adopts Planters through Adopt-A-Park

Cindy and Jim Traverso and their son Luke of Summit have teamed up with Union County's Adopt-A-Park to donate annual flowers, soil and mulch, and maintain a cement planter in Briant Park in Springfield throughout the growing season.

“Union County parks thrive because of the volunteers that contribute year round,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “I would like ...

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Vote-by-Mail and the July 7 Primary Election

FAQs about Vote-by-Mail have been posted on the Union County Clerk’s elections website, unioncountyvotes.com, and on the free Union County Votes mobile app.

Union County, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi urges voters to familiarize themselves with Vote-by-Mail procedures in advance of receiving their Vote-by-Mail ballot for the July 7 Primary Election.

Due to the COVID-19 ...

2020 4th of July Fireworks at Nomahegan Park and all Other Union County Parks Canceled

May 27, 2020

CRANFORD - The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites:

Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July 2. 
Plainfield fireworks ...

Cheers to the Sisterhood! 'Booze Fairies' Make Their Way Through South Plainfield

June 4, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – There’s been a whole lot of ‘ding, dong, ditch’ going on throughout the community the past two weeks but, unlike the game typically played by youngsters and teens, the South Plainfield version is open only to women age 21 and older. 

As members of the Facebook group ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Booze - SoPo edition,’ female ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, June 6, 10:00 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Blood Drive at the Berkeley Heights YMCA

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Sat, June 6, 10:00 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Blood Drive at the Berkeley Heights YMCA June 6

Health & Wellness

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Mon, June 8, 6:30 AM

UNWIND Yoga & Wellness Center, New Providence

Mat Pilates

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Wed, June 10, 5:30 AM

UNWIND Yoga & Wellness Center, New Providence

Core Power Flow

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Calculating an IRD Deduction

Have you recently inherited a loved one’s retirement assets? If so, you should know that there is an income tax deduction available to you called the income in respect of a decedent, or IRD, deduction. When certain inherited assets are hit with both federal estate and income taxes, this deduction can help offset the impact. Taking the time to ensure you correctly utilize this tax break can ...

Using IRAs to Help Children

Did you know there is no minimum age for having an IRA? As long as your child has earned income, you can open an account in their name. Whether they contribute to the IRA with their own money from working or a gift from you, the power of compound interest can help them get a significant head start on a secure financial future.

To learn more, click here to download “Using IRAs to Help ...