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Clark FD Responds to Overturned Vehicle on GSP Tuesday Morning

August 4, 2020

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Fire and Police Departments responded to a single overturned car on the Garden State Parkway at approximately 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

According to Captain Ryan Might of the Clark Fire Department, responders found a single-vehicle at the site.  Might said there were no passengers and the driver exited the vehicle without injury.

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Traffic Alert: Overturned Car on Entrance to Southbound GSP in Clark Saturday Afternoon

CLARK, NJ - Motorist are advised to avoid the roadways surrounding the southbound entrance to the Garden State Parkway by Central Avenue in Clark due to an overturned vehicle in the roadway.    The incident took place just after noon on Saturday.

Clark Police and Fire Departments are on the scene.  Roads in the area are experiencing traffic delays and subject to ...

Remote Learning Gets Mixed Marks in State Survey of Families

August 5, 2020

Parents split on online instruction as prospects for fall opening shaky

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 njspotlight.com.

New Jersey’s seismic shift last spring to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have ...

Superintendent Provides Answers as Questions Abound Over Clark Schools' Reopening Plans

CLARK, NJ - But what if...?  When will....?  What happens next?  The questions directed at the Clark Board of Education and Superintendent Ed Grande have been rolling into the school district since the release of the school's reopening plan on Tuesday.   According to a message from Grande, the feedback has been helpful, and he thanked the community for sharing ...

Union Catholic Track Legend Stars in Gatorade TV Ads Shown on ESPN, Elsewhere (VIDEO)

August 3, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- If you thought you saw a familiar local face in Gatorade TV ads during the Red Sox-Yankees game on ESPN, you were right. Former Union Catholic track star and 2016 Olympic hurdler Sydney McLaughlin is featured in a current series of Gatorade ads entitled, "Ready to Play Anything," that celebrate the return of sports.

In the last few months, athletes have ...

Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center Recognized for Environmental Sustainability by HealthTrust

August 5, 2020

Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center has again been recognized for its accomplishments in environmental sustainability with the 2020 Member Recognition Award from HealthTrust, a purchasing and performance improvement organization that serves hospitals, health systems and other health care provider locations.

Overlook received HealthTrust’s award for Social Stewardship, ...

Overlook Medical Center’s Emergency Department in Union Extends its Lantern Award Legacy to 12 Years

UNION TWP., NJ – JULY 2020 –  Overlook Medical Center Emergency Services, Union Campus, part of Atlantic Health System, has again received the prestigious Emergency Nurses Association’s 2020 Lantern Award for demonstrating exceptional practice and innovative performance in nursing leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

The Union emergency department ...

Tropical Storm Isaias Causes Trees and Powerlines to Fall Around Clark

August 4, 2020

CLARK, NJ - Tropical Storm Isaias blew through town Tuesday uprooting trees, causing power lines to fall, transformers to blow and giving Clark’s Police, Fire, Volunteer Emergency Squad and Public Works Departments more than a day’s work.

New Jersey remains under a state of emergency meaning motorist are to stay off the streets due to numerous road closures.

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Governor Murphy Issues Statewide State of Emergency for Hurricane Isaias

NEW JERSEY - Effective 5am on Tuesday, August 4, a Statewide State of Emergency has been declared by Governor Murphy for Hurricane Isaias.

Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary, said Governor Murphy. All State offices will be closed on Tuesday and only essential employees should report to work.

"If you must drive, take it slow, use caution and leave extra time to ...

NJ Re-Tightens Restrictions on Indoor Gatherings As Transmission Rate Trends Up 

CAMDEN, NJ — With New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) nearly doubling in a month - from 0.87 in early July to 1.48 today — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that he will again tighten caps on indoor gatherings.

“We believe that some of this increase is attributable to the number of indoor house parties and other events which we have been seeing across the ...

Lord & Taylor Bankruptcy Comes as Westfield Sets up for Site Redevelopment

August 3, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The parent company for Lord & Taylor has filed for bankruptcy protection — the latest indicator of financial distress for the owner of an expansive department store on North Avenue.

The online fashion brand Le Tote — which purchased the chain of Lord & Taylor stores in 2019 — filed for bankruptcy in federal court Sunday, indicating that it has ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Union Catholic's Student Movement Against Cancer Recognized For Their Great Work

July 27, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Union Catholic's Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC) was recently recognized for all their great work this past school year by being featured in the Chapter Spotlight in the first-ever National SMAC newsletter.
 
Under the direction of moderator Mr. Mike Conte, UC's SMAC chapter undertook a wide array of activities in the fight against cancer, ...

Clean Up from Tropical Storm Isaias is Underway in Clark

August 5, 2020

CLARK, NEW JERSEY — Many residents are still facing power outages, downed trees and debris after Tropical Storm Isaias moved through the Garden State on Tuesday.  

Township Services

According to Township officials, Public Works crews are working in the hardest hit areas first and ensuring roads are passable.  Residents are encouraged to place fallen branches ...

Strange Seeds in Your Mailbox? Report, Don’t Plant Them, NJDA Says

NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture offered advice Wednesday after it got reports of individuals receiving unsolicited seeds through the mail from China.

“Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock,” the NJDA said in a press release. “Sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the ...

Union Catholic's 5K Will Raise Money For COVID Relief Programs

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  The Union Catholic 5K will provide a fantastic fundraising opportunity for a great cause and will add a virtual component when the 10th annual event is held on Saturday, September 19, race director Edward Thornton has announced.

Mr. Thornton said the fundraising opportunity will be available for every runner who participates, and that all of the proceeds from the ...

Gourmet Burgers in Endless Combinations are the Star of Clark Eatery

July 23, 2020

CLARK, NJ – How do you make a hot, freshly cooked, gourmet burger even more awesome?  Find a burger to please every palate?  Get even the strictest dieter to enjoy a juicy one?

Head to BurgerIM where having a burger is anything but ordinary and designing the perfect meal is fun and completely personalized.

At Clark’s BurgerIM, diners start by selecting their ...

TAPinto National New Jersey Day 2020

July 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY - July 27th is National New Jersey Day. Today we're going to find out what's unique about the Garden State, and maybe settle some serious issues.

New Jersey was the third state to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America, the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. New Jersey's central location amidst the thirteen colonies during the colonial era made it ...

Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

New Jersey Date Night: Life’s a Beach in Avalon

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

A little seaside road trip makes for a perfect date and Avalon provides an unforgettable backdrop. You can enjoy everything from shopping to surfing and, of course, outdoor dining in this affluent shore town on Seven Mile Island.

Besides checking out the exquisite real estate, you and your date can ...

Opinion: For Our Family with Food Allergies, the Pandemic Got So Much Scarier

We are that family. You know, the one with the kids who have a combined count of over 30 severe food allergies. You can see our previous NJ Flavor story, “11 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Families with Severe Food Allergies,” here.  

We are the family that was used to weekly allergic reactions due to ever-changing and surprisingly hidden ingredients, even in foods ...

A Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

August 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that Federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

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Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays for Children in Union County

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a new virtual education initiative aimed at teaching children about animals and the important role they play in the environment. 

Wildlife Wednesdays kicks off on Wednesday, July 22nd with a program entitled “Frogs, Toads and Turtles” which will explain the difference between frogs and toads and turtles and ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, August 11, 1:30 PM

Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, Clark

Clark Blood Drive - Urgent Need!

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Mon, October 12, 10:30 AM

Hollywood Golf Club, Deal

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation Charity Golf Outing

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Union Catholic Distance Running Star Myles Plummer Motivated to Have His Best Cross-Country Season

August 1, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Myles Plummer flashed a huge smile when he was done with his workout on the sun-splashed track at Union Catholic this past Monday morning.

It was the first official summer practice for the Union Catholic cross-country team, and the rising junior distance running star was ecstatic to be back with his teammates doing what he loves.

"It felt amazing,'' ...

Union County Law Enforcement Leaders Discuss Use of Force Amid Calls for Reform

August 5, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Police use of force, deescalation training and law enforcement officers’ broader roles in communities they serve are part of a local dialogue that comes amid national calls for reform in policing.

At a virtual panel discussion on July 29, Union County law enforcement experts answered pre-submitted questions on use of force policies and discussed how to ...

Union County Deer Hunting: Shotgun, Bow Hunts Returning to Clark and Other Towns in 2020-21

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county's annual deer hunt will return following the freeholder board's approval of $19,515 for the purpose.

The deer management program, which the freeholders authorized on Thursday, will have volunteer hunters execute both shotgun and bow hunts at county parks and certain municipal properties located in 14 Union County towns. The ...

Union County Freeholders OK Plan for Organic Waste Recycling Plant at Tremley Point

ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County is one step closer to having a new recycling facility located at Tremley Point in Linden. The proposed facility will turn organic waste into natural gas along with other organic recycled material including liquid fertilizer.

The Union County Freeholders on Thursday approved an amendment to the county's recycling plan that will pave the way for Linden ...

Somerset County Teachers to Protest Reopening of School Buildings in September

July 30, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - In response to plans to reopen New Jersey public schools in September, members of the Somerset County Education Association, in conjunction with NJ21 United, a grassroots education advocacy group, will stage a demonstration on Thursday, July 30 on the SSG Andrew T. Lobosco Memorial Bridge, a pedestrian passageway adjacent to the Bridgewater Commons Mall that crosses over ...

Owners of Camden County Gym That Disobeyed Shut Down Order Arrested, Charged

BELLMAWR, NJ — Sheriff’s officers on Monday arrested both owners of a Bellmawr gym, which has not followed Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 order to shut down and subsequently remained open despite a judge's ruling last week.

“The owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr were arrested and released early Monday morning after continuing to operate their business despite a judge ...

Obituaries

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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Lily is Lost...Have You Seen Her?

July 26, 2020

CLARK, NJ - Lily slipped out on her owners Sunday night in the area of Madison Hill Road and Post Road in Clark.   She is very friendly according to her family. They said if you see her, call her name and offer her treats or cheese, and she will approach.   If you see her or manage to get a hold of her please call Kristin at 732-762-7419.

Her family is desperate ...