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Union County News

July 3, 2022

CLARK, NJ – A raccoon tested positive for rabies in Clark according to the Township’s Health Department.  In a message sent to residents on Thursday, officials confirmed that the rabid animal came in contact with a dog on Meadow Road.  The Health Department reminded owners that they must have ...

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UNION, NJ - Union police and firefighters are on the scene of a two car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Morris Avenue and Caldwell Avenue Saturday afternoon.  Morris Avenue, both east and west, is closed in the area. Details of the accident are not yet available, but it appears at ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ – Wondering where to find the most red, white and blue this weekend?  Here are some local and nearby places to catch music, fireworks and history this Independence Day weekend. Hear Patriotic Readings Kick off July 4 with the Westfield Historical Society when they broadcast ...

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CLARK, NJ – The Clark Target store was the scene of a shoplifting haul worth more than $50K this week according to police. In a release to the public on Friday, the Clark PD said two suspects, a male and female, stayed in the store’s restrooms until after closing on Tuesday night before emerging ...

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UNION, NJ – A "Pro-Test" march on Morris Avenue is set for Sunday afternoon in support of women's rights and the pro-choice movement. “After learning about the overturning of Roe v. Wade, I knew that this issue was going to have a massive impact on my future, since this opens the gate to ...

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RAHWAY, NJ — The Rahway Police Department is once again at the forefront of internal training methods for its officers. Rahway is the first department in Union County to open dedicated space for a matted training room within its headquarters. The department recently began implementing the new ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - The Borough of Roselle's Department of Recreation has announced that the Splash Park at Pine Street Park is now open. The hours of operation are from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. daily. The splash park is fenced in, which makes it a great place for little kids to enjoy a hot summer day. The ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - After multiple delays, Cranford's Centennial Avenue outdoor pool is now open. At Tuesday night's Township Committee meeting, Township Administrator Jamie Cryan said that the outdoor pool complex would be able to open, but one of the pools would remain closed for another day or ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - A new purple and yellow building is decorating the streetscape of Cranford. The Artist Framer has moved from its former iconic location on the corner of North Avenue and Alden Street, but the long-standing Cranford business hasn't gone far.  Stefani Lalor, who opened the shop at ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Old Havana Cuban Cuisine in downtown Westfield is asking customers to be patient with its limited staff in the coming days after its chefs were injured in a crash involving a suspected drunken driver Saturday night. Restaurant owner Patricia Sommer told TAPinto Westfield that the ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - Wei’s Restaurant, a Chinese take-out spot inside the Roselle Plaza, has announced they are closing. After more than 20 years in business, the owner has announced that their last day serving food will be July 11, 2022. “The past few years running a restaurant have been challenging ...

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CRANFORD, NJ – Union County College will soon turn the page on a new chapter. “Thank you for joining us today, and I’d like to welcome you to Union County College and that’s probably one of the last times that we’ll be saying that,” said Dr. Jaime Segal, the new Union College Executive Director ...

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Editor's Note: This story was updated with additional information provided by police Monday. WESTFIELD, NJ — Four people were injured, and a 22-year-old Westfield man arrested on DWI charges Saturday night after crashing his car, fleeing the scene then crashing again, NJ Advance Media reported, ...

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The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce a full slate of free outdoor movies, music and fun for the whole family in Union County parks this summer. The events continue throughout July and August with the Summer Arts concert series beginning on July 6 and the Family Flix ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A frozen yogurt shop and café on Westfield’s south side is singing its swan song. Bohemian Raspberry on Wednesday announced that it must close its doors and vacate the shop by Aug. 1 as its landlord will not renew the lease. It follows the establishment’s nearly 10-year-long ...

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Union County residents are advised that Union County’s free COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics at Downs Hall on the Kean University campus will close at the end of June. The testing and vaccination services will continue at other locations around the County. “Kean University has been a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A store that sells baby clothing and a new smoothie shop are added to the list of businesses coming to Downtown Westfield, but a co-working space that was planned for a lingerie shop’s old space has backed out of its plans to set up here. Lew Kimble, chair of Downtown Westfield ...

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UNION, NJ – It was not a quiet, smooth ending to the school year at Union High School on Wednesday as police officers and firefighters responded to the school in response to two separate occurrences. In a phone message to parents, staff and students, Superintendent Dr. Scott Taylor said two ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield Police Department internal affairs investigation clears a white patrol officer of allegations that he engaged in racial profiling. The report takes aim at the police supervisors who lodged those accusations and claim in a lawsuit they were retaliated against as a ...

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Union County residents with old metal gutters, fencing, or appliances to dispose of can bring these items and more to free scrap metal recycling drop-off sites in July. The scrap metal recycling program is sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners and takes place twice each month ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Terry Well in Scotch Plains, built around the time of the Revolutionary War, was damaged due to a car crashing into the structure at 4 a.m. Sunday, according to Elmer Pete Terry, a descendant of the family that constructed the well centuries ago. The well has been around ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — The Borough Council voted to move the dogs-in-parks amendment forward to the public hearing phase next month. The amendment would change the 20-year prohibition against dogs in borough parks and allow them on condition that they are leashed, licensed, and non-aggressive. Dogs will ...

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UNION, NJ – In the first few months of Union's Bike Share Program, residents and visitors have used the bikes to get around town, get to school, and just for fun. The Koloni bikes have been available since early April, said Union’s Assistant Business Administrator Bill Reyes.  Since that time, ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Union County's new inclusive park and playground located in Plainfield on Saturday. Festivities at Tëmike Park included Drag Queen Story Hour, a Drag Dance-Off and What's the Word at Pride Slam Poetry. There were games and crafts, and LGBTQ+ ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly 100 audience members gathered at the James Ward Mansion in Westfield for the “Broadway on Broad Street” cabaret organized by two Westfield High School juniors last week. The June 7 cabaret, which featured vocal performances by students from Westfield High School and other ...

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UPDATE: Teen Charged in Beating of Westfield 15-year-old Posted to Snapchat, Mayor Says WESTFIELD, NJ — A 15-year-old boy was robbed and beaten by about five other young men in downtown Westfield Saturday night, police said. The assailants punched and kicked the youth, knocking him to the ...

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UNION, NJ - Four juveniles were taken into custody midday Wednesday after entering Union High School, necessitating a shelter in place response. According to Union Police Director Chris Donnelly, four juveniles, all believed to be Irvington High School students, were let into the high school by ...

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UNION, NJ - A Kearny man who was convicted by a jury in March of fatally striking 12-year-old Jeremy Maraj in Union and fleeing the scene in July 2019, was sentenced to seven and-a-half years in State Prison on Friday, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced today.   Jose Marrero, ...

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The Union County Commissioner Board invites all families and friends to enjoy Pride in the Park, an afternoon of all-ages fun outdoor festivities in celebration of the opening of Tëmike Park, a new inclusive LGBTQ+ space located at the northern end of Union County’s Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 15-year-old boy was robbed and beaten by about five other young men in downtown Westfield Saturday night, police said. The assailants punched and kicked the youth, knocking him to the ground, then continued to punch and kick him, police said in a statement Tuesday. The ...

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