Union County News

October 28, 2020

The new test will also offer faster results. UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s drive-up COVID-19 testing center at Kean University will be the first in New Jersey to also test for the influenza, officials said. Starting Monday, Nov. 2, the drive-through testing center at Kean University will ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will distribute about $1.1 million in open space grants to municipalities for planting trees and funding resources for children’s recreation, including fields, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts. Grants will total $1,036,786.04 for the Kids Recreation Trust ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — The borough’s former police chief claims in a lawsuit that the Union County Prosecutor’s Office jeopardized his pension and robbed him of enjoying his dying wife’s final days when it broke a perceived agreement to not investigate allegations that he made discriminatory and sexist ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Plainfield and Kean University will be included in the county’s Deer Management Program for the 2020-21 season, after a near unanimous vote at Thursday evening’s freeholder board meeting. The deer hunt at Kean University will take place behind Liberty Hall where the University ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Since the pandemic started, Ruth Hazelwood has looked for three different criteria in buying groceries: What stretches, what fills and what’s healthy. It hasn’t been easy. The North Plainfield school bus driver has faced reduced working hours and consequentially, slimmer ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County freeholders have approved a $110,000 settlement for a Black Union County corrections officer, who in a lawsuit claims she was attacked by another guard, subjected to sexual harassment and then targeted for investigation when she reported the alleged ...

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The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is Sept. 30. UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you’ve heard local government officials talking about the Census, that’s because higher participation translates to more money for their constituencies in the form of federal funding. Census Bureau estimates indicate ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Summit Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough and Principal Donna Gallo have announced that a second Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School student has tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement, in the form of a letter from Hough and Gallo to the "Summit Public Schools Community," ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — COVID-19 has shut down another event. The annual Four Centuries in a Weekend celebration in October, has been canceled, the County of Union announced Wednesday. “The safety of staff, volunteers, and our residents is of the utmost importance and our highest priority,” said ...

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CLARK, NJ — A study on the Clark Reservoir will be completed by the end of the year, according to County Officials, the first step in a potential renewal of the area.  The $94,500 study, done by CME Associates, will examine potential restorative measures for the reservoir, provide concepts for ...

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UNION COUNTY — The county freeholders recently allocated tens of thousands of additional dollars to battle two lawsuits, including one suit in which $85,000 has already been spent and another that is one of three complaints filed by women corrections officers in less than 18 months. At their ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman and Elizabeth resident Angel G. Estrada announced that he will be retiring September 1 after over 20 years on the Board of Chosen Freeholders. In 1999, Freeholder Estrada became the first Latino elected to the Board. Freeholder Estrada said ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Freeholders are taking steps to consolidate the county's administrative services into two new buildings that would be constructed on the site of the county’s motor vehicle services division in Elizabeth. Last week, the freeholder board authorized an agreement ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Encouraged by the horns of passing cars blaring in support, about 40 Summit Public School teachers held a 'sit-in' this morning at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School -- with another, mirrored event scheduled for this afternoon -- to protest what the Summit Education ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - A "Black Lives Matter" street mural, sponsored by the Union County Freeholder Board, has been painted in yellow eight-foot letters on Chestnut Street in front of Borough Hall in Roselle on Wednesday evening.  Freeholders Andrea Staten, Angela Garretson and Rebecca Williams were ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Looking for a COVID-19 test, but don’t have a car? The county is offering free COVID-19 testing at walkup test sites throughout the county. Any county residents can make an appointment at any mobile test unit site regardless of the municipality in which they live by visiting ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Police use of force, deescalation training and law enforcement officers’ broader roles in communities they serve are part of a local dialogue that comes amid national calls for reform in policing. At a virtual panel discussion on July 29, Union County law enforcement experts ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county's annual deer hunt will return following the freeholder board's approval of $19,515 for the purpose. The deer management program, which the freeholders authorized on Thursday, will have volunteer hunters execute both shotgun and bow hunts at county parks and certain ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County is one step closer to having a new recycling facility located at Tremley Point in Linden. The proposed facility will turn organic waste into natural gas along with other organic recycled material including liquid fertilizer. The Union County Freeholders on Thursday ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Small businesses in Union County will have a chance to benefit from $2 million in federal CARES Act funding being distributed by county government. The Union County Freeholders on Monday announced the initial-round launch of the Union County COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A new and improved parking deck serving the Union County Courthouse is officially in the works. The plan to replace the aging Union County Courthouse parking deck at Elizabethtown Plaza and Caldwell Place comes after the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders on June 18 ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A lawsuit brought against the Springfield School District by a social worker claims the school board fired her after she blew the whistle on abuses at the Edward V. Walton Early Childhood Center. Kara King, of Westfield, filed the suit in Superior Court in Elizabeth last month.

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced early Monday morning that she is exercising her supersession authority and that her office would begin temporarily overseeing the operations of the Fanwood Police Department.  The assistance of the Prosecutor’s Office was ...

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NEW JERSEY — Removing “freeholder” from New Jersey’s 21 county legislative boards will mean the country’s full eradication of the title — which has been called confusing, insensitive and racist. The inspiration for the change came from Union County Freeholder Angela Garretson, who broached the ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — For a second consecutive day on Wednesday, hundreds of state residents found themselves lined up outside the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) building in Springfield, waiting for hours to get in. After July 7, the first day the MVC reopened statewide, reports of long ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Prosecutor’s Office implemented a new standard operating procedure on Monday that requires the Prosecutor’s Office to publicly disclose the name and rank of any of its investigative employees who commit major disciplinary violations, acting Union County ...

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UNION, NJ – About 75 vehicles and about 120 people participated in a car caravan up Morris Avenue, from Jeanette Avenue to Kean University, on Thursday afternoon organized by Kean Federation of Teachers protesting the university’s cut, suspension, or reorganization of several academic programs and ...

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UNION, NJ - A car caravan is planned for Thursday, June 18, from Jeanette Avenue, up Morris Avenue, ending at Kean University organized by Kean Federation of Teachers protesting the university's cut, suspension, or reorganization of several academic programs and the layoff or furlough of faculty ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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