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Arthur L. Johnson Pre-Med Students Complete Cancer Research Project

April 14, 2021

CLARK, NJ – Students at Arthur L. Johnson High School recently completed an Immunotherapy Patient Cancer Research Project. 

For the assignment, students in Bernadette Jacobi’s Pre-Medical Studies class were asked to put on their scrubs and assume the role of a doctor meeting with a patient just diagnosed with cancer. 

"This immunotherapy project is a very ...

Teachers and Students at Community Access Unlimited Strive for Success During Autism Acceptance Month

ELIZABETH, NJ - Michael Adamowsky says he didn’t plan it, but he has found his purpose in life through teaching.

After completing his master’s degree in accounting and starting a career at Community Access Unlimited, Adamowsky found that the accounting position didn’t suit him, and he didn’t like sitting at a computer all day. He decided to become more directly ...

New State Data Reveals Number of Police Use-Of-Force Incidents in Clark

April 9, 2021

CLARK, NJ - Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Clark, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday.

The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of a “beta” test dashboard created by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. The data includes ...

Two-Vehicle Crash at Madison Hill and Cornell Sends Driver to Hospital Friday Night

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Fire Department was called to the scene of an accident with a possible entrapment at Madison Hill Road and Cornell Drive at 9:58 p.m. Friday night. 

Upon arrival, crews found a two-vehicle crash with one car on its side and the other with heavy rear-end damage. Both drivers were able to get out of their vehicles.  The driver of the car on its side was ...

Murphy Announces Latest COVID Figures and Vaccination Totals

April 8, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wednesday. He said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.

"We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June 30th," ...

Clark Officials Issue Alert After Resident Reports Man Requesting Photos of Home Interior

CLARK, NJ - Township officials issued a community alert late Wednesday afternoon advising residents of how to check the authenticity of individuals conducting the 2021 Revaluation throughout Clark.  The alert was sent after a resident advised the township a man requested photos of the inside of her house.  Authorities said it was quickly determined the man did not work ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Revised COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health today issued new COVID-19 travel guidance, which follow updated travel recommendations released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month.

“While the pandemic is not over, our vaccination program and updated CDC guidance have made it possible for vaccinated individuals to resume travel ...

More Coronavirus Variants Likely on The Way, Health Officials Warn

April 14, 2021

Special to TAPinto. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit

NJ SPOTLIGHT -- With one in four cases linked to variants, NJ’s top medical official says ‘Keep doing what you’re doing and get ...

New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

Slam Dunk Served Up to Local Basketball Players by Clark Township

April 8, 2021

CLARK, NJ – Drive by the basketball courts at the Clark Recreation Center any day of the week and it is buzzing with activity.  People of all ages from all places gather there.  There are young kids with parents, older kids with buddies and those just looking for a great pick-up game.  It is a neighborhood basketball lover’s dream. 

Several weeks ago, players ...

Clark Kids Visit the Easter Bunny and Hunt for Eggs at Annual Gathering

CLARK, NJ - In a year that has been anything but normal, the Clark Recreation Department managed to pull off a family-friendly outdoor event Saturday at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt.   “It was a beautiful way to spend a spring afternoon," said Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo. "It was great to see the kids have so much fun especially after having to cancel this ...

Union County Native Powers Up PSEG Nuclear Plants for New Jersey

April 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day power New Jersey.

"She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Her reaction was 'You should try for ...

Edison Heating and Cooling: Check and Replace Cooling Units Before Summer Hits

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Signs of spring are slowly popping up throughout New Jersey which means the hot and humid days of summer – and the non-stop running of home and office cooling systems – are just around the corner. 

According to Mike Iarrapino, owner of Edison Heating and Cooling, spring is the best time of year to have units checked and, if necessary, ...

Trinitas Health Foundation’s “Here Comes the Sun” Gala Set for May 6

April 7, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Trinitas Health Foundation will host its Annual Gala on Thursday, May 6 recognizing Fedway Associates, Inc. and Infineum USA L.P. This year, Fedway will be honored with the Celebrating Philanthropy Award and Infineum will be honored with the Humanitarian Award. Both companies have been very generous supporters of Trinitas for many years and did not let the pandemic dampen ...

Donors Needed: Community Blood Drive to Help Ease Shortage

RAHWAY, NJ -- The local supply of blood and platelets, critical for emergency surgeries and cancer treatment, is dangerously low. To help replenish the supply, the FLAG of Rahway (Frontline Appreciation Group, the City of Rahway, Rahway Public Schools and RWJBarnabas Health are teaming up for a community blood and platelet drive to be held  April 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ...

Grow Stevia – Nature’s Sweetener

April 10, 2021

Sweeten your meals by growing your own sugar substitute in gardens or containers. Stevia is nature’s own sweetener that can be snacked upon fresh or added to soups, sauces, or beverages.

Wait for warm nights and the danger of frost to pass before planting stevia outdoors.  It is a perennial in USDA zones 8 and warmer, but those gardening in colder areas must grow stevia ...

Care for Spring Flowering Bulbs

Bright yellow daffodils, colorful tulips and fragrant hyacinths brighten our spring gardens. Give them the care they need to extend their spring display and keep them coming back for years.

Hybrid tulips and hyacinths are short-lived stars of the spring garden. They bloom profusely the first spring, but the number of flowers decline each year. You may want to treat these like annuals, ...

ALJ Students Host Spike Ball Tournament to Help Clark Family

April 5, 2021

CLARK, NJ – Student athletes throughout Arthur L. Johnson High School rallied recently to take part in a spike ball tournament that served as a fundraiser for the family of Julia Morreale, who is battling cancer. 

The “Spike It for a Cure” tournament was started by senior Danny McCaffery, who himself battled and overcame cancer at an early age. Also assisting with the ...

ALJ Senior Carly Tarentino Signs Letter of Intent with UVA

Clark, NJ — Arthur L. Johnson High School student athlete Carly Tarentino signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Collegiate Athletics at the University of Virginia next year according to a statement released by the school's Athletic Director, Gus Kalikas. The ceremony took place on Thursday at the school with family members, teachers, administrators and coaches on ...

Clark Restaurants Could Benefit from $35M Aid Package Signed by Murphy

April 11, 2021

Legislation is Part of a $100 Million Relief Package for New Jersey Small Businesses

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ  – Gov.Phil Murphy signed into law A-5444 on Friday, which provides $35 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for restaurants throughout New Jersey. The bill provides aid to a particularly hard hit sector of New Jersey’s economy and is part of a five-bill, ...

Sabra Classic Hummus Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Approximately 2,100 cases of Sabra Classic Hummus have been recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination, announced Sabra Dipping Company, LLC. The contamination was discovered after the FDA did a routine screening of a single tub of hummus.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, stated the FDA. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis ...

New Jersey Date Night: The Best Brunch Spots

April 11, 2021

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

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time ...

NJ Restaurants to Customers: Don’t be a No-Show, Especially Now

NEW JERSEY — No-shows have always been an issue for restaurants, but with pandemic restrictions limiting seating, these days the effects can be devastating.

Restaurant owners have a plea for patrons who can’t make their reservations: Just call and cancel.

“In previous years, busy days for us were a logistics challenge,” said Chris Migton, executive chef at Chez ...

‘M’ is for Mutz: Hoboken Deli Featured on Sesame Street

This article originally appeared on TAPinto Hoboken.

HOBOKEN, NJ — Even Cookie Monster knows: If you need mutz, you head to Hoboken.

On the recent Episode 5119 of Sesame Street (PBS), resident foodies Cookie Monster and Gonger needed to get some mozzarella cheese for a caprese salad order at Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck.

Of course Cookie Monster already ate all the ...

Reservations Open Friday for Free Drive-Up Screening of “The Croods – A New Age”

April 15, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - “The Croods – A New Age” movie will be on the big screen at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Campus on April 23. This free drive-up event  is sponsored by the Union County Commissioners. 

According to officials due to space limitations, advanced reservations are required. To register, go to beginning at ...

Local Author Robert Constant's 'Hello Grandma!' Wins Literary Award for Children's Books

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!"

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner in the 2021 Feathered ...

Free Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event in Scotch Plainsn for Union County Residents, April 10

April 6, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County will host its next Household Hazardous Waste recycling event on Saturday, April 10, at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Campus (1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains), from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Any Union County resident may participate.

Union County’s Household Hazardous Waste events are contact-free. Participants remain in their ...

Clark Man Arrested for Bank Robbery Tuesday Says US Attorney

April 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ - Senenca Wilson of Clark was arrested on Tuesday for robbing a bank according to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig.

Wilson, 42, also known as “Seneca Wilson,” was charged with one count of bank robbery. According to the U.S Attorney’s Office, Wilson entered Victim Bank-1 in Rutherford on April 7 and handed a teller a note demanding money with no straps on the ...

New Jersey Man Arrested for Assault for January 6 Insurrection at US Capitol

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Christopher Joseph Quaglin of East Brunswick, NJ  has been arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Quaglin faces charges that include Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers or Employees; Civil Disorder; and Obstruction of an ...

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Summit Police Thwart Attempted Abduction of 19-Year-Old on Fernwood Road

April 12, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Quick action on the part of City of Summit Police Department officers resulted in the thwarting of an attempted abduction over the weekend, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Summit Police Chief Andrew Bartolotti jointly announced Sunday.

Shervon James, 33, of the Vauxhall section of Union Township has been charged with first-degree kidnapping. 

The ...

County Vaccination for Educators Smooth and Efficient

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Following Governor Phil Murphy's announcement that New Jersey educators and school staff were eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, the less than subtle distinction between eligibility and accessibility was raised. Now permitted to be vaccinated, would teachers and those working in schools have the means to secure appointments? Would adequate numbers of ...

Union County OKs $16.75M to Plan, Design New Government Complex in Elizabeth

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners will provide $16.75 million to the Union County Improvement Authority to plan and design a new county government complex in Elizabeth. The county is still in negotiations to select a developer for the project.

The two buildings are planned for the site of the county’s motor vehicle services division at 61-99 West Grand St. County ...

Spring Break at The Clark Public Library

Fun Virtual Events for Spring Break

Poetry Party for Kids on Monday, April 5 at 2 pm April is National Poetry Month! We will celebrate poetry by reading some favorite poems, playing some online poetry games, creating our own poetry, and go on a rhyming hunt! Geared toward elementary students that are reading and writing. Please register to receive the Zoom link.
Superhero Bingo for ...

Important Message About March Visits to the Clark Public Library

Important Announcement

For the next few weeks the Clark Public Library will have limited parking due to the abatement of the old Police Department. The library will be offering curbside pickup and limited appointments.  Please take advantage of our curbside pickup at this time.

Please follow the steps below:

 Pull up to the library.
 Call for curbside pickup and a ...

Join Shout! to Celebrate National Poetry Month in Union County

April 13, 2021

The Union County Commissioner Board invites residents and visitors to enjoy a live performance of Shout! by Susanna Rich on Wednesday, April 14, at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom, in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Shout! is a collection of Rich’s original poetry, retelling the struggle of women’s suffrage and equality during key historical moments.

“We are proud to honor the ...

Atlantic Health System Marks 13th Consecutive Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

In a year like no other, Atlantic Health System has overcome unprecedented challenges to deliver innovative, high-quality care while maintaining an award-winning workplace. For the 13th consecutive year, the integrated care delivery system has once again been named to Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number ...

11 People in Middlesex, Union Counties Charged in Narcotics Distribution Ring

March 25, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced Wednesday that 11 people have been charged for their alleged involvement in a large-scale narcotics distribution ring that operated in Middlesex and Union counties.

The investigation was dubbed Operation The Price is Right by police.

On March 15, Terrence Barker, 37, of Edison was arrested and charged with first-degree ...

Saint Joseph HS Grad Marc Johnstone Signs with Washington Capitals' Affiliate South Carolina Stingrays

METUCHEN, NJ -- The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have signed former Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) hockey star Marc Johnstone.

Johnstone, who scored over 100 points during his career at St. Joe's and graduated among the school's top 5 scorers of all time, recently finished his senior season ...