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Union County Students Promote Sustainability While Empowering Girls Worldwide

January 16, 2022

WATCHUNG, NJ - All it takes is a great cause, passion, and a lot of donated dresses. Sophia Tiboni, of New Providence, and Sarah Murphy, of Basking Ridge, students at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, are girls empowering girls across the world while promoting sustainability with their idea.

The girls in conjunction with Dress Express Boutique are gearing up for their second ...

Child Left in Cold, COVID Protocols, Curriculum Curiosities, and More Discussed at Clark's First BOE Meeting of 2022

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Board of Education (BOE) held its first meeting of 2022 on Jan. 5. At this time, the BOE reorganized, president and vice president were named and the board fielded public comment on numerous issues, including curriculum, COVID protocols, and busing concerns. 

Last November, residents re-elected Dino Bencivenga, Scott Bohm, and Robert F. Smorol, ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Legislation Strengthening New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Law

January 12, 2022

CLARK, NJ – New Jersey’s anti-bullying statute, already among the nation’s most stringent, is about to be strengthened even further. 

Bipartisan legislation (S-1790 in the state Senate and A-1662 in the Assembly), signed into law Jan. 10 by Gov. Phil Murphy was inspired by the late Mallory Rose Grossman, a 12-year-old from Rockaway, who in ...

Mayor Bonaccorso Talks About Taxes and More in State-of-Township Address Monday Night

CLARK, NJ – Mayor Sal Bonaccorso gave his State of the Township address at the Clark Town Council Annual Reorganization Meeting. He began by saying it is an honor and privilege to be Clark’s mayor. 

The mayor then thanked the council and citizens for their cooperation and teamwork which have helped to build the community. He credited the work of the council, his team and ...

Clark Family Skate Night Is An Extra Frozen Delight This Year

January 18, 2022

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Clark Recreation hosted its Annual Family Skate night on Saturday, January 15 at Warinanco Skating Rink.‪ On an evening with a high of only 19 degrees, Clark families laced up and hit the ice for a frozen and fun-filled experience.

 Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo expressed his satisfaction with the event.

“It was a cold night, but it was a lot of fun.

From Clark to Kentucky: How One Local Family's Efforts Helped Hundreds of Tornado Victims

CLARK, NJ – Back in December – just days before Christmas – Clark residents Jessica and German Lopez-Otalvaro packed a trailer with donations, and headed cross country with their three children. The family traveled close to 1,000 miles in 24-hours, arriving in Kentucky late on Dec. 24.

The Otalvaros, however, did not make the trip to spend the holidays with ...

Wintry Mix Sunday for Clark: Safety Warnings, Code Blue

CLARK, NJ – You’ll want to keep salt handy for Sunday.

The National Weather Service said that north winds of around 15 mph would produce wind chill values of 5 to 10 degrees below zero late into the morning Saturday.

“If you need to be outside, be prepared for the wind and cold, and dress in layers and wear a hat, heavy coat, as well as gloves or mittens,” ...

Quarantine Blues: Free, 3-Week Virtual Support Program for Teens

January 17, 2022

“QUARANTINE BLUES”

JFSCNJ Offers A Free 3-Week Virtual Support Program

for Teens (Ages 13-16)

January 31 – February 14- 5:30- 6:15 PM

 

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, (JFSCNJ) will present a free three-week virtual program “Quarantine Blues: A Free Virtual Program for Teens." The program, open to teens ages 13 to 16, will be held Monday, ...

NJ Human Services Highlights Wireless Devices Pilot Program for Eligible Deaf and Hard of Hearing Residents

(TRENTON) –  Noting the importance of expanding digital access for all, the New Jersey Department of Human Services is encouraging deaf and hard of hearing New Jersey residents to check their eligibility for a wireless devices pilot program that provides eligible residents with a free tablet or smartphone.

Since the pilot program launched this past August, residents have been ...

New Jersey Ranked No. 10 in New 'Best & Worst States to Raise a Family' Study

January 13, 2022

NEW JERSEY -- The reasons people choose to move include career transitions, better schools, financial challenges or just a change in setting. Wants and needs don’t always align in a particular state, though. For instance, a state might offer a low income-tax rate but have a subpar education system. Conversely, New Jersey is a higher taxed state known for its good schools.

When ...

Cold Weather Efficiency and Safety Tips from Edison Heating and Cooling

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – With the freezing temperatures upon us, Edison Heating and Cooling advises home and business owners that it is important to ensure heating systems are up and running properly. 

“Ensuring that your home is airtight and that your heating system is running properly and efficiently is key when it comes to maintaining a warm and safe home throughout the long, ...

Veterans Benefits Information Session and Membership Drive This Week

January 18, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — As part of a community outreach initiative and in an effort to expand services to the approximately 15,000 military veterans in the county, the Union County American Legion will be conducting a membership drive and information session this week in town.

Those representing the American Legion at both the state and county levels will be available during the ...

Grow Herbs Indoors for Year-Round Enjoyment

January 15, 2022

Add garden fresh flavor to your meals year-round.  Grow a few of your favorite herbs indoors, harvest and enjoy.

Select a variety of herbs you and your family enjoy and use for cooking, decoration, or fragrance. Basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, marjoram, mint, parsley, sage and thyme are some of the easier herbs to grow indoors. Purchase plants or seeds from your local garden center, ...

Make Gardening Your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is filled with resolutions that usually involve dieting and exercise.  Gardening is a great way to help accomplish these two resolutions, while also improving your mood, reducing blood pressure, maintaining flexibility, burning calories and much more. 
 

Resolve to grow your own vegetables and eat healthier in the New Year. Get your family and friends involved in ...

Clark Reign Girls Soccer Team Recognized for Season Accomplishments

January 7, 2022

CLARK, NJ - Mayor Bonaccorso welcomed the 2021 Clark Reign Girls Soccer team to the final council meeting of 2021. The team enjoyed a season that included numerous wins and championships with 180 goals scored and only 21 scored on them. 

During his presentation, the mayor praised the girls on their achievements as a team.  He also reminded them that academics should always come ...

Savory Spice Shop in Westfield to Close After More Than a Decade Downtown

January 17, 2022

This story has been updated with additional information from Savory Spice Shop.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Savory Spice Shop in Downtown Westfield will close on Jan. 25, its manager, Marty Silverman, announced on Facebook Sunday.

The store specializing in spices, herbs, extracts and other cooking products opened in 2010 with then-owners Jackie Mittelhammer and Becky Solheim running the ...

Oscar Winning-Actress Anne Hathaway Films New Movie in South Amboy

January 10, 2022

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- South Amboy or Southie?

Anne Hathaway stars in a film based on the 2015 novel, Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh, a New England-based fiction writer. Set in Massachusetts around Christmastime 1964, the story centers on a depressed 24-year-old woman who is trapped between two roles: taking care of her alcoholic father and working at a boys' prison. Eileen gets through her ...

Co-Founder of Summit's 'Robot Revolution' Indicted for Sexual Crimes Against Students

January 16, 2022

ELIZABETH, NJ - A Union County grand jury has returned a fourteen-count indictment against Christopher P. Marbaix, co-founder of Summit-based robotics laboratory 'Robot Revolution', who is charged with sexual crimes against six students, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Summit Police Department Acting Chief Steven Zagorski jointly announced Thursday. 

Marbaix, ...

Weather Service Says It’s a Go for Snow In Clark Area

January 6, 2022

CLARK, NJ — You might want to get the salt and shovels ready.

The National Weather Service predicts 3 to 5 inches of snow to fall between 12 a.m. and noon Friday.

“Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions will impact the morning commute,” the Weather Service advisory said.

Snowfall rates could range between one half inch and one inch per hour in ...

VIDEO: Promising COVID-19 News in New Jersey, Kids Helping Kids & Honoring a Hero

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — There's new promising news that the COVID-19 surge in New Jersey is slowing. Plus, generous kids are using their hearts to help other kids. Also, one community prepares to honor a local hero, as he celebrates a milestone.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

Now in New Jersey ...

VIDEO: Weeks After Giving Birth, Mom Dies of COVID-19; Teen Helps Girls & The Environment

NEW JERSEY — A community is remembering a New Jersey mother of four who died of COVID-19, just weeks after giving birth.  Plus, a high school freshman is going green and helping other girls at the same time.  Also, a little bit of luck changes 'lost' to 'found.'

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to ...

VIDEO: Mom Dies from COVID-19 Weeks After Giving Birth, Teen Helps Girls & The Environment

NEW JERSEY — A community is remembering a New Jersey mother of four who died of COVID-19, just weeks after giving birth. Plus, a high school freshman is going green and helping other girls at the same time. Also, a little bit of luck changes 'lost' to 'found.'

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by ...

Governor Phil Murphy Sworn In For Second Term

January 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “Were all the votes counted?” joked Josh Murphy, as he and his siblings introduced their father during his inauguration for second term as 56th Governor of New Jersey. 

After the small roast from his four children and a speech from his wife and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Phil Murphy took the podium following Chief Justice Stuart Rabner ...

Governor Murphy Allocates Funding For School Security Systems in Dozens of Districts

NEW JERSEY — Dozens of New Jersey school districts will receive more money to help upgrade their security systems. 

Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that appropriates a total of $5,150,531 from the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” to provide grants for school security projects in 60 New ...

Former Senator Loretta Weinberg Looks Back on 30 Years in Public Service

TEANECK, NJ — “It’s great to see you, even though you look a little bit like Nanook of the North," said now former Senator Loretta Weinberg to First Lady Tammy Murphy with a smile and sparkle in her eye. “I’m really glad to see you out and about.”

Those were Weinberg’s opening remarks at the bill signing for The Freedom of Reproductive Choice ...

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Scutari Defeats Challenge For Senate Presidency

January 13, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — State Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Linden, won the Senate Presidency at Tuesday’s reorganization session, despite a challenge from Sen. Nia Gill, D-Montclair.

Former Assembly Republican leader Jon Bramnick, of Westfield, was among the newly elected members sworn on Tuesday as state senators. Bramnick represents the 21st Legislative District, including the Union ...

What’s Ahead For Union County in 2022? Commissioners Pick New Leadership

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners elected Rebecca Williams to her first term as commissioner chair and Christopher Hudak as vice chair at its reorganization meeting on Jan. 6. 

Commissioners voted 7-0 to elect the leaders. Commissioner Angela Garretson was not present for the meeting.

Williams, a Plainfield resident and former Plainfield City Council member, ...

Crash Closes Parts of Route 22 in Union County Tuesday

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — An NJ Transit bus struck utility poles in Mountainside early Tuesday morning, forcing the closure of Route 22 near the AMC Movie Theater, authorities said.

Traffic was being re-routed on Tuesday morning. Borough police said motorists should expect the highway to be closed until 3 p.m.

Power outages are possible in the area as PSE&G ...

Saint Joseph Pins Woodbridge, 61-9, on Senior Night

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph wrestling continued its dominance on the mats with a 61-9 victory over visiting Woodbridge on Senior Night. After the match, head coach Michael Carbone discussed the impact of his seniors on the program:

Seniors

Aidan Pierce
"Aidan has been a four-year starter for the Falcons but unfortunately had his season end early due to a shoulder injury. Aidan ...

SJHS Hockey Hits Historic 800th Game and 200th Win in Same Night

METUCHEN, NI – It was a milestone day all around for St. Joseph High School’s hockey team on January 12 when the team completed its 800th game as an athletic program for the school. Making the night even more special coach Ryan Carter won his 200th game as head coach of the team.

Carter and Coach Kolodney are foundations in the hockey program at Saint Joseph high school as they are ...

SJHS Announces Seniors of the Month

METUCHEN, NJ - St. Joseph High announced their seniors of the month recently.  This month featured Mekai Matthews and Anthony Wright.

Mathews is a resident of Somerset, NJ and a proud member of the graduating Class of 2022 at St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen. Since attending St. Joseph’s, Mekai has come to embrace the importance of servant leadership in academics, ...

Wrestling: Saint Joseph (Metuchen) Downs Sayreville, 62-15

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) dominated Sayreville War Memorial High School, 62-15, at Sayreville on Wednesday, January 12. The Falcons scored victories in all but two matches.

"The mentality we wanted to have going into this year was that we're going to wrestle for six minutes," Saint Joseph (Metuchen) wrestling coach Mike Carbone said.

Falcons Soar at Wrestling Quad in Toms River

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Falcons soared in Saturday's quad vs. Piscataway, Toms River East and Marlboro. Zachary Beadling, John Whitacre, Nico Calello, Giovanni Alejandro, Sebastian Blumberg, Evan Mendez, and Andrew Bouchard each won three matches, as Saint Joe's was the big winner of the day. 

The Falcons are now undefeated against five opponents and are 2-0 in GMC - White ...

Bill Tracy Named Head Coach at Saint Joseph High School

METUCHEN, N.J. — Bill Tracy, a former New Jersey Coach of the Year and one of the most respected high school football coaches in the state, has been named the head football coach at Saint Joseph High School.Tracy will be the fourth head coach in Falcons football history, following Rich Hilliard, who stepped down after the 2021 season. Tracy, 53, was the 2013 Star-Ledger ...

Claire King Named EMS Cadet Captain

January 18, 2022

Rigorous training and a commitment to aiding others in their time of need recently led Claire King, a senior at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, to be named a Cadet Captain of the Berkeley Heights EMS.

“I have always been interested in helping people and I have a deep concern for those around me,” she said. “The rescue squad was a great opportunity to meet new people, ...

"Do You Ever Feel Like a Plastic Bag?" Preparing for New Jersey's Bag Ban

January 18, 2022

CLARK NJ - New Jersey’s ban on single-use plastic products is inching closer, prompting local businesses to assess how to continue operation if they are no longer allowed to use plastic bags. P.L. 2020 c117, which was signed into law on November 4, 2020, will go into effect this year on May 4.

The new law, which prohibits the use of single-use plastic carryout bags in all ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Falls Below 1.0

NEW JERSEY — The COVID-19 Rate of Transmission, the measurement of how much the virus is spreading, fell below 1.0 on Tuesday to 0.96.  A number below 1.0 means the outbreak is on the decline, with every infected person spreading COVID-19 to fewer than one additional person, on average.

The State Health Department confirmed 9,073 additional new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, marking ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Now 1.02, Latest Sign Surge is Slowing

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission stands at 1.02 on Monday, a dramatic drop since it was 1.92 on January 1. Anything over 1.0 means COVID-19 is still spreading, but the lower the number means any infected person is spreading the virus to fewer people.

The State Department of Health confirmed 8,267 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the third-straight day under ...