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Seven to Vie for Three Seats on Clark Board of Education 

July 29, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Petitions for candidates seeking election to the Clark Public School District's Board of Education (BOE) this November were due to the county clerk at 4 p.m. July 26. According to the county, seven residents, including three incumbents, are seeking election to three at-large seats. 

Incumbents Dino Bencivenga, Scott Bohm, and Robert F.

New Jersey is 2021's 3rd Best School System in America: WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was ranked as the country's third best school system in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list States with the Best and Worst School Systems. Only two states, Massachusetts (No.1) and Connecticut (No. 2), ranked higher than New Jersey. New York (No. 14) and Pennsylvania (No. 24) finished in the top ...

Driving Kids to Clark Recreation Each Day? Watch Where You Park

July 27, 2021

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Police have a message for those parents and guardians that have made Clark Recreation Summer Camp a part of their morning routine. Simply stated, police are directing parents to park cars in the Arthur L. Johnson High School lot each day and to stay off the local streets.

Since camp started, parking has not been permitted on Westfield Avenue.  Police ...

Meet Clark's Newest Police Officers

CLARK, NJ – Four new police officers were sworn in by Mayor Bonaccorso at a recent Town Council meeting. 

Officers Steven Alleman, Kevin Chan, Giovannina Prisco and the newest recruit headed to the academy Cassandra Kinney took their oath as family and friends looked on.

During his presentation of the officers, Bonaccorso wished them the best of luck over the next 25 to 30 years ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

VIDEO: Mayor Bonaccorso Speaks Out About Flags Flying Over Clark

CLARK, NJ - Township officials shared a video of Mayor Bonaccorso being interviewed by News 12 on the grounds of Town Hall Thursday.  During the session Bonaccorso was asked about an ordinance proposed at Monday night's Town Council Meeting that would limit what flags can be displayed on Township property if approved. 

In the video the mayor says he introduced the ordinance as a ...

Proposed Ordinance Would Limit What Flags Fly on Clark Township Properties

CLARK, NJ –  At a Clark Township Council meeting on July 19, an ordinance restricting the types of flags that can be displayed on and at municipal properties was introduced and approved, upon first reading, by a 6-0 vote. 

Ordinance 21-21, proposed by Mayor Sal Bonaccorso, calls for 'respecting the display of flags on township flagpoles, flagstaffs, and ...

Free COVID-19 Vaccines Available to UC Residents at Pop Up Clinics and Homebound Visits

July 30, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ  – Union County residents seeking free COVID-19 vaccines can attend one of four pop-up clinics over the coming days. Additionally, residents who are homebound or have difficulty leaving their home can arrange to receive a vaccine at home. 

"The Board of County Commissioners is working to provide our residents with convenient options and ...

Twin City Pharmacy to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines at 2021 National Night Out 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield's National Night Out 2021 is less than a week away and, during the three-hour event, residents will have the opportunity to receive a COVID vaccine, courtesy of Twin City Pharmacy and Surgical. 

"National Night Out presents an opportunity for Twin City Pharmacy to promote health awareness to all age groups in our ...

VIDEO: Clark Kids Flying High Above Recreation Center This Week

July 28, 2021

CLARK, NJ - Kids at Clark Recreation ziplined their way over friends' heads and across the campgrounds this week. It was all smile and cheers as campers climbed the staircase, got strapped in and waited anxiously for the gates to open that allowed them to start their glide across the sky.

Meanwhile, other campers enjoyed Hip Hop Dance lessons indoors.  Kids and ...

Another Week of Clark Recreation Camp Fun in the Books

CLARK, NJ - Threats of rain and hazy days did not stop the flow of fun or opportunity to experience new things at Clark Summer Recreation Camp this week according to Director Ralph Bernardo.  

"We keep our campers busy every day," he said. "Kids are so excited to come to camp each day and see all te things we have for them to participate in and to maybe try ...

Something for Everyone: Clark Public Library Offering In-Person, Virtual and Hybrid Programs for Residents of All Ages

CLARK, NJ – Whether you're looking to keep yourself – and your kids – entertained, chances are the Clark Public Library has an upcoming event to pique your interest. 

The 2021 Summer Reading Program 'Tales and Tails is currently under way and, throughout July and August, a variety of fun, educational, and safe programs for children, teens, and ...

Twin City Pharmacy to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines at 2021 National Night Out 

July 29, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield's National Night Out 2021 is less than a week away and, during the three-hour event, residents will have the opportunity to receive a COVID vaccine, courtesy of Twin City Pharmacy and Surgical. 

"National Night Out presents an opportunity for Twin City Pharmacy to promote health awareness to all age groups in our ...

Edison Heating and Cooling: The Benefits of Routine HVAC Maintenance

EDISON, NJ –  Edison Heating and Cooling offers new and existing customers the option to purchase a maintenance contract and, according to owner Mike Iarrapino, there are various benefits for routine HVAC maintenance. 

"Routine check-ups and maintenance are key to ensuring your comfort systems are performing at their best," Iarrapino said, ...

Still Time to Plant Vegetables

July 24, 2021

Now is the time to plan and plant vegetables for a bountiful fall harvest. Planting now extends the harvest season for greater yield without expanding the garden.

Start by looking for vacant spaces in the vegetable garden. Fill areas that were not planted this spring or replant rows of quick maturing vegetables like lettuce, spinach, radishes, and beets that have already been harvested. Expand ...

Union Catholic to Host Viewing Party for Sydney McLaughlin's First Race at Tokyo Olympics on Friday

July 27, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Union Catholic graduate Sydney McLaughlin, who smashed the world record in the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials last month, will begin her quest to win the gold medal in that event when she runs in the opening round at the Olympics in Tokyo this Friday. 

Union Catholic will host a viewing party for the race from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday ...

Clark Lightning wins 2021 SYSL Intercounty Soccer Championship

CLARK, NJ — Clark Soccer Club’s U13 Intercounty team took home the championship at the Suburban Youth Soccer League (SYSL) finals Father’s Day Weekend at Ponderosa Park in Scotch Plains. Clark Lighting’s winning season brought them up against Bound Brook. Clark won 7 to 5 after a hard-fought battle.

The Intercounty soccer group was composed of six local teams. Clark ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

The Secrets Behind the Deliciousness of NJ Summer Tomatoes

NEW JERSEY — For many who call the Garden State home, summer tastes like the first bite of a ripe, juicy Jersey tomato plucked fresh from a roadside farm stand or local farmers market.

But for every delicate tomato dripping with flavor we devour on the spot or place ever so carefully in our canvas bag to bring home from the market, we struggle to understand its secrets. What makes the ...

NJ to Allow Profit From Home Baking as Entrepreneurs Learn New Rule’s Nooks, Crannies

NEW JERSEY — Bakers in the Garden State who have been longing to make cookies, cakes and other baked treats from home and legally sell them for a profit are another step closer to achieving their goal.

The New Jersey Public Health Council recently approved the state Department of Health’s rule change to allow for the sale of home-baked goods and ...

Public Welcome to Enjoy Music, German Food, and Fun at Clark's Deutscher Club 

July 18, 2021

CLARK, NJ –  Throughout the year, the Clark-based Deutscher Club hosts a variety of special events open to the public. 

This month, the Deutscher Club, a private social club on Featherbed Lane, will host a Mercedes Biergarten featuring a mini car show and live music from Bernie's Orchestra on Friday, July 23; the cost is $5 per person. Additionally, on Saturday, ...

Union County’s Family Fun and Flix Outdoor Movie Series Continues

Free outdoor movies will be presented in Union County parks this summer on a walk-in, sit-down basis; no pre-registration required.

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of Commissioners are hosting“Family Fun and Flix” series this summer. All movies are in parks, free to attend and require no pre-registration. The next in the series is Scoob! on July 20 at 7:30 ...

Seven to Vie for Three Seats on Clark Board of Education 

July 29, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Petitions for candidates seeking election to the Clark Public School District's Board of Education (BOE) this November were due to the county clerk at 4 p.m. July 26. According to the county, seven residents, including three incumbents, are seeking election to three at-large seats. 

Incumbents Dino Bencivenga, Scott Bohm, and Robert F.

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What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Union County Sticks to Virtual Public Meetings as Others Restart In Person

July 27, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners is not planning to hold in-person public meetings any time soon.

While many local governments in Union County have returned to holding their public meetings in-person, the county commissioners are sticking with Zoom meetings, which they also stream live on the county's Facebook page. A spokesperson for the county said the room the ...

Court Halts Progress on $145M Union County Gov’t Building Plans in Elizabeth

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state court judge this week ordered progress on a $145 million government complex planned for Elizabeth be stopped amid a Wayne-based construction company’s lawsuit claiming the county skirted New Jersey’s public bidding laws.

While an attorney for the Wayne company Dobco Inc. welcomed the order, a lawyer for the Union County Improvement Authority said ...

With Evictions Looming, Union County to Distribute $16.6M in Federal Rental Aid

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Landlords will be able to apply for federal funds to pay for up to 12 months of their tenants’ unpaid back rent and utilities starting Monday, the county announced.

It comes amid pending legislation in the statehouse that if approved would end New Jersey’s moratorium on evictions this fall.

The first round of CARES Act dollars going to rental relief in ...

Bridget Davis Has Been A Record-Breaking Machine In The Pool, And Also Excels In Classroom At Union Catholic

July 30, 2021

In Union Catholic's latest installment of Feature Friday, the spotlight shines on rising junior Bridget Davis.

Davis, who lives in Fanwood, turned in several sparkling times when she competed for the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) at the Long Course YMCA Swimming Festival last weekend in Cary, North Carolina. Davis finished  fifth in the 1500 freestyle in a new FSPY ...

5 Cool Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illness

You’re finishing up your afternoon walk on a scorching 90-degree day when you feel a little dizzy. You check your pulse. It’s faster than normal. You’re sweating, and you feel a cramp in your left leg. Should you head indoors?

Yes, says Alexander Sarenac, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Atlantic AdvancED Urgent Care. “These are all signs of a health condition ...

Turnpike Authority to Rename GSP Service Area After Union County's Judy Blume

July 30, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that the state will rename nine Garden State Parkway service areas after iconic New Jerseyans, including Judy Blume, who grew up in Elizabeth and lived in Scotch Plains on Winding Brook Way from 1960 to 1972. 

Judy Blume (née Sussman) is one of America's best-selling writers of books for children and young adults. She ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation 

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on July 29 at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home ...

Newark Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Statewide Armed Robbery Spree

NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man on Wednesday was sentenced to 110 months in prison for participating in a string of statewide convenience store robberies, authorities announced. 

Meshach Whagar, 31, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty and was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, nine substantive counts of Hobbs Act ...

Flag Flying in Clark

July 28, 2021

I salute our Mayor for taking a stand on this issue. We are one nation under God and we can fly any flag we want when we are in our home . When it is on public property it should be as the Mayor stated.. Like it or leave it. Let's All Stand For The Flags which gives us our freedom and the men and women who fought for that freedom. Thank you Mr. Mayor.

Mary Ann ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Attracts 1,000+ Participants, Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...