Union County News

February 24, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had. Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county announced Sunday that its COVID-19 drive-through test center at Kean University is modifying its hours this week. The test center will be open Monday, 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. It will also be open Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. — noon. Persons who cannot make the new hours ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ — Earlier this week there was a fatal two-vehicle crash on the Garden State Parkway resulting in the death of an East Orange man, Christopher Meikle, 46. Ronaldo Godwin, 43 of Newark was charged in Union County with second-degree death by auto and witness tampering for causing ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — An accomplished group of Union County Vocational-Technical high school students were recognized at Thursday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting during which the board approved $12 million in grant applications in support of the school. Students from across the county ...

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CLARK, NJ - In his free time, 22-year-old Clark native Joe DiMeo likes to work out, play with his dog, hang with some of his lifelong friends from town and play pool.  All of these things might seem pretty average for a man of his age, but DiMeo can be described as anything but ordinary these ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A Wayne-based construction company is suing Union County and the Union County Improvement Authority with claims that the entities violated state bidding laws in seeking developers to build a new county government complex. The complex, planned for the site of the county’s motor ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - In a public statement issued to parents of Summit Public School students, Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough has disclosed that a Summit Public School District employees has been arrested by the FBI on a child pornography charge. The Morris Daily Voice is reporting the individual is ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Board of County Commissioners approved 2% pay raises for themselves, the county manager and department heads at last Thursday’s board meeting. By an ordinance they approved unanimously, the commissioners’ salaries rose from $33,466.20 each last year to $34,135.52 each this ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains resident Ethan Morrobel has been named one of five national winners of the 2021 Graeme Clark Scholarships, named after a pioneer of the hearing implant industry. This scholarship is presented by Cochlear Limited, enables Cochlear recipients to further accomplish ...

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WESTFIELD NJ — With the coronavirus pandemic highlighting mental health awareness, students attending the Union County Vocational Technical-Schools are educating their community about and advocating for better mental health. During the early stages of the pandemic, UCVTS students attending the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county commissioner’s attorney is taking a second look at the board’s remote meeting rules after a woman demanded the public be given the opportunity to be seen on camera when speaking at board meetings. Commenting at Thursday's county commissioners meeting, Jaime Van ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — On Wednesday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new Union County Fire/EMS Training Academy at the site of the county’s former Juvenile Detention Center in Linden. On Thursday, county residents pressed the Board of Commissioners about whether the Union County Jail in ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County residents who are trying to register for an upcoming vaccination appointment are not able to do so on the online portal at www.ucnj.org. The county announced COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at the Kean University vaccination clinic in Union, and residents ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county has struggled to provide enough COVID-19 vaccines to meet demand, especially for seniors and other residents without computers, but the Board of Commissioners says it will ramp up its outreach efforts next week. Anyone 65 and older is eligible to receive the ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will begin vaccinating healthcare workers Thursday, officials said. Health care personnel eligible under the state’s guidelines to receive the vaccine must make their appointments through the county’s registration webpage starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, officials said ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella on Sunday urged all adult residents in the county to get vaccinated for coronavirus and promised that the county is prepared to distribute COVID-19 vaccines “as soon as they arrive.” In a prerecorded speech during the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Derek Porter of BSA Troop 104 in Scotch Plains, has been elected as the National Chief, the top elected youth position, in the Order of the Arrow of the Boy Scouts of America. He beat out 42 others who ran for election on Dec. 27 and becomes the first youth National ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will begin vaccinating residents 75 and up, along with essential workers next month, according to the county's spokesman. Vaccinations will be contingent on their arrival and sufficiency, said Union County spokesman Seb D’Elia. The county will have vaccinations ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Union County Commissioner (formerly called Freeholder) Chair Al Mirabella, who also serves as the Scotch Plains Township Manager, is set to continue a second year in a row as Chair when County government hold its annual reorganization on Sunday, January 3rd, according to a ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Three City of Summit Police Department officers -- led by Officer Gerald McDermott, who was first to arrive on-scene -- recently responded to a call for service at the Salerno Duane Service and Parts center and found a 53-year-old man with no detectable vital signs or heart ...

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CRANFORD - Following months of negotiations, the Township of Cranford has reached an agreement in principle with Hartz Mountain Industries on a settlement in regard to the 750 Walnut Avenue property.  The settlement will envision redeveloping the entire 30-acre property into two 15-acre parcels.

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholder board on Thursday discussed using part of a $2.6 million grant on rental and portage assistance, increasing shared services and housing for the homeless this winter. Here are some key takeaways from the freeholder board's meeting: Possible $2.6 million for ...

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CRANFORD, NJ – Brian Campbell, of Berkeley Heights, was sworn in as a new member of the Board of Governors at a recent joint meeting of the Union County College Board of Trustees and Governors. Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor Richel welcomed Campbell to the virtual meeting and ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholder board on Thursday approved use of gender-neutral pronouns for its county code, announced golf revenue is up and congratulated the county manager for being listed as one of the most powerful New Jerseyans. Here are some key takeaways from the freeholder board's ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county anticipates spending most of a $2.6 million federal grant towards rental assistance for county residents, in anticipation of housing affordability issues caused by the economic fallout of the pandemic. Most of the money will go towards housing assistance, though ...

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LINDEN, NJ - Did you by chance play the Jersey Cash 5 in Linden on Monday? Well you could be the holder of a winning ticket worth over $245,000. The New Jersey Lottery commission announced on Tuesday that two lucky tickets matched the winning Jersey Cash 5 numbers drawn and one of the lucky ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County COVID-19 Mobile Test Unit has scheduled more upcoming visits to local communities to provide free COVID-19 tests for residents during the month of December, including on December 1 in Elizabeth. No car is required. All sites are available on a walk-up ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A composite sketch of a woman found deceased in Elizabeth earlier this year has been created by the New Jersey State Police and is being distributed to the public and media in an attempt to identify her and learn more about the circumstances behind her death, acting Union County ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — In anticipation of a spike in the population of unhoused people, the state will provide Union County $120,000 and rapid coronavirus testing to help shelter the homeless this winter. The grant from the state Department of Human Resources will be used with broad discretion for ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Christopher P. Marbaix, co-founder of a Summit-based robotics laboratory 'Robot Revolution', has been charged with sexual crimes against three students who attended classes there, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Summit Police Chief Andrew Bartolotti jointly ...

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