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17 Carl H. Kumpf Students Inducted into National Junior Honor Society

May 14, 2021

CLARK, NJ – During a May 6 virtual ceremony, 17 students from Carl H. Kumpf Middle School were officially inducted into the school's chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). 

During the virtual ceremony, opening remarks were delivered by Principal Rick Delmonaco and NJHS Advisor Suzanne Hamilton. Current NJHS Officers Krista Steiner, Alexa Tavares, Emily ...

Former Student Returns to Valley Road School to Promote Autism Acceptance

CLARK, NJ – As part of Autism Acceptance Month, students at Valley Road School received a virtual visit from former student Gabriella Smith. 

Gabby met with kindergarten through fifth grade classes remotely and shared her memoir My Life With Asperger’s, which she wrote in sixth grade. The memoir captures the moment Gabby first learned she had Asperger’s ...

Missing NJ Baby Found After Amber Alert Issued, State Police Say

May 10, 2021

Updated at 3:51 p.m.

NEW JERSEY — Following an Amber alert issued Monday, authorities have found an infant reported missing, state police said.

"Chinna Payne, a 2-week-old baby girl, of East Orange, N.J. has been safely located," state police said in a Facebook post.

Police had said the child last seen in East Orange with a 27-year-old man.

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Clark Police Seeking Applicants for Crossing Guards

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Police Department announced via social media they are accepting applications for crossing guards.

The position would include approximately 15 hours per week helping children cross roadways at different  locations around town according to police.   All equipment and training is provided.  The position pays $17.10 per hour.  

Anyone interested in ...

Latest Clark Vaccination Figures and Updated CDC Guidelines for the Fully Vaccinated

May 15, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday via Twitter that for the first time in over six months, the state's number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has fallen below 1,000.

 

"With our numbers trending in the right direction, we can continue fighting back against this virus if we all get vaccinated," Murphy tweeted.

 

Murphy said that ...

Mayor Says ‘Clark on Way to Having Downtown’ as Plans Approved for 75 Apartments and Retail on Westfield Avenue

CLARK, NJ –  The site Mayor Salvatore Bonaccorso referred to as an eyesore in 2018 is going to disappear soon.   According to a release from the Township on Wednesday, plans for the site of the former A&P on Westfield Avenue were approved by the Planning Board recently.

Bonaccorso sees this as the start of a downtown area for the town.  “With the all-new CVS ...

New Jersey Now Reports Vaccination Data by Town; Murphy Gives Latest COVID Numbers, Says NFL Games Could Have Greater Capacity in the Fall

NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing today said that he anticipates that the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15. Murphy added that the New Jersey Dept. of Health is currently ...

Morristown Medical Center Among 1st to Receive American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Certification

May 14, 2021

Only 6% of 750+ Hospitals Performing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Have Achieved This Elite Recognition of Best Practices and Quality Care

Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has received American College of Cardiology (ACC) Transcatheter Valve Certification, a designation of excellence that recognizes demonstrated ...

Young Stroke Victim Triumphs Thanks to Overlook Neuroscience Institute's Care

SUMMIT, NJ - Nearly 800,000 Americans each year suffer a stroke, an acute condition that can prove devastating for many, and fatal for one in six victims.

Thanks to the unparalleled expertise at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center and Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Summit, then 26-year-old Joe Slota outcome was one of hope, success, and triumph over a condition that ...

Clark Public Library Closed for the Week

May 11, 2021

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Public Library is closed for the week of May 10 during the demolition of the former police headquarters according to officials.  Patrons are asked to hold on to books and materials until the library reopens.  No late fees will be charged on any items due this week.

Virtual programs will continue during the week of demolition. Additionally, curbside pick-up is ...

Start of a New Season for Clark Fit Hiking Club

 CLARK, NJ - Local resident Hetal Sanghvi led the Clark Fit Hiking Club into a new season on Sunday, May 2.  The club explores local hiking trails around New Jersey as a small group. 

For six weekends the club travels to selected trails generally within a 25–30-minute drive. The first hike of the year was a 3.9-mile trail at Allaire State Park in Monmouth ...

Union County to Hold Additional COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions in May

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is holding additional emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in May to aid those affected by COVID-19.

These will include:

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

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Coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Super Market and Gargiulo ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

Grow Edamame for Better Health and Nutrition

May 8, 2021

Add a bit of fiber to your garden and diet.  Consider growing edamame (edible soybeans) in this year’s garden.

Soybeans help promote overall health reducing the risk of high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.  Plus, the high fiber in soy helps fight colon and some other cancers.

Edamame is an ancient Asian vegetable and is often eaten right from ...

Dress Up the Landscape with Spring Flowering Shrubs

Add a burst of color to the start of the garden season with spring flowering shrubs. Small or large, these beauties add color, support pollinators, and help attract birds to the landscape.

Make room in mixed borders and gardens for these spring bloomers. Use varieties with slightly different bloom times to create continuous color throughout the spring. Complement these with spring ...

New Jersey Residents Can Now Get a "Shot and a Beer"

May 4, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey is launcing a "Shot and a Beer" program, encouraging eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated.

Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer. The following are restaurants and brewing companies are ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

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

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

More Breweries Join NJ’s ‘Shot and a Beer’ Program to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

NEW JERSEY — Need another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccine? Now you can get free beer at more than 30 New Jersey breweries just for getting your shot during the month of May.

The number of breweries participating in New Jersey's “Shot and a Beer” program, which began this month in partnership with the Brewer's Guild of New Jersey, the Governor's ...

Union County Presents Free "Shadows of the 60's" Drive-In Concert

May 6, 2021

The Union County Board of County Commissioners announced that the Motown tribute band Shadows of the 60’s will headline a free, live drive-in concert at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The event is free, but registration is required online in advance to reserve a spot. Reservations will be available on a first come, first serve basis beginning at ...

Union Catholic Continues Tradition With May Crowning Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

May 5, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Union Catholic continued its longstanding tradition with the May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary during a ceremony in the main foyer of the school on Wednesday morning.

The ceremony, attended by UC's Class of 2021 and several faculty members, was conducted by senior students in leadership positions, and moderated by Mr. John Becht.

After the opening song, ...

Reminder: Voter Registration Deadline for the 2021 Gubernatorial Primary is May 18

May 12, 2021

The Union County Board of Elections reminds residents that Tuesday, May 18 is the deadline for voter registration for the 2021 Primary Election. Voters who are registered in the Democratic and Republican parties will be able to vote in the Primary Election to choose their party’s nominee to run for Governor in the General Election, in addition to voting on local candidates.

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What You Need to Know About Voting in The Primary Election in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Voters will have a choice to vote by mail or in-person in the June 8 primary election, but drop boxes are here to stay, county officials said. Whichever way voters decide to cast their votes, the registration deadline is May 18.

Since Gov. Phil Murphy announced the primary election will be mostly in-person, Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado ...

Union County's Full List of Polling Places and Ballot Drop Box Locations for the 2021 Primary Election

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado released a statement to voters about polling places and drop box locations for the 2021 Primary Election day, which will be held on Tuesday, June 8.

“Many of the polling locations closed last year due to the COVID pandemic, will be open this year, with health and safety precautions in place,” said ...

Union County Holds Free Document-Shredding Event, May 15

May 9, 2021

COVID-19 safety rules apply; event is open to all Union County residents.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that the next mobile paper shredding event of 2021 will be held in New Providence on Saturday, May 15 for free, secure shredding of personal and confidential documents.

“Union County’s mobile document shredding service helps residents fight ...

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Metuchen Golf and Country Club, Metuchen

SAVE the DATE - Saint Joseph HS Annual Falcon ...

Lawsuit: Prisoner Was Denied Medicine, Beaten by Staff at Union County Jail

May 13, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly.

While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the federal lawsuit he was forced to go without necessary prescription ...

Union County Expanding Regional Dispatch Center

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders. 

At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 million contract to H&S Construction and Mechanical Inc., of Elizabeth, for ...

Advocates Call on Justice Department to Investigate Union County Jail Closure

UNION COUNTY, NJ — While Union County enters into a five-year agreement to send the inmates from the county jail in Elizabeth to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, Elizabeth-based activist Salaam Ismial says the fight to challenge the move is not over.

His organization, the National United Youth Council Inc., submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and Civil ...

Union Catholic Graduate Fabiana Pierre-Louis, N.J. Supreme Court Justice, Spoke at Her Alma Mater

May 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- The students in Kim Donnelly’s Law classes at Union Catholic were treated to a very special guest on Monday when Union Catholic graduate Fabiana Pierre-Louis, sworn in as the first black female justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court last summer, spoke to them via Zoom.

Justice Pierre-Louis, a 1998 graduate of UC, shared her remarkable journey and experiences ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Protesters Unable to Save Suspended Stafford School Nurse’s Job

May 12, 2021

STAFFORD, NJ - Authorities estimate that a group of between 300-350 people gathered yesterday in support of Erin Pein, a suspended Stafford Township school nurse. Pein acknowledged she was one of three individuals whose contract was not renewed when the Board of Education came back from closed session last night.

“I am still suspended without pay,” shared Pein. “I am a member ...

Police Investigating Report of Attempted Sexual Assault on Glenside Ave.

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit reports that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unknown actor posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania.

The driver, described as a white male with a beard, reportedly exited Rt. 78, stopping on Glenside Avenue. The victim was able to escape from the vehicle ...

Somerset Patriots Owner Steve Kalafer, 71, Dies; Philanthropist, Businessman, Friend to All

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Steve Kalafer, who as a young man parlayed a one-car showroom into one of New Jersey’s largest automobile groups; was the founder and owner of the Somerset Patriots baseball team, a prolific filmmaker, real estate developer, community activist and philanthropist, has died from cancer at the age of 71.

A devout family man, he is survived by his wife, Suzanne; two sons ...

Reflecting on my First Four Months in Office

May 5, 2021

I am just as excited today as I was in late November when I learned my election to the Garwood Borough Council was certified by the Board of Elections.  I bring this excitement to every meeting and assignment!

This year I am serving as Chair of the Building & Grounds Committee, which to the outside observer may seem like an easy job.  I quickly learned this was not the ...

Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...