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Clark’s COVID Cases Rise Again; Schools Shift to Remote Learning Temporarily

November 22, 2020

CLARK, NJ – Clark saw 44 new cases of COVID-19 in the township as of Friday according to the Health Officer Nancy Raymond.  This trend mirrors New Jersey’s rise in the number of people testing positive.

Some of this week’s cases caused ripple effects in the Clark Public School system.  On November 18, Superintendent Ed Grande moved Carl H. Kumpf Middle School ...

Clark Schools Switch to Full-Remote Learning for a Week Starting Monday Nov. 30

CLARK, NJ - Superintendent Ed Grande announced Friday that schools will go to full remote learning the week following Thanksgiving break.  Starting Monday, November 30  all students will  participate in  four-hour days througth Friday, December 4. 

Grande said in light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community and the state along with the ...

Man Charged with MV Theft, Eluding and More After Clark and Cranford Police Join in Chase

November 23, 2020

CLARK, NJ – An Elizabeth man who led Clark and Cranford officers on a chase Saturday afternoon is facing multiple criminal charges, police said.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. Clark Police received a call that someone was trying to burglarize or steal a car at the construction site at the intersection of Westfield and Brant Avenues according to Clark Lieutenant Chris ...

Two Stabbing Victims at Clark's CityMD after Assault Tuesday Evening

CLARK, NJ – CityMD employees called for emergency responders after two individuals entered the facility with stab wounds on Tuesday evening according to police.

Officials said an adult male and a juvenile male arrived at the walk-in clinic just before 7:00 p.m. with non-life-threatening injuries to their extremities after an assault on the Clark Commons’ property.   Both ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays; Shares Thanksgiving Safety Precautions

November 23, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

New Jersey's COVID Numbers Continue to Climb, Says Murphy

NEW JERSEY -- COVID-19 statistics continue to trend in the wrong direction, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

The governor tweeted on Sunday that the state had 3,998 new positive cases overnight and now has reached 306,007 cumulative positive cases since March when the pandemic first struck

He also reported 15 new confirmed deaths, which brings the statewide loss of life to ...

Murphy Reinstates Aggressive COVID-19 Gathering Limits in NJ Ahead of Thanksgiving

NEW JERSEY — Indoor gatherings will be subject to new capacity limits in New Jersey starting Tuesday - the most aggressive steps Gov. Phil Murphy has taken in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. 

As of Tuesday, no more than 10 people may gather indoors (includes indoor entertainment venues). A 150-person limit will also take effect for outdoor gatherings beginning Nov.

About Four in 10 New Jerseyans Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine, Poll Finds

November 19, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Between 36% and 47% of New Jerseyans say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against COVID-19, with response rates varying depending on how the question is asked, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Among individuals reluctant to get vaccinated, 80% cite a concern about side effects, and 82% cite the need for more ...

CDC Issues Thanksgiving Health and Safety Guidelines

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli have been advising New Jerseyans to host smaller gatherings at Thanksgiving, to limit attendees to immediate family, and limit travel as much as possible. At a COVID-19 press briefing last week, he expressed his concern about holiday gatherings.

“This is not the year for a large family gathering, with ...

South Plainfield-Based Puleo International Opening November 20

November 20, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in South Plainfield.

Puleo International, a fourth-generation family-owned manufacturer and distributor of unique handcrafted holiday décor items located on Kennedy Road, will open its doors to the public for their 16th Annual Christmas Sale on Friday, Nov. 20.The warehouse will be open seven days a week ...

Rent Assistance is Available in Union County

ELIZABETH, NJ - Are you a Union County resident in danger of eviction because you are struggling to meet your rent payments? You may be eligible for rent assistance through Community Access Unlimited.

People who have fallen behind on their rent payments may be eligible for up to three months of back rent assistance. Applicants must already be at least one month behind on their rent ...

Union Catholic's Student Movement Against Cancer and Student Council Raise Funds During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

November 20, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic’s Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC) and Student Council came together in October to bring more awareness and raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The school held four Pink Out tag days, and opened up a virtual dedication wall that spread hope and love to our community, with the purpose of celebrating those who have fought and ...

St. Agnes' Thanksgiving Food Drive Sunday Nov. 22 - Donations Needed

The community is invited to donate to the St. Agnes Food Drive on Sunday November 22 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Drive up, open your trunk and helpers will take your donations for a contact less event.

Items Needed Include:

Thanksgiving turkeys and all the fixings
Shelf Stable Milk
Canned tuna, fish chicken, beans, soup and vegetables
Fruit cups 
Pasta and ...

COVID-19 Emergency Drive-Up Food Distribution in Union, Nov. 21

UNION COUNTY, NJ - An emergency drive-up food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be held in Union on Saturday, November 21, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The food distribution will be at the eastern parking lot at the Kean University campus, 1000 Morris Avenue. Participants should follow signs posted on Morris Avenue to enter the ...

NJSIAA: Winter Sports Pushed Back to January, State Tournaments Cancelled

November 19, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Winter is coming for high school sports, but student-athletes will have to wait until 2021 for action.

The NJSIAA, New Jersey’s governing body for interscholastic sports, announced the pushback of all winter sports and the cancellation of all formal winter sports tournaments early Thursday morning following the recommendation of the organization’s Sports ...

Murphy and Six Other Governors Jointly Call for Suspension of Interstate Youth Hockey Games

NEW JERSEY -- In response to recent coronavirus outbreaks associated with the conduct of interstate youth hockey activities, Gov. Phil Murphy joined with fellow governors, Janet Mills (Maine), Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island), Chris Sununu (New Hampshire), Phil Scott (Vermont), Ned Lamont (Connecticut), and Charlie Baker (Massachusetts) in calling for suspension of interstate hockey ...

Women's Recreational Softball Wraps Up Season

CLARK, NJ -  The ladies softball team hosted by the Clark Recreation Department recently wrapped up their fall season according to Director Ralph Bernardo.   The team was able to play every Tuesday night this fall after the spring and summer season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Bernardo said the women were happy to be back on the field doing what they love and playing ...

Clark's Cub Pack 145 Asking Community to Help 'Toys for Tots' Drive

November 23, 2020

CLARK, NJ - Cub Scout Pack 145 is counting on the community’s generous annual support as they collect toys for the 2020 holiday season in conjunction with the US Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots Program.

New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off through December 14 at the following locations around town:

Clark Police Department (315 Westfield Avenue)
Clark Recreation Center ...

Breakfast with Santa and Clark's Winter Festival Latest Victims of Pandemic

CLARK, NJ – Clark holiday traditions got served a one-two punch of cancellations this week.  In an announcement at Monday night’s Town Council meeting Mayor Bonaccorso said he was disappointed to announce there would be no ‘Breakfast with Santa’ this year.   What would have been the 20th annual event is not possible, he said because of the ongoing ...

Famous Union County Home Brings Christmas Joy, Raises $ for NJ Institute for Disabilities

FANWOOD, NJ – Despite the 70-degree weather earlier this week, Greg Roser was preparing for the holiday season.

"Fanwood's Famous Christmas House" display at 83 Paterson Rd is evolving and is more than 50% complete. Roser undertakes the annual fundraising effort as  memorial to Rosemary "Rosie" Merced, a former co-worker who died from cancer earlier ...

Fall Garden Tasks to Protect Your Landscape from Winter Wildlife Damage

November 10, 2020

As the seasons change, we adjust our gardening tasks and plantings to match. Animals also make changes this time of year, often changing their eating habits and dining locations. These adjustments can impact your gardens. Reduce the risk of damage by starting in fall to protect your landscape from hungry animals this winter.

Take a walk around your landscape to evaluate plants and ...

Roots Customers During 10-Day November Window Advised to Get Tested for COVID-19

November 13, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit and the Westfield Regional Health Department have issued the following guidance regarding the COVID-19 outbreak at Roots Steakhouse in Summit. Multiple employees at the restaurant have tested positive for the virus and the establishment closed on November 12. The City confirmed that the restaurant will remain closed for two weeks.

According to the ...

‘Witty as Ever’: Local ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Met Alex Trebek in His Final Months

November 13, 2020

CULVER CITY, CA — A Westfield native was among the “Jeopardy!” contestants to interact with the show’s host, Alex Trebek, in the final months before his death Nov. 8 at 80.

Daniella Regencia, 32, now an attorney living in Santa Barbara, California, appeared on the show Wednesday night in an episode recorded about two months earlier.

“He seemed just as ...

Kean Concedes 7th Congressional District Election to Malinowski

November 19, 2020


State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. has conceded the 7th Congressional District election to Democratic incumbent Tom Malinowski, who will be sworn to a second term in the House of Representatives in January, 2021.

Down by more than 11 percent on Election Night, Kean and his supporters held out hope as the margin narrowed over the past two weeks as the paper ballots were counted by election ...

Union County Voters Have Until High Noon Wednesday to Respond to Ballot Cure Letters

ELIZABETH, NJ - Tomorrow is the last day for voters to make their vote count in Union County.  The Union County Board of Elections issued a reminder Tuesday to voters who received a ballot cure letter that the deadline to cure their ballot is Wednesday, November 18, at 12:00 p.m.

These letters were mailed to voters that brought their Vote-by-Mail ballot to a polling ...

Union County Among Last in NJ Still Tallying Ballots, Clerk Says

UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you filled out a paper ballot at a polling place in Union County, your vote will be counted — starting Monday, the administrator of the Board of Elections said.

Elections workers will begin counting the paper ballots, also called provisional ballots, cast at polling places beginning Monday — 13 days after election day — at which time they will ...

NJ Restaurants Look to ‘Bubbles’ to Stay Afloat This Winter

November 22, 2020

In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles.

Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an essential part of their business plan, as indoor dining is currently capped at 12 ...

How to Make the Most of Your Downsized Thanksgiving Dinner (Recipe Included)

With the coronavirus pandemic surging forward, threatening to stomp all over our traditional get-together with relatives, Thanksgiving for many of us is going to be a lot quieter this year.

The CDC recommends that people avoid large gatherings and instead celebrate the holiday with the members of their household. As a result, a shorter guest list could require a few changes to the ...

New Jersey Date Night: Meet Me for Happy Hour

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Regardless of our relationship statuses, we’ve experienced a lot of unusual in 2020. From searching for paper products to seeking election resolution, New Jerseyans have been through the wringer. 

As we round the corner to concluding the year that can’t end soon enough, couples and ...

Mother of Clark’s Caitlin Nelson Settles Lawsuit with Sacred Heart University

November 20, 2020

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The mother of Caitlin Nelson, who died in 2017 following an eating contest at Sacred Heart University, has withdrawn a lawsuit filed against the school, court records show. The university has agreed to settle the lawsuit under undisclosed terms, the Associated Press reported.

Court records show the complaint, filed by Rosanne Nelson in Connecticut Superior Court, was ...

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Suit Settlement, Bridges, Special Needs Care: What Union County Freeholders OK’d Thursday

November 17, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholders on Thursday approved a jail guard's settlement, assistance for caregivers of special needs children and authorized grant applications for building bridges.

Here are some key takeaways from the freeholder board's meeting:

Lawsuit Settlement: The freeholders settled a lawsuit for $80,000, from a case involving a jail guard, ...

Union County Among Last in NJ Still Tallying Ballots, Clerk Says

UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you filled out a paper ballot at a polling place in Union County, your vote will be counted — starting Monday, the administrator of the Board of Elections said.

Elections workers will begin counting the paper ballots, also called provisional ballots, cast at polling places beginning Monday — 13 days after election day — at which time they will ...

‘At Least’ 10 High School COVID Cases Traced to Mountainside House Party, Boro Says

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — A house party in Mountainside has led to “at least” 10 Governor Livingston High School students testing positive for COVID-19, authorities said.

Mayor Paul Mirabelli in a post to the borough’s Facebook page Friday reported the information provided by Westfield Regional Health Department Director Megan Avallone and encouraged parents to ...

Union County Freeholders Remind Residents of Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Union County’s New #SmashItDontTrashIt Campaign Makes New Green Energy from Old Halloween Pumpkins

Union County residents can put their Jack o’ Lanterns to good use after Halloween by participating in Union County’s new Pumpkin Recycling Program. The pumpkins will be collected by Union County and other local governments and brought to an organic waste recycler in Elizabeth, where they will be transformed into green energy.

“The Pumpkin Recycling Program is an easy, ...

Worried about Memory Decline? Screening Can Ease Your Mind

Memory loss can be scary. People often ignore worrisome changes in thinking and behavior as they age, but it’s important to find out what is causing the changes. If you are among the 10% of seniors who develop Alzheimer’s disease, you can learn about treatments to slow its progression and manage symptoms.

As a cognitive neurologist who helped develop Atlantic Health ...

Thank you from St. Joseph Social Service Center

November 23, 2020

Beloved neighbors, you have done it again. We are beyond thankful to all of you.  Thanks to your generosity, our food pantry has been stocked and restocked over and over with donations from all our neighboring communities, and we have been able to share that food with over 700 households this week.  Please know that every item and every dollar that you donate is even more ...

Newark Imposes New Restrictions As COVID-19 Infection Rate Climbs to 19%

November 11, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The city’s COVID-19 cases are approaching peak numbers, leading Mayor Ras Baraka to issue a new executive order with more stringent health and safety restrictions than those announced in October. 

Baraka took to Facebook Live on Monday to tell Newarkers that the city’s infection rate has shot up from 11% to 19% in just two weeks. Of the 689 new cases ...

New Jersey Teacher Pens Children's Book on Adoption and Her Family's Journey

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Across the United States, November is recognized in the United States as National Adoption Month. For one New Jersey Middle School teacher, Dana Regan, this especially hits home, as she wrote a children’s book, Amarylli’s Bunny: Where is She Now?, about her adopted daughter Amarylli, or “Rylli”, and her stuffed bunny.

Regan’s ...

Cuban Pete's Owner Locked Out After Repeated Executive Order Violations

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After scoffing at the Governor's Executive Orders and repeatedly allowing patrons to continue to dine inside, the owner of Cuban Pete's is now locked out of his business.

On Monday morning, Montclair Police changed the locks on the doors of Cuban Pete’s restaurant, locking out the owner and workers. This was after three violations of the Executive ...

Join the NJ Liquor License Reform Alliance to Boost Our Economy

November 14, 2020

Dear Editor:

It’s no secret that New Jersey has some of the most archaic liquor license laws in the nation. Our liquor license laws (over 60 years old) are holding back our state economy and efforts to revitalize downtowns across our state. Utah is the only other state that has liquor license laws like New Jersey.  

The current liquor license formula caps liquor licenses based on ...