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Valley Road Third Graders Create a Pumpkin Patch

October 25, 2020

CLARK, NJ – Most students have played matching games before, so student in Jessica Mc Donough’s third grade class were ready to take the challenge.  

Each of her Valley Road students were asked to write four to five sentences about themselves describing hobbies, favorite books, favorite colors and more. Each pupil was directed to leave their name off of the ...

Valley Road First Graders Share Journals Virtually

CLARK, NJ - Getting to know you has taken on a whole new meaning in today's virtual learning world. What might at one time have been a trip to the front of a classroom to tell your new classmates a little about you, has taken a new spin for first graders in Jennifer Clere‘s class at Valley Road School.

Since school began classmates have been getting to know each other by ...

Road Work Continues Tuesday Evening at Site of Water Main Break in Clark

October 27, 2020

CLARK, NJ - Police are asking motorists to avoid the area of Raritan Road and Shop Rite Way Tuesday evening.   Utility crews and Clark Police remain on the scene of a water main break which began just before 8 a.m.

Crews have been working throughout the day and according to Clark Police, will most likely be working through the night.  ...

Clark Police Searching for Vehicle Suspected in Tuesday's Hit-and-Run Death

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Police Department is searching for a red or maroon 1992-2004 Chevy S-10 or GMS Sonoma suspected to have been involved in the hit-and-run death of 82-year-old James Leinbach on Tuesday morning.

According to police officials, the vehicle was spotted during a review of surveillance video in the area. "The vehicle should have damage to the passenger-side ...

Governor Fears Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Are Just the Start

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Gov. Murphy Tests Negative for Coronavirus 4 Times But Will Continue Virtual Briefings 

NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said this afternoon he has not been symptomatic and tested negative four times since last Monday.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a voluntary self-quarantine with the governor last week, has tested negative three times.  

Still, ...

Appeals Court Allows Public Disclosure of New Jersey Police Misconduct History

TRENTON, NJ - An appeals court has ruled that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal can release the names of all law enforcement officers who have received major professional discipline in the state, a plan that was announced this past summer following widespread national protests for police reform and social justice after the death of George Floyd. The court decided that the ...

Participant at Saturday's Trunk 'R Treat Tests Positive for COVID-19 Says Clark Health Officer

October 28, 2020

CLARK, NJ - Clark Health Officer, Nancy Raymond issued a public service announcement on Wednesday, October 28 notifying attendees of Saturday's Trunk 'R Treat that they may have been in proximity to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 soon after.  The annual event was held at the grounds of the Clark Recreation Center on Saturday, October 24. 

In her letter, Raymond ...

Nursing Homes Will Face New Frontline Staffing Requirements

Nursing assistants will be limited to eight residents as a means of ensuring safe, effective care, while task force will examine workforce recruitment and retention.

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.

Come February, New ...

Iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Wedding Hall Abruptly Closes, Leaves Brides in the Lurch, Owes Township $380,000+, Yet Owner Denies Business Has Closed

October 26, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Colonia native Kelli Capurso, 23, was, like any bride, looking forward to her wedding reception. She married her husband, Anthony, in August 2019, but postponed her reception until 2020 until after he returned from his deployment with the Marines. COVID put a wrench into their plans, and the couple had to cancel their celebration at one catering hall and booked instead ...

5 Female Rutgers Professors File Pay-Equity Lawsuit

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Five female Rutgers professors have filed a pay-equity lawsuit against the university, according to a press release from the union representing 6,000 employees and graduate workers at the New Brunswick, Camden and Newark campuses.

According to the press release, the situation came to light through a program to address faculty salary inequality that was part of the contract ...

NJ Food Banks Build Stockpiles, Bracing for a COVID-19 Winter

October 17, 2020

One executive fears a ‘perfect storm’ with higher demand amid possibility of more business closures, job losses.

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New Jersey’s biggest food bank is doubling its ...

CASA to Celebrate Clark’s Teresa LaStella

Elizabeth, NJ (October 15, 2020) — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County, the nonprofit that serves as extra eyes and ears for judges in family court cases involving abused, neglected and abandoned children removed from home and placed in foster care, has tapped Teresa LaStella of Clark to receive its Dream-Keeper Award for Outstanding Volunteerism. She will receive the ...

Girls Soccer: Unon Catholic Rallies to Defeat Johnson, 3-2

October 18, 2020

CLARK, NJ --  The Union Catholic girls soccer, which trailed for most of the game, completed a great come-from-behind win when Kaleigh Gunsiorowski scored late in the game to give the Vikings a 3-2 victory over Johnson on Thursday.

The Vikings, now 3-1-2 on the season, fell behind 1-0 for the third straight game, and trailed 2-1 in the second half. But senior Christina ...

Scenes from Clark's Annual Trunk 'R Treat

October 26, 2020

CLARK, NJ - A slice of tradition was served up on Saturday afternoon as the Clark Recreation and Clark PBA held their Annual Trunk R Treat.   "The mayor and I felt it was necessary to hold the event for children as long as it could be done safely," said Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo.  "Everyone had a great time."

This is the first community-wide event ...

Limited Indoor Classes Begin at Clark Recreation

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Recreation Center, like most things, closed to the public soon after the pandemic started.  For the first time Clark Summer Recreation Camp was canceled along with other annual events like the Easter Egg Hunt.  A building usually bustling with activity, remained shuttered until recently.  

"We are so happy to be able to open our doors ...

Ready, Set, Shop: Town-Wide Garage Coming to Clark This Weekend

CLARK, NJ - It's happening this weekend all over town.  Almost four hundred households are participating in Clark's first Town-Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18.  According to Clark's Town Clerk, Edie Merkel, the response has been overwhelming.  "Our phones haven't stopped, people are really excited," she ...

Grow Garlic this Fall for Flavorful Meals and Health Benefits

October 24, 2020

Add a bit of flavor and health benefits to your main course with some homegrown garlic.  This vegetable has been used for thousands of years as both food and medicine.  Today it is credited with fighting heart disease, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and boosting the immune system while fighting cancer. 

Grow garlic in a well-drained soil and full sun.  Plant ...

Funk Salsa Urban to Perform Live, Drive-in Concert in Union Township, Nov. 8

October 27, 2020

UNION, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will host a Funk Salsa Urban (F.S.U.), concert at Kean University on Sunday, November 8.  The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. and is a drive-in only event.  To ensure COVID-19 safety protocols, officials have said no walk-ups, bikes or chairs are permitted.

Tickets will be available online at ucnj.org/reserve on Wednesday, ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

New Jerseyans Say ‘Cheese!’ (But Hold the Dairy) with Vegan Cheese

Is plant-based cheese really cheese? Well, sort of. But instead of dairy from cows, sheep or goats, vegan cheesemakers are making it with plant milk, nuts, tapioca and even rice.

There are many different methods to make vegan cheese nowadays. The easy way? Using a plant-based milk base (from foods like cashews or almonds) and adding a few thickening agents and seasonings.

Plant-based ...

Murphy Vetoes Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for Indoor Dining False Start

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday vetoed a bill that would have appropriated $30 million in federal monies to reimburse restaurants owners who expended funds in anticipation of reopening for indoor dining July 2 — an opening the governor canceled two days before it was set to occur.

While in his veto statement Murphy said New Jersey government is meeting ...

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Union County COVID Drive-up Test Center First in NJ to Also Test for Flu

October 28, 2020

The new test will also offer faster results.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s drive-up COVID-19 testing center at Kean University will be the first in New Jersey to also test for the influenza, officials said.

Starting Monday, Nov. 2, the drive-through testing center at Kean University will offer three-panel swab test that produces results for the COVID-19 virus, Influenza A and ...

Union County OKs $1.1M in Open Space Grants. Find Out What Clark Got

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will distribute about $1.1 million in open space grants to municipalities for planting trees and funding resources for children’s recreation, including fields, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts.

Grants will total $1,036,786.04 for the Kids Recreation Trust and $102,250 for the Greening Union County program, officials said. Funding ...

Ex-Fanwood Chief Accused of Discriminatory Speech Sues County Over Broken Agreement

FANWOOD, NJ — The borough’s former police chief claims in a lawsuit that the Union County Prosecutor’s Office jeopardized his pension and robbed him of enjoying his dying wife’s final days when it broke a perceived agreement to not investigate allegations that he made discriminatory and sexist comments aimed at top law enforcement leaders.

Former Fanwood Chief Richard ...

Wildlife Wednesdays Programs For 2020

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the popular, free “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will conclude its 2020 programming over the next 2 Wednesdays.

October 21st’s program “Reptiles and Gators” will feature an alligator and lizards, including a blue tongue skink and bearded dragon.  The October 28th’s Halloween-themed Insects and ...

Update: Union County Wildlife Wednesdays Program Moved to 6 PM

The Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes to remind residents that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time of 6:00 PM.

“Union County is striving to bring educational programs directly to our children that may not be accessible to everyone during these challenging times, and Wildlife ...

Union County COVID-19 Emergency Drive-Up and Walk-Up Food Distribution, Oct. 31

October 28, 2020

Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis; masks and social distance required.

The Union County Freeholder Board announced the County will hold an emergency drive-up and walk-up food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, October 31st, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Warinanco Park, located in Roselle. The distribution ...

Cuban Pete's Owner Locked Out After Repeated Executive Order Violations

October 27, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After scoffing at the Governor's Executive Orders and repeatedly allowing patrons to continue to dine inside, the owner of Cuban Pete's is now locked out of his business.

On Monday morning, Montclair Police changed the locks on the doors of Cuban Pete’s restaurant, locking out the owner and workers. This was after three violations of the Executive ...

Masks Now Mandatory in Maplewood at All Times and at All Distances

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Village has been designated as a mandatory mask zone by the Maplewood Board of Health at last night’s Township Committee meeting.

The suggestion for such a designation came from Public Health Officer Candace Davenport and Deputy Mayor Dean Dafis, who also serves as Board of Health Chair.

“We have heard from multiple residents that ...

Union County Prosecutor Announces Charges for Robbery at Springfield Auto Dealership

ELIZABETH, NJ — Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Springfield Police Chief John Cook announced today that Essex County resident Kareem O. Spann and Middlesex County resident Christopher B. Phillips have been arrested and charged in connection with a coordinated robbery of $20,000 in cash that took place at a Springfield car dealership earlier this year.

Spann, ...

Graham and Kearney's Public Safety Plan for Garwood

October 28, 2020

During this campaign we have taken numerous opportunities, through letters like this one, videos and a live town hall meeting, to take a deep dive into parts of our plan for a strong Garwood.  As we approach Election Day and COVID-19 cases unfortunately continue to rise, we think the specifics of our action plan regarding public safety would be of particular interest to Garwood ...

Why We Use the Word 'Survivor'

October 27, 2020

To the Scotch Plains Fanwood Community, and Beyond:

Today I attended the service of a victim of my perpetrator who died of an overdose last week. A stark reminder of why some of us victims of sexual abuse use the word survivor.  

Studies on the impact of childhood sexual abuse highlight devastating statistics including a significantly greater risk of Post-traumatic Stress, other ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

October 24, 2020

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

How To Get Property Tax Relief?

Most of us want to continue to stay in our homes and communities, but property taxes are driving us away.  Taking advantage of New Jersey’s Property Tax Relief programs can stretch our dollars.  Who qualifies?  Are there special programs for seniors?

The Senior Citizens Council has prepared a video presentation on the property tax relief options available for ...

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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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Hey Clark: Do You Know Who This Girl Belongs To?

October 6, 2020

CLARK, NJ - This dog was found on Ayers Lane according to Clark Police,  They said she has no collar or chip.  If you know who she belongs to, please call the Clark Police non-emergency number at 732-388-3434