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Union County News

May 13, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners following a public hearing Thursday adopted a $​​513.7 million budget, which does not increase the county-wide tax levy. While the spending plan comes with an average tax decrease of $28 for county homeowners, the impact varies by municipality ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A Fifth-Alarm Fire at the Waste Management facility on Julia Street Tuesday sent thick smoke throughout North Jersey and could even be viewed in New York City.  The City of Elizabeth reports receiving a phone call about the fire at approximately 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. The fire is ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - An Elizabeth man was taken into custody on May 5, 2022 for multiple burglary charges, including three separate business burglaries in Cranford, Cranford Police Department announced in a press release earlier today. Antoni Kuhl, 52 of Elizabeth, was arrested on three counts of ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The application to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant on the site of the current Barnes & Noble bookstore on the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West has been carried to the next Springfield Board of Adjustment meeting on June 21. On April 27, the board heard more ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Planning Board on Monday approved an amended application for a 10-unit residential building at 440 North Ave. East. Amendments to the application, which the board authorized in May 2021, include variances for the building’s lot coverage and setbacks. The building is ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Union County commissioners defended the qualifications of Vice Commissioner Chair Christopher Hudak in his race for county surrogate after a resident speaking at Thursday’s board meeting demanded Hudak withdraw his candidacy. Surrogates administer the legal process which takes ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The 200th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted's birth on April 26 is being celebrated in 2022, and the National Association for Olmsted Parks invites you join the party. Olmsted is credited with creating the landscape architecture profession, and his famous designs include sites ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — Police are seeking witnesses to a hit-and-run that left a 14-year-old bicyclist injured Monday afternoon. The youth was riding his bicycle westbound on North Avenue when he was hit by the driver of a gray Nissan SUV as the vehicle was leaving the McDonald’s parking lot at 216 North ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — PSE&G filed a state court lawsuit Friday claiming a local law the town council approved in February unreasonably prevents the electric company from carrying out planned upgrades to its network, including the installation of higher voltage electrical lines on taller poles. The ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - TAPinto Elizabeth is sad to announce the passing of former franchise owner, Kathy Lloyd. Kathy passed away on April 12 surrounded by those who loved her.  "We mourn the passing of former TAPinto owner/publisher Kathy Lloyd,” said Michael Shapiro, the founder and CEO of TAPinto.

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A lockdown at Union County Vocational - Technical High School Tuesday morning has been lifted, the school said. In a message to parents, school officials said the students are safe. “All students are safe and have returned to class schedules. More information will be sent ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- One Scotch Plains girl is going on an international mission… and she is doing so one stitch at a time. Ten-year-old Ella Burke wants to spread kindness, and her efforts to do so are going worldwide. The fifth grade Nettingham Middle School student, since learning about the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Antonio Manata, a whistleblower who recorded the mayor of Clark Township making racist and sexist remarks, filed a federal lawsuit against the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Thursday claiming the office is retaliating against him for bringing the comments to light. While ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Commissioners released a statement Friday calling on Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso and Public Safety officials to resign. The statement said the commissioners stand with the people in the community who are also calling for the immediate resignations after audio ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A Rahway man has been arrested and his co-conspirator remains at large following charges being filed in regards to a home invasion in Elizabeth March 2, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl J. Graves and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca ...

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CLARK, NJ - The Clark Police Department has been under the supervision of the Union County Prosecutor since the summer of 2020.  After almost two years, Chief Pedro Matos, Captain Vincent Concina and Sergeant Joseph Teston remain on leave with full pay. Since that time, Acting Prosecutor ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A whistleblower lawsuit claims that the Westfield Police Department retaliated and discriminated against an African American sergeant and a female lieutenant for reporting racial profiling. Sgt. Preston Freeman, who according to the lawsuit is the first African American to reach ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A former sergeant at the Union County Sheriff’s Office claims the agency violated a state whistleblower law when it terminated her after she reported discriminatory behavior by other officers, including differential treatment toward an African American transgender ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A resident speaking at Thursday’s Union County Board of Commissioners meeting prompted a strong response from the board over the spending of federal COVID-19 relief dollars. The Garwood resident asked about $749,552.94 in CARES Act funds, which records show the county paid out to ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — If you want to change your political party affiliation before the primary election, you’ve got until April 13 to do so. The Union County Board of Elections this week reminded residents that if they want to participate in their new party’s Primary Election June 7, then they ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town Council on Tuesday introduced a law that would allow people to drink alcoholic beverages outdoors from “open containers” in some downtown locations. Along with the executive committee of Downtown Westfield Corporation, town council members feel the measure will help the ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — During its first meeting since January, the Springfield Board of Adjustment Tuesday night heard from a traffic engineer on plans to replace the Barnes & Noble at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West with a Chick-fil-A later this year. Several Hillside Avenue ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council (UCICC) will hold a special event for Women's History Month, entitled "Celebrating Women Leading Through the Storm." The evening will include a panel of speakers who work in and around the county in a variety of contexts and ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has uprooted families, injured citizens, and left thousands of Ukrainian refugees without access to basic necessities. Over 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled their homes, many leaving behind necessary supplies. To support individuals in need, the ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Union County’s only Repair Café event will take place on March 26, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Christ Church in Summit. County residents and their neighbors can bring their beloved, but broken, items to Summit’s Repair Café, with available repair services at the event to include small ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick honored Sean Flannery, owner of Sheelen's Crossing and Sheelen's Fish Market in Fanwood, as the recipient of the William A. Boyle, Sr. Union County Irishman of the Year at its annual Irish Heritage Tribute Dinner on Thursday, Mar. 10. Flannery, ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Board of Commissioners will begin reviewing the county manager’s $510 million executive budget this month. A total of $367 million is to be raised in taxes, the same amount as the last two years, county officials said. At Thursday’s commissioners meeting, ...

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UNION COUNTY — A rise of hate crimes in the county and state last year has spurred advocates for racial, ethnic and religious groups into action as they support victims and explore ways to prevent and fight bias.  Bias incidents increased by 40% in Union County between 2020 and 2021, preliminary ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Commissioners approved four contracts Thursday totaling $97,859 to advertise the county’s emergency rental assistance program now that the state’s moratorium on evictions has expired. The program’s portal will reopen this Monday, March 7, at 9 a.m. for ...

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CLARK, NJ - An ALJ student was found to be in possession of a handgun on Friday morning according to Clark Police.  The school was placed on lockdown at approximately 10:00 a.m. after a member of the school administration notified police that a student had a gun in the building. Officers ...

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