Union County News

May 14, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ - A 2-year-old child is safe and has been reunited with his family after being briefly kidnapped in a vehicle that was stolen outside a Roselle home Thursday night, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Roselle Police Chief Brian Barnes jointly announced Friday. “The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — If the majority public sentiment voiced by residents at Thursday’s listening session of the Westfield Cannabis Commission is any indicator of what the town council will decide, the possibility of Westfield-based marijuana businesses could be snuffed out or severely limited. The ...

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The Union County Board of Commissioners announces that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is has now been approved for 12 to 15 year olds in New Jersey.  Union County residents ages 12 and older can now make an appointment to receive the Pfizer vaccine at two vaccine centers administered by the County, ...

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The Board of County Commissioners invites residents to the annual Union County Portuguese Flag raising ceremony in commemoration of the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Communities. The event will take place on Thursday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Union County Court House, located at 2 ...

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WASHINGTON, DC — 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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Amazon is offering $15/hour and up; benefits available to full time employees Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that Union County’s American Job Center will be holding a virtual hiring event with Amazon on Tuesday, May 18, from 2:00 to 3:00 ...

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May is Military Appreciation and the Union County Board of Commissioners is committed to connecting our veterans and military families with helpful services. Over the past year, we have expanded our outreach with several new programs. We now have designated parking spaces at of our County ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit reports that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unknown actor posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania. The driver, described as a white male with a beard, ...

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County plans to go door-to-door to reach unvaccinated residents, will set up mobile popup clinics and partner with community groups. In an effort to ensure that as many county residents are vaccinated as possible, the Union County Board of Commissioners announced a door to door campaign aimed at ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Scotch Plains resident fell victim to a fraud scheme orchestrated by an "online acquaintance" who stated he had been beat up in Egypt and needed money for medical bills. According to the Scotch Plains police blotter, the resident sent in excess of $30,000 to the fraudster ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An ailing mother fox spotted in Westfield’s First Ward is in for a treat along with some treatment for its mange, a resident of Stanley Oval said Friday. Susana MacLean told TAPinto Westfield she found the red fox on the grounds of her home and noticed its severe mange. Sarcoptic ...

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The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents of the emergency food distribution events for Union County residents May to aid those affected by COVID-19. These will include: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Immaculate Conception Church in Elizabeth Walk-up ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The owner of a Central Avenue restaurant known for ramen bowls and sushi burritos found himself in front of the Westfield Board of Health earlier this week, where he was called to answer for repeat health code violations including improper handwashing and inadequate sanitization of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A restaurant at the South Avenue Circle has been ordered shut for four days after health inspectors discovered the latest in a series of health code violations.  Principal Health Inspector Helen Mendez told the board of health Monday that an inspector found insect-covered ribs at ...

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COVID-19 safety rules apply; event is open to all Union County residents. The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that the next mobile paper shredding event of 2021 will be held in New Providence on Saturday, May 15 for free, secure shredding of personal and confidential ...

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The Union County Board of Commissioners and the Union County Parks Department would like to inform all Union County residents of the upcoming partial closure of the eastern section of Lenape Park, due to repairing the dam. The purpose of the dam is to regulate the flow of water into Cranford ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The waiting was the hardest part. Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices & Ice Cream of Westfield opened this weekend, more than a year later than originally anticipated due to the pandemic. A crowd of fans big and small lined up on the corner of Central Avenue and Park Street ...

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CRANFORD - Joseph Hinksmon, 41, of Cranford admitted on Tuesday to receiving images of child sexual abuse, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, from July 10, 2019 through July 24, 2019, Hinksmon accessed the ...

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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 -  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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Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Commissioners and the Union County Parks Department would like to inform all Union County residents of the upcoming partial closure of the eastern section of Lenape Park, due to repairing the dam. The purpose of the dam is to regulate the flow of ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Motor Vehicle Commission's Springfield Agency is planning to move out of its present location on Center Street into a new space on Route 22. Springfield Township Administrator John Bussiculo made the announcement during his report at last week's Township Committee meeting, ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A Breaking News Network alert was issued Sunday afternoon about two stabbings on the 300 block of Monroe Avenue in Plainfield. Multiple police units were on site, along with at least two EMS vehicles. TAPinto Plainfield reached out to Police Director Lisa Burgess for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A burglar crept into a home on Bennett Place through an unlocked mudroom door early Thursday morning, grabbed car keys from a purse there and then stole a vehicle in what is the latest in a series of similar crimes, police said. In a Nixle message, police said an unlocked car on ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Essex County is ending its contract to house federal immigration detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials announced. The move to eliminate ICE detainees from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark came after it entered into a Memorandum of ...

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Updated at 4:36 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — A 16-year-old from Newark was arrested and his counterpart got away after crashing into a patrol vehicle responding to reported car burglaries on Topping Hill Road over the weekend, police said Tuesday. At 6:14 a.m. Sunday, officers arrested the Newark ...

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The Union County Board of County Commissioners will hold additional emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in April and May to aid those affected by COVID-19. These will include: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Gerald B. Green Plaza in Plainfield Walk-up ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Four third-tier prizewinning tickets were sold last week, matching four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball drawn winning the $10,000 prize. One of those tickets, purchased at a Union business, included the Megaplier option, multiplying the prize to $30,000. The $30,000 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Town officials hope to expand an annual deer hunt to include a wooded area of Ward 3, something that two years ago proved controversial because of the land’s proximity to homes. Last week, the town council requested that Union County “explore and investigate” launching its deer ...

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Union County, NJ - Drainage improvements in Berkeley Heights. 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 ...

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