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O'Johnnie's Cigarette Thief Sought by New Jersey State Police and Clark Police

April 19, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey State Police on Wednesday issued a composite sketch of the suspect wanted in a theft from O’Johnnie’s in Clark and subsequent car chase on April 12.  The sketch, posted on the NJSP Facebook page, was compiled from multiple eyewitness accounts.

The suspect was driving a silver Ford Focus with New Jersey license plates Y64-GNE last Wednesday ...

Smoke But Little Fire in Clark Restaurant Incident

CLARK, NJ - A large pot of rice caught fire in the Asian Taste restaurant on Westfield Avenue Tuesday afternoon, causing a “sizable amount” of smoke, but no damage, Clark Fire Chief Frank Cerasa said.

“It was all in the basement,” Cerasa said.  “We brought it outside, that was it. It went very well.”

The restaurant was evacuated while firefighters ...

Clark Recognizes Police Promotions and Achievements in Annual Awards Presentation

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Police Department promoted three officers and recognized others for outstanding service during its annual Police Awards held Monday night during the township council meeting.

Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos congratulated those receiving promotions saying, “I know how hard it [promotion process] is. And I also know how much dedication it takes to get to where ...

Distracted Driving Topic of Teen Discussion at Arthur L. Johnson (Clark) High School

April 24, 2017

CLARK, NJ – Arthur L. Johnson High School students got a lesson in distracted driving last Thursday, during an open and frank discussion led by NJM Insurance Company's Consumer Safety Director Violet Marrero.

“Distraction is a leading cause of teen driver crashes, we want you to understand that it is more than texting or talking on the phone,” Marrero said during the ...

Mother Seton High School Engineering Project Selected as Top Prototype

CLARK, NJ – A real-life disaster solution devised by Mother Seton Regional High School engineering design students will be displayed at the National Catholic Educational Association Convention, the school recently announced.

Students were charged with designing and prototyping disaster-resistant sustainable housing. Six groups of four students brainstormed various designs, built a ...

Early Miscues Doom Johnson Crusaders Varsity Softball in Close Loss to Hunterdon Central HS

April 21, 2017

CLARK, NJ -  The Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders varsity softball team struggled against the Hunterdon Central High School Red Devils Friday afternoon, making four errors and leaving scoring chances base. Despite a late rally, the early miscues cost the Crusaders the game and they came up short in a 5-4 loss.

“We can’t give up extra outs,” Johnson head coach ...

Johnson Crusaders Varsity Lacrosse Storms Past Verona HS; Mike Bruno Records 7 Goals

CLARK, NJ -  Arthur L. Johnson High School junior Mike Bruno scored seven goals and dished out five assists as the Crusaders rolled right by the Verona High School Hillbillies in a Kimber Division matchup by a final score of 19-8 Thursday afternoon in Clark.

The Crusaders outscored the Hillbillies 5-1 after the first quarter and continued full control of the game with seven goals, as ...

Road Win for Crusader Softball, Beats Scotch Plains-Fanwood 6-4

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Despite a strong comeback attempt late in the sixth inning, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood varsity softball team fell to the visiting Arthur L. Johnson Crusaders, 6-4, Tuesday afternoon.

It was a slow starting game, with both sides scoreless through the first two innings of play.  The Crusaders’ bats woke up in the third, bringing in five runs.

Shannon Brogan ...

Canine Therapy Brings Comfort to Patients and Loved Ones at Center for Hope Hospice

April 24, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J., April 21, 2017 – Rio, Atlas, Coco and Karl are a special breed of volunteer at the Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care. The canines bring their comforting presence and the benefits of animal therapy to patients and their loved ones at both of the Center’s two residences—Peggy’s House in Scotch Plains and Father Hudson House in ...

Greta’s Run 5K Honors Memory of Westfield Teen, Raises Money to Help People with Special Needs

WESTFIELD, NJ — Almost 1,000 people participated in the fourth annual Greta’s Run in Westfield Sunday. The 5K run, walk, roll and fundraiser for people of all abilities is held in memory of Greta Schoenemann, a Westfield High School student who died 2002 after a large tree branch fell on her during lunch.

“Greta was a beautiful person inside and out,” Greta’s ...

Overlook's Mako Merges Man and Machine for More Precise Surgeries

SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center recently began performing partial knee replacements using 'Mako', a robotic-arm, minimally invasive treatment option that is more precise and less invasive than traditional knee surgery.

Designed to treat adults living with mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA) that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee, the Mako System enables the ...

Clark Court Administrator Named and More from Monday's Council Meeting

April 20, 2017

CLARK, NJ –  Agata Kozak was appointed as the Certified Court Administrator for Clark Township at Monday evening’s council meeting. Kozak’s family stood with her as she was sworn in by Mayor Sal Bonaccorso. 

“[Kozak] as come up through the rank’s in our court," Bonaccorso said. "She works very hard for our court system…and works ...

Motor Vehicle Agency in South Plainfield Will Close in May

TRENTON – The NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chairman has announced the closure of the MVC’s South Plainfield Agency on Oak Tree Road in the Golden Acres Shopping Center. The landlord of the building that houses the MVC offices did not renew the state's lease, which expires May 31.

The last date of operation is set for Saturday, May 13, at 1:00 p.m. to ...

Union County Freeholders Chairman Offers Amended Watchung Reservation Resolution

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, April 13th, and a resolution on mountain biking in Watchung Reservation is on the agenda.  Currently, bikes are not permitted.

A draft copy of the agenda has been uploaded to the Union County Freeholders website, stating:

2017-329:  CHAIRMAN BRUCE H. BERGEN: Amending Resolution 2016-166, which ...

Clark UNICO Delights Preschoolers With Pizza Pie Demonstration

April 19, 2017

CLARK, NJ - It's an annual and much-loved tradition when Clark UNICO visits the Clark Preschool for a pizza pie making class. 60 students sat in rapt attention as Clark Unican Moreno Rimmaudo dazzled them with his pizza-making skills.

Seven pies were made - and gobbled up - to the delight of the children.

Rimmaudo was assisted by Roberta and fellow UNICANS George ...

Celebrate Earth Day with Rahway River Cleanup April 22

CLARK, NJ –  Boy Scout Troop #330 and Cub Scout Pack #30, along with numerous community organizations including the Rahway River Watershed Association, Rahway and Clark Environmental Commissions, and local school clubs, will hold its annual Earth Day Rahway River clean-up this Saturday, April 22nd (rain date of April 23rd). 

This cleanup event has been conducted annually since ...

Clark Couple’s Anniversary Celebration Triggers Children’s Specialized Hospital Benefit Show

CLARK, NJ – The “Rat Pack” is making its way to the Union County Performing Arts Center this June to raise funds for Children’s Specialized Hospital thanks to a special Clark resident.

William Caruso went above and beyond last year raising funds for Clark’s own Women’s War Memorial.  This year he is helping Children’s Specialized Hospital by ...

Clark UNICO Travels to (Bronx) Italy

April 24, 2017

BRONX, NY - Clark UNICO took Little Italy in the Bronx by storm on Saturday, visiting the famous Arthur Avenue for an afternoon of all things Italian.  A group of 55 Clark UNICO members and guests traveled by bus to the historic Belmont section of New York's northernmost borough.

After lunch at Enzo's Restaurant, the group strolled the historic district soaking ...

Clark Library Receives County History Grant

ELIZABETH, NJ - Historic Clark newspapers will be easier to access thanks to a $1,400 grant to the Clark Public Library, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced on Thursday. Funds will be used to digitize the historic documents.

The grant is one of 16 awarded through the 2017 Union County History Grants Program, made possible from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division ...

Clark Couple’s Anniversary Celebration Triggers Children’s Specialized Hospital Benefit Show

CLARK, NJ – The “Rat Pack” is making its way to the Union County Performing Arts Center this June to raise funds for Children’s Specialized Hospital thanks to a special Clark resident.

William Caruso went above and beyond last year raising funds for Clark’s own Women’s War Memorial.  This year he is helping Children’s Specialized Hospital by ...

Comedy Night Fundraiser Event Hosted by Clark Soccer Club to Benefit Multiple Sclerosis Featuring Comedians Joe Carney & Rich McDonald at St. Agnes

April 20, 2017

The Clark Soccer Club is proud to pursue community involvement to fight Multiple Sclerosis and vows to “Kick MS” by focusing their spring season on raising awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. The club is offering a variety of ways for the community to get involved and support this worthy cause. 

One event is a comedy night fundraiser featuring Comedians ...

Cardinal to Hold Mass, Town Hall at St. James the Apostle

April 16, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Joseph Cardinal Tobin, newly installed Archbishop of Newark, will celebrate a mass of the deanery for the six parishes of Deanery 22 on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., at St. James the Apostle Church, 45 South Springfield Ave Springfield. In addition to St. James, St. Rose of Lima in Short Hills, Our Lady of Peace in New Providence, Our Lady of Lourdes in Mountainside, Little ...

Grow Your Own Tropical Paradise in a Container or Garden

April 23, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Add an exciting new look to your garden, poolside, patio or deck with elephant ears.  These easy tropical plants have tall stems and giant leaves that measure up to two feet across. You can use them to create an instant focal point in the garden, screen an unwanted view, or extend a bold welcome at the front door.

Elephant ears can be grown in containers as well as ...

VIDEO: TV 35 Airs Interview about Pilgrim Pipeline before April 25 Forum

April 24, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ –David Pringle, Cranford resident and campaign director of Clean Water Action, appeared on TV 35 to discuss the Pilgrim Pipeline and explain why he and so many others are opposed to the pipeline construction. Roselle Borough Hall will host a forum on the pilgrim pipeline on April 25 at 7 p.m.

The Pilgrim Pipeline, first proposed in 2014 by Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC, ...

Last Chance for Clark DPW 2017 Spring Clean Up

CLARK, NJ - Monday, April 24 is the final day to place yard debris out for Clark DPW pick up, DPW Supervisor Scott McCabe announced. 

Leaves, shrubs, plant clippings, lawn debris, gum balls and small branches should be placed in the street, at least one foot from the curb, McCabe said.  The short distance allows storm water to run off into catch basins.

A final branch pickup will ...

Earth Day Inspires Clean Up Along the Rahway River Banks

WINFIELD PARK, NJ – Intrepid volunteers scoured the banks of the Rahway River Saturday morning, doing their part for the environment on Earth Day, 2017.  Young and old alike were motivated by the chance to give back and make a difference.

Youngsters used sticks to uncover bits of toys, Styrofoam and trash in the woods.  Teenagers leaned over the banks to fish water bottles and ...

Everyone Needs a Coney Island Day Trip

April 16, 2017

Coney Island is one of those rare places that unites history with modernity, as well as quiet, residential life with the craziness of an amusement park overlooking a beach. Because of the contrasts, the area is as loved by tourists and New Yorkers alike. Whether you are coming alone, with friends, a date, or with family, there is something for everyone throughout Coney Island..

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Comedy Night Fundraiser Event Hosted by Clark Soccer Club to Benefit Multiple Sclerosis Featuring Comedians Joe Carney & Rich McDonald at St. Agnes

April 20, 2017

The Clark Soccer Club is proud to pursue community involvement to fight Multiple Sclerosis and vows to “Kick MS” by focusing their spring season on raising awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. The club is offering a variety of ways for the community to get involved and support this worthy cause. 

One event is a comedy night fundraiser featuring Comedians ...

Charity Softball Game in Scotch Plains Halted by Volunteer Umpire's Death

April 24, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The local community is mourning the death of Scotch Plains resident Mike Ruzek, who suffered a heart attack on Sunday while serving as a volunteer umpire at a charity softball game held at Brookside Park.

"Mike was a faithful supporter of local sports," said longtime friend Bruce Moran. "The community is saddened and shocked at his ...

Clark Preschool Plants Tree to Celebrate Arbor and Earth Days

CLARK, NJ  - In commemoration of Earth Day and Arbor Day, the Clark Preschool planted a flowering dogwood tree donated by Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders in cooperation with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board.

Among those in attendance at the April 21 event were Clark Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo, Adam Lambert, and the Preschool staff and children.

Arbor Day was ...