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Multi-Car Accident on Raritan Road in Clark Wednesday Evening

September 10, 2020

CLARK, NJ — Traffic was snarled on Raritan Road on Wednesday evening around 8:00 p.m. due to a multi-vehicle accident according to Captain Ryan Might of the Clark Fire Department.

Firefighters were on the scene with police and the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad to assist with vehicle evacuation, medical care, traffic control and clean up.

One person was sent to the hospital with ...

More Details on the Closing of Kumpf Middle School from Clark's Superintendent

September 22, 2020

CLARK, NJ - It had to happen according to Superintendent Ed Grande.  The full switch to remote learning for the Carl H. Kumpf Middle School announced Monday after a student tested positive for COVID-19 was unavoidable.

"According to the most updated guidance, the student's classmates and his/her teachers now need to quarantine for 14 days," said Grande. "As things ...

First Case of COVID-19 in Clark Public Schools

CLARK, NJ – One person has tested positive for COVID-19 in the Kumpf Middle School community according to Superintendent Ed Grande.   In a conversation on Monday, Grande said the school will be closed and students and staff will switch to full remote learning temporarily.

In a letter to parents, Grande said the school found out recently that a test taken by an individual on ...

Pak Plays On! Scotch Plains Native Makes The Cut at the U.S. Open (VIDEO)

September 19, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains native John Pak finished Round 2 tied for 33rd place and was the only amateur and the only player from the New York metropolitan area today to advance.

Patrick Reed finished at the top spot with -4, followed by Bryson DeChambeau at -3. Harris English, Justin Thomas, and Rafa Cabrera-Bello finished in a three-way tie for third at -2.

The ...

Local John Pak Tied for 14th After Round 1 of U.S. Open,Ends First Day Ahead of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Johnny Pak more than held his own in his U.S. Open Golf Championship debut on Thursday at Winged Foot, one of the world's most challenging courses. The Scotch Plains native tied for 14th at -1 and is tied for the lead among amateurs through Round 1.

How well did he do? At one under par, Pak is tied with seven other golfers, including two of the ...

NJ Native John Pak Plays in His First US Open Golf Tournament

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In a way, he's come full circle.

Scotch Plains native John Pak tees off in his first ever US Open golf tournament this week at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY. Seven amateurs earned entry into the 120th U.S. Open Championship, which begins Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The invitations are based on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® ...

Clark Health Dept Teams Up With CVS to Offer Flu Shots

September 20, 2020

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Health Department has teamed up with CVS Pharmacy this year to offer flu shots to the public.  On Monday, October 5, those adults wanting a flu shot can head to the cafeteria in the Clark Recreation Center. Shots will be available between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

According to officials, participants must fill out a wellness check list prior to having a shot.

Twin City Taking Part in State-Run Naloxone Giveaway September 24-26

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical is once again participating in a state initiative to combat the opioid crisis. From Thursday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, Sept. 26, the Park Avenue pharmacy will distribute free Naloxone (i.e Narcan) to community members, no questions asked. 

“This is such an issue right now and the more we can do things like this and ...

Women Leaders Mourn Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, A Former Rutgers Law Professor

September 21, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Female leaders from across the country, the state, and the local community are mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, Sept. 18. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years.

"The ...

Murphy Denounces Shooting at Cops' Home, Signs Environmental Law, Reports COVID Numbers at Briefing

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside.

The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck the home at least six times, according to Camden police. The couple were inside ...

Murphy, State Assembly and Senate Leaders Agree to Add ‘Millionaire’s Tax’ in Revised FY2021 Budget

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy, alongside statewide leaders, today announced that the revised Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021) budget will raise the state’s gross income tax rate on income between $1 million and $5 million per year. 

The rate will increase from the current 8.97% to 10.75% for every dollar earned between $1 million and $5 million annually, bringing it in line with the ...

Long-Awaited Change Coming to Westfield Avenue in Clark

September 14, 2020

CLARK, NJ - The vacant lot at the intersection of Brandt and Westfield Avenues is about to get a facelift.  The area, which has been surrounded by a temporary chain-linked fence for years, saw heavy equipment razing buildings on Monday.

The work is the first step needed to begin construction of a CVS pharmacy.  Approval to build was given by the Clark Planning Board in late ...

Fundraiser is Chance at a Cure for 15-Year Old Clark Girl

September 17, 2020

CLARK, NJ - Concerned family, friends and neighbors are calling out to the community and beyond to consider helping a Clark family.   Julia Morreale, a 15-year-old Clark student has been fighting cancer and is in need of a bone marrow transplant according to a Go Fund Me Page set up to help her family.  Morreale would be the first-ever heart transplant recipient to undergo a ...

Nicholas Vicidomini Made Honorary Hillside Fireman

HILLSIDE, NJ - Nicholas Vicidomini, a young boy with autism, has been named an honorary fireman with the Hillside Fire Department.  Vicidomini was recently asked to leave Christ the King Church in Hillside because he was playing and making noise.

Upon hearing the story, Hillside Councilman George Cook said he felt bad for the family and soon realized he worked with someone ...

Clark UNICO Hosting a "Drive-In Family Movie Night"

September 19, 2020

CLARK, NJ - The cancellation of the Clark UNICO Italian Feast this October leaves not only a disappointment for the community but a shortfall in funding for the organization.  The proceeds from the annual event are used to fund many charitable activities throughout the year and to give scholarships to graduating seniors. 

The ongoing pandemic challenged the organization to ...

Clark Residents Invited to Register for Town-Wide Garage Sale

CLARK, NJ - Looking to get rid of some of those unwanted items?  Can't decide what to do with all the stuff you have after decluttering those closets, basements and attics?

Mayor Bonaccorso is inviting the community to participate in a town-wide yard/garage sale.   He said residents can host a sale at their private residence on Saturday, October 17 and/or Sunday, ...

Remembering Malcolm Nettingham, Local Tuskegee Airman

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains is mourning local legend Malcolm E. Nettingham, a member of World War II's famed Tuskegee Airmen, who died on Monday evening just a few days before his 102nd birthday. He lived in town for almost a century and in 2014 was chosen to be the grand marshal of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade. 

Mr. Nettingham was born in New ...

Emergency Drive-Up Food Distribution, September 19 in Plainfield for Those Affected by Pandemic

September 18, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Freeholder Board announced the County will hold an emergency drive-up food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, September 19th, beginning at 10 a.m. at Cedar Brook Park, located in Plainfield. Residents should use the Park Avenue entrance. 

The food distribution is open to all Union ...

Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band Plays Drive-In Concert at Union County VoTech in Scotch Plains

September 21, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ —B Street Band, the ever popular Bruce Springsteen tribute band, played a free “drive-in concert” at the Union County VoTech campus on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains on Sunday, evening that had attendees honking in the dark.

Emcee Brian Remo encouraged the audience to honk their horns and flash their lights in appreciation of the performance since the ...

Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Golf Outing

UNION, NJ - The 2020 Molly Maguire's golf outing, benefiting the Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, will be held Thursday, Oct. 8.

The outing will be held at Galloping Hill Golf Course, beginning with lunch at 10:30 a.m.  A shotgun start begins at noon.  The event includes golf giveaways and prizes.  A cocktail hour will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 ...

Fall Lawn Care Tips

September 18, 2020

As summer transitions into fall, it is time to help lawns recover from summer stress. Let the weather and the condition of your lawn help you develop a plan suited to your landscape.

Continue mowing actively growing lawns. Mow high, leaving cool season grasses like bluegrass and fescues at least 2 ½ preferably 3 ½ inches tall after cutting. Warm season grasses like ...

Pandemic Has Potential to Renew Demand for Suburban Housing in NJ, Land-Use Expert Says

September 12, 2020

Long-term slowdown in land development could be derailed by exodus to suburbs

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

New data confirms that New Jersey has recently been using a lot less land for new development than it did 20 ...

Official Union County Ballot Box Installed in Clark

September 16, 2020

CLARK, NJ – An official Union County Ballot Drop-off box has been installed in Clark.  The box is open and ready for voters to cast their ballots Clark Township Clerk, Edie Merkel said.  Registered voters in Clark will be receiving their official mail-in ballots this week according to Tuesday’s announcement. 

The drop-off box is located at the Clark Recreation ...

Ballots Are on the Way to Clark, Here’s How to Make Your Vote Count

CLARK, NJ – Mail-in ballots for the November election are on their way to Clark voters according to Union County Clerk Joanne Rajobbi  Ballots went in the mail on Tuesday, September 15.  

Clark Township Clerk, Edie Merkel said residents should be on the lookout for ballots in the next few days.  Voters will not receive a sample ballot this election cycle. The one arriving ...

NJ Election 2020: Voters Will be Able to Track Mail-In Ballots With New Online Portal

NEW JERSEY — Less than two months from Election Day, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday said a new website will allow New Jersey residents to register to vote and track their mail-in ballot all while on the go or from the comfort of their home.

“This online form is safe and secure, and can be accessed anywhere – whether from a library computer or your smartphone,” Gov. Phil ...

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

September 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...

New Jersey Date Night: San Gennaro Festival, DIY Style

As each New Jersey summer comes to a close, one sure thing that takes away the sting from saying goodbye to hot, sunshine-filled days is attending a San Gennaro Festival. This celebration, lasting 11 days in Manhattan and with smaller-scaled celebrations in our state, is a food-fest of Italian flavor. Peppers and sausage and zeppolis reign supreme with their tempting aromas in the ...

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Union County Launches Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays Program

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program is returning next Wednesday, September 23 with “NJ Natives” a program focusing on wildlife original to the garden state, such as the spotted turtle and garter snake.  New programs will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time ...

Union County: Helping You Recycle Right

Recycling has been mandatory in New Jersey since 1987 but questions continually arise about recycling.  The Union County Bureau of Recycling wants residents to Recycle Right so here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Q:  What is ACCEPTABLE in my curbside bin?

A: Recycle all empty plastic bottles coded #1 & # 2, aluminum & steel (tin) cans, glass ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, September 26, 9:00 AM

New Providence Presbyterian Church, New Providence

Drive Thru Diaper Donation Collection Event

Giving Back


Sun, September 27, 1:30 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

An Afternoon of Colonial Handicrafts


Sat, October 3, 10:00 AM

virtual - online, Clark


Health & Wellness

Community Conversations: Take Charge of Your Health

September is National Preparedness Month, so now is the time to take charge of your health. On the next Atlantic Health System Community Conversation, Scott Lauter, MD, MBA, FACP, FHM, Chief Medical Officer, Atlantic Medical Group and Faith Goldman, MD, Atlantic Breast Associates - Branchburg share some crucial information and answer your questions about the screenings and examinations you should ...

Debaters Open Season With Strong Perfomances For Union Catholic Forensics Team

September 21, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A group of debaters on Union Catholic’s Forensics Team kicked off their seasons with strong performances when they competed virtually in the 28th Jack Howe Memorial Tournament this past Saturday.

The tournament was hosted by California State University at Long Beach.

Seniors Nadia Blouin and Ana Kwiatkowski, and juniors Taylor Benjamin and Mikaila Farrell each ...

Second Summit Middle School Student COVID-19 Case Confirmed

September 14, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - Summit Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough and Principal Donna Gallo have announced that a second Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School student has tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement, in the form of a letter from Hough and Gallo to the "Summit Public Schools Community," comes just four days after the confirmation of the first case.

The ...

Four Centuries in a Weekend Event Canceled

UNION COUNTY, NJ — COVID-19 has shut down another event. The annual Four Centuries in a Weekend celebration in October, has been canceled, the County of Union announced Wednesday.

“The safety of staff, volunteers, and our residents is of the utmost importance and our highest priority,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Freeholder Board and the ...

Clark Reservoir Could be a Jewel for Recreation According to Freeholder; Concept Study to Begin

CLARK, NJ — A study on the Clark Reservoir will be completed by the end of the year, according to County Officials, the first step in a potential renewal of the area. 

The $94,500 study, done by CME Associates, will examine potential restorative measures for the reservoir, provide concepts for improvements and features, as well as potential areas for land acquisition. No field work ...

Chilling Video Shows Four Gunmen Unleashing Hail of Bullets in New Brunswick

September 14, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A chilling video shows four men emerging from a car with guns drawn and unleashing a hail of bullets that left two dead and six injured early Sunday morning.

In the video provided to TAPinto New Brunswick, the shooters can be seen emerging from the four-door sedan with hoods pulled down in front of their faces. They open fire in the direction of 32 Delafield Street, ...

NJ Sisters Honored for Heroic Actions in Near-Suicide Incident

LIVINGSTON, NJ — When Livingston sisters Victoria and Lauren Belcuore saw a young woman sitting at the edge of a bridge in Seaside at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, they did not hesitate to pull over—risking their own safety until they successfully convinced her not to jump.

In an essay written about the incident, Lauren, a senior at Livingston High School, ...

Summit Middle School Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

SUMMIT, NJ - In an emailed communication addressed to the "Summit Community," Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough has announced that a Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School student has tested positive for COVID-19. According to Hough, the student is "currently self-isolating" and the District is "working closely with public health officials, who are ...

Councilman Lazarow Endorses Russ Graham and Vincent Kearney for Garwood Council

September 19, 2020

This upcoming Garwood Council election in 2020 poses the question of how have our local elected officials listened to the needs of their citizens?  As Finance Chair for the last two years, this year I was so enthusiastic when I, along with the Finance Committee, presented in early March an ambitious long-range vision that followed through with our various departments’ 5-year capital ...


Apr 10, 1934 - Oct 23, 2019
Emily Bielen (nee Mazur), 85, of Clark, NJ passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.
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