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One Man Arrested, Another Remaining at-Large For Elizabeth Home Invasion Charges

April 1, 2022

ELIZABETH, NJ - A Rahway man has been arrested and his co-conspirator remains at large following charges being filed in regards to a home invasion in Elizabeth March 2, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl J. Graves and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca jointly announced. 

Herby Desir, 34, of Rahway and Emmanuel Rivera, 33 of Carteret are both ...

Westfield Council Wants to Allow ‘Open Container’ Drinking Areas Downtown

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town Council on Tuesday introduced a law that would allow people to drink alcoholic beverages outdoors from “open containers” in some downtown locations.

Along with the executive committee of Downtown Westfield Corporation, town council members feel the measure will help the local business community.

“This legislation will allow residents and ...

Naked Man That Fled Summit Hospital Found Unharmed

SUMMIT, NJ - A man who was the subject of a Friday afternoon Summit Police Department nixle alert after he fled prior to entering Summit Oaks Hospital was located unharmed, the City reported.

The 47-year-old male from East Brunswick was transported to the hospital for mental health treatment when, at 1:31 p.m., he ran away after exiting the ambulance and prior to entering ...

5 Arrested Following Police Involved Crash in Westfield, Chief Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — Officers arrested five people following a crash involving a police vehicle on Mountain Avenue Thursday afternoon, police said.

Police arrested the three juveniles and two adults after they rammed an unmarked police vehicle, according to Chief Christopher Battiloro, who was on the scene.

“While responding to a report of an attempted car theft, our officers ...

Maskless Attendee Causes Abrupt End to Cranford BOE Meeting

CRANFORD, NJ - Monday night's Cranford Board of Education meeting was canceled approximately a half hour after it began when an audience member refused to wear a mask.

The meeting began with opening remarks from Superintendent Scott Rubin, Ed.D. and student liaison updates from Hillside Avenue School, Orange Avenue School, and Cranford High School.

Immediately following the ...

Cranford Firefighter's Family Launches GoFundMe to Save Home

CRANFORD, NJ - Amanda Langner-Hurewitz, wife of Cranford Firefighter Robert Hurewitz, has launched a GoFundMe to save their home after severe medical complications have ended his career.

"Being a firefighter was Rob's dream job and he got to live that dream", Amanda told TAPinto Cranford. As a child, Rob used to dress up as a firefighter for Halloween, and he began volunteering ...

Shake Shack and More Coming to the Vauxhall Rest Area on Garden State Parkway

UNION, NJ – The McDonald’s at the Union Garden State Parkway rest stop has closed. Near Exit 141, Vauxhall Road, the facility now appears to be under construction. The gas station area is still operational.

According to minutes from a Turnpike Authority meeting, a Shake Shack restaurant will be built at the location.  Additionally, a Popeyes, a Dunkin' Donuts and a ...

Burglary Takes Place at Dollar Tree in Rahway

RAHWAY, NJ  -  The Rahway Dollar Tree was burglarized on Monday morning according to Rahway Police. A number of residents and customers confirmed they were unable to enter the store at 1046 St. Georges Avenue due to police presence.

Police are actively investigating the incident and provided no other information at this time.

TAPinto Rahway will provide additional ...

Walmart Supercenter in Linden Closes Temporarily For COVID-19 Sanitizing

LINDEN, NJ - The Walmart Supercenter located in Linden has temporarily closed on Tuesday, due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases across the country and concern for employees and customers during the uptick.

According to a statement from Walmart, the company has chosen to temporarily close the Linden store at 1050 W Edgar Road at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday "as ...

Pedestrian Critically Injured In Westfield Flown By Helicopter, Chief Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 46-year-old woman hit by a vehicle on Central Avenue in Westfield Tuesday night remains hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

The woman from Westfield was struck while crossing in the 1000 block of Central Avenue at 7:07 p.m., police Chief Christopher Battiloro said in a statement Wednesday. She suffered a head injury and was knocked unconscious, Battiloro ...

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New Brunswick Mayor Cahill Urges Approval of RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill has thrown his support behind the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick.

“Today, New Brunswick residents in need ...

NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

Union County Approves 2022 Budget. See Tax Impact in Your Town

May 16, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners following a public hearing Thursday adopted a $​​513.7 million budget, which does not increase the county-wide tax levy.

While the spending plan comes with an average tax decrease of $28 for county homeowners, the impact varies by municipality with the average homeowner in Union County slated to pay $2,066 in county taxes this year. In ...

Union County Commissioners Defend One of Their Own in Race For Surrogate

ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County commissioners defended the qualifications of Vice Commissioner Chair Christopher Hudak in his race for county surrogate after a resident speaking at Thursday’s board meeting demanded Hudak withdraw his candidacy.

Surrogates administer the legal process which takes place after residents of a county die individually owning assets in New Jersey. They also ...

Mount Saint Mary Academy Captures Euro Challenge Win

WATCHUNG – Kathleen Brennan, Math Department Chairperson at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, reported that the Mount's Euro Challenge team edged out four other finalists in the competition on May 19th. Their topic was Gender Inequality in Germany. 

The sophomore presenters included: Zoe Daly of Piscataway, Victoria Fekete of Livingston, Lillian Del Rossi of Union, ...

Saint Joe's Valedictorian Credits Extracurricular Activities for His Academic Success

METUCHEN, NJ -- There was very little doubt in Aayush Agnihotri’s mind when it came to choosing where he wanted to attend high school. Aside from the wide array of academic offerings and extracurricular activities, there was a deeper connection to Saint Joseph High School that only a select few understand - the legacy connection. 

After seeing his older brother, Aniket (Saint ...

Union County Clerk Offers Saturday Hours for Voters to Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot in Person

May 20, 2022

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that the County Clerk’s Elections Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield will be open for extended hours on Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for anyone seeking to obtain a Vote-By-Mail ballot for the 2022 Primary Election. The extended hours are offered on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed.

The Primary Election will be held on ...

Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

The facts are clear about prostate cancer – and what you can do about it

Prostate cancer is dangerous – right? The disease remains the number one solid organ cancer diagnosis among men in the United States, with more than 248,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Yet while there can be great differences in how prostate cancer affects each patient, there’s little debate that it is important to monitor for the disease.

Urologist Naeem Rahman, MD, part of ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 21, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Reach Another Record High

NEW JERSEY — Gas prices in New Jersey have reached another all-time high.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded reached $4.72 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. That's up seven cents from the day before, 23 cents from last week and nearly 70 cents from last month. Those figures are according to AAA.

The Newark and Trenton areas are paying the most statewide, according ...