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Montclair State University Offers Free Training for Federal Employees During Shutdown

January 17, 2019

Montclair State University will give free professional development classes tomorrow to all federal employees to help them gain skills while they are out of work during the government shutdown.  

The classes include training in skill transferability, Microsoft Excel, bitcoin and blockchain. The American Federation of Government Employees union, the National Treasury Employee Union and ...

Westfield 5K to Honor 19-year-old Who Died in 2017 House Fire

WESTFIELD, NJ – Jake Tooley was 19 when he died in a house fire.

Since the 2017 blaze, the community has rallied around his family, which also lost their puppy in the flames that destroyed the Prospect Street home.

Sam Tooley, Jake’s now 26-year-old brother, subsequently formed the Tooley Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit founded in his brother’s honor. The ...

Nearby Cranford Teacher Admits to Threat, Surrenders Teacher's License

CRANORD - Matthew Acosta, a special education teacher at Orange Avenue School has admitted to making a perceived general threat against the school where he worked late last year, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Thursday.

Acosta, 34, of Kenilworth pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a petty disorderly persons offense during a court hearing ...

Adaptive Skate: Youths Win in Special Afternoon at Westfield Rink

 WESTFIELD, NJ – The 5-year-old had never been ice-skating before.

But without hesitation, Logan laced up his skates at the Westfield Rink, slid onto the ice and with a huge smile on his face, gripped an adaptive skating walker while his mom, a coach and volunteers from the Westfield Hockey Club showed him around the rink.

“They were all so supportive and just so playful ...

Special Playground in Westfield is First of its Type in Union County: Officials

WESTFIELD, NJ — Local and county officials celebrated the opening of a newly renovated playground at Mindowaskin Park Saturday.

The playground includes Victorian-inspired design elements to honor the park’s origins, according to the town. In addition to a variety of imaginative play stations that benefit children’s social and cooperation skills, as well as structures for ...

Police: Westfield Teen Charged in Hateful Graffiti Incidents at Edison School

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 13-year-old student at Edison Intermediate School faces five counts of criminal mischief in connection with various forms of hateful graffiti depicted on the restroom walls at that school, police said Wednesday.

“The Westfield Police Department takes incidents like these extremely seriously,” Chief Chris Battiloro said in a statement. “They have ...

Edison Police Officer Arrested, Charged with Tampering

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County authorities today announced that another Edison police officer was arrested, this time for destroying evidence he believed would be used in an investigation.

Nicholas Lunetta, 31, of Scotch Plains, was charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of obstructing the administration of law, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and ...

Man Dies in Cranford House Fire Sunday Morning

CRANFORD, NJ — A house fire early Sunday morning destroyed a home on Hillcrest Avenue and left one man dead. 

The body of the man is believed to be the homeowner. Cranford Fire Chief Daniel Czeh called the body "unidentifiable" but investigators can use other methods such as dental records to help identify the victim.  

Firefighters from multiple towns ...

New Local Ice Rink Causing Issues Neighbors Say

Garwood Police offered a warning to ice rink patrons who slide their cars into the wrong spots: Beware the tow truck.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Just a month after its establishment under a massive tent in Gumbert Park, an ice rink has become wildly popular — too popular for some people.

The rink established on the Garwood border through a partnership with Westfield’s ...

As Community Rallies Against Hate, Swastikas Appear at Summit High School

SUMMIT, NJ - Days after swastikas were found on the walls of Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, Summit High School Principal Stacy Grimaldi has notified both students and parents that the images have also been found carved into the stalls in a boys bathroom in the Kent Place Boulevard campus.

Like the incident at LCJSMS, Grimaldi notes in her e-mail that the incident has been ...

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