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Union County to Honor Residents Who Perished in 9/11 Attacks

August 28, 2016

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union CountyFreeholders invites members of the community to honor the memory of the 60 residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks by visiting the county's September 11th Memorial on Sunday, Sept. 11, from the morning hours until 9 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office will provide a uniformed Honor ...

Twin City, Today’s Modern Pharmacy With Old Fashioned Values

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical on Park Avenue has been serving the community since 1972. Started by Tom Cassio and his late brother Ralph, Twin City has been run for the past eight years by Tom’s son Tommy Cassio, Ralph’s daughter Sandy Cassio and her brother-in-law Bill Ashnault, who also happens to be pharmacist-at-large. All three are South ...

Delayed Opening At Clark Pool Sunday, Aug. 28

CLARK, NJ – Don’t rush out to the Clark Pool too quickly on Sunday morning.  The main pool will  not open until 5 p.m. on Aug. 28.  The pool is closed due to an accident in the main pool on Saturday.     The baby pool will be open all day.   

For more information, call   732-381-9008. 

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August 27, 2016

CLARK, NJ - Take a moment and find out how to get more from TAPinto Clark, and see how easy it is to get up-to-the-minute news about everything going on in the community: news, sports, politics, education, events and more.

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Clark Public Library to "STEAM" Ahead with Union County Grant

ELIZABETH, NJ - Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics – STEAM – programs at the Clark Public Library will benefit from a recently-awarded $7500 Union County Library Grant.

“We will be focusing on STEAM initiatives in support of creative technology education, increased access to technology and youth programming,” library Director Dawn Jenkin said.

In ...

Clark Organizations Receive Union County HEART Grants

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Two Clark-based organizations have received 2016 Union County HEART grants, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced.

Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah received a $1,500 grant for a free Jewish humor program. 
The Clark Board of Education received a $900 grant for providing digitized record of school yearbooks.

In total, 58 artists, ...

Get the Most From TAPinto Clark

August 27, 2016

CLARK, NJ - Take a moment and find out how to get more from TAPinto Clark, and see how easy it is to get up-to-the-minute news about everything going on in the community: news, sports, politics, education, events and more.

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McDonald's Recalls 'Happy Meal' Toy

OAKBROOK ILL. - McDonald’s is recalling the Step-iT activity wristband, a child’s toy that was part a recent Happy Meal promotion at the restaurants.

The toy was offered between Aug. 9 and Aug. 17. That’s according to a notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

McDonald’s has received more than 70 reports of incidents, including seven reports of blisters, ...

New Jersey's Average Gas Price Is Among Lowest in the Country

Florham Park, NJ -- New Jersey gas prices remain among the lowest in the country, with Garden State motorists paying, on average, $1.90 for a gallon of regular gas, according to AAA. Today’s average price is a penny less than last week ($1.91), 12 lower than a month ago ($2.02). One year ago this time, New Jersey drivers were paying $2.36 for a gallon of regular ...

Clark Organizations Receive Union County HEART Grants

August 24, 2016

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Two Clark-based organizations have received 2016 Union County HEART grants, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced.

Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah received a $1,500 grant for a free Jewish humor program. 
The Clark Board of Education received a $900 grant for providing digitized record of school yearbooks.

In total, 58 artists, ...

News from Nearby: Scotch Plains’ Alex Joshua Petitions Government to Bring Afghan Translator to U.S.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Alex Joshua, a student at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School has started a petition on a section of the White House website known as “We The People” to grant Afghan translator Sami Kazikhani entry into the U.S.

Kazikhani worked undercover with American troops to fight against the Taliban. When American forces withdrew from the region, his ...

New Hires Top Agenda at Clark Board of Ed Meeting

­CLARK, NJ – The Clark Board of Education approved and welcomed new personnel to the district during Tuesday’s meeting at the Clark Council Chambers.

Superintendent Ed Grande introduced new hires Ann Mahoney, Anna Radcliffe, Cassandra DeVita, Christine Unish and Christofer DiNucci during his report. 

Mahoney joins the Carl H. Kumpf Middle School as a language arts ...

ShopRite Recalls Cookies

August 19, 2016

NEWTON, NJ – ShopRite supermarkets has announced a recall of cookies because they may contain small metal fragments. 

According to a release by the manufacturer, “Country Home has initiated a voluntary recall of Gourmet Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel Cookies sold at ShopRite stores in its Fresh Bake department.”

Cookies included in the recall can be identified by the ...

Amuse Reopens as Butcher Block Burgers

WESTFIELD, NJ — C.J. Reycraft, Jr, award-winning chef and owner of the restaurant formerly known as Amuse, has reopened his space at 39 Elm St. in Downtown Westfield as Butcher Block Burgers. The restaurant features some of Amuse’s most popular items — gourmet burgers — as well as sandwiches, salads, ice cream desserts and sides like lobster mac & ...

Clark Emergency Squad To Celebrate 75 Years with Charity Dinner

CLARK, NJ - It's a big year for Clark’s own Volunteer Emergency Squad.  The organization is celebrating 75 Years of serving the community of Clark and invites the public to join in the celebration.

The squad will hold their 75th Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, August 13 at the Westwood in Garwood.  The dinner is open to the public and tickets are available for ...

Clark Residents Invited to Dispose of Hazard Household Waste

July 30, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Ever wonder how to safely dispose of hazardous household items?   Union County has the answer for residents.   On Saturday August 6, 2016, Union County residents can safely recycle unwanted and potentially dangerous items at Union County Vo-Tech at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

County residents are urged to ...

Clark Organizations Receive Union County HEART Grants

August 24, 2016

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Two Clark-based organizations have received 2016 Union County HEART grants, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced.

Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah received a $1,500 grant for a free Jewish humor program. 
The Clark Board of Education received a $900 grant for providing digitized record of school yearbooks.

In total, 58 artists, ...

CASA of Union County Annouces New Leader; Marla Higginbotham Takes Helm

UNION COUNTY, NJ  — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County has appointed Marla Higginbotham as its new executive director. CASA is a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains, supervises and supports community volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned children placed in foster care or residential facilities.

CASA serves all ...

Clark Volunteer Emergency Medical Squad Celebrates 75 Years of Service

GARWOOD, NJ - Members and friends of the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad gathered on Saturday night to celebrate a 75-year past and look ahead to the squad’s future at an anniversary dinner and gala held at the Westwood. Founded in 1941, this volunteer group provides emergency medical response to the Township of Clark.

“We evolve with the times and technology to better provide and ...

Acts of Kindness and Noteworthy News from the Clark Township Council Meeting

August 21, 2016

CLARK, NJ - In the wake of violence against police in Dallas, Texas, Mayor Sal Bonaccorso took a moment at the Clark Township Council meeting to express his gratitude to members of the Clark community who have shown random acts of kindness to Clark police.

“To see our community coming to our police department bringing food, flowers and a host of things…this town is filled with a ...

News from Nearby: Scotch Plains’ Alex Joshua Petitions Government to Bring Afghan Translator to U.S.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Alex Joshua, a student at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School has started a petition on a section of the White House website known as “We The People” to grant Afghan translator Sami Kazikhani entry into the U.S.

Kazikhani worked undercover with American troops to fight against the Taliban. When American forces withdrew from the region, his ...

Clark Bridge Reconstruction Project Suspended Due to State Funding Cut

CLARK, NJ - Construction on the Madison Hill Road bridge has been halted, one of many projects across New Jersey suspended indefinitely due to lack of funds in the state’s Transportation Trust Fund, according to Union County Freeholders Chairman Bruce Bergen.

In addition to the Clark bridge, several major projects across Union County are affected Bergen said. They include bridge ...

Twin City, Today’s Modern Pharmacy With Old Fashioned Values

August 28, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical on Park Avenue has been serving the community since 1972. Started by Tom Cassio and his late brother Ralph, Twin City has been run for the past eight years by Tom’s son Tommy Cassio, Ralph’s daughter Sandy Cassio and her brother-in-law Bill Ashnault, who also happens to be pharmacist-at-large. All three are South ...

News from Nearby: Heroin and Opioid Addiction Has No Boundaries: Mayors' Town Hall Forum Reveals Surprising Statistics

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Drug problems have moved into the suburbs. -- “Everybody thinks that drugs and alcohol is a problem in the cities," said New Providence Mayor Al Morgan. "That’s not true – all of our towns have a problem." 

"The general public has to know what really goes on in our towns," said Morgan. "We are not going to stick our head in ...

Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey to Hold Conference

PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey announces its 2016 conference, to be held at Rutgers University’s Livingston Campus on Oct. 23.

The keynote speaker will be Amanda Morin, author, parent advocate and Understood.org staff expert, who will be speaking on “Busting the myths and stigmas around learning and attention issues: a way ...

'Watcher' Defense Attorney Believes Lawsuit Will Ultimately be Dismissed

August 14, 2016

ELIZABETH, NJ— A motion to dismiss the entirety of the lawsuit filed over Westfield’s “Watcher" house was rejected on Thursday by a Superior Court judge, as confirmed by former owners’ defense attorney, Richard Kaplow. However, several counts against them, and Coldwell Banker, were dismissed, he said.

“Based on the comments of the court, I ...

Union County to Honor Residents Who Perished in 9/11 Attacks

August 28, 2016

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union CountyFreeholders invites members of the community to honor the memory of the 60 residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks by visiting the county's September 11th Memorial on Sunday, Sept. 11, from the morning hours until 9 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office will provide a uniformed Honor ...

Retired Union County Sheriff's K9 Fredy Dies

UNION COUNTY, NJ – K9 Fredy, a veteran retired canine dog with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, died recently, according to a social media post from Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan.

“Our office shares this loss with Fredy’s longtime partner, Sgt. John Gillespie,” said Sheriff Cryan.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sgt. Gillespie and his family ...

News from Nearby: Westfield Woman Dies While Hiking in Catskills

HUNTER, NY — Marcie Yates, 56, of Westfield fell to her death while hiking in the Catskills Friday, according to according a report in the Register-Star.

Yates was hiking with two others along a narrow trail when she fell 100 feet off a ravine near Kaaterskill Creek Friday at about 5:45 p.m., according to the publication. The article says that Yates was pronounced dead at the ...

Youth Football Controversy: Clark Pop Warner Suspends Season, St. Agnes CYO Starts Flag League

August 22, 2016

CLARK, NJ – It’s a game of tackle versus touch and touch is in the lead.  After 54 years as Clark’s youth football league, Clark Pop Warner has canceled its football program for the 2016 season. 

One league official claims the fault lies squarely with a newly-formed flag-football league sponsored by the St. Agnes CYO.

“We will not be able to field any teams ...

Sydney McLaughlin's Olympic Run Comes to an End in Semifinals of the Women's 400 Meters

RIO -- After giving New Jersey and her country an exciting run, Sydney McLaughlin's first Olympics competition ended Tuesday evening when the Union Catholic track star did not advance to the finals of the 400-meter hurdles in Rio.

McLaughlin, 17, the youngest Team USA athlete since 1972, finished fifth in her 400-meter hurdles semifinal with a time of  56.22.

Union ...

News from Nearby: Hundreds of Fans in Scotch Plains Watch Union Catholic Track Star McLaughlin Advance at Olympics

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Sydney McLaughlin, a rising senior at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains and, at age 17, the youngest member of the U.S. Track & Field team, advanced into the semi-finals of  the 400m hurdles at the Olympic Games in Rio on Monday evening.

Supporters of the Union Catholic track star gathered at the high school for an outdoor celebration of the ...

Bayonne Bridge to Close This Weekend

August 26, 2016

BAYONNE, NJ – The Bayonne Bridge will close this weekend due to ongoing construction, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey announced.

The bridge will close from 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 to accommodate work for the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance project, which will raise the span’s roadway 64 feet to allow taller ships to pass ...

A New York State of Mind in Clark, New Jersey

CLARK, NJ – You may be right! I may be crazy! But “we didn’t start the fire.”  Swing by Oak Ridge Park on Wednesday night, Aug. 24, as Union County finishes off its 2016 Summer Arts Festival concert series with New York State of Mind, a Billy Joel tribute band.

“We wrap up another exciting summer of entertainment in our parks with a fabulous performance ...

TAP into Travels: CAMELBACK RESORT is a Gem in the Pennsylvania Poconos for Day Trips and Stay Trips

TANNERSVILLE, PA.  There's a top destination in the Pennsylvania Poconos that has it all, Camelback Resort in Tannersville.

Camelback features skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, mountain adventures along with the wet and wonderful fun of its grand indoor waterpark, Aquatopia, and its thrilling outdoor summertime waterpark, Camelbeach.  Camelback gives you abundant reasons to ...

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The Arc Kohler School Now Serves Children and Youth Ages 3 to 21

August 27, 2016

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Arc Kohler School in Mountainside recently received approval by the Union County Board of Education to serve children and youth ages 3 to 21, as the school previously served children up to the age of 14.

Principal Bonnie Cagney said that this change would allow students to remain at Kohler School throughout their education, promoting continuity in learning and ...

News from Nearby: American Ninja Warrior Finalist Anthony DeFranco Greets Fans in Berkeley Heights

August 27, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The fans asked and local celebrity American Ninja Warrior Finalist Anthony DeFranco delivered and held a meet and greet Friday at Columbia Middle School upper field.

Berkeley Heights' own American Ninja Warrior, DeFranco, first qualified earlier in the summer in Philadelphia with the "run of the night" before then competing and finishing 11th ...

It Is Time To Come Clean On Past Due Tax Returns

Failing to file tax returns on time doesn't necessarily make you a criminal, but the penalty for procrastinating can be punishing.

What's the price you'll pay? The IRS can assess a failure to file penalty, which is usually 5% of your unpaid taxes per month, up to a maximum penalty of 25%. In addition, there is a penalty for failure to pay taxes on time. This penalty accumulates at ...

Avoid Opioids; Alternative Pain Management Options

With millions of people experiencing some form of pain, educating the public about alternative treatments is the responsibility of the medical and healthcare community.  New reports continue to come out about abuse and overutilization of opioid drugs, unfortunately amongst all socioeconomic levels across the United States. 

Opioids that have been commonly abused are OxyContin, ...

Some Like it Hot

“Oh boy!” exclaimed my husband. “There’s a hot sauce shop in town!”

We were away antiquing for the weekend in a quaint village populated by Bed and Breakfasts, art galleries, and apparently, a hot sauce shop. For my husband, this was like discovering that someone had bought you a lottery ticket and you won… if the lottery prize was a fireball that would ...

Do you drive drowsy? Drowsy driving may cause up to 1 in 5 fatal accidents.

A report released last week from the Governors Highway Safety Association (an organization of state and territorial highway safety offices) estimates that up to 20% of fatal traffic accidents result from drowsy driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has added drowsy driving to its definition of impaired driving along with drunk, drugged and distracted ...

Ionesco’s ‘Exit the King’ Makes for Powerful Drama at New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – There’s dying and then there’s dying in long, drawn-out agony. Well, if you’ve been king for 400 years, you won’t disappear quietly. No doubt King Berenger thinks he’s immortal and, like many of us today, lingers long after he’s of any use to himself or others.

The king on "Exit The King" is ravenously alive early on, still ...