Union County Prosecutor's Office Releases Statement of Charges Against Knife-Wielding Clark Man

September 21, 2016

ELIZABETH, NJ – In a statement released Wednesday, the Union County Prosecutor’s office identified Emmanuel Goda, 36, of Clark as the machete-wielding man shot by a Clark Police officer on Tuesday evening.

Goda has been charged with with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree attempted aggravated assault, and two related weapons offenses, with bail set at $600,000 ...

Breaking: Mayor Says Clark Cops Shot Man Wielding Machete

CLARK, NJ—  A man who threatened people with a machete-type knife was hospitalized Tuesday night after he was shot by Clark police, according to Mayor Sal Bonaccorso.

The man, a resident of the Hillcrest Apartments, went after a female citizen with the knife, Bonaccorso said. Three other men saw it and tried to intervene, he said.

When Clark police officers arrived, an ...

Clark Police Department Promotions, New Hires Highlight Township Council Meeting

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Police Department promoted one officer, appointed two new officers and welcomed its new dispatcher at the Clark Township Council meeting on Monday night.

Before bringing up the officers being recognized, Clark Chief of Police Pedro Matos commented on the news of explosions and suspect arrests in neighboring towns that was fresh on everyone’s ...

Union County Offers Free Program to Help Children Succeed in School

September 24, 2016

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that a series of free sessions titled “Helping your Child Succeed in School” is available for parents to help their children build essential skills that lead to a fulfilling academic experience.

“The beginning of a new school year is the perfect time for parents to help their children establish productive ...

Clark Board of Education Recognizes New Personnel and Achievements

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Board of Education kicked off the new school year with teacher appointments and district achievements and reports at their September meeting on Tuesday.

During his Superintendent’s report Ed Grande shared the self-assessment scores under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.  “These values are not to be confused with percentages as they are not ...

Hehnly School Kicks Off New LINKS Mentoring Program

CLARK, NJ – The LINKS Mentoring Program at Frank K. Hehnly School had its initial kickoff with student mentors on Friday, September 9. 

During the kickoff meeting, each group of students was given a lemon and was asked to describe its characteristics. Students studied the lemon and took note of all of its special features.  The lemons were placed together in a bowl, and ...

Twin City Pharmacy of South Plainfield to Hold Customer Appreciation Day September 28

September 22, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical, South Plainfield’s ‘modern pharmacy with old fashioned values,’ will hold a Customer Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Plainfield Senior Center.

The event will feature free hot dogs, chips, drinks and giveaways for the public as well as flu shot vaccinations. Twin City ...

Capezio Store Debuts in Clark with Weekend-Long Grand Opening Celebration

CLARK, NJ – It’s all about the dance at the new Capezio store on Central Avenue.  The store held a star-studded grand opening celebration weekend, starting with a Saturday morning ribbon-cutting featuring  Z-100’s Greg T and ending on Sunday with lines of eager young dancers waiting for an autograph and photograph with “Dance Moms” star Kalani ...

News from Nearby: Chico’s Store in Downtown Westfield to Close

WESTFIELD, NJ — Chico’s, a chain of women’s clothing and accessories stores, will close its Downtown Westfield shop on Elm Street by the end of the month, according to employees. Customers are receiving cards that read, “This boutique is relocating to”

Locations at The Mall at Short Hills and Bridgewater Commons remain open, according to the handout.

Business Leaders Steer the First Annual Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk

September 23, 2016

ROSELAND, NJ — The first-annual Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk, combining three former walks (Essex County, Morris County and Union County) into one mega walk, will be held at the ADP Corporate Headquarters on Sunday, Oct. 23 in Roseland. 

The funds raised at the Heart Walk support putting up-to-the-minute research into doctors’ hands so that they can better prevent ...

Joe 'Coach Tange' Santangelo Memorial Pavilion Dedicated in Clark

CLARK, NJ – Players, fellow coaches, friends, family and co-workers gathered under a new pavilion that bears his name to remember and honor Joseph “Coach Tange” Santangelo on Sunday at the Clark Little League Complex.

“When I think of Joe, I think of inspiration, loyalty and selflessness,” Clark Little League President John Ryan said. “He gave above and ...

Lions Join Tigers and Bears; New Cub Scout Program Welcomes Kindergarten Boys

CLARK, NJ – Kindergarten boys can now begin their adventures in Cub Scouting, with the introduction of the “Lions” program.  Cub Scout Pack 145, along with other packs in the Patriots Path Council, is piloting the new program that opens the doors to scouting at a younger age.

“Lions is similar in structure to the Tiger program, but it is a lighter program meant as ...

Summer Continues With Outdoor Dining At Cubanu

September 26, 2016

RAHWAY - If you are like many folks, summer cannot last long enough.  If you are looking for a way to prolong the feeling of the lazy days of summer, Cubanu has a great solution.  

Expertly crafted cocktails and food on their patio.

Call today to make reservations on the patio and enjoy sometime with some special people.

New Snack Shack at the Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark

CLARK, NJ - No one will go hungry at Arthur L. Johnson High School home games, with food and drinks served up from the window of a new snack shack.  A ceremonial ribbon-cutting was held before the school's football home-opener on Friday night.

Athletic Director Gus Kalikas organized the event, while Superintendent of Schools Edward Grande and ALJ Principal Richard Delmonaco ...

September Bands @ Molly's in Clark

September is here which means the bands are back at Molly Maguires in Clark!

Here is the line-up.

Friday 9/16- She Stole the Covers
Saturday 9/17- Rock Trax

Friday 9/23- Crash Combo
Saturday 9/24- Three Piece Nugget

Friday 9/30- Intoxitune
​​​​​​​Saturday 10/1- New Born Kings

Bands start at 10 p.m. Come by and check out the local talent. See you ...

ALJ Key Club to Walk in 4th Annual Miracles for Myeloma Fundraiser

September 19, 2016

CLARK, NJ - On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Arthur L. Johnson High School Key Club will walk in the 4th annual Miracles for Myeloma Walk.

The Miracles for Myeloma walk/run was created to fund research and to remember the people who have succumbed to multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma is a rare cancer of the plasma cells. It is incurable, and the survival rates for this disease are ...

Over 200 Cyclists Participate in Bike MS: Country Challenge 2016; Raise Over $200,000 for Research

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Cycling is a great way to lose weight, socialize and distress. But, for more than 200 cyclists on Saturday, their hobby went towards raising more than $200,000 for multiple sclerosis (MS) research.

Across from Loantaka Brook Park and the sleepy horses grazing at Seton Hackney Stables, cyclists of all skill levels gathered at 475 South Street starting at 6:45 in the morning to ...

When Pain Limits Your Lifestyle: Cornerstone Gets You Moving

Dr. David De La Fuente was a junior in high school when he decided on his future; after his anatomy teacher introduced him to sports medicine “instantly I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do.’”  Many years of schooling, hands on experiences and training under the best osteopaths in the world lead De La Fuente to his goal of earning his Doctorate Degree in ...

Thousands Expected to Attend Westfield’s Festifall Street Fair Sunday

September 22, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 2016 Westfield FestiFall street fair, sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, is set to take place Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Tens of thousands are expected to arrive from all around to enjoy the annual event, which will close off downtown streets to cars to make way for pedestrians, vendors, rides, ...

35th Annual Union County Harvest Festival Takes Place Sunday, September 25

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The air will soon turn cool, and it will be time for 35th Annual Harvest Festival Sunday, September 25, at Trailside Nature and Science Center, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks & Recreation, the Harvest Festival is a celebration of ...

Hayrides and Campfires Tickets on Sale Now

ELIZABETH, NJ—Despite the summer-like weather, fall is definitely in the air when tickets to the annual Union County Hay-rides and Campfires are on sale.

The tickets to these events, presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Department of Parks & Recreation, are being sold at three locations throughout the county and must be purchased in advance.

Resident-Only Parking Streets Designated; Other Traffic Concerns Top Clark Council Meeting

September 26, 2016

CLARK, NJ – Speeding, resident-only permit parking, and other traffic concerns topped the discussions at last Monday's Clark Council Meeting.

Bonaccorso began his report by reminding residents that school is now in session and to be safe driving through the neighborhoods. 

“Please be careful on the streets around the school area," Bonaccorso said. "We are ...

Clark Girls Softball 10U Travel Team Recognized for Outstanding Achievement

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Girls Softball 10U travel team was recognized for their accomplishments at the Clark Township Council meeting on Monday night.

The team was presented with the Mayor’s Certificate of Achievement for their undefeated season and league record of 153 runs over 10 games. 

“We as the Mayor and Council are very proud of your achievements so we want to ...

News from Nearby: Scotch Plains Planning Board to Discuss Bowcraft Property Development at Mon, Sept. 26 Meeting

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Planning Board will consider an application at its Monday, Sept. 26, meeting at 7:30 p.m. to construct 190 apartments and 10 townhomes on the Bowcraft Amusement Park property (2545 Route 22 West, Scotch Plains). The proposed development reportedly would include 40 affordable housing units (which would help Scotch ...

Fall Care for a Healthier, Better Looking Lawn

September 24, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - As summer fades into fall it is time to help lawns recover from summer stress and prepare for the winter ahead.

Continue to mow your lawn as long as it continues to grow. Grow cool season grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches tall.  Warm season grasses like bermudagrass, carpetgrass, centipedegrass and zoysia should be grown at 1 to ...

Turn Yard Waste into Gardener’s Gold - Compost

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Save time and money by turning landscape trimmings into a valuable soil amendment.

The idea is simple, just collect disease- and insect-free plant debris into a heap and let it decompose into a fine, nutrient rich material that helps improve the soil. Don’t add meat, dairy, invasive plants, weeds that have gone to seed or perennial weeds that can take root and ...

Clark DPW Supervisor: Remove Branches and Bulky Waste from Roadways

CLARK, NJ - With significant rain in the forecast due to the imminent threat of tropical storm Hermine, the Clark Department of Public Works urges residents to remove branches and clippings from the street.

“These items will move to the catch basin, aka the sewer, and block the top of them, causing flooding in the roadway and possibly other people's homes,” DPW Supervisor ...

Bomb Suspect Hit with Attempted Murder Charges

September 19, 2016

ELIZABETH, N.J. - City resident Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected of planting bombs in the region, was charged today with five counts of attempted murder, charges stemming from a gunfight that ensued when police encountered him in Linden this morning, said authorities.

The charges were announced late in the day by Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park. 

In addition to the ...

News from Nearby: Prosecutor’s Office: Connecticut Man Admits to Westfield Vehicular Homicide in 2011 Crash

ELIZABETH, NJ — A Connecticut man admitted responsibility Monday for an alcohol-related crash in Westfield in 2011 that killed one person and seriously injured another, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday. The crash occurred at Tice Place and Clifton Street.

According to the prosecutor’s office, 30-year-old Robert McGowan of Trumbull, ...

Roselle Rams Defeat Johnson Crusaders 56-41

September 24, 2016

ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle High School Rams football team defeated the Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders, 56-41, in a toughly fought home game on Saturday afternoon. Both teams came into the game undefeated, each with a 2-0 record.

The Crusaders held the lead in the first quarter, ending it at 13-7. The Rams picked up momentum in the second, finishing the half just one ...

Jankowski’s Two Goals Lift Governor Livingston Highlanders to First Win of 2016 over Johnson Crusaders

CLARK, NJ - Governor Livingston High School senior Riley Jankowski scored two goals to help lift the Highlanders to their first win of the 2016 season over the Johnson Crusaders Saturday morning in Clark. The final score was 3-1.

She scored her first goal on a penalty kick at 7:12 of the first half, beating Johnson senior goaltender Meaghan Gallagher to give the Highlanders the 1-0 lead. She ...

Clark Travel Basketball Announces 2016-2017 Registration

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Crusaders Travel Basketball League has announced registration opportunities for the 2016-2017 season. The league is open to boys and girls in grades 3 through 8 who live in Clark or Garwood.

The league’s preferred method of registration is through its website at

For those wishing to register in person, open registration will ...

4 Family-Friendly Day-Trip Ideas in Manhattan

September 23, 2016

Whether you’re watching your wallet or want to get to know New York City on a deeper level, you can experience plenty of local thrills just by planning an easy day trip. After all, life doesn’t always afford the opportunity to get away for an extended period of time. A quick trip with the family is the perfect way to bond and reconnect with the city you love.

While ...

Visit the Statue of Liberty this Autumn

TAPinto Travels recommends a trip to the Statue of Liberty this autumn.  

Getting to and from Ellis Island is extremely different than what our ancestor’s experienced when they came from faraway lands. Even though the island is no longer used as an entry port for new immigrants, two ferries make it easy for anyone to see both Liberty Island and Ellis Island; one from Battery Park in ...

Ocean Cruises From the Metro Area Make for a Total Vacation Happening

It’s cruise season, or a great time to plan one. 

Metro area travelers are fortunate to have major cruise lines that leave from New York and Bayonne with wide array of destinations.  New York departures cover the globe with Trans-Atlantic cruises, the Northeastern coastline, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. After a quick hop into the city, you can step aboard a luxury ...

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Summer Continues With Outdoor Dining At Cubanu

September 26, 2016

RAHWAY - If you are like many folks, summer cannot last long enough.  If you are looking for a way to prolong the feeling of the lazy days of summer, Cubanu has a great solution.  

Expertly crafted cocktails and food on their patio.

Call today to make reservations on the patio and enjoy sometime with some special people.

Parents are the only hope for NJ public education

September 25, 2016

I really wanted to take one of my precious few PTO days I had left to drive down to Trenton on Sept. 7 and tell the State Board of Education how disappointed I was in them, again.... but more important things were going on.

There was a Kindergarten bus to catch and a first day of school morning to have and I had already wasted two of those precious days on a state BOE that has all ...

Starting With a Dot at Valley Road School

September 22, 2016

CLARK, NJ - International Dot Day inspires young and old to embrace the power of personal creativity to change the world. Dot Day has generated support in schools, libraries, and communities around the globe, including all 50 U.S. states and all seven continents. Students at Valley Road School participated in this worldwide celebration of creativity and courage to “make their ...

News from Nearby: Westfield Landlord Fighting Harvest Group in Court Over Addams Tavern Construction

September 23, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Even as a sign over its window reads “now hiring,” a legal battle is being waged in New Jersey Superior Court over Addams Tavern, a much-anticipated bar and restaurant said to be opening soon in Downtown Westfield.

Tarta Luna Properties, LLC, filed a civil complaint against Harvest Restaurants Group and its owners Aug. 17 claiming that construction on the ...

Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans.  I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell.  Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn't the jeans – maybe it was ...

Study finds many older adults not taking their high blood pressure medication – increasing risk of stroke and heart attack

A study reported in the CDC publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reveals that 26% of people 65 and over with high blood pressure either don’t take their medication as directed or stop taking it altogether, increasing their risk of stroke ...

Lance Takes Immediate Action: More Terror Funds in Wake of NJ Bombing

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) tonight supported H.R. 5859, the Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act, which passed the U.S. House on the heels of three acts of terror that struck the United States over the weekend.

“We saw great bravery in New Jersey this week.  Police, fire and other emergency response professionals need more tools to ...

‘Bathing in Moonlight’ Recalls 1950s Cuba

PRINCETON, NJ – Although this  play by Nilo Cruz is set in 2015, reflecting both Cuba and Miami, the theme is closer to struggles at least 30 years earlier. 

A priest who falls in love would more likely become an Episcopalian or even a Unitarian. So this dichotomy makes the whole premise less than believable. It’s really “The Thornbirds” revisited.
Raul ...

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Teen And Dad Join Team Atlantic Health System at Bike MS

Ryan Amalfitano, who turns 15 this weekend, plans to ride his bicycle 100 miles in two days.  He won't be alone ‑ he and his father, Chris Amalfitano, chair of the emergency department at Overlook Medical Center, are part of Team Atlantic Health System which is taking part in Bike MS, a nationwide fund-raising effort on Sept.17 and 18.

Their team and at least another 52 teams of ...


September 26, 2016


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following ordinance was introduced and passed on first reading at a Regular Meeting of the Municipal Council of the Township of Clark, County of Union, State of New Jersey on Monday, September 19, 2016 and that said ordinance will be taken up for further consideration and final passage at a Regular Meeting at 315 Westfield ...