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County of Union to Fly Rainbow Flag for the First Time on June 4

May 24, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - A rainbow flag will fly for the first time at the Union County Courthouse in recognition of June as LGBTQ Pride Month.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced they are holding a public Pride Flag Raising Ceremony for Monday, June 4 at 1 p.m. on the steps of the historic Union County Courthouse on Broad Street in Elizabeth.

“Raising the rainbow flag ...

Investment Adviser and Springfield Resident Arrested for Stealing Millions from Clients

NEWARK, N.J. – A former broker and investment adviser Gary Basralian, 70, of Springfield, New Jersey was arrested today, Wednesday, for allegedly stealing more than $2.1 million from two clients in order to pay for personal expenses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Basralian is charged by complaint with two counts of wire fraud and one count of investment adviser fraud. He was ...

Gumbert Park Ice Rink Gets Green Light from Westfield Town Council

WESTFIELD, NJ — A standing room-only crowd cheered and booed Tuesday night after the town council, with a 6-3 vote, passed a resolution granting Mayor Shelley Brindle the authority to negotiate a lease agreement with Arena Realty Partners for a temporary ice rink at Gumbert Park this winter.

Brindle made her case for testing out the public-private partnership.

“I don’t ...

Wiffle Ball Tournament in Westfield Friday to Benefit Camp for Kids with Cancer

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 8th Annual Sister Pat’s Kids Camp Wiffle Ball Tournament will take place place this Friday, May 25, at 3 p.m. at Tamaques Park.

Money from the tournament, which run by Westfield High School students, will go to Sister Pat’s week-long summer camp in Esopus, NY, where kids suffering from cancer and other blood disorders from New York Presbyterian Hospital go ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

Plainfield Police, Union County SWAT Team Negotiate Surrender After Almost 6-Hour Standoff

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Union County SWAT Team and a member of the Plainfield Police Division were able to successfully negotiate a peaceful surrender with a man who had holed up in a Plainfield home for nearly six hours from Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

Patrol units from the Plainfield Police Division responded to a home in the 1400 block of Coolidge Street ...

Sex Toys, Gay Jokes, Nepotism, Frat-Boy Pranks; Mountainside P.D. Out of Control Says Lawsuit

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – In a 46-page complaint packed with allegations of harassment involving sex toys, official misconduct, nepotism, hazing, double-dipping and other egregious behavior, five Mountainside police officers and a female employee are suing the borough in state Superior Court.
The complaint, filed by officers Jeffrey Stinner, Christopher Feighner, Richard Latargia, Thomas ...

Cyclist Hit by Pickup Truck in Westfield Tuesday Morning

WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman riding a bicycle was struck by a pickup truck at the corner of North Chestnut Street and Kimball Avenue Tuesday morning around 10 a.m.

A neighbor who was inside his house at the time said he heard a woman scream loudly. He ran outside, saw that she’d been hit and called 9-1-1, he said.

Police responded in under a minute, he said, and soon the ...

Town of Westfield Website Answers Ice Rink Questions

WESTFIELD, NJ — A frequently asked questions page about the proposed temporary ice rink at Gumbert Park has been added to the town of Westfield’s website. Included is a map of the park showing the proposed rink. To reach the page, click here.

It answers questions from “Why was Gumbert Park chosen as the location?” to “What is the size of the rink?” to ...

Mindowaskin Playground in Westfield to Close this Summer for $850K Makeover

WESTFIELD, NJ — The playground at Mindowaskin Park will be closed from about July through August for the installation of all-new, handicap-accessible equipment, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at the town council’s meetings Tuesday night.

Donations and grants totaling $560,000 will offset the playground’s $850,980 cost, he said.

The Westfield Foundation donated $400,000 ...

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