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May 14, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ - A 2-year-old child is safe and has been reunited with his family after being briefly kidnapped in a vehicle that was stolen outside a Roselle home Thursday night, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Roselle Police Chief Brian Barnes jointly announced Friday. “The ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fox News morning show Fox & Friends shined a national spotlight on the school reopening situation in Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Thursday morning. Danielle Wildstein and Vicki Dembiec, two of the parent leaders of a lawsuit filed to force the SPFK12 district to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Things are tutto bene in Scotch Plains with the announcement today that the Saint Bart's Festival will return for Labor Day Weekend 2021. Paul Raphael, president of the Scotch Plains chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization, and a member of the festival ...

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UNION, NJ – The deaths of two women in Hillside are believed to be connected to a death in Union, said acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo on Wednesday. As reported by TAPinto Union early Wednesday morning, the case began at about 2:30 Monday morning when Union police officers ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — Firefighters from at least three departments responded to a blaze at 244 North Martine Ave. just before midnight Tuesday, a spokesman for the borough said. With the assistance of the Scotch Plains and Westfield Fire Departments, Fanwood firefighters knocked down the main body of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Police are investigating after authorities found two swastikas in a bathroom at Westfield High School Friday. In a statement Tuesday, police said the swastikas were etched on a bathroom stall wall by a person using “an unknown metal object.” “At this time, there is no suspect ...

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The development is mandated in the town’s 2017 agreement with Fair Share Housing Center. WESTFIELD, NJ — A redevelopment plan for about 5.6 acres on South Avenue East bordering Garwood got a green light from the Town Council Tuesday following a public hearing during which several residents ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Scotch Plains resident has been criminally charged with multiple animal cruelty offenses after three pets suffered severe neglect while in his care and two of them died, Scotch Plains Police Department Chief Ted Conley, Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess, and acting ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Local and national news stations can't get enough of Robert Schott's Abraham Lincoln snow sculpture in his front yard. Year after year, whenever mother nature coats Cranford with snow, residents head on over to Springfield Avenue to see what Schott will create next. In the past, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A series of stickers posted on local streets in support of a white supremacist group were removed this week and later condemned by the authorities, who said they are investigating. Officials with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office this week said investigators are aware of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The emblem bird of the United States made an appearance in Westfield Thursday. Justin Drazin and his family spotted the bald eagle just over the pond at Mindowaskin Park during the afternoon. “My wife and I were out for some fresh air with our little girl. We stopped at the ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — The Cranford Police Department is investigating two "bias incidents" that occurred in the township last week.  According to the department, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, "God is Gay" was found spray painted on a commercial building along South Avenue across from Cranford Alliance Church.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Officers have arrested a man who allegedly stole money from a tip jar and threatened to shoot an employee at a takeout restaurant in the 500 block of Central Avenue Wednesday, police said. Dustin G. Eli, 24, of Westfield, had ordered food at the Peking Garden restaurant and made ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Derek Porter of BSA Troop 104 in Scotch Plains, has been elected as the National Chief, the top elected youth position, in the Order of the Arrow of the Boy Scouts of America. He beat out 42 others who ran for election on Dec. 27 and becomes the first youth National ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — For Jodie Gunzberg’s family, three small meetups in late October and early November turned tragic, resulting in 10 positive COVID-19 tests and the death of her father. “We made some critical mistakes,” Gunzberg explained in a widely shared Facebook post. “We had no party or large ...

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Updated at 12:21 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — Power has been restored most of Downtown Westfield, except the 100 block of East Broad Street, and downtown businesses are open following an early morning water main break, Westfield police said at about noon Saturday. The water main break occurred around ...

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LINDEN, NJ - Did you by chance play the Jersey Cash 5 in Linden on Monday? Well you could be the holder of a winning ticket worth over $245,000. The New Jersey Lottery commission announced on Tuesday that two lucky tickets matched the winning Jersey Cash 5 numbers drawn and one of the lucky ...

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CRANFORD - An 80-year old male from Union has been pronounced dead following a five-car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of North Avenue East and Centennial Avenue Wednesday afternoon, Cranford Police said. The crash occurred at 1:40 p.m. and two drivers involved were transferred to ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - After six months of physical separation during COVID-19 lockdown, Megan and Maurice Stephens could not wait to be together and say their vows.  “COVID-19 wasn’t going to stop our wedding,” Megan said. It was meant to be, according to Maurice. From the time they met at a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Union County’s annual deer hunts are coming to two parks in Westfield, following the town’s council’s approval of the hunt zones earlier this week. The council on Tuesday approved the bow hunts for wooded areas of Westfield’s Brightwood Park and a “small section” of Tamaques ...

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UNION, NJ – The Chick-Fil-A on Route 22 in Union has been ordered to close its drive-through until further notice. In a lawsuit brought against the Chick-Fil-A by its neighbor Pita Shack, LLC, a temporary restraining order has been put into place against the fast food restaurant, which “may be ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School, which had been scheduled to resume in-person learning Monday, will instead remain all-virtual through Thanksgiving due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases among the student body, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan said Sunday. Extracurricular activities ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Full remote instruction will begin at Governor Livingston High School (GL) on Monday, Nov. 9, after seven students tested positive for COVID-19. All district schools will be closed Thursday and Friday for the annual NJEA Convention.  That news arrived in GL parents’ email ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever.  "I'm ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Five students at Westfield High School have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the school to close its building for in-person instruction Thursday as health officials trace the virus, the district’s superintendent said. In a message to the school community Wednesday, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The president of the local volunteer rescue squad, who faces criticism for his view that the pandemic is a hoax aimed at “Orwellian control” of the population, has stepped down from his leadership role. David Sloan is resigning from his role as the squad's president, Chief Sergio ...

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CRANFORD - An arrest has been made in connection with a double shooting that took place on U.S. Routes 1&9 in Linden Sunday morning, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced Monday. According to the release, Cranford ...

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Updated at 5:28 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents of a home in the 100 block of Park Street were assaulted with a baseball bat during an early Tuesday morning break-in that officers have arrested four people in connection with, police said. The man injured during the altercation was treated at a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With school in session, town police are conducting a pedestrian safety operation that could result in tickets for drivers who fail to yield people crossing within crosswalks. Officers dressed in plain clothes will be crossing the street while uniformed officers monitor the ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- A 52-year-old man has been arrested and charged with neglecting and stealing nearly $90,000 from an elderly Fanwood woman in his care over the course of nearly four years, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Thursday. Castor A. Toro, 52, is charged with ...

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