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State Police Chief Annoyed Chesimard's Words Are Inspiring Some Protestors

July 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - "Assata's Prayer" - a brief, impassioned clarion call to fight for freedom in the face of injustice - is being chanted at the beginning of more and more protest rallies in New Jersey and beyond.

"Assata's Prayer" was recently recited at, among other places, Juneteenth celebrations in St. Louis and Fresno, Calif., and at a protest in Providence, ...

Crash on Garden State Parkway Sends Victim to Nearby Trauma Center Monday Night

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Fire and Police Departments responded to a crash on the Garden State Parkway at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday evening.   The incident occurred on the southbound side of the parkway just beyond the Clark exit at the site of the Westfield Avenue overpass. 

According to Captain Ryan Might of the Clark Fire Department, once at the scene, responders ...

Many Classes, One Book, Many Perspectives at Kumpf Middle School

July 2, 2020

CLARK, NJ – Imagine one school where all students in each class across a grade-level read the same book as part of a school-wide character education initiative.  Then envision the teachers collaborating to create a full unit of instruction that encourages those children to share their experiences with the book with each other.

Well there is no need to imagine it, because that is ...

Kumpf's Class of 2020 Gets a Proper Send Off to High School

CLARK, NJ – Kumpf Middle School celebrated their eighth graders heading off to high school with a virtual ceremony at the end of the school year.  School Principal Richard Delmonaco served as the emcee of a ceremony filled with commemoration, pride, and recognition.

Delmonaco started the ceremony speaking to students about the unknown landscape of the pandemic they found themselves ...

FDA Warns Against Certain Hand-Sanitizer Products from Mexico

June 23, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – The FDA has published an advisory to the public not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA deCV in Mexico due to the potential presence of methanol. “Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects,” read the advisory.

An increased awareness for hand hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

At the Height of the Curve One Clark Business Opened its Kitchen to the Community and Employees

June 30, 2020

CLARK, NJ – One Clark business turned up the heat in their kitchen to help the community when the pandemic was racing through New Jersey.  BurgerIM of Clark owner, Jalpesh Chokshi was moved to serve and support the community in the same way they had supported him during his first year in town. 

He started with providing meals to first responders accompanied by homemade thank ...

Mayor Bonaccorso Reacts to Governor Murphy’s Decision to Postpone Reopening of Indoor Dining

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Elizabeth Native Marsha Johnson Honored with Google Doodle

July 1, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Google honored Elizabeth native Marsha P. Johnson with her own doodle on its Tuesday homepage for the last day of Pride month.

“The milestones achieved in the LGBTQ rights and equality movement were made possible by trailblazers who first stood up for their rights - people like early transgender, gay rights and AIDS activist, Marsha P. Johnson,” said Freeholder ...

Locals Band Together to Rescue Cat Stuck in Tree for Six Days

WESTFIELD, NJ — Sometimes, it “takes a village.”

For six days, several Westfield families were keeping a watchful eye on a cat that appeared to be stuck in a tree. There were two unsuccessful attempts by the Westfield Fire Department to get her down, with the theory that the noise of the truck frightened her, and she retreated further.

An EMT came by and tried to lure her ...

What's Happening at the Clark Public Library in July?

July 3, 2020

Even though our doors are closed, we are open for curbside pickup! Our librarians are also still here to help with reference questions or book recommendations!  We will be here for curbside pickup from 9:30 am-4:30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  We will stay open until 6:30 pm on Tuesdays. Hours are subject to change.  We are also here to  answer your ...

Ready, Set, Read in the 2020 Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Challenge

CLARK, NJ - Read books during the summer and get a chance to win prizes during the 2020 Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Challenge sponsored by the Clark Library.

According to library officials, the library will be hosting virtual summer reading events through August.   Participants are invited to log their reading using Beanstack for on the library website ...

Clark Library Opens Monday for Curbside Pick Up

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Public Library will be open for contact less curbside pick-up starting on Monday, June 22.  Patrons can reserve books, call upon arrival and a librarian will bring the books out to a table in front of the library.  Librarians can also make recommendations for books to read if needed.   

The library is also receiving returns through the drop box and ...

Mayor Bonaccorso Reacts to Governor Murphy’s Decision to Postpone Reopening of Indoor Dining

June 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Chick-fil-A Opens on Route 22 and Terrill Road

WATCHUNG, NJ -- While anyone who had driven along Route 22 in the past few weeks could see the evidence of an imminent opening, the new Chick-fil-A opened on Thursday, June 24, at the intersection of Terrill Road, the longtime home of Sears -- just walking distance from chicken franchise rival Popeye's.

In accordance with social distancing measures, the restaurant is opened for ...

Three Ways to Help Your Gardens Thrive with Minimal Care

July 2, 2020

So, you filled your shopping cart and gardens with lots of new shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. Now what?  Keep your plants looking their best with minimal effort so you can enjoy them and your summer even more.

Watering is one task where I find even experienced gardeners struggle. Proper watering is key. Too much or not enough water can result in yellow, wilting and even ...

Mosquito Control Important in New Jersey After Mild Winter

TRENTON, NJ — As the phased reopening of New Jersey continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warming weather, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said.

With public health in the spotlight as a result of the pandemic, residents doing ...

Drop-In Ballot Boxes in Place Around Union County

July 1, 2020

CLARK, NJ - Ballot Boxes are available at several locations around Union County.  Voters can drop their vote-by-mail ballots in them at any time.  According to Clark's Town Clerk, Edie Merkel  the boxes are monitored by camera around the clock. The ballot boxes are located at the following sites:

Cranford – Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

July 3, 2020

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

New Jersey Date Night: Restaurants with Great Outdoor Dining

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

“Come out, come out wherever you are!” were Glinda’s famous words 81 years ago, and they’ve never been more applicable to New Jersey now. People have lots of reasons to come out in June; not only is it Pride Month but also we now can enjoy a date night in an actual restaurant, ...

Dining Outdoors in NJ? What Restaurant Workers Wish You Knew

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that indoor dining may resume on July 2, limited at first to 25% capacity. Until then, and even afterward, outdoor eating continues to be a big part of restaurant service.

Keeping this in mind, we asked restaurant owners and workers what they want the public to know after their first week re-opened for outdoor dining.

The biggest ...

Will Summer Crowds at the Jersey Shore Unleash a New Wave of COVID-19?

July 2, 2020

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On a warm afternoon at Seaside Heights, Nick Amoresano allowed himself a trip to the beach for the first time in about three months of pandemic-related confinement, but said he wasn’t ...

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Union County Residents: Make One Change

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking county residents to join a global initiative to reduce their plastic waste during the month of July, and hopefully long after.  Plastic Free July is a world-wide movement that encourages people to become part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful litter-free ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

“Union County ...

Community Conversations: How to Stay Safe this Summer

Is your family ready to enjoy summer – safely? On this Community Conversation, Atlantic Health System’s Christopher Zipp, DO, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Morristown Medical Center, and a physician with Atlantic Medical Group shares some important tips on summer safety, and why, as we coexist with COVID-19 – if you don’t have a family doctor – you ...

Forward for Clark: Meet the 2020 Democratic Candidates for Council at Large

July 2, 2020

CLARK, NJ - The primary election is coming on July 7.  Three Democratic candidates are running for Town Council against incumbent members.  Here is a look at the candidates:

Union County Prosecutor’s Office to Disclose Names of Investigative Employees who Commit Major Disciplinary Infractions

June 24, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Prosecutor’s Office implemented a new standard operating procedure on Monday that requires the Prosecutor’s Office to publicly disclose the name and rank of any of its investigative employees who commit major disciplinary violations, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Tuesday. 

The procedure also requires the ...

Car Caravan Through Union Protests Kean University Cuts

UNION, NJ – About 75 vehicles and about 120 people participated in a car caravan up Morris Avenue, from Jeanette Avenue to Kean University, on Thursday afternoon organized by Kean Federation of Teachers protesting the university’s cut, suspension, or reorganization of several academic programs and the layoff or furlough of faculty and staff.  The University plans to cut music, ...

Kean University Federation of Teachers Plans Rally/Car Caravan on Morris Avenue Protesting Program Cuts

UNION, NJ - A car caravan is planned for Thursday, June 18, from Jeanette Avenue, up Morris Avenue, ending at Kean University organized by Kean Federation of Teachers protesting the university's cut, suspension, or reorganization of several academic programs and the layoff or furlough of faculty and staff.

The Kean Federation of Teachers said the cuts are primarily in the arts.  ...

A Dispute Among Montclair Neighbors Sparks a Neighborhood Protest of 'Permit Karen'

July 1, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ- Montclair Police are calling recent acts in a neighborhood, in which a neighbor called the police following a disagreement over permits, a "dispute between neighbors."

The interaction, which took place on Marion Rd. on Monday, was partially recorded, drew local police to the scene on Monday and sparked a brief protest the next day. Officers arrived at 12:23 ...

Three Die in East Brunswick Swimming Pool Monday

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tragedy struck East Brunswick today as the EBPD rushed to a residence on Clearview Road near Frost School in the township.  Three residents were found dead in a swimming pool at the property.

East Brunswick Police Chief Frank Losacco said, "East Brunswick Police are actively investigating a scene where three people were found deceased in a pool. This is a ...

NJ Father of Three In Urgent Need of New Kidney

WOODLAND PARK, NJ — Thomas Minardi never thought he would find himself in the situation he's currently in. The 59-year-old husband and father of three has end stage renal failure and is on peritoneal dialysis every night in order to live. He's a former resident of Woodland Park and is now in desperate need of a kidney.

Minardi was scheduled to receive a kidney and there ...

Thank You from St. Joseph's Social Service Center

July 2, 2020

Dear Friends,

We are more grateful than ever for your support of St. Joseph’s and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Your assistance since the pandemic began has been incredible. People have stepped up to help in so many ways.

Your generous contributions of food and funds have had a tremendous impact.  With your help, we have distributed over 5,000 bags of food ...

Don’t Let Emotional Investing Cloud Your Judgement

It’s important to maintain a level head in times of market turbulence. But that is often easier said than done, especially in the heat of market volatility. Even with the best intentions, investors can be challenged by their own bias and emotions when it comes to making investment decisions.

Emotional investing may be amplified during periods of market stress. But by understanding your ...

Is Now A Good Time To Refinance?

Interest rates recently hit all-time lows as the Federal Reserve made cuts to mitigate the financial impacts of COVID-19. If you’re a homeowner with a monthly mortgage payment, you might be wondering if now is a good time to refinance. While a lower interest rate may yield a more affordable monthly payment, there are other factors to consider. Here are seven questions, courtesy of Arias ...


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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