Clark FD Responds to House Blaze

December 8, 2016

CLARK,NJ - A fire on Crescent Parkway is under control after a blaze damaged the top of the house.   According to Mayor Bonaccorso, no one was home at the time of the fire.

Bonaccorso confirmed that the house belongs to Clark Police Officer Antonio Manata.  Manata received a call approximately ten minutes after he left home, that his house was on fire.

“The fully ...

Clark Car Burglary Suspects Identified; Police Seek Information

CLARK, NJ – Eight burglaries of unlocked cars on the east side of Clark occurred Sunday night, Clark Police reported on Monday. The incidents occurred on St. Laurent Drive and Colonial Drive in the Ross Street area.

“The investigation has progressed fairly quickly today,” Clark Chief of Police Pedro Matos said. “We already have pictures of the two individuals we believe ...

Break-in at West Lane Home in Clark, Police Say

CLARK, NJ – Clark police responded to a residential burglary alarm Tuesday afternoon and found the home had been broken into, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. It appeared that the alarm-activation caused the suspect to flee the scene, taking some jewelry with him, the post said. 

The incident occurred in the 300 block of West Lane at approximately 5 ...

Former Clark Public Library Director Meg Kolaya Dies at 69

December 3, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Meg Kolaya, 69, of Plainfield, former director of the Clark Public Library and a beloved member of the Scotch Plains community, died Thursday after enduring a two-year battle with  brain cancer.

Kolaya served as Director of Scotch Plains Public Library from 2002 up until her retirement in 2015.  During her tenure, she transformed the library into a hub ...

BOE Votes Down Clark Education Association’s Memorandum of Agreement

CLARK, NJ – It was standing room only in the Clark Council Chambers Tuesday evening as the board of education voted to reject the drafted Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) submitted by the Clark Education Association.

Listed as agenda item 13, the resolution stated that the board would not accept the MOA as drafted.  As the floor opened to the public for agenda items only, NJEA field ...

'Dracula' on Stage at the Arthur L. Johnson High School

CLARK, NJ - That famous vampire from Transylvania - Count Dracula - will be swooping into the Arthur L. Johnson High School this week, as the school presents "Dracula," a play adapted from the Bram Stoker novel.  The show's final performance is Friday night at 7 p.m.

"I am most proud of my very talented cast of actors as they tell the tale of the world’s most ...

Ice Hockey: A.L. Johnson Defeats West Essex, 4-2

December 10, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Essex ice hockey team dropped a 4-2 decision to A.L. Johnson Friday night.

Johnson (4-0) took a 2-1 lead in the first period, forcing the Knights to play from behind the rest of the way. Rocky Azari put in two for the Crusaders, while Mike Alongi and Tyler Mekovitz each scored one. Credited with assists were Matt Alongi (2), NIck Galati (1), Dylan Ringwood (1) ...

Clark Resident leads NJ Tennis Team to Championship

PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA – The Mylan World Tennis Team (WTT) Rec League recently held their national championship competition at Palm Valley Country Club in Palm Desert, CA.  The New Jersey “Kick Aces,” captained by Clark-resident Adel Elsekhily, took home the championship title for their division.

A total of 69 teams and 500 players competed in 10 divisions, with players ...

Johnson Crusaders Varsity Ice Hockey Holds off Cranford Cougars, Improve to 3-0 on Season

ROSELLE, NJ - Johnson junior goaltender Karol Wieczorek stopped 58 of 60 shots to help the Johnson Crusaders ice hockey team to a victory over conference rival Cranford Cougars by a final score of 4-2 Wednesday night at Warinanco Park.

Wieczorek halted a lot of major scoring chances Cranford threw in front of the net and believes the victory is important for the Crusaders at this early ...

Healing Starts At Home With Cornerstone

December 6, 2016

Sometimes healing has to begin at home.  Whether it is reduced mobility, surgical recovery, loss of balance, long-term illness or changes in lifestyle caused by pain, Cornerstone Physical Therapy Health and Wellness helps patients begin their journey back to daily routines and independence in their own home. 

When the professional therapists and doctors of Cornerstone arrive at a ...

#AskHer Sparks First-Ever Mammograms

SUMMIT, NJ - Atlantic Health System has launched the #AskHer Campaign to encourage women to have a mammogram and has established a dedicated phone number and website in conjunction with a campaign to remind women to make breast health a priority.

Atlantic Health System established a dedicated phone number, 1-844-343-3540 and web, and added 1,200 ...

Clark Council Endorses Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Efforts

CLARK, NJ – Wearing the color of pancreatic cancer awareness, the Cohen family accepted a proclamation naming Nov. 17 “World Pancreatic Cancer Day” in the township of Clark at the council meeting held on Nov. 21.

“We can’t save my father, but we can save other people who are fighting this disease,” Todd Cohen said. Cohen lost his father, a long-time Clark ...

JCC Hosts Big Give Fundraiser Featuring Union County Freeholders

December 10, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County Freeholders Al Mirabella, Bruce Bergen and Angel G. Estrada joined Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ BIG GIVE fundraiser at the Jewish Community Center in Scotch Plains. Also participating were joined by NJ State Association of Jewish Federations Executive Director Jacob Toporek, and Jewish Community Foundation ...

St. Joseph HS Students Shave Heads in Support of Clark's Matt Hall

METUCHEN, NJ - During Saint Joseph High School’s recent Winter Sports Pep Rally, members of the student body volunteered not only their time but also their hair for a classmate and for peers across the country. Students raised over $20,000 and shaved their heads for Saint Baldrick’s, an organization that aids children who have been diagnosed with all forms of cancer.

The event was ...

Dog Photos with Santa Help to Fund Rescue Organization

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Santa Claus hears requests for toys from children in many languages and then delivers gifts to countries throughout the globe. On Saturday, he utilized his skills as a dog whisperer at the Knights of Columbus Hall on North Ave. in Westfield to help the sixth annual fundraiser for Brendan's Meadows dog rescue organization. 

Pet owners paid a ...

Clark UNICO Sets Its Sights on Brooklyn's Lights

December 10, 2016

BROOKLYN, NY – Over-the-top is an understatement in certain Brooklyn neighborhoods in December, as Christmas-light mania takes hold. On Tuesday, the Clark Chapter of UNICO held its biannual pilgrimage to the decked-out homes of Brooklyn to take in the lights and sights of holiday decorating gone wild.

The bus left Clark late in the afternoon for a fun-filled ride of games, trivia, ...

Clark Seniors Get Merry at Annual Holiday Party

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Seniors celebrated the holidays at the Annual Holiday party at the Gran Centurions on Dec. 1.

Over 200 seniors came together to eat, drink, and be merry.  They enjoyed dancing to the music of DJ Mike Canter and were entertained by famed comedian John Pizzi and his ventriloquist friends.

The night finished up with a visit from Santa ...

Clark Cheerleaders Compete at Walt Disney World in Orlando

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Crusaders Pop Warner Small Pee Wee cheerleading team is at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. competing in a national cheer competition this week. The girls advanced to the national stage after placing second at a regional competition in November.   

Coached by Renae Grasso, Justine Petronella, Denise Hessler and Michele Thompson, the girls are hoping to ...

Cookie-Palooza: Pfeffernusse Cookies (Dairy-Free)

December 8, 2016

CLARK, NJ - Pfeffernüsse are spice cookies that originated in Northern Europe. They are a traditional cookie in the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. 

1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup non-dairy margarine
2 eggs, well-beaten
4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 ...

Cookie-Palooza: Old-Fashioned Swedish Spritz Cookies

CLARK, NJ - A family favorite for generations, as a child this recipe seemed to involve an entire afternoon of mixing, coloring, pushing through the cookie press, baking, and decorating.

As it is with many other experiences from childhood, the reality as an adult is a bit different: these cookies are actually very simple and easy to make. With today’s unique product ...

Trader Joe’s in Westfield Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Amid cheers from employees and customers, the Downtown Westfield’s newly re-built Trader Joe’s opened Friday morning at 8 a.m.

The previous building was demolished this in February after its roof collapsed during January’s blizzard.

“It’s so great to be home,” store manager Casey Latsko said as he greeted people ...

Condominiums Will Replace Lawnmower Shop in Clark

December 1, 2016

CLARK, NJ – A seven-unit condominium building will soon stand on the site of the Clark Power Equipment property at 1132 Westfield Ave. The Clark Planning Board voted unanimously in favor of an application presented by Vincenzo Associates at its meeting Thursday night.

Site engineer Edward Dec said the single seven-unit structure is a better use of the lot’s size and shape than two ...

Clark Zoning Board Approves 4-Home Subdivision

CLARK, NJ – Four single-family homes will be built on a 2.1 acre plot of land located at 565 Raritan Road, across from the Frank K. Hehnly Elementary school, after the Clark zoning board voted to approve the subdivision at its meeting Monday night.

The land is currently zoned for townhouses or garden apartments, thus requiring an application to the board for a use-variance.

Sewer Fees and Pet Licenses Top Clark Council Meeting Agenda

CLARK, NJ – Increased sewer fees are the subject of an ordinance the Clark Township Council will vote to introduce at its televised meeting on Monday night.

“Basically the last time we did the user fees was 2006,” township Business Administrator John Laezza said at the council’s workshop meeting on Nov. 9.  “The sewer utility 2006 rates do not generate ...

Temple Sholom to Host Annual Chanukah Lego Night

December 4, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Temple Sholom (1925 Lake Avenue, Scotch Plains) will host its annual Chanukah-themed version of its popular “Lego Night” on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

“We’re pleased that our annual Chanukah event has grown over the last few years,” said Mindy Carton, co-chair of Temple Sholom’s Lego Night. “Known as the ...

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Seventeen Graduate Local Suicide Intervention Training

December 10, 2016

The graduates of a recent suicide intervention training class held by caring and crisis hotline Caring Contact of Westfield proudly hold their certificates. The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) class was held Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at the RWJ Rahway Fitness and Wellness Center in Scotch Plains.

ASIST is an internationally acclaimed interactive training program in suicide ...

Prevent Homelessness – Build Affordable Housing in Every Community

December 10, 2016

Dear Editor:

The first time I heard the story being told by a homeless mother who was staying in our church as part of Family Promise’s program, I knew I had to become an advocate. Becoming homeless could happen to any one of us! 

The loss of a job; illness of the major breadwinner, or an increase in rent due to gentrification can catch families in a downward ...

News from Nearby: Fatal Plainfield Shooting Under Investigation    

December 10, 2016

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- A fatal shooting that took place in Plainfield early Thursday morning is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

The deceased victim has been identified as 36-year-old Ronnell Harrison of Plainfield.

Shortly before 5:45 a.m. on Thursday, Plainfield Police Division patrol units responded to the 700 block of West 4th Street in ...

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales' Captures Old-Fashioned Nostalgia at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales.

The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions of Swansea, a village in Wales,  with “fallen snow on ...