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Johnson Students Pitch in to Clean Rahway River Park

May 4, 2021

CLARK, NJ -  Noted poet, Gary Snyder, once wrote “Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.” 

On April 24th, students from Arthur L. Johnson High School took that charge seriously by participating in the 19th  Annual Earth Day Rahway River Clean Up. The effort brought out over 150 volunteers from scouting, environmental, church ...

“Where Are They Now?” Emily Vargas: ALJ Class of 2010

CLARK, NJ - At almost every high school graduation, both locally and nationally, a series of speakers will deliver inspiring speeches in hopes that some graduates will rise to the occasion. Class of 2010 graduate, Emily Vargas, certainly fulfilled that charge.

Upon graduating from ALJ, Vargas attended Rutgers University as a student-athlete. “I was tremendously fortunate to have ...

Brandon Castro Named March Crusader of the Month

CLARK, NJ - Brandon Castro has been named Arthur L Johnson’s March Crusader of the Month. Castro has been awarded this title for his athletic achievements, improvement in his studies, and compassion for ALJ organizations. Students and teachers agree that Castro’s dedication to sports and self-improvement is encouraging. 

Castro is currently undecided on what he wants to study, ...

Daniel McCaffery Named March Student of the Month at ALJ

CLARK, NJ - Arthur L. Johnson High School has named Daniel McCaffery Student of the Month for March for his outstanding academic performance and contribution to the school community.

McCaffery plans to study either business or accounting and has applied to Rutgers, Princeton and Seton Hall Universities.

McCaffery credits “good habits and managing my time wisely” as the key ...

The Show Must Go On! ALJ Stages Online Musical

CLARK, NJ-- “Covid cancelled Broadway.” Anyone who knows theater and the ongoing pandemic is familiar with this idea. There are few people more keenly aware of this than those individuals involved with Arthur L. Johnson’s Drama Department.

Unwilling to allow this to happen, Peter Nevargic reached out to ALJ alumni, Samantha Vargas and Rebecca Dias Pacella to produce the ...

ALJ Students Donate over 2K+ Items to Clark Food Pantries

CLARK, NJ - The Annual ALJ Food Drive started February 8 and ended March 26 attracting many students' attention and resulted in approximately 2900 items being collected. 

All of the products collected in the food drive were donated to the food pantries of Osceola and St. John The Apostle Churches.  Food donations were held in two separate collections, in order to not overflow ...

Rai-Mirash Goodman Named Crusader of the Month

Editor’s Note:  Unforeseen circumstances prevented the earlier submission of this story by Crusader News staff.  Acknowledgement of Goodman’s accomplishments were important to the team, no matter the date.

CLARK, NJ - Rai-Mirash Goodman was named Arthur L. Johnson’s February Crusader of the Month. Administrators bestowed Goodman with the title for her outstanding ...


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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 ...