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Valley Road Kindergartners Conduct Pumpkin Experiment

November 30, 2021

CLARK, NJ – Students in Kimberly Nacht’s kindergarten class at Valley Road School recently conducted a science experiment in which they learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin. 

In October, the class began to learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin. They looked inside the pumpkin, felt the outside, discussed different types of pumpkins, and carved a jack-o-lantern. At the ...

Valley Road Third Graders Commemorate Veterans Day

CLARK, NJ – Students in Jackie Kozlowski's third grade class at Valley Road School commemorated Veterans Day by learning about its significance and the various branches of the Armed Forces. In addition to all students learning about the importance of both active duty and retired military personnel during a school-wide assembly, Kozlowski's class had the pleasure of ...

Multi-Vehicle Crash Closes Route 78 in Union

December 3, 2021

UNION, NJ - A fiery, multi-vehicle accident shut down both the express and local lanes of Route 78 West in Union Friday morning.

The crash occurred at about 5:15 a.m. near the Garden State Parkway entrance / Vauxhall Exit, according to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio.  He said the accident involved a tractor trailer and two cars. The tractor trailer was engulfed in flames ...

Clark Welcomes Five New Police Officers to the Ranks on Wednesday

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Police welcomed five new officers on Wednesday.  The officers were sworn in by Mayor Sal Bonaccorso at a brief ceremony at Town Hall.   Police officials said the five patrolmen were selected from over 60 candidates that applied.    

The newest recruits will start training immediately and join a daytime patrol unit according to police.

Clark Has a New Recycling Program Says Mayor Bonaccorso

November 23, 2021

CLARK, NJ – Mayor Bonaccorso took to social media, email and the Township’s television station to announce the start of a new recycling program.  In his address on Tuesday, the mayor said a new hauler would be picking up recycling starting in Zone 2 on Wednesday, December 1, and then alternating with Zone 1 every other week.

According to the announcement, residents will get ...

What You Need to Know About New Jersey's Soon-to-Be Implemented Ban on Bags 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – New Jersey shoppers will soon need to remember more than just their list and coupons when they head to most stores when the state-wide ban on single-use plastic and paper bags will go into effect. 

The plastic bag ban, which was approved by Gov. Phil Murphy last year and goes into effect on May 4, 2022, supersedes any local ordinances already in place and ...

Santa Joins Clark's Kids for Breakfast on Sunday

December 2, 2021

CLARK, NJ - 

Clark's youngest residents joined Santa for breakfast on Sunday morning at the Grand Centurion.  Mayor Sal Bonaccorso and the Town Council worked their magic again this year to get jolly Saint Nick to stop by during his busiest time of the year.

The annual event started over two decades ago when Bonaccorso took office in Clark. It's a tradition he ...

SLIDESHOW: Clark Community Enjoys Annual Tree & Menorah Lighting

CLARK, NJ - The Clark community gathered for the Annual Tree and Menorah Lighting on Saturday.  The event is a return to the town's traditional holiday celebration after COVID concerns and state guidelines caused the event to be canceled last year. 

This year saw the return of much-loved attractions like horse-drawn carriages, a petting zoo, train and pony rides, visits with ...

Shop Local for Christmas Trees and More with Clark's Boy Scout Troop 145

CLARK, NJ - Need a Christmas tree?  Ready to deck the halls?   The Boy Scouts of Troop 145 in Clark are officially open for business and asking the community to shop local this year as they host their 3rd  Annual Christmas Tree Sale.   The site is open seven days a week for your shopping convenience through December 23.

Scouts will be on hand to help you ...

First Omicron Variant Case Confirmed in New Jersey

December 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced the State Department of Health has confirmed a case of the Omicron variant in a traveler to the state.  The person has been identified by the state as an adult female, who is a fully-vaccinated resident from Georgia, and had recently traveled to South Africa.

She tested positive on November 28 ...

Clark: 6 Things to Know About The 5-11 Kids COVID Vaccine

CLARK, NJ — With the release of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 earlier this month many parents quickly lined up to get their children vaccinated while others have come to their doctors with questions about the new shots.

Dr. Mikel Pride, a doctor of osteopathic medicine at Atlantic Health System with offices in Clark and Westfield, has been fielding questions about the ...

Christmas is Coming - South Plainfield-Based Puleo International is Opened!

November 27, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Puleo International, a fourth-generation family-owned manufacturer and distributor of unique handcrafted holiday décor items located in South Plainfield, opened their doors to the public for their 17th Annual Christmas Sale on Friday, Nov. 19. 

The warehouse is opened seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday, Dec.

Gift Spring Blooms for the Holiday

November 27, 2021

Give the gift of spring this winter to gardeners and non-gardeners alike.  A pot of tulips, daffodils or other spring flowering bulbs is sure to brighten a dreary winter day and elevate the recipient’s mood.

Spring flowering bulbs need 12 to 15 weeks of temperatures between 35 and 45 degrees to initiate flowering. This happens naturally in areas with cold winters. Bulbs are planted ...

Mums, a Traditional Fall Favorite

The rich colors and fall bloom of Chrysanthemums represent fall for many. It’s also the November birth flower symbolizing cheerfulness, optimism, and friendship. Add a few to your indoor décor and help improve the indoor air quality in your home.

This traditional favorite is often overlooked for other newer introductions. Mums’ long vase life, variety of flower shapes, and ...

ALJ Fall 2021 Athletes, Teams Honored at Awards Ceremony 

November 26, 2021

CLARK, NJ – The Arthur L. Johnson (ALJ) Athletic Department, at a recent awards ceremony, recognized its fall 2021 players and teams. During the event, the teams and their seasons were highlighted by the respective coaches and, in addition to student athletes receiving awards, over 170 varsity letters were awarded. 

The Fall 2021 Crusader G.P.A. Challenge Award, presented to the ...

Clark Crusader Youth Football Celebrates 2021 Season 

CLARK, NJ – Clark Crusader Youth Football celebrated the 2021 season on Nov. 17 at an annual awards banquet honoring its teams and players. 

Gus Kalikas, the league's president, presided over the postseason event during which time all athletes were presented with awards in recognition of their accomplishments and contributions to Crusader Youth ...

Kumpf Lady Cougars Recognized by Mayor and Council

CLARK, NJ - Mayor Sal Bonaccorso and the Town Council recognized the seventh and eighth grade girls that make up the Kumpf Lady Cougars at their most recent public meeting.

According to Bonaccorso, the players had an undefeated season made even more remarkable by the fact that no opponent scored against them either.  In total the girls scored 65 goals as a team this year.

Bonaccorso ...

Union County Seniors Win Top Honors at State Art Show

November 30, 2021

The Union County Board of County Commissioners announced 12 artists from Union County have been selected as award winners in the 55th annual New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show. Awards to Union County artists include the exceptional honor of Best in Show.

The 2021 New Jersey Senior Art Show can be viewed online at njseniorarts.com.

“The Senior Citizen Art Show enables senior ...

Clark's 17th Annual Tree and Menorah Lighting This Weekend

CLARK, NJ - It's back.   Clark's Annual Tree and Menorah Lighting is back on after last year's cancellation.  According to organizers the event is even bigger and better than years gone by.  Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo said this year will see the addition of an ice skating rink to the festivities.  

The event starts at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, ...

New Jersey Date Night: Celebrate Hanukkah With Some of NJ’s Best Doughnuts

November 27, 2021

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

Whether you personally celebrate Hanukkah or have friends who do, there are a lot of takeaways from this well-known yet not major Jewish holiday. Much like an action film of today, Hanukkah features conflict between the Maccabees and the Seleucids, a sacred temple as a backdrop and of course a supply chain ...

All About the Thanksgiving Side Dish Green Bean Casserole

NEW JERSEY — Green Bean Casserole, that Thanksgiving Day staple since the 1950s, was invented right here in New Jersey. If you have some on your table Thursday night, you can thank Campbell’s recipe developer Dorcas Reilly, who Campbell’s refers to as the “Grandmother of Green Bean Casserole.”

Some other facts about green bean casserole to share around the ...

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Amid Strident Objections, Union County Commissioners OK Raises for Top Administrators

December 3, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — County social service workers and concerned residents filled the County Board of Commissioners' first in-person meeting in over a year Thursday night to protest pay raises for top administrators, which they said are being given in a struggling economy and without fair consideration to other county employees.

The board approved the raises by a 7-0 ...

‘This is Where I Belong’: Union County Families Celebrate Adoption Day

ROSELLE, NJ — Mara Jamison of Roselle held onto her new daughter, surrounded by chosen family at the Chestnut Street Learning Center as adoption proceedings concluded over Zoom.

The active 3-year-old did not stay still for long, getting up from her mother’s lap to playfully wave to Judge Lara DiFabrizio and others on the computer screen. 

Looking on were Pastors Art ...

Recognize an Outstanding Woman in Your Organization this Year

Do you know an outstanding woman?  Want to nominate her for her commitment to excellence?  The Union County Women of Excellence is now accepting nominations.

According to Union County officials, the award program celebrates women’s achievements in work, community life and volunteer activities.The nominating process is open to businesses, non-profits, educational institutions ...

Swimming: Perreault, Kaniuka, And Davis Spark Union Catholic To Opening Day Victory

December 3, 2021

RAHWAY, NJ -- The Union Catholic swim team, sparked by quadruple winners Jack Perreault, and Julian Kaniuka, and triple-winner Bridget Davis, opened its season in very impressive fashion with a 126-42 victory over Johnson on Wednesday at the Rahway YMCA.

The Vikings, a team loaded with firepower in every event, finished 1-2 in nine of the 11 races.

Perreault, a sophomore ...

The Omicron Variant – What We Know Today

An update on the Omicron variant of COVID-19 from Atlantic Health System experts Steven Sheris, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Physician Executive, Atlantic Health System, President, Atlantic Medical Group and Jason Kessler, MD, section chief, infectious disease, Morristown Medical Center. For more information ...

Bravo to the Cast of Yours Truly, Jack Frost at Mount St. Mary

November 18, 2021

On November 12 and 13, the Sister Lisa Gambacorto Theater was filled with audiences impressed by performances of the fall play, Yours Truly, Jack Frost.

Mia Pafumi, Music Department Chair, said, “Having the opportunity to pair our students’ talent with the state of the art technology in the newly-renovated Sister Lisa Gambacorto Theater for its debut performance was a joy only ...

"Let Union Play", Union High School Students Stage Walkout to Protest Canceled Playoff Game

UNION, NJ – Amid chants of “let Union play” and “fire him”, Union high school football players and students staged a walkout Monday morning in protest of the forfeited playoff game against Paterson Eastside Friday night.

Walkout leader and football standout Davison Igbinosun addressed the students in front of the administration building.  ...

Missing Penn State Student Found Deceased Identified as Union County Teen

SUMMIT, NJ - A 19-year-old female Penn State University student reported missing on the evening of November 11 has been found deceased, according to the State College (PA) Police Department. In announcing on November 12 that they had located the student's body, Police did not identify the student.

University officials have since identified the student as Justine Gross of Summit, ...