Elizabeth Top Stories

May 14, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — A 21-year-old man was fatally shot on Anna Street the evening of May 13.  According to a press release by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Elizabeth Police Department officers arrived at the scene and found the victim, identified as 21-year-old Trevon A. Palin, with serious ...

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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 — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey on Wednesday night, state health officials said. The State Department of Health in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to ...

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NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again.  “Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to ...

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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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NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing yesterday said that he anticipates that the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents between the ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Chinna Payne, a 2-week-old baby girl, of East Orange, N.J., has been safely located, according to state police.  She was reported missing on Monday after the suspect, Damion Payne, a 27-year-old male allegedly abducted her.  Payne, father of Chinna, is now in under custody.

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NEW JERSEY -- Chinna Payne is a Black female infant who is missing. She is suspected to have been abducted by Damion Payne, a 27-year-old Black male. Payne was driving a 2016 Nissan white Altima with Virginia plates - UPF6043. He was seen in East Orange, NJ. The suspect is armed with a ...

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ELIZABETH, N.J- Three months since its official launch in February, The Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth’s (HACE) Jobs Plus Program has seen great outcomes among its participants. HACE’s Jobs Plus Program is open to the housing authority’s Mravlag Manor residents and the Jobs Plus team ...

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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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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Voters will have a choice to vote by mail or in-person in the June 8 primary election, but drop boxes are here to stay, county officials said. Whichever way voters decide to cast their votes, the registration deadline is May 18. Since Gov. Phil Murphy announced the primary ...

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FeedNJ delivered 4,000 meals to communities across the Garden State in celebration of their one year anniversary. The non-profit organization has been working closely with several restaurants in the City of Elizabeth by connecting those in need to a local soup kitchen in the community.  FeedNJ ...

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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, TAPinto Elizabeth had the opportunity to talk to Robert Fontaine. He has been a science teacher at Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy for the past 10 years. This year, he is teaching environmental science primarily to underclassmen at the high school.  Fontaine ...

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NEWARK, NJ - NJ TRANSIT has announced a new partnership in a statement on May 4 to help get more New Jersey residents vaccinated. The partnership called VAXRide should help approximately 11,000 residents get free rides to both public and private vaccination destinations.  Novartis, a NJ based ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The first person from Elizabeth has been awarded the School Nurse of the year by Union County School Nurses Association (UCSNA).  Marie Verdon Noonan has worked as a registered nurse with the Elizabeth Board of Education for the last 18 years, but her job has not been easy with ...

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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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UNION COUNTY, NJ -  Human rights leader Janice Caren Lilien, age 71, died peacefully in her home on May 3 after a long battle with lymphoma. She was a very active citizen of Union County, holding multiple leadership roles with human service organizations, according to her obituary posted by The ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor ...

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A recent 2021 list released by The U.S. News & World Report ranked three Elizabeth Public Schools in the top 250 public schools in New Jersey. The report includes data on 24,000 public high schools nationally and 424 public high schools throughout New Jersey.  Elizabeth High School was ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Several Elizabeth students won awards at the annual Union County Arbor Day Poetry Contest. “Arbor Day is a national celebration of environmental stewardship, and trees are a valuable resource in our densely developed area,” said Commissioner Board Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

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NEW JERSEY -- Beginning today, walk-in vaccinations are open to all New Jerseyans age 16+ at all six vaccine mega-sites during select times, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who announced the news in a tweet on Thursday, April 29. Walk-up vaccinations are now available at the Middlesex County ...

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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 - Trinitas Regional Medical Center has been on a mission to vaccinate members of the community since December, after the release of the first vaccine made by Pfizer. Since that time, Trinitas has given 22,000 vaccines and will continue vaccinating people as supplies are ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - In a nest high atop the historic Union County Courthouse Tower in midtown Elizabeth, this peregrine falcon parent is hiding a newly hatched baby bird under her feathers. The egg hatched at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, and three more eggs are expected to hatch in the coming days. Readers ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A fatal shooting that took place in Elizabeth on Monday is under active investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca and Police Director Earl Graves jointly announced Tuesday. The victim has been identified as ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing Monday afternoon that effective May 10, indoor room capacities for private catered events -- including weddings and school proms, political events, funerals, memorial services, and performances -- will increase to 50% with a maximum ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A detention basin in Elizabeth. ADA Improvements at the Municipal Complex in Roselle Park.  Repaving on numerous roads. These are some of the projects that this year’s Union County Commissioners Infrastructure Grant program will fund throughout the County. In all, the Union ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, Union County residents of all ages are invited to participate in Paint in the Park, on Tuesday, April 27, at Mattano Park, located at 360-484 Fifth Avenue in Elizabeth. This event is completely free and is sponsored by The Union ...

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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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