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Promotion Ceremony Held for Two Clark Police Officers

September 19, 2018

CLARK, NJ – Two Clark Police Officers were promoted during Monday evening’s Town Council Meeting.  Police Officers Joseph Teston and Pedro Oliveira were surrounding by family and friends during the ceremony with Police Chief Pedro Matos and Mayor Sal Bonaccorso.

Bonaccorso welcomed all the attendees and expressed his pride in the reason for the ceremony. “I am proud to ...

Chemical Reaction Sends Two Kerry Employees to Hospital Early Tuesday Morning

CLARK, NJ - Clark Police were the first to arrive on the scene of a reaction during a chemical process shortly before 2 a.m. on Tuesday that sent two Kerry employees to a nearby hospital according to Clark Fire Chief Frank Cerasa. 

Cerasa and sixteen of his crew members assessed the scene upon arrival while the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad aided in the treatment of the Kerry ...

Lawmakers Question State Education Commissioner on Rush to Phase Out PARCC

September 20, 2018

TRENTON, NJ— Lawmakers on a joint Senate-Assembly education committee expressed concerns and questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s rush to phase out a statewide standardized exam, calling for meetings to be held and more data to be provided.

State education commissioner Lamont Repollet appeared before a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees on Monday to testify ...

“Not Even Once” Coming to the Clark Public School District

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Public School District's Parent University will be presenting Not Even Once on Monday, October 29, at 7 p.m. in the Arthur L. Johnson auditorium.

The presentation, given by Detective Brian Soos includes an interview with the parent of a former Clark resident that died from an overdose.  The evening's program is designed to raise awareness about ...

Football: Second Half Outburst Leads Johnson Crusaders Past Metuchen HS, Towards First Win

September 16, 2018

METUCHEN, NJ-  After a sloppy first half which featured a lost fumble on the opening possession and zero points for almost the entire first 24 minutes, the Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders varsity football team continued to hang tough with the Metuchen High School Bulldogs, but still found themselves in a 7-0 deficit with 3:20 left in the second quarter.

Johnson responded quickly, ...

VIDEO: ALJ Crusader Football Season Underway

CLARK,NJ - Friday night lights have illuminated the field, fans and Crusader football players the first few weeks of the new school year.  For those looking to get in on the action, it might be time to throw on the Crusader apparel and head to the next Arthur L. Johnson Crusader football game.

The ALJ Crusaders have an away game against Metuchen High School this Saturday at ...

Motivational Speaker Addresses ALJ Athletes

CLARK, NJ - Members of the Crusader Fall Athletics recently joined guest speaker Gian Paul Gonzalez for a presentation entitled “All In”.

Gonzalez, a high school teacher in Union City, New Jersey was asked to lead a chapel service for members of the New York Giants team the night before the team’s Christmas Eve 2011 game against the New York Jets. There was little hope then ...

O'Johnnie's Owner Set to Retire; Future of Clark Landmark Uncertain

September 6, 2018

CLARK, NJ - After 41 years of owning O'Johnnie's, Jerry Bertekap has decided to retire.   He is looking forward to sunnier days fishing, boating and relaxing on the beaches of Florida with his wife.  

Bertekap said a non-refundable deposit was accepted and his retirement and legal transfer of the business will take place by the end of this ...

Clark Environmental Commission Seeks Volunteers for Reservoir Cleanup

September 20, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Environmental Commission is seeking volunteers for their upcoming Clark Reservoir Cleanup, which will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Those interested in volunteering for the cleanup can do so by contacting Environmental Commission Chairperson Marc Hayden at or (908) 510-7334.

The cleanup has been a longstanding tradition ...

Clark Resident and Inspiration for 'Baretta' TV Series David Toma Speaks at Library

CLARK, NJ – Motivational speaker David Toma visited The Clark Public Library on Saturday to discuss the widespread effects of drug addiction, the influences of today’s political and social climate, and the impacts of his personal experiences on his professional career.

Toma opened the speech describing his upbringing during the World War II era. According to Toma, 13 of his ...

Clark Remembers: 9/11 Ceremony Honors the Fallen

CLARK, NJ – On Tuesday morning, a large crowd of government officials, police, firemen, emergency service workers and residents joined in the Township of Clark’s annual 911 Memorial ceremony at the James A. Nelson Memorial Park on Broadway.

They came to remember Clark resident James A. Nelson and the thousands of others who died in the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

The ceremony ...

Tickets Go On Sale for Union County’s Hayrides and Campfires

September 9, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Tickets for the 2018 Hayrides and Campfires presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Department of Parks & Recreation are available for purchase now. The popular family events include a hayride, entertainment, hot chocolate and marshmallows to toast over a campfire.

Tickets at $6 for Union County residents and $12 for ...

It’s Now a Family Affair at Westfield’s Vine Ripe Markets

September 16, 2018

Sometimes, the best plans are the ones you never see coming.

Frank Bruno, owner of Vine Ripe Markets in Westfield, never thought his passion for food would lead him to owning a grocery store.

“To be honest, I only had visions of making it in the insurance industry,” said Bruno, a 2005 graduate of the School of Business at Villanova. Those plans changed in late 2008 when market ...

Colorful Vines and Groundcovers for the Fall Garden

September 20, 2018

Create a colorful and fragrant fall finale in your garden with groundcovers and vines. Blanket the earth with hardy groundcovers that add seasonal interest. Then direct your eye skyward with vines climbing on trellises, fences and arbors.

Add a cloud of fragrant beauty with the white flowers of sweet autumn clematis. This vigorous vine quickly covers arbors and trellises, providing a colorful ...

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The Gateway Family YMCA Celebrates Adult Day Services Week

September 20, 2018

The Gateway Family YMCA celebrates National Adult Day Services Week, September 16th-22nd, joining the National Adult Day Services Association and organizations throughout the United States.  The Gateway Family YMCA – WISE Center YMCA Branch in Union, NJ will be offering tours of the Adult Day Services program by appointment during Adult Day Services Week.  Contact Susan Butler, ...

Adding Curb Appeal to Your Home This Fall

First impressions are everything ... at least when it comes to houses. Here are some simple ideas I recommend to keep your home fresh and looking it's best before selling!!! 

1. Paint your front door, shutters or trim.

2. Make sure your house numbers are visible. Perhaps replace them with bright, new numbers.

3. Add a new welcome mat for your front porch.

4. Plant flowers ...

Westfield Plan to Test Drive Ice Rink Gets a Cold Shoulder

September 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Some residents’ frosty response to plans for an ice rink to be placed in an 8.3-acre municipal park on the Garwood border for a trial time isn’t stopping officials from moving ahead with the design.

Gathered in the rain at Gumbert Park, where the rink is to be built, about 50 residents on Wednesday grilled local officials on the plans to have Union Sports ...


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Margaret (Peggy) Kirk Leonard passed away Monday, April 23rd, surrounded by her loved ones. Peggy ...
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