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UC Principal Sister Percylee Hart Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Boy Scouts

September 17, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, was honored as a recipient of a Union County Lifetime Achievement Award by the Boys Scouts of America during an awards dinner at the Shackamaxon Country Club on Tuesday.   

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to those who exemplify in their daily life the ideals that the Boy Scouts of America have ...

Hehnly Students Enter Custom Arches as They Headed Back to School

CLARK, NJ - The first day of school was rainy but by day 2, the sun was shining and Hehnly students were ready for another great school day. What would kid wouldn't be ready to run through brightly colored arches of balloons on their way to school?

The Longhi family, donated the balloons from their family business to help welcome students Back to School.  According to ...

FEMA Has Opened a Disaster Relief Center in Union County. Everything You Need to Know About FEMA Aid.

September 16, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Elizabeth on Thursday, September 16. The DRC is located at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center on 618 Salem Avenue. The building is a Quonset hut, adjacent to one of the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth’s buildings: the O’Donnell-Dempsey ...

Mayor Bonaccorso Offers Storm Update to Weary Clark Residents

CLARK, NJ - Mayor Bonaccorso took to the TV studio on Wednesday to address the residents of Clark and give an update on storm recovery efforts in town.  In his recorded address, the mayor thanked all the emergency responders in town, many of whom are volunteers for their dedication during the storm.

He also repeatedly assured residents that the township would continue to pick up all the ...

Union County isn’t in President Biden’s Disaster Declaration. What does that mean?

CLARK, NJ — On September 6, President Biden approved Governor Murphy’s disaster declaration and approved federal funding to be used in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset counties. Noticeably, many counties that suffered from Tropical Storm Ida, including Union County, are not currently on the list. What does that mean? 

According to a spokeswoman ...

SLIDESHOW: Clark Seniors Enjoy BBQ Hosted by Mayor Bonaccorso Monday

September 14, 2021

CLARK, NJ - Clark senior citizens enjoyed a barbeque lunch at the Deutscher Club on Monday sponsored by Mayor Bonaccorso.  This is the first occurrence of this annual event since 2019 after the pandemic forced its cancellation last year.

The outdoor event was well attended this year according to officials.  The day included a buffet lunch, beverages and music.   The Clark ...

Clark Hosts 20th Annual 9-11 Memorial on Saturday

CLARK, NJ – It was a somber anniversary marked as a community on Saturday morning when residents gathered at the James A. Nelson Memorial Park to pay tribute to those lost in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.  The park was named for a former Clark resident, and Port Authority Police Officer who died on the job in New York that ill-fated day.

The attendees of the memorial ...

Clark's Woodcrest Seniors Welcome in Motorists Stranded During Tropical Storm

 CLARK, NJ – Tropical Storm Ida dropped torrential rain across the Garden State flooding homes and businesses and leaving drivers – and their vehicles – stranded throughout Clark and neighboring communities. 

Just after 9 a.m. Sept. 1, the water had already risen up to the windowsills of several first-floor apartments at the 55-and-older Woodcrest at Clark ...

Looking to Better Manage Medication Regimes? Twin City Pharmacy Can Help

September 15, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Managing medication regimens for yourself or a loved one can be time-consuming, confusing, and stressful, especially for those with multiple prescriptions taken at different times of the day. 

At Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical in South Plainfield, however, a team of expert pharmacists are available to help. 

Through medication reconciliation, ...

Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical Now Providing COVID Testing 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Returning to school and the workplace can be stressful and so can deciphering one's symptoms. 

"Between COVID-19 and the Delta variant along with common respiratory viruses that tend to occur this time of year, and the seasonal flu, it may be difficult for one to know what one has," said Linda Chiu, PharmD at Twin City Pharmacy & ...

Clark's Deutscher Club Holding Hurricane Ida Disaster Relief Collection Drive

September 15, 2021

CLARK, NJ – While Ida left as quickly as she arrived, her aftermath is still evident throughout Clark Township. The Sept. 1 storm caused massive damage and, two weeks later, many residents are still drying out. 

In an effort to help those in need, the Deutscher Club is hosting a Hurricane Ida Disaster Relief Collection during its annual Deutscher Tag (German Day) ...

Fundraising Effort Established to Help Clark Family Devastated by Ida

CLARK, NJ – A fundraising effort is under way to help a Clark resident and her three children dramatically effected by Hurricane Ida. 

On the evening of Sept. 3, Valley Road resident Samah 'Sam' Mekkawy went to sleep prepared and ready for her children to start the school year with new clothes and supplies. 

But, when the storm hit, dropping more than nine ...

REMINDER: Clark's "Help a Neighbor" Hurricane Relief Drive is Sunday Morning

As a reminder... Clark Township and Clark UNICO are hosting a hurricane relief drive this Sunday, September 12, 10:00 .M. - 12:00 P.M. at the cafeteria in the Recreation Building.  All the details are here in this letter from Mayor Bonaccorso:


Dear Residents,

Many of our Clark residents are suffering after the devastation of Hurricane Ida.  Knowing how this community ...

Put Kitchen Scraps and Landscape Trimmings to Work in the Garden

September 12, 2021

Convert landscape and garden trimmings into valuable compost. Incorporate this soil amendment into garden soil to improve drainage in clay soil and increase water-holding ability in fast draining sandy soils. It also promotes healthy plant growth more resistant to insect and disease problems and keeps plant-based kitchen scraps and garden waste out of landfills.

Composting is as simple as ...

Help for Weather-stressed Lawns

The extreme heat and drought of 2021 across much of the country has turned many lawns brown. Damaged lawns may be thin, contain dead patches or are overrun with weeds.

Fall is a good time to improve the health and appearance of a weather-worn lawn. Start the process by evaluating the damage. Then plan a course of action and be prepared to follow through as needed with proper care.

Fall ...

Football: Westfield Defeats Saint Joseph, 31-20, in Season Opener

September 11, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School football team relied on five turnovers as it picked up its first victory since 2019 after defeating Saint Joseph of Metuchen in the season home opener Saturday.

Following a two-game season last year due to the pandemic, the Blue Devils opened a new slate on a positive note, forcing two fumbles and coming away with three interceptions on the ...

Clark Public Library to Host Outdoor Vendor and Craft Fair

September 18, 2021

CLARK, NJ - The Friends of the Clark Library will host an outdoor Fall Vendor and Craft Fair on Saturday, October 2.  The event will run from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. at the Clark Library. 

According to organizers, the fair will include fall and holiday décor, jewelry, make-up and hair products, candles, accessories, jewelry, books, crafts of all kinds, ...

Veteran Entertainer Andy Cooney to Headline South Amboy Irish Fest Sept. 25

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- He’s been on the Irish American music scene for as long as anyone can remember. Entertainer Andy Cooney started his professional career in the mid-1980s at age 17 playing in Kennedy’s as a piano player. Paddy Noonan heard about me and hired me. I worked with him for about 8 years and did four albums with him.  Later, he went out on his own at age 27 and ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

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

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

It’s Apple Picking Season in NJ! How to Pick the Best Apples

NEW JERSEY — September is here, which means it’s apple picking season in the Garden State.

If you’re visiting one of New Jersey’s many pick-your-own farms for apples this season, use these tips to come home with the very best fruit:

First, get to know the varieties you’re picking. The color of a ripe apple will depend on that variety, so find out from the farm ...

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Work on $1.45M Union County Gov’t Complex To Continue as Lawsuit Stalls 2nd Phase (Updated)

September 14, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state appellate court ruling is allowing the previously halted first phase of construction on a new $145 million government complex in Elizabeth to proceed, but the next phase is on pause amid a Wayne-based company’s lawsuit claiming the county skirted New Jersey’s public bidding laws.

An attorney for the Union County Improvement Authority said ...

Union County Residents Can Now Get FEMA Aid for Ida Damage

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Four New Jersey counties — Union, Essex, Hudson and Mercer — were added Friday to the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declaration to provide individuals who were impacted by Hurricane Ida with assistance. This is in addition to the six counties that were initially included in the declaration by FEMA, and public assistance that was granted ...

Union County Responds To Storm Ida: Shelter, Rescues and Infrastructure Planning

UNION COUNTY, NJ — At least five county residents died as the remnants of Hurricane Ida brought massive amounts of flash flooding to the northeast region Wednesday night to Thursday.

As of Friday morning, 25 deaths have been reported across the state and Gov. Phil Murphy, who declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, said six more people are still missing. 

A ...

Finding the Sweeter Side of Unprecedented Times

In March of 2020, life decided to hand lemons to students across the country and beyond, leaving millions of us in a scramble; we searched far and wide for ingredients needed to make lemonade out of an unforeseen scenario. For most of us, whether we were in the second grade, secondary school, or beyond, the remedy to our anxieties was simple: distraction. Perhaps the first few weeks of quarantine ...

If You Have Diabetes, the Goal is Control; RWJ Will Show You How

September 19, 2021

Free six-week program that will show you how to control your blood sugar.

How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

Morristown Medical Center Surgeons 1st in U.S. to Use Minimally Invasive Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) With Advanced Imaging for Flexible Scoliosis Correction

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center fellowship-trained scoliosis surgeon Jason E. Lowenstein, MD, leads the only surgical team in New Jersey to use a new, FDA-approved tethering system for minimally invasive scoliosis surgery that provides for flexible spinal deformity correction and faster healing. The team is also the first in the nation to use a new type of portable CT ...

Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

Fake Grass

September 15, 2021

I have played ball on the fields in Clark, some are better than others, but they drain well. Fake grass is hard on your legs, your feet, it causes many serious injuries. Another problem is heat, in the summer, the turf gets hot as hell.

This is not the best use of tax dollars for Clark at this time. With the earth getting hotter, A/C, is a much better choice. Students learn faster, ...