News from Nearby

November 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – An ambulance worker was rushed to the hospital after injuring an arm during a fiery crash on Central Avenue early Monday morning, authorities said. A 2015 BMW 540 sedan crossed the double-yellow lines while driving north near Clover Street at 12:23 a.m. and crashed into the ...

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Updated: 5:53 p.m. Nov. 11 WESTFIELD, NJ – An 8.3-acre park on the town’s border with Garwood is home to a regulation size ice hockey rink, at least for the next three months. Several hundred people gathered for the formal opening of the Westfield Rink on Sunday, a temporary ice rink housed ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — In a report obtained by TAPinto Cranford from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, some disturbing details on the arrest of Orange Avenue School faculty member Matthew Acosta, 33, of Kenilworth, have been released.  Certain portions have been partially redacted to omit personal ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Andrew Calcagno of Flatiron Realty LLC, the new property owner of 50-52 Elm Street in Downtown Westfield — where Castle Bootery is located — said he was surprised to learn in an email announcement Friday that the 70-year-old children’s shoe store would close at the end ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — On Friday, Nov. 2, the Cranford Police Department was alerted to an incident involving a threat made by a faculty member of Orange Avenue School. Following an investigation by members of the Cranford Police Department, Matthew Acosta, 33, of Kenilworth was charged with one count of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A children's shoe store has lost its foothold in on Elm Street. The Castle Bootery announced Friday it is leaving its location at 52 Elm St., after about 70 years in Downtown Westfield. The announcement said the retailer lost its lease and will be closing on Dec. 30. Eric ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Actor and Scotch Plains resident Garry Pastore has been cast as a supporting lead in Shooting Heroin, a film that tells a fictional story about the ravages of the opioid epidemic in small-town America and what happens when members of community take matters into their own ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The five schools that comprise the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (UCVTS) campus went into lockdown for about two hours on Friday afternoon when an unidentified individual who admitted carrying a pocket knife entered the complex.  Located on Raritan Road in Scotch ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A Montgomery High School teacher who lives in Hillsborough has been arrested and faces charges of sending nude photos of herself and sexually-explicit messages via social media to a Montgomery High School student over a period of several months. Michelina Aichele, 29 of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began.  Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The boy who scrawled a swastika into a bathroom at Franklin Elementary School showed off the symbol of hate to three other youths, two of whom are Jewish, the parent of one of those students said Friday. Nicole Damashek said the boy, who etched the symbol into a bathroom panel, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- NFL players are coming to Scotch Plains-Fanwood to raise money for two good causes on Saturday, Oct. 20. The All-Star Basketball Game sponsored by the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club will be a great family FUN-raiser in which NFL players from Giants, Jets, and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Some residents’ frosty response to plans for an ice rink to be placed in an 8.3-acre municipal park on the Garwood border for a trial time isn’t stopping officials from moving ahead with the design. Gathered in the rain at Gumbert Park, where the rink is to be built, about ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department, Cranford Police Athletic League, and Cranford High School Class of 2022 are holding a car wash fundraiser for students Nicholas Swandrak and Ray Schwartz on Sunday, September 16th from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Lincoln School, 132 Thomas Street, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Ever wonder how Gallows Hill Road got its name? It has to do with a real Gallows Hill (though we’re not sure of its exact location), and the famed colonial execution of James Morgan. “For many years, the tree on Scudder’s Farm was marked as to the location of the hanging,” Robert ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Two suspects wanted in connection with the Aug. 19 murder of  a North Plainfield man have been captured in Texas while trying to flee to Mexico, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Nelson Salomon Aquilar-Lopez, 20 and Gicsy Baleria Galindo-Acosta, ...

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UNION, NJ – Township officials have distanced themselves from any connection to a new billboard on Morris Avenue bashing President Donald Trump. According to a social media post by the Township, officials informed residents that “while we take these matters seriously, billboards are privately ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The family of a former South Plainfield resident killed in a hit and run earlier this month is looking for answers and is offering a cash reward for information that leads to identifying the driver.   “We are pleading with the public. [Whoever did this] is somebody’s ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Eight Rutgers University football players now face charges from a credit card fraud scheme that occurred while all of them were students, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said today. All of the defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit third-degree theft by ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ - There are at least at least 15 popular destinations for Rutgers University students who use on-demand transportation apps popular among millennials, according to one of the transportation companies which is starting the upcoming academic year by offering students a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Ashley Redding was just making a quick run to CVS the night of Jan. 28, 2018. She said told her husband, Quinton Redding, and their three young children that she’d be right back. Instead, she ended up at the hospital. Redding was driving on Central Avenue when another car, driven ...

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Editor's note: This story was updated at 3:55 p.m. with a correction and a clarification.  WESTFIELD, NJ — Ashley Redding was just making a quick run to CVS the night of Jan. 28, 2018. She said told her husband, Quinton Redding, and their three young children that she’d be right back. Instead, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Effective immediately, Police Chief David Wayman is retiring from the Westfield Police Department “after consultation with the Union County Prosecutor’s office and the town’s labor counsel,” Mayor Shelley Brindle announced Wednesday morning. Captain Chris Battiloro  is being ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Olympian Sydney McLaughlin, who turned pro after one of the greatest "one and done" seasons in NCAA Track and Field history at the University of Kentucky, has signed with talent agency WME (William Morris Endeavor), according to a report in Sports Business Daily. McLaughlin ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ — A little more than three months since being arrested on charges of lewdness, public defecation and littering, Kenilworth Superintendent Dr. Thomas Tramaglini has tendered, and the Kenilworth Board of Education has accepted, his resignation, effective Sept. 30, 2018.  In a story ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A shop on Central Avenue in Downtown Westfield has reported three recent incidents of shoplifting to police that appear, from the shop's security videos, to involve the same woman with different accomplices. In the most recent incident, on July 11, video provided by the store ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents of Bridgewater, Somerville, Morristown and surrounding communities are mobilizing for action after they found posters around town promoting Identity Evropa, which the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has labeled a white supremacist group. According to Bridgewater resident ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital. "From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to ...

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ELIZABETH/ROSELLE/LINDEN, NJ - Police, Fire, and Rescue units responded to a U.S. Mail truck that drove head-on into the pond in Warinanco Park on Thursday afternoon.  Sometime after 2 p.m. responders were called to the scene to find the mail truck in the water. A park worker said that while he ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Planning Board heard a proposal for a three-story mixed-use development on South Avenue at Westfield Avenue at its meeting Monday night.  “Circle Plaza of Westfield,” located near the traffic circle and across the street from the train station, would contain 30 ...

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