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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The lingerie retailer did not return requests for comment for this story, but it’s no longer a secret: Victoria’s Secret Westfield location is slated close. The principal of 235 Associates LLC, owner of the building at 233 East Broad St., declined to comment this week. However, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Hate graffiti has been found again at a Westfield school, parents learned through an email sent by Superintendent Margaret Dolan Thursday afternoon. “Today we are saddened and angry that one individual in our community has chosen hate,” Dolan wrote. “That student chose to deface ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - In a letter e-mailed to Summit School District parents, Superintendent of Schools June Chang has disclosed that Swastikas were found on a bathroom wall at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School "immediately before the extended Thanksgiving weekend." Further, Chang details that ...

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Westfield to discuss better care for fallen officers’ families during PBA contract negotiations.  WESTFIELD, NJ — Town officials acknowledged on Tuesday that the death of a police detective before his retirement combined with his wife’s cancer has revealed a healthcare coverage gap in the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Union County Freeholder Rebecca Williams presented a resolution to Jennifer Popper of Plainfield on Wednesday, congratulating her on walking over 800 miles from Union County to Maine over the summer to honor her late husband, Michael, and to raise awareness of the East Coast ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The detective was getting ready for work when he died from heart failure on May 22. A 47-year-old Scotch Plains man, Eric Lieberman had served with the Westfield Police Department for 27 years before his death. The department hung purple and black banners outside of its ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A male was shot in the wrist at The Mills at Jersey Gardens on Black Friday evening according to a statement released by Mayor Christian Bollwage. The mall was evacuated, he said. According to Bollwage, the victim was in the hallway near Tommy Hilfiger and Marshalls when he was ...

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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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