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Union County News

September 16, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Elizabeth on Thursday, September 16. The DRC is located at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center on 618 Salem Avenue. The building is a Quonset hut, adjacent to one of the Housing ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state appellate court ruling is allowing the previously halted first phase of construction on a new $145 million government complex in Elizabeth to proceed, but the next phase is on pause amid a Wayne-based company’s lawsuit claiming the county skirted New Jersey’s public ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A 26-year-old Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with the fatal shooting of a delivery driver subcontracted by Amazon that took place on the 200 block of Garfield Avenue in Plainfield on Wednesday. Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Plainfield Police ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — At least five county residents died as the remnants of Hurricane Ida brought massive amounts of flash flooding to the northeast region Wednesday night to Thursday. As of Friday morning, 25 deaths have been reported across the state and Gov. Phil Murphy, who declared a state of ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Union County’s only Repair Café Event will be held at Summit's Christ Church on September 18. from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Community members can bring their beloved, but broken, items to be fixed at no charge, with planned repair services available including jewelry, sewing / textiles, lamps, ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — To Plainfield resident Nancy Piwowar, a 15-acre section of Green Brook Park is a sacred corner of the city. While county residents await an outcome to negotiations with Somerset County over the lease of this land, Piwowar advocated for its preservation at Thursday’s Board of ...

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NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey ranked inside the top 20 for states with the best community college systems in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list State's With Best & Worst Community-College Systems. Hawaii ranked as the state with the best community college ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — TAPinto Rahway had a great time attending Baseball History Day on Saturday, August 7, in Rahway Park. We extend a thanks to husband and wife Chris Tonstad and Michelle McTamney for informing us of the event and for all their work in putting it together, along with the Elizabeth ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Sydney McLaughlin, a 2017 graduate of Union Catholic High School, has gone from “Syd The Kid’’ to "The Golden Girl.'' McLaughlin was known as “Syd The Kid’’ when she became the youngest person since 1972 to compete for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team when she made the ...

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Hunters bagged 270 deer during the 2020-21 season, the county said. UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s annual deer hunt is set to take place this coming fall and winter in 14 municipalities for a cost not to exceed $20,090. Up to 60 volunteer hunters selected by the county will use crossbows to ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — "Dude, call me Phil!" said actor and Rahway resident Phil Eichinger, in one of our first conversations via email, during which I committed the respectful faux pas of initially addressing him as "Mr. Eichinger."  "Okay, cool," I said back, joking, "well, you never know with you ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Few events have occurred with greater anticipation than Tuesday night's women's 400 meter hurdles finals, which featured a showdown between the reigning Olympic champion, Dalilah Muhammad, and world record holder Sydney McLaughlin. The race did not disappoint as McLaughlin and ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Board of County Commissioners has launched a new grant program to provide financial relief for Union County residents unable to meet their rental obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new Emergency Rental Assistance Program, eligible tenants can ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that the state will rename nine Garden State Parkway service areas after iconic New Jerseyans, including Judy Blume, who grew up in Elizabeth and lived in Scotch Plains on Winding Brook Way from 1960 to 1972.  Judy Blume (née Sussman) is one of ...

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CLARK, NJ — Many flags, including those recognizing other nations and sexual orientation, would be prohibited from flying on township property if a proposal being considered by the local government gains final approval. On Monday, the township council introduced an ordinance restricting the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth Police Department is seeking help in locating a missing person with dementia.  Joao Branco, 67, was last seen at approximately 11:00 a.m. on July 23, 2021, wearing blue plaid boxer shorts, a gray tank top shirt, a gold ring and watch, and was either barefoot or had ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state court judge this week ordered progress on a $145 million government complex planned for Elizabeth be stopped amid a Wayne-based construction company’s lawsuit claiming the county skirted New Jersey’s public bidding laws. While an attorney for the Wayne company Dobco ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners is not planning to hold in-person public meetings any time soon. While many local governments in Union County have returned holding their public meetings in-person, the county commissioners are sticking with Zoom meetings, which they also ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Landlords will be able to apply for federal funds to pay for up to 12 months of their tenants’ unpaid back rent and utilities starting Monday, the county announced. It comes amid pending legislation in the statehouse that if approved would end New Jersey’s moratorium on ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County will be launching an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help residents that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program can provide eligible applicants up to 12 months of assistance for unpaid back rent, as well as gas and electric utility ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Little do most McGinn Elementary School students know that the school’s librarian is just as accomplished as the authors in the media center – because he is one. John Lohn has lived in Scotch Plains for the past few years and soon will make a temporary stay in Tokyo at the ...

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UNION COUNTY — The Union County Prosecutor's Office announced today that 27-year-old Tyler Rios, already facing kidnapping charges related to the Amber Alert abduction of his two-year-old son Sebastian Rios, will now face murder charges in the death of the boy's mother, 24-year-old Rahway resident ...

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UNION COUNTY — On Tuesday, July 13, the YWCA of Union County, which serves as the county's domestic violence agency, released a statement on its website about slain Rahway resident Yasemin Uyar. The statement read, in part, "[We] were shocked and horrified by the murder of Yasemin Uyar" and that ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — By accepting a $100,000 grant to support a Rails-to-Trails Feasibility study, the county has taken a first step toward turning a 3.52-mile railroad track between Cranford and Elizabeth into a bike and pedestrian trail. The state Department of Transportation awarded the grant, ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — Two GoFundMe fundraisers have been created to support Sebastian Rios, the two-year-old whose abduction last Friday set off an Amber Alert and a frantic search for his whereabouts. Kelsi Gantt, a spokesperson for GoFundMe, confirmed the veracity of both fundraisers. By now, many ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The WildFlowers Tom Petty tribute band will be the next performer in the County’s free drive-in concert series. The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Union County Vo-Tech campus, 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. The event is free, but ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A 9-foot-tall bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty, referred to as Little Lady Liberty arrived in Elizabeth Wednesday to spend Independence Day weekend with her sister statue.  "The City of Elizabeth was proud to play a role in the arrival of the Sister Statue of Liberty at ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - A 47-year-old Summit man, charged with armed robbery for threatening a gas station attendant at knifepoint three years ago, has been found guilty of the crime that occurred in June 2018 incident at the Shell gas station on River Road, acting Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Summit ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic alum and track & field legend Sydney McLaughlin set a world-record time of 51.90 in the 400-meter hurdles late Sunday, thereby earning a second opportunity to compete for the United States at the Olympic Games. McLaughlin, who competed for America in Rio ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — After the county moved some prisoners held at the Union County jail in Elizabeth to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark earlier than the Elizabeth jail’s planned July 1 closure, the Board of Commissioners approved adding $1.57 million to cover the cost. At ...

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