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Students Lead ‘Die-In’ at Congressman Lance’s Office; Summit Boy Arrested

June 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventeen-year-old Summit High School student Ben Schachter was taken away in handcuffs Tuesday during a gun safety “die-in” protest led by local high school students at Congressman Leonard Lance's Westfield office. Lance was not present at the office at the time.

“We are organizing this ‘die-in’ at Congressman Lance’s ...

Midday Car Fire Snarls Traffic in Clark

CLARK, NJ - A car fire in one of the underpasses of the Garden State Parkway at the Clark circle just before noon on Tuesday snarled traffic in the area while emergency personnel responded to the scene.

According to Fire Chief Frank Cerasa there were no injuries to the single occupant in the vehicle.   Eight members of the Clark Fire Department responded to the ...

Rutgers Science Explorer Bus Visits Clark's Kumpf Middle School

June 19, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The Rutgers Science Explorer Bus recently paid a visit to Kumpf Middle School. The bus is a mobile science lab complete with instructors ready to teach middle school students about scientific concepts. The bus was at Kumpf from June 12 to June 14, giving all the seventh graders a chance to participate in experiments led by Rutgers' graduate students Gwyndolin Vail and ...

ALJ 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Recognized at Board of Education Meeting; New Student Member Introduced

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Board of Education started their Tuesday meeting by highlighting Arthur L. Johnson’s 2018 Valedictorian George Visconti and Salutatorian Gregory Zukowski.

“I’ve had the honor of having the same students at the middle school four years ago,” said ALJ Principal Jennifer Feeley.  “Their drive and their passion towards who they are has not ...

Union Golfer Andrew Gutierrez Finished Season Ranked Eighth in the Nation

June 13, 2018

CRANFORD – Union County College student-athlete Andrew Gutierrez, of Cranford, New Jersey, finished 8th in the nation and was named second team All-American at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Golf Championship. The tournament was held from June 4-8, 2018 at the Chautauqua Institution Golf Course in Chautauqua, New York. Mr. Gutierrez had a combined four day total ...

Cranford Resident Rode His Bike Nearly 500 Miles

June 14, 2018

CRANFORD – Cranford resident Kent Lucas was one of 150 commuters who embraced a more sustainable commute by trading in his car keys for pedals during TransOptions’ annual Bike to Work Challenge.

Through TransOptions’ GoForGood app, riders tracked their bicycle commute trips and miles from May 1st through May 31st. Participants who joined the challenge were entered to win ...

Local Crisis Hotline Flooded with Calls After 2 Celebrity Suicides

WESTFIELD, NJ — Calls came pouring in to Caring Contact Friday after people awoke to the news of celebrity chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain’s death by suicide, according to Executive Director Janet Sarkos. Just three days before, celebrity designer Kate Spade had also died by suicide. 

 “The phones have been ringing off the hooks,” ...

Fate of Westfield's Lord & Taylor Unknown as Company Pledges to Close Up to 10 Locations

June 12, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Lord & Taylor recently announced that it will close several its brick-and-mortar locations, including the flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. 

TAPinto Westfield reached out to Lord & Taylor’s corporate headquarters with questions about the fate of the town's freestanding Lord & Taylor department store.  

“To better ...

The Feeling Is Right: Scenes from Ladies Night in Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood hosted its seventh annual Ladies Night Out, attracting a record crowd of women from as far away as Princeton for the event, held outside on Fanwood Plaza for the first time in 2018.

"Seven years ago when we started this, we did not have this beautiful public space," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen  Mahr in an interview with ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

June 19, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that plastic bags and other excluded items cannot be recycled through their local curbside pick-up programs.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate compared to other counties in our state, and we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Every ...

Students Lead ‘Die-In’ at Congressman Lance’s Office; Summit Boy Arrested

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventeen-year-old Summit High School student Ben Schachter was taken away in handcuffs Tuesday during a gun safety “die-in” protest led by local high school students at Congressman Leonard Lance's Westfield office. Lance was not present at the office at the time.

“We are organizing this ‘die-in’ at Congressman Lance’s ...

Gov. Murphy still pushing a millionaire's tax, won’t say when he'll sign sports betting, weed bills

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a showdown on the state budget looming just 22 days away, Gov. Phil Murphy today re-emphasized his call for a tax on the state’s wealthiest households while hoping to avoid another shutdown of state government.

“Do I still want a millionaire’s tax? The answer is ‘yes,’ “ Murphy said at a press conference at the John ...

Walk Across America for Opioid Overdose Awareness Brings Pair to Local Area on Their Journey

June 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Brett Bramble, along with walking partner, John “Stick” Azerolo, passed through Westfield on a months-long journey from Key West, Fla. to Calais, Maine in an effort to raise awareness of opioid overdose and addiction.

Bramble walks for his sister Brittany, who died of an overdose in 2014, while Azerolo walks to support friends who have lost daughters ...

Clark Cub Scouts Make Over 400 Sandwiches to Feed the Hungry

CLARK, NJ – Thanks to the Cub Scouts of Pack 145 in Clark, hundreds of sandwiches went to the Saint Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth to feed the hungry.

Scouts along with their leaders and parents donated bread and sandwich meat, and then assembled the sandwiches.  According to scout leaders, it was a great learning experience for the boys and a meaningful ...

Garwood First Aid Squad Receives Donation

June 9, 2018

GARWOOD, NJ - The Garwood First Aid Squad held their annual fund drive throughout the month of May.   In a letter to the community the squad reminded citizens that they are 100% reliant on community based donation for their funding and continued work.    During this year of fundraising, the squad indicated they planned to purchase a preowned ambulance, do some repairs on their ...

Support Requested For the Clark Honorary PBA Local 125 Golf Outing

CLARK, NJ – In an open letter to businesses and organizations in the community, Peter Floersch, President of the Clark Honorary PBA Local 125, invited the public to attend an annual golf outing on Monday July 23 at Hyatt Hills Golf Complex .  

Businesses and organizations are also invited to make a donation or sponsor a tee at this philanthropic event designed to support ...

Clark’s Zack Sandler and his band Opens for Bon Jovi at Sold-Out Prudential Center

NEWARK, NJ - Arthur L. Johnson Alumni Zack Sandler (Class of 2016) and his band Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son opened for Jon Bon Jovi at a sold-out Prudential Center recently.

The group opened for Bon Jovi’s “This House is Not for Sale” tour.  Performing a 20-minute set, the band played songs such as “.38 Special”. 

“I’ve had ...

COACHES Care Event to Benefit Jacob McCreesh Pediatric Gym

June 9, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – COACHES Care will be hosting an event at the Southside Clam Bar this Tuesday June 12, to benefit the Jacob McCreesh Pediatric PT Gym at JFK Medical Center.  Jake's Place will provide physical therapy for children diagnosed with brain cancer as well cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other cognitive illnesses. 

Southside Clam Bar located at 118 New ...

Kids Night Out at Emma's Brick Oven a Huge Success

CRANFORD – Locals flooded Emma’s Brick Oven on Tuesday evening for its first ever, “Kids Night Out”.

The event went from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and allowed kids to meet their favorite vampire, Vampirina, and get their face painted. The show, “Vampirina,” debuted on Disney Jr. in late 2017 and has been a hit with kids ever since.

Victor Biancamano, who ...

Recycling: How to Properly Dispose of Plastic Bags

June 11, 2018

NEW JERSEY -- Recycling contamination happens when items that don’t belong in your home’s recycling bin are placed there. Unfortunately, putting recyclable items in plastic bags is harmful.

Plastic shopping bags are recyclable, but NOT in your curbside recycling bin. When they get into the recycling system, the bags can clog up or damage recycling center processing ...

State Lawmakers Calling on Feds to Lift Strict Limits on Fluke Fishing for This Season

June 18, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — While New Jersey anglers began the fluke season last month with strict federal catch limits still in place, state legislators are pushing to have those regulations lifted until there is better data available on the popular fish’s offshore stock.

The State Assembly is asking the federal government to suspend a 40 percent quota reduction that enters its second year ...

The Art of Waterwise Gardening

June 13, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Making a few changes in your garden care can yield great benefits.  Less time and water wasted means more time for you to relax or entertain friends and family in your beautiful landscape.  Water is critical throughout the life of a plant, but deciding when and how much water to provide each plant can be a bit overwhelming. Make this task easier and conserve ...

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Reminder: Free Electronics Recycling for Union County Residents, June 30

June 14, 2018

Union County is offering a free electronics recycling event on Saturday, June 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

Any Union County resident may bring unwanted televisions, computers, printers, and other electronic equipment to this e-cycling site. There is a limit of six items per ...

Westfield High School Sophomore Dies; Counselors on Hand at School

June 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.

“Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death of Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High ...

Benefits and Potential Pitfalls of 529 College Saving Plans

Do you know the benefits and potential pitfalls of 529 College Saving Plans? Do you know when to use them?  Take a listen to Chris Curran's video below as he gives and overview of them and don't forget to check out his book College Funding Secrets.  

 

 

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 8, 2018

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by prominent ...

Obituaries

Jun 29, 1927 - Apr 23, 2018
Margaret (Peggy) Kirk Leonard passed away Monday, April 23rd, surrounded by her loved ones. Peggy ...
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