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Linden Welcomes Trampoline Park During Official Grand Opening

February 12, 2018

LINDEN, NJ – Linden’s newest attraction, Launch Trampoline Park, is “officially” opened for business after Saturday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mayor Derek Armstead, Council President Jorge Alvarez, and Council members Peter Brown, Rhashonna Cosby, John Francis Roman, Armando Medina, and Gretchen Hickey were all front and center to welcome the company’s ...

Union County Freeholders Hosts 2nd Annual LGBTQ Pride Picnic

RAHWAY, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced its 2018 Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic, scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. at Rahway River Park in Rahway.

A celebration of all families, Union County’s Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic will feature music, a variety of arts and crafts, family lawn games, inflatable bounce houses for all ...

Linden Welcomes Trampoline Park During Official Grand Opening

February 12, 2018

LINDEN, NJ – Linden’s newest attraction, Launch Trampoline Park, is “officially” opened for business after Saturday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mayor Derek Armstead, Council President Jorge Alvarez, and Council members Peter Brown, Rhashonna Cosby, John Francis Roman, Armando Medina, and Gretchen Hickey were all front and center to welcome the company’s ...

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 20, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of Daniela Genaro who attended Nicholas LaCorte - Peterstown School No. 3 after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials say, it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's ...

Breaking News: Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that one student has died from Influenza (Flu).

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,”  Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. The Superintendents letter is ...

Union County Democratic Committee Vote: And the Winner is...

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ - The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari away with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battled that had become quite contentious ...

Senator Vin Gopal Endorses Scutari for UCDC Chair

LINDEN, NJ - State Senator and former Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal has announced his endorsement of Senator Nick Scutari for Union County Democratic Chairman.

“The endorsement of my friend and colleague Senator Nick Scutari for Union County Democratic Chairman is very personal to me," said Senator Gopal. “As my race for State Senate tightened last year, I ...

Linden Councilwoman Accuses Mayor of Wasting Taxpayer Dollars, Mayor Explains Legitimacy

LINDEN, NJ - Tenth Ward Councilwoman Gretchen Hickey released a statement on Tuesday regarding what she considers an inappropriate use of Linden police department personnel and vehicle by Mayor Derek Armstead.

According to Armstead, he contacted police to escort him to and from the event for safety reasons.

According to Hickey, Armstead attended the Linden FMBA Annual Awards and Retirement ...

2018 LGBTQ Roundtable Comes to Hamilton Stage in Rahway

February 21, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ - Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and Freeholders Bruce H. Bergen and Alexander Mirabella welcomed Christian Fuscarino of Garden State Equality to the 2018 LGBTQ Roundtable meeting hosted by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the Hamilton Stage in Rahway.

They were joined by Union County Department of Human Services Director Debbie-Ann Anderson, ...

NJ Governor Signs Executive Order to Fly Flags at Half-Staff to Recognize Parkland Florida Victims

New Jersey Governor Phillip D. Murphy signed Executive Order No.1 on Monday ordering the flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of New Jersey to be flown at half-staff to recognize and mourn the passing of the victims in Parkland, Florida. 

The order is for all state offices, agencies and instrumentalities including schools for Tuesday February 20.

Linden Councilwoman Accuses Mayor of Wasting Taxpayer Dollars, Mayor Explains Legitimacy

LINDEN, NJ - Tenth Ward Councilwoman Gretchen Hickey released a statement on Tuesday regarding what she considers an inappropriate use of Linden police department personnel and vehicle by Mayor Derek Armstead.

According to Armstead, he contacted police to escort him to and from the event for safety reasons.

According to Hickey, Armstead attended the Linden FMBA Annual Awards and Retirement ...

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 20, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of Daniela Genaro who attended Nicholas LaCorte - Peterstown School No. 3 after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials say, it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's ...

Breaking News: Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that one student has died from Influenza (Flu).

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,”  Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. The Superintendents letter is ...

Trinitas Hospital Issues New Visiting Guidelines During Flu Season

ELIZABETH, NJ –Trinitas Regional Medical Center has issued new visiting guidelines due to the heightened flu activity this season. 

Visitor restrictions are in place based on the following guidelines:

Anyone with fever/flu-like symptoms should not visit.
Children under the age of 12 years old, who are not receiving services from the hospital, are restricted from ...

Linden Councilwoman Accuses Mayor of Wasting Taxpayer Dollars, Mayor Explains Legitimacy

February 15, 2018

LINDEN, NJ - Tenth Ward Councilwoman Gretchen Hickey released a statement on Tuesday regarding what she considers an inappropriate use of Linden police department personnel and vehicle by Mayor Derek Armstead.

According to Armstead, he contacted police to escort him to and from the event for safety reasons.

According to Hickey, Armstead attended the Linden FMBA Annual Awards and Retirement ...

Former US Postal Service Employee from Rahway Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Deliver Narcotics Packages

RAHWAY, NJ - Leonard Gresham, a 50-year-old Rahway resident, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to intercepting and delivering packages containing illegal narcotics in exchange for cash bribes, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpentino.

Gresham pleaded guilty U.S. District Judge Esther D. Salas in Newark federal court, where he was charged with one count of ...

Lower Rd closed near Ave C through Presidents Day weekend

February 17, 2018

LINDEN, NJ - Lower Road will be closed in both directions in the area of 1601 Lower Road (Filabila Inc.) for Water Company repairs beginning on Friday, February 16 through Monday, February 19. 

Local traffic for businesses that remain open will have limited access from Lower Rd from Parkway Ave up to the work zone.  Trucks traveling in this direction will be detoured at 21 ...

Overnight Carjacking at the Scotchwood Diner on Rte. 22 in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Police are searching for the suspects who carjacked a vehicle in the parking lot of the Scotchwood Diner (1928 Route 22) in Scotch Plains just before 1:00 a.m. today, according to Breaking News Network (BNN).

Police arrived and were told that two male suspects, who reportedly did not display a weapon, took a white Toyota Camry from the victim and then sped away ...

Linden FD joins Clark FD as they Respond to Early Morning House Blaze

CLARK, NJ - A house fire at 10 Harrison Street sent firefighters into action in the early hours of Tuesday morning.   

According to Clark Fire Chief Frank Cerasa, when crews arrived at the home at approximately 3:30 a.m., the interior rear end of the first floor was heavily engulfed in flames and working its way to the second story.   

Five Residents of the ...

Boys Basketball: Linden Tigers Lose to Roselle Catholic HS in Union County Tournament Semifinals

February 21, 2018

UNION, NJ-  The Linden High School Tigers (ranked No. 9 on NJ.com’s Top 20) took to the road for a matchup with the Roselle Catholic High School Lions (ranked No. 1 on NJ.com’s Top 20), looking to advance in the 2018 Union County Tournament.

The Lions outscored the Tigers 20-11 in the third quarter, taking a 65-56 win Tuesday night at Kean University.

The Tigers struggled ...

Boys Basketball: Linden Tigers Use Second Half Offensive Surge to Defeat Union HS in Union County Tournament Quarterfinals

LINDEN, NJ -  The Linden High School Tigers boys varsity basketball team appeared sluggish at times of the first half against the Union High School Farmers, but seemed to make the plays necessary to maintain their slim lead, even when their shots were not falling.

The fifth-seeded Farmers were able to lead at a few parts of the game, including 10-9 after the first quarter and ...

Boys Basketball: Linden Tigers Pull Away in Fourth Quarter to Defeat Patrick School

LINDEN, NJ -  Linden High School defeated the Patrick School in a competitive game Tuesday night as Senior Tavon Jones has continued to play at the highest level for his team, averaging 24.9 points per game.

The last time the two teams faced each other, he scored 41 points, but the Linden High School boys varsity basketball team lost 84-82 in double overtime to the Patrick School on ...

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How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...

Union County Magnet High School to Hold Silent Auction

February 22, 2018

A great night out with family and friends for just $10.  And we provide dessert and coffee/tea.

Please come to the Magnet High School PSA Silent Auction on Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Union County Vocational Technical School in Scotch Plains (West Hall Cafeteria). 

Tickets are only $10. You can then bid on over $12,000 worth of ...

Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb

Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb (Altria, 2015)

 

Years later, after the tragedy, someone remembered the Dumb Supper and what had happened there. That was the cause of it, they said, because the ritual wasn't a game after all. It really was magic, but magic has rules, and she broke them. Even when they call it a 'senseless tragedy,' people always try to find a ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

Letter to the Editor: Team Nick

February 16, 2018

Dear Editor:

I am an elected Scotch Plains Democratic Committeewoman and a community activist who is in the practice of speaking up for myself, so I am very disappointed by the actions of acting Union County Democratic Chair Colleen Mahr.

I have endorsed Senator Nick Scutari for Union County Democratic Chair. So, you can imagine my surprise when I found that Ms. Mahr had sent a ...