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ALJ Alumnus Matthew Gallo Shares Experiences with Pre-Med Studies and Anatomy Classes

June 10, 2021

CLARK, NJ – Matthew Gallo, a member of Arthur L. John High School's Class of 2017, recently visited his alma mater to share his experiences as a nursing major with students in Bernadette Jacobi’s premedical studies and anatomy classes. 

Gallo, who served as president of the Class of 2017 and, last month, graduated from Mount Saint Mary College with a bachelor's of ...

Kumpf Students Create Hurricanes and Tornadoes

CLARK, NJ – Students in Jennifer Barbera’s class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School recently learned about hurricanes and tornados and, in turn, decided to make their own. 

The class had been studying both types of weather occurrences including how they form and the impact they have. To create their own hurricanes and tornadoes, the students combined food coloring, soap and water ...

Clark's Newest Police Officer Sworn In Tuesday

June 4, 2021

CLARK, NJ – Mayor Bonaccorso presided over the swearing in of Clark’s newest police officer on Tuesday. Patrol Officer Giovannina Prisco was joined by family and colleagues at the ceremony which officially made her the third female to join the department according to officials.

Prisco is a Clark native that has served in many positions in the community. According to police, Prisco ...

Murphy Signs Executive Order Ending COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

June 4, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – With COVID-19 capacity restrictions on businesses and gathering limits lifted due to the continued improvement of New Jersey’s public health metrics, Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation (A5820/S3866) ending the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency that has been in place since March 9, 2020. 

Immediately following the signing of the legislation, Murphy ...

Emergency Food Assistance for Union County Residents in June

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is holding emergency food distribution events in June to aid those affected by COVID-19.

These will include:

Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

Kean University in Union
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Coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Super Market, Gargiulo Produce and CMC Foods

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 10:00 ...

Gov. Murphy: Employers Can Allow Vaccinated Staff to Go Maskless, Bring Back Remote Workers

TRENTON, NJ — Office employees will be allowed to return to work without the need to wear masks or social distance, as long as they have proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order.

The order, which takes effect on June 4, also lifts minimum staffing levels in the workplace and allows employers to call back employees who have ...

Atlantic Medical Group doses first patient in U.S. for new gene therapy for phenylketonuria

June 4, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ – JUNE 2021 – A geneticist with Atlantic Health System’s physician network, Atlantic Medical Group, recently treated the first patient in the United States in a clinical trial with a genetic therapy developed by BioMarin, designed to help patients who are not able to metabolize phenylalanine, an amino acid found in nearly all proteins.

Darius Adams, MD, medical ...

2021 Summer Pickleball Smackdown Tournament Held in Clark

June 8, 2021

CLARK, NJ – The weather was hot and so was the competition as singles and doubles squared off in the 2021 Summer Pickleball Smackdown Tournament at the Clark Recreation Center according to Director Ralph Bernardo. 

The tournament, held on May 21 was organized by John and Susy Silvestri.  The event included prizes and various contests for wackiest outfit, best matching outfits ...

SLIDESHOW: Scenes from Clark's Memorial Day Parade

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Memorial Day Parade streamed down Westfield Avenue Monday morning in all its red, white and blue glory as spectators looked on.  The event was a nod toward normalcy after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s parade.

Ralph Bernardo, Clark’s Recreation Director and head of this year’s Parade Committee said he made numerous ...

Take Our 2021 Reader Survey: We Want to Hear From You

June 13, 2021

Local news is more important than ever.  To fulfill our mission of providing our readers with objective, daily, local news, we’re conducting a survey on what our readers think about TAPinto and how they engage with the news.  We invite you to take our 2021 Reader Survey.   

Your feedback is important to us and helps us improve the quality of your reader ...

Union County to Honor Small Business Champions

Union County recognizes the contributions of small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Union County Board of Commissioners announced that nominations are now open for the Union County Small Business Community Champion recognition program. Businesses that are nominated for the program will receive a certificate of achievement and will be featured on the Union County Means Business ...

Manage Mosquitoes to Better Enjoy Your Outdoor Space

June 12, 2021

Dine, play, and enjoy your outdoor spaces more than ever this year by managing annoying and disease-spreading mosquitoes. Use a multifaceted approach to boost your enjoyment and help keep mosquitoes away.

Plan your outdoor activities when mosquitoes are less active. Females are the ones looking for a blood meal and are most active at dusk and dawn when looking for warmth and ...

Tips for Raised Bed and Elevated Gardening Success

Raised beds and elevated gardens provide easier access to gardens and can increase space available for growing vegetables and flowers. You will enjoy convenience and easy access when including one or more in your landscape or on your patio, deck, or balcony.

Providing proper care for these elevated planting spaces will ensure the biggest possible harvest and a growing season filled with ...

ALJ Cheerleader Kylie Rafferty Brings Home Gold

June 13, 2021

CLARK, NJ — Arthur L. Johnson High School Senior Kylie Rafferty won gold during the USASF All Star Cheerleading Worlds this May in Orlando, Florida. 

Rafferty competed along with her Central Jersey Allstars Senior Open Level 6 team Bombshells.  Rafferty has cheered with CJA for 10 years winning multiple National titles. Rafferty and her team are also three time NCA ...

ALJ High School Holds 2021 Spring Athletic Awards

CLARK, NJ – The Arthur L. Johnson High School Athletic Department's 2021 Spring Athletic Awards, sponsored by the Crusader Athletic Booster Club, was held June 3. 

During the evening event, which took place in the high school auditorium, coaches highlighted the accomplishments of their teams and student athletes; in addition to awards, over 113 varsity letters were handed out ...

Clark Middle-Schooler Off to Pursue Softball Passion This Summer

CLARK, NJ – One skillful Clark sixth grader is headed to Oklahoma and Florida this summer to add her talents to a team of athletes. Cassie Conforti, has been selected to represent the USA Softball All American Northeast Region 1 - Team Freedom this August at the Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

The USA Softball All American Games is a tournament that provides ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Revolutionary Trip to Bordentown

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

Making a day of a date is a great way to create memories with your love, but when you choose to spend that time in Bordentown, it’s guaranteed to go down in relationship history. New Jersey has many historical towns and Bordentown, settled in 1682, is a true standout. Here you can visit the Clara ...

Seasonal Recipe: Make Our Quick Lemon-Basil Pesto

Grab some fragrant fresh basil at the store or farmers market, or pick some from your garden, for this zippy summer recipe.

This simple no-cook sauce is great on pasta or pizza. Try it on fish or chicken, or mix some into mayonnaise for a flavor-packed sandwich spread.

If you have leftover pesto, freeze it in an ice cube tray for future use.

Lemon-Basil Pesto:

1 cup packed fresh basil ...

Union County Announces Reopening of The Model Railroad Club

June 11, 2021

The Union County Board of Commissioners announced the reopening of The Model Railroad Club, Inc. Starting Saturday, June 12 the exhibit will be open to the public every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the A. Paul Mallery Model Railroad Center, located at 295 Jefferson Avenue in Union Township. 

“The Board of County Commissioners is excited to bring this family ...

Vendors Needed for Fall Craft Fair at Clark Library

CLARK, NJ - Vendors and Crafters are needed for the Clark Library's Fall Vendor and Craft Fair.  This year's event will be held outdoors on October 2 from 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. 

10 x 10 spaces are available for $30.  For more information, contact clarklibraryfol@gmail.com. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Clark Library.

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June 10, 2021

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ELECTION ROUNDUP: Learn Local Election Results Throughout New Jersey

Amid statewide primary election contests, New Jersey also hosted dozens of local races Tuesday. Here is a roundup of various New Jersey local election results as reported by TAPinto franchises across the state:

Cranford Election: Kate Rappa Defeats Incumbent Tom Hannen, Jr. in Democrat Primary

Newcomer defeats an incumbent in this township committee primary election, advancing to face a GOP ...

New Jersey Primary Elections will be Taking Place Tuesday, June 8. Here’s What You Need to Know About this Year’s Primaries.

ELIZABETH, NJ — The 2021 election season is in full swing, with the New Jersey Primary Elections taking place on Tuesday, June 8.  

The New Jersey Division of Elections has an online tool to check if you are registered to vote. The tool will tell you what your registration status, the city and county you are registered to vote in, as well as your voter ID number. 

By ...

Union County Asking Visitors to “Ban the Bag” at County Parks

June 14, 2021

As the summer cookout season approaches, the Union County Board of County Commissioners is asking residents and visitors to help prevent windblown bags and other litter in County parks. Officials suggest instead of plastic bags, use sturdy totes, backpacks, or baskets to carry supplies for family celebrations and other outdoor gatherings.

Officials said Union County’s 36 public parks ...

Students Can Plant a Pizza Garden with New Union County 4-H Program

This summer, the Union County 4-H program is offering students the opportunity to grow their very own “Pizza Garden” and improve their gardening abilities, too.

“By combining hands-on learning with remote instruction, this gardening project provides Union County students with an enriching experience all summer long, said Board of Commissioners Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

U.S. Senate Confirms Union County Native Zahid Quraishi to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

June 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed Zahid Quraishi, a Fanwood native, to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey by a vote of 81-16. He is the first Muslim federal judge in our nation’s history.

“Another barrier has been broken, and it has been broken in New Jersey,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “I congratulate the ...

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Who Will be the New Union County Prosecutor? Gov’s Pick Heads to NJ Senate

June 14, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The governor’s nomination of a Superior Court judge to be the next Union County prosecutor heads to the state senate for approval.

Gov. Phil Murphy has nominated Judge William A. Daniel to fill the role to be left vacant when Lyndsay V. Ruotolo leaves the post next month to head up the state Division of Criminal Justice.

If approved, Daniel would be the first ...

Public Provides Input as Union County Looks to Ramp Up Access For Disabled

UNION COUNTY, NJ — In a series of meetings this week, residents offered feedback about making county facilities — from parks to offices and stables — more accessible to people with disabilities. 

Individuals with accessibility concerns, parents of children with disabilities and staff members from various organizations attended Union County’s virtual public forums ...

NJ Grant to Boost Vaccination Efforts Where Immunizations Lagging; See How Clark is Doing

Scroll below for a town-by-town listing of vaccination rates.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will use $450,000 in state funding to expand COVID-19 vaccine programs in Roselle, Plainfield and other areas with low vaccination rates, officials said this week.

The Union County Board of Commissioners on Thursday modified its 2021 budget to accept the state health department ...

Track and Field: Union Catholic Girls Win 6th Straight Non-Public A State Title, Boys Place Third

June 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic girls added to its remarkable resume and solidified its status as one of the greatest programs in state history with the most dominating performance in meet history when the Vikings racked up a record 189 points to runaway with its sixth straight State Non-Public A Track and Field title on Saturday in Neptune.

UC's boys also had a very ...

Community Conversations: Living with Scoliosis

Does your child have scoliosis? Do you know what the signs are? Find out on the next Community Conversation where Jason Lowenstein, MD, medical director of Atlantic Health System’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, shares how it’s diagnosed and explains why early identification is key to treating spinal deformity.

 

Local Union County Teen Set to Compete in the Miss NJ Teen Contest

June 7, 2021

FANWOOD, NJ -- Sixteen-year-old Fanwood resident Grace Germinder, is set to compete in the Miss NJ Teen State Contest. To be eligible, contestants must be at least 14 years old, but under 19 years old, and they must have never participated in a previous national MISS TEEN USA Pageant. 

The pageant will be held at the Hilton Parisppany Hotel on July 30-August 1. Two young ...

Amtrak Through Roxbury? Lackawanna Cutoff Restoration Proposed for Passenger Trains

ROXBURY, NJ — Passenger trains between New York and Pennsylvania might return to the Lackawanna Cutoff, a historic rail right-of-way connecting Roxbury and the Delaware Water Gap.

The government-subsidized, quasi-public corporation is including a revival of the long-dormant Cutoff as part of a plan to restore long-distance passenger rail service between New York City and Scranton, ...

St. Joseph (Metuchen) Wins GMC County Tournament, 2-0, Thanks to Strong Pitching, and RBI Squeeze Play

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- St. Joseph (Metuchen) won the GMC Conference Championship over South Brunswick on Sunday, June 6, 2021 in East Brunswick. Andrew Goldan started and pitched 6 2/3 brilliant innings before being removed for reaching the 110 pitch limit. He gave up just two hits. Colin Leyner closed out the game with a strikeout for St. Joseph.

Jack Kern executed a squeeze ...