News from Nearby: Standoff with Police in Westfield Ends Peacefully

January 13, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman who had barricaded herself in her home with a loaded gun was taken into custody peacefully Thursday night after a standoff with police that shut down the 900 block of Grandview Avenue.

The incident began at about 9 p.m. when police responded to a call to check on the welfare of a resident, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman said at the scene.

“Upon ...

Body Found in Rahway River ID’d as Popular Cranford High School Teacher

CRANFORD, NJ — The body of a Cranford man discovered in the Rahway River Saturday morning has been identified as Joseph Dugandzic, 52, of Cranford, a teacher at Cranford High School, Union County Police said in a statement Saturday afternoon.

Union County Police discovered Dugandzic's body in the shallow waters of the Rahway River off South and Centennial Avenues around 9 ...

Clark Juvenile Among Three Arrested in Kenilworth Vandalism Incident

KENILWORTH, NJ – The Kenilworth Police Department have arrested three in connection with vandalism at the David Brearley High School football field on Dec. 17.

Arrested were Jaskaran Singh, 18, of Roselle Park, along with two juveniles from Roselle Park and Clark. 

Extensive graffiti was spray painted on school property during the overnight hours. The high-school staff ...

Saint Joseph High School Career Day Brings Together Yesterday's and Today’s Students

January 18, 2017

METUCHEN, NJ - Saint Joseph High School recently hosted a career development day.  This year’s program was redesigned to allow current students and alumni to engage in even more career-focused possibilities.

The vast majority of the over 40 presenters were St. Joseph High School alumni returning to pay it back to the brotherhood each St. Joseph man belongs to long after ...

Kindergarten Registration for Clark Students to be Held Late February

CLARK, NJ – Registration for the Clark School District’s full-day kindergarten program for the 2017 – 2018 school year will take place on Thursday, Feb.23 (Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School) and Tuesday, Feb. 28 (Valley Road Elementary School).  Children who will be five years old by October 1, 2017 are eligible to enroll.

Registration will be between 9:00 a.m. and ...

Mother Seton Students Achieve National Merit Scholar Commendation

CLARK, NJ – In recognition of outstanding academic achievement on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), two Mother Seton Regional High School seniors received “Commended Student” status through the National Merit Scholarship Program, the school recently announced.

“The student body of Mother Seton is doubly blessed with two outstanding scholars this ...

Johnson Crusaders Varsity Ice Hockey Senior Players Recognized in Pre-Game Ceremony

January 19, 2017

ROSELLE, NJ-  Before the start of their game Wednesday night against Westfield HS, the Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders held their Senior Night ceremony, recognizing the team's seven seniors for their contributions to Crusaders hockey during their high school careers.

Co-captain Jack Lomeli, Matt Boho, Mike Cepparulo, Nick Gallina, Tom Gray, Ty Schafer and Louis Sofianakos were ...

Sean Taylor’s Four-Goal Night Lifts Westfield Blue Devils Over Johnson Crusaders Varsity Ice Hockey

ROSELLE, NJ-  Westfield High School junior Sean Taylor scored four goals and had a total of six points to help lift the Blue Devils past the Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders by a final score of 7-4 Wednesday night at Warinanco Park in Roselle.

Westfield grasped a stranglehold on the game from the start, scoring early and often. Junior Matthew Cetlin scored the first goal of ...

Johnson Crusaders Boys Basketball Team Falls to Union Catholic for First Loss of Season

UNION, NJ - The Arthur L. Johnson Crusaders boys varsity basketball team lost its first game of the season to Union Catholic, 70-50,  Sunday afternoon at Kean University in the LeGrand Classic. The team's record now stands at 9-1.

The Vikings led the Crusaders, 15-14, following the first quarter and the teams kept it close as the second quarter progressed. The Crusaders ...

Protesters in Westfield Ask Congressman Lance to Save the Affordable Care Act

January 18, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 people from various groups gathered in front of Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office Wednesday evening to ask Lance to vote “no” to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The rally was one of several “vigils to save health care” that evening around the state promoted by New Jersey Citizen Action.

New Jersey Wins Under Lance Mental Health Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. ---  Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) announced that New Jersey has been selected to participate in a demonstration program to expand access to community mental health services and strengthen the quality of care for those living with mental and behavioral health issues. The demonstration program was created under Lance’s Excellence in Mental Health Act, which was ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

January 17, 2017

CLARK, NJ - launched a free TAPinto App today for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application.  With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push ...

Union County Clerk Hosts New Jersey Notary Training in Scotch Plains on March 3

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Notaries Public are invited to attend the next session of New Jersey Notary Training, an educational seminar for Notaries Public hosted by Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, together with Union County Surrogate James LaCorte, Esq., who will present the legal aspects of the functions of notaries public. Ms. Rajoppi will open the seminar and review the application process ...

At Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical, Medical Equipment and Supplies are Readily Available

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical has been serving the community for more than 44 years and prides itself on being ‘today’s modern pharmacy with old fashioned values.’

In addition to being a full-service pharmacy for prescriptions, vaccinations, and other everyday items such as vitamins and other everyday health care items, the Park Avenue ...

Clark's Bill Duffy Honored By UNICO for Dedication to Fallen Heroes

January 18, 2017

CLARK, NJ – Retired Clark police captain William Duffy has spent the last 40 years of his life devoted to the memory of Clark’s “fallen heroes,” those soldiers from Clark who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.  On Tuesday, Duffy was presented with UNICO International’s “Americanism Award” for his efforts.

“This award ...

Volunteers Brave Icy Blast to Build Home for Butterflies

WATCHUNG, NJ - A group of Union County Adopt-a-Park volunteers went far, far beyond the call of duty last weekend, when they came together in freezing cold weather to work on a new butterfly meadow in the County’s Watchung Reservation.

The large, half-acre site is located near the grounds of the Trailside Nature and Science Center, at 452 New Providence Road in ...

Rolling Around at Clark Recreation Friday Night Skate

January 12, 2017

CLARK, NJ - Outside was cold and slushy, but the gym at the Clark Recreation Center was full of families and music last Friday night.  What was the draw?  Roller skating!  The recreation department has been hosting “Friday Night Roller Skating” for years, and kids of all ages enjoy buckling up their skates for a night of activity and fun.

Clark Director of Recreation ...

Clark Library Seeks Hole Sponsors and Designers for Annual Mini Golf Event

CLARK, NJ – The Friends of the Clark Library are hosting a miniature golf event on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the library and need the community’s help.

The group is asking for Clark businesses, clubs and organizations to sponsor a hole or design and create a hole and putting green for their 18-hole course. 

Sponsorships are prominently displayed and cost $50 ...

Clark Pop Warner Cheerleaders Recognized at Council Meeting

January 17, 2017

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Crusaders Pop Warner Small Pee Wee cheerleading team was honored for a successful competitive season at the Clark township council meeting on Tuesday night.

“On behalf of the council, I’d like to congratulate all of you on your accomplishments,” said Council President Angel Albanese.

Coached by Renae Grasso, Justine Petronella, Denise ...

Union County Clerk Recognized for Tech Achievement

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi was nationally recognized for her leadership in the use of electronic recording technology.

Rajoppi was presented with the national 2016 eRecording All-Star Trailblazer Award, a competitive recognition sponsored by the global business solutions company Corporation Service Company. The Trailblazer award recognizes a recording office that has ...

Freeholders Bruce Bergen Announced Initiatives as Second Board Chair Term Begins

ELIZABETH, NJ – Freeholders Bruce Bergen and Sergio Granados were re-elected to a second term as chair and vice chair respectively of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the 2017 re-organization meeting, Jan. 8, held in the Union County Courthouse.

Freeholder Linda Carter was voted chair pro temp. State Senator Raymond Lesniak and Former U.S. Ambassador Phil Murphy, both ...

Volunteers Brave Icy Blast to Build Home for Butterflies

January 9, 2017

WATCHUNG, NJ - A group of Union County Adopt-a-Park volunteers went far, far beyond the call of duty last weekend, when they came together in freezing cold weather to work on a new butterfly meadow in the County’s Watchung Reservation.

The large, half-acre site is located near the grounds of the Trailside Nature and Science Center, at 452 New Providence Road in ...

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Clara Gives Warm Hugs

January 18, 2017

Please meet our Senior Girl Clara.

Clara was rescued when we noticed her at a city shelter begging for help.  We were there to rescue a 13-year-old dog who was dumped by an owner who suddenly had no time for him and we noticed this beauty reaching out to us.

Clara's owner passed away and she found herself stuck at the city shelter.  The fate for a 14-year-old girl is not good ...

Where's the Replacement?

January 17, 2017

To the Editor:

As a chair of the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, Congressman Leonard Lance has been a strong advocate for those who have been stricken with uncommon health issues and last year helped to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. Yet on Friday, Congressman Lance voted to take away the health insurance of those very souls he claims to be on the side of.

The Affordable Care Act makes ...

News from Nearby: Scotch Plains JCC Deemed Safe After Bomb Threat

January 18, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey was closed for a short time after preschool began there Wednesday morning due to a bomb threat. A bomb squad swept the building for explosives and no bomb was found, according to Lt. Jeff Briel of the Scotch Plains Police Department.

“This is another in a series of bomb threats to JCCs up and down the ...