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Clark Superintendent Welcomes Governor's Move to Full-Time, In-Person Learning for Fall 2021

May 17, 2021

CLARK, NJ  – At a press briefing May 17, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that schools will be required to provide full-time, in-person instruction this fall. 

"This announcement is a most welcomed one as we are looking forward to a more typical school year come September," said Ed Grande, Superintendent of Clark Township Public Schools. 

During the ...

Union Catholic is Offering Several Summer Camps and Programs

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic will be hosting several Summer Camps and Workshops this summer.

This summer attendees can choose from a Speech & Debate Program, Theatre Master Classes, Art Journaling Program, Young Entrepreneurship Program, Financial Literacy Program, College Essay Master Program.

The sports camps being offered are boys and girls basketball, boys and girls ...

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

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 ...

Sherri D'Amico Reflects on Teaching Career with Clark Public Schools

CLARK, NJ – Sherri D'Amico, a lifelong resident and teacher for Clark Public Schools for nearly two decades, recently announced that she will be retiring at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. 

D'Amico, whose last day is June 30, earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Rider University and a secondary math degree from St. Peter's College. She ...

Kumpf Seventh Graders Complete Doll Project

CLARK, NJ – Seventh graders in Cristina Faro’s mathematics classes at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School recently completed the 'doll project' as part of a lesson on ratios and proportions. 

“After learning about how many children’s toys are not proportional, the students begin this project…" said Faso. "It is a project they ...

Clark BOE Approves 2021-2022 School Budget

CLARK, NJ — The Clark Board of Education unanimously adopted the 2021 – 2022 school year budget during its virtual meeting Monday evening.

Business Administrator R. Paul Vizzuso and Superintendent Edward Grande presented the budget to the Board and public. The total budget for the next school year is $43,856,689.

According to the presentation the school budget consists of four ...

Valley Road Fourth Grader Wins First Place in Union County Arbor Day Poetry Contest

CLARK, NJ – Madison Sartoretti, a fourth grader at Clark's Valley Road Elementary School, School, recently garnered first place in the Arbor Day Poetry Contest sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners and the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board. She was recognized for her poem, entitled The Four Seasons, during a virtual awards ceremony held April ...

Kumpf Student Fundraiser Raises Money for Classmate

With the extraordinary support of the Clark Public Schools, Clark Community, and beyond, the bracelet fundraiser ran by the students and teachers in Ms. Jennifer Barbera’s class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School was able to donate $3,200 dollars to Julia's Morreale’s gofundme page. Barbera stated, “The outpouring of support from the schools, as well as the community has been so ...

Parent University Program Hosted by Clark Public Schools

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Public School District’s Parent University program, on April 27,  presented 'Fostering Resilience in our Children' by George Scott, EdS, LMFT, of the Center for Counseling Services, LLC. 

Guests joined the live  presentation remotely and had the opportunity to hear Scott discuss a path to resiliency and raising healthy kids through ...


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 ...


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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 County Voters Have More Options for Casting a Ballot in the 2021 Primary Election

May 17, 2021

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises Union County voters that COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are being lifted. Many more polling places will be open for in-person voting for the 2021 Primary Election on Tuesday, June 8 compared to last year.

“Many voters prefer to cast their ballot by voting machine in person, and others prefer to vote by mail. With the lifting of pandemic ...

Women’s Mental Health Hit Hardest during COVID Pandemic

We have all been adjusting to the reality that COVID is an infectious disease, but we now know that it is also a profound chronic stressor with serious implications for mental health. These stressors are impacting mental health for all of us, but women, and especially women of color, have been hit the hardest.

Recent studies have shown that one in ten women have had to quit a job due to a ...

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 ...