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NJ Students Resilient in Pandemic, But Some Show Signs of Mental Health Stress

February 22, 2021

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It’s the latest survey of school board members, administrators and educators on pandemic’s effects


Much has been said about a ...

“The Road Forward” Initiative to Mitigate Challenges to Students Will Provide $1.2 Billion in Grants for Districts to Address Educational and Mental Health Needs

TRENTON - Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) Acting Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan on Friday announced “The Road Forward,” a series of coordinated policy initiatives that dramatically expand the Administration’s efforts to identify and address the academic and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on New Jersey students and ...

Motorist Advised to Avoid Madison Hill Road in Clark Wednesday Morning After Dump Truck Flips

February 24, 2021

CLARK, NJ - Parts of Madison Hill Road remain closed on Wednesday morning after a dump truck flipped shortly after 6:00 a.m. according to Fire Chief Frank Cerasa. The truck's load was strewn across the roadway, leading Clark Police to close the road to traffic while clean up took place. 

Cerasa said the area of the accident was very icy, so the FD was awaiting salt trucks from the ...

UC Prosecutor's Office Charges Driver in Monday's Fatal Crash on GSP in Clark

CLARK, NJ – Ronaldo Godwin, 43, of Newark has been charged with second-degree death by auto and second-degree witness tampering in connection with a fatal Parkway crash on Monday according to Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.

Godwin, is in custody and has been criminally charged with causing a two-vehicle collision on the Garden State Parkway earlier this week that resulted in ...

Westfield Considering Cell Tower Proposal Near Clark Border

February 24, 2021

Updated at 7:45 p.m. Feb. 24

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield is considering a proposal that would allow a wireless service company to build a cell tower at an athletic field complex adjacent to Clark in exchange for it also installing additional parking, bathrooms and other amenities there.

Councilman Mark Parmelee presented the plan at Tuesday’s town ...

'Slowly But Surely, The Needle Is Moving in The Right Direction': Gov. Murphy Gives Latest NJ Update

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID press briefing on Wednesday some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud that New Jersey has been able to distribute vaccine more equitably than other ...

Murphy Unveils $44.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient.

The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, which makes a full pension payment for the first time in more than a quarter of a ...

Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad Seeking New Members

February 19, 2021

CLARK, NJ – Now, more than ever, the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad (CVES) is in need of residents to help continue its mission to serve the community.

The CVES is seeking cadets for its 16- to 18-year-old program and EMT members ages 18 and older. Drivers are also needed and a valid New Jersey license and safe driving record is required. All training is provided by CVES.

To learn ...

COVID-19 Vaccine Guide: What Union County Residents Need to Know

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Sunday, 1.34 million COVID-19 vaccine shots had been administered in New Jersey through hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, government-run clinics and state run “mega-sites,” New Jersey's COVID-19 dashboard shows.

Those shots included 984,737 first doses and 355,862 second doses, according to the state data, which shows that in ...

New Jersey Food Council to Mark “Supermarket Employee Day” on Feb. 22

February 22, 2021

CAMDEN - Supermarket employees have always been frontline heroes during all periods of crisis. In the face of natural disasters, and now even global pandemics, supermarket employees keep communities nourished and supplied.

That is why the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) is joining the Food Marketing Institute to celebrate Supermarket Employee Day on February 22. Supermarket Employee Day is ...

Raritan Valley Raritan Valley Line Mayors’ Alliance Applauds Changes for Gateway Hudson River Tunnel Project Funding

RARITAN VALLEY, NJ -- The Raritan Valley Line Mayors’ Alliance is cheering the news from Washington about the long-delayed Gateway Hudson River tunnel project. The Biden Administration has reversed a policy by former President Trump that did not allow either New York or New Jersey to use loans borrowed from the federal government as part of each state’s funding commitment to the ...

Clark Resident Amy Heller, Becomes a Volunteer ‘Vaccine Angel’ 

February 19, 2021

CLARK, NJ – An army of volunteers hits the internet daily on a quest to find COVID-19 vaccinations. What makes these individuals “vaccine angels” has everything to do with them booking appointments for complete strangers.

“I got started with the process when I spoke with my 82-year-old neighbor, and she told me she was having trouble making an appointment,” said ...

Denville Resident in Dire Need of a Kidney

DENVILLE, NJ -- Motherhood was one of the greatest joys for Debra Kaufman. Her pregnancy resulted in her son Bryan, now in his 30s. Her pregnancy at the time resulted in preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system. In many cases, it negatively impacts the liver and kidneys. Preeclampsia ultimately ...

ALJ Girls Soccer Worked Together to Help Those in Need

February 17, 2021

CLARK, NJ - The Arthur L. Johnson Girls' Soccer Team worked on a community service project together recently.   Together they created over 200 snack bags to help Elijah's Promise in New Brunswick.  

The organization serves hot meals and snack bags to a vast population, including veterans, homeless, and families who have struggled during the pandemic.

According to ...

New Jersey to Reopen High School Sports to Spectators; Parents Will Get to Watch Their Children Compete

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy today announced that he has eased some restrictions on the number of spectators that can attend high school and other youth sporting events both indoors and outdoors.

"I want to start with an announcement that I know many athletes and many moms and dads have been waiting for. I'm signing an Executive Order today, effective immediately by the way, to ...

Clark's Littlest Chefs are Whipping it Up in the Kitchen this Winter

February 16, 2021

CLARK, NJ - Many people took to social media in 2020 showing off their latest culinary creations crafted during time spent closer to home. Cooking starts with the basics and the Clark Recreation Department offers a class to teach the youngest members of the community where to start in the kitchen too.

According to Ralph Bernardo, the Little Chefs class offered on Monday afternoons by ...

Clark Resident Nick DeLoretto Searching for a Hero: Are You the Match?

CLARK, NJ - While most people were looking forward to the holiday season, Clark resident Nick DeLoretto checked into the hospital to begin a minimum seven-week series of treatments for Myelodysplastic Syndrome.   During that time, DeLoretto visited his family from the window of his hospital room as they gathered on the street below according to his wife Darcy.

“We’d wave ...

Tips for Seed Starting Success

February 19, 2021

You created your wish list, ordered some or all of the seeds you will need, and they are beginning to arrive.  Make the most of your investment with a bit of planning.

Starting seeds at the proper time, indoors or directly in the garden, ensures a good start to the growing season. Check the back of the seed packet for planting times and directions. Consult your local Extension ...

Get the Most Out of Valentine’s Day Bouquets

Treat that someone special in your life to a floral Valentine. You will have them smiling within seconds and feeling happier throughout the week ahead.

Ensure your gift of cut flowers will look its best and provide many days of enjoyment with proper selection and care. You will also enjoy a bit of floral relief when taking time to select the freshest flowers possible. 

A whiff of ...

Mijo's Serving Up Pizza with Heart in Time for Valentine's Day

February 11, 2021

COLONIA, NJ - Mijo’s Pizzeria is featuring heart-shaped pizza just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Spend time with your sweetheart enjoying a freshly baked and topped pizza of your choice.   Then top it off with a dessert pizza covered with Nutella, bananas, and strawberries.  

Pre-ordering is highly recommended for Valentine weekend so be sure to ...

NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

February 21, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

Cheers! Celebrate National Drink Wine Day New Jersey Style

NEW JERSEY — Raise a glass! Thursday, Feb. 18, is National Drink Wine Day.

New Jersey oenophiles have plenty to celebrate, including more than 60 wineries right here in the Garden State.

Wine has been made in New Jersey since before the American Revolution, but thanks to changes in state laws that made winemaking more feasible as a business here, it’s during the last two decades ...

Try This at Home: NJ Chefs Stream Virtual Cooking Classes to Your Kitchen

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic has not only provided people with a want to learn, as many scroll through TikTok and Instagram to see the latest buzzy recipe; but it also shed light on the need to learn to cook. With uncertainty clouding the future, many began to feel that a recipe repertoire consisting of toast and cereal would not cut it in the months ahead.

A Bloomberg report ...

Over $130M Dedicated to Clean Transportation in NJ's Fight Against Climate Change

February 17, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Months after signing expansive environmental justice legislative, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday vowed New Jersey would put its money where its mouth is - investing over $130 million in clean transportation projects.

Murphy, who spoke about more green initiatives during a press conference this morning, also signed an executive order creating a climate action office and the New ...

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Union County COVID Test Center Changes Hours. 2 Cases of Variant in County

February 21, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county announced Sunday that its COVID-19 drive-through test center at Kean University is modifying its hours this week.

The test center will be open Monday, 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. It will also be open Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. — noon. Persons who cannot make the new hours must reschedule, officials said. They can do so at this link.

Anyone who has an ...

Union County Vo-Tech Superintendent Shines a Light on Students as Commissioners Support Grant Applications

UNION COUNTY, NJ — An accomplished group of Union County Vocational-Technical high school students were recognized at Thursday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting during which the board approved $12 million in grant applications in support of the school.

Students from across the county studying subjects as diverse as allied health professions, information technology, ...

Contractor’s Lawsuit Could Hold up Union County’s Plans for $100M+ Gov’t Complex

ELIZABETH, NJ — A Wayne-based construction company is suing Union County and the Union County Improvement Authority with claims that the entities violated state bidding laws in seeking developers to build a new county government complex.

The complex, planned for the site of the county’s motor vehicle services division in Elizabeth, will allow the county to move all its ...

Put “Choose to Reuse” on your 2021 To-Do List

Union County residents who are seeking ways to help the environment this year can start by bringing reusable grocery bags to the supermarket, and skipping single-use bags.

“Switching to reusable grocery bags is a simple but effective way for everyone to help cut down on waste and litter pollution, and start getting into the ‘Choose to Reuse’ habit,” said Union County ...

Tech To-Go! The Clark Public Library is pleased to offer iPads, Chromebooks, and Mobile Hotspots for check-out!

How do I check out iPads or Chromebooks?:  

The library borrower must have a current Clark Public Library card with no outstanding fines and be 18 years of age or older.

iPads or Chromebooks can be borrowed for 14 days (2 weeks) with one week renewal. Please request a hotspot with an iPad or Chromebook if you do not have internet at home. 

Only ...

March Events at the Clark Library

Events will be held virtually via Zoom.  Please register for any programs by emailing and state which program you would like to attend and you will be sent a link to the meeting.  You may also register through the online calendar on our website at

Boredom Buster for Kids

Each month we have a new take home craft for kids ...

Get Access to Live Tutors With Brainfuse & the Clark Public Library

Clark Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of Brainfuse – on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels.  Students communicate with live tutors using an interactive whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems. HelpNow™ will be available to all library patrons from any computer with an internet connection. To ...

With Options for In-person PT Limited by the Pandemic, this New Jersey Rehabilitation Provider Used an App to Help Patients Find What They Needed

As the COVID-19 virus began to arise in communities throughout New Jersey, Atlantic Health System worked quickly to adapt and implement new methods in order to continue to deliver safe, exceptional care to patients.

While the health system was able to deploy telemedicine alternatives for many situations, there were many settings that still relied on in-person care – rehabilitation ...

Free Guided Nature Walks for Seniors at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center

February 24, 2021

Popular series returns to Watchung Reservation in March; masks and social distance required for COVID-19 prevention.

Weather permitting, Union County’s free series of guided nature walks for seniors age 55 and up will resume beginning at 11:00 on Wednesday, March 3, at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in the Watchung Reservation, located at 452 New Providence Road in ...

History Made for Springfield Fire Department, as First Female Firefighter Sworn In

February 24, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had.

Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at the Springfield Township Committee meeting on Tuesday. With her history-making ...

Seeking a Kidney to Save A Wayne Resident's Life

WAYNE, NJ – Long-time Wayne resident, Harry Stricker is searching for a good Samaritan to help save his life. After a battle with kidney cancer fifteen years ago, Stricker had one kidney removed. In March of 2020, his remaining kidney began to fail and now a living kidney donation may be his only chance. 

According to the, “Nearly 100,000 people are on the ...

Summit Public School District Employee Arrested on Child Pornography Charge

SUMMIT, NJ - In a public statement issued to parents of Summit Public School students, Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough has disclosed that a Summit Public School District employees has been arrested by the FBI on a child pornography charge. The Morris Daily Voice is reporting the individual is Steven Brooks, 34, a Fifth Grade teacher at Washington Elementary School. TAPinto Summit has ...