Union County News

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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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly. While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the ...

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Elizabeth, NJ. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally.  In Union County, the price at the pump has hit ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders.  At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A restaurant at the South Avenue Circle has been ordered shut for four days after health inspectors discovered the latest in a series of health code violations. Principal Health Inspector Helen Mendez told the board of health Monday that an inspector found insect-covered ribs at ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — While Union County enters into a five-year agreement to send the inmates from the county jail in Elizabeth to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, Elizabeth-based activist Salaam Ismial says the fight to challenge the move is not over. His organization, the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A burglar crept into a home on Bennett Place through an unlocked mudroom door early Thursday morning, grabbed car keys from a purse there and then stole a vehicle in what is the latest in a series of similar crimes, police said. In a Nixle message, police said an unlocked car on ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will be borrowing up to $120 million for the planning, design and building of a new county government complex in Elizabeth. Officials have said the new complex at 61-99 West Grand St. will save money on rent the county pays for existing office space, but legal ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark. The county is entering into a ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark. The county is entering into a ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Don’t be alarmed if you start hearing piercing sounds and seeing the brown shells of insect bodies on the ground next month. JD Stamler, a park naturalist at the Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside, said some of the periodical cicadas in Brood X will emerge ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ - Mayor of Kenilworth Linda Karlovitch is among four other women who have been nominated by the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce for Mayor of the Year.  The nominations for Mayor of the Year are submitted annually by the Government Affairs Committee of the Gateway Regional ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — A 19-year-old Summit woman abducted off the street and locked in the trunk of her suspected kidnapper’s car narrowly escaped in a struggle with her captor, then helped police track the man down, records released Friday show. Shervon James, 33, of Union, is accused of first ...

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NEWARK, NJ – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey kicked off an $84.2 million capital project this week to renovate and upgrade one of Newark Liberty International Airport’s major runways.  The project is planned to generate more than $144 million in economic activity for the region and ...

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UNION, NJ – Union police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who they say broke into Mario’s Restaurant early Thursday morning. Police say the man forced open a door to Mario’s Tutto Bene on Chestnut street, stole money and liquor and fled in a white Ford van.  The van, ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s COVID-19 vaccination team is discussing what changes will be necessary to continue its mobile vaccination program now that use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused statewide. On Tuesday, the state Health Department directed all vaccination ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day power New Jersey. "She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Raw beef thawing in a mop-sink, visibly soiled food preparation surfaces and mold on a wall are among the conditions that health officials said have caused them to mandate training for a local restaurant repeatedly cited for health code violations. During a hearing before the ...

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CLARK, NJ – Drive by the basketball courts at the Clark Recreation Center any day of the week and it is buzzing with activity.  People of all ages from all places gather there.  There are young kids with parents, older kids with buddies and those just looking for a great pick-up game.  It is a ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners will provide $16.75 million to the Union County Improvement Authority to plan and design a new county government complex in Elizabeth. The county is still in negotiations to select a developer for the project. The two buildings are planned for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A pedestrian hit by a driver at Central Avenue and North Avenue East Monday evening was taken to the hospital, a police spokesman said. The pedestrian, who was conscious when police arrived, was taken to Overlook Medical Center in Summit, Sgt. Michael Walsh said. The incident ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ -- State police are investigating the death of a Scotch Plains man who fell from an overpass onto a Nissan headed south on the Garden State Parkway during the evening rush hour on Thursday, April 1.  According to RLS Media, Joshua Goldberg, 21, sustained fatal injuries near ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — “In this crisis, I lost my dad and, in addition to losing my father, my sister is a COVID-19 ‘long hauler.’ And just before the new year, I lost two more cousins,” said Dr. Chris Pernell, the chief strategic integration and health equity officer at University Hospital in Newark, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Police arrested three 16-year-old boys on charges resulting from numerous early-morning vehicle burglaries, Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro announced Tuesday. Westfield Police responded to the 700 block of Lamberts Mill Road on Friday, March 26, at about 6:19 a.m. on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — When Ann Taylor shuttered its store on East Broad Street last year, leaving yet another storefront vacant in Downtown Westfield, it was the last thing the community wanted — especially Westfield’s Ward brothers, who own the commercial space. Seven months later, the Wards have a ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — County manager Edward Oatman did not directly answer questions about the potential closure of the Union County Jail in Elizabeth Thursday, despite pressure from community leaders who spoke on behalf of inmates, employees and their families. Commissioner Chairman Alexander ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Law enforcement officials need to listen to the voices of young people to effectively respond to and prevent hate crimes and incidents of bias among youth, community leaders said at a roundtable with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office earlier this month. The Honorable Leland ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Police are reviewing security footage after a shooting at The Mills at Jersey Gardens sent people running Saturday afternoon. The shooting happened outside the Saks Fifth Avenue store and the suspect fled in a vehicle, city spokeswoman Kelly Martins said. Nobody was hurt, she ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — With spring around the corner, it’s time to enjoy the county’s parks and tell officials what you think would make these open spaces better.  The Union County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking feedback by April 1 on the master plan that will guide the county’s ...

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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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