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Peaceful Protest Honoring George Floyd held in Cranford’s Nomahegan Park

June 3, 2020

CRANFORD - As protests are erupting all over the nation in response to the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement extended into Cranford on Tuesday as Union County residents gathered for a peaceful protest in Nomahegan Park.

An estimated 2,000 people attended, ranging from babies in strollers to adults, and walked around the park pond while chanting powerful phrases including, ...

Westfield PD Prep for Potential ‘Mass Gatherings.’ Protest set for Sunday.

A Black Lives Matter protest is planned for Sunday in Mindowaskin Park

WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 6:45 p.m.) Riot gear at the ready and cleaning solution to combat coronavirus were the order of the day at police headquarters in Westfield as protestors rallied nearby.

Police Chief Christopher Battiloro in a statement Tuesday said the department was preparing for potential ...

'Enough Is Enough' Protest Walk Through Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Westfield Thurs, June 4

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD/WESTFIELD, NJ -- A peaceful protest against "systematic racism" is planned to take place on Thursday, June 4, starting at 2:00 p.m. The march will start at Park Middle School in Scotch Plains, go south along Park Ave. and onto Martine Ave. in Fanwood, and turn left on North Ave. and end at the Westfield train station.

The protest was organized and ...

Nearby Senior Class President Lobbying Murphy for in-Person Graduation

WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite the pandemic leading to the cancellations of many large events and gatherings, Westfield High School senior Alexis Hammer is still holding out hope for an in-person graduation ceremony this year.

Hammer, the senior class president, published a letter, which she sent to Gov. Phil Murphy, on various social media platforms. The letter explains the necessity ...

Fatal Shooting in Linden Under Investigation

LINDEN, NJ - Authorities were on the scene of a fatal shooting in Linden, Tuesday morning.

According to preliminary reports, an investigation is underway at the scene where a man was shot multiple times and pronounced dead.

A large crime scene was established at the intersection of East Baltimore Avenue and East Curtis street at approximately 9:50 a.m. according to ...

Sister Irma Gazzillo, SSJ, a Beloved Member of the Union Catholic Community, Has Passed Away

Scotch Plains, NJ -- Sister Irma Gazzillo, SSJ, a beloved member of the Union Catholic community who was inducted into Union Catholic's Hall of Fame this past fall, passed away on Friday, May 1.

Erminia Gazzillo grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia and attended Little Flower High School for Girls. Upon graduation in 1951, she entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph, entering the ...

Seton Hall's Executive Cabinet, President Take a Pay Cut Facing Revenue Lost to Coronavirus

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As Seton Hall University is confronted by potentially more than a hundred million of dollars in lost revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, University President Joseph Nyre and the University’s Executive Cabinet have volunteered to reduce their salary.

"Seton Hall’s Executive Cabinet announced Thursday that it would ...

Springfield Junior Ninja Gears up for Episode Broadcast, Keeping Busy During Quarantine

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Later this week, Springfield resident and junior ninja warrior Kaela Gerson will make her long-awaited television debut.

As previously reported by TAPinto Springfield, Gerson will become the second Springfield resident to compete on the show, joining Kira Hoffer, who competed on last year's season. Kaela's episode will air this Friday at 6:00 p.m. on ...

Positively SPF: Tiki The Miniature Horse Raises Spirits in Scotch Plains (VIDEO)

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- She only stands two and a half feet tall, but Tiki the miniature horse lifted spirits high one afternoon recently in Scotch Plains. (See video below).

Knowing that Tiki would bring joy to his neighbors, 15-year-old Ben Pritzker decided to embark upon a mini-parade with his mini horse across Raritan Road. He and his mom, Lucy, alerted people by posting on social media ...

Garwood PD Chief Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Recovering at Home

GARWOOD, NJ — The borough’s police chief has tested positive for coronavirus and said Thursday that he is already beginning to feel better.

Police Chief James H. Wright said in a news release that he began experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on March 24 and immediately self-quarantined. Wright said he consulted with his physician and took a COVID-19 test at Kean ...

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Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

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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 ...

Community Conversation: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe This Summer

Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health at Atlantic Health System sat down recently for a Facebook Live where he shared some important information for parents about what they need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

 

American Legion Post 5 Family Hosting Community Food Drive

June 3, 2020

FOOD DRIVE June 6th   
Drop off time 10 to 2
Back parking lot of
American Legion Post 5
581 Maple Avenue
Rahway, NJ 07065

If you would like to make a monetary donation please make checks out to 
Rahway Food For Friends
You can drop them off day of food drive or you can mail them to the American Legion Post 5 at
The address listed above. 

Please feel free to call ...

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 ...

Powerful and Peaceful: Crowd of 1,500-Plus Gathers in Summit to Protest for Racial Equality, Justice

June 2, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - More than 1,500 peaceful, concerned citizens from Hilltop City and surrounding towns gathered Tuesday afternoon at Summit's Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS) to show their support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement and, in the process, set a high bar for respectful, organized ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!”

And hundreds responded, "No peace!"

Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd.

Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

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

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 ...

Letter to the Editor Praises Clark Police Chief Matos

June 2, 2020

Once more, Pedro Matos steps to the front.

 

Chief Matos' letter ,re the "murder" of George Floyd, 

speaks not just to the excellence and transparency of the Clark Police.

 

It speaks to the utter humility of this man.

It speaks to what he is willing to take on in this calamitous moment.

It speaks to his love of Clark.

 

Pedro:  ...

I photographed a George Floyd protest in Newark. This is what I Witnessed.

June 2, 2020

Daniel Han is a freelance journalist, Westfield High School Graduate of 2019 and freshman studying journalism at Rutgers University.

I entered Newark, N.J. on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the George Floyd protests, but was also nervous. Footage of Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia ...

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 ...