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Nearby Saint Bart's Festival Will Return for Labor Day 2021

May 5, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Things are tutto bene in Scotch Plains with the announcement today that the Saint Bart's Festival will return for Labor Day Weekend 2021.

Paul Raphael, president of the Scotch Plains chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization, and a member of the festival steering committee, told TAPintoSPF that plans are in the beginning stages for the popular ...

Victims Identified: Double Murder in Hillside Linked to Suicide in Union

UNION, NJ – The deaths of two women in Hillside are believed to be connected to a death in Union, said acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo on Wednesday.

As reported by TAPinto Union early Wednesday morning, the case began at about 2:30 Monday morning when Union police officers discovered a suspicious car parked in the lot behind Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 1755 Morris ...

Crews Contain Overnight Fire That Tore Through Fanwood Home

FANWOOD, NJ — Firefighters from at least three departments responded to a blaze at 244 North Martine Ave. just before midnight Tuesday, a spokesman for the borough said.

With the assistance of the Scotch Plains and Westfield Fire Departments, Fanwood firefighters knocked down the main body of the blaze within 45 minutes and declared the fire under control shortly after 1 a.m., ...

Swastikas Found in Westfield High School Bathroom Friday, Police Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — Police are investigating after authorities found two swastikas in a bathroom at Westfield High School Friday.

In a statement Tuesday, police said the swastikas were etched on a bathroom stall wall by a person using “an unknown metal object.”

“At this time, there is no suspect information, and it is an ongoing investigation,” police said in the ...

Westfield Council OKs Redevelopment Plan for 5.6 Acres on Garwood Border

The development is mandated in the town’s 2017 agreement with Fair Share Housing Center.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A redevelopment plan for about 5.6 acres on South Avenue East bordering Garwood got a green light from the Town Council Tuesday following a public hearing during which several residents expressed concerns about traffic and parking.

The plan includes provisions for 193 ...

Scotch Plains Man Charged with Animal Cruelty Offenses after Pet Deaths   

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Scotch Plains resident has been criminally charged with multiple animal cruelty offenses after three pets suffered severe neglect while in his care and two of them died, Scotch Plains Police Department Chief Ted Conley, Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess, and acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo jointly announced Tuesday.

Aiden Turso, ...

Abe Lincoln Snow Sculpture: What’s Behind The Local Creation Drawing Nat’l Attention?

CRANFORD, NJ — Local and national news stations can't get enough of Robert Schott's Abraham Lincoln snow sculpture in his front yard.

Year after year, whenever mother nature coats Cranford with snow, residents head on over to Springfield Avenue to see what Schott will create next. In the past, Schott has sculpted a Mini Cooper convertible with Thelma and Louise, Bob the ...

Authorities Investigate, Condemn Hate Group Stickers Posted in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — A series of stickers posted on local streets in support of a white supremacist group were removed this week and later condemned by the authorities, who said they are investigating.

Officials with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office this week said investigators are aware of materials found affixed to public property in Westfield advertising a group identified by the ...

Bald Eagle Spotted at Park in Westfield Thursday. Bird’s Numbers Rising in NJ

WESTFIELD, NJ — The emblem bird of the United States made an appearance in Westfield Thursday.

Justin Drazin and his family spotted the bald eagle just over the pond at Mindowaskin Park during the afternoon.

“My wife and I were out for some fresh air with our little girl. We stopped at the Mindowaskin playground and then took a walk over to the pond to see the ducks,” ...

Two Incidents of Hate Messages Under Investigation in Cranford

CRANFORD, NJ — The Cranford Police Department is investigating two "bias incidents" that occurred in the township last week. 

According to the department, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, "God is Gay" was found spray painted on a commercial building along South Avenue across from Cranford Alliance Church. The next day, Thursday, Jan. 7, a Cranford resident ...


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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 ...

Track and Field: Union Catholic Girls Win Sixth Straight Title County Relay Title, Boys Run Two N.J. No. 1 Times

May 13, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Over the last decade, the Union Catholic girls track and field program has established itself as one of the best in the country. The Vikings have won numerous state and national titles, and set multiple records on the state and national levels.

So accomplishing something that has never been achieved before in the history of the program is a very difficult feat.

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 ...