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State: Schools Should Consider Screening Graduation Guests For Fevers and More

May 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Schools should consider screening visitors with non-contact thermometers and excluding anyone with a fever exceeding 100.4, according to graduation ceremony guidelines released late Wednesday night by the State Department of Education.

The guidance outlines three options for K-12 school commencement ceremonies: virtual, drive-through/drive-in and modified in-person, outdoor ...

Kumpf Middle School Teachers Perform Virtual Lip-Sync of Their Own

CLARK, NJ - Kumpf Middle School’s kTV morning broadcast is on their way to completing their 40th season this school year.   That is 20 years of morning news, announcements, fun, creativity and more under the direction of faculty advisor Matt Serwedes.

Most recently kTV held their first ever home-edition of the Star Power lip-sync competition. An annual tradition, this ...

Whoopi Goldberg to Speak to Kean University's Class of 2020 at Virtual Commencement

UNION, NJ – Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29. 

More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will attend the online event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and speeches from Martin Luther King III, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, student leaders and ...

Clark Board of Education’s Virtual Showcase of Success

 CLARK, NJ – The Clark Board of Education recently celebrated the achievements of students and teachers as part of its virtual Showcase of Success. Each day, Superintendent Grande has been recognizing the efforts of students and teachers through his daily automated announcements.

This year’s Governor’s Educators of the Year were recognized for educational excellence and ...

Rutgers Student's Parent Files Suit Seeking to Recoup Tuition, Other Costs

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The parent of a Rutgers student has filed a class-action lawsuit against the university seeking repayment for tuition and other costs Rutgers is withholding in violation of state law, the suit alleges.

The parent, who is represented by the Seattle-based firm of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, is not identified in the lawsuit that was filed Wednesday in Middlesex ...

Bonaccorso to Govenor: BOE and Township Can Run a Safe Graduation Ceremony in Clark

CLARK, NJ - Mayor Sal Bonaccorso believes he can work with the Clark Board of Education and the Town Council to run a safe graduation ceremony for Arthur L. Johnson High School’s senior class this year. 

“Let me tell you, if we ran it (graduation), it would feel like a Marine bootcamp,” said Bonaccorso.  “I would tell parents from the start, you are not going ...

Kumpf Students Creat Public Service Announcements About COVID-19

CLARK, NJ  -

A group of Kumpf middle schoolers were asked to create a public service announcement about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on their community.

This project-based learning assignment was given to seventh grade student in Mrs. Daneille Bihuniak and Ms. Annemarie Lamberti’s seventh grade science classes

 Students were a given a research outline and rubric ...

The Clark Preschool Staff Has a Message for Their Students

CLARK, NJ - The Clark Preschool staff gathered together to send a message to their students during the time schools have been closed due to the pandemic.  The message simply stated in a photo collage of the staff is intended to let the students know they are missed and loved.

Carmen Costa worked collaboratively with the staff to make the photo possible.

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Parent of High School Student Starts Petition: NJ Seniors Deserve a Proper Graduation Ceremony

NEW JERSEY -- As graduation day approaches for high school seniors across the Garden State, one parent has started a petition on Change.org calling on Governor Murphy to "find a creative way for the class of 2020 to graduate in a traditional matter."

Petition organizer Lisa Gyongyosi believes it is "unreasonable for you to ban all graduation ceremonies other than virtual ...

Epic Lip-Sync Battle to Serve as Kumpf's First Virtual Assembly Friday

CLARK, NJ – Set your alarms and reminders for Friday May, 15 to watch the first ever "kTV StarPower: Home Edition."  kTV StarPower is Carl H. Kumpf Middle School’s annual lip sync contest, started in 2012. 

The event historically showcased students and teachers performing lip sync videos  which were aired on the school’s daily student-produced ...

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Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 22, 2020

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

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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 Freeholders Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...

What is Happening at the Clark Library This Week? (June 2-8)

May 30, 2020

CLARK, NJ - Check out this week's Clark Library's 

2020 4th of July Fireworks at Union County Parks Canceled

May 28, 2020

CRANFORD - The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites:

Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July 2. 
Plainfield fireworks ...

Union Freeholders’ 2020 Budget Won't Increase County Taxes, Impact Varies by Town

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholder board approved a budget that will not increase county taxes — the first time in nearly 20 years — to ease financial pain for residents and business owners caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 2020 budget, which was unanimously passed Thursday night, promised to avoid layoffs and maintain essential county services, while having an ...

Shop Owner's Facebook Live Stream Shut Down by Bernardsville Police for Violating Executive Order

May 20, 2020

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ  — The owner of a gift shop in downtown Bernardsville had her live-streamed Facebook sales demonstration from inside her store interrupted early on Tuesday evening by a borough police officer.

Katherine Hermes, owner of Country Home in Olcott Square, was displaying her merchandise in her store to a live Facebook audience when she received a knock on her door ...

Wood-Ridge Crafters Crochet Ear Savers to Help Healthcare Heroes

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -  Crafty residents in Wood-Ridge have been spending their days hand making one of the newest in-demand products in the healthcare industry: ear savers. As of May 10, the group has crafted and donated over 3,000 ear savers to hospitals, rehab centers, and nursing homes in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California.

Ear savers work by holding the ...

NJ Education Commissioner Named New President of Kean University

UNION, NJ – Kean University named a new president on Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Board of Trustees to fill the spot being vacated by outgoing president Dawood Farahi, who is stepping down at the end of this academic year.

Current New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet has been named the 18th leader of the University.  Repollet was ...

New Jersey Prosecutors Issue Statement on George Floyd Death

May 31, 2020

Message from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

The images of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis are deeply disturbing.  Mr. Floyd’s death is being investigated not only by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis, but by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division, as it should be.

As ...

Obituaries

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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Clark Police Looking For Owner of Lost 'Attack' Dog Wednesday Morning

May 27, 2020

CLARK, NJ- Clark Police posted a notice to their Facebook page on Wednesday morning searching for the owners of a " 2 lb. female yorkie attack dog,"  as pictured in the cuddly photo taken in the arms of a CPD member.   

Humor aside, if anyone knows the owner of the the dog found on Meissner Way, please call the PD desk at 732-388-3434.   I appears officers ...