Five Questions With...Patrick Murphy

October 24, 2016

CLARK, NJ – It’s an election year for three Clark Township council positions and the mayor’s seat.  Incumbent Republicans Angel Albanese, Al Barr and Bill Smith face challenges from Democrats Jerry Fogle, Michele Miller and Patrick Murphy.  Republican mayor Sal Bonaccorso, seeking reelection to a fifth term, is challenged by Democrat Dario Valdivia.

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TAPinto Clark to Host Local Candidates Night

CLARK, NJ – A Candidates Night will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the auditorium of the Arthur L. Johnson High School from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. The event, hosted by TAP into Clark, is free and open to the public.  

Republican mayor Sal Bonaccorso is seeking reelection to a fifth term.  He is challenged in this year’s race by Democrat Dario Valdivia.

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Five Questions With...Alvin Barr

CLARK, NJ – It’s an election year for three Clark Township council positions and the mayor’s seat.  Incumbent Republicans Angel Albanese, Al Barr and Bill Smith face challenges from Democrats Jerry Fogle, Michele Miller and Patrick Murphy.  Republican mayor Sal Bonaccorso, seeking reelection to a fifth term, is challenged by Democrat Dario Valdivia.

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UPDATE: One in Custody, Two on the Loose After Friday Afternoon Clark Crash

October 14, 2016

UPDATE (10:47 pm) - Clark Police confirm the vehicle involved in the Friday evening crash was stolen out of West Orange.  Union County Police have taken custody of the suspect caught earlier in the evening, according to Capt. Patrick Grady of the Clark Police Department. 

UPDATE (8:45 p.m.) - After a thorough perimeter search was conducted by the Clark Police Department, ...

Spray-Painted Swastikas: Press Conference Held at Union Home of Congressional Candidate

UNION, NJ – Peter Jacob, candidate for the 7th District Congressional seat running against Republican incumbent Leonard Lance, held a news conference in front of his Union home on Tuesday morning to discuss reports of vandalism there.

Spray-painted swastikas were found at Jacob’s home over the weekend.  Jacob, an Indian-American, said “the rhetoric we are hearing ...

Traffic Stop Yields Arrest and Recovery of Items Stolen From Clark Target

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - A Middletown man pulled over for a traffic stop on Wednesday morning was found to be in possession of items stolen from the Clark Target store, Roselle Park Police announced.  

Stephen N. Lambrecht, 30, was driving a 2000 Dodge when Patrolman Dean Khallaf pulled him over for a moving violation,  police said.  Lambrecht was in possession of three stolen ...

Clark's Marching Crusade Continues as ALJ Band Edges the Competition

October 20, 2016

CLARK, NJ - The Arthur L. Johnson Crusader Marching Band continued their competitive year this past weekend with two spectacular wins. The Marching Crusaders won first place as well as the high music and visual awards in the Southern Regional and Governor Livingston high schools’ competitions.  

The marching band continues to work hard to keep this winning streak going. Just this ...

New Jersey Ranked Best State to be a Teacher

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey is the best state to be a teacher, according to a new study by, a recruiting website.

How did the Garden State land at the top of the rankings?

To determine the best states for teachers, Zippia examined out where the teaching jobs are and how well they are paid via information from the Bureau of Labor ...

Arthur L. Johnson High School Hosts College Fair

CLARK, NJ – The Arthur L. Johnson High School Guidance Department held its annual College Fair on Thursday, October 6 in the school's two gymnasiums.

More than 300 students, parents, teachers, and administrators were present for the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives from over 120 colleges, universities, and branches of the military.

Students and families ...

Johnson Crusaders Field Hockey Defeat New Egypt Warriors in NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 First Round

October 26, 2016

CLARK, N.J.-  The Johnson Crusaders varsity field hockey team experienced a turnaround all season long in offense, putting up 52 goals in the 2016 season coming into the state tournament.

That is two times more goals than last year, and they continued to add numbers to their red-hot offense.

The No. 4 seeded Crusaders faced off against the No. 13 seeded New Egypt Warriors Monday ...

Arthur L. Johnson High School Cross Country Team Runs Strong Season

CLARK, NJ - They ran in the soft mornings of summer, twenty-five pairs of shoes hitting the roads day in and day out. They trained in the fall, balancing school work and grueling workouts. They raced on the weekends, challenging themselves to go faster, faster, always faster. Through it all, they became a family, each relying on the next to better the team.

 “The cross country ...

Nick Couzzi Powers Somerville Pioneers to 7-0 Record in Blowout of Johnson Crusaders

SOMERVILLE, NJ -  Somerville Pioneers High School senior quarterback Nick Couzzi has led his team throughout a powerhouse season, and he continued power Somerville’s dominating offense in a 50-6 win over Arthur L. Johnson High School Friday night at Brooks Field. 

Couzzi went 24-for-35 with 275 passing yards and three touchdown passes, to add with 95 yards off 13 carries ...

Free Lower Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop @ Cornerstone Physical Therapy Health and Wellness Center

October 24, 2016

Attention Back Pain and Sciatica Sufferers!

Back By Request…

Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop Reveals How to Naturally Heal Back Pain and Sciatica For Good.

Do you suffer with back pain or leg pain when you stand or walk?

Do you have pain when you sit for long periods or drive?

Do you experience pain, numbness or tingling into your butt, groin or down your leg?

Does your ...

#AskHer campaign reminds women to make time for themselves to get mammograms

CRANFORD -- Asking someone, “How long has it been since you popped the question?" produces some strange looks when the person wanting to know is behind a table at a street fair.

Ask Anne Dinkel about those looks. She spent Sunday, Oct.16, asking passers-by at the Cranford Street Fair, "When did you last pop the question?" Many seemed startled at the question, but some ...

Overlook Medical Center Only NJ Hospital Named as One of 'America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery' by Healthgrades

SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center has been recognized by consumer healthcare ratings group Healthgrades as the only hospital in New Jersey to be named one of 'America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery' in 2017. The hospital was also named one of 'America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care and Critical Care'.

In addition, Overlook Medical Center ...

Osceola Church Fights Hunger Halfway Around The World

October 26, 2016

CLARK, NJ – More than 10,000 sustainable meals are on their way to Madagascar thanks to more than 45 members and friends of the Osceola Presbyterian Church. Volunteers assembled and packed the meals after service on a recent Sunday afternoon.

“It was amazing to see us come together to do this,” said Linda Dodson, a member of Osceola’s congregation. “Everyone, from ...

Marshmallow Roasts Kicks-off Clark Cub Scouting Year

CLARK, NJ - Cub Scout Pack 145 held its annual Marshmallow Roast on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 at the Dr. Wm. Robinson Plantation Museum. All scouts from Kindergarten through fifth grade were invited to come and roast marshmallows over open fires.

The museum is also a Pokestop for the popular Pokémon Go game.  Scout leaders ran lures, an in-game device used to ...

Clark Cub Scouts "Leave No Trace" of UNICO Feast

CLARK, NJ - After a fun-filled three days of the Clark UNICO Italian-American feast, the grounds of the municipal complex needed a little sprucing-up.  Led by Committee Chairman Scott McCabe, the scouts of Cub Scout Pack 145 diligently policed the parking lot and grassy areas, until there was no trace of the weekend festivities. 

Clark Museum Celebrates Four Centuries in a Weekend

October 15, 2016

CLARK, NJ – Four Centuries in a Weekend festivities are in full-swing at the Dr. Wm. Robinson Plantation Museum on Madison Hill Road in Clark. 

Step back in time and visit with Civil War reenactors representing both the Union and Confederate armies.  The men and women will share little known facts (Van Camp’s beans and Necco wafers pre-dated the Civil War!) and provide a ...

Clark Recreation Fills Fall with Fun for All

CLARK, NJ - With over 80 programs and sports offered this fall, Clark Recreation is in full swing. There are activities for everyone - of any age, interest and ability. 

According to Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo, many of the classes are free, while others charge a nominal participation fee.

For a complete selection and description of programs and classes offered, Clark ...

Scenes from the Feast: Clark UNICO Italian-American Fun

CLARK, NJ – It was a record-breaking opening night for the Clark UNICO Italian-American feast on Friday, but stormy weather kept the crowd small on Saturday.

UNICO President Ralph Bernardo said it was an unprecedented crowd on Friday.  People came out in droves, and long lines formed for food and rides.  The game tables were full, with much laughter and banter.

It was a much ...

Giants vs. Rams International Series at Molly Maguires in Clark

October 20, 2016

Rise and shine for game time! Come watch the New York Giants take on the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium – Twickenham, UK.

Viewing party downstairs in Croke Park- the sports pub at Molly Maguire's in Clark!

Kickoff - Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9:30 a.m. 

We will be offering a FREE halftime brunch buffet, as well as $.75 wings! Drink ...

Halloween Party at Molly's!

Come get your BOOze on at Molly's Halloween Party- Saturday, October 29th!  Open bar from 10 p.m. -1 a.m. for $45.00 p/p or $5.00 cover and pay as you go. A midnight buffet will be provided as well as entertainment!  Cristian Nez and DJ Jayrock will be spinning downstairs, and The Neighbors will be rockin' upstairs on our main floor!  Prizes will be ...

Warm Up with Winter Squash and Get Healthy, Too

The sights and sounds of the fall season are here, and so is the season for warming up the house with a home-cooked meal. Experts from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County recommend trying out new recipes that take advantage of all the nutrition – and tasty “comfort food” flavors -- packed into the familiar winter squash.

“The Freeholder Board is very proud ...

TLC for Clark Reservoir, Environmental Commission Hosts Fall Clean-Up

October 19, 2016

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Reservoir received attention from a group of committed volunteers on Saturday, when the Clark Environmental Commission sponsored a clean-up day. More than two dozen citizens, spanning three generations, came out to bag up trash and debris along the waterway’s shoreline.

“The future is here,” Clark Councilman and liaison to the Environmental ...

Clark Reservoir Clean-Up Saturday, Oct. 15; Volunteers Sought

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Reservoir is getting some attention on Saturday, Oct. 15, as the Clark Environmental Commission conducts a “Reservoir Cleanup” beginning at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to lend a hand.

“We meet at the Clark Recreation Center for a safety talk,” Commissioner Ellen Mulligan said. “Then we disperse into groups to some of the ...

Clark Heroes Recognized for Bravery, Quick Response in Machete Incident

October 18, 2016

CLARK, NJ – Local heroes took the spotlight at the Clark Township council meeting on Monday night.  Glen Burkhardt, Walter Kawko and George Peterpaul were commended for their quick actions in defending an elderly resident against a knife attack on Sept. 20.

“They had no hesitation at all to act when a senior woman needed help,” Capt. Vincent Concina of the Clark Police ...

Christie, State Lawmakers Agree on Plan to Increase NJ Gas Tax 23 Cents Per Gallon

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Chris Christie has ventured where his predecessors never dared – he has agreed to a deal with the leaders of the state Senate and state Assembly to raise New Jersey’s gas tax 23 cents a gallon in order to fund the state’s depleted Transportation Trust Fund.

The last time New Jersey motorists experienced a hike in gas taxes was 1988.

A key part of ...

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

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 ...

Osceola Church Fights Hunger Halfway Around The World

October 26, 2016

CLARK, NJ – More than 10,000 sustainable meals are on their way to Madagascar thanks to more than 45 members and friends of the Osceola Presbyterian Church. Volunteers assembled and packed the meals after service on a recent Sunday afternoon.

“It was amazing to see us come together to do this,” said Linda Dodson, a member of Osceola’s congregation. “Everyone, from ...

Sukkah at Overlook A Symbol of Medical Center's Commitment to Support Diversity

SUMMIT, NJ - Tucked away in a secluded courtyard, under the open sky, between two Medical Arts Center buildings at Overlook Medical Center is a sukkah.

To some it may look like a square tent with an odd roof and a picnic table inside, but it is much more. The sukkah is a visible symbol of the importance the medical center and its staff place on honoring the diversity of all who come to the ...

Stafford Harvest Festival This Weekend at Manahawkin Lake Park

October 20, 2016

STAFFORD, NJ -  The Stafford Township Harvest is this Saturday, October 22 from 12 to 5 p.m.  There will be hayrides, craft vendors, food vendors, Halloween parade, scarecrow making, costume contest, jalapeno eating contest, pumpkin picking and a wine festival.  

There will be a bonfire at dusk and a movie in the park following the bonfire on Saturday.  The raindate is on ...

Seashell Resort & Beach Club Announces David’s Dream and Believe as their 20th Annual Striped Bass Fishing Derby Charitable Recipient

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - The Seashell Resort & Beach Club is currently preparing for their 20th Annual Striped Bass Fishing Derby that will be taking place at the end of the month. Each year the event proceeds benefit charities.  

Last year's event brought in 76 registered boats and about 300 anglers. Not only were some really big striper's weighed in, but they ...

Savor the Fall with a New Jersey Winery Tour

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Cancel the trip to Tuscany. New Jersey is receiving a great deal of acclaim for their vineyards with award-winning wines being produced every day.  Americans are enjoying fine wine like never before and the Garden State has become a destination for winery tours and tastings.  Many wineries also offer delightful dining on their scenic ...

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Candidate Statement - Jerry Fogle - Council at Large

October 18, 2016

I am running for Councilman at Large because Clark is my home and I want to be involved in shaping its future. As a resident of Clark, I want to be a part of making our community an even better place to live. I'm committed, resourceful and, if elected as your Councilman at Large, I will never stop working for the people of this town.

I believe that a Town Council is here to serve the ...

Upcoming Events


Wed, October 26, 7:30 PM


Candidates Night - Hosted By TAPinto Clark

Wed, October 26, 8:00 PM

Webinar, Yorktown Heights


Health & Wellness

Thu, October 27, 8:30 AM

Liberty Hall Corporate Center, Union

How to Do Business with the US Department of ...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Week at Mother Seton High School

October 26, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Week at Mother Seton High School

Mother Seton students are making Breast Cancer Awareness week ‘count’ with a very special project designed to raise money for breast cancer research.

Benefactors of the school have made generous donations of PINK items to fill a “Think Pink” gift basket. In addition to the basket, a hand-crocheted pink ribbon ...

Jerry Fogle Asks for "New Ideas, New Voices" and "Honest Answers" in Clark

October 23, 2016

Dear Editor and Taxpaying Residents of Clark,

Please pay close attention to the answers to the 5 question or any statements made by the current incumbents running for re-election.  

They will mention how important taxes are, yet they still accept taxpayer funded healthcare benefits. Our elected officials have a responsibility to reduce costs wherever possible before they come to us, ...

“Elect to Read” Story Time at Valley Road School

October 23, 2016

CLARK, NJ - PJ’s, teddy bears, and books brought big smiles to students’ faces of during Valley Road Elementary School’s recent story time.

“Elect to Read”, a story time open to Valley Road’s kindergartners, first graders, and second graders, encouraged students to choose to read. 

"During this campaign season, we are encouraging our students to ...

Car Crash Damages Downtown Westfield Barbershop

October 16, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Wolves Den Barbershop in Downtown Westfield was damaged in a one-car crash Sunday before 7 p.m. A streetlight in front of the shop at Central Avenue and North Avenue was knocked down, as well. 

No one inside was hurt, one of the shop’s owners said. Police have not commented on the driver of the vehicle or her condition.

Westfield police, ...

Pass me a Flagel with Cream Cheese, Please

“Ummm, this is good,” said my husband with a mouthful of food. “What is it?”

I looked up from the kitchen sink where I was doing dishes.  “It’s a cronut.”

“A what?”

“A cronut.  It’s part croissant part doughnut.”

He looked at me like I had two heads.

“I was actually going to get some duffins, ...

Infants Should Sleep in Parents’ Room Say New Guidelines for Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

At a national conference last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their SIDS prevention guidelines. Based on new research, the updated recommendations call for infants to sleep in the same room (but NOT the same bed) as the parents (or caregiver), for the first 6 months of life.

For a summary of the update:

Use this ...

‘Mama’s Boy’ Explores the Life of Lee Harvey Oswald

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Despite the Warren Commission, an Oliver Stone movie and various speculations, in the long run it seems that Lee Harvey Oswald acted on his own in assassinating President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. But Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby before his motives could be explored.

Rob Urbinati’s play, now at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, delves into the ...

In Your Community

Community Discussion on "Being Mortal"

Together, Kent Place School and Overlook Medical Center invite the community to a free film screening of the PBS Frontline film, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” on Tuesday, October 25 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, a professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public ...