Union County News

January 15, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – A local pizzeria owner is helping to take the sting out of the partial government shutdown that has stopped federal workers’ pay. Outta Hand pizzeria owner Burim Regjaj said Monday that after reaching out with an offer on social media, he has provided five families impacted by ...

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ - A Medevac helicopter was called in to assist after a construction accident occurred at the Merida Apartment Building construction site at approximately 10:35 a.m. Saturday.  Roselle Park Police and rescue units along with Cranford first aide, Trinitas, and Union County EMS ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A two-alarm fire that started in the kitchen of a Forest Avenue home Wednesday morning was contained to the first floor, a fire official said. Arriving firefighters saw smoke and flames coming from the rear of the home at 702 Forest Ave., stretched two hoses through the front ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local and county officials celebrated the opening of a newly renovated playground at Mindowaskin Park Saturday. The playground includes Victorian-inspired design elements to honor the park’s origins, according to the town. In addition to a variety of imaginative play stations ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 13-year-old student at Edison Intermediate School faces five counts of criminal mischief in connection with various forms of hateful graffiti depicted on the restroom walls at that school, police said Wednesday. “The Westfield Police Department takes incidents like these ...

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CLARK, NJ – After a long wait and much anticipation, Duck Donuts is opening its doors to the public on Friday, December 7. The Clark store is the fifth location in New Jersey. Duck Donuts starts with a warm made-to-order vanilla cake donut. After leaving the fryer, donut enthusiasts get to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Scotch Plains Planning Board unanimously endorsed a redevelopment plan for the Parker Gardens property on Terrill Road following a thorough presentation by planner Michael Mistretta of Harbor Consultants. The 13.5 acre property, which has been designated as an area in ...

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CLARK, NJ – Demolition has begun on the buildings on the corner of Valley Road and Walnut Avenue to make way for a new residential apartment complex.  The project is tentatively scheduled to be completed in 2019 according to Clark Business Administrator John Laezza and will include 177 ...

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CLARK, NJ – A 25 year old male was charged after allegedly committing a lewd act in the Clark Commons parking lot recently according to Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos.  Matos said Detective Sergeant Joseph Teston charged Muhammad Rahil Darr of Fernwood Terrace in Linden with committing a lewd ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Update: 9:35 p.m. Mayor Christian Bollwage has released the following statement on the Black Friday shooting at the Jersey Gardens Mall.  "There was an incident earlier this evening at The Mills at Jersey Gardens. A male was shot in the wrist between the hallway of Tommy Hilfiger ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Jersey Gardens Mall went into lockdown Friday evening at about 8:05 p.m. when it was reported that shots were heard in the area of the food court.  According to the Breaking News Network (BNN), mutual assistance was requested by multiple nearby towns to assist with clearing ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Ever wanted to own your own amusement park like Michael Jackson? Now you can, and your don't have to wait on line for tickets! Bowcraft, the scene of countless local children's birthday parties and decades of summer fun in Union County, has closed forever, but thanks to an ...

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KENILWORTH - Tucked around a cozy corner just off the Boulevard in downtown Kenilworth lies a place that lives to meet all of your quality food and beverage needs Ava’s Kitchen & Bar features a wood-burning brick oven that churns out thin crackly-crusted pizzas with a flavor and texture that ...

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CRANFORD - As the first snow starts to fall in the Cranford area today, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Eastern Union County towns. According to the Nation Weather Service in NY, wet snow is expected with snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour possible and winds gusting as high as 45 ...

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CLARK, NJ - A shoplifting incident at Marshall's went awry on Tuesday night when two suspects accused of cutting security tags off merchandise were approached by security personnel in the store around 5 p.m.    According to Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos, a female suspect pushed passed security ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The five schools that comprise the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (UCVTS) campus went into lockdown for about two hours on Friday afternoon when an unidentified individual who admitted carrying a pocket knife entered the complex.  Located on Raritan Road in Scotch ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the local community are expressing their outrage over racist, anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti that was spray-painted on the outside of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sometime before the weekend began.  Pictures of the offensive messages spread rapidly ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The boy who scrawled a swastika into a bathroom at Franklin Elementary School showed off the symbol of hate to three other youths, two of whom are Jewish, the parent of one of those students said Friday. Nicole Damashek said the boy, who etched the symbol into a bathroom panel, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Parents of Franklin Elementary School students learned Wednesday that a swastika was found etched on a panel in one of the school's restrooms that afternoon. “You can imagine our serious disappointment when we found that a student had etched a swastika on a panel in one of our ...

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CRANFORD - The Rahway River Mayors Council announced the State of New Jersey's agreement to continue its work with the US Army Corps of Engineers to finalize a plan for upstream Rahway River storage to mitigate flooding in Millburn to Rahway. Additionally, the Congress in the 2019 fiscal ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to participate in the Fall Fishing Derby for People with Special Needs on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. This event is free of charge and runs from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. “This is a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Ever wonder how Gallows Hill Road got its name? It has to do with a real Gallows Hill (though we’re not sure of its exact location), and the famed colonial execution of James Morgan. “For many years, the tree on Scudder’s Farm was marked as to the location of the hanging,” Robert ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Two suspects wanted in connection with the Aug. 19 murder of  a North Plainfield man have been captured in Texas while trying to flee to Mexico, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. Nelson Salomon Aquilar-Lopez, 20 and Gicsy Baleria Galindo-Acosta, ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County 4-H Clubs are gearing up for a new season, and Union County students in grades 1-12 are invited to join their peers in a hands-on exploration of popular fields ranging from archery, cooking, and fashion to Lego robotics and other STEM subjects. Youths in their first ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ -- A Plainfield man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of his three-week old son, Acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Thursday. Tiray Summers, 38, of Plainfield, was charged in the death of his three-week old son, Trayvon Summers, who died ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Mayor Paul Mirabelli read a statement regarding the allegations of misconduct within the Mountainside Police Department at the Monday, July 23 meeting. During the public comment session, several residents came forward with concerns of the lawsuits’ impact on property ...

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WESTFIELD NJ — Farinolio, a Tuscan bakery-café in Downtown Westfield, opened for the first time Tuesday for lunch. Located at 121 East Broad St. where Let’s YO! once was, the shop offers breakfast items (such as croissants in flavors including chocolate and ham-and-cheese), lunch (including flat ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Find a way. Just find a way to grind and maybe an opportunity will present itself. 16-year old and seventh-seed Michael Thorbjornsen of Wellesley, Mass. did just that on Saturday afternoon as he edged fellow 16-year-old and good friend 12th-seeded Akshay Bhatia of Wake Forest, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Boxwood Coffee is officially open in Downtown Westfield. The coffee shop and café, at 143 East Broad St. where Panera was, hosted a friends and family event on Wednesday evening to celebrate what owner Stephen Bellamy is calling a “slow open.” “We are planning to phase in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A ruptured chlorine drum has forced closure of Nomahegan Swim Club on Springfield Avenue Friday afternoon. According to a Westfield police officer on the scene, a 1,000-gallon drum of chlorine ruptured. In addition to the swim club being closed, some area streets around the ...

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