News from Nearby

September 13, 2018

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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CRANFORD - For Ana Amaya and her son Roberto, May 23, 2018 marked the completion of a dream, when they both crossed the stage at Union County College’s Commencement and receive their associate degree. They both describe their time at Union as “a great experience” and are particularly thankful to ...

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RAHWAY, NJ - Rahway Police are seeking the help of the public in identifying a suspect in three Rahway burglaries, one of which included a sexual assault, in the early morning hours of Friday, June 29. The man being sought is described as a "black male in his late 20s or early 30s with a medium ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Columbia Bank celebrated the opening of its new office at 251 North Ave. West in Downtown Westfield with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. The Westfield office is one of almost 50 full-service Columbia Bank offices located throughout New Jersey, according to the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Addams Tavern, which is undergoing court-ordered renovations, may re-open in September, according to Chip Grabowski, CEO of Harvest Restaurant Group. The restaurant at 115 Elm St. has been closed since December. Recently, firefighters extinguished a minor fire on one of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson. “Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — An 18th Avenue resident woke up early on Sunday, June 10 to quite a mess, and it wasn’t the empty bottles, cans and other debris that litter the front lawns of Lake Como homes on a typical weekend during the summer. The homeowner not only found an unknown man sleeping inside his ...

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CRANFORD – Cranford resident Kent Lucas was one of 150 commuters who embraced a more sustainable commute by trading in his car keys for pedals during TransOptions’ annual Bike to Work Challenge. Through TransOptions’ GoForGood app, riders tracked their bicycle commute trips and miles from May ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith attended a gun safety package bill signing ceremony at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton on Wednesday with Governor Phil Murphy. Mayor Smith joined a bipartisan group of local and state elected officials, as well as members of Moms Demand Action of Union ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman has been arrested in the theft of the YESTERcades new game fund/employee tip jar in the early hours of May 20, according to police. Cinthia Burgos, age 31, of Rahway, was the woman in photos shared by YESTERcades, according to police. She was arrested last week for theft ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Lord & Taylor recently announced that it will close several its brick-and-mortar locations, including the flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.  TAPinto Westfield reached out to Lord & Taylor’s corporate headquarters with questions about the fate of the town's ...

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A Rahway resident who strangled his girlfriend in 2015, killing her, has been sentenced to 47 years in state prison for the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday. Ignacio Ortiz Vasquez, 42, was ordered to serve a minimum of 85 percent of a 40-year sentence for ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK , NJ - A Hillsborough High School English teacher has been suspended following his arrest for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student during a five-month period earlier this year, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey.. Kenneth ...

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